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THE McDowells, 


(Being a compilation from various sources) 







**0h, who shall lightly say that fame 
Is nothing but an empty namd; 
While in that name there is a eharm, 
The nerves to brace, the heart to warm, 
When thinking on the heroes dead, 
The youth shall rouse from slothful bed. 
And vow with uplift hand and heart, 
Like him to act a noble 'part." 

Copyright Applied for by 

JOHN H. McDowell, 




1. Photo of the author (or compiler), John Hugh McDowell. 

2. Preface by the author — explanatory note and acknowledg- 
ments of indebtedness. 

On Heraldry, with photographs. 

John McDowell I, ancestors, descendants and their kin. 

Nathaniel Irwin of South Carolina and descendants. 


Historic Homes of North Carolina—Pleasant Gardens and 
Quaker Meadows in Burke County. 

The Macklenburg Declaration. 

McDowells and connections. 



The author is indebted for reliable material gathered for the 
McDowell and Irwin history to Irwin Mahon, of Carlisle, Pa.; Mr. 
Lawrence S. Holt, Jr., North Carolina ; Mrs. A. D. Andrews, Atlanta, 
Ga. ; Miss Kyla McDowell, Beaver Falls, Ohio ; Mrs. Mary D. Elliott, 
Charlotte, N. C. ; Mrs. Sophie Fox Sea, Louisville, Ky. ; Margaret E. 
Erwin, Hillsboro, Ohio ; Franklin T. Neven, Pittsburg, Pa. j Mrs. Paul 
Travier Hayne, Greenville, S. C. ; Helen E. Gaulden, Deland, Fla.; 
Mrs. J. F. Davis, Montgomery, Texas; Hon. S. Watson Read; Mrs. 
Edward K. Powe, West Durham, N. C. ; Prof. A. L. Keith, Northfield, 
Minn.; Judge Richard Irwin, Tyonesta, Pa.; Mary E. McDowell, 
Morgantown, N. C. ; Judge A. C. Avery, North Carolina, and others 
feiveni credit elsewhere in the history. 


In his 75th year 


Chieftain of McDowell Clan of America 


The loftiest appeal to national honor and self-respect is to pre- 
serve the features and rescue from the wasting hand of time the mem- 
ory of those whose noble deeds, exalted fame or eminent virtues have 
shed a luster upon their age. . 

There is no surer sign of a general decay of virtue in a nation 
than a want of zeal in its inhabitants for the good of their country, 
jid it is the duty of every loyal American to learn the lesson that 
he has inherited a country which is his, not only to enjoy, but to pro- 
tect, his to transmit to future generations in aU its glory, undimin- 
ished and unimpaired. High in the firmament of human destiny are 
set the stars of faith in mankind and unselfish courage and loyalty 
to the ideals, and while these shine the spirit and the hope of Wash- 
ington and the heroes who fought with him will never die. 

The majority of our Revolutionary ancestors were zealous Chris- 
tians driven from- their country on account of their religion. Their 
trust in God as the Overruler of the destiny of nations was unwaver- 
ing and no doubt the spirit of God was guiding the himian mind when 
the foundation stone upon which the great structure of American 
iodependence was erected and the same spirit which qualified men to 
set forth truth without error. 

The principal aim of this history is to preserve to posterity all 
facta worthy of preservation relating to our ancestry and their kin 
down to the present time, a book of record whereby our descendants 
one hundred years hence may be able to trace their ancestry from 
the birth of our nation. The author also has in view the building of 
a great national Clan composed of aU McDowells and their kin in 
the United States and Canada. The McDowell Clan of America held 
its first national meeting in San Francisco, July 23d, 1915, adopted 
a constitution and by-laws and elected officers. The Irvine Society 
of America met the next day in the same hall and elected the author 
Historiographer for the Irwin Society ; therefore this history repre- 
sents both organizations. 

Officials of the McDowell Clan of America 


JOHN H. Mcdowell 

Buntyn, Tenn. 


P. H. i^cDOWELLp JR. 
San Francisco, California. 



Vice-President Union and Planters Bank 

and Trust Co. 

Memphis, Tenn. 

National Chaplain 

Bishop William Fraaler McDowell 
Evanston, 111. 

State Chaplains 

Rev. J. N. McDowell 

Collinswood. N. J. 

Rev. Oswell G. McDowell 

6923 Walnut St., Philadelphia 

Executive Committee 

Geo. W. McDowell 

San Francisco, CaL 

W. R. McDowell 

Detroit, Mich. 


W. W. McDowell 

Butte, Montana 
Wm. A. McDowell 

Memphis, Tenn. 


Weaverville, N. C. 


J. E. McDowell 

9372 D Street 

Oakland, California 

J. B. McDowell 

Fulton, Ky. 

Frank McDowell 

Morg^anton, N. C. 

Samuel R. McDowell 

Media. Penn. 

Dan McDowell 

Learned, Miss. 

William J. McDowell 

Spartanburgr. S. C. 

H. G. McDowell 

132 Nassau St. 

New York City, N. Y. 


Mary D. Elliott 
. Charlotte, N. C. 

State Matrons 

Florence L McDowell 

107 East Ave.. Rochester, N. Y. 

Mrs. J. S. McDowell 

Alameda, California 

Mrs. Pearl Neely Grant 

652 Adams St., Memphis, Tenn. 

Mrs. E. M. Gayle 

Richmond, Va. 

The McDowell Heraldic Chapter 
and Coats of Arms 

The McDowell Heraldic Chapter 
and Coats of Arms 





Items of heraldry, coats of arms, etc., connected with the Irwins, 
Irvines, Irvings, etc., regardless of how the name is spelled. 

The photographs of the several ooats of arms in my possession 
belonging to the Clan, while they are many, can be largely increased ; 
the simplest and plainest of them are the oldest, and belong to the 
oldest families. 

''As to supporters," Chassancus says, ''an heritage sheriff or an 
eminent judge may take supporters; and I crave liberty to assert 
that all our chiefs of families and old barons of Scotland may use 
supporters. For beside that to be a chief was of old, and is still, 
reputed an honor, though it is adorned with no mark of nobility, yet 
these chiefs have prescribed a right to use supporters ; and that such 
a right may be prescribed I have proven formerly ; and what warrant 
is for most of our rules in heraldry but an ancient custom ? And that 
they have constantly used supporters past all memory of man, even 
when they were knights, is clear from many hundred instances. Thus 
the Lairds of Pictur did, and do, use two wild eats for their support- 
ers ; Fotheringham of Powrie, two naked men ; Irvine of Drum, two 
savages, wreathed about head and loins with holly and bearing batons 
in their hands; Monerieff of that ilk, two men armed at all points, 
bearing picks on their shoulders ; and miany of our noblemen have only 
retained the supporters which they originally had; and that of old 
barons might use supporters de jure seems most certain, for they were 
members of Parliament with us as such, and never lost that privilege, 
though for their convenience they were allowed to be represented by 
two of their number, and therefore such as were barons for that 
time may have supporters as well as lord barons* nor ishould we be 
governed in this by the custom of England, seeing them in dispar 
ratio, and this is now allowed by the principal herald to judge at the 
time who have right." 

As far as known, Irving of Bonshaw never quartered anybody 
else's arms with his. William Irving, the great-great-grandfather of 
Col. John Baufin Irving, the present holder of Bonshaw (1916), in 
1698 married the eldest daughter of Lord Rollo, but did not quarter 
the royal arms with his, though other families who intermarried with 
the Irving Clan did quarter the Irving arms with theirs. In the 



''Black Douglas" memorial window in Glasgow Cathedral the Irwin, 
Irvine, Irving and other ways of spelling the name, coat of arms — 
three holly leaves on a silver ground — is in the center. In the illus- 
trated ** Pedigree of Erskine of Dun Forfarshire,'* the Irving coat 
and crest are given. 

All this, and what follows of an official heraldic character, has 
been taken from **Nisbet's Heraldry," 1804; Burke's ''General Ar- 
mory," 1844; "Scottish Arms, 1370-1678;" David Lindsey, etc. 

Burke and Nisbet give : 

Irving (Bonshaw, Scotland), a family of great antiquity, which 
has possessed Bonshaw from the remotest period. 

Argent, three holly leaves, slipped vert. Crest, a mailed hand 
grasping a bunch of seven holly leaves. Motto, "Haud ullis labentia 


Translation of motto, "Not wavering before any storm." 

Heraldic M. S. (James VI *s reign). 

Irvyn of Drum : 

Argent, three holly leaves, vert, stalks uppermost. (This was 
evidently to make a difference from Bonshaw, as before that they used 
same — three leaves, stalks down.) 

"Gentlemen's Arms" (Charles I's reign). 

Irvine of Drum — Lindsay, Balfour, Porteous, etc. — all give : Ar- 
gent, three holly leaves, vert. Here there are three small bundles of 
holly each, consisting of as many leaves, slipped vert, banded gules 
(so registered 1672-8), with crest, a bundle of nine holly leaves. 
Motto : 

"Sub sole, sub umbra virtus;" and two savages, wreathed about 
the head and middle with holly, holding a baton in each hand, all 
proper, as supporters. 

Translation of motto, "Thriving under sun and shade." 

The seal of Alexander Irvine of Belties, 1483, is described by Mr. 
Laring as two cross crosslets fitchee, surmounted a fess between three 
bunches of holly leaves. 

Porteous gives for Drum "Aliter of Bonshaw," and Stacie gives 
for Bonshaw, Argent, three holly leaves, proper or vert, with three 
or five drops of blood at each of them. The coat recorded (1672-8) 
by William of Bonshaw is, Argent, three holly leaves proper. In the 
Lyon Register the numerous matriculations of cadets all carry out the 
distinction — those descended from Bonshaw having three holly leaves, 
and those from Drum three bunches of leaves. 

Robert I, in 1323, granted to William de Irwin part of the royal 
forest of Drum in free forestry, and in the following year granted 
him a second charter of the same lands as a free barony. In 1388 
Alexander of Irwyne. Lord of Drum, purchased the park of Drum 
'*""m John Moigne. The family suffered heavily during the civil war, 

"n 1684, as a recompense, the tenure of the land they held ward 
angfod from simple ward to taxed ward. 
)bert de Hirewine witnessed a charter of Alexander II in 1226, 


and one of Gameline, Bishop of St. Andrews, is witnessed by Robert 
de Irwyn about 1260. Reginald de Irwin was archdeacon of Tevits- 
dale in 1242. William of Irwyn was clerk of the register in 1329, and 
about the same time Roger of Irwyn was clerk of the King's ward- 
robe. Thomas de Irvine was on committees of Parliament in 1368-9, 
Alexander of Drum sat in the General Council, 1441, and the heads 
of the family were very frequently afterwards in Parliament. John 
Irvine sat as Despute Marischal in 1584. The male line of Bonahaw 
has remained unbroken (is still unbroken, 1918). 

The present Alexander Forbes-Irvine of Drum is understood to 
be the heir-male of the Aberdeenshire line, although the estate, under 
an entail executed in 1687 by Alexander of Drum, passed for a time 
to younger branches, to the exclusion of the Irvines of Shaphock. 

Alexander, the last of this line, married Barbara Dundas of that 
ilk, and had Margaret, who ' * died young at the school in Edinburgh, 
and lies in Dundas isle.'' At the funeral (in 1742) of this young 
lady, her eight quarters were duly represented, and the undiffer- 
eneed coat, in a lozenge with the supporters, was allowed as her own 
arms, her father being ''heirmeal of Irvine of Drum.'* Her sister, 
Mary, inherited Saphock, married in 1774 Sir Alexander Ramsey, 
baronet of Balmain, and died s. p. Her husband assumed the sur- 
name of Irvine in addition to and after Ramsay. 

. Prom the Irvings of Saba, in Orkney, seated there from 1440 (a 
branch from Drum, who were a branch from Bonshaw) descended 
Washington Irving. 

George Irving, designed of **Tullich,'' went to Sweden as a 
military officer, and was recognized as noble in 1647. ' His son Alex- 
ander of Irvingsholm rose to high rank in the army, and married 
Agnes Patkull, maid of honor to Queen Christiana. 

As to how the Irvines of Drum got their coat and motto is told 
as follows in a book called the ** Walks in Annandale.'* 

**The Irvings of Drum are a very ancient branch of the Bonshaw 
family. Sir Robert de Brus, heritable Lord of Annandale and keeper 
of liochmaben Castle, flying from the pursuit of Edward Longshanks, 
came one stormy night to the Bonshaw tower, where he was hospitably 
entertained. He took a younger son of the family. Sir William of 
Woodhouse, to be his secretary and companion ; as a reward for his 
services, the King, when seated on the throne, conferred upon him 
the lands of the forest of Drum, and the pricking bay tree, or holly, 
for his armorial bearings, with the motto, * * Sub sole, sub umbra vires- 
cens" (which, when translated, reads, '* Thriving under sun and 
shade"), which was the motto the King himself had assumed dur- 
ing the period he contended for the crown." 

Irving, Sir Paulus AK Milus (Woodhouse, Dumfrieshire), Bart., 
1809 : Argent, three holly leaves, vert in chef, a mullet gules. Crest : 
(1) A chapeau gules, turned up ermine, wreathed around the crown 
with holly; or, (2) a dexter arm armed and embowed proper, charged 
with mullet gules holding a branch of three holly leaves vert, banded 


gules. Supporters, two savages, wreathed head and middle with lau- 
rel, each holding a club over his shoulder, all proper. Mottoes: 
*VHaud ullis labentia ventis" and **Sub sole, sub umbra vircens.** 

Translations read, * * Thriving under sun and shade. ' ' 
I Irving (Burleigh, 1735), as Drum, with a crescent in fess point. 
Crest, a dexter hand holding a holly branch consisting of three holly 
leaves proper. Motto: 

*'Sub sole, sub umbra vircens." 

Translation, ** Thriving under sun and shade.'* 

Irvine (Gottenburg, 1757), Drum with a bordure nebuly, vert. 
Crest, a dexter hand holding two holly branches of three leaves each 
crosswa3rs proper. Motto: 

** Color fides que perennis.'' 

Translation, ** Character and honor forever.'' 

Irvine (Dublin, 1797), as Drum, within a bordure gules. Crest, 
a dexter gauntleted hand lying fessways, and holding a thistle erected 
in pale, all proper. Motto : 

**Sub sole, sub umbra vircens." 

Translation, ** Thriving under sun and shade.'' 

Irvne (Auchinbedridge, Dumfriesshire, 1171), Argent, a hunt- 
ing horn, stringed, sable, voided, or between three holly leaves vert 
vert. Crest, a hand holding a branch of holly whereon are five leaves 
proper. Motto : 

^^Nilmihi toilet hyems." 

Translation, ** Winter does not disturb me." 

Irvine (Lowtherstown, County Fermanagh), Bart., extinct 1690, 
confirmed by Erskine, Lord Lyon, 1673, to Lieutenant-Colonel Gerard 
Irvne of Castle Partagh, second son of Christopher Irvine, Esq., of 
Castle Irvine, who was created a baronet in 1677. 

Argent, a fess gules between, three holly leaves vert. Crest, a 
gaunltlet issuing out of a cloud holding a thistle, all proper. Motto : 
*'Dum memor ipse mei." 

Translation, ** While he is mindful of me." 

Irvine (Killadeos, County Fermanagh, descended from John Ir- 
vine, died in 1716, a brother of Christopher Irvine, Esq., of Castle 
Irvine), same arms and crest. Motto: 

' * Sub umbra, sub sole virens, ' ' and over crest, ' * Dum memor ipse 


Translation of first, ** Flourishing under sun and shade." Trans- 
lation of second, ** While he is mindful of me." 

Irvine (Mervyn D'Arcy-Irvine), exemplified to Henry Irvine, 
Esq., of Castle Irvine, County Fermanagh, eldest son and heir of 
William D' Arcy Irvine, Esq., of Necame Castle, same county, on his 
assuming by royal license, 1861, the surnames of Mervyn and D 'Arcy 
before that of Irvine. Quarterly, first and fourth argent, a fess gules 
between three holly leaves vert, for Irvine; second, azure semee of 
cross crosslets and three cinqsfoils argent for D'Arcy; third, or a 
chevron sable for Mervyn. 


Crests: (1) Irvine, a gauntlet issuing out of a cloud and hold- 
ing a thistle, all proper; an escroU above, motto over, **Un Dieu, un 
Eoi." (2) D'AjTcy, on a chapeau gules, turned up ermine, a bull 
passant sable, armed, or (3), Merwyn, a squirrel seant proper, crack- 
ing a nut gules; motto over, *'De Dieu est tout/' Motto, *'Dum 
memor ipse mei." 

Translation: First, Irvine, **Un Dieu. un Roi»'' second, D'Arcy, 
**De Dieu est tout;'' third, Mervyn, '*Dum memor ipse mei." 

Irving (Hyde Park Square, granted to Clark Irving, Esq.) Ar- 
gent, on a chevron gules between three holly leaves vert, as many mul- 
lets as six points of the field, a bordure of the second on a chief azure 
fleece or between to emus respectant proper. Crest, a cornucopia f ess- 
ways proper, in front of an arm embowered in armour, also proper, 
holding a holly leaf vert. Motto, '^Sub sole, sub umbra virens." 

Translaton, ** Thriving under sun and shade." 

Irwin (Derrygore, County Fermanagh, confirmed to Edward Ir- 
win, Esq., only surviving son of Archeson Irwin and grandsoh of 
George Irwin, Esq., of Derrygore, and their descendants). Argent, a 
mural crown gules between three holly leaves proper. Crest, a mailed 
arm fessways holding in the hand a thistle and a holly leaf, all proper, 
and charge on the arm with a crescent gules. Motto: 

**Nemo me impune lacessit." 

Translation, **No one assail me with impunity." 

Irwin (exemplified to James Dauiel Nolan, Esq., on his assuming 
by royal license the name and arms of Irwin instead of Nolan). Per- 
pale argent, or on a fess gules between three holly leaves vert, as many 
maitlets of the first. 

Crest, a dexter arm in armor, fessways, issuant out of a cloud, 
the hand holding a sword erect, enwreathed with a thistle, all proper, 
the arm charged with a cross patter gules. Motto : 

**Dum memor ipse mei." 

Translation, ** While he is mindful of me." 

Irwin (Tuarago, County Sligo, descended from John Irwin, of 
Scottish ancestry, who held a command in the Parliamentary army 
under Cromwell, and settled in Ireland; the present representative is 
John Irwin of Tauragoe, Esq., Colonel of the county militia, and high 
sheriff in 1822. Arms same as Irving of Bonshaw and Irwin of Derry- 
gore, County Fermanagh. Crest, a hand issuing out of a cloud, grnsp- 
iug a branch of thistle proper. Motto : 

'*Nemo me impune lacessit." 

Translation, **No one assails me with impunity." 

Irwin (as borne by Thomas Irwin of Childer Abby, Cumber, 
land, Esq., high sheriff of the county in 1836, son of the late Thomas 
Irwin of Johnstown (Justeetown), near Carlisle, Esq., by Jane his 
wife, daughter of John Senhouse of Calder Abbey, Esq.). Arjj^ent, 
t]iree holly leaves proper, with arms of Senhouse on an escutcheon 
of pretence, Mr. Irwin having urged Mary, only daughter and heir 


of Joseph Tiffin Senhouse of Calder Abbey, Esq. Crest, the dove 
and olive branch proper. Motto: 

''Hand ullis labentia ventis. 

Translation, **Not wavering before any storm. 

Irwin, Irwyne, or Irewine (Ireland). Argent, a chevron between 
three roses azure. Crest, a mullet pierced or. 

Irwine (Lieutenant-General Sir John, installed Knight of the 
Bath, May 10, 1779). Argent, three bunches of holly, of as many 
leaves each vert, tied grules, the strings flotant; on the center a cres- 
cent for difference. Crest, an arm, couped above the wrist in armor 
proper, lying fessways, holding in the gauntlet a bunch of holly, as 
in the arms a crescent for difference. Supporters, two savages 
wreathed about the head and loins with holly leaves, each holding in 
the exterior hand a club erect, all proper, each club enfiled with a 
ducal coronet azure. Motto : 

**Sub sole, sub umbra virens." 

Translation, ''Flourishing under sun and shade.'' 

Irvine (Castle Irvine, County Fermanagh), Bart. Descendant 
from the Irvings of Bonshaw ; of the Irish branch was Sir Gerard Ir- 
vine, created a baronet (20, Charles II). His present representative 
is Sir George Marcus D'Arcy Irvine, Bart., son and heir of William 
Mervyn Irvine of Castle Irvine, Esq., by his wife, a daughter of 
George S. Lowther of Kilrue County, Meath, Esq., M. P., and grand- 
son of Christopher Irvine of Castle Irvine, Esq., by Mary, his wife, 
second daughter and co-heir of Sir Audley Mervyn of Trillick Castle, 
County Tyrone, knight. Argent, a fess gules between three holly 
leaves proper. Crest, a dexter arm in armor, fessways, issuant out 
of a cloud, hand proper holding a thistle, also proper. Motto: 

'*Dum memor ipse mei.'^ 

Translation: ''While he is mindful of me." 

Although there has already been given one of the Irvings of 
Woodbouse, Bart., this is given because it is different : 

Irving (Woodhouse, Dumfrieshire, Bart.), Argent, three holly 
leaves, Vert, a maitlet for difference. Crest, (1) a chapeau gules 
up ermine, wreathed round the crown with oak, or, (2) a dexter armed 
and embowered proper, garnished or holding in hand two holly leaves, 
as in the arms. 

Irving (Navy Pay Officer, and of Newton, Lanarkshire, Scot- 
land) : Argent, three sprigs of holly slipped vert, a mullet for dif- 
ference or an escutcheon of pretence. Argent, a cross of St. Andrew, 
engrailed sable. Crest, a sheaf of three arrows ; points upward, band- 
ed, a mullet for difference. Motto: 

"Sub, sole, sub umbra virens." 

Translation: "Thriving under sun and shade." 
Irving: Argent on an escutcheon argent, a saltire, engrailed sable 
between three holly branches of as many leaves, vert. Crest: Three 
arrows tied around with a ribbon gules. 
Irving or Irfine: Argent, three bunches of holly in each as many 


leaves, vert, banded gules. Crest, out of ducal coronet perpale argent 
and azure, a lion's paw, per fesse or an gules, holding a cross crosslet 
f itchee of the last. « 

The following are from Niebet's '* Heraldry'' 1804: 
Alexander Irvine of Drum: Argent, three small sheafs or bundles 
of holly, 2 and 1 vert., each consisting of as many leaves slipped of 
the last, banded gules. Crest, a sheaf of arrows. Supporters, two 
savages, wreathed about the head and middle with holly, each carry- 
ing in their hands a baton, all proper. 

Motto: **Sub sole, sub umbra virens." 

Translation: ''Thriving under sun and shade." 
JflOtnes Irvine of Aitamf ord, whose father was third son of Drum : 
Argent, three holly leaves, each consisting of as many leaves proper, 
banded gules with a bordure indented vert. Crest, two holly leaves 
crossing other Saltier vert. Motto: 

**Sub sole vircusco." 

Translation: ''I flourish in the sun." 

Christopher Irvine, M. D., doctor of physic : Argent, three holly 
leaves and a chief vert. Crest, a hand holding a bay rod, adorned with 
nine leaves proper with the chemical letters of Terra, Aqua, Ignis 
Sal, Spiritus, Sulphur, Sol, Venus, Mercurian or. Motto: 

''Auspice summo numi ne" — 1672. 

First translation : 

Second Translation : ' ' Protected by a high deity. 

This is "Christophorus Irvines Bon-Boscoe. "— J. B. I. 

James Irvine of Inchray : Argent, a chevron between three holly 
leaves vert. Crest, two holly branches Saltier-ways proper. Motto: 

"Sequiter vestigia patrum." 

Translation: "He leads in the footsteps of his ancestors." 

Robert Irvine of Pedderet, whose father was a second son of 
Drum: Argent, three holly branches, each consisting of as many 
leaves, proper, banded gules aU within a bordure ingrailed vert. 
Crest, a bunch of holly banded as the former. Motto : 

"Ope solis et umbrae." 

Translation: "With the aid of sun and shade." 

John Irvine of Kingcoussie, descended of Drum : Quarterly first 
and fourth argent, the arms of Drum with a bordure cheque, vert, and 
argent; second and third argent, and eagle displayed sable, armed 
gules, within a bordure of the second, for Ramsey. Crest : A decuc- 
m like the letter X, within a circle sable. Motto : 

"Non Deo Regi et Patriae Desum." 

Translation : " I do not fail God, King or country. 

Mr. Robert Irvine of Bieldside, second lawful son of John Irvine 
of Multe, descended of a third son of Drum. Argent, a sheaf or 
arrow gules betwixt three holly branches, each consisting of as many 
leaves vert, banded together of the second, all within a bordure of 
the third. Chest, three holly leaves conjoined in one stalk. Motto: 

"Moderata durant." 


Translation : * * They abide temperately. ' ' 

Alexander Irwine of Lairnie, descended of Drum, bears as Drum, 
all within a bordure vert., charged with six leaves slipped argent. 
Crest, a branch of holly aritl a lily, both slipped, crossing other in 
Saltier proper. Motto*. 

-*Candide et oonstanter." 

Translation : 
Mr. Richard Irvine of Cairnfield, Banffshire, descended of Drum, 
quarterly, first and forth the arms of Drum, within a bordure en- 
grailed vert., second and third gules, three crescents argent for Oli- 
phant. Crest, a cross crosslet fitched gules and branch of holly slipped 
vert., disposed Saltier ways. Motto: 

**Ferendo feres." 

Translation : 

Irpine of Lenturk, the oldest cadet of Drum, bears as Drum 
within a bordure vert. Crest, sheaf of holly consisting of seven 
leaves and banded gules of the former. Motto: 

* * Fedeque perennant. ^ ' 

Translation : 

John Irvine of Murthill: Argent, a sheaf of arrows, gules be- 
tween three holly branches, each consisting of three leaves proper, 
banded together of the second. Motto : 

**Sub sole, sub umbra cresoens." 

Translation : 

Copy of the blazoning of the coat armorial appertaining to Lieu- 
tenantXJolonel Gerard Irvine of Castle Fartagh (now Castle Irvine) 

To all and sundrie whom it affects, I, Sir Charles Araskin of 
Cambo Knight Baronet Lyon King of Arms. 

** Considering that the twentie-one act of the third session of the 
second parliament of our dread Soveraigne, Lord Charles the sec-^ 
ond. Be the grace of God, King of Scotland, England, France and 
Ireland, Defender of the Faith, I am empowered to visit the whole 
armes of noblemen, Prelats, Barons and Gentlemen within the King- 
dome. And to distinguish them with congruent difference. And to 
matriculate the same into my books and registers. And to give 
armes to virtuous and well deserving personnes. And extracts of all 
armes expressing the blazoning of the armes under my hand and seal 
of office, which register is therby ordained to be respected as the 
true and unrepealable rule of all arms and bearings in Scotland to 
remain with the Lyon's office as a public register of the Kingdome. 
Therefore conform to the tenor of the said act of Parliament, I tes- 
tifie and make knowne that the Coat Armour appertaining and be- 
longing to Lieutenant-Colonel Gerard Irvvine of Castle Fartagh, and 
approved of and confirmed by me to him to matriculate in my public 
register, upon the day and the date of these presents, and is thm 
blazoned, viz: — 

The said Lieutenant-Colonel Gerard Irvine of Castill Fartagh, 


for his achievements and ensile armorial, Bears argent a fess gu^^s 
betwixt three holly leaves vert. Above the shield an helmet befitting 
his degree. . Mantles gules doubled argent next is placed on toise or 
wreath of his colors. For his crest a guantlet issuing out of a cloud 
holding a thistle proper. The motto is an escrol 

**Dum memor ipse mei.*' 

Which coat above blazoned I declare to be said Lieutenant-Colo- 
nel Gerard Irvine his coat and bearing. In testimonie whereof, I have 
Subscribed this extract with my hand, and caused appended my seal 
of office thereto. Given at Edinburg the first day of September and 
of our said Soveraigne Lord^s reign the twenty-fifth year 1673. 


(This is on parchment eight inches lon^ and six inches wide, 
and has from the center of the bottom two narrow white ribbons and 
two green ribbons about a foot long.) 

John Bell-Irving, Esq., Whitehall, Dumfriesshire. Arms, quar- 
terly, first and fourth three holly leaves, proper; second and third 
sable, on a fess innine, between three bells. Crest, a dexter arm em- 
bowered in armour, the hand grasping two holly branches in Saltier 
and proper. Motto: 

**Sub sole, sub umbra vircens." 
Translation : 


(Prom De Brett.) 

Irvign, Sir (John) Henry Brodribb, son of the late Samuel Brod- 
ribb, of Chilton, Somerset; bom 1838; educated at Dr. Pinche's 
school, George Lard, Lombard street, D. Lit. and LL.D., Cambridge 
and Glasgow; entered dramatic profession 1856, and has long been 
its acknowledged head; is a member of the Royal Institution, and a 
distinguished exponent of Shakespearean and other characters; for 
twenty-one years actor-manager of the Lyceum Theater; has success- 
fully produced ** Hamlet,'' ^* Macbeth," ** Othello," ** Richard III," 
**The Merchant of Venice," **Much Ado About Nothing/' ^^ Twelfth 
Night," **King Lear," ** Henry VIII," **The Bells," *^ Louis XI, " 
**The Cup," *'Paust," *'Becket," **The Dead Heart," ^^The Lyons 
Mail," '*The Corsican Brothers," **Ravenswood," **King Arthur," 
**A Story of Waterloo," ''Robespierre," **Cymbeline" and other 
pieces; received royal license, 1887, to enable him to continue to use 
surname of Irving in addition to and after that of Brodribb ; married 
1869, Florence, daughter of Surgeon-General Daniel James O'Calla- 
ghan, Bengal Army ; created knight in 1895. 17 Stratton Street, W. ; 
Athenaeum, Garrick, Reform, Marlborough, Savage and Saville Clubs. 

Sir Henry Brodnitt Irving, who died October 14, 1905, had no 
blood connection whatever with any branch of the Irvings. 

Irving, Sir Henry Turner, G. C. M. G., son of the late Charles 
M. Irving, Esq. ; bom 1833, appointed clerk in Colonial office in 1854; 


was private secretary of Baron Blackford (Under Secretary of State 
for Colonies) 1862-6; Colonial Secretarj"^ of Jamaica 1869, and of 
Ceylon 1869 ; Governor of Leeward Islands 1873-4, of Trinidad 1874- 
80, and of British Guiana 1882-7; married, 1884, Emma Patty, 
daughter of Sir David William Barclay, tenth Bart., and widow of 
Colonel Sir Henry Frederick Johnson, third Bart. ; created C. M. G. 
1874, K. C. M. G. 1878, G. C. M. G. 1888. 10 Trinity. Crescent. 
Folkstone, Reform Club. 


Irving, Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew Bell, D. S. 0.; born 1855, 
entered R. A. 1875, became captain 1883, major 1891, and lieutenant- 
colonel 1900 ; served during Afghan war, 1878-80 ; present at battle 
of Kandahar (mentioned in dispatches, medal with clasp), and in 
South Africa, 1900-2 (twice mentioned in dispatches); created D. P. 
0. 1900. 

Irvine, Charles John, C. M. G. ; bom 1831 ; was a clerk in Colo- 
nial Land and Emigration Office 1852-3, and in Audit Office, Som- 
erset House, 1853-64, when he was appointed Auditor-General of tb^ 
Straits Settlements, and a M. E. C. and M. L. C. of the Colony 1867 ; 
was acting Lieutenant-Governor of Malacca in 1870 and in 1877 ; act- 
ing Colonial Secretary in 1871-2, 1875-6, 1878 and 1883-4; and acft- 
ing Lieutenant-Governor of Penang in 1879-80; appointed resident 
Councillor of Malacca 1879, and of Penang 1882, returned 1887; mar- 
ried 18 , created C. M. G. 1881, Hillands, Tiverton, Devon 

Irving, Major Lewis Erskine Wentworth, D. S. 0., son of Sir 
Aemilius Irving, K. C. M. G., treasurer of law society, Canada ; bom 
1868; M. D. and C. M. 1900; became lieutenant, Royal Canadian Ar- 
tillery 1890, captain 1891, and brevet major 1901; served in South 
Africa 1899-1900 (mentioned in dispatches, brevet major, D. S. 0.) ; 
created D. S. 0. 1900, Toronto, Canada. 

Irwin, Lieutenant-Colonel De La Cherois Thomas, C. M. G. ; son 
of John R. Irwin, Esq., Y. P. of Camagh House, County Armagh; 
born 1843 ; educated at Royal Military Academy, Woolwich ; entered 
R. A. 1861, became captain 1873, major 1881, and honorary lieuten- 
ant-colonel (retired) 1882; joined Canadian militia 1872, became in- 
spector of artillery at headquarters, Canada, 1894; served during 
Fenian riots, 1866 (medal with clasp) ; was honorary aide-de-camp 
to Governor-General of Canada (Right Honorable E. Minto) ' is Sec- 
retary of the Canadian Patriotic Fund Association ; married 1867, Isa- 
bellas, eldest daughter of Robert Hamilton, Esq., of **Hainwood,*' 
Ouebec; created C. M. G. 1901. 170 Cooper Street, Ottawa; Carnagh 
House, County Armagh, Rideau (Canada) Club. 

Irwin, George Robert, C. S. T., son of the late Henry Irwin, Esq., 
of Mount Irwin, Tynan, County Armagh; bom 1855; educated at 
Ippingham and Christchurch, Oxford (B. A. 1877) ; entered T. C. S. 
1878; became Assistant Secretary to Governor of India (Foreign De- 


partment) 18xS6; first assistant to resident at Hyderabad, 1892; polit- 
ical agent, Jhalawar, 1893; resident at Jaiper, 1897 J and general 
superintendent of operations for suppression of thuggee and dacoity, 
1900; created C. S. T. 1901, East India, United Service and Kildare 
Street Club. 

Irwin, Henry C. T. E., M. T. C. E., son of the late Venerable 
Henry Irwin, Archdeacon of Elphin Killerkin, County Roscommon; 
bom 1841 ; entered office of Surveyor-General of Coast Guard build- 
ing (Department of Director of Works), Admiralty, 1864; Public 
Works Department of Ceylon 1866 and India 1868 ; appointed Execu- 
tive Engineer of Magpur, Central Provinces, 1872; superintendent 
of works, Imperial Circle, Simla, 1881 ; superintending engineer and 
secretary (Public Works Department) to the agents to the Governor- 
(Jeneral for Bajputana and Central India, 1888, and consulting archi- 
tect to Madras Government, 1889 ; retired 1896 ; married, 1871, Hen- 
rietta Helen, daughter of the Reverend Robert Irwin, of Rathcore, 
County Meath; created C. T. E., 1888, Uinted Servica (Simla) and 
Madras Clubs. 


**The name of *Erivine,' or contracted * Irving' or 'Irvine,' 
comes from the ancient Celto-Svthick word *Erin-viene* or *Erin- 
fiene,' which sagnifieth a *true or brave Westland man;' for *Erin,' 
both in the old Gaelic and Welsh language, signifieth the 'west' (and 
therefore Ireland is at this day called 'Erin' both by its ancient inhab- 
itants and those of Albion, because its situation is west of Albion). 
'Viene' or 'fiene' signifieth 'himself,' which, by way of excellency, 
is as much as to say, *a resolute or worthy man.' " 

It may be well to here add that the earliest inhabitants of Britain 
were the Celts, who formed the vanguard in the great westward mi- 
gi*ation of the Indo-European or Aryan nations. 

This family was divided into two branches, the Gaelic and the 
Cymric. To the Gaelic belonged the Irish and the Highlanders of 
Scotland, and the Cymric, the Welsh and the inhabitants of Brittany, 
and to these may be added the ancient Gauls, whose language proved 
them to belong to the Cymric, and the Gaelic races. 

The' Celts were people of the forest. They were the primitive 
inhabitants of the south and west of Europe, and came to Ireland at 
different times and places from Britain. 

The Gaelic branch of the Celtic family came from the Isle of 
Man, in Wales, which with England comprises the Southern portion 
of Gri-at Britain. The seas which encircle it are the German ocean or 
North sea, with the Atlantic ocean on the west and south. 

In Ireland the Gaelic language prevailed, and was the language 
of u**arly half a million of Scotch Highlanders. 

The Irish branch of the Cj'^mric race came from Turkey, near 
where Constantinople now stands, and the Picts were the ancient peo- 


pie of Scotland, who in the later days of the Roman power in Britain 
appeared as dangerous invaders of the Roman Province. Along with 
them were the Scots, known at that time as the people from Ireland. 

The question where the Caledonians came from is rather clouded. 
Some writers claim they were Welsh; others that they were Gauls 
(Scottish Highlanders) from the dunes and hills; others that they 
were of German origin, and others that they belonged to the British 
branch of the great Celtic family. 

For a whole century after the death of Serverus, who died at 
York in 210, ancient writers were silent regarding Caledonia. In 367 
Theodosius, a Roman general, was sent into Britain to defend the 
Britons of the South against the attack of the men of the North, rep- 
resented by Ammianicus Marcelinus, as being the Picts divided into 
two tribes (the Dicaledones and the Victuriones), the Saxons, the Atti- 
cotti and the Scots. 

The etymology of the word Caledonia has been variously given. 
Celydd (in Welsh, a woody shelter) is the popular derivation; but 
Isaac Taylor thinks the word '*may possibly contain the root Gael.'* 
If so, the Caledonians would be the Gaels of the dunes or bills. With 
this explanation of the races I renew the subject, the spelling of the 
name. — Irwin Mahon. 

*'The Earl's (or Count's) family in Hungary write themselves 
*Erin' or *Erivin ;* a brother thereof, who was a monk, was very kind 
to my son" (this is Christopher Irvine, histc^rapher to King Charlea 
the Second, writing in 1680) **at Rome, and acknowledged his descent 
from the Irvings of Scotland, who warred against the Romans under 
the command of the valiant Fergusin, afterward King Fergus the 
Second, about .the year 400. " • 

The borderers wrote themselves of old ** Irvine'' correctly, and 
those settled in England still wrote themselves *' Irwin" or **Erwin'* 
and **Urwin," according to the different shires; but the true name 
is **Erwin" or Erin-viene." 

The borderers also wrote **De Orvin;" many write ** Irvine.'* 
Some to countenance the Pictish or Danish language, which was a 
dialect of the old Saxon or Teutonich, wrote ** Irving" or **Ervinge,'* 
etc. 5 and some instead of **V" put in the **W" to soften the sound, 
but the true name is **Ervine" or **Erin-Viene." 

William, the man that got Bonshaw in 1696 and the great-great- 
grandfather of Col. John Baufine Irving (the present chief of the Clan 
and the man who wrote the **Book of the Irvings," from which I 
largely quote) always signed the name *'Irving." He married the 
Hon. Aemelia RoUo, eldest daughter of Lord RoUo, in 1698." 

Dr. Christopher Irvin, who was histographer of King Charles II, 
calls himself in a book he published in Edinburgh in 1682 '^Christo-^ 
pher Irvinus ab Bon-Bosco," and in another part of the same book 
signs himself ** Christopher Irvin." In one of his books called '*EQa- 
toriae Sootcae, Momendatura Latino- vernacula, ' ' 1682, he gives : 
** Irvinus, the water of Irvine, which riseth above London hill, water- 


eth Newmillus, visiteth Kilmarnock, and falleth into the Firth of 
Clyde at the town of Irvine, and divideth Kyle from Cunningham. 
There is a castle of the same name two miles belonw Langholm, on 
the west side of the water of Esk, in Wauchopdale. ' ' They are now 
called Irving House, Bum and Wood, and belong to the Duke of Buc- 
cleuch. There is also a farm called ' ' Old Irving. ' * 

In a very interesting little book called '* Walks in Annandale'* 
(1866) the name is spelt *'ErcAvynis," **Auwings,'' ** Irving,'' *' Ir- 
vine," '*Irwin," **Urin'' and **Urwen.'' 

In the Latin documents of the Chamberlain for Scotland, time 
of King Robert the Bruce, it it spelt "Willielino de Irwyn*' (this was 
the second son of Irving of Bonshaw and the first Irving of Drum) 
and **Rogero De Irwyn." As to the Irving of Drum who held a chief 
command at the battle of Harlaw (1411), it is in the ballad as fol- 
lows : 

**Gude Sir Alexander Irvinge, 
The much renounit laird o' Drum.*' 
In a book called the ** History of Liddlesdale, Eskdale, Ewesdale, 
Wauchopdale and the Debateable Land," dated 1883, the name is 
SDelt as follows * 

**Ervyn," *'Erwig," **Erevyn," '*Hurven," *'Irewig," ^^ve- 
wig,'' *'Irvwig," **Irwing," **Irvewyn," **Irveyn," "Irvin," '*Ir- 
\ang," **Irvinn," **Irwan," ^^Irwen," ^^rwing," **Irwyn," ^*Ir- 
wyne," '^Irwynn," **Urwen," ^*Vrwin,'' **Trwen," **Trwin," '^Eur- 
wings," * ' Irvewings, " **Irwinges," ' ' Irvywinis, " **Irwaynes," **Ir- 
wenis," "Irynnis," **Urweiis," .**Irwens, **Irwins." 

In 1504 David Irwin was called at the Justice Court of Dumfries 
for his lands of Irwen and Hedgeland. In a book called *'Cunning- 
hame," by Timothy Pont, M.A. (1604-1608) are given various spell- 
ings. In a list it gives of members of the Darieu Company, dated 
1695, in speaking of the town of Irving, it spells it five times *' Ir- 
ving," three times ** Irvine" and once **Irvin." In the charters of 
Drum the name is spelt *'De Irwin" and **De Irvyn." In the book 
of ** Irvine of Drum in the County of Aberdeen," by Captain Doug- 
las Wimberly, late 79th or Cameron Highlanders (1893), the **best 
book," says Colonel John Baufine Ir\^ing, **on the Drum branch that 
I have ever seen — up to 1680," the name is mostly spelt with a **G," 
and the same applies to the Castle Irvine and Killadeas branches, com- 
monly known as the Irish branch of the Bonshaw family, but then it 
became the fashion to drop the **G" and take **E." Drum did it 
first and the Irish branch followed, but Bonshaw, as the head, refused 
to drop the **g." All the foregoing goes to prove that men in the old 
days spelt their name at will, as they thought they sounded. At the 
present day I think the '*g," says Colonel Irving, **is the most com- 
monly adopted." 

Colonel John Bauf in Irving further states : * * In this connection, I 
give an extract from a letter of a kinsman who is one of the best au- 
thorities on clan history, but as he does not wish it, I do not give his 


name: *As to the way your name is to be written, I know the most 
common way, alike of Bonshaw, Drum and Castle Irvine in Ireland 
was anciently '* Irving,'' though in all official documents wheu put 
in Latin it is generally ** Ire win*' or **Irvin." But in the seventeenth 
century the form '*Irwine'' or ** Irvine'' was adopted. In the first 
place the branch of Drum (Aberdeenshire) adopted it, then the Fer- 
managh Irvines did so. Sir Gerard's name being entered as 'Irwine' 
in the patent of his baronetcy. Again your ancestor, William of 
Bonshaw (1699) obtained a declaration of his coat-of-arms from the 
Lyon office, Edinburg (Reg. Vol. 1, page 335), as William Irvine — 
though he wrote his name usually as 'Irving,' and legal documents 
in Latin his name is given as *Irwing.' I only say this to show that 
all members of the clan have used the various ways of writing th-e 
name, though it is in reality the same name. Sir Paulus Amilius, in 
the warrant of his baronetcy — which is the nearest state expression 
to you — was * Irving. ' 

**But whatever may have been the origin of the word * Irving/ 
tlie Castle of Irving, situated on the river of the same name in Ayr- 
shire, was the ancient seat or head of a Celtic dominion, whose chief- 
tain ruled the neighboring country. On its site arose, at a subsequent 
period, the town of Irvine. Its great antiquity appears from an old 
Scottish State paper of the reign of King Robert 2d, when, on the 
occasion of a dispute arising .about the town of Irving, that King 
ordered a search to be made into the ancient records of the Kingdom, 
and, as a result, declared in a royal charter dated 8th of April, 1732, 
that * * it was clearly found that time immemorial Irvin^g had been in 
possession of the Whole Barony of Cunningham and the Barony of 

* * The last of the chieftains who possessed the castle and territory 
of Irving was the celebrated Crine (or Criun) Eryvinus or Irving, 
who was the lineal ancestor of the royal family of Scotland by marry- 
ing Beatrice or Bethoc, the daughter and heiress of Malcolm 2d, in 

**At a convention of the royal burgs (reign of King James 6th — 
December, 1589), in portioning out which burgs are to pay for pro- 
viding certain ships of war, the name of the town is spelt, 'Irwinfg.' 
'*This spelling of the name has been a fruitful source of error, so 
there may be yet other ways of spelling than I have quoted ; but I 
have said enough to show, although there were many various ways 
of spelling it, yet it was all the same name and referring to members 
of our clan — * Irving.' 

'*At this time the northern T>ations, making several incursions 
in the Roman provinces, especially into Hungary and Gaul, greatly 
annoyed the Romans. Fergus now grown to man's estate, joined 
them with the exiled Scotts and went to the Hungarian wars, where 
the Irvings that were in the expedition, and (me of the principal 


«Ians of the Scots, greatly signalized themselves under their valiant 
commander, Fergus, and there left that noble family, which to this 
day of Earls (or Counts) and do carry the name of 'Erin' or 
*Ervin/ and own their original from the Scottish Ervines or Irvings 
that served against the Romans in the Hungarian wars. 

**Christophus Irvinais abs Bon-Bosco writes of them in the sev- 
enteenth century as follows: 'The Earl's or Count's family in 
Hungary write themselves **Ervin;" a brother thereof who was a 
monk was very kind to my son (Dr. Christopher Irvine) at Rome, 
Hud acknowledged his descent from the Irvicgs of Scotland, who 
warred against the Romans under the valiant Fergus, afterwards 
King Fergus 2d. ' 

** Count Eugene Erwin de Shonn, born in Hungary, is the im- 
mediate descendant. He married, in 1776, Maria Theresa, daughter 
of Francois Gundacean, Prince de CoUoredo. ' ' 

**The Rets and Scotts, bern*g both weary with the tyranny of 
the Romans, joined in recalling Fergus (whose heroic actions had 
acquired him great reputation amongst them, in hopes >by his means 
to recover their lost liberties. He accepted the invitation and re- 
turned to Albion, was made King of the Scotts by the name of 
Fergus 2d. With him the Erevines or Irvings returned, and were 
restored to their ancient possessions in 404, as were other 'exiles. 

** Besides the lands the Irvings possessed on the south side of 
the Clyde, on the north side in Grange barge they had the land of 
Dule and their chief habitation was in the castle of Garth. These 
lands on the north side of the river Tay, from the rise thereof until 
it joins with the Teniel ; it is commonly called Strath-Tay. * * 

*'Crine or Crinus Eryvrne, to whom the aforesaid possessions 'be- 
longed by right of inheritance, was Abathane of Dule (the highest 
title of honor then in Scotland) and Senechal and collector of all the 
King's reTits in the West Isles, and a man of great note and author- 
ity in those days (and to this day the church of Irvine, where he lies 
interred, is called after him, Apthin Dule, corruptly for Abthan 
IHile). This Crinus Eryvinus (Irving) A. D. 1004, did marry Bea- 
trix, eldest daughter and heiress of Malcolm 2d, King of Scotland 
(as Joannem Majorum, or John- Marie, a doctor of the Sar'bonne, 
and author of the first printed history of Scotland, relateth in the 
forty-first leaf and second page thereof). Of her he begat Duncan, 
first King of Scotland, who mounted the throne after the murder of 
his grandfather. King Malcolm, who left no male issue, in 1034.*' 

*'Frora him are descended all the Kings of Scotland to this day, 
in male line of Irvings, until John Baliol, except Macbeth, the usur- 
per (son of Malcolm's second daughter) and by right of the females 
of this family till now.'* 


Below is a portion of the Latin from the book 'by Joannem Ma- 
porem (MDXXI) : 

De Oestis Scotorum. 

Malcolmus Victor omsit, nee regni diadema suseepit, quonque 
primores om-nis consensenint quod Rex mancret, quod, anno Domani 
1004, factum ligature. His Malcolmus XXX, anuis regnavit filiam 
imigenitam habuit haeredum, quam nuptu^ tradidit Eryvine Abthane 
de sul, hoc est sences callo regis in in Eryvinus Sulis, qui regios 
proventus coUegit. Anno hugis regis Malcokn XIII, regnovit in 
Anglia Edmunds Irnyd, de quo paulo superius mentionem fecimus, 
demun hie Malcolmus juxta Glammas, a traditoribus quibusdam, qui 
partes Gryneni sfequebanter occisus est 96 De Gentis Soctorum L. B. 

Sepulto Malcolmo cum Patri'bus suis in insula lona, in qua pre- 
docessorum ejus plurimi sepulti errant, incepit regnare Duncanus 
nepos exfilia Beatrice, qui sex anins Duncanus reg navit, anno 
Secundo hyjus, Knothus Danus Anglo Danorum rum rexobiit, cui 
filius Haraldus successit. Eadum anno dux Normnadia'e Robertus 
Viame universae carrius ingreshus Normaniae reges est in Cyrus 
locum suffectus est Gulielmus, dictus baster, dus puer Septimus, 
ope Henrice Prancorum Regis Adjutus, qui puer in tutela hahuit 

'^Thie genealogical tree of this family, beginning with Beatrix, 
daughter of Malcolm 2d, and wife to Crinus Eryvinus, the afore- 
said Abthane of Dule, is hanging up now in the palace of Hollyrood 
House, Edinburg.'* (This is Dr. Christopher Irvine, Histographer to 
King Charles 2d, writinfg in 1680.) There is a marginal note in the 
manuscript that I have, written 'by one of my forbears, as follows: 

''It was th'cre in 1788; I saw it and compared it with these rec- 
ords. '*I, the present writer, inquired after it in 1894, and was in- 
formed that it had been taken by the Duke of Hamilton, to Hamil- 
ton* Palace, near Glasgow." 

** Duncan the 1st, being treacherously slain by Macbeth in 1040, 
that ursurper reignted until he was slain »by Malcolm 3rd, sumamed 
Kenmore, son of King Duncan, who in' Macbeth 's reign fled to En«g- 
land for safety, and was honorably received and assisted to recover 
his crown by Edward, the Confessor, King of England, after the 
instigation of MacDuff, Thane of Fife, who had fled from Scotland 
upon a dispute, and hatred to the usurper. The Scots joining him 
upon his entering the kingdom, Macbeth was slain and Malcolm 3rd 
mounted the. throne in the year 1057, and, after a glorious and pious 
reign of thirty-six years, was killed in besieging the Castle of Aln- 
wick, in Northumberland, which was surprised by the English. Don- 
ald Bane, his brother, assisted hy the Norwegians, ursurped the 
throne, but was in 1093 dispossessed by Duncan, a bastard son of 
Malcolm 3rd, who was sent for by the nobles of England ; but not 


treating them as they deserved, his subjects went over to Donald who 
again resumed the government, and had Duncan killed in> Monteith ; 
but he, losing the affe<5tions of his subjects, was in 1097 cast into 
prison by Edgar (son of Malcolm and Margaret, sister to Edgar 
Atheling) whom they sent for from England and placed upon the 
throne. He reigned with great justiise till 1.107, and was succeeded 
by his brother, Alexander 1st, sumamed **the Fierce," who dying 
likewise without issue, was, in 1124, sueeeeded by his 'brother, David 
1st, a most pious and just prince, who by marrying a relation of 
the King of England, had Huntingdon and Northumberland in dowry 
with her. 

Malcolm 4th, his grandson (his son, Prince Henry being dead) 
was his successor in 1153. H<e was a great builder of churches and 
eneourager of monks. He had a war with England, and, parting 
with Northumberland, died without issue, in 1165, and was succeed- 
ed by William, the Lion, his brother ; he had wars with Henry 2d, 
King of England, in whieh he was taken priso'ner and sent to Nor- 
mandy, where he was afterwards ransomed upon terms dishonorable 
to the Scottish monarchy. These were afterwards given up by Rich- 
ard 2d, upon his going to the Holy Wars, in return' whereof William 
sent his brother David, lEarl of Huntingdon (ancestor of John Baliol 
and David Bruce) to assist him in Palestine, but his fleet being de- 
stroyed by a tempest, he was taken' prisoner by the Egyptians, and 
afterwards ransomed by the Venetians. William, dying in 1214, 
was succeeded by Alexander 2d, his son, who assisted the Dauphin 
of Prance to dethrone King John of England, and greatly annoyed 
the English, till at length a peace was concluded between him and 
Henry 3rd. He suppressed his rebellious subjects and died in 1249. 

* 'Alexander III, his successor, being a minor, his kingdom was 
governed by the Chimmius, with great oppression to the subjects, till 
the death of Walter, their chief, in 1263. 

''Acho, King of Norway, landed a great army in Scotland (lay- 
in«g claim to the Western Isles) but was defeated by Alexander 
Stuart, the King's general, with a great slaughter of his men, which 
obliged him to quit claim forever to these isles, and a match was 
concluded between his son and Margaret, daughter of Alexander. 

** Alexander III also assisted King Henry, his father-in-law, 
against the rebellious su:bjects, but his forces with Commius, their 
general, were cut to pieces. 

**He left no sons, and his daughter, Margaret of Norway, djnng, 
left an only daughter of her own name, who was heiress-apparent to 
the Crown of Scotland, but she, after the death of her grandfather, 
being sent for to Norway to ascend the throne, died on the passage, 
»o that all the issue of Alexander HI being extinct, the crown was 
claimed by John Baliol and Bohert Bruce, both descended from 


daughters of David Erevine, Earl of Huntingdon, (brother of WU- 
liam, King of Scotland. 

**This contest is too well known to be insisted upon, as also the 
injustice of Edward Longshanks, Kin^ of England, who was cho&en 
referee by the contending parties, and upon what dishonorable terms 
to Scotland he awarded the crown to John Baliol, until that great 
prince, Robert the Bruce, shook off the bondage under which Scot- 
land lay, and restored the monarchy to its former lustre. 

**It was this Robert the Bruce who, when flying from the pur- 
suit of Edward Longshanks one stormy night in 12&8, took refuge 
with the chieftain of the Irvings in Bonshaw tower, where he was 
hospitably entertained. When he left he took with him one of the 
laird's younger sons (Sir William de Irving of Woodhouse) and 
made him his armor-bearer. For his fidelity in prosperity and ad- 
versity, the king, when settled on his throne, gave this William de 
Irving, in 1323, the lands and forests of Drum, which they still hold, 
and they still have the original parchment at Drum Castle. 

**By this it appears that the male issue of Crinus Eryvinus (Irv- 
ing) and Beatrix, eldest daughter of Malcolm II, possessed the throne 
of Scotland from the said Malcolm 11 to John Baliol, viz., from 1034 
to the death of Alexander III (1285) or 251 years. All the kings 
that reigned in that space of time were Irvings, and the succeeding 
kings of this day reign in right of the females of that family.'' 


"To revert now to Crine or Criman Eryvinus and his son Dun- 
can, afterwards Duncan I, King of Scotland, 1034. He was called 
Duncan after Crine Eryvinus* father. Duncan was appointed king 
or prince of Cumberland by his grandfather, King Malcolm II. He 
took with him several of the clans of the Scots to the Borders to 
defend them against the English. 

**With him went the clan of the Erevines, or Irvings, under 
Crine Eryvinus' brother. They took up their first habitation upon 
the river Esk, between the White and the Black Esk; there they 
built Castle Irvine, below Langholm. The burn and wood still carry 
the name of Irving wood and Irving bum. 

**The ruins of the Castle existed till the close of the seventeenth 
century. On th^ same spot now stands Irving House, belonging to 
the Duke of Buccleuch, and inhabited by his chamberlain. Prom 
this Castle Irving the eldest of his family, acquired by marriage the 
lands of Bonshaw, and many other lands there. 

*'In this Bonshaw Tower, on the banks of the Kirkle Water, 
■ever since has continued to reside the acknowledged chieftain of 
this powerful Scots Border Clan.*' 

(The present chieftain of the Clan (1909) is Colonel John Bau- 
fin Irving, and his address — Ecclefechan, Dumfriesshire Scotland — 


and it would be well if all of the name of Irwin, Irvine, Irving, etc., 
would put themselves in direet correspondence with him, no matter in 
what quarter of the globe they may be located, and in writing him 
not to fail to address their letter. Col. John Baufin Irving, of Bon- 

**Crine Eryvinus (Irving) being dead, and his patrimony falling 
to his son, King Duncan, the country was called €unninghame (Ayr- 
shire) — that is the old Pictish language (or Bailea) Konigshame 
'*the King's hahitation'' (several of the kings of the race residing 
there), which country was by his successors given to several families. 

**As a proof of the clan having come from Ayrshire, several 
names given by Timothy Pont, M. A., in his **Cunninghame'* (Ayr- 
shire) (1604-8) are similar to those owned by Irvings in Dumfrie- 
shire — such as Bonshaw, Knock Hill, Balgray, Corse'hill, Langshaw, 
Pvrdekirk, Luce, Irving (an ancient parish now part of Kirkpatrick, 
Fleming, which joins or runs parallel to Bonshaw, in the parish of 

''The Castle of Irving, situated on the river of the same name in 
Ayrshire, was an ancient seat or head of a Celtic dominion, whose 
chieftain ruled the neighboring country. On its site arose at a sub- 
sequent period the town of Irving. Its great antiquity appears from 
an old Scottish state paper of the reign of King Robert II, when, on 
the occasion of a dispute arising about the town of Irving, the King 
ordered a search to be made into the ancient records of the kingdom, 
and as a result declared, in a royal charter dated April 8th, 1372, that 
'*it was clearly found that, time immemorial, Irving had been in pos- 
session of the whole Barony of Cunningham and of the Barony of 
Largys. " 

After this period Irving lost its ancient fame, and the territory 
became divided amongst several proprietors, while the castle itself 
sank into decay. 

After Crine Eryvinus (Irving), his son, Duncan I, King of Cum- 
berland, inherited this territory, and as it was the King's patrimony 
and his youthful residence, it became henceforth known as Cunning- 
ham, or **the King's Home.*' 

The Castle Irving existed until 1184, when it is mentioned by 
Roger Hovedon, secretary of King Henry II of England. He alludes 
to it casually when reporting a certain extraordinary story, and de- 
scribes it as situated in the west parts of Scotland, which seems to 
have been the usual description of Ayrshire. 

He says: **A. D. 1184, in same year and the same week in which 
the King landed in England, a spring of running water near the 
church of St. Winnin, in the western part of the territories of the 
King of Scotland, below Tyningham, and not far from the Castle of 
Irving, flowed with blood without intermission for eight days and 
as many nights." 


**The kindred of Crine Eryvinus (Irving) acquired large posses- 
sions in the Border territory, and transferred the name of Irving from 
Ayrshire to Dumfriesshire. Thus Irving became anciently a local 
name in that part of Dumfriesshire that formed the original settle- 
ment of the Irving Clan — a district that lay close to the English bor- 
ders, and embraced portions of Annandale, Eskdale, Wauchopdale, 
Ewesdale and Liddesdale. 

**The Irvings have always been enumerated amongst the chief 
original proprietary clans of Dumfriesshire, and the principal family 
of the Clan (Bonshaw) has been counted amongst the ancient fami- 
lies of Scotland. 

**When King David I succeeded to the Scottish throne in 1124, 
his close connection with Henry I of England attached him strongly 
to the Normans and their institutions, so he introduced the feudal 
system into Scotland, and encouraged the settlement of Normans 
through the country. He granted to his Norman friend, Robert de 
Brus, the feudal tenure of all Annandale. He thus became the liege 
lord or immediate sovereign to whom allegiance and proprietary 
rights in the first instance belonged. 

* * Among the Normans were also, as well as Robert de Brus, Jar- 
dine Comyn, Pierre de Bailleul, etc. These Norman settlers inter- 
married with the Carrutherses, Carlyles, Qriersons, Irvings, Kirk- 
patricks, Murrays and other families in Annandale. It was then we 
put the *de' in front of our name — as see the charter given to Wil- 
liam de Irwyn, son of Irving of Bonshaw, by King Robert de Brus, in 
1323, when he gave him Drum. This charter is still extant, and can 
be seen at Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire. A copy thereof is kept in 
the Advocates' Library, Edinburgh.'' 

'^Annals of Roger de Hovedon," by Henry T. Riley, page 32. 
In the original Latin the passage is: **Anno Gratiate, 1184, quidem 
fons fluentis aque, justa ecclesiam Swinnini, in occidentalibus parti- 
bus terrae regis Scoticae, infra, Tyningham, non longe a Castello de 
Irewin, manavit Sangrine per octo dies at tolidem noctes sine inter- 
missione" (Rogerus de Hovedon, Annalium Paris Prior et Posterior, 
amongst the Rerum Anglicarum Scriptores post Bedam, edition of 
1601 A. D. page 622). 

In my address before the historical meeting of the Hamilton 
Library Association, on Friday evening, October 18, 1907, subject, 
**Cullings from the Literature of the American Revolution," I here 
take the liberty of inserting, in part, reference made to the parish 
in Scotland on the Irvine river, also Gen. William Irvine of Carlisle, 
Cumberland County, Pa., etc. — Irwin Mahon. , 

In Ayrshire a river, borough and parish bear the name in its ear- 
liest and most authentic form, Irwin, or Irvine. 

The borough is called a royal one. It is on the Irvine River, and 
is of ancient fame. It was especially favored by the great Catholic 
King, Robert Bruce, who granted it a charter in reward for the devo- 
tion of the people to his interests. It at one time was represented in 


the peerage of Scotland by Viscount Irvine, who was of the Ingrams 
of Temple Newsome, near Leeds, England. The title was of the cre- 
ation of Charles 11. It expired with the ninth and last Viscount Ir- 
vine, in 1778. 

A noble bridge built nearly one hundred years ago connects the 
town with its more important suburbs. The Parish of Irvine is of 
historic note, especially in relation to its ecclesiastical antiquities, dat- 
ing back to the ages of Faith. From this Irvine root sprang many 
forms of the name, such as Irvin, Irwin, Erwin, Irwyn, etc. The par- 
ent name is of Gaelic origin, the definition of which means the West- 
ern Flowing River, and is the property, not of lowland Scotch, but of 
the glorious old Gaelic element known as the Highlanders. 

Sir J. Bernard Burke, in crediting the name as of long standing 
to the south and southwest of Scotland, not directly or impliedly to 
the lowland population, which for itself claims descent from a Saxon 
ancestry to which it is heartily welcome, is, as usual with that accu- 
rate and discriminating author, in strict harmony with the known 
facts of the case. King Robert Bruce already mentioned is credited 
by Sir Bernard Burke with having enriched and honored very sig- 
nally one William de Irwyn, his armor-bearer. This fortunate knight 
was said to have been one of the Irvine or Irwin stock of Bonshaw in 
Dumfriesshire. King Robert made him a grant by charter, under 
the great seal, of the forest of Dum, or Brum, in Aberdeenshire, and 
also distinguished him by assignment to him of the heraldic device 
or arms of three holly leaves, which, as Earl of Carrick, the royal 
patron had himself borne. 

Thus, Sir Bernard Burke relates, originated the great House of 
Irvine of Drum, so highly allied, so conspicuous in the family rec- 
ords of Scotland's landed gentry title of Irvine of Drum, and from 
this source sprang most of the Irvines of Scotland, the Irvines of Ger- 
many, the Irvines of Rockfield, near Enniskillen, where General Wil- 
liam Irvine of Carlisle was born, and of Greenhill, Parish of Aghava, 
Barony of Magherstephena, County of Fermanagh, and their off- 
shoots. From these came Castle Irvine Demesne, Parish of Derry- 
bullan. Barony of Lurg, County of Fermanagh. 

Sir Bernard traces the Irish Irvines, in their common ancestor, 
to Christopher Irvine, laird of Bonshaw, who commanded the light 
cavalry at Flodden Field in 1513, where he was killed. His son Chris- 
topher, next laird of Bonshaw, also held a command, and was killed 
at the battle of Solway Moss. 

At Tamego, Parish of Dromard, Barony of Tirerogh, County 
Sligo, was established early in the seventeenth century, by an Irwin 
family whose ancestry, it is said, was Scotch. This family traces its 
descent from John Irwin, an officer of the Cornwellian forces in Ire- 
land, who, when the war was over, found it to his interest, conveni- 
ence and pleasure to locate in the northwestern portion of Sligo. He 
married a daughter of another Cornwellian trooper, Colonel Jonea of 
Urdonglass, County of Sligo. 


His grandson and namesake, John Irwin, was the Colonel John 
Irwin of the British Military Service, who died A. D. 1752, and from 
whom sprang the fourth descent John Lewis Irwin of Tamegoe, 
County of Sligo. His father was the Reverend Crinns Irwin, Angeli- 
can Archdeacon of Orrory, and minister in Kilfane Parish. And his 
mother was Amy, daughter of Judge Tankerville, Chamberlain of the 
King's Bench in Ireland, 1794-1802. Prom this stoek came the Rev. 
John Irwin, rector of Kilfane, whose residence was in the Glebe 
house, on the Kilkerry road. 

King Robert the Bruce and the Irvings were cousins. And one 
stormy night, six hundred and nine years ago, A. D. 1298, King Rob- 
ert the Bruce, in his flight from the pursuit of Edward Longshanks 
of England, went to Bonshaw Tower, where he was kindly received 
and hospitably entertained. When the Irvings learned that Edward 
of England had discovered Bruce 's hiding place, they took him three 
miles down the Kirkle water, nearer to England, and there hid him 
in a cave in the rocks on Ihe bank of the river. When Edward 
reached the Tower, and found the bird had flown, he dashed on to 
Scotland, and there Bruce escaped capture. This cave is now, in 
1907, firtill in perfect condition. 

When Bruce left the Tower he took with him one of the Irving 
of Bonshaw 's youngest sons and made him his armor-bearer, and in 
1323, five hundred and eighty-four years ago, when firmly seated on 
his throne, gave this William de Irving (Irwin or Irvine), for his 
fidelity in prosperity and adversity, the castle, land and forest of 
Drum, also his private coat-of-arms and motto. These lands are still 
held by the Irvines of Drum, and the parchment signed by Bruce is 
still extant. A younger son of his branch in 1400 went to Dilsney 
Islands, and from there to the Island of Shapinska; and from these 
Irvings came Washington Irving's father, whose mother came from 

Lieutenant-Colonel Irvine of Castle Parlagh, now Castle Irvine, 
came from Christopher Irvine of Robigill Tower, next to Bonshaw, 
and a grandson of Irving of Bonshaw. He left Robigill and went to 
Fermanagh in 1613, and founded the first Irish branch of the Clan, 
now the Irvines of Castle Irvine, and the Irvines of Killeleas. Be- 
fore 1020 the Irvings of Bonshaw came, as previously stated, from 
Ayrshire, and their old castle there now gives name to the Tower of 
Irvine, and, like the name of Irvine, is spelled in many ways. 

The mansion house at Bonshaw was built in 1770. The Tower 
was there when the Irvines got the place in 1020. 

This tower stands on an almost sheer and rocky precipice, about 
one hundred feet above the Kirkle Water. In front is r gun terrace 
with six old guns and solid cannon balls ; on the right is a deep ravine, 
with a bum flowing thorough it, on which is a waterfall. The walls 
in the thinnest place are six feet through. Near the old jett (or en- 
trance gate) is carved the sacred motto, **Soli, Deo, Honor et Gloria;" 
the oblivion jett is gone. You enter a single hall about six feet square. 


commuiiicating with the old retainers' kitchen on the one side and 
the old stone ** wheel'' stair on the other. Prom the covered roof of 
the hall hangs down, about eighteen inches or two feet, an eight-sided 
stone, like a vast seal. It has on it in Ancient Hebrew raised letters^ 
'*I. H. S." in monogram. This is called the Crusader's stone, and 
was brought from the walls of the old Temple at Jerusalem by one 
of the Irvings, who was one of the first Crusaders in 1100. It was 
taken to Rome, blessed by the Pope, and then placed in the Tower as 
described, and is supposed to give a blessing to all of the Irving blood 
who pass under it. On the first floor of the Tower you enter the 
Grand HaU, called King Robert the Bruce 's room. 

There seems to have been at least two prominent branches of the 
Irvinps and the Irwins that settled in Carlisle, some years prior to the 
Revolution — the General William Irvine branch and the John Irwin 

General William Irvine was married to Ann Callender, whose 
parents resided in or near Middlesex, a short distance from Carlisle. 

The result of this marriage was nine children, five sons and four 
daughters, as follows: Callender, Ann, William, Neill, Armstrong, 
Elizabeth, Mary B., Rebecca, James and John. 

Callender, the oldest of General Irvine's children, by his mar- 
riage had but one child, the late Dr. William A. Irvine of Irvington, 
Warren County, Pa. This Irvine in turn, by his marriage, had two 
daughters and one son. The son died before reaching manhood. Mar- 
garet, his eldest daughter, married Thomas M. Biddle of Carlisle, and 
Sarah Duncan married Dr. Thomas Newbold of Philadelphia. Both 
these men died in Philadelphia some few years ago. 

Of the John Irwin branch, who were cousins of General William 
Irvine, there was the mother, three sons, William, David and John, 
and a daughter, Jane. The father, it is said, died at sea on his way 
with his family to America, and the mother died at the home of her 
son John, comer of Fourth and Market Streets, in Pittsburgh, March 
1st, 1811, aged 95 years. 

The John Irwin here mentioned was born in the County Tyrone, 
Ireland, in 1746, came to America about 1760 and settled near Car- 
lisle, Cumberland County, Pa., where in 1790 he married Agnes Far- 
quahar, when he removed to Pittsburgh, where he died, at his coun- 
try residence, named by him **Erin Hill," April 19th, A. D. 1830, 
aged 84 years. 

The direct coats-of-arms to which his family are supposed to be 
entitled are, first, ** Argent, a mural crown gules between three holly 
leaves proper. Crest, a mailed arm fessways holding in the hand a 
thistle and a holly leaf, all proper, and charged on the arm with a 
crescent gules. Motto, *Nemo me impune lacessit.' " 

This badge of honor was conferred to Edwin Irwin of Derrygore, 
County of Fermanagh, the only surviving son of Acheson Irving and 
grandson of George Irving, Esq., of Derrygore, and their descend- 


The Irwin of Taurago, County Sligo, descended from John Irwin 
of Scottish ancestry, who held a command in the Parliamentary army 
under Cromwell and settled in Ireland. Arms the same as Irving of 
Bonshaw, and Irving of Derrygore, also the motto, **Nemo me impune 
lacessit." The translation of which reads, **No one assails me with 
impunity.*' This is for the Bonshaw connection, and is still the 
motto on the flag (1909) floating over the old Tower. 

Now comes the badge of honor connected with Drum, beginning 
with the flying of Sir Robert de Brus, heritable Lord of Annandale, 
and keeper of Loch Maben Castle, from Edward Longshanks. When 
he left Bonshaw after his escape he took with him a younger son of 
the family of Sir William Woodhouse, named William Irving, Irvine 
or Irwin (the spelling of the name immaterial) as his secretary or 
companion, and as a reward for his services, when he was seated on 
the throne, conferred upon him the lands of the forest of Drum, 
and the pricking bay tree, or holly, for his armorial bearings, with 
the motto, **Sub sole, sub umbra vircens," the translation of which 
reads, ** Growing under the sun and under the shade.*' , 

While the spelling of the word Irwin, Irving, etc., counts for but 
little in its differences, yet it is well to note the fact, William Irwin 
seems to be most prominent for Bonshaw and Drum. In the pedigree 
of Drum it is spelled **Irwyn.'' In the pedigree record of Drum it 
reads ihus: 

** First William de Irwyn, son of Irwyn of Bonshaw, County 
Dumfries, and armour-bearer to Robert Bruce, from whom he got a 
grant of the lands of Drum, Aberdeenshire, 1323, lived 1260-1335. 
He also got a grant of Whitings and Redmyns from David Bruce, 

Second William (otherwise Alexander), his son, lived 1317 to 

Third Alexander, his son, held a command in the lowland force 
at Harlaw, 1411, where he was killed. 

Fourth Alexander, his son, present at Harlan, 1411. His monu- 
ment in Drum's Aisle, where he is entitled, **Duns Alexander de Ir- 
wyn Second." 

He and his brother, Robert, witnesses to cambion between Ragfi- 
nald de Irwyne and Patrick de Ogilvy of Auchterhouse in 1422. 
**Vide spald club collect, abdn, and bauff, and note in text, Captain 
and Governor of the Burgh of Aberdeen, 1440." 

** William 11 (otherwise Alexander)," as above, Lord of Drum, 
in 1388 purchased from John Moigne the park of Drum. He suf- 
fered greatly during the civil war, and in 1684, as a recompense, the 
tenure of the land they held was changed from simple ward to tax 


In this record a clew may be found to the John Irwin, bom in 
the County of Tyrone in 1746, and came to America with hia mother, 




Agnes Irwin, who died in her son John's home, comer Fourth and 
Market Streets, in the City of Pittsburgh, Alleghany County, Pa., 
March 1st, 1811, at the age of 95 years. 

This family when it left Ireland consisted of the father, mother 
and three sons, John, David and William, and a daughter, Jane. The 
father died at sea from a broken heart, caused by the sorrow he felt 
from leaving his old home, and only the mother, three sons and the 
daughter reached Aimerica. Also that of William Irwin and his 
brother, who came to America in the beginning of the 18th century 
and settled first in Duchess County, New York. William was at that 
time about 14 years of age. His brother's name is not known, but 
supposed to be either Joseph or Robert, and were born in the County 
of Antrim, Ireland, and connected with the Earl of Antrim. 

These Irwins all claim the armorial bearing of Drum: Argent 
three holly branches, each consisting of as many leaves proper, banded 
together gules. The supporters are two savages, wreathed about the 
head and loins with hollies, bearing batons in their hands. The pri- 
vate badge being the one carried by King Robert the Bruce, three 
laurel leaves, with the words, **Sub sole, sub umbra vircens.'' 

I quote now from Col. J. B. Irving's book, **Book of the Ir- 

**The following document is at Drumglass, Dungannon, County 
Tyrone, at present in possession of Rev. A. Staples Irwin. It was 
found thirty years ago in Dublin, in the house of Hugh King Irwin, 
in a chest that had not been opened for a hundred years. Robert 
Irwin, Hugh King Irwin's great-grandfther, ''went out" in 1745 
with Prince Charlie (Robert Irwin was then of Drum Castle, Aber- 
deenshire) ; in 1746 he had to fly for his life to Ireland and brought 
with him this chest, containing, besides this document, a miniature 
of Prince Charlie, presented by himself, and a painting on wood by 
Holbien of a former Irwin of Drum (it is like Rev. A. Staples Ir- 
win), with a peaked beard and ruff of lace around his neck, painted 
in fifteen hundred and something. The manuscript is very clearly 
written, on thick, rough paper, rather like parchment, yellow with 
age, measuring 24 inches by 16 inches. It is apparently about two 
hundred years old, and perhaps more. I have copied the spelling as 
exactly as I am able. 

''Robert Irvine's second brother adhered to King George and 
was rewarded with the grant of his elder brother's property of Drum, 
but he appears to have behaved very well to his brother, and sent him 
a good sum of money, as he was able to buy property and settle and 
live in Ireland as a gentleman. Of this elder brother and his descend- 
ants, see later on. The document reads as follows : 

"The name and family is very ancient. Some antiquarians bring 
the name *Ervine,' now written * Irvine,' from the Celto-Scythicke 
word *Ervine,' or *fiene,' which signifies *a stout Westland man, 
for 'Erin' in old Gaelic or Welsh signifieth *West' and *Vine' or 
*fein' a resolute and worthy man. 


** Ireland is at this day called *Erin' both by its ancient inhab- 
itants and those of Albion, because its situation is west from Albion. 

"When the colonies of the Gauls came from the west coast of 
Spain and seated themselves in the east coast of Erin and in the west 
hills and islands of Albion, then the Ereviens came to both these 

**The Silures of South Wales were of these colonies, as Tacitus 
affirmeth, and the Brigantes, both of Albion and Erin, were of the 

'* These among them in Albion called Erevines had their seat in 
that part of the county now caUed Cunninghame. They gave their 
name to the river and to their own habitation, at present called the 
towTi of Erevine or Irvine. 

**The chief of them was Abathane of Dule, an honorable title 
of old. 

**John Major (Degest Scot lib. 3, chap. 9) related that Erevine 
the Abathane married the only daughter of King Malcolm II, who 
began to reign A. D. 1004. 

' ' He sayeth the Malcolm f iliam migenctam habuit heredom quam 
nuptui tradidit Eryvins Abathane de Dule id est senescallo regis in 
insulis ad colligen dos Regis proventus. 

* * Some of the family went to the South, and took up their dwell- 
ing upon the River Esk, at present called Castle Irvine, or Irvine 

'*By marriage the eldest of the family acquired the lands of Bon- 
shaw, which they as yet possess. 

**King Robert the Bruce, when he fled from Edward Long- 
shanks, came to Bonshaw, and took thence the oldest son of the fam- 
ily, Sir William Irvine, to wait on him. He made him his secretary 
and armorbearer, and because of his remarkable fidelity to him in all 
adversities, this king gave him the lands of the Forest of Drum, and 
he himself having carried as a private badge three laurel leaves, with 
the words * Sub sole, sub umbra vircens, ' gave this to William Drum, 
predecessor, for arms three holly leaves, which is a kind of laurel, 
with the aforesaid motto, *Sub sole, sub umbra virens.' Thus the 
armorial bearing of the family is: 'Argent, three holly branches, 
each consisting of as many leaves proper, banded together g^^es ; the 
supporters are two savages, wreathed about the head and loins with 
hollies, bearing batons in their hands. This is vouched from the char- 
ters of the families and by Sir Gkorge MacKenzie in his book of 

**Some time thereafter the Laird of Drum married the daughter 
of Sir Robert Keith, Knight Marischal, whom he had by Margaret 
Hay, daughter of Gilbert, Lord Hay, First Constable of that family. 
This Sir Robert Keith was killed at the battle of Durham Arms, 1346. 

**The son of this Drum, Sir Alexander Irvine, commanded the 
Lowland forces at Harlaw, in 1411, killed with his own hand Mac- 
Lean, a chief commander of the Highlanders, and was there killed 


himself, as Hector Bocthius relates, saying that he was * oburecipuum 
robur couspcuus.' 

"His brother, named also Alexander Irvine, commanded, suc- 
ceeded and was one of the commissioners sent by the Estate of Scot- 
land to treat anent the ransom of King James I and to bring liim 
home, as Hector Boethius and Drummond Hawthorden testify. 

*'John Major, in his * History' (lib. 6, cap. 12), sayeth he was 
knighted by this king in his second Parliament, holden at Perth. 

'*His words are*. Equetum auratum militari caltor proxcinit; 
there he recovereth this family inter the troum. 

*'Thi8 Sir Alexander married a daughter of the Lord Keith, 
Knight Marshal, by whom he had Alex, and another son, to whom 
he gave the land of Redmire and Whiterigs in the Means, holding 
as yet of Drum. 

**Prom this second son descended the Irvines of Lenturke. Alex, 
married Abernathy, daughter to the Lord Saltoun, by whom he had 
Alex. Irvine of Drum, who married Katherine Forbes, daughter of 
the Lord Forbes. By her he had three sons, Alex., Richard of Creigh- 
toun, from whom are descended the Irvines, HiUtoun, and Henry, 
and a daughter, Lady Wardes. Alex, married Allardice, only daugh- 
ter of Allardice of that ilk, by whom he had a son, Alex. Irvine of 
Drum^ who married Catherine Balbeaus, and another to Frazer of 
Machal, the predecessor of the Lord Fraseer. Alex, married Ogilvy, 
daughter to the Laird of Failator, who was killed at Pinky, Anno 
Domini 1547. He left six sons and three daughters — ^Alex., William 
of Aidlogy, Robert of Tillibair, from whom forty is descended; Qil- 
but of Callairley, who had three sons, Alex., Qilbert and John of 
Murthill; James, Knight of Malta, ordained by the Qreat Master 
Prior of the order in Scotland, and was to have been created Lord 
Torphicen had he submitted to the Reformation ; and John, the sixth 
son. The daughters were Janet, married to Gordon of Abergeldy; 
Elizabeth, to the Laird of Meldum, and the third to Arnadge. 

'*Prom John of Murthill, now mentioned, are descended the Ir- 
vings of Murthill and Cults. Alexander, the eldest, married kith to 
the Earl of Maris^lud, by whom hr* had five sons and four daughters, 
the eldest married to Uury, the second to Keith of Craig Inverugy, 
third to Ogilvy of Boys, and the fourth to Menzies of Pitfoddels. 
The sous were : Alex., the eldest, second, Robert of Pornet or Mon- 
caffcr (Extinct); third, James of Brucklaw, the predecessor of Sa- 
pUiH- lourth, William of Beatty (also extinct) ; and the fifth, John 
of Ardtamford, the predecesor of Crimmond and Ardtamford. That 
this James was the third son and John the fifth was instructed by 
the two original charters granted by Drum, their father, to them — 
the one dated February 5th, 1598, and the other March 27th, 1602, 
nid the custody of Mrs. Irvine of Shaphock, which serves to rectify 
a mistake in the first volume, page 403. 

**Alex., the son of this Drum, married Marion Douglas, daugh- 
ter of the Earl of Buehan. He had two sons — Alex, and Robert of 


i'edderate, and five daughters — eldest, Lady Bamff ; second to Urqu- 
hart of Leathin; third to Douglas Qlenberry; fourth to Ogilvie of 
Inverwharity; and fifth to Graham of Morphy. Robert, the second 
son, married Camphall, daughter to Glenorchy. He had two sons, 
Alex, and Robert, and two daughters — one married to Gordon of 
Gight and the other to Praser of Strichen. Alex., Lady Elizabeth 
Ogilvie, daughter to the Earl of Finlater. Both he and his brother 
Robert died without male issue. 

**This Drum mastified four bursaries to the Grammar School of 
Aberdeen at 80 lib. Scots each, to the university there four of philos- 
ophy at 100 lib. Scots, and two of divinity at 200 marks each. His 
lady endowed a hospital for relief of poor widows — of all which Drum 
is patron. 

>c * * His eldest son, Sir Alex. Irvine, was Sheriff Principal of Aber- 
deen. He married Magdalen Scrimgeous, daughter to Daddop, Con- 
stable of Dundee, and had five sons, Alex., Robert, James, Charles 
and Francis (four younger died without isue), and six daughters — 
Marion, married to the Viscount of Frendraugh ; Anne, to the Earl 
of Aboye; Elizabeth, Jane, Isabel and Margaret. 

**Alex. married Lady Mary Gordon, daughter to the Marquis of 
Huntley, and had by her three sons, Alex., Robert and Charles, and 
four daughters Mary, married to Patrick, Count Leslys of Balqua- 
hain ; Margaret, to Menzies of Pitfoddles ; Jane, to Irvine of Murthill, 
and Henrietta, to Pitcaple. By his second marriage he had a son 
named Charles, and three daughters; the younger sons died without 
issue. This Drum received from King Charles I a patent creating 
him Earl of Aberdeen, but the civil wars then arising, it was never 
expiated through the seals. In these wars he suffered much. When 
in prisonment and confiscation he tailed his estate (Anno 1687), 
upon deathbed, failing heirs male of his body, to the Irvines of Mur- 
thill, Ardtamford and Cults, and their heirs male in order, excluding 
thus the nearest male heirs, to whom the succession by the ancient 
investitures was provided. His eldest son, Alex., died in 1695 with- 
out issue to him. Alex. Irvine of Murthil, in the right of the tailie, 
succeeded. He died 1719, leaving one son, Alex, and two daughters. 

** James Irvine of Brucklaw, mentioned as the third son of Drum, 
married Lucretia Irvine, his uncle's daughter. He had two sons, 
John, who died without male issue, and Gilbert of Altree, who mar- 
ried Janet, daughter to the Irvines of Untoch, brother to the Laird 
of Innes, and had two sons, John Irvine of Saphock, and James. 
Mr. John Irvine of Saphock married Bimy, sister to Bromhill, and 
left three sons, Alex., John and James. 

**Alex. Irvine of Saphock, his son, as descended from James of 
Brucklaw, is the nearest lineal heir male now existing, and conse- 
quently the representative of the family of Drum for the Irvines Mur- 
thil and Cults had come of the family before Bucklaw, Ardtamford, 
at the same time with him, being the fifth and youngest son, and all 
the male descendants since then had failed. 


'*As is observed, these other families in the North descended 
from Drum, as the Irvines of Kingoousy, Olassit of Esterceune and 

** *Quecqud ex-Agricola amavimus quiquod mirati summus manet 
mansnsumqiiae est in animis mornimum entemitate temporum fama 
rorum non mnltos verterum velut inglorios ignobilis obliviobruet 
Agricola posteri tati traditis naratus suporstis erit tacit in vit agric. ' 

'*True copy taken from the original by me, John Beaufin Irving 
of Bonshaw, at Drumglass House, Drumganon, County Tyrone, on 
5th and 6tii of January, 1906. Rev. Alexander Staples Irwin, the 
present owner of the original, and the descendant of the original own- 
er, Robert Irvine (his great-great-grandfather), who brought it with 
him when he had to fly from the estate of Drum Castle, Aberdeen- 
shire, after the failure of Prince Charlie Edward's rising in 1746, 
being present. 

**In proof whereof, Rev. A. Staples Irwin appends his signature 


** Dated the 8th day of Jan'y, 1906." 

Robert Irwin of Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire (great-great-grand- 
father of Rev. Alexander Staples Irwin, Drumglass), took a leading 
part in Prince Charlie Edward's abortive rebellion in 1745-6, and to 
save his life fled to Ireland, bringing with him some valuables, and 
settled at Moree, County Tyrone, about four miles from Drumglass. 
There he and his eldest son, Robert (who married, but had no de- 
scendants) lived and died. Moree was sold, on the death of the sec- 
ond Robert, to pay his debts in 1818. 

The younger brother of the Robert Irvine of Drum Castle, Aber- 
deenshire, took King Qeorge's side, and so got the Drum estates, 
which his descendants still occupy. This younger brother must have 
shared his income with Robert, who bought some land, built a nice 
house (Moree), and lived like a gentleman. 

Robert had four sons, Robert, Alex., Hugh and John. 

Robert married, but left no issue. Alexander married a Graves, a 
sister of the four Admirals. His son, Samuel, a Captain in the Royal 
Navy, and family emigrated to Australia in 1834 and prosi>ered 
there. There are believed to be many of his descendants living in 
Australia now. 

Hugh married a Miss King, heiress of Heathfield, from whom 
the present Rev. Dr. Charles King Irwin, Archdeacon of Armagh, is 

John married one of the three sisters Hamilton, co-heiresses, who 
brought with her the Drumglass estate, at present in possession of 
their descendant, Rev. Alexander Irwin (eighty-two years old). He 
bought it from his elder brother when the Land Act and Land Laws 
involved the estate, and it had to be sold. 

John King Irwin, eldest son descended from Hugh, married, and 


had eight sons living, but I don't know where. The Archdeacon 
whose father was Precentor of Armagh Cathedral, and his grand- 
father (John Irwin), an eminent Dublin solicitor, has four sons living. 

James Moore Irwin, grandfather of the Rev. Alex. Staples Irwin 
of Drumglass, son of John Irwin and Catherine Hamilton, married 
Helen Houston. His eldest son, John, died in 1832, leaving three sons: 
(1) Thomas Staples Irwin is single, a Colonel commanding the Mid- 
Ulster Militia Garrison Artillery, and is a companion of the Order 
of the Bath. Arthur and Alex, are married and have issue. (2) 
Alexander Staples Irwin (Rev.), one son living. (3) John Edward 
Irwin died thirty years ago, no issue. 

About thirty years ago, on the death of an uncle of the Arch- 
deacon, an old chest was opened, and, amongst other things, was found 
the pedigree of the family of Drum, professionally engrossed with ab- 
stracts from public documents, which follow infra. I heard, through 
a Clansman, the story as told above, got into correspondence with 
Rev. Alexander Staples Irwin, and, by his kind invitation, went in 
January, 1906, to stay with him at Drumglass, where I got all this 
interesting information (from J. B. I.). 

John Irwin, born about 1690, first son of Christopher Irwin of 
Oran, by his wife, Sarah Ormsby, was left Leabeg and Ballinderry 
by his father. He married Miss Burke of Killcarbow and had issue : 
(1) William, who succeeded his father; (2) Alexander, titular Bishop 
of Eilalea, died at Leabeg, aged 33; (3) a daughter married Dennis 
'Conor of Hillsbrook. 


JOHN McDowell i, ancestors, descendents 



House of Heremon — The Stem of the McDowell Family. 
1. — Dufbhghall (Do well) brother of Samhairle (or Sorley), who is 
99 on the McDowell of Antrim family pedigree and No. 100 in the 
second edition of that series, was the ancestor of MachDubghhall, 
anglicised MacDougall, McDougald, MacDowell and MacDowall. 

200. — ^Dubhgall (Irish) a black foreigner, son of Gidlabrighed 
(GilH)ride) agree MachDubhgall >wa8 King of the Isles livin-g A. D. 

101 — ^Donach, his son, had a brother named John, who was the 
ancestor of MacDow-ell of Lames County Antrim. 

102 — ^Lochlann, his son. 

103— Dubhghall (2) his son. 

104 — longhar (lon'ar) Irish much slaughter, his son, agrei Mac- 
Inkart (this surname has been Anglicised into other names including 
McKewer) . 

105 — OioUacollum, his son. 

106 — lonhair Dubghall, his son. This lonhair had two brothers 
(1) Hocklann and (2) Fercar (feqr) by some genealogist-Ferrard, 
is derived from the Irish fear and hat ard-unus, meaning the tall 
01 high man. 

Authority — Irish pedigrees or the origin and stem of the Irish 
nation by John CHart, Associate of Arts q. u. i., author of the last 
Princess of Tara, etc. Dublin McGlashin and Gill 50 upp, Sackville. 
Ann Baskerville, a lady of English extraction. 

Thomas Dillon, of the Tower, Esq., second son of Theobald Dil- 
lon, Lord Viscount Dillon, of Costello & Gallen — ancestors to Count 
Dillon and to His Grace, Arthur Dillon, Archfbishop of Harbonne in 

Catherine Fitzgerald, descended from the noble house of Fitz- 
geralds Earls ^and Marquises of Kildane and now Duke of Leinster. 

John O'Reilly, of Balmacadel County, Meath, Esq., Knight of 
the shire of the County Cavan, anno 1669, raised a regiment of 
dragoons at his own expense for the service of James 2. It was 


included in the capitulation of Limerick. He died 17 of Feb. 1716, 
ag^ed 70 years, and was buried in the ehurch of Hilldrampartan, in 
the County of Cavan, where a monument was erected to his memory. 

Margaret, daughter of Owen or Eugene O'Reilly, Esq., Chief 
of the family of Buary in the County of Cavan. 

Luke McDowell, of Montain, the County of Roscommon, Esq. 
Colonel of Infantry in the service of King James II, served with 
distinction during the campaign of 1689-90-91, died of the gout in 
his castle of Montagh, Anno Domini, 1700, and was buried in the 
family vault in the Monastery of Tulsk, County Roscommon, which 
was built and founded by one of his ancestors A. D. 1440 for Do- 
jninican friars. 

Margaret, daug'hter of Thoinas Dillon of the Tower, Esq., by 
his wife, Catherine Fitzgerald, of the house of Kildare, 

Thomas O'Reilly, of Baltrasma County Meath, Esq., fifth and 
youngest son of Col. John O'Reilly of Ballymacadd, aforesaid, was 
a Lieutenant in his father's regiment of Dragoons, and served with 
distinction all the campaigns of 1689-90-91, was at the seige of 
liimerick and included in the capitulation of that city anno 1691. 
He died Dec. 26, 1724, was buried with his father at Kill County 
Cavan. He married anno 1702. 

Rosa, daughter of Luke McDowell of Monta, County Roscom- 
mon, Esq. Colonel of Infantry in the service of King James, by Mar- 
garet, daughter of Thomas Dillon of the Tower, Esq. He died at 
Baltrawny in the County of Meath anno 1753, buried with her hus- 
band at Kill. 

His Excellency Don Alexander Count O'Reilly, generalissimo 
of his Catholic Majesty's forces, and Inspector General of the Infan- 
try, grand commander of the order of Catahava, Captain General of 
Andaluvia Military and Civil Governor of Cadiz, etc. Bom at Bal- 
Irany in the year 1722. 


The men whose names are inscribed with honor on the pages 
of American History were fitted to the times and to the occasions 
which called them forth. They were men of iron nerves and fear- 
less hearts, of devoted action and incorruptible integrity, of splendid 
talents and practical common sense, who lived for the glory of their 
country and the happiness of their race. 

In the history of the world there is no instance where love of 
country has been exhibited in bolder deeds than by those who car- 
lied us throug'h the struggle for independence. 

The history of" this Republic has demonstrated beyond centre- 


versy the ability of mien to rule themselves and protect their individ- 
ual rights without injury to the rights of others. 

It is not only a duty, but a pleasing task to speak of the illus- 
trious dead and distinguierhed patriotic living. The sacrifices and 
achievements of the heroes of 1776 should be kept constantly before 
the public as an inspiration for love of country and devotion to our 
tree institutions of government. The efforts in this line embodied 
in the principles of the Society of Cincinnati, established in 1783, 
when the army was disbanded, is worthy of emulation. 

The men who stamp the impressions of their genius, or their 
virtues on their own times influence largely those w'ho follow and 
they therefby 'become benefactors of ages to follow. Americans owe 
it to their nation and to the world to perpetuate the records of such 
men while it is possible to separate truth from fiction in all thac 
pertains to those who laid the foundation of the greatest republic 
on earth. 


Courage and Thrift of Ancient Clans Infused Into American 

Character — Recent Investigations Which Grace a 

Revolutionary Lineage Back to 373 A. D. 

The Scotch-Irish blood in America has been a strong influence 
ill the molding of our national character. In Virginia, Pennsylvania, 
North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky, and 
along the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains, the firmness, the 
courage and thrift and love of liberty of the ancient clans have been 
engrafted into American character for many generations. Recent 
nivestigations in Scotland and Ireland plainly show that among the 
founders of the American Republic were sons of the strongest 
strains of blood in the world. 


FOR H. M. McDowell. 

1. Hervey McDowell was bom April 15, 1836, in Fayette 
County, Ky. Is a citizen of Cynthiana, Ky. 

2. He is a son of John Lyle McDowell (pensioner of 1812) who 
was (bom August 24, 1794, died December 23, 1878, and Nancy 
Hawthorne Vance, his wife, who was bom May 20, 1797 ; died June 
13, 1868. 

3. Capt. John Lyle McDowell was the son of Col. James SIc- 
Dowell, bom April 29, 1760, died Dec. 22, 1843, and Mary Paxton 
Lyle, his wife, bom Nov. 18, 1763, died 1843. 

46 THE McDowells and oonnbctions 

4. The said Col. Jas. McDowell (Revolutionary pensioner) was 
the son of Samuel McDowell, Sen., bom Nov. 7, 1735, died Sept. 25, 
1817, and Mary MeClung, his wife, born 1733, died Oct. 28, 1826. 

5. The said Col. Samuel McDowell was the son of John McDow- 
ell, bom in Londonderry, died Dec. 25, 1742, in Augusta County, Va. 

6. Th-e said Capt. John McDowell was the son of Ephriam Mc- 
Dowell, bom in Londonderry 1673, came to America 1727, died in 
Virginia in 1774, and Margaret Irvine, his wife, bom in London- 
derry, died in Londonderry. 

The services of Samuel McDowell, Sr., in the American Colonial 

Private soldier at Braddock's Defeat, July 9, 1755, in the Au- 
gusta, Va., company, of which his cousins Sam and Andrew Lewis, 
were Captain and Lieutenant. 

See Green's Historic Families of Kentucky, page 32. 

See Henry 's Statutes in an Act passed in 1758, under Governor 
Dinwiddie, his name is found among the soldiers of the War of In- 
dependence, names to whom land was granted. This act enforced 
by the efforts of Washington in 1770 to 1775. Samuel McDowell's 
grant located in what is now Payette County, Ky. Green's Historic 
Families, page 32. 

MARY McDowell and her descendants. 

Mary McDowell (maiden name not known) was bom October 
6, 1709, in Scotland, and died in Steele Creek, Mecklenburg, N. C, 
in 1789, She and her husband, according to tradition, emigrated 
from Scotland to Pennsylvania. Her husband died in Pennsylvaia 
and about 1750 she and her three children emigrated to Steele Creek, 
N. C. She died in 1789 in her eightieth year, and was buried in 
Steele Creek Cemetery. 


1. John McDowell. 

2. Abigail. 

3. Elizabeth. 

1. JOHN McDOWELL, SR, was born in Lancaster County, 
Penn., in 1743, and died at Steele Creek, N. C, July 30th, 1795, aged 
52 years. He was married to Jean Parks, daughter of Hugh Parks 
and Margaret Young (See Parks Connection) July, 1772. John 
McDowell, Sr., was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and 
served as a private until the l^attle of Gates' Defeat, near Camden, 
S. C, where he was twice wounded and left on the field. Finding 
he would l)leed to death from his wounds, he forded a river, or 
creek, to reach a surgeon in the enemy's camp, but the cold water 
chilled his blood and stopped its flow, when he re-crossed the river 
and made his escape, following the army in a crippled condition until 

THE McDowells and connex:tions 47 

he found them and was given an old, crippled horse to ride home, lie 
lived for sixteen years afterward, but suffered from his wounds as 
long as he lived. 

His wife, Jean, was a noted heroine, and among her other glor- 
ious deeds she rode a horse for 10 miles, carrying her infant son m 
her arms to notify the patriot army of the evacuation of Charlotte, 
N. C, by the British. 

**In 1780, while John McDowell was in General Gates' army, 
J/ord Comwallis in command of the British army, sojourned a brief 
period in Charlotte, N. C, and some of his men went to Steele 
Creek settlement, under the command of Capt. McDowell, of Scot- 
land, on a foraging expedition. He went to John McDoweH's home 
and was stealing whatever they wanted, when the Captain was ap- 
proached by Mrs. Jean McDowell, who said to him, **Is it solder- 
like to plunder a helpless family so and leave us nothing T' He re- 
])lied, **But, Madam, we must have something to eat, and these rebels 
won't bring it in." She appealed again, saying, **And have you 
no women and children at home?'* He answered: **What is your 
name?" ** McDowell — that is my name." ** Where are you from?" 
'*Our family came from Scotland, sir." **Aye, and very likely ye 
are kin of mine; I have some in America." He immediately called in 
his men, saying they had got enough from that home, and again 
addressing Mrs. McDowell, said: **And likely ye have some of your 
tamily among the rebels, but it is the fortune of war. Good-bye, it 
is the fortune of war." 

John McDowell, Sr., was a leading citizen and an active mem- 
ber of the Steele Creek Presbyterian Church, and was buried m 
this churchyard, seven miles from Charlotte, N, C. His tom'bstone 
now stands at the head of his grave. At the top is a coat of arms, 
consisting of stag's head and shield with three stars, all supported 
by two lions standing upright, underneath in Latin the words 
'*vivet post funera virtus," ** virtue or bravery lives after death." 
These words follow: *'An exceptional character in whose death his 
family, his neighborhood, the state and the church sustained a loss. 
Reader, go thou and do likewise — the world the benefit and God 
the glory, that when numbered with the dead your monument may 
be deserved like his." The three stars on the coat of arms repre- 
sent the knighthood and that some of his ancestors in Scotland were 
knighted three times for bravery in battle." 

(The following are references of authority to the above state- 
ment : John Irwin, Mayor Brevard McDowell, of Charlotte, N. C , 
Dr. Hunters, "Sketcher of Western North Carolina and Steele 
Creek Church.") 

The following article is from a North Carolina newspaper, under 

date of June 29, 1916. 



Marker in Honor of Mrs. Jan« (Jean) Parks McDowell, Who Made 
Perilous Ride to Aid American Troops, Is Placed 

on Old Home Place. 

P. BREVARD McDowell makes the address. 

Interesting Exercises Mark Presentation by Mecklenburg Chapter, 
D. A. R., Through Regent, Mrs. J. Lenoir Chambers — ^His- 
toric Sketch of the Event that Challenges Attention. 

Bridging the chasm of one hundred and thirty-eight years that 
liave elapsed since the daring ride of Jane Parks McDowell, to noti- 
fy American soldiers in Sugar Creek that the British had evacuated 
Charlotte, a few score Charlotte people gathered yesterday in the 
historic Steel Creek neighborhood to attend the presentation of a 
marker in honor of her memory. Mecklenburg Chapter Daughters 
of the American Revolution, through the Regent, Mrs. J. Lenoir 
Chamlbers, presented the stone to the descendants of Mrs. McDowell. 
The monument is slightly more than six miles from the city, and 
stands on land belonging to John McDowell, a descendant of Jane 
Parks. It is on the York road at the foot of the home place of 
J. B. Watt. 

The exercises were held at ten o'clock in the shade of a wooded 
slope, just east of the monument on the John McDowell place, in 
an environment that is rich in historic interest and alluring in scenic 
charms. In marked contrast to the conditions of 1780 when Mrs. Mc- 
Dowell made her historic ride, every visitor arrived in an automo< 
bile, the minister, Rev. John W. Orr, pastor of Steele Creek Church, 
being no exception. Mr. Orr opened the exercises with a brief, but 
fitting prayer, in which he included a petition for peace, and in- 
voked blessings on **all whose lives are touched iby the great noble 
deed of this woman whose memory we commemorate." 

Mrs. Chambers. 

Mrs. J. Lenoir Chambers, who presided, made the introductory 
address in a graceful manner. She said: * 'Standing as the Daugh- 
ters of the American Revolution do, with their primary object that 
of perpetuation the memory and spirit of the men and women who 
achieved America's independence by the acquisition and protection 
of historic spots, and by the erections of monuments ; by the preser- 
vation of documents and relics of the records of tfye individual serv- 
ices of Revolutionary soldiers and patriots, we, as representatives of 
the Mecklenburg Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, 
are most hapi)y to come together today on this historic spot, and do 


reverence to the memory of the great-hearted woman, the loyal pa- 
triot, Mrs. Jane Parks McDowell. Through the generosity and 
courtesy of a friend of this chapter, which we represent, and 
through that of other de^^cendants of this woman, whose deed of 
valor can never pale, the Mecklenburg Chapter is pot only enabled 
to participate in these exercises, but also has the high privilege and 
honor of presenting this memorial of a woman's dauntless courage. 
As Regent, therefore, of the Mecklenburg Chapter, Daughters of the 
American Revolution, and in its name, I present to the descendants 
of this noble woman, and to the public, this monument to the meni- 
orv of Jane Parks McDowell." 

Mr. McDowell Responds. 

In response Mr. F. B. McDowell, great-great-grandson of the 
heroine, made a characteristically bright and appropriate speech, 
lightened by flashes of humor. He said: **In behalf of the public 
and the descendants, especially, I accept this beautiful marker in 
granite to perpetuate the memory of a heroine of MecklenOburg 
County and American Revolution. A few years ago I accepted an 
invitation to the unveiling of a monument at Lexington, Va., en- 
titled, 'Virginia's Mourning for Her Dead.' It was in recognition 
of the valor of the cadets of the Virginia Military Institute, who 
saved the day for the Confederate cause at the Battle of Newmar- 
ket, Va. Scarcely any of these cadets were out of their teens. Two 
hundred were engaged in a battle, five were killed upon the field, 
two mortally wounded, and forty more or less seriously injured. 
My brother, William Hugh McDowell, was one of the dead, and 
the only North Carolinian killed. During the afternoon of the un- 
veiling, as the visitors were seated in the chapel, a matron with 
gray hair and stately carriage, walked down the aisle and the old 
cadets in the audience, catching sight of her, arose en masse, and 
gave her the greatest ovation of the day. It was a spontaneous 
tribute to the courage and faithfulness of womanhood. Cadet 
Jefferson, one of the two mortally wounded, had died at her moth- 
er's home nearby, and with his dying breath asked her, the then 
young lady, to take a message in person to his mother, forty miles 
in the mountains of West Virginia, which was then inhabited by 
lawless characters and desperate and hostile troops. She made good 
lier promise, despite all the dangers and hardships. This act re- 
called to me a similar mission executed by Jane Parks McDowell, in 
our early Revolutionary days. * ' * Mrs. McDowell rode ten miles, 
over dangerous roads, to give her countrymen the joyful news that 
the British had evacuated Charlotte. I have some affidavits never 
before published, secured from the pension office at Washington, 
.stating that the Americans were encamped at that date in the 
swamps beyond Sugar Creek Church. While the British, in much 
stronger number, held Charlotte, it was to this spot, over ten miles 


THE McDowells and connections . 51 

distant, that our heroine made, unattended and unprotected, this 
marvelous ride, it is said with a baby in her arms. 

A Remarkable Prayer. 

''Some years ago a South Carolinian sent me a remarkable prayer 
delivered by a Presbyterian minister named Lacy, in York County, 
S. C It was in pamphlet form and classic in its diction. The de- 
vout man thanked the Almighty for all the victories achieved by the 
American army. In the concluding paragraph he said: *We thank 
Thee, especially, Oh, Heavenly Father, for the great, glorious and 
culmination victory at the Battle of King's Mountain,' and continu- 
ing he added, *And, Oh, Heavenly Father, we would have had an- 
other thing to thank Thee for, if Thou had'st not let the British 
destroy Col. Billie Hill's iron works.' I make this quotation from 
the pamphlet because it had an association in the event we are now 
celebrating, for Col. William Hill, who owned the only iron works 
south of the Tredegar at Richmond, was a grandfather of the late 
Gen. D. H. Hill, an accurate historian and a writer of uote, who 
was well acquainted with the sons and daughters of the Revolu- 
tionary soldiers and the history and traditions of this portion of 
the Carolinas, and in the early 70 's he published in the '* Southern 
Home," the first authentic account of the daring and successful ride 
of Jane Parks McDowell, and the Regent of the Mecklenburg Chap- 
ter, who has tendered this memorial stone, is a descendant of the 
noted family of Lacys, to w'hich the author of this rare and human 
old prayer belongs. The heroine of this occasion was a modest wo- 
man and devoid of pretense, and raised a family of children, none 
of whom left any taint on the name ; and she did so b> implicating 
in their lives the motto of the coat of arms and carved on this stone, 
that * Virtue Lives Beyond the Grave.' This motto was the symbol of 
her life and character, and is the highest conception of the final 
award that awaits for duty performed and life well-spent on earth. 
Your chapter has the distinction of having departed from the im- 
perious and one-sided custom of honoring men alone for their deeds, 
but has made a new departure in recognizing the claims of women^ 
and this shaft will stand unique in Mecklenburg and has few, if 
any, counterparts either in the State or nation." 

Mr. McDowell said the memorial was really inspired by Mrs. 
C. P. Elliot, oldest granddaughter of Jane McDowell, and at her re- 
quest he read an interesting sketch. It told how John McDowell, 
hufifeand of the heroine, was shot in the Battle of Camden, and left 
for dead, after being robbed by the British of everything except an 
old watch, which was secreted in a pocket his wife had made in 
his underclothes. This watch was exhibited yesterday and attract- 
ed mueh attention. Mr. McDowell also exhibited an exceedingly 
handsome brooch, which is a replica of the one which was worn by 


Robert the Bruce, and which was snatched from him by the chief 
of the McDowell Clan in a terrific personal eombat. It is of mam- 
moth size, and set with richly beautiful Scotch pebbles. The mark- 
er bears this inscription : 


In Memoriam 






The exercises were attended by Mr. and Mrs. F. B. McDowell, 
Mrs. J. Lenoir Chambers, Regent of Mecklenburg Chapter, D. A. 
R., and the following chapter members : Miss Cordelia W. Phif er, 
Mrs. Latta C. Johnston, Mrs. A. Livingstone Smith, Mrs. J. P. 
Durant, Mrs. E. L. Keesler, Miss Anne Parks Hutchison, Mrs. A. M. 
McDonald, Mrs. W. B. Rider, Mrs. I. W. Henderson, Mrs. H. A. 
London, Miss Julia Robertson, Mrs. J. M. Harry, Miss Mary John- 
ston and Miss Susie Hutchison. 

The Signers chapter was represented by Miss Violet Alexander, 
and the Battle of Charlotte, by Mrs. J. P. Caldwell. 

Descendants of Jane Parks McDowell present included : 

Messrs. F. B. McDowell, John McDowell, John M. Harry, R. E. 

McDowell, Mrs. C. P. Elliott, Mrs. Baxter Henderson, Mrs. Chas. E. 

Walker and daughter, Miss Katherine Walker; Mrs. A. T. Allen, 

Miss Ellen Peoples and Miss Emma Peoples and Mr. Henry Peoples. 




1. Jolm McDowell II. 

2. Hugh. 

3. Margaret. 

JOHN McDowell ii. 

JOHN McDowell ii, son of John McDowell, Sr., and his wife, 
Jean Parks, was born at Steele Creek, Mecklenburg County, N. C, 
March 18, 1775, and married Rebecca Davis, daughter of Walter 
Davis and Rebecca Lycan (see Davis and Lycan connection). 

Rebecca Davis was 'bom July 12, 1780, and died March 14, 1959, 
agen seventy-eight years. 

John McDowell II, di-ed November 31, 1843, aged 68 years, 


1. John Davis McDowell, born in Steele Creek, Jan. 25, 1810, 
died July 13, 1889, aged 79 years. 

2. James Hall, bom at Steele Creek, N. C, Sept. 21, 1800 ; died 
Sept. 18, 1801. 

3. Jane Parks, born at Steele Creek, N. C, July 12, 1802 ; died 
August 7, 1848. 

4. Rebecca Eliza, born at Steel Creek, N. C. June 24, 1804 
died Sept. 15, 1865. 

5. Mary Davis, bom at Steele Creek, N. C, March 30, 1806 
died Jan. 4, 1831. 

6. Esther Young, born at Steele Creek, N. C, March 20, 1808 
died Dec. 24, 1859. 

7. Margaret Lucy Berry, born at Steele Creek, N. C, Feb. 12 
1812; died June 25, 1851. 

8. Pamelia Caroline, bom at Steele Creek, N. C, Feb. 13, 1814 
died August, 18^. 

9. William Andrew, born at Steele Creek, N. C, Aug. 7, 1816 
died Feb. 19, 1866. 

10. Samuel Hugh, born at Steele Creek, N. C, Aug. 27, 1818 
died Oct. 14, 1842. 

11. Rofbert Wallace, bom at Steele Creek, N. C, Feb. 23, 1821 
died Oct. 14, 1889. 

(See * 'Children of John McDowell II, and His Wife. Re))ecca 
Davis, With Their Descendants and Connections.*' 


HUGH McDOWELL, son of John McDowell, Sr., and his wife, 
Jean Parks, married Margaret Irwin, daughter of Gen. Robert Irwin, 
one of the signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Indepeiulence. 
(See Gen. Robert Irwin.) 

McDowell Coats of Arms 

Mother of John Davis McDowell and grandmother or John 
Hugh McDowell. She wae born July 12, 1780, and died 
March 14, 1868. aged 78 years, 8 months and 2 days. 

THE McDowells and connections 55 


1. John Hamilton McDowell. 

2. Robert I. McDowell. 

3. Sarah McDowell. 

4. William McDowell. 

5. Emeline McDowell. 

6. Margaret McDowell, who married Andrew Lawson 
Barry. (See Barry Line.) 

7. Jane, who married Moses Neely. (See Neely Line.) 



MARGARET McDOWELL, daughter of John McDowell, Sr., 
and his wife, Jean Parks, was born April 6, 1782, and died June 7, 
1816. She married Richard Barry, Jr., son of Richard Barry, Sr., 
one of the signers of the Mecklingburg Declaration of Independence, 
who was of Scotch-Irish descent, and settled in Mecklenburg County, 
N. C, long before the Revolution. Margaret McDowell Barry, with 
her husband, is buried at Hopewell. Children : 

1. Mary M. Barry, )bom Aug. 18, 1806 ; died April 9, 1833. 

2. Ann Ataline Barry, *born Dec. 2, 1808; died June 21, 
1880; married David Harry. 

3. Jane L. Barry, born March 29, 1811 ; died May 11, 1876 ; 
married W. A. Sample. 

4. Elinor Barry, married Batte Irwin. (See Wm. Irwin.) 


Harry Line.) 

1. John F. Harry, horn Aug. 29, 1829; died Aug. 7, 1871. 
(See *aiarry Line.^^) 

2. Richard B. Harry, bom Oct. 27, 1831 ; died Nov 5, 1855. 

3. William Batte Harry, born Feb. 26, 1834; died June 17, 

4. Margaret B. Harry, horn Oct. 31, 1836; died April 7, 
1895; married James S. Henderson. 

5. Martha Elinor Harry, bom July 1842; died ^lay 22, 
1897; married R. S. Barnette. 


1. ilartha <E. Sample, born Sept. 8, 1832; died Sept. 20, 

2. J. :Mc. Sample, born Jan. 17, 1835. 

3. David I. Sample, born August 6, 1837. 

4. John W. Sample, born Feb. 28, 1840. 

5. Hugh B. Sample, born Sept. 29, 1843. 

6. Margaret Jane Sample, born Aug. 19, 1846; married S. 
J. MoElrov- 


CII1LDRP:N op MAROARET E. harry and JAMES s. 

1. Annie Harry. 

2. ^largaret Harry. 

3. Hugh Harry. 

4. Carrie Harry. 

5. Rosa Harry. 

6. Eugenia Harry. 

7. William Harry. 

8. Walter Harry. 

Annie married William Jamison. 

Wn.LIAM BATTE HARRY married a Miss Lawing. Issue: 1, 
Susan ; 2. Ellen ; 3. Name unknown. Susan married an A^ernath y, 
Ellen also married an Abernathy. All lived in Hopewell, N. C. 

ABIGAIL McDowell. 

2. ABIGAIL McDowell, daughter of Marj^ McDowell, was 
born Octo^ber 5, 1740, and married Robert McLeary, of Mecklenburg, 
County, N. C, a brother of General McLeary, of Revolutionary 


3. ELIZABETH McDOWELL, daughter of Mary McDowell, 
was born in 1738, and died in 1807, married Colonel Samuel Wat- 
son, of Bethel neighborhood, York District, S. C. 

COLONEL WATSON was a faithful, brave, heroic soldier in 
the war of the Revolution. He came South with the McDowells 
and was a ruling elder of Bethel Church. He died in 1808, aged 
79 years. 

children of samuel watson and elizabeth 


1. MARY, who married a Howe, who was killed in the 

Battle of Hanging Rock, S. C. Mary afterwards mar- 
ried an Eakins, and moved to East Tennessee. 

2. JAMES, who married near Pendleton, S. C, and died 
in 1864, aged eighty-two years. 

3. JOHN, bom in 1770, and died in 1830, aged sixty yenrs. 
Moved to East Tennessee. 

4. DAVID, born Feb. 27, 1772 and died in 1839. He mar- 

ried Margaret Adams, born April, 1780. He was the 
father of Rev. S. L. Watson, who married Nancy Han- 
nah Neal (See Neel Connection, page — ), and David 
IVIcEwen Watson, who was born Jan. 24, 1814, and died 
Sept. 4, 1855, married Mary Jane Anderson, born Feb. 
24. 1824, and died at Chester, S. C, Dec. 30, 1882. Is- 
sue of David IMcEwen Watson and Marv Jane Ander- 

THE McDowells and connections 57 

son: 1. Elizabeth, bom at Clay Hill, Nov. 5, 1846; 
died Jan. 1, 1883. 2. Emma, born at Clay Hill, Jan. 24, 
1848. 3. John Anderson, bom at Clay Hill, Dec. 18, 
1849; died Nov. 5, 1902. 4. Sallie Storr, bom at Clay 
Hill, Jan. 3, 1852. 5. David Samuel, bom at Clay Hill, 
Oct. 5, 1854. Sallie Storr Watson married James Henry 
Anderson, bom at Spartanburg, S. C, Aug. 10, 1848. 
They were married at Clay Hill, York County, S. C, 
July 15, 1873. Issue : 1. Mary Elizabeth, bom at Spar- 
tanburg County, Aug. 31, 1874. 2. David Watson, born 
at Moore, S. C, July 14, 1877. 3. James Mayson, bom 
at Moore, S. C, Feb. 9, 1881. 4. Samuel Monroe, Iborn 
at Moore, S. C, F^b. 20, 1883. 5. John Herschel, born 
at Moore, S. C, Aug. 14, 1885. 6, Bessie Belle, horn at 
Moore, S. C, Dec. 27, 1888. 7. Horace Brockman, bom 
at Moore, S. C, Nov. 14, 1890. 8. Katherine, 'born at 
Moore, S. C, June 18, 1893. David Watson, son of 
James Henry Anderson and Sallie Storr WatsoD, mar- 
ried Maude Comfort. 

5. HUGH, son of Elizabeth MoDowell and Col. Samuel 

Watson, died in Bethel, S. C, aged 59 years. 

6. WILLIAM, who married Margaret Parks, daughter ot* 
Hugh Parks (See Parks Connection, page — ), at Steele 
Creek, N. C, was bom in 1778, and died in 1854, aged 
seventy-six years. His wife, Margaret Parks, died in 

7. Elizabeth, daughter of Elizabeth McDowell and Col. 
Samuel Watson, married John Barry, whose ancestor 
was Andrew Barry, of Revolutionary fame. Issue: 
Mary, John, Samuel, Andrew, Charlie, William, John 
and Samuel, went to Texas, but left families in Ten- 
nessee. William died in Missouri, and left a family of 
four daughters, as follows : Mary, born Sept. 22, 1775 : 
died Jan. 14, 1888. Margaret, Eliza, Kate. Margaret 
married Oliver Alexander. Eliza married Richard Bar- 
ry. Eliza's children all dead except Emma Burnett, 
who lives near Palestine, Texas. Kate married John 
Sloan (fbrother of Andrew Moore Sloan, who married 
Sarah McDowell, daughter of Hugh and ^largaret Ir- 
win McDowell). 

MARY BARRY, daughter of Elizabeth Watson and John 
Barry, married William Henderson. Mrs. Aliee Mc- 
Whorter, of Longview, Texas, is a daughter. Mrs. Mc- 
Whorter's daughter, Mary, married Rev. S. M. Tenny, 
a Presbyterian minister. 



Rev. Samuel Watson, son of David Watson and his wife, Mar- 
garet Adams, and the grandson of Elizabeth McDowell, was born 
in 1798, where Bethel Ohurch, York District, S. C, is, and of which 
his father was elder. He was licensed to preach by the South Caro- 
lina Preatoytery in 1826 and in 1827 was employed by Steele Creek 
Chureh. In 1828 three-fourths of his time was given to Steele Creek 
and one-fourth lo Bbenezer Church, York District, S. C. He died 
June 1869, aged seventy-one years. He married Nancy Hannah 



WALTER DAVIS, SR., married Rebecca Lycan of Wales. He 
died Dec. 18, 1800, aged sixty-five years. Rebecca Lycan was born 
in 1736 and died March 1, 1784. 


1. John Lycan Davis. 

2. Walter Davis, Jr. 

3. QElijah Davis. 

4. James Davis. 

5. William H. Davis. 

6. Rel)ecca Davis, who married John McDowell, II. 

7. Mary Davis, who married Hugh Parks, Jr. 

8. Esther Davis. 

JOHN LYCAN DAVIS was born in Pennsylvania in 1763. His 
parents removed to North Carolina when he was quite young. He 
professed religion alone in the woods at 18 years of age, and shouted 
aloud the praises of the Lord. He married Jane Elliott in 1788. 
Issue: 1. James Elliott. 2. Rebecca. 3. Andrew. 

After the death of Jane Elliott, his first wife, he married Eliza- 
beth Bell, and by her had nine children. In 1803 he removed from 
North Carolina and settled in Wilson County, Tenn., where he died 
February, 1840. Rebecca Davis, daughter of John Lycan Davis, 
married John Martin, of Rutherford County, Tenn., and had eight 
children. One of her daughters married Alpasa Young, a minister, 
and moved to Texas. Another daughter married and moved to West 
Tennessee. James Davis, son of John Lycan Davis, commenced to 
study law before the Civil War. Narcissa, another daughter of 
John Lyean Davis, married George Smith. P. Y. Davis, another 
son of John Lycan Davis, was born in Wilson County, Tenn., in 1805. 
Early in life he united with the Presbyterian Church, and before 
he was twety-one years old he was licensed to preach. The country 
was sparsely settled at that time, and he traveled over much ter- 
ritory, building up the weak ehurches, preaching often twice a day, 


as the supply of ministers was inadequate. In 1837, at the age of 
32, he married Eleanor Gwyn. Issue : 1. William Robertson, married 
Mary Poster. They had several children. 2. Ransom Gwyn, who 
entered the Confederate Army at the age of 18, and only survived 
three months. 3. Sarah E., who married W. M. Suddarth. They re- 
side in Lebanon, Tenn., and have a number of children. 4. Mary 
JUeanor (married name unknown). 

After the death of his first wife P. Y. Davis married Louisiana 
Young. They had three children, two of whom died young, the 
other, Walter Young. 

After t'he death of Lousianna Young, P. Y. Davis married a 
widow, America Young, who was drowned six months later, at- 
tempting to cross the CunHberland River at Carthage, Tenn. He 
married the fourth time to Rachel Hallam. 

WALTER DAVIS, JR., son of Walter and Reibetca Lycan Davis, 
had a daughter, Rebecca, who married Ezekiel Dickson, of Fayette 
County, Tenn., whose daughter, Mary, married William Patton. 

ELIJAH DAVIS, son of Walter and Rebecca Lycan Davis, lived 
the last ten years of his life in Obion County, Tenn. He died about 
1840, and left four sons and one or two daughters. John, the oldest 
son, died about 1865, and left a family with several children. Joseph 
Davis lives in Missouri, and has a wife and family. Samuel Davis 
married twice and lives in Obiom County, Tenn. A daughter of 
Pilijah Davis married William Moon. They live in Madison County, 

ESTHER DAVIS, daughter of Walter and Rebecca Lycan 
Davis, married John Bell, of North Carolina, in 1800, and later 
moved to Tennesseen. Issue : 1. Jane. 2. Robert. 3. Mary. 4. Angie. 
5. Samuel K. 6. John E. 7. William. 8. Martha. 

Robert Bell married Eliizabeth Roan. He was a minister and 
much loved by the ehurch. He died about 1843 in his 47t'h year. 
Pie left a large family. One of 'his sons was an eminent law\ er. 
His daughters all married excellent gentlemen. 

WILLIAM H. DAVIS, son of Walter and Rebecca Lycan Davis, 
settled near Rutherford County, Tenn., in 1825. His son. Dr. Joseph 
W. Davis, died at Smyrna, Tenn., in 1899, and Dr. Davis' son, Wal- 
lace, lives there now. He married Hattie Brocken. 

REBOSOCA DAVIS, daughter of Walter and Relbeeca Lycan 
Davis, married John McDowell II. (See John McDowell II.) 

MARY DAVIS, daughter of Walter and Rediecca Lycan Davis, 
married Hugh Parks, Jr. (See Parks Connection.) 

JAMES DAVIS, son of Walter Davis and Rebecca Lycan, mar- 
ried Prudence Bell (see sketch). 


James Davis (son of Walter Davis, Sr., and Rebecca Lyean 
Davis) married Prudence Bell, who was a native of County *'Down.'' 


