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.