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New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 
Towne Manuscripts, Public and Family Records; 

A. N. TOW XI., Esq.. San Francisco, Cal. 

Edwin Hubbard. Chicago. 111. 





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In 18/S, the undersigned was applied to by Henry 
Towne, Esq. {No. jSj), a member of the Board of Trade, 
of Chicago, to arrange the Genealogical Memoranda of 
the "Ancestry and Descendants" of the late John 
Towne, Esq.*(Ai?. /j6), of Georgia, Yt., for publication, in 
pamphlet form, for private distribution; from family re- 
cords and memoranda in possession of the family. An 
examination of the published vols, of the New Eng. Hist, 
and Gen. Reg., Vols, xx and xxi, revealed a wealth of 
information, relative to the early history of the family, 
both in England and America, that, altho it did not give 
the line of my employer below his great grandfather, yet 
served to awaken fresh interest in the subject. 

A copy of this little pamphlet, of only sixteen pages. 
coming to the notice of A. N. Towne, Esq. (6jp), general 
superintendent of the Central Pacific Railroad, at San 
Erancisco, led to an application, from him, through .Mr. 
Henry Towne, for information relative to his line, from the 
common Ancestor. An examination of the published 
memoranda of the late Wm. B. Towne soon showed his 
line of descent, from a brother of the ancestor of Mr. Henry 
Towne, in the 2d American generation. As in the former 
case, the published memoranda was only brought down to 


the fourth generation; it became necessary to visit New 
England, to consult the Town and Probate Records of S. 
W., Mass., and X. E., Conn. 

The courtesy of John Ward Dean, Esq., librarian of the 
N.-E. H. G. Soc, in allowing comparison of material already 
collected with the unpublished memoranda of the fifth and 
and sixth generations of the family, greatly facilitated in- 
quiries necessary to establish this line as well as that of 
the late John Towne, Esq. {No. 732), of Philadelphia. The 
result of these efforts is herewith submitted to the present 
generation of the "Descendants of WILLIAM TOWNE and 
JOANNA BLESSING," with the sincere wish that, with all 
its imperfections, it may stimulate others to continue inves- 
tigations, until a collection shall be gathered worthy of 
the name. 


Chicago, 111., August, 1880. 

Although this pamphlet is intended mainly for private distribution, yet a 
few copies may be retained in the hands of the Compiler, in order that any 
one who may find the name of a parent or grandparent, in the published list, 
and shall desire to have any line brought down to the present time, may have 
the same printed, in the form of Part FOUR, or Appendix, and have the 
same bound up with the first three parts. Application for this may be made 

to the Compiler. 

Room, 16 Farweli Hall, 

Chicago, Tli. 





Of the name in England, from a. r>. 1274 to 1630. 

Copied from the New England Historical <ui<l Genealogical Register, vol. xx, 

p. 367, and vol. xxi. p. 12-15, as published by the late, 

\VM. B. Towne, Esq., of .Milford, X.H. 

The name of Towm:, or Town and Towns, as it is some- 
times spelt, is not one of frequent occurrence." It ma}-, 
however, be found here and there, generally in communi- 
ties of Anglo-Saxon derivation, and though surnames be- 
gan to be used in England about the time of the Norman 
Conquest, and from century to century, for three or four 
centuries, continued to be adopted till they came into gen- 
eral use. this name does not seem to be one that met with 
much favor. 

The earliest existence of it, known to the writer, is A.D. 
1274, when William de la Towne, of Alvely, a village in 
Shropshire, about twenty miles South-east of Shrewsbury, 
the capital of the county, was, at that time, engaged in the 
prosecution 01 a suit-at-law against one of the officers of 

* The remark that '-The name is not one of frequent occurrence" is proba- 
1 !v true, a 3 regards the name in England; yet, in this country, it is believed 
there an- few families deriving their name from a single pair, that can show 
a large number of descendants than "WlLUAM> and Joanna (Blessing) 
Towne, of Salem, Mass." Counting only the descendants of the Town E 
daughters, "f the first and second generations, a list of more than ten thous- 
and might easily be made out, without coming down later than the earlier por- 
tion of the nineteenth century, — E. II. 


the parish, and the year following was on a jury at Astley, 
in the same count)". 

The next we hear of the name, is one hundred and 
thirty or forty years later, in the reign of Henry [V., when 
upon the windows of the Church in Kennington, Kent Co., 
impaled with that of Ellis of the same place, were the arms 
of a family by this name, being argent, on a chevron, sable, 
three cross-crosslets, ermine. Thomas at Towne, who, at 
this time, possessed much land about Charing, and who 
bore the same coat of arms, married Benedicta, only 
daughter of John Brampton, alias Detling, of Detling 
Court, and thereby inherited a manor in Throwley, where 
he removed, and erected a seat about one-fourth of mile 
from the church, and named it "Towne Place," soon after 
which he died, leaving his possessions to three daughters, 

Of these, Eleanor married Richard Lewknor, of Chal- 
lock; Bennet, or Benedicta married William Watton, of 
Addington, and Elizabeth became the wife of Wm. Sondes, 
of the same parish. 

The estate was divided about A.D. 1446, when Throwley 
was allotted to Eleanor, the wife of Richard Lewknor. 

From the manner of the division, it is quite evident that 
he died without leaving descendants to transmit his name 
to posterity. The next reference to the name, known to 
the writer, is in the count}- of Lincoln, where it has existed 
for mere than four hundred years. In A.D. 1459, V» il- 
liam Town, D.D., was collated {i.e., became clergyman of the 
parish), at Stow in Lindsey, in this county; and in A.D. 
1470, he was appointed Almoner to King Henry VI., in 
accordance with the following commission, the original of 
which is in Latin. "Concerning the goods of such as commit 
suicide, and the collection of things given or forfeited to Cod.'' 

The King to all, to whom; etc. Greeting. 

Although we refer to it with grief, divers persons of our 
realm, unmindful of the salvation of their souls, laying a^ide 
the fear o\ God, consenting to diabolical instigation, fre- 


quently destroy themselves, as well- by hanging as by the 
sword, by drowning or other methods. Whose goods and 
chattels, by right of Our Crown, ought to accrue to our 
Almonry (or fund for benevolence), as the goods and chat- 
tels are known to do of those, who, without intention, by 
accident, may have, unfortunately, killed or caused the 
death of our subjects, as horses, carts, chariots, ships, boats, 
and such like, commonly called Deodands.* Nevertheless. 
at the wary suggestion of some of our subjects, goods ?nd 
chattels, of this kind, are frauduently withdrawn from our 
aforesaid Almonry, and, as is said, are not at all applied to 

We, considering the premises, have, of our special grace, 
granted, so far as in us lies, to our beloved clerk (or clergy- 
man), William Towne, our Almoner, in augmentation of our 
Fund for Alms, all the goods and chattels aforesaid, for- 
feited (?) by the death of persons, as above, who destroy 
themselves; which goods, chattels, and Deodands now be- 
long, or ought to belong, to us, in any place within our 
realm of- England, from the beginning of our reign to the 

* "Deodands." The laws of our English forefathers, respecting this sub- 
ject, are exceedingly curious; as also, such accounts as have been preserved of 
the practical application of the said laws. Encyclopedia Uritannica, ninth 
edition; vui. vii. , pp. ico-i, gives us the following: (Deo Dandum,) in Eng- 
lish law, was a personal chatted (any animal or thing), which on account of its 
having caused the death of a human being, was forfeited to the King, for pious 
use-, [omnia qua movent ad nun-;, in sunt deodanda. — L'racton. ) The antiquity 
of this law is discussed by lilackstone, who quotes the Mosaic law, "If an ox 
gore a man that he die, etc.," see Exodus, xxi, 2S-31; and the Athenian. 
law, "That whatever was the cause of a man's death, was to be exterminated 
or cast out of the dominions of the republic." This law of deodands wa? not 
formally repealed until the Q and 10 Vict, c. 62, was passed in 1S46. 

This law seems to have been based upon the assumption (not always true in 
every case), that every man's life was of value to the community in which he 

In its practical operation, no question was admitted as to blame or careless- 
ness. Simply, Did it cause death? if so, a fine or deodand was assessed at the 
di.-cretion of the magistrate; and the person claiming ownership of the as tide 
or animal, refused or neglected to pay, the thing subject to deodand svas sold, 
and the proceeds applied to charitable purpo-es. — E. II. 

Tin: towxi: family. 

present time, and for the period in which he lias been our 
Almoner. Moreover, appointing him our Almoner, to 
make inquiry, from time to time, as often as may be neces- 
sary, respecting goods, chattels, and Deodands of such kind 
as aforesaid, and to seize on, take and carry off the same, 
by himself, or his deputy, or sufficient deputies, wherever 
the\- may be found within our kingdom, as well within the 
liberties as without. And to distribute them, thus levied 
and collected, by himself, for us, in Alms, wherever he may 
think it best. Commanding and prescribing to all and 
singular the Viscounts, Mayors, Bailiffs, Coroners, Escheat- 
ors, Constables, and all other our officers and servants, as 
when within the liberties as without, and to each of them, 
by the tenor of these presents, that in the execution of the 
premises, they be supporters, superintended, comforters, 
aids, and defenders to our aforesaid Almoner, and his said 
deputies, under the peril which threatens them. Any 
statue, resumption, authority of Parliament, or of our coun- 
cil, made, or to be made, in this behalf, or any other thing. 
cause or matter, whatever to the contrary, held, done, or 
perpetrated, notwithstanding. 

In Testimony whereof, etc. 

Witness, the King, at Westminster, on the tenth day of 
December, A.D. 1470.* 

In old age he accepted an income*}" from the parish, and 
(.Y'cd A.D. 1496. 

In 1470, John Towne, Professor of Divinity, succeeded 
Alexander Prowett as Precentor {Leader of the choir in a 
Cathedral) of Lincoln, which place he resigned in 1473 for 
the Prebend of Dunholme. 

* Rymer's Fnedera, vol. XI., pp. 66S-9. 

f His income was £6. 135. 4d. per annum, and he was buried in Kings 
College Chape!, with this epitaph: 

"111c Jacet Magister 
W hi.. Tov.xk, Doctor in Theologica quan<lam 
8 ins hujus collegii qui obit 11 die 
M crisis Man: anno Incarnationis 
Dominici M. C.C.C.C.X. C.V.I. 


John Towne, of Irby, Count}' of Lincoln, made his will 
Nov. iS, 1540. To be buried in the Church of St. Andrew. 
at Irby. Legacies to Anne, Thomas, and George Towne: 
his brother William, of Irby, being principal heir and ex- 
ecutor. This will was proved June 1, 1541. John Towne, 
of Ludborough, County of Lincoln, executed his will under 
date of Jan. 24, 1637 — sons, Leonard, John, and William, 
and brother Richard Towne. Richard Towne, of Brace- 
by, in the same county, md. Ann and had children 

as follows: 

i Richard, who died in 161 7, leaving wife Alice, son 
Leonard, and daughter Helen, not twenty-one years 
of age. 

2 Edward, who had children in 1630. 


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• May 21, 1603. 



The earliest we find the name in America is 1635. when 
WILLIAM Towne was an inhabitant of Cambridge. 

On the 1 8th of the second month (April), 1637, he ap- 
peared before the General Court, and took the requisite 
oath to become a freeman, or voter. He was Town-Clerk 
in 1639; purchased land at Cambridge in 1653, of David 
Stone and Thomas Danforth, and in 1655, of Edmund 
GofFe, was tything-man in 1680, and died April 30, 16S5. 
aged eighty years. Amount of his estate, £ I 1 S.I 3.6. The 
name of his wife was Martha, and she died in Jan. 1074. 
Their children were: 

1 Peter, born in England, about the beginning of the 

year 1033. 

2 Mary, born at Cambridge, Mass., in 1637. 


Peter Towne married, first Joanna, second Elizabeth, 
who was living at Braintree, Mass., in 1724. He was Ad- 
ministrator of the estate of his father, and from its 'settle- 
ment, appears to have been an only son; was a constable 
at Cambridge in 166S, 'j6, '90, '91, and '94; selectman in 
1695, and died Nov. 2, 1705, aged 72 yrs. 10 mos. His 
name may be found upon a tombstone at Cambridge, with 
the inscription partially obliterated. The following i^ a 
copy of his will, and the final settlement of his estate indi- 
cates that he left no one to transmit his name to posterity, 
and that, with the death of his widow, the name became 
extinct, so far as relates to this family at Cambridge: 

In ye name of God. Amen. I Peter Towne of Cam- 
bridge in New England, being Weak in Body, but of sound 
mind, do make this my last Will and Testam' Impr. I 
com nd my Soul to ye mercy of God in Jesus Christ, and 
my bod} - to ye Grave decently to be buryed without pro- 
fuseness according to ye discretion of those whom I shall 
constitute ye Overseers of this my last will and Testam 1 ; 
and as to my Temporall Estat e my will is that it be thus 
disposed of: First of all, I will and bequeath to my Dear 
Wife the whole of my Real Estate, to be quietly enjoyed 
and possessed by her so Long as she shall continue my 
Widow. It. I will and bequeath to my dear Wife the sum 
of one hundred pounds money, to be disposed of by he:" as 
she shall see meet. Item. I will and bequeath to my 
Dear Wife my silver Cups, my beds and bedding, all my 
Pewter and brass, and all my other household stuff to her 
and her heirs forever. Item. I will and bequeath to my 
Dear Wife ye three Gold Rings as also ye three pounds 
odd money mainly French money, w ch is in a small purse, 
to her and her heirs forever. Item. I will and bequeath, 
to my Brother Samuel Pain of Brantrey, ye sum of three 
pounds money to be paid \v lh in six months after my de- 
cease. Item. My Will is with respect to my Negro Ser- 
vants, That Mingo shall have his freedom when he gains 
his health as soon as he pleases, and yt in the mean time 
he be carefully look'-d after and maintained out of my 
estate; That Charles shall faithfully Serve my Wife, ye full 
term of four years after my decease, and that then he have 
his freedom. Only in case my Wife marryes before ye 


term of four years be expired, then Charles upon her mar- 
riage have his freedom; That Fidelia live with my Wife 
and serve her faithfully ye space of seven years after my 
decease, and in case my wife continue my Widow three 
years more than these seven years and need Fidelia's help, 
then Fidelia shall live three years longer with my wife and 
then have her freedom; And if my wife dies before Fidelia 
comes to ye age of twenty years, then my will is that 
Fidelia shall be put into some sober Religious family at ye 
discretion and according to the direction of my Overseers. 
to live there as a servant till she come to be twenty years 
old, and Fidelia to have ye benefit and advantage of what 
should be allowed her for her service in ye said time, then 
to have her freedom. Item. My will is, that as my ser- 
vants come to have their freedom The}' shall each have ten 
pounds money paid them by my Executrix ; and if either 
dyes before ye time of their freedom, their Legacye to go 
to ye surviving, and be equally divided among ym. Item. 
My will is, that when my wife dy e s or ceases to be my 
widow, Then the whole of my Real Estate shall be divided 
among my five first cousins living at Bridgewater, viz. . my 
cousin John Howard, my cousin Nathaniel Howard, my 
cousin Joseph Howard, my cousin Elisha Howard, and my 
cousin Mary Mitchell, to be unto them and their heirs for- 
ever. Provided, however, and it is my Will, that in case 
my cousin Joseph Howard will give to Stephen his Negro 
servant his freedom when he comes to be six and twenty 
years old, then he shall have twenty pounds more of this 
my Real Estate, when it comes to be divided, than my 
other cousins, and that otherwise he shall have no interest 
therein. Item. My Will is that my once negro servant 
Jane, who lives at Boston, shall have ye sum of five pounds 
paid her within six months after my decease; Also I will 
and bequeath to my wife's mother (Hannah Wilbur) the 
sum of three pounds money, to be paid in three months 
after my decease. And if so much of my estate shall after 
all this remain undisposed of by me my will is, that thirty 
pounds shall be paid to ye easing of ye poorer sort of 
people in Cambridge, yt shall be rated to ye building a 
new meeting house at ye discretion and ordering of my 
Overseers, Deacon Hastings and Sam'l Cooper being joined 
with them; Provided and it still being my will, yt the 
Town within ye space of three months after my decease do 
meet and by a Publick Vote agree upon y s new building to 


be begun, and set about forthwith, as also yt they do not 
put my Dear Wife or any part of her estate into the rate 
for the said building when they come to make the rate; 
Otherwise what I have willed with respect to the New 
Meeting house shall be altogether void and insignificant. 
And as to what shall yet remain undisposed of by me, I 
will and bequeath ye improvement and use of it to my 
Dear Wife so long as she shall continue my Widow, to be 
improved by her for her comfort and support. It being 
provided yt she does not run any hazard of losing ye 
money by letting it to one person or another, and at her 
death or marriage what remains shall be equally disposed 
of and divided among my five cousins aforementioned. 
Ite. My Will is that my loving and trusty friends Nath 1 
Hancock, sen., Solomon Prentiss, sen., and Nicholas Fes- 
senden, sen., be ye Overseers of y s my Last Will and Tes- 
tament, and that they be each allowed ye sum of Twenty- 
shillings money. Finally I do constitute and appoint my 
Dear Wife ye sole executrix of this my Will. 

In Witness to all wh. I hereby set my hand and seal this 
Twentyeighth day of May, in ye year of Our Lord One 
Thousand Seven Hundred and five. A memorandum be- 
fore signing That it is my desire y l my Dear Wife do let 
Mr. Nicholas Fessenden, School master have five pounds . 
as a token of my respect to him, unless my wife shall want: 
it for her own comfort — she to be judge. 

Peter Town, [l.s.] 

Signed Sealed and published in presense of William 
Brattle, Nathaniel Hancock, Sen., Owen Warland. 

We now come to William Townc, the Anglo-American 
progenitor of descendants who have settled in a majority 
of the States of the American Union. Of his birthplace or 
parentage we know nothing positively, though lie may- 
have come from the County of Lincoln, in England, and 
may have been the son of Richard and Ann Townc, of 

[Communicated by William B. Towne, Esq., Brookline, Mass.] 

[Verbatim copy of the Will of Ann, widow of Richard 
Towne of Braceby, Lincoln County, England, dated De- 
cember 10. 1629, and proved May 10, 1630.] 


In the name of God Amen. I Ann Towne of Bracebie 
in y e Countie of Lincoln widdowe sicke in bodye but wholi 
& pfect of mind & memorye thanks bee unto god doe make 
this my last will & Testam 1 in mann er and forme follow- 
ynge. ffirst I conimitt my selfe to the mercy of Allmightie 
god my Creato r redemer & soule savioure in 6c by whome 
I hoope for resurrection to eternal! life <x my bodye to be 
buried in y e meane time in y e Chapell of Bracebie afore- 
said. Ite m . I give to y e poore of Bracebie fyve shillings. 
Ite m I give to my sonne Edward Towne one silver sake 
pcell gflte, one peece of gold of x j s one pe of lyninge 
sheets. Ite m I give to my daughter Elisabeth Phillip xx s 
& one linninge bordcloth. Ite m I give to my daughter 
Hellen Oxman one linninge bordcloth & xx s to buye her 
a feathe r bedd ticke & one kertle. Ite m I give to my 
daughter Prudence Walton xx 5 and one linninge bord- 
cloth. Ite m I give to my daughter Ann Armestone x.v 
the best Coveringe but one, one sheete w th a black seame- 
inge, one longe bordcloth, two pillowe beares of y e same 
one pe of harden sheets, one pe of curtens. Ite™ I give 
my daughter Katherine Towne one beadstead w th feather 
bed & matris one turlinge boulster, one tycke houlster, 
two fustine pillowes, one pe of blancketts w th broad yel- 
lowe lists, twoe Coverings, one blacke and yellowe, y e 
oth r the best, one pe curtens of my own makinge, one 
Iynen bordcloth, one flax harden bordcloth, one brehded 
Cowe, three pe hempen sheets, three pe Eynen sheets, 
one sheet w th a scaminge of owne makinge, twoe pillowe 
beares of y e same, halfe a dozen of hemp midlaie nap- 
kins, one little putor dishe, one brasse pann, one charger, 
halfe a dozen of pewter spoones, one lynen towell & xx s 
in monye. Ite m I give to my daughter Alary Towne one 
matteress, one ticke boulster, one bedstead, twoe tart- 
linge pillowes, twoe coverings one blacke and white, the 
oth r white, one pe of tartling blancketts, two pe of hempen 
sheets, one pe of Lynen sheets, one pe of harden sheets, 
one lynen towell, halfe a dozen napkins, one pyde Cowe, 
one Charger one little pewter dishe, one sauscr, one brasse 
pott and xx- in money. Ite m I give to my daughter Mar- 
gery- Towne one silke apron. Ite m I give to my grand- 
child Ellen Towne one Ewe. Ite m I give to every god- 
child xij d . Ite m I give to evcryc- grandchild ij s vj d . Ite. 
I give to my grandchild Katheren Phillip one pe hempen 
sheets, ite. I give to my sonne Edwards children Twoe 


sheepe. Ite. I give to my daughter Elizabeth her children 
Twoc sheepe. Ite. I give to my daughter Ellen her chil- 
dren Twoe sheepe. Ite. I give to my daughter Prudence 
her children Twoe sheepe. Ite. I give to my sister Ellen 
Parker one si Ike doublet. Ite. I give to my grandchild 
Leonard Towne one cheste standing at y e bedds feete in 
the chamber. Ite. I give to Richard Chopman ij' - vj d . AH 
the rest of my goods & Chatties my debts & legacies be- 
inge payde my funeral! i ; : testam' expenses discharged I 
give them to my sonne William Towne, my sonne whom I 
make & ordayne full executo 1 " of this my last will' & tes- 
tam 1 . In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand 
the xth daye of Decembe r , 1629. 

Redd published & delivered as my will in the p'esence 
of Katherine Towne Marye Towne. 

William Towne, o( Salem, Mass., 1640; supposed son of 
Richard Towxe, of Braceby, Eng. 
From N.E. Gen. Reg. Vol. XXI, p. 12-15. 
The earliest positive information we have relative to him 
is at Yarmouth, Norfolk Co., a city of considerable mara- 
time importance, situated on the East coast of England, 
one hundred and eight miles in a direct line, and 120 miles 
by railroad north-east of London. The origin and early 
history of this place, like main' others in the British King- 
dom, is quite obscure. The Romans, in the first century 
of. the Christian Era, had a frontier military post' 1 ' near 

* The fortification is about three miles west of the city, and was erected by 
Publius Osttm'tts about the middle of the first century. This noble monument 
of Roman Art, the most considerable, and perhaps the most perfect to he 
found in Britain, is built upon the brow of the hills which skirt the eastern 
bank of the river Wavoney, at its confluence with the Yare. Quadrilateral 
in its form, it makes an almost regular parallelogram, its length being 640 feet 
and its breadth 370 feet, the space within the walls of the camp comprising 
nearly six acres. The walls are about 10 feet in height, about 9 feet i:i thick- 
ness, and ?re constructed of rubble masonry, faced with flint, interlaced ;;i 
regular courses of about 21 inches by three layers of tiles or bricks about ?■ 
inches apart. The bricks are red, of a fine close texture, and as the) lay in 
the wall, a surface is exposed ii by 9 inches, and so solid and enduring is the 
masonry that the writer found it difficult to procure on the premises a piece of 
the fiint and brick an inch square, as a sample of the material ol which the 
wail was built, and a memento <>( a visit to this interesting locality. 


here, and later it was called Cerdick's sand, or Cerdick's 
shore, deriving its name from Cerdick; a warlike Saxon, 
who, A.D. ^96, with his son Cenrick, and a fleet of five 
ships, invaded the country at this point, entered the mouth 
of the River Yare, fought a battle, put the Britons to flight, 
and founded a colon}-. It being a low marshy neighbor- 
hood, the location proved unhealthy, the settlement was 
finally abandoned, and the colony took up their residence 
with the West Saxons.* Henry Manship, Sen., a mer- 
chant in 1560, the reputed author of a very reliable and 
carefully prepared manuscript^ history of the place, who 
tells us he was here "bredd and borne," thus speaks of its 
origin: "First of the Antiquity of the Towne and Bur- 
roughe of Great Yermouthe. The very seate of that 
Towne, that is to saye, the place and ground where uppon 
the Towne is buylded and now dothe stand, was percell of 
a greate sande lyinge within the mayne sea, at the mouthe 
of the fludd or ryver called Heirus, being contynuallye 
under water and overflown wythe the sea, of which river 
the name of the same Towne was derived when it was 
firste named, vidz. Heirmouth, or otherwise without aspira- 
tion it was called Yermouth. And the tyme that yt was a 
sand in the sea was when Kynge Canutus reigned in Eng- 
land and long before, which was aboute the yere of our 
Savior Jesus Christ, his Incarnacion, One Thousand, as by 
auncient recordes thereof yt doeth appeare." He also says 
that "In the tyme of the Reigne of Kinge Edwarde the 
Confessour the saide sand beganne to growe into sighte at 
the lowe water, and to become more showlder at the 
mouthe of the said Floode called Heirus, and then there 
were channel Is for Shippes and Fyshermen to pass and 
enter into the arme of the Sea for utterance of there Fishe 

* Blomeficld and Parkin's History of Norfolk, and Swinden's History of 

t Very ably edited by Charles John Palmer, Esq., F.S.A., and published 
in two volumes, with plates; the first volume in 1S54, and the second in I856, 
but now entirely out of print. The original manuscript is in his possession. 


and Merchandizes, which were conveyed to diverse partes 
and places as well in the Countye of Norfolk as in the 
Countye of Suffolke by reason that all the whole ievell of 
the marshes and fennes which now are betwixt the Towne 
of Yermouth and the citie of Norwiche, were then all an 
anne of the Sea, entering within the Lande by the mouth 
of the Hierus. And this was about the ycare of our Savior 
M. and XL. and long before." He further says, "In the 
tymes of the Reygnes of Kinge Harrolde and Kinge Wil- 
liam the Conquerror, the sayde sande did growe to be drye, 
and was not overflowen by the Sea, but waxed in height-.;, 
and also in greatness, in so muche as grcate store of peo- 
ple of the counties of Xorff. and Suffolke did resorte 
thither, and did pitche Tabernacles and Boothes for the 
entertaynenge of such Seafaringe men and Fishermen and 
Merchants as would resorte unto that place, either to sell 
their Herringes, fish, or other comodities, and for provid- 
inge suche things as those §eamen did neede and wante. 

The which things caused create store of Seafaringe men 
to resorte thither; but especiallie the fishermen of this 
Land ; as also grcate nombers of the Fishermen of Fraunce 
Flaunders, and of Holland, Zealande, and all the iowe 
Countryes. And in the tyme of the Reigne of Kynge 
William Rufus, Kinge of this Realme, one Herbertus, 
Bishopp of the see of Norwich, perceyvenge greate resorte 
and concourse of people to be daylie and yearlie uppon the 
said' Sande, and intendinge to provide for their sowles 
healthe, did found e and buylde uppon the said Sande a 
certen Chappell for the devotion of the people resorting 
thither, and therein did place a Chappelayne of his owne 
to saye and read divine service." 

In this church, founded in A.D. 1123, dedicated to St. 
Nicholas in 1251,* and still retaining the name, were mar- 
ried. March 25, 1620, WILLIAM TOWNE and JOANNA 
BLESSING, and here their first six children were baptised. 

* TLe extreme length of this structure is 230 feet, its greatest width 154 
fee!. The lot upon which the church stands contains upwards of eight acres, 



and the writer noticed the following New England names upon the Tomb- 
stones, viz.: Bailey, Briggs, Bowles, Cobb, Clark, Collins. Carr, Dawson, 
Lilif, Edwards, Fiske, Fowler, Forster, Fuller, Francis. Giles. Gray, God- 
dard, Hart, Herbert, Johnson, Kemp, Lowe, Lawrence. Lee, Marston, Mar- 
shall, Moor:-, Mason, Nichols, Pearson, Plummer, Pearce, Reed, Read, 
Shepard, Symonds, Simpson, Seamans, Shreve, Thornton, Thompson, Wright, 
Wales, and Wilson, also, the name of Mathew Champion, who died Oct. \ 
I 793i r S ec ' ; IXI y^-m and the following suggestive'inscription upon the tomb- 
Stone of a mariner : 

"This life's a voyage, the world's a sea, 
Where men arc strangely toss'd about, 
Heaven's our port, steer thou that way. 
There thou shall anchor safe, no doubt." 




Comprising the First Five Generations of the Decendants of 


Of Yarmouth, County of Norfolk, England, and Salem, Mass 

Compiled, largely, from manuscripts of the late W.M. B. ToWNE,.Esq. ol 

Milford, N.H. 

See, also, jV.E. Hist, and Gen. Reg., vols, xx and xxi. 

"In this church, founded in A.D. 1 123, dedicated to St. 
Nicholas, in 1251, and still retaining the name, were mar- 
ried, March 25, 1620, William Towne and Joanna Bless- 
ing, and here their six first children were baptized." 

The next we hear of this family is at Salem, Essex Co., 
Mass., where, in the book of earl}- grants, appears the fol- 
lowing: "11, 8 mo., 1640, granted to YVm. Towne, a little 
neck of land right over against his house on the other side 
of the river." Me is also referred to in the Court Record 5 
of the same year, thus: "17th St., last of 4th mo., and rst, 
5th mo., 1640. Wm. Towne, pi. agt. Jn° Cook def. in act 
of debt, Jury find for pi. some to be deputed to measure 
John Cook's land, and what is remaining, to make up 
Goodman Town's land and if it be ifyvc acres to pay 
Towne fiy\e marks, and what is wanting of ffyve acres to 
abate 15s. 4d. p. acre: And costs 4s.: o." 

Wm. Towne' s residence was in that part of Salem known 
as the "North fields," and he remained at this place till 
i6ji, the year following the incorporation of the town of 
Topsneld, when he purchased a tract of land in the latter 
place of Wm. Paine, of Ipswich, "containing forty acres of 
ground or thereabouts, whereof six acres is by the seller, 
which Wm. Howard, of Topsneld, built, and about thirty- 


two acres joyning up to the sayd six acres eastward of it, 
part of which is plow ground, another part is meaddow, 
another part is upland unploughed, all lying together, hav- 
ing the meadow and the plow ground of the said Wm. 
Howard towards the east and the ground of Waiter Roper 
towards the north, and a sertaine River towards the south 
or south-west. Also, a little piece of meddow of about two 
acres lying on the south side of the river, direct!}- against 
the plains of the said Wm. Howard, having ye grounds of 
the said Wm. Howard towards ye East and the said River 
towards ye North and upland towards the South." 

