Ephriam Towne

#18576, b. 22 April 1688, d. 1799

Relationships7th great-granduncle of Paul Edward Lawrence
Great-grandson of William Towne
ChartsDescendants of Robert Towne
FatherJohn Towne b. 2 Apr 1658, d. 27 Nov 1740
MotherMary Smith b. 28 Oct 1658, d. 1726

Major Life Events

     Ephriam Towne was born on 22 April 1688 in Oxford, Worcester Co., Massachusetts.1,2 He married Sarah Kenney, daughter of John Kenney and Elizabeth Looke, on 31 December 1719.3 Ephriam died in 1799.2

Family of Ephriam and Sarah Kenney

Citations

  1. [S379] Letter, Anne Sloan to Paul E. Lawrence, August 9, 1999, charts and reports.
  2. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, John Towne-Mary Smith.
  3. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, Ephraim Towne-Sarah Kenney.

David Towne

#18577, b. 22 October 1693, d. 20 September 1781

Relationships7th great-granduncle of Paul Edward Lawrence
Great-grandson of William Towne
ChartsDescendants of Robert Towne
FatherJohn Towne b. 2 Apr 1658, d. 27 Nov 1740
MotherMary Smith b. 28 Oct 1658, d. 1726

Major Life Events

     David Towne was born on 22 October 1693 in Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts.1,2 He was christened on 29 October 1693 in Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts.2 He married first Mercy Barton, daughter of Samuel Barton and Hannah Bridges, on 31 December 1716 in Woodstock, Windham Co., Connecticut.3 He married second Sarah Gary, daughter of William Gary and Susannah ?, on 21 April 1733 in Killington, Windham Co., Connecticut.4 He married third Priscilla Hovey, daughter of Daniel Hovey and Mercy ?, on 28 December 1737 in Oxford, Worcester Co., Massachusetts.5 He married fourth Margaret Manning, daughter of John Holmes and Hannah Newell, in October 1742 in Woodstock, Windham Co., Connecticut.6 David died on 20 September 1781 in Belchertown, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts, at age 87.2

Children of David and Mercy Barton

Family of David and Sarah Gary

Family of David and Priscilla Hovey

Family of David and Margaret Holmes

Citations

  1. [S379] Letter, Anne Sloan to Paul E. Lawrence, August 9, 1999, charts and reports.
  2. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, John Towne-Mary Smith.
  3. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, David Towne-Mercy Barton.
  4. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, David Towne-Sarah Gary.
  5. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, David Towne-Priscilla Hovey.
  6. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, David Towne-Margaret Holmes.

Samuel Towne

#18578, b. 25 January 1695

Relationships7th great-granduncle of Paul Edward Lawrence
Great-grandson of William Towne
ChartsDescendants of Robert Towne
FatherJohn Towne b. 2 Apr 1658, d. 27 Nov 1740
MotherMary Smith b. 28 Oct 1658, d. 1726

Major Life Events

     Samuel Towne was born on 25 January 1695 in Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts.1,2 He married first Sarah Lamb, daughter of Abial Lamb and Hannah Taylor, on 18 April 1727 in Oxford, Worcester Co., Massachusetts.3 He married second Bathesheba Wood, daughter of Nathaniel Wood and Alice Whitney, on 11 August 1743.4

Family of Samuel and Sarah Lamb

Children of Samuel and Bathesheba Wood

Citations

  1. [S379] Letter, Anne Sloan to Paul E. Lawrence, August 9, 1999, charts and reports.
  2. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, John Towne-Mary Smith.
  3. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, Samuel Towne-Sarah Lamb.
  4. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, Samuel Towne-Bathesheba Wood.
  5. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, Samuel Towne-Bathesheba ?

Edmund Towne

#18579, b. 7 May 1697 or 1699, d. 27 May 1745

Relationships7th great-granduncle of Paul Edward Lawrence
Great-grandson of William Towne
ChartsDescendants of Robert Towne
FatherJohn Towne b. 2 Apr 1658, d. 27 Nov 1740
MotherMary Smith b. 28 Oct 1658, d. 1726

Major Life Events

     Edmund Towne was born on 7 May 1697 or 1699 in Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts.1,2 He married first Elizabeth Gould, daughter of Zacheus Gould and Elizabeth Curtis, on 29 March 1733 in Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts.3 He married second Patience Gould, daughter of Samuel Gould and Margaret Stone, in April 1744 in Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts.4 Edmund died on 27 May 1745 in Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts.2

Family of Edmund and Elizabeth Gould

Family of Edmund and Patience Gould

Citations

  1. [S379] Letter, Anne Sloan to Paul E. Lawrence, August 9, 1999, charts and reports.
  2. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, John Towne-Mary Smith.
  3. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, Edmund Towne-Elizabeth Gould.
  4. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, Edmund Towne-Patience Gould.

John Towne

#18580, b. 31 May 1702

Relationships7th great-granduncle of Paul Edward Lawrence
Great-grandson of William Towne
ChartsDescendants of Robert Towne
FatherJohn Towne b. 2 Apr 1658, d. 27 Nov 1740
MotherMary Smith b. 28 Oct 1658, d. 1726

Major Life Events

     John Towne was born on 31 May 1702 in Framingham, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.1,2 He married Lydia Hunkins on 6 March 1728 in Oxford, Worcester Co., Massachusetts.3

Children of John and Lydia Hunkins

Citations

  1. [S379] Letter, Anne Sloan to Paul E. Lawrence, August 9, 1999, charts and reports.
  2. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, John Towne-Mary Smith.
  3. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, John Towne-Lydia Hunkins.

Jacob Towne

#18581, b. 11 March 1631/32, d. 27 November 1704

Relationships9th great-grandfather of Paul Edward Lawrence
Son of William Towne
ChartsDescendants of Robert Towne
Descent from Robert Towne to Researcher
FatherWilliam Towne b. 18 Mar 1598/99, d. b 24 Apr 1673
MotherJoanna Blessing b. 22 Jun 1595, d. c 1682

Major Life Events

     Jacob Towne was baptized on 11 March 1631/32 in St. Nicholas Parish Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.1 He married Katherine Symonds, daughter of John Symonds and Elizabeth Fox, on 26 June 1657 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts.2,3 Jacob died on 27 November 1704 in Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts, at age 72.2

Children of Jacob and Katherine Symonds

Narrative

     His will was probated on 1 January 1705.

Citations

  1. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XIII, No. 3, September 1993.
  2. [S379] Letter, Anne Sloan to Paul E. Lawrence, August 9, 1999, charts and reports.
  3. [S834] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, page 749.

Katherine Symonds

#18582, b. 18 April 1630, d. 27 November 1704

Relationship9th great-grandmother of Paul Edward Lawrence
ChartsDescendants of Robert Towne
Descent from Robert Towne to Researcher
FatherJohn Symonds b. 1615, d. 19 Sep 1671
MotherElizabeth Fox b. 10 Jan 1601/2

Major Life Events

     Katherine Symonds was born on 18 April 1630 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.1 She was christened on 18 April 1630 in England.1 She married Jacob Towne, son of William Towne and Joanna Blessing, on 26 June 1657 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts.2,3 Katherine died on 27 November 1704 in Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts, at age 74.1

Children of Katherine and Jacob Towne

Narrative

     Katherine was also known as JOne.

Citations

  1. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, John Symonds-Elizabeth Fox.
  2. [S379] Letter, Anne Sloan to Paul E. Lawrence, August 9, 1999, charts and reports.
  3. [S834] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, page 749.

Jacob Towne

#18583, b. 13 February 1660, d. 4 October 1741

Relationships8th great-granduncle of Paul Edward Lawrence
Grandson of William Towne
ChartsDescendants of Robert Towne
FatherJacob Towne b. 11 Mar 1631/32, d. 27 Nov 1704
MotherKatherine Symonds b. 18 Apr 1630, d. 27 Nov 1704

Major Life Events

     Jacob Towne was born on 13 February 1660 in Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts.1,2 He married Phebe Smith, daughter of Robert Smith and Mary French, on 24 June 1684 in Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts.3,4 Jacob died on 4 October 1741 in Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts, at age 81.2

Children of Jacob and Phebe Smith

Citations

  1. [S379] Letter, Anne Sloan to Paul E. Lawrence, August 9, 1999, charts and reports.
  2. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, Jacob Towne-Katherine Symonds.
  3. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, Jacob Towne-Phebe Smith.
  4. [S834] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, page 749.

Catherine Towne

#18584, b. 25 February 1662, d. 2 July 1714

Relationships8th great-grandaunt of Paul Edward Lawrence
Granddaughter of William Towne
ChartsDescendants of Robert Towne (#1)
Descendants of Robert Towne (#2)
FatherJacob Towne b. 11 Mar 1631/32, d. 27 Nov 1704
MotherKatherine Symonds b. 18 Apr 1630, d. 27 Nov 1704

Major Life Events

     Catherine Towne was born on 25 February 1662.1,2 Catherine married first Elisha Perkins, son of Thomas Perkins and Phoebe Gould, on 23 February 1680 in Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts.3 Catherine married second Benjamin Towne, son of Joseph Towne and Amye Smith.4 Catherine died on 2 July 1714 in Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts, at age 52.2

Children of Catherine and Elisha Perkins

Family of Catherine and Benjamin Towne

Citations

  1. [S379] Letter, Anne Sloan to Paul E. Lawrence, August 9, 1999, charts and reports.
  2. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, Jacob Towne-Katherine Symonds.
  3. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, Elisha Perkins-Catherine Towne.
  4. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, Benjamin Towne-Catherine Towne.

Deliverance Towne

#18585, b. 5 August 1665, d. 16 May 1705

Relationships8th great-grandaunt of Paul Edward Lawrence
Granddaughter of William Towne
ChartsDescendants of Robert Towne
FatherJacob Towne b. 11 Mar 1631/32, d. 27 Nov 1704
MotherKatherine Symonds b. 18 Apr 1630, d. 27 Nov 1704

Major Life Events

     Deliverance Towne was born on 5 August 1665 in Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts.1,2 She married John Styles on 24 November 1684 in Boxford, Essex Co., Massachusetts.3 Deliverance died on 16 May 1705 in Boxford, Essex Co., Massachusetts, at age 39.2

Children of Deliverance and John Styles

Citations

  1. [S379] Letter, Anne Sloan to Paul E. Lawrence, August 9, 1999, charts and reports.
  2. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, Jacob Towne-Katherine Symonds.
  3. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, John Styles-Deliverance Towne.

Ruth Towne

#18586, b. 5 August 1664, d. 1 August 1739

Relationships8th great-grandaunt of Paul Edward Lawrence
Granddaughter of William Towne
ChartsDescendants of Robert Towne
FatherJacob Towne b. 11 Mar 1631/32, d. 27 Nov 1704
MotherKatherine Symonds b. 18 Apr 1630, d. 27 Nov 1704

Major Life Events

     Ruth Towne was born on 5 August 1664 in Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts.1,2 Ruth died on 1 August 1739 in Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts, at age 74.2

Citations

  1. [S379] Letter, Anne Sloan to Paul E. Lawrence, August 9, 1999, charts and reports.
  2. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, Jacob Towne-Katherine Symonds.

Edmund Towne

#18587, b. 21 July 1666, d. 25 December 1736

Relationships8th great-granduncle of Paul Edward Lawrence
Grandson of William Towne
ChartsDescendants of Robert Towne
FatherJacob Towne b. 11 Mar 1631/32, d. 27 Nov 1704
MotherKatherine Symonds b. 18 Apr 1630, d. 27 Nov 1704

Major Life Events

     Edmund Towne was born on 21 July 1666 in Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts.1,2 Edmund died on 25 December 1736 in Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts, at age 70.2

Citations

  1. [S379] Letter, Anne Sloan to Paul E. Lawrence, August 9, 1999, charts and reports.
  2. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, Jacob Towne-Katherine Symonds.

