Mary Townsend (314)

Date of Birth: ca 1753
Date of Death: 19 Feb 1806
Generation: 5th
Residence: Abbeystrewry, Skibbereen
Father: John Townsend [303]
Mother: Reddish, Elizabeth
  1. Robinson, William
  1. Dorothea
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Notes for Mary Townsend

Married 13 February 1781. Rev William Robinson (1) Vicar of Abbeystrewry, Diocese of Ross, was the son of Rev Thomas Robinson (2) of Coronea (3), near Skibbereen, by his wife Dorothea Townsend [404]. William's sister, Dorothea, married Mary's brother, Reverend Richard Townsend [310], and William's sister, Helena, married Samuel Philip Townsend [6B00] of Firmount.

William succeeded Rev Horatio Townsend [5D00] as curate of Abbeystrewry and remained there for the rest of his life - 38 years.(4) Their daughter, Dorothea, married Edward Mansel Townsend [406]. After Mary's death William married Jane Morris (buried 24 July 1842), daughter of William Morris by his wife Mary Townsend [308]. See page 454 of Brady's Parochial and Clerical Records Volume 2 for a summary of Williams's ministry.

(1) William died on 5 May 1819.

(2) The entry for Robinson (West Carbery) in the University of Galway Landed Estates Database records "George Robinson of Coronea, grandson of the Reverend William Robinson, rector of Abbeystrewery, was the owner of almost 1000 acres in county Cork in the 1870s. He was one of the principal lessors in the parish of Dromdaleague at the time of Griffith's Valuation."

(3) The family lived at Coronea for some time. 'Thom's Irish Almanac Co Cork 1862' records "Robinson, George, Coronea, Skibbereen" as a magistrate. The entry for Coronea House in the University of Galway Landed Estates Database records "Thomas Clerke was leasing this property from George Robinson at the time of Griffith's Valuation, when it was valued at £17. Lewis refers to Coronea House occupied by Mrs. Marmion in 1837. The residence of Rev. William Robinson in 1814 and in the 1770s it was the seat of a Townsend family. It is no longer extant." It is unclear which member of the family owned Coronea House - possibly Rev Richard Townsend [310]. Page 217 of 'An Officer of the Long Parliament' describes Coronea as "a nice house near Skibbereen."

(4) He was succeeded in the living at Abbeystrewry by Rev Richard Boyle Townsend [332] in 1819, who in turn was succeeded by Rev Horace Thomas Townsend [334] in 1850 who remained there until 1867 - in all 96 years of Townsend or Townsend connections with the parish. See page 454 et seq of Brady's Parochial and Clerical Records Volume 2. Rev Horace Webb Townsend [634] was vicar of Abbeystrewry 1896-1915.

For other connections with Abbeystrewry see Richard Townsend [310], Richard Boyle Townsend [332], Horatio Thomas Townsend [334], Dorothea Townsend [404], Charlotte Frances Townsend [422], Horatio Townsend [5D00], Horace Webb Townsend [634].

The 1976 Edn of Burke's Irish Family Records shows Mary as dsp.