Dowland Family Genealogy Forum
Thank you for your response. You are very correct about the errors in the Dowland book concerning your line. In the Tennessee line, the accuracy is better through the 1800-1900's. When we get back before the Revolutionary War, the problems in the book pop up again. I have very good documentation back to my first Henry Dowland around 1740, but the ball drops there. I have a feeling that he could be a grandson of the Maryland Dowlands of the late 1600's. Of course it's also possible that he came over to America on his own as a young adult in the early 1700's. The VA and MD colonial records are pretty good on the web, but just as you have said, I'm sure there is much more if you can get to those Archives in person. We have one of the better genealogical collections in the South here in Knoxville at the East Tenn. Historical Society's McClung Collection. It is very good especially for the southern colonies. I wish you good luck in your upcoming treasure hunts! Be on the lookout for any pre-1740 VA or MD Dowland references!
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