Otis W. Townsend was the son of Gamaliel Townsend -- b. Canada (who was son of Abraham) and Otis' mother was Charlotte Hunter. Otis married Jennie Webster (daughter of John "Nelson" Webster and Mary Bonnell). They married in Butler Co., OH and then were among the first settlers of Cass Co., MI. The couple were buried on the Shurte farm because Mary was related to Mary Polly Wright, who married Isaac Shurte.
The couples' children include Gamalial, Emma and Charlotte townsend. Otis worked as a waterworks engineer.
From the History of Cass County, we learn that Otis' father Gamaliel Townsend moved from Perrysburg, OH (where the family had come from Canada in 1815) to Michigan with his wife, Malinda Brown. He came with Israel Markham and others who had two yoke of oxen. Townsend had two yoke with a horse hitched ahead of them. The party left Perrysburg on June 10, arriving at Uzziel Putnam's, on Pokagon Prairie on July 4th. The party had cows among them, and so plenty to drink on the way, and they had camped in the best sites during the evenings. The biggest upset was a three-day delay when a wagon broke down between Monroe and Tecumseh.
During the first season in Michigan, Gamaliel worked for the Carey Mission people, cutting (with Abraham Loux) forty tons of wild hay near Barren lake. The second season, they cut eighty tons. In 1829, Townsend moved to LaGrange and kept the first post office in 1830, at his father Abraham's house. In 1832, when the Sauk or Black Hawk war broke out, he was a Lt. in the militia. The last 10 years of his life, Otis' father was completely blind, but otherwise was in good health.
Jennie S. Webster Townsend (1854 - 1943)*
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Record added: Jul 22, 2005
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