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Morton Elias
DOWNING
Don Elias
DOWNING
Born: 22 May 1832
Moscow, Clermont Co., Ohio
Died: 3 Jan 1913
Bourbon, Marshall Co., Indiana
Father: John Timothy DOWNING  b. PA
Mother: Mary SEARCH DOWNING  b. OH
Sara Jane
CASSELL- DOWNING
Born: 25 Dec 1833
College Corner, Ohio
Died: 25 SEP 1901
Bourbon, Marshall Co., Indiana
Father: James CASSELL  b. OH
Mother: Catherine BENNETT CASSELL b. PA
Morton Elias DOWNING
b. 12 JAN 1868
Elizabethtown, Bartholomew County, Indiana
d. AUG 1939
Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida
Orange Hill Cemetery - Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida
Gravesite of daughter: Nora Lowanza DOWNING HODGES

BIOGRAPHICAL & GENALOGICAL RECORD
OF LASALLE AND GRUNDY COUNTIES OF ILLINOIS - Published in 1900

MORTON E. DOWNING

The subject of this sketch, Morton E. Downing, is the superintendent of one of the most important industries of LaSalle county--the mining and shipping of sand for glass manufacture.

Mr. Downing was born in Bartholomew county, Indiana, January 12, 1868, and is of Scotch origin. The family, however, have long been identified with America, having settled in Ohio at the time of their emigration to this country. Don E. Downing, the father of Morton E., is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, born some sixty-six years ago, and is now a resident of Marshall county, Indiana, working at the carpenterís trade at Bourbon, that state. He and his wife, whose maiden name was Jane Cassell, are the parents of the following named children: Mary, who married Joseph Harris, resides in Bartholomew county, Indiana; Emma, wife of Thomas Parrish, resides in Durand, Missouri; Tamar is the wife of Harry Compton, of Wedron, Illinois; Morton E., the subject of this sketch; Josie, wife of Tyde Deardorf, of Bourbon, Indiana; and Julia, wife of Philip Baugher, also of Bourbon.

Morton E. Downing, as he grew up, spent some time working at the carpenterís trade, under his fatherís instructions, and some time working in a machine shop; but on leaving his parental home at the age of twenty-one he took a position as stationary engineer of at Millington, Illinois. From that place he went to Aurora, this state, where he filled a s similar position in the Aurora Chemical Works, and from there came to his present location at Wedron. Here he had charge of the engine at the works of the Wedron White Sand Company until 1896, when he was made foreman, and afterward superintendent, the position he now holds. His continuance in the service of this company and his promotion by them is ample evidence of his ability and faithfulness.

Mr. Downing was married in McHenry county, Illinois, in the town of Woodstock, June 21, 1897, to Miss Effie Worden. They have an only child, Nora, born September, 1898.

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Obituary of Granddaughter: Vina HODGES KOELZER

ODESSA, TX -- Vina HODGES KOELZER, 72, of Odessa, born Aug. 22, 1931, in Tampa, Fla., to Giles Benjamin and Nora Lowanza Downing Hodges, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. Mrs. Koelzer moved to Odessa in 1994 from Arizona. She was a Retired Nurses Aide and a devoted Christian and active church member of Belmont Baptist Church.

She is survived by daughters, Dolly Kolb of Haughton, La., and Shirley Marie Smith of Arkansas; sons, John Michael Richardson of Monticello, Ark., Wade Richardson of Arlington, Texas, and Joe Benefield Jr. of Buckeye, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren including Cara Gill of Big Spring; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Velma Pardo of Tampa, Fla., Vivian Hodges of Charlotte, N.C., and Vera Webb of Asheville, N.C.; brother, John Hodges of Land-O-Lakes, Fla.; son-in-law, Mac Statham of Big Spring, Texas; sister-in-Christ, Esther Class from Belmont Baptist Church; and best friend, Sulema Chavez.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Joe Benefield Sr. and Michael Koelzer; and daughter, Melody Ann Statham. Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2004, at Belmont Baptist Church with the Reverend Bryan S. Saffle officiating. Burial will be private at a later time.

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1st Generation - Morton Elias DOWNING & Effie Eslie WORDEN

1st Generation

Morton Elias DOWNING was born January 12, 1868 in Elizabethtown, Bartholomew County, Indiana and died August 1, 1939 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida2. He married Effie Eslie WORDEN June 21, 1897 in Woodstock, McHenry County, Illinois. She was born September 13, 1870 in Antioch, Lake County, Illinois and died February 1957 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, daughter of Charles B. WORDEN and Lestina Direxa ORVIS5.

Children of Morton Elias DOWNING and Effie Eslie WORDEN:
1. Nora Lowanza DOWNING was born September 9, 1898 in Woodstock, McHenry County, Illinois and died April 1, 1982 in Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina.
2. Oscar Howard DOWNING was born December 19, 1900 in Illionis and died August 15, 1987 in Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida.

2nd Generation (Children)

Nora Lowanza DOWNING was born September 9, 1898 in Woodstock, McHenry County, Illinois and died April 15, 1982 in Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina. She married 1st Victor Louie JOHNSON . She married 2nd Unknown . She married 3rd Giles Benjamin HODGES. He was born in Canada and died December 17, 1986 in Flagler County, Florida.

Children of Nora Lowanza DOWNING and Victor Louie JOHNSON:
1. Velma Lois JOHNSON was born November 11, 1923 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida.

Children of Nora Lowanza DOWNING and Unknown:
1. Vivian Fern HODGES died June 4, 2004 in Charlotte, Charlotte County, North Carolina.

Children of Nora Lowanza DOWNING and Giles Benjamin HODGES:
1. Giles Benjamin HODGES Jr. was born August 21, 1929 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida and died December 17, 1986 in Bunnell, Flagler County, Florida.
2. Vina HODGES was born August 22, 1931 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida and died February 28, 2004 in Odessa, Ector County, Taxas.
3. John Mort HODGES was born May 3, 1935 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida.
4. Vera Jane HODGES.

Oscar Howard DOWNING was born December 19, 1900 in Illionis and died August 15, 1987 in Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida. He married Jesmine "Jessie" WISCHERS 1925 . She was born November 29, 1903 in San Antonio, Pasco County, Florida, daughter of Anselm WISCHERS and Mary DUNNE.

Children of Oscar Howard DOWNING and Jesmine "Jessie" WISCHERS:

1. Frances Louise DOWNING was born March 4, 1927 in Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida and died November 2, 2005 in Land-o-Lakes, Pasco County, Florida.
2. Cecelia DOWNING was born November 1928 in Florida.
3. Thomas Howard DOWNING was born October 22, 1938 in Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida.

3rd Generation (Grandchildren)

Velma Lois JOHNSON was born November 11, 1923 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida. She married 1st Oran PARDO. She married 2nd Clarence Willard Rogers. He died March 13, 1981 in Arcadia, DeSoto County, Florida.

Children of Velma Lois JOHNSON and Clarence Willard Rogers:
1. Elizabeth "Beth" Effie ROGERS was born December 1, 1941 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida.

Vivian Fern HODGES birth date is unknown. She died June 4, 2004 in Charlotte, Charlotte County, North Carolina. (never married / no children)

Giles Benjamin HODGES Jr.15 was born August 21, 1929 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida and died December 17, 1986 in Bunnell, Flagler County, Florida.

Vina HODGES was born August 22, 1931 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida and died February 28, 2004 in Odessa, Ector County, Taxas. She married 1st Joe BENEFIELD Sr. She married 2nd Michael KOELZER. He was born August 19, 1923 in Axtell, Marshall County, Kansas and died April 6, 1994 in Coolidge, Pinal County, Arizona, son of Francis KOELZER and Catherine WEBER.

Children of Vina HODGES and Joe BENEFIELD Sr.:
1. Dolly BENEFIELD.
2. Shirley Marie BENEFIELD.
3. Joe BENEFIELD Jr.21.
4. Melody Ann BENEFIELD died Prior to 2004.

John Mort HODGES was born May 3, 1935 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida. He married Delores Goucher .

Vera Jane HODGES. She married Arnold Brooks WEBB.

Children of Vera Jane HODGES and Arnold Brooks WEBB:
1. Arnold Brooks WEBB.

Frances Louise DOWNING was born March 4, 1927 in Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida and died November 2, 2005 in Land-o-Lakes, Pasco County, Florida. She married Robert Bernard DONOVAN. He was born August 19, 1929 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania .

Children of Frances Louise DOWNING and Robert Bernard DONOVAN:
1. Robert DONOVAN. 2. Kathleen DONOVAN.
3. Karen DONOVAN.
4. Tricia DONOVAN.
5. Anita DONOVAN.
6. Diane DONOVAN.

Cecelia DOWNING was born November 1928 in Florida. She married FALZONE.

Thomas Howard DOWNING was born October 22, 1938 in Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida. He married Beverly DIXON.

Elizabeth "Beth" Effie ROGERS was born December 1, 1941 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida. She married George Myron RHAMY February 14, 1963 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida. He was born September 9, 1943 in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Children of Elizabeth "Beth" Effie ROGERS and George Myron RHAMY:
1. Wanda Grace RHAMY was born November 22, 1964 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida.
2. Myron Cecil RHAMY was born October 7, 1963 in Marlboro, Middlesex County , Massachusetts.

Dolly BENEFIELD. She married KOLB.

Shirley Marie BENEFIELD. She married SMITH.

Melody Ann BENEFIELD died Prior to 2004. She married Mac STATEHAM.

Kathleen DONOVAN. She married SCEARCE.

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