James Garnett Overall

23 May 1814–2 May 1874 (Age 59)
Murfreesboro, Rutherford, Tennessee, United States

The Life of James Garnett

When James Garnett Overall was born on 23 May 1814, in Murfreesboro, Rutherford, Tennessee, United States, his father, Robert B Overall, was 28 and his mother, Mary Polly Espey, was 27. He married Rachel Webb Davis on 26 October 1837, in Daviess, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 1 daughter. He died on 2 May 1874, in his hometown, at the age of 59, and was buried in Murfreesboro, Rutherford, Tennessee, United States.

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James Garnett Overall
Rachel Webb Davis
Marriage: 26 October 1837
William Jefferson Overall
Polly Ann Overall
Robert Baxter Overall
Asbury McKendree Overall
James Abram Dow Overall
Nace Preston Overall
Thomas Bascom Young Overall
John Arthur Hopkins Overall
Landrum Luther Capus Overall
Nathaniel James Davis Overall

Spouse and Children

26 October 1837
Daviess, Kentucky, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 3

In 1817, Murfreesboro was recognized as an official city by the State Legislature and, in 1818, was named the capital of Tennessee because of its central location. However, Nashville regained the title as the state capital in 1826.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 5

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 16

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Name Meaning

1 English: topographic name composed of Middle English overe, uvere ‘upper’ + hall ‘hall’.2 Translated form (literal) of German Überall, a nickname for a know-it-all.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • James Overall, "United States Census, 1850"
  • J G Overall, "United States Census, 1860"
  • J. G. Overall in entry for L. C. Overall, "Tennessee Deaths, 1914-1966"

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