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John Downing

really John Downing I am a retired Water Engineer & have lived in Newquay, Cornwall for the last 25 years. I am married & have a son Jeremy & three daughters, Julia, Ginny & Jackie, all are married & living in various parts of Europe. They have presented me with eight grandchildren.

My hobbies include caravanning in France & Spain, sailing & golf. I am a dowser or water diviner & still get called out to find water beneath the ground here in Cornwall, and there is plenty of it!!! I spend most of my time surfing the net & researching for myself & others.

I first became interested in genealogy when I was attending a funeral at Maker Church in East Cornwall, I saw a gravestone with my name on it JOHN DOWNING, fortunately for me he died in 1763! In the 25 years ending in 1800, DOWNING marriages were recorded in at least 25 Cornish parishes, as well as abroad, so we have a large family.

I was lucky enough to find through this page a US cousin whose great grandfather was my direct descendant William Petherick Downing who emigrated from Morwenstow to New York in 1873 together with his wife. They had 12 children & today the Downing family hold an annual reunion in Vermont.

Families researched: DOWNING in Morwenstow, Cornwall
DOWNING in North Cornwall
CORY in North Cornwall
PETHERICK in North Cornwall
HALLARD in Bristol & North Cornwall
HOPPER in North Cornwall
BODEN in the Black Country
HUMPHERSON in the Black Country
LORD in St. Cleer, Cornwall
COWLING in St. Cleer, Cornwall
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    Jim Thompson 01-JAN-2000