1870's Frederick Townsend CDV Photo, son of photographer C.H. Townsend
On reverse: "Freddie Townsend" handwritten in old fancy period dip pen ink. Photo type: Original Antique Victorian CDV or Carte de Visite Photograph. Photographer: C.H. Townsend, Southbridge, Worcester County. (known to be his father, photographer Charles Henry Townsend 1847-1911)
Found in Public Genealogy Records:
Frederick Charles Townsend 1873-1963
His father: Charles Henry Townsend 1847-1911 was born in Athens, Athens County, Ohio. A veteran of the 129th Ohio, 141st Ohio volunteer infantry and the 65th Ohio volunteer infantry. His photographer uncle, Albert C. Townsend born in 1827, was based in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts. Known as A.C. Townsend, he taught his nephew Charles the trade.
His mother: Rhoda Taft Townsend was born in Chaplin, Windham County, Connecticut. His parents were married in 1871.
His wife: Florence Ellis Snow Townsend 1882–1981, they married in 1907, born to parents Rensebery Clark Rencelier Snow 1844–1928 and Maria Binford Snow 1850–1909. She died in 1981 at age 99.
Their 3 children:
Frederick Snow Townsend 1912–2014
Margery Rhoda Townsend born 1910
Dorothy Townsend, born 1914
Source: A Modern History Of New Haven And Eastern New Haven County, Illustrated, Volume Ii, New York & Chicago, By The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1918: "Charles Frederick Townsend, a New Haven architect enjoying high professional rank, was born at Southbridge, Massachusetts, February 11, 1873. His father, Charles H. Townsend, is a native of Ohio and a representative of an old New York family tracing its ancestry back to Martin I. Townsend, who came to the new world at an early period in its colonization. Charles H. Townsend took up the study of photography and for many years followed that profession but is now living retired in Florida. He is a Civil war veteran who ran away from home to join the army when but a boy in his teens and for five years he remained with an Ohio regiment covering the entire period of hostilities with the south. He married Rhoda Sophronia Taft, who was born at Ashford, Connecticut, and was a daughter of Thomas Jefferson Taft and Anne Parker Taft. Mrs. Townsend passed away in 1911 at the age of fifty six years. His son, Charles Frederick Townsend, who was an only child, was educated in the public schools of Willimantic, Connecticut, and prepared for college under the direction of F.H. Beede, superintendent of schools of New Haven. In 1892 he entered Lehigh University of Pennsylvania, from which he was graduated in 1895 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He had there specialized in a four years course in the study of architecture and engineering and immediately after his graduation he entered into professional relations with William H. Allen, architect. He was afterward associated with the firm of Brown & Von Beren and in 1906 he entered into partnership with E.W. Foote, under the firm style of Foote & Townsend. That association was maintained until 1911, since which time Mr. Townsend has practiced independently. His skill as an architect finds visible evidence in utility of the fine structures of this city. He devotes his undivided time and attention to his profession and is among the leaders in this line. On the 1st of June, 1907, Mr. Townsend was married in Manistee, Michigan, to Miss Florence Ellis Snow, a native of Ware, Massachusetts, and a daughter of Renceler C. Snow and Maria Binford Snow. Mr. and Mrs. Townsend are now the parents of three children: Margery Rhoda Townsend, born July 3, 1910; Frederick Snow Townsend, born April 27, 1912; and Dorothy Townsend, born August 8. 1914. Mr. Townsend is a republican but while well informed on the questions and issues of the day has never been an office seeker. He is a member of the Phi Delta Theta, a Greek letter college fraternity, and he has attained the Knights Templar degree in the York Rite of Masonry and the thirty-second degree in the Scottish Rite and his interest in the moral progress of the community is manifested in his membership in St. John's Episcopal church, where he is the secretary or clerk of the parish. Mr. Townsend deserves much credit for what he has accomplished, for he worked his way through college, and perseverance and determination have constituted the foundation upon which he has built his prosperity."
This is a beautiful close up portrait of young Freddie, who wears a short brim riding hat, cross, and sash, has a slight smile, which is unusual for 19th c. photography. This photo is very light in tone, but still a beautiful image and family treasure. Scans are enhanced and sharpened to clarity. A wonderful Townsend family piece from a well known and industrious family.
Size: 2.5 by 4 inches
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