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1.1. Michael Hugh COOLEY 1.2. Lonnie Rae COOLEY
2ND GENERATION
2. Allison Claude COOLEY 3. Billie Dell HOGUE
3RD GENERATION
4. McCabe COOLEY 5. Marie Henrietta HENNEQUIN 6. Hugh Wallace HOGUE 7. Birdie Nina MCDOWELL
4TH GENERATION
8. Joseph William COOLEY 9. Araminta D JOHNSON 10. Louis Francois HENNEQUIN 11. Marguerite STEWARD 12. Robert Irwin HOGUE 13. Nancy Joanna FOSTER 14. William Ellis MCDOWELL 15. Euphemia Ruth ASHENHURST
5TH GENERATION
16. Greenbury COOLEY 17. Amelia Mohler PETTIT 18. Wesley Phillip JOHNSON 19. Susan Isabel FISK 20. Louis HENNEQUIN 21. Maria Theresa DRAVIGNEY 22. John Joseph STEWARD 23. Fanny LAURENT 24. John HOGUE 25. Ann R SIMPSON 26. John A FOSTER 27. Martha Jane STRUTHERS 28. William Erwin MCDOWELL 29. Maria HART 30. Oliver Taylor ASHENHURST 31. Sara Eva SOUTHERN
6TH GENERATION
32. David COOLEY 33. Laurinda AIKEN 34. Joseph PETTET 35. Elizabeth MOHLER 36. Elijah JOHNSON 37. Anna Jane FOSTER 38. Edward Curtis FISK 39. Arminta D WOOD 40. Xavier HANNEQUIN 41. Marie Magdeleine BELOT 42. Pierre Joseph DRAVIGNEY 43. Marie Thérèse GILBERT 44. Joseph STEWARD 46. Jean Baptiste LAURENT 47. Jeaninne Henriette VANDERMEULEN 48. James HOGUE 49. Margaret IRWIN 50. Isaac SIMPSON 51. Elizabeth RICHARDSON 52. Samuel FOSTER 53. Nancy ____ 54. James STRUTHERS 55. Elizabeth SAVILLE 56. John MCDOWELL 57. Anna CURRY 58. Joseph HART Sr 59. Susan PICKENS 60. Oliver ASHENHURST 61. Euphemia BISHOP 62. Charles William SOUTHERN 63. Ruth Ruema HOOVER
7TH GENERATION
64. John COOLEY 65. Sela WRIGHT 66. William AKINS 67. Rebecca MCCLINTICK 73. Ruth ____ ? 76. John R FISK 77. Mahala KEMP 78. John WOOD 79. Charity CORSON 85. Jeanne Claude DRAVIGNEY 86. Josph GILBERT 87. Agathe LANGARD 102. Matthew RICHARDSON 103. Ann STOCKTON 104. James Couples FOSTER 105. Jane MORROW 108. William STRUTHERS 109. Janet LINDSAY 110. Robert SAVILLE 111. Deborah ____ 112. John MCDOWELL 113. Jane ERWIN 116. Edward HART 117. Nancy Ann STOUT 118. John PICKENS 120. William ASHENHURST 121. Nancy ASHENHURST 122. Peter BISHOP 123. Eleanor ____ 124. John SOUTHERN 125. Elizabeth DUNCAN 126. John HOOVER? 127. unknown
8TH GENERATION
128. Edward COOLEY 129. Martha RAPER 130. William WRIGHT 131. Martha MORGAN 132. William EAKIN 133. Mary WALLACE 134. John MCCLINTICK 135. Mary Jane MCDOWELL 152. Richard FISK 154. William KEMP 155. Sukey DAMANT 158. Eli CORSON 159. Christianna THOMPSON 206. Richard Witham STOCKTON 207. Mary Ann HATFIELD 210. Samuel ? MORROW ? 218. James LINDSAY 219. Margaret WATSON 220. Samuel SAVILLE 221. Ann BOOTH 224. John MCDOWELL 225. Esther HARRISON 226. William ERWIN 227. Mary ERWIN 232. John HART Signer 233. Deborah SCUDDER 234. St Leger Codd STOUT 235. Susannah SIMPSON 248. William SOUTHERN 249. Magdelaine FORD 250. Charles DUNCAN 251. Margaret KIRK 252->255. unknown
9TH GENERATION
256. John COOLEY 257. poss Sarah MATTHEWS 258. Thomas RAPER 259. Martha HAM 260. Richard WRIGHT Sr103 261. Ann 262. James MORGAN 263. Mary DAVIS 316. Jacob CORSON Jr 317. Charity STILLWELL 318. Benajah TOMSON 319. Prudence ELDREDGE 412. Samuel STOCKTON 413. Rachel STOUT 414. Joseph HATFIELD 415. Phoebe CLARK 442. Robert BOOTH 443. Ann GASTON 452. John ERWIN 453. Jane WILLIAMS 454. Francis ERWIN 455. Jane CURRY 464. Capt Edward HART 465. Martha FURMAN 466. Richard Betts SCUDDER Jr 467. Hannah STILLWELL 468. James STOUT 469. Mary Ann CODD 496. John SOUTHERN ? 497. Margaret KIDD ? 500. Charles DUNCAN 502. John KIRK Sr 503. Margaret BROOKS 504->517. unknown
10TH GENERATION
518->823. unknown 632. Jacob CORSON Sr 633. Naomi 634. Nicholas STILLWELL 635. Sara HAND 824. Richard STOCKTON 825. Susannah WITHAM 826. Col Joseph STOUT 827. Ruth BRYMSON 828. Abraham HATFIELD 829. Phoebe OGDEN 829. John CLARK 904. Edward ERWIN 905. Frances FRANCIS 908. see 904 909. see 905 910. William CURRY 911. Sally YOUNG 928. John HART 2nd 929. Mary HUNT 930. Josiah FURMAN 2nd 931. Sarah STRICKLAND 932. Richard Betts SCUDDER Sr 933. Hannah REEDER 936. see 826 937. see 827 938. Capt St Leger CODD 939. Mary HANSON 1000. John DUNCAN 1001. Dinah BRADFORD 940->1035. unknown
11TH GENERATION
