The Descendants of James Downing


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The Descendants of James Downing

First Generation

1. James DOWNING was born1 about 1815 in British Isles. He died2 in 1881/1891.

Come to Charlottetown PEI ~ 1865 from London.

1881 Census occ. cordial manufacture, rel. Church of England

James married Eliza ?COX . Eliza was born3,4,5 on 4 Feb 1837 in British Isles.

1901 Census of Canada list name as Alice, living with son Walter and family at that time.

James and Eliza had the following children:

2 M i. James DOWNING was born6 about 1863 in British Isles.

occ 1881 census Express Driver

+ 3 M ii. Walter DOWNING was born on 1 Jun 1862. He died after 16 Apr 1901.

4 M iii. Alfred William Cox DOWNING Rev. was born7 on 28 Jul 1864 in Charlottetown, Pei.

OCCUPATION: Episcopal Bishop of Boston CHURCH AFFILIATION: Espicopal 1881 Census lists age as 15, born abt 1866 but papers in Dad's possession give birthdate as listed

5 F iv. Caroline DOWNING was born8,9 about 1867 in Charlottetown Pei.

Second Generation

3. Walter DOWNING (James) was born10,11,12 on 1 Jun 1862 in Charlottetown, PEI. He died after 16 Apr 1901.

OCCUPATION: can sealer, Eastport, ME, Occupation 1881 census tinsmith, not living with mother in 1891, occupation 1901 census sealer religion: Church of England

Walter married Elmira MACDONALD daughter of William E. MACDONALD and Elizabeth Jane CALDER on 9 Nov 1891 in Eastport, Me. Elmira was born13,14 on 6 Sep 1874 in Eastport, Me. She died15 in 1939/1940.

RESIDED: Eastport, Portland & Perry, Me; PEI

1930 Federal Census lists her as Elmira born abt 1878 living in Eastport occ: factory worker occupation 1910: factory hand

Name spelled in Eastport Sentinal as Almira McDonald Birth certificate Elmira, listing for second marriage as Elmyra Listed on Passenger &Immigration lists 1901, from Ancestry.com

Walter and Elmira had the following children:

6 F i. Jessie Louise DOWNING was born16 on 15 Aug 1896 in Charlottetown, Pei. She died17,18 on 9 Dec 1957 in Hale Hosp. Haverhill, Ma. She was buried19 in Harmony Cem. Georgetown, Ma.

CAUSE OF DEATH: TB, hepatitis, diabetes Aunt Jessie lists year of death as 1957, Dad as 1958. RESIDED: Groveland, MA

Jessie married William Albert SHAW son of William SHAW and Florence BAILEY on 14 Aug 1916 in Eastport, Me. William was born20,21 about 2 Sep 1890 in London, England. He died22,23 on 28 Jun 1935 in Groveland, Ma. He was buried24,25 on 1 Jul 1935 in Harmony, Georgetown.

CAUSE OF DEATH: broken neck -fell off hay truck RESIDED: Groveland, MA Came from England to Canada and lived with his uncle Sid. Ran to Vermont to farm in Brattleboro - family named Weatherhead. Joined Navy (WWI) stating birthplace was Springfield, Ma. Served n the Nebraska and was a Fleet Boxer. Marriage certicificate lists residence as South Vernon, MA. Birth Certificate of eldest son, Walter Downing Shaw lists birth place as London, England and occupation as shoemaker.

Massachusetts Death Record Transcription

Name: William A. Shaw Sex: Male Race: White Date of Death: June 28, 1935 Time: N/R Place of Death: Hale Hospital, Haverhill, Essex Co. Length of time at place of death: 1/2 day Residence: Salem St., Groveland Length of time in United States: 40 years Age: 44 - 9 - 26; Date of Birth: N/R Birthplace: London, England Occupation: Paper Maker - 15 years Marital Status: Married [to] Jessie L. Downing SS #: N/A Military Service: N/A Education: N/A Father: William [Shaw]; Place of Birth: England Mother: Florence Bailey; Place of Birth: England Primary Cause of Death: Fracture of Skull Length of Illness: N/R Secondary Cause of Death: Cerebral Injuries Length of Illness: Accidental; Fell From a Load of Hay on 6/28 Medical Examiner: FW Anthony, M. D. Place of Burial: Harmony, Georgetown Date of Burial: July 1, 1935 Funeral Director: Merton E. Roberts, Georgetown Death Record Informant: Jessie Shaw Address: Salem St., Groveland Relationship to Decedent: N/R Date of Recording: July 1, 1935 Source: Death Certificate [1935], Vol. 45, Pg. 388 Place: Massachusetts Department of Health, Boston

LEGEND: N/A: Not Asked or Not Applicable; N/R: Not Reported;

