Our family has been at a standstill in tracking down the descendents of our elusive, Robert Henry Odom.The information I have is that he was born 2 Aug. 1822 in Wayne Co., TN.This is according to his military papers. He served in the Mexican War and Civil War.He is listed on the 1840-80 census of Johnson Co., AR. as a farmer. He md. Zeralda Angeline Swift in 1844.His children are:
Charity, 1846 Jacob1848 John Dean 1850 Jesse1851 Richard1854 George W 1860 William L1865
13 children were born to this couple and 5 died in infancy. He is buried next to his wife and thirteen other Odom family members at the Harmony Cemetery outside of Clarksville, AR.
Other surnames in our search include: Stewart, Swift, Casey, Davis and possibly Steele.These families seemed to have followed a pattern of moving together from the VA/NC area westward to Wayne county, TN.
If you have any information to help us in our search I would certainly appreciate hearing it.I know that Robert's military records spell his last name as Odom, Odam, Oadham on different pages.Maybe this is part of the confusion.