Saturday, May 4, 2013

More Gems from the Overson Collection of Photographs

This appears to be a daguerreotype of Ann Prior Jarvis.

Ann was born on December 29, 1829 in Stepney, London, Middlesex, England, and died in St. George, Washington, Utah, on January 10, 1913. This appears to be one of the earliest pictures of her. I do not find any notes or references telling when this photo was made, but she appears to be about 40 years old. 
This is a photo of Henry Christian Overson. He was born January 9, 1868 in Ephraim, Sanpete, Utah, and died March 8, 1947 in St. Johns, Apache, Arizona. His wife, Margaret Godfrey Jarvis Overson, born November 22, 1878 in St. George, Washington, Utah, died 8 December 1968 in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, was the photographer for most of this collection of photographs. This photo was taken while Henry was on his mission to England in 1903 to 1905.
This is the reverse side of Henry's Mission photo. I thought this should be available for historical purposes.

These are three of the daughters of Charles Godfrey DeFriez Javis and Margaret Jarvis. On the left is Margaret Godfrey, see dates above, standing on the right is Annie Prior Jarvis, born September 15, 1880 in Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, died June 7, 1968 in Springerville, Apache, Arizona, and seated is Stella Jarvis, born July 28, 1883 in Nutrioso, Apache, Arizona, died October 5, 1974 in Winslow, Navajo, Arizona.
These are the three oldest children of Henry Christian and Margaret Godfrey Jarvis Overson. The top two photos are Eva Margaret Overson, born August 14, 1897 in St. Johns, Apache, Arizona, died December 30, 1932 in St. Johns. The center photo is likely one of the very few photos of Albert Nephi Overson, born November 16, 1899 in St. Johns, Apache, Arizona, died June 22, 1903 in St. Johns. [The bottom would be Henry Victor Overson, born November 16, 1899.]


  1. While its lovely to see these photos. We know you still have Phyllis Overson Cameron's copy of her father's, Victor Overson, life story. When we spoke to you three years ago about at least getting a copy of it, you stated you "its in a box somewhere" and "I don't know where it is". If you want to be the caretaker of the only edition of his life story I think there is some obligation to make it available to people who, unlike you, are his actual descendants. We have never heard back from you stating that you have located it, inviting us to come make a copy or that you have posted a copy anywhere. "Lost is a box somewhere" is unacceptable. You should have let his family have his things rather than bamboozling an old lady out her her family's mementos.

  2. Melissa, my father and I have replied to you multiple times with an entire list of the contents of the collection. That item is not in the collection. You will have to look for it elsewhere.

    1. I have no written material at all from Uncle Victor or about him. I received only a very few selected documents. I did not get anything from Phyllis at all. Everything I received had long been in Randy Cameron's possession. Amy is correct.