About Dr David Clark Owings
Dr Owings was one of the three survivors of a family of ten during the disastrous flood in Elliott City in 1868, when his mother, three brothers, and three sisters were drowned when their home was swept away by the high waters. A negro servant of the family also died in the same flood, giving his life in vain effort to save a daughter of his employers. When the house started down the Patapsco River the negro cut a hole in the roof of the building and carried the baby to the roof, but his efforts proved futile.
Dr Owings and his sister, Minnie, escaped death because of the fact that they had gone with their father, Dr David Owings, who practiced medicine at Elliott City for more than sixty years to call on a patient, and were on their way home when the dam gave way. All three witnessed the sight of their home with seven occupantsbeing carried down the Patapsco but were powerless to render aid.