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Edna Josephine “Eddie” Downs Bell

Bryan County, Georgia, USA
Death 13 Jul 1959 (aged 78)
Hinesville, Liberty County, Georgia, USA
Burial Fort Stewart, Bryan County, Georgia, USA
Plot Plot 8
Memorial ID 5129538 · View Source
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Edna Josephine Downs Bell was born November 28, 1880 in Bryan County, Georgia. The daughter of Civil War veteran Emmitt Thomas Downs and Edna Josephine Pate Downs, Edna ("Eddie") Josephine Downs Bell had eleven siblings. Edna (at age 15) married David Clayton Bell, Sr. on July 16, 1896 in Clyde, Bryan County, and they had eleven children: Marvin Barnard Bell, Birdie Mae Bell Roberts, Ruby Robena Bell McClelland, James Roy Bell, Robert Travis Bell, Lester Wiley Bell, Willie Oscar Bell, Lois Netherae Bell Peyton, Mary Caroline Irene Bell Smith, Edna Josephine Bell Deal, and David Clayton Bell, Jr. She was widowed at age 45 and worked as a sharecropper and midwife to support her children. Edna was an accomplished seamstress who could look at a dress in a magazine and produce an exact replica. She loved her flower garden. Her great-granddaughter Sharlotte Neely Donnelly remembers the beautifully crocheted dolls' dresses she made. In her old age, despite being blind in one eye and with a broken hip, at her choice Edna lived independently in her own home (near some of her children's homes) until her death July 13, 1959 in Liberty County, Georgia at age 78. She is buried in Little Creek Cemetery in Bryan County. The birth date on her grave stone is inaccurate. Edna's ancestry was English and Irish. She is a direct descendant of 18th century artist Joseph Badger.

Thanks so much to Nevada McClelland Bell and Bell and Downs family researchers for much of this information. Any errors, however, are mine alone. Please go to the "edit" link on this site with any corrections or additions.


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  • Created by: Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
  • Added: 30 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5129538
  • Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Edna Josephine “Eddie” Downs Bell (28 Nov 1880–13 Jul 1959), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5129538, citing Little Creek Cemetery, Fort Stewart, Bryan County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Sharlotte Neely Donnelly (contributor 19199118) .