So glad to hear from you and find out some info abt George and Nellie. I believe your George and my Lucinda are related some where back there. There is a picture of a James Henry Downing on Ancient Faces that is the son of Pleasant Blackwell Downing of Itawamba Co, MS. He was born in Itawamba Co, MS and died in Hopkins Co, Tx. http://www.ancientfaces.com/cgi-bin/displayphoto.cfm?PhotoID...
What I know of my Downings is as follows:
James Downing (1786 - 1866) a native of SC moved into St. Clair, AL before 1820 by way of TN. His wife is believed to be Mary Meharg. Two known sons Archibald Downing and Thomas Jefferson Downing, and 3 daughters whose names are unknown.
Archibald (my 3rd ggfather) b. 1808 TN married Elizabeth Cameron and had 9 daughters. No sons that I know of. Lucinda Downing Harvey being one of his daughters (my 2nd ggmother) who is buried in Hillsboro next to your George & Nellie Downing.
Thomas Jefferson (my 3rd ggfather's brother) b. 1815 TN married Charity M. Autrey (b. 1815 GA) in 1832 in St. Clair, AL. Thomas and Charity children were: Elijah B. b. 1835, Ginsey b. 1837, Amy Francis b. 1839, Archibald b. 1841, Thomas Jr. b. 1842, Absalum b. 1845,Charitie b. 1850, and Giles b. 1854. All but Ginsey moved to Texas.
I wonder if Pleasant could be a brother of Archibald and Thomas sons of James Downing b. 1786 in SC?
Keep touch and let me know what you find out after your trip to Hillsboro. Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org