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John Peter Overmyer (Obermayer)

Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: PAXTON TWP. DAUPHIN CO. PA
Death: September 8, 1843 (82)
PERRY OHIO
Place of Burial: VILLAGE CEM. NEW READING, PERRY, OHIO
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About John Peter Overmyer

From "Overmyer history and genealogy, from 1680 to 1905" By Barnhart B. Overmyer, John C. Overmyer

http://www.archive.org/stream/overmyerhistoryg00over#page/82/mode/2up

JOHN PETER (J. G.), the second son and fifth child of John George Obermayer, "being the first child born of his second wife," was born at Paxton, near Harrisburg, "now Dauphin County," Pa., Feb. 5th, 1761, and with his father's family, at the age of nine years, moved north into Penn's Valley, Buffalo Township, where Sweitzer's Run flows into Penn's Creek. Here in the dense forest, among the Indians, he no doubt experienced to the fullest extent the privations of the then frontier life. At the age of twenty-two, he married Mary Eva Hennig, daughter of Christopher Hennig, residing on and farming part of his father's estate, until 1801, when he with several of his neighbors, moved to Ohio, and located near New Reading, "now Perry County." Perry County was formed as at present, from Washington, Muskingum and Fairfield, March 1st, 1817, and named after Commodore Perry. The following were some of his early neighbors, who also came from Pennsylvania: John Hammond, David Pugh, Adam Binckley, John Poorman, John Fink, Daniel Parkinson, Peter, John and Michael Dittoe. The writer was often told of the sad misfortune with which he met during his trip of moving from Pennsylvania to Ohio. At that time teams were ferried over the Ohio river, and being a good teamster, with one four-horse and one five-horse team, heavily loaded with goods and silver money, when about to cross the Ohio river at Wheeling, he told the ferryman that his wagons were very heavily loaded and he feared the boat insufficient to bear up his loads, but the ferryman claimed he had transferred heavier loads on many occasions before, so the attempt was made, but alas! when the boat was pulled from the shore it sank, with all on board. With the greatest effort, but cutting the harness, the horses were saved, also the wagons later, while most of the goods were lost, Some of the chests and trunks were taken out of the stream, later, miles below the crossing.

Stricken but undismayed, he proceeded to the end of his journey, where with his wife and ten children he established a home in the dense forest, and took an active part in improving the wild country. He assisted in building the first school-house also in erecting the first church, which was a Lutheran church, and Rev. Foster was the first pastor in the then wild community.

The following are the children of John Peter and Mary Eva (Hennig) Overmyer:

John Geo., born Sept. 24th, 1784.

Jacob, born May 14th, 1786.

John, born April 10th, 1788.

Benjamin, born Oct. 9th, 1789.

Christena, born Aug. 22nd, 1791; married Christian Anspach.

Catharine, born Oct. 6th, 1793; married John Anspach. Mary Magdalene, born Oct. 13th, 1795; married David Deal.

Elizabeth, born Sept. 2nd, 1797; married J. Mohlor.

Peter, born Aug. 24th, 1799.

David, born June 21st, 1801.

Adam, born May 10th, 1803.

Barbara, born June 24th, 1805; married Joseph Miller.

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John Peter Overmyer's Timeline

1761
February 5, 1761
PAXTON TWP. DAUPHIN CO. PA
1843
September 8, 1843
Age 82
PERRY OHIO
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VILLAGE CEM. NEW READING, PERRY, OHIO