Obituary of Alexander Downie, 1830 – 1908
(Transcribed July 2004 from an old clipping of an unidentified Goodwine, Indiana newspaper)
Surnames: Downie, Gilmore, Lantz, Parks
Alexander Downie was born near Ayrshire, Scotland, 23 April 1830, his boyhood days being spent on a farm as a hired hand, he being left alone in the world at the age of nine years. In the spring of 1855, he came to America and in October 1855 he was united in marriage with Miss Catharine Parks, who preceded him from Scotland in 1854. They took up their residence in Woodford County, Illinois where they resided for a number of years. To this union eight children were born: Jennetta and James, who preceded their parents in death; Rosanna, now Mrs. Abraham Lantz; Thomas Bell Downie of Goodwine; Elizabeth Downie Gilmore, of Denham, Indiana; Charles, of North Judson; George, whose whereabouts are unknown; and Everal Sumner Downie of Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa. In 1874, the family moved to a section of wild prairie land in Ash Grove Township, Iroquois County, Illinois where they resided for twenty-five years, during which time the children all grew to adulthood and were married, except Everal. In 1899, Mr. & Mrs. Downie and son Everal moved to Van Buren County, Michigan where they purchased a farm and resided for a time. Mrs. Downie died in Bangor, Michigan and Alexander Downie and Everal moved to Liberty Township, Ringgold County, Iowa, where they resided for a number of years.
Alexander Downie was a man of rugged character and a jolly disposition and when he left Iroquois County did not have an enemy in it. He was kind and charitable in all his dealings and as honest as the day is long. His illness dated from January 1908 when he suffered a severe attack of the grip. He passed away peacefully fully believing that Jesus Christ was crucified for his sins. His daily prayer was that he might be prepared for the end when it came. The remains were brought to Goodwine where services were held and the body laid to rest in Amity Cemetery by kin.
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