Todds of Georgia
of Wilkes County
There were four Todd families in early Wilkes Co GA.† (1) John Todd d 1815, (2)
James Todd d 1797, (3) Caleb Todd, and (4) William Todd.
John and James were brothers from Mecklenburg Co NC;
Caleb was from the Todd family of Rowan Co NC; Williamís origins are unknown
though we note that a William Todd was a witness on a deed of John Todd and may
be his son.
Todd d 1815 (TF 19)
John Todd came from Mecklenburg
Co. NC.† He was the son of James Todd who
was baptized at the Abingdon Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia County, PA
in 1726. John was the grandson of John Todd who was named in a Supreme Court
Case in Hunterdon Co NJ in the 1750s.
John got 4 grants in Wilkes Co
between 1787 and 1792 Ė on Rockey Creek, Upton Creek
and Fishing Creek.†† Some of his
neighbors on one of the grants were also neighbors to James Todd, suggesting
that some of their land was close together.†
One of his grants might also have been in the portion of Wilkes Co that
became Lincoln Co in 1796.
John moved to Putnam County
with his wife Mary and his children between 1806 and 1808 and died there in
1815.†† His children by his first wife
were:† William McCulloch Todd and James Elizah Todd.† His
children with Mary were:† Joseph, Elizabeth,
Adam, John, Sarah, Maria, Matilda, Polly, Felix and Augustus.
Todd d 1797 (TF 19)
James Todd d 1797 was the brother
of John Todd d 1815.†† James got a grant
on Fishing Creek in 1785 and then in 1789 bought land a few miles to the NW
between Huttons Fork and Clarkís
Fork of Long Creek.
Due to a clerical mistake, his
wife Elizabeth was erroneously identified on a deed as the widow of a John
Todd, but close reading of that deed reveals an internal contradiction that taken
with other data show that she was the widow of James Todd and that their seven
children: Joseph, John, James, Elizabeth, Nancy, William, Margaret.
Todd (TF 17)
Caleb Todd born 1751-1758 in Pennsylvania came with his parents to Rowan Co NC about
1770, married there, had a son Benjamin b 1778 and then came to Georgia some
time before 1786, probably 1778-1781.† He
settled initially on Fishing Creek, but soon had located on land and got a 200
acre grant in 1788 on a small branch of Clarkís Fork of Long Creek, about ĺ mile
to the west of the headwaters of Heardís Mill Creek
of Fishing Creek.†† He had children under
21 in the land lottery drawing in 1803.†
We suspect he had married Sarah Bentley and was the father of Editha Todd b 1793, Abel Todd b 1795, Sarah Todd b 1798 and
Samuel Bentley Todd b 1802 Ė all born in Georgia.††
He was involved in a court case in
1795-96 with Jeremiah Bentley who lived on Heardís
Mill Creek of Fishing Creek.† Perhaps
this suggests a family connection with Jeremiah Bentley or his cousin William
About 1799, he transferred 60
acres of his land to Benjamin Todd b1778 NC-d1855 GA and between 1802 and 1804, he transferred the remainder of his land to
Benjamin.†† This, together with DNA
evidence, suggests that Benjamin was his† eldest son.
He appears to be the Caleb Todd
who appeared on the Madison Co KY tax lists 1804-1806.†† After his death, his sons William b 1781 GA
and Reuben b 1785 GA went to TN with their uncle Benjamin and his children Editha, Abel, Sarah and Samuel B. went north with their
mother to Scott County KY where Sarah Bentley Todd appears in the 1810 tax
William Todd got a grant of land
in 1784 on Brierís Creek, a branch of Soap Creek and then a grant on Soap
Creek.† These lands appear to be in the
portion of Wilkes Co that became Lincoln Co in 1796.† He may the William who witnessed a deed by
John Todd in 1796, but further research is needed to identify this William.
††††† Todds of
Jones and Putnam County
By 1812, there were four Todd
families in Jones and Putnam County,
Todd d 1815 in northern Putnam County near the Morgan County
Todd d 1819-1825 in the town of Clinton, Jones County, 10-15 miles south
of the Jones-Putnam county boundary
Todd 1778-1855 who owned parcels in Jones Co and parcels which straddled
the Jones-Putnam Co line
Todd b 1770-1780 d 1830s or 1840s, living in Putnam County
on a parcel that straddled the border, adjacent to lands of Benjamin Todd.
