Henderson County, Kentucky Biography


William Henry Overby

         William Henry OVERBY, attorney at law, and a prominent Republican of Henderson, KY, was born in Henderson County, 08 Nov 1859. He is a son of William H. OVERBY and Mary Jane HICKS, the former a native of Virginia and the latter of Henderson County.

         William H. OVERBY (father) came to Kentucky in 1836 and bought a farm near Zion. He was a hatter by trade and followed that occupation for a short time after coming to the state, after which he gave attention to his farming interests until his death. The last years of his life were spent in the city of Henderson, where he died on 23 Apr 1895. His widow is still living in Henderson. Bother were members of the Baptist Church and during his life he was by no means a partisan in politics, but at all times an independent voter.

         The OVERBY family is of English extraction, the first of the family America settling in Virginia. Alexander OVERY, the grandfather of the subject of this sketch, came to Kentucky late in life and passed the remainder of his days near Henderson.

         William Henry OVERBY is the fourth child in a family of nine children, four of whom are still living. He received his primary education in the common schools and then took the high school course in the Henderson High School. Then after teaching for a year, he entered the Hopkins Grammar School at New Haven, CT, where he prepared for Yale University, and took the classical course in that institution. He completed his education in 1885, returned to Kentucky, and for the next two years was Principal of the Union Academy at Morganfield. He was then elected principal of the High School at Henderson and taught there for two years, when he was appointed deputy collector of United States internal revenue. After eight months in this position he was appointed Postmaster at Henderson and served four years in that capacity. In 1898 he was again appointed deputy collector of internal revenue and held that office until July 1904. Mr. OVERBY studied law while still a young man and in 1894 was admitted to the bar. Since that time he has devoted the greater part of his time to the practice of his profession. For several years he has been active in political matters and stands high in the councils of the Republican Party. In 1895 he was nominated for state senator and in 1904 he was the Republican candidate for Congress from the Second district.

         In 1887 he was married, at Franklin, Kentucky to Miss Fannie B. MOORE, a native of Todd County. Three of the children born to this marriage are living: Harry Moore; Yeamon Moore and William Henry, Jr, the first two dying in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. OVERBY are both attendants of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and take a commendable interest in its good works.

Lower Ohio Valley, Federal Publishing Company, 1905




Alexander Overby - Jane Belk, 27 Oct 1874, Book 014, Page 085
E. B. Overby - Lulu Pritchett, 20 Dec 1899, Book 029, Page 052
J. H. Overby - Laura E. Kennedy, 21 Mar 1888, Book 021, Page 015
J. Lacy Overby - Flora Ellen LaRue, 11 Nov 1896, Book 026, Page 282
James H. Overby - Caroline Armstrong, 29 Sep 1877, Book 015, Page 102
James W. Overby - Ida Reed, 17 Apr 1889, Book 021, Page 469
W. S. Overby - Drury Bethel, 29 Dec 1886, Book 020, Page 215
Yerby Overby - Florence B. Jennings, 23 Oct 1894, Book 025, Page 33
Belle Overby - J. N. Fulkerson, 11 Jan 1899, Book 028, Page 342
Elizabeth Overby - William Yancy, 18 Jun 1863, Book 006, Page 019
Mary J. Overby - J. W. Griffin, 16 Sep 1879, Book 016, Page 101
Nancy Overby - Evan Williams, 05 Feb 1869, Book 008, Page 441
Nancy Eliz. Overby- Isaac Buckles, 25 Dec 1876, Book 015, Page 011
Rebecca F. Overby - William Clemens, 21 Jun 1879, Book 016, Page 073
Sabrina Overby - G. B. Craig, 16 May 1869, Book 009, Page 157
Sallie F. Overby - J. T. Lewis, 30 Apr 1874, Book 013, Page 388


William H. Overby age 35, Page 32, House No. 276; Mary J. age 22; Alney C. (m) age 1; Sarah age 74

Yerby Overby age 50, Page 44, House No. 387; Elizabeth age 49; Sally age 24; Alexander age 20; James age 17; Elizabeth age 13; William age 14; Sabrina age 10; Nancy age 7


J. H. Overby age 27, Page 119, House No. 152; Frances age 21; Nancy E. age 1; Mason A. Freales age 8; Alexander Overby age 30

Yearly Overby age 60, Page 123, house No. 197; Elizabeth 59; William age 24; Elizabeth age 21; Sabrina age 20; Nancy age 17

William H. Overby age 45, Page 138, House No. 341; Mary age 33; Alvy (m) age 10; Sarah F. age 6; William H. age 1


Elizabeth Overby age 70, Page 115, House No. 167; Alexander age 40; William age 25
J. H. Overby age 39, Page 177, House No. 185; Frances age 32; Nancy E. age 10; Mary J. age 8; Rebecca age 6; John H. age 4; James W. age 2

William H. Overby age 55, Page 355, House No. 72; Mary J. age 42; Alney (m) age 20; Sarah age 16; Henry age 10; Winfred (m) age 7; Lela (m) age 3; James L. age 1; Nannie Hicks (m?) age 7; Samuel Callins age 25; Beverly Neal (m) age 26


Alexander Overby age 50, Page 10, House No. 94; Sarah age 47
William Overby age 66, Page 386, House No. 69; Mary age 54; Mansfield age 17; Lela age 13; Lucy age 10; Nannie Hichs (niece) age 17; William Hicks (nephew) age 22
Alney Overby age 26, hired hand listed with Sarah Baskett age 40, Page 391, house No. 108


Louise Overby, 23 Dec 1919, Fernwood, Age unknown, 626, 2
Mrs. Mary Jane Overby, 12 Dec 1925, Fernwood, Age unknown, 943,
James Lacy Overby, 30 Jul 1941, Fernwood, Age unknown, 626, 12
Mary Jane Overby, 27 Jan 1943, Fernwood, Age unknown, WPG
Ida Overby, 08 Sep 1947, Fernwood, Age unknown, 2016, 3
Cleo Overby, 01 May 1959, Fernwood, Age 63, 2016, 1


Hazel L. Overby, born 1910, died 1910
James H. Overby, born 28 Jul 1911, died 08 Apr 1912
William Tom Overby, born 16 Feb 1889, died 29 Mar 1930
John H. Overby, born 04 Jun 1866, died 06 Sep 1916
Alny C. Overby, born 06 Dec 1849, died 13 Sep 1883
Yerby Overby, born 06 Jan 1801, died 08 May 1864
Elizabeth Overby, born 10 Sep 1802, died 1874

EARLY DEATHS by Hallmark & Pounders

William T. Overby, 18 mos, male, died 18 Jan 1858, Henderson, cause - typhoid fever. Parents - J. H. & Frances Overby

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