Information on Wiley Downing family
By By LYDIA GRIMES - Features Writer
This week I will tell you a little about the Downing family. Wiley C. Downing was born in 1789 in Cook County, N.C. He migrated to Alabama in the early 1820s and married Sarah Mason, daughter of Peter Mason.
Wiley C. Downing (1789-1866) married about 1825 Sarah Mason (abt. 1806-1858). They were the parents of at least 11 children; Aaron T. Downing, George W. Downing (abt. 1826) who married Barbara Brewton, John R. Downing (1828-1871) who married Parker Pringle Brewton, William T. Downing (1830-1914) who married Louisa K. Stanton, Amelia Mildred Downing (1831-1909) who married Edward Milstead, Feagin Downing (1834) who married Katherine Smith, Elizabeth Downing (abt. 1835), Robert Elijah Downing (1837-1918) who married Esther M. Ellis, Barbara Downing (abt. 1839), Bryant Downing (1840) who married Caroline Coleman and Wiley C. Downing who married Elizabeth Boseman.
John R. Downing and Parker Pringle Brewton were the parents of at least four children; Margaret Downing (1855) who married Emanuel Fillmore Brewton, Laura Downing (1858-1916) who married F.P. Archelaus, Kizzie Downing (1861-1945) who married R.T. Ghent and Frances Downing (1864-1883) who died in the yellow fever epidemic along with her mother.
William T. Downing and Louisa Stanton (1838-1892) were the parents of eight children; Samuel J. Downing (1861) who married Elizabeth Smith, Travis W. Downing (1864-1955) who married Alice M. Graham, Caroline Downing (1867), Emma H. Downing (1869-1890) who married Jasper W. Hale, John T. Downing (1871) who married Lunettie Chavers, Henry C. Downing (1874-1961) who married Mary J. Knowles, Lee R. Downing (1878) and Wiley C. Downing (1884).
Feagin Downing and Katherine Smith were the parents of at least one son, Bryant Elisha Downing.
Robert Elijah Downing and Esther M. Ellis (1844-1926) were the parents of at least nine children; Ethel Downing who married Charles Harold, William Wiley Downing (1860-1918) who married Anna Farrar, Julia K. Downing (1868) who married Thomas Mortimer McCall, Alice D. Downing (1869-1939) who married W.A. Hill, Minnie B. Downing (1872-1962) who married Harry Henderson, Elijah Downing (1875-1947) who married Lenna D. Harold, Esther M. Downing (1880-1958) who married Dan B. McKenzie, Ella P. Downing (1882-1960) who married Dr. Mason Foshee and John R. Downing (1883-1888).
Bryant Downing and Caroline Coleman (1843) were the parents of at least seven children; John Downing, Elisha Downing, Charlie Downing, William Downing, Alice Downing, Martha Downing and Henry Downing.