Benjamin Downs

31 December 1821–
Sandisfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Benjamin

When Benjamin Downs was born on 31 December 1821, in Sandisfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Zina Downs, was 43 and his mother, Betsy Downs, was 40. He married Lucretia Downs on 10 October 1846. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Almond, Allegany, New York, United States in 1860 and Almond, Almond, Allegany, New York, United States in 1880. He died in Florence, Switzerland, Indiana, United States.

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Benjamin Downs
Lucretia Downs
Marriage: 10 October 1846
Lucretia Ardella Downs

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    Lucretia Downs


10 October 1846


    Lucretia Ardella Downs


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World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 4

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1825 · State Capital Moves to Indianapolis

Age 4

The state capital was moved from Corydon to Indianapolis on January 10, 1825.
1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

Age 35

The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.

Name Meaning

English:1. patronymic from a variant of Dunn 2. 2. variant (plural) of Down .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Benj F Downs, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Benjamin F Downss in household of Linus Downss, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Benjamin F Downs, "United States Census, 1880"

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