1036->1263. unknown 1264. Jan CARSTENSEN 1265. Maria Elias DAAS 1268. John STILLWELL Jr 1270. George HAND 1648. Richard STOCKTON 1649. Abigail ____ 1650. Robert WITHAM 1651. Ann HOAG 1652. Jonathan STOUT 1653. Anne BOLLEN 1654. Daniel BRYMSON 1655. Frances GREENLAND 1856. John HART 1st 1857. Mary ____ 1858. Ralph HUNT 1859. Elizabeth JESSUP 1860. Josiah FURMAN 1st 1862. Edmund STRICKLAND 1863. Hannah ____ 1864. John SCUDDER Jr 1865. Joanna BETTS 1866. John REEDER 2nd 1867. Hannah BURROUGHS 1876. Col St Leger CODD 115 1877. Anna BENNETT 115 1878. Col Hans HANSON 1879. Martha Kelts WOODARD 2002. John BRADFORD 2003. Mary MARR 1880->2071. unknown
12TH GENERATION
2072->2079. unknown 2528. Carsten JANSEN 2529. Barbara 2530. Elias DAAS 2536. John STILLWELL 2537. Elizabeth PERRIN 2540. Thomas HAND 2541. Katherine STUBBS 3296. John STOCKTON 3296. Eleanor CLAYTON 3304. Richard STOUT 3305. Penelope VAN PRINCIS 3306. Capt James BOLLEN 3307. Anne VAUQUELLIN 3308. William BRINSDON 3309. Margaret ____ 3310. Dr Henry GREENLAND 3311. Mary BAREFOOT 3312. Thomas HATFIELD 3313. Anna 3314. Cornelius MELYN 3316. John OGDEN 3317. Jane BOND 3718. Edward JESSUP 3719. Elizabeth BRIDGES 3720. John FURMAN 3728. John SCUDDER Sr 3729. Mary KING 3730. Capt Richard BETTS 3731. Joanna CHAMBERLAYNE 3732. John REEDER 1st 3733. Hannah THORPE 3734. Jeremiah BURROUGHS 3735. Hannah WAY 3752. Col William CODD 115 3753. Lady Mary ST LEGER 115 3754. Gov Richard BENNETT 3755. Mary Ann LONGWORTH113 106 3756. Andrew HANSON 3757. Annika ____ 4006. John MARR Sr 3758->4143. unknown
13TH GENERATION
4144->4159. unknown 5072. William STILLWELL 5073. Hannah 5074. Daniel PERRIN 5075. Elizabeth 5080. John HAND 5081. Elizabeth GRANSDEN 6592. John STOCKTON 6593. Eleanor CLAYTON 6608. John STOUT 6609. Elizabeth BEE 6614. Robert VAUQUELLIN 6615. Jeanette 6622. Walter BAREFOOT 6632. Richard OGDEN 6633. Elizabeth HUNTINGTON 7456. Thomas SCUDDER 7457. Elizabeth LOWERS 7458. William KING 7459. Dorothy HAYNES 7460. John BETTES 7461. Mary BIGGS 7462. Rev Robert CHAMBERLAYNE 7463. Elizabeth STOUGHTON 7466. William THORPE 7467. Garthered BLITHE 7468. John BURROUGHS 7469. Johanna JESSUP 7470. James WAY 7504. William CODD 7505. Hester LAMPORD 7506. Sir Warham ST LEGER115 7507. Dame Mary HAYWARD115 7508. Thomas BENNETT 7509. Anstie Tomson SPICER 7512. John HANSON 8012. Daniel MARR 7511->8287. unknown
14TH GENERATION
8288->8319. unknown 10144. Nicholas STILLWELL 10145. Ann 10148. Pierre PERRIN 10149. Andrienne JUBRIL 10160. John HAND 10161. Joan SIMMONS 10162. Henry GRANSDEN 13624. Edward OGDEN 13624. Margaret WILSON 14912. Henry SCUDDER 14913. ____ LOWERS 14914. John LOWERS 14920. Alexander BETTES 14921. Joan LARKYN 14926. Rev Thomas STOUGHTON 14927. Katherine 14936. Jeremiah BURROUGHS 14938. John JESSUP 14939. Joanna KERRICH 15012. Sir Anthony ST LEGER 115 15013. Mary SCOTT 115 15014. Sir Rowland HAYWARD 115 15015. Katherine SMYTHE 15016. Robert BENNETT 15017. Elizabeth EDNEY 15024. Col. John HANSON 15025. Frances PRICHARD 15026->16575. unknown
15TH GENERATION
16576->20289. unknown 20298. Jean JUBRIL 20299. Juvine LOMBARD 20326. William GRANSDEN 20327. Ann 26528. William OGDEN 26529. Abigail GOODSALL 26530. Richard WILSON 26531. Margaret 29792. William de STIRKELAUNDE 29840. Robert BETTS 29876. Francis JESSOP 29877. Frances WHITE 30024. Sir Warham ST LEGER 115 30025. Lady Ursula NEVILLE 107 115 30026. Sir Thomas SCOTT 115 30027. Elizabeth BAKER 115 30028. George HAYWARD 30029. Margaret WITHBROKE 30030. Sir Thomas SMYTHE 30031. Alice JUDDE 30032. John BENNETT 30033. Margery 30034. John EDNYE 30048. Thomas HANSON 30049. Janet G GLEDHILL 30050. John PRICHARD 30051->33151. unknown
16TH GENERATION
33152->33279. unknown 53056. Richard OGDEN 53057. Mabel de HOOGAN 53058. Henry GOODSALL 59584. William de STIRKELAUNDE 59752. Richard JESSOP 59753. Ann SWIFT 59754. Alexander WHITE 59755. Eleanor SMITH 60048. Sir Anthony St LEGER 111 60049. Agnes WARHAM 112 60050. George NEVILLE 60051. Lady Mary STAFFORD 60052. Sir Reginald SCOTT 115 60053. Emiline KEMP 115 60054. Sir John BAKER 115 60055. Elizabeth DINLEY 115 60056. John HAYWARD 60060. John SMYTHE 60061. Joan BROUNCKER 60062. Andrew JUDDE 60057. Agnes GLOVER 60096. John HANSON 60097. Agnes SAVILE 60098. John GLEDHILL 60099->66303. unknown
