Person:James McDowell (30)

James McDowell
b.Abt 1712 Ireland
d.Abt 1760
m. 1706
  1. Mary Elizabeth McDowell1707 - 1809
  2. William McDowellAbt 1710 - 1796
  3. James McDowellAbt 1712 - Abt 1760
  4. Capt. John McDowell, Early Virginia Land Surveyor1714 - 1742
  5. Margaret McDowellAbt 1716 -
  • HJames McDowellAbt 1712 - Abt 1760
  • WMary IrvineBef 1718 -
m. Bef 1736
  1. Jane 'Jean' McDowell1736 - 1816
  2. John McDowellEst 1738 -
Facts and Events
Name James McDowell
Gender Male
Birth? Abt 1712 Ireland
Marriage Bef 1736 to Mary Irvine
Death? Abt 1760

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


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NOT to be confused with James McDowell (1709-1747) of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 97.—3d May. 1755. Ephraim McDowell to James McDowell, £5, 300 acres; John McDowell's line, part of Borden's 92,100. Ephraim ( ) McDowell. Teste: John Bowyer, Samuel McDowell, Magdalen Bowyer.

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page ( O.—17th May, 1755. James McDowell, farmer, to John Bowyer, £175, 300 acres above. Delivered: J. Bowyer, May, 1761.

Records in Augusta County, Virginia

  • Vol. 2 - Muster List of 1742: No. 12 - Capt. John McDowell's List: John McDowell, Captain; James McDowell, Ephraim McDowell, David Breeden, Alex. McClewer, John McClewer, Halbert McClewer, Sam McRoberts, Thomas Taylor, John McKnab, And. McKnab, Thos. Whiteside, Malco Whiteside, John Aleson, David Bires, Alex. McClure, Moses McClure, John Gray, Patt McKnabb, Wm. Hall, John Miless, Wm. Miles. James Hardiman, Charles Quail, Wm. Wood, Hen. Kirkham, Gilbert Gamble, James Gamble, Rob. Young, Math. Young, _____ Long, _____ Long, James More, Hugh Cunigham, James Cunigham, John Cares, Frances McCowan, Hum. Beaker, John Peter Salley, Mitch. Miller, Loromor Mason, John Matthews, John Cosier, Irwin Patterson, Edward Patterson, Joseph Finney, Michael Finney, Sam Wood, Rich. Wood, Joseph Lapsley.
  • Vol. 3 - Page 198.—19th March, 1747. Benj. Borden to Henry Myrtian, £168 0 current money Virginia; 674 acres (bought in lifetime of Benj. Borden, Sr.) ; corner to John and James McDowel’s land. Witnesses and acknowledged as above.
  • Vol. 3 - Page 361.——20th August, 1747. Benj. Bordin’s eldest son, &c., to John Mountgomery (sold in testator’s lifetime) ; 2.47%, £7.8.0 current money Virginia, part of 92,100 acres, &c.; corner to Beverley Manor and Borden; corner to John Huston; Samuel Dunlap’s line. Teste: Benj. Johnston, James McDowell. Acknowledged, 21st August, 1747.
  • Vol. 3 - Page 363.—21st August, 1747. Benj. Borden, &c., to John McCroskey (sold in testator’s lifetime) ; 306 acres, £9.9.2, part of 92,100, &c., on North Fork of the Creek; corner to William Buchanan; Isaac Anderson's line; James McDowell’s land. Teste: Jno. Buchanan, Benj. Johnston, James McDowell. Acknowledgement, 21st August, 1747.
  • Vol. 3 - Page 365.——27thMarch, 1747. Benj. Borden, &c., to Ephraim McDowell (sold in testator’s lifetime) ; 300 acres for 5 shillings, part of 92,100; John McDowell’s land. Witnessed and acknowledged as above. [Jno. Buchanan, Benj. Johnston, James McDowell] [Note: the three records above are listed consecutively]
  • Vol. 3 - Page 376.—29th November, 1749. Henry Martin, of East Jersey, to B. Borden, 674 acres. Corner John and James McDowell. Teste: John and Mathew Lyle, Roger Keys, Robert Losk.
  • Vol. 2 - Page 122--Mary Greenlee deposes, 10th November, 1806, she and her husband settled in Borden's Grant in 1737. Her son John was born 4th October, 1738. She, her husband, her father (Emphraim McDowell, then very aged), and her brother, John McDowell, were on their way to Beverley Manor; camped on Linvel's Creek (the spring before her brother James had raised a crop on South River in Beverley Manor, above Turk's, near Wood Gap); there Benj. Borden came to their camp and they conducted him to his grant which he had never seen, for which Borden proposed giving 1,000 acres. They went on to the house of John Lewis, near Staunton, who was a relative of Ephraim McDowell. Relates the Milhollin story. They were the first party of white settlers in Borden's Grant. In two years there were more than 100 settlers. Borden resided with a Mrs. Hunter, whose daughter afterwards married one Guin, to whom he gave the land whereon they lived. Her brother John was killed about Christmas before her son Samuel (first of the name) was born (he was born April, 1743). Benj. Borden, Jr., came into the grant in bad plight and seemed to be not much respected by John McDowell's wife, whom Benj. afterwards married. Jno. Hart had removed to Beverley Manor some time before deponent moved to Borden's. Joseph Borden had lived with his brother Benj.; went to school, had the smallpox about time of Benj's. death. When he was about 18 or 19 he left the grant, very much disliked, and dissatisfied with the treatment of his brother's wife. Beaty was the first surveyor she knew in Borden's grant. Borden had been in Williamsburg, and there in a frolic Gov. Gooch's son-in-law, Needier, has given him his interest in the grant. Borden's executor, Hardin, offered to her brother James all the unsold land for a bottle of wine to anyone who would pay the quit rents, but James refused it because he feared it would run him into jail. This was shortly after Margaret Borden married Jno. Bowyer. John Moore settled in the grant at an early day, where Charles Campbell now lives. Andrew Moore settled where his grandson William now lives. These were also early settlers, viz: Wm. McCandless, Wm. Sawyers, Rob. Campbell, Saml. Wood, John Mathews, Richd. Woods, John Hays and his son Charles Hays, Saml. Walker, John McCraskey. Alexr. Miller was the first blacksmith in the settlement. One Thomas Taylor married Elizabeth Paxton. Taylor was killed by the falling of a tree shortly after the marriage. Miller removed and his land has been in possession of Telford. Deponent's daughter Mary was born May, 1745. McMullen was also an early settler; he was a school teacher and had a daughter married. John Hays's was the first mill in the grant. Quit rents were not exacted for 2 years at the instance of Anderson, a preacher.