The Townsend Family Papers collection contains correspondence, business and other personal documents of Dr. John Townsend,
his wife Elizabeth Townsend, and their son John Henry Moses Townsend. Items in this collection offer glimpses into the Townsends'
lives: their travels with the Murphy party, their real estate investments and their roles as settlers of Northern California
during the mid to late 1800s.
Dr. John Townsend was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. His parents, who were among the first settlers of Fayette County,
arrived in America from England in the late eighteenth century. Dr. Townsend received his first medical degree from Lexington
Medical College and later set up successful practices in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Missouri. In 1832, he and Elizabeth
Louise Schallenberger were married in Stark County, Ohio.
1 oversized flat box
1 linear foot
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Collection is open for research.