Jane was a daughter of Thomas Neill, a farmer. She married William McDowell (1843-) in County Antrim Ireland 4 June 1867 and 9 days later they sailed to NZ on the 'Blue Jacket' arriving into Lyttelton 30 Aug 1867. They had a son (or 2) in Dunedin and later moved to the North Island, settling in Thames, Coromandel, where William had hotels/restaurants.
Their children ..
1868 - 1869 William Thomas McDowell
1870 - William McDowell
. William was a Mariner. He married Esther Ellen Katarina Dykstra in England 1892
1873 - 1875 Maria McDowell
1875 - 1910 Henry 'Harry' McDowell
. married Myrtle Huddy in 1900 & had a son
1877 - Edith Jane McDowell
1878 - 1878 Francis McDowell
1879 - 1952 Nathan McDowell
. married Elizabeth Kenworthy & had 7 children
McDowell - On December 21, 1873 , at the Empire Hotel, Grahamstown, Maria, only daughter of William and Jane McDowell, aged two years seven months
Thames Star, 9 Sep 1875
Mining Notice I, John Alwent Chapman, Manager, Star Of The South Goldmining Company make application to Register it as a Limited Company. The place of operations is at Pakirarahi Block, at Tairua, in the district of Hauraki South, Province of Auckland .. Shareholders as follows:
.. & William McDowell, Thames, hotel keeper, 800 shares
Thames Advertiser, 10 Dec 1877
Extension Of License - Mr William McDowell applied for extension of license on the 26th inst, at Parawau and on the 27th and 28th inst., at Tararu. Granted conditionally on the sale of liquors ceasing at 6p.m. on those days.
McDowell - On December 20, 1878, at his father's residence, Empire Hotel, Owen-street, Grahamstown, Francis, son of Mr William McDowell, aged 4 months.
Thames Star, 19 Feb 1879
I, WILLIAM McDOWELL, hereby give notice that I Will Not be Responsible for any Debts contracted by my Wife after this date. WILLIAM McDOWELL, Grahamstown.
Thames Star, 22 March 1879
James Craig, has received positive instruction from Mr William McDowell, who is leaving for Europe, to sell on above dates, The Empire Hotel and Restaurant, Furniture and Effects; also balance of lease of the Empire Hotel, corner of Abraham and Owen streets, Grahamsown. Positive Unreserved Sale.
Thames Advertiser, 26 Feb 1880
Re-Opening Thames Hotel Dining Room. William McDowell, late of the Empire Hotel, Thames, begs to intimate to the Public and his Thames friends that he has opened the above as a First-Class Dining-Room. Every attendance and attention paid to Customers. All the delicacies of the season, place on the Table. W. McD. trusts the public will again rally around the Central Rooms.
Thames Star, 29 May 1880
EMPIRE HOTEL Owen Street, Grahamstown, The above well-known Hotel is now replete with every convenience and the Stock of Liquors of all kinds is not to be Surpassed on the Goldfield. Ehrenfried's XXXX always on Draught. At the Cafe, Meals are to be obtained at all hours. Banquets and Suppers prepared on the Shorteat Notice and in First-class Style. Good Stabling. C. F. QUINT, Proprietor.
William McDowell, late of the Empire Hotel, Thames, having taken those well-known premises, the Thames Hotel Restaurant, Lower Queen street, Auckland, has now opened the same and hopes through civility and attention to be partonised by his old friends and public generally.
Auckland Star, 25 Feb 1882
Police Court NEGLECTED CHILDREN, Harry, Edith and Nathan McDowell, aged respectively 7, 5 and 3, were charged with being destitute children, within the meaning of the Act. - Mr Pardy said the mother of these unfortunate children had told a pitiful tale at the station about them. He advised her to make her statement to the Court - she was not present however and the case was withdrawn.