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Mary Jane (Walker) Towns (abt. 1856 - aft. 1892)

Mary Jane Towns formerly Walker
Born about in Georgia, United Statesmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 4 Mar 1872 in Telfair County, Georgiamap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Georgia, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 24 Jun 2016
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Towns Family Mysteries


I am looking for more information regarding my great-grandmother.

I have found a marriage certificate for Mary Jane Walker to Elisha E Towns on Mar 4, 1872 in Telfair County (signed by W.? Campbell, Deputy Clerk).

The Telfair County (337 District) 1880 Census lists her as the wife of Elisha Edward Towns, age 24, with 3 daughters and 1 son (Mary C, Isabelle, Sussie, and James A.). She would have been born around 1856. Her parents are listed born in Georgia.

The 1900 Telfair (Towns District) census lists Elisha Towns as head of household, but there is no wife listed. Children are: Mary C., Belle, Sarah M, Hilton, Mary Jane, Alice, Arthur, Ella. It also states that the “mother” of these children was born in Georgia.

The 1910 Telfair (Militia Dist 1885) census lists Eliza J as the wife of Elisha Towns, so she died before May 1904 (Elisha married Eliza) and at least after 1890. My grandfather was born in 1890 and my mother says she remembers him saying his mother died when he was a “couple years old”. The 1900 census lists a younger sister, Ella, age 8, so she was born around 1892. (Theory? Possibly she died in childbirth in 1892? No proof.) My mother told me that her father said she died when he was very young.


  • "Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018), Elisha E. Towns and Mary Jane Malhur, 04 Mar 1872; citing , Telfair, Georgia; FHL microfilm 373,536.
  • "Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 23 July 2019), Elisha E Towns and Mary Jane Malhur, 4 Mar 1872; citing Marriage, Telfair, Georgia, United States, Georgia Department of Archives and History, Morrow, FHL microfilm 373,536.
  • "Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018), Elisha E. Towns and Mary Jane Malhur, 04 Mar 1872; citing , Telfair, Georgia; FHL microfilm 373,536.
  • "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 August 2017), Mary Towns in household of Elisha E Towns, District 337, Telfair, Georgia, United States; citing enumeration district ED 93, sheet 123D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm 1,254,166.

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Elisha's aunt, Mary Elizabeth Towns, was also married to a Walker, John Walker, my ggg grandfather. Wonder if there's any connection there? John Walker's son James married Dolly Watson, whose mother Sarah Ann Watson was also a Towns and an aunt to Elisha.
posted by Greg Cavalli

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