|This Overbey Family History was originally compiled
by Jackie Overbey of Chanute, KS, and is currently being researched and updated
by Don Russell of Florissant, MO. This site is a partial history. To protect the privacy of our family members, we have only included information about the family up to the early 20th century. If you have Overbey geneology information to share, corrections or additions to this info, or would like get get a printed copy of the complete family history, including the later generations, additional information, clippings and photos, please email Don at email@example.com. Or by phone: 314-831-8666.
We have added a Sloman Family History page to this site. Two Overbeys married members of the Sloman family, and so many of us share both family backgrounds. Click here if you would like to go directly to the Sloman page.
The 15th Triannual Sloman Reunion will be held in Springfield, IL in October ?? date to be determined, depending on the Covid situation. Plan to come and enjoy hearing family history, the good food, and visiting! We will post more info when we get it.
An annual Overbey family reunion is held on the first Saturday in September after Labor Day. Aout 25 folks were able to attend the event this year on Sept. 10. Info to come for 2023 when plans are set. YOU ALL COME!
NEW INFORMATION ON THE EARLY OVERBEY HISTORY HAS RECENTLY BEEN FOUND!!
A book called "The Overbury Story: 500 Years in England and America," thank you to Lisa Crass and the Yancey Family Geneology for sending a link to the story of the Overburys and Overbeys in England and their immigration and settlement in America. This text traces their lineage as they made their way from Virginia west to Tennessee and eventually to Illinois and elsewhere. It connects many branches of the family tree that we suspected where related, but did not have information on what the connections were. Jackie would have loved to read this text!
- Overbey Family History -
Copied from the Greene County, IL Directory Year of 1879, page 593, Township 12, Range 11 West.
Overbey (spelling as in the book) Jefferson, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 30, Post Office, White Hall. The above named gentleman was born in Greene Co. in 1833. The fifth of a family of 10 children. His father Archibald (Orerbrey) (Overbey) was a native of North Carolina, who moved to Tennessee and there married Miss Sarah Barnard. The date of the family settlement in Greene Co was probably 1828, when the prairies for many miles remained unbroken and from the door step of his father’s cabin young Orerbey was wont to watch with childish glee the graceful flight of vast herds of deer as they disported themselves on the prairie, or became lost to view among the timber. Mr. Orerbey relates that during his earliest years the county was thinly populated. At intervals in the timber was seen the pioneer’s cabin, as few settlers had ventured on the prairie.
Jefferson was m. in 1853 to Miss Emma Clark, dau of Ira Clark. By this lady he had two children, James Ira and Ida May. September 1859, Mrs. Orerbey departed this life, Mr. Orerbey resident of township 12, range 11, and there owns farm property. Like nearly all who bear the name his generosity and kindness of heart is unbounded.
Personally, I feel that the two families were closely related but I still have not discovered how. I do not know in which county in North Carolina Archibald was born, nor do I know in which county in Tennessee he lived before moving to Illinois. Our William Overbey left Lauderdale Co. Alabama in 1855. He also lived there in 1840 but he was on the 1850 Federal Census as living in Lauderdale County. The new info found in The Overbury Story documents the link - more info to come!
William Overbey and Mariah B. Searles Family
William Overbey was b., October 3, 1820, near Goodsprings, Giles Co. TN. He m. April 11, 1839 Mariah B. Searles, b. February 15, 1819, dau of Henry Surls (Searles) and Ann Beasley, dau of Jesse Fendal Beasley. (Click here to go to the Searles family history.) The Searles, Beasleys, Overbeys, Kimbroughs, Anthonys and Brownings moved from Eastern North Carolina to the Western part, then into Tennessee.
In the 1840 Federal Census of Giles Co., TN, on page 126, I found this information:
I believe the two families were father and son. The 1850 Federal Census shows them living ln Lauderdale County. AL. near the towns of Anderson and Goodsprings. A lot of information was destroyed in the Civil War but some have found information in old Bibles. In the Federal 1860 Census of Greene Co., IL. Mt. Airy pct., Athensville post Office, Carlin Township, I found:
James Overbey b. July 5, 1824 married Elizabeth ? @ 1841
Marriages: (must be grandchildren’s birth dates)
John Alexander Overbey (Jr), b 1862 d. 15 Oct 1926, m. Nancy Ann Cowquer, b. 1862, d. 10 Oct 1927, Elkhart, Logan Co, IL
This information came from James Paul Overbey, Rte #3, Polk Patch Rd., Booneville, Indiana 47601
J. D. Overbey b August 5, 1843
*James M. Overbey m. Susie Eliza Wicks, b Sept. 13,1882, d 1967
This is a copy of information that Wayne Overbey gave me that his mother Sue Overbey had written.
History of William Anderson Overby
His parents--William Overbey, b. Oct. 3, 1820; d. March 14 ,1855. Came from Goodsprings Giles Co. TN. Came up the Tennessee River to Alton, Ill. Where he is buried. Married April 11, 1839 Mariah Serles (born Feb. 15, 1819, died 1873) In 1855 they came by boat to Ill. William died enroute, Mariah with her children settled in DeWitt County. The children were William A., John, Tom, Jim and Luvicy “Luvitha."
William A. was b. March 18, 1844; d. Sept. 18 1917, m. Feb. 24, 1870 Gilly C. Drum. Do not know her birth date, she died in 1883, age about 29 years, so it must have been in 1854 she was born. Six children were born: Purley who died in 1873 at the age of 2; Etsle b. Jan. 15, 1874; 1 girl d. at birth about 1876 Leroy C. b. Feb. 23, 1878; a girl b. and d. at birth 1880; Ebert b. Nov. 1, 1881. Second marriage to Mary F. Pitchford who died with her child about 1884. Third marriage to Catherine (Kate) Carrico Spears about 1885. Child Florence b. Feb. 15, 1887. Catherine d. June 1, 1922.
