Matthew Mcdowell

1807–11 September 1859 (Age 52)
Henry, Iowa, United States

The Life of Matthew

Matthew Mcdowell was born in 1807. He married Margaret Kerr before 1828. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He died on 11 September 1859, in Henry, Iowa, United States, at the age of 52, and was buried in Mount Pleasant, Henry, Iowa, United States.

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Matthew Mcdowell
Margaret Kerr
Marriage: before 1828
Nancy Mcdowell
James Mcdowell
John L. Mcdowell
Matthew Stewart Mcdowell

Spouse and Children


    Margaret Kerr


before 1828


    Nancy Mcdowell


    James Mcdowell


    John L. Mcdowell


    Matthew Stewart Mcdowell


World Events (8)


Age 1

Atlantic slave trade abolished.

Age 5

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

Age 14

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.

Name Meaning

Scottish and Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Dubhghaill ‘son of Dubhghall’, a byname meaning ‘dark stranger’, used among the Gaels to distinguish the darker-haired Danes from fair-haired Norwegians. According to MacLysaght, this is the Irish form of the name of the Scottish clan McDougall , borne by a branch which went to Ireland from the Hebrides as mercenaries. However, Black shows that both forms were current in Scotland.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Matthew Mcdowel, "Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950"
  • Matthew McDowell in entry for Matthew S McDowell, "Iowa, Armed Forces Grave Registrations, ca. 1835-1998"
  • Matthew McDowell in entry for John L McDowell, "Iowa, Armed Forces Grave Registrations, ca. 1835-1998"

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