Sarah Jane McTeer

Name: Sarah Jane Odell McTeer
Born: 28 December 1828 / Carroll County, Indiana
Died: 18 November 1908 / Portland, Oregon
Parents: John Odell & Sarah Holman Odell
Spouse: Robert McTeer
Married: 20 September 1853 / Yamhill County, Oregon
Arrived in Ore.: 26 September 1851
Cause of Death: Bronchial Pneumonia

Sarah Jane Odell McTeer


Mrs. Sarah Odell McTeer, one of the best and most favorably known pioneer women of Yamhill County, died in this city at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. L. H. Baker, last Wednesday morning.

Mrs. McTeer was the second child of John and Sarah Holman Odell, pioneers of 1851, and was born in Indiana, December 28, 1828. Her father was born In South Carolina in 1801 and died in Yamhill County in March, 1869. Her mother was born in Kentucky in 1803 and died in Oregon on January 1, 1886. Her maternal grandfather Holman lived to be 101 years old and her paternal grandfather Martindale was 103 years old at time of death. So it may be seen that Mrs. McTeer descended from a long-lived ancestry, and, furthermore, the Holmans and Martindales were among the best and most influential people in the early days of Indiana and left a splendid heritage to their descendants in a good name, which is far above all riches.

Such a heritage Mrs. McTeer was always most grateful for and she, in turn, has left to her only surviving child of the four that were born to her the example of a noble, upright and useful life as a priceless treasure for her five surviving grandchildren and four great grandchildren. In early life Mrs. McTeer became a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and was a devoted and consistent Christian to the end of her days.

In the Odell family there were nine children, in the following order, all crossing the plains with their parents and making their first settlement in Yamhill County: Mrs. Martha Coovert; Sarah, the subject of this sketch; General William H. Odell, ex-surveyor-General and editor of the Oregon Statesman, Salem, for many years; Joseph Odell, James Odell, Dr. George W. Odell, Mrs. Mary Farnsworth, Mrs. Charlotte Alderman and Albert Odell. Of these there are four survivors, viz.: General Odell, Portland; Mrs. Alderman, Dayton, Or.; Albert Odell, McMinnville, and Dr. Odell, Portland.

– Oregonian, November 20, 1908

Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, November 19, 1908, Page 12

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Reference:1850, 1860, 1870, 1900 United States Federal Census;; University of Oregon Libraries – Historic Oregon Newspapers Collection; Oregon, Biographical and Other Cards. Oregon Historical Society, Portland, Oregon; Early Oregonians Index, 1800-1860