I am a granddaughter of William Albert Downs and Rosa Ella Dixon Downs. I am the daughter of their youngest daughter, Ruby Nell. I was given up for adoption at birth, but am in contact with all of my "known" biological siblings. It seems that this post is 5 years old now, so there may not be anyone checking the board any longer. I see that you are a decendent of William Downs too and would love to correspond and learn any information on the Downs family that you might be willing to share.
I, too, have heard from my siblings that my Grandfather was full blooded Cherokee and have also heard the rumor that there was an Uncle hung for stealing a horse.