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Richard Townshend (Townesend)

Birthplace: Northampton, England
Death: February 07, 1651 (40-49)
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Townshend
Husband of Frances Williams
Father of Col. Robert Townsend; Frances Ann Townsend and William Townsend

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About Richard Townshend

Listed in the 1624 Jamestown census as a servant of Dr. John Pott, age 19, arrived in 1620 on the Abigaile.


Richard Townshend/Townsend was born in Northampton England and arrived in 1620 on the Abigaile. He is listed in the 1624 Jamestown census as a servant of Dr. John Pott.

Some of the following notes were provided by David Stephens in Oct. 2015.

Richard Townsend married Francis Baldwin in ~1635 in VA. She was born ~1614 in England. They had one son, Col. Robert Townsend, who married Mary Langhorne in 1665.

Richard served in York County Government as an inspector (likely tobacco) until 1650 when he died. In 1639 he received a Patent (C&P Vol I, p120) in Charles River (York) Co. on Queen’s Creek. The mention here of William Prior with adjoining land led me (David) to identify him as a Justice of York Co. 1633. The following year he “assigned all interest in house and land that adjoined the plantation of Broche . . . to Capt. John Utie”. (I believe this Broche is the John Broach mentioned previously who transported Thomas Gibson in 1647 to New Kent.)

Widow Frances Townsend patented 2200a. in upper Mattchotick Neck (aka Machodoc Neck) in present-day Westmoreland County in 1650 for transportation of Tho. Austine, James Austin, and others. This Thomas & James are thought to be sons of Thomas Austin (trans 1642). In 1659 James received the deserted 1000a. of Thomas Reade in Northumberland. Then in 1661 James was granted 900a. on Wiccocomoco (aka Wicocomico) River in Northumberland Co.

After Richard’s death his widow, Frances Baldwin Townsend, then married Richard Jones who died in Gloucester Co. or Northumberland in the first half of 1652… a brief marriage. As to the location in Gloucester County, a Patent issued in March 1652 for 300a. in Gloucester states that this tract abutted that of Richard Jones, dec’d. and was now in the possession of Francis Jones (I believe this is his widow, Frances Townsend); this Patent was issued to Col. Richard Lee! (C&P Vol. I, p241). Another Patent (C&P Vol I, p219) states that Col. Richard Lee received a Patent 1651 “upon the head branches of Poropotank Swamp & upon the Mattapony Path for 300a; another Patent indicates that he owned a Store on Poropotanke Creek. Yet another (Bk.4/P.348& 390) states that he received a Patent for 1000a. on Matchotick River (Northumberland Co., but unstated) that divides his tract from that of Lewis Burrell; this in 1657 and 1658 same place; both for transporting individuals. One of these individuals was Andrew Felton (assumed to be a son of Thomas Felton of Upper Chippokes Creek).

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Northampton, England
St Pauls Parish, Stafford, VA
February 7, 1651
Age 45