Thomas Roderick Townsend

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Thomas Roderick Townsend

Birthplace: Marlboro, South Carolina, United States
Death: Died in La Grange, Fayette Co., Republic of Texas
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Townsend and Mary Elizabeth Townsend (Stapleton)
Husband of Pamelia "Nancy" Ann Townsend
Father of Clementine Irvin Townsend
Brother of Asa Townsend; Capt. Stephen Townsend; Mary "Polly" Elizabeth Middleton; Elizabeth Stapleton Turnbow; Light Thomas Townsend and 4 others

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About Thomas Roderick Townsend


Thomas Roderick Townsend was the second child of Thomas and Mary Elizabeth (Stapleton) Townsend. He was born 7 February 1797 in Marlboro County, South Carolina. On 17 April 1819, in McIntosh County, GA, he married Pamelia Ann ("Nancy") Dean, the daughter of Jesse and Mary Ann Dean. About 1826, he and his brother, Spencer Burton Townsend, came to Texas to investigate the land being offered to settlers by the Mexican government. Satisfied with what they learned, they returned home and sold their holds and with their brother Stephen and Moses Townsend, moved their families to Texas sometime in December 1831. He appeared with brother, Spencer, before the Board of Land Commissioners on 2 Mar 1836, where he signed a statement he had arrived in TX prior to that date and received a league of land in David G. Burnet's colony and settled near what is now Crockett, Texas on the old Nacogdoches Road. He signed the list of petitioners asking the Texas Congress to establish Houston County in 1837 and listed Mustang Prairie as his home. During the Texas Revolution, Thomas Roderick Townsend furnished beef and corn from his farm for the beleaguered Texas freedom fighters. And he also served in the Texas Ranger company of Captain Elisha Clapp. Captain Clapp was also from Mustang Prairie and he and his men had been charged by General Sam Houston on 31 May 1837 with the task of ranging from any point on the Brazos River to a Mr. Hall's trading house on the Trinity River in order to intercept raiding Indians. Thomas Roderick Townsend was serving on jury duty when he died on 31 August 1838 at LaGrange in Fayette County, Texas. In 1839, the settlement of his estate in Fayette County, TX indicated the sum of $33.47 was due the State of Texas. Supposedly his grave in LaGrange City Cemetery is marked with a tall limestone marker.The children of Thomas Roderick and Pamelia Ann ("Nancy") Townsend were:1. Elizabeth Townsend, born 1821, McIntosh Co., GA; died 1896, TX; married Francis (Frank) John Johnson.2. Maurice/Morris Townsend, born 29 January 1824, McIntosh Co., GA; died 9 October 1881 at Crockett, Houston County, TX; he married (1) Sarah Chairs and (2) Emily Atkinson.3. William Spencer Townsend; born 1826, McIntosh Co., GA; married Nancy Johnson.4. Gideon T. Townsend, born 1828 in McIntosh Co., GA; married ??Shannon??.5. Clementine Townsend, born 1831, McIntosh Co., GA; she married ??Caudle.6. Light Stapleton Townsend, born 30 October 1834 at Crockett, Colorado Co., TX; died September 23, 1928, TX. He married (1) Susan ?? and (2) Mary Elizabeth Ragsdale.7. Carpalonia ("Lonnie") Townsend, born 23 May 1837 in Houston County, TX; died 10 Feb 1902. She married George W. Albright.


1830 United States Federal Census about Thomas Townsend

Name: Thomas Townsend

Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Jefferson, Florida

Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 2

Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1

Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1

Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1

Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1

Free White Persons - Under 20: 4

Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2

Total Free White Persons: 6

Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 6

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Thomas Roderick Townsend's Timeline

February 7, 1797
Marlboro, South Carolina, United States
Age 29
August 31, 1838
Age 41
La Grange, Fayette Co., Republic of Texas