Henry “Hanks” Van Over was born around 1848 in Benton County, Indiana. He was the youngest of 5 children born to Henry & Kezia (McDaniels) Vanover.
Sometime prior to 1870, he went to live with his uncle Asa Vanover. Between then and 1875, he moved to Peoria, Illinois, where he met and married Elizabeth Perry. She had immigrated there from Scotland with here parents and siblings in 1855. Henry and Elizabeth were married February 14, 1875. Their daughter, Keziah (Kitty) was born about a year later. Sometime during the next 2 years (between 1876 and 1878) the family moved to Oregon, settling in Polk County. While there, their two sons, Perry and William Wesley, were born.
Elizabeth passed away December 17,1881 (cause as yet unknown) and was buried in the Chamberlain Cemetery in Polk County. Sometime after that (prior to 1885), Henry moved with the children to Tacoma in the Washington Territory. On July 6, 1888, Henry died of an accidental overdose of quinine. (As the story was related to William Emmerson Van Over, Henry’s grandson, the pharmacist accidentally gave Henry strychnine when it should have been quinine.) The three children, all minors, went to live with their uncle, Elizabeth’s brother William Allen Perry.
Henry Van Over was buried in the Perry Family Cemetery in Everson Washington. By the 1950s, most of the original headstones had vanished.