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Sir Roger Townshend (c1430-9 Nov 1493) married Eleanor Lundsford (c1430-8 Oct 1500) daughter of William Lunsford and Thomasine Barrington of Sussex. Sir Roger was a lawyer, justice, and Member of Parliament, lived at Raynham, Norfolk.
|Raynham Hall is said to be one of the most splendid of the great houses of Norfolk. It was begun in 1619 by [a later] Sir Roger Townshend and was unique at that time in England. Perhaps influenced by a 3-year 'grand tour' of Europe, Townshend built it in a new style following the Italian form and plan.|
[FYI for any of you 'ghost hunters' -Raynham is supposedly haunted!]
Notes for Robert Townshend:
Sir Robert Townshend, like his father and grandfather before him, was trained in the law. He was admitted to The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn, one of four barrister Inns of Court in London. During the early part of the reign of Henry VIII, Sir Robert became eminent in the study of law, being retained by Queen Jane Seymour. He was sufficiently distinguished to be appointed Serjeant-at -law in 1540 and King's Serjeant in 1541. In May 1541 he was elevated to the Bench as Lord Chief Justice of Chester.
He was later Knighted by Henry VIII at Hampton Court on Trinity Sunday in 1545 and was a member of the Council in the Principality and Marches of Wales.
Sir Robert Townsend married Alice Poppy, the daughter of Robert Poppy of Twyford in Norfolk on 1 October 1516. By right of his wife's family, Sir Robert possessed the advowson of Twyford, and in that capacity appointed Robert Jary vicar of Twyford in 1541, and Robert Watson to the same position in 1554.
Sir Robert died on 8 February 1556/7, possessed of the manors and rectories of Twyford and Guyst, the manors of Swanton, Foxley and Southwell in Norfolk and the priory house of St. Augustine in Ludlow, Shropshire.
He was buried in the high chancel of Ludlow Parish Church in an altar tomb. On the top of the tomb, which still exists in excellent condition, are the full length recumbent figures of the old knight in full armour, and his lady dressed in the costume of the day, while figures of the children surround the tomb.
|Tomb of Sir Robert Townshend, Ludlow Parish Church|
. 1. Thomas Townsend (d.1591) m.1558 Elizabeth Periente; see below
. 2. Robert Townsend (buried 28 Aug 1614) m.30 Apr 1571 Anne Machell (Marshall); of Ludlow, Shropshire; sons: Sir John (1572-1630), Robert, Nicholas, Sydney, Thomas, Henry, Edward.
. 3. Isaac Townsend (1535-3 Jun 1621)
. 4. Sir Henry Townsend (1537-9 Dec 1621) m(1) Susan Hayward; daughter of Sir Rowland; m(2) Dorothy Heveningham; of Cande, Shropshire. sons: Hayward (1577-1604), John (1592), Henry
. 5. Thomasin Townsend (1538) m(1) William Curson; m(2) William Rugge Repps
. 6. Anne (Amice) Townsend married Raffe (Ralph) Dutton
. 7. daughter Townsend married Richard Smythe
. 8. Bridget Townsend married Henry Acton
. 9. Grace Townsend married Ambrose Gilbert
10. Alice Townsend (d.1617) m(1) Humphrey Archer; m(2) Edward
Thomas Townsend (1533 - 1591)
Sir Robert Townshend's eldest son Thomas inherited most of his father's properties and resided at Mergate Hall at Bracon Ash in Norfolk. He was a man of great wealth and possessions and kept considerable state at Mergate Hall; Queen Elizabeth I dined with Thomas and his wife there in July 1578.
Thomas' wife was Elizabeth, the widow of Sir Humphrey Style, and although he conformed to the reformed religion she refused to do so and remained a Catholic. This refusal to conform prompted the Bishop of Norwich to write to Thomas in 1571, ending his letter with the following admonishment:
"...My duty and place of calling, together with my conscience Godward, cannot suffer me to know such disorder, and to suffer the same any longer, and, therefore, I desire you both from henceforth to frequent the Church and receive the sacrament, as becometh Christians, as I may be certified forthwith, both of the one and of the other, which I look for; otherwise, this is most assured, I will not fail to complain of you both to Her Majesty's Council, wherewith neither of you shall have just cause to be offended, since you are so friendly admonished of your faults and have so long a time to amend. And thus I bid you heartily farewell.
John, Bishop of Norwich." Thomas Townsend had several children and died in June 1591. One of his daughters married Ambrose Clive, and was the ancestor in the sixth generation of Robert, Lord Clive of India, who established the British Empire in India.
His only surviving son, Henry, lived at Gedding in Suffolk and died in 1625. Henry Townsend's son, Thomas, settled at Lynn, in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in North America in 1636 and died there in 1677. His descendants are prolific and are now scattered all over the United States.
From "Ancestors of Zoe Townsend & Walker Dix"
Henry Townsend (1649 - 1703)
*Captain Underhill was converted to Quakerism by his second wife, Elizabeth Feake, thus making the union of Henry Townsend and Deborah Underhill the combining of two of the most influential Quaker families in Oyster Bay.
Deborah and Henry had at least four children together: Robert (b. 1687), Elizabeth (1692-1756), Henry (d. 1709) and Uriah Townsend (1698-1767).
Ezra Edwin Townsend was born on August 30, 1788 in the village of Catskill, in Greene County, New York. He died on March 13, 1851 in Washtenaw County, Michigan.
Wife, Janet/Jennet Trumbull (1791-1835) and Ezra were parents of:
|Rebecca Townsend Watson|
who married John M. Amrhine, parents of: