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A History of The Middle
New River Settlements
and Contiguous Territory.

By David E. Johnston (1906).

  
 

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Appendix  C.   Biographical.
Meadows - Pack.

The Meadows Family.

Two representatives of this family came to the New River Valley after the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown.  The exact date of their coming cannot be fixed with certainty, but was about 1782 or 1783.  Jacob Meadows came from the County of Rockingham, in the Valley of Virginia, and was a neighbor of the elder John Peters, who came to the New River Valley in 1782.  It appears by the application of Jacob Meadows for a pension made in 1832, that in 1781 he served in the Virginia Militia under Captain Coker, in the regiment commanded by Colonel William Noll;  his first service was for three months, during which time he was engaged in a number of skirmishes with the British in and around Norfolk and Portsmouth;  the last three months he served as a substitute for Adam Hansberger, and was at the Battle of Yorktown, serving in LaFayette's Corps.  John Peters, who gives his affidavit of the service performed by Jacob Meadows, shows that he saw him at Yorktown, serving as a soldier.  Jacob Meadows settled on lower East River, and is the ancestor of the Meadows family in that vicinity.

The other Meadows was Josiah, who came from the County of Bedford, Virginia.  He, too, was an American soldier, having served for two or more periods;  a part of the time on the frontier against the Indians, and another part in the American Army against the British.  The facts here stated are taken from his declaration made for pension in 1832, when he was seventy-four years of age.  He enlisted in the early spring of 1778, under Captain Joseph Renfroe, and marched with his company to Jarrett's Fort, on Wolf Creek, now in the County of Monroe, where the company was divided, and part thereof, he among the number, was sent to Keeney's Fort, on the Greenbrier, where he was stationed at the time of the attack made by the Indians on Donnally's Fort.  Upon the expiration of the term for which he enlisted he again entered the service 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 at Chicamauga, which they destroyed;  from thence going to the Illinois country, under Colonel George Rogers Clark.  After his return he was with a portion of the American Army that had charge of the British prisoners captured at Yorktown.  Mr. Meadows as a Baptist minister in the last years of his life;  locating on the north of the Bluestone, and among his sons were Josiah and John  Meadows.  From this Josiah Meadows, the soldier, has descended the large family of that name in Mercer and adjoining counties.

The name Meador came later, whether it originated from Meadows is not definitely known, but is altogether probable.  Closely connected with this Meadows family is that of Lilley, whose first representative in the New River Valley was Robert, who came from Franklin County, Virginia, and who lived for a few years about the mouth of East River, settling there in about 1790;  then locating in the North Bluestone section where many of his descendants now live.  He was long a magistrate of  Mercer County.    The first Josiah Meadows, the American soldier, was the great-grandfather of Hon. R. G. Meador, of Mercer County.


The M'Donalds.

The name suggests its Scottish origin, and Glencoe as the original home of the family.  After the close of the revolution of 1688 many of the Scottish clans continued in arms for King James against William and Mary.  In August, 1691, the government of William and Mary issued a proclamation offering amnesty to such insurgents as should take the oath of allegiance on or before the 31st day of December then next ensuing.  All the chiefs submitted within the prescribed time, except the aged Macdonald of Glencoe, whose clan inhabited or lived in the pass of Glencoe.  He went to Fort William on December 31st and offered to take the oath, but the officer in command, not having authority to administer it, referred the matter to the Sheriff, before whom Macdonald took the oath on January 6th, 1692;  this, however, did not satisfy the adherents of King William, who determined to avail themselves of this unintentional delay to effect the destruction  of the clans.  On February 12th a body of 120 soldiers, commanded by Campbell, murdered Macdonald and two of his attendants, and so wounded his wife that she died the next day.  About forty persons were killed that night.  Detachments of soldiers sent to guard the outlets of the valley arrived too late, and many of the clans escaped half naked to the mountains, where a considerable number of the women and children perished of cold and hunger--("McCauley's His. of England, Vol. IV").

Shortly after this massacre, supposed to have been between 1692 and 1700, Bryan McDonald and Mary Combs McDonald, with their family, having first migrated to Ireland, came from thence to America, and settled at or near New Castle, Delaware, then in the Province of Pennsylvania, and presently purchased of William Penn, the proprietor, a large and valuable tract of land.  Bryan McDonald and family came, in 1756, to the Virginia Valley, having been preceded some years earlier by two of his sons, Joseph and Edward.  In a battle with the Indians, in 1761, near Amsterdam, in what is now Botetourt County, Edward, a bright and promising young lawyer, was killed.  He left four daughters, two of whom married Campbells, one married a Greenway, and one a Russell.    Their descendants are numerous, prominent and influential people;  one of them, David Campbell, was Governor of Virginia;  William went to Tennessee;   Dr. Edward McDonald Campbell and Judge John A. Campbell were their descendants.     The Russells lived in south-west Virginia, and the Greenways in Lynchburg and Baltimore.

