Thanks Pat, that is interesting. I wonder if he is to be identified with any of the Townsend silversmiths of Bath, Thomas, William, or John, all who were noted by Arthur Grimwade.
TOWNSEND, John Stone, jeweler; born at Bath. Somersetshire, Eng.. Dec. 30, 1854: son James and Esther Mary (Stone) Townsend; ed. pub. school, Bath and King's Grammar School; married Marie Eugenie Perin, of Paris, France, 1890. Jeweler in Chicago since 1877, without change of location; official railroad time inspector for 6 railroads over 20 years; notary pub. 18 years; consul of Haiti. Served in Chicago Hussars. Ill. Cav., 12 years, becoming 1st lt. Was pres. Mutual Loan & Security Bldg. Assn. 18 years; pres. Sons and Daughters of the British Empire; was president, later grand pres. and now supreme officer of Order Sons of St. George; vice-pres. Victoria Memorial Assn., British Empire Assn.; sec. la Societe Francalse de Bienfaisance; mem. Secours Mutuelle Franchise. Republican. Mem. Church of England. Mason; Nat. Union. Residence: 1623 Prairie Av. Office: 1554 S. Wabash Av.
Source: The Book of Chicagoans - 1911