Hi: I am searching for a THOMAS MCDOWELL, who lived in Rockbridge/Augusta Co, Va., during 1770s. He had six children JOHN, JAMES, POLLY, AGNES, ABBY, and JANE. I do not know his age or his wife's name. I was told at one time that he might be descended from a MATTHEW MCDOWELL. Does any of this sound familiar? I have not connected him with my gggrandfather JAMES MCDOWELL, b 3/1786 in New Bern, N. C., as yet, but am searching diligently for him. My gggrandfather JAMES left N. C. at the age of 10 as an orphan with an uncle. THOMAS may be his uncle or could be his father. If you have any info which might connect this, please share with me. Thank you for any help you may give.