Terry Mason's Family History Site

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Selected Families and Individuals


Katherine F. Gaines

Of Memphis, Tenn.

Morean Downing

GEDCOM from Sue Hodnett, Caldwell, ID in Aug1998 to T. Mason; NOTES: We are still working on this line. We were fortunate enough to come upon the information on his wife, Lydia, through correspondence, and also to discover the information on his wedding date and place, Davies county, MO, 1842.
We think we have been placed in the right lineal line, the one of Francis Downing, born 1736 in England. That line has a few problems of dates, especially pertaining to Richard W. Downing. I think he was born about 1756, and not 1778. We are still trying to link Francis Downing somewhere, possibly Emanuel Downing, but probably not.
There is a line in its own of Francis Downing--this one being the first immigrant of the Downings, Francis born in 1600. He came to America in 1624. It is possible that his father is a John Downing, born in 1534. I found a mention of this in a will probated 1623. A John Downing left land to be divided between his sons Francis and Richard.
One Geoffrey Downing, 1524, Essex, England, is listed as the head of the house of Downing. There are several other men we can place back just about that far, so it wouldn't surprise me any if these were all brothers, or related in some fashion. Besides Geoffrey, there is a George, 1525, John, 1534, William, and Richard. I forget the dates on the last two. There are some who are from Cornwall, Devonshire and Essex.
I have found a Sanford Downing that might be his son. This Sanford was born in 1858 in Missouri, married Annie, and located in Jackson County, aw Township. Children: Martha J., Charity, James, Pearl(male?) Meryl(female?)--I wonder if someone got these two backwards?--and Annie. This from a soundex of Mo., 1900. William Austin was born in 1856, so the date and the name and the state is right. And I found a M.F. Downing that might be Morean, Jr., born in 1862, married Mary, except this M.F. is born in Illinois. But there is a possibility that that could still be--we don't know where all Powhatan went. M.F.'s children: Carry E., Laura, Sarah, Nellie and Thomas. Same soundex, Livingston County, Rich Hill Township.
I though I had a John Downing, but the dates don't line up.

Marriage Notes for Morean Downing and Lydia Ann Brunk-5859

I forgot to add that Morean's father is supposed to be one Powhatan, "Puck" Downing, son of Francis Downing, born 1736. And I also ned to add that there is another Francis Downing born 1746, of Yorkshire, also, and of Fayette and Scott counties in Kentucky. They could be the same man, but it is possible that they are not.
Morean/Marine could also have a Powhattan for a brother, and his son, Powhattan for a nephew.

Myomi Borror

RESEARCHER: Information sent to T. Mason on 2 Feb 2004 by Richard W. Baker [rwbaker8@comcast.net]. Has information about the eleven children born to Myomi and Samuel Brunk.

Powhatan Downing

GEDCOM from Sue Hodnett, Caldwell, ID in Aug1998 to T. Mason; NOTES: He may have more children. We are not sure we have listed them all. We found this Powhatan, or Puck, on a census of Maryland, 1776, aged 10, listed with his family. I have not been able to find him anywhere else yet. But he undoubtedly lived through the war years, to marry and have a family. I just have not been fortunate enough to locate him again. He is also listed with his family in Greggath's "Downings of Europe and America". I don't know where others gleaned information on him; all the information I am aware of comes from Greggath's book. We know who he married and where, Hannah Gilbert of Kentucky. But I haven't yet seen any other records mentioning him.

Private researcher: Anne W. Cissel (Historic Research Associates)

William Austin Downing

GEDCOM from Sue Hodnett, Caldwell, ID in Aug1998 to T. Mason; NOTES: I found him in the 1910 census of Oklahoma, George and Roscoe were dead by that year. He came from Missouri into Indian Territory, Oklahoma while it was still pretty wild and wooly. They tell of times when either he or his wife, Sabrina, would have to stand guard over their stock by night to keep Indians from driving them off. Several of their younger children were born there. Later they moved down into what would become Delaware County, where they lived out their lives.

William Thomas Hutton

BIRTH-RESEARCH-QUESTION: Date of 20 Apr 1874 would before his first daughter was born.

George Hutton

In 1900 census in household of brother-in-law, William A. Downing.

Charles William Downing

GEDCOM from Sue Hodnett, Caldwell, ID in Aug1998 to T. Mason; NOTES:
This is my mother's father. He was quite a character. I will never forget the stories they would tell about him noodling for catfish in the Grand River, if I recall the name right. He would tie a rope around his waist, and on the other end of it would be a giant hook, he would go under the water into deep holes and find huge catfish to noodle, big enough to literally drag him away, but for the rope around him, and his friends on the bank who would pull him in when they felt him tug the rope, the signal that he had a catfish on. He had to be able to hold his breath for several minutes at a time, three or four sometimes. I wish we had some pictures of his catches! He was pretty wild as a young man, even after he married Grandma. She should have clobbered him with an iron skillet. They had a large family; there were fourteen children, two died in infancy, a son and a daughter. They raised twelve children. Three daughters and nine sons. The three girls married three Norris brothers, so I grew up with a lot of double cousins.

CONFLICT: 1900 and 1910 census indicates his birthplace as Kansas while other records indicated Stone county, Missouri.

Geneva Faye Downing

Alternate death date 12 Aug 1937

Claude Pless Downing

OBITUARY: Grove Daily Sun. 14 Apr 2005
CLAUDIE P. DOWNING 1941-2004 Jay, Okla. - Claudie Downing, 63, died July 1, 2004 at his home near Jay. Claudie Pless Downing was born on June 27, 1941 in Delaware County, Okla. to Charles and Lillie May (Lewis) Downing. He was a graduate of Grove High School. He enjoyed spending time with his family at family gatherings and helping the family on the farm. He also enjoyed listening to music and watching television programs. Survivors include four brothers, Joe Downing and John Downing both of Jay, Sanford Browning of Grove and Leroy Browning of Eucha; two sisters, Mary North of Wilder, Idaho and Bessie Norris of Caldwell, Idaho; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Luther, Delbert, Thomas Wilburn, Raymond and Jesse and two sisters, Thelma and Geneva. Services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 3, 2004 at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home Chapel in Jay. Burial will follow at Hilderbrand Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Jay, Okla.