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Re: McSurley/McShurley
Posted by: Helen Satterfield (ID *****7979) Date: November 23, 2007 at 03:49:20
In Reply to: Re: McSurley/McShurley by Susan Hale of 8

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Place Names of Van Buren Co IA by T.J. Fitzpatrick Annals of Iowa 1931
MCSURLEY. The name of a rural school at the cross highways in the northwestern part of section 10 of Washington Township. This is the way the name is spelled on the U. S. soil map, 1917. The school was named for Miles McSurley (sometimes misspelled McSurely), a prominent farmer of the vicinity, a long time resident of OH, where he grew to manhood. He was born February 9 [or 1], 1809, in Mason Co KY; his parents moved to OH in the fall of 1809. He married in OH Miss Catherine McCann, 24 Jan 1833; had ten children. He settled in Van Buren Co IA in the spring of 1837 (March). His farm was in section 9. Two of his sons, Benjamin and Anderson, enlisted in Company G, Third Iowa Cavalry. According to Andre's Atlas, 1875, the school was formerly one-half mile farther north, on the west side of section 3, where Millers Chapel now is. This account mainly follows Portrait and Biographical Album of Jefferson and Van Buren Cos IA, 1890, pages 246-247, which is believed to be essentially correct, the record given in History of Van Buren County, 1878, page 544, apparently is somewhat erroneous.

Miles McSurely
Posted By: Fran Hunt, Volunteer Date: 10/3/2001 at 22:10:49
From the Portrait and Biographical Album of Jefferson and Van Buren Counties - 1890
Miles McSURELY, who resides on Section 9, Washington Twp, Van Buren Co IA, is one of the few pioneer settlers who has lived to witness the wonderful development of this grand state which far surpasses the most sanguine day dreams of the pioneer, as with brave heart and sinewy arm he entered the forests of the Des Moines Valley to hew out the logs, puncheons and clapboards, for a house and wrest from its primitive growth of forest, the soil which was destined to become the foundation upon which was reared this vast commonwealth.
Mr. McSURELY is a native of Ohio, born 9 Feb 1809, and the second in order of birth in a family of seven children, whose parents were James and Maria McSurely. His father a native of Ireland, came to this country at the close of the Revolutionary War and for a time made his home in KY. He there married and then removed with his bride to OH, where he followed his trade of weaving until his death, which occurred in 1840. His wife was a native of KY and died in the Buckeye State in 1833. The subject of this sketch grew to manhood in OH, and in his youth learned the trade of a ship carpenter. Having attained to man's estate on January 24, 1833, he wedded Miss Catherine McCANN, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Rose) McCANN. The young couple started in life with a capital consisting of health, energy and mutual confidence, their aim being to secure a comfortable home. After working for three or four years at his trade on the Ohio River, they decided to try their fortune in the wild west, by which term IA was then known, and in March of 1837, Mr. McSURELY entered one hundred and sixty acres of land from the Government in Van Buren Co IA. The following spring the family moved into a little log cabin which he had hastily erected and began life in true pioneer style. The dimensions of the dwelling were 14 x 16 feet and it was destitute of a floor except the earth, and several weeks elapsed before Mr. McSURELY could spare the time to prepare the puncheons for a floor. After eighteen months, he sold out and began the improvement of another quarter section. This he also disposed of and in June of 1844, bought the farm upon which he has made his home continuously since. Forty-six years have served to transform that barren tract into a region of great fertility and productiveness. A neat and commodious dwelling, tastefully furnished, and provided with all the comforts of life, furnish them a home; and this is surrounded by barns and outbuildings such as are indispensable to the model farm of the nineteenth century. Fences have divided the land into well kept fields, and the neatness and order, which there reign, give evidence to the passerby of the thrift and industry of the owner, who has labored indefatigable for the interests of his family. He has however, not been alone in his efforts, but has been ably assisted and seconded by his estimable wife, who ever bore her part of the hardships and trials of earlier days and who unremittingly cared for the household affairs while her husband was busy in the fields. The long period of fifty-eight years has elapsed since this worthy couple, as man and wife, started out on life's journey together. As in the common lot, they have met with reverses and discouragements, but altogether theirs has been a happy and prosperous life. Their union has been blessed with a family of ten children, seven of whom are yet living: Mary J., the eldest, is now the wife of E. Nesmith, of Davis Co IA, whom she has six children: Dora, Minnie, Cora, Eliza, Ella and Bertha; Margaret, the second of the family is now deceased; William makes his home in California; Benjamin who was a member of Company G, Third Iowa Infantry, died in Mexico MO during the service; Rufus is also deceased; Anderson, who is living in Montana, enlisted in Company G, Third Iowa Cavalry in 1863, and served until the close of the war; Hannah cares for her parent in their old age and has charge of the household duties; James is a resident of Keosauqua IA; Kate is the wife of J.W. McManaman, of Decatur Co IA and the mother of six children-Rufus, Mary, Roscoe, I.W., Kate, and Robert. John, who is now in the west, completes the family. At one time Mr. McSURELY owned four hundred and sixty-three acres of land. Of this he retains one hundred and sixty acres as a home for himself and wife, and the balance he has given to his children. As they leave the parental roof for homes of their own, he has given to each enough money or property for which they may make a good start in life and in return received the care and love of dutiful children. Their daughter, Hannah, still remains with them, caring for them in their declining years with a filial devotion that is sure of a blessed reward. But as you talk with the worthy couple of bygone days, they will tell you that the happiest moments of their lives were spent in the log cabin of long ago with their children all about them; when neighbors were few, but as they met to exchange the hospitalities of their humble homes it was with the true hearty friendship characteristic of this sturdy generation which is now slowly but surely passing away. Mr. McSURELY has always been an active Republican in politics. He enjoys the confidence and high esteem of his friends and neighbors, and is well deserving, a place among the representative citizens of Van Buren Co IA. I am not related, and am only copying this for the information of those who might find this person in their family.

O H I O Marriage Records
Scioto Co OH Marriages
McSURELY, Miles & McCAN, Katharine married Jan 24, 1833 Scioto Co OH
NOTE: listed at Family as Katherine McLain

1840 Van Buren Co IA Pg 271 line 20
McSnerly, Miles

1847 Van Buren Co IA (IA state census)
Surly, Miles (8)

1849 Washington Twp, Van Buren Co IA Pg 12 (IA state census)
Surley, Miles (9)

1850 Oct 18 Washington Twp, Van Buren Co IA
McSurely, Miles 41OH Farmer $1500
McSurely, Catherine 38 OH
McSurely, Mary 16 OH
McSurely, Margaret 13 IL
McSurely, William 11 IA
McSurely, Benjamin 9 IA
McSurely, Anderson 5 IA
McSurely, Hannah 3 IA
McSurely, James 1 IA
Wilson, John 25 Teacher NY
NOTE: has them indexed as McSASETZ

1852 Washington Twp, Van Buren Co IA Pg (IA state census)
McSurely, Miles (5 males) (4 females) (total 9)

1856 Washington Twp, Van Buren Co IA (IA state census)
McSurley, Miles 41OH
McSurley, Catharine 41 OH
McSurley, Mary J. 20 OH
McSurley, Margaret 19 IL
McSurley, William 14 IA
McSurley, Benjamin 13 IA
McSurley, Anderson 11 IA
McSurley, Hannah 9 IA
McSurley, James 7 IA
McSurley, Catharine 3 IA
McCann, John 23 PA carpenter

1860 Jun 14 Bentonsport PO, Washington Twp, Van Buren Co IA Pg 80 & 81
McSurley, M. 51Farmer $1800/800 OH
McSurley, Catherine 46 OH
McSurley, William 21 IA Farmer
McSurley, Benjamin 19 IA Farmer $1800/750
McSurley, Hannah 14 IA
McSurley, Anderson 15 IA
McSurely, James 10 IA
McSurley, Catherine 8 IA
McSurley, John M. 3 IA

1870 Washington Twp, Van Buren Co IA Pg 10
McSurley, Miles 61OH
McSurley, Catherine 56 OH
McSurley, Hannah 23 IA
McSurley, James 21 IA
McSurley, Kate 17 IA
McSurley, John M. 12 IA

1885 Washington Twp, Van Buren Co IA (IA state census)
McSurley, Miles 75 KY retired farmer
McSurley, Katherine 71 OH Housekeeper
McSurley, Hannah 35 Keeping House
McSurley, John M. 27 Farmer

VanBuren Co IA Marriages
McSurley, E. C. McManaman, Isaiah 3/10/1873
McSurley, James Tribelcock, Maggie 11/3/1879
McSurley, Mary Jane Mesnith, Elijah 6/14/1858

Purdom Cemetery Keosauqua, Van Buren Co IA
MCSURELY, Miles Born: 1809 Died: 1891
MCSURELY, Cathryn Born: 1814 Died: 1899
MCSURELY, James H. Born: 1849 Died: 1922
MCSURELY, Maggie V. Born: 1861 Died: 1906

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