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Downs family mystery...

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Downs family mystery...

Posted: 1260067211000
Classification: Census
Surnames: DOWNS
I have been doing research on my G. G. Grandparents, William DOWNS and Susan A. Savannah Hibbard (DOWNS), but I am having some trouble that hopefully someone can help me with. William was born in 1860 in Waco, TX and died in 1940 in Navasota. I have found him with his wife Savannah in the 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 Cencus along with William's death certificate, all showing that his father was born in TX and mother from Germany, and his DC shows his Mother's name to be Doretta Vulgosh, from Germany. I have been trying to find William in the 1880 Cencus but am running into some trouble. I am finding a William J. Downs in Waco, TX who was born in about 1862 and his father is shown as William A. Downs...but it shows that he (the father) was born in Georgia and it shows his wife to be Elizabeth, also born in GA, rather than Doretta Vulgosh from Germany. It seams like this is the ONLY William in TX who was born about that time, living in the right area with a father named could it be that the cencus record from 1900-1930 are wrong in saying that his father is from TX and if that is the case, how could I explane it saying his mother is from Germany on all the census' records and the Death certificate along with her name and that not matching up with the 1880 cencus? Not to mention, I can't find Doretta Vulgosh anywhere at all...the last name comes up nowhere, so I have no idea where to go with that lead. Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks so much for the help!!

Willie Downs
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