Rev John White McDowell

Rev John White McDowell

Birth
Robertson County, Tennessee, USA
Death 24 Oct 1870 (aged 55)
Moniteau County, Missouri, USA
Burial Tipton, Moniteau County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 29727508 · View Source
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From: "Excerpts of the Diary of Xenophon Gideon McDowell," son of JOHN WHITE MCDOWELL, Brother of SUSANNAH ELEANOR MCDOWELL in "The History of Moniteau County, Missouri," Vol. II, 2000, page 476, submitted by Sylvia McDowell Murdock:
"August 26, 1863-Went to Tipton [MO] to hear Misters Drake and Smith speak. Mr. Drake gave us a good speech. He is a strong radical."

SUSANNAH ELEANOR MCDOWELL's brother, Xenophon McDowell was a schoolteacher at this time [and later a minister in the Presbytery of New Lebanon, Cumberland Presbyterian Church], but appeared to have been a part of the local Union militia. SUSANNAH was aged 9 in 1863. The following diary entries make it clear that the McDowells were Union sympathizers. Xenophon McDowell appears to have been among the militia force called up by General Crawford.

From: "Excerpts of the Diary of Xenophon Gideon McDowell," son of JOHN WHITE MCDOWELL, Brother of SUSANNAH ELEANOR MCDOWELL, from "The History of Moniteau County, Missouri," Vol. II, 2000, page 476, submitted by Sylvia McDowell Murdock:

"October 10, 1863-Went to picking cotton in the morning, but soon learned the rebs were coming and I went to California [MO] and joined in with the soldiers, then went to Tipton on a reconnaissance, returning to Dr. Redman's after night through the rain. It must have been the darkest night I ever traveled."

From: "Excerpts of the Diary of Xenophon Gideon McDowell," son of JOHN WHITE MCDOWELL, Brother of SUSANNAH ELEANOR MCDOWELL, from "The History of Moniteau County, Missouri," Vol. II, 2000, page 476, submitted by Sylvia McDowell Murdock:
"October 11, 1863-The rebs came into Tipton and stole all the money and horses they could get, also burned some of the railroad east of Tipton. They then left toward Booneville."

From: "Excerpts of the Diary of Xenophon Gideon McDowell," son of JOHN WHITE MCDOWELL, Brother of SUSANNAH ELEANOR MCDOWELL, from "The History of Moniteau County, Missouri," Vol. II, 2000, page 476, submitted by Sylvia McDowell Murdock:

"November 1863-Dismissed my school and went to Tipton to vote the Radical ticket for judges. Had a very good school during the month consisting of about 30 scholars. Find teaching to be very laborious and also fatiguing on the lungs. The Methodists held a meeting at schoolhouse the 1st week in the month. A good number joined the church."

"December 1863-Had a good deal of cold weather and snow during the month. The last week the snow fell about a foot deep, and turned very cold. Will be a hard winter, on the poor especially."

The 1870 census shows 32-year old Xenophon McDowell with his young family and his 24-year old brother, James Newton McDowell living in Doylesport Twp, Barton Co, MO. According to the birth records in the JOHN WHITE MCDOWELL family Bible, they had been there at least as early as 1867, because their newborn infant son, James Welton McDowell died there in October 1867.

With the brothers Xenophon and James living in Doylesport, it becomes quite clear how "SUE ELA" MCDOWELL became acquainted with her future husband, JAMES EDGAR MCNARY. The 1870 census shows the two families living near to each other, one family on page 3, the other on page 4 of the census. However, the census was taken in Barton Co. in July and August, and in Moniteau Co. in September, 1870, and from the Moniteau census we learn that JOHN WHITE MCDOWELL and his wife ELEANOR, and children Joseph [age 18] and 'SUE ELA' [age 17] were all living together there. After JOHN WHITE MCDOWELL died in October, ELEANOR, and therefore probably also Joseph and SUE ELA, went to live with Xenophon's family in Doylesport Twp.

Copied from: "Family Record of the Bible of John White McDowell:"
"When upon this you look, my dear children, remember that in this inspired volume is taught the way of life everlasting-Make then, the Bible the man of your council. Study it well and pray to the Author to give you understanding in all things. Practice its precepts-love and serve God, and you will be happy in time and through eternity. This is the instruction of your father, J. W. McDowell."

"JOHN WHITE MCDOWELL died on October 24th, 1870 at his home in the Presbytery of New Lebanon."
From: www.cumberland.org/hfcpc/DecMinA.htm [the website of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, "Deceased Ministers from the years 1857-1899," in which J. W. MCDOWELL is listed in the year 1871.]

[page 34-35 of the General Assembly Minutes]
"1871-Your Committee on Deceased Ministers respectfully submit the following list of the ministers of your church, who have died since your last meeting, so far as we can learn:
"J.W. MCDOWELL, Presbytery of New Lebanon, died at his home in Missouri, October 24th, 1870, age 56 years."

From: "Probate Records of Moniteau County, MO:"
"State of Missouri, County of Moniteau: In the matter of JOHN W. MCDOWELL's estate. Xenophon G. McDowell says that to the best of his knowledge and belief, the names of the heirs of the said JOHN W. MCDOWELL, deceased, and their places of residence respectively as follows:

"ELEANOR MCDOWELL, widow, J. T. McDowell, S. E. MCDOWELL, X. G. McDowell, J. N. McDowell, S. E. Bateman, children of deceased, residing in the state of Missouri. That the said JOHN W. MCDOWELL died without a will; that he will make a perfect inventory of, and faithfully administer all the estate of the deceased, and pay the debts as far as the assets will extend, and the law directs, and account for and pay all assets which shall come to his possession and knowledge." Xenophon McDowell, subscribed and sworn to before me on this 29th day of October 1870. Miles ?Allee? Judge. [See appendix for the probate papers of the estate of JOHN WHITE MCDOWELL.]


From: an unsigned biographic paragraph of J. W. McDowell, pg 126:
"They are both buried in a cemetery 6 miles east and two miles south of Sedalia, MO. John McDowell was an early Methodist minister."
[This last is incorrect, he was Cumberland Presbyterian.]

Have you check this McDowell ancestry?
Is your branch of the family aware that you are descended from several American Revolution soldiers and patriots? I have personally proven the service and descent for Joseph McDowell, 1st, Joseph McDowell, 2nd, John White and Jane Paisley White Gowdy.

If you have membership in Ancestry.com, you may see the ascendancy to the above-named folks on my tree using this link: http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/41975098/person/28029572288
If not, you may also view the data [without the photo images, sadly] on my tree on Rootsweb.com:http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=mcdowellroots&id=I4993

This last is an old database which I have not updated.

Enjoy the exploration!
Regards, Nancy Poquette


Gravesite Details J. W. and Eleanor names are inscribed on the same tombstone.

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