Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Dresden Enterprise Apr 24 1896 - The Illustrated Edition Part 19 "Dr. Shobe Smith and W.F. Overby"

This is the nineteenth in a multi-part series featuring the April 24 1896 edition of the Dresden Enterprise.  If you missed the previous posts you can find them here: part onepart two, part threepart fourpart fivepart sixpart sevenpart eightpart ninepart tenpart elevenpart twelvepart thirteenpart fourteenpart fifteenpart sixteenpart seventeen, part eighteen.

Back in spring 2013 you'll find a blog devoted to Dr. Shobe Smith and his wife Mattie.  For that reason I'm just going to post the brief article about him here.  For more information check the earlier article listed above.

Dr. Shobe Smith was born in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 7 1866, and was educated in the Louisville schools, in 1888 going to the Cincinnati, Ohio dental college.  After that he located in Nashville, remaining there three years.  In 1893 he came to Dresden, alternating between here and Palmersville, and was married during that time to Miss Mattie D. Wooldridge, of Gleason, a most accomplished lady and a fine musician. They make most excellent citizens, and are residing at the Thomason residence near the depot.  

In politics the doctor is a Democrat, in religion a Cumberland Presbyterian, in manners, a gentleman, in business an expert.  Our people are glad, indeed to count him and his wife as permanent citizens here and cordially extend an invitation to more like them to follow.  His office is upstairs over the Dresden Bank, where all may feel assured of receiving courteous treatment and excellent work in his line.

F. W. Overby

In this issue will be found the display advertisement of W.F. Overby, who tells of greatly reduced prices to his customers.  Mr. Overby some time ago opened up a general store in the country, six miles from Dresden on the Cane Creek road, three years ago, and during that time has done a nice business.   His store is largely patronized by people in his community.  When needing anything  in his line give him a call.

The Overby name is sometimes seen as Overby, Overbey, or Overbay.  There is more than one W.F. Overby from Kentucky which makes tracing the family a bit tricky.  I believe that the F.W. Overby in the article is actually William Franklin Overby.  Here is what I've found:

W.F. Overbey married Miss B.A. Farris on Nov 22 1879 in Henry County TN.

The 1880 Census for Calloway Kentucky lists William F. Overby, age 19, farmer.  His Wife was "Rubecka" age 18.

In 1900 there is a Frank (William Frank?) residing in Fulton Kentucky.  He is 39, married and a grocer. His wife Becky (Rubecka?) is 38, has given birth four times and has four living children.  Their son Lambert is 17.  Another son is transcribed as "Trellis", age 16.  Both are clerks.  Ella is 13 and their youngest son is Oren, age 5.

1910 Census for Weakley County Civil District lists William F. Overby, age 49, born in Kentucky.  He's widowed.  Occupation was general retail merchant.  Also in the household are Rosa E. age 22, daughter and Oren F age 15, his son.  Becky died between 1900 and 1910, final disposition is unknown.

Lambert Jefery Overby's World War I Draft Registration card shows that he was born Aug 18 1882 and his father was W.F. Overby.   Both were living in Hot Springs Arkansas   Lambert was tall, medium build with gray eyes and brown hair.  He was self employed in the restaurant business.  Interesting to note that on line one his name is spelled Overby and yet he signed at the bottom as Overbey.  Lambert is listed in the 1928 Hot Springs city directory.  On Nov. 24 1925 he divorced Eula M. at Garland Arkansas and the following day he married Minnie B. Cozart in Saline Arkansas.

Trellis Overby is married and farming in the 1910 Weakley County Census.  He is 26 years old.  His wife is named Mattie Dunlap and she's 19.  Their daughter is Granada, age 2.  By 1930 Trellis and Mattie have a lot of children:  Q.T. son age 17, G.C. son age 14, Hillis son age 12, Ella M. age 8, Coolidge son age 6, Gilma son age 2.  Granada is now Granada Fortner age 22, widowed.  Another daughter is listed as Fern Fortner age 19 and she is also widowed.  The last name is spelled Overbay. Like his brother Lambert, Trellis also had a World War I Registration Card.  His full name is Trelis Washington Overby, living in Dresden Weakley Tennn, birth date Dec 20th 1882.  He's a self employed farmer.  At the bottom he has signed Trellis W. Overby.   He was medium height and build with blue eyes and dark hair.

Trellis Overby/Overbey/Overbay is buried at Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Weakley County. Then name on the stone is T.W. Overbey.  The following information comes from his death certificate:  T.W. Overbey, residence R.F.D. #2 Fulton Kentucky.  His wife was mattie Dunlap Overbey.  The date of birth is Dec 20 1881 (the draft card said 1882 the headstone says 1883.  He was a tennant farmer.  Birthplace was Weakley county.  His father was W.F. Overby and his mother, Beckey Farris.  He died of bronchopneumonia and influenza.  His daughter Granada Fortner (wife of James Fortner) was the informant and she was living in Fulton KY.  

William F. Overbey is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Hot Springs Arkansas.  The headstone is inscribed as follows:   Father W.F. Overbey, Born Nov. 12 1860 in Calloway Co. Ky, Died Feb 4, 1918.

I did find one family tree that spells the name as Overbey.  Some of the information was listed as unknown but I've found some of those such as the death of W. F. Overbey.
From that tree:  William F. Overbey was the son of George Washington Overbey and Nancy J. McDougall. Date of death unknown. He married Rebecca Farris who was born Nov 21 8161 in Kentucky and died Feb. 1 1910, place unknown.  Her parents were Samuel J. Farris and Nancy Ellen Pool.  Their children were Lambert Jeffrey Overbey who died May 18 1932 at Garland County Arkansas.  Lambert was married to Minnie Unknown and Eula M. Unknown.  The fate of Rosa Ella Overbey is unknown.  Oren F. Overbey was born Aug 10 1894 and died Nov. 11 1910, probably at Weakley County.

On a side note I came across a Margarette Christman Overby interred at Wesley Chapel Cemetery, the same cemetery where Trellis Overbey rests.  A quick search revealed that she was born in Kentucky.  In 1880 she is living iin Calloway County Kentucky with her husband George W. Overby age 45 and their two daughters M.F. age 16 and L. age 10.  In addition her mother, T. Chrisman age 72, is in the household.  I believe Margarette is the sister-in-law of William F. Overby.  

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