Philip Townsend (133)

Date of Birth: post 1705
Date of Death: dunm post 1739
Generation: 4th
Residence: Barbados
Father: John FitzCornelius Townsend [122]
Mother: Bowdler, Margaret
Spouse: Unmarried
Issue: None
See Also: Table I ; Lineage ; Ancestors' Tree ; Descendents' Tree

Notes for Philip Townsend

When Philip's sister, Anne Townsend [135], was abducted by one Thomas Murphy and kept hidden in a lonely cave until she consented to marry him Philip went in search of her. During the course of this he came upon some of the Murphy kinsmen, drew his pistol and threatened to shoot if they did not disclose where Anne was hidden. One of the women present seized Philip's arm, the pistol went off and one of the Murphy brothers fell to the ground. Fearing he would be arrested and tried for murder, Philip fled to Barbados to join his uncle Kingston Townsend [123]. Thomas Murphy subsequently married the luckless Anne and the wounded kinsman recovered.

In 1739 Philip signed a paper in Barbados, witnessed by Kingston Townsend [105] or [123], appointing his brothers Cornelius Townsend [128] and Horatio Townsend [130] as his attorneys. He died in Barbados.

'An Officer of the Long Parliament' Ch VIII p. 211-12 refers.