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Year/Era Place Details Source Rick's Comments
1777 MD Thomas [Martin?] Downey, son of ???, born. 1850 Census. The Thomas Downey who was with Margaret Degarmo in 1850 was born 1777 MD...but was his middle name Martin?
1776 MD Thomas Downey, son of Walter Downey and Chloe Cox born. John Florin Downey Walter (Immigrated from Ireland about 1770) > Thomas
14 Dec 1798 MD Thomas Downey, son of Walter Downey and Chloe Cox, m. Margaret Tracy John Florin Downey  Walter > Thomas
20 Nov 1810 Noble, Harrison Chloe Downey born; daughter of Thomas Downey and Margaret Tracy. John Florin Downey Walter > Thomas
Jun 1812 Noble, Harrison Eliza Downey born; daughter of Thomas Downey and Margaret Tracy. John Florin Downey Walter > Thomas
Sep 1813 Noble, Harrison James Downey born; son of Thomas Downey and Margaret Tracy. John Florin Downey  Walter > Thomas
Feb 1815 Noble, Harrison Jacob Downey born; son of Thomas Downey and Margaret Tracy. John Florin Downey Walter > Thomas
Feb 1817 Noble, Harrison Margaret Downey born; daughter of Thomas Downey and Margaret Tracy. John Florin Downey  Walter > Thomas
Mar 1820 Noble, Harrison Rebecca Downey born; daughter of Thomas Downey and Margaret Tracy. John Florin Downey Walter > Thomas
1820 Shortcreek Twp., Harrison Co. Thomas Downey household:
1 Male born 1775-1794 [Father Thomas]
4 Males born 1794-1804 [Basil, Walter, Merriman and Thomas]
2 Males born 1802-1804 [Merriman and Thomas]
4 Males born 1804-1810 [Ephraim, Joseph, Doctor and John]
3 Males born 1810-1820 [James, Jacob and ??]
1 Female born 1775-1794 [mother Margaret Tracy]
1 Female born 1804-1810 [Chloe]
1 Female born 1810-1820 [Eliza, Margaret or Rebecca]

Did two of these youngest daughters die before the 1820 Census?

US Census - This is the only Thomas Downey head of household found in Ohio.

Walter > Thomas

8 Sep 1821 Zanesville, Muskingum Co. 78.5 acres land issue; Thomas Downey Ancestry.com Ohio Land Records ???
1 May 1826 Wooster 78.5 acres land issue; Thomas Downey ditto ??? 
1829 Perry Co. Thomas Downey married Catherine Moore PGS - Perry Marriages Who is this??
1830 Perry Co., Clayton Twp Thomas Downey household: 1 Male born 1800-1810, 1 Female born 1800-1810, 1 Female born 1825-1830.
US Census This appears to be Thomas Downey and Catherine Moore.
1830 Morgan Co., Brookfield Twp. Thomas Downey household: Males: 1 born 1770-1780, 2 born 1810-1815, 1 born 1815-1820. Females: 1 born 1770-1780, 2 born 1815-1820. US Census Walter > Thomas
1830 Richland Co. Thomas Downey household: Males: 1 born 1800-1810, 1 born 1820-1825, 1 born 1825-1830. Females: 2 born 1800-1810, 1 born 1825-1830.
US Census Probably Walter > Thomas > Thomas
1840 Morgan Co. Thomas Downey household: 2 Males born 1835-1840, 2 Females born 1835-1840, 1 Female born 1830-1835, 1 Female born 1810-1820, 1 Female born 1790-1800. US Census Probably the line of Walter > Thomas
17 Mar 1842 Guernsey Thomas Downey married Mary Ann Scott FDC Walter > Thomas > Walter > Thomas
23 Mar 1843 Guernsey Sarah Ann Downey is born; daughter of Thomas Downey and Mary Ann Scott FDC Walter > Thomas > Walter > Thomas
4 Aug 1844 Guernsey Aramalia Downey is born; daughter of Thomas Downey and Mary Ann Scott FDC Walter > Thomas > Walter > Thomas 
10 Jan 1846 Hiramsburg or Guernsey, Hinnsburg John Florin Downey born; son of Thomas Downey and Mary Ann Scott FDC Walter > Thomas > Walter > Thomas 
14 Mar 1848 Morgan Mary Jane Downey is born; daughter of Thomas Downey and Mary Ann Scott FDC Walter > Thomas > Walter > Thomas 
20 Sep 1850 Deer Creek, Pickaway Co. Thomas Downey household:
Thomas, 41, De
Margaret A., 36, DE
Mary, 13, OH
John, 13, OH
Sarah T., 11, OH
Martha, 6, OH
Maye?, 2, OH
William T., 6 mos, OH
US Census Who is this??
21 Sep 1850 Deerfield, Morgan Co. Thomas Downey household:
Thomas, 50, OH
Mary, 51, OH (Mary Ann Scott)
Sarah, 9, OH
Armalia?, 6, OH
John, 4, OH
Mary, 2, OH
US Census Walter > Thomas > Walter > Thomas 
26 Oct 1850 Monroe, Perry Co. Thomas Downey household:
Thomas, 73, MD (born about 1777)
Margaret, 41, PA
Jacob, 14, OH
James, 11, OH
Elizabeth, 10, OH
Margaret, 9, OH
Prudence, 7, OH
Mary, 5, OH
Eli, 3, OH
John, 10 mos, OH
US Census Assuming Thomas Downey and Margaret Degarmo.
1853-1878 Pleasant Twp., Fairfield Co. Rev. Thomas J. Downey named as one of the Pastors of the Presbyterian Church during this period. 1883 History of Fairfield and Perry Counties. ???
1854 Perry Co. Thomas Downey m. Margaret Degarmo(n). PGS - Perry Marriages Strange...after living together this many years they finally get married...Thomas at age 77 and Margaret at 45.
1855 Ohio Benjamin Clark Downey is born; son of Thomas Downey and Mary Ann Scott   Walter > Thomas > Walter > Thomas 
1858 Cumberland, Morgan Co. Thomas Downey died.
John Florin Downey Walter > Thomas > Walter > Thomas 
c. 1858 ??? Thomas Martin Downey died. Tammie Tidwell, Bill Degarmo Where does this date come from?
2 Jul 1860 Reading Twp., Perry Co. Downey home, dwelling 441:
Lawrence, 36, IRE
Margaret, 32, IRE
John, 14, IRE
Judah, 13, IRE
Patrick, 9, IRE
Ellen, 7, IRE
Mary, 5, PA
Thomas, 3, OH
James, 1, OH
Thomas, 40, IRE
Who is this Thomas age 40?
US Census This is my family; that clearly immigrated about 1854...but did Thomas come with them?
Civil War Ohio Company C, 10th Ohio Infantry Ancestry.com Civil War Service Records  
  Ohio Company H, 161st Ohio Infantry ditto  
  Ohio Company I, 91st Ohio Infantry (Thomas C.) ditto  
  Ohio Company B, 113th Ohio Infantry (Thomas J.) ditto  
Civil War Ohio deceased Peter Downey, son of Thomas. Ancestry.com Civil War Pension Index  
  Ohio deceased Thomas C. Downey, widow Ann. ditto  
1 Jul 1870 Reading Twp, Perry Co.

2 Thomas Downeys age 13.

Lawrence, 50, Coal Digger, $200, IRE
Margaret,47,Keeping House, IRE
Mary, 15, At Home, PA
Thomas, 13, At Home, OH
James, 11, At Home, OH
Margie, 9, At Home, OH
Elizabeth, 7, At Home, OH
William, 4, At Home, OH

It is possible that son Thomas is duplicated in this Census. An old Downey family Picture has Tom Gaynor written on the back of it and we find a another Thomas Downey, age 13 entry in Clayton Township in the Gainer home:

Gainer, Phillip, 87, Farmer, 7000-2000, Ireland
Ann, 69, Kpng Hm, Ireland
Maria, 39, Hlpng Moth, OH
Thomas, 37, Works on Farm, OH
Elizabeth, 28, Hlpng Brother, OH
Downey , Thomas, 13, Wrks on Frm, OH

US Census I believe these Thomas Downeys are one and the same.
3 Jul 1870 Reading Twp., Perry Co.

Thomas Downey in the Thomas Elder Home:,
Elder, Thomas, 71, MD
--- Hannah 25, OH
--- Daniel, 22, OH
Downey, Thomas, 52, IRE
Elder, William, 5, OH
Is this the same Thomas Downey who, in 1860 at age 40, lived with Lawrence and Margaret Downey in the same county?

US Census So who is this??
1870 Perry Co. Thomas Downey married Hannah Elder
Assumably the same Thomas who lived in the Elder home. A Hannah R. Elder is buried at St. Joseph's in Perry county; died 19 Nov 1910 aged 69...but no Thomas Downey near her.
PGS - Perry Marriages  
after 1871 Amanda Twp., Fairfield Co. Rev. Downey (unknown first name) named as an early pastor of Cedar Hill Evangelical Association. 1883 History of Fairfield and Perry Counties.  
15 Jun 1880 Reading Twp., Perry Co. dwelling 172:
This is Thomas, age 23, son of Lawrence Downey and Margaret Tehan.
   
16 Jun 1880 Reading Twp., Perry Co.Perry County

Thomas Downey in widow Mooter's home:
dwelling 192
Mooter, Mary, 75, Wid, GER, GER, GER
--- Henry, son, single, 32, OH, GER, GER
Downey, Thomas, single, 68, IRE, IRE, IRE (space for relationship to head is blank)
Note: dwelling 199 is another Mooter home - and 3 dwellings further (P58B) is:
Elder, Hannah, widow, 32, OH, MD, MD
--- William, son, 15, OH, OH, OH
--- Mary, daughter, 10, OH, OH, OH
--- Sarah, twins, 10, OH, OH, OH

In addition to the above, there are 4 other Hannah Elders in 1880 Perry County:
1. Reading P61D- Age 12, dau of Asbury Elder Jr.
2. Reading P62B- Age 13, dau of Asbury Elder
3. Reading P63C- Age 30, wife of Levi Elder
4. Jackson P178D- Age 55, widow with son and g-kids.

   ??? 
24 Jun 1880 Jackson Twp., Perry Co. Thos. Downey household:
Thomas, 37, IN OH OH
Mary, 39, wife, OH IRE OH
Gilbert G., son, 13, OH IN OH
Mary M., daughter, 3, OH IN OH
  Son of Thomas Downey and Catherine Moore?
9 Jun 1883 Perry Co. Thomas Downey buried in Maplewood (New Lexington) cemetery. He is not shown in Perry County deaths after 1867 so he probably died elsewhere. Who is this?? PGS - Perry Interments Which Thomas Downey is this???

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