Knox County Ohio Families: 1800-1940

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  • ID: I10809
  • _UID: 485D6736616847459759DAF990C64FD5D4AF
  • 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, but he was shown as a voting resident of Wayne Township (Knox Co) at the first election on 11 Oct 1808.

    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

    1828:Thomas was named as executor of the estate of his mother-in-law, Hannah (Willis) Wilson.

    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. 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's will, dated 2 Apr 1853 and presented for probate in Knox Co on 09 Apr 1859, mentioned by name his three oldest children, William, James and Hannah (who had already received their share of the estate); his "next four oldest daughters, namely Elizabeth, Bethiah, Rachel and Esther" received $800 equally divided among them; his four youngest daughters, Mary, Ruth and Lettitia, were to receive $800 equally divided among them; and sons Asa and Thomas, who received all the land and outdoor personal property. Asa was to serve as executor. Witnesses to the will were James Speakman and George G Woodcock. [Knox Co Probate Court Records: Wills, Vol D, p 294+]

    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
  • Change Date: 18 DEC 2014

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth SPEAKMAN b: 1784-1794 in York Co, PA
    • Married: 29 JUL 1808 in Knox Co, OH
    • Note: By Wiliam Farquhar, J.P. (Wayne Township) 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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