Todd d 1815
John Todd d 1815 came from Mecklenburg
Co NC to Wilkes Co Georgia
about 1785 and secured 4 grants between 1787 and 1792.†† Two of these grants were on the upper
headwaters of Rocky Creek and Upton Creek and two were on Fishing Creek, that
may have staddled the border of what became in 1796
the Wilkes Co-Lincoln County border.
Between 1806 and 1808, he moved to
Putnam County where he died in 1815.
His children by his first wife
were:† William McCulloch Todd and James Elizah Todd.† His
children with Mary were:† Joseph,
Elizabeth, Adam, John, Sarah, Maria, Matilda, Polly, Felix and Augustus.
Todd d 1819-1825
John Todd d 1819-1825 came from South Carolina to Jones County,
Georgia between 1802 when
his son John was born and 1807 when he bought a lot in the town of Clinton.†† He sold this lot in 1819 to Benjamin Trapp (not
Benjamin Todd as reported by earlier family historians) and died between 1819
and 1825 when his wife Margaret released her dower in the sale of the lot.
His children are thought to
be:†† Martha married Thomas Huff 1817, Eliza b 1801 SC married George \Kidd 1819. John b 1802 SC, and James who was divorced by Sydney Todd about
Benjamin Todd was born in Rowan County
NC about 1778.† He first showed up in Georgia on a
tax list in 1799 as being taxed for 60 acres of the 200 acres his father Caleb
Todd had obtained by grant in 1788.† By
1804, Caleb had died or left the area and gone to Kentucky and Benjamin was now in possession
of all of Calebís lands.† This suggests
that he was either Calebís eldest son.
Benjamin moved to Jones County
by 1812 and settled near the Jones-Putnam
County border.† He acquired lands adjacent to his first
purchase between 1817 and 1823, all of which abutted the parcel in Putnam County
acquired in 1816 by John Todd b 1770-80, probably his brother.
His first wife died in 1839 and he
married Charity Kilby in 1841 in Jones County.
His children were:† John B. Todd b 1799, William Lewis Todd b
1796-1800, Mary b abt 1800,† Susannah b1806, Elizabeth b1811, Rebecca b 1811, Benjamin
Allen b 1817.
Todd b 1770-80
John Todd b 1770-1780 settled in Putnam County
about 1812.† He bought a parcel on the Jones-Putnam County
border in 1816 which lay next to the parcel that Benjamin Todd acquired in Jones County
in 1812.†† He may have lived in Wilkes County
where he was on the 1805 and 1806 tax list, but was not on the 1809 tax list.
He moved to Henry
County between 1824 and 1830, then
sold his Henry County
land in 1835 and went to Meriwether
County where he appeared
on a 1836 court record.
His children were Benjamin G. Todd
b 1800, Levi Todd b 1810-12, John Todd b 1810-20, William
Todd b 1817.
††††† Todds of Warren County
There were two Todd families in
early Warren County:†
(1) Hardy Todd d 1801 and (2) James Todd b 1778.
Todd d 1801† (TF 158)
Hardy Todd died in 1801 and his wil mentioned his children:†
Job, Silas, Mourning, Anna, Hardy, William, Winny.† DNA
shows him to be related to the Hardy Todd of Edgecombe Co NC.
Todd b 1778† (TF
James Todd was born in 1778 in
either Virginia or Georgia.†† His father
has been cited as the Henry Todd who came from Virginia
to Burke County.†
This Henry Todd married Apphia Bushrod Fauntleroy 1770 in or near King and Queen County
Virginia and is thought to be part of
that family of Thomas Todd who settled in Virginia in the 1600s..†† Henry and Apphia
had a son Henry Todd b 1779 in Virginia
and some say that James was a brother to this Henry.† The Todds settled in Burke Co where Henry was
a representative to the Georgia
convention that approved the federal constitution.† He died in 1789.
There was a James Todd in the 1805
land lottery (having children under 21) in Warren County.†† The 1850 census has James Todd b 1778 and
his son James born 1806 GA.† James Jr
married Narcissa Johnson in 1841.
