Dr. James McDowell

In his ninetieth year, Dr. James McDowell succumbed to infirmities at the Kentucky Confederate Home at Pewee Valley, Kentucky.  He had been in declining health for several years.  At the hour of his death a great-granddaughter was born in the family, a daughter of Walter R. Jones, auditor of the Mengal Box Company.  In the ground over which he had played as a boy eighty years ago he was laid to rest.

Dr. McDowell was born in Jefferson County, KY., September 3, 1824.  He was graduated from Hanover College of Medicine in 1848.  He married Miss Nancy Ellen in 1850 and moved to Perryville, Missouri where he practiced medicine for a short time.  Not being satisfied with the location, he returned to Kentucky and located at Shepherdsville.  He served one term as Coroner of Bullitt County.  In September, 1862, he enlisted in Company D, 1st Cavalry, of the Orphan Brigade, and was a corporal until the close of the hostilities.

  Returning to Jefferson County, he took up the practice of his profession and farming.  He was admitted to the Home January 9, 1903.  Of the six children, there are five surviving - three sons and two daughters.

Kentucky death records have a record of Dr. McDowell's death on February 15, 1914 at the age of 89.  Dr. McDowell's parents are listed as James McDowell and Matilda Stamper.  Cause of death listed as "Senile Debility.  Dr. McDowell is buried in the Hebron Cemetery at Brooks, Bullitt County, Kentucky.  

From the Marriage records of Kentucky dated 1852-1914 there is recorded a marriage between James McDowell age 26 and Nancy A. Ulen age 17.  The marriage took place in Bullitt County.  The 1850 census for Bullitt, Kentucky show Nancy, age 14, living with her Mom Margaret Ulen and siblings William age 17, Caroline age 12, John age 10 and Henry Clay age 6.  Nancy was born January 30, 1836 and died April 19, 1901.  She too is buried in the Brooks Kentucky Hebron cemetery.

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