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Biography of David O. Crane

David O. Crane. Of the men who have served Topeka in official capacities of importance and responsibility, few have won more fairly a reputation for fidelity than has David O. Crane, since 1884 superintendent of the Topeka Cemetery. In the thirty-two years that he has been the incumbent of this office he has labored efficiently and conscientiously to discharge its duties in a reverent and honorable way, and the mere fact that he has held his office during such a long period should be sufficient evidence of the quality of his ability and the worth of his service. Mr. Crane was born at Easton, Pennsylvania, February 12, 1842, and is a son of Franklin L. and Mary Elizabeth (Howell) Crane. His father was born at East Windsor, Counecticut, January 10, 1808, and was a veteran of the Civil war, through which struggle he fought as a private of Company E., Eleventh Regiment, Kansas Volunteer Infantry. Franklin L. Crane, Jr., a brother of David O. Crane, was a private in that same war, being identified with Company G., Second Regiment, Kansas Volunteer Infantry. Doubtless father and son who fought for the Union inherited their patriotic military tendency, for David Crane, the grandfather of David O., was a soldier of the Continental line during the War of the American Revolution. David Orville Crane received his educational training in the public schools of Easton, Pennsylvania, and Dobbs Ferry, New York, at which latter place he resided for four years. The year 1858 saw his advent in Topeka, where he attended school during that winter, and then started to prepare himself for his...

Darius Webb Todd of Norfolk VA

Darius Webb Todd7, (Elnathan6, John5, John4, John3, John2, Christopher1) born April 11, 1806, died Sept. 29, 1879, at Norfolk, Virginia, married July 14, 1829, at Norwalk, Connecticut, Margaret Comstock, who died Nov. 8, 1840. Children: 1124. Sarah E. Todd, b. Jan. 19, 1830. 1125. Hanford Comstock Todd, born Feb. 17, 1832. 1126. John W. Todd, b. April 5, 1834. 1127. Darius Webb Todd, b. May 24, 1836. 1128. Theodore Todd, b. March 22, 1838. 1129. Margaret C. Todd, born Aug. 1, 1840, died May 21, 1899, married Oct. 2, 1867, William Paddock Coffin, who was born Sept. 10, 1832. Children: I. Charles Carlton, b. Oct. 29, 1868, d. March 30, 1883. II. Louise, b. Jan. 31, 1872, d. Dec. 14, 1891. III. Helen, b. Jan. 19, 1876, m. June 20, 1908,(???) Ober; they reside in Dillon, Montana. No children. IV. Mark Todd, b. June 1, 1879, unmarried; lives in Mankato,...

Hanford Comstock Todd of Mt. Hope NY

Hanford Comstock Todd8, (Darius W.7, Elnathan6, John5, John4, John3, John2, Christopher1) born Feb. 17, 1832, died Aug. 1, 1870, and was buried in Mt. Hope, Westchester County, N. Y., married Feb. 17, 1857, Mercy Anne Marclay, who was born Nov. 29, 1836, died Oct. 27, 1909. Children: 1835. Mary Osborn Todd, b. June 9, 1858, m. April 20, 1913, George Holiday. They reside in Rhinebeck, N. Y. 1836. Martin Barclay Todd, b. Nov. 20, 1859. 1837. William Hanford Todd, born June 9, 1861, married July 2, 1891, Catherine French. He is a physician and resides in Dobb’s Ferry, N. Y. Children: I. Warwick Hanford Todd, b. Sept. 11, 1892, graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, N. Y. II. Kenneth William Todd, b. Nov. 14, 1894, attended Columbia University, New York, City. III. Katherine Beatrice Todd, b. Aug. 10, 1898. 1838. George Sullivan Carter Todd, born Oct. 22, 1862, died May 22, 1897, and was buried in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Tarrytown, N. Y., married Sarah E. Carter. Children: I. Sarah Carter Todd, b. March 22, 1891. II. Ruth McCloud Todd, b. Oct. 20, 1892. 1839. Robert Bentley Todd, born Aug. 10, 1864, married Oct. 20, 1897, Mabel Augusta Lester. They lived in Cincinnati, Ohio. Child: I. Dorothy Lester, b. Dec. 5, 1898. 1840. Anne Margaret Comstock Todd, born Nov. 25, 1865, married July 26, 1893, Elbert Conklin, of Englewood, N. J., where they reside. Children: I. Alice Eleanor Conklin, b. July 21, 1894. II. George Edgar Conklin, b. March 22, 1900. III. Helen Mercy Conklin, b. Oct. 31, 1901. 1841. Howard Tillotson Todd, b. July...

From Yonkers to West Point along the Hudson River

Passing Glenwood, now a suburban station of Yonkers, conspicuous from the Colgate mansion near the river bank, built by a descendant of the English Colgates who were familiar friends of William Pitt, and leaders of the Liberal Club in Kent, England, and “Greystone,” once the country residence of the late Samuel J. Tilden, Governor of New York, and presidential candidate in 1876, we come to Hastings to Dobbs Ferry Hastings, where a party of Hessians during the Revolutionary struggle were surprised and cut to pieces by troops under Colonel Sheldon. It was here also that Lord Cornwallis embarked for Fort Lee after the capture of Fort Washington, and here in 1850 Garibaldi, the liberator of Italy, whose centennial was observed July 4, 1907, frequently came to spend the Sabbath and visit friends when he was living at Staten Island. Although there is apparently little to interest in the village, there are many beautiful residences in the immediate neighborhood, and the Old Post road for two miles to the northward furnishes a beautiful walk or driveway, well shaded by old locust trees. The tract of country from Spuyten Duyvil to Hastings was called by the Indians Kekesick and reached east as far as the Bronx River. Dobbs Ferry is now at hand, named after an old Swedish ferryman. The village has not only a delightful location but it is also beautiful in itself. In 1781 it was Washington’s headquarters, and the old house, still standing, is famous as the spot where General Washington and the Count de Rochambeau planned the campaign against Yorktown; where the evacuation of New York was...

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