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George Todd of St. Louis MO

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George Todd8, (Ira7, Jehiel6, Stephen5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Feb. 3, 1815, in Hartwick, N. Y., died in 1906, married Jan. 6, 1842, Alice Orne, daughter of Samuel and Abigail (Low) Davis, who was born June 7, 1818, in Weare, N. H. She was a sister of his brother Washington Todd’s wife, Mary Low Davis. Her mother, Abigail Low was a cousin of Hon. Seth Low, Ex-Mayor of New York City.

Mr. Todd went to St. Louis, Mo., to establish the business of flour milling, in 1835. Two of his brothers, Charles and Washington, came later and were associated with him. They were the pioneers in that thriving business, and the firm became known over all the great country tributary to St. Louis. On this venture to St. Louis, he left New York City by boat for New Orleans, thence up the Mississippi to his destination. He took with him, a good supply of mill materials, including burr stones, then used exclusively in the best mills. Later he imported these direct from France, also the silk bolting cloths. On his way up the Mississippi, the boat he was on was caught, with others, in the ice a little above the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. He made his way to St. Louis on horseback on the Illinois side, crossing the river at St. Louis in an open yawl through floating ice. The pioneers were a sturdy stock. He lived to see his 91st year, was seldom sick, had no bad habits, was in every way abstemious and a healthy liver. Of such was the nobility of our land. Fortunate are those of such wholesome and useful ancestry.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Todd were members of large families, he being one in a family of eleven, she being in a family of twelve, there being six sisters and five half brothers.

Children:
2007. Charles Alonzo, b. March 24, 1844, graduated with the degree of A. B. from Washington University, of St. Louis, Mo., in 1866, also as M. D. from Columbia University, of New York City, in 1869, and a little later received of Washington University, the degree of A. M. Immediately after graduation in New York, he went to Vienna, Austria, which was then the greatest medical center of the world. He remained there two years, then returned to St. Louis, and immediately started upon his professional career; became Professor of Anatomy in the Missouri Medical College, at St. Louis, Mo., which was the first medical college to be established west of the Mississippi River. It is now incorporated in the Medical Dept. of Washington University. On account of his health, he was obliged to give up his practice and teaching. He secured the passage of an ordinance opening entrance into their hospital practice as internes, only through competitive examinations, a much needed reform, also, through the legislature, secured a statute legalizing the dissection of human bodies. Up to that time, such necessary study was effective contrary to law. He was active in putting their Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on an active basis, which it has ever since maintained, and many other activities in which he was deeply interested.
2008. Abby Rebecca, b. Nov. 9, 1846.
*2009. Mary Harding, b. Feb. 3, 1853.
2010. Eliot, b. May 9, 1855, in Litchfield, Conn., d. near Tallahassee, Fla. He never m.

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