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John Downs

Male Abt 1704 - 1745  (~ 41 years)


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  • Name John Downs  [1, 2
    Born Abt 17 Jul 1704  Aquebogue, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 Jul 1745  Aquebogue, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Buried Jamesport Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Page 421.--In the name of God, Amen. I, JOHN DOWNS, of Southold in Suffolk County, yeoman, being weak and sick. "I give my Soul to God, in hopes of a kind reception through Jesus Christ, my Lord, and my body to the Earth to be decently buried in hopes of a Joyfull and Comfortable Resurrection at the Last Day." All debts and funeral expenses are to be paid by my executors. I leave to my eldest son John 1/2 of my land northward of the Long Hole, and he shall have his half on the east side joining to my brother William Downs; I also leave him 1/2 of my Little Neck, that is the south end of both land and meadow; and he is to allow his mother, my now wife, the improvement of the same till he is of age, and then she is to have the use of 1/3 so long as she remains my widow. I leave to my third son, James, the other half of my land, from the middle of the Long Hole to the Sound upon the west side; also 1/2 of my Little Neck, both land and meadow upon the north; my wife to have the improvement of it till he is of age. And my son James shall have a drift way through the land which I have given to my son John to the bridge. And my sons John and James shall have a drift way from the bridge to the south road. I leave to my second son Daniel all my land and meadow which I have not disposed of, except 1/2 of the swamp called the Long Hole which lieth against the land which I give to my son John: And my wife is to have the use of it till my son is of age. I leave to my wife Margaret the use of all lands as above and all movable estate for her "to dispose among my children as she sees fit, and when she sees fit," except 4 cows, which I give to my 4 daughters (not named), and I make my wife executor.
      Dated July 9, 1745. Witnesses, Jacob Howell, Youngs Wells, Daniel Wells. Proved August 5, 1745.

      Source: New York City Wills, 1744-1753Page 421.--In the name of God, Amen. I, JOHN DOWNS, of Southold in Suffolk County, yeoman, being weak and sick. "I give my Soul to God, in hopes of a kind reception through Jesus Christ, my Lord, and my body to the Earth to be decently buried in hopes of a Joyfull and Comfortable Resurrection at the Last Day." All debts and funeral expenses are to be paid by my executors. I leave to my eldest son John 1/2 of my land northward of the Long Hole, and he shall have his half on the east side joining to my brother William Downs; I also leave him 1/2 of my Little Neck, that is the south end of both land and meadow; and he is to allow his mother, my now wife, the improvement of the same till he is of age, and then she is to have the use of 1/3 so long as she remains my widow. I leave to my third son, James, the other half of my land, from the middle of the Long Hole to the Sound upon the west side; also 1/2 of my Little Neck, both land and meadow upon the north; my wife to have the improvement of it till he is of age. And my son James shall have a drift way through the land which I have given to my son John to the bridge. And my sons John and James shall have a drift way from the bridge to the south road. I leave to my second son Daniel all my land and meadow which I have not disposed of, except 1/2 of the swamp called the Long Hole which lieth against the land which I give to my son John: And my wife is to have the use of it till my son is of age. I leave to my wife Margaret the use of all lands as above and all movable estate for her "to dispose among my children as she sees fit, and when she sees fit," except 4 cows, which I give to my 4 daughters (not named), and I make my wife executor.
      Dated July 9, 1745. Witnesses, Jacob Howell, Young Wells, Daniel Wells. Proved August 5, 1745.

      Source: New York City Wills, 1744-1753Page 421.--In the name of God, Amen. I, JOHN DOWNS, of Southold in Suffolk County, yeoman, being weak and sick. "I give my Soul to God, in hopes of a kind reception through Jesus Christ, my Lord, and my body to the Earth to be decently buried in hopes of a Joyfull and Comfortable Resurrection at the Last Day." All debts and funeral expenses are to be paid by my executors. I leave to my eldest son John 1/2 of my land northward of the Long Hole, and he shall have his half on the east side joining to my brother William Downs; I also leave him 1/2 of my Little Neck, that is the south end of both land and meadow; and he is to allow his mother, my now wife, the improvement of the same till he is of age, and then she is to have the use of 1/3 so long as she remains my widow. I leave to my third son, James, the other half of my land, from the middle of the Long Hole to the Sound upon the west side; also 1/2 of my Little Neck, both land and meadow upon the north; my wife to have the improvement of it till he is of age. And my son James shall have a drift way through the land which I have given to my son John to the bridge. And my sons John and James shall have a drift way from the bridge to the south road. I leave to my second son Daniel all my land and meadow which I have not disposed of, except 1/2 of the swamp called the Long Hole which lieth against the land which I give to my son John: And my wife is to have the use of it till my son is of age. I leave to my wife Margaret the use of all lands as above and all movable estate for her "to dispose among my children as she sees fit, and when she sees fit," except 4 cows, which I give to my 4 daughters (not named), and I make my wife executor.
      Dated July 9, 1745. Witnesses, Jacob Howell, Youngs Wells, Daniel Wells. Proved August 5, 1745.

      Source: New York City Wills, 1744-1753
    Person ID I10058  Homan
    Last Modified 22 Jul 2017 

    Father William Downs,   b. 23 Feb 1666/67, Boston, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1706/07, Aquebogue, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Mother Abigail Ryder,   b. 1669,   d. 1751, Aquebogue, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Long Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married Abt 1697  Southold, LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3719  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret Howell,   b. Abt 1710, Mattituck, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1789, Aquebogue, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years) 
    Married 16 May 1728  Southold, LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Daniel Downs,   b. 12 Oct 1737, Aquebogue, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1782, Moriches, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     2. Margaret Downs,   b. Abt 1731, Aquebogue, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Minisink, Orange Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 22 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F3237  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S003969] Pioneers of Riverhead, Wines, Virginia, ([Riverhead, N.Y.] : Suffolk County Historical Society, 1981.).
      p.24, 25

    2. [S003969] Pioneers of Riverhead, Wines, Virginia, ([Riverhead, N.Y.] : Suffolk County Historical Society, 1981.).

    3. [S004071] The Salmon Record, Robbins, William A., (Shippensburg, PA: Overton Publications, 1984).

    4. [S110225] The Suffolk Gazette, Marriages and Deaths, from article published in the Long Island Forum, Suffolk County Historical Society, Riverhead, NY, Seaman, Mary Thomas, (New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, April 1893).


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