I'm looking for info on my family, and I keep hitting brick walls, It doesn't help much that the names (first and last) are spelled differently on one record then the next record. But here is what I've gotten so far.
My Great Grandfather - from Jefferson county birth Records Russel E. Dowdel Born 2-23-1895 (one set of records says 2-28-1895) Died March 21, 1977 - Adena Ohio (Ohio Death Index says he died in Martins Ferry, Ohio Belmont Cty) but my family said he died in Adena (so I'm thinking he died at the hospital in Martins Ferry.) it also says he was a Widow when he died.
His parents names are Father: James Dowdel Mother: Nora (Umbower) Dowdel (it's also been stated her name was Lenora and Lenore)
1900 census - Warren TWP - Jefferson County - (not sure of the town) HOH - James Dowdell 35 yrs old - Born Ohio Wife- Lenora Dowdell 35 yrs old - Born Ohio Russell Dowdell -5 yrs old Wilbure Dowdell -7 yrs old Elmer Dowdell -9 yrs old Albert Dowdell -3 Yrs old Clarence - 1 Yr old
1910 Census Says Colrain with 2 more children Grace & Henry Russell Not in the home
1910 census Russell Dowdell Age in 1910 - 15 yrs Est Birth: 1895 House hold members: John Rigsby - 64 years old Della Rigsby - 65 years old Russell Dowdell - 15 yrs old Alex Johnson - 38 yrs old
I do not know who John & Della Rigsby are Or Alex Johnson, nor do I know why Russell was living with them & not his parents.
1930 Census James S. Dowdell (husband) Est DOB: 1862
Lenore Dowdell (wife) Est DOB: 1862
Grace Dowdell Est DOB: 1902
Russell married Nora Nolan - I do not know when or much about her, this is what I have and not sure if it's even for her. Since at some point her and Russell got a divorce and she married my grandmothers father (Earl Mitchell after my grandparents were married, Russell ended up married to my grandmothers mother Lucy v. Thompson) SO I don't know what last name Nora used when she died.
Name: Nora Nolan (Dowdell - Mitchell- Since I'm not sure what name she used when she died) Born: 1898 Died: 1-19-1958 Marital status: Married Place of death: Martins Ferry, Ohio (Belmont County) Residence: Jefferson County age at death: 60
in the 1920 census It has Russell Dowdell (head of household) Nora Dowdell (wife) Edna Dowdell (daughter) Marie Dowdell (daughter)
for the WW1 Draft Registration 1916-1917 it states
Russell E. Dowdell - 23 yrs old - Born Ohio Parents: Farm Laborer
Nora (Nolan) Dowdell 22 yrs old, Born Ohio parents : Ohio Edna Dowdell 2 years old Marie Dowdell 10 Months old
This is all the info I have, But I'd like to know when Russell and Nora were Married, and Divorced. when Nora was born - who her parents were and any other information on Russell and his parents.
but I can't find anything. and no one in my family knows anything ( I know more then they do) and my grandparents are already gone. so i can't ask them.