1763-1793

John Todd, Jr. married Dolley Payne in 1790. As a Quaker lawyer he gave free legal advice to the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery.

Instead of leaving the city with his wife and children to escape the yellow fever epidemic, he stayed in Philadelphia to help his clients, and to care for his mother, father, and his young law apprentice Isaac Heston. His mother, his father, and his law apprentice all died from yellow fever. John Todd, Jr. eventually caught yellow fever himself and died of the disease in October 1793.


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John Todd's Estate Inventory
(Transcription)
John Todd's Last Will and Testament
 

Philadelphia City Archives

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