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Descendants of David Lafayette Overbay
Generation No. 1
1. David Lafayette2 Overbay (Absolom1) was born April 04, 1831 in Vermillion County, Indiana, and died October 29, 1917 in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana. He married Emily Jane Sloan February 01, 1855 in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana, daughter of John Sloan and America Shackelford. She was born January 26, 1836 in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana, and died October 03, 1918 in Cincinnatti, Hamilton County, Ohio.
More About David Lafayette Overbay:
Burial: 1917, Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana
Notes for Emily Jane Sloan:
Emily Jane Sloan & David Lafayette Overbay
"Emily Jane Sloan was born January 26, 1836 in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana, the daughter of John Harvey Sloan and America White Shackelford, and with the exception of two short intervals, lived her entire life in Franklin. Emily's disposition was a bit more gay than that of her husband, David Lafayette Overbay. She was known to have alot of energy and contributed much to the support of her family. As with her mother America Shackelford Sloan, Emily had developed an agenda of collecting books of many kind, preserving her letters and family bibles, etc. For many years of her life she sold different magazine subscriptions, a job she held until the last days of her life. This unending energy however, did not prevent her from performing her family chores, such as house keeping Even though things about the house were not always in place it never seemed to worry Emily in the least. This was probably why everyone who visiited seemed to feel so at home. Many of her relatives would gather on Sunday afternoon, for they knew Emily would never feel troubled for their coming. She was known to be a wonderful cook and the big family dinners were always enjoyed. Two of her recipes that were enjoyed by her friends and family were the cake she called, 1-2-3-4 cake and the frozen desert she called the 5-3.
Emily Jane and her husband David went to Kansas in a covered wagon lead by a yoke of oxen and entered into a land lottery given by the government. This was when their first born, Sallie, was just a baby. The hardships of the West were so great that they decided not to stay and returned to Johnson County, Indiana before their second child was born. Emily and David were known to tell their children and grandchildren of the Indians while living in Kansas. When Emily would see the Indians coming she would ring a bell for David to come into their cabin. David would usually be outside clearing land and cutting firewood. They said the Indians with their painted faces would come into the cabin and say "HOW", David would respond with a big "HOWDEDO", a line that would normally put the Indians in a good humor. They would then feed the Indians. HoDavid and Emily knew they had to keep an eye on the Indians as they had been known to take things in the past. David kept meat hanging in the loft and with worry would gaurd it while they were in his home.
David Lafayette Overbay was born April 04, 1832 in Vermillion County, Indiana, a son of Absalom and Melinda Starling Overbay. His mother died when he was quite young, his father then remarried to a woman who was known to be very unkind to the boys and they went out on their own while they were very young. By 1850, David was living with his cousin, Julian Overbay, in Fountain County, Indiana.
David came to Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana in 1853 when he was twenty-one years of age. He was at this age a shoemaker of rare ability, in a time when all shoes were made by hand. David Overbay outlived his trade and in his declining years he worked in shoe repair, which he was known to do in a profesional manner. In was in Franklin in the year 1855 that David and Emily married.
David Overbay was known to have been a man of keen intelect even with the fact that he never really attended school to any length of stay, having only but six months of actual schooling. However, David taught himseld how to read and write. Known to have a wonderful memory, he was able to quote significant dates with incredible accuracy. Mr. Robert Miller, a prominent attorney of Franklin, Indiana, referred to David as a walking encyclopedia."
In their final years David and Emily Overbay were living at 98 West Adams Stree in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana. It was at this site that stood the "Overbay Maple". It was by this tree that the last picture of Emiliy's daughter, Laura, was taken in 1917 when she returned home at the death of her father, David Lafayette Overbay.
THE OVERBAY MAPLE
"When Grandfather and Grandmother Overbay bought the home at 98 West Adams Street in Franklin, Indiana, Grandfather set out trees around the lot, one tree for each of his children, and each child was to keep their tree watered. The maple that belonged to my mother stood just in front of the house and was the only tree that lived. When I was a boy we had a horse named "Old Fred" and later a mare named "Old Maude" and so we would have a place to tie the horse at Grandpa and Grandmas house my father drove a staple and a ring into the trunk of this maple tree. As the tree grew the ring slowly imbedded itself into the tree. For a while the hitching strap could be barely slipped through the ring and finally the ring entirely disappeared from sight. Only a dent in the bark remained. My mother outlived this tree. It was after my grandparents died and the property had been sold that the tree was cut down, because of a large decayed place up and down one side of the trunk. I happened to be passing by as men were sawing this tree into firewood. I had them saw a slice from the largest limb that wasn't decayed. I have the piece of the Overbay Maple yet, 1949,. It must have been about 1930 when the tree was cut down."
