John Clark Overhiser

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Working on my 1,000 th approved edit.
Currently wkg. on adding “FOUNDING FATHER” & “FOUNDING MOTHER” designations to all bios. of those Overhiser’s who moved to a new state with at least 1 child or another family member, including a pet!
Let us start with a Historical quotation:
“About 1750 three brothers named Overhiser came from Germany to this country. One of them settled in Delaware county, whence a son of his, Abraham, removed to Hillsdale in 1810. He had nne children, one of whom, Barnett, succeeded his father in possession of the farm; upon his death it passed to his son, Ambrose L., who died a few years since, when the property was sold and bid in by the latter's brother in law, Mr. Hoffman, who now occupies it.”
(Taken from History of Columbia County, Hillsdale, NY).

My focus as a FAG contributor is to finish a complete history (via Memorial options and bio. edits) of my Overhiser family in NY and surrounding states. As we know, the family started in Fishkill, Dutchess Co., and expanded westward thru NY, NJ, PA, CT, MA, OH, MI, MN, MO, IL, NB, KS, IA, TX, WY, FL, & CA (during the gold rush). I believe our family may hold the record with 21 offspring of 1 father (John Casper b.1782 FAG#83029530) and 2 wives. This would be way too many for the size of the farm (typically the eldest 2 sons would split the farm), therefore most of the siblings had to relocate in order to survive (hence the westward migration).

(as of 4/2/2020)
CAL 15, AZ 1, OR 5 Total 21
CT 5, NJ 6 VT 3 Total 14o
FL 9, MD 2, NC 1, VA 2 Total 14
IL 4, COL 4, IO 4, OH 6, KAN 2, NB 20 Total 40
IN 45 Total 45
MA 10 Total 10
MI 90, MN 3, WI 1 Total 94
NY 229 (some migration between Counties)Total 229
PA 26 Total 26
GRAND TOTAL ALL OF BURIALS BY STATE Total 503 (374 of which had migrated).

See FAG Memorial #185244330 for Gasphier Overhiser (all Overhiser’s Founding Father) for many more details of how the family got started.

Family connections:
For my family:
OVERHISER, from Germany to New York & then to CT, MA, PA, OH, IN, MI, KS, & CA.
CLARK, from England to Boston, then to Orange, New Haven Co., CT, then to Henderson, Jefferson Co., New Hartford, Oneida, upstate NY and then back to Trumbull, Fairfield Co., CT.
DILLENBACH, from Bern, Switzerland to Stone Arabia, including Capt. Andrew Dillenbach, NY Militia, KIA, Battle of Oriskany, Rev. War.
SPRAKER, from Saxony, Germany to upstate, Stone Arabia, Palatine Bridge, Canajoharie, Montgomery Co., New York.
ROBINSON, from England to upstate, Jefferson Co. New York.
For my wife Norma’s family:
ENGLAND, from Scotland to Quebec, Canada, Vermont & then to CT.
DRAKE, from England to CT
FISHER, from England to Virginia & then to CT
THORNTON, from England to Virginia.
My OVERHISER lineage is as follows:
In the USA, we are all descended from Gasphier and Fronah Overhiser (Oberhauser)
1st Generation: Gasphier 1730-1800? Germany to Columbia Co. NY
2nd Generation: Conrad 1754-1840 Columbia to Steuben Co.
3rd Generation: John Barnett (Barney) 1801-1889 Dutchess to Onondaga Co.
4th Generation: John C. Overhiser (Overhizer?) 1836-1890 Dutchess to Onondaga Co.
5th Generation: Harlow G. 1871-1961 Syracuse, Onondaga Co., NY
6th Generation: Dean Harlow 1904-1969 Ilion, Herkimer Co. to Trumbull, CT in 1944 for WWII work at Remington Arms, Bridgeport.
7th Generation: John Clark Overhiser, I am 76, b. 1942, Utica, Oneida Co., md. 1971 to Norma Lee (Leigh) England b. 1948 in Stratford. We have 2 children, Lee Elizabeth, RN MSN, and John Clark, Jr., CSP
8th Generation: Lee Elizabeth b. 1973, md. 2019, John Clark Jr. b. 1974, md. 2003 in Portland, Maine to Page Kinnan. They have 2 children, Clark and Caitlin.
9th Generation Clark Edward, b. 2006 in Arlington, VT. and Caitlin Kinnan, b. 2008 in Trumbull, not married yet.

Personal Biography:
Born in Utica, New Hartford, Oneida County, New York, 3 October, 1942, son of Mildred Frances Clark Overhiser, 1911:1995 and Dean Harlow Overhiser, 1904:1969. Moved to Shelton, Connecticut in 1944 for better employment for my father during WWII and then moved to Trumbull in 1957.
Education at Shelton and Trumbull school systems, Warren Harding High School 1960, University of Connecticut,1963.
Community Service:
Volunteer 1st. Responder as Captain, Nichols Fire Department, 20 years, 1957:1977.
Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician, Nichols Fire Department and Trumbull Emergency Medical Service, 21 years, 1972:1993;
Connecticut State Police, Auxiliary Trooper, 5 years, Troop G, Westport, 1970:1975.
Military Service:
Vietnam Era Veteran, drafted 1964, basic training, Fort Dix, NJ.; advanced training for Infantry Radio Repairman, Fort Gordon, GA; permanent assignment, 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Division, 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, TX. Awards: Expert Marksmanship Badge (Rifle), Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation Medal, Letter of Commendation. Honorable Dischrge, Specialist E5, 3 March, 1966.
Aircraft engine manufacturer, Wright Radial Engines, Lycoming, Avco, Textron Bell, AlliedSignal Engines, Honeywell Turbine Engines. In the 1960’s Avco also designed and manufactured the nose cone for the Minuteman Mark 3 missile. This is where i started work as a Bill of Material man in the Material Control department. About 15 years later I moved up to a higher level job in the Technical Publications Department where I worked my way up to a lead senior technical writer. As required by the job, I was granted 2 “SECRET” Security Clearances: 1963 in Stratford CT (Minuteman Missile), 1995 at Ft. Campbell, KY. (TF160, SOA). About 15 years later, I took a new job in the Final Assembly department as a Lead Process Engineer for engine overhaul and repair. Employed there for 35 years, 1963:1998, then retired, because AlliedSignal, which is now Honeywell, had moved to Phoenix, AZ.
Subcontractor to Sikorsky Aircraft, Interstate, RCM Technologies. Associate engineer, supplier and customer support, 8 years, 1999:2007, retired.
Member, Nichols United Methodist Church, men’s club vice president, head usher, 1958:present.
Ham Radio Operator, N1QPJ
Find-A-Grave contributor, 2013:present, = 1000+edits.

Present Community Service:
As a Volunteer as Vice President, Secretary, and Historian for Nichols Farm Burial Ground Association with 2000+ Interments / Inurnments in our 6.75 Acre Cemetery.

Enjoying travel, river and ocean crusing, College basketball, Hockey and any kind of motor racing.

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