4.101 Overton H. DARWIN

Male 1830 - 1906  (75 years)


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  • Name Overton H. DARWIN 
    Title 4.101 
    Born 12 Oct 1830  St. Landry Parish, LA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  Galveston County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Overton Darwin (age 21) in household of half-brother, John T. Darwin. 
    Letters/Memoirs 1893  McLennan County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Overton H. Darwin (age 63) profiled in A History of McLennan, Falls, Bell and Coryell Counties, Texas  
    Died 06 Sep 1906  McLennan County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Oakwood Cemetery, Waco, McLennan County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Commentary: DWD 4.101

      There is a short profile on Overton Darwin in the History of McLennan, Falls, Bell and Coryell Counties, that gives us a little more of an insight into the life of Overton Darwin than we have of the other children of James W. Darwin. Having recounted the death of his father, James, in 1834 due to a fatal accident at New St. Phillips, Austin County, the profile notes the death of Overton's mother, Mary (Raper) Darwin, ten years later, where reference is made to Overton's stepfather, which would indicate that Mary had remarried after the death of her husband, James:
      The year 1844 marked the death of the mother, and our subject found himself, at the tender age of fourteen years, without a parents loving care. After remaining a short time with his stepfather he spent two years with Frank Lubbock, afterwards Governor of the State, and then lived with a half brother John Darwin. October 1, 1850, in Galveston County Texas, he married Lucy, a daughter of John Anderson, and they have had three children: Rufus G., engaged in clerking for S & L Lyon, of Waco; Lurany, wife of P.G. Smith, also of Waco; and Marius, who died Sept. 20, 1891. After his marriage Mr. Darwin took his wife to the old home in Grimes County, where he engaged in farming until the fall of 1867. In that year he moved to a farm ten miles from Belton, Bell County, but six years later he came to Waco, where he engaged in the butcher business, later owned a livery stable, and in 1875 again engaged in farming. In 1883 he bought 300 acres of his present farm, to which he afterwards added 600 acres more. In 1889 he came into possession of 700 acres of his fine ranch, and to this he afterwards added 400 acres more, and he now owns a good farm of 1,100 acres, ten miles from the city, and also owns a comfortable residence in Waco, where he resides. Politically, he affiliates with the Democratic Party, and is liberal in his ideas pertaining to religion.

      There are some minor errors in this profile; Overton's wife, who was ten years his senior, was Lucy Absher and not Anderson and I've found no evidence that she had been previously married. Their marriage record and the gravestone in 1912 of her son, Rufus, refer to her name as Absher. The events sequenced in the profile are confirmed by the census records that find Overton living with John Darwin's family in Galveston County (Clear Creek) in 1850, in Grimes County (P.O. Courtney) with his own family in 1860, in Bell County (P.O. Belton) by 1870 and in McLennan County (Waco) from 1880 to 1900. In 1900, Overton was fostering his four granddaughters of Lurany Darwin Smith with the help of two servants.
    • References:

      Ann Darwin
      Tim Grana

    • Sources pending:

      Obituary notice for Lucy (Absher) Darwin in the Waco Daily Examiner (18 May 1882):


      "Mrs. Lucy Darwin, wife of Overton Darwin, died May 17 at her residence on South 6th. Funeral from the residence today, Dr. B. H. Carroll officiating."


    Person ID I1618  DARUSA | Descendants of William Darwin
    Last Modified 13 Feb 2013 

