Nathaniel P. Townsend Questions to Answer
Nathaniel was born circa 1814 in New York. I have as of yet, determined who his parents were, but am strongly leaning toward Darius and Abigail Townsend from Bolton, MA removed to Conquest, Cayuga County, New York. Darius died in 1834 in Conquest, but there are no probate records on his death.
Who were N.P. Townsend’s parents?
On 10 Feb 1839, N.P. married Betsey A Welch, the daughter of John Welch and Maria ‘Polly’ Court. They were married in Jordan, Onondaga County, New York by the Reverend William Eddy.
What church was William Eddy associated with?
In 1840, N.P. lived in Conquest, Cayuga County, New York with another male aged between 70 and 79 and two females: one is obviously his wife Betsey and one is under the age of five.
Who was the elderly male and the young girl?
In 1841, Betsey and N.P.’s only son, Darius, was born.
On 28 March 1848, Elizabeth E. Townsend was born to N.P. and Betsey.
Elizabeth’s Birth: http://www.newhorizonsgenealogicalservices.com/ny-birth-cayuga-cato.htm
On 11 April 1848, Betsey dies in Cato, Cayuga County, New York.
Betsey’s Death: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~springport/pictures107/47d.htm
On 31 July 1849, N.P. had a child with Mary Eliza Perkins. We can safely assume they were married by then. They didn’t name this child.
Unnamed Birth: http://www.newhorizonsgenealogicalservices.com/ny-birth-cayuga-cato.htm
What happened to this child? A child of the age to correspond with this birth date never appears again on any records.
Mary Eliza Perkins was the widow of Cyrus James Gleason of Cicero, Onondaga County, New York.
Mary had three known children with Gleason:
Sarah Elizabeth born in 1839.
Lodowiski Lovilla born in 1842.
Edson H. born in 1844.
In 1840, the Gleason family was comprised of two males, one between 10 and 14 and two females, one under age 5 (Sarah Elizabeth).
Who was the young male in this household and what happened to him?
In 1850, N.P. and Mary were living in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. N.P. was a cooper by trade. Living with them were:
N.P. had given his infant daughter Elizabeth up to a couple named Samuel H and Amanda (Davis) Cutler, who were living in Elbridge, Onondaga County, New York on the 1850 Census with a young child, now named Mary Alice Cutler. There are no probate guardianship records to reflect this, as control remained with the father. He did not need to go to court to give his child away.
Mary Alice Cutler became Mary Alice Ellison, wife of Benjamin Walker Ellison.
There are lots of questions that come up with this story, aren’t there? Especially, when N.P. remarried so quickly and had more children.
Charles Nathaniel Townsend was born in 1851 to N.P. and Mary. Charles married Minerva Freelove Barden and they resided for some time in the state of Washington. Charles was living in Lamoni, Decatur, Iowa in 1925.
Where/when did Charles die?
Adonirum Elnathan Townsend was born 2 April 1854 to N.P. and Mary. Adonirum married Josephine Hannah Shafer in Iowa. They moved to Washtenaw County, Michigan and Adonirum died in Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1904.
In 1855 N.P. was on the Wisconsin State Census in Wauwatosa Township, Milwaukee County.
On 2 April 1857 N.P. buys 80 acres of land in Waupaca County, Wisconsin.
Eliza Jennie Townsend was born June 1860 to N.P. and Mary. She first married Charles Marsh then Riley Isaac Glazier in Ashton, Osceola County, Iowa in 1889. She died in 1926 in Sibley, Osceola County, Iowa.
On the 1860 US Census, N.P. was living in Farmington, Waupaca County, WI with:
Eliza J., one month
On 10 June 1861, Darius joined Company B, 5th Wisconsin Infantry.
In the summer of 1862, Darius disappeared. Military records conflict. He was listed as discharged due to disability after being left in Williamsburg, VA after the Battle of Williamsburg in May 1862 then listed as being a deserter in August of 1862.
N.P. told the Federal Government on a pension application that Darius was reported to him as having been killed at the Battle of Antietam in September of 1862.
Darius disappears entirely from historical/genealogical records in 1862.
With the help of Archivists, I am working on this mystery.
Can you shed any light?
On 6 August 1861, Edson joined Company A, 8th Wisconsin Infantry. He also served in the 1st Wisconsin Heavy Artillery. Edson survived the war.
On the 1870 US Census, N.P. lived in Farmington still with:
Eliza J., 9
In 1875, N.P. was listed in Appleton, Outagamie County, on the Wisconsin State Census. He was living with one other male and two females.
On the 1880 US Census, NP was 66 years old and living in Grand Chute, Outagamie, Wisconsin as a farmer. Only Mary lived with him at this time.
On 4 Jan 1888, Mary Eliza died in Ashton, Osceola County, Iowa.
What happened to N.P.?
I searched the microfilm death records of Osceola County, Iowa between the years 1880 and 1941. Only the record for Mary can be located.
I don’t think N.P. died in Osceola County, Iowa.
Any help anyone can offer me in answering the above questions would be greatly appreciated!