"Mulatto" Odingsells beginnings, Anthony born 11 Sept 1798
I have since found out some of the facts behind this 'mulatto' Odingsells family.Mary Esther's brother, Maj. Charles Odingsells, had a son by his slave.He made provision for he and his mother in his 1810 will: ... It is my Will the negro [woman] Hannah, and her Children, and her Mother Old Lucy be liberated, by Petitioning to the Legislature to have an Act passed for that purpose (I leave Hannah to be liberated, for her faithfulness to me in sickness, and taking care of my property for years back) and that my Executors pay her twenty dollars annually during her natural life… I give and bequeath to the Mulatto Boy by name Anthony, son to Hannah, in Trust to Charles Odingsells Screven and Joseph Spencer, the Island known by Little Wassau, and the following Negroes Bob (the Carpenter) July, Rose, Peggy, Dianna (a child) Sampson, Bella, Flora, and Hannah (daughter of Sampson) and their issue, the said Negroes to work on Little Wassau, and the proceeds of the Crops, is to maintain him, and give him an Education, and said Negroes are to be given up to him, when he comes to the age of twenty one years, together with Little Wassau Island, to be disposed of as he might think proper, he will be eleven years old the 7th September next, and his Freedom is on Record…
I haven't looked to figure out how Mary Ann would have fit in.. she is probably a descendant of Anthony's.When I first was given this information, I did find that Anthony took possession of Little Wassau Island and he was, himself, a slave owner.
I have wondered what it was like for both Hannah and for Charles' wife Sarah SPENCER to (presumably) live in such close proximity to each other.It would appear that it was a known fact that Anthony was Charles' son (and in fact, was the only one of his children to survive childhood.)His white children, Mary Susannah and Charles Spencer ODINGSELLS died within weeks of each other in the fall of 1817 of 'fever'(Charles Spencer was born months after his father's death.)
I would imagine that a study of Anthony ODINGSELLS' life would be quite interesting.