|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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Or by phone: 314-831-8666.|
1-2-4 James Martin Overbey & Laura Ann Drum Family
James M. Jim Overbey born 22 June 1852 near Anderson, Lauderdale Co, AL, son of Mariah B, Searles & William Overbey, Jim m. 5 Sep 1875, Greenfield, IL, Laura Ann Drum, b. 1 Feb 1856, Greene Co, IL, dau of Nancy Jane Wright, 6/1/1847, Greene Co, IL, 7/3/1912 & William Willy Drum, 6/5/1825, Greene Co, IL, 7/24/1908, both Greenfield, and sister of Gilly Drum who m. Jims brother William.Jim & Ann lived on several farms near Greenfield, IL. before they moved, with Thomas Overbey and his family, to a farm located in the Hedge College district located in Christian Co, IL. SW of Taylorville, IL. They lived in two houses from about 1895 until 1901 on the farm. The landowner, a Mr. Edwards, made it possible for Jim Overbey to rent the White Oak Farm. The famous White Oak Tree was across the road south from the house. They lived there until they moved to Kansas. They attended the Zenobia Baptist Mission held in the assembly hall over the Zenobia Store. On 12 Feb 1903 Jim, Ann and all their family including a new daughter in-law, Florence Flagg Sloman, wife of Alva, moved to a 320 acre farm, four miles E. and two miles S. of South Haven, Sumner Co, KS. A mile N. of the Oklahoma line. There was a two story house on the farm, in the middle of the section. It is told about Ann, that if she saw someone turn into the drive, she could have a chicken dressed and in the skillet before they got to the front gate, and would invite them to stay for a meal. Of course, that was in the horse and buggy days. In about 1923 the house burned to the ground. It was during a very cold spell and a fire had been built in the wood stove, in the dining room, evidently, while the family were outside doing the chores the fire started. Very little was saved from the house. A marble topped table was saved, because a leg had been broken on it and it was stored in the smoke house, also an old suit case of quilt pieces and a partly finished quilt top. The quilt top and pieces were sent to Ann when her mother Nancy died. Tim Overbey now has the quilt that his gr-gr-gr-grandmother had pieced. His grandmother Jackie quilted it for him. Anything else that was saved, Carl Overbey's children would have, since Carl and his family stayed on the farm. Jim d. 26 Aug 1927 while visiting his daughter Effie in Newkirk, OK, of cancer. Ann had a stroke and died 9 April 1937 at the home of Alva & Flo, near Valley Center, KS. Burial Rose Hill Cem, South Haven, KS. Note: the N bound rest stop on hwy I-35 just N of the Oklahoma line is on the Farm they owned. Six children:
Thomas Alva Overbey m. 11 Feb 1903 Zenobia Baptist Ch.White Oak, Montgomery Co, IL. Florence Flagg Sloman, b. 15 Feb 1879 Alton, Madison Co, IL., oldest dau of Adaline”Addie” Barry Flagg & Mark Sloman. Flo was six months old when her parents moved to their farm home at what was then called White Oak, IL. They both attended the Zenobia Baptist Ch. and were very active in the church. The next day after their wedding they were on their way to South Haven, KS. with his parents. In April, Alva and Flo rented a farm southeast of the home place. There three of their children were born. In 1910 after another crop failure, they moved to Wichita, Sedgwick Co, KS. Alva worked at the Jett and Wood Wholesale Grocery. It was there that he was injured by a falling crate, his heart was moved from its proper place to the center of his body. He had heart trouble all his life. In 1911 they bought a home at 1706 South Water St. in Wichita, where their youngest daughter was born. Alva started work at Colman Lamp and Stove Co. in 1919 and retired after 30 years with them in 1949. Alva was superintendent of the South Lawrence Sunday School (now Emanuel Baptist Ch) for over twenty-four years. They helped the church to grow from a one room “sheep-shed” type of a building to a new brick building. In 1934, after Flo had a second stroke, Alva and Paul bought a five acre tract near Valley Center, with a five roomed house. Alva was a teacher and superintendant of the Valley Center Baptist Ch. for fifteen years. Flo was a wonderful Christian woman, with lots of patience in spite of the fact that she was on crutches. Because of health she did not attend church as often as she wanted, but she saw that the rest of her family attended. She had Polycthemia. Flo d. Oct 6, 1949. After three years of living alone Alva sold his 2 1/2 acres and moved into Wichita. He joined the Trinity Baptist Ch. where he met and m. Mary E. Smith in 1953. Alva d. Sep 12, 1969, 11 days before his 90th birthday. Mary d. Nov. 9, 1973. Alva & Flo are buried in Wichita Park Cem, Wichita, KS. (Click here for Sloman Family history information.) Four children:
Don Overbey m. (1) 1951 Barbara Fell, (2) 1955 Eva Fowler, (3) 1964 Wilma Jeanne Johnson-Struble, a widow with three grown children, dau of Ann Calbert & Archie Johnson. Her children are Elsie Ann, John Allen and Paula Sue Struble. Don was employed with the Texas Air National Guard in Garland, Jeanne is retired and enjoying home living in Texas. A son.
