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Wilbert Edward Downey

Wilbert Edward Downey

Male 1897 - 1946  (48 years)

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  • Name Wilbert Edward Downey  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born 13 Oct 1897  Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Transportation - Railroad switchman 
    Died 9 Mar 1946  Los Angeles Cnty, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I13918  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2016 

    Family Ella N. Judah,   b. 15 Sep 1894, Walton, Harvey Cnty, KS Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1947, Los Angeles Cnty, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married Y  [2, 3, 4
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2016 
    Family ID F5141  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Wilbert's WW I draft registration card (dated 7 Jun 1917) states that he was born on 13 Oct 1895 [sic] in Pittsburgh, PA. He was 22 yrs old, single, and employed as a fireman on the Erie Railroad, working in the Youngstown, Ohio, area.
    • He still worked as a railroad fireman three years later when the 1920 census was taken. He was living with his parents, John F. Downey, 54, born in Ohio, and Bridget, 39, born in PA, and with 2 brothers and a sister. 1920 U.S. Census, Carnegie, Allegheny Cnty, PA (T 625, Roll 1510, stamped p. 102).
    • By 1930 he had married and moved to California. The 1930 census shows Wilbert E. Downey, 32, living with a wife of 7 years, "Laura M," 29, born in Michigan. Another railroadman lived with them as a "roomer." 1930 U.S. Census, Yermo, San Bernardino, CA (T 626, Roll 189, stamped p. 268-B).
    • In 1940 the census records Ella N Downey, 44, born in Kansas, living with her husband Wilbert E Downey, 45, born in PA. Ella was a cafe waitress; Wilbert was a railroad switchman. 1940 U.S. Census, Montebello Twsp, Los Angeles Cnty, CA (T 627, Roll 238, ED 19-405, stamped p. 7888-B).
    • The California Death Index states that Wilbert E. Downey was born 13 Oct 1897 in PA, and died 9 Mar 1946 in Los Angeles Cnty, CA.

  • Sources 
    1. [S378] WW I Draft Cards, U.S. Selective Service System, "World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918", (U.S. Selective Service System, The National Archives, Washington, D.C.; Online database: http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6482).

    2. [S869] CA Census 1940, Los Angeles|, California, Los Angeles County, 1940 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T627, Roll 238, ED 19-405, p. 7888-B).

    3. [S1008] Social Security Apps-Claims Index|, U.S. Social Security Administration, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, (U.S. Social Security Administration, Washington, D.C.; Online database, http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60901).

    4. [S544] CA Death Index, 1940-1997|, California, California Death Index, 1940-1997, (Calif. Dep't of Health Services, Office of Vital Records, 304 S St., Sacramento, CA 94244; online database, http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5180).