Thomas Townsend (son of Henry Townsend and Margaret Forthe) was born 1594 in Bracon-Ash, Norfolk, England, and died December 22, 1677 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts.He married Elizabeth Mansfield on Abt. 1618 in London, Middlesex, England. Notes for Thomas Townsend: There is a tradition that Thomas Townsend was a cousin of Governor Winthrop, came from London, and settled in Lynn, Mass., about 1635.William S. Pelletreau says he was baptized at Bracon-Ash, Norfolk County, England on January 8, 1594-5, and died at Lynn, Mass. on December 22, 1677. Until his majority, he lived at Gedding, Suffolk County, England, when he went to London and married Elizabeth Mansfield.His wife died after giving birth to three sons, John, Henry, and Richard.With these three sons, he embatked from England for the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1637, and was made a freeman of Lynn on March 14, 1639.He became a citizen of wealth and influence, and in 1645, Governor Kieft of the New Netherlands gave Thomas and his three sons a patent for the town of Flushing, L.I., along with others. He married 2nd, Mary Newgate (also spelled Neazati), probably a sister of John Newgate, a mechant of Boston, and a Selectman there.At this time he was a man of about 45 years of age, and his first three sons were men of full age.They were evidently dissatisfied with the Puritan spirit of the Colony, as they left him and emigrated through Rhode Island into the Connecticut Colony, which at that time included the eastern part of Long Island.By his second marriage he had at least five children who remained loyal to him, and thier descendants are found in eastern Massachusetts.Thomas was a farmer, his three sons by Elizabeth married the daughters, Elizabeth, Anne and Deliverance, of Robert and Mary Hawxhurst Coles: and his grandson Thomas, son of John, married another daughter, Sarah. From Ancestors of Zoe Townsend & Walker Dix More About Thomas Townsend: Date born 2: 1594 More About Thomas Townsend and Elizabeth Mansfield: Marriage: Abt. 1618, London, Middlesex, England. Children of Thomas Townsend and Elizabeth Mansfield are:
+Henry Townsend, b. Abt. 1626, Norwich, Norfolk, England, d. March 30, 1695, Oyster Bay, Queens, New York.