John T. Overstreet, a native of Indiana, was born August 28, 1860, son of John H. and Ellen V. (Covert) Overstreet; the former was born in 1809, and died in 1882; both were of Irish descent. Our subject’s early life was spent on the old homestead where he now lives. He received a good common school education, and took a classical course of two years in Asbury College. At the age of eighteen years he began life for himself as a farmer. January 14, 1880, he was united in marriage to Dessie Reese, a daughter of Thomas H. and Eliza J. (Garrison) Reese. This union was blessed with one child: Cecil, born September 7, 1883. The mother of this child was born December 25, 1860. He is a member of the Christian Church. The wife is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. In politics, he is a republican, casting his first presidential vote for Garfield. He now owns sixty-eight acres of well-improved land in Clark Township.

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 493.