Rev. Edward Townshend married Mary Price who is speculated to be a relative (probably a sister) of Chase Price* (1731-1777) who was a close friend of Rt.Hon Charles Townshend (1725-1767).
Rev Edward's inscription at Bath Abbey might not be a coincidence as Bath Abbey is where many members of the Orme and Braddock families are buried. Captain Robert Orme married Hon. Audrey Townshend. Robert Orme was an aide de camp to General Braddock together with Captain George Washington and Lt.Col Robert Stewart, an uncle of Hon William Townshend.
Rev. Edward's son, another Rev. Edward Townshend (1758-1853), was from Bray in Berkshire. Bray was the parish church (1.5 miles away) of Foxley, Berkshire where Charles Townshend, Baron Bayning (1728-1810) was situated. There is every chance that Rev Edward Townshend (the younger) preached to his cousin at Bray. Coincidentally Bray and Foxley are only about 6 miles away from Wexham, Buckinghamsire where Richard Townshend (Hon. William Townshend's father) probably lived. There is a strong possibility that Richard attended church at Bray rather than at St Mary's, Wexham.
Rev Edward Townshend had a younger brother named Richard born in 1721 that is not noted in the Bath Abbey inscription and is also not noted in recent Burke's peerage editions. However, he is is noted in the 1851 edition as "dying young". This Richard definitely existed but is not Hon. William Townshend's father. In fact, the 1721 Richard that died young could be confused with with William's father causing him to be incorrectly labelled as "dying young" when in fact he did not.
* Chase Price of Knighton, Radnorshire; MP for Radnorshire. (b.ca.1731 d.28 June 1777) m.21 March 1766 Sarah Glanville b.1735 d.19 Jan 1826.
|Rev Edward Townshend (1719 - 1765), Dean of Norwich, was the youngest (surviving) son of Charles Townshend (1674 - 1738), 2nd Viscount and his second wife Dorothy Walpole.
In 1747 he married Mary Price (b.???? - 1816) and had 6 children