Jacob Overman (1652 - 1715) MP

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Nicknames: "Jacob Weberman", "Jacob Oberman", "Jacob Overman"
Birthplace: Herzogtum Sachsen, Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation
Death: Died in Pasquotank County, Province of North Carolina
Occupation: Bricklayer
Managed by: David Huntington
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About Jacob Overman

Tradition has it that the Overman Family in America originated from two brothers who came from Germany and it has always been a puzzle to their posterity to know whether they belong to this branch or the other. The original name was spelled "OBERMAN"

According to Miss Alwilda Overman, from the Friends Fellowship Community in Richmond, Indiana, the family had origin from Jacob Weberman who was born in Saxony, Germany, about1652. William Penn, on one of his ships to the Continent, is supposed to have interested Jacob in he Society of Friends and influenced him into coming to America. Jacob came to America in 1672 and shortly thereafter changed his name to OVERMAN. It would seem that he would probably go to what is now Pennsylvania, but if he did, we have no record of it. On 10-25-1677, he married Hannah (last name unknown) in Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Hannah died at age 38 on Feb. 22, 1692, two days after their last child, Hope was born.

In court held at the house of Thomas White on Feb. 25, 1694/95, Jacob proved his right to 400 acres of land in Pasquotank Co., North Carolina for the importation of himself, Dorothy(his second wife), and his children: Jacob Jr., Thomas, Ephraim, Margery, Charles, and Ann Overman.

Jacob's will is dated September 12, 1715, Pasquotank Co., North Carolina, and names his wife Dorothy; son Ephraim, daughter Margery Macky, son Charles, and the children of son Jacob, deceased. William Haig and Thomas Macky were names executors. The original will is in the North Carolina Archives, Vol. XXIII, page 27. -------------------- http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~katy/overman/b16024.html 1. JACOB OVERMAN1,2,3,4 was born in 1652 in England/Germany.1 He died on 8 July 1715 in Perquimans County, North Carolina.1

Some references state that Jacob was born in Saxony, Germany.

I found an LDS microfilm #1572053 which contains typewritten manuscripts from the Lilly Library at Earlham College in Richmond, IN. They were in a group called "Quakers Family Records" The manuscripts called "Overman Express" was prepared by Gwendolyn Fay Stewart Barber in memory of her grandmother, Florence Eveline Overman Terell. There is no date of publication. Ms. Barber did state that Jacob had come from Germany with his brothers prior to the year 1672 - she offered no source. She stated he was a bricklayer.

Wheeler-Manville-Williams-Draper. Suzanne W. Watt <Swatt1010@aol.com> Sailed in 1667 to Maryland on the "Thomas and Mary", Captain Thomas Harwood, He was indentured for 6 years to Richard Gorsuch, Talbot Co MD. By 1677 he was in Wethersfield, Hartford Co. Connecticut - where he married Hannah.. In 1679 he bought 4 acres in Wethersfield from Thos. Wickam Jr. Hannah died in 1692. In 1694 Jacob got a 400 acre grant in North Carolina and moved his new wife Dorothy and the children of Hannah's to Pasquotank Co. His children became Quakers.

Talbot Co, MD, Court Proceedings Liber BB, No. p.87 21 July 1668 Mr. Richard Gorsuch brought his Sarvt Jacob Overman to have Judgmt of Court for his time who is Ajudged to serve Six yeares. I also found in The Maryland Archives, Vol. 0054, Preface 0025. Richard Gorsuch came from Virginia to Maryland in 1660. His father, a Loyalist Anglican clergyman, Rev. John Gorsuch, rector of Walkern, Hertfordshire, was killed by Puritans in England in 1647. Richard and three brothers emigrated with their mother to Virginia about 1652 and became converts to Quakerism. They were driver out of Lancaster Co by Gov. Berkeley in 1660. Perhaps Gorsuch introducted Jacob Overman to the Quaker church.

Joyce Overman Bowman <Jeobowman@cs.com> Jan 2002 First known document re Jacob Overman is the sale of Headrights by the mariner Thomas Harwood to Charles Calvert, 11 Mar 1667. Maryland Archives. Some of the children are in the Quaker records - Jacob Jr, Ephraim, & Charles. The names of six of his children were listed to get the NC grant.

The Wethersfield records have the births of the children of Jacob and Hannah. The birthdates as listed here are the Old Style dates as they were there.

The Carolina Colonial Records: 29 Nov. 1694. Jacob Overman proved his right [headright - 50 acres per person] to four hundred acres of land by the Importation of Jacob Overman [himself], Dorathy Overman [his new wife], Jacob Overman Junior, Thos. Overman, Ephrim Overman, Margery Overman, Charles Overman, and Anne Overman, and Warrant Given. Children missing from this list are John, Joseph and Hope, who would have all been quite young, Hope only two years old. Perhaps these are children that did not survive. The Index to the North Carolina Colonial Records has several entries in Volumes 1 & 2 - these need to be examined.

CD "Genealogical Records: Early NC Settlers 1700s-1900s" Rent Rolls of Albemarle County prior to 1700: Jacob Overman, 468 acres.

Dorothea Porter, 2nd wife, was the daughter of Thomas Porter and Sarah Hart.

EARLY RECORDS OF NC, VOL. II; Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. 104/94 Will of John Tomlinson dated 14 Oct 1697; probate 2 Mar 1697. Wife Elizabeth, Children: John, Elizabeth, William & Mary. Wit: Jacob Overman, Dorothy Overman. 147/123 Will of Magdalen (X) Calley dated 22 Dec 1699. Wit: Henry White, Jacob Overman

Pasquotank Monthly Meeting in Pasquotank Co NC contain some records of this family. Jacob Overman is on an early membership list. The Pasquotank MM drew members from both Pasquotank & Perquimans Co.

Will of Jacob Overman of Paasquotank. Probate 12 Sep 1715. Wife Dorothy. Son Ephraim, daughter Margaret Mackey, son Charles, children of my son Jacob deceased. William Haig and William Mackey, Executors. Test: Robt Wheatley, Thos. Woodley. CD "Genealogical Records: Early NC Settlers 1700s-1900s" Barber states that the above date was the date of the Will found at the North Carolina Archives and that there was no probate date. She listed a third witness as James Bell; perhaps he was the clerk.

JACOB OVERMAN and HANNAH ?WALCOTT were married on 25 October 1677 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut.1,5 HANNAH ?WALCOTT4,6,7 died on 22 February 1692 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut.1,5

Joyce Overman Bowman <Jeobowman@cs.com> Jan 2002 Hannah's surname is also seen as Wiswall. There is no proof for either name.

A birthdate for Hannah is often seen, but it is for Hannah Wolcott, daughter of Henry & Sarah (Newberry) Wolcott, who was b. 8 Mar 1654 in Windsor CT and died unmarried 4 Sep 1683. This could not be the same Hannah.

About 1670 in Boston there was a Thomas Overman, 3rd husband of Hannah Wiswall. When Hannah's father Elder John Wiswall died in 1687, his will named his daughter as Hannah Overman. At the time Thomas & Hannah Wiswall Overman were married in Boston, Jacob Overman was in Maryland serving a 6-year indenture to Richard Gorsuch.

Hannah died two days after the birth of daughter Hope. The Barber mansucript states she was 38 years of age when she died - that would have been a birth year of 1654 [the same year as the daughter of Henry Wolcott, so it's easy to see how one could jump to the conclusion she was his daughter]

JACOB OVERMAN and HANNAH ?WALCOTT had the following children:


i. Jacob OVERMAN4 was born on 20 October 1678 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut.5 He died on 8 July 1715 in Perquimans County, North Carolina.4

Jacob married Rebecca Newby, 7 Oct 1699, Perquimans Co, NC.

EARLY RECORDS OF NC, VOL. II; Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. p.148/123 Inventory of Calley. Divided equally among James Newby, John Newby, Jacob Overman who married Rebecca Newby & Jno White who married Elizabeth Newby.

CD "Genealogical Records: Early NC Settlers 1700s-1900s" Jacob was deceased leaving children by the time his father wrote his will in Sep of 1715.

Children of Jacob and Rebecca: Rebecca, b. 11 Sep 1700 John, b. 23 Jul 1702, d. 4 Dec 1744 Thomas, b. 20 Jan 1704 Jacob III, b. 17 Dec 1705, d. 8 Jul 1715 Hannah, b. 8 May 1708 Charles, b. 12 Dec 1710, d. 1756 Joseph, b. 20 Dec 1712, d. 6 Dec 1739 James, b. Jul 1715, d. 21 Jan 1746.


ii. Thomas OVERMAN4 was born on 8 December 1679 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut.5

Barber stated that Thomas had married Hannah Wiswall, daughter of John and Margaret Wiswall, but added a question mark. Hannah Wiswall has also been suggested as the maiden name of his mother.

From the Barber manuscript: Will dated 9 Jul 1687; Probate 24 Aug. Bequests to son John, daughter; Hannah Overman, daughter; Fisher and her children, son and daughter; Cutter, son; Matthew and daughter; Johnson and daughter; Lydia Ballard's children, daughter; Mary Emans, son [Henry] and daughter Mountfort. Inventory was filed 14 Feb 1687/88. Mention land; reters to grandchildren Benjamin Cheney and Jacob & Samuel Royal. Either this is a very unusual will to name children and grandchildren in such a manner, or the abstract is very confusing. A note says the will was found in Massachusetts Records.... Would certainly be interesting to find.




iv. Margery OVERMAN was born on 5 November 1683 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut.8 Married William Mackey.


v. John OVERMAN was born on 30 January 1684/5 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut.8


vi. Charles OVERMAN2 was born on 4 December 1686 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut.8 Charles liberated to marry Ann Symons on 18 Aug 1711.


vii. Joseph OVERMAN9 was born on 27 March 1690 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut.8 Probably not this Joseph but his son, or son of one of his brothers: CD "Genealogical Records: Early NC Settlers 1700s-1900s" Will of Joseph Overman, Pasquotank. Dated 22 Sep 1739. Probate Oct 1739. Nathaniel Martin. Brothers Ephraim, Nathan & Jesse. [these brothers do not fit known information about this Joseph nor the son of Ephraim named Joseph.] EARLY RECORDS OF NC, VOL. II; Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. p.437/48 Joseph Overman Inventory to include notes from James Pritchard, Joseph Parker and John Bellman. Attested by Nathaniel Martin who made affirmation being a Quaker on 20 Aug 1740.


viii. Ann OVERMAN was born on 21 February 1690/1 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut.5

In the Old Style dating, the new year did not begin until March 25, so Ann is actually 11 months younger than her brother Joseph, born in February of 1691 as we would calculate today.


ix. Hope OVERMAN was born on 20 February 1692/3 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut.5

JACOB OVERMAN and Dorothea PORTER were married on 22 February 1692.1 Dorothea PORTER8 was born in November 1654.1 Dorothy's parents were Thomas and Sarah (Hart) Porter.

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Jacob Overman's Timeline

Herzogtum Sachsen, Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation
Age 20
October 25, 1677
Age 25
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
October 25, 1677
Age 25
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
October 20, 1678
Age 26
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
December 8, 1679
Age 27
Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
March 9, 1680
Age 28
Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Age 30
Hartford County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
November 5, 1683
Age 31
Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
January 30, 1684
Age 32
Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA