Thomas Franklin Downey

September 1843–1920 (Age 76)
New York, United States

The Life of Thomas Franklin

Thomas Franklin Downey was born in September 1843, in New York, United States. He married Rosa Belle Whipkey on 9 April 1876, in Jasper, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Poweshiek Township, Jasper, Iowa, United States for about 10 years and Beaver Township, Polk, Iowa, United States in 1920. He died in 1920, in Mitchellville, Polk, Iowa, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Greencastle Cemetery, Green Castle, Jasper, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Franklin Downey
Rosa Belle Whipkey
Marriage: 9 April 1876
Alva Clifford Downey
Harry Orville Downey
Russell William Downey
Mabel E Downey
Florence Elizabeth Downey
Maysie Downey

Spouse and Children

9 April 1876
Jasper, Iowa, United States


    Alva Clifford Downey


    Harry Orville Downey


    Russell William Downey



    Florence Elizabeth Downey


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World Events (8)


Age 3

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

Age 3

Iowa is the 29th state.

Age 22

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

Name Meaning

1 Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Dúnadhaigh ‘descendant of Dúnadhach’, a personal name meaning ‘fortress-holder’ (from dún ‘fortress’, ‘fortified hill’).2 Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Maol Dhomhnaigh, or of Mac Giolla Dhomnaigh ( see Maloney ).3 Scottish: habitational name from the Scottish barony of Downie or Duny in the parish of Monikie in Angus (on Tayside), named from Gaelic dùn ‘hill’ + the locative suffix -ach.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Thomas Downey, "Iowa State Census, 1895"
  • Thomas F Downey, "Iowa State Census, 1885"
  • Thomas I Downey, "United States Census, 1910"

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