Rebecca Litzenberg1

F, #1233, b. 24 June 1825, d. 6 August 1912
Last Edited=18 Jul 2017
     Rebecca Litzenberg, daughter of William Litzenberg and Christina Bottomfield, was born on 24 June 1825 at Pennsylvania.1,2 Rebecca Litzenberg was the daughter of William Litzenberg and Christina Bottomfield.1

Rebecca Litzenberg was included in the following regarding William Litzenberg: On April 1, 1843, at the age of 18 years, she with her parents, two brothers and two sisters went on a flatboat from Willsborough, Pennsylvania, on the Monogahela river to Pittsburg, at which point they boarded the steamboat, Manhattan, and on the Ohio river went to Cairo, Illinois, from there on the Mississippi to st. Louis, at which point they boarded the steamboat Iona on the Missouri river and after just one month's travel on the water they landed at Weston, Missouri, May 1, 1843.31

Rebecca Litzenberg married Ezekiel Downing on 24 September 1845 at Missouri.1,2

Rebecca Litzenberg appeared on the United States census of 16 September 1850 in the household of Ezekiel Downing at Marshall, Platt County, Missouri.4

Rebecca Litzenberg appeared on the United States census of 7 August 1860 in the household of Ezekiel Downing at Marshall, Platt County, Missouri.5

Rebecca Litzenberg died on 6 August 1912 at New Market, Platt County, Missouri, at age 87. From the "Dearborn Democrat" August 23, 1912, her obituary reads:
Mrs. Rebecca Downing Dead

Mrs. Rebecca Downing died at her home near New Market, Missouri, Tuesday, August 6, 1912. She was in her yard and beckoned her son who was near by to come to her. She asked him to raise her to her feet but when he had done so she said "Lay me down." He did as requested and asked if he should call his brother but she said "You have not the time, stay with me," and those were her last words. Her spirit had gone to the great God who gave it. The body was worn out and lying on the blue grass on her lawn, but the spirit was with its Giver in paradise.
On Wednesday afternoon Rev. G. W. Everett who had known her intimately for fifty years conducted the funeral services to a large and sympathetic audience of relatives, neighbors and friends in her yard, close by where she had died the previous day not to exceed three minutes after feeding her chickens. Then all that remained mortal of this noble, good, Christian woman was lain to rest by the side of her husband, who had preceded her to the great beyond, in the family burial grounds near the old home.
Rebecca Downing, daughter of William and Christina Litzenberg, was born in Jefferson, Greene County, Pennsylvania, on June 23, 1825, thus making her 87 years, 1 month and 13 days old at her death.
On April 1, 1843, at the age of 18 years, she with her parents, two brothers and two sisters went on a flatboat from Willsborough, Pennsylvania, on the Monogahela river to Pittsburg, at which point they boarded the steamboat, Manhattan, and on the Ohio river went to Cairo, Illinois, from there on the Mississippi to st. Louis, at which point they boarded the steamboat Iona on the Missouri river and after just one month's travel on the water they landed at Weston, Missouri, May 1, 1843.
On September 24, 1845, she was married to Ezekial Downing who died April 24,1870. She was the mother of twelve children, ten of whom are living, one having died in infancy and one - Miss Belle - died last January.
Mrs. Downing was a member of a family of nine children, five girls and four boys, all are dead save one sister, Mrs. T. L. King of Stuartsville. She joined the Presbyterian church at the age of nineteen and lived a devoted Christian life. She was devoted to her Lord and her family.1,2

Children of Rebecca Litzenberg and Ezekiel Downing

Citations

  1. [S60] Howard L. Leckey, The Tenmile Country and Its Pioneer Families. A Genealogical History of the Upper Monongahela Valley (Waynesburg, Pennsylvania: Waynesburg Republican, May 25, 1950). Hereinafter cited as The Tenmile Country.
  2. [S451] Headstone and Cemetery Collection, Obituary comes from this memorial. Created by: Sharon Auxier, Record added: Jul 18, 2013, Find A Grave Memorial# 113988702., Findagrave.com.
  3. [S451] Headstone and Cemetery Collection, This was part of the obituary of daughter Rebecca Litzenberg Downing posted on this Findagrave memorial. Created by: Sharon Auxier, Record added: Jul 18, 2013, Find A Grave Memorial# 113988702., Findagrave.com.
  4. [S37] 1850 United States Census, population schedule, Marshal Townshipl, Platt County, Missouri, stamped page 330, line 15.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  5. [S37] 1850 United States Census, population schedule, Marshal Townshipl, Platt County, Missouri, written page 170, line 35.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.