Sarah Ann Dowdall

30 June 1853–4 September 1924 (Age 71)
Jersey, Illinois, United States

The Life of Sarah Ann

When Sarah Ann Dowdall was born on 30 June 1853, in Jersey, Illinois, United States, her father, Collin Washburn Dowdall, was 43 and her mother, Melissa Cooper, was 35. She married Alonzo Wright Nelson on 3 December 1865, in Jerseyville, Jersey, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Illinois, United States in 1870 and Hillsboro, Montgomery, Illinois, United States in 1880. She died on 4 September 1924, in Streator, LaSalle, Illinois, United States, at the age of 71.

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Family Time Line

Alonzo Wright Nelson
Sarah Ann Dowdall
Marriage: 3 December 1865
Harry Wright Nelson
Etta V. Nelson
Bennett I Nelson

Spouse and Children

    Alonzo Wright Nelson



3 December 1865
Jerseyville, Jersey, Illinois, United States



    Etta V. Nelson


    Bennett I Nelson


Parents and Siblings

    Collin Washburn Dowdall


    Melissa Cooper




    William Henry Dowdall


    Mary E Dowdle


    Collin G. DOWDALL


    Barthena E Dowdle


    Ann Dowdle


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World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 3

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Age 10

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1872 · The First National Park

Age 19

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.

Name Meaning

1 Irish (of English origin): habitational name from Dovedale in Derbyshire, ‘valley (Middle English dale) of the river Dove’ ( see Dove 1).2 Irish: English surname adopted by bearers of Gaelic Ó Dubhdáleithe ( see Dudley 2).3 English: habitational name from a lost place Ovedale or Uvedale, which gave rise to the 14th-century surname de Uvedale alias de Ovedale, connected with the manor of D’Oversdale in Litlington, Cambridgeshire; this is first recorded as ‘manor of Overdale otherwise Dowdale’ in 1408 .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Sarah A Nelson, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Sarah Nelson in household of Alonzo Nelson, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Sarah Nelson in household of Alonzo Nelson, "United States Census, 1900"

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