Notes for Bartlett H. O'DELL: NOTE: According to "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES, Revised and Updated," page 279, Bartlett H. O'DELL "...Came from North Carolina to 'the Barren Country' of Claiborne County, TENNESSEE about 1800. EDWARDS also cites dates of death for both Bartlett and his wife, Elizabeth (QUILLEN). Per the 1850 Census, Bartlett reports that he was born in NC; some reports specify "Washington County", some say "Washington District" and some say only "NORTH CAROLINA." Both census records and Elizabeth (Quillen) O'Dell's application for Widow's Pension state that Bartlett was born in "North Carolina". Data collected from several descendants of Bartlett O'DELL give 1785 as his year of birth. Where this date originated is unknown, however calculation of his age on various documents would support this. Lawrence EDWARDS uses this specific year of birth for Bartlett. Bartlett's parents are unknown. Excerpts re the ODELL lineage, borrowed from descendents of John H. O'DELL contained information from the book, "OVER THE MISTY BLUE HILLS," by Ruth WEBB O'DELL. There is some speculation that Bartlett's parents' given names were "John O'Dell/ODLE" and "Margaret". One candidate for the father of Bartlett was John ODELL, the son of Benjamin, Sr. who came with his family down the Shenendoah River Valley to Haywood and Buncombe Counties in NC. This John and his wife, were reported to have been shown with six children by the time of the enumeration of the 1800 census in Buncombe County, NC. The father, Benjamin ODELL, Sr. and the brother, Benjamin, Jr., of this John "ODLE" also appear in Buncombe County on that census record. Buncombe County Deed Books show a sale of property in 1813, wherein John ODELL, "of Pendleton District South Carolina," was one of the parties involved. Unfortunately, the 1800 census enumeration shows no males in the "10-16" age range where Bartlett should have been. All six children shown on this enumeration of John ODELL's household were under the age of ten. There was, however, a male of the right age group in the home of Benjamin O'DELL, Sr. per that census. There are reports that a John ODEL/ODIL, living in the Shenandoah Valley, and later in Washington County, TN, married a Margaret DENTON, widow of his good friend, John DENTON. There is some speculation that this may have been Bartlett's father. Compiler has been able to find a reference to this marriage, but the wife's name appears to have been "Sarah" rather than Margaret. Another John ODIL, who resided for a time in SOUTH CAROLINA, later in Maury County, TN, and who eventually died in Graves County, KY, has also been considered as the father of Bartlett. There has, in fact, been no conclusive evidence that one of these or any other known "John ODELL/ODLE/ODIL/O'DELL" was Bartlett's father. Attempts to locate Bartlett on census records prior to 1840 have been unsuccessful. He apparently lived in someone else's household even after his marriage to Elizabeth QUILLEN, since his name never appears as the Head of the Household before 1840. Bartlett was on tax lists of Washington County, TN in 1814 and 1815, but he claimed no property in either of these accountings. Obviously, however, Lawrence EDWARDS' report that Bartlett was in "the Barren Country" of Claiborne County by 1800 is not accurate. The marriage of Bartlett and Elizabeth (QUILLEN) is on record in Washington Co., TN. Bartlett was an officer in the TN Militia in June, 1813. He was a veteran of the War of 1812. Per pension file records, he "was drafted at Jonesborough, TN on or about the 13th day of November, A.D. 1814 for the term of six months...." He was discharged 18 MAY 1815 after, serving six months and six days. Elizabeth's and Bartlett's family appears on the U.S. Census in Claiborne Co., TN in 1840. Compiler has searched neighboring counties in 1820 and 1830, but has been unsuccessful in locating Bartlett in any of these census records. In October, 1997, compiler received a photocopy of pages from "THE PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF Claiborne County, TN, 1801-1988," from Eva (WELLS) McCARTY, another descendent of Bartlett O'DELL. Recorded on pages 24, 25 and 26 of that book, appears the following: "...Free Male Inhabitants, Twenty-One and Upwards, 1833." Page 26 contains the name of "Bartlet ODLE." This data confirms that Bartlett was in Claiborne County at least by 1833, but since he was not shown as the head of a household on the 1830 census, it would appear that he arrived there between 1830 and 1833. In the Pension File, Jesse and Mary Jones, friends of the O'Dells, testified that they had known Bartlett before and at the time of his marriage "near Jonesborough, (TN)," in Washington Co. TN; they (the JONES family) had moved to Claiborne Co., TN "some years afterward, as did Bartlett and his wife, Elizabeth, (and) have been neighbors to said parties since that date...". Per Deed Book Z, Bartlett contracted for the purchase of 200 acres in Claiborne Co. in 1854; however, the original deed was evidently lost and not recorded until Jan. 1860 (probably as a part of the probate settlement after Bartlett's death). According to the 1854 document, the property "...being the Same place whereon the Said Odell now lives and was conveyed from Said Cain to the Said Odell Some years since which conveyance is lost or mislayed without being recorded..." Although errors in reporting were not infrequent on census records, the informant in the household of Bartlett's son, Quillen O'DELL, in Franklin County, AR, in 1850, reported that Quillen was born in VA. Also, the informant in the household of McKindry EDWARDS in 1880 reported that McKindry's mother, "Artiemacey" (the daughter of Bartlett O'DELL), was born in VA. Since both of these children of Bartlett's, at other times were reported born in TN, this may not be significant; however it is possible that one or both of them could have been born in VA, indicating that Bartlett and his family went to VIRGINIA between the time they lived in Washington County, TN and the time they appeared in Claiborne County. (There is some evidence that the QUILLIN/QUILLEN/McQUILLEN family resided in VA, but no definite connection of Elizabeth QUILLEN O'DELL and those QUILLENs has been made.) Compiler has searched various Virginia records, but has not located Bartlett in any of them. From the contents of Bartlett's Pension Files, it appears that he filed in 1851 and again in 1855 for Bounty Land. One document from the Department of Interior indicates that the claim was re-examined in 1856. There is no confirmation that this bounty land was ever granted. In 1871, shortly after the enactment of a new widow's pension law, Elizabeth QUILLEN O'DELL filed for a pension from the military service of her husband. She evidently was granted a pension in the amount of eight dollars a month until her death in 1873. Two application numbers do appear in the pension file, along with the applications and sworn statements of Bartlett's witnesses. It is possible that Bartlett was granted the land, but did as many other veterans of the day, and sold the warrant to someone else. This possibility, however, has not been researched. There have been several researchers/family genealogists that have recorded Bartlett's middle name as "Henderson". Compiler has been able to find no documentation for this. It may be of some interest that Bartlett's daughter Louisa Eliza O'Dell Nelson did use the "Henderson" name for one of her children, and it appears in succeeding generations of the Nelson line.
REF: 1. "Genealogical Helper Magazine, Jan-Feb. 1991, Computerized Roots Cellar", pg 233 (Query published by compiler; response from Wm. J. HEINLE, desc. of Mary Pauline O'DELL LAY.) 2. U.S. Census 1840; TN; Claiborne Co.; pg.228 (copy provided by Wm. J. HEINLE, desc of Barlett H. O'DELL.) 3. U.S. Census 1850; TN; Claiborne Co.; 7th Subd. E. Dist.; pg.674; #1349/1349. M.F. #432-874. 4. William J. HEINLE; 219 E. Date Ave.; Casa Grande, AZ 85222; desc. of Mary Pauline O'DELL LAY --dau/o Bartlett H. O'DELL. 5. "Marriage Records of Washington County TN 1787-1840"; GRAMMER and MULLINS; Genealogical Pub. Co., Baltimore, 1975. pg. 10. 6. "Washington County TN Marriages 1780-1870", G.F. BURGNER, Southern Hist. Press, Inc.; Easley, SC, 1985 "Records found at Jonesboro, TN", pg. 10. (Ref. also explains "Washington Co., TN was formed from Washington District, NC). 7. "Record of Commissions of Officers in the Tennessee Militia,, 1796-1815." Compiled by Mrs. J.T. MOORE, Lib. & Archiv.; State of TN, 1947. pg.215 "Washington County Commissions" - O'DELL,Bartlett. 8. Civil War Pension File #WC66-610; Wm. L. & Sarah A. O'DELL-PHELPS (Copy owned by compiler.) 9. "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES," Lawrence EDWARDS; Claiborne Co. Pub. Library; Tazewell, TN 10. Deed Book Z, pp 182-184; Recorder's Office, Claiborne County Court House; Tazewell, TN. (Copy of deed owned by compiler.) 11. "Index to War of 1812 Pension Files" Vol. II; J-Z, transcribed by Virgil White. Index located at Henderson Co. Pub. Lib, Hendersonville, NC. 12. Military Pension File #WC 2049 & Bount.Lnd. WT #37502-80-55 and WT #11123-80-55: Bartlett H. ODELL; National Archives, Wash., D.C. (Copy owned by compiler.) 13. Tax List of Washington County, 1814-1819, p 5; MF #639; Jonesboro, TN Library. 14. Marjorie WALSH, 4309 W. Atlantic - Apt. 917; Coconut Creek, FL ; desc. of Bartlett O'DELL. 15. Ben L. O'DELL, 1808 N. Roan St.; Johnson City, TN; desc. of Bartlett O'DELL. 16. Eva McCARTY; 616 Miller Road; Clinton, TN; desc. of Bartlett O'DELL. 17. "OLD SPEEDWELL FAMILIES, Revised and Updated," by Lawrence EDWARDS and Joy EDWARDS DAVIS; Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib.; Tazewell, TN. 18. "THE PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF CLAIBORNE CO. TN., 1801-1988," pp 24-26, "Claiborne County, Tennessee Free Male Inhabitants, Twenty-One and Upwards, 1833," photocopy provided by Eva (WELLS) McCARTY, 616 Miller Rd., Clinton, TN 37716. (Book probably on file at Claiborne Co. Pub. Lib., Tazewell, TN.)
More About Bartlett H. O'DELL: Burial: Unk. Census: Bet. 1840 - 1850, Claiborne County, TN. Military service: 1811, Commissioned Lt. in TN Militia.490 Occupation: Farmer.491, 492 Property: 1854, Purchased 200 acres from Jesse CAIN, Claiborn Co. TN.493 Residence: 1833, Claiborne County, TN.494
More About Bartlett H. O'DELL and Elizabeth QUILLEN: Marriage: 06 Aug 1813, Washington County, TN.495, 496, 497, 498
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