Marriage of Richard Oscar DOWDY
and Cecile M. CHAZE

Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana

December 23, 1882

Richard Oscar DOWDY was the son of William Preston DOWDY and Lucy E. MAY. He was born in Fayette County, Tennessee about 1848. I don't yet know when he migrated to Louisiana, but he married there in 1882. A transcript of an old family letter indicates that "Uncle Oscar," as his niece called him, had "died and left two children," though she did not know their names. 

He married Cecile M. CHAZE in Avoyelles Parish in 1882. They were married by a Catholic priest, implying that Richard had converted to Catholicism at some point. The DOWDY family was either Methodist or Presbyterian, and this would have been a significant change in religious affiliation for the nineteenth century. 

I hope that I'll eventually be able to learn what happened to Richard Oscar DOWDY and Cecile CHAZE, as well as the names of their children.

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