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Posted by: Dianne Williamson (ID *****9910) Date: February 17, 2011 at 19:23:34
In Reply to: OVERSTREET-ARRINGTON Marriage in MS by Connie C. Cook of 701

I've researched the OVERSTREETS quite a lot myself. My ancestor Oliver C. WOODS owned the land next to Alexander OVERSTREET's land (according to 1847 land tax records). My Oliver C. WOODS also took in 2 OVERSTREET children between 1845 & 1850 and raised them. I am in contact with the descendants of the OVERSTREET girl. They are not Alexander's children. I corresponded for several years with others on the OVERSTREET boards, and no one has ever been able to figure out who these children are. It is possible they were step-children, but if so, they didn't come to the home until after the WOODS had their first two children (per 1845 state census and Educable Children's List).
There is a very good chance that Oliver C. WOODS was incapacitated by a progressive disease (inherited) and these children were brought into the home to help out. But they apparently became part of the family. I spent a lot of time, travel and money trying to figure out whether or not these two OVERSTREET children were related to Alexander, or were stepchildren of my Oliver WOODs, or her neice/nephes or what. I was hoping to find a clue to Oliver's wife's maiden name.

Incidentally, the OVERSTREET boy in my WOODS home was also named James and was the same age as Alexander's James...but I proved they, are not the same people. I found them both in the 1870 census in different counties with different wives.

Anyway, you probably know some of Alexander's children ended up in south MS around Jones and Covington County.
I found a court record of a dispute among the children regarding Alexander's land. I'm sure I have a copy or transcript of it "somewhere".

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