C.S.A. Veterans of Washington

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  • ID: I195
  • Name: Gilbert Simrall Meem
  • Prefix: Brigadier General
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 5 OCT 1824 in Abingdon, Washington County, VA
  • Death: 10 JUN 1908 in Seattle, King County, WA
  • Burial: 11 JUN 1908 Lake View Cemetery, Seattle, WA 1
  • Note:

    Gilbert S. Meem

    Residence was not listed;
    Enlisted as a Private (date unknown).

    He mustered into CS Gen & Staff
    (date and method of discharge not given)
    -- civilwardata.com

    Gilbert S. Meem (First_Last)
    Regiment Name General and Staff Officers, Corps, Division and Brigade Staffs, Non-com. Staffs and Bands, Enlisted Men, Staff Departments, C.S.A.
    Side Confederate
    Company
    Soldier's Rank_In Brig. Gen.
    Soldier's Rank_Out
    Alternate Name
    Notes
    Film Number M818 roll 16
    http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/soldiers.htm

    -- Seattle Daily Times, Wednesday, June 10, 1908

    GEN. G. S. MEEM DIES UNEXPECTEDLY
    Stroke of Paralysis Takes Away Former Seattle Postmaster and One of Her Best Known Citizens.
    Aged Man Lived a Life of Great Usefulness and News of His Death Came as a Shock to Community.

    After a long life of usefulness as an officer in the army of the Confederate States of America, as a member of the Virginia House of delegates and a state senator, an agriculturist of note in the Southern states, and for more than four years postmaster of the City of Seattle, Gen. Gilbert S. Meem died unexpectedly at his home at The Perry about 1 o'clock this morning. A stroke of paralysis was the cause of death.

    The funeral services will be held at 11 o'clock tomorrow morning at St. Mark's Church, Rev. J. P. D. Llwyd officiating. The interment will be at Lake View Cemetery.

    Because of the prominence and the popularity of the aged man, the news of his death came as a great shock to hundreds of Seattle citizens who have known him for the sixteen years he resided in this city.

    Gen. Meem is survived by a widow and a daughter, Mrs. Daniel Kelleher, of this city. Gilbert S. Meem, Jr., a son, died in Seattle shortly after his graduation from Harvard in June 1903, and another son, Hugh G. Meem, died many years ago after an act of heroism in rescuing imprisoned coal miners from a flooded mine in the East.

    Gen. Meem was born in Abingdon, Va., October 5, 1824. His youth was passed in Lynchburg, where his father, John G. Meem, lived, and where he attended the best schools the city afforded. At the age of 17 he went to Edgehill Seminary, a preparatory school for Princeton College, with the view of entering that institution. He remained two years and was prepared to enter the junior class. During a vacation he went to see a large and beautiful estate in the Valley of Virginia which his father had purchased, and being the only available member of his family, he took the general charge of it.

    In 1850 he was elected to the Virginia house of delegates, and was returned by a large vote upon the expiration of his term of office. During the last term he was made brigadier-general of the Seventh Brigade of Virginia militia by the legislature. The war coming on, his brigade was ordered into service by Gen. Joseph E. Johnston to assist in opposing the invasion of the Valley of Virginia by Gen. Patterson of the Federal army in the spring of 1861. Gen. Patterson retiring, his brigade was left in the valley when Gen. Johnson[sic) moved the balance of his army across the Blue Ridge and fought the battle of Manassas. After that fiht, Gen. Stonewall Jackson was placed in command of the valley, and Gen. Meem served under him with his brigade until the militia of all the states went into regular service by an act of the Confederate congress in 1862.

    After the war Gen. Meem was elected to the Senate of Virginia, serving the full term of four years and declining a re-election.

    By the governor's appointment he served as a visitor to a number of state institutions and ws also active in several agricultural societies, which he well served in an official capacity. One of his Shenandoah County papers said:
    "Gen. Meem was an intelligent and progressive farmer and brought his estate Strathmore to a high state of cultivation. He perhaps did more for the introduction and improvement of fine stock, especially cattle and sheep, than any one in the Valley of Virginia, and his annual stock sales attracted people from all sections. He was considered one of the best farmers in the Shenandoah Valley, a good and useful citizen, the laboring people to whom he gave much employment holding him in especially high esteem. The cordial greeting accorded him when he recently visited his old home attested the warmth of the affection of the people for him."

    Selling his farm, he, with Mrs. Meem, made a visit to Puget Sound in April, 1892, and they were so much pleased with Seattle that they determined to send for their family and make it their home.

    In April, 1895, Gen. Meem was made postmaster of Seattle by President Cleveland, serving the full term. In fact, he held over until December 30, 1899. He was most favorably indorsed by many citizens of the city and also by the entire Virginia delegation to Congress.

    Just prior to the closing of the civil war Gen. Meem married Nannie Rose Garland, daughter of Hugh A. Garland, of Petersburg, Va., and later of St. Louis. She now survives him.

    Daniel Kelleher, son-in-law of Gen. Meem, is now ill at his home with pleurisy and the news of the general's death was a severe shock to him.

    -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Thursday, June 11, 1908, page 12, column E

    MEEM - At the family residence, the Perry apartments, June 10, 1908, Gilbert S. Meem, aged 83 years.
    Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral services at St. Mark's church, Harvard avenue, near Madison street, today (Thursday) at 11:30 a.m. Interment at Lake View cemetery.
  • _UID: 626FFACA4CD6491987C4D819EC2EA6A7BC5A



    Father: John Gaw Meem b: 23 JUN 1794 in Winchester, VA
    Mother: Eliza Campbell Russell b: 19 JUL 1795 in Abingdon, Washington County, VA

    Marriage 1 Gabriella Jordan
    • Married: OCT 1848 in Virginia

    Marriage 2 Nannie Rose Garland b: 11 APR 1839 in Lynchburg, VA
    • Married: 5 OCT 1863 in Lynchburg, VA
    Children
    1. Has No Children Hugh Garland Meem b: 2 JAN 1865 in Lynchburg, VA
    2. Has Children Elise Campbell Meem b: 26 JUL 1866 in Rudes Hill, Shenandoah County, VA
    3. Has No Children Gilbert Simrall Meem b: 26 MAR 1880 in Shenandoah, VA

    Sources:
    1. Title: Lake View Cemetery Records
      Repository: Manuscript
      Page: Lot 10AC

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