Tom Overbey m. 1951, Betty Evelyn Schneider, in a double wedding with her brother, Howard Schneider and Patty Powers. Tom & Betty are retired and taking life easy. Three children.
Laura Mae Overbey m. 22 Aug 1935, Robert Edwin Eddy Killingsworth, b. 6 Sep 1911, Dunnigan, Dade Co, MO, d. 9 April 1994, son of Cora Pyle & Dr. Anderson Blake Killingsworth, who was a family doctor in Dade Co, MO. Laura Mae was a RN. She received her training from the Southwestern Osteopathic Hosp, in Wichita, KS. She was a nurse for awhile then was Supervisor of Student Nurses at Southwestern, She retired to have her family, planning to return to nursing when the children were all in school. Her health prevented her from completing her plans. She was ill for several years before her death 23 Sep 1970 on her father's birthday, just one year after his death. Eddie worked at Boeing Aircraft for several years. Laura & Ed, three children.
Ira Lee Overbey born 21 Mar 1884 near Greenfield, IL, m. Minnie Weekley, b. 27 Mar 1884 Portland, Sumner Co, KS. They farmed near Winfield, KS. Ira and Minnie were Baptists. Ira d. 7 Mar 1963, burial, Memorial Lawn Cem Winfield. Three children b. Winfield, KS:
Harold W. Overbey m. 2 April 1935, Mahattan, Riley Co, KS, Frances Louise Summers, b. 10 April 1906, Gypsum, Eagle Co, CO, d. 1 Jan 1960, Winfield, KS, dau of Anna Louise Strohm 4/3/1882-10/1/1907 & Adam Jesse Summers, d. 9/30/1957. Harold worked for the Crayola Co. in Winfield, KS. and Frances was a Nurse at Winfield Hosp. Harold d. 13 Jan 1987, burial, Highland Cem, Winfield. They were members of the First Baptist Ch. Harold was a faithful custodian of the church for many years. Six children b. Winfield, KS:
Paul M. Overbey m. Quanhah Louise "Connie" Hill. They divorced. Paul d. 20 Feb 1994, burial Highland Cem, Winfield. Four children.
Gilbert Edgar Overbey m.(1) Eva Young. They divorced, he m. (2) Jennie Mineva Schussee, b. Oct. 1916 Newkirk, Kay Co, OK. d. 18 Aug 1993 near Wichita, KS, dau of Beulah Fern Moumce & Walter Hibbs Schussle. Mineva had a step-father, John Scroggin. They divorced in 1964. Gilbert was a mechanic and owned his own garage in Winfield, KS, for a number of years. Gilbert attended Winfield Baptist Ch. Gilbert was retired living in Burden, KS where he died 21 May 1977. He was also an employee of General Electric Corp. He & Eva had dau. Gilbert & Jennie had five children.
Barbara Overbey m.(1) Earl Still, they divorced, she m (2) Kenneth Dewayne Minor. They divorced. She m. (3) Mr Vann and lived in Kansas City, MO. Barbara d. 22 Aug 2002, burial, Memorial Lawn Cem, Arkansas City, KS. Barbara & Earl, three children.
Gilbert Lee Gib Overbey m.(1) June 1964 in KS, Ruth Pulis, She d. in an auto accident 30 Sep 1964. He m (2) June 1967 in KS, Betty Elster, divorced, 1974. He m. (3) Aug 1982 Macksville, Stafford Co, KS. Suzanne Sue Lime, b. 1947, they divorced. He m.  1999, Gloria Francille Davis. Gib served in the US Army. Gib quit school to work in the oil fields but later he aquired his GED. He owned and operated Gib's Block and Stone Masonry in the Tennessee mountains. Gib d. 26 Feb 2010 at home, Tracy City. TN. Burial, Bryan Cem, Morrison, TN. Gib & Sue, a son.
R. Dean Overbey m (1) Winfield, KS, Sandra Ellen Edwards. They divorced. Dean & Sandra had a daughte. He m (2) Jo Anne Buell, a son: He m. (3) Sarah Hannah, They divorced, a daughter.
Wanda Overbey m. Dec 1941, Robert Lee Williams, b. 16 Mar 1911, d. 23 Sep 1977. Wanda worked for the Social and Rehabilitation in Winfield and retired in 1983. Robert served in the US Army in WW2. Wanda d. 29 Jun 1991 Winfield, KS. Burial, Highland Cem. Three children.
Roger Williams m. Sep. 1970, Linda Guree and divorced Dec 1970. He died 7 Sep 2017 Winfield, KS.
Margaret E. Williams m. May 1977, Randall Lee. Randy was a Correction Officer in the U.S. Army. He had been in Military Service since 1975. Margaret is a Nurses Aid. Margaret m. Steven Showalter.
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Herbert Ray Overbey born 29 Jul 1889 near Greenfield, IL, m. 5 Jul 1912 Dora McManis, b. 12 Sep 1889, d. 5 Jul 1968, dau. of Clarinda Isabel Wilcox, 8-25-1859, Neoga IL, d. 10-10-1930 & John Charles McManis 10-17-1844, KY, d. 5-18-1905, both d. Wellington, KS. They lived on several farms in south eastern Kansas. South Haven, Latham, Winfield and in Wellington, KS. There the children went to High School. They moved to Rockford, IL. in the 1940’s and Herbert worked there as a carpenter. Herbert d. of cancer in Rockford 23 Jun 1952. Dora moved back to Wichita, KS. where they are both buried in Memorial Lawns Cem. Paul and I had a lot of good time with Aunt Dora and Uncle Herbert and their children. That was before the Big Depression and before we had a family. We liked to go to their farm so I could play with the twins and Paul and the older boys could go fishing. When Lois, Betty and the twins all started crying at once, I would go fishing, too. When the twins were about nine or ten months old, one of them fell out of the baby bed and cut his forehead on the broken milk bottle. Paul rushed Aunt Dora and the baby to the Doctor’s office and I looked after the rest of the children. Eight children:
William Overbey died unmarried in an auto accident 15 April 1972 in Omaha, NE, while serving in the USAF.
Lois Overbey m. Aug 1943, Joe William Sutton, b. 13 May 1923 Melvern, Osage Co, KS, d. 27 Sep 1999, burial Wichita, KS, son of Jessie Schupp and Phillip Roy Sutton. Joe served in the US Army AF during WW 2, Joe did upholstering at Boeing Aircraft Co, for several years. Lois in the Office at Boeing. They lived in a big old house in Wichita, KS. Lois and Shirley live in Childersburg, AL Three children.
Lloyd "Ralph" Overbey m. Margaret___? b.___?, d.___? Ralph enlisted "while still 16" in the U.S. Air Force from Sep 1945 til Sep 1965 and retired. He then worked as a Process Inspector for Atlantic Research Corp., makers of Solid Propellant Rocket Motor for the Military. They are also into communications, digital processors, coal slurry, etc. Ralph retired to Benton AR with his twin brother Leonard Ray. Ralph d. 23 June 2010, Benton Saline Co, AR. A daughter:
Carl Raymond Overbey - Nellie Brittion Family
Carl Raymond Overbey b. 9 April 1893 near Greenfield, IL. He m. 25 April 1917 Fort Smith, AR, Helen Katherine Nellie Brittion, b. 27 Sep 1897 Sumner Co, KS, They settled on the farm with his parents, James & Ann Overbey. Jim was ill for several years with cancer. Carl & Nellie did all the farming. They lived on the farm until the estate was settled in the early 1930s. During the depression days it was impossible to keep up the payments on a farm. They moved to Hunnewell, KS. where Carl drove the school bus for several years. They moved to Blackwell, OK. when the children were ready to start to high school and Carl became custodian of the Public School System, until he died of cancer 22 Dec 1964. Nellie was in the Nursing Home in Blackwell for several years before she died 19 Feb 1977 at the age of seventy-nine. Burial Rose Hill Cem, South Haven, KS. Uncle Carl & Aunt Nellie made the best Home Made Ice Cream! Paul and I used to go to the farm, as often as we could, before the Big Depression, in The early 30s and before our family came along. We spent many happy weekends there on the farm with them and their children. Wilma was born just 9 days after we married and she was the first baby I ever changed diapers on. Six children:
Robert L. Overbey never married. He went to college in Oklahoma City. He was an artist. He died in Kansas City while having an operation on 16 Oct 1987 He worked for the Blackwell Newspaper.
