John Meadows 
- Born: Cir 1630, , Lancaster, Virginia, USA
- Marriage: Elizabeth White  in 1677 in , Essex, Virginia, USA
- Died: November 23, 1721, , Essex, Virginia, USA at age 91
Notes for JOHN SR. MEADOWS:
John purchased 50 acres of land on April 21, 1660 adjoining his own land. John and a Henry Peter were granted 4,200 acres by patent on April 17, 1667, located in St. Mary's Parish, Essex County. Thomas Jr. transferred 640 acres on April 20, 1667 to John and was the same 450 acres that he inherited from his father plus 190 acres that he was granted for transporting 4 persons to the colony.
John, in his indenture of December 10, 1694, he described himself as "John Meador Sr., widow, in the county of Essex, for the love I have for my children by my wife Elizabeth, deceased, I give them all of the land had by my wife to be divided equally between them, as near as I can divide it. To my son Richard Meador and my son John Meador, Jr., a parcel of land beginning at Cole Springs, running the great branch to the main swamp; to my son Thomas Meador land by John Evans; land on the east side of great branch to my son Hope Meador, to daughter Rachael Meador 10 acres bought of Edward Thacker also land given by my father-in-law, Richard White; Land also to daughters Elizabeth and Esther Meador. All land given to sons and daughters never to be sold but to remain from heir to heir so long as there can be one of the Meadors found alive".
John married again and had six children.
His will (October 17, 1721; probated November 21, 1721) John and his family lived in Farnham Parish of Essex County, Virginia on the south side of the Rappahannock River. His will was probated November 23, 1721 in Essex County. Will: "I give to my son Thomas Meador one shilling; I give my daughter, Rachale Jodan, one shilling; to my daughter Elize Armstrong, one shilling; to my daughter Dinah Tribbile, one shilling; my desire is that my five sone shall keep their own guns without apraisel. I give to my daughter Mary Meador one gold ring. I give to my son Jones Meador a small piece of land joining upon Thomas Evan's and running up to church road that goes by my house then up a long road a small course until it comes to the fork of the branch where it began and from the fork to the first beginning and the rest of my land I give to the other four sons to be equally divided with all my houses and orchards thereon belonging and I do appoint my two sons Jobe and Jason Meador my lawful esecutors. I give my son Joshua Meador one chest not to be appraised and the rest of my estate to be equally divided among my children and I do leave my two youngest sons to be of age at seventeen and I do leave my son Jonas Meador to look after them for three years and that my will not be in force 'til my decease as witness by my hand and seal this 17th day of October, 1721. Estate 3, 1717-22 C. 7283, pp. 284-5.
In the Parish of Farnham of Rappahannock County, Virginia, in the late 1600's and eary 1700's, John Meadors was a good citizen and family man. It is here he spent his days raising a new family, tending his tobacco crop, serving on juries and doing other tasks as required by the Administrator of the Colony.
Children named in will by first marriage: Thomas, Rachel, Jordan, Elizabeth Armstrong, Diniah (Esther). Children named in Will by the second marriage: Jonas, Job, Joshua, Jason, Mary.
John was probably about 4 or 5 when his father died. He prpbably spent his childhood with his mother Sarah and his step-father, Henry Awbrey.
John sold 320 acres in 1679 in Lancaster County. His records continue in Essex County, Virginia. The name of his second wife is not known. His will was written October 17, 1721 and entered for probate November 23, 1721.
The naming of all of the sons of the last marriage with the initial "J", a custom which survived for several generations and now serves to identify his branch of the Meadows family. While the rest of the family remained in Essex County, these four sons emigrated to Cumberland and Lunenburg Counties, with Job, Jason and possibly Joshua proceeding on to Anson County, North Carolina and to Fairfield County, South Carolina.
