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George Andrew SURFACE
Nettie Alice MERICLE
Husband:  George Andrew SURFACE
Birth:  6 Jun 1873, Union Twp., Montgomery Co., IN
Death:  12 Jan 1944, Great Falls, Cascade Co., MT
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  Philip SURFACE
Mother:  Mary E. McCAIN

Parents said to be, but cannot be:
Father:  Michael Albert SURFACE
Mother:  Julia Ann LYONS
In the 1880 census, their son, George (æ 4, b. IN), is with them in White River Twp., Johnson Co., IN, so he can't be our subject, who is the George (æ 9, b. IN) in Nodaway Co., MO.  Also, our subject's birth on 6 Jun 1873 would have him born too close to another son of Michael & Julia, born 1 Dec 1872.  Lastly, their son died in 1891.

Marriage:  4 Sep 1892, MO
Wife:  Nettie Alice MERICLE 
Birth:  1873 or Jun 1875, OH
Death:  1963
Disposition:  buried Highland Cemetery, Great Falls, Cascade Co., MT
Occupation:  homemaker
Probable Brother:  Charles MERICLE, b. 1880, OH
Children:
1.  George Elzworth / Elsworth "Elza / Elzie" SURFACE, b. 6 Mar 1894, MO; d. 6 May 1987, Bozeman, Gallatin Co., MT
2.  Basil Raymond SURFACE, b. Jun 1898 or 1897; d. 1978
3.  Lester H. SURFACE, b. 1903/4
Others in household:
.  Eleanor HASTINGS, b. 1932/3, MT step-granddaughter
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania

Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1880 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #20 of 22):  Greene Twp., Nodoway Co., MO, Roll 706, p. 169D, PN 20, SD 7, ED 259, enumerated 15 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):-
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 13 21 24 25 26
164 169 Barton Nathan W M 33     / Farmer   O Maryland Maryland
    ______ Barbara W F 32 Wife   / keeping house   Penn Penn Penn
    Surface Effa W F 12 Living with /   goes to School / Ind Ind Ind
    Surface George W M  9 Living with /   goes to School / Ind Ind Ind
Esther "Effa" SURFACE is George's sister.  George's mother has died, and although his father remarried, George and his three siblings are not living with him.  Barbara's maiden name is BARR.

3.  1890 U.S. Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

4.  1900 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #5 of 16):  Quitman (West Side of River), Green Twp., Nodaway Co., MO, p. 39A, SN 3A, SD 4, ED 99, enumerated 1 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):-
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
31 31 Surface Geo Head W M Jun 1873 26 M 7     IN Un Un Farmer 0   Y Y Y O M F 32
       "    Mestie? Wife W F Jun 1875 24 M 7 2 2 OH OH OH       Y Y Y        
       "    Elzie Son W M Mar 1894  6 S       MO IN OH                    
       "    Basil Son W M Jun 1898  2 S       MO IN OH                    
    Mircale Charles Laborer W M Sep 1880 19 S       OH OH OH Farmer   5 Y Y Y        
    Brownlee Vernie Laborer W M Jun 1880 19 S       IN IN IN Farmer   6 Y Y Y        
    Rhodes Blane Laborer W M Jan 1884 16 S       OH OH OH Farmer   6 Y Y Y        
Charles MERICLE is probably Nettie's brother.

5.  1910 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #22 of 22):  Nodaway Twp., Nodaway Co., MO, p. 191B, SN 15B, SD 4, ED 137, enumerated 29 Apr 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910; this enumerator just used check marks for visitation numbers (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):-
1910:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
x x Surface George Head M W 38 M 18     IL IL IL Eng Farmer Home Farm OA Y Y   O M F 37
    _______ Nettie Wife F W 35 M 18 3 3 OH OH OH Eng None     Y Y          
    _______ Elva Son M W 16 S       IL IL OH Eng None     Y Y Y        
    _______ Basil Son M W 13 S       IL IL OH Eng None     Y Y Y        
    _______ Lester Son M W  6 S       IL IL OH Eng None     Y Y Y        

6.  1920 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find.

7.  1930 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #4 of 12):  Bozeman Canyon Road, Liberty Election Pct. 35, Gallatin Co., MT, p. 174B, SN 2B, ED 16-39, SD 9, enumerated 8 Apr 1930, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1930 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):-
1930:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 3 4 5 6 7 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 24 25 26 27 28 30 32
* 37 37 Surface George A Head R Y M W 58 M 21 N Y IN IN IN Y Farmer Mixed Farm 0 Y N 33
    _______ Nettie Wife     F W 56 M 19 N Y OH OH OH Y None          
*Bozeman Canyon Road

8.  1940 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #3 of 15):  Gordon (Pct. 13), Gallatin Co., MT, p. 157B, SN 1B, SD 1, ED 16-14, enumerated 4/5 Apr 1940, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1940 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):-
1940:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean.
HOUSEHOLD NAME RELATION   PERSONAL EDUCATION   BIRTHPLACE   CIT RESIDENCE in 1935   EMPLOYMENT STATUS FS
3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25   26 27 28 29 30   31 32 33 34
15 O 500 N Surface George A Head M W 68 M N 8 Indiana   same place       N N N N U           0 0 N  
        _______ Nettie Wife F W 66 M N 7 Ohio   same place       N N N N H           0 0 N  
        Hastings Eleanor step grand
daughter
F W  7 S Y 1 Montana   same place                                  

9.  Public Member Trees (online at Ancestry.com).

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