Name: Richard DOWNING
Given Name: Richard
Birth: 14 JUL 1750 in Uwchlan,Chester co.,PA
Death: 16 JAN 1820 in Downingtown,Chester co.,PA
Note: From Downing Family Historical Society:
"Richard & Elizabeth Reese lived in Lancaster, PA. He attended the
Note: Listed in the DAR Patriot Index, page 559.
Pennsylvania 1787 convention, and voted for adoption of the Constitution.
From William Egle, "The Federal Constitution of 1787, sketches of signers"
Note: From "Chester County and its People" by W. W. Thomson, 1898:
delegate to the PA convention to ratify the Federal Constitution. Also was a
Pennsylvania legislator from 1788 to 1792. The above shows his birth date as 4
May 1750, and death date as 5 Jan 1821.
"They settled for a few years in Falls township, Bucks Cunty, but returned to
Downingtown in 1778. In 1787 Richard was assessed in East Caln with one hundre
acres of valley land, seventy acres of hill land, seven horses, nine cattle and
a merchant mill. At the same time his father was assessed with one hundred an
thirty acres of hill land, a grist mill, two saw mills, fulling mill, and a mal
(NOTE: A "fulling mill" was a cloth/textile processing mill.)
VILLAGE RECORD, Chester co., January 26, 1820:
Note: An abstract of Richard's Last Will and Testament is in the files.
"Death Notice In the village of Downingtown, on Sunday, the 16th inst. after a
few days illness, Richard Downing, Esq., in the 70th year of his age. He was
the oldest person of the name after which that village was called. He had done
business extensively, and was considered an upright man in his dealings. Had
one year ago served the county in the capacity of Legislator (Am. Rep.)"
Father: Richard DOWNING b: 27 APR 1719 in Concord Twp.,Chester county,PA
Mother: Mary EDGE b: 2 SEP 1721 in Upper Providence,Chester county,PA
25 MAY 1771
in Nottingham MM,Chester co.,PA
- Divorced: N
- Thomas DOWNING b: 25 JAN 1773 in Newtown,Delaware co,PA
- David DOWNING b: 18 DEC 1774 in Downingtown,Chester co.,PA
- Mary DOWNING
- Richard DOWNING b: 26 NOV 1778 in Newtown,Delaware co.,PA
- William DOWNING b: 9 JAN 1781 in Newtown,Delaware co.,PA
- Elizabeth DOWNING b: 20 OCT 1783 in Newtown,Delaware co.,PA
- Phebe DOWNING b: 5 JUL 1785 in Newtown,Delaware co.,PA