Samuel Ray McDOWELL was born 17 March 1885 in Georgetown, Tennessee
to John R. McDOWELL and Martha Louisa COLLINS.
Samuel married Minnie Burg KNIGHT, born 14 September 1883 in Baldwin, Prentiss
County, Mississippi to William Thomas KNIGHT and Amanda Virginia MOORE. After
their marriage, Samuel and Minnie homesteaded in House, New Mexico. Their
first child Kennybrough
Browining “K. B.”was born here in 1907. A daughter, Mildren
Ramon, was born to them in 1909.
Samuel and Minnie decided to move and they donated the corner of their
homestead to House for a cemetery. In 1912, a child, (name omitted – still
living) was born in Estalline, Texas. A daughter, Laura
Lucillewas born in Childress County, Texas in 1914. The family moved
once again, this time to Wheeler County where Woodrow
Phillipwas born in 1918. Woodrow died the next year in Kelton, Texas.
Samuel and Minnie’s sixth and last child, (name omitted – still living),
was born in 1920. In 1921, misfortune struck the family again when their
fourth child, Laura Lucille died before her seventh birthday. This left
four of their six children living.
From Wheeler County, Texas, the family moved to Castro County, Texas,
and finally to Tulia in 1936. Samuel was a farmer prior to moving to town,
and to the time he purchased a laundry in Tulia, he had a dairy. He would
deliver milk (with the help of grandchildren) to residences in Tulia. He
charged 10 cents per quart and 5 cents a pint. He donated the property
to the Baptists to build a church, where it is now located in the McDowell
Minnie died 1 July 1949 in Plainview, Texas. Samuel died 30 July 1970
in Tulia, Texas and was buried 1 August 1970 at the Rose Hill Cemetery
in Tulia, Texas.
Browning “K. B.”
Kennybrough Browning “K.B.” McDOWELL was born 8 April 1907
in House, New Mexico to Samuel
Ray McDOWELL and Minnie Burg KNIGHT. He married Verna Estelle BARNES,
20 November 1926 in Wheeler, Texas. “K. B.” died 14 October 1884
Canyon, Texas and is buried in Happy, Texas.
Mildren Ramon McDOWELL was born 23 August 1909 House, NM, to Samuel
Ray McDOWELL and Minnie Burg KNIGHT. She married Edd Austin GLENN 21
December 1928 in Canyon, Texas. Mildren died 11 August 1991 in Lubbock,
Texas and is buried in Muleshoe, Texas
Laura Lucille McDOWELL was born 27 September 1914 in Childress County,
Texas to Samuel Ray McDOWELL
and Minnie Burg KNIGHT. Laura died 14 June 1921, before her seventh
birthday, in Kelton, Texas and is buried in the Kelton Cemetery..
Woodrow Phillip McDOWELL was born in 1918 in Wheeler County, Texas to
Minnie Burg KNIGHT. He died in 1919 in Kelton, Texas where he is buried
in the Kelton Cemetery.
Submitted by Elaine McDowell