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Sorted buy County, then date. ..prs
Boone Co., Lebanon;   Daviess Co., Washington;   Gibson Co., Princeton;   Jefferson Co., Madison;   Vigo Co., Terre Haute;  

 Boone Co., IN. Click on Redball for 1895 County Map!<---See: 1895 County Map!
Submitter:
John & Janet Price
Antique photo Zella Seratt
Date: 09 Dec 2002 9:57:41 PM Pacific Standard Time
I have an old family reunion photo taken in the late 1800's.
In Jamestown, Boone Co. Indiana. In the photo is a young woman by the name of Zella Seratt. Grandmother spelled the name for me, however her name could have just one "t" at the end. I do not know how she is related to my family.
I found your web site but do not understand how it works. Are these family names you have researched?
Other surnames names in the photo: Isley Seratt Groves
This may be Mrs. Rozella (HEDGES) SURRATT, (a.k.a. Della, Zella)
b. c1871 Madison Co., IN. she was the 2nd wife of: Spencer "Locker" SURRATT
We would like to exchange info. on this family! ...prs
 

Daviess Co., IN. was created in 1817, from the larger Knox Co. The County Seat is Washington, IN. 47501. It is located in the Southern part of the State. Bounded by Greene Co., on the North; Martin Co., on the East; Pike & Dubois Co's on the South; with Knox Co. on the West.
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Gibson Co., IN. was created in 1813, from the larger Knox Co. The County Seat is Prinston, IN. 47570. It is located in the Southwest part of the state, boarder of IL. It is bounded by: Knox Co., on the North; Pike Co. on the East; Posey, Vanderburgh & Warrick Co.'s on the South; with Wabash Co., IL. on the West. (First Census 1820, County Clerk has m. rec from 1813; div, pro & civ court rec from 1820)
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Submitter:
Bill Hunter
SURRATT, in Indiana
1st E-Mail: Dated: Dec 06, 2000
Source: [email protected]
Hi List,
I've answered one of my questions from the earlier post enquiring about the name Suratt.
Now I've found the correct spelling was Surratt, not Suratt as I had originally seen in the marriage record.
A Mrs. Anna Surratt died May 3, 1914 as reported in a Terre Haute newspaper. Possibly the same person who married Ralph Surrat in 1878 in Gibson county. Thanks, Bill Hunter ([email protected])
Bill,
we feel the accepted spelling of this branch is "SURATT" (with one R) See more information on this branch in Vigo Co., IN.
Ralph M. SURRATT, (SFA) Family Profile. ..prs (SFA)

2nd E-Mail: Dated: Dec 06, 2000
Surratt Family Genealogy Forum Message # 389
Ralph SURRATT married Anna STRICKLAND at Gibson county Indiana June 7, 1878.
Anna died at Terre Haute, Indiana May 3, 1914, age 67.
Does anyone have any information on this family and any descendants.
If you happen to be a descendant I may have at least a part of your ancestry back to Switzerland in the mid 1600's and will be only too happy to exchange
Thanks, Bill Hunter ([email protected])
Bill,
we think Ralph M. SURRATT, married the Widow/Div Mrs. Anna (MATTHEWS) STRICKLAND, she had a daughter Myrtle J. STRICKLAND, b. c1872.
We would be happy to see information on the "Switzerland" Connection?
See more information on this branch in Vigo Co., IN. Ralph M. SURRATT, (SFA) Family Profile. ..prs (SFA)

