St. Nicholas Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England


Welcome to the Towne Family Association, Inc. site, dedicated to the descendants of William Towne and Joanna Blessing who were married at St. Nicholas Church on April 25, 1620. Six of their children, Rebecca, John, Susan, Edmund, Jacob, and Mary were baptized there. After emigrating to Salem MA, two additional children, Joseph and Sarah were born. Rebecca (Nurse), Mary (Esty) and Sarah (Bridges Cloyse) were victims of the witchcraft hysteria of 1692. A plaque commemorating this family, donated by TFA hangs in St. Nicholas Church. On September 4-12, 2012, TFA members toured ancestral sites in England and held our 32nd annual meeting in the church itself.

User accounts which provide access to our database and newlsetter archive are available for members of TFA only. Click below if you would like to join!


Feature Articles

feature 1 All About TFA, Inc. A little bit of everything: Learn who is who and how to contact us. Visit our Genealogy Corner. JOIN or RENEW: Renewals for 2014 were due December 31, 2013. New or returning members are welcome at any time.

feature 2 Newsletter Members may read the MARCH issue of our quarterly newsletter, About Towne which includes registration information and forms for our August reunion in Topsfield, MA. Members also may access our newsletter archive which contains all past issues. Non-members are welcome to search the Subject and People Index, updated for 2012.

feature 3 Reunions and Meetings Plans are well underway for our 2014 reunion which will be held August 8-11,2014 in Topsfield, MA. View the "Save the Date" announcement, along with hotel and registration information here. Check upcoming issues of About Towne and here for details as they are finalized. Read also about the mini-reunions which took place this year in Colorado, and Vancouver, WA.

feature 4 DNA Project William Towne's Y-DNA legacy is passed down almost identically through every one of his exclusively-male lines. Are you a male Towne? Or Town/Towns/Tune/etc??? Confirm your lineage and help us map out William's Y-DNA tree!

Contact Us

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