Overton Caperton Lilly

2 April 1859–18 March 1945 (Age 85)
Virginia, United States

The Life of Overton Caperton

When Overton Caperton Lilly was born on 2 April 1859, in Virginia, United States, his father, Levi Madison Lilly, was 36 and his mother, Louisa Caroline Ellison, was 23. He married Louisa E. Wills about 1877, in Mercer, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Shady Spring, Raleigh, West Virginia, United States in 1930 and Shady Spring Magisterial District, Raleigh, West Virginia, United States in 1940. He died on 18 March 1945, in Princeton, Mercer, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Ghent, Raleigh, West Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Overton Caperton Lilly
Virginia Prince Lilly
Marriage: 12 October 1881
Willie Maude Lilly
Lonnie Lawrence Lilly
Luther Lacy Lilly
Anna Lee Lilly
Mattie Lilly
Prince Lilly
Lottie M. LILLY

Spouse and Children

12 October 1881
Summers, West Virginia, United States


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World Events (8)

1861 · The Battle of Manassas

Age 2

The Battle of Manassas is also referred to as the First Battle of Bull Run. 35,000 Union troops were headed towards Washington D.C. after 20,000 Confederate forces. The McDowell's Union troops fought with General Beauregard's Confederate troops along a little river called Bull Run. 

Age 4

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

Age 23

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.

Name Meaning

English:1. from a pet form of the female personal name Elizabeth. Compare Hibbs 2. 2. nickname for someone with very fair hair or skin, from Middle English, Old English lilie ‘lily’ (Latin lilium).The Italian equivalent Giglio was used as a personal name in the Middle Ages. In English and other languages there has also been some confusion with forms of Giles . 3. habitational name from places called Lilley, in Hertfordshire and Berkshire. The Hertfordshire place was named in Old English as ‘flax-glade’, from līn ‘flax’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. The Berkshire name is from Old English Lillinglēah ‘wood associated with Lilla’, an Old English personal name.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Preston Wills, "United States Census, 1900"
  • O C Lilly, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Overton C Lilly, "United States Census, 1930"

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