17TH GENERATION
66304->66559. unknown 106112. Robert OGDEN 106113. Joan 106114. Johannes de HOOGAN 119504. William JESSOP 119505. Emotte CHARLESWORTH 119506. Robert SWIFT 119508. Thomas WHITE 119510. William SMITH 119511. Katherine PORTER 120096. Ralph St LEGER 120097. Anne HART 120098. Heughe WARHAM 112 120099. Mary Ann COLLES 120100. George NEVILLE 120101. Margaret FENNE 120102. Edward STAFFORD 120103. Eleanor PERCY 120104. Sir John SCOTT 115 120105. Anne (Amy) PYMPE 115 120106. Sir William KEMP 111 115 120107. Elynor BROWNE 111 115 120108. Richard BAKER 120109. Elizabeth DYNELEY 120110. Thomas DINLEY 115 120112. William HAYWARD 120113. Agnes BALLY 120122. Robert BROUNCKER 120192. John HANSON 120193. Catherine BROOKE 120194. John SAVILE Esq. 120195. Margery GLEDHILL 120196->132607. unknown
18TH GENERATION
132608->132608. unknown 239020. Thomas SMITH 239021. Margaret CLARKE 239022. Augustine PORTER 240192. Ralph ST LEGER 240193. Anne PROPHET 240194. Sir Edward HART 240196. Robert WARHAM 240197. Elizabeth ____ 240198. Geoffrey COLLES 240200->240207. Royal Lineage 107 240208. Sir William SCOTT 115 240209. Sybil LEWKNOR 115 240210. Reginald DE PYMPE 115 240211. Elizabeth PASHLEY 115 240212. Sir Thomas KEMP 111 115 240213. Emelyn CHICHE 111 115 240214. Robert BROWNE 111 240215. Mary MALLETT 115 240218. Thomas DYNELEY 240224. William HAYWARD 240225. Elizabeth BROCKTON 240226. William BALLY 240384. John HANSON 240385. Cicely RAVENSHAW 240386. John BROOKE 240390. John GLEDHILL 240391->265215. unknown
19TH GENERATION
265216->266241. unknown 480384. Ralph ST LEGER 480385. Margaret TYRREL 480400->480415. Royal Lineage 107 480416. Sir John SCOTT 480417. Agnes BEAUFITZ 480418. John LEWKNOR 115 480420. Sir William DE PYMPE 115 480421. Elizabeth WHETEHILL 480422. Sir John PASHELY 115 480423. Lowys GOWER 115 480424. Thomas KEMP 111 480425. Beathris LEUKENER 111 480426. Sir Valentine CHICHE 480427. Philippa CHICHELEY 480428. Sir Thomas BROWNE 111 115 480429. Alianor DE ARUNDEL 115 480430. William MALLETT 115 480448. William HAYWARD 480449. Jane WILCOCKES 480450. William BROCKTON 480768. John HANSON 480769. Cicely DE WINDEBANKE 480770. John RAVENSHAW 480826. Vincent CHICHELE 115 480827->530431. unknown
20TH GENERATION
530432->960767. unknown 960768. John ST LEGER 960769. Margery DONNETT 960824->960829. Royal Lineage 107 960830. Sir Walter D'EVEREAUX 107 960831. Elizabeth MERBURY 107 960832. William SCOTT 960833. Isabella HERBERT 960834. William DE BEAUFITZ 960842. Sir Richard WHETEHILL 960844. Sir John PASHLEY 115 960845. Elizabeth WYDVILLE 115 960846. Sir Thomas GOWER 115 960848. Sir John KEMP 111 960850. Sir Thomas LEUKENER 111 960851. ____ HOO 111 960854. Robert CHICHELEY 960858. Sir Thomas DE ARUNDEL 115 960859. Joan MOYNE 115 960896. John HAYWARD 960897. Margery WEVER 961536. John HANSON 961537. Alice WOODHOUSE 961538->1060863. unknown
21TH GENERATION
1060864->1921537. unknown 1921538. James DONNETT 1921648->1921661. Royal Lineage 107 1921662. John MERBURY 107 1921666. Vincent HERBERT 115 1921688. Sir Robert PASHELY 115 1921689. Philippa CERGEAUX 115 1921690. Sir Richard WYDVILLE 115 1921691. Elizabeth LYONS 1921696. Raulf KEMP 111 1921702. Sir Thomas HOO 111 1921716. John DE ARUNDEL 1921717. Elizabeth DESPENSER 115 107 1921792. James HAYWARD 1923072. Henry DE RASTRICK 1923074. Henry DE WOODHOUSE 1923075->2121727. unknown
22ND GENERATION
2121728->3843075. unknown 3843076->3843327. Royal Lineage 107 3843328->3843375. unknown 3813382. Sir Thomas TUNSTALL 3843376. Robert PASHLEY 115 3843377. Anne HOWARD 115 3843378. Sir Richard CERGEAUX 115 3843379. Philippa FITZALAN 115 3843382. Sir John LYONS 3843432. John FITZALAN 3843433. Alianor MALTRAVERS 107 115 3843436->3846143. unknown 3846144. John DE RASTRICK 3846148. Alexander DE WOODHOUSE 3846149. Beatrice TOOTHILL 3846150->4243455. unknown
23RD GENERATION
4243456->7686151. unknown 7686152->7686655. Royal Lineage 107 7637760. Sir William PARR 7637761. Elizabeth de ROS 7686754. John HOWARD 115 7686756. Richard CERGEAUX 115 7686757. Margaret SENESCHAL 115 7686758. Edmund FITZALAN 115 7686759. Sibyl DE MONTEGU 115 7686864->7686865. Royal Lineage 107 7686866. Sir John MALTAVERS 107 7386867->8486910. unknown
 
