William Towne

William Towne (bef. 1599 - bef. 1673)

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William Towne
Born before in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, Englandmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 25 Apr 1620 in St. Nicholas Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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Biography

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.[1] William and Joanna Blessing were married in St. Nicholas church on April 25, 1620.[2]

" 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."[3]
Their first six children were also baptised in St. Nicholas Church.[4] William died, probably in Topsfield, before 24 June 1673, the date his widow was granted administration on his estate.[5]

Baptism

Baptized: 18 Mar 1598/9, St. Nicholas, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
"Wyllyam Towne son of John & Elizabeth"[6]

Marriage

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."[7][8][9]

Children

Baptized at St. Nicholas Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England:[8]
Rebecca: 21 Feb. 1620/1, married Francis Nurse[10]
John: 16 Feb. 1622/3 (presumed died in infancy)[11]
Susanna: 26 Oct. 1625 (presumed died in infancy)[12]
Edmund: 22 June 1628, married Mary Browning[13]
Jacob: 11 March 1631/2, married Catherine Symonds[14]
Mary: 24 Aug. 1634, married Isaac Esty[15]
Probably born Topsfield:
Sarah: married 1st, 11 Jan. 1660, Edward Bridges, 2nd Peter Cloyes
Joseph: born about 1639, married Phebe Perkins

Immigration

Arrival: 1635 Salem, Massachusetts[16]

Death

Died: before 24 JUN 1673, Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts, (date of admin. granted to widow: 24:4:1673)[17]

Probate

"On 24 June 1673[18] (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."


Parents [19][3]

John Towne of Great Yarmouth, 1570 – 1627
Elizabeth Clarke of Great Yarmouth, 1569 – 1630
Proof published by Lois Payne Hoover,[20] 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.[20] John Towne and Elizabeth Clarke are accepted by the Towne Family Association as the parents of William Towne.[20]

Notes

  • 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 brbaylis@aol.com 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 is: http://www.guildcolonialartsandtrades.org/

Research notes

  • Did not arrive 1637 Cambridge, Massachusetts.[16] This refers to a different William Towne, lived and died in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1680 at age 80, see Great Migrations
  • The following children are not included in the work by William B. Towne, Notes and Memoranda Relating to Persons of the Name of Towne, NEHGR Vol. 21(1867):16:
Joseph Towne 1621 –
Martha Blessing Towne 1622 – 1703
Gardner Towne 1625 –
Joseph Towne 1630 –
Elizabeth Towne 1637 –
Uriah Towne 1641 – 1731

Sources

  1. England, Norfolk, Parish Registers (County Record Office), 1510-1997, database with images, FamilySearch, Yarmouth St Nicholas > Baptisms, Marriages, Burials > image 58 of 304; Record Office, Norwich. "Wyllyam Towne son of John & Elizabeth"
  2. England, Norfolk, Parish Registers (County Record Office), 1510-1997, database with images, FamilySearch, Yarmouth St Nicholas > Baptisms, Marriages, Burials > image 172 of 304; Record Office, Norwich.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Davis, Walter Goodwin, The Ancestry of Lieut. Amos Towne 1737-1793 of Arundel (Kennebunkport), Maine (Portland, Maine: The Southworth Press, 1927), p.3.
  4. Parish registers for St. Nicholas' Church, Yarmouth, LDS Film #Film # 004033324 For specific images, see section entitled "Children"
  5. The probate records of Essex County, Massachusetts 1665-1674 (Salem, MA: Essex Institute, 1916) Vol. 2:358
  6. "England, Norfolk, Parish Registers (County Record Office), 1510-1997," database with images, FamilySearch , Yarmouth St Nicholas > Baptisms, Marriages, Burials > image 58 of 304; Record Office, Norwich.
  7. Hubbard, Edwin. The Towne Family Memorial: Compiled from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Towne Manuscripts, Public and Family Records; for A.N. Towne Esq., San Francisco, Cal. (Chicago, Illinois. Fergus Printing Company. 1880) (includes copes of wills of Richard and Ann Towne of LIncolnshire, thought to be parents of William Towne; see pages 9 - 14)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Notes and Memoranda Relating to Persons of the Name of Towne pages 14-16
  9. "England, Norfolk, Parish Registers (County Record Office), 1510-1997," database with images, FamilySearch Yarmouth St Nicholas > Baptisms, Marriages, Burials > image 172 of 304; Record Office, Norwich.
  10. "England, Norfolk, Parish Registers (County Record Office), 1510-1997," database with images, FamilySearch, Yarmouth St Nicholas > Baptisms, Marriages, Burials > image 95 of 304; Record Office, Norwich.
  11. "England, Norfolk, Parish Registers (County Record Office), 1510-1997," database with images, FamilySearch, Yarmouth St Nicholas > Baptisms, Marriages, Burials > image 97 of 304; Record Office, Norwich.
  12. "England, Norfolk, Parish Registers (County Record Office), 1510-1997," database with images, FamilySearch, Yarmouth St Nicholas > Baptisms, Marriages, Burials > image 99 of 304; Record Office, Norwich.
  13. "England, Norfolk, Parish Registers (County Record Office), 1510-1997," database with images, FamilySearch, Yarmouth St Nicholas > Baptisms, Marriages, Burials > image 102 of 304; Record Office, Norwich.
  14. "England, Norfolk, Parish Registers (County Record Office), 1510-1997," database with images, FamilySearch, Yarmouth St Nicholas > Baptisms, Marriages, Burials > image 106 of 304; Record Office, Norwich.
  15. "England, Norfolk, Parish Registers (County Record Office), 1510-1997," database with images, FamilySearch, Yarmouth St Nicholas > Baptisms, Marriages, Burials > image 109 of 304; Record Office, Norwich.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s, (Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2009)
  17. The probate records of Essex County, Massachusetts 1665-1674 (Salem, MA: Essex Institute, 1916) Vol. 2:358]
  18. The probate records of Essex County, Massachusetts 1665-1674 (Salem, MA: Essex Institute, 1916) Vol. 2:358
  19. Our Royal, Titled, Noble and Commoner Ancestors & Cousins, profile for William Towne
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 The 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
See also:
  • 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.)
  • Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s, (Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2009)
Salem, Massachusetts; Year: 1635; Page Number: 67.
William Towne Arrival Date: 1635 Arrival Place: Salem, Massachusetts: refers to William Towne who married Joanna Blessing, lived in Salem, and died Topsfield, Massachusetts about 1672.
Cambridge, Massachusetts; Year: 1637; Page Number: 290.
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)


