Thomas Jefferson  “Jeff” Downey. Born was born around July 1834 in Rutherford County, NC, and died on December 26, 1911. He is buried in Cool Springs Cemetery located in Forest City, NC.  His parents were Thomas Downey and Milley Hearing Downey.  Thomas “Jeff” Downey married Martha Padgett on 9/24/1854 in Rutherford County, NC. She died in  1859. They had one daughter named Arkansas Downey. In 1860 Thomas “Jeff” Downey married Mary Padgett 1860. They had 9 children together. Mary Padgett Downey died around 1883. He married Sarah Hardin in 1884 and had 4 children together.

Thomas J Downey
Enlistment Age: 30
Birth Date: abt 1832
Birth Place: Rutherford County, North Carolina, USA
Enlistment Date: 17 Mar 1862
Enlistment Place: Rutherford County, North Carolina
Enlistment Rank: Private
Muster Date: 29 Apr 1862
Muster Place: North Carolina
Muster Company: I
Muster Regiment: 50th Infantry
Muster Regiment Type: Infantry
Muster Information: Enlisted
Casualty Date: 20 Jul 1862
Casualty Place: Petersburg, Virginia
Type of Casualty: Hospitalized
Side of War: Confederacy
Occupation: Farmer
Notes: 1862-08-11 Returned; 1864-02-23 Furloughed, 30 days
Additional Notes 2: Casualty 2 Date: 15 Sep 1862; Casualty 2 Casualty Type: Sick; Casualty 2 Information: Estimated day;
Title: North Carolina Troops 1861-65, A Roster