Person:Samuel Downey (3)

  1. Janet DowneyABT 1738 - 1817
  2. Elizabeth Downey1739-1748 -
  3. Miriam Downey1740-1768 -
  4. William Downey1740-1768 -
  5. Mary Ann Downey1742 -
  6. Rebecca Downeyabt 1747 - 1820
  7. Margaret DowneyABT 1755 -
  8. Rachel Downey1759 - 1816
  9. Samuel Downey1765 - aft 1832
m. Est. 1786-1795
Facts and Events
Name Samuel Downey
Gender Male
Birth? 1765-66 Prob. Augusta County, Virginia
Marriage Est. 1786-1795 to Rachel Patrick
Death? aft. 1832 poss. Montgomery County, Kentucky

Samuel Downey was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 196.--2d June, 1791. Samuel Downey and Rachel to Wm. Blair, of Augusta, and John Wilson, of Rockbridge. Teste: Wm. Downey, Jno. Atkinson.

Revolutionary War Pension Information

Information from “Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Data from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Records”, Vol. 2, compiled by Patrick G. Wardell, Lt. Col. U.S. Army Ret. :

Downey, Samuel - entered service 1781 in Augusta County, Virginia, where born in 1765-6; after Revolutionary War moved to Montgomery County, Kentucky where granted Pension in 1832. F-12778, R845.

Advisory on Samuel Downey

Samuel Downey is suspected of being the spouse of Rachel Patrick, daughter of John Patrick of Augusta County, Virginia. Land records show that this Samuel's wife was named Rachel. In the will of John Patrick, he names several grandchildren named Downey, but does not name a daughter of those children, which indicates that the daughter that married a Downey had died prior to 1809. We know that Rachel Patrick, daughter of John Patrick, died in 1801 in Kentucky, so the likelyhood that this Samuel Downey is the father of the children listed in John Patrick's will, whose wife died prior to the writing of his will in 1809 makes at least a plausible case:

  • Page 274.--7th February, 1809. John Patrick's will, old and infirm--To wife Jane; sons, William and Charles; to grandchildren, Robert, Margaret, Samuel, Jenny, John, Mary, and Rebecca Downey; daughter, Isabella McCatchen; grandson, John Patrick McCutchen. Executors, sons William and Charles. Teste: Robt. Porterfield, Andrew Ramsey, David Bell. Proved, 22d May. 1809. Executors qualify.