John Surber

26 February 1872–10 May 1920 (Age 48)
Hancock, Tennessee, United States

The Life of John

When John Surber was born on 26 February 1872, in Hancock, Tennessee, United States, his father, David J. Surber, was 17 and his mother, Emily Wolfe, was 23. He married Caroline Sarah Brown in 1893, in Hancock, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 7 daughters. He lived in Civil District 8, Hancock, Tennessee, United States in 1910 and Civil District 5, Claiborne, Tennessee, United States in 1920. He died on 10 May 1920, in Hancock, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 48, and was buried in Claiborne, Tennessee, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Surber
Caroline Sarah Brown
Marriage: 1893
Cornie Surber
Effie Jane Surber
Margaret Surber
Lula Frances Surber
Flossie Surber
Estel Roy Surber
Nelia Surber
Hazel Surber

Spouse and Children

Hancock, Tennessee, United States


+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings




    Mollie Surber


    Margret Surber


    William Surber


    George Surber


+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 3

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.
1878 · Yellow Fever Epidemic

Age 6

When a man that had escaped a quarantined steamboat with yellow fever went to a restaurant he infected Kate Bionda the owner. This was the start of the yellow fever epidemic in Memphis, Tennessee. By the end of the epidemic 5,200 of the residence would die.

Age 14

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

Name Meaning

South German: from Bavarian dialect surbe, sorbe ‘grass’, ‘turf’, ‘swamp’, ‘reedy soil’, a topographic name for someone who lived on such ground.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • John Surber, "United States Census, 1900"
  • John Surber, "United States Census, 1920"
  • John Surber, "United States Census, 1910"

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