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Towne-1029 and Towne-3 do not represent the same person because: This William Towne is a different person who doesn't appear to have emigrated to the colonies. The person who created this profile screwed it up terribly and abandoned it. I've been trying to clean it up and try to get back to it soon.
posted by Bret Cantwell
Towne-1029 and Towne-3 appear to represent the same person because: clear duplicate
posted by Chase Ashley
Is there a member of the Towne Family Association watching this profile Margaret? If so, is it possible to check their database to see if there is any additional proof of parentage?
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Also - the supposed death record - it is not in the Topsfield VRs, but the date of 24 Jun 1673 is the date his widow was granted admin. on his estate.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Have added links/sources for William's baptism & marriage, as well as the same for his children in this bio. Added also his probate synopsis.

It appears to me that we have the wrong parents, as the marriage & baptisms of the children are all very clear in the St. Nicholas registers. The parents of Richard & Ann, 100 miles away, seems incongruous. I would like to suggest you take a look at the records (click the source links for the FamilySearch sources) as they are truly a work of caligrafic art! I propose that we change the parents to those shown in the section "Alternate parents".

Does anyone have access to Gary Boyd Robert's Notable Kin (Vol. 1:213, 2:83-84, 186)? There may be more info there.

posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Thank you Bobbie for your research and follow-up.

I agree with you that since the only 'evidence' for Gardner has been investigated now, and shows no mention of his existence, it is best to disconnect him from this family. Also good to leave his profile in the database with a note that such a person is not proved to have existed. Other such 'phantom' profiles have been added back until it was realized the solution is to keep phantoms in the DB, with a note to inform members of the lack of evidence.

This should not be an issue, since Gardner has no listed wife or descendants!

It would be nice if the other PMs would comment, but understand if they don't have time. Please proceed with disconnecting Gardner.

Thank you Bobbie!

A follow up on comment directly below:

Checked the manuscript "Descendants of William and Joanna (Blessing) Towne..." It is simply a handwritten descendant report, which contains NO sources. It does NOT include the following children: Susanna & Gardner. I would suggest disconnecting Gardner, as there is no evidence that he existed or was a child of William & Joanna.

posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
I've added Gardner Towne as a *possible* son of William, as there does seem to be a source for the link. There is a genealogy manuscript, a copy held at the LDS FHC, which I will view in February. I will add my findings once I return. If the PMs disagree, you can disconnect him, but please show a link on Gardner to these potential parents in the meantime. --B.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Thank you Bobbie. I have not found Martha, Gardner or Uriah in any of the sources I've used for this William Towne.

Also none of them are children of the other William Towne, who lived in Cambridge and died in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1680 at age 80, (source: Great Migration).

I agree with your proposed actions on them.

I've contacted the PMs for the profiles of unsupported children Martha, Gardner & Uriah asking for sources that link them to their parents. If none are provided, I would suggest removing the links to those children as I find no sources to support them.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall

William is 17 degrees from Katie Goodwin, 9 degrees from Wilbur Scoville and 11 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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