Maynard L. Richardson
Emily died in Cincinnatti, Hamilton County, Ohio on October 03, 1918, David a year earlier. He died at home in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana on October 29, 1917. They were both buried in Franklin. From what family records I have been able to find, it would appear that of the eight children of David Lafayette and Emily Jane Sloan-Overbay, only two married and produced children of their own. Sister mine and only one, how I love you, be brave today, and in your unselfish life for others, I am sure you will be happy.
"The Grandchildren of David L. Overbay & Emily Jane Sloan"
For the past several years and prior to receiving some older documents and photographs of the Overbay family I was under the thought that there were only four grandchildren of David Lafayette Overbay and his wife, Emily Jane Sloan. Three of these grandchildren were the daughters of Laura Zane Overbay who married Allen Asa Layton, they were Alice, Christine and Ruth Layton. The other grandchild was Maynard L. Richardson, son of Frances Emily Overbay and her husband James Richardson.
Then I came into possession of the above mentioned photographs and documents, which contained several older letters. All of these photographs involved the "Overbay Maple", as they were all taken next to this tree. Several of these photographs were taken in the year 1917, obviously surrouding a special gathering of this family. One photo is of five seperate individuals, all listed as grandchildren of David L. Overbay and Emily Jane Sloan. These five are listed as Arthur, Grace and Nellie Overbay and Zana and Maynard Richardson. In a letter written by Laura Zane Overbay-Layton, these same five granchildren along with Laura's three children are once again mentioned. Another photograph is of a young boy, possibly about eight years of age standing next to the "Overbay Maple". He is listed as William "Billy" Price, great grandson of David L. Overbay and Emily Jane Sloan and a son of Lafayette "Laffy" Price, yet another grandson of David and Laura.
Now I am aware of nine grandchildren and not just four as originally thought, but who were the parents of these other five? Zana Richardson was a sister of Maynard and a daughter of Frances Richardson. In order to place the other four grandchildren I have done more research on the other children of David and Laura and only two of their children could have been the father of Arthur, Grace and Nellie. This would be Jesse Overbay, who died on April 23, 1890 or his brother, Harry Clinton Overbay, who died October 12, 1899. All evidence leads to the later, Harry Clinton Overbay, as their father, however I have no record as to the name of his wife or any date of marriage. I now come to the final grandson, Lafayette "Laffy" Price. Their is only one child of David and Laura's who could possibly be his mother, this would be Sallie Isador Overbay who died on November 23, 1890. This gives me the surname of Sallie's husband as "Price" and the name of their child, Lafayette "Laffy" Price, as well as the name of Lafayette's child, William "Billy" Price.
More About Emily Jane Sloan:
Burial: 1918, Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana
More About David Overbay and Emily Sloan:
Marriage: February 01, 1855, Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana
Children of David Overbay and Emily Sloan are:
+ 2 i. Laura Zana3 Overbay, born June 23, 1858 in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana; died June 29, 1929 in Denver, Colorado.
+ 3 ii. Sallie Isador Overbay, born February 18, 1856 in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana; died November 23, 1890 in ?.
+ 4 iii. Frances Emily Overbay, born May 23, 1860 in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana; died December 22, 1937 in Johnson County, Indiana.
5 iv. William Seward Overbay, born April 14, 1862 in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana; died February 17, 1872 in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana.
More About William Seward Overbay:
Burial: 1872, Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana
6 v. Charles Overbay, born July 14, 1864 in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana; died September 14, 1864 in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana.
More About Charles Overbay:
Burial: 1864, Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana
7 vi. Jesse Overbay, born September 24, 1865 in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana; died April 23, 1890 in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana.
More About Jesse Overbay:
Burial: 1890, Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana
+ 8 vii. Harry Clinton Overbay, born July 10, 1868 in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana; died October 12, 1899 in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana.
