Towson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Towson family

The surname Towson was first found in Durham where they held a family seat from very ancient times, it is believed before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Towson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Towson research. Another 50 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1473, 1496, 1620, 1575, 1621, 1608, 1661, 1656, 1736, 1676, 1650 and 1862 are included under the topic Early Towson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Towson Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tonson, Townson and others.

Early Notables of the Towson family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Robert Townson, Tounson or Toulson (1575-1621), English divine, Bishop of Salisbury, son of 'Renold Toulnesonn,' and uncle of...
Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Towson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Towson family to Ireland

Some of the Towson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Towson migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Towson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Towson, who arrived in Virginia in 1645 [1]

Australia Towson migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Towson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Towson, aged 23, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett" [2]
  • Jane Towson, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Towson (post 1700) +

  • Nathaniel "Nathan" Towson (1784-1854), American major general in the United States Army who fought in the War of 1812 as an artillery officer and later as a brigadier general and then major general for his service during the Mexican-American War, eponym of Fort Towson and the liberty ship SS Nathan Towson


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARSHALL BENNETT 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marshallbennett1852.shtml


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