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Name: William Franklin (frank) O''dell Note Born: 12 Aug 1859 at Tazewell, , Claiborne County, Tennessee Married: 27 Oct 1889 at Laurel County, , , Kentucky Died: 20 Feb 1948 at Plymouth, , Marshall County, Indiana Other Spouses: Rachel Isabell (bell) Phelps
Father: William Lacey O''dell Mother: Sarah Ann (sally) Overby
Name: Virginia Margaret (maggie) Phelps Note Born: 19 Oct 1870 at Laurel County, , , Kentucky Died: 28 May 1924 at Plymouth, , Marshall County, Indiana Father: William A. Phelps Mother: Elizabeth Caudel
Name: Lacy Abner (colonel) O''dell Born: 26 Jul 1890 at Laurel County, , , Kentucky Died: 23 Sep 1967 at Nowata, , Nowata County, Oklahoma Wife: Frances Harriet (fannie) Williams
Name: Samuel Hartwell (sam) O''dell Born: 25 Mar 1892 at Laurel County, , , Kentucky Died: 17 Oct 1963 at Tucson, , Pima County, Arizona Wife: Alna (billie) Williams
Name: John Gilbert (red) O''dell Born: 29 Jul 1894 at Laurel County, , , Kentucky Died: 26 Jul 1952 at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, Fulton County, Indiana Wife: Sarah Louise Marshall
Name: Sarah Hettie O''dell Born: 17 Aug 1896 at Laurel County, , , Kentucky Died: 22 Apr 1994 at Clark Regional Medical Center, Winchester, Clark County, Kentucky Husband: Russell Nelson Warren
Name: Thomas Leroy (tom) O''dell Born: 27 Feb 1900 at Laurel County, , , Kentucky Died: 8 Sep 1986 at Plymouth, , Marshall County, Indiana Wife: Ethel May Bell
Name: Isaac Mckinley (ike) O''dell Born: 15 Oct 1901 at Laurel County, , , Kentucky Died: 13 Apr 1984 at Dallas, , Dallas County, Texas Wife: Ruby Elzada Bennett
Name: Alcie Elizabeth O''dell Born: 25 Oct 1903 at Montgomery County, , , Indiana Died: 18 Mar 1972 at Jeffersonville, , Clark County, Indiana Husband: Virgil James Gilchrist
Name: Lillie Ruth O''dell Born: 13 Mar 1907 at Montgomery County, , , Indiana Died: Husband: Lester Roy Huston
Name: Callie Opal O''dell Born: 20 Apr 1909 at Big Cabin, , Craig County, Oklahoma Died: Husband: Walter Reed Williams
Name: Hallie Oakel O''dell Born: 20 Apr 1909 at Big Cabin, , Craig County, Oklahoma Died: 23 Jun 1909 at Big Cabin, , Craig County, Oklahoma
Name: Hubert Delmar (knute) O''dell Born: 6 Apr 1912 at Bernice, , Delaware County, Olkahoma Died: 13 Jun 1997 at Warsaw, , Kosciusko County, Indiana Wife: Harriette Elizabeth Warvel
1). bobspu.ged m1. Isabell Bell Phelps m2. Virginia Margaret Maggie Phelps BIO Per the Unrecorded Deeds found on p 12 of the Laurel Co. Hist. Soc. publication, April 1994, the following deed was discovered in a box in the county court house SASSER to O DELL This indenture made and entered into this March 21, 1881 by and between Wm. H. SASSER ...and John H. ODELL...all of ...Laurel... KENTUCKY....for and in consideration of the sum of Eighty dollars... and sold unto the said John H. ODELL...parcel of land lying and being in Laurel County and State of KENTUCKY on the water of CAIN CREEK and bounded as follows... ? WILLIAMS Corner Thence unto the first to the top of the Ridge to a Walnut Corner of Frank ODELL and George PROFITT Thence ...supposed to contain fifty acres more or less... unto the said John H. ODELL his heirs and assigns...attested Evan JONES Dep. Clk for C W WILLIAMS C.L.C. This deed gives some idea of the location of property owned by Wm. F. Frank O DELL and his first wife, Rachel PHELPS O DELL. It also indicates that one of the WILLIAMS families lived in the same general area, although the first name evidently was not readable on the deed. Compiler also found a deed indexed for Laurel Co. Deed Book K, page 256 Grantee W.F. O DELL Grantor W.H. SASSER 26 OCT 1882. Deed was not researched at that time, so it is unknown if this is the same parcel of land or a different one. Frank O DELL was the third of four children born to Sarah OVERBEY and Lacey O DELL prior to Lacey s enrollment in the Union Army. About 3 years after his father s death, Sarah