Todd Family Genealogy Forum
Sorry to be so long checking in. I have some information taht was given to me by Glenda Dobbs. Glenda has done much work on our Todd ancestry and has many old records.
I believe the following was provided to Glenda by Roma Todd who had worked on the family Genealogy for years prior to her death. My g-grandfather was Abner Newton Todd .
*************39. Benjamin Todd (14.Caleb3 , 3.Joshua2 , 1.Joseph1 ) b. CA
1759-66, m. (1) Mary Jane Russell, b. 1762, d. 20-Nov-1866, Buried: Todd
Cemetery, Readyville Quadrangle, (Cannon), TN, Other: 104 Yrs., m. (2)
2-Jun-1803, in Madison County, KY, Other: Early KY Marriages, Sarah
McClanahan. Benjamin, with family and mother, Margaret Williams Todd, went
to Warren County, Kentucky about 1804. Mary: Holy Bible is above her name in
the listing of the Rutherford County Historical Society Cemetery Records.
Bradyville is a village eleven miles southwest of Woodbury on Brawley's Fork
and the area that saw the first settlers that came into Cannon County. It
is presently on State Highway 64, and thought to be named for Mr. William
Brady. The Sagely family was the first to arrive and soon afterwards, Mary
Todd and her brothers came and settled a few miles west of the Sagelys who
were the nearest neighbors on the east. Mary Todd is interred at the Todd
Cemetery on Carson Fork and her monument shows her born in 1762 and died on
November 20, 1866 at the age of 104 years. According to Sterling Brown's
History of Woodbury and Cannon County, "soon after the arrival of the
Sageley family, Mrs. Mary Todd (widow) and her brothers and family came and
settled a few miles west of the Sageleys, who were her nearest neighbors on
the east, while her nearest neighbors on the west were two families at
Double Springs, near Murfreesboro, in Rutherford County. Three of Mrs.
Todd's brothers were killed by Indians in Kentucky and two were killed by
them at Old Fort Nash, near where she lived. For seven years after they
settled they had no bread to eat, for there were no mills near to grind
grist. For this very necessary article of diet, hominy and parched corn
were substituted. Benjamin Todd, her brother, came later. He was a
revolutionary soldier, and at the time of his death, was the owner of a
piece of furniture (a secretary) which was handed to other generations of
the family, resting later in the possession of his great niece, Mrs. Tom
Patton, who lives near Bradyville. This secretary had a secret drawer
within a drawer, which was not discovered until Mrs. Patton became the
possessor. In it she found papers which were issued to him showing him to
be a revolutionary soldier; also quite a lot of Continental money, all of
which she now has in her possession.
Just a few incidents of the family life of these settlers: Mrs. Todd on
several occasions attended Indian dances on Carson's fork, a tributary of
Brawley's Fork of Stone's River, on which she lived, but several miles east
of her home. These dances were held just above where her grandson, Walker
Todd, afterwards settled and where Mrs. Todd was buried in 1866 at the age
of 104 years. On the occasions of these Indian dances, Mrs. Todd was
arrayed in her very best doe skin skirt and a fawn skin waist. On one
occasion, a huge bear visited the home of Mrs. Todd when all the men were
away, and ascended to the board roof, which was weighted down with poles,
and began to pry the boards apart, trying to reach down into the loft where
some venison was hanging. While the bear was in the act of reaching the deer
meat, Mrs. Todd seized her flint lock rifle and shot the bear, which toppled
down onto the floor, furnishing more meat for the Todd family."
I am inclined to disagree with Sterling Todd and have connected this Mary
Todd as Mary Jane Russell, married to Benjamin Todd, who's daughter
Elizabeth, was the mother of Walker Everett Todd. The only thing that makes
sense to me with all my many notes on this Todd family. If anyone has any more
facts, please let them come forward. This Benjamin Todd is son of Caleb and not
Benjamin Todd,II who was in Revolutionary War. I wish we could unravel this
Children by Mary Jane Russell:
**********+ 99. i Reuben Todd, Sr. b. 1780.
+ 100. ii William "Colonel Billy" Todd b. 10-Apr-1781.
+ 101. iii Elizabeth or "Jemima" Todd.
179. Walker Everett Todd (101.Elizabeth5 , 39.Benjamin4 , 14.Caleb3 ,
3.Joshua2 , 1.Joseph1 ) b. 5-May-1822, Alabama, Baptized: Methodist, Ref:
1860 Census, Occupation: Farmer, m. (1) 12-Apr-1849, Other: No Children,
Julie Ann Painters, m. (2) 3-May-1855, in Noah (Coffee), TN, Elvira "Myra"
Francis Haynes, b. 2-May-1835, Alabama, Baptized: Methodist, d. 6-Aug-1904,
Buried: Todd Cemetery (Cannon), TN, Other: Readyville Quadrangle. Walker
died 28-Aug-1906, Buried: Todd Cemetery (Cannon), TN, Other: Civil War,
Readyville Quadrangle. Walker Todd enumerated on the Cannon County 1850
census, age 27, birthdate could have been 1823. Military C.S.A. TN Calv. 4T.
Copy of Company Muster Roll Capt. M.R. Rushing's Company 18Regt TN
Volunteers, age 40, enrolled 11-10-63. Military C.S.A. TN Calv 4T. Possible
marriage to an Elvina??? My theory surrounding the mystery of ancestors of
Walker Everett Todd: His mother, we know, was an Elizabeth Todd. His
grandmother, we know, was a Mary Jane Todd, b. 1762 d. 1866. His mother,
Elizabeth Todd, daughter of Benjamin Todd and Mary Jane Russell, who were
parents of Reuben Todd, William "Colonel Billy", and Elizabeth, who was
unmarried when she had Walker Everett, and was not the Elizabeth whose
parents were Joseph Todd and Joanne Bodycoat. Mary Jane Russell Todd,
married to Benjamin Todd, I presume, left Benjamin because he was later
married to a Sarah McClanahan in 1803, and Mary Jane Russell had to be born
before 1780. This is the Mary Jane most likely to have been Walker's
grandmother. This means that when Mary Jane Todd came to Cannon County,
"with her brothers", as quoted by Sterling Brown, these brothers had to be
Russell, or were brother-in-laws, brothers to Benjamin Todd. History has it
she was a widow, but she could have been just saying this since she would
have had to leave Benjamin, with her grandchild, Walker, to arrive in Cannon
County. Benjamin had brothers Caleb, John and Joshua, and one sister,
Elizabeth, that married William Todd. "Just pure speculation and another
route to consider."
Children by Elvira "Myra" Francis Haynes:
+ 369. i Mary Jane "Sis" Todd b. 1-Apr-1856.
+ 370. ii Stephen "Bud" Alexander Todd b. 4-Sep-1858.
+ 371. iii Abner Newton Todd b. 24-Mar-1859.
+ 372. iv Archibald "Arch" Jasper Todd b. 8-Mar-1861.
+ 373. v Walker Everett Todd, Jr. b. 13-Feb-1863.
+ 374. vi Asa Benjamin Todd b. 8-Mar-1866.
+ 375. vii Martha Frances "Fannie" Todd b. 23-Dec-1868.
+ 376. viii Ivey John Creel Todd b. 20-Jul-1871.
377. ix Sarah Elizabeth "Lizzie" Todd b. 28-Sep-1873, Cannon County, TN, d. 2-Jul-1910, Buried: Todd Cemetery, Readyville Quadrangle, (Cannon), TN, Other: Single.
+ 378. x Cora Alice Todd b. 26-Jul-1875.