Ruth Dowler

Female 1832 -


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  • Name  Ruth Dowler 
    Born  21 Oct. 1832  Ohio Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Notes 
    • Not proven to be same family:
      Dowlers of Cowley County
      Dowler was an old English surname. Many bearing the name claim Irish descent. They are no doubt descendants of those Dowlers who migrated to Ireland in ancient times. The English counties of Leicestershire and Rutlandshire were, and still are, the principal seats of the family. According to statistics there are twenty-six Dowlers among every 10,000 per sons in these counties. Several hundred years ago the surname Dawell was often associated with Dowler and no doubt at one time were the same ---though this does not mean that all Dowlers and Dowler are related today. For centuries the Dowlers have possessed a coat-of-arms. It was granted in the 13th century and contains a rampant lion, but no motto.
      George Dowler came to America from Ireland and settled in Miffin County, Pennsylvania in 1781. He had three sons and nine daughters. As I understand, one of these daughters, Elizabeth DewIer Foster, became the mother of seven sans and four daughters. one of these sons that William Wesley Dowler was born in 1845.

      William Wesley Dowler served in Co. D, 7th West Virginia Infantry during the Civil War. Later he married Alvina McHenry.

      This couple came to Cowley County from Wheeling, West Virginia in 1881 and settled in Pleasant Valley Township. There were four children at that time: Emma, Warren Wesley, Deliver Domer, and Icie Pearl. They built their home which is still in existance. An acreage containing the improvements has been sold but the remainder of the property is now the property of a grandson. Three more children were born in Cowley County: India Mertle, Charles Clinton, and Gracie May. All these children, and their spouses, are now deceased, five of them buried in Cowley County and the other two in neighboring Kay County, Oklahoma.

      All available history and personal knowledge indicates that the Dowlers were farmers, farm laborers, or housewives, some of the later generations have become involved in other occupations.

      The Dowler descendants have been having "Family Reunions" every year for the past several years. My first recollection of a family get-together was in 1935, at Ponca City, Ok., when a relative of the late Mrs. William Wesley Dowler, a Dr. McHenry, and eye doctor, was the honored guest. I do not remember that these were annual affairs until later. Some times they were held at Winfield; sometimes in Arkansas City; sometimes in private homes; and sometimes at public places such us parks.

      Grandchildren (and their descendants to great grandchildren) now living in Cowley County are: Robert W., Roy, and Lloyd Dowler, Mrs. Otis (Doris) Bryant, Delbert and William (Bill) Harader, Mrs. Ruth Birdzell, Mrs. Vera Brothers, Mrs. Vernon (Velma) Hankins, and Mrs. Lawrence (Mae) Dowler and myself, Mrs. C.H. (Helen) Dowler, granddaughters-in-law.

      Submitted by Helen M. Dowler
      Scanned out of the Cowley County Heritage book, Page 159.

    Person ID  I3367  Kouns Family
    Last Modified  9 Dec 2006 

    Father  Edward Dowler,   b. 1799, Ohio Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec. 1879, Marshall, WVA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Margaret White 
    Family ID  F764  Group Sheet

    Family  William McHenry,   b. 1830 
    Married  27 Dec. 1855  Marshall Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified  3 Dec 2006 
    Family ID  F1120  Group Sheet