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   Name: John McDowell
   Born: 21 Feb 1806
  Place: Greenbrier Co., VA
   Died: 21 Sep 1879
  Place: Upshur Co., WV
 Buried: 
Married: 14 Oct 1828

John McDowell and his wife Anna Curry had the following children. Anna had already given birth to nine children with her previous husband, John Nickell.

Robert McDowell 1829- Born 10 Jul 1829. He is believed to have died in infancy.
William Erwin McDowell 1830-1901 He married Maria Hart. She died 1880 Cass county MO. He died 1901 Colony KS. Find A Grave Memorial# 51197990.
Jane McDowell 1831-1913 Born 25 Dec 1831 in Greenbrier county (W)V, married Col Morgan Alexander Darnell, 23 Sep 1847, in Greenbrier. She died in Upshur co WV 4 Apr 1913. Find A Grave Memorial# 74126705.3
John Alexander McDowell 1833-1888 Said to have been born 1 Apr 1833 in Monroe county but that's only a little more than two months later that his sister's birth. One of the two dates is wrong. John married Margaret Hannah Donnelly, 24 Feb 1854 in Monroe Co. They had 10 children. He died 20 Jan 1888, likely in Upshur co WV. The births of several of his children are recorded at the West Virginia archives.

John's lineage isn't satisfactorily proven, but all the evidence to date indicates that the elder John McDowell was married three times, the children from the first marriage being excluded from his will. Laten Bechtel is turning up a lot of new information, each new piece neatly fitting the other. But, if nothing else, a positive comparision of a known signature of John's with this 1846 letter may prove the descent.

John's family, without Jane, appears on page 86 of the 1850 census for Lewis county, Virginia.

Page 86: John McDowell 40 farmer VA Ann McDowell 55 VA William McDowell 20 VA Alexander McDowell 17 VA

John's widow is listed with their son in 1880:

Banks Dist, Upshur Co: 25/25 McDowell John 47 farmer VA VA VA Margaret 46 wife keeping house VA VA VA Issac N 23 son student VA VA VA Bruce 21 son student VA VA VA Melika? 19 dau VA VA VA Mary 17 dau VA VA VA Martha 15 dau VA VA VA Irene? 13 dau WV VA VA Willie 11 son farm laborer WV VA VA Jimmie 7 son at home WV VA VA Annie 85 mother keeping house VA VA VA

I haven't found the Darnells yet on the 1850 census but they are found on page 331 of the 1860 census in Buckhannon, Upshur County (West) Virginia.

