Facts and Events
John Downing was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 442.--6th August, 1754. Robert McForland to John Downing, £20.14.0, 248 acres on Stoney Fork of Re(e)d Creek. Teste: Abraham Dunckleberry, Nathaniel Wilshire. (Note: Robert McFarland's son James married John Downing's daughter Margaret)
Early Land Acquisition in Bedford County, VA
- 22 September 1761. John Downing and George Agar bought for 50 L, 500 acres of land, lying on both sides of Molley's Creek, from John Fitz Patrick. 27 Apr 1762. John Downing and George Agar sold for 50 L, 500 acres of land, lying on both sides of Molley's Creek to John Fitz Patrick. [Bedford County Virginia, Deed Book 1, p. 470 and 512.]
- 24 July 1764. John Downing purchased 112 acres on Meadows Creek for 50 L, from Richard Stith acting for the Executors of Richard Randolph, deceased. [Bedford County Virginia, Deed Book 2, p. 421.]
Records of John Downing in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - 1749 - We petitioners, being the frontier inhabitants of this colony, labor under great inconveniences for want of a road being opened from our settlement towards the landing, and there being (as we presume) a sufficient number of inhabitants to open one, we therefore humbly pray that your worship will be graciously pleased to take our case under your serious consideration and grant an order for a road to be opened from Zachariah Callhouns, on Reedy Creek, and thence to the Buffalo Lick and from thence 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 Roanoke, and that John Vance and Alexander Sayers be appointed to mark and lay off said road from said Callhouns to Woods River, and that John Stroud and James Conley mark and lay off from thence to the aforesaid dividing ridge, etc. That John McFarland and Joseph Crockett be appointed overseers to open and clear said road from said Calhoun's to Woods River, with the subscribers and the adjacent inhabitants and that William Crispe and William Pellem be appointed overseers from Woods River to the aforesaid dividing ridge, etc., and we, your petitioners, shall pray. Hendery Battan, Jacob Goldman, Jacob Goldman, Frederick Cadock, John Scott, John Combe, Samuel Stonacie, Robert McFarland, John Stead, Mordecai Early, John Downing, Charles Sincler, Wiliam Sayers, William Hamilton, Robert V(N)orris, Samuel Mountgomery, Andrew Lynam, James Macee, James Heris, Robert Miller, John Miller, Robert Allcorn, William Miller, John McFarland, Joseph Crockett, Val. Wilcher, Humberstone Lyon, James Miller, Stephen Lyon, Thomas Barnes, James Willy, John Vance, Alexander Sayers, Jacob Cassall, John German.
- Page 232.--11th December, 1749. Saml. Crockett's will, of Reed Creek, farmer--Wife, Esther; executors, Wife and James Montgomery; son, John; five sons; some of children are infants; daughters, Agness, Jane, Catherine; guardian of children, Joseph Crockett. Teste: Joseph Crockett, John Noble, John Downing. Proved, 22d May, 1750, by Joseph Crockett and Jno. Noble; and both executors qualify, with surety Joseph Long. (Note: proves John Downing was in Reed Creek prior to this date)
- Vol. 1 - MAY 23, 1750. - (371) Road ordered from Ezekiel Calhoun's to Wood's River thence to Top of Ridge between Wood's River and the South Fork of Roanoke. John McFarland and Joseph Crockett to be surveyors of former, and Wm. Crisp and Wm. Pellam, of latter part, with tithables, and the following: Henry Batton, Mordecai Early, John McFarland, Jacob Goldman, John Downing, John Goldman, Charles Sinclair, Nathaniel Wilshire, Wm. Sayers, Jacob Goldman, Wm. Hamilton, Humbertson Lyon, Frederick Carlock, Robert Norris, James Miller, James Cave, Saml. Montgomerie, Steven Lyon, John Conley, Andrew Linam, James Willbey, Saml. Stanlick, James Maies, Robert McFarlin, James Harris, John Vance, John Stride, Robert Miller, Alexr. Sayers, John Miller, Jacob Castle, Robert Alcorn, John Forman, Wm. Miller.
- Vol. 1 - FEBRUARY, 1750 (B). - John Downing vs. Benjamin Borden.--Chancery, Writ 17 March, 1747. In 1743, plaintiff purchased of Benjamin Borden, Sr., through John Patterson, his agent, 300 acres on South side Galway's Creek, joining Galway and George Moffett. Suit for title.
- Vol. 2 - FEE BOOKS OF AUGUSTA COURT - 1756: John Downing, sent to Caroline.
Records of John Downing in Bedford County, VA
- 13 September 1763 - Margaret Downing & James E. McFarland marriage bond; John Downing,
surety. [Bedford County, Virginia Marriage Bonds]
- 24 Aug 1772. .... John Downing .... (along with a number of others) ordered to assist in clearing
a road. [Bedford County Virginia Order Book 4, Bedford Court]
- John Downing will - 14 Nov 1777 Bedford, VA1:266
- 26th Day of January 1778: At a Court held at the Court House of Bedford County on Monday the 26th Day of January 1778 for the Examination of Samuel Bradshaw on suspicion of his having felonously Shot & Wounded John Downing with a Riffle Gun ...... in the arm between the Elbow & the Shoulder So that he died. [Bedford County Court Records, Book 3, pg. 138].
Information on John Downing
From Rootsweb.com post:
John DOWNING b. Ireland d. 1777 Russell Parish, Bedford Co., VA
Children: William b. 1740 d. bef. 19 Aug. 1792 Garrard Co., KY m.
John d. 27 Sept 1811 St. Charles Co., MO m. Rachel Dooley 23 Mar
1778 Bedford Co., VA
Andrew d. 4 Mar. 1819 St. Charles Co. MO m. Margaret
James b. Reed Creek , Augusta Co. VA d. 17 Oct 1811
Madison Co., KY m. Nancy
Ezekial b. 21 Sept 1754 Reed Creek, Augusta Co., VA d. 5 Aug
1817 in MO. m. Rachel Brown 30 Jan. 1778 Bedford Co. VA
Margaret m. James McFarland 13 Sept. 1763 Bedford Co. VA
Mary m. John Yoakum