Todd family reunites
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.
Attendees stand as colors are presented.