John Overton, Sr.

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  • Name John Overton 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Gender Male 
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    • 1756, Nov 9 -- Deed Book 1 Page 178, Cumberland County, NC
      Denis McClendon deeded John Overton 100 acres located below the mouth of Buck Creek adjoining Nicholas Smith and is part of Jacob McClendon's former tract. Thomas Collins and James Underwood were witnesses.

      1757, Apr 19 -- 1755-1759 County Court Minutes, Cumberland County, NC
      Conner Dowd licensed to keep an ordinary at the house of John Overton with securities John Heard and Samuel Howard.

      1758, Sep 19 -- Deed Book 1 Page 268, Cumberland County, NC
      Moses Tomlin deeded John Overton 200 acres located on Buck Creek including the land Moses Tomlin lives on. Granted to Tomlin 1754. Thomas Collins and Frances Farris were witnesses.

      1759, May 9 -- Deed Book 1 Page 332, Cumberland County, NC
      Thomas Collins deeded John Overton 225 acres located on Watery Branch (part of Nicholas Smith's former tract). Cornelius Dowd and William Hood were witnesses.

      1759, Jun 22 -- Land Grant #117 and #275, Cumberland County, NC
      John Overton received 100 acres located on McLendons Creek adjoining his own line and Thomas Colince.

      1760, Nov 14 -- Land Grant #149 and #307, Cumberland County, NC
      Conner Dowd received 128 acres located south of Deep River adjoining Governor Johnston and John Overton.

      1761, Jul 11 -- Deed Book 1 Page 138, Cumberland County, NC
      Michael Dickinson deeded John Pate 100 acres on Lower Little River including plantation where John Pate lives. Patent by Charles Heard 6 Mar 1759. James Ainsworth and John Overton were witnesses.

      1761, Nov 21 -- 1759-1765 County Court Minutes, Cumberland County, NC
      John Overton appointed commissioner of roads in place of Robert Dickeson, Dec'd.

      1762, May 17 -- Deed Book 2 Page 139, Cumberland County, NC
      Farquard Campbell deeded James Muse 150 acres located on McLendons Creek including Jonathan Ritchinson's improvement. John Overton was a witness.

      1763, Feb 18 -- 1759-1765 County Court Minutes, Cumberland County, NC
      John Overton appointed overseer from the upper end of the county to Dunhams Creek.

      1764, Jul 4 -- Land Grant #616 and #799, Cumberland County, NC
      John Overton received 100 acres located on McLendons Creek adjoining Tomlin.

      1764, Nov 21 -- 1759-1765 County Court Minutes, Cumberland County, NC
      Joshua Handcock appointed road overseer in place of John Overton.

      1765, Apr 23 -- Land Grant #533 and #714, Cumberland County, NC
      John Overton received 100 acres located on both sides of Governors Creek and Wolf Branch including mouth of Benis/Bones Lock Branch.

      1765, Apr 23 -- Deed Book 2 Page 544, Cumberland County, NC
      James Muse secured a mortgage with John Overton for the following properties: 2 plantations on McLendons Creek in 2 surveys; 150 acres that was patented to Farqd. Campbell including Jonathan Rittenhouse's improvement; tract of land where James Muse now lives, patented to Muse; 150 acres on on Killetts Creek including mouth of Mill Swamp, patented to Charles Seal; 150 acres on upper plantation of the creek; 200 acres on Killetts Creek patented to James Muse. Security was Negro girl named Pinnillipe. Joseph Stubbs and John Carroll were witnesses. Paid Sep 24, 1767.

      1765, Apr 24 -- Land Grant #532 and #713, Cumberland County, NC
      John Overton received 200 acres located on both sides of Governors Creek including Hartwil Hunicut's improvement.

      1765, Oct 30 -- Land Grant #563 and 744, Cumberland County, NC
      Hartwell Hunnicutt received 250 acres located on McLendons Creek adjoining Overton

      1766, Apr 19 -- Land Grant #1484, Cumberland County, NC
      John Overton received 250 acres located on McLendons Creek adjoining Widow Dickerson. Robt. Edwards and Wm. Dickerson were chain carriers.

      1766, Jul 21 -- Deed Book 3 Page 30, Cumberland County, NC
      John and Sarah Overton deeded Frederick Gregg and Richard Lyon 200 acres located on both sides of Governors Creek including Hartwell Hunnicut's improvement. Granted to Overton 30 Oct 1765. Conner Dowd and Hartwell Hunnicut were witnesses.

      1766, Jul 21 -- Deed Book 3 Page 31, Cumberland County, NC
      Hartwell Hunnicut deeded John Overton 250 acres located on McLendons Creek adjoining Overton. Conner Dowd and Cornelius Tison were witnesses.

