Death Date - Obadiah Overby - Halifax Co., Virginia
Informational for individuals who are researching this line:
"The Overbury Story" by the late Libby Overby includes the statement "Obadiah Overby died in 1801."
An article on the Overby family published in Halifax County, Virginia's newspaper The Gazette Virginian, in 2004, contains the statement "Obediah Overby died in 1803."
Halifax Co., Virginia, Deed Book 6, pages 150 - 153, has the inventory and appraisal and the debts for sales of the account of Obadiah Overby, deceased, both submitted to court on April 18, 1800.The appraisal was done on January 16, 1800, and the estate sale was held on January 29, 30, and 31, 1800.
The accounting for the estate of Obadiah Overby, deceased,is on file in the same will book, page 251.The accounting covers the period Dec. 31, 1799 through May 18, 1801, and was filed with the court on June 22, 1801.
It would appear that Obadiah Overby died prior to Dec. 31, 1799, the first date shown in the accounting of his estate, but certainly no later than January 16, 1800, when his estate was inventoried and appraised.
The newspaper article also includes two errors regarding Obadiah's children.It lists a child Polly (Mary) who married Robert Shotwell. An account of the division of the lands of Obediah Overby, deceased, filed in November Court 1803, Halifax Co., Virginia, shows "...Robert Shotwell who married Sarah Overby....".Robert Shotwell's wife is shown as Sarah in a later deed and in a court case.I have seen no record that Obediah Overby had a daughter Mary.
Also, "Obadiah Overby, Jr. was raised by Reuben Jones....Jones had the boy working in the fields in 1825."
The 1825 may be a typographical error - Reuben Jones died in 1812, and Obadiah Overby, Jr., married in 1817.
Most serious researchers don't use published material except for leads to original or official sources, but I often hear individuals say "It's in the book", (and not just in reference to the Overbury book).All statements and references, including this message, should be verified