3rd E-Mail: Dated: Jun 26, 2001
Hi Paul,
Good to hear from you and to know that someone is working on the Suratt, and various spellings, family.
My interest in the family is through Anna (Matthews) Strickland, Suratt and I have at least a part of her ancestry back to Switzerland in the mid 1600 and will he happy to share.
She was born at Owensville, Gibson county IN in 1846 according to the 1850 census, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Malone) Matthews. She was married first at Gibson county July 4, 1870 to James Strickland, but do not know his parents, whether they were divorced or he died, but suspect he died. The Myrtle (STRICKLAND) Suratt, step daughter of Ralph Surratt, is the daughter of James Strickland.
A number of people are working on the Strickland families of Gibson county, but there were so many James' that they can't untangle them.
My interest is that I'm compiling the history of the descenants of John and Barbara (Bowman) Hunter who settled in Washington county TN in 1783. Mrs. Anna (Matthews) Strickland, Surratt was their gggrand daughter.
I'd be most happy to have anything you may have on the descendants of Ralph and Anna Surratt, right up to those children born recently.
If you are a descendant I'll get you included on the information as it deveops for the next Hunter family reunion to be held in Johnson City, Tennessee in the summer of 2002.
Look forward to hearing from you. Bill Hunter [email protected]
Bill,
Thanks for the E-mail, the only question I have is the birth of Mrs. Anna (MATTHEWS) STRICKLAND, SURRATT
, You say 1850 Census list b. 1846, she was Not born yet?
In 1880 Census list b. 1852, a28y;
In 1900 Census list b. 1852, a48y;
In 1914 Cemetery stone list b. 1847, a67y
See more information on this branch in Vigo Co., IN. Ralph M. SURATT, (SFA) Family Profile. ..prs (SFA)
 
Submitter:
Lora
SERRETT, Austin
Dated: Mar 26, 2001
Source: [email protected]
Newspaper Abstracts Of Owensville and Gibson County, Indiana 1872-1918
Austin Serrett killed by train October 19, 1902
Lora,
Even though this Austin was spelled SERRETT, we feel this is Austin SURATT, b. 1879, was the 1st s/o Ralph M. & Mrs. Anna STRICKLAND of the 1880 Census for Gibson Co. See more information on this branch in Vigo Co., IN.
See: Austin SURRATT, (SFA©) Profile. ..prs (SFA)

 Jefferson Co., County Seat: Madison, IN.
Submitter:
Paul R. Sarrett, Jr.
Willie SURRETT, dies age 74yrs,
Date: December 14, 1991
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY, Page: 12A
Obituary: MADISON, [Jefferson Co.] IN.
Willie SURRETT, 74, of 702 Elm St., [5.01.4.03.7.3]
b. 28 Feb 1917, KY. died 12 Dec 1991 Thursday at King's Daughters' Hospital.
He was a retired employee of Pearl Packing Co.
Survivors: four sons,
1. Joe SURRETT of Indianapolis, IN.
2. Raymond SURRETT of Michigan
3. William SURRETT; of Madison, IN.
4. Donny SURRETT; of Madison, IN.

two daughters,
1. Barbara (SURRETT) Truesdell
2. Ruby (SURRETT) Shaw;

two brothers,
1. Carlie and
2. Harvey SURRETT;

10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral: 11 a.m. Monday, Lytle-Gans-Andrew Funeral Home. Burial: Springdale Cemetery. Visitation: after 9 a.m. Monday. Memorial gifts: Willie SURRETT memorial fund, 423 W. Main St., Madison, Ind. 47250.
 This is
<--- [SFAŠ--ID# 5.01.4.03.05.5 Family!]
4th Son of: John "Willie" SURRATT & Mother: Ida Mae HUDSON), of Cumberland Co., KY
We would like to exchange info. on this Family!..prs
 
Submitter:
Paul R. Sarrett, Jr.
Thomas O. SURRETT, dies age 54yrs,
Publication Date: October 01, 1999
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY., Page: 05b Subjects: DEATH; FUNERAL; Obituary:
MADISON, [Jefferson Co.] IN. - Thomas O. SURRETT, 54, died Wednesday at King's Daughters' Hospital. He was a retired employee of Cummins Engine Co. in Columbus. Survivors:
his wife, the former Vicki Johnson;
a daughter, Angie Hatton;
a son, Thomas O. SURRETT Jr.;
his parents, Harvey and Bernice SURRETT;
a sister, Edith Gordon;
and brothers
Lonnie and
Kenny SURRETT.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Saturday, VailHolt. Burial: Grandview Memorial Gardens. Visitation: 4-8 p.m. Friday and after 9 a.m. Saturday.
 This is <--- [SFAŠ--ID# 5.01.4.03.05.8.3]
1st Son of: Harvey O. & Berniece SURRATT, of Madison, Jefferson Co., Indiana
We would like to exchange info. on this Family!..prs
 