**: Hand Written Document and or Faded, Difficult To Read

Massachusetts Death Record Transcription

Name: William A. Shaw Sex: Male Race: White Date of Death: June 28, 1935 Time: N/R Place of Death: Hale Hospital, Haverhill, Essex Co. Length of time at place of death: 1/2 day Residence: Salem St., Groveland Length of time in United States: 40 years Age: 44 - 9 - 26; Date of Birth: N/R Birthplace: London, England Occupation: Paper Maker - 15 years Marital Status: Married [to] Jessie L. Downing SS #: N/A Military Service: N/A Education: N/A Source: Death Certificate [1935], Vol. 45, Pg. 388 Place: Massachusetts Department of Health, Boston

LEGEND: N/A: Not Asked or Not Applicable; N/R: Not Reported;

**: Hand Written Document and or Faded, Difficult To Read

7 M ii. Alfred DOWNING was born26,27 on 3 Dec 1897 in Charlottetown, PEI. He died28 on 18 Mar 1940 in Boston, MA. He was buried in Harmony Cemetary, Georgetown, MA.

Per visitors pass: was patient at Boston City Hospital March 1948.

Massachusetts Death Record Abstract

Decedentís Name: Alfred Downing_Sex: Male Race: White Date of Death: March 18, 1940 Time of Death: 10:35 AM Place of Death: Boston City Hospital, Boston Usual Residence: East Brookline Length of Time in Community: 2 years Length of Time in Hospital: 18 days Age: 50 Date of Birth: NA Decedentís Birthplace: Charlottetown, P. E. I. Fatherís Name: Walter Downing Fatherís Birthplace: England Motherís Name: Elmira MacDonald Motherís Birthplace: Eastport, Maine Decedentís Marital Status: Divorced [from] Louise Sonina Decedentís Occupation: Lineman - Electric Main Social Security Number: NA Military Service: NA Primary Cause of Death: otitis media Length of Primary Disease: weeks Secondary Cause of Death: meningitis pneumococlus Length of Secondary Disease: weeks Doctor: Louis N. Schwartz, M. D. Place of Burial: Harmony Cem., Georgetown_Date of Disposition: March 22, 1940_Undertaker: ME Roberts, Georgetown _Death Record Informant: Mrs. J. Shaw_Informantís Address: NR_Informantís Relationship to Decedent: Sister Date Record Filed: March 22, 1940__Source: [Death Certificate - State of Massachusetts] 1940: Vol. 10, Pg. 451 Abstract provided by: Mass Document Retrieval Services @ <http://www.mass-doc.com>

Definitions of Abbreviations in Abstract:

NA = Either Not Asked on Record or Not Applicable to Record

NR = Not Reported on Record_CNBL = "Can Not Be Learned"; Informant or Official

Recorder Did Not Know Answer

Double Asterisk [**] Indicates Record is Hand Written; Interpretation Questionable_Age

Reported = "As in years, i.e., 79 years old" or as in number of "years, months and days

Alfred married29 Louise C SONIA on 18 Dec 1920 in ?Bath.ME.

8 F iii. Estelle Mae DOWNING 30,31 was born32 on 6 Sep 1901 in Eastport, Maine. She died on 4 Jul 1990 in Portland, Me.

SOC. SEC. NO.: 007-18-6731

dates of birth/death obtained from SSDI 11/1/97

Social Security Application lists date of birth as 9/4/1901 rather than 9/6/1901 as from SSDI

SS App. lists place of birth as Eastport, Maine rather than Canada as on 1900 census.

Estelle married Horace O. PATTERSON son of Robert M. PATTERSON and Alberta BERRYMAN on 21 Nov 1920 in Lewiston, Me. Horace was born33 on 27 Sep 1896. He died34 on 12 Apr 1992 in Portland, Me.

MISC SOC. SEC. NO.: SSN 004-09-4258

Dates of birth/death obtained from SSDI 11/1/97

Death certificate no. 9203320, Portland, Maine

1930 Census, Gray St, Portland, Maine name spelled Paterson on census

Appendix A - Sources

1. 1881 Canadian Census.District 2, sub district A, division 1 p. 39 household 183.

2. 1891 Canadian Census.PEI.not listed.

3. 1881 Canadian Census.

4. 1901 Census of Canada, PEI district 136, Sub district A-9 p. 16."PEI.Queens West, District 136, sub district A9 family no. 125 p. 16.".

5. 1891 Canadian Census.age given 60PEI.

6. 1881 Canadian Census.

7. 1891 Canadian Census.PEI age given 25.

8. 1881 Canadian Census.

9. 1891 Canadian Census.age given 23PEI.

10. Hugh O'Handley Jr, 18 Jan 1998.

11. 1881 Canadian Census.

12. 1901 Census of Canada.age givren 38.

13. Social Security Application, 8 Jan 2001.Estelle Mae's application lists mother's name as Elmira.

14. 1901 Census of Canada, Apr 1901.Name spelled Elmera.

