The following announcement was written by the Towne Family Association:
The Towne Family Association (TFA) is pleased to announce the formation of a Towne Surname DNA Project. The primary purpose of the project is to establish a baseline yDNA profile for William Towne (1598/99 - c 1673; married Joanna Blessing) by testing documented male descendants of his sons Edmund (married Mary Browning), Jacob (married Catherine Symonds), and Joseph (married Phoebe Perkins).
A secondary goal is to identify more distant branches of the Towne family, including those with variant spellings of the surname. To that end, the TFA invites and encourages any male with the surname Towne, Townes, Town, Towns, Tune, Tone, Toon, or Toone, and variants thereof, to purchase a test kit and participate in the project.
The TFA's DNA Genealogy Committee has established a web site at http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/t/towne/index.html. The website provides more information about the Towne Surname DNA Project and has links for you to register for the project and to order a yDNA test kit. You may also contact the committee at Towne@allies.com.