91st PA: Francis Odell [or O'Dell or O. Dell]

Francis Odell [or O'Dell]

Name

Bates (1) has Francis Odell, but the entries in the company E descriptive book (2, 4, 5) clearly have Francis O. Dell. The city directory entries vary between Odell and O'dell.

Before the war

He was born in 1837/38 (4 (23 in 1861), 7, 8 (23 at death in 1863), 9 (10 in 1850), 11 (24 at death in 1863)). He was born in Leitchfield [?] Connecticut (4, 8, 9 [PA]). He may have been born to Lorenzo O'Dell and Charity [unknown family name] (9, 10).

In 1850, he was living in ward 4, Moyamensing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9). He was living with Charity Odell (perhaps his mother) (9). He had attended school within the year (9).

In fall 1861, he was (probably) a sawyer (10). He was (probably) living at 1212 Austin Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10).

When he enlisted, he was a mill sawyer (4).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 11 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, blue eyes, and dark hair (4, 7).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service as a private in company E on 21 August 1861, at Philadelphia Pennsylvania, for three years (1, 4, 7 [20 Aug 61], 12 (corp)). He was enlisted by Capt Lentz, and mustered in by Col Reiff (4). He was appointed corporal on 10 September 1861 (3).

He was promoted to sergeant in February 1862 (3). (According to the list of corporals in (3), he was promoted to sergeant "Vice elliott Reduced". The other information I have suggests that Cartledge was promoted vice Elliott, and that Elliott was discharged on surgeon's certificate, not reduced.)

He deserted on 1 May 1862, at Washington DC (3, 4). When he returned, under the presidential proclamation, in April 1863, he was reduced to the ranks, and lost all pay for the time he was absent (3, 4).

On 3 June 1863, the regiment reported him regained from desertion, and in hospital in Philadelphia (6).

He died on 29 July 1863 (1, 7), at his home in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, of a disease of the lungs, contracted from exposure (phthisis pulmonalis) (2, 4, 8, 11). He was a sergeant, in company E (12). He either died at or was buried from, his mother's residence, 1212 Austin Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8). He was buried on 31 July 1863 in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8, 11).

Sources

1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster)

2 list of deaths, company E

3 list of non-commissioned officers, company E

4 descriptive roll, company E, entry 11

5 register of deserters, company E, entry 4

6 consolidated morning report, HQ 91st PA, 3 June 1863 (Frank Odell)

7 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 17 May 2004 (Francis Odell)

8 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 29 July 1863 (Francis Odell)

9 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Moyamensing, ward 4, microfilm series M432, film 809, page 442 = 879 handwritten (Francis Odell)

10 Biddle's and McElroy's Philadelphia directory, 1862, page 506 [on Footnote] (Francis O'Dell)

11 death notice, Public Ledger 31 July 1863 page 2 (Francis A Odell)

12 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Francis O'Dell)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

pension index by name
Ancestry index (accessed June 2005)

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Francis Odell in the 91st PA database

city directories

[Biddle's Philadelphia directory, 1859]
[no Francis O'Dell appears on page 539, and no O'Dell is on Austin street]
[I was not able to find the 'Dell' entries]
[the Footnote OCR-based index did not find any entries for '1212 Austin']


[Biddle's Philadelphia directory, 1860]
[no Francis Dell appears on page 224, and no Dell is on Austin Street]
[no Francis Odell appears on page 749, and no Odell is on Austin Street]
[William Osmond, carver, is at 1212 Austin; the Footnote OCR-based index found only that entry for '1212 Austin' (searched 26 Dec 09)]


[Sherman's Philadelphia directory, 1861]
[no Francis O'Dell appears on page 750]
[no Francis Dell appears on page 227, and no Dell is on Austin Street]
[the Footnote OCR-based index did not find any entries with '1212 Austin']
[the 1860 US census has a Charity Odell in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 1 precinct 5, page 348 = 250 handwritten, house visit 1746, family visit 1988; she is 48, born in Conn, not working, and living with Jacob and Elizabeth Homer; no other O'Dell is in that household; I also skimmed pages 245-255 handwritten without seeing any other Odell]

O'Dell Charity, widow Lorenzo, school teacher, 1212 Austin

[Biddle's and McElroy's Philadelphia directory, 1862]
[no Charity O'Dell]
[no Francis Dell or Dell on Austin on page 155]
[no OCR matches for '1212 Austin']

[page 506] O'Dell Francis, sawyer, 1212 Austin

[Biddle's and McElroy's Philadelphia directory, 1863]
[no Francis Dell or Dell on Austin on page 194]
[no Francis Odell]

Odell Charity, teacher, 1216 Austin
[page 607] Poole William, brasschaser, 1212 Austin

[Biddle's and McElroy's Philadelphia directory, 1864]
[no Charity or Francis Odell or Odell on Austin on page 562]
[no Francis Dell or Dell on Austin on page 172]

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Moyamensing, ward 4, microfilm series M432, film 809, page 442 = 879 handwritten]
line1112
Dwellings visited671 
Families visited761 
NameCharity OdellFrancis "
Age3810
SexFM
Color  
Occupation of males over 15 yearsTeacher 
Real estate owned  
Birthplace" [sc. Penna]"
Married within year  
Attended school within year 1
Over 20 & can't read/write  
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.  

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 13 February 2015, from Fold3]


O'Dell Francis
Co. E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Corp | Sgt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 29 July 1863, Francis Odell]
[source: www.familysearch.org (viewed 6 November 2008)]

RETURN OF A DEATH,
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Francis Odell
2. Colour, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, 23 years
5. Single
6. Date of Death, July 29th 1863
7. Cause of Death, Phthisis Pulmonalis
Wm H Witmor M.D.
Residence office 928 Filbert St
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE, IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, US Soldier
9. Place of Birth, Connecticut
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, First
12. Street and Number, 1212 Austin St
13. Date of Burial, July 31st 1863
14. Place of Burial, Odd Fellows Cemety
Geo W Lott UNDERTAKER
Residence, 509 S 15th St

death notice

[death notice, Public Ledger 31 July 1863 page 2, Francis A Odell]

ODELL [sic].--On Wednesday, FRANCIS A. ODELL, in the 24th year of his age.

His funeral will take place this (Friday) afternoon, at 1 o'clock, from the residence of his mother, 1212 [?] Austin street. Friends invited to attend.


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