Thanks for your attention!I do have information on Obediah -- trying to get something on his mother Mary Ann Meador.Any help or direction is very much appreciated.This is what I've found:
Obediah Meador (Sr.) was the bastard son of Mary Ann Meador. In 1770, the Church Wardens of Raleigh Parish were ordered to "bind out" the child Obediah "according to law." Later, Obediah sued the man he was bound to (Charles Worsham) for failure to educate him properly and for mistreating him. The suit papers are in the Courthouse in Amelia Co., VA, (Order Book 15, p. 19) but no disposition of the case is shown.(I have read that very young children were bound out so Obediah may have been born in the 1760's.)
In 1785, Obediah was on the tax rolls of Amelia Co. with "three white souls" in two dwellings. Obediah did, however, buy a large parcel of land in Bedford Co. thereafter, so perhaps the suit was settled in his favor. Anyway, Obediah married Prudence Wells on April 17, 1786, in Prince Edward Co., VA, and they had 9 children. One of these was also an Obediah (the 4th child, oldest son). The others were Mary ("Polly"), Elizabeth ("Betsy"), Sarah ("Sally"), John ("Gramp"), James, George, Lucy, and Malinda.
In 1789, Obediah purchased 100 acres on Hall's Mill Creek from Stephen Board. (Bedford Deed Book 8, p. 190) This land adjoined John Board, William Hix, and Ira Meador. These neighbors figure prominently as sources of future sons-in-law, guardians, etc.On Oct. 16, 1800, he bought 139 acres on Lick Branch (Bedford Deed Book 12, page 633). (Son John was eventually deeded 113 1/2 of these acres after Obediah's death.) And, in Nov. 1815, he bought and then sold for debt 232 acres for which no location is given (Bedford Deed Book 14, page 413-414).
No Will is recorded, but accountings of the estate are recorded in Bedford Co. Reading these accountings, the names of the children appear and also Mr. Bord is listed as a guardian for the minor child Malinda (my gggrandmother). Also, an obituary published in the Virginian (Lynchburg, VA, semiweekly newspaper started in 1822) on July 27, 1826, page 3, column 2 -- states that Odediah died two weeks before on Thursday, July 13, 1826, at his residence in Bedford "in his 80th year," leaving a wife and children. He was probably NOT 80 judging by other events, cencus records, etc. (he would have then been too old to "bind out" in 1770) but maybe he just looked that old.
At Obediah's death, sons James, Obediah II, and John pledged 203 acres on the Staunton River (from the estate) as security for the settlement of the estate.