Lieut Benjamin Franklin Overman

Lieut Benjamin Franklin Overman

Birth
Pasquotank County, North Carolina, USA
Death 28 Apr 1888 (aged 90)
Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
Burial Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 58617207 · View Source
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Benjamin Franklin Overman was born in Pasquotank County, North Carolina, a son of Charles Overman, Jr. (1745-1806) and his second wife Mary Albertson (1775-1806). His paternal grandparents were Charles Overman and Ann Nicholson, and his maternal grandparents were Benjamin Albertson and Sarah Nixon. His family were Quakers.

On 5 Jan. 1826, he married Eliza Wilson Lindsay (1807-1885), a daughter of John A. Lindsay and his wife Elizabeth Wilson of Davidson Co., NC. Benjamin and Eliza lived for a time in the vicinity of Greensboro, Guilford County, NC, where he had a carriage manufacturing business. In the late 1830s, they 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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  • Created by: John Field Pankow
  • Added: 14 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 58617207
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Benjamin Franklin Overman (22 Nov 1797–28 Apr 1888), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58617207, citing Saint Michael's Cemetery, Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by John Field Pankow (contributor 46637223) .