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Tod-Milby Home Site

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cornr of Elm and Broadway, Houston, TX, USA

Latitude & Longitude: 29° 43' 18.822936", -95° 16' 40.406628"
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     John Grant Tod (1808-1877), a Kentuckian, left home at 17 to go to sea. Served in Mexican, U. S. navies. Came to Texas, 1837; served in navy, 1837-1845, as naval agent, supervising purchase and equipment of vessels of second Texas navy; commander, naval yard at Galveston; acting secretary of navy; commodore. Tod carried official notification of Texas' annexation from the Congress of the United States, presenting it to President Anson Jones, January 13, 1846. Served in U. S. Navy as agent of the Quartermaster's Department during Mexican War, 1846-1848. Assistant state engineer, 1857-1859. Was one of organizers and builders of Texas' first railroad, the Buffalo Bayou, brazos and Colorado; came to Harrisburg to serve as its treasurer. Purchased cottage here and moved into it with his family in November, 1866. This remained the family residence for seventy-six years. Additions made by son-in-law, C. H. Milby, resulted in a large brick house. This structure, known as the Milby House, was an historic landmark until demolished in 1959. Captain Tod and his family are buried in Glendale Cemetery, five blocks southeast on Magnolia Street.

This page last updated: 7/15/2008

Tod-Milby Home Site Historical Marker Location Map, Houston, Texas