|Birth: ||Feb. 10, 1758|
|Death: ||Dec. 22, 1845|
West Virginia, USA
Son of Josiah Meador and Lavina Moody.
Josiah Meador was a soldier of the Revolutionary War, enlisting under Captain Joseph Renfroe, engaging the Indians of lthe frontier who were incited by the British to commit butchery against the Colonists who were at war with the mother country. He saw service on Wolf Creek in Monroe County and at Fort Donally near Lewisburg. He also marched through Tennessee to Chicamauga in Georgia, fighting the Indians back from the frontier which was then along the Blue Ridge and Cumberland mountains.
After this expedition he marched with George Rogers Clark to the Illinois country where they beat back the Indians and British at Kaskaskia and Vincennes. After this service was completed he came back to the Bluestone Valley where he married a daughter of Robert Lilly who had settled there ten years before.
Josiah Meadows came from Bedford County, VA and was a soldier in the continental armies for two or more periods. The facts stated are taken from his declaration of or pension in 1832, when he was seventy-four years of age. He enlisted in the early spring of 1778, under Captain Joseph Renfroe; marched with his company to Jarrett's Fort, on Wolf Creek, now in Summers County (WV), where the company was divided, and the part Josiah was with was sent to Keeney's Fort on the Greenbrier, where he was stationed at the time of the Indian attack on Donnally's Fort. Upon the expiration of his enlistment, he again enlisted in the company of Captain Isaac Taylor, and with his company and regiment, the latter commanded by Colonel John Montgomery, marched through the Holstein country to the Indian town of Chicamauga, which they destroyed. Josiah then marched with the expedition of Colonel George Rogers Clark through the Illinois Country. Returning from this service, he was with a part of the American Army, which guarded British prisoners captured at Yorktown. Rev. Josiah Meadows married Judith (Juda) Lilly, a daughter of Robert Lilly, founder of the great Lilly family of this section. Since the marriage of Josiah and Juda, the two families have married and inter-married until their histories in many cases blend very closely together. The Meadows and Lilly families were two of the largest in Summers County (WV), and they were among the first settlers of the Bluestone and Jumping Branch regions. If a candidate for public office in this county had the support of the Meadows and Lilly families, he was sure of election. Rev. Josiah Meadows was the first Baptist minster in this part of the county, and he had the honor of organizing the first church in this section. The Bluestone Baptist Church was organized in1798, in the house of Rev. Josiah Meadows on Little Bluestone River. The house was a double log cabin with a dirt floor, where the people met to worship for several years. Eventually a rude log church was built, it had but one door and no windows. In this building they worshipped for many years. The membership was small and scattered from the mouth of East River in Giles County, VA to the marshes of Coal River in Raleigh County. The Bluestone Baptist Church is now located at Jumping Branch. The Revolution pension records show that in 1840, when Josiah Meadows was eighty-three years of age, he was living with his son, Green Meadows, in Mercer County, VA now Summers County, WV. All of Rev. Josiah Meadows' family took the name of "Meador" after moving to Bluestone River. Josiah and Judith (Lilly)Meadows were the parents of 12 children.
SOURCE: Author: Charles Silas Hatcher; Title: Historical Genealogy of the Basham, Ellison, Hatcher, Lilly, Meadows, Pack, Walker & Other Families; Publication: Name: PO Box 32 Lynchburg, VA 24505; Book 6/1/1968; LOCA: Dee Crawford, Ghent, WV
State of Virginia
On this 27st day of August 1832 personally appeared in Open Court before the Justices of the County Court of Giles now setting Josiah Meadows a resident of said county and State of Virginia aged seventy four years of age last February who being first duly sworn according to lawdoth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.
That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers;and served as herein stated, that he first enlisted in the County of Bedford in the spring of the year before the attack was made on Donnally's fort in the County of Greenbriar by the Indians. he enlisted under Capt. Joseph Renfro, that he was under no field officer this tour as he served against the indians for the term of six months which was the term for which he enlisted that the lieutenant in the Company was David Kiddins that he marched from the County of Bedford soon after he enlisted with the Company and marched to the County of Botetourt where they were joined by other men who had been enlisted in that County and then marched on to the county of Greenbrier and was first stationed at Jarret's fort where they remained some time and then the Company was divided and part of them were sent to Keeny's fort, that he was amongst the number that went to Keeny's fort, that he was stationed at Kenny's fort at the time the attack was made on Donnelly's fort that he remained at Keeny's fort for some time after the attack was made on Donnelly's fort and then they marched back to the County of Botetourt and were stationed on John's Creek in that County until the term for which he enlisted expired and was then discharged having fully served the term of six months for which he was enlisted that he recieved (?) in writting and took no care of it and it was lost soon after, that this term of service expired in the fall of the year after he enlisted that he then removed to the County of Botetourt and remained there until the next February when he again enlisted under Capt Isaac Taylor from the County of Botetourt, they marched to the island of Halston where they joined the regiment commanded by Col John Montgomery and Col James Shelby's regiment also went with them and they went by water from that place to the Chickamongo town, that they destroyed the Chickamongo town which was at the mouth of the Hiwass as it was then called a branch of the Tennassee River, that after the destruction of the Chickamingo town Col James Shelby with his men returned and that Col John Montgomery with his men went by water to the Illinois town on the Mississippi river, at that place they joined Col. Clark that they remained there some time when the men were divided, Some of the men were sent up the Mississippi to St. Louis but that he returned by water down he Mississippi to the mouth of the Ohio and up the Ohio to the mouth of the Waubash and up the Waubash to the (?) on the Waubash river, that Col Montgomery stayed at the Illinois town when he left that and that he was then Commanded by Col Clark that from the Waubash river he marched to the falls of the Ohio river and remained sometime there and then marched to Harrodsburg in Kentucky and then he left Col Clark and marched with his Capt back to the Big slick in the County of Botetourt where he was discharged, that sometime after he was discharge, he was crossing the R(?) river and went to take a Chaw of tobacco and pulled his discharge out of his pocket and let it fall the river - that he served in the above the full term of twelve month being the term for which he enlisted that he is unable to say the year which he performed the aforementioned service further then he has described by the attack upon Donnelly's fort that he performed no other service then until after the taking of Cornwallis when he substituted in the place of John M(?) of Bedford County who was engaged for six months but do not know whether he drafted or whether he was enlisted and marched from Prince Edward Courthouse by Cumberland Old Courthouse to Richmand and was then sent as a guard to convey some prisoners to Fredericksburg that after delivering the prisoners to Fredericksburg he marched back to Richmond and was then stationed at Westham near Richmond and guarded the magazine there during the winter until the March afterwards he thinks on the 28th day of March he received he discharge, that he cannot say how long he served this time but that he started in the fall of the year he thinks about the time Cornwallis was taken and served until the 28th of March following, that he received a discharge but he took no care of it and cannot now tell what became of it - He hereby relinquishes any claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.
Given to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
We John Neely and Banister Meadows residing the County of Giles and in the Neighbourhood of Josiah Meadows. No Preacher except the said Josiah Meadows residing in that neighbourhood herby certify that we are well aquainted with Josiah Meadows who is a preacher of the gospel and who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration that we believe him to be seventy four years of age, that he is
reputed and believed in the neighbourhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the revolution against the indians and we concur in that opinion.
Sworn to and subscribed the 27th day of aug 1832.
John Neely Banister Meadows And the said court do hereby state their opinion after the investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogation proscribed by the war department that the above named applicant was a revolutionary soldier and served as he states as a soldier against the indians, and the Court further certifies that John Neely and Banister Meadows who hath signed the preceding certificate are credible persons and that their statement is entitled to credit.
J David French
Clerk of the county court of Giles County
9.Green W. MEADOR
Josiah Francis Meadows (1738 - 1836)
Judah (Judith) Lilly Meador (1760 - 1846)
Nancy Elizabeth Meador Cooper (1788 - 1838)*
Eudocia Meador Cook (1792 - 1864)*
Judah Meador Woodrum (1801 - 1886)*
Josiah Meador (1803 - 1889)*
John Meador (1806 - 1883)*
William Moody Meador (1809 - 1869)*
Green Washington Meador (1814 - 1890)*
Francis Meadows (1738 - 1836)*
Josiah Francis Meador (1758 - 1845)
Jeremiah Isaac Meadows (1764 - 1843)*
Edith Meador Lilly (1765 - 1860)*
Elijah Francis Meadows (1770 - 1848)*
Rosanna Meador Lilly (1771 - 1851)*
Edith Meador Lilly (1775 - 1860)*
Josiah Meador Cemetery
West Virginia, USA
Maintained by: Walter Pack Family
Originally Created by: THE BONZ
Record added: Jan 02, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8233354