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 401 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.

Help Rebecca Nurse Homestead Celebrate Rebecca's 400th Birthday! Rebecca was baptized April 21, 1621 and was likely born the preceding week according to Kathryn Rutkowski, the curator at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead. To celebrate, people are asked to send postcards to the Homestead explaining why they feel connected to Rebecca. These postcards will be displayed on a corkboard wall for the remainder of 2021. They are hoping to receive cards from across the country. TFA members can certainly help with this. Send cards to: Rebecca Nurse Homestead, 149 Pine Street, Danvers, Massachusetts 01923. For more information visit

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.

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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Established 1981
Incorporated in Delaware in 1989

Who is Who in TFA

Treasurer Needed. After 10 years, our treasurer has retired. We are in immediate need of a replacement. For more information, contact Barbara Cole, Chair of the Nominating Committee at if you would like to be considered for this position.

Because 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.


Books and Resources

Best Cooks in Towne

Genealogy Corner

Our English Roots


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

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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.