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  • ID: I634
  • Name: William DOWNING
  • Given Name: William
  • Surname: Downing
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 24 MAY 1722 in Concord Twp.,Chester co.,PA
  • Death: 7 MAY 1788 in Bart Twp.,Lancaster co.,PA
  • Note:
    Marriage Records of Goshen MTG in Society of Friends, Records of Chester
    County, PA, page 130. Film 309402 in Salt Lake City Genealogical Library.
    Family data of William Downing and Ellen John from Mary Harris, Chester County
    Genealogical Society (mhharris@sprynet.com). Her source is Meldum & Reamy;
    Early Church Records of Chester County, PA., Vol. 2; Westminister: Family Lines
  • Note:
    Family group sheet supplied by Dianna Nading, Albany, OR, also shows a second
    wife for William; Margaret Miller. Later research shows she was the widow of
    Samuel Miller, her maiden name was Halliday. Married 19 Dec 1765. Her bio
    sheet for William:
  • Note:
    "William downing was born the 5th child of Thomas and Thomazine Downing,
    Quakers, who had emigrated from England about 1718. Thomas was a successful
    farmer and businessman who established an industrial complex of water powered
    mills in East Caln township, PA. This area became first known as Milltown, and
    later, became the city of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, named for the family.
  • Note:
    William grew up in the Concord, Sadsbury, and East Caln Townships in a strict
    Quaker environment. See files for a copy of William Downing's will, dated 1788
  • Note:
    At Uwchlan meeting, William married Ellen John. She died prior to 1765, and
    William again was married December 19, 1765, at New Garden meeting, to Margaret
    Miller, widow of Samuel. William had 8 children by Ellen, none by Margaret.
  • Note:
    The will of his father, Thomas, states:
    "And whereas I have already conveyed unto my son, William Downing, the
    Dwelling House where he now liveth with the water, corn, and grist mill and One
    Hundred and Fifty acres of Land in the townbshp of Bart in the county of
    Lancaster and took Bond of Fifty Pounds from him which Bond I order my Executor
    to deliver to my said son William without money."

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

    Marriage 1 Ellen JOHN b: 26 APR 1718 in Uwchlan,Chester county,PA
    • Married: 10 DEC 1741 in Uwchlan,Chester county,PA
    1. Has No Children John DOWNING b: 3 JUN 1744 in Bart Twp.,Lancaster co.,PA
    2. Has No Children Samuel DOWNING b: 2 OCT 1746 in Bart Twp.,Lancaster co.,PA
    3. Has Children Sarah DOWNING b: 3 JAN 1749 in Bart Twp.,Lancaster co.,PA
    4. Has No Children Mary DOWNING b: 12 JUL 1751 in Bart Twp.,Lancaster co.,PA
    5. Has Children Jane DOWNING b: 25 FEB 1753 in Bart Twp.,Lancaster co.,PA
    6. Has Children Hannah DOWNING b: 24 NOV 1754 in Bart Twp.,Lancaster co.,PA
    7. Has No Children Ruth DOWNING b: 12 JAN 1757 in Bart Twp.,Lancaster co.,PA
    8. Has Children Thomas DOWNING b: 25 MAR 1759 in Bart Twp.,Lancaster co.,PA
    9. Has Children William DOWNING b: 1762 in Bart Twp,Lancaster,PA

    Marriage 2 Margaret HALLIDAY
    • Married: 19 DEC 1765 in New Garden Meeti,Lancaster co.,PA
    • Divorced: N
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