Indiana is the native state of John S. Spurry, he having first seen the light of day in Henry county, January 20, 1853. His parents, James and Eunice (Wilson) Spurry, were natives of Delaware and Virginia respectively and emigrated to Indiana a good many years age. They were married in Fayette county and subsequently settled in Henry county where they afterwards resided for a number of years, and in 1864 moved to Hancock county, purchasing land and settling in Green township, where they resided about five years. They then removed to Henry county, settling in Knightstown, where the mother died in about 1870. The father subsequently wedded a Mrs. Johnson and moved to Kansas, where he died about 1890. He was the father of eight children by his first wife, his second marriage being without issue. The names of his children are as follows: Elizabeth married Milton Borren and resides in Oklahoma; Jane married Henry D. Woodcock and lives in the state of Illinois; William died while serving his country in the Rebellion; Samuel W. married Mary Roberts, lives in Madison county, Indiana; Anna is a resident of Greenfield, Hancock County; John S. is the subject of this review; Alice is the widow of Mahlon Smith and resides at Knightstown, and Ida, the youngest, is deceased.

John S. Spurry was reared on the farm and has always engaged in agricultural pursuits, in which he has made a success. He was married in Hancock county at the city of Greenfield, August 12, 1875, to Miss Mary F. Lummis, who also is a native of the Hoosier state, born in Hancock county, August 22, 1852. After his marriage Mr. Spurry settled on the same farm on which he now resides, which was then owned by his father-in-law, and which he subsequently purchased from the other heirs. He now has one hundred acres of as fine a land as can be found within the borders of Green township, if not in Hancock county. Mr. Spurry is a scientific farmer and an up-to-date man, and everything around his premises shows thrift, energy and enterprise. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and are highly esteemed by all who know them. They are the parents of six children: viz: Daisie D., deceased; Nellie B. is the wife of Edward DeCamp and resides in Green township, this county; Harley R., Goldie B., Eva F and Charley F. are at home.

Transcribed from Biographical Memoirs of Hancock County B. F. Bowen, Publisher, Logansport, Indiana, 1902 Pages 409-410.

Submitted by Sylvia (Rose) Duda, Laingsburg, MI Sept. 22, 2003.

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