It really is a small world. I just saw your message and accepted your Friend invitation. Yes, you and I are indeed related. Your grandfather Joe Odom was a first cousin of my father Obed Wood Odom, Sr. I have heard my father speak many times of his cousin Joe and also of Ruth and Grace. I remember that he said Joe married a sister of Olin Goodwin but I didn't remember her first name. He also said Joe had just one child, a daughter, so I guess she must be your mother Josephine.
What is weird is that my family lived at Colquitt on the old Odom homestead, and I went to school in Haynesville, but I never remember seeing Joe or Ruth and Grace, but I remember passing by the house on Hwy 79 where they lived My father did see Joe occasionally in Haynesville I think.
Anyway, as you no doubt know, Joe's father was William L. (Billy) Odom, who was a brother of my grandfather Julius Andrew Odom. They were sons of Hiram Pittman Odom and Eliza Sims Odom, who moved to Colquitt from Macon Co., AL, around 1861(when Billy was about 1 year old) following the death of Eliza's father Joseph Sims. They moved onto the Joseph Sims homestead at Colquitt, which is where I grew up and where my sister Martha Harson still lives. Hiram and Eliza and many of their descendants are buried in Colquitt Cemetery.
I have a lot more genealogy info on the Odom and Sims families which I will be happy to share, and I would like to get more info on "Uncle Billy's" family. I think I remember my father saying that Joe was Billy's only son. but that he had maybe 6 daughters.. I think Billy married Clara Thornton, who was a relative of his mother Eliza.
Also, good luck to us both in this Brown Dense oil and gas play!
I agree it is amazing. I believe Ben Goodwin was my Great grandfathers brother. My granfather married Mucie Dora Traylor. Ruth & Grace were my mother's aunts, very sweet ladies. We now own that little home site on 79 (all grown over now) and 316 acres along Goodwin lake road. We no longer own the lake my grandmother lost that part of the land in a divorce. We are probably related distantly. What is you mothers name. I also wish for good things in the future for our lands. My mother always said never sell the land, it will take care of you. Jon
I talked to my mother who is almost 80 years-old and she explained as much as she could remember. She said Ben Goodwin married my grandfather's sister. His name was Luther Teague. My mother's family (Driver) were share croppers for Ben Goodwin. I still remember my aunt taking me to visit two older ladies named Ruth and Grace who were sisters of Joe Odom. My mother also knew your mother growing up around Haynesville. Her best memory of Goodwin lake was that there was a small original lake to the right where the boat dock was. She said her family moved to Athens and came back when she was about 8 years old and my great-grandfather said he dug the bigger lake with a steam-shovel and dynamite. It's funny how that story has been around ever since I remember. Regardless, it's amazing to meet someone on this site that shares this history. I sincerely hope all of us around Haynesville and in Claiborne Parish have good luck with this new discovery and come out with a good deal on our mineral rights.
This article came out I believe in 1995. It explains alot and how the formations were named and the potential for oil and gas. This has helped me understand alot more than what I could get from the media. It was put together by many people in the oil and gas field. I hope this helps you like it has helped me understand.
As exciting as this is, we know that we have a responsibility to do this thing correctly. After all, we want the farm to remain a place where the family can gather for another 80 years and beyond. This site was born out of these desires. Before we started this site, googling "shale' brought up little information. Certainly nothing that was useful as we negotiated a lease. Read More