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Joseph "Pleasant Gardens" McDowell

Also Known As: "Pleasant Gardens Joe", "Dr. Joseph McDowell"
Death: Died in Morganton, Burke, North Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: Morganton, Burke, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John "Hunting" McDowell; "Hunting" John McDowell; Annie Evans McDowell and Annie McDowell
Husband of Mary McDowell and Margaret McDowell
Father of John McDowell and James Moffett Mcdowell
Brother of Ann Whitson; Rachel McDowell; Anna Mcdowell and Rachel Mcdowell

Occupation: lawyer, soldier, statesman
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About Dr. Joseph McDowell, of Pleasant Gardens

DAR Ancestor #: A076499

Colonel Joseph "Pleasant Gardens" McDowell

  • Birth: 26 February 1758
  • Death: 07 March 1795
  • Parents: John McDowell, Anne Edmiston
  • Married:Mary Moffett
  • Children: James Moffett McDowell, John McDowell, Anne McDowell

"Such North Carolina soldiers as Major Joseph McDowell, General Griffith Rutherford, William Davie, and General William Lee Davidson along with their Patriots became both hated and feared by Cornwallis and his British. For months their small bands carried out numerous surprise attacks on English units, upsetting British plans and hampering British movements, often preventing British regiments from getting supplies and from foraging about the countryside. These soldiers of the 'back country' did much to put the fear of the Americans into the Tories in that region, and using methods learned from the Indians, they succeeded in being, if not an actual threat, at least a continuous nuisance to the advancing British forces." (Source: Western North Carolina: Its Mountains and Its People to 1880, Ora Blackmun (1977) at 115 and 119.)

Joseph "Pleasant Gardens" McDowell (February 25, 1758 - March 7, 1799) was an American lawyer, soldier, and statesman from Morganton, North Carolina. His estate was named "Pleasant Gardens", and he was nicknamed "Pleasant Gardens Joe" to distinguish him from his cousin, Joseph "Quaker Meadows" McDowell. The two men are not always clearly distinguished in historical records: both were at the 1780 Battle of Kings Mountain, one as a major leading the Burke County militia, and the other in a subordinate role as a captain. Although "Quaker Meadows" Joe is usually hailed as the Major McDowell who was the hero of the battle, some descendants of "Pleasant Gardens Joe" maintain that it was their ancestor who led the Burke County militia, a claim which, according to the Dictionary of American Biography, is contradicted by contemporary evidence.

According to the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Pleasant Gardens" McDowell was later appointed a North Carolina militia general, and served in the 3rd United States Congress from 1793 to 1795. However, these accomplishments are sometimes credited to Joseph "Quaker Meadows" McDowell, although the Dictionary of American Biography notes that the Congressional directory may be correct. McDowell died on March 7, 1799 on his estate in Burke County, North Carolina.

Source: Joseph "Pleasant Garden" McDowell Wikipedia Article.


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Dr. Joseph McDowell, of Pleasant Gardens's Timeline

February 25, 1758
February 9, 1787
Age 28
Pleasant Gardens, McDowell County, North Carolina, United States
March 7, 1795
Age 37
Morganton, Burke, North Carolina, United States
March 1795
Age 37
Morganton, Burke, North Carolina, United States