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Edmund Towne

Birthdate:
Birthplace: St. Nicholas Par, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, Eng.
Death: Died in Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Place of Burial: Topsfield, Essex Co, Massachusettes, Colonial Usa
Immediate Family:

Son of William Towne and Joanna Towne
Husband of Phebe LAWSON and Mary Towne
Father of Abigail Peabody; Thomas Towne; Joseph Towne; Sarah Towne; William Towne and 9 others
Brother of Rebecca Nurse; John Towne; Susanna Towne; Jacob Towne; Mary Easty and 2 others

Occupation: apprenticed to Henry Skerry of Great Yarmouth
Managed by: Private User
Last Updated:

About Edmund Towne

http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/b/a/r/Tami-K-Barton/GENE4-0002.html

From SAVAGE, VOL 4 DICT FIRST SETTLERS OF NE

A Genealogical history of early New England settlers:

These books are still regarded as the authority on early New England genealogy;

Written by James Savage;

Vol. IV

He came, 1637, prob. in the Rose of Yarmouth, aged 18,

as apprent. to Henry Skerry of Salem,

m. Mary, d. of Thomas Browning,

had Thomas;

William, b. 1658;

Joseph, 1661;

Abigail;

Benjamin, 1666;

Rebecca;

Samuel, 1673;

Mary;

Sarah;

Eliz.;

and ano. d. and he d. early in 1678.

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From FTM WWW site of Tami K Barton:

Notes for EDMUND TOWNE:

238 Probate Records of Essex County

Estate of Edmond Towne of Topsfield

The intent and purpose of Edmond Towne presented by Mary his wife Conscernin his state presented to this Hounored Court now sitting Imprimis

The minde of the deceased was as is mine allsoe; and is consented too by all partys conscerned that the four sonns shall have all the Lands Equally devyed amongst them. And the rest of the estate to be Equally devyed amongst the 5: garles only Sarah the second Daughter is already marryed and hath rescieved to the vallue of twelve pounds already.

So leaveing my Cause to God, and your Honnors scarious Consideration I subscrybe myselfe mary Towne. Only provided the widow's thirds of the whole be taken out furst.

Jacob Towne deposed that Thomas Towne, eldest son of Edmund Towne, deceased, declared himself to be satisfied with an equal share with the rest of his brethren"

Sworn in court, 27: 4: 1678.

Proved by the widow, 27: 4: 1678, with the consent of all the surviving persons concerned.

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Essex County Quarterly Court Files, vol 29, leaf 30

Administration upon the estate of Edmond Towne was granted 27: 4: 1678, to Mary, the relict, who was to dispose of the estate according to the mind of the deceased, as by mutual agreement of all surviving persons concerned, which writing was allowed.

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An inventory was also presented and sworn to.

Salem Quarterly Court Records, vol. 5, leaf 117

Inventory of the estate of Sargeant Edman Towne, taken at Topsfield, May 3, 1678, by Frances Pabody and Thomas Baker:

Books, 1li.;

wearing clothes, 7li. 14s.;

linning sheetes and neckpins, 11li. 6s.;

house and landes on the north of the Riuer, 220li.;

upland and mado on the south side River, 72li.;

five oxen and seven coues, 52li.;

young Cattel,19li. 17s.;

shepe and lambes, 6li.;

two horses, 6li.;

swine, 8li.;

iron tooles, 3li.;

kittels and potes and other iron ware, 4li. 4s.;

gones, 4li. 6s.;

wheles and other lumbur, 6li. 3s.;

a cubbard and cheastes, 2li. 10s.;

bedsted and beddin, 16li. 10s.;

pillin and saddel, 2li.;

wooll and flax, 17s.;

five barrels of sider, 2li. 10s.;

woolin and linninyarne, 2li. 10s.;

home spon cloath, 7li. 10s.;

corne and porke, 4li.;

for halfe the farme which was given to Sargent Toune in Revertion by Thomas Browning; total, 453li. 12s.

Depts owing, 26li. 3s. 3d.;

by the death of one cow, 3li. 10s.

Allowed in Salem court 27: 4: 1678.

Essex County Quarterly Court Files, vol. 29, leaf 31.

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Selectman, 1673;

town constable, 1675;

tything-man, 1677;

took oath as freeman, 1664;

corpl. Topsfield mil. co., 1666;

helped form mil. guard during King Philip's War. from Fredrick A. Virkus, The Compendium of American Genealogy Vol V,(1930), 206.

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From The Ancestry of Lieut, Amos Towne 1737-1793 3.

SERGT. EDMUND3 TOWNE (William2, John1) was baptized in the church of St. Nicholas, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, June 28, 1628.

He came to New England when he was nine years old as an apprentice of Henry Skerry on the ship "Rose" which sailed from Great Yarmouth in 1637. Skerry settled in Salem.

Edmund Towne married Mary Browning, daughter of Thomas and Mary Browning, about the year 1652, when he was twenty-two and she fourteen years of age, and settled in Topsfield.

He served on the trial jury of the County Court in 1655, wasmade a commoner in 1661, sat on the grand jury in 1663 and took the oath as freeman in 1664.

He was appointed corporal of the Topsfield military company in June, 1666, and in 1675, during King Philip's War, he was one of the committee from the town which presented a petition to the General Court asking permission to form a military guard to protect the settlers at their work.

He was a selectman in 1673, town constable in 1675, and tythingman in 1677, when he is called Sergeant Towne.(*)

Sergt. Towne died in 1678. He left no will, but his widow, Mary, proved a statement covering his "Intent and purpose,"saying "The minde of the deceased was as is mine allsoe; and is consented too by all partys conscernd that the four sonns shall have all the Lands Equally devyded amongst them, And the rest of the estate to be Equally devyded amongst the 5 : garles only Sarah the second Daughter is already marryed and Hath rescieved to the vallue of twelve pounds already."

Administration was granted to Mary Towne on 27 : 4 : 1678.

The inventory, taken by Francis Peabody and Thomas Baker, lists real estate, exclusive of the Browning lands, worth œ292, books worth œ1, etc.(+)(*)

Records and Files, etc., I : 397; III : 84, 137, 336. (+)

Probate Records of Essex County, III : 238.

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Edmund Towne & Mary Browning were never married.

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With respect to the apprenticeship of Edmund Towne to Henry Skerry, the Towne Family Association has come out with the position that the Edmund associated with William Towne's family was not the apprentice listed as boarding ship with the cordwainer father of the future Salem town marshal. From a forum entry on 3 September 2007:

http://genforum.genealogy.com/towne/messages/857.html

In 2006 it was determined Edmund Towne, son of William, was not apprenticed to Henry Skerry. There is no apprenticeship found in England by a professional researcher hired by Towne Family Association. The age of the Edmund Towne who boarded the ship with Skerry was much older than William's son Edmund. The original book has been viewed to determine if the age reported in the History of Salem and other publications is correct. The age entered in the boarding book is the age published. Because there was only one Edmund Towne in Salem/Topsfield, it has been determined the Edmund who left England with Skerry must have died on the trip over.

I believe Henry Skerry was a cordwainer. Check the History of Salem, MA by Sidney Perley.

Lois Payne Hoover

Genealogist - Towne Family Association, Inc.

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Edmund Towne's Timeline

1628
June 28, 1628
St. Nicholas Par, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, Eng.
June 28, 1628
St. Nicholas, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
June 28, 1628
St. Nicholas, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
July 28, 1628
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk County, England, (Present UK)
1637
April 18, 1637
Age 8
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk County, England, (Present UK)

According to Rebecca Towne's Familypedia page (submitted by "Main Tour"):
http://familypedia.wikia.com/wiki/Rebecca_Towne_(1621-1692)

Rebecca Towne's family departed England on the ship "Rose of Yarmouth" in April 1637, and says that the exact date of the ship's departure is uncertain.
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According to "Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont"
http://books.google.cl/books?id=8Cr5seuiQ2wC&pg=PA263&lpg=P...

Fellow passenger John Cutler, emigrating from Sprowston in Norfolk, embarked on the Rose of Yarmouth on April 18, 1637. By June 10, he had a lot assigned to him in Hingham, Massachusetts Bay Colony.
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A transcription of a small parchment volume containing the passenger list for the John & Dorothy of Ispwich and The Rose of Yarmouth, 1637, was posted by Laura Freeman:
http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/ships/rose1637.shtml

The apparently partial list shows embarkations on April 8, 11, 12, and 13. The name Towne shows up on the list in one instance, with respect to the apprenticeship of an Edmund Towne to Henry Skerry:

Aprill 11th 1637
Skerry Henry Great Yarmouth, Co. of Norff. Cordwaynar 31 New England to Inhabitt.
Skerry Elizabeth wife 25 New England to Inhabitt.
Skerry Henry child New England to Inhabitt.
Towne Edmoun apprentice 18 New England to Inhabitt.

According to the Towne Family Association, this is not the same Edmund associated with William Towne's family. From a forum entry on 3 September 2007:
http://genforum.genealogy.com/towne/messages/857.html

In 2006 it was determined Edmund Towne, son of William, was not apprenticed to Henry Skerry. There is no apprenticeship found in England by a professional researcher hired by Towne Family Association. The age of the Edmund Towne who boarded the ship with Skerry was much older than William's son Edmund. The original book has been viewed to determine if the age reported in the History of Salem and other publications is correct. The age entered in the boarding book is the age published. Because there was only one Edmund Towne in Salem/Topsfield, it has been determined the Edmund who left England with Skerry must have died on the trip over.

I believe Henry Skerry was a cordwainer. Check the History of Salem, MA by Sidney Perley.

Lois Payne Hoover
Genealogist - Towne Family Association, Inc.
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Again this was the only Towne on the surviving portions of the registry; William Towne's family does not appear elsewhere in this list. The closest variation of the Towne family name seems to be Dowe (Dowe Henry Ormsby 29, and wife Joan 30, plus four children), but the match is not really all that close (William Towne would have been 39, and his wife Joan 43). It should be noted that married names for females are used in the source document (further, there are no "Blessings" in the surviving portions of the list).

The transcription shows that at least 9 pages are torn in the original:

A small parchment volume (also in the Rolls Office) labelled on the cover "T G 27.299 A. D, 1637---13 Car. I" is occupied with a record of persons"desirous to pass beyond seas." Its upper right hand corner has been destroyed, by which much of the record is gone. What is not destroyed of the title of the volume is "A Register of the ... of such persons a ... and upwards and have ... to passe into formigne partes ... March 1637 to the 29th day of Septe... by verts of a commission granted to Mr Thomas Mayhew gentleman."

" These people went to New England with William Andrews of Ipswich, Mr of the John and Dorothay of Ipswich, and with William Andrewes his Sons Mr of the Rose of Yarmouth."
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From "More Gleanings for New England History" published by the Massachusetts Historical Society:
http://books.google.cl/books?id=4G9IAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA96&lpg=PA...

Michill Metcalfe of Norwich, a dornock weaver aged 45, later wrote that the ship sailed from Yarmouth on April 15, and disembarked his family (wife Sarah and 9 children) at Boston (footnote, page 96).
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To confuse the matter further, according to R.J.O'Hara's New England Immigrant Ancestors:
http://rjohara.net/gen/immigrants/

Hotten lists the ships as having passengers examined at Ipswich, instead of Yarmouth (April 8-15, same dates as the Massachusetts Historical Society).

Reference:

Hotten, John Camden. 1874. The Original Lists of Persons of Quality; Emigrants; Religious Exiles; Political Rebels; Serving Men Sold for a Term of Years; Apprentices; Children Stolen; Maidens Pressed; and Others who went from Great Britain to the American Plantations 1600–1700. London. [Reprinted Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1974.]
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Likely, the ships departed from their respective home ports (purely speculation, as this hasn't been documented).

June 20, 1637
Age 8
Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)

Different dates are given for the arrival of the Rose of Yarmouth in Boston, ranging from June 8 to 20 (again, fellow passenger John Cutler is recorded as having a lot assigned him in Hingham, a town next to Weymouth south of Boston, on June 10). More than one port of arrival may have been used as well (Governor Winthrop's journal, according to the book "More Gleanings for New England History", notes arrival in Boston on June 20). The route of travel for the Rose and its sister ship "John and Dorothy of Ipswich" within Massachusetts Bay is unknown.

According to information from the Towne Family Memorial information pamphlet:
http://www.archive.org/stream/townefamilymemor00hubb/townefamilymem...

William Towne, Rebecca's father, became a freeman on 18 April (second month, OS) 1637, saying that he appeared before the General Court (this would have been on a Tuesday; General Courts did convene on Tuesdays once a month) and took "the requisite oath to become a freeman, or voter." This would be difficult, though, if he were aboard ship and still in English waters. Court of Assistants meetings that took place around the arrival of the ship include June 6 and September 19 (OS).

(Ben M. Angel notes: Possibly this was the date of his oath of allegiance before leaving England? If so, this would mean that the Towne family would have been among the last to board, and certainly act as proof that the ship left on April 18 rather than April 15. But this is speculation given lack of reliable documentation.)

1653
1653
Age 24
Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
1655
1655
Age 26
Abt. 1655 Salem, Essex Co., Massachusettes
1657
April 26, 1657
Age 28
June 24, 1657
Age 28