John George Overmyer, III

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About John George Overmyer, III

"Overmyer history and genealogy, from 1680 to 1905"

By Barnhart B. Overmyer, John C. Overmyer

John Geo., first son of John George Overmyer, the emigrant, was the first child born to our illustrous forefather and his wife, Eve Rosenbaum, and has therefore the distinction of being the first Overmyer born on American soil, and breathing the air of his native country, during his entire life. He first saw daylight and American sunshine on the morning of June 3, 1755, in the humble home of his parents, in Paxton Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. The year of his birth is a noted date in American History, and especially in the history of his native colony, for that year, and almost within the immediate neighborhood of the Overmyer home, the British General Braddock, was defeated and slain by the Indians, who joined the French in their final but vain struggle to retain a permanent foothold on the American continent; and before the close of the struggle, we find that the father of our subject had also joined the colonial troops, in assisting the British to make this continent the home of an English speaking race, instead of an appendage of France. He enjoyed practically no advantage to acquire an education, but early learned to labor on his father's farm and no doubt shared the hardships of the undeveloped country, as well as the cruel effects of war by which the community in which he lived was more or less affected from the lime of his birth until the close of the Revolution in 1783. His father having served as a soldier in both the French and Indian war and he in the Revolution, and his mother having died while he was still in his youth, he no doubt experienced many difficulties, incident to pioneer life, and when he had grown to manhood he married Maria Rearick. She was born in 1754. They lived in Pennsylvania and engaged in farming until he died and was buried near the place of his birth. In 1811 his widow and their children moved from Penna to Perry County, Ohio, where she spent the remainder of her life with her children, and when she died, was buried at New Reading, Perry Co., O.

They had children:

Peter, born Nov. 14, 1794.

George, died in childhood.

Barbara, married Peter Dittoe, died in Perry Co., O.

Sarah, born Jan. 25, 1801, married Peter Strohl.

Margaret married Enos Cochran.

Jacob, born 1806, married MaryWeaver.

Maria, married Mr. Mulholland, died at West Liberty, O.

George is buried in New Reading Cemetery next to his wife Mary (Rearick) who died at the age of 70. The inscription on his headstone reads "George Overmyer who departed this life Dec. 23, 1812, aged 57 yrs. 6 mos. and 20 days." It is curious that the headstones of George and his wife Mary match: they are made with identical stone in the same style, and spell the surname "Overmyer." George died in 1812. The other markers of that early period are made of inferior stone and not wearing well, yet George and Mary's stones are in excellent condition. This suggests that the stones were probably cut upon the death of Mary in 1835, George's original stone having been replaced. It is also curious that the surname is spelled "Overmyer," a spelling which is known to have been adopted by later generations, and though it may have been used at the time of Mary's death in 1835, it was probably not used by George himself. Indeed, most of George and Mary's children seem to have gone by the spelling "Overmier" or "Overmire," if, in fact, there was a preference.

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John George Overmyer, III's Timeline

June 3, 1755
Paxton, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, United States
January 25, 1781
Age 25
Northumberland, Pennsylvania
Age 29
Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States
June 12, 1787
Age 32
Northumberland, PA, USA
November 14, 1794
Age 39
Union, PA, USA
Age 40
Age 42
Northumberland, Pennsylvania
January 25, 1801
Age 45
Union, Pennsylvania
March 28, 1808
Age 52