I'm lokking for information about Jesse Townsend, purported captain of the 2nd Kimsey party migration. They left Independence on 1 May 1847 and traveled the Barlow Road.
The party included 3 generations of Kimseys (elders were James II and Hannah McCracken), intermarried with a bewildering assortment of related Crowley, Smith, Simpson, Townsend and McCracken cousins.
Jesse Townsend was married to Hannah Smith, sister of Absolom, Perry and Doctor Smith, all immigrants. Absolom and Perry were married to Kimsey sisters, daughters of James and Hannah above, and Doctor's daughter Maudana married Duffield Kimsey, son of James and Hannah.
Jesse Townsend and Doctor Smith both died on the Trail (killed?) near Green River, WY.
I'm trying to connect Jesse to Polk, Oregon pioneers John Townsend and wife Lettie Simpson, daughter of Elizabeth Kimsey (sister of James II) and James Simpson (and sister of Massey Simpson who married John Kimsey, brother of Duffield, son of James and Hannah...). John and Lettie named their first son Jesse. I'd also like to know if John and young Lettie were part of this 1847 wagon train.
The 1860 census also lists another Townsend family in Salt Lake, Polk, headed by, perhaps, Ira???
I'd also like to find the connection between these Townsends and Rachel Townsend, b. 1788 NC, who married Samuel Crowley Kimsey, brother of James II (never left Missouri).
This is all clear drawn on a tree! The puzzle is the Townsends. I can't find anything on the Townsend Boards. Can anyone here help?