The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1908
Alexander DOWNIE was born near Ayrshire, Scotland on April 23, 1830 and died in Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa on March
10, 1908. Alexander DOWNIE’s boyhood days were spent on a farm as a laborer, and both his parents died by the time he was
age 9. In the spring of 1855, he immigrated to America. On October 1855, he was united in marriage with Catharine
[or Kathryn] PARKS in Troy, New York. Miss PARKS was born in Scotland on January 6, 1831 and immigrated to the United
States, arriving in New York on the ship "Mongolia" on August 4, 1854 with father James PARKS, mother Rosanna, and 6
brothers and sisters. They moved to a farm near Benson, Woodford County, Illinois where they resided for a number of years.
To this union eight children were born: Jennetta and James, who preceded their parents in death; Rosanna, now Mrs. Abraham
LANTZ; Thomas Bell DOWNIE of Goodwine, Indiana; Elizabeth "Louisa" DOWNIE (Mrs. James Owen GILMORE), of Denham, Indiana;
Charles, of North Judson, Indiana; George, whose whereabouts are unknown; and Everal Sumner DOWNIE, now of Mount Ayr,
Ringgold County, Iowa. In 1874, the Alexander DOWNIE family moved to a section of wild prairie land in Ash Grove Township,
Iroquois County, Illinois where they resided for twenty-five years, during which time the children all grew to adulthood
and were married, except youngest son Everal. In 1899, Mr. & Mrs. DOWNIE and son Everal moved to Van Buren County, Michigan
where they purchased a farm and resided for a time. Catharine (PARKS) DOWNIE died in Bangor, Michigan on June 26, 1900. On
October 9, 1901, son Everal married Emma Barbara LEISER [sometimes spelled "LIZER" or "LIESER"] and moved to Liberty
Township, Ringgold County, Iowa. Being left a widower, Alexander DOWNIE moved to the home of son
Everal and wife Emma
Barbara in Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa, where Alexander died on March 10, 1908.
Alexander DOWNIE was a man of rugged character and a jolly disposition and when he left Iroquois County did not have an
enemy in it. He was kind and charitable in all his dealings and as honest as the day is long. His final illness dated from
January 1908 when he suffered a severe attack of the grip. He passed away peacefully fully believing that Jesus Christ was
crucified for his sins. His daily prayer was that he might be prepared for the end when it came. The body was brought to
Goodwine, Indiana for funeral services. Burial was in Amity Cemetery, Iroquois County, Illinois.
NOTE: Through the years, some sources have listed his first name as “Alec”, and alternate spellings of the family surname
include “DOWNEY,” “DONEY,” “DONY,” or “DONIE”.
Emma Barbara (LIESER) DOWNIE was born in 1878, and died in 1959. Everal S.
DOWNIE was born in 1871, and died in 1949. Emma and Everal were interred at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County,
Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008
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