Monday, July 11, 2011

The firey and confusing Odum family

Please send corrections or new information to Susan Aldridge at This is a work in progress.

there are definitely questions as to which Abraham married Sybill Barnes -the ca 1700 brn or the 1725-and I think it was the earlier one and she did NOT have a child in 1780 as so many people are saying. This has to be wrong. I will continue to work on it. Here is an Odum site you can peruse-

1790 census Edgefield SC with Jacob Odom at the time of George Washington's visit to Martha Watson, new wife of Jacob Odom, and widow of Capt. Michael Watson and herself born a Watson as well.

This land was situated in the District of Ninety Six on Dry Creek waters of Mine Creek bounding n'ward on James Cox, S'ward. The house was a 2 story log cabin belonging to a revolutionary war widow Martha Watson Odom near her brother Arthur Watson. Martha was born a Watson in Nov 1753 and died Sep 1817 in Ridge Spring, Edgefield Co, SC, but had also married a Watson (Capt Michael Watson). Her parents were John and Ann Murphy Watson

Martha Watson's new husband was Jacob Odum. She lived in her house with her Watson children: Elijah 15, Kesiah / Keziah, Patience, Sarah, Mary with husband Ezekiel Perry, as well as her new baby Nancy Odom. The census shows 2 men over 16 (Jacob Odom and Ezekiel Perry), 1 under 16 (Elijah) and 6 women (Martha, Patience, Mary, Kesiah, Sarah, baby Nancy) and 6 slaves. Gen. Washington was paying his respects and thanking her for her late husband Captain Michael Watson's service and death of wounds received at Deans Swamp (near present day Salley, SC) 5 May 1782. The escorts stayed in nearby homes, as there was not room for everybody to stay here.

Matha's Watson children were Elijah b: 18 MAY 1775 in Johnston County, NC, Mary b: 12 Aug 1769 m. Ezekiel Perry, Kesiah m. Robert Carter Willis Sr, Patience m. Anderson, Sarah m. James Perry.

When the family buried her, they failed to mark her grave because the Watson family opposed the marriage, perhaps because she was so wealthy and had inherited 1700 acres thru Michael Watson. or perhaps the high spirited nature of the Odoms was not appealing to the Watsons. Jacob's sister Milly Odum who had married Capt Benjamin Ryan was known to be a woman "of high spirit" (according to Capt. John Ryan his brother) and not against assaulting a man and being fined for it. Milly was very good with money and kept it well locked up and she ended up being murdered in her own home after she re married to Samuel Marsh. Samuel was the only one at home at the time, but had no explanation how Milly could have been murdered.

Martha Watson Odom's marker was placed later in the Watson cemetery at Ridge Spring SC, not mentioning her marriage to Jacob Odom:
"In memory of Martha, a loyal patriot widow of Capt. Michael Watson of Revolutionary Fame."

Court record:
Name of complainer. Odum, Martha etal
Name of complained against. Watson, Arthur etal (her brother)

Box number 68, pack number 3468, year 1804.
Abstract of contents.
Martha widow and admin of James Odum of Edgefield, dec. Formerly the widow of Michael Watson of Edgefield. Orators inc: James’ only son, Elijah Watson with Ezekiel Perry and Mary Perry. William Anderson and Patience, James Perry and Sally, Robert Willis and Kesiah. 4 dtrs - named in Michael Watson’s will (dt. May 6, 1782), 300 acres to widow. Cloud’s Creek goes to Ezekien bound by Warner?, Cusack Allen. 550 acres. Arthur Watson, Robert Stark (written Clark?) execs. Problems. 8 tracts of land in Edgefield and Orangeburgh. 1700 acres. Jacob Reed, Ephriam Ramsy. Inventory. Thomas Cunningham 1795. Sales Names inc Henry Pendleton, Richard Johnson, John Whitsell, Nicholas Eveliegh, John Body, many others. WILL: Michael Watson. Wit: Robert Stark, William Withers, Richman Watson. accts: Many names.

Children  of Richard Odom
Abraham Odom b: 1680 in , , Dublin, Ireland
Anne Odom b: 1682
John Odom b: 1684
Jacob Odom b: 1685 in SC
Elizabeth Odom b: 1686
Aaron Odom b: 1687 in , Edgecombe, North Carolina
Jane Odom b: 1688
Marriage 2 Spouse Unknown
Children  Richard Odom b: 1665

Richard Odom died only a few years before his son 
Born: 1644 Upper Parish, Nansemond, Virginia)
Died: 12 Aug 1727 Chowan, North Carolina

2nd generation after Richard Odum
Jacob Odom
Born: 1685 Nansemond, Virginia
Died: 1735 Bertie, North Carolina
Spouse Susanah
3rd generation

