William Henry Downer

22 April 1730–27 December 1784 (Age 54)
Franklin, New London, Connecticut, United States

The Life of William Henry

When William Henry Downer was born on 22 April 1730, in Franklin, New London, Connecticut, United States, 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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Family Time Line

William Henry Downer
1730–1784
Experience Clark
1732–1802
Marriage: 1753
William Downer
1750–1790
George Grafton Downer
1761–1824
Theodora Downer
1754–1855
Zilpha Downer
1755–1829
Joseph Downer
1758–1841
Lucinda Downer
1761–1853
Thankful Downer
1764–1829

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
1753
Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, United States
children

(7)

+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings

siblings

(10)

+5 More Children

World Events (2)

1776

Age 46

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776

Age 46

New Hampshire is 9th state.

Name Meaning

1 Southern English: topographic name for someone who lived in an area of downland (the rolling chalk hills of Sussex, Surrey, and Kent), from Old English dūn ‘down’, ‘low hill’ (of Celtic origin) + the suffix -er, denoting an inhabitant. Dun is a common element of English place names.2 Irish: variant of Dooner 2.

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

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Sources (3)

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

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