Ethel Tasker with her class at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Detroit circa 1933/1934. Ethel is seated first in the front row on the photo’s left. You can click on the image for a closer view.
In the photo (circa 1939/1940) below (same church) Ethel is in the back row, third young woman on the photo’s left:
Here is an image of the church at 18430 John R in Detroit:
Back row: Joe, Mike Brown, Jim Ellison, Richard Ralston (my father), Ethel Ellison (my Nana)
Middle row: Jacqueline Beecher, Richard Ralston (my brother), Judith Ellison (my mother), James A Ellison (my Papa)
Front row: Jennifer Ralston (me), David Ellison, Patricia Ellison holding Amy Brown
Taken at 1110 Murdock, RO, MI
I finally found the deed for Darius Townsend’s land purchase in section 4 of Cayuga County (formerly the township of Brutus). This purchase I was unable to find on any grantee index so I had to go through each book of deeds. Each book of deeds on Familysearch.org does have its own Index, usually in the front of the volume. Master indexes were created from the book indexes, so always look for an index in land record volumes before searching through pages of deeds. Unfortunately, the scan of this volume was not adequate to see the entire page number Darius’s deed was located on, so I did end up searching through the 300’s.
Darius bought 60 13/100 acres on 4 FEB 1832 for $502.00 from the Dexter family (Katherine, Franklin, and Samuel W.) who had an attorney out of Pittsfield, Berkshire, MA acting upon their behalf.
This is the land Darius sold months later, by splitting it and selling it to his sons William and Christopher. In July 1834 William bought Christopher’s portion of this land. Better maybe to not be such close neighbors. Christopher remained in Cayuga County until he moved with his family by 1860 to Jackson County Michigan, passing away in Hanover in 1862.
Darius did not own land in Cauyga County until this purchase, so he was farming someone else’s land.
I am convinced now, but without concrete proof, that Darius & Abigail Townsend were the parents of Nathaniel P. Townsend.
Nathaniel was the biological father of my third great-grandmother Mary Alice Cutler Ellison.
Abigail Townsend’s parents were Nathaniel Paddock and Mary Crane. I believe my Nathaniel’s name was Nathaniel Paddock Townsend.
Nathaniel’s first-born son was Darius Townsend.
Below is a copy through familysearch.org of the deed in which Darius sells some of his land to his son William on Christmas Day in 1832. The land was in Conquest, but formerly called Brutus. He sold him the land for 200$. 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.