Ellender Meadors1

(circa 1776 - 1850)

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Relationship4th great-grandmother of The 3 Tracys
Family Group:Tracy
Trees14 Generations of Our Ancestors
Our Tracy Family Pedigree

Some Background

Several family trees published on the Internet (primarily by ancestry.com or one of their affiliates) show Ellender Meadors as the daughter of Jesse Meador and Martha (Johns) Meador.
     However, the family trees reviewed to date, including those on WikiTree.com, that present this information cite as the source for that information either other online family trees that are themselves vaguely sourced or, too often, completely unsourced; alternatively, they cite databases maintained by the Family History Library (e.g, Family Data Collections) or by ancestry.com with information that is, at best, itself also vaguely sourced.
     Presumably some of the original sources for those databases are more or less accurate family history stories passed down through the generations, but that are seldom verifiable. These are collected and presented in good faith, but nonetheless they are not always completely accurate in every detail. All serious genealogists are aware that information from these sources must be verified before being accepted as fact... repetition alone does not suffice.
     To date (Dec 2017) a child-parent connection for Ellender or Eleanor Meador(s) cannot be confirmed by any authoritative sources. However to the contrary, extensive work completed and published by researchers following the family of Jesse Meador, citing as their sources Jesse's will, deeds, and local histories with information pertaining to the Meador families indicate that it is highly unlikely it can be confirmed.
     It does not appear that there is a female child of Jesse and Martha by any name who is not accounted for; nor is Ellender/Eleanor a name appearing in any of the relevant Meador research reviewed so far (though this certainly does not preclude the possibility of that name having been used in another branch of the family); there is no evidence that Jesse or any of his children located in neighborhoods of Tennessee frequented by the Vanderpool family (the family into which Ellender married) or Ray County Missouri (where after the death of her Vanderpool husband she married a second time); aside from the coincidence of Ellender's probable birth year fitting conveniently into a gap in the recorded births of Jesse's and Martha's children there does not seem to be any reason to place her in their family and assume that they are her parents.
     Ellender existed. Whose child she was is not yet clear.
     Having said all of the above, recent DNA testing results for members of the Tracy family appear to confirm a connection to a number of individuals claiming Meador, Meadors, and Meadows ancestry. More research needs to be done to clarify our own connection to the Meador family.2,3 Ellender Meadors was also known as Eleanor Meadows. Frequently she is referred to as "Ellen"
     That she and her husband John Vanderpool named their first born son "Meadors" (with variations on that spelling), it seems most likely that Ellen's surname was indeed "Meadors" rather than "Meadows". It is also likely that various branches of her extended family adapted the spelling of their name to conform to the local popular pronunciation of their surname, rendering it as "Meadows". Similarly, her given name has been changed to, or at least recorded as, the more commonly recognized name of "Eleanor" or "Ellen."4,5

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildEllender Meadors was born circa 1776, in Tennessee.6
BrideEllender Meadors married John Vanderpool, son of Wynant Vanderpool and Naomi (Amy) Kinman, circa 1794 in Tennessee. Or North Carolina.7,8,9
WidowShe became a widow when her husband John died on 19 January 1822; A Land Patent was issued to the Heirs of John Vanderpool, Ray Co. Missouri, on 10 July 1824.10,9
BrideEllender Meadors married John Neel, son of Hugh Neel, on 21 September 1830 in Ray Co., Missouri. Ellender was the widow of John Vanderpool and the mother of Lydia Vanderpool, the wife of John's son, James Neal.
     Vol I of Vanderpool Newsletters. pages 36 and 37, Marriages of Ray Co. MO. These were submitted by Thelma Wetsel, but are from Elsberry's records. Corrections:
Ellender Vanderpool m. John Neel 21 Sept. 1830, not 19 Nov., date of recording.11,12,13,7
DeceasedShe died in 1850 in Ray Co., Missouri.

