James E. Todd

Contributed By
Rene' Treffeisen

James E. Todd, farmer, dairyman and apiarist, of the town of Unadilla, living on a good 
farm containing 175 acres of highly improved land, well watered and well stocked,
purchased this farm twenty-five years ago. He has since then made many improvements on
it, erected good buildings, including a fine residence, and has been a very successful man.
He removed to his present location from Hartwick, Otsego County, where he had lived on a
farm for some years. He was born in Middlefield fifty-seven years ago, and was reared
there until he was eighteen years of age. He then removed to Hartwick, attended the
seminary there for some years, and afterward taught for nine terms. Since retiring from
that profession he has been a farmer, dairyman and beekeeper, being very successful in
all of these various lines. In politics he is a Democrat, and has been interested to
some extent in local affairs. He has been Assessor for three years. His father, Orange Todd, was born in Middlefield in 1802, and was a son of Rev. Jonah
Todd, a native of Connecticut, and of New England ancestry. He came to this county
during the latter part of the last century, and settled in the wilds of Middlefield,
where he became a Baptist minister, following this calling nearly all his life. He
was well known in church circles, and liked by all who knew him. He died in Middlefield
at an advanced age. He was twice married, his son Orange being on of the children of
the second wife. The children of the first wife are all now deceased. Orange Todd lived and died in Otsego county, his death ocurring in Hartwick when he was
past sixty-one years of age. He was a good man, a farmer by occupation, and was a
member of the Lutheran Church. In politics he was a Democrat. He earned his own
livelihood from the time he was a boy. His wife, formerly Miss Ann Daniels, was born
in the town of Springfield, Otsego County. She was a descendant of an old pioneer
family. Her father, Jasper Daniels, was a shoe-maker by trade, and died in
this county when an old man. Mrs. Todd died some years before her husband, at Hartwick,
in 1861, when she was upward of fifty years of age. Her only son, Andrew, enlisted
as a soldier, which patriotic act caused his mother's death. He was afterward excused
from service by his Captain. James E. Todd is the eldest of six children, three sons and three daughters, two of the
latter being now deceased. He was married in Hartwick, to Miss Adeline Auger, who was
born in that town, and is an intelligent and good woman and kind-hearted neighbor.
She has become the mother of six children, one of whom, Eugene, died when thirteen
years of age. Those living are as follows: Flora, who for the last three years has
been studying at Vassar College; Addie and Anna (twins), Helen and Clara, all at home.
Mr. and Mrs. Todd attend the Baptist Church, and are liked and respected by all their
friends and acquaintances.
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