Joel Elias "Uncle Joel" Todd, son of John Todd and Martha "Patsy" Collier.
Born Mar 8, 1801 at Madison Co., Kentucky, died Sep 18, 1886 at Madison Co., Kentucky, 85 years, buried at Berear, Madsion Co., Kentucky at family farm cemetary
Joel Todd was a member and supporter of John G. Fee's "Free Church," Glade Church (American Missionary Association) He was a radical abolitionist and was in the group of exiles when they fled to Cincinnati, Ohio. Later he would sell land to freed african american slaves. Joel gave land for the founding of Berea College.
From A Utopian Experiment in Kentucky, pg. 81: "One family of white Bereans sold hundreds o f acres to black settlers: Joel Todd, Sr., and his wife Nancy Mills, who had been exiled for their support of abolitionism in 1860, made land available to many black families. On February 17, 1868, Todd sold land on Bushy Fork to Anderson Crawford, Stephen Hagan, and Horace Yates. These settlers living neighbors to one another, constitutes the now nonexistent town of Canton, apparently their name for black settlers on Bushy Fork. Daniel Herron bought town lot no. 4 in Canton from Joel Todd, Sr., February 2, 1869. (Lest it appear that [Rev. John] Fee's policy of interspersion was spoiled by this black village, it should be pointed out that everyone in it owned land neighboring a white person's land on one boundary line at least.) In 1873, Joel Todd, Sr., sold another parcel of land on Bushy Fork to Henry Adams, who had purchased materials for building a house in 1866. Probably blacks were permitted to erect houses on land they planned to purchase sometime later; Adams is not the only instance of a black man in Berea building a house before he owned land to put it on. The five acres Stephen Hagan bought in 1868 included the house where he already lived. Joel Todd, Jr., a pre-Civil War student in the Berea school and owner of land near his father's, also sold to blacks, including Horace Yates (1874) and Gibson Gill(1878)."
Married Mar 31, 1822 at Madison Co., Kentucky (17 or 18 years married) to:
Nancy Ruth Lee, daughter of Richard Bland Lee and Elizabeth H. Scott.
Born 1800 at Madison Co., Kentucky, died 1840 at Madison Co., Kentucky, 39 or 40 years
1. Amanda Todd
Born Apr 2, 1832 at Madison Co., Kentucky, died Sep 23, 1910 at Stillwater, Payne County, Oklahoma, 78 years, buried at Fairlawn Cemetery, Stillwater, Oklahoma
2. Martha Ann Todd
Born Feb 16, 1832 at Madison Co., Kentucky, died 1850 at Madison Co., Kentucky, 17 or 18 years
3. Elizabeth "Betty" Todd
Born 1824 at Madison Co., Kentucky, died 1890, 65 or 66 years
4. John Todd
Born Jan 1, 1826 at Madison Co., Kentucky, died Feb 8, 1905 at Denver, Hancock County, Illinois, 79 years
5. Richard Todd
6. Irvine Todd
7. Newton G. Todd
Born 1830 at Madison Co., Kentucky
8. Lucinda Todd
Born Apr 12, 1834 at Madison Co., Kentucky, died Mar 2, 1885, 50 years
9. Mary Jane Todd
Born Sep 26, 1836 at Madison Co., Kentucky, died Dec 1908 at Slater, Saline County, Missouri, 72 years
10. Joel Elias Todd, Jr.
Born May 15, 1839 at Madison Co., Kentucky, died Jun 19, 1910 at Berea, Madison County, Kentucky, 71 years, buried at Joel Todd Family Cemetery, Madison County, Kentucky