Downing (sometimes spelled Downey, Downring)



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Franklin David Downing (son of William R. and Josephine (Howard) Downing)

17 July 1909: born Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana.

no date: married Letha Pell.

Robert R. Downing (son of William R. and Josephine (Howard) Downing)

22 Apr 1912: born.

no date: married Louise V. Williamson (21 June 1917-____, buried Bee Ridge Cemetery, Clay County, Indiana).

27 Oct 1935: daughter Marilyn Ann born.

no date: son Robert born.

no date: daughter Virginia born.

no date: son William born.

no date: son Michael born.

11 Dec 1963: died, buried Bee Ridge Cemetery, Clay County, Indiana.
Marilyn Ann Downing (daughter of Robert and Louise (Williamson) Downing)

27 Oct 1935: born.

16 Jan 1954: married Ross William Emmert son of Harry R. Emmert.
Robert Downing (son of Robert and Louise (Williamson) Downing)

ca 1 Oct 1958: married Virginia Strong.


Virginia Downing (daughter of Robert and Louise (Williamson) Downing)

no date: married Don Miller.


William Downing (son of Robert and Louise (Williamson) Downing)
Michael Downing (son of Robert and Louise (Williamson) Downing)

William Sanford Downing (son of William R. and Josephine (Howard) Downing)

12 Mar 1915: born Clay County, Indiana. Clay County, Indiana Birth Book 1941-48 p197.

no date: married Marjorie Clark, his father's step-daughter.

no date: m/2 Margaret Miller.

no date: daughter LaVerne born.

no date: daughter Lorraine born.

Sheriff of Clay County, Indiana.
LaVerne Downing (daughter of William R. Downing)

no date: married William Pugh.

No children.
Burlin P. Downing (son of John Akers and Anna (Anderson) Downing)

25 Sept 1894: born Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana.

1 Mar 1917: married Brazil, Clay County, Indiana, his third cousin, Beulah Hammond (13 Sept 1891 Clay County, Indiana-____) daughter of Amos and Jane (Brown) Hammond. Clay County, Indiana Birth Book 1941-48 p509.

5 Apr 1918: son Burlin Everall born.

9 July 1918: witnessed will of James B. Summerville. Clay County, Indiana Will Book 1904-19 p543.

no date: adopted daughter Anna born, daughter of Burlin's sister Zola.

16 Nov 1943: died, buried Cottage Hill Cemetery, Clay County, Indiana.
Burlin Everall Downing (son of Burlin P. and Beulah (Hammand) Downing)

5 Apr 1918: born.

no date: married Frances _______.

18 Jan 1971: died.


Anna Wolverton Downing (adopted daughter of Burlin P. and Beulah (Hammond) Downing and daughter of Burlin's sister Zola (Downing) Wolverton)

no date: married William Scott.

Lived in Florida.

Zola G. Downing (daughter of John Akers and Anna (Anderson) Downing)

ca 1898: born Indiana.

no date: married John B. Wolverton.

26 Feb 1927: daughter Anna Jeannette Wolverton born, adopted by Burlin and Beulah Downing. Clay County, Indiana Birth Book 1941-48 p507.

1927: died.

Hazel Rupert Evans: When Anna’s mother died, Anna was adopted by Burlin Downing.



Luke F. Downing (son of William Yocum and Susan (Akers) Downing)

6 Feb 1851: born Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana.

no date: married Clay County, Indiana, Lizzie A. Edwards (1864 Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana-8 Sept 1938, buried Bee Ridge Cemetery, Clay County, Indiana.

no date: infant born and died.

1900: census #45 #45 Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana: Luke, mother Susan and Aunt Rhoda lived together.

1910: census #116 #118 Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana. Mother Susan lived with them.

30 Dec 1918: died, buried Bee Ridge Cemetery, Clay County, Indiana.
Mary Jane Downing (daughter of William Yocum and Susan (Akers) Downing)

6 Nov 1855: born Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana.

19 Mar 1882: married Clay County, Indiana, William Jasper Walker (29 Mar 1855-11 June 1907) who m/2 Mrs. McBride.

1900: census - #66 #66 Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana.

no date: infant born and died.

