Location: Watertown New York

Biography of Samuel McCloud McKeever Wood

Topeka, Kansas, had no more interesting personality among its citizens than Sam Wood, whe still coeupies the beautiful home he and his wife erected many years ago on the northeast corner of Tenth and Fillmore streets. This home is a landmark and spot of beauty in Topeka’s residential district. Mr. and Mrs. Wood personally supervised the eonstruction of the honse and the planning of the grounds. The site occupies six lots and wide, shady parks facing both Tenth and Fillmore streets. There are beautiful trees and shrubbery, and the entire place had that mellowness which is associated with old and comfortable families. Mr. Wood resdes in the home with his sister and niece, his wife, Mrs. Wood, having died several years ago. Mr. Wood first became acquainted with Kansas and Kansas people during his service in the Union army. Though he was a member of an Illinois regiment, he often served in company with Kansas regiments. He was a boy of fifteen when he joined the Union army in 1861, in the Tenth Illinois Cavalry. This regiment was attached to a division of cavalry commanded by General Davidson, and was a part of the Seventh Army Corps. Nearly the whole years of his service was west of the Mississippi River. During that time the faces of Colonel Crawford, Major Plumb, General Pleasanton and other notable figures in Kansas all...

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Marvin Todd of Watertown NY

Marvin Todd6, (Daniel5, Daniel4, Daniel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born 1789, in Derby, Conn., died Feb. 2, 1838, in Watertown, N. Y., married first, March 31, 1813, Abigail Wright, in Lorain, N. Y., who was born Sept. 12, 1792, died Dec. 12, 1835, in Watertown, N. Y. He married second, Sept. 17, 1837, Lucy Davis, who died April, 1839, in Watertown, N. Y. Children by Abigail Wright: *855. Abigail, b. June 2, 1815. *856. Leonard H., b. Aug. 12, 1818. *857. Lorenzo D., b. July 29, 1820. 858. Charles D. L., b. Feb. 17, 1823, d. March 24, 1823. *859. Caroline C., b. July 2, 1824. *860. Amanda M., b. May 13, 1826. *861. Russell W., b. Dec. 6, 1828. *862. Emma E., b. Jan. 24,...

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Emma Emillia Todd Hungerford of Watertown NY

HUNGERFORD, Emma Emillia Todd7, (Marvin6, Daniel5, Daniel4, Daniel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Jan. 24, 1834, married, Dec. 28, 1852, Orville, son of Orville and Betsey (Stanley) Hungerford, who died about 1902. He compiled a chart of Mrs. Todd’s branch of the Todd family which was well done. He was a man of considerable means. She is now living in Watertown, N. Y. Child: I. Grace Covert, b. Nov. 28, 1853, m. Sept. 21, 1882, in Watertown, N. Y., George H. Seiple. Issue: (1) Bessie Stanley, b. Aug. 26, 1883, in Lyons, N. Y.; (2) Annie Marguerite, b. Dec. 21, 1888, d. Jan. 1,...

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Lorenzo D. Todd of Elyria OH

Lorenzo D. Todd7, (Marvin6, Daniel5, Daniel4, Daniel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born July 29, 1820, in Lowville, N. Y., died April 8, 1895, in Elyria, Ohio, where he was buried, married, Nov. 9, 1845, in Watertown, N. Y., by Rev. Isaac Brayton, Harriet S. daughter of David W. Mills, who was born Sept. 13, 1826, in Watertown, N. Y., died May 25, 1900, in Elyria, Ohio, where she too was buried. Mr. Todd was a shoemaker by trade and worked at the business most of the time, though farming at intervals. He and family moved to Elyria, Ohio, about 1850, and lived there most of the time thereafter, execpting only when he went to Rockford, Ill., where he engaged in the shoe business with his brother, Leonard H. Todd. Five years before his death he contracted the disease called Shingles, leaving him with a terrible pain in his side, from which he suffered the remainder of his days. Children: *1558. Marvin Mills, b. April 8, 1847. *1559. Harriet Julia, b. Nov. 9, 1848. 1560. Alice Caroline, b. July 10, 1854, d. June 28, 1861, of...

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Abigail Todd Dyer of Louisville KY

DYER, Abigail Todd7, (Marvin6, Daniel5, Daniel4, Daniel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born June 2, 1815, in Watertown, N. Y., died Oct. 20, 1852, in Louisville, Ky., married May 3, 1836, Rev. Sidney Dyer. Children: I. Augusta, b. 1838, in New York City, m. George W. Penn., both are deceased. II. Amanda S., b. 1841, m. James Britts. Issue: Mattie Dyer Britts, who is a writer of some note at the present time. III. Alice, b. 1846, in Louisville, Ky., d. there in 1850. IV. Sidney Marvin, b. Sept. 1851, in Louisville, Ky., he lives in Indianapolis,...

