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    There were no Meadows included in the 1704 Prince George County, Rent Roll, so Daniel probably moved to Prince George between 1704 and 1712. Daniel was the only Meadows in Prince George County.5 Daniel didn’t patent any land in Virginia and no surviving state level patent lists him as a transportee. Although there were a few Meadows in other Virginia counties at this time, Daniel appears to have no connection with them. Daniel’s parents and origins aren’t known.
    Daniel was a yeoman, a small farmer who cultivated his own land, and belonged to a class of freeholders below the gentry. He was in the small middle class. This group was always a minority of Virginia’s population from 1680 to 1760. Overall, it ranged from about twenty to thirty percent of the population. The elite planters made up about ten percent of the population. The bottom sixty to seventy percent of Virginia’s male population owned no land at all. They were tenants or laborers.6
    In the eighteenth century, few men in Virginia rose above the social order in which they were born. Daniel’s father was probably a small farmer too. The surviving records of Prince George County, Virginia, don’t reveal how Daniel Meadows might have been related to any of his neighbors. His wife Jane was probably a daughter of a yeoman too.
    In Prince George County, Virginia, 11 August 1712, Peter Fairfax of Prince George County, sold to Daniel Meadows of same, taylor, 50 acres at present in possession of said Fairfax, being land due to said Fairfax by bill of sale from Robert Birchett and bounded by head of Bland’s Swamp and the Quaker Path. James Thweatt and E. Goodrich witnessed the deed.7

    5 Prince George Co., Va., is a “burned county.” Some early records do survive, but most have been lost. Daniel is the only Meadows in the surviving records.
    6 David Hackett Fischer, Albion’s Seed (Oxford University Press, 1989), p. 374.
    7 Benjamin B. Weisiger, III, “Prince George Co., Va. Wills & Deeds 1710–1713,” Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 29, #3 (Aug. 1991), p. 210. DB1710–1713, p. 155 (signed) Pr. Fairfax. 12 Aug. 1712, Fairfax and wife came into court and acknowledged the deed.