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John George Overmire (Obermeyer), II

Birthplace: Blankenloch, Karlsruhe, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
Death: Died in Sweitzers Run, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: Dry Run Cem, Northumberland Co (Now Union Co), Pennsylvania, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Johann Georg Overmyer and Anna Catherina Obermeyer
Husband of Eva Maria Magdalena Overmire and Anna Barbara Overmire
Father of John George Overmyer, III; Catherine Parkinson, Ohio Pioneer; Margaretha Overmyer; Susanna Obermyer; John Peter Overmire and 13 others
Brother of Hans "John" Philip Obermyer; Mary Catherine Obermyer; Anna Mary Obermayer; Anna Barbara Obermayer and Elizabeth Catherine Obermayer
Half brother of elizabeth catherine Obermayer

Occupation: Revolutionary War Commander
Managed by: John Harold Laidler
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About Captain John George Overmire, Sr.

John George Obermayer, an emigrant, was married to Eva Rosenbaum in 1753. Their first child, John George, was born June 3rd, 1755, Catherine was born Sept. 12th, 1756, Margaratha was born Nov. 6th, 1758, Susannah, born Nov. 6th, 1758, twins. His first wife died and he was again married to a Barbara Vogt, or Foucht, and the children from the union were:

John Peter, born Feb. 5th, 1761.

Elizabeth, born Feb. 27th, 1763.

Anna Eve and Esther, dates not deciphered, probably twins.

Jonas, born March 5th, 1766; died unmarried.

Mary Magdalene, born Aug. 25th, 1767, married Peter

   Whitmer; died 1839 in Perry Co., O. 

Philip, born Sept. 23, 1769; died March 24th, 1843.

John Michael, born Jan. 12th, 1773; died Oct . 19th, 1847.

David, born Nov. 12th, 1774; died Sept. 28th, 1866.

Barbara, born Sept. 17th, 1776.

Jacob, born March 27th, 1778; died May 14th, 1835.

I have a copy of a book published in 2009, about John Overmyer and his descendants. I'm included! The book is called:

ONE IMMIGRANTS LEGACY, The Overmyer Family in America, 1751-2009

For more information about the book, click:'s-Legacy.php

Revolutionary War Commander: Part of General George Washington's "Corps of Rangers" Expert Pennsylvania Riflemen. The Overmyer Fort in Pennsylvania was named in his honor. Captain John George Obermayer (Family spellings variant as Overmoyer, Overmier, Overmire, etc) Overmyer came to America in 1751 on the ship "Brothers." Overmeier served in the French and Indian War and later was a Colonial Militia Captain in the Revolutionary War. Assigned to Colonel Philip Cole's 4th Battalion of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania formed in 1776 - Captain John Geo. Overmeier, Sixth Company (His son J.G.O. Jr. was listed in Capt. John Clarke's 1st Co.) attached to Colonel James Potter's 2nd Battalion under Lt. Col. James Murray. They left Reading on January 3, 1777, and on the 8th joined Washington at Morristown, Elizabethtown, and indeed, of all the enemy's posts in New Jersey, except New Brunswick and Amboy, and then retired to secure winter quarters at Morristown. Captain Obermayer discharged varied and arduous duties at times at the head of a company of men as Captain, leading them to battle and pursuit of the enemy, at other times marching in the ranks and doing battle under other officers. Commissioned for local frontier defense, sometimes for special campaigns, and still others for periods in support of the Continental Army and General John Sullivan.

"For God & Country"

On Dec. 11th, 1777 occurred the action at Guelph's Mills, near Philadelphia, in which the enemy endeavored to surprise General Potter. The 2nd Battalion, under Colonel Murray, was engaged. The following spring May 30th, Jacob Morgan wrote, "I have just returned from camp at Valley Forge, saw fifteen regiments under arms well disciplined. They performed several maneuvers with the greatest exactness and dispatch under the direction of Baron Steuben. General Washington afterwards reviewed them." May 31st, Col. Samuel Hunter wrote that "The back settlers of Buffalo township have come down to Capt. Overmeier's at the mouth of Sweitzer run." By May, 1778, just prior to the "Great Runaway," the militia was re-organized. We find Captain George Overmeier leading the 3rd Ranger Co. in the 1st Battalion under Col. John Kelly. The Rangers were known for the stealth, night-time attacks.

