Biography of Tyler Overton
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TYLER OVERTON.
The pioneer history of Marion county bears the name of Tyler Overton, for he was one of the first settlers in this part of the state and aided in laying broad and deep the foundation for the present prosperity and progress of the community. He continued to reside within its borders until death called him on the 24th of September, 1878. He was then about sixty five years of age, his birth having occurred in North Carolina on the 10th of November, 1813. His parents were Asa and Katura (Tyler) Overton, who resided in Randolph county, North Carolina, until their son Tyler reached young manhood. About that time the family removed westward to Lee county, Iowa, where the parents remained until called to their final rest.

In 1843 Tyler Overton, then about thirty years of age, came to Marion county and secured a claim of three hundred and twenty acres which is still in the possession of the family. The work of progress and development had scarcely been begun here at the time of his arrival and a number of years passed ere the county could be said to have emerged from the conditions of pioneer life. The land which came into his possession was all wild, not a furrow had been turned or an improvement made, but with characteristic energy he began its development and the result was soon seen in well cultivated fields from which he gathered good crops. He shared in the hardships and trials of pioneer life and bore his part in the work of early development and improvement. At the time of his arrival wild game of all kinds was plentiful and it was no difficult thing for a hunter to return home with a plentiful supply of meat for the family larder. The prairies were covered with the wild native grasses, starred with a million wild flowers in June, while in December they were covered with a dazzling, unbroken sheet of snow. One could ride for miles without coming to a fence to impede his progress and all of the early homes were log cabins or other primitive dwellings.

On the 19th of December, 1844, Mr. Overton was married to Miss Rebecca May, who was then in her sixteenth year, a daughter of Alexander and Hessie May, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter of North Carolina. The family is of English and Dutch lineage and was established in Indiana in pioneer times. Mrs. Overton was born in Fountain county, Indiana, January 30, 1829. In her girlhood her parents removed with their family to Montgomery county, Indiana, where they resided until 1843 and then came to Iowa. The following year she became the wife of Tyler Overton and for thirty four years they traveled life's journey happily together but were separated by the death of the husband on the 24th of September, 1878, while Mrs. Overton did not pass away until December, 1901. In their family were nine children, as follows: Mrs. Frances Beebout, who died about thirty years ago; Mary Elizabeth, who is the wife of Francis May; Henry Alexander, a prominent farmer and orchardist of Knoxville township, this county; Benjamin Franklin, who is deceased; Hester Helen, who gave her hand in marriage to William Robuck; Sherwood, who has passed away; John W., an agriculturist of Knoxville township, this county; Asbury S., a sketch of whom apears on another page of this work; and Laura Rebecca, who is deceased.

Mrs. Overton survived her husband for many years or for almost a quarter of a century and resided in one of the finest homes of the township upon the farm which had been developed and improved by her husband. Upon the place is one of the fine orchards of the county and many other modern improvements which indicate the care and labor that have been bestowed upon the farm. Both Mr. and Mrs. Overton were members of the Christian church and took an active part in its work from 1851, assisting materially in advancing its growth and extending its influence. Both were highly esteemed and no history of Marion county would be complete without mention of this worthy pioneer couple.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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