John Clark Overhiser

John Clark Overhiser

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“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 nine 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, PA, OH, MI, KS, IA, & 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 (way too many for the size of the farm). Most of the siblings had to relocate in order to survive (hence the westward migration).

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, to CT, then to upstate NY and back to CT.
DILLENBACH, from Bern, Switzerland to Stone Arabia, including Capt. Andrew, 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 b. 1973, md. 2019, and John Clark, Jr.
8th Generation, John Clark Jr. b. 1974, md. 2003 in Portland, Maine to Page Kinnan. They have 2 children,
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 and 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;
Emergency Medical Technician, Nichols Fire Department and Trumbull Emergency Medical Service, 21 years,1972:1993;
Connecticut State Police, Auxiliary Trooper, 5 years, 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.
Honorable discharge, Specialist E5, 3 March, 1966.
Aircraft engine manufacturer, Wright Radial Engines, Lycoming, Avco, Textron Bell, AlliedSignal Engines, Honeywell Turbine Engines. Lead senior technical writer, Lead process engineer, final assembly engine overhaul and repair, 35 years, 1963:1998, retired.
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
Community Service:
Volunteer as Vice President, Secretary, and Historian, Nichols Farm Burial Ground Association, 2013:present.

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