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Posted: 911217600000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1024109379000
Surnames: DOWNES, ROOT
I am looking for information on my great grandfather David DOWNES who died in 1895, possibly in an accident at sea. He was a freighter captain. Married to Georgiana ROOT in Sacketts Harbor, New York in 1874. She died at Wayne County General Hospital in 1947.

I have checked the census records of Sacketts Harbor for 1880 and couldn't find him there. I know they moved to Detroit by 1896. Do you have any 1890 census record for Wayne County?

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Re: David DOWNES

Posted: 1357327116000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1357393619000
Surnames: Downes, Root
I have been researching your ancestor, David Downes.
I found a 1880 Federal census and it states he was a ship carpenter and lived in Detroit born 1847 and married to Georgina Root born 1856 (parents -Legrauge & Isabelle Root)per1870 US Fed Census. I found a David Downes born 1835 and died July 29, 1895 with New York Records. The Detroit City Directory 1896 states Georgina and David lived at 83- 2nd Ave, Detroit, also states at in 1900 Georgina lived at 81 2nd Ave Detroit. also I find a 1890 City Directory shows Georgina as a widow of David and lived at 125 -18th St in 1890 and 1891. I don't know if this is the correct David Downes but it may give you info to follow up on if you haven't already. If you haven't found his grave site you may want to call Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit and Woodmere. They are some of the oldest cemeteries in Detroit.
Mary Ann, born and raised in Detroit. P.S. I'm still looking for my great great grandfather and mother for their burial site after looking for 2.5 years.

Re: David DOWNES

Posted: 1357331615000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1357393706000
Surnames: Downes
I’m not related to any member of this family.

1870 -
Name: David Downs
Age in 1870: 22
Birth Year: abt 1848
Birthplace: Michigan
Home in 1870: Detroit Ward 9, Wayne, Michigan
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Detroit

John Downs 60, IRE
Mary Downs 45, IRE
David Downs 22, MI - carpenter
Thomas Downs 17, MI - apprentice brass molder
James Downs 15, MI
Margaret Downs 10, MI

1880 -
Name: David Downes
Age: 33
Birth Year: abt 1847
Birthplace: Michigan
Home in 1880: Detroit, Wayne, Michigan
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Georgiana Downes
Father's Birthplace: Ireland
Mother's Birthplace: Ireland
Occupation: Ship Carpenter

David Downes 33, MI
Georgiana Downes 24, NY
Maggie M. Downes 4, MI
James M. Downes 8m, Mi

living next to David -
Name: John Downes
Age: 65
Birth Year: abt 1815
Birthplace: Ireland
Home in 1880: Detroit, Wayne, Michigan
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Mary Downes
Father's Birthplace: Ireland
Mother's Birthplace: Ireland
Occupation: Retired

John Downes 65, IRE
Mary Downes 55, IRE - cannot write
Thomas Downes 25, MI - brass molder
Margaret Downes 22, MI

1900 -

Michigan, Deaths and Burials Index, 1867-1995
Name: David Downs
Birth Date: abt 1850
Birth Place: Detroit, Mich
Death Date: 29 Jan 1890
Death Place: Detroit, Wayne, Michigan
Death Age: 40
Occupation: Sailor
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Gender: Male

Detroit, Michigan Directory, 1890
Name: Georgiana Downes (Widow David)
Location 2: 125 18th
Year: 1890, 1891
City: Detroit
State: MI

David Downes
Birth 1847 in Michigan,
Death 29 Jan 1890 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan
he married -
Georgiana Root
Birth 1854 in Houndsfield, Jefferson, New York
Death 19 Feb 1947 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan
Marriage Information -
Date - 27 Sep 1874
Location - Sacketts Harbor, Jefferson, New York

children -
Maggie M. Downes
1876 –
James David Downes
1879 – 1949
Julia "Jewell" Frances Downes
1882 – 1952
Winifred Mary Teresa Downes
1885 – 1946
Edward G Downes
1890 – 1917
Elizabeth "Bessie" Mable Downs
1895 – 1983

Order David's death cert. here -
Q. Where do I go to get a birth certificate or death certificate?
A. The Detroit Health Department, Vital Records Division, Herman Kiefer Health Complex, 1151 Taylor (zip 48202-1732) near the John C. Lodge expressway. The phone numbers are 313-876-4049 [recorded message] and 313-876-4133. Person must have died in Wayne County, Michigan & within the city limits of Detroit. Cost is $20.00. Call first before ordering as pricing may have changed. Hours are 8 – 4pm Eastern time SHARP Mon - Fri. FREE parking. Cash, certified check, money order are accepted. Phone lookups will not be done. A walk-in service is available. Public browsing of the records is not permitted. Make payment to – City of Detroit.


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