James Downing (1912 - 1969)

A photo of James Downing
James Downing
1912 - 1969
updated February 06, 2019
James Downing was born on November 9, 1912. He died in November 1969 at age 56.


James Downing Biography

With today's technology we are able to write and share our own history which lasts forever online. Our ancestors never had a chance to document their lives. This biography is dedicated to memorialize the life of James Downing, honor his ancestry & genealogy, and his immediate Downing family.

Most Commonly Known Name

James Downing

First name


Middle name


Last Name(s)

Nickname(s) or aliases




James Downing was born on


James Downing died in

Cause of death

There is no cause of death listed for James.

Burial / Funeral

Do you know the final resting place - gravesite in a cemetery or location of cremation - of James Downing?



Ethnicity & Lineage

What is James's ethnicity and where did his parents, grandparents & great-grandparents come from?

Nationality & Locations Lived



Unknown. Was James a religious man?

Last Known Residence

Unknown. Did James move a lot? Where was his last known location?


Did James finish grade school, get a GED, go to high school, get a college degree or masters? What schools or universities did James attend?


Share what James did for a living or if he had a career or profession.

Personal Life & Organizations

Share some highlights of James's personal life & organizations in which they participated.

Military Service

Did James serve in the military or did a war or conflict interfere with his life?

Average Age

Life Expectancy

Looking for a different James Downing?
View other bios of people named James Downings
Back to Top

James Downing Family Tree

James's immediate relatives including parents, siblings, partnerships and children in the Downing family tree.

James's Family

Add a parent
Add a parent
James Downing
Add a partner
Add a child
Add a partner
Add a child
Add a sibling


Click to add friends & family.

Share Memories about James

What do you remember about James Downing? Share your memories of special moments and stories you have heard about him. Or just leave a comment to show the world that James is remembered.

James Downing Obituary

This obit of James Downing is maintained by James's followers. Contribute to her obituary and include details such as cemetery, burial, newspaper obituary and grave or marker inscription if available.

James Downing died in November 1969 at 56 years of age. He was born on November 9, 1912. There is no information about James's surviving family.
Followers & Sources
Other Records of James Downing

1912 - 1969 World Events

Refresh this page to see various historical events that occurred during James's lifetime

In 1912, in the year that James Downing was born, the Girl Scouts of the USA was started by Juliette Gordon Low with the help of Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Boy Scouts in Great Britain. She said after a meeting with Baden-Powell, "I've got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we're going to start it tonight!" And she did.

In 1928, he was 16 years old when Mickie Mouse was born! He first appeared in Disney's Steamboat Willie, along with Minnie. Although they were in two previous shorts, this was the first to be distributed. Steamboat Willie took advantage of the new technology and was a "talkie" - music was coordinated with the animation. It became the most popular cartoon of its day.

In 1949, James was 37 years old when on January 25th, the first Emmy Awards (for television) were handed out in Los Angeles. Shirley Dinsdale won for the Most Outstanding Television Personality and Pantomime Quiz Time earned an Emmy for the Most Popular Television Program.

In 1958, he was 46 years old when on January 1st, the European Economic Community (Common Market) came into operation. The first members were France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. The Common Market was formed as a way to strengthen members' economies and deter wars in Europe.

In 1969, in the year of James Downing's passing, on July 20th, the first men walked on the moon. Apollo 11 astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. both walked on the moon but it was Armstrong who first stepped on the moon. They fulfilled the promise of President Kennedy's commitment in 1961 to put a man on the moon before the end of the decade.

Other Biographies

Other James Downings

James Thomas Downing
around 1889 - Oct 4, 1916
James Francis Downing
around 1886 - Jan 19, 1917
James Ernest Downing
around 1898 - Nov 1, 1914
James Alphonse Downing
around 1902 - Aug 10, 1943
James Downing
Died: Jul 29, 1944
James Downing
around 1896 - Aug 17, 1917
James Downing
around 1884 - Sep 3, 1916
James Jr Downing
Born: around 1926
Ohio, United States
James R Downing
Born: around 1927
Indiana, United States
James E Downing
Born: around 1925
North Carolina, United States
James J Downing
Born: around 1926
Pennsylvania, United States
James T Downing
Born: around 1919
California, United States
James M Downing
Born: around 1918
Oregon, United States
James E Jr Downing
Born: around 1919
California, United States
James W Downing
Born: around 1898
California, United States
James C Downing
Born: around 1924
California, United States
James C Jr Downing
Born: around 1925
Oklahoma, United States
James R Downing
Born: around 1920
Texas, United States
James P Downing
Born: around 1916
Missouri, United States
James D Downing
Born: around 1925
Missouri, United States

