Mary Elizabeth Smith1,2,3

#3943, (1747 - 15 May 1835)
Relationship3rd great-grandmother of William David Lewis


Josiah Downen b. c 1750, d. c 1801
Children 1.Job Downen Sr+4,9 (bt 1765 - 1768 - 1842)
 2.Hannah Downen+4,9 (c 1770 - )
 3.William N Downen+4,9 (bt 1770 - 1775 - c 1850)
 4.Timothy Downen+10 (c 1777 - 1828)
 5.Josiah Downen Jr+4,9 (1780 - 1845)
 6.Patsy "Martha" Downen+11,9 (c 1784 - c 1855)
 7.Elizabeth Downen+12 (c 1784 - )
 8.Polly Downen+12 (c 1784 - )
 9.David Downen+4,9 (1789 - c 1837)
Her married name was Downen. 
Birth*1747She was born in 1747 at Anderson Co., South CarolinaG.4 
Marriage*She married Josiah Downen.1,2 
1790She and Josiah Downen appeared on the census of 1790 at Pendleton Co., South CarolinaG.5 
between 1794 and 1799She and Josiah Downen removed to Logan (later Christian, now Muhlenberg) Co., KentuckyG, between 1794 and 1799 Kentucky (but see the land survey for their son Job in 1796.)6,7 
Death*15 May 1835She died on 15 May 1835 at Posey Co., IndianaG.8 
ChartsAncestors of William D. Lewis


  1. [S477] Downen Book, Alexandrian Library, Mount Vernon, online, Josiah Downen marr. Mary Elizabeth Smith before 1780 (no citation given). Hereinafter cited as Downen Book.
  2. [S2089] "Early Downen History, 2nd Edition", 1972, Elizabeth Myers (Carmi, Illinois), to Mrs. Eben F Pinkham (Exater, California), p. 1. About 1763, Josiah Downen marr. "Mary (Smith?)"; Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  3. [S627] Blanche Moye Cook, History of the Downen Family, 1777-1970 (Illinois: Alice Roberta Bradley, typist, 1974), gives her name as Mary only; on p. 3 notes that Josiah Downen's purchase of 31 acres in 1791 included lands bordering those of Job Smith.
  4. [S2089] Elizabeth Myers, "Early Downen History", p. 1.
  5. [S268] 1790 U.S. Federal Census, image viewed online or Josiah (16+); Mary (F); M (16+) [Job or William]; 3 m (<16) [Josiah, Timothy, David]; 3 f [Elizabeth, Patsy and Hannah or Polly].
  6. [S627] Blanche Moye Cook, History of the Downen Family, p. 3. This account notes that Josiah Downen received a land grant in SC in 1791 and was on the tax lists for Muhlenberg Co. KY in 1799 (as were his sons William and Job).
  7. [S2090] Logan County, Kentucky, Land Surveys 1796-1824, DGS 7838118, FHL Film 2135001, online, Real estate survey for Job Downing (1796), q.v.
  8. [S627] Blanche Moye Cook, History of the Downen Family, following p. 6. Image of page from the Downen Family Bible: Timothy Downen Senior, d. 28 Dec 1828. Mary Downen his mother d. 15 May 1835, age 88. Job Downen her son d. 30 Oct 1842. All deaths prob. in Posey Co. IN.
  9. [S627] Blanche Moye Cook, History of the Downen Family, pp. 9-16b.
  10. [S477] Downen Book, online, Timothy Downen Sr, b. 96th Dist., Pendleton Co. SC, 1777, d. Posey Co. IN 28 Dec 1828. Fought in the Battle of Tippecanoe 1812; marr. Jane Brice, b. SC 18 Sep 1782, d. 9 Jun 1852. Citing History of Wadesville, Posey Co, Indiana (1977).
  11. [S2089] Elizabeth Myers, "Early Downen History", p. 2. Patsy Downen, "putative," b. ca. 1788. "Compiler finds a marriage in Muhlenberg Co Ky April 1806 for a Patsy Downen to Thompson Price."
  12. [S2089] Elizabeth Myers, "Early Downen History", p. 1. Elizabeth Downen and Polly Downen (putative). "Two marriages occur in Muhlenberg Co Ky in 1803, one concerning Polly Downe to John Lacy and another an Elizabeth Downen to James Colvin (aka Calvin). Compiler merely suggest these are [twin] daughters of Josiah ."