Biography - James Todd

James G. Todd was born in New York City, July 16, 1846; removed to Illinois with his parents, David and Mariah Todd, in the year 1855, settling in Edgar County. In 1864 he removed with his parents to Champaign county, but two years afterward his father purchased a farm in Douglas county, six miles northeast of Newman, and he remained on the farm with his parents until January 29, 1873. He was there united in marriage to Miss Jennie Cooley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Cooley, of Ridge. Three children were born to this union, Minnie, Lena C., and Albert D. Mrs. Todd died February 26, 1891. Mr. Todd was afterward united in marriage to Mrs. Jennie McClure and occupies a neat and comfortable home in this city. Mr. Todd is a Republican, as was his father, and has been a prominent factor in the success of the party in Newman township the past few years, filling offices of trust and honor. He is now serving as township clerk and so well does he attend to the business affairs of the township that no one has reason for complaint. Socially he is a member of the K. of P. lodge and takes quite an active part in the work. He is also a member of the M. E. church and teacher in the Sunday school. Mr. Todd is kind and generous at all times and is one of the men that it is safe to "tie to." He numbers his friends in this city by the score.
Very recently he has mourned the death of his most estimable wife.

Extracted by Linda Lang from the Historical and Biographical Record of Douglas County, Illinois, pages 219-220.

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