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Below is a family biography included in The History of Pulaski County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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James B. Overbey was born in Mecklenburgh County, Va., February 14, 1833, being a son of Cain and Sallie (White) Overbey, both of whom were born and reared in the same county as our subject. A few years after their marriage they moved to Granville County, N. C., where they were engaged in farming, but at the end of one year returned to Virginia, and there spent the remainder of their days. Both the paternal and maternal grandparents were natives of Virginia, the former family being of English descent. Grandfather Overbey died near Clarksville, Ky., aged about eighty years. James B. Overbey remained in Virginia until eighteen years of age, and then went to Cleveland County, N. C., where he made his home for fifteen years, where he was engaged in buying land and farming. In 1853 he was married to Miss Jane Glasscock, who was born and reared in that county, and by her became the father of six children: Alfred W., Mary J., Lucy B., James R., Marcus L. and Zulia F. He moved to Lafayette County, Ill., his wife dying the first year of their residence there, and in 1868 he wedded Lydia Deardeuff, a daughter of Stephen and Margaret Deardeuff. She was born in Ohio March 17, 1853, but was reared principally in Illinois. She received good school advantages, and her marriage with Mr. Overbey was blessed in the birth of seven children, six of whom are living: William T., Tura A., John L., Franky E., Dora M. and Elmar A. Docia B. is deceased. In 1871 Mr. Overbey immigrated to Missouri, and settled on the farm of 200 acres where he now lives. He served in the Confederate army during the late war, in Company A, Thirty-fourth North Carolina Volunteer Infantry, and received his discharge at the end of three and a half years, having participated in the battles of Cedar Mountain, the seven days fight at Richmond, Malvern Hill, Bull Run, Chancellorsville, Gaines Mill, Sharpsburg, Harper’s Ferry and Gettysburg, being captured in the retreat from the latter battle. He was kept a prisoner at Washington, D. C., and Point Lookout for sixteen months, and was then taken to Savannah, Ga., where he was exchanged and returned home. Since coming to Pulaski County, Mo., he has given his attention to farming, and is doing well financially. He and wife are members of the Christian Church, and he is a member of the Agricultural Wheel, and in politics is a Democrat.

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This family biography is one of 80 biographies included in The History of Pulaski County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Pulaski County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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