Person:James Downing (30)

James Downing
b.est. 1725
  • HJames Downingest 1725 -
  • WMary King1724 -
m. bef. 14 February 1749
  1. William Downingbef 1750 -
  2. James Downing, Jr.abt 1753 -
Facts and Events
Name James Downing
Gender Male
Birth? est. 1725
Marriage bef. 14 February 1749 prob. Augusta County, Virginiato Mary King

James Downing was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 592.--14th February, 1749. Hugh Douglas, laborer, and Margaret, to James Downing and Mary, his wife, relict of Peter Dyer (deceased), spinteres, 130 acres on Stover's Mill Creek. John Stephenson's line. Teste: Archibald Huston, John Stephenson.

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 527.--15th November, 1752. James Downing and Mary to James Wait, 120 acres patented to Hugh Douglas, 25th June, 1747, and conveyed by him to Downing; John Stevenson's line. Teste: Edward Shanklin, Thomas Harrison, Daniel Harrison.
  • Page 279.--6th April, 1753. James Downing and Mary to John Love, 1753, on Smith Creek; corner John Love's land near land of John Davison, 175 acres. Teste: Thomas Millsaps,

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Page 312.--26th February, 1750. Jacob Nicholas and Valentine Pence's bond as administrators of Mathcw Shaup, with sureties Wm. Williams and James Downing.
  • Page 6.--2d January, 1755. John Love and Johanna, to Philip Arrantrout. £18, 175 acres bought by Love from James Downing, who patented it 5th February, 1753. corner said Love's other patent near John Davis's land on the head waters of Smith Creek. Teste: Frederick Anantrout. John (his mark) Love. Johanna (her mark) Love.
  • Vol. 2 - APRIL, 1803 (N to Z). - John Taylor, Archd. Taylor, James Taylor, Joseph Taylor, Jonathan Taylor, Wm. Taylor, Sarah Taylor, Francis Carter and Margaret, late Margt. Taylor, Saml. Twitchet and Catherine, late Catherine Taylor, Sylvenus Gibson and Elenor, late Elenor Taylor and Easter Taylor, devisees of James Waits, deceased, vs. John Huston--Writ of right, Rockingham. Two tracts, 150 acres in Rockingham; Jno. Stephenson's line, 20 acres, Stover's Mill Creek; James Downing's survey. Copy patent to John Stephenson, 400 acres on Orange (Augusta) County, on Stover's Mill Creek, of South River, Shenandore, 1st June, 1741. John Stephenson to Archd Huston, 18th May, 1773, recorded. John Stephenson's will, dated 13th October, 1777, probated in Rockingham 23d November, 1778; wife. Devisees, Jonathan Taylor and Easter Taylor, two of wife's children (infants). Daughter, Mary Huston, widow of Archd. Huston. Grandsons, Jno. Huston, Stephen Huston, George Huston and Nathan Huston. Grandchildren, Ann, Abigail, Sarah, Jane, Elizabeth and Archibald Huston (infants), daughter Mary Huston. Executors, Daniel Smith, Sr., and Felix Gilbert. Patent to James Waits, 1st September, 1782; 20 acres by survey, 18th December, 1751, on Stover's Mill Creek. James Waits' will, dated 9th October, 1771. Probated in Rockingham, 24th September, 1781. James Waits' will: Wife Catrine. John Taylor's children, they being the lawful issue of his wife Esther--Sarah and Catherine--to have more than others.

Records in North Carolina

  • March 1754 George Williams to James Downin, 240 acres and witnessed by William Hellems. [Source: Orange County, North Carolina Court Minutes 1752-1761, Book I].
  • 18 July 1771 - William Downin of Orange to James Newlin of same, 112L, 240 a on S side Haw R & on Cain Cr. Crossing creek it being the plantation now in possession of William Downin heir at law by decease of his father James Downin, part of tract from George Williams to James Downin 27 July 1754, Granville to Williams 12 May 1753, [no metes or bounds given] signed: William Downin; witness: William Harvey, John Carter; proved July Term 1771 by Harvey. [Source: Orange County, North Carolina Deed Book 3. p. 74].


From Message Board:

Re: Stop the presses - Two different James Waites! Posted by: Lois Olmstead (ID *****5444) Date: March 22, 2012 at 16:43:22 In Reply to: Stop the presses - Two different James Waites! by Jim Veregge of 131

Joseph Waits came from Fairfax Co., VA. He was married to Elizabeth King (daughter of William King). Elizabeth's sister was Mary King Dyer, who came to Augusta Co. with her husband Peter Dyer. Peter Dyer d. in Augusta in 1749 and Mary re-married James Downing. I believe that her mother was Eleanor Taylor, wife of John Taylor of Augusta Co. who d. there in 1747. There is a record in Chalkley for grandmother Eleanor Taylor giving a B. sole gift to her grandson, William Downen in 1750.

I'm primarily a Downing researcher, but I'm now beginning research on the Taylor and Waits families in Augusta, trying to figure out who the John Taylor was who had the earlier death date in 1747.

Anyone have any ideas about how all this might fit together? [Source:]