Ireland. They lived on Alpine Creek, in Providence Township. They 
bad three sons and five daughters. The sons were Samuel Asbury, 
John Newton, and James Hilliard. The daughters were Mariah, Het- 
tie, Angelina, Jane and Mary. 

Samuel Asibury married Elizabeth Stitt of Providence Township. 
They had five chidren, James Taylor, John Newton, and Margaret; 
Jane died early in life; Susan never married, and died February 7, 
1904, at the home of her sister, Julia, in Charlotte, of heart failure. 
General James Taylor Davis, son of Samuel and Elizabeth Stitt 
Davis, graduated at Emery and Henry College, Va., at the age of sev- 
enteen (17), studied law under Judge Pearson and was licensed in 
1857 before he was quite twenty years old. Traveled a year, as the 
license could not be given to one ]inder twenty-one, and the license 
was sent him and was a compliment to his mind. In the war of the 
'60s he enlisted in the Hornet's Nest Bifles and they only enlisted for 
six months; he returned and joined in organizing ^the Forty-ninth 
Regiment, State troops, with others — captain of Company F. He 
was proinoted to Major and then to Lieutenant-Colonel, and on the 
25th of March, 1865, at the battle of Harris Hill, he was shot and 
mortally wounded. For his gallantry in that charge he was pro- 
moted to Brigadier-General, but died, before the commisison reached 
him, from the wound. These were his last wrds, * * I owe my country 
nothing," to Colonel S. H. Walkup of Monroe. 

Julia Davis, daughter of S. A. Davis, married her cousin, Mar- 
ccUus L. Davis, son of James H. Davis, June 1st, 1865. They had 
three children, Juanita and Alice Oliver, who died young, and one 
son, James Taylor, who died at twelve years of age, of much promise. 
Having spoken at his Sunday school celebration, was greatly ap- 
plauded ; sick even then, died next day of appendicitis — a disease not 
then known to the medical profession. 

John Newton Davis, son of James and Prudence Davis, was a 
member of the South Carolina conference. He married Miss Annie 
West of Savannah, Ga., and died in Mecklenburg in 1848, was buried 
in the South Carolina Confederate burying ground in Columbia, S. C. 
His widow went back to Savannah. 

Mrs. Elizabeth Stitt Davis died February 14th, 1849. Three 
years later S. A. Davis married Miss Ellen Alexander of Hawkins 
County, Tenn. James Hilliard Davis, son of James and Prudence 
Davis, married Jane D. Lee, of whom he had three children — one son, 
Mareellus Leonidas; two daughters, Alice Octavia and Adelaide Eu- 
genia. Alice married Major William M. Smith of Tennessee. They 
moved to Bosque, Texas, where he died January 25, 1894, and his 
wife followed on the 25th of February, one month later. Adelaide 
ilied young. Mariah Davis married Rev. Jacob Hill of South Caro- 
lina conference. They had eight children, five sons and three daugh- 
ters. John Wesley, the oldest son, married Margaret Kistler of Lin- 
eolnton and died October 12, 1860. The only son, Alexander G., died 
at five years of age. Jane Delilah Hill married Hart Davis ; no chil- 

JOHN DAVIS Mcdowell, 

Son o( John McDowell II; father of Jobn Hugh McDowell. 
Born In 1810; died 1889. 

THE McDowells and connections 63 

dren. Mary Elizabeth Hill was born February 6, 1852. She is a 
widow Dunn, with several children living near Bozzle Ferry. Mar- 
tha Lueinda was bom July 9th, 1854, and married James McCoI- 
ough. Ellen Luvenia, born July 3d, 1856, married Jack Bailes. Mar- 
garet Catherine, born July 8th, 1858, married Jerome McElwell of 
South Carolina. Mary Joanna, born June, 1860, married Bob Hoover. 
Bev. Jacob Hill died June 16th, 1865, aged 65 years. William As- 
bury married Sallie Lytle; they lived in Rock Hill, S. C Samuel 
Jackson married Janie Rembert of Sumter, S. C. ; raised quite a fam- 
ily. He was a member of the South Carolina conference. Henry 
Davis Hill died a member of the Georgia conference (in Savannah). 
Jacob died in Kingston Hospital of typhoid fever in 1863. The 
ciaughters were Jane Hill, who married Thomas Bozelle; they had 
three sons, Durant, Thomas and Jacob. Mary Hill married Lawson 
Kistler; three ehildren, Jane, Samuel and Mattie. Mattie Hill mar- 
ried Frank Wilkinson; they had one son and two daughters, Mey- 
nardie, Annie and Julia Davis. The son is married and has three 
children. Th^y live at Old Fort. Julia married Mr. Robert Sim- 
icons of Rutherford, N. C. 

Hettie Davis, daughter of James and Prudence, married Audrey 
Crockett, went west and had a large family. Only one son ever came 
to visit his people, James Davis Crockett, who came in 1865. 

Angelina Davis, daughter of James and Prudence Davis, married 
Abram Alexander, who went west and moved to Tuspen Valley, Mex., 
and died there. The children, when last located, were in Yuba City, 
Colorado. Jane Davis, daughter of James and Prudence Davis, mar- 
ried Thomas Webb. 


JOHN DAVIS McDowell, son of John McDowell II and his 
wife, Rebecca Davis, was bom near Steele Creek, Mecklenburg County, 
N. C, January 25, 1810, on the farm settled by his grandfather, John 
McDowell, Sr., of the Revolutionary War. He received a good Eng- 
lish education in the best schools the country then afforded. At the 
early age of sixteen he joined Steele Creek Presbyterian Church. This 
church was organized in 1760^ and his ]>arents and grandparents 
were prominent members of it until their deaths. At the age of 22 
he married Nancy Hunter Irwin, daughter of William Irwin and 
granddaughter of General (or officially Colonel) Robert Irwin. The 
wedding occurred May 10th, 1832, the bride being seventeen years, 
ten months and sixteen days old. On Oct. 25th following, he, wife, 
and five negroes, given them by their parents, started in wagons 
with spike (three-horse) teams, across the mountains of western 
North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee and Middle Tennessee, to Gil>- 
son County, West Tennessee. They were one month on the road, 
reaching their home in the wildwoods five miles south of Trenton, 
Tenn., Nov. 25, 1832. On the journey they often camped out at 


night — often many miles from any habitation, and in a wilderness 
where sign boards were unknown and roads were scarce, where 
wolves and panthers howled and screamed every night; but these 
rriontiersmen had become inured to wild and rugged lives, and 
met the difficulties of frontier life with that courage and unflinch- 
ing determination that characterized the Scoteh-Irish early settlers. 

John Davis McDowell pitched his tents m the woods where 
not an acre of land had been cleared. He hewed logs and erected 
log houses for himself and slaves. There were no sawmills in those 
days, and they ripped out with whip saw two-inch slaibs and made 
puncheon floors. They had then to clear up land on which to 
make the next year's crop. They would chop down trees all day 
and burn brush at night until 9 o'clock. He was a man of fine 
stature, six feet, two inches high, and weighed 180 pounds, of great 
constitution and energetic in whatever he undertook. Soon after 
settling in Gibson county he and his wife joined Shiloh Church, 
four miles northeast of Humboldt, Tenn., was soon elected a ruling 
elder, and held this office forty-six years. In 1852 he moved his 
membership to the Trenton Presbyterian Church, retaining his 
memliership there until 1873. Moving to Memphis he joined the 
Lauderdale Street Presbyterian Church, where he remained until 
his death, which occurred July 13, 1889, at the ripe age of seventy 
nine years, five months and nineteen days, and was buried in Blm- 
wood Cemetery, Memphis, Tenn. On his tombstoe is the McDowell 
coat of arms, taken from his grandfather's tombstone, Steel Cr ek 

John Davis McDowell was a man loved and respected by all 
who knew him. He had no ambition for office and never held any 
save that of Justice of the Peace and County Judge. He belonged 
to the Odd Fellows' fraternity, and was for fifty years a strong 
advocate of temperance and for the abolition of the saloon. His 
life was religion; he talked it and lived it. His uniform custom 
was to call his family around the hearthstone at nig'ht and Sunday 
morning for prayer, and when he died his spirit was wafted by 
angelic wings to the haven of eternal bliss in the realms of glory. 


NANCY HUNTER IRWIN, wife of John Davis McDowell, was 
liorn June 14, 1814, near Steele Creek, N. C, on the old homestead 
settb'^1 by her grandfather. Col. Rofbert Irwin. She was the only 
(laugnt^^r of William Irwin and Lydia Birdsong, and received a 
goo(' ♦•'lucation in the best schools of the country. She was a wo- 
man oP great constitution and energy, and it was said of her in 
the flays of family looms when every family wove cloth at home, 
that Npe could card and spin six cuts a day, besides attending to 
her lionsehold duties. At an early age she professed religion and 

THE McDowells and connections 65 

joined Steele Creek Church, N. C, and for sixty-seven years she 
was a consistent devoted member of the church. She died at the 
home of her son, John H. McDowell, near Union City, Tenn., on 
Sept. 23, 1899, at the good old age of eighty-five years, three 
months and six days. A few hours before her death she said : * * Tell 
my children who are absent I am perfectly happy and willing to 
die." She died in the joy and triumph of the Lord, with that peace 
of soul and calm repose that cometh only to the children of God. 

**There is no death, the sun goes down 
To rise upon another shore. 
Where throughout all eternity. 
She dwells with God f orevermore. " ^ 


wiN McDowell : 

1. William Wallace McDowell, horn June 26, 1833 ; died 
April 30, 1904. 

2. Cordelia Felicia Hemans McDowell, bom June 6, 1835 ; 

died May 24, 1913. 

3. Rebecca Jane McDowell, 'born March 21, 1837; died 

April 20, 1912. 

4. Jessie Irwin McDowell, born Oct. 30, 1839; died Mav 
26, 1860. 

5. Roxana McDowell, born Jan. 5, 1842; died June 25, 


6. John Hugh McDowell, born Dec. 12, 1843. 

7. Laura Ann MeDowell, born March 15, 18i46. 

8. Samuel I. McDowell, 'born Sept. 4, 1848; died June 7, 


9. Luther McDowell, iborn March 13, 1657 ; died in infancy. 
10. Vemer McDowell, born March 5, 1856; died Dec. 22, 

v'See *' John Davis McDowell, His Descendants and Connections) 


REBECCA ELIZA McDOWELL, daug<hter of John and Re- 
becca Davis McDowell, was born June 24, 1804, married Prank H. 
SSimiril, of Yorkville, S. C, Jan. 11, 1827. They were members of 
the Presbyterian Church, of which he was an efficient and active 
cider. Rebecca Eliza Simirill died Sept. 15, 1865. Of this marriage 
was born three daughters: 

1. RefceccaJane, born Jan. 4, 1828; died June 17, 1874. 

2. Mary Henrietta, born Dec. 7, 1880, and died Oct. 10, 
1857. Buried in Yorkville, S. C. 

3. Lenora Emaline, born March 16, 185 — ; died July 25, 


66 THE McDowells and oonnsctions 

Rebecca Jane Simiril was married to Dr. T. C. Neel (brother- 
in-law of her uncle, Robert W. McDowell) (see Neal line). Aug. 16^ 
1848. Issue: 

Lenora Simiril Nell, born May 9, 1855. 

Prank Simiril, bom Sept. 27, 1857. 

William Henry Neel, bom Dec. 17, 1859 ; died Nov. 6, 1863. 

Frank Simiril Neel, son of T. C. and Refbecca Jane Neel, was 
elected deacon of Sugar Creek Presbyterian Ohurc^h, when only 
twenty years old; after the death of his father in Fe"!)., 1897, was 
elected elder to fill his father's place, which position he still holds. 
The matter of eldership has certainly heen laid down for four or 
five generations in this county. 

Mary Henrietta Neel was iborn Jan. 13, 1862; died Feb. 1906. 

Robert McDowell Neel was born July 26, , and died May 

26, 1865. 

Cora Hannah Neel was born Nov. 17, 1865. 

Lenora S. Neel married Rev. Chalmers Moore, a Presbyterian 
miuister. He died in Cheraw, S. C, at the home of his mother. 
They had no children. 

Prank S. Neel married Eliza'beth Caldwell, daughter of Milton 
and Kate Moore Caldwell, of Sugar Creek. They had five children: 
Kate, Prank, Caldwell and Ernest and William Henry. 

Mary Henrietta Neel married Charles H. Caldwell, who sur- 
vives her with two daughters, Rebecca and Esther. 

Cora Hannah Neel married C. P. Murphy, of Union, S. C. He 
died suddenly the same day Chalmers Moore was buried, the oldest 
and youngest sisters were left widows in one day. Cora has a 
daughter, Louise, who is teaching in the graded school at Union 
S. C. 

Mary Henrietta Simiril married Rufus Weeks January, 1851. 
He died in 1857. No children. 

Lenora Emaline Simiril, youngest daughter of Rebecca Eliza 
and Frank H. Simiril, was p;xarried Mar(Jh 20, 1858, to Dr. J. Hen- 
derson, of Sugar Creek. They had six daughters and two sons: 

Margaret H. Henderson was bom July 7, 1859. 

Fannie Eliza Henderson was born Ang. 23. 1861. 

Pinkney Caldwell Henderson, was born Januarv. 1864. 

Daisy Henderson was born Jan. 20, 1867. 

Simirill MeDowell was born Jan. 13, 1869; married Pearl 
Oaker, of Fayetteville, N. C. 

May Henderson. 

Lucy Henderson. 

Josie Henderson was bom Novemlber, 1876. 

Dr. J. Henderson died in 1878. They lived eight miles north of 
Charlotte on the Statesville road. 


THE McDowells and connections 67 

Margaret H. Henderson married Dr. John B. Irwin, who was 
born Dec. 29, 1853 ; married Feb. 19, 1879. Is3ue : 
Herbert Irwin, born Dec. 6, 1879. 
Mary Irwin, born March 3, 1882; married Wm. Henry 

Belk. A prominent Colonial Dame. 
Henderson Irwin, born June 13, 1884. 
John Henderson, bom Sept. 15, 1887. 
Batte Irwin, born Sept. 15, 1887. 
Julia Irwin, born Feb. 18, 1890. 
McKnitt Irwin, bom July 11, 1893; died 1897. 
John R. Irwin is the only son of Batte Irwin and the great 
grandson of Qen. Robert and Mary A. Irwin. 

Dr. John Irwin is one of Charlotte's noted physicians, and i9 
an active member of the Second Presbyterian Church, 

Pinkney C. Henderson was married to Miss Julia Dowd, June 
15, 1897. Issue: David, born Jan. 3, 1899; died Feb. 1, 1902. Lenora 
Simiril Henderson, born Sept. 15, 1901. P. C. Henderson, born 
Sept. 25, 1903. 

Daisy Henderson was married May 8, 1888, to Dr. Wilson, of 
Catawba County. Issue: Eva Re^becca, born Aug. 25, 1890, and 
Helen Lenora, bom Nov. 24, 1892. 

Lenora Simiril Henderson's other children, are at the old home. 
Simiril McDowell is a fine physician. 


Jane Parks MxsDowell, daughter of John McDowell, II, and his 
wife, Rebecca Davis, married Jonathan Reid, Jan. 3, 1882. She 
was bom July 12, 1802, and died Aug. 7, 1848. Jonathan Reid was 
bom Sept. 9, 1800; died May 9, 1860. Issue: 

John Mc. Reid, born Nov. 25, 1824; died Dec. 18, 1841. 
William W. Reid, bora Nov. 17, 1826 ; died Dec. 18, 1841. 
Samuel Watson Reid, bom Dec. 12, 1831; died Dec. 24, 
John and William were drowned in McAlpin Creek, Dec. 18, 
1841. John was attending school in Providence, under the care of 
Rev. Cyrus Johnston. A vacation for Christmas was given and 
William had gone horseback for John. The creek was swollen and 
both drowned. 


1. Jonathan, bom at Steele Creek, April 8, 1855 ; married 
Lizzie Clark, at Pineville, N. C, Nov. 15, 1876. 

2. James Pressly, born at Steele Creek, April 22, 1857, mar- 
ried Lula Kirkpatrick, Sharon, N. C, Dec. 24, 1889. Issue: Ellen 
Moore, bom at Sharon, N. C, Sept. 17, 1891 ; Walter Kirkpatrick, 
born Nov. 20, 1893 ; Louisa, bom May 15, 1898. 

Steele Creek, N. C. 

THE McDowells and connections 69 

3. William Lowry Reid, bom May 27, 1859, unmarried. 

4. Laura Jane, bom Sept. 21, 1861 ; died Nov. 6, 1863. 

5. Mary Ellen, born Oct. 13, 1863 ; died Nov. 18, 1893 ; married 
Rev. John W. Moore. She went to Japan as a missionary, and re- 
turned in 1893, broken down in health, and soon died. She was a 
most lovely character, greatly esteemed hy all w^ho knew her. 

6. Robert McDowell Reid, bom Aug. 20, 1865, married Lelia 
Sheppard, at Oastonia, N. C, April 28, 1897. Issue : Francis Allen, 
bom Sept. 3, 1898; Robert McDowell, born June 2, 1901; Martin 
Shuford, bom Oct. 3, 1906. 

7. Samuel Watson, bom Sept. 9, 1867. Unmarried. 


Major Samuel Watson Reid, third son of Joanthan and Jane 
^IcDowell Reid, was bom December 12, 1831, in Mecklenburg Coun- 
ty, North Carolina, a few miles south of the city of Charlotte. 

His primary education was obtained in the common schools of 
his neighborhood. At the age of fourteen he was sent to a high 
school in Yorkville, S. C, taught by a Mr. Jacobs. 

In 18(49 he entered Erskine College, Due West, S. C, and was 
graduated from that institution in the summer of 1853. 

On February 22, 1854, he was married to Jane Patterson Press- 
ly, daughter of the Rev. James P. Pressly, D.D., professor of Greek 
in Erskine College. She died in 1872, the mother of nine children, 
as follows: 

Jon*athan, James, Pressly, William, Lowry, Laura Jane, Mary 
Ellen, Robert McDowell and Samuel Watson. 

Laura Jane died at the age of two years, and two other children 
died in infancy. All the others lived to the age of maturity and be- 
came useful and respected citizens, some of them attaining eminence 
in their callings; one of them as an educator, a daughter was a 
missionary of the Pres^byterian 'Church to Japan, one a popular phy- 
sician, one a minister of the A. R. P. Church, now a pastor in Louis- 
ville, Ky., and two successful farmers. 

Major Reid's second marriage on July 29, 1873, was to Anna 
Eleanor Pressly, daughter of Dr. William Adams Pressly, of Meck- 
lenburg, who survives him. 

After completing his education Major Reid chose the pursuit 
of agriculture and settled on a good farm about ten miles sou<h of 
Charlotte, where he spent the greater portion of his, life. 

He was a man of more than ordinary ability and much public 
spirit. His neighbors recognized his worth and frequently called 
him to serve them in a public capacity. For a time he served as a 
member of the Board of County Commisioners. He was made a 
member of the County Board of 'Education in 1872. He was elected 
by the people of Mecklenburg to represent them in the lower House 


MissloDftry to China. 

Dauj^hter of Major S. Wauon B«id 


of the Legislature, where he served two terms. Perhaps the most 
distinguished service he rendered his fellow-men was in the enact- 
ment of the **No Fence" law. We are not informed whether the 
original conception of this beneficient measure was his own or not. 
At any rate it was his to formulate and introduce and have the 
bill pass the Legislature and become a law. Beginning with a few 
lownshops in Mecklenburg County as an experiment, it has con- 
tinued to spread until the whole Southern country is enjoying its 
blessings in the saving of hundreds of thousands of dollars and in 
the exemption of the people from untold labor and inconvenience. 
If Major Reid had left nothing else to remind us of his mission here, 
the '*no fence*' law will always remain a monument to his memory 
in the hearts of a grateful people. 

His last publie service was as a member of the Building Com- 
mittee of Mecklenburg's ibeautiful courthouse, where on a tablet 
at the entrance his name is chiseled, together with other members 
of the committee. 

Major Reid was equally useful and honored in the work of the 
church. For more than forty years he was an elder in Little Steele 
Oeek A. B. Presbyterian Church. For many years he was a mem- 
ber of the Board of Trustees of Erskrne College. He was made 
agent and canvassed the church for an additional endowment of the 
College with gratifying results. He was also a member of the 
Board of Foreign Missions. He took a deep interest in the Ameri- 
can Bible Society, and was president of the Mecklenburg County 
branch of this society for thirfy years. In January, 1895, he re- 
moved from his country home to the city of Charlotte, where he con- 
tinued to live until his death, which occurred on Christmas Eve, 
Dec. 24, 1902. 


W^ILLIAM ANDEEW McDOWELL, son of John McDoM^ell, II, 
and his wife, Rebecca Davis, was bom in Mecklenburg County, N. 
C, Aug. 7, 1816, joined the Presbyterian Church at Steele Creek in 
early life, was educated at Chapel Hill and Washington University, 
Va. It was his desire to devote his life to the service of God as a 
minister, but his health failed to such an extent that he had to aban- 
don school and follow agricultural pursuits. He was affable in man 
ners, kind-hearted and a pious devoted Christian. On April 21, 
1841, he was married to Mary Martha Price, of Mecklenburg Coun- 
ty, N. C, daughter of Isaac Price and Nancy Barnett Price, who 
lived on Catawba River, near Steele Creek, N. C. Referring to his 
marriage he wrote to his brother that **he had found a wife who 
would do him good and not evil all the days of his life." He moved 
to Tennessee and located near Fishersville, Shelby County, Tenn., 
in the fall of 1841, where he lived until 1852, when he sold the 


farm and bought land one mile southwest of Hickory Withe, Fa- 
yette County, Tenn. He devoted the remainder of his life to his 
farming interests. He was* ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church 
at Hiekory Withe about 25 years. He died Feb. 19, 1868. 

Mary Martha Price McDowell, his wife, was born Jan. 22, 1822, 
in Mecklenburg County, N. C, join-ed the Steele Creek Presbyte- 
rian Church in early life, was educated at Salem, N. C. She was 
modest, quiet, and spent her life in consecrated service to her 
master and devotion to her family. She died 0<5t. 19, 1872. 


1. Nancy Rebecca McDowell, bom April 14, 1842; died 
Sept. 7, 1843. 

2. Euphemia Price McDowell, bom June 16, 1844 ; married 

James Stitt Matthews, Nov. 20, 1866. James Stitt Mat- 
thews was the son of James Royce Matthews and James 
H. Stitt. He was born in Mecklenburg County, N. C, 
June 14, 1835, and died Feb. 21, 1917. Issue : 1. Lily 
Price Matthews, born March 25, 1868, near Macon, 
Tenn. 2. Mattie Jane Matthews, 'born July 31, 1870; 
died April 2, 1871. 3. James William Matthews, born 
April 31, 1874; married Marion Francis Borum, Oct. 
11, 1904. Issue: Leroy Borum Matthews, born Oct. 28, 
1910; James William Matthews, born March 31, 1916. 

3. John Davie McDowell/ born Feb. 25, 1846 ; died Juue 5, 

4. Laura Jane McDowell, born Jan. 17, 1848 ; died Nov. 23, 

1871. She was reared and educated at Hickory Withe, 

5. William Thomas McDowell, born March 10, 1850, was 

killed near Hickory Withe by a wagon running over 
his head July 31, 1856. 

6. Robert Wallace IMcDowell, born July 7, 1852. He died 

in Grosbeck, Texas, Sept. 28, 1887. Buried at Hickory 
Withe, Tenn. 

7. Price Watson JIcDowell, horn June 4, 1854; died Nov. 

14, 1859. 

8. Nettie Ada McDowell, born June % 1856 ; died May 28, 

9. James Karr and Lizzie IMcDowell (twins) born Oct. 21, 

1858, died of diphtheria at at the age of 11 months, 
were buried in the same casket as Price Watson Mc- 
Dowell, who died an hour before of same disease. Liz- 
zie K. ^FcDowell married Ambrose Goff Reid, April 2, 
1800, died in Jackson, Tenn., Jan. 3, 1913. (See sketch 
'^Thomas Reid.") 

THE McDowells and conndctions 73 

10. Louella McDowell, bom April 2. 1861; married Irving 
Sherrod Clement, Oct. 2, 1889 ; died at Mason, Tenn., 
May 25, 1891. Irving Sherrod Clement was a son 01 
Dr. and Martha Sherrod Clement, of Mason, Tenn« 
Louella McDowell Clement died at her home in Mason, 
Tenn., and was buried in Magnolia Cemetery. 

Thomas Reid was bom in Chatham County, N. C, Aug. 18, 
1802, moved to Tennessee in 1836, owned and operated a large 
plantation in Madison County. Was elected ruling elder in the 
Demark Pres^byteria Church in the year 1851, and remained in the 
same church to the time of his death, Oct. 14, 1895. His fatiher was 
David Reid, of North Carolina, and his father was Dr. Thomas Beid, 
of Scotland. Thomas Reid's mother (wife of David Reid) was Mary 
Ramsey, of Scotch-Irish descent. 

Thomas Reid married Mrs. Katherine Bathune G-reen, daughter 
of John McKay, of North Carolina, in 1847. Ambrose Goff Reid, 
son of Thomas and Katherine Reid, was born in Madison County, 
Tenn., June 25, 1849, was reared an plantation of his father, which 
he owed and operated. Joined the Denmark Presrbyterian Church 
at the age of 15, in the year 1877. Ambrose was elected ruling elder 
in the Denmark Church. He married Miss Lizzie MeDowell, daugh* 
ter of William Andrew and Mary Martha Price McDowell, at 
Hickory Withe, Payette County, Tenn., April 2, 1890. They lived 
at his old home near Denmark until March 10th, 1899, when they 
moved to Jackson, Tenn., where she died . 

James Stitt Matthews died Feb. — , 1917. 


SON OP JOHN McDowell, ii. 

Robert Wallace McDowell was bom February 23, 1821, on the 
plantation owned and cultivated by his father and grandfather, 
and all of his useful life was spent thereon. 

He died October 14th, 1889, in the house he spent his life in, 
and was buried in the churchyard of the justly famous Steele Creek 
Church. He married the second daughter of General William 
Henr>' Neel and Hannah Alexander Neel, Hanna Elvira, July 29th, 

To them were bom nine children, two sons and seven daugh- 
ters, five of whom, one son and four daughters, are now living. Mr. 
McDowell was descended from splendid ancestors on both his fathi 
er's and mother's side of the family, and his good, nobble wife was no 
less well bom. They came of the English and Scotch-Irish gentle- 
folks ; than whom the world has produced no better. 

It came to him by birth and training, therefore, that he was a 
man and a nobleman, in the truest uses of the word. He was as 

74 THE McDowells and connex:!tions 

''gentle as a woman and as brave as a lion." A man of the most 
exalted piety, full of the sense of righteousness, chaste In thought 
and speech, a loving father and ideal husband, universally loved 
and revered, and withal, modest to a degree. He was a man of few 
words, and yet full of wisdom, and his opinion was sought by all 
who knew him. He shunned publicity, abhorred ostentation, and 
yet in matters that counted and were of themselves right he was 
proud, as he was punctilious. When about twenty-four years oi 
age, he was elected deacon of Steele Creek Church, and later an 
elder, in which capacity he served faithfully and devotedly until his 
death. He was the same loyal, devoted citizen in war that he was 
in peace, and as a member of Company C, Tenth North Carolina Ar- 
tillery, he did valiant service for his State and country, and fulfilled 
well the arduous duties of a soldier, in dangerous campaigns and 
hardships. On a tombstone of one of Robert Wallace McDoweirs 
ancestors, it is simply told that he was an honest man. The sub- 
ject of this sketch earned the right also to this epitaph, and no grander 
can be expressed in the language, when sanctified in truth, 

ROBERT WALLACE McDOWELL, son of John McDowell II, 
and his wife, Rebecca Davis, was born Feb. 23, 1821, and died Oct. 
14, 1889. He married Hannah Elvira Neel, July 29th, 1848. (See 
Neel Connection.) 


1. Mary Davis McDowell, born Aug. 18, 1849. 

2. Hannah Young McDowell, born Nov. 27, 1851 ; died 

Oct. 9, 1852. 

3. Ella Jane McDowell, bom Feb. 6, 1854 ; died Aug. 7, 


4. William Neel McDowell, bom F^b..27, 1857: died Sept. 


5. John McDowell born Sept. 27, 1859. 

6. Dora Ashlvn McDowell, born April 3, 1862; died June 
29, 1910. 

7. Addie Estelle McDowell, bom Dec. 17, 1866 ; died May 

18, 1875. 

8. Eunice Rebecca McDowell, born May 31, 1869. 

9. Lois Neel McDowell, born Sept. 20, 1872. 

MARY DAVIS IVIcDOWELL married Charles Pinkney Elliott, 
Oct. n, 1869. Issue: 

1. Robert Neel Elliott, bom Jan. .8, 1871; married Ann 

2. Mary Elvira Elliott, born Jan. 23, 1^73. 

3. John McDowell Elliott, born June 2, 1875. 


4. William Pegram ElJiott, bom April 1, 1878; died Dec. 
23, 1879. 

5. Ella Lewis Elliott, bom April 11, 1880; married John 

E. Ewart, June 6, 1912. 

6. Clarence Morrow Elliott, bom Fel). 27, 1883. 

7. Eunice Pegram Elliott, born Mareh 21, 1888. 

JOHN McDowell, jr., and EMMA NEELY were married at 
Steele Creek, N. C, Nov. 16, 1881, who was bom Feb. 10, 1858, and 
died at Steele Creek Oct. 20, 1815. 


1. Claribel, born at Steel Creek, Aug. 14, 1882; married 

A. T. Allen, of Charlotte, N. C, June 19, 1909. Issue : 
A. T. Allen, Jr., born at Saulsbury, N. C, Sept. 13, 
1910. Elizabeth Allen, bom at Saulsbury, N. C, Sept. 
26, 1914. 

2. Anna Lois, bom at Steele Creek, N. C, July 7, 1884; 
married J. Prank Collins at Steele Creek, Nov. 26, 1908. 
Issue: Emily McDowell Collins, 'born at Spartanburg, 
S. C, Aug. 14, 1913. 

3. Elva, 'born at Steele Creek, N. C, Dec. 9, 1885. 

4. Robert E., bom, at Steele Creek, Oct. 7, 1887. 

5. Prank Neely, bom at Steele Creek, Oct. 26, 1889. 

6. John, born at Steele Creek, N. C, Dec. 30, 1891 ; mar- 

ried Nancy Wyatt, of Richmond, Va., February, 1916. 

7. Grace, born at Steele Creek, N. C, April 26, 1893. 

DORA ASHLYN McDOWELL married James Matthew Grier 
Dec. 15, 1886. Issue: 

1. Dora McDowell Grier, born Aug. 24, 1890. 

2. Laura Yates Grier, born Aug. 25, 1893 ; died March 8, 


EUNICE REBECCA McDOWELL married Sidney Johnson 
Lowe. Feb. 22, 1892. Issue : 

1. Dora Ashlyn Lowe, born Feb. 3, 1893. 

2. Sidney Johnson Lowe, born March 2, 1895. 

3. David Alexander Lowe, bom Oct. 8, 1900. 

4. George Edwin Lowe, born March 2, 1905. 

LOIS NEEL McDOWELL married James Richmond Boulware, 
Dec. 9, 1917. Issue: 

1. James Richmond Boulware, Jr., born Dec. 6, 1898. 

2. Robert McDowell Boulware, Jr., born March 20, 1901. 

3. Mary Louise Boulware, bom Aug. 9, 1903. 

4. John Hamilton Boulware, bom April 9, 1906. 

MARGARET LUCY BERRY, daughter of John McDowell II, 

THE McDowells and c:)nnbction3 

Shreveport, IjS. 


and his wife, Rebecca Davis, married John Ashlin^ the son of Wil- 
liam Ashlin, and his wife, Dicy, June 25, 1889. (See following 


William Ashlin was bom March 5, 1766, and died Sept. 1, 1821, 
aged 55 years. 

His son, tfohn Ashlin, was bom Dec. 1, 1807, and married Mar- 
garet Lucy Berry McDowell, daughter of John McDowell and Re- 
becca Davis, June 25, 1839. She was bom Feb. 12, 1812, near Steele 
Creek, N. C, and married while on a visit to relatives "in Middle 
Tennessee. Her father gave her a tract of land near Fisherville, Pa- 
yette County, Tenn., where they lived until after her death, June 
25, 1851. She was buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, near 
Hickory Withe, Tenn. 


1. Dicy Rebecca (Dora), bom March 1, 1839, married Capt. 
Washington P. Fortson, July 2, 1865, and died May 1, 1875. Issue: 
Pettie BeU, bom June 30, 1867, died in 1871. Hortense McDowell 
Fortson, bom Feb. 12, 1869, died in 1871. Estelle Fortson, bom 
Oct. 16, 1871, died June 10, 1872. Pearl Ashlin For. son, born Jan. 
12, 1873, two years before the death of her mother. She received 
a first class education and is one of the leading educators of Shreve- 
port, La. Her mother, Dora Ashlin Fortson, was educated in the 
High Schools of Somerville and Macon, Tenn., had a cheerful, happy 
disposition and was much beloved by her associates. She was a 
very beautiful woman. After the death of his wife John Ashlin 
moved to Shreveport, La. Captain Fortson afterwards lived at 
Mansfield, La. 

2. JOHN McDowell ashlin, son of John Ashlin and Mar- 
garet McDowell, was bom Sept. 23, 1843, near Fisherville, Tenn. He 
was educated at Hickory Withe and Belmont. When the war broke 
out in 1861 he was 18 years of age, joined a company of Confed- 
erates that went from Dangerfield, Texas. He was said to be a 
brave and fearless fighter, and fell at the forefront of his company, 
mortally wounded at the -battle of Murfreesboro, Dec. 31, 1862. 

3. Cornelia J. Ashlin, daughter of Margaret McDowell and 
John Ashlin, was bom Feb. 12, 1841, and died Sept. 2, 1842. 

4. Mary Josephine Ashlin, youngest child of Margaret Mc-^ 
Dowell and John Ashlin, was bom November 5, 1846, and died Nov. 
25, 1849. She is buried with her sister, Cornelia, near the old home 
at Fisherville. 


ESTHER YOUNG McDOWELL, daughter of John McDowell 
II, and his wife, Rebecca Davis, bom Mardh 20, 1808 ; died Dec. 24, 

78 THE McDowells and oonnbwtions 

1859; married Reece Price (first husband) Sept. 6, 1831; married 
Thomas Hutchison (second husband) March 4, 1844. 


1. Rebecca E. Price, bom June 3, 1832. 

2. John McDowell Price, born Sept. 26, 1834, and died in 


3. Minnie Reeee Price, bom March 16, 1837. 


1. Jane McDowell, bom Aug. 1, 1845, and died 1849. 

REBECCA E. PRICE married John F. Harry, who was born at 
Hopewell, N. C, Aug. 29, 1829, died at Hopewell, Aug. 7, 1871. They 
were married at Steel Creek June 3, 1832. He was a farmer and an 
elder in Hopewell Presbyterian Church. Issiue : 

1. Reece Price Harry, born Aug. 13, 1858. Is a merchant at 
Union, S. C. ; married May Duncan, Nov. 20, 1901. 

2. David Richard Harry, born Dee. 23, 1859; married Fannie 
Neely at Salisbury, N. C, Oct. 5. 1887. Issue: Elizabeth, bom at 
Charlotte, Aug. 28, 1888 ; Richard, bom Sept. 1890 ; Francis, Born 
Oct. 1892; Reece, born December, 1894. 

3. Samuel Walkup Harry, born Nov. 24, 1862; married An- 
nie Bennett, of Chester, S. C, April 5, 1893. Issue : Doris, bom Feb- 
ruary, 18SM:. 

4. Jo>hn McDowell Harry, born July 18, 1864, married Minnie 
Olive, at Apex, N. C. Lives in Charlotte, N. C. No children. 

5. Adrian Ernest Harry, bom Nov. 7, 1866, married Lalla 
McEissick at Union S. C. November, 1897. He is a merchant in 
Elberton, 6a. Issue: Sara McKissick, born August, 1898; Eliza- 
beth Price, bom October, 1899 ; Ernest, (Edward, John McDowell. 

6 MINNIE ESTHER HARRY, born Dec. 22, 1868; married 
Dr. Charles E. Walker, of Huntersville, N. C, Dec. 26, 1894. Issue : 
Rebecca Walker, born October, 1895; Minnie Olive, bom in 1898; 
Kate Jackson, born July, 1901. 

7. ARTHUR WALTER HARRY, born February 17, 1871; 
married Roberta Houston, at Hopewell, N. C, Nov. 9, 1904. Issue: 
Louise Harry. 

3. MINNIE PARMELIA REECE PRICE, daughter of Esther 
Young McDowell and Reece Price, was >bom in Rock House, in 
Steele Creek Township, N. C. She was well educated, having at- 
tended some of the female colleges. She married Col. Samuel H. 
Walkup, a lawyr, living in Monroe, N. C. He was a gallant officer, 
having command of a regiment in the Civil War. Colonel Walkup 
was a candidate for Congress from the Sixth Congressional Die- 

THE McDowells and connex^tions -« 

trict, and was elected, but was excluded, as he had taken a very 
active part in t?he war, and could not take the iron-clad oath of 
those elected to Congress. Colonel Walkup died in 1876. His wife 
only outlived him three years, dying in 1880. They had five chil- 
dren, all daughters. See sketch ''Esther Young McDowell, by Ijelia 
Walkup Davis..") 



(By Julia Walkup Davis.) 

Esther Young McDowell, daughter of John McDowell II, was 
born near Steele Creek Church, Mecklenburg County, N. C, March 
20, 1808, and married Reece Price, Sept. 6, 1831. He was born Nov. 
22, 1794, and died Nov. 23, 1836, aged 42 years. After his death 
on March 4, 1844, she married Thomas L. Hutchison. My mother, 
the daughter of Esther Young Price, after the death of her mother, 
Dec. 25, 1859, made her home with her uncle Robert Wallace Me- 
Dowell, and his noble wife, Hannah Elvira Neal, until her marriage, 
Oct. 4, 1860, to Col. Samuel H. Walkup. My mother often spoke in 
highest praise of Uncle Robert McDowell, as a genial, kind-^hearted 
Christian gentleman, and A\mt Elvira as a very cultured and su- 
perior lady. My grandfatSer, Reece Price, lived at the noted old 
Rock House, erected in 1770 by his father, in Steel Creek Township. 
There was nothing I liked better when a child than to sit by her 
side and listen to her sweet voice as she would tell me of her child- 
hood days in the old Roek House, during Grandmother Price's life- 
time, the place was more beautiful than ever. Her love for flowers 
caused the gardens and our surroundings to take on new beauty 
and everywhere there was lovely roses, great old fashioned pinks, 
graceful lilies and clinging vines. It was famous, too, not only 
as a beautiful place, 'but as one in which the owner entertained with 
true Southern 'hospitality, not only the friends and relatives that 
loved to visit there, but often the ** stranger within the gates.'' 
"She stretches out her hand to the poor, yea, she reacheth forth her 
hands to the needy." 

I met many during my pleasant visits to Steel Creek who had 
known and loved my grandmother. Some spoke of how good she 
was to them while in trouble, others of her being a mother to them 
when their own had been taken away. 

She must have been a rare Christian woman, for she was be- 
loved of two sets of step-children. 

Of my own sweet mother I will say, that she was a ** pearl 
among women." When a girl she seems to have won friends wher- 
ever she was. She was beautiful, of the brunette type, accomplished 
especially in music, possessing a cheerful and lovely disposition, that 

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THE McDowells and connections si 

is so attractive in others. She was a true and faithful friend, a de- 
voted wife, a loving and wise mother. Of her children's religious 
and moral training, she was always careful, always careful, too, in 
choosing her associates, quick to detect the false from the true. 
Truly **Her children rise up and eall her blessed.'' In domestic 
affairs she was an exemplary housewife; she was very fond of 
making dainty dishes, to please husband and children. What a 
cfharming and lovely home she made for us. How wisely, yet ten- 
derly she counseled us. When I asked her the night she left us, 
where I should go for advice after my mother was gone, she whis- 
pered, **Go to God." It was only about three years after father's 
death. She sweetly fell asleep in Jesus, April 22, 1880. She was 
only forty-three years of age, having been born in Steel Creek, 
Mecklenburg County, N. C, March 16, 1837. She gave us many 
proofs of her perfect submission to God's will and her desire to de- 
part and be with Christ. 

At first she found it hard to give up fatherless children, who 
she felt needed a mother's care and love, but she was finally en- 
abled to put us and everything in God's hands, His promise is not 
only to the faithful but to their children. He has indeed been faith- 
ful to the trust. In church work my mother had been verj' active. 
She and father were the leading spirits in building the Presbyterian 
Church in the town of Monroe, N. C., where they lived. Her place 
at churcfh services, prayer meeting and ladies' aid society was rarely 
ever vacant. She was president of the latter society, from the time 
of its organization until her death. In our home there was an '* up- 
per room," set apart which she called the '* prophet's chamber," 
and here was always a welcome for God's ministers. She was 
never happied than when engaged in some work for her Master. 
She was a great admirer of the beauties of nature and a dear lover 
of flowers. She spent much time beautifying her home, and it was, 
indeed, a lovely spot, surrounded with rare and beautiful shrubs 
and flowers, and when at her death friends literally covered her cas- 
ket with flowers is seemed very appropriate. They were typical 
of her lovely Christian life, for around her memor}* will ever cling 
the sweet fragrance of a character that 'blossomed into deeds of 
kindness and love. My mother's full maiden name was Margaret 
Parmelia Reece Price, but she was generally called *^ Minnie" as 
an abbreviation of Millie or Parmelia. 

My father and mother first met at Carolina College, where he 
made the usual address at one qf the commencements, while she 
was a student there. He was a rising young lawyer at that time 
an eloquent speaker, a fluent writer and one of the literati of the 
State. However, she was onlj- a school girl, and he some twenty 
years her senior, and it was several years after this that t^ eir ac- 
quaintance was renewed followed by a short courtship. They were 


married Oct. 4, 1860. After a tour of the Northern cities, Washing- 
ton, New York, Canada and Niagara, they were settled in Monroe 
County, N. C. He was practicing law. At the time of his marriage 
he was a militia general and a member of the State Senate. He had 
been a member of the North Carolina Legislature for one or two 
terms previous to this. At first before the South seceded from 
the Union he was opposed to secession, but when the Old North 
State came out, and all around were joining the Confederate army, 
like Gen. R. E. Lee, he felt it w^as his duty to take sides with his 
State. They were patriots fighting for their altars and their fire- 
sides. Mv father was Lieutenant Colonel of the 48th North Carolina 
Regiment, Cook's Brigade, until Jan. 19, 1864, when he became 
Colonel. He sometimes assumed command of the brigade in the 
absence of the Brigadier General, being left in command by him. 

Even his enemies said he was a man of undaunted courage and 
bravery, he had established a* reputation for great gallantry and 
fighting and **that he and his men were always in the thickest of 
the fight." 

I think his first battle was at City Point, Va. He was present 
at the opening of the seven days fighting in front of Richmond, on 
right of Williamsburg, June 25, ]862. He was in the second battle of 
Manassas. He and his regiment assisted in the capture of Harper's 
Perry, Sept. 14, 1862. He was in the great battle of Sharpsburg, 
Md., Sept. 12, 1862, also at Fredericksburg, Va., Dec. 13, 1862, 
where he received a hip wound, but remained on duty. Here the 
48th Regiment and Cook's Brigade were covered with glory. He 
was in the Battle of Seven Pines, Bristow Station, Chancellorsville, 
1863, the great battle of the Wilderness, where he and his regiment 
gallantly held the position they first took until night, while the 
right and left of the division was forced back to form a horseshoe 
curve. He was in all the great battles of Spottsylvania Court 
House, and all from North Ann River to seige of Petersburg and 
Richmond, and remained with General Lee's army until its surren- 
der at Appomattox C. II. He is still spoken of as the 'brave 
old Colonel of the 48th North Carolina Regiment. As a tribute of 
honor to his memory the Confederate Veterans of Union County, 
N. C, have organized themselves into a camp and call it **Camp 
Walkup." It was the election after the Civil War that he was 
elected Congressman from the Sixth Congressional District of North 
Carolina. He went to Washington with other Southern members, 
'but they were refused admission into Congress, who had just formu- 
lated their reconstruction policy. He wrote home to his wife from 
Washington that he would leave soon, as he could never take the 
** iron-clad oath that was required,'* that he would never hold an 
office that required the adoption of a policy incompatible with his 
manhood and self-respect. So he refused a seat in Cangress at such 

THE McDowells and connections 83 

a pri«e. He was the soul of honor, and held honor and truth above 
fame. He was a graduate of the University of North Carolina in 
the year 1843, and the following year 1844, graduated in the law at 
the same school. He wrote an article of great historical value, prov- 
ing that Andrew Jackson was born in Waxham, N. C, and greatly 
assisted James Parton in his history of Jackson, by collecting dates, 
facts and incidents relative to his birth and childhood, for which 
he was presented with a copy of the book, hy the author. 

He was at one time president of the board of trustees of David- 
son College. He sometimes indulged in poetical effusions, though 
only when his heart was touched. In his home he was kind, affec- 
tionate and gentle for **the bravest are the tenderest." In religion 
he was like his wife, Presbyterian by choice, as well as by birth j 
both were descendants of Scotch-Irish forefathers. He was the ruling 
elder in the Monroe Church and one of its most liberal supporters, 
after advancing for more than his share of the minister's salary and 
other collections for Church and Sunday school. There was nothing 
stingy or small about his character, but was liberal and generous to 
a fault. He was very liberal and broad in his religious views. As 
a Christian he was honorable, sincere and true. During the first 
years of the church he organized a school and was superintendent 
from that time until his death, which occurred Oct. 26, 1876. 

My father. Col. Samuel Huey Walkup, was born in Union 
County, N. C, Jan. 22, 1818, and died Oct. 26, 1876, aged 58 years, 
9 months and 4 days. His death was a Christian triumph. He em- 
braced wife and children tenderly, as if he was going for a long 
journey, and bade them and their friends standing at his bedside 
to meet him in heaven. He died **Like one who wraps the drapery 
of his couch around him and lies down to pleasant dreams." 

The funeral services were conducted by the Presbyterian pas- 
tor in the Methodist Church, that was the largest church in town. 
The largest procession that had probably ever been in Monroe, at- 
tended his remains to their last resting place, where he was buried 
with Masonic honors. All business ceased, all business houses wer j 
closed and deep and genuine sorrow was depicted on the countci- 
aces of all. The Monroe papers announcing his death put on mourn- 
ing. Quoting from this announcement. Col. Walkup had held many 
places of honor and trust. He made one of the bravest soldiers and 
a 'brilliant officer. In all his relations he was the very soul of honor, 
the very embodiment of courage and principle. In him the county 
has lost one of the purest and most valuable landmarks. The State 
and country one of the purest, bravest and most patriotic sons and 
the church one of her most ardent supporters and most worthy mem- 
bers. Pew, if any nobler specimens of virtue, honesty and truth ever 
lived, and well may our community and country mourn with saddest 
hearts the greAt loss they have sustained. Gen. D. H Hill, editor of 

84 THE McDowells and connections 

** Southern Home/' and one of his best friends, said: **He was one 
of the purest and noblest men in the State, and Marshal Ney was 
not more fearless." 

He was at the time of his death clerk of the Suprior Court of 
Union County. When my father died I said, in the first sorrow of 
my young life, that I could never be happy again. I had always 
been sueh a constant companion in his walks and drives, and he had 
always shown such a special care and pride in training my character 
and directing my studies. I had lost not only a dear father, but a 
pleasant companion and friend and guide. He had given his chil- 
dren every comfort ad luxury in life that his love could suggest. He 
never denied us any pleasure if he could help it. 

Lelia Eugenia Walkup was bom July 21, 1861. Since you 
asked about my education, I will say, I attended Monroe High 
School for several years, where I was carefully trained and prepared 
for college. During my last year at this school, I was awarded a 
beautiful gold medal for the 'best paper in a competitive examina- 
tion in Latin. I was especially proud of this, because I had beaten 
the boys in this class, some of whom were much older than myself. 
You know boys always think they can beat the girls. I also de- 
livered the valedictory at the same commencement, 1878. The fol- 
lowing autumn I attended Peace Institute, entering the senior class. 
In the closing examinations I received the highest mark in the class 
of astronomy and French. 

I could have easily graduated the next session, 'but duty de- 
tained me at the bedside of my darling mother, who was fast fading 
away and who died the following spring. After this sad event, we 
left our dear old home, for the light of that home 'had gone out 
and how could we bear to live there without her. I remember how 
sad, how desolate I felt, as I took one last backward glance as my 
uncle's carriage bore me away. My father's brother^ Col. William 
Walkup, took us to live with him, except my sister Minnie, whom 
mother had given to her sister, Aunt Rebecca. My uncle, who had 
never had any children of his own, but had raised several orphan 
children, took us to his heart and home as if we were his own. He 
was an excellent Christian gentleman of the old school, Presbyter- 
ian type. 

I was married Aug. 25, 1891, to J. Davis, of Montgomery, Texas. 
My husband was related to me on my father's side. I do not know 
whether he was related to my great grandmother (whose maiden 
name was Rebecca Davis) or not. He is a son of the late Judge N. 
H. Davis, who came to this town from Alabama in 1840, and prac- 
ticed law here for fifty-three years and up to his death, in 1893. He 
had been in the heroic period of the Texas history, the friend of 
Sam Houston, Jesse Grimes and other great spirits of the times. He 
was judge of the Seventh Judicial District, for several years. My 


hui^band's mother was a niece of my father. His grandfather had 
several brothers who settled in North Carolina, and of whom they 
had lost sight. Therefore my mother's great grandfather, Wnlter 
Davis, may have been a relative of my husband's father. John 
Felix Davis (my husband) was bom June 30, 1857, was educated 
here in Montgomery, in the public and private schools, and at 13 
years of age was sent to Mississippi (near Memphis, Tenn.) to his 
unele, Felix Davig, and sent to school there. A'bout this time he 
almost lost his life in a railroad accident of an excursion train. His 
father and mother were also on board and many lives were lost. He 
was taken back to Memphis to the Peabody Hotel, where after many, 
many weeks, with the hest attention and good nursing, he recovered. 
The Hon. Jefferson Davis and family were staying at the Peabody 
Hotel at that time. He and his wife were especially kind to the sick 
boy. Mrs. Davis helped nurse him back to life, and with all a 
mother's tenderness. My husband loves to recall her lovely (Chris- 
tian kindness to him during that trying and sad time. This acci- 
dent interfered very much with Judge Davis' plans for his son, as he 
had intended educating him as a lawyer, but as a piece of iron pene- 
trated his tongue, it caused partial paralysis of the tongue. This 
he outgrew in time, buf for many years it was thought that he 
would never make a fluent speaker. He is now a merchant in the 
town of Montgomery, Texas. We have three children, Margaret 
Elizabeth Davis, the eldest, was bom July 12, 18P3 ; Nat Hart Davis, 
was bom March 15, 1895 ; Samuel Walkup Davis, vvas 'bom Jan. 1, 

My mother's and father's five children were all girls, and all 
are now living. Esther Alice Jane Walkup, was born Oct. 20, 1863, 
was married on Dec. 25, 1882, to Mr. Alex. W. Klutty, of Salisbury, 
N. C. They live in Chester, S. C, where he has been a prominent 
merchant for several years. They have four children living and 
one dead. 

Sam Walkup Klutty, the eldest, was bom 1884 ; William Klutty 
was hom Aug. 2, 1866, and died Aug. 14, 1887 ; Dewit Talmage Klut- 
ty was bom March 4, 1889 ; Lollie Klutty, bom Sept. 24, 1891 ; Lenor 
Alexander Klutty, bom Oct. 23, 1873. 

Minnie Rebecca Walkup was bom April 5, 1868. Her present 
address^ 620 a. Quincy St., Brooklyn, New York. She has been a 
teacher for a good many years, in which profession she was quite 
successful. She is a lovely Christian, and is going to devote her 
life to missions among the Jews in New York City. 

Mary Willis Walkup was born Oct. 20, 1869. She married Dec. 
8, 1897, to Mr. N. S. Matthews. They have one baby girl, born Aug. 
3, 1899. Their home is at Wardlaw, N. C. 

Dasie BHen Walkup was born May 24, 1870. She is very tal- 
ented, especially in art and music. She is teaching these branches 


JUDGE w. w. Mcdowell. 

Son of John Davts McDowell and Nancy Irwin. 


in Elkanan Institute, Marion, N. C. All my sisters and myself were 
carefully instructed in music. !My father played well on the flute 
and mother would accompany him on the piano. 

Music in the home is instructive, refining and ennobling. You 
asked me to tell anything, any incident, that was remarkable or worth 
relating in the lives of my grandparents. So I will relate a sad and 
unusually distressing thing that happened in my father's childhood, 
when he was only five years old. My grandfather Walkup had just 
finished a large two-story house and moved into it. His three eldest 
sons were ready to go off to school at some distance and their cousin, 

Joseph H , was also going, and had come to grandfather's 

house on the eve of their intended departure and the four boys occu- 
pied one room that night. It was Feb. 27, 1823. In the dead of 
night grandfather awoke and found that his house was on fire. He 
aroused his wife and went to rescue his daughters, who were sleep- 
ing upstairs, sending Robert, his little son of eight years, to awake 
the older boys. Whether the fire caught in their room was not 
known, but had made such headway that Robert could not get to his 
brothers nod get out again, and called out in distress, '^ Father! 
Father!" The father ran hastily toward him, towards his boys' 
room, fighting his way through smoke and flame. It was impossible 
to reach them, and he was forced back, finally jumping out of the 
upstairs window to save his own life. He made two attempts to res- 
cue his darling boys, but all four of them perished in the flames, to- 
gether with their cousin James. The eldest was only fifteen years 
and Robert, the youngest, only eight years of age. It was enough to 
make an angel weep. The agonized father fell upon his knees, cry- 
ing, like Job, '*The Lord gave and the Lord taketh away, blessed 
by the name of the Lord." He was most crazed and never fully 
recovered from the blow, but he was a man full of faith in God, and 
with childlike simplicity trusted in Him even unto death. The re- 
mains of these five boys were interred in one grave. 


WILLIAM WALLACE McDOWELL, son of John Davis and 
Nancy Irwin McDowell, was born June 26, 1833, near Trenton, 
Tenn., and died at Memphis, Tenn., April 30, 1904. He was edu- 
cated at Andrew College, Trenton, and other schools of Gibson 
County. After graduating at Andrew College he attended the 
Lebanon Law School, and while there joined the Cumberland Pres- 
bj^erian Churchy of which he was a consistent member until hia 

At the outbreak of the Civil War, May 10, 1861, he entered the 
Confederate Army, joining Company H, of the 12th Tennessee In- 
fantry Regiment, commanded by Col. W. B. Russell. He was in 
the beginning Elected first lieutenant of Capt. Ben H. Sandeford'g 

88 THE McDowells and connex^tions 

company. At Belmont, Mo., in a battle between General Polk and 
General Grant, he was shot down and carried from the battlefield 
supposed to be fatally wounded. He was sent home, and under the 
gentle nursing of a noble mother he recovered and returned to the 
army. After the Battle of Shiloh he was elected captain, and was 
always found at the forefront leading his men. At the close of 
the war he was in command of General Bell's escort, Forrest Cav- 
alry. After the war he resumed the practice of law, locating in 
Memphis, Tenn., in 1867, where he was county attorney for five 
years, Chancellor eight years. State Senator two years and was 
also appointed special Supreme Court judge. 

On March 23, 1867, he married (first) Anna Emma Jones, who 
was born in 1848, and died in 1883, a daughter of Rev. John Wesly 
Jones (see sketch **Cap,'ain James Jones") of Gibson County, Tenn., 
and a cousin of Judge Thomas Freeman and John T. Carthey, of 
Tennessee. Oct. 14, 1885, he married the seeond time, Lizzie Arran- 
del Freeman, daughter of Joseph Lenow, of Memphis, a captain in 
the Mexican War, and widow of Edward Thomas Freeman, a native 
of Virginia. She was born in Memphis, Tenn., May 26, 1853, now 
lives in California (1918) at Riverside. 


1. John Overton McDowell, bom July 12, 1872, lives in 
New York City. 

2. William Wallace McDowell, born July 10, 1875. 

3. Annie Lena McDowell, born Dec. 1877 ; died May, 1884. 

4. Eulalia (Emma McDowell, bom Nov. 14, 1868 ; married 
Morrison Ewing. Issue : Pauline Randall Ewing. Eu- 
lalia Emma died in Atlanta, Ga. 


1. Edith Brooks McDowell, born April 22, 1888, and died 
Oct. 10, 1902. She was a girl of great beauty and per- 
sonal charms, and wise beyond her years, as was her 
sister, Anna Lena. 

2. Hugh Ncely McDowell, bom March 3, 1891. In the 
army with the allies. 

3. Frances Lenow McDowell, bom Sept. 24, 1893, mar- 
ried Francis Ferguson, July 17, 1915. 

3. Joseph Lenow McDowell, bom Jan. 5, 1887, and died 
Aug. 4, 1887. 

Lizzie Freeman also had one daughter by her first husband, 
whose name was Edna Arrandel Freeman. She mar- 
ried Dr. W. T. Arrington, Jr., of Memphis. 



By Judge W. M. McDowell. 

Captain James Jones, a Revolutionary soldier of Wake County, 
N. C, commanded a company of First Regiment of Light Horse 
Cavalry of North Carolina. He was also a member of the first 
Continental Congress of North Carolina, in 1776. His father was 
Shugon Jones, and his parents were Edward Jones and Abigal Shii- 
gon. Capt. James Jones married Charity Alston. Her father was 
Solomon Alston. Their son, Thomas Jones, Horn Jan. 2, 1771, in 
Wake County, N. C. He married Katie Shaw, daughter of John 
Shaw and Frances Melcelbray, on Nov. 19, 1795, and later moved to 
Gibson County, Tenn., and first settled five miles south of Trenton, 
in 1825. Children: 

Elizabeth Jones, bom in Wake County, N. C, Sept. 10th, 1796. 
She married Alexander Williams, he died and she married John 

John W. Jones, born Jan. 6, 1800, in North Carolina; married 
Betsy Perry ; she died and he married Miss Love. 

Rachel Jones, bom Oct. 17, 1801, in Wake County, North Caro- 
lina, married Joseph Carthel, whose son, Judge Carthel, lived at 
Trenton, Tenn., highly respected, and who some years ago was 
honored with a seat in the State Senate. 

Franky Jones, born Dec. 17, 1803, married William Harmon. 

Charity Jones, born Feb. 15, 1806 ; married H. S. Dickerson. 

Priscilla Jones, bom Feb. 20, 1808 ; married John H. Freeman, 
whose son Thos. J. Freeman, was for many years one of the Su- 
preme judges of Tennessee. 

Polly (Mary) Jones, bom Feb. 7, 1810; married John H. Crisup. 

Solomen Jones, bom Oct. 31, 1812 ; died young. 

Willis Jones, bom June 3, 1815 ; married Luan Tindall. His son, 
Thomas, a wealthy citizen of Columbia, Tenn., married a Mrs. Mary 
Alnutt, a sister of Hon. W. H. Gardner, of Union City, Tenn. 

Aily Jones, bom June 19th, 1817; married H. D. Nelson. 

Ruth Jones, born in Maury County, Tenn., Feb. 1, 1819; mar- 
ried William M. Irwin, June 26, 1837. He was bom at Steel Creek, 
N. C, Feb. 12, 1811. His father was William Irwin, son of General 
Robert Irwin, of Mecklenburg County, N. C. (See General Robert 

William Lucillus Irwin, born July 10, 1838. He enlisted in 
Captain White's company in April, 1861, the first that went out 
from Trenton, Tenn. He was a brave and efficient soldier and was 
killed at the 'battle of Missionary Ridge, Nov. 25, 1863, in his 26th 

Lenora Irwin, bom July 19, 1840, beautiful, kind-hearted and 
highly cultured, loved and admired by all who knew her. She mar- 


Tbe Author; Chlettalu of MoDowell Clan ot America, In 
his 60th year. 


'. ried James Northcross in 1868. Has a large family and live in Lus- 

i ton, Cal. 

Calista Irvin, bom in Somerville, Tenn., May 8, 1845, was well 

educated in the best schools, and married John P. Vann, Oct. 10, 

1871. After his death she married James V. Vann, in 1876, a 

brother of first husband. Children : 

^ Lenora Vann, born in Jackson, Tenn., Aug. 26, 1873 ; mar- 

^' ried A. D. Muse. 

Hellen Ruth Vann, bom Oct. 8, 1881. 
William Valentine Vann, bom July 4, 1884. 
James Randleson Vann, bom July 12, 1888. 
William M. Irwin, died at Hannibal, Mo., June 17, 1846, where 
^ he had gone to establish a mercantile business. His wife, Buth, died 

V near Jackson, Tenn., June 16, 1899. Aged 80 years. 


LAURA ANN McDOWBLL, daughter of John Davis McDowell 
and his wife, Nancy Hunter Irwin, was 'bom near Trenton, Tenn., 
Feb. 22, 1846j She received a good education and taught school 
some years. At the age of twenty-six she married Robert Andrew 
McNeilly, of Charlotte, N. C. He was bom February 1846, studied 
law and civil engineering at Washington and Lee College, Va. They 
were married Feb. 21, 1872, and moved to Cleburne, Texas, where 
they lived for ten years. His death occurred July 20, 1882, aged 36 
years and ten days. Mrs. McNeilly then returned to Tennessee 
and is living now in New York City. No issue. Like her parents and 
ancestors, she is an ardent Presbyterian, and lives a devoted Chris- 
tian life, loved and respected by all who know her, highly cultured 
without ostentation. 

SAMUEL IRWIN McDOWELL, son of John Davis McDowell 
and his wife, Nancy Hunter Irwin, born near Trenton, Tenn., Sept. 
4, 1848. educated at Andrew College. At the age of fourteen he 
joined Oeneral Bedford Forrest's Confederate cavalry, when the 
command made a raid into Tennessee to Union City and Paducah, 
Ky. On the army's return through Tennessee the commanders 
thought the lad was too young to withstand the hardships of war 
life, and left him at home. After the war he moved to Memphis 
and opened an abstract office A few years later he was chosen 
Chancery Clerk, which he held until his death, June 7, 1888. On 
Dec. 12, 1883, he married Miss Bessie McGowan, of Memphis, Tenn. 
No issue. 


JOHN HUGH McDOWELL (author and compiler of this vol- 
ume), son of John Davis McDowell and his wife, Nancy Irwin, was 
born at Trenton, Tenn., Dec. 12, 1843. He was educated at Andrew 


JOHN DAVIS Mcdowell. 


College. On May 10, 1861, at the age of seventeen years, he entered 
the Confederate army, serving through the war, and was paroled 
at Oainsville, Ala., May 11, 1865, under Gen. Bedford Forrest. After 
the war he settled on a farm near Humboldt. In 1877 he removed 
to a farm three miles west of Union City, Tenn., where he lived for 
forty years. In 1883 he was elected a member of the Tennessee Leg- 
islature. In 1885 he was elected State Senator to represent Lake, 
Dyer and Obion Counties, and re-elected to the Senate in 1887. In 
1905 he was again elected a member of the Tennessee Legislature. 
He married Mary Emma Sandeford, daughter of Nathan Davis and 
Frances Maria Sandeford, at Humboldt, Tenn., Nov. 2, 1865. (See 
A vent Line.) He was three times elected Major General of the 
Tennessee Division United Confederate Veterans, and is now Briga- 
dier General, Tennessee Division, Forrest Cavalry. 


1. William Wallace McDowell, bom in Gibson County, 
Tenn. (See sketch ** Lieutenant Governor McDowell of 

2. John Davis McDowell, bom in Gibson County, Tenn., 

Sept 24, 1869; married Bettie P. Pulliam at Somer- 
ville, Tenn, April 23, 1895. Issue: 

1. Elizabeth Gray, bom Jan. 27, 1896; married Robert 
Goodwyn Heard, May 7, 1917. 

2. John Hunter, born Jan. 18, 1900. 

3. Nathan Davis McDowell, bom Aug, 11, 1872, in Gibson 
County, Tenn. In 1904 he married Mabel Southworth 
Wetmore, of Rochester, N. Y., daughter of Lansing 

JOHN DAVIS McDowell, Bon of John Hugh McDow- 
ell, Treasurer of the McDoweU Clan of America, was born 
Sept. 24th, 1869, at Trenton, Tennessee. He was only six- 
teen years old, when he was offeretd a position In the 
Chancery Court Clerk's office at Memphis, Tenn., which 
he accepted. Not having finished his education in the 
high schools, he attended the night schools in Memphis. 

Later he accepted a position with the Union and Plant- 
ers' Bank, where he remained for twenty-two years, nold- 
ing the position of cashier for several years. In 1914 he 
resigned to accept the position of cashier of the Mercan- 
tile National Bank. After being with that bank for three 
years he returned to the Union & Planters' Bank -& Trust 
Company as Vice-President, which position he now holde. 

He joined the church at the age of 17 years, and has 
been a faithful worker in the Sunday schools and church, 
occupying now the position of Ruling Elder and Sunday 
School Superintendent of the Buntyn Presbyterian Church, 
Buntyn, Tenn. He has been Treasurer of Memphis Mer- 
chants' ESzchange, Chamher of Commerce and Memphis 
Association of Credit Men. 

■NATHAN DAVIS McDOWELL, Bon of John H. McDow- 
ell, born in Trenton, Tennessee, Aug. 11, 1872. RecelTed 
the degree oF Bachelor o[ Science at the University of 
NaahTllle in 189*; studied medicine in Vanderbilt Unlver- 
slt7 and Bellevue Hospital Medical College, receiving the 
degree of Doctor of Medicine from the latter college in 
1S9T; spent one rear as interne in St. Luke's Hospital, 
New Bedford. Mass., and two years in the New York Eire 
and E^r Infirmary, alter which he located in Rochester. 
N. Y., taking up the specialty of treating the eye. ear, noee 
and throat. He Is one of the attending physicians at the 
Rocheater Qeneral Hospital, In 1904 he married Miss 
Mabel Southworth Wetmore ot Rochester. N. Y,, and has 
one daughter. Amoret, and three sons, William Wallace, 
Nathan Heath and Lansing Wetmore. 


HORACE Mcdowell. 

HORACE McDowell, aon of JohD Hugh McDowell, 
waa born Dear Medrord. Ark. At the age of els montliB 
be, with his parents, moved to a farm near Union City, 
Tenn., <□ IS77. At the age of fourteen he accepted a po- 
alUon In the Capitol City Bant in 1890 at Nashville, Tenn. 
In 1S93 he accepted a position with the Nelson Morris firm 
ot packers. L^ter he was transferred to St. Louis. Mo., 
and when the Spanish-American war broke out he enlisted 
March 1st. 189S, In Battery A of St. l^uis. Mo. He was 
mustered oat Nov. 1, 189S. On his return from the war 
he again entered the Ne.son Morris Packing Co, a service 
and was later employed by Swift & Co., pork packers, 
where he la hiEhly appreciated. He married Stella Scherer 
April 15. 1902, at St. Louis. Mo. Issue: 

Scherer, born In New York City. 

Stella, born In New York City. 

Fredericka, bom In New York City. 

THE McDowells axd connbctions 

THE McDowells and connections 97 

Gilbert Wetmore, and his wife, Amoret Southworth 
Handy. He is a well-known oeculist. Issue : 1. Amoret 
Wetmore McDowell, born at Rochester, N. Y., June 29, 
1905. 2. William Wallace McDowell, born at Roches- 
ter, N. Y., Sept 2, 1906. 
Horace McDowell, born near Medford, Ark., Aug. 6, 1876, 
married Stella Sherrer at St. Louis, Mo., April 15, 1902. 
Issue : Horace Sherrer McDowell, bom Dec. 30, 1902. 
They reside in Chicago. 

5. Hugh McDowell, born near Union City, Tenn. 

6. Fannie Emma Avent McDowell, born near Union City, 


7. Eloise Bedell McDowell, bom at Bon Aqua Springs, 


Lieutenant Governor William Wallace McDowell, son of John 
Hugh and his wife, Emma Sandeford McDowell, was born in Ten- 
nessee, Jan. 22, 1867, and passed his boyhood upon his father's 
farm. After finishing college he entered the banking business in, 
Nashville, where he remained four years. For three years after he 
was with Armour & Company, the big packers, in Chicago, where 
he was promoted from one responsible position to another. 

He came to Montana twenty years ago, and has been engaged 
in mining and ranching ever since. His ranch on Rock Creek, 'be- 
tween Granite and Missoula counties, has been occupying much of 
his attention in recent years. 

Lieutenant Governor McDowell was elected to the Montana 
Legislature of 1909. He was selected Speaker of the House, al- 
though it was his first term as a member of the Legislative Assembly. 
Again in 1911, he was re-elected to the Legislature, being the only 
member of the 1909 House of Representatives who was returned 
from Silver Bow County. At that session of the Legislature he was 
again elected Speaker of the House, being the only man in Mon- 
tana who has ever been twice elected Speaker. 

In 1912 he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Montana, and 
presided over the* sessions of the Senate in 1913 and again in 1915. 
He was re-elected Lieutenant Governor in 1916. In legislative bodies 
much depends upon the parliamentary ability of the presiding of- 
ficer. Lieutenant Governor McDowell 's enemies, if he has any, will 
not deny he is one of the best presiding officers and parliamentar- 
ians in the State. His record speaks for itself. He has frequently 
act^d as Governor, during the absence from the State of Governor 
Stewart, and his friends say he has demonstrated, that if circum- 
stances should place him for a longer period in the Chief Executive 

98 THE McDowells and connections 

office, the affairs of the State would be in safe, conservative and 
intelligent hands. 

While Lieutenant Governor McDowell calls himself a farmer, he 
is a director in the Miners' Saving Bank of Butte, a fairly large 
owner of real estate, and president of several mining companies. 

THE McDowells and cx>nn®ctions 99 


ZENAS ALEXANDER, bom Dee. 25, 1771 ; died May 26, 1826. 
On January 24, 1797, he married Margaret McLeary, daughter of 
General McLeary (brother of Robert McLeary, who married Abigail 
MeDowell, daughter of Mary McDowell) a hero of the Revolution. 
Margaret McLeary was torn Feb. 25, 1772, and died in 1846. 

HANNAH GRIER ALEXANDER, born Oct. 23, 1802; died 
Nov. 21, 1880, married Nov. 25, 1819, WILLIAM HENRY NEEL, 
who was bom Nov. 21, 1799, and died Dec. 29, 1889. 

HANNAH ELVIRA NEEL, bom Dec. 24, 1830 ; died Dec. 28, 
1895 ; married ROBERT WALLACE McDOWELL, son of John Mc- 
Dowell II, and his wife, Rebecca Davis, July 27, 1848. (See Rob- 
ert Wallace McDowell.) 


General Neal was bom near Catawba River, Mecklenburg 
County, in 1799, an-d died in 1889, at the ripe old age of 90 years. 
He commanded the State militia 'before the Civil War. At the age 
of 20 he married Hannah G. Alexander, Nov. 25, 1819. Children: 

Samuel Wallace Neal, who moved to Indian Territory, and died 
there; Dr. Thomas C. Neal, who married Rebecca Jane Simirill, 
granddaughter of John McDowell and Rebecca Davis; Susan E. 
Neal, who married Rev. Walter McPharr, she lives in Charlotte; 
Mary A. Neal, who married Capt. M. H. Peoples; Hannah Elvira 
Neal, who married Robt. W. McDowell, son of Jcyhn McDowell II ; 
W. B. Neal, deceased ; Louisa A. Neal, who married Rev. J. B. Watt ; 
Preston A. Neal, who lives at Rock Hill, South Carolina. 

After the death of his first wife General Neal married Martha 
D. Williamson, but had no children of this marriage. He was a man 
of highest integrity, honored and respected by his neighbors and 
acquaintances. He erected a good home on his farm near his birth- 
place, where he lived and died. He was the pioneer of the state in 
the manufacture of cotton goods before the Civil War, and a suc- 
cessful manufacturer of flour during and after the war. He was 
a Christian whose life was emblematical of the reality of the Chris- 
tian religion which he professed. His nobility of manhood, daily 
walk and conversation marked him as a man of God whose influ- 
ence was most wholesome. His first wife, Hannah Q. Alexander, 
was bom in 1796 and died in 1880 — aged 84 years. 

100 THE McDowells and connections 


(By Mary Parks Mcintosh.) 

HUGH PARKS, SR., emigrated to Pennsylvania before the Re- 
volutionary War. He was born Oct. 9, 1716, and died Nov. 1780. 
He married Margaret Young, who was bom Jan. 15, 1716. He 
moved to Rowan County, N. C., in 1733. 


1. Ann Parks, born Jan. 16, 1744. 

2. Jean, 'born March 5, 1746, married John McDowell, Sr. 

3. John, bom February, 1751. 

4. Hugh, bom March 5, 17—. 

1. ANN PARKS, daughter of Hugh Parks, Sr., and Margaret 
Young, married Captain vJame^ B^id, who was killed at the battle 
of Hanging Rock, S. C. Issue: 1. James. 2. Anna. James' daughter, 
Anna, married Robert Wilson and moved to Payette County, Tenn. 
Had eight -children, four sons and four daughters. Phoebe mar- 
ried Puthey Steels, Mary married William Brown, from York Dis- 
trict, S. C. Josiah Wilson was a minister in the C. P. Church, James 
a physician. Most of the family moved to Arkansas after their 
parents' death. 

3. JOHN PARKS, remained at the old home in Rowan County, 
N. C, married Jean Kerr, daughter of David K^err. She died in 
1834. Issue: 1. Hugh, born Jan 10, 1792, died 1891, age 99; mar- 
ried a widow, Mrs. McKenney. They had two sons and three daugh- 
ters. John, killed in the Civil War; David, bom Peb. 22, 1837; 
Jane, Margaret and Bettie. David married a Miss Winecoff, two 
sons are living, John and Homer. They are living on the old Parks 
homestead. Jane Parks married George McKnight. No issue. Mar- 
garet married Horace Grier, left one son and two daughters. Belle, 
who married E. V. Purr, living in Charlotte; Bettie Jane married 
Charles Prairer, has four girls. Bettie married Albert Bell, two 
sons, Hugh Parks Bell and Dr. E. H. Bell. 

4. HUGH PARKS, son of Hugh Parks, Sr., and his wife. Mar- 
garet Young, married Mary Davis, daughter of Walter and Re- 
becca Lycan Davis and sister of Rebecca Davis, who married John 
McDowell, II. Hugh Parks was a captain in the Revolutionary 
War. His sword is today in the possession of his great grandson, 
Currie Watson, of New York City. Be was an elder in the Steele 

THE McDowells and connections loi 

Creek Church, where he lived, and died in 1830. Issue of Hugh 
Parks II and Mary Davis : 

1. Lycan Parks, was a Presbyterian minister in Charles- 
ton S. C, married Oeneral Haynes' widow. They had 
two children, Lycan and Eliza. Lycan died young, left 
a widow and two children in South Carolina; Eliza 
married McWhirter and moved to Texas. 

2. Ann Parks. 

3. Margaret. 

4. Permelia. 

5. John. 

6. William. 

7. Andrew. 

8. Eliza. 

2. Ann Parks, daughter of Hugh Parks and Mary Davis, mar- 
ried James Kirkpatrick. They moved to Decatur, 6a., where they 
lived and raised a large family of children, eleven. Jane Kirkpat- 
rick marriad a Morgan, left one daughter, Mrs. Maggis Ramspeck ; 
William Kirkpatrick was for some time a merchant in Atlanta, Oa. ; 
Wallace was judge in Decatur, Ga. Had eight children, John Lycan 
Kirkpatrick, D.D., was a man of high attainments and greatly 
honored in his profession as a minister in the Presbyterian Church, 
editor of the ''Southern Presbyterian" in Charleston, S. C, and 
professor in Davidson College and Washington and Lee University, 
until his death. He married Mary Turner. His son, James Alex- 
ander Kirkpatrick, was a well-known citizen of Montgomery, Ala. 
He was a lawyer of acknowledged ability and prominent in social 
circles. He married Miss Holtzclaw, daughter of General James 
Holtzclaw. Three children were bom to them: Mary Kirkpatrick, 
and John Kirkpatrick. (See sketch ^'Alabamamian Wins Honor.") 

Thomas Kirkpatrick married and lived on a farm near Mar- 
ietta, Ga. Had several children. 

3. Margaret Parks, daughter of Hugh Parks, Jr., and his wife, 
Mary Davis, married William Watson. (See Elizabeth McDowell 
and Samuel Watson.) Had eight children : 

1. Samuel Watson, served in the Confederate army, would not 
submit to the surrender, moved his family to Campenas, Brazil, died 
in a few years, leaving a widow and several children, who returned 
to their home. 

2. Hugh Parks Watson, was a distinguished lawyer, judge 
and general. Was on Scott's staff in the Mexican War, also did 
service in the Conf-ederate Army, lived and died in Montgomery, 

3. Mary Watson, married Wilson, lived and died in Yc^k D's- 
trict, S. C. Had three sons — Presbyterian ministers. 


4. Elizabeth Ann Watson, married John Hall, moved to Mon- 
ti<jello, Ark., in 1860. Had four sons and four daughters. John G., 
graduated in the Theological'Seminary in Columbia S. C, married 
Virginia Wilson, Staunton, Va. They went to Pernambucco, Brazil, 
as missionaries, war breaking out there in a few years, they were 
brought back and sent to Brownsville and Matmorris, Mexico, where 
they labored about twenty years. Were sent to Credenas, Cuba, 
in 1899. 

5. Andrew .W. ^atson was a Presbyterian minister, married 
Miss Martha Campbell, went as missionaries to the Indian Territory, 
health failing, they returned, and he preached at Selma, Ala., then 
Atoka, Tenn. In 1678 his health failed so mueh he went to Florida. 
The yellow fever being in Memphis, his family moved to him in 
Huntersville, N. C. He remained in that State until he died. 

6. John Lvcan Watson, married and remained in Yorkville, 
S. C. 

7. William Marion Watson, married . 

8. Margaret Henrietta Watson, married an Alexander, then 
moved to northwestern part of Georgia, not far from Chattanooga, 
was living there in 1876. 

4. Permelia Parks, daughter of Hugh Parks, Jr., and Mary 
Davis, married McGinnis, lived and died in Powder Springs, Ga. 
Issue: 1. Mary Jane, married a Johnson and died young. 2. Eliza, 
married Capt. Lindsley. 

5. John McDowell Parks, son of Hugh Parks and Mary Davis, 
was born Nov. 23, 1799, moved to Tennessee when about twenty 
years of age. Located some land pensions his father drew as cap- 
tain in the Revolutionary War in Fayette County, West Tennessee, 
nine miles northeast of Somerville, Tenn. This deed is for 640 
acres, date Aug. 24, 1826. In July, 1828, he married Hiley Tucker, 
daughter of William Tucker and Susie Hampton, a relative of Gen- 
eral Wade Hampton. They moved from North Carolina and set- 
tled on Stewart's Creek, Rutherford County, Tenn., at an early day. 
His grandchildren still own the place. 

John M. Parks was a very public spirited man, took a deep in- 
terest in everything that worked to the betterment of the public. 
Served as a Justice of the Peace six years at the urgent request of his 
neighbors in the good old times when the ** office sought the man, 
and not the man the office." Though he lived on a farm he had 
great talent for and was well versed in law, and acted as guardian 
and administrator of estates and executor of wills for many years 
of his life. Was ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church for thirty 
years. He was a man of great integrity of character, investigated 
su'bjects thoroughly and then stood firmly for w'hat he ibelieved to 
be right. 


Hiley Tucker Parks, his wife, was a faithful helpmate, sym- 
pathetic, benevolent. She possessed great energy and kindness of 
r heart, and accomplished so much good among those less fortunate 
that sh<e was often styled a ** ministering angel/' 

John McDowell Parks and his wife improved the farm in Pa- 
yette County until they had a comfortable, beautiful home, where 
they spent thirty years of their lives. They then removed to Shiloh, 
Gibson County, Tenn., where they both died, he on Feb. 2, 1862, 
^ aged 57 years. They had four children : 

1. Mary Caroline Parks, born July 9, 1829, married Daniel F. 
Mcintosh, of pure Scotch descent, was raised in Moore County, 
N. C, but moved to Haywood County, Tenn., then to Humboldt, 

^ Tenn. Here he died, Dec. 30, 1869. She had three step-sons, who 
are now living in BeeBee, Ark. In 1890 Mary Caroline Mciitosh 
I went to Nashville, Tenn., to live with her sister Susan. 

2. Susan Emeline Parks, was bom June 12, 1831, married 
Hiram K. Northway, who was raised near Syracuse, N. Y., and 
came to Rutherford County, Tenn., when quite a young man. He 
served as ruling elder in the Presbyterian church for many years. 
They lived in Rutherford County until 1862, then moved to Shiloh, 
Gibson County, to be with her sister in the home where their par- 
ents died. After living in San Antonio, Texas, for nearly twenty 
years, they came to Nashville in 1890. They had seven children: 

, Mary Ruth, died Feb. 28, 1896, aged 41 years; John Parks North- 

way, died in Jackson County, Ark., aged 18 months; William 
Ralp died when three years old in Smyrna, Tenn., April, 1861; 
Hugh Parks Northway, married Mamie Lee Morrison, in San An- 
tonio, Texas; lives near Smyrna, Tenn; has four children, Hiley 
Anna Northway married Halsey W. Chenoweth, in San Atonio, 

* Texas, now living in Nashville, Tenn. Has five children ; Thomas H. 

»• Northway, married Eva Seay in San Antonio, Texas. Has three 
children, Carrie Tucker Northway^ lives with her parents in Nash- 
ville, Tenn., since died. 

3. William Hugh Parks, 'born 27th of March, 1837. Enlisted 
in the Confederate service in the fall of 1861. Was wounded and 
captured by the Federals on Kennesaw Mountain, Ga., June 19th, 
1864, died in their field hospital the next day. His friends did not 
know what became of him for five years, then heard through a Fed- 
eral officer that **he was shot through the bowels by a minnie ball 
and died praying for his friends and country, and requested that he 
would let his sisters know, if possible, what became of him, but his 
mind wandered so much he (the Federal officer) did not learn their 
postoffice address Was buried near a creek and mill about three 

^ miles from Marietta, Ga." 

Capt. Blakeslee, of Sunbury, 111., was the Federal officer, and 
he published a memorial of his death in the **Blue and the Gray," 


a magazine published in Philadelphia, in January, 1894. It was 
re-published in the '^Confederate Veteran," September, 1897. He 
also wrote a beautiful poem dedicated to his sisters, which was pub- 
lished in the Humboldt papers in the spring of 1897. William Hugh 
Parks was 27 years old, was a mo»t dutiful son, affectionate brother 
and exemplary Christian boy and man. 

6. William Parks, son of Hugh Parks, Jr., and Mary Davis, 
married Eliza Haynes, daughter of General Haynes, lived and died 
near Steele Creek, N. C. Had five children : 1. Mary, died soon 
after her parents. 2. Lycan, died in 1865, from the effects of hard 
service in the army, leaving a widow and two children. 3. William, 
lived in Troy, Ala., was a judge of the circuit eourt. Had seven 
sons and one daughter. Two of his sons were lawyers, and one a 
judge. 4. Isaac Haynes, died in 1897. leaving five children. 5. 
Fannie, married Capt. McKensie, died in 1865, leaving one daugh- 
ter (now Mrs. Dr. Johnson, of Navasota, Texas.) All of the sons 
served in the Confederate War with Fannie 's husband, Capt. Mc- 

7. Andrew Davis Parks, son of Hugh Parks, Jr., and Mary 
Davis, married Elizabeth D. Price, Dec. 23, 1823. He was born 
May 23, 1800, and died Oct. 16. 1838. They had one daughter, Mary 
Elizabeth, bom Aug. 22, 1828. 

Mary Eliza*beth Parks married Thos. B. Price, April 30, 1846. 
They lived with her mother on the old Parks place about four 
miles from Charlotte, N. C. (near big Sugar Creek). Issue: 

1. Andrew Parks Price, bom Jan. 16, 1848, married Bet- 
tie Wolfe, December, 1869. She died about 1872. No 

issue living. He died July 30, 1883. 

2. Margaret Annette Price, born Oct. 10, 1850, never mar- 
ried, lived with her brother, John Knox Price, at the 

old Parks place, until his death. 

3. Josephine. 

4. 'Elizabeth Jane, born 1854. 

5. Thomas Kirkpatrick, born Sept. 16, 1861; died Dec. 6, 

6. John Knox, bom Sept. 16, 1864, married Sarah Estelle 

Summerville, Oct. 19, 1893. Issue: 1. Adrain Parks, 
bom July 17, 1894. 2. Sarah Annette, Jan. 25, 1897. 
3. Elizabeth, April 3, 1899. 4. Jchn Graham, born 
April 1, 1901, died June 21, 1902. 5. William Knox, 
born Fe-b. 11, 1904. 

8. Eliza Parks, daughter of Hugh Parks, Jr., and Mary Davis 
married a McLarty, lived and died in Cherokee County, Miss. Had 
several sons and one daughter. The daughter married a Latham, 
who served in the Confederate war and was killed at Franklin. 
James Polk McLarty was also killed at Franklin. John Parks Mc- 

THE McDowells and connections io6 

Larty married and lived at Serapta, Miss. Harvey married Ellen 
Bonham in Waeo, Texas, and died there. 

From a Montgomery, Ala., newspaper : 


James Holtz^law Eirkpatriek, who was awarded the Alabama 
scholarship to Oxford University, provided for in the will of the 
late Cecil Rhodes, was born in Opelika. He is the oldest son of Mr. 
and Mrs. John A. Kirkpatrick, of Montgomery, and is a grandson 
of the late Gren. James P. Holtzclaw, of this city. 

He moved to Montgomery with his parents in childhood, and 
received his early education in Miss Woodruff's school. In 1897 
he entered Starke's University School, and was one of the ten honor 
pupils of that school throughout his three years' course of study 
there. In the fall of 1900 he entered. th-e sophomore class of the 
University of Alabama, and graduated before his nineteenth year, 
at that institution, taking an A.B. degree. He was appointed fellow 
and instructor in Greek and Latin at the University, and was grad- 
uated with the degree of Master of Science. 

He stood the examination for th<e Rhodes scholarship, having 
five competitors from various State institutions, and won. 

He is well known in Montgomery, and has a large circle of 

Under the rules of the scholarship he will take up his residence 
at Oxford about Oct. 1. The scholarship is worth $1,500 a year for 
three years. 


(By Richard Irwin, of Pennsylvania.) 

The parents of RICHARD IRWIN, the emigrant ancestor, re- 
sided in the County of Armagh, province of Ulster, Ireland, and 
were of the people first called Ulster Scots, and latterly Scotch-Irish, 
descendants of those Protestant Scotch colonists whom the English 
government planted in the north of Ireland, in the province of 
Ulster, in the time of James I. ** These colonists," we are informed 
by Mcintosh, in his history of Scotland, **were Presbyterians, mostly 
of the John Knox tjrpe, and were very numerous. Being religious, 
economical and industrious, they prospered in their adopted home, 
•becoming the leading people, and ever loyal to the government that 
gave them better lands than those they left behind them." 

The Irwin family of Chester County, Pa., subsequently of North- 
umberland and Union counties, then of Cherry tree, Venango County, 
is of Scotch-Irish extraction. The family traces its ancestry to 
David Irwin, of the County of Armagh, Ireland, who married Mar- 
garet Berry, in 1725, and reared a family of eleven children, eight 

THE McDowells and coxnectio.nj 



sons and three daughters. Of the sons, six emigrated to America 
and settled in several of the States, principally Pennsylvania, New 
York, Virginia and Ohio. Their descendants are now very numer- 
ous in the United States. 

It is from Richard, who was born in the year 1740, in Armagh 
County, Ireland, and who married Ann Steele, who was the daugh- 
ter of Samuel Steele, (Esq., and Ann (Puthey) Steele, in November, 
1764, at New London, Chester County, Pa., and that the family 
whose record is here given, is descended. 

As every attainable item connected with the life of Richard 
Irwin, the American ancestor, is of interest to his descendants, I 
give all the extracts and records I can find relating to him as im- 
migrant and pioneer, and have been greatly aided «by references 
to him in the ** Annals of the Buffalo Valley," written by the Hon. 
John Blair Linn, the accomplished historian of Central Pennsylva- 
nia, who exhibits great research in pioneer history. Although the 
accouilts of a single person and his family in a work of its magni- 
tude must of necessity be fragmentary, yet all contained therein 
cannot fail to be of interest. 

When Richard Irwin was 36 years old he went himself to White 
Deer township, Union County, then Northumberland, which was 
then considered the frontier, to find a new home, leaving his wife 
and family in Chester County. At that time the frontiers were in 
a very disturbed condition, owing to Indian troubles, the settlers 
driving back the Indians and occupying the lands, making the fron- 
tier to recede westward each year before advancing civilization. I 
quote from the records of Chester County and from'the Annals, 
copied by S. D. Irwin, from records of Chester County, Pa., as- 
sessment duplicates. 

1762. Richard Irwin, Freeman, Tax, 9 shillings. 

1763. Richard Irwin, Freeman, Poll tax. 

Not found on tax list in New London township after that date. 

Annals, page 113. '^ March 13, 1776, at a town meeting Rich- 
ard Irwin was appointed first lieutenant of the committee of safety 
in Capt. Wm. Murray's Company.'' 

Page 149: ''Assessment list of inhabitants of White Deer, 
Northumberland County, for the year 1778, appears the name of 
Richard Irwin, 1 log cabin." 

He afterwards purchased the Basher place, at White Deer, in 
1777, several years before he removed his family from Chester 
County. This was the year of the ** Great Runaway," so known 
among the early settlers. As the account of this purchase is in- 
teresting and shows the state of the border at that time, I quote 
from the Annals in full: 

Page 156: "At this time occurred the death of John Michael 
Basher. It was the time of the Great Runaway, and as Basher's 

THE McDowells and connections 

CheiWr Count;, Penn. 


name is dropped from the assessment of 1778, his death must have 
occurred in the first week of July, 1778. Basher eame to the Valley 
in 1774, and in June of that year purchased the * Jacob Rees' tract, 
near New Columbia, of Hawkins Boone. In April 1777, he sold it 
again to Richard Irwin, and moved down on the place of Peter 
Swartz. Weyland and another person took up Basher's goods, 
and then pushed out into the river. Basher went to the stable, got 
a horse, and attempted to drive some cattle down along the shore. 
When he got to the bluff that eomes down to the river, at the pres- 
ent lime kiln of Hon. G. P. Miller, just by a red oak, that was still 
standing a few years since, he was fired upon ^by some Indians in 
anvbush, and killed. Weyland and his comrade who were lying 
down in the boat, rose to fire, and Weyland was struck on the lip 
with a spent hall, the mark of whieh he carried to his grave. He 
said Basher was buried on the river bank. 

The next place Richard Irwin is mentioned in the Annals is 
on page 258 : *' Officers elected in White Deer in 1789 : Supervisors, 
John Lacky and Samuel Dale; Overseer, Richard Irwin." 

Annals, p. 306: '* Assessment of White Deer townshop, 1796. 
Irwin, Richard.- Log house and barn. Occupation, weaver and 
farmer." This assessment also gives the names of his sons, who 
afterward settled in Cherrytree, as follows: ** Irwin, Samuel, weav- 
er; Irwin, John, surveyor." 

Mr. Linn, in his Annals, publishes in two or three places ex- 
tracts from the diary of a* certain Flavel Roan, who was an ec- 
centric and jolly bachelor of bibulous habits, if we can trust his 
journal, as well as *being something of a poet. He writes in a dash- 
ing off hand way, and appeared to be on sociable terms with all the 
prominent early settlers of the Buffalo Valley. In his journal he 
speaks of visiting Richard Irwin and Samuel Dale (who afterward 
went to Lancaster County), and of calling on the same day to see 
Dr. Joseph Priestly, the celebrated Unitarian preacher and philoso- 
pher, the discoverer of oxygen, who lived in the neighborhood. His 
(Roan's) sketches are amusing, and instructive, too, as they furnish 
an insight to the times. The writer well remembers hearing his 
grandfather tell funny stories of the sayings and exploits of Flavel 
Roan. I quote two extracts from the Annals from said diary, inas- 
much as they relate to Richard Irwin. 

Annals, page 361 : ** 1807, July 29. Militia meeting. Field of- 
ficers present. Election for company officers at Richard Irwin ^s 
White Deer. Edw. Morton and I attended and clerked. We had 
plenty to talk and some whiskey." 

Annals, page 381 : **1809; July 1. Called at Grier's and R. Ir- 
win's. Sent a snuff box to Mrs. Robt. Lyons. Had business at 
Dr. Priestly 's. Not a quart of whiskey in all the haying. Met Col. 
S. Dale on his way to the Assembly. Party at Rev. John Hood's." 

THE McDowells and connhctions 


This ends all that is said in the Annals concerning Richard Ir- 
win. It is evident that he was living in July, 1809, and the writer 
understands by tradition that he lived until 1812. Prom what has 
been said he was an industrious man, led an exemplary life, and 
raised a large and useful family. 

We subjoin a brief sketch of the Steele family, of Chester Coun- 
ty, Pa., which we extract from the history of that county by Hon. 
J. Smith Futhey : 

*'Ann Steele, who married Richard Irwin, was descended from 
Ninnian Steele, who came from the north of Ireland and settled in 
New London township and died there in 1745, leaving six children, 
among whom was Samuel Steele, Esq., who lived at Thupder Hill, 
New London townshop, and died in May, 1760, leaving eleven chil- 
dren, among whom was Ann, who married Richard Irwin, and Ruth, 
who married Robert Futhey, whose daughter Ann married Samuel 
Dale, in 1769, and removed to Buffalo Valley, near the present site 
of Lewisburg, Pa. The descendants of Ninnian Steele, the emigrant, 
are very numerous and scattered over the country. The Steeles and 
Futhevs are of Scotch-Irish descent and of Presbyterian faith gen- 

Short sketches of the children of Richard Irwin and Ann Steele 
will follow, in place. As presenting a general summary, I adopt 
the record of his grandfather's family, keptiby Hon. Richard Irwin, 
of Franklin, which follows, to which is added other data omitted 
'by him or occurring since his death. 

NOTE — The small figure affixed to a name in the list here- 
inafter given, shows the generation to which it belongs, numbering 
downward from the immigrant Richard. 

The Roman numerals designate the branch of the family to 
which the . individual belongs. For example: la. Richard Irwin, 
designates him the son of 1 Samuel Irwin 2, and the grandson of 
Richard Irwin 1. The prefixed letter a, shows him to be the first 
child of Samuel 2, b Fanny being the second, c Samuel Miller, the 
third, and so on. 

Richard Irwin, born County Armagh, North Ireland, in the 
year 1740 ; came to New London township, Chester County, Pa., and 
was married to Ann Steele in Novem*ber, 1764. 

Ann Steele, bom May 18, 1744, of parents Samuel Steele, Esq., 
and Ann Futhey, in New London township, Chester County, Pa. 
Their children as follows : 

1. Samuel Irwin 2, born Aug. 17, 1765, at New London, 
Chester County, Pa. ; married Jane Miller of Northamp- 
ton County, Pa., March 9, 1797, at White Deer town- 
ship, Northumberland County, Pa. Jane Miller Irwin 


died Nov. 4, 1865, at Cherrytree, i^i the 88th year of 
her age. 

2. David Irwin, 'born Dee. 15, 1766, at New London, Pa. ; 
died March, 1767. 

3. John Irwin, born Jan. 24, 1768, New Loudon, Pa.; died 
Dec. 28, 1838, at Cherrytree, Pa. Never married. 

4. James Irwin, born Feb. 13, 1770, West Fallowfield town- 

ship, Chester County, Pa.; died Sept. 27, 1827, at 
Cherrytree, Pa. 

5. Margaret, born May 18, 1772 ; died July, 1779. 

6. Ninian, born May 24, 1774, West Fellowfield township ; 
died Aug. 10, 1826, at Cherrytree. 

7. Eliabeth born May 7, 1777, West Fallowfield township ; 
died June 16, 1858, in Delaware township, Mercier 
county. Pa. 

8. Robert, born Aug. 5, 1782, New London township, Ches- 

ter county, Pa. ; died Nov. 7, 1858, in Harrison county. 

9. Richard, born Oct. 13, 1785, in West Fallowfield, Ches- 
ter county. Pa.; died Sept. 25, 1857, in Cherrytree, 
Venango county, Pa. 

10. Joseph, bom May 20, 1788, in White Deer township, 
Northumberland county. Pa. ; died Oct. 9, 1827, in Mead 
township, Crawford county. Pa. 

I. Samuel Irwin II, married Jane Miller, of Mt. Bethel, Pa. 
Their children: 

a. Richard Irwin, born May 6, 1798; married March 5, 

1834; died Nov. 18, 1882. 

b. Fanny, iborn May 3, 1800; married William P. McGhee, ^ 
Oct. 20, 1829 ; died July 14, 1887. i 

e. Samuel Miller; married Eliza Hamilton; born June 25, 
1804 ; married July 9, 1835 ; died July 2, 1869. 

d. Ann, bom Aug. 6, 1806 ; married Charles Chase Oct. 13, 


e. John, born Oct. 12, 1808; married March 20, 1834; re- 

married November, 1844, Emily Newton, born 1816. 

f. William, born Jan. 9, 1811 ; married Eliza Stewart Jan. 

5, 1837; died Oct. 16, 1863. 

g. Eliza, born Feb. 1, 1815; married Asahel Lovell Oct. 1, 
1835 ; died Sept. 1, 1851. 
(Note.— Asahel Lovell died Oct. 5, 1891.) 

h. Jane, born April 21, 1817; married Joshua T. Currie, 
of Warren county, Pa., Feb. 4, 1846. 

(Note — Mr. C, her husband, born in the Province of Quebec, in 
1815; died Aug. 18, 1879. No children.) 

THE McDowells and connections 113 

la. Richard Irwin III, born in White Deer township, Northum- 
herland county, Pa., May 6, 1798; married Hannah W. May, daugh* 
ter of Rev. Ilezekiah May, March 5, 1834; died Nov. 18, 1882. their 
eliildren : 

Samuel Dale IV, born March 12, 1835; married Mary 

Thomas March 13, 1871. No children. 
Frances Helen, born Jan. 23, 1837; married Christopher 

Heydrick June 20, 1860. 
H. May, born Sept. 25, 1838 ; married Mary Louise Leech, 

Sept. 11, 1879. 
Margaret Jane, born Oct. 21, 1840 ; married Willis B. Bene- 
dict, 1874; died April 14, 1877. 
Hannah G., horn Sept. 17, 1842 ; residence, Franklin, Pa. 
Richard Lovell, born Aug. 27, 1845; married Nancy Eaton; 
died March 13, 1878. 

Frances Helen 4, born Jan. 23, 1837 ; married Christopher Hey- 
drick, June 20, 1860. Their children : 

Carl Irwin, born June 3, 1863. Attorney, Franklin, Pa. 
Harriet, born Feb. 24, 1866. 

Richard I., bom Feb. 24, 1866 ; died Nov. 22, 1871. 
Fred. Paul, born Oct. 23, 1869. Bank teller, Franklin. 
Helen M., born May 30, 1876. 

H. May Irwin 4, born Sept. 25, 1838 ; married Mary Louise Leech, 
Sept. 11, 1879. Their children : 

Richard, bom June 7, 1880. 

Hiram L., born Feb. 11, 1882 ; Cadet at Annapolis. 

Arthur May, born Sept. 1, 1883. 

Francis Huntingdon, born Sept. 5, 1885. 

Katherine Gertrude, born Aug. 3, 1887. 

Mary Louise, bom Aug. 17, 1891. 

Margaret Jane 4, born Oct. 21, 1840 ; married Willis B. Benedict, 
June 18, 1874 ; died April 14, 1877. 

Their child, Selden Spencer, born June 23, 1875. Resides 
at Titusville, Pa. 

Richard L. 4, born Aug. 27, 1845; married Nancy Eaton; died 
March 13, 1878, at Olean, N. Y. Their children : 

Helen E., born March 30, 1871, at Pleasantvillo, Pa. Resi- 
dence, Jacksonville, Fla. 
Clara M., born Nov. 16, 1875, at Pleasantville. Residence, 

lb. Frances 3, born May 3, 1800, in White Deer township, Union 
county, Pa.; married William Parker McKee (born March 3, 1802) 

114 THE McDowells and connections 

Oct. 20, 1829; died at Farmington, Iowa, July 14, 1887, aged 87 
years, 2 months and 11 days. Their children : 

Samuel Irwin 4, born July 30, 1830; died July 1, 1882, at 

Bradford, Pa. 
John Irwin, born May 5, 1832 ; died Feb. 15, 1852, at Kittan- 

ning, Pa. 
Mary Jane, born April 7, 1834 ; died June 16, 1866. 
Juliet P., born in Venango county, June 30, 1836. 
Frances A., born in Venango county, Jan. 9, 1840. 

Samuel I. McKee 4, married Julia A. Forker, Harrisville, Pa., 
June 5, 1850. He was killed in a railroad accident July 1, 1883. His 
wife died March 6, 1887, at Bolivar, N. Y. They were both buried at 
Bradford, Pa. Their children: 

William James 5, born in Harrisville, Pa., Feb. 22, 1851; 
residence, Ningpo, China. 

John Irwin, bom in Brookville, Pa., Oct. 1, 1852 ; residence, 
Chicago, 111. 

M. Fannie, born in Clintonville, Pa., Sept. 6, 1854 ; residence, 
Rochester, N. Y. 

Samuel H., born in Farmington, la., March 1, 1857; resi- 
dence, Tacoma, Wash. 

Clarice Anna, born in Farmington, Sept. 7, 1859; married 
W. E. Smith; residence, Chicago. 

Julia Ella S., born in Farmington, March 28, 1862; mar- 
ried F. A. Robinson ; residence, Rochester, N. Y. 

Thomas Clinton, born in Croton, la., June 27, 1867; mar- 
ried Kate Fuhes, Jan. 5, 1886; residence, Wellsville, 
N. Y. 

A. Dwight, born in Clintonville, Sept. 8, 1869 ; married Min- 
nie K. Webster; residence, Rochester, N. Y. 

May F., born in Rouseville, Pa., April 4, 1873; residence, 

Rev. William James McKee 5, born Feb. 22, 1851 ; married Abbie 
P. Ketchum, of Marshall, Mich., Oct. 22, 1879, at Ningpo, China, 
where he is now a prominent missionary of the Presbyterian Board 
of Foreign Missions. Their children, all born in Ningpo: 

Irwin William, born April 19, 1881. 
Sidney B., born Oct. 23, 1882. 
Samuel Clark, born Nov. 5, 1884. 

John Irwin McKee 5, married Edith E. Folsom, of Millerstown, 
Pa., Nov. 19, 1876. His wife died in July, 1882. Their children : 

Elsie G. 

Frankie, who died in September, 1883. 


M. Fannie McKee 5, bom Sept. 6, 1854; residence, 35 Bartlett 
street, Rochester, N. Y. 

Samuel Harris McKee 5, 'born March 1, 1857 j married Martha 
Sylva, Sept. 5, 1879, at Butler, Pa. No children ; residence, Tacoma, 

Clarice Anna 5, bom Sept. 7, 1859; married W. E. Smith, Dec 
2, 1876; residence, Chicago, 111. Their children, four in number: 
Ella Frances 6, Julia, Andrew P. and Will E. 

Julia Ella S. 5, bom March 28, 1862; married F. A. Robinson, 
Aug. 6, 1882 ; residence, Rochester, N. Y. They have two children : 
Arthur Best 6 and Vive McKee. 

Thomas Clinton 5, bom Croton, la., June 27, 1867 ; married Kate 
Puhes; residence, Wellsville, N. Y. No children. 

A. Dwight 5, born Clintonville, Sept. 8, 1869 ; married Minnie K. 
Webster, Jan. 22, 1891; residence, Rochester, N. Y. 

Mary Forker 5, born Rouseville, April 4, 1873; residence, Roch 
ester, N. Y. 

Mary Jane 4, married Jos. P. Gray, of Athens, Mo., June, 1858. 
She died June 16, 1866, on the plains, on her way to Pike's Peak, 
and was 'buried at Fort Laramie. Parents of three children : Joseph, 
Nellie and Samuel I. Parents and children all dead. 

Juliet Parker 4, married Paul S. Thome, of Athens, Mo., Feb. 
24, 1856; residence, Emporia, Kan. Their children, all born at 
Athens, Mo.: 

Clarence M. 5, born April 12, 1857 ; died May 4, 1865. 

Edwin T., bom Sept. 11, 1859. 

Fannie McKee, bom Oct. 1, 1862. 

Charles Irwin, born Sept. 26, 1865. 

William McKee, bom May 10, 1869. 

Fred Scott, born Dec. 8, 1872 ; died Aug. 24, 1874. 

Watt Armstrong, born Dec. 12, 1878. 
(Note — ^Paul S. Thome is a native of Missouri, and during the 
war was a prominent Union man. He was always full of energy. To 
his wife the compiler is much indebted for statistics, as well as to 
Frances A. (4) and M. Fannie McKee (5), of Rochester, N. Y.) 

Edwin T. 5, married A. Boory, June 19, 1890; residence, Dodge 
City, Kan.; merchant. 

Charles Irwin 5, married Flora Glancy, Dec. 25, 1890 ; residence, 

ii« THE McDowells and connections 

Dodge City, Kan.; railroad agent. One child, Paul Irwin 6, born 
Oct. 12, 1891. 

Frances Ann 4, married George King, a prominent citizen of 
Parmington, la., Feb. 19, 1857. Their children : 
Edgar Irv^'in 5, born Oct. 17, 1858. 
Carrie S., born Sept. 7, 1862. 
Mary Elsie Ora, born Feb. 15, 1866. 
Craig MoKee, bom Dec. 20, 1873 ; died Aug. 3, 1874. 
Frank Forker, born Dec. 29, 1878 ; died July 3, 1880. 

Carrie Susan 5, married Prof. S. B. Allison, superintendent pub- 
lic schools, Elmwood, 111., June 29, 1890. 

One child, Ruth 6, bom December, 1891. 

Ic. Samuel Miller Irwin 3, married Eliza T. Hamilton, July 9, 
1835. Their children : 

Emily Jane 4, born May 17, 1836; married Gleason Breed, 
March 28, 1865; died April 5, 1891, at Galesburg, 111. 
No children. 
Ann Elizabeth, born July 26, 1838, Cherrytree, Pa.; died 

at Chicago, July 18, 1887. 
Mary Reynolds, born May 14, 1840, at Cherrytree, Pa. ; resi- 
dence, Galesburg, 111. 
Lydia 0., bom Sept. 17, 1841, at Cherrytree; died April 3, 

Edward L., born July 6, 1843, at Cherrytree; died Feb. 9, 

Celia Frances, bom Nov. 2, 1844; residence, Galesburg, 111. 
Selinda Louisa, bom Aug. 8, 1846 ; died March 17. 
Dr. Harlan Miller, bom Aug. 1, 1848; married Delia M. 

Childs, May 28, 1891. 
Richard H., born March 19, 1850; died in infancy 
(Note — Dr. Irwin is a practicing physician in Chicago, residing 
at 341 Warren avenue. To him the writer is indebted for the rec- 
ord of his father's family. The doctor was educated at Knox College, 
Galesburg, and completed his medical course at Heidelberg, Ger- 
many. His son, Harlin Childs Irwin, was born May 25, 1892.) 


Id. Ann 3, married Charles Chase, Oct. 13, 1831 ; died at Plains- 1 

ville, 0., Aug. 13, 1884. Their children : 

Jane A. 4, born Dec. 1, 1834; married A. S. Dobbs, Marcli 
18, 1854 ; died May 30, 1891. Their children : 
Charles Chase 5, born May 21, 1859; residence, Plams- 

ville, Ohio. 
Frank C, born Dec. 11, 1865; residence, Painsville, O. | 

Ic. John 3, married March 20, 1834, to Ann Irwin, who died in 


] 842 ; on Nov. 21, 1844, married Emily M. Newton. Their children : 
Lucie A. 4, born Nov. 27, 1846; married Aug. 5, 1873, to 

Rev. Isaac E. Carey; residence, Chardon, Ohio. 
John Newton, born Aug. 22, 1847 ; married Aggie Mc^Iaster, 

Feb. 23, 1872 ; residence, Galesburg, 111. 
Sara I., born Oct. 2, 1849 ; married Aug. 4, 1881, to Rev. R. 

G. McNiece, Salt Lake City, Utah. 
Rev. Albert B., bom Oct. 2, 1851; married Dec. 27, 1877, to 

Loretta E. Hart; residence. Highland, Kan. 

Lucie A. 4, married Dr. I. E. Carey. Their children : 
Ann Newton 5, born March 5, 1875, at Waterloo, la. 
John Dwight and Ben Irwin, twins, born Sept. 20, 1877, at 

Huntsburg, Ohio. 
Alice Emily, born Oct. 23, 1881, at Huntsburg, Ohio. 

John N. 4, of Galesburg, 111., married Aggie McMasters, of Pitts- 
field, Pa. Their children: 

Walter McMaster 5, born Nov. 9, 1872. 
Herbert Elwood, born April 19, 1875. 
Lynn N., born June 9, 1877. 
John Paul, bom Nov. 22, 1879. 
Keith Gordon, bom March 13, 1885. 
Florence Louisa, born March 11, 1890. 

Surah Irwin 4, married Rev. R. G. McNiece, Aug. 11, 1891. 
Their children: 

Irwin 5, bom June 17, 1882, at Salt Lake City, Utah. 
Rendwick Sloane, born June 28, 1886, at Salt Lake City. 
Theodora, born Feb. 7, 1888; died Dec. 15, 1888. . 

Rev. Albert B. 4, Highland University, Highland, Kan. : mar- 
ried Loretta E. Hart, Dec. 27, 1877. Their children : 

John Hart, born Aug. 7, 1880; died May 12, 1889. 
Helen, bom Aug. 29, 1882 ; died March 3. 1888. 
Fannie T., bom Sept. 7, 1884. 
Ralph Alexis, born July 27, 1888. 

If. William 3, married Eliza Stewart, daughter of Elijah Stew- 
art, at Cherrytree, Pa., Jan. 5, 1873. Their children, all born in 

Elijah Stewart 4, born Dec. 15, 1838; died Dec. 20, 1865. 
John, born May 4, 1841 ; married Caroline B. Canfield, 

April 15, 1868. 
Samuel B., born Dec. 26, 1842; died June 30, 1863. 
(Note. — Member of Company E, 16th Pennsylvania Cavalry 
(161st Pa. Vols.) in the war of the Rebellion ; died in 
the service.) 


Lydia J., born Sept. 8, 1884 ; married Rev. W. C. Burchard, 
Aug. 30, 1864; residence, Alleghany, Pa. 

James Harvey, born Aug. 5, 1846; married Nellie E. Bur- 
chard, Sept. 20, 1877 ; residence, St. Louis, Mo. 

William Alfred, born Oct. 16, 1848 ; married Mina E. Meals, 
Sept. 25, 1897. 

Hannah Louisa, bom Dec. 25, 1850 ; died Jan. 4, 1854. 

Clarissa Lucille, bom April 12, 1853; married Arthur B. 
Canfield, Nov. 2, 1882. 

Ann Eliza, born Aug. 4, 1856. Besides at Pittsburg, Pa. 

Child of John and Caroline (Canfield) Irwin, of Santa Paula, 
Cal. : 

Ralph 5, bom Sept. 9, 1874. 

Children of William Alfred and Mina (Meals) Irwin, of Web- 
ster, .St. Louis county. Mo. : 

Wilburn M. 5, born Nov. 21, 1880. 
Howard Alfred, born April 19, 1886. 

Child of Clarissa L. and Arthur B. Canfield, of Webster Grove, 
St. Louis county, Mo. : 

Lois Eliza 5, born April 30, 1887. 

Ig. Eliza 3, married Asahel Lovell, Oct. 1, 1835, at Cherrytree, 
Pa. Their children: 

Marvin Hampson, bom Oct. 25, 1842 ; died June 10, 1845. 
Eliza J., born Sept. 9, 1850, in Allegheny township, Venango 
county, Pa. 

IV. James Irwin 2, 'bora Feb. 13, 1770, in West Fallowfield ; 
married Feb. 23, 1793, in Chester county. Pa., Mary Stewart, who 
died in June, 1812; married Margaret Stewart, second wife, who 
died in February, 1848. Their children: 

a. James Steele 3, born April 20, 1794 ; died Jan. 3, 1798, 
at West Fallowfield. 

b. Margaret, bom Feb. 28, 1797; died Aug. 8, 1866, at 

c. Elizabeth Steele, born Sept. 13, 1799. 

d. Andrew Stewart, bom Aug. 10, 1803; died April 16, 
1805, at Cherrytree. 

e. Riehard S., bom June 15, 1806 ; died Nov. 23, 1887, at 


f . Mary, born April 19, 1809 ; died Oct. 7, 1850, at Cherry-- 


IVc. Elizabeth S., married Richard Irwin 3 (of Ninian 2), 
March 1, 1827. Names of children not obtained ; all dead, excepting 




THE McDowells and connex:jtions 119 

Mrs, Margaret S. Alsbaugh 4, of Cherrytree, who married J. H. Als- 
baugh (now deceased), Nov. 2, 1864. 


IVe. Richard Steele 3, known as ** Captain;*' married Feb. 14, 
1850, to Mary Strawbridge, who was born March 8, 1814, and died 
Oct. 25, 1880. Their children : 

Jennie M. 4, born May 30, 1851 ; married P. W. Irwin, April 

20, 1886. No children. 
Lizzie M., bom Oct. 24, 1852; residence, Cherrytree, Ve- 
nango county. Pa. 
Lucy Ellen, born March 22, 1854; married Samuel Kerr, 

Titusville, Pa., March 22, 1881. No children. 
Adeline N., bom Nov. 10, 1856. 

(Note. — Acknowledgement is due Mrs. Kerr, of Titusville, 
for record of the family and descendants of James IV.) 

VI. Ninian 2, born West Fallowfield township, Chester county, 
Pa., May 24, 1774; died Aug. 10, 1826, at Cherrytree, Pa. He was 
known among the Irwins of Cherrytree (where he came in 1802) as 
"The Schoolmaster." Married April 2, 1800, to Frances Graham, of 
Cecil county, Md., who died Jan. 17, 1820; married Mary W. Davi- 
son, May 3, 1821. Their children : 

a. Richard 3, born Aug. 14, 1801. 

b. James, born Sept. 4, 1802; married Nancy Hamilton, 
Dec. 21, 1841 ; wife died Nov. 19, 1883 ; he died April 
3, 1884. 

c. Ninian, born Jan. 29, 1806 ; died May 5, 1877. 

d. Ann, bom March 21, 1807; married Henry Hancox, 
1834; died Dec. 9, 1859. 

e. William G., bom Oct. 22, 1812. 

f. Katherine G., born Aug. 4, 1818; married Alex Robin- 

son, Oct. 13, 1836 ; died March 31, 1878 

a. Richard 3 (called **The Carpenter''), married Elizabeth S. 
IV, March 1, 1827. Their children: 

a. Margaret S., bom Aug. 27, 1830; married J. H. Als- 
baugh, Nov. 2, 1864. 

James W., bom March 31, 1834; died May 6, 1841, at Cherry- 

John Franklin, born May 12, 1839 ; died May 6, 1841. at 

Mary J., born Sept. 13, 1834; died Oct. 2, 1850, at Cherry- 

b. James Irwin 3 and Nancy Hamilton. Their children: 

a. Fannie E. 4, born Dec. 9, 1844. 

b. James Law, born Oct. 10, 1847 ; married ; died 

Dec. 4, 1869, at Cherrytree. 

120 THE McDowells and cx)nnbctions 

c. Nancy Ann, bom April 27, 1854. 

a. Fannie E. 4, married Andrew T. Alcorn, May 10, 1867 ; resi- 
dence, Cherrytree, Pa. Their children : 

b. Irwin 0. 5, born March 21, 1867. 

c. James Law, born 1869. • 

d. Olga, born Feb. 18, 1874. 

e. Bernice, born July 3, 1876 ; died June 14, 1889, at CHier- 


f. Nancy J., born March 21, 1881. 

c. Anna 5, married Henry Homan, Dec. 11, 1883; resideneo, 
Cherrytree, Pa. Their children: 

James I. 6, bom April, 1885. 
Henry G., bora May 31, 1886. 
Roy Arthur, born Oct. 31, 1887. 

c. Ninian 3, married Fannie Irwin, March 15, 1832, who lUal 
Jan. 9, 1851, at Cherrytree. Their children: 

Two died in infancy, and Ninian Nelson 4, born Aug. 31, 
1836, died July 11, 1864, in the U. S. service, at Alex- 
andria, Va. 
Married his second wife, N. Adeline Irwin 3, April 20, 1852, 
at Cherrytree, Pa. She now resides at Norristowu, Pa. 
Their children: 

George Graham 4, born May 17, 1858, at Cherrytree. 
Adda B., bom March 20, 1861 ; died March 19, 1863. 
James B., born May 23, 1865; died March 6, 1886, at 
Norristown, Pa. 
(Note. — George G. Irwin, the surviving child, married Idn 
M. Hitchings, of Virginia, Sept. 25, 1889. He resides 
at Norristown, Pa., where he is connected with the rail- 
road business, is an excellent penman, and is said to 
possess considerable mehanical talent. Their child, 
George Graham, was born Jan. 18, 1892.) 

d. Ann 3, married Henry Hanoox, 1834, at Cherrytree. Their 
children : 

Fanny I. 4, born Dec. 4, 1836 ; married A. J. Davidson, Dec. 
5, 1863. He died November, 1868, and she died Sept 
11, 1888, at Titusville, Pa. They had one child, Luella 

E. Anna, born Jan. 9, 1839; married Oct. 29, 1865; resi- 
dence, Pleasantville, Pa. 

Ninian I., born July, 1841; married F. E. Collins; residence. 
Olean, N. Y. ; oil producer. 

William H., born Oct. 6, 1843; married Miss Johnson; died 
June 17, 1885, at Titusville, Pa. 

THE McDowells and connections 121 

Kate H., bom April 20, 1847 ; residence, Titusville, Pa. ; mu- 
i sician, etc. 

A. Sheffield, born March 28, 1850; married Miss Tiixford, 
of Free Port, Pa. ; residence, Oakdale, Pa. ; oil producer. 

Mercy A., born March 21, 1853 ; died May 20, 1860, at Titus- 
ville, Pa. 


E. Anna 4, married T. McLaughlin, Oct. 26, 1865; residence, 
Pleasantville, Pa. Their children : 

Roland E. 5, born Jan. 14, 1868, at Pithole, Pa. 
Edith M., born Nov. 7, 1869, at Pleasantville. 
Belle, born Dec. 14, 1872, at Pleasantville. 
Grace E, born April 5, 1874, at Pleasantville. 
Sam S., born Aug. 21, 1876, at Titusville. 

(Note — Special acknowledgements are due Miss Kate H. Hancox, 
of Titusville, and Mrs. E. A. McLaughlin for valuable statistics ; also 
N. Adeline Irwin, of Norristown, Pa,, and James 6., of Union City, 

e. William 6. 3, born Oct. 22, 1812, at Cherrytree, Pa.; mar- 
ried Frances E. Breed, Nov. 3, 1842, at Cherrytree, and she died 
May 18, 1851 ; married Eleanor S. Wallace, of Crawford county, Pa., 
Sept. 8, 1853. Their children : 

Nathan B. 4, born March 17, 1844 ; died June 17, 1844, at 

William E., born June 24, 1850; died May 7, 1851, at Cher- 

Prank Wallace, born March 26, 1857; married Jane M. Ir- 
win, daughter of R. S. Irwin, April 20, 1886. No chil- 

James Graham, bom May 4, 1863. Residence, Union City, 
Pa. ; manufacturer of patents. 

f. Catherine G. 3, born Aug. 4, 1818 ; died March 31, 1878 ; mar- 
ried Alexander Robinson, Oct. 13, 1836, who died July 26, 1887. 
Their children: 

Prances A. 4, bom Aug. 10, 1837. 

Justin Arthur, born Oct. 26, 1844; married Martha E. Lo- 
gan, Oct. 15, 1873. Commissioner's Clerk of Erie coun- 
ty, Pa. 

Ninian I., bom Sept. 29, 1848; married Addie L. Wilson, 
June 29, 1876. Residence, Titusville, Pa. 

James Lynn, born Dec. 2, 1850 ; died Feb. 15, 1863. 

Justin A. Robinson 4 and Martha E., of Erie, Pa. Their child : 
Adah Maud 5, born April 21, 1875, at Erie. 

122 THE McDowells and cx)nne)ctions 

Ninian I. 4 and Addie L, Bobinson. Their children: 

Samuel Ernest 5, born July 22, 1878, at Titusville, Pa. i! 

Kittie Ethel, born Sept. 9, 1884, at Titusville. 

VII. Elizabeth Irwin 2, married George Reznor in Union 
county, Pa., Jan. 17, 1807. He died Feb. 28, 1838. Their children : 

a. John 3, born June 3, 1808, in Union county, Pa. ; died 
in Mercer county. Pa., Dec. 22, 1827. 

b. Ann Steele, born Sept. 15, 1809, in Union county; died 
in Mercer county, Feb. 23, 1841. 

c. David, bom March 10, 1811, in Union county; married 

Jane Moore, April 5, 1838. She died July 25, 1851. On 
June 12, 1853, married Prudence Kelly, who died Sept. 
18, 1856. Married again Feb. 18 to Eliza J. Blair. Res- 
idence, New Hamburg, Pa. 

d. Richard Irwin, born in Union county, Feb. 25, 1813; 
married Eliza Mann, Nov. 12, 1835. He died Feb. 21, 
1890; she is still living. 

e. Rebecca, bom in Mercer county, Feb. 25, 1815 ; married 

John White, Sept. 23, 1834 ; died Jan. 25, 1847. 

f. Eliza C, born July 3, 1817; married Robert Irwin 3, 

Sept. 25, 1838; died April 12, 1858, at Cherrytree. (For 
family of Eliza C, see Robert Irwin of Richard 2.) 

c. David 3, married three times. (See above.) Children: 

a. John 4, born March 19, 1839 ; died Jan. 12, 1841. 

b. George W., born April 3, 1841 ; married Lizzie M. Lundy, 

Dec. 26, 1865. 

c. Richard M., born July 8, 1843 ; married Lavina A. Bram, 

Jan. 1, 1868. Residence, Warren, Pa. Three children, 
Frank 5 and Elsie. 

d. Wilson G., born Aug. 30, 1846; unmarried. Residence, 
New Hamburg, Pa. 

e. Alex Reznor, bom June 24, 1851 ; died Sept. 5, 1851. 

f. Rebecca, married John White. Reside in the West. 

Their children : 

Eliza J. 5, married John Jewell. Residence, Oregon. 
Four children, Bertus, Pearl, Frank and Gertrude. 

