Todhunter Family Genealogy Forum
Another Todhunter household to add to your list: Richard Newton Todhunter was born in Iowa on 4 March 1855. On 13 Feb. 1879, he married Phoebe Melissa "Lilly" Hill, who was born in Ohio in Oct.1863. They were in Nebraska from 1881 to 1886, having 3 children there during that period: Richard, Lydia Ella & George. Three years later, they had gone west to Oregon, where two more children were born: Louis in 1889 & Jerry Clifford in 1893. For whatever reason, they packed their belongings in a covered wagon in 1899, and headed southeast for Texas. The elder Richard later said they intended to go as far south as possible in their "prairie schooner," and settle there. After six months on the trail, they arrived in western Chambers County, Texas in early 1900, where they set up housekeeping on the west side of Old River. An industrious family, they immediately began farming & raising stock. By 1901, they had built a new house on the site. Through the years, the children married into local families & became respected citizens of the community. There are no Todhunters by name on that property today, although descendants by other surnames remain. Some went even farther south to Galveston County, where other descendants of the family still reside. This family of Todhunters became Texans, one and all. I am not directly related to this family, but have always been fascinated by the tale of their long trek to Texas & am happy to claim some collateral kinship to them.