Phineas Towner

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Phineas Towner, son of John Towner and Jane French, was born at Derby, Connecticut, 28 April 1708.1 He died in 1763.1

Phineas married Eunice (…) about 1728.1

Phineas was a landowner in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1732. In 1737 he moved with his wife Eunice to New Milford, Connecticut. The date of the marriage and her surname is not known. From the land records there it appears that he sold land in 1738 and moved to Danbury. He lived there until about 1763 when he was at Fredericksburg, Phillips Patent (Now Patterson, Putnam Co.), New York. There was an uncle, Samuel (5th son of Richard) with him on leased land. This fixes his identity, but he cannot be traced later.

Danbury records were mostly destroyed when the British burned the town in 1776. This makes it difficult to get information on him or his family. However, there is little reason to doubt that he was the father of Abraham, called "Abraham of Danbury." Both are mentioned in the remaining records, and there are no other Towners except Eunice, who married William Combs in 1772. She was a likely daughter of Phineas.

A clear and well-defined tradition among the descendants of Elijah Towner, son of "Abraham of Danbury," who settled in Bradford Co., Pennsylvania in 1794-5, states that Abraham had 3 brothers and 1 sister.1


Eunice (…) b. abt. 1700, d. 4 May 1759
  • Olive Towner1
  • Abraham Towner+1 b. bt 1729 - 1730, d. bef. 11 Feb 1761
  • Gershom Towner1 b. abt. 1732
  • Enoch Towner1 b. abt. 1734
  • Daniel Towner1 b. abt. 1734
This person was last edited on28 Apr 2016


  1. [S13] James W. Towner, A Genealogy of the Towner Family: the Descendants of Richard Towner, who came from Sussex County, Eng., to Guilford, Conn., before 1685 (Los Angeles, California: Times-Mirror Printing & Binding House, 1910), 23-24, further cited as Towner, Towner Family.