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Isaac Townsend, son of Isaac and Sarah
(Willits) Townsend, was born in Cape
May, September 27, 1738, died January i,
1780. He married Keturah. daughter of
Josiah and Ann Albertson, who lived near
Haddonfield, New Jersey.

Isaac Townsend, son of Isaac and Ke-
turah (Albertson) Townsend, was bom in
Cape May, New Jersey, June 12, 1774, and
died July 8, 1865. Late in life he removed
to Philadelphia, where he lived to celebrate
the sixtieth anniversary of his wedding,
January 2, i860, surrounded by many of
his descendants. He married, January 2,
1800, Hannah Ogden, daughter of Sam-
uel and Mary Ann (Austin) Ogden; a
direct descendant of David Ogilcn, the
immigrant, who came to this country with
William Penn; a great-granddaughter of
Francis Austin, of Yale of Evestam, Bur-
lington county. New Jersey.

Samuel Townsend. eldest child of Isaac
and Hannah (Ogden) Townsend, was born



in Cape May, New Jersey, October 30,
1800, and died at Philadelphia, May 5, 1887.
He removed to Philadelphia in 1822. For
a time he was engaged in the importation of
Chinese wares, then commenced dealing in
carpets, rugs, etc., admitting his son George
C. to the firm which operated under the
name of Samuel Townsend & Son. He mar-
ried (first) Rebecca Craft, (second) Myra
Sharpless, (third) Rachel Wilson Moore.

George Craft Townsend, son of Samuel
and Rebecca (Craft) Townsend, was born
in Philadelphia, April 15, 1824, and died
November 6, 1869. As mentioned above he
became his father's business partner. He
married Beulah Pancoast, daughter of David
C. and Beulah (Hancock) Ogden, and a
lineal descendant of John Hancock, one of
the signers of the Declaration of Independ-
ence. She was born December 23, 1826, and
died February 5, 1905.

David Cooper Ogden Townsend, eldest
son and second child of George Craft and
Beulah Pancoast (Ogden) Townsend, was
born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 30,
1851. He was educated in the public schools
of his native city, and being only eighteen
years of age when his father died, he en-
gaged as a commercial salesman for a
jewelry manufacturing house in Philadel-
phia, remaining with this concern until 1880,
when he removed to New York City, and
continued in the same line of enterprise
until 1892, in which year he was admitted as
a partner of E. August Neresheimer & Com-
pany, wholesale dealers and importers of
diamonds, and at the end of five years he
purchased the interests of E. August Neres-
heimer, and with Louis Neresheimer con-
tinued the business as Neresheimer &
Company, his partner taking charge of
the business in London, England, and Mr.
Townsend retaining the management of
the New York establishment. This part-
nership was terminated January i, 1904,
at which time the partnership of David C.
Townsend & Company was formed, which
became very well known and successful.

Mr. Townsend is independent in politics,
and has never aspired to public office. He
is a communicant of Old Trinity Protes-
tant Episcopal Church, of New York, and
a member of various social and business
organizations, among them being: The "24
Karat" Club of New York; the Jewelers'
Board of Trade of New York; the Cham-
ber of Commerce; the Metropolitan Mu-
seum of Art ; the Museum of Natural His-
tory; the Pennsylvania Society of New
York ; the Colonial Society of Pennsylvania ;
the Sons of the Revolution, of New York;
and the Automobile Club of America.

Mr. Townsend married (first) April 15,
1 87 1, May Lynde Shipley, born October 2,
1853, died March 22, 1895, ^"d they had
one child: David Shipley, born and died
March 22, 1895; he married (second) May
2, 1902, Jean, born August 23, 1867, a
daughter of Thomas Kirkpatrick, of New

YOUNG, Simon Cameron,

Manufacturer, Financier.

A brief review of the American ancestor
of Simon Cameron Young, of Middletown,
Pennsylvania, begins with Peter Young,
who lived near Sinking Springs, Berks
county, Pennsylvania, during the Revolu-
tionary War. He performed active service
during that conflict and received public rec-
ognition by Continental authorities On
December 14, 1776, he was commissioned
by the Council of Safety of Philadelphia
second lieutenant of the Third Battalion of
Berks County Militia, a commission signed
by David Rittenhouse, vice-president of the
council; on May 17, 1777, he was commis-
sioned by the Supreme Executive Council
of Pennsylvania second lieutenant of a com-
pany of foot in the Fourth Battalion of
Militia, Berks County ; and on May 10,
1780, the same authority made him lieuten-
ant of a company in the Sixth Battalion of
Militia in that county.

