FROM: The History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson Counties, Illinois (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887).  P. 744-745.

          Charles S. Todd, carpenter, farmer and postmaster at Belle City, was born November 6, 1831, in Stratford, Conn., the youngest of three children (two deceased) of Edward and, Either Todd, the former born about 1809 in Redding Conn., of Scotch origin, and the latter a few years later in Danbury, Conn. They were reared and married in their native State, and after marriage moved to Stratford, where the mother died when our subject was an infant.  The father, a coal dealer, came to Madison County Ill., in 1856 and there, at Highland his second, wife died the next year. He moved to Mount Carmel, Ill., married the third time, and engaged in farming until his death, which occurred in1879. Our subject was educated at Stratford, and when seventeen was apprenticed to a carpenter in New Haven. When twenty, he began for himself, and at twenty-two married and settled at Waterbury, where he was engaged in a cotton-gin factory. In 1855 he came to Highland, Ill., and purchased a farm, remaining on the same, with the exception of eight months as army sutler, until 1863, when he went to Belle City. Here he had an interest in a grist and saw mill for a year. He then worked at his trade until 1878, when he began farming. In 1880 he purchased his farm adjoining Belle City, which he superintends, occasionally works at his trade, is postmaster, notary public and also police magistrate of Belle City. His wife, Jane M., daughter of Nathan S. and Prudence Fowler (both living in Connecticut), was born in March, 1838, in Branford, Conn. Their children are Arthur E., Edward A., Charles S., Harry H., Mary A., Benjamin F. (deceased) and As& S. His farm of 140 acres, a couple of town Iota and his residence are his own acquirements chiefly, and he its now one of the leading business men of the county. He is a Republican, and voted for Fremont. He was elected justice in 1867, and about the same time was appointed postmaster, and says he is one of the "rascals not yet turned out" He has been police magistrate since the city's incorporation, and notary public since 1879. He is now Worshipful Master in Hickory Hill Lodge, F. & A. M. When Belle River Lodge was chartered, he became Worshipful Master for twelve years, or until he changed his membership to his present lodge. Our subject and his children, except the youngest, are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, while his wife is a Presbyterian, but has no church near of which to be a member.

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