Biography of Eli Downard
Columbiana County, OH

Eli Downard, who lives retired in East Liverpool, is a veteran of the Civil War, and a member of one of the well known pioneer families of Columbiana County. He was born in Yellow Creek Township, Columbiana County, Ohio, April 13, 1845, and is the son of John and Emily (White) Downard.

John Downard, deceased, was the son of John Downard, who served during the Revolutionary War. John, the father of the subject of this sketch, was born in Mercer County, Pa., and his wife was a native of Baltimore, Md. At an early date they settled in Yellow Creek Township, Columbiana County, where he improved a large farm. Four sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Downward: Jackson, who died while in service during the Civil War, while being held captive in Libby Prison; George, was killed in action during the Civil War; Daniel, deceased, was a Civil War veteran, having served with Company A, 115th Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and Eli, the subject of this sketch.

Eli Downard spent his boyhood on his father's farm in Yellow Creek Township and received his education in the district school. He learned the potter's trade in East Liverpool and was employed by the N. E. Walker Company. At the outbreak of the Civil War he made three unsuccessful attempts to enlist in the army, being prevented by his mother from entering the service. He later ran away from home, however, and enlisted in Company A, 115th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. After his discharge Mr. Downard returned to East Liverpool where he has since resided. He was employed in the potteries of this city until his retirement in 1922.

In 1870 Mr. Downard was married to Miss Anna Whitton, who was born in East Liverpool, Jan. 12, 1849, the daughter of John and Mary (White) Whitton, natives of England. The Whitton family came to this country in 1845 and settled in East Liverpool. To Mr. and Mrs. Downard eight children were born as follows: (1) John, lives in East Liverpool, married Mary Hoskins, and they have four children, Ruth, Thoren, Paul, and Eva May; (2) Daniel Edward, lives in East Liverpool, married Isabel Mercer, and they have four children: Harold, Clyde, Lawrence, and Dorothy; (3) Clarence, married Ella French, lives in East Liverpool, and they have a son, Allen Donald; (4) Mary, married John Allison, lives at Alliance, Ohio, and they have had three children: Heber, Kenneth, and Lottie, who is deceased; (5) Georgiana, lives at home; (6) Lulu, married William Brand, lives in East Liverpool, and they have four children: Ellis, George, Otto, and Florence; (7) Cora, married Clifford Hetzel, lives at Niles, Ohio, and they have four children: Hazel, Thelma, John, and Clifford; (8) and Hattie, married first to Frank Culbertson, who was killed while in service during the World War. They had two children: Roberta and Curtis Culbertson. Mrs. Culbertson was later married to Jesse Evans, now living in Cleveland, Ohio.

Mr. Downard is a Republican, a member of the Methodist Church and belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic. He is a substantial citizen of the community and the Downard family is widely known.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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