McDowell, John, a native of New Jersey, in 1795 became a pioneer of the Genesee country, settling first in Jerusalem
on the west branch of Lake Keuka, on land purchased from the Horny estate. About 1803 he came to the "foot
of the lake," on the Milo side. Six years later he moved further up the lake where he died in 1814. He had
a family of six children, viz.: William, who married Doratha Decker and lived in Barrington, and among whose children
are John and William of the same place; Sarah, who married David Hall, and lived in Wayne, Steuben County; Esther,
who married Wallace Finch, and lived near Italy, Yates County; Elizabeth, who married Jonathan Taylor and lived
in Barrington; Catharine, who married Henry Cronkrite and lived in Tyrone, Schuyler County, and Matthew, who married
Maria Mitchell and lived in Wayne. The latter had four children: Ann Eliza, who married Samuel Hallett, and resides
in Wayne; Francis M., who married Eva Sherwood, also resides in Wayne; Marie Louise, who married Gen. N. M. Crane,
resides in Hornellsville; George W., who married Mary E. Spencer and resides in Penn Yan.
History of Yates County, N. Y.
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892
Yates County, NY
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