Biography of Obadiah Overman
Tipton County, IN Biographies





OBADIAH OVERMAN, a pioneer farmer of Wild Cat Township, was born in Randolph County, Ind., November 8, 1821, and is the eldest son born to Cornelius and Rebecca (Ford) Overman, natives of North Carolina; his father died February 17, 1851, at the age of fifty five; his mother's death occurred in 1866. Obadiah of this sketch removed to Wayne County, Ind., with his parents, when he was but thirteen years of age, and there received a limited education; his father was an invalid, hence, his eldest son was early called to take charge of the home farms; he remained at home until he was about twenty two years of age, when he began life for himself on rented land in Rush County, Ind. The following year he returned to Wayne County, Ind., and in the spring of 1851 purchased eighty acres of his present home; in the fall of 1853, he moved here with his family, and,struggling from year to year, soon had a good home cleared out of the forest; he now owns 240 acres of land, 100 of which are under good cultivation, with good buildings. Mr. Overman was married, in 1843, to Miss Sarah D. Hall, of Wayne County, Ind.; she was born in North Carolina August 9, 1824, and is the daughter of Joshua Hall, of North Carolina. By this marriage they have five children - Levi (who sleeps in a soldier's grave near Indianapolis), Elwood, Robert, Elkanah and Price. Mr. Overman is a Republican, and his wife is a member of the Friends' Church. In the early history of Tipton County, Mr. Overman was known as the poor man's friend, as he would give his corn to the poor man who had no money to buy, rather than sell it to the man who was able to pay.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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