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Gabriel Hubbard Todd of Adrian MI

Gabriel Hubbard Todd7, (John6, John5, John4, John3, John2, Christopher1) born in 1805, at Stamford, Connecticut, died Oct. 31, 1892, at Adrian, Michigan, married in 1827, Mary P. Ireland, who was born in 1807, died Nov. 10, 1892.

Early in life, Mr. Todd learned the blacksmiths trade which he followed in New York City until 1833, when he removed to Adrian, Michigan, making the journey by way of the Erie Canal to Buffalo. At Buffalo, he chartered a schooner to carry his family and household goods to Toledo, Ohio. The journey from Toledo, Ohio, to Adrian, Michigan, occupied five days.

Arriving at Adrian, Michigan, which at that time consisted of only a few log houses, he opened a blacksmith shop at once, which was the first in that region. After working three years at his trade at Adrian, he removed to Rome Township, Michigan, where he cleared a section of land. He helped to organize a Methodist Society; gave land for a school house and also for a cemetery. Here most of his active years were spent in honest toil. He established and merited the reputation of being an honest, conscientious and upright man, a kind neighbor, a good citizen and a consistent Christian. During eight years of this time, he kept a tavern, but it was one from which no drunkard ever reeled, because, it was kept without a bar or a drop of liquor. The most numerous of all his guests during this time were the pioneer Methodist ministers, who were none the less welcome, and entertainment for them was free.

In 1859, he returned to Adrian, Michigan, to spend the remaining thirty years of his life in retirement, in the enjoyment of a quiet home and a beautiful old age.

Mr. Todd’s religious faith was Methodist. In politics he was a Republican until the Prohibition party was organized, with which he very soon became affiliated, and gave it his enthusiastic support, as did four of his sons.

Children:

1114. Elizabeth Todd, born in 1828, married in 1849, Thomas B. Palmer, who died in 1856; she married second, in 1861, William L. Beecher, who died in 1878. Children by Thomas B. Palmer:

I. Lilburn P. Palmer, b. in 1850, m. in 1872, Helen Mockridge. Issue:

(1) A son, d. young;
(2) Edwinna Palmer, b. in 1886, d. in 1890.

II. Mary E. Palmer, b. in 1852, resides in Adrian, Michigan.

1115. John Henry Todd, b. 1830.

1116. Rachel Ann Todd, born in 1832, died in 1912, married in 1856, Porter L. Sword. Child:

I. Charles D. Sword, b. in 1859, m. in 1882, Frances Dunsford. Issue:

(1) Bessie Sword, b. in 1884.

1117. Jacob Willet Todd, born in 1833, married in 1857, Harriet Lawrence. Child:

I. Frank D. Todd, b. 1861, d. 1880.

1118. Oscar Todd, b. 1836, d. 1907.

1119. George Henry Todd, b. 1836, d. 1838.

1120. George Harvey Todd, b. 1840.

1121. Charles D. Todd, born in 1842, married in 1862, Mary Marshall. Children:

I. Eva Todd, b. 1866.
II. Mary Gabrielle Todd, b. 1869, m. in 1891, Harry R. Willis.

1122. Elbert S. Todd, b. Feb. 9, 1845.

1123. Helen Amanda Todd, b. 1848, d. 1861.

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