Someone willing to help with my brick wall?

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Need help with John Downs born around 1815. Was told in Indiana or Ohio. Death date not known. Is said to be buried at Spicewood cemetery, Hamilton county, Indiana. There is no head stone. Was told he married Mary Elizabeth Sack man in Ohio. To me the age difference doesn't seem correct. His son that will link him to my tree will be James Downs Jun 1872/October 17 1945.
WikiTree profile: John Downs
in Genealogy Help by Tad Downs G2G Rookie (290 points)
retagged by Lynda Crackett
Hi Tad, I have linked his profile to your question to make it easier for anyone who wants to help you. Please check that I have added the correct link. You can do this yourself in future by putting the Wikitree id for the profile into the box under the main text box for the question.

You say you were told things about John. Do you have sources backing up any of the things you were told or are we starting from scratch looking for sources?
The profiles between your brick wall and you are unsourced.  For instance, your father could use a 1940 census, his father 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940 census.  His father 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940 census.  Do that work and add the siblings and you'll be amazed at what will surface.  Best of luck!
I see you also have duplicate profiles for his wife Mary and that one of the Mary profiles had duplicate husbands, John and Unknown. You will need to set up merges to tidy up your duplicates.
I will give this a try. Thx
Thx.... I need to learn more on how this wikitree works.
It looks as though you have got off to a good start. Just remember to add sources as you go along and be careful not to duplicate people as we only have one profile per person.
Thx... I think I just fixed duplication issues... I hope.
...also, to find sources...If you look at the drop-down menu from a profile, the second column is topped by the Wikitree-ID of the profile.  Click that which will open the column.  Towards the bottom is Research.  Click that and click Family Search.  Here you may need to establish an account but don't worry they don't bite : D  (it's free and they don't use intrusive advertising and trackers).  Once you have that you can find a trove of records relating to your family.  One bit of advice, stick to the records and don't rely on the family trees you'll see (although those can help with clues).  Best of luck!
Well done Tad. You have successfully fixed your duplicate John. Now you need to check out your duplicate Mary. You have Downs-2637 married to both Sackman-23 and Sackman-28.
Think I fixed that issue. Thx
Yes, duplicate gone. Good work.

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I found a John Downs born about 1817-1818  in Boone County, Indiana in 1870.  His wife, Mary,  and children Martha, Flora, Catherine:

Here's his Find A Grave Page:

by Saundra Stewart G2G6 Mach 5 (56.7k points)
Thanks everyone for there time and information efforts. I appreciate it. I think what I will do for the next day or so. Take the information I have ( with a grain of salt ). Starting with the late 1800 census. Useing the information I have and start mapping backwards.

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