In 1652, he sold his property in Salem to Harry Bullock, 
in 1656, purchased additional land in Topsfield, and in 
1663, "in consideration of natural affection and the con- 
templated marriage of their sonn, Joseph Towne, with 
Phebe Perkins, the dau. of Thomas Perkins," he and his 
wife conveyed to their said son, Joseph, two-thirds "of the 
home wherein they then did dwell, with Barne, out-hou?.cs, 
yard, gardens, orchards, lying situate and being in Tops- 
field, together with a parcel of broken upland by the med- 
dow side, only a cartway reserved between the said land 
and the meadow towards the South, and the land of Jacob 
Towne towards the East, and the land of Jacob Towne and 
Edmund Towne towards the North, and the lands of Isaac 
Estie towards the West — also, another parcell of land broke 
up and unbroken, containing, by estimation, thirty acres, 
bounded by the way towards the South-East and North- 
East, and a way also towards the South-West ; the land of 
Zacheus Gould and Edmund Towne towards the North- 
West, and the land of Edmund Towne and Isaac Estie to- 
wards the North. Also, a parcell of meddow lying on the 
North side of the river, having the river for the bounds 
tr.v/ards the South, a highway towards the West, and a way 
towards the North, and meddow of Jacob Towne towards 
the East, containing, by estimation, fourteen acres." All 
these conveyances being made with the desire that their 
said son, Joseph, should have the first refusal of the re- 


maining third when the same should be for sale. William 
Towne, the emigrant, died at Topsficld, Mass., about 1672, 
and from the final settlement of the estate of his widow, 
she seems to have survived him about ten years." 

"Taken away from the Evil to come," 
might have been the epitaph on their tombstone; in view 
of the terrible fate of their daughters, some ten years later. 


1. The children of William 1 and Joanna {Blessing) Towne, 
of Yarmouth, Kng., and Salem, Mass., were: 
* 2. i. Rebecca, 2 bapt. Feb. 21, 162 i,m d 'Francis Nourse, 
of Salem. She was hung as a witch, at Salem. 
July 19, 1692; her husband survived her. dy- 
ing at Salem, Nov. 22, 1795, ae 77. Then- 
descendants have been numerous and highly 

3. ii. John, 2 bapt. Feb. 16, 1624; died before his father. 

4. hi. Susanna,* bapt. Oct. 20, 1625; died before her 

-f- 5. iv. Edmund, 2 bapt. June 28, 1628; m d Mary Brown- 

* "These sister.- suffered terribly during the witchcraft delusion at Salem, :n 
j6q2 — Rebecca and Mary being executed, and Sarah barely escaping with her 

t "At a county court held at Salem, in 1660, in the case of Henry Bartholo- 
mew pi. vs. Tacob Towne def. ; Williamx, Edmunds, and Joseph- Towne 
were witnesses, and in their evidence, William' stated that he wa ; threescore 
years old, Edmund* that he was thirty-one years of age, and Joseph thai he 
was about one and twenty; and in the case of Norman vs. Orne, at Ipswich, 
in 16S5. Jacob Towne, Sen., aged about fifty-four years, testifieth and sailb 
that he lived in Salem, in the Xorthfields, that he was there an inhabitant 
near twelve years, and that he had been absent from there this four and thirty 


Additional note, by the Compiler. 

The William' Towne, whose testimony was given in the above case, was 
probably the executor named in the will of his mother, Ann Towne, of Brace- 
by, as given on page 1 3, of Part One. 

This strengthens the probability that our William' was of thai family. — E. II. 


+ 6. v. Jacob, 3 bapt. March u, 1632; m d Catharine Sy- 

* 7. vi. Mary, 2 bapt. Aug. 24, 1634 ; m d Isaac Est}-; she 

was also hung as a witch, 2 months and 3 days 
after her sister, Rebecca. 

* 8. vii. Sarah,- bapt. Sept. 3, 1648; nr l 1st, Jan. 1 r, (660, 

Edmund Bridges, and 2d, Peter Cloves; she 
narrowly escaped the fate of her sisters, Re- 
becca and Mary; she has descendants by her 
first husband, now living in Cook Co., 111. 
-f 9 viii. Joseph, 5 ' bapt. Sept. 3, 1648; m d Phebe Perkins. 

Rebecca 2 married Francis Nourse, of Salem Village (now 
Danvers), and Mary married Isaac Estey, of Topsfield. 
The;,- were both estimable women, and were executed for 
witchcraft, at Salem, in the delusion 01 1692, the first July 
19, and the second September 22. The former was taken 
to church in chains the Sabbath previous to her execution, 
and there publicly excommunicated by her minister. "But 
(^ays a writer of that day.) her life and conversation had 
been such that the remembrance thereof in a short time 
wiped off ail the reproach occasioned by the civil and eccle- 
siastical sentence against her," and in 17 12, the church, to 
which she belonged, reversed its decision by blotting out 
the record of her excommunication. 

See, also, foot notes, copied from N. E. Gen. Reg., Vol. 
XXI, page 16. 


(5.) Edmund- Towne, second son of William 1 dvA 
Joanna Towne, was baptized at Yarmouth, Norfolk Co., 
Er.g., June 28, 162S; m d Mary, dau. of Thomas Browning, 
who was bapt. Jan. 7, 1638. He was a member of a com- 
mittee from the town of Topsfield, who in 1675 (King 
Philip's War;, presented a petition to the General Court 

* See note on pace 20. 


for leave to form military companies to protect the inhabit- 
ants from the Indians while at work. He died between 
the date of this petition and May 3, 1678; the date of the 
inventory of his estate. The will of his widow is dated 
Feb. 1. 1 7 10, and in it she is said to be very aged. It was 
proved Dec. 16. 17 17. Joseph^ was named as administra- 
tor, but he died before his mother, and Thomas? and Wil- 
liam 5 were appointed. 

The children of Edmund- and Mary {Browning) Towne, 

of Topsheld, Mass., were: 

10. i. Mary,- 1 
+ 11. ii. Thomas.3b. 1655; m d Sarah French 

12. iii. Sarah, 3 b. April 26, 1657; m d Pritchard. 

+ 13. iv. William,- 5 b. March 13, 1659; m d 1st, Eliza, who 
had several children, all oi whom died in in- 
fancy; and 2d, Wid. Margaret Willard. 

-f 14 v- Joseph,- b. Sept. 2, 1661 ; m d Amy Smith. 

15. vi. Aba-ail. J b. Aug. 6. 1664, m d ist, Jacob Pea- 

body, Jan. 12. 16S6, and 2d, ]m\. 14. 1606, 
Thomas Perley. 

16. vii. Benjamin. 5 b. May 26, 1666. 

17. viii. Rebecca, 1 b. Feb. 2, 1668; m d Ib_ f Knight. 

18. ix. Elizabeth,- 7 b. Nov. 2, 1669; m d Thos. Wilkins, 

of Salem, Dec. 19. 1694. 

19. x. Samuel,' b. Feb. 11, 1673; m d Elizabeth Knight, 

Oct. 20. 1696, and d. in 17 14, aged 41 years. 

(6.) Jacob 2 Towne. son of William 1 and Joanna Towne, 
was baptized at Yarmouth, Norfolk Co., Eng., March 1 1, 
1632, resided at Salem, Essex Co.. Mass., in the "North- 
fields," with his father, about twelve years; m d June 26. 
1657, Catharine, dau. of John Symonds, of Salem; made 
h\> will at Topsfield, Nov. 24. 1704. and died the third day 
following, aged about 73 years. His will was proved |an. 
I, 1705, son Johns, executor. Their children were: 


+ 20. i. John, 3 b. April 2, 165S; m d Mary Smith. 

+ 21. ii. Jacob,- 5 b. Feb. 13, 1660; m d Phebe Smith. 

22. iii. Catharine,* b. Feb. 25, 1662 ; m d Elisha Perkins, 

P^eb. 23, 16S0. 

£,'23. iv. Deliverance^ b. Aug-. 5, 1664; ~{ both m d John 

^(.24. v. Ruth, 3 b. Aug. 5, 1664; j Stiles. 

25. vi. Edmund, 3 b. Jul)- 21, 1666. 

(9.) Joseph- Towne, youngest son of William' and 
Joanna Towne, was born about 1639, and m'-' Phebe, dau. 
of Dea. Thomas Perkins, of Topsfield. lie removed, with 
his father, from Salem to Topsfield; where he was made 
freeman, March 22, 1690; was a member of the church at 
the latter place, and d. 17 13, se. 74. Their children, b. at 
Topsfield, were: 

26. i. Phebe.ab. May 4, 1666. 

27. ii. Joanna, 3 b. Jan. 22, 1668; m d Thomas Nichols, 

Dec. 15, 1694. 
2S. iii. Mary, 3 b. March 27, 1670. 
29. iv. Susannah, 3 b. Dec. 24, 1671. 
4-30. v. Joseph, 3 b. March 22, 1673; m d Margaret Case, 
of Salem. 
31. vi. Sarah, 3 b. Dec. 30, 1675. 
+ 32. vii. John, 3 b. P'eb. 20, 167S; m d 1st, Elizabeth Rae, 
and 2d, Abagail Stanley. 
33. viii. Martha, 3 b. May 19, 16S0. 


(1 1.) Thomas' Towne (Edmund, 1 William,*), was born 
at Topsfield, in 1655, and m d Sarah French, March 17, 
16S5. He was in Capt. Lothrop's company, at Hatfield, 
Aug. 12, 1675, and may have been one of the very few of 
that company, numbering eighty-eight men, who escaped 
from the fatal encounter with the Indians, on the memora- 
ble eighteenth of September following at Bloody Brook.* 

* Note by the Compiler: — It is believed that very few of the present genera- 


He was, at this time, about twenty years of age, and the 
historian of the period; see "Hubbard's Indian Wars," says 
"The company was made up of young- men, the Mower of 
Essex Count} - , who were not afraid to speak to the enemy 
within the gate." He died in the early part of 1720, aged 
65 years. His sons, Edmund-' and Thomas, 4 were his exe- 
cutors. Their children, b. in Topsfield, were: 

34. i. Edmund, 4 b. Jan. 28, 16S6; d. unm d in 1 74 1 , ae. 

55 y., leaving his property to his 4 sisters. 

35. ii. Experience, 4 bapt. June 24, 16SS. 

36. iii. Thomas, 4 bapt. Oct. 18, 1691. 
3J. iv. Sarah, 4 b. May S, 1694. 

38. v. Ednah, 4 b. Dec. 3, 1696. 
+ 39. vi. Richard,- 1 b. July 16, 1700; m d rst, Elizabeth 
Bixby, and 2d, Hannah Bixby. 
40. vii. Mercy, 4 b. July 7, 1703. 

tion have any adequate idea of the terrible nature of the struggle that our 
ancestors were engaged in, at this time, for their very existence, as well :-.s for 
home, and all that the word implies. There can be no doubt, that it was the 
most severe and bloody war that this country was ever engaged in, taking into 
consideration, the destruction of life and property, in proportion to what was 
exposed to its ravages. 

Although it la-ted but about one year, yet more than 600 men, women, 
and children fell victims to the bullet, the tomahawk, and the scalping- knife, 
of the savage foe; more than iS towns and villages were either entirely, or 
partially destroyed and abandoned; more than 600 families were burned out, 
and so 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, recently, so nobly and gener- 
ously contributed for the relief of the suffering in Ireland, knew that they were 
repaying an obligation more than two hundred years old. Vet it is a matter 
of history, that on the 7th of Aug. 1676, a vessel sailed from Dublin, Ire'and, 
laden with provisions, to the amount of several thousand dollars, for the relief 
of the destitute in the colonies of Mass., R. I., and Conn. Those interested 
in a more full account of these matters, should read the introduction to 
"Goodwin's Foote Family;" and " X. E. Gen. Reg.," Vol. II, p. 245-50. 

Verily, the Word of the Lord standeth sure: "Cast thy bread upon the 
waters; for thou shalt find it again after many days," and "Give a portion to 
sever., and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the 
earth." ECCL. XI, 1, 2. 


(13.) William- Tovvne (Edmund? William?), was born 
at Topsfield, March 13, 1659, m d for his 2d wife, Aug. 22. 
1694, Wid. Margaret Willard, whose first husband, John 
Willard, had been executed on a charge of witchcraft, at 
Salem, some two years previous. Their children were: 

41. i. Many b. July 3, 1695. 

42. ii. William, 4 b. Nov. 22, 1697; d. Dec. 23, 1697; se. 

31 days. 

43. iii. William, 4 b. Feb. 25, 1C99. 

+44. iv. Isaac, 4 b. April 10, 1701; m d Lydia Estey. 

45. v. Ichabod, 4 b. Feb. 18, 1703. 

-f-46. vi. Jeremiah, 4 b. May 27, 1705; m d Elizabeth. 

47. vii. Deborah, 4 b. Aug. 16, 1707; m d J. Kenny, May 

1. 1/29- 

48. viii. Mercy, 4 b. Sept. 19, 1709; m d John Towno, Jr. 

(No. 95), April 22, 1729. 

49. ix. Keziah, 4 b. Feb. 9, 171 5 ; m d Robert Fitz, o\ 

Sutton, Nov. 9, 1739. 

(14.) Joseph? Towne (Edmund, 2 William 1 ), was born at 
Topsfield, Sept. 2, l66i ; m d , Aug. 10, 1697, Amy, dau. of 
Robert Smith, and d. in 17 17, ae. 56 y. She was b. Aug. 
16, 1668, and d. Feb. 22, 1756, ae. S/ y. Their children 
were : 

+ 50. i. Benjamin, 4 b. Ma}- 10, 169 1 ; had 4 wives and 9 

-j-51. ii. Nathan, 4 b. 1693; m d Phebe . 

-—$2. iii. Daniel, 4 b. Aug. 22, 1695 ; m d Dorothy . 

-r53- lv ; Jesse, 4 b. Dec. 5, 1697; m d . 

4-54. v. Nathaniel, 4 b. June 1, 1700; m d Jemima . 

55. vi. Amy, 4 b. Feb. 3, 1704. 

36. vii. Amos, 4 b. July 2, 1709; m d , May 30, 1732, Mary 

(19.) Samuel? Towne (Edmund? William 1 ), m d Eliza- 
beth Knight, Oct. 20, 1606. Their children were: 


57. i. Elizabeth, 4 b. Sept. 1, 1697. 

58. ii. Rebecca, 4 b. Feb. 8, 1700. 

+ 59- iii- Samuel, 4 b. July 5, 1702; m d Elizabeth Allen. 
4-6o. iv. Philip, 4 b. June 22, 1707; ni d Dinah Hobbs, at 

(20.) John- Towne (Jacob, 2 William*). The first of the 
family, in this country, who spelt his name Town (omitting 
the e), was born at Topsfield, April 2d, 1658, and married 
Mary Smith, Feb. 2, j6So. He was an efficient man in 
town affairs at Topsfield, and administered upon the estate 
of his father there, in 1704. Framingham, Mass., was in- 
corporated in 1700, and at the first town meeting, held on 
the fifth day of August, of that year, he was chosen Select- 
man, and was often afterward elected to the same office. 
He resided at Framingham, till 171 2. when he removed to 
Oxford, where he and his sons, Israel 4 and Ephraim, 4 were 
proprietors. At the first town meeting holden there, on 
the 22d of Jul)-, 17 1 3, he was chosen Town Clerk and 
Selectman, and continued to enjoy the confidence of his 
fellow townsmen for man)' years. He was one of four per- 
sons, who met at an earl)- period, to deliberate upon the 
matter of the formation of a church, and at its organiza- 
tion, Jan. 21, 1 72 1, was chosen deacon, which office he held 
to the close of his life, and was then succeeded by his son 
Jonathan. 4 His estate was administered upon in 1740. 
Authorities for the above: Topsfield Town Records; Essex 
Probate Records; Barry's His. of Framingham; Barber's 
His. Col. of Mass.; Oxford Town and Church Records; 
and Worcester Probate Records. 

(20.} The children of Dea. John^ and Mary {Smith) 
Town, were: 

61. i. Mary, 4 b. June 23, 1681. 

62. ii. John. 4 b. Nov. 25, 1682; d. Sept. 29, 1683. 
-f-63. iii. Israel,* b. Nov. 18, 1684; m d Susanna Haven. 


64. iv. Esther, 4 b. Dec. 13, 1686; m d Simon Mellen, 

April 23, 171 1. 

-\-6$. v. Ephraim, 4 b. 16S8; m d . 

-f 66. vi. Jonathan. 4 b. Mch. n, 1691 ; m d Katherine , 

to/to d. about ijjj ? 
-f-67. vii. David, 4 b. 1693; had four wives. 

-|-6S. viii. Samuel, 4 b. Jan. 25, 1693; m d Sarah Lamb, of 

-r-69. ix. Edmund, 4 b. May 7, 1699; m d Elizabeth — - — . 
+ 70. x. John, Jr., 4 b. May 31, 1702-; m d Lydia Hunkins. 

(21.) Jacob? Tov/ne ( Jacob? William 1 J, was b. at Tops- 
field. Eeb. 13, 1660, and married Phebe, dau. of Robert 
Smith, June 24, 16S? or /. She was b. Aug. 26. 1661, and 
d. Jan. 14, 1740, x.. 79 years. He was admitted to the 
church Sept. 1, 17 17, and d. Oct. 4, 1741, a\ Si years. Their 
children were: 

71. i. Joshua, 4 b. Nov. 13, 16S4. 
+ 72. ii. John, 4 b. Feb. 2, 16S6; m d YVid. Abagail (Stati- 
hj) Towne. 

73. iii. Abagail, b. Dec. 10, 1GS7. 

74. iv. Catharine, 4 b. Jan. 2, 1690; m d Benj. 4 Towne. 

Xo. 50. 
+ 75. v. Jacob, 4 b. 1693; m d Susanna — . 

76. vi. Gideon, 4 b. Feb. 4, 1696; m d Hannah Gould, 

dau. of John. 

77. vii. Ruth, 4 b. .March 25, 169S. 

78. viii. Stephen, 4 b. Nov. 2, 1700. 

+ 79- ix. Jabcz, 4 b. June 15, 1704; m d Tryphena Dwin- 
80. x. Eiisha, 4 b. Oct. 25, 1706; m d Sarah Rhodes. 

(30.) Joseph 5 Towne [Joseph, 2 Jl'illiai/i 1 ), married, Nov. 
9, 1699. Margaret Case, of Salem; they had 14 children, b. 
at Topsfield. 

.Si. i. Margaret, 4 b. Aug. 6, 1700. 


-f-82. ii. Joseph, 4 b. Dec. 26, 1701 ; m d Jemima Bixby. 

83. iii. Archelaus, 4 b. Aug. 31. 1703. 

--J--S4. iv. Israel, 4 b. March 24, 1705; m d Grace Gardner. 

+ 85. v. Elisha,4 b. Sept. 5, 170S; m d Mercy Foster. 

S6. vi. Bartholomew, 4 b. May 10, 1710. 

S/. vii. Man-, 4 b. Feb. 1 8, 17 1 2. 

-J-88. viii. David, 4 b. Feb. 13, 1 7 1 5 : m d Mary Moore. 

89. ix. Abagail,« b. May 3, 1716. 

oo. x. Phebe, 4 b. May 31, 17 iS. 

91. xi. Hannah, 4 b. Feb. 15, 1720. 

92. xii. Martha, 4 b. Aug. 25, 1722. 

93. xiii. Sarah, 4 b. April 2, 1726. 

+94. xiv. Jonathan, 4 b. Sept. 6, 172S: m d Mary Dean. 

(32.) John? Towne (Joseph," William' 1 ), b. at Topsfield, 
Feb. 20, 1678, and in Jan., 1708, married Elizabeth Rae, 
who d. Dec. 14, 171 1. He afterward, July 12, 1712, mar- 
ried Abagail Stanley, and d. March 28, 17 14, ;e. ^6 years. 
His widow married, May II, 171 5, John Towne. No. ; 72. 

The children of John 5 and Elizabeth (Rae), of Topsfield, 

+ 95. i. John, 4 b. Feb. 23, 1709; m d Mercy Towne, No. 

96. ii. Elizabeth, 4 b. Nov. 22, 171 1. 

(32.) The child of John 5 Towne, by his 2d wife, Aba- 
gail (Stanley), was: 

+97. iii. Bartholomew, 4 b. April 4, 171 3; m d Manual) 

(39.) Richard 4 Towne (Thomas* Edmund? William'-), 
was b. at Topsheld, July 16, 1700; married 1st, Elizabeth 
Bixby, and 2d, Hannah Bixby. He was Town Clerk, at 
Topsfield, from 1749 to the time of his death, Feb. 21, 1 765 
His children wire (but by which wife is uncertain, as dates 
of marriage have not been found): 

9 8. 













Thomas, 5 b. Dec. 2S, 1727. 

Mary.s b. Feb. 21, 1729; m d Samuels Towne, 

Jr., No. 148. 
Elizabeth, 5 b. Jan. 30, 1732. 
Sarah, 5 b. Dec. 1734. 
Richard, 5 b. 1737- 

Hannah, 5 b. r 739- 

(44.) Isaac 4 Towne ( William* Edmund,- William 1 ), was 
b. at Topsfield, April 10, 1701, married Lydia Estey, Jan. 
7, 173S, and d. in Sutton, where the estate of his widow- 
was settled, in 1796. Their children were: 

104. i. Lydia, 5 b. April 5, 1739; m d Robert Fitz. 

105. ii. Isaac, 5 b. Aug. 4, 1741. 

106. iii. Asa, 5 b. Dec. 2, 1743. 

107. iv. Eunice, 5 b. 

(46.) The children of JEREMIAH* and ELIZABETH 
Towne, of Topsfield, were: 

10S. i. Jeremiah, 5 b. Sept. 6, 1743. 
109. ii. Susannah, 5 b. Jul}- S, 1745. 
-f 1 10. iii. Xehemiah, 5 b. Oct. 15, 174S; m d Lucy Towne, 
ill. iv. William, 5 b. 

(50.) Benjamin 4 Towne (Joseph;? Edmund; William. 1 ), 
was b. at Topsfield, May 10, 1691 ; 1st m'd Catharine. 4 dau. 
of Jacob 3 Towne, Jr., No. 21; by whom he had two children, 
both of whom died in infancy; 2d he married. April 12, 
1722, Susannah Wildes, who, about two months before her 
death, became the mother of three healthy male children, 
all of whom are known to have lived beyond the meridian 
of manhood; she died Jul)' 5, 1736, and he married, jd, 
May 2, 1738, Mary Perkins; and 4th, married, April 15, 
1 76 1, Mrs. Mary Clark. He acquired a large estate for the 
time in which he lived, and, from the records, seems to 
have been a prominent man in town affairs, frequently ofri- 



ciating as Town Clerk, Selectman, Assessor of Taxes, etc., 
etc. He died Feb. n, [772, aged 81 years. His children, 
by his 2d wife, Susannah {Wildes), were: 

-f 112. i. Benjamin,* b. May 12, 1723; m d 

+ 113. ii. Ephraim, 5 b. July 10, 1725; m d Sarah Bragg. 

+ £,'114. iii. Jacob, 5 b. March 7, 1728; m d Elizabeth Per- 
il 115. iv. Joseph, 5 b. March 7. 172S. [kins- 

4- 116. v. Eli,' b. March 3, 1731 ; m d Elizabeth Gould. 

117. vi. Susannah, 5 b. Sept. 6, 1733. 

+ £uiS. \ ii. Edmund, 5 b. April 30, 1736: ni d 

z\ 119- viii. Ezra, 5 b. April 30. 1736; m d 3 wives, had 12 

h'li20. ix. Elijah, 5 b. April 30, 1736. [children. 

(5 1.) Nathan 1 Towne (Josephs Edmunds William 1 ), was 

b. at Topsheld, in 1693; married Phebe . resided at 

Boxford for a time, and then removed to Andover, where 
his wife died Jan. 3, 1762, se. 62 years, and he d. soon after, 
ae. about 70 years. Their children were: 

4-121. i. Joseph. 5 b. April ii, 1718; m d Sarah Kimball, 
of Andover. 
Nathan, 5 b. April 25, 1720; m d Mary Poole. 
Jonathan, 5 b. m d Esther Gould. 

+ 122. 11. 

+ 123. iii 

124. iv 

125. v. 
+ 126. vi 

12 7. Vi 

Phebe, 5 b. 
Catharine, 5 b. 



Asa, 5 b. Aug. 25. 1729; m d Mary Beverly. 

Anna, 5 b. 


+ 128. viii. Aaron, 5 b. July 25, 1734; m d Hannah Beverly. 

129. ix. Solomon, 5 b. 

(52.) The children of DANIEL" and DOROTHY TOWXE 

{Joseph? Edmund, 2 William 1 ), of Topsheld, were: 

130. i. Daniel, 5 b. Aug. n. 1722. 

131. ii. Amos. 5 b. June iS, 1724. 

132. iii. Judith, 5 b. Aug. 26, 1723. 

133. iv. Dorothy, 5 b. Feb. S, 1728. 


134. v. Thomas, 5 b. Aug. 18, 1729. 

135. vi. Prudence, 5 !}. Nov. 16, 1732. 

136. vii. Anna, 5 b. March 9, 1735. 

+ 137. viii. Francis, 5 b. July 27, 1737; m d Phcbc Tow ne, 
v No. 

<53-) Jesse 4 Towne {Joseph* Edmund? William 1 ), was 

b. at Topsfield, Dec. 5, 1697, and removed to Arundel, now 
Kennebunk, Me., where, in 1729, he was a proprietor. He 
finally settled at Wells, near the "Upper Falls," where he 
built a house in 1 740, and in 1754. when crossing the river, 
he broke through the ice and was drowned. He was a 
member of the church at Wells in 1750, and from the 
records, seems to have been active in the parish affairs; 
beyond this but little is known of him. He, however, had 
a descendant, residing near the original homestead, who 
was Selectman in Kennebunk in 1747. In 175c, he had 
sons, Joseph, 5 and Thomas, who were taxed ; and the house 
which he built was standing in 1770. Children: 
138. i. Joseph. 5 b. 
• +139. ii. Thomas, 5 b. m d Abagail Crediford. 

(54.) Nathaniel-* Towne {Joseph* Edmund? William'), 
b. at Topsfield, June 1, 1700; by wife Jemima, had chil- 
dren : 

140. i. Jemima, 5 b. Ma}' 20, 1724. 

141. ii. Nathaniel, 5 b. Sept. 16, 1725. 

142. iii. Eunice, 5 b. Feb. 24, 1727. 

143. iv. Sarah, 5 b. 1729. 

(56.) Amos 4 Towne (Joseph? Edmund? William 1 ), b. at 
Topsfield. July 2, 1709; married Mary Smith, and moved 
to Kennebunk, Me., with his brother, Jesse, No. 53. He 
was one of the brave men who, under Sir Wm. Pepperrel, 
captured Louisburg; and in 1747, was wrecked on Mt. 
Desert and drowned, at the age of about 38 years. Their 
children were: 


+ 144. i. Samuel,? b. m d Hannah Wakefield. 

+ 145. ii. Amos/ b. Oct. 1 737 ; m d ist, Jane Smith, 

and 2d, Sarah Miller. 
+ 146. iii. Daniel,? b. Oct. 28, 1739; nr J Elizabeth Dorman. 

(59.) Samuel 4 Towne {Samuel? Edmund? William 1 ), 
was born at Topsfield, July 5, 1702; married Elizabeth 
Allen, Dec. 21, 1722, and was drowned May iS, 1 77 1 , aged 
69 years. Their children were: 

147. i. Mary ,5 b. July 19, 1723. 

148. ii. Elizabeth, 5 b. Nov. 10, 1724. 

4-149. iii. Samuel,? b. Aug. 8, 1727; m d Mary 5 Towne, 
No. 99. 

150. iv. Hannah, 5 b. Sept. 24, 1733. 

(60.) Philip-* Towne {Samuel? Edmund? William*), b 

at Topsfield, June 22, 1707; married Dinah Hobbs, at 
Salem, July 30, 1728. Their children were: 

151. i. Eneas, 5 b. Nov. 18, 1729. 

152. ii. Dinah, 5 b. Feb. 14, 1734; m d Thomas Perkins. 

153. iii. Daniel, 5 b. Aug. 22, 1736. 

(63.) Israel 4 Towne {John? Jacob? William 1 ), was b. at 
Topsfield, Nov. 18, 1684, and married Susannah, dan. o! 
Dea. Moses Haven, of Eramingham, Oxford, Mass.; was 
first permanently settled in 17 12. He was a proprietor, 
and his family was one of the thirty families who then went 
there to reside. The germ of the first church in this place 
consisted of four persons, and their first meeting to consult 
upon the matter was holden at his house. He died at Ox- 
ford, Oct. 29, 1 77 1, aged nearly S7 years, and his widow d. 
at Belchertown, in 17S7, aged 96. Their children were: 

154. i. Mary, 5 b. Nov. 16, 1709; m d Theo. McKenstry, 

Jan. 30, 1732. 

155. ii. Susannah, 5 b. Sept. II, 171 1; died young. 

t 56. iii. Joseph, 5 b. Jan. 20, 1 7 1 3 ; died Oct. 28. 1733. 
a;. 20. 


157. iv. Susannah, s b. Feb. 17, 1717; m d John Haven, 
Oct. 25, 1739, and d. at Sutton, in 1806, a-. S9. 

+ 15S. v. Elijah, s b. Feb. 16, 1 7 19 ; m d Lydia Lock. 

+ 159. vi. Moses, 5 b. Aug. 14, 1721; m d Bethia Reed. 

160. vii. Esther, 5 b. March 14, 1724. 

4- 161. viii. Israel, 5 b. Feb. 12, 1727; m d Naomi Stebbins. 

162. ix. Lois, 5 b. May 18, 1729; m d John Wilson, 1749. 

163. x. Mehitable, 5 b. Dec. 23, 1 73 1 . 

(65.) Ephrainv Towne {John* Jacob? William^), h. at 

Topsfield in 1688; resided some time at Framingham; was 
a proprietor at Oxford, and one of the thirty first families. 
His children were: 

£1164. i. Paul, 5 b. March 14, 1722. 
+ ^'.165. ii. Silas, 5 b. March 14, 1722; m d Susannah Lock. 
4- 166. hi. Edmund, 5 b. Aug. 19, 1724; m d Abagail 
167. iv. Thomas, 5 b. April 1, 1727. 

