Name: William TOWNSEND
Birth: 14 AUG 1809 in Knox Co, OH
Death: 3 FEB 1892 in Cedar Co, IA 1
Burial: West Branch Cemetery; Cedar Co, IA 1
Religion: Society Of Friends
Change Date: 7 JAN 2013
1840 Census: Milldebury Township, Knox Co, OH; William Townsend
MALES: (1) born 1836-1840; (1) born 1801-1810
FEMALES: (1) born 1811-1820
July 1850 Census: William, Elizabeth and 5 children were in Middlebury Township, Knox Co, OH. William was a potter and owned 19 acres (10 improved - although it might be 70) that he valued at $1,400. He owned livestock (4 horses, 2 milk cows, and 2 swine) that he valued at $400. [Note that these valuations seem VERY high, given those of his neighbors.] He had produced 150 bushel of Indian corn, 140 bushel of oats, and 150 pounds of butter.
William and his family relocated to Cedar Co, IA between 1850-1860 - along with several other Knox Co families, including his brother James and family.
According to Professor Wilbur Siebert of Ohio State University, William and his half-brother Asa (along with several other members of the Owl Creek Society of Friends) were active participants in the Underground Railroad during the years before the Civil War.
Events and dates on Williams?s life as related by his son, Charles Townsend, sometime after 1892.
Father: Thomas TOWNSEND b: ABT 1780 in Bucks Co, PA
Mother: Elizabeth SPEAKMAN b: 1784-1794 in York Co, PA
Elizabeth WATSON b: ABT 1814 in England
27 JUL 1837
- Note: Not in Ohio records
- James Watson TOWNSEND b: ABT 1838 in Knox Co, OH
- Louisa TOWNSEND b: ABT 1840 in Knox Co, OH
- Mary Isabella TOWNSEND b: ABT 1842 in Knox Co, OH
- Charles TOWNSEND b: ABT 1844 in Knox Co, OH
- Ann Elizabeth TOWNSEND b: ABT 1848 in Knox Co, OH
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