Children with John Vanderpool:

Founder or First Settler

In August 1815, Ellender and John Vanderpool were among the founders/first settlers of Ray Co., Missouri. According to History of Ray County, MO. John was the "very first settler in Ray Co." arriving in the summer of 1815 and settling on the west side of Crooked River. His sons, Holland and Wynant are also named in Ray County histories as being among the first settlers along the Crooked River in the South-Eastern corner of the county. His son Meadors opened the first school in the county in 1819. The histories point out that the early settlers, most of whom came from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virgina, were nearly all accompanied by their families.14,15,16

Residences and Censuses

She was probably the female age 40 to 50 listed in the household of her husband, John Neel, in the 1830 Federal Census of Ray Co., Missouri.17

Sources - Citations

  1. [S181] Jordan Dodd - compiler, Missouri Marriages to 1850 (Provo, Utah: Online publication - Ancestry.com Operations Inc, unknown publish date). Electronic transcription of marriage records held by the individual counties in Missouri.
  2. [S806] Major Perkins Nunnally, The Descendants of Jonas and Frances Meador of Essex, Caroline and Cumberland Counties, Virginia (Pine Bluff, Arkansas: author, 1968).
  3. [S751] Bcortezsilva (ancestry.com member name), “Justis Family Tree;” Family Tree; Online at: (http://person.ancestry.com/tree/29171527/person/13904437044/facts; Accessed: 16 Feb2016.
  4. [S803] History of Ray County, MO., Carefully Written and Compiled From The Most Authentic Official and Private Sources, Including a History of Its Townships, City, Towns and Villages (St. Louis: Missouri Historical Company, 1881), pg. 205 gives name as Ellen Vanderpool.
  5. [S33] Yates Publishing, Compiler, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations Inc. - Online Publication, 2004). A collection of records extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases - all data should be verified for accuracy by other sources., Birth date: 1776.
  6. [S33] Yates Publishing, US Intnl Marriage Records, Electronic Database; Birth date: 1776.
  7. [S746] Stuart Dee Neel, “History of the Hugh Neel Family in America,” Family History Website: Neel Family History ( http://www.neelfamilyhistory.com/ui17.htm ); Accessed: March 2005 & February 2016.
  8. [S756] CARL BOYER 3RD, Compiler, ANCESTRAL LINES, FROM MAINE TO VIRGINIA : 57 FAMILIES IN ENGLAND, IRELAND, FRANCE, THE NETHERLANDS, GERMANY, THE EASTERN SEABOARD, OHIO, MISSOURI AND CALIFORNIA : WITH ADDITIONAL GENEALOGICAL DATA (Santa Clarita, California: C. Boyer, 2002). This information for Vanderpool (and alternate spellings) and related families was originally based on materials from Myra Vanderpool Gormley, Certified Genealogist by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, 1987-2012, retired 2012. Her comments when presenting the material stated that all information included should be verified., pg. 182 gives Ellender's surname as Meadows.
  9. [S171] Dan McCorkendale - Compiler, Compiler, McCorkendale-Hatfield Gedcom, online at: AHNENTAFEL at http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=AHN&db=danmar&id=I09058; (RootsWeb's World Connect Project), accessed 30 Jul 2005.
  10. [S756] CARL BOYER 3RD, ANCESTRAL LINES, pg. 182.
  11. [S181] Jordan Dodd - compiler, Missouri Marriages to 1850, Gives date mar. recorded as 19 November 1830.
  12. [S797] Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry, Transcriber/Compiler, Marriage Records, 1820-1850, and Will Records, 1824-1849, of Ray County, Missouri (Chillicothe, Missouri: E.P. Ellsberry, unknown publish date), pg. 47; names and dates.
  13. [S166] Stuart Dee Neel, "Stuart Neal eMail - 6 January 2005," e-mail message from e-mail address to Sean C. Tracy, 6 January 2005, ANCESTORS - Genealogy\\Digital Copies of Sources\\eMails\\Neal.
  14. [S803] History of Ray County, MO, ppg. 206, 583, 584 "very first settler of Ray Co."
  15. [S759] Howard L. Conard, Editor, Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri, vol. V : A Compendium Of History And Biography For Ready Refrence (St. Louis: The Southern History Company, 1901). Ray County, ppg. 303-305, pg 304.
  16. [S746] Stuart Dee Neel, “Hugh Neel Family History”, one of original settlers.
  17. [S750] John Neel household, 1830 U.S. Census, Ray Co., Missouri, page 389, line 18 of 28; NARA microfilm publication M19, 201 rolls; Roll: 73; Washington: National Archives.
Last Edited27 Jun 2018

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