Joseph Peter Surface

16 January 1858–23 January 1921 (Age 63)
Montgomery, Virginia, United States

The Life of Joseph Peter

When Joseph Peter Surface was born on 16 January 1858, in Montgomery, Virginia, United States, his father, Henry Surface, was 37 and his mother, Emmalene Hambrick, was 37. He married Rebecca Olivia Hasseltine Shelton on 27 September 1887, in Giles, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Virginia, United States in 1870 and Roanoke, Virginia, United States in 1920. He died on 23 January 1921, in Big Lick, Roanoke, Virginia, United States, at the age of 63, and was buried in Big Lick, Roanoke, Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joseph Peter Surface
Rebecca Olivia Hasseltine Shelton
Marriage: 27 September 1887
Edgar Ernest Surface
Robert Surface

Spouse and Children


    Rebecca Olivia Hasseltine Shelton


27 September 1887
Giles, Virginia, United States


    Edgar Ernest Surface



Parents and Siblings



    Emily Surface


    Sophronia Surface



    Lyonia Jane Surface


    Lemuel Milton Surface


+8 More Children

World Events (8)

1861 · The Battle of Manassas

Age 3

The Battle of Manassas is also referred to as the First Battle of Bull Run. 35,000 Union troops were headed towards Washington D.C. after 20,000 Confederate forces. The McDowell's Union troops fought with General Beauregard's Confederate troops along a little river called Bull Run. 

Age 5

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 17

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.

Name Meaning

Origin unidentified. Compare Surfus .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Joseph Surface, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Joseph P Surface in household of Henry Surface, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Joseph Surface in household of Henry Surface, "United States Census, 1870"

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