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Martha Downey (abt. 1719 - 1801)

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Martha Downey aka McPheeters
Born about in Irelandmap
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Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died in Augusta, Virginia, United Statesmap
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According to the "Memoir of Rev. Samuel B. McPheeters, D.D. by grasy, John S. 1819-1870. The second daughter Martha, while living in Pennsylvania, married Samuel Donney/Downey, and afterward removed with her husband to Augusta county, Virginia.

According to "The McPheeters Family, The descendants of William McPheeters", Martha married Samuel Downey, not Donney. Martha died in Augusta co, VA.

She was the mother of 14 children with Samuel;

  • Rebecca Donney/Downey-(1747-1820), married a Mr. McCutchen, of Augusta county, and had a numerous family.
  • Mary Ann married Capt. Charles Campbell, of Rockbridge county. (brother of Elizabeth campbell); Besides other children, she was the mother of Dr. Campbell of Lexington; of John W. Campbell of Petersburg, and of William Campbell, who married my youngest sister. She died in Ky.
  • Betsey Donney, the sixth daughter, married Major Wilson, of Rockbridge. She was the mother of Rev. James C. Wilson, of Waynesboro, Va.
  • Ann Downey,
  • Jane Downey,
  • Margaret Downey-(1755-1816), also, married Charle Campbell and was the consort of James Trotter-(1753-1827).
  • Rachel Downey-(1759-1816), married John Wilson on 18 March 1779 and they had 4 children; Elizabeth-13march 1780, Infant-stillborn, James Campbell-21 Oct 1784, and Samuel-2 May 1786.
  • Martha Downey,
  • Mary Downey,
  • Isabella Downey,
  • Samuel Downey,
  • William Downey,
  • Elizabeth Downey, Blair-(1756-1836), married William Blair-(1741- ) and thier known children are Elizabeth Blair, Beard-1792-1842) and Martha Blair, Sims-(1795-1872).


She was buried in the New Providence Presybterian Church Cemetery in Raphine, Rockbridge County, Va.

Source of burial here: Rockbridge county, Va cemeteries, South River and Walker Creek Districts, by the Rockbridge Area Genealogical Society, 1999, pages 135. Bio: by LSP.


Note: McPheeters and Rebecca Thompson. She was probably born in Northern Ireland. She married Samuel Donney and they had 10 children:
Janet, 1738
Mary Ann Donney, Campbell,(b.abt 1742 in VA )-Married Capt. Charles Campbell of Rockbridge.
Rebecca Donney, McCutchen-(b. 17 Oct 1747)-married Mr. McCutchen of Augusta, Va.
Margaret, abt 1757 (Mrs. Charles Campbell)
Betsy Donney, Wilson-(b. abt 1758)-married Major. Wilson, of Rockbridge.
Rachel, abt 1759 (Mrs. John Wilson)
Isabella, abt 1760
Martha, abt 1762
Samuel, abt 1772
William, abt 1774


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Record ID Number: MH:IF11554


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Date: 1801
Place: Clark County, Kentucky


  • Created by: LSP Added: 29 May 2011

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  • WikiTree profile Downey-262 created through the import of Wiki Tree.GED on Jun 30, 2012 by Dale Smith. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Dale and others.

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Login to post a comment.; I have not found information of William and Rebecca McPheeters having a son named Charles John McPheeters. There is a John McPheeters, but not Charles John.
posted by Theresia Kennedy
Martha's name birth name should be changed to her parents last name of McPheeters', not her husbands last name.
posted by Theresia Kennedy

Martha is 16 degrees from Frederick Douglass, 10 degrees from Margaret Summitt and 12 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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