|Birth: ||Jan. 25, 1825|
|Death: ||Jun. 28, 1908|
OVERTON B. "Dr. B" ANDERSON, son of Andrew Anderson and Dorcas Clark, was born January 25, 1825. His pension records gave his exact date of birth and Jackson County, Tennessee, as his birth location, and state that he had lived most of his life "near Maggart." It is believed that this area at that time was part of Jackson County, as the line shifted several times in those days. He was probably born in a little valley, near Maggart, and possibly, in the little cabin pictured in the Carthage Courier in March of 1972.
Overton married Mary "Pop" McDonald on October 15, 1845, in Smith County. They lived in Smith County, most of their married life. O. B. served in the Mexican War, in Company H, First Tennessee Volunteers, for which he was to later receive a pension from the United States Government. He also served in the Confederate Army for about a year during the Civil War--he was a private in B Company, 7th Infantry. Civil War records for him indicate that he was 5 feet, six inches tall; had gray eyes, light hair, and light complexion.
C. Overton B. was involved in various land transactions in Smith County, some of which involved 30 acres left to him and his brother, William P., by their father, Andrew Anderson, in his will. William P., later sold his half of the land to Overton B., February 1, 1848. A picture of the old log cabin on the Anderson homestead appeared in The Carthage Courier, March 1, 1972. It may have been built and settled in by both Andrew Anderson (father of Overton B.) and Andrew Clark (uncle of Overton B.), when they came into the area shortly after the turn of the century. There is an old burying ground, north of the house, referred to as the Anderson Family Cemetery. O. B. and Mary McDonald sold their property in Smith County and bought property in Bloomington Springs, Putnam County, March 31, 1894.
On a trip to Smith and Putnam Counties, Tennessee, in 1973, the creator of this memorial interviewed several people (themselves advanced in age), who remembered Overton B. Anderson. Their remembrances are recounted: (1) O. B. was remembered by a nephew of his wife, Haskell McDonald, as a magician, who did magic tricks and was good with his hands. (2) Fanny Presley, of Baxter, Tennessee, in 1973, remembered that he mixed up a vial of medicine that cured her eyes when she was a small girl. The 1900 Census of Putnam County, Tennessee lists him as "Dr. B. Anderson," and listed his occupation as "Doctor." (3) Lula McBroom remembered that "Aunt Carmilla" and her husband, "Uncle Mac" lived in the house with and cared for "Uncle B," who was a "ball of knots from arthritis and rheumatism." The will of Overton B. Anderson, filed in 1908, left his property in Bloomington Springs to Carmilla Smith in exchange for her "seeing that he was cared for during the remainder of his life.")
G. Overton B. Anderson died at home in Bloomimgton Springs, on June 28, 1908. According to information given by M. M. Smith in the pension papers, O. B. was buried in the "Bloomington Springs Cemetery."
Mary Frances McDonald Anderson (1825 - 1901)*
Andrew Jackson Anderson (1849 - 1895)*
Eliza Jane Anderson Womack (1852 - 1940)*
James Clark Anderson (1854 - 1916)*
Martha Ann Young (1856 - 1945)*
Note: Unmarked Grave
Bloomington Springs Cemetery
Created by: Janie Anderson
Record added: Feb 02, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 104537215