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Lori Fox





I descend from John and Margaret (Faris) DOWNING who came to the Preble/Darke County area in 1814 from

South Carolina.

John DOWNING (1776-1870) He purchased the first acreage where the Downing Fruit Farm is located. He married Margaret FARIS in South Carolina on 24 Apr 1804 and they came to Darke County with their 8 children.

Their first son, Samuel DOWNING (1805-1871) became a doctor of herbal medicine. He married Elizabeth BAIRD (1808-1884) in Darke County on 10 Sep 1829. They had 10 children. In the 1830's they moved across the line into Randolph County, Indiana.

Their firstborn son John (1830-1862) married Sarah GULLETT (1829-1812) in Randolph Co. in 1853. They had 4 children when John took sick and died.

Dr. Samuel DOWNING decided to move to Michigan in 1865 after losing 2 of his sons. He and Elizabeth moved with their 2 youngest children: Samuel Walker DOWNING and Catherine Elizabeth DOWNING. Two married daughters and their families accompanied them to Michigan. Sarah Jane DOWNING who was married to Josiah WILLIAMS with their 6 children and Margaret Carolin DOWNING who was married to John Jay PEACOCK and their 4 children. Soon Sarah GULLETT DOWNING, the widow of John moved to Michigan with her children to live with Dr. Sam and Elizabeth. Dr. Sam DOWNING returned to Indiana in 1870 to help fight an epidemic or perhaps for the funeral of his father, John. He was overcome with a stroke upon leaving a local drug store. He was taken to his son's house with whom he had been staying and died a few days later. He was buried in Indiana near his son John as the telegram said it was too hot that July to ship his body back to his wife Elizabeth who was here in Michigan. I am a ggggranddaughter of Dr. Sam and live just 2 miles on the same road as he lived.

John and Sarah GULLETT DOWNING's youngest son was Ezekiel John DOWNING (1861-1952) He married Maude ESTEP in 1886 here in Ionia County, Michigan. They had 6 children. I descend from the last born child: Homer Harold DOWNING (1901-1985) and Mamie Lucille WILLIAMS (1900-1989).

I am researching this family branch with the hope that along with the collaboration of some other DOWNING family. We can publish a book of the descendants of John and Mary PAGAN DOWNING (the parents of my John DOWNING who married Margaret FARIS). I am always glad to exchange information on these DOWNING descendants.

 Copyright 2001 Laura M. Drake and Lori Fox

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