Category Archives: Deaths

Deaths from the Roanoke Beacon

Newspaper indexing is one of my favorite pasttimes.  For the past several years I’ve been working through older issues of the Roanoke Beacon paper teasing out information about Washington County residents. My first database is here and while searchable, I’ve never been completely happy with it.  So, earlier in the year

Obituary: William Cotton Downing

Roanoke Beacon March 14, 1890 In Memoriam Our community was painfully shocked on Saturday morning last, the 8th inst., by the receipt of a telegram from Turtle Creek, Penn., the adopted home of the deceased, that Wm. Cotton Downing was dead, his death occurring suddenly in Asheville, N.C., on Thursday,