|OF CAMBRIA COUNTY.||233|
examples of charity and benevolence. On the head of no one have been invoked so many blessings from the mouths of widows and orphans. It may be literally said of him, “If his heart had been made of gold he would have disposed of it all in charity to the poor.” (Mountaineer, May 14, 1840.)
To this sketch may be properly appended the following:
Princess Amalia Gallitzin, a lady distinguished for talent and a strong propensity to mysticism. She was the daughter of Count Schmeltan, and lived, during a part of her youth, at the court of the wife of Prince Ferdinand, brother of Frederick the Great. She was married to the Russian prince, Gallitzin; and, as much of his time was passed in traveling, she chose Munster, in the center of Germany, for her permanent residence. Here she assembled around her some of the most distinguished men of the age, Hemsterhuis, Hamann, Jacobi, Goethe, Furstenberg, and others. The two first were her most intimate friends. She was an ardent Catholic, and strongly given to making proselytes. With the exception of her excessive religious zeal, she was an excellent lady in every respect. In the education of her children, she followed Rousseau's system. The princess is the Diotima to whom Hemsterhuis, under the name of Dioklas, addressed his work on Atheism. She died, in 1806, near Munster, Her only son was a missionary in America. (Encycl. Amer.)
REV. JOHN J. LUDDEN, the scholarly and affable pastor of St Augustine church, at St. Augustine, this county, is a son of Michael and Sarah (Corcoran) Ludden, and was born at Castlebar, Mayo county, Ireland, May 12, 1861.
of the “Emerald Isle,” where he was engaged as a farmer in county Mayo, until shortly after the War, when he came to America, having been preceded to this country by a number of his sons. He located at Florence, New York, where he spent the remainder of his life in happy retirement, dying August 27, 1886, at the ripe old age of ninety-one years. His marriage to Nora Ludden resulted in the birth of ten children, six sons and four daughters: Rev. John, now deceased, was pastor of St. Mary's church, of Florence, New York; Martin, deceased, was a merchant of Camden, New York; Ann became the wife of Peter Acton, of Ireland; Margaret died young; Michael (father); Mary, wife of John Carson, of Ireland; Ellen, wife of James Sullivan, of Florence; James, Pastor of St John's church, at Albany, New York, Anthony, pastor of St Mary's church, at Little Falls, New York; and William an attorney-at-law and a judge, at Troy, New York.
Michael Ludden, his father was born at Castlebar, in the county of Mayo, Ireland, in 1838. He has always resided on the old Ludden homestead in his native country, where he has successfully followed the pursuits of agriculture, owning one hundred and fifty acres of land.
He married Sarah Corcoran, a sister of the late Father Thomas Corcoran, of St Agnes' church, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. To this marriage were born five sons and five daughters, as follows: Rev. John J., subject; Ellen, deceased; James, a physician of Cleveland, Ohio; Nora, who resides with Rev. John J.; Mary, wife of Owen McKenna, of Pittsburg; Martin, who died at St Vincent's college, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, November 17, 1894, at the age of twenty-one years. He was preparing for the priesthood, and was within six