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So shall it be with my father: he shall be
called a prince over his posterity, holding
the keys of the patriarchal priesthood over the kingdom of God on earth, even the Church
of the Latter Day Saints, and he shall sit in the general assembly of patriarchs, even in
council with the Ancient of Days when he shall sit and all the patriarchs with him and shall
enjoy his right and authority under the direction of the Ancient of Days.
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Family Spotlight  - Richard TOWNER, Sr.

t is thought that the immigrant of this family came from county Sussex, England, thought the date of his birth, names of his parents, and time of his emigration are still obscured.[1]I. A tradition is current in the towns of Oxford, Haddam, and Killingworth, Connecticut, among descendants of Richard TOWNER, that he "was impressed into the British Navy from the Isle of Man. After some years of service on American coasts, he was put a shore at Savannah, Georgia, to die of yellow fever, but recovered, married his nurse, and went with her to Charleston, South Carolina, where he engage in the grocery business. Afterwards, to escape threatened bombardment by Spanish men-of-war ships, he provisioned a small vessel from his store, and sailed north, landing on the Connecticut shore."[2]On 17 February 1686, a grant of land was given to Richard TOWNER at Guilford, Connecticut, although it was not placed on record until 2 May 1712, when ordered recorded by the town -- "ten acres formerly granted to Richard Towner, now living at Branford." This grant was marked at the corners by stones bearing his initials. Original town records of Branford, Connecticut, still well preserved, bear this entry: "27 May 1689 ... Town have given to Richard Towner 12 acres of land lying upon the hill ... said Richard Towner to build a tenantable house, and settle within six years from date ... Mrs. William Maltby, Hohn Frisbee and John Butler appointed to lay it out." Later records bear frequent mention of Richard Towner in exchanges of land, deeds, etc. The place first allotted to him here, still is known as Towner's Hill, though later he lived at a place called Short Rocks, "Where some of his descendants still live and where the remains of his house are still visible."[3]   read more ...