Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Todd family

My great great grandfather, Robert Todd, was born on 6 December 1856 in Tullamore, Ireland.  He died in 1923.

Robert married Jane Mulholland in Ireland in 1874, before coming to New Zealand.  The family were Protestant Irish.  Jane was born on 13 February 1857.  Jane's father was James Mulholland and apparently owned cotton mills in Castle Dawson, Ireland.

On 10 August 1878, Robert, Jane and their daughter Elizabeth boarded the ship Hydaspes, for Lyttleton, New Zealand.  On passenger list, the Todds are listed as having come from County Derry and Robert is listed as a general farm labourer.  Robert and Jane were both just 21 years old, and Elizabeth was nine months old.  She would have been a year old on arrival.  Four months later, my great grandfather was born - the first of our Todd family to be born in New Zealand.  

All together, Robert and Jane had five children:

Elizabeth Todd (27 April 1877, Tamneyaskey, Londonderry, Ireland - 1959).  Elizabeth married Moses Halord Hanrahan in 1903.  Moses was Catholic, and Elizabeth was the first of the two eldest Todd children to marry Catholics.

Robert Todd 15 March 1879.  Robert served in the Boer War with the 10th Echelong (see separate blog post).  He married Ellen "Nellie Smith" - also a Catholic - in 1913 and eventually converted to Catholicism late in life.  Robert worked on the Railways and died on 17 January 1976, just short of his 97th birthday.

Mary Todd 1881 - 1927.  Mary married James Paterson Brown in 1901.

Martha-Jane Todd 1885 - 1969.  Martha had polio and never married.  She still lived to a good age.

Annie Mulholland Todd 2 September 1891 - 1977.  Annie married Clifford Daniel Booth.  She was the last surviving sibling of the Todd family and died on her 86th birthday.

Robert Todd died in 1923.  Jane died in 1942.

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