Rev. James Madison, D. D.
James Madison was born, August 27, 1749, in that part of Augusta County now embraced within the limits of Rockingham, and near the present town of Port Republic. He obtained his early education in Maryland, and then at William and Mary College, where he matriculated 1768. He was distinguished at college for his diligence and attainments, and received a gold medal, presented by Lord Botetourt, in 1772. He studied law, and was admitted to the Bar, but soon abandoned it to study for the Col. F. was for a brief period acting Governor. ministry In 1773, he was chosen Professor of Mathematics In William and Mary, and in 1775, proceeded to England, was admitted to holy orders, and was licensed by the Bishop of London for the colony of Virginia. On his return to Virginia he resumed his situation in William and Mary, and in 1777, became president of the college. He now returned to England to qualify himself more thoroughly for his position, and remained abroad till 1778. Returning home, he entered upon his college duties with zeal. In 1784, he retired from the mathematical department, and became Professor of Natural and Moral Philosophy, International Law, etc, and retained those positions, with the presidency, until his death, August, 1815, In 1785, the University of Pennsylvania conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Divinity.
Notwithstanding the Episcopal Church had been in existence for more than a century and a half in Virginia, she never had a Resident Bishop until 1785, being nominally a part of the Diocese of London. Her first Convention was held in May, 1785, when Bishop Madison presided.
At the period when Bishop Madison entered on his office, the Episcopal Church in Virginia was in a state of extreme depression, the clergy being few in number, and many suffering from poverty, and the Bishop expressed the fear, at this convention, "that the great dereliction sustained by our church hath arisen, in no small degree, from the want of that fervent Christian zeal which her many pious and zealous pastors ought more generally to have inspired." The Bishop made his first visitation in 1792. At this time he seems to have been intensely interested on uniting all sincere Christians: "There is no one," he says, "but must cordially wish for such a union, provided it did not require a sacrifice of those points which are deemed essential by our church; from them we have no power to retreat." At the New York convention of 1792, he opposed the use of "Articles" altogether, on the " principles of the confessional," and other like books.
His preaching was popular, and his character commanded respect, but his influence did little to revive the languishing interests of the church in Virginia.
His published works are a thanksgiving sermon, 1781; a letter to J. Morse, 1795 ; an address to the Episcopal Church in 1790; a eulogy on Washington, 1800; a discourse at the funeral of Mrs. Ann Semple, sister of President Tyler; a large map of Virginia, and several papers in Barton's journal. Bishop Madison married, in 1779, Sarah Tate, one of the bright belles who adorned the society of Williamsburg. They left two children: James Catesby Madison, of Roanoke county, Va., and Susan, who married R. G. Scott, of Richmond. [History of Augusta County, Virginia; By John Lewis Peyton]
James W. Marshall
Mr. Marshall was born in Augusta county, Virginia, March 31st, 1844. Served as a private soldier for four years in Confederate army commanded by John A Buchanan General R. E. Lee. Attended Roanoke College part of two sessions, and graduated from same in 1870. Studied law and was admitted to the bar. Was elected Commonwealth's Attorney for Craig county in 1870; served until 1875. Elected to Virginia Senate in 1875, and served four years. Elected a member of the General Assembly of Virginia in 1882-1883. Elected Commonwealth's Attorney for Craig county in 18S4, and served until 1888. Was a presidential elector on the Cleveland and Thurman ticket in 1888. Elected to the Virginia Senate in 1891 for a term of four years, and was elected to the Fifty-third Congress as a Democrat, receiving 18,431 votes, against 12,699 votes for H. C. Wood, Republican; 1,709 votes for George W. Cowan, People's party, and 135 votes scattering. Elected a member of the Virginia Constitutional Convention 1901-1902. Now practicing law at Newcastle, Craig county, Virginia. [History of Roanoke County by George S. Jack, Edward Boyle Jacobs; published 1915; Submitted to Genealogy Trails by Andrea Stawski Pack.]
