Descendants of Benjamin Odom (1758) of Barnwell, SC

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  • ID: I0918
  • Name: Benjamin ODOM
  • Sex: M
  • Title: "Major"
  • Birth: 6 DEC 1758
  • Death: 11 DEC 1822 in Barnwell, South Carolina
  • Burial: Barnwell, South Carolina
  • Note:
    1/2/2003 This man is as far back as we can go in our family tree and be pretty certain that he is our ancestor. The evidence is found in the sale of his estate and in a court suit to dispose of his land. Here is a transcription of the estate sale document:

    [On the cover] An account of the [sale] of the Estate of the late Major Benjamin Odom deceased
    Recorded in Book C page 73

    Memorandum of the sale of the Estate of Benjamin O'Dom Senr decd, made by Benjn O'Dom Jr William Walker administrators the 24th day of March 1823

    Benjamin O'Dom1 Bay Mare$80
    Julia O'Dom1 Roan Horse112
    John Mitchell1 Bay Horse60
    John H. Hare?1 Cow & Yearling10.621/2
    Owen O'Dom1 Cow & yearling13.061/4
    Levica O'Dom1 Cow & Yearling13.50289.183/4
    Benjamin O'Dom1 Cow & Yearling15
    Mose Hatley1 Cow & Calf14
    Jonathan Jowery1 Cow & Calf12
    Darling Peeples1 lot 4 Head ?? Cattle1888.50
    William Carroll1 Cow & Yearling12
    William Matheny1 Three year Bulls8
    Julia O'Dom1 Negro Man (Jacob)630
    Levica O'Dom1 Yellow Boy (Jack)512
    Sarah O'Dom1 Small Blk Boy (Randy)239
    "1 Negro wench (Dorcy)3001701
    Mr. D.? Peeples1 Bed & Stead & Furniture31.50
    "2 Bed Gum 1 @ $1 1 @ 1.121/22.121/2
    William Blum1 Bed Gum1.25
    Mr. D. Peeples"1.121/2
    M. W. O'Dom"1.25
    Benjn O'Dom1 Black Sheep2.00
    M. W. O'Dom1 lot plow Gear1.75
    William Carrol1 drawing knife & lathe .75
    William Matheny1 lot plows1.50
    Hugh Roney1 axe & plow1.121/2
    Isaac Watson1 lot Hoes .931/4
    Benjn O'Dom5 Cow Hides5.0013.063/4
    amount carried over2126

    Amount Brot Forward2126
    William Walker1 lot Blk Smith tools18
    Ezekiel Perry1 old Waggon19.25
    Benjn O'Dom1 loom $3.25 & 1 Table $25.25
    Levica O'Dom2 Spinning Wheels2.00
    Sarah O'Dom1 Iron Pot1.121/2
    Abraham O'Dom10 Head Geese6.2553.25
    Julia O'Dom1 lot Windsor chair4.0018.821/2
    M. W. O'Dom1 " old chairs1.502198.121/2
    Sabert O'Dom1 Table .561/4
    Mr. Israel Walker1 trunk .683/4
    Sarah O'Dom1 lot Hogs11.00
    "1 lot Bacon lb @ 63/4------
    M. W. O'Dom1 old Gun1.121/2
    Henry Peeples54 2/3 Bushels Corn @ $154.00
    "1000 lbs Fodder @ $1.0110.00

    SignedBenjn ODom
    Wm Walker

    Benjamin O'Dom, [Jr.], Julia O'dom, Levica O'Dom, Sarah O'Dom, M. W. O'Dom, are known children of Benjamin O'dom, senr., deceased. His oldest daughter, Martha, was married to Mr. D. Peeples and another daughter Emelia was married to John Reed. Neither Emelia nor John Reed are listed in this document.

    Transcription of suit to partition property of Benjamin Odom made by James L. Holman in 1981:

    "South Carolina}
    Barnwell District} In Equity:

    "To the honorable the Judges of the Court of Equity of the said state Humbly complaining shew unto your Honor your Orator and Oratrixes, Benjamin Odom, Darling Peeples and Martha his wife, Sarah Odom, Muke A. Youn (g) and Ann his wife, Michael W. Odom, Levice Odom and Julia Odom of the District and State aforesaid that Benjamin Odom the elder the father of your Orators and Oratrixes late of the District and state aforesaid, that being seized in fee of and in all that plantation or tract of land containing about eight hundred and eight acres commonly called Kelley's Cowpens situate in the District aforesaid adjoining lands of Darling Peeples, Cornelius Tobin, and being so seized on or about the _____ day of _____ in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty ____ departed this life intestate whereupon the same descend to and become distributable among your Orators and Oratrixes and Benjamin Reed the only child of Emelia Reed deceased a daughter of the said intestate in equal eight parts, that is to say to your Orators and Oratrixes, Benjamin Odom, Michael W. Odom, Sarah Odom, Levice Odom and Julia Odom one eighth part, and to Darling Peeples and Martha his wife in the right of the said Martha one eighth part, to Muke a. Youn(g) and Ann his wife in right of the said Ann one eighth part, and to the said Benjamin Reed one other eighth part in undivided shares as tenants in common and your Orators and Oratrixes further shew unto your Honor that they have hereunto enjoyed the said premises in common, but it being inconvenient and also contrary to their intent to continue so to do, your Orators and Oratrixes are desirous that partition of the said premises should be made between them. But now so it is may it please your Honor that the said Benjamin Reed is an infant, and incapable of assenting to a partition of the said premises. In tender consideration whereof and for as much as your Orators and Oratrixes cannot have adequate relief unto the premises except in this Honorable Court where matters of partition are properly cognizable, and where the rights of infants can be properly protected. To the end therefore that the said Benjamin Reed may true and perfect answer make to all and singular the premises; and that a writ of partition may issue out of this Honorable Court to be directed to proper commissioners for the purpose of making a just and equal partition between your Orators and Oratrixes and the said Benjamin Reed so that each respectively may have and enjoy his, her and their own part or share in severalty; and that your Orators and Oratrixes may have such further and other relief in the premises as the nature of their case may require. May it please your Honor to grant to your Orator and Oratrixes a writ of subpoena to be directed to the said Benjamin Reed commanding him on a certain day and under a certain plan therein to be limited personally to be and appear before your Honor in this Honorable Court, and then and there true and perfect answer make to all and singular the premises and facts to stand by and perform such order and decree that as to your Honor shall seem agreeable to equity and good conscience. And your Orators and Oratrixes will ever pray and so forth.

    "Angus Patterson

    Transcription of the purchase of Benjamin Odom's property at auction by John Reed, the widower of Emelia Odom and the father of Benjamin Reed:

    "The State of South Carolina Barnwell District
    In the Court of Equity

    "Whereas Benjamin Odom, Darling Peeples and Martha his wife, Sarah Odom, Muke A. Youn and Ann his wife, Michael W. Odom, Lovice Odom and Julia Odom filed their Bill of complaint in the honorable the Court of Equity for Barnwell District against Benjamin Reed on the twenty third day of March in the year of our Lord one-thousand eight-hundred and twenty four praying that a writ of partition might be issued to certain commissioners, to administer, lay off and divide a certain tract or parcel of land herein after mentioned and described belonging to the Estate of Benjamin Odom now deceased. And the cause being at issue before this Honorable Court came on to be heard at January Term when the said Court after full hearing thereof and mature deliberation in these premises did order, and adjudge and decree that the said tract or parcel of land containing eight hundred and eight acres should be sold by the commissioner of the said court at public auction on the terms and for the purposes mentioned in their Decretal order. In pursuance of the Decretal order of the Court, I Jennings O'Bannion Commissioner of the said Court, after legally advertising the same, did on the seventh day of March in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and twenty five issue to public sale the tract of land hereinafter intended more fully to be described; whereat John Reed became the purchaser of the said tract of land for the sum of two thousand and one dollars, having at that price the highest and last bid. . . ."

    4/11/2005 Benjamin may be the Benjamin who served in Col. William Harden's regiment which was a part of Gen. Francis Marion's brigade. No proof yet if he is that Benjamin who is listed as the commanding officer of a Tory detachment that lost sixteen men at the Battle of Windy Hill in Dec. 1781. Here is a blurb about Col. Harden:

    "Now city engineer of Dawson, Terrell county, Mr. Harden represents the Harden family in a younger generation and his forefathers were among the most prominent citizens of south Georgia from the time of the Revolution down. Thomas Hutson Harden was born in Terrell county, was a son of Daniel McWhir Harden, a native of Bryan county, and a grandson of Thomas Hutson Harden, and a great-grandson of William Harden, the founder of this branch of the family in Georgia.

    William Harden was born in South Carolina. He served as captain of the Beauford Artillery from 1743 to 1785. In March, 1786, he was commander at Port Lyttleton. He was promoted colonel of militia under Gen. Stephen Bull, and in 1779 attacked the British at Wiggins Hill. He served as colonel under Gen. Francis Marion during the campaign of 1780 and 1781, and was in a number of skirmishes with the British and captured Fort Balfour with one hundred prisoners." (Source: which lists its source as: A History of Savannah and South Georgia, Volume II Illustrated, William Harden; The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York, 1913, pp. 988-990

    Marriage 1 Julia WALKER
      1. Has Children Emelia ODOM
      2. Has Children Martha Ann ODOM b: 1 NOV 1779 in Barnwell District, SC
      3. Has Children Benjamin ODOM , Jr. b: 6 AUG 1781 in Barnwell, SC
      4. Has No Children Nancy Ann ODOM b: 1792 in Barnwell, SC
      5. Has Children Michael Wellington ODOM b: 1794 in Barnwell County, South Carolina
      6. Has Children Levica ODOM b: 1797 in Barnwell, SC
      7. Has No Children Sarah ODOM b: 1800 in Barnwell, SC
      8. Has Children Julia ODOM b: 1803 in Barnwell, SC

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