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Hollis Devillo Todd of Chautauqua County NY

Hollis Devillo Todd8, (Ora B.7, Bela6, Caleb5, Gideon4, Gideon3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Oct. 16, 1843, in Stockton, N. Y., married March 12, 1865, Laura Ann, daughter of Almond S. and Rhoda A. (Baker) Park, who was born July 15, 1847. He attended the Normal School at Fredonia, N. Y., and later he became a Methodist Episcopal Minister and held different pastorates for a number of years. He served in the civil war, having enlisted Aug. 12, 1861, in the 49th regiment New York Volunteer Militia, seeing nearly four years of active service, having been discharged June 26, 1865. He was Fife Major. After serving in the Civil War, they started to buy a farm and pay for same by work. The first winter, his hand was cut off in a mill. His education was less than 3rd grade. He lost the farm of course as he could not continue payments. He taught school by having his wife teach him at night the work for next day. He worked thru the State Normal School at Fredonia, N. Y. by Mrs. Todd’s aid. Holds a permanent teacher’s certificate in N. Y. After several years successful work as principal of graded schools, he entered the ministry, and for a number of years was either the chairman or one of the members of the board to examine the candidates for admission to the Erie Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. They had a family of 11 children. As a poor country preacher of course they could not educate their children, but by power of example, as well as by precept these children educated...

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