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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890.  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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MILTON TODHUNTER. The family of which Mr. Todhunter is a worthy scion, was in former years of considerable prominence in the Old Dominion, particularly in Loudoun County, where the grandfather of our subject was born. The family is of Scotch ancestry and for generations belonged to the Orthodox Friends Church. Isaac Todhunter married Eleanor Jury, a native of the same county and also of old Quaker stock, but probably of English lineage. In 1805 they left Virginia with their family and emigrated in wagons to Highland County, Ohio, the entire Miami Valley being then a wild waste known as millitary land. Mr. Todhunter secured about one thousand acres in the midst of this heavy timber, his location being determined by a large spring. His grandson says this spring was all that could have induced him to stop, as that part of his possessions was almost worthless, being broken and barren.

On this large tract of land six miles from the present site of Leesburg, Isaac Todhunter and his wife passed the balance of their lives, dying full of years and clinging to the faith which they had been taught in early life — that of the Friends’ Church. To them were born six sons and three daughters, the second in the family being the father of our subject. This Isaac Todhunter Jr., was born in Loudoun County, and was a young man when his parents removed to Ohio. Here he became of age and married Miss Rachael Reese, losing his birth-right in the Friends’ Church on account of marrying out of its limits. His wife was also a native of Loudoun County, Va., but had grown to womanhood in Highland County, Ohio, to which her parents had come in her youth.

After their marriage, Isaac Todhunter, Jr., and his wife began their wedded life upon a farm where they spent some years. Selling it they removed to Montgomery County, living north of Dayton for some years, and afterwards taking up their abode on the Wabash River in the western part of Indiana. There Mr. Todhunter died at the age of sixty-five years. He had been well known to the best classes where he lived, his reputation being that of a thoroughly honorable and upright man. After his death his widow went to live with a son, Jacob, in Wisconsin and died at his home when eighty-four years old. She was a typical wife, mother and woman, her whole life having been a model of correct deportment and nobility of character. She was the mother of seven sons and five daughters, three of the former being all that now survive of that large circle.

Milton Todhunter first saw the light of day in Highland County in 1821. His schooling was limited to six months attendance, but being endowed with excellent natural abilities he has acquired information in other ways, and possesses a fine store of knowledge for one of his opportunities. He grew to maturity in his native county and there learned the trades of carpentering and coopering, afterward becoming a merchant and finally taking up the study of medicine. He, however, practiced but a short time, retiring from the calling on account of failing health. He has had a varied experience, his faculties having been developed by the contact with the world in various ways and a fortune accumulated by his varied methods of employment. All that he has was made by his own efforts, as his parents were very poor. He is now enjoying his wealth in quietude, his capital being invested in real-estate and loans. For several years he has been living in Jamestown, Greene County, where he is numbered among the better class of citizens, and receives the respect of all to whom he is known.

The wife of Mr. Todhunter died at their home in Jamestown, November 3, 1883, a few weeks after they had settled here. She was a native of Highland County, having been born near Leesburg in 1819, and bore the maiden name of Margaret Moon. She was a good and noble woman, whose life had been spent in a consistent and faithful discharge of the duties which lay before her, and of whom it may well be said “she hath done what she could.” She belonged to the Presbyterian Church. Her otherwise happy union was childless.

While he resided in Clinton County, Mr. Todhunter held some of the local offices and at one time was Mayor of Port Williams. For two years he has been a Justice of the Peace in Silver Creek Township. In religion he is of the Society of Friends, and in politics a firm Republican.

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This family biography is one of the many biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890. 

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