Saturday, April 6, 2019

Portrait of 18C American Women

1756 John Singleton Copley. Portrait of Lucretia Hubbard Townsend (b. 1734) (Mrs. Gregory Townsend) at Colonial Williamsburg

When Lucretia Hubbard was born on June 18, 1734, her father, Daniel Hubbard (1706-1741), was 28, and her mother, Martha Coit (b 1706) was 28. She lost her father when she was only 6 years old.  On 16 August 1764, she married Gregory Townsend (1718-1798).  Her husband was the son of Solomon Townsend (b. 1676) & his second wife, Esther Sugars, of Boston. He remained a Loyalist during the Revolutionary War & served in the British army as Assistant Commissary General in New York.  Via the Banishment Act of 1778, Townsend & many other Loyalists were sent to Halifax, Nova Scotia. His letter of July 8, 1783, written at Halifax & sent to his wife's brother & sister-in-law, Daniel & Mary Hubbard of Boston, gives a glowing report of the place. However, a letter addressed to the same couple on April 20, 1784, focuses on the political bickering then current: "Nothing going forward but ins & outs of Violent Contests between the two Houses of Parliament & their unhappy Sovereign." Her husband died in Halifax in 1798.