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Henry (1Henry) Overstreet, Jr. of Burke Co GA

a. This branch of the Braswell family (who married into the Farmer family in Virginia and then the Overstreet family in Georgia) is important for later research. From the many records, we find that the Braswell Family was from the part of Virginia which would become Bertie Co NC after the boundary shift in 1728.
b. Then we find that the Farmer family (who married into the Braswell and the Lee families in Virginia) was from the part of Virginia which would also become Bertie Co but then split and become Edgecombe Co NC in 1741.
c. Then we find that the Lee family (who married into the Farmer family in Virginia and the Overstreet family in Mississippi) was from the part of Virginia which would become Bertie Co but then split and become Edgecombe Co NC in 1741.
d. Then we find that the Overstreet family (who married into the Braswell family back in Georgia and then the Lee family in Mississippi) was from the part of Virginia which would become Bertie Co NC after the boundary shift in 1728.
e. From these adjacent locales, we come to understand that the Braswell/Overstreet family of Georgia (who would marry into the Lee family of Mississippi in the 1820s and 1830s) was originally connected through intermarriage with the Farmer family way back in 1740 Virginia.

In two generations, we find three families:
a. Elizabeth Braswell b. c. 1714 Isle of Wight Co VA married c. 1740 in Virginia to Isaac Farmer b. 1711 Surry Co NC. . .
b. Then Isaac's son, Thomas Farmer b. c. 1741 Edgecombe Co NC married 1760 in North Carolina to Elizabeth Lee (sister of Zachariah Lee), b. 1746 Bertie Co NC. . .
c. Then, Isaac's daughter, Lucy Farmer b. c. 1745 in Halifax Co NC married 1763 in Edgecombe Co NC to Zachariah Lee b. c. 1745 in Edgecombe Co NC.

Henry Overstreet was born 1735 in Bertie Co NC. Henry and his parents are believed to have emigrated to Georgia in 1736, settling in the Augusta area.

Henry Overstreet is believed to have continued the family business of trading with the Creek Indians. Evidence of this family alliance comes in part from the marriage of Henry's son, Braswell, to Sarah Buie, the daughter of Chief Buie of the Creek Nation. Additionally, Henry had business contacts with Lachlan McGillivray, the noted Scot frontiersman and Indian trader, who was in fact Henry's father's neighbor in 1762.

Henry Overstreet, Jr. is first documented in a 1754 Old Granville Co SC Land Grant and documented again in a 1764 Old Granville Co SC Land Lease. 

In about 1758 probably in Old Granville Co SC, Henry married Jane Braswell b. 1741 in Isle of Wight Co VA. Of note, Jane was not an Indian; however, her brother Jacob Braswell married into the Buie Family of Creek Indians. And, her nephews and nieces were half-Indian and some of her grandchildren were half-Indian.

An example of migration by an extended family is where the Braswells and the Overstreets migrated to Georgia. In 1764 Kindred and Robert Braswell applied for land near Ogeechee Swamp in St. George's Parish GA. In January 1765, Henry Overstreet applied for land also on Ogeechee Swamp, receiving his grant on 8/6/1765. The petition for land stated that " he had been about four months in the Provence from South Carolina." Did Henry and Jane live with one of the Braswell brothers while waiting for their grant to be approved?

At the time of the Revolution, Henry Overstreet II, Lachlan McGillivray, and many other Georgians were noted Loyalists. This is understandable as Britain was winning the war in Georgia and the Carolinas up until 1/1781 and the Battle of Cowpens in South Carolina.

In Albert Miller Hillhouse's book, "A History of Burke County, Georgia 1777-1850," we read:

In January 1779, after the British had captured Savannah, two British Commanders promulgated from Savannah a proclamation which offered immunity and security to all former colonists who would come and take the oath of allegiance to the Crown. With the fall of Savannah, Sunbury and Ebenezer, the occupation of all Georgia by the British seemed certain, and by the time the British forces had pushed up the Savannah River as far as the Twin Sisters' Ferry, inhabitants were flocking in to swear allegiance and in many cases had enrolled in the loyalists ranks. A group of Patriot officers, however, met at the Burke County Jail on January 14, 1779, to determine the most expedient method of counteracting this disaffection.

