The Resource Nan Overton West papers

Nan Overton West papers

Nan Overton West papers, ca. 1959-2001
Nan Overton West papers
Inclusive dates
ca. 1959-2001
  • Papers, ca. 1959-2001, consisting of the genealogical research files on the Overton, West and Ray families and their allied families compiled by Nan Overton West. These research files were the principal resource material Nan West used to write THE WESTS AND THE RAYS AND ALLIED LINES: SOUTHERN FAMILIES FROM THE COLONIES TO TEXAS and THE OVERTONS: 700 YEARS WITH ALLIED FAMIILIES FROM VIRGINIA, KENTUCKY, AND TEXAS. The files generally remain in the order kept by Nan West. Folders principally consist of research files concerning specific individuals and families and correspondence exchanged with individuals concerning specific families. The research files contain genealogical notes concerning family lines abstracted and/or copied from census records, military records, Bible records, patriotic organization applications, family group sheets, pedigree charts, extracts from published sources, newspaper clippings, family descendants newsletters, photographs, genealogical charts and court records, including deed books, order books, will books, and marriage records. Correspondence concerning family lines also appears in this collection and includes research files along with the letters. This material remains within the respective correspondents file. Also includes a microfilm copy of GOSPELL OBSERVATIONS AND RELIGIOUS MANIFESTATIONS by Robert Overton and a copy of HE WORE A PINK CARNATION: A BIOGRAPHY OF M. C. OVERTON by Nan West
  • Research files exist for the following Overton allied families surnames: Bickley, Booker, Bosley, Briscoe, Brockman, Brooks, Burch, Carr, Clough, Crook, Farrar, Gardiner, Garland, Garnett, Gerard, Glover, Grundy, Harratt, Harris, Howerton, Jennings, Jewell, Lawson, Leake, McCarty, Muscoe, Poindexter, Shipp, Slye, Swain, Taylor, Terrell, Waters, and Whitworth. West allied families surnames are Ashley, Berry, Boatner, Culver, Egner, Martin, Norris, Sanford, Smith, Swain, Ward, and Wyatt. Ray allied families surnames include Caldwell, Culpepper, Dean, Gillespie, Grant, Harrison, Lee, Peek, Richards, Tatum, Wyatt, and Young
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Biographical or historical data
Nan Overton West is a life-long resident of Lubbock, Texas. She attended Lubbock Public Schools, Texas Technological College, Randolph-Macon Woman's College, and The University of Texas, where she graduated with a B.A. degree in 1941. After retiring from the family businesses, she published a genealogical history of her husband Pete's family, THE WESTS AND THE RAYS AND THEIR ALLIES: SOUTHERN FAMILIES FROM THE COLONIES TO TEXAS. In 1991 this book was awarded First Place for Family History and Grand Prize for Writing by The Texas State Genealogical Society. In 1992 she published HE WORE A PINK CARNATION: A BIOGRAPHY OF DR. MARVIN C. OVERTON, her father and a pioneer physician in West Texas. She also has written THE OVERTONS: 700 YEARS WITH ALLIED FAMILIES FROM ENGLAND TO VIRGINIA, KENTUCKY, AND TEXAS (1997) which will be followed by another genealogical history about the Jennings families and twenty related lines.
Cataloging source
Nan Overton West papers
  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
  • Inventory
  • Inventory
  • 9.45
  • 1
Immediate source of acquisition
  • West, Nan Overton
  • West, Nan Overton
Organization method
Organized into the following series: I. Overton family II. Overton allied families III. West family IV. West allied families V. Ray family VI. Ray allied families. Folders arranged alphabetically.
Terms governing use
is for reference use only; duplication is prohibited.
Type of unit
  • cu. ft.
  • reel.

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