Person:William Downs (16)

m. abt. 1715
  1. Ambrose Downs1716 - 1813
  2. Elizabeth DownsAbt 1719 -
  3. Henry Downs, Jr.Abt 1724 - 1798
  4. William DownsAbt 1725 - 1803
  5. Richard DownsAbt 1730 -
  6. Jonathan Downs1732 - 1818
  • HWilliam DownsAbt 1725 - 1803
  • WPhoebe HoggBef 1747 - 1775
m. bef. 1764
  • HWilliam DownsAbt 1725 - 1803
  • WPolly TilleyBef 1777 -
m. 03 February 1794
Facts and Events
Name William Downs
Gender Male
Birth[1] abt. 1725 Orange County, Virginia
Marriage bef. 1764 to Phoebe Hogg
Marriage 03 February 1794 North Carolinato Polly Tilley
Death? 1803 Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee

William Downs 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 80.--Henry Downs, Sr., to Wm. Downs, 400 acres on Smith's Creek, patented to Henry 1st October, 1747.
  • 5th November 1747 - William Downs received a patent for 200 acres on "Stover's Mill Creek; land of Wm. Lamb", (as listed in the disposition below):

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 529.--18th February, 1758. William Downs to John Madison, £35, 200 acres patented to William, 5th November, 1747; Stover's Mill Creek; land of Wm. Lamb. Teste: Henry Downs, Abraham Miller.
  • Page 378.--30th May, 1760. William Downs to James Laird, £40, 400 acres, glade of Smith's Creek above (?). Teste: Joseph Hannah, James Craig, Samuel Henderson, James Laird. Delivered: James Laird, 27th June, 1761.

Records of William Downs in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 2 - FEE BOOKS OF AUGUSTA COURT - 1758; page 82, William Fulton, brother of Tom Fulton; Mary Johnson, a poor woman; John Fletcher, insolvent; Wm. Bernard, bankrupt; Wm. Russell, in Plutoe's Dominions; James Goodfellow, Caroline; Thomas Harrison, Culpeper; William Downs, Caroline.
  • Page 651.--20th March, 1764. James Craig, yeoman, to James Leard, yeoman, deed of surrender of mortgage by James Laird to James Craig, dated 10th June, 1760, for 400 acres purchased by Laird of William Downs on Smith's Creek.
  • Page 479.--9th August, 1770. John Madison and Agatha to John Denniston, £25, 200 acres on north side Shanando River patented to William Downs, 5th March, 1747, and by him conveyed to John Madison, 18th February, 1758, mouth of Stover's Mill Creek; corner William Lamb and Robert Shanklin. Delivered: John Denniston, 3d August, 1772.
  • Vol. 2 - A list of levys returned bad by John Smith for 1773-1774: William Amil, Hugh Brown, Wm. Downs. (listed among many others).

  1. Hill, Lanette. The Downes or Downs Family Genealogy. (, 2010)
    pg. 10.

    Note: this source lists William downs' birthdate as in 1730, but since William received land from his father, Henry Downs in 1747, William was most likely of "legal age" to transact land transactions, and was most likely burn a few years earlier, probably abt. 1725.