Towne Family Association, Inc.


Welcome To Our Website!

Election Ballots have been mailed!

Three officers are up for election this year to fill interim appointments made last year. With the cancellation of our annual meeting, the executive board has approved the slate put forth by the nominating committee, and are now forwarding this slate to all members for approval. Please fill our and return your ballot to Lynn Bolte, Recording Secretary, no later than October 7th.

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.

Did your ancestors live in Boxford, Massachusetts? If you live in the area, Robin Siegel, the archivist for the Boxford Historic Document Center, would like you to visit the center, which is now open at 173A Washington Street in Boxford on Wednesdays and the first two Saturdays of the month. (Call first since schedule is subject to change: 978-352-2733.) If you are unable to go in person, visit the website at or contact Robin at for more information.

For those who will be in the Salem area in the next several months, The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem will be opening an exhibit about the Salem Witch trials on September 26 ending on April 4, 2021. It will feature a number of original documents from the PEM's Phillips Library. Go to The Salem Witch Trials 1692 for more information.

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.


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