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Charles McDowell

Male 1800 - 1851  (~ 51 years)


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  • Name Charles McDowell 
    Born ca. 1800  Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Residence Mt. Olive, Pike, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1830  Pike County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 1850  Pike County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 1851 
    Notes 
    • "Mr. McDowell was an intelligent, common sense sort of man; he was a farmer living near Mt. Olive, and was personally popular, as a proof of which he was the first candidate that the opposite political party had succeeded in electing. The two political parties in that day were known as "Union" and "state Rights," or "Nullifiers" as they were called by some. The Union party were the followers of Andrew Jackson on the tariff question, which had so excited the state of South Carolina a few years previous. The party was afterward known as the Democratic Party. The State Rights party held to the position of John C. Calhoun, and afterwards took the name of Whig Party- both parties honorable in following the lead of such illustrious men as Jackson and Calhoun. The Union Party claimned a majority of fifty or a hundred votes in the county and had heretofore invariably elected their men. The State Rights Party, relying on the good sense and personal popularity of McDowell, succeeded in electing him three times to the legislature and once after it was known as the Whig Party. He raised an intelligent family of children, two of his sons, P. H. and Dr. George M. McDowell, holding positions of honor before their death."

      Lizzie R. Mitchell, History of Pike County Georgia (Spartanburg, South Carolina: The Reprint Company, 1980), p. 29.

    • Will

      Pike County GaArchives Wills.....Charles McDowell March 19 1850

      Source: Will Book C. Pike County Probate Court
      Written: March 19 1850
      Recorded: March 7 1851


      Georgia
      Pike County

      I Charles McDowell of said State and County being about to leave my home and beloved family for a distant country and fully impressed with the importance of manifesting to my beloved wife and children my tender regard for their welfare and being also in possession of a sound disposing mind and memory make and ordain the following as my last will and testament: I never having at any time heretofore made any other (to wit)

      Item 1st

      Having heretofore given off to each of my beloved children which I will now name (to wit) Patrick H. McDowell, Amelia C. Coppedge, Charles J. McDowell, Amanda T . Garner and Mary A . Wimbray(?) a pittance of my earthly state equal to my ability to give (viz) To P.H. McDowell a Negro man 28 years old, a horse, bridle and saddle, cow and calf, bed and furniture - To Amelia C. Coppedge, a Negro woman 16 years old, bed and furniture, mare and colt _ To Charles J. McDowell a Negro boy and our lot of land and 50 dollars toward a horse, a bed and furniture yet not used _ To Amanda T. Garner our Negro woman, bed and furniture, cow and calf, and horse worth 45 dollars _ To Mary A.S. Wimbray our Negro girl, bed and furniture, cow and calf and desirous that each and every one of my beloved children shall have precisely alike in the distribution of my earthly estate.

      2nd Item

      It is my will and desire and I hereby provide for the same, that after the payment of all my just debts which I desire _?_ _?_ made without sale of any essentials of my estate; by collecting of debts and not earnings from the same. That my beloved son George M. McDowell, Elizabeth _?_ McDowell, Maria V. McDowell and Francis G. McDowell be untitled and do receive free of charge to them and out of my estate liberal schooling to make them equal in that attainment to their older Brothers and Sisters, (to wit) my beloved son George _?_ _?_ 12 months schooling more, my beloved daughter Elizabeth S. the same, my beloved daughter Marcia V. _?_ years more, my beloved daughter Francis C. the same or more.

      Item 3rd

      After the fulfillment of the second item - it is my will and desire to thereby provide that my son George M. have and receive, to make him equal with his older Brothers and Sisters, a Negro boy Archibald, to be delivered up to him at the age of 21, or one year sooner shall he marry, one horse, bridle and saddle worth $80, cow and calf, bed furniture. That my daughter Elizabeth S. shall have purchased for her, one Negro woman 16 years old at the time of her marriage or arrival at age, one horse and saddle
      worth $80, cow and calf, bed furniture to make her share equal as aforesaid. It is my will and desire and I hereby provide and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Marcia V., to make her equal as aforesaid with other Brothers and Sisters, a like item with her older sister Elizabeth. It is my will and desire and I hereby provide and bequeath to my beloved daughter Francis C., a Negro girl, Martha, one hundred dollars in cash, one horse, bridle and saddle, cow and calf, bed furniture to make her equal as
      aforesaid.

      Item 4th

      It is my will and desire and I hereby provide and bequeath to my beloved daughter Amelia Coppedge $50, to Amanda T. Garner $50, to Charles J. McDowell $75 - to Mary A.S. Wimbray $150 to place them as I conceive equal heretofore to be paid to them at the final distribution of my _?_ estate.

      Item 5th

      It is my will and desire and I do hereby provide and bequeath unto my wife Elizabeth H. McDowell a lifetime interest in all my remaining estate, real and personal; as well also, as that which may fall to her from her fathers estate subject only to the provisions made in Item 2nd for my beloved children George M., Elizabeth S. - Marcia V. and Francis C. McDowell.

      Item 6th

      It is my will and desire and I do hereby provide and bequeath, after the death of my beloved wife, to each and every one of my beloved children, an equal share of my earthly estate, to be divided by lot or appraisement or sale as my _?_ _?_ intended, fully observing the foregoing provisions in this my last will.

