William Towne was probably the child who was baptised on 18 March 1598/9 in St. Nicholas Church in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, the son of John & Elizabeth (Clark) Towne.
William and Joanna Blessing were married in St. Nicholas church on April 25, 1620.
" William Towne, the emigrant ancestor of the Towne family of Topsfield, was married and had six children baptized in the parish church of St. Nicholas, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. Towne's age was estimated in 1660 as 'three score years,' when he testified in a court proceeding, which would indicate the approximate date of his birth as 1600. There can be no reasonable doubt, therefore, that he was that William, son of John and Elizabeth Towne, who was baptized at St. Nicholas' on March 18, 1598/9."
Their first six children were also baptised in St. Nicholas Church. William died, probably in Topsfield, before 24 June 1673, the date his widow was granted administration on his estate.
Baptized: 18 Mar 1598/9, St. Nicholas, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
25 April 1620, Great Yarmouth, County Norfolk, England
They were married in St. Nicholas' church. "In this church, founded in A.D. 1123, dedicated to St. Nicholas, in 1251, and still retaining the name were married, April 25, 1620, William Towne and Joanna Blessing, and here their six first children were baptized."
Baptized at St. Nicholas Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England:
Rebecca: 21 Feb. 1620/1, married Francis Nurse
John: 16 Feb. 1622/3 (presumed died in infancy)
Susanna: 26 Oct. 1625 (presumed died in infancy)
Died: before 24 JUN 1673, Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts, (date of admin. granted to widow: 24:4:1673)
"On 24 June 1673 (24:4:1673), administration was granted to Johana Towne on the estate of William Towne of Topsfield, her late husband."
"On 17 Jan 1682, petition for settlement of a small estate left the undersigned by their father, who died ten years ago leaving no will, but left the estate in the hands of their mother who was appointed administratrix and the estate remained unsettled until her death, and now they desire that the following division be allowed: the land to be equally divided between his three sons, Edmond, Jacob and Joseph and the moveables equally divided between the three daughters, Rebecka, Mary, and Sarah."
"Signed by Mary Towne relict of Edmond, Jacob Towne, Josep Towne, Francis Nurs with the consent of Rebeka, Mary Esty formerly Towne, Sarah Bridges. Allowed by the court at Ipswich 10 April 1683."
Proof published by Lois Payne Hoover,The Towne Family, page 1, Endnotes page 5. See parish register of Blundeston/Flexton, Suffolk, England, marriage of John Towne and Elizabeth Clarke, 20 Sept. 1597. John Towne and Elizabeth Clarke are accepted by the Towne Family Association as the parents of William Towne.
Married in St. Nicholas Church in Great Yarmouth, England. Six of his children baptized there too.
Sailed either from Great Yarmouth or Bristol for America. Came to Salem in 1632 and moved to Topsfield, Massachusetts in 1652
First record in Salem, Massachusetts. Was granted "a little neck of land right over against his house on the other side of the river."
AN INTERESTING FACT recently discovered is the first deed of sale of land by William Towne. In it he states he is a "Gardner." This term was used by those who grew and sold flowers. These men belonged to a Guild in old England. This would qualify William Towne's descendants for the new Lineage Organization "The Guild of Colonial Artisans and Tradesmen 1607 - 1783." If there is anyone interested in joining this organization to honor Willam Towne, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will certainly pass your name along to the President General of this group. At present we have three active Towne members who have joined. If you would like to know more about The Guild or colonial occupations their web site was: (Archive.org via the Wayback Machine)
↑Our Royal, Titled, Noble and Commoner Ancestors & Cousins, profile for William Towne
↑ 20.020.120.2The Towne Family, William Towne and Joanna Blessing, Salem Massachusetts, 1635, Five Generations of Descendants, by Lois Payne Hoover, (2010, 3rd printing 2015), page 1-5
The Towne Family, William Towne and Joanna Blessing, Salem Massachusetts, 1635, Five Generations of Descendants, by Lois Payne Hoover, (2010, 3rd printing 2015), Towne Family Association by Otter Bay Books, Baltimore, Maryland, page 1, William Towne.
This Towne book was commissioned by the Towne Family Association. Towne Family won the 2011 Grand Prize from the Connecticut Society of Genealogists, and in the same year received the 2011 Award of Excellence for a Genealogy and Family History from the National Genealogical Society.
The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2013.) Vol. 21, page 12-22, Notes and Memoranda Relating to Persons of the Name of Towne, by William B. Towne.
The American Genealogist. New Haven, CT: D. L. Jacobus, 1937-. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009 - .) Vol. 33, page 199-206. The Four Blessing Sisters, by Walter Goodwin Davis, B.A., LL.B., Portland, Maine. (Identifies William as Joanna's spouse, short bio on children.)
William Towne Arrival Date: 1637 Arrival Place: Cambridge, Massachusetts: refers to William Towne who married Martha, died in Cambridge, Massachusetts at age 80 in 1685, see Great Migrations
Vital Records of Topsfield, MA, to the End of the Year 1849, Compiler: Topsfield Historical Society Publication: (Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1903)
The ancestry of Lieut. Amos Towne, 1737-1793, of Arundel (Kennebunkport, Maine [database on-line]. Ancestry.com. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. Original data: Davis, Walter Goodwin,. The ancestry of Lieut. Amos Towne, 1737-1793, of Arundel (Kennebunkport), Maine. Portland, Me.: Southworth Press, 1927. Page 3. NOTE: Author Goodwin takes Williams baptism date (see image) and his court statement about his age, and find evidence that William Towne of Salem is the son of John and Elizabeth (Clarke) Towne.
Edmund West, comp. Family Data Collection - Deaths (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001) Death date: 30 April 1685 Death place: Topsfield, Essex, MA, USA. COMMENT: The death date of 1685 relates to William Towne of Cambridge. This entry demonstrates the issues with a derivative datase: William Towne of Topsfield died 24 June 1673. This source has conflated the two men, whose only similarity is their name.
Public Member Trees, Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network,Inc., 2006. Original data - Family trees submitted by Ancestry members. Ancestry Trees - William Towne of Topsfield (These trees currently [viewed 11 Mar 2017] all show parents as Richard & Ann of Braceby)