    Father James W. DARWIN, Sr.,   b. Abt 1787, York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1834, San Felipe, Austin County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Mother Mary M. RAPER,   b. 11 Nov 1809,   d. 1844  (Age 34 years) 
    Married 12 Jan 1830  St. Landry Parish, LA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F0765  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lucy ABSHER,   b. 12 Feb 1820, LA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1882, McLennan County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 29 Jan 1852  Galveston County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. James DARWIN,   b. 1850
    +2. Rufus G. DARWIN,   b. Mar 1852, Grimes County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1912, McLennan County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)
    +3. Lurany DARWIN,   b. 1855, Grimes County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1900, McLennan County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
     4. Marius B. DARWIN,   b. 1857,   d. 20 Sep 1891  (Age 34 years)
    Last Modified 11 May 2009 
    Family ID F0771  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Oct 1830 - St. Landry Parish, LA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Overton Darwin (age 21) in household of half-brother, John T. Darwin. - 1850 - Galveston County, TX Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Jan 1852 - Galveston County, TX Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLetters/Memoirs - Overton H. Darwin (age 63) profiled in A History of McLennan, Falls, Bell and Coryell Counties, Texas - 1893 - McLennan County, TX Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 06 Sep 1906 - McLennan County, TX Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Oakwood Cemetery, Waco, McLennan County, TX Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    A Memorial and biographical history of McLennan, Falls, Bell and Coryell Counties, Texas : containing a history of this important section of the great state of Texas, from the earliest period of its occupancy to the present time, together with glimpses of its future, also biographical mention of many of the pioneers and prominent citizens of the present time, and full-page portraits of some of the most eminent men of this section.
    A Memorial and biographical history of McLennan, Falls, Bell and Coryell Counties, Texas : containing a history of this important section of the great state of Texas, from the earliest period of its occupancy to the present time, together with glimpses of its future, also biographical mention of many of the pioneers and prominent citizens of the present time, and full-page portraits of some of the most eminent men of this section.
    Overton Darwin - p. 1
    A Memorial and biographical history of McLennan, Falls, Bell and Coryell Counties, Texas : containing a history of this important section of the great state of Texas, from the earliest period of its occupancy to the present time, together with glimpses of its future, also biographical mention of many of the pioneers and prominent citizens of the present time, and full-page portraits of some of the most eminent men of this section.
    A Memorial and biographical history of McLennan, Falls, Bell and Coryell Counties, Texas : containing a history of this important section of the great state of Texas, from the earliest period of its occupancy to the present time, together with glimpses of its future, also biographical mention of many of the pioneers and prominent citizens of the present time, and full-page portraits of some of the most eminent men of this section.
    Overton Darwin - p. 2

  • Sources 
    1. [S294] CEN: 1850 TX Galveston.

    2. [S158] PUB: 1893: History of McLennan, Falls, Bell and Coryell Counties, Texas, (Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago).

      "OVERTON DARWIN, a representative citizen of McLennan county, was born in St. Landry parish, Louisiana, October 12, 1830, the oldest son of James and Mary (Raper) Darwin. The father was born in North Carolina about 1794, and after reaching manhood engaged in farming. Like our subject he was thrifty and accumulated considerable property, and was a man of great influence in his community. Mr. and Mrs. Darwin were married in Louisiana in 1828, and three years later moved to Texas, settling in what is now Grimes county. In 1834, while in attendance at New St. Phillip, Austin county, at the celebration of the arrival of the first steamer that far up the Brazos, the father was accidentally killed by the premature firing of a cannon. He was in the act of loading the piece, when the party, whose duty it was to hold his thumb over the touchhole, became careless, and an explosion occurred, which resulted fatally to Mr. Darwin. The family consisted at that time of our subject and George W., who died in Waco in 1881, leaving two motherless girls, who are now cared for by Mr. Darwin.

      The year 1844 marked the death of the mother, and our subject found himself, at the tender age of fourteen years, without a parent's loving care. After remaining a short time with his stepfather he spent two years with Frank Lubbock, afterward Governor of the State, and then lived with a half-brother, John Darwin. October 1, 1850, in Galveston county, Texas, he married Lucy, a daughter of John Anderson, and they have had three children: Rufus G., engaged in clerking for S. & L. Lyon, of Waco; Lurany, wife of P.G. Smith, also of Waco; and Marius, who died September 20, 1891. After his marriage Mr. Darwin took his wife to the old home in Grimes county, where he was engaged in farming until the fall of 1867. In that year he moved to a farm ten miles from Belton, Bell County, but six years later came to Waco, where he has since resided. He first engaged in the butcher business, later owned a livery stable, and in 1875 again engaged in farming. In 1883 he bought 300 acres of his present farm, to which he afterward added 600 acres more. In 1889 he came into possession of 700 acres of his fine ranch, and to this he afterward added 400 acres more, and he now owns a good farm of 1,100 acres, ten miles from the city, and also owns a comfortable residence in Waco, where he resides. Politically, he affiliates with the Democratic party, and is liberal in his ideas pertaining to religion"