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Daniel Down

The Birth certificate was sent by on Sunday, 12 September, 2010 - on the same page as Chandler
Daniel Down wed 1854 #2827 to Georgiana Leitch, at Penshurst,
Daniel Down was a Carpenter, aged 50, born in Poole, Dorsetshire and Georgiana was 37, born in London and they lived in Mills St, Dunkeld when Susan was born 15 Dec 1869, and registered by her mother who signed her name on 31 Jan 1870.
6 Children 1. Edward Down dead, registered 1856 #5461 - 1862 #3727 lived 6 years
2. Henry Down 12 years, 1858 #3053
3. Amy Down aged 7, Emma 1862 #12773
4. Hanna Down aged 5, Florence 1864 #15532
5. Susan Down born 15 Dec 1869
6. Agnes Down 1874 #24839

William Downe

From on Sunday, 24 August, 2008
Hello Elizabeth
I was excited to come across your website on a google search for William Downe. My 2 x gt grandfather was Harry Austin Downe born in Exeter Devon about 1839 (haven't found birth yet) youngest son of William and Georgiana Downe (nee Beynon). William's father was also William born about 1771 and mother Ann b about 1779 . Georgiana Beynon was born in Stokenham Devon about 1803 (haven't looked into this yet-is on IGI.)
Harry Austin came to New Zealand in about 1865 (can't find ship, so now possibly came here from Australia) He was still in Exeter on 1861 Census. He married Eliza Matilda Brooker (b Brighton Sussex arr NZ 1874) in 1877 and their children were Beynon Austin (Austin) b 1878 and Bertha Annie b 1880. Harry was accidentally drowned in 1884 and Eliza remarried and they all ended up in Sydney.
Janis Cossill, New Zealand

Possibly William Benjamin Downe Christening: 19 APR 1831 at Saint Mary Major, Exeter, Devon, England son of Georgina and William Downe
William Benyon Downe wed 1858 #3673 to Augusta McMinn 1843 - 1875 #10268 aged 32 daughter of Emma Gittens and James McMinn
4 Children 1. Harry Thompson Downe c1859
2. William Ernest Albert Downe 1860 #4602
3. Augustus Beynon Downe 1864
4. Arthur Downe 1866 #7143 - 1866 #4430 lived 3 months
1. Harry Thompson Downe c1859 wed 1882 #2427 to Mary Taylor Laing 1863 #15405 born at Malmsbury, lived at Echuca
3 Children 1. William James Augustus Downe 1884 #9056
2. Irene Mary Downe 1886 #9915
3. Minette Victoria Downe 1888 #10949
2. William Ernest Albert Downe 1860 #4602 wed 1884 #2015 to Ellen Gertrude Gordon
2 Children 1. George Gordon Downe 1885 #2282
2. James Ernest Downe 1887 #14224
3. Augustus Beynon Downe 1864 - 10 Aug 1940 aged 74 wed 1891 #590 to Caroline Mailda Burke Feb 1870 #2123 - 16 Sep 1947 aged 77,
5 Children 1. Edgar Norman Downe 23 Dec 1892 - 28 Aug 1975 wed Lillian Downing, 3 chn
2. Lennard Stanley Downe 30 May 1893 - 19 Oct 1974 aged 81, wed Marjorie Loveridge, 2 daus
3. Harrie Raymond Downe 26 Nov 1894 - 10 Aug 1960 aged 66, wed Ethel Eveline Rachel Gooch, 4chn
4. Arthur Augustus Downe 1896 - 1955 aged 59, wed Heather, 4chn
5. Ella Norma Downe 1906 - 1997 wed Cecil Arthur Henry Paul, 1 dau

From on Fri, 7 Mar 2008
BIRTH:
LDS International Genealogical Index search - British Isles , Batch C051001 1561-1837.
Christened at Saint Mary Major, Exeter on 19/4/1832 as William Bejamin Downe.

CHRISTENING:
IGI shows "Bejamin" - ??Benjamin??. Named in Mother's Will as "Benjamin".
All Australian references are "Beynon", possibly chr 19/4/1831.

OCCUPATION:
Town surveyor- Castlemaine, Vic. Architect of town markets building. Markets built 1861/62 when aged 29/30.
Worked at Ballan (near Ballarat).
Designed 'Esplanade' at St.Kilda..
Had office in St.Kilda [ex AAD].
Designed St.Kilda Town Hall Plaque at same.
Civil Engineer on Death entry.
St.Kilda Railway & possibly Brighton Town Hall.
Civil Engineer 1858, Shire Engineer at Echuca, Surveyor 1859
Melb-St.Kilda railway line & St.Kilda city engineer & planning. Lived in Carlisle Street..
Associated with Australian Gaslight Co. (street lighting).
Colony of Victoria- Parliamentary Papers, 1861/1862 Ref: A31, Page 5.

