I am related the Dowdy family near Gulf.A Mulatto Ann(Dowdy) Emerson who married a Loydd Emerson.(1880 census). Ann Dowdy had had 3 children when she was a slave by a white Dowdy.The white James Dowdy. Peter, and Mary Dowdy are relatives.Slave Ann (Dowdy) Emerson daughter Emma (Dowdy)Lambert- Reaves was married to a Reaves(Rives) and a Lambert. She had a brother named Sondy Dowdy and a sister named Goldie. Emma had Children by both husbands (Lambert and Reaves) Lela (Lambert) Snipes was her daughter and my great grandmother. If you know anything about this family please contact me at MDGrant@webtv.net or 314/383-2521 leave a number and name. Thank you!