Frances Stanfield Kelly1

F, b. 29 July 1821, d. 12 December 1876
     Frances was born on 29 July 1821 at Newton, Georgia, United States. She was the daughter of Charles R. Kelly and Elizabeth Wiley. She married Mark Rigell, son of Wythiel Rigell, on 24 November 1842 at Georgia, United States.2,3 Frances died on 12 December 1876 at Sumterville, Sumter, Florida, United States, at age 55.2

Children of Frances Stanfield Kelly and Mark Rigell

Citations

  1. [S53] "Will Book A, Terrell County Georgia". Named in Will of Charles R. Kelly, Sr., Page 22-24.
  2. [S145] Leda Estelle Rigell Manley, "DAR Application of Leda Estelle Rigell Manley."
  3. [S53] "Will Book A, Terrell County Georgia". Will of Charles R. Kelly, Sr., Page 22-24.

Sarah Clifton Kelly1

F, b. 23 May 1824, d. 13 January 1908
     Sarah was born on 23 May 1824 at Newton, Georgia, United States. She was the daughter of Charles R. Kelly and Elizabeth Wiley. She married David B. Powell, on 10 November 1847 at Randolph, Georgia, United States.2 Sarah died on 13 January 1908 at Colquitt, Georgia, United States, at age 83.3 Her body was buried at Leila Cemetery, Omega, Colquitt, Georgia, United States.

Children of Sarah Clifton Kelly and David B. Powell

Citations

  1. [S53] "Will Book A, Terrell County Georgia". Named in Will of Charles R. Kelly, Sr., Page 22-24.
  2. [S114] Francis T. Ingmire, Randolph Co., GA Marriages, p. 18.
  3. [S475] Walter Frank McFarland Jr., "Powell-Kelly Family Records."

Ezekiel B. Kelly1

M, b. circa 1813, d. 24 June 1900
     Ezekiel was born circa 1813 at Georgia, United States. He was the son of Charles R. Kelly and Elizabeth Wiley. He married Elizabeth Smith, daughter of Alexander Smith and Mrs. Alexander Smith, on 11 November 1834 at Newton, Georgia, United States.2 Ezekiel died on 24 June 1900 at Midland City, Dale, Alabama, United States.2 His body was buried at Sylvan Grove Cemetery, Dale, Alabama, United States.3
     Biography of Ezekiel B. Kelly:
Ezekiel B. Kelly is listed as head of household in the 1840 and 1850 Census of Jasper Co., Georgia. He is next found in the the 1860, 1870 and 1880 Census of Dale Co. Alabama. He moved into Alabama about 1857 based on the birthplace of his children.

Children of Ezekiel B. Kelly and Elizabeth Smith

Citations

  1. [S53] "Will Book A, Terrell County Georgia". Named in Will of Charles R. Kelly, Sr., Page 22-24.
  2. [S322] Marilyn Cox Kamann, "Kelly Family Records."
  3. [S516] Patricia Ann Shirah Strickland, "Kelly Family Records."

Mary (--?--)

F, b. circa 1811
     Mary was born circa 1811 at Georgia, United States. She married Charles R. Kelly, son of Daniel C. Kelly and Sally Clifton, on 20 February 1855 at Randolph, Georgia, United States.1

Child of Mary (--?--) and Charles R. Kelly

Citations

  1. [S75] Randolph Co. GA Marriage Records, Book 1845-60, pg. 360.

Lucinda C. Kelly

F, b. circa 1857
     Lucinda was born circa 1857 at Georgia, United States.1 She was the daughter of Charles R. Kelly and Mary (--?--).

Citations

  1. [S49] 1860 Census Terrell GA, Pg. 1021/47, Dwelling 368, Family 366.

