Descendants of Bartlett H. O'Dell
This file was given to the Claiborne TNGENWEB Project by Earnest Grubb.

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SECOND GENERATION

(3) Artemicia2 O'Dell, (Bartlett1) was born about 1816 in TENNESSEE/VIRGINA, and on 28 Oct 1841 in Claiborne County, Tn, married Spencer Edwards, son of William Edwards and (Unk) Evart, who was born about 1780. Artemicia died in Jan 1901 in Claiborne County, Tn. Spencer died on 3 Nov 1848 in Claiborne County, Tn. Spencer was married to Katherine "Katy" Riddle.
BIO: The name of this daughter of Bartlett O'DELL is uncertain. Some records show her as "A.M." ODELL, some as "Artie", others as "Artiemacey" or "Artemicia," still others as "Anta Masa." Her year of birth had been calculated from various census records, etc. with consideration for the recorded ages of her siblings. Because of conflicting data, the date of her birth has fluctuated between 1816 and 1817. Page 64 of the Lawrence EDWARDS, "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES" reads "1817- Feb 28, 1901," and appear to have been taken from a tombstone. No reference was cited for these dates. "Artiemacy EDWARDS" was enumerated in 1850 as the head of her own household. Her age at that time was recorded as "33." Ten years later, "Artamacy" was recorded on the census for Claiborne County twice! Both entries appeared on page 240, but the first one is numbered #1519/#1519. The second entry is at household and family number 1542. In the first entry, Artamacy is reported to be 57 years of age; in the second entry, she is "43". The other five individuals shown in these households are the same as are the ages of each of them. The census for Claiborne Co., TN in 1870 shows "Artamecia's" age as 54 in August, 1870; the 1880 census for the same County has recorded her age as "64." Calculation from these two records would place her year of birth at about 1816. Using the 1850 and 1860 records to calculate, her year of birth would be about 1817 -- not a wide difference as compared to discrepancies in other family data from one census to another. The index to probate reference dates Spencer EDWARDS' will 24 OCT 1848. This entry lists the two wives of Spencer EDWARDS as well as the following children: Rachel Sally James Sampson Martin Japatha (Jeptha) George Hiram Joseph Spencer Lety (m.___Hays) Elizabeth (m.___Keck) Martha (m.___McKindry) "John Keck and Levi Goins, executors" The actual date of death is not included in this index.

March 1996; Compiler received a copy of "Reflections", the quarterly newsletter of the Claiborne Co. Hist. Soc. It contained an article on the ODELL family by Marjorie WALSH, a descendent of Marshall L. ODELL. Per her data for Bartlett and Elizabeth ODELL, "Artimacey ODELL" was born Feb. 1816. The source of this data was not cited. Spencer died before the 1850 census and his widow was left with three of his children by his first wife in addition to the four born to Artemicia. There are unanswered questions about the data appearing in various sources concerning this family. A child named Spencer EDWARDS appears as one year of age in 1850; in 1860 this youngster is 11 years of age. There is also an "Elizabeth" whose age is given as "9" on the 1860 record. Seemingly her last name is EDWARDS, but Spencer, Sr. could not have fathered this child. Of course, in those two records, no "relationship to head of the household" is recorded, so one or both of these children may have only been visiting in the EDWARDS household. Jan. 1997: Compiler examined the 1870 census for Claiborne Co., TN. This record shows "Artamecia" as head of the household. The only others enumerated in her household are 25-year-old Martha EDWARDS, and a newly married couple, Daniel D. HOPPER and his bride, Elizabeth. Daniel's occupation is listed as "Teaching School." The young wife's age is given as "15" and they both report they were married in "Jan." of the census year. Per the will index cited above, Elizabeth EDWARDS, the daughter of Spencer is reported to have married a Mr. KECK. Compiler has not found the maiden name of Elizabeth HOPPER, enumerated in this home in 1870 (as of Jan. 1997.) It is puzzling, however, that the "Elizabeth" enumerated in the home in 1860 was 9 years of age; the Elizabeth listed here as the newly- wed wife of Daniel D. HOPPER is only 15 years old. It is likely that neither of these "Elizabeths" is the daughter of Spencer EDWARDS. Compiler found "Henry KECK and his wife, Elizabeth (EDWARDS) residing in Laurel County, KY in 1850. Notes included in the annotated census compilation for that County indicate that they were married in Claiborne County, TN in 1839. This would mean that Elizabeth, if this is Spencer's daughter, would probably have been the first of Spencer's children by Katy (RIDDLE) EDWARDS. Elizabeth (EDWARDS) KECK would have been born about 1819. The identity of the "Elizabeth EDWARDS", age 9, or the "Elizabeth HOPPER," age 15, on the two census records remains a mystery. Sept. 1997, compiler visited Ben L. ODELL in Johnson City, TN. Ben, a descendant of Artiemicia's brother, Marshall Love O'DELL, has provided compiler with what appears to be a type-written transcript of information from a book entitled, "CLAIBORNE COUNTY, TENNESSEE PENSIONERS." There are several typographical errors in the excerpt, and at least two dates have been miscopied, as will be evident to the reader.

CLAIBORNE COUNTY, TENNESSEE PENSIONERS. Spencer EDWARDS and widow Artimacy EDWARDS, War of 1812, service; Private, Capt. J.B. BACON's Company, Tennessee Militia, Enlisted 11-13-1814; Discharged 5-13-1815, Bounty Land 43025-60-50 and 42181-80-55, widow original 13824, 14229. Residence of widow 1851, 1855, Claiborne County, Tenn, 1878, Claiborne Co. Kecks Chapel, Tenn. Maiden name of widow, Artimacy O'DELL, Marriage 10-29 or 31, 1841; Claiborne County, Tenn, death of soldier 11-3-1848, Claiborne Co. Tenn, death of widow prior to February 28, 1901. Soldier died 11-3-1848; Widow made application, Claiborne Co. Tenn. 3-23-1878.

States---Spencer EDWARDS volunteered at Tazewell, Tenn, 4 Tenn. Infantry. Tenn. Militia for six months, that he was born in Claiborne County. That her maiden name before marriage was Artey Macey Odell, that her husband had been married previously and his wife died a year or more before their marriage. And he died 3-11-1848, since his discharge they had resided Keck Chapel, Tenn and the Cumberland Gap and Maynardsville Road. Widow made application 1855, Claiborne County, Tenn. They were married by Wm. WILLIAMS a minister the Gospel 11-4-1848.

Compiler's Note: The date of the marriage, as stated in the last line above, would be one day after Spencer's death. Nov. 1997: Eva (WELLS) McCARTY, a descendent of Artemicia's sister, Mary Pauline (O'DELL) LAY, sent compiler a list of grave removals from a book by Edith WILSON HUTTON. The data found there was copied from TVA records. Among the graves listed were Catherine EDWARDS, probably "Katy" (RIDDLE) EDWARDS, Spencer's first wife, two graves for "Spencer EDWARDS" (one with no dates, the other with only a date of death "1848") and "Mrs. Spencer EDWARDS 1816-1901." All of these graves had been moved from Big Barren Cemetery to Edwards Cemetery in Claiborne County about 1935. Interestingly enough, all four of these removals were authorized by "Spencer EDWARDS, Goin, TN." (Probably the son or grandson of Spencer EDWARDS.) A fifth grave, that of William EDWARDS, the father of Spencer, was also authorized by Spencer EDWARDS of Goin, TN. Discovery of the cemetery removal records does document Artemicia's year of birth as "1816."

REF: 1. "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES; Revised;" pp 64-73; Lawrence EDWARDS and Joy EDWARDS DAVIS; Claiborne County Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN. 2. "INDEX TO PROBATE COURT RECORDS, CLAIBORNE CO., TN 1844-1865"; Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN. 3. "CLAIBORNE COUNTY MARRIAGES 1838-1891"; Section I: 1838-1868; p 30: EDWARDS, Spencer "?" to Antamasa ODELL. Claib. Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN 4. William J. HEINLE; 219 E. Date Ave.; Casa Grande, AZ 85222; desc. of Mary Pauline (ODELL) LAY, sister to Artemicia O'DELL. 5. U.S. Census 1850 TN; Claiborne County; 7th Subd. E. Dist. TN; p 594/297; Dw. #830/#830; MF #432-874 (LDS Fam. Hist. Lib.; Arden, NC.) 6. "O'DELL, ODLE, ODEL, ODIL UPDATE," an article by Marjorie WALSH; "REFLECTIONS," Vol. 13; No. 3 (Summer Issue, 1995); the quarterly newsletter of the Claiborne Co. TN Historical Soc.; pp 12-19. 7. U.S. Census 1860 TN; Claiborne Co.; 12th Sub.; Tazewell P.O.; p 240; #1519/#1519 and #1542/#1542. MF #653-1244. 8. U.S. Census 1870 TN; Claiborne Co.; 12th Civil Dist.; Tazewell P.O.; p 14; #103/#90. MF #593-1518. 9. U.S. Census 1880 TN; Claiborne Co.; 12th CD; ED #110; p 18; #147/#148. MF #T9-1248. (HH of McKindry EDWARDS) 10. Typed excerpt from "CLAIBORNE COUNTY, TENNESSEE PENSIONERS," photocopy of which was provided to compiler by Ben L. ODELL, 1808 N. Roan Rd., Johnson City, TN. Source of the original book is unknown, as is the identity of the person who typed this excerpt. 11. "NORRIS RESERVOIR GRAVE REMOVALS," Vol. I, by Edith WILSON HUTTON, records from TVA. Transcribed for compiler by Eva (WELLS) McCARTY, 616 Miller Rd., Clinton, TN.

REF: 1. Wm. J. Heinle; 219 E. Date Ave., Casa Grande, AZ 85222. (Desc. of Mary Pauline O'DELL LAY) 2. "Old Speedwell Families", p. 64-73, by Lawrence Edwards, Claiborne Co, Pub. Lib., Tazewell, TN 3. Tombstone Inscription; "Cemeteries of Claiborne County, TN" Revised. "Edwards Cemetery"; just E. of Union Co. line, across from Big Barren Church (cemetery visited by compiler Aug 1995) 4. "Claiborne Co. Marriages 1838-1891"; Section I, 1838-1868; p 30. Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN. 5. "Index to Probate Court Records, Claiborne Co., TN, 1844-1865; Claiborne Co. Pub Lib., Tazewell, TN (Edwards, Spencer: Will dated 24 OCT 1848) 6. "Old Speedwell Families, Revised and Updated", p. 235; Lawrence EDWARDS; and Joy EDWARDS DAVIS; Claiborne County Pub. Library; Tazewell, TN. 7. U.S. Census 1850 TN; Claiborne Co.; 7th Subd. E. Dist. TN; p 594/297; HH #830/Fam #830. LDS Film #F 0024565; Arden, NC Branch LDS Library. 8. U.S. Census 1830 TN; Claiborne Co.; p 126; MF #M19-180. 9. Photocopied half-page excerpt from "CLAIBORNE COUNTY, TENNESSEE PENSIONERS," provided to compiler by Ben L. ODELL, 1808 N. Roan, Johnson City, TN. (Source of this photocopy to Ben is unknown.) 10. "Claiborne County Pensioners" by BURNS via Roy Bowman, San Antonio, TX.

BIO: Aug. 1995: Compiler found reference to Spencer's Edwards' will in Probate Records Index. Per that entry, Spencer's will was dated 24 OCT 1848. This would have been about 7 years after his marriage to "Artie" O'DELL. The data given in this index follows: First Wife: Katy Riddle Second Wife: Artamasa O'DELL Children: Rachel Hiram Sally Joseph James Spencer Sampson Lety m.___Mays Martin Elizabeth m.___Keck Japatha(Jeptha) Martha m.___McKindry George John Keck and Levi Goins, Executors

Considerable data on Spencer EDWARDS, his two wives and children who eventually tied back into the O'DELL family, was taken from Lawrence EDWARDS' book, "Old Speedwell Families" and the later revisions of same. This source gives Spencer's birth and death dates as "1780-1860." August 1996: Compiler researched the 1850 census film for Claiborne Co., TN. Per that film, Spencer was not in his household in October, 1850. There was a one-year-old child bearing Spencer's name; "Artiemacy" was listed as head of the home, and there were six children listed in addition to young Spencer. Ages of those children ranged from 4 years to 18 years. One household before Artiemacy was the home of Jeptha and Sarah M. EDWARDS. Twenty-six-year-old Jeptha was one of Spencer's sons. The tombstone in the EDWARDS Cemetery which bears Spencer's name has no dates. Compiler believed that he died between 1848-1850, rather than 1860 as recorded by Lawrence EDWARDS, but had not found documentation to prove this, until Sept., 1997, when compiler was given copies of selected documents and research notes belonging to Ben L. ODELL, Johnson City, TN. A photocopy of information taken from "CLAIBORNE COUNTY, TENNESSEE PENSIONERS" states that Spencer EDWARDS died "11-3-1848." The details of this source were not provided, but probably was a book from the Claiborne County Library. (Compiler has included the text of this photocopy in its entirety below.) A date for Spencer's marriage to Katie RIDDLE has not been found. Compiler has estimated their marriage to be about 1815, but this may be much too early. Their oldest child seems to have been born about 1818, but sources do not agree on the order of birth of the EDWARDS children. Spencer's will also lists children who do not appear in any other source. It may be possible that some named in the will were grandchildren. Compiler found a Spencer EDWARDS of the right age on the 1830 census for Claiborne County. On the same film there was a Hiram EDWARDS and a James EDWARDS in Claiborne County; all three EDWARDS men were in the 30-40 age range. These may well be brothers to Spencer. ****************************

The following is the text from a photocopied page of information concerning Spencer and his second wife, Artiemicia O'DELL. The photocopy was provided by Ben L. ODELL, a descendent of Marshall Love O'DELL, Artiemicia's brother.

CLAIBORNE COUNTY, TENNESSEE PENSIONERS. Spencer EDWARDS and widow Artimacy EDWARDS, War of 1812, service; Private, Capt. J.B. BACON's Company, TENNESSEE Militia, Enlisted 11-13-1814; Discharged 5-13-1815, Bounty Land 43025-60-50 and 42181-80-55, widow original 13824, 14229. Residence of widow 1851, 1855, Claiborne County, Tenn, 1878, Claiborne Co. Kecks Chapel, Tenn. Maiden name of widow, Artimacy O'DELL, Marriage 10-29 or 31, 1841; Claiborne County, Tenn, death of soldier 11-3-1848, Claiborne Co. Tenn, death of widow prior to February 28, 1901, Soldier died 11-3-1848. Widow made application Claiborne Co. Tenn. 3-23-1878.

States----Spencer EDWARDS volunteered at Tazewell, Tenn, 4 Tenn. Infantry. Tenn. Militia for six months, that he was born in Claiborne County. That her maiden name before marriage was Artey Macey ODELL, that her husband had been married previously and his wife died a year or more before their marriage. And he died 3-11-1848, since his discharge they had resided Keck Chapel, Tenn and the Cumberland Gap and Maynardsville Road. Widow made application 1855, Claiborne County, Tenn. They were married by Wm. WILLIAMS a minister of the Gospel 11-4-1848.

COMPILER'S NOTE: The above information appears to have been a typed excerpt from a book. There are several typographical errors, such as the date of the EDWARDS' marriage appearing on the last line. (One day after Spencer's death!) Other discrepancies include "Widow made application Claiborne Co. Tenn. 3-23-1878" (1st paragraph) "Widow made application 1855,..." (last paragraph.)

Nov., 1997: Eva McCARTY sent a list of graves she had transcribed from "NORRIS RESERVOIR GRAVE REMOVALS," Vol. I. Among the graves in this book were those of "Katy" (RIDDLE) EDWARDS, Spencer's first wife, and Artimicia (O'DELL) EDWARDS, his second. There were two graves for "Spencer EDWARDS", apparently, one bears his name but no dates. That one is recorded as "From: Big Barren Cem. To: Edwards Cem. Auth.: Spencer EDWARDS, Goin, TN." The other, apparently next to Artimicia's grave, reads, "EDWARDS, Spencer, B. ? D. 1848, From: Big Barren To: Edwards Cem., Auth: Spencer EDWARDS - Goin, TN." Authorization for the removal of Artimicia's and Catherine EDWARDS's graves were also recorded as "Spencer EDWARDS - Goin, TN". Since the graves were moved in 1935, it is likely that either Spencer's son or his grandson, both named for him, were the authorizers of the removals.
Children:
11 1 Anna3 Edwards was born about 1843 in Claiborne County, Tn.
BIO: The accurate full name of this child of Spencer EDWARDS is not known. On the 1850 census, there is a seven-year-old female named "Anna" Countyed in the home of Artemicia EDWARDS, widow of Spencer. The name "Anna" does not appear in the "Old Speedwell" books nor does it show on the list of heirs in the Probate index. On the latter, however, there is a "Rachel" who does not show on the other sources. There are two female children born to Spencer and Artie EDWARDS, who are listed as "name unknown" in the EDWARDS books. Anna is thought to have been one of those "unknown" females; Rachel may have been the other. On page 235 of the revised version of the "Old Speedwell" book, one of the descendents of a child of Spencer's is referred to as "Rachel Annie". It is possible that this child is named for a daughter of Spencer's who might have been named "Rachel Anna", but this is speculation and not supported by any real evidence. Also, per the "Old Speedwell..." acCounty, Leta EDWARDS named a daughter "Anna" and her sister, Sally, named one "Rachel." Again, no theory can be proven. Anna appears again on the 1860 census record in "Artamacy" EDWARDS' household; her age is cited as 16. She was not enumerated with her mother in 1870. There is no clue as to where she might have been enumerated after the 1870 enumeration. "Artamecia" EDWARDS does have a young couple enumerated in her household that year whose relationship to Artamecia is not known - "Daniel D. HOPPER," a 21-year-old school teacher and 15-year-old Elizabeth HOPPER are in the household on enumeration day. The young couple are reported to have married within the census year. This may be the 9-year- old "Elizabeth EDWARDS" who is enumerated in the EDWARDS home in 1860; if so there has been some error in recording the age on the two records. Since Spencer is thought to have died in 1848, this Elizabeth could not be his daughter. Furthermore, there is a daughter of Spencer's, Elizabeth, listed in the probate index who is reported to have married a KECK. She would have been much older than this Elizabeth, and is thought to have relocated to Laurel County, KY with her husband prior to the 1850 census there. This young bride of Daniel D. HOPPER does not appear to be "Anna" either, since she would be considerably younger than Anna as reported in 1860.

REF: 1. "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES, Revised and Updated," by Lawrence EDWARDS and Joy EDWARDS DAVIS; Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN. 2. U.S. Census 1850 TN; Claiborne Co.; 7th ED; p 594/297; #803/#803. MF #432-874; LDS Library, Arden, NC. 3. U.S. Census 1860 TN; Claiborne Co.; 12th Subd.; Tazewell P.O.; p 240; #1519/#1519 and #1542/#1542. (This household is listed twice on the 1860 enumeration) 4. U.S. Census 1870 TN; Claiborne Co.; 12th Civil Dist.; Tazewell P.O.; p 14; #103/#90. MF #593-1518.

