Franklin Downing

14 July 1835–26 May 1897 (Age 61)
New York, United States

The Life of Franklin

When Franklin Downing was born on 14 July 1835, in New York, United States, his father, Arnold Downing, was 23 and his mother, Philina Babcock, was 26. He married Theora Barnhart on 22 September 1861, in Branch, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters. He lived in Columbus, Columbus, Chenango, New York, United States in 1850. He died on 26 May 1897, in Galesburg, Knox, Illinois, United States, at the age of 61, and was buried in Linwood Cemetery, Galesburg, Knox, Illinois, United States.

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Franklin Downing
Theora Barnhart
Marriage: 22 September 1861
Celora Downing
Jennie E. Downing
Stenna Downing
Don Arnold Downing
Grace O. Downing

Spouse and Children

22 September 1861
Branch, Michigan, United States


    Celora Downing


    Jennie E. Downing


    Stenna Downing



    Grace O. Downing


Parents and Siblings

    Arnold Downing


    Philina Babcock




World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 1

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 4

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.
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 21

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

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)

  • Franklin Downing in household of Arnolde Downing, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Franklin Downing, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Franklin Downing in entry for Edward J. Joneson and Grace O. Downing, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934"

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