Ancestors of Clarence McDowell: McDowell, Elliott, Thomas, Norris and other lines in the eastern United States

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  • ID: I00057
  • Name: Henson McDowell 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1731
  • ALIA: Hinson McDowell
  • Note:
    This individual first appears as tithable in Amelia County, Virginia, in 1748, suggesting he was born in 1731 or 1732. A John McDowell appears to be his father. He was present from 1748-1756. Henson could possibly be the father of John McDowell (b. 1759), naming his son after his own father. A Hanson/Hinson McDowell appeared as a defendant in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, in Court Record Books from 1770 and 1773. The 1773 entry indicates he was not a resident of the county, and the case was abated.

    Hinson McDowell also appeared on a muster roll dating from 1757 (Captain Robert Stewart's Company, in the Virginia Regiment). According to this record, he was a 26-year-old planter from Amelia County and was 5'6" tall. This also suggests he was born around 1731 (page 454 from Colonial Soldiers of the South, 1732-1774 by Murtie June Clark, 1983, published by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore. On-line version at

    Father: John McDowell b: ABT 1705
    Mother: Elizabeth --?-- b: ABT 1705

    1. Author: Clerk of the Circuit Court, Amelia County, Virginia
      Title: List of Tithables, 1736-1782, and Miscellaneous Documents, ca. 1740-1795 (Amelia County)
        Name: Amelia County, Virginia

      Source Medium: Microfilm

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