Samuel Ashton Overholtzer 1837-1900

Samuel Ashton Overholtzer 1837-1900

Samuel Overholtzer

This is my great grandfather, Samuel Ashton Overholtzer, the son of Jacob A Overholtzer and Catherine Anglemire, both of German descent.  He was born March 3, 1837 in Lancaster, PA and died on April 14, 1900 in Covina, CA.  The Overholtzers/Oberholters were a multi-generational family that practiced the Church of the Brethren faith that was a derivative of the Mennonites.  Many Overholtzers were deeply involved in the church and in education.  My great grandfather’s family were mostly farmers.


About Joy McKinnon-Stokes

I have been doing genealogy for over 25 years. My first interest in it was a result of my mother seeking information on her father's family in England. Her father had left her when she was 12 and she never saw him again. I quickly jumped on board to help in the search and quickly discovered the 'detective' part of family history that I have grown to love. I not only found out about her father and where he had ended up but I discovered relatives including a great niece that my mother never knew she had. All of sudden, she had a family from her father's side. My father was in a similar situation and had a father that left when he was 9 never to be heard from again. Through time, I also found where his father ended up and within a few years, my mother, father and I went on a genealogical trek to New Jersey and Massachusetts to research further and to see the final resting places of my parents' fathers. It will always be one of my most memorable experiences and it brought much closure to my parents. This experience is what continues to drive me to help others find out answers about their families.

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  1. Hi Cousin Joy. I am Kitty Belendez (nee Katherine Laws). My grandmother was Martha Anna Overholtzer. So Samuel Ashton Overholtzer is my great-great-grandfather. I enjoyed your blog and appreciate all the photos you have posted on

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