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Edna Josephine Pate Downs

Bryan County, Georgia, USA
Death 27 May 1913 (aged 72)
Bryan County, Georgia, USA
Burial Fort Stewart, Bryan County, Georgia, USA
Plot Plot 10
Memorial ID 5330375 · View Source
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The daughter of Joseph S. Pate and Mary Amelia Murrow Pate Downs, Edna Josephine Pate Downs was born December 7, 1840 in Bryan County, Georgia. She had one full sibling, a younger brother, and seven half-siblings. Her father and his second wife left Georgia for Texas.

On June 20, 1857 in Bryan County, Josephine married Confederate veteran Emmitt Thomas Downs, her stepfather's brother, and they had twelve children, among whom were: Edna Josephine Downs Bell, Margaret Tullulah Downs Slater, James Ainsworth Downs, Ann Terrisa Downs Clanton, Sarah Elizabeth Downs, Carlich (Collock) Hammond Downs, William Carlton Downs, Mary Caroline Downs Shuman, Jesse Melville Downs, Emma Frances Downs, and two infants. She and her brother, William James Pate, were largely raised by her maternal grandparents, Rev. John Murrow and Mary Amelia Louisa Badger Murrow. Edna died May 27, 1913 in Bryan County at age 72 and is buried in Little Creek Cemetery in Bryan County. Her ancestry was Irish and English. 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.


"A light from our household is gone, the voice we love is stilled, a place is vacant in my heart that never can be filled."

  • Created by: Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
  • Added: 31 Mar 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5330375
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Edna Josephine Pate Downs (7 Dec 1840–27 May 1913), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5330375, citing Little Creek Cemetery, Fort Stewart, Bryan County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Sharlotte Neely Donnelly (contributor 19199118) .