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Clarence Buell Todd of Watertown NY

Clarence Buell Todd9, (Lewis E.8, Enoch L.7, Daniel6, Daniel5, Daniel4, Daniel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born June 2, 1875, in Rodman, N. Y., married Dec. 12, 1897, Maud May Hayes, in Watertown, N. Y., where he now (1913) resides and is a postman there. Children: 2739. Kenneth Buell, b. May 23, 1900, in Watertown, N. Y. 2740. Ella May, b. Jan. 28, 1910, also in Watertown, N....

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Ella May Todd Franklin of Syracuse NY

FRANKLIN, Ella May Todd9, (Lewis E.8, Enoch L.7, Daniel6, Daniel5, Daniel4, Daniel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Feb. 9, 1885, in Rodman, N. Y., married April 7, 1907, Jesse D. Franklin, in Watertown, N. Y., but is now (1913) living in Syracuse, N. Y. Children: I. Clara Todd, b. April 8, 1905, in Watertown, N. Y. II. Herschel Jesse, b. Jan. 9, 1913, in Syracuse, N....

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Edward Monroe Todd of Watertown NY

Edward Monroe Todd8, (David M.7, Daniel6, Daniel5, Daniel4, Daniel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Oct. 11, 1852, died May 7, 1915, in Watertown, N. Y., married Oct. 3, 1882, Fannie M. Shannon, who died April 30, 1891. He married second, Oct. 5, 1895, Emma Archer. He was born in East Rodman, N. Y., where he worked on a farm and also learned the carpenters trade. About 1886, he moved to Burr’s Mills, N. Y., where he bought a saw, grist and cider mill, and besides he did carpenters work and general repairing of sleighs, carriages and wagons. About 1903, he moved to Watertown, N. Y., and bought a house, and worked in carriage shops for about eight years when his health began to fail. He then worked around on light jobs as a pastime mostly, as he could not readily give up his active life all at once. He also at this time began to learn the printers trade with A. W. Miner of Watertown, N. Y. He played cornet in the band in his native village and was flute soloist in the church there. Children by Fannie M. Shannon: 2254. Marvin L., b. Nov. 6, 1884; he is now (1920) the treasurer of the Wedgren Motor Company, which operates The National Automobile School at 44 Cortland Street, Rochester, N. Y. He is not married. *2255. Mary E., b. Feb. 3,...

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Frances Pamela Todd Moffett of Watertown NY

MOFFETT, Frances Pamela Todd8, (Enoch L.7, Daniel6, Daniel5, Daniel4, Daniel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Jan. 9, 1843, in East Rodman, N. Y., died after a brief illness in New York City, Jan. 26, 1909, and was buried in the family burial lot in Brookside Cemetery, Watertown, N. Y. She married Jan. 28, 1862, John Fletcher Moffett, of Rodman, N. Y. After their marriage, they went to Watertown, N. Y., to live, where he was employed in the National Bank and Trust Company. Nearly all their subsequent life was passed there, and practically in the same house, which stood where the Asbury Methodist Church now stands, of which society they both were members. Mrs. Moffett’s beauty of character, as well as grace, endeared her to all who knew her. She was always active in charitable and philantrophic work of all kinds, yet notwithstanding all these activities, her home life was her chief and dearest care and her children “rise up and call her blessed.” She was educated in the district school and in 1856, she attended the Black River Institute in Watertown, N. Y., in 1857, she went to the Belleville Academy in Belleville, N. Y., which she attended for two years. Children: I. Charles Todd, b. July 29, 1864. II. Jeannette Todd, b. Sept. 28, 1868. III. Grace Emily, b. April 13, 1872, m. Louis S. Lansing; in 1917, they...

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Lewis Elwin Todd of Watertown NY

Lewis Elwin Todd8, (Enoch L.7, Daniel6, Daniel5, Daniel4, Daniel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born March 13, 1846, in East Rodman, N. Y., married in Rodman, N. Y., Jan. 24, 1869, Zerviah Evelina Buell, who was born Feb. 3, 1846. He passed most of his life on a farm near Rodman, N. Y., but in his later life he moved to Watertown, N. Y., where he was living in 1913. Children: 2249. Clara Edith, b. April 25, 1873, in Rodman, N. Y., died Nov. 6, 1907, in Wilmington, Del., m., in Watertown, N. Y., Aug. 31, 1905, Clarence B. Dempster, who d. Feb. 6, 1908, in Wilmington, Del. No children. *2250. Clarence Buell, b. June 2, 1875. 2251. Homer Adelbert, b. Jan. 2, 1877, in Rodman, N. Y.; in 1913, he lived in Watertown, N. Y., where he is a letter carrier. He is musically inclined. *2252. Ella May, b. Feb. 9,...

