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Pvt John Downer
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Birth: Oct. 25, 1744
Schenectady County
New York, USA
Death: Dec. 10, 1815
Bennington County
Vermont, USA

Family tradition has John being one of three children born of William Downer (b. 1710) and his wife Amy Goff and that his siblings were: Molly and Sally. Tradition also has it that he came to Pownal on the New Hampshire Grants from Schenectady, Albany County, Province of New York about 1763.

John married, at Pownal on the New Hampshire Grants (now Bennington County, Vermont) about 1772, Lydia Dunham (1757-1815) by whom he had 10 children: William (1773-1859), Obadiah L. (1774-1815), Amy (1776-1840), John (1777-1850), Joel (1780-1865), Sarah (b. 1782), Lydia (1786-1861), Mary (Polly) (b. 1789), Lucy (b. 1791), and Abner Patridge (1793-1856).

On October 11, 1780, Captain Eli Noble's (Pownal) Company, Colonel Samuel Herrick's 2nd Vermont Militia Regiment was called up in response to the alarm caused by the raid led by British Major Christopher Carleton into the Lake Champlain valley and beyond. During the 20 days that Captain Noble's Company was in service, John served two days.

In July 1781, John served for 2 days in Captain Eli Noble's (Pownal) Company, Colonel Ebenezer Walbridge's Regiment called up to respond to an alarm at Cambridge and Saratoga, New York.


(1) "The Downers of America with Genealogical Record." by David R. Downer, 1900, pages 194-196

(2) "Dunham Genealogy. Deacon John Dunham of Plymouth, Massachusetts. 1589-1669. And His Descendants." by Isaac Watson Dunham, 1907, pages 237-238

(3) "The State of Vermont Rolls of the Soldeirs in the Revolutionary War 1775 to 1783" by John E. Goodrich, 1904, pages 215, and 400-401
Family links: 
  Lydia Dunham Downer (1757 - 1815)*
  William Downer (1773 - 1859)*
  Amy Lydia Downer Austin (1776 - 1840)*
  Sarah Sally Downer Prosser (1782 - 1861)*
  Lucy Downer Hunt (1791 - 1873)*
  Abner P. Downer (1793 - 1856)*
*Calculated relationship

Dec. 10, 1815
in the 72 year
of his age.

Morgan-Towslee Cemetery
Bennington County
Vermont, USA
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Record added: Nov 19, 2008
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Pvt John Downer
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Pvt John Downer
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- Amanda
 Added: Jul. 23, 2015
Patriot - You Are Not Forgotten.
- Vermont Society Sons of the American Revolution
 Added: Jul. 9, 2014
My fourth Great Grandfather. Thank you, Grandfather Downer!
- Judith phillips
 Added: Feb. 9, 2013
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