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SMITH, John G.*
(1785-Bef 1871)
McLEMORE, Susan*
(Abt 1785-Between 1850/1855)
Deceased
SMITH, Daniel L.*
(1810-1881)
COWAN, Martha J.*
(1817-1899)

SMITH, Sophia Cowan*
(1851-1934)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. DOWNING, William Henry*

SMITH, Sophia Cowan*

  • Born: 27 Nov 1851, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States 807,808,846,869,870,3866,3867,3876,3877
  • Marriage (1): DOWNING, William Henry* on 24 Dec 1871 in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States 807,815,3309,3863
  • Died: 28 Apr 1934, Eastover Twp, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States 3308,3877
  • Buried: 29 Apr 1934, Cross Creek Cemetery, Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States 3308,3877

   Cause of her death was Apoplexy.3308

   Other names for Sophia were Sophie, DOWNING, Sophia,797,801,807,808,812,827,846,867,868,3308,3867,3876 DOWNING, Sophia Smith 3877 and SMITH, Sophia 835,867,869,870,3309,3312,3863,3864,3868.,3877

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  Birth Notes:

Born 27 Nov 1851, died 28 Apr 1934, according to Lenward Hair.
Parents names from William H Downing family Bible, as cited in family genealogy.

  Death Notes:

Died at parent's home.

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  Noted events in her life were:

1. Alt. Birth, 26 Nov 1852, North Carolina, United States. 3308



2. Census, 11 Jul 1860, Cumberland East, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 869
1) Daniel Smith, age 50, farmer, $2000 real estate, $2500 personal estate, born NC
2) Martha J. Smith, age 44, born NC
3) Malcom M. Smith, age 23, farmer, $200 personal estate, born NC
4) Anna M. Smith, age 21, born NC
5) Bunyan M. Smith, age 16, farm hand, born NC
6) Mary J. Smith, age 15, born NC
7) Wm H. Smith, age 13, born NC
8) Danl J. Smith, age 12, born NC
9) Sophia Smith, age 10, born NC
10) Sarah A. Smith, age 8, born NC
11) Martha C. Smith, age 6, born NC
12) Ellen Smith, age 1, born NC.



3. Census, 8 Aug 1870, Cedar Creek Twp, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 870
1) Smith, Danl J., age 60, farmer, $1500 real estate, $500 personal estate, born NC, on South Side of Plank Stage Road
2) Smith, Martha, age 50, keeping house, born NC
3) Smith, Haywood, age 24, farm hand, born NC
4) Smith, Daniel, age 21, farm hand, born NC
5) Smith, Sophia, age 18, at home, born NC
6) Smith, Sarah, age 16, at home, born NC
7) Smith, Martha, age 13, at home, born NC, cannot write
8) Smith, Ella, age 10, at home, born NC, cannot read or write.



4. Census, 15 Jun 1880, Cedar Creek Twp, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 846
1) Downing, Henry W., age 33, married, farmer, born NC, parents born NC
2) Downing, Sophia, age 28, wife, married, keeping house, born NC, parents born NC
3) Downing, Empie, age 8, son, attends school, born NC, parents born NC
4) Downing, Matena, age 7, daughter, born NC, parents born NC
5) Downing, Lella, age 6, daughter, born NC, parents born NC
6) Downing, Danill L., age 3, son, born NC, parents born NC
7) Downing, Susan G., age 1, daughter, born NC, parents born NC.



5. Property: Division of Father's Real Estate, 7 Mar 1889, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 868 Division of lands of Daniel L. Smith, dated 7 March 1889, based on a Cumberland County Superior Court ruling dated 6 Feb 1889. Lot No. 5 was alloted to Sophia Downing, wife of William H. Downing, 56 acres, valued at $32.50.



6. Census, 18 Jun 1900, Geddies Gin Precinct, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 807
1) Downing, William H., head of household, age 53, married for 28 years, born NC, parents born NC, farmer, owns his farm free
2) Downing, Sophia, wife, age 48, married for 28 years, 10 children, 9 living, born NC, parents born NC
3) Downing, Tera, daughter, age 25, single, born NC, parents born NC
4) Downing, Lella, daughter, age 24, single, born NC, parents born NC
5) Downing, Daniel L., son, age 23, single, born NC, parents born NC, at college 10 months
6) Downing, Susan G., daughter, age 21, single, born NC, parents born NC, at school 10 months
7) Downing, Cleta, daughter, age 16, born NC, parents born NC, at school 9 months
8) Downing, Ethel, daughter, age 12, born NC, parents born NC, at school 9 months
9) Downing, Latta, son, age 12, born NC, parents born NC, at school 9 months
10) Downing, Burline, daughter, age 7, born NC, parents born NC, at school 2 months.

7. Property, 29 Apr 1901, Bladen County, North Carolina, United States. W H Downing and wife Sophia of Cumberland Co sold 74 acres to John W Downing of Bladen Co for $75. Land in Bladen Co on W side of Turnbull, being the land assigned to W H Downing in the division of the lands of G W Downing, deceased, bordering Bloody Branch. (Bladen Co Deed book 43, p439)



8. Census, 20 Apr 1910, Flea Hill Twp, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 808
1) Downing, William H., head of household, age 62, married for 1st time for 40 years, born NC, parents born NC, general farmer, owns his farm on the Clinton Road free, veteran of Confederate army
2) Downing, Sophia, wife, age 58, married for 1st time for 40 years, 10 children, 8 living, born NC, parents born NC, no occupation
3) Downing, Henry L., son, age 21, single, born NC, parents born NC, general farmer
4) Downing, Berlin, daughter, age 18, born NC, parents born NC, attending school, no occupation.



