The name Townsend came up in a recent post and a quick search of the archives shows that it has come up a number of times in the past. In the hopes that this may help someone, now or in the future, here is a random collection of marriage notices, obituaries, and searches for lost family members all involving people with some kind of Townsend connection. I am not related to any of the families mentioned, and I have no further information, but I hope it helps:
Southwestern Christian Advocate (New Orleans, LA), July 8, 1880:
In Victoria, Texas, at the M.E. Church, Rev. G.W. Townsend, of San Marcos, to Miss Mary E. Moore. After the ceremony the happy couple returned to the residence of sister Martha Ellis, where they received the many congratulations and presents. May they live and be useful to the church. – A.R. NORRIS
Southwestern Christian Advocate, December 6, 1883:
MR. EDITOR – I desire to hear from my relatives. I first belonged to Jackson Stephen, and he lived seven miles from Lynchburg, Va. Stephens gave John Rucker the hiring of the girls and their mother. The girls were Julia and Fannie. My mother was Sophia James. John Rucker’s cook was Elvira. I had a brother Hezekiah Jackson Powell; Aunt Elizabeth raised him. I first lived with Frank Royal, then with George Curl, who was a carpenter; I also lived with Robt. Lee; I lived one year with Capt. Shields; one year with Abram Beagus, a policeman. Walker, a negro trader, sold my sister. I heard Julia was sold in Tuscumbia. John Rucker sold me; my name is Fannie; he sold me to Selfwoodstuff. The last man I lived with was Lindsey [illegible], a tailor. Tom Rucker’s cook was Atcy. Address me at Brookhaven, Miss. - MRS. A.D. TOWNSEND
Southwestern Christian Advocate, December 4, 1884:
Joseph Harris, a member of Providence M.E. Church, and a graduate of the State Normal School, Holly Springs, Miss., of the class of 1883, died at his home October 20, 1884. On June 14, 1884, Miss Ida Townsend, of Brookhaven, Miss., gave him her hand in holy matrimony, and they lived pleasantly together the few remaining months of his life. Joseph was a nice young man, highly esteemed by his teachers and all who knew him. His death was peaceful; he said he waited only for the coming of the Master. Amid a crowd of mourners, his funeral was attended by Rev. G.A. Griffin, and the writer. My prayer is that heaven’s blessings may be upon his bereaved parents, and most especially upon his young and seemingly untimely widow; but in their grief they may be able to say, “Not mine but Thy will, O Lord, be done.” - A.D. PAYNE
Southwestern Christian Advocate, January 29, 1885:
MARRIAGES – At Schulenburg, Texas, by Rev. I.B. Scott, Dr. G.R. Townsend to Miss Lena Lee.
Southwestern Christian Advocate, June 18, 1885:
I desire to inquire for my mother, Matilda Townsend, raised by a man named John Townsend, in Floyd county, Georgia. She was sold there to go with her husband, and left me there. My name was Alex Townsend; now I go by the name of Alex Barnes. In a short while, both were carried to Mississippi. Her husband’s name was Phil Patrick. The last letter I received from her she was in Mississippi, preparing to come to Texas. Any information will be gladly received. Send in care of A.M. Mason, box 6, Victoria, Texas.
Southwestern Christian Advocate, October 8, 1885:
MR. EDITOR – I wish to inquire where my people are. My mother’s name is Rose Hawes and my brother was named Robinson. One sister was named Mary Jane, one brother named Richard, and one Jeff. My master was my father. The last I heard of them they were in Virginia, Caroline county. My name is now Susan Carter. Please direct to Ada D. Townsend, care Rev. R. Roberts. Brookhaven, Miss.
Southwestern Christian Advocate, July 25, 1889:
MARRIAGES – On the morning of June 29, Mr. J.E. Walker and Miss Hannah Townsend, both of Hernando, Miss. Rev. C.L. Fields, of Memphis, Tenn., officiated. Mr. Walker is mail agent on the M & T, R.R., and was once principal of the Hernando public schools.
Southwestern Christian Advocate, August 22, 1889:
MARRIAGES – At Poplar Creek, Miss., July 25, Mr. William Smith to Miss Pauline Townsend.
Southwestern Christian Advocate, November 27, 1890:
We extend our sympathy to Dr. and Mrs. G.R. Townsend of Victoria, Texas, in their bereavement in the loss of their infant daughter Claneby.
(Later in the same issue): We are sorry to say that the angel of death has visited Dr. G.R. Townsend and wife’s home and taken away little Claudy Ann Mownsend [sic]. She has joined that great army above, with him who said, “Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God.” Little Claudy Ann Townsend was 23 months old. We extend to the family our heartfelt sympathy in this time of sad affliction and bereavement. – G.W. Townsend, West Texas Conference, Wharton, Texas.
Southwestern Christian Advocate, May 14, 1891:
OBITUARY – Brookhaven, Miss. - Miss Hattie Townsend was 28 years old. She died April 17. She leaves a father, mother, three sisters, three brothers, and a host of friends to mourn. The funeral was attended by the Revs. Mays, S.A. Jourdan and B.L. Crump, P.E. Brother and Sister Townsend are old citizens of Brookhaven, coming from the State of Ohio about 20 years ago. – B.L. Crump, P.E.
Southwestern Christian Advocate, March 3, 1892:
Mr. Editor: I want to find my two sisters, Harriet and Hennie Townsend, who were sold somewhere down South by old man Tegle Townsend. Our mother’s name was Peggie Townsend. Sister Harriet left a baby boy. His name is Harris Blake. My next oldest sister was Matilda. I am the youngest child. I din’t remember ever seeing them, but I have been told about them by Isabella Townsend, a felloe servant, also by Mr. Ford, the blind preacher. Any information will be gladly received. Address George W. Dennis, Snow Hill, Worcester county, Md.
Southwestern Christian Advocate, November 17, 1892:
MARRIAGES – Goodman, Miss. – At Goodman Baptist Church, Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 8:30 p.m., Mr. E.D. Sumblar, of Canton, Miss., to Miss Bettie S. Townsend, of Goodman, Miss. Mrs. L.A. Winbush presided at the organ. The bride is a prominent member of the Baptist Church, and the groom a leading Odd Fellow. After a sumptuous feast at the residence of Sister Jennings, the happy couple left for their future home in Canton, Miss. J.W. Winbush officiated.