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Patrick McDowell

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Date of Birth: 
1858
Date of Death: 
1908

 

Patrick John McDowell was born in Feakle on St Patrick’s Day, the 17th March 1858, the second son of Michael and Bridget (Moloney) McDowell of Furnacetown, Feakle, County Clare.
(Baptismal records for Feakle start around 1860, but Patrick gives his date of birth on American records).
 
On the 26th August 1872, Patrick McDowell was the baptismal sponsor for his brother, Thomas McDowell, (my grandfather), at the parish church in Feakle, County Clare.
 
As with many families in the parish of Feakle, the McDowell’s were actively involved in the local Land League. 
 
One of Patrick’s sisters, Mary McDowell, was an executive committee member of the Feakle Ladies Land League in 1881.
(Mary McDowell together with her sister, Ellen McDowell, later emigrated to Australia in 1885).  
   
Patrick McDowell and Michael Hogan arrested in Feakle, under the PROTECTION OF PERSON AND PROPERTY (IRELAND) ACT, 1881.
(Michael Hogan lived in the next farm to the McDowell’s in Furnacetown and significantly he was at this time the Secretary of the Feakle branch of the Land League).
(The Protection of Person and Property (Ireland) Act, 1881 allowed persons to be imprisoned without trial. It was introduced to control public disorder).
According to Limerick Prison records Patrick McDowell was admitted to the Prison on the 22nd October 1881 having been convicted of “assaulting a dwelling house and intimidating persons to abstain from paying rents.” He was committed to Prison by no less than the Chief Secretary for Ireland, W. E. Forster. He is described as being 23 years of age, 5 feet 8 and three quarter inches tall, has sandy hair, grey eyes and a fair complexion. His weight on admission to Limerick Gaol was 149 pounds. He is a shoemaker. He was held at Limerick Gaol and then later transferred to Clonmel Gaol. 
 
Some idea of the outrage caused in the district by these detentions will be gained from the fact that on the morning four days after the arrest, hundreds of people gathered in the village of Feakle to dig the potatoes of the men imprisoned under the Coercion Act. 
They organised themselves and marched four deep in to the farms of Messrs McDowell and Hogan, completing their work in fifteen minutes. Close on 1000 men were engaged in the work.  
 
Despite being in Prison, both Michael Hogan and Patrick McDowell, continued to take an active part in politics. In January 1882 both signed a Petition sent to the Lord Mayor of Dublin to support the holding of an exhibition of Irish Manufacturer and Industries in Dublin.
Signed by over 4000 including:
Michael Hogan, Feakle, county Clare
Patrick McDowell, Feakle, county Clare
 
In April 1882 Patrick was moved from Limerick Prison to Clonmel prison in Tipperary.
There was obviously pressure being exerted to obtain the release of Patrick as shown by the question raised in the House of Commons in London during a debate on the 5th May 1882.
PROTECTION OF PERSON AND PROPERTY (IRELAND) ACT, 1881—MR. PATRICK McDOWELL - House of Commons Debate 5th May 1882 
 
MR. HEALY asked Mr. Attorney General for Ireland, Whether it is the fact that Mr. Patrick McDowell, of Feakle, county Clare, arrested on the 22nd October, is still detained in Clonmel Gaol, while Mr. Michael Hogan, arrested two days previously, on the same charge and from the same place, was released four months ago; and, whether the district is now peaceable, and if the case of Mr. McDowell can be considered? 
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. W. M. JOHNSON) Sir, in reply to this and the several other Questions of hon. Members in reference to persons at present in detention under the Protection Act, I am authorized by His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant to say that he will proceed to Ireland at once, and that it is his intention, at the earliest opportunity, to consider all the cases of persons now detained under that Act. 
 
Patrick McDowell, Labourer, aged 23, from Ireland is recorded as entering New York on board the SS City of Richmond from Liverpool/Queenstown on 5th July 1882.
 
 
Patrick J. McDowell enrolled in Battery 'A' of the 2nd US Artillery on the 2nd of November 1883 at New York. He states that his place of birth is Clare, Ireland and his occupation, shoemaker. 
He was honourably discharged on the 1st of November 1888 at Little Rock, Arkansas by reason of the expiration of term of service, five years, a private.  
 
Between 1891 - 1898, Patrick J. McDowell was the President of the County Clare Patriotic, Benevolent and Social Association of New York.
 
Patrick was enrolled at New York on the 1st of July 1898 by Major J. D. Ferguson of the 1st Regiment U.S. Engineers. He was a contractor's man at this time. 
He was mustered into service on the 8th of July 1898 at Camp Townsend, Peekskill, New York as a sergeant, Company 'L', 1st Regiment, U.S. Volunteer Engineers and was mustered out and honourably discharged on the 25th January, 1899 at New York, by reason of the muster out of the company, a sergeant. 
 
By 1900 Patrick McDowell is working as an Express driver and is resident at 521, Lexington Avenue.
 
On February 8th 1903 Patrick marries Catherine Moylan in New York. 
 
Contributed by his Grandnephew - Tom McDowell  ttommcdowell@aol.com>



 
Patrick’s oldest son, John P. McDowell, was born on 22nd November 1906 in The Bronx, New York, USA.
 
Patrick's second son, James McDowell, was born on the 15th of March 1908.
 
Patrick McDowell dies of Acute Pleural Pneumonia at his residence, 529, Brook Avenue, Bronx, New York, on 14th July, 1908.
 
The burial of Patrick McDowell takes place at Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Bronx, New York on 16th July, 1908.
 
Patrick McDowell’s widow, Katherine (Moylan) McDowell, marries John Deloughrey, born 1877, Kilkenny, Ireland, on the 20th February 1916 at the Church of St Raymond, Bronx, New York.   
 
Location in USA: 
Bronx, New York