Wallace Beri Todd of Ridgely MD

Wallace Beri Todd7, (Beri M.6, Melicu5, Gideon4, Gideon3, Michael2, Christopher1) born May 8, 1833, in Bristol, Conn., died Feb., 1914, in Ridgely, Maryland, aged about eighty. Married Emma Green.

He was of a sanguine temperament, a bright, sunny disposition, and with good health, he appeared a much younger man. Optimistic in his views, he anticipated with undaunted energy and courage, a very happy old age in his new home and its surroundings.

At an early age, he took a trip nearly around the world, visiting many important places. On his return, he went into the mining district of California, where he mined for gold for two years, at the end of which time he returned to his old home, and later engaged in the manufacture of inks and perfumery, with the late A. W. Harrison, of Philadelphia, Penn., while in connection with this business, they conducted a retail store in New York City.

At the breaking out of the civil war, he enlisted in the 82nd regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia, later on he became its quartermaster with the rank of Lieutenant. Mrs. Todd was with him in the forward movement of the army from Frederick City, Maryland, to Warrington, Virginia, and spent the winter of 1863-64, in camp with him on the Rappahannock river, near Brandy Station, Va., where he was promoted to the office of commissary of subsistence of the Reserve Artillery of the army of the Potomac, with the rank of Captain.

At the close of the war he returned to Philadelphia, where he resumed his old business at which he continued until the year 1901.

He was an active member of G. A. R., Meade Post No. 1, of Philadelphia, Penn. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, was also a member of the same post. At the death of General Grant, he was appointed on a committee of twelve, to arrange for the funeral and burial services. This committee also served as honorary pall-bearers, walking on either side of the casket when it was taken to the tomb on Riverside Drive, New York, N. Y.

Seeking a new home for the benefit of his two grandsons in an agricultural district, Mr. Todd after traveling through Florida and not finding what just suited his ideas for a business life for them, at last settled upon Ridgely, Md., with the benefits of the fine new place for them to locate, which also pleased the parents of the boys, they soon removed thither.

*1748. Florence Eveleen, b. Nov. 18, 1865.
1749. Milton Edward, d. in 1900, in Newberry, South Car.


Todd, George Iru. Todd Family in America. Gazette Printing Company. 1920.

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