Biographies and Obituaries
In loving memory
Margaret E. (Downey) Sause
History of the Catholic Church in Indiana
Mrs. Margaret E. Sause, one of the most respected lady residents of St. Michael's parish, Daviess county, Ind., was born in Queen's county, Ireland, August 29, 1834, and is the youngest of three children (one son and two daughters) born to Matthew and Ellen (Conway) Downey.
In August, 1845, Matthew Downey and his family sailed for America in the good ship Thomas P. Cope, and, after a voyage of four weeks, landed in Philadelphia, Pa., where the father died in 1846. In the fall of the same year the widow removed with her three children to Pottsville, Pa., and in 1849 came to St. Martin's parish, Daviess county, Ind.
Miss Margaret E. Downey was confirmed at the age of twelve years, in Pennsylvania, by Bishop Kendricks, and was married in St. Martin's parish, Ind., by Father Murphy, April 11, 1852, to Michael Sause, a native of County Tipperary, and born October 13, 1826. This marriage was blessed with ten children, of whom eight still survive, viz: Mary Ellen, widow of Dennis Ryan and the mother of two children, Michael and Frank, with her residence in St. Michael's Parish; Alice, who makes her home with her mother; Catherine, wife of Patrick Brady, of St. Michael's parish; James Thomas, of Bogard township, and a leading member of St. Michael's congregation; Agnes, wife of Patrick Egan, of Indianapolis; Margaret H., widow of Levi Keplinger, also of Indianapolis; Matthew, an engineer at the Capital city, and Michael R., student at the Indiana Medical college.
After marriage Mr. and Mrs. Sause located on Veal's Creek in Washington Township, but in January, 1858, settled on section No. 32, in Barr township, now Bogard township, and here Mr. Sause hewed out a comfortable home from the wilderness. He was very popular with his fellow citizens and served them a number of years as drainage commissioner, also as township supervisor and in several minor offices. He was a devout Catholic, a loving husband and kind father, and died in the faith in which he had been reared January 22, 1892.
Mrs. Sause is a lady possessing a most retentive memory and is endowed with many womanly virtues. She has entire supervision of the estate, but is assisted in the details of its management by her son, James, and her daughter, Alice.
Contributed by: John D. McMullen