THOSE AUDACIOUS MEEHANS
Dennis Meehan became DeWitty's second postmaster in 1916 and promptly renamed the town Audacious, saying that “the people were audacious for having settled there.” (Perkey’s Names of Nebraska Locations).
The DeWitty name has withstood the test of time, but the Meehan’s will forever hail from Audacious.
Our matriarch, Hester, was of African descent and orphaned by age eight. Our patriarch, Charles, was of Jewish/German descent but passed as Irish. He was abandoned as an infant. Hester and Charles met as children in the Elgin Settlement, near Chatham, Ontario, AKA the Black Man's Paris.
Our earliest known family story originates from a burning ship in Charleston Harbor in 1821. By 1843 we were pioneers in Ontario's Queen's Bush. In 1859 an Anderson cousin and abolitionist joined John Brown at Harpers Ferry. When 1885 dawned we were Nebraska Homesteaders and part of a core group whose small town became known as the "longest lasting and most successful African American settlement in rural Nebraska."
We represent many families and communities that are irrevocably bound. Those Audacious Meehans seeks to highlight and credit each family/community as the Meehan story unfolds.
All photographs and documents are from the collection of Catherine Meehan Blountunless otherwise noted.
Catherine Meehan Blount
Dedicated to the life and legacy of my grandparents,
Charles Henry Meehan
Hester Catherine Freeman Meehan
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