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  •  MY NAME IS GROVENIA 'CAROL' DOWNS, I LIVE IN LOS ANGELES, CA.  I WAS BORN IN PAWHUSKA, OK IN 1946. I MOVED TO L.A. IN 1965.  I AM ... more

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    Grace & Peace from our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, Was doing some geneology research and found your posting on Aunt Nona. I guess I am your cousin (smile). Have been searching census data trying to find information on my great-grandmother, Lula O'Banner. I am the grandaughter of Pearl Virginia (Smith) Davis, who was Aunt Nona's younger sister. Johnnie Mae (who made her transition February 13, 2004) was my mother. I remember grandmother Pearl telling me that they had a younger sister who died as a child (thought she was poisoned) and another sister who moved to Detroit who was able to pass. She married Anglo and was suppose to have had some children. I know Granmother Pearl has a niece who lives in Detroit as we visited her once. I can not remember her name are all the names of Grandmother Pearl and Aunt Nona's brother's. I know there was a Clem, but that is all I can remember. I know that Cousin Charles Smith (who use to live in New York) moved to Montgomery, Alabama. I know that Cousin Yettie (Elizabeth) currently lives in Prattville, Alabama as I have been to visit her in the past. She had one of Cousin Charles's grandson's staying with her. The last time I went to Birmingham, AL I stopped to see her but she was out. I remember Aunt Nona, and Uncle Archie from when I was child. Grandmother Pearl did not talk much about family as you know she was raised by Aunt Jennie and Uncle Joe. My cousin Beverly (BC) Cleo's daughter said that when she lived in LA, that Aunt Nona did not talk much either. I remember the trips that Grandmother Pearl and Aunt Nona made to Vegas. Grandmother Pearl had such fun with Aunt Nona. Basicly, just trying to find some census data in an effort to determine family history prior to great-grandmother (Lula O'Banner). My story's might be a little off, but I remember Grandmother Pearl telling me that O'Banner was an Irish Sea Captain and that her grandmother (Lula's mom) was suppose to have been of African and Native American descent. I also remember her telling me that everytime her grandmother had children she would have twins as she was considered valuable by her owner. I was able to find some census data on Uncle Archie's family in Prattvillie, AL. I also found data with the name O'Banner spelled differently. In addition, I found a paper that Grandmother had written the name Handy Smith? Not sure who he was? Any insight that you can give would be appreciated. God Bless

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    January 22, 2009
    4:34 PM
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