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Interview them at the earliest opportunity. Document their irreplaceable "Library" of knowledge concerning your family history.    Just do it!    Don't look back some day, having thought you had all the time in the world, only to realize you didn't...
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As our elders grow older, we must encourage them to again tell the old old stories that make us laugh until tears run, or cry sweet tears of remembrance. The voices that tell stories today are echoes of our loved ones who have come and gone before us.
We must strive to document and tell the life-stories that will mean so much to our descendants. Write your history, including life events that may seem trivial to you now, but will be a priceless treasure to your loved ones. Save, protect and share these stories with your family.
"The bitterest tears that are shed in graveyards
are over words left unsaid and deeds left undone".
"Why waste your money looking up your family tree?
Just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you!" -- Mark Twain

Greetings Kinfolks and Guests

I have been pursuing my kin since 1987 and my searches have sometimes been successful and sometimes dead-ends. Most of my ancestors are from the Carolinas, Mississippi and Texas. It is nice to get new leads to those pesky ancestors that "hide" so well from our pursuits. I am a retired Army Master Sergeant and also retired from Civil Service. Although Betty passed away in June, 2005, I still hope to go on some of those ancestor hunts. Good luck to you in your searches...
Happy Hunting!
Betty & James Henry Downing
Betty & James Henry Downing
"We are but the sum of our ancestors...", Ralph Waldo Emerson

James Henry Downing
James Henry Downing

My Grandfather was born in Itawamba county Mississippi in 1836. We share the same name and the odd fact that he is 107 years older than me. He was 67 years old when my father was born in 1903, and my father was 40 years old when I was born in 1943. All this without the modern miracle of Viagra. He left Mississippi for Texas and settled in the Sulphur Springs area. Finding information on his father, Pleasant Blackwell Downing and his Ancestors, have proved to be frustrating at times. Hope some visitors to this site will produce some leads to these old codgers.

"May you never forget what is worth remembering,
Or remember what is best forgotten" -- Old Irish Blessing

My mom and dad, Addie Leila Carroll and Henry Young Downing, are passed on now. However I would like to give tribute to them. In hard times, they raised five sons from boys to men, giving unending support every step of the way. Each son served in the military, and four sons made a career of, and retired from military service. During this time, mom and dad had to say many goodbyes, as their sons came and went on their military travels. Long separations were common. Goodbyes were tough - I was always fine until mom started crying. I miss her right now. Thanks again mom and dad, for "holding my hand" all those years. I'm sure J.D., Virgil, Ray and Kenneth thank you both too. The bittersweet memories are so precious...

Henry and Addie Downing
Henry and Addie Downing
A friend once told me - "My Mother paid a Genealogist $500.00 to research her family tree... then, had to pay $1,500.00 to keep it quiet!"
Freedom flies in your heart like an eagle.
Let it soar with the winds high above
Among the spirits of soldiers now sleeping,
Guard it with care and with love.

And if the moment of truth comes tomorrow,
I'll be free, or By God, I'll be dead! -- Audie Murphy

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~ Heritage ~

The Downing and Carroll ancestors came to America from the British Isles - Scotland and Ireland. John Carroll was born in Scotland in 1667 and migrated to County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. His son, Joseph Carroll was born in 1699 and came to America in 1729. He settled in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Joseph's father, John, had been awarded a Land Grant in the American Colonies from his service in the Army of William, Prince of Orange. John's Land Grant passed to Joseph and in 1750 he migrated with his family to York District, South Carolina, where he claimed land on the Little Catawba River near Bullocks Creek. Joseph provided supplies to the Revolutionary Army, and had sons, John, Thomas, Samuel and Joseph Elias, that fought in the Army of General Sumter during the American Revolution - 1779, 1780 and 1781.

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Da Boys - James, Kenneth, Ray, Virgil & J.D.
Da Boys - James, Kenneth, Ray, Virgil & J.D. Downing
Sons of Henry and Addie (Carroll) Downing

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Kudos & Warm Fuzzies From Visitors...

  • Damon Carroll Jr. - Hi: Just wanted to tip my hat to you on an excellent genealogy web page.
  • Dennis L Carroll - Excellent web page, The best I have seen. Thanks for all the info. And the entertainment it was beautiful.
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  • Brenda - This is not my line but I couldn't leave without telling you what a great job you did in setting up this page. It is great.
  • David O'Carroll, Leeds, UK. Website: O'Carroll Family History. Enjoyed the page.
  • Sylvia Carroll Johnson, Georgia (originally Florida) - Excellent Web Site! Info and links are out of this world. You need to teach others how to do it so well.
  • Melissa Zehner, Mundelein, IL - My grandmother recently passed a way and was, ironically, named Betty Downing this web page helped me try and find some of her family members and was a great way to cope with her death. Thanks so very much. Melissa Zehner
  • Johnnie Nicholosi, Houston, Texas - James, I had no idea you were so talented! I never would have paid for our upcoming business web page if I had known how smart you were. I could have just paid you! It was great and I really enjoyed it. The music too. Love to you and Betty.
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  • Don Raney - Hi Cousin, Good job on your Home Page.
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  • Julie Peterson - What a fantastic homepage you've made!! I was very impressed.
  • Lillian Stolarski Carroll - My reason for writing to you, is to tell just how impressive your site is. You have done some very extensive work on your family and your site, I wanted to tell you that it was very interesting and very much appreciated. Thank You.
  • Mary Hancock - You have an awesome web site, extremely well set up to find an ancestor. The pictures add that personal touch. Good luck!
  • Rayna Januska - I just wanted to drop you a little note to tell you how great I think your site is :-) The bit on your page about your parents brought tears to my eyes! There is something special about having all boys! Again....GREAT site!

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