William Henry Downer

22 April 1730–27 December 1784 (Age 54)
Franklin, New London, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America

The Life Summary of William Henry

When William Henry Downer was born on 22 April 1730, in Franklin, New London, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America, his father, Joseph Downer III, was 36 and his mother, Mary Sawyer, was 25. He married Experience Clark in 1753, in Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He died on 27 December 1784, in Lebanon, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States, at the age of 54.

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William Henry Downer
Experience Clark
Marriage: 1753
William Downer
George Grafton Downer
Theodora Downer
Zilpha Downer
Joseph Downer
Lucinda Downer
Thankful Downer

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1753Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, United States
  • Children


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    +5 More Children

    World Events (2)

    Age 46
    Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
    Age 46
    New Hampshire is 9th state.

    Name Meaning

    English (Isle of Wight, Hampshire, and Sussex): topographic name for someone who lived on a hill or down, from Middle English douner, a derivative of Middle English doun (Old English dūn) ‘hill’ + -er. It is synonymous with atte Doune (see Down ) and is a type of formation especially common in Sussex, Surrey, and Hampshire.English: in the north-West Midlands perhaps a variant of Downward with shortening of the final syllable to -er, a habitational name probably from Downwood (Herefordshire) and perhaps also Dunwood (Staffordshire), with -wood re-etymologized as -ward and occasionally shortened to -ard. See also Downard .Irish (Tipperary): variant of Dooner 2.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (6)

    • William Downer in entry for George Downer, "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900"
    • William Downer, "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947"
    • William Downer, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"

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