Dowling One Name Study

Dowling, John

Male 1831 - 1898  (67 years)


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  • Name Dowling, John  [1
    Birth 1825  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Birth 1830  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Born 1831  Ballaghboy, Laois, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Queen's County
    Gender Male 
    Census 3 Jun 1870  Taylorville, Christian, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Age: 40; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head: Head 
    Occupation 3 Jun 1870  Taylorville, Christian, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Works on Rail Roand 
    Residence 3 Jun 1870  Taylorville, Christian, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    43 Township Range 2 
    Occupation Bef 1880  Morgan, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Farmer 
    Occupation Bef 1880  Christian, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Farmer 
    Residence Bef 1880  Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence 1880  Decatur, Macon, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Census 8 Jun 1880  Decatur, Macon, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Age: 55; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head: Head 
    Race White  [2
    Occupation 8 Jun 1880  Decatur, Macon, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Labourer 
    Reference Number 25047 
    Residence 8 Jun 1880  Decatur, Macon, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    117 Stone Street 
    Died 26 Aug 1898  Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Age: 67
    Buried 31 Aug 1898  Decatur, Macon, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Service at St Patrick's Church
    Person ID I25047  Dowling-One-Name-Study
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2019 

    Father Dowling, Thomas,   b. Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. DECEASED 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother ,   b. Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. DECEASED 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F17588  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Mother ,   b. Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F17621  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family White, Mary Ann,   b. 1837, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1886, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Children 
     1. Dowling, Edward,   b. 1860, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 1933, Decatur, Macon, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  [natural]
     2. Dowling, John,   b. 14 Feb 1866, Macon, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1935, Peoria City, Peoria, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)  [natural]
     3. Dowling, James,   b. 1875, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. DECEASED  [natural]
     4. Dowling, Katie L,   b. 1856, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1932, Decatur, Macon, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  [natural]
     5. Dowling, Sarah Margarette,   b. 1862, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. DECEASED  [natural]
     6. Dowling, Mary,   b. 1864, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. DECEASED  [natural]
     7. Dowling, Hannah,   b. 1869, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. DECEASED  [natural]
     8. Dowling, ,   d. DECEASED  [natural]
     9. Dowling, ,   d. DECEASED  [natural]
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F17589  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 1825 - Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 1830 - Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Age: 40; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head: Head - 3 Jun 1870 - Taylorville, Christian, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Works on Rail Roand - 3 Jun 1870 - Taylorville, Christian, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 43 Township Range 2 - 3 Jun 1870 - Taylorville, Christian, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - Bef 1880 - Morgan, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - Bef 1880 - Christian, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Bef 1880 - Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1880 - Decatur, Macon, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Age: 55; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head: Head - 8 Jun 1880 - Decatur, Macon, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Labourer - 8 Jun 1880 - Decatur, Macon, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 117 Stone Street - 8 Jun 1880 - Decatur, Macon, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Aug 1898 - Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 31 Aug 1898 - Decatur, Macon, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1389] Decatur, Illinois, USA, Decatur Herald Despatch (print edition), gaildowling1 originally shared this on 9 March 2013.
      DEATH OF JOHN DOWLING - KILLED BY TRAIN AT SPRINGFIELD - Became Bewildered And Stopped Directly In Front of a Wabash Passenger Train - His Family Did Not Know Of His Death For Twenty-four Hours After It Had Occurred - Was Supposed To Be Safe At The Home Of His Daughter - The Funeral Today. - At Springfield on Friday morning John DOwling an old and well-known resident of Decatur was killed by a Wabash passenger train and by an odd combination of circumstances came near to being buried in the potter's field as an unknown. He had been visiting his daughters in Springfield and was on the way home from one to the home of the other when he met his death. Each supposing that their father was at the home of the other felt no uneasiness on his account and knew nothing of his death until about twenty-four hours after it had occurred. Mr. Dowling had been at the home of his daughter Mrs Leroy Ralphs short distance west of Springfield, and on Friday concluded to go to the city and visit his daughter Mrs M J Kennedy. It was while on his way to the home of the latter that he was killed. He was walking between the tracks when a passenger train from the west came up behind him. The engineer gave the whistle signals for the crossing and noticing that the man was dangerously near the track upon which the train was approaching, sounded another warning. Dowling looked back over his shoulder and immediately stepped onto the track which placed him into danger. The train was rounding the curve and the supposition now is that he was bewildered by that and had done what he thought would place him in safety. When the engineer first noticed the man the engine was only about three hundred feet away. A few seconds later he sounded the second whistle and when the unfortunate man stepped into the place of danger there was not time enough to do anything to prevent the accident. His body was tossed high into the air and death must have come to him instantly. The day was warm and the old gentleman when starting to walk the two miles intervening between the houses of his daughters took off his coat so that when his body was picked up there was nothing by which the remains would be identified. Mrs Kennedy did not know that her father was intending to come to the city that day and therefore naturally supposed that he was still at the home of Mrs Ralph and the latter had no reason to think he had not reached the home of Mrs Kennedy in safety. Early Saturday morning Leroy Ralph was at the home of Mrs Kennedy and asked about his father-in-law and learning that he had not appeared there at once suspected what afterward proved true, that the unknown man lying unidentified was his father-in-law. Last night the remains were brought to Decatur and taken to the home of his son Edward Dowling at 434 East Decatur street. The deceased was a native of Queen's county, Ireland, where he was born 67 years ago, and when a young man came to this country, first stopping at Jacksonville for a number of years he farmed in Morgan and Christian counties and about eighteen years ago came to Decatur, His wife died about twelve years ago and since that time he has made his home with his children, visiting first one and then the other, but Decatur was looked upon as his home. He is survived by three sons, Edward Dowling of Decatur, John Dowling of Peuria? and James Dowling of Chapaign. His three daughters are Mrs Leroy Ralph and Mrs M J Kennedy of Springfield and Mrs George Rambo of LaPlace? Mrs J Y? Holland is a sister-in-law and John and Humphrey White brothers-in-law of the deceased. The burial will occur today. The funeral service will be held at St Patrick's Catholic Church at 2 o'clock this afternoon."
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    2. [S998] 1880 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Year: 1880; Census Place: Decatur, Macon, Illinois; Roll: 229; Page: 404A; Enumeration District: 151.
      Record for John Dowling
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      Census-1880-USA-Dowling-John-02.jpg
      Year: 1880; Census Place: Decatur, Macon, Illinois; Roll: 229; Page: 404A; Enumeration District: 151


    3. [S966] 1870 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2009;), Year: 1870; Census Place: Township 13 Range 2, Christian, Illinois; Roll: M593_194; Page: 149B; Family History Library Film: 545693.
      Record for John Dowling
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      Census-1870-USA-Dowling-John-03.jpg
      Year: 1870; Census Place: Township 13 Range 2, Christian, Illinois; Roll: M593_194; Page: 149B; Family History Library Film: 545693