Welcome to the official Website of The Tower Genealogical Society, Inc.

The Tower Genealogical Society, Inc., is focused on the genealogical research of John Tower(1) and his wife Margaret (Ibrook), and their descendants.

John Tower (1), was born in the parish of Hingham, county of Norfolk, in the eastern part of England, on then 14th day of May in the year of 1609.

John Tower (1), with his friend and companion Samuel Lincoln, came together from Old Hingham, England and settled in (New) Hingham, Massachusetts, in the year 1637.

John Tower(1) married Margaret Ibrook, February 13, 1638-9, in Charlestown, Mass. Their union resulted in the birth of ten children: John(2), Jonathan, Ibrook, Jeremiah, Elizabeth, Sarah, Hannah, Benjamin, Jemima, Samuel.

The photo supplied above, is just a small sampling of The Tower Genealogical Society, Inc., members, that gathered in Hingham, Massachusetts for The Tower Genealogical Society, Inc., 2009 national reunion. What a bunch of happy faces … what a bunch of Tower relatives! We come from all walks of life, and from coast to coast of the USA and Canada.

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TGS News forJune 2017

TGS is so pleased to announce that member Gloria Cooper has once again agreed to serve as our Newsletter Editor! TGS greatly appreciate your efforts Gloria.

Your president is on the mend, after having 2 surgeries this year. I want to know is, when did 61 become such an old age?

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Bernard Eugene Tower (1929-2015)

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Bernard Eugene Tower. Our honored board member, past president and friend Bernie Tower of California passed away 2/27/2015 after a brief illness. He was few days shy of his 86th birthday.
Bernie was very instrumental in all aspects of Tower Genealogy. He will be greatly missed. I will post more information when I becomes available.

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TGS News

TGS is announcing its latest change. Unexpectedly, this past month, Patricia Brown stepped down as TGS President. Fortunately our current By Laws allow Janine Battistone (VP) to step into assume tthe duties as Acting President.

Section 3 Vice-President: The Vice-President shall have such powers, and shall perform such duties as may be assigned by the Executive Board. In case of death, resignation, absence or disability of the President, the duties of the President shall be performed by the Vice-President.

Additionally, we are pleased to announce that Jo Miller of Ortonville, Michigan, has rejoined TGS Board. She has assumed the role of membership chairperson. We are extremely grateful for her dedication to TGS.

Please feel free to contact any of the officers with any of your TGS concerns (see their contact information on the Board page).

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Tower Genealogical Society, Inc. General News

Calling all TGS members-

TGS needs members/volunteers to fill vacant board member slots within the organization. Currently TGS has an insufficient number of board members, therefore unfortunately we must limit the society's activities. In particularly need a volunteer/director who residents in Massachusetts.

Members are encouraged and welcome send us contributions for the TGS newsletter or website. Which may include any stories, articles, pictures, reunion, birth or marriage notices and even death information.

For any questions regarding volunteer/board member positions or submission to the newsletter please contact: TGS President-Janine Battistone

For submission to the website please contact: Janine

Thank you for your attention to this matter!

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Introducing a new book “Bucket Town: Woodenware and Wooden Toys of Hingham, 1635-1945” being published by the Hingham Historical Commission

The Tower Genealogical Society, Inc., is happy to introduce to all interested parties, a new book titled "Bucket Town: Woodenware and Wooden Toys of Hingham, 1635-1945" to be published by the Hingham Historical Commission. The book is authored by Derin Bray, and in it the Tower family is mentioned numerous times.

Recently, Tom Wilson the Chair of the Hingham Historical Commission contacted us the share the news. He said, "We are reaching out to several of the old Hingham families because of the interest they may have in purchasing a copy of the book and hopefully, donate to our publishing fundraising effort".

The Hingham Journal has published several articles on the book recently. Some of you might recall that a few years ago, just as the project was getting underway, we were contacted by Peter Hersey of Hingham, MA., regarding the project, and good deal of interest was generated at the time.

I am providing you a few links below that will lead you to additional information regarding the Commission, the Bucket Town Project and the book: "Bucket Town: Woodenware and Wooden Toys of Hingham, 1635-1945". I hope that you find the information as interesting and intriguing as I did.




Janine Battistone, Tower Genealogical Society, Inc., Vice President and WebMaster.

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One Member’s Story

I happened to make my Tower Family connection, somewhere about 2001. As I started researching my paternal grandmother (Laura Josephine Tower), little did I know what I was about to discover about her ancestors.

There was a quite a mass of Tower genealogical information already available online. But, I wasn’t able to make that direct connection with what little information I had on her.

However, I uncovered a phone number and contact information for the TGS, Inc. then president Lester Tower.
So, I took a chance and placed phone call to him. I felt a bit foolish asking him, are you related?
Without hesitation he said yes! You are related, and I know who your are, AND there are other Tower relatives living in your area! WOW!
Then he put me in touch with multitudes of newly realized relatives. They shared with me loads of compiled data, memories and information on my family line, all the way back to John Tower (1), born in 1609.
I am forever grateful to those fellow Tower relatives who so freely shared the Tower photos, information and data with me.

This family tree is in full bloom, busting out with a very heritage, and unique history. Despite my compliments, the complementation of the Tower genealogical data is far from being done. If you recall, John Tower (1) and his wife Margaret Ibrook, had ten children! There is plenty of researching yet to be done, relatives to discover, photos unturned.

And, if I may ask, could it be that you are you related, too? If so, why not consider joining us?! Please see the membership information. I am the current Tower Genealogical Vice President and wannabe webmaster, Janine Battistone. If you have any questions, information or ideas related to The Tower Genealogical Society, Inc., than please to feel free to contact me or any of the other Directors of The Tower Genealogical Society.

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All New TGS Website!

There a few people that have made this possible. I want to thank Caltel for website hosting and other technical support, a personal friend for encouragement and support beyond what I could fathom. I take full responsibility for designing and neglecting the older site that had long seen its’ better days. If I had to do it all over again though, I wouldn’t changed a thing, as it has been quite the learning process.

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