Isabella Townsend (5D08)

Date of Birth: 1796?
Date of Death: dsp 19 Oct 1865
Generation: 5th
Residence: Clonakilty, Co Cork
Father: Reverend Horatio (Horace) Townsend [5D00]
Mother: Corker, Katherine
  1. Townsend, Major Edward [620]
Issue: None
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Notes for Isabella Townsend

Married 29 December 1840. Major Edward Townsend [620] (1) 83rd Regt of Foot (Royal Irish Rifles), was the eldest son of Horatio Townsend [600].

In his will Katherine's father devised to her and her sisters "the sum of £1,000 secured by Mr Creagh’s bond shall be divided equally amongst my daughters Katherine, Isabella, Susannah, Harriet and Caroline." (2)

Edward purchased his commission in the 83rd Regt of Foot. Ensign 23 May 1816. Lieutenant 28 October 1824. Captain 18 February 1826. Brevet Major 28 June 1838. Major 23 November 1841. He served as Military Secretary to Major General Sir Patrick Ross (3) (Governor?) in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1838-39 and returned to England in 1840. Following a spell of service in Malta he embarked for India at short notice on 6 February 1849 and was stationed at Poona for at least a year. On several occasions whilst at Poona he met his cousin, Edward Hume Townsend [626], who worked for the Indian Civil Service. Edward was a great writer of letters and many of these to his mother, describing life in Canada and India, survive. His letter from Kingston, Canada dated 1st January 1839 is of particular interest for in it he describes the trial and fate of those involved in the Patriot Rebellion of 1837-38.

Edward was in Karachi when he died of cholera. In his will he left all the freehold properties in Ireland that he had inherited from his father to his brother Aubrey [621]. There is evidence in family correspondence (4) of the time that Edward's estate eventually passed to his nephew John Chambre Townsend [629], presumably on the death of Isabella.

Following the death of Edward, Isabella lived with her sister, Henrietta [5D10], at Weston Lodge, Clonakilty, Co Cork.

Page 331 of The Calendar of Wills and Administration 1858-1922 in the National Archives of Ireland records that the will of "Isabella Townsend late of Weston Lodge, Clonakilty", who died on 19 October 1865, was proved at the Principal Registry on 1 December 1865, by "the oath of Henrietta Townsend of Weston Lodge, Clonakilty". Effects under £1,180.

(1) Edward was born in 1801 and dsp 3 June 1851.

(2) Derry Papers. 5D00/14. Last will and testament of Rev Horatio Townsend dated 12 December 1828. Codicils 11 September 1830 and 25 April 1831. Probate 26 May 1837.

(3) He was born in 1777. The Connaught Journal of 15 March 1824 report that "Major-General Sir Patrick Ross is appointed to the Staff of the Ionian States." He subsequently was Governor Antigua & Bermuda 1826-32. Thence to Canada? His last appointment before his death in 1850 was Governor St Helena 1846-50.

(4) Llanvapley Papers.

'Pooles of Mayfield' p 237 refers.