Rebecca Rowena McDowell


taken from the
Charlotte, North Carolina Observer
May 4, 1904

MRS. REBECCA MCDOWELL DEAD
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Suddenly expired, aged 80 yrs.
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One of the most splendid types of womanhood, whose life was filled with the doing of good deeds, passes away - Daughter of a distinguished race, living amid refined surroundings, her life was devoted to others - widow of Robert Irwin McDowell - funeral services this morning.
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After an illness of only one day, Mrs. Rebecca Rowena McDowell died yesterday morning at 8:30 o'clock at her residence, No. 780 East Avenue.  Her death was very sudden and was a great shock not only to the immediate family, but to all Charlotte, where Mrs. McDowell was known, respected and loved.

The funeral will be at the Second Presbyterian church, this morning, at 11 o'clock.  Rev. Dr. M. D. Hardin, the pastor, will conduct the services.  The following named officers of the church will act as pall-bearers:  Messrs, John R. Pharr, J. C. McNeely, J. H. Wearn, D. W. Oates, William Anderson, and Dr. John R. Irwin.  The interment will be in Elmwood Cemenmtery.
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Mrs. McDowell was Rebecca Rowena Brevard, a daughter of John Franklin Brevard and Margaret Conner Brevard, and was born in the old Brevard home, near Beattle's Ford, on July 17, 1823.  On August 8, 1844, she was married to Robert Irwin McDowell, descendant of Robert Irwin, one of the signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.  Mr. McDowell was graduated from Hampden-Sydney College.  For the greater part of his life he was treasurer of Davidson College, and was a member of the North Carolina Legislature.

Shortly after the war Mr. and Mrs. McDowell moved to Charlotte, occupying their late residence, on East avenue.  They were charter members of the Second Presbyterian church, in this city, which was organized in the early seventies, and Mr. McDowell was one of the first elders of this church, serving in this capacity until his death in 1882,  Surviving Mrs. McDowell are her son, Mr. F. Brevard McDowell, and daughters, Baroness Von Marazaan, now residing in Berlin, and Mrs. Rowena Roach, and grand-children, Miss Rebekah Chambers, and Messrs, McDowell and Edward Roach.  In addition, she is survived by numerous other relatives in this city and elsewhere.

The death of Mrs. McDowell, even at the ripe age she attained, will be greatly mourned in this community.  She was of one of the old families of the State; her ancestors had helped to make the history of Mecklenburg county and North Carolina.  But it was not alone for this that Mrs. McDowell was loved.  She had the purity, grace and culture which is resistless in a lovable woman, and with the poor her acts of charity were in kindly manner not to be forgotten.



 

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