Stephen Townsend Sr.
Hi! I'm excited be a member of the Townsend Society! I've been able to trace my ancestors back to Stephen Townsend, Sr. I'm having trouble finding his early years and hope someone out there in Townsend-land can help!
Was he the Stephen born in Bucklebury, Berkshire, England in 1694?
He appears to be the son of John Townsend (brother of Richard that came over on the Welcome) who arrived in America in the early 1700s.(Born 1656 in Bucklebury; died 1727 Philadelphia) Is this correct?
Any hints on who was his wife? Some have Elizabeth Watson listed as his wife but the Quaker records show she was married to some other Townsend.
I appreciate any help! I'm willing to share my research and sources!
You need to go to the download area, then Bucklebury, and then the first article which is by David Greene. You will find Stephen there and this is the most scholarly research on this family.
I was checking the Townsend Society Forum and saw your post and Liane's response. I am checking with you to find out if you were able to locate the info that Liane told you about on the Website. Please let me know if there is anything we can help you with. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck in your research!
Thank you. I had obtained a copy of this elsewhere but this copy seems to have more information. It still didn't answer my question but that's ok. After working on the family tree for a year now it's clear that we should be very thankful for the information we do have. :)
Now on to the mystery of Charles H. Townsend.
Four of John Townsend's children had baptisms or birth records; one at a Quaker meeting and the others in the parish register. Eight of John's other children have no baptism or birth records.
English parishes did not record births only baptisms. Quaker records sometimes recorded births. Very often in England in these early days of Quakerism you get nothing beyond marriages and the odd death. I have spent untold hours going through microfilms looking for birth records with no luck.
The children born after the first three have neither baptisms at Bucklebury or births recorded at the Newbury Meeting like that of Hannah.
There is also a gap between child 3 and child 6 of eight years. Stephen & James were born in this gap and possibly a couple of the girls born to Elizabeth Pococke. The supposedly oldest of the later group of 7 born to Elizabeth Pococke had a certificate of some sort brought to the vicar that he then entered as a birth in the register. Significantly, the child was NOT baptized. I am guessing it was from the Quakers because there was no such thing as a birth certificate or civil registration of birth in those days. For some reason, his father wanted it entered but then turned around and filed nothing anywhere for the next six kids, let alone the two preceeding this one!
I would guess that John lived at Bucklebury during this period as there is no evidence he was anywhere else until he shows up in Philadelphia about 1712.
I don't think we know which of John's children came with him or whether any came later. It is possible that if Stephen was born to wife #2 in, say, 1692/3 that he married in England came after his father did. One would assume the Pococke kids came with their parents. You could go either way on James.