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Sorting Out the Todd Families of Jones and Putnam County Georgia

Richard McMurtry April 2011, Revised May 2011; Feb 2012

 

By 1812, there were four Todd families in Jones and Putnam County, Georgia.

  • John Todd d 1815 in northern Putnam County near the Morgan County boundary
  • John Todd d 1819-1825 in Clinton, 10-15 miles south of the Jones-Putnam county boundary
  • Benjamin Todd 1778-1855 who owned parcels in Jones Co and parcels which straddled the Jones-Putnam Co line
  • John Todd b 1770-1780 d 1830s or 1840s, living in Putnam County, adjacent to lands of Benjamin Todd.

 

The Todds on the boundary line included 5 John Todds and 2 Benjamin Todds.  The similarity of names has made it difficult to sort out their relationships.  The family structure of these families as documented and as speculated herein were:

 

Northern Putnam County

Clinton, Jones County

Jones-Putnam boundary

Jones-Putnam Boundary

John Todd d 1815

·         William

·         James=>Lincoln Co GA

·         Joseph b 1788=>Upson Co

·         Adam b 1789 =>Madison Co AR

·         Elizabeth b 1793 md John Hooks 1806

·         John Todd b 1795

·         Felix Todd b 1805=>McNairy Co TN

·         Augustus Todd b 1807 Wilkes =>Madison Co AR

 

 

John Todd d 1819-1825 md

       Margaret LNU (tradition

       says Montgomery)

·       Martha md 1817 Thomas Guff

·       Eliza b 1801 SC md 1819 George W. Kidd

·       James md Sydney LNU prior to 1832

·       John b 1802 SC=>Troup Co GA

John Todd 1770-1780

·   Benjamin b 1800 md Lorena Leggitt 1823 Putnam Co

·   Levi b 1810 md 1836=>Chambers Co AL

·   William A b 1817 d 1896=>Clark Co AR

·   John b 1814=>Chambers Co AL=>Tallapoosa Co AL

Benjamin Todd 1778-1855 m

       1) ?Tradition says Rebecca

         Montgomery d 14 Sept

         1839 2) 1841 Charity

          Kilby

·         John B b1793-1799

·         Mary b abt 1800

·         William Lewis b1796/1800

·         Susannah b1806 md Richmond Buckner

·         Elizabeth b1811 md Reason Buckner

·         Rebecca b 1811 md Thomas Vincent

·         Benjamin Allen b 1817 md

       Mary Elizabeth Buckner

            John Todd died 1815 Putnam County

 

It is well established using both genealogical information and DNA that the John Todd who died in 1815 in northern Putnam County was not related to the Todds on the Putnam/Jones county boundary.       He came from Mecklenburg Co, North Carolina to Wilkes County about 1785 and settled on Fishing Creek, owning land at several places including the portion that became Lincoln Co..  Between 1806 and 1808, he moved to Putnam County where he died in 1815.[1]  His descendants’ DNA matches the Todds of Mecklenburg County, NC, and the Todds of Mary Todd Lincoln family. 

 

            John Todd d 1819-1825 of Clinton, Jones County   

 

John Todd of Clinton bought a lot in Clinton in 1807, sold it in 1819 to Benjamin Trapp and died between 1819 and 1825 – the latter year being the year his widow Margaret documented her release of her dower in the lot and referred to her husband as John Todd senior deceased.[2] 

 

We also know there were four Todds in the Jones County records that are not associated with the family of Benjamin Todd 1778-1855 of the county border, namely, Martha Todd who married 1817 to Thomas Huff, Eliza/Elizabeth Todd born 1801 South Carolina who married 1819 to George Kidd, John Todd b 1802 South Carolina,  and a James Todd who was named in a divorce proceeding in 1832.[3] 

 

Could these be the children of John Todd?   Yes, these seem all to have been children of John Todd d 1820.  There is some evidence that at least one of these marriages was to a Todd associated with Clinton and hence the possibility that they all were.   The fact that Eliza’s husband, George Kidd, was in Clinton in 1820 and 1830 and that in 1820 he was on the same page of the census as Benjamin Trap who bought John Todd’s Clinton lot in 1819 suggests the possibility that his wife Eliza Todd was associated with Clinton.  This in turn suggests the possibility that she was daughter of John Todd of Clinton.   Further,  George Kidd and Elizabeth Todd Kidd appear in the 1850 and 1860 census in Troup County, Georgia.  Elizabeth is listed as born in South Carolina in 1801 in both censuses and in 1850 living with her is John Todd born in 1802 South Carolina, presumably her brother.[4]

 

This suggests that probability that John Todd of Clinton was in South Carolina in 1801 and 1802 when his children were born, which explains why we don’t find this John with two draws in the Georgia land lottery in 1802 – he simply wasn’t in Georgia yet.  

 

Could this John be the father of Benjamin?   It’s possible but not likely.   John had children around 1800 and it looks like Benjamin born 22 years before is not the age to be one of his children.   Also, the evidence above suggests that Benjamin b 1778 is the son of Caleb b 1751-1758.  

