IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT OUR WEBSITE! WE HAVE UPGRADED TO A NEWER VERSION AND THIS ONE IS NO LONGER ACTIVE. YOU CAN FIND THE NEW SITE AT www.townefolk.com. YOU WILL FIND IT JAM-PACKED WITH NEW FEATURES.HOPE YOU WILL VISIT US THERE! If you have any difficulties connecting to the new site, please contact me, Elizabeth Hanahan, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 2012 England Trip Brochure
Those wanting to register for the Towne Family Reunion Trip to England in Sept. of 2012 can print page four of the brochure, fill out the registration form, and mail it with your deposit to the address indicated on the form.
Membership is required to go on the Reunion trip. If you would like to become a member, please follow the link for membership, print the form and follow the directions for becoming a member.
Click here for Membership Form
For additional information regarding the England Trip please check out our December Newsletter!
Click here for December 2010 Newsletter
The September 2011 newsletter has been posted on the Newsletter page. Check it out for all the latest on our trip to England in September 2012! We now have 31 people signed up! We will be cutting off registrations at 40 people due to the capacity of the bus, so if you plan to go, sign up soon to avoid disappointment.
The TOWNE FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC. is a not-for-profit educational genealogical organization founded in 1980. Members are the descendants of William and Joanna (Blessing) Towne who came to America from Great Yarmouth, England and settled in Salem, MA about 1635. The couple had eight children, three of whom, Rebecca Nurse, Mary Estey, and Sarah Cloyce, were caught up in the Witchcraft Hysteria in Salem in 1692. Rebecca and Mary were hanged. TFA includes descendants of both the male and female lines of the TOWNE, NURSE, ESTEY, CLOYCE and associated families.
As President of Towne Family Association, Inc., I would like to welcome you to our new web page. Please explore it and send us your feedback. It is a work in progress and we welcome all ideas to make this a valuable resource for all of our members. We hope you will contribute articles and pictures to the site. We are fortunate to have received the assistance of Heidi Glover in maintaining the site. With the additional help, we are hoping to expand several areas of the site. If you are not yet a member, it's easy to join by clicking "Join TFA". For $20.00 per year, you will have access to our 9 generation online database and will receive 4 issues of our outstanding newsletter, "About Towne". January is the start of our membership year, but memberships are accepted throughout the year. If joining mid-year, you will receive all the the year's issues of About Towne in your Welcome Packet. Click below to JOIN or RENEW now!
A word about our database. It has been developed over the past 30 years based on contributions of lineages from members. Not all of these lineages included source information and as such are presented as unverified. They should be considered as providing direction for you as you develop your own research, but, unless the data is supported by a recognized source, it should not be considered to be definitive. We will be working to verify our data, but this will be a long term project. To help with this, please send any corrections or changes you find in your own line, along with sources to our new genealogist, Gail Garda. Contact her: email@example.com
We have just completed our 2011 reunion in Salem, Massachusetts and had a great time. Check the "Meetings" section for more information.
Have fun! Explore the site! Send us your ideas!
Elizabeth Hanahan, President, TFA, Inc.
Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also visit our Yahoo group site for ongoing discussions, queries, sharing photos, files, member links, etc:
Towne Family Assoc Group: Yahoo site
Nurse Homestead in Danvers, MA: TFA Reunion 2007
MEETINGS, REUNIONS, and NEWSLETTERS
Click above for updates on the AUGUST 2011 reunion and information on the recent and upcoming regional meetings in Germantown, Tennessee!
Submissions to the newsletter About Towne are always welcome! Please email the newsletter editor at
TFA MEMBER NEWS
IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN!
Renewals for 2011 were due January 1st. The 2011 membership list has been compiled and will be mailed to members shortly. If you have not yet renewed, your access to the members only sections of the website has been discontinued and you will receive no further newsletters. We hope this is not you! Mail your renewal form TODAY to be reinstated!!! Once your renewal form has been received, you will need to request a new user account to access the website.
Click here to print the form
Lois P. Hoover Receives Book Awards
Lois P. Hoover received two prestigious awards this spring for her book, Towne Family, William Town and Joanna Blessing- Salem, Massachusetts- 1635-Five Generations of DescendantsThe National Genealogical Society.
Click to read more
Click for Towne family history and genealogy notes:
|Looking for other families? Our 9 generation tree contains nearly 3 thousand associated surnames. Click "Find", then "Surnames", then "9 generation Towne tree" to check them out. (Non-TFA members will instead see the Abbreviated 4-generaton tree.)" |
JOHN 2 TOWNE, son of William, reportedly stayed in England. There is some question as to whether he had descendents - please email email@example.com if you have any information or believe you are descended through John.
August 2012 England Trip Brochure
Karen Johnsen has done an outstanding job in putting together an itinerary for a TFA trip to England which is scheduled for September 4 through 11, 2012. By reducing the number of days and searching out bargains for coaches, hotels and meals, we will be able to offer this trip at a very reasonable price. A 4 page brochure detailing the trip was mailed with the June 2011 newsletter and can also be accessed on this site. Registration information is included in this brochure, with information about the "early bird" discount for people who register before October 31, 2011. We are excited to have received permission from St. Nicholas Church to hold our annual meeting in the church, which will be a wonderful experience. By consolidating costs of the annual meeting with the trip, members who attend will have an additional cost benefit. I will be posting more information here as I becomes available. If you would like more information, please contact us at:
William Towne's Y-DNA legacy is passed down almost identically through every one of his exclusively-male lines.
Are you a male Towne? Or Town/Towns/Tune/etc???
Confirm your lineage and help us map out William's Y-DNA tree!
Click below for details and updates:
About the DNA project!!
or to go directly to our DNA project:
Towne DNA Project
and click on Y-results.
Descendant Chart for participants newly updated June 2011!
Towne DNA Participant lineages
FTDNA has just introduced 111 marker tests and upgrades - check the Order Tests tab for details! We'll be discussing at our next workshop.
To contribute to our General Fund (assists key potential participants whose results are of particular interest to the group:)
Help us grow the project thru the General Fund!
(Be sure and select the Towne project!!!)
Useful links and good resources:
Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click below for a searchable report of 4 generations of William Towne's family:
William Towne Descendents
Database newly updated: June 18, 2011.
NOTE: Data in Towne Family trees has NOT been validated! We welcome comments or corrections. Your corrections will show up in the next import.
To search the actual database, enter a name below. (Only TFA members can access the 9 generation database)
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Site last updated Oct 16, 2011
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