~Great Aunt Annie~
Annie was the youngest child of Marksey Lafayette and Ardelia McCurdy Todd. Her birth and death years are not exact but they are as accurate as possible at this time. She was between 17 and 19 when she died. Described as a beautiful and sweet young girl, Annie had 9 siblings and they are:
William Richard "Bill" Todd 1881 – 1964
Luvena A. "Viney" Todd 1884 – 1910
John Louis Todd 1887 – 1947
Laura Ann "Cricket" Todd 1888 – 1970
Addie Arminta Todd 1893 – 1970
Elsie Marie Todd 1895 – 1990
Nelsie Ardonia Todd 1899 – 1920
Henry Alonzo "Lonnie" Todd 1900 – 1975
Arizona "Zonie" Todd 1904 – 1970
Armina "Miney" Todd 1906 – 1994
The family farmed so the girls had to work the fields just as the boys did.
Annie's death was a tragic and violent death. Annie died of Rabies. This story was shared with me by my cousin who heard it discussed all of her life by Annie's sisters. Together, we have tried to find all of our Great Grandparent's children and connect them here on FAG. To do that, I must add my Aunt Annie but do not know at this time, where she was laid to rest. However, we feel there is a strong possibility she lies in one of the unmarked graves next to her mother and father. If it can be verified then I will add "Mill Creek Cemetery" to this memorial as that is where her parents are laid to rest. I added a Todd plot marker from another location so she has her family surname marked here on FAG until her place of rest is verified.
The story of Annie's death......
Annie died of rabies. My great grandparents farmed and lived in McCurtain Co., OK, at the time of Annie's death. One of Annie's brothers, my uncle Lonnie Todd, had a pen where he kept several hunting dogs and it was Annie's job to take care of feeding and watering these dogs daily. Uncle Lonnie would haul water in large barrels from a nearby creek and Annie would dip their water bowls into the barrel to fill them. Some of the dogs developed rabies and by the time the family knew what was wrong with the dogs, Annie was sick. She'd had a small cut on her leg and the water from the contaminated bowls had dripped onto the cut. Annie's sisters would tell us how Annie was the most beautiful of all the girls in the family. They told the story graphically, of how she suffered and about her difficult death - too graphic to share in detail here but to understand what people had to endure, I share some of it. Aunt Annie died a horrible death that no one should have to endure and thankfully is now eradicated. She had to be restrained to the bed in unbearable pain and madness. During that era, the doctor had no medication to really help her much but he was in attendance. He told the family how to restrain her and to expect tongue swelling and screaming among the symptoms of what she'd suffer. He really could not do much more. I can't imagine having to watch your child die in that manner. Although we do not know how long it lasted, we do know she suffered far too long. I know my family had to be heart broken to lose her much less to have to experience this kind of emotional tragedy. These were extremely strong people but this is unthinkable. I am so sad for them even thinking of what they endured with this.
Working on my family genealogy has taught me a little of what families went through to make a way for their future generations. I hope we all never forget their sacrifices. I will surely not forget Annie.
We remember you aunt Annie and may you rest peacefully......
Sincere thanks to Rhonda and Gannon Blue for sponsoring Annie. Their love and generosity is heart warming and greatly appreciated by our family.
Marksey Lafayette Todd (1852 - 1935)
Ardelia "Delia" McCurdy Todd (1865 - 1958)
William Richard Todd (1881 - 1964)*
Luvena A. Todd Blankenship (1884 - 1910)*
John Louis Todd (1887 - 1947)*
Laura Ann Todd Hendrix (1888 - 1970)*
Addie Arminta Todd Williams (1893 - 1970)*
Elsie Marie Todd Bunch (1896 - 1990)*
Nelsie Ardonia Todd Myrick (1899 - 1920)*
Henry Alonzo Todd (1900 - 1975)*
Arizona Todd James (1904 - 1970)*
Armina Todd Williams (1906 - 1994)*
Anne Arminta Todd (1909 - 1927)
Note: Burial possibly at Mill Creek Cem. in Kellum, Sevier, AR. - unmmarked grave. Still researching.
Created by: K Todd Sherer
Record added: Jan 24, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64636219
K Todd Sherer
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