Todd, Robert B.

Born: 1826-01-17 Lexington, Kentucky

Died: 1901-02-04 Brooklyn, New York

Flourished: Bastrop, Louisiana

Robert B. Todd was the oldest son of David Todd and first cousin of Mary Lincoln. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1843. During the Mexican War, he enlisted in Colonel Alexander W. Doniphan's First Regiment of Missouri Mounted Volunteers, and accompanied his unit in its invasion of Mexico. After the war, he moved to Bastrop, Louisiana, where he lived until shortly before his death. He practiced law, served in both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature, and was a member of the convention that voted to secede from the Union. In 1860, he was practicing law in Bastrop and owned real estate valued at $3,000 and had a personal estate of $18,000. During the Civil War, he was a Confederate brigadier general who commanded the 11th Louisiana Brigade headquartered at Bastrop.

Gravestone, Lot 28307, Section 136, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY; The Annual Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1901 (New York: D. Appleton, 1902), 472; John D. Winters, The Civil War in Louisiana (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1991), 72, 165; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Bastrop, Morehouse, LA, 5; Waldo W. Braden, "Mary Todd Lincoln's Missouri Relatives," Lincoln Herald 93 (Summer 1991), 46.