Are the wives of brothers Jehu Meador and Joab Meador of Virginia switched?

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The link shown on the profile of Jehu Meador (Meador-172), The Descendants of Jonas and Frances Meador of Essex, Caroline, and Cumberland Counties, Virginia: ,  is the source used for a marriage of Jehu Meador and Sarah Atkinson.  The footnote in this webpage cites The will of Samuel Atkinson Cumberland Co., VA, WB 3, Page 34, dated 7 May 1794.

While the will of Samuel Atkinson does identify his daughter as Sarah Meaders, it does not identify her as the wife of Jehu Meador.

Joab Meador (Meador-181), the brother of Jehu, also married a woman named Sarah. Joab's wife is generally listed as either Sarah unknown, Sarah Hubbard, or in some cases as Sarah Motely. 

The will of Joseph Hubbard , Halifax Co VA, Bk 6, page 112, proven 28 Oct 1799, identifies a daughter as Sarah Meadows.  As in the Atkinson will, Joseph Hubbard does not identify the husband of his daughter Sarah.

Both Samuel Atkinson and Joseph Hubbard owned land and lived in Cumberland Co., VA at one time.  They also both had holdings in and children who lived in Pittsylvania Co., VA.

Consider this item from Samuel Atkinson's will.

"I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Meaders a negro woman named Lucy, a negro boy named Isaac, and a negro girl named Agg, all of them now in her possession to her and her Heirs forever."

Joab Meador wrote his will in Pittsylvania Co., VA in 1815, inventory in 1818. Account current in 1825 with Mrs Sarah Meador still living.

"First, I give unto my Grand Child, a son Nancy Flippen, Twenty Five pounds current money at my wife’s decease. Item. I lend unto my beloved wife Sarah Meador during her life or widowhood the tract of land whereon I now live, except that part that lies on the South side of Swealdon’s Fork that I give unto my son Samuel Meador after the decease of my wife, the [w}hole containing 300 acres. I also lend unto my Beloved wife all my slaves, to wit: Lucy, Angess, Isaac, Jenny, Johnson, Sindy, Charles, Clary, Joe, David, Sirus, Rawley, James and Bobb and the increase; and after her death my will is that all my estate shall be sold and equally to be divided among my children (to wit) Jonas, Lidia, Frances, Samuel and Sarah."

While this is not definitive proof by any means, it does suggest to me that perhaps the two Sarahs are connected to the wrong men.  Any opinions?

It is my understanding that Victor Paul Meador's book Meador Families of Virginia and Points West presents a case for the two women being switched.  I have been unable to get my hands on a copy of the book.

Any help appreciated.  Thanks

WikiTree profile: Joab Meador
asked in Genealogy Help by Karen Raichle G2G6 Mach 6 (61.8k points)

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Your information is certainly better researched than anything else I've ever seen.

Victor Meador's book is on-line at Family Search, but has to be read at a local Family History Centre.  If you have one near you, you can read it there.  Otherwise, I can check next Wednesday.  Let me know.



answered by Gayel Knott G2G6 Mach 2 (23.6k points)
selected by Karen Raichle
Gayel, Thanks so much for the comment. I knew that the book was available from family search.  The only problem is that I live in the sticks, and the nearest center to me is over 100 miles one way. I was hoping that I wouldn't have to make that drive.

I would love to take you up on your offer to search for me. I've been searching this long, a couple more days is nothing.

Thanks for your help.

Okay -- Now if only I remember!

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