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  • ID: I0919
  • Name: JOHN Overton , Jr.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT. 1758 in Moore County, North Carolina
  • Death: ABT. 15 OCT 1831 in Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
  • Event: Land Grant 1801 640 acres, Moore County, N.C.
  • Event: Land Grant 15 DEC 1785 274 acres, Moore County, N.C.
  • Event: Land Grant 6 DEC 1794 100 acres, Moore County, N.C.
  • Event: Enlisted 1783 Private, Revolutionary War
  • Event: Moved 1819 From TN to MS to LA/Louisiana
  • Census: 1830 East Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Census: 1800 Fayette, Moore County, North Carolina
  • Reference Number: 919
  • Note:
    At least one source of some of the historical information lists John's middle initial as "H." However, I (JPC) wonder if this speculation is not associated with John H. Overton, the U.S. Land Commissioner.

    Ms. Johanna Ellis writes to JPC in November, 1998 with the following information:
    "Tennessee Genealogical Records: Records of Early Settlers From State and County Archives" page 330.

    John Overton came from North Carolina to Davidson Co., Tennessee by 1805; was in Williamson Co., 1808 in Maury Co., in 1818 and removed to Louisiana where he died about 1832. He had a daughter who married Tristram Patton of Williamson Co; another daughter who married James Byers of Williamson County. He had a son, Thomas Jefferson Overton of Maury Co., born 1805. He only had one child by his last wife, Susannah (maiden name unknown). His descendants are known to be living in Maury Co., Tenn and Texas, and probably in Louisiana.

    The following grants establish John Overton's Revolutionary war service. Also from "Roster of Soldiers from North Carolina in the American Revolution," page 296. Grant No. 3156 to "John Overton, Private, 274 acres, 36 months service (to) December 15, 1785."

    John Overton, Jr., Owen Stratton, Ed Symes, W. Dyson and Wm. Dickerson appointed patrollers in Captain Cheek's District, August Court, 1792.

    LAND GRANT, 1793
    The State of North Carolina granted land to "John Overton, a private in the Continental Line of said state, land in our County, May 20, 1793." Grant No. 1965, Secretary of State's Office, Raleigh, North Carolina. In addition, Grant No. 320, dated February 23, 1793 "State of North Carolina to John Overton, land in our County of Davidson, on branch of the West Fork of Harpeth." This land became Williamson County and is near Thompson's Station.

    The federal cenus records indicate the following entry for John Overton:
    Free White Males 10 to 15: 2
    Free White Males 26-44: 1
    Free White Females under 10: 2
    Slaves: 7
    Number of household members under 16: 4
    Number of household members over 25: 1
    The above census record suggests that John's first wife Christian Jackson died prior to 1800.

    John Overton moved to Tennessee sometime between December 6, 1787 (birth date of his son Jesse in North Carolina) and 1799, when he is listed in Williamson County, Tennessee Taxables for 1800, page 23. "John Overton, 640 acres at the mouth of West Harpeth." Taxables for 1801, page 43, lists "John Overton, 715 acres on West Harpeth."

    On October 25, 1810, John Overton deeded 52 acres to his son Jesse Overton of Maury County on the double branches of the waters of Rutherford Creek.

    In the Maury County deed book, page 45: John Overton of Maury County to Matilda Campbell and Robert Campbell, Executrix and Executor of John Campbell, deceased of Maury County. Bill of sale for negro man. Witnesses Robert Campbell, Jesse Overton. Signed John Overton. 12/6/1818.

    In 1819 John Overton moved from Maury County, Tennessee to Mississippi, then to the Parish of East Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


    JOHN OVERTON) SUCCESSION) 27th October 1830

    The Court being informed of the death of John Overton and that he has left a nuncupative Will by public Act, wherein he has named Samuel Overton as testamentary executor.

    Ordered, that the said Samuel Overton be notified to appear before the Court and either accept or renounce said appointment forthwith, by serving on him a copy of this order.

    (signed) Chs. Tessier, P.J.

    I certify the foregoing to be a true copy of the original from the records of the Court.

    not decipherable


    Estate of Jn. Overton Petition of Sam. Overton for letters testamentary filed 16 November 1830 the death of John Overton having been satisfactorily proven, & the written copy of the Will of the deceased being in due form and a proof of itself as a public act. It is ordered that the same be executed & recorded according to Law & that letters of testamentary executorship be granted to the Petitioner after complying with the requisite of the Law.

    Petitioner after complying with the requisite of the Law.
    November 15, 1830
    Ch. Tessier, P.J.

    Let an Inventory of the Estate of the late John Overton be taken on the 24 inst. & let Jn. Brown & Joseph Parish be appointed appraisers to that effect & sworn accordingly,
    Nov 23, 1830


    May 26, 1964

    James E. Valentine

    DY. Clerk of Court

    Parish Judges Book #1, Conventional and Legal Mortgages, June 28, 1825 to January 19, 1831, No. 318.

    State of Louisiana, Parish East Baton Rouge. On the 15th day of October in the year 1831, Charles Tessier, Parish Judge and Notary Public in and for said Parish went to the domicile of John Overton, resident of this town, where I found the said Overton sick in bed, but of sound mind and he expressed to me his intention of making his last will and testament, which he dictated to me as follows:

    He declares that he has contracted a second marriage to his present wife Susannah Overton with whom he has a son, Thomas Jefferson Overton. He declares to have living three children the issue of his first marriage, viz: Samuel, Jesse and Cassandra Overton.

    He gives and bequeaths to his wife Susannah Overton in usufruct for a term of 4 years his Negro slave Jack, Negro man, and the Negro woman Hannah, after which term it is his will that the said slaves be set free from service forever in consequence of which disposition, the said wife or representative shall take necessary steps before competent authority to obtain freedom of said slaves according to law.

    He declares that John Anderson is in his debt $15.00.

    He names his son Samuel Overton the executor of this his last will and testament giving him full power for same.

    The foregoing will was thus dictated by the testator to the notary undersigned, who wrote it as described and afterwards read it to the testator in a amiable voice in presence of Wm. Brown, Vincent Kirkland and Malcom Patterson, witnesses, residing in this town, and he ratified same as containing his last will and testament, which was written without turning to another act. In witness thereof the testator hereto set his hand with said witnesses and notary the same day and year after the whole being read.

    J.O. (initials of John Overton)

    Charles Tessier, P.J.
    Wm. Brown
    Vincent Kirkland
    Malcom Patterson

    At the time of signing the testator declared he was unable through weakness to write more than his initials of his name, which he did as aforesaid in presence of said witnesses and notary.

    Charles Tessier, P.J.
    William Brown
    Vincent Kirkland
    Malcom Patterson

    Recorded this 19th October, 1830, Charles Tessier.

    Father: JOHN Overton , Sr. b: 1720 in Moore County, North Carolina
    Mother: SARAH Hummet b: ABT. 1720

    Marriage 1 CHRISTIAN Jackson b: 1758
    • Married: NOV 1785 in Moore County, North Carolina, Will Book No. A.
    • Note: John Overton, Sr. was listed as surety on the marriage bond.
    1. Has Children JESSE Overton b: 9 DEC 1787 in Moore County, North Carolina
    2. Has No Children Samuel Overton b: ABT. 1790 in Moore County, North Carolina
    3. Has Children Martha Overton b: ABT. 1792 in Moore County, North Carolina
    4. Has Children Cassandra Casey Overton b: 1793 in Moore County, North Carolina

    Marriage 2 Susannah Unknown b: ABT. 1770
    • Married: ABT. 1805
    1. Has Children Thomas Jefferson Overton b: 24 APR 1805 in Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee

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