GEORGE W. DOWNS. The subject of this , history is a son of one of the earliest settlers of this county and Downs Township, his parents being Lawson and Sarah Downs. He was born Aug. 22, 1839, and was the second of a family of nine children, of whom the record is as follows: William M. is a resident of Hey worth; Francis M., born Jan. 16, 1844, died when eleven years of age; Peter J., born Aug. 1, 1845, died when three years of age; ...John D...; Henry L., born Aug. 11, 1849, died when a little more than one year old; Solomon F. was born June 28, 1851, and is clerking in a hardware store at Saybrook; Albert P., born Nov. 18, 1852, was married to Miss Mary R. Lemon, who died March 9, 1887; he is a resident of Downs Township; Alfred E., born Aug. 7, 1855, married Miss Ellen Miller, and is engaged in farming in Downs Township.
The present homestead of our subject, which lies on section 7, is the farm on which he was born. It now includes 175 acres of valuable land, finely improved. Mr. Downs was educated in the district schools of his native township, remaining under the home roof until the breaking out of the late war. He then enlisted as a Union soldier in Co. F, 94th Ill. Vol. Inf., and for a period of three years performed military duty in a brave and faithful man ner. His regiment participated in only a few active engagements, but among these was the battle at Prairie Grove, Ark., and the sieges at Vicksburg and Mobile. Young Downs escaped serious illness and wounds and was honorably discharged at Springfield on the 18th of August, 1865. Soon after his return home he was united in marriage with Miss Theodosia A. Myers, at the home of the bride's parents in Randolph Township, on the 16th of March, 1870.
Mrs. Downs is the daughter of H. A. and Lavina (Schecter) Myers, now of Randolph Township. She was born in Licking County, Ohio, Jan. 20, 1851, and came to Illinois with her parents in her girlhood. They located first in Bloomington Township, this county, whence they removed later to Old Town Township, and finally to Randolph Township, their present home. The education of Mrs. Downs, begun in the district school, was completed at Marshall College in this State. Of her union with our subject there were born nine children Sarah, Henry L., Belle, Lavina, Elmer E., Cloa, George Stanley, Walter J. and Mary. Mr. and Mrs. D. are members in good standing of the United Brethren Church, and our subject, politically, is a firm supporter of the Republican party. He has served his township as Collector, Highway Commissioner and in other important positions, and was elected Supervisor, April 15, 1887. Their homestead is pleasantly located and its inmates enjoy all the comforts and many of the luxuries of life, and are held in high esteem in their community as good neighbors and citizens.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill.: containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 215-16. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards