Mary "Esther" Odingsells, b. ca 1747 SC, m. James Screven
Mary Esther ODINGSELLS was my 5G grandmother.I would like to exchange information with anyone interested in her.I believe her father's name was Charles and her mother was Ann GRIMBALL, but this is probably information I found online and haven't any proof myself.
She married (Brig. Gen.) James Bridget SCREVEN1764 in Colleton, Edisto Island, SC.He was the son of James SCREVEN and Mary Hyrne SMITH and was born 1744 and died Nov 24, 1778) Their children were:
Elizabeth, b. 11 Sep 1765, m. her cousin Thomas SMITH
Mary Esther (my line)b. 15 Sep 1767, d. 27 Dec 1845 m. Capt. John HART on June 17, 1784 in Charleston, SC.
Martha, b. 1769, d. 8 Oct 1773 aged about 4 years.
James, b. 4 Dec 1771, d. Feb 1794
Charles Odingsell, (Rev.), b. Feb 1773, d. 2 Jul 1830 N.Y.(of cancer), m1)Lucy Barnard JONES m2) Barbara Rakin GOLPHIN.
Thomas, b. 24 Sep 1776
Mary "Esther" Odingsell Screven died about 6 weeks after her husband was killed by British soldiers near Midway Church in Liberty County, GA, "...while on her way to South Carolina..." presumably to visit or move nearer to her family.
From my searches in the censuses, it would seem as if the ODINGSELL(S) name has all but died out in the U.S.In the 1800's I found two families that were, interestingly to me since they were listed on pre-Civil War censuses in Savannah, GA, all "mulatto".They must have a very interesting family history.Additionally, I always found the head of household for them to be a Mary Ann ODINGSELLS, with never an adult male listed.
My line 'lost' the ODINGSELLS surname when my Mary Esther married in 1764, but her daughter (also Mary Esther) named her 5th son (my 3G grandfather) Odingsell Witherspoon HART.He, in turn, named his youngest daughter, Emily Odingsell HART.I think there were other cousins with "Odingsell" incorporated as a middle name, too.
I hope to find some Odingsell cousins!