Towne Family Association, Inc.


Welcome To Our Website!

Welcome to the Towne Family Association, Inc. site, dedicated to the descendants of William Towne and Joanna Blessing, who were married 400 years ago 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.

2020 will be our 40th reunion. TFA Life Member Natalie Gates has designed a commemorative coin to mark this milestone and the marriage of William and Joanna. If you would like to purchase one, visit the Reunions page for an order form.

Sadly, as we begin 2020, we are remembering former board member Barry Cass who passed away at his home in Ellington, Connecticut on December 31, 2019. Barry descended from William and Joanna Towne via Edmund Towne. He was an officer for 10 years in TFA, serving as recording secretary, parliamentarian and Sunshine person. He was a familiar figure at many of the annual reunions, hosting two of them himself. Barry had a very warm personality and wonderful heart. We are all saddened to hear of his death.

Please explore and enjoy the many public areas of our site. In order to gain access to our database, newsletter archive, and research on our English ancestors, you need to be a MEMBER of TFA. Click below for a membership form. When you join, you will be registered for a user account and gain full access to our website. Membership is open to all persons having ties to this Towne family through blood relationship, marriage, collateral lines, friendship or interest.


feature 1 About TFA...
Established 1981
Incorporated in Delaware in 1989

Would you like a special Towne Family Association keepsake coin? Visit the Reunions page for an order form. Offer extended to May 30, 2020, so don't miss out!

Towne Family 1620 Ball Caps are available in a choice of three colors to commemorate this special year. Visit the Reunions page for an order form. Orders will only be accepted until June 1, 2020, so don't delay!

Who is Who in TFA


Books and Resources

Best Cooks in Towne

Genealogy Corner

Our English Roots


Regional Meetings

Just for Members

feature 2 Award-Winning Newsletter
Cindy Merton has been appointed the new editor of About Towne.

March 2020 Newsletter

Archive of past newsletters

2016 Index of People

2016 Index of Subjects

feature 3 Website Tips and Tools

feature 4 DNA Project
Confirm your lineage and help map William's Y-DNA tree!

Contact Us

email image If you have any questions or comments about the information on this site, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

To access our database and newsletter archive, TFA membership is needed. Join now for full access to our site.