Gilbert E. Townsend

21 June 1830–12 January 1905 (Age 74)
Mount Morris, Mount Morris, Livingston, New York, United States

The Life of Gilbert E.

When Gilbert E. Townsend was born on 21 June 1830, in Mount Morris, Mount Morris, Livingston, New York, United States, his father, Gilbert Townsend, was 26 and his mother, Armenia Gleason, was 19. He married Diana Baker about 1854, in Portville, Portville, Cattaraugus, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Clay Township, St. Clair, Michigan, United States in 1880 and Genesee Township, Genesee, Michigan, United States in 1900. He died on 12 January 1905, in Flint, Genesee, Michigan, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Avondale Cemetery, Flint, Genesee, Michigan, United States.

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Gilbert E. Townsend
Diana Baker
Marriage: about 1854
Frank Levi Townsend
Willmenia Townsend
Nellie Townsend

Spouse and Children

about 1854
Portville, Portville, Cattaraugus, New York, United States


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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 2

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Age 7

Michigan is the 26th state.
1854 · Creation of the Republican Party

Age 24

A debate continues over the location of the creation of the Republican Party. Some sources claim the party was formed in Ripon, Wisconsin, on February 28, 1854. Others claim the first meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan, on July 6, 1854, where the Republican Party was officially organized. Over 1,000 people were present and candidates were selected for the party, thus making it the first Republican convention.

Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived at the extremity of a village, from Middle English toun ‘village’, ‘settlement’ + ende ‘end’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Gilbert Townsend, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Gilbert Townsand, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Gilbert Townsend, "New York State Census, 1855"

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