H. M. Dowell is a native of Surry county, North Carolina, born July 9, 1825. His parents, Peter and Mary Dowell, were both natives of North Carolina; and his grandfather was a captain in the Revolutionary War. When our subject was seven years old his parents moved to Henry county, Indiana, and in 1839 to this county, where he was reared upon a farm, and thus acquired a liking for farming, which he has since made his occupation.

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Mr. Dowell was united in marriage, March 21, 1850, to Miss Harriet Smith. She was born in May, 1832, and died June 2, 1867. They had four children; namely, William, born January 7, 1851; Sarah J., born July 21, 1853; Cornelius, born December 7, 1858-died; and Austin, born April 30, 1863. Mr. Dowell was married, April 10, 1870, to Miss Rebecca Hart, who-was born in Jacksonville, Illinois, January 9, 1842. They are rearing Mary E. Dowell, an orphan child, the daughter of a niece of Mr. Dowell.