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John Townsend

Birthdate: (90)
Birthplace: Raynham Hall, Norwich, Norfolk, England, (Present UK)
Death: October 5, 1668 (86-94)
Oyster Bay, Nassau County (Long island), Province of New York, (Present USA)
Place of Burial: Oyster Bay, Nassau County (Long Island), New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Townsend and Grace Townsend
Husband of Elizabeth Townsend
Father of James Townsend; Rose Wickes; Anne Weeks; Daniel Townsend; John Townsend and 2 others

Occupation: Barrister
Managed by: James Hutchison
Last Updated:

About John Townsend

John Townsend was one TOWNSEND of the three brothers of that family who settled on the westerly end of Long Island some few years before 1643 the year Governor Kieft gave a patent for the town of Flushing to John Townsend and others. It must have been some years previous to that date for it is also learned through the petition of his widow to Governor Andros that he had before then taken up land in New York and peaceably enjoyed the same divers years.

While he dwelt on the island of Manhattan the Indians caused his family great alarm and they stood in mortal dread of what the savages might do. Hence he left the place whereon he had comfortably settled despite all the improvements he had made to his property and commenced the settlement of Flushing where his brother Henry joined him.

He belonged to the Society of Friends and consequently was at variance with the Dutch settlers. This was unfortunate for him when coming in contact with the officials of the administration not alone on account of his religious tenets but also because of his politics. Governor Peter Stuyvesant pointed to him as one of the principal persons of Flushing who resist the Dutch mode of choosing Sheriff pretending against the adopted course in the Fatherland and who refused to contribute their share to the maintenance of Christian pious reformed ministers. On account of these things John Townsend was summoned to appear at Fort Amsterdam on January 23, 1648, to explain before the Director General of the Province.

As a consequence of these troubles he removed to Warwick, Rhode Island, with his two brothers where they became members of the Provincial Assembly but in 1656 he returned to attempt once more settling at Flushing then called Rusdorp. He settled at Oyster Bay between the middle of January and September 16, 1661, the latter being the date of the mill grant and it is entered on the records that he bought his house in South street in February 1661 although the deed bears the date of October 5. (Ben M. Angel notes: 10th month would indicate December, prior to the Chesterfield Act.)

This deed being of interest to descendants and those living in the vicinity: it is here given Oyster Bay this 5th day of the 10th month 1661. Be it known unto all by these presents that I, Jonas Halstead of Oyster Bay on Long Island in America, do hereby acknowledge that I have sold and delivered all my right title and interest of all the housing and land that is here named as follows Richard Holbrook's house or houses built by him or me and house lot and two shares of meadow at Matinecock and one right of meadow at the south and twenty shares of the Great Plains that is on the east side of the footpath near the wood edge and also all the rights appurtenances and privileges that do fall to or any way belong to the aforesaid house lot within the Town bounds. I say I have sold and delivered it all in quiet possession for full satisfaction already received unto John Townsend of the said Town and place and do also hereby engage to make good the sale of the aforesaid house and lands against any person or persons that may any wise lay claim thereto and I do hereby further acknowledge that I have fully sold all the said houses and lands from me my heirs and assigns unto him his heirs and assigns forever to enjoy without molestation by me or any from me as witness my hand this day and year first above written. JONAS HALSTEAD

John Townsend died in 1668 and was probably the first person buried in the graveyard of Fort Hill. Having died intestate his widow Elizabeth divided the property among their children: John, Thomas, James, Rose, Anne, Sarah, George, and Daniel. She then attempted to reclaim the eight acres her husband had owned in Manhattan in the following petition to Governor Edmund Andros but it was not granted for thirty years had passed since they had dwelt there and had never had other title than settler's possession.

Your Honor's petitioner's husband many years last past was seized of a certain parcel of land containing eight acres by estimation lying and being at the Fresh Water Collect, New York, then called New Amsterdam, where your Honor's petitioner's husband did build and make large improvements and peaceably enjoyed the same divers years in the time of great calamity being daily alarmed by the Indians and other difficulties attending upon your Honor's petitioner's husband and afterwards got no better reward than such discouragements as caused your Honor's petitioner's husband to leave his good improvements.

However your Honor's petitioner is well contented at present hoping her husband and others by their adventures and running through many fiery trials of affliction has been in some measure instrumental to bring a chaos into goodly fields buildings and gardens and instead of your Honor's petitioner's husband reaping the fruits of their labors but on the contrary was forced to hew a small fortune out of the thick wood with his own hands for himself wife and children.

