Biography of Richard A. Townley
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Townley, Richard A., was born in Groton, April 23, 1836, a son of Effingham and Fanny (Bower) Townley, and grandson of the pioneer, Richard Townley, who settled in Lansing a hundred years ago, and of whom much will be found written elsewhere among those pages. Richard A. was educated in common schools and attended the Groton Academy. He lived at home until twenty four years of age, and December 30, 1859, married Ellen M. Childs, of Groton. One child was born of this marriage. Mr. Townley is a successful farmer, and his farm is among the best in the eastern part of the town. William Childs came from Massachusetts to Groton in 1812, bringing a large family of thirteen children, eleven of whom grew to maturity: Lydia, Crocker, William, Lyman, Orlando, Louisa, Samantha, Sylvester, Nancy, Chloe, and Maria. William Childs, the pioneer, died February 18, 1850, and his wife, Chloe, died April 11, 1872. Orlando Childs was born May 15, 1810, lived for many years on an excellent farm southeast of Groton village, and there he died, March 14, 1891. His wife, whose maiden name was Mary Adams, and to whom he was married February 20, 1854, died November 6, 1887. Their children were: Calista A., who married Ransom Smith; Almira S., who married John G. Cobb; Ellen M., wife of Richard A. Townley. Henry Adams came from Connecticut to Groton about the year 1825, and settled on the old salt road. He was a hatter by trade, but like many of Groton's early settlers gave his principal attention to farming. He died in 1852, and was survived by his wife about thirty years. Henry Adams's children were these: Mary, who married Orlando Childs; Sally, who married Harry Mix; David, who died in Binghamton; Leonard, who died aged twenty years; and Lydia, who became the wife of Gilbert Wilson,

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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