Velma Jean Tompkins

F, b. 30 October 1936, d. 1 June 2006
Relationships
5th great-granddaughter of Benjamin Boatright
3rd great-granddaughter of Thomas Brannen
5th great-granddaughter of Thomas Carroll
3rd great-granddaughter of Daniel Caulk
3rd great-granddaughter of Joseph S. Donaldson
2nd great-granddaughter of Hugh Hadden
4th great-granddaughter of Allen Hardie
5th great-granddaughter of Daniel C. Kelly
3rd great-granddaughter of John H. Parker
3rd great-granddaughter of Henry Sapp
3rd great-granddaughter of Taylor R. Scott
8th great-granddaughter of Hugh Smithwick
4th great-granddaughter of William Sullivan
6th great-granddaughter of John Tompkins
6th great-granddaughter of Benedictus Townsend
6th great-granddaughter of William Wiley
Member of:
Boatright Family of Florida
Brannen Family of Florida
Carroll Family of South Carolina, Florida and Texas
Caulk Family of South Carolina and Florida
Donaldson Family of Alabama
Hadden Family of Florida
Hardie Family of North Carolina and Georgia
Kelly Family of Georgia, Florida and Alabama
Parker Family of Florida
Sapp Family of Florida
Scott Family of Georgia and Florida
Smithwick Family of North Carolina
Sullivan Family of Georgia and Florida
Tompkins Family of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida
Townsend Family of South Carolina, Florida and Kentucky
Wiley Family of Virginia and Geogia
Charts
Benjamin Boatright (1753-1808) of South Carolina Tree
Thomas Brannen (1794-1865) of Florida Tree
Thomas Carroll (1745-1802) of South Carolina Tree
Daniel Caulk (1784-1844) of South Carolina Tree
Joseph S. Donaldson (1820-1891) of Alabama Tree
Hugh Hadden (1818-1886) of Florida Tree
Allen Hardie (1747- ) of North Carolina Tree
Daniel C. Kelly (1755-1838) of Georgia Tree
John H. Parker (1808-1866) of Florida Tree
Henry Sapp (1775-1853) of Florida Tree
Taylor R. Scott (1808-1877) of Georgia Tree
William Sullivan (1755-1840) of Georgia Tree
John Tompkins (1700-1751) of North Carolina Tree
Benedictus Townsend (1710-1769) of South Carolina Tree
William Wiley (1734-1783) of Virginia Tree
     Velma was born on 30 October 1936 at Suwannee, Florida, United States. She was the daughter of Joseph "Jay" Stafford Tompkins and Myrtice Inez Hadden. She married James Harold Curliss, circa 1952 at Seattle, King, Washington, United States.1 She married Andrew Jackson Kittle Sr., son of John Patrick Kittle and Iva Mae Owens, on 7 November 1957 at Fort Jackson, Richland, South Carolina, United States.1 Velma Jean Tompkins died on 1 June 2006 at Ringgold, Catoosa, Georgia, United States, at age 69. She was buried on 2 June 2006 at Lakewood Memory Gardens South Cemetery, Rossville, Catoosa, Georgia, United States.

Children of Velma Jean Tompkins and Andrew Jackson Kittle Sr.

Citations

  1. [S710] Personal communication from Larry Tompkins, 27 Mar 1989.

Allen Townsend

M, b. 21 November 1801, d. 10 May 1880
     Allen was born on 21 November 1801 at Marlboro, South Carolina, United States. He was the son of John Townsend and Kiziah Hays. He married Sarah Briant, on 30 May 1821.1 Allen died on 10 May 1880 at Madison, Florida, United States, at age 78.1 His body was buried in May 1880 at Townsend Cemetery, Madison, Florida, United States.
     Allen's occupation: Farmer.
Biography of Allen Townsend:
Allen Townsend was born in Marlboro District, South Carolina, in the Hilson Bay area probably on his father's land along Big Reedy Creek near where Marlboro County borders present day Dillon County. He was the sixth child of thirteen known children of John Townsend and his wife, Kiziah Hays.

About 1824-26, Allen, with his wife and newborn son Israel, sought better opportunity and moved along with Allen's brothers Jesse, John, and David R. to Irwin County, Georgia, where they began farming. Irwin County was formed out of Creek Indian Lands acquired thru war and treaty by the Federal Government in 1814 and dispersed in the third Georgia Land lottery of 1820. Land in Georgia was rich and low in cost. That maybe the reason the Townsend’s left South Carolina and moved to Georgia. Lowndes County was formed on 23 Dec 1825 out of Irwin County. The four Townsend families appear in the 1830 Federal Census of Lowndes County. It is believed that the Townsend’s located to the 662 Military District of Lowndes County, Georgia. The early land records for Lowndes County were destroyed in courthouse fires thus making it difficult to trace the timing and location of these families. Allen and Sarah's family continued to increase in Georgia with the addition of Sarah, Joseph, Mary Ann and Minerva.

Between 1831 and 1835, Allen as well as his brothers moved a few miles south from Lowndes County, Georgia into Florida. Allen, John and David moved into Madison County, Florida, while Jesse remained in Georgia. Again the reason was likely the affordability of inexpensive land and opportunity. Florida had become a territory of the United States with a territorial governor, court system and legislative council following its acquisition by treaty from Spain in 1821. The territory was surveyed shortly thereafter and land sales at $1.25 per acre were held beginning in 1825. By 1830 land sales in North Florida were booming.

In December of 1835, the ambush and massacre of Army Major Francis Langhorne Dade and two companies of soldiers by Indians lead by Osceola near Tampa began the Second Seminole War. This war did not end until 1842 when the last bands of Indians and their chiefs were relocated to Arkansas via New Orleans. Allen Townsend as well as many other local residents joined the militia that was formed in Madison County to protect the local settlers from Indian raids. There were apparently no major battles in the area of Madison County Florida during the Second Seminole War.

Allen served as a private in the Second Seminole War. He enrolled 10 Dec 1835 for 78 days in Capt. Thomas Livingston's Company, Florida Mounted Militia, mustering out on 25 Feb 1836. He was drafted in Capt. William T. Townsend's Company, McCant's Battalion on 11 Mar 1836 at Charles Ferry for 4 months, being mustered out of service 14 Jul 1836 at Fort Dabny, Suwannee Old Town. He enrolled 28 Jul 1836 at San Pedro for 4 months in Capt. Townsend's Company, 13th Regiment 1st Brigade, Florida Mounted Militia, being mustered out on 30 Nov 1836. ["Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served in Organizations From the State of Florida During Florida Indian Wars" NARA Microfilm Publication M-1086, Roll 32, 33, 36 & 42.] Allen also served as a private in Capt. M. C. Livingston's Company Mounted Volunteers from 12 Feb 1838 to 26 Jul 1838. For this service he received 160 acres of bounty land in 1852. His application for that land is as follows:

Allen Townsend's Indian War Bounty Land Application

The following is a typewritten copy of Allen Townsend's application for bounty land warrant for his service in the Seminole Indian Wars. A copy of the original application follows the typewritten copy. [The original application and other papers are filed in the Indian War bounty land application files of 1850 under the name of Allen Townsend, Application 17829, at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Allen was awarded a warrant (No. 17829) for 160 acres of land on 28 May 1852. The file did not contain a description of the land or its location.]

Declaration For Surviving, Officer or Soldier

State of Florida
County of Madion ss.

      On this eleventh day of November, A. D. one thousand eight hundred and fifty personally appeared before me, a Justice of Peace within the County and State aforesaid, Allen Townsend, aged forty nine years, a resident of Madison County in the State of Florida, who being duly sworn according to law declares that he is the identical Allen Townsend who was a private in the Company commanded by Captain M. C. Livingston in the 2nd Regiment of E. Florida Mounted Militia, commanded by Coln. Wm. T. Mills in the War with the Seminole Indians; that he volunteered at Camp Palmetto on or about the sixteenth day of June, A.D. 1837, for the term of Six Months, and continued in actual service in the said War, under this Command, for the term of Six Months, and was honorably discharged at Newmansville on the Eighteenth day of December, A. D. 1837, as will appear by the muster rolls of said Company he having lost his discharge.

      He furthermore declares that he is the identical Allen Townsend who was a private in the Company commanded by Captain M. C. Livingston in the first Regiment of Florida Mounted Volunteers, commanded by Coln. Dearborn in the War with the Seminole Indians; that he volunteered at San Pedro on or about the first day of March, A. D. 1838, for the term of Six Months, and continued in actual service in said War under this Command, for the term of Six Months, and was honorably discharge at Fort Jackson on or about the first of September, A.D. 1838, as will appear on the Muster roll of said company.

      He furthermore, declares that he is the identical Allen Townsend, who was private in the Company commanded by Captain Thomas Livingston in the first Regiment of Florida Volunteers, commanded by R. K. Call in the War with the Seminole Indians; that he Volunteered at San Pedro on or about the 10th day of December, A. D. 1835, for the term of three months, and continued in actual service in said War, under this Command, for the term of 2 mo. 15 days, and was honorably discharged at San Pedro on the twenty fifth day of Feby. A. D. 1836, as will appear by the Muster Rolls of Said Company.

(signed) Allen Townsend

And that the whole time he engaged to serve in said War was more than twelve months, and that he actually served more than nine months.

