Early Origins of the Towenson family
The surname Towenson was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Norman influence of English history dominated after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. The family name was first referenced in the 12th century when they held estates in that shire. They were of the great Norman family of Martin de Tours from Tour near Bayeux. The Sire de Tour conquered Cameys in Wales
and became the Lord Marcher of South Wales
. His sons either took the name FitzMartin or Tour, sometimes Tower. Their descendents assumed the name Towerson and Tourson from about the 15th century but mainly in the North of England
from whence they branched south to London. Martin de Tour built the Benedictine Abbey of St.Dogmael's and, of course, his great Castle at Newport, where the ruins still exist. The family was granted vast estates in Devon
, and Dorset.
Early History of the Towenson family
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Towenson Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Towerson, Tourson, Toweson, Towreson, Towenson and others.
Early Notables of the Towenson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Towenson family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..