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Peter Townsend

Birthdate: (82)
Death: September 28, 1885 (82)
Immediate Family:

Son of Peter Townsend and Alice Townsend
Husband of Caroline Townsend
Father of Elizabeth Townsend and Caroline Parish Townsend
Brother of Isaac Townsend; Elizabeth Townsend; Robert Townsend; George Townsend and William Townsend

Managed by: Richard McKay Cryan
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About Peter Townsend

Peter Townsend


Peter, just deceased, was born May 13 th, 1803, at the Chester homestead, where his early life was passed, his education having been acquired first in New York and later in Newburgh and on Long Island. Having served an apprenticeship in the counting house of Jacob Barker, of New York, he repaired to Canandaigua, N. Y., and embarked in mercantile pursuits. In 1827 he returned to his early home, and, in connection with his brother, succeeded to the iron manufacturing interests, the estate at this time embracing, beside the Sterling property, the works at Southfield, Monroe township, and abounding in Valuable ores of iron.

Mr. Townsend was united in marriage July 9, 1828, to Miss Caroline, daughter of Capt. Jasper Parish, of Canandaigua, N.Y., to whom were born children – Elizabeth, widow of Gen. Thomas Francis Meagher, Alice, Mrs. S. L. M. Barlow, and Caroline, widow of David Crawford. The death of Mrs. Townsend occurred July 20, 1874, at Southfield, the family residence.

Mr. Townsend in his political predilections was a firm Republican, with no official aspirations, but with a just appreciation of the civil responsibilities which fall to the lot of every good citizen. He was once the Republican candidate for Member of Assembly in this district as it was then constituted. Though his family were of Quaker extraction, he affiliated with the Presbyterian denomination, Mrs. Townsend having been a member of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church of New York City.


The funeral service held over the remains of Peter Townsend at his late residence, 32 East Twenty-third street, Monday, was simple. The Rev. Dr. John Hall officiated. The body was removed to Southfield, Orange County, yesterday.

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Peter Townsend's Timeline

May 13, 1803
Age 26
September 28, 1885
Age 82