      He makes this Declaration for the purpose of obtaining the BOUNTY LAND to which he may be entitled, under the Act granting "Bounty Land to certain Officers and Soldiers who have been engaged in the Military Service of the United States," Passed September 28, 1850.


      Sworn and Subscribed before me the day and year above written. And I hereby Certify that I believe the said Allen Townsend to be the identical man who served as aforesaid, and that he is the age above stated.

(signed) John W. Anderson (Seal)
Justice of the Peace



The earliest land purchase record by Allen that we have found was on 17 Feb 1836, when he bought 240 acres of land in Madison County, Florida from David Platt for $1000 [Madison County Florida Deed Book A, page 128]. This land consisted of the southeast quarter and east half of the southwest quarter of Section 10, Township 2E - Range 9E (David Platt had bought this land on 22 December 1830 as cash entry 3814 from the government). On 2 Dec 1836, 11 months later, Allen and Sarah sold this land, as well as, the northeast quarter of Section 10 (160 acres) and 40 acres in Section 15 to Dennis Hankins for $3000 (Madison County Florida Deed Book A, page 95). No record has been found as to when Allen obtained the NE quarter of Section 10. The purchase of that section may have occurred long before 1836 and may represent the earliest purchase of land in Florida by Allen. The 40 acres in Section 15 was purchased by Allen from the government on 21 May 1836 for $50 as cash entry 5677. Between 1836 and 1840, Allen purchased from the government 11 tracts of land situated in Sections 14, 15, 22, and 23 in Township 2E - Range 9E. He also purchased land in this same area from private individuals including his brother David R.. These lands are located about 3 miles south of Cherry Lake. Land records indicate that as his children married he deeded land to them.

Allen Townsend's 1835 Certification of Voters

Allen was one of the voter inspectors certifying the election of Thomas Livingston as an elected member of the Legislative Council of Florida at an election held at Asa Townsend's for the 2nd precinct of Madison, County on Sunday, 12 Oct 1835. This is the earliest record of Allen Townsend in Florida found to date. That voters certification[Original Voters List, File for Madison County, 1835, in custody of The Florida State Archives, Tallahassee, Florida] is as follows:

A list of the voters taken at Townsendsin the second precint in the County of Madison who voted at the Election held thereat on Monday the 12th of October 1835 - For 2 members of the legislative Council of Florida.

for Thomas Livingston there were (35 marks) for Archibald McNeil there were (5 marks)
Voters Names 17 George E. Overstreet
Silas Overstreet 18 Richie Blair
John Townsend 19 Eli Triplet
John Rogers 20 Benjamin Townsend
Michael Hiatt 21 Asa Townsend
John Sever 22 John Clemments
Bennah Boatright 23 James Roberts
Lewis M. Deas 24 Mathew M. Deas
Solloman Zipperer 25 William Sever
Silvanus Bird 26 Lewis Norton
George Carlson 27 Paul Mott
D. B. Ewing 28 Abraham Mott, Jun.
Allen Townsend 29 Richard S. Mott
Elisha Barker 31 Jackson Blair
Hezekiah Waters, Sen. 32 Stephen Lamb
Allen Godwin 33 William Barrs
Edward Sikes 34 Cornelius English
continued
35 Hezekiah Waters 38 Andrew Fields
36 Leroy G. Leslie 39 Christopher Minchin
37 Benjamin Holland 40 Abraham Lamb

We the Subcribers inspectors of an election for a member of the Legislative Council of Florida held at Asa Townsend for the 2nd precinct of Madison County do hereby certify that at the said election held at the affore mentioned place on the 12 day of October 1835 Thomas Livingston & Archibald McNeil were candidates and that there were given for Livingston the number of 35 thirty five votes - and for McNeil there were given the number of 5 five votes.

Test Signed
D. B. Ewing Allen Townsend |
| Inspectors
Solomon Zipperer |



Allen and Sarah continued to raise their family after moving to Florida in the 1830's with the addition of Temperance, Benjamin Franklin, Jane Annie, Emeline Elisor, Victory Florida and Josephine. Allen and Sarah raised their family, prospered, and remained respected citizens of Madison County for about 50 years until their deaths.

Although many of Allen's neighbors owned slaves to work the plantations the census records on Allen show that he owned no slaves in 1840 or 1850. In the 1860 census he is shown as the owner of one 14-year-old female slave. This is very interesting as it shows he was not by any means wealthy and that he and his family must have worked quite hard farming the lands that he owned. It is also interesting to note that in the 1870's he deeded several acres of his land for the Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church. That church and its cemetery are located about one-half mile north of where Allen is buried.

