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Descendants of Richard Odell, Of Newport

26. JAMES6 ODELL (SAMUEL5, SAMUEL4, WILLIAM WOODHULL3, WILLIAM2, RICHARD1) was born 1738 in Shenandoah Valley, VA, and died 1806 in Shenandoah Valley, VA. He married ELIZABETH PLUMLEY. She was born Abt. 1738 in Shenandoah Valley, VA, and died Bef. 1806 in Shenandoah Valley, VA.

Notes for J
Notes from personal research by Flossie "Fern" Odle Wagner (Great-Granddaughter of William and Elizabeth Odle) has the following:

James wife's name was Elizabeth Plumley; very little is known of her; no mention of her has yet been found, except once in a deed. She evidently was dead when James made his will in 1806, as there was no mention of her. (see More about Elizabeth for updated information.)

James was mentioned in his father's (Samuel) will in which he is styled "son". There are records of his sale of real estate and he was appointed surveyor of a portion of highways of Shenandoah County, Virginia, in 1783.

Virginia Revolutionary War records by Brumbaugh list James Odell as a Revolutionary soldier, which entitles his descendants to membership in the Sons of the American Revolution.

James will reads as follows:

In the Name of God. Amen.
I, James Odell of the county of Shenandoah in the state of Virginia, being sick and weak of body but of perfect sense of memory thanks to Almighty God for it, do make and ordain this my last will and testament revoking all other wills heretofore by me made in manner and form following to -- wit:

I recommend and give my soul to Almighty God and touching my worldly good that it has pleased God to bless me with I dispose of as follows:

I give to five sons, James Odell, Abraham Odell, Samuel Odell, Jeremiah Odell and John Odell all of the lands on which I now live and own to be equally divided to them and their heirs forever. All the rest of my estate of what kind so ever, I give unto my eight children, namely, James Odell, Abraham Odell, Samuel Odell, Jeremiah Odell, John Odell, Isaac Odell, Jammie Job and Elizabeth Barnet equally to them and their heirs forever, reserving also to my son John Odell six hogs fit for killing and three for the purpose of his getting in stock.

I do constitute and appoint my two sons, Samuel and Jeremiah Odell, executors of my last will and testament. In testimony where of I have set my and seal this 29th day of May, 1806.

                        James Odell

Acknowledged in presence of us:
James Kendal, Joshua Lampton, Jonathan Odle
Will was proven in Court, July 7, 1806 and settled in 1810.

James Odell was active in all civil affairs in the county during his life and shouldered arms whenever necessity arose.

He lived in Powell's Valley or better known as "Massanutten", from the time he reached manhood until his death in 1806. He was considered a leader among his fellow pioneers of that sections.

At the close of the Revolutionary War, a large number of pioneers drifted in a southernly direction, led by that famous pioneer Colonel John Tipton*. With his band of many families, they made their way down through the valley over 'Ye Old Indian Road' to the Watsuga settlement in what soon became Spencer County, of the old State of Franklin. At that time the Watsuga settlement was a part of North Carolina and governed by that province. They settled in Washington County, North Carolina, now Washington County, Tennessee. The Odell family is recorded as having been among the earliest settlers here. Among this group led by Colonel John Tipton were members of the Denton, Job, Moore, and other families, most of whom at some time or other inter-married. Most of the children of James Odell were with the party.
*Found year of removal of this party was 1782 - see Col. John Tipton for timeline of his travel.

While James Odell lived and died in Virginia, most if not all of his children left Virginia. (Newport/Cocke County, Tennessee Tourism Council -- Online!)
"This site gives information on The Heritage Tour "brochure highlights the ten properties that are listed with the National Register of Historic Properties and lists as #75001744 O'Dell House. The brochure can be picked up at Information Centers on the Interstate. The house is just outside Newport on Hwy 321 across the Pigeon River near the French Broad River (map location #20 describes it as follows: The Gilliland/O'Dell House - The two-story, brick house was built on a stone foundation in 1814 by Abel Gilliland on the south side of the river. (National Register). It is the only remnant of "new Port", the original seat of Cocke County Government, laid out in 1799 on land given by John Gilliland. New Port (known presently as Old Town) lay at the junction of two post roads and at the head of the navigable portion of the French Broad River. The foot-trail, and later, stagecoach, and still later, the railroad, along the French Broad River served as a major route to the Carolinas. In the 19th Century, this route was used for Tennessee livestock herded to market in South Carolina."

It would seem from the name that the house built for Gilliland was later owned by an O'Dell. Research of this property could prove interesting as it fits with the time and migration of our Odle ancestors.
Colonial America, 1607-1789 VA Census Index
Odell, James VA SHENANDOAH CO. 065 1783 TAX LIST

Source: Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, Volume II 1742-1775 by Gertrude E. Gray, page 124:
K-253 James Odell of Frederick Co. 150 acres in said Co. Surveyor John Mauzy. Adjacent to George Julian, Raccoon Run. 21 March 1761.

Colonial America, 1607-1789 VA Census Index
Odell, James VA SHENANDOAH CO. 065 1783 TAX LIST

Land Office Patents & Grants/Northern Neck Grants & Surveys : CATALOG CARD
The Library of Virginia
GRANTEE Odell, James. grantee.
DATE 21 March 1761.
NOTE Location: Frederick County.
NOTE Description: 206 acres on the south side of Back Creek.
NOTE Source: Northern Neck Grants K, 1757-1762, p. 253 (Reel 294).
NOTE Original survey exists.
NOTE Part of the index to recorded copies of land grants issued by the agents of the Fairfax Proprietary between 1690 and 1781 and by the Commonwealth between 1786 and 1874. Original and recorded surveys are also indexed when available. The collection is housed in the Archives at the Library of Virginia.

Land Office Patents & Grants/Northern Neck Grants & Surveys : CATALOG CARD
The Library of Virginia
GRANTEE Odell, James. grantee.
DATE 10 December 1789.
NOTE Location: Shenandoah County.
NOTE Description: 270 acres on Jeremy's Run and on the south easterly side of the South River of Shanandoah.
NOTE Source: Northern Neck Grants U, 1789-1790, p. 512-514 (Reel 300).
NOTE Recorded survey available. Northern Neck Surveys No. 1, 1786-1789, p. 412-413 (Reel 312).
NOTE Original survey exists.
NOTE Part of the index to recorded copies of land grants issued by the agents of the Fairfax Proprietary between 1690 and 1781 and by the Commonwealth between 1786 and 1874. Original and recorded surveys are also indexed when available. The collection is housed in the Archives at the Library of Virginia.
OTHER FORMAT Available on microfilm. Northern Neck Grants, reels 288-311.
OTHER FORMAT Available on microfilm. Northern Neck Surveys, 1-6, A-E, reels 312-320.
Colonial America, 1607-1789 Census Index
Odell, James
State: VA
County: Frederick Co.
Census/Enumeration year: 1764
Census type code: Rent Roll

Odell, James
State: VA
County: Shenandoah Co.
Page #: 065
Census/Enumeration year: 1783
Census type code: Tax List

Notes for E
Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants Volume II 1742-1775 by Gertrude E. Gray, page 179
Matthew Plumlee of Frederick Co., lived adjacent to Elijah and Caleb Odell.
N-215: Matthew Plumlee of Frederick Co. 136 acres. In Powells Fort said Co. Surveyor Thomas Rutherford. On Passage Cr. Adjacent Elijah, Caleb Odell. 13 Sept. 1766
June Potter
Received an old tree that states William Plumlee was the husband of Phebe Denton c 1740
had the following Siblings
Mathew Plumlee m. Abigail
Nathen Plumlee
Elizabeth Plumlee m Jas. Odell
Does anyone know of these siblings as they are new to me?
Children of J
37. i.   ABRAHAM7 ODELL, b. 1760, Shenandoah Valley, VA; d. May 08, 1829, Greenville, Washington Co., TN.
38. ii.   JEREMIAH ODELL, b. Abt. 1763, Shenandoah Valley, VA; d. 1820, Overton Co., TN.
39. iii.   JOHN ODLE, ESQUIRE, b. September 21, 1764, Hampshire Co., VA; d. 1833, Randolph Co., IN.
  iv.   ISAAC ODELL, b. Abt. 1765, Shenandoah Valley, VA; d. Ray Co., MO; m. ABIGAIL MANSFIELD; b. Abt. 1765; d. Ray Co., MO.
  Notes for ISAAC ODELL:
Isaac, it is thought went to the Tennessee settlement about 1806-7.

Since Virginia areas changed during the early years, one did not have to necessarily move to be listed in Virginia, North Carolina or Tennessee; Isearch-cgi 1.20.06 (File: 1790ran4.txt)
RANDOLPH COUNTY, NC - CENSUS - 1790 Randolph County Census
State      North Carolina
County      Randolph
District      Hillsborough
426      Odle      Isaac      1            1      (1 male, 1 female)
In Ruth Webb Odell's bk "Over the Misty Hills, the Story of Cocke Co TN" is this:
pg 122 - JEREMIAH Odell, son of Samuel, fought in the War of 1812 and was wounded on 9 Nov 1813. He moved to Saline Co, MO and gave 15 acres of land on which to found the county seat, Marshall. With him, Bartholomew Guin went from Cocke Co To MO. His wife was Elizabeth Guggey. (Note, I am not sure if Mrs Odell meant she was the wife of Jeremiah or Bartholomew.

Another quote: "pg 122...The three O'Dell families that ventured into the territory before it was known as Cocke Co TN were Samuel (who married Elizabeth Job), Isaac (married Abigail Mansfield) and later moved to Ray Co MO, and Benjamin (who married Mary McKay).
*Note added by author of this update; Samuel & Issac were brothers and sons of James. Benjamin was their 1st cousin and son of Benjamine. Benjamine and James were sons of Samuel of Rye, New York who migrated to Shenandoah Valley, VA\\

pg 120: "The southern O'dells are related to Samuel, Isaac, and Stephen O'Dell, sons of William O'dell 2nd and Sarah Vowels of Rye, Westchester Co, New York. In 1730, the 3rd generation became attracted to the Shenandoah Valley of VA by land grants.
I strongly suggest that if you are researching the early TN Odell/Odle families that you read Mrs. Odell's book. She begins the family with Isaac bc 1749 born in New York, thence to the Shenandoah Valley of VA, then to what is now Greene Co TN and thus to Cocke Co TN. It is a difficult book to follow but more TN Odell data than you will find any place else.

Regards, Bettye
I know this family is fairly well documented from Isaac forward, but I have noticed that there is some confusion as to Isaac's wife, Abigail.

I believe Abigail was a MAXWELL and future generations add support to this with the name of Solomon and the name of Maxwell coming forth in descendant's names.

In 1770 Frederick Co. VA, SOLOMON MAXWELL died, leaving probate papers on file in that county naming his heirs. One of his daughters was MRS. ISAAC ODLE. The land Solomon lived on, however, LATER became first a part of Dunmore Co. VA, then Shenandoah Co. VA. Deeds in Shenandoah Co. VA show that Isaac's wife was ABIGAIL.

Isaac and his family, along with the siblings of Abigail and their families, were among the earliest settlers of Tennessee prior to statehood. Family members settled in Washington Co., but may also be found in early Carter Co. TN records and possibly Sullivan Co. TN records. Isaac's family ended up becoming some of the first settlers of Ray Co. MO, where many members remained many years.

I am not an Odell/Odle descendant, but I am trying to prove that my gggggrandfather, Thomas Maxwell, was a brother to Abigail Maxwell Odell/Odle.

Karylon A. Russell, Box 823, Llano, TX 78643

  v.   SAMUEL ODELL, b. 1768.
  Notes for SAMUEL ODELL:
Samuel, who it is thought migrated to Tennessee about 1800.

This Samuel?
Bride: Lampton, Cathrine
Married 28 Dec 1792
Groom: Odell, Samuel

  vi.   JAMMIA ODELL, b. Abt. 1769, Shenandoah Valley, VA; d. Bef. 1850, Washington Co., TN; m. ENOCH JOB, March 16, 1790, Shenandoah Co., VA; b. 1767, VA; d. August 03, 1850, Washington Co., TN.
  Notes for ENOCH JOB:
Thanks to Ann (Jobe)Brown for the following infomation that she posted to the Internet;
ID: I17651
Name: Enoch JOB
Sex: M
Birth: BET 1763 AND 1767 in Shenandoah Co, VA
Death: 3 AUG 1850 in Washington Co, Tn
Nov 21, 1796 -Shenandoah Co., VA

"Enoch Jobe signs petition to "repeal" an act that exempts Quakers"

His brothers, Thomas and Zachariah and many Odells also signed this petition.

