Deborah Townsend

1800–
New York, United States

The Life of Deborah

When Deborah Townsend was born in 1800, in New York, United States, her father, Hezekiah Townsend, was 32 and her mother, Hannah Shaw, was 34.

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Family Time Line

Hezekiah Townsend
1768–1827
Hannah Shaw
1766–1866
Elijah Townsend
1788–1866
Henry Townsend
–1865
Phebe Townsend
1792–1823
Abigail Townsend
1793–1826
Manchester Townsend
1796–1874
Hezekiah Townsend Jr
1798–
Deborah Townsend
1800–
Henry Townsend
1802–1865
Hezekiah Townsend
1803–1875
Deborah Townsend
1807–1827
Henry Townsend
1818–1904
Emiline Townsend
1824–1917
Deborah Townsend
1828–1891
Mary A Townsend
1834–1927

Parents & Siblings

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World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 0

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 27

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 32

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.

Name Meaning

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

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (1)

  • Deborah M Townsend in household of Francis P Smith, "United States Census, 1870"

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