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  • ID: I628
  • Name: Thomas DOWNING
  • Given Name: Thomas
  • Surname: Downing
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 14 DEC 1691 in Bradninch,Devon,England
  • Death: 15 JAN 1772 in Downingtown,Chester county,PA
  • Note:
    "Biographies of Chester County Residents before 1790"
    Gives date of birth as 14 Dec 1691
    States, "Founded Downingtown (PA), c. 1735
  • Note:
    "A Corner in Ancestors", by Eleanor Lexington, Copyright by McClure Syndication
    "One immigrant came from Devonshire. He was Thomas Downing, and a member of
    the Society of Friends. Pennsylvania was naturally the place he chose for a
    home. Downingtown is the name of the town he helped settle, and the old
    homestead still stands" (Newspaper article, c. 1940)
  • Note:
    "The Devonshire Downings" prepared by John Perot, Ardmore, PA, put together fro
    the entries in the parish records of Bradninch, Devonshire, England, in 1901 an
    "Thomas Downing, son of Thomas Downing, born December 14, 1691, and was
    baptized January 6, 1691/2, at Bradninch. The Bradninch records show that a
    Thomas Downing married Judeth Bending on 2 Jun 1717. Judeth, wife of Thomas
    Downing, was buried 26 Jan 1723. According to the Downingtown records, 'his
    first wife was said to have been named Ellen, and his second Tomazine, who was
    perhaps the mother to all his children. On Dec 1756 he married Jane Alborne (o
    Albin).' There seems to be some error here, unless he had two wives before
    Tomazine; Ellen and Judeth. Thomas Downing came to Pennsylvania before 1718,
    where he was taxed in Concord township from 1718 to 1732; later moving to
    Downingtown, where he died age 81. The Downingtown records says that two of hi
    children were born in England and the Bradninch recoreds show the births of a
    Thomasine (1715) and Thomas (1717)."
  • Note:
    Notes of contributor Sandra K. Farney: "He was a founder of Downingtown,
    Pennsylvania, a Welsh settlement. He settled on the east branch of Brandywine
    Creek and was a farmer, miller, and merchant. He was a Friend (Quaker) and was
    a member of the Falls, Birmingham, Wilmington, & Baltimore Friends Meetings."
  • Note:
    From "History of Chester County", page 525: "There is reason to think that
    while in concord he operated a mill belonging to Nathaniel Newlin, and he and
    his descendants continued to be mill-owners at Downingtown for several

    Father: Thomas DOWNING b: ABT 1660 in Bradninch,Devonshire,England
    Mother: Grace ANDREW b: 1 JUN 1663 in Bradninch,Devonshire,England

    Marriage 1 Thomazine BEER b: ABT 1692
    • Married: 10 APR 1715 in Silverton,Devonshire,England
    1. Has No Children Thomazine DOWNING b: 6 OCT 1715 in England
    2. Has No Children Thomas DOWNING b: 27 MAR 1717 in England
    3. Has Children Richard DOWNING b: 27 APR 1719 in Concord Twp.,Chester county,PA
    4. Has Children John DOWNING b: 18 OCT 1720 in Concord Twp.,Chester county,PA
    5. Has Children William DOWNING b: 24 MAY 1722 in Concord Twp.,Chester co.,PA
    6. Has Children Jane DOWNING b: 6 OCT 1723 in Concord Twp.,Chester county,PA
    7. Has Children Sarah DOWNING b: 13 OCT 1725 in Concord Twp.,Chester county,PA
    8. Has Children Thomazine DOWNING b: 15 AUG 1727 in Concord Twp.,Chester county,PA
    9. Has No Children Samuel DOWNING b: 11 JUN 1729 in Concord Twp.,Chester county,PA
    10. Has No Children Joseph DOWNING b: 12 OCT 1731 in Concord Twp.,Chester co.,PA
    11. Has Children Joseph DOWNING b: 30 JUN 1734 in Sadsbury Twp.,Lancaster co.,PA

    Marriage 2 Ellen JOHN
    • Divorced: N

    Marriage 3 Jane ALBIN
    • Married: 15 DEC 1756 in Uwchlan Twp.,Chester co.,PA
    • Divorced: N
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