Towne Family Association, Inc.

Alvah S. Sarah Towne
Alvah S. Sarah Towne

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 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.

TFA members visiting England this year donated money to repair and conserve the Will and Inventory of Alice Perkins. A video was made showing the process involved. Click for more information and a link to the video.

Norwich Records Office Displays Great Yarmouth Parish Register
Thanks to money raised by the Towne Family Association, the descendants of the Towne family of Great Yarmouth, we have been able to conserve the 1st Great Yarmouth parish register. The register, recording approximately 138,000 names, gives details of the baptisms, marriages and burials in the town between 1558 and 1653. Two of the women included were hanged during the Salem witch trials. At this event, conservator, Nick Sellwood and Archivist, Frank Meeres will explain more about conserving the register and the stories it contains. We can be proud of helping to preserve another important piece of our history.

Clayes House Restoration
Restoration on the Sarah Clayes House in Framinghm, Massachusetts has started after the Framingham Historic District Commission approved The Sarah Clayes Trust's Certificate of Appropriateness Application on July 11, 2017. Several of the trust's board members are financing the restoration. Work is being done by E.J. Murphy and Company of Framingham and is expected to be completed by spring 2018 when the house will be put on the market for sale as a private residence. A condition of sale will be a preservation restriction that will ensure the protection of key historic elements of the home in perpetuity and require the home to be open for tours one day a year. For more information, visit where you can see a slide show of the restoration so far.

Before you can register for a USER ACCOUNT which provides access to our database, newlsetter archive, and research on our English ancestors, you need to be a member of TFA. Click below if you would like to join! If you are already a member, remember to renew by January 1, 2018. Once you have joined, you may register for a user account to gain full access to out website.


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