MARRIAGE:
m1- 1/2/1853 ???? Widower. 1 ch died early-. [unable to confirm]. Possibly in England. Wife and child died at birth. Widower at 9/2/1853, with no living children.
m2- Augusta MacMinn at St.Marks Church, Collingwood, when aged 27. 4 children.
m3- Margaret MacMinn, when aged 52. No ch. Sp 2 &3 are sisters.

DEATH: Aged 71, Cemetery records show 73.
Digger Edwardian Index - Victoria 1902-1913, #15323/1903

GENERAL:
5th ch and 1st son of WD/GB. Unable to find emigration data.
Note- Robert Macminn (brother of Augusta & Margaret) died 1905, Kempsey, NSW as a Downe.
Family Group # (Victorian Historical Index) D12119.
Aged 12 at Father's death.
Lived in Farnsworth St., Castlemaine.
Was in Castlemaine 1853 ??aged 21??. Probably still in England 1853.

RELIGION:
Anglican, but buried in Baptist section Possibly frowned upon by C of E, as Augusta may have been as young as 15 at marriage. (she said she was 19) Also had 3 marriages, and had little interest in his children.

BURIAL:
Cemetery Search- St. Kilda, Victoria, #34249.
Baptist- Monumental Grave, Compt C Grave 510.

William Downer

From on Mon, 17 Apr 2006
"The Age Page 1, Number 1, Volume 1 has an advertisement by Henry Downer, Emigration Agent, Van Dieman's Land Emigration Office, Flinders St Wharf, Melbourne
Free passage to Van Dieman's Land can be obtained to Hobart Town or Launceston by mechanics, farming men, working men, male and female house servants, married or single, and servants of all classes who are willing to proceed to that colony where immediate and constant employment and liberal wages can be obtained.

Dear Elizabeth,
I saw the name Henry Downer on your website, then noticed the 1860 birth of an unknown male who turned out to be Frederick Downer, my great grandfather. Does your research reveal anything about his Barbados background? We've heard several stories which we've dismissed as rather far fetched.
This advertisement in The Age Page 1, Number 1, Vol 1 looks like our man was known as Henry.
Date believed to be 23 July 1853.
From research sent by Ross -
William Henry Downer was born 1820 in Barbados, West Indies. He died 1891 in Brunswick, Vic. He married Maria Matilda Penman 12 July 1846 in St. Anne's Limehouse, London, UK, daughter of Daniel Penman & Matilda Lane. She was born 24 May 1820 in Gravesend, St. George, Kent, and died 26 March 1876 in Emerald Hill, Vic.

William Henry Downer 1820 - 1891 #13952 aged 71, resident 1854 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia with Maria Matilda Penman (this is from Tasmanian records for William Henry Downer)
Maria Matilda Penman Christening: 24 May 1820 at Saint George, Gravesend, Kent, England daughter of Daniel Penman who wed 09 Feb 1820 at Strood Near Rochester, Kent, England to Matilda Lane. Maria Downer died 1876 #1555 aged 56, daughter of William Downer of Kent UK (death indexes are often found to be wrong).
William Henry Downer wed c1854 in Tasmania to Maria Matilda Penman
8 Children 1. William Henry Downer 1849 - 1922 #6664 aged 73 died at Port Melbourne
2. Maria Matilda Downer Births Jun 1850 in Stepney District UK, Vol 2 page 566
3. Gabriel Downer 1854
4. Alfred Robert Downer 1854
5. George Downer 1856 - 1896 #7605 aged 39 died at Richmond
6. Lewis Downer 1859
7. (Un-Named Male) Frederick Downer 1860
8. Lily Elizabeth Downer 1863
1. William Henry Downer 1849 - 1922 #6664 aged 73 died at Port Melbourne, could be UK Births Mar 1850 William Henry Downer Portsea Island in the county of Hampshire, Vol 7 Page 168
Could be son - William Downer born in Launceston wed 1876 #3921 to Mary Jane Pratt 1849 - 1889 #13931 aged 39 daughter of William Pratt, mother not listed died at Richmond, and no children are listed in Vic Index
5. George Downer 1856 - 1896 #7605 aged 39 died at Richmond wed 1885 #5079 to Annie Jane Davies 1865 #22198 - 1950 #558 aged 84, born at Geelong
5 children 1. George William Downer 1886 #16548
2. Francis Leslie Downer 1888 #29120 - 1895 #6977 lived 6 years
3. Charles Cyril Downer 1890 #16719 - 1952 #2391 aged 61
4. Wm Claude Downer 1892 #26842 - 1959 #7783 aged 67
5. Arthur Norman Downer 1897 #22145 - 1952 #2391 aged 61 wed 1919 #2840 to Evelyn May Morgan 1899 - 1921 #7279 aged 22 daughter of Margaret McConnell and James Morgan, leaving son Arth Wm Jas Downer born 1919 #30140
7. Frederick Downer 1861 - 1942 #90 aged 81, born in Hobart and died at Coburg wed 1888 #8226 to Isabella Martha Jessop 1866 #9678 - 1901 #6804 aged 35, lived in Melbourne
Frederick Downer born in Hobart, wed 1905 #8291 to Esther Annie Jessop 1874 #24108 - 1955 #9057 aged 81
3 children
of Isabella
1. Esther Ida Downer 1889 #29338
2. Elsie May Downer 1890 #30273 wed 1913 #3515 to Harold Lloyd Newcombe
3. Harold Penman Downer 1895 #18707 - 1975 #19283 aged 79
3 children
of Esther
4. Fredk Norman May Downer 1906 #24674
5. Lilian Doris May Downer 1909 #1197
6. Isabella Maria Downer 1911 #26369
1. Ida Esther Downer 1889 #29338 wed 1914 #1118 to Fred Withers 1890, 2 Children

Joseph Downie

Joseph Aloysius Downie, son of Mary and Daniel Rankin Downie, wed c1929 to Eileen Beaupeurt born 28 Dec 1904
The Leeton electoral roll for 1928 lists Eileen Beaupeurt living at Farm 265 and working as a Tailoress
The Downie household at Farm 261 contained Mary (Home Duties) and Nellie (Clerk) both missing in 1930, Daniel (Farmer) and Joseph (Fruit picker)
The 1930 list has Eileen, Joseph Aloysius and Daniel Rankin Downie all living at Farm 261.
I assume Eileen's Joe is Joseph Aloysius, son of Mary and Daniel Rankin Downie, brother of Nellie and that they married in 1929
Eileen Beaupeurt 28 Dec 1904 - 14 Aug 2003 married 26 June 1929 to Joseph Aloysius Downie 14 Aug 1896 son of Catherine Cassidy 1852 - 4 Apr 1909 aged 57 and Peter Downie died before 1929. Joseph is a brother of Alice stayed in Scotland, Peter, John, Mary, Nellie and Daniel Rankin Downie who came with their father to NSW about 1910 after Catherine died, home address Myrtle House, Lawn St, Paisley, Scotland. Pte 4823, 18 Bat. Daniel Rankin Downie awarded Military Medal letter 1919
Daniel R Downie wed 1933 #17365 to Leah Guest, at Leeton
Joseph A Downie wed 1929 #9186 to Eileen Beaupeurt at Leeton
Helen Downie wed 1926 #16135 to Robert Willcox at Leeton
Peter Downie died 1918 #12462 at Mosman, son of Mary and Peter Downie.
Peter Downie died 1943 #11726 at North Sydney, son of Catherine and Peter Downie.

From on Wed, 10 Nov 2004
Dear Elizabeth,
I am writing to you regarding the Downie family of Leeton mentioned on your website. My wife Marilyn nee Wilcox is the great-grand-daughter of Catherine and Peter Downie via their daughter Hellen (Nellie) Downie. Nellie married Robert Willcox in 1926 and died in Leeton in 1929. She had two sons Joseph, born 1928 and John (Jack) born 1929.
I would be interested in any information that you have on the family. regards
Graham Wright

Henry Downing

Henry Downing wed Jul-Sept 1852 to Elizabeth Roskilly in UK district Helston, Cornwall
Cornwall 1841 census. Civil Parish of St. Keverne, Book 2 Folio 21 Page 5, last entry.
Coverack,1, Simon Roskilly,40, Ag Lab, Elizabeth Roskilly, 45, Elizabeth Roskilly, 14, Susanna Roskilly, 12, John Roskilly,6, Mary Jane Roskilly, 4, all in county,
Cornwall Census 1841, Civil Parish of Wendron, Book 4 Folio 5 Page 2
Degibna,1, Wm. Woolcock,20, Farmer,In county,Both surname & age are overwritten. Avis Woolcock, 20, Avis Rowe, 70, Susanna Rowe, 50,
Henry Downing, 15, Ag. Lab., all in county,
Book 4 Folio 5 Page 3
Goonhusband,1,Henry Downing,48, Farmer, Janie Downing, 50, Elizth. Downing, 14, Richd. Downing,10, John Downing,8, Joseph Bulling,72, Army P, all in county,
Census 1851, Folio 112, Page 3, last entry 10,
Gunhusband, Henry Downing, Head,W,58, Farmer 20 Acres & Croft, Mawgan Cornwall, Mary Downing,Dau,U, 28, Housekeeper,Wendron Cornwall, Richd Downing,Son,U,21, Farmer's Son,Wendron Cornwall, John Downing,Son,U,18, Farmer's Son,Wendron Cornwall,
Henry Downing wed Jul-Sept 1852 to Elizabeth Roskilly in UK district Helston, Cornwall Henry Downing and Elizabeth Roskelly, both aged 24, came Dec 1852 as Assisted British Immigrants, on the Bombay Also passengers as Assisted Immigrants are James Downing aged 24, and Richard Downing aged 22,
Henry Downing 1827 - 1899 #8293 aged 72, died at Ballarat Hospital, son of Jane Bullen and Henry Downing and Elizabeth Roskilly lived at Ashby then settled in Ballarat
8 Children 1. Richard Hy Downing 1855 #1712
2. Elizabeth Mary Downing 1856 #8840 - 1856 #3964 lived 15 weeks
3. Elizabeth Mary Downing 1857 #10783
4. Jane Downing 1858 #16813 - 1932 #4058 aged 74
5. Mary Downing 1860 #7688 - 1904 #567 aged 42
6. Joseph Downing 1861 #13692 - 1861 #9058 lived 3 months
7. Matilda Downing 1862 #18849 - 1862 #7974 lived 9 weeks
8. Ellen Downing 1863 #18590 - 1958 #23823 aged 93,
4. Jane Downing 1858 #16813 - 1932 #4058 aged 74, wed 1883 #3862 to James Job Brokenshire born 16 Sep 1845 in Dudley?, Worcestershire, England c: 25 Dec 1846 in St Thomas, Dudley, 7 Mar 1939 #12176 aged 94
5. Mary Downing 1860 #7688 - 1904 #567 aged 42 wed 1885 #6030 to George Tozer 1862 #599 son of Caroline Beryman and Henry Tozer born at Ballarat. caroline Berryman wed 1860 #3030 to Henry Tozer
8 Children 1. Harrie Leslie Tozer 1888 #17502 - 1888 #12158 lived 4 months
2. George Howard Tozer 1891 #8937
3. Minnie Vera Tozer 1894 #9202
4. Twin Eric Tozer 1896 #9095
5. Twin Norman Tozer 1896 #9096 - 1896 #12397 lived 1 month
8. Ellen Downing 1863 #18590 - 1958 #23823 aged 93, wed 1908 #567 to George Fozer, widower of sister Mary

William Downing


From on Sunday, 13 March, 2011, and again Wednesday, 13 March 2013
I met with some of the Downing descendants today - including Frances Moore Bell who is 92. We looked through some old photos and among them were photos of Elizabeth Jones and Charles Carey King.
From on Friday, 22 March 2013
Hi Elizabeth,
I am Michelle's father and am in your hometown at the moment. I have a copy of the Downing Family tree on my memory stick with me and wondering if you would like a copy.
Thankyou for your visit - finding and correcting my errors is 'good discipline' and has given me a lovely way of checking my notes.
I apologise for not showing each fact I have now corrected.


William Downing wed 29 Apr 1830 to Matilda Ann Mathews at Stoke Damerel, Devon, England
Matilda Ann Downing died Jun 1852 at Liverpool Vol 8b page 107
William Downing aged 46, born 1807, came Jan 1853 on the Try with 4 children
1. Louisa Downing 19 - 20 Oct 1835 dau of Matilda Ann and William Downing at Saint Peter, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
2. James Downing 10 - 24 Apr 1842,
3. George Downing 8 - 1845
4. William Downing 5 - 1848
1. Louisa Mary Downing christened 20 Oct 1835 dau of Matilda Ann and William Downing at Saint Peter, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Louisa Downing wed 1854 #2143 to William Steed and there is no further record.
Louisa Downing wed 1864 #71 to William Henry Warr after their 4 children were registered
4 children 1. William Warr 1856 #13754 - 1856 #5446 lived 1 day
2. Charles Henry Warr 1858 #8317 born at Campbell's Creek
3. John Ferrar Warr 1860 #4543 born at Porcupine
4. Fanny Warr 1861 #16328 born at Castlemaine
2. James Edward Downing Christening: 24 Apr 1842 son of Matilda Ann and William Downing at Saint Peter, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, wed 1872 #1307 to Catherine King and lived at Timor then Daylesford
3 children 1. Matilda Ann Downing 1873 #27595 lived 6 months
2. Julia Downing 1875 #5942 lived 1 day
3. Edward Downing 1876 #2008
3. Edward Downing born in Daylesford, wed 1901 #6378 to Minnie Maud Catlin, 1873 #26528 dau of Ann Sophia Haynes and John Thomas Catlin
Is he the son of Catherine King and James Downing? As far as I can see, there was only one Edward Dowling born in Daylesford.
3. George Henry Downing born quarter Dec 1844 at Liverpool, died 1913 aged 68 at Mirboo North, Vic, wed 1872 #3638 to Rose Isabella King 1854 - 1941 aged 87, and lived at Timor then Mirboo North
George Henry Downing born 10 Dec 1844, Christening: 21 Apr 1845 at St Peter Church St, Liverpool, Lancashire, England son of Matilda Ann and William Downing
9 children 1. George Henry Downing 1873 #27587 lived 17 months
2. Florence Mary Downing 1875 #19905
3. Albert William Downing 1877 #19145 wed Phoebe Agnes Doble
4. Rose Victoria Downing 1879 #12544 - 1939 #4459 aged 59
5. Fanny Marion Downing 1883 #26955 - 1973 #5284 aged 89,
6. George Henry Downing 1885 #27403 - 1966 #15700 aged 80
7. Charles Edwin Downing 1887 #30398 - 1964 #25794 aged 77
8. Harold More Downing 1890 #5906
9. Frederick King Downing 1893 #24827
4. Rose Victoria Downing 1879 #12544 - 1939 #4459 aged 59 wed Clarke - appears to be David James Clarke 1877 #8788 son of Mary Magee and David Clarke born at Emerald Hill
5. Fanny Marion Downing 1883 #26955 - 1973 #5284 aged 89, wed James Whitlaw Bell 1865 #20908 - 1944 #16178 aged 78, son of Sophia Williamson and James Whitlaw Bell - dates do not 'match'.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Saturday 4 March 1944, "BELL.- On February 27. at his residence, Alkoomie, 206 Clarendon street, Ballarat, James Whitelaw Bell, dearly loved husband of Fanny Marion, loving father of Marion (deceased). Sophia (Mrs E J Pearce), John, and Frances, father-in-law of Edward and Dulcie, fond grandfather of David John Cameron and Edward James Whitelaw, aged 78 years."
6. George Henry Downing 1885 #27403 - 1966 #15700 aged 80 wed Elsie Maud Mayall 1890 #19832 - 1931 #823 aged 40, dau of Louisa Sutherland and John Clegg Mayall
4. William Moore Downing born Sep quarter 1847 at Liverpool, Vol 10 page 110, wed 1870 #84 to Mary Ann Noble 1849 - 1885 #8320 aged 36 from Norfolk, and lived at Daylesford
8 Children 1. Elizabeth Louisa Downing 1870 #8262 - 1898 #7120 aged 28
2. George Edward Downing 1871 #8573
3. William James Downing 1874 #15199
4. James Moor Downing 1876 #15514
5. Mary Ann Noble Downing 1879 #1942
6. Alfred Sydney Downing 1881 #1998
7. Joseph Thomas Downing 1883 #1921
8. Emily Ethel Downing 1884 #23918

George Downton

George Downton, 1823 - 1877 aged 54, from London, and Mary Jane Manley 1830-1903 lived at Daisy Hill, White Hill, Maryborough
11 Children 1. George Henry Downton 1856 #5805
2. Jane Ann Downton 1858 #19680 - 1858 #2985 lived 6 months
3. Emily Downton 1861 #4823 - 1876 #6287 lived 15 years
4. Kyzia Downton 1863 #3098
5. Frederick Downton 1864 #3461 - 1864 #1332 lived 7 weeks
6. Frederick Downton 1865 #3363 - 1866 #5550 lived 1 year
7. Agnes Downton 1866 #22421
8. Edith Emma Downton 1869 #23303
9. Florence Elizabeth Downton 1871 #17560
10. Samuel Downton 1873 #10525 - 1965 #21576 aged 92
11. Louisa Maud Downton 1875 #24002
10. Samuel Downton 1873 #10525 - 1965 #21576 aged 92, born in Maryborough, wed 1895 #3448 to Margery Louisa Schiller 1873 #23918 - 1951 #23446 aged 78, and lived in Melbourne West then Ascot Vale
11 Children 1. Kezia May Downton 1896 #5338 - 1978 #17562 aged 82, wed Thomas
2. Agnes Elizth Downton 1898 #261
3. Alf Hy Downton 1899 #15142
4. Samuel Downton 1907 - 1966 #11912 aged 59


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