Allen died testate 10 May 1880 at age 78. His will dated 26 May 1877 and proved 14 May 1880 is recorded in the Madison County, Florida Courthouse (Will Book B, pages 191-192). It reads as follows:

State of Florida County of Madison _________________In the name of God amen
I, Allen Townsend of the County and State above written being of Sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life do therefor make ordain publish and declare this to be my last will and testament. That is to say, that first after all my just debts, if there be any, are paid and discharged the residue of my Estate real and personal I give and bequeath and dispense of as follows to wit:
Item 1 I give to my beloved wife, Sarah Townsend, all my estate real and personal to have and to hold her life time.
Item 2 After that I give to Sarah Elizabeth Gramling, oldest daughter of Israel Townsend one feather bed. Item 3 After that it is my desire that the remainder, if there be any, shall be divided between my children so that all shall share alike; Israel Townsend, Sarah Lucas, Joseph Townsend, Mary Ann Caulk, Minerva Florid, Benj. Franklin Townsend, Jane A. Ponder, Florida V. Ponder, Josephine Duval.
Item 4 It is my will and desire that all notes and accounts found in my possession against any of my children shall be received by them as that much of their part of my estate. Item 5 I make, constitute and appoint Joseph Townsend to be executor of this my last will and testament and I hereby empower him with full powers to carry out this my last will and intention without any likely lien whatsoever. Signed and sealed in the presence of this 26 day of May AD 1877.

Thos. J. Blalock__________Signed Allen Townsend (L.S.)
J. Coffee
John Cowart
Thos. L. N. Rykard
Benj. B. Duval


It appears that Allen could read and write as indicated by his signing his will, deeds and other papers. Allen undoubtedly made some of the entries in his bible.

An obituary published on page 6, column 3 of "The Christian Index and South-Western Baptist" paper dated Thursday, June 24, 1880 states:

"TOWNSEND. - Died, at the residence of his son, Joseph Townsend, Madison county, Fla., on Monday, 10th of May, 1880, Mr. Allen Townsend, aged 78 years, 5 months and 19 days."

"The deceased was born in Marlborough district, S. C. in 1801: moved to Lowndes county, Ga., about 1826 thence to Madison county, Fla. He was one of the first settlers of this county: was here during and participated in the Seminole Indian wars of 1835. A man of sterling integrity, he was honored and respected by all who knew him. He leaves a wife, 7 children, 45 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn his loss."
"No ill can reach him now; he rests above, Safe in the bosom of celestial love."


Allen is buried in the small Townsend Family cemetery on his old plantation next to his wife, Sarah, and his daughter, Josephine, and her husband [Cemetery located in SE corner of SW Quarter of Section 15, Township 2 North, Range 9 East in Madison County, Florida]. This cemetery is a lovely peaceful place visible from the road. It is a small open area surrounded by tall trees. He was proud of his place of birth as his gravestone simply reads:

ALLEN TOWNSEND
Born in Marlboro Co. S.C.
Nov. 21 1801
Died in Madison Co. Fla.
May 10, 1880


Allen Townsend Family Bibles

There are two Allen Townsend Family Bibles. The first, and oldest, is dated 1829. It is believed to be the original bible and is in the possession of Patricia Goodbread Smith of Edgewater, Florida. She is the great, great granddaughter of Allen Townsend thru his son, Joseph. A second bible with publication date of 1848 was last in the possession of Mrs. Blanche Duval Smith, a great grand daughter of Allen Townsend, who lived in Live Oak, Florida. It contains much of the same data as in the 1829 bible plus additional information.


Allen Townsend 1829 Original Bible

The following is a typewritten copy of the family records in the 1829 Allen Townsend Family Bible:

TITLE PAGE:
PUBLISHED BY J. EMORY AND B. WAUGH FOR THE METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, AT THE CONFERENCE OFFICE, 14 CROSBY STREET - J. Collo__, Printers - 1829

