Biography of Richard Townley
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Townley, Richard, was one of the pioneers of Lansing, having come from New Jersey and settled in, the town in 1793, and is remembered as having been among the foremost of the pioneers of the county. One of his nine children was Effingham Townley, a native of Lansing, born in 1801 and remembered as a farmer and more particularly as a surveyor, in which latter capacity he gained a large acquaintance in the northern part of the county, and was regarded as one of the leading men of the town. His wife was Fanny Bower and they had a large family of children, nine of whom grew to maturity: Sarah, who married Henry Hayes; Charles A., Susan, who married Calvin Van Buskirk; Luther H., Iemima, Effingham, Richard A., Frances, who married Augustus Moe, and Mary. Effingham Townley came to Groton in 1831, and took up his residence where his son, Charles A., now resides. Here he died in the fall of 1867, and his wife in 1876. Charles A. was born February 3, 1823, and has been many years a farmer in the town. December 10, 1856, he married Susan Fulkerson, and five years later occupied the old home farm of his father, where he now resides. They have had ten children, nine of whom are still living. Mr. Townley is recognized as one of the substantial Republicans of Groton (originally he was a Whig), and has frequently been called to fill some of the important town offices. He has been one of the assessors of the town, and is now one of its excise commissioners.

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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