Thanks to the Dowdell habit of intermarrying, I am directly descended from several of her close kin and have lots of stuff collected on her. She's my gggreat aunt. About a mile from my house is her home in the 1850s, Sunny Slope, which is still standing. My gggrandfather officiated at her daughter's wedding. One of her thirteen children was William James Samford, governor of Alabama, 1900-1901 (died in office), for whom Auburn's signature building, Samford Hall is named. I know some of her direct Samford descendants now living, and more. Please email me back with your phone number and we can talk. I'm compiling an extensive Dowdell family history/genealogy right now which goes back to her grandfather James Dowdell I (and we can trace from him some twenty generations or more to Walter of Duvedale, 1318) of Virginia, later Kentucky. But to answer your immediate questions:
2. Lewis Jefferson Dowdell was born July 31, 1785, Spotsylvania Co., VA, and married Elizabeth “Betsy” Clay Farley on February 25, 1818, in the home of Matthew Farley (relation unknown), Putnam, Co., GA (according to Georgia Marriage Records to 1850). Lewis died of exhaustion after fighting a fire on his farm Mulberry on February 17, 1848, Harris Co., GA, and was buried next to his wife in Putnam Co., GA. She was born September 3, 1800, Hamilton, GA (daughter of Arthur Farley and Ann Berry Tinsley); she died at Mulberry, Harris Co., GA, on October 22, 1826; buried Jasper Co., GA. Lewis and Elizabeth had five children, four of whom lived to maturity:
2.b. Susan Lewis Dowdell, born July 30, 1822, probably Macon Co. (source says Lee Co. which didn’t then exist, but was later made from part of northern Macon Co.), AL, died December 28, 1897, Opelika, AL, buried Pine Hill cemetery, Auburn, AL; she married January 11, 1838, ME, S Rev. William Flewellyn Samford. L.L.D.; he was born October 3, 1817, Wilkinson, GA, died July 4, 1894, buried next to his wife in Pine Hill cemetery. They had thirteen children:
2.b.I. Elizabeth Jane Samford, born November 15, 1838, died 192_, married at her father’s house “Sunny Slope,”(now the Bess and Verl Emrick home on South College, St., between Jule Collins Smith Museum and L.D.S. Church.) Auburn, AL, January 20, 1859, to Thomas P. Fullilove, of Caddo Parish, LA (marriage officiated by Rev. Andrew Adgate Lipscomb, my gggrandfather, whose wife Susan Andrew Dowdell Lipscomb was Susan Lewis Dowdell's first cousin). They had seven children:
2.b.I.A. Katy C. Fullilove, born ca. 1867.
2.b.I.B. William “Willy” J. Fullilove, born LA ca. 1869, married Elizabeth _____ , born in LA ca. 1875, had four or more children.
2.b.I.C. W. L. (a son) Fullilove, born ca. January 1870, apparently died young.
2.b.I.D. Sallie Fullilove, born ca. 1872.
2.b.I.E. Jackson Fullilove, born ca. 1876
2.b.I.F. Samford Christian Fullilove, born in LA January 23, 1877, became a lawyer, married Amanda S_____ who was born in LA ca. 1885; they had at least three sons.
2.b.I.G. Carry (a daughter) Fullilove, born ca. 1879
2.b.II. Thomas Lewis Samford, born April 21, 1843, died fall of 1900, married Mary E. Wimberly, born ca. 1845; they had at least one child, a daughter:
2.b.II.A. Matty L. Samford, born in AL ca. 1873.
2.b.III. Gov. William James Samford, born September 16, 1844, in Greenville, GA; relocated to Auburn, AL, with his parents prior to 1850; he died in Tuscaloosa, AL, June 11, 1901, buried in Rosemere cemetery, Opelika, AL; married Caroline Elizabeth Drake on October 31, 1865, in Auburn, AL; she was born July 24, 1847, to John Hodges Drake, II, and Caroline Elizabeth Louise Williams; Caroline Samford died February 13, 1940, Opelika, AL; they had nine children.
2.b.III.A. William Hodges Samford, born August 7, 1866.
2.b.III.B. Thomas Drake “Yetta” Samford, born November 2, 1868.
2.b.III.C. William James “Jammie” Samford, born October 10, 1870 (a daughter); married her first cousin once removed Silas “Sikes” Alexander Dowdell, II (2.c.VII), in Opelika AL, January 5, 1892.
2.b.III.D. Richard Louis Samford, born in Opelika, AL, January 12, 1873; married Nellie Bridges; he died March 17, 1947.
2.b.III.E. Susan George Samford, born in Opelika, AL, August 25, 1875; married James Oscar Smith.
2.b.III.F. Carolyn Elizabeth Samford, born in Opelika, AL, August 25, 1879; married William Charlton Giles.
2.b.III.G. Crawford Alexander Samford, born in Youngsboro, AL, August 2, 1884.
2.b.III.H. Walter Robert Samford, born in Youngsboro, AL, July 6, 1886.
2.b.III.I. Mary Katherine Samford, born in Youngsboro, AL, February 7, 1890.
2.b.IV. Katherine Frances Samford, born March 19, 1846, died October 29, 1929, buried in Pine Hill cemetery, Auburn, AL, married Benjamin H. Myrick (evidently a relation to Stith Myrick, spouse to Elizabeth Dowdell 1.a, and his brother John Myrick, spouse to Luda Dowdell, 1.g) who died in 1902.
2.b.V. Susan George Samford, born August 25, 1848, died fall 1923, married John Timothy Pearce in 1868; he died September 25, 1931.
2.b.VI. Walter Clifton Samford, born August 28, 1850, died ____, married (1) Rosa Herring who died October 22, 1894, (2) Frances Baldwin, his cousin.
2.b.VII. Dowdell Turberville Samford, born September 3, 1852, died in infancy.
2.b.VIII (twin with 2.b.IX). Mary Caroline Samford, born July 11, 1855, died unmarried March 11, 1929, buried near her parents in Pine Hill cemetery, Auburn, AL.
2.b.IX (twin with 2.b.VIII). Randolph Macon Samford, born July 11, 1855, married December 3, 1876, to Kate R. Logan.
2.b.X. Annie Laurie Samford, born August 29, 1856, lived only a few weeks.
2.b.XI. Crawford Alexander Lipscomb Samford, born December 17, 1857 in AL, died January 21, 1934, married Mary Lucas.
2.b.XII. Yancey Fullilove Samford, born July 11, 1861, died in infancy.
2.b.XIII. Rev. Norris Preston Dowdell Samford, born October 24, 1863, died May 19, 1888; he married Sarah “Sallie” Baron who was born December 31, 1863, and died December 6, 1907; buried near each other (his parents William Flewellyn and Susan Dowdell Samford’s graves lie between them) in Pine Hill cemetery, Auburn, AL. They had one child:
2.b.XIII.A. Mary Susan Samford, born September 4, 1887, died September 28, 1906, buried next to her mother, near her father, in Pine Hill cemetery, Auburn, AL.
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