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    2. William2Downs (1. William1) was born circa 1755, will made 15 April 1824, proved 3 May 1824, Morgan County, Georgia.7 His wife’s name is unknown. William Downs is found in the 1790 census of Halifax County, North Carolina.8 He sold his land in Halifax County, in 1802.9
    On 17 August 1796, in Halifax County, North Carolina, William Downs sold to Arrington Heath, a negro fellow about 28 years old named Tom.10 The 1796 bill of sale sold Tom for £100, 8 shillings, 10 pence. William Downs paid Arrington Heath £61, 6 May 1800, in Halifax County, and got Tom back.11 Tom, aged 55 to 60, was named in William Downs’s will in Morgan County, Georgia, in 1824.
    William Downs moved from Halifax County, North Carolina, to Morgan County, Georgia, in 1807 with his children, Sarah Downs and David Downs. He paid taxes in Morgan County, from 1807 until after 1812.12 William Downs drew land in the 1821 Georgia Land Lottery while living in Foster’s District, Clarke County. He drew Lot 2 in the 5th District of Houston County.13 William’s son, David Downs, was agent for William Downs when the 1824 taxes were paid in Morgan County.14
    William Downs lived in the 5th District of Morgan County, on Lot 184 in the northeast part of Morgan County, near the town of Apalachee and the Clarke County (now Oconee County) and Greene County, lines. In 1819, William Downs bought 75 acres of land in Clarke County, Georgia.15

    7 Morgan Co., Ga., Will Book B, p. 155-156. Will of William Downs.
    8 1790 U.S. Census, Halifax Co., N.C., p. 61: William Downs. 1 male over 16, 1 male under 16, 3 females, 0 other persons, 1 slave.
    9 Halifax Co., N.C., Deed Book 19, p. 65. 17 June 1802, William Downs to James Jones, both of Halifax Co., for $100, 50 acres, adjoining Little Quankey, Hill, & Powell. Wit: Guilford Jones, John Eaton. Recorded Feb. Court 1802.
    10 Halifax Co., N.C., Deed Book 18, p. 67. Wit: L. Long, John Duberry.
    11 Weynette Parks Haun, Halifax District N. C., Superior Court of Law & Equity 1785-1790, Bills & Answers, 1797-1805 Minutes (Durham, N.C., 1982), p. 196.
    12 Morgan Co., Ga., Tax Digests, no page numbers. Arranged by year and Militia Dist. 1808, William Downs in Barton’s Dist. 1809, William Downs in Lane’s Dist. 1810, William Downs in Hughey’s Dist. 1812, William Downs in Barton’s Dist. He owned no land, but had one slave poll.
    13 Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas, The Fourth or 1821 Land Lottery of Ga. (Southern Historical Press, 1986), p. 65. William Downs, Sr., Clarke Co., Foster’s Dist.
    14 Morgan Co., 1824 Tax Digest, David Downs in Sparks’s Dist. & as agent for William Downs.
    15 Clarke Co., Deed Book L, p. 381.