John was a planter; he grew tobacco and Indian corn on these lands over 300 years ago. In 1661, when John was only 5 years old, and Indian raid on the neighboring plantation of Richard and Addra White killed Elizabeth's (John's future wife) brother, Thomas. An army of 250 men was raised, but proved ineffective against the hit and run tactics of the Indians
Upon attaining adult status, John occupied the land in the two grants. The 450 acre parcel became his home plantation. This coincided with his marriage to Elizabeth White, sometime between July, 1677 and February, 1678. John and Elizabeth had seven children: Richard, Thomas, Rachel, Elizabeth, John Jr., Hope and Esther.
John and Elizabeth were deeded her father's plantation "out of kindness and affection" for the care and maintenance of himself and his wife for the remainder of their lives. This plantation consisted of 33 acres on the north side of Hoskins Creek, opposite John's land.
In 1679, John sold the entire 320 acre grant to Ebenezer Stanfield. This land would never again return to the Meador family.
Meanwhile, the Rappahannock Indians had fled from their villages behind the settlers on the east bank of the river to sanctuary several miles upstream. In their absence, the lands were taken up by white settlers, and the Indians could not return. Decimated and broken, through having remained peaceful during the whole Bacon affair, their cause was championed by Henry Awbrey, the senior member of the County Court. Enlisting the help of about a dozen settlers, they were relocated, probably on Henry Awbrey's large grant lands, where there is a place which is still called Indian Neck. There is also a Rappahannock Indian church nearby, and there are reports that traces of an Indian settlement have been found on the Meador plantation. Participating in the resettlement in January, 1684, were Henry Awbrey, who served as overseer and go-between as well as furnishing his boat; Robert Tomlin, Jr., who supplied a sloop and a smaller boat; and several men, including John Meador. John was reimbursed by the court for 9 days service and the use of his horse.
In 1689, John purchased 105 acres, which adjoined the 450 acre plantation on the south. He received an additional 190 acres, adjoining the 450 acre one, for the transportation of four people to the colony. On April 21, 1690, John received another 50 acres, which adjoined his own land, for the transportation of one more person.
By the early 1690's, John had 1,095 acres centering on the 450 acre grant, straddling Hoskins Creek upstream from Cheatwood Millpond.
Elizabeth died on August 17, 1694. On December 10, 1695, in anticipation of a second marriage, John made a deed of gift to his seven children, dividing the bulk of his holdings (including the 450 acre grant) among his children. These lands were "NEVER TO BE SOLD OR DISPOSED OF, BUT TO REMAIN ROM HEIR TO HEIR AS LONG AS THERE CAN BE ONE OF YE MEADORS FOUND ALIVE." However, within a few years, the lands passed into other hands.
John's will mentioned "all my houses and orchard." John's 450 acre grant was divided among the children of his first wife; and portions of other lands were also divided to children of his second wife. A descendant, William Meador, retained some of this land.
In terms of wealth, the children of John Meador by his second wife received little from their father. The children by his first wife, Elizabeth, had already received the bulk of John's estate through his Deed of Gift before his remarriage. The oldest son, Richard, and Richard's descendants, appear to have ultimately obtained much of John's total estate. Richard Meador and his descendants tended to dominate others of the family, particularly those of the second marriage. The scattering of these latter children and their failure to take any significant advantage of the small amount of land left to them by John Meador may well have been directly attributable to that dominance by Richard and his children. This could have been accentuated by their Quaker learnings.
In terms of prestige and political influence in the community, John Meador does not appear to have been outstanding; but rather to have been just an average citizen. While he presumably should have benefited from his relationship to the Awbreys (his step-father's wealthy and influential family), there is little indication that he was treated favorably by this family.
The last resting place of John Meador and his family is unknown. A visit to the old plantation now reveals no trace of the houses or cemetaries that once may have been there. The lands are now occupied by a large wheat field and by thick woods.
John married Elizabeth White  [MRIN: 3761], daughter of Richard White  and Unknown, in 1677 in , Essex, Virginia, USA. (Elizabeth White  was born circa 1639-1665 and died on August 17, 1694.)