Suffield Historical Society

Family history of Michael Towsley

 

 

++++++++++++    FIRST  GENERATION    ++++++++++++

 

 

1              Michael Towsley       

 

                d. 3 Nov 1712, Suffield, CT; m. 4 Jun 1678, Exter, NH, Mary Hussey; d. 10 Feb 1729, West Dorchester, MA.

                Children:

       1       Mary Towsley, b. 17 Mar 1679, Salisbury, MA; d. young.

    2‑2       Mercy Towsley, b. 12 Jan 1680, Salisbury, MA; m. Benjamin Allen.

    3‑3       Anne Towsley, b. 12 Jul 1681, Suffield, CT; m. Joseph Trumble.

    4‑4       Michael Towsley, b. 14 Jan 1684, Suffield, CT; m. Hannah Stebbins.

       5       Margaret Towsley, b. 11 Jul 1687, Suffield, CT; d. 25 Aug 1689, Suffield, CT.

    5‑6       Matthew Towsley, b. 18 Nov 1690, Suffield, CT; m. Mary Smith.

       7       Nathaniel Towsley, b. Suffield, CT; d. 8 Feb 1695, Suffield, CT.

    6‑8       John Towsley, b. 17 Sep 1694, Suffield, CT; m. (1) Thankful Bronson; m. (2) Rebecca Temple.

       9       Nathaniel Towsley, b. 8 Feb 1696/97, Suffield, CT.

       10     Joseph Towsley, b. 4 Jul 1698, Suffield, CT.

 

                This name is also spelled Tousley in many town records.

 

                Widow Mary remarried widow Jonathan Winchell March 1713.

 

                Reference Documents: 8, 12, 177

 

 

++++++++++++    SECOND  GENERATION    ++++++++++++

 

 

2              Mercy Towsley       

 

                b. 12 Jan 1680, Salisbury, MA; dau. of Michael Towsley & Mary Hussey; m. 4 Oct 1699, Suffield, CT, Benjamin Allen; son of Edward Allen & Sarah Kimball; b. Sep 1673, Ipswich, MA.

                Children:

       1       Benjamin Allen, b. 2 Aug 1700, Suffield, CT; d. 22 Dec 1720, Suffield, CT.

       2       Edward Allen, b. 4 Aug 1703, Suffield, CT.

       3       Mercy Allen, b. 16 Jul 1704, Suffield, CT; m. Ebenezer Allen.

       4       David Allen, b. 1 Jun 1706, Suffield, CT; d. 9 Dec 1720, Suffield, CT.

       5       Moses Allen, b. 11 May 1709, Suffield, CT; m. Hannah Miller.

       6       Aaron Allen, b. 8 Apr 1711, Suffield, CT.

       7       Jonathan Allen, bp. 6 Sep 1713, Suffield, CT; m. Rebeccah Cooper.

       8       Sarah Allen, b. Suffield, CT; m. William Bancroft.

 

                Reference Documents: 8, 9, 12

 

 

3              Anne Towsley       

 

                b. 12 Jul 1681, Suffield, CT; dau. of Michael Towsley & Mary Hussey; m. 2 Jan 1706/07, Suffield, CT, Joseph Trumble; son of Judah Trumble & Mary Pritchard; b. 3 Jan 1676/77, Suffield, CT; d. 23 Apr 1713, Suffield, CT.

                Children:

       1       Joseph Trumble, b. 6 Nov 1707, Suffield, CT; d. 30 Jan 1707/08, Suffield, CT.

       2       Mary Trumble, b. 3 Apr 1709, Suffield, CT; m. David Winchell.

       3       Anne Trumble, b. 16 Nov 1710, Suffield, CT; m. Nathaniel King.

       4       Joseph Trumble, b. 9 Mar 1712/13, Suffield, CT.

 

                Joseph Trumble & Anne Towsley m. int. Nov 1796.

 

                Reference Documents: 8, 12

 

 

4              Michael Towsley       

 

                b. 14 Jan 1684, Suffield, CT; son of Michael Towsley & Mary Hussey; m. Hannah Stebbins; dau. of Joseph Stebbins & Sarah Dorchester; b. 9 Nov 1692, Springfield, MA.