Other Downings

Mary J Downing
Jul 27, 1922 - Dec 22, 2003
Oceanside, CA
Myrtle Downing
Jul 15, 1905 - Nov 20, 1996
La Valle, WI
Alvin A Downing
Sep 9, 1939 - Aug 5, 2000
Ontario, WI
James Downing
Feb 25, 1920 - Apr 27, 1992
Barbara A Downing
Feb 17, 1946 - May 4, 2004
Danny Downing
Mar 17, 1950 - May 16, 2010
Robert C Downing
Jan 14, 1952 - Feb 4, 1988
Helen Downing
Jan 21, 1884 - May 1983
Elkhorn, Wisconsin
Max D Downing
Apr 6, 1919 - Feb 16, 2008
Ontario, WI
Clyde M Downing
Dec 20, 1913 - Mar 15, 1991
Rose Downing
Jul 4, 1898 - November 1981
Madison, Wisconsin
Milda E Downing
Aug 21, 1927 - Sep 19, 2003
Tucson, AZ
Robert A Downing
Jan 6, 1929 - May 4, 2009
Chicago, IL
Ernest Downing
Nov 6, 1934 - Mar 31, 2007
Janesville, WI
J M Downing
Aug 13, 1937 - Jan 15, 1989
Larry A Downing
Oct 26, 1936 - Apr 14, 2008
Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Richard Downing
Aug 12, 1945 - June 1978
Robert J Downing
Jan 12, 1950 - Dec 1, 1998
Hartland, WI
Maude Downing
Oct 4, 1883 - May 1977
Amberg, Wisconsin
John L Downing
Jul 11, 1904 - Mar 28, 1998
Amberg, WI

