THE DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM TOWNE

(Towne Genealogy F    T66.2)

Phila. Historical Society Book

 

            First Generation in America

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1.  WILLAM (1) TOWNE , b, in England in 1600, and believed to be the son of

Richard Towne, of Braceby, England, came from either Yarmouth or Bristol, England, with his wife Joanna (Blessing) Towne and five or six children.  They took up their residence in Salem.  Their children:

 

1.  Rebecca, bapt. February 21, 1621.  M.  Francis Nourse of Salem, who

d, November 22, 1695. (added by the webmaster --  hung as  a witch, see Salem  Witch Trials)

2.  John, bapt. February 16, 1624.  Never m.

3.  Susannah, bapt. October 20, 1625.  Never m.

             2            4.  Edmund, bapt. June 28, 1628

     ------ 3            5.  Jacob, bapt. March 11, 1632

6.  Mary, bapt. August 24, 1634 m. Isaac Estey.

7.  Sarah, bapt. September 3, 1648. m., first, Edmund Bridges, Jan. 11,  1660;       second Peter Cloyes.

 4            8.  Joseph, b. 1639, bapt, September 3, 1648.

 

Further information of Rebecca and Mary will be found in sketch of Salem witchcraft, on another page.

       SECOND GENERATION

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EDMUND (2) TOWNE (William 1), bapt. June 28, 1628. m. Mary, dau of Thomas Browning, who was bapt. January 7, 1638.  He was one of a committee from the town of Topsfield who in 1675 (during King Philip’s War) presented a petition to the General Court for leave to form military companies to protect the people from the Indians while at their work.  He d. before May 3, 1678.  The will of his widow was proved December 16, 1717.  The songs Thomas 3 and William 3 were appointed administrators.  Their children:

 

1.  Mary.  m. John Prichard.  She d. 1717

5            2.   Thomas, b. 1655

3.  Sarah, b. April 26, 1657, m. John Howe.

6            4.  William, b. March 13, 1659

7            5.  Joseph, b. September 2, 1661

6.  Abigail, b. August 6, 1664. m., first, Jacob Peabody, January 12, 1686;

Second, Thomas Perley, January 14, 1696.

7.  Benjamin, b. May 26, 1666

8.  Rebecca, b. February 2, 1668.  M., first, Philip Knight; second Nicholas Bailey

9, Elizabeth. b. November 2, 1669, m. Thomas Wilkins of Salem, Dec. 19, 1694

And settled in Middleton.

8            10, Samuel, b. February 11, 1673


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JACOB (2) TOWNE (son of William (1) and Joanna Belssing).  Bapt. March 11, 1632, in Yarmouth, England.  M. Catharine Simonds, of Salem, June 26, 1657.  They resided in Salem about twelve years.  He made his will at Topsfield, and d. the third day following, November 27, 1704, aged seventy-three.  His son, John (3) was executor.  Their children:

 

--9            1.  John, b. April 2, 1658

10            2.  Jacob, b. February 13, 1660

3.  Catharine, b. February 25, 1662.  M. Elisha Perkins, Feb. 23, 1680.

4.  Deliverance, b. Augusut 5, 1664. m. Robert Styles in 1684.

5.  Ruth. b. August 5, 1664.  M. John Styles in 1684

6.   Edmund.  B. July 21, 1666.  D. December 25, 1736.

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JOSEPH (2)TOWNE (son of William (1) and Joanna Blessing), b.about 1639, m. Phebe Perkins,

dau. of Thomas Perkins, of Topsfield.  Removed from Slaem to Topsfield March 22, 1690.  Was a member of the church, and d. 1713, aged seventy-four.  Their children, all b. at Topsfield:

 

 

1.  Phebe, b. May 4, 1666.  D. January 3, 1669

2.  Joanna.  B. January 22, 1668.  m. Thomas Nichols, December 15, 1694; lived in Sutton, 1736.

3.  Mary.  B. March 27, 1670.

4.  Susannah.  B. December 24, 1671. m. John Cummings January 23, 1688. 

Died September 13, 1776.

11            5.  Joseph, b. March 22, 1673.

6.  Sarah, b.  December 30, 1675, d. November 1, 1760

12            7.  John, b. February 20, 1678.