His son, Peter Young, was born in Berks



county, Pennsylvania, November 13, 1781.
For the greater part of his life he was a
hotel proprietor, early in life moving to
Dauphin county, and from 1820 to 1834
was proprietor of the stage house on Swa-
tara Hill. He became host of the Wash-
ington House, Middletown, February i,
1835, and was its popular owner and man-
ager until his death, September 29, 1844.
He married Catharine Sophia Ettla, born in
Middletown, Pennsylvania, December 9.
1793, died October 19, 1876, daughter of
David and Magdalena (Oldweiler) Ettla,
both of her parents natives of Germany.
David Ettla immigrated to the American
Colonies about 1756 and settled at Middle-
town, Pennsylvania, pursuing his trade,
that of tailor, for the greater part of his
life. He held a conspicuous and important
place in the early history of Middletown,
and was one of three commissioners ap-
pointed by the King of England to raise
the necessary funds for the erection of St.
Peter's Lutheran Church, and at one time,
in performance of his duties as a member
of this commission, walked from Middle-
town to Philadelphia, through a then deso-
late and rarely traveled section of the state.
James Young, son of Peter and Catha-
rine Sophia (Ettla) Young, was born at
Swatara Hill, Dauphin county, Pennsylva-
nia, July 25, 1820, died May 4, 1895. He
was a student in the common school of the
locality and was in boyhood and young man-
hood his father's assistant in the hotel busi-
ness. During this time he cultivated habits
of industry, frugality and economy, it being
one of his traits that he was always more
concerned with the amount of his remunera-
tion for labor than with the kind of work
he was to perform. By 1839 he had accum-
ulated sufficient capital to purchase a canal
boat, which he operated for one year be-
tween Hollidaysburg and Philadelphia, the
following year establishing a lumber yard
at Middletown. To this he subsequently
added coal dealing and for twenty-six years
engaged in successful trade in these lines.

at the same time fulfilling contracts with
the Pennsylvania Railroad Company for
supplies. He was also in the service of the
Northern Central and Pennsylvania Rail-
road Company as purchasing agent for a
number of years, and during the Civil War
laid a portion of the second track of that
company under contract. A valuable lime-
stone quarry at Leamon I'lace, Lancaster
county, Pennsylvania, now managed by his
son, Simon C. Young, became the property
of Mr. Young by purchase in 1859, and
from this deposit large quantities of stone
were furnished the Pennsylvania Railroad
Company for the building of bridges and
abuttments along its lines. Besides holding
title to the Washington Hotel, in which his
business life was begim, the opera house,
and a number of stores and houses in Mid-
dletown, Mr. Young was the owner of si.x-
teen hundred acres of land in and about
Middletown. To describe the magnificent
scale upon which he conducted agricultural
and stock-raising operations on this vast
tract, to narrate the methods and systems
employed by his large force of workmen on
his estate, to picture the scene of busy
prosperity as it appeared painted upon the
country side of Dauphin county, would re-
quire time and space far beyond the limits
of this chronicle, and it is doubtful if even
then an accurate idea of the efficient man-
agement of the place would be obtained. It
will here suffice to say that it was the show
place of the county, that its excellence of
cultivation and high-grade of stock excited
the wondering admiration of a visiting
nobleman, and that, in the opinion of one
writer, a similar sized tract of land could
not be found in the country that would
match it in fertility, wealth of production,
fineness of upkeep, practicality of improve-
ments, and, last but not least, beauty.

The local institutions and cnteqiriscs that
sought the services of Mr. Young were
manv. his pride in the region of his birth
and his public spirit, associated with his keen
business instincts, giving him double value to



those organizations with which he was con-
nected. He was president of the American
Tube and Iron Company, of Middletown;
president of the Cameron Furnace Com-
pany, of Middletown; director of the Com-
monwealth Guarantee Trust and Safe De-
posit Company, of Harrisburg; director of
the Farmers' Bank, of Middletown, of
which he was an organizer ; director of the
First National Bank, of Lebanon ; director
of the National Bank of Steelton ; director
of the Lochiel Rolling Mill Company; and
director of the Harrisburg, Portsmouth,
Mount Joy & Lancaster Railroad Company,
in which capacity he served for over twenty
years. By appointment of the governor he
was a member of the State Board of Agri-
culture of Pennsylvania, and also served as
vice-president of the State Agricultural So-
ciety, his achievements in scientific farming
giving him an influential position both upon
the State Board and in the Society. An
attendant of St. Peter's Lutheran Church,
he contributed liberally to its support, and in
politics gave allegiance to the Republican
party, never entering public life.

