Biography of Jonathan Townsend
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Townsend, Jonathan, was born in Hebron Conn., December 13, 1787, and died at Palmyra, N. Y., September 15, 1853. He was the eldest of six children. Early in life he removed with his father to Brattleboro, Vermont. They were merchants in that place for several years. From Vermont they removed to Marcy, Oneida county. N. Y., and purchased a large dairy farm. It was on this farm his father was killed by a bull October 8, 1820, aged fifty eight years. He married Ruth Hubbard, of Trenton, Oneida county, N. Y., March 13, 1827, who was born in Middletown, Conn., April 15, 1791, and died at Palmyra, N. Y., May 27, 1860. From Marcy he removed to Ashtabula, Ohio, where he was engaged in the hardware business for a short time. From that place he came to reside in Palmyra, N. Y., in 1836, and bought a farm of one hundred acres. They had two children: Mary Elizabeth Townsend, born in Marcy. Oneida county, N. Y., October 21, 1830, and died at Palmyra, N. Y., September 7, 1872. She was married to John Pitkin, of Hartford, Conn., November 29, 1855; George Hubbard Townsend, born at Marcy, Oneida county, N. Y., November 3, 1833, died at Palmyra, N. Y., January 5, 1892. November 22, 1862, he married Isabella J. Johnson who was born at Palmyra, N. Y., October 20, 1839, daughter of David Johnson by his second wife, Juliana Case (maiden name Kelsey), who was born in Portland, Conn., March 1, 1804, died at Palmyra, N. Y., July 7, 1877. They had two children: Jonathan, who died August 25, 1864, aged three months, and George Johnson Townsend, born at Palmyra, N. Y., August 26, 1868, and is now living with his mother on the farm near Palmyra.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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