I am a direct descendant of James Downing, and have also found dead-ends about his parentage. His son Thomas Jefferson (also in my direct line) was born in Tennessee, and War of 1812 records show James Downing fought in that war in the 1st Regiment of the W. Tennessee Militia (Wynne's command). War records also show a John and William Downing from the same area of Tennessee who could possibly be James' brothers (or perhaps cousins, I suppose). Am very interested in finding out more about James parentage and direct lines. Thanks for any help.
David Downing, Tulsa, OK