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Unless specified otherwise, all Marshall Co. abstracts at this website provided by Betty Moran in October 1999. Please contact her for any clarification or identification of her original sources. She states that a significant amount of the Middle TN data submitted from her to this website comes from the research of Donnie Pickard and Wayne Hill.


Marshall Co Historical Quarterly Vol 6 No 1 pg 31. Davis Green was born in NC 9 Jan 1785 d 15 Jun 1853 in Marshall Co TN. Married Temperence Dowdy b 17 Sept 1792 in NC and died 5 May 1879 in Marshall Co TN. Both are buried in Allen Cemetary near Caney Springs.

1827 Feb 21. John Marshall of Williamson to Allen Dowdy of Williamson 175 ac beginning at Eliz Marshalls NE corner N 140 poles, W 200 poles, S 140 poles to her NW corner, E 200 poles to beginning . It being sd John Marshalls part of a certain tract divided by his father Wm Marshall to him and Eliz Marshall . Wit: Wm Tucker, Wm Dowdy (Bedford Co Y-325) Paid $700

1830 Sep 13. Allen Dowdy sold 175 ac (see 1827 abstract) to Leonard Bullock for $410 Wit : Aaron Boyd, Richqard Wright (Bedford Co BB-187)

1836 Bedford Co Tax List, District 13 (Later Marshall TN)
Beginning at Waners on Duck River...to Williamson Co line...to Maury Co line...at residence of Jas Patterson in Forks of Caney Spring Creek

William Dowdy 191ac 1 white poll

1836 Sept 8. DB A pg 146. Frederick Taylor Sr of Bedford to Henry Taylor of Bedford 2 lots lying in Bedford . Waters of Caney Spring Creek. Adj William Dowdys line and the 80 ac belonging to Frederick Taylor. Wit: S. W. Dunegan and Leonard Bullock.

1837 - Western Weekly Review Newspaper (TN) abstract -"Dowdy, George R. died August 26, 1837 in Marshall County TN. Son of William Dowdy, late a resident of Williamson County TN."

1839 Tax

Dowdy, William pd $1.37 on 131 acres, value $900. District 9

1839 - Dowdy, Rebecca deceased Jan 1839 Marshall co TN Left no will. Court named Martin Dowdy,Adminstrator Feb. /1839 /Term Securities: Wm.D. Weaver & Thomas Weaver for $800 (

February term 1839 - It having been represented to the satisfaction of the Court that Rebecca DOWDY a resident of Marshall County has died leaving no will and Martin DOWDY appeared in Court and made application for letters of administration of all and singular goods the goods and chattles rights & credits of her the said Rebecca DOWDY and he leaving Executed his bond
in the sum of Eight hundred dollars with William DOWDY and Thomas WEAVER his securities which was accepted by the Court. It is therefore ordered by the Court that Letters of administration Issue accordingly he taken the oath prescribed by law.

1839 - Dowdy, Martin court minute Mar 1839 Marshall co TN presented Inventory of Rebecca Dowdy's estate / / He was administrator (

1839 - Dowdy, Martin court minute May 1839 Marshall co TN presented account of sale of Rebecca Dowdy's estate / / He was administrator. (

1840 Census

Dowdy, Martin - males: 1 under 5, 1-5 to 10, 1-10 to 15, 1-30 to 40 females: 1 under 5, 1-5 to 10, 1-20 to 30
Dowdy, John - males: 1-5 to 10, 2-10 to 15, 1-40 to 50 females: 1- 5 to 10, 1 - 10 to 15, 1 - 15 to 20,
Dowdy, William - males: 2 under 5, 1-5/10, 1-10/15, 1-15/20, 1-40/50 females: 1-5/10, 2-10/15, 2-15/20, 1-40/50

1840 Tax

Dowdy, Amos pd $.35 on 40 acres, value $80. District 9
Dowdy, William pd. $1.31.3 on 139 acres, value $851. District 9
Dowdy, Martin pd $1.25 on 100 acres, value $800. District 9

1840 - Dowdy, John marriage 19 Jun 1840 Marshall co TN to Hannah Brittain, by Joseph H. Brittain, JP at the home of Martin Dowdy (added by website editor 5/25/01)

1840 Oct 14. DB D pg 319. Archibald Bedwell to Martin Dowdy land on N side of Duck River on Caney Spring Creek adj Wm H. Howards corner and by Jonathan Wilsons line. Wit: John A. Rylie and WH Howard.

