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Levi Odell

Male 1824 - Abt 1903  (~ 78 years)


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  • Name Levi Odell 
    Born Feb 1824  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  District 48, Pulaski Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    VA 
    • Enumerated 26 Jul, visit 104, family 107:
      Levi Odle - age 25, no occ, b. VA
      Susannah - age 30, b. VA
      Eldridge - age 4, b. VA
      Thomas J. - age 2, b. VA
    Census 1860  Western District, Washington, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    VA 
    • Visit 2546, family 2484:
      Levi Odell - age 35, day laborer
      Susannah - age 39, housekeeper
      Eldridge - age 14
      Thomas - age 12
      Amelia - age 9
      Milton - age 5
      Cephas - age 5
      Elizabeth - age 3
      Francis - age 1
    Census 1870  Newbern, Pulaski, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    VA 
    • Visit 238, family 233:
      Levi Odell - age 45, farm laborer
      Susan - age 50, keeping house
      Thomas J. - age 21, farm laborer
      Aurelia T. - age 19
      Milton P. - age 16
      Cepheus F. - age 16
      Luticha L. - age 13
      Francis M. - age 10
    Census 1880  Hiwassee, Pulaski, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    VA 
    • Visit 343, family 358:
      Levi Odell - age 56, farmer
      Susannah - age 50, keeping house
      Francis W. - age 20, works on farm
    Census 1900  Hiwassee, Pulaski, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    VA 
    • House 46, family 51, all parents listed as born in VA:
      Odell, Levi - b. Feb 1824 VA, age 76, m. 55 years
      Odell, Susan - b. Sept 1819 VA, wife, age 80, m. 55 years, 7 children born, 6 alive
      Odell, Thomas - b. Oct 1847 VA, visitor, age 52, widowed [listed as visitor though Levi and Susan had a son Thomas listed in the 1850 census, aged 2 years]

      Also listed as family 52 in the same house is Cox, Victora - b. Oct 1844 VA, age 55, widowed.
    Died Abt 1903  Pulaski Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Ashworth Cemetery, Delton, Pulaski, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • I have found no birth record proof that Levi is a son of Abraham but I believe he was and that was confirmed by descendant Charles Odell. The 1854 land deed signed by all of the other children of Abraham deeds 33 acres to Levi "for and in consideration of services rendered by Levi O'dell to Abraham O'dell".

      Age 25 in 1850 Pulaski Co VA census, age 45 in 1870 Pulaski Co census, age 56 in 1880 Pulaski Co VA census.

      In 1860 Levi and Susan were in Goodson Twp, Washington Co. with their seven children. Specific birth dates for them are from correspondence with a descendant (Priscilla, no last name given in emails).

      In 1870 Levi and Susan are in Newbern with six youngest children, Eldridge the oldest probably married and on his own. Here, Amelia's name is clearly 'Aurelia' and Elizabeth is clearly Luticha.

      In 1880 they are in Hiwassie, Pulaski Co with their youngest child Francis living with them.

      Levi Odell is listed on the muster roll of the Co. C, 4th Va Volunteer Infantry, Pulaski Guards, Stonewall Brigade along with James Crowell (killed at first Manassas), D.C. Crowell and A.N. Crowell. (KI - These Crowells, James, David Cloyd and Augustus Newton, are all brothers of my great-grandfather Robert Craig Crowell. Levi's daughter Elizabeth was eventually to marry Ballard Crowell, son of the James Crowell killed at Manassas.)

      Levi was injured in the battle of Bloody Angle, Spotsylvania, May 10-13 1864, was taken prisoner and removed to Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Elmyra NY. He was later released in a prisoner exchange and returned to Pulaski Co VA. He walked with a limp for the remainder of his life. - Conversation with descendant Charles Odell on 14 Jan 2009
      ---
      May 12, 1864
      «b»Bloody day at the Bloody Angle
      «/b»Close-range firing and hand-to-hand combat at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia, result in one of the most brutal battles of the Civil War. After the Battle of the Wilderness (May 5-6), Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee raced respective Union and Confederate forces southward. Grant aimed his army a dozen miles southeast of the Wilderness, toward the critical crossroads of Spotsylvania Court House. Sensing Grant's plan, Lee sent part of his army on a furious night march to secure the road junction before the Union soldiers got there. The Confederates soon constructed a five-mile long system of entrenchments in the shape of an inverted U.
      On May 10, Grant began to attack Lee's position at Spotsylvania. After achieving a temporary breakthrough at the Rebel center, Grant was convinced that a weakness existed there, as the bend of the Confederate line dispersed their fire. At dawn on May 12, Union General Winfield Scott Hancock's troops emerged from the fog and overran the Rebel trenches, taking nearly 3,000 prisoners and more than a dozen cannons. While the Yankees erupted in celebration, the Confederates counterattacked and began to drive the Federals back. The battle raged for over 20 hours along the center of the Confederate line'9 , the top of the inverted U'97, which became known as the "Bloody Angle." Lee's men eventually constructed a second line of defense behind the original Rebel trenches, and fighting ceased just before dawn on May 13.

      Around the Bloody Angle, the dead lay five deep, and bodies had to be moved from the trenches to make room for the living. The action around Spotsylvania shocked even the grizzled veterans of the two great armies. Said one officer, "I never expect to be fully believed when I tell what I saw of the horrors of Spotsylvania."

      And yet the battle was not done; the armies slugged it out for another week. In spite of his losses, Grant persisted, writing to General Henry Halleck in Washington, "I will fight it out on this line if it takes all summer."
      - This Day in History at History.com
    Person ID I6978  Ives-Leedom
    Last Modified 2 Dec 2018 

    Father Abraham Odell,   b. Abt 1781, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 29 Apr 1854, Pulaski Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Mother Sarah Breeding,   b. Between 1790 and 1800,   d. Aft 1840  (Age ~ 51 years) 
    Married 30 Aug 1815  Wythe Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F788  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Susan Nunn,   b. Sep 1819, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1900, prob Pulaski Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years) 
    Married Abt 1845 
    Children 
     1. Eldridge Watson Odell,   b. Abt 1846, Pulaski Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1880  (Age ~ 35 years)
     2. Thomas Jackson Odell,   b. Oct 1847, Pulaski Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft Dec 1902  (Age ~ 55 years)
     3. Amelia Odell,   b. Abt 1851, Pulaski Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. poss Ashworth Cemetery, Delton, Pulaski, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Milton Princeton Odell,   b. 3 Jul 1854, Pulaski Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1900  (Age 46 years)
     5. Cepheus French Odell,   b. 3 Jul 1854, Pulaski Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1887, Pulaski Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
     6. Elizabeth Lavinia Odell,   b. 18 May 1857, Pulaski Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1923, Hiwassee, Pulaski, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     7. Francis W. Odell,   b. 30 Sep 1860, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 27 Jun 2003 
    Family ID F4660  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Ashworth Cemetery, Delton, Pulaski, Virginia Link to Google Earth
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  • Military
    Odell-Levi retirement from Army
    Odell-Levi retirement from Army
    Letter of honorable retirement dated 30 Sep 1865

  • Sources 
    1. [S198] 1900 Census.

    2. [S322] Correspondence - Charles O'Dell.