Eliza Wilson <I>Lindsay</I> Overman

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Eliza Wilson Lindsay Overman

Davidson County, North Carolina, USA
Death 15 Sep 1885 (aged 78)
Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
Burial Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 58617127 · View Source
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Eliza Wilson Lindsay was the ninth of fourteen children born to John A. Lindsay (1767-1828) and his wife Elizabeth Wilson (1772-1847). While her tombstone states she was born in Guilford County, NC, I think this is likely a mistake and she was born in the section of Rowan County, NC that became Davidson County. That is where her parents lived, though I suppose she may have been born at her grandfather's plantation in Guilford Co. Her paternal grandfather was Judge Robert Lindsay (c.1735-1801) of Guilford, who served in the NC Militia, was a member of the first independent NC Legislature in 1777 and 1778, and was presiding judge of Guilford County from 1781 to 1788. Her maternal grandfather was Samuel Wilson of Rockbridge County, Virginia.

Eliza married Benjamin Franklin Overman (1797-1888) on 5 Jan. 1826. I believe he was originally from Pasquotank County, NC. They lived in the vicinity of Greensboro, Guilford County, NC for a time, and in the late 1830s came to Florida, before Florida had even become a State. Benjamin was one of the partners in the Forsyth & Simpson Lumber Company of Bagdad, Santa Rosa County, Florida. He was involved with the development of cotton mills and lumber mills.

Per the Stephen R. Mallory Camp 1315, of the Florida Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans: "At the age of 61, B. F. Overman enlisted on April 5, 1861 in the Confederate Military by joining the Pensacola Guards which would later be designated Co. K 1st Florida Infantry. Fought in the battle of Santa Rosa Island. Promoted from private to 3rd. Lt.. He reenlisted in New company A, 1st Florida Infantry in early 1862 and transferred to New Company G, 1st Florida Infantry in mid 1863. He was elected 2nd Lt. in October 1864. Benjamin was captured December 7, 1864 at Murfreesboro, Tennessee and released on oath June 16, 1865 from Delaware prison, famous as the home of the "Immortal 600". In his prime he was 5'6" tall, blue eyes, fair skin, dark hair. On his release from Delaware he was 67 years old and lived an additional 22 years, being 89 at his death in Pensacola on April 22, 1888."

Eliza and Benjamin had at least eight children, but I am still working on researching them. The children I have were: Elizabeth W. Overman (1828-1831), Mary Ann Overman (1829-aft. 1885), Susan Alexander Overman (1831-1920, Mrs. Ezekiel Ewing Simpson), John Lindsay Overman (1833-1836), Sarah Letitia "Sallie" Overman (1834-1901, Mrs. Richard M. Bushnell), Benjamin Franklin Overman, Jr. (c.1838-?), Emma Lindsay Overman (1848-1902, Mrs. George William Denison), Charles Henry Overman (1849-1890, m. Emma Lee).



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  • Find A Grave Memorial 58617127
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eliza Wilson Lindsay Overman (4 Apr 1807–15 Sep 1885), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58617127, citing Saint Michael's Cemetery, Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by John Field Pankow (contributor 46637223) .