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William Wirt McDowell
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Birth: May 17, 1834
Malden
Kanawha County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Feb. 16, 1907
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

William was born at the Kanawha Salines in Virginia which is now Malden, Kanawha Co., WV.

Title: The Biographical Record of Jasper County, Missouri
Author: Malcolm G. McGregor
Pub: 1901 by Lewis Publishing Co.
Pages 374 - 377
Transcribed by contributor 47360587, "Webb City MO"

W. W. McDowell - For many years W. W. McDowell has been one of the leading men of Jasper county. His residence is on section 12, in Twin Grove township, where he owns a fine farm of seventy-seven acres. The birth of Mr. McDowell was in Virginia, on May 17, 1834, and he was a grandson of James McDowell, who was born in Ireland and came to America while still a young man. The parents of our subject were James and Sophia (Hall) McDowell, the former of whom was born in Kentucky, although he was reared in Virginia, and was a farmer by occupation. In 1836 he removed his family to Montgomery county, Indiana, and in 1868 he came to Kansas, dying there in his eighty-ninth year. He took an active part both in politics and religion, being a Whig, and later a Republican, and in the latter was one of the leaders in the Methodist church, in which he was a valued member for over fifty years and was a man of unblemished character through life. The mother of our subject was born and reared in Ohio. Her father was William Hall, who was in the Revolutionary war. James McDowell participated in the war of 1812 and both he and his wife were for long years connected with the Methodist church. Her death occurred when she was about sixty-three years old. Eleven children were born to the parents of our subject, five daughters and six sons, and nine of these grew to maturity.

Our subject was three years old when his parents moved to Indiana, and there he was reared and attended the common schools in Montgomery and Tippecanoe counties, and was engaged in farming at the outbreak of the Civil war. In 1862 he responded to the call for troops and enlisted for service in Company G, Twenty-sixth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and was mustered out and received his honorable discharge after a faithful service of three years and four months. During this time he had taken part in some of the greatest battles of the war, he was present at the taking of Vicksburg and was also at Prairie Grove, Arkansas. A very unpleasant period was passed in Louisiana, when he was in a hospital under treatment for smallpox.

After the close of the war Mr, McDowell went to Livingston county, Illinois, and in 1866 moved to Kansas, and in 1868 removed to Jasper county, Missouri. His home in Kansas was in Cherokee county, very near the state line. He now has a farm of seventy-seven acres, which he rents, and he also owns a fine farm of one hundred and fifty-five acres in Kansas, the deed being signed by President Ulysses S. Grant.

In politics our subject has always voted with the Republicans, but being a strong temperance man, and believing that legislation must cure many of the evils from which the country suffers on account of drink, he has attached, himself to the Prohibition party. His connection with the Methodist church has been long and consistent, and he is one of its faithful stewards. Socially he belongs to Cameron Garrett Post, No. 115, G. A. R.

Mr. McDowell was married in April, 1870, in Jasper county, to Miss Lydia Stiers, who was born in Guernsey county, Ohio, in November, 1838. She was a daughter of John and Rachel (Cline) Stiers, the former of whom was born in Pennsylvania, who later moved to Ohio and in 1847 moved to Jackson county, Missouri, and in the spring of 1848 to Jasper county, and settled on the farm our subject now occupies. Mrs. Stiers was born in Virginia and became the mother of six children, three sons and three daughters. Mrs. McDowell was the second child and the oldest daughter and she was reared and educated in Jasper county. To Mr. and Mrs. McDowell three children were born, the surviving one being Irene, who resides at home. She is a member of the Relief Corps.
 
 
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 Parents:
  James T McDowell (1794 - 1881)
  Sophia Hall McDowell (1799 - 1867)
 
 Spouse:
  Lydia Ann Stiers McDowell (1838 - 1919)
 
 Children:
  James Edgar McDowell (1871 - 1875)*
  Charles David McDowell (1873 - 1899)*
  Irene Estola McDowell Bolin (1876 - 1956)*
 
 Siblings:
  Calvin C. McDowell (1820 - 1883)*
  James Lafayette McDowell (1824 - 1908)*
  Martha McDowell Wilson (1828 - 1907)*
  Anastatia A. McDowell Harland (1829 - 1908)*
  Sarah S McDowell Cole (1832 - 1874)*
  William Wirt McDowell (1834 - 1907)
  John E. McDowell (1836 - 1900)*
  Thomas Green McDowell (1840 - 1895)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Sherwood Cemetery
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
 
Created by: Diane Winters
Record added: Aug 18, 2009
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William Wirt McDowell
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