James A McDowell

26 October 1856–4 January 1934 (Age 77)
Marshall Township, Clark, Illinois, United States

The Life of James A

When James A McDowell was born on 26 October 1856, in Marshall Township, Clark, Illinois, United States, his father, William McDowell, was 25 and his mother, Mary Angeline Stark, was 16. He married Emma Hilligoss on 21 March 1880, in Whitley Township, Moultrie, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Whitley Township, Moultrie, Illinois, United States for about 40 years. He died on 4 January 1934, in Mattoon, Coles, Illinois, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Whitfield Cemetery, Whitley Township, Moultrie, Illinois, United States.

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James A McDowell
Emma Hilligoss
Marriage: 21 March 1880
Bertha McDowell
Laura Esther McDowell
William Warren McDowell
Mary Elizabeth McDowell
Ray Alvan McDowell
Clara E. McDowell

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21 March 1880
Whitley Township, Moultrie, Illinois, United States


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World Events (8)

1858 · A House Divided

Age 2

Abraham Lincoln's goal was to be different than the previous Senators of Illinois and voice his opinion in how he saw the State and the United States start to drift apart in the different ideology on what was right and what was wrong. Even though it would become an unsuccessful campaign strategy to win the senate seat, to this day it is one of the most famous speeches of US politics.

Age 7

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1877 · The First Workers Strike

Age 21

The country was in great economic distress in mid-1877, which caused many workers of the Railroad to come together and began the first national strike in the United States. Crowds gathered in Chicago in extreme number to be a part of the strike which was later named the Great Railroad Strike. Shortly after the strike began, the battle was fought between the authorities and many of the strikers. The conflict escalated to violence and quickly each side turned bloody.

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)

  • James McDowell in household of John Linville, "United States Census, 1870"
  • James Mcdowell in household of Ray F Baker, "United States Census, 1930"
  • James W Mcdowell, "United States Census, 1880"

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