The Mathews family came originally from Ireland, and settled in Augusta about the year 1739. They took up the land about four miles from the present village of Churchville, and twelve from Staunton, now owned and occupied by Valentine Hupman. The members of the family were: 1. William; 2. Richard; 3. James; 4. John; 5. Sampson. William Mathews married, and left issue: 1. Richard; 2. John; 3. Isaac; 4. Kate, died unm.; 5. Mary, m --- Rankin, of Ky.; 6. Margaret, m Fred Hanger; 7. Jane, died unm ; and 8. Elizabeth, b 1774, m Abner Gaines, b 1766, of Orange co., Va., about 1789. They removed to Kentucky and left issue; 1. James Mathews Gaines, b 1793; 2. John P., b I795J 3- Win. H., b 1797 ; 4. Mary W., b 1800; 5. Richard M., b 1802; 6. Benj. F., b 1804; 7. Augusta W., b 1805; 8. Arch'd K., b 1808; 9. Abner, b 1810; 10. Elizabeth, b 1812; 11. Mildred Pollard, b 1815; 12. Harriet B., b 1818. James M married Elvira Toussey, and they left one child, now living.
John P. removed to Oregon and became Governor of the Territory, He m Eliza Kinkead, of Ky., and had a large family. Wm. H. m first Miss Early, a relative of Gen. Jubal A Early, and had five children. He m second Miss Belden, of Arkansas, and has seven children. Mary W. married Craig Bush, and they left five children.
Richard married Eliza Hutchins, of Miss., and they left three children. Benjamin P. also married a Miss Kinkead, of Ky., and they have issue living in Florida, Augustus married Miss Daniel, of Richmond, Ky., and they left a large family. Archibald married first Miss Dudley, of Georgetown, and they left issue. He married second the sister of his first wife, and they have issue: a large family. Abner died unmarried. Elizabeth married Lewis Hubbell, of N. Y., and left issue living in Boone co., Ky.
Mildred married Anthony H. Davies, of Chicot co , Arkansas, and they have issue, eight children, namely: 1. Anthony, d; 2. Fanny Walker: 3. Walter; 4. Mildred; 5. Robert Geddes Davies; 6. Anthony; 7. Abner; 8. Joseph Davies. Governor George Mathews, of Georgia, and Sampson Mathews, of Staunton, one of whose daughters married Sam'l Clark, another Gen. Sam'l Blackburn, were of this family, but no list of their descendants in Va. or the South could be procured. [Source: "History of Augusta County, Virginia" by J. LEWIS PEYTON 1882 Submitted by: BZ]
MATTHEWS, GEORGE, one of the governors of Georgia under the constitution of 1777, was born in the year 1739, in Augusta County, Va., where his father, John Matthews, had settled upon coming from Ireland two years before. The son distinguished himself in the wars with the Indians, and at the battle of Point Pleasant in October, 1774, commanded a company of Virginians, every man of whom was over six feet in height. This company, with those of Captains Shelby and Stewart, made the successful flank movement by way of Crooked creek that drove the Indians from the field. The following year he was made colonel of the Ninth Virginia regiment, and joined the American forces under Washington. He fought at Brandywine; was captured at the battle of Germantown; after his exchange he served with General Greene until the close of the war, and in 1785 removed to Georgia, locating at Goose Pond, on the Broad river in Oglethorpe county. In 1786, after only one year's residence in the state, he was elected governor to succeed Edward Telfair. In 1788, after Georgia had ratified the Federal constitution, he was elected a member of the First United States Congress. In November, 1793, he again succeeded Edward Telfair as governor, was reelected in 1794 and again in 1795. During his last term he approved the famous "Yazoo Land Act," and while he doubtless signed it with honest intentions the act always remained a blot upon his otherwise irreproachable public career. President Adams nominated him for governor of the Mississippi Territory, but recalled the appointment on account of the "Yazoo act" Matthews went to Washington to chastise the president, but the matter was compromised by Adams appointed Governor Matthews' son supervisor of public revenues in Georgia. In 1811 he was appointed by President Madison to negotiate a treaty for the annexation of Florida. He succeeded, but Madison refused to sanction the treaty and a second time Matthews started for Washington to inflict summary punishment upon the chief executive of the nation. On his way he was taken ill and died at Augusta, Aug. 12, 1812. (Source: Georgia Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, VOL II, by Candler & Evans, Publ. 1906. Tr. by K. Mohler)
We are indebted to Judge John H. McCue for the following very brief account of his grandfather, Rev. John McCue, and his descendants:
"Rev. John McCue's father emigrated from the north of Ireland, and was of the Covenanter stock. He settled in Lancaster co., Penn'a; from thence in a few years he removed to Nelson co., Va., circa 1737. He left a large family, the eldest of whom, Rev. Jno McCue, graduated A. B. at Washington College previous to its charter in 1782, and studied divinity under Rev. Jas. Waddell, whom he succeeded as pastor of Tinkling Spring. He founded the first Presbyterian church west of the Alleghanes in Lewisburg, Greenbrier co., and was succeeded at Lewisburg by Rev.------McIlhany, D.D. Rev. Jno. McCue was pastor of the Staunton church in 1791, and in the same year took charge of Tinkling Spring. He married a daughter of James Allen, of Augusta, and among his descendants are the Bells, Wayts, Crawfords, Hydes, Kaysers and Franciscoes of Augusta, and the Trimbells of Ohio. Rev. John McCue left five sons, James A., John, William M. D., Franklin and Cyrus, and five daughters, Mrs. Alex'r Barry, Mrs. Gen. Jos. McDowell of N. C, Mrs. las. Miller, Mrs. Jos. Matthews, and Mrs. John Porterfield. The Rev. Jno. McCue was distinguished for his piety, strength of character and intellect, learning and eloquence. His grandson, Judge J. H. McCue, possesses an MS. volume of his sermons characterized by learning, deep research and profound thought.
John McCue, Esq.
The writer cannot permit this occasion to pass without paying a slight tribute of respect to the memory of one of the best and purest men he ever knew. It was his good fortune to have known from boyhood the late John McCue, of the Long Meadows, to have spent some time now and again under his hospitable roof, to serve with him on the County Court, and to enjoy his friendship during the early years of his life. He soon learned to esteem and admire him for his sterling worth and many good qualities, and the more he knew of him in after years, the higher was his estimate of his talents and his character. From the sacred calling of his father, the reader will not be surprised to learn that more care was taken to secure his moral and religious principles than to instruct him in professional or general literature, for both of which, however, he exhibited a decided and early liking. His parents sought to make him good rather than great While yet a boy he expressed a wish to engage in agricultural pursuits, a desire heightened by his ardent love for natural scenery and a taste for the seclusion of the country. After he acquired the extensive and valuable estate on the "Long Meadows" he removed there, and there the principal part of his useful and honorable life was spent, and there he died. His social, intellectual, and moral qualities need not be described. To sum up all in a few words: He was a man of vigorous intellect, generous soul, and varied information. Though a Whig by conviction, and decided in his politics, he never was a partizan, and while serving in the General Assembly, of which he was often a popular and influential member, was a laborious and conscientious worker rather than a frequent and ambitious speaker. No man had a higher sense of honor, and he enjoyed the confidence and respect of both parties, wielded much influence, and served to the entire satisfaction of his constituents. In private life, Mr. McCue exhibited an active benevolence and the same Christian piety which marked his public career. His heart overflowed with benevolence and kindly feelings, and this precious quality rendered him even more delightful in the social circle than his strong, bright intellect. His conversation was eagerly sought by the good and wise, who derived both pleasure and profit from his varied stores of original thought and acquired information. To a large extent he lived for others. In all his acts he showed a forgetfulness itself, and in the last scene of his life exhibited the firmness of the philosopher united to the piety of the Christian. Mr. McCue not only paid homage to the Great Source of all good and precious gifts, whether intellectual or material, but made religion his favorite theme, not a religion of mental abstraction, but one of practical efficacy en every feeling of the heart and every action of the life. It was ever his aim to promote glory to God in the highest by advancing " Peace on earth and good will towards men." In his neighborhood and among the congregation of Tinkling Spring, his memory is not only cherished as that a good and wise man, but venerated as that of a public and private benefactor. [Source: "History of Augusta County, Virginia" by J. LEWIS PEYTON 1882 Submitted by: BZ]
Maj. Samuel McCulloch
