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Ed Norton (#756)
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Belle Breezing
It might be appropriate to give Miss Belle Breezing's real name, Mary Belle Cox

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Added by sbhutson on Jan 25, 2009 2:27 PM
Richard Blalock
Joe Odom's Ancestry

I'm sorry to trouble you, but I left this message on Joe Odom's page that you created. I was a cousin of his in three different ways. The family lines get messy in the deep south. Anyway, I thought I would share this with you since you created his page. I wonder if any of this is relavent to his biography. I did not know my cousin Joe personally, but I have visited his grave. I live on the west coast but return as often as possible to that cemetery because my Blalock, Rogers, and DeLoach ancestors are a short walk from Joe. I have so many Odom cousins it is amazing. My father's first cousins are Odoms. I have a detailed history of his ancestry below.


Richard Blalock


I don't own this rights to this page, so perhaps someone could add this to the bio. I believe Ed Norton does, but I'm not sure how to have him edit this.

I am related to Joe in three different ways. I've uploaded a clearer photo of Joe's head stone that I took in 2001. Thats not to say that the first photo is unemportant. We can all thank Ed for displaying that.

I have joe's entire Pedigree in my database. I can be contacted at if you are interested in knowing everything about his ancestors. I am not sure who would, but I do because he is related to me three ways. I can provide proof he is a direct descendant of William Tipping from England ( 18 Mar 1629/30 to 1714). Mr Tipping passed from this life in Queen Anne's County, Maryland.

Joe was the son of Herman Cleveland Odom (28 Apr 1921 - 18 Sep 1995). So he preceeded his father in passing. I'm sure that must have been tragic for Herman! His mother's name is Gwendolyn Griner (24 Jan 1920 - ??).

His Grandparents on his father's side were Joseph Cleveland "Clevie" Odom (25 Nov 1891 - 09 Jun 1977) & Addie Weathers (28 Aug 1894 - 12 Dec 1973). They both were from around Tattnall County Georgia. Depending on the boundaries that existed when Evans County was carved from other surrounding counties, they may have been physically born in either place. Hard to say. Evans County is a relatively new county, being founded in the 1900s. does a great job of describing how Evans was created: "Evans County, the 150th county formed in Georgia, was created from parts of Bulloch and Tattnall counties. It was named for Confederate General Clement A. Evans who led the last charge of the Army of Virginia at Appomattox. Claxton, the county seat, was incorporated in 1911 and named for Kate Claxton, a popular actress of the time."

His Great Grandparents on his father's side were Joseph Aaron Odom (1855-1910) & Louisa Melissa Tippins (25 Jan 1854 to 11 May 1927)

Ultimately I trace Joe back to the first Odom/Odum Settler in that region. His name was Robert Odom who was born in 1801 somewhere in North Carolina. He died prior to 1870, although I am not sure when. He Married Rebecca Smith ( daughter of James Smith (b 1780) and Francis Bell b 1787)). They were married in Tattnal County Georgia on 23 Dec 1834 and went on to have 12 children. Rebecca Smith was born Abt. 1813 and likely passed between 1880 and 1890. I haven't gone back and checked the census records, because I am sure there is much to bear now on this couple and their descendants.

So having said all of this, Joe is a true southerner. Albeit, his lifestyle near the end was a bit a far from his ancestors, he belonged in the Deep South just as much as any other person.

Once again, if you are interested in more of his ancestors, please contact me at I could probably produce a full report from my software based on the 12,000 +/- names that I have largely hand entered.

So to my dear cousin Joe, I say I hope you are at rest and at peace. You are treasured beyond life by your friends and family. Rest in Peace!

Warm Regards,

Cousin Richard Blalock
Added by Richard Blalock on Nov 26, 2008 3:15 AM

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