Mr. Young married, June 8, 1843, Eliz-
abeth Ann, daughter of Isaac and Catherine
(Oldweiler) Redsecker, born at Elizabeth-
town, Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, April
20, 1824, died at Middletown, May 9, 1896,
a descendant of an old Swiss family, the
American ancestor having fought in the
Revolutionary War. Children of James
and Elizabeth Ann (Redsecker) Young: i.
Redsecker Isaac, born January 7, 1844, mar-
ried Sarah C. Lewis. 2. Delanson James,
born September 14, 1846, died March 31,
1872. 3. Catharine Sophia, born August 10,
1849, married Harry P. Dunbar, of Harris-
burg, who died in 1901. 4. Sarah Hubley,
born November 14, 1852, died March 25,
1878. 5. James Samuel, bom August 19,
1855, died October 10, 1886. 6. Simon
Cameron, of whom further. 7. Harry
Peter, born June 17, 1862.

Simon Cameron Young, son of James and
Elizabeth Ann (Redsecker) Young, was

born in Middletown, Pennsylvania, Febru-
ary 20, 1859. He obtained his preparatory
education in the Friends' Central School, of
Philadelphia. For his scientific and tech-
nical training he is also indebted to an in-
stitution of his native State, the Polytech-
nic College, whence he was graduated with
degree of C. E. in 1880. His entire pro-
fessional career was passed in the employ of
the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, and
immediately after graduation he was placed
in charge of the construction of the West
Pennsylvania Division, later being assistant
supervisor at Blairsville, New Florence and
Gallatzin. He was then supervisor at
Jamesburg, New Jersey, and Reading,
Pennsylvania, retiring from the service of
the road on May 15, 1895, he and his
mother having been appointed to administer
his father's estate. Mr. Young succeeded
his father as president of the Cameron Fur-
nace Company, holding this position until
the corporation gave up its charter, and
was vice-president of the American Tube
and Iron Company until its purchase by the
National Tube Company. At the present
time Mr. Young is president of the Farm-
ers' Bank, of Middletown, and a director
of the Steelton National Bank and the Steel-
ton Trust Company. Fraternally, as well
as in business and financial circles, Mr.
Young holds prominent place, belonging
to Prince Edwin Lodge, No. 486, Free
and Accepted Masons ; Harrisburg Chapter,
Royal Arch Masons ; Harrisburg Council,
Royal and Select Masters; Harrisburg
Consistory, Sovereign Princes of the Royal
Secret ; also holding membership in Zembo
Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. His
other associations of like nature are with
Mount Penn Lodge, Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, of Reading; and Middletown
Lodge, Royal Arcanum. The Dauphin
County Historical Society claims him as a
member. He affiliates with the Presby-
terian Church, being an elder thereof, while
politically he is a Republican sympathizer.
He married (first) in 18S1, Mary Alice




Cleaver, died December i, 1886; (second)
December 4, 1889, Mary Emma Sutton, of
Englishtown, New Jersey. By his first wife
he is the father of two children, Elizabeth
Anne, born at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania,
December 22, 1881 ; James, born September
9, 1883, married Eleanor Reese, of Balti-
more, Maryland, and resides at Ardmore,
Pennsylvania, the father of one daughter,

CLUST, Prosper,

Mannf actnring Jexreler.

The usual business success attained by
Prosper Clust as a manufacturing jeweler
may be credited to the influence of technical
training which has been handed down from
father to son for generations. His father,
Ernest Clust, was born in France, July 26,
1855, learned a trade, and came to America
in 1872, where he soon married Addie Hig-
gins, a native of Windsor, Canada. He set-
tled in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and fol-
lowed his trade for some years there.

Prosper Clust, son of Ernest and Addie
(Higgins) Clust, was born September 26,
1873, ^t Williamsport, Lycoming county,
Pennsylvania. He attended the local pub-
lic schools of his native town, and also
took a commercial course at a business col-
lege there. He then came to New York,
where he secured employment in the man-
ufacturing department of a wholesale jew-
elry house, and continued there for about
three and one-half years. In the year 1898
he formed a partnership with Charles J.
Dieges, under the firm name of Dieges &
Clust, and they engaged in the manufacture
of gold and silver jewelry, making a special
feature of badges and medals, also of
special order work. The business increased
rapidly and to such an extent that it was
deemed advisable to incorporate their com-
mon interests ; and in 1908 the partnership
was transformed into a company with
Charles J. Dieges as president and director,
and Prosper Clust as secretary-treasurer and

director, with place of business at No. 20
John street. New York City, where they
have continued since that time.

