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Wilmot McDowns or William Downs

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Wilmot McDowns or William Downs

Posted: 1264462945000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Downs, McDowns, Rogers, Corlis, Baker, Smith
Looking for living descendants of Wilmot McDowns, aka Wilmot Downs, aka William Downs, born in New York, migrated to Woodhouse, Ontario. Married Sarah Rogers, b. Townsend Ontario on October 8, 1856. In 1852 Canadian Census of Woodhouse Township, Norfolk Co., Ontario, "Wilmot McDowns" is living with his father.

In the 1870 Census of Saginaw, Michigan, "Wilmot Downs" was listed as b. NY, age 34; wife Sarah b. Canada age 32; daughter Ida b. Canada age 12; Wilmot b. Michigan age 7; Joseph Michigan age 5.

In 1880 Census the family is in Amboy, Hillsdale Co., Michigan. "William Downs" b. NY; father b. NY, mother b. NY; Sarah A. born NY; mother b. Canada. Children: Ida, Wilmot, Joel, Evelena.

Sarah's mother was born in Canada, named Rachel Smith, daughter of Abraham Jr. and Sarah (Baker) Smith. Rachel was married to Daniel Corlis and had one child with him, a daughter Susannah who was raised by the Corlis family after Daniel's death at age 20. Rachel Smith (aka Sarah Corles, aka Sarah Corlis, aka Rachel Corlis) married on October 9, 1831 in Charlotteville, Ontario (Rev. G.J. Ryerse) to Orrin Rogers, b. 1803, Broome County, NY. Children of Rachel and Orrin: Sarah, Hannah and Emeline, the latter two died as infants.

After Rachel's death, Orrin married Harriet Baker and had Joel, Eve, Henry, Catharine (Cassie), Ursula Harriet. Joel was the firstborn of that union in 1848, so there is at least a 10 year difference between Sarah and her step-siblings.

I'm trying to prove or disprove if Rachel also had another child with Orrin Rogers, a son named Orin or Orrin Day Rogers b. 1837. If any descendants of this union have any family bibles, family letters, or even any family photos with these names scribbled on the back or photos of unrecognizable people of that time period that you have inherited, I would greatly appreciate anything that you would be willing to share. Thanks.
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