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. Plans are underway for another visit in 2017.

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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. Try out recipes from our 1992 cookbook. 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 SEPTEMBER issue of our quarterly newsletter, About Towne and 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 The Topsfield reunion was a great success. Pictures are information about it will be posted shortly. Plans are underway for the 2015 reunion in 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

email imageIf 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.