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JOSEPH TOWNSHEND, of Northfield, Co. Worc. (near Birmingham),  Bapt. 12 May 1672 at St. Martin’s Church, Birmingham.  M c. 1694 Rebecca (Bur. 26 Aug. 1729 at St. Lawrence’s Churchyard, Northfield – recorded in the burial register as “Rebecca, wife of Joseph Townshend, Butcher”).   He & his wife Rebecca were recorded as “deforciants in final concord” [i.e. vendors] for the sum of £200 of “4 messuages [houses], 3 cottages, 5 gardens, 120 acres of land, 5 acres of pasture, 10 acres of meadow, 20 acres of moor & common pasture for with appurtenances in the Parish of Sutton Coldfield, Whittacre Superior, Bordesley & the Parish of Aston by Birmingham” together with William Alport, Ralph Kennon, John & Abigail Billingsley & Samuel & Esther Cooke, 3 Nov. 1710.  Recorded as “Joseph Townshend of Northfield Butcher” he was party to a Deed of Indenture dated 27 March 1724 between himself & “Sandys Lyttleton, of King’s Norton, Co. Worc., Gent” concerning a property at Northfield called “Quarry Close”.  Recorded as “Joseph Townshend of Northfield Butcher” he, “Martha Townshend of the City of Worcester Spinster, one of his daughters” & “Sandys Lyttleton, of King’s Norton, Co. Worc., Gent” were parties to a Deed of Indenture dated 14 May 1735 concerning a property at Northfield called “Quarry Close”.  Bur. 2 March 1735/6 at St. Lawrence’s Churchyard, Northfield - recorded in the burial register as “Joseph Townshend, Butcher”.  He had issue:

 

1.JOSEPH, of whom we presently.

2.Elizabeth, Bapt. 13 March 1696 at Northfield.  M 16 April 1719 at Northfield, Joseph Palmer, of Northfield.   She had issue:

1a.Lucy Palmer, Bapt. 19 April 1720 at Northfield.  Died in infancy.

2a.Lucy Palmer, Bapt. 28 May 1723 at Northfield.

3.Rebecca, Bapt. 28 Sept. 1698 at Northfield.

4.Martha, of Worcester, Co. Worc.,  Born c. 1699.  Recorded as “Martha Townshend of the City of Worcester, Spinster” & as “one of the daughters of Joseph Townshend of Northfield Butcher” she, her father & Sandys Lyttelton were parties to a Deed of Indenture dated 14 May 1735 concerning a property at Northfield called “Quarry Close”.  Described as “Martha Townshend, of the City of Worcester, Spinster” she granted to her brother “Jacob Townshend, of Northfield, Butcher” the property at Northfield called “Quarry Close” by Deed of Indenture dated 18 June 1741.

5.Jacob, of Northfield, Co. Worc., (near Birmingham), Born 1701.  M Lic. dated 17 Aug. 1725.  M 17 Aug. 1725 at Hartlebury, Co. Worc., Hannah (Bapt. 26 March 1696 at Wolverley, Co. Worc.  At her marriage she was described as “Hannah Baskerville, of Wolverley, single woman, aged 29”.  She was mentioned in her husband’s will, 18 April 1751.  Recorded as “Hannah, relict of Jacob Townshend, late of Northfield, Butcher” she was a party with “Sarah Marston, John Townshend of Cradley, Co. Worc., Sythe Smith and Richard Townshend of Birmingham, Butcher, the three younger children of the said Jacob Townshend” to two indentures concerning the property at Northfield called “Quarry Close”, 15 Oct. 1762 & 16 Oct. 1762), sister of John Baskerville, of Birmingham, the celebrated Printer & Type-founder (1707-1775), & d. of John Baskerville, of Wolverley, & his wife Sarah.  At his marriage he was described as “Jacob Townshend, of Northfield, Bachelor, Butcher, aged 24”.  Recorded as “Jacob Townsend of Northfield, Worcs, Butcher” he advanced the sum of £200 on mortgage to “John Middlemore, Gentleman, of Hawkesley” secured against a “messuage [house] & land at Hawkesley”, 1 April 1734, which he assigned by Deed dated 26 Dec. 1737 for £218.  Recorded as “Jacob Townshend, of Northfield, Butcher”, he received a grant of the property at Northfield called “Quarry Close” from his sister Martha Townshend by Deed of Indenture dated 18 June 1741.  Will dated 18 April 1751 – of which he appointed “my brother John Baskerville, of Birmingham” to be an executor & in which he mentioned his property at Northfield “known by the name of the Quarry”.  Bur. 11 June 1751 at Northfield - recorded in the burial register as “Jacob Townshend, Butcher”.  Will Proved at the Consistory Court of Worcester, 29 June 1752.  He had issue:

1a.Joseph, Bapt. 22 March 1725/6 at Northfield.  Bur. 27 March 1726 at Northfield - recorded in the burial register as “Joseph son of Jacob Townshend, Butcher”.

2a.Rebecca, Bapt. 7 Sept. 1731 at Northfield.  M Thomas Westley.  Mentioned in her father’s will, 18 April 1751, as “Rebecca Westley”.  Described in an indenture concerning the property called “Quarry Close” at Northfield as “Rebecca now wife of Thomas Westley” and as “eldest daughter” of “Jacob Townshend late of Northfield Butcher”, 16 Oct. 1762.  She was recorded in the will of her maternal uncle John Baskerville as “my niece Rebecca Westley” under which she received a bequest of £100, 6 Jan. 1773.

3a.Sarah, Bapt. 14 July 1733 at Northfield.  Mentioned in her father’s will, 18 April 1751.  M Thomas Marston, “Farmer”, of Northfield.  She was described as “Sarah wife of Thomas Marston of Northfield Farmer” & as one of the “younger children of Jacob Townshend of Northfield Butcher” she, together with her mother & brothers John & Richard, was a party to two indentures concerning the property called “Quarry Close” at Northfield, dated 15 Oct. 1762 & 16 Oct. 1762.  She was recorded in the will of her maternal uncle John Baskerville as “my niece Sarah Marston” under which she received a bequest of £100, 6 Jan. 1773.She had issue:

1b.Isaac Marston, of Cradley, Co. Worc.,  Born 1756.  He was recorded as “Isaac the son of Thomas Marston” in the will of his maternal great uncle John Baskerville under which he received a bequest of £10, 6 Jan. 1773.  Mentioned in the will of his maternal uncle, John Townshend, as “my nephew Isaac Marston”, 29 Aug. 1804.  Churchwarden of Cradley Chapel, 1813.  He was recorded in the Worcestershire Directory of 1820 as “of Cradley, Farmer”.  As “Isaac Marston Gent” he was recorded as a trustee of the Park Lane Unitarian Chapel at Cradley.  M 16 Oct. 1780 at St. Martin’s Church, Birmingham, Elizabeth Richards (Died 22 April 1823 – as recorded on her gravestone.  Bur. at Cradley.  M.I. – “Elizabeth Marston, Died 22 April 1823 in her 65th year”).  Died 31 March 1833 – as recorded on his gravestone.  Bur. at Cradley.  M.I. - “Isaac Marston in the 77th year of his age”.  Will Proved at P.C.C., 5 Aug. 1833.  He had issue:

1c.William Marston, Mentioned in the will of his Great Uncle John Townshend as “eldest son of my nephew Isaac Marston”, 29 Aug. 1804.

2c.Rebecca Westley Marston, Bapt. 6 Aug. 1790 at New Meeting House, Moor Street Unitarian Church, Birmingham.  Died 7 June 1815 – as recorded on her gravestone.  Bur. at Cradley.  M.I. – “Died 7 June 1815 in her 25th year”. 

3c.Sarah Marston, Bapt. 2 Oct. 1795 at New Meeting House, Moor Street Unitarian Church, Birmingham.  Died 31 Dec. 1833 – as recorded on her gravestone.  Bur. at Cradley.  M.I. – “Died 31 Dec. 1833 aged 38 years”.

2b.Joseph Marston, He was mentioned with his siblings as “Joseph, Thomas & Jacob, sons of Thomas Marston by his wife Sarah, my niece” under which they received a bequest of £100 each, 6 Jan. 1773.

3b.Thomas Marston, He was mentioned with his siblings as “Joseph, Thomas & Jacob, sons of Thomas Marston by his wife Sarah, my niece” under which they received a bequest of £100 each, 6 Jan. 1773.  He was mentioned in the will of his maternal uncle John Townshend as “my nephew Thomas Marston”, 29 Aug. 1804.

4b.Jacob Marston, He was mentioned with his siblings as “Joseph, Thomas & Jacob, sons of Thomas Marston by his wife Sarah, my niece” under which they received a bequest of £100 each, 6 Jan. 1773.  He was mentioned in the will of his maternal uncle John Townshend as “my nephew Jacob Marston”, 29 Aug. 1804.

4a.Jonathan, He was recorded with his siblings as “Johathan, John & Richard Townsend [sic] my nephews” in the will of his maternal uncle John Baskerville, 6 Jan. 1773.