Sarah A., married J. M. Christy, Nov. 13, 1862. Resi- 
dence, New Windsor, Mercer county, Pa. Five 
children, George 6, Adda, Benjamin, Jefferson and 
Gertrude. Of the above George is married and has 
one child. Residence, New Windsor; merchant. 

d. Richard T. 3 and Eliza (Mann) Reznor. Their children: 
a. Robert I. 4, born Sept. 22, 1836; married Belinda 

THE McDowells and connections 123 

Rhodes. Residence in Mercer county, Pa. Their chil- 
dren, James C, 5, Blanche Dora, Lamont E. 

b. Ann Eliza 4, bom Nov. 26, 1839. 

c. Harriet J., bom June 4, 1838; died June 12, 1839. 

d. James Mann, born April 18, 1841. Was a member of 
Co. B, 10th Pa. Vols., and died from wounds Sept. 21, 

e. John N., born July 2, 1843 ; died July 6, 1889. Served 

in the war in Co. K, 139th Pa. Vols. 

f. Julius S., born July 20, 1845. Residence, New Hamburg. 

g. Adeline I., born Jan. 24, 1847. Residence, New Ham- 

h. Milton B., bom Oct. 13, 1848; married Mary E. Sloan, 

Oct. 2, 1873. Residence, Greenville, Pa. Two children, 

Irene 5 and Carl, 
i. Thomas J., bom July 9, 1852 ; married Dec. 25, 1881, to 

Marila A. Wiley, of Pickering, Mo. Five children, 

Fred 5, Anna, Jessie, Edward and Leroy. 
j. Mary E., bom April 12, 1854; died Sept. 4, 1854. 
k, George H., bom June 4, 1855. Residence, Delaware 

Grove, Pa. 
1. David W., bom Oct. 6, 1858; married Millie E. Stewart, 

June 5, 1887. Residence, Greenville, Pa. One child, 


VIII. Robert Irwin 2. No record obtained of this family, which 
settled in Harrison county, 0. From N. Adeline Irwin I obtain the 
following statement: Robert Irwin married Miss AuU and settled 
near Cadiz, 0. Names of his children : Sons, Richard and Ninian ; 
daughters, Mary Ann and Catherine. 

IX. Family and descendants of Richard Irwin 2 and Nancy 
(Miller) Irwin: 

a. Fanny 3, married Ninian Irwin 3, March 15, 1832 ; died 
Jan. 9, 1851. 

b. Robert, born May 1, 1814 ; died March 14, 1882, at Gar- 
rettsville, Ohio. 

c. Ann married John Irwin, March 20, 1834 ; died 1843. 

d. Jane M. (Stewart), bom Aug. 3, 1819; died April 5, 
1865, at Cherrytree, Pa. 

e. Eliza R. (Shugert), born Nov. 12, 1821; died April 22, 

1885, at Oil City, Pa. 

f. Samuel M., born March 15, 1825 ; died March 2, 1873, at 


g. N. Adeline, bom Sept. 27, 1827. Resides at Norris- 
town, Pa. 


b. Robert Irwin 3 married Eliza C. Beznor, Sept. 25, 1838. 
Their chUdren : 

a. John Wilson, born Aug. 23, 1839 ; died September, 1886, 

at Brazil, Ind. 

b. James Newton, born Aug. 17, 1841 ; died March 29, 1848, 
at Cherrytree, Pa. 

e. A son, bom Oct. 3, 1846 ; another, bom June 19, 1848 ; 
both died in infancy. 

d. Robert Hampson, bom March 3, 1850 ; married Sue Kil- 
mer. Residence, Santa Paula, Cal. Three children, 
Velera, Guy and Mabel. 

e. Edwin E., born Aug. 3, 1853 ; died March 22, 1855. 

(Note — R. H. Irwin is engaged in the oil business in the Califor- 
nia field, along with John Irwin. of William.) 

d. Jane M. 3, married William R. Stewart, Cherrytree, Jan. 
4, 1838. Their children : 

a. Milson, bom Sept. 24, 1838; married Ella J. Marsh, 

Dec. 23, 1880, Titusville, Pa. 

b. Lyman, bom July 22, 1840 ; married Sarah A. Burrows, 
of EUiocotville, N. Y., May 2, 1867. 

c. Eva A., born Nov. 22, 1842. 

d. Nancy J., bom Dec. 2, 18fi5 ; married J. D. McParland, 
Sept. 7, 1869. 

e. Elijah, born Aug. 22, 1847 ; died April 17, 1863. 

f. Lydia, bom July 30, 1860. Residence, Los Angeles, 


Children of Lyman and S. A. Stewart, of Los Angeles, Cal. 

a. William L., born April 7, 1868, at Titusville, Pa. ; mar- 
ried Christena Pitblado, June 15, 1892, at Los Angeles, 
'b. Mary, bom Dec. 12, 1870. 
c. Alfred Clement, born Nov. 24, 1874. 

Children of Nancy J. and J. D. McParland, of Ontario, Cal.: 

a. Wendell S., bom July 15, 1870. 

b. Alice C, bom Feb. 20, 1872. 

c. Arthur H., born June 4, 1873. 

d. Mabel Irwin, bom May 11, 1877 ; died Dec. 26, 1886. 

e. Donald H., bom Sept. 18, 1879. 

(Note — John D. McParland and family reside at Ontario, Cal., 
where he is a prominent business man. William Boyd Stewart and 
his two sisters, Eva and Lydia, also reside at the same place.) 

e. Eliza R. 3, married Dr. William B. Shugert, of Titusville, 
Pa., Sept. 4, 1845, who died Feb. 11, 1866. Their children (living) : 



a. Ninian I. 4, married Adelaide Schof ield, April 23, 1872 ; 
one child, Guy Schofield 5. Married second time to 
Leah Able. Besddence, Rochester, Pa. 

b. Richard I., married Mary A. Miller, Sept. 2, 1880. Two 
children, William and Edith. Residence, Corapolis, Pa. 

c. A. J., married Louise B. Payne, January 8, 1884. One 

child, Eliza. 

d. Jennie E., married Rufus H. Heron, Oct. 30, 1873. Three 
children s Fred Irwin, Edith and Paul Anderson. Resi- 
dence Pittsburg, Pa. 

f. Samuel M. 3, married Jane Reynolds, May 27, 1651. Their 

a. Joshua, bom May 3, 1852 ; died Sept. 24, 1852. 
!b. Lucinda C, bom Oct. 2, 1853; married J. A. McClin- 
tock, Dec. 28, 1873 ; died June 28, 1876. 

c. Lemuel G., bom Jan. 9, 1855; married C T. Romer, 

Feb. 18, 1881. Residence, Plumer, Pa. 

d. Nan«cy E.,_born Aug. 8, 1856; married Samuel Royds, 
July 4, 1876. Residence, Cherrytree, Pa. 

e. Mary A., bom January 4, 1858; married William Ro- 
mer, Feb. 5, 1878. Residence, Plumer. 

f . Sadie A., bom May 16, 1859 ; married J. A. McClintock, 

Feb. 25, 1877. ReBiden<je, Kingsville, Ohio. 

g. Elias, born July 7, 1860 ; died Sept. 15, 1860. 

X. Joseph Irwin 2, married M. A. Knight, in 1821, at Buffalo 
Valley, Pa., migrated in Mead township, Crawford County, Pa., 
April, 1826, and died there Oct. 9, 1827, of malarial fever, leaving a 
widow and two sons, Wm. K., born May 5, 1822, and Richard, who 
died when young. William K., married Miss C. Maxwell, of Mead- 
ville, since deceased. Have no facts about the widow of Joseph. The 
following I have from Mrs. C. Moore, of Meadviile : 

William K. Irwin, bom May 5, 1822, in Mead township; 
married March 6, 1851; died Nov. 20, 1863, leaving a widow, Cor- 
rinna, now living (who married B. Moore, now deceased). Children, 
residents of Meadviile, Pa. 

a. Florence Irwin, bom in 1852. 
•b. Charles, bom in 1854. 

c. Henry, bom in I860; blacksmith. 

d. Arthur, bom in 1862. Killed in a railroad accident, 
Dec. 31, 1887. 



William Irwin, born in Ireland, emigrated to America about 
1730, settling near Carlisle, Pa., where he died sometime prior to 
1763. He had twelve children, among whom were John, William, 
James, Samuel, Robert, Alexander, Francis, Mary, Elizabeth Ann 
and Sarah. 

An investigation made April 16th, 1906, of the available records 
in the Register's office at Carlisle, Pa., shows the following results: 
Feb. 15, 1763, in Book K, page 250, note made of will made by Wil- 
liam Irwin. November, 1787, will made by Eleanor Irwin, Samuel 
Irwin executor, but no will recorded. Oct. 1771, will of John Ir- 
win, in which he leaves property to his wife, Mary, sons Robert 
and Joseph, and daughters, Mary, Elizabeth, Margaret Ann and 
Catherine. This John Irwin is evidently the oldest son of the emi- 
grant, William Irwin, and the brother of General Robert Irwin, of 
North Carolina. In Book Q, page 31, 1831, is found the will of 
William Irwin, in which he leaves property to his sister Jane, niece, 
Elizabeth Hepburn, James R. Irwin, son of his brother Robert, Wil- 
liam Irwin, Holmes (son of Andrew Holmes). 

Mrs. Mary Dugan Brown, of Asheville, N. C, is a descendant 
from Samuel Irwin, son of William Irwin, and brother of Col. Rob- 
ert Irwin, of Mecklenburg County, N. C. 

THE McDowells and connections 127 


William Irwin's will, as shown on the records of Carlile, Lan- 
caster County, Pa., was made May 5th, 1748, and recorded Fe?b. 15, 
1763. His wife's given name was Elenor, and so given in the will. 
Their children : Sons, John, William, Francis, James, Samuel, Alex- 
ander and Robert; daughters, Mary Margaret, Sarah Elizabeth, 
Sarah Ann. Robert, born in 1738 in Pennsylvania, left Carlile about 
1762, locating near Steel Creek, N. C. John, said to ibe oldest son 
alive, and died near Carlisle, as shown by the registration of his 
deed. Most of William Sr.'s decendants remained in Pennsylvania. 
Alexander and one other brother, it is said, moved to Macklenberg 
County, stopping a short time near Charlotte, moving later to Geor- 
gia. The statement as to Alexander being a brother of Col. Robert 
Irwin I have not been able to positively verify. 

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN The Twelfth day of May 1748. 
William Irwin of the Township of Pensborough in the County of Lan- 
caster & Province of Pennsylvania Being Sick in Body but of Good 
and perfect Memory thanks be to Almighty god and Calling to Re; 
membrance the Uncertain Estate of this Transitory life and that all 
flesh must yield unto Death when it shall please God to Call Do 
make constitute ordain and Declare this my last Will and Testament 
in manner and form following revoking and annulling by these pres- 
ets all and every Testament and Testaments Will and Wills hereto- 
fore by me made and declared Either by word or Writing and this 
to be taken only for my Last Will & Testament and none other 
First being penitant and Sorry from the heart for my Sins past 
most humbly desiring forgiveness for the same I give and Commit 
my Soul unto almighty god my Savior and Redeemer in whom and 
by the merits of Jesus Christ I trust and Believe assuredly to be 
saved and have Remission and Forgiveness of all my Sins and that 
my Soul with my Body at the General day of Resurrection shall 
rise again and my Body I Recommend to the Earth to be Buried in 
a Christian Like and Decent manner at the Discretion of my Execu- 
tor hereafter named and Now for the Settling of my Temporal 
Estate and such goods and chatties and Debts as it hath pleased God 
far above my Deserts to bestow upon me I do order give Dispose 
the same in Manner and Form following That is to say First I will 
that all those Debts and dues I owe in Right or "Conscience to any 
Manner of Person or Persons whatsoever shall 'be well and truly 
Contented and paid or ordained to 'be paid within Convenient Time 
after my Decease By my Executor hereafter Named Item I give 
and Bequeath unto my Well beloved Wife Elender Irwin the one 
third part of all my goods and Chatties after my Debts are paid and 
the Black Colt and a Saddle and I allow her the Benefit of the Im- 
provement that I now live in during her widowhood Except one hun- 


Charlotte, N. C. 


dred Acres next to John Lasks which I allow to be sold to help pay 
my Debts and I allow my wife Elender to have the Benefit of all 
Childrens Legacies during her Widowhood or till they Come of Age 
and no Longer Excepting one Saddle and a Suit of Clothes to my 
Daughter Mary and the Sorrel Filly which I allow to be given to my 
Son Francis and Daughter Mary in hand or as soon as Can be done 
Conveniently and I allow my Well (beloved Wife Elender and Cloath 
my well 6 beloved Sons Francis John William Robert James and 
Samuel Irwin during her widowhood or till they come to be of 
Twenty one Years and to learn my well beloved Daughters Mary 
Margaret Elizabeth and Sarah Irwin or Cause to 'be Learnt to Read 
the Bible plain and to knit or make their own Stockings Imp: I 
leave to my well beloved son Alexander Irwin five Shillings Sterling 
for his Childs part of my Estate and all my Smyth Tools Except 
the Shoeing hammer and Tallon my Son Alexander to pay in Lieu 
of the Tools Seven pounds ten Shillings Imp : I leave and bequeath 
to my well beloved Daughter Ann Irwin five Shillings Imp : I do 
leave and Bequeath the Rest of my Estate to be equally Divided Be- 
twixt my Sons Francis, John William Robert James and Samuel 
Irwin and my Daughters Mary Margaret lElizabeth and Sarah Ir- 
win and I do Constitute Name make and Ordain my truly and well 
beloved Friend John Swaney my Executor of this my last Will and 
Testament And I make and Constitute and Ordain my well beloved 
Friend William Lamond Guarantee of this ray Last Will and Testa- 

Signed Sealed Published and Pronounced 
By me William Irwin as my Last Will 
and Testament The day and Year above 

Written — William Irwin (Seal) 

Jn the Presence of us 
Arthur Clark 
William Queiry 

Personally appeared Arthur Clark and William Queary the 
Witnesses to the Within Will and made Oath that they Were Pres- 
ent and saw and heard William Irwin the Testator Sign Seal Pu'b- 
lish and Declare the same as his Last Will and Testament and that 
at the Doing thereof he was of Sound and Desposing Mind and 
Memory According to the Best of their Knowledge 

Before Thos. Cookson D. R. 

A True Copy From The Original Testament Proved and Re- 
maining In the Registers Office at Lancaster Penn. 

Thos. Cookson D. Regr. 

I do Hereby Certife that the above is a True Copy of the Copy 
Remaining in the Protr ys Office in Carlisle In the County of Cum- 
berland as Witness my hand and Seal of the County aforesaid Car- 
lisle the 15th of Feby 1763 Harm Alricks D. R. 

THE McDowells and conndctions 




DORCAS IRWIN, married Andrew Herron. Issue : ^h\^y Irwin 
Flerron. Mary Irwin Herron married Samuel Roach and moved to 
Madison County, Tenn. She had one daughter, Sarah, by Jifime. 


WILLIAM IRWIN, son of Col. Robert Irwin and his wife, .Alary 
Alexander, was born at Steele Creek, N. C, in 1773, and died Ai>ril 
2'.), 1822, at Steele Creek. He married Lydia Birdsonj^. of Virginia, 
who was born in 1782, and died Feb. 5, 1834, aged 52 yenrs. 


1. John Irwin, bom at Steele Creek, N. C. 

2. Robert Irwin, born at Steele Creek, N. C. 

3. Batte Irwin, born in 1810 ; died in 1854, aged 44 years. 
'4. William Irwin, bom Feb. 12, 1811 ; died June 17, 1846. 

5. Nancy Hunter, bom June 14, 1814 ; died Sept. 23, 1899 

(see John Davis McDowell). 

6. Samuel. 

7. Jesse Ramsey, born March, 1824, at Steele Creek, N. C. ; 

died at Williamson, W. Va., Feb. 19, 1902. 

1. John Irwin, son of William Irwin and Lydia Birdsong, mar- 
ried Matilda Strickland (his first cousin). They moved from North 
Carolina to Pulaski, Tenn. Issue: 

1. Matilda Irwin, married McClain, of Pulaski. Issue : 

1. Laura MeClain. 2. Lucy McClain. 

3. Batte Irwin, son of William Irwin and Lydia Birdsong, mar- 
ried Elinor Barry, daughter of Margaret McDowell and Ricliard 
Barry (see Mary McDowell and Descendants). Issue: 

1. John Irwin (Dr. John Irwin, of Charlotte, N. C.) (See 
Rebecca Eliza McDowell and Her Descendants.) 

WILLIAM IRWIN, son of William Irwin and Lydia Birdsong, 
was bom at Steele Creek, N. C, Feb. 12, 1811, and died at Hannibal, 
Mo., June 17, 1846. At the age of twenty-two he married Ruth 
Jones, near Trenton, Tenn., June 26, 1837. She was born near 
Trenton Feb. 1, 1819, and died near Jackson, Tenn.. June 16th, 1899, 
in her 81st year. She was the daughter of Thomas Jones, a wealthy- 

THB McDowells and oonnsctions 

Charlotte, N. C. 



1. William Lucillius, bom at Trenton, Tenn., July 10, 1848, 
died in Battle of Missionary Ridge. At the age of 23 he volun- 
teered his services and entered Capt. White's Company, 4th Tea- 
nessee Regiment of Confederate Soldiers, in April 1861. He was a 
brave and gallant fighter, and at the Battle of Missionary Ridge 
near Chattanooga, he was killed and buried in the cemetery there. 

2. Nora Irwin was born July 19, 1840. She was a woman oi: 
rare beauty and lovliness of character. She married James North- 
cross near Trenton, in 1866. They lived some years ntrar Trenton 
and later moved to California. 

3. Calista Irwin, born at Somerville, Tenn., May 8, 1845. She 
was educated at the best schools in the country, married John P. 
Vann, of Madison County, Tenn., Oct. 10, 1871. He lived but a few 
years and she then married his brother, James P. Vann. Thev have 
five children : 

. 1. Nora Vann, born at Jackson, Tenn., Aug. 26, 1873, married 
Albert Daniel Muse. Issue: Albert Daniel Muse, born at Jackson, 
Tenn., Nov. 18, 1897. John Thomas and Wm. Collier Muse (twins) 
bom Jan. 15, 1897. Wm. Collier died Jan. 5, 1897. 

2. John Henry Vann, bom Feb. 8, 1878. 

3. Helen Ruth Vann, bom Oct. 8, 1881 ; married George F. 
Goosmann. Issue: Eatherine Goosman, born at Jackson, Tenn , June 
15, 1902; died April 15, 1903. 

4. William Valentine Vann, born July 4, 1884. 
5.' James Randleson Vann, born Jan. 12, 1888. 


JESSE RAMSEY IRWIN, son of William Irwin and Lydia 
Birdsong, was bom near Steele Creek, N. C, March, 1824, and died 
at Williamson, W. Va., Feb. 10, 1902. He married in 1846 Margaret 
Phoebe Miller, at Somerville, Tenn. She was born at Somerville in 
1829, and died at New Orleans, La., Oct. 2, 1852. He married ^ sec- 
ond) Nancy Jane Blakesley, at Pass Christian, Miss. She died at 
New Orleans, Nov. 11, 1871. 


1. Euphemia Estelle Irwin, born at Somerville, Tenn., June 8, 
1851, married Thaddeus Hooper at New Orleans, La., Nov. 11, 1869. 
Issue: Irene Cecilia Hooper, bom at New Orleans, La., Oct. 31, 1875, 
married Wells Goodykoontz. (See Goodykoonts, sketch and photo.) 

2. Leon Irwin, born at New Orleans, La., Oct. 1, 1857, died in 
Helena, Ark. (date unknown), married Georgia Hooper in 1872. 
Issue : Leon Irwin. 

134 THS McDowells and oonnektions 

THE McDowells and oonnbctions 135 


1. Irene Irwin, born at New Orleans, La., 1860, died in New 
Orleans, La., 1881, :narried George Wood Stem at New Orleans, 
1875. Issue: I.James Batchelor Stem, born at New Orleans in 1875, 
died in New Orleans, 1901. 2. Mioerva Stem, born in 1876, married 
William Wordsworth Hall in 1898, has one child, lives in McComb 
City, Miss. 3. Eupheraia Stem, born in 1877, married William Moore 
White at New Orleans, Jan. 5, 1897, was killed in automobile acci- 
dent while visiting her son, a student of Bell'buckle Military Acad- 
emy, at Nashville, Teun. 4. George Wood Stem, Jr., born in 1879, 
lives in New Orleans. 

2. Clara Irwin, born at New Orleans, La., in 1863; died in 
Williamson, W. Va., in 1896; married William Henry Churchill, at 
Memphis, Tenn., in 1888. No issue. 

3. Alvin Irwin, born in New Orleans in 1865 ; died at Mat tea- 
wan, Va., Nov. 11, 1895; married Marie Bowers, at Memphis, Tenn., 
1888. Issue: 1. Virginia Irwin, horn at New Orleans, La., in 1889. 
2. Ethe,l, horn at Charleston, W. V., 1891. 3. Claire, born in 1893. 
4. Alvin, horn 1895. 

4. ' Jessie. Valentine Irwin, born in 1867 ; died April 12, 1891 ; 
married J^n Nekton Beckwith, at New Orleans, La., March 28, 
1890. Jssue: John Newton Beckwith, Jr., born at Memphis, Tenn., 

Lillie Irwin, another daughter of Jesse Ramsey Irwin and 
Nancy Jane Blakesley, was horn in 1858, and died at Yazoo City, 
^liss.. 1876 ; married Warren W. Hollingsworth. 



The following sketch is from ^'Who'a Who in West Virginia.'' 
Wells Goodykoontz, Williamson lawyer, banker and legislator, 
born June 3, 1872, in Pulaski County, Va., being the son of Wm. ]\I. 
and Lucy K. Goodykoontz. He received his early education in the 
public schools and Oxford Academy, at Floyd, Va. Choosing the 
law as his profession, he fitted himself for a legal career at Wash- 
ington and Lee University. He was admitted to the bar in 1892, 
and began the practice of law in Floyd County, Va. In February, 
1904 he located at Williamson, then in Logan, now in Mingo County, 
and has since practiced at that point. He is a member of the well- 
known law firm of Goodykoontz & Scherr, is a member of the execu- 
tive council of the West Virginia Bar Association, and a member of 
the American Bar Association. Besides his high standing in the 
legal world, Mr. Goodykoontz has prominent business connections, 
being president of the National Bank of Commerce of Williamson. 

THE McDowells and connections 



Possessing political ability of high degree, he has twice signally 
been honored by the people of West Virginia. In 1911 he was elect- 
ed to the Legislature from Mingo County, and made a splendid rec- 
ord. His constituents showed their appreciation of his good work 
•by electing him to the State Senate on Nov. 3, 1914. Ineidentally, 
it may be remarked that Senator Goodykoontz led the ticket by con- 
siderable majorities in the several counties on the Norfolk & West-^ 
em Railway, comprising the Sixth Senatorial District. On Dec. 22, 
1898, he married Miss Irene Hooper. He is a Knight Templar and 
Mystic Shriner of the Masonic order. 



COL. ROBERT IRWIN, son of William Irwin, was born in 
Lancaster County, Pa., in 1738. After the death of his father he 
sold his interest in the estate to an older brother and with this 
small inheritance, came to Mecklenburg County, N. C. He married 
(first) Mary Alexander, who was bom in 1754, at Steele Creek, N. 
C. He married (second) Mary Barry, March 28, 1798, and died at 
Steele Creek, Dec. 23, 1800. 

John Douglas, on page 25, says: '* Colonel Robert Irwin never en- 
joyed the advantages of either a classical or collegiate education, 
but possessing an intellect considerably above the generality of 
men. capable of culture and improvement, by his own exertions ac- 
quired considerable knowledge of matters pertaining to church and 
state, in both of which he manifested a deep and lively interest. He 
was of a social and genial disposition, fond of anecdote, of great 
conversational powers and withal a popular and fluent speaker. 
Hence the frequency of his being placed in important positions 
requiring the exercise of such gifts. In addition to the many other 
honors and offices conferred on him, he was appointed one of the 
county magistrates. In virtue of the powers of functions of this 
office he was frequently called upon to solemnize the rite of matri- 
mony. He was not only noble in church, serving over twenty years 
as ruling elder of Steel Creek Church, but noble in the Senate, 
where he served twelve years, and noble in the field in times that 
trid men's souls, having served with General Thomas Sumter of 
North Carolina during the most dark and perilous period of our 
revolutionary struggle. Himself and first wife, Mary, lie in the 
same grave ; the same monumental slab covers them both, with this 
just inscription on it: 

''Great, noble, good and brave 
Characters he did justly claim, 
His deeds shall speak beyond the tomb 
And those, unborn, his praise proclaim." 

138 THE McDowells and oonndctions 

CAROLINA'' states that Col. Robert Irwin was one of the signers 
of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence of May 20, 1775; 
that he was a member of the provincial congresses, whi<}h met in 
Halifax, N. C, on April 4, 1776 and Nov. 12, 1776. It further 
states: *'Col. Irwin was a distinguished officer and performed im- 
portant military service during the Revolutionary War; that he 
commanded a regiment under General Griffith Rutherford in the 
expedition to subdue the Cherokee Indiano, who were committing 
murders and numerous depredations on the frontier settlements." 

He was with Gen. Thomas Sumter and with his regiment at 
Rocky Mount and Hanging Rock, and he and his regiment led the 
assault at the latter place. In 1781 Colonel Irwin commanded a 
regiment under Gen. Rutherford in the Wilmington campaign. 


1. Mary, who married John Dinkins. 

2. Dorcas, who married Andrew Herron; their daughter 
was named May Irwin Herron. 

3. Margaret, who married Hugh McDowell. (See Nancy 

McDowell Line.) 

4. William, who married Lydia Birdsong. (See Nancy 

Hunter Irwin.) . . - 

5. Robert, who married (first) Elizabeth Ray. in 1818, and 

(second) Martha Alexander, in 1838. 

6. Sarah, who married John Fincher. 

7. Eleanor (Nelly) who married James Moore. 

8. James (see sketch by Georgia Irwin A'bbay). 

8. Anna Le Nira. 


In the name of God Amen. I Gen. Robert Irwin, Esq., of 
Mecklen»burg County, State of North Carolina, being through the 
abundant Mercy and goodness of God, Tho' weak in body yet of a 
sound and perfect understanding and memory, do constitute this 
tny last will and testament and desires it to be received by all 
as such. 

Im |)rimis. I most humbly bequeath my soul to God my Maker, 
beseeching his most gracious acceptance of it, and my body to the 
earth from whence it was taken in full assurance of its resurrection 
from thence at the last day. 

As for my burial, I desire it to be decent, without pomp or 
state, at the discretion of my dear wife and mv Executors here- 


after named, who I doubt not will manage it with all requisite 
prudence. As to my worldly estate, I will and postitively order 
that all my debts be paid. 

Item. I give to my dear and loving wife a comfortable living 
becoming her station on my plantation, 1 now live on, both for 
•boarding and clothing, and that she shall have the parental gov- 
ernment while she remains over my children as heretofore, and 
that it is my will that they each of them use her as a parent in 
every respect and further I will her my negro wench, Nan, to be 
at her disposal forever, and also her bed and its furniture and her 
clothing of every kind, and also a good riding young creature of 
not less value than one hundred silver Dollars, and also at the ex- 
piration of five years from my decease, I will that my executors pay 
her three hundred Silver Dollars and also a good saddle when she 
calls for it, and also a chest of drawers and a genteel set of Tea 
ware in full and all its parts and one dozen Table spoons and five 
silver teaspoons marked B. I. and one Dozen and one half of gen- 
teel plates with Bowls, but in case she should choose for to marry 
again, I will that she move off my premises and that she shall have 
all the aforesaid legacies given her above named, with one dozen 
of Knives and Porks, also, and further I will that during her 
widowhood my executors shall not see her in want of anything 
needful for her, also I will her a good case of Bottles if she choose 
to have them, together with her um'brella and her wheel and a 
pair of cards. 

Item. I will and bequeath to my daughter Nelly, my negro 
wench named Lucy, together with every other thing I have here- 
tofore given her also one hundred silver Dollars paid her by my 
Executors at the end of five years after my deceaso. 

Item. I will and bequeath to my son William all that planta- 
tion I now live on, on the waters of Steel Creek containing four 
hundred acres with all its rights and improvements provided al- 
ways that the power shall not be vested 'n him to sell or dispose 
of any part thereof for the full time or tv^m of seven years after 
my decease on account of provisions for the rest of the family, also 
my Walnut desk and the largest looking glass and also my negro 
fellow Limerick and my silver watch, also my saddle and my bridle 
also my silver castor with all its bottles also six silver table spoons 
and six silver tea spoons not marked. 

Item. I will my son-in-law, Andrew Herron, married to my 
daughter Dorkey my Roan mare with all the other property I have 
given him and cash I have heretofore discounted for him. 

Item. I will my daughter Mary Dinkins my negro wench 
Hannah I have given her, also the other things I have given her, 
also one hundred Dollars I owe her for a horse to be given her 
one year after my decease. 

140 THE McDowells and conne)ctions 

Item. I will my son Robert a plantation bought for him at a 
price not exceeding two thousand dollars by my executors and 
that he shall have no power to sell it or any part of it for the term 
of five years after my decease, and my negro fellow Peter, together 
with a bay filly kept for him for the ensuing year on my planta- , 


Item. I will my daughter Margaret her living on my planta- 
tion during her single state of life, and a negro wench to 'be bought 
for her of about 12 years of age a healthy likely sound negro and 
a horse and saddle and bridle worth not less than one hundred and 
twenty dollars with a bed well furnished off in every part and 
the clothing as what her other three sisters had when they went < 

away from me, and a full set of ware and other necessary things 
for her cupboard and shelves and in case she should marry before 
she comes of age, I will that these things be given her when she 
needs them to set up house with. 

Item. I will and bequeath my son James a plantation bought 
for him at a price not exceeding two thousand dollars by my execu- 
tors and trustees and that he shall have no power to sell it, until 
he is thirty years of age without the consent of the Executors and 
trustees of my will, and a negro fellow bought for him, such a 
one as his Brothers had given them with a good horse and saddle 
and to be well schooled. 

Item. I will my daughter Sarah her living on my plantation 
during the time she remains single and that she shall be provided 
for in clothing and every other necessary she stands in need of 
and be well schooled and have a horse and saddle and bridle ^ 

bought for her when they think she stands in need of it, worth 
not less than one hundred and twenty dollars and also my negro j 

wench named Phyllis, together with a bed well furnished off in 
all its parts and clothing as what her other sisters had when mar- 
ried and went off from me, and a full sett of all ware necessary for 
her shelves and cupboard such as her sisters received from me. 

Item. I will my daughter Amy Le Nira her living on my plan- * 

tation I now live on during the time she remains single and that 
she be well provided for in everything necessary for her both as to 
clothing and schooling, and that she have a horse and saddle and 
bridle bought her worth not less than one hundred and twenty Dol- 
lars, together with a negro wench bought for her of about twelve 
years of age and to be given to her when she stands in need of it ^ 

also a bed well furnished off in all its parts and clothed as what 
her sisters were when they were married and went from me and a 
full sett of all ware necessary for her cupboard and shelves such 
as her married sisters received from me. 

Item. I will my granddaughter Mary Irwin Herron a negro 
wench of about twelve years of age likely healthy and sound and 


sensible to be bought for her when she stands in need of it. 

Item. I will to my two sons William and Robert my tract of 
land entered in their own names on Duck River on the western 
waters of Three Thousand Two Hundred acres as appears on rec- 
ord, and to my son James as much value out of the rest of my 
stock of land as to make him equal in value to the one half of the 
aforesaid tract of 3200 acres willed to my sons William and Robert. 

Item. I will my daughter Nelly five hundred acres of land on 
the western waters where my Executors and trustees think best, 
also her son Robert Irwin Moore five hundred acres as aforesaid. 

Item. I will my Daughter Mary five hundred acres and her 
son five hundred acres on the western waters, where ever the 
executors and trustees sees it answers best. 

Item. I will my three younger daughters, Margaret, Sarah, 
Anna Le Nira, each of them six hundred acres wherever it can be 
laid off by my executors to the best advantage of the whole of the 
legatees, and all the remainder of my property I will it to be 
divided in the following manner, that is to say: 

To be divided equally amongst my children then alive in such 
order that every one of my sons hath two shares and my daughters 
one or half each of what the sons get and lastly I appoint my son 
William Irwin and my son-in-law James Moore and my son-in-law 
Andrew Herron and my son-in-law John Pincher Executors of this 
my last will and testament and Thomas Greer, Esq., and Capt. 
Hugh Parks Guardians for my wife and children in witness hereof 
I have hereonto set my hand and seal and I do declars this to be 
my last will and testament this 26th day of June, One Thousand 
Eight Hundred. 

Robert Irwin (Seal). 
In presence of us. 

James Greer 
Daniel Gallant 
Anne Barry. 
Stale of North Carolina. 

I, Braly Oats, Clerk of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions 
held for the County of Mecklenburg and State aforesaid, do hereby 
Certify that the foregoing is a full and perfect copy of the last 
will and testament of Gen'rl Robert Irwin, dec'd which appears 
from the records of my said office to have ibeen proved in due form 
of law and recorded at January sessions of said Court A. D. 1801. 
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my name and affixed the 
seal of my office at Charlotte the 15th day of October A. D. 1834. 

B. Oats, C. C. C. 
State of North Carolina. 
Mecklenburg County. 

I, Pearsall Thompson, presiding Justice of the Court of Pleas 
and Quarter Sessions for the County of Mecklenburg aforesaid, do 


hereby certify that Braly Oats, Esq., whose signature appears to 
the within certificate as Clerk, is the Clerk of our said Court and 
that his certificate is in due form of law Given under my hand and 
private seal (having no seal of office) at Charlotte, this 16th day 
of October A. D. 1834. 

Pearsall Thompson, P. I. (Seal). 


ROBERT CLELL IRWIN, bom near Charlotte, Mecklenburg 
County, N. C, April 5, 1840, died at Tunica, Miss., March 3, 1909 ; 
married at White Oak Plantation, Tunica County, May 9, 1865, to 
Anne Elizabeth Owens ; born at Clarksville, Tenn., May 4, 1846. 


1. James Owens Irwin, bom at Hernando, Miss., Dec. 9, 1866; 
died July 14, 1867. 

2. Georgia Elizabeth Irwin, bom at Hernando, Miss., Feb. 
14, 1868; married William G. Abbay, Tunica Miss., Dec. 28, 1887. 
Issue: Robert Irwin Abbay, bom at Tunica, Miss., April 16, 1889; 
William Georgia Abbay, born at Tunica, Miss., June 5, 1891. 

3. Amanda Idella Irwin, 'born at Hernando, Miss., Nov. 12, 
1869 ; married J. T. Lowe, at Tunica, Miss., Nov. 27, 1895. Issue : 
Annie QBlizabeth, born at Tunica, Miss., Sept. 4, 1896 ; Xylda Lowe, 
born Dec. 7, 1898 ; Robert Irwin Lowe, born Feb. 12, 1902 ; Charlie 
Lowe (girl) born Aug. 14, 1903; John T. Lowe, Jr., born Nov. 10, 
1905 ; Glynde Marie, bom Sept. 13, 1909. 

4. Robert Clell Irwin, Jr., born at Hernando, Miss., Aug. 25, 
1872 ; died July 13, 1887. 

5. Annie Marie Irwin, born at Hernando, Miss., May 31, 1875 ; 
married L. C. Mangum, Tunica, Miss., Aug. 31, 1897. Issue : Leoni- 
das Campbell Mangum, born at Tunica, Miss., Jan. 27, 1907 ; Rabert 
Irwin Mangum, born at Memphis, Tenn., Jan. 7, 1902. 

6. Ethel Clell Irwin, born at Hernando, Miss., Sept. 18, 1878 
married S. R. Leatherman, at Memphis, Tenn., Dec. 15, 1897. Issue 
Mary Abbay Leatherman, born at Tunica, Miss., Aug. 28, 1898 
Ann Irwin Leatherman, born at Tunica, Miss., Oct. 28, 1900; Rich- 
ard Abbay Leatherman, born at Memphis, Tenn., July 7, 1902 ; died 
July 17, 1903; Samuel Richard Leatherman, Jr., bom at Memphis, 
Tenn., Aug. 24, 1903; Robert Irwin Leatherman, born at Memphis, 
Tenn., Oct. 9, 1907. 



State of North Carolina, Mecklenburg County. 

Know all men bv these that we Robert Irwin and John Irwin 
in the State aforesaid are held and firmly bound unto the Gover- 


nor of the State of North Carolina for the time being in the just 
and full sum of five hundred pounds current money of the State, 
to be paid to the said Governor or his heirs, successors or assigns, 
to the which payment well and truly to be made and done we bind 
ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators sealed with our 
seals and dated this 29th day of April Anno Domini 1817. 

The condition of the above obligation is such, that whereas the 
above bounden Robert Irwin, Jr., hath made an application for a 
license for a marriage to be celebrated between him and Elizabeth 
Rea, of the County aforesaid. 

Now in case it shall not appear hereafter that there is any law- 
ful cause to obstruct the said marriage then the above obligation 
shall be null and void, otherwise it be in full force and virtue sealed 
and delivered. 
In the presence of 

Isaac Alexander. 

Robert Irwin, Jr. (Seal). 

John Irwin (Seal) 


State of North Carolina. 

Know all men by these presents that we, Robert Irwin and 
Samuel Harris, in the State aforesaid and held and firmly bound 
unto the State of North Carolina in the first and full sum of five 
hundred pounds current money of the State, to be paid to the said 
State. To the which payment well and truly to be paiu ana done, 
we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, sealed 
with our seals and date this 6ih day of August Anno Domini 1838. 

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the 
above bounden Robert Irwin hath made application for a license 
for a marriage to be celebrated between him and Martha Alexan- 
der of the county aforesaid. Now in case it shall not appear here- 
after that there is any lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage 
then the above obligation shall l)e void, otherwise to remain in full 
force and virtue. 

Robert Irwin (Seal). 
S. A. Harris. 
Monday morning, March 26, 1798. 

Sir, as I cannot conveniently call on } ou at this time, will you 
please send me by the bearer, Mr. Daniel Gallant, leave to enter- 
marry with a certain Marv Barry, and I will execute a bond at any 
Time in order to fulfill the law and indemnify you, as there is no 
lawful abjection in the way. I hope you will oblige him who has 
the honor to be your most humble servant, 

Isaac Alexander, 
Robert Irvin, Sr. 

144 THE McDowells and connb)ctions 


JAMES IRWIN, the son of General Robert Irwin, was born in 
or near Steel Creek, Mecklenburg County, N. C. He aeeumulated 
lands, not only in his native State, but in others, and gave liberally 
to his sons as they reached mature years. To his eldest son, Robert, 
he gave property near Hanover, Ind., and to his youngest son, James 
Irwin, Jr., he gave land in Tennessee, near Raleigh. His will shows 
a careful and generous forethought for the welfare and interest of 
his family — wife, children and grandchildren. He was a member 
of the Steel Creek Presbyterian Church. He died suddenly on his 
seventy-fifth birthday of heart failure and is buried in Steele Creek 


JAMES IRWIN, JR., the son of Robert Irwin, was born 
in Mecklenburg County, S. C. In early life he was married to Eliza- 
beth Rogers. Four children were born to them. With his young 
wife and infant son, John, James Irwin, Jr., came overland to Ten- 
nessee and located near Raleigh on the land given him by his father. 
But the contiimed ill-health of his family and death of a daughter, an 
infant named Jane, determined him to sell this property and return 
to North Carolina. It was in North Carolina, after his return, that 
his son, Robert Clell Irwin, was born, April 5, 1840, the only child 
of this union to reach maturity. Three years later the young wife 
died. She is buried in Steele Creek Cemetery. 

James Irwin's second wife, widow of William Knox, lived only 
a year, leaving an infant son, who died in childhood. 

Several years later James Irwin, Jr., married the widow of Col. 
Davis. From this marriage there were eight children, only three of 
whom lived beyond childhood, and only one is living now, Mrs. 
Sarah Irwin Mattingly. 

In 1850 Jajues Irwii^, Jr., made his second journey westward. 
Tin's time his destination was the Mississippi Valley in Tunica Coun- 
ty, Miss. He left North Carolina with his family overland and with 
a train of carriages, wagons and a fuU retinue of servants and 
slaves. On reaching Huntsville, Ala., owing to illness in his family, 
he completed the trip via Nashville, Tenn., and from there by boat 
to their destination. Leaving his two young sons, John, aged four- 
teen, and Robert, ten, in charge of the servants, teams, etc., the brave 
lads, after many mishaps and misgivings, arrived at their new home 
on the Mississippi River the first day of January, 1851, and found 
that the other members of the family had arrived a full month in 

James Irwin, Jr., died after a short illness of pneumonia, Feb- 
ruary 26, 186'4 He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, near Tunica, 


THE McDowells and connections 145 


ROBERT CLELL IRWIN, the second son of James Irwin, Jr., 

and Elizabeth Rogers, was born April 5, 1840, in Mecklenburg 
<^ounty, N. C. His great-grandfather, William Irwin, was born in 
Scotland and was among the Scotch- Irish settlers of Cumberland 
County, Pa. Robert Irwin was named for his father's brother, w^ho 
was named for his ancestor. Gen. (or Col.) Robert Irwin, of Meck- 
lenburg County, N. C. 

When Robert C. Irwin was ten years old his father moved to 
Tunica County, Miss. At the age of fourteen he entered Hanover 
College, Indiana, remaining a student of this institution until the 
spring of 1860, when war between the North and South became im- 
minent. In April, 1861, he entered the Confederate service as a* 
volunteer and left Memphis in the company known as the Memphis 
Light Dragoons; afterwards he was in the Seventh Tennessee Regi- 
ment under Gen. Forrest, where he remained during 1861, '62 and 
'63. Prom 1863 he was with Capt. Tom Henderson's company of 
scouts. He was a cavalryman throughout the war, receiving honor- 
able discharge from Capt. Henderson, May 10, 1865. Gn the 9th of 
the same month he was married to Miss Annie Elizabeth Owens, 
third daughter of Georgiann Elizabeth and James M. Owens. Two 
sons and five daughters were born to them, only four (daughters) 
reaching maturity. 

Robert C. Irwin was a member of the Ku-Klux Klan, fearlessly 
doing his duty in the dark days of reconstruction. In 1878, when 
the Howards' Board of Health called volunteers during the yellow 
fever epidemic, forty-one men responded in Hernando, Miss. Of 
these forty-one, some dying, others leaving town. Bob Irwin w^as the 
only man who never left his post for a day until the dreadful scourge 
was over. 

R. C. Irwin was a man of strong personality, possessing a genial, 
lovable nature — a man outspoken iji what he believed to be right, 
conservative and cautious in business affairs, an honest man, Bob 
Irwin's word was considered his bond. He was a Democrat of the 
old school, never seeking office for himself, but taking an active in- 
terest in polities, and while he served fourteen years as a member 
of the Upper Yazoo (Miss.) Levee Board Commission, his appoint- 
ment was unsolicited. After serving this long terra he resigned be- 
cause other duties required his time. He was president of Tunica's 
first bank — serving in this capacity for several years, he resigned. 
A few years later became the founder and president of Irwin 's Bank 
of Tunica. When his health failed he closed this bank. 

At the time of his death— March 3, 1909— he was president of 
the Planters' Oil Mill of Tunica and president of the Irwin-Leather- 
man Cotton Company, of Memphis, Tenn. 

He was a consistent member and active Ruling Elder in the 
P'resbvterian Church. He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, near 

146 THE McDowells and connections 

Tuiiiea, Miss. An liouest man and good, beloved by his family and 
friends, respected by all men, can truly be said of Robert C. Irwin. 



MARY I RWIN, daughter of Col. Robert Irwin, of Mecklenburg 
County, N. C, married John Dinkinsi He was a descendant of one 
of the three Dinkins brothers, who immigrated with the Armstrongs 
from Ireland, landing at Charleston in 1717. Who his parents werv» 
we have no record, but the supposition is that he was a brother or 
cousin of the James Dinkins who married Lucy Keudrick (see else- 
where. However, this cannot be stated positively, as the connection is 
not clear, although the Dinkins of Mecklenburg County, N. C, all 
belonged to the same family. There is no means of ascertaining his 
exact relationship to the Dinkins whose lines follow, but he was evi- 
dently a cousin or brother. 

Mav Irwin and John Dinkins had one son, Robert Irwin Din- 
kins, and it is claimed a daughter, who married a Morrison and whosi' 
descendants now reside in North Carolina. We have been unable to 
learn anything definite about this family. After the death of John 
Dinkins, May Irwin married a Mr. Williamson and had five chil- 
dren : Cynes, Frederick D., John, Cynthia and Samuel. Cynthiti 
married an Alexander. 

ROBERT IRWIN DINKINS was born in North Carolina, Jan- 
uary 12, 1797, and died in Mississippi, September 28, 1838. He mar- 
ried his cousin, Louisa Davis Dinkins, and came to Mississippi from 
North Carolina some time in the late '40s or early '50s. Robert Din- 
kins died shortly after reaching Mississippi. Mrs. Dinkins then 
married Alfred Galloway and died in 1873. 


1. John, who never married. 

2. Melvina, married (first) Whitman and had one 

child, Lucinda, who married Robert Kemp and was living in Green- 
ville in 1893. 

After the death of Whitman, Melvina married Richard Bar- 
rington, a nephew of Commodore Barrington, and had three chil- 
dren (deceased). 

3. Sarah Lee Dinkins married E. J. Bowers and had two chil- 
dren : 

1. E. J. Bowers, who is a brilliant law\yer with few equal^i 
in his profession. He lives in Bay St. Louis, and was 
elected to Congress in 1903. He has several children, 
names unknown. 2. Minnie Lou Bowers, who lives with 
her brother, E. J. Bowers, in Bay St. Louis. 



MARGARET I. McDOWELL, the daughter of Hugh and Mar- 
garet I. McDowell, married Andrew Lawson Barry (her second 
cousin), of South Carolina. Many of their descendants won fame 
and distinction and held positions of honor and trust. 



1. Robert Lindsay McDowell. 

2. Euphemia Elizabeth McDowell. 

3. Mary Jane McDowell. 

4. Sarah Ann McDowell. 

1. ROBERT LINDSAY BARRY, son of Andrew Lawson and 
Margaret McDowell Barry, married Laura Augusta Hackett of Geor- 
gia. Issue : 1. Robert Irwin. 2. Margaret. 

Robert Irwin Barr>' married (first) Mary Bryan Theat of Sa- 
vannah, 6a. Issue : 1. Ruth Mary Barry. 2. Robert Andrew Barry. 

Robert Irwin Barry married (second) Anna Henderson of 

Atlanta, Ga, Issue : 1. Edwin Barry. 2. Joseph Barry. 

Margaret Barry, daughter of Robert Lindsay Barry, married 
Edward Ansly of Atlanta, Ga. Issue : 1. Laura. 2. Monsie Ansley. 

2. MARY JANE BARRY, daughter of Andrew Lawson and 
Margaret McDowell Barry, married Dr. Adolphus Sherrod Powler of 
Georgia. Issue : 1. Eugene Moore. 2. Minnie Lee. 3. Mary Jane. 

4. Hugh Barry. 5. Jessie Euphemia. 

Eugene Moore Powler married Minnie Riggs of T^xas. issue : 
1. Hugh. 

Mary Jane Powler, daughter of Dr. Powler, married Roy N. Cole 
of Newnan, Ga. 

Minnie Lee Powler married Melvin Gardner of Norfolk, Va. Is- 
sue: 1. Dorothea. 2. John. 

3. SARAH ANN BARRY, daughter of Andrew Lawson and 
Margaret McDowell Barry, married William E. Sloan of Georgia. Is- 
sue : 1. Elizabeth Irwin. 2. Willie Emma. 3. Julia Scott. 4. Thomas. 

5. Annie Gertrude. 6. Euphemia. 7. Laura Barry. 8. Robert 

Elizabeth I. Sloan married Oscar Sloan (her cousin), of Ploricia. 
Issue: Eva, Anne Mary, Andrew Moore and Willie Emma. 

Willie E. Sloan married Oscar E. Horn of Georgia: Issue: Al- 
ton, Emma, Estelle, Rosa Jane and E. Barry. 

Julia Scott Sloan married Edgar L. McDonald of Georgia. Issue : 
Eddie Cloud and Julia Irwin. 

Thomas A. Sloan married Annie lola Tyle of Georgia. Issue: 
Thomas, Adam, Cash, Wyman. 

Annie Gertrude Sloan married Herbert Greenberry Bryan of 


Euphemia Sloan married William P. Bellinger of Florida. 
Laura Barry Sloan married Joel Echols Smith of Florida. 

4. EUPHEMIA ELIZABETH BARRY, daughter of Andrew 
Lawson and Margaret McDowell Barry, married William A. Moore. 

Emma Eliza, who married William Wood Draper of Alabama. 

Sallie Erwin, who died in 1875. 

Susan Margaret, who died in childhood. 

Marv Lou, died in 1881. 

William A., who died in infancy. 

Anna Euphemia, who married Seaborne Wright of Rome, Ga. 

John McDowell, who married Hattie Grace Wharton. 

Jessie, who married Hugh L. McKee. Issue: Jessie and Mar- 

Wilmer Lee, who married Cornelia Jackson. 



1. William. 2. Robert. 3. Daniel. 4. Mary. 5. Jessie. 6. 
Wallace Wood. 

1. Thomas Barry. 2. Lucius Moore. 3. Max Seaborne 



1. Wharton Adolphus. 2. Elizabeth Irving. 3. Maye Belle. 
4. Emma. 5. Bertha Harben. 

THE McDowells and conne>ctions 149 


(Wilmer L. Moore, the writer of the following sketch, is a suc- 
cessful business man of Atlanta, Ga., of the firm of Wilmer L. Moore 
& Co. His mother was Euphemia Elizabeth Barry.) 

Andrew Barry, born 1746; died June 17, 1811; married Marga- 
ret Moore, who was born in 1752 and died Sept. 29, 1823. Both of 
them are buried at Moore, S. C. 

Andrew Barry was supposed to have come direct from Ireland 
and located in Pennsylvania, and afterwards moved to South Caro- 
lina with Charles Moore. 

Charles Moore was the father of Margaret Moore. He was borji 
in 1727 and died in 1805 ; buried at Moore, S. C. He is supposed to 
have come direct from Ireland to Pennsylvania. He married either 
a Mary Graham, Mary Lawson or Mary Hamilton. Just which one 
of these my records are unsatisfactory. 

John Barry, who was the son of Andrew and Mary Barry, was 
born in 1772; died March 3, 1844. He married Elizabeth Watson, 
who was bom in 1774 and died Aug. 30, 1838. Both of them are 
buried at Liberty Hall, Ala. 

Andrew Lawson Barry, born Nov. 23, 1805; died Jan. 6, 1892; 
married Margaret McDowell, who w^as born in 1811, and died in 1839. 

They were married Dec. 22, 1829, and buried at LaFayette. Ga. 

'Euphenia Elisabeth Barry, born Feb. 4, 1832; married William 
Adolphus Moore, who was born Nov. 19, 1819, and died July 31, 1891. 
They were married Nov. 19, 1850. 

William Adolphus Moore and Euphenia Moore are my parents. 

I will now trace for you the McDowell branch as far as I have 
any record. 

Col. Samuel Watson married Elizabeth McDowell. They wen* 
buried at Bethel Church, York, S. C. These are the parents of Eliza- 
beth Watson, who married John Barry. 

Col. Samuel Watson came to North Carolina with the McDow- 
ells. The family Bible is in possession of J. A. Barry's family in At- 
lanta, and his sword and his spinning wheel are in the possession of 
a relative in Alabama. 

Charles McDowell married some one by the name of Rachel, but 
I have never been able to learn her last name. They were from Fred- 
erick County, Virginia. 

Their son, John McDowell, was born in Pennsylvania in 1743, 
and died July 30, 1795; w^as buried at Steele Creek Church, N, C. 
He married Jean Parks, who was born 1747 and died Oct. 8, 1824. 

Their son, Hugh McDowell, was born Dec. 16, 1777. aiul died 
May 16, 1835. He married Margaret Irwin, who was born in 1785 
and died May 3, 1838. 

They were married March 31, 1802, and were buried at SuH»le 
Creek Church, N. C. 

150 THE McDowells and connections 

Their daughter, Margaret McDowell, married Andrew Lawson 

The Irwins are connected with our family in the following man- 

Qen. Robert Irwin, supposed to have been born in Pennsylvania 
in 1738, died Dec. 23, 1800; married Mary Alexander, who died 
March 24, 1796. They are buried at Steele Creek Church. 

These are the parents of Margaret Irwin, who married- Hugh 

The father of Gen. Robert Irwin was William Irwin, who died 
near Carlisle, Pa., about 1750. The Irwins from North Ireland. 

The parents of Mary Alexander, who married Gen. Robert Ir- 
win, was the daughter of Zebulon Alexander and sister of Zenus 
Alexander. (See Irwins and Alexander Pages.) 

THE McDowells and connections 


descendants of moses neely and jane parks 

Mosea Neely was bom Jan. 29, 1799, at Steele Creek, near Char 
lotte, N. C. ; died Jan. 17, 1887. 

His parents were Moses Neely and Margaret Campbell, of Scotch- 
Irish and Bevolutionary ancestry. In 1825 he married Jane Parke 
McDowell, granddaughter of Col. John McDowell and Gen. Robert 
Irwin of R^^volutionary fame. She died in 1886. 

The descendants of Moses Neely and Jane Parks McDowell are 
James Columbus Neely, married Frances Blocker; Margaret Neely, 
married W. M. Harrison ; Mary Neely, married W. W. Flinn ; Sarah 
Roxana Neely, married Benjamin Maclin; Hugh McDowell Neely, 
married Mary Bethell McGown; Felicia Neely, married Robert 
Shorter; Hannah Neely, married Lucius Paine; Eliza Neely, mar- 
ried N. F. Harrison; Frances Neely, married N. F, Harrison. 

Florence Neely, Pearl Neely Grant, James Columbus Neely, Sid- 
ney M. Neely, Hagh McDowell Neely, Frances Neely Mallory, W. W. 
Flinn, Neely Flinn, Lilly Maclin Blocker, Felicia Maclin Aymette, 
Benjamin Maclin, Cora Shorter Davis, Lee Paine, Annie Paine Brad- 
ley, Frances Paine Bowen, Charles Harrison, Emma Harrison, Robert 
Harrison, Lucile Harrison Brett, Margaret Harrison Owen, Neely 
Harrison Rehse, Eva Blocker Lemman, Brodis Blocker, Milton 
Blocker, Lena Blocker. 


James Neely Grant, Daniel Brooks Grant, Mamie Wright. Eriia 
Wright, Hugh Wright, Aubrey Wright, Louise Wright, Eugene Ay- 
mette, Richard Harrison, Eatherleen Harrison, Harrison, 
fiee Edwin Reese, Lucile Harrison Brett, Catherine Lemman. Marion 
licmraan, William Neely Mallory, Barton Lee Mallory, Frances Neely 

THE McDowells and connejctions 

Memphis, Teiin. 

THE McDowells and conne>ctions \b3 

Mallory, Hugh McDowell Neely, Sidney Milton Neely, Theodora 
Trezevant Neely, James Columbus Neely, Cheatham Bradley, Pau- 
line Bradley, Leita Bradley, Forlie Bradley, Brooks Bradley, ^lyrtle 
Maclin, Bessie Davis Jaloniek. 

JANE McDowell, the daughter of Hugh McDowell and his 
wife, Mai^aret I. McDowell, was born at Mecklenburg, N. C, Feb. 
10, 1805, and died at Germantown, Shelby County, Tenn.,- July 5, 
1886. She married Moses Neely, who was born in Mecklenburg 
County, N. C, Jan. 29, 1799, an ddied at Germantown, Shelby County, 
Tenn,, Jan. 17, 1887. 


1. James Columbus, Neely, born at Mecklenburg County, April 
17, 1826; died Jan. 20, 1901. 

2. Margaret E. (married N. F. Harrison), born in Mecklenburg 
County, N. C, Dec. 29, 1827 ; died Aug. 13, 1881. 

3. Mary L. (married Flinn), bom at Mecklenburg County, 
Nov. 13, 1829 ; died April 24, 1872. 

4. Sarah R. (married McClin), born at Mecklenburg County, 
July 21, 1831. 

5. Hugh McDowell Neely, born in Madison Countv, Tenn., Nov. 
S, 1833. 

6. Felicia Shorter, born Madison County, Tenn., Aug. 24, 1835; 
died March 18, 1875. 

7. Hannah Ann (Paine), born at Madison Countv, Tenn., Dec. 
7, 1838; died Jan. 14, 1898. 

8. Eliza Jane (Harrison), born at Shelby Countv, Tenn., May, 
1840; died Sept. 22, 1859. 

9. Frances E. (Harrison), born at Shelby County, March 26, 


Hugh McDowell (H. M.) Neely was born in Madison County, 
Tenn., Nov. 8, 1833. He is descended on the maternal side of his fam- 
ily from Gen. Robert Irwin, a signer of the Declaration of Independ- 
ence ; Col. John McDowell, Col. William Campbell, distinguishe<l offi- 
cer of the Revolution. His mother, Jane Parks McDowell, was a 
typical McDowell woman; she was tall, graceful, with an attractive 
manner and full of energy and spirit. She was born Feb. 10, 1805, 
and died July 5, 1886. She was married to Moses Neely of Mecklen- 
burg County, N. C, in 1825. He was a man of great energy and integ- 
rity. From this union there were born nine children. 

At the age of seven he came with his father, who was a planter, 
to Shelby County, Tenn., where he was raised on a typical Southern 
plantation. He received a full academic education and has since 
been fond of books ; has an easy command of language, and is an inter- 
esting talker. In the war between the States he went with the South ; 
was Captain of Company I, 38th Tennessee Regiment of Infantry, 
and the last year of the war was Adjutant-General on the staff of 

164 THE McDowells and connections 


, THE McDowells and oonnex^tions i66 

Brig.-Gen. J. C. Carter. (Jen. Carter was wounded at the battle of 
Franklin and fell into the arms of Capt. Neely. Capt. Neely fought 
in nearly all of the battles of West Tennessee and received a bullet 
at the Battle of Perryville, which he still carries. 

After the war he was a member of a very successful mercantile 
firm of Brooks, Neely & Co. of Memphis, and so remained until it 
went into voluntary liquidation in 1900. Mr. Neely was President 
and Vice-President of the Memphis National Bank for sixteen years, 
and has been President of the Phoenix Fire & Insurance Co. . for 
thirty-one years. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church 
and Y. M. C. A. of Memphis, and being in good circumstances, gives 
them and other charities liberal support. 

He is a man of fine physique ; is six feet three inches in height 
and weighs two hundred pounds, and is well known for his rugged 
honesty and strict adherence to truth. Aug. 10, 1886, he married 
Mrs. Mary B. McCown, formerly Miss Sneed of North Carolina. No 
children followed this congenial and happy union. They live in their 
elegant home in Memphis and are noted for their hospitality. 


By Pearl Neely Grant. 

JAMES COLUMBUS NEELY, born in Mecklenburg County, 
N. C, April 19, 1826 ; died at Memphis, Tenn., Jan. 20, 1901 ; mar- 
ried at Olive Branch, Mi^s., to Frances Blocker, who was born in 
DeSoto County, Miss., Feb. 8, 1840. 



1. Florence, born at Memphis, Tenn. 

2. Jesse Pearl, born at Memphis, Tenn. 

3. James Columbus, Jr., born at Memphis, Tenn. 

4. Sidney Milton, born at Memphis, Tenn. 

5. Frances Blocker, bom at Memphis, Tenn. 
Hugh McDowell, born at Memphis, Tenn. 

Jesse Pearl married James Daniel Grant, Memphis, Tenn. 
James Columbus, Jr., married Eleanor McGhee, Knoxville, Tenn. 
Sidney Milton married Theodora Trezevant, Memphis, Tenn. 
Frances B. married Lee Barton Mallory, Memphis, Tenn. 


James Neely Grant. 
Daniel Brooks Grant. 
William Neely Mallory. 
Sidnev M. Neely, Jr. 


James Columbus (J. C.) Neely was born in Mecklenburg County, 
N. C, April 19, 1826. He is descended on the maternal side of his 
family from Gen. Robert Irwin, a signer of the Mecklenburg Declara- 



tion of Independence; Col. John McDowell, Col. William CampbeU, , 

were distinguished officers of the Revolution. 

His mother, Jane Parks McDowell, was a tpyioal McDowell 
woman; she was tall, graceful, with an attractive manner and full of 
energy and spirit. She was born Feb. 10, 1805, and died July 5, 
1886. She was married to Moses Neely of Mecklenburg County, N. 
C, 1825. He was a man of great energy and integrity. From this 
union there were born nine children. 

In 1863 his father moved with his family to Madison County, 
Tenn. Mr. Neely died in Memphis, Jan. 20, 1901. He was a man of 
fine mentality, of unusual physical development, was tall, muscular 
and endowed with indomitable energy. In 1860 he married Miss 
Frances Blocker, of a prominent Mississippi family. Five children 
survive them. 

In the year 1856 he came to Memphis and organized the mer- 
cantile firm of Qoyer & Neely, and in 1885 he organized the mercan- 
tile firm of Brooks, Neely & Co., of which he was the acknowledged 
head. The firm was composed of himself, S. H. Brooks and H. M. 
Neely. It was successful from the start and became one of the rich- 
est and most widely known in the South. It went into voluntary 
liquidation in the year 1900, all its members retiring from active 
business with fine estates. 

Mr. Neely was also largely interested in coal and iron mines in 
Alabama, planting in the Mississippi River bottom and other indus- 
trial enterprises. He was President of the Continental National Bank 
and Bluff City Insurance Company. 

He was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church, in tem- 
per equable, and in association with his family always patient, kind 
and liberal; with his acquaintances kind and courteous. He was 
eminent for his great common sense and so ripe in judgment and ex- 
perience that his advice was often sought by those who knew him. He 
was always optimistic, fond of anecdote, and possessed an intermi- 
nable flow of good humor. It may be said of him that when living 
he made no enemies and lost no friends, and in dying, among his 
varied associations he left vacancies difficult to be filled. 


SARAH SALINA McDOWELL, daughter of Hugh and Mar- 
garet I. McDowell, married Andrew Moore Sloan of South Carolina, 
the issue of whom were: 






JOHN HUGH SLOAN married Mary C. Winn of Thomasville, 
6a. Issue: Johnnie and Hugh Sloan. Said Johnnie married Ed- 
ward Berkley. Their issue: Virginia Berkley. 


2. Charles Andrew Sloan, son of Andrew and Sarah Sloan, 

married Mollie L. Morris of Montieello, Fla. Their issue: 

and Oscar Sloan. 

3. Adam Sloan married Elizabeth Irvin of McDonongh, Ga. 
Their issue: Sarah, Eva, Annie Mary and Andrew Moore Sloan. 

4. Robert Eugene Sloan married Ida TumbuU of Monticello, 
Fla. Their issue: Richard, Robert Eugene, Sarah Salina. 



ROBERT I. McDowell, son of Hugh and Margaret Irwin Me- 
Dowell, was a man of wealth and an elder in the Presbyterian Church 
both at Steele Creek and Unity Church, Lincoln, N. C. He was a 
member of the North Carolina Legislature and a business man of 
marked ability and great success. He married Rebecoa Brevard, who 
was a daughter of J. Franklin Brevard, a son of Capt. Alexander Bre- 
vard and Margaret, his wife, of Lincoln County, N. C. Margaret 
Brevard died October, 1866, aged 68 years. She was the daughter 
ol James Conner, who emigrated from the north of Ireland about 
1774. He volunteered in the Revolutionary war and fought to its 
finish and died in 1835, aged 84 y^ars. His wife was Lallis (some- 
times called Lille) Wilson, who was the daughter of Samuel Wilson, 
Sr.y and his wife, Margaret Jack, sister of Capt. James Jack, who was 
the bearer of the Mecklenburg Declaraton of Independence to Con- 
gress. Samuel Wlson emigrated to Mecklenburg County about 1745 
and settled near Hopewell Church. He was of Scotch-Irish descent 
and died March 13, 1778. 

Capt. Alexander Brevard, father of Robert Irwin McDowell's 
wife, Rebecca, was a cadet in a military school at the beginning of 
the war, was in many battles and was noted for his bravery. He was 
one of eight sons of John Brevard, a Huguenot family. 

Among the children of Robert I. McDowell were : 

William Hugh, killed in battle. 

Rena, who married Dr. Roach of Charlotte, N. C. 

F. Brevard McDowell of Charlotte, N. C. 


ELEANOR IRWIN, known as '* Nelly,'' daughter of Col. Rob- 
ert Irwin and his wife, Mary Alexander, was bom Oct. 15, 1771, in 
Mecklenburg County, N. C, and died in Williamson County, Tenn., 
Aug. 8, 1909. She married James Moore, son of John Moore (orig- 
inaUy from Ireland), May 8, 1790. James Moore was bom in Lin- 
coln County, N. C, Feb. 15, 1764, and died in Williamson County, 
Tenn., July 12, 1830. Eleanor and James Moore moved to William- 
son County, Tenn., November, 1807, and settled on a 640-acre tract 
of land at Brentwood, the land warrant for which was granted in 
1785 to Col. Robert Irwin for services in the Revolutionary War by 


the State of North Carolina. In May, 1795, Col. Irwin made a deed 
of gift of this land to his son-in-law, James Moore, the same being on 
record in the Register's office at Nashville, Tenn. About four hun- 
dred acres of this original grant is still owned by Hugh C. Moore, a 
grandson of James Moore and Eleanor Irwin, Eleanor Irwin Moore 
is buried at Brentwood, Tenn. 


1. Robert Irwin Moore, born in Lincoln County, N. C, July 
20, 1791. 

2. Jane Moore, born Aug. 18, 1793. 

3. John, born Aug. 29, 1795. 

4. Alexander, born March 7, 1798. 

5. William, born June 2, 1802. 

6. Sinai Graves, bom Aug. 29, 1804. 

7. James Archer, born Sept. 8, 1807. 


1. ROBERT IRWIN MOORE, eldest son of Eleanor Irwin and 
James Moore, married (first) Isabella Caldwell Harlan, an aunt of 
Justice M. Harlan of the U. S Supreme Court, near Danville, Ky., 
in 1824. Issue: 1. James Harlan Moore, born May 12, 1825, at 
Nashville, Tenn.; died in 1884. 2. Sarah Ellen Moore, born in 1827, 
died 1848. 

ROBERT IRWIN MOORE married (second) Martha Clay near 
Danville, Ky., May 3, 1832. Issue : Martha Clay Moore, born 1833 ; 
died at Rome, Italy, 1902. 

ROBERT IRWIN MOORE niarried (third) Mrs. Jane Bell 
Walker (daughter of James McKissick and Mary Vance Greer) near 
Shelbyville, Tenn., in 1835. Issue: Ruth Isabella, born at Nash- 
ville, Tenn., 1836; died unmarried in her 21st year Dec. 4, 1856. 
2. Mary Adelaide, bom Jan. 17, 1839; died in old home at Brent- 
wood, 1863. 3. Robert Irwin Moore, Jr., born April 14, 1841, Nash- 
ville, Tenn.; now resides in New Orleans. 4. Hugh Campbell, bom 
April 18, 1846; now resides in Brentwood, Tenn. 5. James McKis- 
sick, born May 28, 1848; now resides in Spring Hill, Tenn. 



JAMES HARLAN MOORE, son of Robert Irwin Moore and Isa- 
bella C. Harlan, married Adeline Parrelly, daughter of Col. P. Far- 
reUy. Issue : 

1. Sarah, born in Arkansas in 1851 ; married Edward Williford 
in 1864; had three children: 1. Adeline. 2. Daughter (name un- 
known ) . 3. Edward. 

2. Mary (Molly), born in 1852; married Abraham Brooks, near 
Louisville, Ky., Pebruary, 1871. Children : 1. MoUie, married Ells- 
worth McCormick. 2. Edna, married William S. Matthews. 3. Ruth, 
died in Rome, Italy, 1902. 4. Austin. 5. Abraham. 

THE McDowells and connections 159 

3. Fannie, bom in 1853; now resides at Bardstown, Ky. ; mar- 
ried Dr. Patrick Pendleton in Arkansas about 1894. Dr. Pendleton 
died in 1900. No issue. 

4. Buth, born 1856, married Joseph Johnson in Arkansas ; died 
in 1890. Issue: 1. Francis Johnson. 

5. Charles P., bom in 1858; married Mrs. Murphy in Pine 
Bluff, Ark. Besides in Arkansas. 

6. Bobert Irwin, born in 1860. 

SABAH ALLEN MOOBE, daughter of Bobert Irwin Moore and 
Isabella Harlan, married Philip Gilchrist, of Courtland, Ala. 

MABTHA CLAY MOOBE, daughter of Bobert Irwin Moore 
and Martha Clay, married Patrick Farreley, son of Col. P. Farreley, 
in 1853, at Nashville. Issue: John Patrick Farreley, born 1855, is 
now Bishop of Catholic Diocese, Cleveland. Ohio. 

BOBEBT IBWIN MOOBE, JB., son of Bobert Irwin Moore and 
Mrs. Jane B. Walker ; married Lena Bell McKissick, at Spring Hill, 
Tenn., April 27, 1865. Mrs. Lena Moore died about 1892. No issue. 

HUGH CAMPBELL MOOBE, son of Bobert Irwin Moore and 
Mrs. Jane B. Walker, married Kate Jones Greer, at Memphis, Tenn., 
April 3, 1872. Issue : 

1. Allen tlones Moore, born at Brentwood, Tenn., Oct. 20, 


2. Hugh Campbell Moore, Jr., bom at Brentwood, Tenn., 

March 16, 1878. 

3. Bobert Irwin Moore, born at Brentwood, Tenn., May 

29, 1888. 

JAMES McKISSICK MOOBE, son of Bobert Irwin Moore and 
Mrs. Jane B. Walker, married Sallie B. Cheairs, daughter of Nat 
F. Cheairs and Susan B. McKissick, at Spring Hill, Tenn., October, 
1874. Issue: 

1. Bobert Irwin, bom at Spring Hill, Tenn., Oct. 9, 1875. 

2. Nathaniel Prank, born at Spring Hill, Tenn., Dec. 26, 
1876; married Martha White. Issue: Frank C, born 
Sept. 25, 1915. 

3. Susie Bell, born at Spring Hill, Tenn., Dec. 17, 1878. 

. Jane Buth, bom at Spring Hill, Tenn., July 3, 1881 ; mar- 
ried Osa Anderson Sept. 30, 1912. Issue : Sarah Moore 
Anderson, born Sept. 30, 1913. Jane Cheairs Ander- 
son, born July 26, 1915. 

5. Elizabeth Timberlake, born at Spring Hill, June 29, 


6. Sarah Cheairs, born at Spring Hill, October 19, 1901. 


2. JANE MOOBE, daughter of Eleanor Irwin and James 
Moore; married Thomas Dickson about 1820. Thomas Dickson was 

160 THE McDowells and conne>ctions 

born in Lincoln County, N. C, 1793, died in Gibson County, Tenn.^ 
Sept. 12, 1870. Jane Moore was born in Lincoln County, N. C., 1793, 
and died Sept. 15, 1876. 


1. Isabella Allen, born in Williamson County, Tenn., 
1820 ; died 1893 ; married James J. Cooper, in William- 
son County, Tenn., 1836. 

2. James A., born in Williamson County, Tenn., 1822 ; died 

1898 ; never married. 

3. Susan T., born in Williamson County, Tenn., 1826; died 

1892; married Thomas Payne, Gibson County, Tenn., 

4. Augustus F., iborn in Williamson County, Tenn., 1831 ; 

married Laura McCutcheon, Dyer County, Tenn., 1866. 


JOHN MOORE, son of Eleanor Irwin and James Moore; mar- 
ried Stewart, and died at Brentwood. Issue : 

1. Sarah, married Andrews. 

2. Thomas, married Lucy Lightfoot, April, 1872. 

3. Mary, married George Simpson. 


ALEXANDER MOORiE, third son of Eleanor Irwin and James 
Moore, married Nancy Merritt, Dec. 8, 1824, in Williamson County, 
Tenn., and died at Franklin, Tenn., ]\Iarch 26, 1888. Nancy Merritt 
Moore died near Franklin, Tenn., June 27, 1891. 


1. Rebecca Jane Moore, born Oct. 8, 1825; died Nov. 22, 


2. James Park Moore, born in Williamson County, Tenn., 

Aug. 18, 1827; married Martha Washington Crockett, 
Oet. 25, 1860. She died June, 1915. A few years ago 
(1918) James Park Moore, in memory of his beloved 
wife, made a bequest of sixty thousand dollars to the 
Galloway Memorial Hospital at Nashville, Tenn., a fit- 
ting monument to this worthy descendant of Martha 

\i, Susan Ann Moore, born Oct. 18, 1830; married D. P. 
Hadly, died June 27, 1883. No issue. 

4. William Alexander INIoore, born June 2, 1838; died 
April 13, 1860. 

THE McDowells and connections lei 


5. WILLIAM MOORE, son of Eleanor Irwin and James Moore, 
married Mary Duncan, Franklin, Ky., died 1844. No issue. 


6. SINAI GRAVES MOORE, son of Eleanor Irwin and James 
Moore; married Saiah Ann Louisa Quinn (daughter of Matthew H. 
Quinn and Harriet Louise EUiston) at Nashville, Tenn., March 15, 
1837. Sarah Quinn was born in Nashville, Feb. 25, 1873. Sinai G. 
Moore died at Nashville, Oct. 6, 1893. Issue: 

1. Harriet Ellen Moore, bom at Franklin, Ky., Sept. 15, 
1842 ; married Major Thomas Porter Weakley, at Nash- 
ville, Tenn., March 15, 1866, who died April, 1910. 
Issue: 1. Annie Lou, born at Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 
22, 1867 ; married Joseph V. Allen, at Nashville, Tenn., 
Nov. n, 1891, and now resides at Birmingham, Ala. 
Has three children: Thomas Porter Allen, Joseph V. 
Allen, Jr., and Eleanor Allen. 2. Mary Porter Weak- 
ley, born June 21, 1871; married Geo. B. Allen (a 
brother of Joseph V.) at Nashville, Tenn. Now resides 
in Birmingham. No issue. 3. Sarah Moore Weakley, 
born Dec. 2, 1873. 4. Harriet lEllen Weakley, born 
Nov. 12, 1876. 5. Elizabeth Carter Weakley, born 
May 17, 1878; married Edward Werner, at Nashville, 
Tenn., Dec. 17, 1902. Now resides in Atlanta. 

2. James Quinn Moore, born 1855; married Janie Sea- 

well at Lebanon, Tenn., April, 1882. She was born 
Nov. 30, 1858, and is the third child of Eldridge G. and 
Susan K. Sea well. Now resides at Belliair, Fla. Issue : 

1. Eldridge Seawell, born Nashville, Tenn., May 11, 1884, 

now resides in Tampa, Fla. 

2. Elizabeth, born Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 10, 1878, mar- 
ried Wharton J. Cheairs (son of John Cheairs) of 

Moore's Grove, Belleair, Fla., Jan. 5, 1911. Now re- 
sides in Spring Hill. Tenn. Issue: I51dridge Seawell 
Cheairs, bom Nov. 22, 1911, at Spring Hill, Tenn., Jane 
Seawell Cheairs, born Jan. 5, 1915. 

3. Annie Lou ^loore, born Franklin Ky., 1845 ; died 1864. 


7. JAMES ARCHER MOORE, son of Eleanor Irwin and 

James Moore, married Jordan, at Murfreesboro, Tenn. 

Tssne : 

1. James Archer, Jr., born March 10, 1840; married Rosa 
Carney, at Murfreesboro, Tenn., Jan. 18, 1870. Issue: 
1. Jennie, born March 31, 1871; died July 25, 1873. 

162 THE McDowells and connections 

2. Kate, born August 14, 1874; married Nathan Davis 
Overall, Nov. 21, 1894. Now resides in Nashville. Is- 
sue: Robert M. Overall, born Nov. 8, 1895; Katrina 
Overall, born June 9, 1897 ; Natalie, born Feb. 11, 1899 ; 
James C. Overall, born Dee. 24, 1900; Dorothy Overall, 
born Aug. 24, 1909. 3. James Carney, born Oct. 10, 
1877; married Elsie Winkler Dec. 28, 1911. 4. Helen, 
bom Aug. 8, 1887 ; died March 2, 1905. 5. Rosa, born 
Dec. 13, 1882; married Thomas B, Cannon, Dec. 23, 
1908. Issue: Daughter born 1911 (name unknown). 

2. William Alexander, born March 10, 1842 ; died Decem- 

ber, 1870, unmarried. 

3. Sarah Ellen, born , married Brasfield. Issue: 

George M. Brasfield. 

4. John Thomas, born , married Susan Hallibur- 

ton near Murfreesboro. Issue: Three sons and one 
daughter (names unknown). 



By Mrs. Willie Galloway Ventress. 

Charles Betts Galloway was born at Kosciusko, Mississippi, Sep- 
tember 1, 1849; died at Jackson, Mississippi, on May 12, 1909. 

He was graduated from the University of Mississippi at the 
age of 19, and at once entered the ministry of the Methodist ifipis- 
copal Church South. 

He married Harriet Elizabeth Willis, daughter of Capt. E. H. 
Willis (of Forrest's Cavalry, in the civil war) and Margaret E. 
Ervin, in Warren County, Mississippi, September 1, 1869. During 
the yellow fever scourge of 1878 he was stationed at Vicksburg, 
and remained at his post, was stricken with the disease, and was 
reported dead, and his obituary written. 

After filling various important appointments in the Confer- 
en<»e, he was elected editor of the New Orleans Christian Advocate, 
in 1882, where lie made a reputation as a forceful writer and bril- 
liant journalist. During the year 1882 he had conferred on him 
the degree of D.D., by Northwestern University, and of LL. D., by 

In 1886 he was elected Bishop, the youngest man ever chosen 
for that position in the history of the Methodist Episcopal Church 

He received many honors from his Church; was Fraternal Mes- 
senger to the General Conference of the Methodist Church of Can- 
ada in 1886; member of the Ecumenical Conference in London in 
1891; delegate to the Wesleyan Conference in England in 1892; 
officially visited missions in Japan, China and Korea three times, 
and twice to Brazil and Mexico. 

He was a member of the Board of Education of the Methodist 
Episcopal Church South; a member of the Board of Trustees of the 
John P. Slater educational fund for negroes, and President of the 
Board of Trustees of Vanderbilt University, and of Millsaps Col- 
lege. He was also, for many years, a member of the Board of Trus- 
tees of his alma mater, the University of Mississippi, and a mem- 
ber of the Historical Society of Mississippi, and his contribution of 
papers are among the most valuable in the archives of that organi- 

He was an active prohibitionist, and wrote much on the sub- 
ject; was the author of a **Life of Bishop Parker," of *' Methodism, 
a Child of Providence," *^A Circuit of the Globe," and ^^ Modern 

** Bishop Galloway was especially distinguished as an orator. 

THE McDowells and connections 



his close and cogent reasoning being relieved and illuminated by 
beautiful thoughts, and many graces of expression. He was a man 
of most pleasing manners and charming disposition, and he was 
beloved and held in the highest honor and esteem, not only in his 
church circles, but by all who knew him/' — New Orleans Picayune. 

While visiting Jackson, Mississippi, in 1911, ex-President Roose- 
velt, who was a warm personal friend of Bishop Galloway, paid him 
the following tribute : 

*' While I was President one of the inspirations that I consid- 
ered dearest to me, to act decently and honorably, was the example 
given me by the life and deeds of that great Mississippian, now 
dead, Bishop Galloway. 

'*You are fortunate to have such a great example of what was 
great in American citizenship — I am glad to take this opportunity 
of testifying to my obligations to him in this way, of strength and 
inspiration. ' ' 

Bishop Galloway was eligible to membership in ''The Irvine So- 
ciety of America,'" his maternal grandmother having been Har- 
ried Dorcas Ervin, of Charlotte, N. C, daughter of Alexander Er- 
vine, of Burke County, N. C Bishop Galloway's wife is a great- 
granddaughter of Col. John Ervin, of South Carolina, an officer in 
Marion's Cavalry, and his second wife, Margaret Ervin, was liis 
cousin. The children of Bishop and Mrs. Galloway, may, therefore, 
trace Ervin blood in three lines. 

Bishop Charles Betts Galloway, born at Kosciusko, Miss., on 
Sept. 1, 1849; died at Jackson, Miss., on May 12, 1909; married in 
Warren County, Miss., on Sept. 1, 1869, to Harriet Elizabeth Willis, 
born in Warren County, Miss., on July 28, 1850. 


1. Willie Estelle, born at Canton, Miss., June 29, 1870. 

2. Harriet Elizabeth, born at Canton, Miss., June 29, 1872. 

3. Charles Betts, born at Canton, Miss., April, 1874 ; died 


4. Margaret Kate, born at Canton, Miss., November, 1877. 

5. Ethelbert Hines, bom at Canton, Miss., July, 1879. 

1. Married Wm. P. S. Ventress at Jackson, Miss., Dec. 6, 

2. Married H. B. McGhee at Jackson, Miss., May 18, 1893. 

4. Married A. M. Muckenfuss at Jackson, Miss., June. 


5. Married Mabel Johnson at Jackson, Miss., Nov. 1, 1908. 


Harriet Ventress, born at Woodville, Miss., July 30, 1894. 
Margaret Ventress, born at Woodville, Miss., Jan. 8, 1900. 
Charlotte Ventress, born at Woodville, ^liss., Jan. 7, 1896; 
died Dec. 28, 1903. 

\m THE McDowells and connex^tions 

Charles Galloway Ventress, born at Woodville, Miss., Aug, 
30, 1898. 

Stella McGhee, born Woodville, Miss., June 3, 1894. 

Howard McGhee McGhee, bom at Woodville, Miss., June 3, 

Ethel McGhee McGhee, born at Woodville, Miss., July, 1901. 

Ralph Muckenfuss, born at Jackson, Miss., January, 1899. 

Elizabeth Muckenfuss, born at Jackson, Miss., Januarv, 

Charles Galloway Muckenfuss, born at Favetteville, Ark., 
1903 ; died 1909. 

Charles B. Galloway, Jr., born at Jackson, Miss., Septem- 
ber, 1911. 


Alexander Erwin, son of Nathaniel Erwin, lived in Bucks Coun- 
ty, Pa., 1750; died 1830; married, 1785, to Mrs. Patton, nee Mar- 
garet Crawford. Nationality of ancestry-, Scotch-Irish. Official 
positions held district auditor from Burke County. 


Lewis Dinkins^ born in Mecklenburg County, N. C, on Jan. 
25, 1798 ; died in Madison County, Miss., Sept. 27, 1870 ; married at 
Charlotte, N. C, Dec. 22, 1821, to Harriet Dorcas Irwin, bom in 
Burk County, N. C, Nov. 2, 1801 ; died at Charlotte, N. C, Feb. 15, 


Dr. Charles B. Galloway was born in Brunswick County, N. C, 
April 15, 1825; married Elizabeth Adelaide Dinkins, daughter of 
Lewis Dinkins and Harriet Irwin, October, 1845. She was born 
:May 3, 1825 ; died July 17, 1873.. He died June 3, 1877. 

Of this union Bishop Charles Betts Galloway was the eldest 

Alexander 'Erwin was Colonel in Revolutionary War. 

Official positions bv Great-Great Grandfather, District Auditor 
for settling claims. See Col. Record XXXVIII, 336, 24598, 245-38. 

Bishop Galloway was the great-grandson of Alexander Erwin. 
His wife, Harriet E. Willis, was the great-granddaughter of Col. 
John Erwin, of South Carolina, and officer in Marion's Brigade. 
Col. John Erwin 's second wife (Mrs. Galloway's great-grandmother) 
was his cousin, Margaret Erwin, thus the children of Bishop Gallo- 
way may claim Erwin blood through three lines. 

THE McDowells and conne>ctions i67 



Dinkins and Lucy Kendrick, his wife, married Cynthia Dinkins 
Springs, in Mecklenburg County, N. C, in 1842. 

She was the daughter of William Polk and ^largaret P. 
Springs, and was born Dec. 6, 18L3. ** Alexander Hamilton Dinkins 
and his wife lived in Madison County, Miss., from the date of their 
marriage until their deaths in 1870 and 1872, during which time 
they won the love and confidence of all who knew them. They 
took an active interest in everything which contributed to the hap- 
piness and welfare o!' their neighbors, assisted many worthy per- 
sons in starting life, and educated numerous boys and girls whose 
parents were unable to do so. 

As an evidence of the high regard in which they were held, 
nearly all their neighbors named a child for them. Several fami- 
lies having a Hamilton and Cynthia alst). During the war they 
employed their numerous slaves in making crops of breadstuffs 
and raising meats, which were freely distributed among the 


1. James, married Sue E. Hart, born 1844. She was the fifth 
and second daughter of Captain John D. Hart and Sophia Emme- 
line, his wife. James Dinkins was born in Madison County, ]\Iiss., 
on April 18th, 1845. He attended a country school until 1860, at 
which time he was entered at the North Carolina Military Institute 
at Charlotte, N. C. He enlisted in the Confederate Army before 
his 16th birthday, and served as a private in Company C, Eight- 
eenth Mississippi Regiment, Griffith Barksdale's Mississippi Bri- 
gade, until April 9, 1863, when he was api)ointed first lieutenant 
of cavalry in the Confederate States Army. He was appointed 
aide-de-camp to General James R. Chalmers, in October, 1863, and 
served in that capacity until Dec. 15, 1864, at which time he was 
appointed captain to command Company C, (Eighteenth Mississippi 
Cavalry, detailed as escort to General Chalmers. He was eaptani 
of cavalry at nineteen years of age. 

He participated in the battles of Bethel, Leesburg, Dam No. 2, 
New Kent Courthouse, Savage Station, Malvern Hill, Harper's 
Ferry, Sharpsburg and Fredericksburg, with Army of Northern Vir- 
ginia, and Coldwater, Colliersville, Moscow, Okolona, Brice's Cross 
Roads, Oxford, Port Pillow, Harrisburg, West Point, Memphis, 

168 THE McDowells and connections 

Athens, Sulphur Springs, Paris Landing, Johnsonville, Perryville, 
Columbia, SpringhilJ, Franklin, Nashville and Pulaski, under For- 
rest, and during the entire four years of the war was not sick nor 
wounded. He never missed a march nor an engagement in which 
his command was engaged, and was not quite twenty years of age 
when the war closed. 

Captain Dinkins published his experiences and recollections 
of the Confederate War, in 1897. Title, ^'1861 to 1865, by an old 

He also wrote and published a history of ** Forrest and His Cav- 
alry,'' in 1902, and is the author of ''The Southern Girl." 

Captain Dinkins married Miss Hart after the war, and lived 
on a plantation until 1874, when he entered the service of the New 
Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern Railway, at Canton, ]\riss. 
This company was absorbed «by the Illinois Central, and when the 
line was built to Aberdeen, Miss., Captain Dinkins was appointed 
agent of the company at that place. In 1891 he was appointed 
agent of the Illinois Central Railroad at Memphis, Tenn., and when 
that company purchased the Louisville, New Orleans and Texas 
Railroad in 1892, he was appointed Division Passenger Agent of 
all lines south of the Ohio River. He removed to New Orleans in 
1899, and in 1903 participated in the organization of the Bank of 
Jefferson, Gretna, La., opposite New Orleans, and at this time is 
cashier of the bank. 

Lynn Hamilton, the son of James Dinkins and his wife, Sue 
Hart, was 'born in Madison County, Miss., Nov. 15, 1866. He is 
now president of the Interstate Trust and Banking Company, presi- 
dent New Orleans Real Estate Mortgage and Security Company, 
and a member of the Finance Committee, Board of Directors New 
Orleans Railway Comjiany. Capt. Dinkins' daughter, Myriam Cyn- 
thia, married C. G. Robinson, of Virginia, and their daughter Lynn 
Dinkins Robinson, the only grandchild of James and Sue Hart 
Dinkins, was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, Sept. 22, 1905. Earl 
Jeffrey, third child of James Dinkins and his wife, Sue Hart, was 
born Feb. 3, 1887. and died Feb. 3, 1891. 

2. Margaret Springs, daughter of Alexander Dinkins and Cyn- 
thia Springs, his wife, born 1846; married John L. Henderson in 
1866, and died in 1879. Issue: 

1. Pauline, born 1868; died 1869. 

2. Lee Dinkins, born 1870; died 1879. 

3. John HaraiRon. born 1872. 

4. Lula Kemp, born 1874; married ]Vleeks. 

5. Chas. Coolidge, born 1876; died 1876. 

3. William Leoiiidas, born 1849, was the third child of Alex- 
ander Hamilton and Cynthia Springs Dinkins. He married Kate 
^IcWillie. Jssue : 


1. Kemp McWillie, born 1876 ; died 1904. 

2. Louise Springs, born 1877. 

3. Kittie Lee, bom 1879. 

4. Lucy €alhoun, born 1885. 

5. Suenete, born 1892. 

4. Blandina Baxter, daughter of Alexander Hamilton Dinkins 
and his wife, Cynthia Springs, born 1854 ; married E. A. Lindsey in 
1878. She died 1880. No children. 

5. Hamilton Charles, son of Alexander and Cynthia Springs 
Dinkins, born 1857; married Willie Tunstall in 1886. Issue: 

1. WiUiam Tunstall, born 1889. 

2. John Hamilton, born 1893. 

6. Sarah TuUulah, daughter ofi Alexander and Cynthia 
Springs Dinkins, born 1852; married John B. Kemp in 1872. No 


The following paragraphs are borrowed from a booklet on the 
Dinkins family and their connections by Captain James Dinkins, 
of New Orleans, La.: 

**The name 'Dinkins* originated in Wales, about A. D. 1500, 
and signified *The Devil in the Bush.' 

**The people thus <;haracterized were evidently 'Bushwhackers,' 
who resisted the government for some supposed wrong. 

''So it seems the original Dinkins came from Wales, and we 
have it from tradition, they moved into the lowlands of Scotland 
in the sixteenth century, from whence they were driven into Lon- 
donderry in the north of Ireland. 

"Three 'brothers, James, John and Samuel, and two cousins, 
Thomas and Joshua, landed at Charleston, S. C, in October, 1717. 

"We find no trace of them afterwards in South Carolina for 
fifty years or more, except that Captain Sam Dinkins (evidently a 
son or grandson of one of the brothers) is mentioned as Captain in 
Marion's famous cavalry. He distinguished himself for bravery on 
many fields. 

"It seems they removed to North Carolina and settled in Meck- 
lenburg County, for about 1740 we find the names of James, John 
and Joshua Dinkins in the records there.*' 


JAMES DINKINS, the son of John Dinkins and Fannie Hen- 
derson, of Mecklenburg County, N. C, was bom in 1772; married 
Lucy Kendrick in 1793. She was born in 1772 and her mother 
was Amy Pox, daughter of Colonel William Fox, of King William 
County, Va., direct descendant of Hannah Ball Fox, daughter of 
CoL William Ball, who was the grandfather of George Washington. 
Amy Fox was acknowledged to be the most beautiful woman of her 


time in Virginia. She was famous for her brilliancy and accomplish- 


1. Lewis, bom 1798. 

2. Sarah, born 1800; married William Branch. 

3. Louisa, born 1802 (see John Dinkins and Mary Irwin). 

4. Ruf us Kendrick, born 1804 ; killed in duel at Canton, Miss., 

5. Lucinda, born 1812; married Lewis 6. Slaughter. 

6. Alexander Hamilton, born 1815. 

1. LEWIS DINKINS, son of James Dinkins and Luck Ken- 
drick, married Harriet Erwin, daughter of Alexander Erwin, son of 
Nathaniel Irwin, of Ireland (see Nathaniel Erwin Line), Harriet 
Dorcas Erwin was bom Nov. 2, 1801. She married Lewis Dinkins 
at the house of her sister, Mrs. Cynthia Erwin Pox (wife of Dr. 
John Pox) at Charlotte, N. C, in 1821. She died in 1827, and he 
married Elizabeth Patterson in 1829. He died in 1868. 


1. James Alexander, born 1822. He was a volunteer in the 
first company of the Civil War organized in Canton, Miss., in 1861, 
and which became a part of the 18th Regiment. He served the Con- 
federacy throughout the war; was in many of the battles around 
Richmond, fought in the battle of Bull Run and was one of the 
ragged gray army that gave up arms and hope at Appomatox 
and returned with sapped energy, weakened spirit and heavy heart 
to take up a life he had never known and was entirely unfitted for. 

WADLINGTON IN 1845. Issue: 

1. Harriet Wallace, born 1846; married J. "T^. Cameron in 
1867, and had one daughter Mabel, who married W. E. Stevenson. 
Issue: Pauline and Cameron Stevenson. 

2. Mary Delia, born 1848; married D. W. E. Parson. Issue: 
Malvina, married W. E. Harreld. Three children: Mary, John, 
Randolph. 2. Lillian, married E. E. Wallace. Children: David 
C. M., Margaret (married Williford, and has one child, James Willi- 

3. Lewis Mercer, was born 1850; died 1872. 

4. Elizabeth, bom 1853; married R. A. Mann, 1876. Issue: 
Robt. A. (married Martha Cook), James Arthur, Ruby (married 
Chas. E. Couty), Mercer, Cameron, Elizabeth, Margaret. 

5. Rufus Tilliford, bom 1855; married Elizabeth McDaniel, 
1877. Issue: Myrtle (married J. H. Preston and had one child. 

THE McDowells and connections i7i 

(Ada), Sara (married Jas. W. De Moss, child, James) Mary (mar- 
ried Dancy MeDowell). 

6. Alexander Hamilton, born 1856 ; died 1883. 

7. James Irwin, born 1859; died 1880. 

8. John- Pox, bom I860; married Dr. C. Cowan- No issue. 

9. Henry Lee, bom 1862 ; married Rowena Hickman, 1888. Is- 
sue : Henry W., Georgia H., John, Lewis H. 

10. Paul, born 1865, died 1911. 

11. Edwin Dancy, born 1867; married Pearl Cayce, 1895. Is- 
sue : Marjorie W., Virginia C, Edwin L., Hermine, Paul. 

12. Anna Lola, bom 1874 ; married Clifton Bodes Hood, 1899. 
Issue: Clifton Rodes. Mrs. Lola Dinkins Hood resides at Hoods, 
Miss., and the compiler of this history is indebted to her for much 
valuable information of the Dinkins line. 


2. Margaret L., daughter of Lewis Dinkins and Harriet Er- 
win; bom in 1824; died in 1869; married W. E. Dancy in 1841: Is- 
sue: William. 2^ Lueco. 3. Chas. James (who married and had 
three children, Lucy Dancy, Istalena, Robert Campbell). 4. Lucy 
Dancy married Robert B. Campbell. Issue: (Eugenia and Edwin 
Patterson Campbell. 

1. Chas. Betts Qalloway (see sketch ** Bishop Chas. Betts Qal- 
loway''), bom Sept. 1, 1849; died May 12. 1909, married in War- 
ren County, Miss., Sept 1, 1849. Harriet Elizabeth Willis, 'born July 
28, 1850. Issue : 1. Willie Estelle, born at Canton, Miss., June 29, 
1870; married Wm. P, S. Ventress, at Jackson, Miss., Dec. 6, 1893. 
Her children are Harriet, bom July 30, 1894; Margaret, born Jan. 
9, 1900 ; Charlotte, bom Jan. 7, 1896 ; died Dec. 28, 1903. Charles 
Galloway, bom Aug. 3, 1898. 2. Harriet Elizabeth, bom June 29, 
1872; married H. B. McGee. Children: Stella, born June 3, 1894; 
Howard, bom Dec. 1, 1898; Ethel, born July, 1901. 3. Charles 
Betts, bom April, 1874; died 1901. 4. Margaret Kate, bom Nov. 
1877; married A. M. Muckenfuss, June 1897. Children: Ralph, 
bom January, 1899 ; Elizabeth, bom January, 1901 ; Charles Gallo- 
way, bom 1903; died 1909. 5. Ethelbert Hines, born July, 1879, 
married Mabel Johnson. Issue: Charles Betts Galloway, Jr., born 
at Jackson, Tenn., September, 1911. 


Lewis Dinkins came to Mississippi after his second marriage to 
Elizabeth Patterson- Their children were: 

1. Claudius H., married Josephine Parker. 

2. John W. Dinkins, born 1830 ; died 1853. 

3. William P. Dinkins, married Anna Harrison. 

4. Marcellus L. Dinkins, married Fannie E. Muse. 

172 THE McDowells and connections 

5. Harriet E. Dinkins, married A. J. Bransford. 

6. Joseph R. Dinkins, died unmarried. 

7. Henry H. Dinkins, married Maggie Hareld. 

8. Anna Rose (Minnie) Dinkins, married S. S. Shipp. 
There is quite a large connection descended from the above 

children living in Mississippi. 

THE McDowells and connections 173 



Irvine Genealogy — State of Kentucky. 

Fontaine Talbot Fox, born at Richmond, Ky., on Jan. 28, 1803 ; 
died at Danville, Ky., on April 7, 1887; married at Stanford, Ky., 
on Feb. 16, 1830, to Eliza Jane Hunton, 'born at Charlottesville, Va., 
on Jan. 20, 1808. Children of a'bove : 

1. Thoms Hunt Fox. 

2. William McKee Fox. 

3. Peter Camden Fox. 

4. Fontaine T. Fox. 

5. Samuel Irvine Fox. 

6. Felix Goggin Fox. 

7. Sophie Irvine Fox. 

8. Jolin Oliver Fox. 

9. Anna Belle Fox. 

10. Charles Crittenden Fox. 

1. Married (1) Henrietta Clay Gist (2) Mary Moberly. 

2. Never married. 

3. Never married. 

4. Married Mary Barton. 

5. Married Maggie Derrick, of Texas. 

7. Sophia, married Andrew M. Sea. 

8. Never married. 

9. Married J. C. Caldwell. 
10. Married Mary Allen. 

Judge Fontaine T. Fox, son of Robert and Elizabeth Wylie, son 
of David and Sophia Gault, son of James and Margaret Wylie, mar- 
ried 1670, son of William Irvine and Annie Craig, came to America 
in 1730. 


David Irvine, born in Ireland on May 29, 1721; died at Bed- 
ford County, Va.^ on July 21, 1754; married Jane Kyle and moved 
to Madison County, Ky. They had thirteen children ; died Feb. 15, 
1809. Nationality of anchestry, Scotch-Irish. 


William Fox, bom at Hanover County, Va., on March 1, 1779 ; 
died at Somerset, Ky., on Oct. 19, 1855 ; married on May 13, 1802, 
to Sophie Irvine, born at Campbell or Bedford County, Va., on Dec. 
11, 1779; died at Somerset, Ky., on Oct. 15, 1833. 

Children of Grandfather; 

Fontaine T. Fox. 

Amanda F. Goggin, born 1804 ; died 1872. 

Samuel Irvine Fox, born 1806 ; died 1838. 

174 THB McDowells and oonnsctions 

Jane P. Caldwell, born 1808 ; died 1874. 
Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, born 1811 ; died 1850. 
Sophia Kenorick, bom 1816; died 1841. 
Wm. Montgomery Fox, bom 1816 ; died 1841. 
Grandfather was Clerk of Pulaski Circuit and County Courts 
for 50 years. 


Andrew McBrayer Sea. Bom Lavrrenceburg, Ky., 1840; died 
near Anchorage, Ky., Dec. 5, 1917. Through the White, Blackwell 
and Seay families, he came of fine old Virginia and Revolutionary 
War stock. Educated at Bacon College, Harrodsburg, Ky., and at 
Yale. 'Entered the Confederate Army in 1861, and served in the 
Army of the Tennessee until after the surrender of Johnston. Com- 
manded a battery accompanying President Davis and Cabinet as 
an escort in the final days of the war. Served with Marshall's, Mor- 
ton's and Wiggins' Batteries, being in command of the latter for 
the last 19 months of the war. Participated in the 'battles of Shiloh, 
Chickamaugh, Besa<;a, Peach Tree Creek, Columbia and others. Was 
assistant ordnance officer, Wheeler's Corps, several times. De- 
stroyed Broad River Bridge, at Columbia, S. C, to prevent pursuit 
of Wheeler by Sherman. 

In civil life, he held many positions of trust. Was City Treas- 
urer of Louisville, Ky., 1909-13; tax receiver, 1913-17. Trustee 
Kentucky Confederate Home for fourteen years. Ruling elder Pres- 
byterian Church about thirty years. 

Married 1867, at Danville, Ky., Miss Sophie Irvine Pox, a 
daughter of Judge Fontaine T. Pox. She survives. 

'*He was a man of striking personality, a Christian gentleman, 
a soldier of renown, and a citizen of incorruptible integrity.'' 


By Sophia Irvine Fox Sea. 



The study of genealogy is often an object lesson illustrating 
the immutable laws of heredity. Such is the case in a peculiar de- 
gree in the study of the Irvine family of Scotland, Ireland and the 
United States. Mrs. Boyd, in her book entitled **The Irvines and 
their Kin," saj's this: 

''The same courage and strength of mind that the Irvines of 
the old country displayed on many a battlefield, have been re- 
peated by their descendants in this new land. The same ability in 
theology, literature and statesmanship that characterized the Ir- 
vines of the old countries have distinguished the Irvines of Amer- 



There are several braneh-es in Eentucky and elsewhere that 
possess history and traditions in common, proving a common an- 
cestry. This sketch is confined strictly to the Madison County 
Irvines and descendants. 

It is not known positively when Christopher Irvine, emigrant, 
came to Bedford County, Va., with his family, but probably about 
1731. He was the progenitor of the Madison County (Kentucky) 
Irvines, and of the Georgia (branch represented by Christopher Ir- 
vine, Jr. He was a man of great excellence of character and strong 
religious convictions. His sons inherited his sterling traits of char- 
acter, and also possessed strong religious convictions. Christopher 
Irvine, the emigrant, died in 1769. His sons, David and William, 
served as officers in the Colonial Army of Virginia, having be- 
longed for many years to a company enrolled for the protection of 
the frontier against the Indians. William Irvine died in 1767. 

David Irvine was bom in May, 1721, and married Jane Kyle, 
in Bedford County, Va., July, 1754, and died 1804. They were the 
progenitors of a large family, ten daughters and three sons. Their 
sons were William, Christopher and Robert. 

William Irvine, pioneer, bom 1763, son of David and Jane 
Irvine, was in all the Indian warfare in Kentucky, from 1779 until 
the Indians were driven from their strongholds. He was one of 
the eighteen known survivors of the battle of Little Mountain, or 
Estill's defeat, having been wounded three times in this battle, and 
having carried three bullets in his body until his death. But physi- 
cal disability did not impair his great energy or lessen his zeal 
in philanthropic effort. The Irvine brothers, William and Chris- 
topher, performed prodigies of service to found the infant State of 
Kentucky. They shine through those dark, stormy days like head- 
lights, revealing God's beneficient purpose for the betterment of 
human conditions through human agencies. I speak thus strongly 
because of their immense moral force. 

Military skill and statesmanship, unless agencies for good, are 
like the ** rattling of hailstones," **the crackling of thorns under a 
pot" — ^noise, noise, nothing more, I have in my possession a copy 
of the will of Christopher Irvine, emigrant, which shows clearly 
the source of the family characteristics. After disposing of a large 
estate, he leaves on record the most exalted sentiment of religious 

William Irvine, son of David and Jane (Kyle) Irvine, was 
a delegate to the Danville, Ky., Separatist Convention of 1787 and 
1788. He was one of the trustees of Boonesborough in 1787 ; repre- 
sented Madison County at the Virginia Convention of 1788, which 
ratified the United States Constitution, voting against the ratifica- 
tion ; represented Kentucky County in the Virginia House of Bur- 
gesses; was one of the framers of the first Constitution of Ken- 


tucky, and elector of the United States Senate under the first Ken- 
tucky Constitution ; was president of the Court of Assizes that met 
at Stanford, Ky, This court gave Kentucky her place and rights 
as a State of this Union. He was presidential elector in 1805, 1813 
and 1817, always voting as a Democrat. He was one of the found- 
ers of the Society for the Distribution of Useful Knowledge, which 
met at Danville, Ky., he having been most zealous in the work of 
this society. He was first clerk of the Madison County Court of 
Quarter Session, and when this court was abolished was made clerk 
of the Circuit Court, and held this position until death. He also 
built Fort Irvine at Irvine's Lick. He was also appointed by the 
Virginia Legislature one of the trustees of the town of Milford in 
Madison County, Kentucky. Collins says of him in his history: 
**No man had a stronger hold upon the affections of the people, 
and few have gone to the grave more generally lamented.'* 

William Irvine married Elizabeth Hockaday. Their children 
were David, Christopher, Albert, Edmund, Adam, Patsy and Amelia. 

David served as aide to Gen. Green Clay, in an expedition 
against the Indians. He was made Circuit Clerk after his father's 
death, and held the office until his death in 1872. He married 
Susan McDowell, eldest daughter of the distinguished surgeon, Dr. 
Ephriam McDowell (father of oraviotomy) and his wife, a daugh- 
ter of Gov. Isaac Shelby, and their children were David W. (un- 
married), Isaac Shelby, Sarah and Elizabeth. 

Isaac Shelby Irvine married Elizabeth Hood; no issue. Both 

Elizabeth married her cousin, William MeClanahan Irvine, 
an able financier of revered memory, son of Adam Irvine and Min- 
erva Stone, his wife. Only one of their children grew to maturity, 
Bessie, a lovely young girl, who died just as she was budding into 

Sarah married Gen. Addison White, of Abingdon, Va., later of 
Huntsville. Alabama. They have six children: Alice Greenway, 
Bettie Patton, Susan, David I. and Newton K. White, and Sarah, 
wife of Judge Richard W. Walker, of Alabama. 

Christopher Irvine, son of William and Elizabeth (Hockaday) 
Irvine, enlisted in a battalion of mounted riflemen for the cam- 
paign on the Maumee River, and at Dudley's Defeat, or Fort 
Meigs, Ohio. He was killed in 1813. 

Albert Irvine, his brother, was married twice, first to Miss 
Coleman, second to Mrs. Ann Brown, of Texas. 

Edmund, another brother, married Sallie Ann Clay, daughter 
of Gen. Green Clay. 

Patsy, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Hockaday) Irvine, 
married »Ezekiel H. Field. They had fifteen children, as follows: 

Elizabeth, married William Holloway, in 1830. . 


THE McDowells and connections jt7 

Amelia, married Brutus J. Clay, in 1831. They had five chil- 
dren: Mrs. Martha Davenport, ot Virginia; Col. Ezekiel Clay, of 
Paris, Ky. ; Col. Green Clay, of Missouri; Christopher and Junius. 

Christopher married, first Charlotte Martin, and second Pauline 
Rodes. He had one child, Patty, who married Brutus J. Clay, Jr. 

Patsy Field, married J. H. Miller. 

Willis Field. 

William H. Field. 

David, married Lucy Cunningham. 

Ann, married Brutus J. Clay. They had one son, Cassius M. 
Clay, eminent in the political and constitutional history of Ken- 
tuck\'. He married, first, Sue Clay, daughter of Samuel Clay, of 
Bourbon County, and second, Patty Lyman, daughter of Dr. Wil- 
liam Lyman, of Richmond, Ky., and third, Miss Harris, of Madi- 
son County. 

Mary, married W. W. Embry. 


Edmund, married Ann Brown. 

Thomas M. 

Isabella, married Dr. William Lyman; one daughter, married 
her cousin, Cassius M. Clay. 


Ezekiel H. Field, married Sallie Embry. 

Amelia Irvine, daughter of William Irvine, married William 
McClanahan in 1811. They had seven children: 

1. Elizabeth, married Thomas Stone. 

2. Margaret, married Cyrus Turner. 

3. Amelia, married Jacob F. Stonestreet. 

4. Irvine, married first, Jane Wheat; second Maria McQuirk. 

5. Thomas E., bachelor. 

6. Willis. 

7. Anna. 

Christopher Irvine, pioneer, son of David, and brother to Wil- 
liam Irvine, was born in Bedford County, Virginia, 1755, and came 
to Kentucky in the winter of 1778-9. with his younger brother, Wil- 
liam. He was appointed one of James Thompson's deputy sur- 
veyors for Lincoln County, in 1783; was a member of the Danville 
Separatist Convention of 1785; assisted in the organization of 
Madison County in 1786 ; was one of the first ten justices of Madi- 
son County. The Court of Lincoln County was increased at its No- 
vember term, 1783, by Christopher Irvine. He was captain of a 
company of mounted volunteers that accompanied General Logan 
into Ohio on many of his numerous Indian raids, and was there 
killed in 1786. Collins says of Captain Irvine, **He was a man of 
high character, interpid, energetic, daring, with a strong and vigor- 
ous intellect, was beloved and admired by his pioneer companions." 

178 THE McDowells and connections 

Captain Irvine married Lydia Calloway, a daughter of Col. 
Richard Calloway, and they had three children, David C, Mary 
and Frances. 

1. David married Nancy Howard, of Payette County .^ To 
her is due the honor of founding the first temperance society in 
Madison County. 

2. Mary married John Hart, and had twelve children : 
David Irvine married Lucy Ann Goodloc; second, Sarah T. 


Edwin, married Betsy Bryan. 

Christopher, married, first, Elizabeth Dudley; second Nancy 

Sophie married, first, James Boggs; second, Clayton Curie. 

Isaac Shelby, married Lucy Elliott. 

John, married Miss Duncan. 

Fannie, married William Irvioe. 

Lydia, married, first, John Williams; second, William Irvine. 

Mary, married, first John Todhunter; second, Thomas Irvine. 

Thomas, married Ara Geyoso, of Louisiana. 

Nathaniel, married Elizabeth Dudley. 

Sally Ann married James Steele, of Woodford County. 

3. Fanny Irvine married Robert Caldwell, and had two chil- 
dren : 

Mary married Chief Justice James Simpson, of Kentucky. 

Elizabeth married Judge Browning, U. S. Senator from Illinois. 

The daughters of David and Jane (Kyle) Irvine were Mary, 
Elizabeth, Anne, Magdalena, Sarah, Jane, Frances, Margaret, 
Amelia and Sophie. 

Mary, born 1757, married James Adams, of Lynchburg, Va., 
1776. They had four children: 

Their eldest son, Robert, was drowned in boyhood. 

Their second son, Christopher Irvine Adams, known as **Kit 
Adams of the Coast," married Susanne Johnston, of Lexington, Ky. 
He moved to Iberville Parish, Louisiana, where he built three mag- 
nificent homes, the Alhambra, Belle Grove and White Castle. His 
only child, Penelope Lynch Adams, married John Andrews, of Nor- 
folk, Va., and their daughter, Penelope Lynch Adams Andrews, 
married Paul Herbert, Governor of Louisiana and Major General in 
the Confederate Army. 

William Irvine Adams, son of James and Mary Adams, mar- 
ried Nancy Chinn, daughter of Benjamin Chinn, of Kentucky. 

Penelope Adams, only daughter, married James Terrell, and 
was the ancestress of men of note, among them Robert Irvine Adams 
Terrell, for whom the town of Terrell, Texas, was named, and 
George Whitefield Terrell, sometime Attorney General of Tex«s. 

Elizabeth Irvine, bom 1760, married Hail Talbot, and moved to 


Lutrea Island, Missouri, where they dispensed a princely hospitality. 

Anne Irvine, bora 1761, married Biehard Goggin, descendant 
of Lord Qoggin, who built a fort at Mary's Mound, Ya., and to- 
gether with his sons and retainers, whom he had brought with him 
from England, successfully defended it against Indian assaults, with- 
out any other help, the only one of the colinists who did. (Camp- 
bell's History of Virginia.) 

Magdalena Irvine, born 1765, married, first. Bourne Price, and 
second, John Pittman. 

Sarah Irvine married Goggin. Their only child, « daughter, 
married Dr. Venable. 

Jane Irvine, married Archibald Curie, of Curie's Neck, Va., 
son of Henry Curie. The Curies were men of broad public spirit, 
and great liberality. They gave $10,000.00 to secure the independ- 
ence of Texas. From this couple are descended the Goddin and 
Boyd families, including many notable representatives: William 
G. Boyd, of St. Louis ; Hugh and Ernest Boyd, of New York ; J. G. 
Allen Boyd, of Louisville, and Mrs. James Mahon and Mrs. Edgar 
Willis, of Louisville. 

Frances Irvine married Robert Rowland, who died in 1830. 
Their son, David I. Rowland, married Mahala Tyree. They had 
five children : 

1. (Elizabeth, married John B. Francis. Their children were 
five in number: 

a. David B. Francis, born 1850, of St. Louis, president of the 
Louisiana Purchase Exposition; Mayor of St. Louis; Gov- 
ernor of Missouri, and Secretary of the Interior in Presi- 
dent Cleveland's Cabinet. 

b. Thomas H. Francis, of St. Louis. 

c. Sidney died many years ago. 

d. Hallie, now deceased, married William G. Boyd. 

e. MoUie, married Mr. EUerbe. 

2. Sidney Venable, of revered memory. Christian worker and 
useful citizen, of Danville, Ky. He married Susan F. Shackleford. 
Their children are: 

a. William S., of Danville, Ky. 

b. David P. 

c. Edmund S., of St. Louis. 

d. Margaret S., now deceased. She married Steve B. White. 

e. Hugh, died in infancy. 

3. David Pitman Rowland, died 1904. 

4. James R. Rowland, died 1893 ; served in Confederate Army. 

5. Hugh, dead. 

Amelia Irvine, bom 1775, married Isaac Hockaday, and died 
1830. From them are descended the Hockaday family of Missouri, 
including representative citizens of high standing, among them, Col. 

180 THE McDowells and conne>ctions 

Ed Stephens, of Columbia, Missouri, publisher and author, Chris- 
tian worker and statesman. One of the daughters of Isaac and 
Amelia Hockaday, was Evelyn, who married Thomas P. Moore, of 
Virginia, whose daughter, Ann, married Samuel Wornal, of Ken- 
tucky. Eliza Wornal married Joseph Croxton, of Winchester, Ky. 

Margaret Irvine married John Pace. 

Sophie Irvine, born 1779, married in 1802, to William Fox, who 
came to Kentucky in the latter part of the eighteenth century, and 
took up a tract of land, 10,000 acres, including the site of the town 
of Somerset, Ky. From 1799 until 1846, he was clerk of the County 
and Circuit Courts of his district, and his books, carefully preserved 
in the Court House at Somerset, are shown to strangers at this 
day as marvels of penmanship and business finesse. 

Before William Fox came to Kentucky, he studied law in the 
office of his uncle, Peter Tinsley, Clerk of the High Court of Chan- 
cery, of Virginia, and was indebted to him for his knowledge of 

His opinions bearing on knotty questions of law were accepted 
as incontrovertible authority by leading lawyers of his district. 
He was the father of Judge Fontaine Talbot Fox, the eminent jurist 
of Danville, Ky., who died in 1887. 

Samuel Fox, father of William, came to Kentucky about 1790. 
He inherited a large body of land under the Virginia law of 
primogeniture, and owned many slaves. He settled in M>adison 
County, Kentucky, where Foxtown is now located. He married 
Rhoda Pickering, daughter of Richard and Lucy Pickering. The 
ancestor of Samuel Fox came to Virginia from England with his 
kinsman, Sir John Ratcliffe. Fantaine Talbot Fox, son of Williiam 
and Sophie Irvine Fox, married Eliza Hunton, of Virginia. The 
Huntons were an English family of ancient lineage. Eliza Hunton 
Fox was descended from Col. Richard Tunstall, member of the Vir- 
ginia House of Burgesses, and of various committees of safety for 
King and Queen County, Va. Also descended from Capt. John Bell, 
Revolutionary soldier, wounded at Brandywine, who came to Louis- 
ville, Ky., from Virginia, about 1800, and filled important offices in 
civic affairs. 

Fontaine T., and Eliza Fox were the progenitors of a large 
family, eight sons and two daughters: 

Thomas Hunton, lawyer, deceased. 

William McKee, lawyer, deceased. 

Fontaine Talbot, lawyer, jurist and writer. 

Samuel Irvine, physician of Texas, deceased. 

Felix Goggin» lawyer, deceased. 

John Oliver, civil engineer, deceased. 

Sophie Irvine, who is Mrs. Andrew H. Sea, of Louisville, Ky. 


Annie Bell, who is Mrs. Jerry C. Caldwell, of Danville, Ky. 

Charles C. Fox, lawyer, of Danville, Ky. 

The following tribute to Judge Fontaine T. Fox, Sr., appeared 
in the Courier-Journal of April 9, 1887, from the pen of Henry Wat- 
terson : 

**In the death of the venerable Fontaine Talbot Fox, there 
passes away from the scene the last remaining, but by no means 
the least considerable, among the imposing figures of that Ken- 
tucky, which was glorified in the State by Clay, Breckenridge and 
Crittenden, and at the bar by Rowan, Hardin and Bell • • • Judge 
Fox's genius was brilliant and undisputed. A man of large af- 
fections and captivating manners, he possessed along with the most 
striking legal talents and learning an exalted character, the gift 
of charm and was universally loved in his home. His standing be- 
fore the courts when in active practice, and as a jurist on the bench, 
was second to none." 

DAY, DECEMBER 22, 1914. 

Dear heart of mine, the years go by. 

The years of fair and cloudy weather. 
And oft I thank the God of Love 

That still our lives are knit together, 
No happ?er lot than that you brought 

Has ever been my wish, or thought, 
True heart of mine, I know your worth, 

I still choose you from all the earth. 

(The above was written on Dec. 22, 1914, commemorating the 
birthday of her husband during his lifetime.) 



Fair, fair, those historic hills and valleys 

Where the far-famed thistle grows. 
Where over the slopes and battle-crowned heights, 

The breath of the heather blows — 
And a green isle shows elear as a jewel. 

In setting of crystal dew — 
And blessed the light of immortal deeds 

That gleameth eternal through. 

All h<ail to the race whose infancy saw 

God's truth like a rush-light shine, 
'Till lona's grim walls, or Scotia's shore 

Revealed His wonderous design. 


Louiiville, Ky. 

THE McDowells and connections i83 

Still that light shines like the star's fixed splendor, 

Still the great heart of mankind, 
Reaches to it through the mist of ages 

Claims its heritage Divine. 

True hearts of old Irish fire was your flame, 

Straight kindled at Tara's shrine, 
And there nourished hy Scottish strength of will — 

Rare union of soul and mind. 
Something a-kin to the power that holds 

In check, the wave and the wind. 
Was that dauntless race that no fear could tame, 

No earthly fetters bind. 

And worthy they all hearts true homage, 

Worthy they that which is best, 
And grandest and noblest in words that burn. 

In thoughts to this sad earth, blest — 
Statesmen, soldiers, God's thinkers, God's workers. 

Today they stand well confessed 
As men in their supremest manliness, 

Woman through womanhood's test. 

land, our land, withhold not thy fulness 

Of honor, to death they wore. 
Like a garment well-fitting, thy purpose. 

For thy weal their blood did pour. 
Withhold not thy love, those spirits of fire 

Upwards like eagles would soar, 
Those wills of iron kindled the flame 

Of liberty on this shore. 

Still the fire burneth, we thank Thee, God, 

For truth revealeth in Thy word; 
The tocsin they rang for freedom and right 

Today in our land is heard — 
May we have the courage our fathers had 

Be their faith our guiding star. 
Memories sacred to them and their work 

Glorious, eternal, are. 


Mrs. Andrew M. Sea. 

Chief Matron of **The Irvine Society of America" and Hon- 
orary Patron for life of the South by the Scotts of America, elect- 
ed in Canada in 1812. 


184 THE McDowells and connections 

Mrs. Sophie I. F. Sea. 

The need of the hour is for men 

Who will stand for God's Sovereign right, — 
Who fear not the powers of earth, secure 

In His armour of truth and might; 

Who <;an hear God's call to their souls, 

Mid distractions of time and sense, 
And trusting alone His incarnate word 

Press on where conflict is tense. 

0! blessed be God for the men 

Who will stand in the breach of the strife. 
And shed on the gloom of this sin-cursed earth 

The gleams of the glad Gospel life, — 

Proclaiming evangels of Grace 

Through the blood of God's crucified son, 
The only Redeemer for sinful man 

'Till the kingdom for Christ is won. 

THE McDowells and connections i85 


With most people there are few siibjeets more interesting than 
the study of the lives of men and women who have been prominent 
actors in human affairs. Personal knowledge of those of our an- 
cestors who have preceded us is impossible. Therefore we have to 
depend upon authentic and trustworthy data gathered by others. 
iWith many of the living referred to in this hook we have come in 
personal contact, and had the opportunity of studying their char- 

The memory of those of our ancestry who have stamped their 
footprints upon the sands of time should be religiously cherished. 
We should especially feel proud of and preserve the record of our 
Revolutionary forefathers whose heroic opposition to oppression 
gave to us the greatest republic on the face of the earth. 

Book and monuments are the lasting memories of the world; 
without them names, personages and facts worth preserving would 
pass out into the boundless sea of the forgotten. The patient per- 
severance, enterprise and hardihood, the daring heroism and chival- 
rous adventure of these frontiersmen, is a record of which their de- 
scendants may well be proud. Driven by persecution on account of 
their religious belief, from Scotland and Ireland, they emigrated to 
an unknown wilderness, braving the dangers and disregarding the 
perils attending the formation of feeble settlements upon the bor- 
ders of fierce and warlike tribes of Indians^ whose savage barbarity 
drenched the frontier with the Mood of these adventurous emigrants, 
sparing neither women or children, thousands of whom were the 
victims of the scalping knife and the tomahawk. It was a perilous 
conflict that tried men's souls. The little log cabins and rough 
puncheon floors first erected by these pioneers, became the funeral 
pile of its occupants. Struggling under these fearful surroundings 
our forefathers drove back these cruel barbarians and laid the foun- 
dation for peaceful habitations and happy homes, where every man 
could worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience, 
and we find today the impress of the heroic valor, virtue and pa- 
triotic love of freedom possessed by our forefathers in their strug- 
gle against the savage Indians and British oppressors stamped upon 
their descendants, who with pride can say : 

'*Let no mean hope your souls enslave; 
Be independent, generous, brave; 
Your forefathers such example gave, 
And such revere.'' 

In every call to arms, whether at New Orleans or Alamo, at 
Monterey, or Santiago, in the civil war between the States, or 



Dewey at Manilla, on land or on sea, the sons of these sirea have 
possessed the same^ God-given impulsea of patriotism and heroism 
displayed at King's Mountain. It is no ordinary achievement thus 
lo have laid the foundation for a free and independent nation. 
They came home enriched by no spoils, stained with no dishonor, 
enriched only by an imperishable fame, an undying renown, and 
an unquestionable claim to the admiration and gratitude of their 
countrymen and of posterity. 


T^Ari TL ^ 

''Nathaniel Irwin of South Carolina and Descendants," 

— beginning on following page. 





By Lawrence S. Holt, Jr. 

The earliest settler of the name of Erwin in North and South 
Carolina, of whom authentic record is obtainable, is Nathaniel Erwin 
of York County, S. C. He is supposed to have come to this country 
in 1740 from the North of Ireland, probably Londonderry, and landed 
at Philadelphia, settling in Bucks County, Pa. There are records of 
numerous Erwins in and around Bucks County, but efforts to con- 
nect them with Nathaniel Erwin have been unavailing. Nathaniel 
Erwin went to South Carolina, probably about 1768, and settled in 
York County. His will is on file in York County Courthouse, Yorks- 
ville, S. C, case 65, No. 485, Book A, No. 50, pages 91 to 93. 

**In the name of God, Amen. December the 13th, Anno Dom. 
1793, I, Natiianiel Irwin, of the County of York, and State of South 
Carolina, being weak of body, but sensible and perfect of mind and 
memory, thanks to God, calling to mind mortality, I recommend my 
soul to God and my body to the earth; as touching my worldly estate, 
I give, devise and bequeath in the following maner, that is to say : 

**I give and bequeath to my beloved son by law and daughter, 
Abram and Mary Boach, Thirty Pounds sterling money, three cows, 
four sheep, to be levy'd out of my estate. 

** Likewise, I give and beqeuath to my beloved daughter, Abigail 
Irwin, one hundred pounds. North Currency, to be levy'd out of my 
p>ersonaI estate. 

**I give and beqeuath to my beloved son, Alexander Irwin, one- 
fourth part of my real estate ; that is, my lands, messuages and ten- 
ements, according to quantity and quality of same. 

**I give and devise to my beloved son, William Irwin, one-fourth 
part of my real estate, that is, my messuages and tenements. 

'*I likewise give and devise to my beloved son, Nathaniel Irwin, 
one-fourth part of my real estate, my lands, messuages and tene- 
ments, according to quantity and quality. 

'*I likewise give and devise to my beloved son, James Irwin, one- 
fourth part of* my real estate, to be divided according to quantity 
and quality. 

188 THE McDowells and oonndctions 

'*I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter, Susana Irwin, 
fifty pounds, to be levy'd out of my personal estate. 

* * I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter, Sofia Irwin, fifty 
pounds, to be levy'd out of my personal estate. 

**My beloved wife, Leah Irwin, to enjoy the manshion house dur- 
ing her life, or widow-hood. 

** Likewise constitute and appoint my beloved wife, Leah Irwin, 
and my brother-in-law, Jacob Julian, my sole executrix and executor 

of this my last will and testament and no to be made the rest 

of my estate, not mentioned, to be ordered according to their will as 
they shall think best with their schooling and clothing the children, 
and revoke all other wills and wills, legacies and bequeathes, and ac- 
knowledge this as my last will and testament, the day and year above. 
Witness my hand and Seal. 


** Sealed, signed, published and pronounced, by I, Nathaniel Ir- 
win, as his last Will and Testament, in the presence of us. 

* ' William Kerr, John P. Garrison, 

* ' William Elliott, Mark Garrison. ' ' 

Mention being made in above will of his brother-in-law, Jacob 
Julian, and his wife, Leah, we are able with a high degree of proba- 
bility to say that Nathaniel Erwin married Leah Julian, probably in 
Ireland, as his eldest son was bom in 1734. 

The children of Nathaniel Erwin were as follows : 

I. William, bom 1734, died 1814; married Sallie Boss, sister of 
Major ''Gentleman'' Frank Boss. He served as Colonel in the Revo- 
lutionary War. His wife lived to the age of 98. They had seven 

II. Susanna, married John Graham, relative of Genial Joseph 
Graham. She was early left a widow and did not marry s^ain. 

III. Arthur, born 1738, died August 21st, 1821; married Mar- 
garet Brandon, bom 1740, died August, 1833. They had six children. 

IV. Alexander, bom December 29, 1750, died 1830; married (1) 
Sarah Bobinson, bom November 29, 1750, died April 7, 1785. She 
was the daughter of James and Catherine Bobinson of Lancaster, S. 
C. By this marriage Alexander had six children. He married (2) 
January 21, 1786, Mrs. Margaret Crawford Patton, and by her had 
eight children, none of whom left male descendants bearing the Erwin 

V. James. We have little if any information about him, but he 
has descendants in Savannah, Ga. 

VI. Mary, married Abram Boach of York, S. C. 

VII. Abigail. 

VIII. Nathaniel, died young unmarried. 

IX. Sofia. 

THE McDowells and connections i89 

The children of Col. William Erwin, eldest son of Nathaniel Er- 
win and Sallie Boss, were as follows: 

1. Dorcas, bom 1765, died 1798 ; married 1784 Alexander Moore, 
born 1756, died 1813, son of James Moore and Rachel Black of Penn- 
sylvania. They have numerous descendants in North and South Caro- 
lina today. These descendants are given in detail in another por- 
tion of this account. 

2. Frank, bom 1767, died 1839; married Mary, sister of Alex- 
ander Moore and widow of Col. James Moore, who was killed at battle 
of King's Mountain. 

(1) Alexander, married Miss Adair. 

(2) William, married Miss Williamson of York, S. C. 

I. Leonidas. 

II. Leander. 

III. Mattie, married her cousin, Arthur Erwin. 

IV. John Randolph, Capt., married Miss Greer of Charlottee, N. C 

V. Wiliam, married; several children. 

VI. Robert L., married; several children. 

VII. Louise, unmarried. 

(3) Randolph, married. 

(4) Maria, married Thomas Erwin, son of Arthur, grandson of Wil- 

I. Albertus, Capt., married Emily MeElwee, Mecklenburg County, 

N. C. 

(I) Mary. 

(II) James, of Florida. 

(III) Prances Elizabeth, married B. Pegram, of York S. C. 

II. Fannie, never married. 

(5) Frank Moore, bom 1803, died 1870. 

8. Arthur, bom 1770, died 1849 ; married daughter of Thomas 
Spratt of York County, S. C. 

4. William Major Ross, born 1778, died 1848; married Eliza- 
beth Bratton. 
(1) William Albertus, born 1809, died 1839; married Isabella 


I. Edwin, Dr., married and had no children. 

II. John Bratton, Gen., married May L. Barnes, of Lancaster, 

(I) John Bratton. 

(II) Charlotte. 

(III) Daughter who died. 

(IV) Daughter who died. 

(V) Isabelle McCaw. 


(VI) Mildred, of Washington, D. C. 
(2) James Frank, born 1813; died 1876; married Letitia Smith. 

I Elizabeth, married Robert Neely; no children. 

II William, died in Confederate Army. 

III Hazel, died in Confederate Army. 

IV Charles, died in Confederate Army. 

V Margaret, born 1845 ; married Dudley Jones, born 1846, died 

(I) Rev. Frank Dudley, born 1874; married (1) Rowena 

Margaret Louise, bom 1901. 
Rowena Gunby, born 1904. 
Married (2) Catherine Wyman. 
Frank Dudley, bom 1907. 
Rosalie Wyman, born 1908. 
Henry Parker, born 1910. 
Catherine Wyman, born 1911. 
Margaret Erwin, bom 1913. 

VI Harriet Bratton, born 1848; married November 12, 1868, 
William Randolph Sims. 

(I) Claudia L., bom 1869; married 1894 James L. Keys, 
Chester, S. C. ; died 1901. 

Mary L., bom 1895. 
James T., bom 1897. 
Francis Sims, bom 1898. 
Claudia Sims, born 1901. 

(II) Rosa M., born 1871 ; married 1892 William Speight Me- 
Clean, died 1898. 

William Speight, bom 1892. 

Harriet, born 1894. 

Martha, bom 1896. 

Randolph Sims, bom 1898, died 1904. 

(III) Francis K., born 1872; married Mary S. McBryde. 
Francis K., born 1901. 

Mary Stewart, born 1903. 
Warren McBryde, born 1904. 
Marion S., born 1907. 

(IV) Robert Erwiu, born 1880; married Rosa L. Burton. 

(V) Benjamin Stark, born 1882; married Nellie Lyons. 
Benjamin Stark, bom 1909. 

(VI) William Randolph, born 1886; married 1908 Annie Hall. 
Mary Harriet, born 1909. 

William Randolph, born 1912. 
Robert Erwin, bom 1913. 

THE McDowells and connections 191 

VII Sophie, married Josiah Abell. 

(I) Charles. 

(II) Robert, Dr. 

(III) Stewart, married Winifred Crawford. 

(IV) Fannie. 

(V) Lou. 

(VI) Letitia. 

VIII Letitia, died unmarried. 

IX Annie, married John McLean of Gastonia, N. C. 
Charles McLean, Dr., and others. 

X Martha, married Robert A'bell. 
Erwin, married ; three children. 

XI Robert, died young. 

(3) 'Emily Martha, married Hazel Smith. 

I Fannie, married James Curtis, of Norkfolk, Va. 

(I) Iva, married G. W. Young. 

(II) Gertrude, married Mr. Bethea. 

5. Jennie. 

6. Mary. 

7. Katie, married and settled in York County, S. C. 

The children of Arthur, second son and third child of Nathaniel 
Erwin and Margaret Brandon, were as follows: 

1. William Willoughby, born March 2, 1764; died July 20, 1837; 
married May, 1788, MatUda Sharpe, bom 1769, died 1846. She 
was the daughter of Col. William Sharpe, a signer of the Meek-- 
lenburg Declaration of Independence. They had sixteen chil- 
dren, who left a large number of descendants. They lived at 
old homestead of Arthur Erwin, Belvidere. (See children.) 

2. John, married Catherine Erwin, born November 23, 1771, daugh- 

ter of Alexander Erwin and consequently his first cousin. They 
had four or five children, who died, and then they moved from 
Burke County, N. C, to Haversham, Ga. They had children there 
as follows : 

(1) William. 

(2) Sarah Robinson, married Mr. Davis. 

(3) Margaret Brandon, married William Craig, of Georgia. 
^4) Hannah, married Cyrus, son of Alexander Erwin, her uncle ; 

went to Georgia. 
(5) Mary Simiana, born 1800, died 1890; married Elisha Eng- 
land; went to Haversham, Ga., about 1820. 
(I) James Slighter, married Piety Barr, of South Carolina. 

(I) Mary, married Mr. Smith. 

i 192 THE McDowells and connections 

Mary, married William D. Tidwell. 
Reuben, of Atlanta, Ga. 
(6) James, married. 
I. John, Judge, married. 

(I) Ella, married 0. E. Mitchell. 
Hattie May. 

3. Frank, married and moved to South Carolina. 

4. Arthur, went to Mitchell County. 

5. Alexander, married and lived in Western Burke County. 

(1) Arthur. j 

(2) Margaret. 

(3) Robert, born 1800; went to Georgia.. . 

(4) Cyrus, married Hannah, daughter of John and Catherine 


(4) Rebecca. 

(5) William, died without children. 

(6) Marcus. 

(7) Sarah. 

(8) Mary, married Mr. Duckworth. 

6. Mary. 

7. James, married Mary Miller, daughter of Q^n. James Miller, and 
moved to Rutherfordton, N. C, Their children are as follows : 

(1) Arthur, Col., born 1801; married 1825 Evelina Terril; 

went to Porsythe, Commings County, Ga., about 1835. 

(2) Miller. 

(3) Overton. 

(4) Matilda, married David Brown Miller. 

I. Andrew, married Anna Twitty. 

II. Erwin, unmarried. 

III. William, unmarried. 

IV. John, married Emma Merrick. 

V. Mary, unmarried. 

VI. Lou, married Major Spann. 

VII. Lee, married Anna Donaldson. 

VIII. Nancy Elizabeth, married Theodore Melvyn Smith. 
(I) Mae Lucile, married 1915, R. E. Walker. 

IX. Matt, married Lawson, Taylor. 

X. Susan, married W. E. Deaver. 

XI. George, died in childhood. 

XII. Arthur, died in childhood. 

XIII. , married Simmons. 

XIV. , married Ramseur. 

(5) John, married Miss Gash. 

I. James, of Spartanburg, S. C. 

II. Sallie, married Lewis Walkei* of Spartanl^urg, S. C. 


(6) William, married and went to Clarksville, Ga. 

I. Alexander, Judge, married daughter of Gov. Howell 

(I) Son in Athens, Ga. 

II. William, Solicitor-General, married. 

(I) George, died in early manhood. 

(II) Alexander, Clerk of Superior Court. 

The children of Alexander, the third son and fourth child of 
Nathaniel Erwin and his first wife, Sarah Bobinson, were : 

1. Catherine, born November 23, 1771; married John, son of her 
uncle, Arthur Erwin. (See above.) 

2. Mary, bom December 5, 1773, and known as ** Pretty Polly;" 
married Rev. John McEemie Wilson, a Presbyterian minister of 
great power. His influence was greatly felt in Western North 
Carolina. (See Poote Sketches.) They have a great many de- 
scendants, which see. 

3. James, bom February 22, 1775; died September 8, 1848; mar- 
ried, January 7, 1808, Margaret Phifer, bom December 7, 1786; 
died March 10, 1870; daughter of Martin Phifer, Jr., and Eliza- 
beth Locke. They have many descendants, whieh see. 

4. Margaret, bom November 4, 1777; married Hugh Tate. (See 

5. Hannah, born October 15, 1779; married Zebulon Baird. 

(1) Myra Margaret, married January 2, 1825. Capt. David 
Vance, Jr., born 1792. 

I. Robert Brank, bom April 24, 1824 ; died, November 28, 

1899 ; married May 13, 1851, Harriet V. McElroy. Six 

II. Zebulon Baird, bom May 13, 1830 ; died April 14, 1894 ; 
married (1) Aug. 3, 1853, Harriet N. Espy. He was Gov- 
ernor of North Carolina, U. S. Senator for many years, 
and one of the most able and prominent men the State 
has ever produced. 

(I) Charles, married Katie Tate. 

(II) David, married. 
Ruth, Espy — twins. 

(III) Zebulon Baird, Jr. 

(IV) Thomas, married 'Emily Wheeler. 

Zeb Vance, as he was affectionately called by everyone, married 
a second time, in 1880, Mrs. Florence Steele Martin of Ken-' 
tucky, and his wife survives him. 

(2) Mary, unmarried. 

(3) Joseph. 

6. Joseph, bom December 8, 1782 ; died unmarried. 


The children of Alexander Erwin and his second wife, Mrs. Mar- 
garet Crawford Patton, were: 

1. Sophia, bom October 30, 1786; married William Alexander. 

(1) Sarah, married Alexander Tate; no children. 

(2) James, married Frances Ilicks. 

I. Ben. 

II. Harrison. 

(3) Mary, married De vault. 

I. William, married Kate Kincaid. 

II. Katie, married McLean. 

III. Laura, married Benbow Scott. 

IV. Hugh, married. 

V. Edward, married. 
VI Sophia, married. 

(4) Eliza, married Scott. 

(5) Cynthia, married Scott. 

(6) Eugenia, married Perry. 

(7) Lena, married Baumgardner. 

2. Cynthia, bom April 6, 1788 ; married Dr. Stephen Fox of Char- 

lotte, N. C. 

(1) Charles, Dr., married Julia McClinn. 

I. Charles, unmarried. 

II. Douglas, unmarried. 

III. Janie, unmarried. 

(2) Junius, married Mrs. Claudia Benbury; no children. 

(3) Philadelphia, married Charles James Torrence. 


(4) Martha, married Thomas H. Brem. 

I. Walter, married (1) Katie Colyer; (2) Hannah Cald- 


(I) Walter, married; three children. 

(II) Minerva, married Robert L. Mayer. 

Walter Brem. 

(III) Tod Robinson, married November 15, 1913, Mar- 
garet Locke Moore. 

(IV) Helen, married R. R. Beatty. 

R. R. Beatty. 

II. Charles, unmarried. 

III. Florence, unmarried. 

IV. Thomas, unmarried. 

(5) Harriet, married Dr. Moses ^Innlius Orr. 

I. Laura Ellen, unmarried. 

II. Blanche, married Hugh Hammond. 

(I) Laura, born March, 1874. 

(II) Hugh, married. 

(III) Hattie, married Gregg. 

THE McDowells and connex:;tions 195 

(IV) Bland. 

(V) Sallie. 

(VI) Eleanor. 

III. Fannie, married Ford ; no children. 

IV. Martha, married Albert Ayeoek. 

Several children. 
V John Frank, married Sallie Bussey. 

(I) Hattie, married John Allison. 

(II) Nathan Judson, married. 


(III) Manlius. 

VI. Mary, married C. A. Williamson. 
Gertrude, married Zwier. 

3. Sarah Myra, bom March 13, 1790; married Freeland Henson. 

(1) Alexander, married. 

(2) Laura Margaret, married George Washington Phifer Er- 

Erwin, horn April 6, 1822. 

I. Alexander, married. 

II. Laura Theresa, married William Rankin. 

(I) Erwin. 

(II) William. 

III. William, married ; lives at Bellbuckle, Tenn. 

IV. Margaret, married. 

V. Mary Lee, unmarried. 

VI. Robert. 

(3) John McKamie, Dr., lived in North Mississippi. 

(4) Marshall. 

(5) Mary, married Dr. Lee, of Mississippi; no children. 

4. Abdial Hiemsel, born March 20, 1792; unmarried. 

5. John McKamie Wilson, born May 8, 1794; unmarried. 

6. Milton Pinkney, born February 13, 1797 ; unmarried. 

7. Stanhope, born May 29, 1799 ; married Eliza G. Tate ; no children. 

8. Harriet Dorcas, born November 20, 1801 ; married Lewis Dinkins. 

We have enumerated above the children and grandchildren of 
Nathaniel Erwin, so far as is known authentically. In some eases 
the lines end without heirs or on account of no authetic information, 
and where this is the case we have traced these lines further in order 
to embody in the above tables the entire record of these short lines. 

In the case of the eldest son of Nathaniel Erwin, William, we 
have already given all of his descendants with the exception of those 
of his daughter, Dorcas Moore. 

The second child of Nathaniel, Susanna, apparently left no chil- 

We have given above what is known of the descendants of the 
third child of Nathaniel, Arthur, with the exception of his son, Wil- 

196 THE McDowells and connections 

Ham Willoughby, whose line is taken up at some length further on. 

We have also given the family of the fourth child of Nathaniel, 
Alexander, with the exception of the descendants of the following 
of his children: Mary (Pretty Polly), James and Margaret. Of the 
remaining five children of Nathaniel Erwin, our information is very 
slight and does not extend beyond what has already been given. 

We will now trace the line of Nathaniel Erwin, through Dorcas, 
the daughter of his son William. 

Dorcas Erwin, born 1765, died 1798; married 1784 Alexander 
Moore, born 1756, died 1813, son of James Moore and Rachel Black, 
who came from Pennsylvania to South Carolina. He was Captain 
in Revolutionary Army. The children of Dorcas Erwin and James 
Moore were seven in number, as follows: 

I. James, born X785, died 1849; married 1808 Sophia Springs. (See 

II. Sallie, married Henning Adickes. 

1. Henning, married Mary Withers of York, S. C. 
Mary, married Dr. Alexander of St. Augustine, Pla. 

Four or five children. 
Amanda, married Thomas Clawson of York, S. C. 

Ten children. 
Frederick, married Sallie Clawson of Raleigh, N. C. 

Four or five children. 
Sallie, never married. 
Withers, married Helen Wardlaw of York, S. C. 





Blanche, married Robert Lindsay of York, S. C. 

(1) Blanche, married Carroll. 

(2) Rose. 

(3) Prank. 

(4) Fredrica. 

(5) Robert. 

Annie Lee, married Walter Bedford Moore, son of Eli Peyton 
Moore. (See below.) 

III. Rachel, married Zedekiah Coulter of York County, S. C. 

1. John, died unmarried. 

2. Alexander, married Miss Massey. 
Several children. 

IV. William L., born 1788, died 1860; married Harriet Baxter 
Springs. (See children.) 


V. Alfred, married his first cousin, Jane, daughter of Rev. James 
Mcllheny. They lived in York County, S. C, on homestead grant- 
ed by the English Crown to one of the Moore family in Colonial 
days and which has never belonged to anyone outside the Moore 
family, being now owned by Judge Ernest Moore eof Lancaster, 
S. C, grandson of Alfred Moore. (See children.) 

VI. Dorcas Erwin, married Pratt and went to Kentucky or Ten- 

VII. Maurice Augustus, Dr., married Sophinisba Nott of Spartan- 
burg, S. C. They lived at Glen Springs, S. C. 

1. Maurice Augustus, married 1848 Miss Staggers. 
Francis Pickens of Washington, D. C. 

2. James Nott, married 1866 Lucy Hemdon. 
James Sumter, married 1897 Florence Elliott. 
Celina E., married 1896 H. W. Fair. 

Mary A., married 1899 Laville Bremer. 
Blanche, married 1902 H. Q. Kaminer. 

3. Celina E., married 1864 Dr. T. Sumter Means ; inb children. 

We have given above the children of Dorcas Erwin and Alex- 
ander Moore. We will now take up in order the families of the chil- 
dren which have not been included above. The children of James 
Moore, eldest child of Dorcas Erwin and Alexander Black, and his 
wife, Sophia Springs, were as follows : 

I. Jane Adeline, born April 17, 1810; died November 21, 1850; 
married Mr. Campbell and moved to Kentucky, 

II. Alexander Leroy. Dr., born May 18, 1812; married Elizabeth 

1. Lizzie, married Dr. Torrence of Gaston County, N. C. ; no chil- 

2. Augustus. 

3. Benamin; had on children. 

4. Addie, did not marry. 

5. Carrie, married David Yates. 
Lizzie, of Columbia, S. C. 

6. Annie, married William Coleman of Columbia, S. C. 
Annie, married Hough ; several children. 

William, married Mayna Mixon ; several children 

Carrie, married Joseph Sylvan; several children. 

Tresvant, not married. 

Samuel, not married. 

Myrtle, not married. 

Joan, married Julius Krentzlin; two children. 

III. Richard Springs, born July 21, 1814 ; died April 30, 1874. Died 


IV. Dorcas Erwin, bom October 25, 1816 j died August 8. 1871; 
married James Murphy. 

1. Euphemia, married Mr. Starr of Boek Hill, S. C. 
Julian, married and has children. 
Murphy, died young. 
Lillian, married Charles Stewart of Rock Hill; several children. 

V. James Lawrence, born December 19, 1819 ; died March 23^ 1889 ; 
married (1) his first cousin, Susan Moore, daughter of Alfred 
Moore and Jane Mcllheny. There were no children by this mar- 
riage. He married (2) Mary Miller of Shelby, N. C. 

1. Alice, bom 1863; married October 18, 1888, Joseph Dargan 
Arthur of Union, S. C. 

Lawrence Moore, born 1889, died 1890. 
Joseph Dargan, bom 1891. 
John Miller, bom 1893. 
Edward John, bom 1894. 
Kathleen, born 1897, died 1912. 
Harvey Moore, born 1898. 
Alice Elizabeth, born 1902. 
Albertus Adair, bom 1904. 

2. James Lawrence, born 1865. 

3. John Miller, bom 1867, died 1912. Surgeon U. S. A. ; unmar- 

4. Richard Springs, born 1870, died 1900. 

5. Mary Booth, born 1874, married D. S. Betsill ; several children. 

6. Albertus Adair, bom 1877, died 1912, unmarried. 

7. Kathleen, bom 1880, died 1902. 

VI. Cynthia Louise, born September 26, 1821; died 1903; married 
James Bjnium of Richland County, S. C. 

1. Lucy, married John Barron. 
John Gray. 


2. Blma, married Dave Black ; several children. 

3. Florida, married Mr. Betts; two sons. 

4. Sophie, did not marry. 

VII. William Augustus, born February 8, 1824; died 1910; mar- 
ried Julia Clark. 

1. Annie, died unmarried. 

2. Pauline, died unmarried. 

3. Annie, married in Gainesville, Ga. 

4. William, never married. 

VIII. Maurice Augustus, bom 1826, died 1889 ; married Anne Walk- 
er of Union, S. C. 


1. Nannie, married Lindner of Union, S. C. ; no children. 

2. Effie, married January 29, 1885, William Henry Sartor of 

Frances Moore, bom September 3, 1898. 
Katherine Glenn, born April 14, 1902. 

3. James Thomas, born 1866, married Mattie Brwin. 
Helen Moore, born 1899, died 1901, 

Annie Moss, born 1903. 

4. Felix Walker, born 1868; married January 21, 1904, May Smith. 
Charles Louis, born November 11, 1904; died 1906. 

Frances Lynn, bom January 12, 1906. 
Felix Walker, born November 4, 1907. 

5. Maurice Augustus, born 1870; married December 31, 1899, 
Charlotte Allston of Union, S. C. 

Benamin Allston, bom December 5, 1900. 
Murice Augustus, born July 18, 1902, 
Charles Albert Pettigrew, bom January 26, 1905. 
Ellen Duval, bom January 23, 1914. 

6. Belle, born 1872, unmarried. 

rX. John Springs, born 1828, died 1830. 

X. Andrew, bom 1830, died 1833. 

XI. Alfred, born May 22, 1832 ; died October, 1832. 

XII. Albertus Adair, Dr., born February 16, 1834 ; died 1900 ; mar- 
ried Carrie Clark of Winnesboro, S. C. ; lived in Camden, S. C. 

1. Caleb Clark, lawyer, of Camden, S. €. ; married Bet Ancrum, 
now living New York City. 

2. Albertus Adair, Dr., of New York City. 

XIII. Eli Peyton, Capt, horn May 14, 1837; died 1913; married 
(1) October, 1858, Lizzie A. Neely, born 1837; died 1874. 

1. Thomas Peyton, bom 1859 ; married October 12, 1881, Adelaide 
Simiana Erwin, bom May 29, 1858 ; daughter of Joseph J. Er- 

win and Elvira Jane Holt. (See below.) 

2. Be Neely, born 1861; married (1) October 4, 1882, Willie Mc- 

Paul Neely, born 1883, married Carrie Beard. 

(1) Alice W. 

(2) Caroline. 

(3) Pauline. 
Married (2) Huldah McNeil. 

3. Walter Bedford, born 1863 ; married 1884 Annie Lee Adickes. 
(See above.) 

Walter Bedford, born 1886. 
Marie, married Joseph Hart. 
Joseph Hart. 

200 THE McDowells and cjonnbctions 

4. Bichard Springs, born 1865, died 1867. 

5. Paul, bom 1872 ; died 1873. 
Married (2) 1875 Annie Wylie, of Chester, S. C. 

6. Juliet Gill, bom 1876, died 1876. 

7. Alexander Wylie, Dr., born 1878 ; married October 3, 1906, Es- 
ther Maria Lewis. 

8. Baxter Springs, Dr., born 1879 ; married Caro Brevard of Char- 
lotte, N. C. 
Annie Wylie. 
Bobert Brevard. 
Baxter Springs. 
The fourth child of Dorcas Erwin and Alexander Moore was 

William L., who was bom in 1788, died 1860, and married 1819 Har- 
riet Baxter Springs. Their children are as foUows: 

I. Jane Cynthia, born May 20, 1820; died January 1, 1892; mar- 
ried January 5, 1842, Col. Joel Woodard Bawlingson of Eich- 
mond, Va. 

1. William Moore, died in infancy. 

2. Walter J., married (1) June 7, 1876, Addie Caldwell Hutchi- 
Joel Woodward; married December 16, 1903, Leonora Sloane of . 

Atlanta, Oa. A 

Thomas Caldwell; married October 19, 1910. Cammie Ehodes of 

Greensboro, N. C. 

Cammie Ehodes. 

Mary. , 

Addie Hutchison; married January 10, 1906, Dr. James Eich- 

mond Stokes of Hampton County, S. C. 

Harriet Baxter Eawlinson. * 

Married (2) Febraary 19, 1890, Minnie Barnes of Camden, S. C. " 

Walter Barnes. 

3. William, Dr., married Virginia West of Illinois. 

Walter Eawlinson, died in early manhood. I 

Beulah, married September 4, 1910, Dr. F. Eoscoe Huckin of 
Chicago, 111. 

4. Harriet Baxter, unmarried. ^ 

5. Mary Morgan; married December 22, 1870, John Myers of 
Charlotte, N. C. I 
Willirfm Raeford, died in infancy. ' 
Jennie Moore, died in infancy. I 
Sophia Converse, married 1902 George Stephens. 

George. i 

Sophia Myers. ^ 

Eloise, died aged eleven. 


Walter, died in infancy. 

THE McDowells and connexutions 201 

Richard Austin; married January 29, 1913, Marguerite Springs. 

John Springs, died in infancy. 


Mary Morgan; married November 14, 1912, Harold Cothran 


John Myers. 
Harriet Baxter, died in early childhood. 

II. William Shakespeare, bom January 25, 1829; lived at York, S. 
C. Captain of Ck)nfederate Army; married Margaret Lewis of 
York County. 

1. Walter, died young. 

2. Jennie, married (1) Dr. Burkmeyer Patrick of Charleston 

S. C. 
William Moore. 

Married (2) William Orr of Rock Hill, S. C. 

III. Baxter Harriet, bom October 9, 1832; married (1) Katie Biles 
of Salisbury, N. C. ; children died in infancy. 

Married (2) May 27, 1869, Katherine Winsmith of Glenn Springs, 

S. C. 


IV. Frederick E., born January 12, 1835 ; Lieutenant in Confeder- 
ate Army. Killed in battle December 20, 1861. 

V. Dorcas Erwin. 

Alfred, the fiftii child of Docras Erwin and Alexander Moore, 
married Jane Mcllheny, and had children as follows : 

I. Alexander, died unmarried. 

II. William A., born 1822, died August 10, 1878; married 1855 
Nancy C. Ross, daughter of Judge J. M. Ross of York and grand- 
niece of Sallie Ross, wife of William A. Erwin. He served as lieu- 
tenant throughout the Civil War and was a lawyer of prominence. 

1. Ernest, bom December 5, 1856 ; Circuit Judge Lancaster, S. C. ; 
married Mary Belle Hall, daughter of Rev. W. T. Hall, profes- 
sor of Systematic Theology at Presbyterian Theological Semi- 
nary, Columbia, S. C. 

Seven living children, all unmarried. 

2. Paul, married Nannie Poster; Clerk of Circuit Court, Lancas- 
ter County. 






3. Olive Hill, married J. C. Lindsay of Rock Hill; survives her 

4. Susan E., died unmarried. 

202 THE McDowells and connections 


5. Alfred George, died unmarried. 

6. Lillie, married Frank 0. London; no children. 

7. Pauline, married R. L. Crawford; two children. 

8. William A. 

III. Edward, Lieutenant in Confederate Army; killed in battle; 
married Emily Kirk. 

1. Morton Kirk, Savannah, Ga. 

2. Edward Kirk, Rev., Bluffton, S. C. 

iV. Maurice A., lawyer, Shelby, N. C. ; has family. 

V. Alfred, married daughter of Judge J M. Ross of York, S. C. 

1. John Ross, 

2. Bessie, married Bratton Massey; several children. 

3. Jane, unmarried. 

VI. Susan, married her cousin, James Lawrence, son of James Moore 
aiid Sophia Springs; no children. 

VII. Dorcas Antoinette, married Frank Rawlinson of Rock Hill; 
died without issue, aged seventy. 

VIII. Sarah Jane, died unmarried, aged seventy. 

Next in order comes the family of William Willoughby Brwin, 
son of Arthur and grandson of Nathaniel Erwin. We have already 
related what is generally known of the other descendants of Arthur 
Brwin, so that William Willoughby and his lin6 only remain. 

William Willoughby Erwin was bom March 22, 1764; died July 
25, 1837. He was Clerk of the Superior Court of Burke County for 
more than forty years. After resigning the clerkship he was Cashier 
of a branch of the State Bank of North Carolina. He was a success- 
ful merchant and farmer. On May 21st, 1788, he married Matilda 
Sharpe of Rowan County. She was the daughter of Hon. William 
Sharpe and his wife, Catherine Reese, who was a daughter of David 
Reese, one of the signers of the Mecklenberg Declaration of Inde- 
pendence. Matilda Sharpe w^as bom March 4th, 1769, and died July 
29th, 1846. 

There were born to William Willoughby Brwin and Matilda 
Sharpe sixteen children, all of whom reached maturity with the ex- 
ception of one daughter, who died at the age of one year. These 
children were as follows: 

I. Adolphus Lorenzo, bom February 14, 1789; died November 24, 
1855; married November 27, 1817, Mary Gertrude Simianer, born 
February 18, 1798; died April 30, 1875. (See children.) 

II. William Alberto, bom April 7, 1790 ; died May 29, 1847 ; un- 

III. Arthur Leander, born May 10, 1791 ; died November 10, 1845 ; 
married September 5, 1816, Eliza B. Marable. 

IV. Marquis de LaFayette, bom January 25, 1793; died July 22, 
1824; unmarried. 


y. Harriet Eloise, bom May 3, 1795 ; died August 4, 1858 ; married 
June 27, 1815, Col. Isaac Thomas Avery, bom September 22, 1875 J 
died December 31, 1864. (See children.) 

VI. Mary Elvira, bom November 3, 1796 ; died November 18, 1863 ; 

VII. Sydney Stanhope, born December 31, 1798; died June, 1849; 
married April 10, 1827, Caroline Carson. 

VIII. Catherine Be^se, bom May 3, 1800; died January 7, 1866; 
married April 8, 1828, Dr. Alfred M. Gaither, bom April, 1793 ; 
died April 24, 1829. 

1. Julia, died unmarried. 

IX. Margaret Caroline, bom December 2, 1801 ; died July 23, 1831 ; 
married February 22, 1821, James Moffitt McDowell. (See chil- 

X. Elam Alphonso, bom March 13, 1803; died November 8, 1830; 

XI. Elizabeth Sharpe, bom October 17, 1804; died May 30, 1859; 
married July 13, 1830, Burgess Sidney Gaither, born March 16, 
1807; died February 22, 1891. (See children.) 

XII. Edward Jones, born March 24, 1806 ; died July 8, 1871 ; mar- 
ried December 6, 1837, Elizabeth Ann Phifer, born December 3, 
1814; died June 9, 1890; granddaughter of Martin Phifer, Jr. (See 

XIII. Alexander Hamilton, bom May 11, 1808; died October 4, 
1877; twin of Cecilia J unmarried. 

XIV. Cecelia Matilda, bom May 11, 1808 ; died May 3, 1894 ; twin 
of Alexander Hamilton; unmarried. 

XV. Justina Louisa, born April 11, 1810; died June 13, 1811. 

XVI. Delia Haywood, bom April 2, 1812; married October 10, 
1839, Dr. J. F. E. Hardy. 

1. William, killed at Battle of Manassas; unmarried. 

2. Erwin, married. 

(P. 10.) Of the sixteen children of William Willoughby Erwin 
enumerated above, the following nine left descendants: Adolphus 
Lorenzo, Arthur Leander, Harriet Eloise, Sydney Stanhope, Cath- 
erine Reese, Margaret Caroline, flSlizabeth Sharpe, Edward Jones 
and Delia Haywood. We have given some account above of the 
children of Catherine Reese and Delia Haywood and will now take 
up in order the other seven. 

Adolphus Lorenzo, the eldest child of William Willoughby Erwin 
and Matilda Sharpe, was bom February 14, 1789, and died Novem- 
ber 24, 1855. He married on November 27, 1817, Mary Gertrade Sim- 

204 THE McDowells and cx)nnbctions 

ianer. She was bom February 18, 1798, and died April 30, 1875. 
Their children were as follows: 

I. John Simianer, Dr., «bom August 23, 1819; unmarried. 

II. William Walstein, born January 10, 1820; died in childhood. 

III. Sidney Bulow, born October 4, 1821 ; died 1905 ; married 1853 
Ella Kehler, bom September 12, 1832. 

1. Mary Adolphus, unmarried. 

' 2. John Bulow, unmarried. 

3. Anne Talbot, unmarried. 

4. William Alfred, married. 

IV. Marcus Lorenzo, bom August 15, 1823 ; died in childhood. 

V. Margaret Matilda, born April 13, 1825; died 1914, unmarried. 

VI. Mary Anne, bom August 11, 1827 ; unmarried. 

VII. Alfred Martin, bom August 11, 1829; unmarried; attorney. 

VIII. Harriet Esther, bom August 30, 1831 ; died April 22, 1892 ; 
married July 7, 1857, James Blackburn Rankin, died October 29, 

1. Adolphus Erwin, married Agnes Wilkes. 
John Wilkes, married Bettie Brandt. 

Harriet Esther, married Charles Vaughn Ferguson. 


Charles Vaughn. 
Adolphus Erwin. 
Ralph Smedburg. 

2. Thomas Simianer, died June 19, 1897. 

3. Mary Blackburn, died June 22, 1882. 

4. Anne Harriet. 

5. Margaret Oeddings. 

6. James Blackburn, died September 29, 1879. 

IX. Maria Louisa, bom August 9, 1834 ; died May 20, 1893 ; mar- 
ried Major James W. Wilson; died July 2, 1910. 

1. Mary Willis, bora April 29, 1862; died 1916; married T. H. 

Louise, born September 11, 1891; died November 6, 1914; mar- 
ried Lynch. 

2. Alexander, bom September 8, 1863 » married Ethel Dillard. 

Alexander, dead. 
James, dead. 
Robert Willis, dead. 

3. Alice Matilda, born March '4, 1865 ; married Herbert Battle. 


Nell, married John M. Booker. 

4. Adolphns Erwin, bom November 2, 1866; married Hallie Lan- 

Two others. 

6. Louise Erwin, bom March 2, 1868 ; married Oct. 26, 1892, Dr. 
B. L. Qibbon. 

James Wilson, bom August 26, 1893. 
Corinne Myrtle, bom July 9, 1897. ; 
Mary Bogers, bom January 11, 1900. 
Louise Wilson, bom March 3, 1904. 
Alice Battle, bom March 6, 1906. 

6. James William, born November 18, 1869 j married Ivy Hayes. 

7. Cora Avery, bom June 14, 1871; married J. L. Massey. 
Bulow Wilson. 


Katherine Kirkpatrick. 
James Wilson. 
Louise Gibbon. 

8. Harriet Gertrade, bom Pebraary 20, 1874 ; died June 15, 1874. 

9. Anne Bulow, bom March 16, 1876 ; married October 12, 1906, 
Joel Jenkins Hutchison. 

(1) Louise Erwin, born August 9, 1907. 

(2) Joel Jenkins, born March 9, 1909. 

10. Alfred Simianer, bom July 18, 1877 ; died July 19, 1877. 

X. Edward Hamilton, bom 1837. 

XI. Catherine Amelia, bom 1839. 

Arthur Leander, the third son of William Willoughby Erwin, 

married Eliza B. Marable. Their descendants are as follows : 

Marcus, married Margaret Erwin McDowell, daughter of 

his aunt, Margaret Caroline. (See her children.) 
Cordelia married West, of New Orleans. 

George married Alice Bobertson of New Orleans. 

Lucile, married. 
Arthur, killed in Confederate Army. 
Lizzie, married Tennant, of Asheville. 

George, married. 
Cordelia, married James E. McDowell, son of Dr. John 

Calhoun McDowell. 
Annie, unmarried. 


The fifth child and eldest daughter of William Willoughby Er- 
win and Matilda Sharpe was Harriet Eloise. She was bom May 3, 
1795, and died August 4, 1858. She married June 27, 1815, Col. 
Isaac Thomas Avery, who was bom September 22, 1875, and died 
December 31, 1864. A complete sketch of his life appears in Van 
Noppen's Biographical History of North Carolina. There were bom 
to this couple the same number of children as those of William Wil- 
loughby and Matilda Erwin, namely, sixteen, which were as follows : 

I. Theodore, born May 25, 1816 ; died six hours after birth. 

II. William Waightstill, born May 25, 1816 ; died July 3, 1864 ; mar- 

ried May 27, 1846, Corinna M. Morehead, born November 14, 1825 ; 
died May 1, 1897. 

1. Annie H., born Nov. 6, 1848; died June, 1917; married 

Capt. Joseph Scales; bom 1843; died 1916. 

2. Corinna Moorehead, born Oct. 27, 1850; married October 20, 
1875, George Phifer Erwin, son of Edward James Erwin. (See 

2. Corinna Morehead, married October 20, 1875, George Phifer 
Erwin, son of Edward James Erwin. (See below.) 

3. Adelaide Matilda, bom Febraary 6, 1855 ; died April 29, 1884 ; 
married Hon. John J. Hemphill. 

4. John Morehead, born Nov. 23, 1860. 
5. William Waightstill, bom Sept. 3, 1863. 

III. Theodore Horatio, born September 11, 1817; died October 3, 

IV. Clark Moulton, born October 3, 1819 ; died June 19, 1864 ; mar- 
ried Elizabeth Tighlman Walton. 

1. Martha, married George Phifer, bom February 10, 1841; mar- 
ried June 8, 1870. 

John Fulenwider, married Mary Newbold of Columbus, Ohio. 
Moulton Avery, married Mary Hardy of Spartanburg, S. C. 

Sarah Carson. 

Mary Hardy. 

George Erwin. 

Moulton Avery. 

Elizabeth Walton. 

Thomas Carson. 


(Jeorge Erwin, died in 21st year. ' 

Edward William, Dr., married Sudie Presnell of Morganton, N. C. 
Edward William. i 

Robert Presnell. ' 

Isaac Avery, married Mary Allen of Hendersonville, N. C. 
Isaac Avery. 

THE McDowells and connections 207 

Martha Qiddings. 
Walton Lenoir, married Carrie Gist Graham of Rocky Mount, 

N. C. 

Walton Lenoir. 

Graham, died in infancy. 
Maude, married Fletcher Locke Brown, Dr. 

Fletcher Locke. 
Robert Fulenwider, married Marie McClain of Spartanburg, S. C. 
Mary Wilfong, died 1910; married Donald Witherspoon. 

Lucine Leroy. 
Lenoir, died in infancy. 
Waightstill Winthrop, married Sallie Brown of Chattanooga, 


2. Eloise, married Rev. James H. Colton. 

Moulton Avery. 

James H., married in California. 

Henry, married in Tennessee. 




Roger, married. 

3. Isaac Thomas, born 1856; married (1) Mrs. Lillian Walton 

(1) Walton. 

(2) Isaac, died in infancy. 

(3) Lillian. 

(4) Edward Stanley. 

(5) Elizabeth, died in infancy. 

Married (2) Margaret DuBose, daughter of Rev. McNelly 

(6) Rosalie. 

(7) McNelly DuBose. 

(8) Isaac. 

(9) Laura Pairo. 

4. Laura, married John A. Gilmer of Neewton, N. C. ; no children. 

V. Thomas Lenoir, born March 16, 1821 ; died September 23, 1852, 
unmarried, died in California. 

VI. Leah Adelaide, born December 20, 1822; died January 20, 1897, 

VII. Matilda Louisa, born October 4. 1824 ; died July 3, 1825. 

VIII. Daughter, bom May 8, 1826 ; died July 18, 1826. 

IX. Marcus, bom October 4, 1827 ; died February 22, 1828. 

X. Isaac Erwin, born December 20, 1828; died July 3, 1863; killed 

at Gettysburg. 

208 THE McDowells and connections 

XI. Mary Ann Martha, bom May 20, 1831 ; died January 22, 1890 ; 
married June 26, 1855, Joseph Franklin Chambers, bom October 
19, 1812. 

1. Harriet Erwin, born Pebraary 22, 1856 ; died January 20, 1889, 

married June 10, 1884, Fred Oertel. 
Mary Adelaide, born April 2, 1885 ; died in childhood. 
Hattie, married. 

2. Isaac Avery, bom February 2, 1859 ; died June 4, 1859. 

3. Frank Avery, born August 5, 1860; died August 16, 1862. 

4. Justina Corinna, bom June 17, 1862; married June 19, 1894, 
William Dickson < divorced). 

5. Lizzie Adelaide, bom September 18, 1864; died September 29, 

6. Laura Eloiae, bom July 7, 1866 ; died September 22, 1866. 

7. Catherine Lenoir, bom November 29, 1867; died 1914; mar- 
ried Dr. C. E. Boss. 

Catherine, died 1916. 

Martha, married Marshall Boyce. 



8. William Pinckney, born January 30, 1871 ; married. 
Gladys, and others. 

9. Waightstill Moulton, bom April 8, 1874 ; married July 12, 1899, 
Annie Irene Byars. 

XII. Harriet Justina, bom September 2, 1833; died January 13, 
1902; married August 11, 1853, Pinckney Brown Chambers, born 
January 28, 1821 ; died Febraary 18, 1905. 

1. Joseph Lenoir, bom July 15, 1854; married (1) Emma Mc- 

Rebecca Brevard, born October 4, 1882; married Thomas H. 
Wright, born March 23, 1879. 
Thomas H., bom March 9, 1909. 
Lenoir Chambers, bom February 24, 1911. 
Rebekah Brevard, born 1917. 

Robert Brevard. 

Married (2) June 29, 1887, Grace Singleton Dewey, born Oct. 
31, 1862. 

Elisabeth Lacy, bom June 2, 1889; married April 2, 1913, Law- 
rence S. Holt, Jr., bom November 19, 1883. (See below.) 

Joseph Lenoir, bom December 26, 1891. 

Anne Dewey, bom May 19, 1894. 

Drury Lacy, bom August 6, 1902 ; died September 15, 1903. 

2. Daughter, bom November 16, 1855 ; lived two hours. 

3. Son, born July 12, 1856; lived one hour. 


4. Daughter, bom May 12, 1857 ; lived five hours. 

5. Margaret Brown, bom June 29, 1858; married November 17, 
1885, Richard A. Evans. 

Richard Chambers. 

Henry Lenoir, married Nellie May Alexander. 


Avery Washington. 
George Lillington. 
Margaret Justina. 

6. Mary Erwin, bom November 18, 1860 ; died May 15, 1885, un- 

7. Pinkney Avery, born December 21, 1862; died July 30, 1904, 

8. Henry Waightstill, bom January 23, 1865 ; died March 23, 1895, 

9. Harriet Eloise, bom January 11, 1867 ; died Pebraary 18, 1877. 

10. Edward Marshall, born December 18, 1872; died February 
20, 1877. 

11. Willoughby Erwin, bom January 23, 1876. 

XIII. Alphonso Calhoun. (See sketch Van Noppen's Biographical 
History of North Carolina). Bom September 11, 1835; died June 
13, 1913; married (1) Pebmary 27, 1861, Susan Washington Mor- 

1. Marj'. 

2. Hattie, married Gilmer Brenizer. 

3. Morrison R., died 1890. 
Sudie, married Mr. Neff. 


4. Susan Washington, married Tom S. McBee. 

Elizabeth Hunt, married June 19, 1915, Capus Miller Waynick 



5. Isaac Erwin, born December 1, 1871; died April 2, 1904. (See 
sketch Van Noppen's Biographical History of North Carolina). 

6. Alphonso Calhoun, married Mary Johnston of Birmingham, 


7. Alfred L. 

Married (2) February 1, 1889, Sallie Love Thomas. 

1. Lenoir Thomas. 

2. Gladys, married 1917, Charles W. Tillett, Jr. 

3. Edith. 

XIV. Laura Mira, bom November 15, 1837 ; died August 22, 1912. 


XV. Edward Dolbear, born September 26, 1839 ; died Deeeember 31, 


XVI. Willoughby Francis, born May 7, 1843; died November 24, 
1876; married (1) Mattie Jones. 

1. Infant. 

Married (2) 1875, Laura Atkinson. 
1. Moulton, married Emma Sharpe. 




Sydney Stanhope, the seventh child of William Willoughby Er- 
win and Matilda Sharpe, married Caroline Carson. Their children 
were as follows: 

1. Sallie, married Dr. Glenn. 
Archie, married. 
William, died unmarried. 
Carrie, died unmarried. 

Daisy, married Charles, of New Orleans. 
Three daughters. 

2. Emily, married Major Hamilton Chalmers. 
Sallie, married. 

Two sons. 

3. Mary, married Washington Hardy, son of her uncle. Dr. J. P. 
E. Hardy. 

Emma, married Crawford. 

Geddings, married Tennant, of Spartanburg, S. C. 

Lady Jane, unmarried. 

Daisy, married. 

The ninth child of William Willoughby Erwin and Matilda 
Sharpe was Margaret Caroline. She was born November 2, 1801, and 
died July 23, 1831. She married February 22, 1821, James Moffett 
McDowell, and had the following children : 

I. Joseph Alberto, born December 22, 1821; died March 10, 1875; 
married Julia Pat ton. 

1. Margaret, married James Walton. 
Anne, married John Mangura. 

James, married Alice Collett. 

Two children. 
Lila, married Leith Gordon. 


Theodore, married Lily Wynne McDowell. 





Julia, died in infancy. 
Hugh, died in childhood. 
Madge, married Qervais Gordon. 

Five children. 
McDowell, unmarried. 
Harriet, married (1) Joe Landis. 




Married (2) Mr. Vidor. 

Married (3) Mr. Madden. 

Margaret, died in infancy. 

Helen, died unmarried. 

Two others died in childhood. 

2. Joseph, married Loula Murphy. 
Three children. 

3. Lillie, married Col. Clayton. 
Several children. 

4. Julian, married Mr. Gamewell. 

Mary Lillie. 

5. William, married. 
Three children. 

6. Kate, married Dr. Butt. 
Jelsie, married. 

One girl. 


II. William Wallace, born February, 1824 ; died June, 1893 ; mar- 
ried Sarah Smith. 

1. Oaston, married. 

2. James, married. 

3. John, married Miss Smith. 

4. Hamilton, married (Ella Cain. 

4. Hamilton, married. 

5. Arthur. 

6. William. 

7. Robert. 

8. Annie, unmarried. 

9. Mary, unmarried. 

III. John Calhoun, bom July 7, 1825; died August 2, 1876; mar- 
ried Sarah Ann Erwin, daughter of James Erwin and Margaret 
Phifer. (See below.) 

IV. Katherine Ann, born November, 1826; died June, 1898; mar- 
ried Montreville Patton, of Asheville. 


V. Margaret Erwin, bom 1828 ; died 1859 ; married Marcus Erwin, 
son of her unele, Arthur Leander Erwin. 

1. Hamilton, married (1) Elizabeth Adams. 

Mamie, married Edmond Brady. 



Lawrence, married Atwood Hunt. 

Hamilton, died in childhood. 
Samuel, died in childhood. 
Ellie Woodrow, married William Diggle. 

One boy. 
Margaret Gordon. 

Married (2) Margaret Sudderth. 

2. Arthur, died young. 

3. William, died young. 

The eleventh child of William Willoughby Erwin and Matilda 
Sharpe was Elizabeth Sharpe, bom October 17, 1804; died May 30, 
1859; married July 13, 1830, Burgess Sidney Gaither, bom March 
16, 1807 ; died Febraary 22, 1891. Their children were as follows : 

I. William, married Mary Mclntyre. 

II. Delia Emma, bom 1839 ; married Dr. R. C. Pearson. 

1. Samuel, married (1) Nannie Anderson. 

(1) Nannie, married Ed Alexander, 
(a) Jean. 

(2) Erwin. 

Married (2) Esther Ervin. 

2. Gaither, married Miss Holmes of Salisbury. 
Four children. 

3. William, died November 25, 1915, unmarried. 

4. Elizabeth, married Atwood Hunt. 

Atwood, married Lawrence Erwin, son of Hamilton Erwin and 
Elizabeth Adams. 

5. Robert C, married. 

6. Cameron, died unmarried. 

HI. Alfred Haywood, married Miss Corrie Hoey. 

The twelfth child of William Willoughby Erwin and Matilda 


Sharpe was Edward Jones. He was bom March 24, 1806 ; died July 
8, 1871; married December 6, 1837, Elizabeth Ann Phifer, born De- 
cember 3, 1814 ; died June 9, 1890. Oranddaughter of Martin Phifer, 
Jr. Their children were as follows: 

I. George Phifer, bom August 27, 1840 j died November 11, 1911; 
married October 20, 1875, Cora Morehead Avery, daughter of Wil- 
liam Waightstill Avery and Corinna M. Morehead. (See above). 

1. Annie Phifer, born August 12, 1876; married Feb. :?, 1903, 

Fred Laxton, born August, 1875. 
Phifer, born December 29, 1904; died, 1905. 
Joseph, born 1906. 
Corinne, born August 1, 1908. 
Fred, born Nov. 27, 1911. 
Erwin, bom July 20, 1912. 

2. Corinne, born Aug. 26, 1879 ; married Derr Boger. 

(1) Derr, born December 29, 1900. 

(3) Corinna, born April 27, 1904. 

(2) Phifer Erwin, born July 19, 1902. 

(4) Gertrude, bom March 22, 1906. 

(5) William, born Oct. 9, 1910. 

3. Addie Avery, 'bom July 9, 1884; married Jan. 6, 1917, William 
Elliott White. 

4. Edward, bom Oct. 10, 1886; married Aug. 6, 1914, Mary 

Phifer, bom June 11, 1915. 

5. Eloise, bom August 1, 1888 ; married August 11, 1914, I^uis 
Brown McKoy. 

II. Mary Jones, bom November 19, 1845; married November 19, 
1874, James Mitohell Rogers, bom August 21, 1844. 

1. James Mitchell, bom August 27, 1875 ; died April 14, 1876. 

2. Anne Erwin, born September 5, 1876; died August 16, 1877. 

3. Thomas Morris, born November 11, 1878 ; died May 10, 1880. 

4. Edward Erwin, born August 17, 1880 ; died April 14, 18.s2. 

5. Francis Mitchell, bom March 22, 1883 ; married October 5, 1910, 
Annie Scales. 

III. Sarah Matilda White, bom June 5, 1856 ; married May 3, 18S2, 
Dr. Gteorge Moran, bom September 30, 1839 ; died June 23, 1905. 

1. Annie, <bom September 17, 1884. 

2. Mary, born July 22, 1887. 

3. Erwin, bom Feb. 15, 1890. 

We now come to the family of Alexander, the fourth child and 
third son of Nathaniel and Leah Julian Erwin. We have given above 
a list of his children and will next trace the line of his second child, 
Mary, familiarly known as ** Pretty Polly." She was bom Decern 
ber 5, 1773, and married Rev. John McEemie Wilson, D.D., who was 

214 THE McDowells and connections 

born in 1769 and died in 1831. He was a man of great force of char- 
acter and strength of intellect. His preaching and teaching left a 
great and lasting impression on the western part of North Carolina, 
and the present strength of the Presbyterian church in some locali- 
ties may be traced to his influence. For a complete account of his 
life and labors, the reader is referred to Footers Sketches of North 
Carolina. The descendants of this couple were numerous and promi- 
nent. They are as follows: 

I. John McKemie, Jr., Rev., married Delphine Fox. 

1. Mary Ann, married Dr. Bobert N. C. Tate, son of Dr. Samuel 
Tate. (See below.) 

2. Addie, married Saunders. 

II. Joseph Harvey, born September, 1810; died September, 1884; 
married September 25, 1834, (1) Julia Adelaide Patton. 

1. Rosa, died in infancy. 

2. James Patton, bom April 3, 1837 ; died April 4, 1902 ; married 
November 20, 1877, Mrs. Julia Wales Erwin McMillan. 

(1) John McKemie, born November 7, 1878; died October 19, 

(2) Joseph Harvey, born June 24, 1881; married February 14, 

Minnie A. Asbury. 
Julia Adelaide, born April 4, 1907. 
Amelia, born July 5, 1908. 
• Caroline Asbury, bom August 9, 1910. 
Joseph Harvey, born December 20, 1913. 

(3) James Rossignol, born December 30, 1882; married Jan- 
uary 16, 1909, Eva Hoyt Bums. 

Julia Wales, bom October 19, 1909. 
James Patton, born March 26, 1913. 

(4) Alexander Erwin, born September 20, 1884; married Sep- 
tember, 1909, Maude Evelyn Smith. 

Alexander Erwin, bom August 23, 1910. 

(5) Frank Wales, born May 10, 1886; married September, 
1910, Penelope Millner Sparkes. 

elope Millner Sparkes. 

Alexander Millner, born August 8, 1911. 

3. Joseph Harvey, born 1838, died 1906; married Mrs. E. Cald- 
well Lineberger. 

Joseph Harvey III, died aged 18. 
Frank L., married and has children. 

4. Benjamin Franklin, born 1841, died May, 1879, unmarried. 

5. Anna Patton, bom July 28, 1834; died August 2, 1906; mar- 
ried January 15, 1868, James William Moore, born March 13, 
1837 ; died December 21, 1902. 


Harvey Wilson, born November 11, 1868; died January 9, 1869. 

John Moore, bom March 13, .1870 ; married April 19, 1906, Mar- 
garet Wallace Robertson. 
Katherine Robertson, born March 2, 1907. 

Julia Adelaide, bom July 14, 1872 ; married November 14, 1900, 
William Mason Alexander. 
Anna Wilson, bom June 22, 1903. 

Eliza Walton, bom June 23, 1874 ; died September 8, 1876. 

Mary Wilson, born March 17, 1877 ; married April 15, 1902, Jo- 
seph Fargo. 

James Wilson, bom February 27, 1879 ; married February, 1912, 
Margaret Lewis. 

Frank Wilson, bom February 5, 1880. 

Harvey Wilson, born May 1, 1884 ; married Lucy Qratton Robert- 

Lucy Gratton, bom October 19, 1910. 
Harvey Wilson, bom 1914. 

II. Joseph Harvey, married (2) December 9, 1846, Mary Louise Phi- 
fer, born December 3, 1814, twin of Elizabeth Ann Phifer. 

1. George Edward, born April 19, 1849; married November 11, 
1874, Bessie Witherspoon, bom June 15, 1853. 

Mary Louise. 

Hamilton Witherspoon. 

Harvey White, died in infancy. 

Annie Witherspoon. 

George Edward, Jr., bom February 8, 1890; married October 27, 

1915, Lida Rivers Caldwell. 

Pilma Saunders, bom 1917. 

Sarah White, born February 25, 1892; married John Tate. 

2. Mary Ellis, bom June 15, 1854; married December 7, 1876, 
Charles Earl Johnson, bom August 13, 1851. 

Mary Wilson, born November 22, 1877 ; married December 6, 1905, 

Frank M. Kimbark. 
Charles Earl, born August 14, 1878 ; died August 9, 1880. 
Francis Lenox, born October 27, 1880 ; died December 14, 1881. 
Charles Earl, bom September 22, 1883. 

Josephine Harvey, bom October 23, 1882; died June 8, 1884. 
Fanny Hines, bom December 25, 1887 ; married Meares Harris. 

Meares Harris. 

III. Sarah Robinson, bom April 28, 1799; died October 22, 1864; 
married William Elliott White, born January 12, 1803; died Feb- 
ruary 11, 1865. 

1. Joseph Harvey, born December 24, 1824; died May 12, 1864; 
married October 16, 1850, Sarah Young. 
No children. 


2. Mary Martha, bom October 31, 1827 ; died June 1, 1879 ; mar- 
ried April 10, 1849, William Pulenwider Phifer, died December 
27, 1882 ; born February 13, 1809. 

William White, bom Pebmary 15, 1850; died July 22, 1914; 
married April 30, 1907, Mrs. Montrose Davidson Kenney 
No children. 
Robert Smith, bom May 9, 1852 ; died September 12, 1910 ; mar- 
ried March 18, 1874, Isabelle Hunt McGehee. 
Wilhelmina Glen, bom February 19, 1875; married Joseph 

Thomas McGehee, bom May 19, 1878 J married Janie Childs. 

Two girls. 
Robert, Jr., bom August 4, 1883 ; married. 
Mimi, born December 8, 1886; married Prof. Sheib. 
Belle, bom December 8, 1886 ; died September 25, 1887. 
Dieudonne Locke, bom March 27, 1884 ; married Thomas Lips- 
Adelaide White, bom May 21, 1854; died August 15, 1855. 
George Martin, born February 18, 1856. 

Mary Wilson, bom November 21, 1857 ; married June 20, 1882, 
Martin Clifton Quinn. 
Infant son, bom March, 1883. 

Marjorie, bom May 20, 1884; died November 12, 1885. 
Janet, bom June 21, 1886. 
William Phifer, bom April 20, 1888. 
Clifton, bom August 6, 1890. 
Cordelia White, bom August 26, 1859. 

Joseephine Harvey, bom June 29, 1861; married October 13, 
1880, William Gilmore Durant, bom December, 1856; died 
Febraary 5, 1884. 

Mary Martha, bom August 4, 1881; died March 27, 1885. 
Willie Gilmore, bom September 10, 1883; married Septembo. 
12, 1905, James Alden Houston. 
Josephine Phifer, born March 1, 1908. 
George Phifer, -bom Nov. 22, 1909. 
James Alden, bom January 6, 1912. 

Edward White, bom May 8, 1864 ; married April 27, 1893, Annie 
Elizabeth Adams. 

3. Margaret Adelaide, born Aug. 10, 1829 ; died June 9, 1893. 
married (1) Abram C. Steel, bom February 22, 1855; died June 
3, 1863. 

Sarah White, bom March 12, 1856 ; married May 16, 1876, David 
Parks Hutchison, bom March 6, 1853. 
Adele White, bom Febraary 22, 1877 ; died March 21, 1907 ; 

married June 21, 1905, Charles F. Dalton, bom November 27, 


Parks Hutchison, born June 4, 1906. 


Annie Parks, bom October 13, 1878 ; married 1917, William 

E. Parker. 
Selene, bom February 19, 1880; married January, 1915, 

Charles F. Dalton. 
Susie Nye, born August 24, 1891. 
Margaret Adelaide, married (2) October 15, 1873, Col. Thos. 

H. Brem ; died July 25, 1876. 

No children. 

4. Sarah Cordelia, bom July 15, 1831; died September, 1864; 
married April 30, 1861, Col. Lewis Slaughter Williams, bom De- 
cember 25, 1825 ; died June 24, 1915. 

Slaughter Williams, bom December 25, 1825 ; died June 24, 1915. 

Sa^ah Adelaide, bom July 1, 1862 ; married September 9, 1900, 

Joseph P. Caldwell, bom June 16, 1853 ; died November 22, 

Adelaide Pearson Caldwell, bom January 4, 1902. 

5. John McKemie, bom April 15, 1833 ; died May 13, 1877 ; mar- 
ried October 28, 1875, Adeline Elizabeth Allison, born March 26, 

No children. , 

6. William Edward, born March 15, 1835 ; died November 9, 1861 ; 
married October 16, 1860, Sallie Caldwell. 

Edith, bom June 24, 1862 ; died March 14, 1864. 

7. Samuel Elliott, bom Pebraary 22, 1837 ; died March 4, 1911 ; 
married November 21, 1866, Esther Phifer Allison, born Novem- 
ber 27, 1843 ; died April 8, 1903. 

Annie Washington, born March 20, 1868 ; died October 18, 1873. 
William Elliott, bom Pebraary 20, 1871 ; died January 25, 1875. 
Grace Allison, bom November 14, 1873; died April 30, 1907; 

married December 28, 1892, Leroy Springs. 

Elliott White, bom July 31, 1896. 

8. James Wilson, bom December 25, 1840 ; died July 12, 1887 ; 
Adelaide, bom August, 1877; died August, 1877. 

8. James Wilson, bom December 25, 1840 ; died July 12, 1887 ; 
married April 26, 1871, Emma Virginia Holt, born March 28, 
1847, died Feb. 9, 1904. 

Joseph Harvey, bom October 19, 1875; married November 19, 

1902, Grace Pomeroy, born December 3, 1876. 

James Wilson, bom May 29, 1914. 
William (Elliott, born October 19, 1877; married January 6, 

1917, Addie Avery Erwin. 
Edwin Holt, born June 26, 1880 ; died March 27, 1908. 
Madeline, bom September 10, 1886 ; married November 1, 1911, 

Philip Bahm Carlton. 

Emma White, bom August 3, 1912. 

Jane Singleton, bom July, 1914. 


9. David Hutchison, born Deecmber 27, 1843; died April, 1905, 

IV. Alexander Erwin, Eev., born December 11, 1803; died October 
13, 1841 ; married November 11, 1834, Mary Jane Smithey, born 
November 13, 1813 ; died September 18, 1836. 

1. Martha Smithey, bom January 15, 1836 ; died February 1, 1906 ; 
married September 19, 1856, Boiling Anthony Stovall, bom Au- 
gust 19, 1827 ; died August 28, 1887. 

(1) Pleasant Alexander, born July 10, 1857; married Jan. 7, 
1885, Mary Ganahl, bom August 1, 1908; died March 29, 

Sarah Adams Buckley, born November 24, 1885 ; married Octo- 
ber 29, 1907, Burton Cunningham Mason. 
Pleasant, born March 4, 1895. 
Joseph Oanahl, born January 25, 1901. 

(2) Jeannie Wilson, born December 16, 1858; married Decem- 
ber 15, 1880, Albert Toombs DuBose. 

Robert Toombs, born November 14, 1881; died November 16, 

Julian Toombs, born October 17, 1882 ; died December 20, 1883. 
Mattie Wilson, born February 7, 1885. 
Dudley Mclver, born Otocber 9, 1886 ; died May 8, 1890. 
Boiling Stovall, bom January 19, 1889; married November 6, 

1915, Minnie Thomas. 
Jeannie Smithey, born May 11, 1891 ; married August 6, 1912, 

Marion Hendrix Allen. 

Marion Hendrix, bom November 4, 1913. 

(3) Erwin Wilson, born October 6, I860; died May 16, 1861. 

(4) Lizzie Dearing, born March 19, 1862; married June 5, 
1883, Robert William Lamkin. 

Edgeworth, bom July 4, 1884 ; married Sarah Hunter Gerdine, 
June 7, 1911. 

(5) Nellie, born March 9, 1864; married April 11, 1886, Billups 

Ann Barrett, born February 26, 1887; married November 10, 

1910, Hammond Johnson. 

Billups Phinizy, bom August 28, 1911. 

Nell Boiling, bom January 29, 1915. 
Boiling Stovall, bom March 18, 1888; married February 7. 

1912, Hughes Spalding. 

Jack Johnson, born February 7, 1913. 
Martha Susan, bom May 3, 1890; married September 1, 1915, 

Le Roy Percy. 
Nellie Stovall, born September 3, 1894. 
Louise Calhoun, born October 18, 1906. 

(6) Boiling Anthony, born September 29, 1868; died July 29, 

THE McDowells and cx)nnbctions 219 

(7) Vemer Moore, born January 19, 1874; died June 12, 1874. 

(8) Harvey, born August 28, 1878 ; married December 22, 1909, 
Sarah Fannin Foster. 

Julia Floyd, born August 22, 1910. 

IV. Alexander Erwin, married (2) 1839, Mary Hardcastle. 

V. Harriet Ann, born August 3, 1818 ; died April 7, 1850 ; married 
December 8, 1835, Richard C. Carson. 

1. Martha, bom March 29, 1837 ; died August 9, 1838. 

2. Paul, born July 11, 1838 ; died September 1, 1840. 

3. Mary Alice, born March 13, 1841 ; died April 24, 1843. 

4. Ella Rose, born March 1, 1843; died March 6, 1875; married 
September 22, 1868, Byron Lemly. 

Byron Carson, born July 30, 1869 ; died January 9, 1901. 
Richard Carson, bom April 30, 1871 ; died April 8, 1871. 
Emmie Steele, bom August 18, 1872; married June 26, 1902, 

Alfred William Brown. 

Byron Lemly, born March 5, 1904 ; died August 5, 1904. 
Richard Barringer, born August 19, 1873; died November 23. 


5. Adelaide Wilson, born May 20, 1845 ; died Deecember 2, 1850. 

6. Sarah White, born May 25, 1847 ; died October 31, 1850. 

7. James Wilson, born February 27, 1850 ; died August 8, 1850. 

VI. Mary Erwin, born 1813, died December 27, 1855 ; married Jan- 
uary 16, 1834, James Smith Chambers. 

1. John, born November 5, 1834; died July 13, 1863, unmarried. 

2. Margaret Octavia, bom August 13, 1836; married Dr. Henry 
Ernest Heinitoh. 

Ernestine, married Samuel Barksdale Jones. 
Ernestine, married Frank Pemell. 



Lottie Lee, married Guy LeBrie. 

3. Harriet Eugenia, born March 16, 1835; married Frederick 

Frederick Deveau, bom April 28, 1861 ; married February, 1902, 

Annie Rawls. 

Frederick Devean II, bom November, 1902. 
Elizabeth FuUerton Fanning, bom January 15, 1863; married 

February 20, 1894, Dr. Hamilton Moore Weedon. 

Fanning Weedon, bom October 16, 1896 ; married May 8, 1915, 
Emmie Sams Webster. 
Theodora Wagner, bom October 23, 1864; married (1) April 7, 

1886, Edwin Adolphus Heart, died June 21, 1892. 


Married (2) November 24, 1897, William Montague Jones. 
Henrietta Marian, born March 22, 1868 ; married June 22, 1892, 

Edwin G. Murray. 

Eugenia Fanning, died aged 2. 
Four other children, died young. 

4. Mary Adelaide, bom October 13, 1839 ; died December 12, 1861 ; 
married Arthur Fogartie. 

Mary Adelaide, bom December 12, 1861 ; married Dr. Greorge W. 

Octavia, married Mr. Kenney. 
Emily, married Stanford Halliday. 
Adelaide, married Mr. Gregory. 

5. James Harvey, bom May 1, 1841 ; died July 22, 1859. 

6. Sarah White, bom May 7, 1843 ; died Novemfber 7, 1904 ; un- 

7. William White, bom March 25, 1853 ; died April, 1914 ; mar- 

Charles D. Chambers, bom 1893. 

VII. James Erwin, married (1) Elizabeth Kerr. 

1. Mary Kerr, bom 1828, married James Collier. 
Harriet Adeline, died 1883 ; married Thomas Both well. 

Kate, died at age of 8. 
Kate Caroline, married Walter Brem. 

2. Harriet Adeline, married Henry Paul Rossignol. 
Kate, died unmarried. 

Henry Paul, married. 

Paul E. 
Emily, unmarried. 
Andrew Kerr, died, no children. 
Samuel Kerr, married. 

One daughter. 
Caroline, married. 

Two children. 
Louis, married. 

Louise, married. 

Two children. 
Harriet Adelaide, married. 

Three children. 
Estelle, unmarried. 

Elizabeth, married; no children. 
Five children died in infancy. 

3. Kate Caroline, bom October, 1833 ; died Deeoember, 1881 ; mar- 
ried October 27, 1864, George Thomas Barnes, bom August 14, 
1833; died October, 1901. 

THE McDowells and connections 221 

Ella Carson, bom July 15, 1867 ; married October 19, 1892, Will 

liam Hale Barrett. 

George Barnes Barrett, bom July 1, 1894. 
John Andrew, born December 31, 1868; married 1902 Charlotte 

Rebecca Jones. 

John Andrew, bom January 22, 1904. 

Robert Goodwin, bom September 1, 1914. 
Adeline Bossignol, bom August 8, 1874. 

VII. James Erwin, married (2) Mrs. Elizabeth . 

1. Octavia, bom October, 1848; married March 5, 1885, George 

2. James Erwin, married (1) Florence Aldred. 
Married (2) Prances Reynolds. 

Two children; both dead. 

VIII. Margaret Wilson, married John W. Means. 

1. Sarah, married Andrew W. Flinn, bom 1815 

Mary E., bom 1844, died 1880; married Wm. H. McCormack> 
bom 1843. 
Mary W., bom 1865 ; married C. C. Faust. 

Walter, bom 1889. 

Hazel, bom 1894. 

Lee, bom 1896. 

Andrew, bom 1899. 

Richard, bom 1901. 

Ruth, bom 1904. 

Mary, bom 1906. 
Harvey L., bom 1871, died 1907 ; married Nellie Sullivan, bom 


Helen C, bom 1896. 

Harold, bom 1899. 

Harvey L., bom 1901. 
Helen Octavia, bom 1876: married Rev. Harris Eilliott Kirk, 

born 1872. 

Harris EUiott, bom 1898. 

Mary Louise, bom 1901. 

Helen Lucretia, born 1903. 
Florence Olivia, born 1877; married Dr. G. D. Waller, born 


George Reid, bom 1902. 

Florence McCormack, bom 1906. 
Andrew Flinn, bom 1878; married (1) Irene — — -», 

Helen, born 1897. 

Walter, bora 1898; died young. 

Married (2) Nellie . 





Annie Reid, bom 1879, died 1901. 
Rev. J. William, 'bom 1847; married Jane Smythe, bom 1848. 
Margaret S., bom 1876; married Prof. George Howe. 
Jean S., born 1877. 
Sarah Wilson, born 1879; married McDavid Horton. 

One or two children. 
Nellie C, bom 1884; married Louis W. Qilland. 
Sue, married. 
Rev. Harvey Wilson, bom 1850; married Mary Louise Adger, 
born 1848. 
No children. 
Henrietta Octavia, born 1852 ; married Albert Hurt. 
Anna Moss, bom 1877; married Emmett 0. Turner. 

Emmett O. 

Son, died in infancy. 
Marietta, bom 1879 ; married Grey J. Huffman. 

Dorothy, born 1899. 

Grey J., died in infancy. 

Louise, died in infancy. 
Albert B., died young. 
Betty, married 
Emma, born 1854; died in childhood. 

IX. Isaac, married Wallace. 

1. James, died of consumption. 

James Erwin, the eldest son and third child of Alexander and 
Sarah Robinson, Erwin, was born Febrrary 22, 1775, and died Sep- 
tember 8, 1848. He married January 7, 1808, Margaret Phifer, who 
was bom December 7, 1786, and died March 10, 1870. She was the 
daughter of Martin Phifer, Jr., of Revolutionary fame, and Elizabeth 
Locke. They had seven children, as follows : 

I. William Crawford, born August 1, 1809; died 1876; married (1) 
Matilda Walton. 

1. Clara, married Thomas Mclntyre. 
Matilda, married James Hines. 

Thomas, married Annie Laurie Ramsey. 
Ida Erwin, married Adrian Daniel. 
Nathan, married. 
2 Anna Elizabeth, died May, 1909; married Robert L. McCon- 
naughey, died December, 1892. 

(1) William Erwin, married Shelton Putnam. 
Joe, married Esther Carev. 


William Erwin, married Nannie Buie. 

Madge, died February 19, 1914; married Alexander Avery 

William Erwin. 




Robert L. 


(2) Minnie. 

(3) Laura. 

(4) Ella. 

(5) Kate. 

(6) Etta Gray, married Floyd Hanks. 

Locke Erwin. 

(7) Robert L., bom October 14, 1872; married July 7, 1910, 
Lizzie Perkins, bom June 27, 1874. 

Perkins, born June 27, 1874. 

3. Laura, married Capt. Martin Jones. No children. 

4. Emma Henriette, born May 24, 1894; died Febraary 17, 1900; 
married Sept. 21, 1870, Judge John Gray Bynum, born February 
15, 1842 ; died August 7, 1902. 

5. Ella Matilda, married George Green. 
Henrietta, married William Carter. 


Erwin Green, married Fitzhugh H. Wallace. 
Ella Erwin, married Ernest Nadell. 

John, married Gertrude Penicks. 
Married (2) Mrs. Lorretta Gaston; no children. 
Married {Sy Catherine Happoldt. 

6. Sara Margaret, married Edward Reid. 
William Erwin, died young. 

Regina, bom April 28, 1894. 

7. Evelyn, married Herbert Walton ; no children. 

II. Joseph J., born January 27, 1811 ; died Novemher 20, 1879 ; mar- 
ried May 9, 1847, Elvira Jane Holt, born November 26, 1824; died 
August 24. 1903. (See sketch in Van Noppen^s Biographical His- 
tory of North Carolina, Vol. VII.) 

1. Mary Louise, bom May 23, 1848; unmarried. 

2. Lizzie Matilda, born March 21, 1850; unmarried. 

3. Margaret Locke, born March 7, 1852; died April 20, 1918; 
married April 2, 1872, Lawrence S. Holt, born May 17, 1851. 

224 THE McDowells and connexijtions 

(1) Erwin Allen, bom November 11, 1873; married June 16, 
1903, Mary Warren Davis, bom Febraary 24, 1866. 

(2) Eugene, bom August 31, 1875; married October 25, 1905 
Edna Barnes, bom June 28, 1880. 

Edna, bom July 26, 1909 ; died June 24, 1910. 
Marion Ball, born September 19, 1910 ; died October 10, 1910 
Margaret Ball, bom September 19, 1910 ; died October 6, 1911. 
Anne Erwin, bom September 30, 1914. 

(3) Emily Parish, born May 14, 1877 ; died September 13, 1882 

(4) Margaret Erwin, bom November 15, 1879; married Octo- 
ber 27, 1908, Howard Haines Lowry, bom October 31, 1878. 
Margaret Holt, bom December 18, 1910. 

(5) Florence Elvira, bom April 8, 1881; married April 26 
1905, Walter Brooks, bom September 18, 1870. 
Margaret Erwin, bom April 14, 1913. 

(6) Lawrence S., Jr., born November 19, 1883; married (1) De- 
cember 5, 1905, Elizabeth Spencer Bill, bom March 20. 1883; 
died March 4, 1909. 

Infant son, bom Febraary 28, 1909. 
Married (2) April 2, 1913, Elisabeth Lacy Chambers, born June 
2, 1889. 

Infant son, bom May 20, 1914. 
Lawrence S. Ill, born June 19, 1916 ; died August 10, 1916. 

(7) Bertha Harper, bom September 12, 1888; married April 
20, 1909, Rufus Wheelwright Clark, Jr., born December, 

Rufus Wheelwright III, bom May 23, 1911. 
Lawrence Holt, bom February 12, 1916. 
4. Corinna Morehead, bom March 24, 1854; married April 16, 
1879, John Quinton Gant, bom July 18, 1847. 

(1) Joseph Erwin, born Feb. 6, 1880; married June 15, 1910, 
Mamie Banner. 

Joseph Erwin, Jr., bom February 3, 1912. 
Elizabeth Gilmer, bom February 11, 1916. 
Graham, born September 30, 1917. 

(2) Kenneth, born October, 1881; married June 17, 1914, Sue 
Hodge Dishman, bom September, 1890. 

Corinna Erwin, born December 15, 1915. 

(3) Jessamine, bom August 28, 1883. 

(4) John Quinton, bom August, 1885. 

(5) Roger, bom November 20, 1887. 

(6) Corinna Harper, born August 27, 1889. 

(7) Edwin Holt, born April 11, 1891. 

(8) Russell, bom July 18, 1893. 

(9) Cecil, bora May 17, 1895. 

(10^ Erwin Alen, born July 8, 1898. 


5. William Allen, bom July 15, 1856 j married October 23, 1889, 
Sadie Lyell Smedes. 

(1) Bessie Smedes, bom July 11, 1891; married October 23, 
1915, Hamilton Chamberlain Jones. 

Hamilton Ohamberlin, Jr. 

(2) Margaret Locke, born April 22, 1893; married November 
18, 1916, Jack Glenn. 

(3) William Allen, Jr., born April, 1896; married March 10, 
1917, Haffye Louise Barton. 

(4) Sarah Lyell, born January, 1898 ; married April 16, 1918, 
Hargrove Bellamy. 

6. Adelaide Simiana, bom April 29, 1858; married October 12, 
1881, Thomas Peyton Moore, born 1859. 

(1) Addie Erwin, bom August 29, 1883; married October 4, 
1906, J. B. Bowen, bom 1875. 

J. B., Jr., bom March 14, 1908. 

(2) Bessie Neeley, bom November 14, 1885; married October 
12, 1905, Wilson Tate. 


(3) Maurice, bom 1887, died 1887. 

(4) Margaret Locke, bom November, 1889; married Novem- 
ber 15, 1913, Tod Robin Brem. 

(5) Thomas Pe3rton, Jr., bom Febraary 24, 1894. 

(6) Joseph, born 1896. 

.(7) Corinna, bom August, 1899. 

7. James Locke, bom April 3, 1860; married October 5, 1892, Ida 
May Taylor. 

(1) James Locke, Jr., bom February 3, 1894; died July, 1907. 

(2) Joseph, bom July, 1895 ; died Febraary, 1897. 

8. Edward Holt, bom December 11, 1861 ; died October 12, 1863. 

9. Jesse Harper, bom March 3, 1864; married November 7, 1895, 
Eleanor Drane Haynes. 

(1) Mary Haynes, bom October 27, 1896. 

(2) Eleanor, bom Febraary 6, 1898. 

(3) Josephine, born May, 1899. 

(4) Jesse Harper, bom 1900. 

(5) Eugene Haynes, bom 1904. 

10. Claudia Josephine, born October 6, 1865; married October 14, 
1896, Edward Knox Powe, bom January 19, 1864. 

(1) Edward Knox, Jr., born October 28, 1898. 

(2) Claudia Erwin, born August 23, 1908. 

11. Joseph Ernest, born December 24, 1867; married June 30, 
1908, Susan Clark, born July, 1875. 

(1) Susan Graham, bom April, 1909. 

(2) Joseph Ernest, died June 10, 1911. 

(3) Walter Clark. 

226 THE McDowells and connections 

III. Martin Phifer, born March 13, 1813 ; died September 25, 1872 ; 
married (1) Jane Huie of Salisbury, N. C. 

1. Joseph, bom April 12, 1839 ; died in Civil War. 

2. James Rowan, born December 9, 1841 ; died in Civil War. 

3. William Turner, born March 12, 1843 ; living at Columbia, Tenn. 

4. Scott, bom March 30, 1845. 

5. Blenau, born March 5, 1847. 
Married (2) May 6, 1852, Louisa Blaekman. 

6. Elizabeth, died 1865. 

7. Margaret, married Gabriel K. Houser. 
Annie Lou, married Jodie Bell Martin. 

Margaret May. 

Jodie Bell. 

Elizabeth Brown, married Anson Blake Yeager. 

Charles Erwin. 
Frances Burton. 

8. Rufus King, bom May 18, 1858; married Mary Ellen Singleton. 
Annie May, married William Lee Ely. 

Martin Cyril. 

Floyd Singleton. 

Margaret Elizabeth, married Edwin Thomas Jones. 

Ellen Erwin. 
Joseph Rufus, married Katie Margaret Peters. 
Hazel Clair, married John Karner. 
Verna Rowena. 
Frank Craig. 
Martin Phifer. 

9. Annie, married William Seneca Sutton. 
Herbert Hill. 

Lillian Fancena. 

IV. Elizabeth Phifer, bora October 28, 1815; married 1836, Hon. 
Burton Craige, born March 13, 1811 ; died December 30, 1875. 

1. James Alexander, major in Confederate Army, born December 
19, 1841 ; died June, 1914 ; married Mary Williamson ; moved to 
Maury County, Tenn., in 1887. 

James Alexander. 

John Williamson. 




2. Kerr. Captain in Confederate Army, born March 14, 1843 ; died 
September 2, 1904; married November 12, 1873, Josephine Law 
rence Branch, died May, 1885. 

Nannie, died October 8, 1898. 

Burton, married November 8, 1911, Jane Boyden. 

THE McDowells and connections 227 

Francis Burton, died 1918. 

Jane Henderson. 
Branch, married Elsie Kohlburg. 

Josephine, married 1907, Dr. William Clarence Kluttz. 

Josephine Craige. 

Jane Marlin. 
Elizabeth Er^dn, married 1909, John E. Ramsey. 

Kerr Craige. 
William, died in infancy. 

3. Margaret Erwin, died in infancy. 

4. Francis Burton, bom March, 1846; died May, 1913; married 
1877, Frances Williams ; moved to Maury County, Tenn., 1866. 
James Burton. 

Archibald Williams, married Nora Hill. 

Three children. 
Mary Dale, married Horace A. Armstrong. 
Elizabeth Young, married Madison McFerrin. 

Frances Craige. 
Frances Williams, married Pride Tomlinson. 

5. Mary Elizabeth, married Alfred B. Young. 
Elizabeth Craige. 

Frances Burton, died September, 1904. 
Annie Craige, died May 5, 1885. 
Mary Erwin. 

6. William, died in infancy. 

7. Annie Erwin. bom March 27, 1852; married October 5, 1880, 
John P. Allison, born August 22, 1848. 

V. Alexander, born March 12, 1818; unmarried. 

VI. George Washington Phifer, bom April 6, 1822; married Laura 
Margaret Henson, daughter of Freeland Henson ; went to Bedford 
County, Tenn. 

1. Laura Theresa, married William Rankin. 
Erwin and several other children. 

2. Alexander, married. 

3. William, married. 
One child. 

4. Martin Phifer, married. 
Two children. 

5. Margaret, married Thornton. 

6. George. 

7. Mary Lee. 

8. Robert E. L. 

VII. Sarah Ann, born January 29, 1829 ; died April 27, 1903 ; mar- 

228 THE McDowells and connections 

ried Dr. John Calhoun McDowell, bom July 7, 1825 ; died August 
2, 1876. 

1. James Erwin, bom April 29, 1854; married 1896, Cordelia 

2. Margaret Erwin, bom February 17, 1856 ; unmarried. 

3. William, bom April 16, 1905 ; married November 26, 1884, Eliza- 
beth Milne, died June 25, 1894. 

(1) William, bom September 12, 1886; married Edna Goode. 

(2) John, born October 9, 1888; died August 18, 1911; un- 

(3) Annie, born February 22, 1891; married October 23, 1912, 
Dr. Edward M. Gayle. 

Margaret Elizabeth, born September 7, 1913. 

(4) Ely. 

(5) Elizabeth Milne, married Alexander Abemathy. 

4 John Calhoun, married September 6, 1893, Ettie Gibson. 
Twin, died in infancy. 
Twin, died in infancy. 
Sarah Margaret, died aged one year. 
John, bom July 15, 1903. 
Frank, born August 20, 1906. 

5. Elizabeth Craige, born January 2, 1862. 

6. Frank, born May 30, 1865 ; married September, 1894, Ella Jones 
Joseph, bom October 1, 1895. 

Eloise, bom July 17, 1898. 

Mary Moffett, born April 14, 1901. 

Mildred, bom 1906. 

7. Kate, born March 31, 1868; married Febmary 21, 1894, Hugh 
Theodore Newland. 

Hugh Theodore, bora May 26, 1895 ; died May 26, 1896. 
Erwin McDowell, bom October 2, 1895; died April, 1899. 
Margaret McDowell, bom January 15, 1898. 

Children of Margaret Erwin and Hugh Tate : 

Dr. Samuel Tate, married (1) Mrs. Elizabeth Tate Gilliland; (2) 
Martha Jones, daughter of Hamilton Jones. 

I. Samuel Wistar, attorney, unmarried. 

II Robert N. C, Dr., married Mary tizzie Wilson, daughter of R«3V. 
John McK. Wilson, Jr. 

1. Addie, married Dr. Barbour of Gonzales, Texas. 


2. Wistar, Dr., unmarried. 

3. Mary Wilson, married. 

4. Samuel. 


III. Julia E., married Dr. James F. Cain. 
1. James F., died unmarried. 

2, Mary Buffin, married R. Gilchrist Tresvant, of Tampa, Fla. 



B. Oilchristy Jr. 

D. H., married Cicely St. Clair. 


Peter J. 
James Cain. 

3. Elizabeth Tate, married Charles Hinton. 
David, died young. 

James Cain, died young. 

4. William Sterling married Secunda Valina of Herquita, S. A. 

5. Julia Tate, married Judge James S. Manning of Raleigh, N. C. 
John Hall. 

James S. 
Frederick C. 
Julia Cain. 
Annie Louise. 
Sterling Cain. 

6. Susan Marshall, married J. M. Green. 
J. M., Jr. 

Bessie Cain. 
Julia Tate. 

7. Annie, married Robert Rufus Bridgers of Wilmington, N. C. 
Annie Preston. 

Emily Norfleet. 
Bobert Bufus, Jr. 

8. Samuel Bobert, married. 




IV. William Lucius, attorney, married Bobina Willis; no children. 

V. John Marshall, married Mary Love. 
Hugh, maried Daisy . 

VI Hugh Alexander, killed at Gettysburg. 

Dr. William C, married (1) Mrs. Laura Theresa Wilson Polk; 
all children by first wife. (2) Mrs. Adeline Massey. 

T Joseph Wilson, married Mattie Dicikson. 
I. Southall. 
2 Mallory. 

230 THE McDowells and connections 

II. Dr. Hugh, married Fannie Wood. 
Wood, Dr. 

Mary, married Robert Moore. 
Four children. 

III. Robert Alexander, Dr., married Mattie Jones. 
Eight children. 

IV. James Knox, married Temperance Jones. 
Bessie, married Edward Boyd. 

Edward Knox. 

V. Katie, died 1918; married William E. Powe. 

Edward Knox, bom January 19, 1864; married October 14, 1896, 

Claudia Josephine Erwin. 

Edward Knox, born October 28, 1898. 

Claudia Erwin, born August 23, 1908. 
Laura, married Samuel J. Ervin. 

Laura, married Dr. J. K. Hakl. 



Samuel J. 





Bessie, died October 17, 1895 ; married Dr. James Robert Anderson. 

Robert B., married Suzie Brown. 
Bessie Burton. 



William P. 
William Tate, born May 8, 1869; died September, 1906. 
Ellerbee, born October 12, 1873; married Lila Markham. 

(1) Ellerbee. 

(2) Katherine Tate. 

Mary, born August 14, 1876; married April 24, 1901, John Mar- 
shall Starrett. 

(1) Louise. 

(2) RandeU McK. 

(3) John Marshall. 

VI. Alexander, died. 

VII. Margaret Emma, unmarried. 

VIII. Laura Theresa, married Alphonso Young. 
Emmie, married John Jones of Corinth Miss. 

Eight children. 

THE McDowells and connections 231 




Mary, married Burgess Sidney Gaither, Jr. 

IX. Columbus, married Eliza Corpening. 
Maggie, married Posey Beck. 




Junie, married McKendry Kincaid. 

Several children. 

The record of the descendants of Nathaniel Erwin given above 
is no doubt incomplete, and perhaps contains some few slight inaccu- 
racies. Great care has, however, been taken to have only authentic 
material incorporated in this record and to check and correct when- 
ever an oportunity to do so presented itself. Grateful acknowledg- 
ment is made of the very valuable assistance rendered by Mrs. E. K. 
Powe, Miss Cordelia Phifer, Mrs. T. P. Moore and a number of oth- 
ers. Since this is the first attempt that has ever been made to pre- 
sent the outline of this family in full, the result needs many apolo- 
gies. It is earnestly requested that any reader discovering omissions, 
errors or discrepancies, or who can furnish any further information, 
will write out fully their data and mail promptly to Lawrence S. 
Holt, Jr., Burlington, N. C. 




(Former Associate Justice of tli€ Supreme Court of North Carolina.) 

The historic interest of homes centers in the families who found, 
occupy and adorn them, and connect them with the stirring legends 
and important events in the annals of a country. Amongst the 
earliest settlers in the valley of the upper Catawba, in the old county 
of Burke, were Joseph McDowell the elder, a grandson of Ephraim, 
the founder of the family in Virginia, Kentucky and our own State, 
and his cousin, known as '' Hunting John," who was near the same 
age. They migrated somewhere about the year 1760, and during 
the French-Indian war, from the old home of Ephriam McDowell, 
in Rockbridge County, Va., and because the country west of the 
Catawba was rendered unsafe by roving bands of Cherokee and Ca- 
tawba braves, went with their families through Rowan and Meck- 
lenburg counties to some point in South Carolina, near the north- 
em boundary line. Their sturdy Scotch-Irish friends had already 
drifted from Pennsylvania, where they, with thousands of Germans, 
were first dumped by the English land agents upon American soil, 
to upper South Carolina, and had commemorated their first Amer- 
ican home by naming the three northern counties of that State 
York, Chester and Lancaster. Ephriam McDowell was born in 
the north of Ireland. When only sixteen years old he distinguished 
himself as a soldier in the siege of Londonderry. He emigrated to 
America at the age of 62 and, after a short sojourn in Pennsylvania, 
moved with his sons to the old McDowell home in Rockbridge Coun- 
ty, Va. He was descended from Someril, Lord of the Isles, through 
his son, Dougald, who founded the clan of MacDougald. Ephraim 
married Margaret Irvine, also of Scoteh descent. His son, Captain 
John McDowell, fell in repelling a Shawnee incursion, and was the 
first white man killed by the Indians in the valley of Virginia. His 
daughter, Mary, married George Greenlee and was the mother of 
Grizzell, or Grace Greenlee. She first married Captain Bowman, 
who fell at Ramseur's Mill, and, after the war, her cousin, General 
Charles McDowell, of Burke, who had inherited Quaker Meadows 


in 1775, at the death of his father, Joseph McDowell, the elder, the 
first settler on that place. 

'* Hunting John" McDowell, KO-called because of his venturing 
into the wilderness so far from the white settlement in pursuit of 
game, probably first took possession of his beautiful home. Pleas- 
ant Gardens, in the Catawba Valley in what is now McDowell Coun- 
ty, about the time when his cousin, Joseph, settled at Quaker 
Meadows. I have not been able to ascertain the maiden name of the 
wife of ''Hunting John," nor of the lady who married Joseph Mc- 
Dowell, the elder; but there is abundant evidence that both had 
improved the advantages of being raised near Lexington, the Scotch- 
Irish educational center of the Valley of Virginia, and made their 
homes attractive to the most refined and cultured people of their 
day. They were doubtless religious, for we find tlhat the first Pres- 
byterian minister who ever made his home in old Burke, reported 
to the Synod in 1770, as the pastor at two points, Quaker Meadows 
and Pleasant Gardens. 

According to tradition the Quaker Meadows farm was so-called 
long before the McDowells or any other whites established homes 
in Burke County, and derived its name from the fact that the In- 
dians, after clearing part of the broad and fertile bottoms, had suf- 
fered the wild grasses to spring up and form a large meadow, near 
which a Quaker had camped before the French-Indian war and 
traded for furs. On the 19th of November, 1752, Bishop Spangen- 
burg recorded in his diary (Vol. V. Colonial Record, page 6) that 
he was in camp near Quaker Meadows, and that he was **in the 
forest fifty miles from all settlements." The Bishop described 
the lowlands of Johns River as the richest he had seen anywhere 
in Carolina. But, after surveying the large area, he abandoned 
the idea of taking title for it from Lord Granville, because the In- 
dian War began in 1753, the next year, and lasted nominally seven 
years, though it was unsafe to venture west of the Catawba until 
after 1763, and few incurred the risk of doing so before 1770. 

** Hunting John" McDowell first entered **Swan Pond," about 
three miles above Quaker Meadows, but sold that place without oc- 
cupying it, to Colonel Waightstill Avery, and established his home 
where his son Joseph and grandson, James, afterwards lived, and 
where, still later, Adolphus Erwin lived for years before his death. 
His home is three miles north of Marion on the road leading to 
Bakersville and Bumsville. The name of Pleasant Gardens was 
afterwards applied not only to this home, but to the place where 
Col. John Carson lived high up the Catawba Valley, at the mouth of 
Buck Creek. 

The McDowells and Carsons of that day and later reared 
thoroughbred horses and made race paths in the broad lowlands of 
every large farm. They were superb horsemen, crack shots and 

234 THE McDowells and conne>ctions 

trained hunters. John McDowell of Pleasant Gardens was a Nimrod 
when he lived in Virginia, and we learn from tradition that he 
acted as guide for his cousins over his hunting grounds, at the risk 
of their lives. They with their kinsmen, Greenlee and Bowman, 
traveled over and inspected the Valley of the Catawba from Morgan- 
ton to Old Fort, and selected the large domain allotted to each of 
them. They built and occupied strings of cabins, because the few 
plank and board used by them were sawed by hand, and the nails 
driven into them were shaped in a blacksmith shop. I have seen 
many old buildings, such as the old houses at Port Defiance, the Le- 
noir home, and Swan Pond, where every plank was fastened by a 
wrought nail with a large round head, sometimes half an inch in 
diameter. From these homes the lordly old proprietors could, in 
haif an hour, go to the water or the woods and provide fish, deer 
or turkeys to meet the whim of the ladies of the house. They com- 
bined the pleasure of sport with the profit of providing for their 
tables. The old Quaker Meadow home is two miles from Morganton, 
but the eastern boundary of the farm is the Catawba, only a mile 
from the Courthouse. From the northwestern portion of the town, 
since the land along the river has been cleared, this magnificent 
and lordly estate is plainly visible, and the valley and the river pre- 
sents a charming view for a landscape painter. 

From his house on a hill on the eastern bank of the river, FeU^r 
Brank and his son-in-law, Captain David Vance, the grandfather of 
Z. B. Vance, could see the home of the McDowells. The place in 
the early days was surrounded by the newly-found homes of the 
Greenlees, Erwins and Captain Bowman, whose only daughter by 
his marriage with Grace Greenlee, was the grandmother of Mrs. 
Harriet Espy Vance, first wife to Governor Vance. She was mar- 
ried to Governor Vance at Quaker Meadows — in full view of his 
grandfather's first home in Burke. 

'* Hunting John'' must have died during the early part of the 
War for Independence, probably near the time his cousin, Joseph, 
died in 1775. 


On the 29th of August, 1780, Colonel Ferguson moved into 
Troy (now Rutherford County) and camped, first at Gilberttown, 
three miles no^th of Rutherfordton, with the purpose of capturing 
Cliarles McDowell and destroying his command, and ultimately 
crossing into Washington and Sullivan counties (now Tennessee) 
and dealing with Shelby and Sevier of the Watauga settlement. Fer- 
guson left Gilberttown with a detachment in search of Charles Mc- 
Dowell, but McDowell laid in ambush at Bedford Hill, on Crane 
Creek, and fired upon his forces while crossing the creek at Cowan's 
Ford. Major Dunlap was wounded and Ferguson was forced to 
retire to Gilberttown. 


After this affair, Charles MeDowell retreated aeross the motin- 
tains to warn Shelby and Sevier of the threatened desolation of 
their country, and to invite their co-operation in an attack on Fer- 
guson. It was agreed that the transmontane men should be gath- 
ered as expeditiously as possible, while McDowell should send mes- 
sengers to Colon-els Cleveland and Hernando, of Wiles County, and 
Major Joseph Winston, of Surrey. The energies of Shelby, of Sul- 
livan and Sevier, of Washington County, N. C, then embracing 
the present State of Tennessee, were quickened 'by the message 
which Ferguson had released a prisoner to convey, to the effect 
that he would soon -cross the mountains, hang the leaders and lay 
that eountry waste with fire and sword. 

The clans were summoned to meet at Quaker Meadoms on the 
30th of September, 1780. Meantime Charles McDowell returned to 
watch Ferguson, protect cattle by assailing foraging parties, and 
give information to Shelby and Sevier of Ferguson's movements. 

Rev. Samuel Doak invoked the bkssings of God upon the Wa- 
tauga men, as they left for King's Mountain to meet Ferguson, 
whose blasphemous boast had been that God Almighty €ould not 
drive him from his position. Those trustful old Scotchmen after- 
wards believ-ed in their hearts that the hand of God was in the move- 
ment which cost him his life and destroyed his force. 

THE McDowells at king mountain. 

Charles McDowell had organized the clan into a compact, formi- 
dable force. The proposed scene of conflict was in his district, and, 
under military rules then in force, he was entitled to eommand. 
When, however, it became apparent that jealousy might impair the 
efficiency of the little army, he cheerfully agreed to go to Mecklen- 
burg or Rowan and invite General Davidson to take charge. After 
he 'had left on this mission it was deemed by the council of war 
best to attack Furgerson before his forces could be strengthened by 
Cornwallis, and the result indicated the wisdom of this conclusion. 

Governor Shelby published an account in 1823, in which, after 
lauding General Charles McDowell as a patriot and a brave and able 
officer, he said that after it was decided by the council to send to 
headquarters for a general officer to take command, Charles Mc- 
Dowell requested, as he could not command, to be allowed to take 
the message, and added that **He accordingly started immediately, 
leaving his men under his brother, Major Joseph McDowell." 
(Wheeler's History, Part 2, page 59.) It was Shelby who next day 
made the generous move to place Campbell in command to obviate 
the danger of delay. Within the next twenty years some of the 
lineal descendants of Joseph McDowell, of Pleasant Gardens, have 
insisted that the command of the Burke men at King's Mountain 
devolved on their ancestor, not on his cousin Joseph, of Quaker 


Meadows. The writer would be rejoiced to be convinced that this 
contention is well founded, but is constrained to conclude that it 
is not. Shelby had come over with Sevier, at the instance of Charles 
McDowell, under whose eommand he had previously foug^ht, with 
all three of the McDowells, at Musgrove's Mill, and other places. 
He must have known whether the brother or the cousin of Colonel 
Charles McDowell was next in rank to him, and he said it was the 

**Poor's Sketches of Congressmen'' state that Joseph McDowell 
who was born at Winehester, Va., in 1756, and died in 1801, was 
elected a member of the third and also of the fifth Congress, and 
commanded a portion of the right wing of the army that stormed 
King's Mountain. In a subsequent sketch of Joseph J. McDowell, 
he says he was bom in Burke County, N. C, Nov. 13, 1800, was a 
son of Joseph McDowell, member from North Carolina, and was 
himself a member from 1843 to 1847. The widow of Joseph Mc- 
Dowell, of Quaker Meadows, left North Carolina with her little 
children and, went to Kentucky soon after her husbands' death. His 
home was on the banks of the Johns River, near where Bishop 
Spangenburg must have encamped when he declared that the la-id 
was the most fertile he had seen in Carolina. These sketches h.ave 
always been prepared after consultation with the member as to his 
previous history, and we must conclude that both father and ion 
bore testimony to the truth of history — the father that he was in 
command, the son that such was the family history derived from 
his mother. Dr. Hervey McDowell, of Cynthiana, Ky., who presid- 
ed over the first Scotch-Irish Convention, at Nashville, Tenn., and 
who died at the ripe age of four score, a year or two since, had de- 
voted much of his life to the study of family history, and had con- 
versed with members of the family who knew Joseph of Quaker 
Meadows, and Joseph of Pleasant Gardens, and were familiar with 
their history. 

Speaking of the agreement of Colonel Charles McDowell to go 
to headquarters. Dr. Hervey McDowell says : 

*'He thereupon turned over the command of his regi»n<»nt to 
his brother, Joseph, of Quaker Meadows, who was thus promoted 
from the position of Major, which he had held in his regimr^nt, to 
that of acting Colonel, and in the regular order of promotion Cap- 
tain Joe, of Pleasant Gardens (the cousin and brother-in-law of the 
other Joe) became Major Joe, he having been senior captain of the 

With the rank, one of Colonel and the other of Major, these 
cousins of the same name led the brave sharpshooters who fought so 
heroically at Cow-Pens and in the many fights of less consequence. 
Sarah McDowell, a daughter of Captain John, who was killed by 
the Shawnees, married Colonel George Moffitt, a wealthy and dis- 
tinguished officer in the war for independence. His accomplished 

THE McDowells and connex^tions 237 

daughter, Margaret, married Joseph McDowell, of Quaker Meadows, 
and her youngest sister became the wife of Joseph of Pleasant Gar- 
dens. The cousins served Burke County acceptably in the House 
of Commons and Senate of the State Legislature and in the Con- 
vention at Hillsboro, as they had both won distinction while fighting 
side by side on a number of battlefields. The writer has inclined 
to the opinion that both served in Congress, Joseph McDowell, Jr., 
of Pleasant Gardens, from 1793 to 1795, when he died, and Joseph, 
Sr., of Quaker Meadows, from 1797 to 1799, But this is still a de- 
bated question. 


Joseph McDowell, of Quaker Meadows, was a handsome man, 
wonderfully magnetic, universally popular, and of more than or- 
dinary ability. He was a born leader of men, and was represented 
by the old men of succeeding generations to have retained to his 
death the unbounded confidence and affection of the old soldiers. 
Margaret Moffitt was a woman of extraordinary beauty, as was 
her sister, Mary. 

After the battle of King's Mountain, in Octo^ber, Joseph Mc- 
Dowell, of Quaker Meadows, remained in the field with 190 mounted 
riflemen, including the younger Joseph, as one of his officers, until 
he joined Morgan on December 29, and participated in the battle 
of Cow Pens. 

Joseph, of Pleasant Gardens, was a brilliant man, of more solid 
ability than his cousin, of the same name. The late Silas McDowell, 
who died in Macon County, but lived during his earily life first in 
Burke and then in Buncom*be, in discussing in an unpublished letter, 
of which I have a copy, the promient men who lived west of Lincoln 
County, '* reaches the conclusion that prior to the day of D. L. 
Swain, Samuel P. Carson and Dr. Robert B. Vance, no man in that 
section had, according to tradition, towered far above his fellows 
intellectually, except Joseph McDowell, of Pleasant Gardens, whose 
** light went out when he was in his noonday prime, and in the last 
decade of the eighteenth century." He was bom February 26, 1758 
and died 1795. His widow married Colonel John Carson, whose 
first wife was the daughter of ''Hunting John." Samuel P. Carson, 
the oldest son by the second marriage of Mary Moffitt McDowell, 
was a member of the Senate of North Carolina in 1822, and was 
bom Jan. 22, 1798 (See Wheeler's Reminiscences, page 89). Joseph, 
of Quaker Meadows, was bom in 1756, was two years older, and 
therefore must have been Joseph, Sr. Wheeler records the name of 
Joseph McDowell, Sr., as having served successively from 1787 to 
1792, inclusively, as a member of the House of Commons from Burke 
County, but not after a later date (See list of Burke Legislators, 
Wheeler's History, Part 22, page 62). Joseph McDowell, accord- 
ing to the same authority, was a State Senator, succeeding General 


Charles from 1791 to 1795, inclueively, and daring that time did not 
serve in Congress, though he unquestionably served later. These 
and other facts have led the writer to believe Joseph Jr., served 
one term in Congress from 1793 to 1795, when he died, and that 
afterwards, and up to the time of his death, the elder cousin was 
a member. Joseph McDowell, Jr., was not in public life after 1792, 
unless he served one term in Congress before his death. It is not 
probable that he lived from 1792 to 1795 without holding an official 

THE McDowell women— mbs. grace greenlee Mc- 

Mrs. Margaret Moffitt McDowell, says Dr. Hcrvey McDowell, 
was a beautiful and charming woman. After the death of her hus- 
band afhe returned to the valley of Virginia and went thence to Ken- 
tucky. Amongst her descendants was a son, Joseph J., already men- 
tioned, a member of Congress, and many other people prominent in 
public and social life, both of Kentucky and Ohio. 

Mrs. Mary Moffitt McDowell was the mother of Mrs. Anne Mc- 
Dowell, who married her cousin, Captain Charles McDowell, a son 
of General Charles, and was the mistress at the Quaker Meadow 
home, where she kept a house always open for her friends, untU 
her death, in 1859. Her oldest daughter, Mary, first married Gen. 
John Gray Bynum, in 1838, and subsequently became the second 
wife of Chief Justice Pearson, in 1859. The late Judge John Grey 
Byuum, was- the only son. Another daughter, Eliza, was the wife 
of Nicholas W. Woodfin, one of the ablest lawyers of his day, and 
another, Margaret, married W. P. McKesson, and was the mother of 
the first Mrs. P. H. Busby, and of C. P. McKesson. Another daugh- 
ter married John Woodfin, a prominent lawyer, who fell at the head 
of his battalion, resisting Kirk's invasion at Warm Springs. The 
only son who survived Mrs. Annie McDowell was Colonel James 
C. S. McDowell. He married Miss Julia, daughter of Governor 
Charles Manly. His first service was, when as second lieutenant of 
Company G, of the Bethel regiment, he participated in the first 
battle of the war. Later he *became Colonel of the 54th North 
Carolina regiment, and fell gallantly leading it in a charge on 
Marye's Heights in 1863. James McDowell, oldest son of Mary Mof- 
fitt, married Margaret Erwin, and was the father of Dr. Joseph Mc- 
dowell, of Buncombe, and Dr. John C. McDowell, of Burke, both 
of whom were members of the Secession Convention of 1861, and of 
Col. William, who was Captain in the Bethel regiment, and after- 
wards Major of the 16th North Carolina. Another son, John Mc- 
Dowell, was the father of Colonel John, of Rutherford County. 

After the death of her husband, Mrs. Mary McDowell married 

THE McDowells and connections 239 

Colonel John Carson, and made her home at his mansion, near the 
month of Buck Creek, on the Catawba. The name of Pleasant Gar- 
dens followed her, and was applied to her new as well as her old 
home. Her oldest son by the second marriage. Colonel Samuel P. 
Carson, after serving in the Legislature of the State, served four 
terms in Congress. He was at first a favorite of Old Hickory, and 
was selected as the readiest debater in the House to defend the ad- 
ministration on the floor of that body. He afterwards became the 
friend of John C. Calhoun, and his defense of nullification estranged 
Jackson and led to Carson's retirement from Congress. The last 
service of Carson to the State was, as one of the members from 
Burke, of the Constitutional Convention of 1835. His father had 
been one of Bufke's members of the Convention of 1789, when the 
Constitution of the United States liad been ratified by the State. 

In the writer's :boyhood, older men spoke of Sam Carson as 
the most eloquent speaker and the most fascinating gentleman they 
had known. 

In the early part of the year 1835, Samuel Carson went, with 
the view of finding a home, to the Republic of Texas, then strug- 
gling with Mexico for independence. It was during his absence 
that he was elected a member of the Constitutional Convention of 
1835. He imigrated to Texas in 1836, and soon after his arrival 
was chosen a member of the Convention of 1836, which framed a 
•Constitution, and upon the election of General Samuel Houston to 
the Presidency of the young republic, was made Secretary of State. 
The efforts of Carson to secure recognition of the Lone Star State 
were potent in beginning the agitation which culminated, in 1845, 
in recognition and anneaxtion. 


Stung by defeat in 1825, Dr. Robert B. Vance determined to 
break him down in 1827. He believed, it is supposed, on account 
of Carson's great amiability, that Carson was a coward, though a 
more fatal mistake was never made, and, acting upon that belief, 
charged in a public discussion at Morganton that Colonel John Car- 
son, th-e father of his opponent, and who has already been men- 
tioned as a member of the Convention which adopted the Consti- 
tution of the United States, at Fayetteville, was a Tory, and took 
protection when Ferguson invaded Burke. Colonel Carson arose 
and denounced Vance as a liar. Vance tauntingly said to him: 
* * You are too old. You have a gallant son whose duty it is to fight 
your battles." I am reliably informed that Vance did not believe 
that Samuel Carson would resent this insult, and he knew that if 
he should not he could never be elected again after the election 
whi<5h was to take place in a few days. 

To show how widely mistaken Dr. Vance was in his estimate of 
Carson, the writer has heard from his father that on the night after 


this discussion Samuel P. Carson, his six brothers and his father, 
met at the old family home, at the mouth of Buck Creek, and though 
the old Colonel insisted upon sending a challenge, his sons overruled 
him, and agreed that after the approaching election Samuel should 
challenge Vance, and should Samuel fall, each of the brothers, begin- 
ning with the oldest, Joseph McDowell Carson of Rutherford, should 
challenge him in succession. The Colonel was appeased by an agree- 
ment that should Vance kill all of his boys, he should then have 
the opportunity to avenge the insult. All of the brothers were cool 
and courageous, and were crack shots. Soon after the election Car- 
son crossed the Tennessee line to avoid a violation of the law of 
his state, and sent by Col. Alney Burgin of Old Fort an invitation 
to Vance to come over to Tennessee and discuss the grievance com- 
plained of. Carson, with the distinguished Warren Davis of South 
Carolina as a second, and accompanied by David Crockett as a 
friend, met and mortally wounded Vance at Saluda. Just before 
taking his place, Carson, who was kind as he was courageous, said 
to Warren Davis: **I can hit him anywhere I choose; I prefer to 
inflict a wound that will not prove fatal." Davis said: ** Vance 
will try to kill you, and, if he receives only a flesh wound, will 
demand another shot, which will mean another chance to kill you. 
I will not act for you unless, you promise to do your best to kill 
him." Carson promised, and Vance fell mortally wounded. Car- 
son's heart was tender, and he died lamenting that the demands of 
an imperious custom had forced him to wreck his own peace of 
mind, in order to save the honor of his family and remove the re- 
proach upon his name. 

The oldest son of Colonel Carson, Joseph McDowell Carson, 
was a prominent lawyer, and represented Rutherford County in 
the Convention of 1835, and frequently in the Legislature. He was 
the grandfather of Captain Joseph Mills, of Burke, and of Mrs. 
Frank Coxe, of Asheville, as well as of Ralph P. Carson, a promi- 
nent lawyer of South Carolina. 

One of the daughters of ** Hunting John" — Anne — married a 
Whitson, and her descendants for a eentury have been honored citi- 
zens of McDowell and Buncombe counties. One of them married 
the only daughter of Samuel P. Carson. Joseph McDowlel Burgin. 
of Old Fort, a son of General Alney Burgin, who bore the message 
to Vance, is another of his worthy descendants, and the accom- 
plished daughter of Captain Burgin is the wife of the golden- 
tongued orator of the West, Hon. Locke Craig. 

Colonel William Carson, second son of Mrs. Mary Moffitt Car- 
son, and J. Logan Carson, third son of her marriage with Colonel 
John Carson, both lived and died on one of the farms known as 
Pleasant Gardens. William married twice, and amongst his de- 
scendants are many prominent men and estimable and accomplished 


ladies. William Carson Ervin, of Morganton, is a grandson of Wil- 
liam Carson, and J. L. Carson was the grandfather of Mrs. W. 
AIcD. Burgin and Mrs. P. J. Sinclair, of Marion. C. Manly Mc- 
Dowell is the Sheriff of Burke County, and her most popular citi- 
zen. He is a son of Colonel James C. S. McDowell, of the Fifty- 
fourth North Carolina, who fell at Marye's Heights, and the grand 
son of Captain Charles and of Annie, daughter of Joseph of Pleasant 
Gardens and Mary Moffitt. William Walton, a grandson of Colonel 
James, and a graduate of the University, won a commisison as lieu- 
tenant in the Philippines by his gallantry and good conduct, and, 
thanks to his university training, stood the examination for the reg- 
ular army. 


The saerednes of the home is dear to all of us, because of its 
associations with loved ones who have entered into our lives. So, 
we listen to the historical legends which conn-ect homes with people 
who have won a place in history. 

The Quaker Meadows of the Revolutionary era was known his- 
torically as the place where patriots rallied and where chiefs, und-er 
the old Council Oak, laid the foundation stone of our independ- 
ence. Later it was known to visitors as the home where Grace 
Greenlee McDowell dispensed a lavish hospitality to her friends and 
to the old comrades of her husband. She was known as the cul- 
tured woman, who (with an infant in her arms, the grandmother of 
Mrs. Harriet Espy Vance), rode to Ramseur's Mills to nurse her 
wounded husband, and afterwards went into a cave to aid in the 
secret manufacture of powder. To her family she was the lovely 
Christian mother who whispered into the infant's ears the story of 
the Cross, and taught her children, growing into manhood and wom- 
anhood, how, though remote from towns, to be cultured ladies and 

It seems sad to those who have inherited the old English idea 
of establishing and maintaining family ancestral homes that descend 
from sire to son for ages, that these old dwellings have passed in*o 
the hands of good people outside of the families who founded them. 
Though their connection with family names has ceased, it is a pa- 
triotic duty of all who love their country and appreciate the bless- 
ings of liberty to perpetuate the history of these old homes as the 
scenes of great events. I have tried to show that many good and 
true and some great people trace their origin to the founders of 
these homes that in the last century were nurseries of the courage 
and fortitude that carried King's Mountain. 

242 THE McDowells and conne)ctions 


It is not inappropriate to mention a few of the McDowell women 
who are well known in North Carolina by other names. The names of 
Mrs. Ciley, Mrs. Margaret Busbee Shipp, Miss Margaret McDowell 
of Morganton, and Mrs. Lee S. Overman are livmg representatives 
of the Pleasant Garden and Quaker Meadow stock, who show that 
the families are not degenerated on learning or culture. Mrs. Cilly 
is the great-granddaughter of Charles McDowell and Grace Green- 
lee. Mrs. Shipp was a descendant, one degree further removed, 
of Charles McDowell and Grace Greenlee, and also of Joseph Mc- 
Dowell of Pleasant Gardens. Miss Margaret McDowell is a great- 
granddaughter of Joseph McDowell of Pleasant Gardens. Mrs. Lee 
S. Overman is the great-great--granddaughter of Charles ^IcDowell 
and Grace Greenlee. She is the wife of Senator Overland and the 
daughter of the late distinguished Chief Justice Merrimon and niece 
of Judge James H. Merrimon, the two ablest and most distinguished 
descendants of General Charles McDowell. All these ladies con- 
tribute interesting articles for the press. Mrs. Shipp is the widow 
of Lieutenant W. A. Shipp, who fell at Santiago. North Carolina 
is proud of him as a son, and the nation of his career as a soldier. 

(From the Charlotte Democrat, Charlotte, N. C, July 6, 1894.) 


Divided Over Who Commanded at King's Mountain. 


(Read Before the Mecklenburg Historical Society.) 

^^Alenda lux ubi orta libertas.'* This is sacred ground. It was 
consecrated by the heroes and patriots of the 20th of May, 1775, 
when they declared their independence and afterwards sealed it 
with their blood. It was the boldest and most daring act, the most 
patriotic and wisest forethought of any age. It was the harbinger 
of the great Declaration of the 4th of July, 1776, of Independence, 
which brought freedom to millions of souls then living and to many 
generations unborn. It set in motion revolution that caused a war 
with the most powerful nation on earth, and lasted eight years, and 
finally terminated in the acknowledgement of the independence of 
this country. For the first four years the war raged more fiercely 
north of Mason and Dixon's Line. During that time the British 
Army had virtually overrun all the territory. They then moved to 
the South like a great avalanche. The battles of Bunker Hill, Val- 
ley Forge and Brandywine had been fought. Charleston, after a 
noble resistance, had been besieged and fell. The battles of Eutaw 
Springs, Camden and Augusta had been fought and lost to the cause 
of independence. Nearly the whole of the States of South Carolina 

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and Georgia had been overrun and in the possession of the enemy. 
Comwallis was master of the situation. The times looked gloomy 
for the Whig cause. Loyalists were becoming 'bold and outspoken 
for the King, and ready to arm and fight for the Crown. The In- 
dians were putting on their war-paint. This state of things brought 
a large numiber of patriots to the front. None were more brave 
and daring than the McDowells of Western North Carolina. 

John McDowell of Pleasant Garden came to this country from 
the State of Virginia, and settled in that place about the year 1743. 
His ancestors were originally from the highlands of Scotland (as 
his name indicates) , and from there went to the northern part of Ire- 
land, and hence were called Scotch-Irish. He and Henry Weidner 
crossed the Catawba river together at SheriU's Ford. Only one 
w^hite fatmily (Adam SherrilFs) had preceded them. From that 
point they went west and discovered the south fork of the Catawba 
river at the junction of the two i'orks — Henry's and Jacob's forks 
— which makes the South Fork river. There they found a splendid 
body of land. They went still further west and saw a magnificent 
body of land on the Catawba river, which they called Pleasant Gar- 
den. They both desired this fertile spot. They were both athletes. 
They agreed to wrestle for the choice, McDowell won the prize and 
entered the Pl-easant Garden and Weidner the South Fork country. 
They obtained large grants in 1750, and many of their descendants 
occupy these lands today. 

Sometime afterwards his cousin, John McDowell of Quaker 
Meadows, followed and settled on that desirable tract of land on 
the Catawba river not far from where the beautiful town of Mor- 
ganton now stands, and some of his descendants own it until this 
day. The two John McDowells were cousins. Pleasant Garden 
John married Anna Edmiston, by whom he had three children: 
Joseph, Bachael and Anna. Anna married a Whitsou; Rachael 
married a Carson ; Joseph married Mary Mof f ett, by whom he had 
five children (two died young) ; John, the eldest, represented Ruth- 
erford County several years in the Legislature of North Carolina, 
and James, of Yancey County, represented that county several 
years. Anna, the only daughter, married Charles McDowell of 
Quaker Meadows. 

John McDowell, of Quaker Meadows, married Margaret O'Neil. 
They were married in Ulster, Ireland. They determined to encoun- 
ter all the perils in search of what better fortune might await them 
on this side of the broad ocean. They first settled in Pennsylvania. 
Thence they soon moved to Winchester, Va. There their sons, 
Charles and Joe, were born — the former in 1743 ; the latter in 1755. 
They removed to North Carolina and settled at Quaker Meadows. 

Their sons soon grew to manhood. Charles, afterwards Gen- 
eral Charles, early embarked in the War of the Revolution. He 

THE McDowells and connections 


of MorgaalowD, N. C. 

He It •omewbere with the Allies Sghting for humanity. 

April 23, 1918. 

THE McDowells and connections 245 

was soon placed in command of Burke and Rutherford Counties, 
a large military district at that time. Stoutly he had held the 
mountain passes against the Indians, and had made several success- 
ful expeditions against the Cherokees; one called the Rutherford 
campaign, another the Stono expedition. He was engaged in a num- 
ber of skirmishes with the Tories. He had a small force under him 
to resist Col. Ferguson. With this force he went across the moun- 
tains to obtain assistance, and was in consultation with Colonels 
Shelby and Sevier. It was decided that each should make an effort 
to raise all the men he could, and that they should meet on the 
Wautauga. Colonel Shelby informed Colonel William Campbell, of 
Washington County, Virginia, of their purpose and asked them to 
join them. They met on the Wautauga and were joined by Colonels 
Cleveland, Campbell, Sevier and others. They immediately crossed 
the mountains near the head of the Catawba river. They ascer- 
tained that they were nearly all of the same rank, and had no gen- 
eral officer to command them. It was decided to send Colonel 
Charles McDowell to Hillsboro, to see General Cates and procure 'i 
general officer to command the troops. In the meantime, they 
elected Colonel Campbell, the red-headed Argyle, as commander- 
in-chief of all the forces present. 

It is said that Colonel Campbell was placed in command 
through courtesy, on account of his being from a sister State and 
also on account of his having the largest number of men under him. 
Colonel Charles McDowell turned his regiment over to the com- 
mand of Major Joe McDowell, of Pleasant Garden, until he should 
return from his mission ; but the great battle was fought before he 
returned. This was the last of Colonel Charles McDowell's military 
career. He lived many years after the war at his paternal home, 
Quaker Meadows, and served his country and district many times 
in the Senate of North Carolina, from 1783 to 1788. He died at 
Quaker Meadows greatly beloved and respected by all who knew 
him. The following tablet was placed over his grave: **To the 
memory of General Charles McDowell, A Whig officer in the Rev- 
olutionary War, who died, as he had lived, a patriot, the 31st of 
March, 1815, aged about 70 years." 

Colonel Joseph McDowell, his brother, of Quaker ^Meadows, 
married Margaret Moffett. He was with his brother Charles in 
the Rutherford campaign, the Stono expedition, and commanded ci 
company of horse in the great victory gained by Col, Frank Locke and 
bis comrades at the battle of Ramseur's Mill. In the biographical 
sketch of Col. Joseph McDowell of Quaker Meadows, which he grives of 
liim.self in the Political Register and Congressional Directory for 1776 
to 1878, as revised by Ben Perly Poor. This is a record in which 
there can be no mistake: *' Joseph McDowell, father of Joseph Mc- 
DoweM, was born in Winchester, Va., aiul his faMier soon a'ter- 

THE McDowells and connektions 


wards moved to Burke County, North Carolina ; was active in the 
Revolutionary movement, commanding a portion of the right win-g 
under his brother Joseph (brother-in-law) at the battle of King's 
Mountain, Oct. 7, 1780; was a member of the Convention of 1788 
to consider the adoption of the Federal Constitution, which he op- 
posed; was elected to the Third Congress, serving from Dec. 2, 
1793, to , 1795 ; was again elected to the Fifth Con- 
gress, serving from May 5, 1795, to March 5, 1799. He had for 
his colleagues in Congress such men as Nathaniel Macon, of War- 
ren County, and Matthew Locke, of Rowan County, and other dis- 
tinguished men from North Carolina. At that time she had nine 
Congressional members, as many as she has today. 

Colonel Joseph McDowell took an active part in the debates 
in Congress, as the records of Congress will show. He was the 
recognized leader of the Republican party in the western counties, 
and was eminent for his sagacious leadership in civil matters, as 
he had ibeen dauntless and successful in war. He was no inconsid- 
erable antagonist in debate; throughout his life he was the idol of 
the Western people. He was one of the commissioners appointed to 
choose a site for the capital of the State of North Carolina. He had 
not only a State reputation, but a national fame. He lived on 
John's river, on the plantation now owned .by Mrs. John McDowell, 
which was sold to Albert Corpening for three thousand dollars, all 
of which was paid in silver. He sold his farm preparatory to 
removing to Virginia, and thence to Kentucky. He died 'before 
he accomplished his purpose, at the early age of 45 years, and was 
l^uried at Quaker Meadows with military honors. After his death 
his family scattered. His father-in-law, Moffett, moved them back 
to Virginia, and thence to Kentucky, and some went to Ohio. His 
son Joseph J. was a distinguished member of Congress from Hills- 
horo district, Ohio. The grave of Colonel Joseph McDowell, this 
distinguished statesman and hero of many battles, has not a stone 
to mark where he lies, and not many generations hence the plow- 
share may turn up his dust and bones, to be bleached by the driv- 
ing rains. 

Major Joseph McDowell, his cousin and 'brother-in-law, was 
the son of '* Hunting John" McDowell, of Pleasant Garden. He 
was bom at Pleasant Garden Feb. 25, 1758. He married Mary Mof- 
fett (who married Colonel Joseph McDowell, of Quaker Meadows). 
Joe, of Pleasant Garden, was a mere hoy at the commencement of 
the Revolutionary War. Young as he was, he immediately went 
into active service in the Patriotic Army. He soon was promoted 
to the rank of major, in which his cousin Charles was colonel. He 
was engaged with it in every fight where his cousin commanded. 
When his cousin Charles retired from the command of the Burke 
and Rutherford Regiment he wa3 placed in command. At the bat- 


tie of King's Mountafn he commanded the regiment, and Colonel 
Joe, of Quaker Meadows, commanded the right wing of a ** portion" 
of the regiment ** under him." Hence, there is a dispute, which had 
the chief command in that gallant struggle. They were equally 
brave, equally patriotic, and equally able. One is known as Major 
Joe of Pleasant Garden, the other as Colonel Joe of Quaker Mead- 
ows. Both were at the Cowpens, where Colonel Tarleton succumbed 
to the sturdy Wows of Col. Morgan. Major Joe possessed the fight- 
ing qualities which distinguished the family in all its branches. 
In the Rutherford campaign he killed an Indian in a hand-to-hand 
fight. He served from the beginning of the war to the close. He 
was not only a distinguished fighter, but an able statesman and 
civilian. He was a lawyer by profession. Several of his law books 
are now in my possession, in which he signed his own name. His 
autograph is **J. McDowell, P. G.*' 

The signatures of the two Josephs are very different. The one 
signs his name ^'J. McDowell of Pleasant Garden," the other *Mos. 
McDowell of Quaker Meadows." They were known as Major Jo- 
seph McDowell of Pleasant Garden and Colonel Joseph of Quaker 
Aleadows. Two of these law books of J. McDowell, in which is 
written his autograph, are ** Hale's Pleas of the Crown," another 
'*Vade Mecum." He was not only eminent as a soldier, but stood 
high as a statesman. He served in the North Carolina Legislature 
from 1785 to 1792. McDowell County was named in honor of him. 
He was a member of the North Carolina Convention of 1788, for 
the purpose of adopting or rejecting the Constitution of the United 
States in which he made a statesmanlike speech, opposing its adop- 
tion on the ground that it did not guarantee rights of the States, 
irU\] by jury and the great writ of ** habeas corpus." He was re- 
garded as possessing the brightest intellect of any of the name. The 
late Honorable James McDowell of Rutherford County, and Hon- 
orable John ^McDowell of Yancy County were his sons, and both 
isprvcd their respective counties several terms in the Legislature 
of North Carolina. His only daugJiter, who lived to be grown, mar- 
ried Captain Charles McDowell of Quaker Meadows, and who was 
the mother of Eliza, who married Hon. N. W. Woodfin; Mary L., 
who married Hon. John Gray Bynum and afterwards Chief Justice 
Richmond Pearson; Myra, who married Colonel John Woodfin, and 
Margaret, who married the Hon. William F. McKesson of Burke 
County. - 

After the death of Major Joe McDowell of Pleasant Garden, 
his widow, Mary, married Captain John Carson, who afterwards 
became a member of Congress. By him she had a number of chil- 
dren: the most conspicuous of whom was the Hon. Sam P. Carson, 
a native and resident of Burke County, and equally distinguish »<1 
for his mind, energy and character; his warm, enthusiastic tenrn v 


and patriotic sentiments. He was elected to the State Senate from 
Burke County in 1822 and in 1824, and in 1825 he was elected to 
Congress over Dr. Robert P. Vance, and remained in that body 
until 1833. He moved to Arkansas and died in Red River County. 

No man has more distinguished descendants, according to their 
number, than Major Joseph McDowell of Pleasant Garden. He was 
a man of great personal dignity, but modest to a fault. He met 
Colonel Ferguson at Gilbert Town and drove him back and pre- 
vented him from crossing the mountains. The next engagement 
he had with that bold and daring leader was on King's Mountain. 
On this favored spot he and **the heroes of King's Mountain" 
gained one of the most decisive battles ever fought. Ferguson had 
retreated before the ** mountain men" for several days. He at 
last found **a favored spot" on the spur of King's Mountain. Jt 
is a high ridge or spur, with deep ravines on each side. The ascent 
on every side is steep and hard to climb. Aibout 3 o'clock on the 
7th of October, 1780, after -being in the saddle for thirty hours, and 
•being drenched in rain, these daring patriots approached the moun- 
tain where Ferguson considered himself impregnable. A short 
time before they arrived upon the fatal field, each commander went 
along his lines and exhorted his men to fight like heroes — conquer 
or die. That if any man was afraid he should now turn back. 
Every man ^ood his ground ; Colonel Campbell was on the extreme 
right when they made the attack ; Colonel Shelby next ; then Sevier, 
then Winston, then Hambright, then Williams, and on the extreme 
left, Major Chronicle. These lines completely surrounded the moun- 
tains. Sevier's and McDowell's regiments, in order to reach the 
enemy, had to cross a deep ravine and climb the mountain at its 
steepest point, and when they came in range they could do great exe- 
cution, while the enemy would shoot over them. It is said by 
Draper that none of McDowell's men were killed or wounded. This 
is a mistake. Young John Wilfong, who after the battle grew up 
to be a great man in wealth, popularity and good deeds, and who 
is the ancestor of many distinguished dead descendants and many 
living, and has ibeen honored with the name of ** Wilfong Lake," 
Guilford Battleground, was severely wounded in the right arm, and 
carried that honorable scar to his grave. Daniel Whitener told the 
late George Summy, who related the same story to Hon. S. T. Wil- 
fong, that ''he took as deliberate aim at Col. Ferguson during the 
battle as ever he did at a buck, and when he fired his gun Fergu- 
son fell," with eight mortal wounds, from which he died. That 
gun was presented by his noble descendant, P. W. Whitener, to the 
Guilford Battleground Company, and it is now among the Revolu- 
tionary relics on th6 great battlefield. 

The battle lasted about fifty-four minutes. During the fight 
the mountain was surrounded by a cordon of fire, and was one con- 

250 THE McDowells and connections 

tinuous sulphurous blaze. The roaring of the guns, the rattling of 
the musketry, the charging of the bayonets, the swaying to and fro 
of the lines, like ripe fields of grain agitated by the storm; the ^ 
shouts of the victors, the groans of the wounded and the dying, pre- 
sented a picture awfully grand and terrific. Lieut.-Col. DePeys- 
ter raised the white flag; Ferguson cut it down, and with an o&th 
shouted, **Charge, my brave men; let not a rebel live!*' and with 
his silver whistle called his men around him, spurred his white 
eharger on, and then fell, pierced with eight mortal wounds, and 
immediately died. ''Brave, but rash" might have been written on 
his tomb. After the battle they divided Ferguson's belongings 
among some of the field officers. To Colonel Cleveland they gave 
Ferguson's white charger, because he lost his in battle; to Colo- 
nel Campbell they gave his correspondence; to Colonel Sevier, his 
sword and sash; to Colonel Shelby, his large silver whistle; to 
Major Joe McDowell, they gave his china set, and he gave them i 
to his daughter Ann, who married Captain Charles McDowell of 
Quaker Meadows, and she gave them to her four daughters — they 
are in the hands of their descendants to this day. Both of the Joe 
McDowells of Pleasant Garden and Quaker Meadows, in the great 
battle above spoken of, commanded the Burke and Rutherford regi- 
ments, one on the right wing — the other on the left. 

Note. — If Major Joe McDowell of Pleasant Garden was only 
a captain, why did they not give the china to Colonel Joe of 
Quaker Meadows? Mrs. Chief Justice Pearson told John McDow- 
ell Michael, that her grandfather, Major Joe of Pleasant Garden, 
was the commander of the Burke and Rutherford regiments in 
that battle. Mrs. Dr. George W. Michael says her father, the late 
Hon. John McDowell, a son of Pleasant Garden Joe, told her fre- 
quently that his father commanded the Burke and Rutherford regi- 
ments in that battle. Miss Sallie McDowell, another daughter of 
Hon. John McDowell, says the same thing. Miss Maggie McDowell, 
a granddaughter of the late Hon. James McDowell and daughter of 
Dr. John McDowell, says that her father told her that "his grand- 
father Joe of Pleasant Garden was the commander of the Burke 
and Rutherford regiments in that battle. Dr. George W. Michael, 
whose first wife was Mary Moffett Carson, and his second wife, 
Martha Moffett McDowell, said their families all said that Major 
Joe of Pleasant Garden was the commander of the Burke and Ruth- 
erford regiments in that battle. Major Ben Burgin, who was about 
95 years of age at the time, told Dr. Michael about forty years ago 
that he knew Major Joe of Pleasant Garden, was the commander 
of the Burke and Rutherford regiments at King's Mountain. His- 
torian Draper is mistaken when he says that Colonel Joe of Quaker 
Meadows was the chief commander of the Burke and Rutherford 
regiments at King's Mountain, because after the battle he rode 

THE McDowells and connbctions 251 

alougf the lines at Quaker Meadows and told the soldiers to use the 
rails on the place, for they belonged to him ; whereas, in truth, the 
plantation belonged to Colonel Charles by right of primogeniture, 
which was not abolished in North Carolina until 1784. 

But why should there be any contest over this question, ** Which 
of these men commanded the Burke and Rutherford regiments at 
King's Mountain?" Their ancestors were of the same Scotch-Irish 
blood. Their fathers were cousins. They were nearly related them- 
selves. Their wives were sisters. Their descendants have nearly 
the same blood coursing through their veins, and each ought to be 
interested in the fame of the other. But it is right that the truth 
of history should be known. If Major Joe of Pleasant Garden was 
the chief commander, posterity should know it. The result of this 
great victory turned the tide of the Revolution in favor of the In- 
dependence of the Colonies. It fired the patriots with new zeal. 
It gave new hope to all America. It made the (blood of every Whig 
beat quicker and prouder. In a short time after the decisive bat- 
tle of the Cowpens was fought, in which Colonel Morgan and his 
heroes gained a great victory. Thus, wijfchin the radius of less than 
forty miles, the batle of Ramsour's Mill, King's Mountain and 
Cowpens were fought and won principally by troops from Western 
North Carolina, and yet she nor this section of the country has 
scarcely any credit for the same. Many of her heroes who fought 
these great battles lie in neglected graves. Major Joe McDowell 
of Pleasant Garden, died in 1795, and was buried at that place in 
the family cemetery, and there is scarcely a mark to tell where 
he lies. Colonel Joe McDowell of Quaker Meadows died about 1800 
at his home on John's river, and was buried with military honors at 
Quaker Meadows, and there is not a stone or a mark to tell where 
the distinguished hero and statesman lies. In a short time the places 
where these great men were buried will be known no more forever. 
Their names, the heroes of many battles, deserve to be carved high 
on the granite shaft erected to the memories of the heroes of King's 
Mountain, on that great battlefield, and handed down to genera- 
tions unborn. The Scotch-Irish of America (said to be the highest 
developed type of the human race) ought to see to it that the 
names of these two heroes and statesmen and their noble deeds 
should not be forgotten. A pencil mark is more reliable than all 
the memories of mankind, but the mark of the chisel in granite or 
marble is more lasting than all the pencil marks and all the mem- 
ories of the world. It will last as long as the eternal hills and until 
the earth shall melt with fervent heat. Then let the memories of 
these two great men live as long as time shall last ; and then soaring 
fresh from its ashes, soar above the crackling globe and live for- 

But why should we be surprised to find these two brave heroes 


Fouffht at King's Mountain 

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lying in neglected graves? It is so over all North Carolina. There 
is not a statue erected to one of her citizens in or out of the State. 
All of the old thirteen original States have placed statues in the 
rotunda of the Capitol at Washington except the State of North 
Carolina. In her extreme modesty and want of self-respect, she 
allows outsiders to call her '*Rip Van Winkle," and permits the 
cognomen to be applied to her. She allows them to call her a strip 
of land between two States, when she furnished at Bamsour's Mill 
all the Whig troops and a large majority at King's Mountain and 
Cowpens, in which three splendid victories were gained; when she 
did the most bold and daring fighting around and in the town of 
Charlotte; when Cornwallis with all his army stormed and took the 
town, in whi'ch Lieut. George Locke and a number of other patriots 
were killed, and when she did her duty in every emergency in that 
^eat struggle. Had it not :been for the patriotic and indomitable 
perseverance of Judge David Schenck, the North Carolina troops 
who fought so gallantly at Ouilford Courthouse would lie in dis- 
^ace and not a mark to tell where the great battle was fought. 
North Carolina furnished more troops in the late Civil War, and 
more of her soldiers were killed and wounded in battle, according to 
numbers engaged, than any other of the Southern States. Yet in his- 
tory she receives no credit for it. She has produced more great men, 
according to population, than any State in America. At one time 
when Thomas H. Benton, Silas Wright, Hugh L. White and Wil- 
liam B. King were in Congress, half of the Senators of the United 
States were native North Carolinians. It is charged against her 
that her sons are never fully developed until they are transported 
and become citizens of other States. How long shall this state of 
things last^ How long before North Carolina shall appreciate her 
living and honor her dead? Whenever her young shall be taught 
to revere their memories and respect her living heroes and states- 
men, then we may expect the dead and the living to be properly 

JOSEPH McDowell. 

From Official Congressional Record — By Hon. Finis J. Garrett, M. C. 

** Joseph McDowell (father of Joseph J. McDowell) was born 
in Winchester, Va., in 1756 ; moved to Burke County, North Caro- 
lina; active in the Revolutionary War; member of the House of 
Commons of North Carolina, 1782-1788 ; opposed to the adoption of 
the Federal Constitution in the State Convention; elected a repre- 
sentative from North Carolina to the third and fifth congresses; 
died in Burke County, North Carolina." 

** Joseph J. McDowell (son of Joseph McDowell) was born in 
Burke County, North Carolina, November 13, 1800 ; moved to Hills- 
boro, Ohio ; elected a representative from Ohio to the 28th and 29th 
congresses as Democrat; died in Hillsboro, Ohio, Jan. 17, 1877." 


The Joseph McDowell whose biography is first set out above 
is the only McDowell who ever served in Congress from North 

In a book, ** King's Mountain and its Heroes," by Draper, 
which I found in the Congressional Lilbrary, there are numerous 
references to Col. Chas. McDowell, ** Hunting" John McDowell, 
Gen. Joseph McDowell, and Capt. Joseph McDowell. 

As best I can gather from this book, there were two brothers 
born in Ireland, Joseph and ''Hunting" John. Joseph was bom 
in 1715, reared as weaver, married Margaret O'Neil, and early mi- 
grated to Pennsylvania. He soon went to Winchester, Va., and 
there two sons were born to him, Charles and Joseph, the latter 
in 1756. 

** Hunting" John had moved to Catawba Valley, ** settling that 
-beautiful tract, Pleasant Garden," some time prior to 1758, and 
not long after his brother Joseph went to that section and settled 
at the ''Quaker Meadows," where his family was reared. 

Charles became a Colonel in the Revolutionary service, and in 
February, 1776, Joseph McDowell, Jr. (brother to Charles) entered 
his brother's regiment, some accounts say as a Major, and it is this 
Joseph McDowell whom the author of this book puts down as the 4 

Joseph McDowell of King's Mountain fame, but it is also true that 
another Joseph McDowell was in the battle. This Joseph was the 
son of "Hunting" John. He was at King's Mountain as a Captain. I 

This 'book says that in Burke County these two cousins were 
known or distinguished from one another by the appellations of 
their homes. Joseph, the son of Joseph, Sr., was known as "Quaker 
Meadow Joe," and Joseph, the son of "Hunting" John, was known 
as "Pleasant Garden Joe." I think both of them were in the North 
Carolina Legislature at the same time, and Joseph, son of Joseph, 
used the word, "Jr.", to distinguish himself from his cousin. 

This same Joe was the member of Congress whose biography 
is first given on page 1 of my letter. He served in Congress in 
1793-95 and in 1797-99— that is the third and fifth Congresses. In 
1797 he was a commissioner for running boundary line between Ten- ^ 

nessee. He died Aug. 11, 1801, of apoplexy, in the 45th year of his 
age, and was buried at the Quaker Meadows, where some rude stones 
and a large tree at the head of his grave mark the place of his re- 
pose. He married Mary, daughter of Col. George Moffett, of Vir- 
ginia, leaving two sons and six daughters. 

He was the recognized leader of the Republican party in the 
western counties, and was eminent for his sagacious leadership in 
civil maters, as he had been dauntless and successful in the late 
war. He was no inconsiderable antagonist in debate, and through- 
out his life he was the idol of the western people of North Carolina. 

His cousin, Joseph, the son of "Hunting" John, was born Feb. 


25, 1758. He served on Butherword's eampaign, killing an Indian; 
on scouts against the Indians in Burke County, and commanded a 
company at King's Mountain. He was a member of the North 
Carolina Convention in 1788, making several speeches. He mar- 
ried Mary Moffett, dying in April, 1795, leaving several children. 
He was a lawyer by profession, and is regarded as having the 
brightest intellect of any of that connection. 

The book states further that this Capt. ** Pleasant Garden Jo- 
seph," at King's Mountain, secured some of Ferguson's service — 
six of his china dinner plates, and a small coffee cup and saucer, 
several of which are yet among his descendants, and in the foot 
note refers to letters the author had from Mrs. B. M. Pearson and 
Miss N. N. McDowell, granddaughters, and Miss Anna M. Woodfin, 
a great-granddaughter of Captain MeDowell. 

In a footnote the author says it was certainly Joseph McDowell, 
of Quaker Meadow, who led the Burke County troops at King's 
jNIountain, and that the confusion has all come about because he 
had the same name as his cousin, Capt. or Pleasant Garden Joseph. 
They resided in the same county, married sisters, it seems, were 
in the same Legislature at the same time, and were both at King's 
Mountain. Quaker Meadow Joseph as the leader of the troops of 
Burke County, and Pleasant Garden Joe as a Captain of a company. 
The author says that this accounts for the confusion which the de- 
cendants of each have had about the matter. 


Andrew McMicken, Jr., born at Doylestown, Pa., of Scotch 
father and French mother, April 23, 1823, and died at Buffalo, 
Wyo., October 20, 1893, married at Hillsboro, Ohio, 1872, to Rachel 
Ann Trimble McDowell (daughter of Gen. Joseph J. McDowell and 
Sallie Ann McCue (a noted beauty) Gen. Joseph McDowell was 
born at Quaker Meadows, N. C, and died at Hillsboro, Ohio, Jan. 
17, 1877. Sallie McCue McDowell was iborn near Staunton, Va., 
and died at Hillsboro, Ohio, Nov. 30, 1885). 

Rachel Ann Trimble McDowell was born at Hillsborough, Ohio, 
April 26, 1826, and died at Westwood, Ohio, April 4, 1900. 


1. Lalla McMicken, born at Cincinnati, Ohio, still living; married 

(1) Sam T. Lewis, of Washington, D. C, married (2) Gen. Ben- 
jamin Piatt Runkle, Los Angeles, Cal., Feb. 10, 1894. 

2. Charles McMicken, born September 1850; died June 8, 1851. 

3. Andrew McMicken, Jr., born November 13, 1852 (attorney at 
law, Rankin, Mo.) married Helen Cannon, Rawlings, Wyo., 
March 2, 1888. 

4. Joseph McDowell McMicken (physician); born Feb. 9, 1854; 



married Agnes Craig July 11, 1883; died at Portland, Oregon, 
Sept. 13, 1903. 

5. Anna MeMicken, born at Troy, 111., Jan. i:^, 1856; died at Keo- 

kuk, Iowa, Feb. 26, 1867. 

6. Mary MeMicken, bom at Troy, 111., married W. W. Strowbridge 

April 5, 1882. Issue : Andrew Hine. 

7. Lucy bell MeMicken, born at Keokuk, Iowa, Sept. 8, I860; mar- 

ried C. W. Hine Sept. 19, 1889. 

8. Revell MeMicken, born at Keokuk, Iowa, Feb. 24, 1866. 



BYRON G. McDOWELL, descendant of Joseph McDowell, of 
Pleasant Gardens, N. C, was born at Franklin, N. C., June 22, 1834, 
was married at Bluff City, Tenn., Jan. 27, 1863, to Margaret Rhea, 
born at Beech Hill, Tenn., Dec. 30, 1840. 


1 . James Rhea McDowell, born at Bluff City, Tenn., Nov. 27, 1863 ; 
married at Clinton, Tenn., Ettie Young, June 26, 1900. 

2. Ellen Irene McDowell, born at Bluff City, Tenn., Sept. 8, 1886. 
8. P]lizabeth Juliet McDowell, born at Bluff City, Tenn., Aug. 12, 

1868 ; married J. B. Lyon, at Bristol, Tenn., Oct. 12, 1893. Is- 
sue: McDowell Lyon, bom at Bristol, Tenn., Sept. 16, 1895. 

4. Evelyn McDowell, born at Bluff City, Tenn., Dec. 13, 1870; mar- 
ried W. S. Stewart, at Bristol, Tenn., June 27, 1900. Issue : El- 
len Stewart, born Jan. 3, 1905. 

5. Albert Sidney M<;Dowell, born at Bluff City, Tenn., Sept. 12, 

1875; married at Lebanon, Tenn., Inez Curtis, Jan. 11, 1900. 

6. Margaret Rhea McDowell, born at Bluff City, Tenn., June 18, 

1880; married W. D. Furgerson, at Bristol, Tenn., Dec. 26, 1900. 
Issue: 1. Margaret Furgerson, bom Sept. 16, 1902. 2. Robert 
Furgerson, born Sept. 14, 1904. 

i I 

By Margaret E. McDowell. 

Hunting John'* McDowell, of Pleasant Gardens, N. C. was 
one of the pioneers of Western North Carolina; came first from 
Pennsylvania to Virginia, and from the Valley of Virginia to Pleas- 
ant Gardens in 1743. He entered large tracts of land in 1850. He 
was too old for active service and Avas not in the Revolution of 
1775, and he refused protection from the British, and preferred to 
drive his cattle off to the cove. 

His <;ou»ty was then Rowan, and he attended court at Salis- 
bury, one hundred miles away. Afterwards his county was Burke, 

258 THE McDowells and connections 

and later on it was McDowell, in honor of his illustrious son, Jo- 

''Hunting John'' was of Scotch-Irish descent, and is said to 
have been related to Ephriam McDowell, of Virginia, probably a 
nephew, John McDowell married Annie Edmistin, of Virginia, and 
by her he had three children, Joseph, Rachel and Annie. The 
latter married a Whitson, and their descendants are to be found in 
Buncombe County, N. C, and in California. Rachel married Col. 
John Carson, and after her death he married Joseph ^IcDo well's 
widow, Mary Moffett. 

Joseph McDowell, of Pleasant Gardens, the only son of ' * Hunt- 
ing John" McDowell, was married to Mary Moffett (a daughter of 
Col. George Moffett and Sarah McDowell) in Augusta County, Va., 
Staunton being the postoffice. The writer has a letter written by 
Colonel George Moffett, to his daughter, Mary, and it Avas written 
from Augusta County, Va., July 2, 1807, and posted at Staunton. 

When a boy of eighteen, Joseph, of Pleasant Gardens, was in 
Rutherford's campaign against the Indians, in 1776, and killed an 
Indian with his own sword. Tw^o or three years ago his sword was 
found in a garret at Pleasant Gardens, and sent to the museum at 
Raleigh. He was a man of delicate constitution, and in addition 
to being a fervent patriot, had considerable taste for military af- 
fairs. He was a man of great ** dignity and modesty of character, 
and was regarded as possessing the brightest intellect of his day,'' 
in Western Carolina. 

I have in my possession a manuscript from Silas McDowell, of 
Macon County, N. C, who endeavored to correct all errors, and 
give the people historical facts. He was born in 1795, and was a 
man of remarkable memory and gathered facts. He says of Jo- 
seph McDowell: 

"If there was any man in this part of the State that distin- 
guished himself in mind, as ranking far above his fellows, except 
Joseph McDowell, of Pleasant Gardens, Burke County, N. C, tra- 
dition has not transmitted the fact; though there were scores of 
strong-minded, honorable and patriotic men in this division of the 
State, who figured in the Revolutionary War. McDowell's light 
went out when he was in his noonday prime, and in the last decade 
of the 18th century, and from that time until 1820 there has arisen 
no bright and particular star. 'Joseph of P. G.' was born 25th 
February, 1758, and died April, 1795, at the age of 38 years. Young 
as he was he soon went into the Patriotic Army, and was soon pro- 
moted to Major, under his cousin Charles, who Avas Colonel, after- 
wards General. Joseph met Col. Pergerson at Gilbert Town, and 
drove him back and prevented his crossing the mountain." I have 
it from my father, Dr. John McDowell, who had been told by his 
father, the Hon. James McDowell, and his Aunt Annie, the son 
Mid daughter of Joseph, of Pleasant Gardens, and Mary Moffett ; 

THE McDowells and connections 259 

that While Joseph was stationed at Gilbert Town, that his mother, 
Annie Ecbninstin) molded bullets and carried them tied under her 
skirts, to her son. She went from Pleasant Gardens to Gilbert 
Town on horseback, a considerable distance, through a rough coun- 
try, and on the way she was encountered by rough Tories, who took 
her horse by the bridle and tried to prevent her from going fur- 
ther; but with the courage of the women of that day, she managed 
to get out of the ruffians' way and made a safe trip. 

Joseph was engaged in the battle of Cow Pens and Ransaur 
Mills, and was the McDowell who commanded his own and General 
Charles McDowell's troops at King's Mountain. Robbing ** Joseph, 
of P. G." of the command of the regiment at that battle, had been 
the mistake on the part of some historian,, and ibecause of the dis- 
pute, in saying that Joseph of Quaker Meadows was the superior 
officer, and commanded his brother Charles' troops — the name 
McDowell does not appear on the King's Mountain monument. The 
two Josephs were cousins and married sisters, Mary and Margaret 
Moffett, and both fought in the same battles, and both were brave 
and honorable in all things, but having the same name, and both 
being soldiers, then statesmen, a great deal of confusion has arisen. 

** Joseph, of Pleasant Gardens," was undoubtedly the com- 
mander at King's Mountain ; all of my family from my grandfather, 
James, Joseph's son, and Annie, his daughter, down to my father 
and mother, have said so, and I think the china which is in the pos- 
session of the writer is proof conclusive. The china was given to 
Annie McDowell by her mother, Mary Moffett McDowell, telling 
her the set of china was given to her father, Joseph, from Perger- 
son's belongings, after the Battle of King's Mountain. 

Annie married her cousin, Capt. Charles McDowell, of Quaker 
Meadows, Burke County, N. C, and she gave the china to her 
daughters. Both the Woodfin ladies, Annie and Capt. Charles' 
daughters, have pieces of this ehina, and Miss Annie Woodfin still 
has pieces; a eup and a saueer; and when she showed it to me a 
year ago she said: **My mother told me this was given to my great- 
grandfather, * Joseph of Pleasant Gardens,' after the Battle of 
King's Mountain." Mrs. Bynum, another daughter of Annie and 
Capt. Charles, the granddaughter of ''Joseph, of Pleasant Gardens," 
gave a plate from the same set of China, to her son, Judge Grey 
Bynum, of Morganton, making the same statement to the writer 
that the Woodfin sisters had made. I believe that plate is the only 
thing I ever eoveted. Judge Bynum and his wife died without 
children, and there was no one to inherit the china. The Judge 
gave the same to his much beloved brother-in-law, Mr. George 
Green, of Wilson, N. C, who married my cousin. I wrote to Mr. 
Green if he would give me the china, and allow it to remain in 
the family, and not pass out of the name. Being big-hearted and 
honorable, he brought the china plate to me, saying he had rather 




O* (S 2, 

a; "js I? 

THE McDowells and connections 26 1 

give it to me than to the Museum at Raleigh — so I have the china 
and send you a photo of same. (See photo.) Getting it was an 
answer to prayer. 

Joseph was a lawyer and his law books are in the family ; and 
from them I send his autograph. **J. McDowell, P. G.*' If Joseph, 
of P. G., was the rightful commander of General Charles' troops, 
posterity should know it, says Judge Lecke McCorkle ; and to that 
just man I am indebted for a great deal of data, that corresponds 
with all my family has said. Again, he says, ''No man had more 
distinguished an-cestors and descendants than Joseph, of P. G., ac- 
cording to their number. Joseph was Major before the battle of 
King's Mountain, and Colonel after that. He served in the North 
Carolina Legislature, from 1785 to 1792. He was a member of the 
North Carolina Convention in 1788, for the purpose of adopting 
or rejecting the Constitution of the U. S., in which he made a 
statesmanlike speech, opposing its adoption on the ground that it 
did not guarantee the rights of the States, trial by jury, and the 
great writ of habeas corpus — so that the Honorable Lecke McCor- 
kle, who made a big effort to do justice to both Joseph, of Pleasant 
Gardens, and Joseph, of Quaker Meadows." 

Joseph died in April, 1795, and was buried at Round Hill, the 
family burying ground at Pleasant Gardens; and his grave is un- 

John, James and Annie were the children of Joseph and Mary 
Moffett, two others having died young. Hon. John McDowell, of 
Rutherford, was a most estimable man, several times served his 
country honorably in the Legislature, as did his brother, of Yancy 
County; and while James was in the Legislature the new county 
taken off of Burke, was named through compliment to him, for 
his father, Joseph, of Pleasant Gardens, and was called McDowell 

John married a Miss Lewis, and his descendants are scattered 
over North Carolina, and to his daughter, Miss Sarah McDowell, 
and to her nephew, John Michael, and to Dr. Michael and Major 
Ben Burgin, who was 95 years old fifty years ago when he gave 
my father. Dr. Michael, and others, a great deal of information con- 
cerning Joseph of P. G., I am indebted for much that I've written. 

James McDowell married Margaret **Erwin of Belvidere," 
Burke County, N. C, and lived until after her death at Pleasant 
Gardens, and from there he removed to Yancy County, leaving 
three sons and two daughters mostly to the care of his wife's rela- 
tives at Belvidere — the oldest being ten and the youngest one year 
old. James McDowell, like many of that name, was celebrated 
for his hospitality, and the sister-in-law who brought up his infant, 
and did a great deal for all of the children, has often said to the 
writer (she was my great aunt. Miss Cecelia Irwin). '* Brother 

262 THE McDowells and connbjctions 

James McDowell was the kindest* and best brother-in-law I ever 

James McDowell, it seems, never refused to go security for his 
friends and kin; and through the latter he lost his Pleasant Gar- 
dens home — same being sold for security debts, and then he moved 
to Yancy County, where he died in 1854. James McDowell and 
Margaret Irwin had three sons and two daughters, (besides two 
children who died when a few months old. The brothers were Jo- 
seph Alburton, William Wallace and John Calhoun McDowell. 
Owing to these three men being left w'hen very young without a 
mother and their father being in a measure 'broken up, and having 
to leave his home and go to Yancy County, which was almost out 
of civilization, these three brothers were thrown considerably on 
their own resources — ^though they had the kindest of fathers. How- 
ever, they were fairly educated. Joseph, the eldest, read medicine 
with Dr. Hardy, of Asheville, and from there went to the Medical 
College at Charleston, from which he graduated and settled at Hot 
Springs, N. C, and afterwards at Asheville, N. C. He was consid- 
ered an excellent physician and was a man I have heard others say, 
of the finest personal appearance, was called '*A Chesterfield" in 
manner. He married Julia Patton, of Asheville (daughter of John 

C. Patton) and their children are living in North Carolina, South 
Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Mrs. James Walton, his daughter, 
lives in Morgantown, N. C. 

William Wallace McDowell married Sarah Smith, of Asheville, 
who was a daughter of James Smith, who was the first white child 
born west of the Blue Ridge, and lived and died there, as did his 
brother, Dr. or Colonel, Joseph, of whom I have just made mention. 
These two brothers were officers during the Civil War. Joseph was 
Colonel and William, Major. William was Captain of the First 
Volunteer Company that left Asheville in 1861. The flag with 
which the captain was presented was made from an old U. S. "flag 
(roconstructed) by the ladies of Asheville. . This flag was adopt- 
ed as the regimental flag by the first regiment, commanded by Gen. 

D. II. Hill, and was dedicated at Big Bethel Church battle, June 1, 

W. W. IMcDo weirs courage at that battle was highly spoken 
of by D. II. Hill, and others, the first battle between the North and 
the South. Captain W. W. McDowell, of the Buncombe Rifles of 
1861, became Major in the 60th North Carolina Regiment, his 
brother, Joseph, being Colonel of the regiment. They were both 
at Murfreesboro, Tenn. Colonel Joseph was bom Dec. 22, 1821, 
and died March 10th, 1875, at Asheville. Major William Wallace 
McDowell was the ** grandest old man I ever knew." This was 
said or rather written of him by a friend, and a Northerner, who 
had lived in the Major's home for years. Surely he ought to have 


known the '*Maj/' as every on« called him. The writer knew him 
thirty years, or even longer, and can say he was the best man she 
had ever known. After the death of my father and his brother, 
Dr. John C. MeDowell, I was a great deal in his family, and agree 
with the writer, who said of him, **He was as ^brave as a lion and 
as gentle as a lamb." I never heard him speak harshly to anyone; 
always gentle and loving in his family. Twas hard for him to say 
*'No,*' but when it was said no one would dream of his saying 
*'Yes.'' He was truly a Christian, was an elder in the Presbyterian 
('hurch — a real Scotch Presbyterian in many things — had inherited 
that bravery and religion of the Clan. He was of Scotch-Irish de- 
scent. W. W. McDowell's children are living in North Carolina 
and Seattle, Wash. Two daughters, Annie and Mary, are at' the old 
iiome in Asheville. 

Dr. John Calhoun, the third son of John McDowell and brother 
to Colonel Joseph McDowell and Major William McDowell, was 
born July 7th, 1825; died August 3rd, 1876. He married Sarah 
**Erwin, of Bellevue," daughter of James Erwin, and settled first 
in Morganton, where he began the practice of medicine. He read 
medicine in Morgantown with Dr. McRee, and from there he went 
to the Medical College at Charlestown, S. C. He was said to be a 
very handsome man, and a man with a great big heart, and a quick 
intellect. He did not care for offices or honors, and never allowed 
his name to go before the public but once, then he was elected to 
the Convention of 1861, from Burke; and at the same time his 
brother, Joseph, was elected from Buncombe. He was a Democrat, 
as was his -brothers, and during every campaign worked for his 
party as few men did only when v/orking for self. The JMcDovveirs 
were Democrats while nearly all their kin were Whigs. 

Colonel Walton, one of Burke's historians, said: **Dr. John 
C. McDowell died without an enemy." W. W. Avery, another 
writer, said: **He did not care for office, he only cared to shine 
in social life, and was a prince of entertainers,*' and ** always think- 
ing and planning for the advancemet of his family.'' **He was an 
indulgent husband and father." It was said by others, and I know 
it to be a fact, that he was the kindest of neighbors and his slaves 
loved him with a peculiar devotion. His sons say, *'He was the 
biggest man they ever knew." He died greatly beloved, at the old 
home of Col. Joheph McDowell, of Quaker Meadows, and w-as bur- 
ied at Morganton. Joseph sold said home to Albert Corpening 
and from Albert it descended to his son David, and David sold 
same to Dr. McDowell and wife, Sarah Erwin, and the part of the 
old plantation on which Joseph, of Quaker Meadows lived, and 
the home of Dr. John Calhoun McDowell, belongs to the waiter. 

Dr. John C. McDowell was not in the army during the Civil 
War, but was in active home service, fighting the Tories and pro- 

264 THE McDowells and connex;tions 

tecting home. Loved his church, was a Presbyterian. His descend- 
ants live in North Carolina. Most of them are at Morganton, 
Burke County, North Carolina, the County ol the McDowells. 


Colonel Shelby says of Charles McDowell, in his pamphlet of 
1823: **I made the proposition (to put Colonel Campbell in com- 
mand) to silence the expectation of Col. Charks McDowell to com- 
mand us, he being the commanding officer of the district, we were 
then in and had <;ommanded the armies of militia assembled in that 
quarter all the summer before against the same enemy. He was a 
brave and patriotic man, but we considered him too iar advanced in 
life and too inactive for the command of such an enterprise as we 
were enggad in. I was sure he woud not serve under a younger of- 
ficer from his own State, and hoped that his feelings would be in 
some degree saved by the appointment of Colonel Campbell, of 
Virginia. ' ' 

In his narrative in the American Review, December, 1848, Shel- 
by made no reference to McDowell's age, but simply states that 
''he was too slow an officer'' for the enterprise. 

Though Colonel Shelby speaks of McDowell's age as being ob- 
jectionable for such service, Draper in his ** King's Mountain Bat- 
tle, ' ' page 1888, says : 

**It really deserves little if any consideration, for the reason 
Colonel Charles McDowell was only thirty-seven years of age," 
While there has been some difference of opinion as to Colonel Mc- 
Dowell's birthday, his tombstone gives the date of his death at March 
31st, 1815, and says he was about seventy years of age. If that be 
true, he was born in 1745. But whichever date is correct the reason 
first given that Col. McDowell was too far advanced in life was too 
frivolous for consideration. Cleveland, who was given command, 
was older than Colonel McDowell. General Evan Shelby, the 
Colonel's father, who the year before had commanded an expedition 
against the Chickamauga Indians, was twenty-three years older 
than Col. Charles McDowell. General Washington was eleven years 
older, Sumpter four. Stark fifteen and Marion ten. 

Draper, in ** King's Mountain and Its Heroes," page 189, says: 

**The real objection to Colonel McDowell was not so much his 
age, as his lack of tact and efficiency for such a command, which 
required rapid movement to catch the fine generalship to defeat 
Furgerson, who was known to he one of the bravest fighters and 
hardest officials to defeat in the King's army." Draper says fur- 
ther: *' Colonel Charles McDowell, who had the good of his coun- 
try at heart more than any title to command, submitted gracefully 
to what was done, but observed that as he could not be permitted 
to command he would, if agreeable, convey to headquarters the re- 

THE McDowells and connections 265 

quest for a general officer. This was warmly approved, as it was 
justly declared that he was well acquainted with the situation of the 
country." The manner in which this was presented gratified Col. 
McDowell, who at once set off on his mission, leaving his men under 
the command of his brother, Major Joseph McDowell, of Quaker 


By Frank McDowell. 

The facts as to who commanded at King's Mountain, as near as 
I can get them are as follows: Prom history and from tradition, 
having heard it discussed by my father, my uncles, my grand-uncle, 
Hamilton Erwin, an Aunt Matilda Secelia Erwin, who lived to be 
eighty-one (81) year old, also from m ymother, who was Sarah (Er- 
win, and noted for her excellent memory for dates, births and deaths, 
I gained many of the facts. They all asserted that the reason Oen. 
Charles McDowell was not in command at King's Mountain was be* 
cause he was on a ** spree" at the time. Others not related to Gen. 
eral Charles, have expressed themselves that he had grown a little 
lukewarm for the cause. Col. Carson, son-in-law of '^Hunting John" 
McDowell was pro-British, and offered to go to South Sarolina and 
ask protection in order to save ** Pleasant Gardens" from being 
raided, but Old John McDowell said, **No! he would drive his cattle 

into North Cove, and the British be d d." Hunting John was 

63 years old at the time. 

My mother was a close neighbor to ** Quaker Meadows" as 
** Erwin 's Delight" (known today as Bellevue) was only two miles 
away. She was the schoolmate and great friend of Margaret Mc- 
Dowell, the daughter of Captain Charles and Annie McDowell, who 
was of the '* Pleasant Gardens" branch. I have heard her say that 
'* Uncle Charlie, when intoxi<»ated, would tell his wife that it was 
his father who commanded at King's ^Mountain," and she would 
answer that it was her father — rJoseph, of Pleasant Gardens. 

At any rate the china taken from Colonel Ferguson's tent 
comes through Annie McDowell, of ** Pleasant Gardens," to the 
*' Quaker Meadow" branch of McDowells. Judge Gray Bynum, who 
married Hennie Erwin (my first cousin) gave it back to my sister, 
Margaret Erwin McDowell, who now has it. We are descended from 
from the ** Pleasant Gardens" branch. 


By Samuel Moffett McDowell. 

In regard to family history, have always heard that the honors 
of King's Mountain (aS far as the McDowells were concerned) be- 
longed to Joseph of Quaker Meadows. Charles not being present 

2b6 THE McDowells and conne>ctions 

at the battle on account of infirmities, was detailed to -carry dis- 
l)atches to headquarters, or some other point in the military district 
There has always heen a question of doubt as to which was choseii 
leader for that particular battle (Pleasant Garden Joe or Quaker 
Meadows Joe). Now as Charles (Quaker Meadows) being in com 
mand, tliough not present at the time, his brother officers wanted a 
younger and more active leader, it is natural to suppose one or more 
officers from the other States lined up, suggested that they elect 
Joseph, the younger brother of their chief, both being familiar with 
overy road from Virginia, by way of Charlotte and Rutherford, N 
C., south to the seaboard. 

Judge Avery with his sturdy ability as a lawyer, his i>ower of 
unravelling knotty problems, made him truly fit to analyze such 
problems and get at the right, he viewed it from all possible points, 
if he found himself wrong that ended it, but through his methods, 
if his reasoning convinced him that he was right, "beyond a doubt, 
he would revise and recollate in order to present it in proper form, 
then nothing ever moved him, for he was convinced through others 
and his own sifted facts that he was right. Now Dr. Hervey and 
Louisa McDowell, with the help of Mr. Marshall Green, have done 
more to settle the matter in its true and proper light than any others 
I have ever read after. All honor and thanks to them for their 
laborious and unselfish work, for they truly searched for the right 
The only time I ever saw Cousin Hervey was, when he visited Mor- 
ganton. I did not make any claims as to which was which at King 'a 
Mountain, I only said I never discussed the matter as to the right 
Joseph, but I would satisfy myself with the fact that if there was 
any honors coming I would gladly divide, for I had a double por- 
tion, it coming from both grandparents. He said: ''Sam, to all 
intents and purposes you are right, you have lost nothing from 
that view of it, but it has long been a vexed question, but your cousin 
Jjouisa and myself have viewed from every point all matters con- 
nected with that particular question, time and again our conclusions 
have come out the same, Quaker Meadows Joseph McDowell must 
be the man.'' That was about twenty-five years ago, probably 
longer. Judge Avery often said **It must be Joseph McDowell, of 
Quaker Meadows." 


By Charles F. McKesson. 

On this historical day, May 10, the voice of patriotism weighs 
with love as we think of the heroic dead who followed the ill-fated 
destinies of the Southern Cross, those voices unite in praise of 
those wlio marched up King's Mountain through a cordon of Brit- 
ish soldiers, and not only proclaimed the downfall of despotism 


in these occidental forests, but won from the hand of a sullen king 
the priceless jewel of Liberty. 

Foremost among the heroes of King's Mountain were Gen. 
Charles McDowell and his younger brothers, and second in com- 
mand — Joseph McDowell, of Quaker Meadows. My mother, Mar- 
garet McDowell, was a granddaughter of Oen. Charles McDowell, 
and all the contemporary history of their times as well as the fam- 
ily records of the immediate descendants of Gen. Charles McDowell 
prove beyond all cavil or dispute that Joseph McDowell of Quaker 
Meadoms, and not Joseph McDowell of Pleasant Gardens, was the 
Joseph McDowell of King^s Mountain. I am now in my 67th year, 
and I never heard this truth of history denied until I was about 45 
years of age. The claim now made is on par by that advanced by 
those who claimed that Ba<;on wrote the plays of the world's great- 
est genius — ^William Shakespeare. 


My father used to say that the McDowells were a clannish set, 
and I think they are, that he was correct. I have taken from our 
old Bible record as far as I have it the family record, but it only 
embraces my grandfather, Joseph McDowell, and family, and my 
father, Hugh Hervey McDowell's family. In regard to the en- 
graving of my grandfather, I will say I have one of him taken a 
short time before his death in Philadelphia, when he was a member 
of Congress. A photo from this was sent to Lyman Draper, and from 
it he had an engraving made, and put it in his book ''King's Moun- 
tain and Its Heroes." 

My grandfather had a turn for public service, and was said to 
be a good speaker. My Uncle Joe, who lived and died in Hillsboro, 
Ohio, was a lawyer, and represented his district in Congress, when 
Clay, Webster and Calhoun were in their prime. James McDowell 
was also a member of Congress from Virginia, at the same time. He 
was a Princeton graduate. Of the North Carolina branch of our 
family my father said, that Uncle Charles was the oldest male mem- 
ber, his brothers were John and Hugh. John only had, as I remem- 
ber, two sons, whom he educated as well as circumstances permitted. 
They were fond of reading, and were in the habit frequently of 
reading at night after retiring, by candle light, placed near the bed. 
One night the house was burned and both were burned, and nothing 
left but their bones, and the father buried them on the old site and 
erected a new building over their remains, and finished his life a 
sad man, never recovering from the blow. Hugh died young. His 
Uncle Charlie was quite infirm when the battle was fought at King's 
Mountain, and his father (my grandfather Joe) had to take his 
place. He told mo his Uncle Charles was engaged in the Indian 
wars at the period when those wars were on, and was a Colonel. 

268 THE McDowells and connections 

The North Carolina family were more numerous than I can tell, but 
a Mr. Samuel Carson married a sister of my grandfather McKinnie, 
and Chrisman two other sisters named Elizabeth and Hannah. The 
Chrisman branch and some of the McKinnie branch moved to Ken- 
tucky, and most of them lived and died in Jessum County, Ken- 
tucky. In regard to the time my Uncle Joe died I have no date. 
The Trimbles descended from Governor Trimble of. Ohio, who mar- 
ried a sister of Uncle Joe. 

My mother's family (Mille) came from Pennsylvania late in 
1700. Henry Mills founded a paper furnace mill and flouring mill 
in Augusta County, Virginia, and were related to the Grattons, Gam- 
bles, and Gilmers, of Virginia. Nancy Gamble, my mother's cousin, 
married William Wirt and Preacher Gratton, who completed Grat- 
ton Institute was his first cousin. The Mills family were unlike the 
McDowell family, in that they were never fond of family history. 
My maternal grandfather, Samuel Mills, owned the Mills Iron 
Works on Mossy Creek, and died there. Just before Mr. Clay made 
his great tariff speech on a trip to Washington by state coach 
through Virginia, spent the night at the home of my grandfather 
Mills, to talk to him about the iron interest, my father being present 
at the time, who told me Mr. Clay told him he gained more useful 
information from Capt. Mills, as he called him, than from any iron 
master he had ever met, and that Captain Mills ought to be in the 
U. S. Senate, so you see I am proud of my Mills ancestry, though they 
had no expressed pride of this kind. 

CARSON McDowell. 


By Mrs. M. M. Brunson, Florence, S. C. 

John Carson married Rachel, daughter of ** Hunting John" Mc- 
Dowell, and his wife, Annie Edmondston, of Pleasant Gardens. 
John Carson was the son of James Carson and his wife, Rebecca 
Hazard, of Ireland. He was born March 24th, 1752, and came to 
America about 1773, and settled in Burke County, N. C. Catherine 
Wilson, a sister, had come over to America with her husband, 
Thomas Wilson, and their seven sons, about 1769, and settled in 
Burke County. It is said of John Carson that he had been edu- 
cated for the ministry, but decided differently for himself. 

The Carsons and Wilsons were related in Ireland and came from 
Fermanaugh County and Ulster County. 

About 1797 the Wilsons moved to Tennessee, but John Carson 
remained in Burke County and became a distinguished Indian 
fighter — was known as Capt. John Carson, later as Colonel. He 
possessed naturally a powerful intellect, great decision of charac- 
ter, and much capacity for business; was quick, resolute and im- 

THE McDowells and connections 2«9 

pulsive. He was consequently a man of prominent character and 
of much influence in his county, and for many years its leading 
magistrate. His home was on Buck Creek, Burke County. He ac- 
cumulated a large estate and raised a large family. He repre- 
sented Burke County in the Legislature in 1805-1806. He had 
presented to him a silver-headed stick by President Andrew Jack- 
son, the stick being cut from the Hermitage plantation. The head 
of the stick is now in the possession of Miss Catherine Carson of 
Hendersonville, N. C, a great-great-granddaughter af Colonel Car- 
son. It is told of Colonel Carson that when he first came over to 
this country he had a severe illness, and was shown a great deal 
of kindness by an old couple who were Quakers, and who kept a 
mill. Afterward, while on a visit to this old couple, he was told 
how a certain ''bully'' had been worrying them, abusing them, 
even to cursing them. Young Carson spent the night in the mill, 
and the next morning when the said ** bully" appeared and began 
his usual railings against the old couple, he was properly and thor- 
oughly thrashed by the young Irishman. During the Revolution, 
when the British were overrunning the Carolinas, Colonel Charles 
McDowell called the leading men of the upper Catawba Valley to- 
gether and suggested, simply to meet the present emergency, that 
they should repair to Gilbert Town, take British protection, and 
thereby save the Whig stock, so necessary for the support of the 
country, from being appropriated by the enemy; that no man 
would thereby become a Tory at heart, but would merely exercise 
a wise stroke of public policy; that the end would justify the 
means, and thereby render the country a good service. ** Hunting 
John" McDowell refused to be a party in such an arrangement. 
Certain men were then selected to take protection and among them 
were Capt. John Carson, Benjamin Davidson and William David- 
son. While they accomplished their object, they were severely mis- 
judged, and though it seemed ungracious on their part, they deemed 
it necessarj% urged and suggested as it was by Col. Charles Mc- 
Dowell. Ferguson, at times suspected that Carson and his friends 
were deceiving him, and saving more cattle than really belonged 
to them, and so sent out a party from camp to lay in a supply of 
beef. Carson accompanied them and they found a large herd of 
cattle. Carson was close-mouthed about their owner until more 
than one hundred of them had been killed, and then quietly ob- 
served that he expected they belonged to Joseph Brown, Johnston 
and others, who had joined Ferguson, and were then in his camp. 
So they turned out to be, and the affair had quite a dispiriting ef- 
fect upon the Loyalists of the County. 

Statements of the fact of these men taking protection of 
the British for the purpose of aiding the Whigs were made in 
1797, by Col. Joseph McDowell and Col. David Vance, and were 


preserved by Hon. Robert Henry, all participants in King's Moun- 
tain battle. (See Draper's King '5 Mountain and its Heroes, page 

In after years Samuel Price Carson, son of Colonel Carson, 
fought a duel with Robert B. Vance, of North Carolina, on account 
of this incident. Vance insulted Colonel Carson, then an old gen- 
tleman, calling him a Tory. This unfortunate affair terminated in 
the death of Vance. 

Colonel Carson was twice married, first to Rachel McDowell, 
as has already <been stated, and they had the following children : 

1. Joseph McDowell, who was married to his cousin, Re- 
becca Wilson, daughter of James Wilson and Ruth David- 

2. Charles, Who married his cousin, Margaret Wilson. 

3. Rebecca, married Thomas McEntyre. 

4. Sarah, married Smith. 

5. James, died. 

6. John, died. 

7. Jason, died. 

After the death of his wife Colonel Carson married Mary Mof- 
fet, a widow of his brother-in-law, Joseph McDowell, M. D., who 
had been a General in the Revolutionary War. By the marriage 
were the following children: 

1. Samuel Price, who married his cousin, Catherine Wilson. 

2. William, w'ho married first Almyra Wilson, and after her 

death he married Catherine Wilson, widow, of his brother, 
Samuel Price. 

3. George, never married. 

4. Matilda, married Jason Wilson. 

Colonel Carson died March 5, 1841, in his 89th year. 


JOSEPH McDowell carson and rebecca wilson. 

Joseph McDowell Carson, eldest son of Col. John Carson and 
his wife, Rachel McDowell, was born at Pleasant Gardens, Burke 
County, N. C. 

He was distinguished for his integrity and brilliant intellect. 
He practiced law many years with imminent success. He much 
preferred the steady life of a jurist to the fitful course of a poli- 
tician. Yet he represented his county in the Legislature in the 
Commons in 1812, 1814, 1813, 1815; and in the Senate in 1832, 
1836, 1838, and was a member of the State Convention of 1835 to 
amend the Constitution. He was a member of the committee to 
memorialize the Legislature in 1842, regarding the Mecklenburg 
Declaration of Independence. He was chairman of the last meet- 
ing of the stockholders of the Louisville, Cincinnati and Charleston 


Railroad, which was held in A«>heville, N. €., September 16, 1839. 
In 1809 he was married to his cousin, Rebecca Wilson, daughter of 
James Wilson, of Tennessee. James Wilson was a son of Thomas 
Wilson and Catherine Carson, who came to America from Ireland 
about 1769, and he married Ruth Davidson, daughter of Samuel 
Davidson, who was killed by Indians. 

Joseph McDowell Carson and Rebecca Wilson, when they were 
married, rode on horseback from her father's home in Tennessee, 
to Pleasant Gardens, N. C. She brought her maid with her, while 
he had his body servant, who had gone with his young master to 
get his young mistress. Joseph McD. Carson settled on a large 
plantation on Green River, and called his place Green River plan- 
tation, and there raised a family of six sons and four daughters. 

1. Tench Coxe, born 1810, and married to Martha Adeline 

McBee, daughter of Vardry McBee and Jane Alexander, 
October 6, 1835. 

2. Rachel, married Dr. Otis Mills. 

3. Jason Hazard, married Jane Moore. 

4. Margaret, married; no issue. 

5. Charles Essex, died young out West; not married. 

6. Catherine, married Dr. Thomas Duffy. 

7. James Wilson, died single. 

8. Joseph McD., was a physician, died single. 

9. John M., died of fever during the war. Was a member of 

the Butler Guards, Second Regiment, S. C. V. 

10. Matilda, married Dr. Robert Thruston. 

Mr. Carson accumulated a large fortune; besides his planta- 
tion and one hundred negroes, he owned a gold mine near Mor- 
gantown, N. C. He always kept open house, and entertained many 
judges, lawyers and ministers of his State in his day. Ilis wife 
was an unusually fine woman, and looked well to the *'ways of 
her household," was a good and dutiful wife; and a mother not 
only to her cfhildren, but to several of her younger brothers and 
sisters, wtho went to live with her, upon the death of her parents. 
Joseph McD. Carson's widowed sister, Rebecca Carson McEntyre, 
also made her home with him, as did several of his orphaned grand- 
children. Mrs. Carson died June, 1840. Mr. Carson died Dec. 19, 
1860, and both are buried in the family graveyard on Green River 
plantation. Since their death the graveyard has been deeded to 
the Diocese of North Carolina, and through the efforts of their 
daughter, Matilda Carson Thruston, a chapel has been built and 
called St. Joseph's, in memory of her father and of her only child, 
who was also called Joseph. 

272 THE McDowells and connex^tions 



Tench C. Carson, eldest son of Joseph McD. Carson and Re- 
becca Wilson, was bom on his father's plantation on Oreen River, 
North Carolina, 1810, and was named for a friend of his father's. 
Tenche Coxe, of Philadelphia. He graduated from the University 
of Virginia, studied law and was admitted to the bar, but preferred 
fhe life of a planter. He owned and lived on Tyger River planta- 
tion, nineteen miles from Greenville, S. C. The plantation lay 
partly in Greenville County, but mostly in Spartanburg County. 
Mr. Carson owned the Tyger gold mines, which were proftably 
worked. He represented Spartanburg County in the Legislature, 
and for years was one of the leading magistrates of his district. 
Mr. Carson was kind and generous and a friend to all in. need. 
It is said of him that if one but shook hands with him it made 
one his friend. In 1835 he was married to Martha Adeline, daugh- 
ter of Vardry McBee and Jane Alexander. Mrs. Carson was the 
granddaughter of Capt. Cardry McBee of South Carolina, on one 
side, and of Col. Elias Alexander, of North Carolina, on the other, 
both of whom served in the Revolutionary War, and were at the 
battle of King's Mountain. Mrs. Carson not only possessed rare 
personal beauty, but also many Christian virtues, so it can be truly 
said of her; **many shall rise up and call her blessed." After liv- 
ing on Tyger for several years and being urged by his father-in- 
law, Mr. Vardry McBee, Mr. Carson moved to Greenville, to assist 
Mr. McBee in fulfilling a large contract which he had undertaken, 
which was, to build a part of the Columbia and Greenville R. R., 
then in progress. The contract fulfilled Mr. Carson decided to sell 
his property and move to California, but was prevented from doing 
so by the efforts of his wife's family, Mrs. McBee grieved so at 
the idea of parting with her daughter. Mr. Carson then bought 
and lived on a large plantation on South Saluda, lying near Table 
Rock and Caesar's Head. There he lived the remainder of his life, 
enjoying his friends and his books. He owned a good library, but 
the Bible and Shakespeare were always the nearest at hand. He 
died April, 1861. His eldest son, Joseph, had been called to his 
bedside, from Columbia, S. C, where South Carolina was assembling 
her troops for the conflict of the war between the States. Mr. Car- 
son was an Odd Fellow and a Mason, and was buried by the latter 
in Christ's Church graveyard, Greenville, S. C. 

The children of Tench C. Carson and Martha A. McBee were : 

1. Joseph McDowell, born May 1837; died November, 1915; 

and married his cousin, Margaret Mills. 

2. Vardry McBee, born 1840, died. 

3. Jane Malinda, born Aug. 6, 1842, and married Joseph 
(Woods Brunson, on Feb. 11, 1865. 


4. Charles Alexander, born October, 1844, and married Elise 
Butler, June, 1869. 

Mrs. Carson survived her husband several years, she dying 
September, 1870, and was buried beside him. Like many other 
Southern women, she did her part during the war. Once a party 
of Yankee soldiers came to her home and also a large party of 
deserters came, and her fearlessness alone kept them from raiding 
the plantation. 


JOSEPH McDowell carson and margaret carson 


Joseph McDowell Carson, eldest son of Tench C. Carson and 
Martha A. McBee, was born in Greenville, S. C, May 9, 1837. In 
1862, November 6th, he was married to his cousin, Margaret Carson 
Mills, daughter of Dr. Otis MiHs and Rachel Carson. Margaret 
Carson Mills was born in Burke County, N. C, December 8, 1841, 
and was the great granddaughter of Col. John Carson and his first 
wife, Ra<;hel McDowell. 

Joseph McDowell Carson served in the war between the States, 
and was a gallant soldier. He was a member of the famous Butler 
Guards, Second Regiment, S. C. V., and was twice taken prisoner, 
the first time at Gettysburg, where he was badly wounded. A 
piece of shrapnel struck him in the face, and he fell with his head 
down an incline, and would soon have strangled. Captain PuUiam 
saw him fall and ealled to his brother, Charles Carson, **Go to your 
•brother.'' Charles ran to him and raised him up. When he re- 
gained consciousness he insisted on Charles leaving him, or he, too, 
would be captured. He was taken to the field hospital, then to the 
prison at Chester, Pa. Later he was exchanged and rejoined his 
company. He was again captured at Cedar Creek, and sent to 
Point Lookout, where he remained until the close of the war, when 
he was paroled and returned home to take up life again. He never 
fully recovered from his wound and treatment in prison. He died 
November 2, 1915. His wife preceded him only two years, she dying 
Aiugust 16, 1913. They were both buried in Christ Church grave- 
yard, Greenville, S. C. 

They had the following children. 

Otis Mills, born 1864; died 1912; married Martha Campbell, of 

Tench C, born 1867; married Harriet Ewell, of Texas. 
Joseph MoD., born 1869 ; died 1872. 
Catherine Rebeoca, born 1872. 
Matilda, born 1875. 
Franklin, born 1878, and was drowned in the Galveston flood 

in 1900. 

274 THE McDowells and connections 




Joseph Woods Brunson and Jane Malinda, only daughter of 
Tench C. and Martha A. Carson, were married February 11, 1865, 
at Christ Church, Greenville, S. C. Jane M. Carson was born iu 
Greenville, August 6, 1842, and graduated from the Greenville Fe- 
male College in 1860. 

Joseph W. Brunson is the son of Peter A. Brunson and Susan- 
nah P. Woods, and was bom in Darlington District, August 3, 1839. 
He comes of a good Revolutionary stock, two of his great grand- 
fathers and one great-great grandfather ibelonged to Marion's 
Brigade. Mr. Brunson was a student at Furman University when 
South Carolina called for volunteers. He returned to his home in 
Darlington and enlisted, surviving through the war in the Pee Dee 
Light Artillery, First Regiment, S. C. V. After the war Mr. Brun- 
son farmed near Greenville, and carried on his profession as sur- 
veyor. He took an active part in the affairs of 76, and was a 
member of the Red Shirts. It would not be out of place to men- 
tion just here that Joseph W. Brunson, Jr., a lad of nine years, 
wore his red shirt and rode by the side of his father in the Red 
Shirt parade, and proudly cheered for Hampton. 

Mr. and Mrs. Brunson moved to Florence in 1893, where they 
now live, both beiug remarkable in many ways. Not long since 
they celebrated the 50th anniversary of their married life. Mrs. 
Brunson is an active worker in all church and U. D. C. work. Mr. 
Brunson at the age of 77 still carries on his profession as surveyor. 

The children of J. W. Brunson and Jane M. Brunson are: 
Joseph Woods, born March, 1867; married to Rosa Elmore 

Martha McBee, born Octoher 1868. 
Jane Carson, bom August, 1870 ; died 1872. 
Susannah Woods, born June, 1872. 
Malinda McBee, born October, 1874; married Rev. Robt. W. 

Peter Alexander, born June, 1877; married Adaline Keith. 
Charles Carson, born 1878 ; died 1878. 
Marie Bacot, horn 1881 ; married Philip Alston Willcox. 
John Carson, bom 1885. 




Charles Alexander Carson, youngest son of Tench C. Carson 
and Martha A. McBee, was born in Greenville, S. C, October 26, 
1844. He was too young for the beginning of the war, but volun- 
teered in the winter of 1862-1863, at the age al 18 years, and joined 


the Butler Guards, and proved a gallant and efficient soldier until 
the end of the war. 

In 1870, on June 8th, he was married to Elise Wragg Lowndes 
Butler, daughter of Dr. Wm. Butler and Jane Perry, and niece of 
Com. Oliver Hazard Perry, hero of the battle of Lake Erie. Miss 
Butler was born at Eagle's Crag, Greenville, S. C, July 28, 1842, 
and was the youngest of seventeen children. She had seven broth- 
ers in the Confederate army, among them Gen. M. C. Butler. Mr. 
and Mrs. Carson are still residents of Greenville, S. C, where their 
influence for good is felt by all around them. 

They had the following children : 

Jane George Butler, born 1871 ; died 1873. 

Martha Adeline, Bom 1872 ; died 1873. 

William Butler, born 1874. 

Charles Alexander Butler, born 1876; died 1913. 

Elise Butler, born 1878; married to S. H. Bowen, of Rhode 

Nathaniel Calbraith, born 1880 ; died 1 908. 

Thomas Pierce, born 1883. 

(Contributed bv Martha McBee Brunson, Florence S. C, March 


Grandfather, Joseph Erwin; 
bom in Rowan County, N. C, 1760 ; 
died in Mississippi, 1846 ; 
married in Rowan County N. C, to 
Miss Catharine Cowan in 1782. 
Children of Grandfather. 

Thomas B. Erwin, 

Joseph Erwin, 

James P. Erwin, 

John J. Erwin, 

Eli (Erwin, 

Cowan Erwin, 

William Erwin, 

Prank Erwin, 

Abel Alexander Erwin, 

Michael Lincoln Erwin, 

Nancy Erwin, 

Mary Erwin, 

Catharine Erwin, 

Margaret Erwin. 
Name of Father. 
ASbel Alexander Erwin; 
bom in Rowan County, N. C, Oct. 5, 1815 ; 
died at West Point, Ga., December 5th, 1898 ; 

276 THE McDowells and connejctions 

married at La Grange, Ga., on September 13, 1850; 

to Eliza Frances Ashf ord ; born in South Carolina, Aug. 3, 1827 ; 
died at West Point, Ga., on Aug. T, 1897. 

Children of above. 
Georgia Belle, born at La Grange, Ga., Sept. 14, 1853. 
Charles Henry, born at West Point, Ga., March 1, 1856; died 

Nov. 29, 1881. 
Thomas Cowan ; born at West Point, Ga., April 29, 1858. 
Harriet Ashford, born at West Point, Ga., Aug. 5th, 1861. 
Sarah Lee, born at West Point, Ga., Sept. 14, 1863. 
Mary Elizabeth, born at La Grange, Ga., Dec. 7, 1866. 
Al>el A., Jr., bom at West Point Ga., 1870 ; died Nov. 6, 1876. 

Georgia Belle Erwin to E. J. Collins, at West Point, Ga., Jan. 

21, 1872. 
Thomas Cowan (Erwin to Elsie Schuyler Campbell, at MiUbum, 

N. J., Oct. 12, 1898. 
Harriet Ashford Erwin to William J. Campbell, at West Point, 

Ga., on Dec. 6, 1882. 
Sarah Lee Erwin to Philip Trammell Shutze, at Atlanta, Ga., 

Oct. 16, 1884. 
Mary Elizabeth Erwin to Hubert N. Merck, at West Point, 

Ga., Oct. 27, 1887. 

Children of above. 

Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Collins: 
Erwin, bom at West Point, Ga., Jan. 17, 1873 ; died Feb. 23, 1902. 
Charlie Belle, bom at West Point, Ga., June 10, 1881 ; married 
W. C. Lanier, Esq. 
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cowan Erwin: 

Catharine Campbell, born at Marietta, Ga., Nov. 6, 1899. 
Thomas Cowan, Jr., born at Marietta, Ga., Sept. 9, 1901. 

Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Campbell: 

Willie Belle, born at West Point, Ga., Feb. 12,, 1884. 
Charles Erwin, born at Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 12, 1889. 

Mr. and Mrs. P. T. Shutze : 

Mary Frances, born at West Point, Ga., June 29, 1887. 

Hattie Erwin, born at West Point, Ga., April 12, 1889; died 
Feb. 29, 1890. 

Phillip Trammell, Jr., born at Columbus, Ga., Aug. 18, 1890. 

Thomas Erwin, bom at Columbus, Ga., June 8, 1896. 
Mr. and Mrs. Hubert N. Merck : 

Hubert N., Jr., born at Gainesville, Ga., July 30, 1888. 

Abel Erwin, born at Gainesville Ga., Aug. 28, 1891. 

Wm. Campbell, born at Gainesville, Ga., July 30, 1895. 

Philip Shutze, born at Gainesville, Ga., Aug. 23, 1901. 

THE McDowells and connections 277 


Was born in Chambers County, Alabama, near West Point, 
Georgia, April 29, 1858. 

He came to Atlanta in 1881, and began his business career in 
the banking hou-se of W. M. and R. J. Lowry (now the Lowry Na- 
tional Bank), with which institution he was connected for eleven 
years. In 189-2 he was elected cashier of the Southern Banking 
and Trust Company, and in 1896, together with Messrs. Prank 
Hawkins and Joseph A. McCord, he suggested and assisted in or- 
ganizing the Third National Bank of Atlanta, with which bank h« 
is still connected, as cashier. On account of its marvelous growth 
and success since organization, this institution is known as the 
**blue ribbon" bank of Georgia. During the panic of 1893, he was 
elected treasurer of the Atlanta Clearing House Association, which 
office he still holds. 

While Mr. Erwin has never been identified with politics in 
any way, he has often been honored with positions of trust and 
responsibility. During the Cotton States and International Ex- 
position, of 1896, he was one of th€ •commissioners appointed to 
visit the City of Mexico for the purpose of extending to President 
Diaz an invitation to visit Atlanta on the opening of the great 
show. In 1902 he was appointed by the Atlanta Clearing House 
Association, chairman of a committee of representative bankers to 
visit Washington for the purpose of urging the claims of Atlanta 
before the Ways and Means Committee of Congress, as the most 
available Southern city for the location of a Sub-Treasury. On 
the election of Governor Joseph M. Terrell, he was honored with the 
commission of Lieutenant Colonel of State Troops, and attached to 
the Governor's staff. 

Mr. Erwin has always been prominent in social and club life 
of Atlanta, and one of the city's most public-spirited citizens. He 
was married to Miss Elsie Schuyler Campbell, of New Jersey, in 
1898, who, as her Christian name would suggest, is a descendant 
of General Phillip Schuyler, of Revolutionary fame. 


Atlanta, Ga. 

Birth date of Joseph Erwin (grandfather) and brothers and 
sisters of same : 

Joseph Erwin, born February 4, 1769. 

Isabella Erwin, born 1749. 

Hezekiah Erwin, born February 20, 1751. 

Gaza Erwin, born 1750. 

Agnes Erwin, born March 11, 1760. 

Margaret Erwin, born October, 1762. 

Mary Erwin, born August 14, 1764. 


THE McDowells and connejctions 279 

Joseph Erwin, born in Rowan County, N. C, Feb. 14, 1769; 
died in Mississippi, 1846 ; married in Rowan County, N. C, to Miss 
Nancy Cowan. 

Birth date of Abel Alexander Erwin (father) and other chil- 
dren of Jos. Erwin and Nan<;y Cowan Erwin: 

Thomas B. Erwin, born Septemher 16, 1792. 

Joseph Erwin, born February 3, 1794. 

James P. Erwin, bom March 7, 1796. 

Agnes W. Erwin, born January 25, 1798. 

(Eli Y., born Novemher 4, 1799. 

John J. Erwin, born September 11, 1801. 

Squire Cowan, Erwin, bom February 8, 1803. 

Katherine L. Erwin, born April 17, 1805. 

Mary B. Erwin, bom January 3, 1807. 

William Erwin, born January 25, 1809. 

Hezekiah Franklin Erwin, born February 11, 1811. 

Margaret Clementine Erwin. born August 8, 181 15. 

Abel A. Erwin, born October 5, 1815. 

Michael Lincoln Erwin, born May 21, 1819. 


(By Jack Kendall.) 

John Lawson Irwin, born (Washington County, 1792, died at 
Vicksburg, Miss., Sept. 19, 1841. First married to Martha Mitchell, 
daughter of William Mitchell and Philomela Smi^h (Jedadiah, 
Jedediah, Blnathan, all of Granville, Mass., and Natchez, Miss.) 
Second marriage to Lucy Watkins Vick, of Vicksburg (Newett 
Vick). Descendants by both marriages: Issue of first marriage: 

1. John Lawson Irwin, died, unmarried. 

2. Mary Philomela Irwin. 

3. Elizabeth Irwin, married Judge Henry Cook, of Vicksburg, 

and had issue: 
1. David Irwin. 
Jane Smith Irwin. 

2. Mary Philomela Irwin, born Carroll County, Miss., 1817; 
married William Gray Kendall, at Carroll County, Miss., 1837, and 

1. John Irwin Kendall, born Grenada, Miss., 1841; died at 
Mazatlan, Mexico, 1898. 

2. Benjamin Kendall, died in infancy. 

3. William Gray Kendall, born 1845; died 1885; unmarried. 

4. Anola P. Kendall, died 1899 ; unmarried. 

5. Kate Emma Kendall, died 1897 ; unmarried. 

6. Mamie Lusk Kendall, died 1902; unmarried. 

7. Robert Kendall, died 1877 ; unmarried. 

8. Sigue Kendall, died 1877 ; unmarried. 

280 THE McDowells and connections 

John Irwin Kendall, born Grenada, Miss., January, 1841; died 
in Mazatlan, Mexico, Oetober, 1898; second lieutenant Company B, 
Fourth Louisiana Infantry, 1862-1865; married 1872 at Ocean 
Springs to Mary E. Smith (daughter of Captain J. C Smith and 
Catherine Meagher of New Orleans) born New Orleans 1842; died 
New Orleans 1880. Issue: 

1. John Smith Kendall, born Ocean Springs, Miss., April 9, 
1874; married Isoline Rodd, in New Orleans, in 1903. Had 

isue : 

2. Josephine Irwin Kendall, born New Orleans, 1876; un- 
married in 1916. 
3. Miriam Gray Kendall, born New Orleans, La., 1878; mar- 
ried J. T. Barringer, in New Orleans in 1906 and had issue. 
Father : 
John Smith Kendall, born in Ocean Springs, April 9, 1874. Lit- 
erary editor of New Orleans Picayune, 1901-1912 ; Professor Tulane 
University, 1912. Married Isoline Rodd, daughter of John E. Rodd 
and Florence Smith, in New Orleans, July 1, 1903. Issue : 

Elizabeth Rodd Kendall, born in New Orleans, July 23, 1900. 
Lane Carter Kendall, born in New Orleans, May 11, 1912. 


J. Kendall Baringer, born Nev/ Orleans, 1903. 
Katherine Baringer, born New Orleans. 
Frederick Baringer, born in New Orleans. 
Miriam Baringer, born in New Orleans. 


Mattie, died. 

Henry, died 1878. 

Fannie, married Mr. T. H. Allen Vick. 

Jennie, married Rev. Robt. Sibley. 

Lawson Irwin. 

Bessie, married Miller. 

Lucy Watkins, died 1878. 


JOHN LAWSON IRWIN, nephew of Governor Jared Ir\^'in, 
was bom in Georgia in 1792. He served in the War of 1812, with 
the rank of lieutenant, and was granted a land warrant (No. 89,- 
189) for services in the company commanded by Captain Dowd. He 
was engaged to be married to his cousin, daughter of Governor 
Jared Irwin, but having conscientious scruples against marrying so 
close a relative, the match was bi'oken off. He settled in Carroll 
County, Mississippi, about the year 1820, was one of the founders 
of the town of Carrollton, and acquired extensive properties in 

THE McDowells and connections 28i 

that vicinity. In 1826 he was elected to the Mississippi State Legis- 
lature, to represent Jefferson County, and the following year hecame 
a member of the State Senate, from both Copiah and Jefferson 
Counties. He was re-elected to the Senate from both counties in 
1829. In 1831 he was elected to the House of Representatives from 
Jefferson County. Carroll County elected him to the House in 
1836, and he was chosen speaker of the House for the session of 
that year. He was re-elected from Carroll County in 1837.. He 
died of yellow fever at Vicksburg, Miss., Sept. 19, 1841. Mr. Irwin 
was twice married. His first wife was Martha (Elizabeth Mitchell, 
who died May 19, 1831, after having borne six children — John Law- 
son Irwin, Jr., Mary Philomela Irwin, W. H. Irwin, David Irwin, 
Jane Smith Irwin and Elizabeth Irwin. His second wife was Lucy, 
daughter of Newett Vick, and granddaughter of Rev. Henry Vick, 
after whom Vicksburg was named. B}'^ his second wife Mr. Irwin 
left a daughter, Lucy, who married Dr. Harvey Shannon, now of 
Ocean Springs, Miss. 

Of Mr. Irwin's children by his first marriage, John Lawson Ir- 
win, Jr., after serving gallantly 3n*the Confederate army, died at 
Vicksburg, in 1867. Elizabeth married Judge Henry Cook, of Vicks- 
burg, and had five children — Fannie, who married T. H. AUein, of 
Vicksburg; Bessie, who married John P. Miller; Lawson and Mat- 
tie, and Janie, who married Rev. Robt. Selby, of Hattiesburg. 

Children of Mary Philomela Irwin and William Gray Kendall : 

1. John Irwin Kendall, born Grenada, Miss.. 1841 ; died at 
Mazatlau, Mexico, 1898 (see sketch *'John Irwin Ken- 

2. Benjamin Kendall, died in infancy. 

3. William Gray Kendall, born 1845; died 1885; unmar- 


4. Anola P. Kendall, born 1847; died 1899; unmarried. 

5. Kate Emma Kendall, born 1854 ; died 1897 ; unmarried 

6. Mamie Liisk Kendall, born 1851 ; died 1902; unmarried. 

7. Robert Kendall, born 1855 ; died 1877 ; unmarried. 

8. Sigue Kendall, born 1857 ; died 1877 ; unmarried. 

3. Elizabeth Irwin, daughter of John Lawson Irwin and Mar- 
tha E. Mitchell, married Judge Henry Cook, of Vicksburg. Issue : 

1. Mat tie (died). 

2. Henry (died 1878). 

8. Fannie, married T. H. Allein, of Vicksburg. 

4. Janie, married Rev. Robert Selby, of Hattiesburg, Miss. 

5. Lawson Irwin. 

6. Bessie, married John P. Miller. 

7. Lucy Watkins (died 1878). 


Children of John Lawson Irwin and Lucy Vick : 

1. Sarah Virginia Irwin, born in Carroll €ounty, Miss., 
1833; died 1833. 

2. Alice Amanda Irwin, born in Carroll "County, Miss.. 
1836, died 1858. 

3. Lucy Vick Irwin, bom in Carroll County, Miss., 1838 ; 
living 1916. 

4. Jack Lawson Irwin, born in Carroll County, Miss., 1840 : 
died 1867. 

i). Newett Viek Irwin, born in Carroll County, Miss., 1861 ; 
died 1862. 

Lucy Vick Irwin, daughter of John Lawson Irwin and Lucy 
Watkins Vick, married Dr. Harvey Shannon, at Vicksburg, Miss., 
June 4, 1868. He was born near Nashville, Tenn., 1831, and died 
at Nashville Mav 14, 1906. 

Children of Lucy Vick Irwin and Dr. Shannon : 
(Names not given.) 

Grandchildren of Lucy Vick Irwin and Dr. Shannon: 

1. Charles Henry Warwick, born at Nashville, Tenn., 1894. 

2. Annie Harmon Warwick, born at Nashville, Tenn, 1896. 

3. Harvey Shannon Warwick, born at Ocean Springs, 

Miss, 1898. 

4. Lucy Irwin Warwick, born at Nashville, Tenn., 1900. 

5. Alice Warwick, born at Nashville, Tenn., 1902. 

6. Julia Elizabeth Warwick, born at Nashville, Tenn., 1904. 

7. William Hibbitt Warwick, born at Nashville, Tenn., 


8. Mary Shelby Warwick, bom at Nashville, Tenn., 1913. 

9. ]\Iattie Shannon, born at New Orleans, La., 1895. 

10. Cleopatra Shannon, born at . .ew Orleans, La., 1898. 

11. Irwin Shannon, born at New Orleans, La., 1902. 

12. Witt Shannon, born at New Orleans, La., 1904. 

WILLIAM OBAY KENDALL, son of James Kendall, and Con- 
nie Gray, was born at Corn Creek, Ky., Jan. 12, 1812. He studied 
law at Transylvania University and vras graduated in 1834. He 
began to practice in Carroll County, Miss. He assisted in laying out 
the town, and the first session of the first court held there con- 
vened in his home. Elected colonel of militia and was elected to 
the Mississippi State Legislature from Yallobusha County in 1840. 
He served as chairman of the judiciary committee, but resigned on 
account of business toward the end of the session. At this time he 
made his home in Grenada, Miss. In 1843 he was nominated for 
Congress on the Bond-paying ticket, but was defeated by less than 
1,000 votes, and so severely damaged in political fortunes that he 


determined to leave the State. He settled in New Orleans and was 
licensed to practice law in that city in 1844. He invented an im- 
proved method of making brick, and went extensively into the 
manufacture of that material, having large establishments near 
Ocean Springs, Miss. He was a delegate to the State Nominating 
ConTention and an unsuccessful candidate for the State Legisla- 
ture in 1852. He supported Franklin Pierce and took a prominent 
part in the presidential campaign in Louisiana. In 1854 he was ap- 
pointed postmaster of New Orleans, but resigned in 1855. He went 
to Tehauntepec and tried coffee-planting for some time, also under- 
taking to construct and operate a stage line across the Isthmus for 
the use of travelers going to and from California. In 1857 he re- 
turned to the United States and went to reside in Ocean Springs, 
Miss. Though exempt from military service on account of age, he 
enlisted in the Confederate Navy when the Civil War began, and 
was a gunner on the ship Van Dorn at the battle of Island No. 10. 
He was subsequently transferred to the quartermaster's depart- 
ment, and while serving in that capacity was captured by a Federal 
warship. He was imprisoned for months in the hold of this vessel 
and released, only after thrilling experiences, at Galveston, Teaxs. 
After the war he practiced law on the IMississippi Coast, making his 
home at Ocean Springs. He was elected to the State Legislature 
from Jackson County in 1865, and re-elected in 1866 and 1867. He 
died in April, 1872, at Ocean Springs, where he was buried. He 
had the following children: John Irwin Kendall, born 1841, died 
1898; Benjamin Kendall, died in infancy; William Gray Kendall, 
bom 1845, died 1885; Anola P. Kendall, born 1847, died 1899; Kate 
E. Kendall, born 1849, died 1897; Mamie L. Kendall, l)orn 1851, 
died 1902; Robert Kendall, bom 1855, died 1877; Sigur Kendall, 
born 1858, died 1877. None of these married except John Irwin 


John Irwin Kendall, born at Grenada, Miss., Jan. 10, 1841 ; 
died at Magattan, Mexico, Oct. l:j, 1898; married at New Orleans, 
La., April 30, 1872 to Mary Elizabeth Smith, born at New Orleans, 
La., Oct. 3, 1842; died at New Orleans, Nov. 9, 1880. 

Children of above: 

1. John Smith Kendall, born at Ocean Springs, Miss., 
April 9, 1874; married Isoline Rodd, at New Orleans, 
July 1, 1903. 

2. Josephine Irwin Kendall, born New Orleans, 1876; 

died unmarried in 191 — . 

3. Mirriam Gray Kendall, born New Orleans, 1878; mar- 

ried J. T. Barringer in New Orleans in 1906. Issue: 
1. J. Kendall Harringer, ])orii New Orleans, 1901. 


(Pii?«202. W. W. EririaaDd Descendants.) 


2. Katherine, born Nov. 20, 1903. 3. Frederick, born 
Sept. 15, 1905. 5 Miriam. 
4. Harriet Faurie Kendall, born March 15, 1880; died in 
Grandchildren : 

John Kendall J^aringer, born at New Orleans, Sept. 16, 

1901, living. 
Katherine Luck Baringer, born at New Orleans, Nov. 20, 

1903, living. 
Frederick F. Baringer, born at New Orleans, Sept. 15, 1905, 
I living. 
Great grandfather: 

John Lawson Irwin, born in Georgia, 1792; died at Vicksburg, 
:Miss., Sept. 19, 1841; (1) married to Martha Elizabeth Mitchell; 
died May 19, 1831 (2) to Lncy Vick, daughter of Wesley Vick, of 
Vicksburg, Miss. 


William Gray Kendall, born at Corn Creek, Ky., Jan. 17, 1812; 
died at Ocean Springs, Miss., April 20, 1872 ; married at Carrollton, 
Miss., 1835, to Mary Philomela Irwin, born at Carrollton, Miss., Jan. 
15, 1817, Ocean Springs; died at Ocean Springs, Miss., Jan. 7, 1878; 
both buried at Ocean Springs, Miss. 
Children of Grandfather: 

John Irvine Kendall, born Jan. 10, 1841 ; died Oct. 13, 1898. 

Benjamin Kendall, born 1843 ; died 1847. 

William Gray Kendall, Jr., born 1845; died 1885. 

Arnold Philomela Kendall, born 1847 ; died 1899. 

Kate Emma Kendall, born 1854; died 1897. 

Mamie Lusk Kendall, born 1851; died Feb. 13, 1902. 

Robert Kendall, born 1855 ; died 1877. 

Sigur Kendall, born 1857 ; died 1877. 

W. J. Kendall, Sr., served in the Confederate Navy commissary 
department. Official positions held by grandfather: Member Mis- 
sissippi State Legislature, 1840, 1865, 1866, 1867; postmaster at 
New Orleans, 1854; gunner, gunboat Van Dorn, at Island No. 10. 

Descendants of Wm. G. Kendall and Mary P. Irwin. 

Connie Grav and James Kendall. Their issue: Wm. Graj' 
Kendall, 1812-1872, other children. 

John Lawson Irwin, married Martha E. Mitchell, died 1831. 
Issue: Mary Philomela Irwin, 1817-1878, other children. 

Wm. Gray Kendall, 1812-1872, married Mary Philomela Irwin, 
1817-1878. Their issue: Benjamin, died 1847; Wm. Gray, died 
1885; Avola P., died 1899; Kate E., died 1897; Mamie L., died 1902; 
Bobert, died 1877; Sigur, died 1877; John Irwin, 1841-1898; mar- 
ried Mary E. Smith. Their issue: John Smith Kendall, married 
Isoline Bodd, born 1874; Josephine Irwin Kendall, born 1876; Mary 


4 ;-s 




Gray Kendall, born 1878, married John Frederick Barringer. Thei^r 
children: John Kendall Barringer, bom 1901; Katherine Lusk Bar- 
ringer, born 1903 ; Frederick T. Barringer, bom 1905. 


John Irwin Kendall, eldest son of William Oray Kendall and 
Mary Philomela (Irwin) Kendall, was born at Grenada, Miss., Jan. 
10, 1841. He was educated in private schools. In 1857 he accom- 
panied his father to Tehauntepec, and for some months was em- 
ployed as paymaster on the stage line then operating across the 
Isthmus. In 1858, returning to New Orleans, he obtained employ- 
ment in the New Orleans postoffice. At the beginning of the Civil 
War he enlisted in the Jeff Davis Cadets and was elected second 
lieutenant. The command, however, failed to volunteer for active 
service, and Mr. Kendall then enlisted in the Delta Rifles as private. 
This company formed part of the Fourth Louisiana Infantry, com- 
manded by Col. H. M. Allen. After remaining in garrison at Bra- 
shier City, La., for a year, the regiment was sent to Tennessee, 
where it took part in the Battle of Shiloh. Promoted eorporal for 
bravery on the field, Mr. Kendall parti-cipated with his regiment in 
the *'first" siege of Vicksburg, and then in the Battle of Baton 
Rouge. For bravery displayed at this battle he was promoted sec- 
ond lieutenant junior of Company B. He took part in the siege of 
Port Hudson ; was captured, and confined in the postoffice at New 
Orleans. Making his escape from this prison in a peculiarly daring 
manner, he succeeded in rejoining his regiment in Georgia, in time 
to be present at the Battle of New Hope Church. He took part, in 
succession, in the sanguinary struggles at Lookout Mountain, Lost 
Mountain, Peaehtree Creek, the Siege of Atlanta, Jonesborough, Ezm 
Courthouse, Franklin and the Siege of Nashville. Besides these 
great battles, he participated in innumerable smaller engagements. 
In the campaign in Georgia he acted for much of the time as adju- 
tant general of Quarles* Brigade, and of Canty 's Division. In IMay. 
1864, he was promoted second lieutenant of his company. He was 
wounded in the shoulder and captured at the Battle of Nashville, 
and was confined, with other Confederate officers, at Johnson's Isl- 
and, in Lake Erie. He was released June 16, 1865. On returning 
from the war, he went to reside with his father's family in Ocean 
Springs, Miss. He read law and was admitted to the Missis.sippi 
Bar in 1867. He was nominated by Jackson County for the State 
Legislature in 1868, but ** counted out" by the military authorities. 
In 1871 he became station-agent for the New Orleans, Mobile & 
Chattanooga Railroad at Ocean Springs. In 1875 he removed to 
New Orleans. In 1881 he went to Mexico to represent a sewing ma- 
chine company, but soon became connected with the Mexican Cen- 
tral Railroad, with which corporation he was identified in many 
different capacities for several years. He was also at various times 

288 THE McDowells and connections 

employed by the Mexican National Railroad. Returning to the United 
States in 1886, he became connected with the Texas & Pacific, and 
then went to Chicago as general agent for the Mexican National. In 
1892 he was appointed agent in Mazatlan, Mexico, for the Santa Fe 
Railroad. In 1896 he became resident agent in Mazatlan for an oil 
company. He died very suddenly at Mazatlan on Oct. 13, 1898. 

Mr. Kendall married, April 30, 1872, Miss Mary Elizabeth Smith, 
daughter of Capt. John C. Smith and Catherine Meagher, of New 




1. John Smith Kendall, only son of John Irwin Kendall and 
Mary E. Smith, was born at Ocean Springs, Miss., April 9, 1874. 
The family moved to New Orleans in 1875 and has resided there 
ever since. He obtained his education at private schools and at the 
academic department of Tulane University. In company with his 
father, he traveled mu<5h in the United States and Mexico, visiting 
the latter country in 1885 and again in 1892, each time remaining 
more than a year there. In 1891 he joined the staff of the Daily 
Picayune, as reporter. He was appointed literary editor in 1896; 
war correspondent in 1898; editor Semi- Weekly Picayune, 1899; 
editor Sunday Picayune, 1901. He was appointed notary public in 
1898, but resigned in 1889. He has written several important series 
of articles for the Picayune, notably about Central America, in 1897 ; 
Porto Rico, in 1900, and Nicaragua, in 1905. His other publications 
include **Picayune's Guide-book to New Orleans" (1897; new edi- 
tion, 1900); ** Souvenir History of the Second Louisiana Infantry'* 
(1898); ** Lover's Perjuries," a play produced at Toronto, Canada, 
1898; **The Prog Circus" (1904). lie contributed the article on 
'*New Orleans" to Appleton's Encyclopedia, editions of 1902 and 
1904, and has published descriptive articles and poems in ''Judge," 
''Collier's Weekly," "The Youth's Companion," "The Wide World 
Magazine," "The Strand," etc. 

John Smith Kendall married Isoline Rodd at New Orleans, July 
1, 1903. She was the daughter of John E. Rodd and Florence Smith. 
Issue : 

1. Elizabeth Rodd Kendall, born in New Orleans, July 23, 1900. 

2. Lane Carter Kendall, born in New Orleans, May 11, 1912, 

Letter of Governor Jared Irwin to his Daughter. 

Sandersville, Ga., Feb. 11, 1892. 
Mrs. Mary Sallie Irwin Wood, 

Savannah, Ga. 
My Dear Daughter: 

Your letter of yesterday's date acknowledging the paper sent 

THE McDowells and connekjtions 289 

you, containing funeral sermon of your grandmother, Mrs. Colonel 
Thomas Jefferson Warthen, by Rev. F. L. Adams, of the Christian 
Church of this place, and your request for as much of the history 
and connections of the Irwin family, as I could possibly give, and 
nothing affords me greater pleasure than to do so, and will licre at- 
tempt to give you as full a statement of their origin and connec- 
tions with other families, w^ith their distinguished valor in the 
Revolutionary and Indian wars, of the early settlements of the Col- 
onies and United States. 

I am one of the younger ones of the third generation of them 
to this country. 1 will do the best I can, so that you and some of 
the younger ones may get some idea of this and other families ot 
the first settlers of this country. 

One Hugh Irwin, my great-grandfather, whom I will start on, 
but am not sure his name was Hugh, but this is what 1 catch, came 
from Ireland and settled in Mecklenburg -County, N. C, and lived 
there some time, likely until several children were born, three boys 
and one girl, Margaret, John, William and Jared. 

When Jared was six or seven years old, his father moved to 
Burke County, Georgia. He was there in time of the British having 
possession alternately, of that section of the country, and then the 
settlers, to the great distress of the latter. 

We find later on, these three brothers, John, William and 
Jared Irwin, moved from Burke County and settled in Washington 
County, Ga., not far apart, and located a large body of some of the 
best lands in the County, and all prospered as farmers and raised 
large families. 

They were among the early settlers, some eight or ten miles 
south of this place, Sandersville, Ga. Then this whole country was 
a vast wilderness, inhabited by Indians and wild beasts. 

I will take up your great grandfather's family first, my grand- 
father. I cannot remember which one of the three brothers was 
the oldest. My grandfather's name was John Irwin. He married a 
Miss Rebecca Sessions, a daughter of Joseph Sessions, 1st, and sis- 
ter to Capt. Benjamin Sessions and Joseph Sessions, 2nd. They 
raised four children. 

Alexander Irwin, William Irwin, Sallie Irwin and Margaret 

Alexander Irwin, your grandfather, married Margaret Moore 
Lawson, a daughter of Andrew Thompson Lawson, who lived where 
his father Roger Lawson, 1st, lived and died and was buried near 
the Oconee River, eighteen or twenty miles west of Sandersville. 

My parents had ten children born unto them. The first, Thomp- 
son, died about one year old. John Lawson Irwin next, who was a 
brother and a father to me. He never married, and at the he- 
ginning of the late war w'ith the States, he and his two 'brothers, 

290 THE McDowells and oonnections 

Thomas Jackson and Reason Whitehead Irwin, raised and equipped 
a company of one hundred and twenty-five men of infantry, and 
reported their readiness for duty to the authorities, upon which he 
was ordered to West Virginia. They went and during -the cold, 
bleak winter of 1861, he was taken sick, carried to White Sulphur 
Springs, Va., and there died. His remains were brought home by 
his brother, B. W. Irwin, first lieutenant of his company, and buried 
in the old family burial grounds at Union Hill, this county. He 
held many honorable positions in this county and State. He was 
elected tax receiver and collector before he was twenty-one years 
old, and there had to be a special act passed for him to take the 
office and perform the duties; was Major and Colonel of the militia 
of this county for years, and served it many times in the Legisla- 
ture, but just before the war he moved to Henry County, Ala. 

William Alexander Irwin was next, who lived and died at Ir- 
win's Cross Boads, in Washington County. He, too, was a man 
of note, who represented his county in the Legislature many times, 
and was aide de camp to Governor Brown at one time, which ranked 
him as Colonel. He died soon after the war and left seven chil- 
dren, three boys, William J., Beason W. and Thomas, and four girls, 
Lou A., Ella, Mary M., and Lizzie Lee. Beason died soon after his 
father. His wife was Miss Eliza^beth Daniel, who has recently died. 
These six children still live around and on parts of the old home- 
stead, Lou is now Mrs. James Palmer; Ella, Mrs. Joseph Jackson; 
Mary, Mrs. Albany Smith, and Lizzie^ Mrs. Sessions. 

Sister Bebecca was next, who lived to be grown and married 
Silas Daniel, brother of Brother William's wife, but did not live 

Brother Thomas Jackson comes next. He lived and died a 
farmer at his home in Henry County, Ala. He was a man of good 
education and judgment, he was married to Miss Clara T. Warthen 
in the winter of 1856, daughter of Bichard Warthen, Esq., of War- 
then, Oa. They had two girls, Annie Lou and Evelyn. Annie Lou 
married a Mr. Farmer and soon died. Evelyn married Mr. G. G. 
Lark, and now lives at Fort Gaines, Ga. I 

Sister Margaret was next. She lived to be 14 years old and died. 

Your father, Jared Irwin, would like to have someone else I 

write about him, but he will give you a few sketches of his life, so 
as to make the connecting link. 

He is still living, was bom Oct. 4, 1834 ; in 1859-60 represented 
his county in the Legislature; on Nov. 21, 1859, married Miss Lou ' 

Warthen, daughter of the late Col. Thomas Jefferson Warthen, who 
was killed at Malvern Hill in the battles around Bichmond, Va. He 
helped to raise and equip the Irwin Volunteers, of which he was 
first lieutenant. This, with two other companies from Washington 
County, helped to make up the Fighting Twenty-eighth Georgia 


Volunteers, of Wartben's regiment. Since the war he perceived 
the necessity of building a railroad from Tennville to Sandersville, 
and with the aid and co-operation of others, it was accomplished in 
1876; and is now and has been superintendent of it since it was 
build. Has since died. 

He and Lou, his wife, had five children: Jefferson Alexander, 
Andrew Jackson, Mary Sallie, John Thomas and Lawson W., the 
youngest died soon after his mother, in 1873. 

Jefferson A., married Claudia A. Taylor, daughter of W. A. 
Taylor, of this county, and they have one child, a daughter. An- 
drew J., married Annie L. Stevens, of Hancock County, and they 
have two daughters, John T. is not married. 

In 1881 Jarred S. married again, Mrs. Eleanor Berry, daughter 
of Edwin Birdsong, of Hancock County. No children by this mar- 

Next was Andrew Berry Irwin, who married Hannah Warthen, 
another daughter of Richard Warthan, Esq., and settled in Fort 
Gaines, Oa., as a lawyer, and practiced law until he was elected 
captain of one of the companies, his brother John carried to Virginia 
in 1861. After its term of one year was up, for which time they 
went into service, they reorganized and made two captains. He 
was elected captain of one of th« companies and went to it ; at the 
battle around Richmond, Va., he was taken sick with f'^vcr a^^d 
died in Richmond. I brought his remains home and buried him at 
Union Hill, where all the family are buried, except brother Thomas 
Jackson and Uncle William. They are buried in Henry County, 
Alabama. He and Hannah had one child, a boy, John R. Irwin, 
who married a Miss Pindlay, of Macon, Qa., and now lives in Fort 
Gaines, Qa., and by profession is a lawyer. 

Reason Whitehead Irwin, the youngest, who lived to be grown, 
of whoiii you know, lives now at Shorterville, Henry County, Ala. 
He, too, married one of Richard Warthen 's daughters, Nannie War- 
then, which made three Irwins who married sisters, and I, the fourth, 
married a double cousin of them. Your uncle, Reason W., has two 
children, Jennie and George D. He is a farmer and a man wlio 
stands well in his community, 'belongs to the Baptist Church and is 
a Christian gentleman. The last one of the children was named 
Louiza Avaline, and died when about a year old. 

(These are descendants from John Irvine, you see, one of t'ae 
■brothers who were the first settlers of this county. My father wan a 
farmer and possessed a large body of land and other property at 
the time of his death in 1840.) 

William Irwin, 2nd, my father's brother, married a Miss Mar- 
garet Gamble, a cousin of his in Jefferson County, and moved 
to Henry County, Alabama, where he settled upon the high hills, 
six miles west of the Chattahoochee river, now Shorterville, and 

292 THE McDowells and conne)ctions 

opposite to Fort Gaines, Ga. There he amassed a large fortune, con- 
sisting of bottom lands on the west side of the river, negroes and 
other property. At the time of his settlement, it was considered the 
frontier of the country. Indians were there and possessed the 
country just beyond the Chattahoochee River. They did not have 
any children. He was called General Irwin, and was in command 
of some of the forces along the river, where the Indians were in 
great revolt at times, and commanded at the battle (1 can't say 
what it was called then, but it was where Eufaula now is, and 
went by the name of Irvington for some time). 

He was drowned in the Chattahoochee River in 1850, on a trip 
in a boat from Columbus, Ga., down the river to Fort Gaines. It 
caught fire in the night and burned to the water's edge, and he, a 
good swimmer, jumped off to swim ashore, but never reached it. 
His body was found afterwards and buried at his home. 

He gave his brother Alexander's children one-third of his prop- 
erty and the balance to his wife. The two daughters, Aunt Sallie, 
who married a Mr. Miller, and lived in Alabama, the last I knew 
of them; the other. Aunt Margaret, married a Mr. Blount and lived 
in Wilkinson County. They had several children and all died, ex- 
cept one, w^ho lives in Wrighiville, Ga., and is named Neal Blount. 

I have said your great grandmother w^as Miss Rebecca Sessions 
and sister of Benjamin Sessions, who married your grandmother 
Irwin's sister, Mary Berry Lawson, which made him uncle and 
grand-uncle to me. My mother, Margaret Moore Lawson, Aunt 
Mary Berry Law^son, and Aunt Elizabeth Hannah Lawson, who mar- 
ried a William Eakin, Cousin Lizzie Moreau's mother, constituted 
Grandfather Andrew Thompson Lawson 's children by his first wife, 
who was a Miss Moore. His second wife was a Miss Eakin, and 
sister to William Eakin, who had married his daughter, and Uncles 
Alexander and Roger Lawson, 2nd, were their children. This Roger 
is our cousin Hugh Lawson 's father, who lives here. This Lawson 
family runs back to the Lawsons of the first settlers in Burke Coun- 
ty. Hugh Lawson of that county was appointed as one af the com- 
mittee to select a site, I think it was in 1801, for a location of a 
public school, and the present University of Athens, Ga., is that 
place, and the State has had a school there ever since. He was a 
son of Great-grandfather Roger Lawson, and his name was carved 
on a tablet of marble, with the names of the committee that located 
and superintended the building and is fixed inside of the wall of the 

Roger Lawson, 1st., w^ho married a Miss Hannah Thompson, had 
five sons born unto him: William, Hugh, Roger, Jr., John and 
Thompson, the last my grandfather. (See Rev. William Bacon 
Stevens' History of Georgia.) 

Roger, 1st, came from Ireland and settled finally in Burke 

THE McDowells and connections 293 

County, there lived and died in Washington County, and was buried 
in the Oconee River. Andrew Thompson Lawson, ray grandfather, 
had a nephew, Hugh, son of Hugh, 1st, of whom he was guardian, 
and raised to majority. 

After becoming grown, he moved to Houston County, where he 
married a Miss Penelope Flanks, raising a large and honorable fam- 
ily, and he himself, becoming distinguished in the State of Georgia. 
He was noted particularly for his integrity, uprightness and Chris- 
tian bearing, was familiar with the affairs of State, and was presi- 
dent of the Georgia Senate for fifteen years. 

Two of his daughters married Browns, of Macon. Mrs. Bryant 
Brown, of Macon, is one, and Mrs. Buford Davis, of that city is 
her daughter. Hugh, 1st, mentioned above, married Miss Sarah 
Whitaker, sister of Benjauiin Whitaker, of Jefferson County, for a 
long time Speaker of the House of Representatives. 

A ^Ir. All^ood married Grandfather Lawson 's sister, who are 
the fatlier and mother of Andrew Thompson Allgood, of Trion Fac- 
tory (the father of Deotie AUgood). The old lady, my mother's 
aunt, was more like her than anyone I ever saw. The Gambles, 
liotb wells. Whiteheads and Governor Moore's family of Alabama, 
and the Berrys are all connections, but it is quite out of my power 
to make the connection now. One David E. l^othwell, however, 
was a Presbyterian minister, who was sent for from Ireland, after 
the Royalists (British troops) were withdrawn from Georgia, who 
carried the most of the preachers with them, and this settlement of 
Trwins, Gambles, Lawsons and others in Burke wanted a preacher, 
and this David B. Rothwell came,- preached and married among 
these families. Many years after preaching he made a visit to Gov. 
Jared Irwin, at Union Hill, took sick and died and was buried there 
near the Governor. 

Of William Irwin, 1st, one of the three brothers, I am not well 
informed of his life and descendants. Cannot sav who his wife 
was and do not know how many children he had, but if I recollect 
right, I can mention five of them ; he had Alexander, 2nd, Hugh 
and three daughters, Alexander married a Biss Brantley, Harris 
Brantley's daughter, of this county (See White's Statistics of Geor- 
gia) and died young. He had one son, William Irwin, 4th, and he 
died in early manhood. Two of William, Ist^s daughters married 
John Smith. The first one soon died, then he married the other 
and she had two children and died. He lived in Wilkinson Coun- 
ty. The third daughter, Lydia, married Mr. John Orr, grandfather 
of these young Orrs, and our cousins, that you know in this county. 
Whitaker Orr, who now lives in Randolph County, and is more 
than seventy years old, and who has been married six times, is his 
son. Hugh, Frank, Alexander, Freeman and Francis Orr, also his 
sons, and Mr. William Goff 's wife was his daughter. 


I will now give you something of Governor Jared Irwin's (one 
of the three brothers) life. I never learned who he married. 1 will 
cite you first to ** Sherwood's Gazetteer of the State of Georgia," 
second edition, page 35, which gives some account of him. Hon. 
Jared Irwin was born in Mecklenburg County, N. C, about two 
years after his parents arrived from Ireland. He was a Brigadier 
General of the militia for a long time, represented Washington 
County in the Legislature, was President of the Senate for several 
years and Governor from 1796 to 1798, and again from 1806 to 
1809. He was in the convention for revising our Constitution, 
1789, and was president of the 'body, which revised it in 1798. He 
was a Congregationalist, and lived like a Christian. He died on 
March 1, 1818, leaving a large number of descendants. Irwin Coun- 
ty, in this State, was named in his honor, as was also Irvington, 
in Wilkinson County (See White's Statistics of Georgia, 1848, in 
which he says he was of Irish descent). His parents emigrated to 
Mecklenburg, N. C, and came to Georgia when he was seven years 
old. He served his country faithfully in many capacities during 
the latter part of the Revolutionary War, and on the frontiers 
against the Indiians. He was elected Governor the second time, and 
in 1796 he had the honor of signing the act rescinding the Yazoo 
Law, and had the infamous land law, that was an imposition on the 
people, burned on the public square in Louisville, Ga., then the 
capital of the State. At the close of the War for Independence he 
was a member of the first Legislature that convened under our 
present form of government. He was a very pure man and an ex- 
cellent neighbor, whom all around looked upon as guide. Hospital- 
ity was his chief virtue. In every station he accepted he exhibited 
his devotion to the public good. He was buried at Union Hill, his 
home, and in 1856 there was an appropriation -by the Georgia Legis- 
lature to raise a monument over his remains. It was when Howell 
Cobb was Governor, and by some misunderstanding some way the 
appropriation went over without any action to build it; but when 
I was a member of the Legislature in 1860, I had an act passed with 
a committee, consisting of Col. B. Warthen, Capt. S. A. H. Jones 
and Col. J. W. Rudisill, to locate a site for the same and compelling 
the Governor to erect it in Sandersvilie, Ga., which was done, and 
it now stands on the south side of the public square. 

He had only four children, that I know of, Jared, Jr. 2nd, John, 
Isabel and J^ne. 

Jared and John Were graduated in the first class of the school 
at Athens, Ga. The Rev. William Bacon Stevens, author of the ''His- 
tory of Georgia'* has it, Jared and Thomas, but I think he is mis- 
taken, for I 'never heard of him having a son by the name of 
Thomas. Capt. John Irwin was his name. **Lighthorse John.*' be 
was called, on account of his gallantry. He eonimanded a company 

THE McDowells and connections 295 

of cavalry in the Creek war, nnder the heroic Gen. John Floyd, and 
distinguished himself at the battle of Autosses and in other engage- 
ments. He was said to be the most polite gentleman of his day. 
With his men always ready, he kept the Indians at bay, on the west 
side of the Oconee River, as that was the line between the settlers 
and Indians then. He never married and died comparatively a 
young man. 

Jared Irwin, Jr., 2nd, married a Miss Williams, a grand aunt 
of our solicitor O. H. Rogers, of this county. After the country be- 
tween the Oconee and Chattahoochee Rivers was surrendered to the 
settlers, he moved to Stewart County and was killed in the massacre 
at the battle of Roanoke. Judge Wimiberly told me a year or two 
ego (he lives in Lumpkin, Stewart County) that he was a boy and 
saw the company when it went out to meet the Indians, and it was 
not long before his horse came running home without his rider, and 
it was soon known that he was killed. 

He left some children, a Mr. Kirksey, of Lumpkin, Stewart 
County, married one of the daughters, and took eare of the old lady 
the balance of her life; he is ordinary of that county now, and 
getting to be quite old. One of the children was named Jared 
Irwin, 3rd. The last I knew of him, he lived in the southeast corner 
of Alabama. The Oovemor's two daughters, Isabella and Jane, 
and the two boys, were all that I can remember of ever hearing men- 
tioned that constitutes his family. 

Isabelle married William Whitaker and had several children. 
One boy was named for his grandfather, Jared Irwin Whitaker. 
Two other boys, William and John, and a daughter, Isa^bella Whit- 
aker, after her mother. William and John, the last I knew of them, 
lived in Henry County, Ga., and Isabella lived with one or the other. 
Jared lived and died in Atlanta, was editor of the ** Atlanta Intelli- 
gencer'' a long time, and was spoken of in high terms as a candi- 
date for Oovemor. I hear he has one son, who lives in Atlanta now, 
** Cousin" Jane, as she was called, the Governor's youngest child, 
lived and died an old maid, said *^she would not marry for fear the 
Irwin name would run out. ' She was spirited, a good talker and af- 
fable in her manners, patriotie, whole-souled and is a noble woman. 
She brought a claim, through our then great members of Congress, 
Alexander H. Stevens and Robert Toombs, in the United States Con- 
gress, for ten thousand dollars for property spent by her father in 
the defense of this section of the country, in time of the Revolu- 
tionary and Indian Wars, and recovered the same. She died in At- 
lanta in 1856 at her nephew's. Jared Irwin Whitaker, and her re- 
mains were brought to the old family burial ground at Union Hill, 
and I had them placed by the side of her father. 

The three brothers, John, William and Jared, built a fort near 
Union Hill, which covered those springs that now supply the con- 


gregation of the Ohoopie Church. It was called the Irwin Fort, 
and was of great protection to the settlers. Afterwards, the Gover- 
nor donated six acres of land there, taking in some of those springs, 
to all denominations that would build a church and preach there, 
and it seems that the Baptists predominated, and they are in posses- 
sion of the six acres, with a verj*^ nice church on the same. My 
prrandmother Irwin was baptized there, before I could recollect. 
You will find more about the Governor in Rev. William Bacon 
Stevens' History of the State of Georgia, written in 1841, second 
volume, as well as others, that will interest you. See on page 3f^0 
where lie was a candidate, also on page 401 to 403, where he was 
ordered as commander of a portion of the forces to disperse General 
Clark's settlement on the west side of the Oconee River, now Wil- 
kinson County. This hook gives you all the details of this and oth^^r 
transactions, of his and others and is to supply the deficiency of 
the history of Georgia since 1779. My father and Uncle William 
went as privates under command of Capt. Benjamin Sessions, their 
nncle, to the Indian war, in Florida, in 1815. They were not gone 
long, and did not have to do much fighting. They were young then 
and grandfather and mother were much pleased when they all re- 
turned alive. 

I said something about these three brothers, first settlers in 
Washington County, having a sister. She married a man by the 
name of Darby, who had a son that lived on the west side of Buf- 
falo Creek. He raised a large family, two sons and four daughters, 
Oliver, Jared. Ann, Sarah, Jane and Rowena. Oliver was killed on 
the Central Railroad when young, was fireman and employe on a 
train which ran into a washout and killed him. Jared became en- 
gineer on the Central Railroad of Georeria until 1873; married, 
rai.sed a familv, continued an engineer. He died in Greenville, Ga. 
Ann married Benjamin Wood, raised a large family of children, who 
are among: souk* of Washington County's best citizens. Jared 
Oliver Wood, our present engineer of Sandersville & Tennille Rail- 
road Company, is one of their children. Sarah married a Mr. Wil- 
liam Wood, and they, too, had a large family. Mr. Charles A. Dur- 
loos' present wife is one of them. They are both living now and 
doing well. Rowena married a Mr. Elkins, they had one child, a 
girl, whom William J. Irwin married. Jane married Freeman Orr, 
they raised a large family of boys, and some of them live in the 
lower part of this county. I will now try to give vou a little more 
in detail of the Sessions, to whom we are very closely connected. 
Thev are quite a noted family, as well as the Irwins. Lawsons. 
Whitakers and others that I have already spoken of. 

There was one Joseph Sessions, 1st, that moved to this county, 
I suppose from Ireland also, and settled a little west of south from 
the place, six or seven miles distant, and two or three miles from 


the settlement of the Irwins. I do not know whether he came di- 
rect from Ireland, or whether he settled further east first, and 
then came to this country. I think he asune direct. He lived and 
died there, had four children that I remember, two sons and two 
daughters; Benjamin, Joseph, Jr., 2nd, Behecca (my grandmother) 
and Basha. Benjamin Sessions, as I have said, married my mother's 
sister, Miss Mary Berry Lawson. He was thirty years old and she 
was fifteen, when they were married, raised a large family of four 
boys and six girls, Joseph, Jr. ; Charles L., Benjamin F., Andrew 
Thompson, Mary, Susan, Elizabeth and Margaret M. This Joseph 
W. 3rd, is the one that lives now very near the old homestead, 
where his father and grandfather died. He has a large family, five 
or six boys and four girls, J. C. Harmon, at Tennille, married the 
oldest girl, and one of his sons married Ldzzie Lee Irwin. Charles 
L., married a Miss Tarbutton, of this county, moved to Alabama at 
the beginning of the war, joined the army, and was killed at the 
battle of Chickamauga. Benjamin P. went to the war with the Ir- 
win Volunteers, was taken sick and died at Manassas. Andrew 
Thompson was killed in the last battle that was fought in the war, 
at Bentonville, he was young and a brave man. 

Cousin Mary (I say cousin, for it is so natural for me to say it 
as they were so close kin until they felt about as close as brothers 
and sisters, they are double cousins to me) married a Pluker and 
raised several children. Milton and Benjamin were killed in th« 
late war. Susan married H. T. Roberson and soon died. Jennie 
married Augustus T. Tarbutton and they both died, leaving two 
children. Dr. David IE. died in Irwinton, a year or two ago. Joseph 
Fluker, the youngest one, lives here now. Cousin Susan married 
William Glenn, and died within a year. Cousin Elizabeth married 
George Boatwright, who lives in the settlement of their grandfather 
Sessions. Capt. J. D. Franklin's wife is one of the girls. Margaret 
married William Wall, of this eounty, then moved to Terrell County 
and lives in Dawson, Ga. Aunt Basha married a Mr. Dillard, who 
had two children, Almarine Dillard was the name of the son. I do 
not know the name of the daughter, but she married a Dr. Cheatham 
and all lived and died in Terrell County, Ga. 

I have learned since writing about Governor Jared Irwin that 
his wife was a Miss Stewart, related to General Stewart, for whom 
Stewart County was named. 

With these scattered recollections, and what I would pick up 
here and there, I will have to give up further on this matter, but 
with a fond recollection of my ancestry as an honest, straight-for- 
ward and conservative people, I am proud, and hope the descendants 
will maintain the same traits of character for generations to come. 

298 THE McDowells and connections 

By William S. Whitaker. 

[ know nothing of the father, brothers and sisters of my great- 
grandfather, Jared Irwin. 

John, the son of Gov. Jared Irwin, died without ever marrying, 
and while a young man in the Revolutionary War. Elizabeth, and 
her sister, Jane, were the only heirs of Jared Irwin. Jane died with- 
out ever marrying. 

Elizabeth married my grandfather, Simon Whitaker, and when 
they had seven children they moved from Baldwin to Fayette Coun- 
ty. Their children were : John Irwin W. ; Isabella Irwin W. ; Simon 
T. W. (who was my father) ; Jared Irwin W. ; Mary W. ; Willis R. 
W., and William W., of these Mrs. Mary Mobley, nee Whitaker, at 
Palmetto, Ga., is the only one living besides Willis R. and Dr. Wil- 
liam Whitaker. You will notice those name strongly suggest the 
family names you mention. 

Grandfather had a second set of children by another wife, as 
grandmother died after thoy moved to Payette. Of this Dr. A. S. 
Whitaker, at Best, N. C, is the only one living. 

P. S. — A monument was erected to Governor Jared Irwin's 
memory by the Georgia Legislature. He was a Brigadier General 
in the Revolutionary War. 

By Reason Whitehead Irwin. 

William Irwin, Jr., born in Washington County, Georgia, near 
Irwin's Crossroads, year 1795 (brother to Alex. Irwin) : received a 
common school education in his neighborhood ; married Miss Mar- 
garet Lawson, the year 1820 ; moved to Henrv County, Alabama, the 
year 1830; was a general in the State Militia, commanding officer 
at the Battle of Roanoke ; also with the Indians. The City of Eu- 
faula, Ala., was once named for him : represented his countv sev- 
eral sessions in the House of the Legislature; amassed a large for- 
tune in necrroes and lands; gave a large part of his estate to the 
children of his brother Alexander; raised no children: was drowned 
in the Chattahoochie River, and buried at his home in Henry County, 
Alabama, one mile and a quarter north of Shorterville, with a beau- 
tiful monument standing on his last resting place. His wife. Mar- 
garet Lawson Irwin, died and is buried in Thomasville, Thomas 
County. Georgia; died the year 1870, leaving three or four hundred 
bales of cotton, which was sold after the war between the States and 
netted her a vast sum of gold coin. 

Grandparents of Alex. Irwin's children: John Lawson Irwin, 
migrated from Mecklenburg, N. C, to Washington County, Georgia 
(date unknown) ; one of the first settlers of Washington County, 

THE McDowells and connections 299 

Oeorgia; sat on the first grand jury of Washington County, the 
year 1824; married Rebecca Sessions the 24th day of December. 
1790; the father of twelve children, two boys, William and Alexan- 
der, and two daughters. With three brothers, William, Sr., Jared, 
Sr., and Alexander, Sr., were most excellent citizens of the State of 
Georgia, and departed this life on the 1st day of January, 1822. 

His wife, Rebecca, died 8th day of June, 1839; both buried in 
family burial ground, near Ohoopie Baptist Church, in Washington 
County, Georgia. 

Alexander Irwin, Sr., was the foreman -of the first grand jury 
of Washington County, Georgia ; married a Miss Sessions ; was the 
father of two children, one by Jared, Jr., who was one of the first 
graduates of the University of Georgia, at Athens, Ga. ; was killed 
in the battle with the Indians at Roanoke, Ala., in 1836; survived by 
four sons: Alex, went to Texas, never having been heard from 
since; Thomas was killed in a horse race near Columbia, Henry 
County, Ala'bama; Jared died in Albany, Ga. ; James Bennet Irwin 
died in Columbia, Henry County, Ala. ; Alex., Sr., and wife both 
buried in Washington County, Georgia; Jared Irwin, their son, 
buried in Lumpkin, Stuart County, Georgia. 

William Irwin, Sr., was a member of the first garnd jury organ- 
ized in Washington County, Georgia ; was major of Georgia Militia 
in his district or township; Married Miss Nancy Whitaker, of Jef- 
ferson County, Georgia, whose brother, Benjamin Whitaker, was 
Speaker of the House of Representatives in the Georgia Legislature. 
They were the parents of eight children — two hoys and six daugh- 
ters. First boy, named Hugh, married Mary Brantley first time, 
and Miss Elizabeth Daniell the last time ; moved to Houston County, 
Georgia, and died and was buried in that county, after representing 
his county in the Georgia Legislature. Thomas Alexander Irwin 
married Miss Nancy Brantley, they having one son, William, who 
obtained his majority and died unmarried, and is buried in Wash- 
ington County, Georgia; Thomas Alexander died and is buried in 
Houston County by the side of his brother, Hugh Irvin. 

Jared Irwin, Sr. (brother to the other three — ^William, Sr., Alex- 
ander, Sr., and John Lawson, Sr.), was a farmer and merchant; 
married a Miss Stewart, sister to Gen. Daniel Stewart, who was born 
in Liberty County, in 1761, and died in 1829; lived near Ohoopie 
Church. He was instrumental in building a fort around the spring 
and upon the ground where the church now stands, as a protection 
to the white i>eople against the depredations and murder from the 
hostile Indians who ranged through that section of the State. After 
the removal of the Indians he gave the plot of ground for a Bap- 
tist Church — was first called Brier Patch, then changed to Ohoopie. 
He was twiee elected Governor of the State o»f Georgia when it was 
considered to be an honorable position for the people to so choose 

300 THE McDowells and connections 

one of their number to te chief of state and a defender of their lib- 
erties and sacred honor; was the father of one son, John, who was 
one of the first young men to graduate at the University of Georgia, 
at Athens, Oa. Have ho information as to whatever became of him 
after his graduation. One daughter married a Mr. Whitaker, who 
was the father of one boy, who published a newspaper after the 
war between the States in the city of Atlanta, Ga., and called it the 
"Atlanta Intelligencer." Not able to locate any of his descendants. 
One daughter married a Mr. Dorkey. One daughter, Jane Irwin, 
never married. He died in Atlanta, Ga., the year 1863; buried in 
the family grounds near Ohoopie Baptist Church, in Washington 
Count}', Georgia ; had erected to his memory a fine monument and 
placed it in the public square in the town of Sandersville, the capital 
of Washington County, Georgia, was named for him; also a town, 
Irvintown, in Wilkerson County, Georgia; and Irvinville and also a 
county named for him, Irvinton. At last, after all other things of 
his life had been accomplished, he, too, fell asleep, and was buried 
in the old family burial grounds near Ohoopie Baptist Church, in 
Washington County, Georgia. 

Now this is about the best history I can get up as to the four 
brothers — William, Jared, John Lawson and Alexander Irwin — who 
migrated from Mecklenburg, N. C, to Washington County, Georgia, 
previous to the Revolutionary War. 


By Grace Irwin Yates. 

First Generation: Jared and Jane Irwin. 

According to Williams' History of Ohio, and to Miss Sarah 
Irwin, daughter of Jared and Eleanor Taylor Irwin, born Jan. 12, 
1809; died October, 1807. I learned that the first of our family 
came from Dublin, Ireland. 

Jared and Jane Irwin (she was born in Dublin, Ireland, 1757) 
came to America, burying their first child at sea, were in Bedford 
County, Virginia, 1779. They had three children, Samuel, Jared, Jr., 
and Jane. We know nothing of Samuel, but have always been told 
that he was the ancestor of the Pennsylvania Irwins, and in all 
looks very much alike. 

They were in Ross County, Ohio, as early as 1798, as their son, 
Jared, Jr., married there that year. 
Second Generation : 
1st — Samuel. 

2nd — Jared, Jr., married June 4, 1797, Eleanor, daughter of 
William and Lucy Finlay Taylor. (William Taylor was 
the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Ashton Taylor, of Mon- 
nouth County, New Jersey, a soldier in the Revolutionary 


3rd. — Jane married Joseph Taylor, brother of Eleanor, and son 
of William and Lucy Imlay Taylor. 

Jared, Jr. (son of Jared and Jane Irwin) married (Eleanor Tay- 
lor, daughter of Wm. and Lucy Imlay Taylor. 

Third Generation: 
Ist — Samuel, bom Jan. 29, 1799 ; died 1875 ; married Catherine 

Morton, born 1802 ; died 1876. 
2nd — ^Lu<5y, horn May 22, 1800 ; died 1878 ; married Isaac Pinch. 
3rd — Jared, horn Dec. 22, 1801 ; died young. 
4th— William Taylor, born Aug. 19th, 1803 ; died Nov. 22, 1880 ; 

married first, Sarah, daughter of Phillip and Nancy Boyd 

Robins. Second, Delilah Pepple, Jan. 4, 1844. 
5th — Joseph, born May 15, 1805 - married Mary Wilson. 
6th — Jane, born Jan. 20, 1807; married a Mr. McMullen; no 

7th— Sarah, Jan. 12, 1809; died October, 1897. 
8th — ^Mary, born Sept". 18, 1810; married John Robins, 
^th — ^Nancy, born May 16, 1812; married Gordon Pogue. 
10th— Eleanor, horn Oct. 19, 1814. 

Fourth Generation: 
Jane, daughter of Jared and Jane Irwin, married Joseph Tay- 
lor, son of William and Lucy Imlay Taylor and brother of 
Eleanor, who married Jared, Jr. 



Born 1799 ; died 1875. 

Second Generation. 

Samuel, son of Jared and Eleanor Taylor Irvin, born 1799; 
died 1875 ; married Catherine Morton, born 1802-1876. 

Fifth Generation. 

1. John Gage Irwin, married Mary Dean; Ella Annette, mar- 

ried Edgar Roe ; Samuel married Naunie Read ; Rolla, Kate, 
Margaret and Gertrude. 

2. Jared Dicky married Emily Downs. Issue : Alice, who mar- 

ried Wm. Brown; Mary, Hattie and Fred Huntington; 
Mabel married Wm. Henry; Ida, Kate, Harvey, Edith. 

