Latest news of interest…

New Book: The Meriwether Family in America, Volume I

The Meriwether Society, Inc. is excited to announce the publication of the first book inThe Meriwether Family in America series, “Volume I: The Colonists”. This book covers the history of the Meriwether family in colonial times (1650-1750) with additional detail on the Meriwether family in England prior to 1650. This remarkable book reviews and expands the information known about the original immigrant, Nicholas Meriwether, his wives and children.

Vol I book

This book is in limited supply and is a must for anyone interested in the Meriwether heritage.

Click here for the order form.

Reader Comments

"Wow!! The Colonists is truly amazing. It encompasses so much."

"LOVE the new book! I’ve been reading a bit every day – it reads well and is easy to follow. There have been so many theories and discussions over the years, I appreciate you discussing each one. I like how you addressed the unknown – ‘this is what we do know....this is what we do not know.....this is what we conclude....this is speculation….’"

Shuttle Columbia

Meriwether Society President Monte Monroe, archivist of the Southwest Collection at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech, has been involved with the donation of items connected with the Columbia tragedy in 2003. This is the same library that now contains The Meriwether Society archives.


Special Membership Renewal

Renew your TMSI Membership before 31 March 2016 and give a free membership to someone of your choice! UPDATE: Note that the renewal can be for one or three years ($20 or $50), but thefreenew subscription is for one year only.

Click here for additional information and the renewal form.

New Meriwether Coffee Mugs

Check out the Store for a new Meriwether Coffee Mug!

Elizabeth Avery Meriwether

Here is a link to an interesting article on Elizabeth Avery Meriwether, wife of Minor Meriwether and mother of Lee Meriwether, author and politician. (Thanks toWoody Savage for providing us with this link!)

Elizabeth Avery Meriwether (1824 - 1916)

Maurice W. Kendall Distinguished Member Award

At the 2015 Annual Meeting, the Society announced that henceforth the Meriwether Society Distinguished Member Award, the highest recognition presented by the Society, would be known as the Maurice W. Kendall Distinguished Member Award, in honor of Society member Maury Kendalland in recognition of the significant contributions he has made to the Society as a past President, genealogist, and Volume I author.

Meriwether Burial Places — Find-A-Grave Link

Check out the new Find-A-Grave links under Resources.

Florida Community Gatherings

Our new Vice-President, Charlotte Henderson, has been organizing local Meriwether Society gatherings in Florida. Our first one was a wonderful luncheon in Pensacola in September. On Saturday 15 October we will be having a luncheon in Jacksonville and on Sunday, 13 November we will be in Orlando. Please contact us if you'd like to attend.

Reunion 2013

We had a great 2011 Reunion in Arlington, Virginia — you should have been there! For 2013 we plan to host the Reunion in Memphis, Tennessee. Breaking with the tradition of hosting the previous years Annual Meeting in the same location as the upcoming Reunion, for 2012 we will travel to Salt Lake City to visit the LDS Family History Library, containing the largest collection of genealogical information in the world. With the assistance of the very helpful staff, plus our own experienced researchers, we plan to conduct seminars on how to perform your research and assist you in finding those missing puzzle pieces! You do not want to miss this trip! Details to be published in the Newsletter.

New Format!

Welcome to the Meriwether Society Home Page, v2.0! The original site has been around for almost 10 years and was in need of a lot of work. Here is the start of the new site, using modern web tools to allow us to more quickly make changes, plus create a site with a consistent look throughout. We have a lot of info to add, especially to the Resources and Projects sections. I hope you find the new site helpful in your Meriwether research.

Sgt. John Ordway Statue at Fort Lewis...

In 2006, The Meriwether Society was a major donor to the construction of a statue of Capt. Meriwether Lewis and his dog, Seaman, which was dedicated last fall on a public park/plaza at the entrance to Fort Lewis, near Tacoma, Washington. A companion statue of Sgt. John Ordway was also commissioned to honor the non-commissioned officer who was an instrumental part in the success of the Corps of Discovery. The statue is to be dedicated this weekend, with Col. Mike Kendall representing The Meriwether Society. I just received an email from the sculptor, John Jewell, with a link to an article about the new statue and the dedication ceremony, which will be open to the general public. If you are in the area, please try to attend!

