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Mariah (Meador) Rushing (abt. 1743 - abt. 1785)

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Mariah Rushing formerly Meador aka Meadors, Meadows
Born about in Essex County, Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Anson County, North Carolina, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 30 Dec 2010
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Name Conflict

Mariah's name is often listed as Sarah Mariah in various derivative[1] 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.)[2]

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.[3]

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,[4][5] 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.[5]


  1. 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.
  2. See: The Use of Middle Names, "Bob's Genealogy Filing Cabinet", accessed 27 Nov 2015, for one explanation.
  3. Rushing, Abraham, Ancestor #: A100039, Daughters of the American Revolution Research, accessed 27 Nov 2015
  4. 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)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Mariah Meador Rushing. Memorial# 69586854, Created by: Don Giddens, 9 May 2011, Find-a-grave, accessed 27 Nov 2015

See also:

  • RootsWeb
    ID: I18379; Sarah Mariah MEADOR ,b. ABT 1743 in Essex Co., VA (Reference Number: 18379)
    ID: I18413: William RUSHING, b.1771 in NC (Reference Number: 18413)


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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:

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On 30 Dec 2018 at 03:16 GMT Karen (Mahaney) Raichle wrote:

You need at least three distant cousins matches for triangulation to use confirmed by DNA. See

On 29 Dec 2018 at 21:09 GMT Don Giddens wrote:

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.

On 8 May 2018 at 16:28 GMT Gayel Knott wrote:

Meadors-425 and Meador-30 appear to represent the same person because: same father, similar birth. Meador is preferred spelling, with Meadors as a variant.

On 26 Apr 2018 at 14:18 GMT Gayel Knott wrote:

Meador-1306 and Meador-30 appear to represent the same person because: same father, same dates of birth and death. See bio of Meador-30 for why name should be Mariah, not Sarah Mariah.

On 13 Feb 2018 at 16:53 GMT Gayel Knott wrote:

Meador-1140 and Meador-30 appear to represent the same person because: Same husband, two children the same, similar birth and death.

On 25 Jan 2017 at 17:18 GMT Gayel Knott wrote:

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.

On 27 Feb 2015 at 18:34 GMT Heather Brown wrote:

Rushing-82 and Meador-30 do not represent the same person because: These are obviously not the same person: different parents, different spouse, different birth and death dates.

On 20 Feb 2015 at 01:47 GMT Cynthia (Billups) B wrote:

Rushing-82 and Meador-30 do not represent the same person because: creating a rejected match, because in looking at the changes page, realized this is the daughter of Abraham, not the wife

Will make her into the daughter of Abraham

On 5 Jul 2014 at 16:43 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Meadors-107 and Meador-30 appear to represent the same person because: same data

On 25 Jun 2014 at 12:10 GMT Allan Thomas wrote:

Meador-493 and Meador-30 appear to represent the same person because: OK!! I think I have it right this time, please compare

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