Text of Petition:

"THE PETITION of the inhabitants, citizens of the County of Shenandoah to the speakers and attenders of both houses of of the General Assembly of Virginia Respectfully sheweth That duly sensible of the great and manifold blessings which flow from a well regulated State of Society and strongly attached to the equal priviledges claimed by the People of this Commonwealth which priviledges are distinctly laid down and solemnly recognized by the Bill of Rights and whereas we conceive that these, our Rights, have been infringed by a law act of the General assembly granting to Quakers and Menonites an exemption from militia duty, a sense of which is painful to out feelings and evidently tends to destroy the harmony which should subsist in society and prevent what the law contemplates of there having a well regulated Militia, We, your petitioners, in respectful confidence do therefore most earnestly request that your body will take into consideration the allegations and inconveniencies?? touching?? the said Act and repeal so much thereof as may tend to lay unequal burthens on the people of this Commonwealth by their above recited exemption of Quakers and Menonites."
1802 -Page Co., VA - Mill Creek Church, Minutes Book

"February the 20th day 1802
Church Meeting held at Bro. Absolams house on the 20th day of February 1802. After Divine Worship proceeded to Business. The cause of Bro. John Allen was once more taken into consideration, after some conservation was past we agreed that we would once more send three Brethren to him, to wit John Coonts, Richard Powell, and John Wood to try to settle the matter with him. Bro. John Wood was appointed to go to Bro. Enoch Job to inquire of the reason of his not attending to go to Bro. Samuel Jurdin (Jordan?) to inquire into his walk and order. Jno. Coonts, Mod. Jesse Wood, Clk."

1802 -March 20 - again church was asked to find out why Enoch Job was not attending!

1802 -April the 24th day
A called Church Meeting was held at Bro. John Woods House on the 24th day 1802. After Divine worship proceeded to Business. The cause of Bro. Jno Allen was brought forward once more and as he did not appear to give satisfaction to Church agreed that he shall be cut off and is no more of us. At the same time Bro. E Job came forward and gave the Church satisfaction for his neglecting Church Meetings. Jno Woods, Mod. Jesse Wood, Clk.

1805 -October the 19th
Church Meeting held at Big Springs Meeting House 19th October 1805. After Divine Worship proceeded to Business. The Church took in consideration the case of Brother Enoch Job. It was reported that he was overtaken in liquor and proceeded to fight and the Church agreed to send Bros. James Odell and John Wood to site him to our next Church meeting. John Coonts, Mod. Jesse Wood, Clk.

1806 -January the 18th
Church Meeting held at the Big Springs Meeting House on the 18th January 1806. After Divine Worship proceeded to business. The church took in consideration once more the case of Bro. Enoch Job which he was sited here to this meeting by Bros. James Odell and Moses Moodey. Accordingly he came and made confession to the satisfaction of the Church. John Coonts, Mod. Jesse Wood, Clk.

1807 -April the 18th
Church meeting held at The Big Springs Meeting House on 18th day of April 1807. After Divine Worship proceeded to Business. The case of Bro. Enoch Job was taken once more into consideration, after some discussion on the business the Church think it most expedient to wait with him until the meetin on October next. Received Sister Nancy Walker by letter from Happy Creek Church. Samuel Skelton and Isaac Skelton joined this church by Experience. Meeting adjourned until next meeting in course. (the remainder of this entry is missing, the bottom of the page is torn from the original).

1807 -October the 17th
Church Meeting held at The Big spring Meeting House on 17th October 1807. After Divine Worship proceeded to business. The case of Bro. Enoch Job was once more taken into consideration as he was present was asked to his reasons for going away in the manner he did. He rose and gave satisfaction and then applied for a letter of dismission for him and his wife, which was granted. Then Bro. Coonts also made application for a letter of dismission for Sister Miley Hill which was also granted. Meeting adjourned until next meeting in course.
1822 -Erwin, Unicoi Co., TN (Goodspeeds' History of Tennessee Unicoi County 1897)

"The next Baptist Church established was the Indian Creek, by Jonathan Mulkey, Uriah Hunt and Rees Bayless, June 29, 1822, near the present site of Erwin. The original members were John Edwards,William S. Erwin, John Rose, Thomas Edwards, Joseph Longmire, Nancy McGinsey, Polly Rose, Elizabeth Brown, Hannah Longmire, JEMIMA AND DIANA JOB, Elizabeth, Mary and Lucy Edwards, Rachel and Ella Tilson, Hannah Black. B. Odom, Elizabeth Webb, Ginsey Brown, Jesse Brown, Abel Edwards, William Odom, James and Elizabeth Williams, Peley Tilson, Margaret Carroll, Rachel Ambrose, Barbara Wright, Hugh Harris, Jesse Bayless, Rebecca Deakin,William McGinsey, John Peterson. Abraham and Mary Adle, Stephen and Nancy McLaughlin, ENOCH JOB and Jacob McLaughlin. "
1823 -Washington Co., TN Tax List
Enoch Job - List as owning property in Captain Keefauver's district.
1850 TN Census - Washington Co., TN, p. 404, #1430
Enumerated Nov 10, 1850
Dwelling 1400/Family 1430
Jobe, Enoch - age 83, b. VA      Farmer (Note by Mary Kay; census has, age 83 = b. 1767)
Patience - age 40, b. VA (1810)
Sarah - age 22, b. TN (1828)
James - age 48, VA (1802)
Martha M. - age 19, b. TN (1840)
William M. - age 4, b. TN (1846)
(Note: previous dwelling probable son of Enoch)
Moses Jobe - age 55, b. VA      Mill/?? ???
Rachal - age 30, b. SC
Sarah J. - age 83, b. TN (mother or mother-in-law?)
Father: Moses JOB b: ABT 1738 in Virginia
Marriage 1 Jemima ODELL b: ABT 1772 in Shenandoah Co, VA
Married: 22 APR 1790 in Shenandoah Co, Virginia
Note: Marriage Record - Volume 87 - beginning on page 52
Married by John Koons, a Baptist Minister who lived near Fort Royal, Virginia. (license was dated 10 March 1790)
Mary JOBE b: in Virginia
Rebecca JOBE
Moses JOBE b: BET 1792 AND 1795 in Virginia
Elizabeth 'Eliza' JOBE b: ABT 1800 in Probably Page Co., Virginia
James JOBE b: 1802 in probably Hamburg, Page Co., Virginia
Dinah 'Dianna' JOBE b: BET 1803 AND 1808 in Washington Co, Tn
Patience JOBE b: ABT 1810 in Washington Co, Tn
Erparth JOBE b: BET 1810 AND 1820 in Washington Co, Tn

  Marriage Notes for JAMMIA ODELL and ENOCH JOB:
Virginia Marriages to 1800
Virginia - Shenandoah County
Spouse: Job, Enoch
Odell, Jemima
Marriage Date: 16 Mar 1790

  vii.   ELIZABETH ODELL, b. Abt. 1770, Shenandoah Valley, VA.
Reportedly married a Barnet.

Believe Elizabeth was married twice, her sister Jamima married Enoch Job in 1790;
Virginia Marriages to 1800
Virginia - Shenandoah County
Spouse: Job, Zachariah
Odell, Elizabeth
Marriage Date: 22 Oct 1791

  viii.   JAMES ODELL, b. Abt. 1772, Shenandoah Valley, VA; m. DELILAH FOX, 1799, Jefferson Co., TN; b. Abt. 1772.
  Notes for JAMES ODELL:
According to Fern Odle Wagner's research - James migrated to Tennessee.

(Update) Research note: believe James continued from TN to OH to IN;
Cracker Barrel Crumbs Selected Early - Jefferson County, Tennessee Marriages
"Why are these selected?" you might ask. Well, it's because many Delaware County settlers migrated from Greene and Jefferson Counties, Tennessee. These Jefferson County marriages are included because they are common surnames found in Delaware County, Indiana (and surrounding counties).
FOX, Delilah - ODLE, James - - -1799
War of 1812 Service Records
ODLE, James Trimble's Mounted Regiment, Ohio Vols. and Militia. PRIVATE ENSIGN 156 602
(Note: No James listed who served in TN)

Early Ohio Tax Records by Esther Weygandt Powell, page 66:
VA Military Tract Land in Cinton Co., OH
Gen. Horatio Gates had for his share of the Military Tract 12, 500 acres, which he sold to his son-in-law Dr. James Murray who deeded to settlers as follows from 1803 to 1825:
1803 James Odle
Odle, James OH WARREN CO. 014 1806 TAX LIST

Early Ohio Tax Records by Esther Weygandt Powell, page 179:
James Odell OH Highland Co., Paint Twp. 1810
Odle, Jaems OH HIGHLAND CO. PAINT TWP 044 1820 (looks like transcriber spelled James incorrectly)

(James was still in OH in 1820 which is the first year John was in Randolph Co. I cannot find James in either Ohio or IN after the 1820 census)

  Marriage Notes for JAMES ODELL and DELILAH FOX:
Marriages of Jefferson County, TN 1792-1836, Marriages, 1792-1836, Page 7
No.      Date            Male            Female            Bondman
278      ....1799            James Odle      Delilah Fox      - - - - - - - -

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