Sarah Odom F 1707
Richard Odom M 1708
Thomas Odom M 1709

Abraham J. Odom Sr M abt 1695-1705 in Granville, South Carolina died 1760 in Edgefield SC married Sybill Barnes Married: 1717 in Chowan, North Carolina
     children of Abraham in
      4th generation-
     Sibbell Odom b: 1718 in Chowan, North Carolina
     Abraham Jr Odom b: 1725   marrried ?
     David Odom b: 1727  
     Dempsey Odom b: 1731 in Gates, Gates, North Carolina,
     Jacob Odom b: 1733   Jacob Odom and Martha Watson had a child named Nancy who married a Craven (according to Edgefield Co Court records). Jacob had other brothers and sisters according to court records.
    Alice Alcey Choctaw Odom b: 1740 in South Carolina, USA

May 14, 1748 Wts: Richard Cheek, John Good, Abra. J. Odom

Old Albemarle And Its Absentee Landlords P 641
"The Vanns, Rogers, and Langston's according to old records lived near SARAM CHAPEL, an old landmark in what is now Gates County, which was at the head of SARAM CREEK in the BENNETT'S CREEK section. There were two Indian towns not far from this same settlement. One of these was near the mouth of Meherrin River which was occupied by the Meherrin Indians. In fact, Indians were all around them at that period and it was much later when the Indian lands were laid out lower down on the Morratuck or Roanoke, in the bounds of present Bertie County NC. Among the neighborhood of these families were the Ross family, the Odums, the Hayes, the Barnes, Jones & Williams, as well as the Alstons and the Daniels, with whom they were intimate and with which they probably intermarried then and later."

A deed recorded in Craven County, South Carolina, on December 23, 1760 shows William Hunter “of Northampton County, NC” purchasing 350 acres for 500 pounds from the estate of Robert Rogers (7) and in 1760, another deed shows a purchase of 2 plantations in South Carolina, one for 200 acres, and another for 150 acres, for 665 pounds, from Abraham and Sibby Odum of Craven County, SC (8). Both deeds were witnessed by a William Hunter, Jr., and the second by Henry Hunter. All three tracts were described as being on the south side of the Wateree River, bounded by the river on the north and east sides. This land was probably on the eastern boundary of Richland County, or near Camden in Kershaw Co Sebielia "Sibby" Barnes.

Deed Abstract 1719-1772, Vol. IV, 1767-1773, Books 1-3-E-4, page 108 lists Snodin Kirkland, planter, selling land to Abraham Odom, Jr., planter, both of Granville County, 300 acres in St. Peters Parish, bounding NW on Snodin Kirkland & vacant land on 24 Jan., 1770. His wife Sibbell (no last name) was witness with him. 

Abraham Odom Sr. 1695-1705 Death: Feb 1771 in Edgefield Co, SC Will proved 6 Apr 1771, at Pipe Creek. Abraham, Sr., Odom, born about 1705, probably in Chowan NC . From: Floyd H. Lawon, Nov 1998.
Will proven April 6, 1771. He mentions his plantation on Pipe Creek in Granville Co, and the tract of land on the Savannah River (Edgefield), formerly owned boy Dennis McClendon and McClendon bought from Mr. LeLoatch. Abram Odom Sr. was granted land March 23, 1755. His will was proved 6 Apr . 1771. He died in Granville Co, S C . The "History of Richland Co, SC" shows how early settlers moved up the west bank of the Wateree. Fought the Cherokee Indians. Were among the original grantees whose grants formed part of this plantation were....Abraham Odom...23 Mar 1755. Chowan Co Precinct, NC, Conveyances: W 1:240=10 Oct 1734 Abraham Odam, of Chowan to Henry Dillday, for 63 pounds, a carcel of wodland ground bequested to Abvraham in Last Will and Testament of Richard Odiam (Brother), dated 10th day---1728. W 1:289-10 July 1735 Abraham Oduim to William Walthers and his wife, Sarah, for 30 barrels tar, 100 acres woodland graound near the main road between Baraham Odium and one Edward Daughte. W 1: 270= Nove 1735....another 290 acres....for 96 barels of Merchantable Tar. CB C"196 Abrahm Odam of Chowan Co, to Walter Brown, for 10 pounds, 100 acres on south. Note (It appears that this Abraham was selling off land in preparation for moving. We find him next in South Carolina. Tar must have been easy to sell and profit from at the the time and place. There was a Tarr River in Edgecomb County NC.