Submitter:
Carol Harmon
SURRATT/SURRETT Family, of Madison, Indiana

  1st E-Mail Date: Mon, April 30, 2012 At: 6:50:37 PM PSTime
Hi
Don't know if this email address is still valid, but thought I would give it a try anyway. I am looking for any information on Anna P. Surratt/Surrett born in Kentucky, married Dewey B. Kelley.
They are my maternal grand-parents and I don't have any information other than their names and children.
I beleive she may have been the daughter of William Surratt of Cumberland Co. Kentucky. If you have any information, I would appreciate it very much. Thank you.
Sincerely, Carol Harmon [email protected]
Thanks for the E-Mail, Carol
Yep!, I'm still kicking, I'm in my 70's now with poor health and I don't get around much anymore.
Can you give me a DOB and marriage date, county location for Anna P. SURRATT/SURRETT


  2nd E-Mail Dated: Tue, May 1, 2012, At: 9:15:32 PM, PSTime
Hi Paul,
I am so sorry to hear of your ailing health, but am very happy that you are soldering on and returned my email!
Unfortunately the only information I have is the county and state from my natural mothers birth certificate, which stated that the mother/father were both born in Kentucky and some of her siblings were found through local obits. I think I have identified the correct Dewey Kelley by comparing the names of a couple of obituaries against the 1900 - 1930 census's (censi?) but the 1930 census shows him marrying a different woman.
My mother [Not mentioned by Name?] was born in the city of Madison, Jefferson County, Indiana. Other than the census's, obituaries and her birth certificate, I don't have any other information. I have lived in Texas for years, so don't have access to the county records in Indiana and Kentucky. The older members of my family have not been forthcoming with details (skeletons in the closet apparently) so I have been relying on what I can find on the internet.
I was extremely excited that there was so much information out there on the Surretts/Surratts in America and can't tell you how pleased I was when I discovered it. I also read that there was books written, but are now out of print. If there is any way possible of getting a hold of one of those that would be incredible! I will probably post an open request and see if I get any responses.
I'm sorry I don't have much experience at this and have been fumbling around. I have always been interested in how people end up where they are and the human movement as a whole, but have no training.
Any assistance/suggestions you can give would be GREATLY appreciated!!!
Thanks again for responding and I hope to hear from you soon.
Sincerely, Carol Harmon [email protected]
 Carol,
Carol, I think I have found your SURRETT branch.
Your Grandmother is our 6th Generation [SFAŠ-ID# 5.01.4.03.05.4] descendant of Jean Esteirnno de SARRET, & The Dutchess Marie (a.k.a. "Duke of Mont Sarrette")
Annie "Pearl" SURRATT/SURRETT
1st Dau of: "Willie" John SURRATT & Mother: Ida Mae HUDSON), of Cumberland Co., KY.
b. 30 Jun 1914, Mag. Dist.# 3, Wheatstone Twp., Cumberland Co., Kentucky
d. 27 May 1983, age 68yrs, 10mths & 27 days, Madison, Jefferson Co., Indiana
Buried: Springdale Cemetery, Madison, Jefferson Co., Indiana
At age 35yrs she married bfr 1949, Jefferson Co., Indiana to [As his 2nd Wife]
52 year old Dewey Bryan KELLEY,
(1st Son of: Sidney W. KELLEY & Mother: Josephine Ida NATION)
(GrandSon of: James Henry KELLEY,(1833–1926) & Eliza Ann MORGAN, (1834–1916)
b. 23 Dec 1897, 2622 W. Madison St., Louisville, Ward 12, Jefferson Co., Kentucky
d. 27 Feb 1973, age 74yrs, 2mths, & 4 days, Madison, Jefferson Co., Indiana
Buried: Springdale Cemetery, Madison, Jefferson Co., Indiana
They has 4 Children born to this Union:
1. Only Son: William Surrett KELLEY, (1949-2004 55yrs)
2. 1st Dau: Nancy KELLEY, married Mr. BREEDEN,
3. 2nd Dau: Carol KELLEY, married Mr. SCRANTON
4. 3rd Dau: Christine KELLEY, married 1st Mr. RICHARDS, m. 2nd Mr. RICHEY
You did not mention your mothers name, but she must be one of these 3 siblings.
If you goto my SFAŠ Profile Page, I have a lot of "Unknown, Not Traced, etc that I need help from you & your mother that can feel in some blanks.
At the top of the page you will see "hot links" to previous generations.
I also sent a E-Mail the Rev. Kenny SURRETT, (One of your mothers Cousin) that I hope will help with more information on this branch.
Hope to hear from you soon.
This is <--- [SFAŠ-ID# 5.01.4.03.05.4]
1st Dau of: "Willie" John SURRATT & Mother: Ida Mae HUDSON), of Cumberland Co., KY
We would like to exchange info. on this Family!..prs
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 Vigo Co., IN.  was createed in 1818 from the larger Sullivan Co. The County Seat is Tere Haute, IN. 47801. It is located in the Southwest corner of the state, boarder of IL. It is bounded by Vermillion & Parke Co.'s on the North; Clay Co. on the East; Sullivan Co. on the South; With Clark & Edgar Co.'s IL. on the West. (First Census 1820, County Clerk has m. pro. & Civ court rec from 1818)
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Submitter:
Mike McCormick
SURATT's of Vigo Co., IN.
Dated: Jun 20, 2001
(SFA) Guestbook
I am the Vigo County, Indiana, Historian and, for several years, have pursued biographical information about Valeska Suratt, the vaudeville star and silent screen vamp, and her family.
She lived in Owensville (Gibson County, Indiana), Terre Haute (Vigo County, Indiana), briefly in Indianapolis (Marion County, Indiana), Chicago (Cook County, Illinois) and, then New York City.
She died in Washington, D.C. in a retirement home. Her father was Ralph M. Suratt; her mother was Anna, her two brothers were Austin and Richard (who also was known as "Judge," and so named in the 1900 Census); one sister, Leah (shown as "Leal" in your index); and a step-sister, Myrtle Strickland.
Valeska was born in Owensville (Gibson County, Indiana) in about 1882. He family moved to Terre Haute in 1887. I was fortunate enough to get acquainted with her housekeeper several years ago. The housekeeper died at 102 a few weeks ago.
