Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

John D. Downing




John D. Downing was born in 1838 in Ohio. John's parents were probably Cephus and Margaret Fowler Downing. They lived in Rupett Township, Geuago County, Ohio. John was a widower in the Lakefield Township 1900 census.


The official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio states that John D. Downing enlisted in Company F, Ohio 105th Infantry Regiment on August 21, 1862 and he mustered out June 3, 1865 at Washington D.C.


The 1890 Veterans Schedule states that John D. Downing was a Private in the F Company 105th Regiment of the Ohio Infantry. He served 2 years 9 months and 19 days. Also, his brother Freeman Downing was mentioned and he served with F Company 7th Regiment of the Ohio Infantry.


The 1890 Badgero and Galloway Drain map of Lakefield Township shows that John Downing owned property in Section 10 on the S.E. Corner of Swan Creek and Fenmore Roads.


John D. Downing had a Chattel Mortgage with Peter Conlan on January 29, 1894, according to the Lakefield Township Records.


John D. Downing inscription on his tombstone states Company F 105th Infantry. John is buried in Lakefield Township Cemetery.




SOURCES: 1890 Veterans Schedule; 1890 Badgero and Galloway Drain Map; Lakefield Township Records; official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio; 1900 United States Census and Lakefield Township Cemetery.



Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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