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01 November 2012

William H Dowell


Dowell, William H (Adopt a stone)

William H Dowell was born September 14 1862 in Meade County, Kentucky the son of John Aaron and Judith Ann Jared Dowell.  His obituary appeared in the Salisbury Press-Spectator on August 25, 1882:  "A young man named Dowell was drowned last Sunday while bathing at Dooley's Ford, 4 or 5 miles north of Keytesville.  He was aged about 17 years and said to be a good swimmer, and the cause of his drowning must have been from cramping.  He went down suddenly without any exclamation.  Other parties were in bathing at the time but not near enough to help him.  The drowning occurred about noon and the body was not recovered until late in the evening.  The inquest was held Monday.  Young Dowell was a brother-in-law to Mr. W.P. Jared."

William P Jared was a sister to William H Dowell's mother, Judith.  William Jared and his second wife, Elizabeth Clarkson Jared, lived in the Keytesville area in 1880 (per census).  It is possible that William was visiting or living with his uncle's family when the drowning occurred as the Dowell family was still living in Meade County, Kentucky at the time and only later moved to Livingston County, Missouri.  William's parents are buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Livingston County.  William died on August 20, 1882 and is buried in Bennett Cemetery not too far from his uncle, William P and his first wife Lucy Ann Mildred Bennett Jared.

This large obelisk was on the ground in four sections with the decorative top missing.  It required a machine to raise the base for leveling and raise and set the obelisk which was then sealed and cleaned.  The restoration of this monument can be 'adopted' for $275 or a portion thereof.  If you would like to support this restoration project please send your remittance made payable to "Jacob's Ladder" Cemetery Restoration Specialists and mail to Chariton County Historical Society, P.O.  Box 114, Salisbury, Missouri 65281.  Thank you.  "Jacob's Ladder" will donate 10% of the cost of any adopted restoration to the appropriate cemetery.



Dowell, Wm H (before)


Dowell, William H (Adopt a stone)


(Before Restoration)

(After Restoration)


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