Sgt. Ordway Statue Dedication (23 Sep 2006)

Here are companion links:

AUSA Info on Sgt. Ordway

AUSA info on Capt. Meriwether Lewis and Seaman statues.

For being a major donor to the Lewis statue project, The Meriwether Society received a miniature version of the statue, based on the sculptor's maquette, that will be on display at the Meriwether Reunion in 2007. We then hope to have it on permanent dispay at the Virginia Historical Society rotunda. We'll have more info and pictures on the web of our beautiful miniature soon.

New Meriwether

Casey Andrew Poole arrived about 7:45 pm on August 31, 2006. Casey is the son of Adam and Andrea (Boulton) Poole and grandson of Max and Marcia (Meriwether) Bouton. Congratulations on the newest Meriwether!

Meriwether Records Website

Sharon Pike has been hard at work compiling various records pertaining to the Meriwether Society and has now created a new web site to contain them. Check out "Meriwether Records" in the Resources section of this web site.

Albemarle homes...

The Albemarle Historical Society has pictures of a selected set of Albemarale county homes and plantations on its web site. Quite a few of these are connected to the Meriwether family. If someone sends me a list of those that are, I'll post it.

Research trip to Allen County Public Library

**** Sharon had a great time and hopes to do it again sometime when others can join her. If interested, let her know when you might want to do it again!

Sharon Pike will lead a research trip to the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, September 13-15, 2007 (Thursday - Saturday).

This library holds the second largest genealogy collection in the United States, second only to the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Please check the website for an overview of their massive holdings. Of particular interest is the huge periodical collection which is indexed as the Periodical Source Index (PERSI). PERSI can be found online on and Heritage Quest Online, which is free at many local libraries. Thousands of articles from local historical society quarterly publications about Meriwethers can be located, including obituaries, biographies, wills, bibles, etc. Volunteers to help with this massive search are needed, if interested.

Be sure to use the library's online catalog or the PERSI index to plan your research.

Mon - Thurs. 9-9, Fri. & Sat. 9-6, Sun. 1-6.
Allen County Public Library
900 Webster Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

We have made special hotel arrangements for a discounted price of $89/night at a local hotel. Make reservations yourself by calling the number below or visiting the web site. Use the group code MSG to get the discount.

5915 Ellison Rd
Ft. Wayne IN 46804


Contact Sharon to register (enter your name and email address in the boxes below); add additional comments if you desire:

In Memorium: Gordon Meriwether

Captain Gordon Kenyon Meriwether, Jr., Ph.D., a past president of The Meriwether Society, passed away Friday, March 10 in Pensacola from complications from pneumonia. The Society expresses our condolences to his family and mourns the loss of a good friend.

Web site updates...

We've added a link in the Projects section to a description of the Meriwether Book Project. We can always use volunteers to help, so check it out.

Also, Guy Benson has added nice biographical sketches for Francis II (M13) and Thomas (M15). We are missing biographical sketches of many, so if you know something about one of them, write it up and send it to Joe Oglesby!

Finally, a Metrics section has been added to each Family Group page that identifies how many descendants of that Meriwether are documented (some well, some poorly!) in the TMSI Research Database. We've also completed listing the MeriReps for each FG and the Meriwether Book Project planned to update and publish the information about that FG. You'll note a number of Vacancies and missing Book Projects due to lack of a volunteer, so if you have an interest to help, please contact us.

Other Societies links...

In the Resources section, I have added information on other Societies that Meriwether descendants might be interested in joining. Hope you find it of interest.

General John Hartwell Cocke of "Bremo"

John Hartwell Cocke's son, Brig. Gen. Phillip St. George Cocke, married Sarah Elizabeth Courtney Bowdoin, a descendant of Jane Meriwether and William Browne (FG M14). The link below is to an interesting research thesis on the effect of slavery on one anti-slavery slaveholder.

New Store Items...

Check out the new Meriwether Crest Christmas ornament and key chain, available in the Society Store!

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