Louesa DOWNS

Louesa DOWNS

Female 1823 - 1863  (40 years)

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  • Name Louesa DOWNS  [1, 2
    Born 25 Sep 1823  Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Census 27 Aug 1850  St. Louis County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • 1850 Census - 82nd District, St. Louis County, Missouri
      Series: M432 Roll: 414 Page: 472
    Burial Oct 1863  Florissant, St. Louis County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Cold Water Cemetery, Florissant, St. Louis County, Missouri
    Reference Number 47 
    _UID 00D22CF490DD439685B4CA4FBD1B6E4616FF 
    Buried Oct 1863  Florissant, St. Louis County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 11 Oct 1863  St. Louis County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1354  Clan Home Genealogy
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2016 

    Married 18 Nov 1841  [5
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2016 
    Family ID F525  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Sep 1823 - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - Tombstone - Oct 1863 - Florissant, St. Louis County, Missouri Link to Google Earth
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    Coldwater Cemetery - St. Louis County, MO

  • Notes 
    • SOURCE: Carrico Generations, by an unknown researcher, on file at the Missouri Historical Society, copy in possession of Dan H. Devaney. Name, birth dates, marriage date plus names of children and their birth dates.
      Name is spelled Louise Downs.

      SOURCE: "A Stroll Through Coldwater Cemetery" by the Webster Groves DAR. name is spelled as Louesa. Names of children and her birth place is given.

      TOMBSTONE: Louesa, wife of W. Carrico, died Oct 11, 1863, aged 40 years (verse on the stone is illegible).


      William L. Thomas; History of St. Louis County Missouri; Vol. II; published by S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.; 1911; pp 303-4.

      James M. Thompson

      One of the older residents of St. Ferdinand township, who has the additional distinction of having been a member of the board of school directors in his district for over forty years, is James Thompson, who for nearly half a century has been running a threshing machine in St. Louis County. He is a Scotchman, his birth having occurred in Glasgow in 1843. His parents were Robert and Margaret Thompson, the father having passed away in the land of his nativity in 1847. The mother, accompanied by three sons and one daughter, emigrated to the United States in 1845, coming directly to St. Louis. Her death occurred six years later in Belleville, Illinois.
      James Thompson, who was only a young child when his mother brought him to America, was left an orphan when he was eight. He remained in St. Louis, in whose public schools he acquired the greater portion of his education, until he was ten. At that time he was taken by a farmer, Stokes Thorp, who was also a dealer in hides and furs on the corner of Commercial alley and Walnut Street. He remained a member of Mr. Thorp's household for five years, at the end of which time he went to an uncle in Stillwater, Minnesota. There he applied himself to learning the machinists' trade and stationary engineering for two years. Returning to St. Louis in 1860 he entered the employment of another uncle, who was a lithographer, but not liking the work he remained there but a brief period and then went to the country. During the succeeding two years he worked as a farm hand, and while in the field one day he was placed under arrest by an officer of the Missouri militia, on the charge of being a southern sympathizer. Despite his denials he was imprisoned for two months, at the end of which time he was found not guilty and discharged. During the next five years he worked at various occupations, all of them along agricultural lines, however. In 1877 his wife fell heir to forty-seven acres of land, which forms the nucleus of his present homestead. He has since extended the boundaries of the farm by the addition of another tract of sixty acres, making the aggregate of his holdings one hundred and seven acres. Three years ago Mr. Thompson had the misfortune to lose seventy acres of his land, through the Missouri river changing its course. Before acquiring his homestead he began running a threshing machine, being among the first to engage in that activity in the county. The competition is now very keen but he still retains his old customers and has all that he can do during the entire season, as he has a well established reputation for reliability and is known to thoroughly understand his business. Most gratifying success has rewarded the labors of Mr. Thompson, who has acquired enough of this world's goods to retire and live in ease during the remainder of his life, but one possessed of his energy, who has always led an active life cannot readily form habits of idleness, and he asserts that he will continue to operate his farm and run his threshing machine until he dies. This contingency seems a remote possibility, notwithstanding Mr. Thompson's sixty-eight years, in view of the remarkable energy he yet displays.
      On the 2d of July, 1849, occurred the birth of Margaret Carrico, who twenty years later became the wife of James Thompson. Her parents, Walter and Louisa (Downs) Carrico, owned the farm adjoining the homestead of Mr. Thompson, and there they passed away in the 60's. By the union of Mr. and Mrs. Thompson there were born ten children, two of whom are now deceased. those surviving being as follows: Eveline, born on the 5th of December, 1870, is the wife of Julius Warren, an engineer for the Portland Cement Works; Margaret L., born on the 2d of November, 1872, is the wife of John Patterson, a farmer; Amanda V., born on the 13th of November, 1874, is the wife of Otto Harder; Gilbert, born on the 10th of April, 1877, married Grace Pritchard; Silas H., born on the 22d of January, 1882, married Betty Hume; Sarah A., born on the 10th of September, 1885, became the wife of Horace Wagner; and Aurelia, born on the 30th of July, 1887, and Elmer L., whose birth occurred on the 18th of December, 1889, are both unmarried and continue to reside with their parents.
      The church affiliation of the family is with the Salem Baptist of Florissant, and Mr. Thompson votes with the democratic party. He has never aspired to public honors nor sought any official position save that of school director, the duties of which he has discharged in a manner highly creditable to himself and constituency, as is attested by his unparalleled period of service in the district. He is one of those whose success is doubly commendable owing to the fact that he was left an orphan when still very young, the direction of his future being practically entirely in his own hands from the age of ten. That he has made the best of every opportunity is evidenced by the position he holds in the community where he has resided for over fifty years, and whose citizens accord him the respect and esteem ever shown to an upright, high-principled man.

