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Biography of Shalor Winchell Eldridge, Col.

Col. Shalor Winchell Eldridge. A great deal of early Kansas history revolves around the name Eldridge. Colonel Eldridge touched Kansas life at so many points that the record of his individual experience might appropriately and without undue forcing be expanded into an illuminating history of the most vital events connected with the founding and formative period of the state. Of the many New Englanders that came to Kansas at the beginning of the free state struggle none were more typically New England than Colonel Eldridge. He was born at West Springfield, Massachusetts, August 29, 1816, a son of Lyman Eldridge and a grandson of Elisha Eldridge. His grandfather served as an officer in the Revolutionary war. Colonel Eldridge was named for his uncle Shalor Winchell, who died while an American soldier in the War of 1812. Lyman Eldridge married Phoebe Winchell. The Winchells were of Colonial ancestry and for many generations were prominent in New England. While he was a youth schools and educational opportunities were not ready to hand as in more modern times, but Shalor W. Eldridge showed even as a boy his marked individuality and acquired a close and discriminating knowledge of men and affairs which, taken with his indomitable character and progressive ideas, made up for a lack of literary opportunities. When only twenty years of age he became a contractor on the Connecticut River Railroad. Subsequently he fulfilled contracts for the Worcester and Nashua Railroad in Massachusetts; the Keene Railroad in New Hampshire; the Hartford, Fishkill & Providence Railroad; the Middletown and Berlin Branch and others. Coming to the far West in the fall...

Jesse Todd of Agawam MA

Jesse Todd5, (Jesse4, Benjamin3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Feb. 7, 1782, married Hannah Morley, who was born Aug. 5, 1788, died April 22, 1855. They lived in Agawam, Mass., where he owned and operated a farm. Child: *421. Henry, M., b. March 29,...

Jesse Todd of West Springfield MA

Jesse Todd4, (Benjamin3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Jan. 1, 1735, probably in North Haven, Conn., died Oct. 27, 1819, in Agawam, Mass., married first Nov. 26, 1761, Lydia Cooper. He is mentioned in the Cooper Gen. He married second Feb. 24, 1790, Susannah, dau. of Isaac and Abigail (Hale) Chandler, of Enfield, Ct., born Feb. 3, 1754. He was mentioned in the “Century Sermon” by Rev. Benjamin Trumbull of North Haven, Conn., as having removed to “Springfield in Massachusetts.” He was buried in the cemetery at Agawam, which was originally a part of West Springfield, Mass., which was the town in which he lived. The Thorpe records of his children appear to be somewhat wrong. It mentions ten children, seven of whom are assumed to have lived only a year or two in each instance. The town records of West Springfield, Mass. have been carefully searched and it appears there, that five of the ten children by his first wife, lived to be married and have families. Of the remaining five, no record could be found. Children by Lydia Cooper: 189. Solomon, bapt. 1765, lived about one year. 190. Solomon, m. and had children, but their names are unknown, but had a grand-daughter, Ruth Naomi Todd, who m. (1)(???)Bullard; (2)(???) Cole. 191. Naomi, m. 1821, Timothy Bullard, of Springfield, Mass. 192. Uramia. 193. Obidiah. 194. Elijah. 195. Urania. *196. Tirmiah, m. Jan. 27, 1799, Martin Chapin, of West Springfield, Mass. 197. Sarinda, b. 1779, m. May 25, 1800, Walter Fowler of West Springfield, Mass. *198. Jesse, b. Feb. 7, 1782. Children by Susannah Chandler: *199. Chandler, b. May 6, 1797....

Benjamin Todd of Russell MA

Benjamin Todd5, (Titus4, Benjamin3, Michael2, Christopher1) born March 4, 1755, died Jan. 7, 1828, married April 22, 1783, Phebe, daughter of Ezra and Hannah (Todd) Tuttle, who was born June 2, 1758, died July 20, 1850; for her Todd ancestry see No. 82. They removed to Russell, Mass., in 1784, where he bought a tract of land on the mountain, on which to raise wheat, prefering it to land in the heart of Springfield, Mass., which was offered to him for $10 per acre. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, having served about seven years. He died in Russell, Mass., and was buried in the old cemetery on the mountain. Children: *396. Gershom, b. Oct. 25, 1784. *397. Benjamin, b. Jan. 20, 1787. 398. Elizabeth, b. May 23, 1791, d. April 14, 1820. 400. Harvey, b. Aug. 27, 1793, d. Jan. 19, 1825. *401. Phebe, b. April 14, 1796. *402. Lucretia, b. June 11, 1798. *403. Cynthia, b. Dec. 6, 1800. 404. Hannah, b. Sept. 20, 1803, d. Sept. 26, 1804, in New Haven,...

