When Susan Downen was born in 1839, in Illinois, United States, her father, Josiah Downen, was 43 and her mother, Adah Murphy, was 29. She married Abraham Foster Gorsuch in 1859. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Aubry, Johnson, Kansas, United States in 1880 and Gillette, Crook, Wyoming, United States in 2005. She died on 3 September 1899, at the age of 60.
English: habitational name from a place such as Downend in Gloucestershire, which is named from Old English dūn ‘down’, ‘low hill’ + ende ‘end’, or a topographic name with the same meaning.