Ora B. Todd of Panama NY

Ora B. Todd7, (Bela6, Caleb5, Gideon4, Gideon3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Dec. 20, 1808, in Salisbury, N. Y., died Feb. 9, 1889, in San Jacinto, Cal., married Oct. 1832, Lorinda, daughter of Luke and Lucia Wolcott, who was born Oct. 27, 1810, died Oct. 19, 1885, in Santa Paula, Calif.

They removed from Panama, Chautauqua County, N. Y., to Santa Paula, Calif., in March 1884, whence they seem to have moved to Santa Jacinto, where he died.

Mr. Todd was a good reader of music, which he taught some in the old fashioned way; a fine violinist and a most excellent player on that very unmusical instrument called fife. He was an enthusiastic member of the military band in Stockton, N. Y., which was a great help during the civil war and political campaigns. He enlisted for service in the civil war, but was refused because of age and physical inability to serve.

Children:
*1685. Chestil Ora, b. July 12, 1833.
1686. Sallie Marietta, b. July 5, 1834, in Stockton, N. Y., d. Jan. 11, 1905, in Standish, Lassen County, Cal., m. about 1851, Otis W. Johnson, of Stockton, N. Y., who d. Sept., 1904, in Standish, Cal.; he owned a cattle ranch; was a fine player of the violin and clarinet and composed music. She too, was musically inclined. No children.
*1687. Florilla Lorinda, b. July 17, 1836.
1688. Martillus Hermon, b. Jan. 3, 1839, in Stockton, N. Y., d. May 25, 1864; he enlisted first with the three months men in 1861 and when this time had expired he re-enlisted for three years as a private, passing through the different grades and at the time of his death he was Capt. of company A., 111 Pennsylvania Volunteers: he was killed in action at Dallas, Georgia (in Sherman’s Campaign) while leading his men, May 25, 1864; he was buried in Marietta and Atlanta National Cemetery; unmarried. He was wounded severely, sustaining a shattered knee at the battle of Antietam, and as soon as he was able, he was granted a furlough, and went home on crutches, with a limb out of shape badly but cheerful and full of hope. Arriving there he would lay on the lounge, his mother would massage and press gently on the crooked limb, which slowly began to yield to her skillful and faithful treatment. One day while performing this duty, she suddenly said “Martillus, if I save and straighten your limb, what will you do, go back?” His prompt reply was, “yes mother, I shall go back.” His mother was loyal to her country, though her answer belied her words said, “I do not know about that Martillus, perhaps I better not straighten your limb.” But her mothers heart compelled her to work faithfully until he was able to rejoin his regiment, and some months afterwards was killed instantly, in action, one bullet going through his heart, another cutting the great artery of the neck. Great was the consternation when the sad news reached his people at home, and filled them with anxiety as to the safety of his brother, Hollis, who was still at the front.
*1689. Hollis Devillo, b. Oct. 16, 1843.
*1690. Theodore Charles, b. Sept. 10, 1845.
*1691. Delphine Electa, b. March 25, 1849.



MLA Source Citation:

Todd, George Iru. Todd Family in America. Gazette Printing Company. 1920. AccessGenealogy.com. Web. 31 August 2014. http://www.accessgenealogy.com/genealogy/ora-b-todd-of-panama-ny.htm - Last updated on Jan 7th, 2013


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