Martin Townsend

Male 1644 - 1697


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  • Name  Martin Townsend 
    Born  1644  Hinton-in-the-Hedges, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • His age is shown as 47 as a witness on 7 April 1691.
    Gender  Male 
    Immigration  1664  Boston, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • ||Watertown, Massachusetts||Soon after his arrival in Watertown he purchased successively five tracts of land and sold none. The neighborhood is now called Kendallville.
    Died  1697  Berkeley Co, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Martin was a witness April 7, 1691, when he called his age 47 and he died in a few years. -Savage.

      According to South Carolina records, Martin had taken out a warrant (option) on 200 acres in 1696. After he died, primogeniture prevailed in South Carolina and his eldest son Martin (according to the Probate Court) was the recipient of this warrant. This son apparently had "expectations" in South Carolina.

      He died in South Carolina while arranging for land to purchase. His belongings were returned to Watertown, MA, aboard the Mary in 1698. His burial site, no doubt, is in Berkeley County but has never been located.
    Probate  12 Nov 1698  Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Inventory of his estate, November 1698; 110 pounds, 8 shillings. Thomas Hammond was the administrator.
    Notes 
    • Martin Townsend was a weaver. Late in life, after 1693, he apparently removed to "Carolina." As evidence of this, his daughter Abigail had "prospects in Carolina." And 9 July, 1711, his son Martin sold to Joshua Kendall, weaver, the house and four lots of land in Watertown "all formerly of Martin Townsend, his father, late of Carolina, deceased."

      On 6 February, 1699, guardianship of his sons Martin, age about 16 and Jonathan, age about 12, was granted to their sister Abigail, spinster.

      -Bond
    Person ID  I25012  Bryant
    Last Modified  21 Aug 2003 

    Father  Martin Townsend,   b. 1596, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1675, Hinton-in-the-Hedges, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Juliana,   b. 1603, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Bef 1630  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1983  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Abigail Dix Traine,   b. 31 Jan 1650, Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1691, probably, Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  10 Apr 1668  Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • "Martaine Townesend & Abigall trayne Joyned in Marryage the 16 of Aprill [1668]"
    Children 
     1. Abigail Townsend,   b. 18 Sep 1669, Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1710
     2. Martin Townsend,   b. 1671, Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1671, Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Hannah Townsend,   b. 06 Oct 1673, Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Sep 1675, Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. John Townsend,   b. 26 May 1679, Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1683, Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Martin Townsend,   b. 1681, Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1714, probably, Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Jonathan Townsend,   b. say 1686,   d. Jul 1688, Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Jonathan Townsend,   b. 27 Apr 1688, Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1764, Hebron, Tolland Co, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F1981  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Hester Hassell,   b. 06 Dec 1648, Cambridge, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  30 Aug 1693  Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Family ID  F1982  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1644 - Hinton-in-the-Hedges, Northamptonshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1664 - Boston, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Apr 1668 - Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Aug 1693 - Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1697 - Berkeley Co, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 12 Nov 1698 - Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S100] Townsend, Byron, Townsends, Byron G. Townsend, (Houghton Lake, MI, 1997).

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

    3. [S56] Bond, Watertown Hist., Bond, Henry, M.D., (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1860), p.604.

    4. [S60] MASS, Vital Rec., Watertown: 31.

    5. [S14] Torrey, Editor: Torrey, Clarence Almon, (Genealogical Publishing Co., 1985, Baltimore, MD, 1985 (reprint)), p.750.

    6. [S54] Savage, Gen. Dict. 1st Settler, Savage, James, (Little, Brown & Company, 1860), VI:318.


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