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James Downey
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Birth: Oct. 1, 1829
Virginia, USA
Death: Aug. 25, 1905
Wabash County
Indiana, USA

(From "History of Wabash County, Indiana" pub. 1884, pg. 435)
JAMES DOWNEY. This estimable gentleman, born in Virginia October 1, 1829, is the son of John and Mary (Good) Downey, who were also natives of Virginia. Leaving his parents in Ohio, he came with an uncle to Miami County, Indiana, where he landed October 9, 1848, with 75 cents in his pocket. That winter he went to school, and worked mornings and evenings for his uncle to pay his board, and after the school closed he worked out his tuition. After doing this, he went to work for his uncle during the summer. The next season, he rented his uncle's farm, and in two years he saved enough money to pay for forty acres of land, which he purchased in Howard County. After a short visit to Missouri, he sold his land in Howard County, and again rented the same arm of his aunt, his uncle having died in the meantime. He then conducted this farm for seventeen years. During this time, he purchased 100 acres of land in Starke County. In 1874, he sold this tract of land, and with the proceeds purchased the farm that he now owns. This land, with the exception of seven or eight acres, was still covered with the original forest, and presented a forbidding aspect to the agriculturist; but with the indomitable pluck of a sturdy backwoodsman, and the skill of a good farmer, Mr. Downey has placed seventy acres of the 100 he now owns under cultivation. During the past year, he has removed from the farm to Ijamsville, leaving the farm in the care of his son Walter, who married Emma Purdy in 1881.

Mr. Downey was married September 5, 1852. The lady who thus became the chosen companion of his life was Miss Amanda E. Martindale, born in Wayne County, Indiana, May 17, 1834, and the daughter of Jesse and Barbara (Chinworth) Martindale. The results of this union were six children, four of whom, Sarah L., Mary J., Walter S. and Edwin E., are still living. Mr. and Mrs. Downey are members of the Christian Church, and are highly respected by all who know them.

Family links: 
  John Downey (1800 - 1854)
  Mary Downey (1804 - 1875)
  Amanda Ellen Martindale Downey (1834 - 1914)
  Sarah L. Downey Alger (1854 - 1923)*
  Mary Jane Downey Alger (1855 - 1931)*
  Walter Scott Downey (1859 - 1945)*
  Edwin E. Downey (1863 - 1937)*
  Phillip Downey (____ - 1854)*
  Samuel Downey (____ - 1866)*
  James Downey (1829 - 1905)
  John Downey (1831 - 1855)*
*Calculated relationship
Laketon Cemetery
Wabash County
Indiana, USA
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