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Addition, 1761-1899, to the Townsend Family
        Papers
  
    A gift to SCL Manuscripts Division announced in 2008

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Twelve manuscripts, 29 April 1761, 1 February 1821-23 May 1849 and 27 January 1899, chiefly document the Townsend family’s land holdings on Edisto Island, South Carolina. The collection centers around Daniel Townsend (1759-1842), his wife, Hephzibah Jenkins, and their sons John F. Townsend (1799-1881) and Daniel Jenkins Townsend (b. 1811).

Included in the collection is a bill of sale and conveyance, 1 February 1821, for fourteen acres on Edisto Island from the estate of Henry Calder to Daniel Townsend. Just over a year later, on 20 November 1822, Daniel and Hephzibah Townsend would convey this land in trust to the Charleston Baptist Church to be administered by their sons John and Daniel along with Richard B. Furman in order to “provide and for the Support and maintenance forever hereafter of a Clergyman of the Baptist Denomination on Edisto Island to officiate regularly in the Baptist Church on the Said Island.”

Also extant are receipts and an opinion relating to the settlement of the estate of the elder Daniel Townsend, papers regarding the sale of “Clark’s Bay,” and a letter dated 27 January 1899 written from Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., by John T. Townsend to his father, John F. Townsend. In it he relates that he had just finished examinations and describes a recent debate held at a meeting of the Eukosmian Society “that learn me something about the condition of the U.S. The query was resolved: That Roman Catholhcism is more dangerous than Political Aggitation.”

The last item in the collection is an undated biographical essay, “Sketch of the Life of John Townsend of Bleak Hall, Edisto Island.”

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