3. James M., married Josie Hancock ; no issue. 

4. Emmeline E., married, first, Henry Hogshead, and second, 

S. S. Burke. Issue: Maggie Hogshead, Sadie married Mc- 
Thurston, Everston. 

Sixth Generation. 
Annette, daughter of John Gage and Mary Dean, married Ed- 
gar Roe. Issue: Raymond, Glenn, Dean, Leland, Carvell 
and Florence. 


Hattie, daughter of Jared Dkky and Emily JViwns, married 
Fred Huntington. Issue : Earl and Buth. 

Sadie, daughter of Emmeline Irwin and S. S. Burke, married 
Thurston (Everston. Issue: Harvey. 

Earl, son of Emmeline and S. S. Burke, married Stella Moore, 
and had Oral. 

Fmily of Lucy, second child of Jared and Eleanor Taylor Ir- 
win, and wife of Isaac Finch. 

Third Generation: 

Lucy, born May 22, 1800; died 1878; married Isaac Finch. Chil- 

James H. Finch married Sarah J. Dean, and had ten children. 

James, l)orn Jan. 1, 1822. 

Sarah, born Feb. 3, 1827. 

Ellen, born July 5, 1820 ; died 1851 ;' married Isaac Wilson. 

Joseph married Amanda Collier. 

Sarah, born Feb. 17, 1824; died July 8, 1850. 

Isaac, married first, Hannah Bermit; second, Catherine Obiat. 

Children of James H. and Sarah J. Dean Finch: 

Third Generation: 

1. Martha B., born April 9th, 1847 ; married George Smith, had 

twelve children. 

2. Isaac, born Oct. 17, 1848 ; married Elizaheth Watson, three 

3rd. Hannah and Lucy. 

4. John D., married Fanny Lamb, twelve children. 

5. James H. Jr., married Orena Bickel, nine children. 

6. Abram F., marired Emma A. Mead, four children. 

7. Sarah E., Inarried James Wilkins, two children. 

8. Jennie B. ,married Frank Willis, one child. 

Family of Lucy Irwin and Isaac Finch. 

Fifth Generation: 
1. Martha, daughter of James H. and Sarah J. Dean Pinch, 
born April 9, 1847, married George Smith, and had 12 

Sixth Generation: 
Lonie, born Oct. 7, 1871; married Charles Stuart. Issue: 
Madge, born June 15, 1897. 

Seventh Generation : 

Bertha, l)orn July 23, 1873 ; married George W. Morrow and had 
Harold, Get. 15, 1894. 

Florence, born Nov. 15, 1874; died July 17, 1896. 

Inez, born Feh. 20, 1876; married Ora A. Stuart and had Ma- 
son, Dec. 26, 1896. 

Guy, Oct. 8, 1877 ; died Sept. 27, 1896. 


Edith, borri Feb. 3, 1879. 
Otho, bom March 23, 1881. 
Alma, born Aug. 22, 1882. 
Archie, born Dec. 3, 1884. 
Mildred, born Sept. 7, 1886. 
Hazel, born Sept. 26, 1888. 
Lester F., born April 3, 1891. 

Fifth Generation: 
Isaac, son of James H., and Sarah Dean Finch j born Oct. 17, 
1848 J married Elizabeth Watson. 

Sixth Generation. 
Ida, April 5, 1873 ; married William Plummer Fefb. 15, 1891. 
Gertrude, born Dec. 5, 1892, and Viola, born July 20, 1896. 
George, born July 4, 1875; married Cora Matthews June 15, 

1896, and had Roy, Sept. 6, 1896. 
Mildred, bom Oct. 30, 1883. 
John D., son of James H., and Sarah Dean Finch, married 

Fanny Lamb, and had 12 children. 

Sixth Generation: 
Charles H., born Dec. 5, 1875. 
Laura, born Jan. 24, 1877. 
Owen H., born Feb. 9, 1878. 
Vena C, born Nov. 17, 1879. 
Delmer, bom June 15, 1881. 
Harry D., born Jan. 7, 1883. 
Alva, bom Aug. 7, 1884 ; died Sept. 24, 1895. 
Avrilla, bom July 12, 1886. 
Roy, bom Jan. 14, 1888. 
William I, "born Aug. 28, 1889. 
Rosa, born April 23, 1891. 
A son, born April 14, 1892. 

Fifth Generation: 
James H., son of James H. and Sarah Dean, married Orena 

Rickel and had nine children: 

Sixth Generation: 
Nellie C, born Sept. 17, 1876. 
Avrilla, born Dec. 4, 1878. 

James E., born March 7, 1880; died Sept. 17, 1895. 
Nettie, born April 19, 1884. 
Eva, born Feb. 17, 1887. 
Kittie, 'born Jan. 12, 1891. 
Grace, borji April 11, 1893. 
Fred G., born May 21, 1895. 

Fifth Generation: 
Abram F., son of James H. Finch and Sarah Dean, married 

Emma S. Mead. Four children. 

^^■'Vr^A^ . 


Sixth Qeneration: 

Minnie B., bom Feb. 10, 1878 j died Nov. 21, 1890. 

Harry G., born Nov. 2, 1880. 

Prank J., bom August 27, 1882. 
Fifth Generation : 

Sarah, daughter of James H. and Sarah Dean Finch, married 
James Wilkins, and had two children: 
Sixth Generation. 

Merlin, bom Jan. 14, 1884. 

James R., born Dec. 25, 1886. 
Fifth Generation: 

Jennie B., daughter of James H. and Sarah Dean Finch, mar- 
ried Frank Willis and had: 

Sarah Louise, born March 2, 1897. 

Family of William Taylor Irwin, fourth child of Jared Irvine, 
Jr., and his wife, Eleanor Taylor. 
Third Generation: 

William Taylor Irwin, born in Bainbridge, Ross County, Aug. 
19th, 1805; died in Greenfield, Ohio, Nov. 22, 1880; mar- 
ried first, Sarah, daughter of Phillip and Nancy Boyd Rob- 
ins, March 11, 1829. Sarah Robins was born Aug. 12, 
1809, and died June 14, 1841. 

Jared Caruthers, bom April 29, 1832 ; married Mary A. Buhmer. 
,,^James;& Irwin, bom Aug. 3, 1833; married Anna M. Read. 

Joseph Irwin, born June 23, 1836. 

Sarah Irwin, born June 14, 1841. 

(Second wife). He then married Delilah Pepple, July 4, 1844. 
She was hom Nov. 28, 1811. 

Mary Grouse Irwin, bom June 19, 1844; married David Levor. 

Elizabeth Victoria Irwin, bom April 28, 1861 ; married Dr. Mc- 

William Gaddis Irwin, born March 22, 1845. 
Fourth Generation: 

Jared Caruthers Irwin, born April 29, 1832, son of William 
Taylor and Sarah Robins Irwin ; married Mary A. Buhner. 
Fifth Generation: 

Harvey, William, Samuel, Henry, Edward and Daniel. 
Fourth Generation: 

Sarah, born June 14, 1841, daughter of William Taylor and 
Sarah Robins Irwin; married Amos (Evans and had one 
Fifth Generation: 

Emerson Evans. 

Fourth Generation: 

James Taylor, son of William Taylor and Sarah, daughter of 
William and Naney Boyd Robins, and dranddaughter of 

THE McDowells and connections 306 

Lieut. John Bobins and Sarah Daily, his wife (Lieut. John 
Robins was commissioned Feb. 1, 1781 Lieutenant in a 
Pennsylvania regiment of cavalry, eommanded by Colonel 
Stephen Marlow. He served to the end of the war, acquir- 
ing the right of half pay, and was one of the officers who 
received laud warrants). 
James Taylor Irwin, bom in Bainbridge, Ross County, Ohio, 
Aug. 3, 1833. Died at Cincinnati, Ohio, Feb. 20, 1905 ; mar- 
ried at Cincinnati, Ohio, June 6, 1860, to Anna, daughter of 
Captain Edwin E. Reed, and his wife, Jane, daughter of 
James and Sarah Reed Gibson. Anna Reed was born in 
Philadelphia, July 7, 1837, and died in Cincinnati, Ohio, 
Oct. 30, 1885. Her father, Capt. Edwin C. Reed, was born 
Jan. 11, 1814. The son of Daniel Reed (born March 19, 
1791), and Rachel, daughter of John Mason and Mehita- 
ble Mitchell Jig iH gfe . Capt. Reed died on Utilla Bay Island, 

Tjpanisn uonauras, uentrai America, Apru zo, Xbo^. tie t ' 

married (1835 at Richmond, Va.), Jane Gibson, of Wiscas- . ^i.v^-^'^'^ 
sett, Maine, daughter of James Gibson, of Dumfswnline, ^j 
Scotland, and Sarah, daughter of Capt. Andrew Reed and *rv ^,>J^ 
Hannah Davis, daughter of Capt. Ohmlw Davis, of New- ^/^ 

huryport, Mass. Jane died at Utilla Bay Island, Spanish 
Honduras, Dec. 8, 1848. 
James Taylor Jrwin and Anna Reed had seven ehildren. 


Fifth Generations 
William Taylor Irwin, born May 23, 1861 ; married Mary Louise 
Orr, born April 19, 1865 ; daughter of George Burnet Orr 
and Anna Ogden Spencer -, married Oct. 19, 1886. 

Sixth Generation: 
Anna Louise Irwin, born Dec. 11, 1887 ; married Oct. 27, 1914, 
Francis George Baldwin, born Feb. 3, 1884, son of General 
Wm. H. Baldwin and Isabella Butterfield. 

Sixth Generation: 
Janet Churchill Irwin, born Dec. 10, 1896, and died at Milford, 
Ohio, Sept. 4, 1912. 

Sixth Generation: 
George Orr Irwin. 
James Taylor Irwin. 

Fifth Generation: 
Grace, daughter of James Taylor and Anna Reed Irwin, born 
May 2, 1863, Cincinnati, Ohio ; married at Cincinnati, Ohio, 
May 25, 1886, Walter F. Yates, of Memphis, Tenn. They 
had James Irwin Yates, born June 7, 1887 ; married Violet 


Cannon, and had Orace Irwin Yates and James Irwin 
Walter Wynne Yates, born May 12, 1889; married Lelia Can- 
I k non. 

/-/tT€U^^ Meredith Nrjhrtt Yates, bom Nov. 19, 1891. 

Edith, daughter of James Irwin and Anna Reed, bom Sept. 19, 

Fifth Generation : 
Edwin Underwood Irwin, born Jan. 10, 1866 ; married Dec. 18, 
1904, at Covington, Ky., Virginia Ball Helm, daughter of 
Frank and Lucy Leathers Helm. 

Fifth Generation: 
Edith Ii^la Irwin, daughter of James Taylor and Anna Reed 
Irwin, born March 19, 1869, Cinsinnati; married at Cincin- 
nati, Oct. 1, 1890, Lowell Fletcher Holart, bom May 9, 
1867, Cincinnati, Ohio, son of William Newell Holart, and 
his wife, Elizabeth Babbitt. Lowell Fletcher Holart died 
at Milf ord, Ohio, Feb. 19, 1913, had Lowell Fletcher Holart, 
born at Cincinnati, Ohio, Aug. 12, 1891. 

Fifth Generation: 
Frank Gibson Irwin, son of James Taylor Irwin and Anna 
Reed; born in Cincinnati Ohio, Oct. 4, 1870, and died in 
Cincinnati Jan. 15, 1905. 

Fifth Generation: 
James Taylor Irwin, Jr., son of James and Anna Reed Irwin; 

Jborn in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 12, 1877; enlisted in the 

Spanish-American War. Sergeant in Company M, Second 

Mississippi Regiment, now in the Philippines. 
James Irwin Yates, born June 7, 1887 ; son of Grace Irwin and 

Walter F. Yates, Memphis, Tenn.; married Nov. 26, 1906, 

Violet Taylor Cannon, born Nov. 15, 1888, Red Banks, Miss. 

Issue : 

Grace Irwin Yates. 

James Irwin, Jr., born Sept. 24, 1909 (commonly called 



Mary Crose, born June 19, 1844 j married David Lef ever, Green- 
field, Ohio ; two children. 

Walter, a physician in the South. 

Edna, died aged 14 years. 

William Gaddis, died young. 

Elizabeth Victoria, born Aug. 28, 1851 ; married Dr. McEee, 

and had one daughter, Eva. 

Third Generation: 


Mary Irwin, born Sept. 18, 1810 ; daughter of Jared and Eleanor 
Taylor Irwin; married Mary Wilson and had Robert Wil- 
son, killed in Civil War. 

Mary, died young. 


Third Generation: 
Jane, daughter of Jared and Eleanor Taylor Irwin; born Jan. 

20, 1807; married Mr. McMillen; no issue. 
Marp Irwin, born Sept. 18, 1810; daughter of Jared and Eleanor 

Taylor; married John Robins, son of Philip. 

Fourth Generation: 

Amanda, married Mr. Hoffman. 
Mary, married Mr. Gray ; one son. 

Third Generation : 
Nancy, bom May 16, 1812 ; daughter of Jared and Eleanor Tay- 
lor Irwin; married Gordon Pogue and had Joseph, who 
married Marian Buckley. Issue: 




John, son of Nancy and Gordon Pogue. 

And Connections. 

Colonel Thomas Avent was born in 1671, and died October 31, 
1757, aged 86 years. In the early days of the Colonies under Eng- 
land's dominion, he was in the Colonial wars. He was a fine busi- 
ness man, and accumulated large landed interests according to the 
Virginia and North Carolina records. After his death, in the divis- 
ion of his property, the records show that he owned 44 slaves be- 
fore the Revolutionary War, He was Justice of the Peace of Surrey 
County, Va., 1728 to 1741. Thomas Avent 's wife, Margaret Eliza- 
beth, was said to be the daughter of Claiborne Gooch, son of Wil- 
liam Gooch and Ursula Claiborne. She was the granddaughter of Wil- 
liam Claiborne the Colonial Secretary of Virginia and Governor of 
Maryland. Colonel Avent in his will left special legacy to Ursula 
Avent, his granddaughter named after her grandmother. No people 
in Virginia stand higher than the descendants of William Claiborne. 
The Avents were not only wealthy, but leaders socially and po- 
litically, and in the wars against the savage Indians, none were 
'braver or more patriotic in defense of the colonies. 

John Avent, said to be the brother of Thomas, was commissioned 
under King George 2nd, in 1754, a justice of the peace in Surrey 
County, Virginia, signed by Governor Dinwiddie. This commission, 


now on record in Virginia, has the original seal of England on an 
impress of which white was attached to pink tape. 

Tradition has it that Thomas Avent, Sr., came to America from 
France in the Huguenot migration, and it is an established historic 
fact that there lived in the early days of Rome a man whose name 
was Aventinus. Fie was King of Alba Longa, died and was buried 
on the seven hills of Rome. That hill is called to this day **Aven- 
tine." When Caesar came westward some of the descendants of 
Aventinus were among Caesar's soldiers. After the conquest of Gaul 
these soldiers located there until the days of the Huguenot migration. 
According to tradition handed down from ancestry, John Avent 
was the father of William Avent, who was bom Aug. 8, 1775, and 
lived in Chatham County, North Carolina. He was the father of 
fourteen children, among whom was Henrj' Avent, born Feb. 27, 
1829. He was the father of eight children among whom was James 
Wesley Avent, born in 1856. 

Thomas Avent had a daughter,- Sarah, who married William 
Fox, and under this Fox line Mrs. Carlotta James, of Petersburg, 
Va., becames a lineal descendant of Lord de la Marr. 

The following letter, written by Colonel Thomas Avent to Gov- 
ernor Gooch, in 1728, is preserved in the Virginia State Archives : 

**The 27th of September John Carter brought negro Cofe to my 
house, as he says by your orders; for me to examine concerning 
what the Saponys have told him about the white people, which I 
have done, and he tells me that great George told him that John 
Suano and a fellow called Ben Harrison, was gone to the Cotowbers 
to fetch one hundred of them to come and see why their Indians 
were put in prison, and if Capt. Tom was hanged they would carry 
their wives and children over Roanoke River and then they would 
drive the white people and negroes as far as James River, and he 
says Tony Mack tould him that if Pyah was hanged that he and 
the Cotowbers would come and take revenge of the English, and he 
says that Sapony Tom tould him if his son Harry Erwin was hanged 
he would kill you and three or four more gentlemen and then goe 
of, and says 'Dick' tould him that we had no busness to come to 
the Fort armed, to concern ourselves about their killing one another, 
but we were like a sow that had lost her pigs, would rally for a little 
time and then have don, but when they began a war with the Eng- 
lish they never would have don — this from yr humble ser't: to com- 
mand : Thomas Avent. 


IN THE NAMiE OF GOD, AMEN, September 21st, 1756. I 

THOMAS AVENT, of the parish of Albemarle in the County of 
Sussex, being in good health and of disposing mind and memory 
(thanks be to God for the same) calling to mind the uncertain time 


of certain death do make and ordain this my last will and testament 
in manner and form following, that is to say, first I ^bequeath my 
soul .to the Ood that gave it, hoping and trusting in the advocacy 
and mediatorship of my beloved Lord and Savior Christ for re- 
mission of all my sins ; and my body I commit to the earth to be de- 
cently buried according to the directions of my executors herein- 
after named, and as for such worldly estate as it hath pleased God 
to bless me with, I give and dispose thereof as follows, to-wit : 

Imprimus — I give and bequeath to my son, William Avent, and 
to his heirs and assigns forever, the plantation whereon I now dwell, 
together with all the land I have on the North side of the Otterdam 
Swamp, below the first great branch above the meadow commonly 
called the cart wheel branch, and binding upon the said to the head 
thereof and from thence by a line of marked trees a straight cross 
back to the great swamp and down the same as it meanders to the 
extent of the land, and also my land and plantation whereon Thomas 
Johnson lately dwelt situated in the County of Northampton and 
Province of North Carolina, together with all my other lands sit- 
uated in the County and Province aforesaid, all which I give to my 
said son William Avent and to his heirs and assigns forever. 

Item — I give and devise to my son, Peter Avent, and to his 
heirs and assigns forever, all my lands on both sides of the Otter- 
dam Swamp, not devised to my son William Avent, or hereinafter 
divised for sale, and also one hundred pound current money of Vir- 
ginia, to him and to his heirs and assigns forever, in full of all that 
I intend him out of my estate. 

Item — I give and devise to Thomas Avent, son of John Avent, 
deceased, and to his heirs and assigns forever, the land and planta- 
tion that I purchased of John Golightley, lying in Susex and 
Southampton County, and one hundred and seventy-five aeres ad- 
joining, patented in my own name and an entry adjoining that is 

Item — I give and bequeath to my five granddaughters, daughters 
of Thomas Avent, dec'd., on their attaining the age of twenty-one 
years, respectively, the sum of thirty pounds, Virginia currency, 
each in full of all that I intend them out of my estate. 

Item — I give and divise to my daughter, Mary Vincent, one 
hundred ninety acres of land adjoining Joseph Prince and Robert 
Synn, in Sussex County, and to her heirs and assigns forever. 

Item — I give and divise unto my daughter, Sarah Pox, and to 
heirs and assigns forever, six hundred and twenty-five acres of land 
whereon William Fox, her husband, now lives, together with all 
the appurtenances there unto belonging. 

Item — I give and divise my tracts of land on Dickery's Creek 
in Luneburg County, and that part of my land lying on the East 
side of the great swamp in Sussex County, to be sold at the direc- 


tion of my executor and that they convey the same to the pur- 
chaser and the money arising therefrom I give to be equally divided 
amongst William A vent, Mary Vincent, Sarah Fox, and the'chil- 
dhen of John A vent, dec'd., share and share alike, the children of 
the said John to have but one share for all of them. 

Item — I give and bequeath unto Ateliah Cosiah Norris and to 
her heirs and assigns forever, one negro girl named Sue, and also 
ten Pounds Virginia currency, and also my riding horse named 
Glaces, and likewise the second best bed and furniture and one 
trunk and likewise the privilege of living in my mansion house six 
months after my decease, and to be maintained with diet out of 
my estate all of which I divise to her and her heirs forever. 

Item — I give and bequeath my stills and all ray slaves, goods, 
chattels to be equally divided amongst William Avent, Mary Vin- 
cent, Sarah Fox, and the children of John Avent dec'd., share and 
share alike, the children of the said John to have but one share for 
all of them. 

Lastly — I do hereby constitute and appoint my son, William 
Avent, and my son-in-law, Thomas Vinson, joint executors of this 
my last will and testament, and do give them ten pounds apiece out 
of my estate as compensation for their trouble and care in executing 
this, my last will and testament. 

I desire that my estate may not be appraised, and that my execu- 
tors may not be compelled to give security — ^and do hereby utterly 
rev.oke and disanul all former and other wills by me made and de- 
clareth this and no other to be my last will and testament. 

In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed ray 
seal the day and year ahove written. 


Signed, sealed, published, declared and propounded by the said 
Thomas Avent, to be his last will and testament in the presence of us, 
Nathaniel Wyche, 

William Dobey, 
Mary Dobey, 
John Barlow, 
(He also owned land in Surry and Brunswick Counties.) 

At a Court held for Sussex County, the 18th day of November. 
1757. The aforewritten last will and testament of Thomas Avent 
dec'd., was presented in Court by William Avent and Thomas Vin- 
cent, the executors therein named, who made oath thereto accord- 



THE McDowells and connexjtions 311 

ing to law and the same was proved by the oaths of William Dobey 
Mary Dobey and John Barlow, thereof, the witnesses thereto and by 
the court ordered to be recorded and on motion of the executors 
certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due 

A Copy — Teste: 

R. D. NORRIS, Cerk. 


By Mrs. J. 0. James. 

Colonel Thomas Avent, born 1671, died Oct. 31, 1757, aged 
eighty-six years, in Sussex County, Va. He married Elizabeth 
Gooch. Thomas Avent's daughter, ' Sarah, married William (1st) 
Fox, of Brunswick County, Va. Issue : 

William (2nd) Pox. John and Thomas Avent 's daughters, 
Lu<;y, married William Robinson; Betty, married Lauier; Mary 
Claiborne, married Johnson. 

William (2nd) Fox, Greensville County, Va., married Martha 
Rives, daughter of Robert Rives. Issue : 

Robert, married Sallie Walton, died in North Carolina, 1811. 

William (3rd) died in North Carolina, 1832. 

Uriah Irwin. 

Rebecca, married Thorwell Peebles. 

Winifred, married Capt. James Robinson, of the Revolutionary 
War, 1776. 

Anne West, married Jerimiah Vaughan (2nd) Dr. James V. 

William (2nd) Fox was a sergeant in the Revolutionary War. 
Will recorded in Greensville County, Va., 1798. 

William (1st) Fox, recorded in Brunswick, 1764. 

Captain James Robinson and Winifred Fox were married in 
Brunswick County, Feb. 27, 1781. Issue : 

James Fox Robinson, died in Madison County, Ga. 

Robert Rives Robinson. 

Susanna Robinson. 

Patsy Robinson. 

Rebecca Robinson. 

Anne West Robinson. 

Darius Robinson, married Elizabeth Powell, nee Morris, Jabez 
Morris and Elizabeth Lundy. Issue : 

Joseph Robinson, died in Madison County^ Ga. 

Elizabeth, married James Gee. 

Martha, married Ignatius Alsop. 

Mary, married Henry Hammatt. 

312 THE McDowells and connections 

James Jabez Robinson, married Ada Wilkinson. Issue: 

James H. Robinson. 

Charles L. Robinson. 

Carlotta Robinson married James 0. James. 

Tecumseh E. Robinson. 

Carlotta Robinson and James 0. James. Issue : 

Ada Kirkland James. 

Alvin Orlando James. 


By Minnie Avent Watkins. 

B. W. Avent, of Halifax County, North Carolina, Avas a son of 
William Avent, who was born near Moore's Ferry, on Roanoke 
River, North Carolina. He settled in Nash County, North Carolina, 
when he was about twelve years old. He had two sisters, one mar- 
ried a Mr. Cotton and moved to Wake Count}^ North Carolina. Wil- 
liam Avent was a son of Ben Avent, of Sussex County, Virginia. 
Sallie Avent, wife of William Avent, was a daughter of Frank 
Ward, who moved from Isle of Wight County, Va., to Nash County 
North Carolina, where Sallie, his daughter, was born. 

James Avent was a son of John Avent, of Greenville County, 
Virginia, who was a son of Ben Avent, of Sussex County, Virginia. 

William Avent, the grandfather of Minnie Avent Watkins, of 
]\Iinta City, Miss., has one brother, Thomas Avent, who died with 
smallpox during the Revolutionary War. His family lived in Geor- 
gia. He had one son, Elmer Avent, who was raised by William 
Avent. lie went to Georgia and brought Elmer to Nash County, 
North Carolina, where he lived. After he was grown he married 
Joe Ward's daughter. She died childless. Elmer married the sec- 
ond time to Miss Brady, of Nash County, North Carolina, and later 
moved to Smith County, Tennessee. William Avent married Sallie 
Ward when he was twenty-seven years old, and his wife was about 
fifteen years old. 


John Andrew Avent was born Feb. 4, 1824, in Halifax County, 
North Carolina. He died at Wooldridge, Tenn., Feb. 4th, 1885. 

Helen E. McClain was born at Milledgeville, Ga., March 3, 1828; 
died at Wooldridge, Tenn., Aug. 10, 3887. 


John Avent and Mary, his wife, daughter Elizabeth, born April 
13, baptized April 14, 1739. Godfather, Thos. Avent. Godmother, 
IMary Avent. This must have been John, who died 1754. Justice 
of Sussex County, Va., 3752-53-54, dismissed by George II, signed 
by Gov. Robert Diuwiddie, Colonial Governor of Virginia, 1754. 

THE McDowells and connections 31a 

John Avent and Mary's son, Peter, born Feb. 4, 1749; baptized 
May 20, 1750. 

John Avent and Mary's son, Thomas, born Jan. 12; baptized 
March, 1743. 

Thomas Avent and Rebecca's son, John, born March 19; bap- 
tized June 26, 1768. Moss McKinney and Avaris Wilkinson, god- 

John Avent and Mary's son, William, born April 15; baptized 
October 30, 1748. 

Peter Avent and Amy's daughter, Elizabeth, born Sept. 12, 1752; 
baptized April 8, 1753. Godfather, John Avent; Godmother, Mary 

John Avent and N. Gary, his wife's son, John, born March 16, 

Thomas Avent and Rebekah's daughter, Angelina, born June 7; 
baptized July 27, 1766. 

Thomas Avent and Rebekah's daughter, Elizabeth; born Dec. 
30, 1769; baptized Feb. 18, 1770. 

Thomas Avent and Rebekah's daughter, Mary, born March 21; 
baptized May 8, 1774. 

Thomas Avent and Rebekah 's son, William, born April 5, 1772. 

Letters Prom Mrs. Carlotta James to the Compiler. 

**I have tried to find an Avent court of arms. The nearest 
thing I found was the name Avenant, whi<jh many think came from 
Aventinus. I have a copy of my Robinson coat of arms. It is the 
same as John Robinson's, Bishop of London, and who rebuilt Fulham 
Palace, London. 

I secured much Avent data when in Halifax, North Carolina, last 
fall. There is a village called Aventon, in Nash County, North Caro- 
lina, named for the Avent family. 

Col. Thomas Avent, who came in 1698, so shown from order 
books in Brunswick County, Va., and who settled first in Surrey 
County, Virginia, was the first one in Virginia. He had four sons 
and two daughters. John Avent died in Sussex, Va., in 1754. Thomas 
Avent died in Northampton County, North Carolina, in 1751, leaving 
several children, names not given. His wife's name was Ursula. 

Peter Avent 's will recorded Northampton County, North Caro- 

Book 1. Page 215. 

To SOLS Wm. Avent. 
To sons Ishara Avent. 
To sons Joseph Avent. 
To sons Thomas Avent. 
Daughter Sarah Av^nt. 
Daughter Eliza Barker. 


Independence, Cal. 


THE McDowells and connesctions 315 

Daughter Lucy Truelove. 
Daughter Mourning Avent. 
Daughter Rebecca Avent. 
Wife, Mary Avent. 
Will proved September Court, 1779, Jesse Atherton, Clerk of 

William Avent 's will, Northampton County, North Carolina. 
Will Book 1, page 56. 

To son, John Avent, land back of my plantation and back of the 

plantation Thomas Avent formerly lived on. 
To son, Thomas Avent, the other part of the land Thomas Avent 

lived on, and all that part of the Island in Roanoke 

River except the Island willed to me by my brother, 

Thomas Avent. 

To son William Avent. 

To son Joseph Avent. 

To son John Avent. 

To son Thos. Avent. 

To daughter Gilly Avent. 

To daughter Sarah Ragland. 

To daughter Rebecca Avent. 
A legacy given to his sister-in-law, Ursula, by my father, Thos. 
Avent. To my brother, Peter Avent, 30 pounds. To son-in-law Wil- 
liam Ragland. Will proved April 22, 1760. 

Colonel Avent died in Sussex County, Virginia, 1757, Oct. 31. 
Two sons died before he did (Thomas and John). 

Benjamin Avent, of Sussex County, Virginia, had three sons, 

(1) Thomas, (2) William (3) John; and two daughters. 

(1) Thomas died sometime during the Revolutionary War, had 
one son, Abner, who was brought up by his uncle. 

(2) Major William, born 1775, married Sallie Ward. Had 
fourteen children, among whom were Benjamin Ward 
Avent, Polly Avent, Henry Evans Avent. 

(3) John, married , had one son, James. 

(4) One daughter married Cotton, of Wake County, 

North Carolina. 

Abner Avent, son of Thomas Avent, married (1) Ward, 

daughter of Joe Ward, who died without issue; and he married (2) 

Brady, of Nash County, North Carolina, and removed to 


James Avent, son of John Avent, born in Virginia, 1780, mar- 
ried Polly Avent. daughter of Major William Avent, moved to Ten- 
nessee about 1800, and died in 1866. 

Benjamin Ward Avent, son of Major William Avent, born 1796; 
married Mary Bley, and had the following children: (1) Benjamin 

316 THE McDowells and connejctions 



Ward Avent (2) John Avent (3) William Avent (4) Thomas Eley 
Avent (5) Joseph Avent (6) Charles Avent (7) Mary Avent (8) 
Winnifred Avent (9) Elizabeth Avent (10) Delia Avent. 

Thomas Eley Avent, son of Benjamin Ward Avent, married 
Eliza Fisher, by whom he had eight children, viz; (1) (Elizabeth Hu- 
ford Avent (2) Mary Allen Avent (3) Eobert .Edward Avent (4) 
Giles Avent (5) Fisher Avent (6) Minnie Armistead Avent (7) 
Eldridge Townes Avent (8) Powell Avent. 

Elizabeth Buford Avent, daughter of Thomas Eley Avent, mar- 
ried Edward D. Loony, and their children are as follows: (1) 
Thomas Avent Loony (2) Elizabeth Fisher Loony, married Frank 
Pleasants, Jr. (3) Edward Loony (4) Sarah Loony (5) Mary Loony. 

Mary Allen Avent, daughter of Thomas Eley Avent, married 
William H. Eeid, and has the following daughters: (1) Elise Reid 
(2) Roberta Madeline Reid (3) Edith Lyle Reid. 

Robert Edward Avent, son of Thomas Eley Avent, married (1) 
Gallic McLeodj and after her death (2) Ada Munson. 

Fisher Avent, son of Thomas Eley Avent, married Eloise 
Brown, by whom he had a daughter, Carrie Pillow Avent. 

Minnie Avent, daughter of Thomas Eley Avent, married (1) 
Clarence Townes, by whom she had one son, Clarence Armistead 
Townes; and (2) Albert Watkins, Jr., by whom she had a daughter, 
Elizabeth Fisher Watkins. 

Eldridge Townes Avent, son of Thomas lEley Avent, married 
Tallie Peele. 

Powell Avent, son of Thomas Eley Avent, married Janie Silk, 
by whom he had a daughter. 



By Minnie Avent Watkins. 

Thomas Eley Avent, son of Benjamin Ward and Mary p]ley 
Avent, was born in Halifax County, North Carolina, April 20, 1836. 
He died Jan. 7, 1918, at Rayville, La., where he was temporarily re- 
siding. With his family he moved to Mississippi when he was twelve 
years old. At the opening of the Civil War he entered the Confed- 
erate Army, with the 15th Mississippi under General Walthall, and 
made a daring soldier, having been a solo scout for two years. In 
January, 1865, he was married to Miss Eliza Fisher, daughter of 
Judge E. S. Fisher, of the Mississippi Supreme bench. In 1866 he 
moved near Minter City, Miss., where he lived the remainder of his 
life, except two years in Louisiana, just before he died. He amassed 
a considerable fortune. Was ever liberal to church, charity and in- 
dividuals. His own wants were few, but he was always interested 
in the welfare of others, and many a man owes his success to as- 

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THE McDowells and connections 319 

sistance from Mr. Avent at the crucial time. No man exerted a 
greater influen<;e for good than he did. He was buried in Grenada 
beside his wife, who died in 1886. 
Eight children survive him. 

Avent Line by J. W. Bass. 

James Avent, J think, was born in Virginia, about 1780, and 
moved to Tennessee, near Murfreesboro, about 1800, or before he 
was a large land and slave owner, his slaves increased so fast and 
he could not buy land near him, so he moved to Hardeman County 
in 1850, and died there Oct. 2, 1866, at 86 years of age; he raised 
seven children. 

1. Dr. B. W. Avent, who died in Memphis in 1878, of yellow 


2. Mrs. E. T. Beasley, who died a few years ago at Holly Grove, 

3. James M. Avent, a lawyer at Murfreesboro, Tenn., died a 
few years ago. 

4. Mary E., who married Gen. R. V. Richardson, died sometime 

ago at DeVall 's Bluff, Ark. 

5. Fannie, who married Dr. J. F. Johnston. 

6. Washington D. Avent (father of James M. Avent, of Hick- 

ory Valley). 

7. Nannie P. (Avent) Bass, died at Murfreesboro a few years 

ago, and was 84 years old, had four daughters and five sons. 
Three of her sons and one daughter live in Nashville, 
Tenn., one son in Texas, three daughters are dead. 
J. W. Bass lives at Whiteville, Tenn., he married Miss Mattie 
Crockett, of Nashville, he has one daughter, Mrs. Rivers 
Norment, of Whiteville, and one son, R. P. Bass. 

Note: J. W. Bass is a farmer and merchant, owns a splendid 
farm of more than 1 wo thousand acres, in a high state of cultivation. 
He is a money-making model farmer and merchant. — J. H. Mc- 

The Avent Line, by James Wesley Avent. 

The first Avent that I know anything about was William 
Avent, born August 8, 1775, and so far as I know, lived in 
Chatham County, North Carolina. He was the ifather of four- 
teen <;hildren. Among these children was Henry Avent, born 
February 27, 1829. This was my own grandfather. He was 
the father of eight children, the second of whom was James 
Wesley Avent, born 1856, who was my own father. While I happen 
to have the names of all the children of William Avent and the dates 
of their births, and most of the dates of their deaths, I am unable 
to go back farther than 1775. William Avent, as I have said, lived 
in Chathman County, North Carolina. His son, Henry Avent, also 

380 THE McDowells and conndctions 

SARAH Mcdowell steel 


lived there, and my father was born there. However, I have under- 
stood that William Avent's father was named John, 1 know nothing 
about him as to where he lived, where he was born, nor who his 
father was. The foregoing are the facts so far as I know them with 
regard to my immediate family. While I pronounce the name with 
the accent on the second syllable, which has been true of my own 
family, I am informed that many of them accent the first syllable 
and do not sound the **t'' in the second syllable. I know it to be 
true that some of those living in Mississippi, have actually dropped 
the **t'' in the spelling of the name. While there is nothing authen- 
tic back of 1775, the tradition has been that the Avents came to 
America from Prance in the Huguenot migration. Back of that 1 
know nothing authentic. I have, however, constructed a bit of im- 
aginary history which has no basis in knowledge, except the begin- 
ning. It is a fact that there lived in the early days of Rome a man 
whose name was '*Aventinus.'' He was king of Alba Longa. He 
died and was buried on one of the seven hills of Rome. That hill 
is called to this day **Aventine Hill.'' I have had in my imagina- 
tion this; that some of his descendants continued to live in Rome, 
until the days of Julius Caesar. When Caesar came westward in 
his campaign in Gaul, some of these descendants of Aventinus were 
among Caesar's soldiers. After Caesar's conquest of Oaul these 
soldiers located there until the days of the Huguenot migration. 
What do you think of that as a connection line between ancient and 
modern times? 

My maternal grandfather **Womble," was born near Peters- 
burg. His father went to North Carolina in 1878. 1 have been 
living in Virginia tw^o years, since the opening of the Normal School. 
I am one of the regular ifaculty. 

Henry Fox's son William, married Sarah Avent, and I believe 
he went to North Carolina for a while, and then back to Virginia. 

The Avent Line, by H. M. Avent. 

In reply to your letter of March 2, will say that I have been 
trying to get up all the data possible on the Sandoford family. 1 
have found that there are some Sandefords now living in Granville 
County, North Carolina. 

I find that my grandfather, Thomas Ward Avent, had one son, 
and Fannie Avent, who married Nathan D. Sandeford, and Betsy 
Avent, who married Ben Ward; one Pricilla Avent, who married a 
Kimball; one Nancy Avent, who married Henry Pitts; he had one 
uncle, Thomas Avent, who married Miss Gardner; his father, James 
Avent, who married Dick Hazlewood ; one Pricilla Avent, who mar- 
ried a Kimball; one Nancy Avent, who married Henry Pitts; he had 
one uncle, Thomas Avent, who married Miss Gardner; his father, 
James Avent, also married a Miss Gardner. I think he also had an 
uncle, Frank Avent, but I am not positive about this. 



THE McDowells and connections 323 

Now, I will give you a concise history of my immediate family 
as possible. My grandfather, Thomas Ward Avent, was a son of 
James Avent; James Avent was born Nov. 8th, 1785*j died Oct. 6, 
1832. James Avent was the son of Major Williams Avent and Sallie 
Avent. My grandfather, Thomas Ward Avent, was born July 20, 
1815, died Sept. 11, 1900. He married Mary E. Williams, of Warren 
County, Dec. 19, 1838. She died Dec. 10, 1867. They had six chil- 
dren, as follows : 

James William Avent, born Sept. 16, 1839 ; he married Mary N. 
Taylor, and died March 10, 1901. 

Charity D. Avent, born April 13, 1841 ; married Dr. Thomas N. 
Drake, July 16, 1857, and died March 13, 1898. 

Martha D. Avent was born August 4, 1843; married Junry 
Jones, Sept. 1, 1859, and died Nov. 28, 1893. 

Mary E. Avent was born December, 1843 ; married Rev. George 
M. Duke, May 10, 1868 ; died Oct. 28, 1822. 

Thomas V. Avent, born Sept. 15, 1845 ; married Emily Spencer 
Hart, April 15, 1868, and died Jan. 4, 1911. 

John B. Avent, born Feb. 4, 1847, and married Miss Martha 
Johnson. I haven 't the date of his marriage at this time. He is still 
living, but in very feebl health. 

My father, Thomas Vernon Avent, has six children living at the 
time of his death. There were several others who died in their in- 
fancy. The living ones are as follows : 

Henry M. Avent, born August 25, 1874; married Miss Estelle 
Hunter Brown, Dec. 20, 1897. We have two children, Louise Spen- 
eer Avent, who was born Oct. 5, 1900, and Estelle Brown Avent, who 
was born April 29, 1901. 

Ula Lee Avent, born May 2, 1877 ; married E. A. Williams, Jan. 
11, 1899. 

Prank Vernon Avent, born Oct. 16, 1879 ; married Miss Petron- 
elle Pate, Jan. 17, 3900. He has three boys and one girl. Thomas 
Vernon Avent, William M. Avent, Frank V. Avent, Jr., and Emily 
Spencer Avent. 

Mary E. Avent, born Dec. 7, 1881 ; married James P. BuUuck, 
May 23, 1905. 

Rosa B. Avent, born Feb. 4, 1889 ; married Joseph M. Pearson, 

August 12, 1908. 

My great-great -uncle, Frank Avent, has one daughter still liv- 
ing, who is 87 years old. I haven't seen her in quite a while, but I 
understand that she is still vigorous and very well posted on all the 
older members of our family. I think it possible that she could give 
me more information about your wife's family than anyone living. 
I am going to make an effort to see her in the next few days. All 
of the Avents lived up in my old neighborhood where your wife's 
mother was born. I have frequently heard my grandfather speak 


SAMUEL Mcdowell 

THE McDowells and connections 325 

of his aunt, who married a Sandeford, also the one who married a 
Hazlewood, both of whom moved to Tennessee. I heard him fre- 
quently speak of Uncle Ben Ward, also Uncle Thomas Avent, Uncle 
Ben Avent and Uncle Frank Avent. 

My old home place in Nash County has been in the Avent fam- 
ily continuously for several hundred years. We have the original 
grant from Lord Granville, but I don't remember just at this time 
the date. I -can look up our old deeds, of course, and find it. The 
place has always been known as Aventon, and is considered one of 
the finest farms in Nash County. 


ALEXANDER IRWIN, born Aug. 29, 1792; died at home, 
Washington County, Georgia, 1842; buried near Ohoopie Baptist 
Church. Was a successful farmer and loyal citizen; married to 
Margaret Moore Lawson, 8th of September, 1814. 

iVIargaret Moore Lawson, born 1785, in Washington County, 
Georgia; died at Irwin's Crossroads, Washington ('ounty, Georgia, 
June 10, 1852 ; buried near Ohoopie Baptist Church. 
Children of above: 

John Lawson Irwin, born 1817. Represented Washington 
County, Georgia, in the Legislature several times as a stanch Dem- 
ocrat; full of Irish blood; was a colonel in the militia, a gallant 
captain in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia; lost his life 
in defense of a sacred cause, as ho viewed it, that was lodged deep 
down in his heart; was gentle, kind, lovable as a woman, yet never 
found time to choose a wiffe to his bosom; lived and died for his 
country, his mother and brothers. Died at White Sulphur Springs, 
W. Va., Oct. 1, 1861; was buried near Ohoopie Church, Washing- 
ton County, Georgia. 

Thompson ; born 1823, died an infant. 

William Alexander ; born 1823 ; married Miss Elizabeth Daniel, 
daughter of a Mr. Joe Daniel, in the year 1848; was a successful 
farmer; reared his children at Irwin's Crossroads, Washington 
County, Georgia. Himself and wife died members of what is known 
as the Campbellite or Christian Church, and were buried near 
Ohoopie Baptist Church, in 1880 ; reared three sons : 

Rebecca, bom 1826; married Silas Daniel at Irwin's Crossroads 
in the year 1848; died 1849; buried near Ohoopie Church. 

William Irwin 3rd, now living in Dublin, Ga. 

Reason, who died just at age, and Thomas, who lived in Mont- 
gomery County, Georgia. 

Thomas Jackson Irwin, born year 1829, at homestead near Ir- 
win's Crossroads. Washington County, Georgia; was educated at 
Union Academy, Washington County, Georgia; moved to Henry 
County, Alabama, the year 1851 ; was a large and successful planter, 
raising cotton, corn, stock and grain, in the Chateawhsee River 


Weaverville. N. C. 


Valley; kind, geneorus-hearted ; built a nice house for his negro 
slaves to worship in and adore their Maker and Protector; married 
Miss Clara Worthen at Worthen, Washington County, Georgia, the 
home of her cultured, refined parents, Colonel Richard Worthen 
and wife, Dec. 10, 1856. They had one boy, Alexander, who died in 
infancy ; two daughters : Annie Lee married a Mr. Alex. J. Farmer, 
a prosperous merchant of Henry County, Alabama ; the other daugh- 
ter married a Mr. L. J. Lark af Albany, Ga., a promising young 
lawyer, who lived only a few years, died and is buried in the family 
lot in the town of Fort Gaines, Ga. Thomas J. died at his home in 
Alabama, four miles west of Fort Gaines, Ga., the 6th day of June, 
1867, and was buried in the family lot in this town. 

Jared Irwin, born near Irwin's Crossroads, 1834; was a noted 
practitioner; was a wealthy citizen and highly respected. 

McDowells of Mississippi. 

Grandfather : 
John McDowell, born in Kentucky, 1809; died at Brandon, 
Miss., 1865; married at Utoh, Ala., 1828, to Miss Sarah Temple Mc- 
Alpin, Utoh, Ala., 1810; died at Jackson, Miss., May 3, 1892; buried 
at Brandon, Miss. 

Children of Grandfather: 
William McDowell, horn at Utoh, Ala.; died 1863. 
Elizabeth McDowell, born at Utoh, Ala.; died 1908. 
John McDowell, born at Utoh, Ala. ; died 1864. 
James McDowell, born at Utoh, Ala. ; died 1863. 
Solomon McDowell, born at Utoh, Ala., May 24, 1841; died 

Blanton McDowell, born at Utoh, Ala.; died 1867. 
Robert McDowell, born at Utoh, Ala. 
Sarah McDowell. 

Position held by grandfather. County Judge. 

Father and Mother: 

Solomon McDowell, born at Utoh, Ala., June 22, 1841; died at 
New Orleans May 2, 1905; married at Fannin, Miss., Dec. 17, 1863, 
to Miss Matilda McLaurin, born at Williamsburg, :\Iiss., March 10, 
1840; died at Fanin, Miss., Oct. 3, 1906. 

Children of above: 

William McDowell, born at Utoh, Ala., Sept. 15, 1864; living. 

Daniel McDowell, born at Fannin, Miss., May 19, 1865; living. 

Nannie McDowell, born at Fannin, Miss., May 11, 1867; died 
Oct. 10, 1889. 

Blanton McDowell, born at Fannin, Miss., Sept. 15, 1869 ; living. 

Oizella McDowell, born at Fannin, Miss., Aug. 2, 1871 ; living. 

Corneal and Charlie (twins), born at Fannin, Miss., Dec. 29, 
1873 ; living. 



Weaverville, N. C, 
Secretary of Clan. 


Sarah T. McDowell, born at Fanin, Miss., Aug. 31, 1875 ; died 
June 10, 1909. 

Married : 

William McDowell, bom at Delhi, La., Jan. 10, 1894. 

Dan McDowell, born at Fannin, Miss., April 31, 1889. 

Blanton McDowell, born at Memphis, Tenn., June 11, 1904. 

Oizella McDowell, born at Jackson, Miss., Oct. 23, 1907. 

Corneal McDowell, born at Jackson, Miss., June 21, 1905. 

Miss Charlie McDowell, born at Bynun, Miss., Dec. 25, 1907. 

Sarah T. McDowell, bom at Ja-ckson, Miss., Jan. 27, 1909. 
Grandchildren : 

Blanche McDowell, born at Fannin, Miss., June 25, 1890 ; living. 

Alice Lee McDowell, born at Fanniu, Miss., June 14, 1892; 

Ida Tutton McDowell, born at Jackson, Miss., Jan. 19, 1901. 
Dan McDowell's Children: 

Will Gray McDowell, horn at Jackson, Miss., Oct. 10, 1894. 

Eugene Borman McDowell, born at Jackson, Miss., Sept. 3, 1896. 

Annie Ross McDowell, born at Refuge, Miss., Feb. 22, 1891; 
died Sept. 13, 1901. 

Alice Tell McDowell, born at Refuge, Miss., Dec. 2, 1901 ; died 
March 10, 1902, 

Will McDowell's Children: 

Matilda A. McDowell, bom at Lamont, Miss., Aug. 21, 1905. 

DANIEL McDowell 

(Son of Blant McDowell). 


Steel Line. 

WILLIAM L. STEEL, born in Jessamine County, Aug. 8, 1843 ; 
married in Jessamine County, Kentucky, Nov. 5, 1867, to Anna 
Eliza Barkley, born in Jessamine County, Kentucky, Oct. 6, 1843. 

Children of above : 
Elizabeth McDowell, born at Nicholasvile, Ky., 06t. 4, 1868; 

died March 16, 1905. 
Sarah McDowell, bom at Nlcholasville, Ky., Dec. 20, 1874. 

Married : 
Elizabeth McDowell, born at Nicholasville, Ky., Oct. 4, 1868; 
Sarah married Horace Bruce Taylor, Nicholasville, Kv., Jan. 25, 

Grandchildren : 

Anna Steel Taylor, born at Nicholasville, Ky., June 15, 1901. 
Elizabeth Taylor, born at Nicholasvile, Ky.', Dec. 22, 1903. 

Great-grandfather : 
Col. James McDowell, born in Rockbridge County, Virginia, in 


1760; married in Virgina, in 1779, to Mary Paxton Lyle; buried in 
Payete County. 

Nationality of ancestry, Scotch-Irish. 
Official positions held. Major and Colonel in War 1776. 
Grandfather : 
Samuel McDowell, son of James McDowell; born in Fayette 
County, Kentucky, 1785 ; died in Jessamine County, 1857 ; married 
in Jessamine County, Kentu«ky, to Polly Chrisman, bom in Jessa- 
mine County, Kentucky, 1796; died at Nicholasville, Ky., 1873; 
buried at Nicholasville, Ky. 

Children of Grandfather: 
William Steel, married Sarah McDowell, granddaughter of 
James McDowell, Jan. 15, 1840; born in Jessamine County, Ken- 
tucky, 1814; died Aug. 16, 1845. 
Their children: 
Sarah McDowell, born in Kentucky, 1822; died Nov. 28, 1862. 
Samuel McDowell Steel, born in Jessamine County, Dec. 16, 

1840; died March, 1907. 
William Lewis Steele, born in Jessamine County., Aug. 8, 1843 ; 

died March, 1907. 
John Steele, born in Jessamine County, Dec. 8, 1845. 
Sarah McDowell, married John Garrison in 1848. 
Their children: 

Mary (now Mrs. W. B. Lewis, Long Beach, Cal.) ; died 1883. 
Belle (now Mrs. Andrew Lewis, Long Beach, Cal.) 
J. B. Garrison, bom at Long Beach, Cal. 
Joe Garrison, bom at Long Beach, Cal. 
Caleb Garrison, bom at Long Beach, Cal. 
Eliza, married J. D. Hughes, Nicholasville. 
Ada, married William Lewis, Long Beach, Cal. 


On Sunday, Dec. 29, 1912, as Rev. Jesse W. Siler was preparing 
to preach he was seized with a violent hemorrhage of the lungs. 
This was followed by others Monday, and at 7 o'clock p.m. the 
heroic warfare of a good soldier had ended. He had entered through 
the gates of death from the Church Militant to the Church Tri- 

Jesse W. Siler was bom in Franklin, N. C, Feb. 9, 1863. After 
a distinguished course, in which he won several medals and was val- 
edictorian of his class, he graduated from Davidson College in 1885. 
He had prepared himself especially for mission work in China, but 
being denied this privilege on account of ill-health, he invested his \ 
life for the Master in North Carolina and Texas. The last great 
work in Texas was inspiring, and led his people to erect the mag- 
nificent church building at San Angelo, Texas. The strain was too 



k much for his feeble body, but his brave spirit would not allow him 

to give up service for his King. Removing to Silver City, N. M., 
he continued preaching and witnessing for Jesus till Ood said, '^It 
is enough/' and being willing and ready to obey his Lord, whether 
going or staying, he passed on to his reward above. 

In 1888 he married Miss Margaret McDowell, a graduate of 
the old Moravian School in Salem, N. C, who, with two sons and 

^ one daughter, still survives. Dr. Siler's fidelity to God was im- 

pressed upon his brethren at all times, especially by his presence 
in the church courts, even when he had to lean upon his pillow. 
His wise counsel, his clear vision and his warm heart gave him a 
high place in the esteem of all who knew him, but particularly his 
fellow-presbyters. His messages glowed with love for him whom 

^ he served. His character grew sweeter and more God-like as his 

body grew weaker. Shall not the memory of such a heroic life be 
a bendiction and an inspiration to loved ones left in service yet 
a little while? 

And now, while he rests from his labors, his work goes on in 
the lives he touched and the hearts he cheered to nobler deeds, to 
sweeter songs, to richer experience, and to deeper trust in God. 

C. B. H. 



Samuel Irvin, born in Virginia, Feb. — , 1761; fought in the 
Battle of Cowpens under General Green, His wife, Jane Brewster, 
born in Virginia, April 11, 1761, died and was buried at Blooming- 
ton, Ind. Her parents were James Brewster and Eleanor William- 
son. Samuel was a brave Revolutionary soldier and a citizen of 
commanding influence among his fellows. He died at Corydon, 
Ind., Aug. 3, 1837, in his 76th year. 

Children of Samuel Irvin and Jane Brewster: 

1. Mary, born Jan. 8, 1790. 

2. Williamson. 

3. Bryson, born March 9, 1794. 

4. Sarah B., born Jan. 3, 1796 ; married William Frost. 

5. Samuel W. 

6. Jane. 

7. James. 

8. Elizabeth, born Oct. 25, 1804; married William Alexander. 

1. Mary married Joseph Doak. 

2. Williamson Irvin, born Nov. 17, 1792, in Madison County, 

Kentucky ; married Nov. 10, 1860, to Mary Davis, who was 
bom in Garrad County, Kentucky, Oct. 8, 1798 ; died April 
23, 1875. Williamson'lrvin served i;i the War of 1812, and 



died May .13, 1837, in Anderson. County, Kentucky. Both 
he, and his wife are buried at Providence, Ky. 
Issue: 1. Elizabeth; 2. Samuel Davis- 3. Margaret; 4. Mary 
Jane; 5. Martha; G. Williamson; 7. James; 8. Nellie; 9. Miriam F. 

Samuel Davis Irvin married Sallie , and their children 

were: John, Mollie and Sallie. MoUie married Williams and Sallie 
married Rhodes — all moved to California. Williamson Irvin married 
Martha Bodine, and had three children: Isaac B., Annie E. and 
Fletcher — all living in Chaplin, Ky. 

James Irvin, son of Williamson Irvin and Mary Davis ; born at 
Jarrard County, Kentucky, March 31, 1830; died at Chap- 
ferson County, Kentucky, June 24, 1892; married at Chap- 
lin, Ky., Aug. 27, 1856, to Margaret II. Hohhs; born at 
Chaplin, Ky., Aug. 24, 1837 ; still living. 
Children of Above: 
Williamson Marion Irvin, born at Chaplin, Ky., June 30, 1857; 

still living. 
Davis Hobbs Irvin, born at Salvisa, Ky., June 13, I860; still 

James Brewster Irvin, born at Alleghany, Pa., March 16, 1869; 

stiir living. 
Franklin Woodburn Irvin, born at Allcghanv, Pa., Dec. 25, 
1873 ; still living. 
Marriages : 

1. Annie E. Irvin, at Chaplin, Ky., Feb. 22, 1883. 

2. Clara Reinhart, at Louisville, Ky., , 1883. 

3. Lizzie Bodine, at Bloomfield, Ky., , 1891. 

Samuel W. Irvin, son of Samuel Irvin and Jane Brewster; bom 
April 16, 1798, in Kentucky; died at Corydon, Ind., Sept. 5, 1843; 
married Jane Doak, who was born Nov. 18, 1800, in Kentucky, and 
died at Auburi), Mo., March 23, 1864. Issue: James D., born Sept. 
2, 1823, at Bloomington, Ind. ; married Matilda Thompson at Cory- 
don, Ind., Dec. 18, 1844; both living in that place in 1903. Mary 
Jane, bom July 25, 1826, at Charlestown, Ind. Elizabeth E., born 
Sept. 24, 1829, at Mauch[)ort, Ind.; married to R. R. Logan at Cory- 
don, Ind., Feb. 16, 1847 (see Irvin-Logan line). ]\Iartha A, Ivorn 
Sept. 25, 1831. 

Jane Irvin, daughter of Samuel Irvin and Jane Brewster; born 
May 29, 1800; married. Issue: William Brewster Seward, born 
March 20, 1833. 


Rev. Franklin Woodburn Irvin, the youngest son of James and 
Margaret Hobbs Irvin, was born Dec. 25, 1873, at 48 Rebecca Street, 
Alleghany City, Pa. He was named after the Rev. B. F. Woodburn, 
D.D., pastor of the Sandusky Street Church, who baptized his fa- 


ther a short time before the birth of Franklin. At the early age 
of three months Franklin removed with his parents to Louisville, 
Ky., where he spent his childhood and early boyhood days. On the 
16th of March, 1884, he removed to a farm in Muhlenbufg County, 
Kentucky. It was while living here that he experienced what he 
considers one of the greatest privileges of his life, namely, attend- 
ing school at an old log schoolhouse with puncheon floors and split 
logs for benches. After a little more than a year he returned to 
Louisvile, where he completed his education. At the age of 18 he 
returned with his parents to the farm in Jefferson County, Ken- 
tucky, nine miles south of Louisville. Here he remained until the 
death of his father, which occurred June 24, 1892. On the 11th day 
of February, 1893, Franklin, then 19 years of age, returned to the 
city and began life for himself. Unlike most boys of his age, he 
had decided some years before what he would follow as his voca- 
tion in life; and he settled upon medicine. Even while upon the 
farm, unbeknown to his parents, he would slip out with one of his 
father's medi<;al books under his coat (his father having formerly 
practiced medicine), and read it in secret, being careful to hide it 
under the hay upon the approach of any one. From former conver- 
sations with his parents, he understood that their sentiment. Upon 
returning to the city, he spent his evenings in the study of medicine. 
He experienced a call to the ministry. In October, 1895, having been 
licensed to preach by the Franklin Street Baptist Church, of Louis- 
ville, June 24, 1895, he entered the Southern Baptist Theological 
Seminary, graduating with distinction upon the completion of that 
course. He holds three degrees conferred upon him by that insti- 
tution, viz., Th. G., Th. B., Th. M. He preached his first sermon 
on June 23, 1900, at New Liberty Baptist Church, in Indiana. Upon 
being called to the pastorate of the First Baptist Church of Lead- 
ville, Colo., he was ordained by the Clifton Baptist Church of Louis- 
ville, in December, 1900. Rev. Edgar I. Mullins, D.D., LL.D., 
preached the ordination sermon and Rev. T. T. Eaton, D.D., LL.D., 
led in the ordaining prayer. His pastorate in Leadville won for him 
the distinctive title of being the *'most eminent Baptist preacher in 
the world'' — the altitude, 10,225 feet, making it literally true; for 
it is to be remembered that this is the highest Baptist church in the 
world. He served this church seven months, however; the extreme 
altitude brought on a throat trouhle which compelled him to resign 
and seek work in the lower altitudes. On Oct. 30, 1901, he was 
called to the Portland Avenue Baptist Church of Louisville, but 
declined that call to accept the care of the First Baptist Church of 
Washingtoj] C. H., Ohio, one of the leading churches in Southern 
Ohio, which church he still serves. 

Franklin is one of the most aggressive young pastors, and bids 
fair to make his mark as a pulpit orator. A singular thing about 


his career is to be ioiind in the fact that both his father and grand- 
father on his mother's side were physicians; and the man for whom 
he was named and his great-grandfather on his mother's side were 
both ministers of the gospel. 

In a letter to a friend is found this tribute to his mother : 
** Apart from the graee of God, I am what I am because of her. 
Everj'^ gray hair of her head is sacred to me, for they are eloquent 
with the story of sacrifice, and it was all for me. As a mother she 
did all that she could, and she did it well." 


A Copy From Will Book No. 1, Page 1338. 

In the name of God Amen the fourtenth day of March in the 
year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine. 

I Robert Erwin in the State of Virginia and County of Rock- 
1) ridge. Being in perfect mind and memory. Thanks be to God 
therefore and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die 
do make and ordain this my last will and Testament that is to say 
principally and first of all I recommend and give my soul to the 
hands of God who gave it and as for my body I recommend to 
Earth, to be buried in a Christianlike and decent manner at the 
Discration of my Extrs. Nothing Doubting but at the General Res- 
urrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of 
God. And as touching such worldly estate as it has pleased God to 
bless me with in this life I give and dispose of the same in the fol- 
lawing manner and form. Item, it is my will and I order that all 
of my just debts and funeral charges be paid. Item, I give unto 
Ann my Beloved wife the negro wen<}h named Phillis and all of the 
dresser Furnitor and one of Erskine's large volums which she 
pleases and the large Bible, and all her apperil for her back and her 
Bed and what I have in hand o>f hard money and her saddle and 
bridle and the third part of the remainder of my moveable estate 
(Negroes Excepted) and I order that my son Robert Give his mother 
a good maintenance for herself and her Negro wench and her horse 
during her natural life or if he does not pay her seven punds per 
annum, and he is to give to her, her maintenanee on the plantation 
and in her own home where she now lives and the Negro wench named 
Phillis is to be my son's Robert Erwin after his mother's decease. 
Item, I give unto my beloved son, Robert Erwin the plantation I 
now live on containing five hundred and five acres. I likewise give 
him the piece of land I bought of Patrick McConnell all of which land 
I give to him and his heirs and assigns forever ; if he has any heirs 
begotten of his body. But if he has no issue I allow the said land 
to be sold after his death to the highest bidder and the price thereof 
to be equally divided to all my sons and daughters. I likewise give 
my son Robert Erwin the negro man name Joe, and the Negro 

336 TUB McDowells and connections 

wench name Rachel also the wench Ells and all the remainder of my 
moveable estate (except ten pounds that I give to my daughter Han- 
nah Logan). Item, I give to my beloved son Benjamin Erwin the 
negro wen<;h name Dinah. Item, I order that all my wearing apparel 
be equally divided among my three sons, Eklward Erwin, Jonas Er- 
win and Joseph Erwin. I likewise constitute and appoint Anne, my 
beloved wife and my beloved son Robert 'Erwin as my only and 
sole executors of this my last will and Testament in witness and do 
hereby annul all other wills and Testaments by me heretofore made 
and ratify this and no other to be my last will and Testament in wit- 
ness whereof I have hereunto set my seal the day and year above 
mentioned. Signed, Sealed and declared by the said Robert Erwin 
as his last will and Testament in the presence of us subscribers. N. 
B. That before signing and sealing of those present I order that the 
third part of my moveable estate that my wife has mentioned to her 
above is to be given to my son Robert Erwin along with the rest of 
my moveable estate for my wife does not want it. 


Witness present : John Hamilton, Morris Gwyn. 

At a Court held for Rockbridge County, Sept. 1, 1789. The 
within writing purporting to be the last will and Testament of Rob- 
ert Erwin, deed, was presented in Court by Ann Erwin, Ext. Robert 
Erwin, Ext. who made oath according to law. Certificate is granted 
them for obtaining Probate ' thereof in due form they having to- 
gether with approved security as acknowledged bond according to 
law. Attest 

A. REID, Clerk. 

A Copy— Teste: A. T. SHIELDS, Clerk. 


Robert Irvin, bom in Ireland ; came to Rockbridge County, Vir- 
ginia, 1740; died at Rockbridge County, Virginia, 1789; married at 
Rockbridge in 1825, buried at New Monmouth Church, Rockbridge 
County, Virginia. 

Nationality of ancestry, Irish. 

Hannah Irwin, bom at Rockbridge County, Virginia; died at 
Rockbridge County, Virginia, 1826 ; married in Rockbridge County, 
Virginia, 1765, to James Logan, born in Ireland in 1732, died at 
Rockbridge, in 1825, buried at New Monmouth Church, Rockbridge 
County, Virginia. 

Children of James Logan and Hannah Irvine : 

Ann, born in Virgina in 1766. 

John, born in Virginia in 1767. 

Robert, born in Virginia in 1769. 

Alexander, bom in Virginia in 1771. 

Margaret, horn in Virginia in 1772. 


Elizabeth, born in Virginia in 1775. 

James, bom in Virginia in 1777. 

Mary, born in Virginia in 1779. 

Joseph, born in Virginia in 1781. 

Irvin, born in Virginia in 1783. 

William, born in Virginia in 1785. 

Benjamin, born in Virginia in 1789. 
James Logan was a Revolutionary soldier,* served three years 
as private in Capt. Jonathan Langdon's Company, 12th Virginia 
Regiment, commanded by Col. James Wood. Revolutionary record, 
Washington, D. C, from official records of the treasury depart- 
ments of Virginia, Book 11, page 256, where it appears that on the 
21st day of April, 1784, he was paid by the hands of Captain McKee 
the sum of 40 pounds, * * agreeable to the act of assembly passed the 
November session, 1781," for his adjustment of pay for his military 
service, provided by said act. 


By D. W. Irwin. 

Dr. William B. Irwin, bom March, 1820 ; died at Hillsboro, Ala., 
Jan. 20, 1863, to Hattie B. Nelson, born at Limestone County, Ala- 
bama, May 8, 1838. 

Children of Above: 

Willie Irwin, bom at Hillsboro, Ala., Aug. 1, 1864, 

Dee W. Irwin, born at Hillsboro, Ala., Aug. 18, 1866. 

Tandy W. Irwin, born at Hillsboro, Ala., Jan. 8, 1868. 

Greek P. Irvin, born at Hillsboro, Ala., April 17, 1870. 

Bob W. Irwin, born at Hillsboro, Ala., Oct. 1, 1872. 

David L. Irwin, born at Hillsboro, Ala., March, 1873-1874. 

Sm W. Irwin, bom at Hillsboro, Ala., May 15, 1875. 

Jessie D. Irwin, born at Hillsboro, Ala., Oct. 11, 1877. 

Hattie J. Irwin, born at Hillsboro, Ala., Nov. 29, 1879. 
Marriages : 

Willie Irwin to Frank Preuit, at Hillsboro, Ala., April, 1880. 

D. W. Irwin to Mattie William, at Hillsboro, Ala., Nov. 25, 

T. W. Irwin to Hattie Townsend, at Hillsboro, Ala., Dec. 
9, 1889. 
Grandchildren : 

Blenit Preuit, born at Hillsboro, Ala. 

Harry Preuit. 

Anna Preuit. 

Agnes Irwin, born at Russellville, Ala., Aug. 29, 1891. 

Willie Irwin, born at Hillsboro, Ala., March 20, 1893. 

Brock Irwin, born at Hillsboro, Ala., Feb. 1, 1896. 

Dee W. Irwin, Jr., born at Hillsboro, Ala., April 8, 1898. 



Robert Reynolds Logan, born in Shelby County, Kentucky, on 
the 20th of July, 1814 ; died in Lincoln County, Missouri, on the 22d 
of October, 1884; married, in Corydon, Ind., Feb. 16, 1847, to Eliz- 
abeth Eleanor Irvin ; com at Mauckport, Harrison County, Indiana, 
Sept. 24, 1829, died in Lincoln County, Missouri, Nov. 20, 1895. 

Children of Above : j 

Samuel Alexander, bom in Shelby County, Kentucky, Dec. 

9, 1847 ; died September, 1848. 

Sarah Margaret (or Maggie) ; born in Lincoln County, Mo., 

June 21, 1849. 
Mary Louisa, born in Lincoln County, Mo., Jan. 2, 1851. 
Amantha Eleanor, born in Lincoln Couty, Mo., Ja. 17, 1853. . 

Robert Irvin, bom in Lincoln County, Mo., Oct. 10, 1855. 
James Ilervey, bom in Lincoln County, Mo., Oct. 12, 1857. 
Matilda Olivia, born in Lincoln County, Mo., Sept. 21, 1861. 
Catherine Doak, born in Lincoln County, Mo., July 14, 
1863 ; died Oct. 26, 1899. 

William Bryson, born in Lincoln County, Mo., Jan. 13, 1866. 
Preston Breckenridge, born in Lincoln Countv, Mo., June 

2, 1807. 

Marriages : 

Sarah Margaret married Henry M. Morriss at Corydon, 

Ind., Dec. 10, 1884. 
Mary Louisa married William Hopkins, Lincoln Couuty, 

Mo., Jim. 23, 1879. 
Amantha Eleanor married J. J. Bulleit at Corydon, hui., 

Nov. 15, 1910. 
Robert Irvin married Katie Thompson, Lincoln County, Mo., 

Jnuray, 1893. 
James Hervey married Jenie Wallace, Lincoln County, Mo., 

October, 1893. 
Matilda O. married Newton Dodson, Lincoln County, Mo., 

Nov. 28, 1'889. 
William Bryson married Rhoda Hannock Oct. 15, 1890. 
Preston Breckinridge married Jane McFall at Allegheny, 

Pa., May 31, 1900. 


By J. H. Erwin. 

Joseph Erwin married Elizabeth Cowan, of Salisbury, N. C. 
She had two brothers living at Salisbury at that time, both promi- 
nent in business. Thomas L. Cowan, the elder, being merchant and 
banker, became quite wealthy, lived to an old age, and died leaving 
a large estate for division among three children, one son and 

THE! McDowells and connesctions 339 

two daughters. James Cowan, the younger brother of Thomas L., 
moved to West Tennessee, and settled four miles from Paris, Henry 
County. He was also quite .wealthy for those days. I visited him 
in 1838-1840, when I was quite a boy. 

Referring to my cousin, Thomas C. Erwin, of Atlanta, permit 
me to say he has made a splendid record and has a very bright fu- 
ture. He was in business here with me in 1881, at the close of that 
year he went with the Lowery Banking Co., of Atlanta, as bookkeep- 
er, where he remained three or four years, until the organization of 
the Third National Bank of Atlanta, when he was called and ac- 
cepted the position of assistant cashier which position he has since 
filled with high credit to himself and perfect satisfaction to its 
stockholders, offieers and patrons, and on the first of January last 
was. elected to the position of a full-fledged cashier. He is the son 
of Uncle Abel A. Erwin. His mother was named Elizabeth Seford, 
who was raised near LaOrange, Oa., one of the best families of 
the State. So that I can truthfully say, that Cousin Thomas C. is 
a worthy son of a noble parentage. 

I received last week from a cousin in Starkville, Miss., the 
birth dates of Grandfather Joseph Erwin, and his brothers and sis- 
ters, also the birth dates of his own children, 14 in number. The 
name of my father on the list is S. Cowan Erwin. My cousin, 
Thomas C, is named for his uncle, Thomas B., and my father, S. 
Cowan, making his full name Thomas Cowan Erwin. 

Birth dates of Joseph Erwin and his brothers and sisters. 

Joseph Erwin, born Feb. 4, 1769. 

Isabella Erwin, born 1749. 

Hezekiah Erwin, born 1751. 

Yala Erwin, born 1750. 

Agnes Erwin, bom March 11, 1760. 

Margaret Erwin, born October, 1762. 

Mary Erwin, born Aug. 14, 1764. 

Birth dates of the children of Joseph Erwin and his wife, Nancy 
Erwin : 

Thomas B. Erwin, born Sept. 16, 1792. 

Joseph Erwin, born Feb. 3, 1794. 

James P. Erwin, born March 7, 1796. 

Agnes W. Erwin, born Jan. 25, 1798. 

Eli J. Erwin, bom Nov. 4, 1799. 

John J. Erwin, born Sept. 11, 1801. 

S. Cowan Erwin, bom Feb. 8, 1803. 

Katherine L. Erwin, bom April 17, 1805. 

Mary B. Erwin, bom Jan. 3, 1807. 

William Erwin, born Jan. 25, 1809. 

Hezekiah Franklin Erwin, born Feb. 11, 1811. 


Margaret Clementine Erwin, bom August 8, 1813. 
Abel A. lErwin, born Oct. 10, 1815. 
Mkhael Lincoln Erwin, born May 21, 1819. 

By Margaret Erwin McDowell. 

James Graham, Senator, to Jos. J. Erwin, in 1834, in speaking of 
J. J. Irwin's grandfather, Alexander, said: 

**The name of Alexander Erwin is one identified with the noble 
deeds of the Revolution, and one I have often heard my father many 
a long winter night when talking over the scenes of the birthday of 
liberty, always make honorable meption of Alexander Erwin." 

From this some of the great grandchildren think Alexander 
Erwin was in the war, but I believe my mother, as she remembered 
him, etc., etc., as I wrote you, and I can find no record to that ef- 
fect. But I find that he was in the General Assembly and that he 
was clerk of the court, etc. He is an ancestor of whom I'm very 
proud, but 1 can 't iind anywhere that he was in the war of 1775, but 
seems to have been looking after the home affairs according to the 
dates and records and tradition. James Erwin, his son, married 
Margaret Locke Phifer. She lived and died with her daughter, 
Sarah Ann Erwin, and her husband. Dr. John C McDowell, my 
father and mother. Grandmother was devoted to my father, pre- 
ferred to live with her daughter and visit her son, Jos. J. Erwin, 
who lived at her old home, Bellevue. 

Grandmother was herself an heiress, and my grandfather James, 
her husband, aecumulated a vast estate, wes one of the wealthy men 
of Burke, was a shrewd business man and of quick intellect and 
fine judgment. My mother, Sarah, his daughter, was his special 
pet, and he was very proud of his eldest daughter, Elizabeth, who 
married Hon. Burton Craig. She was a celebrated beauty and horse- 
woman. My mother was celebrated for her peculiar honesty, truth, 
justice, was pretty and the most graceful woman on horseback I 
ever saw, and rode when she was 72 years old; was her father's 
companion while the rest of his children stood in awe of him. I 
remember my grandmother well— she lived with us until we were 
grown and I was fourteen. She was the daughter of Martin Phifer 
of Cabarrus. 


Prepared by Arthur L. Keith, Ph.D. 

There were many bearing the name Erwin, (Erwine (rarely Ir- 
win) living in Augusta County, Virginia, when its records first be- 
gin (1745). They were apparently there before this date, as shown 
by one record given below. The Augusta County records are prac- 

THE McDowells and conne)ctions 341 

tically all published down to a late date, and the following records 
have been assembled largely from this publication. An endeavor is 
made, where possible, to show connections. In the earliest years 
they seem to have all lived on or near Long Glade, a branch of North 
River. This fact, along with the similarity of Christian names, may 
indicate that they were all closely related, but this relationship is 
often not established. The important reason for publishing this ac- 
count here is that sometime somebody may be able to supply the 
missing links. 

The following is the earliest authentic record. In 1742 Andrew 
p]rwine. Benjamin Erwine, John Erwine and Edward Erwine be- 
longed to the muster rolls of Captain John Smith. 

The following tradition has the semblance of truth, but I can- 
not vouch for its accuracy. Edward Erwin was born about 1680 in 
Ireland, moved to Virginia in 1724, and died 1768. His children 
were John, Robert, Andrew (died before 1768)^ Edward and Fran- 
cis. John Erwin, born about 1700, married Jane Williams, in Ire- 
land, and their children were Edward, Benjamin, Samuel, Francis, 
John, William, Frances, Jane, Margaret and Mary. Of these Sam- 
uel, bom about 1740, married Mary Curry, in 1769, and their chil- 
dren were John, Samuel, Robert, William, Mary and Sarah. John, 
son of Samuel and Mary Curry Erwin, was born Dec. 12, 1769, and 
married 1. Rebecca Curry, 2 Rhoda Curry, widow of John Stokes. 
He moved to Kentucky, and later to Ohio, where he died April 1832. 

Returning now to the published records of Augusta County, 
Virginia, we find the following: 

John Erwin, constable. May 21, 1747. 

Robert Erwin, supernumerary, Feb. 1747-8, being sickly and in- 

Matthew Erwin, bought land 1749. 

Francis Erwin, Francis Erwin, Sr., John Erwin, Samuel Erwin, 
Sr., and Samuel Erwin witnesses to a patent of John Brownlee, June 
20, 1749. 

James Irwin, witness to a deed Jan. 8, 1746, for sale of land sit- 
uated on Long Glade. 

Andrew Erwin, John Erwin, Edward Erwin (two of same name) 
Francis Erwin and Benjamin Erwin, Mav 28, 1751, ordered to assist 
in making road. 

William and Robert Brown, on Nov. 27, 1751, sell land to Robert 
Campel, which lies at corner of John Anderson and John Erwin; 
joins Thomas Erwin 's line. Andrew Erwin is one of the witnesses 
to this deed. 

Edward Erwin, Sr., yeoman, and Frances, sell to Edward Er- 
win, Jr., yeoman, 206 acres, part of two patents to Edward Erwin. 
Sr., dated March, 1747, and April 5, 1748, on Long Glade, at corner 
of William Brown and John Anderson; joins John Erwin 's line. 


Witnesses are Robert Francis and Benjamin Erwin. The deed was 
delivered to Benjamin Erwin, May, 1754. Edward Erwin, Sr., and 
Frances, on Nov. 29, 1751, sell to Benjamin Erwin, yeoman, 70 
acres, part of patent dated April 5, 1748, on Long Glade. Edward 
Erwin is a witness. 

Same to same en same date land patented Sept. 20, 1748. 

Edward Erwin, Sr., yeoman, on Jan. 27, 1757, sells land to 
Francis Erwin, yeoman, 184 acres, part of 350 acres patented to Ed- 
ward Erwin, April 5, 1748, at corner of Edward Erwin, Jr., and 
of Benjamin Erwin ; also 100 acres a part of 220 acres patented to 
Edward Erwin, March, 1747, at corner of William Brown and Wil- 
liam Alexander. Witnesses are John, Andrew and Edward Erwin. 
This deed was sent to Francis Erwin, Sept. 28, 1774. If Edward 
Erwin, Sr., the grantor in the preceding deeds is identical, as seems 
probable, with the Edward of the above tradition, born about 1680, 
then the Erwins named as grantees and witnesses, namely, Edward, 
Robert, Francis, John and Andrew, were probably his sons, and 
We have a close agreement with the tradition. The only exception 
is that of Benjamin Erwin to whom Edward, Sr., sells land on same 
date that he sells to Edward, Jr., who is not provided for in the 
tradition. Perhaps he is a lost son, or else a grandson. There are 
several Erwins already mentioned who will not fit into this scheme, 
namely Samuel Erwin, Sr., and Jr., 1749, Matthew Erwin, 1749, 
Thomas Erwin, 1751, and James Irwin, 1746. Perhaps they are to 
be referred to one or more brothers of the original Edward, who 
may have attended him to America. Certain it is that they lived 
in the same vicinity. The reconstruction of the family of Edward 
Erwin, Sr., is aided by the will of John Erwin, date Feb. 15, 1761, 
and proved Nov. 19, 1762. In this will, he mentions a son, Edward, 
to whom he leaves part of the plantation adjoining William Correy ; 
and sons and daughters (without naming them); wife, Jean; and 
he appoints brothers Edward and Francis as overseers ; Andrew Er- 
win (relationship not stated, but probably brother), wife and son 
Edward as executors. The witnesses are James Oliver, William 
Curry and David Williams. 

Andrew Erwin, farmer, makes will May 30, 1765, proved Oct. 
15, 1765. He mentions wife, Ann; son, Francis, who is then un- 
married. The witnesses are Andrew Scott. Samuel Corry, and 
Benjamin Erwin. Brothers Edward and Francis Erwin are to be 
overseers. As he mentions only one child, Francis, to whom he 
leaves his entire estate, there were probably no other children. Pos- 
sibly Francis married later, and is identical with the Francis Er- 
win who died 1791, for whom see below. 

We note next the will of Matthew Erwin, whose relationship 
to Edward, Sr., has not been established. His will is dated April 
19, 1755, and proved Aug. 18, 1762. He mentions no sons. He left 


land to wife Elizabeth, and mentions daughters Gennet Johnson, 
Jean Jamison, Agnes, Mary Francis, EUinor Patterson, Elizabeth 
and Ann Anderson, etohn Francis is named as overseer. Witnesses 
are James Bell, Alex. Blair and Edward Warner. On Feb. 24, 1768, 
Elizabeth Erwin sold to Edward Braden 200 acres conveyed from 
George Breckinridge, to Matthew Erwin, on Feb. 15, 1748, and de- 
vised to Elizabeth by Matthew. Witnesses are James Bell and 
John Francis. 

Edward Erwin, of Long Glade, makes will Jan. 18, 1772, 
proved March 18, 3772. He mentions sons Edward and Francis; 
daughter Frances Brown; son-in-law, Robert Law. Executors are 
sons Edward and Francis. Witnesses are Edward Erwin, Robert 
Curry, John Erwin. Probably this Edward is the one of the above 
tradition who is reputed to have been born about 1680, and died 
1768. If the date of his birth is correct, he would be 92 years old 
at his death. In that case, Edward and Francis are his only living 
sons, John and Andrew (and perhaps also Robert, of whom we hear 
little) having predeceased him. In this connection, we note a 
suit in chancery, Edward Erwin vs. Benjamin Erwin, apparently 
filed April 1, 1771, and decided March, 1772 (possibly at pro- 
bating of the above will). The plaintiff in this suit alleges that he 
was very aged and infirm, and that the defendant had induced him 
against his will to sign a deed. His age, to which he refers, may 
indicate that he was the original Edward. As regards Benjamin, the 
most probable conjecture is that he was the son of John, the son 
of Edward. 

On May 12, 1770, Edward Erwin, Jr., patented land. Wit- 
nesses were Francis Erwin, Sr., and Jr., Edward 'Erwin and Sam- 
uel Erwin. On July 20, 1784, one Edward Erwin, Sr., grandson 
and heir at law of Edward Erwin, deceased, with wife, Elizabeth, 
sold to Francis Erwin land on Long Glade, patented May 12, 1770, 
by Edward Erwin, deceased. Now, here we have an Edward Erwin, 
Jr., in 1770, who in 1784 had a grandson, Edward Erwin, Sr. This 
seems to indicate that the Edward Erwin, Jr., of 1770, was an old 
man, but that he was called Jr., to distinguish him from a still 
older Edward, who was probably the original Edward, and the one 
who died in 1772. 

Francis Erwin makes will Aug. 5, 1791, proved Oct. 18, 1791. 
He mentions wife, Jean; daughter, Susannah, sons John, William 
and Francis; daughter Frances, and elder sister Jean; daughters 
Susanna, Elizabeth Nickel, and Mary Erwin (wife of John Erwin). 
Sons John and William are named as executors. Witnesses are 
James Young, Robert Curry, Alex. Curry. It is uncertain who this 
Francis was. As far back as 1749 Francis Erwin, Sr., and Jr., are 
mentioned. John, who died 1762, and Andrew, 1766, had sons Fran- 
cis. In 1767 one Francis Erwin, Jr., was surveyor. 


During this time the Erwins have multiplied rapidly, and leave 
their native haunts. Without a larger basis than exists at present, 
it is unsafe to speculate on connections, so the following records are 
presented with no, or brief, comment. 

John Erwin makes will March 14, 1805, proved March 28, 1814. 
Mentions wife Mary ; children, Edward, Margaret Herrin, Mary Bell, 
Thomas, Jean, James. Executors are sons Edward and Thomas Er- 
win. Witnesses are William Erwin, Francis Erwin, Benjamin 

Mary Erwin (evidently widow of above John) makes will May 
5, 1815, proved July 24, 1815. Mentions so^^s Thomas, (Edward, 
James and John (the last is not mentioned in his father's will); 
daughters Peggy Herrin, Polly Bell and Jenny Erwin ; granddaugh- 
ter Polly Stuart Erwin. Executors are Edward Erwin and William 
Erwin, Sr. 

Samuel Erwin makes will Sept. 5, 1811. Mentions wife, Mary; 
son, Joseph; son, William (appointed execu*or) ;-and ten daughters, 
viz: Jane, Margaret, Agnes, Elizabeth, Mary, Martha, Ann, Rebecca, 
Sarah and Nickle (?). The Samuel of the above tradition reputed 
to have been born about 1740, likewise had wife, Marj% but the 
names of children are very different. 

Edward Erwin makes will Jan. 23, 1813, proved Feb. 26, 1816. 
Mentions Benjamin Erwin (son) ; heirs of son Andrew ; heirs of son, 
John ; sons, James and William ; daughters, Mary, Jane, Betsy ; 
small children. Executors are wife and her brother, Christian 
Percy. Sarah Erwin, widow of the above, Edward, is shortly after- 
wards involved in a suit, the records of which bring out further 
facts, viz. that Edward Erwin was very old at time of death; that 
he had patented certain land in 1783, that his minor children were 
Hannah and John (apparenly a second John, for in his will he 
mentions heirs of son John) and that he died Jan. 15, 1816. 

Litigation in Augusta County brings out the fact that one 
Edward Erwin of Rockbridge County, Va., made will Aug. 12, 1796, 
proved Oct. 4, 1796, wherein he mentions wife, Rosana; daughter, 
Hanna, and son, John, who is to be executor. That there were other 
children not mentioned in the will is shown by litigation over the will 
in Augusta County in 1813. The other children were Jonas, Benja- 
min, Edward, Thomas, Ann and Isaac, the last four being minors 
in 1796. 

Litigation in Augusta County, also brings out the fact that one 
Andrew Erwin died intestate in Rockingham County, Va., Nov. 13, 
1807, and that he left widow Jane; brothers Edward and Samuel 
Erwin; and children, John, William, James, Nancy, Andrew and 
Mary, who married Daniel Fane. Litigation shows that ** brother 
Edward'' was executor of his father's estate, but it is not clear 
whether it means brother of these children, or of Andrew, who died 

THE McDowells and connections 315 

1807. It is probably th^ latter. John Erwine, son of the above 
Andrew, died leaving children, Susanna, William and Francis ; and 
widow, Jane (daughter of Francis Erwin, mentioned above, whose 
daughter, Jane, married an Eriwin). Susanna Erwin married Rob- 
ert Curry. 

In Augusta County, in 1793, John Erwin brings suit against 
Samuel Erwin, of Rockingham County, Va. John Erwin, in his 
deposition made August 15, 1793, refers to acts alleged to have 
been performed by the above Samuel and his brothers, Benjamin, 
Andrew, John and William Erwin, in the year 1776. 

On Sept. 20, 1796, administration of estate of John Erwin, de- 
ceased, was granted to William and Francis Erwin. This was prob- 
ably the John Erwin, son of Francis, who died in 1791. 

In 1788 it is stated that John Irwine, son of Edward Irwine, 
is about to move to the frontiers of North Carolina. 

On April 24, 1790, Joseph Erwin, of Johnston County, North 
Carolina, son and heir of Benjamin Erwin, deceased, sells to John 
Erwin, apparently of Augusta County, Virginia. 

In 1800, Edward Erwin sues William Curry. Depositions are 
produced from William Erwin, David Williams and Joseph Curry 
of Kentucky. William Erwin, Sr., of Lincoln County, Ky., made 
deposition June 8, 1799, in which he refers to a matter taking place 
some years after the death of his uncle, John Erwin. Joseph Cur- 
ry's deposition waa made in Bourbon County, Ky., June 26, 1799, 
and gives his age as 51, and states that 'h<e came from Ireland to 
Augusta County in 1761 ; that the above Edward Erwin was his 
brother-in-law, and the defendant. William Curry, his brother, 

Benjamin Erwin was licensed as Presbyterian minister in 1782. 

John Erwin, constable, was ordered August 22, 1777, to ar- 
rest Alex. Miller, formerly a Presbyterian minister, on charges of 
disloyalty. John Er^\in was required to summon as witnesses on 
this matter, Benjamin Erwin, Mary Erwin (wife of Benjamin?), 
Robert McFarland. and others. This same case had already been 
tried once in July 1776, at which time Robert McFarland was paid 
4 pence per mile foi* going 50 miles as a witness. This may indicate 
that all the parties concerned lived at some distance from Staunton, 
the county seat of Augusta. In this connection, we note that one 
Benjamin Ervine (Erwin) settled in present Highland County, Va., 

formerly Augusta County. He married Mary , born about 

1750, and they had Elizabeth, born 1776; Jane, John, born 1780; 
Robert, born 1783; Benjamin, Anne, Edward, born 1790; Mary, born 
1793; William, born 1795; Frances, born 1797, married 1816 to Wil- 
liam Ervine, nephew of Benjamin; Susan and Jackson. 

On June 16, 1778, Thomas Frame was appointed constable, in 
the place of John Erwin. 

346 THE McDowells and conne)ctions 

John Erwin and Ann, his wife, sue Benjamin (Erwin and others 
in 1793. 

In Rockingham County, Va., on July 23, 1782, Benjamin Erwin 
is granted license to marry Sarah Bruster. 

In 1780, John Erwin, William Erwin and Edward Erw^in are 
residents of Kentucky. 

John Erwin (Irwin) lived in Nelson County, Ky., as early as 
1780; and persistent tradition among his descendants state that he 
was a native of Augusta County, Va., but the most diligent search 
has not yet established his connection with the Erwin line de.scril)ed 


In the name of God Amen I william Irvine of Bedford County 
Va Being very sick and weak Tho Yet sound and perfect Under- 
standing and Memory do Constitute this My Last Will and Testa- 
ment and Devise it niay be Received as Such. I Moust Humbly Be- 
queath ray soul to God my Maker Beseeching his Moust Gracious ac- 
ceptance of it Through the All Sufficient Merits and Meditation of 
my Most Compassionate Redeemer Jesus Christ who Gave himself 
to be an a Tonement for my sins and is able to save to the Utmost 
AU that Come unto God by him seeing he ever Liveth to make Inter- 
sesion for them and who I Trust will not Reject me a Returning Pen- 
etant Sinnar when 1 come to him for Mercy in this Hope and con- 
fidenee I render up My soul with Comfort Humbly Beseeching the 
most Blessed and Glorius Trinity one God Most Holy Most Merciful 
and Gracious To prepare me for the Time of my Dissolution and 
then to Take me to him Self into that peace and Rest and Incompar- 
able Felicity Which he has prepared for all that Love and Fear 
his Holy name Amen Blessed be God. I give my body to the Earth 
from whence it was taken in full Assurance of its Resurrection from 
thence at the Last Day as far my Burial I Desire it may be decent 
without pomp or State at the Discretion of my Dear Wife who I 
Dout Rot will manage it with all Requisit prudance Whome I -ap- 
point my hole and soul P^xecutor. as to my Worldly Estate I will 
positively Order that all my debts be paid and after that Item I 
give to my dear and Loving Wife a Third part of my estate Reil 
and percinal Dureing her Life and All my well Beloved children To 
be Coe Heirs Together Except there should be male child Bom 
and if so be t^at it should be a mail child I Desire and Give unto it 
an equal part of my estate with the Rest of my children and To In- 
herit his mother's Third at Her decease I do Hereby Disone all 
other wills and Legacies What soever by me Heretofer made con- 
firming this My Last Will & Testament as Witness ray hand and 
seal this Twelfth day of November in the year of Our Lord God One 
Thousand and Seven Hundred and Sixty Six. 

THE McDowells and connections 347 

At a Court held for Bedford County Peby 25th 1767 : 
The withing proporting the Last Will & Testament of William 
Irvine, Qent. Deed, was Exhibited in Court by Elizabeth Irvine Ex- 
ecutrix Therein mentioned and David Irvine, Robert Russell and 
Robert Hughes beiug sworn deposeth & saith that they heard the 
Deceased before his sickness Declare he Entended to Dispose of his 
Estate as by the said Will is Directed & at the Time of his sickness 
(when in his perfect sences) Acknowledge the said Will, & further 
saith not. And the said wrighting is (Established as his Last Will & 
Testament and al ordered to be Recorded & on the motion of the 
said Executrix who made oath according to Law she having firsJ' 
entered into and acknowledged Bond with Security for her due 
and faithfull performance of the said will, Certificate is Oranted 
her for obtaining a probate thereof according to Law. Teste Ben 
Howard, C B C 
A copy. Teste: 

S M Boiling, C B C 
A copy made for the original attested. ... 
copy, by A. M. Sea. Jr 



By Edwin Paul Erwin. 

State, Florida; County, Dade; Postoffice, Larkins. 

Great Grandfather: 

John Erwin, born in Rockingham, County, Virginia, on Dec. 12, 
1769. died April 7, 1832, Union County, Ohio; married in Virginia 
on Feb. 20, 1792, to Rebecea Curry, who died at Union County, 
Ohio, on Sept. 3, 1824; buried one mile southeast of Milford Center, 
Ohio. (John Erwin married second time Rhoda Corey, widow of 
John Stokes.) Nationality of ancestry, Scotch-Irish. 


Benjamin Erwin, born at Nicholas County, Kentucky, on Jan. 
26, 1805; died at Twenty-Mile Stand, on April 15, 1862; married at 
Hamilton, Ohio., on Nov. 12, 1833. to Martha Finley Cook ; born at 
Chillicothe, Ohio, Jan. 30, 1806: died at Tndianola, Iowa, on Jan. 
30, 1870, her 64th birthday; buried at Tndianola, Iowa. 

He was a physician. 

Children of Grandfather : 

Elizabeth Stewart Erwin. born at Hopkinsville, Ohio., July 2, 
1835;diedFeb. 24, 1897. 

John Erwin, born at Hopkinsville, Ohio., March 3, 1837; died 
March 8, 1839. 

William Erwin, born at Hopkinsville, Ohio.. Dec. 11, 1838; died 
Feb. 26, 1902. 


George Bigham Erwin, bom at Hopkinsville, Ohio., Dec. 3, 1840 ; 
died Jan. 13, 1843. 

Jane Sarah Erwin, born at Hopkinsville, Ohio., July 11, 1843; 
died Nov. 22, 1852. 

Margaret Bigham Erwin, born at Twenty-Mile Stand, April 24, 
1846, living. 

Edwin lErwin came from the north of Ireland to Augusta Coun- 
ey, Virginia, about 1724, with wife and five sons: John, Robert, 
Andrew, Edward and Francis. John married in Ireland Jane Wil- 
liams, and died 1759. Had ten children, Edward, Benjamin, Samuel, 
Francis, John, Williams, Frances, Jane, Margaret and Mary. Sam- 
uel Erwin died 1811; married Mary Curry, in 1769; died in 1801, 
children were John, Samuel, Robert, Williams, Mary, Sarah. 

Father and Mother: 

Dr. William P]rwin, born at Hopkinsville, Ohio, Dec. 11, 1838; 
died at Indianola, Iowa, Feb. 26, 1902; married at Indianola, Iowa, 
on April 2, 1874, to Anne Cooke, born at Hope, N. J., on Aug. 
27, 1847 ; still living. 

Children of above: 

Richard Patton, born at Indianola, Iowa, March 28, 1875. 

Dr. Edmund Paul, born at Indianola, Iowa., Jan. 19, 1879. 

Ruth Edna, born at Indianola, Iowa, July 2, 1880. 

Dr. Hubert Cooke, born at Indianola, Iowa, April 1.6, 1885. 

All are living. 

Richard Patton married Edith Gillespie, at Atlantic, Iowa, Jan. 
7, 1909. 

Edmund Paul married Minnie 0. Bowersox, at Longmout, 
Colo., July 29, 1908. 


Richard P. Jr., born at Boise, Idaho, Jan. 28, 1910, living. 

Max Frederick (adopted son), bom at Dollar County, Iowa, 
Aug. 2, 1913. 

Edmund, born at Perry, la., June 27, 1914. 

Paul Vliet Bowersox, born at Larkins, Fla., Nov. 23, 1915. 

y 1. Edward Erwin, married Frances ; emigrat<;d 

from the north of Ireland with their five sons, to Augusta County, 
Virginia; seven miles from Staunton, in 1724. Afterwards they 
moved over into Rockingham County. He died about 1768. Chil- 
dren: John, Robert; Andrew, Edward, Francis. 
2. Andrew Erwin, died 1765. 
2. Robert Erwin. 
2. Edward Erwin. 

2. Francis Erwin married Jean . Children : William, 

John, Francis, Mary, Susannah, Frances, Jane, Elizabeth. 
3. William Erwin married Susannah Curry. 
3. John Erwin. 


3. Francis Erwin. 

3. Mary Erwin, married William Erwin. 
8. Susannah Erwin, married George Balsley. 
3. Frances Erwin, married James Allen. 
3. Jane (Jean) Erwin, married John Erwin. 
3. Elizabeth Erwin, married Andrew Niehols. 
2. John Erwin married Jane Williams in Ireland, and came to 
Virginia with his father's family. He died in 1759, leaving 
his wife and ten children: Edward, Benjamin, Samuel, 
Francis, John, William, Frances, Jane, Margaret, Mary. 
3. Samuel Erwin married in February or March, 1769, 
Mary Corry. They lived in Rockingham County, Va. 
He died Feb. 24, 1811. She died in 1801. Children: 
John, Samuel, Robert, Williams, Mary, Sarah. 
4. Samuel Erwin was weak minded and a family charge. 
4. Robert Erwin was an officer in the war of 1812. He 
•was married. 
Williams Erwin was also an officer in the war of 1812. 
He died in 1814. 
4. Mary Erwin (called Polly) married John Kilbourn. 
Residence, Chillicothe, Ohio. Children: Harriet, 
John, Polly, Samuel, Amelia. 

5. Polly Kilboun married Taggart. 

'4. Sarah Erwin married at age of 14 Thomas Monce. 
Moved in 1810 from Virginia to Hopkinsville, Ohio. 
She died in 1876 or 1877. Children : Gilbert, Samuel, 
Milton, James, Ann, Jenira and others who died 

5. Gilbert Monce married . Residenee 

Wisconsin. Died Sept. 24, 1839. 

5. Samuel Monce married Mounts. Residence 

Nebraska City, Neb. Children six or eight. 
5. Milton Monce, Jutice of the Peace, Hopkinsville, 

Ohio, died in 1876 or 1877. 
5. James Monce married Rebecca Ludlum. He re- 
ceived a large sum of money for a patent, went to 
Washington, D. C, and was never heard of after- 
ward. Children, two, who lived near Mainville, 0. 

5. Ann Monce married, first Michael Johnson; resi- 

dence Wilmington, Ohio. Children: G. M. L., Jo- 
sephine, Sarah, Ann Eliza. 

6. Gilbert Motier Lafayette Johnson, was a brigadier 

general, living in Washington, D. C. He mar- 
ried and moved to Huntsville, Ala. 

6. Josephine Johnson married David Adams, her 
step brother. Residence Cincinnati, Ohio. 


6. Sarah Johnson, died aged about 17. 

6. Ann Eliza Joiinson married Haynes, 

residence Muncie, Ind. 

(5) Ann Monee (Johnson) married, 2nd, Solomon 
Adams, a widower, with^^ two sons, David and 
Christopher. Residence Cincinnati, Ohio. Child: 

5. Jenira Monce, married Uriah Johnson. Residence 

Hopkinsville, Ohio. There were several children. 
4 John Erwin, born Dec. 12, 1769, in Rockingham County, 
Virginia. Married, 1st, Rebecca Curry, Feb. 20, 1792. 
Moved to Ohio and settled in Union Township, Union 
Count}', in 1807. He was a school teacher, and was 
familiarly known as ** Neighbor '* Erwin, to distinguish 
him from a John Irwin, who was known as ''Squire.*' 
He died April 4, 1832, and is buried in Mitchell Ceme- 
tery, one mile southeast of Milford Center, Ohio. Chil- 
dren: Nancy, John, Harriet, Amzi, Sophia, Benjamin, 
Mary, James. 
(4) John Erwin married, 2nd, in 1826, Rhoda Corey, daugh- 
ter of Calvin Corey, and widow of John Stokes. (She 
had four children by her first husband.) 
5. Nancy Erwin, born Jan. 18, 1795 ; died March 1, 1822. 
5. John Erwin, born Sept. 28, 1797 ; died May 23, 1820. 

He studied medicine. 
5. Harriet Erwin, bom Aug. 17, 1798; died March 9, 

5. Amzi Erwin, born Nov. 25, 1801 ; died May 11, 1879. 
Married Catherine Chess. She died June 20, 1879. 
Residence Mechaniesburg, and later Irwin, Ohio. 
Children: John, Thomas Chess, Benjamin, Andrew, 
Dorcas, Alice, Mary, also three who died in infancy, 
one of whom was Mary (1). 

6. Mary (1) Erwin, born May 28, 1850; died Aug. 18, 

6. John Erwin, born Feb. 22, 1845; died March 5, 

1863, at Franklin, Tenn. He was a member of Co. 

A, 121st Reg't., 0. V. I. 
6. Thomas Chess Erwin, born July 26, 1846 ; died June 

7, 1896. Married Mary Goodman, Feb. 17, 1881. , 

Child: Thomas. 

7. Thomas Erwin, born June 26, 1896. 

6. Benjamin Erwin, born April 11, 1855. Married • 

Olive (E. West, Oct. 16, 1879. Th^y live on the old 
farm at Irwin, Ohio, which has been in the family 
110 years. Children: Grace, Lewis B. 


7. Grace Erwin, born March 31, 1885 ; died Sept. 28, 

7. Lewis Benjamin Erwin, born April 29, 1889. 
6. Andrew Erwin, bom Dec. 12, 1859. Married, 1st, 
Sidney E. Davis, Dec. 29, 1881. They moved to 
Kansas, then to Aspen, Colo., and finally Salt Lake 
City, Utah. Children: William C, Mary Ina, 
Fletcher Paul. 
7. William Chess Erwin, married Martha Aveson, in 
(6) Andrew Erwin married, 2nd, Elvina Kerr, a widow, 

with four children. 
6. Dorcas B. Erwin, born June, 1857 ; married Albert 
Benjamin Roots, Dec. 22, 1892. He died March 
25, 1898. Child: Kirby Yale. 
7. Kirby Yale Boots, born Feb. 3, 1894. 
6. Alice Erwin, bom June 13, 1852. Residence, Irwin, 

6. Mary Erwin, born Feb. 1, 1863. Residence, Irwin, 0. 
5. Sophia Erwin, born April 9, 1803, in Kentucky. Mar- 
ried Ruben Plummer, a Methodist minister, who was 
a native of Canada, near Quebec. She died Jan. 25, 
1841, or 1842, near Shanon, Texas, where they had 
gone for her health. Child : John E. 
6. John Erwin Plummer, bom Jan. 26, 1833, at Hills- 
boro, Ohio. Died in 1904 at Huntsville, Ark. Mar- 
ried, 1st, Septima Gray, whose first husband was 

Miller. She died Aug. 1, 1880. Child: 

Mary Gertrude. 
7. Mary Gertrude Plummer, born Oct. 5, 1867 ; mar- 
ried, 1st, Samuel Henderson. Residence, Valley 
Springs, Ark. Children : John, Ernest. 
7) Mary Gertrude Plummer (Henderson) married, 
2nd, D. Portnell, April 11, 1900. Residence 
Shawnee, Okla. Child: Lucile. 
8. Lucile Portnell, born 1901. 
(6) John Erwin Plummer, M. D., married, 2nd, Melissa 
Palestine Phillips, July 3, 1881. She died Aug. 29, 
1912. Children: Erwin, James R. 
7. Erwin Plummer (daughter) born Aug. 31, 1882. 

Residence Fayetteville, Ark. 

7. James Robert Plummer, M. D., born May 12, 

1883 ; married Pauline Smith. Residence, Rock 

Port, Miss. 

5. Mary (Erwin, born Jan. 28, 1807 ; died June 27, 1822. 

5. James Erwin, born April 17, 1809 ; married Elizabeth 


Leah Brittin in 1851. She was a widow, whose first 
husband was Eli Ambler, and her third husband was 
James Yarham. Residence, Toledo, Iowa. He was 
a member of the 37th Iowa Infantry, Co. D. It was 
called the Qraybeard Regiment, as the members were 
all 45 years of age or older. He died May 14, 1863, 
shortly after being mustered out of service. Chil- 
dren : Benjamin B., Harriet E., John F. 
6. Benjamin Brittin Erwin, bom April 13, 1853, in 
Ohio. Married Martha Brown. Residence Hoyt, 
Kansas. Ten children, as follows: 
7. Bruce Erwin, married Rose Cisco, Residenee, To- 

peka, Kan. Two children. 
7. Isaac F. Erwin, married Mabel Eastman. Resi- 
dence, Newport, Wash. One child. 
7. Sarah L. Erwin, married Letcher Mann. Chil- 
dren: Nellie, John and four others. 
7. Carl Erwin, married Jennie MeDougall. Resi- 
dence, Newport, Wash. Two children. 
7. Ivan Erwin, married Florence Cutter. Residence, 

Mayetta, Kan. Child : Edwin. 
7. Eva Erwin, school teacher. Residence, Hoyt, Kan. 
.7. Ray Erwin. Residence, Hoyt, Kan. 
7. Fay Erwin, Residence, Hoyt, Kan. 
7. Claude Erwin. Residence, Hoyt, Kan. 
7. Ruth "Erwin. Residence, Hoyt, Kan. 
6. Harriet Evaline Erwin, bom Aug. 18, 1854; mar- 
ried Adelbert Rice. Residence, Eureka, Kan. Chil- 
dren : Mabel, Nellie, Clyde, Ralph. 
7. Mabel Rice, married Stanley Bate. One child. 

7. Clyde Rice, married . One child. 

7. Nellie Rice, married Chas. Bate. Three children. 

6. John Franklin Erwin, born Aug. 29, 1859, married 

Alice Emma Sweatt, April 20, 1887, at Toledo, 

Iowa. Residence Brookings, S. D. Children: Ada 

B., Ruth E. 

7. Ada Beatrice Erwin, born Aug. 26, 1888. Teacher, 

Brookings, S. D. 
7. Ruth Edith Erwin, born Feb. 17, 1890; married 
Irwin J. Bibby, Aug. 11, 1914. Residence, State 
College, Penn. 
5. Benjamin Erwin, M. D., born Jan. 26, 1805, in Nicho- 
las County, Ky., married Martha Finley Cook, Nov. 
12, 1833. Residence, Hopkinsville and Twenty-Mile- 
Stand, Ohio. He died April 15, 1862. Buried at 
Hopkinsville. His wife died Jan. 30, 1870, on her 


64th birthday, and was buried at Indianola, Iowa. 
Children: Elizabeth S., John, William, George B., 
Jane S., Margaret B. 
6. Elizabeth Stewart Erwin, born July 2, 1835 ; mar- 
ried Kev. Dr. John Caldwell, Oct. 24, 1853. He 
died July 15, 1883. She died Feb. 24, 1897. Both 
are buried at Canton, Penn. Children: William 
H., Martha L., Edward E. 
7. William Henry Caldwell, born Jan. 21, 1857 ; died 

Oct. 27, 1873. 
7. Martha Leah Caldwell, born July 23, 1859. Resi- 
dence Bloomsburg, Penn. 
7. Edward Erwin Caldwell, born Feb. 24, 1867; 
married Esther Geddis, June 30, 1909. He is a 
mail carrier, Bloomsburg, Penn. 
6. John Erwin, born March 13, 1837; died March 8, 

6. George Bigham Erwin,born Dec. 3, 1840; died Jan. 

13, 1843. 
6. Jane Sarah Erwin, bom July 11, 1843; died Nov. 

22, 1852. 
6. Margaret Bigham Erwin, born April 24, 1846 ; mar- 
. ried Joel Thomas Huffman, Oct. 12, 1867. He 
died Jan. 15, 1916. Residence, Indianola, Iowa. 
Children: Erwin, George B. 
7. Erwin Huffman, bom Nov. 3, 1874; married 
Anna Stone Walker, May 29, 1909. Residence, 
Chicago, 111. 
7. George Black Huffman, born Jan. 20, 1877. He 
is a jeweler, residence Indianola, Iowa. 
6. William Erwin, M. D., born Dec. 11, 1838; married 
Ann Cooke, April 2, 1874. He died Feb. 26, 1902. 
Residence, Indianola, Iowa. Children: Richard P., 
Edmund P., Ruth E., Hubert C. 
7. Richard Patton Erwin, born March 28, 1875; 
married Edith' May Gillespie, Jan. 7, 1909. He 
is a music teacher. Residence, Boise, Idaho. 
Child : Richard P. 
8. Richard Patton Erwin, born Jan. 28, 1910, 
7. Edmund Paul Erwin, born Jan. 19, 1879; married 
Minnie Olive Bowersox, July 29, 1908. Both 
are osteopathic physieians. Residence Larkins, 
Florida. Children : Max F., Edmund, Paul V. B. 
8. Max Frederick Erwin, born Aug. 2, 1913. 
8. Ekimund Erwin, born June 27, 1914 ; died same 




8. Paul Vliet Bowersox Erwin, born Nov. 23, 
7. Ruth Edna Erwin, born July 2, 1880. Residence 

Indianola, Iowa. 
7. Hubert Cooke Erwin, born April 16, 1885. He is 
also an osteopathic physician. Residence hu 
dianola, Iowa. 


"One bright memory shines like a star 
In the sky of my spirit forever; 
And over my pathway it flashes afar 
A radiance that perishes never.'' 


Alice Erwin Hudson was born in her father's home, in Wash- 
ington County, Texas, not far from the town of Independence, De- 
cember 12th, 1868. Her father, Dr. Lycurgus Erwin, with his wife, 
Sallie Hawkins Erwin, having come t^ Texas from their old home in 
Maury County, Tenn., like so many others, leaving their homes of 
comfort, culture and refinement, to cast their lot and share the 
pioneer hardships of early Texas days, thus laying the foundation 
in a new land, of that broad cultured citizenship that now is the 
proud boast of the Lone Star State. 

Dr. and Mrs. Erwin moved to Bryan, the county site of Brazos 
County, while their daughter Alice was still a small iihild, and there 
she grew to gentle womanhood, her environment and education 
deepening and broadening that innate refinement and culture that 
was hers by right of inheritance. 

On January 5th, 1886, she was united in marriage to Victor 
Britton Hudson, a brilliant young lawyer, who afterwards became 
County Attorney, District Attorney and County Judge. The ro- 
mance of girlhood culminating at the altar was the beginning of a 
beautiful ideal married life ; of a home that was the center of love, 
culture and hospitality unbounded. Two children were bom into 
this home, and grew up in its nurture and beauty to lovely woman- 
hood, and chivalrous manhood, the pride and joy of their parents' 
hearts. They are Ilattye Lou, now ]\Irs. Wayne W. Evans, of Hugo, 
Oklahoma, and Charlie Britton Hudson, successful member of his 
father's, Judge Hudson's, long established law firm. 

Mrs. Hudson was ever a devoted, untiring and unselfish wife 

. and mother. Her home and home life was always first in her 

» thoughts and care. Hers, however, was a nature, so energetie, so 

large, an intellect so keen and broad, that her interests could not 

be confined merely within the limits of the home that was her cen- 

ter, and from it lier influence radiated in all directions. Her in- 


terests expressed themselves in the work of the church, and al- 
though a Methodist, her money and time were given freely to all. 
The civic improvements of the town, the betterment and uplift 
of its people found in her a leader, enthusiastic and efficient. In 
addition to her church and benevolent organizations, she was a 
member of the D. A. R., the U. D. C, the Woman's Club and thA 
Eastern Star. 

She was keenly interested in the work of the U. D. C. and the 
D. A. R., and in the last years of her life the study of genealogy 
became one of her keenest pleasures, with it all, she never forgot 
the poor, the sick and the sorrowful. She filled so many places 
and filled them ^o well, so utterly without ostentation, that it was 
no wonder that she was so generally beloved, and that the sudden 
call of the Orim Reaper, came as a personal grief to an entire com- 
munity. At noon, on Thursday, January 6th, 1916, her pure soul 
took its flight into the great Beyond — the day before had been her 
wedding anniversary; the Christmas season had been an unusually 
happy one, and she seemed so cheerful, so gay. Only her closest 
friends knew that through it all she was very unwell, but none sus- 
pected the end to be so near. 

The funeral was held from the family residence the next after- 
noon, at 4 o'clock. It was one of the largest ever seen in Bryan. 
Rich and poor, ''all sorts and conditions of men," came to do honor 
to the woman who was never too tired to prove a power of cheer 
for everyone, and never too busy to be kind. The floral offerings 
from loving friends from all over the State, and from the various 
organizations of which she was a member, formed indeed an ex- 
quisite tribute to her beloved memory. Interment was made at the 
City Cemetery, and the services were conducted by the pastor of 
the Methodist Church, of which she was a loyal member. 

A very clear estimate of Mrs. Alice Erwin Hudson's character 
is expressed in the following memorial verse, which appeared in the 
local paper, written by her friend, the Rev. Randolph Ray, Rector 
of the Episcopal Church: 

Star of the East, Love's messenger and thou 
The Heavenly guide of human hearts 

Beaming brightly on thy beauteous brow 
To vision of God's Own self imparts. 

Loved ones, dear and loving friends, 

Through the tear that dim the eye 
See Thee, as thy sweet soul ascends 
In roseate Charity to Heaven's sky. 


Thy fellows all, who walked the way 

So narrow and so hard to keep, 
Thou gavest a word, a sweet good day. 

And on they went, but ceased to weep. 

All, rich and poor, loved well thy smile ; 

The world is better for thy life. 
Thy tongue that praised, but spoke no guile 

And held to peace amidst the strife. 

Progress ever, was thy glad song, 

Progress, too, thy latest breath, 
For all was clear with God along, 

And life is thine, there is no death. 

In Paradise, kind heart, find grace, 
The light, the truth, thou didst yearn to see, 

With gold and myrrh thou sought His face, 
And thus hast found thine own Epiphany. 

Another beautiful tribute is that from the D. A. R.'s: 

** Whereas, To our infinite sorrow, the Grim Reaper, Death, has 

removed from our midst our beloved friend and co-worJker, Mrs. 

Alice Erwin Hudson, whose life was a presence to be felt and known. 

'In darkness and in light, from herb and stone, 
Spreading itself where'er that power may move. 
Which has withdrawn her being to its own; 
Which wields the world with never wearied love. 
Sustains it from beneath and kindles it above.' 

** Therefore be it, Resolved, That we show our love and appre- 
ciation of her efficient service, zeal, her gentleness and beautiful 
nature by holding her as an example of noble womanhood; one 
whose soft voice, though hushed, lingers in our memory, as a deli- 
cate perfume of some rare flower lingers after the flower is dead, 
so will her influence continue. For a life as hers * their works do 
follow them.' 

** Resolved, That we extend our heartfelt sympathy to the be- 
reaved family. 

* Out of the day and night 

A joy has taken flight. 

All things we love and cherish 

Like ourselves must fade and perish.' 

*'We must look to Him who is the Healer, who bringeth light 
out of all darkness." 

TMK McDowells and connections 

Belle Center, Logan Co., Ohio, 

THE McDowells and connections 359 

By Rev. Charles F. Irwin. 

Archibald Irwin was the progenitor of a numerous family, scat- 
tered today throughout the United States, and intermarried into 
many other families. No definite date as to his father and earlier 
kin is at hand in exact form, though tradition is almost as strong 
as fact. His forefathers lived in the colonies before the Revolution, 
in Pennsylvania, and took part in the early colonial wars. One of 
them was present at Braddock's Defeat, and later served through 
the Revolution. 

This family is of Irish extraction. And all clues point to an 
identity with the James Irwin branch from which sprang President 

Archibald Irwin was born Jan. 25, 1768, in New Jersey. In 
I January 22, 1789, he married Elizabeth Fletcher, born on Novem- 

ber 27, 1768, in the same State. He died in Pittsburg, Penn., Aug. 
14, 1846; and his wife in Evan's City, Penn., Dec. 29, 1850. 

He was an educated and broadly read man for his time, and 
was the first teaeher in Butler County, Penn. Among his pupils 
were boys who later became national in reputation. 

To this couple were born ten children, eight hoys and two girls. 
They scattered when they reached mature years, and no effort being 
made to keep in touch with each other, were lost to one another's 
•> knowledge until within recent years, when a movement was started 

by Rev. Charles F. Irwin, a descendant, to gather them into a com- 
pact organization. This is rapidly taking shape. All but two of 
three of these branches have been fully traced, and are in touch 
with Rev. Mr. Irwin. 

Their names and families follow: 

1. William Irwin, bom January 19, 1790. His family moved 
* westward in the early decades or the nineteenth century, one daugh- 
ter marrying a Graham. All other traces are lost. 

2. Charles Irwin, bom October 10, 1791. He married in 1857, 
Lida Glenn, and settled in Clintonville, Pa. To them were born ten 
children : 

Eliza, who married David Moody, of Pittsburg, Pa. 
L William, who married Ann Graham, of Pittsburg. 

John, twin to William, who married Sarah Cavitt, of Clinton, Pa. 

Joseph, who married Sarah McCartney, of Clinton. Pa. 

Matilda, who married Edward Hall, of Clinton, Pa. 

Archibald, who died in infancy. 
J George W., who also died in infancy. 

^ James, who married Nancy J. McComb, Beaver, Pa. 

^ Mary, who was unmarried and lived with her brother William. 

Isabel married to Samuel Hall, Clinton, Pa. 

360 THE McDowells and connections 

3. John p. Irwin, born August 26, 1793. He married Mary 
Buttz, Franklin County, Pa. He fought through the war of 1812, 
Mexican War, and Civil War. He received a government grant of 
land in Illinois, and moved there a few years before his death, which 
occurred on June 4, 1878, at Henry, 111. Their children were : 

Sarah Ann, who married Henry Kirk, Butler, Pa. They had a 
number of children. 

Maria, who marri^ Graham, and died in Harwood, Mo. 

Matilda, who married Eli Bracken. 

Martha, who married Daniel Graham. 

Robert S., who married Lydia A. Fosdick. 

Charles B. 

Ellen, who married Calvin Diehl, and lives in Wichita, Kan. 

4. Matilda, born October 26, 1795. She married David Pride, 
Pittsburg. She is the ancestress of Mrs. Jerome Quay, late consul 
at Florence, Italy. Her home is Sewickley, Pa. 

5. Pressley, bom January 4, 1798. He married Susan Oiler, 
Bedford County, Pa. He had numerous children. Some were as 
follows : 

Marcus, who went West years ago and settled in Colorado. 
Lawrence, married to Lucinda Chambers, Pennsylvania. 

Mary, married to Piatt. 

Harriet, married to Regus. 

Charles F., living in Venango County, Pa. 

Elizabeth, married to Hepler. 

Charlotte, married to William Mortimer. 

6. George W., born April 15, 1800. Married Orzilla Hannah, 
Pittsburg, Pa. This man was a member of the crew of the first 
steamboat on western waters. An ancestor of President Roosevelt 
was in command of the vessel. The centennial of her launching 
will occur in Pittsburg in 1911. His family are scattered and are 
prominent in their several vicinities. One branch moved to Tennes- 
see before the Civil War, and still reside in Nashville. His children 
were as follows: 

Charles F., married to (1) Ann White, (2) Sarah Cole. Their 

children are living mostly in Ohio, in Steubenville and 

Mary Ann, married to Henry Kirkpatriek, Pittsburg, Pa. Her 

family live mostly in Pittsburg. 
Elizabeth, married to Alonzo Burleigh, Nashville, Tenn. 
John A., married to Margaret F. Colvin, Pittsburg, Pa. He was 

a prominent business man of Butler County, Pa., at his 

death, and has left a number of children living in Evans 

City. Pa. 

Orzilla, widow of Charles Shaver. 



THE McDowells and connections aei 

Margaret F. 

7. Crawford, born June 17, 1802. All traces of his line are lost. 

8. Marcus F., born August 21, 1805. He married Nancy Mc- 
Naughton, of Pittsburg, born in Ireland. He was prominently iden- 
tified in the early part of the nineteenth eentury in the interests of 
his native city, Pittsburg. He was a contractor and servied for years 
as market supervisor. His children were as follows: 

Archibald, died in infancy. 

James Ross, died in infancy. 

Agnes, married to William Woods, Pittsburg, Pa. 

Thomas, unmarried.. Served throughout the Civil War in the 

Pennsylvania troops. 
George W., married to Martha A. Morse, Pittsburg, Pa. His 
children are : 

Ada J., died in young womanhood. 

Arminda B., married to Edward Stotz, Pittsburg, architect. 
Charles F., married to Emma Mun<}e. Presbyterian minister 
in Belle Centre, prominently identified with the na- 
tional society of the clan, namely, **The Irvine Society 
of America." 
Mary, unmarried; died in 1908. 

9. Mary Ann, born November 8, 1807. Married Andrew Boggs, 
Evans City, Pa. Her children were as follows: 

Robert I. Boggs, married (1) Mary Hamilton (2) Emma Schutt. 
His children live mostly near Pittsburg. One descendant is 
Rev. Edward Gibson, Noblesville, Ind. 

William, married (1) Sarah Critchlow (2) Harriet Critchlow. 
His children live in and near Pittsburg. 

Matilda, married to E. L. Gillespie. Her son, Harry B., lives in 
Detroit, Mich, and is connected with the Novell and Red- 
field families of that State, who came from Virginia. 

James, married to Melissa Camphell. 

10. Thomas J., born July 5, 1812. Married to Rachel A. Harri- 
mon, Baltimore, Md. His children were as follows. 

Addison W., married to Elizabeth Barkley. She lives in Sioux 
City, Iowa, and her family are prominent in the affairs of 
that place. 

Josephine, married Elliot Davis, Pittsburg. 

Ellen, unmarried. A teacher in the schools of Pittsburgh for 
many years. Lives in Wilkinsburgh, Pa. 

David, married to Mary Thompson. A business man of North- 
side, Pittsburg, Pa. 

One remarkable fact about this connection is the variety of 
spelling of the name. Part of these ten children spell it with an 
I''; part with an ''E." One late connection has changed their 



name from Irwin to Irvine, though there is ho warrant for such 
change in the family history. One line changed from Irwin to Er- 
win, due to the taste of a wife married into the connection, who 
preferred this mode of spelling. 

The family of Archibald Irwin has been identified with every 
war in America since 1730. Many families of his descendants sent 
every male of age into the service. The trades and the professions 
have every one of them found one of this line in them. They have 
been marked for their sobriety and integrity. The record is thus: 
Archibald Irwin, his son, Marcus P., his son, George W., his son 
i'harles F., his son, Charles P., have never touched a drop of in- 
toxicants as a beverage. This record stands unsurpassed in the 
history of our country. 

Prom all traditions and some most definite, we are joined to 
the Irwins with whom Pr^ident Harrison was allied. My father 
always said that his great aunt was Harrison's grandmother. If 
this can be established as a fact, and I am working on it, it will 
push us back to James Irwin, who was bom in Ireland early in the 
eighteenth century. 

The traditions in order that come to us are these. There was a 
clergyman in Ireland who had several boys and girls. The eldest 
boy decided he would come to America, and did so. His son or 
grandson became my grandfath-er. Here exact family history com- 

In the period of tradition, however, there is the story of an an- 
cestor born by the wayside, while the family were fleeting from 
the Indians toward Port Eri«, Pa., where Erie, Pa., now stands. 
Also that one of these forefathers fought with the Virginia ranger^ 
at Braddock's Field, under Washington, at that disastrous time. 
That he also fought through the Revolution under .Washington. 
I possess a powder horn which has come down through father and 
son for generations, with the tradition that it was carried through 
the Revolution. I have no papers or evidence to establish this, 
however. It is a mouth to mouth story. However my father's 
father received it from his father, and this old gentleman was born 
in 1768, so that it looks like the real thing. 

George Irwin (6) was one of the crew of the first steamboat 
to ply on the Ohio i'nd the ^lississippi, namely the one officered by 
the ancestor of President Roosevelt. Some years before the Civil 
War he went to Nashville, Tenn., and set up in business. I think 
it was the lumber business. And was doing a good trade at the out- 
break of the war. He being a Unionist aroused the passions of his 
neighbors, and he came north to Pittsburg. However, during the 
military battles around that city, Nashville, Tenn., he was of serv- 
ice to the government. He voluntarily offered his lumber to the 
government. For which, by the way, the government has never 

THE McDowells and oonnex^tions 363 

made return. He went out to the battle line and fought through 
one of the battles in his civilian attire. He helped to guard th« eity 
water service for some time. Several of his children were 'born in 
Nashville, and some of their descendants are now living there. 


By Irwin Mahon. 

In 1737 Robert Montgomery and Sarah, his wife (maiden name 
unknown), came to America from County Armagh, Ireland, and 
settled near the present site of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. 

Their son, Hugh Montgomery, married twice. Name of first 
wife unknown. His second wife was Jane Abigail Keys, whose fa- 
ther was Robert Keys, of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. 

