John O'Dell (Odell), II (1574 - 1656) MP

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Birthplace: Newport, Pagnelle, Buckinghamshire, England
Death: Died in Salford, Fairfield, Bedfordshire, England
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About John O'Dell (Odell), II

William came to Concord, Massachusetts with Rev. Peter Bulkeley's followers from Odell, Bedforshire, England. He left Concord after the births and deaths of two children and went to Southampton, Long Island, then to Fairfield in 1644 with the group led by Rev. John Jones of Concord.

Cranfield, Bedord, England, is a small parish about eight miles from the village of Odell. The Cranfield church register records nearly seventy entries of O'dell baptisms, marriage, and burials between 1602 and 1625, the name variously written Wodell, Odell Odle, Woddell, Woddle, etc.

William O'dell is purportedly memorialized as a "Concord Planter" on a plaque in the Fairfield Public Library together with Rev. John Jones, Thomas Bulkeley and others. -------------------- William Odell, born in Warleyend, Bedford, England, 24 February 1602; died in Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut, before 6 June 1676. He married in Fairfield, Rebecca Brown, born 1606; buried in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, 13 May 1654.

William appears to have had a brother, Richard (1605- ), who married Ursula Franklyn, 12 Nov 1627 in Southampton. Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, has William married to Rebecca Franklin in Concord, Massachusetts, 4 May 1629. Manning says he m (1) Agnes Franklin and (2) Rebecca Brown (1633). Mais has Agnes Franklin, daughter of William and Ursula Franklin, the mother of five children by William: William (1630), Thomas (1632), John (1634), James (1640), and Rebecca (1642).

William Came from England to Concord in 1639; probably a member of Peter Bulkeley's congregation. Bulkeley was born in the parish of Odell, Bedford, England. In 1644, William Odell moved to Fairfield, Connecticut, and his son William became one of the principal proprietors of Rye, New York. (NEHGR, 29:203; 137:37).

William may have been a brother of Ursula Wodell (also written Odle), who married Christoper Wooley at Concord in 1646 (King, NEHGR, 60:91). His will, proved 6 June 1676, mentions, among others, sons William and John and daughter Rebecca Moorehouse. Cranfield, Bedford, England, is a small parish about eight miles from the village of Odell. The Cranfield church register records nearly seventy entries of Odell baptisms, marriages, and burials between 1602 and 1625, the name variously written Wodell, Odell, Odle, Woddell, Woddle, etc. Among these: Willliam, son of William Wodell of Warleyend, baptised 24 Feb 1602, and William Odle of Worley buried 22 Jul 1615. This may be the record of the baptism of the William Odell who came to New England and the burial of his father. The name "Warleyend" is doubtless that of a hamlet about one mile from Cranfield, which appears on an old map of Bedfordshire as "Wallerd" or "Wall End." In Cranfield Parish there was in 1632 a district, or possibly an estate, known as "Virginia." At Concord, the original road cut through the woods by the first settlers had been called, since 1650, "the Virginia Road" and the district through which it runs, "Virginy." The plain at the end of Virginia Road was described as "Cranefield" as early as 1648. It would seem that these names, Virginia and Cranefield, were given by the early settlers of Concord in memory of their English home (See NEHGR, 45:7-8).

William Odell is purportedly memorialized as a "Concord Planter" on a plaque in the Fairfield Public Library together with Rev. John Jones, Thomas Bulkley, Thomas Jones, John Tompkins, Daniel Bulkley, Joseph Middlebrook, Ephraim Wheeler, Thomas Wheeler, Jr., James Bennett, Richard Lettiss, John Ebats, Peter Johnson, George Squire, and Benjamin Turney. Ridge, Bateman Connection, 173:

Children of William ODELL and Rebecca BROWN:


William Odell, born about 1634; died in Rye, Westchester, New York, 1697. Manning has him born 1634, of Newport Pagnell, Buckingham, England. Married Sara Vowles.

James Odell, born in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, 2 January 1640; buried in Concord, 4 April 1641. (Birth and death record NEHGR, 4:272)

Rebecca Odell, born in Concord, 17 Jul 1642. Married Samuel Morehouse. Birth record, NEHGR, 4:272.

John Odell, married Mary (Joanna) Walker.

"William was closely related, in all likelihood, to Mary Odell who m. at Salford, co. Bedford, Eng., 12 July 1630, Benjamin Turney. The Turneys were with William Odell in Concord and Fairfield. Mary had no brother William, but she had three uncles, Richard, Thomas, and William, all known to have had children and suitable in age for the paternity of William. Newport Pagnell, co. Bucks, where William had a fracas in 1637 (and in 1639 was reported in New England), is very close to Salford, and only about five miles from Cranfield, co. Bedford, home town of the Wheelers of Concord and Fairfield, where Odells were numerous. See The American Genealogist, 14:224-228, and 15:55-57. Until the parentage of William is established by record evidence, various claims of his exalted descent which have been put forward rest on no firmer foundation than the unsupported asseveration of their proponents." [6]

6. Donald Lines Jacobus, "Additions and Corrections to History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield",

Children:

2 i. JOHN2 ODELL, m. MARY _____, d. in 1711/2[2].

3 ii. JAMES ODELL, b. on 2 Jan. 1639/40 in Concord, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, United States; bur. on 4 April 1641 in Concord.

+ 4 iii. REBECCA ODELL, b. on 17 July 1642 in Concord; m. (ABV-3) LT. SAMUEL MOREHOUSE, b. about 1637[3], d. in Fairfield, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, United States in 1687[3, 1], son of (ABV-1) Thomas and Isabel (_____) MOREHOUSE.

5 iv. WILLIAM ODELL, b. about 1644.

1943, p.24.

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John O'Dell's Timeline

1574
March 24, 1574
Newport, Pagnelle, Buckinghamshire, England
March 24, 1574
Salford, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
March 24, 1574
Salford, Bed., Eng.
1575
March 24, 1575
Age 1
Of, Salford, Bedford, England
March 24, 1575
Age 1
Of, Salford, Bedford, England
1602
February 24, 1602
Age 27
Cranfield, Bedford, England
February 24, 1602
Age 27
Cranfield, , Bedfordshire, England
1603
December 25, 1603
Age 29
Salford, Bedford, England
1604
August 19, 1604
Age 30
Salford, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
August 19, 1604
Age 30
Salford, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom