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There are 1659 names in this family tree. The earliest recorded event is the birth of Fisher, Nicholas in 1730. The most recent event is the death of McDowell, Opal Mae in 2021.The webmaster of this site is Carolyn. Please click here if you have any comments or feedback.
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To Record The Echoes Of The Past Enriches One's Present And Is A Loving Gift To The Future “Cead Mile Failte” (one hundred thousand welcomes) from the Mhic Dhu Ghaill Family ~Dark Stranger~ Lewis McDowell lived to be just shy of one hundred years old. He recently passed away in his longtime home at age 97. Genealogy was one part of his lifes works. In his lifetime he spoke to us of his Grand-father, Thomas McDowell, who had always told that our family was from Scotland. In his research he found evidence of our Scotts-Irish or Ulster Irish family back to Michael McDowell born 1747 believed to be in Ulster,Northern Ireland. I am making an attempt to carry on his work. Despite the fact that Uncle Lewis would never have dreamed of owning a computer, I hope this website serves as a fitting tribute. The endless memories he created as a father, grandfather, husband, brother, uncle and friend will sustain us for the rest of our lives. Many, many precious memories ! These pages are what he left for us...... "Alba gu Bràth" My Uncle Lewis gathered together the bulk of the information here. I have simply put all his data at this website as a 'Labor of Love' at his most recent passing. Since that time his wife Willis Mae McDowell nee Minton has passed away as well. So, for the both of them. When Uncle Lewis gave me my notebooks he wrote on the inside cover-For Carolyn Faye McDowell and From Lewis McDowell. Just under that he wrote-You will find many mistakes here. ~smiles~ So, there ya go Folks ! You will find many here too. I will always be updating this website so stop back often. I will try to make it more complete and accurate with every update. You can help me by letting me know when you come across mistakes on these pages and by sharing new information you uncover. The backdrop here is 'Dunollie Castle' in Oban, Scotland This is my country, The land that begat me, These windy spaces Are surely my own. And those who toil here In the sweat of their faces Are flesh of my flesh And bone of my bone. Dunollie Castle is a small ruin located on a hill north of the town of Oban, on the west coast Scotland. It commands a view of the town, harbour and, outlying isles. The ruin is accessible by a short, steep path. There is no entrance fee. There was a fortification on this high promontory (Dun Ollaigh) in the days of the kingdom of Dál Riata which was the royal centre of the Cenél Loairn. Ewan MacDougall, the third chief of the MacDougalls, probably built a castle there in the 13th century. The existing castle ruins date from the 15th century. The MacDougalls, the Lords of Lorne, were direct descendants of Somerled, Lord of the Isles, at a time when the Western Isles were part of Norway. Dougall, Somerled’s son held most of Argyll and also the islands of Mull, Lismore, Jura, Tiree, Coll and many others in the 12th century. The MacDougalls lost the land after siding with MacDougall kinsmen, the Comyns, and fighting against Robert the Bruce. John Stewart of Lorne returned the estates to the clan. The Marquis of Argyll captured the castle in 1644, but it was returned to the MacDougalls in 1661. In 1746, the MacDougalls abandoned Dunollie Castle and built Dunollie House just downhill from the castle ruins. The poetic historian of the Bruce tells how the king was guarding the rear of his retreating company when, as he passed through a narrow way between the river and the hill, three of the MacDougal clansmen made a special effort to capture him. One seized his bridle but the king dealt him a stroke that severed his shoulder and arm. Another thrust his hand between the king’s foot and stirrup hoping to drag him from the saddle; but the king, feeling the hand there, stood firmly up and struck his spur into the steed so that it dashed forward and the man lost his footing. At that moment the third assailant leapt from the steep hillside upon the horse behind Bruce and tried to garrotte the king. Bruce, however, bent suddenly forward pitching this man over his head and cleft his skull with his sword. Then he slew the man at his stirrup with a third stroke. He had slain his assailants, however, Bruce was not free. One of them held the king’s plaid in his death grip and it was only by undoing his brooch and letting the plaid go that Bruce got rid of his burden. This brooch, known as the brooch of Lorne, remains in possession of the MacDougals to the present day and is the last tangible evidence of the ancient greatness of their house. This Clan is one of the oldest in Scotland and takes its name from Dugall, son of King Somerled a warrior from a Norse royal house who held sway over a large portion of western Scotland and who controlled an impressive navy. Over the years numerous castles were established and many still remain, the Clan seat is Dunollie, Oban, Scotland. Brooch of Lorne 'Vivit Post Funera Virtus' McDowell Family Coat of Arms Clan Shield for the MacDowell Scottish Clan "BON ACCORD" Please sign my guest book AND thank you for dropping by ! If you have a website please do list it in my guest book !
