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William Towne

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
Death: Died in Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Pine Hill Cemetery, MA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Towne, I and Elizabeth Towne
Husband of Joanna Towne and Joanna Towne
Father of Susanna Hayward; Rebecca Nurse; John Towne; Susanna Towne; Edmund Towne and 4 others
Brother of Arthur Towne and John Towne

Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Jocelynn Elaine Oakes
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About William Towne

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

http://www.moonsmusings.com/genealogy/towne.html

http://www.angelfire.com/mi4/polcrt/Towne.html

(3)William Towne was born circa 1598, as the son of John Towne and Elizabeth Clarke of Yarmouth, Norfolk County, England.

He was baptized in the St. Nicholas Parish Church, Great Yarmouth, England, on March 18, 1568/9.

William Towne married JOANNA BLESSING on March 25, 1620, in St. Nicholas Church, Great Yarmouth, England, and William died in 1673 in Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts.

In 1640, William Towne and his family emigrated to New England. William Towne was a freeman on April 18, 1637.

Joanna was the daughter of John Blessing (b. 1549) of Somerlayton, Suffolk County, England, and Joanne Preiste (b. 1553)

When Joanne [nee Blessing] Towne (b. 1594) came to the colonies her sister, Alice [nee Blessing] Firmage (b. 1577), and her brother-in-law, Robert Buffam, husband of her late sister, Margaret [nee Blessing] (b. 1580) (deceased) came too. Joanne Blessing was known as "Mother Goose." This was a misleading name, since it was her sister, Juliana [nee Blessing] (b. 1571) who married Thomas Goose. Juliana was the eldest daughter. William Blessing was their brother (b. 1575).

THE CHILDREN OF WILLIAM TOWNE

1) Rebecca Towne was baptized on February 21, 1621, in Great Yarmouth, England. Rebecca married Frances Nurse, a tray maker, on August 24, 1644. Rebecca was hanged for witchcraft on June 19, 1692, [at age 61] in Salem, MA.

2) John Towne was baptized February 16, 1622 in Great Yarmouth, England. He was listed as an apprentice in England at age 13. John married Phebe Lawson, and he died in 1672 [at age 49].

3) Suzanna Towne was born October 20, 1625 in Great Yarmouth, England. Suzanna was baptized on October 26, 1625. Suzanna was named after her aunt. Suzanna died in July 29, 1672 [at age 47]. Suzanna was spared her sister's anquish and pain. She was not targeted as a witch.

4) Edmund Towne was born on June 22, 1628 and was baptized on July 28, 1628, in Great Yarmouth. Edmund apprenticed to Henry Skerry of Great Yarmouth. He sailed on either the Rose of Great Yarmouth, or the Henry and Dorothy of Ipswich. Both ships were commanded by William Andrews and his son, William. Skerry and his family settled in Salem, MA. Edmund married Mary Browning in 1652 [at age 24]. Their children were:

..... Abigail Towne married Thomas Perley

..... Samuel Towne married Elizabeth Knight [her line goes to U.S. President Calvin Coolidge]

.....Elizabeth Towne married (2) Elisha Perkins (1654-1791) of Topsfield in 1715.

5) Jacob Towne was baptized on March 11, 1632. Jacob married Catherine Symonds, daughter of Samuel Symonds (1693-1772) and Elizabeth Andrews, on June 26, 1657. He died November 22, 1704, in Topsfield, MA. [at age 72]. Their son:

..... John Towne married Mary Smith.

.....Katherine Towne (1662-1714) married Elisha Perkins in 1680.

6) Mary Towne was baptized August 24, 1634. He married Isaac Estey/Eastie. Mary was hanged on September 22, 1692, during the Salem witch trials [at age 58]. Their son was:

..... Isaac Estey, Jr. married Abigail Kimball.

7) Sarah Towne - born circa 1642, in Salem, MA. He married (1) Edmund Bridges (2) Peter Cloyes. Sarah Cloyes was accused of witchcraft, in 1692 [at age 53], and put into prison, and later released. She pressed charges for her unlawful arrest and the killing of her sisters. She received three gold sovereigns for each of them. The movie, Three Sovereigns For Sister Sarah is about this event. Her daughter was:

..... Hepzibah Cloyce, married Ebenezer Harrington.

8) Joseph Towne - born on September 3, 1639, in Salem, MA. Joseph married Phebe Perkins in 1665. Their children were:

..... Joseph Towne, Jr. married Margaret Case.

..... Susanna Towne married John Cummings

..... Martha Towne married Isaac Larrabee.

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Excerpt from "Essex Institute Historical Collections",

Volume 118 1982, page 203-- ...This article presents a small-scale pilot study of one seventeenth-century Massachusetts family in order to illustrate the feasibility and value of investigations which focus on kin networks and use genealogical material as a data base. The family chosen for the pilot study was that established in America by William Towne, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts, in the early seventeenth century. Very little is known about the ancestry of William Towne, or about his reasons for coming to New England, but it is believed that he was the son of Richard and Ann Towne of Lincoln County in England, and it has been established that he was married to Joanna Blessing in the Church of St. Nicholas at Yarmouth, Norfolk County, in 1620...

