I am researching my direct line back to it's Scottish/Irish origin.I am attempting to locate the first Dowell, McDowell or MacDowell in my line who came to America and where it was they came from.(Also if/when the gaelic form of "son of" was dropped, mac or mc from our name as it was anglicized.)
Going through the Dowell line of my ancestry I have proven and sited my direct heritage from youngest to oldest generations excluding all the details:
Nate Dowell (myself) son of, Ronald Lee Dowell son of, Cecil Raymond Dowell son of, Orville Raymond Dowell son of, George Hickman Dowell son of, George Weir Dowell son of, Reuben Hickman Dowell son of, George Dowell son of _______, etc.
This is where I come up short as have I read many others do as well.I have read all the theories and if I had to logistically pick one out of my own conjecture it would be the reasoning that the John Dowell b. 1757 of Virgina whom married Sarah Hickman fathered a George Dowell with a previous, first marriage to a woman last named Franklin.This George Dowell then being the father of Reuben Hickman Dowell, father of George Weir Dowell and so on as listed above.I would put faith in this lineage logistically based on this George naming his children using the same names ashis own half brothers and sisters.John's brother George's possibility of fathering this George Dowell cannot be discarded although, so the mystery remains.
I am interested in deciphering this road block in my family line and then pressing onwards back to our Scottish/Irish roots.Although I am not familiar with the means of DNA testing, I would happily partake in such a study if it were to help the cause.
Let me know if I can help with any information regarding the previously mentioned (and details I did not list), thank you.