Susan Downen

Female1839–3 September 1899

Brief Life History of Susan

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.

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Abraham Foster Gorsuch
Susan Downen
Marriage: 1859
Joseph Josiah Gorsuch
Martha Gorsuch
Nathan Gorsuch
Charles Wheeler Gorsuch
William Thomas Gorsuch
Milton Erastus Gorsuch
Lewis Foster Gorsuch

Sources (7)

  • Susan Dorming in household of Josiah Dorming, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Susan Solomon in entry for Josiah Gorsuch, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • Susan Downing in household of Josiah Downing, "United States Census, 1850"

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  • Children (7)

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    Siblings (8)

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    World Events (8)

    1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

    Age 0

    By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.


    Age 7

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


    Age 19

    Historical Boundaries: 1858: Johnson, Kansas Territory, United States 1861: Johnson, Kansas, United States

    Name Meaning

    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.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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