Whether Elizabeth/Betsy had kinship ties connecting her descendants to the Tod CW Governor of Ohio, or not, the Allen Co. bio does exposea story/legend of Tod/Todd kinship in the family. “The History of Allen County, Ohio” (subtitle omitted) pub: Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co., 1885. (Another history of Allen County was pub. in 1921)
Eleanor was the mother of Elizabeth. The question becomes was Eleanor born a Tod or might there have been a maternal line providing a kinship connection? Eleanor, born in 1755 and if of Scottish descent, may only have had a single given name. Generally speaking, middle names were uncommon among the colonists until a later date. (What might appear to be two given names in German families is actually a spiritual name + the given name they’re known by.) So far as I know, NO EVIDENCE has identified Eleanor with a first AND middle name.
Governor Tod of Ohio was David Tod. As one might expect there is a great deal of repetitive information about this Governor on the net. Wikipedia: David’s father: “George Tod, born to a Scottish immigrant in Suffield, Connecticut….George relocated to the Connecticut Western Reserve in 1800…served as Ohio lawmaker between 1804 and 1806…Ohio Supreme Court Justice in 1807”
A google digitized book provided more of Gov. David’s Tod family history:
“History of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, Ohio” (Vol II) by Jos. G. Butler, Jr, 1921 - p. 220
“During the eighteenth century the Tod family lived in the shire of Perth, Scotland. Robert Tod was born and spent his life there. He married Isabella LOW. One of their children was David Tod, who was born in Perthshire and who came to America in 1746. He lived for some years at Suffolk, Connecticut. He married in 1772 Rachel KENT”David and Rachel had “…six children named George, Samuel, Isabella, John, Charlotte Low and David Low”George Tod was b. 1773. George graduated from Yale and for
several years practiced law in New Haven, Conn. In 1797 he married Sally ISAACS.(the immigrant David was the only son mentioned for Robert, and birth dates were not given for either Robert or David. Although not mentioned one wonders if David had siblings that arrived close to the same time. Considering David’s date of arrival in the colonies and the 26 year span before he married Rachel Kent, one wonders if he may have had an earlier marriage either in Scotland or America.)
Note: Suffolk is in the county of Hartford.
George Tod’s brother John moved to Bedford Co., PA, while still a young man. He died there in 1830. This plus some information on George and John’s siblings can be found in the “Papers of John Tod,” another lawyer, political figure, and (I think - PA Supreme Court Justice.). John was also included in the History of Bedford, PA. No other siblings of George and John Tod were noted in Bedford Co., but much earlier I’d found a William Toddincluded in the “History of Bedford, Somerset, and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania” (subtitle eliminated) Chicago: Waterman, Watkins, &Co., 1884. This history included a bio for William that was probably submitted by someone in the family of his grandson, John, if not John, himself.The bio stated that William had been born in Scotland, emigrated some time in the middle of the past century (1700’s) with 5 others of the same name that became founders of families in various sections of the U. S. William had lived for a time in Philadelphia Co., PA, then in the area that became Montgomery Co., PA and finally moved to Bedford Co., PA before the Revolutionary War.The children given for William Todd, Sr. and his wife Hannah (Davis) were:
William ( 7 y/o in 1796 when William Sr. died & father of John)
No mention was made of a kinship connection between William Todd and John Tod, but our Melick family may have been aware of both. John Melick was in Bedford Co., Pa from 1782 until the formation of Somerset (tax records). He appeared to remain in Somerset until 1814/1815 (land). By 1816 he was included on the tax list of Muskingum County, Ohio (Perry Co. not yet formed.)
DNA studies have been and are being done on the Todd family. An interesting site that includes record evidence, some DNA analysis plus some interesting and intriguing information can be viewed at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vaaugust/Todd.htmWhat grabbed my attention at this site was a person named “Low Todd.” You will recall Robert of Perth married Isabella Low and his son David named children Charlotte Low and David Low. One wonders if others descending from Robert and Isabellafollowed this naming pattern. (George Tod named one of his children Charlotte Low, presumably for his sister.)