Richard Towne was the first Towne to be Lord of
the Manor. He and his wife Ann had 8 children.
Richard died in 1628 and left his main wealth to his grandson, Leonard, as Leonard's father was already
When Leonard Towne (gentleman) died in 1677 an inventory of all his possessions was made, in the house and
on the farm, including all the farm animals. It totalled £344, a very great deal of money in those days.
Over the years many people have come to Braceby or contacted this website regarding their family history, particularly
Americans. This is because people believe that the William Towne who married Joanna Blessing in 1620 in Yarmouth, England
and then travelled to the States was William Towne, son of Richard Towne of Braceby. In fact they have seen this on
the internet. However, he was not. William Towne, son of Richard married Catherine, and moved to Kelby (a nearby
village in the parish of Heydour/Haydor) where he had children who are listed in the parish registers of Heydour.