5a.John, of Cradley, in the Parish of Halesowen, Co. Worc.,  Bapt. 12 April 1735 at Northfield.  Mentioned in his father’s will, 18 April 1751. Described as “John Townshend of Cradley, Worc., Sythe Smith” & as one of the “younger children of Jacob Townshend of Northfield Butcher” he together with his mother & brother Richard & sister Sarah was a party to two indentures concerning the property called “Quarry Close” at Northfield, dated 15 Oct. 1762 & 16 Oct. 1762.  M 22 Jan. 1766 at Upton Warren, Co. Worc., Bridget (Bapt. 20 April 1740 at Upton Warren.  Died 5 Feb. 1808 – as recorded on her gravestone.  Bur. at Cradley.  M.I. – “Also of Bridget, his wife, who died the 5th day of February, 1808 aged 66”.  Will Proved at P.C.C., 13 July 1808), d. of Joseph Parsons, of Upton Warren, Co. Worc., & his wife Mary.  He was recorded in the will of his maternal uncle John Baskerville as “my nephew John Townsend [sic]” under which she received a bequest of £100 & a gift of “my gold watch as a keepsake”, 6 Jan. 1773.  At the Enclosure Survey of Cradley made in 1782 he was recorded as the owner of 2 houses and 44 acres of land in Cradley.  Described as “Townsend [sic], John, of Cradley, Gent” he was recorded as taking “out a Certificate for the Killing of Game between 1 July 1790 & 1 Oct. 1790.  He was one of the trustees under the provisions of an Act of Parliament of 1799 passed to provide for the administration of Cradley Chapel (the qualification for trustees being that at the preceding assessment of the poor that they should be rated at not less than £10 p.a.).  Will dated 29 Aug. 1804 – in which he was described as “John Townshend, of Cradley, Gentleman” & by which he bequeathed £70, & the annual income therefrom, towards the support of the National School at Cradley & directed his nephew, Isaac Marston, to permit the Rev. Thomas Best, Vicar of Cradley to occupy Colley Gate House, where Best then resided, during the term of Best’s natural life, at a yearly rental of £10.  Died 11 May 1806 – as recorded on his gravestone.  Bur. at Cradley.  M.I. – “Sacred to the memory of John Townshend who departed this life the 11th day of May 1806 in the seventy-second year of his age”.  Will Proved at P.C.C., 11 Sept. 1806.  s.p.

6a.Richard, of Birmingham.,  Bapt. 28 Dec. 1737 at Northfield.  Mentioned in his father’s will, 18 April 1751.  Described as “Richard Townshend of Birmingham Butcher” & one of the “younger children of Jacob Townshend of Northfield Butcher” he together with his mother & brother John & sister Sarah was a party to two indentures concerning the property called “Quarry Close” at Northfield, dated 15 Oct. 1762 & 16 Oct. 1762.  He was recorded in the will of his maternal uncle John Baskerville as “my nephew Richard Townsend [sic]” under which she received a bequest of £100, 6 Jan. 1773.

 

JOSEPH TOWNSHEND, of Halesowen, Salop (near Birmingham & Northfield).,  Bapt. 14 June 1695 at Northfield.  M Lic. dated 12 April 1716 – in which he was recorded as “Joseph Townshend of ye Parish of Northfield in the County & Diocese of Worcester Husbandman” & as “aged 21 years & a bachelor”.  M 12 April 1716 at Stone, Co. Worc., Sarah (Bapt. 30 Oct. 1695 at Halesowen.  In her M Lic. she was recorded as “Sarah Smith of ye Parish of Halesowen in ye County of Salop & Diocese of Worcester aged 20 years & a maiden”.  Mentioned in her father’s will as “my loving daughter Sarah Townshend wife of Joseph Townshend of Halesowen, Butcher” under which she was appointed sole executrix & inherited two parcels of land at Halesowen, 9 April 1745.  Bur. 6 Jan. 1761/2 at Halesowen – recorded in the burial register as “Sarah Townshend widow of ye town”), d. of John Smith, “Yeoman”, of Halesowen, & his wife Mary (See SMITH).  Churchwarden of the Parish of Halesowen, 1721.  At the baptisms of his children he was recorded in the Halesowen baptismal register as “Joseph Townshend of Town”.  Described as “Joseph Townsend [sic] of Northfield Butcher” he purchased for the sum of £12 “a cottage & garden with appurtenances in Northfield” from William Mucklow, of Deritend, in the Parish of Aston juxta Birmingham, Cordwainer, Thomas Mucklow, of Deritend & John Hanks, of the Parish of Northfield, Husbandman, 26 Sept. 1728.  Mentioned in the will of his father-in-law, John Smith, as “Joseph Townshend of Halesowen Butcher”, 9 April 1745.  Bur. 22 April 1757 in the middle aisle of the nave of Halesowen Parish Church - recorded in the burial register as “of the Town”.  He had issue:

 

1.Mary, Bapt. 30 Sept. 1719 at Halesowen – recorded in the baptismal register as “Mary, daughter of Joseph & Sarah Townsend [sic] of Town”.  M 19 Aug. 1740 at Chaddesley Corbet, Co. Worc., John Bradley, “Confectioner”, of Birmingham.  Mentioned in the will of her maternal grandfather, John Smith, as “my grand daughter Mary Bradeley [sic] wife of John Bradeley [sic] of Birmingham in the County of Warwick, Confectioner”, 9 April 1745.  She was mentioned in the will of her brother Jacob with her siblings as “my brothers & sisters Mary, John, William & Sarah”, 26 Sept. 1763.  She had issue:

1a.Mary Bradley, Bapt. 30 Sept. 1741 at St. Martin’s Church, Birmingham.        

2a.Joseph Bradley, of Birmingham.,  Bapt. 18 June 1744 at St. Martin’s Church, Birmingham.

2.Joseph, of ‘The Bells’, Northfield.,  Bapt. 6 March 1721/2 at Halesowen – recorded in the baptismal register as “Joseph, son of Joseph & Sarah Townsend [sic] of Town”.  M Lic. dated 3 Jan. 1737/8.  M 5 Jan. 1737/8 at Cofton Hackett, Co. Worc., Elizabeth Gosling (At her marriage she was recorded as “Elizabeth Gosling, Spinster, aged 21, of Frankley, Co. Worc.”  Mentioned in her husband’s will as “Elizabeth my dearly beloved wife” under which she was appointed executrix, 10 Feb. 1747/8.  Will dated 5 Feb. 1795 (with Codicils dated 24 March 1796 & 6 April 1797) – in which she was described as “Elizabeth Townshend late of Northfield in the County of Worcester but now of Birmingham in the County of Warwick Widow”.  Died 1798.  Bur. Northfield.  M.I. – “Elizabeth Townshend died 1798 aged 80”.  Will Proved at the Consistory Court of Worcester, 23 Aug. 1798).  At his marriage he was recorded as “Joseph Townshend, of Northfield, Bachelor, Butcher, aged 20”.  Recorded as “Joseph Townshend of the Parish of Northfield, Butcher” he was granted a lease for a year by “John Field, of the Parish of King’s Norton” of “a toft called Hole House alias Nether House with lands & appurtenances in the Parish of Northfield”, 6 Oct. 1740.  Recorded as “Joseph Townshend, the younger, of the Parish of Northfield, Butcher” he was, for a consideration of £340, granted a release by John Field of “a toft called Hole House alias Nether House with lands & appurtenances in the Parish of Northfield, subject to a mortgage from the said John Field to John Addyes, of More Hall in the Parish of Sutton Coldfield, Co. Warw.”, 7 Oct. 1740.  Recorded as “Joseph Townshend, the younger, of Northfield, Butcher” he granted by indenture a mortgage over his property described as “a toft called Hole House alias Netherhouse with a cottage, lands & appurtenances in the Parish of Northfield”, 3 Oct. 1741.  Recorded as “Joseph Townshend, the younger, of Northfield, Butcher” he granted a lease for a year to Elizabeth Careless of “a toft called Hole House alias Netherhouse with a cottage, lands & appurtenances in the Parish of Northfield”, 12 Oct. 1743.  By Indenture of fine entered into with John Rogers he & “Elizabeth his wife” & Sampson Lloyd purchased “a cottage, lands & appurtenances in the Parish of Northfield & King’s Norton for the sum of £100, 1743.  Will dated 10 Feb. 1747/8 – in which he was described as “Joseph Townshend of the Bells in Northfield in the County of Worcester” & which he referred to “all my real estate in Northfield”.  Bur. 3 April 1748 at Northfield - recorded in the burial register as “Joseph Townshend, Butcher”.  Will Proved at the Consistory Court of Worcester, 6 April 1748.  He had issue:

1a.Mary, Bapt. 26 Dec. 1738 at Northfield.  Mentioned in her father’s will as “my daughter Mary”, 10 Feb. 1747/8.  Mentioned in the will of her paternal uncle Rev. Jacob Townshend as “my eldest brother’s daughter Mary”, 26 Sept. 1763.  M Isaac Marston.  She had issue:

1b.James Marston,  Mentioned in the will of his maternal grandmother Elizabeth Townshend with his brother as “my grandsons James Marston & Job Marston”, 5 Feb. 1795.

2b.Job Marston,  Mentioned in the will of his maternal grandmother Elizabeth Townshend with his brother as “my grandsons James Marston & Job Marston”, 5 Feb. 1795.

3b.Elizabeth Gosling Marston,  She & her sisters were mentioned in the will of her maternal grandmother Elizabeth Townshend as “my three grand daughters Elizabeth Gosling Marston, Sarah, the wife of Samuel Cope, and Mary East Marston”, 5 Feb. 1795.

4b.Sarah Marston, M Samuel Cope.  She & her sisters were mentioned in the will of her maternal grandmother Elizabeth Townshend as “my three grand daughters Elizabeth Gosling Marston, Sarah, the wife of Samuel Cope, and Mary East Marston”, 5 Feb. 1795.

5b.Mary East Marston,  ,  She & her sisters were mentioned in the will of her maternal grandmother Elizabeth Townshend as “my three grand daughters Elizabeth Gosling Marston, Sarah, the wife of Samuel Cope, and Mary East Marston”, 5 Feb. 1795.

2a.Joseph, of Northfield.,  Bapt. 3 Dec. 1742 at Northfield.  Mentioned in his father’s will as “my son Joseph” under which he inherited his father’s “real estate at Northfield” 10 Feb. 1747/8.  Mentioned in his mother’s will “as my son Joseph Townshend” under which he inherited “All that messuage or dwellinghouse lands and hereditaments thereunto belonging situate & being in the Parish of Northfield in the County of Worcester aforesaid with the appurtenances which I lately purchased of Edward Webster And also those two closes pieces or parcels of land situate & being in the Parish of Halesowen in the Counties of Salop & Worcester or one of them with the appurtenances now in the possession of Mr Harry Green and Thomas Alderthea”, 5 Feb. 1795.  Bur. 14 Nov. 1800 at Northfield.  M.I. – “Joseph Townshend died 1800”.

3.Jacob (Rev.), B.A., of Hilperton, Co. Wilts.,  Bapt. 29 July 1724 at Halesowen – recorded in the baptismal register as “Jacob, son of Joseph & Sarah Townshend”.  Recorded as “Jacob son of Joseph Townshend, Salop, pleb [sic], aged 18” he matriculated at University College, Oxford University, 28 Nov. 1741.  B.A. from Merton Coll., Oxford University, 1745.  He was ordained a deacon by the Bishop of Gloucester & subsequently went to America, where between 1747 & 1749 he was recorded as being granted a lease by Lord Fairfax of 203 acres being Lot 34 of South Bank Manor in what is now Hardy County, West Virginia.  He appears to have subsequently returned to England, where he was recorded as being ordained a priest by the Bishop of Winchester in 1751.  He appears to have again gone to America as Thomas Dawson, the Bishop of London’s commissary in Virginia, reported to his superior that “Rev. Jacob Townshend” had arrived in Virginia with “his uncle Capt. Smith” with recommendations from Sir Thomas Robinson, Secretary of State to Robert Dinwiddie, the colony’s governor, 15 Nov. 1754.  He brought suit against his uncle William Smith in Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia, claiming payment of £15, 1 Aug. 1754, which his uncle later agreed to pay & which sum his uncle had “received by the hands of the Lords of Treasury to pay his [Townshend’s] passage to Virginia”.  Listed as “Jacob Townshend, A.B., Clk” he was recorded as one of the freeholders of All Saints Parish, Frederick County, Maryland who petitioned the General Assembly of Maryland to divide into two All Saints Parish, between 22 Feb. 1755 & 9 Oct. 1756.  The vestry of Cumberland Parish in Lunenburg County, Virginia, voted to employ him as minister for 3 months, 5 Dec. 1757.  Recorded as Rector of Russell Parish, Bedford County, Virginia, 4 Jan. 1758.  He subsequently moved to Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County, Virginia, where he engaged in the tobacco trade.  In about 1760 he sued Col. Landon Carter for “defamation and scandal” when in one of Carter’s pamphlets entitled ‘Letter to the B[isho]p of L[ondo]n’ Carter charged that Townshend “in concert with the memorable [Charles] Dick, a well-known Fredericksburg merchant, had paid high prices for tobacco in 1759, for the short crop of 1758, had shipped off much of it to his own account, & had then run away to Frederick County, before the time for payment.  Thus he had cheated the country out of many thousands of Pounds”.   On 7 Sept. 1762 he purchased 800 acres of land from Valentine & Sarah Crawford in Frederick County, Virginia (later as the result of a redrawing of boundaries in Hampshire County, West Virginia).  He supported the British Crown prior to the American Revolution & as a result his lands in Hampshire County, Virginia were escheated to the state of Virginia, circa 1780.  He appears to have returned to England before the American Revolution & once again taken up clerical appointment as curate of Hilperton, near Trowbridge, Co. Wilts. until his death.  Subsequent to his death he was listed by the Loyalist Claims Commission amongst the names of those loyalists whose property had been confiscated in Virginia, 3 July 1787.  Will dated 26 Sept. 1763 – which appears from the language used in it to have been written in Virginia & in which he bequeathed “to my brother William Townshend of Halesowen in Shropshire my 34 lot of land in Hampshire [Hampshire County, West Virginia] on proviso he will come over to possess it and if not to any of my Brother’s and Sister’s children that will come and possess it excepting my ungrateful and treacherous brother Benjamin and his heirs to whom I bequeath one shilling only”.  Died before 28 Sept. 1778 at Upton, Co. Worc.  Will Proved at P.C.C., 28 Sept. 1778 – he was described in the grant of probate as “the Reverend Jacob Townshend elder late curate of Hilperton near Trowbridge in the County of Wilts deceased”.  s.p.

4.Job, Bapt. 5 July 1726 at Halesowen.  Died at Tamworth, Co. Warw.  unm.  s.p.

5.John, of Halesowen., Born 1728 at Halesowen.  Mentioned in the will of his maternal grandfather, John Smith, as “my grandson John Townshend”, 9 April 1745.  He was mentioned in the will of his brother Jacob with his siblings as “my brothers & sisters Mary, John, William & Sarah”, 26 Sept. 1763 (his brother, then resident in Virginia in America, appears to have been unaware of his earlier death).  Will dated 20 May 1762 - in which he was described as “John Townshend of Halesowen in the County of Salop, Butcher” & stated “I having six nephews do give to each of them forty shillings to be paid at my death” & made provision for “all the rest & residue of my ready money personal estate & all & singular my lands tenements & hereditaments and all other my real and leasehold estate whatsoever and wheresoever with all & every the appurtenances & all my right of redemption property claim & demand therein with the appurtenances I give to my brother William Townshend”.  Died 1762.  Will Proved at the Consistory Court of Worcester, 2 July 1762.  s.p.

6.WILLIAM, of whom we presently.

7.Sarah, Bapt. 30 Aug. 1732 at Halesowen.  M 10 Feb. 1752 at Clent, Co. Worc., William Millward, of Halesowen.  She was mentioned in the will of her brother Jacob with her siblings as “my brothers & sisters Mary, John, William & Sarah”, 26 Sept. 1763.  She had issue:

1a.Benjamin Millward, of Halesowen, Bapt. 3 July 1752 at Halesowen.

2a.Charles Millward, Bapt. 14 Dec. 1753 at Halesowen.

3a.Joseph Millward.

4a.Josiah Millward, Bapt. 8 March 1758 at Halesowen.

8.Benjamin, Bapt. 29 Feb. 1736 at Halesowen.  Mentioned in the will of his brother Jacob as “my ungrateful & treacherous brother Benjamin”, 26 Sept. 1763.  An officer in the British Army, he served in America.  He was killed in a duel on the banks of St. John’s River, New Brunswick, Canada, 1788.

 

WILLIAM TOWNSHEND, of Illey Brook Farm, Illey, in the Parish of Halesowen, Salop (near Birmingham).,  Born 1730 – as recorded by his grandson William Townshend (1801-1881) in his ‘Book of Gleanings’, in which he recorded family events, written in 1866.  Bapt. 11 Feb. 1729/30 at Halesowen.  M Lic. dated 1 Sept. 1753 – in which he was described as “William Townshend of the Parish of Halesowen in the County of Salop & Diocese of Worcester Farmer” & as “aged 24 years, a bachelor”.  M 1 Sept. 1753 at Oldbury, Co. Worc., Elizabeth (Born 1729 – as recorded by her grandson William Townshend (1801-1881) in his ‘Book of Gleanings.  Bapt. 28 Sept. 1729 at Halesowen – recorded in the baptismal register as “Elizabeth, daughter of William & Jane Nichols [sic]”.  M Lic. dated 1 Sept. 1753 – in which she was recorded as “Elizabeth Nicholls of the parish of Halesowen in the County of Salop & Diocese of Worcester aged 24 years, a spinster”.  Mentioned in her husband’s will as “my beloved wife Elizabeth Townshend” under which she received a gift of her husband’s “…two leasehold cottage dwelling houses nail shops & gardens & all & every the appurtenances thereunto belonging situate lying & being near a place called Quinton in the said Parish of Halesowen in the County of Salop & are now in the tenure of Amos Parkes & Thomas Fay”, 23 Nov. 1792.  She was described as “my grandmother Elizabeth Townshend, nee Nicholls” by her grandson William Townshend (1801-1881) in his ‘Book of Gleanings.  Will dated 19 Dec. 1802 – in which she was described as “Elizabeth Townshend Widow of the Town of Birmingham in the County of Warwick” & made provision for “my cottage houses in Carthouse Lane in the Parish of Halesowen in the County of Salop in the possession of Mary Fay & John Parkes”.  Died 7 April 1808 – as recorded by her grandson William Townshend (1801-1881) in his ‘Book of Gleanings’.  Her death was recorded by her son William in his family bible as follows – “Elizabeth Townshend, wife of the above William Townshend, & mother to him abovementioned, died the 7th of April 1808 aged 79 & buried as above”.  Bur. 10 April 1808 at St. Lawrence’s Churchyard, Northfield.  Will Proved at the Consistory Court of Lichfield, 12 April 1808), d. of William Nicholls, of Halesowen, & his wife Jane (See NICHOLLS).  He was mentioned in the will of his brother John as “my brother William Townshend under which he received a gift of “all the rest & residue of my ready money personal estate & all & singular my lands tenements & hereditaments and all other my real and leasehold estate whatsoever and wheresoever with all & every the appurtenances & all my right of redemption property claim & demand therein with the appurtenances” & was appointed executor, 20 May 1762.  Mentioned in the will of his brother Jacob as “my brother William Townshend of Halesowen in Shropshire” under which he received a bequest of “my 34 lot of land in Hampshire [Hampshire County, West Virginia, America] on proviso he will come over to possess it and if not to any of my Brother’s and Sister’s children that will come and possess it excepting my ungrateful and treacherous brother Benjamin and his heirs to whom I bequeath one shilling only”, 26 Sept. 1763.  Will dated 23 Nov. 1792 - in which he was described as “William Townshend of Illey in the Parish of Halesowen in the County of Salop Farmer” & made provision for “all that my freehold & copyhold estates, dwelling house, barns, stables & outhouses with all the appurtenances wherein I now dwell situate lying & being at Illey in the said Parish of Halesowen in the County of Salop” & “all my two leasehold cottage dwelling houses nail shops & gardens & all & every the appurtenances thereunto belonging situate lying & being near a place called Quinton in the said Parish of Halesowen in the County of Salop & are now in the tenure of Amos Parkes & Thomas Fay”.  Died 6 Dec. 1792 at Illey – as recorded by his grandson William Townshend (1801-1881) in his ‘Book of Gleanings.  His death was recorded by his son William in his son’s family bible as follows – “William Townshend, Yeoman, of Illey, near Halesowen, Shropshire, father of William Townshend mentioned at the top of this leaf, departed this life on the 6th Dec. 1792 aged 63 & was buried in Northfield Churchyard, about 7 miles from Birmingham”.  Bur. 18 Dec. 1792 at St. Lawrence’s Churchyard, Northfield.  Will Proved at the Consistory Court of Worcester, 2 Jan. 1793.  He had issue:

 

1.Jane, Bapt. 14 March 1755 at Halesowen.  M 14 July 1776 at Halesowen, Richard Egginton, of Halesowen (Bapt. Nov. 1755 at Halesowen.  Mentioned in the will of his father-in-law as “my son-in-law Richard Egginton” under which he received a bequest of one shilling, 23 Nov. 1792.  Will dated 30 Sept. 1833 – in which he was recorded as “Richard Egginton, of Halesowen, Carpenter”.  Will Proved at P.C.C., 23 June 1836).  Mentioned as “my daughter Jane now the wife of Richard Egginton” in her father’s will under which she received “the weekly sum of one shilling a week payable weekly & every week during the term of her natural life”, 23 Nov. 1792.  Mentioned as “my daughter Jane Egginton” in her mother’s will, 19 Dec. 1802.  Mentioned in her husband’s will, 30 Sept. 1833.  She was granted probate of her of her husband’s estate, 23 June 1836.  Died after 23 June 1836.  She had issue:

1a.Peter Egginton, d.s.p

2a.Richard Egginton, Bapt. 29 Sept. 1786 at St. Phillip’s Church, Birmingham.

2.Sarah, Bapt. 23 Sept. 1757 at Halesowen.  M 2 Feb. 1779 at Halesowen, John Godwin.  Mentioned as in her father’s will as “my daughter Sarah Godwin” under which she received a bequest of one shilling, 23 Nov. 1792.  She had issue:

1a.Henry Godwin, He was mentioned in the will of his maternal grandfather William Townshend with his siblings as “the five children of my daughter Sarah Godwin namely Henry Godwin, William Godwin, Sarah Godwin, Nancy Godwin & Rebecca Godwin” under which they each received a bequest of £5 when they came of age, 23 Nov. 1792.

2a.William Godwin, He was mentioned in the will of his maternal grandfather William Townshend with his siblings as “the five children of my daughter Sarah Godwin namely Henry Godwin, William Godwin, Sarah Godwin, Nancy Godwin & Rebecca Godwin” under which they each received a bequest of £5 when they came of age, 23 Nov. 1792.

3a.Sarah Godwin, She was mentioned in the will of her maternal grandfather William Townshend with her siblings as “the five children of my daughter Sarah Godwin namely Henry Godwin, William Godwin, Sarah Godwin, Nancy Godwin & Rebecca Godwin” under which they each received a bequest of £5 when they came of age, 23 Nov. 1792.

4a.Nancy Godwin, She was mentioned in the will of her maternal grandfather William Townshend with her siblings as “the five children of my daughter Sarah Godwin namely Henry Godwin, William Godwin, Sarah Godwin, Nancy Godwin & Rebecca Godwin” under which they each received a bequest of £5 when they came of age, 23 Nov. 1792.

5a.Rebecca Godwin, She was mentioned in the will of her maternal grandfather William Townshend with her siblings as “the five children of my daughter Sarah Godwin namely Henry Godwin, William Godwin, Sarah Godwin, Nancy Godwin & Rebecca Godwin” under which they each received a bequest of £5 when they came of age, 23 Nov. 1792.

3.Joseph, of Evesham, Co. Worc.,  Bapt. 16 July 1762 at Halesowen.  M 14 Jan. 1790 at Pavington, Co. Beds., Jemima (Bapt. 3 March 1761 at Sherington, Co. Bucks.  Appointed Joint Executrix of her husband’s will, 19 Aug. 1814.  Died 8 June 1824 at Evesham.  Bur. Cowl Street Baptist Churchyard, Evesham), d. of John Chibnall, of Sherrington, Co. Bucks. & his wife Philibet Wheeler.  Mentioned in his father’s will as “my elder son Joseph Townshend” under which he inherited his father’s “all that my freehold & copyhold estates, dwelling house, barns, stables & outhouses with all the appurtenances wherein I now dwell situate lying & being at Illey in the said Parish of Halesowen in the County of Salop” & was appointed joint executor with his younger brother William, 23 Nov. 1792.  Mentioned “as in his mother’s will as “my son Joseph Townshend” under which he received a bequest of one shilling, 19 Dec. 1802.  Will dated 19 Aug. 1814 – in which he was described as “Joseph Townshend of Evesham in the County of Worcester Office of Excise” & in which he mentioned owning freehold farmland at Illey.  Died 9 Oct. 1814 at Evesham.  Bur. Cowl Street Baptist Churchyard, Evesham.  Will Proved at P.C.C., 23 Dec. 1814.  He had issue:

1a.George, of Coventry, Co. Warw.,  Born 24 March 1791 at Greenwich.  Joint Executor of his father’s will  under which he inherited his father’s freehold estates at Illey, in the Parish of Halesowen, 19 Aug. 1814.  M 17 Dec. 1818 at St. Peter’s Church, Cradley, Co. Worc., Nancy (Born 12 March 1785.  Bapt. 14 May 1786 at St. Peter’s Churchyard, Cradley.  Died 3 Oct. 1867), d. of Rev. Thomas Best, of Cradley & Sheffield.  Died 25 Sept. 1848 at Coventry, Co. Warw.  Bur. St. Peter’s Churchyard, Coventry.  He had issue:

1b.Louisa, Bapt. 12 Oct. 1819 at St. Peter’s Church, Cradley.

2b.Joseph, Bapt. 25 March 1821 at St. Peter’s Church, Cradley.  M 21 Dec. 1854 at Aylesbury, Co. Bucks., Catherine Mary, d. of John Valder, of Aylesbury, Collector of Inland Revenue & his wfe Catherine Rolfe.  He was recorded as “Joseph Townshend, Supervison of Inland Revenue, aged 40”, as having been born at “Cradley, Worcestershire” & as living at Stratford Grove, West Ham, Essex with his wife & children, 1861 Census.  He was recorded as “Joseph Townshend, Supervisor of Inland Revenue, aged 51”, as having been born at “Stalbridge, Worcestershire” & as living at 66 Bruce Road, Bromley by Bow, Middlesex”, 1871 Census.  He was recorded as “Joseph Townshend, Supervisor of Inland Revenue Excise Branch, aged 60”, as having been born at “Cradley, Worcestershire” & as living at 19 Bruce Road, Bromley, Middlesex with his family, 1881 Census.  He was recorded as “Joseph Townshend, Retired Supervisor Inland Revenue, aged 70”, as having been born at “Cradley, Worcestershire” & as living at 19 Bruce Road, Bromley, Middlesex with his wife & family, 1891 Census.  Died 1910 at Poplar, Middlesex – “aged 89”.  He had issue:

1c.Catherine M., Born 1856 in Scotland.   She was recorded as “Catherine Townshend, aged 35”, as having been born in Scotland & as living at 19 Bruce Road, Bromley, Middlesex with her parents, 1891 Census.

2c.George, Born 1858 in Scotland.  He was recorded as “George Townshend, Scholar, aged 13”, as having been born in Scotland & as living at 66 Bruce Road, Bromley, Middlesex with his parents & family, 1871 Census.  M Elizabeth.  Died 24 June 1904 (killed in an accident).

3c.Laura E, Born 1860 in Scotland.  She was recorded as “Laura E Townshend, aged 8 months”, as having been born in Scotland & as living at Stratford Grove, West Ham, Essex with her parents & family, 1861 Census. 

