In Hampton, on 19 November 1657, Philip married Isabella AUSTIN, daughter of Francis AUSTIN and Isabella BLAND.
In 1680, Isabella Austin Towle was accused of witchcraft by a neighbor named Rachel Fuller, who had been accused of witchcraft herself (as in the Salem Witch trials, you would get mercy if you admitted that you were a witch and accused others-- brilliant system, eh?). Neighbors Isaac Marston and John Redman had to post bond for Isabella, and it would be a year before she and Rachel Fuller were freed.
I can imagine social events after this being pretty awkward:
"Hello, Goody Towle. Nice evening, isn't it?"
"Eat cow flops, Fuller."
The name TOWLE actually has Irish origins, and was originally TOOLE. There is also a company called Towle Silversmiths that makes beautiful tableware; it was formed in 1857 when Philip's descendant Anthony Francis Towle bought the business from Joseph Moulton, a 6th generation silversmith whose Moulton ancestry can also be traced to Hampton's first settlers.
|Towle family stone in Founder's Park, Hampton, NH|
Philip TOWLE (1616-1696) m. Isabella AUSTIN
Caleb TOWLE I (1678-1765) m. Zipporah BRACKETT
Caleb TOWLE II (1701-1795) m. Rebecca PRESCOTT
Jeremy TOWLE (b. 1745) m. Mary SARGENT
Judith TOWLE (1784- aft 1864) m. Samuel SEVERANCE
Mary "Polly" SEVERANCE (1805-1889) m. William WINSLOW
James W. WINSLOW (1838-1906) m. Elizabeth A. MACE
Bessie Maud WINSLOW (1886-1970) m. Frank Bailey PALMER
Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER (1918-1984) m. Henry Richard HOWES
S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father
Me (b. 1974)