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Magdalena (Woods) Bowyer (abt. 1706 - abt. 1810)

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Magdalena "Magdalene" Bowyer [uncertain] formerly Woods aka McDowell, Borden
Born about in Dunshanglin Castle, , Meath, Irelandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married in Donegal, Lancaster, Pennsylvaniamap
Wife of — married in Red Hill, Rockbridge, Virginiamap
Wife of — married in , Rockbridge, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Timber Ridge, , Virginia, USAmap [uncertain]
Woods-1076 created 8 Sep 2011 | Last modified | Last edit: 8 May 2017
17:34: Bob Nichol removed James McDowell as a child of Magdalena (Woods) Bowyer. [Thank Bob for this]
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Magdelena Woods, daughter of Michael Woods and Mary Campbell, married first John McDowell. Two years after his death in 1742 she married Benjamin Borden Jr. They had 2 girls who died in 1753. [1]

Research Notes

Research is needed for the children attached to this profile:
John McDowell passed away in 1742. Birth dates of Michael, James and Samuel are after that. Magdelena was over 63 when James and Samuel were born.
Only children fathered after 1744 should be named Borden - Was Martha named "McDowell"?

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  • James McDowell and Samuel McDowell were more than 67 years after the birth date of their mother. Could they be John McDowell's grandchildren? Fuller-5853 14:10, 8 May 2017 (EDT)

Note NI1402There are conflicting stories about this lady on the Internet. She was either born in Virginia or in a castle in Ireland. She lived to be 100, 103, 107. One of her children by her first husband, Captain McDowell, was president of the Constitutional Congress; another was a colonel in the Revolution. Dr. Cole contributes: She was the grandmother of Dr. Ephraim McDowell, founder of operative gynecology. Further research obviously needed. (Ted Pack)


1705 in Rockfish, Nelson Co., VA[2]
Bet 1703 and 1705 (Imported only 1703 from Birth Date and marked as uncertain.) See : Note: #NI1402
Death: 1810 in Timber Ridge, VA[3]


  1. Roberts: Page 161 Jump to page desired and Go
  2. Source: #Mason
  3. Source: #Mason

See also:

  • Roberts, George Braden. Genealogy of Joseph Peck and Some Related Families (George Braden Roberts, 1955)
  • Source: SMason Author: Mason, Terry Title: Terry Mason's Family History Site Abbreviation: Mason, Terry Publication: Terry Mason/8 Apr 2004 Repository: #R56 Media: Electronic Paranthetical: Y
  • Repository: R56 Name: Internet E-Mail Address: Web Address:
  • Source: S31 Author: unknown Title: McKnight/Parks Pedigree Chart Abbreviation: McKnight Pedigree Publication: unknown Note: Photocopy of this chart provided to Robert B. Nichol by William H. Willis [fr.-in-law] c. 1989 Repository: #R17 Media: Manuscript Italicized: Y Paranthetical: Y
  • Repository: R17 Name: Robert B. Nichol Genealogy Files E-Mail Address:


  • WikiTree profile Woods-1076 created through the import of Ellen Kropp_s Family Tree.ged on Sep 7, 2011 by Ellen Kropp. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Ellen and others.
  • Thank you to Bob Nichol for creating WikiTree profile Woods-2112 through the import of Willis.ged on Mar 8, 2013.
  • Thank you to Jerry Cox for creating WikiTree profile Woods-2787 through the import of jcoxff.ged on Oct 15, 2013.
  • Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Ellen and others.

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On 8 May 2017 at 18:03 GMT Pat (Fuller) Credit wrote:

James McDowell and Samuel McDowell were more than 67 years after the birth date of their mother. Could they be John McDowell's grandchildren?

On 17 May 2014 at 18:01 GMT Bob Nichol wrote:

Woods-1076 and Woods-2787 appear to represent the same person because: Same person. Gonna take some work to get these spouses merged, too...

On 12 May 2014 at 13:12 GMT Bob Nichol wrote:

Woods-2112 and Woods-1076 appear to represent the same person because: same lady, alternate spelling of given name

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