Anne Townsend (417)

Date of Birth: 1811
Date of Death: 27 Apr 1865
Generation: 6th
Residence: Illinois, USA
Father: Samuel Townsend [405]
Mother: Baldwin, Mercy
  1. Becher, Edward
  1. Edward George
  2. Lionel Albert
  3. Elizabeth V
  4. Henrietta
  5. Reginald
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Notes for Anne Townsend

Married at St Mary's Shandon, Cork 23 December 1836. Edward Baldwin Becher (1) son of Edward Becher (1a) of Rock Castle (2), Bandon. See 1976 Edn Burke's Irish Family Records - Becher. They emigrated to Illinois, USA sometime after 1847 - the year the son Reginald was born in England.

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 of Arcola, Douglas County, Illinois, USA, and Samuel Richard Townsend (Samuel Townsend [412]) Town and lands of Skibbereen and Coronea, Barony of West Carbery County Cork, in consideration of £692 6s 2d."

In the American census of 1880 Anne is shown as Anette Becher, age 69, born in England, Widow, living in Wenona County, Marshall, Illinois.

Of the children:

Edward Becher was born in 1838 in Carmarthen, Wales and died in 1920. He was a pall bearer at Harriet Springer’s funeral. The American census of 1880 shows him as a ‘millowner’ with his brother Lionel and married to ‘Marcy’ (Mercy?) sometime before 1869; they are both also shown in the Michigan census of 1920. They had two daughters Nettie (b. 1869) and Minnie (b. 1871 d. 1954); both are shown in the American census of 1880.

Lionel Becher was born 1840 born in Carmarthen, Wales. The American census of 1880 shows him as a ‘millowner’ with his brother Edward. He married 9 February 1869 at St Michael’s Church, Black Rock, Co Cork, Margarettte Notter (d. Mar 1873 in Illinois) daughter of Richard Notter (Nutter) and had a son Edward Baldwin (b Jan 1870 d. 31 Aug 1870) and daughter Margaret (Maggie) (b. 1871) who is shown in American census of 1881 as living with her grandmother Anette. In the 1910 census Lionel is shown living in Michigan with another wife, Mattie, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1858; they had a son Lionel (b. 1896 in Nebraska).

Elizabeth Becher died in 1850.

Henrietta Becher was born in France in 1843 and Reginald was born in England in 1847.

(1) Edward was born post 1811 and died of a ‘low bilious fever’ on 27 April 1865 in Douglas County, Illinois. It is reasonable to assume that he is a brother of Charlotte Becher who married Samuel Townsend [412].

(1a) 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."

(2) 2007. The connection between the Bechers of Rock Castle and the rest of the Irish Bechers is still unclear.

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).

For other Becher connections see Horatio Townsend [104], Mary Townsend [121], Richard Townsend [201], Barbara Townsend [306], Edward Mansel Townsend [401], Samuel Townsend [412].