John Townsend married Elizabeth Montgomery and their children were those stated above in the settlement of the estate.

II George Townsend son of John and Elizabeth Montgomery Townsend was born after his father's removal from Manhattan to Oyster Bay Long Island which was in the year 1661 and he died in the winter of 1697. He inherited the original homestead in South street and with his brother James owned a tract of land at Norwich to which locality they gave the name. George Townsend married at Oyster Bay Long Island November 17 1684. Mary Hawxhurst daughter of one of the early settlers who also owned much land there. Children


John Townsend was born at Norwich, Norfolk County, England, and died at Oyster Bay, L.I., in 1668-9. He came with his father Thomas Townsend and his two brothers Henry and Richard, from Norwich, some years prior to 1645, to Lynn, Mass., where they were brought up. He moved to the neighborhood of New Amsterdam on Long Island, but finding the persecutions he suffered under the Puritans repeated under the Dutch Government he moved to Flushing, L.I., which was largely settled by English colonials, He there received a patent from the town of Flushing, from Governor Kieft, The Townsends were members of the Society of Friends, and were soon at variance with the Dutch authorities in New York, who demanded military service, which was against their religion. John and his brother Henry were arrested and fined for countenancing Quakers, so the three brothers left Flushing and removed to Warwick, R.I. In 1656 the three brothers returned to Jamaica, L.I., then known as Rusdorp. Here in 1657 they were accused of calling together "conventicles", and John and Henry were again arrested and held in bail in the sum of œ12, and Richard in œ100. The two brothers with their wives were found guilty of countenancing Quakers, and in consequence they moved in 1661 to Oyster bay, L.I.

John Townsend married Elizabeth (Coles) Montgomery, daughter of Robert and Mary (Hawkhurst) Coles, and widow of a Mr. Montgomery. Her will was dated May 10/1671, by which she gave each daughter œ30, and divided her husband's estate between her children,


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

JOHN (2) TOWNSEND, (prob.) son of Robert and nephew of Thomas of Lynn, to have been a member of the Boston Artillery Company 1641, must have been at least twenty-one years of age, and to have had his second son baptized at Manhattan In 1642, counting the usual two years' interval between births of children and the probability of an Intervening or preceding daughter, would suggest a marriage date prior to his emigration from England, perhaps 1630, and his birth about 1610. He died at Oyster Bay about 1668, ?aged about 60 years.

His wife, Elizabeth, as given In Savage's Gen. Diet, was dau. of Robert Coles of R. I. Thompson's Hist. L. I. repeats the error, qualifying by saying "Robert Coles was of a respectable Irish family, and an associate of the younger Winthrop In the settlement of Ipswich, Mass." Robert Coles had no dau. Elizabeth, nor is it believed that there were any of the Coles family seated In Ireland until after Robert's migration to America. In the Townsend Memorial it is stated, "his wife was Elizabeth Montgomery." Dr. Peter Townsend's mss. History states that "the widow of John Townsend In 1683 was regularly visited at her mansion in Oyster Bay by her countyman and supposed relative, the then Irish Governor of the Province of New York, Thomas Dongan."

John Townsend dying Intestate, his widow with advice of her husband'» brothers and consent of her older sons, divided the estate ; for account of which very Interesting matter see "Memorial of the Townsend Brothers," p. 87, et seq.

She d. Oyster Bay. Nov. 29, 1684, and was laid beside her husband on ground since known as "Fort Hill."

Issue, In order as given in the settlement :

  • I John. b. ; married, 1st, Susannah Harcurt ; m. 2d, Phebe .
  • II Thomas, bapt. 1642; m. 1st. Sarah Coles; m. 2d, Mary Unthank, widow of Job Almy.
  • III Elizabeth, b. : m. 1st. Gideon Wright; m. 2d, Gershom Lockwood.
  • IV James, b. ; m. 1st, Elizabeth Wright; m. 2d, Jean Reddough ; m. 3d, Delivered Pratt.
  • V Rose. b. ; m. 1st, John Wickes; m. 2d, Samuel Haydon.
  • VI Ann, b. .
  • VII Sarah, b. .
  • VIII George, b. ; m. Mary Hawxhurst.
  • IX Daniel, b. ; m. Susannah Forman.