Morgan A Darnell 33 m farmer VA Jane 28 f wife VA Annie 11 f VA Robert A 10 f [sic] VA Calvin P 7 m VA Wm M 4 m VA Hazell B 2 m VA unnamed infant 2/12 m VA

Will of John McDowell

Will Book A, page 205, Upshur county WV.

In the name of God, Amen

I John McDowell, of County of Upshur State of West Virginia, being of sound mind and memory, do hereby publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all former wills by by at any time heretofore made.

First. I order and direct my executors as soon after my decease as practicable to pay off and discharge all the debts dues and liabilities that may exist against at the time of my decease.

Second. I give and bequeath unto Anna McDowell my wife, my mare to be hers while she lives, at her decease, I order and direct said mare to be sold and the proceeds to be expended in purchasing and placing tombstones to my grave and the grave of my wife, my beds and bedding I leave in the hands of my wife to be disposed of at her pleasure.

Third. I give and bequeath unto my son J.A. McDowell my colt, provide however, that he shall pay to Anna my wife part or all the price of said colt, if necessary. I also give to said J.A. McDowell, my book case and books, also my carpenter tools.

Third [sic]. I bequeath unto W.E. McDowell my watch. If said watch cannot be conveyed to him I order said watch to be sold and the proceeds to be conveyed to him.

Fourth. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Jane Darnell my bureau.

I hereby nominate and appoint J.N. Curry and R.A. Herring to be my executors.

In witness and whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name this second day of January A.D. 1879.

                 John McDowell

The above and foregoing instrument was at the date thereof signed, sealed and published and declared by the said John McDowell as and for his last will and testament in presence of us who at his request and in his presence of each other have subscribed our names as witness.

                 John N. Curry
                 Richard A. Herring

John's Origins

The record of John's death is surprisingly complete for its time. His death certificate states that he was born in Greenbrier county, Virginia, 73 years and 7 months prior to his death. It names not only his wife, Anna, who is stated as having provided the information, but also names his parents, J and E McDowell. Additionally, the 1880 Mortality Schedule, listing the birthplace of his father as Ireland.

There are three McDowell families, or households, listed on the 1820 census for Greenbrier county. The household for John Sr had one member enumerated as not a natural citizen (column 11). Additionally, his household has one male and one female listed as being over 45 (born before 1775).

James 100010 20010 John Sr 000111 01101 John Jr 2100?0 3100?

But, then, who was John Jr? Certainly not the same John who died in 1879. However, that is the only household that has a male 10-16. John would have been about 14 at the time.

There is not enough data gathered yet to know for sure whether these are even the McDowells we're looking for. But it looks promising. If John was the son of John Jr there would seem to be a contradiction with the 1880 Mortality Schedule as he is not listed in the 1820 census as "not natural". The informant for the schedule may have confused family history believing the father was from Ireland when, in fact, the grandfather was. On the other hand, if John Jr had been naturalized a US citizen there would be no contradiction between the records at all.

The following 1850 census reading is from page 413 of the 39th District.

John McDowel 63 school teacher Ireland Nancy 37 Virginia Hugh 18 farmer Virginia Alex 16 Virginia Overton C 14 Virginia Elen I 11 Virginia

I received a photocopy of John McDowell's will, death and estates records in January, 2007. He died at Bradshaw's Run, Monroe county, VA on June 14, 1859. The death record states that he was born in Ireland, the son of John and Easter McDowell. He was 72 years, 3 months and 12? days old. The will names his wife, Elizabeth McDowell, and four children Hugh, Alexander, Overton and what looks like Louisa D.P. McDowell. Robert C Skaggs is appointed executator. There was no son named John McDowell mentioned. However, all the children mentioned were born since 1830. I believe that this same John McDowell is found on the 1820 (see below) with three sons and four daughters. But this John McDowell appears to have been absent for the 1830 and 1840 census.

The 1860 census for Monroe County has the following household:

Alexander McDowell 26 Virginia Elizabeth 55 Virginia Overton 24 Virginia Louisa 16 Virginia

And then this:

Hugh McDowell 35 Virginia Nancy 26 Virginia John L 1? Virginia

Paul McDowell states in the McDowell forum that he's "from Connellsville, PA. My great grandfather, Samuel Gaston moved here around 1909. His father was Hugh and Nancy Allen McDowell from around the Monroe County area. His father was John McDowell and, from what I understand was a school teacher in that area."

I came across the following at least 10 years ago but failed to note the name of the book. However, if the book title can be discovered, this article can be found on pages 159-160 under the chapter called Early Log Houses:

The McDowells were Scotch-Irish. John McDowell, the Protestant pioneer, coming from Cork to America in 1784, soon found his way to Greenbrier County and the little district which was "home" to so many of his countrymen--the Irish Corner. He lived in the county fifty-seven years, and his log house still stands high on the hillside two miles south of Ronceverte. It was occupied by his descendants down to the sixth generation. A great grandson. Samuel H. McDowell. not only owned it at one time, but was also the owner of the George Lewis brick house at the foot of Muddy Creek Mountain.

There's no mention as to why John's residency ended 57 years later. I suppose the inference is that he died rather than moved elsewhere. If so, that would place his death in 1841. The histories indicate that the elder John McDowell was a grown man when he arrived in the Irish Corner during the 1780s. When can probably safely assume that he was born ca 1760 making him about 80 when he died. There is a transcription of the 1840 Greenbrier census online but the columns are poorly aligned and I'm unable to reliably interpret it. However, there are two John McDowell households, one of which has only an elderly man and woman in residence.

I lifted the following from http://www.wvculture.org/History/agrext/organcav.html.

In 1784 John McDowell built a home on land about halfway between Organ Cave and Ronceverte. Samuel H. McDowell the fourth generation of the family is the present owner of the farm.

John Erwin came to this locality at an early date. It is not definitely known what year he settled here, however it was previous to 1785 for that year his oldest son, John Erwin Junior was born in a log cabin about three miles northeast of Organ Cave. At the time of his death, John Erwin had about one thousand acres of land. During late years some of this land has changed hands but the farm owned by Samuel N. Erwin is a part of the original grant which has come down to the fifth generation. Samuel N. Erwin's children and grandchild were born on this place, thus making seven generations of the same family to have lived on it.

The following is a list of the surnames of families who were early settlers of Organ Cave Community: Adair, Burdette, Boyd, Boone, Burwell, Curry, Crawford, Dickson, Darnell, Erwin, Eades, Fleshman, Gibson, Humphreys, Holesapple, Honaker, Jackson, Kearns, Level, McDowell, McClure, Miller, Morgan, Patton, Price, Robinson, Rodgers, Sydenstricker, Williams, and White.

Oren Morton in A History of Monroe County, West Virginia, at the end of an article about the Archibald McDowell family (page 379), states

A few other McDowells do not appear to be of the above connection. Henson died 1805, leaving a daughter Mary who married Shared Atkins, 1803. John (1787-1859) was born in Ireland.

That paragraph gives us the dates for a John McDowell who may well have been the John Jr of 1820, the John McDowell of the 1850 census, and the likely father of our John McDowell. I also agree with the notion that he was probably not connected with the other McDowells of the region.

Laten Bechtel states at http://genforum.genealogy.com/mcdowell/messages/2490.html that John McDowell and Jean/Jane Erwin were married 1805 in Greenbrier county. She says elsewhere that Jane's father was probably William Erwin. This is of particular interest to me as my entry into this family is William Erwin McDowell, John's son, born 5 Sep 1830 in Monroe county.

Elsewhere on the same forum, Sue Korp states:

John McDowell was born November 15, 1759 in Ireland, and died December 12, 1841 in Greenbrier Co., VA. He married ESTHER ???. She was born Abt. 1760 in Ireland, and died January 13, 1844 in Greenbrier Co., VA.

If I had my druthers (and I might very well not have) my ahnentafel would look like this:

28 William Erwin McDowell (1830-1901) 56 John McDowell (1806-1879) 57 Anna Curry (1794-1883) 112 John McDowell Jr (1787-1859) 113 Jane Erwin 114 Robert Curry 115 Sarah Jane Young 224 John McDowell Sr (1759-1841) 225 Esther Harrison (1760-1844) 226 William Erwin (-c1804) 227 Mary Erwin 452 John Erwin (-1761) 453 Jane Williams 454 Francis Erwin (1710-c1791) 455 Jane Curry 904 Edward Erwin 905 Frances Francis 908 Edward Erwin 909 Frances Frances 910 William Curry (1690-) 911 Sally Young

Other Data

The following is in a document regarding Reed's Mill at the website for Second Creek, West Virginia: secondcreekwv.tripod.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/reedmill3.pdf

Deed Book A/306 1/17/1804

Archibald McDowell sells some property to John McDowell that joins the property that the mill is on. It states the survey was on 10/4/1791

Shuck's "West Virginia Records", cited below, includes tax lists for 1782 and 1783 but, because there are no Johns, I've not transcribed them here. It does name the following McDowells: Archibald, Daniel, Hanson, Josiah and William.

1786 Tax List Greenbrier County from Greenbrier County West Virginia Records, Volume 2, Larry G Shuck, 1989

Tithables Negroes Horses Cattle William McDowel 1 0 9 16 Archibald McDowell 1 0 5 7 Hanson McDowell 1 0 2 3 John McDowell 1 0 0 0

1788 Tax List Greenbrier County from Greenbrier County West Virginia Records, Volume 2, Larry G Shuck, 1989

Tithables Negroes Horses Cattle Hansen McDowel 1 0 2 0 John McDowel 1 0 0 0 William McDowel 2 0 7 0 Hugh McDowell 1 0 0 0

1792 Tax List Greenbrier County from Greenbrier County West Virginia Records, Volume 2, Larry G Shuck, 1989

Tithables Horses Negroes Archibald McDowell 1 6 0 William McDowell 2 11 0 Hanson McDowell 0 1 0 John McDowell 1 0 0

