I read with interest the postings about the Townsley/Tousley family of Connecticut. My father-in-law was the son of a woman named Albina Tousley of Lake Mills, Wis. I received from my father-in-law a copy of a genealogy done on the Tousley family about 1900 by an M.G. Tousley. I think it was used for a DAR application. Unfortunately, it does not list a single document or reference. What it does contain, however, are some wonderful stories, wonderful descriptions of people, particularly those in the 19th century, an "origin of the name" and some auxiliary information on families who married into the Tousley clan.
Here's from the introduction:
First Generation in America:
"Three brothers, Mathew, Robert and William Tousley, born in Wales (Said to have married English wives) moved together to the United States in a very early part of the last century." [NOTE: I assume this means 1700.]
"It is probable that all first came to Connecticut -- at least Mathew came and settled there while Robert eventually settled in Vermont, and William, at a later day "went west" to the State of New York.
"Of sons to perpetuate the family name, Mathew had but two, and but one of them remained in Connecticut; while Robert had a greater number, and William a more numerous progeny than either of the others.
"This history and record is, however, intended only to follow the Connecticut branch of the family; so all other heads and branches are here dropped."
Again, let me stress -- there is no actual documentation. This is a genealogy started about 1885 and not finished until 1906.
According to this genealogy, Mathew Tousley (first generation) lived in Suffield, Conn., and had two sons, Mathew Jr. and William. The latter moved to the vicinity of his uncle Robert in Vermont and rasied a family of 10 sons and one daughter. (No further record of family.)
Mathew Tousley Jr. (Second generation) was born in Suffield around 1738 and "was said to be short in stature, a Federalist in politics (the part of property and conservative ideas that merged into the Democratic Party, at is birth, under Jackson in 1829) was married to Martha Wright, daughter of Capt. Samuel Wright, by whom he had two sons and seven daughters": Robert, Rebuben, Huldah, Clara, Sally, Betsy, Patty "and two others whose names are not remembered."
Anyway, there's tons more of this kind of information. While I haven't done much of anything with this genealogy, other than to note it in my database, recently I realized that the lack of documentation and the quest for DAR membership may make some of it questionable. However, the descriptions of people, their religions and political parties, and the genealogy itself are absolutely fascinating.
I would love to update this document, and I'll happily share any information within with anyone interested.
Names associated with this genealogy include: CLARK, CRONKWRIGHT, GREEN, GRISWOLD, LEWIS, WOOD, BRANDS and WRIGHT. Areas of settlement include Litchfield/Canaan/Suffield, Conn., Lake Mills, Wis., Illinois, and Colorado.
My e-mail address is Seirls@aol.com. I also posted most of my father-in-law's line, drawn from this genealogy, to the world connect project at rootsweb.com.