Anyone out there recognize Smith DOWNS, born 12 July 1806 in Redding, Connecticut?
He married Elizabeth Hannah COOKER (parentage also unknown).The children of Elizabeth and Smith DOWNS were:
1)George Washington DOWNS (b. 1828; d. 1905, South Norwalk, CT) m. 1858 Mary Esther BRUSH(their son was my great-grandfather, Charles H. DOWNES; "e" mistakenly added to "Downs" on his birth certificate);
2)William DOWNS (twin of George; born/died 1828);
3)Richard DOWNS (b. 1829);
4)Louise DOWNS (b. 1832);
5)Margret DOWNS (b. 1834);
6)Susan F. DOWNS (b. 1841);
7)Hester Jane DOWNS (b. 1843);
8)Marry Emma DOWNS (b. 1848) m. E.F. LUNDIE.
My sources for the above are a family Bible, and also copies of the handwritten genealogy notes prepared by my great-uncle, the noted Ohio historian, Randolph Chandler DOWNES (my grandmother's younger brother).However, I have not been able to verify this information in any published source, and Redding, CT, vital records did not have any record of the birth there of Smith DOWNS.
Any additional information anyone might have on the above, particularly the parentage of Smith DOWNS and his ancestry, would be greatly appreciated!