|Birth: ||Dec. 25, 1846|
|Death: ||May 21, 1930|
DOWNING, WM H CIVIL WAR VETERAN
Everett Daily Herald
CIVIL WAR VETERAN DIES AT HOSPITAL
Snohomish, May 23- William E. Downing, 83, a veteran of the Civil war and for many years a resident of Snohomish, died at the state soldiers home at Orting Wednesday at 4 p.m. Mr. Downing had been in failing health for several months, and went to the home April 29, where he was placed in the hospital, but strength and in hospital, but strength and health had so far failed that he could not respond to treatment. Mr. Downing was born on Christmas day, 1846, near Lafayette, Ind. His parents, John H. and Sarah Knight Downing, were pioneers of Indiana, having located their farm home near Tippecanoe battle ground in 1830, but a few years after the defeat of Chief Tecumseh by General Harrison at the historic place and the admittance of Indiana as a state. At the age of 16 he enlisted in Company "H" 40th regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, in which he served three years. At the battle of Franklin, Tenn., because of the bursting of a shell near him, his speech was impaired so that long after returning from the service he could not speak above a whisper. When D.F. Sexton, pioneer of Snohomish, and the Late Mrs. Sexton, the latter Mr. Downing's sister, migrated from Indiana to Kansas in 1870, he accompanied them and remained in Kansas for several years, after which he went to California. Later he return to Indiana and worked on his fathers farm. In 1890 he came to Snohomish where he continued with the exception of short intervals, to make his home. Of the six brothers and four sisters of his father's family, one sister, Mrs. Eliza Thomas of Lafayett, Ind, the youngest of the family remains. He is also survived by nephews and sisters. Funeral services are to be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Purdy and Sons chapel. The Rev. A.W. Brown of the Methodist Episcopal church will officiate. The Woman's Relief corps also will hold services at the chapel. Comrades of Earl Winehart post of the American Legion will be pallbearers. Interment will be at G.A.R. cemetery.
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Downing William E 85 May 21 1930 Late res; Ave C Snohomish Wa.
American Civil War Soldier
Name: William Downing
Residence: Battle Ground, Indiana
Enlistment Date: 22 January 1862
Side Served: Union
State Served: Indiana
Unit Numbers: 591 591
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 22 January 1862.
Enlisted in Company H, 40th Infantry Regiment Indiana on 22 January 1862.
Discharged Company H, 40th Infantry Regiment Indiana on 14 June 1865.
Section Original, Lot 6, Grave 5
Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery
Plot: Row 7
Created by: C&P * LaPlante Files
Record added: Apr 01, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13812819