Leonard Todd of Bethany CT
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Leonard Todd7, (Ely6, Jonah5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Nov. 8, 1800, died April 6, 1876, married Dec. 24, 1821, Julia, daughter of Elam and Lowly (Dickerman) Bradley, who was born Nov. 21, 1802, died Oct. 11, 1899.
Leonard Todd received a country school education and when 21 years of age he married Julia Bradley, of Hamden, Conn., in Grace Episcopal Church, in Hamden, the first couple to be married in the new church, the same is standing and is still used for worship.
Leonard Todd was a good illustration of New England thrift. By hard work and rigid economy he not only got a good living off from one of those stony New England farms, but he amassed quite a fortune for those days. It was not necessary to teach thrift to Leonard Todd in the last century, for he together with his frugal wife had already learned that lesson and learned it well. It would be well if we who live in this 20th century would practice it more as did they. Like so many of those saintly men and women of those times, while frugal and careful and thrifty, Leonard Todd was not miserly or penurious as can be testified to by the fact that he was always very generous to the church, also to individuals when occasion required and to worthy causes.
Mr. Todd was a very strong churchman, and was deeply devoted and strongly attached to the Episcopal Church, the church of his ancestors. In that faith he lived and died, strong in his convictions in the same and a sincere christian.
On Dec. 24, 1871, Leonard and Julia (Bradley) Todd celebrated their Golden Wedding.
In 1919, their descendants erected a beautiful bronze tablet in Christ Church, Bethany, Conn., in their memory, as follows:
(At the left side) Leonard Todd, born November 8, 1800. Died April 6, 1876. A Communicant of This Parish for 59 years. (At the right side) Julia Bradley Todd, His wife. Born November 21, 1800. Died October 11, 1899. A Communicant of the Church for 81 years, and of this parish for 78 years. (Below) Loyal and Devoted Servants of Christ and of His Church, Steadfast in the Faith Once Delivered to the Saints, Honoring the Lord with Their Substance in Their Liberal Gifts to His Work, Ever Showing Forth His Praise in Godly, Righteous and Sober Living, They Rest from Their Labors and Their Works Do follow Them. Faithful unto Death, They Shall receive from Their Lord a Crown of life. Vouchsafe to These Thy Servants, Lord, Light, Refreshment and Rest in Paradise. Erected in Loving Memory by Their Descendants, A. D. 1919.
1237. Grace, b. April 1, 1823, d. June 5, 1898, m. Oct. 31, 1875, Rev. F. B. Woodward, who was b. Feb. 3, 1800, d. April 29, 1888. No children. He was an Episcopal Clergyman. They lived in Watertown, Conn.
*1238. Emily, b. June 1, 1825.
*1239. Margaret, b. March 16, 1828.
*1240. Celia, b. July 23, 1830.
*1241. Street Bradley, b. Aug. 9, 1832.
*1242. Dwight Ely, b. Sept. 11, 1834.
*1243. Jasper Bryan, b. Sept. 9, 1842.