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2, 1914; Virginia L. Jeffries, born July, 1 916 ; Charles
Thomas (2) Holloway, born March 22, 1897, married June
20, 1918, Frances A. Fuller, of Worcester, Massachusetts.

Ella Virginia (Houck) Holloway traces her ancestry to
Lieutenant Robert Porter, of Back River Neck, Porters Bar,
Maryland, an officer of the Revolution. He was born in 1757,
died March 16, 1810. He was commissioned first lieutenant in
the Third Regiment of Maryland Troops, February 20, 1777,
resigned in April, 1777, married Susannah Buck, born in 1772,
who died September 1, 1845. The line of descent is through
their son, James Porter, born in 1797, died September 30,
1843. James Porter married November 26, 1829, Elizabeth
Frances Todd, born January 29, 1809, died in July, i860,
daughter of Bernard and Mary (Green) Todd, of an ancient
Maryland family (q. v.). The line continues through Susan-
nah Porter, daughter of James and Elizabeth Frances (Todd)
Porter, born September 26, 1832, died in May, 191 1. She
married, November 15, 1852, Dr. Jacob Wever Houck, and
they were the parents of Ella Virginia Houck, widow of
Reuben Ross Holloway.

The Todd ancestry of Ella V. (Houck) Holloway be-
gins in Maryland, with Thomas Todd, of "Toddsbury, 1 '
Gloucester county, Virginia, in 1664, who settled at the North
Point farm in Baltimore county, Maryland, now called
"Todd's Inheritance, " which is still in the possession of the
family. He was a son of Thomas Todd, who is mentioned in
the records of York county, Virginia, in 1642, and who bought
land in Gloucester county in 1652. His eldest son, William,


patented 500 acres in that county, in 1666. Thomas Todd
served as burgess of Baltimore county from 1674 to 1675. His
will dated April 1 1, 1676, was the first recorded in Baltimore
county. He died on board the ship "Virginia," bound for
England. Thomas Todd married Ann Gorsuch, daughter of
the Rev. John Gorsuch, Vicar of Walkam Parish, Hereford-
shire, England, and granddaughter of Sir William Lovelace.
Their children were: Thomas, of further mention; Christo-
pher; James; William; Phillip; Joanna; Frances and

Thomas (2) Todd, son of Thomas (1) and Ann (Gor-
such) Todd, was born in Virginia, in 1660, and died in
January, 1724. His epitaph reads:

Here lies the body of Captain Thomas Todd, who
was born in the year of our Lord 1660 and departed
this life the 16th day of January, 1725.

He married Elizabeth ; they were the parents of:

Anne, born in 1682, died 1720; Christopher, born 1690, died
1743; Frances, born in 1692, died 1703; Thomas, of further
mention; Richard, married and had, Bernard and William;
William of King and Queens county, married Martha Vicu-
nes; Philip, sheriff of Gloucester county, Virginia, in 1730;
Frances, born 1703, died 1743, married Robert North, of

Thomas (3) Todd, son of Thomas (2) and Elizabeth
Todd, owned land in Baltimore county, Maryland, and died

in 1725. He married Elizabeth , who bore him two

children, Thomas, of further mention, and Robert.

Thomas (4) Todd, of Todds Neck, Baltimore county,
Maryland, son of Thomas (3) and Elizabeth Todd, died in
1759. He married Eleanor Dorsey. By a will dated De-
cember 9, 1756, and recorded at Annapolis, April 2, 1759, he
devises to his three daughters, Elizabeth, Eleanor and Fran-


ces, a tract of land called "Showan Hunting Grounds"; to
his youngest daughter, Mary, he devises "Todds Industry" in
Patapsco Neck; also a tract called "Whirwells Neck," and
"all my land where Thomas Jones now lives, known by the
name of 'Cuckold's Point,' and my land at the island called
'Todds Island'." He bequeathed his personal estate to his
son, Thomas, and four daughters. His wife, Eleanor Dorsey
Todd, was the third daughter of Caleb Dorsey, who was the
son of Honorable John Dorsey and his wife, Elinor Warfield,
daughter of Richard Warfield, the American ancestor. The
children of Thomas (4) and Eleanor (Dorsey) Todd were:
Thomas, of further mention; Elizabeth, married John Crom-
well; Eleanor, married John Ensor; Frances, married George
Risteau, in 1757 ; Mary, married John Worthington. Eleanor,
wife of Thomas Todd, married (second) William Lynch.

Thomas (5) Todd died in 1798, son of Thomas (4) and
Eleanor (Dorsey) Todd, married and had four children:
William, died in 1 8 13 ; Bernard, of further mention; Christo-
pher, died 1849; George W., died in 1818; Thomas, died
1 808.

Bernard Todd, son of Thomas (5) Todd, died in 18 16.
He was born on the homestead at North Point, Baltimore
county, Maryland, and on reaching manhood became quite
extensively interested in marine trade, owning many vessels
used in the business. He manifested his loyalty to his country
by his service in a cavalry company during the War of 181 2,
but aside from voting never took any active part in politics.
He married Mary Green, daughter of one of the most promi-
nent families in Baltimore county, and sister of Josiah Green,
who served as a colonel in the War of 18 12. Their children
were: Thomas J., married Mary Trotten; George W. ;
Nathan; Richard; Elizabeth F., of further mention; Sarah

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Ann, married (first) John Diffendorfer, (second) Thomas

Elizabeth Frances Todd, daughter of Bernard and Mary
(Green) Todd, was born January 29, 1809, and died July,
i860, married, November 26, 1829, James Porter.

Susannah Porter, daughter of James and Elizabeth
Frances (Todd) Porter, married Dr. Jacob Wever Houck.




["T is not an unusual thing for a man to achieve prominence
in business, nor to be a world widely known manufacturer;
were this the sum total of William A. Tottle, whose passing
left many a heart desolate, it would be but a duplicate of the
lives of thousands of his fellow-citizens. But he was more
than a successful manufacturer, more than the head of a pros-
perous corporation, for he lived not for himself but for the
welfare of others. No interest in his life outweighed the
church of his choice, its Sunday School, and that great philan-
thropy work the Y. M. C. A. In the work of his own church
he was very active and it was well known to his friends that
the spiritual and financial interests of the Church of the Re-
deemer in Baltimore were ever uppermost in his thoughts. As
a business man his credit was high and his character above
reproach. He was always on the right side of public ques-
tion and his purse readily opened at the call of distress. He
held his spoken word sacred, and while careful in business
methods, he was enterprising, liberal and broad-minded.
While he was generous in his benefactions he always gave
quietly without the slightest ostentation, the satisfaction he
deserved from helping others, the only reward he craved. The
great sorrow of Mr. Tottle's life was the loss of his wife with
whom he had spent a lifetime of happy married companion-
ship, but that loss was soon recompensed in his early call to
join her, but a few weeks intervening between their going away
to their eternal home. He was a son of James and Elizabeth
P. Tottle, of Devonshire, England.

William A. Tottle was born December 17, 1844, died at
the country home of his son, Morton P. Tottle, in the village
of Glydon, twenty miles from Baltimore, Maryland, July 20,
1916. He became fully conversant with brush manufacture,


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and in 1883 located in Baltimore and began the manufacture
of brushes. Through his capable management a large business
was secured, and later was incorporated as William A. Tottle
& Company, Incorporated, with plant on South Hanover
street. Although the business was a very large one, and "Tot-
tle" branded goods found in every part of the country, Mr.
Tottle and his son, Morton P., were practically the sole own-
ers of the company's stock, and from incorporation William
A. Tottle was president and his son vice-president. Mr. Tottle
was more closely associated with his employes than is usual
with heads of concerns; he took a great interest in everything
concerning their welfare, and was greatly honored and be-
loved by them all.

From the days of Bishop Cummings Mr. Tottle was a
steadfast devoted member of the Reformed Episcopal Church,
and from the organization of the Church of the Redeemer in
Baltimore, he was officially connected with that parish. In
1875 ne was elected a vestryman, and from that time until his
death he continued a member of the vestry and gave freely
of his time, his counsel and his means. He was known to
all the bishops of the church, and to the clergy in many cities
other than Baltimore. At the time of his death he was senior
warden. He was also for many years superintendent of the
Sunday school; was one of the pioneer members of the Y. M.
C. A. and affiliated with the Maryland and International
Sunday School Associations, serving for many years as treas-
urer of the Maryland association; great was his usefulness and
his influence in these bodies, and when there came the day
that the strong arm of their friend was removed the Vestry
of the Church of the Redeemer passed the following resolu-

Whereas, it has pleased Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, to take
unto himself the soul of our loved and respected brother, William Alexander
Tottle; and


Whereas, it has been his privilege and pleasure to share in the found*
ing and for many years devote himself to the work of the Reformed Episcopal
Church of the Redeemer at Baltimore, Md. ; therefore, be it

Resolved, that we, the Vestry of the Church, do hereby give expression
to our profound grief at his removal. For forty-nine years he was our Senior
Warden ; for twenty years the Superintendent of our Sunday School ; and
during all that time his life has been an inspiration and an encouragement that
will live with us all our days. And be it further

Resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be sent to his bereaved family,
with whom we mourn, and for whom we feel most deeply; that they be
written in the minutes of the Vestry ; and that they be printed in the Episco-
pal Recorder.

