James R McDowell

Brief Life History of James R

When James R McDowell was born in 1861, in Ohio, United States, his father, Thomas McDowell, was 34 and his mother, Mary E Gordon, was 30. He lived in Fayette Township, Lawrence, Ohio, United States in 1880. He died in 1929, at the age of 68.

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Thomas McDowell
Mary E Gordon
John H McDowell
Margaret A "Maggie" McDowell
James R McDowell
Susan A. McDowell
Jane Alice McDowell

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  • James R Mcdowell in household of Thom Mcdowell, "United States Census, 1880"
  • James R McDowell in the U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current

World Events (8)


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

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. This is the usual Irish spelling of this name, while McDougall is the usual Scottish spelling. However, McDowall is also common in south west Scotland and a prominent Galloway family with this name first appear in the historical record in the late 13th century.

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

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