Martha (Patsey) Meeks1

F, #152, b. say 1780

Last Edited9 Mar 2007

Birth*say 1780 1 
Marriage*4 July 1811 Hardin County, Kentucky, Principal=Isaac West2 
Marriage*3 October 1817 Hardin County, Kentucky, Principal=Jonathan1 Stout1 
Marriage*1825 Gallatin County, Illinois, Principal=Rev. Joseph P. Riley 
Note*1810 From website of Richard F Denney (

Martha migrated with her family to Kentucky in the late 1700's where she married Isaac West. He was killed in the last days of the War of 1812 in 1813 leaving Martha a young widow with an infant son. She later married Johathan Stout in Hardin County and he died young in 1823 leaving Martha with two step children and another child with Jonathan. She married again, Joseph P. Riley, a neighbor around 1824 in Gallatin County, IL. Joseph had ten children from a previous marriage and Martha and Joseph had one additional child.

Martha reportedly was to have lived out her last days of her life pretty much of a recluse in a small cabin on her son's (William) property in Westville, MO.

William Denney gave Marth's year of birth as 1792, Diane Hitchcock Owens gives it as 1786. William & Diane also give different marriage dates for Martha and William West, William shows Jul 4, Diane shows Aug 8, 1811.

She was laid to rest at the Bell Cemetery, Chariton County, MO


Martha had one child with Joseph Riley, Pinkney Riley. In 1849, Pinkney went off to California in search of gold. Martha was never to see her youngest son again. 

Family 1

Isaac West b. say 1790, d. before 1817

Family 2

Jonathan1 Stout b. say 1782, d. before 1825

Family 3

Rev. Joseph P. Riley b. say 1775, d. 1827



  1. [S137] Hardin County Kentucky Marriages, online, 3 Oct 1817, Jonathan Stout and Patsey West, both of age and previously married. Hereinafter cited as KY Hardin - Marriages.
  2. [S137] KY Hardin - Marriages, online, 4 July 1811 Isaac West and Patsey Meeks.