In 1779, two days after the Battle of Fort Freeland, Colonel Kelly marched with his men to the fort to bury the dead. Colonel Kelly used a dog that would track Indian trails and immediately drop when near, to alert the men.

In 1780 Colonel Samuel Hunter wrote, "Four people were buried on the old Obermayer homestead from an attack on (French) Jacob Grozong's Mill, May 16. ( said to be on the bluff opposite Tuscarora Creek ). The Frontier Rangers killed were: George Etzweiler (Dry Run Cemetery), James Chambers , John Forster Jr. (were carried to Lewis Cemetery), and Samuel McLaughlin (McLoughlin). (Col. Mattew Smith also wrote of this). During 1780 John Henry Pontius(Ponges) served as 1st Lieutenant under Captain Overmire against the Indians who were led by British Officers and Tories on the frontier. Wm Moore also served as Lieutenant under Captain Obermier.

During 1781 the 1st Battalion (Colonel Kelley) Northumberland County included Captain John Geo. Overmeier's 3rd Company.(Included his two eldest sons, George & Peter).

On May 6, 1782 a battle engagement took place at an area by the Frederick Wise homestead, Limestone Township. Among Overmyer's men wounded were Private Edward Tate and killed were said to be Sergeants John Lee (perhaps buried at his family homestead?) & James Reyner. The bodies were prepared for burial by Mrs. Barbara Overmyer and others and buried (Rizner) on the bank of Penn's Creek near the Overmyer residence, their graves being marked by stones brought up from the edge of the creek. (Dry Run Cemetery). Captain Overmeier was with his men in pursuit of the Indians.

In 1805 Captain Overmyer (10/27/1727-9/22/1805) was also buried at Dry Run Cemetery, former Northumberland (now Union) Co. that was on the banks of Penn's Creek at Switzer's Run. His father (Born in Bavaria) and Grandfather were also named John George. Captain Overmyer had 4 children with Eva (Maria Magdalena) Rosenbaum who died at the sixth year of there marriage. He had then married (Anna) Barbara Vogt (Foucht) and had 11 more by the time of the Revolutionary War. His two eldest sons also served in the Revolutionary War while his youngest sons later served in the War of 1812. Sons were: John George Jr., John Peter, Jonas, Phillip (named after his Uncle), John Michael, David, and Jacob. Daughters were: Catherine, Twins Margaretha and Susanna, Elizabeth, Anna Eve and Esther, Mary Magdalene, and Barbara. Many other relatives also travelled to America in the late 1700's and beyond. Name is spelled with many different variants... {Sources include State Archives of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Rangers on the Frontier, Overmyer History & Genealogy, History of Northumberland Co. & Annals of Buffalo Twp}


1. Mabel Brucker, Monterey, Indiana, Daniel Overmyer History and Genealogy 1832 to 1978 (No Information), XXN, XXVI. Typed by Jeane amd Missy Stinemetz; not documenterd; photographs but or xerox copies. -Alot of Typographical erros, an inconsistent pattern in presenting data and given names. "John Georg Obermayer 1680-1743 (A weaver in Bavaria, Germany) -> JOhn George Obermayer 1727-1805 (The emigrant to Pennsylvania, America) 1st son) John George Overymeyer 1755-1811 ; 2nd son) John Peter Overmyer 1761-?, Elizabeth Overmyer 1763-?; Anna & Esther Overmyer (twins); 3rd son) Jonas Overmyer 1766-?; 4th son) Phillip Overmyer 1769-1843 ->David Overmyer (7th son of Phillip-> 1808-1884-> Daniel Overmyer (1st son of David) 1832-1910); 5th son) John Micheal Overmyer 1733-1847; 6th son) David Overmyer 1774-1866; Barbara Overmyer 1766-?; 7th son) Jacob Overmyer 1778-1835

... On May 4, 1751 John George, 26 years old, was baptized and prepared to emigrate to Pennsylvania, North America. The school superintendent Feigler, Clerk of Court, issued an honorable dismissal and certificate of good character, a passport, to John George. His diary stated he set out with his belongings May 14, 1751. Two hundred passengers were aboard and the journey was only by sail and wind on the ship named "Brothers". They landed at Philadelphia Sept. 16, 1751, a voyage of 125 days. He served his new country in the Revolutionary War against England as a Captain of the Sixth company...."

