Washburn was born
Cynthia was one of seven children. One brother, James Washburn died of Typhoid in 1874 at the age of 17. The other five siblings were: Sarah Orilla Washburn Venton (1850-1912), Martha Washburn Bates (1852-after 1920), Alvin (1855-1944), Sylvester (1859-1939) and Calista Washburn Wilson (1863-1931). The picture below shows the six surviving siblings around 1910 or 1911.
married Alfonso LaMartine Downing, son of
Orville Downing and Phoebe Montgomery in 1869. ‘Martine’ was born
1900, Cynthia (listed as Fanny) is shown with Martine in
1910, Cynthia is listed first in the entry for the family in
FOUND DEAD IN PASTURE:
Downing, a well known farmer residing near Pierces Corners in the town of
Mr. Downing was a highly respected and esteemed citizen of that section. He was born in the town 60 years ago and was a carpenter by trade. He is survived by his widow, 5 children, and a number of brothers. The funeral was held yesterday from the home.
time of LaMartine’s death, another local paper listed
his decendents as: three daughters, Mrs. John
Cynthia frequently helped out the local doctor and served as a mid-wife, delivering many of the babies in the town.
In 1933 an article was written in a local paper about Cynthia Downing’s 80th birthday. It read:
“Sixteen persons were present at a dinner party held Sunday afternoon at the home of Mr. And Mrs. John Huntley, 133 Grove street, in honor of Mrs. M. L. Downing of Macomb, who was 80 years old Sunday.
Downing, a daughter of one of the pioneer families of Macomb, is in excellent
health for a person of her years. She takes care of the chickens and
turkeys and does a large share of the baking at the home of her daughter Ahlene Downing, at
Downing was born in a log cabin in
At the dinner party Sunday were Mrs. Downing’s six children and six of her grandchildren. A three layer cake decorated with 80 pink candles was made for the occasion by Mrs. Earl Downing. Flowers were sent by Mr. and Mrs. Ray Downing and friends from Heuvelton.
Present at the party were: Mrs. Ora Downing, Richville; Mrs. John Damon, Syracuse; Mr. And Mrs. Ray Downing, daughter Portia and Jack of Heuvelton; Miss Ahlene Downing, Macomb; Mr. And Mrs. Earl Downing and daughter Mary, Gouverneur; and Mr. And Mrs. John Huntley and children, Duane, Phillip and David, all of Gouverneur.”
Five years later, yet another article was written for her 85th birthday celebration:
Macomb Woman, 85, is active poultry farmer:
Mrs. Cynthia Washburn Downing Honored at Birthday Dinner Saturday - She is lifelong resident of town
Gouverneur Aug 29: Mrs. Cynthia Washburn Downing of
Mrs. Downing was presented with many gifts including money, cards and
flowers. A large birthday cake was presented to her at the birthday
dinner by a son, Ralph Downing of
At 85 years of age, Mrs. Downing is an active and energetic poultry farmer. On her small farm she has 27 hens, 54 chickens, and a flock of 13 turkeys and looks after all these herself. She prepares all the food for the poultry and sometimes walks up and down hill and through the fields several times a day.
Besides looking after the poultry, Mrs. Downing is active in many other ways. She arises at each day and according to her daughter, Miss Ahlene Downing who lives at the home, the elderly lady is on the go from morning until night. She bakes bread, makes butter, does housework and is active generally. Her health is good and she enjoys working. She reads her bible and a newspaper each day.
A lifelong resident of the town of
Mrs. Downing was born August 27, 1853 in a small log cabin, a short distance from the present Pierce's Corners, the daughter of Sylvester and Jane Hurst Washburn. An oil painting of this cabin and landscape near it painted by her son, Ralph now hangs on the wall of the dining room at Mrs. Downing’s home.
At the age of 17, Mrs. Downing was married to Alphonse LaMartine Downing of Gouverneur. The wedding took
place at Little
An active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Pierce's Corners all her life, Mrs. Downing formerly walked the two miles from her home to the church every Sunday for the morning service until a few years ago.
Of twelve children born to Mr. and Mrs. Downing, six are living, 3 sons and 3 daughters. Present at the gathering Saturday afternoon were Mrs. Downing’s 3 sons, Earl and Ralph Downing of Pierce’s Corners and Ray Downing of Heuvelton; and one daughter, Miss Ahlene Downing of Pierces Corners.
The other two daughters, who were unable to attend the Saturday dinner
are Mrs. John Huntly of
Cynthia Downing was known as Aunt Tin by the members of the family.
Children of Cynthia Washburn and Alfonso Downing are:
i. Howard Downing, born
January 1873 in
ii. Martha Ahlene Downing,
iii. Lela Maud Downing, born 1878; died
Royal Raymond Downing, born
v. Myrtle Jane Downing, born
Mrs. Mrytle Tann Dies
Ogdensburg – Mrs. Myrtle D. Damon Tann,
90, widow of Hobart Tann, Depeyster,
died at Friday at
…. Burial will be in
Mrs. Tann is survived by two stepdaughters, Mrs. Frank (Helen) Durham, Hammond, and Mrs. Orrin (Ethel) Carr, Texas; a sister, Mrs. Wilma Huntley, of Lima Ohio, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was born in the town of
She later was married to
She was a member of the Methodist Church of Depeyster and of Hammond Chapter 285, O.E.S.
vi. Ralph LaMartine
Ralph Downing dies at home.
Macomb farmer, 66, had been in failing health for two years.
September 24, 1951 – Ralph L. Downing,
66, resident of Macomb for all but the last two years, died Sunday
morning. He had had a farm at
Mr. Downing was born at Macomb Aug 23,
1885, a son of LaMartine and Cynthia Washburn
After their marriage they lived at
vii. David Orville Downing,
David C. Downing -
David C. Downing of Depeyster, veteran of the World War and prominent resident of that section, died at his home on Monday following a protracted illness. He was about 38 years of age. Cancer was the cause of his death. Funeral services will be held form the late home in Depeyster Wednesday afternoon at 1 with burial at Pierce's Corners. The Legion post of Gouverneur will probably send a firing squad to officiate at the interment.
viii. Earl Downing, born
ix. Teresa Wilma Downing,