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John Townsend (abt. 1640 - abt. 1698)

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John Townsend
Born about in Accomack, VAmap
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Husband of — married (to ) in Hungars Parish, Northampton County, Virginiamap
Husband of — married about in Accomack Co, VAmap
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Died about in Somerset Co, MDmap
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John Townsend was born Abt. 1640 in ?, and died 20 Sep 1698 in Somerset County, Maryland.

He married (1) Elizabeth Wheatley 20 May 1660 in Hungars Parish, Accomack Cty, Virginia. She was born Abt. 1640 in Virginia, and died 26 Dec 1660 in Accomack Cty, Virginia.
He married (2) Elizabeth Danfroy/Danford 09 Feb 1661/62 in Accomack Cty, VA, daughter of Jeremy Danfort and Elizabeth Taylor. She was born Abt. 1640 in ?, and died Aft. 1698 in Somerset County, Maryland.

Most of these notes are from Linda Vourlogianes ( Dec. 2000:

He is said to be the first settler of Somerset County, Maryland.

John Townsend was found in Northampton County, VA, in 1660, and in Morumsco section in August 1666. He was granted a patent called "Townsend's Neck," 150 A. on 5 November 1665. (Source: Patentee of Land in Old Somerset Area, 1662-1666.")

Conflicting information on this family. Sutherland ( in an E-mail dated 1/19/98 says that this woman's name was Elizabeth Danfort and that they were married 9 January 1661/2. He cites as his sources Ruth T. Dryden: Townsend Family of Maryland, 1993; and The Townsend Newsletter, winter 1985-1986, pages 1-4. He further states her father was Jeremy Danfort, Northampton County, Virginia.

Wills and Administrations of Accomack, VA, 1663-1800, Hungar's Parish Records, 25th Mar. 1660 - 25 Mar 1661, p. 451:

Md. John Townsend and Eliza Wheatly, May 20; p. 452: buried Eliza, wife of John Townsend Decbr 26th.

Wills and Administrations of Accomack, VA, 1663-1800, Hungar's Parish Records from 25 Mar 1661-25 Mar 1662, p. 455 -

Married John Townsend and Elizabeth Danford, Feb. 9, 1662.
It is said that John Townsend moved from Northampton County, Virginia, to Somerset County, Maryland, and purchased 150 acres on 5 November 1665. It is believed he was a Quaker and was fleeing persecution. (G. Brickhouse)

Will Abstract: Maryland Calendar of Wills, v. 2, pg. 161 "Townsend, John, Sr., Somerset Co., 18th may, 1698; 30th Sept., 1698.

To son John and hrs., 200 A., "Oak Hall," and 100 A., "Townsend's Discovery."
To son Solomon, 200 A., Coventree."
To son Charles, personalty and "Coventree" afsd. in event of death of son Solomon without issue.
To sons William, Jerome, and James, and to dau. Eliza:, wife of Robert Smith, personalty.
To wife Eliza: extx., personalty and life interest in "Coventree" afsd.
Test: Henry Hudson, Dan'l Dennaho, Jno. Outen. 6. 179."

Saco Valley Settlements and Families: "The Townshends and Townsends of England and America are of Saxon and Norman extraction. The earliest mentioned ancestor of this family was Ladovic de Townsend, a Norman nobleman, who flourished soon after the Conquest. He m. Elizabeth, dau. of Thomas de Haville, whose family, of Norman nativity, had received a grant of extensive lands in County Norfolk, England, and this estate through the alliance just mentioned, came to the Townshends. The residence, called the manor of Raynham, became the principal seat of the family, and so continues at the present time. A branch was early planted in Ireland and built Castle Townsend there; from junior slips broken from this stem the Townsends in America, claiming an Irish ancestry, have descended.

"From ancient documents we learn that one William de Townsend held considerable land in County Norfolk, A.D. 1200. Thomas Townsend, of West Herling, was living in 1217 A. D., and a William Townsend, in A.D. 1290. John, son of Thomas Townsend, died leaving a son William, who married in 1306. Richard Townsend conveyed land in Norfolk, A.D. 1319, and the gravestone of Thomas Townsend, supposed to have been one of his descendants, in the church of St. Martyn's, had a brass plate fixed to it upon which there was a long inscription in Latin. Peter Townsend was presented with the living of Great Winchingdon by the king in 1371. Thomas, son of William Townsend, settled his estate by deed upon his son John in 1377, which John was living in 1396, and settled at Raynham. From these cadets of the Townsends, through a long line of somewhat illustrious ancestors, whose names we have no space for, the present marquis Townshend is descended. Members of the same family have intermarried with some of the most distinguished and wealthy of the aristocracy of Great Britain, establishing many junior branches in various parts of England of high standing.

"We shall now give our attention to some pioneer heads of the American branches, who settled in New England in the seventeenth century. Richard Townsend was of James City, Virginia, in 1620; William Townsend, of Boston, Mass., 1634; Martyn Townsend, of Watertown, Mass., 1644; Joseph, Henry, and Richard, brothers, of New England and New York in 1640. A Joseph Townsend was in Philadelphia in 1682. The degree of relationship existing between these early settlers in the new world we have not ascertained, but they became, several of them, heads of the numerous Townsend families now so widely disseminated over this country.

