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William Towne

Norwich, City of Norwich, Norfolk, England
Death 24 Jun 1673 (aged 74–75)
Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 41602474 · View Source
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William Towne, son of John Towne, was baptized in the church at St. Nicholas, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England on March 18, 1598/9. He married Joanna Blessing/Blyssyne on April 25, 1620 in the same church in England.

Although there is no known record of immigration, it is believed by Savage and Virkus that the family came to America in 1635.

The first record of William Towne in America appears in the town book of Salem some time between 1635 and 1640 (undated) when he received a land grant "a littleneck of Land right over against his house on the other side of the River" in the area called North Fields.

In 1651, he purchased land in the neighboring town of Topsfield from William Paine, which consisted of forty acres, part plow land, meadow, and unplowed land. He sold his Salem property to Henry Bullock in 1652 and bought additional land at Topsfield in 1656. He was made a commoner in Topsfield in 1664. When his son Joseph married Phebe Perkins, he deeded 2/3 of his property to Joseph.

Children of William & Joanna Towne: (the first six were baptized at St. Nicholas)
1. Rebecca (Towne) Nurse bapt. Feb. 21, 1621-2, executed July 19, 1692 (Salem Witch Trials), m. Francis Nurse/Nourse
Jacob Towne (1632-1704), m. Catherine Symonds
6. Mary (Towne) Esty bpt. Aug. 24, 1634 executed Sept. 22, 1692 (Salem Witch Trials), m. Isaac Esty
7. Sarah (Towne) Bridge/Bridges m. (1) Edmund Bridges and (2) Peter Cloyes (barely escaped execution during the Salem Witch Trials).
8. Joseph Towne bpt. Sept. 3, 1639 and died 1717, m. (1) Phebe and (2) Emma about 1687

Administration was granted April 24, 1673 to "Johana" Towne on the estate of William Towne.
The estate of William Towne of Topsfield appears on Essex Probate Docket #27923

Admitted Jan. 17, 1682. Petition for settlement of the estate of William Towne who died 10 years before leaving no will, but left his estate in the hands of their mother which remained unsettled until her death. Now they desire that it be divided equally between the three sons: Edmund, Jacob and Joseph; and the moveables equally to the three daughters: Rebecka, Mary and Sarah. Signed by Mary, relict of Edmund Towne, Jacob Town, Joseph Towne, Francis "Nurs" consort of Rebeka, Mary Esty, and Sarah Bridges.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Towne (1598–24 Jun 1673), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41602474, citing Pine Grove Cemetery, Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Nareen, et al (contributor 46613568) .