 

Could this John be the John Todd of the 1812 Putnam County livestock transfer to sons Benjamin and Levi?   No.  We have established that John Todd of the 1812 Putnam County is almost certainly the John Todd b 1770-1780 of the tax lists and census records of Putnam County of 1820.

  

            The Todds of the Putnam-Jones County Boundary

 

This author believes that John Todd b 1770-1780 and Benjamin Todd b 1778 were close kin, probably brothers.  Male DNA from two branches of the family of John Todd b 1770-80 and from one branch of the Benjamin Todd family reveals that they share a common male ancestor. Family Finder DNA of the Georgia-born Todds (Benjamin b 1778, John b 1770-80, William b 1781, Reuben b 1785, Abel b 1795) suggests they are all brothers.

 

In any event, by 1812, it appears that the two families both were in the boundary area between Jones and Putnam County.   In 1812, Benjamin Todd bought Parcel 183 straddling the boundary line.[5]   Also, in 1812, a John Todd of Putnam County recorded a strange deed transferring ownership of his livestock to his “beloved sons Benjamin and Levi”.[6]  In 1816, a John Todd bought from J. F. Martin/Martain Lot 169 in Putnam County which straddled the county line and lay immediately to the NW of the Lot that Benjamin Todd had bought in Jones County in 1812.[7]   Then in 1817, Benjamin bought Lot 170, an adjacent parcel just south of Lot 169,  and in 1821 and 1823 acquired Lot 184, just to the west of Lot 169.[8]    Benjamin was referred to as Benjamin Todd Sr in the 1823 deed reflecting that there were now two Benjamin Todds in the area – Benjamin b 1778 the purchaser and Benjamin G. Todd son of John Todd b 1770-1780 who had turned 21 between 1821 and 1823.

 

By 1823, John and Benjamin Todd owned over a square mile of land (800 acres) with Benjamin Todd owning adjoining parcels on the south, south east and southwest of John Todd.

 

The tax list of 1823 also lists only one John Todd and it is the John Todd who bought land from Martin.   The tax lists of 1823,1820, 1816 and 1813 list many of the same neighbors and confirm that all these tax list references are to the same person.

 

Since there is only one John Todd in the 1820 census, namely the John Todd b 1770-1780 and one John Todd in the 1820 tax list, we conclude they are the same person.  The 1820 tax list indicates he is the John Todd who purchased the land from Martin.    This means that John Todd of the census[9], i.e. John Todd b 1770-1780 is most likely the John Todd who made the 1816 purchase of Lot 169 from J. F. Martin.  Furthermore, comparing the list of neighbors of John Todd in the 1816 tax list to the list of neighbors in the 1813 tax list, suggests that John Todd b 1770-1780 was the John Todd of the 1813 tax list.   Further confirmation of John Todd b 1770-1780 being in the county boundary area is that in 1821, he witnessed a deed in Jones County for Mary Pounds selling lot 148 which lay just about 3/5 of a miles S of Lot 169.[10]  He recorded his witnessing in 1836 when he was living in Meriwether County, thereby proving that the John Todd that witnessed the deed was the John Todd b 1770-1780. Also, Benjamin G. Todd, son of John Todd b 1770-1780, married in 1823 to Lorena Leggett who lived near Lot 226, 3 miles to the east of Lot 169.[11]

 

For all these reasons, we believe it is John Todd b 1770-1780 who recorded the deed transferring his livestock to his sons Benjamin and Levi in 1812, not the John Todd of Clinton as thought by earlier family historians.   Also, the Benjamin Todd who was the witness to John’s deed was probably Benjamin Todd 1778-1855 who had bought land on the county border in 1812.   At first, it appeared that the livestock deed would require Benjamin and Levi to be adults.  However, this was a gift not a sale.   A father could legally gift his minor children with goods PROVIDED he recorded the gift as a deed.  The advantage of such a strange transfer is that the goods would be protected from any creditors on the father’s estate.

 

We also note that (1) John B. Todd (son of Benjamin) was too young to have sons in 1812 and (4) John Todd of Clinton appears to be a different family and there is no evidence this John Todd of Clinton had a son Benjamin or was in Putnam County.

 

We have been unable to find the sale of land by John Todd.   We note that in 1820 tax list, Richmond Buckner was listed as being taxed on the same land, but by 1823, Richmond was not so listed.  

 

We have contacted the US Forest Service to find out if they have records of the purchase of the Todd lands in Putnam County for the Forest Service in the 1930s to see if we can trace the ownership back to the early 1800s to see who inherited the lands of both John Todd and Benjamin Todd and are awaiting a reply.   There are also some court records with Benjamin Todd estate entries that could be checked for clues.

