DANIEL Y. DOWLING, Ozark, member of the firm of Dowling Bros., composed of Daniel Y. and Noel P. Dowling, merchants and manufacturers of all kinds of leather, was born in 1842 in Dale county. He is a son of Noel and Sarah D. Dowling, a sketch of whom is given in connection with that of John W. Dowling. Daniel Y. Dowling grew to manhood and received his early education in the schools of Dale county. He enlisted at Greenville in August, 1861, as a private soldier in company I, Thirty-third Alabama infantry, and served four years. He was assigned to the western army and was under the command of Col. Sam. Adams, Lowry's brigade, Cleburne's division, Gen. Hardee's corps. He participated in many a hard-fought battle and skirmish, among them the following: Murfreesboro, Chattanooga, Chickamauga, Stone Mountain, Kenesaw Mountain. July 3, 1864, at the battle at the latter point he was taken prisoner and sent to Camp Morton, Ind., where he remained in confinement until March 13, 1865, when he was paroled. He then came home and commenced farming, operating his father's farm one year. He then began business for himself, continuing till 1870, when he formed a co-partnership with his brother Noel, and this firm established a tannery and leather manufacturing business, also made shoes and harness. In 1880 they established themselves in general merchandise, in which they have been eminently successful, carrying a stock of goods worth from $5,000 to $10,030. In 1886 Mr. Dowling established a branch store at Geneva, Ala., which he conducted for three years, then returned to Ozark. The firm now owns and operates a tannery, a leather manufactory and a large general store. November 14, 1865, Mr. Dowling was married to Miss Rebecca J. Dick, daughter of William Dick, who was a native of North Carolina, but who settled in Alabama in 1822. His death occurred in 1861. Mrs. Dick was a native of South Carolina, but came with her parents into Alabama in 1825 and was married in Dale county in 1840. She is the mother of seven children, five of whom still survive. She now lives near Ozark, and is a member of the Missionary Baptist church. The wife of Daniel Y. Dowling was born in Dale county in 1845, and was married in her nineteenth year. She is the mother of a large family, seven of which survive. Early is employed as book-keeper in the store of his father; he graduated in 1891 from the Atlanta business college, with first honors; Marcus is employed as a clerk in the store of his father; Hart; Young D.; Lannie; Mertie M. and Irene G., students of Ozark high school. Mrs. Dowling is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, south. Mr. D. Y. Dowling has always been identified with everything calculated to benefit the city of Ozark. He was active in establishing the State bank at Ozark, which was organized in 1890 with a capital of $50,000. He was elected a director for 1891 and proved himself an efficient officer. In June, 1892, he was elected vice-president of the bank, which is in a prosperous and healthy condition. Mr. Dowling is regarded as a stanch and progressive business man, public spirited and always interested in what promises to build up the city. He is a member of Ozark lodge, No. 349, F. & A. M., and of the Methodist Episcopal church. He has been a member of the municipal board for a number of years. Politically he is a straight out democrat. The Dowling family was founded in Virginia by John W. Dowling, great-grandfather of Daniel Y. His son, Dempsey Dowling, was a minister in the Methodist Episcopal church, south, in North Carolina, and moved to Alabama in 1826. John MacDonald, the maternal grandfather of D. Y., came from Scotland to the United States in 1778 and settled at Norfolk, Va., and from him. sprang the family on the mother's side. No family stands higher in Dale county than that of the Dowlings, and none are more active or influential in whatever tends to benefit the community in which they live.
Father: Noel DOWLING b: 25 DEC 1809 in Darlington Dist., SC
Mother: Sarah Delaney MCDONALD b: 17 NOV 1813 in Jasper Co., GA
Marriage 1 Rebecca J. DICK b: DEC 1846 in Dale Co., AL