John Townsend1

M, b. circa 1663, d. circa 1715
FatherRichard Townsend b. c 1625, d. b 23 Sep 1670
MotherElizabeth Wicks or Weeks
     John was born circa 1663 in Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island. John married Phebe Williams, daughter of Robert Williams and Sarah Washbourne, circa 1684 in Queens County, Long Island, New York. John married Mercy (?) in Queens County, Long Island, New York. He made his will 1715. John departed this life circa 1715.

Family 1

Phebe Williams

Family 2

Mercy (?)


  1. [S124] A Memorial of John, Henry, and Richard Townsend & their descendants., page 215 - JOAN, SON OF RICIIARD, MARRIED, first, Phebe, daughter of Robert Williams ; and, secondly, Mercy . Ile removed to Cape May County, N. J., about 1698. His will, dated 1715, mentions his son-in-law, John Willis, and his sons, Richard and Robert. In 1757, Richard and John Townsend, of Cape May, appoint an attorney in Oyster Bay. This is all we could find in the Records; but through Daniel W. Townsend we learned that there were still Townsends in Cape May County, and one of theirs, Reuben Towns-end, has furnished us with the following particulars. John Townsend settled near Townsend's Inlet, which was called after him. His great-grandson, Joshua Townsend, lives within three hundred yards of the spot upon which he first settled. Except a very small part, his property still remains in the possession of his descendants. He died in 1'721. Besides Richard and Robert, he had by the first wife two children, Sylvanus and Sarah, who both died in 1711. Sarah must have been the wife of John Willis, but we know nothing of her family. Robert settled in North Carolina.