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$.
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.
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?
More articles from the Sibley, Iowa local newspapers on the Townsend family.
Mary Eliza Townsend’s death notice from 1888, mentions her husband still living. And a couple of articles mentioning their children: Charles Nathaniel Townsend and Jennie E. Marsh.