      Item, 7th

      It is my will and desire that nothing in the foregoing shall be _?_ to interdict my exe. at any time if in their judgment it is deemed best to buy or sale any property publicly or privately to fulfill the objects of my last will and testament.

      Item 8th

      It is my will and desire and I do hereby provide that in the event that either of the above Negroes Archibald or Martha, _?_ but apart to my beloved son George M. and daughter Francis C., should die before either of said beloved children should arrive of age or marry in that event the loss shall not be _?_ but to my estate and their share shall be equal in all respects by making it up to them.

      Signed and sealed this 19th March 1850
      Chas McDowell

      James M. Reid
      William H.C. Reid
      Joseph S. Simmons

      Codicil to the foregoing - for the reason that I have not deemed my little gifts to my beloved children not altogether equal, I make the following as my wish and desire, that the sum set apart to Amelia C., Chas J., to Amanda T. and Mary A.S. to equalize, shall bear interest from 1st January last. I also add $50 each to my unmarried children to be paid them when of age or marriage if convenient and if not to bear interest from that time until paid, then a perfect equality as to all the rest of my estate, and should _?_ misfortune befall any of my beloved children during the lifetime of my beloved wife, she shall be authorized to give such child extra allowance, I hereby constitute and appoint my beloved wife and son P.H. McDowell my executors to carry into effect this my last will and testament this 28 March 1850

      Chas McDowell

      James M. Reid
      William H.C. Reid
      Joseph S. Simmons


      State of Georgia
      Pike County

      We William H.C. Reid and Joseph S. Simmons do solemnly swear that we saw Charles McDowell sign and publish and declare this writing to be and contain his last will and testament and Codicil and at the time thereof he was of sound disposing mind and memory and that he did it freely without compulsion to the best of our knowledge and that we saw James M. Reid sign the same as witness.

      William H.C. Reid
      Joseph S. Simmons

      Attest in open court this 3rd day of March 1851
      Wiley E. Mangham C.C.O.


      State of Georgia
      Pike County

      I Patrick H. McDowell, do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will and testament of Charles McDowell deceased so far as I know or believe and that I will well and truly execute the same by paying first the debts and then the legacies contained in said will so far as his goods and chattels will therefore extend and the law charges me and that I will make a true and perfect inventory of all such goods and chattels so help me God.

      P.H. McDowell

      Sworn to and subscribed in open court this 3rd March 1851.
      Wiley E. Mangham C.C.O.

      Recorded this 7th March 1851
      Wiley E. Mangham C.C.O.
    Person ID I1060  Dickinson
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2015 

    Father William McDowell,   b. 1758, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Jan 1823, Jasper County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Mary Ann McDade,   b. 11 Apr 1836, Jasper County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F1161  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Heard Crain,   b. 8 Mar 1805, Wilkes County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1857, Pike County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 10 Oct 1820  Jasper County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Children 
    +1. Patrick Henry McDowell,   b. 15 Jan 1822, Molena, Pike, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1884, Molena, Pike, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)  [Birth]
    +2. Charles Jefferson McDowell,   b. 26 Aug 1827, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1889, Heard County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
    +3. George Montgomery McDowell,   b. 26 Jul 1834, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jul 1883, Barnesville, Lamar, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
    +4. Amelia C McDowell,   b. 20 Aug 1825, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1894, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    +5. Amanda Temperance McDowell,   b. 8 Oct 1829, Molena, Pike, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1851, Molena, Pike, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years)  [Birth]
    +6. Mary Ann Susan McDowell,   b. ca. 1832, Molena, Pike, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     7. Marcia Van Ness McDowell,   b. ca. 1839, Molena, Pike, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1912, Maysville, Banks, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years)  [Birth]
     8. Frances Caroline McDowell,   b. 26 Jan 1843, Molena, Pike, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1897, Griffin, Spalding, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2015 
    Family ID F0330  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
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  • Sources 
    1. [S007856] 1850 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1850), Census Place: District 68, Pike, Georgia; Roll: M432_80; Page: 129B; Image: 269.
      Name: Chas McDowell
      Age: 50
      Birth Year: abt 1800
      Birthplace: Georgia
      Home in 1850: District 68, Pike, Georgia, USA
      Gender: Male
      Family Number: 103

      Chas McDowell 50
      Elizabeth H McDowell 45
      George M McDowell 15
      Elizabeth J McDowell 13
      Martial F McDowell 11
      Francis McDowell 7
      Joseph S Simons 19

    2. [S014596] 1830 United States Federal Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration), Pike, Georgia; Series: M19; Roll: 20; Page: 114; Family History Library Film: 0007040.
      Name: Charles Mc Dowell
      [Charles Mdowel]
      Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Pike, Georgia
      Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 2
      Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
      Slaves - Males - 10 thru 23: 1
      Slaves - Males - 24 thru 35: 1
      Slaves - Males - 36 thru 54: 1
      Slaves - Females - Under 10: 2
      Slaves - Females - 10 thru 23: 1
      Free White Persons - Under 20: 4
      Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 4
      Total Free White Persons: 8
      Total Slaves: 6
      Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 14

    3. [S336291] Jasper County Georgia Cemetery and Bible Records, Jewel Moats Lancaster, (Shady Grove, Georgia: unknown, 1969).

    4. [S007817] Georgia Marriages to 1850, Jordan R. Dodd, (Provo, Utah: The Generations Network, Inc., 1997).