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Phebe Biggs Townsend

Phebe Biggs b. 24 Jul 1805 and d. 30 Apr 1889. She is buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery west of Franklin, IN. On 22 Dec 1826 she was married to Major Townsend. He was b. 1796 in Maryland and d. 3 Aug 1845 in Indiana. He is buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Franklin, IN. His father was Joshua Townsend and his mother Sarah Merrell.

Phebe Biggs was 7 years old when the massacre at Pigeon Roost took place. Her escape, as she clung to her mother's skirt, was told many times in later years to her grandchildren.

According to the biography of James Townsend found in the History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas Phebe's grandfather Robert Biggs, was a patriot soldier during the American Revolution and a native of Ireland.

The picture below shows Dean Rush showing a glass bowl that belonged to Phebe Biggs Townsend to attendees at the reunion of Pigeon Roost Massacre descendants held annually in Scott County.

Dean Rush and Jeff Harris discuss the donation of the Townsend Bowl to the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum.

Photo below shows Dean as he signs the paperwork donating the Bowl to the Museum.

Dean & Roscoe Rush donated the bowl that belonged to Phebe Biggs Townsend to the Scott County Heritage Center & Museum where it will be on display.

Pictures for this page were contributed by Dean & Edith Rush.