Nathaniel P. Townsend Questions to Answer

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:

On 11 April 1848, Betsey dies in Cato, Cayuga County, New York.

Betsey’s Death:

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:

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:

Sarah Elizabeth





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:


Darius, 19

Charles, 9

Adonirum, 5

Edson, 17

Lodawiski, 19

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:


Adonirum, 15

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!

Darius Townsend Civil War Pension Documents

Darius Townsend was the only full biological brother of Mary Alice Cutler Ellison. His father Nathaniel P Townsend applied for a Civil War pension on the behalf of his supposed deceased son Darius. According to his father, Darius was killed in action at the Battle of Antietam in September of 1862. According to the government, Darius was discharged and/or deserted in October 1862. But since he never returned home and was never heard from ever again, it is safe to assume that his father had the correct information.

You will note that Nathaniel lists Darius only other family member as being: Alice Allison (sic).

Click below to view:

Darius Townsend

Mary Alice Ellison’s Biological Parents – Mystery Solved!!

Mary Alice Ellison was born 28 MAR 1848 in Cato, Cayuga County to Nathaniel P. Townsend and Betsey Welch.

Her birth name was Elizabeth (Betsey) Townsend. She had one brother at the time of her birth, Darius Townsend. Darius served in the Civil War for the Wisconsin 5th Infantry. He was born circa 1841 in New York.

On 11 APR 1848, less than two weeks later, Elizabeth’s mother died.

The Cutler family and the Townsend family had many associations in Cayuga County and Onondaga County. They formed business relationships and they married each other.

Somehow, Samuel H Cutler and his wife Amanda Davis ended up with Elizabeth Townsend and they re-named her Mary Alice Cutler. Mary Alice is living with them in Elbridge, Onondaga County, New York in 1850. I have searched and searched the Surrogate Court records for this transaction and have not found it. Since, the father was alive at the time of the adoption, I don’t think they needed to go to court.

Nathaniel P. Townsend re-married very quickly to Mary Eliza Perkins (1849.) Mary Eliza was the widow of Cyrus James Gleason of Cicero, Onondaga County, New York. Cyrus and Mary had three children: Sarah Elizabeth (b.1839), Lodawiski Lovilla (1842-1922), and Edson H. (1844-1880). These children stayed with their mother and step-father and are listed on the censuses with them, sometimes as Townsend’s.

Nathaniel and Mary Eliza moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin by 1850. They had four children together. One of them was born in Cato, New York on 31 JUL 1849 and is listed as unnamed. I have a feeling this child died. The other three children were: Charles Nathaniel (b. 1851), Adonirum Elnathan (1854-1904) and Jennie Eliza (1860-1926.) The Townsend family lived in Wisconsin for many years.

You have to be very careful when looking on about this family as people are listing the children with the wrong parents.

Nathaniel died sometime after 1880 (approx. 1894) in Ashton, Osceola County, Iowa where his daughter Jennie was living (Jennie Glazier.) There is a lot yet for me to learn about this Nathaniel P. Townsend- including who his parents were.

When Mary Alice died, her son listed her parents as being:

N.P. Townsend and B. A. Court

Which is partially true.

Her mother was Betsey A. Welch, the daughter of Maria Polly Court and John Welch. When Polly Welch died in 1863, she left her grandchildren Darius and Elizabeth (Betsey) Townsend some money. Maria Polly Court was the daughter of John Court and Lydia Wright of Cato, Cayuga County, New York. This mistake of using the Court name, as the mother’s maiden name, is actually the only reason I was able to figure this mystery out. A very good mistake indeed.

Below are a selection of the papers from Polly Welch’s estate file in Cayuga County, New York:

Welch2 Welch6 Welch12 Welch13 Welch14





Samuel H Cutler Cleveland, Ohio Land Deeds

My mysterious ancestor, Samuel H. Cutler, born somewhere in New York around 1819 and showing up suddenly on the 1850 US Census in Elbridge, Onondaga Co, NY with a wife, Amanda (nee Davis) and a two-year-old daughter, Mary Alice. Mary is purported to be adopted.

In June of 1853, Samuel enters into a land contract for a lot in Cleveland, Ohio and in the end of November, sells his interest in that lot.

On 26 APR 1861, he buys a lot in Cleveland from William Fiske and wife for 250.00$. Below is the original deed from FHL microfilm:



On 31 DEC 1862, Benjamin Walker Ellison (21 years old) and Mary Alice Cutler (Mary is only 14 years old) get married by a reverend for the Western Seaman’s Society.

The next day, New Year’s Day, Samuel goes into the courthouse and records that he sold his lot for $250.00 to his wife Amanda Cutler.



Mary and Benjamin move to Oakfield Township, Kent County, Michigan sometime in 1863. Samuel H Cutler registers for the Union draft out of Oakfield Township in July of 1863.

Then he disappears.

Benjamin W. Ellison Civil War Hospital Record

Here is a copy of the original record of Benjamin W. Ellison’s admission to Harper Hospital USA General Hospital in Detroit, Michigan on July 16th, 1865. He was suffering from malaria.

The record reads:

Benjamin W Ellison Prvt 16 Mich Infantry Company G  Admitted from Transfer

This means Private Ellison was in another civil war general hospital and transferred to Detroit.

This record is held at the Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public Library. My transcription of some of these records is set to be published in the spring edition of the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research Quarterly.

I sought out this record because Private Ellison’s pension increase requests were denied by the federal government. Their response to him was that there was no proof he’d gotten ill during his service as a soldier or been treated for his illness during the war. Their denial forced his wife to have no alternative but hospitalize him at Traverse City State Hospital, when she wanted to hire a private caretaker so he could live at home with her in Boyne Falls. It broke her heart to send her beloved husband away.

1883 Boyne Valley Township, Charlevoix County, MI Tax Assessment

1883 Boyne Valley Township, Charlevoix County, MI Tax Assessement

As transcribed from FHL Film # 2364735 from RG 80-62 Charlevoix County Treasurer Vol 82: Boyne Valley Dates: 1883

© 2011 by Jennifer Ralston Porter

Note: Section Number is listed only one time, even when taxed for same section more than once. Names are transcribed as written on documents scanned to film. Please ask permission to re-print this material.

