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Don Elias Downing
&
Sarah Jane CASSELL
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Don Elias
DOWNING
Born: 22 May 1832
Moscow, Clermont Co., Ohio
Died: 3 Jan 1913
Bourbon, Marshall Co., IN
Father:
John Timothy DOWNING  b. PA
Mother:
Mary   b. OH
Sara Jane
CASSELL
Born: 25 Dec 1833
College Corner, Ohio
Died: 25 SEP 1901
Bourbon, Marshall Co., IN
Father:
James CASSELL  b. OH
Mother:
Catherine BENNETT  b. PA
The DOWNING Children
Mary Catherine
HARRIS KESSLER

b. 28 JAN 1855
d. after 1930
Emma Jane
PARISH

b. 17 DEC 1861
d. after 1913
Morton Elias
DOWNING

b. 12 JAN 1868
d. AUG 1939
Rachel Josephine
DEARDORFF

b. 14 OCT 1869
d. 30 SEP 1926
Julia Lectania Francis
BAUGHER

b. 13 JUN 1874
d. 10 MAY 1958
Most of Don Elias & Sarah Jane's children  were born in Elizabethtown, Bartholomew County, Indiana
John Timothy
DOWNING

b. 26 MAR 1857
d. 8 APR 1860
Tamer "Tama" Lydia
COMPTON

b. 2 JUL 1866
d. 20 NOV 1933
Angeline Belle
b. 29 JAN 1853
d. 12 OCT 1854
Joseph Terrell
DOWNING

b. 25 APR 1872
d. 18 JUL 1872
Medora "Dora" Lavenia
SUTFIN
b. 28 DEC 1859
d. 28 SEP 1890
Home of Don Elias DOWNING  & Sarah Jane CASSELL DOWNING
Bourbon, Marshall County, Indiana  - About 1899

Source: Bourbon News - Mirror / Bourbon, Marshall County, Indiana / 9 JAN 1913 / page 4


CAPTAIN DOWNING


WELL KNOWN CITIZEN AND SOLDIER

RESPONDS TO "LIGHTS OUT" BURIED TUESDAY
After but a short illness, due to pneumonia, Captain Downing died at the home of his son-in-law, Phillip Baugher, and wife, Friday evening and the remains were laid to rest Tuesday, after a funeral service at the home, conducted by Rev. Rittenhouse, and exercises at the grave by Masons. The following obituary tells of the life of the deceased and was read by the minister:


Don Elias Downing was born May, 22, 1832 in Moscow, Ohio. At the age of eighteen he came with his mother to Jennings County, Indiana.


In 1851 he was united in marriage to Sarah Jane Cassell. To this union was born eleven children. The wife and five children, two sons and three daughters, preceeded him to the spirit world. Those surviving are six children: Mary C. Harris, Azalia, Indiana; Emily J. Parish, Rector, Arkansas; Tamar L. Compton, Keokuk, Iowa; Morton E. Downing, Hooker, Oklahoma; R. Josephine Deardorff, Pullman, Illinois; Julia L. F. Baugher, Bourbon, fifteen grandchildren, seven great-grand-children.


In July 1861 he enlisted in Company G, 22nd Indiana Volunteer Infantry. At the expiration of three years he re-enlisted and served to the close of the war. Was one of the boys who marched with General Sherman to the sea.


In 1865 he united with the Christian church of Elizabethtown, Indiana.


He joined the Masonic order in early life and remained a faithful member until the day of his death.


He came with his family to northern Indiania in 1880 and located in Bourbon. He remained in Bourbon until 1905 when he entered the National Military Home, of Grant County, Indiana.


Those from a distance who were here to attend the funeral were: Mort Downing, son of the deceased, andhis family, of Hooker, Oklahoma; Mrs. Tamer Compton of Keokuk, Iowa, and Mrs. L. T. Deardorff, of Pullman, and Mearl Baugher of Michigan City.

1st Generation

1. Don Elias DOWNING was born May 22, 1832 in Moscow, Clermont County, Ohio and died January 3, 1913 in Bourbon, Marshall County, Indiana. He married Sarah Jane CASSELL  July 1, 1852 in Brownstown, Jackson County, Indiana.  She was born December 25, 1833 in College Corner, Butler County, Ohio and died September 25, 1901 in Bourbon, Marshall County, Indiana, daughter of James CASSELL and Catherine BENNETT.
Other events in the life of Don Elias DOWNING
Military: Company A, 22nd Indiana Infantry, Sargent - 1st Leut at Discharge
Burial: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Bourbon, Marshall County, Indiana
Fact: 1883 Disabled Veterans - Bourbon, Marshall County, Indiana - Gunshot wound / head - $6 per month payment. Civil War Pension No. 268362
Fact: 5 feet 8.5 inches, Eye color "Hazel"