(66.) Jonathan-* Towne {John? Jacob,- William^), b. a: 
Topshcld, March 1 1, 1691, resided at Oxford, 1714; was 
deacon of the church, and died there in 1 74 1 . Wife Kathe- 
rir.e, who d. about 1757. Children: 
4- 168. i. Jacob, 5 b. Oct. 20, 1720; m d Mary Campbell. 

169. ii. Tamar, 5 b. Feb. 22, 1722. 

170. iii. Simon, 3 b. March 26, 1724. 

171. iv. Jonathan, 5 b. April 26, 1727. 

4-172. v. John, 5 b. Dec. 15, 1728: m d Dorothy Pratt. 

173. vi. Mary, 5 b. June 4, 1 73 r ; m d Curtis. 

+ 174. vii. Josiah, 5 b. Aug. 10, 1734; m d Susannah Rich. 

175. viii. Huldah, 5 b. Nov. 2, 1737; m d Israel Phillips. 

(6j.) David 4 Towne {John? Jacob, 2 William 1 ), was b. at 
Topsfield in 1693, and is said to have had four wives. The 
names of the two first have not been ascertained, but our 
information reads, "and for his third wife, married Priscilla 


Hovey, who d. at Oxford in 1741." Information from an- 
other source says that he afterward married a fourth wife, 
Margaret, and d. at Belchertown, Mass., Sept. 20. 17S1, 
asa 87. The children of David 4 and Priscilla {Hovey) Towne, 
were : 

176. i. Francis, 5 b. March 7, 1719; d. Dec. 21, 1721. 

177. ii. Hannah, 5 b. Sept. 1, 1720. 

178. iii. Deliverance, 5 b. 1726. 

179. iv. Susannah, 3 b. Aug. 30, 1736. 
1S0. v. Priscilla, 5 b. March 7, 1740. 

(6S.) Samuel 4 Towne {John? Jacob? William 1 ), b. at 
Topsfield, Jan. 25, 1695 ; m d Sarah Lamb, of Oxford, April 
16, 1722. The\- had one son: 
-h 1 S 1 . i. James, 5 b. Oct. 11, 1722; m d Ann Blood. 

(70.) John 4 Towne, Jr. {John? Jacobs William 1 ), was b. 
at Framingham, March 31, 1702, and married Lydia Hun- 
kins, March 6, 1728. Their children, b. at Oxford, were: 
-J- 182. i. Thomas, 5 b. May 26, 1729; m d Hannah 
4-183. ii. Abner, 5 b. March 21, 1731; m d Susanna Dana. 
4-1S4. iii. Isaac, 5 b. Aug. 17, 1733; m d Huldah Pratt. 

1S5. iv. Phebc, 5 b. June, 16, 1737. 

186. v. Lydia, 5 b. May 8, 1740. 

1S7. vi. Rachel, 5 b. Nov. 9, 1742. 

188. vii. Hannah, 5 b. Sept. 24, 1744; m d Collins Moore. 
4-189. viii. Simon, 5 b. Feb. 25, 174S; m d Mary Pike. 

190. ix. Lydia, 5 b. Sept. 28, 1752; m d William Collins. 

(72.) John 4 Towne {Jacob? Jacob? William 1 ), was b. at 
Topsfield, Feb. 2, 16S6, and married. May 11, 1715, Aba- 
gail, wid. of John Towne, Xo. 32, (her maiden name Stan- 
ley). He settled at Greenwich, Mass., in 174S. This place 
was called Ouabbin, previous to its incorporation, in 1754. 
His wife was killed by falling downstairs, Sept. 1, 1743. 
Their children were: 




+ 191. i. Samuel. 5 b. 1717; m d Eunice Emmons. 

+ 192. ii. Jonathan,* b. May 25, 1719; m d Sarah Fowler 
and Abagail Hale. 

193. iii. Abagail.? b. Sept. 29. 1721. 

194. iv. Catharine, 5 b. Dec. 14. 1725. 

+ 195. v. John,? b. Dec. 5, 1729; m d Mary Thomas. 

(75.) Jacob* Towne (Jacob* Jacob,* William 1 ) , and Su- 
sannah, his wife, had children: 

196. i. Ruth, 5 b. Sept. 6. 1710. 
+ 197. ii. Joshua, 5 b. Sept. 3, 1721 ; m d Sarah Ball. 

195. iii. Jacob, 5 b. June 30, 1724. 

(y6.) Gideon* Towne (Jacob,* Jacob, 3 William 1 ), b. in 

Topsfield. Feb. 4, 1696; m d Hannah Gould, who d. at Tops- 
field, March 2^, 1738. He removed to Quabbin, now 
Greenwich, where he purchased land of Andrew Powers, in 
174S. Their children were: 

+ 199- 
+ 200. 



Abner, 5 b. Feb. 5, 1722; m d Sarah Butler, 
i. Gideon, 5 b. Feb. 21, 1724; m d Martha Stanley 
ii. Hannah. 5 b. Aug. 5, 1727. 
v. Phebe, 5 b. Aug. 22, 172,9. 

203. v. Abishai. 5 b. March 1, 1732. 

(79.) Jabez+ Towne (Jacob* Jacob,? William 1 ), was b. at 
Topsfield, June 15. 1704; married Tryphenia Dwinnell, 
March 30. 1730; who d. April 16. 1785. He d. at London 
deny, X. H., April 1, 1783, aged 79 years. Their children 
were : 
+ 204. i. Jabez, 5 b. March 4, 1732; m' 1 

205. ii. Mary, 5 b. Oct. 30, 1734; m d Joshua Foster, of 

2c6. iii. Rebecca, 5 b. June 9, 1737; m d Samuel Smith. 
of Topsfield. 
4-207. iv. Jacob, 5 b. Sept. 25, 173S; m d Susanna Brown. 
4-208. v. Elijah, 3 b. Sept. ii, 1740; m d Funice Dwinnell. 


209. vi. Abagail, 5 b. Dec. 7, 1743; m d Asa Smith, o( 

Vershire, Vt. 

210. vii. Ruth, 5 b. Oct. 22, 1746; m d Jacob Hale. 

211. viii. Susannah, 5 b. Nov. 19, 1749; ni d David Porter. 

(80.) Elisha 4 Towne (Jacob? Jacob,* William 1 ), was b. 

at Topsfield, Oct. 25, 1706; m d Sarah Rhodes, Feb. 16, 
1738, and removed to Boxford. Their children were: 

212. i. Sarah, 5 b. Jan. 7, 1739; m d Elijah Dwinnell. 
4-213. ii. John, 5 b. Sept. 22, 1740; m d Ann Cummings. 

214. iii. Mehitable, 5 b. Sept. 23, 1742; m d Jacob Dwin- 


215. iv. Absalom, 5 b. Sept. 24, 1744. 

216. v. Bathsheba, 5 b. Oct. 18, 1747. 

(82.) Joseph/ Towne (Joseph? Joseph? William*), was b. 

at Topsfield, Dec. 26, 1701, and married Jemima Bixby. 
They resided at Topsfield in 1732, where two oldest chil- 
dren were born. April 6, 1733, he purchased 230 acres of 
land of John Hallowell, in the parish of Thompson, town 
of Killingly, Conn., for ^400, New England currency, and 
in 1743, made an additional purchase. His wife was dis- 
missed from the church in Topsfield and recommended to 
the second church in Killingly, Oct. 22, 173S. He d. in 
-March, 17S6, aged 84 years, and his widow in J 790. Their 
children were: 

217. i. Archelaus, 5 b. Feb. 26, 1730. 

218. ii. Jemima, 5 b. Feb. 6, 1732. 

219. iii. Joseph, 5 b. Oct. 8, 1735. 

220. iv. Elizabeth, 5 b. March 27, 1738. 

221. v. Margaret, 5 b. May 17, 1739. 

(84.) Israel- 1 Towne (Joseph? Joseph? William 1 ), was b. 
at Topsfield, March 24, 1705, and married Grace Gardner. 
of Middletbn, May 23, 1729. He was one of the earl) 
settlers of Xarragansett No. 3, afterwards named Souhegan 


West, and in 1760, incorporated by Now Hampshire, and 
called Amherst. Tradition says that his was the fourth 
family. The first settlement was made in 1734, and Sept. 
22, 1741. at the organization of the church, the plantation 

contained families, amongst the number was that of 

Capt. Israel 4 Towne. The origin of the Xarragansett town- 
ships was as follows: Between 172S and 1733, the General 
Court of Mass. granted seven townships of land, each of 
the contents of six miles square, to those, and the descend- 
ants of those who were in the war of 1675, for the subjuga- 
tion of Philip, the celebrated Xarragansett Sachem, the 
townships to be selected from the unappropriated lands of 
the Province, each township to be the property of 120 
claimants. After a great number of meetings and adjourn- 
ments of the grantees, the townships were located thus: — 
Xarragansett Xo. I, where Buxton, in Maine, is now situ- 
ated; Xarragansett Xo. 2, at Westminster, Mass.; Xo. 3, 
at Amherst, X. H.; Xo. 4, at Goffstown, X. H.: Xo. 5, at 
Bedford, X. H.; Xo. 6, at Templeton, X. H.; and Xo. 7, 
at Gorham, Me., this territory then being under the juris- 
diction- of Mass. Israel 4 Towne d. at Amherst, X. H., in 
1791, aged 86 years, and Grace, his widow, in 1S03. aged 
96. Their children were: 

222. i. Thomas, 5 b. 1/3 — 

4-223. ii. Archelaus, 3 b. l 734', rn d Martha Abbott. 

4-224. iii. Israel, 3 b. Xov. 16, 1736; m d Lydia Hopkins. 
4-225. iv. Moses, 5 b. 1 7 3 <S ; m d Mary Gray. 

226. v. Gardner, 5 b. June 6, 1 74 1 . 

227. vi. Elizabeth, 5 b. Jan. 30, 1745; d. July 16, 1794, 

re. 49. 

228. vii. Susannah, 5 b. May 28,« 1748; m d Timothy 

Nichols, Oct. 2, 1779. 

229. viii. Mary, 5 b. April 20, 1751, 

(85.) Elisha 4 Towne {Joseph 1 Joseph,- William 1 ), was b. 
at Topsfield, Sept. 5, 1708; m d Mercy Foster, of Boxford, 



June 1 1, 1738, and removed from Topsfield to Munson, now 
Milford, N. H., where, Dec. 22, 174s, he and his brother 
Israel 4 purchased the Taylor farm, of 300 acres, for ^1000, 
of Wid. Abagail Taylor, of Boston. Their children were: 

•230. i. Joseph, 5 b. '739; d. in infancy. 

+ 231. ii. Bartholomew, 5 b. April 8, 1741 ; m d Mary Cum- 

-f-232. iii. Thomas, 5 b. Feb. 8, 1743; m d Elizabeth Towne 
and Sarah Burton. 

233. iv. Mercy, 5 b. Feb. 15, 1745. 

234. v. Sarah, 5 b. Xov. 20, 1747. 

(88.) David 4 Towne {Joseph? Joseph,- William*), was b. 
at Topsfield, Feb. 13, 1715; married Mary Moore, Aug. 21, 
1741. He lived on the "Old Homestead," and d. at Tops- 
field, Aug. 20, 1778, aged 63 years. Amount of his estate, 
£1594. His widow d. Nov. 25, 1S01, aged S3. Their chil- 
dren were: 

235. i. Abagail, 5 b. 1742; d. Feb. S, 1799, se. 57. 
+ 236. ii. David, 5 b. March 17, 1744; m d Susannah Ave- 


237. iii. Archelaus, 5 b. Aug. 15, 1746; d. in infancy. 

238. iv. Joseph, 5 b. d. unmarried. 

239. v. Archelaus, 5 b. Jan. 3, 1752; d. Oct. 5, 1S04. 

240. vi. Eunice, 5 b. May 12, 1754; d. Aug. 20, 1804. 

241. vii. Thomas, 5 b. Sept. 26, 1762; d. unmarried. 

(94.) Jonathan* Towne {Joseph? Joseph? William*), 
youngest and fourteenth child of his parents, was b. at 
Topsfield, Sept. 6, 1728; married Mary Dean, of Salem, 
Oct. 31, 175 1, and removed to Munson, now Milford, X. H., 
where he remained till the opening scenes of the American 
Revolution, when he joined the Continental arm} - , and d. 
at Crown Point, Essex Co., N.Y., in July, 1776. His wid. 
d. in 1784. Their children were: 

+ 242. i. Jonathan, 5 b. April 28, 1754; m d Mary Blanch- 


243. ii. Mary, 5 b. Sept. 23, 1756; d. unm d at Andover, 

Yt., March 6, 1S47, x. 90 years. 

244. ill. Betsey, 5 b. l 75$- 

4-245. iv. Aaron, 5 b. March 14, 1761; m d Abagail John- 
son and Mrs. Lois Stocker. 

246. v. Jane, 5 b. I/63) m d Jonathan Thompson, 

of Marblehead. 

247. vi. Phebe, 5 b. Nov. 13, 1765 ; m d Timothy Ordway, 

of Lyndboro, N. H. 

(95.) John 4 Towne (John* Joseph? William*), was b. at 
Topsfield, Feb. 23, 1709, and married Mercy Towne, No. 
He was admitted to the church in Sutton, May 3, 1741, 
and d. about the close of 1754, aged 45. His will is dated 
Sept. 6, 1754, and proved Feb. 5, 1755. Their children 
were : 

4-248. i. Ichabod, 5 b. Nov. 26, 1729; m d Jemima Stock- 
249. ii. Mercy, 5 b. Sept. 10, 1 73 1 ; m d Samuel Clark, 
Nov. 30, 1750. 
+ 250. .hi. William, 5 b. Feb. 10, 1733; m d Catharine Waite. 

251. iv. Elijah, 5 b. May 17, 1734. 

252. v. Deborah, 5 b. 1735; m d Nathaniel. Put- 

nam, Nov. 23, 1757. 

253. vi. Elizabeth, 5 b. May 13, 1740; m d Henry Nichols. 

Sept. 22, 1757. 

254. vii. Mary, 5 b. April 1, 1742; m d Aaron Grant. 

255. viii. John, 5 b. March 5, 1744; d. unmarried. 

256. ix. Sarah, 5 b. May 21, 1750. 

257. x. Lois, 5 b. Sept. 30, 1752; m d Richard Dodge, Jr., 

July 19, 1770. 
4-258. xi. Asa, 5 b. m d Eunice Towne, No. 

C97.) Bartholomew-* Towne (John? Joseph,* William 1 ), 

was b. April 4, 1713; married Hannah Fitz, June 27, 1740. 
They were admitted to the church in Sutton, July 26, 1741, 
and he d. at the same place in 1783, ae. 70. 


259. i. Hannah? b. April 20, 1741 ; m d Daniel Stone. 
4-260. ii. Bartholomew,' b. Dec. 10, 1742; m d Betsey 
261. iii. Abagail, 5 b. Aug. 3, 1744; m d Nathan Stone 
and E. Sibley. 
+ 262. iv. Reuben, 5 b. July 29, 1746; m d Sarah Dodge. 

263. v. Sarah,* b. April 20, 1751. 

264. vi. Robert, 5 b. May 11, 1754. 

265. vii. David, 5 b. Aug. 7, 1756; m d Elizabeth South- 

worth, March 7, 17S0. 

266. viii. Mehitable, 5 b. Sept. 12, 1762. 

267. ix. Stephen, 5 b. Sept. 15, 1765. 


(1 10.) Nehemiah 5 Towne (Jeremiah* \Y»i.? Edmund, 2 
Wm. 1 ), b. at Topsfield, Oct. 15, 174S; married Lucy, dau. 
of Joshua Towne, Xo. Dec. 31, 1771. He d. at Keene, 
N. H., May 2, 1S20, a?. 72; and his widow d. April 17, 1S41, 
?e. 85. Their children were: 
+ 26S. i. Josiah, 6 b. Jan. 22, 1778; m d Mary French. 

269. ii. Joshua, 6 b. Feb. 22, 17S0. 

270. iii. Milly 6 b. Aug. 19, 17S2. 

271. iv. Mary, 6 b. Oct. 12, 1784. 

272. v. John. 6 b. Feb. 26, 17S6. 

273. vi. Nathan, 6 b. Jan. 16, 1793. 

(112.) Benjamin 5 Towne, Jr. (Benjamin,* Joseph,- Ed- 
mund, 2 William*), resided at Sturbridgc as early a^ 1747; 
bought a tract of land there in 1763, and in 1781 sold it to 
Jonathan Morris, of Woodstock, Conn., for ^400, silver 
money, and soon after left the place. His wife d. Oct. ic, 
1788. Their children were: 

274. i. Nathan, 6 b. 

275. ii. Eunice, 6 b. 

276. iii. Hannah, 6 b. June 3, 1742. 


277. iv. Mar)', 6 b. 

+ 278. v. Benjamin, 6 b. June 17, 1745; m d Wid. Martha 
I litchcock. 

279. vi. Nathaniel, 6 b. Dec. 22, 1747. 

2S0. vii. Susannah, 6 b. June 3, 1749. 

28 1. viii. Sarah, b. June 9, 1752. 

282. ix. Daniel, b. Nov. 25, 1753. 

253. x. Ruth, 6 b. Nov. 3, 1756. 

254. xi. Mirriam, 6 b. July 23, 175S. 

285. xii. Joseph, 6 b. Sept. 16, 1760. 

286. xiii. Anna, 6 b. June 25, 1762. 

257. xiv. Abagail, 6 b. April 10, 1767. 

(113.) Ephraims Towne (Benjamin* Joseph? Edmund? 

William 1 ), married Sarah Bragg, of YYenham, Feb. 19, 
1749. Children were: 

258. i. Mary, 6 b. April 26, 1 75 1 . 

259. ii. Ephraim, 6 b. Jan. 5, 1753. 

(1 14.) Jacob? Tovme(£enjamin,4 Joseph? Edmund? Wil- 
liam''-), twin brother of Joseph, Xo. 115, b. March 7, 172S; 
married Elizabeth Perkins, April I, 1766. He d. in Sept., 
1807, ae. jg; and his wife d. May 12, 1800, re. 63 years; 
leaving one son, b. at Topsfield : 
-f-290. i. Jacob, 6 b. July 2J, 1768; m d Mary Perkins. 

(i 16.) Ells Towne (Benjamin? Joseph? Edmund? Wil- 
liam 1 ), b. March 3, 1731 ; married Elizabeth Gould. May 2, 
1754, who was b. 1736, and d. April 27, 1799. He was in 
the Revolutionary War; and d. Oct. 14, 1S00, at Stur- 
bridge, .Mass., re. 69. Their children were: 

291. i. Elizabeth, 6 b. Feb. 13, 1755 ; d. Oct. 23, 1756. 
-f- 292. ii. Eli, 6 b. March 1, 1757; m d Abagaii Cutting. 

293. iii. Susanna, 6 b. Oct. 7, 1758. 

294. iv. Lydia, 6 b. Sept. 22, 1760. 

295. v. Jacob, 6 b. Oct. 3, 1762; m d Jerusha Harding. 


296. vi. Ruth, 6 b. Nov. 7, 1764. 

297. vii. Hannah, 6 b. Dec. 29, 1766. 

29S. viii. Daniel, 6 b. March 4, 1769; d. March 5, 1770. 
+£[299. ix. Elijah, 6 b. Oct. 2S, 1 7 7 1 ; m d Miriam Lane. 
^300. x. Elisha, 6 b. Oct. 2S, 1771 ; m d Eleanor Bond. 

301. xi. Solomon, 6 b. Sept. 5, 1773; m d Hannah B. 


302. xii. Daniel, 6 b. March 4, 1776. 

303. xiii. Amos, 6 b. March 14, 1779. 

(1-1S.) Edmund^ Towne {Benjamin* Joseph? Edmund? 
William'), triplet son, married Their children were: 

+ 304. i. Edmund, 6 b. m d Eunice Spencer 

and Polly Fitch. 
+ 305. ii. Benjamin, 6 b. m d Sarah Burt. 

306. iii. , 6 b. 

307. iv. , 6 b. 

308. v. , 6 b. 

(1 19,) Ezras Towne {Benjamin, 1 ' Joseph? Edmund? Wil- 
liam.), a triplet son, b. at Topsfield, April 30, 1736; mar- 
ried ist, Elizabeth , at Topsfield; 2d, he married 

Elizabeth Dutton, at New Ipswich, N. H., March S, 1769; 
who d. May 13, 17S7. He married 3d in 17S8, Keziah. 
wid. of William Start. He was a resident of New Ipswich 
as early as 1763; commanded a company at the battle of 
Bunker Hill; having left home on the memorable 19th of 
April, with his son Ezra, 6 then fifteen years of age. 

The next year, at the head of a company, he went to 
Canada, sharing in the hardships of that campaign till Bur- 
goyne's surrender. He was afterward chosen Col. of tiic 
New Ipswich Regiment, and held the position till his death, 
in Dec. 1795, which was caused by an injury with a hay- 
hook, which proved fatal in a few hours. The hook, with a 
label attached, telling the sad story, still hangs in the house 
where he lived and died. On his tombstone is inscribed. 


"A true friend of his country and an active officer in the 
Revolutionary War." Children by 1st wife: 

309. i. Ezra, Jr., 6 b. March 29, 1759; m d Rebecca Jenks. 

310. ii. Rebecca, 6 b. July 25, 1763. 

311. iii. Elizabeth, 6 b. May 21, 1765. 

312. iv. Elijah, 6 b. Feb. 11, 1*767 ; m J Elizabeth Flagg. 

By 2d wife: 

313. v. Nehemiah, 6 b. Aug. u, 1769. 

314. vl Luther, 6 b. May 5, 1772; d. Sept. 9, 1775. 

315. vii. Rhoda, 6 b. June 2, 1774; d. 1/75- 

316. viii. Rhoda, 6 b. Feb. 26, 1776. 

317. ix. Mercy, 6 b. May 5, 1778. 

318. x. Wilder, 6 b. 

319. xi. Rachel, 6 b. June 19, 1782. 

By 3d wife: 

320. xii. Jeremiah, 6 b. Feb. 11, 1792. 

(121.) Joseph^ Towne {Nathan* Joseph? Edmund, 2 Wil- 
liam 1 ), married Sarah Kimball, of Andover, May 14, 1747. 
Their children were: 

321. i. Simeon, 6 b. July 6, 1747; d. Jan. 23, 1749. 

322. ii. Sarah, 6 Feb. 20, 1749: m d Ephraim Foster. 

+ 323. iii. Simeon, 6 b. July 31, 1 75 1 ; m d Hepzibah Sy- 

324. iv. Phebe, 6 b. June 3, 1755; m d Nathaniel Abbott. 

325. v. Dorothy, 6 b. March 3, 1 75S ; m d John Foster. 

326. vi. Esther, 6 b. May 17, 1760; m d Amos Towne, 


327. vii. Elizabeth, 6 b. May 15, 1763; m d Abner Foster. 

328. viii. Rebecca, 6 b. March 23, 1 76S; m d Peabody. 

(f22.) Nathans Tov/ne (Nathan* Joseph? Edmund,: 
William 1 ), b. April 25, 1720; married Mary Poole, and d. 
at Andover. Children were: 
-j-329. i. Nathan, 6 b. July II, 1744. 
+ 330. ii. Benjamin, 6 b. Feb. 28, 1747; m d Mehitable 



Chandler and Wid. Lucy Porter. 
4-331. iii. Peter, 6 b. Aug. 10. 1749; m d Lydia Abbott and 
Rebecca Sheldon. 
332. iv. John,'' b. Oct. 29, 1751; m d Patty Stiles. 

(123.) Jonathan- 5 Towne (Nathan* Joseph* Edmund? 
William 1 ), married Esther Gould, July 9, 175 1. He re- 
sided for some time at Boxford; but finally settled at 
Rindge, X. IP, where his estate was settled by his son 
Amos, in 17S5. His wid. was then living. Their children 
were : 

Jonathan,- b. Jan. 9, 1753; d. 

Esther, 6 b. Jan. 2, 1756; nv- Asa Clement. 

Amos, 6 b. 

Jesse, 6 b. Jan. 30, 1760. 

John, 6 b. m d Hannah Russell, 

vi. Jedediah, 6 b. May 1, 1767; m d Eunice Rugg. 
vii. Asa, 6 b. 

viii. Lucy, 6 b. m d Amasa Green, 

ix. Ruth, 6 b. . m d Solomon Rugg, Nov. 

25, 1789. 

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(126.) Asa 5 Towne (Nathan? Joseph? Edmund? J I'm. 1 ), 
b. Aug. 25, 1729; married Mary Beverly, of Andover, April 
6, 1749. He d. Sept. 9, 1764, se. 35. Their children were: 

342. i. Solomon, 6 b. Oct. 8, 1750; d. May 30, 1752. 



ii. Mary, 6 b. Feb. 8, 1752. 

iii. Solomon, 6 b. Dec. 9, 1753. 

iv. Asa, 6 b. July 17, 1761; d. March 22, 1762. 

v. Asa, 6 b. March iS, 1763. 

(128.) Aaron* Towne (Nathan? Joseph? Edmund? Wil- 
liam'), b. July 24, 1734; married Hannah Beverly, Oct. 15, 
1755. Their children were: 

347. i. Moses, 6 b. July 3, 1756. 

348. ii. Hannah, 6 b. Jan. 6, 1759; d. May 9, 1764. 


349. iii. Aaron, 6 b. May 19, 1762; d. April 17, 1764. 

350. iv. Hannah, 6 b. Oct. 7, 1764. 

351. v. Aaron. 6 b. Aug. 25, 1769. 

(137.) Francis^ Towne (Daniel * Joseph? Edmund, 2 Wil- 
liam 1 ), b. at Topsfield, July 27, 1737; married Phebe, dau. 
of - — — Towne, Feb. 26, 1760. He was deacon of the 
church in Topsfield. where a lane, near his residence, is 
still called "Frank's lane." He was a soldier in the French 
War, and was at Lake George. He removed to Rindge, 
N. H., and his estate was settled at Jaffrey, in 1809. Their 
children were: 

352. i. Phebe, 6 b. April 6, 1763; m d Abraham Pierce. 

353. ii. Rebecca, 6 b. June 4, 1765; m- Robert Dwin- 

nell, June 23, 17S5. 
+ 354. iii. Francis, Jr., 6 b. Sept. I, 1767; m d Relief Hus- 
ton, Nov. 12, 17S9. 
355. iv. Sarah, 6 b. March 13, 1769; m d S. Whitcomb, 
Oct. 20, 1 788. 
+ 356. v. Joshua, 6 b. Sept. 27, 1773; m d Mary Chadwick. 
357. vi. Lydia, 6 b. March 24, 1775; m d M. Dwinneil, 

Oct. 31, 1795. 
35S. vii. Deborah, 6 b. April 17, 1777; m d John Emory, 

Dec. 25, 1806. 
359. viii. Kate, 6 b. Jan. 7, 1780; m d Gates Rand, Nov. 1, 
1803. ' 
+ 360. ix. Greene, 6 b. May 25, 1782; m d Lucy Rand, 
Feb. 13, 1S10. 

Compiler s Note: 
The author of ' : The History of Rixdge, N. H.,"says that Dea. Franciss 
Towne, No. 137, had an older daughter, named Lydia, 6 born Dec. 1, 1761. 
who died Aprii 15, 1773; also that Phebe, 6 the second daughter, after the 
'leath of her first husband, Abraham Pierce, Sept. 12, 1S02, married for 2d 
husband, Dec. 31, 1S06, Lieut. Nathaniel Thomas, of Middleton, Mass. He 
also calls the husband of Rebecca, 6 No. 353, Barthomew D. instead of Robert, 
and also says Sarah, 6 Xo. 355, died unmarried, Oct. I, 1S51; also, between 
Deborah, 6 Xo. 35S, and Kate, 6 Xo. 359, gives them another daughter, born 
Sept. 27, 1779; died same day. Thus giving the worthy couple eleven 
children. — L. II. 

4 6 


(139.) Thomas? Towne (Jesse,* Joseph* Edmund? Wil- 
liam 1 ). 

361. i. Noah, 6 b. April 1756. 

362. ii. Mary/- b. d. unmarried. 

363. iii. Josiah, 6 b. m d Elizabeth Wakefield. 

364. iv. Thomas.- b. 

365. v. Israel, 6 b. 

(144.) Samuel Towne (Amos? Joseph? Edmund? Wil- 
liam 1 ). His children were: 

i. Huldah, 6 b. 

ii. Samuel," b. 

iii. Mary, 6 b. 

iv. Hannah,- b. 

v. Amos, 6 b. May 9, 1772. 

SAMUELS Towne, above, married Hannah Wakefield. 
and removed to Newfield, Me. 




(145.) Amos* Towne (Amos? Joseph? Edmund 2 Wm?), 
was a Lieut, in the Continental Army, in the Company of 
Capt. John Elden, stationed at Dorchester heights. He 
married 1st, Jane Smith, by whom he had 11 children: and 
2d, Sarah Miller, who brought him 6 more, as follows: 
Robert, 6 b. May 3, 1761. 
Amos, 6 b. Feb. 6, 1763; d. March 6, 1763. 
Mary, 6 b. April 16, 1764; d. May 6, 1S31; m d 

Benjamin Gould. 
Amos, 6 b. Jan. 14, 1766. 

Elizabeth, 6 b. May 2S, 1768; d. Oct. 17, 1793; 
m d Ephraim Abbott. 

376. vi. Daniel, 6 b. Oct. 7, 1770; d. Oct. 1S27; 

377. vii. Benjamin, 6 b. June 3, 1773; d. July, 1823; 

ZJS. viii. Jane, 6 b. March iS, 1775; m d John Whitten. 























Jessie, 6 b. March 5, 1777. 
Ezra, 6 b. Nov. 7, 17S0; m d Betcy Whitten. 
Alice, 6 b. May 24, 1784; m d John Lord. 
Lydia, 6 b. June 7, 17S5; ni d Daniel Nason. 
Susan, 6 b. Aug. 14, 17S6; m d David Lord and 

John Bickford. 
S4. xiv. Joseph, 6 b. Sept. 10, 17S8; m d Alary Miller, 

and d. in the West Indies, in 1S32. 
Lucy, 6 b. Feb. 9, 1790; m d Johnson Patten. 
Jeremiah, 6 b. Oct. 26, 1791 ; d. April 15, 180S; 

John, 6 b. April 9, 1793; d. Aug. 28, 1809; 






(146.) Daniel" Towne (Ames* Joseph? Edmund? Wil- 

liam 1 ), b. at Kennebunk Port, Me., Oct. 28, 1739; married 
Elizabeth Dorman, who was b. Sept. 4, 1752. Their chil- 
dren were: 

38S. i. Daniel, 6 b. Aug. 28, 1773. 

389. ii. Eunice, 6 b. Oct. 16, 1775. 

390. iii. Elizabeth, 6 b. Aug. 20, 1777. 

391. iv. Sarah, 6 b. Feb. 6, 1780. 

392. v. Samuel, 6 b. June 1, 17S2. 

393. vi. Mary, 6 b. March 30, 1784. 

394. vii. Ruth, 6 b. Aug. 17, 1786. 

395. viii. William, 6 b. Nov. 2, 178S. 

396. ix. Stephen, 6 b. April 17, 1791'. 

397. x. Jedediah, 6 b. Oct. 24, 1793. 
39S. xi. Amos, 6 b. Oct. 24, 1796. 

'149.) Samuel 5 Towne {Samuel* Samuel? Edmund? 
William?), b. at Topsfield, Aug. 8, J 727; married Mary, 
dau. of Richard Towne, No. ; he d. April 29, 1790, x. 63; 
and his ivid. d. May 21, 18 16, x. S7. Their children were; 

399. 1. Elizabeth, 6 b. Oct. 21, 1749; d. 

400. ii. Thomas, 6 b. Nov. 14, 1752; m d Sarah Cole. 



401. iii. Richard, 6 b. March S, 1755; m d Jane Corey, 

Dec. 9, 1777. 

402. iv. Enos, 6 b. Aug. 4, 1759; m d Elizabeth Moore. 

403. v. Mary, 6 b. June 1, 1763. 

404. vi. Elizabeth, 6 b. May 12, 1766. 

405. vii. Allen, 6 b. April 26. 1769; d. March 1, 17S3. 

(158.) Elijahs Towne {Israel,* John? Jacob:- William'), 
b. at Oxford, Feb. 16, 1719; married Eydia Lock; and re- 
moved to Warwick, where she d~ April 9, 1771. Their 
children were: 

406. i. Ebenezer, 6 b. Sept. 22, 1744. 

407. ii. Lydia, 6 b. April 4, 1746. 
40S. iii. Merriam, 6 b. Sept. 25, 174S." 

409. iv. Elias, 6 b. Oct. 1, 1 750. 

410. v. Ezekiel, 6 b. Aug. 27, 1753. 

411. vi. Elijah/ b. July 8, 1754. 

412. vii. Mary, 6 b. Aug. 2, 1756. 

413. viii. Timothy. 6 b. April 9, 1 7 5 S . 

414. ix. Lois, 6 b. Sept. 2, 1760. 

415. x. Lydia, 6 b. Feb. 26, 1763. 

416. xi. Miriam, 6 b. March 30, 1765. 

417. xii. Mary, 6 b. Jan. 12, 176S. 

(159.) Moses"> Towne {Israel* John? Jacob: William 1 ), 
b. at Oxford, Aug. 14, 1721 ; married Bethia Reed. Their 
children were: 

41S. i. Joseph, 6 b. July 24. 1747. 

419. ii. Esther, 6 b. March 1, 1750. 

420. iii. Elias, 6 b. Oct. 8, 1754. 

421. iv. Sarah, 6 b. May 2, 1757. 

(161.) Israel- 1 Towne (Israel: John: Jacob: 1 1 'illiam 1 ), 
b. Feb. 12, 1727; married Naomi Stebbins, Oct. 17, 1754. 
She was b. Nov. 9, 1732, and d. Feb. 12, 1827. He d. at 
Belchertown, Dec. 1805, ae. 77. In 1749. he purchased land 


at Cold Spring, now Belchertown, Mass.; where there chil- 
dren were born : 

422. i. Amasa, 6 b. May 18, 1755; m d Margaret Smith. 

423. ii. Jonathan. 6 b. Dec. 24. 1756; m d Man- Holbrook 

and Miriam Warner. 

424. hi. William, 6 b. Jan. 16, 1759; m d Asenath Root. 

425. iv. Joseph, 6 b. Feb. 22, 1761 ; m d Hannah Coleman. 

426. v. Lucretia, 6 b. April 14, 1763. 

427. vi. Benjamin, 6 b. Aug. 4, 1765; m d Mary Shum- 

way, Lois Kenney, and Jemima Sterling. 

428. vii. Abner, 6 b. July 19, 1767; m d Kezia Fa/rfield. 

429. viii. Naomi, 6 b. March 7, 1770; m d Nathaniel Tal- 


430. ix. Rebecca, 6 b. Sept. 9, 1772; m d Wilson White. 

431. x. Susannah, 6 b. Dec. S, 1774; m d Job Holbrook. 
+ 432. xi. Salem, 6 Hon , b. March 5, 1779; m d Abagail 


Authorities. — Topsfield and Oxford Town Records; Belchertown Rec. 
Hampshire Registry of Deed?; and Correspondence of lion. Salem Towne 
(No. ), LL.D., of Aurora, X.Y. 

(165.) Siiass Towne {Ephraim* John* Jacob? William*), 
b. March 14, 1722; married Susannah Lock; was a deacon 
resided at Oxford and Warwick. Their children were: 

433. i. Susannah, 6 b. March 6, 1746. 

434. ii. Ephraim, 6 b. Jan. 18, 1748; d. 

435. iii. Asa, 6 b. April 13, 1749. 

436. iv. Sarah, *■ b. Aug. 23, 17-51. 

437. v. Ephraim, 6 b. Aug. 14, 1753; m d Huldah Gale. 

438. vi. Silas, 6 b. Aug. 7, 1755. 

439. vii. Lydia/ b. July 15, 1757. 

-j-440. viii. Thomas, 6 b. Dec. 25, 1759; m d Ruth Dutton 
and Mary Coleman. 
441. ix. Edmund, 6 b. Aug. 6, 1764; m d Nancy Fisher. 

(166.) Edmund^ Towne (Ephraim,* John? Jacob? Wil- 


liaur), b. at Oxford, Aug. 19, 1724; married Abagail, dau. 
of Jonathan Brewer, o( Framingham. She was bapt. March 
29, 1724. In March, 1756, he was described as "of Fort 
Massachusetts." purchasing- of David Brewer, son of Jona- 
than, deceased, a piece of land in New Framingham, being 
Lot No. 9. The following year, he sold the land for the 
same price he had paid, £19, 19s., 1 id. His wife d. in 
1772, and he in 1779. Their children were: 

44-- i- Abagail, 6 b. 1756; m d John Knight. 

+ 443. ii. Edmund, 5 b. 1758; m d Lydia Luce 

and YVid. Polly Sabin. 

444. iii. Catharine, 6 b. 1760; m d Stephen Patchen. 

445. iv. David, 6 b. 

446. v. Martha, 6 b. 

447. vi. Jonathan, 6 b. m d Clark. 

448. vii. Prudence, 6 b. Nov. 9, 1766; m d John Kingsley. 

449. viii. Silas, 6 b. Oct. 176S. 

(168,) Jacobs Towne (Jonathan* John? Jacob, 1 Wil- 
liam 1 ), b. Oct. 20, 1720, at Oxford; married Mary, dau. of 
Rev. John Campbell, first minister of Oxford. She was b. 
Feb. 11, 1724. He was in the old French VVar, and d. at 
Fort Edward, X. Y„ Oct. 18, 1755. His wid. married 
Joseph Twiss, of Charlton District. The children of Jacobs 
and Man- {Campbell) Towne, were: 

450. i. Esther, 6 b. Nov. 7, 1743. 

451. ii. Jonathan, 6 b. Jan. 19, 1745. 

-f452. iii. Salem, 6 b. Oct. 21, 1746; m d Elizabeth Mayo 
and Ruth Moore and 3d, Wid. Comer. 

453. iv. John, 6 b. Dec. 5, 174S. 

454. v. Sylvanus, 6 b. Feb. 15, 1750; m d Margaret Wat- 

son and Ruth Hovey. 

455. vi. Ichabod, 6 b. July 12, 1752. 

456. vii. William, 6 b. Feb. 4, 1754; m d Mary Reynolds. 

457. viii. Jacob, 6 b. Oct. 20, 1755. 


(172.) John? To\vne(Jouaffian,* John? Jacob, 2 William*), 
was b. Dec. 15, 1/28, and married Dorothy Pratt, April 9, 
1 761. He removed to Otsego Co., N. Y., about A.D. 1 800. 
Their children were: 
•458. i. Catharine/ b. Feb. 23, 1762. 

459. ii. Tamar, 6 b. m d Putnam. 

460. ill. John, 6 b. m d Dolly Gould. 

461. iv. Daniel, 6 b. 

(174) Josiah? Towne {Jonathan* John* Jacob? Wil- 
liam' 1 ), b. Aug. 10, 1734; married Susannah Rich, Aug. 13, 
1756. He was in the war of the Revolution, and d. Feb. 
14, 1821. She d. Nov. 25, 1788. Their children were: 

462. i. Catharine, 6 b. May 23, 1757; m d John Fitz. 

463. ii. Susannah, 6 b. June 8, 1759. 

+464. iii. Josiah, 6 b. Aug. 12, 1761; m d Dorothy Hill. 

465. iv. Richard Rogers, 6 b. May 2, 1764; m d Mary 


(1S1.) James 3 Towne (Samuel,* John? Jacob? William 1 ), 

b. at Oxford, Oct. 11, 1722; married Ann Blood, in 1747. 
They removed to Belchertown, where he d. about 1774. 
She d. Nov. 25, 17S8. Their children were: 

466. i. Sarah, 6 b. 

467. ii. Kezia, 6 b. 

468. iii. James, 6 b. 

(182.) Thomas 3 Towne [Joiui* John? Jacob? William 1 ), 
was b. at Oxford, May 26, 1729; married Hannah, and re- 
moved to Gardner, Me. Their children were: 

469. i. Sherebiah, 6 b. 

470. ii. Ephraim, 6 b. m d Lucy Ballard 

and Eunice Stackpole. 

471. iii. P2dward, 6 b. 

472. iv. Solomon, 6 b. 

473. v. Hannah, 6 b. 

474. vi. Elizabeth, 6 b. 


(1S3.) Abnen Towne (John * John* Jacob? William*), 

b. at Oxford, March 21. 1731 ; married Susanna Dana, and 

removed to Dummerston, Vt. Their children were: 

+ 475. i. David Dana. 6 b. 1758; m d three wives. 

+ 476. ii. Phineas, 6 b. Aug. 1, 1762; m d Wid. Lavinia 
Boyd en. 

477- 'ii- Perley, 6 b. m d Phebe Butler. 

(184.) Isaacs Towne (John? John? Jacob? William 1 ), 
b. at Oxford, Aug. 17, 1733; married Huidah Pratt, and d. 
in 1775. His wid. married Samuel Bixby, who removed to 
Bethel, Me., where she is reported to have d., at the age of 
one hundred and four years. 

The children of Isaac^ and Huidah {Pratt) Towne, were: 

478. i. Huidah, 1 ' b. Nov. 22, 1759; m d Jonathan Harris. 

479. ii. Elisha, 6 b. Dec. 3, 1763. 
4S0. iii. Alexander, 6 b. Dec. 3, 1765. 

481. iv. Daniel, 6 b. Jan. 3, 176S; d. 

482. v. Rufus, 6 b. Dec. 5, 1770. 
4S3. vi. Isaac, 6 b. July 19, 1775. 

(189.) Simon? Towne (John? John? Jacob? William 1 ), 

was b. at Oxford, Feb. 25, 174S; married Mary Pike; re- 
sided at Oxford till 17S0; then at Charlton, at Dudley, 
and at Ashford, Conn., and d. at that place in Dec, 1S37, 
x. nearly 90 years. His wid. d. in 183S, as. 93. Their 
children were: 

+484. i. Daniel, 6 b. March 12, 1 7 7 1 ; m d Azubah Dag- 

-f-485. ii. Thomas, 6 b. May 16, 1772; m d Mary Kelly. 

+486. iii. Amos, 6 b. Feb. 25, 1774. 

4-487. iv. Joel, 6 b. March 12, 1776; m d Elizabeth Willard. 

48S. v. John, 6 b. Aug. 12, 1777. 

489. vi. Mary, 6 b. Jan. 24, 1779. 

490. vii. Sarah, 6 b. May 16, 178 1; m d Jacob Sly. 










491. viii. George, 6 b. Dec. 9, 1782; m d Parthena Willard. 

492. ix. Hannah, 6 b. Nov. 22, 1784; m d Joseph Perrin. 

493. x. Simon, 6 b. July 19, 17S6. 

(191.) Samuel Towne {Johns Jacob? Jacob? William 1 ), 
was b. at Topsfield, 1717; m d Eunice Emmons, of Green- 
wich, where he d. in Nov., 177S, re. 61. His wid. d. July 6, 
1784. Their children were: 

494. i. Samuel, 6 b. Oct. iS, 1766; d. March 1787. 
Hannah, 6 b. May 11, 1769; d. Feb. 1787. 
Reuben, 6 b. Sept. 15, 1771. 
Elijah, 6 b. March 10, 1774; m d Hannah Park- 

Bethiah, 6 b. 

(192.) Jonathan 1 Towne {John? Jacob? Jacob? Wil- 
liam 1 ), was b. at Topsfield, May 25, 1 7 1 9 ; married 1st, 
Sarah Fowler, of Hartford, Conn., who d. March 10, 1775, 
leaving 3 children ; he married 2d, Abagail Hale, of Peter- 
sham, by whom he had 2 more children. He d. at Green- 
wich, Oct. 1, 1778, a?. 59. His wid. d. Feb. 17. 1826, a^. 86. 
Children : 

499. i. Sarah, 6 b. Sept. 17, 1767. 
+ 500. ii. Jonathan, 6 b. March 15, 1773. 
+ 501. iii. Ichabod, 6 b. March 10, 1775; m d Lydia Whip- 

502. iv. Abagail. 6 b. April 18, 1777. 

503. v. Elizabeth, 6 b. April 1779- 

(195.) John: Towne, Jr., {John? Jacob? Jacob? Wil- 
liam 1 ), b. at Topsfield, Dec. 5, 1729. When 19 years of 
age, he went with his father to Greenwich, where he mar- 
ried Mary Thomas, b. at Hardwick, Jan. II, 1743. He 
was an active participant in both the French and Revolu- 
tionary Wars; and d. Jan. 9, 1820, a:-. 90 years. His wid. 
d. Feb. 8, 1841, ae. 98 years. Their children were: 


504. i. Jacob/ 5 b. Nov. 24. 1762; d. July 5, 1777. 

505. ii. Abagail, 6 b. Jan. 19, 1764; d. June 25, 1707. 

506. iii. John, 6 b. Oct. 23, 1767; d. 

507. iv. Mary/' b. Jan. 30, 1770. 
50S. v. Lucy, 6 b. July 3. 1772. 

509. vi. Bethtah, 6 b. Feb. 21, 1775; d. March 16, 1775. 

510. vii. Nathan, 6 b. June 25, 1778; m d Elizabeth Rus- 


511. viii. Catharine, 6 b. 

(197.) Joshua- 1 Towne (Jacobs Jacobs Jacob,- William 1 ), 
was b. Sept. 23, 1721; married Sarah Ball, Feb. 5, 174S. 
Their children were: 

512. i. Jacob, 6 b. Dec. 15, 1750; m d Rachel Kane and 

Martha Hartwell. 

513. ii. Lucy, 6 b. 

514. iii. Joshua, 6 b. 1755 ; m d Sarah Peabody. 

515. iv. Ruth, 6 b. m d Samuel Gould. 

516. v. Sarah, 6 b. m d Fiske. 

(199.) Abner? Towne (Gideon,* Jacobs Jacob,- William 1 ), 
b. at Topsheld, Feb. 5, 1722 ; married Sarah Butler. Their 
children were: 

517. i. Moses, 6 b. April i, 1747; m d Sarah Lawson. 
+ 518. ii. Jabez, 6 b. Oct. 18, 174S. 

519. iii. Jemima, 6 b. June 2, 1750. 
+ 520. iv. Eliphalet, 6 b. April 13, 1752; m d Jerusha . 

521. v. Joel, 6 b. July 3, 1754- 
+ 522. vi. Amos, 6 b. May 29, 1756. 

523. vii. Phebe, 6 b. Nov. 12, 1758. 

524. viii. Hannah, 6 b. Feb. 2, 1761. 

+ 525. ix. Solomon, 6 b. Aug. 30, 1763; m d Lois Butler 
and Abagail Jenkins. 

526. x. Levi, 6 b. Dec. 6, 1766. 

527. xi. Susanna, 6 b. Jan. 20, 176S. 



(200.) Gideon* Towne (Gideon* Jacob* Jacob? Wil- 
liam 1 ), b. at Topsfield, Feb. 21, 1724; married Martha, 

dau. of Thomas Stanley, Aug. 6, 1748. He settled at 
Attleboro, where his wife d. Nov. 5, 1799, ae. }6. He d. 
Oct. 6, 1802, .e. yS. Their children were: 

+ 52S. i. Thomas. 6 b. June 7, 1746; m d 

529. ii. Hannah, 6 b. April 23, 1749. 

530. iii. Lydia, 6 b, May 7, 1756; d. Nov. 13, 1836. 
4-531. iv. Abisha, 6 b. Jul)- 11, 175S; m d Lucinda Well- 

532. v. Elizabeth, 6 b. Dec. 13, 1760; d. Nov. 19, 1836. 

533. vi. Jane, 6 b. March 21, 1763. 

534. vii. Benjamin, 6 b. Sept. 25, 1765. 

535. viii. Chloe, 6 b. Feb. 11, 1770; m d Joseph Perry. 

(204.) Jabez* Towne (Jabcz* Jacobs Jacob,- William 1 ), 

b. at Topsfield, March 4, 1734; married , had 

one child: 

+ 536. i. Moses, 6 b. Sept. 6, 1757; m d Charlotte Under- 

(207.) Jacob* Towne (Jabcz* Jacob;* Jacob; William 1 ), 
b. at Topsfield, Sept. 25, 1 7 3 S ; married Susanna Brown, ot 
Boxford, Dec. 9, 1762. He removed to Keene, N. H., as 
early as 1767, where his wife d. May 4, 1793, ae. 51. He 
d. in 1830, ae. 91. Their children were: 



Jacob, 6 b. 



Hepzibah, 6 b. 



Daniel, 6 b. July 



Mehitable, 6 b. 



Susannah, 6 b. 

1766; m d Sarah Banks. 

m d William Balch. 
d. Aug., 18 17; un- 

+ 54: 

. Amos, 6 b. Feb. 25, 1775; m d , Feb. 6, 1799, 
Betsey Wright. 
+ 543. vii. John, 6 b. Oct. 17, 1777; m d Susannah Grimes. 
544. viii. Samuel, 6 b. 

56 tiu: town]-: family, 

(20S.) Elijah"- Towne (Jabcz,* Jacob* Jacob,* William 1 ), 
b. at Topsfield, Sept. 11. 1740; was a Revolutionary soldier; 

married Eunice Dwinnell, and d. at Londonderry, N. H., 
in 1S03. Their children. were: 

545. i. Eunice, 6 b. m d John Nourse. 

546. ii. John, 6 b. 

547. iii. Man-, 6 b. m d Marcus Rolfe. 

548. iv. Moses, 6 b. m d Eunice Dwinnell. 

549. v. Lydia, 6 b. m d Joel Barrett. 

550. vi. Elizabeth, '- b. m J David Crowe!!. 

551. vii. Elijah, 6 b m d — Holt. 

(215.) John^ Towne {Elisha* Jacob,? Jacob,- William 1 ), 
b. at Boxford? Sept. 22, 1740; married Ann Cummings, of 
Ipswich. He was a Revolutionary soldier, and was at the 
battle of Bunker Hill. He died at Boxford, leaving chil- 
dren : 
+ 552. i. Asa, 6 b. Nov. 14, 1764; m d Doll}- Lovejoy. 

553. ii. Sarah, 6 b. March 12, 1766; m d Josiah Adams. 

554. iii. Anna, 6 b. Sept. 2, 1767; m d Solomon Averill. 

555. iv. Amos, 6 b. April 17, 1769. 

4-556. v. John, 6 b. Aug. 27, 1 77 1 ; m d Lois Peabody. 

4-557. v ' Solomon, 6 b. Ma}- 10, 1774; nv- 1 Lydia Goodale. 

558. vii. Joseph, 6 b. Oct. 22, 1777. 

4-559. vm - Daniel, 6 b. Sept. 10, 1779; m d Hannah Harris. 

+ 560. ix. Samuel,' b. March 24, 1783; m d Charlotte 

561. x. Lucy, 6 b. Oct. 3, 17S5; m d David Johnson. 

562. xi. Oliver, 6 b. 

(223.) Archelaus ; Towne (Israel,'' Joseph? Joseph, .Wil- 
liam 1 ), was b. at Topsfield in 1734, and when about 6 years 
of age, came with his father to Narragansett, Xo. 3, now 
Amherst, X. H. He was remarkable for bodily strength. 
and power of endurance. He m d Martha, dau. of Isaac 
Abbott, of Monson, now Milford, X. H. He was com- 


marider of a military company, in the Revolutionary War, 
and d. at Fishkill, X. Y.. in 1779, a_\ 45 years. J I is wife 
d. Aug. 1/73, as. 56. Their j:: : iren were: 

563. i. Archelaus. : b. 

564. ii. John, 6 b. 

(224.) Israel Towne {Israei* jeser':.^ Joseph? Wil- 
l:am x ), was b. in Topsfield. Xov. 16, 1756: accompanied 
his parents in their removal to Xarragansett Xo. 3. He 
married, July 31, 1760. Lydia. : r Lucy? can. of Benjamin 
Hopkins; and in 17S2, purchased a tract oi land at Stod- 
dard, X. H.. for £-Scc, and. immediately after, removed 
there. He was an enterprising, active, and useful citizen, 
and d. at Stoddard, April 28, 1S13, ae. jj years. His pos- 
terity are numerous in Stoddard and vicinity. Children: 

565. i. Israel, 6 b. June 14, 1701. 

566. ii. William," b. July 21. 1763. 

+ 567. iii. Gardner,- b. May I. 1765; m d Lucy Bancroft. 

568. iv. Benjamin.- b. March 23. 1767. 

569. v. Andrew, 5 b. July n. 1769. 

570. vi. Lydia, 6 b. April 11, :JJ2\ d. Aug. 28, 1777. as. 

5 years. 

571. vii. Daniel, 6 b. Aug. 20, 1774. 

572. viii. Hannah,' b. Aug. 28, 1776; m d Ebenezer Ban- 

croft, of Dunstable: d. Oct. 1872, x. 96. 

573. ix. Lemuel/ b. May 10. 1782. 

(225.) Moses 5 Towne {Israel.'' Joseph* Joseph,- Wil- 
liam 1 ), b. 1738, married Mary, dau. of Samuel Gray, of 
Amherst, Dec. 3, 1761; she d. Oct. 19, 1775, a^. 31 years, 
and he Feb. 9, 1S24, a:. 86. Children: 

'574. i. Sarah, 6 b. Dec. 10, 1762; m d Joseph Towne, 

575. ii. Samuel Gray/ b. May 25, 1764; d. unmarried 
in 184S, ae. 84. 

58 the towne family. 

+ 5/6. iii. Moses, 6 b. Aug. 26, 1766. 
577. iv. Mary, 6 b. Sept. 17, 17G8; d. in 1779, ae. 11. 
57S. v. Elizabeth, 6 b. Oct. 2j, 1770; m d True W.Gil- 

579. vi. Lemuel, 6 b. June 17, 1773; d. in 1776. 

(231.) Bartholomew^ Towne (Elisha? Joseph? Joseph? 
William 1 ), b. at Topsfield, April 8, 1741 ; married Mary 
Cummings. He took part in the Revolutionary struggle, 
and d. at Milford, N. H., about 1800. PL's wid. d. about 
1822, ns. 62. They had children: 

580. i. Man-/' b. 

+ 581. ii. Elisha, 6 b. Aug. 28, 1775. 

(232.) Thomas? Towne {Elisha* Joseph? Joseph? Wil- 
liam 1 ), b. Feb. 8, 1743; married 1st, Elizabeth, dau. of 
Joseph Towne, No. of Thompson, Conn., and 2d, Sarah 
Burton, of Wilton, X. H. He removed to Foxcroft, Me. 
Their children were: 

5S2. i. Sarah,- b. m d Willard Lund. 

+ 583. ii. Joseph, 6 b. Feb. 22, 1771. 
+ 5S4. iii. Thomas, 6 b. Jan. 19, 1773. 

585. iv. Eli, 6 b. Aug. io, 1774. 
+ 5S6. v. David Burton,' b. Oct. 5. 1775. 

587. vi. Moses, 6 b. June 2, 1778. 
+ 58S. vii. Abel/ b. Sept. 9, 1779. 

589. viii. Samuel, 6 b. June 19, 17S2. 

590. ix. Francis Paine, 6 b. May 7, 1784; d. 1802, ae. 18. 

591. x. Abagail,- b. Jan. iS, 1786; m d Amos Fletcher, 

of Hollis, N. H. 

592. xi. Betsey. 6 b. April 30, 1 788; m d Joshua Howard. 

593. xii. Sarah, 6 b. March 4, 1790: m d Joshua Bailey. 

594. xiii. Mary/ 1 b. March 4, 1790; m d Thomas McColly. 

(236.; David? Towne (David? Joseph? Joseph? Wil- 
liam'), b. at Topsfield, March 17. 1744: m d Susanna Ave- 
rilL'and d. Feb. 26, 1815, ae. 71. Their children were: 


4- 595- '• Ebenezer, 6 b, June 26, 1773; settled at Hodg- 
don, Me. 

596. ii. Sarah,- b. Nov. 3, 1775; d. July 23, 177S. 

597. iii. Mary," b. Dec. 29, 1777. 
+ 59 s - iv- David.'- b. March 6, 1780. 

599. v. Sarah, 6 b. Sept. 10, 1782. 
+ 600. vi. Joseph, b. Oct. 24, 1784. 
+ 601. vii. Luke, 6 b. June 12, 17S7. 

(242.) Jonathan? Towne (Jonathan* Joseph* Joseph, 2 
Wiitiam 1 ), b. at Topsfield, April 28, 1754, went with his 
parents, when six years of age, to 'their new home, in the 
wilderness, at Munson, now Milford, N. H. In Oct., 17S3, 
he married Man-, dau. of Samuel Blanchard. She was b. 
Feb. 6, 1748, and d. April 14, 1S29, ae. 81. He was one q{ 
the founders of the church in Milford, lived on the same 
farm for eight)- years, and seemed a fair probability that 
he would live to complete a century, but for a fever, which 
caused a rapid decline, and he d. Dec. 31, 1842, re. 88. 
Their children were: 
'+602. i. Jonathan, 6 b. Aug. 6, 1784; m d Clarrissa Hoyt. 

603. ii. David, 6 b. Jan. 18, 1786. 

604. iii. Man-, 6 b. Nov. 10, 1787. 

(245.) Aaron"' Towne (Jonathan* Joseph? Joseph? Wil- 
liam 1 ), b. at Milford, N. H., March 14, 1 761 ; married 1st, 
Abagail Johnson, of Goffstown, N. H., and 2d, Mrs. Lois 
Stocker, of Andover, Vt. His children were: 

605. i. Hannah, 6 b. Nov. 19, 17S8; d. May 23, 1S10. 

606. ii. Abagail, 6 b. Jan. 22, 1 79 1 j m d Joseph Whiting. 

607. iii. Aaron. 6 b. Jan. 20, 1794; d. July, 1810. 

608. iv. Enoch Page, 6 b. Feb. 5, 1796. 

609. v. Mary, 6 b. May 1, 1798; m d James Stocker, 

Springfield, Vt. 

610. vi. Susan, 6 b. Aug. 31, 1S01; m d Freeman Lyon, 

Landgrove, Vt. 


(248.) Ichabods Towne (John,* John* Joseph, 1 Wil- 
liam 1 ), b. at Topsfieid, Nov. 26, 1729, removed with his 
parents to Sutton, where he married Jemima Stockwell, 
Dec. 5, 1751. They were both admitted to the church 
there in 1769; and had 6 children bapt. They were dis- 
missed to the church in Athol, Oct. 23, 1785, and he d. at 
Gerry, now Phillipston, Jan. 7, 1794. Children: 

61 1. i. Jemima, 6 b. Feb. 23, 1 75 5 ; m d Noah Stockwell. 

+ 612. ii. Elijah, 6 b. Jan. 13, 1757. 

613. iii. Mary, 6 b. Jan. 23, 1759. 

614. iv. Aaron, c b. Nov. 15, 1762. 

615. v. Hannah, 6 b. April 4, 1767; m d Ziba Stockwell. 

616. vi. Sarah, 6 b. Feb. 12, 1769; m d Asa Wesson. 

(250.) William? Towne (John* John* Joseph 1 Wil- 
liam 1 ), b. at Topsfieid, Feb. 10, 1733; married Catharine 
Waite, at Sutton, Oct. iS, 1758. He was a land surveyor, 
and removed from Sutton to Royalton, Vt., where he mar- 
ried a 2d wife, and d. Oct. 2S. 1811, in his 79th year. His 
children were: 

Elizabeth, 6 b. Nov. 7, 1739; d. unmarried, Nov. 
7, 1 80S. 

Anna, 6 b. May 19, 1761 ; m d Dea. Ammi Faulk- 
ner, and d. Dec. 5, 1S17. 

William, 6 b. d. in infancy. 

John," b. Sept. 9, 1768. 

Jemima, 6 b. m d Silas Foster, of 

Bethel, Vt. 

622. vi. Mar)-, 6 b. d. young. 

623. vii. Mercy, 6 b. d. young. 

624. viii. William, 6 b. m d Esther Bellows. 

625. ix. Sarah, 6 b. m d Timothy Richard- 
son, of Waterford, Vt. 

626. x. Thankful, 6 b. m d Isaac Richard- 
son, of Waterford, Vt. 












627. xi. Moses, 6 b. 

628. xii. Aaron/ b. d. young. 

629. xiii. Mar)-, 6 b. m d Isaac Clement, of 

Croydon, X. H. 

(25S.) Asa^ Towne {John* John? Joseph? William 1 ), 

was b. in Sutton; married Eunice, dau. of Isaac Towne, 
Xo. His estate was settled at Sutton, in 1S16. His chil- 
dren were: 

630. i. Eunice, 6 b. m d Ebenezer Trumbull. 

631. ii. Dorcas, 6 b. m d Peter Trumbull. 

632. iii. Anna, 6 b. 

(260.) Bartholomew? Towne (Bartholomew* John* 
Joseph, 2 William, 1 ), b. at Sutton, Dec. 10, 1742; married 
Betsey Rice, Jan. 22, 1767, and removed to Windsor, Berk- 
shire Co. Their children were: 

635. i. Aaron, 6 b. Nov. 10, 1767. 

634. ii. Peter, 6 b. Nov. 10, 1768. 

635. iii. Oliver, 6 b. Oct. 13, 1773. 

636. iv. Jonathan, 6 b. Sept. 25, 1778. 

(262.) Reuben^ Towne {Bartholomew* John? Joseph? 
William 1 ), was b. at Sutton, July 29, 1746; married Sarah 
Dodge, July 7, 1767. His estate was settled in 1775. 
Their children were: 

G^y. i. Reuben, 6 b. Sept. 12, 1770. 

63S. ii. Sarah, 6 b. I774- 



Historical Genealogical, and Biographical Memoranda 

of a part op" the 

Decendants of the First Five Generations 

of THE 


Compiled mainly from family records and private correspondence. 


(i3?.> (70.) (20.) (6.) 

(487.) Joel 6 Towne [Simons John* John? Jacob? 
William, 1 ), was born in the town of Oxford, Mass., March 
12. 1776. He was fourth, in a family of ten children. 
When he was about 4 years of age, his father removed to 
Charlton, the town adjoining Oxford, on the west. Of this 
town, incorporated in 1754, "Barber's Hist. Coll.," p. 561. 
says: "The lands of this township were, at first, thought of 
very little value, being rough and hard of cultivation, and 
the settlement proceeded slowly. In 17S3, Rev. Archibald 
Campbell was installed over the church here, and continued 
with them for 10 years." He was a direct descendant oi 
Robert Campbell, a Scotchman, who emigrated from Ulster 
County, Ireland, in 1 7 19, and settled at Voluntown, Conn. 
in 1723. One or more of his descendants intermarrie-l with 
the Towne family; and he was also the direct ancestor of 
GEORGE C. 6 CAMPBELL (Charles? Isaac? Charles? Charles? 
Robert 1 ), now one of the leading lawyers of Chicago. The 
family soon after removed to the adjoining town of Dudley 
bordering south on the Conn. line. They seem to have 


remained here but a short time, as they are heard from, 
soon after, at Woodstock, Conn., and then at Ashford, in 

the same State, where the father of the family died in Dec.. 
1837, aged nearly ninety, and the mother, Mary ( J^ikr), 
died tlie next year, aged ninety-three. 

Joel" Tow ne married Elizabeth Willard. 

Their children, born at Dudley, Mass., were: 

651. i. Celestina, 7 b. Oct. 8. 1801; nv 1 , Jan. 20, 1822, 

John Pope, of Thompson, Conn.; who was 
b. Sept. 1799, and el. in the town of Somer- 
ville, Mass., Dec. 13, 1870; she d. April ii, 
j 87 1, at the house of her dau., Mrs. P. M. 
Harwood, of Somerville. Their children 
were: i. Willard. who d. at the age of II or 
12 years; ii. William, who d. in 1871; iii. 
Louisa C, who m d P. M. Harwood, and d. 
Jan. 8, 1S76; and iv. Mary, who d. Aug. 25, 


652. ii. George W., 7 b. April 15, 1804; who m' J , April 

12, 1847, Sail)-, dau. of Elbridge and Rhoda 
(Cook) Cass, who was b. July 15, 18 17, and 
d. in the town of Union, Conn., April I I, 
185 1. He m' 1 , March 20, 1853, for 2d wife. 
Wid. Hannah Squires; and d., without chil- 
dren, Dec. 13, 1863. 
63-,. iii. Nelson Parker, 7 b. Nov. 1. 1806, in the town of 
Dudley, Worcester County, Mass. He was 
a thorough mechanic, a millwright by trade, 
was a successful business man, and much 
esteemed by his fellow-citizens. He m ,J . 
Sept. 10, 1828, Miss Julia A., dau. of Moses, 
Jr., and Susanna ( Toivnc) Dresser, of Dresser 
Hill, Charlton, Mass., who was b. Jan. 2J, 
181 1, and d. July 16, 1870. He d. near 
Portland, Me., and was buried at Charlton, 
Nov. 24, 1846, a_\ 40 years. 









Semira P.,' b. Aug. 2_|, 1809; m d , March 9, 
182S, Danforth Childs; and d. Sept. 28, 1865. 

Oliver \Y., 7 b. March 29, 181 2; m d Julia Stoler. 

Betsey, 7 b. April 21, 1S16; m d Gilbert Rose- 
brook, by whom she had three children, viz.: 
i. Alonzo G., b. Dec, 1837, who m d Abagail 
Griffeth; ii. Angeline, b. Jul)-, 1840, who 
m d Dexter Robbins; and iii. Ellen, b. Feb. 
1845. After the death of Mr. Rosebrook, 
his wid. m d Uriah P., son of David Marcy. 
of Holland. 
657. vii. Rejoice Foster,? b. June 15, 1819; who m d , 
Aug. 22, 1843, Elizabeth Chloe, dau. of Col. 
Moses C. and Elizabeth (Kinney) Sessions, 
of Union, Conn. She was b. on the 14th 
day of August, 1824, at Union, Conn., where 
the)' now (1880) reside. They have had 
seven children, and one grandchild, for a 
list of whom, see Nos. 926 to 933. 

(No. 487.) Mr. Joel 6 Towne, died at Ashford, Conn., 
Sept. 24, 1863, aged 8j. 


(631.) Celestina' Towne {Joel, 6 Simons John* Johns 
Jacob? William*), married, Jan. 20. 1822, John Pope; who 
was born at Thompson, Conn., Sept., 1799. The)' had 3 
children: two sons. The eldest died at the age of !2 or 
13. The 2d son, William, 8 married and died about 1871, 
leaving a widow, 1 son, and 2 or 3 daughters. John and 
Celcstina 7 (Toii'iic) Pope, had also 1 daughter, LOUISA C. 8 
(Pope), who married P. M. Harwood, of Somerville, Mass., 
and died Jan. 8, 1S76. At the house of this daughter, her 
father, Mr. John Pope, died Dec. 13, 1870, aged 71 years 
and 4 months, and also her mother, Wid. Celestina 7 ( Towne) 
Pope-, died April [I, 1871. aged 69 years and 6 months. 


(653.) Nelson Parker" Towne (Joe/, 6 Simon* John,* 
John, 3 Jacob? William*), was born at Dudley. Mass., Now 
1, 1806; and married Miss Julia A., daughter of Moses, Jr., 
and Susanna ( Toicne) Dresser, of Charlton, Mass., Sept. 10. 
1S28. She was born Jan. 27th, 1S1 1, died July 1 6th, 1S70. 
Their children, born at Charlton, Mass., were: 

65S. i. Alban Nelson, 8 b. May 26, 1S29; nv' Caroline 
Amelia Mansfield. 

659. ii. Moses Dresser, 8 b. Aug. 15, 1S31; ra d Ellen 


(659.) Moses Dresser 3 Towne, son of Nelson P.? and 
Julia A. (Dresser) Towne, was born at Charlton, Mass., 
Aug. 15, 1S31, came from Mass. to Chicago, and entered 
the service of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad 
as fireman, and afterward as locomotive engineer. He was 
in the employ of the same Company as train and yard 
master. In these various positions he was occupied for 
more than twenty years, accomplishing well, and to the 
satisfaction of his employers, all the work assigned him. 
He has recently retired from Railroad service, to engage in 
other business. On the fifteenth of Dec., 1855, he married 
Miss Ellen Wright, o^ Grafton, Mass. 

660. iii. Lewis Willard, 8 b. Sept. 4. 1833; m d Clara C. 


661. iv. Horace Alonzo, 8 b. July 12, 1835: m d Sarah 

E. Miller and Emma M. Scovillc. 
"662. v. Semira Maria, 5 b. Sept. 14, 1837; m' J Francis 
g| H. Nichols and Win. J. Sheltoh. 

r. 663. vi. Semantha Sophia. 5 b. Sept. 14, 1837; m d Geo 

E. Marsh, April 11, 1861. 

664. vii. Susan Elizabeth, 8 b. Dec. 21, 1839; m d Xorval 

Newell; and d. the 19th of Oct., following. 

665. viii. Amelia Louisa, 8 b. Jan. S, 1842; d. Sept. 23. 


666. ix. Marcus Morton, 8 b. May 28, 1844: m d Hattie 

L. Aver. 


(No. 666.) Marcus Morton" Towne, youngest son of 

Nelson IV and Julia A. Towne, born at Charlton. Mass.. 
May 28, 1844, came to Chicago in 1862, when about 18 
years of age, and, having learned the telegraph business, 
entered the service of the C, 1>. & O. Railroad; in August, 
of the same year, was promoted, and located at Aurora, 111. 
In the spring of the next year, he accepted an offer from 
the Chicago 8c North-Western Road, and located at Ster- 
ling, 111. From there he was transferred to act as train 
dispatcher for the superintendent o( the Wisconsin Division 
of the same road; then to the office of the superintendent 
of the Galena Division. In 1867, he was sent to Boone, 
Iowa, as train dispatcher of the Western Iowa Division. 
He married. Jan. 19, 1869, Miss Hattie L. Aver. In 1872. 
he accepted the appointment of assistant-superintendent of 
the Atchison & Nebraska Railroad, then completed from 
Atchison, Kan., to Lincoln, Neb.; and two weeks after, 
when the general superintendent was killed by an accident 
on the line, the management of the whole road was placed 
in the hands of Mr. Towne, and its duties discharged by 
him satisfactorily, until May, 1873, when he received a call 
from the Mo.. Kan. & Texas Railroad, to act as superin- 
tendent of the Missouri Division. Subsequently, all the 
other Divisions were placed under his care; in all, some 
300 miles. In 1874. he left the railroad service, and be- 
came the proprietor of Aycr's Hotel and Railroad Restau- 
rant, at Harvard, McHenry County. 111., situated on the 
Chicago & North-Western Railroad, some 63 miles from 
that City; in which business he is still engaged. He is 
active, energetic, full of personal magnetism, very popular, 
and successful in his business. 



(658.) Alban Nelson ? Towne {Nelson P.J Joel? Simons 
John,* John, 1 Jacob? William 1 ). 
66/. i. Evelyn Amelia, 9 b. Sept. 2, 1S62. 

The following sketch is taken from "The Contemporary 
Biography o( California's Representative Men." 


It is less than sixty years ago, that Thomas Gray, a 
thoughtful man, stood, one day, near a coal mine in the 
north of England, and watched a small train of wagons, 
impelled by steam along a tramway, which connected the 
mouth of one of the collieries of that district with the 
wharf at which the coals were shipped. "Why," asked 
Gray of the engineer, "are not these tramroads laid down 
all over England, so as to supersede our common roads; 
and steam engines employed to convey goods and passen- 
gers along them, so as to supersede horse-power?" The 
engineer laughed, and replied: "Just propose you that to 
the nation, and see what you will get by it; you would be 
worried to death for your pains." But the idea of super- 
seding horse-power by steam, and the common roads by 
railroads, took possession of the brain of Thomas Gray; 
and, after long perseverance, during which he was opposed 
by the great majority of. thinking and influential men. par- 
liament, in 1826, passed an act authorizing the construction 
of the first British railway, properly so called. To Robert 
Stephenson, however, is commonly awarded the honor ot 
first constructing a railway for general transportation. And 
the obstacles thrown in that man's way by all classes would 
probably be discredited at this day. Stephenson, himself, 
was once ducked in a fish-pond, by the Duke of Bridge- 
water's servants, while making a survey near the grounds 
of the Duke. Lord Derby's farmers, also, resisted the 
progress of Stephenson's surveying party. Members of 


parliament declared that the proposed carriage would have 
to be stopped every time it rained; one member said that 
a gale of wind would sweep it from the track; another 
claimed that Stephenson was crazy, and that balloons and 
rockets were more feasible. One rabid opponent concluded 
a speech as follows: "Why, these lunatics claim that they 
can gallop at the rate of twelve miles an hour, with the aid 
of a devil in the form o[ a locomotive, sitting as postilion 
on the fore-horse, and an honorable member sitting behind 
him to stir up the lire and keep it at full speed. I wili 
show that they cannot go six miles an hour, and that we 
can keep up with them with the canal." Upon the trial 
trip, however, over the Stockton and Darlington Railway, 
Mr. Stephenson drove his own engine, with a train of thirty- 
eight vehicles, including twenty-one wagons, with passen- 
gers, and a carriage filled with directors and their friends, 
at a speed of twelve miles an hour. The first use of a loco- 
motive in this country, was in 1829; and, in all probability 
the most talked-of event of that year, was its arrival on 
the ship John Jay, at the foot of Beach Street, New York, 
in the month of May. This locomotive was called the 
Stourbridge Lion, and was built in England, for use on 
the railroad constructed by the Delaware and Hudson 
Canal Company, in 1828, from their coal mines to Hones- 

On the twenty-sixth day of the month, made notable by 
the arrival of the first locomotive on this continent, A. X. 
Towne was born, at a village called Dresser Hill, in the 
south part of Charlton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. 
There was a peculiar and striking fitness in the coincidence 
of the birth of one who was destined to control and influ- 
ence, in a very great degree, the utility of the new power, 
and the introduction of said locomotive itself. In the "New- 
England Historical and Genealogical Register," ))ianoranda 
of the Towne family date back to the year A.D. 1274, when 
they are found to have been established at Alvely, a village 


in Shropshire, Eng. The lineage, as traced through suc- 
ceeding generations, is an honorable one; about the year 
1640, the first of the name, known in the annals of local 
American history who left descendants, was an inhabitant 
of Salem, Mass. This was YVm. Towne, the progenitor of 
most of the name in the States of the American union. 
The descendant of whom this biography treats, was the 
eldest of a family of nine children, consisting of five broth- 
ers and four sisters, of whom all are living at the present 
time, with the exception of two of the sisters. Alban re- 
ceived a first-class home education, under the influence and 
teachings of a kind and considerate father, and an amiable 
mother, who endeavored to impress upon his mind, among 
other things, the honor and dignity of labor, and to incul- 
cate principles of practical industry. Only limited school 
advantages, however, were allowed him', as circumstances 
beyond the control of either his parents or himself pre- 
cluded the possibility of his entering the more advanced 
institutions of learning. Rut he acquired the rudiments of 
a fair English education, and improved upon his mental 
storehouse by constantly taking advantage of every oppor- 
tunity for observation ; which habit, to a great extent, neu- 
tralized the deficiency of what was in those days termed 
book learning, and enabled him, not only at that time, but 
through an active and elevated life, to more effectually 
overcome all obstacles. 

On the early decease of his father, leaving a large family 
of children of tender years, Alban, in common with his 
brothers who were old enough to work, deeply felt the 
importance of putting forth every possible effort to assist 
the mother and those dependent upon her care. Although 
but eighteen years of age, and unable to earn much at a 
time and in a section of country where wages paid master- 
workmen, even, were small, he felt all the more actuated 
by a desire to make his mother and the younger children 
as comfortable as possible under the circumstances, and 


fully recognized the necessity of labor, and became im- 
pressed with its dignity and of the importance of establish- 
ing a reputation of the highest character, to the end that 
he might enjoy the confidence and esteem oi' all with 
whom he came in contact. This and the uninterrupted 
affection he entertained for his mother, together with her 
desire to see her son succeed, animated him in all of his 
early movements along the sometimes turbulent and 
dreary current of life, and his rapid successions to honor- 
able positions must be credited, therefore, to manly per- 
severance and the fulfillment of filial obligations, rather 
than to that prominence often attained through that germ 
generally denominated luck. Even before the death o{ his 
father, who, being a millwright, and who, necessarily, was 
away from home a great deal of his time, engaged in the 
erection of establishments that required the use of his 
mechanical skill, the subject of this sketch, for three years 
previous to his departure from home, had charge of, and 
ably managed, the farm upon which the family resided. 
At the age of seventeen, he entered into the service of an 
uncle, who was extensively engaged in the business of 
house, sign, and carriage painting, in the neighboring town 
of Webster, employing a large number of men. At the 
expiration of a two years' term of service with his uncle, 
he continued in the trade on his own account, but finding 
it not suited to his inclinations, and. besides, injurious to 
his health, he soon after abandoned it, and accepted a posi- 
tion in a mercantile house of the same place. In a year 
from this time, young Towne is found employed, in the 
same business, at Worcester, the county-seat, from whence, 
after a residence of eighteen months, he removed to the 
town of Danvers, having accepted an interest in a large 
mercantile business located at that place. Despite the 
bright prospects which this partnership' held forth, it 
proved unsatisfactory, and at the end of fifteen months, he 
retired and went to Galesburg, Illinois, where two brothers 


7, 1 

were employed upon the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy 

Railroad. His intention was to continue in mercantile 
pursuits; but the general outlook at Galesburg, at that 
time, was not encouraging, and he was about to proceed 
to Chicago, when a position as brakesman upon a freight 
train was offered to him, through the intercession of one 
of his brothers, by Henry Hitchcock, the assistant super- 
intendent, between whom and the recipient has since 
sprung up, and existed, a lasting friendship. One of Air. 
Towne's notable characteristics is to decide quickly and 
act promptly; the offer, therefore, was at once accepted, 
thereby changing, in a moment, the plans and destiny o( 
a life. ' 

Reared a farmer, mechanically inclined, and trained a 
merchant, he possessed at this time a knowledge of men 
and business beyond his years, but, reasonably, could not 
then have realized what he soon afterwards must have 
learned in regard to the innumerable responsiblities at- 
tending, and the unceasing vigilance demanded by, rail- 
road service. " I felt satisfied," Mr. Towne has since been 
heard to say, "that there was very much to learn, and that 
integrity, perseverance, and good temper, were elements I 
should possess if I would succeed." There were neither 
rich nor influential friends to push him forward ; but 
energy of will, integrity of purpose, and years of patient 
lafpor have enabled this truly self-made man to attain an 
almost unparalleled eminence in his chosen profession. 
Comprehending and encountering the many obstacles that 
lie in the pathway of success such as he has attained, he 
labored incessantly to accomplish every task undertaken, 
and every duty imposed, however difficult or arduous it 
might be, or seemed to be. These efforts were evidently 
appreciated by his superiors, as promotion from the lower 
to the higher grades followed in quick succession, enabling 
him to rapidly acquire a general knowledge of details per- 
taining to the different departments, as well as of the 


duties and responsibilities devolving upon men occupying 
high official stations. Passing through the various posi- 
tions of train, track, and station service, he soon became 
thoroughly acquainted with the duties thereof, and being 
possessed o( a good knowledge of mechanism, he took 
especial interest in the rolling stock, and made himself 
familiar with modes of construction and repairs. Naturally 
it was not long before he suggested and introduced many 
improvements in all branches of the service. From his 
boyhood days, it has been a habit with Mr. Towne to con- 
stantly observe, study, and define the characters of men, 
and he appears to have particular!}' adhered to this prac- 
tice during the earl}- years of his railroad experience. And 
to his regret, he discovered that many of the members of 
his profession, were men of weak morals; he was, also, 
brought into companionship with others who cared little 
for the interests the}- subserved, and apparent!}- still less 
for their own future; and there were some among whom 
he was thrown, as in all other kinds of service, who were 
jealous and suspicious of those who rapidly ascended the 
ladder of life. But by unequivocally pursuing what he 
deemed to be right, in all things, Mr. Towne moved on- 
ward in a useful and active career, and nobly surmounted 
all such obstacles. The struggle upon many occasions, 
was certainly against great odds, as there were, at times, 
men of mark themselves who failed to discover, or who 
pretended not to see, the reasons for Mr. Towne's rapid 
promotion to positions of trust and responsibility. At 
comparatively an early day in the history of his identifica- 
tion, with the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad, 
he was called to the general office of the company, in Chi- 
cago, and received notice that he was to serve as yard and 
train master. This promotion placed Mr. Towne more 
than ever hitherto in close business relationship with the 
genera! superintendent, Col. C. G. Hammond, one of the 
most superior railway managers our country has produced, 


and a man eminently known for his rare christian virtues; 
it resulted, as a matter of course, that a model, such as Mr. 
Townc had developed himself to be, arrested the attention 
of the veteran superintendent, and after bestowing upon 
him a fatherly kindness, and extending much information 
acquired by years of labor and experience, Col. Ham- 
mond soon after appointed Mr. Towne assistant superin- 
tendent, which position he held for three years, when he 
accepted the general superintendency of the Chicago and 
Great Eastern Railway, connecting Chicago with Cincin- 
nati. At the end of the year, for which he had been en- 
gaged, he became again attached to the Chicago. Burling- 
ton, and Ouincy Railroad, in the high capacity of assistant 
general superintendent. In the meantime, he had been 
made the recipient o( several excellent offers, among them 
two very tempting ones from the Pennsylvania R.. R. Co. 
He continued as assistant general superintendent of the 
Chicago, Burlington, and Ouincy Railway, however, until 
September, 1869, when he gave way to the alluring offer 
tendered him by the managers of what he considered the 
greatest railway in the world, and he accepted, and at 
present holds, the general superintendency of the Central 
Pacific Railroad. Thus, it will be seen that this gentleman 
has now given nearly a quarter of a century, the best por- 
tion of his life, to his profession, and has managed proper- 
ties that must have demanded the greatest amount of 
energy, time, and talent, while his success is, moreover, in 
a measure, the reward of the long, honorable, and varied 
experience through which he has passed. 

Born at the very beginning of a new epoch in the his- 
tory of this country's prosperity, he has been fortunate to 
live through a period in which are chronicled great events, 
and unexampled progress. The summing up of the rail- 
ways of the world built during that time will show them 
to number nearly two hundred thousand miles; the United 
States alone having upwards of eighty thousand miles, of 


which, perhaps, a thirty-fifth part is under Mr. Townc's 
supervision, embracing twelve different and distinct com- 
panies. He also has under his control steamer lines on 
the navigable waters of the Sacramento and Colorado 
rivers, aggregating over three thousand miles of transpor- 
tation lines. 

The duties devolving upon a general superintendent at 
the head of transportation lines of such proportions are of 
so important a nature, that a never sleeping vigilance is 
required to fulfill the great and unceasing responsibilities. 
To efficiently discharge them, and to properly protect the 
interests and rights of the companies, the incumbent must 
possess certain special attainments. He must have a 
thorough knowledge of men, in order to select and organ- 
ize efficient assistants as heads of the various departments, 
who are in constant communication with him on questions 
of complicated detail and matters of interest transpiring 
at all times over the entire system under his control. He 
must seek every possible avenue of earning, and know 
exactly the cost of operating, so as to secure the greatest 
amount of revenue; he must be familiar with the wants of 
the trade of interior sections of country, and possess a 
knowledge of their various products, and seek as much 
traffic as it is possible to secure; he must encourage and 
develop business, regulate rates, provide means of transpor- 
tation, at all times, and direct in making and changing 
time-tables; his judgment must be called into requisition 
to decide, as it becomes necessary, for additional stations, 
tracks, buildings, rolling, and floating stock, and the repairs 
of the same; he must inspect and pass upon vouchers, 
examine reports, and inquire into the cause of accidents 
involving loss of life or damage to persons or property, and 
fairly and intelligently, and sometimes summarily, dispose 
of such cases; he must give attention to the complaints of 
the patrons of the lines, and, indeed, listen to all persons 
aggrieved, and listen patiently, too, to many senseless mur- 


murs and demands; he is compelled to carefully dispose o( 
all those who press their claims for favors to the exclusion 
of others ; he has, also, to meet deputations of merchants, 
farmers, mechanics, and others, and consider their proposi- 
tions, which are often of a nature demanding privileges 
and concessions that are inconsistent with the policy of the 
company or the laws of equity. 

Personal magnetism, executive ability of a rare order, a 
concilitory spirit, and good address are the characteristics 
which eminently fit Mr. Towne for his high position. No 
person entirely unfamiliar with this great question of trans- 
portation — the greatest and most important of the age — 
can for a moment comprehend the weight}- and pressing 
matters he has to lay before, and sometimes urge with, the 
board of directors or members thereof, with whom he is in 
daily and hourly communication and consultation ; yet, 
how carefully and methodically one so greatly pressed 
with business must act, so as to be prudent and economi- 
cal with his time, in the employment of each minute, is 
apparent to all business men. Of all the momentary trial? 
with which the position is beset, however, there are proba- 
bly none more difficult to endure and overcome than the 
many appeals of the unemployed seeking positions, and 
the continual demands for the alleviation of distress. To 
discriminate between capacity and incompacity, or between 
honest worth and imposition, surely burdens the thoughts 
and excites feelings of emotion, which must produce a 
great sympathetic strain upon a man of a sensitive nature. 

Mr. Towne was married on September 25, 1850, to Miss 
Caroline Amelia Mansfield, daughter of Asahel Mansfield, 
of Webster, Massachusetts, whose family name appears 
conspicuously among the early settlers of New England. 
The only issue of this marriage, Miss Evelyn Amelia 
Towne, was born on September 2, 1862. Eond of general 
society, and subject to its demands, and having a large 
business acquaintance in this and foreign countries, Mr. 


Towne' s social circle is, of necessity, very widely extended: 
yet he loves his home so devotedly that the greeting and 
pleasure enjoyed there is far more welcome to him than 
that of any other place, and the greater part of his time. 
out of active business life, is spent with his family. He is 
and ever lias been, a strictly temperate and prudent man 
in all things, is a gentleman of polished, quiet, and unas- 
suming manners. In politics, he has ever been a staunch 
republican, taking an active interest in the welfare of the 
part}-, though never seeking nor desiring any political 
power or place. The benefactions and charities bestowed 
by him, without the slightest ostentation, are of daily 
occurrence. Air. Towne is engaged in farming and indus- 
trial enterprises, outside of the railroad business, which in 
itself develops the resources and increases the wealth of a 
country to a greater extent than any other. It is impossi- 
ble, in this brief sketch, to do full justice to the achieve- 
ments and usefulness of a life gradually, but unerringly, 
lifted from obscurity to transplendent success and promi- 
nence. The lesson here involved is sufficient, however, to 
place upon the hill-tops of labor, as one of the beacons to 
the youths of the present day. warming and encouraging 
every young heart aspiring after the strength and beauty 
of a perfect manhood. 

(660.) Lewis Willard^ Towne (Nelson P..- Joel, 6 Simon* 
John* John? ^acob y -- William' 1 ), was born at Charlton. Sept. 
4, 1833 ; m d Clara C.Cooper, of Rome, X. V. ; lived at 
Charleston, S. C. They had one son : 

668. i. Lewis \V., Jr.,* b. March 3. 1853; m d Roxa 
Galtra, May 17, 1876,. 

From '• The United States Biographical Dictionary." Kansas. 
Volume, iSjg. 


(660.) Lewis Willard 8 Towne was born in Charlton, 
Massachusetts, Sept. 4, 1833. He descended from an 


English family that immigrated to America in the six- 
teenth century and settled in New England, where the des- 
cendants have generally remained. His great grandfather, 
No. 1S9, Simon 5 Towne, was born in Massachusetts, in 
[743, and hrs grandfather, No. 4S7, Joel" Towne, was a 
native of the same State, and born in 1776. 

His father, No. 653, Nelson Parker" Towne, born in 
Massachusetts, in 1806, was a thorough mechanic, and by 
occupation a millwright; he was a successful business man, 
and highly esteemed as a citizen. He married Miss Julia 
A. Dresser, Sept. 10. 1S2S, and his death occurred in 1S44. 
leaving his widow with nine children, of whom Lewis Wil- 
iard was the third. 

Mrs. Julia A. Towne was a member of a well-known and 
prominent New England family, and was born on Dresser 
Hill, Charlton, Massachusetts, July 27, 181 1, and died July 
1 6th, 1S70. Her family name appears among those who 
composed the officers when Charlton was first organized, 
and down to a recent period has been extensively known 
in its history, and specially marked by the skill and great 
energy displayed in active business operations. Her 
grandfather, Moses Dresser, was a major in the Revolu- 
tionary war. His residence, known as "Dresser Hill," is a 
site of grandeur, having an extensive landscape view rarely 
excelled for its picturesque beauty. By the enterprise of 
Major Dresser, this "Hill" became noted as a resort for 
military reviews and "general trainings" for many towns 
in the vicinity. These reviews were held under his com- 
mand, and were occasions of merriment, congratulations, 
and hearty hand-shaking. The maternal grandmother of 
Lewis \V. Towne was Susannah Towne, born Ma)' 3, 1790, 
and died Nov. 12, 1S65, aged seventy-five years. She was 
of the same stock as his father's family; this branch sprang 
from Jacob Towne, born March 1 1, 1633, brother of Joseph, 
sons of William Towne. 

Seven children of Nelson P. and Julia A. Towne are now 


(1S78) living. Alban N- Towne, the eldest, resides in San. 
Francisco, California, and is the general superintendent of 
the Central Pacific Railroad, embracing under his manage- 
ment, including all the branches, about two thousand miles 
of railroad, besides seven hundred miles of river steamboat 
line. He has occupied this position (or about eleven years. 

Moses D. Towne, the second son of X. P. Townc, is in 
the employ of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, 
and resides in Quincy, Illinois. 

The fourth son, Horace A. Towne, is now, and for sev- 
eral years has been, general superintendent of the Northern 
Pacific Railroad, with headquarters at Brainerd, Minnesota. 

The youngest son, Marcus M. Towne, is proprietor of 
the hotel at Harvard Junction, Illinois, on the line of the 
Chicago & Northwestern Railroad. He, at one time, held 
the position of assistant superintendent of the Atchison & 
Nebraska Railroad, and also of the Missouri, Kansas & 
Texas Railway. 

Semira is the wife of W. J. Shelton, of Wells, Elko Co., 
Nevada. Samantha is the wife of George Marsh, of Napcr- 
ville, Illinois. 

