William Christopher Odom

Male1832–2 November 1896

Brief Life History of William Christopher

When William Christopher Odom was born in 1832, in Wilson, Tennessee, United States, his father, Benjamin Franklin Odom, was 23 and his mother, Mary Higgins, was 18. He married Charlotte Blane Magness on 3 October 1854, in DeKalb, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Cannon, Tennessee, United States in 1850. He died on 2 November 1896, in DeKalb, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Dowelltown, DeKalb, Tennessee, United States.

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William Christopher Odom
Charlotte Blane Magness
Marriage: 3 October 1854
Samantha Odom
William Hall Odom
Samuel Edgar Odom
John Thaddeus Odom
Mary Elizabeth Odom
Adell Odom
Bailey Peyton Odom
Clide Odom
Robert Lee Odom
Buford P Odom

Sources (12)

  • Corn C Adom in household of Ray F Adom, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William Odem, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"
  • William C. Odom in entry for Samuel Edward Odom, "Tennessee Deaths, 1914-1966"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    3 October 1854DeKalb, Tennessee, United States
  • Children (10)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (11)

    +6 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1832 · The Black Hawk War

    Age 0

    Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

    1835 · The Hermitage is Built

    Age 3

    The Hermitage located in Nashville, Tennessee was a plantation owned by President Andrew Jackson from 1804 until his death there in 1845. The Hermitage is now a museum.

    1862 · Battle of Shiloh

    Age 30

    The battle of Shiloh took place on April 6, 1862 and April 7, 1862. Confederate soldiers camp through the woods next to where the Union soldiers were camped at Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River. With 23,000 casualties this was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War up to this point.

    Name Meaning

    from Middle English othom, odam (Old English āthum, ādam) ‘son-in-law’ or ‘brother-in-law’.

    habitational name from Odam in Highampton or from Odam Barton in Romansleigh (both Devon). The placenames probably derive from Old English wudu ‘wood’ + hām ‘village, homestead’ or hamm ‘water meadow’.


    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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