Francis Meadows, Sr.

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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.

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Francis Meadows, Sr.'s Timeline

Virginia, United States
Age 13
Greenbrier, West Virginia, United States
February 8, 1753
Age 15
Essex, Orange Co., Virginia
September 17, 1755
Age 17
Essex Co., VA
Age 19
Amelia, VA, USA
February 8, 1758
Age 20
Chamberlin, Virginia Colony
Age 20
October 10, 1760
Age 22
Orange Co., VA
Age 22
Age 22