1841 Tax

Dowdy, William pd $1.62.4 on 139 acres, value $811. District 9
Dowdy, John pd $.25 Poll tax, District 9, no slaves or land
Dowdy, Martin pd $1.25 on 140 acres, value $800. District 9

1841 Feb 28. Will of Fredrick TAYLOR

Marshall County Will Book A pg 67
In the name of God amen. I Frederick Taylor of the county Marshall and state of Tennessee being of sound mind and perfect memory and calling to mind the certainty of death do this the 28th dy of February Eighteen hundred and forty one make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form as follows. Item 1st. My will and Desire after my death that my Executor sell on a resonable credit all the property that I may leave with the exception of such household furniture as my Wife may want and the funds arising there from together with all other money which I leave on hand or owing to & secondly to the maintainance of my wife Francis Taylor during her natural life. Item 2nd. I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Friffes one fourth of what may be left at the death of my wife. 3. I give and bequeath to my Daughter Martha Dennis one fourth. 4. I give and bequeath to my grandchildren Martha Dowdy, James Dowdy, Mandy Dowdy, Haywood Dowdy and Frederick Dowdy the other fourth to be eaqually divided between them I do hereby nominate and appoint my son Frederick Taylor Executor to this my last will and testament as witness where of I have hereunto set my hand & seal. his mark X Witness: L. Bullock; State of Tennessee Marshall County. County Court Jan term 1843 Personally appeaered in open court Leonard Bullock a subscribing withess to the foregoing will who being first sworn to answer questions deposed and said that he was acquainted with Frederick Taylor, whose signature to the within will and that he signed sealed & acknowledged the same in his presence upon the day it bears date and that he was of sound mind and disposing memory & that he requested him to subscribe his name as a witness, It is therefore ordered by the court that said will be admitted to probate. M. W. Oakley Clerk

1842 Tax

Dowdy, William pd $1.87.4 on 99 acres, value $1000. District 9
Dowdy, William pd $1.23 on 40 acres, value $75. District 9
Dowdy, Martin pd $1.64 on 150 acres, value $800. District 9

1842 Voting List

Johnson, Jordan (husb.of Mary "Polly" Dowdy)
Dowdy, Martin
Dowdy, Sherwood (who is this? who does he belong to?)
Dowdy, William
Ragsdale, John (son-in-law of John Dowdy SR)

1842 Jan 10 DB G pg 96. Sterling Sledge from Jas Stephens land district 9. Wit: Jeremiah Stephens, Jas M. Dowdy, M.L. Chrisman

1842 - Dowdy, John was Admin 7 Nov 1842 Marshall co tn of Jordan Johnson's Est (husb of Mary DOWDY Johnson She dau of John Dowdy, Sr

1842 - Dowdy, Mary (widow of Jordan Johnson) provisions 7 Nov 1842 Marshall co TN Court apptd Thom.Gillespie,Wm.Baucom & Andrew Derryberry /to lay/off years provisions for her

1843 Tax

Dowdy, Sherwood pd Poll tax of $.30 in District 9. no land or slaves
Dowdy, William pd $1.39 on 140 acres, value $656. District 9
Dowdy, Martin pd $1.63 on 160 acres, value $800. District 9

1843 - Dowdy, John was admin 6 Jul 1843 Marshall co TN had sale of est of Jordan Johnson personal effects

1843 - Dowdy, John was Adminstr 6 Jul 1843 Marshall co TN reported inventory & sale of Jordan Johnson estate

1843 Sept 13. DB F pg 174. Wm H Howard to A J Williams land dist 9 adj middle fork of Caney Spring Creek. Wit Joseph H. Brittain and Martin Dowdy

1843 - Dowdy, Mary (widow of Jordan Johnson) provisions 30 Nov 1843 Marshall co TN Court appt'd commissioners to lay off a years provi sions same commissioners as 7 Nov 1842

1843 - Dowdy, William Mid.TN Grant 11 Dec 1843 Marshall Co TN Grant #17576, 100 +160 acres, Bk.20, Pg. 634 (Index only)

1843 - Dowdy, Martin Mid.TN Grant 11 Dec 1843 Marshall co TN #17581 - 9 and 160 acres - Bk.20, pg. 639 (Index)

1843 Dec 12. DB F pg 222. Eliz Adams et al partition of land in dist 5 ...another tract of land on east fork of Rock Creek and adj...Dawdys line and a corner of Wm Craigs land. by Jas D. Andersons line...tract of land on the east fork of Rock Creek and adj John Dowdys line and by Wm Craigs land and by Jas D Andersons line

1844 - Dowdy, Martha F marriage 8 May 1844 Marshall co TN to William Arnold, by Branson McCaslin, JP /

1844 Oct 14. DB G pg 33. David Green to Thos Andress land dist 11 adj east side of Rock Creek at mouth and Fanning Jones line and Duck River. Wit: John Aldridge and Sherwood Dowdy.

1845 - Dowdy, Mary (widow of Jordan Johnson) f re-marriage 15 Apr 1845 Marshall co TN to David C. McCormick / She dau of John Dowdy SR

1846 - Dowdy, Martin M sold land 27 Aug 1846 Marshall co TN to Hiram Wilson 100 acres on Caney Spring Creek & lines /of Williams, Ferguson & Wilson

1846 - Dowdy, Mary (dau of John Dowdy SR) re-marriage 12 Sep 1846 Marshall co TN to George W. Cole. She prev. married to Jordan Johnson & David McCormick

1847 - Dowdy, Amanda Marriage 18 Feb 1847 Marshall co TN to John Arnold, by Branson McCaslin, JP

1848 - Dowdy, Jane Marriage 12 Jan 1848 Marshall co TN to Garner M.C. Walker

1848 - Dowdy, Malinda Marriage 10 Feb 1848 Marshall co TN to William Kingston by Jeremiah Stephens, MG

1849 - Dowdy, Nancy F Marriage 21 Oct 1849 Marshall co TN to Micajah Griffin, by J. D. Johnson, JP / /

1850 Census

Dowdy, Syntha F age 16, living with Andrew Williams & family / / also in household: William Dowdy age 19 (
Williams, Andrew 33 (Dowdy children in home) , Sarah 23, James 8, Syntha 6, Thomas 3, Sarah 2 mos,/Dicey /23 also in home: William Dowdy 19 & Syntha Dowdy 16 (
Dowdy, Garner M age 30 born TN Eliza(Graham) 30,Frances 9,Mary 8,Eliza 6,Sarah 4, Caroli/ne 2, / JOHN 4 mos.All born TN,JamesGrayham 80,blind,b:NC
Dowdy, Amos age 40 b: TN, Rebecca 40 b:NC, Francis 17, Wm.16, America 14, Isaac 12 Wiley /10,Jos/ephine 6, James 3, Mahala 3mo.Cely Eliot (f) 62 b:NC ( )
Dowdy, John age 50 born NC M Hanna 35 b:NC, Martin 9, Sarah 6, Nancy 5, Mary 2 / / ( )
Dowdy, William age 55, b: NC Elizabeth 48 b:NC, Sarah 19, Robinson 16, George 15 / / Lewis 12, Lily 8 ( )
Dowdy, William age 19, living with Andrew Williams & family also in household: Syntha Dowdy (f) age 16