John had 5 children; Willie, Belle, Jennie, Fanny and Oscar. Belle married a Scoggins.
Thomas had 9 children; Lester, Della, Minnie, clarence, Albert, Ida, Elmer, Lizzie and Eva. Wife died at Eva’s birth. Second marriage to Lona Robison.
James had 6 children; 1 deceased, Thomas, Alva, Ira, Herbert, Carl and Naomi; wife was Laura Ann Drum, sister of Gilly Drum.
Luvicy married a number of times. Three children were born to a marriage to Arthington: Edna, Will and Eddie. Two sons b. when married to Henry Steele, Ora and Lester. Can give no account of her other marriages.
Received from the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library on July 17, 1985.
In compiling this genealogy I am using the numbering system, which is simple and easy to understand, number 1 is the first born in each family. I do not know which child in the family Anderson Overbey was--so I will number him 1. William had an older sister, so his number is 1-2. He is the 2nd child in the 2nd generation.
- Overbey Family Geneology & Family Information -
1. Anderson Overbey born 1794 or 1795 in Virginia. He m.[prob] in Tenn. Jane Hartin b. about 1789 in No. Ireland. Lived near Goodsprings, Giles Co., TN. where their children were born. It appears they moved to Lauderdale Co., AL, just across the state line about 1843. I noticed the towns of Anderson and Goodsprings located in Lauderdale Co. According to Alton, IL, Lovejoy Cemetery records Anderson died & was buried there on 15 March 1855, one day after his son & is buried next to son William. The two families were traveling to Deland, DeWitt, IL. together. Note- the early cemetery records at Alton, IL, spelled as Overbury. Anderson served in the US Army in the war of 1812. Five known children;
1-2-1 John H. Overbey Family
John H. Overby m. 23 Apr 1871 DeWitt Co, IL, Mary Francis Mewhinney, b. 17 Dec 1846 in IL, d. 12 Apr 1941, Wapella, Dewitt Co, IL dau of Nancy Clark, b, 1-1-1825, d. 1899 & William Mewhinney, b. 4-26-1818, d. 5-15-1895. Mary is buried in the Houchin Plot of Crum Cem, Wapella Township, Section 28, DeWitt Co., IL. John d. 7 Feb 1884, Decatur, Macon Co, IL, possibly buried in the same cem. without/or with unreadable head stone next to her. Mary m.  18 Feb 1888 Dewitt, Co, IL, Larkin Houchin, b. 1851. They had a son Charles J. Houchin. John & Mary, Seven children, b, Wapello, DeWitt Co, IL:
Nancy M. Overbey m. 16 May 1893 Pontiac, Livingston, IL, Orrin Grant Pearson 28 May 1866, IL.-22 April 1945, Nancy d. 26 Sept 1946, Peoria, IL, burial, Camp Cem, Pontiac, IL. Six children; Two still born.
Mary I. Pearson m. Birge Orville Geer, 1 Dec 1905, Page Co, IA.-8 Jul 2000 Villisca, IA. Mary d. Clarinda, IA, burial, Yorktown, IA.
Clara Belle Overbey m. Oct. 9, 1894, Cayuga, Livingston Co, IL, Claude Lenoir Scoggins, b. Sep 2, 1874, Greenfield, Greene Co, IL, d. Aug. 15, 1947, Taylorville, Christain Co, IL, son of Laura Ellen Allen & John Scoggins. They celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniv. at their home in Raymond, IL. Belle d. July 16, 1966, Clayton, St Louis Co, MO. Burial in Morrisonville Cem, IL. Six children:
Ruth Davis m. Vincent William Catizon, 1 Mar 1915-23 Nov 1990. Burial Calvary Cem, Pawnee, IL. Ruth d. 8 Apr 2003.
Dena Scoggins m. 16 Dec 1916, Decatur, Macon Co, IL, Charles Andrew Black, 22 Jun 1894, in IL,-1 Nov 1981. Dena d. 12 Feb 1974, DeLand, Volusia Co, FL. Burial, DeLand Mem, Gardens Cem. Two daughters;
Dorothy Black m. 1937 in KS, Paul Richard Brookover 1915-28 Oct 1979 in PA. Dorothy d. 22 Dec 2001, DeLand, Volusia Co, FL. Burial, DeLand Mem Gardens.
Bonnie Black m. Jay Kenneth Black, 29 Mar 1921, Ponca City, Kay Co, OK.-6 Aug 1973, DeLand, FL, son of Leona Healick & Perry Black. Jay enlisted in the US Navy in 1942 after the Japs bombed Pearl Harbor and stayed in for 20 years. Bonnie d. 5 Dec 2015, Deland FL. Burial, DeLand Mem, Gardens Cem.
Harley Scoggins m. 2 Oct 1920, Myrtle Maye Manhdink, b. 19 Jun 1899, Raymond, IL-31 Aug 1997 Decatur, IL they divorced. Harley d. 29 Sep 1956, Decatur, Macon Co, IL, burial, Morrisonville Cem, IL. A daughter;
Alma Jeanne Scoggins m. 25 Nov 1936, Decatur, Macon Co. IL, Robert E. Bainter, b. 15 Jan 1919 in IL, d. 8 Nov 1985 Decatur, IL. Jeanne was a dress maker for many years. Jeanne d. 23 Dec 2003, Knoxville, TN. Burial, Graceland Cem, Decatur, IL. A daughter, b. Decatur, IL;
Sharon Bainter m. William Bill Adams, have two daughters & two grandchildren. [per 2003 obit]
Jessie Belle Scoggins m. 20 Sep 1922, Springfield, Sangamon Co, IL, Thomas Franklin Orr, 30 Aug 1901 in IL,-13 Apr 1984. Jessie d. 27 Jun 1987 in Clayton, MO. Burial, Memorial Park Cem, Jennings, MO. Two children;
Patricia Orr m. May 1952, Marvin E. Detjen, 21 Jan 1927, New Wells, MO,-8 Feb 2008, St Charles, MO. Pat d. 10 Apr 2004, St Charles, MO.
