Samuel Overton

Male 1790 -

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  • Name Samuel Overton  [1
    Born c1790 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1830  East Baton Rouge, LA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1830 -- Census, East Baton Rouge Parish, LA Page 243-B
      Samuel Overton
      (60-70) 1M [likely father John Overton Jr.]
      (40-50) 1M
      (30-40) 1F
      17 Slaves
    Person ID I40071  Moore County Wallaces
    Last Modified 7 Jul 2016 

    Father John Overton, Jr.,   d. Oct 1830, East Baton Rouge Parish, LA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Christian Jackson,   d. Bef 1800 
    Married Nov 1785  Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F12939  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S155] Childress/Mathis Ancestors [], Patrick Childress [].
      Census lists "Samuel Overton: 1 male (30 - 40); 1 male (60 to 70); 1 female (40 - 50); 17 slaves." (The male, 30 to 40 years of age would likely be Samuel himself; the 60 to 70 year old male his father, John Overton, and the female 40 to 50 years of age his step mother, Susanna, wife of John Overton, Sr.) By this time, Samuel's step brother, Thomas Jefferson Overton, would have been about 25 years of age and presumably out living on his own.

      In information received by JPC from Howard Bramlette, a note was included on this Samuel Overton which noted: "See lawsuit re settlement of estate Jesse O. & Thomas J. O. vs. John Overton Patton alias John Patton Overton, No. 23 filed April 1836 in Parish of Carroll, Louisiana."

      I (JPC) assume that the above John O. Patton is the son of Martha Overton and Tristram Patton.

      Further documentation states:
      "Samuel Overton, never married, died in New Orleans, Louisiana leaving a large estate of over which there was a lawsuit in 1836. The case of Jesse Overton and Thomas Jefferson Overton, vs. John Overton Patton, alias John Patton Overton, No. 23 was filed April, 1836. The petition of Jesse Overton, and inhabitant of the state of Tennessee and of Thomas Jefferson Overton, an inhabitant of the state of Mississippi, indicates these two individuals likely are brothers of the late Samuel Overton. The parish of Caroll Court of probate, April 25, 1836 at Courthouse, town of Providence, parish of Caroll, during the regular term of court, present Felix Busworth, Parish Judge and ex-officio Judge of Probate Court and Duke H. Clay, Sheriff."

      (I, JPC, would suggest that the writer of the above document would have been more correct had he noted that Thomas Jefferson Overton was the half-brother of both Samuel and Jesse Overton.)

      In any event, a decree by the Supreme Court of Louisiana in 1845 stated that Samuel Overton died in the early part of the year 1836 in the State of Louisiana intestate and left an estate worth considerable money. It included "13 Negro Slaves" and other valuable properties. The remaining family heirs, including children of his whole blooded siblings, as well as the child of his half brother, quarreled among each other regarding the disposition of the estate. The final Supreme Court decree equally divided the estate among all the heirs.

      The essence of the lawsuit as I read it is that Samuel's nephew, John Overton Patton (son of Martha Overton), lost his bid to control the distribution of Samuel's estate, as he was initially appointed administrator by the courts, only to ultimately lose it to his cousins, both half and full blooded kin.