|About The Downings of Downingtown, PA
This line of the Downing surname originated in Bradninch, Devonshire,
England, in the 1400`s. The first documented male of the line is John
Downynge, born about 1530 in Bradninch. His descendants are well documented by
the parish church in Bradninch (St. Disens). Records earlier than 1530
were destroyed by fire.
The ggg grandson of John Downynge was Thomas Downing (1691 - 1772), who
emigrated from Devonshire to Chester county, Pennsylvania in August of 1717. A
member of the Society of Friends (Quakers), he established a mill on the
Brandywine River. The area became known as Milltown, but in the late 1700s
became called `Downing`s Town`; and finally in the mid 1800s it became the
borough of Downingtown.
This web site, then, largely documents the descendants of Thomas Downing,
and the families into which they married. Viewers with mutual ancestors are
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