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The Idell Family Rhome Texas

Updated July 21, 2001

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Information on this page Submitted by Joe Kilday in Houston Texas and Louella (Idell)Duggar Gainsville Texas My Aunt.

Joe Kilday Married to an Idell my third cousin Shirley.

Our Family history started in Germany about 1735 with Johann Bernhart Eitel born in Shonlanke, Germany in 1735 who came to America In 1752, at the age of seventeen,Johann came to this country on the ship St. Andrew as an indentured servant.

About 1760, he married Elizabeth Meier, daughter of Conrad Meier. After completing his servitude, he and Elizabeth settled in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where five of their eight children (Jacob, George, Mary, Michael and Adam) were born.

Sometime after 1771 they resettled in Rowan County, North Carolina, where the last three children (Matthias, Barnett and Elizabeth) were born.

There he changed his name to John Barnett Idol.

Even then there was confusion with the spelling of the name, for in his will he spelled his name Eitel, Idol and Idle, and his children, when witnessing his will, all signed their names Idle.

Barnett died in 1786 and Elizabeth in 1798 and are buried in the Bethany Church Cemetery in Davidson County, near Wallburg, North Carolina, where in 1937 a marker was placed in their memory.

The trail of the name Idell then followed Adam Idol, the fourth child of Barnett.

Sometime prior to the turn of the century, Adam came west, across the mountains, to settle in Grainger County, Tennessee where he met and married Nancy Ann Rice April 22, 1800.

Nancy was born about 1785 in North Carolina, the daughter of William Rice. This was the first known Idol in Tennessee and would be the progenitor of most of the Idols and Idells in Tennessee, Texas and Oklahoma. Adam and Nancy Ann eventually produced ten offspring: Mary, Barnett [Barnabass], Elizabeth, Nancy, William, Sarah, Anna, Adam, Chesley and John. Adam spent the remainder of his life in Grainger County, living into his eighties, dying sometime between 1852 and 1854. [Probably in 1853 for Adam's will was written on February 4, 1852 and probated January 12, 1854.] His wife, Nancy Ann, living with her daughter, Sarah, lived into her nineties. Adam was a miller by trade and his ninth child, Chesley, later acquired the reputation of being an excellent millwright. The following paragraph appeared in Dr. E. C. Idol's book, Descendants of Adam and Nancy Rice Idol. "The Thornhill, TN post office was established March 17, 1898, the office was moved about two miles east of Thorn Hill and called Idol, named for Dr. Willis Idol. [Dr. Idol was the grandson of The elder Adam Idol]. In 1932, the post office was moved back to its earlier site and the name changed back to Thorn Hill."

The young Adam Idol, born about 1825 in Grainger County, Tennessee, went to neighboring Anderson County to find his wife, Nancy Rutherford, the daughter of Robert and Rebecca Denny Rutherford, and the granddaughter of Julius and Elizabeth Rutherford. Julius was probably the first Rutherford to settle in Anderson County.

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    This is the complete file of the Eitel,Idol,Idle,Idell that was submitted to me from Joe Kilday of Houston Texas. It looks Like Joe has done his homework and I would like to thank him for this valuable information.
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