Brooks Miles Downey

21 September 1902–26 July 1974 (Age 71)
Lawrenceville, Lawrence, Illinois, United States

The Life of Brooks Miles

When Brooks Miles Downey was born on 21 September 1902, in Lawrenceville, Lawrence, Illinois, United States, his father, Martin Alexander Downey, was 40 and his mother, Sarah A. Hooper, was 35. He married Martha Josephine Johnson on 19 June 1923, in Bruceville, Knox, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Washington Township, Knox, Indiana, United States for about 30 years. He died on 26 July 1974, in Vincennes, Knox, Indiana, United States, at the age of 71.

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Family Time Line

Brooks Miles Downey
Martha Josephine Johnson
Marriage: 19 June 1923
Elmo Downey

Spouse and Children

19 June 1923
Bruceville, Knox, Indiana, United States


    Elmo Downey




Parents and Siblings

    Martin Alexander Downey


    Sarah A. Hooper




    George Raymond Downey


    Martin Alexander Downey Jr.




    Hugh Downey


+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1903 · Department of Commerce and Labor

Age 1

A short-lived Cabinet department which was concerned with controlling the excesses of big business. Later being split and the Secretary of Commerce and Labor splitting into two separate positions.
1906 · Gary, Indiana, Is Founded

Age 4

The town of Gary, Indiana, was founded by the United States Steel Corporation in 1906. The Gary Works steel mill was the largest integrated mill in North America. The city of Gary was named after Elbert Henry Gary who was the founding chairman of the United States Steel Corporation and American lawyer and county judge. Gary partnered with J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and Charles M. Schwab to found the United States Steel Corporation.
1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 21

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.

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)

  • Brooks Downey, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Brooks Downey in household of Martin A Downey, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Brooks Downey in household of Martin A Downey, "United States Census, 1920"

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