Lorenzo U. Todd of Elba MN
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Lorenzo U. Todd7, (Eli6, Solomon5, James4, James3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Nov. 16, 1832, died Feb. 7, 1906, married in Elgin, Minn., March 3, 1859, Nellie, daughter of Hiram and Adassa (Wilson) Preston, of New York, who was born Aug. 31, 1836, she having moved to Minnesota a year or two prior to her marriage. Her older sister accompanied her to Minnesota but later she removed to Walla Walla, Wash. Mrs. Todd died March 14, 1906.
“He had a little better educational advantages than his elder brothers (Addison and Dexter J.) having finished his studies at an academy. He engaged in teaching for a short time, one term being in the west after his removal thither. He came to Elba (Minn.) in April 1855, with his elder brother Addison and made claim to one quarter section of Government land in section eight, on which his home has ever been. Additions have enlarged his farm to 264 acres; it is finely improved, with good buildings, etc., and its proprietor diversifies his interests by raising stock as well as grain. His premises are admirably adapted for stock raising, the North branch of the Whitewater furnishing an abundance of living water and its valley a wealth of pasturage.
“In religion, Mr. Todd was a Universalist; in polities he has always been a democrat; was elected Justice of the Peace in 1857, being the first in the township; he was town treasurer in 1859-61; overseer of the poor in early days; member town board in 1875, and chairman of that body and Justice in 1883.”
The later years of his life were passed quietly in his old home, his younger son assuming control and operating the farm under his fathers directions. In disposition and character, his equal would be hard to find, and his love for home found him constantly there, where a warm welcome was extended to his friends and acquaintances.
*1615. Herbert P., b. March 14, 1860.
*1616. Adelia E., b. Oct. 5, 1861.
*1617. Frances L., b. Jan. 8, 1864.
1618. Lena E., b. April 8, 1866, m. July 7, 1885, Edwin Churchill of Elba, Minn. They did not have any children, but in later years, they adopted a girl, Viz., Verna.
1619. Electa E., b. Jan. 7, 1869, d. May 13, 1889; unmarried.
*1620. Lorenzo U., b. Nov. 26, 1870.