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Frances Downing (nee Howard)
Born 1625 in Naworth Castle, Brampton, Cumberland, England
Daughter of William Howard and Mary (Eure) Howard
Sister of Charles Howard, Philip Howard, Thomas Howard, Margaret (Howard) Leslie and Catherine (Howard) Lawson
Wife of George Downing Bt — married 1654 (to 1683)
Mother of George Thomas Downing Bt,
Frances (Downing) Cotton,
Philadelphia (Downing) Pickering,
William Downing,
Lucy (Downing) Worth,
Charles Downing,
Anne (Downing) Pengelly and
Mary (Downing) Barnardiston
Died 10 Jul 1683 at about age 58 in Cambridgeshire, England

Frances Howard Downing
sister of Charles Howard 1st earl of Carlisle;
both were descended from Thomas Howard 3rd Duke of Norfolk - uncle to Queen Anne Boleyn and Queen Katherine Howard and also a descendant of King Edward I of England.
Francis and Charles were descended from Thomas Howard's son Henry Howard Earl of Surrey via his son Thomas Howard 4th Duke of Norfolk;
also Francis Howard was cousin to Margaret Howard Cotton of baronet Cotton of Connington, Huntingtonshire, England

[George] "Downing’s ancestors can be traced in Suffolk back to the opening years of Elizabeth’s reign, and one of the family sat for Orford in 1586. His grandfather was master of Ipswich grammar school, but his father, a Puritan lawyer who practised chiefly in the court of wards, emigrated to New England in 1638.
"Downing, one of the first graduates of Harvard, was educated for the ministry and became preacher to the regiment of John Okey."

"He was appointed scoutmaster-general of Cromwell's forces in Scotland in November 1649, and as such received in 1657 an annual salary of £365 ..."

Between graduating from Harvards and working for Col. Okey, Downing returned to England and married his Frances on a salary of probably less than £365. She was nobility -- how did he pull that off?

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