Samuel McCulloch was born on Short creek, Augusta, now northwestern West Virginia, about 1752. At a very early age he distinguished himself as a bold and efficient bordered. As an Indian hunter, he had few superiors. He seemed to track the wily red man with a sagacity as remarkable as his efforts were successful. From early boyhood, he was almost constantly engaged in excursions against the enemy, or scouting for the security of the settle ments. It was mainly to these energetic operations that the frontier was so often saved from savage depredation, and by cutting off their retreat, attacking their hunting camps, and annoying them in various other ways, he rendered himself an extraordinary object of fear and hatred. For these acts they marked him. and vowed vengeance against his name. In consideration of his services, he was commissioned major in 1775, and in 1772 he performed a remarkable feat The circumstances connected with this achievement are as follows: During the siege of Wheeling, the Indians drove Major McCulloch to the summit of a lofty hill which overhangs the present city. Knowing their relentless hostility toward himself, he strained every muscle of his noble steed to gain the summit, and then escaped along the brow in the direction of Van Meter's fort At length he attained the top, and galloping ahead of his pursuers, rejoiced at his lucky escape. As he gained a point on the hill near where a road passes, what should he suddenly encounter but a considerable body of Indians, who were Just returning from a plundering excursion among the settlements. In an instant he comprehended the extent of his danger. Escape seemed out of the question, either in the direction of Short, creek or bade to the bottom. A fierce and revengeful foe completely hemmed him in, cutting off every chance of escape. What was to be done? Fall into their hands and share the most refined torture ? That thought was agony, and in an instant the bold soldier, preferring death among the rocks and brambles, determined to plunge over the precipice before him, full three hundred feet high and almost perpendicular. Without a moment's hesitation, for the savages were pressing upon him, he firmly adjusted himself in the saddle, grasped securely the bridle in his left hand, and supporting his rifle in the right, pushed his unfaltering horse over. A plunge, a crash crackling timber and tumbling rocks, were all that the wondering savages could see or hear. They looked, chagrined and bewildered, one at another, and while they inwardly regretted that the fire had been spared its victim, they could not but greatly rejoice that their most inveterate enemy was at length beyond the power of doing further injury. But, lo! ere a single savage had recovered from his amazement, what should they see but the invulnerable major, on his white steed, galloping across the peninsula. Such was the feat of Major McCulloch, certainly one of the most daring and successful ever attempted. The place has become memorable as " McCulloch's Leap," and will remain so long as the hill stands and the recollections of the past have a place in the hearts of the people.
It is to us a matter of regret that more of the stirring incidents in this man's life have not been collected and preserved. We have heard of many daring feats of personal prowess, but they come to us in such a mixed and unsatisfactory form as to render their publication unsafe.
We come now to the most painful duty of the biographer, the catastrophe, the death of his hero. Towards the latter end of July, 1782, indications of Indians having been noticed by some of the settlers, Major McCulloch and his brother John mounted their horses and left Van Metre's fort, to ascertain the correctness of the report They crossed Short creek, and continued in the direction of Wheeling, but inclining towards the river. They scouted closely but, cautiously; and, not discovering any such signs as had been stated, descended to the bottom, at a point on the farm now owned by Alfred P. Woods, about two miles above Wheeling. They then passed up the river to the mouth of Short Creek, and thence up Girty's Point in the direction of Van Metre's.
Not discovering any indications of the enemy, the brothers were riding leisurely along (July 30, 1782,) and when a short distance beyond the "Point," a deadly discharge of rifles took place, killing Major McCulloch instantly. His brother escaped, but his horse was killed. Immediately mounting that of his brother, he made off to give the alarm. As yet no enemy had been seen; but, turning in his saddle after riding fifty yards, he said the path was filled with Indians, and one fellow in the act of scalping the unfortunate major. Quick as thought the rifle of John was at his shoulder, and in an instant more the savage was rolling in the agonies of death. John escaped to the fort unhurt, with the exception of a slight hip wound.
On the following day a party of men from Van Metre's went out and gathered up the mutilated remains of Major McCulloch. The savages had disemboweled him, but the viscera all remained except the heart. Some years subsequent to this melancholy affair an Indian, who had been one of the party on this occasion, told some whites that the heart of Maj. McCulloch had been divided and eaten by the party. This was done, said he, that "We be bold, like Major McCulloch." On another occasion an Indian, in speaking of the incident, said, "The whites (meaning John McCulloch) had killed a great captain, but they (the Indians) had killed a greater one."