and her children relocated from Claiborne Co., TN to Laurel Co.,KY. In 1874, Sarah married William PHELPS, a widower and the father of Rachel Isabell and Virginia Margaret O DELL. Frank lost his first wife, Rachel Isabell and both of their young daughters in the 1880s. He then married Rachel s younger sister in 1889. Sometime between Oct., 1901 and Oct.,1903, Frank and his family moved to Montgomery County, IN. Then before 1906 they moved again to OKLAHOMA, where three of their children were born before they returned to INDIANA about 1914 and remained there until their deaths. Frank was a staunch Baptist, and delighted in singing the old gospel hymns such as Amazing Grace, which he had learned and had taught in Shaped note School in KY. Compiler remembers little about this grandfather, but among the sketchy memories, there is a mental picture of Frank O DELL, thick gray hair, heavy mustache, rocking in a large old wooden rocking chair on the porch of his daughter s home outside Argos, IN. As he rocked, Grandpa slapped the old rubber fly swatter on the arm of the chair in rhythm with the mountain style version of Amazing Grace that he was singingand as he sang every one of the 5 verses from memory, tears trickled from the corners of his ancient brown eyes. April, 1996 compiler received three letters from Frank O DELL s youngest son, Hubert. In the letter dated 25 March 1996, Hubert wrote the following comments about his father ...My Dad, and uncle Sam, my brother, drove down to Tennessee to see My dads Cousin one Marshall O DELL years ago to try to find out something about the O DELLs but they found out nothing, and they thought they were considered nosing in... ...My Dad, what little book larnin he received, was at a school where the only book there was belonged to the master and his lessons was sung to him and he and the other kids would repeat the same wordsthe teacher would say with the same tune like Kaintuckey, Frankfort, on the Kaintuck River. Of course their pencils were...pieces of slate to write on... And concerning his mother s role as sole parent in raising the children ...I don t want youto think my dad was a no good piece of worthlessness, he was a good, Christian, honest hard working man that would do anything for a neighbor. When he left Kentucky he became a fiddle foot who couldn t keep Kentucky out of his memory. So you see, Us O Dells never had much and never accumulated much but we were raised to believe if your word meant nothing you were poorer than us Hill Billies. My dad made sorghum molasses when we first came to Ind. from Okla... July 1996 Compiler found a court record from 1891, Laurel Co., KY, wherein W.F. O DELL was appointed guardian for Nancy O DELL, female, 11 years old, heir of W.F. O DELL, dec d...Entered bond... The Nancy O DELL mentioned would have been the second child born to Frank and Bell PHELPS O DELL.Compiler has no idea why this appointment was made it has been suggested that it might have been the result of an estate settlement after the death of William A. PHELPS. Bell, one of the daughters of Wm. PHELPS, would have inherited a share of his estate. Since she and her daughter, Virginia Ann, both died about the same time as William PHELPS, it could be that her share was passed on to Nancy D. in trust. Since Nancy was only 11 years of age, it is likely that a guardian would have been appointed forthat trust. REFERENCES 1. The William F. & Virginia PHELPS O DELL Family Tree, an unpub. genealogy by O. L. and Beverly WARREN Tulsa, OK. 2. BRANCHES of LAUREL, publication of the Laurel Co. KY Historical Soc. Vol. 9, 2 Apr 1994 pp 12 & 13 Unrecorded Deeds also Vol. XII, No. 1 Feb 1997 Laurel Co. Gen. Marriage Index p 25. 3. U.S. Census 1880, KY Laurel Co. Mag Dist 4 E.D. 57 p 42 348 364. Microfilm T9 427. 