Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Fayette County by Gresham and Wiley, 1889, p400 John Osman Todd of Menallen is a son of John Todd and Catherine Condon Todd, and was born on the old Sharpless farm on the banks of Redstone Creek in Redstone township, Fayette county, Penna, January 28, 1823. His grandfather, Thomas Todd, came from County Down, Ireland, and married Elizabeth Huston, a Quakeress of Chester county, Penna. His father, John Todd, was born in Chester county; he served in the War of 1812, and was at the siege of Baltimore and was a soldier in Captain Giesey’ s Company of Brownsville. John Todd married Miss Catherine Condon, daughter of William Condon, who was the first steward of the old poorhouse; and died when his son, John O Todd, was eighteen months old. John O Todd was educated in the schools of William Beggs and Samuel Wilson and later attended one term at Madison College. After his school days, he engaged in farming and still continues in that business. Since the age of eight years he has resided at the same place, and has always been a farmer. May 10, 1855, he married Miss Elizabeth Springer. To them were born seven children: Ross M Todd, born 1856, machinist in Chicago; John H Todd, married Harriett Craft, daughter of D B Craft, and in livery business at Uniontown; Thomas S Todd, born 1868; Kate Todd, wife of Calvin Shoaf and dead; Laura Todd, wife of William Barton; Eliza E Todd, wife of George Craft; and Sallie Todd at home. Mrs Todd died October 31, 1871. Her father was Shepherd Springer. John O Todd was an “old line whig.” When that great political organization went down, he enrolled himself in the ranks of its successor, the republican party. He is an industrious citizen and a careful and prudent farmer.
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