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William Henry Downs
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Birth: Dec. 12, 1854
Christian County
Illinois, USA
Death: Sep. 30, 1928
Shelby County
Illinois, USA

William Henry Downs passed away at his home on South First Street at 3:40 o'clock Sunday morning at the age of 74 years. He had been in failing health for about two years. Mr. Downs was born in South Fork, Christian County, December 12, 1854, a son of Josiah and Rebecca Rhodes Downs. When he was fourteen years of age he came to Shelby County with his parents and had since resided here. He was married to Hannah Swartz, December 28, 1876. She passed away May 26, 1919. To this union eight children were born: Anna, wife of Geo. Augenstein; Will J. Downs; Vida, wife of Bert Venters; Georgia, wife of Rev. Hudson and John Downs all of Shelbyville; Lloyd Downs of Gillespie; Dessa, wife of B. H. Brown of Blue Mound and Harry Downs of St. Louis.

March 16, 1922, Mr. Downs was united in marriage to Mrs. Dora Henton Smith of Evanston. Besides his wife and children, Mr. Downs is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Sarah McDonald of Westervelt, Mrs. John Beckett of assumption; two half-brothers, George W. Downs and Soloman Downs of Clarksburg; three half-sisters, Mrs. Minnie Sarver, Mrs. Julia Storm and Mrs. Etta Crook of Findlay; fourteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren. One brother, E. H. Downs, died in Shelbyville about four years ago.

Mr. Downs was a farmer until 22 years ago when he and his son William Downs entered the flour and feed business in this city. Mr. Downs retired seven years ago. He united with the First Christian Church under the leadership of Rev. O. W. Steward and he was a deacon of the church for a number of years. He was a heavy contributor to the building of the new church. Mr. Downs also served as alderman in Shelbyville for a number of years. Funeral services will be held from the Christian Church at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Rev. G. M. Anderson will officiate. Interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery. Published in a Shelbyville newspaper, 2 October 1928

Obituary by Janet Donner
Family links: 
  Josiah Downs (1830 - 1910)
  Rebecca Rhoades Downs (1833 - 1866)
  Hannah Swartz Downs (1850 - 1919)
  William J. Downs (1879 - 1946)*
  Vida M. Downs Venters (1880 - 1970)*
  John B. Downs (1885 - 1958)*
  William Henry Downs (1854 - 1928)
  Electious H. Downs (1857 - 1924)*
  Mary Elizabeth Downs Beckett (1861 - 1950)*
  Josiah Downs (1866 - 1866)*
  George W. Downs (1875 - 1960)**
  Minnie Downs Sarver-Pea (1877 - 1937)**
  Solomon R. Downs (1880 - 1952)**
  Louetta Downs Crook (1883 - 1956)**
  Julia Anna Downs Storm (1886 - 1975)**
*Calculated relationship
Glenwood Cemetery
Shelby County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Eileen Bridges
Record added: Jun 03, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91272256
William Henry Downs
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William Henry Downs
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William Henry Downs
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- E. Bridges
 Added: Aug. 15, 2012

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