William Overmyer

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About William Overmyer

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

WILLIAM, (Philip; J. G.), second son of Philip and Rosanna (Bishoff) Overmeyer, was born in Weirickstown (now Centerville), Union (now Snyder), county, Pennsylvania, April 11, 1795. He received a fair education in both German and English; worked on his father's farm and later learned the trade of a miller and blacksmithing. While working as a miller he frequently rafted flour to Philadelphia via Penn's Creek and the Susequehanna river. His first wife was Susannah Sanders, born in Union county, Pennsylvania, October 1, 1796. They had the following children:

Henry, born October 20, 1819.

William, born June 6, 1821.

Edward, died and is buried in Pennsylvania.

Polly, married John Johnson.

Jacob, born May 9,1826.

John, born May 9,1830.

Infant twins, died.

Susannah, born November 2, 1831.

Harriet, born April 27, 1834.

His first wife was afflicted with dropsy, from which she died January 13, 1838. He married his second wife, Elizabeth Eversole, November 11, 1838. She was a daughter of Jacob and Barbara (Bixler) Eversole, and was born January 2, 1816, in Perry county, Ohio. The ceremony was performed by James Rose, J. P. for Washington township. The following children were born of this second marriage:

Joel, born September 3, 1840, died December 12, 1853.

Isaiah, born May, 6, 1843.

Louis W., born July 31, 1846.

Infant daughter, died March 27, 1849.

Isaac N., born March 25, 1850.

Barbara Ellen, born July 18, 1853.

Benjamin F., born March 27, 1856.

Albert E., born February 28, 1858.

Minerva Alice, born May 20, 1861.

In the fall of 1832 he, in company with his brother Philip, made a trip to Sandusky county, Ohio, walking both ways, averaging 54 miles per day during the entire trip. In the following May (1833) he moved to Sandusky county with his famliy, driving the entire distance in a wagon, constructed by himself. They entered one-half section of land, at $1.25 per acre. (Upon this land the west half of Lindsey has been built.) Philip entered 80 acres north of Lindsey (now the home of Charles Kramb.) To reach this land with his family it was necessary to chop his way through the dense forest, from the Maumee Pike. George Fought and Samuel Adams moved here at the same time. The Overmeyers erected a log cabin in which they did their cooking and slept in their wagons during the entire summer. In the fall William built a log cabin in which he lived the remainder of his life. This cabin was built of hewn logs and was two stories high. The first year it had but three sides, a roof of bark, and a puncheon floor. During the winters following the Indians frequently came to his cabin and slept on the floor by the fire place. He always treated them kindly, an Indian burying ground was formerly located where his house stood and numerous bodies and trinkets were found while excavating for a cellar on the farm. William was appointed village postmaster, and had the postoffice in his cabin. He opened a blacksmith shop and soon had a good trade, making axes and other tools and implements necessary in subduing the forest and cultivating the soil. He also constructed a hook or turnkey to pull teeth and on all days of the week and often in the silent hours of night would he be called on by men and women of the vicinity to lift their unruly grinders. The mstrument is now in possession of his son, Dr. B. F. Overmeyer, who prizes it highly as a family relic. As opportunity afforded, he worked on his farm, clearing away the heavy forest and providing such drainage as was possible. This latter was important, as the land was very wet, causing almost constant sickness fron. malarial fevers and ague among the settlers. Game was plenty and during Hie first few years he provided sufficient vension for the family without going further from his house than the sound of his rifle.

Pea vines were about a foot high in the forest and the horses and cattle lived on these during the summer and browsed on the underbrush and newly-fallen tree-tops during the winter. Three or four times every year he would drive to Venice, Erie county, Ohio, near Sandusky, to mill, with corn and rye and later with wheat and buckwheat. These trips would consume from two to four days each time and were quite hazardous. He made his own charcoal for shop use and displayed some inventive genius by originating the idea of putting a cutter on a plow to cut away the roots and vines and thus get better results from plowing. In 1840 he and his wife drove to Perry county, Ohio, with friends. This trip was made in a spring wagon constructed by himself, among the first of its kind in his locality. In 1850 they drove to Fulton county, Indiana, on a similar trip. In early life William had been a Lutheran but later became a member of the Evangelical church, and was one of the founders of his church at Lindsey, of which he remained a steadfast member until his death. In politics he had been a Whig and later became a Republican and was at one time a candidate of his party for county commissioner. When the L. S. & M. S. R. R. was built through Sandusky county he was selected by the company as one of three men to settle all disputed claims for a right-of-way from Norwalk to Toledo, for which he received a good salary and was also given a pass for himself and family for three years, good anywhere over the company's road. From his farm he furnished a great many ties and other material for the road. His first children attended school at a small school house west of Hessville, and later at Hessville. During the last eight years of his life he suffered from a complication of diseases, principally liver trouble, from which he died August 13, 1869, aged 74 years, 4 months and 12 days. Thus closed an eventful and useful life, a life full of hardships and toil, but one ever worthy of emulation. To-day the beautiful farms, the splendid and comfortable homes, the mighty industries of a mighty nation, stand as silent testimony to the industry and worth of him and his kind. She resided with her son Isaiah in Lindsey, O., until she died, June 18, 1904, and is buried in the new cemetery at Lindsey, O. Aged 88 years, 5 months, 16 days.





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William Overmyer's Timeline

April 11, 1795
Union City, Union, Pennsylvania, United States
October 20, 1819
Age 24
June 6, 1821
Age 26
May 9, 1826
Age 31
May 9, 1830
Age 35
November 2, 1831
Age 36
Union, Pennsylvania
April 27, 1834
Age 39
September 3, 1840
Age 45
May 6, 1843
Age 48