Thomas Downing

Thomas Downing

Birth
Lionville, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 22 Mar 1907 (aged 77)
Lionville, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 10957904 · View Source
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From "Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chester county, PA" (1893), pg. 836: "Thomas Downing, one of the progressive and prosperous farmers of Uwchlan Township, who is well known for his success in agriculture and the prominent part he takes in political affairs, is the second son of William S. and Thomazine (Mason) Downing. He was reared in the old Downing homestead near Lionville, and received his education in the public schools of that village. He has always resided on the farm where he was born, and devoted his life to agricultural pursuits, including stock raising and marketing. His farm contains two hundred and five acres of valuable land, most of which is improved and in a fine state of cultivation. In his political affiliations, Mr. Downing has always been a Republican, and takes an active part in the politics of Chester county. He never married."
Well, he did, two years later, to Anna Beidler, but due to their maturity there was no issue of the marriage.

Additional Obit:

Daily Local News
March 23, 1907

Last night, at his home in Lionville, Thomas Downing, a veteran farmer, died in
his 78th year, in the house where he was born.

He was a son of William and Thamzine Downing, who lived in that same house
during his childhood, but afterward moved to a larger one. In the latter home
Thomas grew up and there he eventually managed the farm of 200 acres belonging
to the family. A few years ago he rented the farm and left the large house for
the smaller one, where he spent his declining days.

He was quiet and industrious, Friendly in religious views, and fond of the old
neighborhood. He never lived out of Lionville, and it was said he probably
never slept out of the town a dozen nights during his long life.

About a decade ago he decided to give up his bachelorhood and at that time he
married Annie Beidler, who survives him. He leaves one sister, Sallie, wife of
Holland Beidler, of Newtown Square, and one brother, Henry Downing.


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  • Created by: Ray Downing
  • Added: 13 May 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10957904
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Downing (20 Jan 1830–22 Mar 1907), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10957904, citing Uwchlan Friends Burial Ground, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Ray Downing (contributor 46523418) .