1732 Chowan Court. Edward Dowdy of Nansemond Virginia sold to Abraham Odom 320 acres joining land of William Waters and John Hambleton.

deed 1735 from Abraham ODAM or ODUM, James BARNES and Edward VAnn witnesses

Abraham Odom and his wife Sebell of Edgecomb Co. deed to John Sumner of Chowan Co. 12 January 1746. Witnessed by Gregory Stallings, William Sumner, Joseph Sumner (Deed Bk. 3, p. 61, Hoffman, p. 79).

Indenture found In Book W. W., pp. 250 – 255: Abraham Odam and wife to William Hunter, dated 6 March, 1760, states that Abraham Odom and wife, Sibby, of Craven Co. in consideration of the sum of 565 pounds do sell two plantations - - - on south side of Wateree River, to William Hunter, of Northampton Co., Province of North Carolina.

"The wife of Snowden (Kirkland), Sybil, may have been the daughter of Abraham Odom who's family and immigration pattern follows closely to the Kirklands. Richard Odom, Abraham's father, owned land in Nansemond Co., Virginia and moved by 1715 to Chowan Co., North Carolina. This region eventually becomes part of Edgecombe and Granville Counties in which the Kirklands are documented to have lived. Abraham Odom submitted three petitions for land on the Wateree River in South Carolina on 18 Dec. 1754 on which the Kirklands had filed claims. Both Abraham's wife and a daughter were named Sybil. They started to sell their land on the Wateree River on the 6th March of 1760 and moved to Georgia by 1764. They seemed to have moved back to South Carolina with at least two purchases on the waters of the Savannah River in 1767. These are the same regions in which Robert and Snowden Kirkland had tracts of land. Snowden's property was adjacent to Abraham Odom on Pipes Creek in South Carolina. The circumstantial continuous relationship from Virginia days is very strong and indicates for Peacock and a few other researchers the probability of a marital relationship between Abraham Odom and Snowden Kirkland. No marriage record, probate record, or church record has verified this conclusion." [Peacock 101-103]

will of Jan 30, 1771, which was witnessed by Parker Carradine. lists his daughters, Mary Carradine, Sarah Rook and Nancy Lalothe.

Colony of South Carolina Compiled by: Paul R. Sarrett, Jr.
Records of 1716 to 1783 Internet:
L Name F Name Date Co. St Type Township
--------------- -------------- ---- -------- -- ---------------- ------------------
ODAM , Hezekiah 1779 Colony, South Carolina Resident Old 96th DISTRICT also 1790 census
Odom , Abraham 1779 Colony, South Carolina Resident Old 96th DISTRICT
Odom , Jacob 1779 Colony, South Carolina Resident Old 96th DISTRICT 1790 census
Will dated 13 Mar. 1771 Charleston, South Carolina, proved 6 April 1771, Granville Co., South Carolina. Will does not mention a wife, but states "each son and each daughter is to have the slaves already in their possession".

"The History of Richland Co., South Carolina" shows how "early settlers moved up the west bank of the Watersee, 1742 . . . fought the Cherokee Indians . . . among the original grantees whose grants formed a part of this plantation were . . . Abraham Odam (March 23, 1755)."
He had land of Pipe Creek in Granville Co. Believed to have come to Cheraws Dist., South Carolina, from eastern North Carolina.
There is a South Carolina deed abstract, 1764, Abraham Odam formerly of Craven Co., South Carolina, now of Georgia sells land. Unknown which Abraham this might have been.
Information on Abraham's ancestors comes from a book, "The Wise Family of Louisiana and the related families of Hunt, Collins, Odom, Zachary, Sweat," by Erbon W. Wise, 1961

2nd generation after Jacob:
In his will in what became Edgefield District Abraham / Abram J. Odom Sr.
 mentions his plantation on Pipe Creek in Granville Co, and the tract of land on the Savannah River, formerly owned by Dennis McClendon and McClendon bought from Mr. DeLoatch. Abran Odom, Sr, was granted land 23 Mar 1755
Jen J:
Marriage: abt 1724
Abram b 1725 in Barnwell, South Carolina
Dempsey b abt 1731
(1800 census of Barnwell Co., South Carolina. On page 58B William Odom and DEMPSY Odom.) [59A] the No 15 on that page is DAVID Odom
Jacob 1733
David b 1750? in Marlboro, South Carolina died 1800 in Natches District, Pickering Co., Mississippi
Mary abt 1745 married 2nd Parker Carridine who was involved in the West Florida rebellion against the Spanish and was arrested and taken to New Orleans.
Mary went to Mississippi with her 2nd husband Parker Carridine and her 3 sons, John, Joshua and William Collins. Also along was her brother, David Odam. In "Natchez Postscriptins 1781-1798" by Carol Wells, it says that Mary Carradine petitioned Don Carlos De Grand Pre on March 5, 1781, saying she was a widow with 3 children when she married Parker Carradine. She says she had 3 negroes and much property belonging to her 3 children, and that she now has 8 children, is expecting her 9th and is destitute of property and without substance.)
Sarah abt 1740 m. Rooks?
Nancy 1742 m. De Loatch?

