JOHN PATRICK MCDOWELL, who owns and cultivates a large farm near Leggett in Edgecombe County, has been a life-long resident of this section of the state.  His birth occurred in the vicinity of Leggett, September 3, 1869, his parents being William B. and Mollie (Farrar) McDowell.  The father, also a native of the same locality, was educated in private schools and afterward went to California, where he engaged in mining gold.  Following his return, he enlisted in the Confederate Army, being a member of the infantry.  When the war ended he returned home and engaged in farming until his death, which occurred November 4, 1873, at the comparatively early age of thirty-five years.  He gave his political allegiance to the Democratic party and his religious faith was evidenced in his membership in the Baptist church.  His wife, who was born in Person County, North Carolina, and was educated in the public schools, died in 1910, at the age of seventy-two years.  John P. McDowell is the eldest of their three children, the others being William Thomas, who was born November 27, 1871, and died in 1939 at Oakland, California, and Francis Cicero, born October 2, 1873, who was a practicing physician of Zebulon, North Carolina, and died in 1939 at Silver City, this state.

After pursuing his early education in private schools John P. McDowell attended Trinity College and then turned his attention to farming.  When nineteen years of age he inherited the land on which he now resides, having about 2,200 acres, which he devotes to the production of the crops best suited to soil and climate here.  He also owned and operated a sawmill for a time.

On the 12th of July, 1911, Mr. McDowell was united in marriage to Miss Bessie T. Savage, a daughter of Benjamin T. and and Martha Anne (Finley) Savage, of Rocky Mount.  Mrs. McDowell was born in Tilton, Kentucky, March 17, 1892, and supplemented her public school training by study in Littleton College.  She next entered the Nurses Training School of the Edgecombe General Hospital in Tarboro.  Mr. and Mrs. McDowell have two children: John Jr., born October 1, 1912, and educated in the public schools of Edgecombe County, is now assisting his father on the home farm, and Francis Cook, born August 25, 1913, is also at home.

Mr. and Mrs. McDowell are members of the Presbyterian church and he gives his political support to the Democratic party and to all measures which he deems of worth in community upbuilding.

Transcription from the book, North Carolina, the Old North State and the New, written by Archibald Henderson, published in 1941, page 207, found on the website, Hathitrust Digital Library (, accessed 11 February 2020.

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