21 Mar 1902: died, buried Bee Ridge Cemetery, Clay County, Indiana.

Known as “Molly.” She died soon after childbirth.

Lucy Downing (daughter of William Yocum and Susan (Akers) Downing)

Dec 1857: born Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana.

1880: census - #31 #33 Brazil, Clay County, Indiana, domestic in house of the Nance family.

11 Apr 1886: married Clay County, Indiana, Ira Ellis Biggs (May 1857 Indiana-____) son of John Jackson and Sarah (Combs) Biggs.

27 June 1887: daughter Minnie Ethel Biggs born; married Clay County, Indiana 19 Feb 1907 Earl Brackney son of Zimri and Armilda (Yocom) Biggs; m/2 James Cutshall. Children all born Clay County, Indiana:

Henry Clifford Brackney born 1908; died 1970, buried Bee Ridge Cemetery, Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana; married Freda Knox; m/2 Wanda Harmless.

Chester Brackney born; married Mary Barnhart.

Gertrude Marie Brackney born 6 Feb 1920; died 11 Jan 1930.

William "Bill" Francis Brackney born; married Mary Margaret Cutshall daughter of Jim Cutshall, Jr. Child:

Barbara Cutshall.

July 1883: adopted son John Osborn Biggs born Indiana.

5 Mar 1891: daughter Gerna Etta Biggs born Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana; Jan 1974 died, buried Summit Lawn Cemetery, Clay County, Indiana; married 21 Nov 1912 Clay County, Indiana, Curry Mayfield (21 Nov 1888 Clay County, Indiana-____) son of Romeo and Lou (Grey) Mayfield. Children born Clay County, Indiana:

Etta Lucille Mayfield born 19 July 1914 Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana; married Ray Slack, divorced; m/2 19 Nov 1948 William Came, Jr.

obert Curry Mayfield born 15 May 1918 Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana; married 20 June 1948 Ruth Fitzwater (2 Oct 1920-____); USN WWII, Minister in California, lived Swanton, Maryland.

Carl Wayne Mayfield born 31 Aug 1921 Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana; died Nov 1922 Clay County, Indiana.

Morris Ray "Pete" Mayfield born 27 June 1923 Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana; married 20 Dec 1943 Leah Fay Eminhizer (17 Dec 1922-____); USAF WWII, lived San Jose, California.

Harry Eugene Mayfield born 29 June 1926 Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana; married 28 Mar 1948 JoAnn Garrison (1 Jan 1930-____), lived El Cajon, California.

Paul Lewis Mayfield born 23 Sept 19__ Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana; married Crown Point, Lake County, Indiana 29 Aug 1953 Shirley Ann Clark (1 Jan 1938-____); Served Korea, MD in Sacramento, California.

Hazel Rupert Evans: Curry Mayfield had a brother born late in parents’ life. They always called him “Baby Boy.” When he started to school he gave himself the name “Roy.” Even when he was grown, people called him “Baby Boy Mayfield.”

Dec 1894: son Rolla Biggs born; married Flossie Evans (1890-1972); Children:

Lucy Ellen Biggs.

Marian Biggs.

Feb 1897: son Henry Ray Biggs born Clay County, Indiana; married Ottie _______; m/2 ______; Child: Byron Biggs.

1900: census - #48 #48 Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana.

10 Mar 1927: died, buried Bee Ridge Cemetery, Clay County, Indiana.

William Henry Downing (son of William Yocum and Susan (Akers) Downing)

29 July 1860: born Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana.

11 Dec 1892: married Clay County, Indiana, Carrie Olivia Baumgart (25 Apr 1870 Clay County, Indiana-1969, buried Bee Ridge Cemetery, Clay County, Indiana) daughter of ______ of Switzerland and Matilda Jane (Robison) Baumgart.