Hugh Montgomery and Abigail Keys, his wife, had a daughter, 
Nancy, who married Jared Irwin, who in 1813 was Sheriff of North- 
umberland County, Pennsylvania. His father is believed to have 
been named Jared, as Nancy Montgomery's husband is frequently 
referred to as Jared Irwin, Jr. 

They had a daughter named Ann Elizabeth Irwin, who married 
Lewis Caton, of Maryland, but whose later life was spent near Pitts- 
Burg, Pennsylvania. The eldest son of Jjewis Caton and Ann Eliza- 
beth Irwin was named Irwin Lewis Montgomery Caton, and became 
a Presbyterian minister. 

In 1888 he married Gertrude Poole, of Philadelphia, Pa., who, 
with his two daughters, survive him. 

The eldest daughter, Gertrude Emma, married in 1911 John 
Edward Sampson, of Kentucky, and has two children — John Ed- 
wards, Jr., and Irwin Morris. 

The second daughter of the Rev. Irwin Lewis Caton is also 
named Irwin Lewis, the name Irwin being borne in eachsucceeding 
generation — even through the female line. 

In the obituary column of the *' Gazette," published Thursday, 
Jan. 28, 1819, is the following note : 

**We have the regret to record the death of the gallant Colonel 
Jared Irwin, an officer under the independent government of New 
Granada, in South America, and formerly a representative in the 
Congress of the United States, from Sunbury, in Pennsvlvania. 

"In the summer of 1817 he joined the small patriotic band un- 
der General McGregor, that had for the ultimate object the con- 
quest of Florida, and took possession of Amelia ; on its evacuation 
he persevered in his laudable motives, and passed over to the West 
Indies, where, after visiting some of the patriot posts, repaired with 
a large body of patriots to Santa Catalina, preparatory to descent 
on the coast of Granada. He was beloved by his companions in 
arms for perseverance, constancy and courage — cardinal virtues, 
and indispensable to the intrepid soldiers of revolution. 

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''He was highly respected for his intelligence and integrity, and 
in his death the friends of South American Emancipation have lost 
an ardent, zealous and faithful advocate/' 


By Anna V. Smith, Glen Moor, Pa. 

'^he Irwin family are of Scotch origin, and perhaps the first of 
the family as far as can betraced was Jared — ^^born about 1655 — who 
was forced to leave his beloved highland home by reason of relig- 
ious persecution. He being a rigid Covenanter. He found a home 
in the Emerald Isle, from thence his children, five in number, emi- 
grated to America — settled in 1720 in Mount Holly, N. J., but sub- 
sequently removed with their families to Chester County, Pa. 

George Irwin the first, the elder, died 1748 — ^married Miss 
Jane Matlock, an Irish lady of good family (daughter of William 
and Mary Matlock, New Jersey) and both now sleep in the old 
Seceder graveyard near Brandywine manor. 

Edward married Miss Woodard, settled on the Brandy- 
wine, and reared the following children: 

John James, who married his cousin Mary (George's daughter), 
William ; Theophelous married Miss Barr, and lived and died, aged 
85 years, in Brandywine, is buried at Brandywine Manor. 

Elizabeth married Lieut. Joseph Darlington. Mary married 
Mr. James Lockhart, of Brandywine. 

George 2nd (son of George 1st) settled in Honey Brook, Pa., on 
the banks of the Brandywine, two miles southeast of Wayn^burg 
(now Honeybrook), and reared the following children: 

William, who married his cousin, Grace Darlington, and is fa- 
ther of Grace Dunwoodies and Sarah Allen. He was buried at Bran- 
dywine Manor, aged 72 years; died 1794. 

George 3rd married Rebekah Porter ; died 1815, aged 88 years ; is 
interred at the Seceder graveyard. 

John married Isabella Porter; is interred at Brandywine Manor 
graveyard; aged 91 years; died 1824. 

Archibald married his cousin Margaret, 'Edward's daughter; 
reared a family in Brandywine, and afterwards removed to North- 
umberland County, Pennsylvania, and died. 

Alexander and Robert went South, perhaps to Carolina; all 
knowledge of them is now lost. 

Jared, the seventh son — born 1736 ; married Miss Mary Laferty 
(or Laverty), and reared his children in the old homestead in Honey- 
brook, and died in West Nantmeal Township, Chester County, Penn- 
sylvania, at his son Israel's, and rests with the wife of his youth in 
the Seceder graveyard ; died Sept. 25, 1815, aged 79 years. 

Ezekial, born 1760; died 1843, in Lebenon County, Ohio. 

Isreal, born 1762; died 1827. Jared born 1764, died 1820, in 

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CbatlaoooKa, Teon. 


Ctaaltanooga, TeoD. 


Blair County, Pennsylvania; Leticia, bom 1766, di^d 1834, in Can- 
ton, Ohio; Samuel, born 1771, died 1813; Mary Stuart, born 1773, 
died 1916 ; Keziah Coulder, bom 1776, died 1863 ; Mary Irwin, born \ 
1778, died 1855. 

George Irwin (2nd), married- was father of . 

William Irwin died 1794, married. 
George Irwin 3rd married Rebekah Porter. 
John Irwin married Isabella Porter. 
Jared, seventh son, married Mary Laferty. 
Edward Irwin married Miss Woodward. 
Daughter, Elizabeth Irwin, married Lieut. Joe Darlington. 
Grace Irwin married James Dunwoodies. 
Sarah Dunwoodies married Samuel Lewis. 
Jemima Lewis married Davis Roberts Smith, parents of — 
Sarah Lewis Smith, 
Edgar A. Smith, 
Walker H. Smith, 
Anna V. Smith. 


James Erwin. son of Patrick Erwin of Virginia, who was of 
Scotch-Irish descent, came from Virginia and settled in East Ten- 
nessee in the early \mvt of the Nineteenth Century. He was a farmer 
and a Christian gentleman. He married Rebecca McKinney and j 
became the head of a large family. James Erwin died in Monroe ^ 
County, November, 1853. Rebecca Erwin died August, 1882; buried 
at Ebenezer Churchyard, Monroe County, East Tennessee. 

William P. Erwin, oldest son of James and Rebecca Erwin ; born 
in Monroe County, East Tennessee; still living; married in Monroe 
County, November, 1852, to Mary Givens. 


1. Texas Erwin. 

2. Thomas C. Erwin, born in Monroe Co., Peb. 22, 1885. 

3. James A. Erwin, bom in Monroe Co., 1857. 

4. Robert Erwin, born in Monroe Co., 1860. 

5. Callie Erwin, born in Monroe Co., 1863. 

6. Miller Erwin, born in Monroe Co., 1867. 

7. Ella Erwin, born in Monroe Co., 1868. \ 

8. Buena (Erwin, born in Monroe Co., 1870. 

9. Edna Earl Erwin, born in Monroe Co., 1875. 

10 Nina and Nena (twins), born in Monroe Co., 1872 (N^na 
Uied 1872). 

11. Willie May Erwin, born in Monroe Co., 1878. 

Thomas C. Erwin, son of William and Mary Erwin, born at < 
Madisonville, Feb. 22, 1855; still living; married at Kingstor, Tenn., 

THE McDowells and connekjtions 371 

Nov. 24, 1879, to Margaret H. Wester, daughter of Dr. John W. Wes- 
ter, born at Kingston, Tenn., May, 1861, living. 

Thomas C. Erwin is a prominent merchant at Chattanooga, 
Tenn., and also in the mercantile business in New York and the 
West. His family are all splendid specimens of fine old Scotch- 
Irish ancestry. The Erwin homestead stands on a proud eminence, 
commanding a view unsurpassed in beauty, the most prominent and 
delightful on Lookout Mountain, overlooking the city of Chattanoo- 
ga, Tenn., the surrounding country and many historic points and 



1. Maude Wester Erwin, born at Kingston, Tenn., Aug. 24, 
1880; married George Winkleman of Cincinnati, Ohio, at Lookout 
.Mountain, Oct. 4, 1907. 

2. Robbie May Erwin, born at Rockwood, Tenn., Sept. 9, 1882 ; 
married AVilliam Fletcher Howell at Lookout Mountain Nov. 20, 

3. Margaret Hamilton Erwin, born at Rockwood, Tenn., Aug. 
23, 1885. Said to be the most beautiful woman in Tennessee. 

4. T. C. Erwin, Jr., born at Chattanooga, Tenn., Feb. 20, 1887. 

5. Thomas Carlton Erwin, born at Chattanooga, Tenn., Oct. 6, 

6. Josephine AVester Erwin, born at Lookout Mountain Nov. 
14, 1893. 


Maude Erwin Winkleman, born at Kingston, Tenn.; eldest 
daughter of Thomas C. and Margaret Wester Erwin.. 


Margaret Hamilton P]rwin of Lookout Mountain, who won the 
honor of being called the most beautiful woman in the State of 
Tennessee, was born near Kingston, East Tennessee; the third 
daughter of Thomas C. and Margaret Wester Erwin. 

Josephine Wester Ervin. Taken from a leading magazine is the 
following : 

**The knights of old, in search of the fountain of youth, had 
they gone to historic Lookout Mountain, would have ended their 
wanderings there — confident that the region which produced such 
exquisite gems of womanly beaut}- must necessarily possess the fa- 
bled secret of man's perennial youth. Nowhere in the whole galaxy 
of states can be found a longer roster of beauties than in the Volun- 
teer State. Whether it is because the skies are bluer, the water 
purer and nature more lavish with all her richness than in oxher 

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states, or whether it is hy virtue of long lines of upright, fearless 
and cultured ancestors^ certain it is that the women of Tennessee 
are known the world over as highest types of female comeliness. 

** Descended from Revolutionary heroes on both sides of their 
families, the family records contain many of the illustrious founders 
of the commonwealih. The Erwin home, a handsome spacious house, 
stands on a proud eminence commanding a view unsurpassed for 
beauty and grandeur. Here INIr. and Mrs. Ervin delight to dispense 
that cordial hospitality so typically Southern, and here it is the 
pleasure of the most beautiful woman in Tennessee to receive her 
friends in a happy, hospitable home." 

— Taylor-Trotwood Magazine, Sept., 1907. 


.General B. J. D. Irwin, chieftain of the Irwin Society of Amer- 
ica, died at his country home Cobourg, Ontario, Canada, on Dec. 15, 
1917, and was buried at the United States Military Academy, West 
Point, N. Y. His oldest son is brigadier-general, and on the fighting 
line in France with Field Artillery. His oldest son is Capt. Bufford 
Leroy Irwin, Field Artillery, U. S. A. 


In Club of Dec. 30th, Mr. Ben Irving mentions that the Irvings 
have dwelt from time immemorial in the region from the head of 
the Solway Firth to the Ayrshire coast. Up to about the year A. D. 
1000 the Irvines had the lands of Dull, in Perthshire, and their chief 
seat was the Castle of Garth. One of them, Crinus, or as it is spelled 
in the British Museum, Crynin Ervine the Abthane of Dull, married 
Bethoc, or Beatrix, the only daughter of ^lalcolm 2nd, and he be- 
came the father of King Dunean, and all the kings of Scotland from 
Duncan to John Baliol were Irvines, except Macbeth. 

A brother of Crinus Ervine was Thane of Strathearn, from whom 
was descended the first Earls of Strathearn. Other brothers of Cri- 
nus Ervine migrated south to the border about A. D. 1000 and built 
Castle Irvine. 

The eldest of the family of Castle Irvine acquired the lands of 
Bonshaw and other lands by marriage. 

At Bonshaw Towers lives the present chief of the clan, Col. John 
Irving. The Aberdeenshire Irvines are descended from Sir William 
Irvine of the House of Bonshaw. He was secretary and armor- 
bearer to King Robert the Bruce, who gave him the land of the For- 
est of Drum in Aberdeenshire. 


In answer to Mr. Gladstone Gray's statement in ** Scottish Sur- 
names," in 'Weekly Club, 25th Dec, 1915, that Washington Irving 

3l6 THE McDowells and connections 

was of English descent and Scots origin, I wish to point out that 
Irving 's father was born in Shapinsay, Orkney Islands. He be- 
longed to a cadet branch of the Irvines of Drum, Aberdeenshire, who 
trace their descent from William De Irwyn, or Irvine, secretary and 
armour-bearer to Robert Bruce, King of Scotland. 

J. I. KENDALL, Manchester. 
(Clipped from '*The Weekly Scotsman, '^ Saturday, Jan. 19, 1916.) 



Chief of the Society — Dr. J. J. Erwin, Eustis, Fla. 

Secretary — Mr. Frank C. Irvine, 400 Sixteenth Street, New 
Brighton, Pa. 

Treasurer — Mr. Walter R. Irvin, 235 Branch Bank Street, 
Beaver, Pa. 

Historiographer — General John H. McDowell, Buntyn, Tenn. 

Chief Matron — Mrs. Andrew M. Sea, 1509 First Street, Louis- 
ville, Ky. 

(Executive Committee — Mr. Dore B. Erwin, Chairman, Decatur, 
Ind. ; Mr. John N. Irving, South Park, Minn. ; Mr. William H. Irvine, 
214 Moffat Block, Detroit, Mich. ; Mr. Frank C. Ervin, 1539 Madison 
Street, Denver, Colo. ; Mr. Jesse H. Erwin, West Durham, N. C. 

Assistants to Secretary — Miss Sarah E. Irvin, 441 East Reno 
Street, Rochester, Pa. ; Miss Margaret E. Ervin, Rural Free Deliver3% 
Hillsboro, Ohio; Mr. Walter Scott Irvine, 1230 Eighteenth Avenue, 
Altoona, Pa. 


By William James Erwin. 

John Erwin, born at Kilrea, Ireland, July 12, 1810; died at Troy, 
Tenn., Dec. 9, 1878 ; married at Kilrea, Ireland, at church, April 20. 
1846, to Jane Irwin, born at Kilera, Ireland, Dec. 25, 1826, still 

Children of above: 
Mattie Erwin, l)orn April 20, 1848, Ireland, still living; 
Margaret Erwin, bom at Kilrea, Jan, 15, 1853, now at Memphis, 

Tennessee ; 
Jennie Erwin, born at Troy, Tenn., Jan. 1, 1858; 
^ William J. Erwin, bom at Troy, Tenn., Sept. 28, 1860; 
John Erwin, born at Trov, Tenn., April 21. 1862; died. Aug. 

19, 1873; 
Samuel Erwin, born at Troy, Tenn., Oct. 10, 1865. 

Marriages : 
Mattie Erwin to J. S. Baker, Troy, Tenn., May 30, 1866; 
Jennie Erwin to J. H. Smith, Troy, Tenn., November, 1890; 


Margret Erwin to L. S. Lancaster, Troy,.Tenn., Nov. 25, 1874; 
W. J. Erwin to Ella Lancaster, Columbia, Tenn., Oct. 15, 1889 ; 
S. G. Erwin to Lizzie Guy, at Troy, Tenn., April 27, 1892. 

Grandchildren : 

Sam Baker, born at Troy; 

J. Press, born at Troy ; 

Dora, born at Troy; 

Maggie Lee, born at Troy ; 

Omar Smith Erwin, born at Troy, Tenn. ; 

PaulErwin, born near Troy ; 

Gertrude, born near Troy; 

Vera, born near Troy ; 

Guy, born near Troy ; 

Mary, born near Troy; 

Sadie, born near Troy. 


Robert Irvine was born Sept. 21, 1781, and married Eleanor 
Mitchell Dec. 19, 1811, who was born Jan. 25, 1781. Children : James 
Ross Irvine, born Sept. 18, 1812, and married Sarah I. Davidson, 
June 27, 1839, second marriage to Mary Johnson, May 17, 1842, third 
marriage to Jane Morrow Sept. 25, 1849. 

James Davidson, only child of Sarah I. and James Ross Irvine, 
was born March 4, 1840, and died Feb. 3, 1841. Mary Ellen, daugh- 
ter of James Ross and Mary Irvine, died July 22, 1844, aged five 
months. William Irvine, son of Robert Irvine and Eleanor Mitchell, 
was born Dec. 19, 1815, and died Jan. 13, 1836, aged 21 years and 25 
days. Another son, Robert, bom Sept. 18, 1819, and married Ellen 
M. Clendennin April 16, 1851. He died Feb. 21, 1881, in his 62d 
year. John Irvine, another son, born Oct. 14, 1822, and married 
Ellen N. Culberson June 10, 1852. Sarah I., wife of James Ross Ir- 
vine, died March 17, 1840, aged 18 years. Mary, wife of James Ross 
Irvine, died July 22, 1844, aged 19 years. Jane Morrow, wife of 
James Ross Irvine, died April 27, 1901, aged 72 years, 7 months and 
21 days. Robert Irvine, Sr., died Aug. 22, 1864, in his 84th year. 
His wife, Eleanor Mitchell, died Aug. 29, 1854, aged 73 years, 6 
months and 3 days. Dr. James Ross Irvine died July 1, 1879, aged 
66 years. 

William Chalmers, son of James Ross Irvine and Jane Morrow, 
born March 3, 1852. Ella, a daughter, born March 8, 1854. Robert, 
son of Robert and Ellen Irvine, born May 19, 1853. Samuel Clen- 
dennin, son of Robert and Ellen Irvine, born Feb. 10, 1855. Mary 
Alexander, a daughter, born Aug. 1, 1858. (Eleanor Irvine married 
William Ahl Dec. 23, 1875. Children: Thomas I. Ahl, bom Oct. 
4, 1876; James Robert Ahl, born March 5, 1893. 

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FUber of Mrs. L. I. Sbftnon ot Nashville, Tean. 

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By Samuel S. Irwin, Kin«aid, Kansas. 

Our branch of the Irwin family came to America from County 
Cavin, Ireland, about 1798, and landed in New York City. Two 
'brothers, William and John, came at this time, William being mar- 
ried and John being single. 

Family tradition tells me that this John Irwin went to Carolina 
within a year from the landing, while William settled at the village 
of Champlain, in Clinton County, New York State. The names given 
the male children of our family have been uniformly William, John, 
James, George and Isaiah. Of the Carolina Irwin we never heard, 
except one, who had every characteristic of our branch of the fam- 
ily in form and feature. 

William Irwin of Champlain, N. Y., had two sons, James and 
Isaiah, the latter of whom is the grandsire of the writer. The fam- 
ily left Clinton County, N. Y., in 1836, and removed to Elkhart 
County, Indiana. James Irwin, father of the writer, removed to 
Kansas in 1870, where he remained until his death at Kincaid, in 
1906, at the age of 87. 

The following is the outline of the family, so far as we have 
been able to learn. 

(a ) William Irwin, born County Cavin, Ireland, 1770; came 

to New York 1798. 
(b ) John Irwin, born Ireland, 1775, County Cavin, Ireland; 
came to South Carolina 1798. (Nothing further known) 
(al) James Irwin, born Champlain, N. Y., 1799; came West in 
1836 and settled in Cass County, Michigan; had sons 
named John, George and James. 
(a2) Isaiah* Irwin, born Champlain, N. Y., 1800 ; married Emily 
(2) James Irwin, born Champlain, N. Y., .Nov. 8, 1819; 
married Deliza M. Lumbard. 
Wintworth Irwin, bom Champlain, N. Y. ; married 

Sarah Marshall — Mi<5h. 
William Irwin, born — ; removed to Oregon in 1849; 

whereabouts now unknown. 
Pliny Irwin, married Susan Hull, Elkhart, Ind. ; died 

Mary Irwin, married Richard Rush, Elkhart, Ind. 
Abigal Irwin, married Jack Hull, Elkhart, Ind. 
Millie Irwin, married Charles Hulburt. 
Children of James Irwin (2) : 

Albert Isaiah, born Jan. 6, 1857 ; William R., born Feb. 
12, 1859; James F., born, Sept. 8, 1862; George (died at 
9 months of age) ; Samuel S, bom Feb. 8, 1868; Emily 
D., born Dec. 17, 1870, married R. S. Shields ; Albert is 


located at Odem, Texas; William R., Samuel S. and 
Emily D .at Kineaid, Kan., at which plaee the writer is 


Mrs. William Henry Harrison, Jr., the daughter-in-law of the 

Mrs. John Scott Harrison, nee Elizabeth Irwin. 

One of the treasures in an Indianapolis drawing-room Is a pho- 
tograph of a portrait of Mrs. William Henry Harrison, Jr., who was 
the **Lady of the White House'* during the brief period of the pres- 
ence of William Henry Harrison as President of the United States. 

Mrs. Harrison was one of a family of beautiful girls, and a half- 
sister of Mrs. F. S. Newcomer of Indianapolis, the mother of Mrs. 
Henjamin D. Walcott and ]\Iiss Newcomer, one of the old and well- 
known families. Mrs. Newcomer likes to tell the romantic story of 
Mrs. Harrison, Jr., from being a gay little maid of Franklin C^ounty, 
Pennsylvania, came to be the presiding genius of the presidential 
household in Washington. This ** First Lady'' was Jane Findlay 
Irwin, one of the family of several children. When she was only 8 
years old her mother died, and not long after her father married 
again. Jane was a beautiful girl, with black hair and black eyes 
and a clear olive complexion. She was bright, gay and impetuous, 
full of youth and vivacity and had a faculty of getting all her rights. 

Living in Cincinnati when that town was Losantiville, where 
General and Mrs. James Findlay, uncle and aunt of little Jane Irwin, 
every year the Findlays made the journey by carriage to the old 
home. One year when they made their visit, they saw how matters 
were with little Jane — who was a namesake of Aunt Jane — in the 
home of her father, and they decided to take her home with them 
and adopt her. Jane returned with them. 


The Findlays were a great people in Ohio and owned several 
counties of land where Findlay, Ohio, now stands. One of the re- 
markable facts about the Findlays was that three brothers were in 
Congress at the same time. In this family were Governor Findlay 
of Pennsylvania, General James Findlay and Colonel John Findlay. 
In her new home Jane received every advantage that wealth and 
))osition would provide, and it is thought that she attended the old 
Stubenville School. The Harrison family lived in North Bend, Ohio. 

In the course of time the young people met and Jane Irwin 
married William Henry Harrison, Jr. Elizabeth Irwin, a sister, 
married John Scott Harrison, who was the father of General Benja- 
min Harrison, president of the United States from Indiana. 

When William Henry Harrison went to Washington, his wife 

THE McDowells and connections 38 1 

was too great an invalid to accompany him, and it fell to the lot of 
Jane Irwin Harrison, the daughter-in-law, who was then a widow, 
to take the place of the president's wife as the mistress of the White 
House. A cousin, Eliza Ramsey, accompanied her. The Ramseys 
were descended from the old Van Lear family, who came to this 
country from Holland. They lived at the old homestead at Hagers- 
town, which is still in possession of the family. Mrs. Harrison, Jr., 
has two children, James Findlay Harrison and William Henry Har- 
rison, the thirds She married Lewis Whiteman of Cincinnati. She 
died in Cuba in May, 1847. The oil portrait of Mrs. William Henry 
Harrison, Jr., is in possession of Misses Louise ai^d Jane Irwin Find- 
lay of Cincinnati. It should have a place in the White House. The 
portraits of Miss Fi J iza Ramsey (the American Beauty) are owned 
l)y Mrs. C. S. Sargent, Indianapolis; Miss Elizabeth Torrence of Cin- 
cinnati, and by William F. Buckner. 

John Scott Harrison, twice married. Issue, first wife: (1) Betsy, 
(2) Sarah. Betsy, widow of Dr. Eaton; Sarah is Mrs. Dovin. Second 
wife, Elizabeth Irwin, daughter of Archibald Irwin of Franklin, Pa. 
Issue: (1) Archibald Irwin, (2) Benjamin, ete. 

THE McDowell clan of America. 

This medal was presented to the McDowell Clan of America by 
the Panama-Pacific International Exposition authorities at San 
Francisco, Saturday, July 24, 1915, during the clan's first annual 
national meeting. A similar medal was presented at the same time 
to the Irvine Society of America, both clans meeting in the same hall 
on the same day. 



Bv William McDowell. 

The McDowels are of Pictish origin and natives of Scotland, 
and away back about 200 B. C. one of them, the first that I can find 
anything about, had a duel with one of the Kings Habakon. You 
v^ill find another William McDowell — was govertior-general of Scot- 
land in 1293, and had charge of Sterling Castle. You are further 
aware that this name is as old as the Creation. They are not of 
Celtic origin, they are not Irish ; but the best blood that ever landed 
upon the American continent. They were early settlers in Amer- 
ica. A great many of uie McDowells that are in America are from 
Ireland. They went over there the time of the Cromwell settlement, 
in Ulster. You will find a great settlement of the McDowells near 
Belfast, along the Legon River, about fourteen miles from Belfast. 
Y'ou can find out there where the McDowells came from that landed 
there; some in the County Derry, County Monaghan — all over the 
north of Ireland. You likewise will find out that in Renfrewshire, 


Medal preEented to McDowell Clan of America 
by Panama-PaciQc Exposition 


Scotland, there are a great many, and in Ayrshire, and in Dumfrie- 
shire, and in Qallowshire; there would be very little difficulty of 
^ finding out all about the McDowells in America — the McDowells 

that came later from Scotland. Sometimes the name is spelled Mc- 
Dowall, but after the Scotch Revolution the settlers in Ireland 
spelled it McDowell. They are all of Presbyterian, Covenanter or- 

By P. B. McDowell. 

Professor Agassiz says : * ' The crust of our earth is a great cem- 
etery, where the rocks are tombstones on which the buried dead have 
written their own tpitaphs.'' There is a large graveyard in this 
country, 10 miles from Charlotte, a Big Steele Creek Church peopled 
with many generations of dead. The space is enclosed by massive 
cemented stone walls, 400 by 800 feet; is well cared for, and is re- 
plete with patriotic reminiscences of peculiar interest. The inscrip- 
tions on the memorial stones are but the reflections photographed by 
the lights and shadows from life. 

Who were these silent sleepers! Whence came they? What 
influence did they exert upon society, upon the state, upon the coun- 
try at large? These are pertinent questions, which impel attention 
from the surroundings and the character of the place. 

The early settlers were of Scotch-Irish origin. A majority {mi- 
grated to this point from Pennsylvania during the latter part of the 
Seventeenth Century, while a few came direct from Scotland and 
Ireland. In some instances this sturdy extraction was blended with 
the peaceful adherents of William Penn; and such is the stock that 
planted itself upon Steel Creek soil. 

** Breed,'' says George Eliot, '*is better than pasture." This is 
only an apt phrase that heredity is stronger than environment. 

Twenty-odd tombstones in the older portion of the ground have 
sculptured upon their faces coats-of-arms of elaborate and ornate 
designs. It is not probable that work of such high order could have 
been secured here at that date. The execution bears a stamp of 
skilled stone-cutters and experienced artisans. As confirmatory of 
this theory, among other intricate devices, a fac-simile Scotch thistle 
is delicately outlined upon one of the tombs. The stones were doubt- 
less imported from Charleston and hauled from that point by wagon, 
as was the custom at that time. Books on heraldry state that crests 
were conferred by royalty in recognition of daring exploits on the 
field of battle, or for conspicuous services to the state, the support- 
ers representing an especial mark of favor. The figures of the ani- 
mals are emblematic of strength, courage and fleetness; and the 
swords, pillars, stars and other heraldric symbols stand out in grace- 

384 THE McDowells and conndctions 

ful and fitting relief. The mottoes are matchless in conception, and 
are peculiarly appropriate to those who adopted them. 

Herewith is given a list of the escutcheons in the order as fur- 
nished by Dr. E. W. Roach, to whom the credit is due for copying 
th^m personally from the stones, and for spending mu-ch time in re- 
search : 

CAMPBELL— 1795. 
Arms — Gyron and Galley, quartered. 
Supporters — Two Lions, rampart. 
Crest- Coronet. 

Motto — Ready, Aye, Ready. 

NEELY— 1788. 
Arms — Horse, displayed. 

Supporters — Two Falcons. 

Crest — Hand Clasping Book.. 

BIGHAM— 1784. 
Arms — ^Thirteen Stripes, Bayonet and Pistol, quartered. 
Crest — Crossed swords. 

Motto — Signa Libertatis. 

HART— 1775. 
Arms — ^Three Mullets and Chevron. 
Supporters — Two Stags. 
•Crest — Stag's Head. 

Motto — Probitas Verus Honos. 

NEEL— 1788. 
Arms — Three Crescents. 

Supporters — Two Unicorns. 
€rest — Stag's Head. 

Motto — Virtue et Lahore. 

MAXWELL— 1785. I 

Arms — ^Gyron. 

Supporters — ^Two Swans. 
Crest — Man's Head. 

Motto — Sola Virtus Invicta. 

McDOWELLh— 1795. 
Arms — Chevron and Three Mullets. 
Supporters — Two Lions, guardant. 
Crest — Stag's Head. 

Motto — ^Vivit Post Funera Virtus. 

ATKINS— 1785. 
Arms — Scotch Lion, Armed Hand Grasping Ax. 

Supporters — Two Horses. i 

Crest — Two Swallows. J 

Motto — Time, How Short. 

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Arms — Galley, full sail. 

Supporters — ^Two Falcons. 
Motto— Follow Me. 

VANCE— 1800. 
Arms — Three ]\lullets and Chevron. 

Supporters — ^Tvvo Lions, displayed. 
Crest — Stag's Head. 

Motto — Sola Juvat Virtus. 

GILMORE— 1784. 
Arms — Stag. 

Supporters — Two Falcons. 

Motto — Ready, Aye, Ready. 

BARNETT— 1785. [quartered. 

Arms — Pheasant, Hand and Scythe, Crossed Arrows and Eagle, 
Crest — Coronet. 

Motto — ^Vain World, Adieu! 

McLEARY— 1791. 
Anns — Three Rapiers. 

Suppotrers— Two Lions, displayed. 
Crest — Mailed Hand and Dagger. 
Motto — Cardez, La Foy. 

Arms — Double-head Eagle, displayed. Mantling 

DAVIS— 1780. 
Arras — Chevron and Three Mullets. 
Supporters — Two Stags. 

Crest — Bunch of Broom. 

!Motto — Probitus, Verus, Honos. 

GRIER— 1788. 
Arms — Shield, checkered. 
Supporters — Two Trees. 

The Grier crest is so curiously wrought and intricate as to be 
difficult to properly described with a pen. And in cases where 
certain families appear to have more than one motto, there is such 
an uniformity in the arms, supporters and erest as to leave no doubt 
as to the family's unity concerning the particular coat-of-arms as 
a whole. 

The letterings over many of the graves contain many tender 
sentiments and touching Scriptural allusions, but there is a notice- 
able absence of the platitudes and commonplaces found in most cem- 
eteries. Of the buried, probably the most conspicuous figure in his- 

386 THB McDowells and connbctions 

tory is General Robert Irwin. He was a signer of the Mecklenburg 
Declaration of Independence, a Revolutionary officer and a distin- 
guished statesman. Grenerals Robert Mcl^eary and David Hart, both 
brave soldiers, zealous patriots of the Revolution, also repose there. 
This epitaph is inscribed to Hugh McDowell, who is still remembered 
by a few who can connect this generation with the past : 

**Who broke no promise, who served no private end. 
Who gained no title and who lost no friend; 
Composed in misfortune and in joy sedate, 
Good without noise, without pretension great." 

According to dates, Jean Cathey and John Blackwood were 
born, respectively, in 1692 and 1694. Those two were each 85 years 
old when they died, and could date their births as far back as the 
Seventeenth Century. John Price was evidently an enthusiast, if 
not an ex-soldier, for the American coat-or-arms and the national 
motto, *'E Pluribus Unum,'' appeared on his tombstone in 1794, 
only a few years after their ratification of the congressional act. 

** Virtue lives beyond the grave,'' is the motto of the McDowell 
family, as seen at the headstone of John McDowell, a Revolutionary 
soldier; yet its observance has been so strictly adhered to by the 
families of the township as to label it the common property and the 
heritage of all. And while ** Virtue and Labor*' has been the stand- 
ard of the Neels for many generations, it has always been the acting, 
leading principle of their neighbors and friends. 

Of these dwellers in this city of the dead it may be said, in the 
spirit of the beautiful Catholic legend, that **They have left their 
image upon their winding-sheet." **If you seek my monument, look 
around." This is the epitaph of Sir Christopher Wren, architect, in 
the Church of St. Paul, which he had designed and erected. The 
deeds that follow men who have passed out of life furnish the most 
trustworthy evidence as to the manner in which they lived and 
worked. The memorial of these dead is the impression they have 
left upon their lives, as is attested by the standing of their posterity 
where they locate. 

A charm about these pioneers is, that their heads were not 
turned by ancestral distinction. They were self-reliant, and mas- 
tered the primeval forest with its hardships and disadvantages. They 
became adepts in handicraft, fought heat, mud and hail and com- 
batted the unknown foes of husbandry in an unsettled region. They 
were the silent heroes who shaped destiny and imbued unborn gen- 
erations with their flawless characters and indomitable wills. They 
despised nothing honorable in itself, no matter how lowly its source. 

In the Statehouse at Boston, over the speaker's chair, is a cod- 
fish, an emblem of Massachusetts' rise before the invention of the 


spinning- j-enny or the trade with the ships from India. The leather 
apron of old Gao, 'the blacksmith, is covered with jewels because its 
owner was the leader of a successful revolt, and that insignia of his 
humble occupation is the royal standard of Persia. Most of the 
Steel Creek sesttlers were of necessity their own blacksmiths and 
carpenters. If it would not mar the symmetry of their Scottish 
coats-of-arms, the ax and the helve, the plane and the compass, the 
anvil and the hammer, might with appropriateness 'be superadded ; 
for these were the prime implements of America's prosperity and 
the trusted weapons of their earliest heroes. 

Lieutenant Maury, speaking of the Gulf Stream, says: **Its 
banks and bottom are of cold water, while its current is of warm.'' 
This is typical of the Scotch-Irish race, for while their manner and 
exterior may be forbidding and reserved, the heart-current is gen- 
erous and warm. This branch of the human family is the synonym 
of thrift, sturdiness and resoluteness wherever known, and their 
hatred oif sham, hypocrisy and oppression is proverbial. The car- 
dinal virtues form the warp and woof of their moral existence, and 
their principles have remained steadfast through the most violent 
upheavels and radical revolutions. With them the laws of Mount 
Sinai are written upon something more enduring than tables of 
stone — they are carved in living characters upon the tablets of the 
human heart. And over their lintels and door-posts and on their 
phylacteries are read the perpetual words, facts, not fiction; sub- 
stance, not semblance. 

Probably the most marked characteristic of this notable people 
is their plain, everyday sense ; and of all the qualities, old-fashioned 
bottom judgment is the hardest to out-argue, outwit or to get ahead 
of in any way. The best thing ever said about the Duke of Wel- 
lington was that he did his duty as naturally as a horse eats his 
oats. So this strong background of level-headedness causes them 
to understand, as it were, from instinct and intuition. The innate 
love of frolic and excitement is so masterful in a genuine Irishman 
that he will take sides in a controversy, whether he is personally 
conerned in the outcome or not; but, be it said to his praise, he 
nearly always favors the underman in the fight. The Scotch-Irish- 
man, being more prudent, will not take part until he sees there is 
injustice, then he proceeds to umpire the game with a mailed fist. 

Another prominent feature in the make-up of this community 
is a frankness that savors of bluntness. This, no doubt, accounts for 
their simplicity of habits and distaste for ostentation in society and 
much formality in religious observances. They are essentially Pres- 
byterians, and the late General D. H. Hill, an ardent believer in that 
faith, oft quoted the remark of an astute and observing king, that 
** Presbytery and monarchy could no more be reconciled than God 
and the Devil." Considering their convictions, their intelligence 


and patriotism, would it be an exaggeration to borrow the words of 
Madam De Stael, **Your character is a constitution for your coun- 
try, and your conscience its guarantee'*? 

This writer has cause to remember a religious training imported 
in part from this locality. In fact, he can never forget it. The Cate- 
chism ! Oh, the Catechism ! He was made to learn every question and 
answer from beginning to end, though he did not, and could not 
then, understand the meaning. His boyhood Sundays were not con- 
sidered by him as models of peace and rest. His constitution was 
not impervious to cold, fever and hot chills, induced by wrestling 
with the problem, **What is the chief end of man?'* and trying, 
year after year, to solve it. I have often had a kindred s^'mpathy 
for the child who told his mother that the Catechism was so hard, 
and pleadingly asked if .** There was no Kittychism made for little 
boys. ' ' 

Whatever may be the result of indoctrination of this character, 
there is evidence that it entails no harmful consequences. And many 
maintain that the inculcation of rigid principles is as helpful to 
weak minds as stays are to supporting weak bodies. The test of a 
school is the scholars it turns out. '* Religion,'' says Matthew Ar- 
nold, is '* conduct." Froude thinks that the foundation and super- 
structure of all religion is duty. With the pure in heart, conscience 
is the voice of the soul; passion the voice of the body. One of the 
sublimest qualities of this people is reverence. They act up to the 
Arab proverb which Says, **It is not good to jest with God, Death 
or the Devil — for the first neither can or will be mocked; the sec- 
ond mocks all men at one time or another, and the third puts an 
eternal sarcasm on those that are too familiar with him.'' 

An early recollection is of a visit to a country home. The head 
of the house was a splendid specimen of manhood and robust health. 
At the supper tab^e he drank his coffee from the largest cup I had 
ever seen. Cups had some size about them in those days. 

After the meal was finished he lighted his pipe, that was about 
his only stimulant, and his enjoyment was evident ; for it i ev<»aled 
itself in a contentment of manner and a benignity of countenaiuu- 
that could not be counterfeited. The mother soon came in with her 
knitting, and we all took our places before a roaring and cheerful 
log fire. The old folks laughed heartily at our childish amusements 
and encouraged our games until the clock on Ihe mantel pointed to 
nine. Then the wife reverently took up the family Bible and handed 
it to her husband, who opened its lids. To quote from Will Carleton : 

**And she said, in regard to heaven, we'll try and learn its worth 
By starting a branch establishment, and running it here on earJh." 

It is but just to say I was not sleepy when bed-time was an- 

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noiinced, and when breakfast was heralded by candle light I was 
not hungry. It never did sepe through youthful philosophy why chil- 
dren were made to go to bed when not sleepy and get up when they 
were. Those people seemed to reverence everything above, yet had 
no more respect for the sun than to arise befor it did. Early rising 
is not an instinct, but a taste like that for tobacco. — it must be ac- 

It is a mistake to imagine even the most serious persons regard 
it a sin to laugh. They have a weakness for fun seemingly incon- 
sistent with the austerity of their dispositions, except upon the hy- 
pothesis that nature is often delighted to bring extremes and widely 
differing qualities in close juxtaposition. 

It would be necessary to wield the limner's pencil to faithfully 
portray the facial enigma of a solemn, sober-sided Scotch-Irishman, 
when watching the versatile antics of that parody on mankind, the 
African monkey. And it is a psychological study to note his open- 
mouthed anticipation at a circus, when the ring-master and the 
clown are at their best. Th^re is a relaxation of features that trans- 
forms his face into a broadness equal to the proverbial length. It is 
only volcanic eruption of delighted, pent-up merriment, seeking vent 
and shaking the outer crust, that keeps it in check and prison. 

Carlyle reports that there are two distinct revelations of God 
and the Devil — the pulpit and the gallows. The power of the former 
has always been so inspiring and elevating in this community that 
the necessity for the latter has not been called into requisition. Vic- 
tor Hugo has exquisitely said that '*Good actions are the invisible 
hinges to the doors of heaven.'* 

The Steele Creek people have their share of clayey mould in 
common with mankind. They have a resemblance to the rivers Rhone 
and Arve, which run side by side in the same bed — one bearing in 
its waters the mud-stains of earth, the other reflecting on its surface 
the glories of the sky. Stubbornness and hold-back are employed 
farm words, somewhat expressive of our meaning. In a controversy, 
when the average Steel Creekcr shifts his quid, crosses his legs, pro- 
trudes his Adam apple, and says with deliberation,*' 'Tain't so,'* the 
job of changing his opinion might as well be abandoned. He is like 
the Scotchman who declared that he was open to conviction, but 
boasted in the same breath that the man did not exist who could con- 
vince him. Quoth the honest Sancho Panza, **I am of the lineage of 
the Panzas, and we are all headstrong, and if we once cry odd, odd 
it is (though it be even), in spite of all the world." 

He is religious and he tries to live according to the New Testa- 
ment rules ; but it was foreordained from the beginning in his grim 
build and unfamiliar disposition, if an enemy taps him on one cheek, 
he is pretty certain to get knocked down before he has an oppor- 
tunity to smite the other. Mockery of sacred beliefs or encroach- 


raent upon his vested rights will open a real nest of hornets, whose 
stings will linger long and painfully. He is conservative about 
changes and tenacious of customs. For a long time he opposed the 
introduction of organ music, but has now given a half-hearted, re- 
luctant assent to the innovation. His conservation may be a draw- 
back in some particulars; in others it often proves a safeguard. 
When placed in a position where he has absolutely his own way, 
he will beam with ineffable good humor and become radiant with 
joy ; for such a state is to him the acme of happiness. 

His likes and dislikes spring up not like the mistletoe, by mere 
chance, but grow with the growth of childhood. He is charitable 
to those who act and believe with him, but inclines strongly to 
the doctrine that ** orthodoxy is my doxy, and heterodoxy is your 
doxy." The simple Uncle Tobey, whose sjinpathy was as broad as 
immensity is deep, on being informed that Satan was damned al- 
ready and beyond hope, said sadly he was ** sorry for if The Steel 
Creeker regards this personage as the arch enemy of humanity, ac- 
cepts his doom as just and wastes no nonsense or idle sentiment upon 
the subject. 

Shortly after the surrender I was in Steel Creek on a visit, and 
my attention was attracted by a squad of **blue coats" near the 
residence of the late Major J. M. Potts. They came to apprehend 
one of his sons for a difficulty with a freedman, in which the new 
ward of the nation was worsted. Not receiving the desired infor- 
mation as to his wherea'bouts, they threateningly pointed their guns 
at the father. The major, baring his breast to the lawless soldiers, 
said with rising indignation, **Fire, you cowards: it is like you to 
shoot an unarmed man." He was arrested, though not a participant 
in the encounter, and taken to Charlotte. He rode in his buggy 
alone, while his captors walked. He warned them at their peril not 
to enter his private property, and no one ventured to take a seat by j 

his side. I was a boy at the time, and was amazed that one man 
could defy the Federal Army, but soon found that no superior force 
could prevent this neighborhood from protesting actively against 
indignity and wrong. 

Taine, the historian, relates, when Cromwell's 50,000 veterans 
were suddenly disbanded and left without resource, they did not 
bring a single addition to the vagabonds or bandits. History fur- 
nishes a parallel to this remarkable incident in the return of the hun- 
gry and ragged Confederate soldiers. And neither has Steel Creek 
furnished any recruits to the great army of tramps who infest every 
avenue of our national development. 

I now make mention of a few deceased representatives of Steel 
Creek, known personally by the writer, who, putting their hands to 
the plow, drove a straight furrow through the field of life. For 
nearly three-quarters of a century Gen. William H. Neel was a prom- 

THE McDowells and gonnesctions 391 

ineiit figure in the ehureb, in society and in positions of trust. He 
wore his dignity like a mantle. His expression was kindly, his dis- 
position genial, his bearing stately, and,- being above the ordinary 
size, he arrested attention and commanded respect in any gathering 
of men. There were few wrinkles upon his brow, none on his heart, 
for he never grew old in feeling. He passed through the tempta- 
tions of more than eighty eventful years without even the smell of 
fire upon his clothes. I will adopt the expression of Gaillard, the 
historian, about another, *' Putting everything together, he was a 

I now speak of one, a native of this section, and who spent only 
his young manhood there. He kept the laws of God religiously and 
respected the rights of man conscientiously. Being almost devoid 
of prejudice, he was nearly just as it is possible to be. One of the 
most striking traits of his character was modesty, and this quality, 
whether found in man or woman, is a crowning moral grace. He 
concealed nothing save gifts of charity to the deserving, which he 
gave with open hand. Endowed with a strong mind and tireless 
energy, he mingled largely in the world, but, like the diver in his 
bell, he emerged from the sea unstained from its waters. That per- 
son was Robert Irwin McDowell, the father of the writer. I offer 
no apology for this brief and incomplete sketch of his upright life 
and great worth. 

It is no slight praise to say that the mental force and personal 
magnetism of Rev. John Douglas held the large congregation of Steel 
Creek Church together for years without any serious dissensions in 
its ranks. He had the manner of a courtier without its affectation. 
He was cultured without pedantry, and approachable without re- 
serve. To those whose spiritual wants he ministered unto there was 
a mutual understanding and a sympathetic affection, both rare and 
touching. He filled the full measure required of preacher and pas- 
tor ; he did his duty, and that is the completegt life of man. 

Robert W. McDowell never sought or desired public honors. 
He was strictly a private citizen — for that mode of living was thor- 
oughly congenial to his taste. In him the elements were smoothly 
and beautifully blended. His foot never slipped, and nothing ever 
swerved him from truth as he saw it. His only ambition was the 
approval of a clear conscience, and the guiding thought of his art- 
less life was of family, country and God. It could be written of him, 
as appeared in the epitaph of Roland of France, **A man who con- 
secrated all his life to being useful, and who died as he lived, virtu- 
ous and honest." 

As I write of another, the pen falters. He was so young, so 
generous, so gifted. His life, too, was so pathetic, and his existence 
seemed to end almost before it fairly began. If the war called some 
from the portals of the grave, it took others almost from the cradle. 

392 THE McDowells and connex:tions 

A mere stripling boy went forth as a volunteer. Intrepid as a Hamp- 
den, as daring as a Ney, he was twice shot through the body upon 
the ensemy's breastworks within touch of his gun. He brought back 
from the field painful wounds and a wrecked constitution ; but with 
all his suffering he was an admirable companion and a natural 
leader and adviser of men ; and no young man in this section and of 
this generation left a deeper impress of admiration and s>'mpathy 
upon those who knew him best than Galvin E. Grier. 

The congregation of Big Steel ('reek compose the largest coun- 
try church within the bounds of the Southern Assembly. To visit 
this house of worship and listen to the full-voiced music of male and 
female, »elder and youth ; to note the intelligent, well-bred audience 
and watch their devotional earnestness, is an inspiring and memora- 
ble sight. One patriarch is especially mentioned on account of his 
activity and prominence. His long valued life, like the Carara mar- 
ble, has n-ever borne a stain. Capt. A. G. Neel, besides being well- 
equipped with general and religious knowledge, has shown himself 
on many important occasions to be a logical reasoner and an effect- 
ive debater upon church policy and ecclesiastical law. 

The following is a partial list of the influential families extinct 
and existing of this community : Irwin, Neel, Grier, Barnett, Hart, 
Knox, Neely, McDowell, Dinkins, Reid, Herron, McLeary, Brown 
Alexander, Simrill, Collins, Potts, Price, Watts, Watt, Porter, Rob 
nison, Stowe, Pegram, Strong, Query, Swann, Gallant, Ross, Fret, 
man, Spratt, Erwin, Pressly, Harris, Hoover, McAllister, Sadlei 
Wilson, Peoples, McKnight. 

Such an array of spotless names cannot be surpassed; it is 
doubtful if its counterpart can be found in any rural population of 
equal area in the United States. 

This brings us to the present time. The closing years of the 
century are going out in a whirl of riot, demoralization and strikes. 
In the forceful language of a great writer, there seems to **be brew- 
ing toward preternatural weather." But through all these changes 
and shocks the yeomen of Steel Creek are acting as of old, as best 
they can, with the lights before them ; pursuing the even tenor of 
their way and trusting to a higher power to solve the problem and 
dissipate the doubt. They are not sycophants to those in power; 
they are not ducking to the opinions of an agitated public, nor run- 
ning wild over new theories and undeveloped movements. They 
have too firm a bottom of good sense. Methinks if the sil-ent, heroic 
old pioneers could awaken from the dead, they would have n*o cause 
for shame in the living; for they are still *' guarding the faith" and 
carrying out the other virtuous precepts of their noble and patriotic 
ancestors. From time immemorial the lower classes have never been 
steeped in ignorance, nor the upper immersed in fri\^lity ; and, tak- 
ing this population in its entirety, from the first settlement to the 


present date, no better all-round American citizen, no sounder ex- 
ponent of true manhood, has heen constructed in the Nineteenth Cen- 
tury time. 

sa:\iuej. McDowell op Pennsylvania. 

Mary Gyla McDowell. 

The first knowledge I can obtain of our branch of the McDowell 
family is of Samuel McDowell rfnd his mother, who lived in Fort 
Ligonier, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, during the time of 
the Revolutionary War. 

This Samuel IVFcDowell was born in 1766, month and place un- 
known. He seems to have been the *'only son of his mother, and 
she was a widow." It never seems to. have occurred to her nor to 
young Samuel to refer to their relationship to the oth'er M<iDo wells, 
who then resided in Fort Ligonier, but they were said to have been 

Born in 1766, young Samuel would be 10 years of ag>e wheu tiw 
Declaration of Independence was made — too young for military ser- 
vice in the Revolutionary War. 
. The following incident occurred one day in Fort Ligonier: As 

, the gate of the fort stood open during the day, it was deemed advis- 
, able to have a sentry stand guard in the gate, so that in case of 
-danger he could give the alarm and elose the gate. One day as 
^A'oung MeDowell approached the gate the sentry raised his gun and 
,1 called out; **P11 shoot you, McDowell!'' Samuel, mistrusting the 
sentinel, sprang behind some protection. Presently he peered around 
.to see what the fellow was up to. The half-witted sentinel fired, 
\ and a buckshot sti'uck young MeDowell above an eye and lodged 
in his head. Samuel MeDowell carried this ball to his grave, and 
it always gave him trouble, sometimes more than others. Of course, 
the sentinel **did not know the gun was loaded.'' After the war 
Mrs. McDowell, Samuel's mother, married Ben Seaton (then pro- 
nounced Sutton). They had four children, Thomas, James, John and 
a daughter, who married a man named Findley. She was the mother 
of Martha Findley, the wife of Samuel McDowell of East Brook, Pa. 
Mrs. Seaton, Samuel McDowell's mother, seems to have been a wom- 
an of energy and resourcefulness. There were few phv-sicians in 
that day, and Mrs. Seaton 'beeame a famous mid-wife in Ligonier. 

Samuel McDowell married Hannah, youngest daughter of Abel 
and Raehel Whoowee Fisher (a Quakeress) about the year 1789. 
To them were born ten children: 
Margaret, 1790. 
Elizabeth, 1792. 
Rachel, 1794. 
Mary, 1796. 
Samuel, 1799— January 23. 

394 THE McDowells and connections 

Thomas, 1801. 

Abel, 1803. 

Matthias, 1805— June 20. 

Amy, 1808. 

Joseph, 1810. 

The Fishers from the uame were of German origin, but family 
tradition says they -came from England. Abel Fisher, father of Han- 
nah Fisher McDowell, was born in Mt. Mellick, Ireland, about 1730 
(his father's name was Abel). He served some time in the British 
army as a dragoon; after his discharge he married Rachel Whoo- 
wee, a Quakeress, who was born in Eddenderry. They immediately 
sailed for America. The voyage lasted three months. They landed 
in Philadelphia, setttled at Cape May, New Jersey. They lived there 
twenty years, and there the children were born. In 1773 they moved 
over the mountains to Westmoreland County, and settled at Ligon- 
ier on 300 acres of land. This land was owned by the family for 
over 100 years. The Revolutionary War came on, so the women 
went to Tork, Pa., but the men remained in Fort Ligonier. The 
women returned later, after th-e war, so in Ligonier Samuel Mc- 
Dowell met and married Miss Fisher. 

As Mr. and Mrs. McDowell had settled on a two hundred-acre 
farm, situated along a small branch of the **classi<5k Loyalhanna, 
called (*oalpit,'' it was here all their ten children were born and 
brought up. Their house was built on the side of a steep hill just 
below a spring, which flowed through under the house into a base- 
ment kitchen and on out again down the hill. Thus they had cellar 
and spring House on the same floor as the kitchen. Mr. John Fisfher. 
to whom 1 am indebted for much of my informatian in this history, 
says. *'Many a tim« have I sat beside the log fire in the sitting 
room above and listened to the water trickling through below in a 
perpetual jingle." 

^Ir. Fisher goes on to say, ''There were five sous and five daugh- 
ters in this family. Their names were Peggy, Betsy, Rachel, Mary, 
Amy, Samu'cl, Thomas, Matthias and Joseph." It will be noted 
that the mother, Hannah Fisher, gave Fisher names (chiefly Bibli- 
cal) to most of her offsprinigs. Mr. John Fisher says, ''They were 
a healthy, well-developed family. All the children were tall, the 
men six feet or so, the women taller and larger than the average 
woman. They all were of dignified bearing and early manifested 
certain strong traits of character. All the ten children lived to 
maturity." Mr. Fisher would have us believe the McDow^ell boys 
were great fighters. There was a regular Capulet and Montague 
feud between them and the Welsthouse boys. It is said Mother Mc- 
Dowell dreaded to see her boys leave home, for if they met a Wels- 
house there was sure to be a fight. Samuel has the name of being 
the most pugnacious of the McDowell boys, and probably did the 


most of the fighting. He had a desperate fight once with a man 
named Adam George. The scene of the battle was in old Fort 
Ligonier, at a military training. Both fought until utterly exhaust- 

Opportunities for education were not to be found in Ligonier, 
but the children seem to have had a remarkable power of self-educa- 

The years passed swiftly and soon the family of children began 
to scatter. Peggy, the oldest daughter, married Tom Elliott. It is 
said by another unimpeachable historian. ** Peggy thought she was 
getting a good man. He had no )>ad habits, but he was not much 
better than a wooden man.'' They lived a while in Cincinnati, and 
a while in Westmoreland County, but Tom Elliott was a ^'poor 
doin' '' fellow, he just amounted to nothing. They had six or seven 
children. Peggy died and the husband married again. 

This same plain-speaking narrator goes on '* Betsy married Sam 
Taggart. He was a *'good doin' " fellow, and they got along well. 
They lived in Westmoreland ('ounty, and brought up a family of six 

Rachel, the next daughter, was j>retty, but she had a tart tem- 
per, which did not mellow with age. Late in life, about forty-four, 
she married a widower with several children. His name was Abram 
Drake. They lived in Greenville. '*The Drakes didn't improve Ra- 
chel's temper any." After Mr. Drake's death Aunt Rachel lived 
for a time with her brother, Abel, but she finally lived in East 
Brook with her sister Mary, where she died. She is buried in the 
Methodist graveyard near East Brook, Pennsylvania. 

Mary, the next daughter of Hannah and Samuel McDowell, born 
in 1796, never married. There is a tradition of a romance, how- 
ever. The story goes that there was one man she really loved, but 
that she considered him beneath her, and her family, and so re- 
fused to marry him. This cost her sueh bitter sorrow that the friends 
feared she would sink into inalencholia. She finally rallied but 
would marry no one. She did not grow up with her brothers and 
sisters in Ligonier, but when weaned, was taken by her bachelor 
uncle, Abel Fisher, and his sister. This uncle and aunt reared 
her. After this Uncle Abel's death, Mary went to live w'ith his 
brother. Her Uncle Thomas Fisher, in his home on the Shepango 
River, nor far from the old King's Chapel and Harbor Bridge. 
Mary, Rachel and Amy were noted as fine housekeepers. **They 
scrubbed the floors according to the grain of the wood," and again 
it is said, '* their kitchen floors were so white and scrupulously 
clean you could have eaten off them." Aunt Mary kept her bonds 
in an earthen crock in which sh.? kept dried apples. There were 
no banks in those days. People had to hide money skillfully. After 
the death of her Uncle Thomas Fisher, left alone, Mary moved to 


THE McDowells and connections 397 

her home in East Brook. Her sister Rachel spent her last years 
here. After Rachel's death Mary lived alone for years. Finally 
she spent her winters with her brother Abel's widow, Mrs. Mary 
McDowell, in the home of King McDowell. The last few years of 
her life she did not return to East Brook, but remained at Mc- 
Dowell's all the time. She died of dropsy in July, 1877. She is 
buried beside Rachel and Abel McDowell, in the graveyard of the 
Methodist Church near East Brook. A twin monument marks the 
graves of Mary and Rachel. 

Aunt Mary is remembered by all who knew her for one peculiarity 
in her mode of dress. She wore layers and layers of what she called 
"sacks" — short, loose waist — and petticoats. She Avould put on a 
petti<Joat then a sack, then a petticoat then a sack, until she had on 
about six skirts and as many waists. These skirts were all gathered 
very full on a band at the waist. She looked large enough to weigh 
two hundred pounds, but in reality when divested of her sacks 
and skirts (some skirts were made of carpet) she was not a very 
large woman at all. S'he was very particular about her sewing 
and washing and ironing. No one could perform such services to 
exactly please her. Yet she had a strong sense of humor, was 
cheerful and good natured and quite happy. 

To go back to Ligioner — the first boys to go out from the old 
home were Sam and Abel. They came to their maternal uncles in 
Mercer (now Lawrence County) with nothing but their youth and 
strength and their entire earthly possessions tied up in a **hand 
kercher'' swung on a stick over their shoulders. Whether they 
walked the entire journey or came with some of the Fishers on 
horseback, is not recorded, nor are we sure just what year they 

Their mother. Hannah Fisher McDowell, died of pleurisy or 
pneumonia, January 5, 1826, in the fifty-ninth year of her age. 

The youngest daughter, Amy, lived only two J'cars after her 
mother's death. Amy died of a fever, February 27, 1828, and is 
buried beside her mother in the old graveyard in Ligonier. 

After Amy's death, her father, having no housekeeper, did a 
very foolish thing, which caused hard feelings afterwards. He said 
to his favorite son, Matthias, ''If you will get married and let me 
make my home with you, I'll deed my farm to you." What reply 
Matthias made is not recorded, but Matthias didn't marry just then. 
Instead he and Thomas went to Ohio, where they became contractors 
on canal works. Later they came to Pennsylvania and had contracts 
and helped construct the Erie Canal along the Shenango river. 
About this time, Joseph, the youngest son, came to Lawrence County 
to his uncles, as the older boys had done. The last child had now 
flown from the old home nest, and old Mr. Samuel McDowell was 
left entirely alone. He secured as housekeeper, Mary Findley, a 

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sister of Martha Findley, who by this time was married to Samuel 
^IcDowell and settled in East Brook. 

Of this Mary Findley, Mr. John Fisher says, **She was remarkable 
for nothing except being very homely, an inveterate smoker, a rather 
poor housekeeper, and being able to ride the wildest horse in tlie 

Years passed by. At last Thomas married Jane Whoowee, of 
Greenville, Pa., and took her to the old home in Ligonier. Not long 
after Thomas bought a mill and farm attached about four miles 
from tihe old McDowell home. He ran the mill, a sawmill and the 
farm. He took his father and Mary Findley and all their belongings 
with him. The old farm was rented to strangers. They got along 
pretty well for a time, but Qrandpa got tired. He took a horse 
they had brought from the farm, no doubt his own horse, and went 
back to his own two hundred acre farm. Tom sent a man one night 
who took the horse back to the mill. Grandpa put up notices stat- 
ing that a horse had been stolen on such a night, and offering a re- 
ward for its recovery. Thomas had the gra-ce to say afterwards he 
was sorry he had taken the horse. Not long after this incident, 
which throws some light upon the character of both father and son, 
Mr. Samuel McDowell was strieken with erysipelas fever, of a most 
violent kind. He lived but a few days. Tom and his wife were with 
him in his last hours. He was buried in the old graveyard at Ligon- 
ier, beside 'his wife and daughter Amy. Mr. John Fisher says, *'] 
was at the funeral. The graves are marked by tombstones having 
the following inscriptions : 

*' ^Hannah McDowell, died January 5, 1826, in the fifty-ninth 
year of her age. 

'' *Emmy McDowell, died February 27, 1828^ aged 20 years. 

'' * Samuel McDowell, died May 9, 1843, aged 77 years.' '' 

Thomas is buried in the same graveyard. Thomas McDowell 
had one child, Frances, who married a man named Noble. Thomas 
McDowell died in the prime of life of some internal trouble. He 
was sick a long time, but was able to be about the house almost to 
the last. He was a great fellow to make money. His brother, Sam, 
said, **Tom can sit on his chair and make more money than I can 
by working all the time." By some mistake in business Tom lost 
his money before his death. 

His daughter, Mrs. Frances Noble, had three children, Morna, 
Jennie, and one son. Mrs. Noble lived in Blairsville, but died at a 
winter resort in North Carolina. Her body was brought home and 
buried in Blairsville. 

Samuel McDowell, the son of Samuel and Hannah McDowell, 
must have returned to Ligonier for his wife. He married this half 
cousin, Martha Findley. She is said to have been a woman of 
beauty and refinement. Samuel was perhaps the most intellectual 

400 THE McDowells and connejctions 

of any of the family, unless it was Baehel. He was a sharp business 
man, and though he started out with nothing, by the time he died 
he was considered a rich man, as riches went in that day. He edu- 
cated himself, studied his arithmetic on the floor before tlie big 
fireplace by the dim light of the log fire. He was a real prodigy 
in mathematics. Many and many a time he worked questions lor 
William Mehard, professor of mathematics in Westminster College. 
He made his own rules in mathematics, and if anyone like Professor 
Mehard, who couldn't solve all the problems said, '*Wihy, that isn't 
according to the book," Uncle Sam thundrered, '*Damn the book I 
My way is right and I can prove it." He was a surveyor and a 
most noted one. He surveyed all the land in Lawrence County. The 
good Methodist cousin says Sam was very profane, kept a barrel 
of whiskey in his cellar, drank some himself and gave freely to his 
guests. Mr. Fisher says he was skeptical and took little interest 
in religion. He was squire and wrote hundreds and hundreds of 
wills for people all over the county. In his capacity as justice of 
the peace, he could settle almost any dispute. His method was ef- 
fective. He would take one party to the quarrel into one room and 
hear his side, and likely damn him up and down as a knave and a 
fool. Then he would interview the other party in the same way, then 
bring them together and make them settle it. The lawyer who set- 
tled 'his estate says, *'If more men were like Sammie McDowell, 
law^yers would have nothing to do." He was a man of strictest in- 
tegrity, honor and honesty — a man who commanded the respect and 
admiration pf all who knew him — no man in the county was more 
widely nor more favorably known than Samuel McDowell. 

He had three daughters, Sarah Ann, Jane Findley, Hannah and 
one son, Alexander. His wife, Martha Findley McDowell, died at 
East Brook, November 31, 1848. Samuel McDowell also died in the 
old home at East Brook, May 20, 1874. He died of pneumonia. Mr. 
McDowell was large — weig^hed 200 pounds. Their children married 
as follows: 

Sarah Ann McDowell married James Banks, son of James Banks 
of Neshannock Falls. They lived west of East Brook and reared a 
family of five children, Josephine, Samuel, Edward, Louis and Eva. 
These children were all tall in stature. 

When the Civil War broke out James Banks enlisted and went 
with the East Brook boys to Beaufort, South Carolina. He was sec- 
ond lieutenant of his company. Soon after the army reached Beau- 
fort James Banks died and was buried with military honors in the 
old Episcopal graveyard, near the camp. His wife had «his grave j 

marked at the time, but no trace of his tombstone can now be found. 
It is likely his body is now interred among the unknown dead in 
the national cemetery there. 

Josephine, daughter of Sarah Ann and James Banks, married 


THE McDowells and connesctions 401 

James Quest, soldier in Company F, Roundhead Regiment. They 
moved to Shelton, Nebraska, where they reared a family. Mrs. Quest 
died, 1910, and is buried at Shelton, Neb. Samuel Banks never mar- 
ried. He enlisted in Company F, One Hundredth Pennsylvania Vol- 
unteers, and served the entire four years in the Federal army. He 
is said to have been a most fearless and daring soldier, vigorously 
enjoying every fight, yet, though over six feet tall, he never once 
was wounded. He says, 'Tm so slim I couldn't stop a bullet." He 
lived for a time in Nebraska, then in the Northwest, but now lives 
most happily in Zephyrhills, Florida. He is one of the finest men 
that ever lived. 

Edward married and lives in Nebraska. 

Louis married Gemima McKee. They live in Newcastle. Their 
children are Stewart, Gertrude and Bertha. Gertrude is dead. 

Eva, youngest child of Mary Ann and James Banks, born 1855, 
married Joseph Pyle, 1879, son of Josepih and Sarah Pyle. 

They live in Newcastle as do their children. 

Lee Pyle, born Nov. 29, 1881 ; married Sarah McCreary, May 17, 
1905; lives in Newcastle, Pa. 

James McDowell Pyle, born April 21, 1889. 

Sarah Ethel Pyle, born Dec. 5, 1890; died Sept. 18, 1904. 

Josephine Pyle, bom April 20, 1895; married Samuel Lent; lives 
in Newcastle, Pa. 

The second daughter of Samuel and Martha ^McDowell was 
Jane Findley, born Dec. 10, 1824. She married Joseph Glass. They 
lived east of East Brook. Their children were William John, born 
July 25, 1847; married Elizabeth McMillan; died May 17, 1902, is 
buried at East Brook U. P. Cemetery. 

The second son, Samuel Glass, was born July 20, 1852 ; married 
Jennie Elder, lived east of East Brook, where he died Nov. 3, 1887 ; 
is buried in East Brook IT. P. <'emetery. Their one son died in in- 

William John Glass and Elizabeth McMillan Glass, had three 
children, Martha E. Glass, bom Sept. 21, 1874; married Ed Reiber; 
lived near East Brook, died of consumption, June 21, 1905; leaving 
three children, Gladys Elizabeth, born Sept. 17, 1898; Clarence, Dec. 
4, 1900, and John Leonard, born Dee. 1, 1904. Martha Glass Reiber 
is buried in the M. E. Cemetery, Briar Hill. 

The second daughter of William John and Elizabeth Glass is 
Jane D., born ^larch 7, 1877 ; married Samuel Pearson McCreary, 
lives at East Brook Station; has one son, Leon Everett; born Nov. 
1, 1897. 

The only son of William and Elizabeth Glass is Joseph Norman 
Glass, born July 16, 1886 ; marrit d Nelle Rodenbaugh, Oct. 20, 1909, 
lives in Newcastle, Pa. Has two ciiildren, Dorothy Helen, born June 
6, 1911, and Elizabeth M. Jane, born Dec. 13, 19i4. 


Hannah McDowell, daughter of Samuel and Martha McDowell, 
was born March 1, 1829. She marrivu Andrew W. Banks, son of 
James and Mary Banks, and lived on ^ne old Banks farm between 
Neshannock Falls and Rich Hill Church. She died Aug. 7, 1894, 
and is buried at Rich Hill. She was a ver/ pretty girl. Her children 
were Olive Virginia, born Oct. 25, 1857; married William Jordan, 
and lives on the State Road, not far froiL Rich Hill Church. Olive 

Olive has one son, William Melville Jordan, born July 25, 1880. 
He married, first, May 24, 3900, Eva Reynolds, daughter of George 
and Anna Reynolds. They had two children, Hazel, born July, 1901 ; 
Earl, June 22, 1902 

Melville married as his second wife, Amanda McConnell, daugh- 
ter of Calvin and Fannie McConnell, of Volant, Pa. 

The second daughter of Hannah McDowell and A. W. Banks is 
Mary Jane. She was born Aug. 29, 1853 ; married 1876, Isiah Sher- 
bine; had one daughter, Dana, born 1877; married Ed Layton, in 
1898. Mary Jane lives with this only daughter in the old Banks 
home. Dana Sherbine and Ed Layton have two children, Jeanette 
Layton and James Banks Layton. 

Martha, third daughter of Hannah McDowell Banks and A. W. 
Banks, was born March 1, 1855; married Rev. George Buchanan. 
They finally moved to Melbourne, Australia, where Rev. Buchanan 
preached. They had two sons, James Andrew and Arthur, bom, 
James A., born 1878, died 1902, in Melbourne, Australia. George 
Arthur Buchanan was born November, 1880; married Dulcie Mc- 
Callum, 1913. He is a physician. 

Alexander McDowell, only son of Samuel and Martha McDowell, 
was born May 9th, 1827 ; married Elizabeth Jordan, at Plaingrove, 
Nov. 27, 1850. He died of softening of the brain and blood poison- 
ing, January 2, 1873. His wife, Elizabeth McDowell died at East 
Brook, Jan. 9, 1913. She was a woman of rare strength of character 
and of great executive ability. 

They are buried in the East Brook United Presbyterian grave- 
yard, beside Samuel and Mart^ha McDowell. They had three daugh- 
ters, Martha Rebecca, Rachel Emma and Hannah Maria. The third 
and only surviving daughter, was born Dec. 8, 1852. She married 
Baxter Wilson, son of John and Elizabeth Wilson, Dec. 8, 1868. To 
whom were born. Lily, March 22, 1870; Bertha, Sept. 7, 1871; mar- 
ried Edward Snodgrass, at New Wilmington, Pa., Dec. 5, 1894. They 
live in Bellvue, Pittsburg. They have three children, Robert, born 
Aug. 20, 1895; Mary, born July 2, 1900; George Wilson, born May 
22, 1902. Mr. Snodgrass is a successful business man in Pittsburg, 


Alexander McDowell Wilson, son of Hannah Maria and Baxter 
Wilson was bom February 23, 1873; married Harriet Noible, at 
Batavia, New York, June 26, 1901. They have two children, Sam- 

THE McDowells and connections 403 

uel Wolcott Wilson, born in Boston on Copley Square, May 31, 1904; 
and Jane, born in Philadelphia, January 22, 1912. Now lives in 
New York City. Is doing a great work of social service in fche city 
of New York. 

Elizabeth Wilson, born July 11, 1875, at East Brook, old Samuel 
McDowell's home, married at same place, Nov. 29, 1900, Prof. Her- 
mann Spencer; lives in Tarkio, Mo., where her husband teaches in 
the college. Their children are Eleanor Spencer, born in Kittanning, 
Pa., January 21, 1902 ; died Knoxville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 1904. 

Frances Elizabeth, born in Pittsburg, Nov. 7, 1904. 

Hannah Pauline, born in Knoxville, Tenn., Feb. 1, 1906. 

Richard Wilson, born in East Brook, May 7, 1910. 

Julian Wilson Spencer, born in Tarkio, Mo., April 23, 1912; 
died Sept. 18, 1913, at Tarkio. 

Paul Michael, youngest son of Hannah Maria and Baxter Wil- 
son, was born in Newcastle, Nov. 27, 1887. Was married to Ruby 
Shaw, June 25, 1913. Lives with his mother in the old Samuel Mc- 
Dowell home in East Brook. 

Baxter Wilson was in the Civil War. Went out with the nine 
months* men, was wounded at Chancel lorville, 1863, and came home, 
did not re-enlist, lie died at the home in East Brook. 

Abel McDowell, who came from Ligonier when Samuel did, 
worked a few years with his uncle Fisher, over on the Shenango. 
He was married Jan. 29, 1829, to Mary King, daug'hter of Marinus 
and Elizabeth King (Holland Dutch). They were married in the 
sitting room of the King home, by John Fisher, Esquire. They lived 
for two years with Unele Fisher, but at the end of that time A'bel's 
cattle had increased as did Jacob's of old, when he lived with La- 
ban. So Uncle Fisher said, '*A'bel if you wish to depart, do so and 
I'll get someone to farm for me who is not such a good manager." 
Thereupon Abel and Mary bought some wood land near Neshannock 
Falls at $2 per acre. They came QIary riding on horseback with 
a child on her knee) and settled in the woods. Their first house was 
a mere hut, with no floor and no chimney. They built the fire against 
a flat stone they stood against the wall, the smoke found its way 
out through a hole in the roof. Mary cooked on the coals. Soon 
after they built a log house, plastered the chinks with mud. This 
had one large room and a loft above, reached by a ladder. There 
was a little porcih with a bedroom off one end, built on the south 
side of this house. The house faced the east. Their children were 
not all born in this house, as the first son, Benjamin, was born at 
Un-cle Fisher's July 1st, 1830. Whether Samuel was born at Uncle 
Fisher's or not, I am not sure. His birthday was Aug. 27, 1832, so 
it would seem he was born in the new log house. Eliza'beth was 
born Oct. 24, 183*; Hannaih was born March 9, 1837; Mary Jane 
was born May 17, 1839 ; Marinus King was bom May 18, 1841. The 


new stone house was built in 1844. Little Rine was three years old 
when they moved in. He helped move by earrj-ing the teapot. 
Margaret Emma was the only <;hild born in the new house. Her 
birthday was Feb. 20, 1846. 

Benjamin, oldest son of Abel and Mary MeDoweil, attended 
Westminster College, for a time, but did not graduate. He taught 
school, went west to Iowa to a maternal uncle, and from there 
he went with his brother, Sam, and some King cousins, to Minne- 
sota. They settled at Bear Grove — near Byron, Minn. Ben and 
Sam were surveyors in that new country. 

After one or two years of struggle, Ben came back home for 
the girl of his choice. He married Amanda Carlon, daughter of Jo- 
eseph and Sarah Oarlon, at the old Carlon home, near Rich Hill, on 
March 26, 1857. They went to his home in Minnesota, where their 
two daughters were born, Mary Elizabeth, born Jan. 1, 1851, and 
Saraih Jane, born Oct. 20, 1859. Mary Elizabeth married Frank T. 
Hopper, Sept. 6, 1887, near Stockton, California. They live in Cali- 
fornia. Sara Jane married Rev. J. B. Ricketts, at New Wilming- 
ton, Pa., Dec. 3, 1890. Died at Aledo, 111., March 9, 1909, and is 
buried in Rich Hill Cemetery, near Neshannock Falls, Pa. 

Benjamin McDowell, father of these two daughters, was a sol- 
dier in the Civil War. His wife and children returned to Pennsvl- 
vania when he left for the front. His regiment. Sixth Minnesota, 
was removed from the extreme North in the hot and sickly season 
to Helena, Arkansas. Ben died there, Aug. 18, 1864. His grave is 
unknown. He had done double duty to relieve a comrade. This 
weakened him too much to enable him to resist the disease. He was 
an ideal citizen, and a brave soldier. 

Samuel McDowell, second son of Abel and Mary McDowell, 
was married to Margaret Jane, daughter of Edward and Polly Mc- 
dowell (Scotch-Irish) Feb. 25, 1858. He also lived near Benjamin 
McDowell, in Byron, Minnesota. He had attended Westminster Col- 
lege, after going to school in Greenville, Pa. He taught school and 
was a surveyor. Sam was a real student all his life. To Samuel and 
Margaret McDowell were born at Byron, three children, Willis 
Abel, Emma Vashti and Mary Amanda. 

Their father died of typhoid-pneumonia, ()etol)er 28, 1864, only 
about two months after the death of his brother Ben. His son, Willis 
Abel, graduated in law at Ann Arbor, Mich. He married June 19, 
1890, Anna Cochran (English), only daughter of Rev. and Mrs. 
Carolyn McDowell Cochran, of Minneapolis, Minn. Willis has 
three children, James, Carolyn and Marian. Willis Abel is a suc- 
cessful lawyer in Minneapolis, Minn. 

Emma V. McDowell married John Caulfield (Irish) and lives 
near Byron Minn. They have the following children: Samuel Har- 
old, Clark, Mary Gyla. 

THE McDowells and conne)ctions 405 

Mary Amanda McDowell married Samuel Tompkins (Irish). 
They live near Bvron, IVIimi. Their children are Marguerite, Daniel 
D., and Willis. 

Elizabeth McDowell was quite a popular belle in the neighbor- 
hood. She married Samuel McCreary, son of Enoch and Margaret 
Pearson MeCreary (Quaker). They were married June 4, 1857, only 
a few months after Ben McDowell was married. They were mar- 
ried by Rev. H. H. ^loore, hi the old Abel McDowell home. Their 
home was near Neshannoek Falls. Six children were born to them : 
Emma Jane, born June 11, 1858; Mary Annetta, born Nov. 5, 1861;^ 
Margaret Alura, born Aug. 14, 1863; Sadie; Abel p]dwin, born May 
6, 1869; wealthy. These children married as follows: Emma Jane 
married Dr. W. L. Smith, January, 1880. They live in New Wil- 
mington, Pa., and have three children: Elizabeth Genevieve, born 
Fel). 22, 1881 ; Samuel McCreary Smith, Mary Gyla Smith, born 
July 23. 1889. Genevieve married Frank Wrig^ht, now superinten- 
dent of schools in Uniontown, Pa. 

They have two children, Jean and Hilda. Mary (jyla was 
married to Paul Mast, of Greensburgh, Pa., Aug. 17, 1915, and lives 
in Greensburg. Mary Annetta ilcCreary, daughter of Samuel and 
Elizabeth MeCreary, was married to James Edwin Duff, son of 
Alex and Alkey Duff, at the *'Dew Drop Inn,*' the old ^IcOeary 
home, near Neshannoek Falls, on Sept. 18, 1888. They live in New- 
castle. Pa. They have two daughters, Dorothy McCreary Duff, 
born A])ril 25, 1893; and Marjorie Duff, born Jan. 27, 1900. Mr. 
Duff is a druggist. 

Margaret Alura MeCreary, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth 
McCreary. married Thomas Watson Houston, son of Rev. A. Y. 
Houston, at the ^MeCreary home, Sept. 18, 1890. They lived a while 
in Garnett, Kansas. Later they moved back to East Brook. They 
have three children, Victor Alexander Houston, born March, 1893, in 
Garnett, Kansas; Edwin MeCreary, October, 1894, and Elizabeth 
Jeannette, born 1906, at East Rrook, Pa. 

Abel Edwin, only son of Samuel and Elizabeth McCreary. was 
married in the Reiber home, near East Brook, to Mary Rosetta 
Reiber (German), daughter of John and Rosa Reiber, January 15, 
1891. They live on the old ^IcCreary farm at Neshannoek Falls. 
They have four sons: Norman John, ])orn April 10, 1892; Kenneth 
King, born July 25, 1895; Samuel Arthur, born Feb. 7, 1897; James 
Riehard, born June, 1900. Elizabeth McDowell McCreary was a 
woman of sterling worth. She departed this life June 25, 1910. Is 
buried in Briar Hill Cemetery. 

Hannah McDowell, daughter of Abel and Mary McDowell, died 
of typ«hoid fever in the eighteenth year of her age. She is buried 
in the old Methodist graveyard, Briar Hill, near East Brook, be- 
side her father and mother. 



THE McDowells and cx)Nne)ctions 407 

Mary Jane McDowell, daughter of Abel and Mary McDowell, 
was married at tihe Abel McDowell home, to James Hodge Patton, 
son of Archibald and Elizabeth Hunter Patton (Scotch-Irish), Sep- 
tember 13, 1865. They had seven children, all bom in their home 
near East Brook. The first child died in infancy; the next, Flor- 
ence, was born Feb. 16, 1868; Hannah was born June 25, 1869; 
Luther, June 14, 1871 ; Mary E., July 17, 1874 ; Sarah Jane, October 
7, 1876 ; David Wright, July 5, 1880. 

Florence Patton married Thomas James McKnight (Scotch- 
Irisih), son of David and Eliza McKnight. They were married in 
the Patton Home, Hiawatha, Kansas, Jan. 30, 1894, and live at Ne- 
shannock Falls, Pa.. Their children are: Mary Jane, born March 18, 
1897; James Patton, born Nov. 3, 1898; Frances Margaretta, born 
June 5, 1900; David Brown, born Dec. 10, 1902; Sara Elizabeth, 
born May 11, 1913; Florence Isabella, born Sept. 21, 1913. 

Hannah Patton married Herbert Pinkerton, Oct. 17, 1894. Has 
one son, James Harold, born April 7, 1897, at Hiawatha, Kansas. 

Mary Elizabeth Patton married W. C. Brown, lives in Lyndon, 
Ohio. Her children are: Lois, Frances, James McDowell and Nor- 
man King, Nov. 21, 1910. Luther married Nettie Anderson, lives 
in California. Children: Harold Luther, June 13, 1908; Florence 
June, Dec. 27, 1911. 

David Wright married at Hiawatha, Kansas, Lois Babcock, 
April 19, 1914. Mary Jane McDowell Patton died, Hiawatha Kan- 
sas, on Aug. 4, 1899. 

Marinus King McDowell, son of Abel and Mary McDowell, was 
married to Rebecca Wilson Jo^hnston (Scotch-Irish) daughter of 
John and Mary Jennings Johnston (English), at Greenville, Pa., 
January 6, 1868, by Rev. Nathaniel McFetridge. To them were 
born five children, Mary Gyla, Benjamin, John J., Frances E. and 
Amanda King. 

Amanda K., married, June 1, 1911, in the McDowell home, by 
Rev. J. B. Ricketts ; Robert Knox Blevins, son of James and Jane 
Clark Blevins. James Blevins is of Irish descent. 

Benjamin McDowell, married January 8, 1913, Emma Samantha 
McWilliams, daughter of James and Anne McWilliams. They were 
married by Rev. E. K. Mechlin, at the manse of Rich Hill Presby- 
terian Church. They live* near the church. 

Marinus King McDowell served four years in the Civil War. 
He went out as a private in Company F, Pennsylvania Volunteers, 
of the Roundhead or 100th Regiment, Army of Potomac. Was 
wounded at Antietam September 17, 1862. After nine months in 
the hospitals he came home. Re-enlisted twice and served until the 
end of the war, in all about four years. Was promoted to first 
lieutenant in Battery M, 6th Heavy Artillery. Saw severe service. 

Margaret Emma McDowell, daughter of Abel and Mary Mc- 


Dowell, married Dr. T. F. McCreary, son of Thomas and Jane Mc- 
Creary, May 25, 1870. They were married by Rev. Nathaniel Mor- 
ris, M. E. minister, in the old McDowell home near Neshannock 
Falls. They lived in Dickson, Tennessee, where Dr. McCreary both 
preached and gracticed medicine. Dr. McCreary was a chaplain in 
the Civil War. Their children are as follows: Mary Jane, daugh- 
ter of Margaret Emma and Fletcher McCreary, was born June 7, 
1871; Elizabeth King, daughter of Fletcher and Margaret E. Mc- 
Creary, was born Aug. 22, 1873, and died March 16, 1884; Margaret 
Emma, daughter of Dr. Fletcher McCreary and Margaret E. Me- 
Creary, was born October 23, 1875. Edna Gertrude, daughter of 
Dr. T. F. and Margaret PI McCreary, was born Aug. 9, 1878, and 
died Aug. 12, 1887. Bertha, daughter of Dr. T. F. and Margaret 
Emma jVlcCVeary, was born Aug. 22, 1883. Benjamin Fletcher, sou 
of Dr. T. F. and Margaret Emma McOeary, was born Oct. 26, 1885 
A baby girl, born Aug. 5, 1877, died Aug. 9, 1877.. These childr.Mi 
dead are buried in the M. E. graveyard, Dickson, Tenn. 

Margaret Emma McDowell McCreary, died Oct. 5, 1895, aged 
49 years. KShe is buried beside her children, Dickson, Tenn. 3he 
was a distinguished and highly honored woman in both her home in 
the North and her home in the South. 

Dr. T. F. McCreary married again a Mrs. Conanat ; he died, and 
is buried by his first wife,, Dickson, Tenn. 

Mary Jane, daughter of Dr. T. F. and Margaret E. McCreary, 
mr)]Tied Lemuel Sensing. They live in Dickson, Tenn., and have 
two sons, Donald, Thurmaii. 

Margaret Emma, daughter of Dr. T. F. and Margaret McCreary, 
married Gardner Sensing. They live in Dickson, Tenn. Their chil- 
dren are: llenrv and Rebecca. 

Bertha, daughter of Dr. T. F. and Margaret E. McCreary, mar- 
ried Raymond Joccun, Dickson, Tenn. Their children are Martha 
and Robert King. 

Benjamin Fletcher ^IcCreary. son of Dr. T. F. and M. E. Mc- 
Creary, married Jessie Diekerson. . She died the same year. Ben- 
jamin F., married again Ajiril 19, 1916, Clara Walk, daughter of 
Mrs. J. E. Tidwell, Dickson, Tenn. This endeth the record of Abel 
and Mary McDowell's ehildren and childt-en's children. 

Abel McDowell met a violent death in a neighbor's barn, July 
25, 1868. He was struck by a log to which a "new f angled" hay 
fork was attached. He never regained eonsciousness, but died in 
an hour or two at Ross Cox's house. He was a verv active worker 


in the Methodist Church, helped support Allegheny College, Mead- 
ville. Pa. 

His wife, Mary King McDowell, died of old age September 25, 
1891. They are buried in the M. E. graveyard at East Brook. She 

THE McDowells and oonnetctions 409 

was a woman of sweet and calm self-control, and of strong common 

To go away back again to Ligonier, Matthias McDowell, son 
of Samuel and Hannah McDowell, was married to Jane Leech, 
daug'hter of Prudence and Thomas Leech, Feb. 3, 1842. They lived 
in Greenville, Mercer County, Pennsylvania. Jane Leech was born 
March 2, 1822, and died January 5, 1889, and is buried in Oreenville, 

The children of Matthias and Jane McDowell are : Dewitt, born 
Sept. 10, 1845. 

Lydia, daughter of Matthias and Jane McDowell, bom Jan- 
uary 9, 1843, married Abner Cosher, of "Greenville, June 3, 1866. 
She had one daughter, Jane or Jennie. Lydia died March, 1915, and 
is buried in Youngstown, Ohio. 

Jennie Cosher, born May 1, 1868, married. 

Etta McDowell, daughter of Matthias and Jane McDowell, 
born Feb. 3, 1844, was married to M. S. Zimmerman, April 24, 1867. 
She died July 31, 1891. Her children are Fred D., born April 24, 
1868 ; Maud, bom Feb. 11, 1874. 

Samuel McDowell, son of Matthias McDowell and Jane, was 
born May 7, 1857. He never married. Died. 

Leech, son of Matthias and Jane McDowell, was born Nov. 30, 
3852. Never married. Died. 

William, son of Matthias and Jane McDowell, was born May 1, 
1859, married Ida J. Hunter, May 12, 1887. Lives in Youngstown, 
Ohio. Their children are Gertrude J., born Dec. 3, 1887. 

Hannah, daughter of Matthias and Jane McDowell, was born 
Nov. 30, 1854, was'married to George E. Fletcher, Juiie 29, 1882. 
Their children are Robert H., born Sept. 3, 1887; Chalmers, born 
Jan. 10, 1888. Lives in California. 

Gererure, daughter of Matthias and Jane McDowell, was born 
April 26, 1861. Married Mr. Anderson, lives in Greenville, Pa. Her 
children are : 

Matthias, son of Matthias and Jane McDowell, was married to 
Lizzie Newham. I regret I do not know more of this family of 
Matthias McDowell. 

End of family record of Matthias McDowell. 

Joseph, son of Samuel and Hannah McDowell, was born in 
Ligioner, he married Mary Crocker. Their children are Mary Eliza- 
beth, born April 23, 1847; married first George Clinghan, 1867. 
They had one child, a daughter, born in 1868, in Tennessee, Mary 
Ella Virginia was her name, but she is better known as ''Birdie.'* 

Mrs. Mary McDowell Clinghan, later married Major William 
Gordon, and lived in Newcastle. 

The daughter of Birdie Clinghan was married Sept. 30, 1903, to 
W. P. Pierce, a lawyer, in Pittsburg. She died one month later. 


JAMES McDowell 

PBtrbury, lU. 

THE McDowells and connexjtions 4ii 

She was a beautiiul and accomplished girl, much beloved by all 
the relatives and friends. Her death leaves her mother entirely 

Joseph McDowell, father of Mar>' E. Gordon, died when in his 
prime. His wife had died previously in childbirth. So Mary E. Mc- 
Dowell was left as a tiny tot to grow up without father or mother, 
sister or brother. She first lived with her mother's people, then 
with her father's brother, Samuel McDowell. She was a beautiful, 
vivacious girl. 

Josepli McDowell and his young wife are buried side by side 
at King's Chapel, on the Shenango. 

The older generations of McDowells were Methodists as far 
as they belonged to any church. This seems odd with their Scotch- 
Irish name. Later generations are Methodists or Presbyterians or 
United Presbyterians. - 

Samuel and Joseph McDowell were ultra Democrats in political 
faith. Joseph was a Comiaissioner of Mercer Coimty. Abel was a 
very strong Methodist, and Horace Greeley was his guide in poli- 
tics. None of the old family drank except Samuel, as before noted. 
The most marked trait of character in the McDowell family was 
thrift. This family knew how to make money and how to keep it, 
a faculty many of their children or children's children seem to lack. 
All the boys of the old generation really accumulated what was 
thought riches in those days. They were scrupulously honest, they 
wanted their own but wanted the other fellow to have what was his. 
All the generations have been looked up to as among the *' first 
families" of their respective communities. 

On the whole the words of Theodore Roosevelt in his speech at 
the State Fair of Minnesota ai)ply to the old pioneer stock of Mc- 
Dowells. He says, '*You are typical Americans, for you have done 
the great, the typical work of our American life. In making homes 
and carving out careers for yourselves and your children you have 
built up this State ; throughout our history the success of the home- 
makers has been but another name for the up-building of the na- 
tion. The men who» with ax in the forest and pick in the moun- 
tains and plow on the prairies, pushed to completion the dominion 
of our people over the American wilderness have given defi- 
nite shape to our nation. They have shown the qualities of dar- 
ing, endurance and farsightedness, of eager desire for victory and 
stubborn refusal to accept defeat, which go to make up the essential 
manliness of American character. They have recognized the law of 
successes in American life — the law of worthy work, the law of reso- 
lute endeavor." If Theodore Roosevelt had been speaking to 
Samuel and Matthias and Abel and Thomas and Joseph McDowell 
he couldn't have chosen moie fitting words to sum up their achieve- 

These pioneers of our family felled forests, built canals, sur- 


veyed lands, promoted railroads, conquered the wilderness and made 
homes and fortunes for themselves and their children. 

Three sons of these men, Benjamin McDowell, Marinus King 
]\rcDowe!l and Samuel Banks, and three or four sons-in-law, James 
Patton and Major Wm. Gordon. Fletcher MeCrearj' (?) James 
Quest, helped to preserve the Union in the struggle of th* Civil War. 
John J. ^IcDowell volunteered in the Spanish-American War in 1898- 
1902, served until the end of the war. Surely it 'behooves the chil- 
dren of the third and fourth generation to continue to play a worthy 
and honorable part as they are now doing in furthering the politi- 
cal, religious, educational, industrial and social welfare of our na- 
tion todav. 

James McDowell was born in Sciota County, Ohio, Sept. 21, 
1815, and died at Fairbury. 111., June 10, 1880, from injuries re- 
ceiT<ed in a run-away accident. 

In May, 1882, he, with his parents, uncle and brothers, came 
to Avoca Township, Livingston County. Illinois, where they built 
a log house and planted some corn, thus commencing pioneer life ; 
in consequence of the Indian trouble they went to Indiana, where 
they remained until the following November, then returned to Illi- 
nois, and took possession of their claims made in the spring. 

Mr. McDowell was a resident of Avoca Township for forty- 
three years, and prospered as a farmer and stock raiser. He served 
as treasurer of the schools over thirty years, and was supervisor 
several terms. He retired and moved to Fairbury in 1875. 


Major B. G. McDowell was a native of North Carolina, having J 
been born at Franklin, June 22, 1834. He came with the Confed- | 

erate .soldiers from the North State. He entered the war as a vol- 
unteer in May, 1861, as a member of Company B, 39th North Caro- 
lina Regiment of Confederate Infantry. Ho 'became orderly ser- 
geant of this company, and when the 62nd North Carolina regi- 
ment was organized in May, 1862, be was elected major. The other 
officers, of this regiment were: R, G. A. Love, Colonel; J. W. 
Clayton, Lieutenant Colonel ; R. B. Johnston, Quartermaster; Joseph 
Haynes, Adjutant; Dr. N. T. Deulaney, of Bristol, Surgeon. 

This regiment was first stationed at Ilaynesville (now Johnson 
City, Tenn.) !Major McDowell continued with the 62nd North 
Carolina Regiment until the war closed, and was Lieutenant Colo- 
nel of the regiment when the surrender came. His regiment was 
the last to surrender when the war closed. 

Page 756, Volume 3, of Clark's North Carolina Regiments, 
says: ''That part of the Regiment with Col. J. B. Palmer, that op- 
erated in East Tennessee, between Hot Springs, N. C, and Morris- 
town, New Market. Newport and Bull's Gap, Etc., and along the 
foot of Smoky Mountains, hy Sevierville, Maryville, Etc., is reported 

THE McDowells and connections 413 

to have done faithful service under Lieut. Col. B. G. McDowell of 
the 62nd, who had refused to surrender at Cumberland Gap and 
was a gallant officer. 

Major McDowell's wife died about three years ago. The sur- 
viving members of the family are: Two sons, James R. McDowell 
and A. S. McDowell, prominent railroad contractors, with headquar- 
ters at Knoxville, Tenn., and four daughters, Mrs. James B. Lyon, 
Mrs. W. S. Stuart, Mrs. William Ferguson and Miss Irene Mc- 
Dowell, all of Bristol, Va.-Tenn. 

Major McDowell's home for the last thirty years was in Bris- 
tol, Sullivan County, Tenn., where he was a leading lawyer. Ilis 
death occurred at his home in Bristol, Jan. 8, 1916. 

Major Byron Gibbs McDowell was the son of John McDowell 
and Elizabeth Caldwell, the daughter of Alexander Caldwell and M. 
Horgy. John McDowell, the father of B. 6. McDowell, was the son 
of John McDowell, whose father was Gen. Charles McDowell, of 
Quaker Meadows. His father was Joseph McDowell Sr., born in 
Ireland in 1715, where he wooed and won the heart of ^largaret 
O'Neil, a decendant of the ancient Irish Kings and a member of one 
of the noblest and bravest families of the old Celtic race — not one of 
whom in battle or personal quarrel was ever known to turn his 
back upon an enemy. 


Edmond Andrews McDowell was born near Liberty, in Amite 
C-ounty, Mississippi, on December 18, 1857, his father being Thomas 
H. McDowell, and his mother Leth« A. (Lea) McDowell. Ilis peo- 
ple, paternal and maternal, were farmers and planters. He was 
educated at Mississippi College, located at Clinton, Hinds County, 
Mississippi, and at the University of Virginia. He was admitted to 
the bar at Liberty, Miss., in September, 1880, and practiced there 
until January, 1883. In 1882 he was reading clerk of the House of 
Representatives of the State of Mississippi. In March, 1883, he re- 
moved to Texas and settled at Gatesville. Tn November, 1884,. he 
was elected County Attorney of Coryell County, which office he 
held for three years, and resigned to accept the appointment by 
the Governor of Texas as Trustee of the House of Correction and 
Reformatory. In 1888 he was Cleveland and Thurmond elector 
for the Eleventh Congressional District. In Januarj-, 1904, he ac- 
cepted the appointment of Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Jef- 
ferson County, Texas, after the expiration of said term of office 
he again assumed the practice of his profession and continued there- 
in until 1914, when he was elected, without opposition, to the Thir- 
ty-fourth Legislature of Texas, where he served for the regular 
and first called sessions of said Legislature, and in June, 1915, was 
appointed by Governor Ferguson as Judge of the 60th Judicial Dis- 
trict at Beaumont, which office he now holds. 

414 THE McDowells and C0NNE)CT10NS 

AiiEX. K. M. Mcdowell. 

(I copy this from the fly leaf of my father's Testament. The 
record coDtains errors which I correct from letters of Aunt Bu'ford 
to Aunt Reid in Virginia. — L. L McD.) 

Mem. by Alex K. M. McDowell, made in 1868, at Ann Caldwell's 
(his double first cousin) from Grandpa's (Judge Sam McD.), old 

My grandfather, Sam'l McDowell, Sr., was born in Augusta 
County, now Rockbridge County, Va., Nov. 7, 1735 (error, he was 
bom on the a'bove date in Pennsylvania, came to Virginia in the 
summer of 1837, when but Iwo years old) and died in Mercer (now 
Boyle County, Ky., Oct. 27, 1817, aged 82 (error), died Sept. 25, 
1817, on Thursday morning, about dawn, in Aunt Buford's letter 
written the day he died). 

My grandmother, Mary McClung, was born in Augusta County, 
Va. (my father always said she was born in Ireland), her father 
was William McClung, was born in 1734, came to Virginia in 1740. 
She died in Kentucky, Mercer County, at her son's, Joseph Mc- 
Dowell, 3 p. m., Saturday, Oct. 28, 1826 (see Aunt Buford's letter). 
The Bible record copied by my father says Oct. 27, 1827 (an error). 
She was two years older than her husband when they were mar- 
ried in Augusta (see Aunt Buford's record) on Jan. 17, 1754. 

My father, Samuel McDowell, was born in Augusta County 
(now Rockbridge) Va., March 8, 1764, and died in Mercer County, 
Ky., June 20, 1831, aged 67. 

My mother, Ann Irvine (daughter of Abram Irvine and Mary 
Dean Irvine) was bom in Virginia, Nov. 28, 1763) and died 1816, 
Oct. 29. 

Samuel McDowell and Anna Irvine were married Oct. 4, 1785. 

Their children were: 

1. Mary Irvine, bom June 12, 1787 ; married William Starling; 
died at Hopkinsville, Ky., Fefb. 1869. 

2. John Adair, born May 26, 1789; married Lucy Starling, 
sister of William Starling : died at Lancaster, Ohio, Sept. 10, 1823. 

3. Abram Irvine, born April 24, 1791 ; married Eliza . 


500 Duke Street, 
Alexandria, Va., March 28, 191C. 
Major-Qeneral J. H. McDowell, 

My dear cousin and clansman: Not long ago I mailed you a 
typed and corrected record of my Erwin-Agnew lineage through 
the marriage of David Agnew and Mary Erwin, daughter of John 
Erwin of Antrim, Pranklino County, Pennsylvania ; and I have juflft 
corrected the line of Charlotte Bell Agnew, from Joseph Irwin and 
Violet Porter, which she requested me to send to her, and then she 

THE McDowells and connections 415 

would forward it to you. Her lineal descent from Joseph Irwin 
is proven, of course, but there are still verifications to substantiate 
that John Erwin, the father of Mary Erwin, and step-father of Mary 
Ramsey, who married James Agnew, and of James Ramsey, who 
married Elizabeth Porter, was a brother of First Archibald Irwin, 
both to be sons of James Irwin, who came to the Province of Penn- 
sylvania in 1717-18. Professor Seilhamer charged us $25.00 to prove 
that he was, and that his first wife was Sarah (Hoge) Reynolds, but 
Mrs. Anna Hepburn Watts, genealogist, of Carlisle, Pa., who has un- 
proven Irwin ancestry, insists that John and Archibald Irwin may 
have been near relations, but that they were NOT brothers. It seems 
to me that they must have been brothers, or first cousins. John 
Erwin 's second wife was the widow of Colonel James Ramsey, and 
as there were about that period so many Ramsey-Irwin-Agnew-Por- 
ter-Pinley intermarriages, and as they were in the same part of the 
province, it seems reasonable to state that they were near relations. 
The Harrisons always claimed relationship, and when Benjamin 
Harrison was President, and John Scott, his father-in-law, was liv- 
ing with him in Washington, he requested my father to call upon 
him, saying that they wero family connections, as, of course, they 
were, through frequent marriage alliances, even if Archibald and 
John Erwin were not brothers. Archibald died in 1789 and John in 
1796, and as Archibald was born in 1734, John was probably born 
in 1732, which would have been a good birth-date for him ; to have 
had three children by his first marriage, John ; Mary, born in 1755, 
who married David Agnew, and Robert, who married Susan Coxe, 
of Philadelphia, whose daughter, Susan Coxe Erwin, later married 
Samuel Agn-ew, publisher of Peter Parley's Histories and of other 
theological and educational works, and who had one son, Dr. Erwin 
Agnew, who studied medicine in Philadelphia with Dr. D. Hayes Ag- 
new, and Dr. Erwin Agnew married the niece of Mrs. D. Hayes Ag- 
new, who was Mary Creighton Irwin, of Richmond, Va., and they 
were unaware of any relationship. Samuel Agnew, bom Nov. 14, 
1814, was the son of Lieut.-Col. James Agnew and Elizabeth (Pinley) 
Agnew, grandson of Col. James Agnew and Mary (Ramsey) Agnew, 
great-grandson of Captain James Agnew and Rebecca (Scott) 
Agnew, married Dec. 10, 1840; Susan Coxe Erwin, daughter of 
Robert Erwin, and Susan (Coxe) Irwin. Archibald Irwin is said 
to have had paralysis of the right arm, and John Irwin's will was 
signed with his mark, so that he must have been affected in a like 
manner, as he was a wealthy educated man. The will was made in 
1793, three years' before his death, and James Ramsey, his step-son, 
was one of his executors, to whose young son, John, his namesake, 
presumably, he left a legacy. The will was witnessed 'by James Mc- 
Lain, James Brotherton and Alexander Beatty. I am determined 
to no longer insist upon the lineage of John Erwin until it is proven. 
In the will it is written Erwin and Ervin and it was probated by 

416 THE McDowells and connections 

the name of Irwin. I am hoping that you will be able to solve our 
Erwiu problem with data in your possession for your genealogy. 

When my father was a young man, there was a James Irvin, a 
erayon artist, who was at his home a great deal, and I have a small 
portrait of my father drawn by this **Jim Irvin," as he was called. 
And when my cousin, Miss Mary Jean Agnew, of Greencastle, Frank- 
lin County, Pennsylvania, was looking over some papers she cam^ 
across an unmounted picture of a remarkably handsome young man, 
which she sent to me, and the name, ** Edwin A. Irvin, or Irwin, 
Crawfordville, Lowndes Co., Miss.," is written on the back. The 
''A." is presumably for *' Agnew," as one of the descendants of 
Joseph Irwin and Violet Porter is, or was, named ''Edwin Irwin 
Agnew." This picture was among the papers of the Rev. John 
Robinson Agnew, a descendant of Col. James Agnew and Mary 
(Ramsey) Agnew. Do you know anything about the Mississippi 

These notes are simply some genealogical bones and sinews where- 
with I trust to build the legitimate descent of «Tohn Erwin, or John 
Irwin, my great-great-grandfather. Did James Irwin, father of 
Archibald Irwin, who married Jean McDowell, have a son, John? I 
note ''James Irwin, Peter ^s Township, Cumberland Co., in Char- 
lotte Bell Agnew *s record, but I should have written: Franklin Co.- 

In Keith *s "Ancestry of Benjamin Harrison," it is recorded: 
"Mary Ramsey was born July 17th, 1753; died July 16th, 1825; mar- 
ried James Agnew." I have the copy of the portrait of Mary Ram- 
sey, also a square of linen woven by herself from flax, probaDly that 
John Erwin, my grandfather, twice great, orders in his will to be 
grown annually for her use. The emigrant James Ramsey came to 
America from Glasgow, Scotland, and Col. James Ramsey, who mar- 
ried Elizabeth Porter and became great-grandfather of President 
Benjamin Harrison, was baptized on Sept. 20ih 1722, and died April 
16th, 1757. Or, rather, James Ramsey, who married Mary O'Caine, 
the father of Col. James Ramsey, who married Miss Porter, was 
baptized and died on those dates. It was the widow of the emigrant 
James Ramsey who became the second wife of John Erwin. 

Prof. Henry p]arle Riggs, Michigan College of Engineering, Ann 
Arbor, Mich., wrote me the following: "My own interest is double 
here, as Rebecca Agnew, wife of the Rev. William Baldridge, was 
my father's grandmother, while Elizabeth Finley, who married 
James Agnew, was a sister of John Finley, my wife's mother's 
grandfather, and it was among the papers of Mary Lyle Finley, my 
wife's grandmother, that 1 found much history of the Agnews and 
the old silhouette." The silsouette is of my great-great-grandfather, 
Capt. James Agnew. 

With many good wishes for you and your great "Book," hoping 

THE McDowells and connbjctions 4n 

that you will be able to plaee me among the elect **Irviiies," I re- 
main, with sincere regards, 

Cordially your honored kinsman, 



William E. McElroy, fifth son of Samuel McElroy and Mary 
Irvin, was bom in Campbell County, Virginia, February 9, 1776. 
His parents, though natives of Ireland, were both of pure Scotch 
blood. In the Spring of 1789, in company with his brothers James 
and Hugh, Samuel McElroy removed to Kentucky and settled with 
his family on Pope's Creek, in what is now Marion County. 

During the long and perilous journey which lay, for the most 
part through an unbroken wilderness, with danger and death lurk- 
ing upon every hand, William, although but 18 years of age, took 
his regular turns as sentinel, and occupied his place in the ranks, 
gun in hand, whenever an attack was anticipated from the bands 
of hostile Indians whieh infested a great portion of the route. 

In 1795, having agreed with his older brothers to relinquish all 
claim to their father's estate to th-eir two youngest brothers, who 
were twins, although still a minor, and with no other resources than 
his own stalwart arms and indomita'ble energy. William determined, 
with his father's permission, to begin life for himself. Being nat- 
urally of an ingenious turn and with some proficiency in the use of 
tools, he commenced business as a carpenter, and was employed 
either in building, enlarging or improving every house of any con- 
sequence within a circle of many miles. While thus engaged, what 
is known as the *^ Great Revival" of 1800 and 1801 occurred, during 
which he professed religion and began the life of an earnest, devoted 
Christian. As might reasonably be supposed from his parentage and 
the faith in which he had been reared, he at once united himself 
with the Presbyterian Church, of which he was ordained a ruling 
elder in the following year (1801), and for seventy-three years he 
continued to be one of its most exemplary members and useful offi- 
cers. He died November 3, 1874, in his ninety-ninth year. 

On July 1, 1804, he was married to Miss Keturah Cleland, daugh- 
ter of Philip Cleland and sister of the celebrated Dr. Thomas Cle- 
land, for many years one of the most distinquished clergymen of the 
United States. Connected with this marriage there was a trifling 
incident which will serve to illustrate a leading trait in the some- 
what remarkable character. Singular as it may seem, it was one of 
the very few instances in his long life in w^hich William failed to 
meet his engagements promptly and punctuall}^ to the letter. With 
that prudence and order which distinguished him in everything he 
did through life, he had, in contemplation of his approaching mar- 
riage, built his ca'bin and supplied it with such necessaries as his 


Born Feb. S, mU; died Nov. 3, 187-t, in his 99th je: 


very limited means afforded; but, in spite of his utmost efforts, 
when the morning of his wedding day arrived, he had not quite fin- 
ished his kitchen. As it was contrary to one of his inflexible rules, 
however, to leave anything unfinished if it could be avoided, he 
determined to complete it before getting married, and in carrying 
out that resolution he was detained four hours after the time ap- 
pointed for the ceremony. 

This union, crowned with all the blessings that cluster around 
the peaceful hearthstone of a contented Christian household, and 
attended with increasing prosperity each succeeding year, continued 
until Maroh 3, 1814, when the happy wife was carried off by the epi- 
demic known as the *'Cold Plague," which during that year pre- 
vailed with fearful fatality in many portions of Kentucky — leaving 
her stricken husband with five small children. 

William E. McElroy remained a widower until Jan. 13, 1821, 
when he married Miss Mary Kirk, daughter of James Kirk, of an 
old and honored Irish family, who bore him nine children. With 
her he spent many of the brightest and most prosperous years of 
his life. She died March 3, 1865, and the highest eulogy upon her 
singularly pure and beautiful Christian character, as well as the 
tenderest, most touching tribute that affection could pay to her 
memory was penned by th(» hand of her aged husband, who, when 
he had reeorded her death in^the family Bi'ble, added to the sad in- 
stription the simple words: *'She was the best woman I ever saw.'' 

(Taken from *'A Sketch of the Life and Character of William 
E. McElroy," by Gov. Proctor Knott, of Lebanon, Ky., grandson of 
William E. McElroy, which appeared in Lebanon Standard Dec. 23, 
1874, and was republished by the Lebanon Enterprise July 6, 1906.) 


Mrs.* Alice Blair Andrews is a member of the Presbyterian Church ; 
prominent in patriotic organizations, having organized the Roswell 
Chapter, Daughters of the Ameriean Revolution, in New Mexico, 
and represented the chapter several times at the Continental Con- 
gress in Washington, D. C. She also organized and is president of 
the Patrick Henry Chapter, Children of the American Revolution in 
Roswell, New Mexico. Mrs. Andrews is a member of the J. Harvey 
Mathes Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, of Memphis, 
Tenn. ; also belongs to the Eastern Star organization. 

THE McDowells and connejctions 

Atlanta, Ga. 




Chleflain Irving Socieij' of the World 
Author of Irvine Book ol Scotland. 




Mrs. Andrews is a woman of great refinement, a devoted mother 
and sincere friend. These noble attributes are inherent from her 
illustrious line of ancestry, whose names have been recorded in the 
great achievements of Virginia and North and South Carolina. We 
are very much indebted to Mrs. Andrews for very valuable data fur- 
nished for the history. In choice of words and in expression she has 
few equals. Her investigations in family genealogy show a highly 
cultured intellect and lovable attainments, that go to make up the 
pure and noble womanhood of America. 

THE McDowells and connections 426 



Declaration of Indepeiideiice by the committee of the people of 
Mecklenburg County, N. C, of the Twentieth of May, 1775. 

Viewed in the light of history, American and English, Congres- 
sional and Provincial, with observations on the characters of the 
chief witnesses who testified of it, as known to the writer from per- 
sonal acquaintance, or their reputation among their contemporaries. 


At a mass meeting in Charlotte, Feb. 4, 1875, preparatory to 
the Centennial Celebration. 

By William A. Graham. 

I esteem it a duty of some one who has had the opportunities 
of acquaintance with the Revolutionary history of the State, and 
this a fit occasion, to vindicate the authenti-city of the Declaration 
of Independence by the delegates of the people of the County of 
^lecklen'burg on the 20th oc IMay, 1775, against the attempt recently 
made to bring it into discredit. With some recollections of the dis- 
cussions of this topic, running back more than half a century. F 
have taken no part in it heretofore. The event occurred (as I be- 
lieve it did occur) in the immediate vicinity of the residence of the 
families of "which I am descended. Several of my near relatives, 
including my father, when it was called into question soon after its 
publication in the gazettes of 1819-20, gave their testimony as wit- 
nesses who had been personally present at the transaction, with ref- 
erence to some of the circumstances of the occasion, as well as to 
preeedent and subsequent events. I deemed it proper not to par- 
ticipate in the controversy as to the credi'bility of this testimony 
while these witnesses wert^ alive — the more especially as I thought 
the claim on the part of Mecklenburg well sustained by others. But 
those who championed the cause of the State (for it has been made 
a State matter) have all passed away — Martin,, Jo. Seawell Jones, 
Foote, Hawks, are no longer among the living. The witnesses to 
whom I have alluded, and those others whose evidence was then 
taken, their comrades and neighbors, with whom they had passed 
through the fiery trials of a war which ensued, are all likewise 
dead. We may now speak of them without flattery and T trust, 
without vanity. If my connections with some of them shall induce 
a suspicion of bias on the one hand, unfavorable to impartial con- 


426 THE McDowells and connections 

sideration, I hope it will be conceded on the other that it gives me 
opportunities of information in respect to their tradition, as to 
public opinion in the region of this occurrence, as far back as my 
memory extends, not accessible to strangers and not possessed by 
many now surviving. I have preferred that the duty of this vin- 
dication should have been undertak«n by other hands, but on con- 
sultation with the Hunters, Brevards, Polks, Alexanders, and others, 
whose ancestors were eager actors in or witnesses of the event in 
question, though they felt that injustice had been done by the pub- 
lications referred to, and tlesired that the truth of history as w^e 
understood it in the State should be asserted, they were unprepared 
for the discussion. Of twenty copies of the publication by order of 
the Legislature in 1830 of the evidence in relation to the Mecklen- 
burg Declaration, directed to be deposited in the State Library, but 
one remains. Of the local newspapers. The Western Carolinian, es- 
tablished at Salisbury, N. C, in 1820, and the Yadkin and -Catawba 
Journal, the Miners and Farmers' Journal, ])ublished in Charlotte 
at a later period, which may contain articles of this theme when 
this agitation was fresh, t:nd eye and ear witnesses of the event 
were alive, the files are nowhere to be found. The diffieulty, there- 
fore, of now procuring all evidence bearing on this subject which 
satisfied the country fifty-odd years ago, rises to an impossibility. 
Enough, however, I apprehend, is within our reach to establish the 
authentic character of the Mecklenburg Declaration, according to 
the accepted evidence of historical truth. 

The position we maintain is very readily stated. It is, that the 
resistance to British authority, which assumed the form of war in 
1775, was not begun, or waged on the part of the colonies generally, 
or the Congress which represented them, within a view to sever- 
ance of the empire, before late in the Spring of 1776. Like the ris- 
ing against King John. Charles T. and James TI., it contemplated 
only a reformation of abuses and redress of grievances, as British 
subjects under the crown of the monarch, but did not contemplate 
a change of government or ^reedom from the dominion of their King 
and country beyond the sta; that North Carolina, and especialh' 
the people of Mecklenburg, formed an exception to this general 
sentiment of loyalty. The leading spirits, in that country and else- 
where, were ripe for revolution from the beginning. They were op- 
posed to monarchy, had little or no attachment to the mother coun- 
try, were chafed by recent provocations in the actual operation of 
the government, and were ready to throw it off at any favorable 
opportunity. Hence, their decided and manly action in proclaiming 
independence on the 20th of May, 1775, in advance of the other col- 
onies. This proud distineHon we claim for them, and, at the disad- 
vantage of having to meet a challenge of this claim at the end of 
nearly a hundred years from the act, and more than a third of a 


century after the last of th€ attesting witnesses departed this life, 
trust to make it good. 

It may conduce to the better understanding of our observations, 
before proceeding further in the discussion, to state the conditions 
of the question as to the genuineness of the Mecklenburg Declara- 
tion of Independence in North Carolina. There are some facts which 
have occurred within the time of living memory about which I pre- 
sume there can be no dispute : 

1. No one, I apprehend, doubts that the men of Mecklenburg, 
who were old enough to remember the events of 1775, and survived 
till 1819 and 1820 and 1830, believed there had been a Declaration of 
Independence at Charlotte, on the 20th of May in the year first men- 
tioned, and that they themselves witnessed its promulgation. 

2. That not only was this conviction prevalent among those 
who had remained in that country in the interim, but was shared 
by those who had emigrated to Georgia, Tennessee and elsewhere. 

3. That the whole people of Mecklenburg, without distinction 
from difference in religious opinion, political parties and personal 
antipathies, or rivalries, were likewise impressed with this convic- 
tion, and from early after the year 1820 onward, until in celebrating 
the anniversary of the day of the Declaration at Charlotte, with all 
the demonstrations tending to commemorate a great event. Among 
these celebrations we have reports of three of the most memorable. 

In 1825, as we learn from the Raleigh Register, an immense 
concourse attended, and beside a parade of military, an oration was 
])ronoun<;ed by Washington Morrison, Esq., a lawyer of repute, sub- 
sequently a senator from the county in the State Legislature, but 
since deceased; and the religious exercises were conducted by the 
Rev. Humphrey Hunter, who also read the Mecklenburg Declara- 
tion, of the announcement of which he had been a witness fiftv 
years anterior, when past the age of twenty, with comments on the 
circumstances which had accompanied it. At the public festival of 
the occasion Gen. George Graham acted as president and Clerk Isaac 
Alexander as vice-presidenr, both of whom had given their written 
testimony, as had IVlr. Hunter, as personal witnesses of the Declara- 
tion, and both of whom, like him, had done soldier's duty in the war 
which followed. But the most interesting feature of the day, of 
which the published report informs us, was that a band of Revolu- 
tionary soldiers, numbering from sixty to seventy, pro^bably all of 
them residing in this old county of soldiers, marched at the head 
of this procession with the simple badge **75'' on the lapels of 
their coats. 

On the anniversary in 1835 there was probably the most impos- 
ing assembly that ever attended a like celebration in the state. The 
Hon. D. L. Swain, the governor in office, and Willie P. Mangum, 
one of the senators in Congress, were present, with many of the 


most prominent public ehsiracters of the state, and others who did 
not attend in person sent letters of apology. The Western Caro- 
linian, of which I have a single number, copying from the Miner's 
and Parmer's Journal, printed in Charlotte, May 29th, 1835, gives 
a detailed report of the celebration, and, among other things, that 
letters were read from Judge Gaston, Judge Ruffin, Hon. W. H. 
Conner, ]Mr. Calhoun, Mr. Preston and Governor McDuffy of South 
Carolina, Judge White of Tennessee, B. Watkins Leigh of Virgina, 
and others. 

The sentiment accompanying the letter of Judge Gaston was 
as follows: *' American liberty — here first declared and here most 
sacredly cherished — boldly resolved. on — long struggled for and 
nobly defended — it must be preserved by the virtue, wisdom, vigi- 
lance and union of American freemen.'' 

The oration of the day was delivered by Franklin L. Smith, a 
native of Charlotte, a younjj advocate of high promises ^vho was con- 
signed to an early grave in Mississippi, to which state lie had emi- 
grated. The Declaration was read, with appropriate remarks, by 
James W. Osborne, Esq., '^f Charlotte, subsequently a judge of the 
Supreme Court, a gentleman of acknowledged ability and culture, 
and probably better versed in the local history of that section of 
the state than any one of his time. 

Now, as on the former occasion, also appeared tlie Revolution- 
ary soldiers of that region, twenty-seven in number, with a white 
satin badge of ''75," and iwo regiments, one of cavalry, the otiier 
of infantry, from Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties, they consti- 
tuting the old Mecklenburg of 1775. 

Again in 1867 was another grand celebration of the day, when 
Rev. Dr. F. L. Hawks, then residing in New York, but retaining an 
affection for his native state which never flagged in defending Jier 
fame, interest and honor, delivered an oration in which he elabo- 
rately considered the evidence of the truth of this act of patriotism 
of the ])eople of Mecklenburg and boldly combatted the objections 
which had been urged against it. Governor Swain, at this time pres- 
ident of the university, accompanied Dr. Hawks to this celebration, 
and at tiie festival of tliis da} made an address which was not under- 
stood to imply any doubt of the position assumed by him. 

This oration was only a week or two later delivered by Dr. 
Hawks on the day preceding commencement at the university of 
the state to a large audience, of which I -was one. The public press 
was then as free from ob.jectors as it is now^; all was known then 
touching the evidence of the genuineness of the Declaration that is 
known now. But I am not aware that any one took up the gaunt- 
let that he boldly threw down. 

The point, however, to which T am now directing attention is 
that the men of Mecklenburg who had reached the age of discre- 

THE McDowells and connections 429 

tion in 1775, and survived until 1820, and beyond it, satisfied her 
entire people of the truth of the Declaration which they averred to 
have been made, and induced them proudly to unite in its observ- 
ance as a national holiday. In affecting this result they were doubt- 
less fortified and assisted by a tradition which had made it much 
a part of the history of Mecklenburg as any other public event. 

4. More than this, they convinced those best informed in our 
history, the most sagacious and intelligent of the public men of 
today, men as little capable of being deceived by what was spurious 
or false, as any who have succeded them, of the same thing. A)s an 
illustration of this, it may be brought back to recollection that the 
late John Stanley, occupying a place certainly among the first of 
the statesmen, lawyers and men of letters that the state has reared, 
in an elaborate and instru'Jtive funeral oration on the life and char- 
acter of John Adams at New Bern, a short time after the death of 
Mr. Adams in 1826, contained in a pamphlet which may yet 'be found 
among those who are careful to preserve the memorials of litera- 
ture, taken an extended notice of the Declaration oT Indei)e?«(lcnec» 
by the people of Mecklenburg on the 20th of May, 1775. 

Judge R. M. Saunders, of Raleigh, and president of the Conven- 
tion of Internal Improvements, which assembled in that city in No- 
vember, 1838, in a manorial which this convention presented to the 
legislature, referred to it likewise in terms of the highest eulogy. 

At the session of the general assembly in 1842 a memorial of 
a number of citizens who had united together under the name of the 
Mecklenburg Monument Association was presented to that body 
praying. an act of incorporation for the purpose of erecting a monu- 
ment in commemoration of this great event. It was signed by a com- 
mittee in behalf, consisting of Frederick Nashe, William G. Alex- 
ander, D. F. Caldwell, James W. Osborne, H. C. Jones, Paul Bar- 
ringer, John Phifer, John H. Wheeler, Isaac T. Avery, Mitchell 
Hoke, Charles Fisher, Joseph McDowell Carson, Robert Strange, 
James Iredell, D. L. Swain, William H. Haywood, Jr., and Burton 
Craigc; and the act of incorporation was regularly granted. 

5. But it was not merely our citizens, including those of the 
highest eminence in intelligence, culture and patriotism throughout 
the state, who were charmed into the belief of the truthfulness of 
this oeurrence; the state itself looked upon the fame of her heroes 
o^f Mecklenburg as a flower not unworthy to 'be worn in the garland 
which decked her own brow. At the session of 1830-31, with a view 
to perpetuate some evidence of the transaction, certain certificates, 
in the nature of disquisitions of witnesses then living who had per- 
sonal knowledge of it, were procured and laid before the general 
assembly — ^witnesses whose characters were all known through their 
representatives, and who could liave readily been subject to cross- 
examination. These were referred to a committee composed of 

430 THE McDowells and connections 

Thomas 6. Pope, John Bragg, Evan Alexander, Lewis D. Henry and 
Alexander McNeil. This committee made a report reaffirming the evi- 
dence to be satisfactory, and directing the governor to cause to be 
published in pamphlet the said report, with an introductory narra- 
tive to be prepared by himself, together with the Mecklenburg 
Declaration, the names of the delegates composing the meeting and 
the certificates of witnesses testifying to the circuni:stances attend- 
ing said Declaration; also, the proceeding of the ('umberland Asso- 
ciation; and that in a separate pamphlet there should be reprinted 
the Journal of the Provincial Congress held at Halifax the 3d of 
April, 1776, in which the delegates in the Continental Congress of 
North Carolina were instructed to unite in voting for absolute inde- 
pendence, an instruction given in advance of all the other colonies. 
These resolutions further directed that copies should be deposited in 
the libraries of the state and universities, and in that of Congress, 
and transmitted to the executives of the several states of the Union. 
It is fortunate for the cause of truth, in relation to this matter, that 
the governor of the state was Montfort Stokes, an officer in the War 
of the Revolution, who afterwards held many public trusts, includ- 
ing that of senator of the United States, as well as that of governor 
of the state, and who in the preface to the pamphlet published gives 
strong corrobative evidence in support of the other witnesses, and 
the statement of the fact that in 1793 Dr. Hugh Williamson, of the 
city of New York, exhibited to him a copy of the Mecklenburg Decla- 
ration of Independence, in the handwriting of John McKnitt Alex- 

In 1836, on the occasion of reviving the statutes of the state 
and printing them for distribution, the legislature enacted by a law 
drawn by Governor Iredell, chairman of the Commission of Revisal, 
that a copy of the Mecklenburg Declartion of Independence, with 
the names of the delegates, should be prefixed to that work. 

In 1846, by a joint resolution, the two houses authorized a new 
edition of the pamphlet of 1830-31, concerning the Mecklenburg 
Declaration, to be published with certain other documents pertain- 
ing to our Revolutionary history. 

In 1854, upon a new revison of the statutes, they again, by 
solemn act, directed that the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independ- 
ence be prefixed to that work. 

Let it be noted that all of these three acts of the legislature last 
mentioned were after the discoveries of Peter Force and Jared 
Sparks, of the resolution of the Mecklenburg Committee of the 31 st 
of May, 1775, and the dispatches and proclamation of Governor 
Martin, in June and July of that year. 

