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Family Sheet

Name: Samuel Hartwell (sam) O''dell Note Born: 25 Mar 1892 at Laurel County, , , Kentucky Married: 25 Mar 1921 at Illinois, , , Died: 17 Oct 1963 at Tucson, , Pima County, Arizona Father: William Franklin (frank) O''dell Mother: Virginia Margaret (maggie) Phelps
Name: Alna (billie) Williams Note Born: 20 Mar 1893 at Ellis Island, , , New York Died: 2 Jun 1990 at South Lake, , Tarrant County, Texas Father: John Peter Williams Jr. Mother: Alma Sjostrom
Name: John Williams O''dell Born: (suppressed / living) Died: Wife: Barbara Jane (barb) Ward
Name: Harold James (jim) O''dell Born: (suppressed / living) Died: Wife: Sanita Bibo
Name: Alna Coleen O''dell Born: (suppressed / living) Died:
Name: Felicia Lee O''dell Born: 25 Nov 1932 at Wabash, , Wabash County, Indiana Died: Abt 1933 at North Manchester, , Wabash County, Indiana
Name: Patricia Dee (deedee) O''dell Born: (suppressed / living) Died: Husband: James Lee Vorhis
1). bobspu.ged REF 1. The William F. & Virginia PHELPS O DELL Family Tree compiled by O. L. and Beverly WARREN, Tulsa, OK. 2. Compiler A few personal memories and some family reports 3. Family Record Sheets from the Bible of Virginia Margaret PHELPS O DELL. Sheetsowned by Hubert D. O DELL, dec d June, 1997. 4. John W. O DELL, son letter and amended family group sheets sent to compiler, Nov. 1997. 5. Patrica D. O DELL VORHIS, daughter, 501 Ratcliff Dr., New Boston, TX 75570 2218. Letter to compiler, 13 Jan.1998 BIO Uncle Sam had a beautiful tenor singing voice according to family reports. As he aged, his voice was strongly affected by the palsy type of involuntary movement that was visible in his head and hands. Even his speaking voice became shaky and unsteady. Compiler was never told what caused this problem, but apparently there was some hereditary factor, since Sam s younger sister, Callie, exhibits similar symptoms, as did Ike, their brother. Sam seemed to have been more visibly affected by this problem than his siblings, however. His daughter, Pat, wrote in a letter to compiler, 13 Jan. 1998, Part of physical problem was Dad s being shell shocked in WW I. Compiler s husband made contact with John, Sam s eldest son, via mail in October, 1997. John responded to the request for additional data, and returned the family group sheets with appropriate corrections as well as additional data on his parents and maternal ancestors. Per John O DELL, ...As I understand again, my mother and dad met in Colorado when dad was confined to the hospital where mother was working. Dad served in WW I, but mother was never in the service... Compiler had stated in earlier biographies that Aunt Billie was a registered nurse on active military duty. Compiler was notsure when the family moved from INDIANA to OHIO, but in her letter Jan., 1998 , their youngest daughter, Pat wrote that the move took place in 1941. They lived for many years in Springfield Clark Co. OHIO. After Sam and Billie retired, they moved toTucson, where they stayed until after Sam s death in 1963. Then Billie moved to TEXAS to be with Pat and her family. At the time of Sam s death, his sister, Elizabeth, had never been on an airplane. When she was notified of his death, there was no other way to get there in time for the service. In spite of her fear, she and other family members living in northern Indiana agreed to meet in Chicago and fly together. March, 1996 Sam s youngest brother, Hubert, loaned compiler the Family History Sheets from his mother s Bible. Two entries were found concerning the date of Sam s birth on one sheet in green ink, apparently in a man s writingis, Sammil H Odell was bornd March the 25 1892. On another page, in a more feminine hand is a list of all Frank O DELL s children the fourth entry is, Samuel H. O dell were Borned March 25 1892. In darker, heavier ink is added Laurel Co Ky. Source Elizabeth Ann Gilchrist Jun 1998 O Dell.GED
2).  bobspu.ged  REF  1.   The William F. & Virginia PHELPS O  DELL Family Tree  compiled by O. L. and Beverly WARREN, Tulsa, OK  unpublished genealogy.  2.  John W. O  DELL, son  5308 E. 2nd St., Tucson, AZ  83711  written response to compiler  s request for data on the family of Samuel H. and  Billie   WILLIAMS  O  DELL, Nov. 1997. 3.  Patricia D.  O  DELL  VORHIS, dau., 501 Ratcliff Dr., New Boston, TX 75570 2218.  Letter to compiler, 13 Jan. 1998  4.  Letter to authorities at the Statue of Liberty Mem., written by Alna  s sister, Ruth  WILLIAMS  ALEXANDER, 17 April 1979.  Letter contains story of their parents   lives and the birth of the twins at Ellis Island. Letter transcribed in its entirety in  BIO  for Alna  s mother, Alma  SJOSTROM  WILLIAMS.  BIO  Compiler  s first memories of  Aunt Billie  were of her  no nonsense  manner of speaking. As a child, compiler was more than a little frightened of this relative. In later years, it became obvious that this was simply her manner and there was nothingto fear. Still, it often seemed that she  barked  orders and compiler  s impression was that she might have been a good military officer! It was not until compiler began genealogical research that she realized that Billie O  DELL had been born at ELLIS ISLAND.  In the fall of 1997, compiler  s husband made contact with Billie  s son, John W. O  DELL, via a letter and copies of the data compiler had at that time.  One of the specific requests for information concerned the story behind  Billie  s  birth on EllisIsland.  John responded as follows, in a letter to compiler 13 Nov. 1997   As I understand, my grandparents came to the United States as indentured servants, lived and married in Iowa or Nebraska.  They then went to Europe. When they returned to this country, my grandmother was expecting and gave birth on Ellis Island to two twin girls, Alma and Alna. It is documented that they were the first twins born on Ellis Island.  Concerning compiler  s initial report that  Aunt Billie  had served as a nurse in themilitary during WW I, John wrote    As I understand again, my mother and dad met in Colorado when dad was confined to the hospital where mother was working.  Dad served in WW I, but mother was never in the service.  John also provided the name and place of birth of his maternal grandfather  he did not give his grandmother  s name, but recorded that she was born in SWEDEN. Died source  Social Security Death Index 1937 1995  Family Archive CD 110  Broderbund Source  Elizabeth  Ann  Gilchrist Jun 1998 O  Dell.GED


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