Biography of David Overly
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

DAVID OVERLY, a retired capitalist and a respected and esteemed citizen of Celina, was born December 24, 1831, in Darke County, Ohio, and is a son of William and Ann Amelia (Bixier) Overly.

The Overly family originated in Germany, where the grandfather of our subject, Martin Overly, was born. In young manhood he emigrated to America and settled in Ross County, Ohio, where he married. Later he removed to Darke County, and at last to Mercer County. He became the father of these children: William, Martin, Daniel, Zachariah, Thomas, Pofly, Fancy, Katie and Susan. William Overly, the eldest son, was born in Ross County, Ohio. His occupation through life was farming. William Overly moved to Darke County, Ohio, with his father and was there married. He was the father of 11 children: Margaret, Mary, Martha, Elizabeth Ann, Jane, James, David, John, Wilson, Kelsey and Henry. The family came to Mercer County in 1832.

David Overly was reared in Mercer County and was educated in the district schools. In 1849 he went to St. Marys, Auglaize County, where he remained for six years, during this period learning the blacksmithing trade and becoming an expert workman. In 1857 he located in Celina, opened a shop of his own and for many years continued to work at his trade, meeting with deserved success. He gradually acquired property and owns the home and shop which he built on the corner of Fayette and Sugar streets. He is looked upon as one of the city's substantial men. He has made his own way in the world and attributes the independence that he now enjoys to the careful, industrious and temperate life he has led.

On August 3, 1854 Mr. Overly was married to Sarah J. Seaman, who was born in Morgan County, Virginia, and died in Celina, Ohio, August 7, 1895. They had no children of their own, but an adopted son, Franklin (Trotwine) Overly, filled a large place in their hearts until his death in 1888. Mr. Overly also reared a daughter of his wife's sister, Belle (Hinkle) Overly, who married Orrin Miller and with her husband resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Mr. Overly was married the second time, in August, 1897, to Mrs. Isabelle McClain, daughter of Moses Ferguson, both of whom were born in Glasgow, Scotland. Mr. Ferguson emigrated to America when his daughter (Mrs. Overly) was two years of age. He died of cholera at St. Marys, Ohio, shortly after his arrival there. Mrs. Overly was reared and educated at St. Marys. By her first husband (Jacob Pohlman) Mrs. Overly has one son, Arthur Pohlman, who resides in Denver, Colorado, where he is the manager of a large mercantile establishment.

Mr. and Mrs. Overly are members of St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church at Celina, of which the former has been a member for over 4o years. Mr. Overly has been permanently identified with the politics of Mercer County and for six years was a member of the Board of Infirmary Directors. He has also served as a member of the Village Council of Celina for several terms. He is a member of the Masonic order.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois

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