Genealogy Chat

Top tip - using the Genes Reunited community

Welcome to the Genes Reunited community boards!

  • The Genes Reunited community is made up of millions of people with similar interests. Discover your family history and make life long friends along the way.
  • You will find a close knit but welcoming group of keen genealogists all prepared to offer advice and help to new members.
  • And it's not all serious business. The boards are often a place to relax and be entertained by all kinds of subjects.
  • The Genes community will go out of their way to help you, so don’t be shy about asking for help.

Quick Search

Single word search


  • New posts
  • No new posts
  • Thread closed
  • Stickied, new posts
  • Stickied, no new posts

mcdowell parents

Page 0 + 1 of 2

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. »
ProfilePosted byOptionsPost Date


joysie4 Report 27 May 2021 12:41

who was william mcdowell born 1766 ireland parents
he married sarh barber 1790 devon


nameslessone Report 27 May 2021 12:55

This may have been better added to your original thread on the family.

Do you know whereabouts in Ireland he came from? Have you looked on Family Search}

Where about s in Devon did he marry}. What was his occupation?


joysie4 Report 27 May 2021 13:34

clones monaghan ireland married sidburt devon dont know his job


Maddie Report 27 May 2021 13:37

no marriage on fmp or ancestry


Maddie Report 27 May 2021 13:44

1841 ????
Name: William McDowell
Age: 75
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1766
Gender: Male
Where born: Ireland
Civil Parish: Stoke Damerell
Hundred: Roborough
County/Island: Devon
Country: England
Street Address:
View image
Registration District: Stoke Damerel
Sub-registration District: St Aubyn
Piece: 274
Book: 1
Folio: 33
Page Number: 61
Household Members:
Name Age
William McDowell 75
Catherine McDowell 50

2nd wife


nameslessone Report 27 May 2021 13:54

There are trees on Ancestry with William & Sarah in them.


Maddie Report 27 May 2021 14:24

but there are no birth or marraige docs attached


nameslessone Report 27 May 2021 14:27

Joysie needs to take a look and check out the sources.


Maddie Report 27 May 2021 14:33

this is where sarah comes in
Name: Ann Drake Dowell
Gender: Female
Baptism Date: 30 Nov 1797
Baptism Place: Sidbury,Devon,England
William Dowell
Sarah Baber
FHL Film Number: 916934

Last name Barber
Sex Female
Year 1776
Event type Christening
Place -
Father's first name(s) Robt.
Father's last name Barber
Mother's first name(s) Mary
County Norfolk
Country England
Film number 1545212
Batch number I11669-6

Henry Drake Dowell
Baptism Date
17 Jul 1799
Baptism Place
Wm Dowell
FHL Film Number
Household members

Willm Dowell
Baptism Date
9 Apr 1792
Baptism Place
Willm Dowell
FHL Film Number

sarahs parents
Name: Robert Barber
Gender: Male
Marriage Date: 01 Aug 1772
Marriage Place: Loddon, Norfolk, England
Mary Drake ---------
FHL Film Number: 1596156
Reference ID: Item 8 p 24


Maddie Report 27 May 2021 15:15

the tree on ancestry suggests theswe are his parents
Name: Jno Mc Dool
Gender: Male
Marriage Date: 4 May 1761
Marriage Place: Clones,Monaghan,Ireland
Spouse: Mary Johnston
FHL Film Number: 897416


joysie4 Report 27 May 2021 16:47

thank you were did the different surname come from i am having trouble seeing the print on my computer can somebody advice me whhow to correct it i know how to zoom but srely i dont have to keep doing that


Maddie Report 27 May 2021 16:56

go to top right of his page, box with 3 bars, zoom in to alter font siza


ArgyllGran Report 27 May 2021 18:23

The apparent different surnames are just different spellings.

In those days there was no standardised spelling of any name.
Parish clerks and other official people spelled names the way they sounded, or as the person thought it might be spelled.
Most ordinary people were illiterate in any case, and would have no idea how to spell their names.


ArgyllGran Report 27 May 2021 18:29

Maddie advised clicking on the box with three bars, then adjusting the Zoom setting.

Whether or not you see a box with 3 bars depends on your computer.
On mine it's just a row of three tiny dots in the top right corner - no box.


joysie4 Report 27 May 2021 20:18

yes mine is 3 dots thank you for all your help and advice i will need johns parents and grandparents now


nameslessone Report 27 May 2021 21:09


You need to look at the trees on Ancestry! You must also check sources to see if the trees are correct. A lot of people will just copy without checking. Some people just ‘grab’ someone by name with no idea if there is a connection.


joysie4 Report 28 May 2021 12:09

yes i found this out when i firat started on ancestry thank you for the reply


joysie4 Report 3 Jul 2021 15:19

marriage 1790 sidbury devon


joysie4 Report 3 Jul 2021 15:20

i think he was a shoemaker


Maddie Report 3 Jul 2021 15:47

Last name Mc Dowell
Year 1842
Date 20 Apr 1842
Place Stoke Damerel
Description entered asylum DEVONPORT name WILLIAM MC DOWELL residence STOKE DAMEREL admitted on 20/04/1842 died on 28/06/1842
Dataset Register of Persons Admitted to Asylums 1834-1853
Record type Lunatics
County Devon
Country England
Archive Devon Heritage Centre
Devon Heritage Centre reference QS118/1
Record set Devon Social & Institutional Records
Category Directories & social history
Subcategory Social History

Last name McDowell
Gender Male
Birth day -
Birth month -
Birth year -
Age -
Death quarter 2
Death year 1842
District Stoke Damerel


Name: William McDowall
Registration Quarter: Jan-Feb-Mar
Death Registration Place: Stoke Damerel, Devonshire, United Kingdom
Death Date: Mar 1844
Inferred Death Place: Devonshire, United Kingdom
Volume: 9
Page: 322