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.
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.