Downing (sometimes spelled Downey, Downring)



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Downing

(sometimes spelled Downey, Downring)

John C. Downing: “This name can have four origins and it is now impossible to separate them unless the country of origin is known.
One English origin is from the Old English word dun (hill, dunne) and the other is from the Old English word dunn (dark, swarthy). The Saxon suffix –ing, when used with a location word, meant ‘of, from’ and when used with a personal name, meant ‘son of’—thus a man from the hill or dune area or a son of Dunn.
In England, Richard Duning, John Dounynne, John Downing, 1623-84, gave his name to Downing Street and to Downing College.
In Scotland, the name Dunning is a place name, spelled Dunine in 1200, later Dunyn and now Dunning. This place furnished the names of James and John Donyng, witnesses in Perth in 1541. Later spellings could have varied to Downing.
In Ireland, two Gaelic names, O Duinnin (heir, descendant of the brown one) and O Dunadhaigh (heir, descendant of the worker at the fort) were first Anglicized to O’Downey, O’Dooney and O’Downing and then shortened to Downey and Downing.
Burke’s General Armory describes the English arms and Irish arms are registered in the Herald’s office in Dublin.
Francis Downing arrived in Virginia in 1624 and William Downing held land there prior to 1657. Emanuel, Maldon and Theophilius Downing were in Massachusetts in 1639-42.
Three of the name were officers in the American Revolutionary Army.”

*John Downing

1712: born Ireland.

no date: married Mary _______, died before her husband.

1740: emigrated to United States (possibly through South Carolina).

ca 1740: son William born.

*1742: son John born.

1743: purchased 300A from Benjamin Borden, Sr. through his agent John Patterson, on both sides of Galway's Creek.

1744: son Andrew born.

11 Dec 1744: witnessed will of Samuel Crockett of Reed Creek. Augusta County, Virginia Will Book 1 p232.

17 Mar 1747: John Downing vs Benjamin Borden -Chancery - suit for title to the land purchased in 1743. Augusta County, Virginia Court Judgments. Chalkley V1 p305.

1749: settled on Reed Creek Augusta County, Virginia, now Wythe County.

11 Dec 1749: witnessed will of Samuel Crockett of Reed Creek. Augusta County, Virginia Will Bk 1 p232.

1749: signed a petition asking for a road to be opened from Zachariah Calhoun's on Reedy Creek, thence to the Buffalo Lick and from there the nearest and best way to Woods River at the upper end of a small island below the mouth of the Little River and thence towards the forks of Meadow Creek and thence to the top of the dividing ridge between Woods River and the South Fork of the Roanoke... Original Petitions and Papers Filed in the County Court. Chalkley V1 p435.

23 May 1750: Road from Ezekiel Calhoun's to Wood's River, thence to Top of Ridge between Wood's River and the South Fork of Roanoke...[hands]...John Downing... Augusta County, Virginia Order Book 2 p371. Chalkley V1 p40.

ca 1752: son James born.

6 Aug 1754: deed to John Downing from Robert McFarland, 248 acres on Stony Fork of Reed Creek. Chalkley V3 p330.

7 Aug 1754: owed estate of Colonel James Patton. Kegley.

21 Sept 1754: son Ezekiel born.

1756: daughter Martha born.

1758: daughter Margaret W. born.

1760: daughter Mary born.

*22 Sept 1761: deed from John Fitzpatrick to John Downing and George Agar all of Bedford County, Virginia for 50 pounds, 500 acres in Virginia lying on both sides of Molley's Creek. Bedford County, Virginia Deed Book 1 p470.

*27 Apr 1762: deed from John Downing and George Agar to John Fitzpatrick all of Bedford County, Virginia for 50 pounds, 500 acres in Bedford County, Virginia on both sides of Molly's Creek. Bedford County, Virginia Deed Book 1 p512.

2 Feb 1763: Downing (first name not given) brought suit against Baker. Bedford County, Virginia Order Book 3 p3.

*24 July 1764: deed from Richard Stith on behalf of executors of the estate of Richard Randolph to John Downing for 50 pounds, 212 acres in Bedford County on Meadows Creek. Bedford County, Virginia Deed Book 2 p421.

