Mead, Darius II
Darius Mead II descends from an English Family. Darius’s immigrant ancestor, William Mead, emigrated from Lydd, County Kent, England, on the vessel Elizabeth to the Massachusetts Colony. He eventually moved to Connecticut, and was one of the original settlers in Stamford, part of the New Haven Colony.
Darius Mead II was born on December 9, 1764 in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, the son of Darius Mead I and Ruth Curtis. His parents had moved to Pennsylvania from Connecticut, when both states had overlapping land claims. Around 1778, the Indians of Western Pennsylvania began to prey upon the white settlers, and Darius’ brother Asahel Mead was found killed and horribly mutilated by Indians.
While living in Lancaster County, Darius Mead II enlisted on July 12, 1781, as a private in the Lancaster County Militia, 10th Battalion, Pennsylvania Volunteers, serving under Captain William Johnson. He was a substitute for Leonard Shirtz. His company was mustered out of service on 21 August 1781 by Colonel Hunter.
Darius married Anna Hoffman on 13 February 1787 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Darius and Anna had eleven children: Else (born February 7, 1788), Ruth (born August 16, 1789), John (born April 16, 1791), Philip (born February 14, 1795), Darius III (born July 14, 1796), Elizabeth (born January 5, 1801), David (born December 28, 1803), Sarah (born October 11, 1805), Joseph (born February 19, 1807), Asahel (born February 21, 1809) and Anna (born February 16, 1813).
Darius Mead II and his brothers, David, John and Joseph, together with six other men from Northumberland County, moved to Crawford County, and became the first settlers there. On 13 May 1788, they built a log cabin on the deserted cornfields of the local Indians between Cussewago and French creeks (near present day Meadville), and they planted crops. In the fall of 1788, the settlers brought their wives and families from Northumberland County. David Mead's daughter Sarah was the first white child born in Crawford County. Due to the defeats of General Harmer in 1790 and General St. Clair in 1791, the settlement at French Creek was abandoned, and the settlers took refuge at Fort Franklin.
After the Indian attacks subsided, the Meads returned to Meadville. Darius moved to Warren County in the spring of 1799, settling on the Big Brokenstraw where Mead’s mill now stands, about a mile west of Youngville. In 1801, Darius’ daughter Elizabeth became the first white child born in Warren County. Darius established a farm, and he built a grist mill and two saw mills with his brother Joseph. Darius became an acting justice in Warren County.
Darius served in the War of 1812, when he went to the defense of Erie when the British were threatening an assault. In 1813, Darius contracted typhus fever while in the service, and died on May 19, 1813, in Warren County, and was buried on his farm.