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Isaac Todd of Wakeman OH
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Isaac Todd7, (Moses6, Hezekiah5, Caleb4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Dec. 18, 1808, possibly in Newtown, Conn., died July 17, 1890, in Wakeman, Ohio, married June 13, 1830, Fanny Booth, who was born Oct. 26, 1805, died Sept. 28, 1887, in Wakeman, Ohio.
The following sketch is taken from a History of Huron County, Ohio.
“In the year 1827 Isaac Todd, then a young man of 18 came into the township and the year following bought the farm where he now lives. There was no improvement east of him at that time. In 1830 he married Fanny Booth. Mr. Todd seems to have had a hard struggle of it in the Wakeman woods. For some time after his marriage he was destitute of boots or shoes and in attending church his wife would wear her everyday shoes carrying her Sunday best until near the church, when she would take them off for her husband to wear and put on her best ones. Afterwards, when he became able to own a yoke of oxen, they rode to church on a sled the year round.”
The above incidents prove very conclusively their devotion to their church. He built his first log house in the midst of an almost boundless forest through which there was no road or path save that indicated by glazed trees. When a road was built some years later, he selected his farm; it ran nearly a half mile from his house. When he chose the location for his farm he ventured on the undertaking with $18 capital. With this small beginning in the wilderness he cleared the heavily timbered land until his farm eventually included some 240 acres of very fertile and productive soil, all of which is now available for cultivation save a few acres preserved for a “sugar bush”. For a number of years their sugar supply was obtained from this source, and their meat supply he obtained wild hogs, deer and wild turkeys and other game which abounded in that region. The woods also abounded in vast quantities of beech and other nuts on which the wild hogs especially, became very fat.
The above description of the career of Isaac Todd would go to show or at least reflect the consequences of his fathers unfortunate business ventures, even though the disaster followed in the wake of events over which he had no control. However, the after life of both Isaac Todd and his father would go to show that they were very liberally supplied with initiative and perseverance, having settled in the midst of an almost boundless forest, and which he proposed to help to subdue, and in fact doing his full share.
1182. Sarah D., b. April 16, 1831, d. March 29, 1900, in Wakeman, Ohio, Grad. from Oberlin College, in 1855; taught school for a number of years.
*1183. Seth Henry, b. Nov. 22, 1833.
*1184. Mary A., b. Jan. 9, 1836.
1185. Charles M., b. Feb. 13, 1840, d. at Columbia, Tenn., on march to the battle of Pittsburg Landing, Tenn. He enlisted in the 41st Ohio Volunteer Militia.
*1186. Millard I., b. Nov. 29, 1847.
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