Friday, December 11, 2009

William Townsend and Clementina Cecilia Sophia Chew

Clementina was born in Calcutta, West Bengal on 18th February, 1812, the daughter of Dr John Chew and Isabella Rachel Stewart (or Stuart). It was in Calcutta that William and Clementina were married on 4th March 1832. As can be seen from the birth places of the children, the family stayed in Calcutta for a while, then moved to Surabaya in East Java, then established themselves back in Padang, West Sumatra, by 1835. However, there appears to have been another stay in Calcutta around 1844-1845 and a return to Padang by 1847.

Children of William and Clementina:

  • Isabella Cornelia TOWNSEND b: 15 Feb 1833, Calcutta, West Bengal, India, d: 22 Jan 1836, Sumatra’s Westkust (Padang), Indonesia
  • Eduard TOWNSEND b: 21 Jun 1834, Soerabaja (Surabaya), Java, Indonesia, d: 29 Jan 1835, Sumatra’s Westkust (Padang), Indonesia
  • Euphemia Clementina TOWNSEND b: 13 May 1835, Sumatra's Westkust (Padang), Indonesia, d: 11 Jan 1913, Den Haag, The Netherlands. Married, with descendants
  • William Roger TOWNSEND b: 17 Sep 1837, Sumatra’s Westkust (Padang), Indonesia, d: 2 Apr 1863, Sumatra’s Westkust (Afdeeling Priaman), Indonesia
  • Louisa Cecilia TOWNSEND b: 25 Jul 1840, d: 8 Jun 1929, Batavia (Buitenzorg), Java, Indonesia. Married, with descendants.
  • Isabella Sophia TOWNSEND b: 19 Sep 1841, Sumatra’s Westkust (Padang), Indonesia, d: 6 Dec 1841, Sumatra’s Westkust (Padang), Indonesia
  • Maria Augusta TOWNSEND b: 3 Oct 1842, Sumatra’s Westkust (Padang), Indonesia, d: 16 Jun 1926, Sumatra’s Westkust (Padang), Indonesia. Married, with descendants.
  • Austin Edward TOWNSEND b: 17 May 1844, Calcutta, West Bengal, India, d: 15 Mar 1895, Batavia (Buitenzorg), Java, Indonesia. Married (twice) with descendants.
  • Clementine Rosalie TOWNSEND b: 7 Jun 1845, Calcutta, West Bengal, India, d: 1888, Prince Of Wales Island
  • Henry John TOWNSEND b: 14 Apr 1847, Sumatra’s Westkust (Padang), Indonesia
  • Edwin James TOWNSEND b: 24 Oct 1848, Sumatra’s Westkust (Padang), Indonesia, d: 1895, Coen, Queensland. Migrated to Queensland 6 Aug 1866, Netherby/City of Melbourne.
  • George Robert TOWNSEND b: 8 Jun 1850, Sumatra’s Westkust (Padang), Indonesia. Migrated to Queensland 6 Aug 1866, Netherby/City of Melbourne. Married, with descendants.
  • Isabella Rachel TOWNSEND b: 19 Feb 1852, Sumatra’s Westkust (Padang), Indonesia. Migrated to Queensland 6 Aug 1866, Netherby/City of Melbourne. Married, with descendants.
  • Mary Catharine TOWNSEND b: 6 Dec 1853, Sumatra’s Westkust (Padang), Indonesia. Migrated to Queensland 6 Aug 1866, Netherby/City of Melbourne. Married, with descendants.
  • Cecilia Jemenria TOWNSEND b: 2 Oct 1854, Sumatra’s Westkust (Padang), Indonesia
  • Victor Louis TOWNSEND b: 8 Jan 1856, Sumatra’s Westkust (Padang), Indonesia. Migrated to Queensland 6 Aug 1866, Netherby/City of Melbourne. Married, with descendants.
Clementina died in Padang on 17th June 1862. Her memorial inscription reads:
“Sacred to the memory of Clementina Cecilia Sophia Townsend, daughter of John Chew, Boston, USA, and Isabella Rachel Stuart of Calcutta and wife of William Townsend, who was born in Calcutta on the 18th of February 1812 and died on the 17th of June 1862.”

More information on the descendants of these children will follow in due course.

4 comments:

  1. Dear Geoff,
    Thanks for pulling these facts together. Really great.
    Do you also have pictures of the people you describe.
    I will be able to share some, like William Townsend and Clementina Cecilia Sophia Chew.
    I will also respond once I have had a chance to compare facts.
    I don't know if I can post photos here. Let me know.
    Best wishes
    Thomas Helmer

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  2. Thomas, the only photographs I have seen of William Townsend are those in the State Library of Queensland. We have a poor photocopy of a photograph of Victor Louis Townsend in the files at the Sandgate and District Museum. I have discovered a little more information in his will, a copy of which we have on file. I will write some of that up soon.

    Use the e-mail address in my profile to contact me, and then I can invite you to collaborate directly in the Blog and you will have full editing and posting rights.

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  3. Maybe you cannot see my e-mail address in the profile - I thought it was there.

    Contact me at geoff_drew at ourbrisbane dot com and I can then use your e-mail address to invite you into the system.

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  4. Sorry folks, I somehow changed John to Robert when transcribing stuff. I think Clementina's Stewart grandfather might have been Robert.

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