Not sure if this information helps but my father was one of five Dowdell men (Robert, John, James, Charles, James) who were born and lived a while in, I believe, Adena then moved to Martins Ferry. My father, Charles, and my uncle John still live in Martins Ferry.
My grandmother's maiden name was Waller and my grandfather was Robert Dowdell. He had only one brother that I know of named Curtis Dowdell. I believe Robert passed from a heart attack during a fist-to-cuffs over a card game but I do not know the date. Curtis, at 69, passed around 1995 of heart disease.
I know Lena (and her sister Evelyn) was born to Helena DuFresne who was originally from France and came over just after World War I but I am not sure of the name of Helena's husband. I would like to suggest that it WAS Roy but I do not recall -- or can even be sure I ever knew.
I have always been interested in our namesake background, both DuFresne and Dowdell. I hope this helps. If you can connect any of these dots, I would appreciate letting me know. I can probably confirm the name of my great grandfather and find some firm dates for these events. Until then, cheers!
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