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Yuma County Pioneer Photographs:

George P.  and Hattie (Cowan) Meese, Logan.

One blog said Peter George Meese was born April 16, 1858, near St. Louis, Missouri.

In 1880 Chicago David and Margaret have Hattie, 9, born in Iowa - David, a roofer, and Margaret are from Canada.  D.G. and Margret had been farming in Jasper County, Iowa in 1870.

In 1885 Saunders County Nebraska Hattie Cowan is 14, one of four kids of David and Margaret.

George proved up a quarter in 6, 4S 43W in 1892, so he was one of the earliest settlers there. 

 Five generations of the Meese family have settled in Saunders County, beginning with  Charles Ogle Meese. Around the time of the Civil War, he came with his family by covered wagon and settled about ten miles northwest of Ashland. He was one of the first settlers in this area and the founder of District 16, which for a number of years was known as the Meese District. He built his home on a hill and brought the sandstone by wagon from Nebraska City, then a river town and ferry crossing. They grazed cattle and gradually broke the land for farming. This was the home surroundings in which his son, Peter George Meese, grew up. Peter (George P.) eventually married and moved further west. They settled in Idalia, Colorado, built a sod house, and began farming. It was here that  David Charles Meese, was born. But years of bad crops soon forced them to return to Saunders County and settle on the present-day Robert Hageman place.

In 1900 Saunders County, Nebraska George, born April 1859 in Missouri, has been married 13 years to Hattie, Nov 1871 Iowa.  They have Chas. D, Aug 1889 Colorado, Ralph A. Mar 1894 Nebraska, John J. May 1897 Neb, and Glenn E. Nov 1898 Nebraska. 

So they probably left Yuma County between 1892 and 1894.

George was delinquent on taxes for his quarter in 1903 and 1904.

In 1916 George owned a quarter of land in Saunders County, joining a quarter owned by P.B. Meese

David Charles Meese registered in Ithaca Nebraska, saying he was born August 19, 1889 at Wray, Colorado.

George P. 1859-1939 and Hattie M.  1870-1939 are buried in the Sunrise Cemetery, Saunders County.

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