 

We considered whether John B. Todd, son of Benjamin could have been the purchaser of Lot 169 in 1816 and concluded he was not the purchaser.   However, John B. Todd is documented to be a resident of Jones County, not Putnam County.  John B. Todd was resident in Hawes District of Jones County in 1823 when he was eligible for the land lottery and drew a prize in Henry County (Lot 194).[12]   This is the land referred to in the deed of 1828 by the lot owner of Lot 222 (which was diagonally adjacent to Lot 194) identified as “adjacent to lands of John Todd”.[13]  Haws District was probably the same District where Benjamin Todd lived, since there is a Richard Haws in Jones County who was in Jefferson’s District in the 1820 census which is the District where  Benjamin Todd appears in the census.

 

The evidence we have suggests that John B. Todd’s land ownership was all in Jones County.   This table shows the buying and selling of land in Jones County after 1830:

 

Year

Sellor

Purchasor

Lot & Description

 

 

1830

William L. Todd

John Todd

50 ac Lot 163

 

1847: John Todd to Joseph Messer 50 of 100 acres; not sure where other 50 acres came from that John had acquired.

 

William L. Todd

Benjamin Todd

50 ac Lot 163 (partly in Jones & partly in Putnam)

1833: Benj to Thomas Vincent 50ac (sold in Jones County)

 

 

William Todd

John Todd

80 Ac Lot 162

1839: John to Benj

 

1831

Charity Todd

Benjamin Todd

36-1/4 ac NW 162

50 ac SE Lot 163

1833: Benj. To Thom. Vincent 100ac

 

1839

John B. Todd

Benjamin Todd

120 NW 161

80 ac 162

Not sure how John got the 120 acres of Lot 161.  The 80 acres came from William in 1830.

 

 

The essential point of this table is that John B. Todd did not own land in Putnam County or land that staddled the border.   Benjamin’s son, William and William‘s  wife Charity somehow acquired interest in Lots 162 and 163 which they sold to John Todd, William’s brother, and to Benjamin Todd, William’s father – each one getting about 130 acres.  Benjamin received the 50 acres that straddled the county border.  John seems to have acquired another 120 acres on his own further south in Lot 161 (though no deed is recorded).  Then in 1833, Benjamin sold the land he got from William and Charity to his son-in-law Thomas Vincent.   Then, in 1839, John sold to Benjamin Todd 80 acres in Lot 162 he got from William and 121 acres in Lot 161 he had obtained on his own.  Then, in 1847, John sold 100 acres to Joseph Messer[14] which probably included the 50 acres in Lot 163 he had gotten from William.  So John B. Todd land ownership and residence does not seem to be the John Todd who bought Lot 169 in Putnam County and does not seem to have been in Putnam County at all.

 

 

Some other basic facts about the John Todd b 1770-1780 family warrant mention at this point.    The 1820 census shows John b 1770-1780 and shows 4 sons – one born 1794-1802, one born 1804-1810, two born 1810-1820.[15]    By 1830, John is in Henry County and Benjamin G. Todd, his son, appears elsewhere in the county.[16]   The ages of John’s sons corresponds to the ages of his sons in the 1820 census, namely, Benjamin b 1800, Levi b 1810, John and William b 1810-1820. 

 

In 1835, John sold 73 acres of Lot 224 in Henry County on Shoal Creek (Lot 224) and the sale was witnessed by Levi Todd, presumably his son Levi who was 25 years old by this time[17].  This land coincidentally lay diagonally adjacent to the land that John B. Todd acquired in 1823 through the land lottery.[18]   These two families certainly managed to stay connected with each other.   In 1836, John filed a document in the Meriwether County court confirming his witnessing of a deed in Jones County in 1821, confirming that he is the John Todd of Putnam County in the 1820 census.[19]   Levi Todd married in 1836 in Meriwether County to Elizabeth Keith.[20]  The 1840 census for Meriwether includes Benjamin G., Levi, John and William all on the same page.[21]  By 1850, Benjamin G. Todd was in Randolph County and Levi Todd was in Chambers Co.[22]

 

            Father of Benjamin Todd 1778-1855

 

This brings us back to the question:  Who was the father of Benjamin Todd 1778-1855?

 

We have established above that the John Todd of Clinton is almost certainly not the father of Benjamin, contrary to the conclusions of early family historians.    And we have shown that Benjamin Todd 1778-1855 and John Todd b 1770-1780 are closely associated with each other and probably brothers that settled on the Jones-Putnam border about the same time.

 

We conclude that Caleb Todd b 1751-1758, son of Benjamin Todd b 1725-1730, is the father of Benjamin Todd b 1778.  Below is a discussion of the four possibilities we considered.   (1) John Todd b 1752, son of Benjamin Todd b 1725  and (2) Caleb Todd b 1751, son of Benjamin Todd b 1725-30, (3) Benjamin Todd b 1725-30 who had 2 males under 16 living with him in Rowan Co in 1790, (4) Mary Todd 1762-1866 of Rutherford/Cannon County TN said by some to be the mother of Reuben Todd b 1785 GA and William Tood b 1781 GA. 

 

            Caleb Todd Alternative I

 

The reasons for thinking that Caleb b 1751 might be the father of Benjamin Todd 1778-1855 is that Benjamin obtained ownership of Caleb’s lands between 1799 and 1804, even though Caleb had other children.  Also Benjamin first appears in the tax list in Wilkes County in 1799 when he turned 21, suggesting that he might have been the son of someone already in Wilkes County. 

