Martha McDowell

Female26 June 1766–6 July 1835

Brief Life History of Martha

When Martha McDowell was born on 26 June 1766, in Rockbridge, Virginia, United States, her father, Judge Samuel McDowell Sr, was 30 and her mother, Mary Annette McClung, was 32. She married Abraham Buford on 4 October 1788, in Mercer, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 1 daughter. She died on 6 July 1835, in Georgetown, Scott, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Georgetown Cemetery, Georgetown, Scott, Kentucky, United States.

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Family Time Line

Abraham Buford
Martha McDowell
Marriage: 4 October 1788
Samuel Beauford
John Buford
Charles Buford Sr.
Abraham Buford
William McDowell Buford
Mary Buford

Sources (5)

  • Martha Mcdowell, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
  • Martha McDowell Buford, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Historic Families of Kentucky by Thomas Marshall Green

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    4 October 1788Mercer, Kentucky, United States
  • Children (6)

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    Siblings (13)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 10

    Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.


    Age 10

    Historical Boundaries 1776: McClellan's Fort, Fincastle, Virginia, United States 1780: McClellan's Station, Fayette, Virginia, United States 1782: Lebanon, Fayette, Virginia, United States 1790: George Town, Woodford, Virginia, United States 1792: Georgetown, Scott, Kentucky, United States

    1786 · Shays' Rebellion

    Age 20

    Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

    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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