 

                Reference Documents: 2

 

 

5              Matthew Towsley       

 

                b. 18 Nov 1690, Suffield, CT; d. 24 Apr 1739, Suffield, CT; son of Michael Towsley & Mary Hussey; m. 20 Mar 1710/11, Suffield, CT, MAry Smith; d. 23 Aug 1773, Suffield, CT.

                Children:

       1       Mary Towsley, b. 24 Dec 1711, Suffield, CT.

       2       Michael Towsley, b. 2 Jan 1715/16, Suffield, CT.

    7‑3       Margaret Towsley, b. 13 May 1717, Suffield, CT; m. Freegrace Norton.

    8‑4       Matthew Towsley, b. 31 Aug 1722, Suffield, CT; m. Martha Wright.

       5       Sarah Towsley, b. 26 Oct 1724, Suffield, CT.

       6       Elizabeth Towsley, b. 14 Aug 1727, Suffield, CT.

       7       Dorcas Towsley, b. 30 Apr 1729, Suffield, CT.

    9‑8       William Towsley, b. 5 Feb 1731/32, Suffield, CT; m. Sybil Spencer.

 

                ____ Towsely & Mary Smith m. int. 3 Jan 1710/11, forbidden by his father, 6 Feb 1711, granted afterwards.

 

                Reference Documents: 8, 12

 

 

6              John Towsley       

 

                b. 17 Sep 1694, Suffield, CT; d. 24 Dec 1764, Suffield, CT; son of Michael Towsley & Mary Hussey; m. (1) 3 Jul 1719, Suffield, CT, Thankful Bronson; d. 11 Feb 1735/36, Suffield, CT.

                Children:

   10‑1      Abiah Towsley, b. 6 Mar 1714/15, Suffield, CT; m. John Middleton.

   11‑2      John Towsley, b. 24 Apr 1721, Suffield, CT; m. Reliance Leavitt.

   12‑3      Samuel Towsley, b. 26 Sep 1722, Suffield, CT; m. Agnes Sikes.

   13‑4      Thankful Towsley, b. 26 Dec 1723, Suffield, CT; m. Isaac Mixer.

   14‑5      Rachel Towsley, b. 1 Sep 1726, Suffield, CT; m. Ephraim Trumble.

   15‑6      Gideon Towsley, b. 31 Aug 1728, Suffield, CT; m. Lucy Old.

 

                m. (2) 12 May 1736, Suffield, CT, Rebecca Temple; dau. of Isaac Temple & Prudence Howell; b. 16 Oct 1697, Concord, MA; d. Oct 1746, Suffield, CT.

                Children:

       7       Joanna Towsley, b. 15 Apr 1739, Suffield, CT; d. 16 Oct 1746, Suffield, CT.

 

                Thankful Brownson had an illegitimate dau. Abiah Towsley, b. 6 Mar 1714/15, reputed father John Towsley.

                John Tousley & Thankful Brownson m. int. 2 May 1719.

 

                John Tousley & widow Rebeckah Old m. int. 29 Apr 1736.  Rebecca was the widow of Ebenezer Old.

 

                Reference Documents: 8, 12

 

 

++++++++++++    THIRD  GENERATION    ++++++++++++

 

 

7              Margaret Towsley       

 

                b. 13 May 1717, Suffield, CT; dau. of Matthew Towsley & Mary Smith; m. 23 Nov 1738, Suffield, CT, Freegrace Norton; son of Freegrace Norton & Sarah Martin; b. 31 Mar 1716/17, Suffield, CT.

                Children:

       1       Margaret Norton, b. 9 Oct 1740, Suffield, CT; m. David Nelson.

       2       Ruth Norton, b. 18 Jan 1742/43, Suffield, CT.

       3       Anna Norton, b. 31 Oct 1744, Suffield, CT; m. Daniel Noble Jr.

       4       Freegrace Norton, b. 5 Dec 1746, Suffield, CT; m. Mary Hale.

       5       Robert Norton, b. 15 Feb 1748/49, Suffield, CT.

       6       Eldad Norton, b. 30 Jun 1751, Suffield, CT.

       7       Mercy Norton, b. 30 Sep 1753, Suffield, CT.

 

                Problem: On 21 Oct 1738 Freegrace Norton & Margaret Towsley publish intention to be married.  On 23 Nov 1738 Margaret Trumble & Freegrace Norton are married.  Are they the same person?  Is it Towsley or Trumble?  Margaret Towsley birth is a closer match to Freegrace Norton so I have assigned the children to Freegrace & Margaret Towsley.

 

                Reference Documents: 12

 

 

8              Matthew Towsley       

 

                b. 31 Aug 1722, Suffield, CT; son of Matthew Towsley & Mary Smith; m. 12 Sep 1750, Salisbury, CT, MArtha Wright.

                Children:

   16‑1      Submit Towsley, b. 31 Jul 1748, Suffield, CT; m. Thomas Norton.

 

                A daughter by Matthew Towsley & Mary Granger b. 31 July 1748 Suffield, they were not married.  Matthew and Martha had ten children in Salisbury, CT.

 

                Reference Documents: 12

 

 

9              William Towsley       

 

                b. 5 Feb 1731/32, Suffield, CT; d. 1792, Rupert, VT; son of Matthew Towsley & Mary Smith; m. 25 Feb 1754, Suffield, CT, Sybil Spencer; dau. of Thomas Spencer & Mary Trumble; bp. 12 Jan 1734/35, Suffield, CT; d. 1800, Rupert, VT.

                Children:

       1       Mary Towsley, b. 30 Dec 1754, Suffield, CT.

   17‑2      David Towsley, b. 22 May 1757, Suffield, CT; m. Janet Biglow.

       3       Hezekiah Towsley, b. 1 May 1759, Suffield, CT.

       4       William Towsley, b. 4 Aug 1761, Suffield, CT.

       5       Thomas Towsley, b. 9 Nov 1763, Suffield, CT.

       6       Sybil Towsley, b. Suffield, CT.

 

                Reference Documents: 12, 159

 

 

10            Abiah Towsley       

 

                b. 6 Mar 1714/15, Suffield, CT; dau. of John Towsley; m. 6 Jul 1734, Suffield, CT, John Middleton.

 

                John Middleton of Hartford & Abia Towsley of Hartford both res. of Suffield m. int. 6 July 1734.

 

                Reference Documents: 8

 

 

11            John Towsley       

 

                b. 24 Apr 1721, Suffield, CT; son of John Towsley & Thankful Bronson; m. 26 Nov 1747, Suffield, CT, Reliance Leavitt; dau. of David Leavitt; b. Meriden, CT.

                Children:

   18‑1      Micah Towsley, b. 22 Aug 1748, Suffield, CT; m. Mehetable Abbott.

       2       Mercy Towsley, b. 23 Mar 1751, Suffield, CT.

       3       Amaziah Towsley, b. 7 May 1753, Suffield, CT.

       4       Moses Towsley, b. 11 Mar 1756, Suffield, CT.

 

                Could she be the widow of Dr. John Drew who married Reliance Leavitt 22 Aug 1734.

 

                Reference Documents: 8

 

 

12            Samuel Towsley       

 

                b. 26 Sep 1722, Suffield, CT; son of John Towsley & Thankful Bronson; m. 24 Jan 1742/43, Suffield, CT, Agnes Sikes; dau. of Victory Sikes & Mary King; b. 13 Mar 1723/24, Suffield, CT.

                Children:

   19‑1      Samuel Towsley, b. 25 Dec 1744, Salisbury, CT; m. Anna Peck.

       2       Joanna Towsley, b. 24 Aug 1746, Suffield, CT.

   20‑3      Abiah Towsley, b. 24 Jul 1748, Salisbury, CT; m. Stephen MacIntire.

   21‑4      Victory Sikes Towsley, b. 14 Nov 1751, Salisbury, CT; m. (1) Anna Benton; m. (2) Desire Grannis.

       5       Silvanus Towsley, b. 17 Jul 1752, Salisbury, CT; d. 5 Mar 1754, Salisbury, CT.

       6       Silvanus Towsley, b. 16 Jul 1754, Salisbury, CT.

       7       Lot Towsley, b. 5 Mar 1756, Salisbury, CT.

       8       Job Towsley, b. 25 Mar 1757, Salisbury, CT.

       9       Annis Towsley, b. 16 Mar 1760, Salisbury, CT.

       10     Ariel Towsley, b. 25 Mar 1762, Salisbury, CT; d. 4 Jun 1762, Salisbury, CT.

       11     Ariel Towsley, b. 30 Aug 1764, Salisbury, CT.

       12     Charles Towsley, b. 25 Oct 1767, Salisbury, CT.

 

                Agnes Sikes bp. 24 May 1724, Suffield church records.  Towsley has been spelled Tousley in some records.

 

                Reference Documents: 9, 10, 12, 29, 91, 110

 

 

13            Thankful Towsley       

 

                b. 26 Dec 1723, Suffield, CT; d. 1759, Suffield, CT; dau. of John Towsley & Thankful Bronson; m. 25 Nov 1743, Suffield, CT, Isaac Mixer; son of John Mixer & Abigail Fiske; b. say 1723.

                Children:

       1       Isaac Mixer, b. 3 Feb 1744/45, Suffield, CT.

       2       Thankful Mixer, b. 8 Feb 1746/47, Suffield, CT.

       3       Gideon Mixer, b. 25 Aug 1748, Suffield, CT.

       4       Anna Mixer, b. Nov 1750, Suffield, CT.

       5       Theoda Mixer, b. 9 Jun 1752, Suffield, CT.

       6       Phinehas Mixer, b. 11 Feb 1754/55, Suffield, CT.

       7       Eusebius Mixer, b. 3 May 1756, Suffield, CT.

 

                Isaac Mixer & Thankful Towsley m. int. 1 Oct 1743.

 

                There is two b. dates for Anna 17 Nov 1750 & 4 Nov 1750.  There is two b. dates and names for Eusebius / Usebe, b. 10 May 1756 & 3 May 1756.  Isaac married second Lois Burbank 14 Dec 1759 in Suffield, she was the widow of Richard Mather.

 

                Reference Documents: 8

 

 

14            Rachel Towsley       

 

                b. 1 Sep 1726, Suffield, CT; dau. of John Towsley & Thankful Bronson; m. 13 Jun 1744, Suffield, CT, Ephraim Trumble; son of Ephraim Trumble & Abigail Marshall; b. 9 Jun 1720, Suffield, CT; d. 15 Nov 1765, Suffield, CT, ae. 45 yrs.

                Children:

       1       Oliver Trumble, b. 16 Apr 1745, Suffield, CT; m. Anna Stephenson.

       2       Mary Trumble, b. 2 Feb 1746/47, Suffield, CT; m. Amos Harmon.

       3       Phebe Trumble, b. 13 Sep 1749, Suffield, CT.

       4       Eli Trumble, b. 27 May 1752, Westfield, MA; m. Susanna Moses.

       5       Shadrack Trumble, b. 5 May 1755, Westfield, MA; m. (1) Jael Hathaway; m. (2) Lydia Dwight.

       6       Rachel Trumble, b. 9 Jan 1763, Suffield, CT.

 

                Ephraim Trumble & Rachel Towsley m. int. 15 May 1744.

 

                Reference Documents: 8, 12

 

 

15            Gideon Towsley       

 

                b. 31 Aug 1728, Suffield, CT; son of John Towsley & Thankful Bronson; m. 25 Jun 1750, Suffield, CT, Lucy Old; dau. of Nathaniel Old & Mercy Steel; b. 26 Sep 1729, Suffield, CT.

                Children:

   22‑1      Nathaniel Towsley, b. 9 Oct 1750, Suffield, CT; m. Oliver Warters.

 

                Reference Documents: 8, 12