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General Joseph McDowell (b. February 25, 1758, d. April 24, 1795)Joseph McDowell (son of John McDowell and Ann Evans Edmistin) was born February 25, 1758, and died April 24, 1795.He married Mary Moffett on Abt. 1782, daughter of George Moffett.
Notes for Joseph McDowell:
"The Wrestling Match":
I cannot tell you exactly when this occurred but it is a tradition of both the Whitener and the McDowell families, and I am sure that it is true.
On one of his many trips between his southern home and Philadelphia, Weidner spent a night in Virginia with a man by the name of McDowell. The older son, whose name was Joseph, sat till late in the night listening the pioneer's stories of the new country. He was much interested in what he had heard, and the next morning told his father he was determined to go along with the big Saxon and see the country for himself. His Father readily consented, knowing that he would be in good hands.
After reaching the Henry River they made a trip to the westward as far as the Blue Mountains, as the Blue Ridge was then called. When they had passed the headwaters of the Henry River they followed the Catawba. Weidner knew that the deep rich soil lay along the rivers.
The finally reached the broad stretch of level land on the Catawba now know as Pleasant Gardens. It was so beautiful that Weidner could not help wishing it were his. You remember he was of that race who desired all the land adjoining them. But the young Scotsman also knew a fine tract of land when he saw it. And here is another case where the quick wit of the canny Scotsman was too much for that of the more deliberate German.
McDowell was young and active, and a good wrestler in the old-fashioned way. He was fresh from Virginia where this sport was a favorite among the young men when they met at corn-shuckings, raisings or musters, while Weidner, a middle-aged man, had not tried his skill in a long time. But when the young man suggested a wrestling match to settle the matter, Weidner could not decline the challenge.
Then they wrestled. Far away from any from any human being, with only the birds for witnesses, the two men took off their coats and cleared a space for the contest. The big lumbering German and the little wiry Scot took each other in a close embrace for a trial of strength and skill. No doubt this was a method of settling disputes used by their ancestors a thousand years before.
Weidner, a big strong man, was sure that it would be but chi9ld's play. But even before he thought of using his great strength, McDowell, using the effective "knee trip," knocked his feet from under him, and Weidner made the imprint of his broad back on the rich soil of Pleasant Gardens.
Weidner was a good loser and then helped McDowell survey and enter the land that to this day belongs to the descendants of General Joseph McDowell.
This was extracted from "FATHER WEIDNER, The King of the Forks," written by R. Vance Whitener, in Spartanburg, S.C. on Jan 1, 1916 for his sons. (The descendants of Henry later changed the family name to Whitener).
More About Joseph McDowell and Mary Moffett:
Marriage: Abt. 1782
Children of Joseph McDowell and Mary Moffett are:
- Joseph Moffett McDowell, d. date unknown.