HISTORY OF VIRGINIA McDOWELL
Virginia Caroline McDowell born: 1860/1861 in Monroe Co., WV.
Married: Walter Preston Bowyer 4 March 1879
In Summers Co.
|post card sent to Virginia C Bowyer at Oswald,WV on the back it reads: Jenie, Here is one of my cards if you want some of them you can send me .40 cents and I will order you 6 cards and a good magazine one year with your name or any one you wish the flowers are all a like (they were living in Oswald abt. 1900)|
Died: Dec., 1945 in Cirtsville, (Fayette Co)
in the home of her son
William and his second wife
Annie. They lived up Bee
Branch Hollow off the
Long Branch Rd. near Pax.
Some years after their marriage, they then came into the Fayette Co. area where Walter had been born.
He worked in various coal mines in the area. They were living at Sun where
He worked when their youngest child, Gertrude, was born - all of their other children were
born in Marie in Summers Co.
Virginia was the dtr. of : HUGH McDOWELL AND
NANCY ALLEN m. 25 Oct. 1803
Hugh and Nancy lived in Summers Co., where he was employed as a public school teacher. They are buried at Low Gap Meth. Churchyard on Zion Mtn. Rd. above Hinton
HUGH WAS BORN 1830 in Virginia
M. 8 Jan 1852
D. 30 Aug. 1902
NANCY ALLEN was born: May 1832
HUGH AND NANCY HAD THE FOLLOWING CHILDREN;
JOHN L. (age 11 in 1870 Census of Monroe Co.) buried
at Low Gap Un. Methodist churchyard on zion mtn.
VIRGINIA C. (age 9 in 1870 Census of Monroe Co.) buried at John
W. Davis Cemetery at Maple Fork.
ELIZABETH J. (age 6 same record) m. a Ballard, buried in Ballard
Cemetery on Rt. 219 South of Union, W V
GASTON (not shown in the 1870 census) Came to Cirtsville SEE PHOTOS
Home of Virginias in his old age, His first marriage was to the widow of Caleb Allen. They were the parents of 3 children(1 dtr. and 2 sons) They lived in Penn. until his wife died He Married Alice Treadway and was divorced
soon afterwards. He Lived in a shanty near the Sand Branch
Maynor Rd. Intersection. During his last illness, Dad
stayed l night with him and Emertt stayed the next
night to care for him until his death. He is
buried in the Tyree/Bream Cemetery at Maple Fork. SEE PHOTOS
No other marriages were known, until a recent inquiry
was received from his Grt. Grandson, Paul McDowell
who presently lives in Pa.
JASPER Lived in Hinton, worked for the rr. Married a
local Vass girl – no known children. Both are buried in the
City of Hinton Cemetery on top of the mtn above the town.
Jasper was a tall, handsome, well-dressed man when he came
to our house on several occasions when I was a child.
NANCY ALLEN McDOWELL was the dtr. of George Allen and Margaret Null.
She was the granddtr. of Samuel Allen who lived in Monroe Co on lands
awarded him for service in the Am Rev. War. He earned a pension and
Lived to be a very old man. Pension record show him at age 99 living in
the home of George Allen (his son).
Samuel Allen came to the U.S. on board a troop ship from England where
was a soldier sent here to fight the Colonist. He turned sides immediately
upon arrival in this country, and fought the Brittish at Kings Mtn. S.C.,
The Battle of 96 and at The Battle at Guliford Courthouse near present
Day Greensboro, N.C. for the colonies. There he fought along side of Wm. Kirby (Moms
Many great Grandfather. Both were successful soldiers who were awarded
Grants of land in the Western Mtns. for service to the colonies. They
settled near each other in Monroe, Co. W.V.
Nancys mother was MARGARET NULL b.l785 Monroe Co. died: l864.
She is a relative of the famous Nicholas Null of Rev. War fame.
JOHN Mc DOWELL father of Hugh Mc Dowell also had the following children:
John McDowell born in IRELAND l787
Came to IRISH CORNER and taught school there. Irish Corner is
between Alderson and Roncevert near and including
present day Lowell.
Accd. To the W V Heritage Encyclopedia, John McDowell was the
first school teacher in that district. He started teaching in l812 in a
log cabin with a hewn puncheon floor.
Married first wife: Ann Nichols, the mother of his children.
From the book, GREENBRIER PIONEERS AND THEIR HOMES,
By: Reniers e.t., pp. 159 , l60 "McDowell Cabin"
The McDowells were Scotch-Irish, John McDowell, the Protestant
Pioneer, coming from Cork, Ireland to American abt l784, soon found
his way to Greenbrier County and the little district which was "home"
to so many of his countrymen – the Irish Corner. The log cabin home
still stands (time of book’s publication, l942) high on a hillside two miles south of Ronceverte. It was occupied by his descendants down
to the sixth generation.
After the death of Ann Nichols, John McDowell married for a second time on Nov. 9, l84l to ELIZABETH ERSKINE
Elizabeth was the dtr. of John R. Copeland
and Elizabeth Raines Copeland
It is Elizabeth, his second wife, spoken of in his will
"My beloved wife Elizabeth."
JOHN McDOWELL HAD 4 BROTHERS AND 2 SISTERS.
They are: Samuel - Robert - James - William and Polly - and Nancy.
John is buried in the Second Crk. District of Monroe Co. leaving Ronceverte toward Union,
the cemetry is off that highway on property owned by Samuel Rogers. (see photos)