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Nehemiah Dowell

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Submitted & © 2002 by: Rose Rentzel

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© 2002 Rose Rentzel

"The State Journal Friday, March 28, 1913, Copy of Obituary":
Nehemiah Dowell was born March 29, 1831, in VA. When one year old his parents moved to KY; from there to middle TN, and at fourteen years old moved to Louisiana, MO. He lived there until the opening of OK. He was one of the first men to leave the train in Guthrie to make the race. When twenty-one years of age he married Miss Margaret Phillips. To this union two sons were born: Elias Frederick and John Milton. They have both gone on before and are at rest in the same cemetery as their father. In 1870 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Rinker. To this union nine children were born, all of whom are living and were at the funeral of their father. They are Samuel H. Dowell of Shreveport, LA, Francis D. Dowell of Mulhall, OK, Mrs. Hal Brown of Mulhall, OK, Arthur E. Dowell of Atchison, KS, Robert Guy Dowell of Stamps, AK., George and Levi Dowell of Mulhall, Grover Dowell of Mulhall, and Miss Lela, who with the wife survive him. He united with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church when thirty years of age and always remained a true believer in God.
When the rebellion broke out he enlisted in Price's army and remained in the army for four years.
He passed to the great beyond March 20, 1913, after being a great sufferer for months, in which time he was ever patient, and all that loving care could do was done for him by his family.
The funeral services were held from the Pleasant Valley school house Saturday morning at 11:00. Rev. Bixler, paster of the Presbyterian Church is Mulhall preached the sermon. The songs were: "A Great Day is Coming," "We'll Never Say Good-bye to Heaven, " and "Shall We Gather by the River". The pall bearers were all 89ers. They were: Messrs. E. L. Mills, Norman Hunt, Fred Rawlings, Patrick Gilmors, P.P. Scott and Fred Ruck. He was laid to rest in the Pleasant Valley cemetery
Additional reference in same paper: Just as Sam and Guy Dowell parted on their homeward journey at Ft. Worth, TX, after attending their father's funeral her Saturday, Sam's train was flagged by a small Negro boy just as it was rounding a sharp curve and just before it plunged into a lake about fifty feet deep with a drop of perhaps another fifty feet from the bridge to the water. The bridge was half burned away and but for the small Negro boy not a soul would have escaped.

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Land Run Information: Nehemiah participated in the first OK land run, Logan Co. in May 16, 1889 where he obtained 160 acres. He was referred to as one of the original 89'ers. This land was given free to the settlers, with patents being issued upon proof of 5 years of residence.

Guthrie OK. Land Run Records. Final Certificate no. 1312. Homestead Application No. 1475

Guthrie, OK., August 21, 1895 Sect 20 NE4, Town 19N, Range 2 W. Approved October 19, 1895

Patented November 13, 1895, recorded Vol 3, page 248. Homestead Proof - Testimony of Claimant

Nehemiah Dowell being called as a witness in his own behalf in support of homestead entry No. 1475, for NE 4, sec. 20, T.19.N.R..2.W. testifies as follows:


What is your name, age, address?: Nehemiah Dowell, age 64, P.O. Mulhall

Are you a native born U.S. citizen, where were you born?: Yes Sir, VA

When was your house built on the land, when did you establish residence there and describe improvements:
26th of February 1890, Established residence same day but made residence on the claim the 28th of April 1889, Lived in Dugout. House
22x42, stable 12x30, well, cellar, hen house, 75 fruit trees, 90 acres cultivated, 1200 rods of wire fence improvements valued at $400

Of whom does your family consist: Wife and six children

Have you been absent from property: Myself or family have not been absent since effecting residence thereon.

How much of the land have you cultivated each season and for how many seasons: 1889, 6 acres; 1890, 50 acres; 1891,
same; 1892, 90 acres;1893, same; 1894, same.

Is your present claim within city limits or used for trade or business: No

What is the character of the land and for what purpose is it most valuable: It is Prairie lands, farming

Are there any minerals and is it more valuable for agriculture or mining: No minerals, valuable for agriculture.

Have you ever made another homestead application: No

Have you sold or mortgaged any portion of the land: No

Have you any personal property elsewhere then on this land: No

Describe other entry or filing you have made since August 30, 1890: None



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