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Family Sheet

HUSBAND
Name: Thomas Ellsworth Downing Note Born: 17 Nov 1868 at West Chester, , Chester County, PA Married: 13 Apr 1891 at Harper Co., , , KS Died: 19 Dec 1918 at Hickory Twp., , Grant Co., OK Father: John Benjamin Downing Mother: Mary Couch Downing
WIFE
Name: Rosa Belle Stephenson Note Born: 23 Aug 1871 at Jackson Co., , , KS Died: 28 Feb 1951 at Caldwell, , Sumner Co., KS Father: Frank Stephenson Mother: Emma Easterly
CHILDREN
Name: Ralph Leo Downing Born: 27 Jul 1891 at Kansas, , , Died: 9 Feb 1959 Wife: Mary Mahala Angle
Name: George Olaf Downing Born: 25 Dec 1892 at Kansas, , , Died: 27 Nov 1956
Name: Susan Storey Downing Born: 27 Jan 1895 at Grant Co. OK, , , Died: Feb 1972 at Medford, , Grant Co., OK Husband: William Lemuel Arterburn
Name: Sylvia Josephine Downing Born: 25 Nov 1896 at Grant Co., , , OK Died: 16 Sep 1988 at Medford, , Grant Co., OK
Name: Francis Bellmont Downing Born: 13 May 1899 at Renfrow, , Grant Co., OK Died: 10 Oct 1979 at Caldwell, , Sumner Co., KS Wife: Rosa Elsie Kottas
Name: Francis Belmont Downing Born: 13 May 1899 at Grant Co., , , OK Died: Oct 1979 at Caldwell, , Sumner Co., KS
Name: Ruth Naomia Downing Born: 9 Feb 1901 at Grant County, , , OK Died: 21 Oct 1989 at Newkirk, , , OK Husband: Stanley Simanek
Name: Mabel Carrie Downing Born: 2 Dec 1902 at Grant County, , , OK Died: Oct 1980 at Enid, , Garfield Co., OK Husband: Clarence William Best
Name: Harley Ellsworth Downing Born: 2 Oct 1904 at Grant County, , , OK Died: 19 Oct 1958 at Caldwell, , Sumner Co., KS Wife: Maybelle Ethel Cupp
NOTES
1). 18401.ged Genealogy of the Palmer Trimble Families, page 940 Address Renfrew, Oklahoma Thomas E. Downing has his name engraved on the Pioneer settlers monument in Medford,Grant county, Oklahoma. He was in the 1893 land rush on the Cherokee strip. On May 3, 1998, I visited the monument in Medford the photos are in th media file for ThomasEllsworth Downing. His name is on top of a column on the back of the monument. In the Last Will and Testament of his sister, Carrie Halstead Downing, she states Seventh I hereby direct that $50.00 be paid out of my estate for the erectio of a marker at the grave of my beloved brother, Thomas E. Downing, in the Caldwell Cemetery,and I desire that said marker be erected within one year after my decease. As the will was dated 1931, this confirms that Thomas died prior to that year. I have not been able to find the cemetery indicated. There is no Caldwell Cemetery . There are, however, two cemeteries near Caldwell the Alton and the Doster. It is probable that Thomas is buried in one of these two cemeteries. The 1908 obituary ofhis brother, Benjamin, in The Wichita Daily Eagle, states, Thomas Downing, of Caldwell, KS. The data on the wife and children of Thomas were determined from the 1900 and 1910 U.S. Census for Hickory Township, Grant county, Oklahoma. Copy of both in files. This data was later refined in correspondence with Bertha Downing, of Medford, OK. The Thomas Downing farm was in the north part of Grant County the west half of 20 29 5 land they staked in the run of 1893. Thomas died of influenza in the great influenza outbreak following World War I, which killed millions world wide. Downing.ged Genealogy of the Palmer Trimble Families, page 940 Address Renfrew, Oklahoma Marriage record found in Harper county, KS, files. Thomas E. Downing has his name engraved on the Pioneer settlers monument in Medford, Grant county, Oklahoma. He was in the 1893 land rush on the Cherokee strip. On May 3, 1998, I visited the monument in Medford the photos are in th media file for Thomas Ellsworth Downing. His name is on top of a column on the back of the monument. In the Last Will and Testament of his sister, Carrie Halstead Downing, she states Seventh I hereby direct that $50.00 be paid out of my estate for the erectio of a marker at the grave of my beloved brother, Thomas E. Downing, in the Caldwell Cemetery, and I desire that said marker be erected within one year after my decease. The gravesite of Thomas and his wife, with many of their children, was visited by me on May 2, 1999, at the Caldwell cemetery, north of Caldwell, Sumner county, Kansas. The 1908 obituary of his brother, Benjamin, in The Wichita Daily Eagle, states, Thomas Downing, of Caldwell, KS. The data on the wife and children of Thomas were determined from the 1900 and 1910 U.S. Census for Hickory Township, Grant county, Oklahoma. Copy of both in files. This data was later refined in correspondence with Bertha Downing, of Medford, OK. Bertha also provided me with a family photograph taken in 1915. Further data and photos were provided by Elwanda Downing Fortmeyer, of Caldwell, Kansas, in January, 2000, granddaughter of Thomas Downing. The Thomas Downing farm was in the north part of Grant County the west half of 20 29 5 land they staked in the Cherokee Strip run of 1893. Thomas died of influenza in the great influenza outbreak following World War I, which killed millions world wide. Death certificate obtained 11 18 2000 from the State of Oklahoma, in files.
2).  18401.ged  All information on Rosa and the children of Rosa and Thomas were initially obtained in the 1900 and 1910 U.S. Census for Hickory Township, Grant county, OK.  The census states that Rosa  s parents were both born in Ohio, but the 1910 census shows her father born in Ohio and her mother in Iowa.  Subsequent specific information on names, birth dates, and places was provided by Bertha Downing, of Medford, OK, following correspondence, as were the photographs provided by her.  After Thomas   death in 1918 of influenza, the 1920 census shows her living o the family farm with the following children   George,  Sylvia  Josephine, Ruth Mabel, and Harley. Downing.ged  All information on Rosa and the children of Rosa and Thomas were initially obtained in the 1900 and 1910 U.S. Census for Hickory Township, Grant county, OK.  The census states that Rosa  s parents were both born in Ohio, but the 1910 census shows her father born in Ohio and her mother in Iowa. Subsequent specific information on names, birth dates, and places were provided by Bertha Downing, of Medford, OK, and Elwanda  Downing  Fortmeyer, of Caldwell, KS,  following correspondence, as were the photographsprovided by them. After Thomas   death in 1918 of influenza, the 1920 census shows her living o the family farm with the following children   George,  Sylvia  Josephine, Ruth Mabel, and Harley. Kansas death certificate obtained November 1, 2000.  Providedthe names of Rosa  s parents.

						

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