Stark County, Ohio
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Capt. James Downing
Waynesburg, O., Dec. 15, ae. 72. He was born in Brook Co., Va., in 1786. He emigrated to Stark Co. in 1805, and erected the first house in Sandy township. He hewed the logs himself, and went to Gaddenhutten and near Pekin to get white men to commence, and then procured Indians to assist in raising the logs. He also put out a crop of corn the same year. The year following his father and brothers removed from Virginia to Sandy township, where he has made his permanent home until about one year ago, when he took up his abode with his sister, Mrs. Thompson. In the war of 1812 Mr. D. entered the army as a volunteer, was elected captain, and served on the northern frontier until he was honorably discharged.
[Source: "Annual Obituary Notices of Eminent Persons who have died in the United States for 1858" by Hon. Nathan Crosby; John P. Jewett and Co., pub. 1859.]


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