Darius & Abigail (Paddock) Townsend Research in Dutchess and Putnam Counties, New York 1790-1800

I have recently discovered that Abigail’s line can be directly traced to Robert Paddock, the blacksmith of Plymouth Colony, Massachussetts. It appears he arrived to the colony circa 1634. Abigail’s line is Abigail~Nathaniel~Silas~Zachariah~Zachariah~Zachariah~Robert. There is a fabulous document titled “The Paddock Genealogy” and can be found on ancestry.com. Beware though, the entire book was not scanned in properly and information on Silas is on the missing pages. Original data: Curfman, Robert Joseph,. The Paddock genealogy : descendants of Robert Paddock of Plymouth Colony, blacksmith and constable, 1646. Fort Collins, Colo.: Curfman, 1986.

Online searches with zero results for Darius and Abigail:

General History of Dutchess County 1609-1876 by Philip H. Smith

History of Dutchess County by James Smith (1882)

Inscriptions from 5 NY, Dutchess County, Cemeteries

Putnam County Cemetery Inscriptions by Josephine Frost

Commemorative Biographical Record of Counties Dutchess and Putnam

History of Putnam County: Southeast section. Pages 287 and 289 list the Cranes and Paddocks as principal settlers of South East. Abigail’s mother was Mary Crane.

The History of Putnam County by William Blake

At the Archives of Michigan I searched the following books, microfiche, and microfilm for Darius and Abigail’s name and any possible children born/died in the years of the unknown children of this couple. Nothing much was found.

Index to Old Gravestones of Dutchess County, NY and then read through the acutal book: Old Gravestones of Dutchess County, New York

Marriages and Deaths 1778-1825 Volume 4 by Reynolds

Old Gravestones of Putname County with info from Dutchess by Barbara Buys

Historical and Genealogical Record, Dutchess and Putnam microform

Records of Early Settlers Putnam County, births microfilm

Cemetery Inscriptions Putnam County, including Fredericksburg microfilm

Confiscated Properies of Philipse Highland Patent lists Darius’s father Christopher Townsend as buyer for 122$ 2 JUN 1783 Fredericksburgh and also as the current occupier of the land. South East is located in the Philipse Patent. See map:

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Tax List of Philipse Patent, 1777 lists Christopher Townsend and Silas Paddock.

Old Southeast Church Cemetery book

Payments to People Who Built the Erie Canal F127.E5 K46 2008. Lists Townsend and Trenor as being paid $1000.00 to deliver cast iron culverts and other castings on line of Champlain Canal. This data was transcribed from a book: Laws of the State of NY in Relation to the Erie and Champlain Canals and the book is at the Erie Canal Museum.

Darius and Abigail have on censuses 6 unknown children. Two boys born between 1795 and 1799 in South East when it was considered Dutchess County and who lived with them in Windham, Greene County, NY 1801 to 1810 and then disappear. Four girls. Two born 1795 to 1800 and who both live with them in Windham. One girl born between 1801 and 1810 in Windham and who live with them through to Cayuga County 1830 census. One girl who lives with them on the 1830 census, and may be a grandchild. The known children are: William, Christopher, Elizabeth E., and Nathaniel Paddock Townsend.

I did find a possible lead: Nancy Townsend Noxon, wife of Daniel L. b. 1794, Feb 24th and d. 1865, May 1 buried in the Methodist Ground, Potter’s Corners, LaGrange, NY. Townsends were Baptists so this is a long shot.

 

 

 

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Christopher Townsend of South East, Dutchess County, NY Last Will 1809

Christopher Townsend’s will can be found on Familysearch.org dated 22 MAR 1809.

You will note that he took special care of his daughter Sarah. He left his son Samuel 60$, his son Darius 40$, and his son Christopher 1$.

Christopher Townsend Will 1809
Christopher Townsend Will 1809

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Darius Townsend’s Land Purchase in Cayuga County, NY

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.

Darius Townsend Land Purchase
Darius Townsend Land Purchase

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Darius & Abigail Townsend of Conquest, NY

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

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?