Before closing this notice, it may, perhaps, be well enough to advert again to the question of identity, for the two brothers have been associated with these deeds. In the first place, then, it seems generally conceded that the person who accomplished the feat was Major McCulloch, and the year of its occurrence 1777. Well, Samuel McCulloch was commissioned major in 1775, John not until 1795. Let the reader decide which must have been the man. In 1775-6-7 etc., Samuel McCulloch was one of the most active and distinguished borderers in Virginia, the pride of the settlements and a terror to the savages. John was born in 1759, and therefore, in 1777, was only eighteen years of age, quite too young a man to have rendered himself so odious to the fierce old Shawanese warriors. But there need be no necessity for depending upon doubtful conjecture or uncertain data. Without one single exception, all the older citizens agree in saying that it was Major Samuel. The late Col. Wood said so unhesitatingly and stated positively, that Major John never claimed the credit, although he (W.) often talked to him of the exploit Major John McCulloch was, perhaps, quite as brave and true as his brother. He did ample service in our long struggle for independence, and a more devoted patriot could not be found. He filled many important posts of honor and trust, and was greatly respected. The early records of Ohio county show that he acted a conspicuous part on the bench and otherwise.
The death of Maj. Samuel McCulloch occurred at the most unfortunate period of our history. It was in the Summer of that year (1782)50 memorable in the annals of the west The united tribes of the north and west were meditating an attack upon the frontier posts of Virginia, and many feared that some of the weaker ones might yield. Amid such perilous scenes as these, the death of such a man could not but be greatly deplored. Major McCulloch married a Miss Mitchell, and had only enjoyed the wedded life six months at the time of his death. [Source: "History of Augusta County, Virginia" by J. LEWIS PEYTON 1882 Submitted by: BZ]
Though the founder of this family settled on Burden's grant, the whole of which lies in the present county of Rockbridge, it is intimately connected with many of our people The McDowells and Lewises were relatives and lived near each other, previous to 1732, in Ireland They intermarried so extensively with the McCues, Prestons, Pattons, Cochrans, Moffetts, Bells, Alexanders, &c, of our county, that we take pleasure in inserting the following brief account prepared by our esteemed friend, Judge John H. McCue:
"Ephraim McDowell came to this country and settled in Pennsylvania previous to 1735, and between 1735 and 1740, with his son, John, who had married Magdalene Woods, in Pennsylvania, came to the home of his relative, John Lewis, the Founder. There they met with Burden, and became settlers on his grant near Fairfield, in what is now Rockbridge. John McDowell was Burden's Surveyor. His wife's mother was a Campbell, of the house of the Duke of Argyle. McDowell and eight of his men were killed near Balcony Falls by the Indians on the 25th of December, 1742. John McDowell, oldest child of Ephraim, had two sons, Samuel and James, and one daughter, Sarah. 1st Samuel was the ancestor of the Reids and Moores of Rockbridge, &c. 2d. James married Eliz. McClung, and their son, Col. James McDowell, dec'd, of Cherry Grove, near Fairfeld, was the father of the late Governor James McDowell, of Mrs. Thos. H. Benton, and of Mrs. Wm. Taylor. Their mother was Sarah Preston, a descendant of the original John Preston, who, at the May term of the County Court of Augusta, 1746, proved the importation, at his own expense, of himself and family from Ireland to Virginia.
"The third child of John McDowell and Magdalene Woods was Sarah. She married Col. George Moffett, of Augusta county, the same who drove the Indians from Kerr's Creek, and was ambuscaded and repulsed by them on the Falling Spring farm, in Alleghany county. Col Moffett (not Moffitt, as generally printed,) was distinguished in Indian warfare, at Guilford, Cowpens, King's Mountain, and fought from the beginning to the close of the Revolutionary war. Col. Moffett and wife, Sarah McDowell, had nine children:
1st. John, died young;
2d. Margaret, married her cousin, Gen. Joseph McDowell, of North Carolina, one of tine heroes of King's Mountain, and their son, Gen. Joseph Jefferson McDowell, of Hillsboro, Ohio, who died a few years since, married Sallie McCue, daughter of Rev John McCue, of Long Meadows, Augusta county ,Va,, who is still living, the only surviving child of her eminent father;
3rd. Jas. McDowell Moffett married Hannah Miller (daughter of the founder of Miller's Ironworks on Mossy Creek, the first west of the Blue Ridge) One of their daughters, Hannah Winters Moffett, married John McCue, of the Long Meadow, Augusta county, Va., father and mother of Mrs. Col. D. S. Bell, of Augusta county, Va,: judge J. H. McCue, Staunton; Mrs. Dr. C. Alexander, Staunton; Mrs. W. B. Dorman, Texas; Mrs. Decatur Hedges, of W. Va.; Jas. M. McCue, W. Va.; Wm. A. McCue and Miss Hannah W. McCue, both of Augusta co., Va. The said John McCue was long Presiding Justice of Augusta, and for a number of years represented the county in the Legislature.
