A short bio from the book Afax Meadows, Virginia Destined for Glory:
“James McGavock was born in 1728 in Antrim, Ireland, and came to America in 1752. He was a Private stationed at the old Fort Chiswell, where he also served as quartermaster of the fort. He had several enterprises in the Fort Chiswell area which spread further north into Max Meadows. He built a log home there around 1789 which is still standing. He and his wife later moved into the home where he lived until his death. McGavock saw potential growth in the lovely valley and purchased several hundred acres of the Anchor and Hope Estate, previously owned by the Buchanan and Sayers families. Randal McGavock, one of his heirs, sold much of the land to the Pennsylvania developers to build the town. James McGavock died in 1812.

McGavok History

The James McGavock log home, which was donated to the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland, in March, is now being dismantled and will soon be on its way to its new home.

McGavock Research

Early settlers in the town of Max Meadows were hardy pioneers who did not object to starting life over in a new place with only the barest necessities.

McGavock Photo’s

Oscar Hugh McGavock was another of those great and useful gospel preachers who has long since gone to a better land, but who served well while he was here.

Misc Families

A group was formed in Max Meadows during World War II as a chapter of the American Red Cross.

Family Group Sheet Form

We invite you to become part of this ongoing project. By filling in the Family Group Sheet Form linked below to the best of your ability we will add your information to the proper family Surname. If it is a new surname descended from one of these mains we do want to know about you. Thanks