From the New York TImes (PDF doc):
I am descended from Samuel Pleasant Lownds/Lowndes/Lownes born 13 July 1816 supposedly in Virginia, possibly Red Bank.
He married on 29 Sept 1844 to a Julia C. born in Alabama. Samuel died 7 January 1903 in Village Springs, Alabama, a town which no longer is on the map.
In one census record he is listed as a buggy maker. They had at least one child, Mary Emma Lownes born 12 Oct 1845 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She first married William Henry Sanborn and they were supposedly divorced. He died as the result of a shooting accident so he might have died instead of their being divorced.
Mary Emma did marry a second time to a David Arrowsmith and was living in New York City in 1880 census. She died 28 Aug 1928.
My ancestor is a daughter of Mary Emma and William Sanborn.
In the (USA) Lowndes family history, I found mention of a Samuel Pleasants Lowndes, the son of Caleb and Jane (Steel), who was the son of James & Sarah (Pancoast) Lowndes.
Patricia would appreciate any light anyone could shed on this family and if her Samuel is the same Samuel as in the USA Lowndes narrative – Mike
FLORENCE NORTON, born 1871 Auckland, died 1923 England (Probably Buckinghamshire) widow of lord Edwin Abercromby Dashwood, 8th Baronet of West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, married Colonel WILLIAM SELBY-LOWNDES, JP, born 1871 of Selby House, Bletchley, B’hamshire in 1894.
After his death she married, in 1910, ALFRED RONALD GILBEY, son of Alfred Gilbey of Wooburn House, B’hamshire.
Sol’s question is, if anyone has any information on her daughter of her first marriage, Florence Emily Dashwood born 1890?
In my papers drawn up by a relative in NZ there is a Diana Selby-Lowndes, born 1909. Is she a daughter or daughter-in-law?
Thank you in advance.