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Charles Downer (#48326952)
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Dorothy Mattie
RE: Downer Family History
Hi, Bud, Robert Edwin "Eddie" was married to my great grand aunt Martha Jane "Mattie" Vining. They raised my mother, Anna Vivian Moore, after her mother died - my Mom was about 4 when she first started living with Nanny and Papa and her mother died when she was 7. So Nanny and Papa were like grandparents to me. I don't know anything about the Downer family except what I found on I do know that Robert Barnes and his children ran a feed and seed store, Downer's Feed and Seed, in Ocean Springs, MS. After Robert Edwin's marriage to Martha Jane, they started running boarding houses and in the '20s they moved to Moorhead, MS, and some time after that they ran the Phoenix Hotel. He also had a small "cotton plantation" outside of town. He died of throat cancer in 1956. Wish I had more information for you. When you are young you never think to ask about family history. I know quite a bit about the Vining family because that side of the family were natural born story tellers. Good luck on your hunt for information.
You take care, Dorothy
Added by Dorothy Mattie on Jan 21, 2014 9:23 PM

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