 

On the one hand, even though Caleb had children under 21 in 1802, he nevertheless in 1799 transferred ownership of 1/3 of his 1788 land grant (about 60 acres) to Benjamin Todd in 1799 when Benjamin turned 21.[23]   Then between 1802 and 1804, when Caleb seems to have gone to KY where he appears on the 1804 Madison Co KY tax list, Benjamin received the rest of Caleb’s lands.  

 

DNA suggests that Benjamin b 1778, John b 1770-80, William b 1781, Reuben b 1785, Abel b 1795 are all brothers and hence sons of Caleb Todd.

 

            John Todd b 1752 Alternative II

 

Early family historians concluded that Benjamin Todd 1778-1855 was the son of John Todd b 1752.  However, this seems to be based on a record of unknown origin saying giving an exact birth date for John Todd son of Benjamin Todd b 1725/30 and then confusing the various John Todds in Wilkes Co, Jones Co and Putnam County with the John Todd b 1752.

 

Looking closely at the records of Rowan County reveals that all the references to John Todd are to the John Todds of an unrelated family that came to Rowan Co in the 1750s.   So it is not clear that the John Todd b 1752 even reached maturity and there is no documentary evidence that John b 1752 was the father of Benjamin b 1778.

 

The reasons for thinking that Benjamin was the son of John b 1752 has to do with family traditions passed down in the Rutherford County TN branches of the family related to Benjamin Todd b 1759 son of Benjamin b 1725, but also in the Georgia-born Reuben Todd b 1785 family.   This tradition was the John Todd and his sons Benjamin and Levi visited the Todds in Rutherford Co TN and then returned to Georgia where he remarried.   This tradition also reported that John visited his father and that his father was Benjamin Todd b 1725.  From this, it was inferred that this referred to John Todd b 1752 (son of Benjamin b 1725) and his assumed son Benjamin Todd 1778-1855.  Also, there was a John Todd in the tax lists of Wilkes County that some have assumed was the father of Benjamin Todd 1778-1855.

 

The tradition was reported in recent years as:

 

“It was noted in Claradell ‘Clara’ M. Moore/Jacobs b. 1908 records and she descends from Malinda Jane Todd b. 1835, d/o Reuben.  It was also stated in Edna Katylee Todd b. 1921 records and she descends from Levi, Caleb, Levi, William, Mary, Benjamin.  I put in my records, according to Clara M. Jacobs, “John, along with his sons, Benjamin and Levi, visited his father (Benjamin Todd I) in Rutherford County.  John then left to go back to GA and remarried.”

 

The one thing that this tradition seems to support is that the John Todd with sons Benjamin and Levi had some relationship to the Todds of Rutherford Co.    Our discussion above shows that John Todd with sons Benjamin and Levi was the John Todd b 1770-1780 with sons Benjamin b 1800 and Levi b about 1810, not the John Todd b 1752.     Hence the reported  visit by John Todd to TN, if it occurred at all, must have been after Levi’s birth in 1810, by which various branches of the Todds had already moved from Madison County KY to Rutherford County, TN.   The Todds who moved included:  Benjamin Todd b 1759 son of Benjamin b 1725,  Aaron Todd b 1784 son of Peter b 1756 and William Todd b 1781 Georgia and Reuben Todd b 1785 Georgia.      But if we are right that John, the father of Benjamin and Levi, was b 1770-1780, then he is more the age to be a brother to Reuben and William and a nephew of Benjamin b 1759.  Also, Benjamin b 1778 is the right age to be a brother to Reuben and William and a nephew to Benjamin b 1759.

 

We know that John Todd b 1752 was not in Wilkes County Georgia in 1790 because the only John Todd in the tax lists and deed records was the John Todd d 1815 Putnam County who got a numerous grants on Fishing Creek in Wilkes Co beginning in 1787 and who went to Putnam County between 1806 and 1808.[24]

 

Could John Todd b 1752 have been elsewhere in Georgia in 1790?  Well, there is a John Todd in Burke County GA in 1783 who is accused of being a loyalist and there is a John Todd of Burke County in 1802 who had 2 draws in the land lottery, meaning that he had children under 21.   We know almost nothing about the John Todd of Burke County.  However, this is a possibility that needs explored.  It is possible that this is the John Todd b 1752 came to Burke Co.[25]

 

There is a John Todd who shows up in the 1804 and 1805 tax list of Wilkes Co but then disappears by 1809.   We  could speculate that this is the John Todd b 1770-1780 and that he migrated to Wilkes from Burke County or elsewhere, and then moved on to Putnam County.  However, we do not have enough information about these John Todd references to be clear who they are.