From "A Memorial to John, Richard and Henry Townsend and their Descendants", pg. 84:

John Townsend Settled in Oyster Bay, between the middle of January and the 16th of September, 1661. As he was living in Jamaica at the first date, and his name being upon the Mill grant, he must have been admitted as a Townsman in Oyster Bay before the last. There is an entry upon the Records, that he bought his house in South street in February, 1661, but the deed, in the possession of J. C. Townsend, is dated October.

(pg. 85) John Townsend must have been quite advanced in years when he settled in Oyster Bay ; having led a most active and laborious life since his emigration, he had made three different homes in the wilderness, if not four, before he found a final resting-place.

(pg. 86-88) His wife was Elizabeth Montgomery[6]. He died in 1668, and was buried on his own place, probably the first person laid in the graveyard on Fort Hill. As he died intestate, his widow, according to a custom prevailing here, divided his estate, with the advice and consent of her older sons, and her husband's brothers.

We give this document below. The solicitude which she shows for the comfort and welfare of "the lads," as she calls her two younger sons, is very touching. (For more authentic spelling see, for example Oyster Bay Town Records.)


  • John Townsend Born 1608 Raynham Hall, Norfolk, England Died 1668 Oyster Bay, Long Island, Province of New York
  • Nationality English
  • Known for Early settler of American colonies
  • Home town Oyster Bay, Long Island
  • Religion Quaker[1]
  • Spouse Elizabeth Montgomery[2]


  • John Townsend
  • Captain Thomas Townsend
  • James Townsend
  • Rose Townsend
  • Ann Townsend
  • Sarah Townsend
  • George Townsend
  • Daniel Townsend[3]

John Townsend (ca. 1608-1668) was an early settler of the American Colonies who emigrated from England about 1630. Townsend was a signatory to the Flushing Remonstrance, a precursor to the United States Constitution's provision on freedom of religion in the Bill of Rights. Because of religious persecution under the Dutch authorities of New Amsterdam, many members of this family who were Quakers settled in Oyster Bay. There is no evidence in either Rhode Island or New York sources that John was a Quaker himself. John Townsend arrived in Oyster Bay in 1661 and it was there where he died and was buried in the Townsend Cemetery on his own land. Members of his family would go on to be distinguished leaders in the Oyster Bay community and on Long Island for centuries to follow.

Disagreement exists surrounding the facts of John Townsend's birth year, his parentage, and his arrival to America. The work Ancestral Heads of New England Families from 1923 states the following: 1) That John Townsend was the son of Thomas Townsend (1594-1677) and Mary Newgate (1595-1692); 2) He was born at Raynham Hall, Norfolk, England in 1608; and 3) His family emigrated to the colonies in 1637 when his father Thomas was granted 60 acres of land with Lord Brook and others in the Town of Lynn.[4] 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.[5] These findings suggest that John 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 John Townsend, and to the date that he and his two brothers Richard and Henry 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.[6]

While some disagreement exists surrounding origins, general agreement exists around other aspects of John Townsend's biography. John was one of the original settlers of Flushing, having been granted a patent by Gov. Keift in 1645. [7] He and his brother Henry Townsend settled there. Henry Townsend supported the Quakers which created political difficulties with the Dutch governor, Peter Stuyvesant, leading the Townsend brothers moved to Warwick, Rhode Island, where they became members of the Provincial Assembly.[8]

In 1656 Townsend and his brothers again attempted to settle in Long Island, this time obtaining the patent of Rustdorp (now Jamaica). Here too the Townsends came into conflict. John Townsend was a signer of the Flushing Remonstrance on 27 December 1657.[9] Stuyvesant rejected the petition. In the following year, 1658, Townsend moved with his brothers to Oyster Bay, which was out of the jurisdiction of the Dutch. Here he spent the remainder of his life, and died at Oyster Bay, in 1668.[8] He was buried in Fort Hill in what was to become the Townsend Cemetery in Oyster Bay, New York. A stone with marker marks this site, with the words: "This stone marks the grave of John Townsend who came from England about 1630, and settled in Oyster Bay in 1661. He died in 1668. And was buried here on his own land." Having no will prepared, his wife Elizabeth in consultation with John Townsend's surviving brothers Henry and Richard, and John and her eldest sons John and Thomas Townsend, subdivided his property among surviving heirs on 10 May 1671.[3] John Townsend's wife Elizabeth died in 1684 and is also buried at the Townsend Cemetery[10] John Townsend (Norwich) 3

Townsend Family in Oyster Bay John Townsend would have many famous descendants who would serve as influential figures in Oyster Bay and on Long Island. Numbers used below indicate generation following John Townsend (1608-1668). Thus the number one would be first generation indicating children, the number two would be grandchildren in the line of descent.

