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Note: rgia. William moved with his parents to Henry Co GA by 1830 and then to Meriwether Co by 1835. William married Elizabeth ____, born ca. 1818 in South Carolina. William and Elizabeth were married ca. 1836. . Their five children, Mary Jane, Elizabeth Ann, John Edward, William J., and Sarah Catherine were born in Georgia. Around 1849-50, William and his family left Georgia and started west. William and Elizabeth settled in the Coldbath Township of Clark County early in 1851. Coldbath Township is located in the northwestern section of Clark County. This township was annexed by Pike County in 1873. They lived near the Caddo River on land that would later become the town of Glenwood. William A. is first mentioned on the tax records in Clark County, Arkansas in 1853. In 1853, William owned two horses valued at one hundred dollars, two cattle valued at sixty dollars, and one slave valued at seven hundred dollars. In 1854, he owned two horses at one hundred dollars, two cattle at twenty dollars, and one slave at seven hundred dollars. In 1858, his assets had grown to two horses at two hundred ninety dollars, seven cattle at one hundred fifteen dollars, and three slaves at one thousand five hundred dollars. The 1860 census state that he had a total of six slaves. Neighbors of William and Elizabeth in 1860 were J. Erwin and W. A. Francis from Tennessee, John Wilson from Ohio, David M. Hart, R. H. Hill, and James Coleman from Georgia. Perhaps one of the last three families came to Arkansas with William. William was a farmer, but he supplemented his income with other jobs while he lived in the Coldbath Township. In 1859, William worked as a guard for the county in the case of the State vs. Charles, a slave. Charles was being held for murder. His income for that duty was $6.75. He served on the Petit Jury in 1863 and was appointed election judge for Coldbath Township County. He was appointed as overseer on the Mt. Ida Road that started at the Caddo River and ended at the Montgomery County Line in January 1860 for a period of three years. (1 ) With the outbreak of the Civil War, William’s two sons volunteered for service with their neighbor J. F. Erwin, the Captain of the Caddo Rifles. The unit was organized in the Mt. Ida area. On 17 August 1861, the Caddo Rifles became a part of the 4th Arkansas Infantry Regiment in Lawrence County, Missouri. William J. was given a medical discharge while in Mississippi, and it is not known if he returned home or died on the way. John Edward returned home safely. His son-in-law, Enoch Nelson died during the war, and his son-in-law, George Pettitt returned home. Following the war, William could no longer manage the farm along the Caddo River. William and Elizabeth moved about 45 miles south to Caddo Township and settled in the Hart’s Chapel Community. Hart’s Chapel is located about two and one-half miles east of Curtis. Sarah Catherine, their youngest daughter, died in 1866, leaving a son, William Arnett. Sarah’s husband, James M. Callaway, remarried, but William Arnett remained with his grandparents. Susannah Terakins, age 16 and listed on the census as deaf, dumb, blind, idiotic, or insane, also lived with the Todd family. About 1874, three other grandsons came to live with their grandparents for several years--William Houston, John Erwin, and Perry Franklin Nelson. Their daughter, Mary Jane, moved next door to them before 1880. William and Elizabeth moved again to the Anderson Township to the farm of John Pollard. They were sharecroppers with the Pollard family. Elizabeth died 01 February 1877 at their home in Hart’s Chapel. She is buried in the Hart’s Chapel Cemetery. William married secondly, Clara Catherine Ewing 27 October 1879. (Clark County Marriages, I43) Clara was born 13 April 1849 in Mississippi. Clara had a daughter, Louie, age 7. Louie married J. F.Hart. William’s son John Edward, died 21 August 1884. His second wife, Mary Ann, died 23 March 1885, leaving a five month old son, John William Thomas. John Edward’s 6 children moved into the home of their grandparents. (2) Mary Ann’s children must have gone to live with her relatives. William died 02 February 1896 at his home while the family was having dinner. William had been suffering from skin cancers for several years. He is buried in the Hart’s Chapel Cemetery. Clara and her grand step-son, William A. Callaway, continued living in Hart’s Chapel. Clara applied for, and received, a homestead of 80 acres in 1889. (3) She sold this land to her son-in-law, J. F. Hart in 1912. Clara died 11 April 1922. She is buried in Hart’s Chapel Cemetery near her daughter. William had five children and one step-daughter, but he was also the guardian for ten grandchildren. Southern Standard 03 March 1877 She was the wife of Mr. W.A. Todd with whom she had lived for 41 years. She was born in South Carolina and had been a citizen of this county for 26 years. Southern Standard 14 February 1896. W.A. Todd,” Uncle Billie” as he was familiarly called, died very suddenly at his residence last week. He had been suffering several years with a cancer of his face. He was eating supper, and while at the table his head suddenly fell on the table and he was dead. “Uncle Billie” Todd was one of Clark Counties oldest and most highly honored citizens. Southern Standard 4-19-1923 Hart, Old Sister was buried at the Hart’s Chapel. She had made her home for some time with her daughter, Mrs. Ike Hart. She leaves this daughter and two sons, Ed and Lee Todd. She had been a member of the church since childhood. Our sympathies are with the bereaved ones. ( This to be Clara C. Todd, wife of W. A. Todd.) 1870 AR Census,Clark Co,Caddo Twp,Pg 251-Wm Callaway 3 yrs old living with Wm & Elizabeth.
Note: WILLIAM A. TODD, the son of John and _____Todd, was born 14 August 1817 in Putnam County, Geo
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