- Born: 8 Jan 1594, Bracon-Ash, Norfolk, England
- Christened: 8 Jan 1595, Devonshire, England
- Marriage: Mary Newgate about 1620 in Boston, Suffolk, MA.
- Died: 22 Dec 1677, Lynn, Essex, MA. at age 83
Souce; Gedcom, "Genealogy of Frank, Ellen, and Jonathan Masland".
The immediate progenitor of the Saco Valley families, which more particularly concerns our present inquiry was THOMAS TOWNSEND, 1. son of Henry Townsend and wife, Margaret Forthe, born at Bracon-Ash, in England, June 8, 1594-5. He was cousin of John Winthrop, governor of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay and came from London to Lynn, Mass., as early as 1635. He married Mary, daughter of John Newgate, a merchant of Boston. He received a grant of land at Lynn, in 1638 and was owner of other lands at Rumney Marsh, now Chelsea; was admitted freeman in 1639; seems to have been a citizen of prominence and ability. He died at Lynn, Dec. 22, 1677, aged 83. His wife died Feb. 28, 1692.
THOMAS TOWNSEND was born in Warwick, England and died at Lynn, Mass. 22 Dec. 1677. He was made freeman at Lynn in 1639. He is thought to be the father of the three Townsend brothers, John, Richard. and Henry, who were early settlers on Long Island (Savage). That they were brothers is certain; Elizabeth, widow of John, says in her will that she is acting with the advice of her husband's two brothers, Henry and Richard Townsend, but the Memorial makes no mention of Thomas. Because of the large difference in ages between John and his younger siblings, it seems logical to suppose Thomas had two wives.
Source: Gedcom, "Townsend-LeBaron".
Emigration: 1636 London, England
Note: and settled in Lynn, Massachusetts Bay Colony. In this and other matters, he appears to have been assisted by his cousin, Governor John Winthrop. The exact relationship between these two cousins I have not yet ferreted out, but believe it is through some connection of Thomas' mother, Margaret Forthe, and John Winthrop's first wife, Mary Forthe. Mary and Margaret do not appear to have the same father, though, and I have been unable to make the exact connection yet. Thomas does appear to have moved to London and lived with his Uncle, Thomas Forthe, at about the time that John Winthrop's wife, Mary Forthe, died. Since his oldest son Thomas was born in 1637 in England, and his next son, Samuel, was born i n 1638 in Lynn Ma, it would appear that Thomas Townsend (senior) and his wife emigrated some time in 1637-1638.
2 Event: Freeman 14 MAR 1639 Lynn, Massachusetts Bay Colony, America Note: made Freeman 2 Event: Moved Note:
When he became of age he moved to London, where his uncle, Thomas Forth, resided.
We talk today of the fast pace of change, and contrast today with yesteryear continously in this respect. It is interesting to note that not 60 years after Thomas' grandfather entertained Queen Elizabeth I in his home, that Thomas and Mary set sail for a life in the wilderness, which Massachusetts Colony most decidedly was at this time -- a place of danger, where nothing could be taken for granted, not food, not shelter, not peace.
It was a place far from the privilege to which he had been born. We don't know if he was motivated primarily by religious reasons, or because of the promise of economic advancement that has brought many second sons to our shores in America.
Event: Anecdote Note:
He did not agree with the Salem and Lynn Puritans in their extreme measures and was heartily opposed to persecution. He was a liberal and fled from England with colonists on account of their religious beliefs. His serving the public on more than one occasion seems to indicate that he was considered an important citizen.
3 Christening: 08 JAN 1595 Bracon-Ash, Norfolk, England 1
He was mentioned in his father's will in 1625, under which he received 400 pound. 2
was granted 60 acres by the town of Lynn in 1638 with Lord Brook & others, & later purchased land at Romney Marsh, Chelsea, Massachusetts.
Thomas married Mary Newgate, daughter of Phillipe Newgate and Jane Hoo, about 1620 in Boston, Suffolk, MA. (Mary Newgate was born about 1594 in Bracon Ash, Norfolk, England and died on 28 Feb 1692 in Lynn, Essex, MA..)