Christopher Towne was born around 1586 in Sydenham, Oxfordshire, England.
Christopher married Rachel Godwin around 1611 in Sydenham.
Rachel was the daughter of William Godwin (d 1628), a husbandman of Sydenham. It appears she was an only child.
In the will of William Godwin written on 5 January 1625, he mentions his daughter Rachel, her husband Christopher Towne, and their children Robert, Christopher, Rachel, Jeffery and Agnes.
There is a treasure trove of papers on the Goodwin / Godwin family on Ancestry including this excerpt –
Sydenham, is a small parish in Thame district, Oxfordfordshire, 3 miles south east of Thame. In 1871 the population was 397 with 86 houses.
Christopher and Rachel had the following children in Sydenham –
- Robert b 1612
- Christopher b 1614
- Rachel b 1616 d 1689 Sydenham, marr John Croxford, 6 children.
- Jeffery b 1618
- Agnes b 1620 married Samuel Eustice
- Martha b 1629 married Mr Nash
Christopher wrote a will, while he was residing in Sydenham in 1660 which was probated on 10 August 1660. It is in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will collection 1384-1858.
The will is very difficult to read but I can see the following bequests –
- John Croxford, my grandchild, my now dwelling house
- Agnes, my daughter….
- Jeffrey, my son…..
- Robert Croxford, my grandchild, my little house
- daughter Martha….
- William Croxford, my grandchild, land in Kingston
- John Nash, 50 shillings
- Elizabeth Nash, 10 shillings
- Christopher, my son…..
- Robert, my son…..
Christopher Towne died in 1660 in Sydenham and his wife Rachel sometime before him. They are most likely buried at Sydenham, Oxfordshire.