FAMILY RECORD
Allen Townsend and Sarah Townsend was maried May 30th 1821.
Israel Townsend was born November 21st 1823
Sarah Townsend was born July 8th 1825
Joseph Townsend was born March 19th 1827
Maryann Townsend was born June 15th 1829
Minurva Townsend was born June 9th 1831
Temperance Townsend was born th 27 June 1833
Benjamin Franklin Townsend was born th 11 d of May 1835
Jane Annie Townsend was born th 18 July 1837
Emeline Elisor Townsend was born 17 March 1840
Victory Florida Townsend was born November th 17 1842
Josephene Townsend was borne November th 30 1846
Minerva Townsend was married April th 29 1847.
Age of John Townsend Children
Saryan Townsend was born March 10th 1818
Noah Townsend was born May 9th 1825
Hariett Townsend was born March 5th 1827
Greenberry Townsend was born Feb 27 1829
Allen Townsend departed this life on the 10th May 1880 aged 78 yrs 5 mos 19 days.
Sarah Briant, Wife of Allen Townsend Departed this life on the 18th February 1885 being about 85 years old

Allen Townsend 1848 Second Bible

The following is a typewritten copy of the family records in the 1848 Allen Townsend Family Bible:

TITLE PAGE
Published by American Bible Society - New York 1848

FAMILY RECORD

BIRTHS
Israel Townsend was born November the 21 1823
Sarah Townsend was born July 8th 1825
Joseph Townsend was born March th 19, 1827
Maryann Townsend was born June 15th 1829
Manervir Townsend was born June 9th 1831
Temperance Townsend was born 27 June 1833
Benjamin Franklin TownsendTownsend;Benjamin Franklin was born May 11th 1835
Jane Alni Townsend was born July 18th 1837
Emeline Elisor Townsend was born March 17th 1840
Victorah Florida Townsend was born November 17th 1842
Josephene Townsend was born November 30th 1846.
DEATHS
On the 10th May 1880 Allen Townsend aged 79 yrs 5 mos. 19 days
Sallie L. Duval Died on The 25 Day of December 1882. Age 7 years 4 Months 17 days.
MARRIAGES
Allen Townsend and Sarah Townsend was married May 30th 1821
Francis Izabela Ponder Was Born Sept 26, 1858.

Children of Allen Townsend and Sarah Briant

Citations

  1. [S42] Allen Townsend 1829 Bible. The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Sarah Briant

F, b. circa 1799, d. 18 February 1885
     Sarah was born circa 1799 at South Carolina, United States. She married Allen Townsend, son of John Townsend and Kiziah Hays, on 30 May 1821.1 Sarah died on 18 February 1885 at Madison, Florida, United States.2 Her body was buried in February 1885 at Townsend Cemetery, Madison, Florida, United States.
     Biography of Sarah Briant:
The parents of Sarah are not known at this time even though significant effort has been made to identify them. In the 1880 census of Madison County Florida Sarah listed the birthplace of her father as North Carolina and the birthplace of her mother as Virginia. Sarah was born in South Carolina. In the 1885 Mortality Schedule for Madison Co., Florida, Sarah Townsend is listed as having died of old age in February 1885, being 85 years old, born SC, father and mother born SC.

Sarah died 18 Feb 1885 at the home of her son, Joseph, at age 85 and is buried in the small Townsend Family cemetery on the old Townsend plantation next to her husband, Allen. [Cemetery located in SE corner of SW Quarter of Section 15, Township 2 North, Range 9 East of Madison County, Florida] Her gravestone contains her maiden name and simply states:

SARAH BRIANT Wife of ALLEN TOWNSEND Died Feb. 18, 1885 Aged 85 years.

Children of Sarah Briant and Allen Townsend

Citations

  1. [S42] Allen Townsend 1829 Bible. The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
  2. [S710] From gravestone 28 Mar 1989.

Joseph Townsend

M, b. 19 March 1827, d. 4 December 1902
Joseph Townsend (1827-1902) Courtesy of Patricia G. Smith.
     Joseph was born on 19 March 1827 at Lowndes, Georgia, United States.1 He was the son of Allen Townsend and Sarah Briant. He married Eda Henretta Campbell, daughter of Archibald B. Campbell and Keturah Rowell, on 16 September 1852 at Madison, Florida, United States.2 He married Gracie Brown, daughter of Uriah Brown and Mary May, on 19 August 1858 at Madison, Florida, United States.3 Joseph died on 4 December 1902 at Madison, Madison, Florida, United States, at age 75.4 His body was buried in December 1902 at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Madison, Florida, United States.
     Joseph's occupation: Farmer.
Biography of Joseph Townsend:
Joseph lived near Cherry Lake in Madison County in the same community where he grew up. He was a farmer and highly respected citizen. Joseph enlisted as a private on 28 Feb 1863 in Company E of the 11th Florida Infantry of the Confederate Army at Madison, Florida. His record shows he was "detailed to drive beef cattle on 15 May 1864". He died 4 Dec 1902 at age 75 and is buried next to his wife Gracie in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Madison, Florida.

