James Townsend (342)

Date of Birth: ca 1827
Date of Death: dunm 13 Aug 1903
Generation: 7th
Residence: Townsville, NSW, Australia
Father: Lieut Thomas Townsend RN [319]
Mother: Freke, Helena
Spouse: Unmarried
Issue: None
See Also: Table III ; Lineage ; Ancestors' Tree ; Descendents' Tree

Notes for James Townsend

James emigrated to Australia in about 1846. He was a farmer and grazier and spent about 16 years in Victoria before moving to NSW where he spent the remaining 28 years of his life. He died in NSW aged 79 and his will was proved in 1903.

Between 15 June 1846 and 12 October 1846 James borrowed money from the Skibbereen Loan Fund (1) on three occasions for a total of £9-10s. The Loan Fund register also shows that he acted as guarantor for four other borrowers for a total of £13 between I July 1846 and 12 October 1846. However a further entry in the register, dated 28 September 1846, shows that “James Townsend of Baltimore…..resided there, was a private gentleman is gone to Australia in autumn last."

James' brother Thomas Townsend [339] emigrated to Canowindra, NSW in 1838 and his brother Edward James Townsend [340] emigratd to Corowa, NSW in about 1845.

Other ‘Townsend’ Australian émigrés - * Denotes with descendants.

Jonas Morris Townsend [237], Thomas Townsend [339]*, Edward James Townsend [340]*, Reuben Joseph Townsend [373]*, Edward Townsend [374]*, Edward Becher Townsend [433]*, Samuel Edward Townsend [441], Edward Townsend [445]*, Edward Carr Townsend [5A01]*, Andrew Colin Crofton Townsend [5B38]*, David Michael Hume Townsend [667]*, Penelope Townsend [671], Samuel Philip Townsend [6A20]*, Sarah Townsend [6B56], Constance Rosemary Townsend [6C32]*.

(1) 'Enter 'Townsend' into Last Name. The first Loan Fund was set up by Dean Jonathan Swift in Dublin in the 1720s for the benefit of the poor. The number of Loan Funds increased rapidly in the years before the Great Famine, when it is estimated that up to 20% of the Irish population were receiving credit from these funds. Each operated in a small geographical area, typically covering a parish. The loans granted were for a small amount and for short duration and were given to fund capital projects such as the purchase of livestock.