      William L. Thomas; History of St. Louis County Missouri; Vol. II; published by S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.; 1911; pp 463-4.


      The Carrico family are among the oldest residents of St. Louis county, having first located here about one hundred years ago. Walter Scott Carrico, who represents the fourth generation, was born in this county in the vicinity of Black Jack, on the 25th of September, 1847. He is a son of Walter and Louise (Downs) Carrico, the birth of the former having occurred in this county in 1819. The paternal grandfather, David Carrico, migrated to St. Louis county with his father, a native of France, whence he emigrated to America, locating in Baltimore, Maryland. He was a veteran of the Revolutionary war, after the close of which he removed to Kentucky, coming from there to Missouri. A miller by trade, he first located in .\\lonroe county, this state, where his death occurred some time later as the result of an accident, a barrel of flour having fallen on him. David Carrico was twice married, and after the death of his first wife. the mother of V?'alterCarrico, he returned -to Kentucky, where he passed away. After his marriage '\\Valter Carrico located in the vicinity of Black Jack, where he remained for several years and then removed to St. Louis. There he engaged in the manufacture of brick, continuing to be successfully identified with that industry for some time. During this period he acquired two hundred and four acres of land in the north end of St. Ferdinand township, on the Missouri river. He subsequently removed to the place, the boundaries of which he later extended by the addition of another one hundred and nineteen acres. There he died in 1869, after surviving his wife seven years, her demise having occurred in 1862. Mrs. Carrico was a native of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, her natal day having been the_25th of September, 1823. He was a democrat in politics and always took an active and prominent part in local governmental affairs.
      Walter Scott Carrico was reared at home, acquiring his education in the Public schools of Black Jack. After the death of his father, which occurred when he was twenty'97two, he went to St. Louis and pursued a commercial course in the Jones Business College for about six months. At the expiration of that period he returned to thc country, where he worked as a farm hand for a short time. Following his marriage in 1870 he leased some land which he cultivated for four years, during which time he erected a log cabin on the property he now owns, at that time a portion of his father's estate. It was then covered with a heavy growth of timber. He cleared the tract and placed it under cultivation as he was able. In 1878 he erected the main portion of his present substantial residence, to which he added a wing ten years later, making his one of the best farm houses in the community. His place originally contained one hundred and thirty-five acres, but he lost sixty'97fiveacres of his lowland when the Missouri changed its bed. Mr. Carrico has always engaged in general farming, but a large portion of his time and attention have been given to bee culture. He is a most enthusiastic apiarist, deriving as much enjoyment from studying the habits and customs of these interesting insects as pecuniary gain. The venture has proven very lucrative as well as entertaining, however, and Mr. Carrico is the owner of a very fine apiary. He is very well informed on the subject, having gleaned much knowledge from reading as well as experience, and he belongs to the National Association of Bee Keepers.
      On the 17th of March, 1870, Mr. Carrico was united in marriage to Miss Amanda Darnes, a native of Callaway county, Missouri, and they have become the parents of fourteen children, ten of whom survive: Howard W., the eldest; Georgia V., the wife of Marion Patterson, of St. Ferdinand township; Hardenia, who married Andrew B. McLean, of Oklahoma City; Mary, the wife of Charles Howard, of Ferguson, Missouri; Walter M., a resident of St. Louis; Grover B.; Clarence; Lynnwood; James Oliver; and Thomas Green.
      The family were reared in the faith of the Baptist church, of which both parents are members. His political allegiance Mr. Carrico gives to the democratic party, but he has never been an office seeker. He has always led a very quiet life, devoting his entire attention to the development of his private interests, and both he and his wife are well esteemed in the community where they have resided for so many years.
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  • Sources 
    1. [S965] History of St. Louis County, William L. Thomas, (St. Louis, Chicago, Philadelphia The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company 1911 In 2 Volumes), Volume 2, page 303-304, 463 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S965] History of St. Louis County, William L. Thomas, (St. Louis, Chicago, Philadelphia The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company 1911 In 2 Volumes), Volume 2, page 463-464 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S319] 1850 - U.S. Census, (Washington: National Archive) (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S39] A Stroll Through Coldwater Cemetery, Webster Groves Chapter, National Society, DAR, (1976, Tombstone Inscriptions and Historical Information), page 7-8 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S965] History of St. Louis County, William L. Thomas, (St. Louis, Chicago, Philadelphia The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company 1911 In 2 Volumes), Volume 2, page 303-304 (Reliability: 3).