4c.Flora L., Born 1863 at Stratford, Essex.   She was recorded as “Flora Townshend, Teacher of Music, aged 28”, as having been born at West Ham, Essex & as living at 19 Bruce Road, Bromley, Middlesex with her parents, 1891 Census.  Died 1893.

5c.Walter (Prof.), of Cambridge.,  Born 1865 at Bromley, Middlesex.  He was recorded as “Walter Townshend, Scholar, aged 14”, as having been born at Bromley, Middlesex & as living at 19 Bruce Road, Bromley, Middlesex with his parents & family, 1881 Census.  M -- .  He was a professor at Cambridge University.  Died after 1951.  He had issue:

1d.Jack, M Betty.  He was employed as the manager of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited in England.  He had issue:

1e.Charles.

2d.Molly.

6c.Josephine, Born 1867 at Bromley, Middlesex.  She was recorded as “Josephine Townshend, Teacher of Music, aged 26”, as having been born at Bromley, Middlesex & as living at 19 Bruce Road, Bromley, Middlesex with her parents, 1891 Census. 

7c.Herbert, of Wellington, New Zealand.,  Born 15 July 1868 at Bromley, Middlesex.  Bapt. 24 May 1871 at West Ham, Essex – at his baptism he was recorded as “Herbert, son of Joseph & Catherine Mary Townshend, 66 Bruce Road, Bromley, Supervisor of Inland Revenue”.  He was recorded as “Herbert Townshend, Scholar, aged 12”, as having been born at Bromley, Middlesex & as living at 19 Bruce Road, Bromley, Middlesex with his parents & family, 1881 Census.  He immigrated to New Zealand.  M 12 Nov. 1902 at Grey Lynn, Auckland, Ada Beatrice, d. of Thomas Frederick Grant, of Auckland & his wife Mary Jane Marchall.  At his marriage he was recorded in his marriage certificate as “Herbert Townshend, Clerk, aged 34, bachelor”, as having been born at “London, England” & as the son of “Joseph Townshend, Supervision of Inland Revenue” & “Catherine Mary Walder [sic]”.  Manager of Thompson & Hills Limited, Wellington.  Died 1932 at Wellington.  He had issue:

8c.Maud, Born 1871 at Bromley, Middlesex.  She was recorded as “Maud Townshend, Teacher of Music, aged 20”, as having been born at Bromley, Middlesex & as living at 19 Bruce Road, Bromley, Middlesex with her parents, 1891 Census. 

3b.Caroline Georgina, M 1st -- Best.  M 2nd April 1872 her 1st cousin (as his 2nd wife) Thomas Suffield Townshend, of Worcester (Born 28 Feb. 1833 at Winchcomb.  Died 14 Dec. 1890) (See BELOW).  She was recorded as “Caroline Townshend, Head, Widow, as living on own means, aged 79”, as having been born at “Staffs, Cradley” & as residing at Worcester with her stepsons, Frank, Percy & Conway, 1901 Census.

4b.Henrietta.

5b.Ann.

6b.Arthur.

7b.Henry.

2a.Elizabeth, Born 2 April 1793 at Chatham, Kent.  Mentioned in her father’s will, 19 Aug. 1814.  M 29 June 1815 at St. Peter’s Church, Cradley, Co. Worc., Thomas White, of Evesham, Co. Worc.  Died 1825 at Evesham.  Bur. Cowl Street Baptist Churchyard, Evesham.  She had issue:

1b.Elizabeth Townshend White.

2b.Henry Ebenezer White.

3b.Thomas White.

3a.Lucy Ann, Born 11 Dec. 1794 at Chatham, Kent.  Mentioned in her father’s will, 19 Aug. 1814.  M 2 June 1816 at St. Peter’s Church Cradley, Co. Worc., John Bodington, “Draper”, of Birmingham.  Mentioned in the will of her brother William as “Lucy Ann Bodington”, 8 Feb. 1856.  Died 4 April 1875 at Bevington.  She had issue:

1b.Lucy Mary Bodington, Bapt. 14 April 1819 at St. Thomas’s Church, Dudley, Co. Worc.

2b.John Bodington, Bapt. 12 March 1820 at Cradley.

3b.Joseph Bodington, of Dudley, Co. Worc.,  Bapt. 25 March 1821 at Cradley.  M c. 1844 Amelia Wells.  He was recorded as a “Pornbroker & Clerk” & as living at 24 New John Street, Aston, Co. Warw., 1851 Census.  Died between 1856 & 1858.  He had issue:

1c.Lucy Bodington, Born c. 1848 at Dudley.

2c.Joseph Robert James Bodington, Born 16 July 1850 at Birmingham.

3c.William Henry Bodington, Born 6 May 1852 at Dudley.

4c.John Bodington, Born 1854 at Dixon’s Green,Dudley.  M Ann Elizabeth.  He was recorded as a “Steam Engine Fitter” living at 3 Bull Street, Harborne, Stafford, 1881 Census.  He had issue.

5c.Charles Frederick Bodington, of Smethwick, Co. Warw.,  Born 2 June 1856 at Dixon’s Green, Dudley.  M 23 Feb. 1884 at Smethwick, Alice Astley (1858-1941).  Died 20 March 1936 at Smethwick.  He had issue:

4b.William Bodington, Bapt. 16 April 1823 at St. Thomas’s Church, Dudley.

5b.Thomas Bodington, Born c. 1825 at Dudley.  M Eliza.  He had issue:

1c.Emma Bodington, Born 1849 at Birmingham.

2c.Ann Bodington, Born 1850 at Birmingham.

4a.William, of Winchcomb, Co. Glouc.,  Born 26 Nov. 1796 at Lewes.  Mentioned in his father’s will under which he inherited his father’s copyhold estates at Illey, in the Parish of Halesowen & £100, 19 Aug. 1814.  M 1st 25 Nov. 1819 at Evesham, Sarah Suffield (Born 1796.  She was recorded as “Sarah Townshend, aged 45” & as living with her husband & her family at Winchcomb, 1841 Census.  Died 7 Nov. 1846 at Winchcomb.  Bur. Winchcomb).  He was recorded as “William Townshend, aged 40, Grocer” & as living with his 1st wife Sarah & his family at Winchcomb, 1841 Census.  M 2nd 16 June 1848 at St. John the Evangelist, Notting Hill, London, his 1st cousin, Eliza (Born 20 April 1804 at Stafford, Co. Staffs.  Mentioned in her husband’s will, 8 Feb. 1856.  She was described in the will of her brother Edmund Townshend as a “widow”, 25 Aug. 1869.  Will dated 4 Dec. 1875.  Died 21 May 1876 at Charlton Kings, Co. Glouc.  Bur. Cheltenham.  Will Proved at Worc., 7 July 1876), d. of William Townshend (1766-1840), of Walworth, Surrey, & his wife Mary Beale (See BELOW).  At his 2nd marriage in 1848 he was described as “William Townshend, Widower, Banker of Winchcomb, Gloucester” & as son of “Joseph Townshend, Gentleman.”  He was recorded as “William Townshend, aged 54, Money Broker (agent for the Gloucestershire Banking Company)”; as having been born at Chatham, Kent & as living with his 2nd wife Eliza & son Edmund & daughter Jemima at Winchcomb, 1851 Census.  Will dated 8 Feb. 1856 – in which he was described as “William Townshend of Winchcomb, Gentleman”.  Died 21 March 1856 at Winchcomb.  Will Proved at P.C.C., 7 April 1856.  He had issue by his 1st wife:

1b.Joseph, of Winchcomb, Co. Glouc.,  Bapt. 31 Dec. 1820 at Wesley Ebenezer Chapel, Cheltenham, Co. Glouc.  He was recorded as living with his parents at Winchcomb, 1841 Census.  He was recorded as “Joseph Townshend, aged 30, Grocer”, as having been born at Winchcomb, & as living there with his 1st wife Martha & brother William, 1851 Census.  Appointed Joint Executor of his father’s will, 8 Feb. 1856.  Executor of the will of his stepmother, Eliza Townshend, 4 Dec. 1875.  M 1847 at Winchcomb, Martha (She was recorded as “Martha Townshend, Widow, aged 74”, of “Own Means”, as having been born at Winchcomb & as living there, 1891 Census), d. of John Willis, of Winchcomb & his wife Martha Wood.  Died before 1891.

2b.Jemima, Bapt. 27 Jan. 1822 at Wesley Ebebezer Chapel, Cheltenham, Co. Glouc.  She was recorded as “aged 15” living with her parents & family at Winchcomb, 1841 Census.  She was recorded as “Jemima Townshend, aged 28”, as having been born at Winchcomb & living with her parents there, 1851 Census.  Mentioned in her father’s will, 8 Feb. 1856.  Mentioned in the will of her step mother, Eliza Townshend, 4 Dec. 1875.  Recorded as “Jemima Townshend, annuitant, aged 59”, as living at Worcester & as being born at Winchcomb, 1881 Census.  She was not recorded in the 1901 Census.  d.s.p.

3b.William, Bapt. Sept. 1823 at Wesley Ebenezer Chapel, Cheltenham, Co. Glouc.  He was recorded as “William Townshend, Grocer’s Assistant” & as living with his brother Joseph at Winchcomb, 1851 Census.  d.s.p.