 

            Benjamin Todd b 1725 Alternative III

 

The third possibility for the father of Benjamin is the Benjamin Todd Sr b 1725 who in the 1790 census for Rowan County has two males under 16.   If his son John b 1752 died young, then Benjamin b 1725 could have had John b 1770-1780 and Benjamin b 1778 by another wife.  I note that Benjamin b 1725 married in 1805 in Madison Co KY at the age of 80.   Perhaps there was another wife in between? Or could we preclude that because of lack of a marriage record in Rowan County?    Or could the young males living with Benjamin be other kin?  In either of these scenarios, Benjamin b 1778 would have gone to Georgia by 1799.    We can’t identify these mysterious males.  But the preponderance of evidence is that Benjamin b 1778 is the son of Caleb b 1751-1758.

 

Mary Todd 1762-1866 Alternative IV

 

The fouth possibility is the that Benjamin was a son of Mary Todd 1762-1866 who came to Rutherford County at an early date. 

 

Some early historians thought she was the mother of William b 1781 and Reuben b 1785.  But now that it is clearer that Wm and Reuben were sons of Caleb, there is no reason to assume that Mary ever was in Georgia.

 

            More About Caleb Todd of Wilkes County

 

There is one possible interpretation of the tax list and other data that would suggest that  Caleb of Wilkes County is the Caleb Todd who appeared in the Madison Co tax lists for 1804, 1805, 1806 and then disappeared and was replaced by Sarah Todd.   This Sarah Todd could be the Sarah Bentley Todd who appeared in the 1810 tax list in Scott County.  This theory of Caleb’s movements and his children would be consistent with his having children under 21 in 1802 per the land lottery criteria for getting two draws, would explain the appearance in Madison County of Reuben Todd in 1803-1805 and William Todd 1803,1804 1806 before they went with their uncle Benjamin Todd to Rutherford County, TN.   It would also explain the appearance of Abel Todd and siblings in Scott/Harrison County.

 

I had previously concluded that the Caleb Todd of the Madison County tax lists 1804-1806 was the Caleb Todd b 1758, son of Caleb Todd d 1795 who came from Rowan Co NC to Madison County and appeared in the tax lists in 1799 and 1800, then went to Missouri where his daughter Sarah and son John were born based on the Hopkins County census records, then returned to Kentucky where his son Reuben was born about 1807.   I still think parts of this are accurate, but I think that he returned to Hopkins County in western Kentucky about 1806 and died and then his widow Sarah Todd appeared in the 1810 census with his children.

 

It has been confusing to have two Calebs dying in KY at the same time, both with wives named Sarah, but this speculation is the best I can come up with to explain the various movements of the Todds.

 

 



[1] Joseph Todd married Hester Parker in Putnam Co in 1808; ElizabethTodd married John Hooks in Wilkes Co in 1806, per county marriage records.

[2] John Todd grantor and Benjamin Trap grantee  July 16,1819/Jul 20 1819  Deed Bk K p. 195 Lot 48, ½ acres in Clinton Jones Co: This deed made..16 July 1819..John Todd and Benjamin Trap both of said couty.  For $200. paid by Benjamin Trap..Lot 58 Town of Clinton, recorded 20 July 1819

 

H W Comar et al to John Todd grantor to.  4 Mar 1807/Apr 16 1817,  Deed Bk J  p. 117, Lot 58 Clinton  

This Indenture..4 March 1807..Justices of the Inferior Court of Jones County..in making sale of the lots in Clinton..and John todd..$42..all that lot 58 in plan of said Town..1/2 acres  recorded 16 April 1817.  Note that this was not recorded until 1817 and John was identified as John Todd of Jones County.

 

Margaret Todd    July 16, 1819/Dec 28 1830  Deed Bk N p. 110 Lot 58, ½ acres in Clinton (release of Dower to Benjamin and William Trapp)

Jones County:  John Todd 16 July 1819..John Todd senr decd  ..paid ..William and Benjamin Trapp in deed of conveyance in the town of Clinton..containing ½ acre in which Western A. Franks now lives and where Margaret Todd the wife of the Said John Todd Sen late of said county .. did ..relinquish her dower to said Town lot ..and that the said Margaret Todd widow and relict of the said John Todd senr and in consideration of purchase money which was paid by the said William and Benjamin Trapp to the said John Todd for said lot and..in .consideration of the sum of one dollar to ….recorded 24 November 1825

[3] Jones County Marriages, George Kidd married Eliza Todd 14 Jan 1819,  Thomas Guff married Martha Todd 1817;  1832 Federal Union

In Jones Superior Court. April Term, 1832, Sydney Todd, vs. James Todd. Libel For Divorce. ...third Monday in Ocotober next,...minutes, April 27, 1832. Charles Hutchins, Cl'k. May 10

[4] Census Records for George and Elizabeth (Todd) Kitt

1850 Militia District 698, Troup, Georgia

George Kidd 36 (On the actual census, this looks like 56, not 36)

Elizabeth Kidd 49

Elender J Kidd 26

George Ann Kidd 22

Davana A Kidd 20

Sarah J Kidd 17

Eliza Kidd 15

America Kidd 12

John F Kidd 9

Julius A Kidd 7

John Todd Kidd 48

 

1860

Mountville, Troup, Georgia

 

