Two Ober/Over Families on the Pennsylvania Frontier

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  • ID: I1439
  • Name: Christian OVER
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 16 Mar 1743/44
  • Death: 16 Mar 1827 in Hummelstown Cem., Hummelstown Borough, Dauphin Co., Pa., plot #78-3 1
  • Note:
    Christian Over served under Capt. Robert McKee from 1783 to 1788 under Col. Jacob Cook's Battalion during the Revolutionary War. Also serving from the Swatara and Conewago areas were Henry Bricker, Jacob Nissly, Jacob Shelly, Abraham Shelly, Daniel Shelly, Jacob Brucker, and Jacob Bricker to name a few. Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, Volume 1, p. 471.

    On April 1, 1815 according to the tax list of Donegal Township Christian Over owned 80 acres, 1 log two story house 36x28, 1 stone barn 46x30, a stone blacksmith shop, and a second log building. This property adjoined Samuel Hef and Henry Over. Christian Over also shared with his brother, Henry Over, 36 acres, 2 log two story houses: 34x30, 20x16, barn, stable, and shop. All his property was valued at $5735. 1815 Direct Tax List, Donegal Township, Lancaster County, p. 102.

    Christian Over died leaving four minor children. He appointed John Nissley guardian of the four. Upon John NissleyŐs death there were two minor children of Christian OverŐs to be cared for. Both were over the age of 14. Jacob Hoover was appointed guardian of the two older children who were not minors, Mary and Barbara. However, Barbara by this time was married to Mr. Hershey. Devin, Donald J. A Short Family History. December 1, 1984. Self published.

    Christian Over also owned land in Peters Twp., Franklin Co., Pa.

    The will of Christian Over of Derry Twp., Dauphin Co., Pa. was written on March 2, 1819, amended on Mar. 16, 1826, and was probated on May 6, 1828. He mentioned his wife, Maria Over and daughter, Esther Neisley. His daughter received his land in Derry Twp. while his granddaughter, Mary Landis who married Daniel Engle received the land in Peters Twp., Franklin Co., Pa. His grandson, David Landis received 1000 pounds. John Neisley received 1000 pounds. Executors: John Neisley (son-in-law); Daniel Engle (grandson-in-law). Witnesses: Peter Binchower; Andrew Alexander. The amendment to the will stated that Mary Engle died and left four children to whom John Neisley was to be named their guardian. Their inheritance was to go to the Harrisburg Bank and they'd receive their share at 21 years of age. The farm in Franklin Co., Pa. was to stay in the Engle family. Will Book E, Volume 1, p. 9. Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

    Executors of the will of Christian Ober of Derry Twp., Dauphin Co., Pa. John Niefsley and Daniel Engle reported that the estate totaled $9,221.53 1/2. Orphan Court Records Book F, Volume 1, p. 283.

    John and Mary Meyer of Derry Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa. sold to Christian Over of Lebanon Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa. 79 1/4 acres in Derry Twp. bounded by the Swatara Creek; William Laird; Martin Brand for 1,800 pounds. Written on Mar. 4, 1782. Recorded Aug. 22, 1787. Witnesses: James Burd; Adam Hamaker. Original patent was given on Sept. 7, 1765 to Matthew Laird for 188 3/4 acres. Laird sold the land on Apr. 8, 1771 to John and Mary Hamaker. Hamaker sold the land on Oct. 9, 1781 to John and Mary Meyers. Deed Book C, Volume 1, p. 29. Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

    Patent examined for Christian Over for 13 pounds and 9 shillings concerning 79 1/4 acres in Derry Twp., Dauphin Co., Pa. called "The Speedwell" bounded by Martin Brand; William Laird. Application Book N, Volume 3, p. 420. Original patent was given on Sept. 7, 1765 to Matthew Laird for 188 3/4 acres. Laird sold the land on Apr. 8, 1771 to John and Mary Hamaker. Hamaker sold the land on Oct. 9, 1781 to John and Mary Meyers. Meyers sold on Mar. 4, 1782 to Christian Over. Dated Apr. 11, 1786. Witnesses: J. Armstrong, Jr. Warrant Book P, Volume 69, p. 216. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

    Jacob and Esther Niesley sold to Christian Ober 25 acres in Derry Twp., Dauphin Co., Pa. bounded by William Laird; Henry Moor; John Smith; Peter Persh; other land by Christian Ober for 3 pounds. Recorded Apr. 22, 1801. Witnesses: John Metz; Adam Hamaker. Deed Book L, Volume 1, p. 387. Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

