Clay County

Biography - Odell Tolbert

ODELL TOLBERT, farmer, P. O. Louisville, was born in Orange County, Ind., June 15, 1843, and is a son of Thomas Tolbert (deceased), a native of Orange County, also. Mr. Tolbert was brought up on the farm, and, being obliged to work almost constantly, enjoyed but meager educational advantages. He went barefoot, winter and summer, until he was twelve years old. He served in the late war in Company F, Seventeenth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and participated in the battles of Green River Bridge (where he was captured, but exchanged), Hoover's Gap, Chickamauga, Atlanta, Jonesboro, Mission Ridge, Dalton, Kenesaw Mountain, Nashville, Columbus Ga.. Selma, Ala., Macon, Ga., and others. Mr. Tolbert came to this county in 1866, where he has since resided. He was married in 1867 to Sarah A., daughter of Isaac Corder (deceased). They have had six children, four living - Thomas, Otto, John and George. Our subject owns eighty acres of land, and is engaged in general farming. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and of the Christian Church.

Transcribed by Laurel White from 1884 History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois, Part IV, page 157.

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