Prosper Clust is identified with various
business and social organizations. He is a
member of the Commercial Traders Asso-
ciation, the Protectors Association of Com-
mercial :\Ien, the Jewelers 24-Karat Club,
the Central Branch of the Young Men's
Christian Association of Brooklyn ; of the
Nautilus Boat Club of Brooklyn. Benson-
hurst Yacht Club, and the Chicago Athletic
Club. He is a member of the Pennsylvania
Society of New York, the Order of Wood-
men of the World, the Junior Order of
Mechanics, the Foresters of America, the
Improved Order of Red Men, the Benev-
olent and Protective Order of Elks ; the
Knights of Pythias; Excelsior Lodge, Free
and Accepted Masons ; Brooklyn Chapter,
Royal Arch Masons; Clinton Commandery,
Knights Templar ; and Kismet Temple, An-
cient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic
Shrine. In politics he is an Independent.

He married Anna Bisinger, daughter of
Engelhart Bisinger, a native of Cermany,
who came to America in 1893, the 1st day
of October. 189S. in Brooklyn, New York.
She was born in Germany, January 27,
1872; and is the mother of one child,
namely: Adelaide Clust, born April 29,
1901, in Brooklyn. New York.

MADDEN, William Jay,

Life Underwriter, Art Critic.

The Maddens of Dublin, Ireland, are
probably descended from John Madden, of
Bloxham Beauchamp. county Oxford, who
was a son of Thomas Madden, of Bloxham
Beauchamp in the time of Henry \'III.. and
said to be a descendant from the Sept of
O'Madden. Said Thomas Madden died
May 23, 1635, having had two sons —
Thomas Madden, of whom more hereafter;
Robert Madden, of Donore. county Dublin,
who married (first) Jane Ward, daughter
of J. Ward, of Kilmarta, county Roscom-



mon, (second) Joyce, daughter of Edward
Basset de Hince, of county Stafford, and
was ancestor to the Maddens of Meades-
brook, and in the female line, of Oliver

Thomas Madden, the elder son, was of
Baggotsrath, near Dublin, and was comp-
troller to the Earl of Stafford, who was lord
lieutenant of Ireland, and in 1639 a mem-
ber of parliament for Dungannon. He mar-
ried Elizabeth Pettiver, the only daughter
of William Pettiver, of Middleton Cheney,
county Northampton, and died January 30,
1640, leaving issue, namely: i. John Mad-
den, his heir. 2. William Madden. 3.
Thomas Madden. 4. Mathew Madden, who
left issue. 5. Manasses. Also daughters —
Sarah Madden, who married John Ball, and
Grace Madden. From this family sprang
many later families of the name, and they
belonged to the landed gentry since the
seventeenth century. This particular family
is noted for a long line of ministers and
lawyers, who have honored the name gen-
eration after generation.

William Jay Madden, grandfather of Wil-
liam Jay Madden, whose record follows
hereafter, lived in or near Dublin, Ireland.
His son, William Madden, was born in 1810,
and graduated as mechanical engineer from
Dublin College. He came to America in
1845, settled in Philadelphia, and pursued
his trade there, until his death in 1879, i"
Philadelphia. He married Margaret Wade,
probably in England, before his arrival in
America. She was the daughter of a ship
owner and navigator whose ships plied the
Thames for traffic, and was a forwarder of
freights from London to Dublin ; he had
several brothers who served in the English
army and two in America at the outbreak of
the Revolutionary War, one of whom, Colo-
nel Wade, is reputed to be the first man
killed in the battle of Bunker Hill. Issue
of Mr. and Mrs. William Madden: i.
Mary Madden, born in Dublin, Ireland,
married William Early, of Philadelphia,
was the mother of twelve children, and in

1913 was living in Philadelphia, aged sixty-
five years. 2. Margaret Madden, born in
Camden, New Jersey ; is the mother of eight
children, and was living in 1913, aged sixty-
two years. 3. William Jay Madden, of
whom more hereafter.

William Jay Madden, son of William and
Margaret (Wade) Madden, was born June
15, 1856, in Philadelphia. He attended the
public and private schools of Philadelphia,
including the Spring Garden Institute;
graduated from the High School of Phila-
delphia, and attended lectures at the Jeffer-
son College of Philadelphia. He early de-
veloped a natural talent for drawing, be-
came an expert draftsman in outline designs
for fresco paintings, and in time ripened
into an art critic and connoisseur of rare
paintings. During his youth he traveled for
a time with Colonel Wade, of the United
States Regular Army, as his assistant in
land surveying on the Pacific coast in Cali-
fornia. At nineteen years of age he engaged
in life insurance business as a solicitor ; he
was several years with the Equitable Life
Assurance Society of New York, then went
with the Mutual Life Insurance Company
of New York, and has been local agent for
that company some thirty years in New
York City.