8.  Martha, b. May 19, 1680, m. Isaac Leach

9.  Phebe, b. July 23, 1685, m.------Newhall.  He d. June 10, 1736.

 

THIRD GENERATION

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THOMAS (3) TOWNE (Edmund (2), William (1)), b. at Topsfield in 1655. m. Sarah French, March 17, 1685.  He was in Captain Lothrop’s Company at Hatfield, August 12, 1675, and was one of the very few of that company of eighty-eight men who escaped from the fatal encounter with the Indians on the memorable eighteenth of September following at Bloody Brook.  He was at this time about twenty years of age, and the historian of the period says:”The company was made up of young men, the flower of Essex County, who were not afraid to speak to the enemy within the gate.”* He d. in 1720, aged sixty-five years.  Their children, b. in Topsfield:

1.  Edmund, b. January 28, 1686. d. unm. in 1741, aged fifty-five.

2.  Experience, bapt. June 24, 1688.  D. October 27, 1760.

3.  Thomas, bapt. October 18, 1691.

4.  Sarah, b. May 8, 1694, d. November 1, 1761

5.  Edna, b. December 3, 1696.


13            6.  Richard, b. July 16, 1700.

7.  Mary, b. July 7, 1703, d. March 11, 1741

 

(*) In this connection I quote the words of E.H. in the “Towne Memorial”: “ It is believed that very few of the present generation have any adequate idea of the terrible nature of the struggles that our ancestors were engaged in at this time, for their very existence, as well as for their homes, with all that the word home implies.  There can be no doubt that it was the most severe and bloddy war that this country was ever engagedin, taking into consideration the destruction of life and property in proportion to what was exposed to its ravages.  Although it lasted but about one year, yet more than six hundred men, women, and children feel victims to the bullet, tomahawk, and scalping knife of the savage foe. More than eighteen towns and villages were either entirely or partially destryed and abandoned.  More than six hundred families were burned out, and to great was the suffering and destitution that subscriptions were taken up in many places for their relief.  Very few of those in this country, who have, not many years since, so nobly and generously contributed to the relief of the suffering in Ireland, knew that they were repaying an obligation more than tow hundred years old.  Yet it is a matter of history that on the seventh of August, 1676, a vessel sailed from Dublin, Ireland, laden with provisions to the amount of several thousand dollars, for the relief of the destitute in the colonies of Massachusetts. Connecticut, and Rhode Island.  Verily the word of the Lord is true and sure: “Cast they bread upon the waters, for thou shalt find it agin after many days.”

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WILLIAM (3) TOWNE (Edmund (2) and William (1)), b. at Topsfield, March 13, 1659, m., first, Eliza--------, who had several children who d. in infancy; second, August 22, 1694, wid. Margaret Willard, whose first husband, John Willard, had been executed on the charge of witchcraft at Salem, some two years previous.  William d. January 30, 1750.  Their children:

1.  Mary, b. July 3, 1695                        )

2.  William, b. November 22, 1694     ) All died in infancy

3.  William, b. February 25, 1699       ) 

14            4.  Isaac, b. April 10, 1701.

5.  Ichabod, b. February 18, 1703

15            6.  Jeremiah, b. May 27, 1705

7.  Deborah, b. August 16, 1707, m. J. Kinney, May 1, 1729 d. Oct. 16, 1732.

8.  Mercy, b. September 19, 1709, m. John Towne, Jr.,, April 22, 1729

9.  Keziah, b. February 9, 1715, m. Robert Fitz, of Sutton, Nov. 9, 1739.

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JOSEPH (3) TOWNE (Edmund (2), William (1), b. at Topsfield, September 2, 1661, m. March 13, 1687 to Amy, dau. of Robert Smith.  He d. in 1717, aged fifty-six.  Amy b. August 16, 1668, and d. February 22, 1756, aged eighty-seven.  Their children:

1.  Joseph, bapt. May 30, 1703.

16            2.  Benjamin, b. May 10, 1691

17            3.  Nathan, b. 1693

18            4.  Daniel, b. August 22, 1695

19            5.  Jesse, b. December 5, 1697

20            6.  Nathaniel, b. June 1, 1700

7.  Amy, b. February 3, 1701, m. William Hobbs

21            8.  Amos, b. July 2, 1709

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SAMUEL (3) TOWNE (Edmund (2), William (1), b. at Topsfield, February 22, 1673 m. Elizabeth Knight, October 20, 1696.  He d. May 22, 1714. She m. Elisha Perkins, April 4, 1715, Their children:

1.  Elizabeth, b. September 1, 1697, m. Robert Perkins, February 4, 1712


2.  Rebecca, b. February 8, 1700, m. Joshua Towne, December 2, 1739

22            3.  Samuel, b. July 5, 1702

23            4.  Philip, b. June 11, 1707

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JOHN (3) TOWNE (Jacob (2, William 1), b. at Topsfield, April 2, 1658, m. Mary Smith, February 2, 1680.  He was the first of the Towne families who spelled their name without the “e”.  He was a very efficient man in town affairs in Topsfield.  When the town of Framingham was incorporated, at their first town meeting he was elected selectman, and often afterward head the same office.  In 1712 he removed to Oxford, where at the first town meeting there he was elected town clerk and selectman, July 22, 1713.  He was one of four persons who first met to consider the formation of a church, and at its organization was chosen deacon, which office he held to the close of his life, when his son Jonathan succeeded him.  John d. in 1740, aged eighty-two.  Their children:  

1.   Mary, b. June 23, 1681

2.  John, b. November 25, 1682, d. September 29, 1683

24            3.  Israel, b. November 18, 1684.

4.  Esther, b. December 13, 1686, m. Simon Mellen, April 23, 1711

25            5.  Ephraim, b. April 22, 1688

--------  26            6.  Jonathan, b. March 11, 1691

27            7.  David, b. October22, 1693

28            8.  Samuel, b. January 25, 1695

29            9.  Edmund, b. May 7, 1699

30            10.  John, Jr. b. May 31, 1702

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JACOB (3) TOWNE, (Jacob (2), William (1), b. at Topsfield, February 13, 1660. m. Phebe, dau. of Robert Smith.  She was b. August 26, 1661, and d. January 14, 1740, aged seventy-nine.  They were m. June 24, 1683.  He d. October 4, 1711.  Their chidren:

1.  Joshua, b. November 13, 1684. , m. first, Angelique Page, May 19, 1707;                               second, Rebecca Johnson.  He d. June 11, 1762.

31            2.  John, b. February 2, 1686.

3.  Abigail, b. December 10, 1687. m. Timothy Ramsdell, March 12, 1712

4.  Catharine, b. January 2, 1690, m. Benjamin Towne, April 1, 1713

32            5.  Jacob, b. 1693.

33            6. Gideon, b. February 4, 1696

7.  Ruth b. March 25, 1698,   d. August 1, 1739

34            8.  Stephen, b. November 2, 1700

35            9.  Jabez, b. June 15, 1704

36            10.  Elisha, b. October 25, 1706

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JOSEPH (3) TOWNE (Joseph 2, William 1), b. at Topsfield, March 22, 1673, m. first, Margaret Case off Salem, November 9, 1699, who d. --------; second, Abigail Curtis, November 5, 17067, who was b. October 21, 1680, d. March 8, 1729; third, Mary Mower, February 21, 1730, of Lynn.  She d. October 2, 1739.  He d. May 28, 1757.  Their children:

1.  Margaret, b. August 6, 1700., m. Samuel Perkins, August 22, 1723.  She d.       January 5, 1857 (?or 1757)


37            2.  Joseph, b. December 26, 1701

3.  Archaelaus, b. August 231, 1703

38            4.  Israel, b. March 26, 1705

39            5.  Elisha, b. September 5, 1708

 

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JONATHAN (4) TOWNE (John (3), Jacob (2), William (1), b. at Topsfield, March 11, 1691.

m.  Catharine_________, who d. June 8, 1757.  He moved to Oxford, was deacon of the church and d. there in 1771.  Their children:

 71            1.  Jacob, b. October 20, 1720.

2.  Tamar, b. February 22, 1722

3.  Simon, b. March 26, 1724

4.  Jonathan, b. April 26, 1727

72            5.  John, b. December 15, 1728

6.  Mary, b. June 4, 1731, m. _______Curtis.

73            7.  Josiah, b. August 10, 1734

8.  Heldah, b. November 2, 1737, m. Israel Phillips.

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DAVID (4) TOWNE (John 3, Jacob 2, William 1), b. at Topsfield in 1693, and had four wives: first Mary Barton’ Second, Sarah_______; third, Priscilla Hovey; fourth, Margaret Manning.  Priscilla d. at Oxford.  He d. at Belchertown, September 20, 1781, aged eighty-seven.  Their children:

1.   Francis, b. March 7, 1719, d. 1721

2.  Hannah, b. September 1, 1720

3.  Deliverance, b. 1726

74            4.  David, b. July 15, 1734

5.  Susannah, b. August 30, 1736

6.  Priscilla, b. March 7, 1740.

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SAMUEL (4) TOWNE (John 3, Jacob 2, William 1) b. at Topsfield, January 25, 1695, m., first, Sarah Lamb of Oxford, April 16, 1722; second, Bathsheba Moore, August 11, 1743.  He d. in Oxford 1760.  Their children:

75            1.   James, b. October 11, 1722

2.   Zeriah, b. February 1, 1725, m. John Cloyes.

3.  Sarah, b. March 12, 1727, m. Nathan Moore

4.  Lucy b. November 2, 1744

5.  Samuel, b. March 12, 1747, m. Tabitha Eddy and lived in Warwick; no       children

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EDMUND (4) TOWNE (John 3, Jacob 2, William 1), b. at Oxford, May 7, 1699, m. first, Elizabeth Gould, March 29, 1733, who d. 1742; second Patience Gould.  He d. May 27, 1745.  Their children:

76            1.  Edmund, b. September 10, 1733

2.  Zacheus , b. February 20, 1736,   d. 1740


3.  Elizabeth, b. February 14, 1738, m. John King of Sutton

4.  Bathesheba, b. 1740   d. 1741

5.  Mary, b. 1742 d. 1742

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JOHN (4) TOWNE (John 3, Jacob 2, William 1) b. at Framingham, March 31, 1702.  m. Lydia Hunkins, March 6, 1728, and moved to Oxford, where all the children were born:

77            1.  Thomas, b. May 26, 1729

78            2.  Abner, b. March 21, 1731

79            3.  Isaac, b. August 17, 1733

4.  Phebe, b. June 16, 1737.  d.  1741

5.  Lydia, b. May 8, 1740, d. 1741

6.  Rachel, b. November 9, 1742, d. 1768

7.  Hannah, b. September 24, 1744, m. Collins Moore

80            8.  Simon, b. February 25, 1748

9.  Lydia, b. September 28, 1752, m. William Collins

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JOHN (4) TOWNE (Jacob 3, Jacob 2, William 1), b.  At Topsfield, February 2, 1686. m. May 11, 1715, Abigail, widow of John Towne (maiden name Stanley).  He settled in the town called Quabbin, previous to its incorporation in 1756; now called Greenwich.  His wife was killed by falling down stairs September 1, 1743.  Their children:

81            1.  Samuel, b. 1717

82            2.  Jonathan, b. May 25, `1719

3.  Abigail, b. September 29, 1721                                       

4.  Catharine, b.  December 14, 1725

83            5.  John  b.. December 5, 1729

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JACOB (4) TOWNE (Jacob 3, Jacob 2, William 1), b. at Topsfield, 1693, m. Louise Page May 28, 1719.  Their children:

1.  Ruth, b. September 6, 1719, m. August 1, 1739,   d. February 5, 1747

84            2.  Joshua, b. September 3, 1721

3.  Jacob, b. June 30, 1724,   d. October 13, 1732.

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GIDEON (4) TOWNE (Jacob 3, Jacob 2, William 1), b. at Topsfield, February 4, 1696, m. Hannah Gould, who d. at Topsfield, March 25, 1738.  He moved to Quabbin, now Greenwich, and purchased land of Andrew Powers in 1748.  Their children:

85            1.  Abner, b. February 5, 1722

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EDMUND (5) TOWNE (Ephraim 4, John 3, Jacob, 2, William 1) b. at Oxford, August 19, 1724, m. Abigail, dau. of Jonathan Brewer of Framingham.  She was bapt. March 29, 1724.  In march 1756, he purchased from David Brewer a piece of land in New Framingham, lot No. 9.  His wife d. in 1772, and he d. in 1779.  Their children:

1.  Abigail, b. 1756, m. John Knight


162            2.  Edmund, b. 1758

3.  Catharine, b. 1760, m. Stephen Patchen

4.  David

5.  Martha

6.  Jonathan, m. _________Clark

7.  Prudence, b. November 9, 1766, m. John Kingsley

8.  Silas, b. October 1768

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JACOB (5) TOWNE (Jonathan 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1), b. at Oxford, October 20, 1720, m. Mary, daug. of Rev. John Campbell, first minister of Oxford.  She was b. February 11, 1724.  Jacob was in the old French war, and d. at Fort Edward, N. Y., October 18, 1755.  She afterward m. Joseph Twiss of Charlton.  Their children:

1.  Esther, b. November 7, 1743

2.  Jonathan, b. January 19, 1745, m. and had one girl, Mary.

163            3.  Salem, b. October 21, 1746

4.  John, b. December 6, 1748, d. young

164            5.  Sylvanus, b. February 15, 1750

6.  Isabel, b. July 12, 1752

7.  William, b. February 4, 1754, m. Mary Reynolds

8.  Jacob.** b. October 20, 1755

 

**Jacob (8) born October 20, 1755 and son of Jacob and Mary Campbell above, of Oxford, was a person of the personal appearance and attainments.  He had a passion for a military life, and when the reports of Napoleon’s brilliant victories in his campaign in Italy reached this country, he left with the intention of joining him, declaring it to be the highest ambition of his life to serve under such a “gallant chieftain,” since which time he has never been heard of.