4th child of Col. Moffett, and wife, Sarah, was George, who married Miss Gilkeson, and removed to Fayette, Ky.
5th. William, married a Miss McChesney, and a Jones.
6th. Mary married Dr. Joseph McDowell, of North Carolina, and after his death, she married, secondly Col. Jno. Carson, of North Carolina, member of Congress ; their son, Sam'l P. Carson, was also a member of Congress from that State.
7th. The seventh child of Col George Moffett and wife, Sarah McDowell, was Magdalene, who married James Cochran, of Staunton. Their children were, so far as I am informed, the late John Cochran, of Charlottesville ; Geo. M. Cochran, of Staunton; the late Mrs. Benj. Crawford; the late J. Addison Cochtan; the descendants of these, are many of them, among the most distinguished professional and business men of the country.
8th Martha, who married Capt. Robert Kirk, of the U. S Navy .
9th. Elizabeth, who married James Miller, of Mossy Creek,"
[Source: "History of Augusta County, Virginia" by J. LEWIS PEYTON 1882 Submitted by: BZ]
John McDowell, who was killed by Indians near the forks of James River in 1742, had two sons, Samuel and James, and a daughter, Martha, wife of Colonel George Moffett.
Samuel McDowell was born in 1733. In 1773 he was a member of the House of Burgesses from Augusta. There is reason to believe that he was captain of an independent company of rangers at the battle of Point Pleasant, in 1774. In 1775-6, he and Thomas Lewis represented Augusta in the State Convention. When Rockbridge was formed in 1777, he became a citizen of that county, his residence being there. In 1781, he commanded the battalion of Rockbridge militia at the battle of Guilford. In June of the same year, he was sworn in, at Staunton, as a member of the Governor's Council, Governor Nelson qualifying on the same day at the same place.
At the close of the Revolutionary war, in 1783, Samuel McDowell removed to Kentucky with his wife and nine younger children, leaving two married daughters in Virginia. One of these daughters was the wife of Andrew Reid, the first clerk of Rockbridge County Court, and father of the late Col. Samuel McDowell Reid of Lexington. The other married daughter, whose name was Sally, was the first wife of Caleb Wallace of Charlotte county (subsequently of Botetourt), who was first a Presbyterian minister, then a lawyer, and finally a judge of the Supreme Court of Kentucky.
Samuel McDowell was one of the three judges of the First Kentucky Court (and is now generally known as Judge McDowell), president of nine conventions which met at Danville between December 27, 1784, and July 26, 1790, and president of the convention which framed the first constitution of Kentucky, in 1792. He died in 1817, aged eighty-four. His son, Dr. Ephraim McDowell, studied medicine with Dr. Humphreys, in Staunton, completed his professional education in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was very eminent as a surgeon. Among the numerous descendants of Judge McDowell were General Irvine McDowell, of the United States Army, General Humphrey Marshall, and the wife of James G. Birney, the "Liberty" candidate for President of the United States in 1840 and 1844.
James McDowell, son of John and Magdalene, had one son, also named James, the Colonel McDowell of 1812, and father of the late Governor James McDowell.
