Biography of Henry Overhiser



Allegan County

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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

The father of Mr. Overhiser was a native of New York State, and born in 1804. He early acquired something of a reputation for pedestrian exploits, having frequently walked a distance of three hundred miles. Henry was born Jan. 2, 1835, in Steuben Co., N. Y., and was the sixth in a family of thirteen children. His early life, to the age of nineteen, was spent at home, and at the end of that time he acquired the trade of a carpenter. In February, 1855, he was married to Miss Sarah McKee, of Blackford Co., Ind., a former resident of Ohio, where she was born in 1836. Her grandfather was an early pioneer of that State, and fell a victim to the brutality of Indians on the Ohio River in 1811. Henry soon after purchased a portion of his father's farm, and two years later removed to Rush Co., Ind. He made successive removals after this until his final settlement upon his present farm in Casco in 1864. This land was then unimproved and its immediate neighborhood destitute of highways. The ground was, how ever, soon cleared and the wilderness transformed to productive fields. Mr. Overhiser is a Republican in politics, having cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln. He has filled the offices of supervisor and treasurer with acceptance, having been elected to the latter office ten successive years. Both Mr. and Mrs. Overhiser are members of the Church of the United Brethren, though kindly disposed towards other orthodox denominations. Eight children have been born to them, in the following order: Lonson M., Nov. 9, 1855; William A., Jan. 11, 1857; Olive J., April 26, 1859; Ida May, Oct. 13, 1861; George G., Dec. 14, 1864; Charles H., Jan. 1, 1867; Mary Ann, Oct. 19, 1869; and Minnie B., April 22, 1874. Of this number but one is deceased, George G., whose death occurred Sept. 14, 1866.

History of Allegan and Berry Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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