Milton Townsend (1820 – )

   "MILTON TOWNSEND, real estate dealer and retired merchant, is
  one of New Brighton's most esteemed citizens. He is spending 
  the sunset of life, in his beautiful home, upon the knoll at 
  the lower end of Third avenue, enjoying  every convenience and  
  comfort that could be desired. His residence is one of the finest 
  sights in Beaver county, Pa., being surrounded by spacious lawns,
  lovely driveways and walks overlooking the valley below, and 
  overshadowed by towering mountains, sublime in their grandeur. 
  The subject of this sketch was born in Jefferson county, Ohio, 
  November 3, 1820, and can trace his ancestors  back to the sixth 
  generation, the family being of English origin. He is a son
  of Talbot and Edith (Ware) Townsend, and grandson of Francis and 
  Rachel (Fallett) Townsend.

    Francis Townsend was born on April 15, 1740, was a son of 
  Joseph Townsend, Jr., grandson of Joseph Townsend, Sr., and
  great-grandson of William Townsend, a native of Berks county,
  England. Francis Townsend wedded, Rachel Fallett on July 8, 1762. 
  They belonged to that good old class of people, the Quakers, who 
  were such important factors in the settlement and early history
  of Pennsylvania. In 1786, Francis Townsend and his family entered 
  the western part of Pennsylvania, settling at Brighton, which is 
  now known as Beaver Falls. Mr. Townsend at once engaged in business 
  by establishing an iron foundry and blast furnace for the manufacture
  of pig iron. He was so successful in this venture for many years, 
  that in time, he became the owner of considerable land and much 
  valuable property in that vicinity. Like most of his creed, he was 
  a fine old man, actuated by just and upright principles, and lived 
  a life worthy of imitation by his sons. In the year 1800, he retired
  from active business pursuits and removed to Fallston, where he spent 
  his last years with his sons, who had erected mills there. His death
  occurred at Fallston. He and his good wife were parents of the following 
  children: David; Benjamin J.; Isaac; Francis; Talbot; Lydia, wife of
  Evan Pugh; and one more daughter whose name cannot be recalled.
  Talbot Townsend, father of Milton, was born in Chester county, Pa.,
  and accompanied his parents west to Beaver county. In 1816, he went 
  down the Yellow Creek to Jefferson county, Ohio, and engaged in the
  manufacture of salt for some time. In 1837, he located at New Brighton, 
  Pa., where he built a stone flouring mill, and carried on quite an 
  extensive business for those days. His mill was run by a splendid water
  power. In dry seasons, people came twenty-five or thirty miles to have 
  their grain ground at his mill, coming, also, many miles by canoe. 
  Much of their flour was shipped to the Pittsburg market, and further 
  down the Ohio River. Mr. Townsend was a very successful miller, and 
  acquired much property in the vicinity of New Brighton. He lived
  to the advanced age of eighty-seven years, and his most worthy wife 
  lived to   be seventy-seven years old. She was, before marriage, 
  Edith Ware, a daughter of Asa Ware, of Salem, Ohio. Both Mr. and Mrs. 
  Townsend belonged to the Society of Friends. Their children were: 
  Milo, who married Elizabeth Walker; Eliza, wife of John Gammal; 
  Milton, subject of this sketch; Alfred, who died unmarried; Lydia,
  wife of Edwin Morlan; Caroline, wife of Ebenezer Rhodes; and Alice,
  wife of Samuel Junkins.

    Milton Townsend succeeded his father in the milling business for 
  several years, until the mill burned. He then went into the transportation 
  business, owning some boats and leasing others, and doing a large 
  freight business up and down the canal for years, until the railroads
  became so numerous that boating was done away with. He next became 
  agent for the Pittsburg & Cleveland R. R., after which he was clerk 
  of the post office in Pittsburg for a period of two years. Returning 
  to New Brighton, he conducted a shoe store very successfully for years, 
  after which he retired, and built a handsome brick business block on 
  Third avenue, where his father formerly resided. Mr. Townsend then began
  dealing in real estate, - buying and selling. He purchased the Abel 
  Townsend estate, which consisted of a fine orchard called "Knob Lot," a 
  round knoll at the lower end of Third avenue. He first built a round 
  tenement house in the center of an orchard which contained the finest
  and largest variety of fruit in that vicinity. Later he had the house
  remodeled into a handsome dwelling, which he now occupies.

    The subject of this sketch was united in marriage with Lavinia 
  Oakley. Mrs. Townsend was a daughter of John M. Oakley, of Brighton,
  formerly of Baltimore, Maryland. She was born in 1823, and passed to
  her final rest in 1892. She bore her husband three children, two of 
  whom were sons who died in infancy. The daughter, Emily O., became 
  the wife of Ernest Mayer, one of the two owners of the Mayer Pottery 
  Company, of New Brighton, Pennsylvania. In his political opinions, 
  Mr. Townsend first belonged to the old line Whigs, was later an
  anti-slavery man and now votes the Republican ticket. In his younger
  days,  he was connected with both the Masonic fraternity and the Odd 
  Fellows. Mr. Townsend has closed a long career of toil and is now 
  enjoying that calm that comes after the struggle, untroubled by anxious 
  thoughts of what the future may bring forth. His age has already 
  gone far beyond that allotted to the average man, and he is fast 
  approaching the octogenarian mark, but he still retains much of his 
  youthful vigor.  He has been identified with every enterprise worthy 
  of note - since his residence in New Brighton, and justly deserves 
  the esteem of all."

Source:   BOOK OF BIOGRAPHIES.  This Volume Contains Biographical 
          Sketches of Leading Citizens of Beaver County, Pennsylvania.
          Buffalo, N.Y., Chicago, Ill.: Biographical Publishing Company,
          1899, pp. 28-30

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