James Overton arrived in New South Wales as a convict on the "Recovery" on the 18 December 1819. On the ship's indent, his native place was recorded as Herefordshire, his trade or calling was a labourer, born 1798, height 5'5", complexion fair, hazel eyes. On arrival he was forwarded to Parramatta for distribution.
James Overton, a native of Herefordshire, was convicted on the 11 March 1818 for stealing one horse, a mare valued at £5, the property of Richard Webb in Kingswinford, Staffordshire. He pleady guilty and was sentenced to transportation for life.
Before being transported he was registered on the hulk 'Justita' on 1 Jun 1819 and the goal report said he was of good character.
The 1828 census records James being assigned to William Fuller of North Richmond.
James received his ticket of leave (number 29/737) on 4 August 1829. The personal descirption recorded on his ticket of leave differed from that on his transportation documents. He was now described as 3/4 of an inch taller, with a ruddy complexion, grey eyes and brown hair. He also had a scar on the third finger of his left hand.
On 1 February 1836 James received permission from the Governor to marry. His wife Mary Turner also from North Richmond was the daughter of George Turner and Mary Rogers. James and Mary were married at Saint Peter’s Church of England in Richmond by the Rev. Henry T. Stiles. They had 8 children and lived at Kurrajong till James' death.
On 4 August 1859 his eldest son John married a neighbouring girl Jane Mitchell (1838-1924). Jane was pregnant at the time of the marriage and James first grandchild, named James in his honour, was born at Kurrajong on 15 December 1859.
James next grandchild came from an unexpected source, and caused a scandal in the neighbourhood. James second son, 17 years old and also named James, had been having an affair with Jane Mitchell's 44 year old recently widowed mother Elizabeth Mitchell nee Coverly (1815-1879). When this grandchild was born on 19 June 1860 at Kurrajong her birth was registered both under the name of Mitchell and Overton. In the registration under the name of Overton her father was named. This son moved in with widow and became accepted by her children, even children who were older than 17, as their step-father. They had no more chiildren but eventually legally married on 1 December 1875.
On 12 Jul 1871 another one of James' children, his daughter Mary Ann, married into the Mitchell family. At the age of 21 she married Jane Mitchell's elder brother Edward John Mitchell, 16 years her senior.
James died on 8 February 1876 at Kurrajong and was buried on 10 February 1876 at the St Phillips Church Cemetery in North Richmond.
Mary died on 21 December 1901 at Windsor. James and Mary are buried together.
|John Overton (1838-1924)||3 May 1838 Kurrajong, New South Wales, Australia||27 May 1924 Schofield, New South Wales, Australia||Jane Mitchell (1838-1924)|
|James Overton (1842-1878)||2 June 1842 Kurrajong, New South Wales, Australia||13 March 1878 Kurrajong, New South Wales, Australia||Elizabeth Coverly (1815-1879)|
|Elizabeth Overton (1844-1875)|
|Susannah Overton (1847-1899)|
|Mary Ann Overton (1850-1885)||2 March 1850 Kurrajong, New South Wales, Australia||14 January 1885 Richmond, New South Wales, Australia||Edward John Mitchell (1834-1890)|
|Anne Overton (1854-1877)|
|Margaret Overton (1858-1881)|
|Thomas Overton (1861-1952)|