Child of Joseph Townsend and Eda Henretta Campbell

Children of Joseph Townsend and Gracie Brown

Citations

  1. [S42] Allen Townsend 1829 Bible. The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
  2. [S68] Madison Co. Florida Marriage Records, Book A.
  3. [S142] Patricia Goodbread Smith, "Joseph Townsend Family Records."
  4. [S710] From gravestone.

Jane Annie Townsend

F, b. 18 July 1837, d. before 1880
     Jane was born on 18 July 1837 at Madison, Florida, United States.1 She was the daughter of Allen Townsend and Sarah Briant. She married William G. Ponder, son of Ephraim Ponder and Caroline E. (--?--), on 25 March 1858 at Madison, Florida, United States.2 Jane died before 1880.

Children of Jane Annie Townsend and William G. Ponder

Citations

  1. [S42] Allen Townsend 1829 Bible. The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
  2. [S68] Madison Co. Florida Marriage Records, Book A, Pg. 187.

Israel Townsend

M, b. 21 November 1823, d. 2 September 1864
     Israel was born on 21 November 1823 at South Carolina, United States.1 He was the son of Allen Townsend and Sarah Briant. He married Julia Ann Townsend, daughter of Samuel Townsend and Edia (--?--), on 13 March 1844 at Madison, Florida, United States.2 Israel died on 2 September 1864 at Madison, Florida, United States, at age 40.3 His body was buried in September 1864 at Hickory Grove Church, Madison, Florida, United States.4
     Israel's occupation: Farmer.
Biography of Israel Townsend:
Israel was born in South Carolina, probably Marlboro District in 1823. He moved into Madison County in the early to mid 1830's where he remained for the rest of his life. A death notice in the Southern Christian Advocate of 6 Oct 1864 lists him as "died at his house in Madison Co., Fla" and indicates he was a member of the 4th Fla. Batt. of the Confederate States of America in the Civil War. Confederate Military records of the Civil War indicate he was a member Company E. of the 11th Florida Infantry of the Confederate Army. He enlisted 28 February 1863 at Madison, Florida with Col. G. Smith. Those records indicate he was furloughed from Howard Grove General Hospital in Richmond Virginia on 10 August 1864 for a period of 60 days. Those same records indicate he died 5 Sep 1864, but do not indicate where he died. One presumes he died at his home in Madison County, Florida from wounds received in battle. He is presumed to be buried in Hickory Grove Church Cemetery in Madison County Florida as indicated by a Confederate States of America Military Marker. That marker indicates he was a member of Company E of the 11th Florida Infantry. Many of his children are also buried at Hickory Grove.

Children of Israel Townsend and Julia Ann Townsend

Citations

  1. [S42] Allen Townsend 1829 Bible. The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
  2. [S68] Madison Co. Florida Marriage Records, Book A.
  3. [S96] Brent H. Holcomb, Marriage & Death Notices - So. Christian Advocate Vol. II, p. 175.
  4. [S710] Military marker Israel Townsend found by writer on visit of 31 Mar 1986.

Minerva Townsend

F, b. 9 June 1831, d. 5 June 1910
     Minerva was born on 9 June 1831 at Lowndes, Georgia, United States.1 She was the daughter of Allen Townsend and Sarah Briant. She married Lewis Florid, on 29 April 1847 at Madison, Florida, United States.2,3 Minerva Townsend died on 5 June 1910 at Brunswick, Glynn, Georgia, United States, at age 78. She was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery, Brunswick, Glynn, Georgia, United States.

Children of Minerva Townsend and Lewis Florid

Citations

  1. [S42] Allen Townsend 1829 Bible. The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
  2. [S68] Madison Co. Florida Marriage Records, Book A1, Pg. 21.
  3. [S54] "Wills & Letters Testamentary - Madison Co. Florida". Book B, p. 191-3, Will of Allen Townsend, Recrd&prvd 14 May 1880.

