Descendants of the Honourable and Reverend Jonathan Odell


Sacred to the memory of Elizabeth Ludlow, wife of George M. Odell, M.D., of Fredericton who died April 19, 1861 in the 35th year of her age. "Them that sleep in Jesus will God bring with him."

George Mountain Odell, M.D., died at Newport, Rhode Island, April 21, 1892 in the 75th year of his age. "I believe in the life everlasting."

Charles Odell, C.E., May 27, 1898. Sadie Odell, Dec. 3, 1910. Erected in loving memory of our dear father and mother.

These three tombstones are surrounded by a stone fence.

G.M. Odell at present at Newport State of Rhode Island claims a lot in the burying lot 18 x 24, situate in the north corner enclosed by a wooden fence set on stones. Purchased from Robert Wood about 1861.

The Honourable and Reverend Jonathan Odell came to New Brunswick in 1783 with the New England Loyalists. A clergyman of the Church of England, he was for many years the government Secretary of the Province. His only son, Hon. William Franklin Odell (1774-1844), also a Loyalist, had four sons: William Hunter, George Mountain, James, and Charles. The house in which they were born and brought up had been built by their grandfather, Rev. Jonathan Odell. Their father, William F. Odell, later built "Rookwood", and the original family home ultimately became a residence for the youngest son, Charles.

George Mountain Odell lived for some time in St. Mary’s on the Caleb Fowler farm, which his father subsequently bequeathed to him in 1844. In 1846 he bought a town house in Brunswick Street from Horatio Nelson Drake and married not long after.

Royal Gazette, Fredericton, NB, 3 November 1847:

Married on Tuesday, the 26th ult. at St. Paul’s Church, Halifax, by the Rev. Dr. Twining, Chaplain of the Garrison, George Mountain Odell M.D., son of the late Hon. W.F. Odell of Fredericton, N.B., to Elizabeth Ludlow, daughter of D.L. Robinson, an uncle of Deputy Commissary General Robinson.

Dr. G.M. Odell married, secondly, Susan Philipse, daughter of Morris Robinson. She was a cousin of the Honourable F.P. Robinson. In 1865, Mrs. George Lee bequeathed to Susan P. Odell, her niece, wife of Dr. George M. Odell, £100, “also her work table and sofa table,” and a portrait of her father Morris Robinson. There is no inscription here in memory of Dr. Odell’s second wife.

New Brunswick Reporter, Fredericton, NB, 27 April 1892:

Intelligence of the death of Dr. Geo. M. Odell at Newport, R.I. last week was heard with sorrow by many of the old families in Fredericton whose physician and friend the deceased had been. Dr. Odell was for many years a leading physician here. His remains were brought to this city Monday and interred in the family enclosure in the old cemetery. The chief mourners were Capt. Odell, nephew of the deceased; Delancy Robinson, F.A.H. Straton and Geo. C. Hunt. Closely following these were all of the city physicians. The pall bearers were Sir John Allen, Judge Fraser, Lt. Col. Maunsell, Andrew Inches, E.H. Wilmot and J. Henry Phair. Capt. Odell was at the bedside for a couple of days before he died and accompanied the remains to the city. Rev. G.G. Roberts performed the last rites at the grave.

Charles Odell, born 16 August 1826, was twice married, first to Maynard Eliza Grange (born 1835) by whom he had two children, Florence Mary and George Grange. In 1867, Charles married, secondly, Sarah, daughter of John D. Kinnear, Judge of Probate for Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. They had five children. His eldest son, George Grange Odell, often visited his father from South America where he worked as an engineer. It is remembered that one of his parrots hid in the Cathedral and disrupted a Sunday service.

Their house, occupied for a hundred years or more by the Odell family, is now the Deanery. It is shown in the first town plat, the plan of which was made by Lieut. Dugald Campbell. Above each of the two upper rooms was a loft or sleeping quarter, entirely separate. The large iron rings bolted into the woodwork were probably placed there to chain deserters during one of the early periods of the movement of troops through Fredericton. Until 1844, this house with gardens, yards, stables, outhouses, together with land in rear, extended to Charlotte Street.