Valeska had two marriages. The first was to vaudeville comic Billy Gould; the second was to actor Fletcher Norton. Anna died in 1914 in Terre Haute. Austin was killed a year or so later but I am not sure where. "Judge" lived in Pacific Northwest and eventually became a recognized producer of documentary films in Alaska. He died "under suspicious circumatances" in 1959. Valeska died in 1962 and her ashes are here at Highland Lawn Cemetery next to her mother Anna and sister Leah. I wish others would produce a census index like yours. Thank you. Mike McCormick ([email protected])
Mike,
Thanks for the E-Mail and kind words.
I would like to exchange info on this family, as you can see I have some different information, than you, See more information on this branch in Vigo Co., IN. Ralph M. SURRATT, (SFA) Family Profile. ..prs (SFA)
Submitter:
Mike McCormick
SURATT's of Vigo Co., IN.
Dated: Jun 25, 2001
Paul:
Thank you very much for your email. I note that I made a typo in my earlier message. My information -- though not documented -- is that Ralph "Judge" Suratt was killed in 1950 in Alaska, not 1959. Elizabeth Lauer said that she though he was living in the Pacific Northwest in 1913-1915.
[Comment: by prs] Richard (Not Ralph) "Judge" SURATT, d. 22 Jul 1950, a59y "Under mysterious circumstane
Your information about Austin may prove very helpful. When Anna Suratt died in 1914, the funeral was postponed for a day or two because "Valeska's brother" could not be contacted. Later, In two interviews, Valeska asserted that she was very upset when her "brother" did not come back for their mother's funeral. In another story, it was said that her "favorite brother" was killed a year or two after her mother died. Thus, I incorrectly presumed that Austin survived his mother. However, I had not been able to find his obituary. Now I can focus on an earlier date.
[Comment: by prs] Brother Austin SURATT, was killed in Gibson Co., IN. on 19 Oct 1902, this is some 12 years before his Mother died in 1914, the only other brother R. Judge has to be the brother that was late for the funeral.
I can help you rergarding Leah SURRATT. She married John Jahries of Terre Haute in Vigo County, Indiana, on Jan. 14, 1904. Mr. Jahries ended up in Los Angeles, California, as a scenic designer or similar trade. As I recall, he died in 1953. I don't think the Jahries moved to California for several years because Mrs. Leah (Surratt) JAHRIES managed Valeska's "hat boutique" in the Hotel Deming here in Terre Haute, about 1914-1915 timeframe. As I recall, Mrs. Leah (Surratt) Jahries married a man named Hinchliffe. It is unclear to me whether Leah and Jahries were divorced or that she married Hinchliffe after Jahries died. I think I have more information the second husband somewhere. If I find it I will furnish it to you. Leah survived until 1980 and is buried at Highland Lawn Cemetery with her mother and Valeska's ashes.
Regards, Mike McCormick ([email protected])
Thanks, Mike I have made corrections/additions at: Ralph M. SURRATT, (SFA) Family Profile. ..prs (SFA)
Submitter:
Mike McCormick
SURATT's of Vigo Co., IN.
Dated: Jun 26, 2001
(corrected e-mail)
File: Suratt1905-b.zip (100221 bytes)
Paul:
Again I gave you a wrong date. The Terre Haute newspaper story attached was dated Feb. 1905. I also have made a few other minor changes in the text for clarification.
I just looked at the information on you website about Valeska. I had not journeyed that far until you gave me a clue in your message. I find that much of the information you cited was taken from several sources who were quoting statements I made in a series of stories I wrote about Valeska about six years ago. The information I had back then was, in some slight respects, erroneous. A couple of the website sources have contacted me since those stories were published and I have furnished some updated information.
At least one of the website moderators got "correct infornation from me" but relied in incorrect information on Imdb. I have since corrected the Imdb information but the web moderator has not changed the information on his website!
I feel comfortable that, despite assertions otherwise, Valeska was born in Owensville (Gibson County). The question is the precise date. I do not have the material in front of me so please excuse me if I correct something later. According to a person who interviewed Leah in 1961 by telephone (she was still living in California), the Suratts moved to Terre Haute when Valeska was four years old. It also said she died at age 78. That would mean she moved to TH in 1888 or 1889. That corresponds with the Terre Haute city directories, as I recall, which first list Suratt's Blacksmith Shop in Terre Haute in 1889. However, there is a possibility that the interviewer misinterpreted Leah. Leah could have been referring to her own age, not Valeska's.
I have purchased several New York Dramatic Mirrors, Motion Picture World, Photoplay, other magazines and the New York Times in an effort to clarify some of these issues and have spent time going through Variety, Cosmopolitan, etc. I have learned much but not all my crucial questions have been resolved. I may be one of the largest collectors of Valeska Suratt memorbilia!
Leah told the 1961 interviewer that Valeska left TH with $1000 borrowed from Leah who had had won a Honduras lottery, went to New York and London and was discovered by Edward Edelston. That may be true but I have since discovered that she also took acting and dancing lessons in Chicago in 1904 or before, met and married Billy Gould (though I have no marriage date or place) and in 1905 departed with him on a vaudeville tour of South Africa, using the name Valeska (Suratt) Gould. (See attached Scan from newspaper story dated Feb. 14, 1905). Leah said Valeska worked at the Albert LeClear Photograph Studios in Terre Haute. Valeska is quoted in Photoplay that her "first job" was at W.H. Block's Department Store in Indianapolis. Of course, in the same story she refers to herself as a "Terre Haute native."
Let me repeat. Thanks for the website. I am going back to study it once more.
Regards, Mike McCormick ([email protected])

