Hi, i have John as a first cousin of my ancestor William Wesley Downing who was born July 1831 and settled in Edgar Co.ILL.
William Wesley Downing was a son of Nathaniel Riley Downing and Katherine Skidmore grandson of William Downing and Nancy Middleton
i have the John you seek as a son of Joshua L.Downing and ?
check 1850 census of Verm Co.Indiana
William Downing born 1775 Sussex County DE died 1822 Verm Co.Ind. m.Nancy Middleton had following children: 1.Nancy born 1798 DE 2.Joshua L. 3.Johnathan W. born 1806 MD 4.Nathaniel Riley born 1808 MD 5.William born abt 1810-1814 Franklin Co.OH.
as for Joshua i dont have his first marriage his second marriage is recorded in Verm.Co, Indiana. he died before 1850 his widow living in Verm County Indiana
Nathaniel died before 1837 Indiana
William moved to Coles County Ill then Verm.Co.Ill.
Johnathan died in 1849 Indiana
Nancy lived to a very old age, one of the oldest living people in Verm County Indiana