Towne Family Association, Inc.

TFA Executive Board

Brenda Cogswell, President                      Tamara Towne Roberts, Vice President


OPEN*, Executive Secretary                     Jan Nelsen, Treasurer


Vida Poole, Recording Secretary                    Cyndy Merton, Newsletter
                                                                         Editor & Parliamentarian

Elizabeth Hanahan, Genealogist

Executive Board Members:

PRESIDENT: Brenda Cogswell 2022-2024
Vice President: Tamara Towne Roberts 2022-2024
* Interim Executive Secretary: Carolyn Cogswell 2023 - until position is filled
Recording Secretary: Vida Poole 2023-2025
Treasurer: Jan Nelsen 2022-2024
Newsletter Editor: Cynthia Merton appointed
Genealogist: Elizabeth Hanahan appointed
Parliamentarian: Cynthia Merton appointed

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

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.

JOIN OR RENEW NOW!!! Renewals for 2024 are due by January 1st. Please be sure to mail your form to the address for Carolyn Cogswell on this year's form.

Membership Form

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

Please direct inquiries to TFA President Brenda Cogswell


Genealogist: Elizabeth Hanahan

Newsletter Editor: Cynthia Merton

DNA Project: Margaret Press and Paul Towne

Web Coordinators: Margaret Press and Elizabeth Hanahan


CHAIRMAN: Elizabeth Hanahan

Archives: Elizabeth Hanahan

Associate Genealogist: Virginia Towne

Associate Genealogist: Vida Poole

Associate Genealogist for DNA Project: Margaret Press

Associate Genealogist for English research: Karen Johnsen

For genealogical queries or to submit data, contact:


Margaret Press

Paul Towne

Deborah Atchley


Publications Coordinator:OPEN

Historian: Virginia Towne

Parliamentarian: Cynthia Merton

Newsletter Indexer:Daniel Towne

Sunshine Ambassador: Barbara Cole

Sunshine: 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.

You can e-mail Barbara at


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 (Deceased)

2008-2013   Elizabeth Hanahan

2013-2017   Virginia Towne

2017-2019   Gail Garda

2019-2019   Lynn Bolte (transition)

2019-2020   Cynthia Merton (Acting)

2020-2022   Forrest Towne

2022-2022   Tamara Towne Roberts (Acting)

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