Dear Richard, or other interested Overvolds,
Not sure if you are still reading, as your post goes back a year, but I do have some information on the Overvold family.
Our branch of the tree is on the West Coast in Washington, Oregon, and California, with Carl A. Overvold's descendants.
Our research is still being confirmed with documents but I have found a great deal in the way of census, immigration and land records. We have photographs of the family, which we would be happy to share in digital format.
You are right that the Overvold name is rare, as there are limited results on searches. I have found that the family had many, many children and it could indeed be that we have a connection.
I have been working on a residence timeline that may help you to determine where your link may be. I have based the timeline on various information including the birth of children and census records, etc.
The first we see our branch of the family is in 1873 in Wisconsin, with the birth of a child. Just two years later, 1875, another child was born in Iowa, then two years, 1977, after that another child was born in Iowa.
Three years later, in 1880, the family shows up in Royal, Lincoln, Minnesota, District 136, according to a census record.
1880 U.S. Federal Census:
Ole J. Overvold, white, male, 30, farmer, can read & write, born Norway, both parents born in Norway.
Sarah C. Overvold, white, female, 34, wife, keeping house, listed as "confined" under health column, can read & write, born in Norway, both parents born in Norway.
Johny Overvold, white, male, 7, son, born Wisconsin.
Olive Josephine Overvold, white, female, 5, daughter, born in Iowa.
Oscar Benjamin Overvold, white, male, 3, son, born in Iowa.
In 1886, Ole J. Overvold became a naturalized citizen of the United States, residence was still in Lincoln Co., Minn.
In 1888, Land Records show that Ole was granted 160 acres, Redwood Falls, Minn.
It is interesting to note that along with Ole's records, there was a Gunvald A. Overvold, also has records that coincide with Ole, as far as immigration and land records. Could they have been brothers?
You may already have the info that the family migrated from Norway, possibly from the area of Stranden. I read a posting that said all of the Overvolds came from there that it was like a community farming area maintained by the Overvolds. I have yet to confirm, as my other research still has me working on leads in the U.S.
I have info that notes Ole and Sarah had more children including;
Edward Overvold (no other info known); Theodore S. Overvold married Elida Johanna Jonson (?Edith); and Carl A. Overvold, born 9 Sep 1886 Canybm, Minnesota, died 24 Nov 1947 Everett, Snohomish, WA. Wife was Anastatia Powers.
Our connection lies with Carl. He and Anastatia had two children, Aldeen Viola Overvold born 19 Nov 1909 in Everett, Snohomish, WA, died 10 Jul 1994 Mountlake Terrace, WA. And Ward Overvold died in Oregon.
We have more details but this should be enough for anyone interested in determining if we have a connection.
The family tree may be found at ancestry.com or myfamily.com under the name of "McNutt Kilborn Family".
I welcome any query and would be happy to provide a fellow researcher with any help they may need.
Mary M. Cares
Gary G. McNutt