I am trying to track down the Downing families that I believe to be descended from Josiah/Joseph Downing who I think is the son of William Downen and Margaret Robinson. Is anyone out there connected to this branch of the family? Here is what I think I have pieced together so far...
I believe I am related to this family through Elizabeth J. Downen who married William Ford Troxel in DeWitt County, IL in 1846. (I would like to verify that Elizabeth J. is actually the daughter of Josiah and Rebecca!)
The website above mentions that the wife of Josiah Downing might have been Rebecca Jane Troxel. But that the marriage record says Rebecca Mann. Anyone know any more about this possible Troxel connection?
It seems that Job Downen (the son of William Downen and Margaret Robinson) along with his brother Josiah and father William moved to DeWitt County, Ill.
Job Downen married Alabama Williams in 1835 in Macon County, IL. He died in 1841 and Alabama later married Frederick Troxel (the father of William Ford Troxel). Now I believe that William Downen also moved to IL and remarried to Ludica (Spencer)French. He was living in DeWitt County, IL in 1850.
Josiah Downing (48) was living in DeWitt county in 1850 with his family. wife Rebecca, 45 Josiah 16 Margaret 14 Alfred C. 11 Job 8 Henry C. 6 Josephine 3 All of the children born in IL.
Mary Ann (the daughter of Josiah Downing?) married Joseph Spencer in 1849 in DeWitt county, IL. This Joseph Spencer is also related to the Troxel family. Although I am not sure how he and Ludica are related.
As I mentioned earlier, Elizabeth Downen (the daughter of Josiah Downing?) married William Ford Troxel in DeWitt county in 1846.
There is a marriage record for Mariah Downing (the daughter of Josiah Downing?) in Macon Co., IL in 1877 to Cyrus Hollinger. Could this have been her second marriage?
The family of Josiah/Joseph Downing then moved to Linn county Kansas, Mound city Twp. where they were in 1860. Josid Downing, 58 Rebecca, 54 Alfred, 22 Job, 20 Josephine, 12 also living next door J. Downing Jr. 25 Phebe, 26 - b. NY Martha, 1 - b. Kansas
I have not been able to locate any of these family members in 1870 census.
In 1880 census, some are living in Saline County, Miami Twp., Missouri. Job Downing, 38 wife Amanda, 31 Loretta, 12 Frank, 9 George, 7 Stella, 5 Nora, 11/12, all the children born born in MO living next door is Alfred Downing, 41
Also living in Saline County, Miami Twp. MO Josiah Downing, 44, wife Phebe, 43 Henry, 19 Annie, 14 John, 12 Mary, 10 Josiah, 7 all the children born in IL.
I have not been able to track these families any further. Any help would be greatly appreciated on trying to figure out this Downen / Downing puzzle. I would like to verify the children of Josiah and Rebecca and try to figure out where they ended up. Also if anyone has information on the family of William and Margaret Robinson, that might be helpful too. Thanks for any help you might be able to provide.