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From: "Cheryl Rothwell" <>
Subject: [DOWNING] Dr. John Downing of Nicaragua, formerly of Missouri
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2008 19:21:42 -0600


Yes, I know this is in Spanish - translation below. I give you the
Spanish as the translation is not the best. This is about Dr. John
Alexander Downing, born in Scotland County, Missouri, in 1843, who
went to Nicaragua and remained. It was sent to Joe Downing who
forwarded it.

Refieren sus descendientes que vino a Nicaragua con Mark Twain en
1867, llegó en barco procedente de San Francisco e iba de paso hacia
Missouri.
Como era médico lo llamaron a Granada a atender a la señorita Sabina
Selva quien tenía varicela, se enamoraron y luego se casaron, ya no
continuó su viaje a Missouri.

Fundó el Hotel de los Leones en Granada, donde se hospedaron
presidentes y personalidades como Rubén Darío.

Downing tenía buen humor y dejó varias anécdotas relacionadas con sus
clientes en el hotel.
Sabina lo convirtió al catolicismo y se cambió el nombre a Alejandro
Alberto Downing. Tuvieron nueve hijos; Guillermo, Orlando, Luis, Enma,
Aida, Amanda, Matilde, Rodolfo y Emilio (*1881+1976).

El padre de John era terrateniente en Missouri y peleó a favor del
sur, cuando perdieron la guerra civil lo perdió todo.

Entre sus descendientes en Nicaragua están: Harry, Richard, Maria y
Emilio Downing Urbina, Frank, Luis, y Mario Mántica Downing, Peter y
Julio Vivas Downing, Olga Downing de Cardenal y sus hijas Gloria y
Olga, Enma Lugo Downing, Jaime Downing Urtecho, hermano de Olga y
muchas otras familias como Edgar Cross Cuadra y hermanos, Jorge
Eduardo Arellano y hermanos, Ernesto Fernandez Hollman y hermanos,
Alejandro Gonzáles Pasos y hermanos, Uriel Argüello Pasos, los
Argüello Downing, Argüello Morales, Roberto y Enrique Maymi Downing.

Otras ramas de la gran familia se encuentra asi: en Honduras los
Alvarado Downing; en Costa Rica, los Guillen Downing, y en Venezuela
los descendientes de Enrique Downing Arceyut

Nota. En Nicaragua hay otra familia Downing, pero no de la misma
familia, este vino a manejar la aduana de parte de bancos de Estados
Unidos en los años 1920s, una hija de él de nombre Olga se casó con un
Cardenal.

1. El conocido escritor y lingüista Carlos Alemán Ocampo es bisnieto
de John Alexander Downing.

2. Se atribuye a Downing haber traido a Granada la costumbre de comer
pavo en Noche Buena

Automatic translation from web -- I believe some of the words are
misspelled in Spanish which is why they didn't translate. I made some
translations in brackets. The translation is literal so you have to
sort of rearrange the words in your mind.

Refieren [Referring to] their descendants who came to Nicaragua with
Mark Twain in 1867, arrived by boat from San Francisco and was in
transit to Missouri.
As a doctor was called to Grenada to meet Miss Sabina Selva who had
chicken pox, was enamoraron [engaged] and then married, and did not
continue his trip to Missouri.

He founded the Hotel de los Leones in Grenada, where he hosted
presidents and personalities such as Ruben Dario.

Downing had good humor and left several anecdotes related to their
clients at the hotel.
Sabina converted to Catholicism and changed the name Alejandro Alberto
Downing. They had nine children, William, Orlando, Luis, Enma, Aida,
Amanda Matilda, Rodolfo and Emilio (* 1881 +1976).

John's father was a landowner in Missouri and fought for the South,
when they lost the civil war lost everything.

Among their descendants in Nicaragua are: Harry, Richard, Maria and
Emilio Downing Urbina, Frank, Louis, and Mario Mántica Downing, Peter
and Julio Vivas Downing, Olga Downing of Cardinal and Gloria and her
daughters Olga, Enma Lugo Downing, James Downing Urtecho , the brother
of Olga and many other families as Edgar Cuadra Cross and brothers,
Jorge Eduardo Arellano brothers and Ernesto Fernandez and Morris
brothers, and brothers Alejandro Gonzales Steps, Uriel Argüello Steps,
Argüello Downing, Argüello Morales and Roberto Enrique Maymi Downing.

Other branches of the extended family is like this: in the Alvarado
Downing Honduras, Costa Rica, Guillen Downing, Venezuela and the
descendants of Henry Downing Arceyut.

Note. In Nicaragua there is another family Downing, but not from the
same family, this came to handle customs on the part of banks in the
United States in the years 1920s, a daughter he named Olga married a
[man named] Cardinal.


1. The well-known German writer and linguist Carlos Ocampo is bisnieto
[great grandson of] John Alexander Downing.

2. It attaches to Downing Grenada have brought to the custom of eating
turkey on Christmas Eve


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