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came to Texas in 1845. He was a natural
mechanic and formerly did blacksmithing
and built gins, etc., but is now in Milam
county. By the second marriage, Mr. Porter
had three children: E. T., who is teaching;
J. Doll, still at home; and Minnie, who died
aged two years. This happy household was
again invaded by Death, who again claimed
the wife and mother of a sorrowing family.
She died in December, 1881, lamented by all
who knew her. In 1882 Mr. Porter married
Miss S. Jennie McKinney, born in Alabama,
November 3, 1844, and a daughter of Jasper
and Martha G. McKinney, who came from
that State to Texas in 1852, settling in Milam
county. Her father was a leading member
of the Baptist Church and an enterprising
man. He died in November, 1880, and his
widow still survives him, at the age of seventy
Politically, Mr. Porter is Democratic, like
his father, and is actively interested in public
welfare. He has filled several minor offices
in a satisfactory manner, has served six years
as Justice of the Peace and acted three terms
as County Commissioner. He holds stock
in the Grange and Alliance stores at Caldwell.
He and his wife or worthy members
of the Baptist Church, and enjoy the highest
regard of the community in which they have
lived so long.
, r : - -
;\ OBERT TODD, a progressive farmer
kf^. and stock-raiser of Milam county, was
JJ X born in Polk county, Georgia, on the
18th day of September, 1852, and is
a son of John Todd, who was born in Anderson
district, South Carolina, in 1821. Jphn
Todd was the younger of two sons bogn to
Andrew and Olive Todd, who were albo South
Carolinians by birth. He was reared in his
native State to about the age of eighteen,
when lie emigrated to Georgia, where he married
Sarah, a daughter of Lewis and Mahala
Sherrill, and engaged in school-teaching and
in farming, which he followed successfully
there till 1859. That year he moved to
Texas, settling in Milamn county, where he
spent the remainder of his life engaged exclusively
in agricultural pursuits. He died
at his home near Maysfield, August 17, 1872.
His wife is still living, making her home
with her son, J. E. Todd, in Milam county.
John and Sarah Todd were the parents of
eight children, all of whom became grown
and most of whom are now living, being
residents of this State. These are Eugenia,
the widow of N. 0. McCowen, of Milam
county; Eliza, the wife of J. L. Ford, of
Brown county; Harriet, the wife of G. C.
Timmons, of Milam county; Robert, the
subject of this sketchy Fannie, the wife of
J. L. Ward, of Leon county; John Edwin, a
successful farmer of Milam county; Jessie,
the wife of D. B. Worcester, of Cameron;
and Daniel D., a resident of Grimes county.
Robert Todd was about seven years old
when his parents came to Texas. His boyhood
and youth were passed in the vicinity
of Maysfield, where they settled. He grew
up on the farm. and has followed farming and
stock-raising all his life. His early educational
advantages were limited, but he succeeded
in securing the elements of a commonschool
training, which, supplemented by a
plenty of practical experience, has enabled
him to hold his own reasonably well in the
battle of life. On reaching his majority he
engaged in farming for himself, and followed
this successfully for Eeveral years. He then
turned his attention to the stock business,
and gave this exclusive attention for a few
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/431/?rotate=90: accessed April 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .