Jean Dower

Female12 May 1779–24 February 1859

Brief Life History of Jean

When Jean Dower was born on 12 May 1779, in Echt, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, her father, John Dower, was 30 and her mother, Isobel Thomson, was 24. She had at least 1 son and 4 daughters with Alexander Niven. She lived in Echt, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdom for about 38 years. She died on 24 February 1859, in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 79.

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Alexander Niven
Jean Dower
Margaret Niven
Isabella Niven
Jane Niven
Alexander Niven
Christian Niven

Sources (2)

  • Jean Dower, "Scotland Census, 1841"
  • Jean Dower (daughter of John Dower and Isobel Thomson) Baptism Record Echt 1779

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World Events (6)

1802 · John Playfair publishes summary of James Hutton's theories of geology.

Age 23

In 1802, John Playfair published the Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth. His influence was by James Hutton’s knowledge of the earth’s geology.


Age 36

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.

1821 · """The """"Radical War""""."""

Age 42

The Scottish Insurrection was a week of strikes and unrest with demands for reform in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The economic downturn after the Napoleonic war ended, brought increasing unrest with the Artisan workers in Scotland, seeking action to reform the government. But the insurrection was largely forgotten about, as attention was focused on the better publicized Radical events in England.

Name Meaning

English (Cornwall): occupational name for a baker from Middle English dougher, dower ‘dough maker; baker’, a derivative of Old English dāh (genitive dāges) ‘dough’.

Irish (Waterford): variant of Dore 3.

Probably an Americanized form of German Dauer .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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