4. Laurel Co. KY Marriages Book I Sec. O. O DELL, W.F. to PHELPS, R.I. Office of Co. Clerk London, KY. 5. Laurel Co. KY Marriages Book N p 235 O DELL, W.F. to PHELPS, V.M. Office of Co. Clerk London, KY. 6. Microfilm Laurel Co. KY Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1852 1900, Laurel Co. Pub. Lib. London, KY. Birthrecord 15 OCT 1901 Isaac, M O DELL 7. Information relayed to compiler by her mother, A. Elizabeth O DELL GILCHRIST dec d 1972 , dau. of W.F. O DELL. 8. Callie O. O DELL WILLIAMS 501 Penn. Ave. Plymouth, IN. dau. of W.F. O DELL. 9. Funeral Register of W.F. O DELL owned by Claudia GILCHRIST DEEN, grand dau. Corydon, IN. 10. Civil War Pension File WC66 610 William L. O DELL Sarah A. O DELL PHELPS. Copy owned by compiler. 11. U.S. Census 1870, KY Laurel Co. KY McHargin Voting Prec. Lynn Camp p 22 153 153. Microfilm 593 480. 12. Family Records from the Bible of Virginia Margaret PHELPS O DELL, wife. Sheets owned by Hubert D. O DELL, son, P.O. Box 213, Mentone, IN 46539. compiler s uncle 13. Letters to compiler from Hubert D. ODELL, youngest son of Frank Address above. 14. Laurel County Cort Order Book J 245 and L.C. Guardian Bonds 1875 1893 Office of the County Clerk London, KY. Source Elizabeth Ann Gilchrist Jun 1998 Beehler.GED&O Dell.GED
2).  bobspu.ged  10 children  BIO  Compiler knows very little about her Grandmother Virginia Margaret except a few details related to her by A. Elizabeth O  DELL, compiler  s mother. From the time of  Lizzie  s  birth, Virginia Margaret had a crippled leg. Per  Lizzie,  hermother cut the bottom from a cane bottom chair. By putting her crippled leg on the chair, Virginia Margaret used it like what we now know as a  walker , which enabled her to carry out the tasks of caring for her large family. Compiler particularly remembers stories that portrayed this grandmother as a quiet spoken, philosophical woman who must have held to considerable mountain superstition.  For example, following her eldest daughter  s elopement, she, out of great disappointment chided the girl with  hopes that  Hettie  would not live to regret having been married in black.    Virginia Margaret had been in the process of making a pink dress for the bride when they decided to elope . On the day when  Lizzie  mashed her finger between the pump and the pumphandle in a fit of temper, Virginia Margaret prophesied that  ... Lizzie  will go to your grave with this reminder of your quick temper...    And she did!  Virginia lost her own mother soon after she was born  she was raised by her father, her older sister and her stepmother, Sarah OVERBEY O  DELL PHELPS, who was reputed to be  very difficult.  Virginia  s husband, Sarah  s son, was also a demanding and difficult person  her life as his wife and mother to ten children was far from easy.  She spent a great amount of time as a  single parent  because of her husband  s frequent travel. Pictures of Virginia Margaret in the early 1920s show her as a rather stout woman, whose posture was  tall and erect   as was her daughter Elizabeth  s .  She had a rather squareface, dark hair and eyes  her long hair was braided and the braids wound around her head. Her two oldest daughters wore their own hair in this same style in their middle years, and showed great resemblance to their mother. There has been argument among compiler and her siblings about our grandmother  s  real name.   Compiler remembered always hearing Margaret Virginia.  Some of the siblings argued for Virginia Margaret.  The O  DELL Family Tree Book records her name as Virginia Margaret.  When compiler finally re examined Grandma  s tombstone, she had to yield   the stone reads  Virginia Margaret...  March 1996   Compiler received a letter from Hubert D. O  DELL, Virginia  s youngest son.  The pages from his mother  s Bible which contain handwritten family records show her name as  Maggie V.   Apparently she was called  Maggie , but whether the Virginia was a middle name or whether she simply preferred to use her middle name is not known. One of the Family Record pages contains the following notation in what seems to be a man  s writing  Frank O  DELL  s??    William F. Odell and Maggie V Phelps was Maried Oct the 27 1889.  On another page from the same Bible, in what appears to be the same writing and the same green ink is written,  Maggie Phelps 18?0   maybe   70was Bornd Oct the 19 18?0     looks like   90 in one place, then directly under it is another  1890  with lines drawn through it.                            Maggie  died when her youngest son,  Knute  was about 11 years old. A final note of tribute to her was expressed by  Knute  in his letter to compiler   I never got to know my mother very well, but I have heard my older brothers say,  no one ever done so much with so little to do with   as my mother in raising us offsprings. She was the power behind the throne.                        April, 1996    Another letter from Hubert D. O  DELL to compiler contained the following passages   My mother had a sister, Alcie, whom she was very fond of and whom I never seen  they corresponded regularly and Aunt Alcie sent my mother a   setting   of silver laced wyandotte chicken eggs, I guess they were what you would call   pretty   but as I remember theireggs werent any different than mothers old   domineckers.  ...and my mother came to Indiana to   take care   of aunt Alcie when she gave birth, my Mother liked Indiana so much that she told my dad that she was going to move   out of that God Forsaken hole  ...My mother and Aunt Alcie were very close and Uncle Ike and my dad were close... ... My Mother could read  and  write, after a fashion, but she was the one that really raised us kids, for instance, according to aunt Hetty, my 2 brothers Sam and Red wouldsend money home during W.W. I and mother used her money the boys sent home and bought a milk cow with it. I dont want you to think my dad was a no good piece of worthlessness, he was a good, Christian, honest hard working man that would do anything for aneighbor.  When he left Kentucky he became a fiddle foot who couldnt keep Kentucky out of his memory...  Examination of the 1920 Census for Fulton County, IN showed Virginia M. O  DELL as 49 years of age, born in KENTUCKY.  She reported that she was able to read and write, that her father was born in VIRGINIA and her mother in KENTUCKY.  At the time of this enumeration, Virginia and her husband had seven children residing in their household   John G., 25, Thomas L., 19, Isaac M., 18, Alcie E., 16, Lillie R., 12, Callie O., 10 and Hubert D., 7. The  BRANCHES OF LAUREL  reference listed below gives the date of marriage for this couple as  10 26 1889 , probably the day the application was filed.  REF  1.   U.S. Census 1880 KY  Laurel Co.  Mag Dist  4  E.D. 57  p.16   118  122  M.F.  T9 427 2.   Alcie Elizabeth O  DELL GILCHRIST, dec  d  Mother of compiler and dau. of Virginia Margaret PHELPS. 3.   THE FAMILY TREE OF WILLIAM FRANKLIN O  DELL AND VIRGINIA MARGARET PHELPS O  DELL, unpublished genealogy compiled by O.L. and Beverly WARREN  Tulsa, OK.  grandson of Virginia Margaret PHELPS.  4.   Laurel County, KY Marriage Records   Book N  p 235  O  DELL, W.F. to PHELPS, V.M.  27 Oct. 1889.  On file, LaurelCo. Ky. Clerk  s Office  London, KY.  5.   Tombstone inscription   O  DELL, William F. and Virginia M, His Wife  South Germany Zion Cemetery  Fulton Co. IN. 6.   Callie O  DELL WILLIAMS  501 Penn. Ave., Plymouth, IN   daughter  7.   Family Record Sheets from the Bible of Virginia Margaret PHELPS O  DELL. Sheets owned by Hubert D. O  DELL, P.O. Box 213, Mentone, IN  46539. 8.   Hubert D. O  DELL  address above   Letters to compiler in 1996. 9.   U.S. Census 1920 IN  Fulton Co., Richland Twp., ED  71  Sheet  11  1. MF  T625 433. 10.   BRANCHES OF LAUREL,  Vol. XII, No. 1  Feb 1997   p 25  excerpted from  Laurel Co. Gen. Marriage Index  by Ann PATTON, Laurel Co. Hist. Soc.  London, KY Source  Elizabeth  Ann  Gilchrist Jun 1998 Beehler.GED


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