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CPL: ABRAM L. MEEK, Civil War Veteran of Monterey County and the “California Column” in the 2nd California Cavalry, in Company “F”.

Abram L. Meek was a pioneer in California. He came to the state in 1850 and mined till 1859. When the Civil War broke out, he eventually joined the Union Army. His service dates are: Enlisted out of San Francisco on July 30, 1862 and was mustered out at Fort Crook, CA. on July 6, 1865. His rank at the time of discharge was Corporal. After the discharge he lived in Contra Costa County working in merchandising, then later the same in Colusa County. He arrived in Monterey County in 1874 – he engaged in Agricultural pursuits near the Salinas River and San Miguel Canyon. Later he turned his endeavors to the Hotel business in Santa Rita. His wife was Lottie Leech of Amador County, California. They had two Children – Thomas & Etta. Abram L. Meek died in Santa Rita. He is buried at the IOOF Cemetery on Abbott Street, Salinas, Ca. He was a member of the James Blair Steedman, GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Post #56 based out of Salinas, California.

Obit transcription:

(Salinas Daily Index Sept 23, 1916) 
Funeral of the Late Abram Meek 
The funeral of Abram Meek was held at the Salinas Undertaking parlors this afternoon at 2 o’clock. Rev. A.E. Patch of the Baptist church was the officiating minister. Floral pieces there were in abundance, brought by the friends and neighbors of the deceased pioneer. 

The remains were interred in I.O.O.F. cemetery. The pallbearers were Chas Metcalf, W. H. Clark, John Joy, Dan McDougall, F.W. Schroeder and Mr. Van Toat.

MEEK, ABRAM L. (1822 -1916) IOOF “Garden of Memories” Cemetery 
(Unidentified Biography) 
A. L. Meek is a pioneer of California. He came to the State in 1850, and mined from that date until 1859. He then joined the United States Army, and during the war of the Rebellion did provost duty in California until 1865. At the expiration of that time he engaged in merchandising at Antioch, Contra Costa county, and later farmed in Colusa county. He came to Monterey county in 1874, and engaged in agricultural pursuits on the Salinas River bottoms and in San Miguel canyon. In 1887 he turned his attention to the hotel business at Santa Rita, where he still remains. 

He is widely known as a man of strict integrity and of genial manner all during his long life. 

He was married march 8, 1866, to Miss Lottie Leech, of Ione, Amador county, California. She is a native of California and came to this State with her parents when she was quite young. They have a son and daughter, Thomas and Etta. The latter is now Mrs. Dr. Long of King City.

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Researched and Compiled by : Timothy P. Reese, PCC of Salinas , CA. & Robert L. Nelson ,PCC. of Santa Cruz.CA. Both members of the “Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War”. Department of California & Pacific. Camp Abraham Lincoln # 10. The Reese-Nelson CWV-MC Data Base