Founded on the Internet
December 13, 1998

Dowdy Family Branches
Research Website

The Legend of Betsy Dowdy
An Historical Tradition of the Battle of Great Bridge

"The winter of 1775 was a dark and gloomy time for the Revolutionary Patriots of Eastern Carolina. Governor Tyron had left his "palace" in New Bern secretly and hurriedly, had taken refuge on board the armed Cruizer and was stationed at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, issuing orders, fortifying the Tory feeling in the Colony, and inciting the slaves to servile insurrection. Lord Dunmore had been driven from Williamsburg Va., by popular indignation, had gone down to Norfolk, VA., and intrenched himself there. From this position he was annoying the adjacent sections of Virginia by hostile raids, and was expected to make incursions into the adjacent section of North Carolina..." read more 

Famous Dowdys
Learn about the lives of Dowdys who were famous (or notorious). Are you related to any of them? Take a look and see! here>> 
DNA Results
The Dowdy Family Branches website encourages you to submit a DNA sample as part of the FTDNA "Clan O'Dubhda" project. See the DNA results so far here>> 
Dowdy Stories and Narratives 
Read the stories of Dowdy pioneer families, patriots and about normal folk. here>> New! 

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US Civil War
Discover whether your ancestor fought in the Civil War - and more importantly, on which side! This page contains muster rolls, pension applications for both the Union and Confederate armies. here>>  


War of 1812 Records
Discover whether your Dowdy ancestor participated in the War of 1812. This page contains official records including muster rolls and penstion application records. here>> 


Revolutionary War
Discover whether your Dowdy ancestor fought or gave aid to either the patriot's cause or the British. The page includes government muster roles and more. here>>  

African American Dowdy Research
This page is designed to specifically aid researchers of African-American ancestry. The page includes census, military, freedman's records and more. here>>  

Dr. Lewis Carnegie Dowdy,

Sixth president and first chancellor of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, died Dec. 17, 2000, in Greensboro. He was 83.Dowdy was appointed acting president of A&T, then known as A&T College, in January 1962 more>>