Gabriel ODINGSELLS, 1690 - 10 Feb 1734, London Playwright, son of Gabriel
In the "Dictonary of National Biography" (presumably for the nation of England, I do not have the book(s) only pages as offered at Ancestry.com as 'hits' to name searches) they note a Gabriel Odingsells.
In what was said to be an index, p. 965 of it's volume (xii?)is the following:
"ODINGSELLS, GABRIEL (1690-1734), playwright: author of three indifferent comedies; committed suicide while insane.[xii 421]"
Another 'hit' got a more informative entry, on p. 866:
"ODINGSELLS, GABRIEL (1690-1734), playwright, son of Gabriel Odingsells of London, was born in 1690, and matriculated from Pembroke College, Oxford, on 23 April 1706. He left Oxford without a degree, and essayed to obtain the reputation of a wit in London. In 1725 appeared his first comedy, 'The Bath Unmasked' (London 4to), in which he attempted with indifferent success to describe the humours of the city of Bath.It was acted on 27 Feb. and on six subsequent occasions at Lincoln's Inn Fields.It was followed, at the same theatre, on 8 Dec. by 'The Capricious Lovers' (London, 1726, 4to), a poor comedy, relieved, however, by one humorous character, Mrs. Mince-Mode, who 'grows sick at the sight of a man, and refines upon the significancy of phrases till she resolves common conversation into obscenity.'In March 1730 his thrid and last piece, 'Bays' Opera' (London, 1730, 4to)was acted three times, twice more than it deserved, at Drury Lane.Odingsells shortly afterwards developed symptoms of lunacy, and on 10 Feb. 1734 he hanged himself in his house in Thatched Court, Westminster.In 1742 was published, posthumously, 'Monumental Inscriptions; or a Curious Collection of Near Five Hundred of the most Remarkable Epitaphs, serious and humourous.Collected by the late ingenious Gabriel Odinsells [sic],' London 4to.The copy of this rare work in the British Museum Library is imperfect, many of the coarser epitaphs having been effaced."
[Baker's Biographia Dramatica, i.547; Genest's History of the Stage, iii. 167, 177; Foster's Alumni Oxon. 1500-1714; Doran's Annals of the Stage; Rawlinson MSS. in Bodleian Library vi. 35, xxi. 50; Odingsell's Works in the British Museum Library.]T.S."
Gabriel and his father Gabriel, Sr. are contemporaries to the ODINGSELLS that came to America. I do not know how they are connected, but it is all but certain that they are. The only three by the name that I have found on passenger lists (online):
Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s
Name Year Place
Charles Odingsells 1670-1696South Carolina
Gabriel Odingsells 1670-1697South Carolina
Thomas Odingsells1620-1650Salem, Massachusetts
...would tend to support this. Gabriel is not that common a name, but as we know, names tend to run in families.
The other men by the name that I find record of in England differ from our man here (Gabriel, Jr) in that they tended to be men known for their faith and a Charles Odingsell is listed elsewhere, noted for his powerful sermons which were published.
I hope someone out there can help work out the puzzle of the ODINGSELLS family, those in England and those who made the choice to leave that homeland and come to America.Along with the men listed on the passenger lists, I believe there were also early Odingsells by the names of Ann and Benjamin. I will post what I find here in the future.