Ray Scoggins m.  17 Feb 1925, De Witt, IL. Gertrude Maxine Summer, they divorced. Ray m.  24 Dec 1929, Ella May Fleming, b. 3 Aug 1909, IL, to Vallie M Pearce 5/27/1908-4/15/1931 & Rabourn Fleming 1886-1922. Ella d. Jan 1986. Ray d. 3 Aug 1951, New Albany, Floyd Co, IN, and is buried there in Fairview Cem. Ray & Maxine, a son, Ray & Ella, two daughters;
Joan Scoggins m. John William Adams Jr. son of Mary Cecelia Etter & John William Adams. Need info
Marjorie Scoggins m. Oct 23, 1928, Decatur, Macon Co, IL, Bernard Max Bailey, b. Sep 10, 1905 Blue Mound Tshp, Macon Co, IL, d. May 24, 1991, Bryan, Brazos Co, TX, son of Annie Elmira & Vernon Bailey. She d. 1 Apr 2006 College Station, Brazos Co, TX. They are buried in College Station, TX. Six children
Mabel Cushman m. in IL, Richard Emmitt Sympson 29 Dec 1891, Larue, KY,-4 Jul 1949, Waynesville, DeWitt, IL. Mabel d. 1 Mar 1974, Clinton, IL.
Dorothy Sympson m. July 1935, in IL Joseph Dareld McKinzey, b
Marjorie I Sympson m. Teddy Hall Jr 13 Mar 1920-17 Oct 2002, Hillsboro, IL.
GERTRUDE CUSHMAN m. in IL, Walter G. Schmidt, b. IL, b 11 April 1900, d. 7 April 1957,
Walter Schmidt m. Phyllis E, Bolin
Merna Schmidt m. Francis Marion Cashmer, 14 Oct 1920-21 Jul 2000
Donald W. Schmidt m. Feb 1945, Pontiac, IL, Elizabeth Y. Betty White, 16 Sep 1926, Pontiac, IL.-23 Jul 2014, Paxton, IL. Don d. 10 Dec 2008, Thawville, IL, burial, Ridgeland Township Cem. Four children;
Raymond Schmidt m. Jean E Ertmoed, 12 Feb 1924, Pontiac, IL-31 Aug 1984, Pontiac, IL. Ray d. 16 Jan 2015, Pontiac, IL, Two children;
Irma Cushman m. 24 Oct 1925, Pontiac, Livingston, IL Charles Eugene Taylor 13 Mar 1891-13 Jul 1981, Dwight, IL, son of Elizabeth Ann Rait, 1859-1937 & Barnwell Alexander Taylor 1855-1934. and lived in Dwight, IL. Irma d. 19 Jun 1966, Dwight, IL. Burial, Oak Lawn Cem, Five children;
Calvin Taylor m. Sycamore, IL, Elwanda I. Anderson, 13 Oct 1933, Strawberry, AR.-15 Nov 2015 Sycamore, IL. Calvin d. 25 Dec 2010, Morris Hospital, IL. Burial, Oak Lawn Cem, Dwight, IL. 4 children.
WILLIAM CUSHMAN m. in IL, Ella Florence Obert 1 March 1916,-20 Nov 1977, William d. 28 Nov 1965, both prob Livingston Co, IL, burial, Camp Cem. A son
1-2-1-4 William F. Overbey m. Iva May Kenann b, Feb 1881, Livingston Co, IL,-1959, Pontiac, IL. William d. 24 Mar 1962, Pontiac, IL.
1-2-1-6 J Oscar Overbey m. 30 Apr 1951 in IL, Melissa Southern, 26 Aug 1876,-2 Apr 1962. Clinton, Dewitt Co, IL, dau of Jimima Spangler 1845-1924 & James Southern. Oscar lived with his mother most of his life and married late. Oscar d. 31 May 1954, Clinton, IL, burial, Crum Cem, Wappela, IL.
1-2-2 William Anderson Overbey Family
1-2-2 William Anderson Overbey born 18 Mar 1844, Goodspring, Giles Co., TN, (or Lauderdale Co, AL as shown on 1850 census). He was eleven years old when his father died at Alton, IL. enroute to DeWitt Co, IL. His mother, Mariah B. Searls-Overbey, with her five children were in Greene Co., IL in the 1860 Federal Census, where William lived most of the rest of his life. William farmed 1 mile E. of Fayette in Macoupin Co, IL. 5 miles SE of Greenfield, IL where he died 18 Sep 1917. He m. (1) 24 Feb 1870 Gila C. Gilly Drum, b. 29 April 1854, d. 5 Mar 1883 at home, dau of Nancy Wright & Willie Drum. Willie was the oldest of Gila Wood & John Drum's children. William m. (2) 12 Sep 1883, Fayette IL, Mary F. Pitchford, b. 22 Nov 1847 in IL, d. 11 July 1884 with her child, dau of Malinda Boggess & Eli Pitchford. William m. (3) 30 Dec 1884, Greene Co. IL, Catherine Kate Esther Carrico Spears, d, 1 June 1922, dau of Reuben Carrico. Kate Spears had 7 children, all died under the age of 18 years. Effie lived the longest, she was nearly 18 years. All, buried in Oak Wood Cem. The William A. Overbey farm is now owned by David E. Woods, gr grandson of William's brother Thomas Overbey.