Other events in the life of Sarah Jane CASSELL
Burial: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Bourbon, Marshall County, Indiana


Children of Don Elias DOWNING and Sarah Jane CASSELL:
i.  Angeline Belle DOWNING was born January 29, 1853 in Indiana and died October 12, 1854.
ii. Mary Catherine DOWNING was born January 28, 1855 in Elizabethtown, Bartholomew County, Indiana and died After 1930.
iii.  John Timothy DOWNING was born March 26, 1857 in MadisonJefferson County, Indiana and died April 8, 1860 in Azalia, Bartholomew County, Indiana.
iv. Medora "Dora" Lavenia DOWNING was born December 28, 1859 in Elizabethtown, Bartholomew County, Indiana and died September 28, 1890.
v. Emma Jane DOWNING was born December 17, 1861 in Elizabethtown, Bartholomew County, Indiana and died After 1930 in Bartholomew County, Indiana (?).
vi. Tamer "Tama" Lydia DOWNING was born July 2, 1866 in Elizabethtown, Bartholomew County, Indiana and died November 20, 1933 in Chico, Butte County, California.
vii. Morton Elias DOWNING was born January 12, 1868 in Elizabethtown, Bartholomew County, Indiana and died August 1939 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida.
viii. Rachel Josephine DOWNING was born October 14, 1869 in Elizabethtown, Bartholomew County, Indiana and died September 30, 1926 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.
ix.  Joseph Terrell DOWNING was born April 25, 1872 in Elizabethtown, Bartholomew County, Indiana and died July 18, 1872.
x. Julia Lectania Frances DOWNING was born June 13, 1874 in Elizabethtown, Bartholomew County, Indiana and died May 10, 1958 in Bourbon, Marshall County, Indiana.

 

2nd Generation (Children)

2. Mary Catherine DOWNING was born January 28, 1855 in Elizabethtown, Bartholomew County, Indiana and died After 1930. She married 1st Joseph F. HARRIS February 26, 1881 in Bartholomew County, Indiana.  He was born January 1831 in North Carolina and died Unknown. She married 2nd William KESSLER November 16, 1915 in Bartholomew County Indiana.  He was born 1858 in Kentucky and died After 1930.

3. Medora "Dora" Lavenia DOWNING was born December 28, 1859 in Elizabethtown, Bartholomew County, Indiana and died September 28, 1890. She married William Asbury SUTFIN.  He was born  in Kentucky and died September 29, 1890.

Children of Medora "Dora" Lavenia DOWNING and William Asbury SUTFIN:
i. Don Leo SUTFIN was born January 4, 1885 in Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana and died January 3, 1943.
ii. Otto Terrill SUTFIN was born May 28, 1887 in Indiana and died After 1930.


4. Emma Jane DOWNING was born December 17, 1861 in Elizabethtown, Bartholomew County, Indiana and died After 1930 in Bartholomew County, Indiana (?). She married Thomas E. PARISH May 10, 1885 in Marshall County, Indiana.  He was born About 1852 in Indiana and died after 1920 in Clay County, Arkansas, son of Green PARISH and Mary E. "Polly" KERR.
Other events in the life of Emma Jane DOWNING
Occupation: Seamstress in 1920 US Census, Clay Co., AR

Other events in the life of Thomas E. PARISH
Occupation: Sawmill Man in 1920, Clay Co. AR Census


Children of Emma Jane DOWNING and Thomas E. PARISH:
i. Valrey Iness PARISH was born April 11, 1887 in Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana and died June 6, 1943 in Bakersfield , Kern County, California.
ii. Horace Glenn PARISH was born March 21, 1894 in Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana and died October 1977 in Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana.


5. Tamer "Tama" Lydia DOWNING was born July 2, 1866 in Elizabethtown, Bartholomew County, Indiana and died November 20, 1933 in Chico, Butte County, California. She married William Harry COMPTON 1886 .  He was born 1858/59 in Indiana and died After 1930.
Other events in the life of William Harry COMPTON
Residence: Ottawa, IL - Cohasset, CA - Chico, CA
Occupation: Made Violins


Children of Tamer "Tama" Lydia DOWNING and William Harry COMPTON:
i.  Donald A. COMPTON was born About 1889 in Nebraska.
ii.  Nancy D. COMPTON was born 1892 in Nebraska.
iii. Clyde Harrison COMPTON was born June 19, 1894 in Illionis and died November 10, 1986 in Butte County, California.
iv. Dudley C. COMPTON was born June 14, 1897 in Illinois and died November 11, 1968 in Contra Costa County, California.
v.  Clair D. COMPTON was born About 1898 in Illinois.


