Biography of Frank Townley
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Townley, Frank, one of Lansing's prominent young farmers, was born here October 2, 1850, a son of John A., also a native of this town, born December 1, 1811. The grandfather was Lewis Townley, who came here with his parents when young. He married Hannah Alexander, by whom he had seven children, of whom the father of Frank was the second. At his father's death he came into possession of a portion of the homestead, and later bought the part on which the house where he was born stood. For fifty years it never had a death within its wails, and on this farm he reared his three children: Lewis J., Frank, and Fred A. His wife was Mary A. Godley, who still survives him. He died in 1892. Our subject was educated in the common schools until the age of about seventeen. He worked with his father until 1882, then bought the farm of ninety four acres on lot seventy one and began for himself. In 1881 he married Agnes, daughter of Charles G. and Fannie M. Hagin, of Lansing, and they have one child, Robin B., born January 20, 1887. Mr. Townley is a Republican and a member of the Lansingville Grange.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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