Sarah Townsend

F, b. 8 July 1825
     Sarah was born on 8 July 1825 at Lowndes, Georgia, United States.1 She was the daughter of Allen Townsend and Sarah Briant. She married Anthony Thomas Avant, on 19 July 1847 at Madison, Florida, United States.2 She married Levi N. Lucas, on 18 November 1858 at Cherry Lake, Madison, Florida, United States.3
     Biography of Sarah Townsend:
Sarah Townsend married Anthony Avant in 1847. The next record we find is Sarah marrying Levi Lucas in 1858 in Madison County suggesting that Anthony may have died and Sarah remarried. After marrying Levi Lucas, Sarah and Levi removed to Marlboro County, South Carolina. They are found in the 1860 Census of Marlboro County living next door to the family of her widowed Aunt, Fereba Townsend Kinney, and other Lucas's that are most likely relatives to Levi Lucas. There is one child named Abram Avant age 11 enumerated with them. This suggests that Abram is a son of Anthony Avant and Sarah Townsend and was likely born about 1850 in Madison County after the 1850 Census was taken. No further records have been found on this family in South Carolina after a brief search.

Children of Sarah Townsend and Anthony Thomas Avant

Citations

  1. [S42] Allen Townsend 1829 Bible. The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
  2. [S68] Madison Co. Florida Marriage Records, Book A1, Pg. 22.
  3. [S78] Brent H. Holcomb, Marriage & Death Notices - So. Christian Advocate Vol. 1, Dec. 9, 1858 issue, pg 531.

Benjamin Franklin Townsend

M, b. 11 May 1835, d. 4 August 1910
     Benjamin was born on 11 May 1835 at Madison, Florida, United States.1 He was the son of Allen Townsend and Sarah Briant. He married Martha M. E. Rykard, on 25 February 1854 at Madison, Florida, United States.2 Benjamin died on 4 August 1910 at Madison, Florida, United States, at age 75.3 His body was buried in August 1910 at Cherry Lake Church, Madison, Florida, United States.
     Benjamin's occupation: Farmer.
Biography of Benjamin Franklin Townsend:
Benjamin Franklin was born, raised, lived and died in Madison County, Florida. He was a private in the Confederate Army, enlisting 28 Feb 1863 in Company E of the 11th Florida Infantry. He was paroled 17 May 1865 to his home in Madison at the end of the War.

A Memorial in The Enterprise Recorder of August 18, 1910, p. 4 reads as follows:
In Memorial

"The subject of this memoir, Bro. B. F. Townsend, was born in Madison county, Florida 75 years ago, and died August 4th 1910. He lived all his life in a mile or two of the place he was born. Bro. Townsend was a constant sufferer for several years so his death was not unexpected. He leaves a wife, two sons and one daughter to mourn their loss."

"Brother Townsend united with the Methodist Church South at Cherry Lake about four years ago in which he lived a respected member until his death. Brother Townsend was strictly honest in his dealings with his fellowman. He believed in the Pauline Precept "Owe no man". If he owed anyone a penny he was sure to pay it."

"May the God of all grace support and comfort the hearts of the bereaved."
T. F. Rowand.

Children of Benjamin Franklin Townsend and Martha M. E. Rykard

Citations

  1. [S42] Allen Townsend 1829 Bible. The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
  2. [S68] Madison Co. Florida Marriage Records, Book A, Pg. 165.
  3. [S710] From gravestone 31 Mar 1986.

Josephine Townsend

F, b. 30 November 1846, d. 30 April 1924
     Josephine was born on 30 November 1846 at Madison, Florida, United States.1,2 She was the daughter of Allen Townsend and Sarah Briant. She married Benjamin J. Duval, on 23 February 1870 at Madison, Florida, United States.3 Josephine died on 30 April 1924 at Madison, Florida, United States, at age 77.4 Her body was buried in May 1924 at Townsend Cemetery, Madison, Florida, United States.
     Biography of Josephine Townsend:
Josephine was a life long resident of Madison County, Florida. She died 30 April 1924 at age 77, and is buried in a small family cemetery on the old Townsend plantation next to her husband and her parents. [Cemetery located in SE corner of SW Quarter of Section 15, Township 2 North, Range 8 East of Madison County, Flordia]

Children of Josephine Townsend and Benjamin J. Duval

Citations

  1. [S42] Allen Townsend 1829 Bible. The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
  2. [S710] 1880 Michigan Soundex.
  3. [S68] Madison Co. Florida Marriage Records, Book A2, Pg. 101.
  4. [S710] From gravestone 28 Mar 1989.