Ah the happy couple. Don’t they look blissful? I think they had pickles at the reception. This is William Nelson Downing and his bride Delilah Downing. Downing is her maiden name and no, they were not related. They were neighbors though. Two of her sisters had already married two of his brothers and, on February 27, 1862, they were married.
It didn’t last. Five months and one day later he was gone with her brother and other relatives in 106th Illinois Infantry out of Logan County, Illinois. She never saw him again. Their only son was born February 23, 1863.
William Nelson Downing died April 30, 1865, at Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Delilah’s father in law provided her with a hired man and Delilah soon married him.
Their son, William Henry Downing, grew up and married Eliza Sciota Harding – our Lida.