    Mary Reiff, widow of Jacob Reiff of Derry Twp., Dauphin Co., Pa. sold to Henry Reiff; Christian Ober, both admistrators of the estate of Jacob Reiff, her share or one third of the esate for 183 pounds, 10 shillings, and 10 pence. Written on May 24, 1813. Recorded Jan. 4, 1814. Witnesses: Charles Brandon; George P. Freyer. Deed Book T, Volume 1, p. 210. Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

    Michael Shelly died intestate in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania in 1817 leaving two daughters: Mary Shelly married Christian Ober; Nancy Shelly married Isaac Wenger. A third daugher, Elizabeth Shelly (deceased) married Christian Hensha left the following children: Christian Hensha; Mary Hensha married Benjamin Long. Isaac and Nancy Wenger's children: Barbara Wenger married Abraham Gibbel; Anna Wenger married Christian Streit. There were other Wenger children no named since they died intestate without issue before Michael Shelly. The estate of Michael Shelly was divided between Mary Ober and Nancy Wenger. On Nov. 28, 1818, Isaac and Nancy Wenger gave their share of the estate to their children: Abraham Gibble; Christian Streit (Deed Book #15, p. 482. Lancaster Co., Pa.). Christian Ober and Christian Hensha made payments to Isaac Wenger and Christian Hensha, Sr. and their children and to the husband of the deceased daughter, Elizabeth. All acounts paid and administrators discharged. Witnesses: Benjamin Ober; James Ellmaker. Recorded Jan. 31, 1822. Deed Book X, Volume 1, p. 411-412. Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

    Christian and Maria Ober of Derry Twp., Dauphin Co., Pa. sold to Esther (Esther Neefsley was the only child of Christian and Maria Ober. ) and John Neefsley 25 1/4 acres bounded by Thomas Moore; Peter Reinhauer; Christian Ober; John First; Conrad Senger for 50 pounds, 8 pences. Written Mar. 2, 1819. Recorded Jun. 5, 1827. Witnesses: Peter Beinhauer; Andrew Alexander. Christian Ober obtained this land by patent on May 26, 1803. Deed Book A, Volume 2, p. 478-480. Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

    Christian and Maria Ober of Derry Twp., Dauphin Co., Pa. sold to Esther (Esther Neefsley was the only child of Christian and Maria Ober. ) and John Neefsley 79 1/4 acres in Derry Twp. bounded by Christian Ober; Peter Beinhauer; Martin Brand. This tract was known as "The Speedwell" and was part of the tract Christian Ober obtained by warrant on Apr. 5, 1786. (Patent Book #16, p. 216 enrolled Apr. 11, 1786). Witnesses: Peter Beinhauer; Andrew Alexander. Deed Book A, Volume 2, p. 480-482. Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

    Christian and Maria Ober sold to Esther and John Neisley 180 3/4 acres in Derry Twp. bounded by the Swatara Creek; Peter Beinhauer; Martin Brand for 1000 pounds, 8 perches. Written Mar. 2, 1819. Recorded Jun. 5, 1827. Witnesses: Peter Beinhauer; Andrew Alexander. Original patent given to Matthew Laird in Sept. 7, 1765. On Apr. 8, 1771 Laird sold to John Hamaker. On Oct. 9, 1781 Hamaker sold to John and Mary Myers. On Mar. 4, 1782 John and Mary Myers sold to Christian Ober. Deed Book A, Volume 2, p. 482-485. Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

    Jacob Neesley received a warrant for 30 acres in Derry Twp., Dauphin Co., Pa. on June 14, 1725 (survey date) and sold 25 acres and 14 perches to Christian Ober on May 25, 1803 (date of return). (Volume P, #51, p. 101; Book C, #179, p. 268) Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Volume 13, p. 31.

    Christian Over received a warrant for 79 acres and 40 perches in Derry Twp., Dauphin Co., Pa. on Mar. 28, 1786 (date of survey). On Apr. 3, 1786 (date of return) 79 acres and 40 perches Christian Over (C-148-173). Volume 16, #83, p. 165.

    Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage, April 1985, p. 67.













    Father: Jacob OVER , Sr. b: 1703 in Uebersheimer, Germany
    Mother: Anna MARIA b: 1707

    Marriage 1 Maria SHELLY b: 25 Aug 1755
      Children
      1. Has Children Esther OVER b: 23 Apr 1776

      Sources:
      1. Hummelstown Cemetery Transcription, Volume 1, plot #78-3. Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society.
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