Elizabeth Townsend1,2,3

F, b. circa 1755
FatherHenry Townsend V b. 1725, d. 28 Mar 1803
MotherAnne Wright b. 1735, d. 17 Sep 1825
     Elizabeth was born circa 1755 in the Town of Oyster Bay, Queens County, Long Island, New York. She was often referred to as Betsey. Betsey married Lewis Carpenter, son of Joseph Carpenter IV and Elizabeth Townsend, on 27 August 1775 in Queens County, Long Island, New York, at St. George's Anglician Church in the Town of Hempstead. According to the church records: Lewis Carpenter of New York married Elizabeth Townsend of Oyster Bay.4 Lewis was a grocer. He & his family resided in New York City. Elizabeth's husband, Lewis, died in 1785 in the City, County & State of New York, leaving her a widow. Betsey married 2nd Robert Little on 7 October 1786 at the First Presbyterian Church in the City, County & State of New York. The church record shows that Elizabeth Carpenter, widow, was married to Robert Little.

Family 1

Lewis Carpenter b. 1752, d. 1785

Family 2

Robert Little


  1. [S124] A Memorial of John, Henry, and Richard Townsend & their descendants., page 186 - Betsey Townsend married first, Lewis Carpenter.-Issue, Townsend, Thomas, and Henry. Second, Robert Little.-Issue, Phebe, Elizabeth, and Martha.
  2. [S106] Howland Delano Perrine, The Wright Family of Oysterbay, L.I. with the ancestry of and descent from Peter Wright and Nicholas Wright, 1423-1923, page 85 - Elizabeth, m. (1) Lewis Carpenter, of New York City, Aug. 27, 1775; b. 1752; (2) Robert Little, Oct. 7, 1786. (Carpenter Family, 1901, p. 133.) Issue, Carpenter : Townsend; Thomas, b. Jany. 5, 1780; Henry; Phebe, m. Nathaniel Wright, of Cornwall, N. Y.; Issue, Little : Elizabeth, m. Joshua T. Cromwell; Martha, m. Henry Titus. [Note: Elizabeth m. Henry Titus not Martha; on the 1850 census Joshua T. Cromwell age 38, Elizabeth age 37 - klm]
  3. [S451] Townsend Society Newslwtter: Spring 1992 - Additions and/or corrections to the Townsend Memorial - page 186 - Elizabeth Townsend dau of Henry and Anne (Wright) Townsend . Elizabeth md (1) Lewis Carpenter b. ca 1752, son of Joseph. They were married 27 Aug, 1775 (Record of St. George's Church, Hempstead). Issue: (Carpenter) Townsend, b. ca 1776; Thomas, b. 5 Jan., 1780 NYC; Henry b. ca 1782, d at Horseheads, NY and Phebe, b. ca 1784 md. Nathaniel Wright of Cornwall, NY. PHEBE was
    a Carpenter, not a Little.
  4. [S38] Daniel Hoogland Carpenter, History & Genealogy of the Carpenter Family In America From the Settlement at Providence, R. I. 1637 - 1901
    , pages 133-134.