Towne Family Association, Inc.


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 immigrating 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.

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.



Have you recently retired? Are you looking for a fun, meaningful activity? We are always looking for help with various areas. If you have considered getting involved, please reach out to

Check out the Procedures Guidelines for position descriptions on the Just for Members page.

Towne Family Association is a volunteer organization. We rely on members who can give a little of their time to keep the organization running. Where can you volunteer? Reunion, Genealogy, Website, DNA, Newsletter? Click Contact Us at the bottom of the page to learn how you can help.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."

-Winston Churchill.

Feature Articles

feature 1 About TFA...
Established 1980
Incorporated in Delaware in 1989

Who is Who in TFA


2024 Membership Renewals were due by January 1.
Mail your completed form to Interim Executive Secretary Carolyn Cogswell.

Books and Resources

Best Cooks in Towne

Genealogy Corner

Our English Roots

** Reunions **
Don't miss out on our 2024 Annual Reunion in Salt Lake City, Utah August 22-25, 2024. Send in your registration form today! Special hotel rates expire July 22, 2024 so make your reservations early.

Regional Meetings

Just for Members

All the nuts and bolts! Bylaws, Incorporation Papers, budget and monthly financial reports, procedures manuals, annual meeting booklet, including minutes of past meetings, current roster of members, current officers and committee chairs, inventory of genealogical library in Danvers

feature 2 Award-Winning Newsletter

July-August-September 2024 Newsletter

Do you have a story to tell? We'd love to publish it.
Deadline for the next newsletter is November 7, 2024.
Contact for details.

Archive of past newsletters

NAME INDEX, Vol. 1 thru 42, 1980-2022

SUBJECT INDEX, Vol. 1 thru 42, 1980-2022

feature 3 Website Tips and Tools

feature 4 DNA Project

Confirm your lineage and help map 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.