      1767 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC
      John Overton listed 1 white poll 6 black poll

      1769, Jul 22 -- Deed Book 3 Page 409, Cumberland County, NC
      John Overton deeded Elijah Bettis 250 acres located on McLendons Creek. Patented to Hartwell Hunnicutt 1765 and sold to Overton 1766. William Seale and John Hunnicutt were witnesses.

      1769, Jul 24 -- Deed Book 3 Page 411, Cumberland County, NC
      John Overton deeded Elijah Bettis 200 acres located on McLendons Creek. Patented to Moses Tomlin and sold to Overton 1758. William Seale and John Hunnicutt were witnesses.

      1769, Jul 24 -- Deed Book 3 Page 426, Cumberland County, NC
      Conner Dowd deeded John Hunnicutt 128 acres located south of Deep River adjoining Governor Johnston and John Overton. John Johnston and George Blair claim an older title to land and dispute the sale. James Russell and Benjamin Shield were witnesses.

      1769, Nov 13 -- Deed Book 3 Page 534, Cumberland County, NC
      John Misha deeded Anne James 150 acres located on Governors Creek. Patent to John Misha 24 Apr 1764. John Overton and Hartwell Hunnicutt were witnesses.

      1769, Dec 16 -- Land Grant #944, Cumberland County, NC
      John Overton received 200 acres located south of Deep River on a prong of the Goshen adjoining his own line.

      1770, Sep 29 -- Land Grant #1014, Cumberland County, NC
      John Overton received 50 acres located north of Deep River adjoining Governor [Johnston]. John Overton and Joseph Duckworth Junr. were chain carriers.

      1771, Aug 13 -- Deed Book 4 Page 409, Cumberland County, NC
      James Muse deeded Jacob Duckworth (of Chatham County) 200 acres located south of McLendons Creek in a gut, east of a place called the Sand Ridge. Patent to Muse 1767. John Overton and Joseph Duckworth were witnesses.

      1772, Feb 24 -- Deed Book 5 Page 30, Cumberland County, NC
      Mary Dikinson and Robert Dikinson deeded John Overton 225 acres located on Buck Creek being 1/2 of the land purchased from Nicholas Smith by Thomas Collins and sold to Robert Dickinson. John Carrol and Randh. Hunnicutt were witnesses.

      1772, Feb 26 -- Land Grant #1121, Cumberland County, NC
      John Overton received 50 acres located on McLendons Creek.

      1773, Nov 23 -- Land Grant #1707, Cumberland County, NC
      Thomas Seale received 100 acres located on McLendons Creek adjoining John Overton and including his own improvement. James Muse and John Tollison were chain carriers.

      1773, Dec 23 -- Deed Book 6 Page 109, Cumberland County, NC
      John Carrel deeded John Overton 200 acres located above mouth of Buck Creek adjoining Jacob McClendon. Patented to Jacob McClendon. Hartll. Hunnicutt and Randh. Hunnicutt were witnesses.

      1774, Oct 29 -- 1771-1776 County Court Minutes, Cumberland County, NC
      John Overton appointed guardian to John, Jesse, Moses and David Overton, orphans of Aaron Overton with securities John Houton and Robt. Cheek.

      1775, Apr 27 -- 1771-1776 County Court Minutes, Cumberland County, NC
      Willis Dickinson appointed road overseer in place of John Overton.

      1775, Oct 3 -- Deed Book 6 Page 453, Cumberland County, NC
      John Overton deeded John Dunlap 50 acres located on McLendons Creek adjoining John Overton. Thos. Agarton and Arthur Wilsonbrown were witnesses.

      1775, Oct 23 -- Deed Book 6 Page 454, Cumberland County, NC
      John Overton deeded John Dunlap 100 acres located on McLendons Creek being part of the land Overton bought from Thomas Collins. Thos. Agarton and Arthur Wilsonbrown were witnesses.

      1777 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC, Captain Jacob Duckworth's District
      John Overton listed $5680

      1777, Nov 1 -- 1777-1778 County Court Minutes, Cumberland County, NC
      The following be appointed in Capt. Jacob Duckworth's District: [Assessors] John Overton, Jacob Duckworth and Willis Dickerson [Justice] Wm. Seale Esq. [Constable] John Weightat.

      1778 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC, Captain Jacob Duckworth's District
      John Overton listed $7454

      1779 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC, Captain Jacob Duckworth's District
      John Overton listed $1500

      1780 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC, Captain Jacob Duckworth's District
      John Overton listed $2050 acres valued at $4500

      1782, Jun 15 -- Deed Book 7 Page 108, Cumberland County, NC
      Thomas Seale deeded his daughter Ann James 100 acres including his dwelling house where he formerly lived on Overtons Road adjoining Mary James and John Overton's Gooden field. Thos. Agarton and William Cockerham were witnesses.