William Towne

#18588, b. 18 March 1598/99, d. before 24 April 1673

Relationship10th great-grandfather of Paul Edward Lawrence
ChartsDescendants of Robert Towne
Descent from Robert Towne to Researcher
FatherJohn Towne b. c 1575, d. 13 Sep 1627
MotherElizabeth Alice Clarke b. 1578, d. 7 Sep 1630

Major Life Events

     He was baptized St. Nicholas Parish Church on 18 March 1598/99 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.1 He married Joanna Blessing, daughter of John Blessing and Jone ?, St. Nicholas Parish Church on 25 April 1620 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.2,3 William died before 24 April 1673 in Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts.4,5

Children of William and Joanna Blessing

Narrative

     William and his father, John, were both gardeners, despite the fact that William was apprenticed on 5 November 1608 "for 14 years from 2nd February next" to a basketmaker, Abraham Robbertes (Roberts) of Yarmouth.

     In trying to determine exactly when William and Joanna brought their children to Salem, several items seem to indicate that it possibly occurred in the summer of 1635. On 25 April 1635, William apprenticed his son, John, to cooper, Lionel Gibson, for "a period of 8 years from 24th June next." From the Norwich Consistory & Archdeaconry Visitation Records, 26 November 1635, it was noted that William and Joanna were cited by the Archdeacon for failing to appear for communion and are noted as Separatists.

     William and Joanna's children who came with them on the ship about 1635 were: Rebecca, age 14; Jacob, age 3½; and Mary, age 1. Edmund, age 7, supposedly came to America, at age 9, in June 1637 with the Henry Skerry family; however, there is some question if he is the same Edmund Towne who was listed as age 19 on the ship's manifest. Apprentice records in Great Yarmouth have no record of Edmund being bound to Skerry.6

     The first record of William Towne in America appears in the town book of Salem in 1640 when he was granted "a little neck of Land right over against his house on the other side of the river." It the same year he sued John Cook in what seems to have been a border dispute and obtained a verdict and costs. It is probable that Towne was in Salem some years before 1640, however. A list of grants by the town to that portion of its territory called the North Fields is undated and the best opinion seems to indicate that it was made before and by 1635. William Towne's name appears on this list, and it was in the North Fields that he lived.7

     In 1651 he purchased land in the neighboring town of Topsfield from William Paine of Ipswich. This farm contained forty acres "part of which is plow land, another part is meadow, another part is upland unplowed, all lying together," bounded by William Howard toward the east, Walter Roper, on the north and a "Sertaine River" toward the south. There were also included two acres on the south side of the river. He sold his Salem property to Henry Bullock in 1652 and bought additional land at Topsfield in 1656. In 1660 in testimony in a lawsuit his age was estimaged at three score years. He was made a commoner of Topsfield in 1661, and his wife was dismissed from the Salem Church to that in Topsfield in 1664.7

     in 1663, William and Joanna Towne deeded 2/3 of the home they live in, the barn, outhouses, yard, gardens, orchards, "lying situate and being in Topsfield, together with a parcel of broken upland by the meadow side, only a cartway reserved between the said land and the meadow towards the South, and the land of Jacob Towne towards the East, and the land of Jacob Towne and Edmund Towne towards the North, and the Lands of Isaac Estie towards the West -- also another parcel of land broke up and upbroken, containing an estimation of thirty acres, bounded by the way towards the Southeast and Northeast, and a way also towards the Southwest; the land of Zacheus Gould and Edmund Towne towards the Northwest and the land of Edmund Towne and Isaac Estie towards the North. Also a parcel of meddow lying on the North side of the river, having the river for the bounds toward the South, a highway towards the West, and a way towards the North, and meddow of Jacob Towne towards the East, containing by estimating fourteen acres." to son Joseph Towne just prior to his marriage with Phebe Perkins; "In consideration of natural affection and the contemplated marriage of our son Joseph Towne to Phebe Perkins…" Joseph also to have first refusal of the remaining 1/3 when it should be for sale.8

     Probate records of Essex County: Estate of William Towne of Topsfield. Administration granted 24: 4: 1673 to Johana Towne on the estate of William Towne, her late husband, and she was to bring in an inventory to the next Ipswich court.

