John Morris Townshend (246)

Date of Birth: 1827
Date of Death: 2 Aug 1856
Generation: 6th
Residence: Shepperton
Father: Jonas Morris Townsend [222]
Mother: Digby, Jane
Spouse: Unmarried
Issue: None
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Notes for John Morris Townsend

John was always known as Johnny.

John inherited Shepperton (1) from his father in 1844 and the Skibbereen section on page 306 of Aldwell's General Directory 1844-45 reflects this - "Townsend, John. Shepperton".

We know nothing of John except two brief mentions in letters (2) written to John FitzHenry Townshend [250] by his sister Frances Townsend [248]. The first is dated 19 May 1853 and she wrote - “My poor brother Johnny is hardly able to take care of his own concerns but next to him you are not only my nearest relative, but a person above all others on whose steady principles I can rely." The second reference comes in a letter from Glandore Cottage (3) dated 10 June 1854 - "Louisa (4) also told me in confidence that she feared Mamma would yield (or had done so in order to soothe Johnny) and take part of the property out of chancery, leaving xxx still to pay her claim, but the de Burghs don’t know much of her affairs and Mamma maintains the strictest secrecy in the management of them towards her daughters." Difficult to pinpoint but there is something strange about John.

John's death was reported in The Cork Examiner and he is buried in St Barrhane's Church, Castletownshend.

John left his estates to his mother Jane Townsend [222] who survived him.

Shown in various documents as Jonas Morris Townsend

(1) The entry for Shepperton in the University of Galway Landed Estates Database records "John Townsend held this property in fee at the time of Griffith's Valuation, when it was valued at £20 10s. Noted by Lewis as the seat of M. Townsend in 1837 and by Leet as the residence of Jonas M. Townsend in 1814. Shepperton is still extant but in poor repair."

(2) Lovera Papers 248/4.

(3) The home of John FitzHenry Townshend. The entry for Glandore Cottage in the University of Galway Landed Estates Database records "Leased by John Allen and others from the Barry estate in 1851 when it was valued at £10. Noted by Lewis as the residence of J.F. Townsend in 1837. James R. Barry also owned an unoccupied hotel at this location in 1851."

(4) Jane Townsend [249]