I’ve been reading all the messages posted here, and on the Townsend and Townzen forums, concerning John Townzen SR of Stewart co TN, and the responses to them. I am very concerned because a lot of people seem to gotten incorrect info from someone. So I decided to post what I know to be the
CORRECT information about John Townzen SR and other Townzens of Stewart co, and the PROOF I have for it:
Montgomery co NC 1800 Census:
John Townzen age 26/45 with 2 males under 10
Daniel Townzen age 26/45 with 3 males under 10
Montgomery co NC 1810 Census:
John Townzen age 26/45 with 1 male under 10 & 2 males 10/16
Daniel Townzen age 45 or +, with 3 males under 10, 1 male-10/16, 1 male-16/26
Thomas Townzen age 26/45 with 2 males 10/16 & 1 male 16/26
Stewart co TN 1820 Census:
John Townzen age 26/45 with 1 male 10/16, and 1 male 16/26 (one of older sons has apparently left his household)
Thomas Townzen age 45 or +, with 3 males 16/26
(there was also a William Townzen and a younger Thomas Townzen in this 1820 census of Stewart co):
William Townzen age 16/26 with 2 males under 10
Thomas (younger) age 26/45 with 1 male 16/26
(other Townzen men, in 1820, were probably in the area that later became Henry Co. Henry Co wasn’t formed as a county until 1821/1822, and anyone living in that area in 1820 were not included on ANY census.
These three census records make it apparent that John Townzen of Stewart co TN only had THREE sons - not FOUR. Daniel Townzen on the other hand had at least five sons, possibly more. Since he was 26/45 in 1800, then “45 or more” by 1810, he must have been
45 in 1800, and could easily have had older sons not shown in his household in these two census, and could also have had others later. Daniel Townzen, although he doesn’t show up on the 1820 census, was nevertheless in Stewart Co, along with the older Thomas, as early as 1816 (proven by court records), and by Daniel’s probate record recorded in Stewart co in 1822. He apparently left a will, although it has not been found. Other probate records for Daniel however, that are filed with the court, show that Daniel named Thomas and James Townzen to be the EXECUTORS of his estate. If he had not left a will, the Court would have had to name someone to handle his estate, and in that case, by law, they would have been called ADMINISTRATORS - but the probate records show them as EXECUTOR
so they had to have been named BY Daniel, in his will!!. It is therefore very probable (not definite proof, but highly probable) that Thomas and James were the sons of Daniel - not sons of John. ( I will NEVER claim something as “fact” unless I have actual documents to back up what I say). I also think that some of the other Townzen men in Henry Co TN (like Joseph? or Jeptha? or Eli?) could also have been sons of Daniel (again I have no proof of this, but Daniel DID have at least FIVE sons, compared to John having only three!
The older Thomas Townzen of Montgomery co NC and Stewart co TN, was in Humphries co TN by the 1830 census, along with his two younger sons. I have been unable to account for his older son. But Thomas & his two younger sons, all remained in Humphries cc TN the rest of their lives. This older Thomas died in 1842 (court records), one son between 1850/1860, and one son 1870/1880. His older son has not been accounted for, but may be one of the Townzen men in Henry co TN. (MAY be, not proven)
John Townzen SR did not show up in the 1830 Stewart co census, but he was still in Stewart co (proven by Tax and Land records) as late as 1838. The only Townzen in the 1830 census of Stewart co was Henry C. Townzen, age 30/40 & his wife. Henry C Townzen had been in Henry co TN earlier from 1826 thru 1829 (court & tax records). And on 12/12/1826 he signed a bond for John Townzen JR who had been charged with “illegal gaming”. John Townzen JR left Henry Co TN and showed up in Stewart co TN records in 1836 when he was again charged with “illegal gaming”, and again Henry C. Townzen signed a bond for him. During the time between the 1820 census and January of 1838 when John SR sold the last of his land, the ONLY men with the Townzen name (of any spelling) were John SR, John JR, and Henry C. Townzen. (proven by land, tax & court records) All three of them lived in, paid taxes, and bought and sold land, in that part of Stewart Co, located in Capt. Cherry’s district (later known as Dist. 10), and located on Standing Rock Creek. They went bond for each other, and witnessed deeds for each other, and all three lived in the same section of Stewart co. These are FACTS, with official documents to back them up - they are not conjecture or the figments of someone’s over-active imagination!!
I believe these FACTS indicate that both John JR and Henry C. Townzen are the sons of John Townzen SR. I admit I do not have any one particular document that states they are his sons, but I have a large amount of documents and records that seem to strongly indicate that they are, and I have found absolutely nothing to indicate that they are not his sons. As to his third son - I haven’t a clue, and will not guess.
If anyone has any questions about any particular document, PLEASE - just ask me! Genealogy is supposed to be proven with FACTS and DOCCUMENTS - not guessed at. And facts contained in the documents, should not be twisted around and made to fit someones
ineage, just because they want it to be that way. Genealogy without PROOF is merely MYTHOLOGY.
Betty Moran - Bess188@aol.com
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