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
Susan Townsend married Mr. Hall
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?