John Overton, Jr.

Male - 1830


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  • Name John Overton  [1
    Suffix Jr. 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1790-1800  Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Tax List 1800  Williamson County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Deed 1808-1818  Maury County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _MILT Revolutionary War Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Oct 1830  East Baton Rouge Parish, LA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • 1784, Aug 24 -- 1784-1795 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 6
      Ordered that John Overton Jr. be appointed overseer of the road from John Overton's to the fork of Muse's Road.

      1785, Nov -- Marriage Licenses, Will Book A Page 382, Moore County, NC
      John Overton and Christian Jackson were granted a marriage license. John Overton Senr. was the surety.

      1787, May 22 -- 1784-1795 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 153
      Deed from John Overton and wife to Alexd. McMillan was proven by Thos. Overton and John Overton Jr.

      1790 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 161
      John Overton (Bigg)
      (16+) 1M
      (0-16) 2M
      2F
      2 Slaves

      1791, Nov 23 -- 1784-1795 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 323
      Deed from John Overton Junior to John Overton (son of Aaron) was acknowledged
      Deed from John Overton Senr. to John Overton Junior was acknowledged

      1791, Nov 24 -- 1784-1795 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 328
      Ordered that the following be appointed to lay off a road from Moore courthouse to Chatham line: Thomas Overton,
      Richard Street, Richardson Feagin, James Muse, Reuben Shields, Hardy Perkins, Cornelius Dowd, Patrick Dowd, James Elkins, John Overton Jur., Josiah Maples, Thomas Muse, Elijah Bettis, John Dunlap, Samuel Elkins, William King, John Overton (son of Aaron) and Elijah Bettis Junior.

      1793, Sep 7 -- Land Grant #502, Moore County, NC
      John Overton Junr. received 100 acres located on Watery Branch including Reuben Shealdes' improvement. Elijah Bettis and Reuben Sheals were chain carriers.

      1793, Sep 7 -- Land Grant #506, Moore County, NC
      John Overton Junr. received 150 acres located on Governors Creek adjoining John Overton Senr. Elijah Bettis and Reuben Sheales were chain carriers.

      1800 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 242
      John Overton
      (26-45) 1M
      (10-16) 2M
      (0-10) 2F
      7 Slaves

      1830 -- Census, East Baton Rouge Parish, LA Page 243-B
      Samuel Overton
      (60-70) 1M [likely father John Overton Jr.]
      (40-50) 1M
      (30-40) 1F
      17 Slaves

      1830, Oct 15 -- Will, East Baton Rouge Parish, LA
      Will of John Overton, Dec'd. Heirs: second wife Susannah Overton [Negroes Jack and Hannah] and their son Thomas Jefferson Overton; three children from his first marriage: Samuel Overton, Jesse Overton and Cassandra Overton. Executors: son Samuel Overton. Witnesses: Wm. Brown, Vincent Kirkland and Malcolm Patterson. Proven 19 Oct 1830.
    Person ID I40069  Moore County Wallaces
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2016 

    Father John Overton, Sr. 
    Mother Sarah 
    Family ID F12940  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Susannah 
    Children 
     1. Thomas Jefferson Overton,   b. 24 Apr 1805, Maury County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1851, East Feliciana Parish, LA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
    Last Modified 7 Jul 2016 
    Family ID F12941  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Christian Jackson,   d. Bef 1800 
    Married Nov 1785  Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Jesse Overton,   b. 9 Dec 1787, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1856, Maury County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     2. Samuel Overton,   b. c1790
     3. Martha Overton,   b. c1792,   d. 1818, Williamson County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 25 years)
     4. Cassandra "Casey" Overton,   b. 1793
    Last Modified 7 Jul 2016 
    Family ID F12939  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Nov 1785 - Moore County, NC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1790-1800 - Moore County, NC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTax List - 1800 - Williamson County, TN Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeed - 1808-1818 - Maury County, TN Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Oct 1830 - East Baton Rouge Parish, LA Link to Google Earth
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  • Histories
    1784 Petition, Cumberland County, NC - Creation of Moore County
    1784 Petition, Cumberland County, NC - Creation of Moore County
    Apr 1784 - Jun 1784 General Assembly Session Records, Box 3 Folder 41

    A Bill for dividing Cumberland County into two distinct Counties and for the other purposes therein mentioned.