5 Feb 1894: son Dallas Luke born.

28 Dec 1896: daughter Lois Maude born (listed as Mollie in 1900 census).

1900: census - #51 #51 Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana. William H. age 39, married 7 years, born Indiana, father born Missouri, mother born Virginia, farmer; Carrie O., age 30, m/2, born Indiana, father born Switzerland, mother born Ohio; Dallas L., age 6, born Indiana; Mollie, age 3, born Indiana. Also a hired hand and two boarders.

12 May 1902: son Hugh Baumgart born.

13 Nov 1905: son Ernest Jasper born.

1910: census - #128 #130 Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana.

27 May 1942: died, buried Bee Ridge Cemetery, Clay County, Indiana.



Dallas Luke Downing (son of William Henry and Carrie Olivia (Baumgart) Downing)

5 Feb 1894: born Clay County, Indiana. Clay County, Indiana Birth Book 1949-1965.

15 Nov 1917: married Clay County, Indiana, Grace Anderson (11 June 1894 Clay County, Indiana-18 Nov 1975, buried Bee Ridge Cemetery, Clay County, Indiana) daughter of Guy and Maud E. (Kessler) Anderson.

Dec 1919: son Mark born.

2 Oct 1923: son Warren Anderson born.

16 Nov 1977: died, buried Bee Ridge Cemetery, Clay County, Indiana.

Ph.D. from Indiana University. After retirement from Kent State University, taught at Baptist College in Honolulu.
Mark Downing (son of Dallas Luke and Grace (Anderson) Downing)

22 Dec 1919: born Clay County, Indiana.

1947: married Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa, Wanda D'Amato, divorced.

no date: m/2 Evelina Duerra.

Ford dealer in Huntingdon Beach, California.
Warren Anderson Downing (son of Dallas Luke and Grace (Anderson) Downing)

2 Oct 1923: born.

1955: married Dorothy Jean Smart, divorced.

1961: m/2 Morgantown, West Virginia, Mary Ellen Summers.


Lois Maude Downing (daughter of William Henry and Carrie Olivia (Baumgart) Downing)

28 Dec 1896: born Clay County, Indiana.

1 May 1918: married Howard Rector Evans (18 Nov 1897-10 Nov 1962, buried Bee Ridge Cemetery).

7 Nov 1967: died Akron, Summit County, Ohio, buried Bee Ridge Cemetery, Clay County, Indiana.

Called “Mollie” as a child (1900 census).

In her will, Maude left $7500 to her mother, Carrie O. Downing. The stocks and bonds were to be shared by: Carrie O. Downing, Ruth Downing, Hugh B. Downing, Loren Evans, Robert Evans, Hellen Marie Downing McCabe (smaller amount), and the memorial fund of the Unitarian-Universalist Church, Akron, Ohio (smallest amount).



Hugh Baumgart Downing (son of William Henry and Carrie Olivia (Baumgart) Downing)

12 May 1902: born Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana.

no date: married Minna McCrary (13 Dec 1904-____).

17 Nov 1937: adopted daughter Sammy born; married Joe Hanson, divorced; m/2 Douglas Benedict. Child: Douglas Benedict born 1966.

Lived Tulsa, Oklahoma; Fort Worth, Texas. Sammy was an airline stewardess. Hazel Rupert Evans: Douglas Benedict was the multi-millionaire brother of Gamble Benedict. They were heirs to the Remington Typewriter fortune.

Ernest Jasper Downing (son of William Henry and Carrie Olivia (Baumgart) Downing)

13 Nov 1905: born Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana.

ca 1936: married Helen Peffer (____ Fairview, Erie County, Pennsylvania-____).

Nov 1942: died.


Reuben Downing (son of William Yocum and Susan (Akers) Downing)

Mar 1864: born Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana.

3 Sept 1895: married Clay County, Indiana, Catherine J. "Katie" Kennedy (May 1867 Indiana-____) daughter of Scottish parents.