Todds of Wilkinson County
The first Todds mentioned in Wilkinson County are James E. Todd of Columbia
County who won an 1805† land lottery
prize in Wilkinson County in 1806 and John Todd Senior who won an 1805 land
lottery prize there in 1805.†† John Todd
Senior is probably the John Todd who died in Putnam County
in 1815; James E. Todd is said to be Johnís son by his first wife.
However, the Todds who settled in Wilkinson County
are thought to be the family Johnís brother, James Todd, who died in 1797 in Wilkes County.†† An 1813 deed indentifies Elizabeth Todd,
Jamesí widow as living in Wilkinson
County.†† Jamesí son James died in Wilkinson County
in 1849 and Jamesí son William died there in 1866.† Jamesí son John appears to be the John Todd
who died in Laurens Co in 1842.† Laurens County
had been taken from Wilkinson
County in 1807.
Jamesí other children dispersed to
other places:† Joseph, Elizabeth and
Nancy all went to Upson
County by the 1830s.††
††††† Todds of Henry and Meriwether County
John Todd b 1770-1780 went from Putnam County
to Henry County between 1824 and 1830.† He sold his land there in 1835 and appears in
Meriwether County by 1836.† His children who all appear on the same page
of the Meriwether Co census in 1840 were:†
Benjamin G. Todd b 1800 GA, Levi b 1810-12, John b 1810-20 and William b
††††† Todds of Richmond County
There was a David Todd who died in
Richmond Co GA in 1802 who had sons Joshua and David.†† David Sr bought
land on Little Spirit Creek in 1795 from the McCullough family.† There is a Henry Todd on an 1800 tax list in Richmond County and a Thomas B. Todd who appears
in a slave transaction in 1795.† The
relationship of these latter two Todds to the David Todd family is unknown.
David, Joshua and the widow Mary
Todd were all drawers in the 1805 land lottery.
Joshua married Mary Burch on 23
May 1797 and David married Asarebecca McCullough on
18 Jul 1799 with Samuel McCullough as security..
Their fate is uncertain, but they
may have been part of the migration to Alabama.
McCullough, Joseph and wife
Elizabeth p 415 Nov 14, 1795 to David Todd, 100 acres on Little Spirit Creek,
conveyed to Joseph by Samuel McCulough 1794: Test
Joshua Todd, David Todd Jr.
So there should be deeds in
Richmond Co for the sale of this land.
I note there is a Thomas B. Todd
on a slave transaction in 1795.
I note that David Todd is referred
to as David Todd Sr in the 3 May 1802 intestate
appointment of Joshua Todd as admininstrator.and
there is a reference to an order of the Court of Ordinary† of Richmond Co 3 May 1802.† I wonder where David Todd Jr went to???
Presumably this is the Samuel
McCullough who sold the Little Spirit Creek land to Joseph McCullough who in turn
sold that land to David Todd Sr.
There are Todds in Baldwin Co AL
and Choctaw Co AL (including a Joshua Todd) who claim possible descent from
††††† Todds of Coweta County
Andrew Todd b 1804 Mecklenburg Co
NC was in Coweta Co by 1830 and then moved on to Russell Co AL by 1840.
of Jackson County† TF
James and John Todd of the 1820
census were born prior to 1775 and were reportedly related to the family of
Archibald Todd of Old 96, SC.† James b prior 1775 (One internet source says that James Todd (md 1810 Jackson Co) and William Todd of Jackson County are
from Archibald of SC via John and Lucinda.)
John b prior to 1775, Died 1823
Jackson Co William & Lucinda admin..† Note there is a John Todd in Jackson Co in
1810 per tax list. Reported to be son of Archibald Todd of
Old 96 and Anderson Co SC. Seem to have come to GA bewteen
1802/3 and 1810. Son James md
Charlotte Bennett in 1810.† William
b 1775-1794 , born abt 1794,
in Pickens Co AL by 1830.
††††† Todds of McIntosh/Liberty/Tattnall
County TF 155
John Todd d 1758
(TF 155).† John came from
Philadelphia & NC to the Wateree
River in Craven District
of SC by 1749.† He sold his SC land in
1751 and moved to GA where he settled by 1754 on the South Newport River in
what was then St Andrewís Parish, later (1777) in Liberty County, later (1793)
in McIntosh County.† Some descendants
moved north to Tattnall