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From A booklet entitled: LOUNSBURY, Origin, Meaning and Significance With emphasis on the evidence and conclusions concerning the relationship of the Lounsbury family to Royalty in the Middle Ages by Raymond H. Lounsbury; pub1976; (Raymond H. Lounsbury; Ph.D., Cornell 1929. Has taught Economics at Cornell, Lawrence College, the University of Illinois, Alfred University, Russell Sage College and Dartmouth College.): "Edith gave me a copy of a short history of our branch of the family which she had prepared with the aid of researches by two other cousins, Emma Lounsbury of Oxford, Connecticut, and Clarence Lounsbury of Smithboro, New York.

Our first Lounsbury ancestor in this country was Richard who, not later than 1672, settled at Rye, then a part of Connecticut but after the change of the boundary in 1700 a part of New York. He owned large tracts of land there as well as at White Plains, New York. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Pennoyer, at Mamaroneck, New York, on August 1, 1670; they had six children: one daughter, Mary; and five sons, Richard, John, Michael, Thomas and Henry.

Some genealogists have claimed that our branch of the family was descended from John who was alleged to have married Abigail Thomas of New Haven, Connecticut. Later research, however, revealed that John married a woman by the name of Anne, surname uncertain perhaps Guion; that Richard Jr. was our ancestor and the husband of Abigail Thomas. Richard Jr. and Abigail lived in New York City where he worked as a carman or trucker and died in the winter of 1715/16.

After his death Abigail returned to New Haven with her son, Josiah, who married Ruth Lines there in 1724. Among the progeny of Josiah and Ruth was a son, Timothy, who married Hannah Smith. One of their sons was named after the father. The second Timothy and his wife, Hannah French, were the parents of Lewis, already mentioned, who became the Tioga Center pioneer. The line of descent was complete from Josiah on down but little was known about the immigrant Richard or his wife, Elizabeth Pennoyer.

According to writers on British place names, the origin of the surname Lounsbury was the place name Londesborough, a parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, half way between Hull and York and two and one-half miles north of Market Weighton. The parish today contains about 4256 acres of farm and forest lands, a cluster of houses on a hillside, a spacious and aristocratic manor house called Londesborough Hall, a medieval church, and a post office operated in conjunction with a very small store. What is there to be learned about the origins of Richard Lounsbury from the history of this rural community? Pp 17-19

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