John Townsend (1645-1709) Family Line:

  • 1. John Townsend (1645-1709) was the son of John Townsend and Elizabeth Montgomery. He married Susanna Harcourt and had at least one son, James Townsend. John Townsend died in 1709 and was buried in the Townsend Cemetery.[10]
  • 2. James Townsend (1671-1729) was the son John Townsend and Susanna Harcourt. He married Audrey Almy in 1691 and had at least three children: Jacob (1692-1742), Mary (1695-1752), and Nathaniel (1698-1754).
  • 3. Jacob Townsend (1692-1742) was the son of James Townsend and Audrey Almy. He married Phebe Seaman and had at least one son, Samuel Townsend (1717-1790).
  • 4. Samuel Townsend (1717-1790) was the son of Jacob Townsend and Phebe Seaman. Samuel was a propserous merchant who dealt in a variety of goods. He owned four ships that sailed Europe, South America, and the West Indies, bringing back items including lumber, molasses, pottery, wine, fabric, dye, and rum. He is most noted perhaps for purchasing the property now known a Raynham Hall in 1738. Samuel was a merchant and a member of the Provincial Congress. He favored the Loyalists during the American Revolution. Following the colonists' defeat in 1776 at the Battle of Long Island, the British army occupied Oyster Bay until the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783. For a six-month period from 1778 to 1779 the Townsend home served as British headquarters for the Queen's Rangers led by Lt. Col. John Graves Simcoe. After the Revolution he was a member of the New York State Senate.[11] Samuel Townsend is buried at the Townsend Cemetery on Fort Hill in Oyster Bay.[10]
  • 5. Captain Solomon Townsend (1746-1811) was the son of Samuel Townsend and Sarah Stoddard.
  • 5. Samuel Townsend (1749-1773) was the son of Samuel Townsend and Sarah Stoddard.
  • 5. William Townsend (1752-1805) was the son of Samuel Townsend and Sarah Stoddard.
  • 5. Robert Townsend, a.k.a. Culper, Jr. (1753-1838) was the son of Samuel Townsend and Sarah Stoddard. He and his brother William operated a merchant shipping firm in New York City and was recruited into the American spy network sometime in 1778. Using his status as merchant as his cover, he moved about the docks of Manhattan without arousing suspicion. He would transmit messages through the Culper Spy Ring to George Washington about British troop movements, and alerting the possibility of attack. Their greatest accomplishment was warning of a British attack on the French fleet landing at Newport, Rhode Island. Washington was able to bluff the enemy into believing he would attack New York City, forcing the British to withdraw their attack force and allowing the French to disembark. Robert died in 1838 and is buried with many other of his ancestors at the Townsend Cemetery at Fort Hill in Oyster Bay.[12]
  • [10] 5. Audrey Townsend (1755-1829) was the daughter of Samuel Townsend and Sarah Stoddard.
  • 5. David Townsend (1759-1785) was the son of Samuel Townsend and Sarah Stoddard.
  • 5. Sarah (Sally) Townsend (1760-1842) was the daughter of Samuel Townsend and Sarah Stoddard. Sally is reputed to have overheard conversations between Lt. Col. John Graves Simcoe and Major John Andre and then passing the information on the patriot Culper Spy Ring via her brother Robert ("Culper Junior"). She is also reputed to have received the first Valentine in America from Lt. Col. John Graves Simcoe. Sarah Townsend died in 1842 and is buried in the Townsend Cemetery[10]
  • 5. Phebe Townsend (1763-1841) was the daughter of Samuel Townsend and Sarah Stoddard. She married Ebeneezer Seely when she was in her forties and he in his twenties. Robert and Sally Townsend subsequently lived in Raynham Hall with Phebe and Ebeneezer until their deaths. Following Phebe's death, Seely married again and had several children by his second wife.
  • John Townsend (Norwich) 4
  • 6. Solomon Townsend II (1805-1880) was the son of Solomon Townsend and grandson of Samuel Townsend. He married Helene DeKay Townsend in 1849. He later purchased Raynham Hall from his uncle, Dr. Ebeneezer Seely. He remodeled and enlarged the old colonial dwelling in the fashionable Gothic Revival style. The addition of a large rear wing doubled the size of the house. He renamed it Raynham Hall after an ancestral home in Norfolk, England. Initially, Raynham Hall served as a summer residence for Solomon and his family. By 1861, the family made Raynham Hall their permanent residence. Solomon like his father and grandfather, was a prosperous merchant and importer. he served in the state Legislature and at two State Constitutional Conventions, in addition to being President of the Oyster Bay Board of Eduaiton. By 1860 he was one of the wealthiest and most respected men in
  • Oyster Bay. Solomon Townsend died in 1880 and is buried in the Townsend Cemetery.[10] [12]
  • 7. Solomon Samuel Townsend (1850-1910) was the son of Solomon Townsend II and Helene DeKay Townsend
  • 7. Charles DeKay Townsend (1851-1922) was the son of Solomon Townsend II and Helene DeKay Townsend
  • 7. Robert Townsend (1853-1915) was the son of Solomon Townsend II and Helene DeKay Townsend
  • 7. Maurice Edward Townsend (1855-1927) was the son of Solomon Townsend II and Helene DeKay Townsend
  • 7. Edward Nicol Townsend (1857-1917) was the son of Solomon Townsend II and Helene DeKay Townsend
  • 7. Maria Fonda Townsend (1860-1908) was the daughter of Solomon Townsend II and Helene DeKay Townsend

