Biography of Rev. Geo. K. Townsend
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE WORK ON JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK
EDITED BY: EDGAR C. EMERSON
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1898

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Townsend, Rev. Geo. K., one of the most respected and widely known citizens of the town of Pamelia, and Jefferson county, is a son of Truman B. and Sarah (Allen) Townsend, and was born in the town of Pamelia, Jefferson county, N. Y., November 28, 1832. After completing his education in the district schools of his native town, and the schools of the city of Watertown, he entered the office of O. L. Wheelock, an architect of Watertown, where he remained for a short time when he returned to the farm, and since 1860 he has resided on his present farm about two miles east of the city of Watertown. May 26, 1859, he married Harriet, daughter of George and Mary (Willard) Golding, and their happy home has been blessed by the birth of five children to comfort them in their old age: Truman G., George F., Jessie L., Mrs. Arthur E. Babcock and William E. Mr. Townsend's grandfather settled in Jefferson county in 1817, his father being a son of one of three brothers who came to this country from England in the seventeenth century. Mr. Townsend has always been prominently identified with the Prohibition party, and was elected justice of the peace, which office he held for a number of years. He is a member of the Free Methodist church, and holds a minister's license. Mr. Townsend is a man of sterling integrity, indomitable will, and has always been held in the highest esteem by all who know him.

 

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