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William McDowell

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Raloo Parish, Gleno, Antrim, Ireland
Death: October 12, 1759 (78)
Wright's Ferry, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Mount Joy, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas McDowell and Anne McDowell
Husband of Mary McDowell
Father of John McDowell; Elizabeth McAllister; William McDowell and Jean B. Irwin
Brother of Joseph McDowell; Alexander McDowell; John McDowell, I; Ephraim McDowell; Sarah McCune and 3 others

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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]

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William McDowell's Timeline

Gleno, Antrim, Ireland
Age 35
Antrim, Northern Ireland
Age 39
Age 41
Chester, Pennsylvania
April 19, 1736
Age 55
October 12, 1759
Age 78
Wright's Ferry, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Colonial America
October 12, 1759
Age 78
Mount Joy, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States