The wife of Judge Samuel McDowell was Mary McClung. Her brother, John, was the father of William McClung, who removed to Kentucky and became a judge of considerable distinction. He died in 1815. His wife was a sister of Chief Justice Marshall, and his sons, Colonel Alexander K. McClung and the Rev. John A. McClung, D. D., were highly distinguished. A brother of Judge McClung, the late Mr. Joseph McClung, lived and died on Timber Ridge. Pgs. 121-122 Annals of Augusta Co.VA from 1726 to 1831 Author Joseph Addison Waddell [Source: Chapter IV Annals of Augusta Co VA from 1726 to 1871 Author Joseph Addison Waddell Published 1902 pg. 31; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]
In addition to the making of a large amount of Virginia history, the Meade family also furnished one of the prominent writers for its preservation, Bishop Meade, who in his "Old Churches" and other works, has rendered a most valuable service. The American ancestor, Andrew Meade, came from England and founded a family that has ever been prominent in every department of Virginia life. Meades were soldiers in the revolution; were officers serving with General Washington and General Lincoln, and enjoying as well their personal friendship. The war of 1812 also found them in official rank and in the war between the states they were found wearing both the gray and the blue. In the professions they have also been eminent— medicine, the law and the church claiming many of the name, north and south. In the latter section the principal seat of the family was in and around Richmond, but descendants of the emigrant are found in every section. This particular branch of the family is now represented in Danville, Virginia, by Julian Meade, son Dr. Hodijah Baylies Meade, whose short, though useful and brilliant life, was spent in the practice of his profession, amid the scenes of war, and after peace came to Danville.
Andrew Meade came to Virginia from New York, arriving in that state from England prior to the year 1700. He married, and came to Virginia, settling at the head of navigation on the Nansemond river. He was for many years a member of the house of burgesses, a judge of the courts and senior colonel of Virginia militia. His son David inherited his estate at the death of Andrew Meade in 1745. David Meade married, in 1729, Susanna Everard, and had a son Everard, who was educated at Harrow, England. He served in the revolutionary war, holding the rank of general by commission, attached to the staff of General Lincoln. His brother, Richard Kidder Meade, was the father of Bishop Meade, of previous mention. General Everard Meade married Mary, daughter of John Thornton.
Hodijah Meade, son of General Everard and Mary (Thornton) Meade, was an extensive landowner and planter; an officer in the war of 1812-14; a Democrat in politics, and a devout churchman. He married Jane, daughter of Thomas Rutherfoord, of Richmond. Children: William Everard, Thomas Rutherfoord, Joseph Peyton, John Rutherfoord, Edward, Benjamin, Edwin, Alexander, Hodijah Baylies, Sallie Rutherfoord, Jane Maria, Edmonia.
Dr. Hodijah Baylies Meade, son of Hodijah and Jane (Rutherfoord) Meade, was born in Amelia county, Virginia, March 2, 1838, died in Danville, Virginia, in 1875. He was a graduate of Virginia Military Institute, the University of Virginia, and the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania, receiving from the latter the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He finished at the University of Pennsylvania about the time of the outbreak of hostilities between the states and at once joined the Confederate army, serving as both field and hospital surgeon under different commanders until the surrender at Appomattox. He spared not himself and his four years of professional service, privation and overwork undermined his constitution and contributed largely to his early demise. After the war ended he located in Danville and there practiced his profession until his death, twelve years later. He was a man of brilliant mind, deep learning, loved his profession and followed it devotedly. He possessed a charming personality and great consideration for others, these being marked characteristics. He married, in 1865, Mary Opie, died October 21, 1893, daughter of Hiram Opie, of Staunton, Virginia, who moved from Jefferson county, Virginia, to that city to educate his children. He was a son of Hierone Lindsay Opie, of Jefferson county, Virginia, a direct descendant of Right Rev. David Lindsay, D. D., Bishop of Ross, and American representative of the Church of England in the early part of the seventeenth century. Bishop Lindsay was a descendant of Robert II, of Scotland, through the Princess Catherine, daughter of the king, who married David Lindsay, earl of Crawford. Hanson Lindsay (2) Opie represented Clark and Jefferson counties in the Virginia senate for several years. He met his death by accident while engaged in drilling a company which he was organizing to enter the Confederate army, was thrown from his horse and fatally injured. He married Nannie Locke, of Scotch descent, who bore him four children, one yet living, Dr. Thomas Opie, of Baltimore, Maryland.
Children of Dr. H. B. Meade: Julian, of whom further; Edmund Baylies, born December 3, 1867, now in the real estate and insurance business in Danville; Eugene, born in 1869, died at the age of twenty-six years; Randolph, born in 1871, now a leaf tobacco dealer of Danville.
Julian Meade, eldest son of Dr. Hodijah Baylies and Mary (Opie) Meade, was born in Augusta county, near Staunton, Virginia, November 4, 1865. He was educated in the public schools, and in several private schools of Danville, overcoming all difficulties that rendered it difficult to obtain an education, and finally was graduated in all branches of the law from the University of Virginia, class of 1891. The law was his personal preference as a profession and his preparation for practice was most thorough; while he absorbed with interest all branches of study, history, special and general metaphysics were branches he found most helpful in fitting him for his life work. After leaving the university, he at once began practice in Danville, Virginia, and during the time which has since elapsed he has become one of the leading men in his profession in that city. He has a large practice, both corporate and private, in all state and federal courts of his district. He is a member of the law associations of his county and state, and of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the Epiphany of Danville. Devoted to his profession, he has formed no ties that would interfere with absolute independence in practice, but has with a public-spirited interest contributed his full share to the upbuilding of his city. His days "off duty" are spent in the sports of forest and stream, hunting and fishing during the open season being his favorite recreations. True to the strictest code of ethics of his profession and guided by the principles of truth and honor, Mr. Meade has gained and holds the respect of brethren of the profession, while as a citizen he has been true to the best traditions of his distinguished family. He is connected with the management of both Country clubs of Danville, the Tuscarora Club, and with his entire family communes with the congregation of the Church of the Epiphany, the only Episcopal church in Danville.
Mr. Meade married, September 4, 1895, Bessie Edmunds Bouldin, born in Danville, Virginia, in 1872, daughter of Edwin E. and Lucy Lyne (Edmunds) Bouldin. For nearly half a century, 1865-1912, Edwin E. Bouldin was a prominent lawyer of Danville. During the entire war, 1861-65, he served as captain of the Charlotte County Troop, Ninth Virginia Cavalry, rendering valiant and efficient service. The troop led by Captain Bouldin made the last charge of the war, while the terms of surrender were being considered, and returned from the charge with two brass guns wrested from Sheridan's troopers. At one period the command of the regiment was entrusted to Captain Bouldin, who as its commander acquitted himself with honor. His father was a congressman from Virginia prior to the war. The only child of Julian and Bessie E. (Bouldin) Meade, is Edwin Baylies Meade, born October 30, 1896, now a student in the Danville School for Boys. (Encyclopedia of Virginia Biographies, Vol. IV. Publ. 1915. Transcribed by Chris Davis)
This regards JOHN MOFFETT, born abt 14 Oct 1791 in Augusta Co., VA to 29 Oct 1855 (buried at Falling Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Augusta Co., VA).
He first married Elizabeth McCleary Tate (born abt 1794 to 28 Jun 1831) (died at age 21) married on 5 Nov 1823 in Augusta Co., VA and had 3 kids: 1) James Tate Moffett on 6 Jun 1828 to 29 Nov 1849 2) Mary Jane P. Moffett on 11 Aug 1824 to 23 Dec 1893. She married Charles B. McClung on 11 Jun 1846 and had 4 children (John M., James J., Margaret Elizabeth and Chas B., Jr.) 3) John Tate Moffett 25 Nov 1825. He married Sally G. Keen on 12 Dec 1850
His 2nd wife was Margaret Gilleland, 10 Dec 1799 to 12 Mar or May 1857 (buried at Falling Spr. Cem.). They married 30 Apr 1835 in Rockbridge Co., VA and had 6 children: 1) still born 1836, buried at Falling Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Augusta Co., VA 2) John G. Moffett on 17 Jun 1837 to August 1837 (buried at Falling Spr. Cem.). 3) Margaret Elizabeth Moffett on 6 Jun 1839 to 14 May 1843 (buried at Falling Spr. Cem.). 4) William Barclay Moffett on 21 Dec 1840 to 1 July 1901, buried at New Providence Presby. Cemetery in Rockbridge Co., VA 5) John Stuart Moffett, 3rd Sgt on 21 Jun 1842 to 21 Jul 1861 in the Civil War 6) Rachel Louisa Moffett on 25 Sep 1844 to 10 Sep 1847 (buried at Falling Spr. Cem.). [This additional data submitted by Linda Pagter]
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