Henrietta Townsend (418)

Date of Birth: Unknown
Date of Death: dunm 3 Feb 1866
Generation: 6th
Residence: Whitehall & London
Father: Samuel Townsend [405]
Mother: Baldwin, Mercy
Spouse: Unmarried
Issue: None
See Also: Table IV ; Lineage ; Ancestors' Tree ; Descendents' Tree

Notes for Henrietta Townsend

Page 342 of the Calendar of Wills and Administration 1858-1922 in the National Archives of Ireland records that Letters of Administration on the personal estate of "Henrietta Townsend late of Whitehall Co Cork", who died on 3 February 1866 at 25 Great Union Street London, were granted at the Principal Registry on 5 December 1867 to "Anna Maria Townsend and Georgiana Townsend both of Patrick Street Cork the sisters and Universal Legatees". Effects under £800.

The death of Henrietta was reported in The Cork Examiner on 21 February 1866. She was shown as being the “Henrietta Miss daughter of the late Samuel Townsend of Whitehall” (1)

In his autobiography (2) Edward Mansel Townshend [630] describes Whitehall (3) as he saw it when he visited in 1882. “Whitehall, is a delightfully romantic old House, looking out to Cape Clear, from a Cove of Roaring Water Bay, amid ‘Carbery and its Hundred Isles’, The rooms are almost palatial in size, all of them 15 ft., high, on the ground floor, and the Drawing Room and Dining Room, each 25 ft., long, by about 18 ft., wide, preceded by an Ante room, about 15 ft. square and as high."

(1) 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."

(2) ‘A Protestant Auto-Biography by the Rev E Mansel Townshend'.

(3) Horatio Townsend [5D00] describes Whitehall on page 342 of his book 'Statistical Survey of the County of Cork' - "Whitehall, the seat of Samuel Townsend, Esq. stands on the east side of Rincolisky, or Roaringwater Bay. It enjoys every advantage of land and water, but from the nature of its situation is unfavourably circumstanced for the growth of trees. The upper part of the ground commands one of the grandest prospects to be found any where, an immense expanse of water extending from Cape Clear on one side to the Mizen-head upon the other. The depth of this great bay is proportioned to its breadth, its shores are diversified by many jutting points and headlands, on several of which are ruined castles, and its ample bosom is inlaid with a great number of verdant islands, of different sizes and shapes. The cape forms a fine termination to the land view on the left, and the rocky summit of Mountgabriel appears to great advantage in the back ground on the right. Some of the islands are large, and contain a great many inhabitants; others small, and used only for summer feeding, are remarkable for the richness of their pasture. Exclusive of these considerations, they are extremely useful in breaking the force of the sea, and forming many secure stations for vessels."