Mary Jerusha Samuel

7 February 1869–8 August 1956 (Age 87)
Paloma, Adams, Illinois, United States

The Life of Mary Jerusha

When Mary Jerusha Samuel was born on 7 February 1869, in Paloma, Adams, Illinois, United States, her father, Cumberland George Samuel, was 26 and her mother, Martha Angeline Collins, was 20. She married Ebon Lincoln Downing on 3 November 1886, in Adams, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Gilmer Township, Adams, Illinois, United States in 1880 and Los Angeles, California, United States in 1900. She died on 8 August 1956, in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, United States.

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Family Time Line

Ebon Lincoln Downing
Mary Jerusha Samuel
Marriage: 3 November 1886
LeRoyce Edna Downing

Spouse and Children

3 November 1886
Adams, Illinois, United States


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World Events (8)

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 1

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.
1872 · The Modoc War

Age 3

Hostilities between Modoc Indians and white settlers resulted in the Modoc War during 1872-1873. A Modoc band of nearly 200 people, led by Captain Jack Kintpuash, was fleeing a forced relocation to a reservation occupied by their enemies, the Klamaths. The band had returned to their former land on Lost River, which now had white settlers occupying the area. The conflict erupted on November 29, 1872, when 40 troops were sent to move the Modocs back to the reservation. An argument erupted and shots were fired. Several were killed and the Modocs fled to “The Stronghold,” a large, cavernous lava bed. The holdout went on for months with several clashes. On April 11, 1873, General Edward Richard Sprigg Canby and Reverend Eleazar Thomas were killed by the Modocs during a negotiation. The Modocs lacked resources and supplies and eventually surrendered on July 4. In total, 2 Modocs and 71 enlisted military men lost their lives.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 27

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

A Greek form of the scriptural name, from "sh'mu-El," heard of God. Nicknames are Sam and Sammy. The Gaelic forms are Somhairle and Somhle.

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Sources (3)

  • Mary Jane --- in household of Samuel ---, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Mary Samuel in household of C* Samuel, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Mary J Downing in household of Ebon L Downing, "United States Census, 1930"

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