William Riley TOWNSEND Family
The Townsend family was drawn to Kingfisher Co. for the same reason as others: new land, preferably with less rocks than the last. They came from Michigan and, before that, from Connecticut. Edward Harley, the eldest son, worked for a time with the Darlington Indian Agency. He returned to Michigan to get his own family and encourage his siblings to join him for some better land.
At least one of them arrived prior to the
Cherokee Strip Run and obtained land nearby. A favorite
family story was some of them watching part of the Run
from their back yard. Four of the men made the Run and
filed claims in the Hennessey area. More of the family,
including Emeline, the matriarch of the group,
Most of them farmed. Edward Harley had a store in Todd, Blaine Co. and was superintendent of Hennessey schools at one time. His brothers, Lewis and Cyrus, were schoolteachers. Lewis's son Benjamin Iris, was an early pioneer doctor for an Indian Agency in Nevada and later in Hennessey. To the best of our knowledge, none of their descendants remain in the Hennessey area.
Here is the bare-bones tree for my branch:
Edward Harley, b. 1846 in Ct., d. 1894 in Ok.
, m. Julia Ann Castle