Gracie Elizabeth Townsend (3B27)

Date of Birth: 30 January 1933
Date of Death: Unknown
Generation: 10th
Residence: California, USA
Father: George Wellington Townsend [3B11]
Mother: Beirnes, Minetta Anna
  1. Buck, Roy William
  1. Randall Wayne
  2. Margee-Jo
  3. Bradley David
See Also: Table IIIB ; Lineage ; Ancestors' Tree ; Descendents' Tree

Notes for Gracie Elizabeth Townsend

Married 29 September 1951 in Listowel, Ontario (Perth County). Roy William Buck was the son of Stewart Buck and Margaret Hamilton.

During the winters of 1947, 1948 and 1949 Gracie boarded with various families while attending high school at Listowel, Ontario. This was because concession roads near her home, 15 miles away at Gorrie, were often blocked with snow, making it impossible for the school bus to get through. In the summer of 1950 Gracie left school and home and went to live at Stratford, Ontario with her brother, Alvin Townsend [3B25]. There she started work as an upholstery seamstress in a furniture factory until she married when she continued with custom dressmaking at home.

With Roy she emigrated to the USA in June 1964 (via Detroit) and was granted US Citizenship in August 1996. They moved to California and in 1969 Gracie resumed further education, graduated and worked in the field of high school special education, Santa Ana, California, from 1971-77.

Between 1992 and 1997, Gracie extensively researched members of the family descended from Richard Townsend [335]. This work has been invaluable in compiling the records of those concerned.

Of the children:

Randall Wayne was born 19 November 1952 in Stratford, Ontario Canada (Perth County). He married first Elizabeth Grace Weiss (whose parents lived at Palos Verde Estates, LA county, CA) on 15 September 1974 in Orange County, California but was divorced in 1977. He married second Carol Meren Lewis 15 August 1981 in Santa Ana, California, daughter of Lawrence Lewis and Annette Weiner.

Margee-Jo was born 20 March 1955 in Stratford, Ont. Canada (Perth County). She married John Lewis Elliott 4 February 1989 in Anaheim, California USA (Orange County), son of John and Frances Elliott.

Bradley David was born on 20 May 1959 at St Mary’s, Ontario. He was killed in a traffic accident on his way home from school on 16 Sep 1964 in Santa Ana, California.