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"Home of the Good Samaritan" on Winnsboro Rd.

"Home of the Good Samaritan" on Winnsboro Rd.

Posted: 10 Oct 2012 3:23AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Downs
I am looking for information (or even photos) of a place called The Home of the Good Samaritan that was located on Winnsboro Rd/Hwy 15 in Monroe.

From what I can tell it was a farm that was some sort of a halfway house. My great-great-great grandfather, Rev. James Robert Downs, is listed as the head of the house in 1940, a woman is listed as a "motrow", and the other thirteen residents are inmates (some appear to be children)

http://interactive.ancestry.com/2442/m-t0627-01437-00356/123...#

James' obituary says:

"...He took over the management of the Home of the Good Samaritan at Monroe, Louisiana, in October, 1917, when it was about to be closed for lack of funds. This institution was continued in its work of mercy and redemption, almost entirely through the sacrificial labors of Bro. Downs, until after the Uniting Conference, when its work was merged with that of Memorial Mercy Home at New Orleans. ..."

"...Our brother departed this life on Sunday, June 29, 1952, at the old building on the Winnsboro Road, Monroe, Louisiana, where for so many years he had conducted the Home of the Good Samaritan. This building had been made available to him when the work was discontinued, and despite the pleas of his children that he live with them or permit them to care for him in his own little cottage in West Monroe, he insisted that he wanted to live and die in the Home of the Good Samaritan. ..."

Re: "Home of the Good Samaritan" on Winnsboro Rd.

Posted: 11 Oct 2012 2:18AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Downs
I reviewed the 1940 census you mentioned.

I noticed that the young women, who were inmates at the Home of the Good Samaritan," were single and there were a few infants also listed with them...some with the same surnames as the girls.

I then googled "'Good Samaritan' Louisiana" and confirmed that it was actually a maternity home.

The woman listed as a "motrow" was actually the "matron." Her place in the household was mistranscribed. She is also listed as "matron" as her occupation.

I believe you will be able to find lots more info, but your 3rd great grandfather, Rev. James Robert DOWNS, appears to have been serving unwed mothers and, perhaps, helping in adoptions.

Best wishes in your search.

Re: "Home of the Good Samaritan" on Winnsboro Rd.

Posted: 10 Jan 2013 8:47PM GMT
Classification: Query
I must have missed the email when you replied.

Thank you very much! I didn't catch that when I was looking over the record. Hopefully I can discover more about the Home of the Good Samaritan.
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