Thus has North Carolina stamped with the seal of her approba- 
tion as history our account of this transaction, as it has long been 
enshrined in the hearts of her people, not only in Mecklenburg, but 


in the whole state, and incorporated with their affection for the lib- 
erty and glory of their native land. 

What has be^n the testimony borne of it by writers of history ? 
And, first, by those of North Carolina. 

1. Francis Xavier Martin, a native Frenchman, but long a 
citizen of North Carolina, a compiler of one edition of her statutes 
by order of the legislature, before removing to Louisiana, where he 
was for many years an eminent judge, in the second volume of 
his History of the State, published in 1829, near the close of the 
work (it was continued no further than 1776), gives the Mecklen- 
))urg Declaration, with the accompanying circumstances in full. 

2. Joseph Seawell Jones, in 1834, published his volume, a De- 
fense of North ('arolina,.upon this very question, which may now be 
referred to with advantage,, ej^^cially as depicting that condition of 
dissatisfaction and quarrel between North Carolina and the mother 
country, from which a severance of empire might have been ex- 

3. The Rev. Dr. William H. Foote, of Virginia, in his interst- 
ing ^'Sketches of North Carolina,'' put forth in 1844, also gives full 
particulars of this great event, with as improving an admiration as 
if he had been a native of the state. 

4. Colonel J. H. Wheeler, in his '* Sketches of North Carolina,'' 
in 1851, who had resided \n Mecklenburg or on its fronti-er for fif- 
teen or twenty years while compiling his work, gives to this heroic 
act of her provincial inhabitants his cordial approbation ; and I am 
happy to observe that he has reiterated his decided convictions. 

5. The Rev. Dr. Hawks, to whom every citizen of the state 
should feel indebted for the zeal and intelligence of his interest in 
behalf of the fame and honor of his native land, in a lecture before 
the New York Historical Society in 1852, and in a still more elabo- 
rate performance of the same nature at Charlotte, and at the uni- 
versity of the state, in 1857, maintained it to the satisfaction of our 
most ardent patriots. 

6. It was recognized in Pitkin's ** Political and Civil History 
of the United States." 

7. The Rev. Dr. Augustine T. Smythe, a distinguished Presby- 
terian divine of Charleston, S. C, in a pamphlet issued in 1847, to 
which I shall have occasion again to refer, does not discuss the evi- 
dence of its authenticity, hut affirming that this is clearly estab- 
lished, writes an interesting dissertation to prove that both the 
Mecklenburg and National Declarations, in the particulars in which 
they resemble each other, were suggested or taken from **A Gen- 
eral Confession or General Bond for the Maintenance of True Re- 
ligion and the King's Person and Estate," put forth to be signed by 
the members of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland, more than b 
century before American independence was resolved on. 

432 THE McDowells and connections 

8. Lossing, in his ** Lives of the Signers of the National Decla- 
ration of Independence/' in a note to that of William Hooper, re- 
cords that as early as the 20th of May, 1775, at a meeting in Char- 
lotte, the committee made a Declaration of Independence of the 
British erown, to the support of whieh they pledged their lives, their 
fortunes and their sacred honor. On this subject he refers also to 
his work, * ' 1776, or the War of Independence. ' ' 

But it is said this Declaration is denied, or is not supported, bj- 
the history of Mr. Bancroft. His theory, from page 371, etc., of the 
seventh volume, seems to be, that the result of the deliberations of 
the committee is found in the resolutions adopted on the 31st of May, 
and discovered 'by Mr. Force in the Colonial Office, in England, 
which he interprets to mean independence. -^'Thus," says he, **was 
the Mecklenburg county in North Carolina separated from the Brit- 
ish Empire,'' etc. We are thankful for the admission that independ- 
ence was effected by the men of Mecklenburg on any day in May, 
1775, or by any form of resolutions. The critics who quote Bancroft 
with so much confidence contradict him by maintaining that the 
resolutions of the 31st day of May do not amount to independence, 
separation from the British (Empire, as he expresses it. These resolu- 
tions, as copied by Wheeler, page 255, begin thus: '* Charlotte town, 
Mecklenburg eounty. May 31st, 1775. — This day the committee of 
this county met and passed the following resolves: Whereas, etc. 
(See C, page 108.) Signed, Eph. Brevard, Clerk of the Committee.'' 

This is the whole proceeding — the name of no member of the 
committee is given, unless it is implied from the last resolution: 
**That the committee appoint Col. Thomas Polk and Dr. Joseph Ken- 
nedy to purchase powder, lead and flints," shall imply that these 
two were members, and thai Brevard, being clerk, was also a mem- 
ber. How was this committee appointed and brought together, and 
when? Who composed it? Who was its chairman or president? 
The simple resolutions as found published give us no light on these 
points. Yet Mr. Bancroft had light. He satisfies curiosity in re- 
spect to them ; but how di<i he get material for it in these proceed- 
ings of the 31st of May? He says, *'The people of the County of 
Meeklen'burg had carefully observed the progress of the contro- 
very with Oreat Britain (1774-5) ; during the winter political meet- 
ings had repeatedly been held in Charlotte. That town had been 
chosen for the seat of the Presbyterian College which the legislature 
of North Carolina had chartered, but which the King had disallowed, 
and it was the center of the culture of that part of the province. 
Some time in May news was received that both houses of Parliament, 
by an address to the King, had declared the Ameriean Colonies to 
be in a state of actual rebellion. This was to them evidence that 
the crisis in American affairs was come, and the people proposed 
among themselves to abrogate all dependence on the royal author- 

THE McDowells and connections 433 

ity. Mark what follows: **But the militia companies were sworn 
to allegiance; and how, it was objected, can we be absolved from 
our oath?*' Th^ oath, it was answered, '* binds only while the King 
protects" — The quotation marks are correctly copied. And how, 
we respectfully ask, did Mr. Bancroft get the report of this discus- 
sion, except from the evidence of Gen. J. Graham, in support of the 
theory of the 20th of May, in which the question put in argument, 
* * If you resolve on independence, how shall we be absolved from the 
oath we took to be true to King George about four years ago, after 
the Regulation, when we were sworn, whole militia companies to- 
gether?'' was answered by the reply that **When protection was 
withdrawn the oath no longer bound ; and as illustrated by the case 
of leaves falling from the tree.'* 

Again we quote Mr. Ban<;roft: **At the instance of Thomas 
Polk, the commander of the militia of the count}', two delegates from 
each company were called together at Charlotte as a representative 
committee. Before the consultations had ended the message of the 
innocent blood shed at Lexington came up from Charleston and in- 
flamed their zeal." Again, we ask, how was Mr. Bancroft informed 
that Thomas Polk was commander of the militia of the county, that 
he called for the appointment of two delegates from each company ; 
that, while their deliberations were going on, the message arrived 
of the Battle of Lexington, except from the Rev. Mr. Hunt, Major 
Davidson, Captain Jack and other witnesses, as to the meeting on 
the 20th ?. Further, he says, with a justice in which all concur, that 
**0f the delegates to that memorial assembly, the name of Ephraim 
Brevard should be remembered with honor by his countrymen. lie 
was one of the numerous tamilies of brothers, and himself in the 
end fell a martyr to the public cause. Trained in the college at 
Prin-ceton, ripened among the brave Presbyterians of Middle Caro- 
lina, he digested the system which was then adopted and which 
formed in effect a Declaration of Independence, as well as a com- 
plete system of government." The resolution to which the name of 
Brevard was signed as clerk of the committee gives no information 
as to his education, ripening, authorship of the resolution, and, of 
course, none as to his melancholy'' death in his country's cause; and 
the question remains, from whom did Mr. Bancroft derive this in- 
formation, especially as to the authorship of the resolution of thtr 
30th of May, except from the witnesses, several of them Brevard 
connection, and all his acquaintances, who do not speak of this au- 
thorship, though it is no doubt a true inference, but who all con- 
cerned in ascribing to his pen the resolution of the 20th of May — 
and it is a just inference that he wrote those of the 31st only from 
the proof we have from the witneses that he wrote those of the 20th. 
The clerkship of a committee does not imply authorship of its reso- 
lutions. The documentary evidence is dumb in all these matters: 


the verbal testimony of those who speak to the resolution of the 
20th is adopted by Mr. Bancroft in all things^ except as to the day 
and the form of the resolution of the 20th ; and without the approval 
of these witneses he transfers their evidence to the Slst, in regard 
to which there is no evidence except the marked resolutions them- 
selves bearing the later date — the witnesses who testify all contend- 
ing that the most memorable meeting was on the 20th, and independ- 
ence was resolved on then. And I may add that such, I know, is 
the tradition in the family of the Brevards to which he belongs, and 
that of the Polks in which he married. 

The question is on the bold, brave act of resolving on independ- 
ence. Let it be observed that Mr. Bancroft fully admitted that ; 
and the month ; and is only at issue with us as to the day and form. 
He is, therefore, no authority with the critics who deny any asser- 
tion of independence, but is against them. 

In addition to Mr. Bancroft, who, when rightly understood, af- 
fords but slender support to them, our opponents presented the name 
of Peter Force as sustaining their views. Mr. Force was a worthy 
gentleman of the City of Washington and an editor of a political 
papier in that city about 1828; but I am not aware that he left any 
written work on this or any other subject of American history. He 
and Matthew St. Clair Clark, in 1883, I think, entered into a con- 
tract with the Government to publish the American archives and doc- 
umentary history of the United States. In the search of documents 
to publish in fulfillment of this contract, he, Mr. Force, found a 
newspaper containing the ilecklenburg resolution, already referred 
to, of the date 31st of May, 1775. I presume he never did find a 
copy of those alleged to have been adopted on the 20th of May in 
that year. If he had any reason of doubting the genuineness of the 
letter, except he did not discover a copy in the course of his re- 
searches, they have never been given to the public. He may have 
expressed the opinion attributed, but the loose conversation of any 
one on such a subject is entitled to little weight, and there is no lit- 
tle evidence bearing upon it which I feel confident never came to 
his knowledge. 

To discredit the original evidence of living witnesses, or even 
the traditions of a people and respect nothing but printed docu- 
mentary proof in a county and at a time when no printing press ex- 
isted within hundreds of miles — when but two pai)ers were printed 
in the state, and no copy of a single number of either is known to 
be prese rved — is to reduce history merel}- to contemporary annals. 

9. But there are other American historians to whom attention 
should be directed by those who design to deal with this topic in 
candor. Hildreth, a very painstaking, accurate and instructive 
writer, to whom I shall recur at another stage, in his third volume, 
published in 1854, asserts '*that the citizens of Mecklenburg County 

THE McDowells and connex^tions 436 

(North Carolina) carried their zeal so far as to resolve at a public 
meeting to throw off the British connection, and they formed a for- 
mal Declaration of Independence, but this feeling was by no means 

10. But what says our great and beloved author, the first of 
Americans who gave to his country a character of literature in Eu- 
rope, and appropriately closed his long and bright career by a Biog- 
raphy of Washington, i)ublished in 1857? I speak of Washington 
Irving, all of whose works J^re American classics. In the fourth vol- 
ume of this work, speaking of the invasion of North Carolina, which 
had been assigned to Lord Cornwallis, he says: "It was an enter- 
prise in which much difficulty was to be apprehended, both from 
the character of the people and the country. The original settlers 
were from various parts, most of them men who had experienced 
political or religious oppressions, and brought with them a quick 
sensibility of wrong and r. strong appreciation of their rights, and 
indomitable spirit of freedom and independence. And this part of 
the state was of a hard Presbyterian stock, the Scotch-Irish, as they 
were called, having emigrated from Scotland to Ireland, and thence 
to America, and was said t(» possess the impulsiveness of- the Irish- 
man with the large resolution of the Covenanter. The early history 
of the colony abounds witli instances of this spirit among its people. 
*They always behaved insolently to their governors,' complains Gov- 
ernor Burrington, in 1731; 'some they have driven out of the coun- 
try — at other times they set up a government of their own choice, 
supported by men under arms.' It ^as, in fact, the spirit of popu- 
lar liberty and self-government which stirred within them, and 
gave birth to the glorious axiom : the rights of the many against the 
exactions of the few. It was this spirit that gave rise to the confed- 
eracy called the Regulation formed to withstand the abuses of power, 
and the first blood shed in our country in resistance to arbitrary 
taxation was at Alamance, in this province, in a conflict between the 
Regulators and Governor Tryon. Above all, it should never be for- 
gotten that at Mecklenbur*^. in the heart of North Carolina, was cul- 
minated the first Declaration of Independence of the British crown 
upward of a year before a like declaration by Congress." 

Again: ''Cornwallis decamped from Camden and set out for 
North Carolina. Advancing into the latter province, Cornwallis 
took post at Charlotte, where he had given rendezvous to Ferguson. 
Mecklenburg, of which it was the capital, was, the reader may recol- 
lect, the 'heady, high-minded' county where the first Declaration of 
Independence had been made ; and his lordship, from uncomfortable 
experience, soon pronounced Charlotte 'the hornet's nest of North 
Carolina. ' 

"Instead of remaining i\t home and receiving the King's money 
in exchange for their produce, they (the inhabitants) turned out 

436 THE McDowells and connections 

with their rifles, stationed themselves in covert places, fired upon 
the foraging parties; convoys of provisions from Camden had to 
fight their way, and expresses were shot down and their despatches 

11. In the recent School History of the United States, bj- the 
Hon. A. H. Stephens, of Georgia (a valuable acquisition to our school 
literature), the Declaration of Independence at Mecklenburg, on the 
20th of May, 1775, is distinctly acknowledged, and full justice is 
done to the early and manly action of the state in the cause of inde- 
pendence at this critical period. 

To these authorities I here annex the testimonial of the late 
President Jackson. My two friends, the Hon. Theodore W. Brevard 
and his nephew. Col. Isaac W. Hayne, the former comptroller-general 
of Florida, and the latter atorney-general of South Carolina until 
displaced from these offices by the results of the recent war, the 
former residing now at Cleveland Springs, and the latter still pur- 
suing his profession in the city of Charleston, in the year 1828, when 
•both very young men, making together a tour of pleasure and ob- 
servation in Kentucky and Tennessee, visited the Hermitage. What 
they then saw and heard from its distinguished proprietor touching 
the event in question 1 will relate in the words of a recent letter from 
Colonel Hayne: **I bore a letter of introduction from Col. A. P. 
Hayne, a personal friend and formerly of the military staff of Gen- 
eral Jackson. The general received us with even more than his 
usual warmth and cordiality. After some inquiries as to my rela- 
tions (the Haynes), he asked n>y uncle of what family of Brevards 
he was ; and, learning that of Capt. Alexander Brevard, of Lincoln 
County, North Carolina, he said he had heard of that family all his 
life, and that some of them were then, and had been for many years, 
residents of Tennessee. He then remarked to Mr. Brevard, *You 
know, I lived in Mecklenburg, the adjoining county to Lincoln, in 
my youth, and I have always taken a special interest in that region 
and its early history. I have,' he said, *in the opposite room a copy 
of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, framed and hung 
up, and I think it well worthy of the position.' He then asked us 
into the next room and pointed out a copy of the Declaration, with 
the signature attached, printed on satin, and in a gilt frame. In 
the course of the conversation he stated that the authorship was 
always attributed to Dr. Kphraim Brevard. I have no recollection 
that any allusion was made to any doubt ever having been ex- 
pressed as to the authenticity of the document. General Jackson 
unquestionably treated the incident as a well-known fact in the 
history of that region of country, the memory of which he desired 
to perpetuate.'' 

Let it be noted, at the time of this conversation the legislature 
of North Carolina had never noticed the matter of the Declaration, 

THE McDowells and connections 437 

and no publications had been made touching it, except th« original 
communi-cation by Joseph McKnitt Alexander, in 1819, and the evi-. 
dence collected by Colonel Polk in 1820, and two or three letters col- 
lected by Mr. Macon, as will be hereafter shown ; neither had Mar- 
tin 's History appeared: it came out in 1829. 

Let it also be borne in mind that General Jackson was a native 
of Mecklenburg; had received his education in Charlotte, and did 
not emigrate until probably twenty-one years of age ; and the infer- 
ence fairly follows that the tribute of honor he was paying to this 
act of patriotism in his native land was induced not by the testimony 
which had at that time been taken in support of its authenticity, 
but from his own knowledge of the reputation of the tran8ac*ion 
before he removed to Tennessee. He was too young, of course, to 
have been present at its occurrence, but that he had heard of it as 
one of the many incidents of the Revolution in Mecklenburg is in 
the highest degree probable. He, therefore, referred to it as he 
w-ould have done to a diagram of the battlefield of King's Mountain, 
had he possessed one, and spoke of it in a like tone of confidence in 
its reality. How long this eopy had been displayed in his mansion 
we are not informed. Conceding that the form of the document may 
have been derived from the publications eight or nine years preced- 
ing, it was only a memento of what, no doubt, he had long been famil- 
iar with as a matter of hi*story from the repute and concurrence of 
the community in which he was brought up. Considering how many 
of the officers and soldiers of the Revolution, after its close, re- 
moved from Mecklenburg, and its neighboring counties to Tennessee, 
and that a goodly number of these w^ere surviving in 1828, there is 
little question that evidence of a similar nature to this in regard to 
the Declaration at Charlotte might have 'been at that time abun- 
dantly obtained in that state. 

It will be observed that in the legislative pamphlet the testi- 
mony of a Mr. Montgomery in Tennessee had been taken as to his 
knowledge of the fact by reputation, but was not published by the 
committee, because they confined the proof to that of witnesses per- 
sonally present at the meeting in which the Declaration was promul- 
gated ; though it was a subject to which hearsay was certainly legit- 

Again, about the time that General Jackson left Mecklenburg 
for the West, Dr. Charles Caldwell, another of her sons, took his de- 
parture for Philadelphia, vvhere he attained the highest distinction 
in the profession of medicine, becoming an author in the science 
and lecturer in the medical schools of that city, and subsequently in 
those at Lexington and Louisville, Ky. In the year 1819, while still 
in Philadelphia, Dr. Caldwell published a volume entitled ** Memoirs 
of the Life and Campaigns of General Greene, Commander of the 
Southern Department in the War of the Revolution," with an ap- 


pendix containing in full the Declaration of Independence in Meck- 
lenburg, on the 20th of May, 1775: remarking that, '*0n the authen- 
ticity of the document perfect reliance may be placed''; and adding 
that, with the chairman and secretary of the meeting, as well as 
with Col. Thomas Polk, th*.* writer was well acquainted, and knew 
them to have been capable of all that was virtuous, patriotic and 

Whether this book appeared before or after the 30th of April, 
1819, when the first publication of this proceeding was made in the 
Raleigh Register, I am not informed. The author ev^idently intends 
to give the truth of the transaction the impress of his personal testi- 
mony, no doubt, from the reputation prevailing before he emigrated 
from Mecklenburg, and at n time when, if the Alexander article had 
appeared in the public prints, not a scintilla of evidence had been 
taken in its support. 

After the repeated and decisive action of the sta'e in this mat- 
ter, and the concurrent recognition of the claim of a portion of her 
people to the renown which attaches to it, not merely within her 
own limits, but by the great authorities of American history, it nat- 
urally occasions surprise to have seen deliberate and labored at- 
tempt to write it down in the estimation of the present generation, 
and to convince them that the pretension set up by their ancestors 
to an honorable fame was a myth and a delusion — that, true, the act 
was testified to by certain ** respectable old gentlemen in a frontier 
county," but they had reached the age of sixty or seventy years 
(the average at which our presidents have gone into office), and their 
testimony is not to be credited; and that the acquiescence of the 
state and her people, for more than a half-eentury, in yielding it 
their belief, was all deception. This assault comes upon us not only 
after a great lapse of time from the event itself, and from the col- 
lection of the evidence in support of its verity, but at the conclusion 
of a great war, when those who have shared the fortunes of the 
state have had their thoughts too much distracted by the events 
and necessities of recent history to give much study to that which 
is remote. It is, therefor.\ a question, how far it becomes us, in 
the present state of the affair, to submit to an arraignment and 
be impleaded in a proceeding set on foot for no purpose, that I can 
imagine, except to amuse leisure and test our capacity to defend our 
past action on this subject by antiquarian research. Tt takes us un- 
awares, and requires time, labor and consultation of authorities, 
some of them not to be found in private libraries, to deal with it as 
if it were now new. I may have deceived myself, but with all the 
disadvantages surrounding us, I trust it can be shown that we have 
nothing to lose by reopening the controversy ; that there are sev- 
eral facts and considerations connected with it which have not been 
heretofore presented to the public view, and that, in the end, the 


star of old Mecklenburg and of North Carolina will shine the 
brighter from having come to the ascendant in a deeper gloom at the 
time it rose than she herself was then aware. 

Let us see in what manner, and by whom, it was first brought 
4o notice in the public prints. 

On the 30th of April, 1819, the paper purporting to contain a 
copy of the proceedings of the meeting of the committee of the peo- 
ple of Mecklenburg, in Charlotte, on the 20th of May, 1775, and 
their Resolutions of Independence, appeared in the Raleigh Regis- 
ter, in a communication from Dr. Joseph McKnitt Alexander, a 
prominent citizen of Mecklenburg, signed Joseph McKnitt, a signa- 
ture which he is well known to have often used, omitting his sur- 
name, from the commonness of the name Alexander in that region, 
and by the same designation he was frequently spoken of and ad- 
dressed. Along with it, as another relic of antiquity, was sent by 
him and published in the same paper, a copy of a proclamation of 
the Royal Governor, Josiah Martin, dated '* Charlotte Town, Octo- 
ber 3rd, 1780/' while the army of Lord Cornwallis occupied that 
town. On this latter I may, in the sequel, make a further remark. 
The first of the above mentioned papers was prefaced by an edito- 
rial notice, stating that the fact it announced was not generally 
known to the world, but that the editor had it from unquestionable 
authority, and he published it, that it might go down to posterity. 
Being copied into the Essex Register of Massachusetts, this paper 
was sent by Mr. John Adams to Mr. Jefferson, with a letter remark- 
ing that '*the common sentiment of America at that period was 
never so well expressed before or since.'' Mr. Jefferson, in a reply 
dated July 9th, 1819, among other observations, said: *'I believe it 
spurious — I deem it a very unjustifiable quiz, like that of the vol- 
cano, so minutely related to us as having broken out in North Caro- 
lina some half-dozen jears ago, in that part of the country, and, 
perhaps, in that very county of Mecklenburg, for I do not remem- 
ber its precise locality." After expressing doubt as to whether 
this paper had been really taken from the Raleigh Register, saying 
that it had not been seen by him, in the paper of Mr. Ritchie, or the 
National Intelligencer, nor in Williamson 's History of Carolina, nor 
ot?her authors whom he names, and that it appeals to Mr. Alexander, 
who was dead; to Caswell, Hewes and Hooper, all dead, he pro- 
ceeds: **When Mr. Henry's resolution, far short of independence, 
flew like lightning through every paper, and kindled both sides of 
the Atlantic, this flaming declaration of the same date of the Inde- 
pendence of Mecklenburg County, of North Carolina, absolving it 
from British allegiance, and adjuring all political connection with 
that nation, although sent to Congress, was never heard of. It is 
not known even a twelve-month after, when a similar proposition was 
first made in that body. Armed with this bpld example, would you 

440 THE McDowells and connexdtions 

not have addressed our timid brethren in peals of thunder on their 
tardy fears ? Would not every advocate of independence have rung 
the glories of Mecklenburg County, in North Carolina, in the ears 
of the doubting Dickinson and others who hung so heavily on us! 
Yet the example of independent Mecklenburg is never once quoted. 7 
He proceeds to pronounce Hooper a Tory, Hewes very wavering, 
Caswell and Penn firm patriots ; and we quote again : * * I must not be 
understood as suggesting any doubtfulness of the state of North 
Carolina. No state was more fixed or forward. Nor do I affirm 
positively that this paper is a fabrication; because the proof of a 
negative is only presumptive. But I shall believe it such until pos- 
itive and solemn proof of its authenticity shall be produced. And 
if the name of McKnitt be real, and not a part of the fabrication, 
it needs verification by the production of such proof," etc. 

With all due respect for its eminent author, he did himself and 
others great injustice in the composition of this letter. It is con- 
ceived in a spirit of contemptuousness and carelessness very unfa- 
vorable to the ascertainment of truth on the question it discusses. 
He does not remember the locality of Mecklenburg County, and 
will not even turn to the map to learn it. He does not recollect 
anything of its history in 1775, and will take no pains to investi- 
gate it. He does not remember even to have heard of the resolu- 
tions of the 31st of May, which Mr. Bancroft admits established in- 
dependence, and which were published at the time in at least two 
jiewspapers that have been preserved — nor, we must infer, of the 
resolutions of the State of North Carolina, adopted on the 12th of 
April, 1776, empowering her delegates to concur in declaring inde- 
pendence in advance of any other colony; otherwise it is to be pre- 
sumed he would have recurred to so conspicuous a fact in remarks 
on that period. Had he turned to Tarleton's Campaigns in Amer- 
ica, he would have discovered that even in the very crisis of the 
war in 1780- '81, after South Carolina and Georgia had been over- 
run and conquered, that British officer declares that Mecklenburg 
and Rohan (Rowan) was the most rebellious district in America — a 
fact which he had proved by wager of battle. Had he consulted 
Lee\s Memoirs, or Stedman's American War, he would have found 
it the center of some of the most stirring military events of that 
war — that within a radius of forty miles of its capital are situated 
the scenes of the battles of Hanging Rock, Buf ord \s Defeat, Rocky 
Mount, King's Mountain, Ramsour's Mill, Cowan's Ford; that the 
town of Charlotte itself was the theater of a well-contested action 
between Davie and Tarlelon 's cavalry ; and, although Lord Corn- 
wallis occupied it for a brief season afterwards, he retreated thence 
in the night upon learning of the destruction of Ferguson at King 's 

He might further have learned, upon inquiry, that so heroic and 


true had been her inhabitants in the cause of independence, that 
when General Qreene superseded Qates in Command of the Army of 
the South at Charlotte, in December, 1780, with the British in his 
front at Winnsboro, he was able to dispatch Morgan across the Ca- 
tawba and Broad Rivers :o the west, and withdraw his remaining 
force for subsistence to Cheraw Hills, relying upon the militia of 
Mecklenburg, under Davidson, as his Central Army, to be cantoned 
with their families and called forth whenever the exigencies of the 
campaign might require — a disposition wholly unmilitary, except 
for the reliance of that great commander upon their fidelity and 
valor. And that in 1781, in addition to furnishing her contingent 
to re-establish the North Carolina Continental Line, which had all 
been captured in the surrender of Charleston, this county, with 
Rowan, furnished the greater part of three regiments of South Caro- 
lina state troops, under Polk, Hampton and Middleton, who fought 
under Sumter at Eutaw. 

Had Mr. Jefferson inquired into the social and civil condition of 
the County of Mecklenburg in 1775, he would have learned that 
Charlotte was the ** center of the culture of that part of the prov- 
ince" (as Mr. Bancroft has expresed it); that it was the seat of 
the highest seminary of learning south of Princeton (except the 
college of William and Mary, in Virginia), in the institution of 
Queen's Museum, and thither were sent young men from Wilming- 
ton, Camden, Winnsborough, Chester and from the academies of 
Poplar Tent and Bethany; that this college was presided over by 
the Rev. Dr. McWhorter, an alumnus of Princeton; that around it 
were settled Dr. Ephraim Brevard, a graduate likewise of Nassau 
Hall ; Waightstill Avery, a graduate of Yale, and William Kennon, 
lawyers of reputation, the former being afterwards elected the first 
attorney-general of the state, upon the establishment of the repub- 
lican constitution; the Rev. Hezekiah Balch, Adlai Osborne and 
other gentlemen of no mean education; that the spirit of the peo- 
ple was high ; that they had been provoked by the long struggle be- 
tween the colony and crown concerning the attachment of lands in 
the province to satisfy debts due from owners residing in England ; 
by the refusal of the King to approve the charter of their college, 
an act which the legislature had granted and which he had annulled 
by royal proclamation ; by the enforced regulations of an established 
church, which at no distant day had imposed impediments and de- 
lays in the celebration of marriages, except by its own clergy, and, 
although this county had not participated in the Regulation, by the 
exaction of a new oath of allegiance after that event, the popula- 
tion being called out for this purpose by military companies. To 
guide this spirit of discontent and resistance, they had an ample 
number of educated and intelligent leaders — 


OkM Of inPlnBw}l6ty 


** Stern, heroic spirits, roughly brave, by ancient learning 
To the enlightened love of ancient freedom warmed." 

Had Mr. Jefferson been advised of this attitude of affairs, and 
of the characteristics of this people, his incredulity in respect to 
their action would probably have been abated. These are matters of 
local history, to be sure, but it is a question of local history we are 
considering. A knowledge of them is necessary to show that the 
tinder of revolution was ready in that section whenever an occasion 
should arise for the application of the match. 

But his letter of denial demanded proof of the Declaration of 
Independence alleged to have been made. The matter was then taken 
up by Col. William Polk (a son of Col. Thomas Polk, a leader in 
the movement of the 20th of May, 177p), who had been himself an 
officer of the Continental Line of North Carolina, who had com- 
menced his military service under his father in the expedition 
against the Scovilite Tories in Upper South Carolina in the autumn 
of 1775, was under Nash at Germantown, Pa., in 1877; with David- 
son on the Catawba in February, 1781, and distinguished in the 
command of a regiment of South Carolina state troops at Butaw in 
September of that year. He was at this time residing in Raleigh, 
and president of the principal bank of the state. He procured and 
communicated to the Raleigh Register, of February 18th, 1820, the 
certificate of Gen. George (rraham, William Hutchison, Jonas Clark 
and Robert Robinson— all inhabitants of Mecklenburg, his old neigh- 
bors, men of the first character as soldiers and citizens — to the ef- 
fect that they were each present at the meeting of the 19th and 
20th of May, 1775, and that on the latter day ** Resolves were read 
which went to declare the people of Mecklenburg County free and 
independent of the King and Parliament of Great Britain, and from 
that day thenceforth all allegiance and political relation was dis- 
solved between the good people of Mecklenburg and the King of 
England; which declaration was signed by every member of the 
delegation, amid the shouts and huzzas of a very large assembly of 
the people of the county, who had come to know the issue of the 
meeting. We further believe (they say) that the Declaration of In- 
dependence was drawn up by Dr. Ephraim Brevard, and that it was 
conceived and l)rougiit about through the instrumentality and pop- 
ularity of Col. Thomas Polk, Abraham Alexander, John McKnitt 
Alexander, Adam Alexander, Ephraim Brevard, John Phifer, Heze- 
kiah Alexander and some, others." They further certified that 
within a few days thereafter Capt. James Jack, of the Town of Char- 
lote, went as a messenger to bear those resolves to the Congress, 
etc. The signatures to this certificate are: 

George Graham, aged 61, near 62; 
William Hutchison, aged 68; 

THE McDowells and connections 

and little bod Charles William Wlnbrey 

THE McDowells and connections 44fi 

Jonas Clark, aged 61 ; 
Robert Robinson, aged 68. 

A letter from John Simnierson, of Providence, in Mecklenburg, 
addressed to Colonel Polk, on January 20th, 1820, follows this, in 
general confirmation of tho facts stated in the certificate, with the 
anecdote that on mentioning the subject of the correspondence to 
an old neighbor, he replied:' **Och, aye; Tarn Polk declared inde- 
pendence long before anybody else.'' 

The testimony of Captain Jack, of the date 7th of December, 
1819, who was then residing in Georgia, was also procured to the 
same import with the above, and that he had been privy to a number 
of meetings of the most influential and leading characters of the 
county, prior to that at which these resolutions were adopted; that 
he bore the Declaration to Philadelphia and deliverd it to Richard 
Caswell and William Hooper, delegates in Congress from North Car- 
olina. He also refers to the Rev. Francis Cummins, a Presbyterian 
clergyman, then living in Greene ('ounty, Georgia, who was a stu- 
dent in Charlotte at the time of adoption of said resolutions, as a 
person w^ho was well acquainted wnth the proceedings in question, 
and as also having a recollection of them. 

The Hon. Natlianiel Macon, then a senator in Congress from 
North Carolina, was communicated with in reference to the matter, 
and entered upon the inquiry in a patriotic spirit, and through him 
the certificate of ^Ir. Cummins was obtained, and is found in the 
State Publication of 1830-1831, addressed to Mr. Macon. Through 
him, also, a second letter was obtained from Captain Jack (See D, 
page 142). Though Colonel Polk, as I have been informed, also fur- 
nished his own certit*icate in corroboration of these, I regret not to 
find it among the published testimony of 1830, and can only sug- 
gest that inasmuch as a prominent part in the great drama had been 
acted by his father, and the chairman of the committee of the legis- 
lature was his son, and the proof was ample without his recollections, 
he caused it to be omitted from motives of delicacy. That he felt a 
deep interest in the establishment of the fact, and continued to do 
so until his death, there is abundant evidence. 

In an article on this topic, in the April number of the North 
American Review for 1874, by Dr. J. C. Welling, of Columbian Col- 
lege, D. C, it is represented that Colonel Polk procured evidence to 
contradict some points of John McKnitt Alexander's story, and 
himself left no written statement as to the matter in question. We 
have seen how earnestly he took up the controversy, which had been 
opened by the letter of Mr. Jefferson, and what testimony he pro- 
cured. It is difficult to perceive in what particular this testimony 
contradicts the account of Alexander, or in what it was intended to 
have that effect. 

Gen. Thos. G. Polk, the oldest son of the same Col. William Polk, 



was chairman of the committee in the legislature whkh prepared 
for publication the pamphlet of 1830-1831, being then a member 
from the County of Rowan, and a lodger in the house of his father 
in Baleigh during the session. The Hon. Louis D. Henry, a brother- 
in-law of Colonel Polk, was also a member of this committee. There 
is, therefore, good reason to believe that Colonel Polk was -fully in- 
formed of the statements made in this publication before their adop- 
tion, and approved them. This is certainly the impression of his 
descendants and connections, who are well known in several of the 
Southern States. 

2. It may be proper here to notice that in the same article 
Gen. Joseph Graham is said to 'be the son-in-law of John McKnitt 
Alexander, and it seems to be considered so important a fact in the 
writer's argument that it is twice or thrice repeated. It is not a 
fact, but a palpable error. An intermarriage between a couple of 
their descendants, years after the death of Alexander, in the third 
generation from him, is the only ground for this surmise. 

3. Equally unfounded is the statement made by the same au- 
thorit}', that it is a tradition in the Brevard family, that their an- 
cestor; Dr. Ephraim Brevard, was inspired to write the Mecklen- 
burg Declaration by the Westminster Confession of Faith. A fam- 
ily whose men, as officers in the Continental Line of North Carolina, 
followed Washington upoa the Hudson, through the Jerseys and 
Pennsylvania, and Greene at Eutaw, and who have 'borne a like 
creditable part in civil life, can afford to smile at such trifling as 

We are not informed that Mr. Jefferson ever recurred to the sub- 
ject again. No one in Mecklenburg appeared to contradict it. The 
Raleigh Register expressed the decided opinion *Hhat no doubt can 
now exist of the truth and genuineness of the Declaration of the 
20th of May, 1775/' and it seemed no longer to be a matter of con- 
troversy. Celebrations of the day were held with the enthusiastic 
concurrence of the people. Had there been any cavil against this 
proof at that time (1820) it doubtless could then h^ive been greatly 

By or before the year 1830 Dr. Alexander, who had made the 
first publication already mentioned, came to the conclusion that it 
would be a wise precaution to procure confirmatory evidence while 
witnesses were yet living who remembered the event ; and as John 
McKnitt Alexander had been heard to state that he had placed 
copies of these proceedings in the hands of General Davie and of 
Dr. Hugh Williamson, Dr. Samuel Henderson, of Charlotte, was pre- 
vailed on to apply to the family of General Davie, who had died in 
the latter part of the year 1820, and the copy was found acocrdingly 
at his mansion in South Carolina, in the handwriting of John Mc- 
Knitt Alexander, who had expired, according to Wheeler, in 1817. 

448 THE McDowells and connections 

The characters of General Davie, of his son, Frederic William Davie, 
and of Dr. Henderson, afford every assurance that there could have 
been no collusion or imposture in relation to this copy. The late- 
ness of its production only shows that this, being a public affair and 
the business of no one in particular, but little diligence was exer- 
cised in hunting up evidence — but the circumstances of the discovery 
after such delay, and the proof of handwriting, tend powerfully to 
establish the fact of deposit in the lifetime of General Davie, which 
the elder Alexander had stated to Judge Cameron in 1801, not long 
subsequent to the conflagration of his mansion. 

Further evidence was procured in the form of a written memoir 
of the Rev. Humphrey Hunter, whose memory was particularly im- 
pressed with the proceedings, from the fact that he was at the time 
(20th of May, 1775) a few days over twenty years of age. He is 
positive and precise as to the date, and that the resolutions declared 
independence. His subsequent life to the age of seventy-three years, 
in his profession as a minister of the gospel, was spent in that region 
of the country, in intimate association with the other Revolutionary 
worthies of Mecklenburg, and his ashes repose in her soil. For his 
character as a si^ldier, citizen and divine, see Wheeler's History of 
North Carolina. I remember him well in my youth ; and he is yet 
represented in the person of a son residing in Lincoln County, who 
in scientific attainment and moral elevation is among the first gen- 
tlemen of the state. 

To the same purport are the statements of Capt. Samuel Wilson 
(clerk), Isaac Alexander, Maj. John Davidson of Mecklenburg, Jas. 
Johnston of Tennessee and Rev. Francis Cummins of Georgia. It 
will be observed that when these statements were made no question 
had been raised as to the meeting having been held on the 31st in- 
stead of the 20th of May — they were given in rejoinder to a denial 
that any meeting at all ha 1 been held which looked to independence. 
Therefore, these witnesses do not specify the day of the month, but 
they are all emphatic in the assertion that in the meeting which 
they attended indj^pendence was declared, whieh is the great point 
at issue. 

Gen. Joseph Graham, then of Lincoln County, also gave his 
testimony. His narrative is perhaps more circumstantial than that 
of any of the other witnesses, except Captain Jack and Mr. Hunter. 
I regret the necessity of speaking of his evidence, but I feel that it 
would be a mistaken delicacy not to claim for it that weight to 
which it is entitled, in a matter in which he makes no pretension for 
himself, but is giving his recollection of a transaction conducted 
altogether by his seniors. To the suggestion that he was at the time 
but in the sixteenth year of his age, I reply that in that time and 
country boys often fought in the ranks of men at an earlier age 
than this, as they have done at all times on our frontiers; and that 


it was in the same region, while in military service at the age of 
fourteen, Andrew Jackson received the only wound that ever befell 
him in his great military career. In the then state of public feeling 
and public events, with two elder bfothers, one of whom had been 
already named as a witness in this controversy, both soldiers earlier 
than himself, a youth of his age would have been dull of comprehen- 
sion not? to have understood the proceedings of that meeting and 
been duly impressed by them. Nor had age affected him when he 
testified of it in 18^0. He had been interested in the controversy in 
regard to it sinee 1819 and 1820, and from him was obtained the 
copy of the Proclamation of Governor Martin, inserted in the same 
paper with the first publication, as before stated, of the Mecklen- 
burg Declaration. He was more familiar with the history of the 
Revolutionary War in the South than any one 1 have ever been ac- 
quaintd with, and at the request of Judge Murphy, in 1820 and 
1821, furnished him from memory with written memoranda of the 
military history of the Revolution in the state, to be used in con- 
templated history of North Carolina, which, from study and com- 
parison with documents he never saw, I have found singularly ac- 
curate. To his pen in these papers the state is indebted for the res- 
cue from oblivion of the narrative of the battle of Ramsour's Mill 
(copied by Wheeler), the connection of the events of 1780- '81, in 
their order of sequence, and the vindication of her fame, by the cor- 
rection of many errors into Which the writers of history have fallen, 
to her disparagement. Though he never designed them for the press, 
but as mere notes for Mr. Murphy, after the failure of this gentle- 
man's undertaking, in which they were to have been used, I con- 
sented to their publication in the University Magazine in 1856, in 
the hope of preservingr'thtinL for some .author, in the future. How 
Judge Murphy valued them may b^se^h jn his*c*6rrespondence with 
General Graham in the University. Magazine, December, 1854. He 
had thejbest opportunities to. observe what was done and said on 
public subjects in Mecklenburg, and occasion for remembering them 
in all this period of her history. In military service with the neigh- 
bors of ihe county from 1778, until the end of the war — ^her sheriff 
from early after its close until: 1788, when for the seven succeeding 
years he| was her Senator in. the Legislature — her delegate in con- 
junction' with General Robert Irwin in both of the conventions which 
considered -the question of the adoption of the Federal Constitution; 
and though removing to an adjoining county in 1794, he kept up a 
familiar acquaintance in Mecklenburg throughout his life. His 
recollections, therefore, I esteem as reliable as any evidence of this 
nature can be. At his death, in 1836, at the age of seventy-seven, 
hardly any decay of his faculties was perceptible. Of General 
George Graham it may be stated, that with two years' greater age, 
he had equal opportunities of information, and for keeping in his 

4S0 THE McDowells and connbctions 



memory the events of Mecklen'bur^. He formed one of the party 
to arrest and convey into South Carolina the Tory lawyers of 
Salisbury a few weeks after this declaration — was under Col. Thomas 
Polk in the expedition against the Highlanders and other Tories 
on the Cape Fear in February, 1776 j in that of Rutherford against 
the Cherokee Indians in the summer of the same y«ar; ^lader Sum- 
ler and Irwin at Hanging Rock; under Col. William Polk, in the 
South Carolina State troops at Eutawj he, too, was familiar with 
the men of the county as comrades in arms, and as their public serv- 
ant almost to the close of life — succeeded his brother in the office 
of sheriff — was clerk of the Superior Court, Major General of Mi- 
litia, and a member of the Legislature in the one or the other House 
from this county, for more than twenty years — ^terminating in 1813. 
His death occurred in 1826, with mental faculties unimpaired to the 
last. With Messrs. William Hutchison, Jonas Clark and Robert 
Robinson, who united with him in the testimonial given to Colonel 
Polk in 1820, my inferiority in age allowed no personal acquaintance, 
but I have assurance that they had all been good soldiers of the Revo- 
lution, and enjoyed the entire respect and confidence of their con- 

Equal to these in their claims to credibility were Capt. James 
Jack, of Georgia; Clerk Isaac Alexander, Capt. Samuel Wilson, 
Major John Davidson, of Mecklenhurg ; Mr. James Johnston, of 
Tennessee, and the Rev. Francis Cummins, of Georgia. It is to be 
observed, that no one of these witnesses in testifying sought to 
magnify his own consequence. Major Davidson was the only one 
among them all, who had been a delegate in the meeting. He had 
reached a very old age at the time of deposing, 'but gives an intelli- 
gent narrative, and did not assume to have acted a conspicuous part. 
All the others declare that they were spectators merely, at the 
council of the grave and elderly men of their county — and bear 
witness of the patriotism and heroism of others, not of their own. 

It may be also confidently asserted that this mass of testimiony 
would, at the time it was given, have determined the title of any 
estate in that county; and ii^f.the question were whether a deed 
which had been lost was designed to convey the absolute property 
in law or only an estate for years, or on condition^ there would 
have been no difficulty in this evidence in maintaining that the 
entire fee had passed ; and, as little that it bore date on the 20th of 
May, 1775; and an impartial chancellor would have directed the 
conveyance to be renewed accordingly. It is, however, not a ques- 
tion at nisi prius, to be tried on the testimony alone of the witnesses 
whose certificates were taken. 

The witnesses who gave written evidence are but a tithe of 
those who testify to the Declaration of Independence, and on the 
20th of May, 1775. Where are those Revolutionary soldiers, who 


appeared, as we have seen, at the celebration of 1825, sixty to 
seventy in num'ber; of whom twenty-seven again attended at the 
celebration of 1835, the survivors of the fields of Stono, Eutaw, 
Camden and Hanging Rock at the south, and som^ of them at least 
of White Plains, Brandy wine and Germantown at the North? They 
were old enough to remember what had occurred in their own coun- 
ty in 1775, and though it may be not personally present at the meet- 
ing on the 20th of May in that j^ear, to have heard by current report 
of every public event of the times; and if they had not heard of, 
and believed this from 1775 onward, who supposes they would have 
joined in the celebrations, or not contradicted the error. Moreover, 
the juniors of these who were of middle or younger age, the descend- 
ants of those, among whom almost every man had been a soldier 
in no holiday sense, and who from the traditions of their fathers, 
knew the story of the Revolution by heart, if they had not heard 
of it, as they did of the expeditions of 1775 and 76, who presumes 
they would have yielded an universal belief upon the announcement 
of the fact in a newspaper supported by a half dozen testimonials 
from sources however respectable? The truth is, the publication of 
Dr. Alexander, in 1819, announeed nothing that was new to Mecklen- 
burg. Her people had this declaration in memory as they had the 
fame of the men they had sent forth to battle for independence, to 
whom even yet history has never done justice, and thererore they 
seconded its assertion with a unanimous voice. 

Critics may amuse their ingenuity by stricture on the certifi- 
cates of veterans who, as 1 knew one to remark, were '* better at 
fighting than w^riting, and could make better marks with their 
swords than with their pens,"' but they can make no satisfactory 
plea to that grand certificate of the concurrence of all the surviv- 
ing soldiers of the Revolution from 1819 to 1835, and the harmonious 
concord of the sons of those who had perished in the struggle or 
died prior to the publication in 1819. The old men knew it from 
recollection of common rjport, the younger by tradition. It is 
hardly possible that a whole people, who may have their subjects 
of dispute as to other matters, should be deceived and deluded 
into an undivided belief on this. Let us illustrate by example. It is 
in the remembrance of many now living, that in 1814, a regiment of 
militia under Col. Jesse A. Pearson, being part of a brigade com- 
manded 'by the above-named General Joseph Graham, was levied in 
Mecklenburg and the adjacent counties, and served for six months 
under Jackson, against the Creek Indians in Alabama Territory. It 
is also a fact that owing to the want of a timely provision of funjLs 
by the United States, these troops were delayed a month or more at 
Salisbury, their place of rendezvous, and were, therefore, too late, 
in arriving at the seat of war, for the battle of the Horseshoe, in 
which they would otherwise have participated. Suppose after the 

THE McDowells and connections 453 

lapse of forty-five years, or even now at the end of sixty years, a 
pretension had been set up that this regiment had won laurels, by 
bearing an active part in the battle of the Horseshoe, and it had 
been proposed to celebrate it by a public demonstration. Inde- 
pendently of other evidence to the contrary, who believes that the 
officers and soldiers of that expedition who survived, or the chil- 
dren of the dead, could have been engaged in any such imposture 
or delusion? 

If a contemporaneous exposition is generally the best construc- 
tion of a statute made long ago, because it gives the sense of a 
community living at the time of enactment, of the terms made use 
of by the Legislature, surely the acquiescence of a people in the 
reality of a transaction, which was asserted more than fifty years 
back, and when if untrue, there were scores of living persons who 
could and would have contradicted it, is equally convincing proof 
of its actual occurrence. 

Curiosity, however, is excited to learn in what manner the me- 
morial of this Declaration of Independence was preserved to later 
times. The explanation is that the journal of the proceedings of 
of the Mecklenburg Committee, originating at the incipient period 
of the Revolution and continued long years afterward as a county 
organization, which contained the Declaration of Independence of 
20th of May, 1775, was preserved in the care of John McKnitt Alex- 
ander, as Secretary, and was consumed in the destruction of his 
mansion by fire in the year 1800. And that, prior to its destruction, 
he had endeavored to give this document publicity by furnishing one 
copy to Dr. Hugh Williamson, who had announced his purpose to 
publish a history of North -Carolina, and another to Gen. Wm. R. 
Davie, a distinguished soldier of the Revolution, and subsequently 
Governor of the State. It is probable, also, that he or his son, 
])efore named, who was of mature years and head of a family be- 
fore 1800, retained still another copy which escaped the conflagra- 
tion of his house. The averment which we have from Mr. Alex- 
ander of his delivering the copies to Williamson and Davie is con- 
firmed : 

First. By the testimony of Governor Stokes, already cited, 
stating in substance that in the year 1793 Dr. Williamson exhibited 
to him, in Payetteville, N. C, a copy of the said Mecklenburg Dec- 
laration in the handwriting of John McKnitt Alexander, which was 
known to Governor Stokes. 

Second. By the statement of Duncan Cameron, then a prac- 
ticing lawyer, subsequently a judge of the Superior Courts and 
president of the Bank of the State, to the effect that Mr. Alexander 
had informed him of the <»ircumstances of this declaration, and of 
his placing a copy in the possession of General Davie ; and that 
after the destruction of the original in his dwelling, he referred 
again to the same topic, rentarking that by reaaon of this deposit 

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THE McDowells and connections 455 

**the document was safe/' Dr. Williamson was a Pennsylvanian, 
who came to the State about the close of the Revolutionary War 
and resided in Edenton. He represented North Carolina in the 
Continental and First Federal Congress, and in the Federal Conven- 
tion, after which he went to reside in New York. His work, entitled 
a History of North Carolina, published in 1812, is confined to the 
Colonial period, and extends only to the time of the Regulators in 

Third. It is likewise corroborated by a letter from Mr. D. B. 
Stinson, a gentleman now about 80 years of age, who in a recent 
letter from Ro/t^k Hill, S. C, ^informs me that in 1813, when him- 
self a student in the Academy of the Rev. Mr. Wallace, of Provi- 
dence, Mecklenburg, a son-in-law of John McKnitt Alexander, he 
heard said Alexander, upon occasion of a visit of a month at that 
place, relate the circuflistances of the Declaration of Independence 
on the 20th of May, 1775; and the further fact that having been 
in Philadelphia afterwards in that year, he communicated the facts 
and circumstances to Dr. Eranklin, who expressed approbation of 
the fact. 

Of John Alexander I have no personal recollection. That he 
was one of the leading spirits in those days of peril and revolution 
appears from the testimony of Gen. George Oraham and others al- 
ready recited, and from tHjc facts stated by Wheeler, that he was 
one of the delegates from- Mecklen'burg to the Provincial Congress 
at Hillsboro, in August, 1775, at Halifax, in April, 1776, he was first 
Senator under the Republican Constitution, in 1777, one of the 
trustees of the College of the Queen's Museum, su'bsequently changed 
to ** Liberty Hall," and from the correspondence of the Board of 
War that General Davidson, at the head of the militia in 1780, 
named his encampment in Mecklenburg, '*Camp McKnitt Alex- 

Mr. Wheeler also extracts from a Charlotte newspaper of 1837, 
a paper entitled instructions for the delegates of Mecklenburg 
County, proposed to the consideration of the county, dated 1st of 
September, 1775, stated to have been found among his papers, doubt- 
less furnished by his son already mentioned, beginning thus: ''You 
are instructed to vote that the late Province of North Carolina is, 
and of right ought to be, a free and independent State, invested 
with all power of legislation, capable of making laws to regulate 
all its internal policy, subject only in its external connections and 
foreign commerce, to a negative of a Continental Senate." 

Whether this was adopted 'by the county does not appear, but 
the spirit of it was fully carried out at the Congress, in April, 1776, 
of which Mr. Alexander was a member, in the resolutions instruct- 
ing the Nortb Carolina delegates in the Continental Congress to 
concur in voting for absolute independence. 






THE McDowells and connections 457 

That this striking eveot was not made the subject of com- 
mentary m our newspapers until published in 1819, should occasion 
no surprise to those who have studied the history of the State, and 
know in what a confused and neglected mass all its materials 'then 
lay. If so well-informed an American as Mr. Jefferson must be 
conceded to have been, in 1819, did not know the position of 
Mecklenburg on the map, and supposed it might adjoin Buncombe, 
the locality of the fictitious volcano played off as a newspaper hoax, 
from which it is one hundred miles distant, with the Blue Ridge 
towering between, who except her own people should be expected 
to know her history? The historians to whom he refers— William- 
son, whose work extends ])ut to 1771, Horry, Ramsey, Marshall, 
Jones, Girardin, Wirt — not one of them had penetrated so far into 
our public .history as to 'be aware of the Resolutions of the 31st of 
May, 1775, or to discover the well-established fact, that North Caro- 
lina in her Provincial Congress at Halifax on the 12th of April 
1776, instructed her delegates in the Continental Congress to vote 
for absolute independence of the British Crown. (I impute no un- 
just design ; it was perhaps our own fault in not causing it to be 
made generally known.) Some of them do mention that Virginia 
gave such instruction in May succeeding, and suppose that to have 
l)een the earliest movement of the kind. If they were thus informed 
as to our public and general history, how are their omissions au- 
thority in respect to a popular meeting, a local assemblage in the 
county of Mecklenburg, some months earlier t The fact is, the re- 
vival of the knowledge of the Resolutions at Halifax, was made 
about the same time and by the same individual, Dr. Joseph Mc- 
Knitt Alexander, with the publication of the Mecklenburg Declara- 
tion in the Raleigh Register; and it produced as much surprise 
among writers of history, and as much satisfaction among the peo- 
ple of the State, as the Declaration at Charlotte. It was permitted 
to pass unchallenged upon the authority of the Journal of the Con- 
gress which Alexander had inherited from his father, as would, in 
my belief, the Mecklenburg proceeding, except that the latter was 
questioned by Mr. Jefferson, and was supi>osed by some to lay 
claim to a domain in which he was entitled to monopoly — a domain 
to which in May, 1775, as will presently appear, he had set up no 
claim in mind or heart. 

The first forty-five years of the Republic of North Carolina 
did not produce even a pamphlet on any su^bject of her history, ex- 
cept the abortive effort of Williamson, heretofore noticed. This 
utter want of a history was felt as a public misfortune by the in- 
telligent men of the State, and by none more than the surviving 
officers and soldiers of the Revolution. In 1819, or 1820, the Hon. 
Archibald D. Murphy, who in the preceding seven or eight years, 
as a senator from the county of Orange in the State legislature, had 

468 THE McDowells and connejctions 

aroused the pride and spirit of the people of the State on the sub- 
ject of internal improvement and popular education, at the instance 
of many friends, undertook the task of writing her history — an of- 
fice to which he was eminently adapted by scholarship, patience 
and capacity for research, facility in composition, a philosophic 
mind and a zealous patriotism. Although, from causes not neces- 
sary to be related, Mr. Murphey failed in the brief remainder of 
his life to execute his work the very undertaking he accomplished for 
the State, though in an inferior degree, what had been done by his- 
torical societies for other States, in collecting materials for history, 
from the recollections of old men then alive, the correspondence 
and papers found with the families of the dead, the public records 
and other sources. How barren Mr. Murphey then found the field 
he undertook to till, though with abundant materials for improve- 
ment if sought out from their hidden recesses, we shall relate in his 
words, in a correspondence, July 20th, 1821, with General Joseph 
Graham, from whom he requested reminiscences of the military his- 
tory of the State during the Revolution. 

''Your letter to Colonel Conner,^' says he, ''first suggested to me 
the plan of a work which I will execute if I live. It is a work on 
the history, soil, climate, legislation, civil institutions, literature, 
etc., of this State. Soon after reading your letter, I turned my at- 
tention to the subject in the few hours I could snatch from business, 
and I was surprised what abundant materials could, with care and 
diligence, be collected ; materials which, if well disposed, would 
furnish matter for one of the most interesting works that has been 
published in this country. We want such a work.' We neither know 
ourselves nor are we known to others. Such a work, well executed, 
would add very much to our standing in the Union, and make us 
respectable in our own eyes. I love North Carolina; and love her 
the most because so much injustice has been done her. We want 
pride; we want independence; we want magnanimity. Knowing 
nothing of ourselves, we have nothing in our history to which we 
can turn with conscious pride. We know nothing of our State, 
and care nothing about it. I feel some zeal upon the subject, for 
a large portion of our history now lives only in the recollection of 
a few survivors of the Revolution. We must soon emhody it, or 
it will be entirely lost." 

THE McDowells and connections 450 



In Scotland 

Andrew Agnew, Second Hereditary Sheriff, wife supposed to 
be a McDowall. Andrew Agnew died 1484. He was succeeded by 
his son, Quentin Agnew. 

Sir Patrick Agnew, Eighth Hereditary Sheriff, 1616, m. Mar- 
garet, daughter of the Hon. Sir Thomas Kennedy, of Culzean, by 
Eliza'beth, daughter of David McGill, of Cranstoun-Riddell, M. P., 
1628-43. This Sir Patrick Agnew 's fourth son, Col. Alexander Ag- 
new, of Whitehills, married three of his daughters to McDowalls. 
Jane Agnew married, 1621, Alexander McDowall of Logan. Agnes 
Agnew, married 1622, Uchtred McDowall, of French, and Marie 
Agnew, married Hew (Hugh) McDowall, of Knockglass. 

Gilbert Agnew, of Gladenoch, second son of Andrew Agnew, 
Fifth Hereditary Sheriff of Galloway, from whom — ^Fifth Hereditary 
Sheriff, the American ** Family of Agnews" are supposed to be de- 
scended, by the father of the present Baronet, Sir Andrew Agnew — 
in possession 1574, married IVIargaret McDowall, co-heiress of Uch- 
tred McDowall, of French, who died 1610. 

tr >> 


By Sir Andrew Agnew, Baronet. 

Captain James Agnew, l)orn in Great Britain in 1701, is in- 
terred in the old Presbyterian burying ground at Gettysburg, and 
the arms of the Agnews of Lochnaw were graven on his tomb. His 
son, David Agnew, with his wife, Mary ( (Agnew) Dobbin, 
are buried near Captain James Agnew, as well as Colonel James 
Agnew and his wife, ^lary (Ramsey) Agnew. 

After David Agnew 's death, Mary Irwin Agnew married Rev. 
Alexander Dobbin, and died in ''The Old Dobbin Home" at Gettys- 


First generation : James Irwin, Peters Township, Cumberland 

County, Pa., born , died Feb. 23, 1778; married Jean 

about 1734; «he died Nov. 27, 1781. Issue: 

Second generation: Joseph Irwin, born 1736; died 1803; mar- 
ried about 1760, Violet Porter, horn 1739 ; died 1821. Joseph Irwin, 
First Lieutenant of Capt. Robert McCoy's Company of Colonel Sam- 

THE McDowells and connejctions 

Savannah, T«nn. 




iiel Culberson's Battalion, Cumberland County Associators, was com- 
missioned July 31, 1777. He was in the affair of *' Crooked Billet'' 
May 1, 1778. Issue : 

Third generation: Myrtilla Irwin, born March 26, 1765, and 
John Sterrett, born May 5, 1760, were married April 5, 1785. John 
Sterrett was son of Cairns Sterrett, born 1721, and Maria (Mayes) 
Sterrett. Issue : 

Fourth generation: Maria Mayes Sterrett, born March 17, 
1800, and Smith Agnew, born Jan. 14, 1792, were married Nov. 5, 

Smiih Agnew was a son of David Agnew and a grandson of I 

Capt. James Agnew, of York County Associated Companies, 1756, 
and Rebecca (Scott) Agnew, daughter of A'bram Scott, a grandson 
of Hugh Scott, in the Province of Pennsylvania, 1670. Smith Ag* I 

iiew's mother was Mary Erwin, born July 12, 1755. She was a daugh- j 

ter of John Erwin of Antrim Township, Cumberland County, Pa., by 
his firM wife. 

The name of John Erwin 's first wife is not known. Three chil- 
dren by first wife, John, Robert and Mary. Robert Erwin married 
Susan Coxe, of Philadelphia; and their daughter, Susan Coxe Er- 
win, married Samuel Agnew, publisher of Philadelphia, grandson of 
Colonel James Agnew, of the Revolutionary Army, who married 
Mary Ramsey. Col. James Agnew was a brother of David Agnew, 
who married Mary Erwin, who was a step-sister of Mary Ramsey, 
who married Col. James Agnew. 

John Erwin 's second wife was Mary O'Caine Ramsey, widow 
of Col. James Ramsey, ancestor of the Presidents Harrison. Mary 
(O'Caine) Ramsey was the daughter of Judge Daniel O'Caine, of 
Pennsylvania. In 1768, the time that Colonel James Agnew married 
Mary Ramsey, step-sister of Mary Erwin, who married David Ag- 
new, she was living with her brother. Colonel James Ramsey on a 
farm about 10 miles from Greencastle, Pa., now Mercersburg. Her 
brother. Colonel James Ramsey, was the great-grandfather of Presi- 
dent Benjamin Harrison. 

Chart of descent : 

James Ramsey, born June 8, 1751 ; married Elizabeth Porter, 
1776. Issue: 

Mary Ramsey, born 1781 ; married Archibald Irwin. Issue: 

Elizabeth Irwin, born 1810; married John Scott Harrison. Issue: 

Benjamin Harrison, twenty-fourth President of United States. 

Some genealogists assert that John Erwin, who married the 
widow of Col. James Ramsey, was a brother of Archibald Irwin, 
son of first James Invin, of Peters Township, but relationship has 
not been verified. 

Mary (Erwin) Agnew, widow of David Agnew, married Rev. 
Alexander Dobbin, of Gettysburg, Pa., who maintained the first 

THE McDowells and connbctions 

Philaclelphia, Penn. 

toB McDowells and conne)ctions 463 

classkal school west of the Susquehanna River. The old Dobbin 
House, a large stone house, is still a show place in Qettysiburg, and 
there was raised Robert (Dr.) Agnew, father of Dr. D. Hayes Ag- 
new, of Philadelphia. So the Dobbin House is an Irwin landmark. 

Dr. D. Hayes Agnew married Mary Creighton Irwin, of Rich- 
mond, Va.. he, himself being an Irwin descendant, through his grand- 
mother, Mary (Erwin) Agnew. 

Fifth generation : David Franklin Agnew, son of Smith Agnew 
and Maria Mayes (Sterrett) Agnew, born March 21st, 1821; mar- 
ried, first Amanda M. Lightner, daughter of ^John and Rebecca 
Lightner, born Pittsburg, Pa., Aug. 1, 1823 ; married June 22, 1848 ; 
died Oct. 10, 1856. 

Issue by first marriage : 1. Harry Lightner Agnew, born April 
5, 1819 ; died July 15, 1877 ; unmarried. 

2. Smith Agnew, born Aug. 1, 1851 ; died March 23, 1911 ; mar- 
ried. No issue: 

3. Rebecca Francis Agnew, born Oet. 17, 1854, and Nathaniel 
Burrows Bubb, born Sept. 4, 1851, were married Jan. 11, 1876 j par- 
ents both living 1916 ; issue, five sbns and one daughter. 

1. Harry Agnew Bubb, bom Dec. 26, 1877. 2. George Lashells 
Bubb, born Aug. 7, 1879. 3. Bessie Clark Bubb, bom May 15, 1882 j 
died Jan. 5, 1890. 4. Nathaniel Burrows Bubb, Jr., born Aug. 15, 
1883. 5. James Lewars Bubb, born Oet. 25, 1888. Albert Her- 
mance Bubb, born Sept. 18th, 1892. 

David Franklin Agnew married, second, Charlotte Harvey Bell, 
daughter of Thomas and Charlotte (Harvey) Bell, born April 8, 
1834 ; died Dec. 18, 1908. 

Issue by second marriage. Charlotte Bell Agnew, born Oct. 
31, 1865. She is a member of '*The Order of the Crown of America'' 
and **The Irwin Society of America." 


State, Virginia; County, Alexandria; Postoffice, Alexandria. 

John. Park Agnew, born in Ebensburg, Pa., Dec. 25, 1819-20; 
died on June 7, 1892, at his country seat, ** Mount Zephyr,** a 500- 
acre portion of the original Mount-Vernon-on-the-Potomac estate, 
in Fairfax County, Va., formerly owned, and named, by General 
George Washington. Married at Cumberland, Md., on Sept. 10, 
1846, to Matilda Elizabeth Thomas, and Matilda Louisa Seeley, born 
at Baltimore, Md., and surviving at this date, March 6, 1916. 

Children of above : 

1. Park Agnew, born at Cumberland, Md., July 3, 1847 ; died, 
Alexandria, Va., July 14, 1910. 2. Leonora Matilda Agnew, bom at 
Cumberland, Md., on March 26th, 1849 ; died at Washington, D. C, 
December, 1900. 3. Ann Rebecca Agnew, born at Cumberland, Md. 
4. Mary Virginia Agnew, bom at Cumberland, Md. 5. Lily Agnew, 


born at Welkrsburg, Pa., deceased. 6. David Smith Agnew, born 
at Wellersburg, Pa.; died at Alexandria, Va., March 26th 1874. 
7. Edward Lewis Agnew, born at Cumberland, Md., deceased. 8. Au- 
gustus Harrison Agnew, born at Alexandria, Va. 9. Minneheha Ag- 
new, born at Alexandria, Va., deceased. 10. Margaretta Linton Ag- 
new, born Alexandria, Va. 

Married. Park Agnew married Oct. 26, 1871, Laura Richards 
Bell, of Alexandria, Va. Lenora Matilida Agnew, married Archi- 
bald Greenless, born in Scotland, descended from the **dan Gamp- 
bell," Argyleshire. Augustus Harrison Agnew, married Mabel An- 
derson, of Florida. 


Grandchildren: Margaret Agnew Oreenless, married Captain 
Cleland Neison Offley, U. S. Navy. 

David Agnew Greenlees, married Helen Hartwell Cragin. 

Anne DeCourcy Greenlees, married Paymaster William Thomas 
Wallace, U. S. Navy. 

Matilda Bell Agnew, married Walter Goodman Rogers. 

Mary Bell Agnew. 

Margaretta Linton Agnew, married Henry Everett Demarest. 

John Park Agnew. 

Wallace Gordon Agnew and Cornelia Ann Inglefield, married 
Nov. 21, 1867. 

Charles Clinton Agnew and Ella J. Dunlap, married Nov. 3, 

Arthur S. Agnew and Mamie Gray, married, June 10th, 1895. 

Lillie M. Agnew and Horace R. McLean, married Nov. 4, 1895. 

Sadie M. Agnew an^ Frank H. Slosser, married March 17, 1897. 

Stella M. Agnew and Walter E. I>raper, married April 9, 1902. 

Earl I. Agnew and Myrtle Hosier, married February 6, 1909. 


Charles C. Agnew, address Delta, Colorado, box 456. 
Arthur S. Agnew, Chicago, 111., The Superior Type Co., 32-40 
S. Clinton St. 

Lillie M. McLean, Cannon City, Colo. 
Sadie J. Slosser, Osceola, Iowa. 
Stella M. Draper, Red Oak, Iowa. 
Dr. Earl I. Agnew, Douglas, Arizona. 

Children of C. C. Agnew : 
1. Edith J., born Oct. 13th, 1897. 2. Helen D., born Nov. 25, 1902. 
3. Donald C, born Feh. 3, 1906. 4. Dwight L., born Dec. 28, 1911. 
Wallace Gray, son of A. S. Agnew, born March 6, 1902. 

Children of Frank H. and Sadie Slosser: 
R. Pauline, born June 3, 1901. William J., born Dec. 24, 1904. 
Wallace A., born Dec. 10, 1909. 

Children of Walter E. and Stella A. Draper : 

THE McDowells and connb>ctioinis 466 

Helen D., bom April 25, 1903. Elizabeth A., born Nov. 11, 1904. 

(1) Colonel Alexander Agnew, of Whitehills, Scotland; Lieu- 
tenant Colonel of the Earl of Galloway's Regiment, son of Sir Patrick 
Agnew, Bart. Eighth Hereditary Sheriff of Galloway, and Margaret 
Kennedy, daughter of Sir Thomas Kennedy, and Elizabeth McGill, 
daughter of David McGill, of Cranston-RitWell, Member of Parlia- 
ment. Col. Alexander Agnew descended from Robert 3, King of 
Scotland, through both the Agnews and the Kennedys, and had a 
later double royal descent through Margaret Kennedy, from King 
James 2, of Scotland, and King Henry 7, of England. 

(2) James Agnew, of Ballow, County Down, Ulster, Ireland; 

married Eleanor , died 1681, buried at Bangor, near Belfast, 


(8) James Agnew, bom in Great Britain in 1571 ; emigrated 
to America with two sons, Samuel and James, and settled in Lan- 
caster County, Pennsylvania. 

(4) James Agnew, born in Great Britain in 1701, died in Get- 
tysburg, Pa., 1770, and is buried in the Marsh Creek graveyard, and 
the arms of the Agnews of Scotland are engraved on his tombstone. 
Married about 1732, second wife, Rebecca Scott, daughter of Abram, 
and granddaughter of Hugh Scot. James Agnew was Captain of 
Associators, in the Provincial Service in 1756. 

(5) Agnew-Irwin intermarirages : David Agnew, born at Get- 
tysburg, Pa., Adams County, July 17, 1797; married at Greencastle, 
Franklin County, Pennsylvania, on April 2, 1772, Mary Erwin, June 
12, 1755, daughter of John Erwin, of Cumberland Couiity, Pennsyl- 
vania, Antrim Township. After the death pf David Agnew Mary 
(Erwin) Agnew became the wife of the Rev. Alexander Dobbin, of 
Gettysburg, who -built the old Dobbin house at Gettysburg, and held 
there the first classical school in Western Pennsylvania. David 
Agnew served in the Revolutionary Army. 

(6) John Agnew, born in Gettysburg, Pa., on April 14, 1774; 
died at Wheeling, W. Va., Oct. 11, 1849; married at Greencastle, 
Pa., 1804, Elizabeth Park, daughter of Robert Park and Jane Bailey. 
Elizaheth Park was born at sea on the,.<trip oyer from Belfast, Ire- 
land. She was born in 1781, died at Pittsflburg, Pa., Nov. 5, 1825. 
John Agnew was Clerk of the Court at Cambria County, Pa. 

Children of John Agnew and Elizabeth Park. 

1. David Agnew, born Sept. 30, 1905 ; married Eliza Lightner. 

2. Maria Jane Agnew, born 1807 ; married Dr. David Storm. 

3. Rehecca Agnew, born Sept. 18, 1809 ; married Alfred Rich- 

4. Ann Agnew, born 1811 ; married Nathaniel Dorsey. 

5. Lenora Agnew, boi^n Dec. 25, 1819; married Josiah Weir. 

6. John Park Agnew, born Dec. 25, 1819-20; married Matilda 
(Elizabeth Thomas. 

7. Amanda Agnew, died young. 


Greenville, S. C. 

THE McDowells and connections 4^7 

Agnew Line. 

David W. Agnew, born at Agnew Mills, Vernago County, July 
22, 1830; died at Mount Vernon, Ohio, Sept. 28, 14^02; married at 

Cumberland, Ohio, Nov. 4, 1852, , Oct. 31, 1831 ; died at Mt. 

Vernon, Ohio, Oct. 9, 1866. 
Children of above: 

Mary A. Agnew, born at Madison, Ind., Aug. 22, 1853; 

Sarah A. Agnew, born at Oskaloosa, Iowa, Nov. 16, 1855 ; 

BlHs J. Agnew, born at Cumberland, Ohio, Feb. 16, 1859 ; 

Elmer A. Agnew, born at Cumberland, Ohio, Feb. 16, 1S59 ; died 
April 26, 1859. 
Great-grandfather : 

James Agnew, died at New Orleans ; married to Rebecca Smith 
in 1780. 
Grandfather : % 

John Agnew, bom in Pennsylvania in May, 1801; died at Cum- 
berland, Ohio, April 26, 1847 ; married Oct. 17, 1822, to Mary Gordon 
White, born April 9, 1801; died at Knoxville, Iowa, Jan. 1, 1866; 
buried at Knoxville, Iowa. 
Children of Grandfather: 

Rebecca A. Agnew, 

W. Franklin Agnew, born at Cumberland, Ohio, June 29, 1826 ; 
died May 5, 1827 ; 

John Smith Agnew, born at Cumberland, Ohio, Mareh 18, 1828 ; 
died Feb. 1, 1908 ; 

Marie J. Agnew, born at Cumberland, Ohio; 

David W. Agnew, born at Agnew 's Mill, Pennsylvania, July 22, 
1850 ; died September, 1902 ; 

James K. Agnew, born at Cumberland, March 16, 1836; died 
Jan. 11, 1875; 

Benjamin J. Agnew, born at Cumberland April 16, 1836; died 
Jan. 11, 1875; 

Wallace S. Agnew, born at Cumberland, Ohio, July 10, 1839. 

James Agnew was a Scotch-Irish of the early part of the Eigh- 
teenth Century. Settled near Gettj^sburg, Pa., in 1730, and was the 
pT*ogenitor of the family that bear his name, and which numbers 
many distinguished men and women. 


Samuel Agnew was born Nov. 18, 1814, in McConnellsburg, Bed- 
ford (now Fulton) County, Pennsylvania. He was the youngest of 
eight children of Colonel James Agnew by his first wife, Elizabeth 
Findley, widow of Col. Ochiltree of Virginia, and was named after 
his father's brother, Dr. Samuel Agnew, of Harrisburg, Pa. He was 

468 THB McDowells and C0NN£)CT10NS 

brought up and educated at his father's home until time for him to 
enter college, when he was admitted to Washington College,^ now 
Washington and Jefferson, but did not remain to graduate. Subse- 
quently Mr. Agnew removed to Philadelphia, and entered into the 
wholesale dry goods business on Third Street, the firm being Agnew, 
McCurdy & Brown. After several years he retired from mercantile 
pursuits and engaged in the book publishing business at Sixth and 
Chestnut Streets, bringing out the series of Goodrich's (Peter Par- 
ley 's) School Histories. From this occupation Mr. Agnew withdrew 
nearly a quarter of a century ago, and has since devoted his leisure 
to the formation of a library for the Presbyterian Historical Soci- 
ety, which he originated in 1852, and of which he was, until his death 
treasurer and librarian. In 1865 he prepared and printed **An Ap- 
peal on Behalf of the Presbyterian Historical Society," and a **Cat- 
alogue of Books" in its library. In addition to his work for th« His- 
torical Society of his church, Mr. Agnew made special collections of 
works on the subject of baptism, mimbering about seven thousand 
volumes, for the Princeton Theological Seminary, that at Alleghany, 
and other places. He was also prominent in the society organized a 
few years since, with Justice Strong, of the United States Supreme 
Court, at its head, for the Amendment of the Constitution of the 
United States, so as to make it an acknowledgement of the Chris- 
tian Religion. Of the Pennsylvania Working Home for Blind Men 
he was an active manager, and also a trustee of the Second Presfby- 
terian Church. Mr. Agnew was elected a member of this society 
March 4, 1869, and was a member of the Committee on Genealogy 
in 1870, and of the Library Committee in 1878. He was married Dec. 
10, 1840, by the Rev. Henry J. Morton, D.D., to Susan, daughter 
of Robert and Susan (Cox) Erwin, and leaves one child, Dr. Erwin 
Agnew, to survive him. Mr. Agnew was a mild, unassuming man, 
with almost a woman's quietness and gentleness of manner; but he 
was as firm as a rock in whatever he thought right, and positive* in 
the expression of his convictions. He had been in failing health 
for several years, so that his death was not unexpected. He died 
in Philadilphia, March 6, 1880. 


John Irvine married Mary Finley (both of Ireland), from whom 
descended the following : 

James Irvine was one of several brothers who came to this coun- 
try from County Derry, Ireland, near Londonderry, and settled at 
a place called Paxtang, near Harrisburg, Pa. These brothers were 
the sons of one Irvine, a Dissenter, who, with other Presbyterian 
Dissenters, had forfeited their lands and been driven from Scotland, 
by the persecutions under King Charles, 1660 to 1689. 

James married Sarah Harris, who, with her parents, had emi- 


grated from County Donegal to Swatara, Lancaster County. She 
was the daughter of John Harris, the founder of Harrisburg, whose 
grave on the bank of the Susquehanna is kept in condition and 
fenced in by the city of Harrisburg. * A brief sketch of her life, re- 
citing her services during the Revolutionary War, is to be found in 
a volume in the State Library at Harisburg, entitled "^latrons of 
the Revolution." James Irvine and Sarah Harris were married by 
Parson Elder, in the old Derry Church, and after the wedding fes- 
tivities were escorted to the home of the groom, which is the present 
stone house on the farm just below Middlesex, on the creek, by 100 
persons on horseback. Of this union there were four girls and five 
boys: Boys — William, James, John, Robert, Matthew. Girh — Kath- 
erine, Jane, Mary, Nancy. 

William was a justice of the peace, and died unmarried. 

Robert married Eleanor Mitchell, born Jan. 26, 1781 ; died Aug. 
29, 1854, whose grandfather (maternal), was James Blaine, from 
whom also sprang James G. Blaine. Robert and Eleanor had six 
sons, two of whom died in infancy. The four living to manhood 
were James, Robert, William and John. All but William married 
and remained in Carlisle, Pa. James was a physician. He received 
a classical education and was a suce^sful practitioner. He did not 
marry, and died in his 56th year at Chillicothe, Ohio. 

Mathew was a farmer and died unmarried. 

John married a Miss Lamberton, and his descendants, under the 
name of Hepburn, Parwins and Linsman, are living in Williamsport. 

Katherine married the celebrated Latin scholar, James Ross, 
LL.D., the maker of text-books, and died without issue Dec. 1, 1846, 
aged 82 years. 

]Mary w'as married to a Robert McClelland, of Ropertown. 
Issue: Robert Harris McClelland; Jane died unmarried, June 10, 
1857, in her 79th year; Nancy married Andrew Holmes, and her 
descendants lived in New York City. None survive. 

So much for the familv of James and Sarah Harris. 

It is not clear whether William Irvine was a brother -of James 
Irvine, or whether they were the sons of brothers. He was born at 
Ennikecillentown, Ireland, 1741, and it was his proud boast that 
his father had fought in the Battle of the Boyne. He was educated 
at Dublin, and although having chosen ** arms'' as a profession, he 
studied surgery under the celebrated Cleghorn, and was appointed 
surgeon of a British man-of-war. 

In 1763 he came to America, followed by two of several broth- 
ers, Captain Andrew and Dr. Matthew Irvine, the latter the cele- 
brated ** fighting surgeon'' of Lee's Legion. General Irvine settled 
in Carlisle and married Ann Callendar. They had five sons and 
five daughters. General Irvine was chosen friend and confidante 
of Washington, and at Mount Vernon is his porti'ait, and in the 




.^ a:mp^ 

Pairbury, III. 


State Library at Harrisburg a valuable volume of correspondence 
between Washington and General Irvine. He was three times elected 
to a seat in Congress, and the government presented him with a valu- 
able tract of land in Warren County, Pennsylvania, which is still 
held by his descendants. He had two sons, Callendar and William. 
The former became Commissary General of the U. S. A., and lived 
and died in Philadelphia. The latter was presiding judge of the ju- 
dicial district and a man of note. 

The frontispiece of a book by Mrs. L. Boyd, entitled '*The Ir- 
vines and Their Kin,*' is a copy of the Irvine crest. The book does 
not give the history of the crest, but elsewhere the tradition runs 
thus : The crest is a hand and a bare arm emerging out of a cloud. 
The hand extends a thistle, the crest is the same as that of Wash- 
ington Irving 's family. The legend runs that Robert Brace's daugh- 
ter fell into the River Irvine, in Ayrshire, Scotland,. and would have 
drowned but that a young man named Kennedy saved her hy pluck- 
ing a branch of thistle and reaching it to her. Bruce gave his daugh- 
ter in marriage to young Kennedy, l)ut required them to take the 
name of Irving. 


Matrons of the Revolution. 

(Note. — Taken from '* Notes and Queries," in the State Library 
at Harrisburg, Pa.) 

Sarah Harris Irvine died March 10, 1837. 

Sarah Harris, daughter of William and Katherine Harris, was 
born on the Swatara, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, March 20, 
1741. Her father was a native of Ayrshire, Scotland, and came to 
Pennsylvania about the year 1725. They were among the first mem- 
bers of the old Derry Church, and their remains rest within the lit- 
tle stone-walled graveyard close by. 

Sarah was a young woman of varied accomplishments when, in 
1760, by the Rev. John Elder, she was married to James Irvine. The 
bride was arrayed in a fine linen dress (the handiwork of her own 
loom), the material bleached to a snowy whiteness, and fifty couples 
of their friends on horseback escorted the happy twain to their fu- 
ture home on the Conodoquinet Creek, where the husband possessed 
a fine tract of land and a comfortable stone dwelling upon it, yjet 

James Irvine was a brother of General William Irvine, of Revo- 
lutionary distinction, and also served as an officer during the same 
war. He was a native of Ireland, born in 1726 and died May 5, 
1811, and is buried in the Silver Spring graveyard. Influential in 
public affairs, he was none the less potent in the desperate struggle 
which freed America from tlie tyrannical dicta of Great Britain. 

A woman of culture and refined tastes, Mrs. Irvine shone re- 



splendent as wife and mother, and down to the close of her long life 
her endearing ways and manners made that life the most beautiful. 
She died at Carlisle on the 5th of March, 1837, and her remains rest 
beside those of her husband at Silver Springs. During the French 
and Indian War, when by the marauding savages were laid wasle 
the settlements along the Conodoquinet and Juanita, her house and 
barn were frequently filled with fugitives. At those times none 
were more loving in action or tender in sympathy. A noble wife 
and mother among a hardy, brave and imperiled people, much was 
demanded of her ministering care and charity, and many are the 
incidents told of the heroism and benevolence of this pioneer woman. 
During the Revolution she was none the less faithful, as she sup- 
plied clothing and food to the little array as it lay enshrined, hun- 
gry and wan, and almost naked, at Valley Forge. It was such women 
as Sarah Harris Irvine thai made the Declaration of Independence 


Mrs. Sophia I. F. Sea. 

My friend and I were boys together 
On distant hills of red-brown heather. 

He piped — I danced — ^youth 's glad refrain ; 
When hearts are light as wind-blown feather. 
What matters it.tho' skies should thunder 

And rain-mists shroud the circling plain? 
boyhood life ! No care could tether 
On distant hills of red-brown heather. 

My friend and I grew old together. 

His grip so warm, his glance so tender — 
The same in fair and cloudy weather. 

I ne'er shall see his like again. 
For God did break the mold asunder 
In which He fashioned Jock McClain. 

Mrs. Sophia Fox Sea is a life honorary patron member of the 
Scots of the South, and this poem is a greeting to her clansmen. 



By Lucinda Boyd. 

One by one, the soldiers gather 'neath the banner of the Cross, 
Hoping they might see the Jordan, tho' its waves so darkly toss. 
One, the bravest, sailed its waters, while his comrades wept ashore. 
Calling, '* Comrade, friend, O brother! shall we see your face no 

THE McDowells and connex:jtions 473 

Faith made answer in the darkness, **He has reached the Promised 

Weep not, he has joined the ransomed — Jesus holds him by the 



He has followed Jesus ever ; on the fields where "blood was shed, 
Bending, like his Elder Brother, o'er the suffering and the dead; 
None too poor for him to succor, none too low for him to raise. 
Let us weep ; our hearts are bleeding as we try to sing his praise. 


Who shall follow in his footsteps? Who shall tread the path he trod? 
Who can win the love of sinners as our brother, claimed of God? 
Rest in peace, sainted soldier, in the unseen land you have sought. 
We shall make our robes the whiter by the lessons you have' taught ; 
We shall climb the stony pathway, where your feet have bled of yore. 

And shall cross the stormy Jordan and shall meet you on the shore. 



William Erwine married Sarah Sitler, by whom he had the fol- 
lowing : 

1. Caroline (1837-1875), married George Dodson, of Blooms- 
burg, Pa. Their child: 

Alice Dodson (1861-1911), married George Long, Blooms- 
burg, Pa. 
Their children; 

(1) Fanny Long (b. 1883), married Boyd Frey, of Blooms- 

burg, Pa. Children: (1) Lois Fry, born 1907; (2) 
Mary Fry, born 1909. 

(2) Charles Long (b. 1884), married Mary Detrick, of 

Blomsburg, Pa. 

(3) Wilson Long, born 1890. 

(4) Edward Long, born 1896. 

(5) Boyd Long, born 1901. 

2. Enos, born Feb. 2, 1840; married Eliza Eveland, of Ply- 
mouth, Pa. 

3. Wilson P., born Feb. 9, 1842; married (1) , Sept. 5, 

1871; wife died Dec. \%^ 1893. Married (2) Josephine R. Allen, of 
Syracuse, N. Y. ; who was born Sept. 3, 1850. 

4. Susan, married Samuel Rhinard, Berwick, Pa. 

5. Alfred, born Nov. 3, 1847 ; married Mary Rhinard, bom Aug. 
12, 1844. 

6. Elizabeth, married Josiah Blank, Berwick, Pa. 

7. Mary, born April 28, 1854; married Newton Robbins, of 
Porks, Pa. 

THE McDowells and connections 



8. Frank, born June 22, 1856; married Anna Schultz, Ber- 
wick, Pa. 


By Irwin Mahon. 

Rear Admiral John Irwine, U. S. N., died at 1120 Vermont Ave- 
nue, Washington, D. C, July 29, 1901. 

Admiral Irwine was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., April 15, 1832. He 
was commissioned a midshipman in 1847, lieutenant in 1855, captain 
in 1875, and commodore in 1886. He was retired in 1894. During 
the Civil War he served on the frigate ** Wabash'' at the Battle of 
Port Royal, and with a detachment of officers and seamen of the 
ship, participated in the bombardment of Port Pulaski. His con- 
duct on this occasion was commended in an official report. 

Admiral Irwin's Good-bye. 

Describing the circumstances attending the departure of Rear 
Admiral John Irwin from the Asiatic Station, **The Weekly Box 
Curios,'' Yokohama, Japan, says: 

Captain McCormick noticed the Admiral looking forward to 
where the sailors were standing massed to catch a glimpse of their 
old chief. He asked him if he wished to go forward, and when he 
responded that he did, he passed. the order, ** Divisions to quarters!" 
every man and officer sprang to their proper positions, and, accom- 
panied by the Captain, the Admiral went from one end of the ship to 
the other and was saluted by each division. 

He spoke to the officer in command, and bade him and his 
men a personal farewell, and looking over the ranks, as his eye 
would rest upon some old weather-beaten tar whom he had person- 
ally known in days gone by, he would grasp his hand heartily, say 
a kind word and good-bye. From one end of the deck to the old 
battleship to the other were two rows of watery eyes and (luivering 
lips, and every face showed the sincere feeling of every man. The 
adieux had been made and the Admiral was ready to leave the ship, 
when the officer of the deck stepped up and said: *' Admiral, Sir, 
your barge is ready." The Admiral approached the gangway, es- 
corted by the officers, and again shaking hands and saluting, he 
passed down the ladder, expecting to see his boat's crew, but on 
reaching the staging, stopped with surprise, when he discovered his 
barge was manned by uniformed officers, and all standing at salute. 
His eyes filled with tears ; he hesitated for a moment, then, saluting, 
stepped in and took his seat, unable to utter a word. Captain Grid- 
ley of the Marion acted as coxswain, and the following gentlemen 
acted as crew: Paymaster Praley, Captain Elliot, U. S. M.; Lieuts. 
Barry, Miner Franklin, Eberle, Daniels, Pratt, Slocum, Hoff, 
Quimby, P. M. ; Clerk Stempen. As the barge left the ship, the yards 
were manned, and amid loud cheering the Admiral and his distin- 

476 THE McDowells and connections 

guished crew started for the S. S. China, passing the Japanese man- 
of-war **Tuskubaken.'^ The yards were manned and three hearty 
cheers were given for the Admiral. 

On His Majesty's Ship **]mperiense'' the same honors were paid, 
to 'both of which the Admiral rose to his feet and acknowledged the 
great honor. As he sat in the stern sheets and watched the meas- 
ured and well-timed strokes of his crew of honor, kll could see that 
he was greatly affected, and when he reached the ** China" he was 
unable to acknowledge the honor shown, and before leaving, said: 

** Gentlemen, this unexpected honor I shall never forget. If I 
were leaving the service, such attention shown I would highly appre- 
ciate as a compliment to the high office I hold, but simply leaving 
one ship for another, it shows me that the hearty evidence of j'our 
good will is an indication of your friendship and personal esteem, 
and it is therefore most gratifying to me that it is tendered to my 
unworthy self instead of my official position. Language fails me 
when I try to express my gratitude and high appreciation, and all 
I can say is, good-bye, God bless you all." 

It was an event in the Asiatic Squadron ; in fact, in the United 
States Navy, that was unusual and not soon to be forgotten. 

On Saturday the *^ China" was advertised to sail at noon, and 
at 11 a.m. the *^ Lancaster*' and *' Marion" each sent a barge filled 
with their band, and stationed off the gangway, they discoursed 
sweet music. Boat after boat from the American and Japanese men- 
of-war came alongside filled, to pay their respects, as did steam 
launches and yachts filled with friends of the Admiral, to say fare- 
well; but the previous day's experience had unmanned him, and he 
was unable to meet his callers. Floral decorations w^ere showered 
upon the Admiral, his family and staff, and a basketful of cards 
were left to remind him of the days he had spent in the *'Land of the 
Rising Sun" and the friends he had left: 

The Admiral then went forward among the crew, who were 
drawn up by divisions, and bade a personal farewell, shaking hands 
with many. 

His remains were laid rway at Arlington, in Washington. 

Admiral John Irwin was the oldest son of William Wallace Ir- 
win, a lawyer by profession; the first mayor of Pittsburgh, Pa.; 
member of Congress during Tyler \ administration; minister to 
Denmark. Returned to the United States in 1845, reaching New 
York when Pittsburgh was destroyed by fire, and at once tele- 
graphed his agent. James B. Irwin, to distribute the balance of his 
great fortune among the sufferers of the fire. 

His family consisted of John, Fannie, Charlotte, Agnes, Rich- 
ard, Robert, Sophie and Mary. Robert is now living in Yokohama, 
Japan and Agnes is Dean of Harvard College. John, Richard, Fan- 
nie and Charlotte are dead. 

THE McDowells and connections 477 

JAMES McDowell line. 

By M. L. McDowell. 

My grandfather and grandmother, James M<;Dowell and Sallie, 
his wife, were among the first settlers of Murfreesboro, Rutherford 
County, Tennessee, and lived there all their lives. He was 96 years 
old when he died (1862). He was doorkeeper for the Legislature 
when Murfreesboro was the capital of the State. The Legislature 
met there twice, I think. He was the oldest Mason in the State at 
the time of his death, which occurred in 1862. He was tyler of his 
lodge about forty years. 

The folowing children were born to him and lived to middle 
and old age: Girls — Mary Jane, Helen and Nancy. Boys — Jesse, 
Matthew, John, William, Wallace, Gideon, Samuel Houston and my 
father, James. 

My father, James McDowell, was born in Murfreesboro Nov. 11, 
1818. My mother, Harriet N. Petty, was born in South Carolina, Sept. 
25, 1818. The following children were born to them, now living; 
Matthew Lemuel, Macon, Ga. ; Hiram Carter and Frank P., Tulla- 
homa, Tenn. 

Matthew Lemuel McDowell was born May 14, 1843, at Murfrees- 
boro. He enlisted in Company A, Second Tennessee Regular Volun- 
tere, and served throughout the Civil War. Was severely wounded 
through the left lung in a bloody charge at Richmond, Ky., and 
did not recover until about three years after the war was over. He 
married July 26, 1865, and the following children were born to him, 
all now living:- George Lucien and his five children, Tullahoma, 
Tenn. ; Ernest Rivers and his six children ; Matthew Lemuel, Jr., and 
his six children; James Buford, unmarried, Winchester, Tenn.j Hor- 
ace Eugene and his four children, Chattanooga, Tenn. ; Myrtle Walm- 
sley, Nashville, Tenn., and Samuel Tilden and his three children, Ma- 
con, Ga. 

As related to me by my aunt, my grandfather told her that my 
great-grandfather settled somewhere in the Sequatchie Valley, in 
East Tennessee. His family was murdered by the Indians (I do not 
know the date), except two of his oldest boys, who were away from 
home at the time; and my grandfather and his sister were taken 
away by the Indians as prisoners, and afterwards adopted by them. 
It seems to me that my great-grandfather was named John. I think 
one of his 'boys who escapelcl'the massacre of the*^ family settled in 
New York. The other one, 1 know, settled in Kentucky. My grand- 
father lived with the Indians until nearly grown before he got a 
chance to get away from them. They kept his sister until she was 
grown. A trader saw her, fell in love with her, bought her from the 
Indians, and married her at New Orleans, La., where they lived after 
their marriage. Both my grandfather and his sister were small 
children when taken by the Indians. 

THE McDowells and oonnektions 

HON. josKi'H D. Mcdowell 

90 years old 
Fairbury, Neb. 

THE McDowells and connections 479 


My great-grandfather was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, 
or in some other war (Note. — It must have been in the French and 
Indian Wars, from the dates of the grandfather's life. Author) for 
he had a land grant from the government, and the land that fell to 
him was on Staten Island, N. y. I think the daughter who was 
taken by the Indians managed to save, in some way, the papers re- 
lating to this grant. The land was leased to some one for ninety- 
nine years. Before the lease was out all the parties who knew about 
it were dead. In 1861 some lawyer in New York wrote my grand- 
father, in Murfreesboro, that the land was there, and belonged to 
the McDowell heirs; that it was built up with costly buildings; was 
worth many millions of dollars, and that the heirs could recover it. 
In the war excitement that was then on, my grandfather referred 
him to his older brother in Kentucky. Before the war was over they 
both died. Nothing since has ever been done about it. These are 
the facts as I gathered them. 


First President of the Irvine Society of America. 

James T. Irvine, first president of the Irvine Society of America, 
is the eldest son of Rev. James F. Irvine,, a Presbyterian minister of 
Scottish descent, and a graduate of the IJniversity of Glasgow, who 
emigrated from Londonderry, Province of Ulster, Ireland, to Phila- 
delphia, Pa., in the year 1824. After service as a Presbyterian mis- 
sionary for several years in Southern Ohio, he returned to QSastern 
Pennsylvania, locating there in Perry County, where he ministered 
to Presbyterian congregations in Ihancannon and Liverpool. Upon 
graduating from the Medical Department of the University of Penn- 
sylvania, with a view to becoming a medical missionary, early in 

1834, he was married to Maria, eldest daughter of Colonel Robert 
Thompson, of New Buffalo, Perry County, Pennsylvania. Of this 
union the eldest child was the subject of this sketch; born Feb. 2, 

1835. His parents, in his boyhood, removed to the Muskingum sec- 
tion of Ohio, where, after schooling, he learned the printing business 
with Jacob Glessner, in Zanesville. After working at that trade for 
a few years, he studied law with Judge R. C. Hurd, of Mt. Vernon, 
Ohio, and was admitted to the bar by the Ohio Supreme Court in 
1863. Journalism, however, became his principal professioij. So, 
following his marriage, in 1865, to Mary E. Colton, eldest daughter 
of John Colton, of Philadelphia, Pa., he embarked in a newspaper 
enterprise at Zanesville, Ohio, as editor and proprietor of the Daily 
and Weekly Signal. In this pursuit he continued for some twenty 
years, varying it with service as a county auditor and a few other 
minor public capacities. Upon retiring from the newspaper field, 
he was connected for over twenty years as secretary and director of 
a building and savings association of Zanesville. Since his retire- 

THE McDowells and connections 


Father of Frank C. Irwin 

Zaneaville, Ublo 

THE McDowells and connections 481 

ment from 'business pursuits his time has been spent largely in South- 
em California, where his married daughter, Mrs. H. L. Nye, and 
family reside at Alhambra, a suburb of Los Angeles. In June, 1912, 
he was sadly bereaved by the death of his beloved wife, a highly 
accomplished lady. Four children and seven grandchildren survive 
her decease. 


The first annual meeting of the McDowell Clan of America was 
held at San Francisco, Cal., July 23, 1915, where a constitution and 
by-laws was adopted and officers elected. The object of the organi- 
zation is to foster a more intimate social and fraternal relationship 
of the Clan folk and to enroll in its membership all the McDowells 
and their kin in the United States and Canada. If war conditions 
do not prevent, the next National Clan Gathering will be held in 
some city to be selected by the Chieftain and Executive Committee 
during this year, 1918. 

JOHN HUGH McDowell, chieftain. 


. San Francisco, Cal., July 23, 1915. 
The National Convention of the MeDowell Clan met in Exposi- 
tion Memorial Auditorium July 23, 1915, at 10 o'clock a.m., with 
the following members present : 

Charter Members. 

G. W. McDowell Dunsmuir, Cal. 

Mrs. Helen E. McDowell. . . : Dunsmuir, Cal. 

Ethel June McDowell 1608 Lyon St., San Francisco, Cal. 

Sherman McDowell .1501 Fernside Blvd., Alameda, Cal. 

Mrs. Myra McDowell 1501 Fernside Blvd., Alameda, Cal. 

Clifford McDowell 1501 Fernside Blvd., Alameda, Cal. 

Mrs. A. E. Tovis Oleander, Fresno County, Cal. 

Thomas I. McDowell 552 Capp St., San Francisco, Cal. 

Mr. and Mrs. W. McDowell 1524 Filbert St., Oakland, Cal 

Thomas McDowell, Jr 552 Capp St., San Franciseo, Cal. 

Ariel A. McDowell 704 Fourteenth St., Oakland, Cal. 

Mrs. A. McDowell 1533 Sacramento St., San Francisco, Cal. 

J. A. McDowell 553 Twenty-third St., Oakland, Cal. 

Miss Helen McDowell Box 178, Petaluma, Cal 

Miss Florence McDowell Box 178, Petaluna, Cal. 

Lieut.-Gov. W. W. MeDowell 46 E. Broadway, Butte, Mont. 

Mary Lee McDowell 46 E. Broadway, Butte, Mont. 

Eloise McDowell Memphis, Tenn. 

Frances A. McDowell Memphis, Tenn. 

Mrs. Emma Sandeford McDowell Memphis, Tenn. 

A. E McDowell 3033 Washington St., San Francisco, Cal. 


or Kecluck.v. 



P. H. McDowell 613 Standard Oil Bldg., San Francisco, Cal. 

Sadie B. McDowell : 33 Mesa Ave., Piedmont, Cal. 

Walter A. McDoweU 237 Pixley St., San Francisco, Cal. 

Mr. and Mrs. J. E. McDowell 9272 D St., Oakland, Cal. 

J E. McDowell ; 9272 D St, Oakland, Cal. 

Mrs. McDowell. 9272 D St., Oakland, Cal. 

George W. McDowell, of San Francisco, was elected a member 
of the National Executive Committee. The Constitution and By- 
Laws as reported by the committee were unanimously adopted. 

The Chieftain delivered his address to the Convention, and the 
same was ordered filed by the temporary secretary. The National 
Chieftain and Executive Committee were empowered to appoint a 
Secretary and Treasurer, to serve until the next national meeting, 
J. E. McDowell was continued as Chieftain of California Clan. 

Gen. J. H. McDowell, National Chieftain, was unanimously re- 
elected <Jhieftain of the McDowell Clan of America. 

P. H. McDowell, 613 Standard Oil Building, was unanimously 
fleeted Vice-Chief. 

Frances McDowell, of Memphis, T«nn., was unanimously elected 
by the matrons National Matron. 

Mrs. J. S. McDowell, of Alameda, Cal., was unanimously elected 
matron of the California Clan by the matron]^ present. 

J. E. McDowell, 9272 D Street, Oakland, was unanimously 
elected Secretary, to serve until a permanent Secretary is appointed 
by the Chieftain and approved by the committee. 

Adjourned to meet in same hall July 24, jointly, with the Irvine 
Clan, by their invitation. 

JOHN HUGH McDowell, 

Chieftain McDowell Clan of America, 

Buntyn, Tennessee. 

• J. E. McDowell, 

Secretary Pro Tem., Oakland, Cal. 
(Published as a matter of information for hundred of others 
who have since joined the Clan.) 


J. Proctor Knott, the fifth child of Maria I. McElroy and Joseph 
P. Knott, married twice ; first wife, Mary Froman, who died shortly 
after marriage ; second wife, Sallie R. McElroy, daughter of P. Ed- 
wards and Lydia Ann Gibbs. They have no children. J. Proctor 
had a political history, much of which is known to the present gen- 
eration of statesmen and politicians of the nation, but perhaps not 
known to the younger portion of the family or clan, for whose bene- 
fit alone these sketches are written. Proctor, when a lad of 19 years, 
had studied law, and Agoing West, settled in the town of Memphis, 
Mo. His first political life began in his Ibeing elected as delegate to 


the convention to frame a new constitution for the State of Missouri. 
He was afterwards elected a member of the Legislature of that State, 
which body elected him to prosecute C. P. Jackson, then governor of 
the State, on impeachment for malfeasance in office. Subsequently 
he was elected attorney general for the State of Missouri. While 
filling that office the war broke out. The governor and State offi- 
cers of Missouri, except the attorney general, fled their State, leav- 
ing Enott alone in his office of all the State offices. He was made 
prisoner by tlje government because of a refusal to take an arbi- 
trary oath of allegiance, gotten up in violation of the laws and Con- 
stitution of the United States. After being released he removed to 
Lebanon, Ky., and practiced his profession for several years. He 
was elected to Congress from the Fourth Congressional District of 
Kentucky, in the year , and continued to represent that dis- 
trict for twelve years, after which he, in the year 1883, was elected 
governor of Kentucky. He died June 18, 1911. 

By Martha C. Irvine. 

My immediate ancestors were incumbents of Castle Irvine, 
County Fermanagh, Ireland, and beyond them, to Christopher Irvine, 
of County Dumfries, Scotland, who was bred at the Temple in Lon- 
don. He had a grant of land in County Fermanagh, Ireland, from 
King James of Scotland and first of (England. He built Castle Ir- 
vine, Enniskellen, Ireland. My great-grandfather, whose first name 
I do not remember, can easily be traced in the genealogy of the 
landed gentry of England, Scotland and Ireland, by Sir Burke. He 
married Jane Sproule, a Scottish woman, and had a large family. 
My grandfather, Thomas, was the youngest of the family (bred for 
the army, and served as an oficer in the King's standing army) ; 
bom in the County Fermanagh, near Enniskellen; emigrated to 
America on the 16th of March, 1798. He was married to Tabitha 
Clarke, at Stone Valley, Huntington County, Pennsylvania, by Rob- 
ert Riddle, Esq., on April 21, 1798. His children are: 

Jane Irvine, born in Huntington County, Pa., March 7, 1799 ; 

Thomas Irvine, born in New York City, Feb. 3, 1805 ; 

James Callender Irvine, bom in Huntington County, Pa., July 
12, 1807; 

Clark Irvine, born in Trumbell County, Ohio, June 14, 1809 ; 

Robert Irvine, born Jan. 30, 1812; 

Julia Ann Irvine, born Feb. 24, 1814 ; 

Sarah Irvine, bom June 26, 1816 ; 

Melcenia Irvine, bom Oct. 30, 1818; 

Angeline Irvine, born Nov. 19, 1820. 

Dr. Robert Irvine, brother of Thomas, married in Ireland, an 
Armstrong, and emigrated to America; settled in Western Penn- 


sylvania ; had a large family. One sister, Jane Sproule Irvine, mar- 
ried a Thompson, and her children (Thompson's), emigrated to 
America and settled in Knox County, Ohio, in 1832. 


Ifwin Mahan. 

John Irwin was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, in 1770 — Agnes 
Parquhar was bom in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, July 6, 
1773. Children: 

1. John Scull Irwin was bom Nov. 30, 1798. 2. Agnes Mary 
Irwin was born Jan. 13, 1805. 3. William Walace Irwin was born 
Sept. 16, 1806. 

Children of J. S. Irwin : 
1. Francis Mason Irwin was born Jan. 28, 1809. 2. David Irwin 
was born Dec. 4, 1810. 3. Eliza Irwin was born Nov. 18, 1812. 4. 
Agnes May Irwin, daughter of J. S. and Mary Irwin, was born Nov. 
24, 1821. 

Children of J. S. and Mary Irwin: 

John S., bom April 4, 1825 ; Charlotte Rose, born Nov. 10, 1826 ; 
Charles Pahnestock Irwin, born June 9, 1828 ; William Dorsey, born 
Dec. 87, 1830. 

William J. Rose, the posthumous son of William and Agnes 
Mary Rose, was bom April 26, 1826. 

Children of John D. and Agnes Mary Mahon: 
1. Agnes Irwin Mahon, bom May 3, 1834. 2. Irwin Mahon, born 
Nov. 18, 1835. 3. Prancis Everallyn, bom Nov. 15, 1837. 4. James 
Irwin, born Peb. 3, 1840. 5. Mary Lee, bom at Eri^ Hill, May 22, 
1842. 6. Sophie Irwin, born Aug. 22, 1844. 

Children of Wm. W. and Prances Everallyn Irwin : 
1. Prances Mason, born Nov. 18, 1830. 2. John, born April 15, 
1832. 3. Charlotte Wyman, born Peb. — , 1834. 4. William, born 
June 26, 1835. 

Children of Wm. W. and Sophie Irwin : 
1. Richard Biddle, born in Washington City, Dec. 30, 1845. 2. 
Robert Walker, bom in Copenhagen, Denmark, Jan. 7, 1844. 3. 
Sophie Dallas, born in Copenhagen, Denmark, June 30, 1835. 4. 
Mary Bache, born in Washington City, D. C, Feb. 6, 1849. 
Children of James B. and Agnes M. Irwin: 
1. John W., bom at Erin Hill, March 14, 1846. 2. William L., 
bom Nov. 4, 1847. 3. James B., born Nov. 2, 1849. 

Children of John S and Martha C. Irwin : 
1. Mary, bom Dec. 8, 1848. 2. Joseph Gazzam, bom in Madi- 
son, Ind., Jan. 17, 1851. 3. John S. Irwin, born in Pittafburg, Pa., 
July 29, 1853. 4. Rose Irwin, born in Port Wayne, Ind., Oct. 12, 
1855. Martha Duncan, bora at Port Wayne, Ind., Sept. 20, 1858. 
6. Agnes Derkheim, bom at Port Wayne, Ind., April 1, 1865. 7. 


Duncan, born at Port Wayne, Ind. 8. George Upfold, born at Fort 

Children of Jennie and Irwin Mahon : 
1. Mary Mahon, born in Harrisburg, Pa., Feb. 14, 1861. 2. Ag- 
nes Mary Mahon, born in Harrisburg, Pa., March 23, 1863. 3. Grace 
Pahnestock, born in Harrisburg, Pa., Nov. 12, 1866. 4. John Dun- 
can, born in Harrisburg, Pa., March 26, 1870. 


Lieut. Wiliam Rose was born in the city of New York, July 20, 

His Grandchildren: 

1. Elizabeth ■ Neill Mahon Rose, daughter of William J. and 
Mary Lee Mahon Rose, born at Erin Hill, July 9, 1851. 

2. Agnes Mary Rose, daughter of the same, born June 21, 1853. 

3. William John Rose, son of the same, born at Erin Hill, Oct. 

4. David Mohan Rose, son of the same, bom in Hoboken, N. J., 
Sept. 2, 1857. 

5. Frances Hull Rose, daughter of the same, bom in Washing- 
ton City, Oct. 23, 1860. 

6. Mary Lee Rose, daughter of Wm. J. and Sarah Watts Rose, 
born in Harriisburg, Pa., Oct. 1881. 

7. William Watts Rose, son of the same, born in Harrisburg, 
Pa., Oct. 28, 1883. 

1. Laura Benit, daughter of James Walker and Frances Rose 
Benit, born at Old Point Comfort, June 13, 1884. 

2. William Rose Benit, son of the same, born Feb. 2, 1886, at 
Fort Hamilton, N. Y. r 

3. Stephen Vinson, son of the same, born July 26, 1896, at 
Bethlehem, Pa. 

1. Frances Everallyn Mahon, daughter of James D. and Phoebe 
Gray Mahon, born Sept. 29, 1868. 

2. Phoebe Gray, daughter of the same, born Sept. 29, 1868. 

3. Frances Allen, daughter of the same, born on Center Ave., 
near Erm Hill, Pittsburg, Oct. 27, 1869. 

1. Agnes Mary Lee, daughter of Frances Lee and Mary D; Lee, 
born in Pittsburg, Pa., Nov. 18, 1866. 

2. Anna Eden, daughter of the same, born April 28, 1868. 

3. Mary Mahon, daughter of the same, born May 31, 1871, at 

4. Sophia Mahon, daughter of the same, born May 1, 1875. 

1. Eleanor Vouvieu, daughter of Robert E. and Anna Lee 
Peterson, born May 23. 1889, in Philadelphia. 

2. Robert E. Peterson, son of the same, born Aug^ 2, 1891. 


1. Joan Bovieu, daughter of John Vovieu and Ann Lee, bom 
April 24, 1902, at 4205 Pine Street, West Philadelphia. 

1. Ralph Irwin Hemming, son of William K. and Grace P. Hem- 
ming, born Ang. 2, 1888, in Denver, Cold. 

William Lowry Hemming, son of the same, born in Denver, 
Colo., May 3, 1890. 

1. Caroline Drury, daughter of James G. and Frances Mason 
Irwin Macton, born Dec. 16, 1856, in Pittsburg, Pa. 

2. William Irwin, son of James G. and Frances M. Muston, 
born June 8, 1860. 

3. Frances Everallyn, daughter of the same, born in 1364. 

1. Burton, son of William Irwin and Sarah D. Muston, born 
in 1885. 

2. Eleanor D., daughter of the same, born in 1887. 

3. Agnes Mahon, daughter of the same, born in May, 1889. 

4. William Irwin, son of the same, bom in 1891. 

. 1. John Cady, son of John C. and Phoebe Gray Parsons. 
2. Philip, son of the same, born April 3, 1900. 

1. Marjory Gray, daughter of Frank and Fanny Allen 

2. Helen P., daughter of the same. 

3. Frank Mahon, son of the same. 

1. Mary Irwin, daughter of Arthur E. and Martha Duncan "ir- 
win Patterson. 

2. Eugene Patterson, son of the same. 

3. Edgerton Patterson, son of the same. 

4. Daniel Uloise, son of the same. 

Robert W. Irwin, son of William W.' and Sophie B. Irwin, have 
six children: Bella, Robert, Mary, Dehy, Achy and Agnes. 

Mary Bach McCarthy and Dennis, daughter of William and 
Sophie B. Irwin, have two children, Percy and Milieent. 

Agnes, daughter of Richard Baldwin and Muston, left one 
child, son. 


John Irwin married Agnes Farquhar, Nov. 18, 1790. 

John S. Irwin married Mary Davis, Nov. 26. 1820, by Rev. Mc- 
Bthinny, D.D. 

Agnes Mary Irwin married Lieut. William Rose, an officer of 
the United States Artillery, July 6, 1825, by Rev. Francis Herron, 
D.D., first marriage; Agnes May Irwin married, second time, John 
D. Mahon, of Carlisle, Pa., Jan. 17, 1833, Rev. Francis Herron offi- 
ciating again. 

William Wallace Irwin married Sophia Arabella Bache at Wash- 
ington, D, C, Feb. 28, 1839, at 9 o'clock p.m. 

James B. Irwin married Agnes, eldest daughter of John S. Ir- 
win, M.D., April 15, 1845, by Dr. TIpfold. 

488 THE McDowells and connections 

Agnes M. Irwin, widow of James B. Irwin, married Marcos 
Derkheim Aug. 19, 1852, by Rev. Taylor. 

John S. Irwin married Martha C. Mahon Sept. 30, 1847, Francis 
Herron, D.D., officiating. 

William J. Rose married Mary Lee Mahon, only surviving 
daughter of Dr. D. N. Mahon, of Carlisle, Pa., Tuesday, May 7, 1850, 
by Rev. Dr. Francis Herron, at the residence of his mother, Mrs. John 
D. Mahon, Penn Street, Pittsburg. 

James G. Muston married Prances Mason Irwin March 20, 1856, 
Rev. W. M. Paxton officiating. 

Charlotte Wyman Irwin married Dr. William Taylor, U. S. N., 
at the residence of her sister, Mrs. James G. Muston, by Dr. William 
M. Paxton. 

Lieut. John Irwin, U. S. N., married Oceana B. Saint, in Wash- 
ington, Fla, Monday, April 26, 1858, Rev. Dr. Scott officiating. 

Irwin Mahon married Jennie, daughter of Alexander Mahon, in 
Ilarrisburg, 1861, first marriage. 

Irwin Mahon married Mariah Barker Stephenson, daughter of 
Dr. Thomas and Eliza Duncan Stephenson, in Carlisle, Pa., May 2, 

James D. Mahon married Phoebe Gray, daughter of William 
Gray, Esq., at Spring Valley, N. Y., Dec. 1, 1864. 

Mary D. Mahon, daughter of John D. and Agnes M. Mahon, 
married Frances Lightfoot Lee Oct. 17, 1865, in Philadelphia, by the 
Right Rev. Bishop Stevens. 


By Mrs. Anderson. 


At a Court held for Bedford County, Feb. 28, 1780, Charles 
Cobb, captain; Hugh Mcllroy, first lieutenant; John Irvine, second 
lieutenant, and John Clayton, ensign, were recommended as proper 
persons to execute, those offices. 

At a Court held for Bedford County, the 27th of March, 1780, 
John Irvine, first lieutenant in the militia of this county and Hugh 
Muckleroy, second lieutenant, both qualified according to law. 

State of Virginia, County of Bedford, to wit : 

I, Cardenio C. Keeth, deputy for^ Samuel M. Boiling, the Clerk 
of the Circuit Court of Bedford County, in the State of Virginia 
(which Court, by operation of the laws of the said State, includes the 
records and papers of the late County Court of the said County of 
Bedford) do hereby certify that the foregoing are true transcripts 
from the records of the said County Court of Bedford County. 

In testimony whereof I hereto set my hand and annex the seal 


of the said Circuit Court this 30th day of July, Anno Domini, Nine- 
teen Hundred and Eight. 

[Seal of Virginia] C. C. KEBTH, D. C, 

Virginia, Bedford County, to wit: I, J. L. Campbell, Judge of 
the Circuit Court for the County of Bedford, in the State of Virginia, 
and the only Judge thereof, do certify that Cardenio C. Keeth, who 
hath given the preceding certificate, is Deputy for Samuel M. Boil- 
ing, the Clerk of the said Court, and that the attestation of the said 
Keeth as Deputy aforesaid is in due form. Given under my hand 
this 10th day of August, 1908. 

J. L. CAMPBELL, Judge. 
I do hereby certify that John Irvine was enlisted in November, 
1782, to serve as a soldier in the Virginia Line for the term of three 
years — that he was furloughed and was not called into service again 
during the term. 

Delivered, Col. I. Steele. Late Lieut. Virginia Line. 

I certify that this is a true copy. 

H. J. ECKENRODE, Archivist. 

By Agnes Irwin Mahon. 

John D. Mahon, bom at Pittsburg, Nov. 5, 1796, died at Erin 
Hill, Pittsburg, July 3, 1861 ; married Jan. 17, 1833, to Agnes May • 
Irwin Rowe, born at Pittsburg, Jan. 13, 1805 ; died at Wayne, Dela- 
ware County, Pa., Jan. 15, 1889. 

Children of Above. 

1. Agnes Irwin Mahon, horn at Penn St. Petersburg, May 3, 

2. Irwin Mahon, born at Penn. St., Pittsburg, on Nov. 18, 1835. 

3. Prances Everallyn Mahon, born at Erin Hill, Pittsburg, Nov. 
15, 3837; died in West Philadelphia, Jan. 29, 1866. 

4. James D. Mohon, born at Erin Hill, Pittsburg, Feb. 3, 1840; 
died Jan. 15, 1872. 

5. Mary Lee Mahon, bom at Erin Hill, May 22, 1849. 

6. Sophie Irwin Mahon, born at Erin Hill, Aug. 22, 1844 ; died 
Oct. 24, 1900. 

Irwin Mahon married (1) Jennie Mahon, in Harrisft)urg, 1861 
(2) Maria B. Stevenson, Carlisle, Pa., May 21, 1876. 

James D. Mahon, married (1) Phoe'be Gray, at Spring Valley, 
Dec. 1st, 1861 (2) Frances L. Lee, at Philadelphia, Oct. 17, 1865. 

Irwin Mahon 's children : 

1. Mary Mahon, born at Harrisburg, Feb. 14, 1863. 2. Agnes 
Mahon, born at Harrisburg, March 23, 1865; died March 4, 1870. 

490 THE McDowells and connections 

3. Grace Paehnstock Mahon, born at Harrisburg, Nov. 12, 1866. 

4. John Duncan Mahon, born at Harrisburg, March 26, 1870 ; died in 
Philadelphia, 1870. 

Children of James D. Mahon. 
1. Thomas IJverllyn Mahon, bom at Irvine, Pa., Oct. 27, 1866; 
died Nov. 20, 1866. 2. Phoebe Mahon, bom at Cincinnati, Ohio., 
Sept. 29, 1868. 3. Fanny Allen Mahon, bom at Central Ave., Pitts^ 
burg, Oct. 27, 1869. 

Children of Mary Lee Mahon. 
1. Agnes May Lee, born at Pittsburg, Nov. 18, 1866 ; died Dec. 
12, 1867. 2. Anna Edna Lee, born at Central Ave., Pittsburg, April 
28, 1868. 3. May Mahon Lee, born at Pittsburg, May 31, 1871. 
4. Sophie Mahon Lee, born at Alleghany May 1, 1875; died Jan. 
16, 1902. 


By Frank Irvine. 

John Irvine, born at Mercer County, Ohio, Feb. 11, 1826 ; died 
at The Dalles, July 27, 1899; married at Dalles, May 27, 1855, to 
Catherine E. Keith, born at Indiana on Oct. 11 ; died at The Dalles, 
July 14, 1896. 

Children of Above : 

1. Frank, born at The Dalles, Oct. 24, 1860. 2. Emma, bora 
March 12, 1862; died June 3, 1872. 3. Ellen F., -born Dec. 15, 1864; 
died May 20, 1866. 4. Alice, born May 12, 1868. 5. Johnnie, born 
Jan. 31, 1870; died April 16, 1898. 6. Annie Lelah, born Feb. 28, 
1874 ; died July 3, 1902. 7. William Henry, born Sept. 15, 1877 ; 
died April 4, 1883. 

Frank married Lydia Walker at The Dalles. Alice married H. 
B. Lorenzen at The Dalles. Nov. 14, 1883. Anna married E. C. 
Spencer at The Dalles Nov. 20, 1898. 


1. Bertha E. Irvine, born at The Dalles, June 31, 1883. 2. Josie 
E. Lorenzen, born Feb. 23, 1889 ; died June 25, 1902. 3. Clara H. 
Lorenzen, born Feb. 10, 1896. 4. AUie E. Lorenzen, bom Aug. 29, 


A-chilles Irvine, born at Pennsylvania, died at Tiosa, Indiana, 
1868 ; married Anna Galliher. who died at Tiosa, Indiana, 1870. 

Children of Grandfather. 

1. Andrew, born in Ohio; died in war. 2. Francis, born in 
Ohio. 3. John, 'born in Ohio, Feb. 1, 1826; died July 27, 1899. 4. 
]\Irs. Sarah Higley, born in Ohio. 5. Achilles, born in Ohio. 6. Mrs. 
Lucinda Ball, born in Indiana. 

Great grandfather had five children : Grandfather AchiUes Ir- 

THE McDowells and connections 491 

vine. 2. Decatur Irvine. 3. Marshal. 4. Mrs. Anna Cole. 5. Mrs. 
Betsey Bush 

JAMBS Mcdowell. 

By Isaac P. McDowell. 

James McDowell was born in the north part of Ireland, April 
1st, A. D., 1747. His parents were natives of Scotland, and came 
to America on account of religious persecution, with two small 
boys, James and John, two to four years old, and settled near the 
''Easterfi Shore." James and John grew to manhood, enlisted in, 
and went through the Revolutionary War. Grandfather James was 
wounded in the battle of Brandj^wine. At the close of the war he 
married Sarah Gorrel, of Pennsylvania. He died in Scioto County, 
Ohio, on April 11th, A. D. 1809. 

Sarah McDowell was born July 26th, 1763, and died in Tippe- 
canoe County, Indiana, September 5, 1834. James and Sarah* 
reared nine children, James, junior; Mary (Phillips), William, John, 
Woodford G., Martha (Crull), Hiram, Elizabeth and Thomas G. 
John McDowell, born in Woodford County, Ky., Jan. 1, 1792 ; died . 
in Montgomery County, Indiana, Jan. 16, 1843., He married Eliza- 
beth Pri<3e, Jan. 7, 1819. Elizabeth (Price) McDowell, born in Ross 
County, Ohio, January 30, :I798. She died at Pairbury, Illinois, on 
October 10, 1880. John and Elizabeth McDowell raised nine chil- 
dren ; namely, Jackson, born October 28, 1819 ; died in Montgomery 
County, Indiana, Fefbruary 22, 1843; Sarah Ann Russell, bom in 
Scioto County, Ohio, November 25, 1821 ; died in Pontiac, Illinois, 
October 18, 1859 ; Isaac P. McDowell, 'born in Scioto County, Ohio, 
August, 17th, 1824 (He married Jane Russell, June 10, 1855) ; Oliver 
Perry, bom Pebmary 7, 1827. Nelson Scott, born October 10, 1829 ; 
died June 1, 1878; James Madison, born January 7, 1835; killed at 
Vicksburg, June 15th, 1863; Mary Elizabeth Ladd, born October 
30th, 1832; John Van, born January 6th, 1838; died November 29, 
1861 ; William Henry Harrison, bom March 6th, 1840. Jane Russell, 
wife of Isaac P. McDowell, bom September 16th, 183f4; died August 
26th, 1890. The children of Isaac P. and Jane R. McDowell, as be- 
low: Thomas S. 0., born January 26, 1858; Lillian, born May 6, 
1856, died September, 1857 ; Elmer E., born March 11, 1862 ; John 
Van, born Pebmary 6, 1864; lEva (Graff) born October 9, 1865; 
Imtie, bom November 11, 1874. 

Eva McDowell, bom in Pairbury, 111., was married to Joseph C. 
Graff, bom in New York City, July 15, 1862. The children of 
Joseph C. and Eva Graff are Jane and Marviene, all living in Chi- 


Isaac Price McDowell was born August 17, 1824, in Scioto 

THE McDowells and connoctions 



County, Ohio. The courage, hardiness and determination of the **Mc- 
Doweir' and the sturdiness of the pioneer were typified in him. 
Having moved with his parents and eight brothers and sisters from 
Ohio to Tippecanoe County, Indiana, and finally, to Montgomery 
County, Indiana, where his father died in 1843, he was entrusted 
with the responsibility and eare of his mother and family, mostly 
boys, of whom he was the eldest. .These were among his own pupils 
in the different schools in which he taught in Indiana and Illinois. 
Mr. McDowell had a variety of interests. He succeeded as teacher, 
farmer, editor, merchant and hanker. 

In 1853 he erected the first important building in Pontiac, Illi- 
nois, establishing a mercantile business with Messrs. Ladd and Mc- 
Gregor. Their first stock of goods was th6 first shipped over the 
Chicago & Alton Railroad to Pontiac. His most successful venture 
was in 1872, when he became one of the organizers of the First Na- 
tional Bank of Pairbury, Illinois, of which he was elected president, 
a position held continuously during life. 

June 10, 1855, he was married to Jane Russell, a splendid 
I Christian woman, beloved by everyone. They ardently supported 
I the Methodist Episcopal Church, the church favored by the ** earliest 
1 McDowells." 

Six children were born to this union, four of whom are living ; 
Elmer E. and Lutie, of Pairbury, 111, j John Van, of Porrest, 111.; 
Eva (Mrs. Jos. C Graff), of Chicago, 111.; a daughter, Lillian, died 
in infancy; the eldest son, Thomas Scott O'Neill, in 1911. 

Isaac P. McDowell died Jan. 9, 1901, in Denver, Colo. Jane, 
his wife, Aug. 26, 1890, at Watseka, III.