SUSAN WAS FIRST MARRIED TO A BROTHER OF JOSEPH, ABISHA DOWNING SR. ABISHA DIED AT AGE 24.
Obit: March 1901 Waverly News
Susan Dougherty Downing, daughter of Thomas Dougherty, was born November 17, 1817 at McArthur, Vinton County, Ohio. She came to Pike County from Jackson early in the thirties, and was married to Abisha Downing in 1834. Abisha Downing, her husband, died in 1837, leaving two children, Issac E. and Abisha.
a family of eleven children who were all trained and raised to manhood and womanhood by this mother. Three of her children are dead, James, Gertrude and Issac E. She leaves 6 children, 23 grandchildren,and 32 great grandchildren. She leaves a brother, James Dougherty of Peoria, Illinois, two years older, and a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Redd of Nashville, Tenn., two years younger than herself.