George Townsend (1661-1697) Family Line

  • 1. George Townsend (1661-1697) was the son of John Townsend and Elizabeth Montgomery.[13] On 17 Nov 1684, he married Mary Hawxhurst (1664-?).[14] George inherited his father's homestead on South Street in Oyster Bay, and they also owned property in Norwich. They had three sons: George (1687-1762), who married Rosannah Coles;[14]
Richard (1690-1750), who married Susannah Weeks;[15] and Samuel Townsend (1692-1747), who married Sarah Cooper.[16]
  • 2. In the next generation: 1) Rosannah (Coles) and George Townsend (1687) had two children: Rosannah (1712) and William (1715);[17] 2) Susannah (Weeks) and Richard Townsend (1690) had two children: George (1713), and John;[18] and, 3) Sarah (Cooper) and Samuel Townsend had six children: Samuel (1717), Daniel, Phebe, Sarah, Joseph (1728), and Mercy (1730).[19]
  • 3) One line in following generations that of Samuel Townsend (b 1717) whose descendant Joseph Townsend married Hannah Youngs. Joseph died in 1812 and is buried at the Townsend Cemetery on Fort Hill in Oyster Bay.[10] Among Hannah and Joseph's children was Mary Ann Townsend (1803-1883), who married Daniel Underhill (1798-1886).
The Underhills had at least one daughter, Rebecca Townsend, who married John Merritt Sammis (1820-1908). A plaque in Christ Church, Oyster Bay recognizes several children of Mary (Townsend) and Daniel Underhill, including Judith Townsend Underhill (1828-1912), Mary Amelia Underhill (1835-1903), Hannah Youngs Underhill (1843-1906), and one grandson, Samuel Underhill Fleet (1851-1926).

Captain Thomas Townsend (unknown-1712) Family Line

  • 1. Captain Thomas Townsend (unknown-1712) was the son of John Townsend and Elizabeth Montgomery. He married Sarah Coles and had five children: Temperance, Sylvanus, Freelove, Sarah and John.
  • 2. Temperance Townsend
  • 2. Sylvanus Townsend
  • 2. Freelove Townsend, born 29 Dec 1674, married Major Thomas Jones.
  • 2. Sarah Townsend
  • 2. John Townsend
  • John Townsend (Norwich) 5


