Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
Death date12/20/1981
Mrs. Juanita I. Surber, 75, died at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Morristown; seriously ill since May.
Born in Lafayette, March 28, 1906.  Lived most of her life in Shelbyville.  Married to  Claude Surber  in Greensburg.  He preceded her in death on March 5 1963.
Survivors include four children, Mrs. Barbara D. Ahman, Orlando, Fla., Ronald Poe, Indianapolis, Mrs. Bonnie Roberts, Shelbyville, and  Mrs. Betty Jones, Shelbyville; 24 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.  Preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia.
Murphy Mortuary.  Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery.
Contributed by  S. Armstrong

The  Shelbyville  News
Wednesday, February 23, 1972
          Kenneth Surber,  71, R.R. 1, Flat Rock, died Thursday in Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, where he had been a patient one month.  He had been in ill health 10 years.  Mr. Surber had lived in Chicago and Homewood, Ill., before retiring in 1960 after 40 years as a railway postal clerk.  He was a member of the Hawcreek Baptist Church, the Order of Eastern Star at Homewood and a past master of Republic Masonic Lodge of Chicago.
          Born in Bartholomew County May 9, 1900, Mr. Surber was the son of  William and  Bertha (Essex) Surber.  On July 20, 1922, he married  Vada Drake  and she survives.  Also surviving are two brothers,  Carter Surber,  Birmingham, Ala., and  Lewis Surber,  R.R. 1, Flat Rock, and two sisters,  Mrs. Hugh (Martha) Lucas,  Brownstown, and  Miss Ruth Surber,  R.R. 1, Flat Rock.
          Services will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Norman Funeral Home in Hope with the Rev. Everett Hayes officiating.  Burial will be in Hope Moravian Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 4:00 p.m. Saturday.  Masonic services will be conducted there at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Republican
Wednesday,January 19, 1940
Shelbyville Man, Age 68
Dies in Hospital at Indianapolis
         William Franklin Surber, age sixty-eight, 520 east Broadway, died at 1:55 a.m. Tuesday at the Robert Long hospital, at Indianapolis.
        Although a native of Shelby county, Mr. Surber had resided in Jennings county for a number of years, and moved to Shelbyville last month.  He had engaged in farming during the greater part of his life.
        Mr. Surber was born in Moral township on February 14, 1872, and was married to  Effie Curry, also of Shelby county, on January ?1, 1919.
        The deceased is survived by the widow, at home, and a son, Claude Surber, of Greencastle.
        Funeral arrangements have not been completed, and will be announced later by Loren H. Murphy.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming and David Craig.

The Shelbyville Republican
Saturday, July 29, 1939
Page 1
George Surber, 68,
Had Lived in Moral Township
          George Surber, about sixty-eight years of age, died Thursday at 7:10 a.m. at his home at 3826 Rockville Road, Indianapolis.  Death was caused by complications.
          Mr. Surber was born in Moral township, the son of the late  Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Surber.  He spent his youth in Moral township, moving to Indianapolis following his marriage to  Miss Ann Wells.
          Survivors are four children:  Carl Surber, of Chicago;  Mrs. Alma Krebs,  Mrs. Ruth Quinette  and  Joseph Surber, of Indianapolis.
          Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 9:00 o'clock at the Usher Funeral Home in Indianapolis.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

(September 9, 1846 - March 14, 1937)
          Mrs. Lavina Jacquinot, 90, widow of Patrick JACQUINOT, a Civil War veteran, died today at 2:30 a.m. at the home of her son, Walter Surber, Blackhawk Road.
          She was born September 9, 1846, the daughter of Andrew and Nancy Surber, at Blue Springs, Ind.  She had lived here for more than 30 years.
          Surviving are three sons, Walter Surber and Vail Jacquinot of Ottumwa and William Jacquinot of Ben Wheeler, Tex. Six children preceded her in death.
          The body is at the Leter Jay funeral home pending completion of funeral arrangements.
Source: Family records - clipping from unknown newspaper.
          Note: Lavina SURBER JACQUINOT was the daughter of Andrew and Nancy SURBER who homesteaded in Keokuk County in 1854. Lavina lived much of her life in that county and at least one of her children (Walter) was born there.
Contributed by Jeanne Surber

(Mrs. Andrew Thomas SURBER, Sr.)
(December 13, 1820 - June 12, 1912)
          "Mrs. Nancy Surber  died last Wednesday (June 12, 1912) at the home of her son, George Washington Surber, north of town, [Hedrick] aged 100 years, 5 months and 30 days.(*)  The funeral was held Thursday at Bethel church near Hayesville, conducted by Rev. A. Sanger of Ollie (Iowa), and the interment was in the Bethel cemetery.
          Nancy Ann Miller  was born in Clinton county, Ohio, December 13, 1811, and was married to Andrew Surber December 1829. (**)
          To them were born 12 children, of whom three daughters and two sons survive.  The family came to Iowa 54 years ago. Mrs. Surber is also survived by about 250 descendants, including many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. 
She was a member of the Dunkard church at Ollie, having joined that organization many years ago, and remained a faithful member until death.
          She retained her health up to a short time ago, and her memory was exceptionally good.
          A notable feature of the funeral was the fact that the pallbearers were six of Mrs. Surber's great-grandsons."
Source: Family records. Probably from the Hedrick Journal at the time of death.
          *NOTE: Nancy Ann (Miller) Surber's obituary (above) and death certificate states that she was born December 13, 1811 in Clinton County, Ohio, and died June 12, 1912.  But a census taken in mid-1850 lists Nancy's age as 29 (her birthday was in December), and the one from 1856 lists her age as 36. A census apparently taken by a careful enumerator, dated August 8, 1870, gives Nancy's age as 51.  All three of these dates indicate a birth date of late in the year of 1820.
          ** NOTE: A machine copy of the original hand-written marriage certificate from Shelby County, IN, indicates a marriage date of December 28, 1838.
Contributed by Jeanne Surber

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