Joseph McDonald married Miss Elizabeth Ogle, whose ancestors had come from Castle Ogle, Northumberland County, England.  They, the Ogles,  came to England with William the Norman.  Joseph McDonald, who was born April 4th, 1722, after his marriage came, in 1763, over the Alleghanies and settled in what is now Montgomery County, then Augusta.  He died in 1809.  In the American Revolution he served in Captain Kirkpatrick's Company.  He had six sons in the American Army;  Richard was a Major, Edward was a Captain, and Alexander served in Captain Thompson's Company.    Powder for the Patriot Army was manufactured on his farm, and a government tannery established, as well as provisions gathered there.  All these supplies had to be largely, if not altogether, transported to the army on horses, and this proved a dangerous business, on account of Indian forays.  Captain Edward McDonald was in the Border Wars against the Indians, and in scouting expeditions toward the Ohio.

Joseph McDonald had ten children in the following order as to ages:    Bryan, who married Mary Bane;  John, who married Miss Sawyers, second Miss Cannaday;  Joseph, who married Nancie Sawyers;  Edward, who married Keziah Stephens;  Richard, who married Mrs. Mary Martin;  Alexander, who married Elizabeth Taylor, niece of President Taylor;  William, who married Ursula Huff, daughter of Dr. Huff;  Elizabeth, who married Samuel Ingram;  Jonas, who married Elizabeth Foster;  James, who married, first Elizabeth New, second Mary Flournoy.    The descendants of Joseph McDonald have scattered over many states of the union, and have held many prominent positions, many of them able and distinguished persons.   A great many of them were slain, or died, in the war between the states.

Joseph McDonald Sanders, a bright young lawyer of Mercer County, West Virginia, who served eight years as Judge of the 9th Judicial Circuit of West Virginia, and who was recently elevated to the bench of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, is a great-great-grandson of Joseph McDonald, and great-grandson of Edward McDonald and Keziah Stephens McDonald.

During the American Revolution one David Hughes, formerly of North Carolina, and a Tory, while scouting through the wilderness country toward the Ohio River, discovered that beautiful body of valuable land on the Clear Fork of Guyandotte, in the now County of Wyoming.  He informed the above mentioned Edward McDonald of his discovery, with whom he agreed for one blanket and a rifle gun to show him this land, which he did, and in 1780 McDonald entered and surveyed the same;  and in 1802, together with his son-in-law, Captain James Shannon, removed to the Guyandotte Valley and took possession of his valuable property;  his son-in-law, Captain Shannon, settling a few miles away on the Big Fork of the Guyandotte.  When Captain Shannon took possession of his land he found still standing on the bottoms the Indian wigwams.

Edward McDonald had several sons and daughters.  The sons, Joseph, William and Stephen, settled on the lands given them by their father out of the homestead.    One daughter married Captain James Shannon;  one Captain Thomas Peery;    one Augustus Pack;  one William Chapman.  Joseph McDonald married Nancy Chapman, daughter of Isaac Chapman and his wife, Elian Johnston Chapman, and their children were Sallie, who married John Sanders;  Juliett, who married John Tiffany;    Elizabeth, who married John Anderson, and Nancy, who married Lewis McDonald.    W. W. McDonald, of Logan, married Miss Scaggs;  Lewis, the son of Joseph, married, first Miss McDonald, second Miss Keffer.  John C., Floyd and Colonel Isaac E. were never married;  the two former died in the army during the Civil War.    Colonel Isaac E. lived on the McDonald homestead, in Wyoming County, until 1876, when he purchased, by exchange, the valuable farm of Mr. George Pearis George, on Bluestone, in Tazewell County, Virginia.  Colonel Isaac E. was a member of the Virginia Legislature in 1861, and of the West Virginia Senate for several years.

The family of William McDonald, son of Edward, consisted of one son, Edward, who married a Miss Black, of Montgomery County, and daughters, of whom one married Harmon Newberry, one William G. Mustard, one Zachary T. Weaver, and one Captain Robert H. Bane.

