WILLIAM DOWNING (deceased), son of George. Downing, was born in Maryland, in 1797, of English parentage. He
was reared on a farm in Pike County, Ohio, received a good English education and, from his youth, was engaged in
agricultural pursuits. He served in the war of 1812. He came to this county in 1830 and helped organize Blanchard
Township. William Downing was appointed the first postmaster in Blanchard Township, this county, and served in
that capacity for many years; the office was established in 1848 and was kept in his house. Mr. Downing was twice
married, the first time to Elizabeth Henderson. His second marriage was in 1858 with Margaret Thompson, daughter
of Isaac and Anna Underwood, the former a native of Virginia, of Irish descent, and the latter of Pennsylvania.
of English descent. As a farmer Mr. Downing was successful, owning 180 acres of valuable land at the time of his
death, which occurred in 1863. He was a member of the M. E. Church; in politics a Democrat. His widow is the owner
of 206 acres of land on which she resides, and she has managed the farm since her husband's death.
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886
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