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Joseph Boyer Townsend
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Birth: Dec. 25, 1843
Johnson County
Indiana, USA
Death: Aug. 18, 1923
Ravalli County
Montana, USA

Son of William T Townsend and Christina (Boyer) Townsend. His grandparents were Moses Townsend and Abigail (Matthews) Townsend.


Times-Republican, Thursday, September 18, 1923, pg 2

J. B. Townsend Dead

The Times-Republican is handed a Stevensville, Mont., paper which chronicles the death of a former well known citizen of this place, and which contains the following obituary which we publish, as Mr. Townsend was quite well known in these parts, being a brother of Mrs. Matilda Herbert who resides here.


Joseph Boyer Townsend was born in Indiana, Dec 25, 1843. In his youth he moved to Iowa where he grew to manhood. In 1861 he enlisted and joined Co.K 4th regiment Iowa infantry. His service was mostly in the western division of the army, but he engaged in some of the heaviest battles, such as Lookout Mountain, Pea Ridge and Vicksburg. The last battle of the Civil war in which he participated was at Atlanta under Sherman. His time of enlistment being up, having served 4 years, he was sent back to Louisville, KY and received his discharge. Dec 10, 1865 he was married to Isabel Bradbury. The living children of this marriage are, Mrs. Etta Strong, Deer Lodge, MT; Ira Townsend, Alder, MT; Mrs. Pearl Head, Butte, MT; Arthur Townsend, Missoula, MT; Mrs. Nora Snyder, Edgewood, CA. Death visited this home and the mother of these children was taken away Dec. 4, 1889.

He was married to Mrs. Mary Boatman Martin, May 10, 1891. To this union was born Mrs. Grace Hightower of Missoula and Joseph Townsend of Great Falls. Besides the wife and children mentioned, he leaves one brother, Henry of Elgin, Ore and one sister, Matilda Herbert, Bedford, IA, eighteen grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

He moved to Montana in 1874 and located at Dillon. Twenty-five years ago the 17th day of last July he located in the Bitter Root Valley MT, about 3 and 1/2 miles northeast of Stevensville, where he finished life's course, Saturday morning, August 18th at the very good age of 79 years, 8 months and 23 days. Early in his married life he entered the Christian life. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church in Stevensville.


Private in the 4th Iowa Infantry Regiment under General Sherman during the Civil War (1860-1865)
His company was organized in Page and Taylor County Iowa August 5th 1861 and they were assigned and ordered to the 4th Iowa at Camp Kirkwood, Iowa. They left Camp Kirkwood on August 28th 1861, for St. Louis, Missouri. They Left St. Louis September 10th, 1861 to reinforce the garrison at Lexington, Mo, they arrived on the 29th and stayed there until ordered back into Camp Rolla, Oct. 4th. He marched with the 4th Iowa on an expedition under General Curtis, from Rolla January 29th 1862 in what was then the Army of the Southwest, since which time it participated in the following battles and skirmishes. Springfield, Mo. Feb. 13th 1862, Sugar Creek, Mo. Feb. 17th 1862, Pea Ridge, Arkansas March 6th, 7th & 8th, Chickasaw Bayou, Miss. December 27th, 28th, & 29th 1862, Arkansas Past Oak Jan. 11th, 1863, Deer Creek, Miss. Apr. 6th 1863, Black Bayou, Miss. Apr 10th 1863, Jackson, Miss May 14th 1863, Siege of Vicksburg, May 18th to July 4th 1863, Clinton, Miss. July 8th 1863, Siege of Jackson, Miss. July 10th to 14th 1863, Brandon, Miss. July 19th 1863, Cherokee Station, Alabama Oct. 19th 1863, Bear Creek, Al. Oct. 1863, Crane Creek Oct 26th 1863, Tuscumbria, Oct. 27th 1863, Lookout Mountain, Ga. Nov 24th 1863, Mission Ridge, Ga Nov 25th 1863, Ringgold, Ga Nov. 27th 1863, Resacca, Ga. May 13th to 16th 1864, Dallas, Ga May 26th to 29th 1864, New Hope Church, Ga June 4th 1864, Big Shanty, Ga. June 10th 1864, Kennessaw Mountain, Ga. June 16th to July 3rd 1864, KickaJack Creek July 5th 1864, Chattahoochee River, Ga July 10th 1864, Atlanta, Ga July 22nd 1864, Ezra Chapel, Ga July 28th, Atlanta, Ga July through August 1864, Jonesboro, Ga Aug 31 1864, Lovejoy Station, Ga Sept 2 - 5 1864, Little River, Alabama Oct 28th, Griswoldville, Ga Nov 29th, Oquechee River Dec 6-9 1864, Savannah, Ga Dec 10-20 1864, Congaree Creek, South Carolina Feb 15th 1865, Columbia, SC Feb 17th 1865, Bentonville June 10th 1865. He reinlisted on January 1st 1865 and during his expedition traveled over 12,000 miles throughout the insurgent states.


His Children (with Isabell Bradbury):

Clara May Townsend b: 8 Apr 1869 in Iowa
Etta Townsend b: 1 Jul 1869 in Nodaway, Missouri
Ira E. Townsend b: 1871 in Missouri
Hattie Pearl Townsend b: 6 Jan 1874
Arthur Irving Townsend b: 21 Nov 1875 in Bedford, Taylor, Iowa
Nora Belle Townsend b: 1 Mar 1880 in Iowa
Fred Townsend b: 30 Jun 1885 in Dillion, Montana

His Children (with Mary Boatman):

Joseph Boatman Townsend b: 6 Apr 1895 in Dillon, Montana
Mary Grace Townsend b: 22 Jan 1893 in Stevensville, Montana

Family links: 
  William T Townsend (1809 - 1878)
  Christena LeAnne Boyer Townsend (1811 - 1908)
  Mary Luella Boatman Townsend (1859 - 1958)*
  Mary Grace Townsend Hightower (1893 - 1990)*
  Joseph Boatman Townsend (1895 - 1954)*
  James T. Townsend (1830 - 1915)*
  Julia Ann Townsend Herbert (1832 - 1888)*
  John Hill Townsend (1833 - 1912)*
  Mary Jane Leathers (1838 - 1915)*
  Joseph Boyer Townsend (1843 - 1923)
  Henry Townsend (1847 - 1933)*
  Alexander Mathers Townsend (1849 - 1906)*
  Matilda Evaline Townsend Herbert (1852 - 1932)*
*Calculated relationship
Maplewood Cemetery
Ravalli County
Montana, USA
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Record added: Jul 24, 2009
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Joseph Boyer Townsend
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Joseph Boyer Townsend
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Joseph Boyer Townsend
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