From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 410, West Point Township, White County, Indiana.
"HENRY DOWNING, Jr., was born in Sheffield, England, May 23, 1839, and is one of the two children - MARGARET and HENRY - of HENRY and MARGARET (BURKE) DOWNING. HENRY DOWNING, Sr., was born in Yorkshire, England, February, 1810; he followed a number of vocations, and now lives with his son in the enjoyment of old age. When three years of age, HENRY DOWNING Jr., came with his parents to Licking County, Ohio, where they resided until 1868, in which year HENRY, Jr., came to his present location. On September 24, 1863, he was married to SARAH WATSON, by whom he had seven children, of whom two SARAH and HENRY, survive. MR. DOWNING's residence is seven and one-half miles southwest of Wolcott; his farm comprises 400 acres, 350 being under cultivation; his improvements are of the first order, composed of good dwelling, stables, fences, etc. In addition to farming, he also deals in stock. MR. DOWNING is an Odd Fellow; he takes much interest in church affairs, but is not a member of any religious body; he is, however, an upright man, and greatly esteemed in the community."