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Collection TitleCL 143 McDowell Family PapersCreatorChemung County Historical Society
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:December 2013
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Barbara McDowell in 2013. 
Terms:Chemung County (N.Y.); Elmira (N.Y.); Genealogy--McDowell
Historical:McDowell Family - The first McDowell to settle in Chemung County was Daniel McDowell (1763-1806) who came here as a prisoner of war in 1779.  He returned and settled in what is now the Town of Chemung in 1786.  The family continues to reside in Chemung County.  Boyd McDowell (1857-1928), one of Daniel's descendants was a lawyer and avid genealogist.  His research and genealogy-related correspondence form the bulk of the collection. 
Scope:The McDowell Family Papers contain genealogical notes and histories; McDowell family correspondence, 1828-1980; papers associated with Mrs. Robert McDowell's work with the Elmira Community Concert Association; photographs; and miscellaneous family documents. 
Notes:Shares a box with CL 141 and CL 142. 
Extent.25 Linear Feet
Date Span1828-1980
AbstractThis collection contains genealogical notes on the McDowell family as well as McDowell family correspondence, photographs and documents. 

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Manuscripts - History of Ephraim McDowell; History of John McDowell; History of Boyd McDowell; History of the McDowell family in Ireland and America. (11 histories of the McDowell family)Manuscript010101
Genealogical research notes regarding the McDowell family including family trees, transcripts of official documents, newspaper clippings and misc. notes. Manuscript010201
Letter from John McDowell to Dr. Everitt of Chemung regarding local politics, February 22, 1828. Letter010301
Letter from Laurinda McDowell to Arlena Boyd regarding the family, August 8, 1858. Letter010302
Letter from Major Robert Morris McDowell, 141st New York Volunteers to Lena regarding military life, June 14-18, 1863. Letter010304
Correspondence between Boyd McDowell and his McDowell cousins concerning genealogy and family history, March 1888-July 1895. (5 letters)Correspondence010305
Correspondence between Boyd McDowell and others regarding McDowell family genealogy, 1909-1923. (3 letters)Correspondence010401
Letter from Frank Lewis to Boyd McDowell with social news, November 24, 1924. Letter010402
Letter of recommendation for Carl Craig written by Boyd McDowell, December 1, 1924. Letter010403
Letter from Frank Lewis to Boyd McDowell regarding Alexander McDowell, December 3, 1924.Letter010404
Correspondence between Boyd McDowell and his cousins regarding McDowell family genealogy and research, December 1924-April 1929. (18 letters)Correspondence010405
Letters from Hallgarten & Co. to Boyd McDowell regarding his investments, September 22, 1930. (2 letters)Letters010406
(2) Letters from Cornelia to her cousin Boyd McDowell regarding genealogy, February 9 & March 4, 1933.Letters010407
Letter from Lafayette-Southside Bank & Trust Co. to Boyd McDowell concerning the estate of Laura McDowell Haven Boyd, June 27, 1933. Letter010408
Correspondence between Boyd McDowell and various people regarding McDowell family genealogy, November 1933-January 1980. (8 letters)Correspondence010409
Correspondence regarding Mrs. Robert McDowell's work with the Elmira Community Concert Association, December 1940-May 1958. Correspondence010501
Poem - Elmira Community Concert Association and the McDowell Family, 1952.Poem010502
This folder contains the following photographs: J. Lowman McDowell; John G. McDowell; Caroline & Elias Pitkin; Asubry Church in Nichols, NY.Photographs010601
(3) Pages from the Robert Morris McDowell family bible listing marriages, births & deaths, 1833-1909. Documents010701
Contract between J. Lowman McDowell and his son, Boyd, regarding the house at 408 W. Water St., March 16, 1889. Contract010702
Wedding announcement for Boyd McDowell and Carrie Pitkin, October 8, 1889. Announcement010703
Wedding announcement for Charles McDowell and Reba Vincent, April 19, 1917. Announcement010704
Certificate of service issued to Boyd McDowell by the War Department for his roll on the Elmira draft board, March 21, 1919. Certificate010705
Certificate of appointment for Boyd McDowell's appointment to the Elmira City Planning Committee, May 4, 1922. Certificate010706

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