I'd like to make sure that our line is both recognized and preserved. Preserved?? not the quite the word I'm looking for ... known for future generations:
This is where we pick up the trail for Townsend Society of America:
Amy Birdsall (1732 - 1812), daughter of Johanna Hawxhurst and Daniel Birdsall. Amy did in fact marry, she married Richard Washburn in 1748.
In 1752 Amy Birdsall and Richard Washburn had Joseph Washburn b. May 29, 1752 in New Castle, Westchester County.
In 1834 Whitson and Stephen (brother? father?) leased the "State Farm" from Mt. Pleasant State Prison (now known as Sing-Sing). In 1837 they assigned the lease to James W. Robinson.
Here in 1850 are the Washburns in Ossining, Westchester, New York. Note that Whitson and Rachel have a daughter Emma, age 5. Next door is Whitson's parents: Stephen & Phebe
By 1860 Whitson and Rachel have "jumped the river" and are farming in Ramapo, Rockland County, New York. Emma is now 15 years old.
In 1865, Whitson and family are found in Monsey, New York and taxed on a "carriage" and "PianoForte"