12 2 Martha Edwards was born about 1845 in Claiborne County, Tn, and after Aug 1870, married Ben Hopper.
BIO: The birth year of this daughter of Spencer EDWARDS' has been calculated from the age given on census records as listed in the references below. Martha EDWARDS, age 5, appears in the home of Artemicia EDWARDS, widow of Spencer, on the 1850 census. The "Old Speedwell" books refer to two "unknown female" children of Spencer EDWARDS. On the 1860 census, Martha, age 15, is listed next to "Anna" who is one year older. This may be the other "name unknown" daughter listed for Spencer EDWARDS in the EDWARDS' books. On the 1870 Census for Claiborne County, Martha is listed as 25 years old in the home of "Artamecia" EDWARDS. She is one of three young adults in the household. The other two are Daniel HOPPER, a school teacher, and Elizabeth HOPPER, Daniel's 15 year-old-wife. Per the notation on the census enumeration, the HOPPERs married in January, 1870. According to Lawrence EDWARDS and his sister, a daughter of Spencer EDWARDS, "name unknown", married Ben HOPPER and "moved to Kansas. No data on this marriage is provided in EDWARDS' book, and compiler has not succeeded in locating an appropriate marriage record for this couple. Several HOPPER households were extracted from the 1880 census records of Claiborne, Campbell and Union Counties in TN, but none contained a household for "Ben and Martha HOPPER."

REF: 1. "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES; Revised and Updated"; Lawrence EDWARDS and Joy EDWARDS DAVIS; Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN. 2. U.S. Census 1850 TN; Claiborne Co.; 7th Subd.; p 594/297; #803/#803. MF #432-874; LDS Library, Arden, NC. 3. U.S. Census 1860 TN; Claiborne Co. 12 Subd.; p 240; #1519/#1519 and #1542/#1542. MF #653-1244. (This household is recorded twice.) 4. U.S. Census 1870 TN; Claiborne Co.; 12th Civil Dist.; p 14; #103/#90. MF #593-1518.

Bio: Although there is no documentation to prove it, compiler suspects that this Benjamin HOPPER may have been the son of John and Martha HOPPER, who appear on the 1860 census for Claiborne County, TN. This record shows a "Bery F." or "Benj F.", 16 years of age and the second son recorded in this household in 1860. He appears to be a brother to 18-year-old Thomas J. and 12-year-old David. Compiler made a photocopy of this page of the census microfilm for the households enumerated before John's, so was not careful to get a full picture of the household at the bottom of the page (John HOPPER's). There were probably other persons listed in the household after David D.'s name. No documentation for the marriage of Ben HOPPER and Martha EDWARDS has been located. Lawrence EDWARDS, in his "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES" book, states that one of the daughters of Spencer EDWARDS, "name unknown," married Ben HOPPER "and moved to Kansas." Since Martha was not named in this family, compiler has assumed that she was one of the two "name unknown" daughters of Spencer, and that she may have been the one who married Ben HOPPER. The ages of Ben and Martha are very close per census records.

REF: 1. "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES," pp 69 and 73; Lawrence EDWARDS; Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN. 2. U.S. Census 1860 TN; Claiborne Co.; 12th Subd.; Tazewell P.O.; p 235; #1484/#1484. MF #653-1244.

+ 13 3 McKendry Edwards was born about 1847.
14 4 Spencer Edwards, II. was born about Nov 1848 in Claiborne County, Tn, and in Claiborne County, Tn, married (??) Ausmus.
REF: 1. "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES," pp 64 & 73; Lawrence EDWARDS; Claiborne Co. Public Library; Tazewell, TN. (Copy of pages owned by compiler.) 2. 1850 Census, TN, Claiborne Co., 7th ED, #830/#830, MF #432-874 LDS Library, Arden, NC 3. "Claiborne Co. Marriages, 1838-1891", Claiborne Co. Lib., Tazewell, TN 4. U.S. Census 1860 TN; Claiborne Co.; 12th Subd.; Tazewell P.O.; p 240; #1519/#1519 and #1542/#1542. (This family is recorded twice on the same page of the census.) MF #653-1244.

BIO: The "Old Speedwell" source lists one child as "a brother (name unknown) (who) married AUSMUS?; went to Texas; returned to Tennessee, in 1953 for a visit, at the age of 87." Since Spencer, II was not named in this acCounty, compiler has assumed this is probably he. Compiler has added the "II" to differentiate him from his father and the son of McKindry EDWARDS of the same name. The 1850 census lists Spencer EDWARDS as a one-year-old male, born in TN. In 1860, he is listed in the household of "Artamacy EDWARDS" as 11 years of age. There is a female, "Elizabeth", who is two years younger than he. A marriage is listed for "Spencer EDWARDS to Mahalla COOK, 22 JUL 1866." This Spencer would have been about 17 if the census ages are accurate, but there is no evidence that this is the correct marriage for this Spencer EDWARDS.
1. "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES;" pp 79-73; Lawrence EDWARDS; Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN

(4) Mary Pauline "Polly"2 O'Dell, (Bartlett1) was born about 1818 in Speedwell (Claib, and on 6 Aug 1839 in Tazewell (Claibo, married John "Jack" Lay, son of John David "Big Valley Dave" Lay and Mary Moore, who was born about 1814 in Claiborne County, Tn. Mary Pauline "Polly" died about 1895 in Victoria (Marion. John "Jack" died on 22 Jan 1862 in Campbell County, Tn.

BIO: Contact via "The Genealogical Helper Magazine," between Bill HEINLE and compiler resulted in most of the initial information compiler was able to find about the children of Bartlett H. and Elizabeth (QUILLEN) O'DELL. Later research in Claiborne County, TN brought the three Lawrence EDWARDS' books about the Old Speedwell commUnionty to light. This is apparently where much of Mr. Heinle's data came from, too. Compiler was unable to find specific documentation for the marriage of John "Jack" LAY and "Polly" ODELL in Claiborne Co. For a while compiler was tempted to believe the marriage took place outside of Claiborne County, and it may have; however, Mary Pauline's parents were living in Claiborne County from 1840 until they died. Direct descendents of the LAYs, Bill HEINLE and Eva McCARTY, record Mary P. and "Jack" LAY's marriage in 1839 in Claiborne County, TN. "Jack" and Mary P. LAY were enumerated in Claiborne County in 1850. By 1860 they were in the Fincastle P.O. area in Campbell County when the enumeration was done. In 1870, Mary P. is enumerated "next door" to her daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and James "CURNUTT", in Campbell County. "Jack" LAY died in 1862, and Mary P. was shown as the head of her own household in 1870. Her three youngest daughters were still at home. March, 1996: Compiler received a back issue of "Reflections", a quarterly newsletter of the Claiborne County Historical Society which contained a feature article on the ODELS, compiled by Marjorie WALSH, a descendent of Marshall L., Mary Pauline's brother. Per the family group sheet for Bartlett and Elizabeth shown in the article, "Polly" ODEL's name is given as "Mary Margaret 'Polly' ODELL". The source of this data is not specified, but may have come from papers Ms. WALSH found at the LDS Library in Salt Lake City. Nov. 1996: Compiler established contact with Eva McCARTY of Clinton, TN, via correspondence with Marjorie WALSH. Mrs. McCARTY, a desc. of Mary P. O'DELL LAY, has provided detailed information on the LAY family. Since establishing contact with other descendents of the Bartlett O'DELL family, several very specific dates have been found on various members of Bartlett's family. Once specific birth and death dates began to appear from tombstones, death records, etc., other conflicts in previously recorded data resulted. One instance of this was the "ca" year of birth given to Mary P. (O'DELL) LAY. Her year of birth had been calculated as "1824" until the discovery of Louisa/Eliza (O'DELL) NELSON's tombstone. That stone records Louisa/Eliza's date of birth as 11 April 1824. Compiler re-examined her files to find evidence to support the "1824" date of birth for Mary P.. The three census records available show her as being 26 in 1850, 39 in 1860 and 50 in 1870. This type of variation in age increments from one census to another have been common in the records for the O'DELL family and their close kin. In NOV, 1996, compiler received one of several letters from Eva McCARTY. Mrs. McCARTY wrote, "...I found in the records of Marion County, TN, the Sardis Methodist Church Cemetery...Mary Pauline O'DELL LAY's tombstone says, 'Mary "A." 1818-1895 Wife of John LAY'..." This is the first specific year of birth compiler has found for this ancestor. The only documentation found to date that may be that of the marriage of Jack and Mary Pauline LAY comes from two marriage indexes -- one in Claiborne County, TN (found by compiler) and a photocopy provided by Steve Stamm, which is probably from a TN state index. Both sources show, "LAY, John (to) Catharine ODLE; 1840; Book 2; page 2." Mrs. McCARTY reports that she found the date of the LAYs marriage in the work of Mary Pauline's great grand daughter, Mary Alice (LAY) EARNHART, a family historian with many years of work on the LAY family.

REF: 1. U.S. Census 1850 TN; Claiborne Co., 7th sub-division, E. dist. # 951/951; MF # 432-874. 2. William J. HEINLE, 219 E. Date Ave.; Casa Grande, AZ 85222, desc. of Mary Pauline O'DELL LAY. 3. Claiborne County, TN marriage indexes (exact title not recorded); located in Claib. Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN. Marriage record indexed as: Book 2-19: LAY, John to "Catherine" ODLE, 1840. (This is the only marriage record compiler was able to locate that MIGHT be that of "Polly" ODELL and John LAY.) 4. "Old Speedwell Families; Revised"; p 279; Lawrence EDWARDS & Joy EDWARDS DAVIS; Claib. Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN 5. "REFLECTIONS", Summer Ed., 1995; Vol. 13, No. 3; Claiborne Co. Hist. Soc. Newsletter; pp. 12-19; "O'DELL, ODLE, ODEL, ODIL UPDATE", by Marjorie WALSH, 4309 W. Atlantic Blvd.; Coconut Creek, FL 33066. 6. Eva McCARTY; 616 Miller Rd.; Clinton, TN 37716; desc. of Elisha LAY. (Letters to Marjorie WALSH, Sept. 1996 and later letters to compiler.) 7. U.S. Census 1860 TN; Campbell Co.; 8th C.D.; Fincastle P.O.; p 77; #514/#507. MF #653-1240. 8. U.S. Census 1870 TN; Campbell Co.; 8th C.D.; Fincastle P.O.; p 12; #86/#81. MF #693-1516. 9. Notation of birth and death years from tombstone; provided by Eva McCARTY, (see REF #6 above.) 10. Steve STAMM, 1503 Barbra Estates Dr.; Seymour, TN 37865. (Desc. of David L. and Annis Elizabeth LAY.) 11. Photocopy of "1st page of L marriages" from "Index to Marriage Records"; copy order signed by Steve Stamm; source of index not cited, but is probably from TN State Archives. 12. Work of Mary Alice (LAY) EARNHART, grand daughter of William Quillin LAY, via Eva McCARTY. (See REF. #6) 13. Tombstone of "Mary 'A.' LAY" Sardis Methodist Cemetery, Union Co., TN. (Grave of Mary P. LAY); Eva McCARTY (see Ref. #6.)

REF: 1. U.S. Census 1850 TN; Claiborne Co.; 7th sub-division, E. dist. #951/#951. MF #432-874. 2. Wm. J. Heinle, desc of Mary Pauline O'DELL LAY; 219 E. Date Ave., Casa Grande, AZ 85222. 3. Mr. Heinle's sources: "Lay Genealogy" by J. Gilbert Lay; Census records; Marrriage Records, Campbell Co., TN; Eva McCarty, Clinton, TN 4. Eva McCARTY (desc. of Jack and Polly O'DELL LAY, via Elisha LAY), 616 Miller Road; Clinton, TN. (Letters to compiler 1996-97.) 5. U.S. Census 1860 TN; Campbell Co.; 8th CD; Fincastle P.O.; p 77; #514/#507. MF #653-1240. 6. "Index to Marriage Records," Vol 2: 1838-1973, notation reads, "No page #s. Copy the 1st pg of L's in the index. Want John LAY & Catherine ODLE."; about half-way down the page, "LAY, John (to) Catharine ODEL (Year) 1840; (Book) 2; (Page) 22. Page has no identification, but appears to be a state index, since "Nashville" appears in very small print in the upper left corner of the page. Copy provided by Steve STAMM, whose signature is at the bottom of the photocopy order. 7. Steve STAMM, 1503 Barbra Estates Dr., Seymour, TN 37865. (Desc. of David L. and Annis Elizabeth LAY.)

BIO: Per Mr. Heinle, "Jack" LAY was originally buried in the Lay Cemetery near his farm in Campbell Co., TN.; later, his remains were re-interred by the TVA at Baker's Forge Memorial Cemetery, also in Campbell Co. Mrs. McCARTY related the traditional story of the arrival and settling of the LAY families from ENGLAND. "According to Mary Alice ERNHART, grand daughter of Wm. Quillin LAY, son of John Jack LAY and Mary Pauline...the LAYs -- three LAY brothers --John, Jessee (and) David --came from ENGLAND arrived in the Land of Charles in Southern Carolinas. There John David LAY, son of Jessee and father of John "Jack" was born. John, Jessee and David moved into VA near Gate City & farmed the John Lay Homestead. From there Jesse & two sons, Jesse Jr. and John David moved down to Elizabethton, TN. From there they moved down to Claiborne, Co. TN (later where they lived became Campbell Co., TN)...The farm was located on both sides of the Powell River in what is now Campbell Co...about 6 miles from LaFollette, TN. ..."Jack" and Mary Pauline "Polly" ran the Lay gristmill on the Powell River....the Lay's used a ferry to get from (one) side of the Powell river to the other side of the farm....the Dave Lay Cave that was on the farm. Tradition says "Jack" hid Civil War Soldiers in it. Also he hid gold in it. Family says Jack's son David found the gold and that is how he bought the heirs out...John Jack is buried beside his mother... ...It is said old Jesse Sr. was an old man when he came to Claiborne Co TN. & died not too many years after coming to Big Valley. Jesse Jr. & John David took over the farm --Then John Jack & his son David."

In notes on her family group sheets, Mrs. McCARTY wrote, "...During the Civil War John Lay's sympathies were with the Union Cause. Although he had two sons that served in the Union Army, his oldest son, Bartlett, joined the Confederate side..." May, 1997: Compiler established contact with Steve STAMM, a descendent of the LAYs via their son, David L. Steve provided a copy of a page from a marriage index which lists John and "Catharine ODEL" LAY's marriage as 1840; no specific date is given and no County is mentioned. The only possible documentation of this marriage compiler has found was in a Claiborne County index which listed this same marriage and the "1840" date.
Children:
15 1 Martin Bartlett3 Lay was born about 1840 in Claiborne County, Tn. Martin Bartlett died on 19 Jan 1862 in "Fishing Creek".
REF: 1. Wm. J. HEINLE, desc. of Mary Pauline O'DELL LAY; 219 E. Date Ave.; Casa Grande, AZ 85222. 2. U.S. Census 1850 TN; Claiborne Co.; 7th sub-division; E. dist. #951/951; MF # 432-874 3. Eva McCARTY; 616 Miller Road; Clinton, TN 37716 (Desc. of Elisha LAY) (Letters to compiler, 1996-1997.) 4. Steve STAMM, 1503 Barbra Estate Drive, Seymour, TN 37865. (Desc. of David L. LAY and Annis Elizabeth TAYLOR) 5. "MILITARY ANNALS OF TENNESSEE," p 408; "Regimental Histories and Memorial Rolls," Field and Staff, Twenty-fifth Tennessee Infantry; Company B. Photocopy of page provided by Steve STAMM (#4 above). 6. Eva McCARTY cites David Richard LAY of Elk City, OK as her source of information on Bartlett LAY.

BIO: In a letter to Marjorie WALSH, Coconut Creek, FL, Sept. 1996, Eva McCARTY, another descendent of Bartlett O'DELL, listed the children of Mary Pauline (O'DELL) and "Jack" LAY. Concerning Bartlett LAY, Ms. McCARTY reported that he died in the Civil War at a place called "Fishing Creek". Per Eva McCARTY, in her notes on her LAY ancestors: "During the Civil War John LAY's sympathies were with the Union Cause. Although he had two sons that served in the Union Army, his oldest son, Bartlett, joined the Confederate Army. The following is from David Richard LAY, son of Elisha LAY: 'Bartlett was in the Battle of Fishing Creek in Tennessee near the Cumberland Gap. He was wounded in the leg by a cannonball. The story goes that during the battle, one of Bartlett's brothers came upon him. Bartlett asked for a drink and the brother went to a nearby creek and brought him some water. The brother, who is thought to be David, told David R. LAY, that it was one of the hardest things he ever had to do, was to leave Bartlett. He never saw him again.'" Bartlett's age was given as "10" on the 1850 census for Claiborne County. By census enumeration time, 05 July 1860, the land on which the LAY farm was located had become part of Campbell County, TN. Bartlett, who would by then have been about 20 years of age, was not enumerated with Jack and Polly's household. Compiler checked other "LAY" households to see if he might have been working for a relative or simply visiting in one of the relative's homes on that date, but he was not located. Although the War did not actually begin until April, 1861, seven states had seceded from the Union by the time of President LINCOLN's inauguration in March. It is possible that Bartlett had already made known his difference in sympathies from his father's, and that he had left the home because of these conflicts. In May, 1997, compiler established contact with Steve STAMM, another descendent of the "Jack" LAY family. In an E-mail message to compiler, Mr. STAMM wrote, "...The battle was known by three different names at the time. The Confederates called it 'Fishing Creek,' the Union called it 'Logan's Crossroads' and 'Mill Springs'. The battle was fought on 19 Jan. 1862 near the modern day town of Nancy, Kentucky. After the battle, which was a devastating defeat for the C.S.A., all the dead were buried in a mass grave in a field...Just today, 26 May 1997, the VA dedicated a cemetery on the battlefield with markers for each of the C.S.A. soldiers killed in action. Martin B. LAY's (a.k.a. Bartlett LAY) name is among those. I have pictures of his headstone. I also have his service record. He was in the 15th Tennessee Inf. Company B..." On page 408 of the Military Annals of Tennessee, Regimental Histories and Memorial Rolls, under the heading "Company B", the name heading the right hand column reads, "LAY, B.M., k. at Fishing Creek."
+ 16 2 Lavisa Lay was born about 1842.
+ 17 3 Elizabeth Lay was born about 1843.
+ 18 4 David L. Lay was born on 4 Apr 1845.
+ 19 5 William Quillen Lay was born on 7 May 1847.
+ 20 6 Elijah Lay was born on 9 Jul 1849.
+ 21 7 Elisha Lay was born on 9 Jul 1849.
+ 22 8 John "Johnny" D. Lay was born about 1852.
23 9 Mary Lay was born about 1854 in Campbell County, Tn. Mary died in LaFollette (Campbell County, TN
REF; 1. Wm. J. HEINLE, 219 Date Ave., Casa Grande, AZ 85222 (Desc. of Elijah LAY.) 2. Eva McCARTY; 616 Miller Rd.; Clinton, TN 37716. (Desc. of Elisha LAY) 3. U.S. Census 1880 TN; Campbell Co.; 8th CD; ed #123; p 20; #175/#175. MF #T9-1246. 4. Mrs. McCARTY cites as sources of her information - Lavisa LAY ELDER, Mrs. McCARTY'S grandmother Mossie Lee ELDER DIAL WELLS, Mrs. McCARTY's mother
BIO: In biographical information about this family, Eva McCARTY writes, "Mary was terribly humpbacked. When she was a baby the twins, Elisha and Elijah were fighting over her and dropped her over the back of a chair. Her back was apparently broken or damaged in a way that left her deformed. She was living with her sister, Rhoda and her husband, Charles Wells. Mary became pregnant by Charles and had a baby. Both she and the baby died. They are buried in the Old Lay cemetery in Campbell Co., TN. They were not removed by the TVA as there was no marker on her grave. (Old Lay Cemetery is not under water)."
Compiler found the WELLS' household in Campbell County on the 1880 census. Mary LAY was enumerated there as 25 years of age, "sister-in-law" to the head of the household, Charles WELLS.
+ 24 10 Rhoda C. Lay was born on 13 Dec 1858.
+ 25 11 Nancy "Nannie" Lay was born on 22 Sep 1860.

