Early Bronaugh Residents

Overstreet Family

This family was in Bronaugh very early and was featured in the 1887 History of Vernon County. We hope to learn more about them.

From: History of Vernon County, Missouri. 1887, p. 803.


(Farmer, Section 20, Post-office Bronaugh).

With a pardonable degree of pride Mr. Overstreet may well consider his efforts of the past successful in the results which have attended them, and feel indeed satisfied at what he has through his own labor and energy obtained as a result of his industry. Reared a farmer, he has always followed that occupation, and now after a life-long experience in the calling has come to be regarded as one whose opinions and advice in agricultural matters may be depended upon. Both by birth and bringing up he is a Kentuckian, having been born in Mercer County, of the Blue Grass State, May 8, 1832. Robert Overstreet, his father, was born in the fort at Lexington, Ky., during the Indian war. He was a farmer by occupation, and died July 31, 1855, in the State of his nativity. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and took part in the hard fought battle of Tippecanoe. William’s mother before her marriage was Miss Jane Lowrey. Of the 12 children in their family 10 grew to maturity. Young William, the tenth child, was taught in youth the details of farm life, becoming well versed with the calling before going to Warren County, Ill., whither he moved in 1857. After remaining there some seven years he settled in Pettis County, Mo., from whence he returned to Illinois the next year, and located in Christian county. Upon the completion of a six years’ residence in that vicinity he moved to Vernon County, Mo., in 1872, and has since remained here, his career having been well and favorably known. For eight years he has held the position of justice of the peace, the duties of which he is ably qualified to discharge. His farm of 80 acres is well improved and under good cultivation, and is adorned with an excellent variety of neat and convenient buildings, all of which are, suited to the different purposes to which they are put. July 5, 1855, Mr. Overstreet was united in marriage with Miss Lucinda I. Bass of Kentucky. Their five children, now living, are named Milton E., Alma B., now Mrs. Daniel Harp; Lilla, wife of Mark Caton; Charles and Harry. Mr. 0. is a member of the I. O. O. F. He is one of the well respected citizens of this township— reliable, influential and something of a leader, and his opinions are often sought for by those who know they can rely upon him.

Nancy Caton notes that William S. Overstreet was in Santa Monica, California by the 1920 census, with daughter Lilla, and the two of them were taking care of his grandchildren/her niece & nephew whose mother had died recently.

Left: The obituary for Lucinda Bass Overstreet, wife of William Overstreet from the April 4, 1915 Bronaugh Journal.



Worsley Cemetery marker for

Lu I. Overstreet 1836-1915

Wm. S. Overstreet 1832 - 1923





Upper right:: Lila Overstreet Caton. Nancy wrote that Lilla married Mark L Caton and was a "genealogy bug" herself. Her son, William S Caton, was Nancy's grandfather.




Lower right: Obituary from the 1918 Bronaugh Journal for Harry Overstreet. He had died in Nebraska but was brought to Worsley Cemetery at Bronaugh for burial.

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