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William Towne (b. March 18, 1598/99, d. April 30, 1685)William Towne was born March 18, 1598/99 in Great Yarmouth, England, and died April 30, 1685 in Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts.He married Joanna Blessing on March 25, 1620 in St. Nicholas, Great Yarmouth, England.
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William Towne was baptized in the church of St. Nicholas, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, on 18 Mar 1598/9.He was married to Jone (Joanna) Blessing on 25 Apr 1620, in the same church, where, between 1621 and 1634, their first six children were baptized.In as much as the name Blessing has not been found after considerable search in the Norfolk County records at Norwich and as the marriage record of "Jone" is the unique instance of the name in the parish register at Yarmouth during the period searched (1558-1611), it would seem probable that she was a foreigner, many emigrants from Germany and the Low Countries having been attracted to Yarmouth by the herring fisheries in the sixteenth century.A general search for the name in records covering all England has been fruitless, and families named Blessing now living in the United States claim a German origin.The first record of William Towne in America appears in the town book of Salem in 1640 when he was granted "a little neck of Land right over against his house on the other side of the river."In the same year he sued John Cook in what seems to have been a boundary dispute and obtained a verdict and costs.It is probable that Towne was in Salem some years before 1640, however.The list of grants by the town to that portion of its territory called the North Fields is undated and the best opinion seems to indicate that the grants were made before 1635, when the town records begin.William Towne's name appears on this list, and it was in the North Fields that he lived.
In 1651 Towne purchased land in the neighboring town of Topsfield from William Paine of Ipswich.This farm contained forty acres "part of which is plow land, another part is meaddow, another part is upland unplowed, all lying together," bounded by William Howard toward the east, Walter Roper on the north and a "Sertaine River" toward the south or southwest. There were also included two acres on the south side of the river.
He sold his Salem property to Henry Bullock in 1652 and bought additional land at Topsfield in 1656.In 1660 in testifying in a lawsuit his age was estimated at three score years.He was made a commoner of Topsfield in 1661, and his wife was dismissed from the Salem church to that of Topsfield in 1664.On the occasion of the marriage of his son, Joseph, to Phebe Perkins, daughter of Deacon Thomas Perkins, in 1663, William Towne deeded two-thirds of his real property to Joseph, with whom he and his wife doubtless lived for the remainder of their days.(The Ancestry of Lieut, Amos Towne 1737-1793)
William's father was Richard, born before 12 Dec 1568 in Haydor, Lincolnshire, England.Richard's wife was Ann Denton, born about 1576 also in Haydor.Richard's parents were Leonard born in 1540 at Haydor, and Ellen Greene, born 25 Mar 1544 of Haydor as well.
More About William Towne:
Record Change: February 09, 2004
More About William Towne and Joanna Blessing:
Marriage: March 25, 1620, St. Nicholas, Great Yarmouth, England.
Children of William Towne and Joanna Blessing are:
- +Susanna Towne, b. October 20, 1605, St. Nicholas, Great Yarmouth, England, d. April 30, 1664, Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.