15 May 1898: twin son Homer K. born.

15 May 1898: twin son born and died Clay County, Indiana.

1900: census #353 #360 110 E. Chestnut Street, Brazil, Clay County, Indiana.


Homer Downing (son of Reuben and Catherine J. (Kennedy) Downing)

15 May 1898: born Clay County, Indiana.



Daniels Webster Downing (son of William Yocum and Susan (Akers) Downing)

9 Feb 1866: born Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana.

24 Sept 1893: married Clay County, Indiana, Josephine Alice "Josie" Carter (8 Feb 1870 Indiana-6 Aug 1944, buried Cottage Hill Cemetery, Brazil, Clay County, Indiana) daughter of Lucius and Barbara Ann (Hoffman) Carter.

23 June 1894: son William Roy born.

18 Mar 1898: daughter Minnie Mercine born.

1900: census - #320 #336 Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana. Daniel, born Indiana, didn’t know where parents were born, married 6 years, farmer; Josie, age 30; Roy, age 5, born Indiana; Minnie, age 2, born Indiana.

11 Feb 1901: son Adam Noah born.

24 Feb 1903: son Morton born, died 11 July 1905, buried Bee Ridge Cemetery, Clay County, Indiana.

1910: census - #11 #12 Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana.

1920: bought a home on U.S. 40 two miles west of Brazil, Clay County, Indiana.

18 Mar/May 1941: died, buried Cottage Hill Cemetery, Clay County, Indiana.

William Roy Downing (son of Daniels Webster and Josephine Alice (Carter) Downing)

23 June 1894: born Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana.

7 Sept 1919: married Clay County, Indiana, Neva Shull.

3 Nov 1920: daughter Joan Elizabeth born.

12 Nov 1962: died Clay County, Indiana.
Joan Elizabeth Downing (daughter of William Roy and Neva (Shull) Downing)

3 Nov 1920: born Clay County, Indiana.

28 Aug 1949: married Robert Aydelotte.

Lived Washington, Indiana.



Minnie Mercine Downing (daughter of Daniels Webster and Josephine Alice (Carter) Downing)

18 Mar 1898: born Clay County, Indiana.

4 Sept 1921: married Harry Todd, divorced 22 Dec 1924 [husband deserted the family].

20 Dec 1922: daughter Helen Maxine Todd born; married 23 Aug 1943 Kermit A. Cagle.

15 July 1924: daughter Minnie Ethel Todd born; married 14 Dec 1943 Gaylord Vickory Williams.

20 Oct 1929: m/2 William Hardesty Castor (____-28 July 1963).

14 Dec 1989: died St. Joseph, Champaign County, Illinois; buried Mount Olive Cemetery, Mayview, Champaign County, Illinois.

Teacher in St. Joseph Elemetary School for 35 years; Methodist; member of the Eastern Star.



Adam Noah Downing (son of Daniels Webster and Josephine Alice (Carter) Downing)

11 Feb 1901: born Clay County, Indiana.

28 Oct 1922: married Beatrice Ringo.

4 Jan 1924: son William Ringo born.

26 Mar 1934: daughter Norma Kathryn born.

14 May 1984: died, buried Clearview Cemetery, west of Brazil, Clay County, Indiana.

Lived Argos, Marshall County, Indiana.

William Ringo Downing (son of Adam Noah and Beatrice (Ringo) Downing)

4 Jan 1924: born.

1946: married Mable Bell of Brazil, Indiana.

Amos Downing ??? (son of William Yocum and Susan (Akers) Downing)

Isom Downing (son of William Yocum and Susan (Akers) Downing)

1853: born.


*John Stewart Downing (son of John and Mary (Yocum) Downing)

5 Apr 1829: born near Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky.

Sept 1853: made a trip to Missouri on horseback.

