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Isaiah Benjamin Downs

  • Birth 21 Dec 1826 Bryan County, Georgia, USA
  • Death 10 Feb 1867 Bryan County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
  • Plot Section C
  • Memorial ID 54789199

Isaiah Benjamin Downs was born December 21, 1826 in Bryan County, Georgia the son of Barrett C. Downs and Sarah Ann Hickman Cox Downs, who were "pioneers of Bryan County." He had five siblings and was a carpenter. He was the great-great-grandson of Captain Sir Henry Downs and Lady Jane Douglas Downs of the Douglas Clan of Scotland. Isaiah Benjamin Downs and his wife Mary Amelia Murrow Pate Downs (who is probably buried in Liberty Chapel Cemetery in Bryan County) had ten children: Eugenia Astoria Downs Gill, Emma E. Downs Thompson, Sarah Catherine Elizabeth Downs, Lawson Bascon Downs, Rev. John Barrett Downs, Mary Amantha Downs Bradley, Anna Caroline Downs, Albert Walker Smith Downs, Aloyd Downs, and Elizabeth Downs. Isaiah was the second husband of Mary Amelia Murrow Pate Downs. His two step-children were Edna Josephine Pate Downs and William James Pate. His step-daughter, Edna Josephine Pate Downs, married his younger brother, Emmett Thomas Downs. Isaiah died of pneumonia in Bryan County at age 40 on February 10, 1867 and was buried the next day in Laurel Grove Cemetery in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia. His ancestry was Scots and English. The colonial blacksmith shop and tools on his land later were sold to Henry Ford and moved to Michigan. I hope one of his descendants will add his photo to this site.

Thanks so much to Nevada McClelland Bell and Bell family researchers for much of this information. Any errors, however, are mine alone. Please go to the "edit" link on this site with any corrections or additions.
If a closer relative than I would like to manage this burial site, please let me know.


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  • Created by: Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
  • Added: 11 Jul 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 54789199
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Isaiah Benjamin Downs (21 Dec 1826–10 Feb 1867), Find A Grave Memorial no. 54789199, citing Laurel Grove Cemetery (North), Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Sharlotte Neely Donnelly (contributor 19199118) .