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
1839–1902
Evangeline Victoria Owen
1853–1937
Marriage: 25 July 1872
Stephen Corlett Downey
1873–1934
June Etta Downey
1875–1932
Norma Downey
1877–1956
Willie Virginia Downey
1879–1971
Owen Dorsey Downey
1881–1934
Sheridan Downey
1884–1961
Stephen Wheeler Downey Jr
1886–1959
Evangeline Victoria Downey
1888–1958
Alice Downey
1892–1969
Dorothy Dee Downey
1896–1984

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
25 July 1872
Albany, Wyoming Territory, United States
children

(10)

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Parents and Siblings

    Owen Dorsey Downey

    Male1814–1894Male

    Elizabeth Powell

    Female1820–1876Female

siblings

(6)

    Male1839–1902Male

    George Mason Downey

    Male1841–1920Male

    Sarah Frances Downey

    Female1846–1914Female

    William O Downey

    Male1848–Male

    Mary Elizabeth Downey

    Female1852–1936Female

+1 More Child

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.
1846

Age 7

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1860

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.

Possible Related Names

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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