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Josiah Francis Meadows, Sr.

Also Known As: "Josiah Meador", "Josiah ?", "Francis Meadows"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Caroline County, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Botetourt County, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Starkey Family Cemetery, Roanoke County, Virginia USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Meadows, II and Ann Meadows
Husband of Keziah Meadows
Ex-husband of Lavinia Lorena Meadows
Father of Elijah Francis Meadows; Rosanna Lilly; Edith Lily Meadows; Josiah Francis "Frank" Meadows, Jr.; Sarah Meadows and 17 others
Brother of Reuben Meadows; Sarah Meadows; Thomas Meador; Esther Meadows; Ambrose Meadows and 7 others

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About Josiah 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.)

From http://www.livelyroots.com/gerald/20671.htm

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 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.

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served as a private under Captain Alexander McClannehan during Lord Dunmore's War

Burial: Starkey, Roanoke, Virginia Botetourt County, Virginia, (now Roanoke Co)

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There is an old family tradition that is often quoted in local histories that says: "The original ancestor of the Meadows family in America came from England and settled in Baltimore, Maryland. He was the father of seven sons and named them all beginning with 'J' and they were known as the '7 J' family." In the early records of the Valley of Virginia, we find the following names; Josiah Meadows I, Jacob Meadows, James Meadows, John Meadows, Joshua Meadows, Israel Meadows, and Frances Meadows. The most of these men lived in the counties of Orange, Rockingham, Augusta, and Botetourt, and some of these men were soldiers in the Revolution. But soon after the war they settled in other counties and states. There is a deed recorded in Botetourt County, VA from Arthur Cooper to Robert Lilly, dated January 7, 1793, Deed Book #4, page 445; conveying one hundred acres of land on the south side of Back Creek, it is "the place whereon Josiah Meadows deceased lived." The witnesses to this deed were Josiah Meadows II, Jacob Meadows, and Robert Richardson. It seems very probable that Josiah Meadows I was a member of the "7 J" family that settled in Baltimore. Josiah I lived near "Starkey" in that portion of Botetourt County, VA, which in 1838 became a part of Roanoke County, VA. He died prior to 1793. The Meadows family lived on this farm and were residents of Botetourt County in 1795. SOURCE: Source: Author: Charles Silas Hatcher; Title: Historical Genealogy of the Basham, Ellison, Hatcher, Lilly, Meadows, Pack, Walker & Other Families; Publication: Name: PO Box 32 Lynchburg, VA 24505; Book 6/1/1968; LOCA: Dee Crawford, Ghent, WV ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 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 from Lewis Mountain. This grave yard is near the old Meadows School house that the National Park Service took down in the 1930's. Francis bought his land from Peter Nichols patent of 1,708 acres, this patent is now located in Page County, Virginia.

Josiah Francis Meadows/Meador - 1774 Dunmore's War - 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. SRC: Library of Virginia, Digital Library Program, Payrolls and Muster Rolls from Dunmore's War, part of the record of the Executive Branch, Auditor of Public Accounts, (Record Group 48) at page 106. Josiah Francis participated in the Dunmore's War and he was among the 1,000 men who fought the Battle of Point Pleasant.

In the Statement of Monroe County, Virginia”, Military Records: Revolutionary War Pension Lists: Pension Roll of 1835, Volume III, Virginia, page 721 - Francis Meadows is shown to be receiving a pension of $96.00 per year beginning 16 Jun 1818 when he was 80 years of age. This indicates his birth year to be 1738. This is our Josiah Francis Meadows using a different name. Also, this is apparently evidence that he was alive after 1818 and most likely he was alive at the time of this publication (1835) +++++++++++++++++++++++++ In Historical Southern Families, Vol IV, Meadors-Meadows of Essex County, Virginia, page 133, Frances Hudgens' will is shown as made in Cumberland County, Virginia on 17 August 1774. In her will (she was widowed) she names at least some of her children: Mary Holland; Frances Holloway; John Meador; Josiah Meador; Joel Meador; Jehu Meador; Joab Meador; Jesse Meador. Apparently Josiah Meador is his childhood name. We noted that Frances Hudgens did not identify any of her children in her will by using middle names.

Up until this point in the Meadows/Meador lineage, the family faithfully named the male children with biblical names beginning with "J". Josiah Francis in his adulthood was a free soul and this naming tradition ended with him. Another aspect of naming traditions is to name one male child after the grandfather and one after the father, usually the first and third sons. (Albion's Seed by David Hackett Fisher) Several of Josiah Francis' siblings did manage to name descendants after Jonas (father) but Josiah Francis named two sons after himself, the first and thirds sons, Josiah and Francis, which by itself was a naming tradition. +++++++++++++++++++++++++ Father: Jonas Meador, Sr. Mother: Frances Hudgens +++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Parents: Father: Jonas MEADOR Frances Hudgens

Married: 1757 in Amelia Co VA Lavinia MOODY Christening: 3/12/1731 in Prince George, Bristol Parish, VA Father: Robert Moody Mother: Ann Preston

Known Children: 1. Joab Meador

2. William Meador

3. Israel Meador

4. Josiah Meador II My Line m. Judith "Juda" Lilly

5. John Francis Meador

6. James Meador

7. Jeremiah Isaac Meadows

8. Edith "Edy" Meador My Line m. Edmund Lilly

9. Rosanna Meador My Line m. 8/22/1798 in Montgomery Co VA to Thomas Edmond Lilly

10.Jacob Meador m. 6/7/1774 in Botetourt Co VA to Mary Ovington ++++++++++++++++++++

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Josiah Francis Meadows, Sr.'s Timeline

1738
July 14, 1738
Caroline County, Virginia, United States
1753
February 8, 1753
Age 14
Essex, Orange Co., Virginia
1755
September 17, 1755
Age 17
Essex Co., VA
1760
October 10, 1760
Age 22
Orange Co., VA
1760
Age 21
Augusta, Greenbrier County, West Virginia, United States
1760
Age 21
Monroe, Amherst, Virginia, United States
1762
1762
Age 23
Essex Co., VA
1762
Age 23
Orange, Virginia Colony