4b.Eliza, Born 1826.  She was recorded as “Eliza Townshend, aged 15” & as living with her parents at Winchcomb, 1841 Census.  d.s.p.

5b.George, of Cheltenham.,  Born 1827.  He was recorded as “George Townshend, aged 14” & as living with his parents at Winchcomb, 1841 Census.  M Elizabeth Ruth Painter.  He was recorded as “George Townshend, Head, Insurance Agent, aged 44”, as having been born at “Gloucestershire, Winchcomb” & as residing with his wife & step mother Eliza Townshend at 7 Oxford Place, Charlton Kings, Co. Glouc., 1871 Census.  He was granted, with his brother Thomas, probate of the will of his brother Edmund, 18 July 1887.  Died after 1899.  He had issue:

1c.Martin, d.s.p.

6b.Edmund, Born 1829 at Winchcomb.  He was recorded as “Edmund Townshend, aged 12” & as living with his parents at Winchcomb, 1841 Census.   He was recorded as “Edmund Townshend, Solicitor’s Writing Clerk, aged 21”, as having been born at Winchcomb & as living there with his parents, 1851 Census.  M Charlotte Finlayson.  Died 10 June 1887 at Colville House, Cheltenham, Co. Glouc.  Will Proved at Gloucester, 18 July 1887.  He had issue:

7b.John, Born 1831.  He was recorded as “John Townshend, aged 10” & as living with his parents at Winchcomb, 1841 Census.  M Emily Finlayson (Born 1842).  He had issue:

3c.Edith Beacroft, Born 1885.  M her 1st cousin Percy Townshend (Born 1869) (See BELOW).

8b.Thomas Suffield, of Worcester.,  Born 28 Feb. 1833 at Winchcomb.  He was recorded as “Thomas Townshend, aged 8” & as living with his parents at Winchcomb, 1841 Census.  He was recorded as “Thomas S. Townshend, aged 18”, as having been born at Winchcomb & as living there as an “Apprentice Miller & Baker” to John Willis, “Miller, Baker & Malster”, 1851 Census.  M 1st  9 May 1857 at Aston Parish Church, Birmingham, his 2nd cousin, Julia (Born 4 July 1836 at Chelsea, London & Died 30 Nov. 1870 at Worcester, Co. Worc.), d. of William Townshend (1801-1881), of Moseley, Co. Worc. & his wife Anne West (See BELOW).  He was recorded as “Thomas Townshend, Manager Flour Mill, aged 27”, as having been born at “Winchcomb, Gloucestershire” & as residing at 2 Spring Gardens, Dudley, Co. Worc. With his wife, 1861 Census.  Recorded as “Thomas Suffield Townshend of Albion Steam Flour Mill, Worcester” he was appointed executor of the will of his cousin Edmund Townshend, 25 Aug. 1869.   M 2nd April 1872 his 1st cousin Caroline Georgina (M 1st – Best.  She was recorded as “Caroline Townshend, Head, Widow, as living on own means, aged 79”, as having been born at “Staffs, Cradley” & as residing at Worcester with her stepsons, Frank, Percy & Conway, 1901 Census), d. of his uncle George Townshend, of Coventry (See ABOVE).  He founded TS Townshend & Sons Limited, flour millers, which was still operating in 1960 when its Albion Flour Mill at Diglis in the city of Worcester was destroyed by fire.  His father-in-law William Townshend recorded in his diary that “Suffield became Town Councillor at St. Peter’s Worcester”, Nov. 1875.  He was granted probate of the will of his brother Edmund, 18 July 1887.  Mayor of Worcester.  Sheriff of Worcester.  Died 14 Dec. 1890.  He had issue by his 1st wife:

1c.Frank, of Worcester., Born 16 Sept. 1865 at Dudley, Co. Worc.  He was recorded as a “Frank Townshend, Flour Miller employer, single, aged 35”, as having been born at “Worcestershire, Dudley” & as residing at Worcester with his step-mother Caroline Townshend & his brothers Percy & Conway, 1901 Census.  M Marie Louise Irene Martin (Died 25 April 1922.  Admon Granted at Birmingham Probate Registry, 29 Aug. 1922 – recorded as “Marie Louise Irene Townshend of Avenbury Park, View Terrace, Worcester (wife of Frank Townshend)”.  Recorded as “Frank Townshend, Miller & Corn Merchant” he was granted probate of his wife’s estate, 29 Aug. 1922.  Died 12 Jan. 1938 at Worcester.  Will Proved at Birmingham Probate Registry, 29 April 1938 – recorded in his grant of probate as “Frank Townshend of Avenbury, Barbourne Park, Worcester” & his effects were recorded as being valued at £23,338.  He had issue:

2c.Ellen Ann, Born 1 Feb. 1867.  Died 25 Aug. 1871 (at 3am) – died of scarlet fever.  Bur. Worcester Cemetery.  M.I.

3c.Percy, of Worcester., Born 29 Aug. 1868 at Worcester.  Recorded as living at Worcester with his paternal aunt Jemima & “aged 12”, 1881 Census.  He was recorded as a “Percy Townshend, Flour Miller employer, single, aged 32”, as having been born at “Worcestershire, Dudley” & as residing at Worcester with his step-mother Caroline Townshend & his brothers Frank & Conway, 1901 Census.  M his 1st cousin Edith Beacroft Townshend (Born 1885), d. of his uncle John Townshend & his wife Emily Finlayson (See ABOVE).  He had issue:

4c.Conway, Born 26 Aug. 1869 at Worcester.  Recorded as living at Worcester with his paternal aunt Jemima & “aged 11”, 1881 Census.  He was recorded as a “Conway Townshend, Flour Miller employer, single, aged 31”, as having been born at “Worcestershire, Dudley” & as residing at Worcester with his step-mother Caroline Townshend & his brothers Frank & Percy, 1901 Census.  Died 1913.  s.p.

5c.Ann, Born 29 Nov. 1870 (stillborn).

9b.Sarah, She was recorded as living with her parents at Winchcomb, 1841 Census.

4.Jacob, Bapt. 21 Sept. 1764 at Halesowen.  Mentioned in his father’s will as “my son Jacob Townshend (now abroad)” under which he received a bequest of £100, 23 Nov. 1792.  He went to America to recover the lands of his paternal uncle Rev. Jacob Townshend confiscated in Virginia as a result his uncle’s loyalty to the British Crown at the time of the American Revolution.  When in America it appears that he was murdered at Tensaw, near Mobile in modern day Baldwin County, Alabama in 1797 attempting to recover “some Negroes & property in possession of some inhabitants of the Tensaw settlement” belonging to “some persons in Georgia” from whom he held a power of attorney.  The circumstances of his murder were recorded in a letter written by Benjamin Hawkins dated 20 Oct. 1797.  His fate must have been unknown to his family in England for some years as his mother made provision for him in her will with alternate provision if “my son Jacob Townshend shall never return unto England”, 19 Dec. 1802.  Died before 20 Oct. 1797.

5.WILLIAM, of whom we presently.

6.John, of Edgbaston, Birmingham.,  Bapt. 15 Jan. 1769 at Halesowen.  Mentioned in his father’s will, 23 Nov. 1792.  M 17 July 1793 at Aston Juxta Birmingham, Ann Darby (Died 1806).  M 2nd Ann (She was mentioned in her husband’s will, 25 Feb. 1843).  M 3rd Dinah (She was recorded as “Dinah Townshend, Wife, aged 67”, as having been born at “Worcestershire, Kingswood” & as residing at 138 Nelson Street West, Birmingham with her husband & step-daughter Ann, 1851 Census.  Mentioned in his mother’s will as “my son John Townshend” under which he was appointed joint executor with his brother-in-law Jesse Taylor, 19 Dec. 1802.  Probate of his mother’s will was granted to him, 12 April 1808.  Will dated 25 Feb. 1843 – in which he was described as “John Townshend, of Nelson Street, West Birmingham, Gentleman”.  He was recorded as “John Townshend, Head, Gentleman, aged 82”, as having been born at “Salop, Illey” & as residing at 138 Nelson Street West, Birmingham with his wife Dinah & daughter Ann, 1851 Census.  Died 1855.  Bur. Halesowen.  Will Proved at P.C.C., 11 Oct. 1855.  He had issue:

1a.Ann, of 204, Ladywood Lane, Edgbaston, Birmingham., Born 12 Nov. 1794.  She was mentioned in her father’s will, 25 Feb. 1843.  She was recorded as “Ann Townshend, daughter, unmarried, aged 56”, as having been born at “Birmingham” & as residing at 138 Nelson Street West, Birmingham with her father & step-mother Dinah Townshend, 1851 Census.  In a letter to Frederick & Frances Townshend in New Zealand her 1st cousin Eliza Townshend wrote “Poor old cousin Ann is as usual muddling on, spending about £50 per annum, with 2 or 3 hundred at her disposal”, 20 July 1866.  She was recorded as “Ann Townshend, Head, unmarried, no occupation, aged 76”, as having been born at “Warwick, Birmingham” & as residing alone at 204 Ladywood Lane, Edgbaston, Birmingham, 1871 Census.  Died 13 Feb. 1879 – the following article appeared in the ‘Birmingham Post’ newspaper on 15 Feb. 1879 – “Mr Hawkes (Borough Coroner) held an inquest this afternoon respecting the death of Ann Townshend, 84 years of age, of Ladywood Road, who died on the 13 inst from concussion of the brain.  Deceased was found insensible lying at the bottom of the cellar steps of her house on Wednesday, & the opinion of the jury being that she had fallen down the steps, a verdict of ‘accidental death’ was returned.  Bur. Halesowen.

2a.Mary, Born 27 Sept. 1796.  M 19 Aug. 1824 her 1st cousin John Taylor (Born 30 March 1795.  Mentioned in the will of his father-in-law, 25 Feb. 1843.  Died 11 Oct. 1861 at Halesowen.  Bur. 17 Oct. 1861 at Halesowen.  M.I.).  She had issue:  (See BELOW)

3a.Jacob, Born 17 Sept. 1799.  d.s.p

4a.Rebecca, Born 23 March 1803.  M Richard Roper, of Frankley, Co. Worc., “Farmer”.  She was mentioned in her father’s will as “my daughter Rebecca Roper”, 25 Feb. 1843.  Died 10 Sept. 1870.  She had issue:

1b.Mary Ann Roper.

2b.John Townshend Roper.

3b.Rebecca Roper.

4b.Jane Roper.

5b.Sarah Roper.

7.Rebecca, Bapt. 5 Jan. 1776 at Halesowen.  Mentioned in her father’s will, 23 Nov. 1792.  M 4 March 1793 at St. Martin’s Church, Birmingham, Jesse Taylor, of Illey Brook Farm, in the Parish of Halesowen (Born 1763 at Selly Oak, Birmingham.  He was appointed Joint Executor of his mother-in-law’s will, 12 April 1808.  Mentioned in the will of his brother-in-law, Joseph Townshend, 19 Aug. 1814.  He farmed Illey Brook Farm as the tenant of his brother-in-law Joseph Townshend.  Died 2 Jan. 1842.  Bur. 8 Jan. 1842 at St. Lawrence Churchyard, Northfield.  M.I. – “Jesse Taylor of Illey, aged 80”).  Mentioned in her mother’s will as “my daughter Rebecca Taylor the wife of Jesse Tayloe” under which she received a gift of her mother’s “cottage houses in Carthouse Lane in the Parish of Halesowen in the County of Salop in the possession of Mary Fay & John Parkes”, 19 Dec. 1802.  Died 17 Oct. 1834 at Northfield.  Bur. St Lawrence Churchyard, Northfield.  M.I. – “Rebecca Taylor, aged 55”.  She had issue:

1a.William Taylor, of Halesowen.,  Bapt. 23 Feb. 1794 at Halesowen.  Died 8 Nov. 1821.  Bur. 12 Nov. 1821 at Northfield.  M.I.

2a.John Taylor, of Halesowen.,  Bapt. 19 April 1795 at Halesowen.  M 19 Aug. 1824 his 1st cousin Mary, (Born 27 Sept. 1796), d. of his maternal uncle John Townshend, of Edgbaston, Birmingham & his wife Ann Darby (See ABOVE).  Died 11 Oct. 1861.  Bur. 17 Oct. 1861 at Halesowen.  M.I.  He had issue:

1b.Edwin Taylor.

2b.Ann Taylor.

3b.John Taylor.

4b.William Taylor.

3a.Elizabeth Taylor, Bapt. 5 Feb. 1797 at Halesowen.  M 1 June 1818 at St. Martin’s Birmingham, Aaron Rose.  She had issue:

1b.Rebecca Rose, Born 1819.

2b.William Rose, Born 1821.

3b.Aaron Rose, Born 1823.

4b.Moses Rose, Born 1825.

5b.Major Rose, Born 1827.

6b.Edwin Rose, Born 1829.

7b.George Rose, Born 1830.

8b.Emma Rose, Born 1835.

9b.John Aaron Rose, Born 1837.

10b.Selina Elizabeth Rose, Born 1841.

4a.Jacob Townshend Taylor, of Illey.,  Bapt. 12 May 1799 at Halesowen.  M Elizabeth.  Died 12 Aug. 1864 at Hasbury, Co. Worc., s.p.  Bur. 19 Aug. 1864 at Halesowen - recorded at his burial as “son of the late Jesse and Rebekah Taylor of Illey Farm”.  M.I.

5a.Jane Taylor, Bapt. 4 Feb. 1801 at Halesowen.

6a.Ann Taylor, Bapt. 28 Dec. 1802 at Halesowen.  M 22 Nov. 1827 at Edgbaston, Co. Warw., Thomas Woodhouse.  Bur. 3 June 1831 at Northfield.  She had issue:

1b.Thomas George Woodhouse, Born 1828.

2b.William Woodhouse, Born 1830.

3b.Joseph Woodhouse, Born 1831.

7a.John Taylor, Bapt. 20 Feb. 1805 at Halesowen.  Bur. Halesowen.

8a.Jesse Taylor, Bapt. 20 Feb. 1805 at Halesowen.  He was recorded as living at “Illey Farm” with his brother George & sister Rebecca, 1851 & 1861 Censuses.  Died 22 Oct. 1886.  Bur. 1 Nov. 1886 at Halesowen.  M.I.

9a.Mary Taylor, Bapt. 31 May 1807 at Halesowen.  M 27 March 1825 at Kingswinford, Co. Staffs., John Parkes.

10a.Rebecca Taylor, Bapt. 27 Dec. 1810 at Halesowen.  She was recorded as living at “Illey Farm with her brothers Jesse & George, 1851 & 1861 Censuses.

11a.George Taylor, of Illey.,  Bapt. 10 Oct. 1813 at Halesowen.  He was recorded as living at “Illey Farm” with his brother Jesse & sister Rebecca, 1851 & 1861 Censuses.  Died 9 Feb. 1893.  Bur. 14 Feb. 1893 at Halesowen.  M.I.

12a.Charlotte Matilda Taylor, Bapt. 29 Sept. 1816 at Halesowen.  M John Welch.

13a.Sophia Taylor, Bapt. 25 Dec. 1819 at Halesowen.  M 16 May 1841 at St. Thomas’s Church, Dudley, David Grove (Born 1821 & Died 16 April 1887 at Selly Oak, Birmingham).  Died 12 Dec. 1884 at Selly Oak, Birmingham.  Bur. 18 Dec. 1884 at St. Mary’s Churchyard, Selly Oak.  She had issue:

1b.Elizabeth Grove.

2b.Samuel Grove, Bapt. 7 Aug. 1842 at St. Thomas’s Church, Dudley.  M 12 July 1863 at Quinton, Mercy Bloore (Born 1839 & Died 14 July 1914 at Selly Oak).  Died 1 Feb. 1934 at Selly Oak, Birmingham.  He had issue:

3b.William Edward Grove, Bapt. 31 March 1844 at Halesowen.  Died 1848.

4b.Mary Matilda Grove, Bapt. 22 July 1846 at Halesowen.  Died 1848.

5b.George Grove, Bapt. 19 Dec. 1849 at Halesowen.  Died 1857.

6b.Jesse Grove, Bapt. 14 April 1852 at Halesowen.  Died 14 July 1912.

7b.Ann Maria Grove, Bapt. 19 July 1854 at Halesowen.

8b.John Grove, Bapt. 26 March 1856 at Halesowen.  Died 1859

9b.Alice Grove, Bapt. 27 April 1859 at Halesowen.  M 22 March 1883 at Birmingham, William Pratt.  She had issue:

1c.Ethel Alice Pratt.

2c.Raymond Pratt.

10b.Lavinia Grove, Bapt. 29 May 1861 at Halesowen.

11b.Bertha Grove, Bapt. 21 Oct. 1863 at Halesowen.

12b.Frederick Grove, Bapt. 28 May 1865 at Halesowen.  Died 1866.

 

WILLIAM TOWNSHEND, of Droitwich, Co. Worc. & later Walworth, in the Parish of St. Mary, Newington, Surrey.,

 

 Born Sept. 1766 at Illey - as recorded by his son William in his ‘Book of Gleanings’, in which he recorded family events.  Bapt. 12 Oct. 1766 at Halesowen.  Mentioned in his father’s will as “my son William Townshend” under which he received a bequest of £100 & was appointed joint executor with his elder brother Joseph, 23 Nov. 1792.  Probate of his father’s will was granted to him & his brother Joseph, 2 Jan. 1793.  He was posted with the Inland Revenue to Coventry, Co. Warw., 1793, & then to Atherstone, Co. Warw.  M 31 March 1800 at the Congregational Chapel, Mancetter, Co. Warw., Mary (Born 12 Sept. 1772 at Atherstone, Co. Warw. - as recorded by her father in his bible & by her son William Townshend (1801-1881) in his ‘Book of Gleanings’, in which he recorded family events, written in 1866.  Bapt. 20 Sept. 1772 at Old Meeting Presbyterian Chapel, Atherstone, Co. Warw. – recorded in the baptismal register as “Mary, daughter of Middlemore & Sarah Beale, Atherstone”.  She & her sisters were mentioned in their father’s draft will as “my dear children to wit Anne Beale, Mary Beale & Sarah Beale be thou now in minority” under which he made provision that they “be brought up (if it please God to spare them) out of the profits of trade & if that prove insolvent then by part of the principal in stock which by compilation is worth about £200”, c. 1776.  At the baptism of her eldest son William Townshend she was recorded in the Atherstone Congregational Chapel baptismal register as “Mary Beale, daughter of Middlemore Beale ‘Tammy Weaver’ of Atherstone & Sarah his wife”, 4 Feb. 1801 In a document written between 11 May 1808 & 27 Oct. 1813 entitled “Case”, describing a dispute between the heirs of her maternal great-uncle William Franks as to their inheritance of her great-uncle’s freehold property in Bristol, it was recorded that “Middlemore Beale survived the Testator [William Franks] & died leaving two children Ann & Mary both living”.  In a letter written to her grandson Frederick Townshend & his wife Frances her daughter Eliza wrote of her – “she was a most accomplished woman, highly educated.  She had a great taste for tragedy, & if grace had not prevented, nothing would have stopped her from going on the stage, & to this end she was encouraged by her neighbour Miss Melon [sic], who was a splendid actress, afterwards became the Duchess of St. Albans”, 19 May 1866.  Died 16 Dec. 1828 at 1, St. Paul’s Terrace, Walworth, Surrey - as recorded by her son William Townshend in his ‘Book of Gleanings’.  Bur. 21 Dec. 1828 at St. Peter’s Churchyard, Walworth, Surrey – recorded in the burial register as “Mary Townshend, Walworth Place, aged 56 years”.

