Cynthia Merton,President, Karen Johnsen, Vice President

Catherine Kauffman, Treasurer, Rae Russell Johnson, Executive Secretary

Lynn Bolte, Recording Secretary, Dianna Emerson, Publications Coordinator & Newsletter Editor

Elizabeth Hanahan, Genealogist

2019-2021 Executive Board

PRESIDENT: Cynthia Merton (interim)
Vice President: Karen Johnsen (interim)
Executive Secretary: Rae Russell Johnson
Recording Secretary: Lynn Bolte (interim)
Treasurer: Catherine Kauffman
Newsletter Editor: Dianna Emerson
Publications Coordinator: Dianna Emerson
Genealogist: Elizabeth Hanahan
Parliamentarian: Rae Russell Johnson

The organization has a genealogist responsible for receiving and coordinating research from members. A large database has been compiled from submissions by members of their ancestry throughout the years. For genealogy questions, contact

Research by a professional genealogist has been also funded in England for many years. Although Charles Farrow has retired, he will continue providing results of his research in regular articles for About Towne.

Membership in the Towne Family Association is open to anyone interested in the Towne Family history. Annual dues are $22 for an individual and $25 for a family membership. This year, we are offering discounted 2-year memberships: $40 for an individual and $44 for a family.


2010 30th Reunion in Omaha, NE
Photography courtesy of Sue Carson


Please direct inquiries to the TFA President:

Cynthia Merton



Genealogist: Elizabeth Hanahan
Newsletter Editor: Dianna Emerson
Publications Coordinator: Dianna Emerson
Historian: Virginia Towne
Parliamentarian: Rae Russell Johnson
DNA Project: Margaret Press and Paul Towne
Web Coordinators: Margaret Press and Elizabeth Hanahan
Sunshine Ambassador: Barbara Cole
Archives: Elizabeth Hanahan
Newsletter Indexer:Daniel Towne

Sunshine Person: If you know of a member or family member of a member who is in need of cheer or congratulations, contact:
Barbara Cole who will send a card or make a phone call on behalf of TFA.


CHAIRMAN Elizabeth Hanahan
Associate Genealogist: Virginia Towne
Associate Genealogist for DNA Project: Margaret Press
Associate Genealogist for English research: Karen Johnsen

For genealogical queries or to submit data, contact:


1981-1986 Deena Towne (Deceased)
1986-1988 Bill Towne (Deceased)
1988-1992 Emma Towne Mosher (Deceased)
1992-1998 Myrtle Tisdel
1998-2001 Connie Purvis (Deceased)
2001-2004 Barbara Baylis
2004-2005 Robert Smith (resigned April 2005)
2005-2008 Shirley Drury Patterson
2008-2013 Elizabeth Hanahan
2013-2017 Virginia Towne
2017-2019 Gail Garda
2019-2019 Lynn Bolte (transition)
2019-present Cynthia Merton

2013 33rd Reunion in Beaufort and St. Helena Island, SC
Photography courtesy of Tom Johnson