6. Morton Elias DOWNING was born January 12, 1868 in Elizabethtown, Bartholomew County, Indiana and died August 1939 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida. He married Effie WORDEN June 21, 1897 .  She was born September 13, 1870 in Illinois and died After 1953, daughter of Charles B. WORDEN and (unknown).
Other events in the life of Morton Elias DOWNING
Residence : 1920 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida
Residence : 1913 in Hooker, Texas County, Oklahoma as per father's death information.


Children of Morton Elias DOWNING and Effie WORDEN:
i.  Nora Lowanza DOWNING was born 1899 in Illinois.
ii. Oscar Howard DOWNING was born December 19, 1900 in Illionis and died August 15, 1987 in Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida.


7. Rachel Josephine DOWNING was born October 14, 1869 in Elizabethtown, Bartholomew County, Indiana and died September 30, 1926 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. She married Lester Tye DEARDORFF July 12, 1895 in Bourbon, Marshall County, Indiana.  He was born February 1871 in Indiana and died 1929, son of Charles B. DEARDORFF and Matilda F. (Unknown maiden name) DEARDORFF.
Other events in the life of Rachel Josephine DOWNING
Residence : Moved with her family to Chicago in 1903
Religion : Presbyterian


Children of Rachel Josephine DOWNING and Lester Tye DEARDORFF:
i. Charles Edgar DEARDORFF was born November 1899 in Bourbon, Marshall County, Indiana and died March 18, 1969 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.


8. Julia Lectania Frances DOWNING was born June 13, 1874 in Elizabethtown, Bartholomew County, Indiana and died May 10, 1958 in Bourbon, Marshall County, Indiana. She married Phillip Henry BAUGHER June 26, 1892 in Bourbon, Marshall County, Indiana.  He was born August 18, 1855 in Strasburg, Tuscarawas County, Ohio and died November 16, 1933 in Michigan City, LaPorte County, Indiana, son of Henry BAUGHER and Mary Elizabeth KLEINE.
Other events in the life of Julia Lectania Frances DOWNING
Burial: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Bourbon, Marshall County, Indiana

Other events in the life of Phillip Henry BAUGHER
Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, Michigan City, Indiana


Children of Julia Lectania Frances DOWNING and Phillip Henry BAUGHER:
i. Philip Merl BAUGHER was born November 5, 1893 in Bourbon, Marshall County, Indiana and died September 8, 1979 in Michigan City, LaPorte County, Indiana.
ii. Mary Esther BAUGHER was born April 15, 1895 in Bourbon, Marshall County, Indiana and died February 28, 1959 in Punta Gorda, Charlotte County, Florida.

 

3rd Generation (Grandchildren)

9. Don Leo SUTFIN was born January 4, 1885 in Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana and died January 3, 1943. He married Mabel C. COURTNEY 1917.  She was born July 8, 1880 and died 1949.
Other events in the life of Don Leo SUTFIN
Adoption: Don Leo was adopted by his grandparents, Don Elias & Sarah J. DOWNING after the death of his mother.
Fact: January 3, 1943 in Don Leo SUTFIN...used his adopted name DOWNING in his adult life.
Military: Veteran of World War I (1830 US Census)


10. Otto Terrill SUTFIN was born May 28, 1887 in Indiana and died After 1930. He married Mary A. C. MALLOY  in 1910.  She was born 1884 in Indiana and died After 1930.
Other events in the life of Otto Terrill SUTFIN
Occupation: Blacksmith as per 1930 US Census -  Cook Co. IL


11. Valrey Iness PARISH was born April 11, 1887 in Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana and died June 6, 1943 in Bakersfield , Kern County, California. She married Thomas Franklin BRYANT October 27, 1912 in Rector, Clay County, Arkansas.  He was born May 29, 1882 in Tennessee and died February 8, 1963 in Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, son of Charles Pening BRYANT and Sarah Jane PURVIS.
Other events in the life of Valrey Iness PARISH
Burial: Westside Cemetery, KernCounty, Taft, California
Fact: Worked at Brock's Department Store in 1940, Bakersfileld, CA

Other events in the life of Thomas Franklin BRYANT
Burial: Westside Cemetery, Kern County, Taft, California
Census: 1930 in Listed as an Oil Field Laborer 1930 Federal Census, Kern County, California


12. Horace Glenn PARISH was born March 21, 1894 in Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana40 and died October 1977 in Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana. He married Orba Devalle NAPIER April 15, 1924 in Rector, Clay County, Arkansas.  She was born 1896 .
Other events in the life of Horace Glenn PARISH
Residence: 1913 in Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana
Social Security Number : 306-01-1227


13. Nancy D. COMPTON was born 1892 in Nebraska. She married 1st Ben H. SMITH About 1911 .  He died March 1911. She married 2nd Albert H. SMITH.  He was born 1885 in Illionis.

