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

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Magdalena "Magdalene" Bowyer formerly Woods aka McDowell, Borden
Born about in Dunshanglin Castle, County Meath, Irelandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Wife of — married in Donegal, Lancaster, Pennsylvaniamap
Wife of — married in Red Hill, Rockbridge, Virginiamap
Wife of — married [location unknown]
Wife of — married in , Rockbridge, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Timber Ridge, Frederick, Virginia, United Statesmap [uncertain]
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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.


Father. Samuel Woods b.Est. 1681-1683 Meath County, Ireland d.BEF 1755 Augusta County, Virginia

Mother . Elizabeth Campbell Est 1691-1694 - m. Bef. 1712 (see note below)


Martha Woods 1718 -

Sarah Woods Bef 1723 -

Note : Elizabeth Campbell b.Est. 1691-1694 Ireland

Parents and Siblings

F. Sir James Campbell 1664 - 1756

M. Lady Susannah Campbell Abt 1668 - BET 1707 AND 1720 m. BEF 1690


Lady Mary Margaret Catherine Campbell 1690 - ABT 1742

Susannah Campbell 1691-1709 -

Alexander Campbell 1691-1709 -

Anne Campbell 1691-1709 -

Gilbert Campbell est 1691-1701 - bef 1750

James Campbell 1691-1709 -

William Campbell 1691-1709 -

Samuel Woods' land (with William)(Borden Tract, SW, # of acres not listed) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009. Note that tract of Richard Woods, is adjoining his tract to the south.

Acquisition of Land from Orange County Virginia Records:

Pages 178-83. 25-26 July 1742. Benjamin Borden of Orange County to Samll. Woods and William Woods of same. Lease and release; for £11.9.2 current money. 382 acres on waters of James River, part of 92,100 acres pattin (patented) 6 Nov. 1739... on bouth sides of Woods Creekin Augusta County... corner to Richard Woods land... corner to Joseph Lapsly's land... side of a small branch. (signed) Benja. Borden. Wit: Richard Woods, Joseph Lapesly, Gilbert Campbell. 26 Aug. 1742. Acknowledged by Benjamin Borden, Gent. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 8, Dorman, pg. 75].

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

Page 165.--25th February, 1750. Samuel Woods and Wm. Woods of Augusta to Peter Wallace, 120 acres in Fork of James, part of Wm. Wood's land, where Peter now liveth; Joseph Lapsley's line; Richard Wood's line. Teste: John Mathews, Jr., Joseph Lapsley. Page 262.--6th March, 1753. Samuel and William Woods to Benjamin Borden, 263 acres on Woods Creek of James. Cor. Richard Woods; cor. Peter Wallace, Cap. Lapsley's line. [edit] ▼Records From:Chalkley’s Augusta County Records: Vol. 1 - SEPTEMBER 19, 1746. - (113) Benj. Borden, Samuel Woods, added to tithables. Vol. 1 - ORIGINAL PETITIONS AND PAPERS FILED IN THE COUNTY COURT. - 1750. - Samuel Woods deposes, 18th February, 1750-51. Edward Boyle. William Evins deceased. Page 819.--9th June, 1750. Benj. Borden to John Karr. 336 acres, David Karrs line; corner Francis Beatty. Teste: Jno. Paul, Wm. Whitesides, Robt. Cilpatrick, Saml. Woods. Vol. 1 - AUGUST, 1750 (C). - Samuel Smith vs. Beaty.--Mr. Michael Woods, formerly of Paxtunk, Pennsylvania. Account dated 1733. Thomas Renich, on 1st September, 1750, deposed: About 8 years ago, at his own house, he saw and spoke with said Smith and Robert Buchanan, the then Sheriff of Lancaster County. He heard Smith (then merchant at Connoy) say, &c., several accounts: Smith vs. James Cathey, 1737; Smith vs. Adam Thomson, 1736-7-8; Smith vs. William Robinson, 1739; Smith vs. Richard Woods, 1738; Smith vs. Mrs. Margaret McDowell, 1737; Smith vs. Mrs. Mary McDowell, 1737; Smith vs. Michael Woods, 1738-9; Smith vs. John Maxwell; Smith vs. Samuel Woods, 1734-5-8; Smith vs. Francis Beaty, 1735-6; Smith vs. John Christian, 1737; Smith vs. Robert Christian, 1733-4-5-6 Smith vs. Randell McDaniel; Smith vs. William Hutchinson; Smith vs. George Hutchinson. All sworn to by Samuel Smith, late of County of Lancaster, before a Justice, in Philadelphia, 13th October, 1743. Vol. 1 - AUGUST, 1750. - 1737.--James Cathey to Samuel Smith, debtor: September 22. 1736.-- October 23, Mr. Adam Thompson, debtor to same, January 18. William Robinson's account, debtor to Samuel Smith, 1739--April 4, one almanac. Richard Wood's ditto, ditto, 1738. Mrs. Margaret McDowell, ditto, 1737-- June 14. Mrs. Mary McDowell, ditto, 1737--January 17, three yards ribbon to sister. Mr. Michael Woods, ditto, 1738--October 7, one dozen catechisms. 1739--Credit by six foxes, seven raccoons, and one beaver. John Maxwell, ditto. Samuel Woods, ditto. 1734--11 1/4 yards masquerade, 31/; 7 1/2 yards sagathee, 32/6. 1735--June 26, credit by 36/ discounted with his son, Richard, by Michael Woods. Michael Woods, formerly of Pextunk, ditto, 1733--February 12; 1734--March 28. Francis Beaty, ditto, 1735--October 16, To 2/4 1/2 in goods more than J. Catherwood's order; 1738--May 1, Credit by William Smiley. John Christian, ditto, 1737--February 22, To James Cook for a gunlock. Robert Christian, ditto, 1733-1734-1735-1736-- Account; 1733--Credit by order on Treasury for two wolfs' heads; 1734-- August 17, By making a coat and britches, 13/; 1736--Credit, October 13, by cash of John; by James Boyle; 1748-9--February 17, Then Robert Christian paid me £1.13.4 Virginia money in part of above debt. (Signed) William Anderson. Samuel Doak, ditto, balance of account given in. Randall McDaniel, ditto. William Hutchinson, ditto. George Hutchinson, ditto. Robert Cunningham, ditto. Alexander Crawford's note, ditto. Above accounts sworn to, 13th October, 1743, in Philadelphia County, Pa., by Samuel Smith, late of Lancaster County. Thomas Renick deposes: On 1st September, 1750, in Staunton, in cause Smith vs. Beatey, that about eight years ago, at his own house, he saw Smith, the plaintiff, and Robert Buchanan, the then sheriff of Lancaster County, and Smith acknowledged having attached and sold Beatey's effects and received satisfaction. -

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On 6 Jul 2017 at 13:02 GMT Eddie King wrote:

Woods-1076 and Wood-14701 and Woods-6662 are the same person. She married three times.

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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