1779 Old 96th
Page Num. 56, Colony of South Carolina County: Ninety-Sixth District
Database: SC Early Census Index
O350 ODOM, Abraham in 1779 Old 96th D SC (Edgefield) No Twp. Listed 1725Barnwell Member of the First Council of Safety of the Revolutionary Party Of SC and was on the jury list of old 96th Districy, SC for 1778-79 -died 1787 Abram Odom is shown as being at the Battle of Cowpens, SC, on 17 Jan 1781
O350 ODOM, Jacob in 1779 Old 96th D SC No Twp. Listed
His wife Martha had married Michael Watson 
b: 10 APR 1726 son of WILLIAM WATSON and PENELOPE NEVILLEthen Jacob Odom married widow Martha Watson dau of John Elijah Watson and Ann Blair Murphy (Will recorded in Probate Judge's Office at Edgefield, SC in Book A, Page 29 and was made the 4th of April, 1788.m. July 10, 1740 Isle of Wright County, VA. Both Mary and Martha had married Odums before this date. Wife: Ann  Sons: Arthur Watson, Willis Murphy Watson, Jacob Watson, William Watson, John Watson  Daus: Charity Anderson, Ceale Watson, Mary Odom, Martha Odom, Lucretia Jones

The children of John Elijah and Ann Murphy Watson m. 7 JUL 1740 were:

2. i. ARTHUR2 WATSON, b. 1745; d. 1806.
ii. JACOB WATSON, b. 1747. born in Edgefield District, SC, died in TN
iii. WILLIAM WATSON, b. 1749.
iv. JOHN WATSON, b. 1741.
v. CHARITY WATSON, b. 1751. m. John ANDERSON
vi. WILLIS MURPHY WATSON, b. April 04, 1743.
vii. LUCRETIA WATSON, b. 1755. m. Jones
viii. MARY WATSON, b. 1756 married William ODOM / Odum
3. ix. MARTHA WATSON, b. November 1753; d. September 1817, Ridge Spring, Edgefield Co., SC Will recorded in Edgefield County, SC in Book B, Page 397. It was probated November 4, 1817. m. Michael WATSON and Jacob ODOM

In the Journal of North Carolina Geneological Society, Vol IX, #3, P 136, Jacob Odom received from Captain Nathan Harrells Company, 100 acres in Hertford, (final payment), Aug 1783. Aabram Odom received 100 acres in Bladen Co, NC, "in the Dreams of Sholeel being the place where Truman Fry lives, beginning at pine...John Odom received 2200 acres on 22 Oct 1753, Bladen Co, "on Hog Swamp, the place he now lives." This just may be the Abram Odom (1725) whose daughter married Peter Ingle, and whose other daughter married John Manasco, of Walker Co. 18 Jul 1767, 250 acres deeded to Abraham Odom Jr, St. Matthews Parish, SC. Signed by Abraham Odom Sr for Abram Odom Jr, from Jasper Library, courtesy of John R. Manasco, Cordova AL.

George Odom, Thomas Odom, and Abram Odom left wills in Barnwell Co, SC. Abram Odom Jr is believed to be the same Abram who was listed in the Will of Abram Odom Sr.

Abram Odom was listed in the History of Ellis Co, TX and the TN Geneological Society magazine, "Ansearchen News," Jul-Sept 1968 Edition, page 124, "Jacob O. Ingle," along with Paul (Paulser) Ingle, as being at the battle of Cowpens Jan 17, 1781. JJ Boyd says that Abram Odom was in the 5th SC Regiment during the Revolutionary War.

This person decided she couldnt tell which was which- I am not sure either, so it just says Odum-
..... 2 Sealy ODUM d: Bef. 1817
......... +HOLLAND
............ 3 Priscilla HOLLAND
................ +NEWMAN
..... 2 Milly ODUM d: 1816
......... +Benjamin RYAN b: Jul 21, 1745 d: Nov 11, 1813 Father: Benjamin 
..... *2nd Husband of Milly ODUM:
......... +Samuel MARSH m: 1815
*... 2 Willis ODUM
..... 2 Jane ODUM
..... 2 Abraham ODUM d: Bef. 1817
............ 3 Abraham ODUM
............ 3 Nancy ODUM
............ 3 Vicey ODUM
............ 3 Milly ODUM
............ 3 Lewis ODUM
............ 3 Jancy ODUM
............ 3 Sally ODUM
............ 3 Benjamin ODUM
..... 2 Jacob ODUM d: Bef. 1817
............ 3 Nancy ODUM
..... 2 Lewis ODUM d: Bef. 1817
............ 3 Sealy ODUM
..... 2 Mary ODUM d: Bef. 1817
......... +Sampson WILLIAMS
............ 3 Theophilus WILLIAMS
............ 3 Jane WILLIAMS
............ 3 Patty WILLIAMS
..... 2 Michael ODUM d: Bef. 1813

