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Andrew McDowell

M, #I2679, b. 1778

Pedigree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

John McDowell

 

 

 

Samuel McDowell

 

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Madeline Wood

 

 

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Andrew McDowell

 

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{UNKNOWN}

 

 

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Mary McClug

 

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{UNKNOWN}

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Ann McDowell

F, #I2680, b. 1700

Family

Marriage 1 : Hugh Devine

Pedigree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abraham McDowell

 

 

 

Joseph McDowell

 

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Ann Calhoun

 

 

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Ann McDowell

 

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{UNKNOWN}

 

 

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Ann (Vans) Vance

 

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{UNKNOWN}

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Anna McDowell

F, #I2681

Pedigree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles McDowell

 

 

 

"Hunting" John McDowell

 

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Rachel McDowell

 

 

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Anna McDowell

 

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{UNKNOWN}

 

 

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Ann Evans Edminston

 

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{UNKNOWN}

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Annie McDowell

F, #I2682

Pedigree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

{UNKNOWN}

 

 

 

Nicholas McDowell

 

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{UNKNOWN}

 

 

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Annie McDowell

 

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Anthony C. McElroy

 

 

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Elizabeth McElroy

 

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Nancy Ann Garland Rice

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Avid McDowell

M, #I2683, b. abt. 1706

Pedigree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abraham McDowell

 

 

 

Ephraim McDowell

 

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Ann Calhoun

 

 

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Avid McDowell

 

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Robert Irvine

 

 

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Margaret Irvine

 

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Margaret Wylie

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Benjamin McDowell

M, #I2684, b. 1729

Pedigree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abraham McDowell

 

 

 

Ephraim McDowell

 

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Ann Calhoun

 

 

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Benjamin McDowell

 

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Robert Irvine

 

 

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Margaret Irvine

 

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Margaret Wylie

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Bessie McDowell

F, #I2685

Pedigree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

{UNKNOWN}

 

 

 

Nicholas McDowell

 

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{UNKNOWN}

 

 

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Bessie McDowell

 

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Anthony C. McElroy

 

 

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Elizabeth McElroy

 

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Nancy Ann Garland Rice

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Caleb McDowell

M, #I2686, b. 1776

Family

Marriage 1 : Elizabeth McDowell

Pedigree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

John McDowell

 

 

 

Samuel McDowell

 

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Madeline Wood

 

 

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Caleb McDowell

 

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{UNKNOWN}

 

 

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Mary McClug

 

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{UNKNOWN}

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Charles McDowell

M, #I2687, b. 1697, d. 1754

Family

Marriage 1 : Rachel McDowell

  1. "Hunting" John McDowell, b. 1714, d. 18 October 1796

Pedigree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abraham McDowell

 

 

 

Joseph McDowell

 

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Ann Calhoun

 

 

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Charles McDowell

 

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{UNKNOWN}

 

 

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Ann (Vans) Vance

 

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{UNKNOWN}

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Charles McDowell

M, #I2688, b. abt. 1675

Notes:

Fought with two of his brothers, John and Ephraim, in the Battle of Boyne, the siege of Londonderry. He or his brother John was killed in the battle.

Pedigree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph "The Calvinist" MacDowal

 

 

 

Abraham McDowell

 

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(Unknown) Calhoun

 

 

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Charles McDowell

 

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{UNKNOWN}

 

 

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Ann Calhoun

 

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{UNKNOWN}

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Dr Ephraim McDowell

M, #I2689, b. 1771

Pedigree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

John McDowell

 

 

 

Samuel McDowell

 

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Madeline Wood

 

 

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Dr Ephraim McDowell

 

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{UNKNOWN}

 

 

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Mary McClug

 

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{UNKNOWN}

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Elizabeth McDowell

F, #I2690, b. 1710

Family

Marriage 1 : (Unknown) Vance

Pedigree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abraham McDowell

 

 

 

Joseph McDowell

 

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Ann Calhoun

 

 

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Elizabeth McDowell

 

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{UNKNOWN}

 

 

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Ann (Vans) Vance

 

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{UNKNOWN}

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Elizabeth McDowell

F, #I2691

Pedigree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

John McDowell

 

 

 

James McDowell

 

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Madeline Wood

 

 

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Elizabeth McDowell

 

