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Ephraim McDowell

Ephraim McDowell

Male 1673 - 1777  (103 years)

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  • Name Ephraim McDowell 
    Born 3 Mar 1673  Londonderry, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1777  ____, Rockbridge Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I18818  DNA Family 1 Genealogies
    Last Modified 4 May 2006 

    Family Margaret Irvine,   b. Mar 1672, ____, Longford County, Ireland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1728, Londonderry, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years) 
    Married Londonderry, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Elizabeth McDowell,   b. 17 Nov 1707, ____, ____, Ireland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1809, ____, Rockbridge Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 101 years)
     2. Joseph McDowell,   b. 1715, ____, Ulster, Ireland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1770, ____, Burke Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     3. Capt. John McDowell,   b. 19 Jan 1719, ____, ____, Ireland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1742, ____, Augusta Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)
    Last Modified 4 May 2006 
    Family ID F6981  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 3 Mar 1673 - Londonderry, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - - Londonderry, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • The name McDowell is a modification of the Gaelic MacDughall, or MacDughale, meaning son or descendant of the dark stranger. The name was given over ten centuries ago to Danish settlers in Galloway, Scotland.

      Ephraim's father left Scotland during the period of the English civil wars. He fought at the seige of Londonderry at the age of 16, and at the Battle of Boyne River (in 1690). Many historians have written that he brough this family to America on the "George and Ann", but the passenger list for that ship, although it lists a number of McDowells, does not include Ephraim and his family. It is possible that they came on the John of Dublin at about the same time (1729), but that has not yet been verified. It is said that seven of his wife's brothers also came to America at the same time.

      They are believed to have settled for a while near Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where his daughter Mary Elizabeth married James Greenlee. The first son of his son John, Samuel McDowell, was born in Pennsylvania.

      About 1738 went with his family down the Shenandoah trail to settle near what is now Lexington, Virginia, becoming the first settlers in this area.

      Ephraim served in the Augusta County militia until 1743, when he was exempted from further service due to his age (70 years). He is buried at the site of Maryland Tavern owned by his son John. A monument erected in the mid 1800s by the children of his great grandson Governor James McDowell of Virginia shows that he died "about 1780". In "A History of the McDowell Family" by Lemuel Ford Perdue, he states that the date of death was more probably 1770, as "family tradition has it that he died at age 98".