      1783 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC, Captain John Hunnicut's District [selected residents]
      J. Overton listed $2060

      1783, Dec -- Deed Book 7 Page 62, Cumberland County, NC
      John James deeded John Overton 100 acres located west of Overtons Road on drains of McLendons Creek including the improvements and adjoining Overton. Wm. Seal and Ralph Davis were witnesses.

      1784, Jan 19 -- 1778-1795 Land Entries, Cumberland County, NC
      #48 John Overton entered 640 acres located on McLendons Creek of Deep River adjoining his own line and an improvement between McLendons Creek and Governors Creek.

      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.

      1786, May 15 -- 1784-1795 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 94
      Deed from John Overton Senr. to Theophelous Petty was acknowledged

      1786,May 30 -- Will Book A Page 306, Moore County, NC
      Josiah Maples sold John Overton Senr. Negroes Jesse and her children Cherry, Jude and Isaac. John Dunlap and Sarah Dunlap were witneses.

      1786, Nov 22 -- 1784-1795 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 125
      Ordered that John Overton Sen., Robert Cheek and Geo. Glascock be appointed to lay off and divide the estate of James Muse Dec'd. to Charity Muse.

      1787, Feb7 -- Will Book A Page 310-311 Moore County, NC
      Geo. Glascock, John Overton and Robert Cheek appointed to allot the dowry to Charity Muse, widow of James Muse Dec'd.

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

      1787, Aug 23 -- 1785-1794 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 170
      Administration of the estate of Theophilus Petty Dec'd. given to Thomas Graham with James Collins and Thomas Mathews as securities. James Collins, John Overton Senr. and Edward Moore be appointed to lay off thirds for the widow.

      1787, Nov 15 -- Land Grant #2, Moore County, NC
      John Overton received 480 acres located on both sides of Pocket Creek being part of confiscated property of Greg and Dowd.

      1788, May 20 -- 1784-1795 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 195
      Bill of sale from John Overton Senr. to Thomas Collins was proven by Wm. Seal Senr.

      1788, Aug 19 -- 1784-1795 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 203
      Ordered that a road be laid from road that will be laid from the Chatham County courthouse to the Moore courthouse and have the following hands to work: John Overton Senr., John Dunlap, Jos. Gilbert, John Carrol, Thomas Tison, Thomas Overton, Jas. Collins, James Muse, Willis Dickinson, Wm. Handcock, Rand. Cheek, John Phillips, Edw. Moore, Gabl. Harden, Richd. Street, Leonard Thomas, Rich. Feagan, Elijah Bettis, Jesse Muse and Saml. Dun.

      1789, Feb 18 -- 1784-1795 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 221
      Ordered that the following be appointed to lay off a road from John Overton's road near William Cappes Junr. continuing along an old road commonly called Neil Tison's road to Deep River at the mouth of Governor's Creek where Anthony Street now lives continuing said road to where it comes into the Gulph Road near Pocket [?] Creek: Thos. Cole, Andrew Cole, Thos. Overton, Edwd. Moore, Wm. Payne, Joseph Fry, Elijah Batis, Jno. Dunlap, Jno. Overton Senr., James Hill, Richard Street, James Cadwell Senr., Mathew Cogins, Benjn. Fry, Richardson Fagin, James Muse, Neil McLeod, Wm. Martin and Leonard Thomas.

      1789, May 20 -- 1784-1795 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 232
      Deed from John Overton to John Overton (son of Jesse Overton) proven by Neil McLeod

      1790 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 154
      John Overton Sr.
      (16+) 1M
      1F
      23 Slaves

      1790, Aug 18 -- 1784-1795 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 278
      Deed from Richardson Feagin to John Overton Senr. was acknowledged

      1791, Jan 13 -- Land Grant #1669, Moore County, NC
      John Overton Senr. received 640 acres located on Deep River between McLendons Creek and Governors Creek being the land entered by Robert Cobb adjoining John Dunlap, Dowd and own line. John Dunlap and John Overton Junr. were chain carriers.

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

    Person ID I40074  Moore County Wallaces
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2016 

    Father John Overton,   d. 1738 
    Family ID F4760  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah  [1
    Children 
    +1. John Overton, Jr.,   d. Oct 1830, East Baton Rouge Parish, LA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Amos Overton
     3. Thomas Overton
     4. James S. Overton
    +5. Mary Overton
     6. David Overton
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2016 
    Family ID F12940  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Histories
    1767 Tax List, Cumberland County, NC
    1767 Tax List, Cumberland County, NC
    Includes some of the earliest land owners from present day Cumberland, Moore, Harnett, Lee and Hoke counties. Courtesy of NC Archives.
    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].