     Petition for settlement of a small estate left the undersigned by their father, who died ten years ago leaving no will, but left his 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 may be allowed: the land to be divided equally to his three sons, Edmond, Jacob, and Joseph and the moveables equally to the three daughters, Rebecka, Mary, and Sarah; also the three brothers to pay all debts now due and what charges shall after arise in settlement of the estate to be equally borned by all six. Dated Jan. 17, 1682, Signed by Mary (her mark) Towne relict of Edmond, Jacob Towne, Josep (his mark) Towne, Francis (his mark) Nurs with the consent of Rebeka, Mary (her mark) Esty formerly Mary Towne, Sarah (her mark) Bridges. Witness: John How, John Pritchet. Allowed by the court at Ipswich Apr. 10, 1683. Ipswich Deeds, vol. 4, page 515.9

Citations

  1. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XVI, No. 1, March 1996.
  2. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XXI, No. 4, December 2001, page 64.
  3. [S834] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, page 749.
  4. [S375] Information from internet, gendex.com, Towne Family.
  5. [S379] Letter, Anne Sloan to Paul E. Lawrence, August 9, 1999, charts and reports.
  6. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XVI, No. 1, March 1996.
  7. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XXI, No. 4, December 2001, page 67.
  8. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XXVI, No. 4, October, November, December 2006, page 80.
  9. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vl. XVI, No. 1, March 1996.

Joanna Blessing

#18589, b. 22 June 1595, d. circa 1682

Relationship10th great-grandmother of Paul Edward Lawrence
ChartsDescendants of Robert Towne
Descent from Robert Towne to Researcher
FatherJohn Blessing
MotherJone ?

Major Life Events

     Joanna Blessing was baptized on 22 June 1595 in Holy Trinity Church, Caister on-Sea, Norfolk, England.1 She married William Towne, son of John Towne and Elizabeth Alice Clarke, on 25 April 1620 in St. Nicholas Parish Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.2,3 Joanna died circa 1682 in Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts.4,5

Children of Joanna and William Towne

Narrative

     Joanna Towne, Alice Firmage, and Margaret's husband, Robert Buffam, came to the Colonies, Margaret having predeceased her husband before they sailed. They all came with their children with the Puritan movement of which they had a part and settled in Salem, Massachusetts. Julian Blessing Goose and her husband also came to the Colonies. She was later known as "Mother Goose" in the Boston, Massachusetts area and is referred to as such in publications.6

     Joanna figured in a series of suits brought by and against Rev. Thomas Gilbert, the Topsfield minister, in 1670. Gilbert, by his own testimony and that of his wife, was a sick man and he was doubtless of erratic temperament, but some of his principal parishioners laid his acts and eccentricities to over indulgence in drink, and the court seems to have considered their suspicioins credible. Most of the evidence produced dealt with a dinner at the parsonage between two Sunday services at which Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert had Capt. John Gould, Mr. Thomas Perkins, and there wives, and old Mrs. Towne as their guests. A gold cup (surely a rare treasure in seventeenth-century New England) filled with wine was passed around the table and Mr. Gould alleged that Mr. Gilbert drank too freely therefrom. Joanna Towne (giving her age as seventy-five) testified that on Sunday, Mr. Gilbert had administered the "sacrament swetly unto us" and that after the service "I was att dinner att Mister Gilberts table…and sat next to him on his right hand, and though some report that he had drank too much of the sacrament wyn…I believe he is wronged, for I that then sat next him saw no such matter…And I can saifly take my oath that though our minister had the cup twice in hand, yet the first tyme he drank not one drop of it, but gave it to me, for I needed it mor than he, being older. When the cup had gone about, it came into his hand the second time and I am sure ther could not be much in it then (it may be two or three spoon-ful) and that he drank".7

Citations

  1. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XXI, No. 4, December 2001, page 66.
  2. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XXI, No. 4, December 2001, page 64.
  3. [S834] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, page 749.
  4. [S375] Information from internet, gendex.com, Towne Family.
  5. [S379] Letter, Anne Sloan to Paul E. Lawrence, August 9, 1999, charts and reports.
  6. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XVI, No. 1, March 1996.
  7. 448
    Vol. XXI, No. 4, December 2001, page 67

