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James Overy, Sr
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Birth: May 13, 1853
Tamworth Borough
Staffordshire, England
Death: Feb. 8, 1935
Rock Springs
Sweetwater County
Wyoming, USA


Rock Springs Rocket, Feb 9, 1935

James Overy, Sr., 81, pioneer Rock Springs resident, died early yesterday morning at his home, 408 A street following a 10-month illness. His wife, Elizabeth, and children were at his bedside when the end came.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the chapel of the local L.D.S. church with Bishop Lyman Fearn officiating. The body will lie in state at his home from 10 a.m. Sunday until shortly before the services at which time friends may call.

Overy was born in Tamworth, Staffordshire, England on May 13, 1853. He and his wife were married at St. Alkmanís church, Derbyshire, on March 31, 1872. On the same day, unknown to the Overys, another Rock Springs couple, the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Crofts, were married in the same church. Mr. and Mrs. Overy left England on April 15, 1881 for America. They came directly to Rock Springs, arriving here May 5, 1881.

Later Overy purchased a large cattle ranch in the Ft. Bridger country and spent a great deal of his time there. He sold the ranch and returned to Rock Springs where he became chief of police for four years during the term of office of J.B. Young as mayor.

In 1923, Mr. and Mrs. Overy moved to Salt Lake City to make their home, returning here about 11 months ago because of his health.

Overy was a preeminent worker in the L.D.S. church for over 53 years, fulfilling many high offices. He was counselor of the bishopric and choir leader of the Rock Springs ward for many years. He was ordained as a high priest by Apostle John Henry Smith. In 1928, he filled a six months mission in San Francisco.

Overy also held several prominent positions in the mining industry in both Wyoming and Utah.

In addition to his wife, Elizabeth Burton Overy, he is survived by four sons, John Overy of Nampa, Idaho; Edward Overy, Superior; James Overy, Jr.; and Thomas Overy, Rock Springs; and two daughters, Mrs. Denver Hysell of Milburn and Mrs. Jacob McDonald, Rock Springs. He also leaves 46 grandchildren, 73 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Interment will be at Mountain View cemetery under the direction of Rogan mortuary.
Family links: 
  Sarah Elizabeth Burton Overy (1853 - 1946)
  Martha Overy Hysell (1874 - 1965)*
  Mary Overy McDonald (1878 - 1960)*
  Edward Overy (1880 - 1946)*
  James Thomas Overy (1883 - 1947)*
  Emma Overy (1883 - 1894)*
  Sarah Elizabeth Overy Ryder (1885 - 1906)*
*Calculated relationship
Rock Springs Cemetery
Rock Springs
Sweetwater County
Wyoming, USA
Plot: BUNNING_130_7_2
Created by: Ronald Keyes
Record added: Sep 11, 2007
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My great-great-great grandfather ❤️
- Wmr
 Added: Jul. 4, 2016

- Keri
 Added: Sep. 12, 2007
James Overy, Sr. was my 2nd Great Grandfather. May the Lord be with you.
- Ronald Keyes
 Added: Sep. 11, 2007

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