The Three (or Maybe More?) Wives of Adam Overacker
Adam Overacker was born 27 June, 1761 at Schagticoke, Albany (now Rensselaer) Co., NY to Hans Michael and Anna Barbara (STOVER) Overacker. During the Revolutionary War, he served as a Private with the 14th Regiment of Albany Co. Militia ("Colonel Peter Yates' Regiment"). On 1 May, 1781, he married Cornelia VAN DER COOK at the Schagticoke Reformed Dutch Church. The couple had nine children together. Cornelia VanDerCook Overacker died at some point around 1809, either somewhere in Western NY or in Mayville, Cuyahoga Co., OH. Until fairly recently, the only other wife I had listed for Adam Overacker was one Patience HARRINGTON, widow of one John Adams, who married him on 27 July, 1833 in LaSalle Twp., Monroe Co., MI. Adam died 14 November, 1842 at Grass Lake, Jackson Co., MI. Patience outlived him by almost 30 years, dying on 29 August, 1872 at Grass Lake.
As a veteran (21 year) researcher of the VanDerCook family and its allied lines, I have long suspected that Adam Overacker had at least one additional wife between Cornelia and Patience. However, until fairly lately, I have had no clue as to who the lady (or possibly ladies) might have been! Now the name Chloe CANFIELD has cropped up online. Chloe was supposedly born in 1767 at Marlborough, MA to Joseph Canfield and Rachel ALLEN. She married 1. Joseph BURKE circa 1785 in MA and they had approximately nine children together. Joseph Burke supposedly died in 1814 in Lorain Co., OH. Chloe then married 2. Adam Overacker in 1826 in Cuyahoga Co., OH. Chloe allegedly died in 1833 in Grass Lake, Jackson Co., MI. (I am currently on the lookout for her gravesite.)
Adam Overacker, his daughter, Catherine, and her husband, Henry A. Francisco, are all buried under a large granite marker in the East Grass Lake Cemetery, Grass Lake, Jackson Co., MI.
Although the data associated with Adam and Chloe does tend to fit in chronologically with what is verified, I need areliable proof of evidence (family bible record or the like) before I can fully assimilate it into the family record.Any assistance anyone might be able to render would be greatly appreciated!