The following data is extracted from Todd Family Genealogy.
John Todd5, (John4, John3, John2, Christopher1) born Jan. 8, 1731, died Aug. 29, 1814, married Jemima,daughter of Daniel and Jemima (Lownsbury) Hoit, born Aug. 13, 1735, died Feb. 3, 1826. She was a descendant of Simeon Hoyte who settled in Charlestown, Mass. in 1629. The name had numerous variations such as Hoyt, Haight, Hait, Hayt, etc. Simeon Hoyte died at Stamford, Conn. There is an account of the family in Bolton's History of Westchester County, N. Y., as well as a history of the Hoyt family of Stamford. About 1700, certain members of the family changed the spelling of the name from Hoyt to Hait.
Mr. Todd, though he was well past forty years of age, and had a large family to support, enlisted in the 9th regiment of the 4th brigade of the Connecticut Militia, serving under Lieut. Col. John Mead. His Captain being Charles Smith. Mr. Todd was a Sergeant and drummer. He participated in the battles of Washington Heights and White Plains. Time of service being from Oct. 1776 to Jan. 1777. By a close study of the dates, one can readily see that he left his large family of eight children, the youngest being an infant of but two months, to serve his country in her time of peril and need, to help expell the hated British who were approaching his home so closely. That point having been attained he returned quietly to his home and family. Is it not easy for one to imagine why his term of service was not longer?
He was one of the founders of the Universalist Church at Long Ridge. Shortly before his death he gave a plot of gound to his relatives, friends and neighbours, for a cemetery. It might be said that the deed of this lot was inscribed on his headstone as follows,
I give my friends this burial ground,
Here to rest till the last trump shall sound;
May we all in triumph rise,
To meet our Saviour in the skies.
This was the origin of the beautiful little rural cemetery at Long Ridge. The loving, brotherly spirit breathed in the third line, shows the caliber of his manhood. The same spirit seems to have descended to those who now care so unselfishly and tenderly, to the much enlarged grounds.
*262. Deborah, b. June 10, 1755.
263. Mary, b. Feb. 22, 1757.
264. Jemima, b. Aug. 13, 1760, d. June 11, 1809.
265. Elnathan, b. Feb. 2, 1764, d. Dec. 15, 1772.
*266. Phebe, b. Dec. 1, 1765.
*267. John, b.(???)1767.
*268. Noah, b. Mar. 6, 1771.
*269. Elnathan, b. May 5, 1774.
*270. Washington, b. Aug. 11, 1776.
Source: Todd Family Genealogy