9 viii. Addie Lena Overbay, born March 23, 1870 in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana; died May 12, 1886 in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana.
More About Addie Lena Overbay:
Burial: 1886, Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana
Generation No. 2
2. Laura Zana3 Overbay (David Lafayette2, Absolom1) was born June 23, 1858 in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana, and died June 29, 1929 in Denver, Colorado. She married Allen Asa Layton June 19, 1888 in Raton ,Colfax County, New Mexico, son of Allen Layton and Malinda Lowe. He was born April 12, 1855 in Sand Creek, Decatur County, Indiana, and died January 07, 1931 in Denver, Colorado.
Notes for Laura Zana Overbay:
Trying to piece together the events in the lives of Allens Asa Layton and his wife, Laura Zane Overbay, has been somewhat illusive with much left to assuming and it's just that, assumption, that I really would rather not do. However, considering some old letters and a few pictures, along with what I know of their history, a biography of them can be formulated. Two of these letters were written by Laura, the first , December, 1926 and the other in May, 1928. Also, a letter was wriiten by Asa to his family in December, 1923 and another in June 1929. These letters, along with a short article are listed below.
From: The Star, June 14, 1888
" : Board Meets: The college board met yesterday afternoon. There was a full attendance but nothing of a general public interest was transacted. The outlook for the college and new buildings is most flattering. The reception given by the Webster Society in their hall last evining, June 07, in honor of Miss Laura Overbay, was a success in every particular. The hall was tastefullu decorated. About 100 guests were present and refreshments were served in abundance. One of the most pleasing features of the evening was music by the Italians. The society last evening well sustained it's reputation for doing things up in the best manner."
NOTE: I am not sure where Laura attended college but it seems likely that she probably attended college in her home state of Indiana. Laura Overbay married on June 19, 1888, only 12 days after the above mentioned Board meeting. This board meeting was in honor of Laura but was she in attendance? According to a grand daughter, Marilyn Phyllis Gay, Laura and Allen married in Raton ,Colfax County, New Mexico.
Denver, Colorado: December 22, 1923: By Allen Asa Layton
"My dear loved ones, time is flying and Christmas time is here again. Many experiences come to most of us in a year, some glad and some sad things in twelve months.
I have heard from all of my brothers and sisters by letter during the past year except brother John, have not had a letter from him for several years. But I always write to each one about Christmas season, because I have not the wherewith to remember them by gifts, but I can remember them by writing a letter. I do not want to loose track of any one of you, and I know no other way than to write and find out, and so long as I can get an answer, I know something at least.
You know I have not been permitted to mingle with you as most of you folks have, for nearly forty years, now over thirty-six years since I came west. None of you have ever visited us except Louiza, Ira and Rose. Rose was with us some months several years ago. Louiza visited us just before we left Alliance, Nebraska. Ira visted us this past summer, and came 300 miles or more to do so. We sure enjoyed the visit. He is quite prosperous in Hot Springs, South Dakota. Many changes have taken place since last Christmas.
We were then at 4140 Vallejo Street and had some reason to think that we might spend the rest of our lives there, but changes came quick and fast. The old lady who had a written agreement to let us have the place as long as we lived changed her mind by the interference of one of her sons. So January 1st we went to 2425 West 34th Street, to care for the home of a mother and daughter while they spent the winter in California. We then came to this place which our daughter Christine had bought with insurance money from the death of her first husband. We stayed here untill June 5th, when we went to 495 Downing Street to care for another home of another mother and daughter while they made a summer tour of Europe. They returned August 17th and we came back to this place. After the second marriage of Christine we entered a contract with her to buy this place with small payments of $15 to $30 per month. It is an eight room house, so we rent the up stairs, 3 rooms furnished for $18 per month, and the garage for $10 per month, and in turn the rent money in on payments.
I am still recieving $25 per month from the Ministers Benefit Board. And we still have out cottage in Pueblo, which has been bringing is $10 to $15 per month. And I occasionally recieve a small fee from churches where they wish me to supply. So our income ranges from $35 to $50 per month. From this we must live and keep up taxes and expenses, which takes rigid economy in Denver.
Bernice, our oldest daughter, now Mrs. Rex Gilmore, still lives in Independence, Kansas. She has a little girl, Beverly Ruth a year old, her husband had a little girl when they married, so they now have four children. They visited us this past summer. Christine lives in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Her second husband. A.A. Lyons had two children, a boy and a girl 14 and 12 years old. They are engaged in the bee business, he has a factory for extracting honey. Christines little boy Robert, five years old has been with us for seven weeks going to Kindergarten school. Ruth, our youngest daughter is now Mrs. Alford Gay, they live here in Denver at 722 13th Street. They have two children, Kenneth, 4 years old and Betty Jane, two months old. Ruth has been in bed more than a week with grippe and nervous prostration, so we had to take Kenneth with us, and care for her and the baby, but she seems much better now. We are hoping she may be able to be up by Christmas. Her husband is a book keeper in the American Bank & Trust Company. Before Ruth took down Laura had three weeks of the grippe and I followed with with two weeks of it, but we were up in time to care for Ruth and the children.
I trust this may find you well and prospering. We shall be pleased to hear from each of you and to know about each of your family. May the Lord abundantly bless and prosper each of you and give to you a pleasant Christmas, and a bright and prosperous Happy New Year.
Your affectionate brother and sister."
Asa & Laura
Denver, Colorado, December, 1928: By Laura Overbay Layton
"To my dear ones, all in Indiana; Merry, Merry, Christmas:
You are two hours ahead of Denver, but it's still December 25th, 1926. If I had an airplane I'd be with you. If good wishes and happy dreams were dollars, you would be millionairs. How sweet memories are of each of you that I know.
Dear Zana and Maynard, I know the joy you put into your mother's life will reflect in your own. The Arthur, Nellie and Grace. I can not think of you as grown-ups but only as grandmother's pride and joy. Your mother and your companions and little ones come in for their share of the season's greetings. God bless you and give you all the joy that can crowded into one day.
And now with bowed heads and tender hearts, let us thank God for the joy that is ours, and the food before us. Loving father we thank thee for the love that fills our heart at this moment for the family ties that bind us, for the sweet memories of the Sainted ones who have come before us. We pledge ourselves anew to a closer walk with thee, and may the sweetest benediction rest upon each one, both here and in the Denver group and bless the hands that have prepared the food, and for the food, and each one who partakes.
Sincerely and Gragefully Amen"
Aunt Laura and Uncle Asa
PS Bernice, Christine and Ruth with their families, 19 in all, would send greetings if they knew I was writing.
Denver, Colorado, May 09, 1928: Laura Overbay Layton
"My dear and only sister; how are you? Our cool weather has kept us up so constantly we feel quite backward in our house cleaning and flower planting. Christine has another baby girl. Dear little darling, 8 and 1.2 lbs. Heavy hair, dark auburn, blue eyes and a little bird mouth. She never got along so well in her life. Think of it, she has five now. We have Bobbie here going to school. Ruth gets much pleasure with her three, Barbara Ellen is too cute for anything.
Alford as been so disturbed in his business, the president of his bank died suddnely and a new one in his place has not made it pleasant for the boys. Alford is a teller, very responcible place.
Now my dear, the 23rd is nearly here and I have succeeded in finding the needle book "tho" not the same color it is the identical kind I sent you and you said you liked it. It is a little ahead of time but I am to give a 5.00 plate banquet when our Northern Baptist Convention meets here in June so I feared to wait for, "O" I have so many things to think about. I'll give you my menu. We get 75 cents a plate, I have a cook hired and dish washers and plenty of help, but "O", the managing it takes.
I have just recieved a handsome Cameo pin bought in Italy and owned by my beloved friend, Mrs. Mary Sexson, who recently died. How I pride it, it's a gem.
Asa is better than when I wrote last. He joins me in much love to you and yours. He remembers his visit with you so tenferly. He recieved such a lovely letter from (unreadable) Johnson yesterday. Wish for you a happy birthday. I'll think of you all that day, 69, I believe.
Much much love, your only sister:"
NOTE: According to the above letter by Laura, she was planning the Baptist Convention, to take place in June 1929. Sadly, she died on June 29, 1929. Obviously her health had declined much from the first letter above to the second letter, which was very hard to understand and transcibe, very unlike the first which was done with perfect legible handwritting. The following is the final letter written by Asa in June 1929.
