Samuel Markley Overholt. A substantial and highly esteemed citizen of Medina is Samuel Markley Overholt, who
holds the office of county commissioner. He was born in Guilford Township, Medina County, Jan. 5, 1862, the son
of Henry and Elizabeth (Markley) Overholt.
Henry Overholt was a farmer. He was born in Berks County, Pa., Jan. 25, 1817, and came to Medina County about 1842.
He was a blacksmith by trade and also engaged in general farming on a farm five miles southeast of Medina. Mr.
Overholt died Dec. 28, 1874. He had married Miss Elizabeth Markley on Nov. 11, 1847. She was the daughter of Daniel
Markley, a prosperous farmer of Medina County. Mrs. Overholt died Dec. 24, 1906, at the age of 79 years. To Mr.
and Mrs. Overholt the following children were born: Margaret, married Lewis Loehr, both deceased; Saloma, died
in infancy; Susan, the widow of Noah Yoder, lives at Wadsworth, Ohio; Maria, the widow of Levi Kindig, lives at
Fayette, Ohio; Jacob, born July 5, 1854, lives retired at Blake, Medina County; Isaac, born Jan. 11, 1856, died
in 1929, buried in Seville Cemetery; Joseph and Abraham, twins, born June 10, 1858, died in infancy; John, born
Sept. 11, 1859, died July 8, 1892; Samuel M., the subject of this sketch; Henry, born Oct. 3, 1864, retired, lives
at Legita, Texas; and Elizabeth, the widow of Alfred Houseworth, lives in California.
Samuel Markley Overholt received his education in the district schools of Medina County, and in early life, was
a farmer. He spent nearly 40 years as a traveling salesman, 30 years of which were connected with the Arnold Wooden
Ware Company, of Cleveland, Ohio, as their representative in southeastern Ohio. Mr. Overholt retired from business
in 1924 and in that year was elected to the office of county commissioner in Medina County, which office he still
holds. He purchased a small farm southeast of Medina in 1898 and still resides there with his family.
On April 21, 1894, Mr. Overholt was united in marriage with Miss Nora Roshon, the daughter of Mannvah and Mary
Ann Roshon. The former is deceased and the latter lives at Poe, Ohio. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Overholt:
Rhea Leone, married Miller Geiger, lives at Marion, Ohio; Mary Elizabeth, married Elbert Meitzel, attorney, lives
at Dayton, Ohio; Thelma Avon, a school teacher at LeRoy, lives at home; and Henry Arnold, road contractor, lives
Mr. Overholt is a Republican. He and his wife hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he belongs
to the Grange and Medina County Farm Bureau.
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
North Central Ohio Biographies
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