Obit. ‘Evangelical Magazine & Missionary Chronical’, 1829 – “Mrs Mary Townsend [sic], On Tuesday, December 16 [sic], 1828, at Walworth, after a short illness, Mary, wife of Mr William Townsend [sic], General [sic] of Excise, aged 56 years.  Nearly 40 years of her life whe was a faithful follower of Christ; & by her outward conduct during that time, adorned the doctrines of God her Saviour in all things.  She received her first impressions under the preaching of the Rev. George Border, while living at Atherstone, in Warwickshire, her native place; & through strictly taught doctrines opposite to those she embraced, yet it pleased God, in his infinite goodness, to call her to a knowledge of the truth as it is in Jesus, at the age of about 20, & from that time to the hour of her death, she was, by the help of God, enabled to hold fast the precious promises of Christ, & which proved to her of such vital consolation in the trying hour of death.  A series of bodily affliction for the last twenty years of her life (but which she endured with Christian fortitude), prepared her for the great change; & though the enemy at times appeared terrible, yet in the end she came off the conqueror.  A day or two previous to her death, she was aware of her approaching end, & expressed the same to her family; but said, God had been very gracious to her, in sparing her life thus long, & in having permitted her to see accomplished all the desires of her heart; her children grown to manhood, & settled in life; but above all, embracing the same blessed Saviour as their God, who had supported her during all the vicissitudes of life.  Extreme weakness rendered her incapable of saying much towards her dissolution, but she was highly favoured by being in possession of her faculties to the very minute of her departure; & had she been able, would have said more, frequently exerting herself to the utmost to speak, but her voice died away in gentle sighs.  What little could be understood, was truly encouraging to those of her family present, & gave them every earthly hope to believe that she is now enjoying that felicity, & the presence of that Saviour, she so ardently desired & sought during her pilgrimage through this vale of tears; but she has left behind her many blessed testimonies that her hope & peace in God were not deferred to a death-bed, & expressed the same a few hours before she died, by saying, ‘If I had religion to seek now, I must be lost forever’.  About an hour before her death, she was asked if she felt happy; her reply was, ‘Perfectly happy’.  She soon after stretched out her feeble hands in the agony of death, & said, ‘Farewell, farewell’.  Her eldest daughter observed, ‘Mother, you are now going to heaven’; she replied, ‘Yes, to glory, to glory’, & gently fell asleep in Jesus.  Thus has departed a saint for heaven, who, while on earth, proved herself a Christian indeed, a faithful wife, an affectionate mother, & a sincere friend; but their loss is her eternal gain”), d. of Middlemore Beale, ‘Tammy Weaver’, of Atherstone, in the Parish of Mancetter, Co. Warw. & his wife Sarah, d. of John Morris, of Atherstone (See BEALE).  At his marriage he was recorded in the marriage register as “William Townshend, Exciseman”.  At the baptism of his eldest son William Townshend he was recorded in the Atherstone Congregational Chapel baptismal register as “William Townshend, son of William Townshend Farmer of Illey Shropshire & Elizabeth his wife”, 4 Feb. 1801.  Mentioned as “my son William Townshend” in his mother’s will, 19 Dec. 1802.  He was later posted to Stafford & was then employed at Droitwich as a ‘Collector of Excise’ collecting the Salt Tax from 1811 until it was abolished on 5 Jan. 1825.  His wife recorded in her diary on 21 May 1824 - “From a rumour that the Salt Duty will come off, tis [sic] most probable after a stay at Droitwich of 13 years, we shall again remove to another part of the Kingdom”.  His wife recorded in her diary on 5 Jan. 1825 – “This day the Salt Duty came off & we are now waiting to sent we know not wither, Mr Townshend’s leg too bad to use, otherwise his health is good”.  Immediately after the abolition of the Salt Tax he was transferred to Worcester in the Inland Revenue Service, before shortly after being appointed ‘General Surveying Examiner’ in London.  Their journey from Worcester to London was recorded in his wife’s diary on 12 May 1825 – “This morning set out for Town, Mr Townshend, myself, Betty our servant & our daughter Ann…after 15 hours…we arrived at 9 in the evening at the Bull Mouth Inn, where we were met by [their son] William”.  His wife’s diary records that “we found a house in Brunswick Street, 32, Hackney, paid upwards of £7 for the little house”.  On 20 April 1826 his wife recorded in her diary that “We removed from Hackney to No. 1 Albany Road [Camberwell]”.  When his son William decided to join the Excise his wife recorded in her diary that “His father agreeable to his wishes petitioned the Earl of Carhampton for an order, which he obtained”, 20 April 1826.  Recorded as “William Townshend, General Surveyor, of the Excise Office, London” he proposed the entry of his eldest son William into the Inland Revenue service, 17 July 1826.  Will dated 4 June 1840 (with codicil dated 29 July 1840) – in which he was described as “William Townshend Senior, Gentleman, of Walworth, Surrey, near London”.  Shortly before his death he recorded details of his final illness as follows – “I have been afflicted with a dysentery for about 9 months, so that my strength seems as good as gone, & which has reduced me to nothing but skin, bones & sinews, & I am as feeble as an infant, being scarcely able to walk about; my head is as light as a feather, & I have very hot & feverish nights.  Sleep has departed from me; my appetite has gone, so that I have no relish for food of any kind.  My hearing is much impaired; my eyesight is [sic] become very bad.  My teeth are all gone.  Memory somewhat fails, so that nothing remains but the separation of soul & body - & altho’ [sic] in so worn out & weak a state, my soul is as strong and lively as ever, & kept looking & trusting for eternal life thro’ [sic] Jesus Christ my Lord & Saviour & Redeemer”, 23 July 1840.  Died 28 Aug. 1840 at 1, St. Paul’s Terrace, Walworth, Surrey - as recorded by his son William in his ‘Book of Gleanings.  Bur. 2 Sept. 1840 at St. Peter’s Churchyard, Walworth, Surrey – recorded in the burial register as “William Townshend, St. Paul’s Place, in his 74th year”.  The following notice was published after his death in the ‘Gentleman’s Magazine’: - “28 Aug. 1840, aged 74, William Townshend, Esq., of Walworth, formerly of Droitwich”.  Following his death his son-in-law Rev. Edward Andrews published a sermon entitled ‘The Peaceful End of the Upright: A Sermon, Occasioned by the Death of William Townshend, Esq., of Walworth: Delivered at Beresford Chapel, Sept. 6th 1840”.  After his death one of his children wrote – “A few memorandums [sic] respecting our dear father – He was born at Illey near Halesowen Sept. 1766.  At the age of 27 he resided in Coventry in an official situation under the government.  Previous to this time he had never been in the habit of hearing the Gospel.  He was providential [sic] led by an accidental circumstance to the chapel of the Rev. Geo. Border, author of the Village Sermons.  The word was attended by with power & came with a blessing to his heart.  About the same time our dear mother was brought to the knowledge of the truth, under the preaching of the same man of God – they were then unknown to each other.  He afterward removed to Atherstone, where he met with her who became the partner of his life (sharing his joys & sorrows walking like Lach [?] & Elizabeth in the ordinances of the Lord blameless for a period of 28 years).  He was instrumental in introducing the Gospel into Stafford where he resided about the year 1802.  For a period of 13 years he officialy resided at Droitwich, Worcester, a place noted for its spiritual darkness & destitution.  He introduced the Gospel into this place by means of itinerary [sic] supplies from Worcester & Birmingham.  The good that was effected under the devine blessing induced him in conjunction with a pious farmer to build a small chapel, where the worship of God is continued to the present day.  About the year 1825 he removed to Hackney, where he attended the ministry of the Rev. B. Isaacs, with great spiritual advantage.  On a subsequent removal to Walworth, he was led to hear the Rev. Dr. Andrews from the repost of a sermon preached by him at Brother Salter’s hall from go thy way Daniel.  The most prominent feature of our dear father’s character was his unflinching honesty, integrity & love of truth.  I have heard our dear mother say – she never knew him to break his word.  His love of punctuality & order were of a remarkable kind, & his simplicity of character & certaintly of purpose proverbial.”  Will Proved at P.C.C., 19 Oct. 1840 - in documents associated with the grant of probate in his estate he was described as “William Townshend formerly of Hackney in the County of Middlesex afterwards of the Albany Road Camberwell but late of Walworth in the County of Surrey deceased”.  He had issue:

 

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