Biography of Fred B. Downing
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Downing, Fred B., was born in Walworth April 4, 1874, son of Elias W. Downing, of Long Island, born December 24, 1824. The father of Elias was Silas Downing a native of Long Island, who came to Walworth and settled on the farm where our subject now resides, where he died in 1848. His wife, Henrietta, died in 1878. The father of subject was a farmer and owned at his death fifty five acres, the family now having ninety six acres and follow general farming and fruit raising. Mr. Downing died December 2, 1887, and his wife resides on the farm. Subject was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools, and has the management of the homestead. Caroline Downing is a daughter of David and Almedia (Thompson) Powell, he a native of Dutchess county, born in 1808, and she a native of Penfield, born in 1815. Mr. Powell came to Walworth in 1831 and settled on the farm now owned by his son, Edwin Powell, where he died in 1877 and his wife in 1889. Elias W. Downing married Caroline Powell December 5, 1855. She was born in Walworth June 11, 1837, and they had six children: George H. who married Kate H. Buzzell, and resides in Michigan; Alice, at home; Benjamin W., who died in 1867; Francis, who died in 1864; Fred B., who married Della B. Reed and resides at home; and Etta May, who resides at home.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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