Hi:I still can not solve the mystery of the similar names.One line of researchers thinks that "my" John Dowell born 1761 in Albermarle Co VA married 1797 in Wilkes Co NC to Sarah Hickman.Had one brother named George born 1759.About 1778 John, George, and their mothers (?) family moved to Burke Co NC where both brothers served in the Revolution (apparently John served for George as George during one period).In 1810 John was living in Cumberland Co KY.By 1815 he was in Jackson Co Tn where he died in 1850.His children were: John Martin, Sophia Elizabeth, Patsy, Reuben Hickman, Sarah Elvira, Nancy Emma, Clara, Frances America.
John's brother George's children intermarried into the Coffey family.A coffey family history refers to the old Dowell homeplace alongside the Coffey home in Wilkes co NC.By 1828 George and his son James who married a Coffey, daughter who married Reuben Coffey were in MOnroe Co Indiana where George is buried.
One researcher thinks that George Dowell born in KY who married Polly Tomberline was also the son of "My" John Dowell.I have never seen proof of that and am almost inclined to believe he is the son of George Dowell instead.The Hickman name came down from John Dowell's wife who was Sarah Elizabeth Hickman.I have pondered with others of the George/Polly line as to the similarity of names and seems there must be a connection but what/where/how remains to be proven.Good to talk to another Dowell who is as confused and frustrated as I am.I have been seeking John and George's parents for 35 years now and have proven to myself that they are no one's children!!!GA Dowell Hunt