Rebecca Towne

#18590, b. 21 February 1620/21, d. 19 July 1692

"The sheriff brought the witch up the broad aisle, her chains clanking as she stepped."
Source: The Witch of Salem or Credulity Run Mad. By John R. Musick. New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1893: 275. Artist: F. A. Carter.
Relationships9th great-grandaunt of Paul Edward Lawrence
Daughter of William Towne
ChartsDescendants of Robert Towne
FatherWilliam Towne b. 18 Mar 1598/99, d. b 24 Apr 1673
MotherJoanna Blessing b. 22 Jun 1595, d. c 1682

Major Life Events

     Rebecca was baptized in St. Nicholas Parish Church on 21 February 1620/21 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.1 She married Francis Nurse on 24 August 1644 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.2 Rebecca was hung on 19 July 1692 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, at age 71.3 She was interred on 19 July 1692 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts.2

Children of Rebecca and Francis Nurse

Narrative

     In 1692 the famous witchcraft trials were held in Salem, Massachusetts. The episode began when a group of young girls accused others, generally older women, of consorting with the devil. Before the trials were over, 300 men and women had been accused. Twenty people were executed, including a minister who intoned the Lord's Prayer before his death. Soon after the trials, the weight of opinion in Massachusetts turned against the superstition of witchcraft, and no other trials were held.

     Rebecca Nurse was tried and hung as a witch July 19, 1692. Apparently she was deaf or almost deaf at the time which led to part of the confusion. One of her sisters, Mary, was also tried and hung on September 22, 1692. Another sister barely escaped with her life. The original Nurse home built by Francis Nurse in 1678 is situated off Pine Street, in Danvers, Massachusetts and is still standing today. There is a monument dedicated to Rebecca at that site.

     Rebecca Nurse Monument, Rebecca Nurse Homestead Pine Street, Danvers, Massachusetts. The home is occupied by a descendant. Lettering on the monument is on two sides.

North Side:

REBECCA NURSE
YARMOUTH ENGLAND
1621
SALEM MASS
1692
O Christian Martyr,
who for Truth could die
When all about thee
owned the hideous lie!
The world redeemed
from Superstition's sway
Is breathing freer
for thy sake today

South Side:

Accused of Witchcraft
She declared
"I am innocent and God will
clear my innocency."
Once acquitted yet falsely
condemned She suffered
death July 19, 1692.
In loving memory of her
Christian character
even then fully attested by
forty of her neighbors
This monument is erected
July 1885.2

Citations

  1. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XIII, No. 3, September 1993.
  2. [S380] John Berry genealogy web page, online http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/JOHNBERRY
  3. [S379] Letter, Anne Sloan to Paul E. Lawrence, August 9, 1999, charts and reports.

John Towne

#18591, b. 16 February 1622/23, d. circa 1672

Relationships9th great-granduncle of Paul Edward Lawrence
Son of William Towne
ChartsDescendants of Robert Towne
FatherWilliam Towne b. 18 Mar 1598/99, d. b 24 Apr 1673
MotherJoanna Blessing b. 22 Jun 1595, d. c 1682

Major Life Events

     He was baptized on 16 February 1622/23 in St. Nicholas Parish Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.1 John died circa 1672 in Massachusetts.2

Narrative

     On 25 April 1635, William apprenticed his 12 year son, John, to cooper, Lionel Gibson, for "a period of 8 years from 24th June next." There remains to be found proof that he was John Towne/Townes, ancestor of the southern Towne/Townes families. Captain Charles A. Towne certainly believed that he was the same John Towne (married to Phebe Lawson) and collected data on the southern families. There are numerous records of a John Towne in Connecticut in 1642/43; a John Towne in Northumberland Co., Virginia in 1649; and a John Towne was the witness of the signing of a deed in Springfield, Massachusetts, conveying land from the Indians to Springfield. Genealogis Farrow has found John Townes in the Yarmouth area. When the estate of William Towne was settled on 10 April 1683, there was no mention of son, John.3

Citations

  1. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XIII, No. 3, September 1993.
  2. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, William Towne-Joanna Blessing.
  3. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XVI, No. 1, March 1996.