Mar 1769: Downing (first name not given) vs Fagan. Bedford County, Virginia Order Book 3 p509.

Mar 1769: Downing (first name not given) vs Phagan, William Bumpass and Samuel Hunter - undertakes to be Spl. Bale & _____. Bedford County, Virginia Order Book 3 p524.

Aug 1769: Downing (first name not given) vs Phagan - Plea waved (sic) and Judgment Contesset (sic). Bedford County, Virginia Order Book 3 p569.

July 1770: Downing (first name not given) vs Milburn. Judgment 1 pound, costs and sale. Bedford County, Virginia Order Book 3 p657.

24 Aug 1772: to assist in clearing a road surveyed by Stephen Saunders. Bedford County, Virginia Order Book 4 p78. [Usually those who built and maintained a road were those who lived on it. BJE]

27 Sept 1773: Downing vs Young, Joseph Patterson - Spl. Bl. & Impl. Spl. Bedford County, Virginia Order Book 5A p178.

24 Nov 1773: Downing (first name not given) vs Young - Complaint issued. Bedford County, Virginia Order Book 5A p221.

Mar 1774: John Downing vs James Young - In Debt. The same for Twenty One Pounds, five Shillings Current Money with Legal Interest thereon from the first Day of May One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy three 'til Paid & Costs. And the Pltff agrees to Allow all Just Credits. Bedford County, Virginia Order Book 5B p200.

Mar 1774: Downing (first name not given) vs Young, Plea waived and the plaintiff agrees to allow all just credits. Bedford County, Virginia Order Book 6 p33.

1774: as noted above, was involved in local disputes and law suits. Bedford County, Virginia Order Book 6 p27 and p33. [There may have been enough residual ill will so that someone took advantage of the unrest and lawlessness that swept the frontier during the Revolution, to have shot him in 1777, as family tradition says. Frank Williams]

1774: signed a petition of the Peaks of Otter Presbyterian Church. (The Peaks of Otter Church was one of the oldest Presbyterian churches in Virginia, no date of organization is given. Rev. David Rice became its pastor in 1766 and continued in charge until 1783. Rev. David Rice was afterwards known as the "Patriarch of Presbyterians in Kentucky". He no doubt preached John Downing's funeral in 1777 and the Downings may have either come with hime, or followed David Rice when he came to Kentucky. Pastors frequently led migrations. It is significant that David Rice was a witness to John Downing's will. From material of Nell Downing Norton 11 Aug 1941. Notice also that Michael Yoakum was another witness to John's will. The Yoakums/Yocums are found in the same areas in Kentucky and Indiana as are the Downings). Mathias Yoacum appears to be a neighbor on Reed Creek.

*14 Nov 1777: will written - "of County of Bedford and Parish of Russell...to my son William Downing, one survey of land which I purchased of Doctor Thomas Walker lying on the south side of Stoney Fork of Reed Creek in Montgomery County and as much of one other tract of land belonging to me adjoining said survey as lies on the south side of Stony Fork.

To my son John Downing the one-half of a tract patented land lying on the north side of the Stony Fork beginning on the Creek both on the lower and upper line...

To my son Andrew Downing the other half of the above named patented land.

To my sons James Downing and Ezekiel Downing one survey of land lying on Reed Creek in Montgomery County called Blue Spring to be equally divided between them, the lower half to be James' and the upper to Ezekiel.

My land lying in Bedford County to be sold. Price thereof equally divided between my sons Andrew and Ezekiel Downing and my daughter Martha Downing after deducting from said price 20 pounds current money of Virginia which I give to my daughter Margaret McFarland.

To my daughter Mary Yoakum ten shillings besides what she has all ready received.

All the residue of my estate to be equally divided between sons Andrew and Ezekiel and my daughter Martha."

Executors: my sons John Downing and James Downing.

Witnesses: David Rice, Edward McGraw and Michael Yoakum. Bedford County, Virginia Will Book 1 p266.