Court Records Book, Somerset Co., MD p. 162, V. 190

John Townsend, son of John Townsend and Elizabeth his wife was born at Moroensco 7-18-1666
p. 163, V. 192: Elizabeth Townsed, daughter of John Townsed born of Elizabeth his wife at Nasuatux Creeke in Accomac Co. Virginia 23 Dec 1663
p. 164, V. 192: Jeremiah Townsend, son of John Townsend was born of Elizabeth his wife at Morounsco 3rd day of April, 1672

"Mary Townsend, daughter of John was born of Elizabeth his wife at Morounsco 2d September, 1674

Old Somerset of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, p. 459, "Townsend. John Townsend (d. 1698), in Northampton County, Virginia, May, 1660; and in Morunsco section, August, 1666; m., first Eliza Whearly (d. December, 1660); second, February 9, 1661/2 Elizabeth Danfroy. John Townsend and second wife, Elizabeth, had issue: (1) Elizabeth, 1663; m. Robert Smith; (2) John, 1666; (3) Jeremiah, 1669; (4) James, 1672; (5) Mary, 1674; (6) William; (7) Solomon; (8) Charles (Md. Cal. Wills, II, p. 161; IKL; Hungar's Parish [Northampton county, Virginia] records in XXIV Journal of American History, pp. 210, 211 and 214, the name appearing there as Townsend and Towson."

Maryland Eastern Shore Vital Records 1648-1725, pg. 147, (from Somerset Land Records)

Elizabeth d/o John & Elizabeth b. at Naswatux Creek, Acc. Co., Va, 23 Dec. 1663.
Jeremiah s/o John & Elizabeth b. at Morounsco 27 Sep. 1669.
James s/o John & Elizabethb. at Morounsco 3 Apr. 1672.
Mary d/o John and Elizabeth born at Morounsco 1 Sep 1674.
William s/o John & Elizabeth born at Morounsco 2 Sep. 1674.
John s/o John & Elizabeth born at Morounsco 8 July 1666.

Virginia Vital Records, Hungar's Parish Records, p. 396, marriage record. Land called "Africa" bought 7 June 1667; 1673 sold to Thomas Lanpire; ret. to John, Jr.

"The Townsend Family of Maryland" by Ruth Dryden, 1993 (does contain some errors)

Notes for Elizabeth Danfroy/Danford: AFN:SQLB-XD b. @1643, d. 1710, ACC., VA

Children of John Townsend and Elizabeth Danfroy/Danford are:

i. William S.2 Townsend, born Bet. 01 - 02 Sep 1674 in Somerset County, Maryland; died 04 Jan 1735/36 in Sussex County, Delaware, USA.
ii. Elizabeth Townsend, born 23 Dec 1663 in Naswatux Creek, Accomack Cty, VA. She married Robert Smith Abt. 1698 in Somerset Cty, MD.
iii. John Townsend, Jr., born 18 Jul 1666 in Monasco, Somerset, Maryland; died 1736 in Somerset Cty, Maryland.
iv. Jeremiah Townsend, born 27 Sep 1669 in Somerset Cty, Maryland; died 1743 in Worcester Cty, MD.
v. James Townsend, born 03 Apr 1672 in Somerset Cty, Maryland; died 1721 in Somerset Cty, Maryland.
vi. Mary Townsend, born 01 Sep 1672 in Somerset Cty, Maryland.
vii. Solomon Townsend, born 1676 in Morumsco, Somerset Cty, MD; died Aft. 1698 in Somerset Cty, Maryland.
viii. Charles Townsend, born Abt. 1678 in Morumsco, Somerset Cty, MD; died 1748 in Somerset Cty, Maryland.

Death: 1709, Accomack, VA

To son, John Townsend and heirs, 200 acres known as Oak Hall and 100 acres known as TOWNSEND'S DISCOVERY. To Son Solomon, 200 acres known as COVENTREE. To son Charles, personalty and aforesaid COVENTREE in event brother Solomon dies without issue. To sons William , Jerome, James and daughter Eliza, wife of Robert Smith, personalty. To wife Eliza, to be appointed executrix and to have personalty and life interest in above Coventree. Testamentaries: Henry Hudson, Daniel Dannaho, John Outen. (MD Calendar of Wills, Somerset Co, Md, Vol 2; 1698) Will proved 1700, Somerset Co, MD.[1]

Marriage Record For Elizabeth found in Northampton, Virginia

20 May 1660 at Hungars Parish, N'hamp Co, VA.2

Northampton Co, VA, Abstracts of Wills & Administrations, 1632-1802, p. 64 (Hungars Parish Records).

Research Notes

Work by the Townshend Society has shown that John Townshend's YDNA haplogroup was probably R1a1a.[2]


  • Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 2, 1685 - 1702; Maryland Probate Records, 1674 - 1774; Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 2, 1685 - 1702; Page: page 161: Will of John Townsend
  1. Book: The Townsend Family of Maryland
  2. [1]

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On 7 Jan 2018 at 19:02 GMT Kenneth Kinman wrote:

The following source shows that several descendants have taken a YDNA test, showing they are in Haplogroup R1a-M512 :

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