 

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JOHN (5) TOWNE            (Jonathan 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1), b. at Oxford, December 15, 1728, m. Dorothy Pratt, April 9, 1761, and removed to Otsego County, N. Y., in 1797.  He was captain of a company of Oxford minutemen during the Revolution, and marched at their Lead to the Battle of Lexington.  He was very efficient as a recruiting officer, and raised large sums of money to secure soldiers.  No date of his death.  Their children:

1.  Catharine, b. February 23, 1762.

2.  Tamar, m. Joseph Putnam.

3.  John, m. Dolly Gould and settled in Phillipston.

4.  Daniel

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JOSIAH (5) TOWNE (Jonathan 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1), b. at Oxford, August 10, 1734, m. Susannah Rich, of Charlton, August 13, 1756.  He was a soldier in Revoluntionary and French Wars and d. February 14, 1821.  She d. November 25, 1788.  Their children:

1.  Catharine, b. May 23, 1757, m. John Fitts.

2.  Susannah, b. June 8, 1759

165            3.   Josiah, b. August 12, 1761

166            4.  Richard Rogers, b. May 2, 1764.

 


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DAVID (5) TOWNE (David 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1), b. at Oxford, July 15, 1734.  M. Keziah Shumway of Belchertown, and lived there awhile, and d. in Hebrong, N. Y. January 1792.  She d. in Belchertown, April 22, 1790.  He was a soldier in the French and Revoluntionary Wars.  He fought at Bunker Hill, Bennington, Ticonderoga, and other places.  His son William also fought at the surrend of Burgoyne at Fishkill, and at the battle of the Cowpens, S. C.  Their children:

167            1.  Francis A.  B. November 18, 1757, at Oxford.

2.  William, b. November 3, 1760, at Oxford, unm.  D.  October 6, 1831.

168            3.  Oliver, b. February 19, 1763, at Oxford.

4.  Keziah, b. January 29, 1765, at Oxford, d. August 5, 1785.

5.  Sarah, b. November 30, 1767. at Pxfprd. d/ November 17, 1784.

6.  Hannah, b. March 18, 1772, at Belchertaon, d. October 13, 1786/

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JAMES (5) TOWNE (Samuel 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1), b. at Oxford, October 11, 1722, m. Ann Bood, December 10, 1747.  They moved to Belchertown, where he d. in 1774 and she d. November 125, 1788.  Their children:

1.  Sarah, b. May 25, 1748, m. Ebenezer Collier, June 1, 1771, at Oxford.

2.  James

3. Keziah

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EDMUND (5) TOWNE, JR. (Edmund 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1), b. September 10, 1733, m. Hannah Sparhawk, November 11, 1756.   Their children:

1.  Zacheus, b. February 20, 1757

2.  Hannah, b. March 20, 1759 m. Abijah Barnap

 

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EDMUND (6) TOWNE (Silas 5, Ephrain 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1) b. at Warwick, August 6, 1764, m. Nancy Fisher, and moved to Waterbury, Vt. on the Onion River.  He d. at Bolton, Vt., 1843.  Their children:

1.  Edmund.  Was killed at Battle of Plattsburg.  No family.

343            2.  Ira

344            3.  Seth

345            4.  George, b. April 2, 1794

5.  Anna

6.  Tryphena

7.  Susan

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EDMUND (6) TOWNE (Edmund 5, Ephrain 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1) b. at Framingham, 1758, m., first, Lydia Luce, and settled in Fairfax, Vt.  He was the first town clerk of Fairfax, and was its representative in the legislature for several years.   M., second, wid. Polly Sabin. He d. at Georgia, Vt., August 24, 1800.  Their children:

1.  Edmund Brewer, b. 1774, d. in Boston 1835.


2.  Polly, b. December 8, 1780, m.-------Hotchkiss.

346            3.  John, b. November 21, 1786.

