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Joel W Meador, Sr.

Birthplace: Goochland County, Virginia
Death: Died in Franklin County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Jonas Meador, Sr. and Frances E Meador
Husband of Agnes Meador and Susannah Meador
Father of Jesse Meador; Joel Joseph Meador, Jr.; Susannah Meador Martin; Rhoda Blankenship; Job Meador and 9 others
Brother of Jonas B Meador, Jr; Frances Holloway; John M Meador; Mary Holland; Jacob Meador and 6 others

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About Joel W Meador, Sr.

Joel Meador was born c.1729 in Virginia. He was the son of Jonas Meador and Frances Hudgens. He married Susanna Clark on November 25, 1750 in Bedford County, Virginia. He died in 1793 in Franklin County, Virginia. He left a detailed will, copied below, naming his wife and children. As you can see from the will, he did use the suffix "Sr."

One site claims Joel was born in Cumberland County, Virginia. There was no Cumberland County at the time of Joel's birth. He was more likely born in Goochland County, but it is possible he was born in the part of that county that became Cumberland County in 1749.

Susannah Clark was the daughter of George and Elizabeth Clark. She was born in 1730 in Essex County, Virginia and died in 1818 in Franklin County, Virginia.

Joel was most likely a Quaker. References to a Joel Meadors, son of Jonas, are found in Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy. The entry refers to the Cedar Creek Monthly Friends Meeting in Essex County.

Children of Joel Meador and wife Susannah Clark:

  • Jesse Meador b: 1750 in Virginia
  • Mary Meador b: Abt 1751 in Virginia
  • John Watts Meador b: Abt 1756 in Virginia
  • Jonas Meador b: 3 Feb 1758 in Bedford, Virginia
  • Frances "Francis" Meador b: 1760-1765 in , Franklin, Virginia
  • Joel Meador b: 8 Mar 1760 in , Bedford, Virginia
  • Isham Meador b: 20 Mar 1762 in , Bedford, Virginia
  • Jobe Meador b: 1763 in Indian Run, Franklin , Virginia
  • Susanna Meador b: 1764 in Bedford, Virginia
  • Anna Meador b: 2 Mar 1768 in Indian Run Plantation, Franklin, Virginia
  • Joseph Meador b: 1772 in Franklin, Virginia
  • James Meador b: 1774
  • Rhoda Meador b: 10 Mar 1775 in , Franklin, Virginia
  • Emily Meador b: 1776 in , Franklin, Virginia


I Joel Meador Sen'r of Franklin County, in the name of God, Amen, being in perfect memory, knowing it is appointed for all men once to die, do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following:

Item I give to my son Jesse Meador two hundred acres of land, the place where he now living. Be the same more or less, to him and his heirs

Item I give to my son Jonas Meador, one hundred acres of land, the place where he now lives, be the same more or less, to him and his heirs

Item I give to my son Joel Meador, two hundred acres of land with the Plantation he now holds, be the same more to less, to him and his heirs

Item I give to my son Isham Meador two hundred acres of land with the Plantation he now holds, by the same more or less to him and his heirs

Item I give to my son Job Meador two hundred and twenty eight acres of land, the place where he now lives, be the same more or less to him and heirs

Item I give to my son James Meador one hundred and eighty acres of land with my Plantation lying on the River, be the same more or less, to him and heirs

Item I give to my son Joseph Meador three hundred and forty acres of land, the place where I now live, his mother to have her part with him (during) her life, to him and his heirs

Item I give to my daughter Mary Herd one Negro boy named Luke

Item I give to my daughter Frances Simmons one Negro boy named Dick

Item I give to my daughter Susanna Martin one Negro girl named Esther

Item I give to my daughter Anne Simmons one Negro girl named Tiller

Item I give my daughter Rhoda Meador on Negro boy named Jim

Item I give to my daughter Milla Meador one Negro woman named Tabb, and also one feather bed and furniture, value ten pounds

Land that I have given to my sons are all divided by lines already made, so that there is to be more alteration.

Item I give to my beloved wife Susanna all the rest of my estate to act and do with as she thinks fit, provided she pays my debts. I leave my wife Susanna Meador, my son Jesse Meador, & my son John Meador my Executors

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 3rd day of November, ano Dom 1788

Signed, sealed, and acknowledged in presence of�� Joel Meador SR. SEAL

John Hook, William Smith, Thos Hunt

[Coricil, Franklin County, October 14,1793]

In addition to my will, I appoint Jesse Meador, John Meador & Job Meador my trustees and agents for the following purpose, being apprehensive that my son in law William Martin will make bad use of the estate given by this will to my daughter Susannah Martin. I now recall and revoke the gift of the Negro girl name Esther to Susannah Martin, and do give and invest the said Negro named Esther in and to my trustees above named for the special and express purpose that they shall give the benefit of said Negro Girl Esther to my Daughter Susannah Martin as long as she lives, and after her death it is my will that my Trustees above name do give the said Negro girl Esther to the children of William Martin by my daughter Susannah

Joel Meador SR

Tests: William Smith; Benjamin Hunt; John Hook and Philip Pankey

At a Court held for Franklin County on the first Monday in October, 1798.

This last will and testament of Joel Meador SR, deceased was proved by the oath of John Hook and the Codicil hereunto annexed was also proved by the oath of the said John Hook and Philip Pankey, witnesses thereto and at a court held for the said County February 6th 1804 the said last will and testament was further proved by the oath of William Smith, another witness thereto, and ordered to be recorded.

Tests James Callaway; Franklin County, Virginia, Will Book 1 page 236

A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA. DAR Ancestor # A076849

Joel married Agnes in 1749

Joel married Susannah on 25 Nov 1750

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Joel W Meador, Sr.'s Timeline

Goochland County, Virginia
Age 21
Cumberland County, Province of Virginia
Age 22
Province of Virginia
Age 27
Cumberland, Virginia, USA
February 3, 1758
Age 29
Franklin, VA
March 3, 1760
Age 31
Franklin, VA
Age 31
Franklin, Virginia, USA
March 20, 1762
Age 33
Bedford, Virginia, USA
Age 34
Indiana Run, Franklin, VA