Title: Public Member Trees
Publication: Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date:2006;
Note: d County. He married Mary "Polly" Russell on 7 Sep 1835 in Rutherford County. He is found on the 1840 Census on Rutherford County on the same page as Jesse Todd (who married his wife's sister, Nancy Russell), Reuben Todd (b. 1785 in GA), Aaron Todd (b. 1784 in NC), and Margaret Todd. Reuben, Aaron, and Margaret are living next door to each other in a little Todd cluster, with James A. a few households away, and Jesse a few households more. You have stated in your records that you've determined that William Todd (b. 1781 in GA) and Reuben (b. 1785) were brothers, and I think that is our strongest clue. James A. named his first son, born in 1839, William Reuben Todd. Most people have attached James A. as a son of Reuben, but there is no hard proof of this. Reuben does have a 15-19 year old son in his 1830 Census household, which would fit James, and William actually has two 15-19 year old's which would fit James. I have gotten Reuben's will and War of 1812 pension, and neither give a full list of his children other than the youngest he had with Jemima Todd (who it's assumed is the daughter of Aaron--hence why they live next door to each other) though it's clear he had children prior to his 1827 marriage to Jemima. A lot of people have his first wife's name listed as "Jean Russell", which is another reason why people assume James A. is his son since he married a Russell as well, but I have not seen proof of the first wife's name anywhere. James's proximity to Reuben in 1840 and Reuben having had a son James's age in 1830 seems to make it possible James is his son, but that 15-19 year old could have also been the Jesse who is on the same page, or someone else entirely. People have attached Pinkney/Pinckney Todd (born 1814) as Reuben's son as well--though there is equally little proof of that. James naming his first son William and second son Samuel (after Mary Russell's father, who we've proven was Samuel Russell) seems to point to William being his father, and Reuben perhaps being his favorite uncle. By 1850, James had moved to Dallas County, Missouri with the Russell family, the only Todd accompanying the Russell lot being the now-widowed Nancy Russell wife of Jesse Todd. James doesn't have significant proximity to any other Todd's after that point. He later moved to Collin County, Texas, where he died, and he also participated in the 1849 gold rush--but he did all of these things with the Russell's instead of Todd's, so it's been hard to attach him to any other Todd's. The 1820 census for Reuben lists 3 males under 16 which would correspond to James A. Todd, Pinkney Todd, Jesse Todd. The 1830 census shows only 2 sons - one the age of James A. and one the age of Frederic. However, the 1820 census is probably the best indicatdor of his sons since in the teenage years they might have been working on other farms and not shown in the census.
Note: My ancestor was James A. Todd. He was born about 1813 in Tennessee, most likely in Rutherfor
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