They called themselves the "Council of War." They determined by issuing a proclamation giving inhabitants three days to come to the Burke County Jail and pledge allegiance to the American cause; otherwise, they would be treated as enemies and dealt with accordingly. Along with this proclamation, they issued a second which said they would arrest nine Tory leaders named in the Council's proceedings who had been deluding the people into joining the British cause, plus a concurrent confiscation of these Tories' estates for use by the State. Those named included Henry Overstreet. The officers under Colonel Pugh agreed each to take a part of eight horsemen and apprehend these "leaders and deluders of the people and bring them into Camp."

    Albert Miller Hillhouse, "A History of Burke County, Georgia 1777-1850," Swainsboro, Georgia: Magnolia Press, 1985.

Even after the defeat of the British Army of the South under General Cornwallis, Georgia and South Carolina were still subjugated by Loyalists. Augusta wasn't evacuated by the British until 6/1781. British regulars and Loyalist militia were rampaging through the Georgia countryside until the evacuation of Savannah in 7/1782. Charleston, the last American city evacuated by the British, was not free until 12/1782.

As hostilities began to wind down, the Georgia Legislature began to address the question of the few Loyalists who did not embark with the British Army, departing for other British possessions in the New World. In notes from Judge Huxford we read that on 5/4/1782 an Act of the Georgia Legislature declared our Henry Overstreet "guilty of Treason." And, he was.

Alexander McGillivray, son of Lachlan and a Creek Indian Chief, led raiding parties on Patriot holdings in Georgia and the Carolinas throughout the war. He survived the war but was relegated to living on his plantation in Alabama. His father was deported back to Scotland. The Buie Family and the majority of Creeks were forced to surrender lands to the new American federal government. But, our Henry Overstreet only had to pay a fine.

Henry and Jane lived the remainder of their lives in the Wiregrass Section of Georgia which would eventually become Emanuel County. Henry died before 9/1794 when his land was sold by his heirs. Jane is listed as a taxpayer in 1798 in Montgomery Co GA. And, Jane died sometime afterwards.

Series Number: S213184 Volume: 0006 Page: 00065 Item: 01
<http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/Thumbnails.aspx?recordId=96207>

1754/04/20 OVERSTREET, HENRY, PLAT FOR 200 ACRES IN GRANVILLE COUNTY.
Names: OVERSTREET, HENRY; HUNTER, GEORGE; CHATWIN, JOSEPH
Locations: GRANVILLE COUNTY; TURKEY CREEK; STEPHENS CREEK.

Series Number: S372001 Volume: 03B0 Page: 00601 Item: 00
Date: 1764 OVERSTREET, HENRY TO NIMROD KILCREAST, LEASE AND RELEASE.
St. George's Parish Land Records:
1765, January - Petition of Henry Overstreet, Jr., setting forth that he had been about four months in the Provence from South Carolina, about twelve miles from where Mr. Galphin lives, to whom he has been known from his childhood and was desirous to obtain land here, having none yet granted him and had a wife and four children. Therefore praying for 200 acres [along the Great Ogeechee Swamp] below the mouth of Buck Head, adjoining the upper line of land there. Ordered Daniel O'Cain.

Grant Book E, page 206:
Overstreet, Henry, Jr. 200 acres in St. George Parish. Granted on August 6, 1765. 200 acres bounded on all sides by vacant land.

Series Number: S213019 Volume: 0006 Page: 00414 Item: 00
1765/10/11 OVERSTREET, HENRY, LAND GRANT FOR 200 ACRES IN GRANVILLE COUNTY.
Grant Book E, page 368:
Overstreet, Henry, Jr. 43 acres in St. George Parish. Granted on September 2, 1766. 43 acres bounded on the northeast by the Savannah River, and southwest by land ordered to Andrew McCorrie.
A note in Judge Huxford files. The act of 5/4/1782 declaring him guilty of Treason, Henry Overstreet of Burke Co GA:
By act of the Georgia Legislature, August 7, 1782: "Whereas, many persons have withdrawn themselves from the defense of this state, some of whom bore high and important trusts or commissions under same, accepted protection from the enemy, and did assist in endeavering assist the British Government, etc. Be it resolved that the persons hereinafter names, viz:  Henry Overstreet, soldier. . .are Amercerized, declared in eligible to vote, and will be compelled to serve for three years in the Continental Army or find a substitute."
Screven Co GA Superior Court, Book A, Folio 39:
Sep 24, 1794. "John Overstreet and Catherine, his wife, of Montgomery County, GA., convey to Stephen Johnson in consideration of 200 Pounds, a parcel of land containing 200 acres situate in Screven County bounded southwardly by Great Ogeechee River, northwardly by lands of Stephen Johnson, westwardly by land of Samuel Scarborough, originally granted to Henry Overstreet, Aug. 6, 1765."
Witnesses: Daniel Overstreet, Braswell Overstreet, Sarah Canmah, and Charity Mulkey. William Green J.P.

    Children

    1. Daniel Overstreet

Montgomery Co GA Deeds, p. 51:
5/23/1792 Kindred Brazil to Aaron Low, both of Washington County, 300 a. in Washington County.
Wit: John Briggs, Daniel Overstreet
Montgomery Co GA Deeds, p. 127:
11/3/1793 Daniel Overstreet to Isaac Brownen both of Washington County 150 a. on Canoochee River adj. lands surveyed for John Padgett.
Wit: Nicholas Baker, James Hancock, Mark Mayo JP.
Screven Co GA Superior Court, Book A, Folio 39:
9/24/1794 Deed signed by John and Catherine Overstreet. . .tract of land. . .originally granted to Henry Overstreet, Aug. 6, 1765.
Witnesses: Daniel Overstreet, Braswell Overstreet, Sarah Canmah, and Charity Mulkey.
Daniel Overstreet - probated a deed previously made (May 23, 1792) by Kindred Braswell and wife Rhoda to Aaron Law, all of Washington County. (Probated January 26, 1797 in Montgomery County.)
Plat Index, Book A, 1813 - 1829:
Daniel Overstreet    200 acres     4/ 4/1815    p. 90
Daniel Overstreet    406 acres     8/15/1816   p. 270
1818 Eleanor Overstreet - granted 18 acres in Montgomery County

    2. Braswell Overstreet

Screven Co GA Superior Court, Book A, Folio 39:
9/24/1794 Deed signed by John and Catherine Overstreet. . .tract of land. . .originally granted to Henry Overstreet, Aug. 6, 1765.
Witnesses: Daniel Overstreet, Braswell Overstreet, Sarah Canmah, and Charity Mulkey.
Brasewell Overstreet - granted 350 acres in Montgomery County
1850 Federal Census: Greene County, Mississippi
LN  FN  LAST NAME   FIRST NAME   AGE SEX  OCCUP.     BIRTH
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    60 Overstreet   Thomas       31  M    Laborer    MS 
                    Sarah        71  F               MS 
Note: Sarah was born in 1779. The Territory of Mississippi
was not created until 1798.
                    John         46  M    S. Teacher GA
1860 Federal Census: Wayne County, Mississippi
LN  FN  LAST NAME   FIRST NAME   AGE SEX  OCCUP.     BIRTH
===========================================================
    60 Overstreet   Thomas       41  M    Farmer     MS 
                    Sarah        80  F               GA

    3. Charity Overstreet

Screven Co GA Superior Court, Book A, Folio 39:
9/24/1794 Deed signed by John and Catherine Overstreet. . .tract of land. . .originally granted to Henry Overstreet, Aug. 6, 1765.
Witnesses: Daniel Overstreet, Braswell Overstreet, Sarah Canmah, and Charity Mulkey.
Montgomery Co GA Records:
John Mulkey divorced Charity Mulkey, Nov. 26, 1802, Montgomery Co, GA.

    4. John Overstreet b. 1774 St. George's Parrish GA

    5. Sarah Overstreet

Screven Co GA Superior Court, Book A, Folio 39:
9/24/1794 Deed signed by John and Catherine Overstreet. . .tract of land. . .originally granted to Henry Overstreet, Aug. 6, 1765. 
Witnesses: Daniel Overstreet, Braswell Overstreet, Sarah Canmah, and Charity Mulkey.

    6. James Overstreet

Eastern Clarion, Paulding MS  8/17/1859:
Died Mrs. Ann Overstreet, relic of James Overstreet, in Jasper County, Miss, 18 July 1859, at the residence of her son-in-law, Capt. Jesse Hyde. She was 78 years of age, born in South Carolina in 1783, came to Perry County in 1818, settled in Jasper County in 1837. A member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Generation #3

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