The Townend Saga is Solved



I posted this picture a friend of mine owns and thought it was a Townend family branch from Almonte. I was wrong and the mystery is now solved thanks to the Lanark County Genealogical Society.


Photo–Robert James Townend & Isabella Anderson Gilmour & Daughter

Stamp N Doodle who is Lynne Townend who makes fantastic card kits emailed the following information:  I am a great granddaughter (Lynne) of James Townend, born 1 May 1856 who immigrated to Canada in 1860 with his parents John Townend and Sarah J. Carr. The picture at the very top is not a picture of him and his family, but a family he took a picture of.

James Townend was Almonte’s first photographer, and conducted a studio there for many years. In his younger days he was a band leader being especially noted for his brilliant cornet playing. He married Isabella Anderson Gilmour, her death occurred at Perth on Tuesday, November 18th, of Mrs. James Townend at the great age of 96 years. She was born, on the 8th line Ramsay, probably the oldest native of the district at the time of her death.

Thank you Lynne!

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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