"I have a Willis Anderson Owdum who connects to my Dean ancestor - not the 
direct line, but thru a different son":

Descendants of Willis Anderson Owdom
1 Willis Anderson OWDOM b: Nov 1826 in Edgefield Co, SC d: May 01, 1903 
Burial: Dean Family Cemetery, Edgefield Co, SC
.. +Nancy Caroline DEAN b: Jan 01, 1828 in Edgefield Co, SC m: Aug 16, 1849 
in Edgefield Co., SC d: Mar 12, 1902 Burial: Dean Family Cemetery, Edgefield 
Co, SC Father: Bryant 'Bryan' DEAN Mother: Teresa "Trecy" HILL [Bryant 
Dean's father is my 4-g-grand]
..... 2 William Watson OWDOM b: Abt. 1851
......... +EMMA b: Abt. 1861
............ 3 Lizzie OWDOM b: Abt. 1879
..... 2 James Benson ODUM b: Abt. 1853 in SC
......... +Sallie G. b: in SC
............ 3 Earnest OWDUM b: Apr 16, 1884 d: Jul 19, 1885 Burial: Dean 
Family Cemetery, Edgefield Co, SC
..... 2 Theophilius A. 'Orphie' OWDON/ODOM b: Abt. 1858 in SC
......... +Carrie E. b: Abt. 1862 in SC
............ 3 Clifford W. ODOM b: Sep 1879
..... 2 Eller J. OWDOM b: Aug 12, 1860 d: Aug 29, 1864 Burial: Dean Family 
Cemetery, Edgefield Co, SC

from the Watson family enclosure in the Ridge Spring Cemetery, Ridge
Springs, Saluda County, South Carolina. Martha's son's marker:
"Sacred to the memory of Elijah Watson, Sen. who was born the 18th of
May, 1775 and departed this life the 20th day of May, 1811. Aged 66
years and 2 days" ??
watcem.psd (1134728 bytes) When the family buried her, they failed to mark her grave because the family opposed the marriage, perhaps because she had inherited 1700 acres thru Michael and felt being a rich widow she should be more selective?

"In memory of Martha, a loyal patriot widow of Capt. Michael Watson of
 Revolutionary Fame."

All children of Abram/Abraham Odom/Odum 1705 in Chowan County NC:
1. Jacob Odum 17-- 1st married unknown 2nd in ca 1785 widow Martha Watson b: Nov 1753 Edgefield had child Nancy 1780 who m. Craven. Martha Odom (widow) is over 45 in 1810 census.
2. Abraham Odom Jr. b 1725? Barnwell SC of Edgefield died 1812 Shown to be at the battle of Cowpens, SC 17 JAN 1781 married Sebielia "Sibby" Barnes  b ? died 1779?
From Floyd H. Lawson, November 1998:
Abraham Odom Jr
Ann "Nancy"
Amelia " Milly"
Jacob Odom 1771–d. 1845 in Jackson, MississippiLewisJane "Jancy" Odom b ca 1778 Died:16 Dec 1816 Pinson, Jefferson, Alabama She is believed to be buried near the Peter Ingle Spring, where Peter Ingle built a home and lived before he departed for Blackwater Creek, now Winston Co, AL, near where the Ingle-Wakefield Cem, in 1826. FHL Marriage 1 Peter INGLE b: ABT. 1761 in Germany
  • Married: ABT. 1804 in Franklin County, Georgia
  1. Has Children William Henry INGLE b: 1805 in Franklin County, Georgia
  2. Has No Children George Washington INGLE b: 1807
  3. Has No Children Sarah C. INGLE b: 1809
  4. Has No Children Elizabeth INGLE b: 1812
  5. Has No Children Peter Jack INGLE b: 24 Oct 1813
  6. Has No Children Jacob Odom INGLE b: 21 Feb 1816
  7. Has No Children Andrew Jackson INGLE b: 1820
Sarah "Sally"
Elizabeth Lovica Odom  "Vicey" b: 20 JUN 1780 moved to Franklin Cty GA with Dr John Manasco and then to Walker Co AL
Benjamin Odom Sr moved to Morgan Co GA b ca 1744? died 1801 He furnished supplies to the Military in the Revolution.

