Families in Lafayette County

The Townsend Family
Submitted by: Rose   RKKD123

Genealogy of the Townsend Family

by Col. E. C. Townsend
Shullsburg, Wisconsin
September 1, 1904

"As I am the last one living of the Samuel Townsend family of eight children I write this history, thinking it fairly correct. The family is old, even for an English one, tracing its ancestry from the year 1275. The original name was known as Woodville, who lived in London, England. One branch moved to a distant part of the city, who was known as Woodville of the town's end. Gradually the Woodville name was dropped and became known as Townsend. The family is closely related to Lord Townsend of Rainham, Norfolk county, England, who was an ancestor of the greater part of the Townsends of America. At that time the old English family coat of arms represented a stag and hounds on either side of the shield supporting a crown and stag. The first Townsend who emigrated to America, was Richard Townsend, who came in 1620 to Jamestown, Va.   In 1634 Thomas Townsend came to Lynn, Mass; in 1637 Wm. Townsend came to Boston, Mass; in 1644 Martin Townsend to Waaterloo, Mass; in 1682 Richard Townsend to Philadelphia: in 1712 Joseph and John Townsend to Philadelphia; in 1686 John, Henry, and Richard Townsend to Oyster Bay, Long Island, N.Y., afterwards settling in Duchess County, New Jersey.   They were Quakers.   My Grandfather, Eber Townsend, was a son of Henry Townsend and was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, as proved by the records in Washington. He was wounded and taken prisioner when the British captured New York City and was one of the soldiers the Bristish intended to execute, had not Washington ordered the execution of two British prisoners for every one of the Americans so treated.

Eber Townsend, my grandfather, died in 1826. His wife, my grandmother, whose maiden name was Sarah Drew, was a sister of Daniel Drew, of New York City. Their parents came from Scotland and settled in Duchess County, New Jersey. She was a very large woman, weighing 240 pounds and of dark complexion. Her second husband was Timothy Janes, a Presbyterian preacher. She lived to be one hundred and three years old.

My Father, Samuel Townsend, a son of Eber Townsend, was born in Duchess County, New Jersey, in 1783, was an American soldier in the war with Great Britian in 1812. He moved from New Jersey to Steuben county, N. Y. in 1814. My mother, Sarah Longwell's parents went from Scotland to county Derry, Ireland, thence to America, settling in Duchess county, New Jersey. She was born in 1782 and died in Steuben county, New York in 1821, leaving five sons and three daughters as follows:

Susan, married Robert King. Both dead and buried near Angelica, Alleghany county, N.Y., leaaving eight children.

George N. Townsend married Mary Miner, are both dead, buried in the cemetery on his old farm in Stockton, Ill., leaving twelve children.

Ira L. Townsend married Katherine DeLong. He died, it is supposed, on the Pacific Ocean, when returning from California in 1853. She died in Stockton, Ill.

Cynthia married L. Harris, are both dead and buried at Stockton, Ill.

A. A. Townsend married Mary Ann Ross of Fayette county, Indiana. His second wife was Almira Wells, of Jefferson county, N. Y. They are dead and buried at Shullsburg, Wis., leaving six children.

H. S. Townsend married Hannah Carver, of Harrisburg, Indiana. Both are dead and buried in Warren, Ill., leaving eight children.

Almira married E. Carpenter, both are dead and buried at Warren, Ill.

Elijah C. Townsend, married Fanny Wells of Three Mile Bay, Jefferson county, N. Y. She was born April 3, 1829, died January 5, 1898, and was buried at Shullsburg, Wis., leaving two sons and five daughters.

We had two half-sisters, one of whom, Mrs. Mills is dead and buried at Montfort, Wis. The other, Mrs. Samuels, is still living at Montfort.

I am now in my 87th year and when I am called for will be buried in Shullsburg.

George, Ira, and H. S. Townsend settled near the present village of Stockton, Ill. in 1836. They were the first settlers and secured farms of several hundred acres each which are now occupied by their children.

I have carefully gathered this history and trust that it will meet the apprbation of all interested."

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