Great-Great Grandparent Encounters

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  1. Cool, you’re an “ARP” Todd? I knew two Todds as ARP pastors in TN. I grew up ARP in GA and went to Erskine, of course…

  2. Ron – I didn’t know where it was until my father showed me. I had been looking for it, but it’s certainly not where one would casually stumble over it.

  3. Samuel Aiken Todd is my great-great grandfather and his son Joseph Thompson Todd is my great grandfather. Both are buried at Providence ARP Church Cemetery. Thomas Todd’s son Nathaniel “Nathan” Callaway, born in 1828 in Gwinnette Co., GA, and died after 1900 in Laurens Co. has the monument you found but no dates listed. He married S.A. Todd’s daughter Margaret, who is also buried there, b, 14 Nov. 1834 and died 7 July 1907. I “read” that cemetery in 1976
    and did not find Thomas Todd. I have done research on Samuel Aiken Todd’s line and found out that his father was Nathan Todd, but don’t know where he was buried. I know someone descended from Thomas’ line who has done a book on this Todd family. Would you be descended from Samantha Jane Todd, b. 8 June 1856 and married Euel Thomas Taylor?

  4. Tom, I found your Sarah Elizabeth Todd in David Todd’s book, but he had not traced the family further than that. Was she born about 1861 in Laurens Co.? Has someone in your family done the genealogy?

    1. She was born on 04/16/1861 in Laurens County. Date of death is 08/30/1938, with burial at Rocky Springs Presbyterian Church cemetery. Apparently she went by Elizabeth or “Lizzy.”

      The following images link to her hand-written last will and testament…



        1. Hi Tom,

          I am the David Todd that wrote the book “Nathaniel Nathan Todd” that is in the Laurens Co., SC library. A lot has been learned about our Todd line since I wrote the book. Nathan’s eldest son, Andrew, moved from SC to the north in the 1830s and his bible stated where our Todds came from in Scotland before leaving for Ireland and after that America in 1793. We came from the Lock Lomond area of Scotland. A Mr. Richard McMurty, researching the line that produced Mary Todd Lincoln and administrator of the Todd DNA website, contacted me because my DNA test being one of the closest matches to Mary Todd Lincoln’s line, to ask if it would be okay for him to contact the Todds living today in Loch Lomond to do a DNA test to prove or disprove they are a close match to my DNA and the DNA of the line that produced Mary Todd Lincoln, with the end goal of determining the origins of Robert Todd, Mary Todd Lincoln’s earliest proven ancestor (and at same time would of course prove our Todds origins). Several Todds from Loch Lomond did the test for Mr. McMurty and the results were almost a perfect match with my DNA and the descendant of Robert Todd’s DNA, even after all the years of separation.

      1. Tom, This is amazing, we share the same ancestors, my great grandmother was Minnie Minerva Taylor Freeman, b. abt 1870-1880 dau. of Samuel H. Taylor b.1846-47. Oconee Co., SC, William Taylor who came over from Ireland in 1767-68 is my first ancestor in America….Samuel is buried in Center Meth. Ch., Oconee Co.SC….would love to exchange notes with you…Betty L

        1. Betty, I’d love to exchange notes. You should also check out Rocky Springs sometime. There is a monument with William Taylor’s name, and William Jr.’s headstone is right next to it.

  5. Hi I am related to a Todd, my grandma my dads mum her name was Sarah Elizabeth Todd. She married a William mcardle. Her sons are William and gordon mcardle. Sarah has passed away and so has William her husband and her son William. But gordon is still living. But I think my gran Sarah came from Lisburn to Glasgow.

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