14. Nora Lowanza DOWNING was born 1899 in Illinois. She married Giles Benjamin HODGES
Other events in the life of Nora Lowanza DOWNING
Occupation: 1920 in Cashier / drug store / Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida
Residence: December 16, 1940 in 213 S. Willow, Tampa , Florida


15. Oscar Howard DOWNING was born December 19, 1900 in Illionis and died August 15, 1987 in Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida. He married Jessie WISCHERS.  She was born November 29, 1903 in San Antonio, Pasco County, Florida.
Other events in the life of Oscar Howard DOWNING
Occupation: 1920 in sailor - merchant vessel
Occupation: Engineer / Gas Plant as per 1930 US Census
Military: WW I  Veteran as per 1930 US Census


16. Charles Edgar DEARDORFF was born November 1899 in Bourbon, Marshall County, Indiana and died March 18, 1969 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. He married Bernita S. (Unknown Maiden Name) DEARDORFF about 1908 .  She was born about 1900 in Illionis.
Other events in the life of Charles Edgar DEARDORFF
Residence: 1926 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois


17. Philip Merl BAUGHER was born November 5, 1893 in Bourbon, Marshall County, Indiana and died September 8, 1979 in Michigan City, LaPorte County, Indiana. He married Alice Charlotte SEVERIN August 30, 1915 in Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois.  She was born April 19, 1897 in Michigan City, LaPorte County, Indiana and died April 22, 1960 in Michigan City, LaPorte County, Indiana, daughter of William SEVERIN and Emma Rose KLUTT.
Other events in the life of Philip Merl BAUGHER
Burial : Swan Lake Memorial Gardens, Michigan City, Indiana
Occupation: Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad
Occupation: New-Dispatch photographer
Fact: Member Fraternal Order of Eagles

Other events in the life of Alice Charlotte SEVERIN
Burial: Swan Lake Memorial Gardens, Michigan City, Indiana


18. Mary Esther BAUGHER was born April 15, 1895 in Bourbon, Marshall County, Indiana and died February 28, 1959 in Punta Gorda, Charlotte County, Florida. She married Wilbur Lawrence SILVIUS December 21, 1915 in Plymouth, Marshall County, Indiana.  He was born January 5, 1890 in Etna Green, Indiana and died May 11, 1956 in Bourbon, Marshall County, Indiana.
Other events in the life of Mary Esther BAUGHER
Burial: Etna Green Cemetery, Etna Green, Indiana

 

 

Civil War Poem by: DON ELIAS DOWNING

Written at: Gordon Mills Gap 25 April 1864

TO MY LOVED ONES AT HOME

Away from home how slow the hours pass wearily along.

I feel alone through many men around me throng.

Theres none that looks on me in love wherever I may roam.

Im longing for thy gentle smiles, my dearest ones at home.

I look around, strange things I see, much that is fair to view.

Mens art and natures handiworks, and all to me is new.

But oh! I feel my joys were more, if while amid these I roam,

It could be shared with those I love, my dearest ones at "home".

Blow, Blow, ye winds and bear me on my long and weary way.

Move on, slow hours; more swiftly move, and shortly bring the day

When victory is won, and battles oer no more will I roam,

But I, again, shall be with those I love so well at home.

By Don Elias DOWNING

Note: Don Elias DOWNING was born 22 May 1832 in Moscow, Clermont County, Washington Township, Ohio to John & Mary DOWNING. He married Sarah Jane CASSELL 1 July 1852 at Stout's Mill in Brownstown, Jackson County, Indiana. He served with Company A, 22 Indiana Infantry, Sargent - 1st Leut at Discharge. This poem was in the possession of his grandson: Oscar Howard DOWNING. Special thanks to Cecelia Agnes DOWNING FALZONE for a copy of the poem.

________________________________________________________

Don Elias DOWNING

Pension Number 268362

k Enrolled: 15 August 1861 at Madison / Vernon, Indiana

k Enlisted Rank: Private

k Company A & G of the 22nd Regiment Indiana Volunteers

k Commanded by: Colonial Jefferson C. Davis

k In action on Mission Ridge, Tennessee on 25 November 1863

k Wounded in right thigh, gun shot wound at the Battle of Look Out Mountain / Battle of Chattanooga, Tennessee on 25 Nov 1863

k  Hospital Treatment: Chattanooga, TN / Partial Bone Fracture of right leg (2 to 4 weeks in hospital)

k Promoted to Sergeant Major December of 1863

k Re-enlisted 2 January 1864

k In action as Jonesboro, Georgia on 1 September 1864

k  "Severely wounded in head, gun shot wound" at Jonesboro, Georgia on 1 September 1864 ". Almost total loss of sight of left eye result of gunshot wound to head"

k Hospital Treatment: General Hospital, Medical College, Atlanta, Georgia (2 months in hospital)

k Honorably Discharged: 24 Jul 1865 at Age 33 at Louisville, Kentucky

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