Family Group Sheet data from: Pat O'Dell - genpat@netins.net [see list below]
husband
Eli Odell
birthdate and birthplace
02 Aug 1803 Vermont
death date, place
03 Dec 1875 Winterset, Madison Co, Ia
burial
Winterset, Madison Co, Ia
1st marriage
25 Apr 1825 Marion Co, Oh: Asenath Parcher
father
 
mother
 
wife
Asenath Parcher
birthdate and place
08 Mar 1799 Waterbury, Washington Co, Vermont
deathdate and place
12 Jun 1882 Winterset, Madison Co, Ia
burial
Winterset Cem, Madison Co, Ia
father
Daniel Parcher
mother
Patience Harford
CHILDREN
#1 Noah Nelson Odell born 11 Aug 1826 Whetstone Twp, Crawford Co, Oh
married 26 May 1847 Crawford Co, Oh, [Book 3 p 18]: Lydia Field
died 27 Jul 1892 Brooks, Adams Co, Ia
buried Brooks Cem, Adams Co, Ia
#2 Solomon Odell born 19 May 1828 Crawford Co, Oh
married 21 Nov 1850 Crawford Co, Oh, [Vol 4 p39] : Frances McCaskey
died 05 Feb 1905 Winterset, Madison Co, Ia
buried Winterset Cem, Madison Co, Ia
#3 Cynthia A. Odell born 1829 Crawford Co, Oh
married 28 May 1854 Crawford Co, Oh [Vol4 p240]: David Shull
died 07 Nov 1860 Madison Co, Ia
buried Winterset Cem, Madison Co, Ia
#4 Martha Jane Odell born 16 Apr 1832 Crawford Co, Oh
married 08 May 1854 Crawford Co, Oh [Vol4 p236]: John Nicholas Arthur
died 03 Sep 1897 Adams Co, Ia
buried Brooks Cem, Adams Co, Ia
#5 Mariah Maria Odell born 08 May 1835 Crawford Co, Oh
married 13 May 1853 Crawford Co, Oh: James Harold [Chimert] Kemmis
died 21 Mar 1856 Crawford Co, Oh?
buried  
#6 Bethiah Odell born 08 Jul 1837 Crawford Co, Oh
married -- Sep 1864 Albert Wilson Campbell
died 03 Jan 1892 Adams Co, Ia
buried Nodaway Cem, Adams Co, Ia
#7 Mary Etta "Ettie" Odell born 1843/4 Crawford Co, Oh
married Casper Armbrest/Ambrest
died 31 Jan 1908 Madison Co, Ia
buried Winterset Cem, Madison Co, Ia

NOTES:

researchers -

Fred Odell : fodell@iowatelecom.net

Candice Lauver : a.lauver@worldnet.att.net

Bernard J. Havens: inbernie@aol.com

Dean Morrow : deanmorrow@bellsouth.net

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Note - from Bernie Havens 2006 - I have a copy of a letter that Eli wrote to his son Noah in December, 1858 in which he mentions that he had written a letter to Noah's Uncle Melanithon in Canada but hadn't gotten an answer yet. He also said that he had received a letter from Philander Odell who was also in Canada and he had mentioned Melanithon.

 

1881 Crawford County, Ohio History - page 545 - Eli and Philander Odell were among the earliest settlers. Eli was a cabinet-maker, and began manufacturing a limited quantity of rough furniture as early as 1826. Between 1840 and 1850, he gained great notoriety as being prominently connected with a well-traveled underground railroad. He publicly avowed it to be the moral and social duty of every man to assist the runaway slaves in escaping to Canada, and to render obnoxious the law requiring a rendition of escaping slaves wherever found. He made no concealment of the fact that he fed and carried every runaway that came to his dwelling to the next point nearer the slave's earthly paradise Canada. He was careful, however, not to be caught in his acts, and thus escaped the clutches of the law. The slaves were brought to him by Peter West, who lived near New Winchester, and who also openly avowed his helief in the sin of slavery, and his intention to thwart the laws he believed to be unjust and unholy. It is likely that these men assisted dozens of slaves in escaping to Canada. Just where the slaves were conveyed from Odell's house is a mystery that has not yet been cleared up, but was probably to some citizen at or near Annapolis.

[page 543] ...in 1821, John King, Philander and Eli Odell, Samuel Parcher, Asa Howard, Zalmon Rowse, George Hancock and a few others:

 
Land Office Delaware, Ohio - 30 Jun 1827 Crawford Co, Oh Sec 9 Twp 3-S R 17-E -Eli Odell
1829 - Crawford Co, Ohio: Eli Odell bought land from Wm Cooper
 
Census:
 
1830 Crawford Co, Ohio
Eli Odell
1 male 30/40 [1790-1800]
1 female 30/40 [1790-1800]
1 female 10/15 [1815-1820] visiting relative?
1 female /5 [1825-1830]
2 males /5 [1825-1830]
 
1830 - Crawford Co, Ohio: Eli Odell bought land from Elihu Dowd
1833 - Crawford Co, Ohio: Eli Odell bought land from Simeon Parcher
1833 - Crawford Co, Ohio: Eli Odell bought land from Martin Bacon
1835 - Crawford Co, Ohio: Eli Odell bought land from Ab Holmes
1835 - Crawford Co, Ohio: Eli Odell bought land from Nehemiah Squire
 
 
1840 Crawford Co, Ohio [this actually says Eli Ogle]
Eli Odel
1 male 60/70 [1770-1780]
1 male 30/40 [1800-1810]
1 female 30/40 [1800-1810]
2 males 10/15 [1825-1830]
1 female 10/15 [1825-1830]
3 females 5/10 [1830-1835]
1 female /5
 
1850 Crawford Co, Ohio #124
Eli Odell, 47, male, farmer, $300, born Vt
Asenath Odell, 52, female, born Vt
Solomon Odell, 22, male, born Oh
Cynthia A.Odell, 20, female, born Oh
Martha Odell, 18, female, born Oh
Maria Odell, 15, female, born Oh
Bathia Odell, 13, female, born Oh
Mary E. Odell, female, born Oh
Jacob Slagle, 5, male, born Oh [nephew]
 
1850 Nov 20 - Marriage of Solomon O'Dell to Frances McCaskey, Vol 4 page 39. Signed by Clark O'dell
 
1860 Madison Co, Iowa, Winterset, #1013
Eli Odel, 57, male, mechanic, born Vt
Asenath Odel, 63, female, born Vt
Bethiah Odel, 20, female, born Oh
Marietta Odel, 16, female, born Oh
Effa J. Odel, 7, female, born Oh
 
1868 From Bucyrus Journal, Bucyrus, Ohio, May 8, 1868, page 3; article about early Crawford County settlers
Pioneer Letter #4
 
Whetstone was also one of the early organized townships. Among the earliest settlers in that township were Esi Norton, Frederick Garver, Heman Rowse, Christopher Bair, John Kent, Nathaniel Plummer, Henry Harriger, Hugh Stewart and his sons James and Joseph, old Mr Scott and three or four sons, William Cooper, George Hancock, John and Edward Campbell, Daniel and Oliver Jones, Archy and George Clark, James Armstrong, George Poe, Benj Warner, George Walton, S.N. Vanvoorhis, Ralph Bacon, two families of Odells, Mr Ketchum, Hugh Trimble, Asa Howard, Wm Moderwell, Mrs Parcher, two daughters, and six sons. Of these six sons only one, Benjamin, is now living, and there are few, if any other persons living in the county who have been here as long as he has; he is now 82 years of age and has lived in the county 46 years."
 
 
1870 Madison Co, Iowa, Scott twp, #197 [living with Casper Armbrest]
Casper Armbrest, 27, male, farmer, born Oh
Mary Armbrest, 26, female, born Oh
Maggie Armbrest, 3, female, born Iowa
Rose Armbrest, 7/12, female, born Iowa
Eli Odell, 67, male, carpenter, born Vt
Asenath Odell, 72, female, born Vt
Effa Kenynert, 16, female, born Oh [Kemmis]
 
 
1875 From Winterset [Iowa] Madisonian, Dec 9, 1875, page 6
"On Sunday last Mr Eli Odell was buried. He had reached the great age of seventy-three and the giving out of nature, more than disease, ended his natural career. He was of the oldest citizens of our place -- not only in years but in residence, and was highly respected by all who knew him. A large concourse of people followed his remains to the cemetery."
 
 
1880 Madison Co, Iowa, Center twp, #405.442
Dr O.F. Burt, 48, physician, born Oh father born Oh mother born Va
Sarah Burt, 44, wife, born Oh, parents born Oh
Maud Burt, 20, daughter, born Iowa, parents born Oh
Acenith Odell, 81, boarder, born Vt parents born Vt
Effie Kemmis, 26, boarder, born Oh, parents born Oh
 

 

 
 
 
 
Whetstone was also one of the early organized townships. Among the earliest settlers in that township were Esi Norton, Frederick Garver, Heman Rowse, Christopher Bair, John Kent, Nathaniel Plummer, Henry Harriger, Hugh Stewart and his sons James and Joseph [Ireland and Penn], old Mr Scott and three or four sons, William Cooper, George Hancock, John and Edward Campbell, Daniel and Oliver Jones, Archy and George Clark, James Armstrong, George Poe, Benj Warner, George Walton, S.N. Vanvoorhis, Ralph Bacon, two families of Odells, Mr Ketchum, Hugh Trimble, Asa Howard, Wm Moderwell, Mrs Parcher, two daughters, and six sons. Of these six sons only one, Benjamin, is now living, and there are few, if any other persons living in the county who have been here as long as he has; he is now 82 years of age and has lived in the county 46 years."