"Biographical and Genealogical History of the State of Delaware, Volume 1" Quoted Passage: "The Townsend family, one of the oldest families of Delaware, is of English lineage and belongs to the Society of Friends. The founders of the American branch of the family emigrated from England about the time when William Penn visited his colony in Pennsylvania. Mr Townsend's great grandfather John Townsend was born in Sussex county Del. He learned coach making but afterwards became a sailor and as captain commanded his own vessel which sailed from Leston's Landing He married Sallie Leston, who inherited the Leston, afterwards known as the old Townsend estate. John Townsend died aged ninety his wife died about the same time both sleep in the Friends burial place at Odessa, Del. Mr. Townsend's grandfather Samuel Townsend was born in Vance's Neck St George's hundred New Castle county."