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William Downs of Morgan County, Georgia
by Michal Martin Farmer
    1. William1Downs was born circa 1730. His will was made 12 October 1789 and proved at November Court 1793, Halifax County, North Carolina.1 His wife’s name is unknown. William Downs lived in Halifax County, by 1773.2 William Downs bought 150 acres where he then lived on Chokiot and Quankey Creeks in Halifax County, in 1776 from Sherwood Grimsley.3 In 1784, William and David Downs sold to William Rose, 26 acres on Quankey Creek.4 William Downs is found in the 1790 census of Halifax County.5
    William Downs’s 1789 will gave son, William Downs, 50 acres, part of the tract where he then lived, adjoining William Rose, south side of road to Quankey Chapel. He gave his daughters, Sarah Downs, Mary Downs, Frances Downs, and Lucy Downs a bed & furniture each. He gave to his son, David Downs, all residue of his land. He gave to his son, John Downs, and daughters, Susanna Brumfeald, Jane Terrey, Anna Harper, and Elizabeth Mooreland five shillings each. The residue of the estate was to be equally divided between daughters, Sarah, Mary, Frances, and Lucy Downs. William Rose and son, David Downs, were executors.6
    Child of William Downs:
+2. i. William Downs, born circa 1755, will made 15 April 1824, proved 3 May 1824, Morgan County, Georgia.

    1 Halifax Co., N.C., Wills 1772-1900, Box Darden-Evans, North Carolina Dept. of Archives & History C.R. .047-801.6.
    2 Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr., The Deeds of Halifax Co., N.C., 1771-1786 (1989), p. 16-17. Deed Book 13, p. 47 & 91. William Downes, David Gill, & George Rose witnessed Deeds of Gift from John Grimsley to his children, 6 & 7 Dec. 1773.
    3 Halifax Co., Deed Book 13, p. 415. 17 July 1776, Sherwood Grimsley to William Downs, both of Halifax Co., for £38 Va. money, 150 acres where Wm. Downes now lives, from Chokiott to Quankey Creeks across land of John Grimsley, decd. Wit: Turner Mason, Thomas Mason, David Gill. Proved Feb. Court 1777 by Turner Mason.
    4 Halifax Co., Deed Book 15, p. 273. 10 Aug. 1784, Wm. & David Downs to William Rose, all of Halifax Co., for £10, 8 shill., 26 acres on Quankey Creek. Wit: Elisha Rose, Bartley Moreland.
    5 Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790, North Carolina (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1908), p. 65. Halifax Co., N.C. William Downs. 3 males over 16, 1 male under 16, 4 females, 0 other persons & slaves.
    6 Halifax Co., Will of William Downs, made 12 Oct. 1789, proved Nov. Court 1793. /s/ William Downes. Test: Jarratt Wallace, Ambrose Harper, Thos. Kelly.