9. Census, 13 Jan 1920, Flea Hill Twp, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 3867
1) Downing, William H., head of household, owns his farm, age 73, married, can read and write, born NC, parents born NC, general farmer
2) Downing, Sophia, wife, age 68, married, can read and write, born NC, parents born NC, no occupation
3) Downing, Henry L., son, age 32, single, can read and write, born NC, parents born NC, general farmer.

10. Appearance in Document, 25 Mar 1922, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. Will of W H Downing mentions wife Sophia Downing ($5000). (Cumberland Co Will Book J, p359)



11. Census, 7 Apr 1930, Eastover Twp, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 3876
1) Downing, Latimer, head of household, owns farm on Downing Road, $8000 home value, age 42, single, born NC, parents born NC, farm manager, veteran of World War
2) Downing, Sophia, mother, age 78, widow, first married at age 21, born NC, parents born NC, no occupation.



12. Will, 6 Jan 1932, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 801 Will of Sophia Downing of Cumberland County, NC, includes the following:
Identifies her as widow of W. H. Downing.
Specifies that all real estate be sold to convert it into personal property.
All personal property or as much as necessary be paid to sons E. M. Downing and H. L. Downing, the amount equal to the balance due on a node made to Dr. L. G. Hair by son D. L. Downing, and that amount then paid to Dr. L. G. Hair.
If anything remains, it is to be paid, or as much as necessary, to daughter Mrs. Lella Downing Haywood and son H. L. Downing, to equal the balance due them on the amount they were willed by W. H. Downing's will.
If anything remains, divide it equally among her children that are then living, and the grandchildren whose parents are not living, the grandchildren to have the shre which their deceased parent would have received.
She desires that son H. L. Downing be relieved of the payment of mortgages that Sophia holds against him with the date Jan 6 1932.
Appoints son E. M. Downing as executor.
Signed 6 Jan 1932.

13. Property, 1932, Cross Creek Twp, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. Cancelled deed of trust from Sophie Downing to D G Downing, trustee, 2 Ts, Cross Creek Twp. (Cumberland Co deed book 363, page 148)

14. Property, 1932, Eastover Twp, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. Mortgage from [son] H L Downing to Sophia Downing, 215 acres, Eastover Twp. (Cumberland Co deed book 359, page 244)

15. Property, 1932, Eastover Twp, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. D L Downing, trustee of Sophie and W H Downing, to Henry Atkinson et al, 303.3 acres, Eastover. (Cumberland Co deed book 375, page 479)

16. Religion: Baptist.

17. Story. Lenward Hair believes that the push in the family for education and culture probably came from Sophie, not from Henry. Henry was trying to put each child on a farm, not get them educated. After all, he did pretty well without an education. Gladys Haywood Lindley agrees. She says for a while Sophie had a house in Fayetteville where she stayed during the week with the children while they went to school, then they would all go back to the farm on the weekends.

18. Story. Sophie was quiet and dignified, with beautiful hair, according to Gladys Haywood Lindley.


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Sophia married William Henry* DOWNING, son of George Washington* DOWNING and Susan Ann* SMITH, on 24 Dec 1871 in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States 807,815,3309.,3863 (William Henry* DOWNING was born on 4 May 1847 in Bladen County, North Carolina, United States,762,763,785,807,808,813,846,3392,3865,3866,3867 died on 22 Aug 1927 in Flea Hill Twp, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States 813,3392,3865,3866 and was buried on 23 Aug 1927 in Cross Creek Cemetery, Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States 3392,3865.). The cause of his death was Cerebral Paralysis.3308

  Noted events in their marriage were:



1. Marriage, 24 Dec 1871, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 3309 Marriage License for William H. Downing, son of G. W. and Susan A. Downing, and Sophia Smith, daughter of D. L. & Martha J. Smith, dated 23 Dec 1971. Marriage performed 24 Dec 1871.

2. Marriage, 24 Dec 1871, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 3863 William Henry Downing married Sophia Smith.

3. Marriage, 24 Dec 1871, Cedar Creek, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 3312 William H. Downing, son of G. W. Downing and Susan A. Downing, married Sophia Smith, daughter of Daniel S. Smith and Martha J. Smith.

4. Story, 24 Dec 1871. 815 William Henry Downing married Sophia Cowan Smith at her parents home.

5. Story. Sophie lived on Black (or maybe South) River. Henry said he would throw himself into the river if she didn't marry him. She said not to do that, but to let her think about it. 2 yrs later they got married. Sophie had a reputation for thinking things through carefully, while Henry was more impulsive. Perhaps Sophie had more education. (according to Lenward Hair)

6. Alt. Marriage Date, 12 Dec 1872. 3866 Marriage date 12-12-1872 from William H Downing family Bible, as cited in family genealogy.




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