David Todd of Charlemont MA

David Todd6, (Titus5, Titus4, Benjamin3, Michael2, Christopher1) born March 17, 1807, died in 1880, married Dec. 1, 1831, Clarissa Bradford of Williamsburg, Mass., who was born Sept. 15, 1808, died in 1884. She was in the sixth generation in direct line from Governor Bradford of the Mayflower and Plymouth Colony. He was a Methodist Clergyman and as to his pastorates, his son, Stephen Olin Todd says: “soon after he began preaching he was located at Winchendon, Mass.; thence to Haddam or Haddam Neck, Conn., about 1834, he went next to Hebron, Conn., in 1836, later he was at Londenderry and Wilmington, Vt., about 1848 to 1852; thence to Amherst, Mass., 1853; Feeding Hills, Mass., 1854; and South Deerfield, Mass., 1855.” Retiring he bought a place at South Deerfield where he lived until 1863; thence he moved to Charlemont, Mass., where he lived until his death in 1880. His widow sold their place in Charlemont in 1883, and went to live with her daughter Ruth, who then lived in St. Johnsbury Center, Vt., where she died four years later. He was chosen selectman in Charlemont, Mass., in the year 1869. His son says about this fact: “it is strange what little circumstances alter relations. The year my father was selectman, heavy rains gutted a large number of the town’s roads, so badly that the tax rate had to be increased, thus the selectmen incurred the displeasure of their townsmen and were not re-elected.” He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal conference for about thirty years. Children: *927. Millicent Ruth, b. Aug. 25, 1832. *928. William Sheridan, b. Jan. 1,...

Benjamin Todd of Cooperstown NY

Benjamin Todd6, (Benjamin5, Titus4, Benjamin3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Jan. 20, 1787, died Aug. 9, 1814, married Jan. 4, 1814, Elmira North. They removed from Russell, Mass., first to Fly Creek, N. Y., thence to Cooperstown, N. Y., where he died. Child: 925. Celestia B., b. Sept. 23, 1814, m.(???)Peet, in Cooperstown, N....

Solomon Todd of Charlemont MA

Solomon Todd6, (Solomon5, James4, James3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Aug. 31, 1811, died July 15, 1902, married about 1837, Harriet Mayhew Hawks, who was born in Charlemont, Mass., Sept. 24, 1818, died May 17, 1902, in Rowe, Mass. When he was about 21 years of age he went to Westfield, Mass., and served 5 years learning the carpenters trade. Soon after he returned to Zoar, Mass., where he lived for some time after he was married. Later he moved to Charlemont, Mass., where he lived until 1858, when he removed to Rowe, Mass., living there until his death. Children: 892. Ellen, b. Oct. 1840, d. Dec. 6, 1840. 893. Emily A., b. 1842, m. William B. Caswell, who d. during the winter of 1877-78, in Shelburne Falls, Mass. 894. Laura E., b. Oct. 24, 1844, in Charlemont, Mass., m. John H. Juliff, who d. April, 1911, no children; they lived in Bristol, Conn. 895. Theresa M., b. in 1846, in Charlemont, Mass., m. in 1870, Eugene W. Wood, of Easthampton, Mass., where he died Oct., 1910; no children; she resides in Easthampton, Mass., now (1916). 896. Sarah, b. July, 1848, d. July 3, 1850. *897. Hattie E., b. 1850. *898. Albert, b. Aug. 31, 1852, d. Oct. 5, 1852. *899. George M., b. Oct. 14, 1854. 900. Ida M., b. Feb. 23, 1857, d. March 5, 1876. *901. Alton S., b. Oct. 6, 1860. *902. Walter E., b. April 5,...

Henry M. Todd of Agawam MA

Henry M. Todd6, (Jesse5, Jesse4, Benjamin3, Michael2, Christopher1) born March 29, 1812, died Dec. 27, 1885, at Agawam, Mass., married April 29, 1841, Mary A. Miller. They lived at Agawam, Mass., where he owned and operated a large farm. Children: 938. Edson Henry, b. July 2, 1842, in Agawam, Mass., d. June 25, 1893 at Quincy, Ill. *939. Andrew Jesse, b. Feb. 13,...

Frances Emeline Todd Armstrong of Springfield MA

ARMSTRONG, Frances Emeline Todd7, (Asa6, Titus5, Titus4, Benjamin3, Michael2, Christopher1) born April 18, 1843, married, Dec. 15, 1866, John Henry Armstrong. She is living now (1913) with her son in Springfield, Mass. Children: I. Oscar Emery, b. Aug. 30, 1868. II. Charles William, b. April 18, 1870, d. July 1873. III. William Henry, b. May 23, 1872; he is a dentist in Springfield, Mass. IV. Inez Emeline, b. April 14, 1874, d. May 2, 1909, m. (???) Britton. V. Elizabeth Ethel, b. Sept. 10,...

Andrew Jesse Todd of Agawam MA

Andrew Jesse Todd7, (Henry M.6, Jesse5, Jesse4, Benjamin3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Feb. 13, 1845, married, May 3, 1876, Mary Elizabeth Cooper, who was born in 1849. He is a farmer and lives in Agawam, Mass. Children: 1660. Mabel Martha, b. Jan. 22, 1881, m. Sept. 20, 1905, Harry S. Kelsey. 1661. Edna Josephine, b. Feb. 26, 1884, m. Aug 4, 1908, Henry Merrill. 1662. Gladys Cooper, b. March 15,...
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