John Towne

#29739, b. circa 1575, d. 13 September 1627

Relationships11th great-grandfather of Paul Edward Lawrence
Father of William Towne
ChartsDescendants of Robert Towne
Descent from Robert Towne to Researcher
FatherRobert Towne
MotherAnn ?

Major Life Events

     John Towne was born circa 1575 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.1 He married Elizabeth Alice Clarke on 20 September 1597 in Blundeston, Suffolk, England.2 John died on 13 September 1627 in England.2

Children of John and Elizabeth Alice Clarke

Citations

  1. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, John Towne-Elizabeth Alice Clarke.
  2. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XVI, No. 1, March 1996.
  3. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XXI, No. 4, December 2001, page 66.

Elizabeth Alice Clarke

#29740, b. 1578, d. 7 September 1630

Relationships11th great-grandmother of Paul Edward Lawrence
Mother of William Towne
ChartsDescendants of Robert Towne
Descent from Robert Towne to Researcher

Major Life Events

     Elizabeth Alice Clarke was born in 1578.1 She married John Towne, son of Robert Towne and Ann ?, on 20 September 1597 in Blundeston, Suffolk, England.2 Elizabeth died on 7 September 1630 in England.2

Children of Elizabeth and John Towne

Citations

  1. [S417] AFR, LDS, online http://www.familysearch.org, John Towne-Elizabeth Alice Clarke.
  2. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XVI, No. 1, March 1996.
  3. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XXI, No. 4, December 2001, page 66.

Margaret Blessing

#29742, b. 9 August 1590, d. before 11 August 1634

Relationship10th great-grandaunt of Paul Edward Lawrence
FatherJohn Blessing
MotherMargaret ?

Major Life Events

     Margaret Blessing was baptized on 9 August 1590 in Holy Trinity Church, Caister on-Sea, Norfolk, England.1 She married Robert Buffam on 23 August 1613 in St. Nicholas Parish Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.2 Margaret died before 11 August 1634.1

Family of Margaret and Robert Buffam

Citations

  1. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XXI, No. 4, December 2001, page 65.
  2. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XVI, No. 1, March 1996.

Robert Buffam

#29743, d. 6 August 1669

Major Life Events

     He married first Margaret Blessing, daughter of John Blessing and Margaret ?, on 23 August 1613 in St. Nicholas Parish Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.1 He married second Thomasine Thompson on 11 August 1634 in South Walsham, Norfolk, England.2 Robert died on 6 August 1669 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts.3

Family of Robert and Margaret Blessing

Child of Robert and Thomasine Ward

Narrative

     Robert's second wife, Thomasine, name two of her children after the deceased children, Joshua and Mary, of Robert's first wife Margaret. Shortly after the baptism of Mary on 2 February 1637/38, Robert Buffam, his wife and children, and Margaret Thompson, Thomasine's daughter by her first husband), must have crossed the Atlantic, for on 29 Octover 1638, Robert appeared at the town meeting in Salem and asked for "accommodation," that is to day, a grant of land, which he obtained.

     Thomasine and her children became strong Quakers and suffered severly for their faith. Her daughter, Margaret Buffam married John Smith. Though he was not first a Quaker, he became one and suffered with is wife and her people the persecutions heaped upon that sect. John and Margaret were imprisoned nearly two years for their beliefs and speaking out. They had five children with three of them marrying children of Francis and Rebecca (Towne) Nurse.2

Citations

  1. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XVI, No. 1, March 1996.
  2. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XXI, No. 4, December 2001, page 65.
  3. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XXI, No. 4, December 2001, page 66.

Alice Blessing

#29744, d. 9 February 1656

Relationship10th great-grandaunt of Paul Edward Lawrence
FatherJohn Blessing
MotherJone ?

Major Life Events

     Alice Blessing married Mark? Firmage circa 1615.1 Alice died on 9 February 1656.2

Family of Alice and Mark? Firmage

Narrative

     The name Firmage is hardly spelled twice alike either in Old or New England making research difficult.

     Alice's husband whose given name may have been Mark, either died in England or on the voyage to America for Alice was "widow Alice Vermais" when she appeared before the Salem Town meeting on 29 October 1638, with her son, Mark, and her brother-in-law Robert Buffam, and asked for "accommodation" which was granted her in the form of 50 acres on 4 Feb 1638/9. Despite the fact that by December 1645, she had moved to Boston to the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Robert and Abigail Button, she retained owership of her land in Salem. On 3 August 1655, she sold 10 acres in teh North Field in Salem, on the North River and 5 acres of meadow in Wenham to Henry and Francis Skerry.2

     Alice made a will on 8 February 1656. In her will she states "to my sister Joan Towne my old cloth gown" which proves that Alice was either a sister or half-sister of Joanna. Alice's 50 acre grant in Salem was not disposed of until 1 June 1678, when Susannah Goose of Boston, widow; Abigail Hutchinson of Boston, widow; John Langdon, sailmaker of Boston, and Sarah his wife; and Esther Eastwick of Salem, widow, sold it to Samuel Frayl of Salem for 50 pounds.

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.

Mark? Firmage

#29745

Major Life Events

     Mark? Firmage married Alice Blessing, daughter of John Blessing and Jone ?, circa 1615.1

Family of Mark? and Alice Blessing

Citations

  1. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XVI, No. 1, March 1996.

Julian Blessing

#29746, b. 1571

Relationship10th great-grandaunt of Paul Edward Lawrence
FatherJohn Blessing
MotherMargaret ?

Major Life Events

     Julian Blessing was baptized in 1571.1 She married Thomas Goose on 31 August 1622 in St. Nicholas Parish Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.2

Family of Julian and Thomas Goose

Citations

  1. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XXI, No. 4, December 2001, page 64.
  2. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XVI, No. 1, March 1996.

Thomas Goose

#29747

Major Life Events

     Thomas Goose married Julian Blessing, daughter of John Blessing and Margaret ?, on 31 August 1622 in St. Nicholas Parish Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.1

Family of Thomas and Julian Blessing

Narrative

     In 1615 Thomas Goose, son of John Goose, mariner, was granted the freedom of Great Yarmouth by birth, and it is highly probable that he was Julian's future husband. Also, Capt. William Goose, the Great Yarmouth mariner who transported so many Norfolk people to New England on the ship Marye Anne, may have been Thomas' brother and Julian's brother-in-law.2

Citations

  1. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XVI, No. 1, March 1996.
  2. [S448] Newsletter, About Towne, Vol. XXI, No. 4, December 2001, page 66.