6 Dec 1758 died 11 Dec 1822 in South Carolina

3. Amelia / Emilia "Milly" Odom b 17?? murdered May 1816 m.
1st Capt. Benjamin Ryan of Horns Creek who died 11 November 1813. Benjamin's brother Lt. Lacon Ryan b. 6 JAN 1747/48 had died. Benjamin's brother Capt. John Ryan and wife Martha moved to Walton Co GA. John's brother Lacon Ryan's orphans were Benjamin Ryan Jr of Morgan Co GA and daughter Sarah Ryan Gallmann/Coleman.
4. Lewis Odom 1758 left Edgefield Co and is believed to be dead
Celia Odom m. Boatright lived in Marlborough Dist. -child Sarah Beasley?
Lewis Odom 1802 in South Carolina thought to be dead by 1819 but in 1850 Liberty, Henry, Indiana Death: 10 JUL 1860 in Indiana
5. Willis Odom 17596. Martha Odom 1761 m. Williams child Martha Williams
7. Sealy or Celia Odum 1763 married Holland both dead by 1817 child Priscilla married Richard Newman
8. Michael Odum 1765 Malichi? died early leaving no legitimate children (Illegitimate children not named)
9. Jane Odum b.
10. Mary Odom b. 1757 married Sampson Williams who is in the 1790 census in Edgefield. His father was Roland Williams Sr. over age 46 in 1800 Barnwell Co SC and with John Rowland in 1800 Edgefield SC After Williams died she lived with a man named Parish but he left her, no children.
Mary Williams 1810 Richland SC over 46 with a daughter and a granddaughter
children by Williams:
    Theophilus Williams b 6 Dec 1777 died 1835 in Orangeburg SC, married Lydia b. 13 May 1783, first child was Sampson Williams born 27 Jan 1801 in Lexington SC
Residence: 1820 - Lexington, Lexington, South Carolina
Residence: 1830 - Orangeburg, South Carolina
Theophs Williams 1810 - Richland, SC under 46, 4 boys and 2 girls
    Martha "Patty" Williams
    Jane Williams m. Joseph Huddleston
Theophilis children:
Marriage 1 Lydia Baggott b: 13 MAY 1783 in South Carolina Children
  1. Has No Children Sampson WILLIAMS b: 21 JAN 1801 in South Carolina
  2. Has No Children Mary WILLIAMS b: 28 NOV 1802 in South Carolina
  3. Has No Children John WILLIAMS b: 12 SEP 1804 in South Carolina
  4. Has No Children Jincy WILLIAMS b: 3 FEB 1806 in South Carolina
  5. Has No Children Julius WILLIAMS b: 11 FEB 1810 in South Carolina
  6. Has No Children Roland WILLIAMS b: 27 JAN 1812 in South Carolina
  7. Has No Children Isaiah WILLIAMS b: 25 JAN 1813 in South Carolina
  8. Has No Children Theophilis WILLIAMS b: 15 DEC 1813 in South Carolina
  9. Has Children Hiram WILLIAMS b: 17 OCT 1815 in Aiken County, SC
  10. Has No Children Nancy WILLIAMS b: 4 JUN 1818
  11. Has No Children Elender WILLIAMS b: 8 SEP 1820
  12. Has No Children Emeory WILLIAMS b: 24 APR 1824

Unproven Odoms from Edgefield SC
Haliatia Odom1760–
Elkanah Odom1765–Died: 1840 Coweta, Georgia
Bethany Odom1765–William Hawthorne drew land in GA and married Bethany Odom
Dilditha Odom
1810 Edgefield, SC
1820 Early GA 
Dildatha Odan
1830 Early GA 
Dldatha Odom
1 Jun 1840 - District 510, Early, Georgia Dildatha Odum
Elias Odom Edgefield, SC 1810
William Odom Edgefield, SC 1810
Willy Odom Edgefield, SC 1810
Wm Odom Edgefield, SC 1810

Milly Odom
 was said to be a woman of high spirit. She was ordered to pay damages for assulting a man- her husband Capt. Banjamin Ryan had to pay it. I imagine she got used to fending for her self during the War years. When she married Samuel Marsh she made a prenuptial agreement which prevented him from her assets thru her deceased husband Ryan since the estate was to go to the Ryan neices and nephews. She kept a large amount of English pounds locked up in a special chest which was locked up in a special room. She refused her new husband any of the money to give to his children. She was then murdered within a year of marrying Sam Marsh. It may have been an intruder who knew about her money. No one knows. Sam Marsh got hold of the keys in her pocket after the doctor finished examining her and took the pre marital agreement and money. He then tried to use the Benjamin Ryan estate for himself without relinquishing it to the nephew and niece of Benjamin Ryan (children of his brother Lacon) to whom the estate was supposed to go after her death. John Ryan, administrator, had to take Samuel Marsh to court.
1790 census Ben, Snr Ryons Edgefield, SC

Benjamin Ryan B. 1718 D. Dec 16, 1793, Edgefield Co., S.C. married Mary b. March 25, 1708, D. Oct 27, 1799. Their children: John Ryan b. Oct 30, 1743, died Oct 1, 1827; Benjamin Ryan b. July 21, 1743, died Nov. 11, 1813 (no children); and Lake "Lacon" Ryan b. June 6, 1748 died Nov. 4, 1785. Lake fathered Sarah Ryan married Benjamin Gallman.

