Oliver Clark Townsend

Male 1838 - 1921


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  • Name  Oliver Clark Townsend  [1
    Born  28 Jul 1838  Jefferson Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender  Male 
    Census  1894  Hubbardston, Ionia Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Veterans Census of Michigan: TOWNSEND, O. C. Village of Hubbardston, Ionia Co.
    Died  19 Sep 1921  Hubbardston, Ionia Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Published in the Clinton Republican on 22 SEP 1921:
      Col. O. C. Townsend, Hubbardston Man, Civil War Veteran died Monday Morning, Boosted Home Town. Summary: He died at 5 AM Monday at his home. In 1876 started his banking business, retiring about 1915. Funeral Thursday from the home. Survived by wife and son Will Townsend of Brown City.
    Buried  22 Sep 1921  West Side Cemetery, Hubbardston, Ionia Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Funeral expenses noted as $335.00. He was survived by the widow and a son.
    Notes 
    • Oliver C. TOWNSEND arrived in Hubbardston in 1858.

      He enlisted in Company K, 21st Michigan Infantry as Corporal 9 Aug 1862 at Hubbardston for three years age 24. Mustered 4 Sep 1862. 1st Sergeant 27 Feb 1863. 1st Lieutenant, Company C 13 Jan 1863. Discharged to accept promotion 21 Sep 1863. Mustered 22 Sep 1863. Transferred to Company K 16 Nov 1863. Acting Assistant Quartermaster, 1st Division, 14th Army Corps from Feb to June 1865. Mustered out at Washington, DC 8 June 1865

      At the close of the war he returned to Hubbardston and went into partnership with his brother George W. TOWNSEND in the sash and blind business. He continued in this line of work for about ten years, during which time he made many improvements in the town and built a good store. He and his brother bored the artesian well which is still flowing (1891). He also was a banker since 1876, a funeral director in Hubbardston, and a dealer in furniture. He held several offices at Hubbardston, MI 1870 - Trustee 1879 - Treasurer 1880 - Treasurer 1881 - School Board 1881 - has a bankinghouse in Hubbardston; O.C. TOWNSEND & Co. He retired in 1915.

      Voter Registry of North Plains (1859-1882) O. C. Townsend, 23 Mar 1860
      Voter Registry of North Plains (1913) O. C. Townsend, Hubbardston, 29 Mar 1913.

      "We had a prestigious Civil War veteran living in Hubbardston in the late 1800's. General (listed as First Lieut. in 1881 Ionia History book) Oliver Clark Townsend of Co. D.(sic), 21st Michigan, North Plains, mustered out June 8, 1865. He lived in one of the early mansions on the hill on the north side of town. (This home was later owned by Kate and Sam Meyers and their neighbor was C. Ray Cowman, owner of the General Merchandise Store in town.) Clark kept his beautiful, pure white Civil War horse there and took great pride in it. On occasion when the Detroit Diocese bishop was due for a ceremony at the Catholic Church, Mr. Townsend would attire himself in his full dress uniform, and astride that beautiful white horse, journey to the top of the hill south of town to Cook Road. There he would anticipate the arrival of the bishop's surrey and proceed to escort the entourage, leading the procession through town to the destination of St. John the Baptist's Church rectory (priest's residence). It was a sight to behold in the words of the older residents. Mr. Townsend belonged to the Methodist-Episcopal Church, but highly respected the authority of a fellow churchman. (Jerry Burns)
      !Newsletter Number One, Hubbardston Area Historical Society, Box 183, Hubbardston, Michigan 48845
    Person ID  I24076  Bryant
    Last Modified  30 Jul 2004 

    Father  Warren Townsend,   b. 12 Feb 1800, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 May 1882, Bloomer Twp, Montcalm Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mehetabel Thomas,   b. Abt Jul 1802, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1854, Wilna, Jefferson Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1823  Plessis Village, Alexandria, Jefferson Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F332  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Abbie E. Brayton,   b. 31 May 1844, Oswego Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1896, Hubbardston, Ionia Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  30 Nov 1865  North Plains Twp, Ionia Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ionia County Marriages: 30 Nov 1865, O.C Townsend, age 27, of Hubbardston and Abbie Brayton, age 20, of Hubbardston. Witnesses: Ben Fargan and Ama Seaver. Marriage performed by Rev. J. B. Parmalee.
    Family ID  F1878  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Lena Whitney Brown,   b. Nov 1851, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1933 
    Married  11 Sep 1899  Grand Rapids, Kent Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Published 14 Sep 1899 in the Clinton Republican:
      "Married, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Brown in Grand Rapids, September 11, Mrs. Lena and O. C. Townsend of this place (Hubbardston). Both parties are known far and wide and are held in high esteem by their many friends. We extend congratulations."
    Family ID  F1879  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Jul 1838 - Jefferson Co, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Nov 1865 - North Plains Twp, Ionia Co, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1894 - Hubbardston, Ionia Co, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 Sep 1899 - Grand Rapids, Kent Co, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 Sep 1921 - Hubbardston, Ionia Co, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 22 Sep 1921 - West Side Cemetery, Hubbardston, Ionia Co, Michigan Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S40] Port. & Bio. Ionia & Montcalm, Chapman, Charles C., (Chapman Brothers, Chicago, 1891), p.310-11.

    2. [S53] Ewers, Fran, Townsend/Helms, Ewers, Fran (Townsend), (not published).

    3. [S147] Burns, Fun. Home.

    4. [S369] Marriages of Clinton County, Compiler: Genealogists of the Clinton County Historical Society, (Clinton County Historical Society, http://www.dewittlibrary.com/CCHS/CCHSmar.htm, Revised June 2002).


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