Townsend Society of America
Established in 1962
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
(516) 558-7092

About The Society

In 1962, descendants of John, Henry and Richard Townsend, three 17th-century settlers of Long Island, New York founded the Townsend Society of America to collect and preserve genealogical and historical materials. 

Since that time, the Society has expanded its mission to include all immigrants named Townsend, their descendants, and Townsend-related history across the country and beyond.

Since arriving on these shores in the early 1600s, Townsends have been involved in every aspect of American history. Descendants can understand the events of our past by studying their ancestors who participated in them.                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Members of the Society share interests in genealogy, family history, and local history as well as American and world history. We live in all parts of the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.


Member Benefits Include:

Membership in the Townsend Society of America is open to all who are interested in:

  • The history and genealogy of settlers in North America with the name Townsend, and their descendants.

  • American and local history in which Townsends have played a part.

  • Townsend emigrants from England to other parts of the globe.

  • The many families historically and genealogically related to the Townsends.  


    - Membership is only $20 a year! Or pay $85 for a 5 year membership which is a 15% discount.

    - Family Membership is $30.

    - Life membership is $200. If you have been a member for 5 years or more, the cost for a lifetime membership is $150.

The Townsend Society of America is a not-for-profit educational organization, incorporated under the laws of the State of New York, chartered by the New York Board of Regents, and classified an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization by the IRS as of April 1999.


Board of Trustees of the Townsend Society

Lewis A. Townsend, President and Treasurer, VA,

Liane Townsend Fenimore, 1st Vice President, Journal Edit
or, OH,


Richard G. Townsend, 2nd Vice President, NY

Alan R. Townsend, PA


David B. Townsend, Investments, NY

Kimberly Townsend Spangrude, CO


Margery Boyden, UT