Judge Timothy Jackson Ovbey - Murray Co. Georgia
By T E Cox February 20, 2010 at 02:28:09
Timothy Jackson Ovbey, son of Hiram Overby
b. 11 Mar 1852, Mcminn Co., Tennessee
d. 12 Dec 1923, Spring Place, Murray Co., Georgia
married Alice Lee Mauldin
b. 23 Nov 1853, Whitfield, Georgia Death
d. 15 Sept 1910, Spring Place, Murray Co., Georgia
Now there is a family story that circulates that TJ (Timothy Jackson) was a man of thoughtful temperament, full of ambition, who aspired to public office there in Murray County Ga. ....
So in wanting to separate himself from the family legacy and (some say) the roguish reputation of his father and brothers, he dropped the "R" and moved the 'E' in Overby and became Timothy Jackson Ovbey.
I'm not sure just how true this tale might be,,, but it is true that TJ was elected and served in elected capacities in Spring Place, Murray Co. Ga. over the course of several decades.
Just the fact that the family grave markers bear their silent but clear delineation between the two spellings gives some credence to the tale.