Ira Spear Todd was born on January 28, 1842, in Rome, Lenawee County, Michigan, the son of Alanson (1822-1875) and Hester Maria (Frary, 1822-1860).
According to one source Ira’s parents were married in Rome, Michigan, on July 2, 1840, and by 1843 the family had moved to Van Buren County and were residing in Bengal, Clinton County in 1850 and in Gratiot County by 1858. (The census records for this period do not substantiate this however.)
Ira (who was possibly named after his maternal grandfather, Ira Spear Frary) was 19 years old and probably living in Portland, Ionia County, Michigan, when he enlisted in Company D on May 13, 1861. (Company D was composed in large part of men who came from western Ionia County and Eaton County.)
He died of typhoid fever on August 29 or September 1, 1861, at either Union Hotel hospital or Columbian College hospital in Washington, DC, and was buried in the Military Asylum cemetery (Soldier's Home National cemetery).
No pension seems to be available.