Dennis and his wife ANN, on 26 June 1656, brought Francis Trickey and wife Sarah into court at Portsmouth, accusing the latter of slander, for calling Mrs. Downing a drunk [NH Court Records, 1652-1668, pg 119]. After the defendant agreed to her words, the Downings withdrew their action, but the court continued with the sentencing. However, Sarah apparently had slipped away, a warrant was issued to find her, but no other court case is found regarding this.
Dennis also had ten acres of land near "Crooked Lane", which was granted to him by the town. On 21 Jun 1679, he sold this lot to Joanna Dyamont, the widow of William, who was lately in possession of this property [York Deeds, Vol. III, Fol. 47]. Son Joshua and his wife Patience also signed, Joshua stating he was his father's attorney (Dennis, just three years earlier, having deeded this and his other property to said Joshua).
Old Kittery lists three sons for this Dennis: Dennis Jr (was he actually a son of Joshua?), John, and Joshua. The entire Downing property, both real and personal, would be granted to his "only and beloved" son, Joshua, on 16 Jan. 1676, the deed noting his son having been recently married to Patience Hatch. It did mention that son Joshua would give unto Joanna Downing, daughter of John, a cow at the day of her marriage [York Deeds, Vol III, Fol. 115]. This same deed was resubmitted into a later volume, reworded in a few places, and revoked the earlier version. It now said (of Joshua) "wel-beloved" son, instead of "only" [York Deed, Vol. VII, Fol. 104]. It also "deeded" 12 pence unto son John his dau's Anne, Alice and Joanna. This was dated 23 April 1690.
The Old Eliot magazine [Vol. 1, pg 84] states that it was Dennis Downing Sr who was killed by Indians at Ambush Rock on the 4th of July 1697, along with Major Charles Frost and Mrs. Heard. It says he "was interred in his own field, which is now part of the estate of Mr. Lyman Hammond". Old Kittery claims it was Dennis Jr. who was slain, based on a letter written the day after [see Old Kittery, pg 168, note 3], stating that "young Downing" was wounded, mortally.
Dennis Downing Senior was deceased prior to 4 Jan. 1697/8, when a deposition was filed in York County Deeds by Christian Remick (and sworn as true by Richard Rogers), regarding the court wanting proof of Dennis having owned the (Eliot) property which his son was now living on [York Deeds, Vol IV, Fol. 151].
The Downing lot, seen on the old map just above what is now called Adlington Creek, would have been where the Frost Tufts Park is now located.