Home of William A. Overbey. 1 mile E. of Fayette, IL, N. side of road.
Etsle Overbey m. 25 Nov 1903, Auburn, Sangamon Co., IL, by Rev J. P. Alexander, Susan Barry Sloman, b. 1 Nov 1882, on the farm of her parents, Adaline Addie Barry Flagg & Mark Sloman, S of Pawnee, near Zenobia, Montgomery Co., IL. They lived with his father William on the farm 1 mile E. of Fayette in Macoupin Co. until 1918, when they bought a 160 acre farm 3/4 miles S. of Fayette. The E edge of the farm was the Greene Co. line. Etsle farmed there until he died at home, 18 April 1938. Sue lived two months a year with each of her children until her death in the hospital in Jacksonville, IL. 7 Aug 1969. Burial, Oak Wood Cem Greenfield. (Click here for the Sloman family information)
The family was very proud of their Barry ancestory, and kept 2 copies of the book "The Barry Family Records." Click here to view that manuscript which documents the family history going as far back as the Normans crossing into England in 1066 a.d.
Hilda Overbey m. Oct 18, 1924 Alton, Madison Co., IL. Standlee D. Russell, b. Jul 7, 1902, St Louis, MO, d. Jan. 16, 1959 St Lukes Hosp, St Louis, son of Maggie Mae Myers, b. 4/14/1869 Champaign CO., IL d. 11/7/1929 St Louis, Co. MO & Lew Andrew Russell, b. 6/12/1867 Mexico, MO, d. 10 /29/1918, Cherryvale KS in the 1918 flu epidemic. Stan worked for Chevrolet Div. of GM in St. Louis. Stans parents and a brother are buried in Fairview Cem in Cherryvale, KS. When Hilda was 11 years old walking home from school one fall afternoon she felt like a bee sting on her upper arm, when she felt her arm she found blood on her arm and discovered she had been hit by a stray bullet. She heard later that someone shooting at a bird some distance away did it, she carried a lead bullet in her arm the rest of her life. Hilda m. (2) May 19, 1962 at Jennnings, MO, John Edward Smith, b. April 19, 1899 Richwoods, MO, d. Apr 26 1995 Potosi, Washington Co. MO. Burial Laurel Hill Cem, St Louis Co, MO. John worked at the Chevrolet plant for 43 years. He loved to hunt and fish. Hilda lived and raised her four boys in the same home for 59 years, at 5230 Hodiamont, Jennings, MO. Click here for her Tapioca Fruit Salad recipe a family favorite! Hilda d. Oct. 12, 1998 New Florence, Montgomery Co. MO, the same day as her brother Wayne's wife Neffa Overbey. Hilda and Stan are buried in Memorial Park Cem, Jennings, MO, Four sons,
Don Russell m.(1) Oct 1948, Antioch Baptist Ch, Chesterfield, St Louis Co. MO, Helen Jean Sontag, b. 24 Sep 1928, Manchester, St Louis Co, Mo, d. 5 Nov 1993, Boone Co, MO, dau of Lucy Emma Jones, d. 1971 & Edward Oscar Sontag 1889-1968. Divorced 1952. Don m.(2) April 1956, Grace Methodist Ch, St Louis, Louise Mamie Smith, b. 6 April 1924, Ellington, Reynolds Co, MO, dau of Lillie May Vinson and Wm. Carter Smith. Louise had 8 brothers, 2 sisters and a twin named Lucile Maude. One thing Don remembers as a child, that their father would line all 4 boys up at bedtime and give each one a tablespoon full of cod liver oil, probably contributed to their lifelong good health. Don served in the U.S. Army Air Force from July 1944-June 1946 at Amarillo, TX, Kingman, AZ, where he trained to be a gunner on B-17s, Lincoln AAF, NE. Selman Field, Monroe, LA, and occupied Germany, stationed at Furth/Nuremberg with the 8th & 9th AF from Dec 1945 until discharged at Fort Leavenworth, KS. Don & Lou went to Hawii for the 50th Anniv, of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in Dec. 1991. Don retired Mar 1981 from the Defense Mapping Ag. Don drove a Senior Citizens bus for Florissant, MO. for 7 years, where he lives at 20 Mercury Dr. 63031. Don soloed 1 Aug 1946 in a Piper Cub at Lambert Field, then flew an airplane for over 50 years without missing a month. Don is a member of the Quiet Birdmen QB St Louis Hangar. Don & Lou took their daughters on many nice vacations to all over the U.S. Louise d. at home from Pancreatic cancer 15 Dec 1998, Florissant, St Louis Co, MO. Lou & son, burial, Memorial Park Cem, Jennings, MO. 2 children.
Bob Russell m. 19 Mar 1947, Moulton, Lawrence Co, AL, Jeanette Florence McAdams, b. 30 April 1930, Roodhouse, Greene Co, IL, dau of Margaret Madden Whittneber & Lee McAdams. Bob joined the Navy June 1945. He took his boot camp training at Great Lakes, IL, then served at the Fleet Post Offices in Oakland and San Francisco, CA. Bob completed his service aboard the Battleship U.S.S. New Jersey out of Long Beach, CA. and was discharged at Bellingham, WA. Bob retired from the Beneficial Finance Co. Jeanette d. 19 Oct 1994, St Lukes Hosp, St Louis Co, MO, Bob m. (2) 4 Jan 1998, Las Vegas, NV, Doris Virginia Mayes, b. 3 July 1948 Hunnewell, MO, dau of Dororthy Lorene Lee & Thomas Guy Mayes. Bob d. 7 July 2008, St Joseph West Hosp, Lake St Louis, St Charles Co, MO, his fathers birthday, burial Warrenton City Cem, MO. 2 children.
