HISTORY OF PERRY COUNTY
SURNAMES BEGINNING WITH "O"
O'FARRELL, MICHAEL, M. D., Shawnee, Ohio; was born March 14, 1852, in Perry county, Ohio; son of Barnard and Julia (Conway) O'Farrell, natives of county Longford, Ireland; came to Perry county, Ohio about the year 1850. Michael was brought up on the farm where he remained until 1874. In 1870, began teaching school, and taught three terms. Began the study of medicine in 1873, and was graduated at Bellevue Hospital Medical College, New York, in 1876; began practice at McCuneville, where he remained six months, then came to his present location. Dr. O'Farrell was married in 1878, to Miss Ellen, daughter of James and Mary Barrett, natives of Ireland, but now residents of Shawnee, Ohio. They became the parents of two children, Julia Mary and James Bernard. Mrs. O'Farrell died March 20, 1881. OGG, JOHN W., farmer; Bearfield township, Deavertown post office; born in Clayton township in 1810; son of George and Rachel (Frend) Ogg. His father was of Scotch descent and born in Baltimore, and his mother was of English descent. His father emigrated to Ohio in the year 1800 and entered land near the town of Somerset; he died in Bearfield township in 1832, and his mother died in 1819. The subject of this sketch has always resided in this county, with the exception of the four years he was in Hocking county. In 1830 he married Sarah Latmon, who died in 1831. He was married again in 1833 to Mary Elston, of Muskingum county, and they are the parents of the following named children: Sylvester, married and lives in Bearfield township; Sarah J.; George, married and resides in Kansas; Ruth E., who was married and her husband died in the army; Martha; Wesley, who died in the army; Margaret, who is married and resides in this township.
OLDROYD, ENOCH, collier, Shawnee, Ohio, was born August 10, 1842, in Thornhill, Yorkshire, England; son of Thomas and Esther (Wilkinson) Oldroyd. Mr. Oldroyd was raised in the town of his nativity, where he remained until he was twenty-five years of age, and was engaged in coal mining from the time he was old enough to work at the business, probably from nine or ten years of age, after which he was employed one year at Beatty and at Ossett six years in mining, when he emigrated to America, setting sail from Liverpool March 2d, landing in New York March 14, 1870, and went to near Frostburg, Maryland, where he was engaged as a miner four months, and then went to Pennsylvania, on the Monongahela River, where he remained until 1873, when he moved to Shawnee, Ohio, where he has since lived and been employed as a miner. Mr. Oldroyd was married in March, 1865, to Patience, daughter of William and Jane (Stubler) Almond. They are the parents of nine children, viz.: Joseph, Jeremiah, Hannah, Cyrus, Gracie, Patience, Jamie, John, and Esther, living, and one deceased, Dick. Mr. Oldroyd has served the P. M. Church as local preacher, trustee, Sabbath school superintendent, and Sabbath school teacher. OPPERMAN, JACOB H., Superintendent Licking Iron Company, Shawnee, Ohio; was born January 26, 1845, in Cour Hessa, Germany, son of Jacob and Gertrude Opperman. Jacob H. was brought to America when three years of age by his parents, who located in Armstrong county, Pennsylvania, after spending one year in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1866, Jacob H. came to Steubenville, Ohio, and remained seven years, then returned to Armstrong county, Pennsylvania, and remained until January, 1878, when he took his present charge. Mr. Opperman was married November 7, 1867, to Miss Catharine Ellen, daughter of John and Margaret (Campbel) Starr, of German ancestry. They are the parents of five children, viz.: Annie Mary, Adah Gertrude, Margaret Jane, deceased, Minnie Alice and Emma Dean. OWENS, HUGH, boot and shoe manufacturer, Rendville, Ohio; born about the year 1854, in county Mayo, Ireland, son of John and Mary (Casey) Owens, now living in Ireland. At about the age of twelve years Hugh went to his present trade. After its completion he went to England and located in London, where he remained two years. Then he emigrated to America and located at Washington, Fayette county, Ohio. He subsequently resided at Lancaster and New Lexington, Ohio, and came to the Sunday Creek Valley in the year 1880. Mr. Owens is a good machanic, being able to make first class pegged or sewed work. OWENS, WM. P., clerk in Ohio Central Coal Company's store, Rendville, Ohio; was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, son of Wm. P. and Jeannette (Black) Owens. His paternal ancestry was Welsh, and maternal, Scotch. William P. first began business as clerk, at Greenock, Pennsylvania. This town was laid out and named by William Black, grand father of Mr. Owens, and was named for a town in Scotland, of the same name. Mr. Owens remained at Greenock about two years, after which he did business a short time; subsequently he was engaged at New Lexington, and Moxahala, Ohio, and came to Rendville, Ohio, in February 1880. Mr. Owens was married June 15, 1881, to
Miss Eva M., daughter of Jona and Hannah (Davis)Taylor, of Rendville, Ohio. OVERMEYER, PETER, was born August 24, 1799, in Northumber- land county, Pennsylvania. His father, also named Peter, and his mother, whose maiden name was Eve Henig, came to Ohio in 1801, with a family of ten children, Peter being then the youngest. In June of that year, while crossing the Ohio River on a ferry boat, the wheel horses were drowned and the rear end of the wagon with the bed and contents floated down the angry flood. The three front horses, with the family, had previously been safely landed, and the front carriage was afterwards found fast under the roots of a tree, but the wagon bed and hind carriage, containing the household valuables, were never recovered, and Peter himself made a narrow escape. He rested in Belmont county with his family until the next year, when he came to Perry county and joined Peter Whitmore in the purchase of section one, at two dollars per acre, this being the government price, one-third down, one-third in a year, and one-third in two years---no less than one section then being sold by the government. It was a brave heart that could settle in the woods, with a loving wife and ten children, dependent on it for protection against hunger, cold and wild beasts, and the last payment on the land due while there were no funds left to meet the obligation and save even the cabin home from forced sale. The situation was relieved by the arrival of Adam Auspach, who fell in love with section one, the same on which the widow Fisher resided, now in part owned by James Love, Esq., and who bought it by agency of Dupler, at five dollars per acre. Peter Overmyer, Sr., then bought where Peter, Jr., now has lived seventy-eight years, and Peter Whitmore, Sr., bought where Peter, Jr., lived until his death in 1880. Other men may grow older, others may live longer, others may rise to higher fame, but what citizen of Ohio has lived over three quarters of a century on the same farm, drank water from the same fountain, and never missed voting the Democratic ticket at any fall, and only missed one spring election since 1820? Peter Overmeyer's grandfather and grandmother both died at the residence of their son, Jacob, who then lived in Thorn township. His other uncles, beside this same Jacob Overmeyer, were John, David and Philip, all of whom, with his brothers George and Jacob, died in Sandusky, Ohio, at ages varying from seventy-two to ninety-five. He had also an uncle George, who is buried in New Reading, a town laid out by Peter Overmeyer, Sr., in 1805. This venerable citizen died in 1842, at the age of eighty-three years. His first wife, and mother of all his children, having preceded him in 1823, and his second wife, Sarah Harnet, having also died one week before him. Peter Overmeyer was married September 25, 1824, to Miss Rosanna Bueb, and are both yet living. This estimable lady was born in Baden, on the banks of the Rhine, September, 1804. Her father, John Bueb, was one of Napoleon's soldiers, whose chief reward for service and valor was found in the wounds which disabled him from pursuing any other means of support than that of holding street concerts, both vocal and instrumental. His famous songs were translated into English by Rev. Hinkel, and were listened to at one time by General Jackson, who
acknowledged his satisfaction by giving one dollar to the crippled soldier, without a pension. He lived in Rushville about the year 1818. His daughter, Rosanna, must have been a beautiful young woman to have captured so gallant a lover as Peter Overmeyer, and this opinion is sustained by the pleasing lines of beauty which still linger in the lines of her wrinkled brow and the white teeth which defy time and decay, now in the fifty-ninth year of her married life, the mother of eleven children, five of whom died in childhood, and six of whom are yet living. His sons are George W., who first married a daughter of Bernard Bowman and sister of Joel Bowman, who moved to Allen county in 1850, where he became, first, County Auditor, and afterwards Probate Judge. After the death of his first wife he married a lady by the name of Barnet. The first marriage was productive of six, the last of four children. The other son is John B. Overmeyer, born in 1835; a farmer, who was married in 1836 to Miss Amanda Baker, who deceased in 1862, leaving one son, Lewis, residence, Columbus, Ohio, and clerk in a dry goods store. In 1868 he was again married to Miss Sarah R. Snyder. The children by this marriage are Mary, Endora, Clara, John J., Nancy and Robert Overmeyer. John B. Overmeyer was elected, in 1873, to the office of County Treasurer, and held it the two terms provided for by law, confining it to four out of six consecutive years. He invented a time lock during his incumbency of the treasurer's office, which has large and respectable merit, but so surrounded by other claims as to be of no practical benefit to the finances of the inventor at the present time. For some years prior to this he was trustee of his township, and his popularity, based on his quiet honesty and sterling capacity, continues to make him the hope of his party in any close contest for supremacy in the county. He lives in the family mansion where the Overmeyer name and ancestry has been known and honored for more than three quarters of a century. OVERMEYER, JOEL W., hardware, stoves, agricultural implements and tin shop, Main street. New Lexington, Ohio. Mr. Overmeyer was born September 2, 1829, in Circleville, Pickaway county, Ohio, son of Jacob and Mary (Weaver) Overmeyer. Young Overmeyer, at sixteen, went to the saddlery and harness trade, and followed it about ten years. While traveling as a journeyman he visited fourteen different States and worked in the most of them, principally the Southern States. He was proprietor of a hotel and United States mail contractor at Somerset, this county, for fifteen years. In 1867, he moved to Lancaster, Ohio, and engaged in the first shovel factory established west of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in which he remained about eight years; came to this place in 1875, and established his present business, in which he is succeeding very well. Mr. Overmeyer was married September 6, 1833, to Miss Eliza, daughter of George and Nancy (Ream) Morris, of this county. They are the parents of seven children, viz.: Clara, George Morris, Mary. Alice Lee, Charles John, Eliza and Nellie.