Biography of James Todd
Bristol County, MA Biographies





Todd, James, was born in Ireland, on the 21st day of October, 1831. He was of Scotch descent and came to this country in 1853, settling in Pawtucket, R. I., where he worked at gardening for seven years. Returning to his former home he married, June 12, 1860, Miss Elizabeth Giles, who was born, in Ireland, February 14, 1836, of English descent, and. with his wife came to the united States on their wedding tour, traveling through Washington, Philadelphia and cities in New York State. Leaving his wife in Saugerties, N. Y., with relatives, he spent the next two years in traveling through the Western and Southern States and Cuba, and finally returning, with his wife made his home in Pawtucket, R. I., and was connected with the Green & Daniels Co.; the J. Dunnell Co., and Union Wadding Co., large manufacturing plants of that city, at different times for several years. In the fall of 1872, he, with his brother William, purchased a farm of forty five acres in Oldtown, North Attleborough, Mass., and moved his family there. They were successful, increasing their property from forty five to nearly 300 acres, including several houses, out buildings, and numerous stock, and are the most prominent farmers in that section. In the year 1894, with their farming they engaged in the ice business under the name of Oldtown Ice Co., which business is also increasing every year. Mr. Todd was fond of music and favored every opportunity of educational advantages for his children, they having received their education from the public schools of North Attleborough and business colleges of nearby cities. He was a firm believer in the public school system, and "the little Red School House." He was a member of the Episcopal church of Pawtucket, R. I., where his family attend. A family of eight children were born to them: the eldest, Margaret Ann, born in Pawtucket, R. I., April 5, 1864, died August 21, 1864; Ellen Elizabeth, born in Pawtucket, R. I., September 15, 1865, died October 25, 1866; William E., born in Pawtucket, March 6, 1867, married Miss Julia May Buttrick of Boston, December 6, 1892, and has two children, Harvey Buttrick, born in Oldtown, Mass., July 7, 1895, and William Henry, born in Oldtown, November 3, 1898; James A., born in Pawtucket, June 22, 1868, a graduate of Schofield's Commercial College, Providence; Lizzie E., born in Pawtucket, November 22, 1870, a graduate of North Attleborough High School, class of '90, and Rhode Island Normal School, class of January, 1893, married James Adams of Providence, October 80, 1894, and has two children, Annie Alvira, born December 7, 1895, and Olive Beatrice, born February 1, 1897; George W., born in Olthown, December 7, 1873, a graduate of North Attleborough Grammar School, attended a business college in Providence; Henry G., born in Oldtown, June 4. 1875, a graduate of North Attleborough High School, class of '93; and Annie M., born in Oldtown, May 26, 1880, died December 22, 1884. William Todd, a brother of James, was born in Ireland, December 25, 1834, and came to the United States March 13, 1854. After a brief illness of a few days Mr. Todd died of gangrene erysipelas of the hand, July 3, 1897, at his home, leaving a widow, four sons and one daughter. His business enterprises are still carried on by his brother William, and his sons, William E., James A., George W. and Henry G. Todd, at the present time.

From:
Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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