Thanks, Mike I have made corrections/additions at: Ralph M. SURRATT, (SFA) Family Profile.
Submitter:
Mike McCormick
SURATT's of Vigo Co., IN.
Dated: Jun 27, 2001
Paul:
Unfortunately I have not had the time to review my notes or pursue any research on the Surratt/Suratt family since my last communication. The issue regarding father Ralph remains an enigma and I did pursue that some years ago but I will have to refresh myself.
The absence of Valeska from the 1900 census suggests to me:
1. She probably was born in 1882; and/or
2. She already had departed town. She might have been in Indianapolis or Chicago, two towns she lived in before 1905. It is reported that she also worked for a milliner shop here and at the photographic studio. The latter source in Leah. The hat shop at the Hotel Deming, which Leah managed, is from Elizabeth Lauer. Leah said Valeska dropped out of school when she was young and I suspect that means before age 14 or 15.
Please keep in mind that these are only suggestions -- not what a genealogist needs. However, they are issues I am still want to pursue and share with someone like you.
The first Terre Haute house the family lived in, I think, was a 323 North 17th. The second one was one on Chestnut St. And the third Valeska helped the family acquire was at 1634 North 9th. That is where the family was living when Anna died. I do not recall whether I checked the chain of title on the Chestnut St. home.
Please be patient as I have got myself committed to about 20 hours a day. However, I definitely want to resolve the issues you raise.
Stay in touch, Mike McCormick