Lewis W. Towne was reared on a farm and was early 
accustomed to manual labor. His education was obtained 
in the common schools of Massachusetts, and consisted of 
a very correct knowledge of the English branches. At the 
age of fifteen he went to Whitinsville, Massachusetts, where 
he remained three years, engaged in learning the trade of 
a machinist. Possessed of ready perception and mechani- 
cal genius, always ambitious to excel in whatever he under- 
took, he soon acquired a thorough knowledge of his pro- 
fession, and became a very superior workman. Having 
mastered his trade at the age of eighteen he went to Kail 
River, Massachusetts, and began work as a journeyman 
machinist, remaining there about one year. At the end of 
that time, the South presenting some attractions for an 
ambitious machinist, he went to Charleston, South Caro- 


Una, and for one year was employed in the railroad shops 
of the South Carolina Railroad. 

In [852, he quit the shops and became a locomotive 
engineer, a business which he pursued until 1S55. In the 
latter year he left South Carolina, and settling in Gales- 
burgh, Illinois, obtained a situation as engineer on the 
Chicago, Burlington & Ouincy Railway. At the end of 
three years he was made foreman of the Company's 
machine and repair shops, at Ouincy. This place he filled 
three years, when in 1861, he was selected as master me- 
chanic of the Ouincy division of the road. 

In 1865, at the close of the war, he became superintend- 
ent of the machinery of the Hannibal & St. Joseph Rail- 
road, and for four years acted in that capacity, to the entire 
satisfaction of his superior officers. At that time, Mr. C. 
W. Mead was the general superintendent of the road. 
Subsequently, the superintendency passed into the hands 
of Mr. George II . Nettleton, and in 1869, Mr. Towne was 
appointed assistant general superintendent. So thoroughly 
did he discharge the duties of this responsible trust, that 
lour years later, in 1S73, he was made general superintend- 
ent, and for two years managed the affairs of that road 
with consummate tact and ability. 

In the spring of 1875, he was elected general superin- 
tendent of the Atchison & Nebraska Railway. Under his 
direction and management, the trade and travel, over this 
route, has largely increased. Atchison has derived from 
it a large benefit, and steadily grown in population and 
wealth, attracted thither by the advantages the road pre- 
sents. The section of country through which the road 
runs, embracing some of the finest agricultural lands in 
the West, has been opened to cultivation and brought into 
proximity with the great Eastern markets. The beautiful 
valley of the Nemaha, a region of country, wonderfully 
rich in productive energy, has thus been made to contribute 
its proportion of material wealth, and has added large!}' to 


the assessable property of the State. It will thus be seen 
that Mr. Towne's course has been steadily upward. I>y 
his energetic labor, he has won a position of" profit and 
honor, and, by a life of integrity, he has endeared himself 
to the best men of the country. 

But it is not alone as a thorough and competent railroad 
manager that he is to be remembered. In the multiplicity 
of his business engagements he has found time to make 
himself a thorough farmer and stock-raiser. He owns a 
fine body of land near Clarence, Shelby County, Missouri, 
which he cultivates with great success and profit. This 
farm (known as Highland Stock Farm) embraces several 
hundred acres of land, between six and seven hundred of 
which are inclosed, and in a high state of cultivation. He 
has bestowed on this place a large amount of care and ex- 
pense, and is now rewarded in the rich returns. As a 
breeder of thorough-bred short-horn cattle, few have been 
so successful. A sale of his stock, which was held in Dex- 
ter Park, Chicago, May 19, 1S75, ranks as the third best 
sale ever made in the United States. Thirty-nine head of 
short-horn cattle were sold at public auction for $22,400, or 
an average of a fraction over $574 per head. He is still 
owner of a very large and superior herd, which is second 
in value and in the purity of its strains to no other herd in 

Mr. Towne resided in Hannibal, Missouri, from 1865 to 
1875, removing to Atchison, Kansas, in the latter year. 
He is a member of good standing of the Masonic frater- 
nity. He was married Sept. 12, 1S51, to Miss Clara 
Cooper, of Rome, New York, a lady of great amiability 
and attractiveness. Their only son, Lewis YY. Towne, Jr., 
was born in 1853, married Miss Roxie Galtra, of Jackson- 
ville, Illinois, in 1 875, and died in 1877, aged twenty-four. 
At the time of his death, he was employed in' the ticket 
department of the Atchison & Nebraska Railroad. 

Mr. Towne is a man of many excellent traits of charac- 


ter. Energetic and prompt in the discharge of every duty, 
he leaves nothing to chance or good fortune. Perseverance 
is one of his most striking characteristics, and he makes 
himself thoroughly acquainted with the minutest details of 
the business he may have in hand. His power of analysis 
and combination and his fine executive ability are not the 
least remarkable outlines of his well-poised character. 
While engaged in business, his whole time and energy are 
directed to the skilful execution of his work. His inge- 
nuity is equal to every emergency, and his powers of or- 
ganization and construction are of immense benefit to him 
in his complicated railroad business. System, order, and 
dispatch are well developed and carefully cultivated, and 
his success in life is due, not so much to portentous circum- 
stances as to the energetic, steady, unyielding perseverance 
with which he has prosecuted his business. 

In person, he is of medium size, but with a compact, 
well-knit frame, and capacity for long continued labor. 
His life has been one of incessant toil, but he attained good 
success before he had reached middle life. As a citizen, 
he is highly esteemed by all who have business or social 
intercourse with him. while his business integrity, honor, 
and liberality are unquestioned in an)- community where 
lie has lived. 

June 1st. 1880, Mr. Towne was offered, and accepted, 
the position of general superintendent of the Kansas City, 
Ft. Scott & Gulf, and the Kansas City, St. Lawrence & 
Southern Railroads — this system embracing near seven 
hundred miles — with headquarters at Kansas City, Mo. 

Note by tlu C< nipiler:— In transferring numbers from the fifth to the .sixth 
generation. r,.j attempt will be made to preserve their consecutive order ; but, 
to avoid confusion from the frequent occurrence of the same names, as John, 
Jonathan, Jacob, etc., small figures, in circumllex, will be placed over the 
ancestral names of such transfers, indicating the serial number to which they 
belong.— E. H. 


(661 .) Horace A/ Towne (Ncfcon PjJoelfSiworisJo/iH* 
John* Jacob? William*) was born at Charlton, Mass., fuly 
12, 1835; came to Illinois in 1S54, at the age of 19, and, 
like his brothers, engaged in the railroad service, commenc- 
ing at the "foot of the ladder," by engaging as fireman on 
a locomotive, for the Chicago. Burlington 8: Ouincy Rail- 
road. This "ladder," however, often proves of sufficient 
length to bring into prominence those whose heads o\o not 
"become dizzy." 

Soon after engaging in the service of the Company, he 
entered their shops at Galesburg, 111., to learn the trade 
of engine building. During the three and a-half years 
of his employment in these shops, he acquired a perfect 
knowledge of the mechanism of building and repairing 
locomotive engines.* 

During the following six years, .Mr. Towne was engaged 
as locomotive engineer on the C, B. & O. and the Galena 
and Chicago Union roads. Soon after, he occupied the 
position of foreman in the shops at Galena and Centralia. 

Subsequently, in 1865, on account of his well -known 
mechanical ability and executive force, he was offered, 
and accepted, the position of master- mechanic, on the 
central branch of the Union Pacific Railroad. Afterward, 
he held the same position on the Hannibal & St. Joseph 
Railroad; and then the positions ot master-mechanic, asst.- 

* Compiler 's Note: — All readers of these biographical sketches who have 
listened to or read the lectures of Joseph Cook on " Heredity, " may well ask 
the question, From what ancestor of the "Towne Family" conies the strong 
and succe.--ful prcdeliction to mechanical pursuits, so evident in several branches 
of this family? If we are to credit this quality to "Heredity," it would seem 
that we must look for its origin as far Lack as the second generation, where 
the Philadelphia and Illinois branches diverge. (See diagram on page 115. ) 
This quality seems remarkably developed in both lines. If true, was it Pater- 
nal or Maternal? Subsequent researches may enable us to deduce a probabil- 

The anti-slavery proclivities in some of the later generation-, might, on 
this theory, indicate a close relationship between Peter Towne, of page 10, 
and the ancestor of the Salem Family. William Towne; page 16. — F. H. 


superintend ant, and superintendant of the Northern Pacific 
Railroad, which high and responsible position he still 
retains. Mr. Towne is a gentleman of refined manners; 
unassuming, yet frank in all his dealings. He possesses, 
in large measure, that rare quality of being able to say 
either Yes or Xo in such manner as to give offence to few, 
and to convey the impression that the desired favor is 
granted, or withheld from the kindest and best of motives. 


(t6S.) (66.) (20a 

(432.) Hon. Salem' Towne [Jacob, 5 Jonathan* John, 


Jacob,' 2 William, 1 ) was born at Oxford, Mass., Oct. 21, 1746; 
married 1st, Elizabeth Mayo; by whom lie does not appear 
to have had any children. She died March 15, i//2; and 
he married 2d. Ruth Moore, March 28, 1774, who was the 
mother of his seven children, mentioned below. After her 
death, Sept. 25, 1790, at the age of forty years, six months, 

and thirteen days, he married for 3d wife, Wid. Comer. 

He died July 23, 1S25, at the age of 79; leaving children 
born at Oxford : 

669 i. Polly,' b. Nov. 18. 1774; m d William Wild. 
670. ii. Ruth, 7 b. March 28, 1777; m d Aaron Wheelock 

and Dr. Phillips. 

771. iii. Elizabeth, 7 b. Sept. 20, 1778; m J Wm. Reider. 
672. iv. Salem, Jr., 7 b. March 26, 1780; m J Sarah Spurr, 

6j2>- v. Pamelia, 7 b. Aug. 29, 1781; m d Isaiah Reider, 

{pro. of Wm.). 

674. vi. Augusta, 7 b. Jan. 13, 1784; m d Dr. Dan Lamb. 

675. vis. Lucy M., 7 b. Nov. 2. 1787; m d Col. ]o\mFitts? 


(672.) Gen. Salem 7 Towne, Jr., (Salon? Jacob;? Jona- 
than* John; Jacob; William 1 ), b. March 26, 1780; married 


Sarah, dau. of Gen. John Spurr; and died Feb., 1S72. They 
had 10 children, born at Oxford: 

676. i. Elijah Dunbar, 8 b. May 27, 1809. 

677. ii. Wm. Moore, 8 !>. May 7, 1807; m d Frances 


67S. iii. Mary Dunbar, 8 b. April 8. 1810. 

679. iv. Sarah S., 8 b. May 11, 1S13. 

680. v. Mary Lucy, 8 b. July 30, 1S15. 

681. vi. Margaret L., s b. May 3, 1S19. 

682. \'ii. Amelia M., s b. May 12, 1821. 

683. \ iii. Salem, 8 b. Nov. 8, 1823. 

684. ix. Alice B.. s b. June 27. 1826; d. Nov. II, 1843. 

685. x. Edward \Y., S b. Jan. 9, 1829. 


(677.) The only child o\ William M. s and Frances 
(Robinson) Towne, of Springfield, Mass., who d. April 
1841, was: 

6S6.. i. Frances* b. 


(174.) (66.) (20.) 

(464.) Josiah- Towne {Josiah? Jonathan,'' John? 


Jacob, 2 William 1 ), was born at Charlton, Aug. 12, 1761 ; 
married Dorothy Hill, of Killingly, Conn., A. D. 1780; and 
she died 1 791 , leaving 4 children. He married, as 2d wife, 
March 10, 1793, Elizabeth Ware. He died Dec. 30, 1824, 
aged 63. His children, b. at Charlton, were: 

687. i Aaron, 7 b. Sept. 11, 1781; m d Nancy Pettis. 
I j 6S8. ii. Leonard/ B. Oct. 31, 17S3; m d Joanna Mellcn. 
2.1.689. iij - Ruth,' b. Oct. 31, 1783. 

690. iv. Susanna, 7 b. May 2, 1790; m d Moses Dresser, 



(687.) Aaron" Towne (Josiah, 6 J osiah, 5 Jonathan ,* John ;= 

'Jacob, 2 William 1 ), was born at Dresser Hill, Charlton, 
Mass., Sept. 11, 17S1; married Nancy Pettis, and settled at 
Providence, R. I., where he died in 181S, leaving 1 son. 

691. i. , s b. 

(6S8.) Leonard 7 Towne (Josiah, 6 Josiah, 5 Jonathan,* 

John, 3 Jacob,- William 1 ), born at Charlton, Oct. 31, 1783; 
married, in 1S03, Joanna Mellen. of Holliston, by whom he 
had 12 children, born at Charlton, Mass., of whom but four 
arc now (1877) Living. 

692. i. Mary M., b. Feb. 9, 1805; d. May 20, 1880. 

693. ii. Josiah, b. Aug. 25, i8c6; d. May 2, 1836. 

694. hi. Henry M„ b. May 28, 1808. 

695. iv. Doll)-, b. July 4, 18 10; d. Aug. 22, 1865. 

696. v. Joanna, b. Feb. 6, 1S12. d. Dec. 4, 18 12. 

697. vi. William H., b. Oct. 11, 1813. 

698. vii. Leonard, b. Sept. 19, 18 15. 

699. viii. Joanna, b. Dec. 29, 1819; d. March 17, 1853. 

700. ix. Ruth A., b. Jan. 27, 1823; d. Jan. 7, 1863. 

701. x. Marcus M., b. March 6, 1S26; d. Aug. 1 I, 1840. 

702. xi. Salem A., b. Jan. 3. 1828; d. Sept. 3, 1828. 

703. xii. Charles C, b. Oct. 2, 1832; d. March 23, 1833. 


(224) (S4) (y>) (9) 

(567.) Gadner Townev (Israel, 5 Israel,* Joseph^ Joseph-? 

William 1 ), was born at Amherst, N. H., May 1, 1765 ; mar- 
ried Lucy Bancroft, of Tyngsboro, Mass., June 27, 1795: 
and died Dec. 16, 1815, in his 51st year. 

Lucy {Bancroft) was born June' 7, 1773; and died April 

14, 1849, a k rct ^ 76. Their children were: 

704. i. Christina,? b. June 16, 1796; d. Oct. 2, 1831. 

705. ii. Oka,' b. Dec. 19, 1797; d. Oct. 14, 1S01. 


706. in. Rebecca Bancroft,' b. Aug. 7, 1799; d. March 

28, 1869. 

707. iv. Susanna," b. June 12, 1801 ; d. Aug. 1803. 

708. v. Cleon Gardner,? b. June 6, 1803 ; d. May 4, 1850. 

709. vi. Solon/ b. June 17, l8o5;d. Oct. 4, 1808. 

710. vii. Orr Noble,' b. Junes. i8c6; d. April 7, 1854. 

711. \ iii. Mary,' b. Jan. 6. 180S; d. June 30, 1813. 

712. ix. Ebenezer Bancroft,' b. Dec. 14, 1809. 

713. x. Lucy Bancroft,' b. Sept. 14, 181 1 ; now the wife 

of fudge Chandler, of Macomb, Illinois. 


(12-.) (51O (»■*■) 

(330.) Benjamin 6 Towne (Nathan* Nathan* Joseph, 

Edmund, 2 William 1 ), was born at Andover, Feb. 28, 1747; 

married 1st, Mehitable Chandler, who was born A. D. 1745. 

She bore him 8 children, and died Jan. 2^, 17SS, at 

Methuen, a town in the extreme North-west corner of 

Essex Count}-, and about five miles from their native town 

of Andover. After the death of his 1st wife, he married 

2d, Wid. Lucy Porter; but it does not appear that they 

had an)' children. 

The children of Benjamin 6 and Mehitable {Chandler) 
Towne, of Methuen, Mass., were: 

725.. i. Sarah/ b. Jan. 12, 1773; d. Feb. 21, 1809,^.36. 

726. ii. Benjamin." b. Jan. 18, 1775: d. :e. 85 or 90. 

727. iii. Mary, 7 b. March 14. 1777; d. Oct. 18, 1778, x. 

18 months. 

728. iv. Ephraim, 7 b. July 20, 1779. 

729. v. Mary, 7 b. Sept. 18, 1781 ; d. Nov. 2, 1816. se. 35. 

730. vi. Nathan, 7 b. Dec. 18, 1783; d. Dec. 19, 1812, re. 


731. vii. Mehitable, 7 b. Nov. 28, 1785. 

732. viii. John, 7 b. April 30, 1787; m d Sarah Robinson, 

of Coventry, Eng. 



(732.) John" Towne {Benjamin* Nathan* Nathan, 4 
Joseph? Edmund? William 1 ). The children of John and 
Sarah {Robinson) Towne, of Philadelphia, were : 

711. i. John Henry, 8 b. Feb. 20, 1818; m d Maria R. 
Tevis, of Philadelphia. 

734. ii. Ann Sophia, 8 b. Sept. 30, 1819; m d Robt. K. 

Uarrah, of Boston. 

735. iii. Lucretia C., 8 b. Now 15, 1821. 
J56. iv. Laura M., s b. May 3, 1825. 
/I/, v. Rosalba M., 8 b. June 15, 1827. 

738. vi. Win. Edward, 8 b. Dec. 23, 1829. 

739. vii. Sarah R., s b. March 12, 1833. 




The late John Towne (No. Jj2), born 1787, son of No- 
330, of Methuen, Mass., was in some ways a remarkable 
man. He combined great perseverance and energy, with 
most refined tastes, rare ingenuity of both mind and hand. 

He early left the quiet homestead — (a farm-and-mill- 
property near Methuen), where his childhood had been 
passed, and went forth into the world "to seek his fortune." 

His first essay was as a teacher of writing. After suc- 
cessfully giving instruction in various places, he at last 
found his way to Baltimore, where he made the acquaint- 
ance of Mr. Henry Robinson, of England, whose sister he 
afterward married. 

Mr. Towne and Mr. Robinson were connected in busi- 
ness for several years when, having accumulated sufficient 
means to purchase land in the West, Mr. Towne and his 
wife set off directly after their marriage, in 18 1 7, for this 
new country. 

A beautiful piece of land was purchased near Pittsburgh, 


and Mr. 1 owne proceeded to build a commodious house 
and to arrange and beautify his grounds. These were laid 
out as a large fruit-farm, which ultimately proved very re- 
munerative. Mr. Towne also engaged in what in the West 
is called "Steamboating." That is. he was interested in, or 
owned, several steamboats running on the Mississippi River. 
This avocation took him frequently to New Orleans and 
Mobile, where he was also engaged in the sugar and cotton 
commission business. 

During his absences, Mrs. Towne, a woman of great abili- 
ty, as well as great sweetness of character, in addition to 
the care of her young family, ably superintended the affairs 
of the farm. 

In 1852, Mr. Henry Robinson, then residing in Boston, 
and sole proprietor of the gas-works there, offered Mr. 
Towne the superintendency of the works, with an interest 
in the concern. He decided to accept this offer and pro- 
ceeded to make arrangements to remove his family to Bos- 
ton. About this time, April, 1833, Mrs. Towne died, leav- 
ing a young infant and six other children. 

In the fall of 1S33, Mr. Towne having disposed of his 
property to advantage, this removal took place. 

During his residence in Pittsburgh, Mr. Towne had gained 
the respect of all by his upright character, his public spirit. 
and pleasant manners. The best people there were his 
friends, and some of the friendships there formed ended 
only with his life. 

From J 833 to '40, the family resided in Boston, all the 
children having the advantage of the best schools. The 
gas-works, in which Mr. Towne had re-invested his money, 
proved very lucrative, and a handsome competency had 
now been gained. 

The eldest son — John Henry, after distinguishing him- 
self at school (Chancy Hall. Mr. Thayer) had been sent 
to Philadelphia to study engineering in the machine shops 
of Merricl: & Agnew, of that city. Here his great ability 


and talent for the construction and invention of machinery 
were developed, and after about a year's study he entered 
into partnership with Mr. S. V. Merrick, ami the well-known 
firm of " Merrick & Towne" was formed. 

The elder brother being now established in Philadelphia, 
Mr. Towne thought it advisable, in order to keep his family 
together, to also remove thither. 

In 1S40. he purchased a house in Walnut Street, above 
1 6th (then Schuylkill ;th), and furnished it with much 
taste and elegance, lie was now able to indulge his love 
for the fine arts — always a passion with him, and the best 
productions of our native artists, such as Lentze, Hunting- 
ton, Sully, and many others, adorned his walls. 

Nine years later, in 1849, Mr. Towne purchased a beauti- 
ful country seat, near Philadelphia, in Huntington Valley, 
and removed thither. Before doing so. he made a large 
addition to the house and greatly improved the grounds. 

The return to country-life, after seventeen years passed 
in cities, was a source of keen enjoyment to one with so in- 
tense a love of nature as Mr. Towne. Flowers of all grow- 
ing things were his delight. During his residence in Boston, 
a little conservatory, containing a rare collection of heaths, 
had cheered his leisure hours, consoling him for the confine- 
ment of a rather arduous post. Xow, on a larger scale, he 
was able to indulge his love of the beautiful. He re-ar- 
ranged the Huntington place, with the same good judgment 
and good taste he had shown in laying out his grounds at 
Pittsburgh, and under his hands it grew to be a lovely spot, 
indeed. He had many projects for its further beautifica- 
tion, but unhappily his health began to fail in 1850, and 
declined rapidly. His sufferings from his very painful dis- 
ease were at times intense; but he bore them with manly 
fortitude and in a patient and christian spirit. 

He died, Jul}- 24th, 1S51, and his remains now rest in 
South Laurel Hill Cemetery. 



(lll-^ John H. s Towne {John? Benjamin? Nathan? 
Nathan* Joseph? Edmund,- William 1 ). 

74c. i. Henry Robinson,- b. Aug. 1844; m d Cora 


741. ii. Helen Carnan,? b. Jan. 184S; m 1 Dr. Win. 

F. Jenks. 

742. iii. Alice Norths b. Nov. 13, 1853; m d Roland 

Lincoln, Nov. 3, 1880. 


John Henry Town, born 1818, eldest son of John Towne, 
has already been mentioned in the previous memoir. 

He laid the foundation of his ample fortune in the estab- 
lishment of "Merrick & Towne." After that co-partner- 
ship was dissolved, in 1848, he engaged in several engi- 
neering enterprises, the erection of gas-works at New Red- 
ford and Savannah being among the number. Shortly be- 
fore the breaking out of the civil war, he entered the firm 
of J. P. Morris & Co., Philadelphia, which then became J. 
P. Morris, Towne & Co. 

During the war. main - of the largest engines for war- 
vessels and monitors, as well as much other machinery, were 
made in this establishment. 

Mr. J. H. Towne's feelings were warmly enlisted on the 
patriotic side in the great struggle, and he did all in his 
power to aid the Government, to which he made tender of 
his gratuitous services in any capacity for which he was 

Mr. Towne was a man of thought and science, and of 
marked talent in his profession. His inventive turn of mind 
led him to improve whatever he touched. He inherited his 
father's refined tastes, both for nature and art, and in music- 
he had a special delight. 

He was lone a member of the Franklin Institute Philo- 


sophic Society, and other scientific associations, but his 
latest and deepest interest was in the re-construction and 
advancement of the University of Pennsylvania. For this 
he worked hard, doing efficient service. 

In the spring of 1874. Mr. Towne experienced a slight 
shock of paralysis, and by advice of his physician went 
abroad, being accompanied by his wife and daughter. They 
traveled through Switzerland, etc., during the autumn, re- 
turning to Paris to spend the winter. In the spring of 1875, 
April 7th, he died suddenly in the night, from the effect of 
another shock complicated by some heart-trouble. 

After amply providing for his family and leaving hand- 
some bequests to his sisters and brother, the residue of his 
large fortune was bestowed on the University of Pennsyl- 
vania. The "Towne Scientific School" was so named in 
his honor. 


(740.) The- children of Henry R.? and Cora Towne, oi 
Philadelphia, were: 

743. i. John Henry, 10 b. Jan. 1S68. 

744. ii. Frederick Talmadge, 10 b. 1872. 

(741.) The children of Dr. Win. F. and Helen C. {Tozmie) 
Jenks, of Philadelphia, were: 

Robert Darrah Jenks, b. March 1875. 

Horace Howard Jenks, b. June 1878. 


«i 6.) (50.) ( i4 .) (5.) 

(2Q)2.) Eli' Towne, Jr. {Eli, 5 Benjamin* -Joseph* Edmund, 2 
William 1 ), born at Sturbridge, March 1, 1757; married 
Abagail, dau. of Eliphalet Cutting, of Charlemont, Aug. 
1780. He removed, about 1 804, to Washington County. 
1 :nn., where he died June 22, 1822, aged 65. His widow 
. . ) igail, died Aug. 18, 1840, in her 81st year. Their chil- 
1 -n were: 


+ 745- i. Eli, 7 b. April 24, 17S1; d. at Cincinnati, O., 

Oct. 5, 1S23. 
746. ii. Abagail, 7 b. July 20, 1782; d. Sept. 10, 1795, 

ae. 13. 
4-747. iii- Ezra, 7 b. Sept. 20, 1785; m d Joanna White. 

748. iv. Elizabeth,- b. May 20, 1787; d. Aug. 12. 1788. 

749. v. Mary, 7 b. March 12, 1790; m d Jacob Smith; 

moved to Ohio. 

750. vi. John, 7 b. July 17, 1792; and died same day. 

751. vii. Salem, 7 b. Jan. 31, 1794; d. Sept. 10, 1796. 

752. viii. Dorcas, 7 b. Jan. 1797: m d Wm. Sprowle, d. 


753. ix. Sarah, 7 b. July 1798; d. Aug. 22, 1825. S. P. 

754. x. Chloie, 7 b. Jan 12, 1802; m d Zach. Cooper, d. 

March 1875. 
4-755. xi. Elijah, 7 b. June 29, 1805; d. March 17. 1873. 
in Jefferson Co., Iowa, where he removed 
with his family in 1857. 


(745.) Eli 7 Towne, Jr. (Eli, 6 Eli,'' Benjamin* Joseph,* 

Eduunid,- William 7 ). He died in 1823, leaving 2 sons: 

756. i. Eli, s b. was a Baptist preacher in Kansas. 

757. ii. Edward, 3 b. removed to Pella, Iowa, (large 


(747.) Ezra - Towne (brother of last above), married, 
Nov. 8, 1814, Joanna, dau. of John White; and had chil- 
dren, viz.: 

758. i. Mary Anne, 8 b. Oct. 22, 18 1 5 ; d. in Chicago. 

Ill, March, 1877. She m d John M. Oliver, 
of Washington Co., Penn., and left children. 
viz.: ' John M., Jr.; 2 Oliver C; and '• Nelson 
E., of 508 W. Congress St., Chicago, ill. 

759. ii. Ezra Styles, 8 b. June 8, 1825; now of Wash- 

ington Counts - , Penn. 


760. iii. Sarah Minerva, 8 b. April 22, 1827; d. about 

[S60; she m d John Fisher, and left 2 chil- 
dren, viz.: Ezra Fisher, who lives in Kan- 
sas, and Agnes 1 Fisher, who is m d and lives 
in Chicago. 

761. iv Nelson, 8 b. May 3, 1S29; lives in Washington 

County, Penn. 

762. v. Martha G., s b. Aug. 12, 1S33; who is m d to Dr. 

J. W. Oliver, and lives at Fairfield, Iowa. 

(755.) Elijah" Towne {Eli, 6 Eli* Benjamin* Joseph* 
Edmund, 2 William 7 ), born June 29, 1S05 ; married Elizabeth 
Martin, Aug. 14, 1825, by whom he had 12 children, viz.: 

763. i. Sarah Ann, 8 m d Washington Ferril, and d. in 

Washington Co., Perm., leaving 5 children. 

764. ii. Charlotte Jane, 8 m d David M. Oliver: has 8 

children, and now lives in Jefferson Co., la. 

765. iii. Minerva, 8 m d Henry Clemmons, and d. leaving 

1 child. 

766. iv. Mary C., s m d John Ira, and lives near Lincoln, 

Nebraska. She has six children. 

767. v Hannah, 5 m d Addison Oliver, (who furnishes 

this list of the descendants of Eli Toiune, 
Xo. 292.) He lives at Onawa, Iowa, and has 
10 children, all living. 
76S. vi. Elizabeth, 8 m d Thomas Moore, has several 

769. vii. Emmeline, 8 m d Samuel Scott; who lives near 

Brookville, Iowa, and has several children. 

770. viii. John M., 8 m d Ellen Clarke, and has several 

children, and lives at Fort Dodge. Iowa. 

771. ix. Cyrus H., s m d Martha Hilligos, has several 

children, and lives near Moorhead, Iowa. 

772. x. Sabina, 8 m d Coles; and lives in Kansas. 

773. xi. Eetitia, 8 m d Daniel Comegys; and lives at 

Fairfield, Iowa. 


774. xii. Martha, 8 m d Henry Wilder ; lives at Fairfield, 

Mrs. Elizabeth (Martin) Towne, wife of Elijah' Towne, 

is still (18S0) living near Brookville, Iowa. 


(t66.) (65 ) 

(443.) Edmund' 5 Towne, son of Edmund* (Ephraivi* 
(20.) ( 4 .) 
John* Jacob? U il/iam 1 ), born 1758; married, for 1st wife, 

Lydia Luce, daughter of . He settled at Fair- 
fax, Yt, and had by 1st wife, Lydia, 

775. i. Edmund Brewer, 7 b. 1774; d. at Boston, 1835. 
J/6, ii. John, 7 b. Nov. 21, 1786. 

His 1st wife, Lydia, died, and he married for 2d wife, 
Nov. 7, 1797, Widow Poll_\- Sabin (maiden name, McMas- 
ters), by whom he had two more children, viz.: 

y-yy. iii. Lydia, 7 b. Oct. 6, 1798; 1m 1 {a Holmes, and d. 
Jul\- I r, 1866. 

778. iv. Poll}-, 7 b. Dec. 8, 1S80; m d a Hotchkiss. 

He was the first town clerk of the township of Fairfax, 
Yt., and was its representative in the legislature for several 
years. He was a rapid writer, a correct business man, and 
a gentleman. He d. at Georgia, Yt., Aug. 24, 1800, aged 
42 years. 


