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.

The James Nisbet family and John A. Strong

Nisbet / Nesbet

James Nisbet, died September 27th 1877 aged 73 years.

Also Frances, infant daughter of James and Elizabeth Nisbet, died January 19th 1870 aged 6 weeks.

In Memory of Janet, wife of James Nisbet died 15th June 1855 aged 54 years.

James Nisbet (sometimes spelled Nesbet) was a cabinetmaker of Fredericton and probably a brother of Thomas Nisbet, cabinetmaker of Saint John.

James Nisbet was first married to Janet Paton, and his friend Thomas Aitken was a witness at the wedding. Both men were from Scotland and attended the Kirk. James Nisbet and Janet had a son, William, born in 1835, and a daughter, Jane. William later was a partner in the business of his father, in Regent Street near King.

Janet Nisbet died in 1855 and James married, secondly, Elizabeth, the widow of Thomas Aitken. She brought her daughter Elizabeth Aitken to be a member of their household. Her younger daughter, Mary Ann, joined the household of her grandfather, Tom Armstrong, and his widowed daughter, Mrs. Wesley Ross.

By James Nisbet’s second marriage, there were three children: Thomas (born 1857), Mary (born 1861), and Frances, who died in infancy and is buried here.

Census, Fredericton, NB, 1871:

Nisbet, James, 63, Scot. Cabinet maker C of S

Elizabeth, 44, wife C of S

Thomas, 14

Mary, 10

Elizabeth Aitken, 19, tailoress.

In this census James Nisbet has given his age as 63. His second wife, Elizabeth, born in 1852, was very much younger than her husband.

New Brunswick Reporter, Fredericton, NB, 7 January 1880:

Married, at Fredericton, on the 31st ultimo by the Rev. J. Fowler, M.A., Mr. John S. Strong of Johnstone, Queen’s County to Elizabeth A. Aitken of Fredericton.

Of this marriage there were two daughters and a son, Benjamin. The children were small when Mr. Strong left. He did not return. Mrs. Nisbet, Mrs. Strong and her daughters, and Thomas Nisbet, who was with the Department of Education, lived together in a fine house on Carleton Street, next to the International Order of the Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) Hall. The house had high ceilings and cornices and was very beautifully furnished.

Census, Fredericton, NB, 1901:

Nesbit, Elizabeth, Widow, born Mar 9 1827, age 74

Strong, Elizabeth A., niece, Widow, born Nov 13 1851, age 49

Strong, Janie, niece, born Oct 17 1881, age 19

Strong, Bessie, niece, born Sep 9 1884, age 16

"Grandma" Nisbet presided over the household, and Mr. Strong was forgotten until — the family story has it — a prominent city lawyer called on Mrs. Strong, asking the name of her absent husband. Mrs. Strong refused to answer. Finally, when she was asked if his name had been John A. Strong, one of his daughters replied that that was the name of her father. A legacy had been bequeathed to the two daughters apparently by John Franklin Alexander Strong, Territorial Governor of Alaska 1913-1918, who died in 1929 in Seattle, Washington.

The last survivor of the family was Miss Jane, a retired teacher who died in 1956. The celebrated Nisbet family furniture was sold locally.