Gas W Kidd 66 B 1794 Georgia

E Kidd 59 B1801 SC

Georgia Warren 30

E L Warren 8

A Kidd 24

Jno Kidd 20 1840

J Kidd 17 1843

A Robinson 24

M Brown 22

 

[5] Holman Freeman to Benjamin Todd, 8 Apr 1812, 10 Feb 1819, K p 119, 202 acres, 9th District, Lot 183 (I have assumed this is 10th district, but if this is indeed 9th District, then it lay some miles south of the boundary line.  We would have to locate who obtained possession of Lot 183 and trace it back to

This Indenture made 8 April 1812..Holman Freeman of Wilkes Co and Benjamin Todd of Jones County..$300..202-1/2 acres 9th District Lot 183 bounded on SW by Lot 182 and on NE by lot 184  recorded 10 Feb 1819.

[6] John Todd, Deed, Putnam Co. Ga, Deed book 1812 to 1814, page 86

 

To all whom these presents shall come; I, John Todd of the county aforesaid for and in consideration of the love, good will, and affection which I have and do bear towards my loving sons Benjamin Todd and Levi Todd have given and granted and by these present doth fully give and grant unto the aforesaid Benjamin and Levi, their heirs, executrix, admrs, etc. all and singular, my estate now being in my possession, that is one chestnut sorrel mare, one bright sorrel filly, one horse colt, etc, stock of cattle consisting of six grown cows and 2 heifers, and stock of hogs and one loom, 2 bee hives, and household furniture. To have and to

hold the said property to them and their heirs forever. In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this August 18, 1812.

Signed, John Todd

recorded November 3, 1812

witnessed by:

Benjamin Todd

David Clark

Peyton Holt, J.P.

[7] This Indenture made 3 May 1816 ..John F. Martin of County of Hancock..and John Todd of County of Putnam..$370..Lot 169..10th District.in Putnam County….recorded 6 May 1816

[8] Putnam: This indenture made 5 Jan 1821..Willis Stringer of said co and Benjamin Todd of Jones Co..$600..101-1/4acres..10th District..one half of Lot 184.  bounded by a part of Lot 191 and on the North by the other half of said Lot Recorded 22 Oct 1822 (Book J, p 264, 5 Jan 1821) AND Putnam County:  This Indenture made ..6 Oct 1823..Thomas Hathorn of County of Putnam and Benjamin Todd Senr of the County of  Jones..$600... half square Lot or parcel..10th District Lot 184..the NW half of said Lot bounded on the NW by Lot 185 and on the SE by the other half of the original Lot..101-1/4 acres..recorded 22 April 1824

[9] 1820 Census, Capt John Tomlinson’s District, Putnam County Georgia, 10 whites and 11 slaves.  Page 5 of 5:  210101- 1211 (hence John over 45, prior to 1775).  The ages of these four sons correspond to Benjamin G. b 1800, Levi b 1810, John and William b 1810-1820.    The 1830 census of Henry County includes John Todd and Benjamin G. Todd and the ages of Benjamin G. in 1830 corresponds to the age of the oldest son of John in 1820 and the ages of John and his other 3 sons in 1830 correspond to the ages of John and his sons in the 1820 census.  The 1840 Meriwether County census includes Benjamin G., Levi, John and William whose ages correspond to the ages of John’s sons in the 1820 and 1830 census.

[10] Lot 148, Tenth District

Written: January 11, 1821

Recorded: September 29, 1836

 

Jones County, Georgia                      

Deed Book P, page 419

 

Georgia

Jones County

This Indenture made this 11th of January in the year eighteen hundred and twenty one between Mary Pounds administratrix & William Pounds administrator

of Richard Pounds late of said county deceased of the one part [and] John Barfield of the county of Jones and the State aforesaid of the other part. 

Witnesseth that whereas the Inferior Court of said county of Clark at October [a streak across the page at this point renders several words illegible] court

then sitting for ordinary purposes ordered that Mary Pounds administratrix & William Pounds administrator of Richard Pounds deceased have leave to sell the

real estate of said deceased and whereas the said Mary Pounds administratrix and Wm. Pounds administrator as aforesaid by an advertisement Published in the

Georgia Journal bearing date on the twenty fifth day of December in the year Eighteen hundred and nineteen that agreeable to an order of the Inferior court

of Clark County will be sold for the benefit of the heirs and creditors of  Richard Pounds and on the first Tuesday in March next at the court house of

said county one hundred acres of land more or less on Robinsons creek in said county adjoining Dickinson and others on the same day at the court house in

Jones County a lot of land No. One hundred and forty eight tenth dis’t of  formerly Baldwin now Jones County also a lot No. 87 in the tenth dis’t same

county last mentioned ??? made known on the day of sale the said tract of land lying and being in Jones county known by lot No. One hundred and forty eight

in the tenth dis’t of formerly Baldwin now Jones County, joining of lots No. One hundred and forty nine and lot one hundred and sixty one and lot one

hundred and forty seven and lot one hundred and thirty nine was on the said first Tuesday of March Eighteen hundred and twenty agreeable to the said Order

and advertisement exposed by the administrators as aforesaid to public sale at Court house of Jones County and the said John Barfield being the highest and

best bider [sic], the same was struck off to him at and for the sum of six  hundred and fifty dollars Now we the said Mary Pounds administrator and Wm.

