John Wesley Odem

1833–24 November 1889 (Age 56)
Clark Township, Montgomery, Indiana, United States

The Life of John Wesley

When John Wesley Odem was born in 1833, in Clark, Indiana, United States, his father, John Odem, was 42 and his mother, Nancy Hilton, was 38. He married Sarah Adeline Smith on 4 July 1855, in Jeffersonville, Clark, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Indiana, United States in 1870 and Seymour, Jackson, Indiana, United States in 1880. He died on 24 November 1889, in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 56, and was buried in Seymour, Jackson, Indiana, United States.

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John Wesley Odem
Sarah Adeline Smith
Marriage: 4 July 1855
George Odem

Spouse and Children

4 July 1855
Jeffersonville, Clark, Indiana, United States


    George Odem


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World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 3

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

Age 3

The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.
1851 · Constitution of 1851

Age 18

Due to the state’s financial crisis during the previous decade and growing criticism toward state government. Voters approve the Constitution of 1851 which forbade the state government from going into debt.

Name Meaning

German: variant of Adam .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Jno Odem in household of Jno Ruchl, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John N Odam in household of John Odam, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John Oden, "United States Census, 1870"

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