Todd fam­ily re­unites

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By CHAR­LENE MAYO [email protected]­pub.com

Last week, the Todd fam­ily gath­ered to­gether at Todd’s In­her­i­tance His­tor­i­cal Site on North Point Road to re­unite with each other af­ter 16 years and honor three Amer­i­can pa­tri­ots from the Todd lin­eage.

Todd’s In­her­i­tance His­tor­i­cal Site, for­mally known

as the Todd Fam­ily Farm, was built in 1812 and main­tained by nine gen­er­a­tions be­fore Bal­ti­more County took over the prop­erty.

Not only was the prop­erty used to farm by the Todd fam­ily, it was used as the head­quar­ters for U.S. Lieu­tenant Colonel Wil­liam McDon­ald in 1813 dur­ing the War of 1812.

About 50 Todds from the 12th, 13th, and 14th gen­er­a­tions trav­eled from Ge­or­gia, Colorado, Ten­nessee, North Carolina and South Carolina, ac­cord­ing to Ruth Todd-Boggs of the 12th gen­er­a­tion.

“Sev­eral peo­ple from the 11th gen­er­a­tion are alive but were too el­derly to at­tend the event,” she noted.

Ac­cord­ing to Boggs, the Todd fam­ily would have a re­union ev­ery three years but have not got­ten to­gether since 2002 be­cause of var­i­ous cir­cum­stances.

“There are some fam­ily mem­bers from the 13th gen­er­a­tion that haven’t met each other and have started their own fam­ily,” Michael Todd of the 12th gen­er­a­tion ex­plained. “So, we thought it was time to get to­gether.”

Dur­ing the re­union, a cer­e­mony was held to honor Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War pa­triot Thomas Todd and War of 1812 pa­tri­ots Pri­vate Bernard Todd and Cor­po­ral Richard Shaw.

Thomas’s sig­na­ture was spot­ted on the Oath of Al­le­giance in 1778 in Bal­ti­more County, deem­ing him an Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War pa­triot.

Bernard is listed as an 1812 pa­triot due to his ser­vice in the 6th Reg­i­ment Cal­var y of Colonel Ni­cholas Rux­ton Moore’s Mary­land Mili­tia.

Shaw, who mar­ried a Todd, was ap­proved as an 1812 pa­triot, for his ser­vice as a Cor­po­ral in Capt. To­bias Stansbury’s Com­pany.

“There are now mar­ble mark­ers with brass medal­lions in them, de­not­ing the two pa­tri­ots of the Todd fam­ily,” Boggs ex­plained. “One from the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War and one from the bat­tle of 1812.”

“Their neigh­bors Mr. Shaw was des­ig­nated as a pa­triot as well,” she added.

Ac­cord­ing to Boggs, the Todd fam­ily pre­sented to the board of trustees and all the vol­un­teers a plaque that they had made up some years back.

“It was a beau­ti­ful cer­e­mony they showed a mesh of col­ors, the fired mus­kets, there were re-en­ac­tors from all the varies time pe­ri­ods,” Boggs said. “It was an honor,” she noted. Sev­eral mem­bers of The Daugh­ters of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion and The United States Daugh­ters of 1812 vis­ited the Todd House and rec­og­nized some of their an­ces­tors, who were in the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion and The War of 1812, so they hon­ored them at the re­union, ac­cord­ing to Boggs.

Michael, who grew up on the farm that is now the state park, loves vis­it­ing the Todd house and his for­mer home be­cause “it’s spe­cial.”

The last per­son to live in the Todd house is Ruth and Micheal’s great aunt, Clara Todd-Gor­such, ac­cord­ing to Mroz.

Carolyn Mroz, pres­i­dent of Todd’s In­her­i­tance His­toric So­ci­ety is not a Todd, “But they’ve adopted me.”

“We are all about the com­mu­nity, telling the story of this house and this fam­ily,” Mroz said.

COUR­TESY PHOTO

At­ten­dees stand as col­ors are pre­sented.

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