Where The Atlee Family Connection Started In My Family 

My 3rd great-grandparents Martha Darling Atlee and Peter Okell are the  first Okell/Atlee connection in my family. Below are a photo of my 3rd great-grandmother’s broach. Photo was taken between 1850-1855, when Martha was between 10 and 15 years old, and a photo of my 3rd great-grandfather’s headstone, photo was taken in the month of May in 2011 in Fort Madison, Iowa. Okay so here is their story (again): 

I’ll start with my 3rd great-grandfather, Peter Okell: 

Peter was the last child and 4th son born to Peter Okell and Martha Corker on February 6, 1834 in Cheshire, England. He lived an amazing life, in his birth year in England there was a worldwide Cholera outbreak and although he survived it, many others died. He married his wife Martha Atlee on January 29, 1860 when Peter was 25 and Martha was 19 years old in Fort Madison, Iowa. In their 50 years of marriage Martha and Peter had 5 children: Charles Lincoln Okell (1860-1931), Franklin Alexander Okell (1864-1932), Emeline Atlee Okell (1866-1935) John Atlee Okell (1870-1948) and Sadie Maria Okell (1874-1935). Peter served in the American Civil War from its beginning in 1861 until its final year in 1865, by that year (1865), Peter was already 31 years old. After the war ended, he went on to work for the family business S & J.C. Atlee Lumber Company, he worked there for a number of years until his death on October 6, 1910, in Iowa City, Iowa, at the age of 76 years old. 

Here is the story of his wife Martha Darling Atlee: 

 Martha Darling Atlee was the first daughter and 3rd child to John Cox Atlee and Emeline Stone Brooks on July 16, 1840 in Fort Madison, Iowa. Her father was 24 and her mother was 22 years old at her birth. Martha had one younger sister, and two older brothers. Here they are in birth order (without Martha): Samuel John Atlee (1863-1913), William Henry Atlee (1854-1933), and Margaret Lillian Atlee (1862-1949). For Martha and Peter’s marriage, please read the information on her husband, Peter Okell. After Martha’s husband Peter passed away in 1910, Martha remained in Fort Madison, Iowa until her death on October 10, 1916, at the age of 76 years old. Both Peter and Martha Atlee Okell are buried in Fort Madison, Iowa.


The Atlee Line!!

Dear Readers,

I am going to start with another branch of my family tree. This surname is Atlee and as of today, there are still some living descendants of the original line. Although I have been able to trace the Atlee’s from me all the way back to my 12th great-grandfather being born in the year 1500 in England. I hope you enjoy my research and continue reading my blog entries!


11X Great-Grandparents!!!

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Unfortunately, this is as far back as I have been able to trace my paternal line, so I hope you thoroughly enjoy my final post on my Okell line!!

Here is the story of my 11x great grandparents, enjoy!

I’ll start with my 11x great grandmother, Elizabeth Baxter. 

Elizabeth was born on November 21, 1591 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England. She was baptized a day later on November 22, 1591 at All Saints Church in Runcorn, Cheshire, England.

Elizabeth Baxter married my 11x great grandfather John Okell on January 20, 1615 in her hometown of Daresbury, Cheshire, England. Elizabeth was 23 years old, and John was 20 years old at the time.

In their 70 year marriage Elizabeth gave birth to four children, here they are oldest to youngest:

Thomas Okell (1615-1715) *10th great grandfather*

Robert Okell (1625-1721)

Ellen Okell (1630-1704)

Margaret Okell (1635-1714)

Elizabeth Baxter passed away in 1685 in England at the age of 94 years old.

Here’s the story of my 11x great grandfather, John Okell. 

John Okell was born in 1595 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England.

See above for marriage and children information.

John and Elizabeth lived their entire lives in England, as many of my ancestors stories before this post have.

John passed away on July 27, 1689 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England at the age of 94. He passed away just 4 years after his wife Elizabeth. 


10X Great-Grandparents!!!

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This is the story of my 10x great-grandparents, I hope you enjoy reading!!!

I’ll start with my 10x great grandfather, Thomas Okell. 

The oldest son, Thomas was born on June 6, 1615 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England to John Okell (age 20) and Elizabeth Baxter (age 23). Thomas Okell’s parents had 4 children (including Thomas) from 1615 to 1635. 

On September 24, 1633 Thomas Okell married his love Catherine Willis in Daresbury, Cheshire, England when Thomas was 18 and Catherine was 18 years old as well. 

During their 82 years of marriage they had 2 children: 

Thomas Okell (1635-1735) *9th great grandfather*

Elizabeth Okell (1655-1684)

Thomas Okell died in 1715 at the age of 100 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England, and is buried there. 

Here is the story of my 10x great grandmother, Catherine Willis:

Catherine was born in 1615 in Cheshire, England to John Arthur Willis (age 60 years old) and Catherine Hockings (age 60 as well). See above for marriage information and how many children Thomas Okell and Catherine had. 

Catherine did have an older brother, John Willis (1610-1655). So it’s obvious that Catherine’s parents (John Arthur and Catherine) had two children between the years of 1610 and 1615. 

Catherine passed away a year after Thomas, in 1716 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England when she was 101 years old. 


My 9X Great-Grandparents!!!

Here is the story of my 9X great-grandparents. I hope you enjoy it!! I’ll start with my 9X great grandmother: Elizabeth Pamela Barker. 

Elizabeth was the oldest child born to Thomas Barker (age 30,  and Alice Barker also age 30) she was born on August 30, 1630 in Harston, Cambridge, England. Elizabeth had one sister and three brothers, all younger than her. 

She married my 9X great grandfather Thomas Okell on January 25, 1655 in Cheshire, England, when Elizabeth was 24 years old and Thomas was 20 years old. During their 64 year marriage, they had 2 sons and 3 daughters. 

Elizabeth Pamela Barker passed away on November 30, 1719 in West Winch, Norfolk, England when she was 89 years old.

My 9X great grandfather Thomas Okell was born in 1635 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England, his mother Catherine Willis was 20 years old and his father Thomas Okell was also 20 years old. Thomas (my 9X great grandfather) had a younger sister named Elizabeth Okell born on February 2, 1655 when Thomas was 20 years old. See above for the marriage between Thomas and his wife Elizabeth Pamela Barker. 

Thomas Okell passed away in 1735 in his hometown of Daresbury, Cheshire, England, and was buried there as well. 

Here are Thomas and Elizabeth Barker’s children, oldest to youngest: 

John Okell (1675-1736) *8th great grandfather*

Ellen Okell (1681-1780)

Sarah Okell (1683-1731)

Thomas Okell (1691-1691)

Anna Okell (1695-1728)


My 8x Great-Grandparents!!

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Here is the story of my 8x great-grandparents! I hope you enjoy it!! 

I’ll start with my 8x great grandfather, John Okell: he was born on May 6, 1675 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England to Thomas Okell (age 20) and Elizabeth Barker (age 25). He was the first of 5 children (including John) born to Elizabeth and Thomas. Here are his siblings in birth order (not including John): Ellen Okell (1681-1780), Sarah Okell (1683-1731), Thomas Okell (1691-1691), and Anna Okell (1695-1728). John passed away on June 29, 1738 at the age of 63 years old in his hometown of Daresbury, Cheshire, England, and was buried there.

On January 24, 1695 John married the love of his life, Margaret Waterhouse in Liverpool, Lancashire, England. John was 19 years old and Margaret was also 19 years old at the time. During their 43 year marriage they had 4 children, here they are from oldest to youngest: 

Robert Okell (1700-1800)* (7x great grandfather)

Margaret Okell (1708-1803)

Thomas Okell (1716-1793)

Hannah Okell (1726-1731)

My 8x great grandmother Margaret Waterhouse was born on June 5, 1675 in Thornhill, Yorkshire, England to John Waterhouse (age 65) and Sarah Ann Waterhouse (age 60). Margaret was the last child of 5 children (including Margaret) born to John and Sarah Ann Waterhouse. Here are Margaret’s siblings in birth order (not including Margaret): Nathaniel Waterhouse (1637-1737), Alice Waterhouse (1640-1779), Ann Waterhouse (1644-1736), and Emma Waterhouse (1652-1732). See above for marriage information regarding Margaret and a list of her children. Margaret Waterhouse passed away on March 21, 1775 at the age of 99 years old in Daresbury, Cheshire, England and was buried there.


My 7x Great-Grandparents!!

Here’s the story of my 7X great-grandparents, I hope you enjoy it!!

I’ll start with my 7th great-grandmother, Alice Oldham. She was born on October 23, 1700 in Lancashire, England. She married the love of her life Robert Okell on December 30, 1730 in Lancashire, England when she was 30 years old and Robert was 30 years old also. They had two children during their 22 year marriage. Alice passed away on October 9, 1753 in Lancashire, England at the age of 52 years old. 

My 7th great-Grandfather:

Robert Okell was the first born on February 3, 1700 in Cheshire, England to John Okell (age 19) and Margaret Waterhouse (age 18). See above for his marriage to Alice Oldham. During their marriage they had John Okell (1733-1804) and Peter Okell (1738-1801). Robert Okell had two sisters and one brother, all younger than him. Robert Okell passed away in the year 1800 at the age of 100 years old in Cheshire, England.