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James McDowell

Birthdate: (36)
Birthplace: Gleno, Raloo Parish, County Antrim, Ireland
Death: June 3, 1746 (36)
Steel Creek, Mecklenburg County, NC
Place of Burial: Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Ephraim McDowell and Margaret McDowell
Husband of Mary McDowell
Father of Elizabeth Watson and Mary Martin
Brother of Mary Elizabeth Greenlee; Mary Simonton; Capt. John McDowell; Margaretta Mitchell; Mary Elizabeth Swoope and 2 others

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About Lieut. James McDowell

James McDowell

  • Birth:  Oct. 6, 1709, Northern Ireland
  • Death:  1747, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA
  • Parents: Ephraim McDowell, Margaret Irvine
  • Married:  Mary Davies


  1.   Mary McDowell Martin (1724 - 1801)
  2.   Abigail McDowell McCleary (1740 - 1805)
  3.   John McDowell (1743 - 1795)

Another of Ephraim’s sons, James McDowell, took Benjamin Borden, Jr. to court in 1742 for slander claiming Borden stated: "Thou art a rogue and murderous villian, and I can prove it…". Borden wrongfully blamed James McDowell as responsible for bringing the Indians down upon them by instigating a dispute with the Indians.

Both of Capt. John’s sons, James and his older brother Samuel McDowell, were Captains of the Militia and also Commissioners (Justices). James and Samuel were often reported, in records of the times, "ranging", a term used to describe the militia’s duty of patrolling the frontier, watching over the cattle herds and scouting Indians that may pose a threat to the community. Samuel later became the Justice for the County of Rockbridge and a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses.

James McDowell was a merchant, planter and storekeeper at his estate at Maryland Tavern, as well as landlord at the Borden Estates.


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Lieut. James McDowell's Timeline

October 6, 1709
Gleno, Raloo Parish, County Antrim, Ireland
Age 14
Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 28
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
June 3, 1746
Age 36
Steel Creek, Mecklenburg County, NC
Age 36
Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States