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James A. Meadows, the subject of this sketch, is a descendant of one of the pioneer families of Daviess county. Over forty years ago his parents, John and Nancy Meadows, settled in the neighborhood known as the “Virginia Settlement.”‘ They reared a family of eight children: Mary E., Sylvester S., Joseph T., Martha B., Hudson C., James A., Susan P. and. William J. His father died in 1880; his mother is now living on the old homestead.
James A. Meadows was born in Benton township, Daviess county, Missouri, February 26, 1843. He lived with his parents until May 24, 1863, and then married Miss Ruth A. Jarrett, daughter of Andrew and Susan Jarrett. She was born October 3, 1846. They have six children living: Ollie L., Colmore R., Charles M., Claude C., Ella E. and John V. Orpah S. died when an infant. Mr. Meadows was engaged in farming until the spring of 1881. He then purchased a grocery store in Pattonsburg, and engaged in that business until the 24th day of the following August, then sold the store and formed a co-partnership with Mr. Grantham and others. The firm, Grantham, Meadows & Co., purchased the dry goods and grocery store of W. G. Weldon, in Pattonsburg. They carry a large assortment of goods in their line of business; also keep sewing machines and supplies.