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Kneeland Todd of Florence OH

Kneeland Todd7, (Moses6, Hezekiah5, Caleb4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Dec. 18, 1808, in Newtown, Conn., died April 24, 1883, married April 24, 1836, Julia Booth, a sister of his brother Isaac’s wife. She was born July 22, 1808, died March 11, 1895. Mr. Todd was one of the early pioneers of Wakeman, Ohio, where he arrived in 1833. He shared the privations of early pioneer life with his twin brother for three years, when he returned to Conn. and there married Julia Booth, of Woodbury, Conn. It is a singular coincident that his marriage and death, also the death of his son Albert, took place in the same month and the same day of the month. Soon after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Todd returned to Ohio and settled in Wakeman. In 1845 they removed from Wakeman to Florence, Ohio, where he died. He was a man of sound judgment and good principles, kind and affectionate as a husband and father and a good neighbor. He aimed to live uprightly, was honest and just in his dealings. In his pursuit of agriculture and horticulture he was always thorough and practical, which combined with perseverance and industry brought him success and competence, though for fifty years he was physically weak. Politically, morally, and religiously, his guiding star was the RIGHT, and he rejoiced in every good work. In the old anti-slavery movement he was a radical and a pioneer. In 1835 he professed Christianity and was one of the original members of the Congregational Church in Wakeman, Ohio. Removing to Florence he united with the Presbyterian Church there, in which...

Woodward Hezekiah Todd of Florence OH

Woodward Hezekiah Todd8, (Kneeland7, Moses6, Hezekiah5, Caleb4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born May 28, 1837, died Jan. 18, 1900, married May 17, 1877, Sophia C. Kline, who was born March 4, 1855, died Dec. 25, 1905. Mr. Todd was born in Wakeman, O., and died at his home in Florence, Erie County, O. Below is Mr. Todd’s obituary: At the age of eight years he moved with his parents to the home he occupied. This farm has been his residence over 54 years. In his younger days, he was a student in Oberlin College, and about that time he taught school during the winter months. He was a great fancier of poultry and pet stock, and began to gather fine specimens in 1868. His first exhibition was at the State Fair held in Toledo, Ohio, and there he won nearly all the prizes for which he tried. His next exhibit was at the Erie County Fair, at Sandusky, O., and nearly all the premiums he showed for went his way. He took his collection to the first great poultry show in northern O., at Cleveland and met in competition, the largest breeders and fanciers in the United States. While he carried off many prizes, together with the sweepstakes, he was not satisfied, and at that show he began to strengthen his collection by buying the first pair of Toulouse geese ever in Ohio, for which he paid $35. He also made many other valuable additions. I well remember what he said about the time, that certain fanciers in Illinois were receiving 100 letters a day and said, “I believe I...

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