(5) Quillen B.2 O'Dell, (Bartlett1) was born in TENNESSEE(?)/VIR, and about 1839 in Claiborne County, Tn, married Mary Ausmus who was born about 1822 in Tennessee.

BIO: Quillen ODELL is listed as the head of his own household, about eight household numbers from his father, Bartlett, and just two numbers before Benjamin AUSMUS on the 1840 census. Compiler searched for marriage records for a female "AUSMUS" and a male "ODELL" in Claiborne County, TN about 1837, but found none. Marriage indexes located at the Claiborne Co. Library only went back to 1838, however. Thinking that Quillen might have married in Washington County, TN, since it was not certain when Bartlett moved his family to Claiborne County, compiler searched marriage indexes in Jonesboro. Two possibilities were considered, but both were before 1835. Neither of these listed the groom as "Quillen"; neither gave the bride's surname as "AUSMUS." On the 1840 census, both Quillen and his wife are listed as between the ages of 20-30, and there is a female under the age of 5 in their household. March, 1996, compiler received a back issue of "Reflections", the quarterly newsletter of the Claiborne Co. Hist. Soc. which contained an article on the O'DELL family. The author, Marjorie WALSH, gave 1821 as the birthdate of "Quillan" ODELL. She also listed his spouse as "Mary AUSMUS". No marriage date or place was given. In September, 1996, Marjorie WALSH forwarded a copy of a letter written to her by Eva McCARTY of Clinton, TN, a descendent of Bartlett O'DELL's via his daughter, Mary Pauline LAY. In that letter, Mrs. McCARTY states that Quillin O'DELL married __?__ AUSMUS and that the couple moved from Claiborne County to ARKANSAS. Later compiler discovered an entry on a CD of census indexes for 1850 showing "Quillin ODELL" in Prairie Township, Franklin County, ARKANSAS. Compiler ordered the microfilm for that census record and was successful in finding the family there. "Quillin" was reported to be 29 years of age and born in VIRGINIA. Mary, his wife, reported that she was born in TN and was 28 years old. The couple had four children, the oldest of whom was Elizabeth, 10 years of age and born in TENN. Malinda, 9, is also reported to have been born in TN, but John W., a two-year old and "Malida" (name is difficult to read, and may not be accurate), a one-year-old female were both born in ARKANSAS. This would indicate that the couple moved from TN to AR sometime between 1841 and 1848. Compiler examined the 1860 census for Franklin County, AR, expecting to find the family again, but they did not appear. Some time later, compiler posted a query on an internet bulletin board for that County. Among the persons responding to this query was a resident of Carroll County AR. He reported that "Q.B. O'DELL" was found on a census index for 1860 for that County. April, 1997: Compiler examined 1860 census microfilm for Carroll County, AR. "Q.B. Odell" was found in Berryville, Prairie Township. While compiler is satisfied that this is Quillen, son of Bartlett O'DELL, there are some confusing bits of data on this census record, too. "Q.B" is reported here to be 42 years of age, a farmer, born in VA. His wife, rather than having the name "Mary" as on the previous census, is listed as "Elizabeth A., 37, b. Ten. John W. is listed as 13 years of age -- only a slight difference from the expected "12". Matilda (Malida, on the 1850 record) is 10 years old -- again, close enough to what was expected. There is a John T. BUTTER or BUTLER, 28, Farmer, B. Ten. enumerated in the household and a "Brunette", 18 years of age. Her last name is not registered, but from the arrangement beneath the name of Mr. BUTTER, compiler assumed that she was "Brunette BUTTER/BUTLER. The next household is that of James A. CARTER and Malinda CARTER, 18, b Ten. Compiler feels sure that this is Malinda, the daughter of Quillen and her husband. Since there seems to be such a variation in the year of birth of Quillen O'DELL, compiler has taken the liberty of recording his birth year as "Est. 1818-1821." Two census records have shown his place of birth as VIRGINIA. Since it has not been established just when Bartlett and his family moved from Washington County, TN and when they appeared in Claiborne County, compiler is tempted to believe that the family may have gone into VIRGINIA for a period of time prior to settling in Claiborne County. "Place of birth" on various census records for most of Bartlett's children shows "TN," yet Quillen in two census reports is said to have been born in VA. Artemicia is said to have been born in TN, yet in 1880, the informant for the enumerator says she was born in VA. It is possible that the confusion in places of birth is directly connected with the confusion of the day in determining political lines or boundaries of this specific area. The County lines and even the TN and NC state lines were changed several times in a relatively short period of time. Consequently, many of the residents had good reason to be confused about exactly where they lived -- was it in TN or VA or NC? 'in Washington Co.? 'in Claiborne, Campbell or Union County? Since there seems to be no simple answers to these questions, the search continues for Bartlett and his family between 1815 when he appeared for the last time on the Washington County Tax Lists and 1840 when he first appeared on the census records for Claiborne County. Did he not appear sooner, simply because he was not a property owner? Or was he not in Claiborne County as early as Lawrence EDWARDS and others have believed?

REF: 1. Wm. J. HEINLE, 219 E Date Ave, Casa Grande, AZ; desc. of Mary Pauline (O'DELL) LAY, sister to Quillen O'DELL. 2. U.S. Census, 1840, TN; Claiborne Co.. Photocopy via Wm. J. HEINLE. 3. "Old Speedwell Families, Revised"; by Lawrence and Joy EDWARDS DAVIS; p. 279; Claib. Co. Pub. Lib., Tazewell. TN 4. "ODELL, ODLE, ODEL, ODIL UPDATE" by Marjorie WALSH; 4309 W. Atlantic Blvd.; Coconut Creek; FL 33066; "REFLECTIONS," Summer, 1995; Vol. 13, No. 3; pp 12-19; Newsletter of the Claiborne Co. Hist. Soc. 5. Eva McCARTY; 616 Miller Road; Clinton, TN 37716; desc. of Mary Pauline (O'DELL) LAY; letter written to Marjorie WALSH, Sept. 1996 (copy owned by compiler.) 6. "FAMILY TREE MAKER'S FAMILY ARCHIVES; 1850 Census Index," CD owned by compiler. 7. U.S. Census 1850 AR; Franklin Co.; Prairie Twp; p 269; #437/#437. MF #432-26-B. 8. U.S. Census 1860 AR; Carroll Co.; Prairie Twp.; Berryville P.O.; p 99; #664/#650. MF #653-38.

REFERENCES: 1. Wm. J. Heinle, 219 Date Ave., Casa Grande, AZ 85222, desc. of Mary Pauline (O'DELL) LAY, sister-in-law to Mary AUSMUS. 2. U.S. Census 1840, Claiborne Co., TN; p. 228; 9th household from the top entry. (Photocopy of page provided by Wm. J. HEINLE.) 3. Marjorie WALSH; Apt. 917; 4309 W. Atlantic Blvd.; Coconut Creek, FL 33066. Ms. WALSH is author of an article, "O'DELL, ODLE, ODEL, ODIL UPDATE," pp 12-19; "Reflections," Vol. 13, No. 3; newsletter of the Claiborne County Historical Society; Tazewell, TN. 4. U.S. Census 1850 AR; Franklin Co.; Prairie Twp; p 269; #437/#437. MF #432-26-B. 5. U.S. Census 1860 AR; Carroll Co.; Prairie Twp.; Berryville Twp; p 99; #664/#650. MF #653-38. 6. M. WALSH (see #3 Ref. above), letter to compiler.

BIO: As of March, 1996, compiler has been unable to locate a marriage record for Quillen ODELL and (wife) AUSMUS. The fact that he did marry an AUSMUS has been reported by Wm. HEINLE, a descendent of Quillen's sister and by the EDWARDS' "Speedwell Families." Neither source included a first name for Quillen's wife. In March 1996, compiler received a copy of "Reflections", a newsletter by the Claiborne Co. Hist. Soc. which had an article on the ODELL family. Marjorie WALSH, the author, reported Quillen's wife to have been "Mary AUSMUS". The source, date or place of this marriage was not given. Per the 1840 census, Quillen, his wife and a female under five lived 8 households from his parents in Claiborne Co. The ages of Quillen and his wife were between 20 and 30. Compiler did not find the couple on the 1850 census in Claiborne County, TN. In Sept., 1996, Marjorie WALSH sent compiler a photocopy of a letter she had received from Eva McCARTY of Clinton, TN. Mrs. McCARTY is also a descendent of Bartlett's through Mary Pauline (O'DELL) LAY. In that letter, Mrs. McCARTY writes that Quillin O'DELL married "__?__ AUSMUS," and that this couple moved to ARKANSAS. In research notes given to Ben O'DELL of Johnson City, TN by another O'DELL researcher, there was a statement that Quillen had relocated to Franklin County, AR. Compiler was successful in finding "Quillin O'dell" and wife, "Mary" in Prairie Township of that County in 1850. At that time, Quillen was reported to be 29 years of age and born in VA. Mary was 28 and born in TN. The couple had four children enumerated in their household - Elizabeth, 10, b. TN; Malinda, 9, b. TN; John W., 2 b. AR and "Malida", 1 year of age and born in AR. (The latter's given name was very difficult to read on the microfilm, and may not be accurately reported here.) Examination of the 1860 census film for Franklin County failed to locate the family. Some time later, compiler posted a query on an internet bulletin board. Responses to that query indicated that "Q.B. O'DELL" was listed on census indexes for Carroll County, AR in 1860. The 1860 census for Carroll County, AR, Prairie Township, Berryville P.O. commUnionty shows "Q.B. ODELL, 42, Farmer, b. VA." In spite of the variance in age from the 1850 census, compiler was confident that this was Quillen, the son of Bartlett O'DELL. The children listed in his household were John W., Matilda C. (the "Malida" from 1850), and next door to the O'DELLs is James A. CARTER, 28 and his wife, Malinda, 18, whom compiler feels sure is Malinda, the daughter of Quillen O'DELL, who was 9 on the earlier census in Franklin County. The greatest discrepancy, however, was in the data on Quillen's wife! In 1850, she was called "Mary"; her age was 28; her place of birth, TN. On the 1860 record, the wife of Quillen O'DELL appears as "Elizabeth A."! She, too is reported to be from TN; her age is 37. In a letter to compiler in 1996, Marjorie WALSH wrote that Mary (AUSMUS) O'DELL died in Greenville (Franklin Co.) AR "...at the home of one of her children". There was no date of death included in this report, and Ms. WALSH said that she was unsure of her source of this information. (She had recently moved, and had not located all of her resource files at that time.) This plus the name difference found on the 1860 census could indicate that Mary died between 1850 and 1860 in AR, and that Quillen had remarried before the 1860 census enumeration.
Children:
26 1 Elizabeth (d/o Quillen)3 O'Dell was born about 1840 in Claiborne County, Tn.

BIO: This child is probably the single female under 5 who was reported on the 1840 census in Claiborne County, TN in Quillen O'DELL's household. Her age was recorded as "10" on the census in Franklin County, AR, in 1850. The O'DELLs moved to Carroll County, AR before the 1860 census enumeration, and were found there in the Berryville area in August of 1860. Elizabeth did not appear in "Q.B." O'DELL's household, but she may have married before that time. "Mary", who is thought to have been Mary AUSMUS and the mother of Elizabeth and her siblings, was not listed in 1860 either. Instead, there was a 37-year-old "Elizabeth A." listed in the usual place for wife of the head of the household. Marjorie WALSH reports that Mary (AUSMUS) O'DELL died in Greenville (Franklin Co.) AR "...in the home of one of her children..." Ms. WALSH gives no date for that death, but it seems likely that Elizabeth had married prior to 1860, that Mary may have died in Elizabeth's home, and that Quillen remarried before the August enumeration of the 1860 census. Compiler has found no documentation of Mary's death, Elizabeth's marriage or death, or of Quillen's second marriage as of May, 1997, however.
REF: 1. U.S. Census 1840 TN; Claiborne Co.; p 228; enumeration area of John McNICE/McNIEL. Photocopy of page from microfilm provided by Wm. HEINLE; desc. of Mary Pauline (O'DELL) LAY. 2. U.S. Census 1850 AR; Franklin Co.; Prairie Twp.; p 269; #437/#437. MF #432-26-B. 3. U.S. Census 1860 AR; Carroll Co.; Prairie Twp.; Berryville P.O.; p 99; #664/#650. MF #653-38. 4. Marjorie WALSH, 4309 W. Atlantic, Apt. 917; Coconut Creek, FL; desc. of Bartlett O'DELL.

27 2 Malinda O'Dell was born about 1841 in Tennessee, and about 1860 in Carroll County, Ar, married James A. Carter who was born in 1832/1840 in Tennessee.

BIO: This daughter of Quillen O'DELL was reported to be 9 years of age, "born (in) TN", on the 1850 census for Franklin County, AR. She was probably born shortly before the family removed from Claiborne County, TN. Malinda did not appear in the household of "Q.B. O'DELL" in Carroll County, AR in 1860, however, there was a household listed just after that thought to be Quillen's, belonging to a "James A. CARTER" and 18-year- old "Malinda CARTER". Compiler feels this to be Malinda (O'DELL) and her husband. On the page just after Q.B. O'DELL and James A. CARTER, and three household numbers distant from CARTER's there is an "Andrew H. CARTER" family. This is likely to be the father of James A. CARTER. Per Marjorie WALSH, Mary (AUSMUS) O'DELL, the mother of Malinda, died in Greenville (Franklin Co.) AR "...in the home of one of her children..." Ms. WALSH gives no date of death for Mary, but from data taken from the 1850 and 1860 census records of the two Countyies, she probably died between 1850-1860. An older daughter, Elizabeth O'DELL, is missing from the 1860 enumeration of her father's household, so compiler suspects that Elizabeth had married, and that Mary may have died in Elizabeth's home; however, it is possible that Mary died in the CARTER home. Regardless, the 1860 census shows Quillen's wife's name to be "Elizabeth Ann", rather than "Mary." Apparently both of Quillen's wives were born in TN, and they must have been about the same age, since Elizabeth Ann gives her age as "37" in 1860; Mary reported her own as "28" ten years before.

REF: 1. U.S. Census 1850 AR; Franklin Co.; Prairie Twp.; p 269; #437/#437. MF #432-26-B. 2. U.S. Census 1860 AR; Carroll Co.; Prairie Twp.; Berryville P.O.; p 99; #665/#651. MF #653-38. 3. Marjorie WALSH; 4309 W. Atlantic, Apt. 917; Coconut Creek, FL; desc. of Bartlett O'DELL.

BIO: James A. CARTER's age is unclear as recorded on the 1860 census enumeration. It could be either "28" or "20"; compiler considered "28" to be more likely. Per that census, James was born in TN. Compiler discovered James A. CARTER and "Malinda, 18", enumerated in the household immediately following that of "Q.B. O'DELL" in Carroll County in 1860. Since Malinda O'DELL was not enumerated in her father's household, and since her age would be 18 or 19, as calculated from the 1850 census, compiler has made the assumption that this is Malinda O'DELL, now married to James CARTER. On the following page of the census record, three household numbers after James', the household of "Andrew H. CARTER" was enumerated. Andrew was reported to be born in NC, his wife in KY, then five children ranging in age from 22 to 9, were all born in TN. Compiler feels strongly that this is the father of James A. CARTER. Andrew and his wife are 54 and 52 years of age respectively.
REF: 1. U.S. Census 1860 AR; Carroll Co.; Prairie Twp; Berryville P.O.; p 99; #665/#657. MF #653-38. 2. U.S. Census 1860 AR; Carroll Co.; (same as above, except p 100; HH #668/#654.)

28 3 John W. O'Dell was born about 1848 in Franklin County(, Ar.

BIO: This son of Quillen O'DELL was enumerated as two years old and born in AR on the 1850 census in Prairie Township, Franklin County, AR. Other children may have been born between John W. and his sister Malinda, whose age was given as 9 on that census; if so, they did not survive or were not in the household on either the 1850 or th 1860 census records. Carroll County, ARKANSAS census of 1860 shows John W. as 13 years old. On this census, the wife of "Q.B." O'DELL is listed as "Elizabeth A." rather than "Mary." Her age is 37, very close to what Mary's would have been ten years after she was recorded as "28" in Franklin County. Marjorie WALSH, a descendent of Bartlett O'DELL's, wrote in a letter to compiler, that Mary (AUSMUS) O'DELL died "...in Greenville, AR..."(Franklin County) "...in the home of one of her children." No year of death was included with that information. If this is true, Quillen evidently married again before Aug., 1860. John's sister, Elizabeth, shown as 10 years of age on the earlier census, was not listed in the household in 1860. She may have married and moved from the home, or she, too, may have died before 1860. Another sister, Malinda, was not enumerated in the O'DELLs' household in 1860, but there is a "James A. CARTER, 28," and wife, "Malinda, 18" enumerated next door to the O'Dells, who compiler believes to be Malinda O'DELL. Mary (AUSMUS) O'DELL may have died in the home of one of the two daughters.
REF: 1. U.S. Census 1850 AR; Franklin Co.; Prairie Twp.; p 269; #437/#437. MF #432-26-B. 2. U.S. Census 1860 AR; Carroll Co.; Prairie Twp.; Berryville P.O.; p 99; #664/#650. 3. Marjorie WALSH; 4309 W. Atlantic, Apt. 917; Coconut Creek, FL; desc. of Bartlett O'DELL.

29 4 Matilda C. O'Dell was born about 1849 in Franklin County(, Ar.
BIO: The given name of this daughter of Quillen and Mary (AUSMUS) O'DELL was recorded as "Malida" on the 1850 census. Her name is given clearly as "Matilda C." on the 1860 enumeration. She is 10 years of age on the latter.
REF: 1. U.S. Census 1850 AR; Franklin Co.; Prairie Twp; p 269; #437/#437. MF #432-26-B. 2. U.S. Census 1860 AR; Carroll Co.; Prairie Twp; Berryville P.O.; p 99; #664/#650. MF #653-38.

He also married in Arkansas, Elizabeth A. (O'DELL) who was born about 1823 in Tennessee.

BIO: Tradition has reported that Quillen O'DELL married Mary AUSMUS in Claiborne County, TN prior to 1840. This is supported by the 1850 census enumeration in Franklin County, AR, where his wife is recorded as "Mary." The 1860 census for Carroll County, AR shows "Elizabeth A." as the wife of Q.B. O'DELL. This is in keeping with the report of Marjorie WALSH that Mary (AUSMUS) O'DELL died in Greenville, AR (Franklin Co.) at the home of one of her children. The O'DELLs' oldest child was also "Elizabeth", but she would only have been about 20 years of age at the time of the 1860 census enumeration. She was not listed in the household, so probably had married and moved from the home. In fact, that may have been the child's home where Mary died, but compiler has no information about Elizabeth QUILLEN, and does not know if she survived until Mary's death. Using the report from Ms. WALSH and these two census records, it would appear that Mary died between 1850 and 1860, and that Quillen had remarried by 01 AUGUST 1860 (the date of the enumeration.) The maiden name of Elizabeth Ann is unknown as of May, 1997.
REF: 1. U.S. Census 1850 AR; Franklin Co.; Prairie Twp.; p 269; #437/#437. MF #432-26B. 2. U.S. Census 1860 AR; Carroll Co.; Prairie Twp.; Berryville P.O.; p99; #664/#650. MF #M653-38. 3. Marjorie WALSH; 4309 W. Atlantic, Apt. 917; Coconut Creek, FL; desc. of Bartlett O'DELL.
 
 

(6) Louisa/Eliza2 O'Dell, (Bartlett1) was born 11 Apr 1824 in Claiborne County, Tn, and on 23 Mar 1856 in Claiborne County, Tn, married Lindsey H. Nelson, son of Washington Nelson and Elizabeth (NELSON), who was born 6 Jan 1839 in Tennessee. Louisa/Eliza died on 3 Dec 1903 in Campbell County, Tn. Lindsey H. died on 16 May 1883 in Campbell County, Tn.

BIO: This daughter of Bartlett and Elizabeth ODELL was not included on William HIENLE's family group sheet at first contact with him re the siblings of his Mary Pauline "Polly" (O'DELL) LAY. It was not until compiler compared the photocopy and the actual microfilm of the 1850 census that the name "Louisa" became clear. Mr. Heinle had listed Elizabeth Mahala O'DELL as two different people - one married to Henry ELLISON, the other married to Lindsey NELSON. Lawrence EDWARDS, in his revised edition of "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES", also missed the name of "Louisa" in this family. He recorded the marriage of Lindsey NELSON to "Eliza" O'DELL. Marriage indexes in Claiborne County have confirmed the name as it appears on the 1850 census - "Claiborne County Marriages 1838-1891", records this marriage as "Lindsa" NELSON to "Louisa ODEL." Compiler calculated the year of Louisa's birth by comparing the ages/ birthdates of her siblings in relation to the age given for Louisa on the 1850 census. Then Eva McCARTY discovered the NELSONs' graves at the Jones Cemetery "near the Bethlehem CommUnionty...between LaFollete and Well's Spring - off Hwy 63" in Campbell County, TN. Per the cemetery index, "Eliza" NELSON was born 11 Apr 1824 and died 03 Dec 1903. (Nov. 1996) As compiler researched the possible date of birth for Louisa/Eliza O'DELL, the confusion only increased! On the 1850 census, Louisa's age is given as "26"; in 1860, in the home of "Lindsey NELSON," Louisa is "20"; in 1870, her age is "32" and then in 1880, Louisa is reported to be "55"! Lindsey's age shows more consistency from one record to another, but even here there is some confusion. In 1860, "Lindsay" is enumerated as head of his own household in Campbell County, TN, on 05 July. His age is given as "21." Then on 19 July that year, there is a "Linsay NELSON", 20 years of age, enumerated in the household of Elizabeth NELSON in Union County. It would be easy enough to suggest that compiler had picked up a different NELSON family in Union County in 1860, except that the names of all other members of the family and their ages agree with data given by descendents of Lindsey NELSON to Eva McCARTY! The Lindsey, who was head of the household in Campbell County has not only the wife named "Louisa,", but a daughter, "Elisabeth" who is recorded as 3 years old, and a son "Henderson" who is one year of age. March, 1996, compiler received a back issue of "Reflections", a newsletter by the Claiborne Co. Hist. Soc., which contained an article on the ODELLs by Marjorie WALSH. Ms. WALSH lists this child of Barlett ODELL as "Louiza 'Eliza' ODELL" and gives her year of birth as "1824". The source of this data is not specified. Also in 1996, compiler established contact with Benjamin L. O'Dell, another descendent of Marshall O'Dell. Ben sent photocopies of documents he had concerning the family. One of these, which is identified as only "page 62, section 53, Elizabeth M. Ellison Widow Certificate" an affidavit sworn by "Eliza Nelson in Campbell County, Tenn., age 71, as she was at their wedding about 12-1851 or 1852. Her present address is Powell's River, Campbell County, Tenn...." The date of that affidavit is reported as being 1895. (This would calculate to about 1824 as Eliza's date of birth.) Marjorie WALSH forwarded to compiler, a letter from Eva McCARTY, yet another descendent of Bartlett O'dell via his daughter, Mary Pauline (O'DELL) LAY. In the letter, Ms. McCARTY states,"After Barlett died Elizabeth lived with her daughter Elizabeth O'Dell Nelson in Union County, TN..." Mrs. McCarty cites her grandmother, LaVisa Lay as the source of her information concerning Bartlett and Elizabeth (QUILLEN) O'DELL. (Per the Widow's Pension File of Elizabeth M. ELLISON, she lived in Union County; Louisa Eliza resided in Campbell Co.) Eva McCARTY has provided compiler with a photocopy of a compilation of Campbell County, TN census for 1900. In Dist. 8, p 180, household/family respectively. There are two "Boarders" enumerated in this household - Alford MELTABARGER, 22, and "Eliza NELSON, 76." Other data included on this record is Eliza's date of birth, "Apr 1824"; she reported giving birth to 7 children, 3 of whom were still living at the time of the 1900 enumeration. To compilicate matters even more, Louisa/Eliza O'DELL's sister, Mary Pauline "Polly" (O'DELL) LAY is also reported to have been born in 1824! Unless they were twins (a real possibility, since there seemed to have been several sets of twins in the O'DELL family from generation to generation), this is unlikely. To compiler's knowledge, there have been no reports of twins in Bartlett and Elizabeth's family. The only real consistency compiler has found among census records of Bartlett's family, is that the ages reported from census record to census record are NOT consistent! Since most of the members of the family were uneducated, and reported that they were not able to read and write, this is probably not surprising.

REF: 1. U.S. Census 1850 TN., Claiborne Co., 7th Subd. E. Dist; HH # 1347; Photocopy by Wm. J. Heinle, Casa Grande, AZ (desc. of Mary Pauline O'DELL LAY) 2. "Claiborne Co. Marriages 1838-1891"; Sect. I-1838-1868; p. 73; Claib. Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN 3. "Old Speedwell Families, Revised"; by Lawrence EDWARDS; p 279; Claiborne County Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN. 4. U.S. Census 1850 TN; Claiborne Co. (same as ref #1 above); Microfilm #432-874. (Examined by compiler, 1995.) 5. Marjorie WALSH; Apt. 917; 4309 W. Atlantic Blvd.; Coconut Creek, FL 33066; desc. of Bartlett O'DELL; author of "O'DELL, ODLE, ODEL, ODIL UPDATE," p 12; "Reflections"; newsletter of Claiborne Co. Hist. Soc. (Summer, 1995.) 6. Eva McCARTY; 616 Miller Rd.; Clinton, TN 37716; desc. of Bartlett H. O'DELL. (Letter to Marjorie WALSH; Sept. 1996; copy owned by compiler.) 7. Cemetery index for JONES CEMETERY, p 58, photocopy provided by Eva McCARTY (see Ref. #6 above.) 8. U.S. Census 1860 TN; Campbell Co.; 8th Civil Dist.; Fincastle P.O.; p 77; #515/#508. MF #653-1240. 9. U.S. Census 1860 TN; Union Co.; 9th Dist.; Lost Creek P.O.; p 112; #776/#776. MF #653-1276. 10. U.S. Census 1870 TN; Campbell Co.; 8th CD; Fincastle P.O.; p 13 & 14; #97/#91. MF #593-1516. 11. U.S. Census 1880 TN; Campbell Co.; 8th CD; ED #123; p 23/24(?); #197/ #197. MF #T9-1246. 12. Compilation of 1900 Census for Campbell Co., TN, Dist. 8; p 180; #32-32; HH of William TURNER. Photocopy provided by Eva McCARTY (See Ref. #6 above.)

BIO: There seems to be much confusion about the data on Lindsay NELSON and his family. Claiborne County, TN marriage indexes record the marriage of "Lindsa" NELSON to "Louisa ODEL" in Claiborne Co., 23 March 1856. On the 1850 census for the same County, "Louiza", whose age is given as "26" was enumerated in the household of her parents, Bartlett and Elizabeth O'DELL. In 1996, Eva McCARTY and compiler began to share data on the O'DELL ancestors. Shortly before that time, compiler established contact with two other descendents of the O'DELL family, Ben O'DELL and Marjorie (WHEELER) WALSH. Mr. O'DELL provided copies of documents from Elizabeth M. ELLISON's widow's pension file. Elizabeth was a sister to Louisa/Eliza O'DELL, and in these documents, there was an affidavit sworn to by "Eliza NELSON" of Campbell County, TN. Mrs. WALSH shared commUnioncation between Eva McCARTY and herself which called Lindsay's wife "Elizabeth". It was later confirmed that this came from lore handed down to Mrs. McCARTY from her grandmother, Lavisa LAY, and showed confusion between Louisa/Eliza and her sister, Elizabeth Mahala (O'DELL) ELLISON. In Feb. 1997, Mrs. McCARTY visited with a direct descendent of the NELSONs. Dolly NELSON McElory and a cousin of hers, gave Mrs. McCARTY as much data on the family as they could remember without consulting written collections. In that interview, which Mrs. McCARTY summarized in a letter to compiler, the NELSONs said that Lindsay's parents were Washington and Elizabeth (maiden name unknown) NELSON, and that their children were Peter, Mary, Lindsey A., Martha J., Daniel, Elizabeth and James. Per this report, Lindsey Albert NELSON was born 06 Jan. 1839, died in May, 1883 in Campbell County, TN and married in 1856 in Claiborne County to Eliza O'DELL. They gave Eliza's date of birth as 11 April 1824. They reported that Eliza died in Campbell County, TN on 03 Dec. 1903. The children of this couple were reported to be Elizabeth, Henderson L., Nancy and Norvil/Narville Henderson NELSON. Both Mrs. McCARTY and compiler found Lindsey and Louisa NELSON in Campbell County on the 1860 census. Lindsey was 21, Louisa 20/26 (very difficult to read); the couple had two children - Elisabeth, 3, and Henderson, 1. Compiler found the family again in 1870, still in Campbell County, but there were three more children in the household - Nancy, 8, Norvil, 5 and Daniel, 2. By 1880, Elizabeth was gone from the home; Henderson was 21; Nancy was 18 and classified as married and "Marvel H." was 15. There was also a 2-year-old "grand daughter" named Martha E. in the home. One other conflict in data reported by Ms. McELORY is the middle name of Lindsey NELSON. Per Ms. McE., his middle name was "Albert." As a side comment in her letter to compiler, Eva McCARTY wrote, "...Dolly said her father Albert Henderson said he was named after his father Lindsey Albert and the Henderson from his grandfather which I'm assuming was Bartlett H. O'DELL, so the H. in Bartlett must be Henderson..." Yet, on two of the four census records examined by compiler, Lindsey's name appeared with "H." as his middle initial; only in 1850 did it appear as "Lindsey A." Compiler suspects that Lindsey's middle name was "Henderson", and that it may have come from his own father or grandfather. On the 1880 census, in the same Civil District of Campbell County, there was a household listed for "Henderson NELSON," one year older than Lindsey. Other males known to be related to Lindsey appear with "H." as a middle initial; "Henderson" may well have been a commonly used name in this family. Compiler examined census records for Claiborne, Campbell and Union Countyies in TN for 1860, 1870 and 1880 in an attempt to learn more about Lindsey's parents and siblings. Washington NELSON was not found on any of these films, however Eva McCARTY included a summary of the household of "Washington NELSON" in Campbell County, TN from the 1850 census records. In that household Ms. McCARTY found "Washington, 34, Elizabeth, 32, Peter, 15, Mary, 13, Lindsey A. 11, Martha J., 9, Daniel, 6, and Elizabeth, 1." Elizabeth, the wife of Washington NELSON, appeared on the 1860 record as 42 years of age (this is in agreement with Ms. McELORY's report of her birth in 1818). Ms. McELORY also reported to Mrs. McCARTY that Elizabeth was born in NC; per this census record, she was born in VA. In 1860 members of her household were Peter, 26, Linsey, 20, Martha J., 18, Daniel, 17, Elizabeth, 11 and James, 8. There was no Mary in the household. There was also a "William NELSON, 24, b. TN" in the next household in 1860. Elizabeth appeared again in 1870 and 1880 in Union County. According to these records, children Martha, Elizabeth , Daniel and James were still in their mother's household. All were over the age of 25 by 1880. On all three records, there was an older couple, "Martin and Barbry NELSON" enumerated next door to Elizabeth and her children. (Martin appeared about 20 years older than Elizabeth NELSON on all three records.) Compiler suspects that Martin may have been the father of Washington NELSON/grandfather of Lindsey; this is not confirmed. The only Washington NELSON found by compiler was from a census index showing "Washington NELSON, Campbell Co., TN 1850." There is some question that there may be two NELSON families, one in Campbell and one in Unionon County, TN, with identical given names and similar ages. If not, there is still the question as to why Lindsey NELSON would have appeared in both his own household and Elizabeth NELSON's on the 1860 enumerations.

REF: 1. "Claiborne County Marriages 1838-1891," Sect. I, 1838-1868; p 73; Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN. 2. "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES," pp 69-74; by Lawrence EDWARDS; Claiborne County Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN. 3. Cemetery Index for Jones Cemetery, p 59; photocopy provided by Eva McCARTY; 616 Miller Rd.; Clinton, TN 37716. (Desc. of Bartlett H. O'DELL.) 4. U.S. Census 1860 TN; Campbell Co.; 8th Civil Dist.; Fincastle P.O.; p 77; #515/#508. Microfilm # 653-1240. 5. U.S. Census 1870 TN; Campbell Co.; 8th CD; Fincastle P.O.; pp 13-14; #97/#91. MF #593-1516. 6. Eva McCARTY; desc. of Mary Pauline (O'DELL) LAY, sister-in-law to Lindsey NELSON. (See Ref. #3 for Mrs. McCarty's address). Letter to compiler 23 Feb. 1997. (Several other letters from Mrs. McCARTY have contributed to information on this family.) 7. U.S. Census Records for Unionon County, TN; Household of Elizabeth NELSON for the years 1860, 1870 and 1880. (See Elizabeth's bio. for specific film information.) 8. U.S. Census 1880 TN; Campbell Co.; 8th CD; ED #123; p 23/24(?); #197/#197. MF #T9-1246.
Children:
30 1 Elizabeth (d/o Lindsey)3 Nelson was born about 1857 in Campbell County
(?) TN
BIO: Elizabeth appears as 3 years of age on the 1860 census in Campbell County, TN; in 1870, she is 13, but she does not appear in the household in 1880. In an interview with Dolly NELSON McELORY, February 1997, Eva McCARTY collected data on the Lindsey NELSON family as Mrs. McELORY and a cousin of hers (via telephone) could recall specifics. Per that interview, Elizabeth was the first-born child of Lindsey and Louisa/Eliza (O'DELL) NELSON, but there was no other data given.
REF: 1. Dolly NELSON McELORY, great grand daughter of Lindsey NELSON, in interview with Eva McCARTY, Feb. 1997. Data summarized for compiler in a letter from Mrs. McCARTY 23 Feb. 1997. 2. U.S. Census 1860 TN; Campbell Co.; 8th C.D.; Fincastle P.O.; p 77; #515/#508. MF #653-1240. 3. U.S. Census 1870 TN; Campbell Co.; 8th CD; Fincastle P.O.; p 13; #97/#91. MF #593-1516. 4. U.S. Census 1880 TN; Campbell Co.; 8th CD/ED #123; p 24/23; #197/#197. MF #T9-1246.
+ 31 2 Henderson L. Nelson was born on 2 Apr 1859.
32 3 Nancy Nelson was born about 1862 in Campbell County(, Tn.
BIO: Nancy is listed as the third of five children appearing in the household of Lindsey and Louisa NELSON on the 1870 census for Campbell County, TN. Her age is given as "8". She was still in her parents' household in 1880. Dolly NELSON McELORY, in an interview with Eva McCARTY in Feb. 1997, gave Nancy as one of the NELSON children, but did not cite any vital data about her.
REF: 1. U.S. Census 1870 TN; Campbell Co.; 8th CD; Fincastle P.O.; p 13; #97/#91. MF #593-1516. 2. U.S. Census 1880 TN; Campbell Co.; 8th CD; ED #123; p 24/23; #197/#197. MF #T9-1246. 3. Dolly NELSON McELORY, great grand daughter of Lindsey and Louisa NELSON, in an interview with Eva McCARTY, desc. of Bartlett O'DELL, Feb. 1997. Summary of that interview sent to compiler in a letter from Mrs. McCARTY dated 23 Feb. 1997.
+ 33 4 Norvil/Narville Henderson Nelson was born on 28 Dec 1864.
34 5 Daniel Nelson was born about 1868 in Campbell County(, Tn.
BIO: This child was listed as two years of age in the household of Lindsey and Louisa NELSON in 1870. He did not appear on the 1880 enumeration, and he was not among the children of this couple listed by Dolly NELSON McELORY in an interview with Eva McCARTY, Feb. 1997. His name did not appear on the list of graves from page 58 of the index showing the Jones Cemetery, where several members of the NELSON family were interred.
REF: 1. U.S. Census 1870 TN; Campbell Co.; 8th Civil Dist.; Fincastle P.O.; p 13; #97/#91. MF #593-1516. 2. Dolly NELSON McELORY, great grand daughter of Lindsey and Louisa NELSON, in interview with Eva McCARTY, desc. of Bartlett H. O'DELL, Feb. 1997. Notes from this interview relayed to compiler in a letter from Mrs. McCARTY, 23 Feb. 1997. 3. Campbell County Cemetery Index, showing Jones Cemetery near Bethlehem CommUnionty, between LaFollette, TN and Wells Spring, off Hwy 63. Photocopy of p 58 provided by Eva McCARTY.

(7) Elisha Jordan2 O'Dell, (Bartlett1) was born 15 Aug 1827 in Claiborne County, Tn, and on 13 Jan 1848 in Claiborne County, Tn, married Hannah Williams who was born in Oct 1830 in Tennessee. Elisha Jordan died after Apr 1910 in ILLINOIS (?). Hannah died after Apr 1910 in ILLINOIS (?).

BIO: Jordan O'DELL was born "nearly twelve miles from Tazewell, Tennessee..." (As stated in his affidavit 14 Jan. 1908, Mercer Co., IL). Per Deed Book E-49, Jordan purchased land from Wm. GUTHERIE in Laurel Co., KY, 18 SEP 1858; however, he was on the 1850 census in Claiborne Co., TN. His son, James, was born in Laurel Co., but three older children were reported born in TN. History of Pine Tree Baptist Church states that the church was organized in 1867 by Elders Jordan O'DELL, (et al) ... in 1867 Jordan's daughter, Elizabeth, was married in Laurel Co.; in JAN 1868 his son, Nathaniel, married Hannah M. (LICKLITER) GUTHERIE, a widow and 12 years his senior. Jordan or members of his family were not located on the 1870 census in Laurel Co. March 1996; Compiler received a back issue of "Reflections"; the newsletter from Claiborne Co. Hist. Soc., which had an article about the ODELL family. It was compiled by Marjorie WALSH, desc. of Marshall L. ODELL, Jordan's brother. Ms. WALSH supplied a complete birthdate as well as a first name. Per Ms. WALSH's data, "Elisha Jordan ODELL" was born 15 JUL 1827. The source of her data was not listed. Receipt of the C.W. Widow's Pension File for Sarah M. (Mrs. Marshall L.) O'DELL, brought evidence that Jordan had removed from Laurel County, KY to the state of ILLINOIS. On 14 January 1908, Jordan swore via an affidavit in Mercer County, IL, that he was a brother to Marshall L. O'DELL, and gave testimony as to Marshall's age and year of birth. On that document, Jordan's residence is given as "Joy, Mercer County, Illinois." Included in his testimoney for Marshall, is the the information that he (Jordan) had always been led to believe that he was about five years older than Marshall, and that Marshall was born about 1832. By inference, Jordan has supported Mrs. WALSH's report of his own year of birth as 1827; but he gave his month of birth as "August." In April, 1997, compiler examined census records from Mercer County, IL for 1900 and 1910. In 1900, Jordan and Hannah were enumerated in Millersburg Township, Mercer County. Again Jordan's ("Elisha J." on the record) month and year of birth are given as "Aug. 1827." His age on this census is given as "72". The couple has been married 52 years. "Elisha J." gives his occupation as "Clergyman." He reports that he is able to read, but cannot write. A grand daughter, Lela, whose last name is very difficult to read, but may be "ALLBER", is enumerated in their household. This child is reported to be 9 years of age, born in IL. Her father's place of birth is given as IL, also, but her mother's is "KY." Before leaving Laurel County, this couple had two daughters, Elizabeth A. and Mary M. Lela may have been the child of one of these two daughters; however, Hannah reports that she has given birth to 11 children, only 7 or 8 (numeral is smeared) are still living. There could easily have been other daughters who would have been candidates for mother of Lela. In the household next door to the O'DELLS, is William ODELL, 30, born in KY in April of 1870. William is thought to be the son of Nathaniel O'DELL. In 1910, "Elisha J." is again enumerated in Millersburg Township, in the commUnionty of "Joy Village." He is reported to be 83 years of age, married to Hannah now a total of 61 years. This time, his occupation is listed as "Labor/Livery Man." Although compiler has found no death record for Elisha Jordan O'DELL (as of 21 April 1997), considering his age on the 1910 census, he probably died in Mercer County, IL.

REF: 1. U.S. Census 1850; TN; Claiborne Co.; 7th Subd. E. Dist.; p. 675; #1348/#1348 (Nos. calculated from previous and later numbers-- some not visible on tape) M.F. #432-874. 2. U.S. Census 1860; KY; Laurel Co.; p.127; #837/#882. M.F.#653-380. 3. M.F.;"Laurel Co. KY Births, Marriages and Deaths 1852-1900." Laurel Co. Pub. Lib.; London, KY. 4. "Revised History of Churches in Laurel County, KY, 1815-1900." Jerry Gregory, Editor; Pub. Aug 1989. Laurel Co. Pub Lib., London, KY. 5. "Laurel County KY Deeds, Grantee Index"; Recorder's Office, Laurel County, London, KY. 6. Claiborne County TN Marriage Records: Book 2, p 118; ODELL, E.J. to "Haner WILLIAMS". Claiborne Co. Public Library, Tazewell, TN 7. "CLAIBORNE COUNTY MARRIAGES 1838-1891", Section I - 1838-1868; Claiborne Co. Pub. Library, Tazewell, TN. (8/17/95). 8. Marjorie WALSH WISDOM, author of the ODELL article mentioned above; "ODLE, ODELL, ODIL...Update..." from "REFLECTIONS," the quarterly newletter of the Claiborne County, TN Historical Society. (Vol. 13, No. 3, pp 12-19. Copy owned by compiler.) 9. Civil War Pension File #WC 697.117: Sarah M. (Marshall L.) O'DELL; National Arcives, Washington, DC. (Copy owned by compiler) 10. U.S. Census 1900 IL; Mercer Co.; Millersburg Twp.; ED #74; Sheet #13; #282/#282. MF #623-330. 11. U.S. Census 1910 IL; Mercer Co.; Millersburg Twp; Joy Village; ED #72; Sheet #13. MF #T624-0311.

BIO: 1850 Census records Hannah's age as "19" which calculated to about 1831 as a year of birth. The 1860 census gave her age as "25" and recorded her name as "Annah." The discovery of this couple in Mercer County, IL in 1900 and 1910 was most helpful in getting more accurate information on her age. On the 1900 census for Millersburg Township, Hannah gave her age as "69" (enumeration date, 26 June). Hannah reported that she was born in October, 1830 in TENNESSEE. She and her husband had been married 52 years. Hannah reported that she had given birth to eleven children. Her response to the question "how many are still living?" is unclear on the microfilm. It appears to be either "7" or "8". Hannah reported, as did her husband, that she could read, but could not write. Enumerated in the household with Hannah and her husband, "Elisha J." O'DELL, is a nine-year-old female who is classifed as the couple's grand- daughter. The child's surname is also smudged on the film, but appears to be Lela "ALLBER". Lela's place of birth is given as IL; which of the O'DELL's daughters was her mother is unknown. Lela's birthdate is given as "Jan., 1891." In the household next door to Elisha and Hannah, is William ODELL, who evidently is a son to Nathaniel, the O'DELL's oldest son. William reported that he was born in April, 1870, in KENTUCKY. The 1910 census for "Joy Village" shows Hannah and her husband, now married 61 years, as 79 and 83 years of age respectively. Elisha's occupation has now been changed from "Clergyman" to "Livery Man." Apparently the couple is still able to care for themselves, since there is no one else enumerated in their home, and compiler did not notice any of the immediate family living nearby. Although no death data has been found for Elisha and Hannah O'DELL, considering their ages on this census, it is likly that they both died in Mercer County.

REF: 1. U.S. Census 1850; TN; Claiborne Co.; 7th Subd.E.Dist.; pg.675; #1348/1348 (calculated from surrounding #'s) M.F. #432-874 2. U.S. Census 1860; KY; Laurel Co.; p. 123; #837/882. M.F.#653-380 3. Microfilm: "Laurel Co. KY Births, Deaths and Marriages, 1852-1900". Laurel Co. Pub. Lib., London, KY 4. Claiborne County TN Marriage Records: Book 2, p 118: ODELL, E.J. to "Haner WILLIAMS." Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN. 5. "CLAIBORNE COUNTY MARRIAGES 1838-1891", Section I - 1838-1868. Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN. 6. U.S. Census 1900 IL; Mercer Co.; Millersburg Twp.; ED #74; Sheet #13; #282/#282. MF #623-330. 7. U.S. Census 1910 IL; Mercer Co.; Millersburg Twp; Joy Village; ED #72; Sheet #13; #241/#250. MF #T624-0311.
Children:
35 1 Elizabeth A.(d/o E.J.)3 O'Dell was born about 1851 in Claiborne County, Tn, and on 20 Aug 1867 in Laurel County, Ky, married J. GAINS who was born about 1827.
BIO: Marriage records state that Elizabeth O'DELL and "J. GAINS" were married at E.J. O'DELL's in Laurel Co. Witnesses were Campbell and Wesley WILLIAMS. 1. U.S. Census 1860; KY; Laurel Co.; p.123; #837/882.M.F.#653-380. 2. "Laurel County KY Marriage Records"; Book BB; p. 121; Laurel Co. Clerk's Office, London, KY.
1. "Laurel Co. Ky Marriage Records"; Book BB, p 121; Clerk's Office, London, KY
36 2 Mary M. O'Dell was born about 1853 in Claiborne County, Tn.
BIO: There was a birth record for "M.M. O'DELL", child of E.J. and Hannah on a microfilm of Laurel County births, deaths, marriages between 1852-1900 found in the Laurel County, KY Public Library in London, KY. At first, compiler thought Mary M. to be the same child, but then the 1860 census gave her age as "7". The birth record on film was for a September, 1856 birth. On the 1900 census for Mercer County, IL, Hannah, Mary's mother, reported that she had given birth to 11 children in her 52 years of marriage, but only seven of them were still living. Since Mary's brother, James M. was listed as 3 years of age in 1860, compiler thought he might have been the "M.M." born in '56. James, too, was enumerated in Mercer Co., IL in 1900; his date of birth was given as "Aug, 1858." According to these reports, there could easily have been another child born to Hannah and E. Jordan between Mary and James. Compiler did not find a marriage record for Mary M. The last record found of this family in Laurel County, KY was at the time of the marriage of Mary's sister, Elizabeth A., to J. GAINS in 1867. They were not found on the 1870 census for that County. Compiler discovered through an affidavit signed by Jordan in 1908 that he was a resident of Mercer County, IL. We now know that he was there as early as 1900, but we do not yet know how much before that he might have arrived in Mercer County. A grand daughter of Hannah and Elisha Jordan was enumerated in their household in 1900. The young lady's first name was clearly "Lela", but her last name was very difficult to decipher. It appeared to be "ALLBER." Compiler has not been able to determine who Lela's mother might have been. It is possible that Mary could have been the mother, but there is no strong evidence to that effect.
REF: 1. U.S. Census 1860 KY; Laurel Co.; p 123; #837/#882. MF #653-380. 2. Microfilm: "Laurel County KY Births, Deaths and Marriages, 1852-1900," Laurel Co. Pub. Lib.; London, KY. 3. U.S. Census 1900 IL; Mercer Co.; Millersburg Twp.; E.D. #74; Sheet #13; #282/#282. MF #623-330.
+ 37 3 James M. (s/o E.Jordan) O'Dell
+ 38 4 John O'Dell was born in Oct 1860.
+ 39 5 Joseph H. O'Dell was born about 1869.

(8) Elizabeth Mahala2 O'Dell, (Bartlett1) was born 25 Aug 1830 in Tennessee, and on 10 Oct 1851 in Claiborne County, Tn, married Henry Ellison, son of James Ellison, Jr. and Elizabeth/Eliza Ausmus, who was born about 1832 in Claiborne County, Tn. Elizabeth Mahala died on 23 Jan 1910 in Claiborne County, Tn. Henry died on 17 Apr 1895 in Union/Claiborne, Tn.

BIO: The exact year of Elizabeth Mahala's birth is not known. Per the 1840 census, Bartlett and Elizabeth O'DELL had one female in their household who was between the ages of 5 and 10. This child would probably have been E.M. Then in the "OLD SPEEDWELL..." reference, on page 279, the dates for this wife of Henry ELLISON are given as "1835-23 Jan. 1910," then on the same page but a different section, the dates are given as "1830-23 Jan. 1910." Examination of census records after 1840 was of minimal help. Elizabeth Mahala's age on the 1850 census, in Bartlett's household, is difficult to read, but seems to be either "20" or "24." After her marriage, Mahala's age on the 1860 census is "26"; in 1870, she is reported to be "38" and on 1880 census records, she is "49." (Compiler decided at this point to estimate her year of birth as "About 1830.") March 1996; Compiler received a back issue of "Reflections", the newsletter of the Claiborne Co. Hist. Soc. It contained an article about the ODELL family by Marjorie (WALSH) WISDOM, desc. of Marshall ODELL, Elizabeth's brother. The specific date of birth has been added per her data, however Ms. WALSH did not cite the exact source of this data. A collection of research notes given to Benjamin L. O'DELL, another descendent of Marshall L. O'DELL, included a synopsis of Elizabeth Mahala's application for Widow's Pension from her husband's Civil War Service. Ben has provided copies of these research notes, but the identity of the researcher is not clear to compiler. Included in the synopsis of the pension file is the following:

"...Affidavit of widow for pension in Unionon County, Tenn., 1895, states her maiden name was Elizabeth M. ODLE, and married Henry ELLISON 12-23-1852, by Wm. WILLIAMS, Reverend, Claiborne County, Tenn., that her husband enlisted in Barboursville, Kentucky. Affidavit of Elisa NELSON in Campbell County, Tenn. Application for reimbursement was made by M. W. ELLISON, Unionon County, Tenn. 1910, Sharps Chapel, Tenn., age 39, for burial of Elizabeth M. ELLISON that he was a son in law, boarded by M.W. ELLISON and wife M.E. ELLISON and she was buried in Broden Grave Yard, 13th Dist. said County, soldier died 4-17-1895."

The "Elisa NELSON" mentioned in this synopsis would probably be "Louiza 'Eliza' O'DELL", a sister of Elizabeth Mahala's, who married Lindsay NELSON. The son-in-law mentioned was probably a son-in-law of Marion and Mary Emily ELLISON's; Mary Emily, a daughter to Henry and Elizabeth Mahala, married Marion ELLISON. Per the research documents described above, Elizabeth M. (O'DELL) ELLISON was assigned Widow Certificate #420193, on file, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC. November, 1996: Eva McCARTY, another O'DELL descendent who lives in Clinton, TN included her transcription of a listing for the ELLISON family in the 1870 census for Unionon County, TN. Per that source, "Mahaley" was residing in Unionon County; her age was given as "38" which would calculate to a birth year of about 1832. Her husband's age was given as 38 also. Mrs. McCARTY sent compiler a single page from a cemetery index which is headed "Braden Cemetery (Continued)". Above that heading, Mrs. McCARTY has noted "Blue Springs Hollow Speedwell, TN. Claiborne Co." Among the graves recorded on this page is that of Henry ELLISON, Co. C 1st TN Inf; no dates are recorded beside Henry's name. The next grave noted is that of "Iliza M. ELLISON, Apr. 26, 1899 - Oct. 2, 1899." This is obviously not the grave of Elizabeth Mahala O'DELL ELLISON, nor does hers appear on this page of the index. Among the "mysteries" involved in tracing Elizabeth and her husband to their place of burial is the question of "Is 'Broden Grave Yard' and 'Braden Cemetery' the same cemetery? If they are, is this cemetery in Unionon or Claiborne County? If they are not, are Henry and Mahala buried in separate cemeteries?"

REF: 1. "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES; Revised"; Lawrence Edwards; Tazewell Lib.; Tazewell, TN; P 279. 2. Photo copy of U.S. Census 1850, TN; Claiborne Co.; p 675/338; Household # 1349: Bartlett ODELL. (via Wm. HEINLE; 219 E. Date Ave.; Casa Grande, AZ. 3. "CLAIBORNE CO. MARRIAGES 1838-1891"; Section I - 1838-1869; pp 30 and 74. 4. Marjorie WALSH WISDOM, 4344 Emerson Dr., Plano, TX 75093, desc. of Marshall L.ODELL, and author of articles published in "REFLECTIONS" concerning Bartlett and Elizabeth (QUILLEN) O'DELL & family. 5. "REFLECTIONS,"; newsletter of the Claiborne County Historical Society; Tazewell, TN. (Summer issue, 1995) 6. Benjamin L. O'DELL; 1808 N. Roan St., Johnson City, TN 37601 (Ben included a photocopy of an unpublished family tree for the ELLISON family. The compiler is not identified.) 7. Eva McCARTY, 616 Miller Road, Clinton, TN. (Letters to compiler, some containing photocopies of census records, cemetery listings, family reports, etc. Correspondence beginning Nov. 1996.) 8. Photocopy of 1840 and 1850 census for the household of Bartlett H. O'DELL, Claiborne County, TN. Copy provided to compiler by Wm. J. HEINLE, desc. of Mary Pauline (O'DELL) LAY. 9. U.S. Census 1850 TN; Claiborne Co.; 7th Subd. E. Dist.; p 675; #1349/#1349. MF #432-874. 10. U.S. Census 1860 TN; Claiborne Co.; 2nd Subd.; Tazewell P.O.; p 23; #150/#150. MF #653-1244. 11. U.S. Census 1870 TN; Union Co.; 12th Dist.; Lost Creek P.O.; p 3; #14/#14 MF #593-1567. 12. U.S. Census 1880 TN; Union Co.;12th C.D.; ED #117; p 23; #194/#195. MF #T9-1283.

BIO: In June, 1996, compiler received a packet of data on various members of the Barlett H. O'DELL family, including the one-page genealogy of the James ELLISON family and a continuing genealogy of his son Henry. Per this genealogy, James and two brothers migrated from NORTH CAROLINA to the Powell River area which lies in both Claiborne and Campbell Countyies of TN. James and his wife, Elizabeth or Eliza AUSMUS, were the parents of at least six children; although this one-page genealogy shows only four, the last of whom was Henry ELLISON. Henry's son, W. Marshall "Marsh" ELLISON was apparently the source of most of the data on the page, but the actual compiler is not cited. Another photocopy in the packet of data on the ELLISON family was what appears to be a synopsis of the Civil War Pension File/Widow's Pension File of Henry ELLISON. This page contains two sections, the first of which reads as follows: ELIZABETH M. ELLISON...Widow of Henry ELLISON, a Private in Co. C. Regiment 1 - Tenn. Cal., Infantry...Affidavit made by soldier Henry ELLISON 1877 that he was wounded accidentally in the service by a fellow soldier while in line of his duty 1865, Dec. 17, near Morristown, Tenn.; that 'I was on detail duty.'

