Samuel Townsend (412)

Date of Birth: 1800
Date of Death: 11 Dec 1865
Generation: 6th
Residence: Dereeny House (1), St Kames Island (1a) and Blackrock
Father: Samuel Townsend [405]
Mother: Baldwin, Mercy
  1. Becher, Charlotte Augusta
  1. Samuel Nugent [432]
  2. Edward Becher [433]
  3. Lionel Becher [434]
  4. Henry Becher [435]
  5. Mary Alice [436]
  6. Mercy Baldwin [437]
  7. Charlotte Becher [438]
  8. Annie Johnson [439]
  9. Alice Maud [440]
  10. Elizabeth Victoria Becher [442]
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Notes for Samuel Townsend JP

Judge John FitzHenry Townsend [250] shows Samuel's birth as 1809.

Married 20 February 1844 (2). Charlotte Anna Becher (3) was the daughter of Edward Becher of Rock Castle,(3a) Bandon, and Hare Island, Co Cork. See 1976 Edn Burke's Irish Family Records - Becher. It is reasonable to assume that Charlotte is a sister of Edward Becher who married Anne Townsend [417].

Samuel was appointed a Justice of the Peace on 31 January 1833 and Aldwell's General Directory 1844-45 records this on page 306 under the entry for Skibbereen - "Townsend, Samuel J. P. Whitehall". (4) In his pedigree John FitzHenry Townsnd [250] records that he was later appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Co Cork.

The Tithe Applotment Books in the National Archives of Ireland were compiled between 1823 and 1837 in order to determine the amount which occupiers of agricultural holdings over one acre should pay in tithes to the Church of Ireland. An entry in 1829 shows Samuel U(?) Townsend owning land at Skeem East (St Kames Island) with a tithe value of £1-15s-9d. This entry could refer to Samuel Townsend [409]. An 1833 entry for the Parish of Drinagh records tithes due as follows - John Townsend (Myross) £11-11s-1d, Samuel Townsend £5-7s-3d and Rev Wm Townsend £2--14s-11d. John Townsend refers to [507], Samuel T could also refer to [409] or [6A03] and Wm T refers to [6B02].

Thom's Irish Almanac and Official Directory for the Year 1862 shows “Townsend, Samuel, Blackrock, Cork” as a Magistrate.

'Griffith Valuation of Ireland 1848 - 1864' records severally "Townsend Samuel Esq. Bawnnahow North", "Townsend Samuel. Derreeny" and "Townsend Samuel. Calf Island, Illaunapisha" owning land in the parishes of Dromdaleague, Caheragh and Aghadown respectively.

'Samuel Lewis' Topographical Dictionary 1837' records in the list of subscribers "Townsend, Samuel, Esq. White-hall, Skibbereen." This could also refer to Samuel's father, Samuel Townsend [405] who died in 1836.

The Preston Collection IE CCCA/U195 in Cork City and County Archives has an entry in section B.16 Skibbereen and Coronea. 1869 - "82. 4 May 1869 Release. Edward Becher Esq and his wife Anne Becher nee Townsend (Anne Townsend [417]) of Arcola, Douglas County, Illinois, USA, and Samuel Richard Townsend Town and lands of Skibbereen and Coronea, Barony of West Carbery County Cork, in consideration of £692 6s 2d."

Page 331 of the Calendar of Wills and Administration 1858-1922 in the National Archives of Ireland records that the will of "Samuel Townsend formerly of Blackrock and late of South Terrace, Cork", who died on 11 December 1865, was proved at the Principal Registry on 18 January 1866, by "the oath of Charlotte Augusta Townsend of South Terrace, widow the sole executrix". Effects under £6,000.

(1) The entry for Dereeny House in the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway Connacht and Munster Landed Estates Database records "This property was built sometime after the 1st edition Ordnance map was published. In the 1850s Samuel Townsend held a property in fee at Derreeny, valued at £6 10s. Labelled Derreeny House on the 25-inch Ordnance Survey map, it is still extant and occupied." Table X of 'An Officer of the Long Parliament' show Samuel's brother, Walter Townsend [414], as being 'of Dereeny' - this is almost certainly wrong as the announcement of the engagement of Samuel's daughter, Elizabeth Townsend [442], records ".....Victoria Becher Townsend, fourth daughter of the late Samuel Townsend Esq, Dereeny House & St Kames, Ireland, Co Cork."

(1a) St Kames Island. It is generally thought that the Skeam Islands in Roaring Water Bay got their name from St Ceim, supposedly a brother of Ciaran of Cape Clear, though no such person appears in the ‘Calendar of Irish Saints’. The islands were assessed in 1614 as ¾ of a ploughland and were granted to Sir Walter Coppinger. In the ‘Book of Survey and Distribution’ of 1641 they are shown as East and West Eniscame but are shown as Iniskeam in the Coppinger Inquisition of 1694 when they were forfeited by James Coppinger, the son of Dorothea Townsend [112] and Dominic Coppinger, and later acquired by Samuel Townsend [400].

(2) Entry in the diary of Agnes Townsend [334] - '20 Feby 1844 Miss Charlotte Becher married to Sam Townsend'. The Becher website shows the marriage as 2 May 1844.

(3) Charlotte was born about 1827 and died in Skibbereen in June 1881. Entry in the diary of Agnes Townsend [334] - '1881 Mrs Sam Townsend died about June'.

(3a) The entry for Becher in the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway Connacht and Munster Landed Estates Database records "Burke's ''Irish Family Records'' and Smith both indicate that the Beechers were originally a Kent family. Fane Becher was granted over 12,000 acres in county Cork during the reign of Elizabeth I. Henry Beecher was granted land in West Carbery in 1669 and is recorded as the purchaser of land from Lord Kingston and Sir William Petty. In 1778 Mary daughter of John Townshend Becher of Creagh and Annisgrove, county Cork, married William Wrixon of Cecilstown, county Cork. She succeeded to the estates of her brother Henry Becher of Creagh. Their eldest son William Wrixon of Ballygiblin assumed the name of Becher and was made a baronet in 1831. He married an actress Miss O'Neill and had a number of children. Griffith's Valuation records Sir William Wrixon Beecher holding an estate in the parishes of Castlemagner, Clonfert, Kilmeen, Knocktemple and Subulter, barony of Duhallow, county Cork. Sir Henry Becher, who succeeded his father in 1850, was among the principal lessors in the parishes of Castlehaven, Aghadown, Creagh and Tullagh in the barony of West Carbery, county Cork. Sir William Becher also held land in the parish of Kilvellane, barony of Owney and Arra, county Tipperary. The estate of Sir Henry Wrixon Becher of Ballygiblin amounted to 18,933 acres in county Cork and 358 acres in county Tipperary in the 1870s. Michael A Becher held townlands in the parish of Kilmeen, barony of East Carbery and in the 1870s Michael R. A. Becher of Ballyduvane, Clonakilty owned over 2,000 acres in county Cork. In 1854 lands and mining interests, the property of Edward Baldwin Becher, were offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates Court, and includes a report on the mines of Coolaghmore and Coolaghbeg. In the 1870s the Becher estate in Cork (a combination of the Wrixon and Becher estates) amounted to over 18,000 acres while he also held lands in Tipperary. The estate of the representatives of the late John Beecher amounted to over 1600 acres in the 1870s. At the time of Griffith's Valuation, Edward and George Beecher were among the principal lessors in the parish of Kilcoe while Richard Beecher was the lessor of townlands in the parish of Skull. Eliza Beecher held several townlands in the parish of Kilgarriff, barony of Ibane & Barryroe, at the same time. In October 1851, 17,000 acres, the estate of Richard H. Hedges Beecher, was offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates Court. Lot 1 included the owner's house at Hollybrook. A sale of the remaining lots took place in February 1852 and included the house at Lakelands, leased to Richard O'Donovan Beecher. In April 1858, the house and demesne at Hollybrook were again offered for sale. An extensive family history of both the Becher/Beecher and Wrixon families is given by Grove White and published in the ''Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society'' (1907) under Ballygiblin. The spelling Becher and Beecher are used almost interchangably thoughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries."

(4) The entry for Whitehall in the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway Connacht and Munster Landed Estates Database records "Edward Townsend held this property in fee at the time of Griffith's Valuation, when it was valued at £22. Lewis noted it as the residence of S. Townsend in 1837. In 1906 it was owned by the representatives of Samuel R. Townsend and valued at £21. Bence-Jones indicates that it later became the property of the Alleyne family."

For other Becher connections see Horatio Townsend [104] Mary Townsend [121], Richard Townsend [201], Barbara Townsend [306], Edward Mansel Townsend [401], Anne Townsend [417].

Much of the information on the Becher Family has been provided by Jenny Stiles from Australia who is a descendant of John Becher (b. 6 Apr 1700 d. 1738) of Creagh and Mary Townsend [121] through their son Michael (b. ca 1735 d. Aug 1778).