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TOWNSLEY Family HistoryRecorded as Townley, Towneley, and the dialectal Townsley, this is an English surname. It is almost certainly locational from the village called Towneley, near Burnley, in the county of Lancashire. There is also a place called Townley near Drogheda in Ireland, but there is no evidence at all that this village has ever originated any surnames, and certainly not of this spelling. The Lancashire placename is first recorded in the year 1201 a.d. as "Tunleia," and according to the Dictionary of English Place Names translates as the wood or clearing belonging to the town from the pre 7th century Olde English 'tun leah'.
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My name is Sharon McGean I'm from Nova Scotia Canada . My mothers father was born in Cork Ireland he joined the army and left Ireland around 1918-1921 . His name was William Townsley . I would love to find any of his kin . My mother was born in 1928 in Ontario . My grandfather married Effie MacLennan . He didn't talk very much about his family in Cork or anything about his childhood or siblings . Wouldn't talk about the war . Said his parents got him to go in the army to avoid violence in Cork . Between the Catholics and the Protestants all I remember is hearing stories of his brother being killed , so he was sent to join the army . ?
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