Susanna Towne

#18592, b. 26 October 1625

Relationships9th great-grandaunt of Paul Edward Lawrence
Daughter of William Towne
ChartsDescendants of Robert Towne
FatherWilliam Towne b. 18 Mar 1598/99, d. b 24 Apr 1673
MotherJoanna Blessing b. 22 Jun 1595, d. c 1682

Major Life Events

     Susanna Towne was baptized on 26 October 1625 in St. Nicholas Parish Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.1

Citations

  1. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XIII, No. 3, September 1993.

Edmund Towne

#18593, b. 22 June 1628, d. 3 May 1678

Relationships9th great-granduncle of Paul Edward Lawrence
Son of William Towne
ChartsDescendants of Robert Towne
FatherWilliam Towne b. 18 Mar 1598/99, d. b 24 Apr 1673
MotherJoanna Blessing b. 22 Jun 1595, d. c 1682

Major Life Events

     Edmund was baptized in St. Nicholas Parish Church on 22 June 1628 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.1 He married first Phebe Lawson in 1650.2 Edmund Towne married second Mary Browning, daughter of Thomas Browning, circa 1652.3,4 Edmund died on 3 May 1678 in Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts, at age 49.5

Family of Edmund and Phebe Lawson

Children of Edmund and Mary Browning

Narrative

     Edmund came to America on the ship Rose at the age of nine as an apprentice to Henry Skerry of Salem.

Citations

  1. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XIII, No. 3, September 1993.
  2. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, Edmund Towne-Phebe Lawson.
  3. [S380] John Berry genealogy web page, online http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/JOHNBERRY
  4. [S834] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, page 749.
  5. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, William Town-Joanna Blessing.
  6. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, Edmund Towne-Mary Browning.

Mary Towne

#18594, b. 24 August 1634, d. 22 September 1692

Relationships9th great-grandaunt of Paul Edward Lawrence
Daughter of William Towne
ChartsDescendants of Robert Towne
FatherWilliam Towne b. 18 Mar 1598/99, d. b 24 Apr 1673
MotherJoanna Blessing b. 22 Jun 1595, d. c 1682

Major Life Events

     Mary Towne was baptized on 24 August 1634 in St. Nicholas Parish Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.1 She married Isaac Estey, son of Jeffery Eastwick (Este, Eastey, Estey) and Margaret Pate (Pitt, Pett, Pote, Poth), in 1655/56.2 Mary was hung on 22 September 1692 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, at age 58.3,4 She was interred on 25 September 1692 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts.2

Children of Mary and Isaac Estey

Narrative

     Mary was tried as a witch on September 9, 1692 and was condemned along with Martha Corey, Alice Parker, Ann Pudeator, Dorcas Hoar, and Mary Bradbury. She was hung on September 22, 1692, along with Martha Corey, Margaret Scott, Alice Parker, Ann Pudeator, Wilmott Redd, Samuel Wardwell, and Mary Parker.

Citations

  1. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XIII, No. 3, September 1993.
  2. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, Isaac Estey-Mary Towne.
  3. [S379] Letter, Anne Sloan to Paul E. Lawrence, August 9, 1999, charts and reports.
  4. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, William Town-Joanna Blessing.

Sarah Towne

#18595, b. 11 January 1636, d. 1703

Relationships9th great-grandaunt of Paul Edward Lawrence
Daughter of William Towne
ChartsDescendants of Robert Towne
FatherWilliam Towne b. 18 Mar 1598/99, d. b 24 Apr 1673
MotherJoanna Blessing b. 22 Jun 1595, d. c 1682

Major Life Events

     Sarah Towne was born on 11 January 1636 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts.1,2 She was christened on 3 September 1648 in the Salem Village Meeting House, Salem Village, Essex Co., Massachusetts.2 She married first Edmund Bridges on 11 January 1659 in Rowley, Essex Co., Massachusetts.1 She married second Peter Cloyes in 1674/75 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts.3 Sarah died in 1703 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts.4

Family of Sarah and Edmund Bridges

Family of Sarah and Peter Cloyes

Narrative

     Sarah was involved with the "Witchcraft Trials" in Salem and barely escaped with her life. Two of her sisters, Rebecca and Mary, were condemned and hung.

Citations

  1. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, Edmund Bridges-Sarah Towne.
  2. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XVI, No. 1, March 1996.
  3. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, Peter Cloyes-Sarah Towne.
  4. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, William Town-Joanna Blessing.

Joseph Towne

#18596, b. 3 September 1639, d. 21 February 1713

Relationships9th great-granduncle of Paul Edward Lawrence
Son of William Towne
ChartsDescendants of Robert Towne
FatherWilliam Towne b. 18 Mar 1598/99, d. b 24 Apr 1673
MotherJoanna Blessing b. 22 Jun 1595, d. c 1682

Major Life Events

     Joseph Towne was born on 3 September 1639 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts.1,2 He was christened on 3 September 1648 in the Salem Village Meeting House, Salem Village, Essex Co., Massachusetts.2 He married Phebe Perkins, daughter of Thomas Perkins and Phoebe Gould, in 1663 in Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts.3,4 Joseph died on 21 February 1713 in Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts, at age 73.5

Family of Joseph and Phebe Perkins

Narrative

     Upon his marriage to Phebe Perkins in 1663 Joseph's father, Wiiliam, deeded two-thirds of his real property to Joseph, with he and Joanna retaining rights to remain on the farm until their deaths.6

     in 1663, William and Joanna Towne deeded 2/3 of the home they live in, the barn, outhouses, yard, gardens, orchards, "lying situate and being in Topsfield, together with a parcel of broken upland by the meadow side, only a cartway reserved between the said land and the meadow towards the South, and the land of Jacob Towne towards the East, and the land of Jacob Towne and Edmund Towne towards the North, and the Lands of Isaac Estie towards the West -- also another parcel of land broke up and upbroken, containing an estimation of thirty acres, bounded by the way towards the Southeast and Northeast, and a way also towards the Southwest; the land of Zacheus Gould and Edmund Towne towards the Northwest and the land of Edmund Towne and Isaac Estie towards the North. Also a parcel of meddow lying on the North side of the river, having the river for the bounds toward the South, a highway towards the West, and a way towards the North, and meddow of Jacob Towne towards the East, containing by estimating fourteen acres." to son Joseph Towne just prior to his marriage with Phebe Perkins; "In consideration of natural affection and the contemplated marriage of our son Joseph Towne to Phebe Perkins…" Joseph also to have first refusal of the remaining 1/3 when it should be for sale.7

Citations

  1. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, Joseph Towne-Phebe Perkins.
  2. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XVI, No. 1, March 1996.
  3. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XXI, No. 4, December 2001, page 67.
  4. [S834] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, page 749.
  5. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, William Town-Joanna Blessing.
  6. 448
    Vol. XXI, No. 4, December 2001, page 67
  7. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XXVI, No. 4, October, November, December 2006, page 80.

John Blessing

#18597

Relationship11th great-grandfather of Paul Edward Lawrence

Major Life Events

     John married first Margaret ?. John married second Jone ?.1

Children of John and Margaret ?

Children of John and Jone ?

Citations

  1. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XXI, No. 4, December 2001, page 64.

Mary Browning

#18598, b. 1638, d. 1717

ChartsDescendants of Robert Towne
FatherThomas Browning

Major Life Events

     Mary Browning was born in 1638.1 She married Edmund Towne, son of William Towne and Joanna Blessing, circa 1652.2,1 Mary died in 1717.2,1

Children of Mary and Edmund Towne

Citations

  1. [S834] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, page 749.
  2. [S380] John Berry genealogy web page, online http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/JOHNBERRY
  3. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, Edmund Towne-Mary Browning.

Thomas Browning

#18599

Child of Thomas

Thomas Towne

#18600, b. 1655, d. 1720

Relationships1st cousin 10 times removed of Paul Edward Lawrence
Grandson of William Towne
ChartsDescendants of Robert Towne
FatherEdmund Towne b. 22 Jun 1628, d. 3 May 1678
MotherMary Browning b. 1638, d. 1717

Major Life Events

     Thomas Towne was born in 1655 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts.1 He married Sarah French, daughter of John French and Phebe Keyes, on 17 March 1684/85 in Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts.1,2 Thomas died in 1720 in Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts.1

Children of Thomas and Sarah French

Citations

  1. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, Thomas Town-Sarah French.
  2. [S834] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, page 749.