14 Nov 1777: died Russell Parish, Bedford County, Virginia - called out of bed by Tories and shot.

*22 Dec 1777: son James entered father's estate into probate, Securities were David Beard, Edward McGraw and William Downing. Liberty being reserved to the other executor in this will mentioned to join in the probate thereof when he thinks fit. Bedford County, Virginia Order Book 6 p136. Bedford County, Virginia Will Bk 1 p266.

1780: as executor, James sold land to William Downing of Montgomery County, Virginia. Order Bk 6 p136 and Deed Bk 7 p 236.



1782: William dedicated part of this ground to Bedford County for a courthouse. Deed Bk 7 p162.
Tradition says "John Downing came from north of Ireland to Virginia in colonial days, called out of home at night and shot by a Tory during the revolution. He had three sons in the war: William, John and Ezekiel". Another tradition says "Three older sons volunteered in the revolution - Ezekiel had 'white swelling' so was unable to fight". John Senior bought land Sept 1761 Bedford County, Virginia, will probated there Dec 1777, no wife, sons William, John, Andrew, James, Ezekiel, daughters Margaret W. Farland (probable McFarland since Bedford County marriage record gives Margaret Downing and James McFarland 1763; Mary Yoakum and Martha. A petition of Peaks of Otter Presbyterian church in 1774 signed by John Downing and William (his wife?). Chalkley V 3 p330. Deed from Robert McFarland to John Downing for 248A on Stoney Fork of Reed Creek. John willed son William land bought of Dr. Thomas Walker on Stony Fork of Reed Creek, Montgomery County, Virginia. Sons John and Andrew patented land on Reed Creek in Montgomery County called Blue Spring 9-7-1781. John and Andrew Downing of Lincoln County sold 248A in Montgomery County.
Ezekiel Downing married Bedford County Jan 1778 Rachel daughter of Thomas and Phoebe Brown. Bedford County deeds show: 1769 Thomas Brown of Chesterfield County bought land in Bedford, 1778 Thomas Senior bought land, 1787 Thomas sold some lands, Phoebe signing. Tax lists Lincoln County, Kentucky 1789 show John, James, Andrew and Ezekiel went of Kentucky 5-2-1788 (bond of son James). Records of Lincoln County have James and Nancy, William and Capt. John Downing 1785-7, Ezekiel 1787, 1791 and one record gives Polly Downing to John Coplen 1796. Hart County, Kentucky vital records Mary Copelin born Bedford County, Virginia 1779 died 1861 widow, daughter of Ezekiel and Rachel Downing. In addition to Mary or 'Polly' born 1779 and James born 1788, Ezekiel and Rachel had Elizabeth (Betsy), (maybe the one who married Abraham Nossier of Lincoln County, Kentucky), Nancy (maybe the one who married William Montgomery in Mercer County). John, Andrew, Margaret (Peggy born 15 Dec 1792 married William Harris, went to Missouri), Ezekiel Junior born 25 Aug 1795 (to Lincoln County, Missouri married Margaret Markle) census Grayson County, Kentucky 1810 lists Ezekiel Downing and wife over 45, 3 males 10-16, 1 male 16-26, 1 female 12-25. Rachel and Ezekiel's son James born 1788 in Kentucky married Martha Casey, first child born 9-5-1811 died 12-7-1811, William Casey Downing born 12-11-1817 Kentucky. Family went to Lincoln County, Missouri. Genealogy and History #6320.
“Circumstantial evidence points to emigration from Ireland in 1740 (Williams, The Downing Family). Settled on Reed Creek, Augusta County (now Wythe County) Virginia. Bought property in Bedford County and probably settled there in 1761. Will dated 14 Nov 1777, proven 22 December 1777, Russell Parish, Bedford County, Virginia, Will Book 1 p266. Sons John and James named executors.” Carmen Finley, 4820 Rockridge Lane, Santa Rosa CA 95404, 707-544-2072.
Frank L. Williams, a descendant of Ezekiel Downing: “The obviously intense Scotch Presbyterianism of the Downings from our earlist information, makes me believe that the first John goes directly back to the transplanted Scotch Covenanters of the north of Ireland. The time and area in which he settled in Virginia is full of them. His neighbors were all of the same breed. In 1749 he was a witness to the will of Samuel Crockett, a neighbor on Reed Creek in what is now Wythe Co., Va. This Samuel was a relative of my wife’s Col. Hugh Crockett of Montgomery Co., Va. (the Crocketts were another intense Presbyterian group), and we have been able to follow them. They entered the country through New York and settled in Pennsylvania, and then some moved on down into Western Virginia at a very early date. They came originally from the north of Ireland. In their case, they were Hugenots, and can be traced back to France.”