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Biography of Charles Rufus Skinner

CHARLES RUFUS SKINNER AMONG the younger men whose experience in matters pertaining to state, national and educational affairs has already been quite extensive and highly beneficial to his fellow-citizens, is the Hon. Charles R. Skinner, who, on account of his official relations, is now a resident of Albany. Born on the 4th of August, 1844, at Union Square, Oswego County, N. Y., he is a son of the late Hon. Avery Skinner, a worthy New England pioneer who left the granite hills of New Hampshire to seek a home in the richer northern regions of New York State. In October, 1816, when but twenty years old, he left the paternal roof in New Hampshire and rode on horseback all the way through the wilderness or thinly settled regions of the country until he reached Watertown, where he first made his home. The village at that time contained less than five hundred inhabitants, according to a census taken by Mr. Skinner soon after his arrival. Mr. Skinner had been engaged in teaching at Chesterfield, N. H,, and immediately upon reaching Watertown he was engaged to teach the village school. He spent eight years in Watertown teaching, keeping books for mercantile houses and recording deeds and mortgages in the county clerk’s office. About the year 1824, he set out again for the purpose of taking up a large tract of land...

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Biographical Sketch of Edgar H. Wilson

Born at Depauville, Jefferson County, New York, January 28, 1874, Edgar H. Wilson came to Moline, Illinois, with his parents, George T. and Mary E. Wilson, in the year 1892. He was educated in Lowville Academy, Lowville, New York. Leaving school at the age of seventeen he entered the service of Grant & Mould, grocers, at Watertown, New York, with whom he remained for three years when the family moved west. Arriving at Moline, Mr. Wilson was employed as clerk in the grocery store of George L. Benson at 1620 Third Avenue; at the expiration of three years he purchased the stock and fixtures of Mr. Benson and conducted the business on his own hook until September, 1902, when he, in company with C. W. Wright, organized the Wright Carriage Body Company and built that well known plant with Mr. Wright as Manager and Mr. Wilson as Secretary and Treasurer. Since Mr. Wright’s retirement from the concern in 1904 Mr. Wilson has been in sole charge of factory and office. In the year 1898, on Thanksgiving Day, Mr. Wilson was joined in marriage to Miss Emma Wright, daughter of C. W. Wright, of the above Company. In politics Mr. Wilson is a Republican; he is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, where he officiates as organist; he is also a member of the Young Men’s Christian Association, and...

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Biographical Sketch of Rev. John Knowles

(I) Rev. John Knowles, immigrant ancestor, was born in Lincolnshire, England, and educated at Magdalen College. He came to New England about 1636 and was admitted to the church as a “studyent” in Lynn, August 25, 1639; was dismissed to the church at Watertown and ordained colleague pastor, November 10, 1640; was a godly man and prime scholar; was selected to accompany Mr. William Thompson to Virginia in the effort to plant churches of the New England type there. He returned from Virginia to Watertown and finally to England. He sold land to the Iron Works Company at Lynn, October 24, 1651. He was living in Bristol, England, March 30, 1655, when he sold more land at Lynn. He married Elizabeth . Children: Richard (according to good authority), mentioned elsewhere; Mary, born April 9, 1641; Elizabeth, May 15, 1643; Hannah, married Benjamin...

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Biography of Adoniram Judson Whitford

Adoniram Judson Whitford. A special place in ranks of the pioneer business men of Kansas should be accorded the late Adoniram Judson Whitford of Manhattan. For over forty years he sold hardware in that city. When he opened his first stock of goods the Civil war was raging over the country. He began on a modest scale, in proportion to his individual resources, and also to the needs and demands of the town and surrounding country. He prospered and expanded his enterprise even as Manhattan expanded as a city and the surrounding country took upon itself advanced features of progress. He was one of the very early settlers of Kansas Territory, and Mrs. Whitford, his widow who survives him, is one of the few living Kansas women whose recollections go back to the period soon after the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska hill in the early ’50s. The late Mr. Whitford was born at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York, April 12, 1835, and died at his home in Manhattan December 19, 1910. He had lived three-quarters of a century, and two-thirds of this time had been spent in Kansas. He was a young man of about twenty-one when he came to the territory in 1856. For a time he lived at Topeka and there learned the trade of tinsmith. He was also a homesteader, but afterward sold his land, and...

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