Jack M. Russell m. 5 Feb 1948, St Louis, MO, Geraldine Mary Jeri Stahl, b. 19 May 1930, St Louis Co, MO, d. 2 Sep 2010, Jonesburg, Montgomery Co, MO, dau of Ellen Amelia Pigeon 12/30/1909-5/8/1985 & Theodore Barney Stahl 6/16/1909-5/18/1957. Jack retired from Exxon Plastics, Wentzville, MO. Jerry worked at the Monsanto Chemical Co, O'Fallon, MO., making computer chips. They retired in the 1990s. Jack died 20 June 2012 riding his ATV in his driveway at home, he always enjoyed hunting deer on Lewis Overbey's farm along with several other relatives that show up for the "beer" season. Burial, Mt Pleasant Cem, High Hill, MO, Jack lived in Jonesburg, Mo. Seven children.
Richard Dick Russell m. 10 Dec 1954, Manor Presbyterian Ch, Jennings, St Louis Co, MO, Evelyn Joan Zweifel, b. 2 Aug 1935, Jennings, St Louis Co., MO., d. 30 Aug 2005, DePaul Hosp, Bridgeton, St Louis, Co, MO. dau of Margaret Belle Taschler, 8/14/1913-4/14/1987 & Oscar William Zweifel, 10/2/1912-8/23/1989. Dick enlisted the USAF 8 Sep 1950. He was stationed one yr at Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, TX. where he attended aircraft mechanics school and Albrook AFB, Panama Canal Zone and spent three years as crew chief of a C-47 flying to many countries in Central & South America. He retired from McDonnell Douglas Aircraft in St. Louis. On 11 Dec 2004 Dick & Evelyn celebrated their 50th wedding anniv. Evelyn is buried in Midlawn Memorial Gardens, Union, MO. Four children.
LaVerne Vern Overbey m. 16 Mar 1925 near Greenfield, IL, Christine Herndon Tudor, b. 10 April 1907, Richmond, Madison Co, KY, d. 2 Nov1991 dau of Daisy Lee [nee] Tudor 5/12/1881-11/8/56 & Jacob Edgar Tudor. Verne lived in St Louis and drove a truck hauling new Chevys in the early 1930s. He then returned to farming late in the 30s and bought his parents farm in 1943 and farmed there until his retirement. The farm was located 5 miles SE of Greenfield, IL. Verne sold the farm and moved into Greenfield, IL. Vern died suddenly at home of a heart attack 26 June 1982. Burial OakWood Cem. Three sons:
Gordon Overbey m. Aug 1947, Greenfield Baptist Ch, Greene Co, IL, Betty Janelle Sample, b. Jan. 1929, dau of Florence Violet Pruitt, 3/29/1898-10/10/71 & Clyde Richard Sample, 8/25/1891-7/31/64. Gordon was president [and retired from] of the Deeks and Co. (Manufacturers Rep). He has a BS Degree in Chemistry from the Univ of Illinois. He served in the U.S. Navy as an aircrewman from 1944 to 1946. Three sons.
Dewey Overbey m. 26 May 1950, Jacksonville, Morgan Co, IL, Gloria Jean Gilleland, b. 6 March 1933, Eldred, Greene Co, IL, dau of Opal Agnes Tillery 6/17/1903-8/14/1986 & Alvin E. Gilleland 1907-6/22/1959. Dewey served in the U.S. Marines in the 1950's. Dewey lived in Pasadena, TX and worked and retired from The Eythl Corp in Houston TX. Dewey always brought lots of home grown tomatos to the Family reunions. Lived in Rockbridge, IL, moved back and built nice new home at Coldspring, TX, near their children. Dewey d. 17 April 2015 at home. Three children.
L. Kaye Overbey m.(1) 1971, Golden Acres Methodist Ch, Pasadena, Harris, TX. Harry Morton Jenkins, Jr, b. 1950 to Mary Lou Ladke & Harry Morton Jenkins, Sr. Divorced May 1981. Linda (2) 1982 Harris Co, TX, Michael Dwight Clinard, 20 Mar 1952-2 Aug 2004, both Pasadena, Harris, TX, son of Carole Wolf 1935-1990 & Lee Ray Clinard 1923-2019. Mike had a dau, Amy Michelle, b. 1974. Three sons;
Lewis Overbey m. Elnora Frances Ellie Elsea, b. 8 June 1943 Sweet Springs, d. 9 Aug 2011 Sweet Springs, dau of Polly Lemmons & Marvin Elsea. Divorced in 1977. Lewis m. Rose Johnson, a widow with three children. Lew started as lineman for AT&T and working all over the USA in his first 14 years. After he retired they lived and worked in sales near Branson, MO. They bought the old Pace farm, [Bruce & Ed Overbey's grandfather]. Lewis & Ellie, two children.