Mildred Eileen Overbey m. 18 May 1940. Handcock, WV, Milton Alphine Roberts, b. 5 Jan 1920, Saegertown, Crawford Co, PA, son of Elsie B. Seybert & William C. Roberts. He was a teacher and Principal of Red Lake Day School and White Cone Day School at Tonalea, AZ. for almost 14 years. He was in the U.S. Army for 13 years. He was flying a Cessna 150 practicing for his pilots license when he was killed at Camp Verde, AZ. 23 August 1975. He was Methodist. Mildred taught in Red Lake Day school for 9 years. She was a member of the Christian Church. As a child Mildred was called Eileen and that is what I still call her. Mildred m. 9 Oct. 1976, Pete King. Pete was a Contractor. They lived in Phoenix and Sun City, AZ. Pete d. 9 July 1981. Mildred d. 3 Jan 2013 at Home in Phoenix, AZ. Mildred & Milton, two sons:
James Robert Overbey died 6 April 1946, soon after he graduated from High School at Hunneywell, Sumner Co, KS. Burial South Haven Cemetery.
Wilma Overbey m. July 3, 1947 Marvin Tobin, b. Dec. 12, 1922, d. Dec. 18, 1977. They lived in Ft. Smith, AR for many years, Wilma was a real estate Sales Associate. Wilma died in 1999 and is buried in Eufaula, OK Two children:
It really pays to advertise. I had lost all track of the Emmet Walker family since 1977 when we had stopped in Denver, CO. to see them. We meaning, Paul, our grandson Tim and me. I sent in an article to the Cappers Weekly, a neighbor of Jack and Verleen Johnstone read the article and told them about it. She knew that Jack was a nephew of Emmet Walker. Jack is a son of W. B. & Octavia Johnstone and Octavia was a sister of Emmet Walker. Verleen sent me Martins address. I was thrilled to get the address and from the quick answer, Martin was thrilled to hear from us. For over two years I had made inquiry after inquiry to different places in Denver, post office, telephone office and even police, but the answer was th same, no one lived in Denver by that name. In June of 1983 my Paul and I went to Denver and talked to different people to see if we could find the Walkers. No luck. Then I sent in the article and it came out in the September 8 issue.
Martin "JM" Walker m. 1 May 1939 Lorna Elizabeth Overhold, b. 20 Apr 1917 Ellinwood, Barton Co, KS, d. 29 Jul 1967 Denver, burial Commerce City, CO. She graduated from grade & high school in Ellinwood then went to Emporia State Teachers College in Emporia, KS. Martin was living in Great Bend, KS. when they met. Lorna was teaching music in the rural schools at the time of their marriage. In later years she taught piano and organ in their home. She was the Christian Church Organist in Longmont, CO, until they moved to Denver in 1966. He was an auto mechanic for 35 years and worked in the oil fields for about 13 years. After Lorna died Martin was alone until he m.(2) Oct. 7, 1971 at Denver CO. Elizabeth VanHorn, born in Burma, dau. of Alice Owells & Clarence VanHorn who were missionaries in Burma. Her father was also a Math teacher at Rangoon College in Burma. Elizabeth is a retired School teacher. She has a dau. and a grandson by her first marriage. Martin retired to Kerrville, TX, where he enjoyed fishing as much as he could. Martin d. April 15, 1993, Kerrville, TX, his ashes were spread on his favorite fishing spots in beautiful Pouder Canyon, CO. Elizabeth moved back to the west coast with her daughter after JM passed and was living in Portland [Multnomah Co.], Oregon when she died on Nov. 15, 2004. Martin and Lorna had four children:
Evelyn Lorene Walker m.(1) 25 Feb 1942, Ponca City, Kay Co, OK, John Kyle LeMaster. They divorced. Evelyn m. (2) 23 May 1954, Longmont, Boulder Co, CO, Hugh LeRex Rex Bateman, b. 17 April 1904, Seymour, Wayne Co, IA, d. 8 Nov 1969, Longmont, CO, son of Leah Elizabeth Eckles & Joseph Bateman. Rex was a building inspector and they both belonged to the Nazarene Ch. Evelyn was a secretary, living in KS., OK., Co, TX. & Weiser, ID. Evelyn d. 31 Jan 2003, Weiser, Washington Co, ID, on her daughters birthday.
