Family Group Sheet data from: Pat O'Dell:
Philander Odell
birthdate and birthplace
16 Feb 1791 Manchester, Bennington Co, Vermont
death date, place
05 Jan 1873 Whetstone Twp, Crawford Co, Oh
Stewart Cem, Whetstone Twp, Crawford Co, Oh
1st marriage
Sep 1822 Liberty Twp, Crawford Co, Oh: Sarah "Sally" Bacon
2nd marriage
08 Oct 1852 Crawford Co, Oh [Vol4 p141] Mrs Pamelia Bacon - divorced
Sarah "Sally" Bacon
birthdate and place
04 Oct 1805 Lake County, Oh
deathdate and place
13 Aug 1850 Whetstone Twp, Crawford Co, Oh
Stewart Cem, Whetstone Twp, Crawford Co, Oh
Ralph Bacon
Mary "Polly" Jordan
#1 Clarissa Odell born 01 Jun 1823 Whetstone Twp, Crawford Co, Oh
#2 Laura Odell born 04 Nov 1824 Whetstone Twp, Crawford Co, Oh
married 21 Sep 1846 Crawford Co, Oh [Vol2 p286]: William C. Parson
#3 Clark Odell born 25 Nov 1828 Whetstone Twp, Crawford Co, Oh
married 05 Dec 1850 Marion Co, Oh: Mary Nichols
died 31 Jan 1892 Mason Twp, Taylor Co, Ia
buried Memory Cem, East River Twp, Page Co, Ia
#4 Sarah "Sally" F/P. Odell born 26 May 1827 Whetstone Twp, Crawford Co, Oh
married 27 May 1847 Crawford Co, Oh [Vol3 p19]: Barrack Holmes
divorced 20 Mar 1863 Crawford Co, Oh
died 24 Jul 1875 Bedford, Taylor Co, Ia
buried Bedford City Cem, Bedford, Taylor Co, Ia
#5 Eli M. Odell born 08 Sep 1833 Whetstone Twp, Crawford Co, Oh
married 26 Aug 1860 Crawford Co, Oh: Barbara Hockertt
died 03 Feb 1881 Mason Twp, Taylor Co, Ia
buried Memory Cem, East River Twp, Page Co, Ia
#6 Asenath Odell born 25 Nov 1834 Whetstone Twp, Crawford Co, Oh
married 26 Jun 1856 Crawford Co, Oh: James Morrow
died 31 Oct 1905 Ohio
buried Biddle Cem, Sandusky Twp, Crawford Co, Oh
#7 Melancthon Odell born 14 Nov 1836 Whetstone Twp, Crawford Co, Oh
married 06 Nov 1867 Crawford Co, Oh: Edith Swonger
died 17 Jul 1911 Sturges, LaGrange Co, Ind
buried Keithly Cem, near Howe, Ind
#8 Abiel Odell born 05 Sep 1839 Whetstone Twp, Crawford Co, Oh
married 09 Jun 1864 Crawford Co, Oh: Emily Warner
died 27 Mar 1871
buried Stewart Cem, Whetstone Twp, Crawford Co, Oh
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1821 - Land Office: Ohio - Delaware - 160.5 acres - 26 Dec 1821 Crawford Co, Oh sec 3 twp 3-S R 17-E
80 acres - 26 Dec 1821 Crawford Co, Oh sec 4 twp 3-S R 17-E
1828 - Deed Crawford County, Ohio -
1831 - Deed Crawford County Vol 2A, page 110
Philander Odell sold land bounded on north by 40 acres of land sold by Daniel Ketchum to said Odell [5 or 6 acres] to Seldon & Lydia Fields for $20. June 15, 1831. Witness James Stewart & Clarissa Bacon. Filed for record Aug 26, recorded Sep 2, 1831
1837 bough land from Jacob Leonard and wife Lydia Volume 5 page 292
1852 Philander and wife Pamelia sold land to Abial Odell $15 45acre
1852 Philander and wife Pamelia sold land to Clarissa Odell $500 30acres
1853 Philander and wife Pamelia sold land to Clarissa Odell $50 5acres
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."
1881 - History of Crawford County and Ohio, Baskin, Battey Historical Publishers, Chicago.
page 543 - "The northern half of the township was settled eight or ten years before the southern half. This was because a location near Bucyrus was desirable, though, in a few, years, the settlers began to build their cabins near Whetstone Creek, where spring; of pure, living water were found. As near as can be ascertained, the settlers came into the township as follows: In 1820, John Kent, Seth Holmes, Joseph Young, Noble McKinstry, Ralph Bacon and a Mr. Willouby: in 1821, John King, Philander and Eli Odell, Samuel Parcher, Asa Howard, Zalmon Rowse, George Hancock and a few others: in 1822, Hugh Stewart and his five sons, William, John, James, Hugh and Joseph, all over twenty-one and all unmarried, Phillip Clinger, Samuel Van Voorhis, John Stien, Henry Harringer, John Beckwith, Benjamin, George, .John and Lyman Parcher, brothers of Samuel, who had come out the year before, Christopher Bear, Heman and Abner Rowse, William Hamilton, Archibald Clark John Campbell and several others: in 1823. Hugh Trimble, George Poe, Cornwallis Reese, Daniel Jones, James Faloon, James Armstrong and others; in 1824. Robert Reed, Charles Chambers, James Henderson, Isaac and Caspar Eichelberger and others : in 1825. Adam Keifer, John Lininger and Robert Walker: in 1826-27, many came in; in 1828. David Savage, John Heinlen, John Brehman Isaac Boyer, Robert Walker, Oliver Jones and others. Many more came in during the years that have been mentioned, but their names are forgotten. The majority of these settlers were from New England or the Middle States, and, with but few exceptions, located on the three tiers of sections on the north. Among the most prominent of the early settlers was the family of Hugh Stewart. This man had come from Ireland. and had lived many years in Cumberland County, Penn. In 1821, he left Pennsylvania, and traveled twenty-four days with his family in a wagon drawn by four horses, arriving at Mansfield, Ohio, where his family remained, while he went to Whetstone Township, Crawford County, Ohio, to select a farm."
[page 545] The Rowse family were among Whetstone's earliest and most intelligent citizens. Their family history accompanies this work. It is more than possible that John Kent located in the township in 1819, as he had an acre or more cleared around his cabin in the summer of 1820. During that summer, and for a few subsequent years. Seth Holmes lived in a small log shanty in Kent's door yard. He was an old bachelor, and had the care of an aged father and mother on his hands a task he performed with filial love and devotion 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.