Here’s the information I have on them:
From Cemeteries of Brown County, Illinois, pp 283-287
George McMeins 1850-1902 [Misc Bur, p. 410, d. 6 Nov 1902]
John McMeins 1890-1934
Joseph Edward (Ted) McMeins 1877-1943
Donald Lee McMeins 1928-1943
In “Family Relationships” section:
“The two latter, uncle and nephew, perished in a stalled car one cold night near Camp Point. The third person who died in the car is not buried here.” [The two persons referenced were Joseph and Donald.]
In a section listed “Accidental Deaths”:
“Graves of Donald McMeins and small nephew recall to mind the tragedy in 1943 when three children perished in a car near Camp Point”.
In the Bell-Keith Cemetery there is a John McMeins, a mexican War Veteran, buried with six other unnamed McMeins. There were no dates given for him.
The McMeins name has three other spelling variations: McMeans, Meins and Means.
I checked my other reference books but did not find any other references to the three individuals you referred to.
I did place your query on the Queries section of the Web Pages, so you may get additional information later. Please remember to send address changes if you change your email address.
From: TIM122150@aol.com [mailto:TIM122150@aol.com]
Sent: Monday, December 15, 2003 11:54 AM
Subject: Brown County Query
I am looking for information about Ted, John, and George McMeins from the Mt. Sterling area. I think George was probably born around 1855. I'm not sure but I think John and Ted were his sons. I heard something about a drowning.
I know this is not much to go on, but if you hear anything about this family pleas contact me at Jannypooh5@msn.com. Thanks much