An interesting ancestor was Timothy Townsend. He died 11 March 1832 at the advanced age of 94 in Canaan, Columbia County, New York. Not only was he one of the first settlers of Canaan, he was among the original founders of the town of Champion, Jefferson County New York as well (settled 1798). He returned to Canaan by 1810, but all three of his sons, Jonathan, Josiah, and Timothy Jr. remained and raised families in Jefferson County.

Timothy was married four times. His last marriage in 1827 made the news in at least three states, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. I’m so glad it was a newsworthy occasion!

This account appeared in the February 28, 1827, issue of the Auburn (NY) Free Press…
“Mr. Townsend was one of the first settlers in Canaan, having lived there about 70 years. He buried three wives and now has become the husband of the fourth in his second childhood. After the guests had assembled, nearly 3 hours were spent in settling the conditions of their union, when a compromise was made and they were joined in ‘Hymen’s bonds’. No goose so grey, but soon or late, may find a silly gander for a mate.”

Paper: National Gazette and Literary Register, Philadelphia, February 22, 1827; p.3…
“MARRIED, In Canaan, Columbia County, (N.Y.) on the 3rd inst. by the Rev. Mr. Hall, Mr. TIMOTHY TOWNSEND, aged eighty-nine, to Mrs. MARY OLMSTEAD, aged sixty-nine, both of that town.
[Mr. Townsend was one of the first settlers of Canaan, having lived there about 70 years. He has buried three wives, and has now become the husband of the fourth in his second childhood. After the guests had assembled, nearly three hours were spent in settling the conditions of their union, when a compromise was made, and they were joined in “Hymen’s silken bands.]”

Paper: Middlesex Gazette, Date: 03-14-1827; Volume: XLII; Issue: 2141; Page: [1]; Location: Middletown, Connecticut…
“In Canaan, (N.Y.) Mr. Timothy Townsend, aged only 89 ! was married to Mrs. Mary Olmsted, aged 69. This event could not have been occasioned by Gen. McClure’s proposition, as that was calculated to embrace only bachelors; and this ancient Endymion had been noosed three several times, previous to this recent catastrophe.”