    In H. Commons 3 May 1785. Read for the first time and passed by order. 13 May 1784 read the second time amended and passed.

    In Senate May 3rd 1784. Read the first time and passed by order. 4th May 1784 read the second time amended by consent of the Commons passed and order to be engrossed.

    To the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina now setting. The petition pf the Inhabitants of Cumberland County have now showeth. Whereas your petitioners living in the Upper End of the said County do labour under great hardship in attending on Courts and Other Public meetings from their remote situation from the Court House, many of whom being upwards of sixty miles there from, do Humbly pray that the said County may be Divided To Wit: Beginning on the South Side of Cape Fare River, at Chatham County line where it crosses sd. River running from thence a direct course to Coles Bridge on Drowning Creek, And so to be bounded by the lines of the Adjacent Countys as to make a Distinct County, Nevertheless on to the Boundaries your petitioners most Humbly Submiths to your great Wisdom to which they ever think themselves in duty bound to pray.

    Jas. Burges, Thos. Armstrong, James Dyer, Wm. Armstrong, John Armstrong, Michl. King, Charles Crawford [Capt.], Wm. Cox [Capt.], Wm. Seale, John Overton, John Overton Junr., John Phillips, Wm. Harden, John James, Elijah Bettis, Isaac Hardain, Joseph Furr, Nathl. Norwood, [torn] Hunnicutt, [torn] Dickinson, [torn] Collins, Theopilus Petty, John Hunnicutt, James Maples, Burrel Maples, Daniel Munk, Thos. Collins Jur., Ralph Davis, John Goldston, Martin Dye, Stephen Collons, George Nelson, Abraham Cole, Duncan Johnson, John Camron, Kenneth Camron, Archibald Munk, Thos. Gilmore, Kinchin Kitching, Stephen King [? very faded], Josiah Maples, Matthew Kitching, John Evans, William Kitching, John Cox, Joseph Fry, Johnathan Caddell, Richardson Feagin, John Jackson, Neil McLeod, Danl. Jones, Solomon Cox, James Wadsworth, James Hill, Jac. Caddell, Donald Makensey, George Grimes, Thomas Graham, John Ritter, Jacob Stuts, John Stuts, Eleck Autry, Frederick Autry, John Minyerd, Ritcherd Burd, Robert Burd, James Autray, Christopher Yow, John Leech, Angush Cambell, William Barrett Junior, Colin McLain, John Shufeild Junier, John Hair, Reubin Fremon, William Elmore, James Morgan, Peter (looks more like Frances) Hair, Lues Fels [Lewis Fields?], Donald McLeod, Norman McLeod, Normand McLean, Hector McLain, John Bohanan, Kenneth McDonald, Wm. Cox, Danold McKinnon [?], William Dunn, Thomas Dunn, John Keys, Moses Keyes, William [torn], Henry [torn], Bartholomew Dunn [torn but listed twice in a row ? likely Sr. and Jr.], Allan [torn ? likely Morrison], Norman [torn], Hart. Hunnicutt, John Dunlap, Benjamin Sheales, John Blanchet, William Dunn, Adam Keeling, John Blachett Junr., Robt. Davis, Willm. Martin Junr., Thos Tyson, John Carrell, Anthony Street, James Thorton, Charles Seale, Collins Hardy, Jacob Hardy, Jun., John Kenney, William Cockerham, Solomon Jones, Jacob Hardy, John Hunnicutt Ser., Thos. Maples, Jeremiah Collon, Thos. Agerton, Wm. McKinzie, Wm. Hodges, Edmon Hodges, Joseph Duckworth, Charles Campbell, Drurey Hodges, Anguish McDugal, Jason Wadsworth, James Morgin, James Caddell, Aaron Fagens, John Paitt, James Wadworth, James Muse, Duncan McIntosh, Alexr. McDonald, Anthony Mears, James Simmons, Jhon Warner, Jesse Muse, John Hurley, Thomas Seale, William Morgan, John Morgin, William Morgan Senr., Jesse Ritter, Robert Stephens, Samuel Tidwell, Ansil Melton, Nathaniel Melton, John Adkins, William Barrett, Solomon Barrett, Archibald McDonald, William Ashaly, [Jesse?] Bates, William Smith, John McLane, Richard [Nales?], Peter Shamburger, Wm. McLean, Thomas Grimes, Donald McLeod, Allan Martin, Donald McDonald, Donald McLeod, Murdock Betheun, Alexender Mckeever, John McCauly, Angush McAuly, John Kagel, Gorge Kagel, Nathan Maner, William Maner, Seth Maner, George Keringer, William Williamson, John Williamson, Robert Grimes, Nichlos Newton, Francis Tedwell, Samuel Barrett, William Smith, Nichlos Wallas, Lannard Furr, Nathan Smith, Everet Smith, Isum Smith, Henry Jackson, James Ledlow, Adam Comer, Leonard Cagel, Roger Cagel, William Constable and Peter Garner.

    [Editor's Note: Many of the names are faded, torn and hard to read. Some are actual signatures or marks and clearly multiple names have been signed by one individual]

    A Bill for dividing Cumberland County into two distinct Counties.
    Whereas the County of Cumberland is so extensive that it is extremely inconvenient for the inhabitants to attends courts and public meetings. Be it therefore enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina and it is hereby enacted by the Authority of the same that from and after fourth day of July next the County of Cumberland shall be divided into two distinct Counties by a line beginning at Coles Bridge on drowning creek thence a direct line to the corner of Wake and Johnston Counties in Cumberland line and all that part of Cumberland laying to the north west of the new line shall be a separate and distinct county by the name of Moor County and [be it enacted by the authority afore said] hat the lower part of Cumberland County laying south east of said line shall be a separate and distinct county and known by the name of Fayette County and be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid that nothing herein contained shall be construed to debar the sheriff and Collector of taxes or other officers or any of them in the said county of Cumberland as it stood undivided from levying any collections or making districts for any taxes fees or other duties that may be due from the inhabitants thereof on or before the fourth day of July next in the same manner as if this act had never been made any thing herein contained to the contrary notwithstanding.

    And be enacted by the authority aforesaid that the Courts for the County of Fayette be held at the place where the courts of Cumberland County are at present established on the fourth Monday in January April July and October in every year and that the Courts for the County of Moore hereafter shall be held at such place within the said County as the Commissioner herein after named shall appoint on the fourth Monday in February May August November in every year and that all causes please writs actions suits plaints process precepts recognizances and other matters and things in the Court of Cumberland depending from and immediately after the first day of August next shall stand adjourned and continued from the present Court House of the said County to such place as the said Commissioners or a majority of them shall direct and appoint as aforesaid and all appearances and returns which shall be made on the days appointed by law for holding in the said court of Cumberland shall hereafter be made to the first Court that shall be held for that county wherein the cause of action arose and all suitors and witnesses bound to appear there of in the same manner as if the said court had not been removed from the present Court House any law usage or custom to the contrary notwithstanding.

    And be it also enacted by the authority aforesaid that Thomas Matthews, John Roberson, Willis Dickerson, Philip Alston and John Jackson or the majority of them shall be and hereby appointed Commissioner and impowered and directed to agree with workmen for erecting and building a Courthouse prison and stocks for the use of said County of Moor and for purchasing materials for that purpose and for enabling the said Commissioners to defray the expenses of said building a tax of one Shilling on every hundred pounds of taxable property within the said County of Moor as the same is established by this act and an equal sum on every unmarried man not possessed of the value of one Hundred pounds shall be levied and collected in the same manner as public taxes are or shall be levied and collected and all person who shall refuse or neglect to pay the taxes, by this Act impose upon them at the time and in the manner which is or shall be appointed by law for the payment of public taxes shall be liable to disthis [?] and sale of their property in the same manner as for non payment of public taxes and it is further declared that the said tax shall be collected by the officer or officers who is or may be appointed to collect the public taxes and such officer or officers shall give security to the said Commissioners for the faithfull discharge of his or their duty and shall be intitled to the same Commissions and liable to the same penalties restrictions process and remedy for enforcing the payment thereof as by law my be had against collectors or receivers of public monies.

    And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid that the County Courts of Moore and Fayette shall nominate the following number of freeholders to serve as jurors of the Superior County for the District of Wilmington of which district the said Counties are hereby declared to be part that is to say for County of Boston [should be Moore] and for the County of Fayette any law or statute to the contrary notwithstanding and be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid that for running the dividing line Thomas Matthews & Jno Adkins be and they are duly appointed commissioners and imposed to lay off run and make the said dividing line agreeable to the direction of this act which said line when run by the Commissioners herein named shall be by them entered of record in the courts of the counties of which the said lines to be boundary and shall hereafter be deemed the dividing line between said counties.

  • Sources 
    1. [S155] Childress/Mathis Ancestors [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jpcfamily/index.htm], Patrick Childress [londonwildcat@earthlink.net].
      SPECULATION ON MIDDLE NAME
      At least one source of some of the historical information lists John's middle initial as "H." However, I (JPC) wonder if this speculation is not associated with John H. Overton, the U.S. Land Commissioner.

      Ms. Johanna Ellis writes to JPC in November, 1998 with the following information:
      "Tennessee Genealogical Records: Records of Early Settlers From State and County Archives" page 330.

      OVERTON
      John Overton came from North Carolina to Davidson Co., Tennessee by 1805; was in Williamson Co., 1808 in Maury Co., in 1818 and removed to Louisiana where he died about 1832. He had a daughter who married Tristram Patton of Williamson Co; another daughter who married James Byers of Williamson County. He had a son, Thomas Jefferson Overton of Maury Co., born 1805. He only had one child by his last wife, Susannah (maiden name unknown). His descendants are known to be living in Maury Co., Tenn and Texas, and probably in Louisiana.

      REVOLUTIONARY WAR VETERAN, 1785
      The following grants establish John Overton's Revolutionary war service. Also from "Roster of Soldiers from North Carolina in the American Revolution," page 296. Grant No. 3156 to "John Overton, Private, 274 acres, 36 months service (to) December 15, 1785."

      APPOINTED PATROLLERS, 1792
      John Overton, Jr., Owen Stratton, Ed Symes, W. Dyson and Wm. Dickerson appointed patrollers in Captain Cheek's District, August Court, 1792.

      LAND GRANT, 1793
      The State of North Carolina granted land to "John Overton, a private in the Continental Line of said state, land in our County, May 20, 1793." Grant No. 1965, Secretary of State's Office, Raleigh, North Carolina. In addition, Grant No. 320, dated February 23, 1793 "State of North Carolina to John Overton, land in our County of Davidson, on branch of the West Fork of Harpeth." This land became Williamson County and is near Thompson's Station.

      FEDERAL CENSUS, FAYETTE, MOORE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
      The federal cenus records indicate the following entry for John Overton:
      Free White Males 10 to 15: 2
      Free White Males 26-44: 1
      Free White Females under 10: 2
      Slaves: 7
      Number of household members under 16: 4
      Number of household members over 25: 1
      The above census record suggests that John's first wife Christian Jackson died prior to 1800.

      MOVE TO TENNESSEE, CIRCA 1800
      John Overton moved to Tennessee sometime between December 6, 1787 (birth date of his son Jesse in North Carolina) and 1799, when he is listed in Williamson County, Tennessee Taxables for 1800, page 23. "John Overton, 640 acres at the mouth of West Harpeth." Taxables for 1801, page 43, lists "John Overton, 715 acres on West Harpeth."

      DEED OF PROPERTY, 1810
      On October 25, 1810, John Overton deeded 52 acres to his son Jesse Overton of Maury County on the double branches of the waters of Rutherford Creek.

      PURCHASE OF SLAVE, 1818
      In the Maury County deed book, page 45: John Overton of Maury County to Matilda Campbell and Robert Campbell, Executrix and Executor of John Campbell, deceased of Maury County. Bill of sale for negro man. Witnesses Robert Campbell, Jesse Overton. Signed John Overton. 12/6/1818.

      MOVE TO MISSISSIPPI, THEN TO LOUISIANA, 1819
      In 1819 John Overton moved from Maury County, Tennessee to Mississippi, then to the Parish of East Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

      PROBATE COURT OF EAST BATON ROUGE, October 27, 1830
      The STATE OF LOUISIANA, PROBATE COURT OF EAST BATON ROUGE

      JOHN OVERTON) SUCCESSION) 27th October 1830

      The Court being informed of the death of John Overton and that he has left a nuncupative Will by public Act, wherein he has named Samuel Overton as testamentary executor.

      Ordered, that the said Samuel Overton be notified to appear before the Court and either accept or renounce said appointment forthwith, by serving on him a copy of this order.

      (signed) Chs. Tessier, P.J.

      I certify the foregoing to be a true copy of the original from the records of the Court.

      not decipherable

      -242-

      Estate of Jn. Overton Petition of Sam. Overton for letters testamentary filed 16 November 1830 the death of John Overton having been satisfactorily proven, & the written copy of the Will of the deceased being in due form and a proof of itself as a public act. It is ordered that the same be executed & recorded according to Law & that letters of testamentary executorship be granted to the Petitioner after complying with the requisite of the Law.

      Petitioner after complying with the requisite of the Law.
      November 15, 1830
      Ch. Tessier, P.J.

      Let an Inventory of the Estate of the late John Overton be taken on the 24 inst. & let Jn. Brown & Joseph Parish be appointed appraisers to that effect & sworn accordingly,
      Nov 23, 1830

      A TRUE COPY

      May 26, 1964

      James E. Valentine

      DY. Clerk of Court

      LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT, 1830
      Parish Judges Book #1, Conventional and Legal Mortgages, June 28, 1825 to January 19, 1831, No. 318.

      State of Louisiana, Parish East Baton Rouge. On the 15th day of October in the year 1830, Charles Tessier, Parish Judge and Notary Public in and for said Parish went to the domicile of John Overton, resident of this town, where I found the said Overton sick in bed, but of sound mind and he expressed to me his intention of making his last will and testament, which he dictated to me as follows:

      He declares that he has contracted a second marriage to his present wife Susannah Overton with whom he has a son, Thomas Jefferson Overton. He declares to have living three children the issue of his first marriage, viz: Samuel, Jesse and Cassandra Overton.

      He gives and bequeaths to his wife Susannah Overton in usufruct for a term of 4 years his Negro slave Jack, Negro man, and the Negro woman Hannah, after which term it is his will that the said slaves be set free from service forever in consequence of which disposition, the said wife or representative shall take necessary steps before competent authority to obtain freedom of said slaves according to law.

      He declares that John Anderson is in his debt $15.00.

      He names his son Samuel Overton the executor of this his last will and testament giving him full power for same.

      The foregoing will was thus dictated by the testator to the notary undersigned, who wrote it as described and afterwards read it to the testator in a amiable voice in presence of Wm. Brown, Vincent Kirkland and Malcom Patterson, witnesses, residing in this town, and he ratified same as containing his last will and testament, which was written without turning to another act. In witness thereof the testator hereto set his hand with said witnesses and notary the same day and year after the whole being read.

      J.O. (initials of John Overton)

      Charles Tessier, P.J.
      Wm. Brown
      Vincent Kirkland
      Malcom Patterson

      At the time of signing the testator declared he was unable through weakness to write more than his initials of his name, which he did as aforesaid in presence of said witnesses and notary.

      Charles Tessier, P.J.
      William Brown
      Vincent Kirkland
      Malcom Patterson

      Recorded this 19th October, 1830, Charles Tessier.