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Nancy Crittenden (Downing)

Nicknames: "Nannie", "Pettit", "McSwain"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Cherokee Nation, Probably Province of Georgia
Death: Died in Cherokee Nation, Georgia, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Maj. John Downing, III; Susanah Downing; Nannie/Hanna (Cheto Wolf?) Downing and Hannah (Falling Leaf) Fawling
Wife of Charles Crittenden; Alexander McSwain and Benjamin Thomas Petit
Mother of Jennie Wright; Kan-Ne-Qua-Tes-Ke Crittenden; Charles Crittenden; William M Crittenden; Ollie Crittenden and 5 others
Sister of Charles Downing; Edward Downing; George Downing; Richard Downing; William Downing and 6 others

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About Nancy Crittenden (Downing)

Per Emmet Starr's History of the Cherokee Indians, 1921, Nannie was the fourth child of Major Downing but the order is unconfirmed. In findagrave.com, memorial #26803328 (Maj John B Downing), Darlene Johnson had years of birth for the four siblings making Nannie the third child; that is the birthday/death dates I have incorporated here.

Nannie's 1st husband (1760) was Joshua Petit (with whom she had Thomas Petit who married Catherine and had 7 children); Her 2nd husband (1769) was Charles Crittenden [with whom she had James Crittenden (who married Nancy Hughes and Ko-ta-Ka-ya and had a total of 12 children) and Jennie Crittenden (who married Jack Wright and had 10 children); and, Her 3rd husband (1779) was Alexander McSwain with whom she had Margaret McSwain (who married Avery Vann and had 15 children) and Elizabeth McSwain who married David Welch and had 3 children.

The years above in ( ) were from findagrave.com under Maj John B. Downing heading by Darlene Johnson, May 13, 2008, memorial #26803328 and it is unknown if this date is the date they were married or the year the husband was born. Also, in this memorial, birthdates/years are given for Nannie's brothers which do not always jive with information found elsewhere.

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Nancy Crittenden's Timeline

1744
January 20, 1744
Cherokee Nation, Probably Province of Georgia
1760
1760
Age 15
Cherokee, GA, USA
1765
1765
Age 20
1767
1767
Age 22
Cherokee Nation East Tennessee
1768
1768
Age 23
Cherokee Nation, Probably Province of Georgia
1770
1770
Age 25
1772
1772
Age 27
1775
1775
Age 30
1780
1780
Age 35
Cherokee Nation, Georgia, United States
1782
1782
Age 37
Georgia or South Carolina, Cherokee Nation East