William H. Todd finds his mother, age 100, after 40-year separation

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Title

William H. Todd finds his mother, age 100, after 40-year separation

Subject

Newspaper report of family reunification

Description

William H. Todd, Washington Court House, OH, finds his mother in Macon, GA, after writing to people in the South for many years in search of her.

Source

Pittsburgh Dispatch (Pittsburgh, PA)

Date

March 12, 1891

Coverage

Washington Court House, Fayette County, OH
Macon, GA

Contributor

Jesse Nasta

Publisher

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress

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Transcription

FOUND AT LAST.
A former Slave, Now in Ohio, Hears From
His Long-Lost Mother.
SPRINGFIELD, O., March 11, - After 40 years'
separation William H. Todd, and ex-slave at
Washington Court House, Fayette county, has
discovered the whereabouts of his mother, now
100 years old, living at Macon, GA., through a
letter received last night. Twelve years prior
to the war they were sold to different masters
and each received the master's name who made
the purchase. Todd and one of his brothers
belonged during the war to the Twenty-second
Colored Union Infantry and at the battle of
Deep Bottom, VA., his brother lost his life.
There were 14 brothers and all of them were
soldiers in the Union army; 12 of them fought
in the Fort Pillow massacre, eight being killed
after the fort had surrendered and rebels had
taken possession of it. Four escaped and are
living to-day near the scene of their childhood,
where their aged mother and four of "Gov-
ernor" Todd's children by his first wife are liv-
ing.
The letter gives Todd intense delight. He is
about 70 years of age and quite poor. An effort
is on foot to raise money enough to send him to
his native State, where he may see his mother
before she dies. He has bee writing to people
in the South for many years concerning the
whereabouts of his mother and children, and
at last he is a happy man. He was assisted in
the search for her by the son of his old master,
Mr. Todd.

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Citation

“William H. Todd finds his mother, age 100, after 40-year separation,” Newspaper report of family reunification, Pittsburgh Dispatch (Pittsburgh, PA), March 12, 1891, Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery, accessed November 17, 2017, http://informationwanted.org/items/show/2821.

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