The marriage was a piece of the puzzle I didn't have...Thank you! That helps narrow down John Sr's death between 82-96. Evidently Eli wasn't an easy man to be married too!!!
Marinda's family is actually fairly easy to trace, it's John's that I'm having trouble with.Apparently she gave up her son John for adoption in 1898.The legal papers list John Williams name (the child up for adoption), Marinda and Mr. Bliss the person adopting John...but no name is given for his father, just that he's deceased.On John W. application of marriage he lists his father as John Overman.I have other papers as well where he was in the service and for some time he took his adopted fathers name...it's rather confusing.I do believe most of the stuff says Oregon county.I'm hoping to find a death record for his dad somewhere in the 4 year period.