1797 Tax List Greenbrier County from Greenbrier County West Virginia Records, Volume 2, Larry G Shuck, 1989

Date Tithables Horses Negroes Book Mehibald McDowel 6/15 1 9 1 11 Robert McDowel 4/8 1 4 0 2 Henson McDowell 4/1 0 2 0 1 John McDowell 4/1 1 0 0 1 John McDowell (Sinks) 6/29 1 2 0 12 William McDowell 4/25 1 4 0 2

1805 Tax List Greenbrier County from Greenbrier County West Virginia Records, Volume 2, Larry G Shuck, 1989

Tithables Horses Negroes John McDowell 3 4 0 Robert McDowell 1 7 0 Samuel McDowell 1 1 0

1810 Tax List Greenbrier County from A Supplement to the 1810 Census of Virgina, Netti Schreiner-Yantes

Slaves White Tithables over 12 Horses John Arwin 1 0 1 Mary Arwin 0 1 5 James Curry 1 0 4 Oliver Curry 1 0 3 John Irwin 2 0 3 John McDowell 3 0 4 John McDowell Jr 1 0 3 Robert Nickall 2 0 13 James Erwin 1 0 6 Benjamin Erwin 1 0 5

1815 Tax List Greenbrier County from Greenbrier County West Virginia Records, Volume 2, Larry G Shuck, 1989

Tithables Blacks Horses Cows James McDowel 1 0 4 5 John McDowel Jr 2 0 4 11 John McDowel Sr 1 0 6 10 Robert McDowel 1 0 1 0

Sims Index, State of Virginia, 1952

Monroe County

Name of Grantee Acres Local Description Year Book Page James McDowell 174 Wolf Creek 1808 1 160 John McDowell 56 2nd Creek 1807 1 158

Greenbrier County

Archibald McDowell 142 Second Creek 1796 3 362 " " 367 Adj A Donally 1785 1 64 " " 380 Second Creek 1791 2 392 John McDowell 219 Wts of New River 1790 2 300 " 50 Little Wolf Creek 1799 4 274 " 10 Wts Greenbrier 1837 6 212 John McDowell Jr 37 Muddy Cr 1823 6 8 John McDowel Jr 31 Muddy Creek 1823 6 7 William McDowell 361 Adj John Stuart 1787 2 79 William McDowell et al 220 Second Creek 1796 3 411

A better description of the above entries for Monroe County is found at Rootsweb's archive:

McDowell, James
26 March 1808
174 acres on Wolf Creek joining his own land and the land of Owen Ellis and others.

McDowell, John
29 October 1807
56 acres on water sof Second creek joining the land of Robert Humphreys, Sr., Archibald McDowell and his own

1810 Monroe County, VA census

The 1810 census for Greenbrier county doesn't exist. However, there is a tax list (see above).
Archd McDowell 0000100001 John Curry 0021100010 John Nickle 0010000100 James McDowell 0001030100 James Nickle 2011020301 John Nickle 4001021010

1820 Greenbrier County, VA census

I don't know what this enumerator meant by the dashes (looking like an 'S' turned on its side). In context, it doesn't make sense as a ditto. The period, perhaps the only one on this page, is equally mysterious. I suspect it was meant to be a '1'. I simply can't read what is represented here by the question mark. Clearly, though, the senior is John McDowell, 1759-1841, and the Junior is John McDowell, 1787-1859.
p157 James McDowell 1-0-1- 2001-0 10-0-0 (prob s/o John Sen) p157 John McDowell Sen 00-111 011011 3-0-0- (1759-1841) p157 John McDowell Jun 21-0.0 31-0?0 4-0-0- (1787-1859)

1820 Monroe County, VA census

p213 James McDowel 100010 300010 020001 (prob s/o Archibald) p213 Katherine McDowel 100100 000001 010000 (wife of Archibald)

1830 Greenbrier County, VA census

The entry for John clearly reads McCowell, rather than McDowell. It's impossible to know what was intended but I suspect it's John and Esther.
p190 James McDowell 2110010000000 1111010000000 p190 Robert McDowell 0000001000000 2200010000000 p194 John McCowell 0000000001000 0000000001000 (McDowell?)

1830 Monroe County, VA census

p32 James McDowel 1110001000000 1101001000000 p32 Walter McDowel 2110010000000 1000100000100 p33 Isaac S Nickle 1100100001000 0331010001000
Isaac Nickle was Anna (Curry) Nickell McDowell's father-in-law, her first husband dying in 1825. She married John McDowell in Monroe county in 1828. The couple, with her nine children, were clearly of this household.

1840 Greenbrier County, VA census

The six entries on page 216 are enumerated one after the other in the following sequence.
p216 Francis Erwin 0000010000000 0000101000000 William Erwin 2000101100000 0100000000000 Robert McDowel Jr 0000100000000 0000100000000 (s/o John and Jane) Robert McDowel Senr 0100000100000 0222001000000 (s/o John and Esther) John McDowel 0000000000100 0000000000100 (John and Esther) W M Darneal 0020201000000 0002000100000 (m Eliza McDowell) p219 John McDowell 0210010000000 0120001000000 (John and Anna) John Erwin Senr 0110000100000 0?21100100000
The question mark under John Erwin's entries looks to me like a '2' that has been erased. I believe that the McDowell household page 219 is John McDowell/Anna Curry, with her appropriately enumerated as being 10 years older than his 30-40. The children listed would have been theri 2 sons and daughter and some of her children fom her first marriage to John Nickell. The John McDowell on page 216 is undoubtedly the immigrant and his wife Esther. But where is his son, the second generation John McDowell (1787-1859)?

