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Downings in America

Privacy Level: Open (White)
Date: After 1600
Location: Americamap
Surnames/tags: Downing Downen Downey
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The goal of this project is to trace our Downings back as far as possible and find out how we are related. We know Downings came from England, Ireland and Scotland. The goal of this project is to get our Downing lines "back to the boat" by finding the original immigrant ancestors.

I have two Downings lines. They came from Maryland. My lines last intermarried just prior to the Civil War. DNA has now shown all the Maryland Downings share a common ancestor but who that man was has not been definitively proven - and may never be. There are three or four distinct lines, depending on how you count as there is a lot of intermarriage along the way to where we are now, and whether you believe the men in 1720 were brothers or cousins. No connection to the other Downing lines has been shown - yet.

There is a Downing line from England that went to Massachusetts. Downing Street in London is named for that family. There are the Downingtown, Pennsylvania, Downings. And more.

Also, as many of our distant ancestors couldn't write, their surname got spelled however the person documenting them thought it should be spelled. Accents (think various English dialects, Irish, Scottish) might make a difference. We have DNA proof that Downen and Downey lines came from the Maryland Downings. This can happen in any surname so keep an open mind if the spelling is off.

Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help.

Will you join me? Please post a comment here on this page, in G2G using the project tag, or send me a private message. Thanks!

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My paternal grandmother Jenny Downing born Curriers NY 1906 Jennifer Mildred (Downing) Russell (1906-2005) was the daughter of Cleveland Downing https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Downing-2889. I’d like to contribute to this page if I can.
posted by Dana Russell
Link your most distant Downing ancestor's profile on the Downing Name Study page at https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:Downing_Name_Study
posted by Cheryl Rothwell
I've been looking for more information on Jedediah Downing (Downing-1474). He was married in Brooklyn, CT. Haven't found any birth or death records, but he was likely born circa 1720, based on the birth dates of his children.
posted by J Briller
I have one Downing Ancestor, and found a Downing Family Cemetery on private property in Lancaster County, Virginia. I hope this helps someone!
I just adopted a couple of Massachusetts to Connecticut Downings...putting the name study category in, but can't put them in Connecticut because that one isn't created subcategory yet.
posted by T Counce
My Downing ancestor is Abigail Downing, b 1616 in England and married Richard Montague 1636 (probably in Massachusetts)
posted by Shelley Montague
Cheryl, I would like to add information to this! I have a lot of it.
posted by Teri Rouse

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