Darius & Abigail Townsend of Conquest, NY

21 Jul

I am convinced now, but without concrete proof, that Darius & Abigail Townsend were the parents of Nathaniel P. Townsend.

Nathaniel was the biological father of my third great-grandmother Mary Alice Cutler Ellison.

Abigail Townsend’s parents were Nathaniel Paddock and Mary Crane. I believe my Nathaniel’s name was Nathaniel Paddock Townsend.

Nathaniel’s first-born son was Darius Townsend.

Below is a copy through familysearch.org of the deed in which Darius sells some of his land to his son William on Christmas Day in 1832. The land was in Conquest, but formerly called Brutus. He sold him the land for 200$. I think he bought 21 acres but it is difficult to read. I am not sure if William paid full real estate value of the time. The area was booming because of the Erie Canal (completed in 1825) and Darius had moved to Cayuga County to work on the canal.

What I cannot find are any records for when Darius purchased all of this land.

Darius & Abigail sell some land to their son William.

Darius & Abigail sell some land to their son William.

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Christopher Townsend Family of Hanover, Jackson Co, MI

29 Jun

I am trying to prove my theory that Christopher Townsend of Hanover, Jackson County, Michigan was the third child, second son of Darius Townsend and Abigail Paddock of Conquest, Cayuga County, New York.

Christopher was born circa 1809 in New York. In October 1833, Darius sold part of his land in Conquest, Cayuga County to Christopher. He also sold most of the rest of his land to his known first born son William Townsend. In 1834, Darius died.

In 1836 Christopher married Maranda Cane (spelled many different ways).

In 1840, he is in Conquest, Cayuga County.

In 1850, he is in Camillus, Onondaga County, New York with his wife and children: Allen, Phebe A., Susan, Adeline and Mary.

In 1860, he is in Hanover, Jackson County, Michigan with his wife and children: Susan, Adeline, Mary, Henry, and Elizabeth. Henry is 8 and was born in Michigan, placing Christopher in Michigan circa 1852.

Christopher died in 1862 and is buried in Hanover Cemetery, Hanover, Jackson County, Michigan.

Maranda then married Michael Donovan but is also buried in Hanover Cemetery.

I have found the following death records for his children:

Phebe Ann Townsend married Walter S. Fowler

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Susan Townsend married Mr. Hall

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Allen C. Townsend was born 1836 in Conquest, Cayuga County, NY and he died 15 AUG 1876 in Bethel, Branch County, Michigan.

Mary L. Townsend was born in 1849 in New York, probably Onondaga County and died 31 JAN 1924 in Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan. She married a Mr. Packard.

Can you help me determine for sure the parents of Christopher Townsend?

Carded Medical Records for Darius Townsend

12 Jun

Darius Townsend, Private, Company B. Fifth Wisconsin Infantry, volunteer. Son of Nathaniel P. Townsend of Wisconsin. His mother was Betsey A Welch of Cato, Cayuga County, New York.

In the hopes that I might discover what happened to Darius Townsend, I hired a private researcher to go into the Carded Medical Records in Record Group 94 at the National Archives. According to Darius’s Military Service file was in the Newport News, VA General Hospital on June 4, 1862 (on the muster roll as a nurse).

The results of the search are below. You will see his movements were:

May 22, 1862 he was admitted to USA (College) Hospital in Williamsburg, VA

On May 30, 1862 he was sent to USA Hospital (Wheaton) Yorktown, VA (temporary)

Darius is recorded as admitted to Newport News, USA General Hospital, near Fort Monroe VA on June 1, 1862

Then we have a card for him that says he was admitted on October 30, 1862 at the Hampton USA General Hospital in Fort Monroe, VA and returned to duty on December 30, 1862.

You can click below to see the records.

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Ellison & Tasker Family Photos

30 Apr
Alice Baines Ellison with her son James A Ellison circa 1937

Alice Baines Ellison with her son James A Ellison
circa 1937

James A. Ellison in 1957

James A. Ellison in 1957

August 2, 1941 James A Ellison and Ethel Tasker Wedding at the Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak, MI

August 2, 1941
James A Ellison and Ethel Tasker Wedding at the Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak, MI

John T Tasker Gunner 1915-1919 Canadian Field Artillery

John T Tasker
Gunner
1915-1919
Canadian Field Artillery

John T. Tasker and his wife Edith Dorothy circa 1950s

John T. Tasker and his wife Edith Dorothy
circa 1950s

Robert and Arbutus Ellison Wedding James A. Ellison is on the right

Robert and Arbutus Ellison Wedding
James A. Ellison is on the right

Woodward Ave Detroit Pa's Door written by Alice Baines Ellison

Woodward Ave Detroit
Pa’s Door
written by Alice Baines Ellison

NP Townsend died Jan 31, 1890 Sioux City, Iowa

22 Apr

Nathaniel P. Townsend died on January 31, 1890 in Sioux City, Iowa, of heart failure. The record of his death is scribbled on the side of the Sioux City register of deaths and is largely illegible. He was 75 years old. It does not record any further information on him.

James A. Ellison Childhood Photos

16 Apr

James A. Ellison of Royal Oak, Michigan. Son of Harold and Alice (Baines) Ellison.

The pages are from James’s Baby Book. The torn photo says 12 months old on the back.

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The following two photos are of James and his sister Alice with their parents Harold and Alice.

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Ethel & Jim Ellison Family Documents

9 Apr

Ethel’s report card from the Detroit Public School, the 1936-1937 school year:

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Here is the 8th grade class of 1937 of Greenfield Park School in Detroit:

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James A. Ellison Royal Oak High School Commencement Brochure for the class of 1938 and his graduation photo:

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James A. Ellison and Ethel Tasker’s Wedding Invitation 1941:

Ethel&JimWeddingInvite

Fry and Sadler Family Photographs

8 Apr

Robert Sidney Fry the only son of Albert Alexander Fry and Eliza Ann Sadler:

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His father Albert Alexander Fry, a musician:

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Eliza Ann Sadler’s family home (the Life Boat Inn) in Norfolk, England:

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Tasker Family Photos Cont.

8 Apr

Frances Tasker Ingham and Dorothy Fry Tasker on 24 JUN 1939:

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Rose Eleanor Tasker as a teenager and in 1970:

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Tristram Tasker born 1857 in Pontrifac, Yorkshire, England:

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John Tristram Tasker and his sisters Eliza Jane, Edith and Eleanor Gertrude circa 1893:

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Tasker Family Photographs

7 Apr

Back of photograph reads:

Aunt Frances (Tasker Ingham), Diane Ellison, Nana Baines, Dorothy & John Tasker

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John T. Tasker: JohnTTasker

Edith Dorothy Fry Tasker and her four children in Winnipeg, Canada: Louis, Norman, Marjorie and John Jr.

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Rosie Tasker as a child and as an adult. Rose Eleanor Tasker was the youngest child of Tristram and Rose Eleanor Tasker and she was born in 1901 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England.

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The Tasker Family with Jim & Ethel Ellison, circa 1944 when Jim was serving in the US Army.

I am guessing the man on the left is Robert Tasker. Next is Dorothy Tasker, Ethel Ellison, Jim Ellison and John Tasker. Please let me know if I guessed wrong!

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