Other Bios

Amanda Blumer
Nov 11, 1911 - Mar 5, 2002
Tucson, AZ
Andrew Dyer
Nov 10, 1901 - January 1983
Madison, Wisconsin
John Fink
Jul 1, 1906 - March 1982
Beloit, Wisconsin
Glen J Lokken
Jul 17, 1919 - Jun 26, 1990
Ora Orvis
Oct 16, 1906 - August 1983
Rockford, Illinois
Jeanne L Hunter
May 1, 1914 - April 1996
Birmingham, AL
Irvin G Fleischman
Apr 4, 1922 - Mar 18, 1992
James Graebner
Sep 28, 1901 - November 1976
Verona, Wisconsin
Glen W Harper
Feb 21, 1914 - Jun 18, 1991
Tressie Hughes
Aug 23, 1900 - June 1974
Madison, Wisconsin
Martha G Johnson
Jan 21, 1917 - Feb 27, 2005
Madison, WI
Frances I Lenz
Jun 4, 1906 - Oct 11, 1998
Freeport, IL
Clarence E North
May 10, 1919 - Mar 26, 2003
Phoenix, AZ
William Oas
Oct 24, 1896 - September 1972
Crete, Illinois
Ethel Belisle
Aug 30, 1919 - Apr 13, 1995
Verona, WI
Ann E Olsen
Mar 2, 1921 - Jul 19, 1992
Tucson, AZ
Ernest Sturzenegger
Mar 11, 1893 - March 1963
Rolf Schladitz
Jun 11, 1915 - July 1973
Hjalmer M Sanders
Jan 12, 1921 - Feb 26, 2007
Madison, WI
Walter Flock
Oct 31, 1910 - January 1981
Madison, Wisconsin
Success Stories from Biographies like James Downing
I have to tell you a VERY special story about how AncientFaces helped to reunite our family. For 13 years, I have been searching for my grandmother's missing sister. She just disappeared from the family in the 1930s without a trace. No one ever knew where or when she died or where she was buried. My years of searching have just run into dead ends, so I had given up. Today, out-of-the-blue, a young lady called me and said that she had seen a photograph on AncientFaces and one of the women in the photo was her grandmother! Little did I know that she had left a small child behind when she died so young of TB. You can imagine our shock and excitement at finding each other and a whole new family that we never knew existed. We only live one state away from each other and very soon plan to have all family members meet to share our sides of "the story" and of course, many, many more picturesl AncientFaces...... without you, this family may never have been complete and Aunt Grace would have been lost to us forever. I hope you realize what a valuable service you provide and how grateful we are to have found you. Thank you!!!! -Lynda B.
I never knew my biological family. My family is my mother and father who raised me. But, as I got older I got curious about my heritage. It took me years of investigation to finally discover my parents’ names. Well, I get goosebumps just writing this, I have found my biological family because of AncientFaces. Yes!! I did a search for my [parents' names] and was shocked to find a photo of them on AncientFaces! I cannot tell you the feeling that came over me when I saw this photo - to see the faces of my biological parents…JUST LIKE THAT. I left a comment on the photo and you won’t believe this - the owner of the photo is MY SISTER!!! Yes, I have a LITTLE sister! It turns out my parents were too young when they had me and had to give me up. My little sister knew I existed and wanted to find me but had no way of doing it. Thanks to you I am meeting my little sister for the first time next month. GOD BLESS YOU ANCIENTFACES. -Anonymous
We have found our missing relative entirely thanks to AncientFaces. We have received a much clearer photo of Captain Grant from his Son. The picture we on AncientFaces is an old yellowed newspaper photo. I am attaching the new photo and ask that you take the old one out and put the new clear picture in its place. With our Canadian Remembrance Day here in 2 days - the timing could not be better. Thank You, AncientFaces. My long lost Aunt is now 86 years old and her Son and I are talking by phone and e-mails. Captain Grant was his Father and died in France in 1944 and is buried there. By posting pictures of the visit to his gravesite - we connected through one of his brothers. Amazing that our prayers have been answered. Thank you -Beth B.
I came home for lunch yesterday and decided to look at my email before going back to work. The weekly newsletter that I subscribe to from the Logan Family History Center had this message in it about AncientFaces. I clicked on the link and the first search I did was for Woodruff, and Mamie was the first picture that came up. I could hardly stand it. I was late getting back to work. I had to add comments and write to you. Thank you for noticing her in the store and for the website. I can't help but wonder how many other family pictures may have ended up in that store and why. I also can't help but feel that it was meant to be and that there is a purpose that this picture is coming home as you say. What are the chances of this all just happening? It's amazing that you even picked it up at the store and then went to all the extra effort to post it. It makes me feel as though you have been my friend forever. It certainly has given me a connection to you, and I have a love for what you do. I just can't tell you how excited I am. I can't even hold it in. -Cathy K., Utah
I have previously submitted several pictures of my grandfather August Zemidat. I have tried for many years to find anyone with that name, and I have searched many genealogy web sites to no avail. Recently I was contacted by someone who saw my pictures on AncientFaces who may well be a cousin. She also provided me with information that seems to indicate her grandparents were my grandfather’s siblings. Considering the many years I have been searching for the name Zemidat, I find this is absolutely amazing that I have finally found a family member. Thank you AncientFaces -Ron D.
I love AncientFaces, a while back I saw that you had labeled Garcia surname pictures. At the time I didn’t have all my family facts for my research. Anyway, I wandered into your site just to check it out AND NOW 1 YEAR LATER I received a picture from an 87 year old aunt and guess what you had this very same picture on your site!! (They were my great aunts and my great-grandmother!). Thank you… -Angela M.
I have loved AncientFaces since I first found it, it's the first thing I check when I turn on the computer. There was a time when even in the most modest households there were three cherished possessions, a family Bible. a family album and a fancy lamp. It was usual for the family to gather in the parlour, generally on Sunday and talk, tell stories of family and friends with the photos in the albums as illustration. Sadly in our modern electronic age we have fallen away from the oral tradition and interest in history has waned. I was quite shocked on the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic to see so many comments from younger people who were surprised to learn that the Titanic wasn't just a movie. This is why AncientFaces is so important, to me it's the electronic age version of the oral tradition on a global scale and the sheer volume of people who follow, comment and contribute seems to prove the point. We are all grateful to you all for providing us with this wonderful site. - Arba M.