Person:Major Dowell (4)

m. 1757
  1. George William Dowell
  2. Mary Dowell1763 - 1809
  3. Major Dowell, "Jr."1766 - 1835
  4. Dorcas Dowell1767 - 1859
  5. John Dowell1769 - 1816
  6. Patience Dowell1771 - 1845
  7. James Isham Dowell1781 - 1840
  8. Nancy Ann Dowell1782 - 1862
  9. Benjamin Franklin Dowell1785 - 1843
  10. Mildred Dowell1787 - 1865
m. Abt 1804
  1. Coleman Vines1804 -
  2. Major Dowell Vines1811 - 1887
  3. Abraham Vines1812 - 1896
  4. Jane Vines1824 -
Facts and Events
Name[1] Major Dowell, "Jr."
Gender Male
Birth[1][2] 1766 Albemarle County, Virginia
Marriage Abt 1804 Virginia[Common Law, not married]
to Virginia Anne Vines
Death[1][2] 1835 Hillsboro, Augusta County, Virginia

Major Dowell was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 2 - CIRCUIT COURT RECORDS., SEPTEMBER, 1799 (M to G). - William Rennick vs. Major Dowell and William Moore--Debt. Writ to Rockbridge, 3d April, 1798.
  • Vol. 2 - APRIL, 1801 (A to H). - Major Dowell, agent for Abraham Clemens, of the State of Pennsylvania, vs. Mathew Shaw--Ejectment.
  • Vol. 2 - RECORD BOOKS IN CIRCUIT COURT OFFICE., BOOK MARKED "RECORDS." - Page 67--Superior Court for District composed of Counties of Augusta, Bath, Rockbridge and Rockingham, 12th September, 1808. Peter Randolph Beverley vs. George Hutcheson--Writ of right for 15 acres in Augusta on South River, lands held by Maj. Dowell and James Ramsey (both claimed by Beverley). Court holds that the Beverleys, under whom Peter claims never being in possession, Robert Beverley could not devise it in his will and the deeds to defendant are void. Judgment for defendant. James Gibson deposes, 13th April, 1808, aged 56, he was raised in the neighborhood of the land and boarded with David Henderson, who then (40 years ago) lived on the land. Deponent assisted his brother to clear a field (his brother had leased from David). George Gibson deposes, same time and place, over 40 years ago he leased from David Henderson. Benj. Stuart, aged 72, deposes, same time and place, when he was a small boy two men named Carr lived on the land. Deponent lived then and ever since within 1 mile. Alexr. Stuart deposes, that about 1742, when he was a small boy, his father came into the neighborhood and settled there; then the Carrs were living there. Deponent lived in the neighborhood until 1766. Deed by Beverley to David Henderson, 28th February, 1749. Deed by Beverley to Wm. Patterson, 28th February, 1749. Deed by David Henderson to Geo. Hutcheson, 16th November, 1779. Deed by Hutcheson to David Moore, 17th October, 1797. Robert Beverley's will of Blandfield, Essex County. Peter R. Beverley vs. Major Dowell. Same as above.
  • Vol. 2 - Major Dowell vs. Ramsey's administrator--O. S. 318; N. S. 114--Bill, 1815. In 1795 orator made verbal contract with James Ramsey, Andrew and Samuel Fulton and Andrew Steel for a part of 50,000 acres which had been located in name of Ramsey, made up of 3 tracts, 5,000, 15,000 and 30,000 acres. Orator took patents in his name and went to Litchfield, Conn., to sell the lands and contracted there with Ephraim Kirby and Samuel A. Law for sale of the 30,000 acre tract, and the 15,000 acre tract. List of lands advertised for non-payment of direct tax. 30,000 acres were located in Lee County.
  • Vol. 2 - Dowell vs. Stephenson--O. S. 199; N. S. TO--Bill, Sth December, 1818. Orator, Major Dowell, says that in 1795 William Moore, James Ramsey, deceased, and orator formed partnership to locate 100,000 acres lying in now County of Cabell.
  • Vol. 2 - Major Dowell, Jr., vs. Major Dowell, Sr.--O. S. 232; N. S. 82--Major Dowell, Sr., was employed as a blacksmith at the Barracks, near Charlottesville, in Revolution. Orator was son of John Dowell. Nancy Salmon, cousin of Major, Jr., and daughter of Thomas Dowell and sister of Major, Sr. Nancy's mother was Avey Dowell. (Note: this Major Dowell was referred to as "Major Dowell Jr." to distinguish him from his [slightly] older cousin, Major Dowell, Sr.).


Major never married. He had four children with his common law wife Ann Vines. The children did not take the Dowell name. He left his estate to Ann when he died. DOWFAM3@AOL.COM

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