1840 Monroe County, VA census

p152 James McDowell 1111100100000 0101200100100 p148 Walter McDowell 1111101000000 2100010000000

1850 census entries

GREENBRIER COUNTY, VIRGINIA

18th District p239 Archibald McDowell 30 m VA Jane M McDowell 27 f VA Jas Will McDowell 11 m VA John W McDowell 7 m VA Rick A McDowell 5 m VA Samuel Cottle 41 m black VA Emily Cottle 24 f black VA p240 Robert McDowell 61 m farmer Ire (s/o John and Esther) Elizabeth McDowell 58 f VA (Elizabeth Cornwell) Esther McDowell 23 f VA Susana McDowell 18 f VA Sarah E McDowell 17 f VA Frances A McDowell 21 f VA Robert D McDowell 15 m VA p282 R L McDowell 38 m tailor VA (s/o John and Jane) Susana McDowell 40 f VA (Susan Pullin) Susana R McDowell 17 f VA (Susana Hollowell?)

LEWIS COUNTY, VIRGNIA

30th District p84A John McDowell 40 m farmer VA (s/o "J and E") Ann McDowell 55 f VA (Anna Curry) William McDowell 20 m VA (d 1901 Colony KS) Alexander McDowell 17 m VA (John A McDowell) p84B William M Darnell 26 m laborer VA Eliza Darnell 25 f VA (Eliza McDowell) James M Darnell 2 m VA Frances M Darnell 5/12 m VA Frances A McDowell 21 f VA (Eliza's sister?)

MONROE COUNTY, VIRGINIA

Division 39 p413 John McDowel 63 m school teacher Ire (s/o John and Esther) Nancy McDowel 37 f VA Hugh McDowel 18 m farmer VA Alex McDowel 16 m VA Overton C McDowel 14 m VA Elen I McDowel 11 f VA p440 Richard McDowell 27 m farmer VA Mary A McDowell 21 f VA Martha S 1 f VA next entry... James McDowell 63 m laborer VA (s/o Archibald) Margt McDowell 61 f VA (Margaret Dickson) James W McDowell 22 m laborer VA Martha S Massie 23 f VA pp461/462 James H Vawn 25 m VA Malinda Vawn 23 f VA Martha A C 1 f VA Calwell Taylor 24 f VA William P Campbell 3 m VA Sarah C Campbell 1 f VA Wm McDowell 30 m laborer VA Robert Campbell Jn 27 m VA p473A Archd McDowell 33 m laborer VA Mary McDowell 25 f VA Polly A McDowell 8 f VA Columbus McDowell 6 m VA James H McDowell 4 m VA Margt McDowell 2 f VA Isabel McDowell 1 f VA p473B Walter McDowell 55 m farmer VA (s/o Archibald) Patsy McDowell 48 f VA William McDowell 29 m laborer VA Washington McDowell 19 m VA Sarah A McDowell 18 f VA Catherine McDowell 14 f VA Richard H McDowell 12 f [sic] VA Mary E McDowell 9 f VA Thomas A McDowell 7 m VA p474 Jane McDowell 38 f VA Martha McDowell 18 f VA Andrew McDowell 13 m VA Margt A McDowell 8 f VA James A McDowell 4 m VA John W McDowell 2 m VA

Robert McDowell

Sue Korp posted the following 1860 census entries on genforum in 2006. Note that this is the same household enumerated for Robert (1789-1855) and Elizabeth in 1850 (above).

August 17, 1860 Lewisburg, District No. 1, Greenbrier Co., VA Census
Household # 1134/1022
Elizabeth McDowell age 68 Farmer 2500/2040 VA
Esther age 33
Susan age 27
Robert D. age 25
Eliza Darnall age 35 VA
James age 12
Francis age 10
Martha A. age 7

The fact that Robert was born in Ireland and named a daughter Esther encourages me to suggest that he may have been a brother of the John McDowell who died in 1859 and, therefore, a son of John and Easter McDowell.

"West Virginia Estate Settlements", Ross B Johnson, 1977

Monroe County, page 175

Archibald McDowell Aug 1813
Wife: Catherine
Sons: Watty [Walter], John, William, James
Daus: Hannah Martin, Fanny Stuart, Peggy Gullet

Catherine McDowell Feb 1842
Sons: James, Witty [Walter]
Daus: Jane Stewart, Peggy Gullet

Hanson McDowell 8/22/1805
Dau: Mary Atkins
Grdau: Elizabeth Atkins

Greenbrier County, page 110

Wm McDowell 2/1797
Sons: William, Samuel, Daniel, Josiah, Archibald
Daus: Jeaney, Sarah Thompson, Ann Boyd, Hannah Rodgers

1. Archibald, obviously
2. Sink Grove
3. The History of West Virginia, Old and New, 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc, Chicago and New York. Volume III, pp. 412-413.


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