Thomas McAdory Owen's Revolutionary Soldiers in Alabama



O'NEAL, WILLIAM —Revolutionary soldier of Lincoln County, Ga., whose widow, Amy (Bussey) O'NEAL Wadsworth, is believed to be buried at Harpersville, Shelby County, Ala. He married twice, having by his first wife two daughters, Jane, who married John Vasser, and Nancy, who married Allen Holliday. On July 28, 1825, in Lincoln County, Ga., he married Amy Bussey, born March 7, 1797, in Lincoln County, Ga., daughter of Rev. Benjamin Bussey and his first wife, Mary Burgamy. Both of the grandfathers of Amy (Bussey) O'Neal served in the Revolution in Georgia. By his second wife, William O'Neal had the following children: William, born August 6, 1826, in Lincoln County, Ga., died in 1877 at Harpersville, Shelby County, Ala., married February 20 1850, Martha G. McGraw; Benjamin Pulliam, born October 6, 1827, Lincoln County, Ga., died November 13, 1880, at Thomson Ga., married in Lincolnton, Ga., in 1846 Ellen Paschal; Mary Elizabeth, born 1829, died without issue, married November 23, 1852, John M. Kidd. William O'Neal's will, not dated but probated September 7, 1829, in Wilkes County, Ga., is recorded in Will Book D, p. 230. In it he states that he is advanced in years and now afflicted in body. After his death in 1829 his widow married Hogan Wadsworth in April, 1836, and removed with him to Shelby County, Ala., bringing with her the three young children by her first husband. In this county on October 10, 1839, her daughter, Lavania Wadsworth, was born, who later married and moved to Texas.—Information from Maud M. Kelly, Birmingham.


OAKS, ISAAC, aged 74, and a resident of Perry County; private, Virginia Militia; enrolled on October 29, 1833, under act of Congress of June 7, 1832, payment to date from March 4, 1831; annual allowance, $60; sums received to date of publication of list, $150.—Revolutionary Pension Roll, in Vol. xiv, Sen. Doc. 514, 23rd Cong., 1st sess., 1833-34. He resided in Perry County, June 1, 1840, with Willis Osbourn, aged 81. Census of Pensioners, 1841, p. 149.


ODEN, ALEXANDER, lieutenant colonel, born Scotland, 1752, died Dallas County, Ala., 1834.-- D.A.R. Lineage Book, Nos. 171391 and 197790.


ODEN, ALEXANDER—Served in the Revolution in the militia of Edgefield District, S. C., removed to Autauga County, Ala., about 1820, and died there in 1834, near the Dallas County line. He married Letitia Bussey, daughter of George Bussey, who died in Edgefield District, S. C., in 1796. Their children included: Alexander, Jr., born April 9, 1788 in South Carolina, died March 11, 1853, in Talladega County, Ala.; Joshua, born January '22, 1796, in South Carolina, died October 20, 1876, at Sylacauga Ala.; Dempsey, born 1798, in South Carolina, died, February 1877, in Dallas County, Ala.; John; Thomas Bussey, born 1774-1777 in South Carolina, died before 1838; Elias, born 1774-1790, died 1814 in Edgefield District, S. C., Eleanor, born 1783, died 1860 in Talladega County, Ala., married her cousin, Alexander Oden; Hettie born after 1800, married Nathan Peoples, born 1786, lived in Dallas County. Alexander Oden, with his family, moved from Edgefield District, S. C., to Jones County, Ga., where his sons, Alexander and Dempsey at least were married. About 1820, he removed to Autauga County, Ala., where his son Joshua married. In 1830, Alexander Oden was a widower living in Autauga County with his son, Dempsey and is listed in the Census of 1830 as aged 70-80. Other Odens fisted are A., J., and B. By 1840, only Dempsey Oden remained in Autauga County near the Dallas County line. Information from Miss Maud M. Kelly, Birmingham, Ala.


ODOM, JACOB, aged 72, and a resident of Pickens County; private, N. C. Militia; enrolled on January 28, 1833, under act of Congress of June 7, 1832, payment to date from March 4, 1831; annual allowance, $20; sums received to date of publication of list, $50.—Revolutionary Pension Ro1l, in Vol. xiv, Sen. Doc. 514, 23rd Cong., 1st sess., 1833-34.


OGLESBY, SOBERT-- Born in Scotland Died Apr. 19, 1831 Enlisted in Revolutionary War Dec. 1, 1776 4th Artillery Reg. S. C. Troops as Gunner also served in War of 1812.


Tombstone inscription on grave in Hickman or Oglesby Cemetery, near Green Pond, Bibb County, Ala.—Information from William F. Franke, Birmingham, Ala.


OLIVER, THOMAS. "The writer has been told that the grave of this soldier may be seen near one of the public roads about six miles from Montgomery. His tombstone relates that he was in the War of the Revolution from Culpepper County, Virginia; he was at King's Mountain and Yorktown. He died in 182-- in Montgomery County, Alabama. Nothing more has been learned of his history or family." Mrs. P. H. Mell in Transactions of the Alabama Historical Society, Vol. iv, p. 558.


OSTEEN, DAVID, aged 73, and a resident of Morgan County; private, N. C. Militia; enrolled on May 2, 1833, under act of Congress of June 7, 1832, payment to date from March 4, 1831; annual allowance, $23.33; sums received to date of publication of list, $69.99.—Revolutionary Pension Roll, in Vol. xiv, Sen. Doc. 514, 23rd Cong., 1st sess., 1833-34.


OUTLAW, ALEXANDER (1738-1826) was a private at the Battle of Kings Mountain under the command of Colonel Campbell. He was born in Duplin County, N. C.; died in Catawba, Ala. (Cahaba)—D.A.R. Lineage Book, Vol. 155, p. 34. See also White's King's Mountain Men, p. 214. See also McCall, Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia, p. 46.


