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  1. John Overmyer: Birth: 1788 in Northumberland, PA. Death: 1858 in Jackson Co., IN

a. Note:   THE MIFFLINBURG TELEGRAPH December 2, 1976 PLAQUE MARKS HISTORIC SITE Icy winds and frozen ground were overcome by family pride and the Bicentennial spirit as Don and Bill Overmyer erected a bronze plaque Tuesday near New Berlin to Commemorate John George Overmyer, an early settler in the area. The marker stands at the corner of route 304 and Smith Road, on the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Seebold. The Overmyer brothers, who live in Indiana, have been actively interested in their family history and Don's visit several years ago to the original family settlement convinced the brothers to organize a lasting tribute to their ancestor, 7 generations removed from them. The plaque tells of John George Overmyer, who cleared the land in 1775 and built a 2 story house of white pine logs, which served as a refuge for neighbors during times of Indian attack. Captain Overmyer served in the Revolutionary War and helped to protect the frontier settlements from both Indian and the British during those critical times. Born in Germany in 1727 and immigrating to America in 1751, Overmyer died on his Pennsylvania farm in 1805. Shortly thereafter, his descendants moved west to Ohio and eventually to Indiana. One source says he served as a Captain under Lt. Col. Murray and Col. Potter in the Revolution. Several DAR submissions say he commanded the 6th Pennsylvania Company, under Col. Philip Cole, 1776. In 1781 he served on the frontier against the Indians. John George Overmyer served in the Revolutionary War in the 4th Battalion, Sixth Company, of the Pennsylvania Militia. He commanded a company under Colonel Philip Cole, 1776. He also served in the 3rd Company 1st Battalion of the Pennsylvania Militia. He was the first grand juror Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, and he was County Overseer. He is buried at the foot of Line Mountain in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Witnesses of the baptism were John George Bane, citizen and weaver, Henry Bane, citizen of Buechig; also Susanna, wife of Jacob Werners, citizen and weaver; also Anna Mary, wife of John Stroken, citizen of Hagsfield (copied from the Register of Baptisms and the Church Record of this parish). In testimony of his honest service and praiseworthy conduct while in our midst, especially of his knowledge and confession of the Evangelical Religion (Lutheran), I cheerfully subscribe with my own hand and stamp with official seal. Signed John Christian Ebersold, pastor of Blankenloch and Buechig (Official Seal) Blankenloch, May 4th 1771. (Passport of John George Obermayer). On May 9, 1751 we went for the last time to church in Blankenloch. There we sang once more, There are None Whom God has Forsaken, Bless the Lord O My God and all that is within me bless this His Holy Name, Lord Jesus Christ to us attend. It was the fourth Sunday after Easter, Cantate, when we heard the Gospel lesson for the day, John 16:15-16, which begins; But now I go my way to Him that sent me; and none of you ask wither goest thou (From the diary of John George Obermayer, Blankenloch, May 12, 1751). On May 14, 1751, John George, 26 years old was baptized and prepared to emigrate to Pennsylvania, North America. The School Superintendent Feigler, Clerk of Court, issued an honorable dismissal and certificate of good character, a passport, to John George. His diary stated that he set out with his belongings, May 14, 1751. (On the 14th day of May, 1751 John George Obermayer girdled on his worldly belongings and bid farewell to Mother, Sisters, and Brothers, and the home of his childhood, and set his face toward the far off wilderness, the new colony of Pennsylvania, beyond the vast ocean). That day he looked for the last time upon his old world home and left for Rheinhausen, to sail four days later toward Manheim. On the 20th he was at Worms. Continuing the Rhine voyage, on June 4th great danger was encountered on passing through the Bay of St. Gwoar, a treacherous whirlpool. June 16th he was at Amsterdam, and on the 20th embarked from Rotterdam touching England on the 22nd, thence sailing out on the vast ocean, bound for the New World. Two hundred passengers were aboard the ship Brothers, and the journey wastedious and long, for only sail and wind were to be depended upon to bring the ship across to American shores. They landed at Philadelphia September 16, 1751, a voyage of 125 days since leaving Blankenloch. The next record we have of John George, we find him in what is now Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, in 1770. In 1753 he was married to Eva Rosenbaum. John George worked hard, plowing and grubing in stumpy fields where Harrisburg is now situated. His first wife died, and he married Barbara Vogt. He served as one of the first grand jurors of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, in 1772. He was with his family clearing a farm on Sweitzer's Run and Penn's Creek in 1775. He was at the head of a company of volunteers against the Indians. He fought in the Revolution as a captain. He served on the county committee of safety in 1778. He organized and led squads of men in protection of the frontier settlements in 1779-1783. He became a county overseer and finally retired to a quiet life on his farm. The family history is full of stories of Indian raids, battles and depredations, and of exciting frontier happenings. In 1782, the frontier needed protection from Indian raids, Captain George Overmier headed the Frontier Rangers, a group from New Berlin and vicinity, formed for this purpose. In 1783 we find George Overmeir serving as overseer for the poor. On August 21, 1793, a year after Longstown (New Berlin) was laid out, George Overmier heading the German Lutheran Society as trustee, and John Frey, his brother-in-law, trustee for the German Reformed Society, bought a lot from George Long for five shillings ($1.25) to use to build the first place of worship in New Berlin. 3 is NOT responsible for the content of the GEDCOMs uploaded through the WorldConnect Program. The creator of each GEDCOM is solely responsible for its content.