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Henry Townsend (b. Bef. 1636, d. 1677)Henry Townsend (son of Thomas Townsend)171 was born Bef. 1636 in Norwich, County Norfolk, England171, and died 1677171.He married Anne Coles on January 1653/54171, daughter of Robert Coles and Mary Hawxhurst.
Notes for Henry Townsend:
The day after Henry and his brothers arrived in Boston they were incensed at witnessing the abuse of the Quakers.The stalwart young Englishmen took the part of the Quakers, for which they were arrested and banished from the colony.They went to Flushing, Long Island, where in 1645 Henry Townsend became one of the patentees of the town.Persecuted there because he became a Quaker, he went to Rhode Island, where he became a prominant citizen.He was chosen assistant and was representative to the general assembly in 1653.He returned to Long ISland, however, and was patentee to the town of Jamaica, but was again persecuted by the Dutch on account of his religion, and he moved beyond their jurisdiction, locating at Oyster Bay, Long Island, becoming a proprietor of that town.In 1661 he had a grant of land on Mill river and erected a mill.He is alluded to in the Dutch records in 1657 as "a person of worth and consideration among the people of Flushing."He was employed in making surveys, adjusting boundaries and procuring patents.(see Thompson's "History of Long Island, vol. II. pp 285-288 and 344; "A Memorial of the Townsend Brothers."Mrs J.C. Townsend, 1865.)Henry, Richard and John Townsend were sons of Thomas Townsend of Norwich, county Norfolk (See "The Townsends," by Malcolm, 1895.)Henry Townsend died in 1677.(Reference for all of the above note:Genealogy of Connecticut, Vol. I, page 202.)
More About Henry Townsend:
Immigration: 1636, Came with his two brothers to Boston from England.
More About Henry Townsend and Anne Coles:
Marriage: January 1653/54171
Children of Henry Townsend and Anne Coles are:
- +Henry Townsend, b. Abt. 1649171, d. Bef. 1703172.
- +Mary Townsend, b. WFT Est. 1647-1659173, d. WFT Est. 1674-1747173.