Person:Samuel McDowell (3)

Col. Samuel McDowell
b.7 Nov 1735 Pennsylvania
m. 14 Dec 1734
  1. Col. Samuel McDowell1735 - 1817
  2. John McDowell1735 - Bef 1753
  3. James McDowellAbt 1737 - 1771
  4. Sarah McDowell1741 -
  • HCol. Samuel McDowell1735 - 1817
  • WMary McClung1735 - 1827
m. 17 Jan 1754
  1. Sarah McDowell1755 - Abt 1775
  2. Magdelena McDowell1755 -
  3. Maj. John McDowell1757 - 1835
  4. James McDowell1760 - 1843
  5. William McDowell1762 -
  6. Samuel McDowell1764 - 1830
  7. Martha McDowell1766 - 1835
  8. Col. Joseph McDowell1768 - 1856
  9. Dr. Ephraim McDowell1771 - 1830
  10. Mary McDowell1774 - 1822
  11. Caleb Wallace McDowell1776 - 1811
  12. Andrew Reid McDowell1778 -
Facts and Events
Name Col. Samuel McDowell
Gender Male
Birth? 7 Nov 1735 Pennsylvania
Marriage 17 Jan 1754 Augusta County, Virginiato Mary McClung
Military? 10 Oct 1774 Battle of Point Pleasant
Death[3] 25 Sep 1817 Danville, Boyle, Kentucky, United Statesage 84 -
Alt Death[4] 23 Oct 1817 [per gravestone]
Burial[4] Bellevue Cemetery, Boyle, Kentucky, United States
Reference Number? Q7412149?

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


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Research Notes

  • Note: death dates from his death notice and his headstone do NOT match. More research needed.

Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Vol. 3 - Page 408.——13th October, 1765. Samuel McDowell, eldest son and heir of John McDowell, deceased, and Mary to George Skillern, £300, 400 acres on James River.
  • 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.

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. 3 - Page 52.——22d May, 1754. Richard Wood’s bond as guardian (chosen) to Saml. McDowell, orphan of Jno. McDowell, with sureties Wm. Preston, Robert McClenachan.
  • Vol. 3 - Page 221.-——16th November, 1757. Richard Wood’s bond as sheriff (with John Bowyer, Joseph Lapsley, Mathew Lyle, 'Saml. McDowell, John Gilmore, Henry Kirkam).
  • 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 476.—Relinquishment of dower by Mary, wife of Samuel McDowell, in land conveyed by Samuel to George Skellorn, 12th-13th October 1765. Relinquishment, 7th December 1765.
  • 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.

from Wikipedia

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Samuel McDowell (October 29, 1735 – September 25, 1817) was a soldier in three wars and political leader in Virginia and Kentucky. He served under George Washington in the French and Indian War, as an aide-de-camp to Isaac Shelby in Lord Dunmore's War, and under Nathanael Greene during the Revolutionary War. He then relocated to Kentucky and became a surveyor. Later, he was appointed one of the first district court judges in what would become the state of Kentucky. He became a leader of the movement to separate Kentucky from Virginia, and presided over nine of the state's ten constitutional conventions. He was the father of Dr. Ephraim McDowell.

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  1.   Samuel McDowell, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2.   Recorded, in Smith, Zachariah Frederick. The History of Kentucky: from its earliest discovery and settlement, to the present date ... its military events and achievements, and biographic mention of its historic characters. (Kentucky: Courier-journal job printing Company, 1892)
    Col. Samuel McDowell
  3. Death Notice, in Washington Review and Examiner (Pennsylvania)
    5 Nov 1817.

    "Another Revolutionary Patriot gone.
    Died near Danville (Ken.) on the 25th Sept. last, Col. Samuel McDowell, in the 85th year of his age. He was distinguished as a most active whig during the revolutionary war--was one of the first settlers of Kentucky--a member of the convention which adopted our constitution--was a judge under the district court system, and afterwards a circuit judge. He has left more than one hundred descendants; and was distinguished for his piety, unsullied integrity, practical patriotism and industrious habits. He lived long and usefully, died serene and happy.--Argus"

  4. 4.0 4.1 Grave Recorded, in Find A Grave.

    [Includes photo of SAR plaque, installed after his death.]

  5.   Family Notes.

    Uncle Samuel McDowell
    Patrick Henry was one of the most influential (and radical) advocates of the American Revolution. He is perhaps best known for the speech he made in the Virginia House of Burgesses on 23 March 1775, urging the legislature to take military action against the encroaching British military force. The House was deeply divided, but was very much leaning toward not committing troops. As Henry stood in Saint John's Church in Richmond, he ended his speech with his most famous words: "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" This speech is credited, by some, with single-handedly delivering the Virginia troops to the Revolutionary War.
    My 5x great-uncle Samuel McDowell (1735-1817) was one of two delegates from Rockbridge County to the Virginia Conventions of 1775, and was present that day in the House of Burgesses. His life remains a lesson in citizenship and patriotism. Samuel McDowell had been a captain in the French and Indian War, commissioned 16 August 1759. On 21 November 1759, he was installed as County Commissioner and Justice in Rockbridge County, Virginia. He was a captain of the Rangers Company at the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1774. At the Battle of Point Pleasant, he served as aide-de-camp to General Isaac Shelby, who later became the first governor of Kentucky. Samuel became a colonel in the Revolutionary War, serving in Nathanael Greene's campaign in North Carolina, and was with the army that drove General Cornwallis to Wilmington. In 1775, in conjunction with his kinsman Thomas Lewis, the son of settler John and brother of Andrew, hero of Point Pleasant, Samuel was chosen to represent the freeholders of Augusta County in the convention which met at Richmond, Virginia. He was also a member of the second convention that met at Williamsburg in 1776. As an officer, Samuel McDowell distinguished himself in the Battle of Guilford Court House. In addition, he raised a battalion at his own expense to aid in repelling the invasion of Virginia by Benedict Arnold.
    In 1783, uncle Samuel McDowell moved his family to what became Fayette County, Kentucky (but was then still part of Virginia), where he was a surveyor. He was appointed to the first District Court ever held in Kentucky, 3 March 1783, and was President of the convention which was called to frame the constitution for the state of Kentucky on 19 April 1792. All this, and 13 children, too.

    (Source: "Rockbridge County, Virginia Notebook", The News-Gazette, Lexington, Virginia)