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Robert Fulton Dowell
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Birth: Apr. 23, 1850
DeKalb County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Nov. 21, 1924
Collin County
Texas, USA



Our city saddened early this morning by the announcement of the death of R.F. Dowell, who for 54 years, had resided in McKinney. His death occurred in the McKinney City hospital at 8:45 o'clock Friday night, November 21. A few days previous to his death, he suffered a slight stroke of paralysis and entered the hospital for treatment. His condition seemingly improved steadily until a sudden turn for the worst which occurred a few minutes before his death. His niece, Mrs. W.K. Penn and husband, with whom he resides, were hastily summoned and reached his bedside only a few moments before he breathed his last.

Robert Fulton Dowell was born at Alexandria, Tennessee, Arpil 23, 1850, and was 74 years, 6 months, and 21 days of age when he passed away as above stated. he was the son of Robert and Louisa Goodner Dowell. He was a member of the well known pioneer Dowell family of McKinney and Collin County. Many of its representatives are yet living here and elsewhere in the county. His mother was a sister of the late Judge T.C. Goodner of this city. The deceased came to Texas in 1870 taking up his residence in McKinney where he continued to reside until his death. For many years, he was connected with the dry goods firm of Board and Markham and then with other dry goods and clothing firms of our city.

He served very efficiently for number of years as secretary of the city of McKinney and was a member of the Methodist Church from childhood. He was a member of the St. John's Lodge, A.F.& A.M. of this city, a Knight Templar, Knights of Pythias and an Odd Fellow. He was for many years the efficient secretary of St. John's Lodge A.F.& A.M.

He was united in marriage May 14, 1876 to Miss Tollie Throckmorton, daughter of the late Gov. J.W. Throckmorton. Two children were born to them, Hugh C. Dowell and Mrs. Annie L. West, both of whom are now dead. His wife also died many years ago. Two of his sisters made their home in McKinney until their deaths. They were Mrs. Mattie Kitching and Mrs. W.J. Stokes. One step-brother, James G. Allison, is also dead. He is survived by two nieces, Mrs. W.K. Penn of 110 South Parker Street of this city, and Mrs. Hallie Miesenhelder of Gonzales, Texas; Robert Kitching, Chickasha, Oklahoma; Jesse K. Kitching, Texline, Texas, and James B. Stokes of Dallas. He was a cousin of James B. Goodner of McKinney and Tom Goodner, now of Dallas.


R.F. Dowell was educated in the public schools of Alexandria, Tennessee, his native home, and afterwards attended the Cumberland University at Lebanon, Tennessee. He engaged in many activities of the early days in and around McKinney and was a member of a government surveying party which surveyed the mileage of the Texas and Pacific Railway line between Dallas and Fort Worth.

He was a man of quiet, unassuming nature, well educated and well posted on general information. He wrote a good hand and was especially well qualified for clerical work and for that reason held many responsibilities of that nature during his long career in McKinney. He enjoyed a very wide acquaintanceship throughout the county, especially among the older citizens and their families.
He held the esteem and respect of all these many friends and acquaintances, who appreciated his honorable life of honesty and integrity of character. His passing removed another prominent figure from the list of those who settled in our city and a half century ago contributed so materially to its development and growth. To them and this succeeding generations will ever be indebted for the work carved out by them in establishing our civic material, intellectual and spiritual welfare on so firm and enduring a foundation. 
Family links: 
  Franklin Robert Dowell (1816 - 1850)
  Louisa Donnel Goodner Allison (1825 - 1912)
  Anna Tollie Dowell (1853 - 1888)
  Hugh C. Dowell (1877 - 1898)*
  Annie Lou Dowell West (1882 - 1920)*
  Martha Eliz Dowell Kitching (1845 - 1917)*
  Amanda Jane Dowell Stokes (1847 - 1905)*
  Robert Fulton Dowell (1850 - 1924)
  James Goodner Allison (1860 - 1891)**
  Lulie D. Allison (1863 - 1870)**
*Calculated relationship
Pecan Grove Cemetery
Collin County
Texas, USA
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Record added: Aug 03, 2005
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