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{UNKNOWN}

 

 

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Elizabeth Cloyd

 

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{UNKNOWN}

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Elizabeth McDowell

F, #I2692

Family

Marriage 1 : Caleb McDowell , b. 1776

Pedigree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

{UNKNOWN}

 

 

 

{UNKNOWN}

 

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{UNKNOWN}

 

 

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Elizabeth McDowell

 

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{UNKNOWN}

 

 

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{UNKNOWN}

 

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{UNKNOWN}

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Ephraim McDowell

M, #I2693, b. 03 March 1672, d. 1770

Family

Marriage 1 : Margaret Irvine , d. 1728

  1.    Alexander McDowell, b. bef. 1706, d. 1782
  2.    Avid McDowell, b. abt. 1706
  3.    Benjamin McDowell, b. 1729
  4.    James McDowell, b. 1708, d. 1760
  5. John McDowell, b. 1714, d. 25 December 1742
  6. Margaret McDowell, b. abt. 1716
  7. Mary Elizabeth McDowell, b. 1707, d. 1809
  8.    Samuel McDowell, b. abt. 1706
  9. Thomas McDowell
  10.    William McDowell

Notes:


EPHRAIM MCDOWELL, b. 3 Mar 1672 in County Longford or Londonderry, Northern Ireland. d. 1770-1780, Augusta Co. Va. "Descendant of the ancient and warlike clan of the McDowells of Galloway".

On 9 December 1688 at the early age of 16 years as an Apprentice Boy, Ephraim McDowell (b. 1672 in County Longford or Londonderry) a son of Abraham and Miss Calhoun McDowell, went with some Protestant friends to shut the gates and defend Londonderry against the approach of Jacobite forces of MacDonald of Antrim in the Siege of Londonderry. Ephraim's brother John died in the siege, and there is mention of another brother Charles during this time. Nearly two years later, on 11 July 1690, King William VI (William of Orange) forced a battle on the army of James II, which was withdrawing towards Dublin during the War of the League of Augsburg (1688-1697) in the Jacobite campaign in Ireland (1689-1691). Ephraim McDowell once again went to fight for the forces of William III. King William launched a frontal attack across the river between Oldbridge and Drybridge, west of Drogheda on the Boyne river. The forces of William totaled 26,500 infantry, 8,000 cavalry and 50 guns comprised of a total of 35,000 English, Irish Protestant, Dutch and French Huguenots. In addition to the frontal attack across the Boyne, William simultaneously sent a force upstream to cross and fall upon the Jacobite left flank. The deposed King James II led a force of 18,000 infantry, 5,000 cavalry and six guns comprising a total force of 23,000 Irish Catholics and French. Despite offering determined resistance to King William's own attack, the Jacobites were unable to resist the pressure of the flanking force and withdrew as soon as it began to threaten their rear. Casualties for the battle totaled 2,000 killed and wounded for the forces of King William, and 1,500 killed and wounded for the Jacobites.

" Ephraim McDowell was from the historic race of Dowall, sprung from Dougall and from intermarriage with the Campbells, Irvines, and Douglasses, was reckoned among the most powerful of the warlike septs that fought in the Presbyterian wars under the leadership of the Campbells, Earls of Argyll" "Americans of Gentle Birth and Their Ancestors", pp 189, 299). Some family records indicate Ephraim was born in Co. Antrim, Ireland and his year of death was in 1770 at the age of 98 in Augusta County, Virginia. Ephraim lived in Glenoe, County Antrim in 1728 before leaving for America in his later years (age 57). According to Margaret Bickel Adams in her book "Family Connections Along the Blue Ridge", The McDowells and Irvines (of Castle Irvine and of Bonshaw Castle, nine miles from Lockerbie, Dumfrieshire, Galloway, Scotland, who often intermarried) manufactured linen in a linen mill along the Ballywallog river in Glenoe, near Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland from 1584 until declining business forced their emigration to America..." by the years 1724 and 1729.

Ephraim McDowell was one of the Apprentice Boys who shut the gates to Londonderry at the siege of Londonderry at the age of 16, and later fought at the Battle of Boyne River (in 1690). His brother John supposedly died during the Siege, but may have been confused with brother Charles, of which little is known other than the three brothers were present at the Siege of Londonderry in 1689. In Ireland, young Ephraim became a blacksmith in Glenoe, near Larne in Antrim. It is there that he married his first cousin, Margaret Irvine, the great granddaughter of the 10th Laird of Drum Castle in Scotland. Long, long ago, a visitor to Glenoe, wrote: "Passing down the one long street of that village, bordered on each side by tall stone houses, once the property of the Irvines and the McDowells, we come on the blacksmith shop of Ephraim McDowell, which looks as if he had laid down his hammer but yesterday. I followed the narrow, rocky street until I came to the linen mills, once belonging to the Irvines, Wylies, and McDowells. The Ballyvallog furnished the water power that turned these wheels of many mills, so sadly silent now. It is a narrow stream and runs across a beautiful brae, falling 75 feet into a well-shaped opening in solid rock, into a pool. From this the water leaps over an immense stone that crosses the space at the bottom of the opening of this well, formed by nature and just opposite the waterfall."

Many historians have written that he brought his family to America possibly on the 'George and Anne' or 'John of Dublin'. 12 McDowells died on the voyage to America on board the accompanying ship 'George and Anne', but Ephraim and his family are not listed among the passengers of that ship. The passengers, mostly from County Longford, of the 'George and Anne' sailed from Dublin. The 'John of Dublin' possibly sailed from Belfast and joined the 'George and Anne' in Dublin. After an extraordinary 118 day arduous voyage (May 29 to September 4), they finally arrived at Cape Cod. The families on board presumably the 'John of Dublin' included: McElroys, McDowells, Campbells, McKees and the Irvines.) It is said that seven of his wife's (Margaret Irvine) brothers also came to America at the same time, arriving in the port of Philadelphia.

Ephraim first settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania for a time, then on down the Great Wagon Road in Virginia to Borden's Grant in Augusta and Rockbridge County, Virginia becoming the first settlers there. They are believed to have settled for a while near Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where his daughter Mary Elizabeth married James Greenlee. In Virginia, letters were sent to their kindred and co-religionists in Pennsylvania, Ireland, and Scotland. Soon Borden's Grant was filled with Scots Presbyterians. Ephraim, although already an old man in his sixties, was credited with building the first road through the Blue Ridge Mountains to connect the Shenandoah valley with the tidewater country. Ephraim was religious, moral, intelligent, and shrewd, he used the opportunities offered to reap and store a fortune considered very large in those days. Ephraim was a remarkably intelligent man and was believed by the ignorant to possess supernatural powers. He was nearly 7 feet tall and of stalwart frame, and it is said, of a terrible countenance. Even in his old age, he busied himself in shrewd business dealings accumulating great land wealth and establishing schools and churches.

The first son of his son John, named Samuel McDowell, was born in Pennsylvania. About 1737 Ephraim went with his family down the Shenandoah trail to settle near what is now Fairfield, Virginia, [off Hwy 11 between Staunton and Lexington] becoming the first settlers in this area. Ephraim served in the Augusta County militia until 1743, when he was exempted from further service due to his age (70 years). In "A History of the McDowell Family" by Lemuel Ford Perdue, he states that the date of death was more probably 1770, as "family tradition has it that he died at age 98". Retaining all his faculties to the very last, Ephraim died not until the break of the American Revolution and not until he had heard the praises bestowed on his grandchildren for their bravery at the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1774.

It has always been assumed that many of Ephraim McDowell's known children were absent from records associated with Ephraim McDowell in America, specifically in Virginia. However, almost all of the early McDowells in Pennsylvania and Virginia, do possess many of the known names of Ephraim's other "lost" children, to include Alexander, William, Robert and David (Avid) McDowell. Most of these can be found in records of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and/or areas of old Virginia where Ephraim and his kin lived.

In September of 1737, Ephraim McDowell (already an old man at the age of nearly 65) and his sons John and James McDowell and his daughter Mary Elizabeth McDowell Greenlee and her husband James Greenlee were in camp on Linville (or Liun's) Creek in Rockingham (old Orange) County , Virginia. They were journeying down what was sometimes called the Indian Road, Great Wagon, or Pennsylvania Road. They were heading for the South River in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. James McDowell had come in advance and had planted corn in 1736 in the valley opposite Woods Gap in the Shenandoahs. These McDowells had come out of Londonderry, County Longford, and County Antrim sailing from Belfast with their kin, the families McElroy, McCune, McCampbell, McKee, Moffett, and Irvine (the family of Ephraim's wife and the Lairds of Drum Castle and Bonshaw in Scotland, and Castle Irvine in Ireland.

A staunch Scots/Irish Presbyterian, Ephraim is buried at the site of Maryland Tavern owned by his son Capt. John. In "A History of the McDowell Family" by Lemuel Ford Perdue. A monument erected in the mid 1800s by the children of his great grandson Governor James McDowell of Virginia shows that he died "about 1780". On the marker at the McDowell burial ground near Fairfield, Virginia, Ephraim's inscription reads:

"Near this spot repose the remains of Ephraim McDowell the first of his name in America who died about 1780...".

Pedigree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph "The Calvinist" MacDowal

 

 

 

Abraham McDowell

 

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(Unknown) Calhoun

 

 

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Ephraim McDowell

 

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{UNKNOWN}

 

 

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Ann Calhoun

 

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{UNKNOWN}

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Isaac McDowell

M, #I2694, b. 1710

Family

Marriage 1 : Minerva (Unknown)

Pedigree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abraham McDowell

 

 

 

Joseph McDowell

 

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Ann Calhoun

 

 

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Isaac McDowell

 

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{UNKNOWN}

 

 

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Ann (Vans) Vance

 

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{UNKNOWN}

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James McDowell

M, #I2695, b. 1708, d. 1760

Pedigree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abraham McDowell

 

 

 

Ephraim McDowell

 

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Ann Calhoun

 

 

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James McDowell

 

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Robert Irvine

 

 

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Margaret Irvine

 

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Margaret Wylie

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James McDowell

M, #I2696, b. 1707, d. 1747

Family

Marriage 1 : Mary McPeters

Pedigree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abraham McDowell

 

 

 

Joseph McDowell

 

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Ann Calhoun

 

 

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James McDowell

 

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{UNKNOWN}

 

 

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Ann (Vans) Vance

 

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{UNKNOWN}

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James McDowell

M, #I2697

Pedigree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abraham McDowell

 

 

 

Andrew McDowell

 

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Ann Calhoun

 

 

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James McDowell

 

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{UNKNOWN}

 

 

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(Unknown) (Unknown)

 

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{UNKNOWN}

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James McDowell

M, #I2698

Pedigree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph McDowell

 

 

 

John McDowell

 

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Ann (Vans) Vance

 

 

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James McDowell

 

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{UNKNOWN}

 

 

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Rachel (Unknown)

 

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{UNKNOWN}

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James McDowell

M, #I2699, d. 1771

Family

Marriage 1 : Elizabeth Cloyd

  1.    Elizabeth McDowell
  2.    James McDowell
  3. Sarah McDowell, b. 1772, d. 1802

Pedigree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ephraim McDowell

 

 

 

John McDowell

 

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Margaret Irvine

 

 

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James McDowell

 

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{UNKNOWN}

 

 

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Madeline Wood

 

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{UNKNOWN}

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James McDowell

M, #I2700, b. 23 October 1770, d. 22 August 1850

Pedigree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

John McDowell

 

 

 

John McDowell

 

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Rachel (Unknown)

 

 

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James McDowell

 

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{UNKNOWN}

 

 

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Mary (Unknown)

 

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{UNKNOWN}

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James McDowell

M, #I2701

Pedigree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

John McDowell

 

 

 

James McDowell

 

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Madeline Wood

 

 

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James McDowell

 

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{UNKNOWN}

 

 

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Elizabeth Cloyd

 

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{UNKNOWN}

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James McDowell

M, #I2702, b. 1760, d. 1843

Pedigree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

John McDowell

 

 

 

Samuel McDowell

 

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Madeline Wood

 

 

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James McDowell

 

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{UNKNOWN}

 

 

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Mary McClug

 

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{UNKNOWN}

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Jane McDowell

F, #I2703, b. abt. 1716

Family

Marriage 1 : Samuel DePui

Pedigree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abraham McDowell

 

 

 

Robert McDowell

 

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Ann Calhoun

 

 

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Jane McDowell

 

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{UNKNOWN}

 

 

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Jane O'Neal

 

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{UNKNOWN}

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