There is some information in the book concerning th Dowlens you mentioned.There are several pages as a matter of fact, but I should caution you that the accuracy of many parts of the book has been disputed since it was written in the early 1960's.The author, C. Reid Dowland, was of the West TN Dowlands (as I am - see my research on the Dowland Forum if you like) and although he tried to find all related names, he sometimes listed a lot of his own guesses in the links.He obviously concentrated on the West TN Dowlands, so he tended to be less accurate on the lines he wasn't directly part of.I'm afraid (and I've been told) that he made many mistakes on the line you speak of.I'd be glad to copy and mail you the pages from the book that deal with this line if you want to e-mail me at email@example.com
One thing that you should find valuable though is using his work as a great source of clues for your own research.He did some great work considering the available sources of the time, and his work has often lead me to find new information he couldn't possibly have found in those days (before internet search engines!).Basically to answer the question you asked:
He says that three brothers, Amos, John, and Harris Dowlen came to Ft. Nashborough/Nashville area in 1795 as young men (likely born late 1770's) from the Waxhaw District of NC.He speculates that "Harris" may have been his mother's maiden name.Harris married Susan Hargrove(?) in about 1797, bought land near Ewing Hargrove on Ewing Branch, six miles from the fort.He later bought land near Good Springs Baptist Church in Cheatham(?) County and settled there.He died in 1855.
His second daughter listed from his first marriage (with Susan) is Nancy Dowlen.Nancy is listed as later marrying "Blaney" Felts.The book also presents a history of Good Springs Church as written by Alton Felts.This history says the church was built in 1844 in Robertson County.He says the land was donated by "Harris Dowlen, Jr." who came from NC.The author thinks that Harris Jr. might be a brother of the Nancy you asked about, but if that was true he would have been born in TN???
The book lists the children of Nancy Dowlen and Blaney (actually it is spelled "Balney" the second time it is listed (?)) as:
Jack Felts m. Miss Reid, then Victoria Jenkins "Church" Felts m. Mary Keeles Mary Felts m. Bill Raymer Sue Felts m. Ennis Carney Harris Felts m. Wylie Fry Bettie Felts m. George Anderson Rose Felts m. Bill Casey Monroe Felts Sac Felts m. Joe Carney
I don't see an Isham Felts in the book, but that's the kind of error I often see - incorrect in-law's names.I presume you may know who some of these Felts are since you asked that question.Maybe you can help "clean up" the book's info a bit.
The book's author goes on to say that there is no direct evidence to link the Mid TN Dowlens and the West TN Dowlands (of his and my lines), but he is convinced we all have the same source.If you look at some of my postings on the Dowland Forum about the NC Dowlands, there are some good possibilities that the Dowlens are actually "lost brothers" of the Dowlands of the mid 1700's in central NC.The confirmed Dowlands sometimes appear in records as "Dowlen, Doland, Dolan, Dolen, Douland, Doolin, Dollin," etc. - everyone of the spellings pronounced the same!You do pronounce it as "DOE-len" also don't you?A great number of the Dolens and Dolans have been documented as linked to the Dowlands, and it's just as likely that the Dowlens belong there too.Why else would they simply appear from nothing in the late 1700's in NC, where records are fairly well-documented?The fact that your bunch hung on to the "w" in your spelling makes me think there well could be a link.
Let me know what you think!Thanks for the message.