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Sarah Jane Townsend
Posted: 08/07/2013 - 6:01 pm
I am looking for the parents of Sarah Jane Townsend b 10 Nov 1766 North Carolina, d 11 Aug 1866 Overton County, Tennessee.  She married, about 1780 North Carolina, Col. Stephen Calvin Copeland Sr. b 1756, Chatham County, North Carolina, d 9 Jun 1833 Copeland Cove, Overton, Tennessee.  They had 13 children, 1st-Joseph b 10 Nov 1780, Nicholas, Agnes, Emily, Stephen Jr., Sarah, Octavia, Martha (my line), Amelia, Mary Ann, Solomon, Marvin, William.  Sarah Jane's headstone says she was born in 1776 but if the childrens dates are correct that can't be correct.  Some have her as the child of John Townsend b 1730 South Carolin, d 20 sep 1795 and Elizabeth Pearson b 1731 d 1795.  I can find no records on Sarah Jane's parents and even John Townsend seems to be a dead end as far as records go on his children.  His line is supposed to run; John 1700, John 1661, John 1640, James 1615 England, John 1584. Others have her the daughter of a James or John Townsend b 1740 and Kesiah Tackett b 1740, but I tracked that and have pretty much dismissed it.  Can anyone please help me. 
Jan Mason
Note:  This was copied from the unidentified lines Forum.  Please see it to respond to Jan.  (We're trying to make it an IDENTIFIED line!

Sarah Jane Townsend
Posted: 08/07/2013 - 7:59 pm
My ancestor was Sarah Jane Townsend born 10 Nov 1766 Augusta Co., VA/TN.   (Source:  US International Marriage Records)  She died 11 Aug 1866 Overton Co., TN.  (source:  Gravestone at Carr Cemetery, Overton Co., TN and placard/marker at Roaring River Cemetery, Overton Co., TN)
Sarah Jane Townsend married Col. Stephen Calvin Copeland in 1782 in TN.
I am searching for her parents.  Some say her parents were John Townsend and Kesiah Tackett.  (Marriage of John Townsend and Kesiah Tackett 17 Oct 1786 documented:  Source:  Original Court Records Augusta Co., VA, 1745-1800) (Scotch Irish Chronicles Lyman Chalkley) 
Others claim her father was John Townsend born 1735 VA.  A possible brother of John Townsend is a Joseph Townsend b. 1750 VA and a sister possibly Sarah Jane Townsend.  (Source:  RW pension of John Townsen)
The husband of Sarah Jane Townsend was Col. Stephen Calvin Copeland.  He was the first white settler in Overton Co., TN in the spring of 1795.  He was granted 640 acres and chose to settle close to the headwaters of the Roaring River.  (Source:  "Tennessee the Volunteer State 1769-1923 Vol 1)
There is a lot of confusion as to the parents of Sarah Jane Townsend, but certain Townsend names keep appearing.
Carole Lannom