Person:James McDowell (22)

James McDowell
b.Abt 1737 Pennsylvania
m. 14 Dec 1734
  1. Col. Samuel McDowell1735 - 1817
  2. John McDowell1735 - Bef 1753
  3. James McDowellAbt 1737 - 1771
  4. Sarah McDowell1741 -
m. May 1760
  1. Sarah McDowell1762 - 1802
  2. Susan McDowellEst 1765 -
  3. Elizabeth McDowellEst 1768 - Bef 1812
  4. Col. James McDowell1770 - 1835
Facts and Events
Name James McDowell
Gender Male
Birth[1] Abt 1737 Pennsylvania
Marriage May 1760 Augusta County, Virginiato Elizabeth Cloyd
Death? Oct 1771 Augusta County, Virginia

James McDowell was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Vol. 3 - Page 435.—19th July, 1767. James McDowell and Elizabeth, of Augusta to James Templeton, £250, 300 acres on Big Spring, a branch of North Branch of James. Teste: James Greenlee. Delivered: Jas. Templeton, 7th November, 1770.

Estate Records

  • Vol. 3 - Page 4(55.—22d November, 1771. Elizabeth and Samuel McDowell’s bonds as administrators of James McDowell.
  • Vol. 3 - Page 23.—17th November, 1772. Recorded. James McDowell’s appraisement by Archibald Alexander, John McC1ung, Alex. Stewart, John Lyle—7 negroes, 1 weaver called Christopher Lightfootder, 1 servant boy called Jack McGuire.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • Vol. 3 - WILL Boox No. 2. Page 1. 30th March. 1753. Benjamin Borden’s will, Gent. Stepsons, Saml. McDowell and James McDowell. Stepdaughter, Sarah McDowell. Wife. Magdelen. Negro wench named Moll. Daughter, Martha; Daughter Hannah. Executors, John Lyle, Archibald Alexander, and wife, Magdelen. Father, Beni. Borden. Brothers. Brother, Joseph. Teste: Roger Keys, John Keys, Jacob Gray. Proved, 21st November, 1753, by all wit­nesses. John Lyle refuses to execute, others qualify, with sureties John Lyle, Andrew Hays, Thos. Paxton.
  • Vol. 1 - MARCH 18, 1755. - (34) James McDowell, 18 years old, chose John Bowyer guardian. (Note: record establishes James McDowell's birthdate in abt. 1737).
  • Vol. 2 - MARRIAGES LICENSES IN AUGUSTA COUNTY: 1760--January __, Edward McGarry; February __, James McGaffock; March __, William Davis; April __, Robert Parish; May __, John Moffett, James McDowell; August __, Samuel Wallace, Jr., William Clark; September __, John Peerie, Thomas Stevenson, Richard Mays, Randall Lockhart; October 29, Nathaniel Lyon.
  • Vol. 3 - Page 118.——-19th February, 1762. John Bowyer’s bond (with James McDowell, Saml. McDowell, James McGavock) to indemnify Israel Christian as John’s surety on bond as guardian for Martha Borden.
  • Vol. 3 - Page 414.——2d October, 1765. David Wallace and his wife to Henry Black, £40, 210 acres on waters of Carr’s Creek, part of Borden’s 92100; corner James McNabb. Teste: James and Samuel McDowell, James Greenlee, John McKee.
  • Vol. 3 - Page 285.——21st September, 1771. William Young, of Botetourt, to Thomas Lacky. Teste: James McDowell, Lew Bowyer, John Bowyer Proved, 20th May, 1772, by Lew and John Bowyer, who swore they saw James McDowell, Gent, who is since dead, sign it.
  • Page 194.—~2d March, 1772. Samuel McDowell and Mary, and James Cowdon, surviving joint tenants (James McDowell, the other joint tenant being dead), to Alexander Stuart, part of Borden’s 92100. Teste: Samuel and James Lyle, William Alexander, John McDowell.
  • Vol. 2 - Page 487.--19th March, 1772: Vestry met. John Frogg, who was elected Vestryman, refused to serve, and John Lewis is elected in his stead. John Lyle, Gent., is chosen vice James McDowel, deceased. Wm. Bowyer directed to employ a Curate.
  • Vol. 2 - McDowell vs. Robinson--O. S. 27; N. S. 9--Bill dated 5th May, 1791. Elizabeth McDowell, widow of James McDowell, who died October, 1771, intestate, leaving an only son James, an infant. Samuel McDowell of Kentucky, brother of James, qualified with Elizabeth, as Admrs. Deposition of Samuel McDowell in Mercer County, Kentucky, 20th November, 1792. Elizabeth brought suit in Botetourt in 1772, against Solomon Carpenter, which was tried in 1784. Solomon died before 1784 intestate, leaving several children, of whom Thomas was oldest; also a son, Jeremiah Carpenter. John Carpenter was son and heir of Thomas Carpenter. Copy of deed, 12th August, 1779. Moses Mann, son and heir of John Mann, dec'd, of Botetourt, and Fanny, his wife, to Jeremiah Carpenter of Greenbrier County. Proved in Botetourt, August, 1779.
  • Vol. 2 -CIRCUIT COURT JUDGMENTS. APRIL, 1791 (A to H) John Robinson, administrator of Solomon Carpenter, vs. Elizabeth and Samuel McDowell--Writ to Rockbridge. Bond to James McDowell to Solomon, 10th July, 1771. Elizabeth is widow of James McDowell. Deposition, 8th December, 1790, of Samuel McDowell, Sr. Samuel was brother of James, who died October, 1771.

Information on James McDowell

James MCDOWELL BIRTH: 1737, Augusta County, Virginia DEATH: 1772, Augusta County, Virginia Father: Capt. John MCDOWELL Mother: Magdalena WOODS

Family 1: Elizabeth CLOYD




Husband: James McDowell

Born: 1739 at: Fairfield, Rockbridge Co. VA Married: 1760 at: Died: BET. 1771 - 1772 at: Father: Capt. John McDowell Mother: Magdalina Woods Spouses: Elizabeth Cloyd

Wife: Elizabeth Cloyd

Born: ABT. 1739 at: Died: at: Father: David Cloyd Mother: Margaret Canpbell Spouses: James McDowell


Name: Elizabeth McDowell

Born: AFT. 1760 at: Married: at: Died: at: Spouses: David McGavock

Name: Sarah McDowell

Born: AFT. 1760 at: Married: at: Died: at: Spouses: John McDowell

Name: Gov. James McDowell

Born: ABT. 1767 at: VA Married: at: Died: at: Spouses: Sarah Preston

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    The Chlkley's record in 1755 establishes James McDowell's birthdate in abt. 1737. As his father John imported his family to Orange/Augusta County in 1739, James was very likely born in Pennsylvania where the family was living in 1737.