1850 - Dowdy, William marriage 28 Feb 1850 Marshall co TN to Cintha Dunnegan from Automated archives CD #229 - not proven (Marshall TN GenWeb:William H. Dowdy m. Cintha Dunnegan Feb. 25,1850 Executed Feb. 28,1850 by Jeremiah Stephens M. G. )

1853 Tax

Dowdy, W. H. pd $1.90 on 128 acres, value $800. District 9
Dowdy, William pd $2. on 146 acres, value $1000. District 9

1854 Tax

Dowdy, W. H. pd $2.20 on 128 acres, value $850. District 9
Dowdy, William pd $2.817 for 146 1/2 acres, value $1300, plus $103 cash on hand. District 9
Dowdy, James pd $.50 Poll tax in District 9. No slaves or land
Dowdy, John pd $.50 Poll tax in District 9. No land or slaves

1854 - Dowdy, William H sold land 13 Nov 1854 Marshall co TN to Joseph R. Turner 128 acres in District 9, on Caney /Spring/Creek Wilson & Jones line (38 acres leased for timber) ( )

1855 Tax

Dowdy, James Pd. $.50 Poll tax in District 9. No land or slaves
Dowdy, William pd $4.17 on 146 acres, value $1465, plus $86. cash / / on hand. District 9 ()
Dowdy, W. H. pd $2.10 on 94 acres, value $800. District 9 / /
Dowdy, Robert pd $.50 Poll tax in District 9. No land or slaves
Dowdy, William pd $3.08.8 on 146 acres, value $1640, plus $84 cash on hand. District 9

1857 Agricultural Census

Dowdy, G. W. (George?) District #9 Agri. 1 horse=$100.
Dowdy, William District #9 3 horses, 10 cattle, 42 swine, 1 hogshead tobacco, 51 bu.wheat, 1000 bu. corn. Total = $883.00
Dowdy, W. H. District #9 4 horses, 4 cattle, 18 sheep, 13 swine, 60 bu.wheat 500 bu.corn. Total = $588.
Dowdy, Fredrick District #9 1 horse = $80.

1857 Tax

Dowdy, William pd $2.30 on 146 acres, value $1150. District 9
Dowdy, W. H. pd $1.70 on 94 acres, value $850. District 9

1857 - Dowdy, William wrote Will 16 Dec 1857 Marshall co TN wife Elizabeth,children:Robinson,George,Lewis,Nancy Phebe /Manda /Jane and Sarah & gr.son Andrew K.Dowdy. (

1859 Tax

Dowdy, George pd $.60 Poll tax in District 9. No land or slaves
Dowdy, Robert pd $.60 Poll tax in District 9. No land or slaves
Dowdy. William pd $2.92 on 146 acres, value $1460. District 9

1859 - Dowdy, William deceased 5 Sep 1859 Marshall co TN Will dated 16 Dec 1857 was proven in court by Witn / Hiram Murdock & James Edwards.Will Bk.B, pg.77-78

1859 - Dowdy, John M marriage 6 Oct 1859 Marshall co TN to Martha C. Williams /

1860 Census

Dowdy, John Jr age 53 b: NC Minerva 45, Mary E.22, John M.20, Martha F. 18, Mar garet /J. 15 Edney J. 11, Thomas F.9, & Tennessee age 2

1868 - Dowdy, G. W. ( and ET AL ) sold land 1868 Marshall co TN to Newton J.Woods. 91 acres-Deed. Bk. V, pg.561 / from index. I need to look at Deed for more info

1868 - Dowdy, G. W. ( and ET AL ) sold land 1868 Marshall co TN to W.M.T. White, 50 acres-Deed. Bk. V, pg. 562 from Index. I need to look at Deed for more info

1868 - Dowdy, A. B. marriage 13 Dec 1868 Marshall co TN to C. A. Murdock Taken from the IGI - no proof