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About Francis Meadows, Sr.

Josiah Francis Meadows

  • Born: 1738, Caroline County, Virginia
  • Father: Jonas Meador Sr. (Abt 1698-1768)
  • mother: Frances Hudgens (1702-1780)
  • Marriage (1): Lavinia Moody about 1755 in Amelia County, Virginia
  • Marriage (2): Mary Kesiah Bell in 1758 in Orange County, Virginia
  • Died: Nov 20, 1836, Virginia at age 98

Josiah married Lavinia Moody, daughter of Robert Moody and Unknown, about 1755 in Amelia County, Virginia. (Lavinia Moody was born on Mar 12, 1730 in Prince George. Bristol Parish, Virginia and died after 1798.)

Josiah next married Mary Kesiah Bell, daughter of John Bell and Unknown, in 1758 in Orange County, Virginia. (Mary Kesiah Bell was born on Nov 20, 1736 in Orange County, Virginia and died in 1818.)


For Josiah Francis Meadows' first marriage we still rely on family legend which also tells us that Josiah was something of a loose cannon. As the story goes, both Lavinia Moody and Josiah Francis Meadows committed some sort of treason against the British and they fled. Shirley Seal Breeden states that there was a treason charge against Francis Sr. per a 1760 Court Order Book, but she isn't certain which Virginia County it was (Franklin or Bedford County). At this time they went their separate ways. We understood that there were two children involved, but the records, based on dates of birth, indicate four children. It isn't clear who raised these children.

Francis, as he was known, came to the Blue Ridge Mountains in March 1770 and settled at the head of Hawksbill Creek in Augusta County, Virginia. Marriage records in Orange County show that he married Mary Keziah Bell in 1758, Francis lived on top of the mountain where Big Meadows is located. The county line dividing Rockingham and Orange counties runs through his property; the house in Orange County, the barn in Rockingham County. He paid taxes in Orange County.

There is a cemetery on the mountain called the Thomas Meadows graveyard located about a mile down the west side of the Blue Ridge from Lewis Mountain. It is located near the old Meadows Schoolhouse.

Francis bought this land from the Peter Nichols patent, 1,708 acres and it is now in Page County, Virginia.


Francis Meadows, Sr b. abt 1754 Augusta Co, Va , d. 26 Nov 1836 Monroe Co, Va m Frances Bush b. abt 1772 Rockingham Co,Va. d. 17 Feb 1853 ( DAR has corrected this date from 8 Feb to 17th Feb 1853 Monroe Co,Va. m 16 Sep 1791/97 Rockingham Co,Va. Francis Meadows, Sr enlisted in Capt. David Laird's Co., 10th Va. Reg. Lt Nathan Lamme, Col. Edward Stephens, Comm. Muster Rolls & Pay Rolls: Middlebrook, Valley Forge, Brunswick,White Plains, Camp Robinson's Farm, Smith's Cove, Ramefrau, Morristown thru Nov. 1779. Taken prisoner at Charleston, SC. Served three years and 3 months. Widow's pension.

Hand craved gravestone of Francis Meadows. It is located in the Peterstown Cemetry, Gill County, Virginia. The stone appears to be sand stone, with brass plates mounted in the concrete base. Hand Craved Gravestone 20 NOV 1836 Peterstown Cemetery, West Virginia.

Francis Meadows came to the Blue Ridge Mountains in March,1770 and settled at the head of Hawksbill Creek in Augusta County, Virginia from Orange County. Marriage record in Orange County for Francis Meadows and Mary Bell dated 1758. Francis lived on top of the mountain where Big Meadows is located. The county line dividing Rockingham and Orange ran thru his property, the house in Orange and the barn in Rockingham, he paid taxes and is listed in the census for Orange. There is an old graveyard on the mountain near Big Meadows, the Thomas Meadows grave yard is located about 1 mile down the west side of the Blue Ridge fromLewis Mountain. This grave yard is near the old Meadows School house tht the National Park Service took down in the 1930's. It is marked on the park map no. 10. From page 20-Road No. 759 about 1/4 mile from the end of the road, Northeast of the old Meadows school. Francis bought his land from Peter Nichols patent of 1,708 acres, this patent is now located in Page County, Virginia. Francis is listed in the soldiers of the Revolution of West Virginia in 1818 as being 80 years old and getting a pension of $80 per year. He was living with his son Francis in Monroe County, West Virginia. Mary must have died.*

BIOGRAPHY: Reference: Proof that the Francis Meadows who fought in Lord Dunmore's War was Francis Meadows Sr.: As we know now, a Francis Meadows of Augusta County, Virginia, served under Captain Alexander McClannehan in Lord Dunmore's War.

BIOGRAPHY: 1774 Dunmore's War Record: Francis Meadows served as a private under Captain Alexander McClannehan during Lord Dunmore's War, which was fought on the Virginia frontier in 1774. He served for a total of 122 days, and he received 9 pounds and 3 shillings in pay. Source: Library of Virginia Digital Library Program, Payrolls and Muster Rols from Dunmore's War, part of the Records of the Executive Branch, Auditor of Public Accounts (Record Group 48) The index card at the above site indicates that Captain McClannehan's Company was from Augusta County, Virginia.

BIOGRAPHY: The term of 122 days was the entire duration of the war and Capt. McClannehan was wounded during the famous Battle of Point Pleasant. This means that Francis Meadows who served in Lord Dunmore's War was one of approximately one thousand men who fought in that famous hand-to-hand combat that is frequently regarded as the first major battle of the Revolutionary War.

BIOGRAPHY: On November 15, 1790, Francis Meadows petitioned the House of Delegates of Virginia for a certificate "for pay and land" for his services in the Revolutionary War. The full text of the documents relating to this petition are set forth in John W. Wayland, Virginia Valley Records: Genealogical and Historical Materials of Rockingham County, Virginia (originally published in Strasburg, Virginia in 1930 and reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, Md. 1985) at pages 88-89. On June 16, 1818 he petitioned for a Revolutionary War pension, emphasizing the full details of his service and the fact that he was "in reduced circumstances in life." On August 15, 1820 he again petitioned** for relief, emphasizing his military service for "three years and three months" during the Revolutionary War, starting with his enlistment in February of 1777. He listed his limited property, he emphasized that he was "not able to work owing to a severe rupture, and he stated that his wife was "also very frail and not able to work." He also called attention to his "sixteen children (12 of them sons) who have all left me but six all of whom are under the age of 14 years." These documents are part of Revolutionary Pension File Number 5367 in the National Archives.

served as a private under Captain Alexander McClannehan during Lord Dunmore's War
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Francis Meadows, Sr.'s Timeline

Virginia, United States
February 8, 1753
Age 15
Essex, Orange Co., Virginia
September 17, 1755
Age 17
Essex Co., VA
February 10, 1758
Age 20
Caroline County, Virginia, United States
Age 20
Orange, VA

Francis Meadows in the U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
Index-only record

Name: Francis Meadows
Gender: Male
Birth Place: VA
Birth Year: 1738
Spouse Name: Mary Kesiah Bell
Birth Place: VA
Spouse Birth Year: 1736
Year: 1758
Marriage State: VA
Number Pages: 1
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Source Citation
Source number: 139.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: SR2

Source Information
Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004.
Original data: This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was derived from an array of materials including pedigree charts, family history articles, querie.

This database contains marriage record information for approximately 1,400,000 individuals from across all 50 United States and 32 different countries around the world between 1560 and 1900. These records, which include information on over 500 years of marriages, were extracted from family group sheets, electronic databases, biographies, wills, and other sources. Learn more...
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