  • [1] As recounted in History of New York during the revolutionary war: and of the leading events (http:/ / books. google. com/ books?id=3X8FAAAAQAAJ& dq=New York During the Revolutionary War& pg=PR54#v=onepage& q=& f=false) by Thomas Jones, 1879, a direct descendant of Townsend's.
  • [2] http:/ / www. pennock. ws/ surnames/ fam/ fam13355. html
  • [3] Oyster Bay town records, Volume I (http:/ / books. google. com/ books?id=afETAAAAYAAJ& printsec=frontcover& dq=oyster+ bay+ town+ records& ei=Wf9tS8qoDaLeygSd5p2iDg& cd=1#v=onepage& q=& f=false) by John Cox, George William Cocks, 1916, p. 63.
  • [4] Ancestral Heads of New England Families, Frank R. Holmes, (Originally published: New York, 1923, Reprinted: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1001 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21202-1964, 1974, 1980, 1984, 1989, 1999, Library of Congress Catalogue Card Number 64-19755, ISBN 0-8063-0182-1), Page 241
  • [5] Townsend Surname DNA Project (http:/ / www. townsendsociety. org/ DNAProject/ TownsendDNAProject. htm), Townsend Surname DNA project
  • [6] A memorial of John, Henry, and Richard Townsend, and their descendants (1865) (http:/ / www. archive. org/ details/memorialofjohnhe00newy) Memorial of John, Henry, and Richard Townsend, and their Descendants
  • [7] American Ancestry, by Thomas Patrick Hughes, Frank Munsell (1887)
  • [8] Reynolds, Cuyler (1914). Genealogical and family history of southern New York and the Hudson River Valley (http:/ / books. google. com/ books?id=iNIUAAAAYAAJ& dq="john townsend" spencer& lr=& as_brr=1& pg=PA1108& ci=538,185,424,1076& source=bookclip">Genealogical). 3. New York, NY: Lewis Historical Publishing. pp. 1108. . Retrieved 11 June 2009.
  • [9] The Flushing Remonstrance is considered a precursor to the United States Constitution's provision on freedom of religion in the Bill of Rights.
  • [10] Historic Cemeteries of Oyster Bay (http:/ / www. oysterbaytown. com/ vertical/ Sites/ {7D6BDBFB-65E8-4A80-B369-DE0267DC78CB}/uploads/ {4BFD60D3-EA6E-44B9-8D5E-A9EA39208165}. PDF), by John Hammond, February 2007
  • [11] Silver, Roy (13 September 1958). "Museum Restored; Historic Mansion at Oyster Bay Gets Authentic 18th Century Facade" (http:/ / select. nytimes. com/ gst/ abstract. html?res=F70E17F73C551B7B93C1A81782D85F4D8585F9& scp=14& sq=solomon townsend& st=cse). New York Times. . Retrieved 23 December 2008.
  • [12] "History" (http:/ / www. raynhamhallmuseum. org/ history. asp). Raynham Hall Museum website. Friends of Raynham Hall Inc.. 2009-05-05. .
  • [13] “A Memorial of John, Henry, and Richard Townsend, and their Descendants," (1865: W. A. Townsend, Publisher, New York, NY), p 156
  • [14] “A Memorial of John, Henry, and Richard Townsend," p 156
  • [15] “A Memorial of John, Henry, and Richard Townsend," p 169
  • [16] “A Memorial of John, Henry, and Richard Townsend," p 175
  • [17] “A Memorial of John, Henry, and Richard Townsend," p 156-168
  • [18] “A Memorial of John, Henry, and Richard Townsend," p 169-175
  • [19] “A Memorial of John, Henry, and Richard Townsend," pp 175-178


John Townsend of Oyster Bay, NY died in 1668 but was probably not born until about 1610; your genealogy links him to the wrong family. John's wife was Elizabeth but her maiden name is unknown. The origins of both of them are unknown. The Townsend Society of America would very much like to confirm who his father was but so far no candidate has been found.

Henry Townsend 1558-1625 is from the Norfolk, England family with totally different YDNA. This is the Thomas Townsend of Lynn line and that is who the Thomas in the will was. Brother Robert seems to have died with no further trace and sister Elizabeth is likewise not traced.

There is no connection to the Oyster Bay Townsends.


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John Townsend's Timeline

Norwich, Norfolk, England, (Present UK)
Age 67
Age 76
Age 79
Hempstead, Long island (Present Nassau County), New Netherlands (Present New York), (Present USA)
Age 84
Age 89
Of, Hempstead, Nassau, New York
October 5, 1668
Age 90
Oyster Bay, Nassau County (Long island), Province of New York, (Present USA)
Age 90
Of, Hempstead, Nassau, New York
February 7, 1888
Age 90
February 16, 1898
Age 90