Biography of Robert Downey
Yates County, NY Biographies





Downey, Robert, came to Torrey in 1800, from Antrim, Pa., and settled on the farm now owned by his son David. He married Rachel Sutherland, and died October 27, 1832, aged sixty eight years. His wife died December 13, 1832, aged fifty six years. They had eight children, four sons and four daughters, viz.: William, David, Eleanor, Jane, Robert, John, Elizabeth, and Mary. David Downey, son of Robert, who is the sole survivor, was born March 10, 1803, and has always resided on the farm. He married Caroline Norman, and had four children, Robert N., William W., George S., and David, jr. William died in 1861. David has always been a farmer, and held the office of assessor six years. His wife died January 19, 1870. Mr. Downey is an elder in the Presbyterian Church, of which he has been a member for many years. David Downey, jr., was born on the Downey farm, February 13, 1840, where he has always resided: He married Sarah A. Wheeler, daughter of Sumner Wheeler, and has had seven children, five of whom survive. He is a farmer and grape grower, of which he has four acres.

From:
History of Yates County, N. Y.
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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