Louvicy Jane Overbey was born 4 June 1854, in Lauderdale Co. AL. She was known by all her family as Aunt Sis. She was m.(1) 1 Feb 1871, Dewitt Co, IL, Alexander Arthington. They divorced and she m. (2) 15 Jan 1885,
Dewitt Co, IL, Henry Steele, b. Sep 1939, IN. Someone in the family said she died in the Quincy County Veteran's Home but they have no record of her death there. No record of her ever being there. I wrote to several other Veteran's Homes and did not find where she died or when. She did have seven children:
1-2-5-1 Jonathon W Arthington, b 15 Dec 1871, 4 Oct 1919, IL
1-2-5-2 David E. Arthington, b 1874 IL--??
1-2-5-3 Edna May Arthington, b--?? m. 20 Oct 1897 in Greene Co, IL Marshall Perry Cozadd, b.12 Jan 1872, d 10 Oct 1917, Wood River, IL
1-2-5-4 William Arthington
1-2-5-5 Eddie Arthington, b. Oct 1880 IL
1-2-5-6 Ora Henry Steele,
1-2-5-7 Lester Steele, b. 1895, IL
Jonathon W Arthington m. 1895, Il, Martha A. Odell, b. Aug 1876, Il. d. 1920
Lester Steele m. IL Mary M.__? b. 1885. Lived in Wapella, IL. A son 1920 census
With more time and more money I might have been able to have found out more about the Arthington and Steele families but maybe after this is printed someone will come up with some information and send it to me.
Henry Searles was the father of Mariah Searles-Overbey. He m. Ann Beasley, daughter of Jesse Fendal Beasley, a very wealthy plantation owner in Giles County, TN. In 1975 I received a letter from Nelle J. Smith of Pulaski, Tennessee and she gave me a lot of information about the Beasleys. Quoting from her letter, Goodsprings is a small community west of Pulaski and near Lawrence Co. TN. line. That is the area where Surles (Searles) (Surls) settled and some of the family are buried in the Cemetery there. When I was growing up, Willis Surles had married Willie McMasters. The McMasters lived here at Aspen Hill and I used to play with the Surls grandchildren when they visited Ma and Pa McMasters. Goodsprings isnt near a waterway so the family must have gone into north Alabama before 1850 as I do not find them in the Giles Co. Census. Muscle Shoals is about 69-70 miles south of Goodsprings and would probably have been where they started by boat, going on the Tennessee River up through Tenn. to KY line and to the Ohio River above Cairo. I am working with my brother-in-law on the Beasley line. In Deed Book B. page 93--300 acres, reg. 11, July 1811. Land on both sides of Richland Creek bounded by Captain John Yancy--from Richland Hightower to Jess Beasley.--Records show Jessee Beasley made deed of gift to his son William M. Beasley (Beasley girls still live on the old place). Other records show Jesse Beasley children: Burton Beasley, Fendall Beasley, William M. Beasley and Jane or Ann married Henry Searls.
May term of Court--Minute Book for 1829--Henry Sirl (Surles) (Searles) recorded as guardian of his children: Mariah B., Susan B., Nancy E., Mahala and Francis M. for purpose of receiving their share of Grandfather Jesse Beasleys estate. note; (Their mother must have died and he filed to receive their share. If the mother had been alive this would not have been necessary.) Henry Searls married 2nd Anna Barber before 1828.
I hope this will help. Most of the families that came about the time Jesse Beasley did were from North Carolina and settled in the same area.
(I received a letter from a descendant of James Serles, J88, brother of Mariah, and he gave me the name Rebecca for the wife of Jesse Fendal Beasley. Thank you Gary Phillips, Rt 3, Box 146, Edmonton, KY 42129. Sept. 3, 1983)
After receiving these two letter I started checking out 1850 Census Micro-film records of North Carolina. I finally found this in Wake County, Panther Branch Dist.
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