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Thomas Downend
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Birth: Jan. 3, 1833, England
Death: Sep. 16, 1893
Thomas County
Kansas, USA

Thomas Downend was the son of James and Mary Downend. Thomas was born in England and immigrated with his parents to America in 1834. They settled in Ohio.

Thomas married Mary Jane Bechtel, daughter of David and Elizabeth Harmon Bechtel,in November of 1855 in Richland County, Ohio.

The family migrated first to Indiana and in 1862, they migrated to Stark County, Illinois. Homestead records for Thomas indicate that he and Mary Jane were divorced in about 1883, before he migrated to Jefferson township, Rawlins County, Kansas. He lived in a dugout as he began to establish his land and by 1884 had built a sod house. His homestead was not far from his daughter Mary Gibbs and later another daughter, Loretta Ryman.

In 1893, Thomas fell from a hay wagon and suffered serious injuries. He died in Cumberland, Thomas County, Kansas and was buried in the Cumberland Cemetery.

According to the 1900 US Census Thomas and Mary Jane had eight children, six living in 1900. Their children were:

Mary Elizabeth (1856-1919) married Faye Gibbs
Martin Bechtel (1860-1931) married Anna C. Brown
Loretta Alice (1864-1930) married David B. Ryman
Adah I. (1882-after 1930) married Fred G. Weller
Ernest (1874-after 1900)
Katherine D.(1876-1924) married Samuel W. Blood
George (1858-1891)
Unknown child based on Census information

Some of the above is from "Our Ancestors, Havlik, LaHue, Ryman, Wisdom" by Laurence L. Wisdom now under the stewardship of Jan Lange. Laurence was the grandson of Loretta Downend and David Ryman.
Family links: 
  James Downend (1798 - 1859)
  Mary Shaw Downend (1802 - 1855)
  Mary Jane Bechtel Downend (1838 - 1913)
  Unknown Gibbs (1833 - 1893)*
  Mary Elizabeth Downend Gibbs (1856 - 1919)*
  George E Downend (1858 - 1891)*
  Martin Bechtel Downend (1860 - 1931)*
  Loretta Alice Downend Ryman (1864 - 1930)*
  Katherine Downend Blood (1875 - 1924)*
  Sarah Downend Kelham (1826 - 1886)*
  Mary Downend Truelove (1828 - 1883)*
  Hannah Downend Malone (1830 - 1901)*
  Thomas Downend (1833 - 1893)
  John Downend (1834 - 1895)*
  George Downing (1840 - 1908)*
  Eliza E Downend Leeson (1842 - 1898)*
  Louisa A. Downend Kleinfelter (1843 - 1923)*
*Calculated relationship
Cumberland Cemetery
Thomas County
Kansas, USA
Created by: Jan Lange
Record added: Aug 22, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75319561
Thomas Downend
Added by: Jan Lange
Thomas Downend
Added by: Jan Lange
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- Jan Lange
 Added: Sep. 1, 2011

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