The second section on the page seems to be someone's summary of reports on Henry's C.W. duty and his injury... Under command of Colonel Palmer of the 15th Pennsylvania Regiment order from General Burnside -- Affidavit made in Unionon Co. Tenn. 1876 by 2nd Lieutenant Caide M. Rogers who states he was detailed on duty by Gen Burnside and etc., same place as above. Also affidavit made in Unionon County, Tenn. by Berry Ellison, Wm. W. Braden, Privates in Co. C, Tenn. Inf., Vol. were attached to the fifteenth Penna. Calv. and while in Morristown, Dec. 1873, (This date must be an error) while on march and in line of duty while soldiers were passing through fence, said soldier was dismounted and another soldier's horse ran against the said Henry Ellison's horse and the soldier's gun fired and shot said soldier through the left leg and etc. The soldier died 4-17-1895 shown by affidavit of Marion W. ELLISON and Andrew C. BRADEN, Unionon Co., Tenn. Affidavit of widow for pension in Unionon County, Tenn., 1895, states her maiden name was Elizabeth M. Odle, and married Henry Ellison 12-23-1852, by Wm. Williams, Reverend, Claiborne County, Tenn., that her husband enlisted in Barboursville, Kentucky. Affidavit of Elisa Nelson in Campbell County, Tenn., age 71, as she was at their wedding about 12-1851 or 1852...

The latter document states that Elizabeth "was buried at Broden Grave Yard, 13th Dis., said County..." (It is uncertain if "said County" refers to Unionon or Campbell Co., TN) The single-page ELLISON family genealogy states that the three brothers, Berry, Ben and Henry ELLISON "are probably buried in the National Cemetery in Knoxville." In a letter to compiler in Nov. 1996, Eva McCARTY included a photocopy from a cemetery index which is headed "Braden Cemetery (Continued)...(page) 35." That page has an alphabetical list of graves found in Braden Cemetery which includes several EDWARDS and ELLISON names. There is evidently a military marker there for "ELLISON, Henry Co. C 1st TN Inf," but no dates are given. The next grave listed is for "ELLISON, Iliza M. Apr. 26, 1899 - Oct. 2, 1899." Elizabeth Mahala's name is not on this page. Mrs. McCARTY also points out that this Cemetery is located at "Blue Springs Hollow" in Speedwell (Claiborne Co.) TN. Earlier data provided to compiler by Wm. HEINLE, another O'DELL descendent, gave the marriage data for Henry and Elizabeth (O'DELL) ELLISON. The 1850 census enumeration for the household of James ELLISON shows Henry as 19 years of age. He is listed as the second oldest child in the ELLISON home. A transcription from the 1870 census of Unionon County, TN shows Henry and "Mahaley" both as 38 years of age. The 1880 census for Unionon County, p 23, shows Henry, 49, "crippled", occupation "farmer." "Elizabeth M., 49, wife, keeping house," etc. Henry's mother, "Eliza ELISON" was enumerated one household before Henry's, and the household just before Eliza's is that of "Nancy CLEMENS", her daughter Mary EDWARDS, James M., 5, and John, 3.

REF: 1. "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES, Revised"; pp 279-300; written by Lawrence EDWARDS and Joy (EDWARDS) DAVIS; Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN (Photocopy of pages owned by compiler.) 2. William J. HEINLE, 219 E. Date Ave.; Casa Grande, AZ 85222; desc. of Mary Pauline (O'DELL) LAY, sister-in-law to Henry ELLISON. 3. "FAMILIES OF NORRIS RESERVOIR AREA,"; p 77; "Ellison Family", by Marshall A. WILSON, Knoxville, TN, May 1949; photocopy provided by Ben L. O'DELL 1808 N. Roan St.; Johnson City, TN. Exact ref. source cited by Eva McCarty (see Ref. #6 below.) 4. Photocopy of a typed summary of data from the C.W. Pension File of Henry/Elizabeth M. ELLISON, "Widow Certificate #420193." Copy provided by Ben L. O'DELL (see #3 above.) 5. U.S. Census 1850 TN; Claiborne Co.; 7th Subd. E. Dist. TN; p 671/336; Dwelling and Family #s are hidden by open spine of book filmed; MF #432-874. 6. Transcription from 1870 Census of Unionon Co., TN, Dist. 12, Lost Creek; #14/#14: ELLISON, Henry. Transcription provided by Eva McCARTY; 616 Miller Road, Clinton, TN 37716; desc. of Mary Pauline (O'DELL) LAY, sister-in-law to Henry ELLISON. 7. Photocopy of cemetery index for Braden Cemetery, Blue Springs Hollow, Speedwell (Claiborne Co.) TN provided by Eva McCARTY (see Ref. #6 above.) 8. U.S. Census 1880 TN; Unionon Co.; 12th C.D.; ED #117; p 23; #194/#195. MF T9-1283.
Children:
+ 40 1 Eliza M.3 Ellison was born about 1853.
+ 41 2 William Marshall "Marsh" Ellison was born on 23 Dec 1854.
+ 42 3 Sarah Cumi/Cumae Ellison was born on 20 Feb 1857.
+ 43 4 Benjamin Wiley Ellison was born on 6 Apr 1859.
+ 44 5 Abraham Lincoln Ellison was born on 30 Aug 1861.
+ 45 6 Berry (s/o Henry) Ellison was born on 19 Sep 1863.
+ 46 7 Elizabeth Paradine Ellison was born on 17 Jun 1865.
+ 47 8 David E. Ellison was born on 10 Oct 1868.
48 9 Mary Emily "M" Ellison was born 22 Feb 1872 in Claiborne County, Tn, and on 30 Mar 1890 in Unionon County, Tn, married Marion Washington Ellison, son of Joseph Ellison and Margaret M. (ELLISON), who was born in Sep 1869 in Tennessee. Mary Emily "M" died on 5 May 1932 in Claiborne County, Tn.
BIO: Per the revised book of Lawrence EDWARDS on the old families of Speedwell, TN, Mary "M" ELLISON was born in Feb., 1860. In November, 1996, compiler received a letter from Eva McCARTY. In the letter, Mrs. McCarty quoted a transcription of the 1870 census for Unionon County, TN. On that transcription of the enumeration of the household of Henry ELLISON, Mary Emily's name does not appear. If Edwards' date of birth is accurate, Mary "M" should have been about 10 years of age. Sometime later, compiler searched census microfilm for the same County for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Mary Emily (Mary "M") ELLISON did not appear on either of the first two records. Finally, compiler found her on the 1880 census. "Mary Emily" was 8 years of age, indicating that she was not born until about 1872. WILSON's book reported that "Marion Emily m. _____ELLISON of Unionon Co." The revised EDWARDS' book states that she married "Marion ELLISON." No other details are given. Ben L. O'DELL sent compiler several pages of research notes, etc. from a genealogist who was working on the ELLISON and O'DELL families. The identity of the researcher is not certain. One page of what appears to be notes taken from documents found in Elizabeth M. ELLISON's Widow's Pension File, contains the following statements: "...Application for reimbursement was made by M.W. ELLISON, Unionon County, Tenn. 1910, Sharps Chapel, Tenn., age 39, for burial of Elizabeth M. ELLISON that he was a son in law, boarded by M.W. ELLISON and wife M.E. ELLISON and she was buried in Broden Grave Yard, 13th Dist. said County, Soldier died 4-17-1895." M.W. and M.E. ELLISON are thought by this compiler to be Marion and Mary EMILY (ELLISON) ELLISON; however, there is no information in either of these two sources re the children of this couple.
REF: 1. "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES, Revised and Updated," by Lawrence EDWARDS and Joy (EDWARDS) DAVIS; pp 279-300; Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN (copy of pages owned by compiler.) 2. "FAMILIES OF THE NORRIS RESERVOIR AREA," p 78, "ELLISON FAMILY," by Marshall A. WILSON; Knoxville, TN; May 1949. Photocopy provided by Eva McCARTY (See Ref. #3 below) 3. Transcription of 1870 U.S. Census, Unionon Co., TN; Dist. 12; Lost Creek; #14/#14: ELLISON, Henry, et.al.; transcription taken from a book owned by Eva McCARTY, 616 Miller Rd.; Clinton, TN 37716. [Mrs. McCarty is a desc. of Mary Pauline (O'DELL) LAY, sister to Mahala Elizabeth (O'DELL) ELLISON.] 4. U.S. Census 1860 TN; Claiborne Co.; 2nd Subd.; Tazewell, P.O.; p 23; #150/#150. MF #653-1244. 5. U.S. Census 1870 TN; Unionon Co. ; 12th Dist.; Lost Creek P.O.; p 3; #14/#14 MF #593-1567. 6. U.S. Census 1880 TN; Unionon Co.; 13th CD; ED #117; p 23; #194/#195; MF T9-1283. 7. Photocopy of research notes probably taken from Widow's Pension File #420193: Widow of Henry ELLISON, Elizabeth M. ELLISON (C.W.) Notes are the property of Ben L. O'DELL, 1808 N. Roan St.; Johnson City, TN 37601. (Copy provided to compiler by Mr. O'DELL, May 1996.)

BIO: Compiler has traced Marion ELLISON from the sources listed below, back to the 1860 census, when his father, Joseph ELLISON, son of Robert, was shown as head of his household with wife, Margaret M., Bradley, 4; Nancy E., 2; and "Marien W." whose age was given as "8/12." This household was enumerated 09 AUG 1870, and "Marien" was reported to have been born in Sept. of the census year. Calculation would bring his age to almost 11 months, rather than the "8/12" as recorded on the census. Joseph ELLISON was probably a cousin to Henry ELLISON, making Marion and Emily "M" second cousins.
REF: 1. "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES, Revised and Updated," p 299; by Lawrence EDWARDS and Joy EDWARDS DAVIS; Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN. (Photocopy of page owned by compiler.) 2. PP 19 & 20 of an Uniondentified book, probably compiled about the Thomas ELLISON FAMILY, since the writer states (p 19), "...there was another family of Ellison's other than the Thomas Ellison family in Cl. Co. This is the James Ellison family...taken from the book, OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES by Joy Edwards Davis...." (Photocopy of this Uniondentifed book was mailed to compiler by another O'DELL researcher.) 3. "FAMILIES OF NORRIS RESERVOIR AREA," pp 77 & 78; by Marshall A. WILSON; Knoxville TN, May 1949. (Photocopy of pages provided by B. O'DELL and E. McCARTY.) 4. Photocopy of a one-page summary of the Widow's Pension File #420193 of Elizabeth M. (O'DELL) ELLISON, widow of Henry ELLISON. Summarizes "page 62/Section 53 and Section 54." (Copy provided to compiler by Ben L. O'DELL from research notes given to him by a genealogist, name unknown.) 5. U.S. Census 1870 TN; Unionon Co.; 12th Dist.; Lost Creek P.O.; p 1; #7/#7. MF #593-1567. 6. U.S. Census 1880 TN; Unionon Co.; 12th CD; ED #117; p 17; #137/#137. MF #T9-1283.

(9) Marshall Love2 O'Dell, (Bartlett1) was born 11 Apr 1832 in Goin (Claiborne), and on 22 Oct 1856 in Claiborne County, Tn, married SERENA Hopper, daughter of Jesse Hopper and Elizabeth STALLINGS, who was born about 1840 in Tennessee. Marshall Love died on 4 Sep 1909 in Goin (Claiborne). SERENA died on 19 Jan 1869 in Claiborne County, Tn.

BIO: Compiler found the following listings in a Deed Book Index at the Claiborne County, TN Recorder's Office: Deed Book: U-600 Jessee HOPPER to Marshall ODELL - 1866 Z/2-444 M.L. ODELL to James B. GIBBS - 1894 A/2- 51 M.L. ODELL - OATH OF IDENTITY - 1866 M/2-141 George W. HOPPER & wife to M.L. ODELL - 1874 2/2- 17 John AUSMUS to M.L. ODELL - 1881 Compiler located the grave of "Cpl. Marshall L. Odel; Co. E 6th TN Infy" in the Hopper Cemetery near Tazewell. In addition to the military data given, the dates on Marshall's tombstone read, "April 11 1832 - 04 Sept 1909" The grave of Marshall's second wife, Sarah EDWARDS ODELL is nearby; there are several other ODELL graves in this cemetery. Three or four old stones stand under an old tree in a far corner of the cemetery, but inscriptions are not readable. Compiler suspects one of these may be that of Serena HOPPER ODELL, Marshall's first wife. On another old stone only "D ODELL" could be read; this may be the grave of Marshall's son, David, twin to Jonathon. Feb. 1996: Compiler received Bartlett ODELL's pension file, for service the TN Militia during the War of 1812. Bartlett, Marshall's father, had been awarded two Bounty Land warrants from the final B.L. Act in 1855. Elizabeth filed in 1871 for a widow's pension; at that time her residence was given as the home of M.L. ODELL...11 miles west of Tazewell, Claiborne Co., TN. From the documents contained in this file, compiler believed that Elizabeth made her home with Marshall until she died in October, 1873. July, 1996: Receipt of the Civil War Widow's Pension File for "Sarah M. widow of Marshall L. O'Dell", from the National Archives, revealed the information that Marshall had applied for and had been granted an invalid's Pension for his Civil War service sometime between November, 1882 and 1890. In July, 1890, Marshall tendered a "Declaration for Original Invalid Pension Under the Act of June 27, 1890." In that application, he states that he has received a pension under Certificate No. 430-594. He apparently was attempting to obtain increased benefits under the new Act of Congress. Among the documents dealing with the earlier application for pension is a report of service and disability from the Office of the Adjutant General. That report states that Marshall was reported absent from his company due to illness from Aug., 1862 to Feb., 1863. Then on 30 April 1863, the record reads, "deserter on acCounty of being absent April 1/63. June 30/63 present" with remark, "Returned to his Compy from being absent sick May 30/63; was tried by the Provost of the regt for absence without leave and acquitted." He was mustered out of the army 15 March 1865 at Wilmington, NC. The 1890 Declaration Application describes Marshall ODELL as he appeared at 57 years old..."height, 6 feet 1 inches; complexion Fair, hair, Dark; eyes Blue." The symptoms of his disability are listed as -- "Cattarh In head and Rheumatis in Back & Limbs & General Disability Totally Disabled to Work With out Pain & Misery." In January, 1898, the Office of Pensions sent a form to Marshall to update his file. On that form Marshall responded to questions concerning his first wife and the names and birth dates of his children who were still living. Marshall confirmed that he and Sarah EDWARDS were married in Claiborne County in 1869 by Wm. Williams. He lists by name seven children still living and gives the birth date of each. To the questions "Were you previously married? If so, please state the name of your former wife and date and place of her death or divorce.", Marshall answered with "Surreny Dec Jan 19 186- Claiborne Co Tenn." (It should be noted that one form appears to bear the actual signature of Marshall, but all other places calling for his signature show his name with "His X Mark"). It seems apparent that Marshall could not write; therefore his answers were written by some other person. (David HOPPER, a brother-in-law to Marshall, takes an oath on behalf of Sarah's attempt to obtain a widow's pension, that his sister, "Sereny Odell" and Marshall were married "about the year 1857," and that Serena died 19 January 1869.) A new Pension Act was passed February 6, 1907; once more Marshall files a new declaration for benefits. On this application Marshall gives his age as 74 years, his residence as "Goin, Claiborne County, Tenn." He reports that "he...is the identical person who was enrolled at Barbourville KY,...on the 6th day of March, 1862, as a corporal, in Co. E 6th Regiment of Tenn. Inft." Earlier documents state that Marshall enrolled as a private, and there is no evidence within the file that he had been promoted to any other rank. His tombstone inscription shows "Cpl. Marshall L. Odel." Some documents show that Marshall enrolled at "Cumberlandford," Ky. It seems ironic that Marshall's younger brother, Lacy O'Dell, died on 18 March 1862 at "Camp Cumberland Ford," Ky--just 12 days after Marshall's enlistment. Lacy was a member of the 2nd Tennessee Volunteer Infantry and had been in the army since 25 October 1861. Could Lacy have been influential in Marshall's enlistment? Is the timing of Marshall's enlistment significant in relation to his younger brother's illness and death? Could that illness have been the reason that Marshall chose to enroll at Cumberland Ford at that time? Among the many affidavits on Marshall's and Sarah's behalf is one from Elisha J. Odell, a resident of Mercer County, IL on 14 Jan. 1908. Elisha (who appears as "E. Jordan O'Dell" on other documents) swears that he is the brother of Marshall and that he was born 15 August 1827. He further states that Marshall was born sometime during the year 1832. Elisha reports that there are no known family records of their births, but that he had always been told that Marshall was about 5 years younger than he. He also reports that a sister was born between the two brothers. (Elizabeth Mahala O'Dell, born about 1830). 21 Feb. 1908, Marshall L. KINCAID takes oath that he and Marshall O'Dell have been intimate friends from early childhood, and that his friend, Marshall, was born one day after KINCAID. He gives his own birth as 10 April 1832; Marshall's as 11 April 1832. Marshall L. O'Dell was dropped from the Pension Files of the U.S. Department of Interior 04 OCT 1909. The "Drop Order and Report" contained in Sarah's file states. "Sir: The name of the above-described pensioner, who was last paid at $20 per month to Aug 4, 1909, has this day been dropped from the roll of this agency...pensioner....died Sep. 4, 1909...". Marshall's widow, Sarah M. (EDWARDS) O'DELL, filed for widow's pension 20 September 1909.

REF: 1. U.S. Census 1850 TN; Claiborne Co.; 7th Subd. E.Dist.; p.?; #1349/1349. M.F. #432-874 2. U.S. Census 1860 TN; Claiborne Co.; 2nd Subd.; Tazewell P. O.; p. 23; #163/163. 3. Wm. J. HEINLE; 219 E. Date Ave; Casa Grande, AZ 85222; desc. of Mary Pauline (O'DELL) LAY, sister to Marshall O'DELL. 4. Claiborne County TN Marriage Index: Book 3; p 78. Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN. 5. Claiborne County TN Marriage Index: Book 4; p 28. Claiborne Co. Public Library; Tazewell, TN. 6. East TN Marriages (Index); Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN. 7. Tombstone inscription; Hopper Cemetery, Edwards Road, outside Tazewell, TN. 8. Military records index; Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN. 9. "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES, Revised"; Lawrence EDWARDS and Joy EDWARDS DAVIS; Claiborne County Pub. Library; Tazewell, TN. 10. DEED BOOK INDEX: Claiborne Co. Recorder's Office; Tazewell, TN Deed Book: U-600 HOPPER, Jessee to ODELL, Marshall, 1866. Deed Book: M/2-141 HOPPER, Geo. W. and wife to ODELL, M.L., 1874. 11. War of 1812 Widow's Pension File # 2049; Bartlett ODELL-wife, Elizabeth QUILLEN ODELL ;. National Archives, Washington, D.C. (Copy owned by compiler.) 12. Civil War Pension File #WC 697-117; Marshall L. O'DELL/Sarah (EDWARDS) O'DELL, National Archives, Washington, D.C. (Copy owned by compiler) 13. U.S. Census 1870 TN; Claiborne Co.; 12th Civil Dist.; Tazewell P.O.; p 14; #101/#88. MF #593-1518. 14. U.S. Census 1880 TN; Claiborne Co.; 12th CD; ED #110; p 18; #154/#155. MF #T9-1248.

BIO: The "Old Speedwell Families, Revised" ref. gives "Sarah" HOPPER as the wife of Marshall L. O'DELL (p. 279), but marriage indexes and Bill HEINLE say "Serena" HOPPER. Marshall married Sarah EDWARDS in 1869. Compiler suspects the grave near Marshall in the HOPPER Cemetery is that of Sarah (EDWARDS) O'DELL, 1837-1926. Serena died young and is probably buried in an unmarked grave in the same cemetery. There are some very old stones that can not be fully read, including "D. O'DELL", who is probably Marshall's son David. The birth date given for Serena here has been calculated from her age as reported on the 1850 and 1860 census records. Receipt of the Civil War Pension File for Marshall O'DELL brought the first specific data on the death of Serena. In the file is an affidavit from David HOPPER in 1909, during the time that Sarah was trying to get a widow's pension. David, 80 years old, states that he is the brother of "Surreny Odell the first wife of Marshall L. Odell..." David reports that his sister and Odell were married "about 1857". Concerning his sister's death, David testifies,"...She died on the 19 day of January 1869." In another paragraph, he states, "I don't recollect that I was in the room where she died but I saw her after she did die and saw her dead at the grave and also saw her buried." In an update of his pension file in 1898, Marshall reported that he had been previously married to "Surreny...(in) Claiborne Co. Tenn" When asked to list the children he still had living in August, 1898, along with their dates of birth, Marshall included "J. Odell" (Jonathon, twin to David), born Sept 14, 1857; China, Aug 24, 1862 and William S., born April 14, 1866. Four other children were born after Marshall's marriage to Sarah EDWARDS in 1869.

REF: 1. U.S. Census 1860 TN; 2nd Subd.; Tazewell P.O.; p. 23; #163/#163. M.F. #653-1244. 2. Wm. J. HEINLE; 219 E. Date Ave.; Casa Grande, AZ 85222; desc. of Mary Pauline (O'DELL) LAY, sister-in-law to Serena HOPPER. 3. Claiborne County TN Marriage Index: Book 3; p 78. Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN. 4. "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES, Revised and Updated," by Lawrence EDWARDS and Joy EDWARDS DAVIS; Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN. 5. Civil War Pension File #WC 697-117: Marshall L. O'DELL/Sarah (EDWARDS) O'DELL, National Archives, Washington, D.C. 6. U.S. Census 1850 TN; Claiborne Co.; 7th Subd. E. Dist.; (page # not visible on microfilm); #831/#831. MF #432-874.
Children:
+ 49 1 Jonathan3 O'Dell was born on 14 Sep 1857.
50 2 David (s/o Marshall) O'Dell was born 14 Sep 1857 in Claiborne County, Tn. David (s/o Marshall) died before 1898 in Claiborne County, Tn.
BIO: This son of Marshall L. O'DELL evidently died in childhood. The dates are not legible on the tombstone. The only other documentation found by compiler was the 1860 census record for Marshall's household. A descendent of Jonathan (David's brother), Marjorie WALSH reports that David was a twin to Jonathan, who was born 14 SEP 1857. Per the 1860 census, David was 3 years of age; Jonathan was 2. In 1898, Marshall included in his complying with the Pension Bureau's request for an update on his family's vital data, a list of the birthdates of his children who were still living at that time. David was not on that list, nor was he on the 1870 census. In following Jonathan through the next census enumerations to compare his age with what David's would have been had he survived, compiler found that in 1870, Jonathan was reported to be 13 years of age; in 1880, he was recorded as 21 and head of his own household. Compiler has found no other evidence that Jonathan and David were twins (as of 01 May 1997).
REF: 1. U.S. Census 1860 TN; Claiborne Co.; 2nd Subd.; Tazewell P.O.; p. 23; #163/163. M.F. #653-1244. 2. Tombstone: D. O'DELL (dates not readable); HOPPER Cemetery (on Edwards Rd. near junct. of Leatherwood Hollow Rd. outside Tazewell, TN). 3. "O'DELL, ODLE, ODEL, ODIL UPDATE", an article by Marjorie WALSH, desc. of Marshall O'DELL, published on pp. 12-19; "Reflections" a quarterly newsletter of the Claiborne Co. Hist. Soc., 1995, Vol. 13, #3, Tazewell, TN 4. Civil War Pension File #WC 697-117: Marshall L. O'DELL/Sarah (EDWARDS) O'DELL; National Archives, Washington, D.C. 5. U.S. Census 1870 TN; Claiborne Co.; 12th C.D.; Tazewell P.O.; p 14; #101/#88. MF #593-1518.
51 3 Celia O'Dell was born about 1859 in Tennessee, and on 7 Sep 1878 in Claiborne County, Tn, married Gorg Goin.
BIO: Although Celia appears at the age of one year in Marshall's home in 1860, she is not listed among his "living children" when Marshall updated his data for the Office of Pensions in 1898. It is possible that Celia did not survive until 1898; however, she was listed on the 1870 census as being 11 years old. She was not in the household in 1880, but could easily have been married and in her own home by that time. The 1878 marriage for a Celia O'DELL and "Gorg GOIN" found among the marriage indexes of Claiborne County has not been confirmed as being the marriage of Celia, daughter of Marshall O'DELL. Compiler found a "G. GOIN" household on the 1880 census, but the head of the household was 41 years of age, and his wife's name and age were given as "Mary A., 36." This is not likely to be Celia.
REF: 1. U.S. Census 1860 TN; Claiborne Co.; 2nd Subd.; #163/#163 (page number is not visible.) MF #653-1244. 2. "Claiborne County Marriages 1838-1891"; Sect. II - 1838-1891; p 32; Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN. 3. U.S. Census 1870 TN; Claiborne Co.; 12 Civil Dist.; Tazewell P.O.; p 14; #101/#88. MF #593-1518. 4. U.S. Census 1880 TN; Claiborne Co.; 12th C.D.; ED #110; p 18; #154/#155. MF #T9-1248.
1. "Claiborne County Marriages 1838-1891"; Sect II..1838-1891; p. 32; Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib., Tazewell., TN
52 4China O'Dell was born 24 Aug 1862 in Claiborne County, Tn, and on 1 Aug 1881 in Claiborne County, Tn, married Benjamin Ausmus, II., son of Benjamin Ausmus, I. and Anna Christina Dunn, who was born 10 Sep 1843 in Tennessee. China died on 26 Sep 1903 in Claiborne County, Tn. Benjamin died in Sep 1928 in Claiborne County, Tn. Benjamin was married to Barbara Hunter.
REF: 1. "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES," p 66; Lawrence Edwards; Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN. 2. "Claiborne County Marriages 1838-1891"; Sect. II-1868-1891; p. 1; Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib., Tazewell, TN 3. Compiler's notes from tombstone: Private cemetery on RUSSELL property; north side of Hwy.63, West of US #25 (rte to Speedwell) Names on the cemetery fence are: AUSMUS, WILLIAMSON, CAWOOD, and RICHARDS. 4. Civil War Pension File #WC 697-117: Marshall L. O'Dell/Sarah (Edwards) O'Dell; National Archives, Washington, D.C. (Copy owned by compiler) 5. U.S. Census 1870 TN; Claiborne Co.; 12th Civil Dist.; Tazewell P.O.; p 14; #101/#88. MF #593-1518. 6. U.S. Census 1880 TN; Claiborne Co.; 12th C.D.; ED #110; p 18; #154/#155. MF #T9-1248. 7. USgendex Web Site...Submitter: Mark ASHBELL..E-mail: asbellm (I have Mark Asbell's Beeler Database online if anyone is interested in pursuing this connection BEELER) Joe Payne
BIO: Compiler happened upon the grave site of China AUSMUS while searching Claiborne County for the burial place of Bartlett and Elizabeth QUILLEN O'DELL. The grave is located in a small cemetery om private property near Speedwell. At the time, the maiden name of China was unknown. Research of marriage indexes at the Claiborne County Library revealed this marriage of China to Ben AUSMUS. Contact with Marjorie Walsh, desc. of Marshall O'Dell, brought more confirmation that this was the daughter of Marshall and his first wife, Serena Hopper. In 1898, Marshall O'Dell was instructed to update his file with the Pension Bureau. Marshall lists China as his second child who was still living at that time, and gives her date of birth as 24 AUG 1862. This date agrees with the other sources. Examination of the U.S. Census for Claiborne County in 1880, revealed China at the age of 19 in Marshall O'DELL's household. This enumeration would have been done slightly more than one year before China's marriage to Ben AUSMUS. The data submitted to USgendex by Mark ASHBELL lists China first of the three wives of Benj. AUSMUS; he also lists "Martha Adeline BEELER" as one of the three, but does not have Elizabeth PROFFITT among the three women. No dates are included in ASHBELL's data on these marriages.(Claiborne) TN
BIO: Per the 1850 census for Claiborne Co., TN, Benjamin's father, Benjamin, Sr., and his wife, Anna C. AUSMUS, resided very near the households of Jordan and Bartlett O'DELL. Young Benjamin's age on that record was "7". Ben married, evidently quite young, to Elizabeth PROFFITT. After her death, he married Barbara HUNTER, whose family also lived in the same commUnionty as the O'DELLs and the AUSMUSes. Barbara, too, died early, and Ben married China O'DELL about one year after Barbara's death. China, the daughter of Marshall O'DELL, was very young when she became the wife of Ben AUSMUS. She, too, died very young. Although the USgendex data re the birth of Benjamin AUSMUS is consistent with data copied from his tombstone in Claiborne County, TN, the date of death appearing on the tombstone is "September 1928", but on the USgendex entry, his date of death is given as 31 MAY 1928, and the place of death is "Unionon County, TN". Also, data researched by compiler indicates that China O'DELL was Benjamin's third wife; the USgendex data lists China as first of three spouses. There are no dates given for any of the three marriages, however, so the order of the women's names may not be significant on ASHBELL's data.
REF: 1. "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES; Revised"; Lawrence Edwards; Tazewell Lib. Tazewell, TN 2. Tombstone: Located in what appears to be a small, family cem. which is on the RUSSELL property on the north side of Hwy. 63, west of U.S. 25, on route to the Speedwell CommUnionty outside Tazewell, TN. The cemetery does not seem to have a name; their are four family names on the fence around the cemetery - AUSMUS, WILLIAMSON, CAWOOD and RICHARDS. 3. 1850 Census, TN, Claiborne Co., 7th ED, p. 627/339, #1366/#1366, MF 432-874, LDS Library, Arden, NC 4. U.S. Census 1860 TN; Claiborne Co.; 2nd Subd.; Tazewell P.O.; p32; #208/#208. MF #653-1244. 5. U.S. Census 1870 TN; Claiborne Co.; 2nd CD; Speedwell P.O.; p 1; #5/#5. MF #593-1518. 6. U.S. Census 1880 TN; Claiborne Co.; 2nd CD; ED #103; p 9; #72/#72. MF #T9-1247.
+ 53 5 William Sherman O'Dell was born on 14 Apr 1866.

He also married on 27 May 1869 in Claiborne County, Tn, Sarah M. Edwards, daughter of Jeptha Edwards, I. and Sarah Matilda Goforth, who was born 16 Mar 1842 in Claiborne County, Tn. Sarah M. died on 10 Feb 1927 in Claiborne County, Tn.

BIO: The "Old Speedwell Families, Revised" ref. gives the first wife of Marshall O'DELL as "Sarah HOPPER (1837-1926)", then on p. 235 it states that Sarah EDWARDS married Marshall O'DELL. Marriage records say the first wife was "Serena HOPPER". Compiler suspects that the Sarah O'DELL (1837-1926) who is buried near Marshall's grave in the HOPPER cemetery is Sarah EDWARDS, his second wife. Serena died about 1869 and is probably buried in the same cemetery, but her grave was not found. Per Lawrence EDWARDS' book, Sarah was the daughter of Jeptha EDWARDS, I (son of Spencer EDWARDS and Katie RIDDLE). On her tombstone, Sarah's date of birth is given as "1837", however in filing for increased pension benefits in 1916, Sarah gave her birthdate as "March 16, 1842". This agrees with the age she gives herself on the same form, "Seventy Four Years 5 mo. and 4 Days". On an earlier form for the Bureau of Pensions in 1909, Sarah reported that she was 67 years old; again, this agrees with the 1842 birthdate. This would mean that Sarah was about 44 years old when her youngest child, Nancy B., was born in 1886 (as reported by Marshall in his Pension File documents). Sarah's age was reported as 27 on the 1870 census; this would nearly agree with the birthdate she gave for the pension application. Marshall O'DELL served in the Union Army from March, 1862 until his discharge in March, 1865. Per his claims for Invalid Pension, he spent much of the time in ill health. He filed claims and was granted military pension from about 1890 until his death in September, 1909. At that time, Sarah filed for widow's pension and apparently received benefits until her death in 1927. Among the people filing affidavits on her behalf were David HOPPER, brother of Marshall's first wife, Serena, and M.C. KECK. Witnesses for Sarah and/or these affiants included P.E. CHEATAM, F.N. CHEATAM, Eli KECK, Suda COLE, J.H. ROUSE and S.O. BEASON. The "DROP-REPORT-PENSIONER" form in Sarah's file reads; "Mar 10, 1927. The name of the above described pensioner who was last paid at the rate of $30 per month to Feb 4, 1927 has this day been dropped from the roll because of death Feb 4 1927". Pensioner is recorded as "Sarah M. O'DELL", Goin, Tenn. Route #1". August 1996: Found on the 1850 Census for Claiborne County, TN at LDS Library, Arden, NC....Sarah M. EDWARDS, the first child of Jeptha and Sarah M. EDWARDS. She was 7 years old as of 11 OCT 1850. This would agree with the 1842 date of birth. Although Jeptha's wife's name in the EDWARDS books was given as Matilda GOFORTH, this census would hint that her name may be Sarah Matilda and that her daughter was named for her.

