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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Putnam County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Leander Todd was born October 29, 1854, in Rock Castle County, Ky., and is the second child born to Benjamin F. and Julia A. (Bowman) Todd, natives of the same county and State. The former was of Irish and the latter of German descent. The father was a successful man, being considered one of the best farmers in his county. Mr. Todd died in February, 1866, and the fall of the following year Mr. Todd married Miss Sarah McLain, by whom he has had nine children. Both are members of the Christian Church. Mr. Todd is a stanch Republican in politics. His father, Thomas Todd, was a native of Kentucky. Leander Todd was taken by his parents to Sangamon County, Ill., when a year old, and eight years later moved to Scotland County, Mo. He afterward returned to Sangamon County, then went to Marshall County, Iowa, and in 1871 came to Putnam County, Mo., where he has since resided. He received a common-school education in Sangamon County, Ill., and in the State of Iowa, and when eighteen years old began life on his own account. As the result of economy and good management he now owns 444 acres of well improved and cultivated land, and is one of the successful farmer citizens of the township. In 1876 he wedded Miss Maggie Morehead, by whom he had one child - Isadora. Mrs. Todd died in 1880, and in March of the following year he married Miss Sallie Howe. To this union three children have been born: Nellie, Walter M. and Frank. Mr. Todd is a member of the Christian Church. He is a member of the Republican party, and belongs to the I. O. O. F.

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This family biography is one of 139 biographies included in the Putnam County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Putnam County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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