Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Robert Downs

Male Bef 1649 - 1676  (> 27 years)

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  • Name Robert Downs 
    Birth Bef 1649 
    Gender Male 
    Death 24 Jan 1676  Charles County, Maryland - inventory Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I14591  Tree1
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2024 

    Family ID F10022  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margery MNU Downs,   b. Bef 1653 
     1. Elizabeth Downs,   b. Bef 1668, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [Father: natural]
     2. Robert Downs,   b. 4 Feb 1670, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 26 Mar 1695, Charles County, Maryland - account Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 25 years)  [Father: natural]
     3. William Downs,   b. Abt 1674, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 2 Apr 1720, Prince George's County, Maryland - inventory Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 46 years)  [Father: natural]
    Family ID F8147  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2024 

  • Notes 
    • Robertt Downes 1.505 I CH #7292 Jan 24 1675/6
      Servants mentioned: Thomas King.
      Appraisers: John Fanning, John Wright.
      Charles County Circuit Court, Birth, Deaths & Marriage Records, Liber Q
      Downes, Robert, s/o Robert Downes, b. 4 Feb 1670
      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber A; 28 Jan 1662, Page 175
      Clement Theoball demands warrant against Robert Downe; debt
      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber B, 4 Nov 1662, Page 4 - 5
      Robert Sly, admn. to Samuel Smith, Plt.; Edmond Lindsey, Def.; debt for 600# of tobacco in cask bill for 600# of tobacco dated 14 May 1661; /s/ Edmond Lindsey (mark); wit. Robert Downes (mark); Daniell Wild (mark); Patrick Hays, age ca 23 years, swore on 25 Mar 1662 that he herd Edmond Lindsey promise to pay Patrick Hays for the use of Mr. Samuel Smith late deceased 4 barrels of corn and 2 hogsheads of tobacco; /s/ Patricke Hays; before Henry Adames
      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber B, 27 Mar 1662/3, Page 109
      James Lindsey demands warrant against Robert and Margerie Downs; case of defamation
      James Lee demands warrant against John Grinley; subpoena Jame Lindsey, Robert Dows and his wife
      Charles County Court, 11 November 1664
      Commissioners Present: Mr. Henry Addames, Mr. Walter Beane,
      Mr. James Lindsey, Mr. Thomas Mathews, Mr. William Marshall

      The Lt General's attorney and the Lord Baltimore's attorney, Mr. William Calvert indicts William Allen, John Muns, John Boyden and John Cabell for killing and stealing of hogs; require the following oaths: James Lee says that sometime in December he found the aforementioned parties killing his hogs which were 3 sows and one shoat; William Allen said he was to give him satisfaction for them [details of confrontation over the hog killing] Thomas Chapman and Robert Downes swore they were at the house of Downes and went into the woods with James Lee to look for his hogs and saw the above mentioned men [repeating conversation that took place when the men were found] Indicted men requested that Thomas Chapman and Robert Downes give their oath before a jury; they state that "James Lee hope upe with a hoge upon the hors of Francom" Jury impaneled as follows: Mr. Humphery Warrent, foreman; John Cage, Francis Wine, Edward Swan, Richard Dod, John Duglas, Ignatius Causeen, Alexander Smith, John Lambert, Thomas Allonson, Nicholaus Emerson, Robert Robins William Calvert entered request for determination if these men were guilty of hog stealing and killing
      William Allen entered the following into the record; William Allen, John Cabell and Nemio Littell; I do hereby authorize you to kill any of my hogs in "Lewisses Necke" or of the hogs of John Delahay whose mark is [description of mark]; 16 Oct 1663; /s/ James Lee (mark); wit. George Thompson, Thomas Wentworth [instructions to the jury by William Calvert]
      James Lee swore he had lost 3 sows and shoats
      Robert Downes swore that he saw James Lee mark 11 shoats
      Thomas Chapman swore he saw the afsd. hogs at James Lee's home where he lived
      3 sows valued at 120# of tobacco; 4 pigs at 30# of tobacco; each of the men indicted to pay James Lee double the value of the swine and 200# due for a fine to James Lee and 300# fine to the Lord Proprietary
      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber B, 5 Mar 1663/4, Page 301
      Bill of Sale from Joseph Lenton, planter, to Andrew Watson of one red heifer; 27 Mar 1660; /s/ Joseph Lenton; wit. Henry Downes, Elisabeth Spicer (mark); Watson assigns rights in the above to John Browne; 4 Mar 1661; /s/ Andrew Watson (mark); wit. B. Marshagay, Tho. Allonson
      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber B, 12 Jul 1664, Page 325
      Mr. James Lindsey, Plt., Robert Downes, Def.; debt of 400# of tobacco by declaration in folio 142; bill binding Robert Downes, planter, to James Lindsey, high sheriff of Charles County, for 398# of tobacco and cask to be paid 10 Nov ensuing; 18 May 1663; IV Robert Downes (mark); wit. David Prichard, Edward Baker (mark); defendant confesses judgment; payment ordered and cost of suit
      Charles County Circuit Court Liber H, Page 88
      8 Jan 1677; Indenture from Gerrard Sly of St. Mary's County, merchant, to Philip Lines in behalf of Robert Downes, son and heir to Robert Downes, dec'd; for 2,100# tobacco; a parcel of land called Cow Springs on the north side of the Potomac near the mouth of Nangemy Creek; containing 400 acres; formerly possessed by Samuel Smith, dec'd, and Robert Sly, Sr.; /s/ Gerrard Sly; wit. [blank[
      Charles County Circuit Court Liber S, Page 189
      14 Nov 1693; Indenture from John Sheennan, planter, to Nicholas Cooper, planter; for 2,000# tobacco; a 50 acre parcel called Watson's Purchase of 300 acres; bounded by Nanjemy Creek and and of Robert Downes; /s/ John Sheereman (mark); wit. Peter Achilles, Clebome Lomax
      Charles County Liber L#2 page 152.
      At the request of Joseph Harrison of CC, gent,, the following deed was recorded this Aug 14, 1724.
      Aug 11, 1724 from Michael Shackalet (Shalalet) of CC, planter, & Elizabeth, his wife, the daughter of Mary Campbell, the daughter of Eliza Dermon who was sister and heiress of Robert Downes Sr & heir of Robt Downes, the 1st purchaser of the land called Cowspring, to Joseph Harrison (son of Richard Harrison) of CC, for 17,400 lbs of tobacco and for divers other good causes, all that tract of land at Nanjemy [Cr] in CC upon Potomack River side, called Cowspring or Coolespring, bounded by the woods, containing and laid out for about 400 acres. Signed - Michael (X his mark) Shakalet, Elizabeth (X her mark) Shakalet. Wit - Wm Stone*, Thos Stone*, R Stone.

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