David Overton House


Photo from the Davis Erhardt collection.
Sketch by Morse Roe Overton

David Overton, was born about 1712, he died between 1790 and 1793. He was the son of Isaac "The Giant" or "The Strong Man" of Southold, Long Island

David Overton settled in Coram, Brookhaven Town prior to May 1738 when he had the earmark for his cattle recorded. An unrecorded deed dated April 1738, showed where he had purchased land in Brookhaven from Ebenezer Hulse. On March 12, 1740 another unrecorded deed shows where he purchased from Paul Hulse, land in Coram Hills, described as lot number forty-one.

This Lot number was one of the fifty four lots laid out by the Town May 4, 1731, being the division known as the Long Lots south of the country road, between Smithtown line and Connecticut Hollow

David Overton's home was situated on a small hill about 150-ft. northwest of a small pond on this lot number forty-one. This pond is located on the west side of the road known as David Overton Road, and about seventeen hundred feet north of Granny Road. The frame of the house was standing until 1910 when it finally collapsed. The location can still be noticed by the remains of the cellar hole.

overton pond

David Overton was a staunch patriot during the American Revolution as were all his sons. He, with all of his sons except Nehemiah who had just passed his sixteenth birthday, signed the Association in support of the American cause. They signed in the Fourth Company Limits of Brookhaven Town on June 8, 1775, witnessed by Ebenezer Dayton, Clerk. Through their patriotism it was necessary for most of the sons to take refuge to Connecticut when the British occupied this area after the battle of Long Island.

David Overton and his family were connected with the Baptist church of Coram, which was the first Baptist church in the county.

The first wife of David Overton was Ann Hulse who was born about 1715; they were married about 1737. It is stated that she died when twins John and James were born in 1747.

He married second about 1749, Susannah Parker, born June 15, 1731; died between 1793 and 1795. She was a daughter of Nehemiah Parker and Mary Eldridge of Stonington Conn.

By first marriage - Ann Hulse

David, b. Aug. 29, 1739; d. Mch. 24, 1826; m. Mary Davis
Isaac, b. Feb. 15, 1740; d. Jan. 10 1799; m. twice
Anna, b. Jan. 30, 1743; m. Nehemiah Hulse
Abigail, b. April 15, 1745; m. Isaac Davis of Coram
John, b. Jan. 12, 1747; m. Lois Hammond
James, b. Jan. 12, 1747; d. Nov. 1788; m. Phebe Rose

By second marriage - Susannah Palmer
Palmer, b. Jan. 6, 1750; d. Dec. 14, 1805; m. Lucretia Hammond
Susannah, b. Oct. 20, 1751
Nathaniel, b. May 29, 1753; d. Jan. 10, 1803; m. Deborah
Messenger, b. Mch. 15, 1756; d. abt. Nov. 1803; m. Charity Gerard
Justus, b. Aug. 20, 1757; d. May 4, 1842; m. twice
Nehemiah, b. May 28, 1759; d. Feb. 20, 1832; m. Puah Swezey

David's son Palmer inherited and lived in the original family homestead at Coram. In the Revolution he signed the Association May 16, 1775 and on June 8, 1775 in Selah Strong's 4th Co. Limits. He married Lucretia Hammond. She was the daughter of the Rev. Noah Hammond of the Baptist church.

Their children were:

Elisha, b. May 21, 1776; d. Jan. 19, 1866; m. Ruth Roe
Lucretia, b. Aug. 29, 1778; d. Nov. 13, 1852; m. Samuel Brewster

Elisha was the next to occupy the family homestead at Coram. Elisha married Ruth Roe on Dec. 16, 1798. She was the daughter of Capt. Daniel Roe, who served in the Revolution and French and Indian War.

Their children were

Charlotte, b. June 19, 1799; d. Dec. 2 1880
Lewis Roe, b. Dec. 10, 1800; d. Jan. 4, 1872
Sheldon Roe, b. Dec. 10, 1800
Coleman Brewster, b. Aug. 21, 1812; d. Aug. 29, 1814
Harriet Sophie, b. Jul. 15, 1818; d. April 17, 1824

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