*5 Apr 1855: married by Francis B. Yocom, M.G., Clay County, Indiana, Eliza Letitia Combs (2 June 1840 Marion County, Indiana-*3 Jan 1905, buried Bee Ridge Cemetery, Clay County, Indiana) daughter of John and Susannah (Ramage) Combs. (Bible 1)

19 Apr 1856: son William Yocom born; died 19 May 1856, buried Billtown Cemetery, Clay County, Indiana.

17 July 1857: daughter born and died, buried Billtown Cemetery, Clay County, Indiana.

26 Dec 1858: son Francis M. “Frank” born; died 15 May 1874, buried Bee Ridge Cemetery, Clay County, Indiana. He had epilepsy caused by a fall and died of sunstroke when Emma was two days old.

1860: census - #512 #504 Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana. Sister Margaret A. lived with this family as a domestic. John S., age 31, farmer, $300 real estate, $200 personal estate, born Kentucky; Eliza, age 20, born Indiana; Francis M., age 1, born Indiana; Margaret A., age 21, born Indiana.

10 Nov 1861: daughter Clarissa A. born.

22 Aug 1864: daughter Sarah Elizabeth born.

7 Nov 1866: son Daniels Webster born.

8 Oct (census says Nov) 1869: son Perry born.

1870: census - #43 #43 - Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana. Mother-in-law Susan Combs, 72 born Pennsylvania, lived with this family, no mention of father-in-law born Virginia.

29 Feb 1872: deed from Francis B. and Mary Yocom to John S. Downing for $1000 28A S34 T13 R7N and a small strip of about 3/4A, 1/11 excepted, a strip on the west side of the SW¼ NE¼ D34 T13 R7N in Clay County. Clay County, Indiana Deed Book 7 p152.

*29 Feb 1872: deed from John S. and Eliza Downing to Mary Yocom wife of F. B. Yocom for $638.86 15A S34 T13 R7N and a strip of about 3/4A, 1/11 part excepted on the west side SW¼ NE¼ S34 T13 R7N in Clay County. Clay County Deed Book 7 p152.

1 Mar 1872: son Wesley born.

27 Apr 1874: deed from John S. and Eliza Downing to Reuben J. Yocom $160 11A & 80 poles, part of NE¼ NW¼ S34 T13N R7W. Clay County, Indiana Deed Book 12 p418.

13 May 1874: daughter Mary Emma born.

6 Oct 1876: son John Akers born.

21 Nov 1879: daughter Eliza Letitia born.

1880: census - #4 #4 Dick Johnson Township, next door to William Y., Clay County, Indiana. John S., age 51; Eliza, age 41; Clarissa, age 18; Sarah ,age 15; Daniels W., age 13; Wesley, age 8; Mary E., age 6; John A., age 4; Eliza L., age 1.

1900: census - #46 #46 Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Indiana. Both John’s parents were born in Kentucky. Eliza says both her parents were born in Pennsylvania. Both could read and write. The only child at home was Wesley.

1909: quote of 1844 - "John S. Downing, who has lived within what is now Dick Johnson township since 1830, says that the last of the Bruin (bear) family seen in his neighborhood was killed on the site of the present Cottage Hill cemetery in 1833 or 1834, but by whom he does not remember...When asked about the last deer killed in the northwest part of the county, John S. Downing said "I killed it on my brother William Y. Downing's farm in the year 1849...John S. Downing, a surviving pioneer of Dick Johnson Township, relates that in the forepart of September, 1853, he made a trip to Missouri on horseback, returning the latter part of the fall. He had a favorite riding mare that he took to the Hendrix blacksmith shop, Brazil, to have shod for the trip, making the request of Eli Hendrix that he do the work himself, saying that he wanted the shoes put on so as to last for the round trip. His request was complied with, with the assurance that a good job had been done. The shoes not only staid on during the time of the round trip, but all through the succeeding winter, until worn down perfectly smooth, when, to removed them in the spring, he had to take the mare back to the shop to have them pulled off…As an example of the experiences of the pioneers of the county in having their grain reduced to breadstuff, John S. Downing, of Dick Johnson township, recalls a trip which he made at sixteen years of age, on horseback, with two bushels of wheat, to Kinsler’s mill, in Putnam county, the distance of about twenty miles. As he could not have his grist ground on the day that he went he staid over night, with permission to sleep in the mill; then, owning to the death of a child in the miller’s family that night, he could not have it ground until a day later, so he returned home to a late breakfast, the first meal that he had after leaving home the previous day. On the morning of the third day he returned to the mill, bringing home the flour at a late hour of the day. Thus, two bushels of wheat were converted into flour at the cost of three days’ time and the travel of eighty miles." History of Clay County, Indiana..., William Travis, 2 volumes, New York: Lewis Publishing Company, 1909, p549.