Descendant of Scots Irish on my dad's side. I am a strong empowered woman. I'm a rolling stone. I was born at home on top of a mountain in Sequatchie Tennessee in the hour of the howling wolf~no hospital, no Doctor, no Midwife. My mother's heritage is from Lost Cove in Crow Creek Valley, TN. I'm a proud mother of 2 sons. I am a story teller. The Story Tellers...We are the chosen. My feelings are in each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors.To put flesh on their bones and make them live again,to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before.We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called as it were by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So, we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family you would be proudof us? How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say. It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do? It goes to seeing a cemetery about to belost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen.The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it.It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish.How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that they fought tomake and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take their place in the long line of family storytellers. That, is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and put flesh on the bones." Ruth Ann, Ohio.... By way of Becky COOK & Bill WINDLE via Margarette The 6th April 1998 was declared National Tartan Day in the USA for the first time. Alternative tartan which may be worn by myself or any other County Antrim McDowell. This tartan was sent to me from a McDowell family member living in Belfast today. MacDougall/MacDowell Clan of Scotland Tartan I have heard it told by some researchers that the 2 underscores that our family makes under our c is to replace the 'a' in MacDowell. It is also told by some that the 2 underscores denote something august in our bloodline that goes back to the days of the Kingdom of Dál Riata. Mac in MacDowell translates as 'Son of' Dowell. ~Dark Stranger/Foriegner~ tells that our family came from somewhere other than Ireland which would be Scotland. Dark is for the black chain mail the McDowells wore as armor in battles. See my link "Clan Macdowell" Septs of Clan MacDougall: Conacher, Cowan, Dougall, Dowall, MacConacher, MacCoul, MacCulloch, MacDowall, MacDowell, MacDulothe, MacHowell, MacKichan, MacLucas, MacLugash, MacLulich. I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND THANK ALL THOSE WHO HAVE ASSISTED ME IN THE GATHERING OF SOME OF THE INFORMATION HERE, SENDING PHOTOS, TARTANS, GIVING FACTS AND MEMORIES. WITHOUT THEIR GENEROUS ASSISTANCE,THIS PROJECT WOULD HAVE BEEN ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO ACCOMPLISH. SPECIAL THANKS TO Scott@pulaskispast.com http://www.pulaskispast.com for photographing Blue John Cemetery ! Also, Great Thanks to author Audrey Denny Lambert for giving me the first two LINKS on my McDowell family from her homepage. http://ajlambert.com -her website has a wealth of information. She has written many more works. She has also rewritten the Fisher stories published by Margaret and Betty Fisher Cox. {{{{{So Kudos to Audrey}}}}} "Remember Me" Rose Grown in Scotland Official Flower of this Website

National Flower of Scotland "Thistle" Celtic symbol of nobility of character as well as of birth, for the wounding or provocation of a thistle yields punishment. For this reason the thistle is the symbol of the Order of the Thistle, a high chivalric order of Scotland.

Shamrocks are said to bring good luck. The four-leaf clover is often confused with the shamrock. While the four-leaf clover is a symbol of good luck, the three-leafed shamrock is mainly an Irish Christian symbol of the Holy Trinity and has a different significance. MY AWARDS
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Daughters of the American Revolution The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is an organization whose membership is limited to women who "can prove lineal, blood line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence." Goals of the DAR are patriotism, education and historic preservation. MICHAEL McDOWELL Claiborne County, Tennessee Private, Virginia Line, $30.00 Annual Allowance $90.00 Amount Received September 20 1833 Pension Started Age 87 (1835 TN Pension Roll) Court documents are at his name under photos. John Fisher born 1756 died 1837 DAR marker at gravesite in Old Fisher Cemetery in Dekalb Co.,TN Revolutionary War pension claim W25580. Please check at the bottom of this page to see our - List of Last Names - our - Links Area - and the four ways to - Get Around - this site.
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Getting Around
There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.

In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

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