About William McDowell
William MCDOWELL (son of Abraham MCDOWELL and Margaret Wylie (Ann) COLQUHOUN) was born about 1682 in Ulster, No. Ireland. He died on 12 Sep 1759 in Wright's Ferry, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He was buried at Donegal Graveyard, Donegal Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
- parents also seen as Thomas McDowell & Ann Locke
He built McDowell's Mill on the east side of the west branch of the Conococheague, where is situated the village of Bridgeport, but now called Markes. The first mention of this mill was on the Colonial annals in the spring of 1755 when the road was projected from McDowell's Mill to the Three Forks of the Youghigheny, for the purpose of furnishing the Army under General Braddock with supplies.
McDowell's became a rendezvous for the Indian fighters, there being as many as 400 men there at times, but the fort was not a strong one and Fort Loudon was built to replace it. - (from Biographical Annals of Franklin Co., PA) [-Lowell S. Thomas, RootsWeb]