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Mary Jane Bechtel Downend
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Birth: Mar. 25, 1838
Ohio, USA
Death: May, 1913
Stark County
Illinois, USA

Mary Jane Bechtel was the daughter of David and Elizabeth Harmon Bechtel.

Mary Jane married Thomas Downend in November, 1855 in Richland County, Ohio.

The family migrated first to Indiana and in 1862 to Stark County, Illinois. Homestead records for Thomas indicate that Thomas and Mary Jane were divorced about 1883 and Thomas then migrated to Kansas where the oldest daughter, Mary Gibbs, was homesteading with her husband.

In the 1900 Census, Mary Jane was living in Peoria, Illinois with her son Ernest and daughter Adah. In the 1910 Census, she was living with her daughter Adah Weller and her family. Mary Jane died in Toulon, Illinois, likely then living with her son Martin.

According to the 1900 US Census they 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 Weller
Ernest (1874-after 1900)
Katherine D.(1876-1924) married Samuel W. Blood
George (1858-1891)
Unknown child based on Census information

Much of the above is from "Our Ancestors, Havlik, LaHue, Ryman, Wisdom" by Laurence L. Wisdom now under the stewardship of Jan Lange. Laurence was Loretta Downend and David Ryman's grandson.
Family links: 
  David Bechtel (1810 - 1886)
  Elisabeth Harmon Bechtel (1819 - 1873)
  Thomas Downend (1833 - 1893)*
  Mary Elizabeth Downend Gibbs (1856 - 1919)*
  George E Downend (1858 - 1891)*
  Martin Bechtel Downend (1860 - 1931)*
  Loretta Alice Downend Ryman (1864 - 1930)*
  Ernest David Downing (1874 - 1942)*
  Katherine Downend Blood (1875 - 1924)*
  Mary Jane Bechtel Downend (1838 - 1913)
  Sarah Ann Bechtel Downend (1840 - 1882)*
  Ellen Matilda Bechtel Leight (1857 - 1924)*
*Calculated relationship
Toulon Cemetery
Stark County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Jan Lange
Record added: Aug 26, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75499358
Mary Jane <i>Bechtel</i> Downend
Added by: Jan Lange
Mary Jane <i>Bechtel</i> Downend
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- Jan Lange
 Added: Sep. 11, 2011

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