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*The Todds of Kansas*


Fort Scott Kansas History :

Established and garrisoned by the U.S. Army from 1842-1853, soldiers at Fort Scott assisted with the protection of the "Permanent Indian Frontier". After the army abandoned the fort in 1853, the buildings were purchased by local settlers at a government auction in 1855. The former military post became the center of one of the largest towns in Kansas Territory.

Between 1855 and 1861, the citizens of Fort Scott experienced the violent unrest that preceded the Civil War on the Kansas and Missouri border. Eastern newspapers described this violence as "Bleeding Kansas", a result of the national controversy concerning the extension of slavery into the new territories. Murder, mayhem, robbery, and arson were committed by bold free-state and pro-slavery advocates in the name of their cause. On January 29, 1861, Kansas entered the union as a free state, but the turmoil of "Bleeding Kansas" continued throughout the Civil War.

During the Civil War, Fort Scott was a U.S Army district Headquarters, quartermaster supply depot, training center, and recruitment station. It was strategically vital to the defense of Kansas and the Midwest.

After the Civil War, Fort Scott was a premier city of the frontier, one of the largest cities in eastern Kansas. On three different occasions, between 1870 and 1900, Fort Scott was in competition with Kansas City to become the largest railroad center west of the Mississippi. During the first half of the 20th century, Fort Scott became the agricultural, small industrial, and insurance center which it continues to be today.

*courtesy of the Kansas Historical Society web site*


George W. Todd

Left Guernsey County Ohio to homestead 160 acres just south of the Maffett homestead in what is now Fort Scott Kansas. His wife was Margaret Maffett and she wanted to live close to her family. George joined the Union side in the war between the states, and was wounded in the leg, which led to cancer in his arm pit from walking with a crutch. He donated part of his property to become Maple Grove Cemetery, and laid his parents and others there. Below is the marker for John, Betsy and Mary.


Maple Grove Cemetery, land donated to the city of Fort Scott by George W. Todd, from his 160 acre homestead:

The first to come to America, John Todd Sr., His wife Elizabeth and daughter Mary


Not in my gedcom


Sarah Jane Todd Claypool, youngest daughter of John Sr. and Elizabeth



John H. Todd


Mary J. Todd


John Russell Todd


If you can identify the ones shown here that I have no account of, please contact me, Tom Todd, at

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