Denver, Colorado: June 1929:
"My Dear Sister"
"Your postal card came this A.M. and I am not able to write anything encouraging. I was out there this A.M. at the hospital and while a fairly good night, she was apparently growing weaker. I phoned to Ruth who had gone with her husband on his vacation trip to South Dakota night before last, Tuesday night about 10, and they started from there about midnight and drove straight through without stopping, and got her about 5 P.M. Wednesday, a drive of about 500 miles. Mama knew Ruth, but she is not able to speak, only in a whisper, or in signs. I told her about your birthday present. We try to keep people out of her room and give her the quiet. I have a special nurse to stay by her all night and one to stay with her all day, everything is being done that can be so far as we know. The Doctor has no encouragement to give, and yet I am claiming the Ptomises, and clinging to even a shadow of hope. I wish you could be here. I trust this finds you all well, and may the Lord bless and keep thee."
Lovingly your brother:
Asa A. Layton
Then on June 29, 1929 the following Western Union Telegraph was sent:
"Denver, Colorado, 308 pm, June 29, 1929:
Mrs. Francis Richardson, 201 West King Street, Franklin, Indiana
"Laura passed to her eternal home, wire if you can come Tuesday:
More About Laura Zana Overbay:
Burial: 1929, Denver, Colorado
More About Allen Asa Layton:
Burial: 1931, Denver, Colorado
More About Allen Layton and Laura Overbay:
Marriage: June 19, 1888, Raton ,Colfax County, New Mexico
Children of Laura Overbay and Allen Layton are:
+ 10 i. Alice Bernice4 Layton, born July 15, 1889 in Denver, Colorado; died April 14, 1927 in ?.
+ 11 ii. Christine Lowe Layton, born April 04, 1891 in Las Vegas, San Miguel County, New Mexico; died June 30, 1968 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.
+ 12 iii. Ruth Hartwell Layton, born February 23, 1895 in Las Vegas, San Miguel County, New Mexico; died May 07, 1984 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
3. Sallie Isador3 Overbay (David Lafayette2, Absolom1) was born February 18, 1856 in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana, and died November 23, 1890 in ?. She married (Unknown) Price Unknown in ?. He was born Unknown in ?, and died Unknown in ?.
More About Sallie Isador Overbay:
Burial: Unknown, ?
More About (Unknown) Price:
Burial: Unknown, ?
More About (Unknown) Price and Sallie Overbay:
Marriage: Unknown, ?
Child of Sallie Overbay and (Unknown) Price is:
+ 13 i. Lafayette "Laffy"4 Price, born Abt. 1880 in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana; died Unknown in ?.
4. Frances Emily3 Overbay (David Lafayette2, Absolom1) was born May 23, 1860 in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana, and died December 22, 1937 in Johnson County, Indiana. She married James Richardson Unknown in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana. He was born Unknown in Johnson County, Indiana, and died Unknown in Johnson County, Indiana.
More About Frances Emily Overbay:
Burial: 1937, Johnson County, Indiana
More About James Richardson:
Burial: Unknown, ?
More About James Richardson and Frances Overbay:
Marriage: Unknown, Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana
Children of Frances Overbay and James Richardson are:
14 i. Zana4 Richardson, born January 11, 1893 in Johnson County, Arkansas; died November 1979 in Johnson County, Arkansas.
More About Zana Richardson:
Burial: 1979, Johnson County, Arkansas
+ 15 ii. Maynard L. Richardson, born August 05, 1898 in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana; died September 1965 in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana.
8. Harry Clinton3 Overbay (David Lafayette2, Absolom1) was born July 10, 1868 in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana, and died October 12, 1899 in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana. He married unknown Unknown in ?. She was born Unknown in ?, and died Unknown in ?.
More About Harry Clinton Overbay:
Burial: 1899, Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana
More About unknown:
Burial: Unknown, ?
More About Harry Overbay and unknown:
Marriage: Unknown, ?
Children of Harry Overbay and unknown are:
16 i. Arthur4 Overbay, born Unknown in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana; died Unknown in ?.
More About Arthur Overbay:
Burial: Unknown, ?
17 ii. Grace Overbay, born Unknown in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana; died Unknown in ?.
More About Grace Overbay:
Burial: Unknown, ?
18 iii. Nellie Overbay, born Unknown in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana; died Unknown in ?.
More About Nellie Overbay:
Burial: Unknown, ?
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