William Towne recieved a land grant in Salem, Massachutess in 1640 and lived there until 1652 when he moved to Topsfield, Massachusetts where he died in 1672. His wife died about 1682. Two of their children were daughters Mary (Towne) Estey and Rebecca (Towne) Nourse. During the Salem witch hunts, Rebecca and Mary were jailed. Rebecca was found guilty and executed. Later Mary was arrested the 2nd time, tried, found guilty and executed. She entered a long petition to the judge in which she begged not for her own life which she knew must be in vain but that no more innocent blood be shed.

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Estate of William Towne of Topsfield

Essex probate Docket #27923

Source: Ipswich Deeds, Vol 4, p515

Salem Quarterly Court Records 5:66

Petition for settlement of a small estate left the undersigned by their father; who died ten years ago leaving no will, but left his estate in the hands of their mother who was appointed administratrix and the estate remained unsettled until her death and now they desire that the following division may be allowed: the land to be divided equally to his three sons, Edmund, Jacob and Joseph and the moveables equally to the three daughters, Rebecka, Mary, and Sarah: also the three borthers to pay all debts now due and what charges shall after arise in settlement of the estate to be equally borne by all six. Adted Jan 17th, 1682.

signed by Mary (her mark) Towne relict of Edmond

Jacob Towne

Josep (his mark) Towne

Francis (his Mark) Nurs with the consent of Rebeha

Mary (her mark) Esly, formerly Mary Townes

Sarah (her mark) Bridges

Witnessd

John How

John Pritchet

Allowed by the court at Ipswich April 10,1683

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Descendents of William Towne:

http://www.moonsmusings.com/genealogy/towne.html

The Townes had come to Salem in 1652.

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William Towne was born circa 1598, as the son of John Towne and Elizabeth Clarke of Yarmouth, Norfolk County, England. He was baptized in the St. Nicholas Parish Church, Great Yarmouth, England, on March 18, 1568/9. William Towne married JOANNA BLESSING on March 25, 1620, in St. Nicholas Church, Great Yarmouth, England, and William died in 1673 in Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts. In 1640, William Towne and his family emigrated to New England. William Towne was a freeman on April 18, 1637. Joanna was the daughter of John Blessing (b. 1549) of Somerlayton, Suffolk County, England, and Joanne Preiste (b. 1553)

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According to Savage, Vol 4, Pp 317-18:

TOWNE,

WILLIAM, Salem, had m. at Yarmouth, Co. Norfolk, 25 March 1620 or 1, Joana Blessing, and prob. came over the water, 1635, tho. in what ship is not seen; in Dec. 1640, he had gr. of ld. at S. but Felt spells the name Townde. He rem. to Topsfield a. 1651; and his ch. bapt. a Y. were Rebecca, Feb. 1622; John, Feb. 1624; Susanna, Oct. 1625; Edmund, June 1628; Jacob, Mar. 1633; Mary, 24 Aug. 1634; and at Salem, Sarah; and Joseph, b. 1639; and d. 1672, leav. all these ch. exc. John and Susanna. Farmer in MS. makes him the freem. of 1637, in wh. I do not concur. His wid. liv. a. ten yrs. Rebecca m. Francis Nurse, had eight ch. and was execut. for a witch, 19 July 1692, to wh. her deafness was the chief inducem. Mary m. Isaac Esty, had to ds. and was tr. on 9th execut. 22 Sept. 1692, under the same sad infatuat. She was the heroic woman, that in our day gives dignity to the cause, as set forth in Chandler's Crim. Trials. Sarah m. 11 Jan. 1660, Edmund Bridge or Bridges, had five ch. and next m. Peter Cloyes, had two or three more, and was a gr. sufferer in the witchr. proceed. barely escap. with life. -------------------- William Towne was born circa 1598, as the son of John Towne and Elizabeth Clarke of Yarmouth, Norfolk County, England. He was baptized in the St. Nicholas Parish Church, Great Yarmouth, England, on March 18, 1568/9. William Towne married JOANNA BLESSING on March 25, 1620, in St. Nicholas Church, Great Yarmouth, England, and William died in 1673 in Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts. In 1640, William Towne and his family emigrated to New England. William Towne was a freeman on April 18, 1637. Joanna was the daughter of John Blessing (b. 1549) of Somerlayton, Suffolk County, England, and Joanne Preiste (b. 1553)

THE CHILDREN OF WILLIAM TOWNE

1) Rebecca Towne was baptized on February 21, 1621, in Great Yarmouth, England. Rebecca married Frances Nurse, a tray maker, on August 24, 1644. Rebecca was hanged for witchcraft on June 19, 1692, [at age 61] in Salem, MA.

2) John Towne was baptized February 16, 1622 in Great Yarmouth, England. He was listed as an apprentice in England at age 13. John married Phebe Lawson, and he died in 1672 [at age 49].

