William Overton

William Overton (1638 - 1697)

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Col. William Overton
Born in Easington, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 4 Nov 1670 in Yorktown,York County, Colony of Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Jamestown, James City County, Colony of Virginiamap
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William Overton born December 3rd, 1628, in England.[1]

William married Mary aka Elizabeth Waters, November 24th, 1670, in England, then they emigrated to Virginia.[1]

Mary gave birth to:[1]

  1. Elizabeth aka Mary Overton, their daughter, born June 28th, 1673.
  2. William Overton, their son born Augst, 14th, 1675.
  3. Temperance Overton, their daughter, born March 2, 1679.
  4. Samuel Overton, their son, born Augst. 14, 1685.
  5. Barbara Overton, their daughter, born Feb y 5, 1690

He passed away in 1697.

"Anne Waters of St. Sepulchres, London, widow. Will 29 September, 1697; proved 4 July 1700. Son John, who for divers years past hath been gone to Virginia, 5s and no more. Son Samuel Waters, and Margaret his wife, 10s apiece. Daughter Elizabeth Overton, now in Virginia, 10s, and William her husband, 10s. Son-in-law Mr. William Goodwin, 10s. for a ring. Brother-in-law Caleb Millett, 10s. Son Thomas Waters, residuary legatee, and he the sole Executor.
Noel, 108."

There is more information about John Waters' business transactions. From Vol. XI, No. 3 (Jan. 1904), p.305. "We are indebted to Judge W J Leake, of this city, a descendent of William Overton, for the following note:

The following is a copy of the Overton register, copied from the book Josephus:
William Overton, born December 3rd, 1628, in England. Married Mary :Waters, November 24th, 1670. Emigrated to America.
Elizabeth, their daughter, born June 28th, 1673.
William Overton, their son born Augst, 14th, 1675.
Temperance Overton, their daughter, born March 2, 1679.
Samuel Overton, their son, born Augst. 14, 1685.
Barbara Overton, their daughter, born Feb y 5, 1690
Barbara Overton married John Winston.
Barbara Overton Winston died Octo. 30, 1766.
The above is a copy of a copy made by Wm. S. Pryor (a descendant of Barbara Overton Winston), in August, 1821.
This Josephus is mentioned in Barbara Overton Winston's will, a copy of which you will find in Mr. Isaac Winston's manuscript.
This Josephus was burned at "Courtland", a few years ago, when the house of the late Wm. Overton Winston, dec'd, was destroyed by fire.[2]


William /Overton was born 03 Dec 1638 at Easington, Yorkshire East Riding, England.[3][4][5][6][7]


  • Date: 1669 and 1673; Place: Virginia[8]


Husband: William Overton
Wife: Elizabeth Mary Waters
Date: 24 NOV 1670
Place: Yorktown, York County, Virginia/[9][10]

Overton Land Grants

Liber No. 7, p78 Dated 23rd April, 1681.
Henry Chicheley, Gov'r, to William Overton and Eben Jones.
Forty-six hundred acres lying in New Kent (now Hanover), on South side of Pamunkey River, on Falling creek, &c., for transportation to the Colony of 92 persons. Among the 92 names attached you find William Overton and Elizabeth Overton.
Liber No. 8, p. 121, dated 29th Octo., 1690.
Francis Nicholson, Lt.-Gov., to William Overton and John Lydall.
837 acres lying in St. Peter's Parish, New Kent Co. (now Hanover), above main fork of Pamunkey, next above a dividend of land granted Jonathan Norwood and Ambrose Calare, late in the tenure of Sam'l Ousteen...
(This is land on which Barbara (Overton) Winston resided at her death in 1766.)
For importation of 17 persons, names attached.]"[11]


Date: 1680; Place: Jamestown, James, Virginia, USA[12]
Date: 1680; Place: Albemarle, Virginia, USA[13]
Date: 1690; Place: Albemarle, Virginia, USA[14]
Date: BEF 1700; Place: England[15]


Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hanover County, Virginia[16]

Alternate information

  • William Overton emigrated to Virginia before 1659.
  • William Overton married Elizabeth Waters on board the ship from England to Virginia. Source: http://www.geneajourney.com/overton.html
  • Alternatively, they married at Yorktown, York River, York, Virginia, on board the vessel in which Elizabeth Waters had come to Virginia.
  • His title was Col

Some records call his wife Mary, others Elizabeth, which appears to be the case also with one of their daughters. But the will of Ann Waters, dated 7 Sep 1697, of St. Sepulchre, London, England, specifically calls her daughter Elizabeth Overton `now in Virginia`. Also named as being in Virginia is her brother, John Waters.

William OVERTON Compact Disc #11 Pin #435036 (AFN: 9LQ0-PF)
Place of birth: Of Easington,Yorkshire,England
Death: 1697
Place: Jamestown, James City, Virginia
Place: ,New Kent,Virginia
Father: Robert OVERTON Col. Disc #11 Pin #435184
Mother: Anne GARDINER Disc #11 Pin #435185
Sources: Available on CD-ROM Disc# 11
Submitter: Charles MCGRATH
1619 Pinoak Pl Jonesboro Arkansas 72404-8038
Source: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=1988-quest_1&id=I03958

Anderson, William Pope, The early descendants of Wm. Overton & Elizabeth Waters of Virginia, and allied families, W. P. Anderson, 1938.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Withington, Lothrop, Virginia gleanings in England : abstracts of 17th and 18th-century English wills and administrations relating to Virginia and Virginians : a consolidation of articles from the Virginia magazine of history and biography, Baltimore, Md. : Reprinted for Clearfield Co. by Genealogical Pub. Co., 1998, ©1980., p.39, 7 April, 2014.
  2. Virginia Gleanings in England: Abstracts of 17th and 18th-century English ... By Lothrop Withington, p.39, 7 April, 2014.
  3. Source: #S44
  4. Source: #S59
  5. Source: #S162
  6. Source: #S241
  7. Source: #S188
  8. Source: #S37
  9. Source: #S44
  10. Source: #S44
  11. Source: #S162
  12. Source: #S241
  13. Source: #S241
  14. Source: #S1
  15. Source: #S241
  • Records of Lewis, Meriwether and kindred families : genealogical records of Minor, Davis, Wells, Gilmer, Clark, Garland, Overton, Cosby, Dickenson, Trower, Berry, Winston, Washington, Carr and more families.

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377 same as 56? Born and died same years, and both married Anderson.
Overton-2130 and Overton-29 appear to represent the same person because: same lineage
posted by Charles Patterson

William is 14 degrees from Donald Howard, 11 degrees from Julia Howe and 11 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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