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John DOWNEY

Male Abt 1794 - 1868  (~ 74 years)


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  • Name John DOWNEY 
    Born Abt 1794  Foxearth, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    _UID 09382C2F1A824E86AC66C6D88BA63EC9F49C 
    Died Sep 1868  Sudbury RD Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • 1841 census: in Foxearth Street, Foxearth, Essex (all DOWNEY, all born Essex except Mary), John (47, ag lab), Mary (47), Charles (21, straw plaiter), Susan (19, ag lab), Jonathan (16, ag lab) and David (14, ag lab).

      1851 census: in Church Street, Foxearth, Essex (all DOWNEY), John (head, 59, Chelsea pensioner, born Foxearth), Mary (wife, 56, seamstress, born Melford, Suffolk), Charles (son, 30, ag lab, born Foxearth), Jonathan (son, 26, ag lab, born Foxearth) and David (son, 24, ag lab, born Foxearth).

      1861 census: in Street, Foxearth, Essex (all DOWNEY), John (head, 69, ag lab & pensioner, born Foxearth), Mary (wife, 67, born Melford, Suffolk) and David (son, 33, --last cutter, born Foxearth).

      It's very likely that in addition to the children mentioned in the above censuses John and Mary had a daughter called Elizabeth. The reason for thinking this is that the following 1871 census entry refers to Mary DOWNEY as the mother of Elizabeth WARD:
      1871 census: in Foxearth, William WARD (57, rural post office messenger, born Foxearth), Elizabeth WARD (wife, 52, needlework, born Foxearth) and Mary DOWNEY (wife's mother, widow, 76, formerly needle woman, born Melford, Suffolk).
      This would put Elizabeth's birth at about 1819. She must have married William WARD before civil registration began. She appears with him in the 1841, 1851 and 1861 censuses of Foxearth: they don't seem to have had any children.

    Person ID I2919  Great Horkesley, Essex
    Last Modified 18 Mar 2014 

    Father William DOWNEY,   b. Abt 1760,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Mary UNKNOWN 
    Family ID F968  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary UNKNOWN,   b. Abt 1794, Melford, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1871, Sudbury RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years) 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth DOWNEY,   b. Abt 1819, Foxearth, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Charles DOWNEY,   b. Abt 1821, Foxearth, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Susan DOWNEY,   b. Abt 1822, Foxearth, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Jonathan DOWNEY,   b. Abt 1825, Foxearth, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1894, Sudbury RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years)
     5. David DOWNEY,   b. Abt 1827, Foxearth, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1874, Sudbury RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years)
    Last Modified 17 Mar 2014 
    Family ID F969  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S178] BMD index, aged 78 (sic), Q3 1868 Sudbury 4a/303. (Reliability: 3).