John Odlin

Male Abt 1602 - 1685


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  • Name  John Odlin  [1
    Born  Abt 1602  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Will  05 Mar 1685  Boston, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • In his will, dated 5 March 1684/5 and probated 11 January 1685/6, John Odlin bequeathed to son John Odlin a piece of land; to son Peter a piece of land, some furniture, and "my old great Bible"; to grandchild Hannah Bumsteed 10s.; and to son Elisha Odlin a piece of land, his cow commons and "my bible Jenevas translations and Calvins Institutions, the rest of my books to be divided amongst my three sons, and all my household stuff to be equally divided betwixt Elisha and Peter." The three parcels of land appear to be a division of a single larger tract, in the town of Boston, presumably the two conjoined houselots listed in the Book of Possessions; John Odlin had apparently sold all his outlying land.
    Died  18 Dec 1685  Boston, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Buried  19 Dec 1685  Boston, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • John was an armorer and cutler, residing first at Boston. Admitted to Boston church as member #139 (as "John Audley"); this would be in late 1632. He was made freeman 14 May 1634. On 12 August 1636 gave 4s. toward maintenance of school master; with several other men, in April 1649 rented land on Long and Spectacle islands, the rents to go to the school; signed several deeds; Bibles and other books bequeathed to sons in will.

      John held the office of Fenceviewer 21 March 1635/6; clerk of the market 8 March 1657/8; and was admitted to Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in 1638; he was the armorer from 1644 to 1673.

      John Odlin was on the 20 November 1637 list of Boston men to be disarmed as adherents of Anne Hutchinson. Shortly afterward he signed a renunciation of the petition which he and many others had signed against the proceedings of the court in this matter.

      On 8 January 1637/8 granted 84 acres, being great lot #15 at Rumney Marsh; sold to Richard Tuttle on 19 July 1638. On 21 January 1638/9 "leave was granted to John Odlyn to make use of a piece of marsh ground at Muddy River, containing an acre, lying against the third lot there until the town shall see occasion for further disposing of it." On 27 April 1640 bought from the town nine acres of marsh; and on 26 October 1640 another acre and a half adjoining.

      In the Boston Book of Possessions John Odlin held one house with a garden. On 10 October 1650 he purchased a houselot in Boston from John Bateman, adjacent to the houselot already in his possession.

      On 11 May 1667 "John Odlin of Boston ... cutler and Margaret his wife" sold to Edward Devotion of Muddy River, yeoman, for 39 two acres of marsh at Muddy River, and another parcel of eight acres; John Odlin added his signature, and Margaret made her mark; John Odlin alone acknowledged the deed 19 May 1677. On 11 February 1667/8 "John Audlin of Boston ... armorer" sold to John Hull of Boston, goldsmith, for 20 eight acres at Muddy River [ SLR 10:4]. On 21 November 1682 "John Odlin of Boston ... armorer" sold to Edward Devotion for 24 two and a half acres of marsh at Muddy River.

      On 10 June 1684 "John Odlin aged about eighty-two years" was one of four deponents who called themselves "ancient dwellers and inhabitants of the Town of Boston in New-england from the time of the first planting and settling thereof and continuing so at this day" and testified to the purchase of Mr. WILLIAM BLACKSTONE 's land by the town in 1634. [2]
    Person ID  I46513  Bryant
    Last Modified  21 Feb 2004 

    Family  Margaret,   d. Aft 11 May 1667 
    Married  Est 1630 
    Children 
     1. John Odlin,   d. Abt Jul 1635
     2. Hannah Odlin,   b. 09 Feb 1637/38, Boston, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Est Mar 1637/38, Boston, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Elisha Odlin,   b. 01 Jul 1640, Boston, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1724, Boston, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. John Audley,   b. 03 Feb 1641/42, Boston, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1711, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Peter Odlin,   b. 02 Jul 1646, Boston, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F3101  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1602 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 05 Mar 1685 - Boston, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 Dec 1685 - Boston, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 19 Dec 1685 - Boston, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S13] NEHGR, NEHGR, (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), 41:266.

    2. [S260] GMB, Anderson, Robert Charles, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, 1995), p. 1347.

    3. [S260] GMB, Anderson, Robert Charles, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, 1995), p. 1349.


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