15. Walter D. Shaw, oral interview, 24 Jan 2007.could not remember exact year.

16. 1901 Census of Canada, district 136,sub district A-9, p 16.

17. Jesse Martin, 10 Jun 1998, Jessie Martin, Box 285, Brant Rock, MA 02020.

18. Death Certificate, 19 Dec 1999, Commonweath of Massachusetts.

19. Death Certificate, 19 Dec 1999.

20. Commonweath of Mass, Massachsetts Daath Record Transcription, 1935 Vol 45, p.388."Massachusetts Death Record Transcription Name: William A. Shaw Sex: MaleRace: WhiteDate of Death: June 28, 1935Time: N/RPlace of Death: Gale Hospital, Haverhill, Essex Co.Length of time at place of death: 1/2 dayResidence: Salem St., GrovelandLength of time in United States: 40 years

Age: 44 - 9 - 26; Date of Birth: N/RBirthplace: London, EnglandOccupation: Paper Maker - 15 yearsMarital Status: Married [to] Jessie L. Downing SS #: N/A Military Service: N/AEducation: N/AFather: William [Shaw]; Place of Birth: EnglandMother: Florence Bailey; Place of Birth: EnglandPrimary Cause of Death: Fracture of SkullLength of Illness: N/RSecondary Cause of Death: Cerebral InjuriesLength of Illness: Accidental; Fell From a Load of Hay on 6/28Medical Examiner: FW Anthony, M. D.Place of Burial: Harmony, GeorgetownDate of Burial: July 1, 1935Funeral Director: Merton E. Roberts, GeorgetownDeath Record Informant: Jessie ShawAddress: Salem St., GrovelandRelationship to Decedent: N/RDate of Recording: July 1, 1935Source: Death Certificate [1935], Vol. 45, Pg. 388 Place: Massachusetts Department of Health, BostonLEGEND: N/A: Not Asked or Not Applicable; N/R: Not Reported; **: Hand Written Document and or Faded, Difficult To Read.".

21. Commonweath of Mass, Massachsetts Daath Record Transcription, 1935 Vol 45, p.388."Massachusetts Death Record TranscriptionName: William A. ShawSex: MaleRace: WhiteDate of Death: June 28, 1935Time: N/RPlace of Death: Gale Hospital, Haverhill, Essex Co.Length of time at place of death: 1/2 dayResidence: Salem St., GrovelandLength of time in United States: 40 yearsAge: 44 - 9 - 26; Date of Birth: N/RBirthplace: London, EnglandOccupation: Paper Maker - 15 yearsMarital Status: Married [to] Jessie L. DowningSS #: N/AMilitary Service: N/A

Education: N/AFather: William [Shaw]; Place of Birth: EnglandMother: Florence Bailey; Place of Birth: EnglandPrimary Cause of Death: Fracture of SkullLength of Illness: N/RSecondary Cause of Death: Cerebral InjuriesLength of Illness: Accidental; Fell From a Load of Hay on 6/28Medical Examiner: FW Anthony, M. D.Place of Burial: Harmony, GeorgetownDate of Burial: July 1, 1935Funeral Director: Merton E. Roberts, GeorgetownDeath Record Informant: Jessie ShawAddress: Salem St., GrovelandRelationship to Decedent: N/RDate of Recording: July 1, 1935Source: Death Certificate [1935], Vol. 45, Pg. 388Place: Massachusetts Department of Health, BostonLEGEND: N/A: Not Asked or Not Applicable; N/R: Not Reported;**: Hand Written Document and or Faded, Difficult To Read.".

22. Commonweath of Mass, Massachsetts Daath Record Transcription.

23. Commonweath of Mass, Massachsetts Daath Record Transcription.

24. Commonweath of Mass, Massachsetts Daath Record Transcription.

25. Commonweath of Mass, Massachsetts Daath Record Transcription.

26. State of Massachuetts, Massachusetts Death Record Abstract, Death Certificate-State of Massachusetts, 1940: vol 10 p.451.Info supplied by sister Jessie Shaw.

27. 1901 Census of Canada, District A-9, sub district 125, p. 16.

28. State of Massachuetts, Massachusetts Death Record Abstract.Primary Cause of Death: otitis mediaSecondary Cause of Death: meningitis pneumococlus.

29. State of Maine Marriage Archives."Thursday April 8, 1915 Bride Town/State: Somerville MA Groom Town/State: Boston, MA.".computer abstract- lists both as being in Bath, Maine.

30. Social Security Application, 8 Jan 2001.Dated 8/11/41.

31. 1900 Federal Census, Eastport, Washington, Maine, FHC.

32. 1901 Census of Canada, district 136, sub district A-9 p. 16.

33. Social Security Death Index.

34. Social Security Death Index.


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