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Sir William de ODINGSELLS, church website, photos, GRISWOLD
Posted by: Carol Van Cleef (ID *****3607) Date: May 19, 2006 at 07:40:01
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I found this website http://www.solihullparish.org.uk/st_alphege.htm with an interesting church history which includes a 'clickable' diagram of the very old church building. Upon clicking on the "Chantry Chapel" I learned that William de Odingsells (who began the building of the church) "founded the Chantry of Haliwell (or Holy Well) for the singing of masses for the souls of his ancestors, his descendants and himself." That made me feel in a way, that William had thought about us back then, as we think about him and are interested in his life today.

The page says that William's parents were William de Odingsells and Joan (her second husband was "another Ralph de Limesi." William the younger was knighted in 1283 and he married "Ela, daughter of the Earl of Salisbury and great grand-daughter of Henry II." Of Sir William's death the website says, "No doubt Sir William intended to be buried here in a tomb appropriate to his high rank, but he died in Ireland, in 1295, and was buried there."

The site also mentions Thomas GRESWOLD and implies that he is a progenitor of the American GRISWOLD family, "The stained glass shields, in the window overlooking the chancel, recall these families and form a link with members of the American GRISWOLD family whose ancestors left Warwickshire for New England in the 1630s." This name sounded so familiar to me so I, of course, thought, "Ah ha! They are some of my kin, too." Perhaps, but a little searching told the truth. I lived for short while in Groton , CT, the site of Fort Griswold State Park http://dep.state.ct.us/stateparks/parks/fort_griswold.htm

I know there are a lot of people out there that know a great deal more about Sir William de ODINGSELLS, but this was the first information of this nature that I had seen.

I would hope that someone with reliable knowledge of Hugh de Odingsells and the Williams de Odingsells would post here for new researchers to find, and for those like me who have been trying to wait to 'worry' about the English Odingsells families until they found their American link to them.

Along with my Charles Odingsells, I find a reference in the Savannah, GA area of a Gabriel and a Benjamin Odingsells. Charles mentions in his will a niece "Mary Odingsells" who was married to George Washington Allen. I will have to research her more, but it would seem then that Charles had a brother, whose name I do not know.

There was a very old Gabriel Odingsells (1690 - 1734)in England, today I found reference to a play or opera that he wrote about 1730.

Hope this helps someone. I would love to make contact with other people that would be interested in researching the American Odingsells' and how they tie into the English family.

~Carol



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