Page 1
John McKirnan	2
Jerry Taylor	2
August Tromley	2
Andrew A Nowlland	4
George Ford	4
Lonie Barry	4
Patrick B?itt	4
Mrs. L. Hammer	4
Enoch K. Robinson	6
Herman Seiler	6
Anthony Jeppeson	6, 15
Page 2
Geo C Leddiff	6
Emma L LeCleor	6
Hiram Wright	6, 15
Michael Nebel	7
Hulda Lischnevsky	7
Hiram A Rothenberger	7
Peter Fred Catten	7
Otto J Kruse	7
Jacob Dietz	7
Frederick Reinhardt	7
Patrick Doyle	8
Eugene Kyes	8
Hiram Wolford	8, 16
Page 3
Simon S Baringer	8
Hearry F Manning	9
Chas & Wm Steele	9
George Schanglin	9, 17
George Van Buren	9
John Kirschenmann	9
Mr Farmer	10
Wm Rusnell	11
F F Strong 	11
Page 4
Benj W Ellison	12
Mary A Ellison	12
Marshall Magee	12
Sanf H Ward	12, 32, 15
Lyman S Howe	13
Frederick Kritsch	13
John Cramer	14
Jacob Dietz Jr	14
George Kyes	14
John Carmody	14, 15
Wm Howe	14
Page 5
Wilson Phelps	15
John Paskiewicz	15
Lyman R Hastings	15
Mrs Olive J Gager	15, 14
Frank Gruboski	15
Lucretia H Powers	15, 16
Page 6
Lucretia H Powers	15
Harry H Powers	15
Jos H Powers	15
Edna L Powers	15
Page 7
A D Carpenter or Owner Unknown	32
Oscar H Marsh	15
J W Barnes	15
Chas W Dutcher	15
L G A Hurd	15
Henry H Eaton	15
John Redpath	15, 10
Sarah Redpath	15, 27, 34
Elizabeth Galster	15
Fred J Galster	15, 17
Page 8
Charles H Horn	21, 16
Christian Knudsen	15
Anna C Holfback	15
Peter Peterson	15
Mears & Austin	15
Wm A Nelson	15, 8
Page 9
Harrison Branch	15, 14
Clarence E Branch	15
Geo H Branch	15
Sidney M Jones	15
Julius A Lane	15
Israel Dawdy	15
Edward McLaughlin	15
James D Mitchell	15
Billia Smith	15
Willis Hurd	15
Page 10
William Nelson	16, 22, 15, 12
John J Galster	17
Wm Galster	17
Wm Kinkel	17
John Hunts & Sons	18
Page 11
Thompson Green & Co	18
Frank P Myers	18, 15
John A Snetman	18
Page 12
John Hansler	20
John Collins	20
Cromwell Magee	20
Henry Collins	20
George Bennett	21
Daniel Paine	22
John Scalley	22
George R LeClear	22
John Hopkins	22
Thomas J Baughman	22
Page 13
Robert Findley	26
Emerald Magee	28
Semantha P Jones	30
Jacob Stoesser	30
Geo W Jones	30
Blood & Meaher	35, 36
Royal Magee	Year 1882 Section 8
	Year 1883 Section 8
Wm Ellis	Year 1882 Section 15
	Year 1883 Section 15
Ends Resident Lands
Non-Resident Lands
Page 1
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	1
Dodge & Phelps	2
Cutman & Rothschilds	2
SF & WC Page	2
D G Peck	2
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	3
Dodge & Phelps	3
Cutman & Rothschilds	3
Geo F Beardsley	3
SF & WC Page	3
Page 2
Wm Hazzard	4
Pierce Kinsella	4
Cutman & Rothschilds	4
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	5
Wm T Addis	5
Geo F Beardsley	5, 6
C V Monroe	6
Eliza A Robinson	6
Catharine S Coan	6
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	7
Geo F Beardsley	8
George Weller	8
John Weller	8
Page 3
Eliza Baxter	8
Geo F Beardsley	9
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	9
John W Baldie	9
Owner Unknown	9
Wm T Addis	10
Cutman & Rothschilds	10
Dodge & Phelps	10
J L Wood	10
Hiram O Rose	10
Page 4
Oscar W Kibbie	11
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	11
Thomas Grafton	11
J M White	12
James S Cypher	13
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	13
Dodge & Phelps	13
H B Childs	13
Frank Huntington	14
Dodge & Phelps	14
John Kressell	14
Jacob Smits	15
Page 5
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	15
Edward H Green	15
Lemuel D Bartholomew	16
Amos Fox	16
Max Spangenburg	17
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	17
Michael Heagney	15
Hastey	15
Pierce Kinsella	15
Page 6
Owner Unknown	19
Feedler & Wuerth	19
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	19
John Rock	19
Sarah A Linsley	20
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	21
H P Christy & Gottanger	21
Dodge & Phelps	21
Geo F Beardsley	21
Page 7
Michael Heagney	22
Ernest W Anson	22
Byron Mason	22
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	23
Cutman & Rothschilds	24
Thomas H Sanborn	24
Wm Sturgeon	24
W J Kilpatrick	24
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	25
W J Kilpatrick	26
Dodge & Phelps	26
Bank of Sheboygan Wis	26
Page 8
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	27
H P Christy & Gottanger	27
Henry Morgan	27
Geo F Beardsley	27
Charles F Freman	27
H P Christy & Gottanger	28
Geo F Beardsley	28
Dodge & Phelps	28
Charles L Ortman	28
Cutman & Rothschilds	28
SF & WC Page	28
Page 9
SF & WC Page	29
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	29
Dodge & Phelps	29
Cutman & Rothschilds	29
H P Christy & Gottanger	29
Owner Unknown	29
H P Christy & Gottanger	30
Owner Unknown	30
H P Christy & Gottanger	31
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	31
Page 10
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	31
Henry Korthase	31
SF & WC Page	32
Dodge & Phelps	32
Wm J Chase	32
Abraham Sanborn	32
Robert Abbot	32
Owner Unknown	32
William Cook	32
Owner Unknown	32
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	33
Owner Unknown	33
Page 11
Geo F Beardsley	34
Dodge & Phelps	34
W J Kilpatrick	34
H P Christy & Gottanger	34
Walter & Smith	34
Wm Sturgeon	34
Dodge & Phelps	35
Geo F Beardsley	35
Bank of Sheboygan Wis	35
C F Searles	36
H J Kilpatrick	36
End of Tax List
Signed by Enoch K Robinson, Supervisor

