Clayton Avery Downer

18 January 1913–August 1980 (Age 67)
Los Angeles, California, United States

The Life Summary of Clayton Avery

When Clayton Avery Downer was born on 18 January 1913, in Los Angeles, California, United States, his father, Ray Ellsworth Downer, was 32 and his mother, Helen Marie Miller, was 15. He lived in Alma, Gratiot, Michigan, United States for about 10 years and Lansing, Ingham, Michigan, United States in 1940. He died in August 1980, in Georgia, United States, at the age of 67, and was buried in Canoochee, Emanuel, Georgia, United States.

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Ray Ellsworth Downer
Helen Marie Miller
Roger Ellsworth Downer
Clayton Avery Downer
Norma Downer

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World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress
Age 3
Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.
1922 · Women Granted the Right to Vote
Age 9
The 19th Amendment, which allowed women the right to vote, was passed and became federal law on August 26, 1920. Georgia law prevented women from voting until 1922. The amendment wasn’t officially ratified until 1970.
Age 18
The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.

Name Meaning

English (Isle of Wight, Hampshire, and Sussex): topographic name for someone who lived on a hill or down, from Middle English douner, a derivative of Middle English doun (Old English dūn) ‘hill’ + -er. It is synonymous with atte Doune (see Down ) and is a type of formation especially common in Sussex, Surrey, and Hampshire.English: in the north-West Midlands perhaps a variant of Downward with shortening of the final syllable to -er, a habitational name probably from Downwood (Herefordshire) and perhaps also Dunwood (Staffordshire), with -wood re-etymologized as -ward and occasionally shortened to -ard. See also Downard .Irish (Tipperary): variant of Dooner 2.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (12)

  • Clayton Avery Downer, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • Clayton A Downer, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Clayton A Downer in household of Ray E Downer, "United States Census, 1930"

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