About Sarah Meador
Sarah Meador, describing herself as the widow of Thomas Meador the Younger, declared her obligation to her three children in April, 1662, as shown in the document below. From this document, we learn that Susannah was the elder daughter and was not yet age 11 in 1662. Mary, the younger daughter, was not yet age 9. Sarah promised all three of her children four years of education (average then was just one year). Widows of this era often prepared a document such as this if they were considering remarriage, as it protected the inheritance of the children of the first marriage in case there were other children in the household. At the same time she made this declaration, she also petitioned for sole guardianship of her children.
These presents Witnesseth that I Sarah MEADER Widdow Wife of Thomas MEADER the Younger leately deced in the County of Rappa.
I Sarah MEADER do bind & oblige myself my Exrs. or Admrs. to confirme unto my Son John MEADER Sone unto Thomas MEADER lateley deced one yoak of Oxen & one gun Seaven foot by the barrell to be delivered unto my Son John MEADER when he comes of age & furthermore I give as my full act & deed unto my Eldest Daughter Susanna MEADER one red Cow called Cherry & her Cow Calf & increase to my aforesaid Daughter only excepting the male of the catle to fall unto me the above said Sarah MEADER untill my Daughter be full Eleven years of age & after the expiracon of the aforesaid years male & female to fall unto my Eldest Daughter Susanna MEADER. Item I give unto my youngest Daughter Mary MEADER Daughter of the above said Thomas MEADOR one Black heaffer named Slippey she & her increase to my youngest only the male Excepted to fall unto I the said Sarah MEADER untill my youngest Daughter be fully nine years of age & after the Expiracon of the aforesaid nine years male & female to fall unto Mary MEADER & if it shall please God that my Eldest Daughter shall dye in her minority that all her Catle & their increase shall fall unto her Sister Mary MEADER and likewise in case it should please God that my youngest Daughter Mary MEADER should dye in her minority that her Catle unto my Eldest Daughter Susanna MEADER & furthermore in case that my youngest Daughter Mary MEADER her heiffer should miscarry before she comes to perfeccon that there shall another heiffer or Cow of the same age & her increase to be made good as aforesaid to my Daughter Mary MEADER to be recorded in Court the first or second Courte ensuing the date hereof by any person that I the said Sarah MEADER shall appoint always provided that there be severall marks nominate & recorded for the abovesaid Childrens Catle them & their increase. In confirmacon I Sarah MEADER bind myself my hand this 13th day of Aprill 1662.
In presence of Abraham COOMBE Sarah [T] MEADER William CLAWSON
These Presents testifieth that I, Sarah MEADER, late wife of Thomas MEADER dec'd. in the County of Rappa. oblige myself to give & allow my children a sufficient & compleat maintenance in every respect as all other ought to do and further more to give them four years a piece Education in learning according as the Country doth afford. In confirmation whereof I Sarah MEADER do bind & oblige myself my heirs or assignes for the performance of this above menconed In presence of Abraham COMBE [sic] /s/ Sarah (+) MEADER
William CLAWSON. Recorded July 12, 1662
(Old Rappahannock County Deed Abstracts 1656-1664, Part II, Ruth & Sam Sparacio, The Antient Press, McLean, VA)
referenced in 'The Macy Family'
from findagrave- thomas meador jrs mother name was yates http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Meador&GSiman=1&GScid=2440028&GRid=86153846&