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Henrietta (Esch) Overdorff

Henrietta Esch was born in 1842 in Brush Valley, Indiana County, PA, the daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Younkin) Esch. She spent the entirety of her years in the community 

As a teenager, she joined the Evangelical Church, and remained a member for nearly seven decades.

In 1866, she wed her husband, Jacob S. Overdorff (April 14, 1846-1921), son of Samuel and Diana (Sense) Overdorff.

Their only known son was William Lorenzo Overdorff.


Farms of J. Overdorff (top left) immediately west of Brush Valley/Mechanicsburg, and near the farm of Aaron Younkin.Atlas of Indiana Co., Pennsylvania, 1871.


The Overdorffs remained for good in Brush Valley, where they made a living as farmers. For 55 years, Jacob too was a member of the United Evangelical Church where, said the Indiana Weekly Messenger, he "was active in all church circles and served as class leader for 17 years."

Burdened with heart valve disease and weakness, Jacob died at age 74 on Feb. 21, 1921. His funeral was led by Rev. G.W. Sprinkle, with burial in the United Presbyterian Cemetery in Brush Valley, PA, formerly known as "Mechanicsburg."

Henrietta passed into the eternal beyond at age 82 on June 5, 1924. Her remains were interred in Fry Cemetery in Brush Valley. An obituary appeared in the Weekly Messenger.

~ Son William Lorenzo Overdorff ~

Son William Lorenzo Overdorff (1868-1934) was born in 1868.

He was the father of eight. 

He lived in Brush Valley in 1921.


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Minerd.com extends its gratitude to the late Donna (Younkin) Logan for her research contributions to this biography.