He married Matilda Legoria McCormick,
on May 26, 1882, at Indianapolis, Indiana,
the Rev. D. Myron W. Reed officiating. She
is the daughter of Edward and Sarah Mc-
Cormick, of Cleveland, Ohio, whose kinsman
is of harvest reaper fame. She was born
March 27, 1862, at Baltimore, Maryland.
Children of Mr. and Mrs. Madden: i. Wil-
liam Madden, born in June, 1883, at Cleve-
land, Ohio, died during infancy. 2. Evelyn
Sarah Madden, born at Lancaster, Pennsyl-
vania, October 19, 1885 ; married Leonard
Andrew Robinson, in 1906, and died April
23, 1912, without issue. 3. Jay Madden, born
September 6, 1890, in New York City; at-
tended the public schools of New York, and
graduated from the high school in 1907.
After leaving school he became a traveling


salesman for the Parsons Trading Company
of New York; traveled extensively in Eu-
rope and the Far East for that company, and
in 1912 was made resident agent in the
Orient, with headquarters at Shanghai,
China, where he still continues.

In religion, as in politics, Mr. Madden is
very broad-minded, and in consequence, is a
popular figure in the various social circles
with which he is identified. He has traveled
extensively in all the principal countries of
the globe, and his mind is well stored with
information drawn from his personal ex-
perience and observation, and from the best
of literature. He has been an active mem-
ber of the Young Men's Christian Associa-
tion for more than thirty years ; and is a
member of the Benevolent Protective Order
of Elks, the Montauk Club and the Crescent
Club of Brooklyn, New York; and the Penn-
sylvania Society.

MASTERS, Carson Willard,
Hotel Proprietor.

There is to-day in Allentown no citizen
more popular and at the same time more
highly respected than Carson Willard Mas-
ters, manager, and also one of the pro-
prietors, of the Hotel Allen. For over
twenty years Mr. Masters has been closely
and prominently identified with many of the
leading interests of his home city.

Henry Martin Masters, father of Carson
Willard Masters, and son of John Masters,
a native of Manchester, England, was born
August 2, 1842, at Litiz, Lancaster county,
Pennsylvania. During the Civil War he en-
listed in the One Hundred and Fiftieth Regi-
ment Pennsylvania Volunteers, known as
the "Buck Tails ;" was wounded at the
battle of Gettysburg, July 2, 1863, and hon-
orably mustered out August 17, 1863. Mr.
Masters married Hannah Rebecca Snyder,
born in Union county, daughter of Joseph
Snyder, and their children were : Emma
Jane; Carson Willard, whose name heads
this sketch; Henry Ward Beecher; Katie

Irene, deceased. Mr. Masters died April 5,
1906, leaving an honorable record both as
a soldier and a citizen. Mrs. Masters is still
living (1913).

Carson Willard Masters, son of Henry
Martin and Hannah Rebecca (Snyder)
Masters, was born September 11, 1868, in
Union county, Pennsylvania, and received
his education in the public schools of his
native county and in those of Columbia
county. He engaged in the trade of paper-
making, but after the mill was destroyed by
fire Air. Masters went to Milton and be-
came employed in the Godcharles nail plate
mill. After a short residence in Shamokin,
Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, he
removed in August, 1888, to .Allentown, and
there accepted a position in the Hotel Allen.
This was in 1890, since which time Mr.
Masters has been the manager, and since
1906 one of the proprietors. A man of
strongly marked social nature, Mr. Masters
belongs to a number of clubs and fraternal
organizations, including the Sons of Vet-
erans, the Benevolent and Protective Order
of Elks, the Goodwill Fire Company, the
Clover Club, and he is first president of the
Eagles. In politics he is a Progressive, and
his religious affiliations are with the Lu-
theran church.

Mr. Masters married, .August 5, 1897,
Minnie Elizabeth R., daughter of Edwin A.
Young, of Allentown, who was at one time
County Superintendent of Schools. Mr. and
Mrs. Masters are the parents of the follow-
ing children : Willard Harris, born Novem-
ber 12, 1898, died August 5, 1903; Jean
Elizabeth, born January 21, 1900; Carson
Willard, born June 26, 1902. Mr. and Mrs.
Masters are popular in the social circles of

Mr. Masters has proved himself a truly
public-spirited citizen, sincerely interested
in the welfare and progress of his home
city and doing all in his power to promote
it. It is such men as he who encourage and
build up the best interests of their commun-



BROCK, John Penn,

Prominent Mannf actnrer.

John Penn Brock, a prominent represent-
ative of the great iron and steel industry,
vice-president of the American Iron and
Steel Manufacturing Company, is a de-

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