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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Roll Call McDowell
Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2007 05:51:54 -0500
Who is John McDowell, born Virginia??
I think I found Ada McDowell in the 1920 census, a roomer at 513
Ashland at a rooming house owned by Margaret Malek.
Age is a little off, but everything else fits: it's Ada McDowell
age23 born Colorado, father born New York, mother born Virginia.
employed as a stenographer for a lawyer or law firm.
But right above her, also a roomer at this address, is John McDowell,
age 54, unemployed,
born Virginia, parents born Virginia.
I'll send you the image, but do you think this is just a coincidence
On Jul 30, 2007, at 6:07 AM, wrote:
> Hi Nan,
> Thanks so much for finding out about the Woodlawn neighborhood
> article. Do
> you know how I can get a copy of the article? I haven't been able
> to find
> Neil after he enlisted in the military for WW II. His wife died
> in 1939
> (Gladys Zimmerman from Brooklyn, NY). It's very strange to me
> that the cremains of
> Sadie McDowell (Mom and Gma) and Charles would be in the storage
> shed of the
> Oak Knoll Cemetery. Sadie died in 1950. You'd think someone
> would have
> claimed her. Seems strange but maybe that's what they did way
> back then at time?
> Her daughter, Ada McDowell, never married and was a stenographer for a
> Chicago Co. Someone suggested contacting the company but I'd need
> to find out the
> name and other information about it. Her brother, William,
> supposedly went
> into real estate and is listed in later phone books. Again, I
> would need the
> phone numbers and company names to call and see if anyone has
> worked there
> long enough to know what happened to the family.
> I believe the family was Methodist. At least Ada and William were
> in the Methodist Church in Denver where they were born in 1890 and
> Sadie dies in 1950.
> So...what happened to her husband, Robert McDowell, b. 1852 in
> NY?? Did he die in Denver or Chicago or New York ( his home state)?
> Any suggestions greatly appreciated. I am at a solid wall here in
> trying to
> find out what happened to Neil Mcdowell, the son. His wife died
> in 1939 and
> I would think he might have remarried. Can I look up marriages in
> County for 1940-1945? I believe they were Methodists. What would
> be the closet
> Methodist Church to where they were living in 1930 through 1050-
> when Sadie
> dies. Evidently no one in the family had an obituary posted.
> All suggestions and help greatly appreciated!
> Edmonds, WA
> In a message dated 7/20/2007 7:01:10 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
> There was a Neil McDowell, born Illinois 1916, that enlisted in the
> US Army Air Corp on 3 April 1942. Married, one year of college.
> There was a Nel McDowell name as a scout leader from the Woodlawn
> neighborhood in a Mar 3, 1935 Tribune article on the Boy Scouts in
> Your Neil would have been about 19 by then.
> I saw your William Freeman McDowell was living at 4211 Berkeley Ave
> in his WWI draft.....I think this would be the Woodlawn
> neighborhood....if not pretty close.
> THANKS TO YOU I NOW HAVE A ED FOR 42ND AND BERKELY.
> Another lister was asking about a Irish woman's boarding house around
> 42nd and Berkley just within the past few days. I was having trouble
> zeroing in on the neighborhood. Funny co-incidence.
> On Jul 20, 2007, at 6:26 PM, wrote:
>> McDowell Longford, Ire Brooklyn, NY Denver, CO Chicago, IL
>> Robert McDowell b. Longford 1812 m. Eliza Byrne b. Ire 1816
>> location/date unknown
>> Came to US in 1841
>> Their children:
>> Robert b. 1852 Brooklyn* (His line follows)
>> Eliza J. b. 1853 in Michigan d. NY 1888
>> Ellen b. 1859 in Brooklyn, NY d. 1891 in Mamakating, NY
>> (Sullivan County)
>> M. James Reilly/Riley b. 1850 Longford. in Brooklyn in 1876
>> Robert b. 1852 in Bklyn
>> Marries Sadie (Sarah) A. Freeman b. 1865 Virginia married 1886 in
>> CO d. Chicago, IL Nov 1950
>> Robert is the Auditor of the Colorado Eastern Railway which closes
>> Can't find a death record
>> Their children:
>> Ada b. 1890 in Denver 1920 census is a stenographer in Chicago,
>> IL d.
>> Chicago Nov 1981
>> William Freeman b. 1893 in Denver Is in Chicago, IL when
>> registers for WW I
>> d. Chicago Nov 1972
>> m. Gladys Zimmerman b. NY 1896 d. Chicago 1939
>> Marriage records not found
>> 1920 census is in Toledo, OH Son, Neil, 4 years old.
>> 1930 census in Chicago, IL
>> Have not been able to find any info about Neil except in 1920
>> and 1930
>> census records
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