Col. James McDowell

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James McDowell

Birthplace: "Red House", Augusta , Virginia
Death: Died in Red House, Rockbridge, Virginia, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. John McDowell and Mary Magdalena Bowyer
Husband of Elizabeth McDowell
Father of James McDowell; Susan McDowell and Sarah McDowell
Brother of Col. Samuel McDowell; Sara Martha Trimble; Sarah Fred; Elizabeth McDowell; John McDowell and 2 others
Half brother of Elizabeth Borden; Martha Harvey and Hannah Borden

Managed by: Maureen Diana Stephan
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About Col. James McDowell

James McDowell

  • Birth: 1739 - 'Red House', Augusta Co., VA
  • Death: after 1778 - Rockbridge Co, VA
  • Parents: John McDowell, Magdalena Woods
  • Married: Elizabeth Cloyd; 6 children.


  • Historical significance of Rockbridge County, Virginia. Virginia. Staunton, Va.: McClure Co., 1979. April 7, 1778 Court Records, p. 10. "James McDowell produced a Commisssion from the President and Master of the College of William and Mary, appointing him Surveyor of the County of Rockbridge, bearing the date the twenty-first day of M arch, 1778, was openly read; whereupon together with John Boweyer and Samuel McDowell, Gents, entered into and acknowledted their bond in the penalty of five hundred pounds with the condition require d by law; whereupon the said James McDowell took the oath required by law. Signed John Bowyer"
  • Section Two: Descendants of David Cloyd, Immigrant #3, p.708. Elizabeth Cloyd, oldest dau of David, 3, m. James McDowell, May 1760. He was oldest son of John McDowell & Magdalena Woods and grandson of Ephraim McDowell & Margaret Irvine, immigrants. Children: Sarah, m. Major John McDowell, cousin; Elizabeth, m. David MdGa vock, 70; & James, m. Sarah Preston. There are three other children, names not known."
  • Section Two: Descendants of David Cloyd, Immigrant #3, p.64. "John MdDowell married Magdelena Wood (sic), whose mother was a Campbell, and as tradition has it, of the noble family of Argyle. Mary, daughter of Ephraim marreid James Greenlee and James McDowell m arried Mary Greenlee, said to have been remotely descended from the Argyle Campbells .... James McDowell left no male issue, John McDowell has two sons, Samuel & James, and the latter married Elizabeth Cloyd, daughter of David Cloyd of 'Beverly Manor', whose wife was Margaret Campbell."
  • Samuel McDowell of Jessamine County, Ky., deposes 26th July, 1808: "Was son of Magdalen; was Dr. McDowell; moved to Kentucky with his family in 1783. Andrew Reed was Samuel's son-in-law. Martha Harvey was only daughter of Benj. Borden, her sister Hanna having died infant a nd intestate . . . deceased. Benj. Borden, Jr., died April, 1753. Magdalen Bowyer and Mary Greenlee were sisters-in-law. . . ."


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Col. James McDowell's Timeline

Augusta , Virginia
Age 20
Rockbridge Bath, Rockbridge, Virginia, United States
May 1760
Age 21
Rockbridge, Virginia
Age 29
Rockbridge Bath, Rockbridge, Virginia, United States
Age 32
Red House, Rockbridge, Virginia, USA
Age 32
Age 32
Rockbridge, Virginia, United States