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Col. Joseph McDowell, of Quaker Meadows

Also Known As: "Quaker Meadows Joe"
Birthdate: (45)
Birthplace: Winchester, Frederick, Virginia, USA
Death: July 11, 1801 (45)
Quaker Meadows, Burke, North Carolina, United States (apoplexy)
Place of Burial: Quaker Meadows Cemetery, Quaker Meadows, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt Joseph McDowell and Margaret McDowell
Husband of Margaret McDowell
Father of Sarah McDowell; Elizabeth Betsy McDowell; Margaret Trimble; Hannah Ford; Hugh Harvey McDowell and 3 others
Brother of Elizabeth McKinney; Hugh McDowell; Gen. Charles McDowell; Hannah Chrisman; Jane Brown and 4 others

Occupation: Revolutionary War officer, U.S. congressman
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About Col. Joseph McDowell, of Quaker Meadows

DAR Ancestor #: A076495

Brigadier General Joseph "Quaker Meadows" McDowell, Jr.

  • Birth: 8-8-1756 - Winchester, Frederick, Virginia
  • Death: 8-11-1801 - Quaker Meadows, Burke, Norh Carolina, United States
  • Parents: Joseph McDowell b: 1715, Margaret O'Neill
  • Married: Margaret Moffett
  • Children include: Joseph Jefferson McDowell, Hugh Harvey McDowell

Joseph McDowell of Quaker Meadows in Burke County took part in the Battle of Ramseur's Mill and the Battle of Cowpens. His home was the meeting place for the groups of Overmountain men. After refreshing the men with his fine home brew, he joined them as they followed Ferguson's retreating army. (Source: Western North Carolina: Its Mountains and Its People to 1880, Ora Blackmun (1977) at 119.)

from Find A Grave Memorial# 36472376

American Patriot. Joseph "Quaker Meadows" McDowell was a planter, soldier, and statesman who was born in Winchester, Virginia to Joseph McDowell (1715 – 1771) and Margaret O'Neil McDowell (1723 – 1780) but moved to North Carolina when he was two years of age. He was often known as "Quaker Meadows Joe" to distinguish him from his cousin Joseph "Pleasant Gardens" McDowell, who was also a legislator and American Revolutionary War soldier from North Carolina serving in the same campaigns and same units as his cousin which results in some confusion between the two. Joseph of Quaker Meadows married Margaret Moffett (1763 – 1816) in 1783.

Joseph served in the same North Carolina Regiment as his older brother Captain Charles McDowell at the start of the American Revolution. The two McDowell brothers served under General Griffith Rutherford in his campaign against the Cherokee in 1776.

Charles and Joseph are credited with formulating the plan for the Overmountain Men and the North Carolina militia to engage the loyalist forces of British Col. Patrick Ferguson when the frontiersmen gathered at Quaker Meadows on September 30, 1780. At the resulting Battle of Kings Mountain on October 7, 1780, Charles had earlier consigned his troops to his brother after having been dispatched to General Horatio Gates. The bayonet charge down the mountain by British Col. Ferguson's Loyalists was driven back by the well directed fire from the rifles of the Overmountain men commanded by Col. Isaac Shelby and the North Carolina militia commanded by Col. Joseph "Quaker Meadows" McDowell. The entire Loyalist force of Col. Ferguson was killed, wounded or captured. The Battle of Kings Mountain was noteworthy in that American victories to this point in the Revolution were scarce but now became more frequent as confidence increased eventually resulting in the successful conclusion to the American Revolution.

Joseph also fought with the militia at Ramsour Mills on June 29, 1780, Musgrove's Mill on Aug 19, 1780 and the Battle of Cowpens in January 1781 where the milita defeated the forces of General Banastre "Bloody" Tarleton who was portrayed as the brutal Col. William Tavington in the movie "The Patriot" staring Mel Gibson.

Joseph went on to serve in the North Carolina state legislature and the Constitutional Conventions along with his brother Charles. Joseph also served in the 5th United States Congress from 1797 to 1799.


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Col. Joseph McDowell, of Quaker Meadows's Timeline

February 15, 1756
Winchester, Frederick, Virginia, USA
February 5, 1784
Age 27
Quaker Meadows, Burke, North Carolina, USA
February 6, 1786
Age 29
Quaker Meadows, Burke, North Carolina, USA
October 26, 1787
Age 31
Quaker Meadows, Burke, North Carolina, USA
December 24, 1789
Age 33
Quaker Meadows, NC, United States
Age 33
Burke, North Carolina, United States
June 23, 1792
Age 36
Quaker Meadows, Burke, North Carolina, USA
February 20, 1795
Age 39
Quaker Meadows, Burke, North Carolina, USA
January 10, 1798
Age 41
Quaker Meadows, Burke, North Carolina, United States