Saturday, November 5, 2011

Surname Saturday- Odiorne


John Odiorne's parents' marriage is registered in the Sheviock parish records in Cornwall. He was an early fisherman on the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire, and he later sold his land on Smuttynose Island and was granted land at Great Island (now known as New Castle, New Hampshire).  He later purchased the land that is now Odiorne State Park in Rye, New Hampshire.  He appears in  New Castle records for various civic duties such as Grand Jury and church subscriptions.  His extensive land holdings were willed to his son John.

John's wife, Mary (Johnson) Odiorne appears in the records as a member of the North Church in Portsmouth in 1694. She then joined the Christ Church in Portsmouth in 1697.

The Odiorne family land remained in the family until it was bought by eminent domain during World War II for use as coastal protection.  Bunkers and a fort were built there, and later the land was offered for sale to the family who could not buy it back. It was sold to a man who later sold it back to the state.   It became Odiorne State Park and the Seacoast Science Center.  In 1899 the Colonial Dames erected a monument here to the first settlers on the beach in the park.  This monument was removed and placed in the Odiorne family burial ground in 1955, but was recently removed back to the beach.

Here Landed
In the Spring of 1623
The First Band of Englishmen
Pioneers In the Planting of
New Hampshire
Consecrating This Soil To The
Service Of
God and Liberty
1623 -1899

The Odiorne Genealogy:

Generation 1: John Odiorne, born about 1625 in Sheviock, Cornwall son of William Odiorne and Agnes Hickins, died 1707 in New Castle, New Hampshire; married Mary Johnson, daughter of James Johnson. Three children:
        1. Hannah,  (see below)
        2. John, born about 1675, m. Catherine Unknown
        3. Jotham, born about 1675, m. Sarah Bossum/Barsham, widow of Benjamin Bickford

Generation 2. Hannah Odiorne, born in New Hampshire; married second to James Stilson, son of James Stilson and Margaret Gould, born about 1680 at Muscongus Island near Pemaquid, Maine, died aobut 1772 in New Durham, New Hampshire.  Four children listed below.  Married first to John Batson, one daughter, Mary Batson.  Hannah and John were captured by Indians and taken to Quebec where John Batson died.  James Stilson, another captive, married Hannah in Quebec, and later they came back to New Hampshire.
         1. Hannah, born 2 August 1706 in Quebec (see below)
         2. Anna, born about 1710, m. Abraham Trefethen
         3. Alice, born about 1712, m. Samuel Clark
         4. James, born about 1712, m. Mary True

Generation 3. Hannah Stilson (1706 - 1776) m. Thomas Mead
Generation 4. Hannah Mead (1730 - before 1759) m. James Wilkinson
Generation 5. William Wilkinson (d. after 1840) m. Mercy Nason
Generation 6. Aaron Wilkinson (1802- 1879) m. Mercy F. Wilson
Generation 7. Robert Wilson Wilkinson (1830- 1874) m. Phebe Cross Munroe
Generation 8. Albert Munroe Wilkinson (1860 - 1908) m. Isabella Lyons Bill
Generation 9. Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts (my grandparents)


Genealogy of the Odiorne Family in America, by James Creighton Odiorne, revised in 1966

Copyright 2011, Heather Wilkinson Rojo


  1. Jotham Odiorne married Sarah Barsham, my ancestress via her first marriage to Benjamin Bickford. See the Gen. Dict. of ME and NH.

  2. Thanks, Martin. I updated the post.

  3. Hannah Odiorne and John Batson had three children: Mary, John and Clement (see p. 15 of the genealogy you refer to above. EOD