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Henry Townsend, Sr.

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk, England
Death: March 30, 1697 (67-75)
Oyster Bay, Queens County, Province of New York
Place of Burial: Oyster Bay, Queens, New York City, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Townsend and Mary Margaret Townsend
Husband of Anne Townsend
Father of Elizabeth Townsend; John "Mill John" Townsend; Henry Townsend, Jr.; Mary Wright (Townsend); Rose Dickison and 2 others
Brother of John Townsend; Amy Townsend; Mary Townsend; Richard Townsend; Thomas Townsend and 15 others

Managed by: James Duane Pell Bishop III
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About Henry Townsend, Sr.

Courtesy of Jan Mason:

Biography Disagreement exists surrounding the facts of Henry Townsend's place of birth and his parentage. The work Ancestral Heads of New England Familie from 1923 suggests that Henry Townsend was the son of Thomas Townsend (1594-1677) and Mary Newgate (1595-1692). These facts are disputed by findings of the "Townsend Surname DNA Project," conducted by the Townsend Society of America, a well-respected member organization composed of members with Townsend lineage. Henry Townsend (Norwich) These findings suggest that Henry Townsend was not the son of Thomas Townsend and Mary Newgate and that these families have "completely different DNA" according to Townsend Society sources.Naturally this raises questions surrounding date of birth of Henry Townsend, and to the date that he and his two brothers Richard and John emigrated to the colonies.

The work "A Memorial of John, Henry, and Richard Townsend, and Their Descendants" published in 1865 is cited for more information on the topic. While some disagreement exists surrounding origins, general agreement exists around other aspects of Henry Townsend's biography.


History and Genealogy of the Cock, Cocks, Cox Family: Descended from James and Sarah Cock, of Killingworth Upon Matinecock, in the Township of Oyster Bay, Long Island, N.Y.

By George William Cocks, John Cox, Compiled by George William Cocks, Published by privately printed, 1914

HENRY TOWNSEND, (prob.) son of Robert, was admitted as Townsman at Oyster Bay, Nov. 4, 1661. His first Home lot thereat was on the north side of the main street, adjoining on the east to the Home lot of Henry Disbrow, later in possession of James (1) Cock. In 1683 he had laid out to him a lot of six acres upon east side of Mill Hill upon which he built, and then gave the first homestead to his son Henry.

In 1661 he was granted я certain mill stream and adjacent lands on which to build a mill, like unto the one at Norwalk on the Main, for the maintenance of which, he and his successors were to be free of all rates and taxes (on said land and stream) forever. In 1668 he gave the three-fourths of the mill, etc.. to his sons Henry and John and the remainder to his dau. Rose, wife of Joseph Dickinson, who sold it to her brothers, reserving one-fourth of the toll. Henry also gave land to his three daughters. He held sundry Town offices; assisted the widows of his brothers John and Henry in the management of their estates; was one of the overseers of the will of Capt. John Underbill, charged to see that the children be not wronged If his widow should marry again. He died between Feb. 6 and Mar. 30, 1695, and was buried on Mill Hill, where a rough stone, marked "H. T." shows his grave. He m. Providence. R. I., about 1653,

Ann Coles, b. Roxbury about 1635; d. Oyster Bay after 1695; dau. of Robert and Mary (Hawxhurs Coles, of R. I.

Issue, order uncertain :

  • 1. I Henry, b. — ; m. Deborah Underbill.
  • 2. II John. b. : m. 1st, Johanna ; m. 2d. Esther Smith.
  • 3. III Rose. b. ; m. Joseph Dickinson.
  • 4. IV Mary, b. ; .m. John Wright.
  • 5. V Susannah, b. ; m. Aaron Forman, Jr.
  • 6. VI Elizabeth, b. ; d. unm. 16/7 mo. (Sept.) 168O.
  • 7. VII Robert, b. 4.3.1667 ; d. unm. 1687.



It is believed that the first meetings of this body of believers were held in private houses at as early a date as 1648, although no regular organized body existed until 1660. From the erection of the old Bowne house, in 166?, to 1695 the meetings were held there and on the adjoining grounds when, as was sometimes the case, the crowds were too great to gain admittance to the house. Perhaps the most prominent members were the Townsend brothers, Henry and John, who removed to Newtown and Oyster Bay within a few years, where they still witnessed for the faith; the Hicks family; John Lawrence, who became a convert through the influence of his wife; John Bowne, whose exile to Holland we have already related; his wife, who became a well known and powerful preacher; the Cornells, Farringtons, Hugh Cowperthwaite, Matthew Franklin, and, in latter days, the Parsons, Roe, Cocks, and Titus families.

Birth: unknown Death: 1695

Brother of John and Richard Townsend

Must have settled in Oyster Bay before Sept 16, 1661 as the Grist Mill bears that date. He held the office of Town Clerk, and made many surveys. He assisted his sister-in-laws, wives of John and Richard, in settlement of their husband's estates.

Married Anne Coles, daughter of Robert Coles Children: -Henry -John -Rose -Susannah -Mary -Elizabeth -Robert

He died between Feb 6 and March 30th, 1695, when he must have been a very old man. "He is buried in Mill Hill, where a rough stone marked "H.T." marks his grave".(page 83)

(Source: a Memorial of John Henry and Richard Townsend and their descendants, W A Townsend, Publisher, 1865, Chapter IX, pages 80-84

Family links:

 Ann Coles Townsend (1635 - 1695)*

 Mary Townsend (1668 - 1695)*
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Burial: Townsend Cemetery Mill Neck Nassau County New York, USA

Created by: K Perry Record added: Oct 29, 2012 Find A Grave Memorial# 99828399


U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about Henry Townsend

Name: Henry Townsend

Year: 1643

Place: Lynn, Massachusetts

Family Members: Brother Henry; Brother Richard

Source Publication Code: 9448

Primary Immigrant: Townsend, John

Annotation: In the years from 1925 to 1942, Frederick A. Virkus edited seven volumes with the title, The Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy, published in Chicago by the Institute of American Genealogy. Each volume has a section in the main body of the work, co

Source Bibliography: VIRKUS, FREDERICK A., editor. Immigrant Ancestors: A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1964. 75p. Repr. 1986.

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Henry Townsend, Sr.'s Timeline

Norwich, Norfolk, England
Age 20
<Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts>
Age 23
Oyster Bay, New York
Age 23
Jamaica, Queens, NY
Age 24
Age 26
Age 36
Oyster Bay, NY, USA
June 3, 1667
Age 41
March 30, 1697
Age 71
Oyster Bay, Queens County, Province of New York