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Susannah Towne

Susanna (Towne) Hayward was not a daughter of William and Joanna (Blessing) Towne of Topsfield. She is incorrectly listed as such on several genealogical website.
William and Joanna did have a daughter named Susan(nah) Towne who was baptized 26 Oct 1625 at the St. Nicholas parish church in Great
Yarmouth, Co. Norfolk, England, however she was very likely the Susannah Towne was was buried there 29 Jul 1630. Furthermore, there is no mention of William and Joanna's daughter Susanna after the family immigrated from England to Massachusetts and she is not named among the heirs of William Towne in the division of his estate.

The Susanna Towne who married Thomas Hayward was born prior to 1607 in England and was a sister of the William Towne who was a resident of Cambridge, MA in 1635 (this William Towne was not the same man as the William Towne of Topsfield). She was possibly the daughter of Peter Towne of Aylesford, England. In about 1622 Susanna married Thomas Hayward in Aylesford, Co. Kent, England. Susanna's relationship to the William Towne of Cambridge is substantiated by the fact that Peter Towne, only son of William Towne of Cambridge, MA, died childless in 1705 and left his estate to his first cousins who were the five living children of Susanna (Towne) Hayward as of that date.

It is possible that Susanna and William were the children of Thomas Towne and Elizabeth Hayward m. at Tonbridge, Kent, England on May 29, 1604. There is also a George Towne of Maidstone, Kent, who had a son William b. 1604.

Thomas Hayward was born about 1597 and died Abt. 1678 of Bridgewater.

Thomas Hayward came to Boston in the William and Francis on June 5, 1632.  He then returned to Aylesford, England and returned later with his wife and children.  (About Towne, Vol. XXII No. 2 June 2002)

"Thomas HAYWARD, tailor, of Aylesford, England, with wife Susannah and 5 children (Thomas, John, Elizabeth, Martha and Susan) on the ship Hercules March 14, 1634. Settled at Cambridge; proprietor 1635-6. Rem. to Duxbury, propr. and purchased 5 Nov 1638. In court 1644. From. 1 Jun 1647. Rem. to Bridgewater. Will dated 29 Jun 1678; yeoman, Sen.; beq. to sons Elisha and Joseph and gr. ch. Joseph."  ( Pope, Pioneers of Massachusetts, p. 224)

Thomas Hayward came from England in the same vessel with John Ames and settled in Duxbury before 1638: was an original proprietor, and among the earliest and eldest of the settlers of Bridgewater; he d. 1781: his will dated 1678: no wife living." (Mitchell, Hist. of Bridgewater, MA p 176.)  The LDS ancestral file indicates that he m. Susannah, daughter of William Towne but there is a question of any evidence that Susannah Towne was ever in New England. Walter Goodwin Davis has stated that Susannah Towne died without issue.

Thomas Hayward, a Kentish tailor, eventually settled in the new town of Bridgewater, where he became an original proprietor and began to call himself a yeoman ....

Thomas Hayward of Bridgewater possessed (and presumably studied) "Mr. Sheppards book upon the parable of the ten virgins & Mr. Sheppard upon the sincere Convert, Mr. Ralph Allen of the riches of the covenant of grace, also his victory over the world: & doctor pressons of gods alsufficiency & severall other sermons Annexed there unto & Mr. Dod upon the Commandements & Mr Coopers book of Jacobs wrestling with God[,] Mr. Byfield his marrow & his principles," along with a bible and "some other smale books" -- an impressive library indeed for a farmer of modest means.

Children (not in birth order) of SUSANNA TOWNE and THOMAS HAYWARD are:
 i. ELISHA3 HAYWARD31,32,33, b. about 1646.
 ii. JOSEPH HAYWARD34,35,36, b. about 1642, m. 1668 SARAH BRETT, m. ALICE BRETT, m. 1681 HANNAH MITCHELL.
 iii. THOMAS HAYWARD37,38,39, b. 1623-1624, m. 1664 SARAH AMES.
2. iv. NATHANIEL HAYWARD, b. about 1640.
 v. JOHN HAYWARD40,41,42, b. 1628, m. SARAH MITCHELL November 10, 1665.
 vi. MARY HAYWARD43,44,45, b. about 1644, m. 1666 EDWARD MITCHELL46,47,48.
 vii. MARTHA HAYWARD49,50,51, b. about 1633, m. 1657 JOHN HOWARD52,53,54.
viii. ELIZABETH HAYWARD, b. about 1626, m. JOHN AMES.
ix. SUSAN HAYWARD, b. about 1630.
 
 

Generation No. 2

2.  NATHANIEL3 HAYWARD (SUSANNA2 TOWNE, PETER1)  Born about 1640. He married HANNAH WILLIS57.

Child of NATHANIEL HAYWARD and HANNAH WILLIS is:
3. i. PATIENCE4 HAYWARD.
 
 

Generation No. 3

3.  PATIENCE4 HAYWARD (NATHANIEL3, SUSANNA2 TOWNE, PETER1)  She married ISRAEL ALGER57.

Child of PATIENCE HAYWARD and ISRAEL ALGER is:
4. i. ISRAEL5 ALGER.
 
 

Generation No. 4

4.  ISRAEL5 ALGER (PATIENCE4 HAYWARD, NATHANIEL3, SUSANNA2 TOWNE, PETER1)  He married SUSANNA SNOW57.

Child of ISRAEL ALGER and SUSANNA SNOW is:
5. i. DANIEL6 ALGER.
 
 

Generation No. 5

5.  DANIEL6 ALGER (ISRAEL5, PATIENCE4 HAYWARD, NATHANIEL3, SUSANNA2 TOWNE, PETER1)  He married SUSANNA FOBES57.

Child of DANIEL ALGER and SUSANNA FOBES is:
6. i. DAVID7 ALGER.
 
 

Generation No. 6

6.  DAVID7 ALGER (DANIEL6, ISRAEL5, PATIENCE4 HAYWARD, NATHANIEL3, SUSANNA2 TOWNE, PETER1)  He married SARAH LATHROP57.

Child of DAVID ALGER and SARAH LATHROP is:
 i. JOSEPH8 ALGER.  He married EUNICE WYMAN57.

Child of JOSEPH ALGER and EUNICE WYMAN is:
 i. JOSEPH WARREN9 ALGER.


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