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Ann (O'Neal) Downard (1685 - 1765)

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Ann Downard formerly O'Neal aka O'Neill, Phillips [uncertain]
Born in Armagh, Armagh, Irelandmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 1715 in Pennsylvaniamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Chester, Pennsylvaniamap
Profile last modified 15 Aug 2019 | Created 18 Jun 2014
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Ann (O'Neal) Downard migrated from Ireland to Pennsylvania, United States.
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The following documents are the basis for the discussion whether her last name at birth was O'Neal or Phillips. It all depends on whether Con O'Neal and/or Ann Phillips were related to her.

PA Archives Series 3 Book 32 or 37 on the PA/MD border dispute says that Wm Downard's wife Anne born about 1705 (mother of Susanna and Anne) may have had maiden name Charleton.

11/94 letter of Warren "Tuck" Forsythe to Margaret Summitt [Robe-79] states her surname was probably not Charleton or Charlton but he speculates it was either Philips or O'Neal.

PA Archives vol. 22 Series 3 p. 4 and p. 42 lists Wm and Jacob sons of Wm Downard, Sr., living 1773 Springhill Twp (now Fayette Co. PA); first land record is in Georges Twp. in 1771 surveyed, patented 1793 as William Downard's "Chestnut Hill"

Warren "Tuck" Forsythe found a deposition that Ann gave in Chester County in 1762 in the case of Nicholas Seaver. Ann testified that she had known Con O'Neal and Jean Phillips and their children back in County Armagh.

The only locality in Co. Armagh comes from James' wife's Downard family page 64 of "Northern Neck Land Warrants and Surveys" vol. 4 of 1987 by Peggy Shomo Joyner for Hampshire Co. VA (now WV) 1687 to 1784: mentions Loughgall in Co. Armagh, which is on the NW side of Armagh adjoining Co. Tyrone (our p. 64 document dated 16 Sep 1762): in the case of Nicholas Seaver, a deposition was taken on 16 Sep 1762. It was given in Chester Co. PA by Ann, widow of Wm. Downard. Her age estimated at 23 then. Ann said she'd known (back in Parish Loughgall, Co. Armagh, Ireland) Con O'Neal, Jean Phillips and their kids Arthur, Daniel and Ann. Ann O'Neal by 1762 was the wife of James Conlon (or Cowlan). Ann (Mrs. Downard) had emigrated when Arthur was about 20 (which somewhat contradicts the age 23 estimate for Ann Downard, as she swore she was at his parents' wedding, and since Arthur's emigration was 3 or 4 years ago, i.e. 1758-1759 and he was still living in Ireland aged 20 years when Ann (now Downard) left there). Also the youngest child Ann O'Neal Conlan is by now married with several children, which implies many years since her parents' marriage that Ann (now Downard) swore she witnessed conducted by a Church of England Rector, which all brings hope that the '2' in 23 years for Ann Downard is not a 2; When Daniel came to America he stayed with the Downards 6 months, then to VA; Daniel O'Neal's land surveyed 28 April 1753 by David Vance at 144 acres at Big Meadow, a br. of Patterson's Creek (?in Hampshire Co. WV or Chester Co., PA?); REVIEW OF XEROX 1992 of above: also mentions Dower rights of Ann Ashmore (a William Ashmore of Baltimore Co. MD is also mentioned) late widow of D.B.(??)--question marks in 1987 original! The case in total is named Nicholas Seaver and Patrick McCarty executors of Arthur O'Neal dec'd. Daniel O'Neal's sister Ann O'Neal Conlan was to inherit from Daniel O'Neal dec'd unless she didn't fulfill conditions and then Seaver would get it--and so the executor was up to selfish monkey business because he wasn't a disinterested party.


Name: Ann Phillips /Oneal/[1]


  1. Source: #S2 Page: Ancestry Family Trees Data: Text: 3
  • Excerpt: Northern Neck Surveys - Nicholas Seaver, Hampshire County, 144 Acres Chester County in Pennsylvania, September ye 16th 1762. Peggy Shomo Joyner, "Virginia Northern Neck Land Warrants and Surveys, 1687-1784," vol. 4 (for Hampshire County VA/WV), p. 64.

Source: S2 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Name: Name: Name: Name: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Originaldata: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.;;;;; Repository: #R1 NOTEThis information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created.

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O'Neal-769 and O'Neal-473 appear to represent the same person because: I had mine as O'Neill, but changed to O'Neal to facilitate merge. (Why I couldn't find my O'Neill in the first place).
posted by Sandi Wiggins

Ann is 21 degrees from Danielle Liard, 16 degrees from Jack London and 15 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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