New Hampshire Author, Poet, Educator, Club Woman of Meredith: Eva J. (Beede) Odell (1852-1928)

View of Lake Winnipesaukee

A world of beauty everywhere we go!
The mountains gleaming through the haze
The deep blue sky where fleecy cloudlets sail,
Are imaged in the placid lake below.
Where white in little coves the lilies blow,
The giant pine trees and the floweret frail
Their fragrance on the summer air exhale,
And beautiful the drifts of daisy snow!
The dreamy twilight softly on us steals,
The fire-fly stars come twinkling in the green.
In distant dim, a plaintive voice appeals
To “Whip-poor-Will,” who ever keeps unseen.
The moon comes up, across the lake’s expanse
The fairy beams in golden sandals dance.”
— Winnipesaukee, by Eva Beede Odell

Photograph of Eva Beede Odell from The Granite monthly, a New Hampshire magazine, 1914, page 55

She was born, Eva Josephine Beede, the daughter of John Waye & Caroline Frances (Fogg) Beede, on 28 Nov 1852 in the quaint and lovely town of Meredith NH.   She had one sibling, John Fred Beede.  Her father was a prominent and financially successful man of the area, running a grocery and provisions store there.  She was educated at the schools of Meredith New Hampshire and also Tilton Seminary and Wellesley College.

Eva J. Beede was a teacher for many years at several Methodist seminaries, and was preceptress at the Centenary Collegiate Institute, Hackettstown NJ. She traveled to nine foreign countries, and gave presentation talks about her travels. She was a member of the Woman’s Progress Club of Meredith.

She married Rev. Willis P. Odell, Ph.D., a native of Laconia and moved with him to Brookline MA where he was the pastor of St. Mark’s Methodist Episcopal Church.

She was an author and poet, publishing “Roxy’s Good Angel and Other New England Tales,” a volume of poems called “Winnipesaukee and Other Poems.” She was a contributor of short stories and poems to various newspapers and magazines, including the Granite State Monthly.

She is, as it seems to be the fate of many of those who I research, a distant cousin of mine through her Urann line.


Thomas & Elizabeth Beede
Eli Beede (1699-1789 of Jersey Channel Islands France, Fremont & Kingston NH) & Mehitable Sleeper (immigr 1713-1715 to New England)
Thomas Beede (1732-1806 of Kingston & Fremont NH) & Elizabeth Urann [Editor’s note: Eva J. Beede is a distant cousin to the blog editor through this Urann line]
[born 20 July 1732 in Gilmanton NH and d. 20 Nov 1824 Gilmanton NH]
John Beede (1758-1841) & Sarah Sleeper

—–Next Generation—–

John Beede, son of John & Sarah (Sleeper) Beede, was born 31 March 1798 in Sandwich NH and died 27 April 1858 in Sandwich NH. He is buried in Beede Cemetery, Sandwich NH.  He marriedMary Way. daughter of Benjamin & Mary (Shaw) Way. She was born 16 May 1801 at Lempster NH and d 28 March 1859 at Sandwich NH.
Children of John & Mary (Way) Beede:
1. Mary Beede, b. 2 July 1826 Sandwich NH, died 28 June 1835 Sandwich NH
2. +John Waye Beed, b. 17 March 1828 Sandwich NH.
3. Mary Ann Beede b 24 Nov 1837 Sandwich NH, died 1840
4. Sarah P. Beede, b. 1841, died 10 May 1919 Meredith NH; dressmaker

—–Next Generation—–

John Waye Beede was born 17 March 1828 in Sandwich, Carroll Co NH
son of John & Mary (Way) Beede. He died 25 Nov 1885 in Meredith NH.
He married in March of 1851 in Manchester NH [per the Christian Register newspaper of 29 March 1851] to Caroline Frances Fogg. She was b 17 Feb 1827 in Sandwich NH and died 16 Jan 1902. They are buried in Meredith Village Cemetery, Meredith NH.  In 1880 J.W. Beede & Co. groceries, hardware, paints, etc. in Meredith NH [per NH Register State Yearbook 1897] He was appointed postmaster under the Lincoln administration, and was involved with the New Hampshire Central Railroad, and the Meredith Village Savings Bank (Finance Committee). He died at the age of 57, his son John taking over the business.
1870 US Census > NH > Belknap > Meredith
John W Bedee 42
Caroline F Bedee 43
Eva J Bedee 17
Fred W Bedee 11
Polly Clark 73
Children of John W> & Caroline F. (Fogg) Beede:
1. +Eva Josephine Beede, b 28 Nov 1852 in Meredith NH.  SEE later
2. John Fred Beede, b 8 April 1859 Meredith NH, d. 1 Jan 1949. He is buried in Meredith Village Cemetery, Meredith NH. He married 15 April 1901 in Laconia NH to Martha Booker Melcher, daughter of Woodbury L. & Elizabeth H. (Booker) Melcher. She was born 13 Nov 1864 in Gilford NH and died 30 June 1947 in Meredith NH.

—–Next Generation—–

Eva Josephine Beede  was born 28 Nov 1852 in Meredith NH, and  died 13 Dec 1928 in Sandown, NH, aged 76.   She is buried in Lakeport Cemetery, Lakeport NH [now Lakeside Cemetery, Laconia NH].   She was the daughter of John Waye & Caroline Frances (Fogg) Beede.  She married on  21 Nov 1906 in Meredith NH to Willis Patterson Odell, son of Joseph Law & Abbie (Swain) Odell. He was b 14 Dec 1855 in [Lake Village]Laconia NH and d. 23 June 1931 in Forest Hills MA.  He had m1) 30 June 1881 in Laconia NH to Mary Frances French, dau of William & Hannah French. She was b. 15 Aug 1852 in Sandown NH and died 22 March 1904. Buried Hillside Cem. No children. Rev Odell was a Methodist Episcopal Clergyman who had been stationed in various places including: Calvary Church 7th Ave cor 129th (1904) and Delaware Avenue Church, Buffalo NY, member of New England Conference 1893, member of Epworth league. A Memorial Day Sermon of his was published in a 1915 Granite State Monthly.


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