Guy Glyndon Ellison Birth Record 1878

Guy Glyndon Ellison was born 4 AUG 1878 to Benjamin W. and Mary Alice Ellison in Boyne Valley, Charlevoix County, Michigan. The record is located on Page 46 of the State of Michigan, Record of Births, Charlevoix County, FHL Microfilm # 965394.

Also on this page is the birth record for Ruby Lila Robinson, daughter of Enoch K. Robinson and Annie H. Robinson. Annie was Benjamin Ellison’s half-sister, nee Ann Hudson. Ruby Lila was born 18 DEC 1878 in Boyne Valley, Charlevoix County, Michigan.

The records were both created on May 28, 1879 and my guess is that Benjamin and Enoch went into town together and recorded the births of their newest children. Enoch was a very important person in Benjamin’s life; Enoch was the one that convinced BWE to move to Boyne Falls. Enoch was also actively involved in writing testaments in support of BWE’s need for an increase in his veteran’s pension. Benjamin and Mary named their youngest son, Enoch.


Wanted- Benjamin Walker Ellison family

I am wishing to purchase copies/originals of photographs of Benjamin Walker and Mary Alice Ellison and their children, Samuel, William and Enoch Chester of Charlevoix County, Michigan. They lived in Boyne Falls from 1874 to 1913. They also lived in Cleveland, Ohio and Kent County, Michigan.

I am also looking for:

  •  Photographs of their parents, William and Margaret Hudson of Cleveland, Ohio and Samuel and Eunice Amanda Cutler of Cleveland, Ohio, and Walker Ellison of Baildon, Yorkshire, England.
  • Copies/originals of diaries, journals, and personal letters from any of the above family members.
  • Photographs, advertisements, memorabilia, documents, etc from the BW Ellison & Sons Brewery in Boyne Falls, Michigan circa 1882.
  • The 16th Michigan Infantry, Company G but ONLY between April 1, 1865 and the end of the Civil War, July 1865.

Please contact me by leaving a comment on this post.

William A. Ellison Birth Record

On 15 AUG 1868, William Arthur Ellison was born to Benjamin W. and Mary A. Ellison in Parma, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. You will note that Benjamin registered his son’s birth in Montcalm County, Michigan. Benjamin and Mary had been living in Michigan since May of 1863. In 1870, they are listed as being back in Cleveland on the U.S. Census.

William A. Ellison is the father of Harold Delmont Ellison.

Birth Record

Source: Michigan Births, 1867 – 1902 for William E. Ellison.

Benjamin W and Mary Alice Ellison Marriage Records

On the 26th of December 1862, Benjamin Walker Ellison applied for a marriage license to wed Mary Alice Cutler. They were wed on New Year’s Eve — 31 DEC 1862 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Benjamin was 21 years old and Mary Alice was 14 years old.

Marriage Application
Marriage Record

Source: Ohio, County Marriages, 1790 – 1950 [database online] for Benjamin W. Ellison.