Knox County Ohio Families: 1800-1940

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  • ID: I10809
  • Name: Thomas TOWNSEND 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1780 in Bucks Co, PA
  • Note: Norton?s History gives Frederick Co, MD 1
  • Death: 18 MAR 1859 in Middlebury Twp, Knox Co, OH
  • Note: Age 78 1
  • Burial: Friends (Quaker) Cemetery, Middlebury Twp, Knox Co, OH 2
  • Occupation: Shoemaker
  • Religion: Friends Society (Quaker)
  • Note: 3 4

    Thomas was not on the 1810 Tax List for Knox Co, so either he was not yet there or he did not own property yet.

    1820 Census: Wayne Township, Knox Co, OH; Thomas Townsend (manufacturer)
    MALES: (1) born 1811-1820; (1) born 1805-1810; (1) born 1776-1795 [Thomas]
    FEMALES: (1) born 1811-1820; (1) born 1805-1810; (1) born 1796-1804

    1840 Census: Middlebury Township, Knox Co. OH; Thomas Townsend
    MALES: (1) born 1831-1835; (1) born 1821-1825; (1) born 1781-1790
    FEMALES: (1) born 1836-1840; (1) born 1831-1835; (2) born 1826-1830; (1) born 1821-1825; (1) born 1791-1800

    July 1850 Census: Thomas (widower) & 7 children (youngest age 10) were in Middlebury Township, Knox County, in Jul 1850. He was farming (110 acres, 85 improved) and valued his real estate at $2,500. On the Agricultural Schedule for that year, he valued his livestock (5 horses, 3 milk cows, 10 ?other? cows, 30 sheep and 6 swine) at $383. He had produced 100 bushel of wheat, 200 bushel of Indian corn, 50 bushel of oats, 110 pounds of wool, 100 bushel of Irish potatoes, 70 bushel of buckwheat, $10 worth of orchard products, 200 pounds of butter, 15 ton of hay, and 200 pounds of maple sugar. He had $20 worth of home-made manufactured products and had slaughtered $70 worth of livestock through the year.

    ?Thomas Townsend located on the A. M. Townsend property, one and one-half miles north of Fredericktown in 1808. He was one of the Friends from Maryland, and true to his Quaker principles, kept a station on "the underground railroad." It is related of him that he would harbor as many as twenty fugitive slaves at a time, and when they were sufficiently recruited, set their faces toward the north star, and send them on their way rejoicing. Mr. Townsend died March 18, 1859, aged seventy-eight. He has no representative now in the township.?,

    According to Thomas?s hand-written memoirs (in the hands of his descendants), he was born in Bucks Co, PA (not Maryland, as supposed). He apprenticed as a shoe maker, returned to work on the family farm for a few years, then relocated to Maryland for a few years before moving to Ohio. He and Elizabeth had 4 children, with the youngest dying at age 4 months and Elizabeth dying of Consumption a year later. The youngest of the three remaining children, a girl, was raised by her grandmother (Elizabeth?s mother); Thomas kept the boys with him.

    Thomas and Ruth (2nd wife) both have tombstones with nothing but the name readable at the Friends Cemetery in Middlebury Township, Knox Co, OH.Page: Middlebury Twp; 18 Jul 1850; Sheet 6BPage: History of Middlebury Township; p 505
  • _UID: 485D6736616847459759DAF990C64FD5D4AF
  • Change Date: 26 APR 2013

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth SPEAKMAN
    • Married: 29 JUL 1808 in Knox Co, OH
    • Note: [By Wiliam Farquhar, JP] 5
    1. Has Children William TOWNSEND b: 14 AUG 1809 in Knox Co, OH
    2. Has Children James TOWNSEND b: 13 SEP 1811 in Knox Co, OH
    3. Has No Children Hannah TOWNSEND b: 12 DEC 1813 in Knox Co, OH
    4. Has No Children Samuel TOWNSEND b: 6 FEB 1816 in Knox Co, OH

    Marriage 2 Ruth MOSHER b: ABT 1796 in NY
    • Married: 30 SEP 1819 in Delaware Co, OH 6
    1. Has Children Elizabeth Watson TOWNSEND b: 27 AUG 1820 in Knox Co, OH
    2. Has Children Bethia M TOWNSEND b: 16 SEP 1822 in Knox Co, OH
    3. Has Children Asa Mosher TOWNSEND b: 10 AUG 1824 in Knox Co, OH
    4. Has No Children Rachel W TOWNSEND b: 16 SEP 1826 in Knox Co, OH
    5. Has Children Esther Wood TOWNSEND b: 27 FEB 1829 in Knox Co, OH
    6. Has Children Mary TOWNSEND b: 23 JUN 1831 in Knox Co, OH
    7. Has No Children Thomas TOWNSEND b: 10 NOV 1833 in Knox Co, OH
    8. Has No Children Ruth G TOWNSEND b: 20 NOV 1836 in Knox Co, OH
    9. Has No Children Letetia Ann TOWNSEND b: 11 JAN 1840 in Knox Co, OH

    1. Type: Book
      Author: Norton, A Banning
      Periodical: A History of Knox County, Ohio, from 1779 to 1862, Inclusive
      Publication: Richard Nevins, Printer, Columbus, OH
      Date: 1862
      Page: Chapter XXVI, Middlebury Township, p 305
    2. Type: Book
      Author: Knox County Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society
      Periodical: Cemetery Records of Knox County, Ohio; Vol I
      Publication: Braum-Brumfield, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI (1991)
      Page: p 333 (no dates readable on stone)
    3. Type: Census
      Title: 1850 United States Federal Census
      Place: Knox County, OH
      Date: Sep 1850
      Media: Scanned Census Sheets
    4. Type: Book
      Author: Hill, N N Jr (Compiler)
      Periodical: History of Knox County, Ohio: Its Past and Present
      Publication: A A Graham & Co, Publishers, 1881
    5. Type: Vital Record
      Title: Knox County Ohio Court House Records
      Place: Knox County, OH
      Location: Knox County Library and/or Court House
      Page: Marriage Records, 1808-1838
    6. Type: Web Site
      Title: IGI [International Genealogical Index], v 5.0 (Secondary Source)
      Date: Jan 2006

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    I am not related to most of these people, but rather I am attempting a genealogical history of an area. All sources included. NOTE: I do not follow families beyond their first "stop" after leaving Knox Co, although I will frequently add notes as to where they went.

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