Martin Badgley Townsend1

M, b. 6 January 1836, d. 24 April 1883
FatherSamuel Townsend b. 20 May 1799, d. 16 Oct 1873
MotherAsenath Badgley b. 12 Nov 1798, d. 24 Oct 1880
     Martin Badgley was born on Wednesday, 6 January 1836 in West Somerset, Niagara County, New York. Martin married Emily Melissa Stocking on 8 December 1858 in Unadilla Township, Livingston County, Michigan. 4 June 1860, the U.S. Federal Census listed Martin, living in the home of his parents. Enumerated in this household were Samuel Townsend [61 New York], his wife: Asemath [61 New York], children: Lydia [28 New York], Martin B. [24 New York], Robert J. [22 Michigan], Martin's wife, Melissa [22 Michigan], granddaughter, Flora [9/12 Michigan], Maria Barber [12 Michigan], & Samuel Crafts [6 Michigan]. His property was valued at $5,000 and his personal property at $1,000.2 Martin departed this life on Tuesday, 24 April 1883 at Stockbridge Township, Ingham County, Michigan, at age 47 years, 3 months and 18 days of rheumatism of the heart.3 He was buried at Unadilla Township, Livingston County, Michigan, in the Plainfield Village Cemetery.4,5


Emily Melissa Stocking b. 1838, d. 1927


  1. [S440] Helen F. Lewis, Pioneer Families of Southeastern Michigan - Livingston County, page 272 - Townsend, Martin - Son of Samuel (following), was listed in the 1870 census of Unadilla Twp., Livingston Co., Mich. with his wife Melissa, b. ca. 1838, Mich., and Flora b. ca. 1860; twins, Isabella & Adella b. ca. 1862; George M. b. ca. 1864; Edwin b. ca. 1868, in the household.
  2. [S646] Documentation: Sheet 5, line 16.
  3. [S396] Death Record: State of Michigan Death Records: Ledger page 303, record no. 2615 - Martin Badgley Townsend d. 24 April 1883 at Stockbridge, married, age 47.3.15, cause: rheumatism of the heart, b. New York, farmer, parents: Samuel Townsend & Corinth Townsend. - (transcribed by Larry & Kathy McCurdy).
  4. [S399] Genealogical Records Committee of the Livingston Chapter of the Michigan Daughters of the Amerivan Revolution, Recording of Twenty Four Rural Cemeteries of Livingston County, Michigan, page 110 - Plainfield Village Cemetery: Martin B. Townsend 1836-1883.
  5. [S439] Livingston County Tombstone Inscriptions, page 5 - Plainfield Cemetery: Martin B. Townsend 1836-1883; Emily M. 1838-1927.