Mariah's name is often listed as Sarah Mariah in various derivative or undocumented sources, including genealogy texts and online family trees. However, in her father's will she is most definitely listed as Mariah.
The reportage of two given names (a first name and a middle name) for this time period is almost always a flag that an early researcher has confused two different people. Most people did not have more than a first name and a family name. (Rare exceptions might be a person of high status who was given a family name as a middle name.)
One possible source of confusion for Mariah's name may have come from an early membership application to the Daughters of the American Revolution, where Abraham Rushing's wife is listed simply as "Sarah", with no family name or other information provided.
Another possible source of confusion may have come from Sarah (Meador?), the wife of Thomas Huntley, who is often identified as "Zilphia" or "Zilphia Sarah" in derivative and undocumented sources, although she is clearly identified as Sarah in Thomas's will.
Mariah Meador was born about 1743 in Virginia. She married Abraham Rushing, probably around 1771 (based on the estimated birth of their oldest born child), most likely in Anson County, North Carolina. She died about 1783 in Anson County and is buried in the Rushing Cemetery in what is now Union County, North Carolina.
↑ A derivative source is one that is copied from another source. Many easily available derivative sources simply copy other derivative sources without checking for documentation based on research in original records. Without the reference to original records, derivative sources are frequently unreliable and/or wrong.
↑ Meador, Victor P. (Victor Paul), and Bernal M. Meador. Our Meador families in colonial America: as found in the records of Isle of Wight, Lancaster, (old) Rappahannock, Richmond, Essex and Caroline Counties, Virginia. (Independence, Missouri: V.P. Meador, 1983)
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Mariah by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Mariah:
Shared DNA: 17.2 cM between Don Giddens and Dwanna M., 7th cousins. Shared DNA: 17.2 cM . The triangulation is as follows: Don is the 6th great-grandson of Mariah Meador, Dwanna is the 6th great-granddaughter of Thomas Meador, children of Elizabeth Stone and Jason Meadors.
Meador-1104 and Meador-30 appear to represent the same person because: Parents, husband and child, estimated date of birth all the same. Meador-1104 has no sources or documentation, and name should be changed from Sarah to Mariah to conform to documented information for the first wife of Abraham Rushing and mother of Abraham Rushing Jr.