Nelson Overbey m. 6 Oct 1934, St Louis, MO, Margaret Elizabeth Pace, b. 21 Nov 1913, d. 6 May 1999, dau of Elizabeth Ginz & Edmond Mallotte Pace. Margaret had a twin sister. Nelson and Margaret divorced. Nelson m. (2) St Louis, 21 July 1956, Berniece Eve Bass, b. 24 Dec 1914 Paragould, AR., d. 6 Sep 1998 Litchfield, IL. dau of Caledonia Williams & Logan Bass. When Nelson was young, he had a serous is bone disease and his left leg had to be amputated, but he never let that stop him. He always had a great sense of humor and was a jolly fellow! Nelson was a CPA and worked for Haskins & Sells and traveled all over doing CPA jobs. He ended up as an Auditor for the US Gov. Berniece retired from Sears in St. Louis, MO. Nelson, after the age of 65 finished college, getting his Bachelor of Science Degree. He then taught Accounting at Lewis & Clark College in Alton, IL and at Blackburn College in Carlinville, IL. They lived in No. St Louis area many years before moving to Gillespie, IL. Nelson d. 17 Sep 1995 Gillespie, burial Oak Wood Cem, Greenfield. Nelson & Margaret, two sons b. St Louis.
Ed Overbey m. (1) Shirley Ann Askew. b. 1938 Port Arthur, TX. Divorced. Ed m .(2) 1975. Carol Duane Matthews, b. 1943 , Otsego, NY.-28 June 2022 Oneonta, NY, dau of Jean Thomas & G. Duane Matthews. Lives Oneonta, NY Two children:
Myra Overbey m. 25 Feb 1937, Fayette Baptist Ch. Greene Co, IL. Willis Asberry Earley, b. 13 June 1901 Carrollton Greene Co., IL, d. 23 Feb 1966 at home, son of Harriet F. Riley & Thomas Earley. Willis spent a couple of hitches in the US Army before WW 2 also enlisted at the start of WW II for a while. After they married he was a farmer, living a mile E of Palmyra, IL. They raised high grade stock cattle. Myra lived in Palmyra and did beautiful quilting. She won honorable mention with one of her quilts in the State Fair in 1980. They sold their farm to nephew Chuck Overbey and retired to Palmyra, IL. Myra d. 18 Dec 2004 of pneumonia in the hospital in Springfield, IL. Burial Oakhill Cem, Palmyra IL. No children
Wayne Overbey m. 20 Oct 1938 at her parents home near Wrights, IL., Neffa Lucille Cox, b. 16 Aug 1914, Wrights, Greene Co., IL. dau of Carrie Belle Keller & Charles Harvey Cox. Carrie was dau of Mary Olive Edwards & Valentine Keller. Charles was son of Jane Pierson & Joshua J. Cox. Charles was b. near Walnut, KS. and at the age of 12, walked beside a covered wagon to Illinois. Wayne was a farmer, also involved ina co-op raising hogs on the commercial basis. They remodeled an older house into a beautiful modern home. Wayne d. 31 Jan 1998 at home near Palmyra, Macoupin Co, IL. and Neffa d. 12 Oct 1998, White Hall, Greene Co, IL, the same day as Wayne's sister Hilda. Burial Hickory Grove Cem. Wrights, IL. Wayne was pretty well known in the area as he stood out, a little over, 6 ft 7 inches tall. 2 children.
Wm Bill Overbey m. 15 Mar 1945, Cedar Falls, Black Hawk Co, IA. Mildred Millie Charlotte Onsted, b. April 1921, Philip, Haakon Co, SD, d. 21 Dec 2013, Christian Community Home, Hudson, WI. Dau of Susan Elmira Tharp & Oswald Bendix Onsted. They owned a farm at Luck, WI. At one time Bill worked for a Grain elevator and one day while working up in the top, someone accidentally turned it on and that threw Bill down in the grain bin and he almost drowned in the wheat before he was rescued. Mildred had polio while young which left her slightly handicapped. She became a nurse and worked at many hospitals and nursing homes. They retired and had fun on their snowmobiles. Bill d. 16 Sep 2003, Hudson, St Croix Co, WI. They lived in Hudson, WI.
Leroy C. Overbey b. Feb. 23, 1878 E of Greenfield in Macoupin Co, IL d. Jan. 17, 1956 at home in Palmyra, Macoupin Co, IL, m. Feb. 13, 1902 at her parent’s home 6 miles E of Geenfield in Macoupin, Co., Anna Dena Meng, b .Feb. 18, 1877 E of Greenfield in Macoupin Co, IL, d. Dec. 22, 1930 Carlinville, Macoupin Co., IL. dau of Wulemina Kuepferle b. 8-21-1842, Schwarzack, Baden, Germany, d. in 1924 & Friedrick Meng, b. 3-30-1835, Kaclborfold, Germany, d. 5-3- 1912 Greenfield, IL. Leroy m.(2) Catherine Scott, b. 1874, d.17 May 1948, Carlinville, IL. Leroy m. (3) Feb. 10, 1949, Opal Solomon, b. 21 Mar 1891, Palmyra, Macoupin Co., IL, d. 28 Mar 1988 Springfield, Sangamon Co., IL. dau of Leland Ellis & Minnie Minerva Stults Hartsook, Opal is buried in Oak Hill Cem.Palmyra, IL. Leroy and Dena adopted a girl in 1920 who was 2 or 3 years old at the time. Her name was Elizabeth and she m. Clarence Wunderlick. They lived in Evanston, IN. in 1973. She had a dau, Alvina Wunderlick. Leroy, Dena & Catherine are buried in Oak Wood Cem Greenfield IL. Leroy & Dena had three sons b, Macoupin Co., IL, E. of Greenfield:
Karen Overbey m. Donald Fredrick Petri. Don was national sales manager for Bassick Corp. in Bridgeport, CT. Karen has a B.S. Degree in Elementary Ed. from SE Missouri State and taught school for 4 years, she stayed at home for 10 years, while her children were small. In 1981 Don & Karen started a Manufacturer's Rep. Sale Co. Three children:
Loren H. Overbey m. 22 July 1939, Elkton, Todd Co, KY, Hallie Marie Wright, b. 9 Feb 1908, rural Warrick Co, IN, d. 21 Jan 1998, Walnut Creek, Contra Costa Co, CA, dau of Tessie Hart & Zola Wright. They divorced and Hattie moved to Concord, CA. Loren d. 24 June 1958, Clayton, St Louis Co, MO. burial, Memorial Park Cem, Jennings, MO. Two children;
1-2-2-4-3-1 Dena Luella
1-2-2-4-3-2 Jerry Leroy
Dena Overbey m. Dewey Jackson Jack Van Scyoc. They divorced. Dena m.  Richard Donald Kamphaus. Dena & Dewey, four children;
Jerry L Overbey m. Nedra Kay Light. Five Children;
Ebert Anderson Overbey, b. Nov. 1, 1881, m. Edith Lusetta Cook, b. Dec. 8, 1884 Chesterfield, Macoupin Co. IL., d. Dec. 12, 1969 dau of Maude Lawson & William H. Cook. Ebert was employed as a drayman for many years, in the city of St. Louis, MO. Some of you young people will wonder what a drayman was, I’m sure. Back in the days before trucks, heavy duty wagons were pulled by horses, sometimes as many as 6 or 8 teams of horses were used to pull heavy loads. When trucks replaced the drays, Ebert who was very good with horses, moved to the farm of his brother Leroy Overbey. He died ten days after havtng a stroke while chopping wood on Jan. 29, 1932 while living at his brother Leroy’s farm in Macoupin Co. and is buried in Oak Wood Cem. Greenfield, IL. Edith in Memorial Park Cem, Jennings, MO. Four children.
