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South East of England

The big centre of population is, of course, London - a city that has experienced much immigration for hundreds of years. This has created a difficult environment for tracing any family over multiple generations ...

Some of the earliest regional Townsley references can be assembled into these sketchy family trees -

  • 1 Robert Tounsley b: abt 1550 London ?
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  • ... 2 Ales Tounsley b: abt Sep 1575 Blackfriars, London
  • ... 2 Samuell Tounsley b: abt Dec 1576 Blackfriars, London
  • ... 2 Johne Tounsley b: abt Feb 1577/78 Blackfriars, London d: Bef. 1581
  • ... 2 Thomas Tounsley b: abt Mar 1578/79 Blackfriars, London d: 25 Jul 1579
  • ... 2 Johne Tounsley b: abt Sep 1581 Blackfriars, London

 

  •  1 Richard Townesley b: abt 1560 Essex ?
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  • ... 2 Richard Townesley b: abt 1589 Lambourne, Essex
  • ...... +Ann x b: abt 1595
  • ........ 3 Ulisses Townley b: abt Mar 1613/14 Westminster, London
  • ........ 3 Richard Tounley aka: Richard Townnsellee b: abt Dec 1615 Westminster, London
  • ........... +Elizabeth Dennyson b: abt 1620 London m: 04 Nov 1641 St Pauls, Benet Wharf, London
  • ........ 3 Edward Townsley b: abt Nov 1620 Westminster, London

 

  •  1 John Tounsley b: abt 1638 Guildford, Surrey ?
  • . +Susanna x b: abt 1638
  • ... 2 Susanna Tounsley b: abt Oct 1668 Guildford, Surrey

 

  •  1 John Townsley b: abt 1700 Great Stukeley, Huntingdon ?
  • . +Anne x b: abt 1700
  • ... 2 John Townsley b: abt Sep 1723 Great Stukeley, Huntingdon
  • ... 2 Elizabeth Townsley b: abt Jan 1726/27 Great Stukeley, Huntingdon
  • ... 2 Daniel Townsley b: abt Nov 1730 Great Stukeley, Huntingdon
  • ... 2 Anne Townsley b: abt Jan 1731/32 Great Stukeley, Huntingdon

These fragmented trees continue over many decades .....

It is some time later before the records are complete enough to start building convincing family trees. But even then the trees have some rather large gaps and unproven assumptions.

One example being trying work out the link between Henry William Russell Townsley and William Henry Russell Townsley. Their births were both registered in the Lambeth district during the same quarter (June 1862). At first I thought it could simply be a duplicated registration of one birth - but it now seems more likely to be two children in different branches of one family. However how are the related? They should be descendants of Henry Russell Townsley (1795-1874) but I cannot work out quite how.....

Despite this, and other similar problems, some significant family trees have been assembled from the archives. And there enough entries to require several pages -

Family A - starts from William and Jane (nee Trotter)

Family B - starts from Thomas and Christina

Family C - starts from Thomas and Elizabeth and should link to family line B

Family D - starts with a missing link to family lines B and C?

Clearly there are some issues with these trees that cannot be resolved with some more information. Does anyone have any clues that could help?

 

Details of these, and all the other, Townsley family trees are online here ....

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