Adam Anson Overacker and Phoebe Patterson Overacker

1814   Adam Anson Overacker [x] was born May 26 in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. [i]

1818   Phoebe Patterson born in New York state. [i],  [xviii]

1831   Adam’s father, Michael Overacker, acquired a land patent for 80 acres in Washtenaw County Michigan. [ii] Family moved to Lodi Plains, Michigan. [i]

1836   Adam Overacker married Phoebe Patterson on August 28 in Washtenaw County, Michigan. [i], [iii]

1839   Adam acquired land patent for 80 acres in Ingham County, Michigan. [iv]

1842   Daughter, Minerva E., born November 1 in Michigan. [v]

1844   Son, Horace Thomas, was born in Iowa in Nov. [vi]

1845   Acquired land patent for 80 acres in McHenry County, Illinois. Lived in Illinois for just a couple of years. [i], [vii]

1847   Daughter, Mary J. (Molly), born in Iowa. [viii]

1848   Acquired a land patent for 40 acres in Jones County, Iowa. Acquired four more land patents in 1853, 1855, and 1856 for a total of 172 acres. [ix]

1849   Son, George Patterson Overacker, born in Iowa.  [viii], [x]

1850   Overacker family with four children lived in Jones County Iowa.  [viii]

1854   Daughter, Lula A. Overacker, born in Iowa. [xi]

1857   Son, Adam C. Overacker, born in Iowa. Died at age 10 months. [xii]

1859   Daughter, Alice P. Overacker, born in Iowa in September. 11, [xiii]

1860   Overacker family with six children lived in Jones County Iowa. [xi]

1862   Daughter, Minerva E., died April 7 at age 19. [v]

1864   “In [1864 Adam] traded his farm to a Mr. Hollenbeck for sheep in California —what was supposed to be a goodly herd—and forthwith proceeded to the Pacific Coast to take possession, but found on arrival at Centreville, that there were only five hundred head all told.” [i]

1866   Purchased 320 acres of farmland at Livermore and moved the family to Livermore. [i] The north end of the farm was along today’s East Avenue between Madison Avenue and Mines Road. The south end of the farm was along today’s Tesla Road between Mines Road and the curve joining Tesla and Livermore Avenue. [xiv]

1867   “The first authentic account of [Methodist] preaching in Livermore was by a man named T. H. Tooker, who it seems organized a class of which his son-in-law, John Manzer, B. F. Brannan, A. A. Overacker and wife, and a Mr. Scott, were members.” [xv]

1870   Lived in Murray Township, Alameda County, California. [xvi]

1873   Adam was a charter member of Livermore Lodge, No. 219, of the International Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF). [xvii]

1878   The Overacker farm appeared on a map in Thompson and West atlas. [xiv]

1883   As of 1883 Adam had served as Secretary of the Board of School Trustees for 5 years. [i]

1891   Early in the year, the Overackers moved from Livermore to San Francisco. [xviii]

1891   Phoebe Overacker died in San Francisco on February 11. [xviii]

1895   Adam Overacker died in San Francisco on September 18. [xix]


[i] M. W. Wood, History of Alameda County, California (Oakland: M. W. Wood, Publisher, 1883) p 956.

[ii] Government Land Office Records. Patent issued to Michael Overacker in Washtenaw County, Michigan, 1 Dec 1831; BLM, Department of the Interior; viewed online at https://glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx.

[iii] Marriage Records. Michigan Marriages. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, UT. Film No. 001019064. Viewed at Ancestry.com.

[iv] Government Land Office Records. Patent issued to Adam A. Overacker in Ingham County, Michigan, 1 May 1839; BLM, Department of the Interior; viewed online at https://glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx.

[v] Photo of gravestone at Iowa Gravestone Photo Project: http://iowagravestones.org/gs_view.php?id=733954.

[vi] 1900 United States Federal Census, Murray, Alameda, California; Roll: 81; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 0333; FHL microfilm: 1240081. Viewed at Ancestry.com.

[vii] Government Land Office Records. Patent issued to Adam Overacker in McHenry County, Illinois, 1 May 1845; BLM, Department of the Interior; viewed online at https://glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx.

[viii] 1850 United States Federal Census, Rome Township, Jones County, Iowa; Roll: M432_185; Page: 192A; Image: 389. Accessed through Ancestry.com.

[ix] Government Land Office Records. Patent issued to Adam Overacker in Jones County, Iowa, 1 March 1848; BLM, Department of the Interior; viewed online at https://glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx.

[x] Full name determined from 1873 voter registration. California State Library, California History Section; Great Registers, 1866-1898; Collection Number: 4 – 2A; CSL Roll Number: 1; FHL Roll Number: 976446. Accessed through Ancestry.com.

[xi] 1860 United States Federal Census, Jackson Township, Jones County, Iowa; Roll: M653_328; Page: 655; Family History Library Film: 803328. Accessed through Ancestry.com.

[xii] Photo of gravestone at Iowa Gravestone Photo Project: http://iowagravestones.org/gs_view.php?id=733953.

[xiii] 1900 United States Federal Census, San Francisco, San Francisco, California; Roll: 103; Page: 118; Enumeration District: 0131; Family History Library Film: 1240103. Accessed through Ancestry.com.

[xiv] Thompson and West, Atlas of Alameda County California (Oakland, California: Thompson and West, 1878) Map Number Seven. Viewed at Ancestry.com, Image 54. https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/1127/31617_072175-00559?backurl=&ssrc=&backlabel=Return.

[xv] C. V. Anthony, A. M., D. D., Fifty Years of Methodism (San Francisco: Methodist Book Concern, 1901), p 308. http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924009150057.

[xvi] Directory of the City of Oakland and County of Alameda for the Year 1870 (Oakland: Cook & Miller, 1870), p 198.

[xvii] M. W. Wood, History of Alameda County, California (Oakland: M. W. Wood, Publisher, 1883) p 473.

[xviii] “Local Echos” Livermore Echo, 19 February 1891. Viewed on microfilm at the Livermore Heritage Guild History Center, 2155 Third Street, Livermore, CA.

[xix] “Death of A. A. Overacker” Livermore Echo, 26 September 1896. Viewed on microfilm at the Livermore Heritage Guild History Center, 2155 Third Street, Livermore, CA.