2nd 1815 m. Samuel G. Marsh b 1769 in Chatham Co., NC died 1839 MS buried in Edgefield SC Milly was shot 29th May 1816, after which a suit was immediately filed by the Ryan and Gallman families to obtain the estate willed to them at Benjamin Ryan's death should his wife Milly death. As she lay on the floor, Samuel Marsh took 2 keys from her pocket and went to her desk and removed at least 500 dollars and papers including a pre marital contract which he destroyed which excluded him from access to Ryan property. Mother Sarah? His brother was William Marsh. Samuel Marsh married another widow after Milly. He married Martha Blocker, widow of Michael BLOCKER, the son of John BLOCKER, and a brother to Gen. Jesse BLOCKER. He was a grandson of Michael BLOCKER and Anna.

Capt. Benjamin Ryan Sr and Jr were neighbors to Samuel and William Marsh in Edgefield.
Sarah Ryan (his niece) married 1st George B. Moore b: 23 OCT 1780 in Edgefield Co., SC (son of Francis Moore and Frances Foote m. 2 APR 1764 in Fauquier, Co., Virginia Colony who lived in Laurens Dist. before moving to Edgefield) and 2nd Benjamin Coleman / Gallman/Galtman/ Goldman Married: 17 JUN 1806 in Hancock Co., GA
The History of Hancock County, Georgia by Elizabeth Wiley Smith (assist ed by Sara S Carnes)
1. History, Heritage and Records
Wilkes Publishing Company, Inc. Washington, Georgia 30673 January 1974
Page 180
Galtman, Benjamin to Sarah Moore, June 17, 1806 by Allen Bas s, J.P.

Sarah Ryan his neice and Benjamin Ryan Jr. (his nephew) were to get the entire estate at Milly Odom Ryan's death. There were some complications when she married Sam Marsh.
children of Benjamin Ryan Jr.: Lacon, John, Benjamin Jabez, Margaret, Sampson, Stanmore B., Pickens E., William C.

George B. Moore had a girl or 2 already by a Patsy Covington when he married Sarah Ryan.

Benjamin Ryan family from "John Ryan Book, National Genealogical Society Vol 51, No02, (Data extracted by Charles Dyson Rodenbough, from the personal ledger of John Ryan 1802-1827.
George B. Moore, born 1769 in SC (Little River of Saluda in
current Laurens Co), died 12 Mar 1806, per John Ryan Book. He married Sarah
("Sally") Ryan (4 Aug 1780 - 26 Jun 1860), daughter of Lacon and Margaret
Ryan. Their four children were
(1) John Elder Moore (b. ~1800, d. 1817-9 per Edgefield Equity Court Records dated Jun 1817 and 13 Jan 1819);
(2) Mary Elder Moore, b. 1 Apr 1801 per John Ryan book; married Benjamin Tillman on 15 Nov 1818; d. 13 Oct 1881;
(3) Elizabeth Berryman Moore, b. 5 Mar 1803; married Lacon P.E.B. Ryan on 25 Apr 1820; d. 19 Apr 1846 (buried at Horns Creek Baptist Church);
(4) William Goforth Moore, b. 10 Jul 1805; adopted by Benjamin Gallman his stepfather
Gallman surname of his stepfather Benjamin Gallman by 1817; married
Francesca A. Johnson on 3 Dec 1829 and Jane Heard on 10 Mar 1842; d. 19 Oc t
1888 in Lisbon, Claiborne Parish LA.

Edgefield Death Notices and Cemetery Records, Carlee McClendon, 1977 by Hives Press, PO Box 1841, Columbia, S.C. 29202, p. 171:
Died, on June 26, 1860, at her residence in Edgefield District, Mrs. Sarah Gallman, widow of the late Benjamin Gallman, in the 80th year of her age. She was the daughter of Lacon Ryan who was an active Whig[Partisan in the Revolution, and fought gallantly throughout the war, under the command of his brother Capt. John Ryan. She seemed to inherit all the patriotism of her father and uncle. Six of her children survived her, along with 43 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. (The Edgefield Advertiser, July 11, 1860).