2. Barnhaet B. and John C. Overmyer, Overmyer History and Genealogy 1680 to 1905 (1905, Fremont, Ohio, Cahs. S. Bellman Printer, reprint 1972 Light & Life Press). Light & Life Press, Winona Lake, Indiana Repository:. "On May 4th, 1751, twenty-three years, six months and six days after being baptized in preparing to leave his home and native land to go to the new colony of Pennsylvania, North America, he, the emigrant, John George Obermayer, produced the following letter of introduction from the pastor of his church in Blankenloch.

"In testimony of John George Obermayer's honest service and praiseworthy conduct while in our midst, especially of his knowledge and confession of the Evangelical Religion, "Lutheran," to which I cheerfully subscribe with my own hand and stamp with official seal. John Christian Ebersole, Pastor of Blankenloch & Buechig. Blankenloch, May 4th, 1751 (Official Seal) .............

Three days after receiving the letter of introduction from his pastor, being MAY 12TH, 1751, he sought the proper officials to procure transportation papers, or passport, as it is commonly called for the safe passage to the colony of Pennsylvania, North America, a verbatim copy of which is as follows: PASSPORT OF JOHN GEORGE OBERMAYER"

Inasmuch as thee above mentioned John George Obermayer of Blankenloch, has resolved by the grace of God to leave this province go to the New Country, the colony of Pennsylvania, and has most respectfully besought and petitioned us as the representatives of this Court for an honorable dismissal and certificate of good character, and we cannot justly refuse, but on the other hand, we cheerfully testify upon the ground of truth, that he has in his service in our midst conducted himself, as a Christian, as steadfast, honest trustworthy and industrious.

We therefore wish Mr. Obermayer. . . . . . . . . .but also eternal blessings. We therefore. . . . . . . . . . .persons, whether of high or low estate, with this charge testify not only to permit him to pass free and unmolested. . . . . . . . . .even he may choose to go, but also without suspicion, ki. . . . . . . . . .and entertain said Obermayer in whatsoever place he stay he may announce himself, for which we shall ever be the in debtors. In the name of this Court of Justice, we still remain the humble servant, Judge Bierich, Attorney, Kintzma. School Supt. Feigler, Clerk of Court. Blankenloch, May 12th, 1751

On the 14th day of June, at 2:00 o'clock, they passed through the Bingerloch, a strait or narrow passage in the Rhine, and a 7:00 o'clock they passed through the Bay of St. Gowar, a dangerous whirlpool, where they encountered great danger, arriving at Amsterdam, June 16th. The voyage from Rheinhausen to Amsterdam was of one weeks duration. From Amsterdam to Rotterdam the journey continued he embarking from Rotterdam on the. . . . . . . . . .and touching England on the 22nd, thence sailing west on the vast ocean. Of the Atlantic ocean we have no notes, sufficient as to say it was as all voyages were in those days of no proper. . . . . . . . . ., but sail and wind, tedious and long of duration. Leaving the shore of England June 22nd, on the ship named "Brothers," commanded by Captain William Muir of Rotterdam, with two hundred passengers, ......

On the 16th day of Sept. they landed at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, making a voyage of about eight-six days on the ocean, since leaving England, and one hundred and twenty-five days since leaving Blankenloch. Wonderful, the difference in navigation on the high seas, as in all else, between 1751and 1900.

The next record we have of John George Obermayer, we find him a citizen in Paxton Township, now Dauphin County, in Pennsylvania, in 1770, being on the assessment list with the following named citizens: Robert Clark, Walter Clark, Robert Fruit, William Maclay, Matthew Smith, William Plunket, Michael Troy, William Clark.

He was designated a widower when the list was made ten years previous. ....

The following facts were gleaned from an old Bible that had been preserved for several generations, which were old and dim, and difficult to decipher, but fully corroborated by inscriptions on various tombstones.

John George Obermayer, an emigrant, was married to Eva Rosenbaum in 1753. Their first child, John George, was born June 3rd, 1755, Catherine was born Sept. 12th, 1756. Margaratha was born Nov. 6th, 1758. Susannah born Nov. 6th, 1758 -TWINS

His first wife died and he was again married to Barbara VOGT, or FOUCHT, and the children from the union were:

  • John Peter, Feb. 5, 1761
  • Elizabeth, Feb. 27, 1763.
  • Anna Eve and Ester, twins , dates not known
  • Jonas, Mar. 5th, 1766, died unmarried
  • Mary Magdelene, Aug. 25, 1767, married Peter Whitmer; died 1839, Perry County, Ohio.
  • Philip, Sept. 23, 1769;died Mar. 24. 1843
  • John Michael, Jan 12, 1773; died Oct. 19th, 1847
  • David, born Nov. 12, 1774; died. Sept. 28th, 1866
  • Barbara born Sept 17th, 1776
  • Jacob born March 27th, 1778; died May 14th, 1835."

3. Edwin R. Corwin, One Townships Yesteryear's, May 3, 1931. " The German name of Obermayer has been Anglicized to Overmyer. The family name originated from one of the great grandsires filling the offi ceof the chief or highest mayor in a city or dominion, perhaps many generations ago, in a German province, hence " Ober Mayor".

The first John George Obermayer mentioned in the family history was bo rnat Nentzlingen, in Anspach, Barvaria, in 1680. Prior to 1718, he beca mea citizen of Blankenloch, Baden. He was a weaver in that town, and a copy holder later in a suburb. His youngest child, John George, was bo rnin 1727.

"From his diary we glean," write the family Historiana, " that on the 14th day of May, 1751, John Geroge Obermayer girdled on his worldlybelongin gs and bid farewell to Mother, Sisters, and Brothers, and thehome of h is childhood, adn set his face toward the far off wilderness,the new colo ny of Pennsylvania, beyond the vast ocean." That day helooked for the la st time upon his old world home and left forRheinhausen, to sail four da ys later toward Manheim. On the 20th he wasat Worms. Continuing the Rhi ne voyage, on June 4th great danger wasencountered on passing through t he Bay of ST. Gwoar, a treacherouswhirlpool. June 16th he was at Amsterda m, and on the 20th embarked fromRotterdam touching England on the 22nd, t hence sailing out on the vastocean, bound for a new world. The ship was n amed " Brothers." There weretwo hundred passengers, and the voyage was te dious and long, for sailand wind alone were to be depended upon to bri ng the ship across toAmerican shores. We read that "on the 16th day of Se ptember they landedat Philadelphia, making a voyage of about eighty six d ays since leavingEngland, and 125 days since leaving Blankenloch."

The next record we have of John George, we find him in what is now Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, in 1770. In 1753, he was married to Eva Rosenbaum. John George worked hard, plowing and grubing in stumpy fields whereHar risburg is now situated. His first wife died, and he married BarbaraVog t. He served as one of the first grand jurors of NorthumberlandCounty, Pe nnsylvania, in 1772; was with his family clearing a farm onSweitzer's R un and Penn's Creek in 1775: was at the head of a company ofvolunteers ag ainst the Indiana; fought in the Revolution as a captain;served on the co unty committee of safety in 1778 organized and ledsquads of men in protec tion of the frontier settlements, 1779 83; becamea county overseer, and f inally retired to a quiet life on his farm. Thefamily history is fu ll of stories of Indian raids, battles anddepredations, and of exciting f rontier happenings."


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Captain John George Overmire, Sr.'s Timeline

October 28, 1727
Stutensee, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
November 27, 1727
Blankenloch, Karlsruhe, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
June 3, 1754
Age 26
Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, USA
June 3, 1755
Age 27
Paxton, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, United States
September 12, 1756
Age 28
Paxton, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, United States
November 6, 1758
Age 30
Paxton, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
November 6, 1758
Age 30
Paxton, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
June 2, 1760
Age 32
Hanover, York, Pennsylvania, United States
February 5, 1761
Age 33
Paxton, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, United States
February 27, 1763
Age 35
Paxton, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, United States