Pounds administrator as aforesaid for and in consideration of the sum of Six hundred and fifty dollars by the said John Barfield to us in hand paid the

receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have granted bargained sold and conveyed and by these presents do grant bargain sell and convey unto the said

John Barfield the said tract of Land known and distinguished by lot No. One hundred and forty eight in tenth dis’t of Original Baldwin now Jones County to

have and to hold the said tract of land unto said John Barfield his heirs and assigns forever in fee simple together with all the right members and

appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining and we the said Mary Pounds administrator and Wm. Pounds admininstrator as aforesaid the said

tract of land and premises unto the said John Barfield his heirs and assigns will warrant and forever defend so far ?? forth as the Law will authorise us

as administrators to do and the estate of the said Richard Pounds dec’d is by Law responsible.  In Witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals

as administrators as aforesaid the day and date before written.  Signed Sealed  and delivered in presence of us

Test        John Todd

                James (his  X mark) D. Barfield

 

Mary Pounds adm’x (Seal)

William Pounds adm’r (Seal)

 

Georgia

Meriwether County

Personally came before me John Todd who being duly Sworn deposeth and saith that he saw Mary Pounds adm’x and William Pounds adm’r sign seal and deliver the within deed for the purposes therein mentioned and that the deponent subscribed the same as a witness and saw James Barfield do to likewise.  Sworn

to and subscribed before me this 23rd day of Sept. 1836. John (his X mark) Todd

Thomas Roberts J. P.

 

Recorded September 29th 1836.

John J. Beasley Clk

[11] Benjamin Todd married Lurena Leggitt 30 Dec 1823 in Putnam County.  

The 1820 census has Matthew and Alsey Leggett in Matthew Leggett’s District in Putnam County.  Adjacent to them on the tax list are Benjamin Buckner and Levisa Touchstone.  There was a Dennis Touchstone who, in 1811,  sold Lot 226, 10th District, (Book C p 235) to Parham Buckner, who was son of Benjamin Buckner.   This could mean that the Leggett’s lived close to this lot.  Other neighbors in the census include many of the people who lived near the Benjamin Todd family.  See map for location of Lot 226 east of the Todd lands and just north of the county boundary line.

[12] Page 89 – John B. Todd of Hawe’s District in Jones Co.  202 ½ acres located in the 6th district of Henry Co.  Tract or lot of land is known and distinguished in the plan of said district by the number 194.  Dated 3 September 1823.

[13] Joseph Creal to William B Stanfield of Oglethorpe County.. Lot 222, adjoining land of John Todd.

[14] John B. Todd by Sheriff to Joseph Messer.  This is the description given: “all that Tract or parcel of land containing 100 acres more or less, adjoining lands of John Malone, Rolin Ross and others”.  There was not a lot number or stream mentioned – just neighbors.  This transfer probably included the 50 acres in Lot 163 that John received from William in 1830.  From other deeds, we know that Roland Ross lived near parcels 162 and 163.

[15] Census of 1820

[16] Henry Co Census 1830, p 205, Benjamin G. Todd 220001-00001; page 235, John Todd, 00120001- 00010001

[17] Also, Deed Book G, p 257, John Todd Sr sold to Henry Hubbard 19 Jan 1835 73 acres on the south side of  Lot # 224, lying on the waters of  Shoal Creek,   Witn:  Levi Todd, William B. Stanfield JP. Recorded 8 Jun 1835

[18] John B. Todd land lottery: Districts 1-6 1821-1844  FHL US/CAN Film 519030  Page 89 – John B. Todd of Hawe’s District in Jones Co.  202 ½ acres located in the 6th district of Henry Co.  Tract or lot of land is known and distinguished in the plan of said district by the number 194.  Dated 3 September 1823.

[19] ibid

[20] Meriwether County Marriages, Levi Todd and Elizabeth Keith,  23 Oct 1836;  

[21] 1840 Census Henry County, Georgia page 125 Benjamin G Todd    0021001-210001; William Todd 1000 1-1100 01; John Todd 0000 1-0; Levi Todd 1000 1-0000 1; Mary Ann Todd  0100 0000 1-0010 1  Not sure who Mary is but she is born 1800-1810.

[22] 1850 Census Randolph County, Alabama

Benjamine Todd 50

Luraney Todd 45

Martha Todd 15

Parthena Todd 13

Levina Todd 11

Sarah F Todd 9

Benj F Todd 7

John W Todd 5

1850 Census Chambers Co Alabama

Levi Todd 38

Jane Todd 38

James E Todd 12

Marion C Todd 8

Levi A Todd 7

[23] Caleb Tode, Grant Book PPP, p 376, 200 acres 1788.  This was for land on Clark’s Fork of Long Creek.   Caleb was in Georgia by 1786 where he was a witness on a deed.  See tax list table.

 

 

Year

Ref

District

Person

Description

Original Grantee

1797

083

O

Caleb Todd

200 Acres Clarks Cr, Adj Thomas Brown

Caleb Todd

1798

 

 

No entries for Caleb or District O

 

 

1799

102

O

John Todd

Defaulter

 

 

030

O

Benjamin Todd

60 acres Clark Cr, Adj R Hughes

Caleb Todd

 

020

O

Caleb Todd

140 Clouds Creek, Adj Thomas Brown

Caleb Todd

 

022

O

Caleb Todd

140 Clarks Creek Adj Peter Huff

Caleb Todd

1800

041

O

Benjmain Todd

60 acres Long C adj. S N Brown

G. Gillmer

 

012

P

Kallep Todd

140 acres Long Cr adj T. Brown

K Todd

 

012A

P

Kallep Todd

90 Acres Grays Cr and Graves

 

1801

024

O

Benjamn Todd

53 acres Clark Cr adj Thomas Brown

Calib Todd

 

025

SS

John Todd

 

 

1802

044

O

Benjamin Todd

53 acres Clarks Cr adj Robert Hughes

Caleb Todd

 

061

O

Calib Todd

140 acres Clarks Cr, adj Thomas Brown

Caleb Todd

 

093

O

Aaron Todd

Defaulter

 

1804

052

O

Benjamin Todd

189 Clarks Creek adj Thomas Brown

C. Todd

 

053

O

John Todd

 

 

1805

046 (or 45)

O (or Pender)

Benjamin Todd

187 acres, Clarks Creek Adj T Brown

C. Todd

 

068 (or (46)

O (or Pender)

John Todd

 

 

1806

 

 

Not looked at

 

 

1807

 

 

Not looked at

 

 

1809

 

Pender

Benjamin Todd

 

 

1810-15

 

 

Not looked at

 

 

 

[24] Wilkes County Grants:

John Todd

1787

Bk MMM p 49

173 acres

 

John Todd

1787

Bk NNN p 21

400 acres

 

John Todd

1790

Bk TTT, p513

550 acres

 

John Todd

1792

Bk WWW p45

180 acres

 

James Todd

1785

Bk FFF p 308

200 acres

 

Caleb Todd

1788

Bk PPP p 376

200 acres

 

 

John Todd settled on Fishing Creek possibly along what became in 1796 the Lincoln-Wilkes County boundary.    He was taxed in 1785 for 2 parcels of 150 and 400 acres for which he seems to have gotten grants in 1787 for 173 and 400 acres.    In 1788, John and wife Mary sold 23 acres to Joel McClendon and later sold 150 acres to James Gray.   He also seems to have gotten grants in 1790 for 550 acres though this may be a regranting of his original land and then in 1792 he got a grant for 180a which he turned around and sold in 1793 as 183 acres to Patrick Cash.   Some of his land may have lain in Lincoln County based on a statement by a family historian who studied the tax lists of Wilkes County.  In 1790, he was taxed for 550 acres, in 1791 for 450 acres and in 1792 through 1805, for 250 acres on Fishing Creek adjacent to Robert Kilgore and his descendants.

 

[25] Georgia Land Lottery of 1805

Todds in the Georgia Land Lottery: drawing of 1803 per tax payers as of 1802

Alphabetical

 

 

 

Aaron Todd

B

 

Wilkes

Benjamin Todd

B

B

Wilkes

Caleb Todd

B

B

Wilkes

David Todd

b

 

Montgomery

E. James Todd

B

P

Columbia

Elizabeth Todd (widow)

P

B

Wilkes

James Todd

B

B

Burke

James Todd

B

 

Wilkes

Job Todd

B

B

Warren

John Todd

B

B

Burke

John Todd

B

P

Columbia

John Todd Sr

B

P

Wilkes

John Todd Jr

B

 

Wilkes

Joseph Todd

B

 

Wilkes

Joshua Todd

B

B

Montgomery

Mary Todd widow

B

B

Montgomery

Robert Todd

P

B

Elbert

W. Henry Todd

B

 

Hancock

William Todd

B

B

Warren

 

 

 

 

By County

 

 

 

James Todd

B

B

Burke

John Todd

B

B

Burke

E. James Todd

B

P

Columbia

John Todd

B

P

Columbia

W. Henry Todd

B

 

Hancock

 

 

 

 

David Todd

B

 

Montgomery

Joshua Todd

B

B

Montgomery

Mary Todd widow

B

B

Montgomery

 

 

 

 

Robert Todd

P

B

Elbert

 

 

 

 

Job Todd

B

B

Warren

William Todd

B

B

Warren

 

 

 

 

Aaron Todd

B

 

Wilkes

Benjamin Todd

B

B

Wilkes

Caleb Todd

B

B

Wilkes

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Todd (widow)

P

B

Wilkes

James Todd

B

 

Wilkes

John Todd Jr

B

 

Wilkes

John Todd Sr

B

P

Wilkes

Joseph Todd

B

 

Wilkes