R. A. Harris, T. Rowland Philips,

Secretary. Rector.

Mr. Tottle married June 15, 1869, Mollie E. Holtz,
who died June 12, 1916, aged seventy-one years. Mr. and Mrs.
Tottle left a son, Morton P. Tottle, born March 24, 1881, his
father's partner and successor. He married Elaine Dorothy
Gore, and has a son, William A. (2), born February 19, 1909.


THE career of Mr. Ely, which terminated just as he was
about to enter the ranks of octagenarians, was closely con-
nected with the city of Baltimore during his entire life. By
heredity he was entitled to rank with the highest, and by
personality and achievement with those whose names will go
down in history as the builders of a great city. He bore well
his part in Baltimore development, and during the mature
period of his years, seventy-nine, was intimately and officially
connected with water transportation, manufacturing and finan-
cial corporations. He was one of the founders and senior
director of the Commonwealth National Bank, but real estate
operations constituted his greater interest during the last
twenty years of his life. He was a son of Rev. Judah and
Hannah (Fearson) Ely, whose daughters, Charlotte and Mary
Ely, half-sisters, gave their lives to the foreign missionary
cause, and in 1868, under the auspices of the American Board
of Missions of the Congregational church, went to America
and there labored until death. Miss Mary Ely died in
America in 1913, Miss Charlotte Ely surviving her until the
Turkish occupation of Armenia in 1 91 5.

Mr. Ely traced his ancestry through paternal and
maternal lines to many of the oldest American families, one
line leading to Elder William Brewster of the "Mayflower."
His stepfather, Dr. Jameson, was a noted surgeon of Balti-
more; his great-aunt, Mrs. Mary Young Pickersgill, made the
flag which "in triumph" waved over Fort McHenry during
the long night bombardment and inspired the pen of Francis
Scott Key to write "The Star Spangled Banner," and his
maternal grandfather, Captain Jesse Fearson, whose name he
bore, commanded an American privateer during the Revolu-
tionary War. This line of ancestry is thus interestingly traced
from Benjamin Flower.

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Benjamin Flower, born 1714, married, June 9, 1735,
Ruth Bibb, born August 8, 1 7 1 5, died February 13, 1761.
Their children were: 1. Ann, died in infancy, April 16, 1737.

2. Samuel, born March 29, 1738. 3. Rebecca, see forward.
4. Elizabeth, born January 14, 1745. 5. Colonel Benjamin
Flower, of Revolutionary fame, born July 1, 1748, died April
28, 1781; was presented with a sword by General Washing-
ton for his "masterly retreat" when Philadelphia was cap-
tured by the British; he impressed all the vehicles available,
loaded them with cannon and other munitions of war so sadly
needed by the little army at Valley Forge, covered the con-
tents of the wagons with manure, and drove out under the
very eyes of the British officers. 6. William, born 1751. 7.
Hannah, born 1754.

Rebecca Flower, daughter of Benjamin and Ruth (Bibb)
Flower, was born November 17, 1739. She married, May 5,
1762, William Young, son of John and Ann Young, born Oc-
tober 24, 1737, died February 19, 1778. Their children were:
[. William, born July 8, 1763. 2. John, born August 8, 1765.

3. Hannah, of further mention. 4. Benjamin, born July 27,
1769, physician, friend and contemporary of the famous Dr.
Benjamin Rush, of Philadelphia. 5. Rebecca, born August
3> l 773- - Mary Young, born February 12, 1776, died
October 4, 1857; married John Pickersgill. She became
famous for having made the flag that floated over Fort Mc-
Henry at Baltimore when it was attacked by the British dur-
ing the War of 18 12, and inspired Francis Scott Key to write
the "Star Spangled Banner."

Hannah Young, daughter of William and Rebecca
(Flower) Young, was born August 20, 1767. She married
(second) Captain Jesse Fearson, of Baltimore, Maryland (her
first husband was George Wells). Captain Jesse Fearson re-
ceived a captain's commission from Congress in 1782, signed



by John Hancock. His vessel was the ''Buccaneer," three
hundred tons burden, carrying eighteen guns and one hun-
dred and twenty men. During the War of 1812 he was cap-
tured and thrown into prison in Havana, Cuba, from which
he eventually escaped and returned to the United States. The
children of Captain Jesse Fearson and his wife, Hannah
(Young) Fearson were: John; Benjamin; Lydia, married
Henry Stickney; Hannah, of further mention.

Hannah Fearson, daughter of Captain Jesse and Hannah

(Young) Fearson, married (first) Rev. Judah Ely, and (sec-

\ ond) Dr. H. G. Jameson. Rev. Judah and Hannah (Fearson)

Ely had one son, Jesse Fearson Ely, to whose memory this

appreciation is inscribed.

Jesse Fearson Ely was born in 1836, died in Baltimore,
Maryland, December 20, 191 5. Son of cultured parents, he
was given the advantages of excellent private schools, and
when the preparatory period of life had passed he secured a
good position with the Merchants' and Miners' Transporta-
tion Company, continuing several years. Later he was identi-
fied with the Ericsson Line of Steamers, becoming heavily
interested in that and other corporate enterprises of Baltimore.
For a number of years he was a member of the De Ford
Leather Company and of the Thomas Kensett Can Company,
was an organizer and senior director of the Commonwealth
National Bank, and at one time was a director of the Old
Town National Bank. While he maintained his directorship
in the Commonwealth National Bank until his death, he prac-
tically withdrew from all other corporate connection during
the last twenty years of his life, but was an active real estate
operator during that period. He was an able business man,
honorable, just and upright, resourceful with the courage
of his convictions, and most highly esteemed by those with
whom he was associated in corporation or company. He was



interested in all good causes and aided in the various move-
ments of church and charity to promote better moral and liv-
ing conditions in the city. In political faith he was a Re-
publican, but never sought public office; in religious belief an

Mr. Ely married Lois Adela Dodge, and left two daugh-
ters : Eliza J. Celeste, of No. 841 Park avenue, Baltimore, and
Adela Lois, who married, June 8, 1898, Walter Scott Cars-
well, M.D., of Baltimore, Maryland, and has children, Lois
Charlotte, born November 4, 1899, Walter Scott (2), De-
cember 19, 1900.


ACKING one year of the Psalmist's "three score and ten"
years allotted to man, Charles H. Torsch fulfilled all that
constitutes the true life of man, and the influences of that life.
He was always a resident of Baltimore, and from the day when
as a lad of fifteen he was graduated from the Central High
School, until his death, he was continuously identified with
Baltimore's business interests. He began as a clerk in a dry
goods store, and thence rose step by step to many higher posi-
tions, chief of which at his death was the presidency of the
Torsch Packing Company. His advance was not meteoric,
but gradual, through personal application and the practice of
the essential principles of commercial honor. In his relations
to the community, commercial, civil and social, he exhibited
those qualities which mark the good citizen, exerting his in-
fluence and directing his energy not alone for personal in-
terests, but also for the public good. His life was an earnest,
useful one, and its lesson an inspiration to every boy with his
own way to make through the world. He was a son of Henry
F. Torsch, who was born in Germany, and who came to the
United States when eighteen years of age, locating in Balti-
more, and dying there December 23, 1886, aged eighty-three.
His mother, also of German birth, was before her marriage
Mary L. Schardelman. *"'

Charles H. Torsch was born in Baltimore, Maryland,
November 12, 1846, and died there August 15, 191 5. He was
educated in the Baltimore public schools, entered the Central
High School (now Baltimore City College) when only eleven
years old, and four years later, in 1861, was graduated, winner
of a Peabody prize of one hundred dollars for excellence in
scholarship. Immediately after graduation he entered the
employ of John S. Barry & Company, wholesale dry goods



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merchants, on Hanover street, Mr. Thomas F. Ryan, the New-
York financier, also being a clerk in this house at the same
time. Later he was with the commission house of Vickery
& Carroll, continuing as clerk and bookkeeper until 1879.
He was then thirty-three years of age, with a good general
knowledge of salesmanship and business management. In
1879 ne joined with his brother, Frederick A. Torsch, and
formed the firm of Charles H. Torsch & Brother, locating
first on Hanover street, and later at the corner of Charles and
Pratt streets, and established a glassware and crockery bus-
iness. They continued successfully at that location until. 1886,
and then removed to a larger store in Hopkins Place, where
the manufacture of tinware was added to the other branches.
Thirteen years later they sold their establishment, and devoted
themselves to the business of C. H. Pearson Packing Company,
in which the brothers had previously become associated as
stockholders, and in which they had purchased a controlling
interest in 1897. In 1899 Charles H. Torsch assumed the
management of the company, which in 1903 was incorporated
as the Torsch Packing Company, with himself as president.
In 1901, prior to incorporation, the Pearson company estab-
lished at Bay St. Louis, Hancock county, Mississippi, The
Peerless Oyster Company, Ltd., for the packing of oysters
and shrimp, a branch of the Baltimore house, which is yet
maintained, Charles H. Torsch being president until his death.
In 1905 another plant was built at Milford, Delaware, for
the canning of fruits and vegetables. These plants were es-
tablished to fill out the season, the supply of oysters from
Chesapeake Bay then being insufficient to keep the Baltimore
plant actively employed at all times. That condition later
passed away, but the Mississippi and Delaware plants proving
profitable investments were continued. The Baltimore pack-
ing plant grew to large proportions, employing about four


hundred hands in the busy season. As the head of his varied
interests, Mr. Torsch proved the strength of his executive
ability, and all of them prospered.

A Republican in politics, Mr. Torsch came to the part-
ing of the ways with the regular city organization in 191 1,
and entered the primaries against it. He failed, however, in
his struggle with the force which for years had dominated the
party. Previously he had been appointed a member of the
Board of Park Commissioners, and in 1898 succeeded David
L. Bartlett, Esq., as president of the board. It was with his
active assistance that the first playground in a public park was
opened at Carroll Park by the Children's Playground Society.
In his public career he was broad-minded, progressive and
enterprising, always found in the van of all movements for
the public welfare. He wrote much for the public press, and
made his influence felt for good. He had a wide acquaint-
anceship, was very popular socially, and was highly esteemed.
He never declined a contest where principle was involved,
and was a hard fighter, but none were so ready as he to pro-
claim amnesty after a contest was over. He was enterprising
and energetic, thorough and resourceful; most charitable and
generous. He had a kind heart and an open purse for those
who were weaker and less fortunate, but who deserved his
sympathy; and in all things measured up to the full stature
of a man. Although not in late years identified with the
Young Men's Christian Association, Mr. Torsch was in his
early years deeply interested in the objects and aims of the
society, and pronounced them good. But as in other things,
he was far in advance of his contemporaries and when he pro-
posed that the association add bowling alleys and pool tables
to their games as a means of drawing young men within good
influences, the idea was pronounced sacreligious, and vetoed.
Twenty-five years later both these attractions appeared in the


Young Men's Christian Association and the Guild House.
He became a member of St. Mark's English Lutheran Church,
formerly on North Eutaw street, now on St. Paul street, under
Rev. Charles Stork, D.D., and later at Dr. Stork's request
became a charter member of the new St. Paul's Lutheran
Church, Druid Hill avenue and McMechen street. Years
later he joined the First Unitarian Church, of which Rev.
Alfred R. Hussey, D.D., was pastor, and continued active in
church work and philanthropy until his health failed.

Mr. Torsch married, in 1872, Emma M. Saumenig, who
with their only son, Charles Burnet Torsch, and two grand-
daughters, Althea L. and Marie M. Torsch, survive him.

An elder brother, Captain John W. Torsch, also born in
Baltimore, espoused the cause of the South during the Civil
War, was in command of the Second Maryland Regiment,
Army of Northern Virginia, and with his chief, General Rob-
ert E. Lee, gave up the struggle at Appomattox Court House.


"VTOT LONG after reaching man's estate, and soon after his
graduation from Johns Hopkins University, Douglas M.
Wylie became an associate of his honored father in the flour
and grain firm of Wylie, Smith & Company as a partner, and
from that time until his death was very prominent in the bus-
iness life of Baltimore. Few men were more diverse in their
interests or took part more willingly in all that pertained to
the public or social life of his city; his activity and influence
was not confined to commerce, for he was a social favorite
and numbered many of his intimates among the most fashion-
able and select. He possessed a rare trait of character that
led him to identify himself actively with movements in many
fields of public welfare and reached out into the broad do-
main of public interest; made himself familiar with its pro-

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