Location: Rappahannock Co., VA; Woodville, town of Amissville
Date Constructed/ Founded: 1820
Associated Surnames: Massie, Adams, Bragg, Bures, Gibson, Lewis, Smith
Historical Notes: Meadow Grove Farm is currently a historic site that was established by the Massie family. The founder may have been Lewis D. Massie (b.1795 in Virginia). His son and daughter-in-law, Thomas B. and Margaret H. Bragg Massie, were living with him in 1860.
Associated Pages: none
ASSOCIATED ENSLAVED PERSONS
Bures family – Thornton Bures (b.1818-d.?) – blacksmith, son of Bures and Katty Lewis; Mathilda Gibson Bures (b.?-d.?) – first wife (m.?); Louiza Bures (b.?-d.?) – dau. of T. and M.G. Bures; Sandy Bures (b.?-d.?) – child of T. and M.G. Bures; Anna Bures (b.?-d.?) – dau. of T. and M.G. Bures; Allsindy Bures (b.?-d.?) – child of T. and M.G. Bures; Miamy Massie Bures (b.1821-d.?) – second wife (m.1859), dau. of John Massie and Richall
Massie family – George Massie (b.1828-d.?) – farmer, son of William Massie and Susanna; Margaret Smith Massie (b.1831-d.?) – wife (m.1849), dau. of Rhuben Smith and Milly Smith
Information from Antebellum Census & Estate Records
1849: Marriage – George Massie (age 38, parents: Wm Massie & Susanna, occupation: farmer) and Margaret Smith (age 35, parents: Rhuben Smith & Milly Smith) [Register of the Colored Persons of the County of Rappahannock 1866]
1850: Male age 35 (b.1815), Male age 27 (b.1823), Female age 22 (b.1828), Female age 18 (b.1832), Female age 17 (b.1833), Male age 12 (b.1838), Male age 7 (b.1843), Female age 5 (b.1845), Male age 4 (b.1846), Female age 5 (b.1845), Female age 2 (b.1848), Male age 6/12 (b.1860) [1850 US Federal Census (Slave Schedule), Rappahannock Co., VA, Lewis Massie, 12 total, 2 houses]
1859: Marriage – Thornton Bures (age 48, parents: Bures & Batzy Louis, occupation: blacksmith) and Miamy Massie (age 45, parents: John Massie & Richall); previous wife Mathilda Gibson, children: Louizwna, Lewndy, Anna, Allsindy [Register of the Colored Persons of the County of Rappahannock 1866]
1860: Group 1 (page 30) – Male age 40 (b.1820), Female age 24 (b.1836), Female age 13 (b.1847), Male age 12 (b.1848), Female age 8 (b.1852), Male age 7 (b.1853), Male age 6 (b.1854), Male age 5 (b.1855), Male age 2 (b.1858), Male age 1 (b.1859), Female age 19 (b.1841); Group 2 (page 34) – Male age 16 (b.1844) [1860 US Federal Census (Slave Schedule), Rappahannock Co., VA, Lewis D. Massie, 12 total, 2 houses]
1860: Male age 19 (b.1841) [1860 US Federal Census (Slave Schedule), Rappahannock Co., VA, Thomas B. Massie, 1 total, no houses]
ASSOCIATED FREE PERSONS
Massie family (Rappahannock Co., VA): Lewis D. Massie (b.1794-d.1866); Elizabeth Adams Massie (b.1795-d.1866) – wife (m.1822); Lewis Massie (b.1810-d.1872) – son; John William Massie (b.1822-d.1887); Margaret Elizabeth Massie (b.1824-d.1893) – dau.; Mary Virginia Massie (b.1826-d.1901) – dau.; Thomas B. Massie (b.1826-d.?) – son; Sarah Melvina Massie (b.1833-d.1842) – dau.; Elizabeth Massie (b.1843-d.1875) – dau.
Massie family (Rappahannock Co., VA): Thomas B. Massie (b.1826-d.?); Margaret H. Bragg Massie (b.?-d.?) – wife (m.?); Margaret Bernard Massie (b.1861-d.1928) – dau.
RESEARCH LEADS AND RECORDS
- Meadow Grove Farm – The site includes the remodeled main house, a log slave quarters–tenant house, a schoolhouse, summer kitchen, and the former sites of granaries and the present schoolhouse. The associated cemetery contains markers for nine Massie family members (1908 – 2005). The farm is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places (ID: 06000803).
- Wikipedia: Meadow Grove Farm, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meadow_Grove_Farm
- Ancestry.com. 1860 U.S. Federal Census – Slave Schedules [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010.
- Ancestry.com. 1850 U.S. Federal Census – Slave Schedules [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
- Ancestry.com: Jeffries Family Tree, https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/158930284/person/142084136786/facts
- Trieschmann LV and Hallock JB (2003). Historic Architectural Survey of Rappahannock County, Virginia. E.H.T. Traceries, Inc. https://www.dhr.virginia.gov/pdf_files/SpecialCollections/RA-016_Historic_AE_Rappahannock_County_2003_Traceries_Report.pdf
- Register of the Colored Persons of the County of Rappahannock State of Virginia U S of America. Made by 2d Lieut Jacob Roth V.R.C. and assistant Superintendent Bureau of Refugees Freedmen & Abandoned Lands for the Sub District County of Rappk Va and in accordance with Circular 18 11 dated Hdquarters Asst Commissioner State of Va Richmond Va March 19 1866, https://web.archive.org/web/20100422231946/http://www.rappahannockcountymarriages.com/Colored_Register.php