William Franklin Dowdle

4 February 1838–17 September 1877 (Age 39)
Moulton, Lawrence, Alabama, United States

The Life Summary of William Franklin

When William Franklin Dowdle was born on 4 February 1838, in Moulton, Lawrence, Alabama, United States, his father, Robert Dowdle, was 40 and his mother, Sarah Ann Robinson, was 38. He married Esther Ellsworth on 13 August 1863, in Moulton, Lawrence, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States in 1860 and Utah, United States in 1870. He died on 17 September 1877, in Rock Creek, Oneida, Idaho, United States, at the age of 39, and was buried in Rock Creek, Oneida, Idaho, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Franklin Dowdle
Esther Ellsworth
Marriage: 13 August 1863
William Philo Dowdle
Robert Franklin Dowdle
Speda Eveline Dowdle
Henry Rudolph Dowdle
Sarah Minerva Dowdle
John Albert Dowdle

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    13 August 1863Moulton, Lawrence, Alabama, United States
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    World Events (7)

    Age 8
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    1849 · Capitol Building Destroyed by Fire
    Age 11
    The capitol building in Montgomery was destroyed by fire on December 14, 1849, the 30th anniversary of the state.
    Age 13
    Alabama State Capitol Building was completed in 1851. Additions to the building were made several times. The Capitol was restored in 1992.

    Name Meaning

    English: variant of Dowdell .Altered form of German Daudl, Dautel, which derived from a short form of the ancient Germanic personal name Theudulf, composed of the elements theod ‘people, race’ + wulf ‘wolf’.

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

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    Story Highlight

    Absalom Porter Dowdle's Journal

    From: Absalom Porter Dowdle’s Journal Early Years “I was born in 1819 in Franklin County Alabama, on June 1, on a plantation. We claim as near as we can trace back to be descended from the French. M …

    Sources (25)

    • Wm F Dowdle in household of A P Dowdle, "United States Census, 1860"
    • William Dowdle in entry for William P. Dowdle, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956"
    • William Dou*, "United States Census, 1870"

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