4.  Lydia, b. October 6, 1798, m. --------Holmes, d. July 11, 1866.

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SALEM (6) TOWNE (Jacob 5, Jonathan 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1) b. at Oxford, October 21, 1746, m. first, Elizabeth Mayo, July 11, 1771, who d. March 15, 1772, leaving no children; second, Ruth moore, March 28, 1774, who was the mother of his seven children.  She d. September 25, 1790.  M., third, wid. Comer.  He d. July 23, 1825.

 

Major-Gen. Salem Towne was a very prominent man in his day.  When the news of the Battle of Lexington came, he was among the first to respond to his country’s call.  The morning of the twentieth of April, 1775, found his company on its way to Boston.  Patriots were everywhere.  The people only waited for sufficient cause for breaking away from the mother country.  “The British had fired the first gun.”  He was soon quartermaster of his regiment.  This office required ability, energy, and foresight.  He was a major-general of militia, a members of the Constitutional Convention of 1780, a representative of his town, and was always guarding and upholding the interests of his town and State.  Their children:

1.  Polly, b. November 18, 1774, m. William Wild.

2.  Ruth, b. March 28, 1777, m. Aaron Wheelock

3.  Elizabeth, b. September 20, 1778, m. William Reider.

347            4.  Salem, Jr.  B. March 26, 1780

5.  Pamelia, b. August 29, 1781, m. Isaac Reider

6.  Augusta, b. January 23, 1784, m. Daniel Lamb

7.  Lucy M. b. November 2, 1787, n. Col. John Fitts.

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SYLVANUS (6) TOWNE (Jacob 5, Jonathan 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1), b. at Oxfrod, February 15, 1750, m. first, Margaret Watson, March 29, 1775; second, Ruth Hovey.  He was a lieutenant in the army of the Revolution; took an active interest in military affairs after the war.  He commanded a company that was engaged in the supression of Shays’ Rebellion.  Was a justice of the peace.  He was faithful, methodical, exact in all matters, and respected by every one.  He d. April 8, 1818.  Their children:

348            1.   William, b. February 28, 1777                       

2.  Sylvanus, b. December 27, 1778.  D. unm.

3.  Jacob, b. July 22, 1781

349            4.  Charles, b. April 17, 1786

5. Elizabeth, b. February 1, 1788, m. Charles Harris.

350            6.  Benjamin F., b. November 13, 1791

7.  Ruth, b. July 7, 1794

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JOSIAH (6) TOWNE (Josiah 5, Jonathan 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1), b. at Charlton, August 12, 1761.  M., first, Dorothy Hill of Killingly, Conn., 1780.  She d. in 1791.  M., second, Elizabeth Ware, March 10, 1793.  He d. December 30, 1824, at Charlton, where the children were all born.  Their children:

351            1.  Aaron, b. September 22, 1781

352            2.  Leonard, b. October 31, 1783

3.  Ruth, b. October 31, 1783


4.  Susannah, May 2, 1790, m. Moses Dresser.

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RICHARD ROGERS (6) TOWNE (Josiah 5, Jonathan 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1), b. at Charlton, May 2, 1764, m. Mary Coburn, of Charlton.  He d. October 1, 1843.  Their children:

1.  Catharine, b. December 16, 1792.

2.  Hamlin, b. November 20, 1795

3.  Sarah E. b. May 23, 1811

 

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GENERAL SALEM (7) TOWNE (Salem 6, Jacob 5, Jonathan 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1)

b. at Oxford, March 26, 1780, m. Sarah, dau. of Gen. John Spurr in 1804.  He d. February 17,

1872, at Charlton, where their children all born.  He was b. in the darkest days of the Revolution.  He early learned to love his country, which made him the useful and helpful citizen that he was.  He became prominent and a leader in the affairs of his town and in the councils of the State.  He inherited his father’s native ability.  He also became a major-general of State militia and helped to keep alive the martial spirit which laid the foundation of our country.  He was a member of our State legislature in 1821, and was called the “man who made Bill Marcy,” who became our Secretary of War under President Polk, and Secretary of State under Franklin Pierce.  Their children:

644            1.   William Moore, b. May 7, 1807

2.   Elliah D., b. May 27, 1809

3.  Mary D., b. April 8, 1810

4.  Sarah S., b. May 11, 1813

5.  Mary Lucy, b. July 30, 1815

6,.  Margaret L., b. May 3, 1819

7.  Amelia M., b. May 12, 1821, unm. Living in 1900.

8.  Salem, b. November 8, 1823, m. and went to Kansas, where he d. about 1896,       leaving several daughters.

9.  Alice B., b. June 27, 1826, d. November 11, 1843

10.  Edward W., b. January 9, 1829. m. and went South.  D. there several years                               before 1899.  Had a family, but nothing more known of them.

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WILLIAM (7) TOWNE (Sylvanus 6, Jacob 5, Jonathan 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1) b. at Oxford, February 28, 1777, m. Sally Barbour, June 1797.  He was a physician in Thompson, Conn,., and Westminster, Vt., and later in Worcester, where he d.  Their children:

1.   Ruth, b. March 9, 1801, at Thompson, Conn.

2.  Sylvanus, b. January 25, 1804, at Westminster, Vt.

3.  Sarah, b. August 5, 1805, at Westminster, Vt.

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CHARLES (7) TOWNE (Sylvanus 6, Jacob 5, Jonathan 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1) b. at Oxford, Spril 17, 1786, d. August 19, 1828. m. Sarah Harris, who d. June 1, 1846.  Their children:

1.  Ruth, b. July 31, 1806

645            2.  Daniel Hovey, b. October 13, 1810

646            3.  Charles Harris, b. April 6, 1817


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BENJAMIN F. (7) TOWNE (Sylvanus 6, Jacob 5, Jonathan4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1), b. at Oxgford, November 13, 1791, m. Mary......

 

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WILLIAM MOORE (8) TOWNE (Gen. Salem, Jr. 7, Hon. Salem 6, Jacob 5, Jonathan 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1) b. at Charlton, May 7, 1807, m. Frances Robinson of Springfield.  He was a graduate of Amherst College, studied law with Hon. John Davis and H. Charles Allen.  Admitted to the bar and practice in Worcester, and then removed to Springfield, where he d. April 1841.  Their children:

1.  Dau. d. in infancy.

2.  Dau, d. in infancy

3.  Son, d. in infancy

645

DANIEL HOVEY (8) (Charles 7, Sylvanus 6, Jacob 5, Jonathan 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1), b. at Oxford, October 13, 1810, m. Sarah Hersey.  Moved to Southbridge, where he carried on an extensive bakery; was prosperous, and moved to Springfield.  He d. July 19, 1900.  She d. January 25, 1898.  Their children:

1.  Charles Henry. unm.

2.  Helen M., unm., living 1901

904            3.  Everett E.

4.  Anne, uunm., living, 1901

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CHARLES HARRIS (8) TOWNE (Charles 7, Sylvanus 6, Jacob 5, Jonathan 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1), b. at Oxford, April 6, 1817. m. Levina Chase of Sutton.  Lived in Grafton, and then in New York City.  Thence went to Rockville, Conn., and d. September 19, 1888, at Hartford, Their children:

1.  Mary S., b. August 2, 1840

2.  Albert H., b. April 9, 1844.  Killed in the Civil War at Fredericksburg.

3.  Sarah L., b. December 21, 1847

-------  905            4.  Arthur L. b. February 22, 1858

906            5.  Charles S.  B. December 15, 1860

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JAMES P. (8) TOWNE (Aaron 7, Josiah 6, Josiah 5, Jonathan 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1), b. at Providence, November 11, 1811, m. Elizabeth Harris, November 16, 1834, who was b. October 20, 1813.  Their children:

1.  Ann Elizabeth, b. June 25, 1835.  Unm.

2.  Aaron, b. May 11, 1839, d. July 17, 1843

3.  Leonard, b. January 15, 1842, d. August 3, 1862

904            4.  Josiah, b. October 7, 1845

5.  Aaron, b. February 18, 1848, d. October 14, 1850

6.  Arthur, b. January 9, 1855, d. August 24, 1856

 

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EVERETT E. (9) TOWNE (Daniel H. 8, Charles 7, Sylvanus 6, Jacob 5, Jonathan 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1) b. at Southbridge, m. Emma Chaffee, of Windsor Locks.  He was a practicing physician at Warehouse Point, Conn.  Their children:

1.  Edward Everett, b. April 2, 1869, d. 1893

960            2.  Ralph Chaffee, b. 1871

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ARTHUR L. (9) TOWNE *Charles H. 8, Charles 7, Sylvanus 6, Jacob 5, Jonathan 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1) b. at Rockville, Conn., February 11, 1858, m. Elizabeth K. Wright, June 25, 1888, who was b. September 4, 1857.  He is a music teacher and organist.  They live in Waterbury, Conn., 1899, Their child:

----            1.  Edward Louis, b. July 7, 1889.

