Edward Downes


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Edward Downes

  • Born: 1703, Ireland
  • Marriage: Ruth Puffer
  • Died: 22 Apr 1790, Stoughton, Norfolk, Massachusetts at age 87

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From Genealogical and Personal Memoirs, Vol 3, Cutter and Adams, Google Books.

Edward Downes came from ireland in early 18th century. Settled in Canton in or before 1727, when his name appears on the tax list. He lived on the main road, under the Blue Hill, near the Doty Tavern. In 1740 he served in the war between England and Spain, then in the French war and probably lost his life in that war, and never returned. March 11, 1724, he married Ruth Puffer, daughter of James and Abigail Puffer of Newton. In 1744 she is referred to as a widow. She kept her children with her, instead of binding them out as a woman in her circumstances was expected to do at the time. She later received a legacy from John Newton of Milton.

NEHGR. Google Books. Edward Downes of Dorchester, Mass. and his descendants. W. E. D. Downes o fFarmington Me

Edward Downes 1st found on records of Dorchester 1723. Believed to have come from British Isles. He seems to have been an improvident and restless individual. In 1724 he and his wife Ruth conveyed to John Shepard land and one quarter dwelling, well and barn, being a part of James Puffer's estate.

He was at sea 18 Jul 1736, and a collection was taken up for his wife and children. In 1740 he was on the company roll of Capt. Thomas Philips to go to Carthagena. In 1744 Edward went to the eastward, and never returned, though family tradition says he was killed in the Indian war in 1756.


Edward married Ruth Puffer, daughter of James Puffer and Abigail Newton. (Ruth Puffer was born on 16 Mar 1704 in Dorcester, Suffolk, Massachusetts and died on 22 Apr 1790 in Stoughton, Norfolk, Massachusetts.)

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