REF: 1. "CLAIBORNE COUNTY TN MARRIAGES 1838-1891", Section 2 - 1868-1891. Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN. 2. Index of Eastern TN Marriages (exact name and detailed ref. not recorded) Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN. 3. Claiborne Co. TN marriage indexes at Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib., Tazewell, TN Marriage Book 4-28 4. Tombstone: "Sarah O'DELL 1837-1926", HOPPER Cemetery (on Edwards Rd. near Junct. of Leatherwood Hollow Rd. outside Tazewell, TN 5. "Old Speedwell Families, Revised", by Lawrence and Joy Edwards, pp. 279 & 235, Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib., Tazewell, TN 6. "Old Speedwell Families", by Lawrence Edwards; PP 64-73; Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib, Tazewell, TN 7. Civil War Pension File #WC 697-117: Marshall L. O'DELL/Sarah (EDWARDS) O'DELL; National Archives, Wahington, D.C. 8. 1850 Census, Claiborne County, TN, #829/#829, LDS Library, Arden, NC 9. U.S. Census 1870 TN; Claiborne Co.; 12th Civil Dist.; Tazewell P.O.; p 14; #101/#88. MF #593-1518. 10. U.S. Census 1880 TN; Claiborne Co.; 12th CD/ED #110; p 18; #154/#155. MF T9-1248.
Children:
54 1 Elizabeth M.3 O'Dell was born about 1870 in Tennessee.
BIO: Neither Ben O'DELL nor Marjorie WALSH (both desc. of Marshall O'DELL) has included this child in Marshall's family group, yet on the 1880 census, she is clearly classified as "daughter." Her age is given as "10" when the census was enumerated, 15 June 1880. It is possible that she may have been the child of Marshall's first wife, Serena, since an exact birth date is not available. Serena died in 1869; depending on when Elizabeth's birthday fell, she could have been born prior to Serena's death and still be ten years of age in mid-June, 1880. It seems likely that Elizabeth M. did not survive to adulthood since she is not mentioned in any of the large amount of family data passed from Mrs. WALSH and Mr. O'DELL. Elizabeth is noted as being unable to read or write, and compiler wonders if she might have been sickly or handicapped in some way, but this is only conjecture.
REF: 1. U.S. Census 1880 TN; Claiborne Co.; 12th CD; ED #110; p 18; #154/#155. MF #T9-1248.
55 2 Martha Ann O'Dell was born 19 Feb 1875 in Claiborne County, Tn, and married Spencer Edwards, III., son of McKendry Edwards and Hester A. Ausmus, who was born 22 Nov 1877 in Claiborne County, Tn. Spencer died on 28 Oct 1948. Spencer was married to Rosa Simmons.
BIO: Marshall Love O'DELL, in completing an update form for the Pension Bureau, named each of his living children and their dates of birth. Martha Ann's was among those listed. Lawrence EDWARDS, in the first book about the Speedwell Families, reported that Martha Ann O'DELL was the first wife of Spencer EDWARDS, the son of McKendry EDWARDS. There was no data for Martha Ann or for her husband provided in that book. Marjories WALSH, in her article about the Bartlett O'DELL families, included Martha Ann as one of the children of Marshall, Ms. WALSH's direct ancestor. Although her father cited a specific birthdate for Martha Ann, her age as shown on the 1880 census was "7". This would calculate to a year of birth of 1873 +/- a year.
REF; 1. "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES," p 73; Lawrence EDWARDS; Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN. (Copy of page owned by compiler.) 2. "ODLE, ODIL, ODELL, ..." an article updating the Bartlett O'DELL family history, by Marjorie WALSH WISDOM, desc. of Marshall L. O'DELL; "REFLECTIONS", Quarterly Newsletter of the Claiborne Co. Hist. Soc.; Vol. 13, No. 3, p 12-19. (Copy owned by compiler.) 3. Civil War Pension File: #WC 697-117: Marshall L./ Sarah M. O'DELL; National Archives, Washington, DC. (Copy of file owned by compiler.) 4. U.S. Census 1880 TN; Claiborne Co.; 12th CD/ ED #110; p 18; #154/#155. MF #T9-1248.
BIO: Spencer is the second child listed in Lawrence EDWARDS' book in the family of McKendry EDWARDS. There are no dates of birth, death or marriage listed for Spencer, but it is reported that he was married first to Martha O'DELL and second to Rosie SIMMONS. Per the 1880 census, Spencer is the youngest of McKindry and Hester Ann's children; he is 3 years of age on enumeration day, June 15, 1880. 20 APR 1997: Compiler received a message from Denny and Marla BRUBAKER of San Antonio, TX containing data on Spencer, the son of McKendry EDWARDS, and Spencer's second wife, "Rosa SIMMONS." Data included was birth and death dates for both Spencer and Rosa, as well as their place of burial.
REF; 1. U.S. Census 1880 TN; Claiborne Co.; 12th CD; ED #110; p 18; #147/#148. MF #T9-1248. 2. Denny and Marla BRUBAKER, compilers of a computer data base for all residents of Claiborne Co., TN in the 1800s. E-mail address: Denny Brub@aol.com. (The BRUBAKERs reside in San Antonio, TX.)
56 3 Joseph "Joe" A. O'Dell was born 16 Sep 1877 in Claiborne County, Tn, and about 1897 in Claiborne County, Tn, married Julia Ann Williams who was born 4 Jul 1879. Joseph "Joe" A. died on 26 Apr 1955 in Claiborne County, Tn. Julia Ann died on 29 Nov 1935 in Claiborne County, Tn.
BIO: The birthdate cited by Marshall O'DELL, in his applications for military pension for this child agrees with Joe's age on the 1880 census.
REF: 1. "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES, Revised;" Lawrence Edwards; Claiborne Co. Library; Tazewell, TN 2. Claiborne County TN, Marriage Indexes, Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib., Tazewell, TN Marriage Book 6-132. 3. Tombstone: "Joseph A. O'DELL"; HOPPER Cemetery (on Edwards Rd. near Junct. of Leatherwood Hollow Rd. outside Tazewell, TN). 4. Civil War Pension File #WC 697-117: Marshall L. O'Dell/Sarah (Edwards) O'Dell; National Archives, Washington, D.C. 5. U.S. Census 1880 TN; Claiborne Co.; 12th CD; ED #110; p 18; #154/#155. MF #T9-1248.
1. "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES, Revised"; Lawrence Edwards; Claiborne Co. Library; Tazewell, TN 2. Claiborne Co. TN marriage indexes: Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib. Tazewell, TN Marriage Book 6-132 3. Tombstone: Julia Ann O'DELL; HOPPER Cemetery; (Edwards Rd. near junct. of Leatherwood Hollow Rd., outside Tazewell, TN)
He also married after 1935 in Claiborne County, Tn, Elsie EUFLAW.
REF: 1. "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES," p 66; Lawrence Edwards; Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib; Tazewell, TN 2. Tombstone: Julia Ann O'DELL , (J.A. WILLIAMS, first wife of Joseph A. O'DELL); Hopper Cem.; Claiborne Co., TN
BIO:Compiler has dated this marriage after the death of Joe O'DELL's first wife. There is no documentation to support this as of DEC 1995. Lawrence EDWARDS, in his book on the Old Speedwell Families, names this second wife, but gives no dates. Compiler found the grave of Joe O'DELL next to that of his first wife, Julia Ann WILLIAMS, but he died some 20 years after her.
57 4 Mary A. O'Dell was born in Mar 1880 in Claiborne County, Tn.
BIO: Mary A.'s name does not appear in any of the data that compiler has received from Marjorie WALSH or Ben L. O'DELL. She appears as "3/12" on the 15 June 1880 enumeration of the Claiborne County census, and she is clearly classified as "Daughter." It is possible that this child did not survive, therefore was not known by descendents of this family. There is a grave in the Hopper Cemetery on Edwards Rd. near Tazewell which is unreadable, except for the name "MOLLIE". This grave is very close to those of Joseph A., Julia Ann and Marshall and Sarah O'DELL. Compiler suspects this may be the grave of Mary A. O'DELL.
REF: 1. U.S. Census 1880 TN; Claiborne Co.; 12th C.D.; ED #110; p 18; #154/#155. MF #T9-1248. 2. Hopper Cemetery (On Edwards Rd, near junction of Leatherwood Hollow Rd., per Paul JOHNSON's "Claiborne County...Cemeteries.") Grave marked only with "MOLLIE."
58 5 M. Esau O'Dell was born 1 Jul 1883 in Claiborne County, Tn, and about 1906 in Claiborne County, Tn, married Sarah Woods, daughter of Jesse (James J.?) Woods and Nancy Jane(?) Edwards, who was born 29 Mar 1883 in Claiborne County, Tn. M. Esau died on 29 Jan 1963 in Claiborne County, Tn. Sarah died on 2 Jan 1929 in Claiborne County, Tn.
BIO: Dates of the first two marriages are calculated from the death dates for M.E. and Sarah (WOODS) O'DELL and the birth date on the gravestone of M.E. O'DELL, Jr. The update of the Civil War Pension File completed by Marshall L. O'Dell in 1898 lists this child as "Esau P." or Esau R." The birthdates are the same so it is assumed that they are the same person, but the exact full name of this son of Marshall's and Sarah's is still unknown (Apr. 1997)
REF: 1. "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES; Revised;" Lawrence Edwards; Tazewell Lib. Tazewell, TN 2. "Claiborne County Cemeteries"; by Paul JOHNSON; "Edwards Cemetery"; (on Edwards Rd. just East of Unionon Co., line; across from Big Barren Church) Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib., Tazewell, TN 3. Civil War Pension File: #WC 697-117; Marshall L. O'Dell/Sarah (Edwards) O'Dell, National Archives, Washington, D.C.
BIO: Marriage date for Sarah and M. E. O'DELL has been calculated from the birthdate of M.E. O'DELL, Jr. 1. "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES," p 66; Lawrence Edwards; Claiborne Co.Pub. Library; Tazewell, TN 2. "Claiborne County Cemeteries"; by Paul JOHNSON; "Edwards Cemetery"; (on Edwards Rd. just east of Unionon Co. line; across from Big Barren Church.) Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib., Tazewell, TN
He also married about 1930, Myrtle Edwards, daughter of Jeptha Edwards, II. and Lucinda Haley, who was born in Claiborne County, Tn. Myrtle died in Claiborne County, Tn.
BIO: Although compiler did not find marriage or death data for Myrtle EDWARDS, the approximate marriage date has been estimated from the date of death of M. E. O'DELL's first wife. There is a Leon O'DELL buried near M. E., his first child and first wife. This child, Leon, was born 13 AUG 1931 and died 22 DEC 1931. He may have been the child of M. E. and Myrtle.
REF: 1. "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES," p 66; Lawrence EDWARDS; Claiborne Co. Pub. Library; Tazewell, TN. 2. "Claiborne County Cemeteries"; by Paul JOHNSON; "Edwards Cemetery"; Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib., Tazewell, TN.
He also married Ruth Beason.
1. "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES, Revised;" Lawrence Edwards; Claiborne Co. Library; Tazewell, TN
59 6 Nancy B. O'Dell was born 28 Oct 1886 in Claiborne County, Tn, and in Claiborne Co., Tn, married M. C. "Lum" Simmons.
1. "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES," p 66; Lawrence EDWARDS; Claiborne Co. Pub. Library, Tazewell, TN 2. Civil War Pension File # 697-117: Marshall L. O'Dell/Sarah (Edwards) O'Dell; National Archives, Washington, D.C. (Copy owned by compiler.) No date has been found for the marriage of Nancy & Lum. Both references agree on her birth date. The C.W. Pension File contains a form completed by Marshall O'DELL citing the dates of birth for all of his living children.
REF: 1. "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES," p 66; Lawrence EDWARDS; Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN.

(10) William Lacy2 O'Dell, (Bartlett1) was born about 1836 in Claiborne County, Tn, and on 15 Aug 1854 in Claiborne County, Tn, married Sarah Ann "Sally" OVERBEY, daughter of Henry OVERBEY and Sylvania OVERBEY, who was born in 1830/1831 in Halifax?/Mecklen, Va.. William Lacy died on 18 Mar 1862 in Knox County, Ky. Sarah Ann "Sally" died in Mar 1905 in (Unknown).
BIO: William Lacy O'DELL was evidently the last of 8 known children born to Bartlett H. and Elizabeth (QUILLEN) O'DELL. Names and ages of William's siblings were originally provided by William J. HEINLE, a descendent of William O'DELL's sister, Mary Pauline LAY. Birthdates have been calculated as closely as possible from census records from 1850 except where more recent data is available. Comments of witnesses in William's Civil War Pension File indicate that William and his future wife, Sarah OVERBEY had been acquainted, and were possibly neighbors as children. Ages, calculated from census records, indicate that the couple was married very early. William would have been only 18; Sarah was somewhat older than her husband. The couple evidently left Claiborne Co., and spent a brief time in Laurel Co., KY, where their 2nd child, John Henry, was born in 1857. Data found in Laurel Co. shows that William's older brother, Jordan, and his wife, Hannah, had moved to Laurel Co. by 1856. It is likely that William and Sarah were visiting with or had gone there with Jordan and Hannah O'DELL. By 1859, William and Sarah were again residing in Claiborne Co. and seemingly remained there until William entered the Unionon Army. There is some question as to the precise date of William's mustering in, but one document states that he "enrolled NOV 18/61 at Camp Calvert, KY to serve 3 years..." William was assigned to Company E, of the 2nd Regiment of the Tennessee Volunteer Infantry. "Private William L. ODLE" died near Camp Cumberland Ford in Knox Co., KY on 18 MAR 1862. He was one of the many young soldiers who died of Typhoid Fever within just a few months of beginning military service. It is of some interest to note that William's brother, Marshall L. O'DELL, enlisted in the U.S. Army at Camp "Cumberlandford" only twelve days before William died. This may indicate that Marshall had gone there, knowing that his younger brother was gravely ill, and that he was present or in the general vicinity at the time of William's death. It is not known, as of JAN 1995, if William's remains were re- turned to the family in Claiborne Co., or if he was buried near the military camp in Knox Co. No record has been found, as of Feb. 1997, for his burial. Although his youngest son was only 14 months of age when William died, his name was carried on through the next two generations. William's youngest son, Isaac Lacey, named his first son "William Lacey". William's second son, William Franklin, born in 1859 also honored his father's memory by naming his first son "Lacy Abner O'DELL". Compiler has documents which show three different dates for the marriage of "Lacy" and Sarah Ann OVERBEY. An affidavit signed by the minister who married the couple, William WILLIAMS, as well as a statement signed by the Clerk of the Claiborne Co. Courts states that the record had been lost, that there was an error in recording Sarah's middle name and that the marriage was "solemnized" on 15 August 1854. One marriage index at the Claiborne Co. Library shows 22 August 1854; another shows 28 August of that year. *********************** March, 1996: Hubert D. O'DELL, grandson of William Lacy, loaned compiler the Family Record Sheets from his mother's Bible. On these sheets, Virginia Margaret (PHELPS), the wife of Frank O'DELL, had spelled her son's name as "Lacy." This child was apparently named for his grandfather, so this may be an indication of the family's traditional spelling of the name. Records concerning William L. O'DELL vary; some spell his name "Lacey" and others "Lacy." ************************ 23 Sept. 1997, compiler's husband found the following information on a computer internet genealogy site: 2nd Tennessee Volunteer Infantry Regiment ODELL, William L.: Private; E; Unk; 21; 18 Nov 1861 - 18 Mar 1862. Non-combat death. Died 18 Mar 1862 at Cumberland Ford KY. Cause of death disease.

REF: 1. "The William F. & Virginia PHELPS O'DELL Family Tree", unpublished genealogy by O.L. and Beverly WARREN; Tulsa, OK 74132 2. U.S. Census, 1850; TN; Claiborne Co.; 7th Subd.; E. Dist.; p. 675; #1348/1348; M.F. # 432-874. 3. U.S. Census, 1860; TN; Claiborne Co.; 2nd Subd.; Tazewell P.O.; p.26; #167/167; M.F. # 653-1244. 4. Civil War Pension File # WC 66-610: William L. O'DELL. ( copy owned by compiler). 5. William J. HEINLE, 219 E. Date Avenue, Casa Grande, AZ 85222. 6. Claiborne County TN Marriage Records: Book 3; p 47. Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN. 7. "CLAIBORNE COUNTY MARRIAGES 1838-1891", Section I - 1838-1868. Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN. 8. Affidavit and "Transcript of Marriage Register", both contained in C.W. Pension File #WC 66-610. (Sworn statement of the minister who performed the marriage of this couple and that of the clerk of the Court in Claiborne Co., TN re date of this marriage.) 9. Family Record Sheets from the Bible of Virginia Margaret PHELPS O'DELL owned by Hubert D. O'DELL, P.O. Box 213, Mentone, IN 46539 (Hubert is the grandson of William Lacy.) 10. Claiborne County TN Home Page, Gen Web, "2nd Tennessee Volunteer Infantry Regiment," found by compiler's husband, E.H. GRUBB, 23 Sept. 1997.

BIO: All reference sources agree that Sarah OVERBEY was born in Virginia. Her son's marriage record in Book H, Laurel Co., KY, specifies Halifax Co., VA. Data sent to compiler by Connie HERRING, citing the book written by Paul OVERBEY, reports that she was born in 1831 in Mecklenburg, rather than Halifax County, VA. "Sally" was enumerated in the home of Henry and Sylvaney OVERBEY, Claiborne Co., TN Census, 1850. Henry OVERBEY's name appears in the Civil War Pension File as a witness for the widowed Sarah, but his relationship is not stated. Sarah's mother's name appears as "Sylvania," "Sylvia" and "Sylvaney", depending upon the document reviewed. Sarah's C.W. file states that "Sylvana" testifies that she was present at the births of each of Sarah's children, but it does not state that she is the mother of Sarah (OVERBEY) O'DELL. Finally in September, 1997, compiler received evidence via Ms. HERRING, that confirms Sarah as the child of Henry and Sylvania OVERBEY. Trusting the 1850-1880 census data as to names, ages and birth- places is questionable. Apparently, neither of Sarah's parents could read or write. It would appear, however, that the family moved from VA to NC about 1835, although they may have returned to VA before moving to Claiborne Co., TN prior to Sarah's marriage to William Lacey O'DELL in 1854. The data from Paul L. OVERBAY's book supports compiler's assumptions. The following is an excerpt from an e-mail letter to compiler from Ms. HERRING, 30 Aug. 1997: According to the book, Henry & Sylvania lived for a time in North Carolina, probably in Granville Co., which is just south of Halifax Co and where some of the OVERBY land was located ... They were back in Virginia, Mecklenburg or Halifax, when Smith was born in 1834. Tax lists indicate they lived in Stokes County, NC, from 1836 to 1840 and were listed there in the 1840 Census. Three children were born there: Herod, John Calvin, and Christina. The next two ...were born in Virginia...possibly Smyth Co. A Henry OVERBEY bought land there in 1846 and deeded it back to the seller in 1856, after moving to Tennessee. The census of 1850 found the family in Claiborne Co., TN ... Around 1865 they moved to Laurel Co., KY, living there until their deaths in the 1880s...

Sarah gives her age as of 22 AUG 1863, when she filed for widow's/ minor child's pension as "34". Calculation indicates a birthdate in 1829; this is one of four possibilities. There is also some conflict on the exact date of Sarah's marriage to "Lacy" O'DELL. Documents in the C.W. Pension File give the date as 15 August 1854; one marriage index in the library at Tazewell, TN gives the date as 22 August 1854, the other says 28 August of that year. Apparently William and Sarah left Claiborne Co., TN for a brief period near the time of the birth of their second child, John Henry, who was born in Laurel Co., KY in 1857. They returned to Claiborne County, TN where the last two children, William and Isaac Lacey, were born in 1859 and 1861, respectively. Isaac, the youngest, was thought to be about 14 months old when his father died in a Unionon military camp in March, 1862. (Two statements in Sarah's Widow's Pension File say that Isaac was two months old when his father died.) About 1865, Sarah returned with her 4 children to Laurel Co., KY. She resided near Laurel Bridge, KY until her marriage to William A. PHELPS in 1874. After the marriage, the family lived in the Bush area (Bush's Store P.O.) near London, KY. In 1875, William PHELPS made application and was given guardianship of Sarah's two children who were still under 16. This helped Sarah in her attempts to obtain the minor-children's Civil War pension. After PHELP'S death Sarah applied again and was granted her widow's pension from William O'DELL's military service. In 1888, she and Nancy O'DELL, Lacey's sister, testified on behalf of Sylvania OVERBEY as she applied for widow's Pension after Henry's OVERBEY's death. At that time, Sarah gave her age as "53". The statement is made that both Nancy and Sarah have known the OVERBY's "since 1850". This would seem to negate Sarah's relationship to Sylvania but compiler suspects the statement was made from Nancy's viewpoint and did not consider Sarah's relationship to the couple. The "Pensioner Dropped" document found in O'DELL's Civil War File gives Sarah OVERBY O'DELL's date of death as "MAR___1905." The place of death was not given in that document. A great grandson wrote in his unpublished family history, that Sarah died in southern INDIANA. The correct place of death and the place of burial are not known by compiler as of Jan. 1995. Her last recorded address with the Federal Pension Bureau was Laurel Bridge, Laurel County, KY. Sarah was found as a "boarder" in the home of Will Henry and Hannah JOHNSON on the 1900 census. Will Henry was a brother to to Sarah's daughter- in-law, Mary (JOHNSON) O'DELL, wife of John Henry "Bud." By 1910, at least three of Sarah's children had moved to IN, first to Montgomery County, near Crawfordsville. It is possible that Sarah was with one of the families at the time of her death, however, compiler has been unsuccessful in finding any record of her death in Montgomery, Vigo, or Fulton Countyies in IN or in Laurel County, KY. No burial site has been found for her.

REF: 1. "The Wm. F. & Va. PHELPS O'DELL Family Tree," unpublished; O.L. & Beverly WARREN; Tulsa, OK 74132. 2. U.S.Census, 1850; TN; Claiborne Co.; 7th Subd.; E Dist.; Dw. #1088/Fam.#1088. Microfilm #432-874. 3. U.S.Census, 1860; TN; Claiborne Co.; Tazewell P.O.; p.26; #167/#167. Microfilm # 653-1244. 4. U.S.Census, 1870; KY; Laurel Co.; Lynn Camp P.O.; p.22; #153/#153. Microfilm # 593-480. 5. U.S.Census, 1880; KY; Laurel Co.; E.D.#57; p.16; #118/#122. Microfilm # T9-427. 6. U.S.Census, 1900; KY; Laurel Co.; E.D.#150; Sheet #9; #154/#156. Microfilm #623-537. 7. Civil War Pension file #WC 66-610: William L. O'DELL (Copy owned by compiler.) 8. "Laurel County KY Marriage Records", Book BB; p. 203; Office of the County Clerk; London, KY. (Copy owned by compiler.) 9. "Laurel County KY Marriage Records", Book H; p.97. Office of the County Clerk; London, KY. (Copy owned by compiler.) 10. Claiborne County TN Marriage Records: Book 3; p 47; Claiborne Co. Public Library; Tazewell, TN. 11. "CLAIBORNE COUNTY MARRIAGES 1838-1891", Section I - 1838-1868. Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN. 12. C.W. Pension File # SC 110437: Henry OVERBEY. (Copy owned by compiler.) Birth year of Sarah OVERBEY calculated from stated age on document.
13. Connie HERRING , desc. of J. Smith OVERBEY; citing "HENRY AND SYLVANIA OVERBEY OF MECKLENBURG CO. VIRGINIA AND THEIR DESCENDANTS 1804-1974," by Paul L. OVERBAY, 1117 Catawba St., Kingsport, TN., pub. 1974.
Children:
+ 60 1 Elizabeth "LIZZIE" Mahala3 O'Dell was born on 9 Oct 1855.
+ 61 2 John Henry "Bud" O'Dell was born on 11 Sep 1857.
+ 62 3 William Franklin "Frank" O'Dell was born on 12 Aug 1859.
+ 63 4 Isaac "IKE" Lacy O'Dell was born on 18 Jan 1862.

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