Mary Genevieve Groesbeck

Female6 November 1887–14 August 1949

Brief Life History of Mary Genevieve

When Mary Genevieve Groesbeck was born on 6 November 1887, in Hope, Dickinson, Kansas, United States, her father, Bernard William Groesbeck, was 22 and her mother, Catherine Augusta Kergan, was 22. She married John Williamson Downing Sr. on 18 November 1908, in Visalia, Tulare, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Detroit Ward 6, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States in 1900 and Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States in 1910. She died on 14 August 1949, in Oakland, Alameda, California, United States, at the age of 61.

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Family Time Line

John Williamson Downing Sr.
Mary Genevieve Groesbeck
Marriage: 18 November 1908
Catherine Adele Downing
John Williamson Downing Jr.

Sources (7)

  • Genevieve M Downing in household of John H Sherron, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Mary Genevieve Downing, "California Death Index, 1940-1997"
  • Groesbec in entry for John W Downing, "California Birth Index, 1905-1995"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    18 November 1908Visalia, Tulare, California, United States
  • Children (2)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (5)

    World Events (8)

    1889 · The first Skyscraper in Detroit

    Age 2

    The Hammond Building was a high-rise building completed in 1889 and was 151 feet tall. It's considered the first skyscraper in the city and was the tallest in Michigan after it was built. The Hammond Building was demolished in 1956 to make way for the National Bank of Detroit Building.

    1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

    Age 3

    This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.


    Age 17

    St. Louis, Missouri, United States hosts Summer Olympic Games.

    Name Meaning

    Dutch: habitational name from Groesbeek, south of Nijmegen.

    History: The name is recorded in Beverwyck in New Netherland (now Albany, NY)in the mid 17th century.

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

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