Meeker Family Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Meeker family, (Lucien Bonaparte Meeker, 1817-1883)
Meeker family papers
Date [inclusive]
1882, 1886, undated
0.1 Cubic feet , 2 folders

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

Lucien B. Meeker was born on September 7, 1817, in Vermont and died on July 28, 1883 in Fowlerville, Michigan. L. B. Meeker married Minerva French who was born in Madison County, New York. She died in Ingham County, Michigan on February 21, 1880. They had nine children: Martha, George, Nathan, Robert, Jennie, Edward, Arabelle, William, and Helen Louisa. In the mid 1860s, the Meeker family moved to Leroy (now called Webberville), Michigan in Ingham County with 5 of their children. Helen Louisa Meeker, was born on October 5, 1861 in Madison County, New York. She died on January 11, 1901 in Shelby, Michigan.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of the diaries of Lucien Meeker and Helen Meeker. The 1882 diary of Lucien Meeker contains daily accounts of weather and the happenings of the people in the household, as well as accounts of farming activities. There are a few entries in which Lucien talks of being called on to care for an ill horse. His diary also contains a newspaper clipping of the obituary of Helen Louisa.

The diary of Helen Louisa Meeker, 1886, contains entries regarding chores, those who came to visit and daily accounts of the weather. It contains daily entries from January first to the beginning of April and becomes sporadic through the end of the year.

A genealogy of the Meeker family is also included in the collection.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections October 2003

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Diaries
  • Genealogies (histories)

Personal Name(s)

  • Meeker, Helen Louise, 1861-1901
  • Meeker, Lucien Bonaparte, 1817-1883
  • Wheeler, Harriette Marr, 1909-


  • Farm life -- Michigan

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Collection Inventory


Diary of Lucien Bonaparte Meeker 1882 


Diary of Helen Louisa Meeker 1886 


Meeker family genealogy Undated