Louisa Margaret VanDorn

7 November 1847–14 November 1949 (Age 102)
Mansfield, Richland, Ohio, United States

The Life of Louisa Margaret

When Louisa Margaret VanDorn was born on 7 November 1847, in Mansfield, Richland, Ohio, United States, her father, Elisha Van Dorn, was 51 and her mother, Sarah Wilkinson, was 42. She married John Merrit Downs on 13 August 1866, in Fayette, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in Umatilla, Oregon, United States in 1880 and Proebstel, Clark, Washington, United States in 1920. She died on 14 November 1949, in Milton-Freewater, Umatilla, Oregon, United States, at the age of 102, and was buried in Weston, Umatilla, Oregon, United States.

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John Merrit Downs
Louisa Margaret VanDorn
Marriage: 13 August 1866
Judson Edward Downs
Estelle Achsa Downs
Anna J Downs
William Butler Downs
Ida Olive Downs
Minnie Laila Downs
Burnetta M Downs
Albert Victor Downs
Elmer H Downs
Ada Lucretia Downs

Spouse and Children

13 August 1866
Fayette, Iowa, United States


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Parents and Siblings

    Elisha Van Dorn





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World Events (8)


Age 16

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Age 20

Historical Boundaries - 1867: Umatilla, Oregon, United States
1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 28

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

Dutch and Belgian: topographic name from Middle Dutch do(o)rne ‘thorn bush’, ‘gorse’, or a habitational name for someone from any of several places in Belgium and the Netherlands called Doorn, from the same word ( see Van Doorn ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Louisa Van Dorn in household of Elisha Van Dorn, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Sissy Vandorn in household of E Vandorn, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Louisa Downs in household of William Downs, "United States Census, 1920"

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