Gail Borden Downing

25 December 1878–16 June 1957 (Age 78)
New York, United States

The Life of Gail Borden

When Gail Borden Downing was born on 25 December 1878, in New York, United States, his father, William Downing, was 20 and his mother, Fannie Downing, was 21. He had at least 2 sons and 2 daughters with Martha Louise Heady. He lived in Cornwall, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States for about 20 years. He died on 16 June 1957, in Pawling, Dutchess, New York, United States, at the age of 78.

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Gail Borden Downing
Martha Louise Heady
Gail Borden Downing
Bessie M. Downing
Maude S Downing
John Cornelius Downing

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    Gail Borden Downing


    Bessie M. Downing


    Maude S Downing



Parents and Siblings

    William Downing


    Fannie Downing




World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 3

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

Age 4

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.
1900 · First U.S.  Navy Submarine Constructed

Age 22

The USS Holland was the first commissioned submarine. It was named after John Philip Holland. It had been laid down in November of 1896 and launched a year later. It was acquired and commissioned in 1900 and decommissioned five years later. The submarine was finally sold in 1913 and put on display until it was scrapped in 1932.

Name Meaning

1 Irish: sometimes of English origin, but in County Kerry it is usually an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Duinnín ( see Dineen ).2 English: patronymic from a variant of Dunn 2.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Gale Downing, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Gail Downing, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Gail Downing, "United States Census, 1920"

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