14 thoughts on “Descendants of the Honourable and Reverend Jonathan Odell”

  1. I am a direct descendant of Dr. Jonathan Odell through his daughter Lucy Anne who married Charles William Rudyerd. There were two other daughters and I’m wondering why none of the daughters are mentioned as descendants of Jonathan Odell, originally from Newark New Jersey USA.
    Mary Anne, Lucy Anne and Sarah Anne were the daughters having been given the second name of Anne to honour their mother Anne DeCou.
    Lucy’s daughter, Harriet, was my gr gr grandmother and married Addington Davenport Parker.

    1. Miss Hill’s series of books on The Old Burying Ground, Fredericton, New Brunswick – Volume IV of which is published here – tells the stories of those who buried in the Old Burying Ground, organized by burial lot. This lot contains the bodies of those four mentioned. Volume I of the series, published 1981, describes the large lot containing the tombs of Jonathan Odell and Anne (DeCou) Odell, along with several other monuments. One, at the east end of Rev. Odell’s tomb, is inscribed in memory of the daughters Mary and Lucy, both of whom died elsewhere and are believed to be buried elsewhere. The inscription is now illegible; it is possible that Sarah’s remains are here, but that is not known.

    2. Diane
      My 3rd great grandmother Letitia Sarah Rudyerd was the sister of CHARLES WILLIAM RUDYERD who Died at Gibraltar, 19 Oct 1813 of fever. Lucy Ann died 1829 in Halifax N.S
      The Rudyerd’s had six daughters and one son
      Children of Charles William and Lucy Ann (O’Dell) Rudyerd
      Henry Rudyerd, married Charlotte Blood one daughter Charlotte Rudyerd who married Henry John Boulton Toronto
      Married 2nd Susan Frances Ward no issue

      Harriett Rudyerd,
      Harriet married in Saint John NB Rev. Addington Parker. She was the 3rd daughter of Colonel Rudyerd Royal Engineers

      09-01-1892 Harriet Rudyerd, widow of the late Addlington Davenport Parker, she died at Elm Cottage, Hemmingford PQ. Age 85 years
      Chateauguay Valley Protestant Church Records\
      Source: 5.0956
      Year of b. m. or d.: 1892
      Event: Burial
      Surname: Rudyerd
      Given: Harriet
      Spouse: Parker, late Addington D.
      Residence: Hemmingford
      Bride’s Residence:
      Birth date:
      Baptism date:
      Marriage date:
      Death date: 1892-09-01
      Burial date: 1892-09-03
      Witnesses: Parker, R.R. Law, Adelaide A.; Williams, Cecilia N. E.;
      Notes: Aged: 84 years
      Church: Church of England at Hemmingford and Parts Adjacent
      Minister: Thomas Bentley Jeakins
      Acadia French Catholic Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1670-1946 about Harriet Rudyerd
      Name: Harriet Rudyerd
      Spouse: Addington Davenport Parker
      Event Year: 1812-1829
      Event: Mariage (Marriage)
      Religion: Catholique
      Place of Worship or Institution: Frédéricton (Bureau de Santé)
      Province: Acadie (Nova Scotia and New Brunswick)

      Charlotte Augusta Rudyerd

      Sophia Amelia Rudyerd, married at Dartmouth NS Charles James Wright, Colonel R.A., but has no issue

      Mary Eliza Rudyerd, Married at Fredericktown NB William Pryor no issue. Mary died age 23 in Halifax NS

      Lucy Ann Rudyerd died 1867 age 65 at Stone Staffordshire she burnt to death

      Emma-Jane nata 1804, married Francois Herissant, chef d’escadron, Carabineers, French Army and has issue;

      Most of them seem to have been baptised at Gosport Hampshire England.
      Charles William was born in the UK Parents Gen. Henry Rudyerd and Mary Rudyerd nee Pryer

      I have more info if your interested!

