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From: "Janean " <>
Subject: [MEADOWS] Mead vs Meador vs Meadows
Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2007 13:18:06 -0500
In response to D. Meadows......... Our surname is Meadows and we are having
a hard time finding proof.
Not just Meadows but any name that can be "adjusted" "misread"
"mistranslated"......... I think this is the problem with Meadows, Mead(es),
Meador. Names can be misread or just out and out written wrong on documents
since some involved in the document didn't know how to read or write so the
person actually writing the document and/or census takers etc. wrote
So all it takes is one document to go from Meadows to Meador and we're done.
NOW all the Meadors are being researched and assumed to be related. Then
they all had the same names. William, Thomas, John......... oh my how it
can explode. It's not like my Wilson line that could be Wilson or Willson.
There isn't many ways to mess that up. But in my Marlin line I've seen it
Marlin, Merlin, Martin, Marlon........ those you can tell are out and out
I agree with D. Meadows. Start with what you know....... MEADOWS and work
backwards with your documents ONLY proving land and names etc that you are
positive are connected. I think too much has been assumed with this name
which is why it is all so confusing. If in a document of Thomas Meador you
see his name spelled Thomas Meades then the next document you see of Thomas
Meades you think must be the same.
Most likely they are but it is all so hard to differentiate between. I sit
back and watch you all and this site and take what work my cousin did on the
family and am now trying to piece it all together to prove. My first
instinct when I saw my cousins work was HOW did it get from MEAD to MEADOWS.
That is a fairly big jump.
BUT like I said in another email.... back then in the 18th century.... there
were only about 4000 people in all Virginia. So the MEAD name was quite
popular.... when it started changing to Meadows is my question.
I know I've told you this before but on one MEAD document it was Witnessed
by Rawleigh Travers......... MEAD/MEADOWS is my mother's line........
TRAVERS is my fathers line. I just happened upon it while reading the MEAD
document........ WHICH IS WHY you should read everything from the area in
which your researching. Never know who might be on a document which could
break down your brick wall of "where did my ancestor go"??????
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Sent: Sunday, January 28, 2007 11:56 AM
Subject: Re: [MEADOWS] Meador-Hoskins
In a message dated 1/28/2007 10:36:49 AM Eastern Standard Time,
I can tell you that there is a LOT wrong with what is circulating on the
about the Meadows/Meador family . . . numerous conflicts and
I can second that statement. I am going to add that most people can not get
the Meadows/ Meador linage correct from 2007 back to the 1800s. Our surname
Meadows and we are having a hard time finding proof. The chances of getting
any of the wrong information published in books or on the internet changed
slim to none.
Research your surnames your self. Write books about your family.
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