Stephen McDonald's family went west many years ago.  He had two sons, Andrew McDonald and Crockett McDonald;  the latter married Miss Ellen Hall, then of Princeton, West Virginia.  He died several years ago, leaving three children, two sons and a daughter, who, with their mother, live in the state of Kansas.  Joseph, William and Stephen all died about the beginning of or during the Civil War.  Colonel Isaac E. died a few years ago, leaving the major part of his valuable estate to his nephew, Walter McDonald Sanders, who also died some two or three years ago, leaving a widow and three or four infant children, who, with their mother, reside on the Bluestone farm.

Before closing this sketch of the McDonald family it is desirable to present a photograph of the oldest dwelling go that family now standing in Virginia, which is at Greenhill, in Montgomery County.


The Packs

The progenitors of this family now in this section of the country were on the New River, about the mouth of Indian Creek, as early as 1763.  Pack, Swope and Pittman, hunters, discovering Indian signs, started, one for the Jackson's River, and the other for the Catawba settlements, to warn the people, but the Indians had traveled faster than the hunters and the warning did not reach them.  The given name of this hunter, Pack, is not obtainable;  it is probable that he was the ancestor of the Samuel who was born in Augusta,  in 1760, as members of this family, soon after 1764, are found along the New River between the mouth of the Greenbrier and Indian Creek.  A history of this family, from the Pack MSS., is interesting and is here inserted:

A Mr. Pack and several sons came to Jamestown, from England, with the early settlers on the James.  Owing to the hardships encountered there they went back to England;  later, however, three of the sons returned to this country;  two of them went to the South, and the other remained in Virginia.  There were born to the last mentioned Pack two sons, one of whom was named Samuel, who was born in 1760, in Augusta County.  He had seven sons, whose names were:  John, Matthew, Samuel, Bartley, Lowe, William and Anderson;  the daughters were:  Betsey, who married Jacob Dickinson;  Polly, who married Joe Lively, and Jennie, who married Jonah Morriss.

John and Bartley settled at Pack's Ferry, now Summers County;    Matthew died on the west side of the New river, opposite Pack's Ferry;   Samuel settled on Glade Creek, in what is now Raleigh County;  Lowe lived on Brush Creek, in what is now Monroe County;  William went West;  Polly Lively and Betsey Dickinson lived in Monroe;  Jennie Morriss moved to Missouri.

John, the son of the above named Anderson Pack, was taken prisoner on Flat Top Mountain during the Civil War, and Colonel Hayes, afterward President of the United States, claimed relationship with John and told him that his wife's mother was a Pack (this was Jennie, who married Jonah Morriss), and by reason of this John was allowed the privilege of the camp.

John Pack, who lived at Pack's Ferry, had great trouble with the Indians;    he frequently had to plow with his rifle strapped to his shoulder.   After friendly relations were secured with the Indians, an old Indian came to John Pack's house one day and told him that on one occasion he conceived the idea to steal two of John's little girls, and when he saw them  coming he hid in an old stump to capture them as they came by, but that they were in the course of a foot race when they came up, and they passed so quickly that he could not catch them.

Alderman Pack, an ancestor of the above mentioned Packs, was a member of Parliament during Cromwell's time, and he moved that body to confer the title of Protector on Cromwell.  There is authority for saying that a Mr. Pack, an English General, who fought in the Peninsula Campaign and in France and Portugal against Napoleon, was one of the ancestors of the Packs who came to America and settled on New River.  Mrs. Emily Landgraff, who lived near Pack's Ferry, said that she had seen her grandfather, Samuel Pack, the first Samuel, and that he was an old gentleman of the English type, who dressed in the frock coat and knee breeches peculiar to the eighteenth century and that he wore a cue.

The aforesaid John Pack, who married Jane Hutchinson, was the father of the following named children:  Samuel, who married Harriet French;  Rebecca, who married Robert Dunlap;  Archibald, who married Patsey Peck;  Polly, who married Richard Shanklin;  Rufus, who married Catharine Peters, and Julia, who married Elliott Vawter.

Samuel Pack and his wife, Harriet French Pack, who was a daughter of Captain David French, had four sons and one daughter;  the sons were:  Captain John A., who married Miss Mary Gooch;  Allen C., who married Miss Sue Lugar;    Samuel, who married Miss Sallie Douthat;  Charles D., who died unmarried;   the daughter, Minerva, married Dr. John W. Easley.  Samuel Pack, who married Harriet French, was a lawyer by profession, and long practiced in Giles and adjoining counties.

 

 

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