Children of Sarah as of June 1817: Elizabeth B. Moore, John Elder Moore, Mary Gallman, Rachel H.Gallmann , William G. Gallmann, Elizabeth Sellers Gallman b: 26 OCT 1807 in Edgefield,SC who eventually married Middleton Moseley on 23 MAR 1826 in probably near,Edgefield, Priscilla H.Gallmann, William H. Gallmann.

History of the Baptists p 161: "Horns Creek Church located about five miles south of the town of Edgefield and constituted about 1768, was probably a branch of Stephens Creek Church, though the history of its early years is lost. Rev. Messrs. Daniel Marshall, Saunders Walker, and Benjamin Harry covered this region with their missionary labors. Horns Creek Church appears as a member of the Georgia Association in 1788 with Hezekiah Walker as minister. In 1790 criticism of Mr. Walker came before the Bethel Association, which was about to proceed against him when a report was made in 1791 that Horns Creek Church had already acted in such a way as to produce "satisfaction respecting the charges "Hezekiah Walker, John Frasier, and Samuel Walker with several others members . . . did by their petition" ask and obtain incorporation by act of January 20, 1790, naming "The Baptist Church on Horns Creek in Edgefield County, in the State of South Carolina." John Bolger, a candidate for the ministry in 1792, soon left them."

History of the Baptists: "Between the years of 1772 and 1783,'there was almost complete suspension of religious work due mainly to the American Revolution. It appeared that Mr. Daniel Marshall, who organized Georgia's first Baptist Church (Kiokee) in 1772, was the only pastor of any denomination who shepherded a flock all the way through the conflict. He was the son of Presbyterian parents in Connecticut and was baptized at the age of 48 during the period in American Religion known as the "Great Awakening". Marshall began his journey to the South and on the way spent a number of years preaching to the Mohawk Indians in the wilderness. His early work brought immediate conflict with English rule as he was arrested for preaching. This incident occurred on one of his visits from South Carolina into Georgia in approximately the year 1770, a few miles north of Augusta near the Savannah River. The arresting officer was Mr. Samuel Cartledge who was only 19 or 20 years old at the time. Records are not clear as to who ordered the arrest, but it appears that Mr. Cartledge, as a constable, was performing his duty in accord with action taken by the state legislature. It seems Mr. Marshall was in prayer and conducting public worship when he felt heavy hands on his shoulders with the exclamation from Mr. Cartledge, "You are my prisoner!" At his trial it is said Mr. Marshall quoted much scripture and was ordered to stop preaching, but following the example of Paul he said: "Whether it be right to obey God rather than man, judge, ye". Mr. Cartledge was much impressed and deeply moved by this man and was later converted and became a member of Kiokee congregation, a Deacon and a Baptist preacher."

Horns Creek Baptist Church near Millie Odum's husband Capt. Benjamin Ryan
The historic church where this marker rests is Horn's Creek Baptist Church. The church, founded in 1768, was the centerpoint of the rural South Carolina religious movement during its time. It was founded by Reverend Daniel Marshall as the first Baptist Church in upstate SC. The marker also speaks of a skirmish near here. In 1781, a group of American soldiers under the command of Captain Thomas Key attacked and defeated a group of Loyalists near this marker.
The roads leading up to this place are no more than logging roads. Be very careful when driving out there. Don't go when it's wet or about to rain. The red clay is quite dangerous. I even get nervous driving my car on the roads when it's dry. :)
The church itself is old and abandoned. The building is not kept up and has been vandalized by a mess of people over time, but it's still worth seeing the inside and out. BE VERY CAREFUL INSIDE! There are holes in the floor, and it's full of bugs. The cemetery in the back is also in disrepair, but well worth seeing. Some headstones are totally disintegrated, some have just fallen, and some are in perfect shape. Again, BE CAREFUL that you don't damage anything.
If you go, please report on the state of the creepy RV that's parked on the private property right behind the marker. If you go at night, the RV is the scariest part of the visit. The last two times we visited, we spent most of our time trying to figure out if somebody lives there or not.
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1810 Rev. Samuel G. Marsh who married the widow of Capt. Benjamin Ryan Sr 1815. She was Emelia /Amelia "Milly" Odum who assulted a man and her husband was sued and had to pay damages. After Capt. Ryan died she married Rev Samuel Marsh, but she got shot inside her house while Samuel Marsh was the only one home. The murder was not "solved." Although it seems pretty obvious.   Milly never had children, so, considering the circumstances, her brother sued Rev. Samuel Marsh. Marsh then took an opportunity to marry another widow (Martha Blocker) and they headed out of town westward in a covered wagon.

1 comment:

Michael said...

Very good research and a well written story too.
I will keep an eye out while I am poring over my own family history in the area.