My 6X Great-Grandparents!

Dear Readers,

Here is the story of my 6X great-grandparents. I hope you enjoy reading it!!

I’ll start with my 6th great-grandfather: Peter Okell was born in 1738 in Sutton, Cheshire, England to Robert Okell aged 19 and Alice Oldham age 40, he had an older brother named John Okell (b: 1733). Anyway, he married Jane Eaton on September 16, 1763 in Frodsham, Cheshire, England when Peter was 25 and Jane was 28 years old. Peter and Jane were married for 37 years. Peter passed away on July 29, 1801 in Frodsham, Cheshire, England at the age of 63 years old.

6th great-grandmother: Jane Eaton was born on July 13, 1735 in Warrington, Cheshire, England to father William Eaton  and mother Elizabeth White both age 25 years old. Jane was the youngest of three children. Her other two siblings were, James Eaton (1732-1812) and Esther Eaton (1733-1774).  She got married to her husband Peter Okell when she was 28 years old. They were married for 37 years and in that marriage they had 7 children. Jane Eaton passed away on April 20, 1805 in Frodsham, Cheshire, England at the age of 69 years old. Here are their children listed below from oldest to youngest:

Mary Okell (1765-1837)

John Okell (1768-1857)

Elizabeth Okell (1771-1871)

Ann Okell (1774-1871)

Jane Okell (1777-1866)

William Okell (1779-1822)

Peter Okell (1781-1857) *5th great-grandfather 





My 5x great-grandparents!!

Dear Readers, 

From here and generations further back, I have no photos of the people, nor of their headstones. But I can still tell you their stories! So here goes: I’ll start with my 5x great grandfather Peter Okell:

Peter Okell was the first born son to Jane Eaton (Age 46) and Peter Okell (Age 43) when he was born on August 15, 1781 in Sutton Weaver, Cheshire, England. He had 4 sisters and two brothers, all younger than him. On April 17, 1803 in Davenham, Cheshire, England he married the love of his life, Mary Jackson (Age 20 at the time) and Peter was Age 21 years old. During their marriage they had 8 children. Peter died in October of 1857 in Cheshire, England at the age of 76 years old. 

Mary Jackson: Mary was born on March 27, 1782 the 1st of 12 children (including Mary) to Henry Jackson (22) and Sarah Mapp (19), in Lincolnshire, England. After marriage to Peter Okell on April 17, 1803 in Cheshire, England and having 8 children with him, Mary passed away in 1876 at the age of 94 years old. Mary and Peter had a marriage of 54 loving years together. Here are there 8 children (oldest to youngest):

Ann Okell (1803-1873)

William Okell (1806-1871)

Frances Okell (1808-1871)

Ellen Okell (1809-1875)

Peter Okell (1811-1872)

Mary Okell (1814-1902)

Matthew Okell (1817-1888)

Edwin Okell (1828-1872)


My 4x great-grandparents!!

Dear Readers, 

I have no photos of my 4th great-grandparents or their headstones. But I can still tell you their stories! 

Peter Okell: Peter was born on August 15, 1781 in Cheshire, England to Peter Okell (age: 43) and Jane Eaton, age 46 years old. The youngest child and third son out of 7 children, I imagine he learned from his older siblings how to survive in life. On July 29, 1801 Peter’s father passed away at the age of 63, Peter was just 19 years old at the time of his father’s death. Four years later on April 20, 1805, Peter’s mother Jane died at the age of 69, Peter was just 23 years old. Peter Okell passed away at the age of 76 years in October of 1857 in Cheshire, England.

Martha Corker: Martha was born on December 16, 1812 in Cheshire, England to William Corker (age 27) and Ann Knight (age 17), the oldest daughter out of 8 children (Martha included), she lead her brothers and sisters, through life and loved them with all of her heart, I’m assuming. Martha’s father William passed away on February 25, 1859, in Greene County, Alabama at the age of 74 years old. Martha’s mother Ann passed away in April of 1869 at the age of 73 years old in Yorkshire, West Riding, UK. Martha Corker Okell passed away on January 30, 1866, in Des Moines, Iowa, USA, at the age of 53 years old. 

Peter and Martha’s marriage: Peter Okell and Martha Corker married on October 24, 1830 in Frodsham, Cheshire, England when Martha was 17 years old and Peter was 49 years old. In the 27 years they were married, they had and raised 6 children. They are as follows (oldest to youngest): 

Peter Okell (1834-1910, also my 3rd great grandfather) 

Ralph Okell (1838-1913)

Mary Okell (1842-1904)

Jane Okell (1845-1948)

Levi Okell (1846-1912)

And of course, Frank Okell (1850-1931)

So that’s the story on my 4x great-grandparents, I hope you enjoyed reading it!!!


My great-great-great grandparents!!

Dear Readers,

These are my 3x great-grandparents Peter Okell and Martha Atlee. Okay so if you have read all of my posts by now you know how this goes.

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 started 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. 

Martha Atlee: Martha Darling Atlee was the first daughter and third 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.



My great-great grandparents!!

Hello Readers!!

These are my great-great grandparents headstones. As with my previous posts, I will first tell you their stories individually, and then their story together.

I will start with my great-great grandfather Charles Lincoln Okell. He was the first born on a cold winter day on December 16, 1860 in Fort Madison, Iowa, to Peter Okell (26 years old at the time of his birth) and Martha Atlee (20 years old), Charles Lincoln had 2 younger brothers and 2 younger sisters: Franklin Alexander Okell (b: 1864 d: 1932), Emeline Atlee Okell (b: 1866 d: 1935), John Atlee Okell (b: 1870 d: 1948), and Sadie Maria Okell (b: 1874 d: 1935). Charles Lincoln Okell passed away on January 21, 1931 in St. Paul, Minnesota at the age of 70 years old.

Anna Eckert was born on March 17, 1860 in Fairfield, Iowa, the fourth daughter to James Slagle Eckert 39 years old, and Leanna Lucinda Wise, 32 years old. Her siblings are in this order (without her): Mary Eckert (1850-1937), Susan Eckert (1852-1914), Ellen Eckert (1853-1854), David Eckert (1855-1856), and James Eckert (1857-1906). Anna passed away on October 26, 1898 in Fort Madison, Iowa, she was 38 years old.

Anna and Charles’ married life: Anna Eckert and Charles Lincoln Okell got married on April 12, 1883  in Jefferson, Iowa, when Charles was 22 and Anna Eckert was 23 years old. Through their marriage they had 2 sons: Peter Okell (my  great-grand uncle), (b: 1866 d: 1942) and James Eckert Okell (my great-grandfather) (b: 1889 d: 1961). Anna and Charles were married for just 15 years, but I imagine that it was 15 years filled with love and laughter with each other and their family!!!


My Great-Grandparents!

james-eckert-okell-and-mayme-leo-bunch-collinsThe people you see pictured to your right are my great-grandparents: James Eckert Okell and Mayme Leo Bunch Collins. As with my last post I will tell you each of their stories individually. First off, this photo was taken in 1951, it said so when I flipped over the photo as well as their names. Okay onto the fascinating people in the photo! First up my great-grandmother’s interesting yet complex life story:

Mayme Leo Bunch Collins was born in Earlington, Kentucky on November 27, 1889 her mother Emma Vannason was 18 and her father Richard Bunch was 26 years old. Her one and only biological sibling Charles William Collins was born on March 26, 1891, in the same town as her when Mayme was 2 years old. Mayme’s father passed away when Mayme was very young, on October 15, 1893 in Woodburn, Kentucky, he was just 30 years old. After Mayme’s father Richard passed away, Emma (Mayme & Charles’ mother) moved to Indianapolis, Indiana from Kentucky. That was between 1893 and 1900 that they moved. Mayme and Charles’ mother Emma passed away in October of 1901 in Edgecombe, North Carolina, when Mayme was 12 and Charles was 10 years old. On September 10, 1913 in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, when Mayme was 23 years old she married that handsome gentleman you see in the photo beside her, otherwise known to me as my great-grandfather James Eckert Okell. After James and Mayme got married they moved to Chicago Illinois where Mayme witnessed several historical things, here are just a few: Women Gain The Constitutional Right To Vote, the 1919 Steel Strike, and Shipbuilding on the Great Lakes. On January 20, 1920, Mayme gave birth to their first child in Chicago, Illinois, a boy they named Charles Eckert Okell, (my grandfather), two years later in New York she gave birth to a daughter, Patricia Ann (Okell) born on September 21, 1922. In 1925, the young family moved back to Illinois only to experience another historic event, only this time it was deadly. It was called the Tri-State Tornado, it has gone down in the record books as the deadliest tornado in US history to hit the Midwest. It covered Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri and was on the ground for more than three hours. Luckily, all of my family that I listed above came out of that mess alive. In November of 1951 when Mayme was 62, her brother Charles William Collins died in Mobile, Alabama. Tragedy struck her family 10 years later, when her husband James Eckert Okell passed away on July 31, 1961 at the age of 71 in Geneva, Illinois, they were married 47 years. Okay so back to that photo that you see to your left: Mayme and James Eckert Okell both would have been 62 years old when that was taken. Mayme Leo Bunch Collins passed away on October 27, 1972 at the age of 82 years old in Mobile, Alabama. Oh if you are wondering why my great-grandmother has the name “Bunch Collins” in her name it’s because after her mother’s husband Richard passed away, (Mayme & Charles’ father), Emma remarried to William Collins, and Mayme and Charles took his last name after they got married.

James Eckert Okell was born on December 29, 1889 in Fort Madison, Iowa to Charles Lincoln Okell 29, and Anna Eckert 26 years old when he was born. He had one brother, Peter Okell, born in 1887 in Fort Madison, Iowa.  Tragedy struck James and his brother Peter early on October 26, 1898 when their mother Anna passed away at the age of 35, at the time of their mother’s passing, Peter was only 11 and James was 9. Their father Charles Lincoln Okell passed away on January 21, 1931 in St. Paul, Minnesota at the age of 70. James was 42 and his brother Peter was 44 years old. For James’ and Mayme’s marriage read the above paragraph about Mayme as well as their children. James Eckert Okell passed away on July 13, 1961 in Geneva, Illinois, at the age of 71 years old. 



My Grandparents!

img_0153My grandparents were named Charles Eckert Okell and Maryanna Woessner Hammelman. Their separate stories are about as far apart as you can get. So I think I’ll tell you both of their stories from the beginning starting with my grandfather:


My grandfather, Charles Eckert Okell was born on January 12, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois to James Eckert Okell and Mayme Leo Collins. His parents were both 30 years old when he was born. His one and only sibling Patricia Ann Okell was born September 21, 1922 in New York. Charles lived through a lot in his lifetime. Some of the things were: The tri-state tornado which was in 1925 and  affected Missouri, Illinois and Indiana for more than 3 hours on the ground and  was recorded as the deadliest tornado in U.S. history, other things he lived through are The Great Depression, World War II, and shopping in the Sears Roebuck Catalog (maybe that was more my grandmother than him). On September 17, 1943 he and my grandmother Maryanna Woessner Hammelman got married in Calhoun, Alabama, because by that year my grandfather had already been serving in the U.S. Army for 1 year. He enlisted on June 1, 1942 at the age of 22 and got out on May 6, 1945 at the age of 25. By the time my grandfather got out of the U.S. Army he achieved the rank of Captain. Anyway, their first son (my father) was born in Oak Park, Illinois, on November 20, 1947 and named after Charles’ father James Eckert Okell. Yes, it is quite common to name the first born son after a grandfather or father in families. Their second son was named John Atlee Okell born on their anniversary in 1949, (September 17, 1949). Their third and last child was a daughter named Cheryl Ann Okell born on June 20, 1953.  My grandfather sadly passed away in Florida at the young age of 74, on February 15, 1994 he and my grandmother resided in Lady Lake, Florida, until the time of his death.

My grandmother, Maryanna Woessner Hammelman was born on December 20, 1922 in Clinton, Iowa to Anna Marie Woessner and John Matthias Hammelman, and if you are wondering why she was given her mother’s maiden name for her middle name it’s because her mother, Anna Marie, died while giving birth to my grandmother Maryanna. At least that’s my take on my grandmother’s name. Anna Marie was 27 years old and John Matthias was 30 at the time of their only daughter’s birth. My grandmother moved from Iowa to Jacksonville, Florida in 1935 when she was 13 years old, I’m assuming to be cared for by another relative. That same year The Great Depression happened and her family came from a farming background, so I’m assuming that their farms took a major hit during that time. My grandmother Maryanna was 19 when the U.S. entered WWII. Two years later when she was 20 she married my grandfather, you can find information about that in the above paragraph about my grandfather as well as information about their children. After her mother Anna Marie passed away on the day of my grandmother’s birth, my great-grandfather, John Matthias Hammelman remarried to Edna Woessner (the two spouses are of no blood relation), and my grandmother had four sisters through that marriage. But anyway, back to my grandmother Maryanna, she resided in Lady Lake, Florida until her death on May 11, 2010 at the age of 87 years old, my grandfather Charles and grandmother Maryanna are buried together. May they forever rest in peace.