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Jacob Overly
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Birth: 1802
Kentucky, USA
Death: Feb. 15, 1874
Fleming County
Kentucky, USA

Jacob Overley
The following article appeared The Flemingsburg Democrat on February 7, 1878.
Biographical Sketches
Old and Young Men of Prominence
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The History of Fleming County
At the age of 22, he married Mary, daughter of Frederick Beckner of Fleming County and aunt of Judge William M. Buckner, present editor of the Clarke County Democrat. Old man Beckner then owned and occupied the farm upon which John Peck now resides, two miles west of the town of Sherburne. Shortly after his marriage he began housekeeping on a tract of land belonging to his father, on the north side of Fleming Creek, one mile from Martha Mills, being a portion of the farm now owned by N. H. Crain. Being strong and hardy, be labored assiduously for several years, clearing, planting, plowing and harvesting. But fortune being unpropitious, he at length became dissatisfied with his home and determine to seek the chance of life in some more favored locality.
He had heard much of the cheapness and fertility of Indiana's soil and so decided to make that State his future home. In the spring of 1832 he landed at the town of Rising Sun, Dearborn (now Ohio) County. He did not buy land, but rented as much as he desired and at once proceeded to test the quality of Hoosier soil. But he found it no more productive than that of Kentucky, while many advantages he enjoyed in the old home were wanting in the new. A residence of two years in Indiana appears to have satisfied him with that State for the fall of 1834 found him snugly settled on a little farm in Bath County Kentucky, not far from the town of Bethel. Here he remained eight years, longer than at any other place since his marriage. In 1842 he bought and move to the old Jacob Chrisman farm, in Fleming county, adjoining the one upon which he had begun life for himself eighteen years before.

After the death of his father, John Overley, Jacob moved to the old homestead where he was born. Here he continued to reside till the year 1864, when he moved to Plummer's Landing, on Fox Creek, Fleming County. At this place, in the house now occupied by Fant & Hinton, he engaged in the sale of dry-goods, with J. W. Lansdown as partner. After a few years he bought Lansdown's interest and alone continued the business, though on a small scale for want of capital, till his death, which occurred February 15, 1874, at the age of 72. His wife preceded him to the grave about eighteen months. She had been an invalid for twenty-seven years, twenty years of which time, she was confined to her bed. Her protracted illness was a serious drawback to the husband's prosperity, as much of his earnings was expended in vain endeavors to restore her to health….
Jacob Overley raised a family of six children, three sons and as many daughters, four of whom are still living, two of the daughters having died in early womanhood. During the late civil war he remained a staunch adherent to the Union. His boys, however, divided, two of them, Thomas and Pinckney, becoming soldiers in the Federal Army. The other, Milford, with a single companion made his way thru the Union lines to the South, where he enlisted in the Confederate Army. Once during the war, Pinckney and his rebel brother were engaged in the same battle, though at the time neither was aware of the presence of the other. This division upon the part of the sons was the source of much anxiety to the good old father, but as if to increase his trouble, in 1863, his son Thomas, who was a member of the 10th Ky. Cavalry, was desperately wounded in an engagement with Scott's Louisiana Cavalry, C.S. A. in Estill County Kentucky. Whilst the war was progressing, Fleming County was frequently visited by roving bands of armed men professing to be Confederate soldiers, but who were not recognized as such by the War Department at Richmond, and who were in reality nothing more nor less than robbers. Their sole object was plunder and they cared little in what manner or from whom they obtained it. On one occasion, the subject of this sketch was arrested upon the highway by a party of these marauders from Morgan County and robbed of his horse saddle and watch. His stables had previously been visited under cover of darkness and a valuable mare taken by those engaged in this secret service. The writer of this sketch, who was himself a Confederate soldier could give the names of some of the cowardly skulks who imposed upon the Southern sympathizers of this section by professing to be employed in the secret service of the South, but who were either deserters or bummers from the rebel army. The "captains," "majors," and "colonels," were the heroes of many battles. They told miraculous stories of bloody encounters with home-guards and bush-whackers in passing through the enemy's lines; were sometimes compelled to eat their "dispatches," to prevent them from falling into the hands of the foe; and they generally succeeded in impressing the to credulous sympathizer with the vast importance of themselves and their mission. They were fat, sleek-looking fellows, wore citizen soldier clothes and were usually armed with revolvers and bridles, the latter being the more effective weapon in their hands. Though they were not familiar with the "biz" of bullets, and knew little of Hardee's Tactics, yet they were thoroughly drilled in the art of horse stealing and practiced it indiscriminately upon the farmers of North Eastern Kentucky. Their booty was generally taken to the neutral territory, that lying between the hostile armies in Virginia, where it was disposed of and the proceeds spent in riotous living.
The husband outlived the wife but a few months, and now he reposes by her side among his people in the old Dunker church yard. Peace to his memory!
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  John Overley (1767 - 1854)
  Mary Beckner Overly (1808 - 1872)*
  Jacob Overly (1802 - 1874)
  Joseph Overley (1810 - 1883)*
*Calculated relationship
Log Union Cemetery
Fleming County
Kentucky, USA
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