OUTLAW, ALEXANDER "Departed this life at Celatchie Heights, in Dallas County, on the 25th August last, in the 87th year of his age, Col. Alexander Outlaw, formerly of Jefferson County, Tennessee, but for the last 9 years a venerable and respected inhabitant of this State. Notwithstanding the shortness of human life, we are engaged in so many different pursuits, and our minds are led away by so many attractions, that we seldom attempt to form an estimate of the worth and merits of our fellow creatures, until they have gone into the eternal and unchangeable state; until the picture of their lives is reflected back by the dark shades of death. It is then, and not until then, that the lingering hand of friendship, or the partial finger of affection are exerted to trace the paths pursued by those, who have been dear to us in this transitory life. It is then, that memory hovers with fond and melancholy remembrance over each incident, as they are presented thro' the lapse of years that are past, and endeavors to present the outlines of the picture, on which it delighted to gaze, while it was animated, by the transient spark of life. Considering the shortness of the duration of man's existence, and the countless number of intelligent beings with which it has pleased the Almighty Ruler of the Universe to people the earth, it has fallen to the lot of but very few indeed, to act so conspicuous a part in the drama of human life, as Col. Outlaw. Firmly, and inviolably attached to the principles of free government, he warmly engaged and acted a conspicuous part in that eventful and glorious struggle, which terminated in his country's independence. The Strong energies of his mind, the respectability of his character, and a well placed confidence in his judgement, enabled him to carry with him into the field of danger and glory, a choice collection of the companions of his youth, who were willing to unite. and identify their fortunes with his. In the command of that respectable corps, of which he never ceased to speak in terms of unceasing respect and soldierly affection, he acted a conspicuous part in the battles of Monks Corner, Briar Creek, Eutaw Springs, and the memorable sieges, of Savannah and Charleston. At the close of the Revolution he settled in Tennessee where he continued through the lapse of many years, to enjoy various proofs of the confidence of his fellow-citizens. He was sent first, as a delegate to the Legislature of North Carolina, afterwards elected as a member of the Convention that framed the Constitution of Tennessee, and immediately on the establishment of a State Government, he was elected a member of the Senate, a situation for sixten years, ten of....?......?.....officer of....?.. (Rest of Article Torn Out of Paper)


"altho' he had passed through all of the vicissitudes of prosperity and of affliction, incident to a life of nearly four score and ten years, he died with an humble but firm hope through the intercession of a Saviour, of a seat in that kingdom, which is not of this world. The closing scenes of such men, are like the last gentle beams of a setting sun, shedding the genial influence of their declining rays, on the fields they have cherished with their warmth in the day of their noontide effulgence."—Selma Courier, Dec. 6, 1827.


OTTERSON, SAMUEL, aged 80, and a resident of Greene County; captain and major, S. C. Militia; enrolled on July 2, 1833 under act of Congress of June 7, 1832, payment to date from March 4, 1831; annual allowance, $525; sums received to date of publication of list, $1,585.—Revolutionary Pension Roll, in Vol. xiv, Sen. Doc. 514, 23rd Cong., 1st sess., 1833-34.


OTTERSON, SAMUEL, age not given, and a resident of Greene County; captain, S. C. Militia; date enrolled not stated, but pension to date from Oct. 6, 1816, under act of Congress, March 3, 1809; transferred from S. C., March 4, 1834; annual allowance, $96; sums received to date of publication of list, $2,247.74.—Revolutionary Pension Roll, in Vol. xiv, Sen. Doc. 514, 23rd Cong., 1st sess., 1833-34.


OWEN, JOHN, a resident of Autauga County; private, particular service not shown; enrolled on January 26, 1835, under act of Congress of June 7, 1832, payment to date from March 4, 1831; annual allowance, $26.66. Pension Book, State Branch Bank, Mobile.


OWEN, RICHARDSON. "At his residence in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on the 24th day of July, 1822, departed this life Col. Richardson Owen in the 78th year of his life. Col. Owen was born in Henrico County, Virginia, on the 14th of March, 1744. He emigrated to N. Carolina in 1762, where he was appointed Col. Commandant of Randolph County. During the period of the Revolutionary War he retained this command and was for some time in active service. He participated in many of the interesting and painful events with the Revolution. Near the close of the War he resigned this command and removed to Va. on New River where he found a brisk partisan war kept up between Whigs and Tories.


 "Devoted to the cause of liberty, he could not remain neutral in this conflict. The Tory party for a while appeared dominant and Col. Owen was selected as one of the victims of their cruelty; his vigilance and activity, however, enabled him to elude their grasp, but his whole estate (which was large) was swept away by them. They burned his house and plundered him of everything movable. Fired by patriotic feelings as well as individual resentment Col. Owen determined at once to crush this murderous band of unprincipled desperadoes. For this purpose he raised a volunteer regiment whom he commanded, and after many sharp conflicts he succeeded in killing, hanging and putting to flight these destroyers of his fortune and enemies of his country's liberties. He carried with him to the grave all those feelings which animated the American soldier in the times that tried men's souls.


"Though he encountered many privations and sustained losses which he was ever after unable to repair, still he felt himself amply compensated in the acquisitions of that liberty for which he fought and struggled and which he long lived to enjoy.


"Nature endowed him with a strong mind, which he retained to the close of his life. In his deportment through life his conduct was exemplary. For more than 20 years he was a member of the Methodist church and daily engaged in the pious duties of a Christian.


"He faced death with confidence and without fear, leaving an aged wife, five sons and one daughter." Obituary, written by Col. John I. Inge, Tuscaloosa, Ala., and published in the Tuscaloosa Republican, July, 1822. 


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