Stephen Wheeler Downey

25 July 1839–5 August 1902 (Age 63)
Westernport, Allegany, Maryland, United States

The Life of Stephen Wheeler

When Stephen Wheeler Downey was born on 25 July 1839, in Westernport, Allegany, Maryland, United States, his father, Owen Dorsey Downey, was 25 and his mother, Elizabeth Powell, was 19. He married Fannie Fisher on 16 July 1862, in Allegany, Maryland, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He lived in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming Territory, United States in 1870 and Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States for about 20 years. He died on 5 August 1902, in Denver, Colorado, United States, at the age of 63, and was buried in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States.

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Family Time Line

Stephen Wheeler Downey
Evangeline Victoria Owen
Marriage: 25 July 1872
Stephen Corlett Downey
June Etta Downey
Norma Downey
Willie Virginia Downey
Owen Dorsey Downey
Sheridan Downey
Stephen Wheeler Downey Jr
Evangeline Victoria Downey
Alice Downey
Dorothy Dee Downey

Spouse and Children

25 July 1872
Albany, Wyoming Territory, United States


+5 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Owen Dorsey Downey


    Elizabeth Powell





    George Mason Downey


    Sarah Frances Downey


    William O Downey


    Mary Elizabeth Downey


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World Events (8)

1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

Age 5

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.

Age 7

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

Age 21

Historical Boundaries - 1860: Nebraska Territory, United States; 1863: Idaho Territory, United States; 1864: Ogalala, Idaho Territory, United States; 1864: Dakota Territory, United States; 1867: Laramie, Dakota Territory, United States; 1868: Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States; 1868: Albany, Wyoming Territory, United States; 1890: Albany, Wyoming, United States

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)

  • Stephen W Downey in household of Owen D Downey, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Stephen W Downey, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Stephen W Downey, "United States Census, 1880"

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