Biography of Samuel Surmehly
Allen County, OH Biographies

SAMUEL SURMEHLY, farmer, P. O. Lima, was born in eastern Pennsylvania, January 23, 1822, son of John and Susannah (Shaffner) Zurmehly, former a native of France, latter of Switzerland. The parents immigrated to America about 1816, traveling the previous fall to the sea coast, a distance of 700 miles, with a hand cart, but were detained until the following spring, and on their arrival in America had to work three years as a return for their passage across the ocean, the father in a stone quarry, although by trade he was a silk weaver; he afterward accumulated enough money to buy a horse and cart, and in 1823 came overland with his family to Pickawa'v County, Ohio, where he operated a copper still, by which, with the assistance of his wife. who spun yarn and wove cloth, he managed to support his family. This couple died in Pickaway County, Ohio, the mother in 1835. the father four years later. They had. nine children : Robert. Frederick. Samuel. Jacob (deceased). John (deceased), Amos (deceased), Susannah (deceased), Peter (deceased), Mary (Mrs. Solomon Morgan). Our subject left home when ten years of age, working the first year for his board; the second year he got $3 per month and board, the money received going toward the support of his father's family. His mother dying when he was in his thirteenth year, he returned home, where he remained two years, assisting in the housework and looking after the younger members of the family. In 1831 he went to work on a farm, at which he continued until 1841, when he began work at the carpenter's trade, and this he followed up to 1845. In 1846 he came to this county, and settled on Section 24, Shawnee Township, where he cleared and improved a farm from what was then an unbroken wilderness, and here he resided until the spring of 1865, when he located on the farm of 168 acres he now occupies, most of which he has cleared, and on which he has made many improvements. Mr. Zurmehly also owns eighty acres in another part of the township. He has given a farm to one of his sons, and also to a son-in-law. Mr. Zurmehly was married, October 14, 1844, to Catherine, daughter of Samuel and Mary (Kraft) Books, of Pickaway County, Ohio, by whom he had seven children: Mary E. (Mrs. Isaac Reed), John W., Jennie (deceased), Wilson S., Peter F., Charles L. and Ida B. (Mrs. Alonzo McLain). Our subject and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics Mr. Zurmehly is a Republican.

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