*20 Apr 1910: died Dick Johnson Township of septisemia, gangrene of foot, buried Bee Ridge Cemetery, Clay County, Indiana.

John S. was fourteen years old when his father died and he became the head of the family as he was the oldest son still at home. After working on the farm, he soon realized he was a good judge of livestock and he could make more money buying and selling livestock than he could make farming. This was his life's work until 1895 when he suffered a broken hip while driving a large number of hogs along the road - they crowded him off the road onto some ice where he slipped and fell. It was on his daughter Mary Emma's twenty-first birth and preparations were being made for a surprise party for her. His neighbors brought him home and put him to bed not realizing his hip was broken. When he was feeling worse the next day the doctor was summoned and it was learned the seriousness of his injury. He was determined to walk and first used crutches and then two canes. He finally was able to walk with one cane but never was able to ride a horse again.

He loved to read and boasted that he had read the Bible from cover to cover seven times. He was devoutly religious and was a member and a deacon of the Bee Ridge Christian Church. In his later years, when his hearing failed, he bought a large wicker swivel chair and took it to the church. He picked a spot in front of the first pew to the left of the pulpit and sat there Sunday after Sunday listening intently to the minister.


John Stewart Downing Bible, published 1836:

John Downing was married to Mary Yocom in the year of our Lord August the 14th 1817

Francis B. Yocom was married to Rhoda Webster in the year of our Lord July the 11th 1833

William Y. Downing was married to Susan Akers in the year of our Lord the 19 (??) 1848

William H. Applegate was married to Mary H. Downing in the year of our Lord March 18 1851

John S. Downing was married to Eliza Combs April the 5th 1855

George W. Nobles was married to Rachel E. Downing In the year of our Lord October the 19 1856

John Downing was born October the 8 1790

Mary Downing was Born January the 28 1799

Sarah Downing was born August the 7 1818

William Y. Downing was born December the 29 1821

Jane S. Downing was born February 28 1824

Samuel H. Downing was Born October the 26 1825

John S. Downing was Born April the 5 1829

Mary H. Downing was Born February the 13 1832

Rachel E. Downing was Born March the 30 1836

Ezekiel T. Downing was Born March the 30 1834 [1836?]

Margaret A. Downing was Born July the 1 1839

Rhody Downing was born July the 1 1859

John A. Downing was Born the 29 August 1849

Luke Downing was born the 6 February 1851

Sarah Downing the Daughter of John and Mary Downing Departed this Life the 29 of October 1821

Jane S. Downing Departed this Life October the 12 1824

Ezekiel Downing Departed this Life March the 3 1835

Samuel H. Downing Departed this Life October the 1st AD 1841 aged near 24 years [the margin says Monday 6 October PM]

John Downing Departed this Life November the 26th in the year of our Lord 1843 Sunday 6 o’clock PM aged 53 years

Mary Downing departed This Life September the 21 in the year of our Lord 1854

Jane Downing Departed this life August the 1 1824

Sarah Yocom Departed this Life June the 22 1835

David Yocom Departed this Life May the 27 1826

William H. Yocom Departed this Life June the 25, 1837

Elizabeth Fortner Departed this Life February the 11, 1833

John Downing Departed this Life September the 27 1811

James Downing Departed this Life October the 17 1811

Andrew Downing Departed this Life March the 4 1819

John William Yocom Departed this life November the 4 1840 aged 65 years and 10 months lacking 17 days



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