The DOWDY Family History
The DOWDYs of Virginia, Tennessee & Texas

Family Histories
Deeds
Obituaries
Wills
Photos, Etc.
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I'll be adding more to this area as time permits. Since I started this genealogy website, I haven't had a lick of time to work on my own genealogy! However, I do have quite a bit more material on this DOWDY family, and I'll eventually get it all online.

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Family Histories

A wonderful history of this DOWDY family can be found online.  I encourage you to take a look around the Ames Plantation website while you're there, too, because they have a lot of information to offer, including the online history of the COTTON family (no relation to any of my lines... that I know of).  

The Ames Plantation also host an annual Cultural Resources Field Day which I recommend very highly. Our whole family enjoyed the living history exhibitions, presentations from archaeologists and scholars, storytellers, Civil War re-enactors and more. 

William Preston DOWDY and Lucy E. MAY were married in Fayette Co., Tennessee on December 15, 1846. He was the son of Richard DOWDY, Sr. and Martha (?), who had arrived in Fayette County in the mid-1830's, having come from Cumberland Co., Virginia. Lucy was the daughter of William Meredith MAY and Catherine Mask JARRETT, who moved to Fayette Co. around 1830. Both native Virginians, William MAY was born in Buckingham Co., and Catherine hailed from nearby Goochland County.

William and Lucy had 9 children:

  • William Preston DOWDY, Jr. born 1847, died 1858

  • Richard Oscar DOWDY, born about 1848; married Cecile M. CHAZE in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, Dec. 23, 1882. A family letter written in 1917 refers to this couple as "having left two children," but the writer did not know their names or anything more about them.

  • Mary Virginia "Jennie" DOWDY, my great-grandmother, born April 19, 1860, died June 22, 1921. She graduated from the Somerville Female Institute.

  • Florence May DOWDY

  • Walter Davis DOWDY

  • Lucy Ella "Lula" DOWDY

  • Sam Edgar DOWDY

  • William Preston DOWDY, Jr., whose name was changed to Eugene Preston DOWDY    

  • Minnie Kate DOWDY

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Deeds

Purchase of land from DYER estate

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Wills

Will of Martha DOWDY

Will of William Preston DOWDY

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Obituaries

Mary Virginia DOWDY Obituary 
(Mrs. Gustavus Watts ALLEN)

Lucy E. MAY Obituary
(Mrs. William Preston DOWDY)

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Photos, Etc.

Mary Virginia DOWDY Photograph

(Date uncertain, probably 1871-1873.)

"Jennie" DOWDY was the daughter of William Preston DOWDY and Lucy E. MAY. She was born April 15, 1850 in Fayette County, Tennessee, and died June 22, 1921 in McKinney, Collin Co., Texas. She is buried in the historic Pecan Grove Cemetery in McKinney. 

She married Gustavus Watts ALLEN, a veteran of the 13th Tennessee Infantry, C. S. A., in 1870. They were the parents of seven children.

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