(776 '.) John 7 Towne, second son of Edmund, 6 {Edmund,"' 
Ephraim* Johns Jacob,- William'-), was born at Fairfield, 
Yt., Nov. 21, 1786, and married Anna Jackson, daughter o\ 
John Jackson, at Milton. Yt., in March, 1816; she died at 
Georgia, Yt., May 13, 1839, aged 42. 

John Towne, Esq., died at same place Xov. 22, 1S35. 
Their children, born at Georgia, Yt., were: 

779. i. Edmund Brewer, 8 b. Feb. 11, 181S; d. March 

11, 1 84 1. 


7S0. ii. Franklin, 8 b. June 4, 1821. 

781. iii. Mary Ann, 8 b. April 6, 1823. 

782. iv. Byron, 8 b. June 4, 1S25. 

783. v. Henry, 8 b. July 2, 1831. 

784. vi. Caroline, 8 b. Feb. 17, 1833; m d Samuel A. Far- 

go, March 5, 1S56. 


(779.) Edmund Brewer, s eldest son of John* Towne, 
Esq., (Edmund," Edmund* Ephraim* John* Jacob, 2 Wm. 1 ), 
married Susan M. Holmes, Dec. 25, 1839. Their daughter, 

785. i. Rogene,' b. Oct. 13, 1840. 

Edmund Brewer Towne died March 11, 1841, and his 
widow, Susan M., married her brother-in-law. 

(780.) Franklin 5 Towne, married his brother Edmund's 
widow, Jan., 1844, and had children: 

756. i. Eugene,** b. March 23, 1S45. 

757. ii. Katie,* b. July, 1847. 

788. iii. Frankie.s b. Aug. 12, 1S51. 
7S9, iv. Herbert, y b. Nov. 2, 1855. 

Mrs. Susan M. Towne died Feb. 28, 1875. 

(782.) Byron 5 Towne, (John,'' Edmund, 6 Edmund, 5 Eph- 
raim* John? Jacob,- William 1 ), married, Jan. 1, 1849., Sarah 

Fargo, daughter of , of Georgia, Yt.. by Rev. 

Alvah Sabin. Their children were: 

790. i. Carrie A., 5 b. Aug. 18, 1853. 

791. ii. Edmund Carroll,' b. Oct. 2, 1S55. The 8th son 

by the name of Edmund retained through, 
every generation for a space of 250 years. 

792. iii. Minnie D., 9 b. June 13, 1S58. 


From Hist, of Fond du Lac Co., IVis., p. 87 2. 

" Byron Towne, manufacturer, was born at Georgia, 
Franklin Co., Vt., June 4, 1825, came to Wisconsin in i860, 
locating at Omro, and engaged in the flouring-mill business 
for one year. After that, he kept the American House, at 
Ripon, five years ; the American House, at Fond du Lac. 
four years ; and the Patty House, in the same place, a little 
over three years, since which time (1874), he has been with 
the Wheel and Seed Co., manufacturers of grain-drills and 
broad-cast seeders, having a very large and constantly in- 
creasing business. In Fond du Lac, Mr. Towne has been 
City Treasurer, and a member of the City Council. He is 
now (18S0) Secretary, Treasurer, and General [Manager of 
the Wheel and Seeder Works. 3 ch. — Carrie A., born 
Aug. 10, 1853; Edmund C, born Oct. 2, 1S55; and Minnie 
D., born June 13, 1S58." 

(7S3.) Henry s Towne, {John J Edmund, 6 Edmund j> Eph- 
raim* John, 3 Jacob* William 1 ), was born at Georgia, Vt., 
July 2, 1831, and married June 1, 1S65, to Mrs. Addie X* 
Paul, in the City of Chicago, 111. Their child, 

793. i. Mertic A.,9 b. Aug 28, 1871. 


(165.) (03.) _ (20. i 

(440.) Thomas Towne, son of Silas *{Ephr aim* John? 

Jacob? William 1 ), born 1759; married Ruth Button, in 

.17S0, who died in 1793, aged 34 years, leaving 5 children, 

794. i. Charlotte, 7 b. 1781; d. 1S27. 

795. ii. Fanny, 7 b. 1783; d. 1835. 

796. iii. Lucinda, 7 b. 17S5; d. 1793. 

797. iv. Silas, 7 b. 1788; d. 1794. 

798. v. Arad, 7 b. 1 79 1 ; d. Bee. I, 1875. 


(440.) Thomas' Towne married, in 179S, Polly Col man 
for 2d wife, by whom he also had 5 children, viz.: 

799. vi. Ruth," b. 179S. 

800. vii. Lucinda, 7 b. 1799. 

801. viii. Rachel, 7 b. 1802. 

S02. ix. Thomas Martin/ b. 1806. 

803. x. Joseph Emerson, 7 b. 1S09. 
Mrs. Polly Towne, died in 1826. aged 60. 


(79S.) Arad 7 Towne, son of Thomas, 6 (Silas? Ephraim* 

John? Jacob,- William 1 ), married, in 1820, Tryphenia Mc- 
Cloud, who was born in 1797, and died in Oct., 1 871, leav- 
ing children : 

804. i. Cleora Augusta, 8 b. 1S20. 

805. ii. Maria Louisa, 8 b. 1822; d. 1830. 

806. iii. Nancy Streeter, 8 b. 1825; d. 1850. 
$07. iv. DeWitt Clinton, 8 b. 1S2S. 

808. v. Tryphenia Melinda, 8 b. 1S30; d. 1839. 

809. vi. Thomas Martin, 3 b. 1S35. 
Sio. vii. Hiram McCloud, 8 b. 1837. 


(no.) (46.) (13.) , 

(268.) Josiah' : Towne, (Nehemiah? Jeremiah? William? 


Edmund? William*), born at Topsfield, Jan. 22, 1778; mar- 
ried Mary French. He died at Montpelier, Vt., about 
1828. Their children were: 

811. i. Nathaniel, 7 b. May 1, 1799. 

812. ii. Josiah, 7 b. Jan. 15, 1S01. 

813. iii. James, 7 b. Dec. 31, 1802. 

814. iv. Henry, 7 b. 

815. v. Mary Ann, 7 b. 

S16. vi. Ira S., 7 b. March 3, 1S10. 


Si 7. vii. Eliza G., 7 b. 
SiS. viii. Susan E.,' b. 

(ri2.) (50.) (14) 

(278.) Benjamin 6 Towne {Benjamins Benjamin,* Joseph? 

Edmund? William' 1 ), born at Sturbridge, Mass., June 17, 

1745; married widow Martha Hitchcock. Their children 
were : 

819. i. Candace, 7 b. May 17. 1777; m d Luke Brown, 

June 3, 1802. 

820. ii. Benjamin. 7 b. April 18, 1779. 

521. iii. Chloe, 7 b. March 14, 17S5. 

522. iv. Younglove, 7 b. June 24, 17S8. 

823. v. John, 7 b. May 31, 1 791 ; he settled at Mt. Mor- 

ris, X. J. 

(114) (50) (m-) 

(290.) Jacob" Towne, Jr. {Jacob? Benjamin? Joseph? 

Edmund? J I T illia m x ). 

824. i. Jacob Perkins, 7 b. Oct. 6, 1S03. 

825. ii, Man-, 7 b. April 8, 1806. 

826. iii. Ezra, 7 b. Oct. 17, 1807. 

Jacob 6 Towne, Jr., was born at Topsfield, July 2J, 176S; 
married Mary Perkins. He was town clerk at Topsfield 
26 years ; was a member of the legislature 7 years. Died 
March 31, 1836, aged 68. 

(116.) (50.) ^ (14.) (5) 

(299.) Elijah Towne (Eli? Benjamin? Joseph? Edmund? 
William 1 ), born at Sturbridge, Oct. 28, 1 77 1 ; married 
Miriam Lane. Their children were: 

827. i. Laura, 7 b. March 31, 1802; d. Sept. 8, 1805. 

828. ii. Eliza, 7 b. Aug. 5, 1803. 

829. iii. Elijah, 7 b. July 1, 1805. 
S30. iv. Elisha, 7 b. Jan. 14, 1808. 

831. v. Melinda, 7 b. Eeb. 27, 1810. 

832. vi. Miriam, 7 b. June 20, 18 12. 

833. vii. Salem, 7 b. Jan. 13, 1814. 


834. viii. Marcia, 7 b. Aug. 12, 1S16. 

835. ix. Samaria," b. July 18, 1820. 


(11S.) (50.) (14.) 

(304.) Edmund'' Towne, Jr. {Edmund* Benj.* Joseph* 

fc ) 
Edmund? ll r m. x ), married. 1st, Eunice Spencer, of Spring- 
field; and 2d. Nov. 6, iSoo, Polly Fitch. He died March 
6, 1 S 1 5 . He had 4 children by his 1st wife and 2 by the 
2d, viz.: 

S56. i. Abagail, 7 b. July 11, 1790; d. Dec. 29, 1790. 

S37. ii. Abagail, 7 b. Oct. 8, 1 791 . 

838. iii. Betsey,? b. July 20, 1793; d. March 2, 1803. 

839. iv. Stephen, 7 b. Feb. 14, 1795. 

840. v. Pliny C., 7 b. May 15, 1S06; d. Dec. 3, 1S06. 

841. vi. Almond Spencer," b. March 21, 1813; d. at San 

Francisco, Aug. 17, 1 850. 

{305.) Benjamin Towne (brother of the above), mar- 
ried Sarah Burt, and settled at Windsor, Vt. Their chil- 
dren were: 

842. i. Orinda," b. Jan. 20, 1803. 

843. ii. Sarah, 7 b. Nov. 26, 1804. 

844. iii. Man-, 7 b. April 7, 1807. 

845. iv. Xahum, 7 b. Jan. 9, 1S09. 

846. v. Dean, 7 b. Feb. 7, 18 10. 

847. vi. Benjamin, 7 b. Sept. 5, 1S12. 

848. vii. William, 7 b. April 9, 1815. 

849. viii. Emily M., 7 b. Feb. 5, 1 820. 

(mi.) (51.) (14.) (5-) 

(^2^.) Simeoir Towne (Josephs Nathan* Joseph* Ed- 
mund? William 1 ), born July 31, 1 75 1 ; married Hepzibah 
Synionds. Their children were: 

850. i. Ephraim, 7 b. 

851. ii. Anna, 7 b. m d David Rollins, of Pitts- 

ton, Me., Aug. 29. 1803. 


852. iii. Joseph,? b. m d ■ — — Cole, of Lisbon, 

N. H. 

853. iv. Phebe,*b. m d Elihu Lord, of Pittston, 


854. v. Moody,? b. d. unmarried. 
S55. vi. Hepzibah," b. m d Trask. 

856. vii. Ruth/ b. June 1796; m d Moses Hale, of 

Rindge, N. H. 

857. viii. Sarah," b. at Bucksport, Me. 

S58. ix. Simeon, 7 b. July 13, 1808, at Bucksport, Me. 

859. x. Charlotte, 7 b. 

(122.) (51.) (14.I 

(329.) Nathan- Towne, Jr. (Nathanfi-Nathan* JoscpJi? 

Edmund? William 1 ), born at Andover, July 11, 1744; mar- 
ried ; died at Andover, Sept. 3, 1 8 10, leaving an 

estate of $5033,19; and children: 

860. i. Samuel, 7 b. settled at Albany, Me. 

861. ii. Mary. 7 b. d. 

862. iii. Nathan, 7 b. July 29, 1 77 1 . 

863. iv. Elijah, 7 b. 

864. v. Jacob, 7 b. Nov. 20, 1870; settled at Boxford. 
S63. vi. Mary, 7 b. 

866. vii. Susan, 7 b. 

867. viii. Stephen, 7 b. 

865. ix. John, 7 b. settled at Andover. 
869. x. Jonathan, 7 b. Sept. 6, 1790. 

870. xi. Moses, 7 b. Sept. 30, 1792; settled at Danvers. 

(122) ( 3 i.) (14) is-) 

(331.) Peter- Towne {Nathan = Nathan* Joseph,* Ed- 
uuaid, 2 William 1 ), was born at Andover, Aug. 10, 1749; 
married Lydia Abbott, who died of small-pox, Jan. 10, 
1775; and 2d, married Rebecca Sheldon, who died May 
j6, 181 3, aged 55. He died at Andover, May 20, 1S30, 
acred 80. Children: 


871. i. Peter,' b. Dec. 28, 1774; d. Jan. 9. 1775: {one 

day before his mother.) 
S72. ii. Peter,? b. Nov. iX, 1777. 

873. iii. Amos," b. May 28, 1779. 

874. iv. Lydia, 7 b. March 1, 1781. 
$75- v - Joel, 7 b. Feb. 17, 17S3. 

8/6. vi. Fanny, 7 b. March 24, 1785; d. Sept. 23, 1812. 

877. vii. Daniel," b. Jan. 8, 1787. 

875. viii. Asenath. 7 b. Feb. 16, 1789; d. Feb. 8, 1831. 
879. ix. Hannah, 7 b. Oct. 12, 1792; m d Moses Towne. 

580. x. Herman, 7 b. Jan. 14, 1797; d. Dec. 19, 1799. 

581. xi. Abia, 7 b. Oct. 19, 1S00; m d Amos Cutler. 

(12?) (51) (14.) 

(338.) Jedediah Towne {Jonat/ian? Nathan* Joseph? 

Edmund? William 1 ), born in Boxford, May 1, 1767; mar- 
ried Eunice Rugg, lived at Petersham, and at Windsor, Vt. 
Their children were: 

882. i. Asa, 7 b. 

883. ii. Jedediah, 7 b. 

884. iii. Eunice, 7 b. 

885. iv. Moses, 7 b. 
866. v. Aaron, 7 b. 

887. vi. David, 7 b. 

888. vii. Daniel, 7 b. 

889. viii. William, 7 b. 

890. ix. Dulcina, 7 b. 

891. x. Daniel, 7 b. 

892. xi. Alvira, 7 b. 

893. xii. Eucy. 7 b. 

(137) (5*) (»4) ' 

(354-) Francis' Towne, Jr. {Francis? Daniel? Joseph? 
Edmund? William?), born at lopsheld, Sept. 1, 1767; mar- 
ried Relief Huston, Nov. 12, 1789. He pre >bably removed 
with his father :o Rindge, X. IE, where is found recorded 
the birth of one daughter. 


894. i. Charlotte/ b. Sept. 2, 1792. 

He is said afterward to have removed to the State o\ 
New York. 

fi37-) (5=) fl4) (>) 

(356.) Joshua Towne {Francis,* Daniel,* Joseph* Fd- 
mund,- William 1 ), was born at Topsheld, Sept. 27, 1775; 
and married, April 1S10, Mary, dau. of David Chadwick. 
who was born 17S8, and died Jan. 10, 1S65. He died Jan. 
5, 1844, at Rindge. Their children were: 

895. i. Phebe, 7 b. Jan. 21, 1S11; m d , Sept., 1835, Solo- 

mon P. Towne, Xo. 903. 

896. ii. Maria L., 7 b. Sept. 30, 1S13; m d , 1S3S, Levi 


897. iii. Laura, 7 b. Jan. 3, 1815; d. Oct. 50, 1850; un- 


898. iv. Sophronia. 7 b. Nov. 19, 181S; m d , Dec. 24, 

1844, Stephen P. Patch. 

899. v. Sarah M., 7 b. March 27, 1821; d. March 7. 

1S53, unmarried. 

900. vi. Joshua C., 7 b. July 29, 1S23; m d Eveline J. 


901. vii. Josiah T., 7 b. April 5, 1826; m d Sibel Board- 

man, and d. April 27, 1862. 

902. viii. Caroline R., 7 b. July 15, 1830; d. July 18, 1832. 

(>37) <5?.) (M) (5-) 

(360.) Greene 6 Towne {Francis* Daniel* Joscpli^ Fd- 
mund, 2 William 1 ), born May 25, 1782; married Lucy Rand, 
dau. of Capt. Solomon, Peb. 13, 1S10. Their children 
were : 

903. i. Solomon I 7 ., 7 b. m d , Sept. 1835, Phebe 

Towne, Xo. 895. 

904. ii. Lucy M., 7 b. m»', June 3, 1847, Ben. P. 


905. iii. Sarah A., 7 b. m d , Nov. 19, 1839. A. A. 



906. iv. Charles/ b. m d , Sept. 6, 1849, Susan 

S. Ellis. 

907. v. Levi V.J b. m d Emily Sawyer. 

90S. vi. Pliny E., 7 b. m d , Sept. 5, 1854, Calista 

A. Brooks. 


(900.) Joshua C. 7 Towne (Joshua* Francis* Daniel* 
Joseph? Edmund? William* ), born at Rindge, X. H., July 
29, 1823; married Evelina J., dau. of Walton and Arethusa 
(Piper) Brooks, who was born Sept. 14, 1825. The)' were 
married June 7, 1846, and had children: 

909. i. Emma H.. s b. Nov. 30, 1S49. 

910. ii. Clarence E., 8 b. Jul}- 11, 1852. 

911. iii. Ida B., 8 b. March 13, 1858. 

(903.) Solomon F. 7 Towne (Greene? Francis? Daniel, 
Joseph? Edmund J William*), was born at Rindge, N. H., 
and married in Sept., 1835, his first cousin, Phebe Towne, 
No. 895. They had son: 

912. i. George \Y., S b. who m d Lizzie Hill. 


^ (242.) ^_ (94.) (30) 

(602.) Jonathan Towne (Jonathan? Jonathan? Joseph, 


Joseph J William 1 ). 

913. i. William B. 7 b. 

914. ii. 

915. iii. 

916. iv. 

917. v. 

918. vi. 

919. vii. 

920. viii. 

921. ix. 

Q22. X. 


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(242.) Jonathan* Towne bad a son Jonathan, 6 born Aug. 

6, 1784, who married Clarissa Hoyt, daughter of Capt. 

John, of Concord, X. H. 

They were the parents of William B." Towne, Esq., of 

Milford, X. II.. from whose collections, as published in the 
"N. E. Hist, and Gen. Reg.," a large portion of the preced- 
ing statements have been drawn. 

The following notice of Jonathan' Towne, Esq., is taken 
from the "X. E. Hist, and Gen. Reg.," Volume xxix, page 

"Jonathan Towne, Esq., a resident member, the father 
of William B. Towne, A.M., vice-president of this society 
for Xew Hampshire, was born at Amherst, X. H., in that 
part of the town now included in Milford, Aug. 6, 17S4. and 
died of paralysis in the house in which he was born, Feb. 
10, 1874, consequently at the very advanced age of 89 years. 
At tiie time of his death, he was the oldest citizen 01 Mil- 
ford. The family is quite distinguished for longevity. Air. 
Towne' s father, Jonathan Towne (No. 241 in Towne Gene- 
alogy, ante, xxi, 222), died in 1S42, at the age of 89 years 
— the very age of the subject of the present memoir. He, 
too, died in the house in which his son died. He had a 
brother who lived to be more than 90 years of age. (94.) 
Jonathan 1 Towne had three children, namely: Jonathan, 
who died as stated, Feb. 10. 1874. David, 2 a resident of 
Claremont, N. H., who died in his 88th year, and Mar}-, 2 
who resides in the old homestead, in her 86th year. Jona- 
than 2 Towne and Mar}- (Blanchard) Towne, his wife, had 
ten children, of whom "eight are still living, — two of whom 
are William B. Towne, Esq., long connected with this 
society, and President of the Souhegan National Bank, of 
Milford, X. H,, and John P. Towne, Esq., a prominent law- 
yer in Wisconsin. Mr. Towne, in early life, resided with 
his uncle, Mr. William Blanchard, a trader in Wilmington, 
Mass.; but afterward he bought a farm, in Bow, X. H., and 


worked on his farm in the summer and taught school in 
the winter, and hence lie was often called 'Master Tovvne.' 
In 1830, he removed to Milford, N. II., and remained there 
during the residue of his life. He was an active member 
of the Baptist church, in Milford, for forty-four years. He 
was an honorable man, a wise counsellor, and a highly re- 
spected citizen. He was a great reader, and voted at every 
election. He was first a federalist, then a whig, then a 
republican. He was also a temperance man. A few days 
before his death, his physician prescribed some stimulant. 
He took the prescription once, but the second time he said, 
'I had rather not take it. I have been a temperance man 
for ninety years.' 

"Mr. Towne married Miss Clarissa Hoyt, daughter of 
Capt. John Hoyt, of Concord, X. II. She was born Feb. 
12, 1790, and was S4 years of age on the day of her hus- 
band's funeral. She is a woman of remarkable vigor of 
constitution, of sound judgment, and still manages her 
household affairs with the energy of her earlier days. 

"At the funeral of Mr. Towne, two beautiful sheaves of 
grain, crossing each other, were laid upon the casket, sur- 
rounded by the words, 'We mourn not the gathered grain.' 

"He was admitted to this society Dec. 4, 1871." 


(913.) William B. 7 Towne (Jonathan? Jonathan? Jona- 
than,* Joseph* Joseph? William 1 ). Children: 

923. i. William Henry, 8 b. 

924. ii. Charles Edward, 8 b. 

925. iii. Arthur French, 8 b. 

Extracts from N. E. Gen. Reg., Vol. xxxii, p. 9-20; Jan. 1S78/ 

"William Blanch ard Towne, an efficient officer in 

the New England Historic, Genealogical Society, and the 

founder of the 'Towne Memorial Fund," was born in Bow, 

X. II., Monday. Oct. 12, 1S10. He was the eldest of ten 


children of Jonathan Towne, of whom a biographical sketch 
lias been printed in the Register (Vol. xxix, 326);" see 
also, No. 602, on p. 104. " Towne Family Memorial; 
Part Three." 

"His mother, Clarissa Hoyt, daughter of Capt. John 
Hoyt, whose ancestry will be found in David W. Hoyt's 
genealogy of that family (see p. 83, of that work), is still 
(1S78) living, in the eighty-eighth year of her age. She is 
a woman of remarkable vigor of body and mind. One who 
remembers her in her prime writes: 'She had not a peer 
within my knowledge.' " 

William began to attend school at the age of five years, 
and attended it till he was twelve. He then remained at 
home, assisting on the farm during the summer, and going 
to school during the winter months, till he was fifteen. 
When he was about twelve years old, he began to have a 
strong desire to strike out for himself, and depend upon his 
own efforts to maintain himself. 

When told by his father that a boy of his age could not 
get a living among strangers, he replied, "If you will let 
me try, I will never call on home for assistance to the value 
of a farthing." The spirit of self-reliance and desire to try 
his fortune in the world increased as he grew older, and he 
persuaded his mother to use her influence with his father 
to obtain permission to make a trial. 

At length his wish was gratified. When he was sixteen 
years old, Dr. Josiah Crosby, of Concord, the family physi- 
cian, was one day in Bow, at the house of Mr. Jonathan 
Towne, and expressed a wish to find a boy to take care of 
his horses and do errands for Mrs. McClary, with whom he 
boarded. Mr. Towne said he thought his son William 
would suit, and arrangements were made for the doctor to 
take him home on his next visit. As Dr. Crosby did not 
visit the family the next day, the boy became impatient, 
and packing his bundle started on foot for Concord, four 
miles distant. 


The day of his leaving home he has himself recorded as 

the 20th of April, 1827. At the end of many months, his 
wardrobe was in need of being replenished, but he persist- 
ently refused to receive assistance from home. 

Dr. Willard writes: "I remember that lie told me that 
his father, at one time, brought him a pair of shoes, which 
he refused to accept. When his father said, "You w ill need 
them, and they were purposely made for you," he replied, 
"Well, I don't want them." His father then said, "If you 
will not take them I will give them to this boy;" and he 
did give them to a boy standing by. 

When Mr. Towne told me this story he gave as a reason 
why he refused them, that he wished to give his hope of 
getting his own living a fair trial. In April, 1829, he 
entered the dry goods and grocery store of Wm. West, as 
a clerk, and continued in that employment, for different 
parties in Concord, till the 24th of Jul}-, 1834, when he left 
Concord for Boston, and engaged in the same employment. 
Meanwhile, as appears from his dairy, in 1 831, he began to 
have decided religious impressions, and on Sunday, Jan. 1. 
1832, he joined the First Congregational Church, in Con- 
cord, and engaged in Sabbath School work, in a part of 
the town called the Colon}-. 

He earl}- took a decided stand in the temperance and 
antislavery causes, which were then beginning to agitate 
the community. On one occasion, he refused to accept a 
desirable situation till he was assured that his employers 
did not intend to keep ardent spirits for sale. In religion 
he was a trinitarian congrcgationalist, and was' dismissed 
from Rev. Dr. Bouton's church, in Concord, Jul}- 2, 1S35, 
to the First Free Congregational Church, in Boston, then 
recently organized, of which Rev. Charles Fitch was the 
first pastor. 

This church was of antislavery tendencies; and his feel- 
ings on this subject are manifest throughout his dairy. 
His friend, William Lloyd Garrison, thus writes, concern- 


ing Mr. Towne' s position: "Me was an early subscriber to 
the Liberator, and remained such till the close of its exist- 
ence. I hold his memory in. fragrant remembrance." He 
held many offices of trust and responsibility, both in his 
native State o{ N. H. and in Mass. Was Assessor of 
Brookline, Mass., for five years, from 1S63; represented 
Milford, X. H., in the Legislature, in 1S73 and 1874; was 
chosen a director of the Souhegan National Bank, of .Mil- 
ford, Jan. 9, 1872, and the same day was elected president, 
which office he held till his death, faithfully performing its 
duties. He became a member of the X. E. Hist, and Gen. 
Society, Sept. 15, 1852. He was a director of the Society 
from 1 86 1, and treasurer from 1861 to 1S71 ; and was chair- 
man of the finance committee after that date. In January, 
1875, he was elected vice-president for the State of Xew 
Hampshire. He states in the introduction to his genealogy 
of the Town: family, which he left in manuscript, that his 
researches into family history commenced in 1827, when he 
was a lad at school; and in 1834, he prefixes to his dairy 
a record of his ancestors, running back to his grandfather's 
grandfather, Joseph 3 {No. jo), living in Topsfield in 16S4. 
In 1S44, he had prepared an extensive genealogy of the 
name of Towne, to which he continued to add till his death. 
About 1852, he had printed, for private distribution, a large 
genealogical chart, giving a record of the families of all his 
ancestors bearing the surname of Towne, and ending with 
that of his own family. On the 28th of March, 1866, he 
sailed for Europe, and after making a tour of about four 
months in the land of his ancestors, and on the continent, 
lie returned to Boston in July, of that year." It was, 
doubtless, during this visit to England that Mr. Towne, 
obtained the Historical Memoranda, with which he so 
greatly enriched the early history of the family. "In this 
same year, he commenced printing in the REGISTER, (xx. 
367-71; xxi. 12-22, 217-222), a full genealogy of the 
Townes; but the publication was suspended before the 


completion of the fourth generation. The remainder of the 
work is preserved in manuscript, and is now deposited with 
the New Eng. Hist. Gen. Society. 

On the 1 5 tli of June, 1842, Mr. Towne married Miss 
Nancy French Hill, daughter of Jeremiah Hill, a commis- 
sion merchant in Boston. She was born Nov. 26, 1817, 
and was the seventh generation in descent from Ralph 
Hill, an early inhabitant of Billerica, Mass. About the 
year 1S46. he removed to Brookline, Mass. Here his wife 
died May 3, 1858, at the age of forty. On the 23d of 
April, 1867, he was married at Washington, D. C, by the 
Rev. Charles B. Boynton, D.D., chaplain of the U. S. House 
of Representatives; to Miss Jenny S. Putnam, daughter of 
Daniel Putnam, of Milford; and sister of the wife of Hon. 
Bainbridge Wadleigh. He then removed to the village of 
Milford, X. H.; where he continued to reside till his death, 
which took place at the residence of his son, at Jamaica 
Plain, Boston, Mass., April 10, 1S76, at the age of sixty- 
five. He left a widow, and also three sons, all members 
of the legal profession, namely: YYm. Henry, of Boston, 
and Charles Edward and Arthur French (a life member of 
the N. E. H. G. Soc), of Chicago." Mr. Towne established 
an enduring monument to his own memory, and that, of 
the family, by the commencement of the "Towne Memorial 
Fund," by his own donations, which fund, now in the hands 
of the Society, amounts to over four thousand dollars." (It 
is to be hoped that some of the more wealth}' members of 
the family, when they shall have ascertained their relation- 
ship, may feel moved to add to this fund, and thus provide 
the means to continue a record of the descendants of 
William 1 Towne and Joanna Blessing, in full, to 
coming generations.) — E. H. Chicago, Aug., 1880. 

(657.) The children of Rejoice Fj and Elizabeth C. 
{Sessions) Towne, of Union, Conn., were: 

926. i. Andrew, 8 b. June 28, 1844; d. April 4, 1871. 


927. ii. Nelson, 8 b. Dec. 25, 1S45. 

928. iii. Albert, 8 b. Nov. 28, 1847; d. Oct. 24, 1852. 

929. iv. Horace, 5 b. Feb. 19, 1850; m d , Nov. 2$, 1873, 

Miss Florence Bidwell, who was b. Aug., 


930. v. Frank, 5 b. Sept. 4, 1852. 

931. vi. Infant, 8 b. April 5, 1855; d. Oct. 22, 1856. 

932. vii. George, 8 b. June 8, 1862. 

(929.) The child of Horace 5 and Florence (Bidwell) 
Towne, of Union, Conn., was: 

933. i. Arthur Horace,? b. Oct. 15, 1S74. 


(161.) <6 3 .) (20.) 

(432.) Rev. Salem' 1 Towne, LL.D. {Israel* Israel* John? 


Jacob? JVilliam 1 ), was born at Belchertown, Mass., March 
5, 1779; married, March 26, 1S07, Abagail King - , who war. 
born Oct. 12, 1781, and died, while on a visit to her daugh- 
ter at Galiipolis, O.. Dec. 7, 1 S40, in her 60th year. The}' 
lived at Granville, Washington Co., X. Y., until 1829, when 
they removed to Aurora. They had 7 children, all born 
in Granville, X. Y. : 

940. i. Mandelbert, 7 b. March 17, 180S; d. April 14, 

same year. 

941. ii. Celine Rebecca/ b. March 5, 1809; m d Dr. 

Flisha Morgan, May 12, 1S31. Lives at 
Galiipolis, O.; have 5 sons and I daughter. 
'942. iii. Christopher Yates," b. June 12, 1S12; m d Sarah 
Requa, Sept. 20, 1835. Died in Aurora, 
Nov. 18, same year. 

943. iv. Harriet Newell,? b. May 5, 1815; m d Francis 

Hart, June 16. 1S45. Lives in South Brook- 
lyn, X.Y. 

944. v. Salem Palmer, 7 b. Sept. 19, 1S16; m* Louisa 


M. Case, Oct. 8, 1S44. Lives at New Albany, 


945. vi. Rufus Rowe," b. Aug. 13, 1820; m d Frances 

Kirkwood, Oct. 28. 1846. Lives in Paoli, 

946. vii. Beriah King, 7 b. April 7, 1822; d. Feb. 2j, 

1S24; in his 2d year. 

Rev. Mr. Towne received a classical education, and ob- 
tained, at college, the degree of Master of Arts; and later 
in life, that of Doctor of Laws. For some years, he was 
principal of an Academy, and his writings, mostly on edu- 
cational subjects, give evidence that he was endowed with 
more than ordinary abilities. Mackey's "Lexicon of Free- 
masonry" says of him, "He was ardently attached to Free- 
masonry, and was, for many years, Grand Chaplain of the 
Grand Lodge and Grand Chapter and Grand Prelate of the 
Grand Commandery of New York. In 181S, he published 
a small work of 283 pages, entitled, A system of Specula- 
tive Masonry. This work is, of course, tinged with the 
legendery ideas of the origin of the Institution, prevalent 
at that period, and would not now be accepted as authora- 
tive; but it contains, outside of its historical errors, many 
valuable and suggestive thoughts. Brother Towne was 
highly respected for his many virtues, the consistency of 
his life, and his unwearied devotion to the masonic order." 

He was the author of "Towne's Speller" and "Towne's 
Analysis," two of the first works of the kind ever printed 
in the English language ; and, in the opinion of main' ex- 
cellent teachers, two of the best. 

He died at Greencastle, Indiana, Feb. 24, 1S64, at the 
age of 85. 


(161.) (63.) (20.) u ) 

(824). Abner' Towne ( Israel $ Israel* John? Jacob? 
William"), born at Belchertown, Mass., July 18, 1767, and 


rriarried Kezia Fairfield. They resided at Belchertown, 

where he died, April 28, 1828, aged 61. No list of their 
children has been obtained ; but there seems to be no 
reasonable doubt that the following, from the "VlNTON 
MEMORIAL," p. 199, is in relation to one of them: 
947. Abner, 7 b. April 16, 1797; m d Sarah Eliza Vinton. 


"Sarah Eliza Vinton, dau. of Abiather and Sarah 
Vinton, of South Hadfey, b. April 2, 1801; m d May 10, 
1825, Rev. Abner Towxe, b. in Belchertown, Mass., April 
16, 1797; who d. at Litchfield, County of Herkimer, N. V., 
June 19, 1826, vc. 29." 

" Mr. Towne grad. at Union Coll., Schenectady; studied 
divinity at Andover; was ordained pastor of the Presby- 
terian Church in Litchfield, aforesaid, in July, 182*5, and d. 
there as above, in the midst of his usefulness, greatly 
lamented, in eleven months after his ordination." * 

After the death of her husband, YVid. Sarah E. (Vinton) 

* Foot notes on page 199, "Vinton Memorial," give the following: 

" An illustration of the character of Rev. Mr. Towne, we quote the sub- 
joined extract from the WESTERN Recorder, under date of June 27, 1S26. 
This was a religious newspaper, of much reputation, at the time, edited by 
Thomas Hastings, the celebrated composer and teacher of Church Music, and 
published at Utica, N.Y., under the patronage, and for the benefit of, the 
Western Education Society and Auburn Theological Seminary." 

"Died, on Monday evening, the 19th inst, in Litchfield, County of Herki- 
mer, Rev. Abner Towne, se. 29. — His sickness was short and distressing, par- 
taking deeply of a bilious affection. He had preached twice on Sabbath, the 
I ith instant, and attended a third meeting in the evening; on each of which 
occasions it was noticed that he appeared unusually engaged, and seemed to 
be standing very near to the bar of tinal account. His remains were con- 
signed to the grave on Wednesday, the 21st instant, amidst a numerous and 
deeply affected concourse of people. An appropriate sermon was delivered 
on the occasion, by Rev. Mr. Waters, of Paris, from Phil. i. 23. 'For I am 
in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ, which 
is far better. " 

" Mr. Towne has been the pastor of the church in Litchfield, only eleven 


Towne, m d as second wife, Dr. Robert Safford, a native o( 
Poultney, Yt.. and afterward a resident at Gallipolis, Gallia 
County, O.; and, later, at Putnam, Muskingum Co., in the 
same State. 

(947.) The only child of Rev. Abner and Sarah E. 
( Vinton) Towne, was: 

948. i. Henry Abner, 8 b. at Litchfield, N.Y., Jan. 5, 1826. 

A practising lawyer, at Portsmouth, Ohio. 

months.* How sudden his departure from the altar to the bar of God! But 
it was the departure of one who was 'ready' and willing 'to be offered.' lie 
lived for Christ, and died in the triumphant hope of a glorious immortality. 
He rests from his labors, and in truth may it be said that 'his works do follow 
him;' since the spirit of God is copiously descending there to quicken His 
people and convert sinners to the knowledge of the truth." 

Another obituary notice of .Mr. Towne says: "A beloved pastor has been 
removed from his flock, at a time when his labors were peculiarly needed and 
particularly blessed. Thus it is that God 'destroyeth the hope of man'." 

* He preached in Litchfield, two years in all ; and died in eleven months after his ordi- 









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The number following the name being in full-face, indicates that the name 
occurs twice or more on the pa<;e. 


Aaron, 30, 39, 44, 45, 59, 60, 61, 84, 

85, 101. 
Abagail, 22, 27, 2$, 35, 36, 38, 40. 41, 

50, 53. 54, 58, 59, 02, 99, 

Abel, 58. 

Abia, 101. 

Abner, 34, 33, 4 ,. 52. 54. 1 1 1, 11 2, 113, 

Abisha, 35, 55. 

Absalom, }6. 

Alban N., 3, 65, 67,58,69, 78, 114. 

Albert, 1 10. 

Alexander, 32. 

Alice, 9, 47, qo. 

Alice K, S3. ' 

Alice X., 90. 

Allen, 4S. 

Almond S., gq. 

Alvira, 101. 

Amasa, 49. 

Amelia 1.., 65. 

Amelia M., 84. 

Amos, 25, 50, 31, 32, 42, 43. 44, 46, 

54, 5: 


47, 5- 
Amy, 2 
An. hew. -7. I IO. 
Ann, 9, 12, 13. 
Ann .-• ,86. 
Anne, 9. 

Anna, 30, 31, 41. 56, 61, 99. 
Arad, 96, 07. 

Archelaus, 28, 36. 37. 38, 56, 57. 
Arthur !•'.. 106. 109. 
Arthui t;.. no. 

Asa, 29, 30. 39, 4-1, 49, 56, ni, 101. 
Aseuath, roi. 
Augusta, 83. 

Bartholomew, 23, 38, 39, 40, 58, 61. I 
Bath iheba, 36. 
Benadicta, 6. 
Benjamin, 22, 2^,, 27, zy, 30, 40, 41, | 

42. 43. 4«, 49, 55. 57, NC, 9S.99, 1 14. 
Beriah K., 1 1 1, 
Bethia, 53, 54. 
Betsey, 39, 58, 64, 99. 
Byron, 95, 96. 


Cam! ace, qS. 

Caroline, 95. 

Caroline R., 102. 

Carrie A., 95, 96. 

Catharine. 23, 27, 29, 30, 35, ^o, 51. 

Celestina, 63. 64. 
Celine R., 1 10. 
Charles, 103. 
Charles C, S3. 
Charles E.. 106, 109. 
Charlotte, 96, 100, 102. 
Charlotte J., 93. 
Chloe, 55, 92, 9S. 
Christiana, 85. 
Christopher Y., 1 10. 
Clare. ice E., 103. 
Cleon C, 86. 
Cleora A., 97. 
Cora, 91. 
Cyrus II., 93. 


Daniel, 2^, 30, 32, 41, 42, 46, 47, 51, 

52. 55, 56. 57, 101. 
David, 27, 2.8. 23- 34, 3^>, 4°, 5°- 58, 

59, 101, 104. 
David B.. 58. 
David D., 52. 
Dean, 99. 

Deborah, 25. 39, 45. 
Deliverance, 23, 34. 
Dewiit C, 97. 
Dinah, ,2. 
Dolly, 85. 
Dorcas, 61, 92. 




Dorothy, 30, 43- 
Dulcina, ioi. 


Ebenezer, 4S, 59- 
Ebenezer B., S6. 
Edmund, 10, 20, 21, 22. 23, 24, 

3°, 33i 12. 49, 5°, 04. 99, 114, 
Edmund B., 04. 05 
Edmund C, 95, 90. 
Ednah, 24. 
Edward, 0. 13. ; 
Edward \V., S3. 
Eleanor, 6. 
Ellen, 13, 14. 
Eli, 30, H, ;8. 02. 
Eli, Jr . 01, 92,03. 
Elias, 48. 
Elijah, 30, 33, 35, 39, 42, 43, iS, 

55, 00. 92. 93, 04. 9S, 100. 

Elijah D., S4. 

Eliphalet, 54. 

Elisha, 27, 2S, 

Eliza, 98. 

Eliza <">., 9S. 

Elizabeth, o. 9. 14, 22. 26, 2S, 23, 

36, 37, 38, 39. 41. 43, 46. 47, 

5«, 53. 55. 5 6 > 58, 6o, S3. 92, 

Elizabeth C, 109. 
Emily M., 99. 
Emma H.. 103. 
Emmeline, u-,. 
Eneas 32. 
Enoch i'.. 59. 
Eno.>, 48. 
Ephraim, 26. 27, 

86, 99. 114. 
Esther, 27. 33, 4: 
Eugene, 05. 
Eunice, 29, 31, 3 

Evelyn A. , "7. 7 : 
Ezra. ;o. 

36, 37. 42. S^. 58. 99- 

Ezra S., 92. 
Ezekiel, 4 S. 


', 43. 

30, 33- 41, 49, 
44. 48, 50. 
, 39. 40 : 47. 5 6 > 

7, 92, os. 

Franklin, 95. 
Frederick 1'.. 91 . 

Gardner, 37, 57, S5. 
George, 9, 53, 1 10. 
I ieorge \V., 63. 103. 
Gideon, 27, 35, >5- 
Greene, 45, 102. 



Fanny, 96, 101. 
Florence, 1 10. 
Frances 84, 
Francis 31, 34, 45, '02. 
Francis, Jr., 45 ( 101. 
Francis P., 58. 
Frank, no. 
1 rankie, 95. 

52, 34, 35, 40, 42. 

53, 54. 55. 57- 59. 

Hannah, 28, 29, 

44. 45. 40, 51, 

60. 93, IOI. 
Harriet X., 1 10. 
Helen, 9. 
Helen C, 90, 91. 
Henry, 3, 88. S9, 95, 96, 97, 114 
Henry A., 1 13. 
Henry M., 85. 
Henry R. , 90, 91. 
Herman, 101. 
Hepzibah, 55, 100. 
Herbert. 95. 
Hiram Me. 97. 
Horace, 110. 
Horace A., 65, 78, 82. 
Huldah; 33, 46, >-■ 

Ichabod, 25, 3' 
Ida B., 103. 
Ira S., 97. ■ 
Isaac, 25, 29, ■ 
Israel, 25, 2S, 

4N 57,114. 




o_, OS. 

• 33. 36, 37, 3S, 

Jabez, 27, 35, ^4. 55. 
hcob. 19, 20. 21. 22. 2;. 27, 20. 
33,35,41.50,54,55,77.. too, 1 
Jacob, |r., 9S. 
Jacob :'.. 9S. 
James 34, 51, 97- 
Jane, yj, 4b. 53. 
Jedediah, 44, 47, 101. 
Jemima, 31, 36. 54- 60. 
leremia'u, 2;. 29, -'-5- 47- 
Jesse, 25, 31, 44- 
I Jessie, 47. 

; Joanna, 5, 20, 21, 23. S5. 
j "Toe!, '-2, 54, -'2. 63. 64, 77, 101, i 
| John, 3, 4, 8. o, 2'j, 2?. 23, 26, 
28, ?3, 34, 35, 3''- 39, 40, 44. 
50, 51, 52, 54. 55. 56, 57. &°, 
87, bg, 90. 92, 94, 98, 100, 114 
John II., 87, S3. 90, 91, 114. 




John, Jr., 53, 114. 
John M., 93. 
lohn P., 104. 
Jonathan, 26, 27. a8, 30, 33, 35. 38, 

44, 40, 50. 53, 59. 6i, 100, 103. lu4, 
1C5, 1 14- 

Joseph, 19. 20, 21, 22. 23. 25, 20. 27. 
-S, 30, 31, ?2, 36. 33. 41. 43. 47, 

45, 49, 5". 53, 59, 77, too, ioS, 1 14. 
Joseph E., 97. 

Joshua, 27, 35, 40, 45' 54, 65, 102, 103. 

[oshua C, 102, 10^. 

Josiah, 33, 40. 46, 51. S4, 85, 97, 114, 

Josiah 1 ., 102. 

Judith, 30. 

Julia A., no, 77. 

Kaie, $<j t 95. 
Katharine, 9, 13, 14. 
Ke::ia. 51. 
Kezian, 25. 

Laura, 90, 9$, 102. 
Laura M., 87. 
Lemuel, 57, 5S. 
Leonard, 9, 14- S4, 85, 114. * 
Letitia, 93. 
Levi, 54. 
Levi 1'., 103. 
Levis YV\. 65, 76, 77. 7 s 
Lewi-; \V.. Jr., 70, bo. 
Lois, 3,3, 39. 4S. 
Lucinda, 96, 97. 
Lncretia, 49. 
Lucretia C., S7. 

Lucy, 29. 40. 44, 47, 51, 5'<- 101. 
LucyB., 86. 
I " y M., 83, 102. 
Luke, 59. 
Luther. 43. 

I ydia, 29. 34,41, 45, 47- 43, 49. ■ 
56, 57, 94, 101. 

Mandelbert, no. 
M"i ia, 99. 

Marcus M., 65, 66. 78, 85. 
Margaret, 27, 36. 
-Margaret I.., 84. 
Margery, o, 13. 
Maria I.., 97. 102. 
Martha, 23, 2S, 50. 94. 
Martha G., 93. 

Mary, 9, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22,2;, 2;,' 
26, 2b, 29, 32, 33- 35, 37, 30, 40J 

41, 44. 4G, 47, 48, 52, 54, 56, 58, 
oH, 60, 61, 86, 92, 98, 90. 100, 104. 

Mary A., 92, 95, 97. 

Mary C, 03. \ Mary I... S4. 97. 

Mary 1)., S4. '( Mary M.. S5. 

Mehitable, 33, 36, 40. 55, S5. 

Melinda, 99. 

Mercy. 24, 25, 38, 39, 43. to. 

Merriam, 4S. 

Mertia A., 96. 

Milly, 40. 

Minerva. 93. 

Minnie 1A, 95, 96. 

Miriam, 41, 4S, 99. 

Moody, 100. 

Moses, 33, 37, 44. 48, 54, 55, 56, 57, 
5S, 61, 100, 101, 

Moses I)., 65, 78. 

Nahum, 99. 
Nancy S., 97. 
Naomi, 49. 

Nathan, 25, 30,40, 43, 54, 86, 100, 1 14. 
Nathaniel, 25, 31, 4!. 97- 
Nehemiah, 29, 40. 4;. 
Nelson, 93, no. 

Nelson P., 63, 65, 66, 77, 7 s - 1 <4- 
Noah. 46. 

Oka, 85. 
Oliver, 56, 61. 
Oliver \\\, 64. 
Orinda, 99. 
Orr Noble, 86. 


Pamelia, 83. 

Paul. 33 . 

Perley, 52. 

Peter, 9, 10, 12, 44, 61, 82, 1 00, 101, 

Phebe, 23, 28, 30. 31. 34, 35, 39, 45, 

45, 54- 100, 102, 103 

Phiii|>, 26, 32. 
Phineas, 52. 
Pliny C, 99. 
Piiny F., 103. 
Polly, 83, 94, 97. 
Priscilla, 34. 
Prudence, 9, 14, 31, 50. 


Rachel, 34, 43, 97. 

Rebecca, 20, 21. 22, 26, y :; 13, 45, 




Rebecca li., 86. 
Rejoice F., 64, 
Reuben, 40, 53, 
Rhoda, 4.3. 
Richard, 9, 12. 
Richard Is.., 51. 
Robert, 40, 40. 
Rogene, 95. 
Rosa, 91. 
Rosalba M., $7 
Rufus, ~,2. 
Rufus K.. in. 
Ruth, 23, 27, 3 

^4, 83, 84, 07. 100 
Ruth A., 85. 



14. 24, 28, 29, 47, 4J 

j, 77, 11 
51, 54. 

36, 41, 42. 44, 47. 

Simon, 33. 34, 52, 5, 

Simeon, 43 99. '°0. 

Solomon, 30. 42. 44 

Solomon 1'., 102, 103. 

Solon. 86. 

Sophia. 00. 

Sophronia, 102. 

Stephen, 27, 40. 47. 09, 1 ■ 

Susan, 47, 59, 100. 

Susan F... 65, 98. 

Susan M., 95. 

Susanna, 20. 2;. 2", 30. "2 

36.37,41 49.5^54,55^' 
S4, So, 114. 
Sylvanus, 50. 

05. 7; 

Sabina, 93. 

Salem, 49, 50, 83, 84, 02, 110, 114, 

Salem, Jr., S3. 

Salem A., S5. 

Salem P., 1 10. : 14. 

Samaria, 99. 

Samuel, 22. 2;. 26, 27. 20. o'J, 34, 

35. 16, 47/53, 55- 5 f >, 5 s - 1C °- 
Samuel G.. 5.7. 

Sarah, 20, 21, 22. 23, 24, 2S, 29, 31, 

36, 38, 39, 40, 41, 43. 45. 47. 4S, 

49. si, 52, 53, 54, 56, 57. 58,59, 

60, 61 82, So. S7, 02, 99. 100. 
Sarah A., 93, 102. 
Sarah K., 1 13. 
Sarah M., 93, 102. 
Sarah R., S7. 
Sarah S., 84. 
Semanlha S., 65, 7& 
Semira M., 65. 78. 
Semira P., 64. 
Sherebiah, 51. 
Silas, 33, 49, 5°> 9<3. 

Tamar, 33. 51. 

Thankful, 00. 

Thoma>, 6, 6. 22. 23, 24, 29. 31, 33, 

34. 37- 3 8 . 4?. 47- 4". S l * ?-• 55, 

58, 96, 97- 

Thomas M., 97. 
Timothy. 4S. 
Tryphena M., 97. 


Wilder, 43. 

William, 4, 5. 6, 7, 8. 9. '-• ' -i- '6, 
iS, 20, 21, 22. 23, 25, - ,) - 59i 47, 
4 9. 5°, 57. 60, 69, 77- S2. <»;. 101, 
109, 114. 

William B.,3, 5, 12, IS. 10;. 104,105. 

William E., 87. 

William 11., S5, io;. 109 

William M., 84, IM 

Younglove, 9S. 





Abbott, 37, 43, 44, 46, 56, 101. 
Adams, 56. 
Alien, 26, 32. 
Armestone, 9, 13. 
Averill, 38, 56, 58. 
Aver, 65, 66. 

Bailey, 1 7, 58. 
Balch, 55. 
Ball, 35, 54. 
Ballard, 51. 
Bancroft, 57, 85. 
Banks, r ,5. 
Barber, 26, 62. 
Barrett, 56. 
Barry, 26. 
Bartholomew, 20, 
Bellow.-., 60. 
Beverly, 30,41 
Bickford, 47. 
Bid> ell, HO. 
Bixby, 21, 2S, 
Blackslone, 7. 
Blanchard, 38, 
Blessing, 4, 5. 
Blomefield, 15. 
Blood, 34, 51. 
Boardman, 102. 
Bond, 42. 
Bouton, 107. 
Bowles, 17. 
Boyden, ^2. 
Boynton, 109, 
Bracton, 7. 

Hra gc;. 30, 4'- 

Brampton, 6. 
Brattle, 12. 
Breck, 88. 
Brewer, 33. 
Bridges, 21. 
l J .nd._r tV vater, 67 
Briggs, 17. 


3&, 5?- 

59, 104. 
16, 18, 109. 

Brooks, 102. 103. 
Brown, 35, 55, 98. 
Browning, 20, 21. 
Bullock, 19. 
Burt. 42, 99. 
Burton, 38, 5S. 
Butler, 35, 52, 54. 

Campbell, 33, 50, (>2. 

Canute. 15. 

Carr, 17. 

Case, 2^, 27, in. 

Cass, 63. 

Cerdick, 15. 

Cenrick, 15. 

Chadwick, 4;,* 102. 

Chamberlain, 102. 

Champion, 17. 

Chandler. 44, 86. 

Chopman. 14. 

Childs, 64. 

Clark, 17, 29, 30, 50, 1)4. 

Clement. 44. 61. 

Clemmons, 93. 

Cloves, 2 1 . 

Cobb, 17. 

Coburn, 51. 

Cole. 47. 100. 

Coles, 93. 

Coleman, 49. 

Colman, 97. 

Collins, 17, ^4. 

Comegys, 93. 

Comer, 50. S3. 

Cook, 18, 63. 82. 

Cooper, 11, 65, 76, 80, 92. 

Corey, 48. 

Crediford, 31. 

Cropsev, 88. 

Crosby', 1C6. 

Crowell, 56. 

Cummings, 36, 38, 56, 58. 

Curtis, 30, 33. 


Cutler, IOI. 
Culling, 41. 91. 


Daggett. 52. 

Dana, 34, 52. 

Danforth, 9. 

Darrah, 87, 90. 

Dawson, 17. 

Dean, 4. 28, 38. 

Derby, 07. 

Dodge, 39, 40, 61. 

Dor man, 32, 47. 

Dresser, 63, 65, 77, 84. 

Dutton. 42. 40. 96. 

Dwinnell, 27,35, 36, 45, 56. 

Edward the Confessor, 15. 
Edwards, 17. 
Elden, 46. 
Ellis, 17, 103. 
Emmons, 35, 53. 
Emorv. j.;. 
Esty, 19, '20, 21, 25, 29. 

Fairfield, 4<). I 12. 
Fargo, ^)\, 96. 
Farnum, 30. 
Faulkner, 60. 
Fen ill, 93. 
Fessenden, 12. 
Fisher, 49, 93. 
Fiske, 17. 54. 
hitch. 42. 99, 107. 
Fitts, 82.' ' 

Fit/, 25. 28, 29, 39. 51. 
Flagg, 43. 
Fletcher. 36, 58. 
Foote, 24. 
Fi 1 ster, 17. 

Foster, 28, 35, 37, -1:). 60. 
Fowler, 17, 35. 53. 
Francis, 17. 
French, 22, 2^. 40. 07. 
Fuller, 17. 


dale, 49. 
Galtra, 76, 80. 
Gardner, 28, 36. 
Garrison, 107. 
Giles, 17. 
Oilman, 58. 
Goddaid, 17. 
Code, 9. 

Goodale, 56. 
Goodwin, 24. 

Gould, 19, 27, 30, 35. 41, 44- +6, 51, 


Grant, 39. 
Cray, 17, 37, 
Green, 44. 
Griffeth, 64. 
Grimes, 55- 



Hale, 35, \6, 53, 100. 
Hallowell, 36. 
Hammond, 72, 73. 
Hancock. 12, 
Harding. 41. 
Harold, lb. 
Harris, 52, 56. 
Hart, 17, 1 10. 
Hartwell, 54. 
Harwood, 63, 64. 
Ha.-ting.-, ir. 112. 
Haven, 26, 32, 33. 
Hazletine, 42. 
Henry I\ ., 6. 
Henry VI., 6. 
Herbert, 10. 17. 
Hill, 51, 84. 103, 109. 
Hilligos, 93. 
Hitchcock, 41, 71, 98. 
Hobbs, 20, }2. 
Holbrook, 19. 
Holmes, 04, 05. 
Holt, 56.' 
Hopkins, 37, 57. 
Hotchkiss, 94. 
Hovey, 34, 50. 
Howard, 11, 18, 10, 58. 
Hoyt, 59, 104, 105, 106. 
Hubbard, 4, 24. 
lluiikins, 27, 34. 
Huntington, S9. 
Huston, 45, 101. 

Ira, 9 j 



Jackson, 94. 
Jenkins, 54. 
Jenks, 43, 91. 
Johnson, 17, 39, 56. 


Kane, 54. 

Keily, 52. 
j Kemp, 17. 
I Kenney, 25, 49. 



King, 40. no. 
king (Philip), 21, 
Kinney. 04. 
Kingsley, 50. 
Kirkwood, m. 
Knight, 22, 25, 5 

Lamb, 27, 34, S3. 
Lane. 42, 98. 
Lawrence. I 7. ~ 
Lawson, 54. 
Lee. 17. " 
i^ewis, S5. 
l.euknnr, 5. 
Lock, 33. 4 S. 49- 
Lord, 47, too. 
I.othrop, 23. 
Lovejoy, 56. 
Lowe, 17. 
Luce, 50. 94. 
Luetze, 89. 
Lund, 58, 
Lyon, 59. 

Mackey, ill. 

Mansfield, 65, 75, 
Manship, 15. 
Marcy. 64. 
Marsh, 65, 78. 
Marshall, 17. 
Mar-ton. 17. 
Martin, 93. 
Marsie. 102. 
Mason, 17. 
Mayo. 50, S3. 
McClary, 106. 
McCloud, 97. 
l McColly, 58. 
Mclntyre, jO. 
Mc Ken-try, 32. 
McMasters, 94. 
Mead, 79. 
KMellen, 27, S4. 85. 
Merrick, 89. 
Merrick ec Agnew, 88. 
Merrick cc Towne, So. 90. 
Miller, 32, 4 S, 47. 65. 
Mitchell, 11. 
Morgan, 1 10. 

Mc ire, 17. 2$. 34. 38, 48, 50. S3, 
Morri-, 40. 

Morris, ]. P. ec Co., 90. 
Morris, J. P., Towne & Co., 90. 
Murray, 91. 

Nason, 47. 
Nettleton, 79. 
Newell. 65. 
Nichols, 17, 23. 
Nourse, 20, 21, 
Norman, 20. 

Oliver, 92. S3. 
Ordway, 39. 
Orne, 20. 
Oxman, 9, 13. 

Paine, 10. 18. 
Palmer, 15. 

Parker. 14. 
Parkhurst, 53. 
Parkin, 15. 
Patch, 102. 
Patchen, 50. 
Patten. 47. •- 
Paul, 00. 
Peabody, 2 
Pearce, 17. 
Pearson, 17. 
Pepper, 11. 31. 
Perkins 19, 20 


i7. 1". h >- 


43. 54. 5<»- 

:i, 23,^0, 3°. 3-> 41 

Perley, 22. 

Pen-in. 53. 
Perry, 55. 
Pettis, 84. 85. 
Pierce, 45. 
Pike, 54, 52, 63. 
Phillip. 9, 13, 33 
Plummer, 17. 
Poole, 30. 43. 
Pope, 63, 04. 
Porter. 36, 44 
Powers, 35. 
Pratt, 33, 34. 
Prentiss, 12. 
i Pritchard, 22. 
Prouty, 55. 
Prowett, 9. 
Putnam, 39, ■ 




Rae, 23. 2.S. 
Rand, i5, 102. 
Read, 17. 
Reed. 17. J3, 48. 
Reitler, 33. 
Requa, no. 
Reynolds, 5°- 
Rhode-, 27, 36. 
Rice, 40, 6r. 


Rich, 33, 51. 
Richardson, 60. 
Robbins, 64. 

Robinson, 82, 84, S6, 87. ^ s - 

Kobe. 56. 

Rollins, joo. 

Root, 49. 

Roper, 19. 

Rosebrook, 64, 

Rugg, a, 101. 

Russell, 44, 54, 102. 
Rymer, S. 

Sabin, 50, 94. 95. 

SatTord. 1 1$. 

Sawyer, 103. 

Scott, 94. 

Sco\i:le. 65. 

Seaman, 17. 

Sessions, 64, 109. 

Sheldon. 44. 100. 

Shelton, 65, 78. 

Shepard, 17. 

Shreve, 17. 

Shunnvay, 40. 

Sibley, 40. 

Simpson, it. 

Sly, 52. 

Smith, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 31, 

36, 46, 49. 92. 
Sondes, 6. 
Soulhworth, 40. 
Spencer, 42, 99. 
Sprow ic. 92. 
Spurr. 83. 84. 
Squires. 6 }. 
Stackpole, 51. 

Sianle'y. 23, 27, 28, 34. 35, 5:,. 
Mart, 42. 
Stebbins, 33, 48. 
Stephenson, 67. 63. 
Sterling, 4'... 
Stile-. 23, 44. 

St. Nich'jh-, l6, 17. 

Stoc < 1. 39, 59. 
.'*, 39, «;m. 

Stoler, 64. 
Stone, 9, £0. 
Sully, 89. 
Swinden, 15. 

Symonds, 17, 21, 22. 43. 99. 

Talmadge, 49. 
Taylor, 3S. 
Tevis, 87. 

Thayer, SS. 
Thomas, 35. 45. 53. 
Thompson, 1 7. 39, 
Thornton, 17. 
Trask, ico. 
Trumbull, 61. 
Twiss, 50. 



Victoria. 7. 
Vinton, 112. 

Wadleigh, 109. 
Waite, ^9. 60. 

Wakefield, ;z. H. 
Wales, 17. 
Walton, 9, 13. 
Ware. S4. 
Warland, 12. 
Warner, 49. 
Watson, 50. 
Water?. 112. 
Watton, 6. 
Wellman, 55. 
Wesson, 60. 
West, 107. 
Wheeler, 82. 
Wheelock, 83. 

Whipple, 53. 

Whitcomb, 43. 

White, 49, 91. 92. 

Whiting, 59. 

Whitten, 411, 47. 

Wilbur, 1 1. 

Wild, 83. 

Wilder, 94. 

Wildes, 29, 30. 

Wilkin<, 22. 

Willard, 22, 25, 52, 53, 63, 107. 

William the Conqueror, 16. 

William Rufus, 10. 

Wilson, 17, 3;. 

Wright, 17, 55-65.