      1. Chère Marion,
        Il y a à présent plusieurs témoignages de ma famille actuelle ,de Rémi Périon (qui est un petit cousin )et de Maud Pillet (qui est ma fille) .Maud est à Toronto , comme je vous l’explique dans un de mes messages et a fait des recherches intéressantes sur la famille Odell . Ces témoignages ont de fortes convergences avec les vôtres.
        Personnellement , ce qui m’intéresse aussi , c’est que le Rd Dr Jonathan Odell était un poëte élégant et passionné . Ainsi d’ailleurs que Sir Benjamin Rudyard ,bien entendu .
        Bien cordialement .


        1. Un petit coucou à Jean-Luc, Maud et Rémi, bonjour à tous.
          Je suis Philippe Camenen, un cousin germain de Jean-Luc et donc Maud et Rémi sont mes petits cousins germains .
          J’aimerais beaucoup avoir des informations sur Emma Jane Rudyerd et François Vincent Hérissant et leur descendance. Je serais heureux de connaitre mes lointains cousins.
          Bien amicalement

  2. I am a descendant of Emma Jane Rudyerd married with Francois-Vincent Hérissant, daughter of Lucy Anne Rudyerd and Charles William Rudyerd. If someone need or had some informations, pictures about. Please contact me per mail.

    1. I am also a descendant of Emma Ruyerd married with Vincent Hérissant ! I have some photos of Emile Herissant, their son.

  3. Hello

    I am a direct descendant of Letitia Sarah Rudyerd she was my and she was the sister of Charles William Rudyerd

    Charles and Lucy had 6 daughters and one son!

    I have a lot of info on the Rudyerd family


  4. Hello ,

    I am a descendant of Sir Benjamin Rudyerd. I can have his portrait ,
    and my grgrgrandmother was named Lady Emma Rudyerd.
    my grgrfather was one of her sons . His name is Emile Hérissant
    he was born in Cambrai (North France) in 1840 .
    My daughter Maud Pillet is living at Toronto (Ontario) . She is 30 y.o. .
    She gave me your information .
    If i can be useful …?

    Kind regards

    Jean-Luc PILLET

    1. Hello Jean- Luc
      My name is Marion Stewart. You have probably seen my other messages
      I’m also a descendant Sir Benjamin Rudyerd and his wife Elizabeth Harrington.
      My 3 x great grandmother Letitia Gordon nee Rudyerd was the sister of Charles William Rudyerd (aunt of Emma Rudyerd).
      I have copies of Sir Benjamin’s portraits’ and a copy of a portrait of Samuel R. Rudyerd, brother to Letitia Sarah and Charles William Rudyerd..
      Sir Benjamin Rudyerd was Letitia’s 3rd Great Grandfather and the Rudyerd crest is on her memorial.
      I also live in Canada.
      If I can be of any help please write
      I don’t know if you are aware of a book of Charles William Rudyerd’s sketches. It was found in Ottawa and reprinted. I bought several copies to give to family members and grandchildren.
      It is limited Edition, made when he was a Cadet at the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich. I’m not sure if it’s still available!

      Course of Artillery at the Royal Military Academy as Established by His Grace the Duke of Richmond, Master General of His Majesty’s Ordnance:
      London? 1793
      Museum Restoration Service,
      Bibliographic information
      Course of Artillery at the Royal Military Academy
      Limited edition military series
      Charles William Rudyerd
      Museum Restoration Service, 1793
      16 pages

      Kind regards

        1. It is Simon. He was the brother of my great,great, great grandmother Letitia Sarah Rudyerd, widow of Robert Gordon, 2nd wife of Christopher Richardson JP.

          1. Is your portrait inscribed on reverse “Copied by Edwin Cockburn from a picture painted in 1815 at Paris “? I keep finding references to the sale of this picture in the 90s but without an illustration.

            I have a copy of his will, but I am struggling with the handwriting.

            Unfortunately Siborne made a mistake and called him Rudyard in his book so when authors quote his letters about Waterloo they repeat the error.



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