3) Suzanna Towne was born October 20, 1625 in Great Yarmouth, England. Suzanna was baptized on October 26, 1625. Suzanna was named after her aunt. Suzanna died in July 29, 1672 [at age 47]. Suzanna was spared her sister's anquish and pain. She was not targeted as a witch.

4) Edmund Towne was born on June 22, 1628 and was baptized on July 28, 1628, in Great Yarmouth. Edmund apprenticed to Henry Skerry of Great Yarmouth. He sailed on either the Rose of Great Yarmouth, or the Henry and Dorothy of Ipswich. Both ships were commanded by William Andrews and his son, William. Skerry and his family settled in Salem, MA. Edmund married Mary Browning in 1652 [at age 24]. Their children were:

..... Abigail Towne married Thomas Perley

..... Samuel Towne married Elizabeth Knight [her line goes to U.S. President Calvin Coolidge]

.....Elizabeth Towne married (2) Elisha Perkins (1654-1791) of Topsfield in 1715.

5) Jacob Towne was baptized on March 11, 1632. Jacob married Catherine Symonds, daughter of Samuel Symonds (1693-1772) and Elizabeth Andrews, on June 26, 1657. He died November 22, 1704, in Topsfield, MA. [at age 72]. Their son:

..... John Towne married Mary Smith.

.....Katherine Towne (1662-1714) married Elisha Perkins in 1680.

6) Mary Towne was baptized August 24, 1634. He married Isaac Estey/Eastie. Mary was hanged on September 22, 1692, during the Salem witch trials [at age 58]. Their son was:

..... Isaac Estey, Jr. married Abigail Kimball.

7) Sarah Towne - born circa 1642, in Salem, MA. He married (1) Edmund Bridges (2) Peter Cloyes. Sarah Cloyes was accused of witchcraft, in 1692 [at age 53], and put into prison, and later released. She pressed charges for her unlawful arrest and the killing of her sisters. She received three gold sovereigns for each of them. The movie, Three Sovereigns For Sister Sarah is about this event. Her daughter was:

..... Hepzibah Cloyce, married Ebenezer Harrington.

8) Joseph Towne - born on September 3, 1639, in Salem, MA. Joseph married Phebe Perkins in 1665. Their children were:

..... Joseph Towne, Jr. married Margaret Case.

..... Susanna Towne married John Cummings

..... Martha Towne married Isaac Larrabee.

(3)Suzanna Towne (1605-1664), sister of William Towne, of Yarmouth, Norfolk County, England was born October 20, 1605, and died April 30, 1664. Suzanna married Deacon Thomas Hayward, a tailor. Thomas was born January 1, 1601 in Aylesford, Kent County, England. He died on April 15, 1686, in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

-------------------- http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~degroff/pafg235.htm#5005 -------------------- On, Nov 5, 1608, John, a gardener, apprenticed his son, William, for 14 years (the term to begin on Feb. 2, 1609) as a basketmaker.

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William Towne's Timeline

1599
March 18, 1599
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England

According to the Towne Family Memorial compiled from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Towne Manuscripts, Public and Family Records (Author Edwin Hubbard, Pub. Fergus, Chicago 1880):
http://www.archive.org/stream/townefamilymemor00hubb/#page/n38/mode...

We now come to William Towne, 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 he may have come from the County of Lincoln in England, and may have been the son of Richard and Ann Towne of Braceby.

The earliest postive information we have related to him is at Yarmouth, Norfolk County, a city of considerable maritime importance located on the East coast of England, 108 miles in a direct line northeast of London.

March 18, 1599
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
March 18, 1599
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
1603
May 21, 1603
Age 4
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
1620
March 25, 1620
Age 21
Yarmouth, St Nicholas, Norfolk, England
March 25, 1620
Age 21
Braceby, Lincolnshire, England, (Present UK)
1621
February 16, 1621
Age 21
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England

Unfortunately, birth records are not available for Rebecca Towne, only baptismal records. Her actual birth may have been one or two months before her February 21 baptism. According to descendant Margaret Odrowaz-Sypniewska, she was the eldest of six children born in England (two other siblings were recorded as being born after reaching North America):
http://www.angelfire.com/mi4/polcrt/Towne.html

February 21, 1621
Age 21
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England

Unfortunately, birth records are not available for Rebecca Towne, only baptismal records. Her actual birth may have been one or two months before this date.

(Note on the date: the baptism took place on 21 February 1620/21. In the English calendar, February 21 was the 12th month of the year, and thus was recorded by their calendar as 1620. Because this was recognized as problematic when dealing with just about every other country, all of which used January 1 as New Years Day, these were customarily "double dated," i.e., 1620/21. To prevent confusion in our computerized date system, which inflexibly maintains a change of year at January 1, the second year is used, e.g., for this case, 1621.)

1622
February 16, 1622
Age 22
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, (Present UK)
1625
October 20, 1625
Age 26
Bradwell, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom