The Early Todds
AMONG the party of woodsmen who founded Lexington was Levi Todd, a stalwart Pennsylvanian just recently arrived in Kentucky.1 He and his two older brothers, John and Robert, were the sons of David Todd of Providence Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. They had been educated in Virginia at the school of their uncle, the Reverend John Todd, who later obtained from the state legislature the charter for Transylvania Seminary and gave it the first library brought to Kentucky.2
Levi, John, and Robert had embarked upon the study of law, but dry parchment and musty tomes were not for them. Their ancestors were stubborn, restless Scottish Covenanters who had fiercely opposed the Duke of Monmouth at Bothwell Bridge and in defiance of the Established Church of England had fled their native heath for the north of Ireland and thence to America. The "Dark and Bloody Ground," the land of adventure, romance, and opportunity, lay beyond the hazy Alleghenies, and in 1775 the three Todd brothers bade farewell to the Old Dominion and journeyed westward over the tomahawk-blazed Wilderness Road.