William Lawson Bill Overbey m. 31 Aug 1928, Myrtle Jeanette Powell. b. 15 June 1903, Laredo, Webb Co, TX, d. 10 April 1982 St Louis, burial, Memorial Park Cem, Jennings, MO, to Hattie Belle Prescott & Henry Alexander Powell. Lawson was a Public Service bus driver in St. Louis for years. Myrtle worked for Dept. of Defense in St. Louis. Lawson d. in St Louis, 29 Jan 1972, burial, Valhalla Cem, Normandy, MO. A son;
Dale P. Overbey m. Edna May Wagner, b. 1928, Belleville, IL, dau of Maude Ellen Asberry & Edward Gus Wagner. Dale was a top salesman for Ackerman Buick in Ferguson, MO. for many years before retiring to St Charles, MO. Two children;
John Eugene Gene Overbey & Evelyn Eggersman b. 14 Oct 1917, St Louis, MO. were a young couple deeply in love in spite of the objections of her rather strict parents. On Aug 6 1936 instead of going to the Wednesday night services at their Baptist Church, Gene and Evelyn and two friends headed to the Justice of the Peace in Waterloo, Illinois. After the very brief marriage ceremony, the newlyweds headed back to town. Gene took Evelyn to her house and went home. It was Thanksgiving Day when they finally told Evelyn’s parents the news and several more weeks before they moved in together as man and wife. Evelyn d. 5 July 2006 Barnes West hosp. St Peters, St Charles Co., MO, dau of Sarah Butler & Fred Eggersman. Gene was a retired truck driver delivering gasoline for Shell Oil Co. Gene d. 9 Mar 1990, Christian Hosp NE, St Louis Co, MO. Burial Memorial Park Cem. Jennings, MO. A son:
Donald R. Don Overbey m. Mary Frances Golden, b. St Louis, MO. Don earned a Marketing degree from St Louis U and worked for Amoco Oil Co. in the Chicago area most of his career, retiring in 1994 as director of advertising. Mary is a Registered Nurse, having received her BS. in Nursing from St Johns Hosp in St Louis. Three children;
Marion Overbey m. Jan 1942, St Charles, St Charles Co, MO, Edward Lee Ed Georgen, b. 14 Feb 1912, St Louis, MO, son of Nellie Dixon & Edward Georgen. Ed was a salesman. Ed loved to fish, so Ed & Marion spent many weekends in the Ozarks fishing, Marion retired from Safety Inc. [Green Cross] in St Louis. She lived in the Mansion House Aprts in downtown St Louis with a beautiful view of the Mississippi River and the Gateway Arch from the 23rd floor. Ed served in the US Army, 7 April 1942-21 June,1945, was injured during training maneuvers in Florida an spent a year and a half in the hospital recovering. Ed d. 28 Oct 1998, Christian Hosp. NE, St Louis Co. Burial, Jefferson Barracks Natl Cem, MO. Marion d. 6 Nov 2019 in So St Louis Co, MO. A son:
Gilbert Lee Gil Overbey m. 2 Nov 1946, Calvary Baptist Ch, St Louis, MO, Nola Mae West, b. 14 August 1925, Essex, Stoddard Co, MO, d. 11 Dec 2013, St Charles, MO, dau of Jennie Ann Ramsey & Roy Denton West. Gilbert enlisted in the US Navy 27 Nov 1941 about 2 weeks before the Japs bombed Pearl Harbor. Gil Spent most of WWII on the Pacific Ocean mostly on the USS Gilmore and engaged in a number of skirmishes and landings on Pacific Islands. Gil worked for Atwell, Vogel & Sterling Insurance Co. for 15 years and retired from the Home Insurance Co. Nola retired from the US Army Records Ctr, Overland, MO. Gil & Nola took many nice trips to Japan and Singapore to see Gail. Gil d. at home 6 Oct 1990, St Peters, St Charles Co, MO. Burial, Jefferson Barracks Natl Cem, St Louis Co, MO. Nola m. (2) Goodman Eisenburg, b. 1923, d. 5 July 2006. Two children;
Florence Leona Overbey m. May 19, 1904 Fayette Baptist Church, Greene Co., IL Eddie Edgar Cook, b. Oct. 27, 1883 d. April 13, 1963. son of Lydia A., b. 1862, d. 1937 & Henry C. Cook b. 1859, d. 1926. E. E. Cook was a store keeper. First he and his father, then he and his son Floyd owned the General Store in Fayette for years. Ed was one of the first Pepsi Cola distributors in the area in the early 1930s. He was also, for a while a farmer, then he moved to Greenfield, IL where he did carpenter work. Florence d. Jan. 12, 1968 in Greenfield and they are buried in in Oak Wood Cem. Three children b. Fayette, IL.