William Downing (son of John and Mary (_______) Downing)

1740: born Ireland.

no date: married Rachel Lusk (ca 1740-15 July 1805 Garrard County, Kentucky) daughter of William Lusk.

5 May 1773: Mathias Mounts vs William Downing - on petition. William Downing not having been summoned, plurius summons ordered issued. Fincastle County, Virginia Order Book 1 p61.

7 July 1773: Mathias Mounts vs William Downing - on petition. William Downing failed to appear, judgment awarded plaintiff for 3 pounds and his costs. Fincastle County, Virginia Order Book 1 p104.

before 1774: son John born (of age 15 July 1807).

1774: daughter Jemima born.

no date: daughter Elizabeth born.

1784: daughter Mary "Polly" born.

no date: daughter Patsy born.

no date: daughter Nancy born.

no date: daughter Rachel born.

no date: son David R. born.

22 Dec 1777: Security for brother James to administer his father's estate. Bedford County, Virginia Order Book 6 p136.

26 Oct 1778: appointed appraiser in the place of George Dooley. Bedford County, Virginia Court Order Book 6.

25 Jan 1779: appointed appraiser for estate of Reverend John Brander. Bedford County, Virginia Will Book 1 p329.

26 July 1779: was Security in amount of 250 pounds for Stephen Dooley who offered an insult to William Everette. Bedford County, Virginia Order Book 6 p241.

6 Sept 1779: deed from James Downing as executor of father's estate to William Downing of Montgomery County, Virginia 212½A on Meadow Creek, Bedford County, Virginia. Bedford County, Virginia Deed Book 7 p236.

23 May 1780: appointed to survey a road from the fork of Bramlett's Road to branch above Fuqua's. Bedford County, Virginia Order Book 6 p284.

26 June 1780: mentioned in the accounts of the estate of Thomas Dooley. Bedford County, Virginia Will Book 1 p368.

1781: with brother John Downing received a grant from Virginia on Sugar Creek of 300A for William Downing. Forest Calico, History of Garrard County, New York City: Thomas Hobson Book Press, 1947, p202

24 Nov 1781: appointed appraiser estate of Lynah Brown. Bedford County, Virginia Will Book 1 p405.

28 Aug 1781: with John Trigg and John Galloway is to view the best way for a road from Little Otter to John Mead's. Bedford County, Virginia Order Book 6 p326.

28 Aug 1781: with David Wright and William Woody appointed to appraise the estate of Leonard Brown Bedford County, Virginia Order Book 6 p326.

23 Sept 1782: deed from William Downing to Trustees of Bedford County for the consideration of the Court of Bedford agreeing to fix the Court House on part of his tract of land...gives 50 acres to Bedford County. Bedford County, Virginia Deed Book 7 p162.

1782: dedicated ground on land of John Downing's estate to Bedford County, Virginia for a courthouse. Bedford County, Virginia Deed Book 7 p162. ["There is a steep hill sloping down from directly behind the court house into a creek valley, which must be Meadow Creek". Frank Williams.]

17 Jan 1783: Ordered that George Dooley, John Dooley and William Downing View a way between the top of the Wilson Meadow hill to the courthouse. Bedford County, Virginia Order Book 7 p21.

26 May 1783: Commonwealth vs Downing (first name not given) for not keeping the Road when in ____ his farm. Bedford County, Virginia Order Book 7 p49.

27 Aug 1783: deed from William and Rachel Downing to John Otey all of Bedford County, Virginia for 1,000 pounds current money of Virginia, 226 acres on branches of Little Otter. Bedford County, Virginia Deed Book 7 p240.

25 Aug 1783: deed from William and Rachel Downing to Edward Donohoe, Jr. all of Bedford County, Virginia to Edward Donohoe for 200 pounds, 212½ acres on Meadows Creek. Rachel signed with her mark. Bedford County, Virginia Deed Book 7 p237.

26 Aug 1783: Downing (first name not given) Asignee vs Dishman - C. O. (Court Order) vs Deft. and Bail. Bedford County, Virginia Order Book 7 p69.

1784: obtained a grant of 400A on South Fork of Clear Creek, Fayette County, Kentucky. The Kentucky Land Grants, Willard Rouse Jillson, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company 1971 reprint of 1925.

22 Mar 1784: Downing (first name not given) Asignee vs Dishman - C. O. Confirmed & Writ of

Enquiry. Bedford County, Virginia Order Book 8 p11.

17 Apr 1784: received a land grant 400A South Fork of Clear Creek, Fayette County, Kentucky. Virginia Land Grant Book 8 p300.

15 Feb 1785: deed from David and Elizabeth Finley to William Downing 300A on Dix River, Lincoln County, Kentucky, ordered recorded. Lincoln County, Kentucky Order Book 2 p6. Lincoln County, Kentucky Deed Book A p79.

15 June 1785: Joseph Doughtery vs William Downing - debt. James Downing posted appearance bond for his brother, William claims to have paid the debt, jury trial set. Virginia Supreme Court of the District of Kentucky Order Book A p114.

21 June 1785: Joseph Dougherty vs William Downing - debt. Suit dismissed by agreement, William to pay Joseph Dougherty his costs. Virginia Supreme Court of the District of Kentucky Order Book A p142.

16 Aug 1785: Joseph Doughtery vs William Downing - upon a petition. Joseph Dougherty to pay five pounds and costs. Lincoln County, Kentucky Order Book 2 p81.

18 Aug 1785: William Downing vs William Newell - trespass. Agreed and discontinued. Lincoln County, Kentucky Order Book 2 p96.

23 Sept 1785: deed from William Downey of Bedford County, Virginia to William Mead, William Callaway, William L__birch, Robert Clark, James Buford, James Turner and James Wright, Trustees for the County of Bedford for (their) agreeing to fix the Court House on part of his Tract of Land...50A (now the site of the Bedford Bulletin newspaper building and the Municipal Building). Signed William Downing. Bedford County, Virginia Deed Book 7 p162.

Mar Court 1788: William Downing vs Thomas Beard - debt. Thomas Beard failed to appear, William Downing to recover from defendant and his appearance bondsman Joseph Barnett 25 pounds and costs. Rule Docket and Office Judgment Book A p388.

1789: son William, Jr. born.

1 Mar 1789: did Grand Jury duty. Virginia Supreme Court of the District of Kentucky Order Book D p1.

19 Mar 1789: Andrew Hare vs William Downing and Peter Bellesfelt - on petition. Abates, the defendants not being inhabitants of the county. Lincoln County, Kentucky Order Book 3 p347.

19 Mar 1789: on tax list as no inhabitant. Lincoln County, Kentucky Court Order Book.

22, 23, 25 Sept 1789: did Grand Jury duty. Virginia Supreme Court of the District of Kentucky Order Book D p265, 271, 281.

25 Sept 1789: Nathaniel Breeding vs William Downing - in case [an old term which meant "if it does happen"]. William says he is not guilty, jury trial set. Virginia Supreme Court of the District of Kentucky Order Book D p283.

11 Nov 1790: Nathaniel Breeding vs William Downing - in case. Continued. He also did Jury duty this day. Virginia Supreme Court of the District of Kentucky Order Book D p389.

21 Sept 1790: a small corner of his land to be cut off for a new road. Lincoln County, Kentucky Order

Book 3 p524.

