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  • ID: I633
  • Name: John DOWNING
  • Given Name: John
  • Surname: Downing
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 18 OCT 1720 in Concord Twp.,Chester county,PA
  • Death: 1796
  • Note:
    Recorts of Helen F. Snow, genealogist:
    "John Downing became a tavern keeper about 1760 and after several years was
    succeeded by Richard Cheyney at the Sign of the Kin in Arms, where the
    Revolutionary county committee met in 1776." Pennypacker says John was a taver
    keeper from 1761 to 1771. The King at Arms became the Washington Inn, which wa
    still owned by a Downing descendant, Clara Fox, when I visited her. In 1764
    Richard was assessed in E. Caln with 190 acres, "His tax was L6:3:3, being the
    largest in the township, and his brother John was next below him."
  • Note:
    From "Chester County and Its People", by W. W. Thomson, 1898:
    "John Downing continued to reside at Downingtown, where in 1764, he was
    assessed with two hundred and forty acres of land and buildings, tavern, etc.,
    worth 100 pounds per annum; sixty acres of uncultivated land, five horses, six
    cattle, thirteen sheep, and one servant. He was a tavernkeeper from 1761 to
    1771, at the eatern tavern on the Lancaster Road, then or subsequently called
    the "King in Arms," and later, the Washington Inn."
  • Note:
    An interesting newspaper article from "The Pennsylvania Gazette", May 2, 1765:
    "Went away, on the 24th of April, from the house of JOHN DOWNING, Tavern
    keeper, in East Caln Township, Chester county, one John Smith, of swarthy
    complexion, marked with the smallpox, about five feet nine inches high; had on
    when he went away, a Swanskin jacket, and a brown lincey one under it; he stole
    a new broadcloth jacket, of a grey colour, a new pair of breeches, one pair of
    stockings, and a beaver hat, lined with white; he is well known all over
    America. Whoever takes up and secures said Smith, shall have three pounds
    reward, and reasonable charges paid by Godfrey Richards."
  • Note:
    In another instance, John placed the following ad in the same paper, December
    12, 1765:
    "Came to the plantation of John Downing in East Caln Township, Chester county
    about the 18th day of November last, two stray creatures, a horse and a mare,
    the horse is of a black colour, a natural pacer, and has neither brand nor ear
    mark, about 12 years old; the mare a dark bay, has a bald face, paces and trots
    neither brand nor ear mark, about 6 years old. The owner or owners are desired
    to come and prove their property, pay charges, and take them away."

    Father: Thomas DOWNING b: 14 DEC 1691 in Bradninch,Devon,England
    Mother: Thomazine BEER b: ABT 1692

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth HUNT b: 1730
    • Married: 5 MAR 1747 in E. Caln,Chester co.,PA
    1. Has No Children Esther DOWNING b: 22 FEB 1748
    2. Has Children Mary DOWNING b: 17 JAN 1750
    3. Has No Children Thomas DOWNING b: 4 JAN 1753
    4. Has No Children Esther DOWNING b: 30 JUN 1755
    5. Has Children Hunt DOWNING b: 12 JAN 1757
    6. Has No Children John DOWNING
    7. Has Children Samuel DOWNING b: 1764
    8. Has Children Elizabeth DOWNING b: ABT 1759
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