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Townsend Genealogy Collection Edit


Finding Aid Author
Ashley Aberg
Finding Aid Date
June 28, 2022
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Finding Aid Note
Part of the Manuscript Collections, Greenwich Historical Society Contact: Christopher Shields, Curator of Library and Archives 47 Strickland Road Cos Cob, CT 06807 United Stated


  • 1865-1997 (Creation)


  • .66 Linear Feet (Whole)
    One full size legal document box and one half size letter document box



  • Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Townsend Genealogy Collection, Greenwich Historical Society

  • Conditions Governing Access

    There are no conditions governing access.

  • Arrangement

    This collection has been arranged into three series.

    Series 1: Books

    Series 2: Hereditary Societies

    Series 3: Genealogical Research and Notes

  • Biographical / Historical

    The Townsend Genealogy Collection follows the genealogical history of the Townsend name. The three Townsend brothers, John, Henry, and Richard, came to America sometime around 1630, and this genealogical record traces back some of their lineage through to their descendants into the 1990s. "The brothers contributed greatly to New York and America. [Their] descendants are to be found in politics, religion, education, military, business, and many other fields of endeaver." (Source: The Townsend Genealogy compiled and edited by Leland Henry Townsend, Jr., 1981).

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection contains records and information from 1892 to 1997, with the bulk of the material being late 1800s to early 1900s. The books are individually catalogued and the Hereditary Societies series is broken up into folders by society name. The newspaper clippings in the Genealogical Research and Notes series have all been copied, and those copies are foldered with the clippings themselves.