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CHARLES SUMNER (9) TOWNE (Charles h. 8, Charles 7, Sylvanus 6, Jacob 5, Jonathan 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1), b. at Rockville, Conn., December 15, 1860.  M. Louisa Fessle who was born December 5, 1853.  They live in Rochester, N. Y., 1899.  Their children:

1.  Fannie Louise, b. September 29, 1888.

2.  Hattie May, b. February 20, 1891

3.  Olive Ada, b. March 9, 1893

4.  Arthur A. b. May 17, 1896

5.  Mary Etta, b. August 19, 1898

907

HON. JOSIAH (9) TOWNE (James P 8, Aaron 7, Josiah 6, Josiah 5, Jonathan 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1) b. at Providence, R. I., October 7, 1845., m. Sarah Adelaide Higgins, August 25, 1866.  Their children:

1.  Mattie Elizabeth, b. August 11, 1867, m. Frank B. Smith, February 2, 1900,                               Lives in Hoboden, N. J.

2.  Frank Leonard, b. January 22, 1869, at Minneapolis.

3.  Sarah Louise, b. November 24, 1875, m. Samuel J. Wylie, April 8, 1896

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JOSEPH M. (9) TOWNE (Henry M. 8, Leonard 7, Josiah 6, Josiah 5, Jonathan 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1) b. at Belchertown, June 12, 1833, m. Magdalin Warner, April 11, 1855.  They live in Northampton, 1900.  Their children:

961            1.  Edgar J., b. January 12, 1856

962            2.  Byron L. b. July 15, 1858

 

TENTH GENERATION

EDWARD LOUIS (10) TOWNE (Arthur L. 9, Charles II 8,Charles 7, Sylvanus 6, Jacob 5, Jonathan 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1)  b. at Rockville, Conn. , July 7, 1889 d.  Three Tuns, Ambler, December 1, 1966. m. Dorothy Clara Devereux b. at Leicester, England, August 23, 1892, d. October 15, 1968 at Lafayette Hill, Penna.  Edward worked as a Civil Engineer most of his life including three years for Standard Oil in India and Ceylon (1919-1922) where he met Dorothy.  Dorothy, a graduate of Homerton College, Cambridge, was Lady Principal of the Buddhist Girls College in Columbo, Ceylon.  Returning to USA, they had three children:


 

1.  Benjamin Devereux b. November 23, 1922, killed in air crash as a naval   aviator on training mission at Lambert Field, Florida.   He married Ruth Ferguson     from St. Louis, Missouri.  No children.

2.  Ruth Winifred, b. December 3, 1926

3.  Joan Elizabeth, b. December 11, 1930

 

ELEVENTH GENERATION

RUTH WINIFRED TOWNE (Edward L. 10, Arthur L. 9, Charles II 8, Charles 7, Sylvanus 6, Jacob 5, Jonathan 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1) b. at Woman’s Medical Hospital, Philadelphia, Penna. December 3, 1926.  M. Harvey Hiram Eisenhard  b. at Amber, Penna. July 1, 1925.  They were married September 5, 1947 in Amber, Penna.  Lived in Schenectady, N.Y., Roanoke, Virginia, and Lafayette Hill, Pa.  She is an executive secretary, administrator and manager at Unisys.  He is an electrical engineer with General Electric.  Their children:

1.  Bruce Towne, b. July 9, 1952 in Schenectady, N.Y.

2.  Carol Lynn b. March 11, 1954 in Schenectady, N. Y.

3.  Jeri Lee, b. September 3, 1962 in Norristown, Penna.

TWELFTH GENERATION

BRUCE TOWNE (Ruth 11, Edward L. 10, Arthur L. 9, Charles II 8, Charles 7, Sylvanus 6, Jacob 5, Jonathan 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1) b.  Ellis Hospital, Schenectady N. Y. July 9, 1952.  m. Nancy Culin May     1990 in                               

 

CAROL EISENHARD BOWE (Ruth 11, Edward L. 10, Arthur L. 9, Charles II 8, Charles 7, Sylvanus 6, Jacob 5, Jonathan 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1) b.  Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, NY.

m.  David Bowe in Lafayette Hill.  Their child:

1.  Stacy Devereux Bowe, b. Norristown, Penna. March 14, 1984

 

JERI LEE EISENHARD MICHENER (Ruth 11, Edward L. 10, Arthur L. 9, Charles II 8, Charles 7, Sylvanus 6, Jacob 5, Jonathan 4, John 3, Jacob 2, William 1) b. at Sacred Heart Hospital, Norristown, Penna. September 3, 1962, m. Scott Michener on April   

Their child:

1.  Keeley Ann Michener, b. Norristown, Penna. September 7, 1987.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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