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listed in Captain Carter's company, which
was assigned to the Fourth Texas Infantry,
under command of Colonel Hood, who afterward
gained the title of General. Mr. Todd's
first engagement was at Elthaim's Landing on
York river; then followed in rapid succession
the Seven-Days' fight, second Manassas,
Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and
all the other battles which led up to the capture
of Richmond, and was surrendered with
Lee's army at Appomattox. He did not receive
a single wound. Returning to Nashville
he remained in his Tennessee home for a
period of eight months, during which time
he suffered from a long illness. In the fall
of 1865 he came to Texas, and purchased a
tract of forty acres near Austin, which he
cultivated for two years. He disposed of this
property and embarked in the dairy business,
locating on the Dock Sneed place, 200 acres
of which he had inherited; to this tract.he
added by purchase 427 acres; he has 125 acres
under cultivation, and has conducted a large
and prosperous dairy business since 1872.
Politically he loyally supports the issues
of the Democratic party. His wise counsel
and sound judgment recommending him to
the people of his precinct, he was chosen by
them to fill the office of County Commissioner
in 1876; he has served many times as
Magistrate, deciding all questions with impartiality.
Colonel David Todd, father of our subject,
was born in Virginia in 1797, and there
passed his youth; when nearly grown to maturity
he removed to Tennessee, where he
engaged in farming; he was married in Warren
county, Tennessee, to Margaret, daughter
of Thomas Leech, a planter from North
Carolina, whose wife was Miss Stewart.
Colonel and Mrs. Todd were the parents of
seven children: Mary, wife of R. M. Johnson;
Louisa; J. Albert; Lottie J., wife of M. ,.
Young; Alcena, wife of H. [. I. ty; Margaret,
deceased, and D. A., the subject ,of
this biography. The mother of this family
died in 1836(, and the husband married a
second time, being united to Mrs. Mayfield;
they had two children, Van Buren, and Harriet,
deceased. Colonel Todd removed to
Mississippi in 1837, and located at Holly
Springs. After the death of the Colonel in
1843, our subject was thrown upon his own
responsibility; he passed two years in De
Soto county, Mississippi, and then went to
New Orleans by water, taking a boat there
for Galveston and Port Lavaca; by stage lhe
journeyed to Austin, where he arrived June
He was united in marriage to Tennessee A.
Jones, a daughter of J. M. Jones, whose history
is found elsewhere in this volume. Mrs.
Todd was born in 1852. Of this union ten
children have been born: Sallie Antn, Jeff
D., William H., John H., Alfred C., Walter
N., W. S., Ruth, Robert Grover, and Grace.
C. BEARD, a farmer and pioneer
settler of Williamson county, was
born in Cumberland county, North
Carolina, July 10, 1814, a son of Neil and
Elizabeth (Carver) Beard, natives also of that
State, the former of Scotch and the latter of
Scotch-Irish descent. .The maternal grandfather
was a Revolutionary soldier, Neil
Beard was a millwright and farmer, and
served as Major of a militia company. He
was the father of eight children, of whom
our subject was the fifth child, and the only
one to come to Texas. All are now deceased
but him and one daughter, Elizabeth, widow
of a Mr. Ellis, and a resident of Mississippi.
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