Mary Fitzgerald m. 20 June 1953, Greenfield, Greene Co, IL, Ernest Paul Lewis, b. 24 Apr 1930, Chesterfield, Macoupin Co, IL, d. 27 May 1992 Hastings Barry Co, MI. They lived in Pawnee, IL, until got an offer of a better job in Hastings, MI. and moved there in the mid 60s. Mary had the voice and spirit of an angel. Every one of her children were gifted with her beautiful musical talent and her spirit lives on in their music. Mary d. 15 Jan 1993 at home. Burial Riverside Cem, Hastings, MI. Five children:
Ernie Lewis never married, lived in Pleasant Lake, IN, where he d. 4 Feb 2010. He like most others in the family was a wonderful musician. Burial, Riverside Cem, Hastings, MI.
Maxine Fitzgerald m. 12 Sep 1954, St Micheal Ch, Greenfield, Greene Co, IL, Henry Albert Longmeyer, Jr., b. 10 Nov 1934, White Hall, Greene Co., IL, d. 27 Nov 2013 at home, Greenfield, IL, son of Margaret Linden Palmer & Henry Albert Longmeyer Sr. They were farmers living on Rte 1, Greenfield, IL. Maxine served on the Greene Co. board of supervisors. Maxine and her sisters were renown for there harmonic voices at many events near Greenfield. Albert was a 1956 graduate of Purdue Univ. and went into the cattle buslness with his father and brother. Albert was a pilot and flew out of thier own airstrip on the farm. Maxine d. 22 Nov 2012, Passavant Area Hosp, Jacksonville, IL [Thanksgiving Day]. Burial, Oak Wood Cem. Two sons:
Marcas Longmeyer m. 1986, Tamara Elaine Vinyard. Divorced. He m. (2) 2004, Sevierville, TN, Gale Lynn Harris. He attended Western IL Univ. Was a well liked musician. Marcus d. 10 August 2022 at home, New Berlin, IL. Two children;
Patrick Longmeyer works in Auburn IL as partime EMS/volunteer/fireman
Wanda Fitzgerald m. Nov 1953, St Michaels Catholic Ch, Greenfield, Greene Co, IL, Charles Eugene, Coach the rock, Stone, b. 1 June 1935, Athensville, Greene Co, IL, d. 24 Feb 2009 in Fl, burial Oak Wood Cem, son of Vivian Lodell Smith, 1/5/1916-10/9/2007 & Homer E. Stone. Charles went to Eastern & Western Illinois Univ's to obtain his Master's degree, he became a coach in various schools in central IL, ending at North Greene near Greenfield and took the basketball team to the elite eight in the state finals. Wanda is an oustanding musician. First performing with her sisters, Mary & Maxine, she became the driving force in a new generation of musicians, keeping the family's musical tallets burning brightly, inspiring Mike Lewis, Marc Longmeyer, her daughter, Paula Allerding & Colleen Acker to become musical pros. She lived on Mack's farm where the Fitzgerald children were raised. Wanda d. 26 May 2016 at Carlinville Rahab & health center, burial Oak Wood Cem. Three children;
Thomas Edward Fitzgerald m.  in 1960 Marilyn Thaxton. They divorced. Tom m.  Sep 1968, Janet Lawless, 5 May 1946, Springfield, IL,-4 Dec 2015, Springfield. Janet had a dau Lisa Marie Savorgino, b. Mar 1965. Tom worked at Fiat Allis as a machinist for 28 years. Thomas d. 8 June 1993, Memorial Hosp, Springfield, Sangamon Co, IL. Burial, Oak Wood Cem, Greenfield. Tom & Marilyn, a son, Tom & Janet, a son;
F. Curly Cook m. Sep 1931, Jean Sealy, b. 24 Feb 1913., d. 12 July 1992, dau of Lillian Quast & Oliver E. Sealy of Benton Harbor, Berrien Co., MI. Curly was in partnership with his father in the General Store in Fayette, IL. After he left the store he became a building contractor. Curly & Warne were real good singers and were ask to sing at many functions. Curly d. 14 June 1986. Burial Oak Wood Cem. A daughter;
Diane Cook m.  Charles C. Hall, Dec 1956, they divorced, April 1975. Diane m. (2) Nov 1975, Michael S. Gioscio, b. Louisiana, MO, son of Betty Stevens & Nicola Gioscio. He is employed at the Telephone Co. Diane & Charles, three children:
Warne Cook m. April 1945, Fort Dix, NJ., Barbara Houlihan, b. 8 Dec 1921, Steamberg, NY, d. 22 May 1999, dau of Carrie Eddie & Fred Houlihan. Barbara was an US Army Nurse in WW-2. Warne served in the US Army medics as an officer 1942-1945. He and Curly worked together as self employed plasterer & contractor, like Curly he loved music an sang at many different gatherings. They were Presbyterians. Warne d. 28 Feb 2002 Carrollton, Greene Co., IL. Burial, OakWood Cem. Greenfield. They adopted a son.
Don's favorite song is "Without Love, Where Would You Be Now?"
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