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Troup in Smith County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

John Franklin Overton

(May 24, 1816 - July 29, 1879)

John Franklin Overton Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Randal B. Gilbert, January 2, 2016
1. John Franklin Overton Marker
Inscription.  Born in Maury County, Tenn., came to Texas in 1845 with his wife, Jane Jameson Overton, and mother, Susan Alexander Overton. He received land grants totaling 1600 acres. His wife died in 1849, and he married Mary D. Walker in 1852. They had 11 children. During the Civil War he sold supplies to the Confederacy and was addressed as "Colonel". In 1871, he donated land to the International Railroad Company, and the town of Overton (8 miles NE) was named in his honor.
Erected 1974 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7748.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1845.
Location. 32° 13.15′ N, 95° 5.781′ W. Marker is in Troup, Texas, in Smith County. Marker can be reached from Farm to Market Road 345, half a mile east of County Route 230. The marker is located in the Elkins Cemetery, which is ¼ mile north of FM 345. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Troup TX 75789, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies
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. Omen (Canton) Community (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Baptist Church of Whitehouse (approx. 6.9 miles away); London Baptist Church (approx. 9.1 miles away); New London School Explosion (approx. 9.1 miles away); James Calhoun Hill (approx. 9.3 miles away); The Joiner No. 3 Daisy Bradford (approx. 10½ miles away); The First Well in the East Texas Oil Field (approx. 10.6 miles away); Headache Springs, C.S.A. (approx. 11.9 miles away).
Elkins Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Randal B. Gilbert, January 2, 2016
2. Elkins Cemetery
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 4, 2016, by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. This page has been viewed 551 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 4, 2016, by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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