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Re: Alfred Todd
Posted by: Thomas Murray (ID *****5502) Date: August 18, 2008 at 12:07:08
In Reply to: Re: Alfred Todd by jennifer Williams of 4952

I think it can be taken as relatively certain that Alfred was Mix Todd's son. Mostly because Alfred, in the 1850 census of Hodgdon, was b. NB and the neighbour of the Outhouse's and their kin, the Gerow's and Hamm's, and other NB families. This suggests common geographic origins and a kinship. Normally with the Outhouse and Hamm families, I would look in Kings and Sunbury Co.'s in NB; but, as recently reinforced to me, the Keswick-Douglas Parish families had strong ties to Sunbury Co. as well. Past observations suggest that Mix Todd first attempted settlement in Sunbury Co. and soon, as did others, went up the Saint John to above Fredericton. His son, Reuben, was still in Douglas Parish in 1851. Alfred, about 1830, moved to Aroostook Co. From 1800-1850, accessible, arabale land was scarce in NB, and many of that generation went to Upper Canada, Aroostook Co., or even further such as Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan. The movement to Aroostook Co. from NB was largely about 1830-1840 when the Maine government offered the 'academy grants' to raise money for education.
In regards to the web site I mentioned, closer examination suggests that Mary Anne Towne was not, as stated, the d/o Howard Pettingil Towne, but his sister. Howard is given as having a sister, Mary, but no other information is given. Another site at:
reaches a similar conclusion. I suspect that Daniel Outhouse's 2nd wife was also a sister of Howard and Mary Anne. His first appears to have been Alfred's niece?; possibly a sister.

Before I forget, I believe one of Alfred's sons was Lorenzo D. Todd. D. is almost certainly Dow, and Lorenzo was one of very many children of the period named after an iterinant preacher, Lorenzo Dow (who, coming from Long Island, NY shared a long, cultural history if not kinship with many Loyalists.) Dow travelled extensively, including a brief trip through Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and seems to have made a major impact.

Howard P. Towne is mentioned in a typescript reproduced at:
which suggests he moved to Belmont Twp., Portage Co., Wisconsin?, and that his wife was the d/o John and Artemissa (Todd) Foster of Douglas Parish, York Co., NB. In short, Howard P. Towne appears to have m. Alfred's cousin.

While I feel confident that Alfred was the s/o Mix and Ruth (even if not mentioned in Mix's will), I would recommend taking any opportunity to gather information that avails itself. Judging from what I have seen, evidence will not be readily forthcoming; but if the chance to search less available records (church records for example) pops up; you might want to take a momemt or two. Not being mentioned in a parent's will is not unusual. One reason was that, when married, the parent would confer the child's inheritance upon them when they most needed it. Good for the child; hard on the genealogist.

Trying to find more about the Rev. Daniel Outhouse was not particularly successful, but I have made some speculations which may be useful, so I'll paste them in below.


R1211. the Rev. DANIEL (RED) OUTHOUSE b. Tiverton, Digby Co., NS? JUN1812, d. Hodgdon, Aroostook Co., ME 8OCT1878, bur. Hodgdon Cem., Hodgdon, Aroostook Co., ME, m. 1st _____ TODD; m. 2nd Linneus, Aroostook Co., ME 19APR1852 (Houlton, Aroostook Co., ME 19APR1832 in another compilation; 1833 in, ‘Hodgdon Calvinist Baptist Church History’) SARAH A. TOWNE (b. Maugerville, Sunbury Co., NB? ca. 1815), most likely a d/o Ebenezer and Mary (Pettengill) Towne.
Daniel was a minister of the Calvinist Baptist Church serving in both Maine and New Brunswick, near Woodstock. He is said to be referred to as ‘Red’ Outhouse on his headstone, and to have died while travelling from one church to another.
Daniel and his first wife were in Hodgdon, Aroostook Co., ME in the 1840 census; probably recently married, and both between 20 and 30 years of age. This would suggest that his first wife was b. roughly ca. 1815. This first wife may have been the Mary Outhouse who d. or was buried 1JUL1857. If her maiden name was Todd, then she is most likely a d/o Mix and Ruth Todd, who separated in 1820. Possibly such a daughter may have left with Ruth and not been otherwise noted. Mix and Ruth Todd appear to have been reconciled as his will, in 1837, calls her his beloved wife. Daniel’s wife could also be a granddaughter of Mix and Ruth Todd. For example, Reuben, Mix’s son, m. Eleanor (Helen) Staples, and had a daughter, Catherine Todd b. 1JAN1825. Nothing further seems known of her. Indeed, Catherine seems an imminent candidate as Mix and Ruth’s daughters appear otherwise accounted for.
Roughly about 1842 and after, Daniel Outhouse (he was ordained 1841) was associated with the Amity Baptist Church in Amity, Aroostook Co., ME.
Daniel appears connected to Alfred Todd, s/o Mix and Ruth Todd of Douglas Parish, York Co., NB, in that Alfred m. Mary Ann Towne in Hodgdon, Aroostook Co., ME, and amongst their children were Daniel Outhouse and Israel Todd. (Alfred appears to also be given as Arthur F. Todd.) The implication is that Daniel’s first wife was Alfred’s sister; and his 2nd wife connected to Mary Ann (Towne) Todd. In the first case, a possible sister of Alfred’s was Sarah Todd b. ca. 1805; of whom nothing further is given. Of Sarah A. Town/Towne I can find nothing definite; and it may be that this was her 2nd marriage. For example, in Hodgdon, Aroostook Co., ME in 1850 was the couple, Howard J. (b. ME ca. 1801) and Sarah A. (b. NB ca. 1805) Towne. Howard appears to be Howard Pettingel Towne b. 1801, d. 1893, s/o Ebenezer and Mary (Pettingel) Towne; and the father of Mary Ann (Towne) Todd (b. ca. 1805); which is impossible. Also, his wife is given as Sarah Ann Foster (b. NB 4JAN1806, d. 1890), d/o John and Artemissa (Artimacey/Mercy) (Todd) Foster; with Artemissa being Alfred’s aunt.
The implication of all of this is that Daniel’s wives (possibly just one wife) came from these interrelated Towne-Todd families. Mary Anne Towne, who m. Alfred Todd, is more likely a d/o Ebenezer and Mary (Pettingel (Pettingill)) Towne; as is Sarah A. Town/Towne. They did have a daughter, Mary, but beyond her name, not much is given.
There was an Ebenezer Towne b. MA ca. 1775 in Hodgdon, Aroostook Co., ME in the 1850 census.
Although Sarah A. Towne may have been Ebenezer’s daughter, in the 1880 census of Hodgdon, Aroostook Co., ME she is a widow, age 65 b. NB, living with Henry H. and ‘Manda’ E. Quint. Her father was b. MA and mother b. ME, which would agree with Ebenezer and Mary Towne; but there is yet no other, real indication that Ebenezer Towne went to NB. Amanda E. (Outhouse) Quint [R121K] was Daniel’s sister.

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