Richard Townsend II1
M, b. 14 January 1671, d. circa 1739
|Father||Richard Townsend b. c 1625, d. b 23 Sep 1670|
|Mother||Elizabeth Wicks or Weeks|
Richard Townsend II was born at Lusum, Queens County, Long Island, New York, or there abouts. He was twelve weeks old when his mother divided his father's estate. Richard married Miss (?) Smith in Queens County, Long Island, New York. Richard departed this life circa 1739 in Hempstead Town, Queens County, Long Island, New York.
|Miss (?) Smith|
- [S124] A Memorial of John, Henry, and Richard Townsend & their descendants., page 220 - ...In 1693 he [Richard] was living in Hempstead; where he married the daughter of John Smith, whose wife was a daughter of Richard Gildersleeve, a magistrate and leading man in the early days of Ilempstead. Among the papers is the following engagement with his father-in-law :
" This writing witnesseth, that I, Richard Townsend, of Hempstead, on Long Island, otherwise called the Island of Nassau, in Queen's County, in requital,, or satisfaction, to my father-in-law, John Smith, for his kindness to me, both in land and meadow which he has been pleased to bestow on me, I do bind myself in the sum of forty pounds, current money of this province, to keep in his employ, and to carry on his. business as heretofore I have done, as far as the Lord shall enable me ; and if that hereafter I shall see cause to change my; page 221 - condition, yet I do hereby own and engage myself to be an assistant and helpful to the carrying on and managing my father's business with my own, during his and my mother's life, so far as I am able to do. In confirmation hereof I have set my hand and seal, this 18th day of November, in the year 1693.
64 RICHARD TOWNSEND."
He was married twice, but the name of his second wife is not known. In 1717 we find, by the Town Record, that he bought a farm at Cedar Swamp. He died about 1739. It is very pleasant, after having so long lost sight of the fatherless infant, to find him prosperous, as these papers prove him to have been.-Issue, by the first wife, Richard [12/20/1795]; by the second, Mary [m. Mr. Jackson], John [m. Phebe Carmen], Timothy [m. 1735 Sarah Hewlett], and Silvanus.