8 Oct 1791: did Jury duty. Virginia Supreme Court of the District of Kentucky Order Book D p17.

1792: died Mercer County, now Garrard County, Kentucky.

1792: wife Rachel gave a Power of Attorney to Andrew Downing. Mercer County, Kentucky Deed Book 1 p416. William likely died before this date when Rachel gave the above Power of Attorney.

1800: census - Widow Rachel listed in Garrard County, Kentucky.

July 1805: Administration of the Estate of Rachel Downing Deceased Granted to John Downing. Whereupon the said John took the Oath required by law and together with Randolph Hall and James Scott, Executed and Acknowledged their Bond in the penalty of $1000 Conditioned as the Law directs. LDS Film # 9022 Montgomery County, Kentucky Order Book 1797-1814 p100.

1805: A Sale Bill of the Estate of Rachel Downing Decd retd by the Adm and OK. LDS Film #9022 Montgomery County, Kentucky Order Book 1797-1814.

April 1810: Nancy Downing, Rachel Downing, William Downing and David Downing orphans of William Downing, Decd Severally came into Court and made Choice of Daniel Barbee as their Guardian and Whereupon sd Barbee with Charles Nugent his Secy Came into Court and Exd and Actd their Bond in the penalty of 200 pounds as the Law Directs. LDS film #9022 Montgomery County, Kentucky Order Book 1803-1810 p150.

1810: Ordered that Joseph Thompson, Archibald Ballinger, L. _____and John Dunklain or any hree be appointed to settle the accounts of John Downing Admr. Estate of R. Downing, Decd. Montgomery County, Kentucky Order Bk 1803-1810 p163.

May 1810: The Commissioners appointed to settle with John Downing Admr. of the estate of Rachel Downing Decd. made a report and ordered to be recorded. Montgomery County, Kentucky Order Book 1803-1810 p205.

“Inherited “one survey of land” on the southside of Stony Fork of Reed Creek in Montgomery County

(now Wythe) Virginia. However, was probably located on old homestead on Meadows Creek, Bedford County (deed from James to William for 212½ acres on Meadow Creek, Bedford County, 6 Sept 1779). He and wife Rachel sold this 25 Aug 1783, Bedford County Deed Book 7 p237. Obtained grant of 400 acres on South Fork of Clear Creek, Fayette County in 1784 (Jillson, Kentucky Land Grants p49). Bought 300 acres from David and Elizabeth Finley on Dix River in 1785 (Lincoln County, Kentucky Deed Bk A p79). Probably died before 1792 when Rachel gave power of attorney to Andrew Downing (Mercer County, Kentucky Deed Bk 1 p416).”

Carmen Finley.

Barbara Miller 4601 Litchfield Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46835-8819.


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John Downing (son of William and Rachel (Lusk) Downing)

15 May 1777: born.

1800: listed in Garrard County, Kentucky census.

1803: purchased goods at John Alford's estate sale in Garrard County, Kentucky.

1805: in Kentucky.

July 1805: Administration of the Estate of Rachel Downing Deceased Granted to John Downing. Whereupon the said John took the Oath required by law and together with Randolph Hall and James Scott, Executed and Acknowledged their Bond in the penalty of $1000 Conditioned as the Law directs. LDS Film # 9022 Montgomery County, Kentucky Order Book 1797-1814 p100.

15 July 1807: of age.

27 May 1803: married Garrard County, Kentucky, Susannah Hall. Bondsman Rudolph Hall.

7 June 1832: died Marion County, Missouri.

Jemima Downing (daughter of William and Rachel (Lusk) Downing)

1774: born.

16 May 1796: married James White.

1797: son William White born; married Nancy Decoursey; m/2 Margaret Rosebrough.

26 Nov 1808: daughter Nancy White born; married John Rosebrough (2 Sept 1804-29 Oct 1856 Illinois); died 28 Dec 1838. Children:

Levi Rosebrough born 3 Apr 1832; married 5 Sept 1851 Frances Fisher; died 8 Jan 1900. Children:



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