Thanks Mike,
I still have the following Questions.
1. What happen to Ralph M. SURATT, he was age 47y living alone in the 1900 Census (do you have access to the 1910 and 1920 Census on this family?
2. Why wasn't Valeska, a18y living with mother in 1900 Census? Did she go to Chicago before 1900?
I have made corrections/additions at: Ralph M. SURRATT, (SFA) Family Profile.
Submitter:
Mike McCormick
SURATT's of Vigo Co., IN.
Dated: Jun 28, 2001
Paul:
I could not access your database/website today to see if you already have the information; however, I accidentally came across Leah's application for marriage license among some papers in my office. Her mother's maiden name was "Anna Mathews." By the way, "Surratt" was spelled with a double "r." Luther E. Sellers conducted the marriage ceremony. Jahries' first name was listed as "Jno." or Jonathan. He was a "butcher" at the time of the wedding. Best regards, Mike McCormick
Yes Mike,
Anna (MATTHEWS) was the d/o William & Elizabeth (Malone) MATTHEWS) She married 1st 04 Jul 1870, Gibson co., IN. to James STRICKLAND, had 1 Dau Myrtle J., b. c1872 (Dont know weather the Div or he died) Anna married 2nd on 07 Jun 1878 in Gibson, to Ralph M. SURATT/SURRATT
Was Luther E. Sellers, a J.P. or GM? Where did the marriage take place?
I have made corrections/additions at:
At URL: Ralph M. SURATT Profile!
At URL: Valeska SURATT Profile!
Submitter:
Mike McCormick
SURATT's of Vigo Co., IN.
Dated: Jun 28, 2001
Paul:
I could not access your database/website today to see if you already have the information; however, I accidentally came across Leah's application for marriage license among some papers in my office. Her mother's maiden name was "Anna Mathews." By the way, "Surratt" was spelled with a double "r." Luther E. Sellers conducted the marriage ceremony. Jahries' first name was listed as "Jno." or Jonathan. He was a "butcher" at the time of the wedding.
The marriage took place in Vigo County, Indiana (Terre Haute). I identify the Rev. Luther E. Seller as the pastor at the Central Christian Church, 639 Mulberry St. in Terre Haute though I have not checked the 1903-04 city directory. He was later in the decade and I suspect he was pastor there in 1904.
I happen to have the 1907 Terre Haute City Directory at my office. John M. Jahries and Ralph M. Suratt are both listed as living at 625 North 7th Street, Terre Haute. Jahries is listed as being employed as a clerk at Fred Herman's Meat Market, 225 North 5th Street, Terre Haute. Coincidentally, "Lottie Jahries" is listed at the bookkeeper at Fred Herman's Meat Market and also "boards" at that address. Ralph is listed as a "blacksmith" with "home" at 625 North Seventh Street but no business address. A decade earlier, his blackmith shop was in the 1300 block on Wabash Avenue.
In 1907, an "Anna Surrell" is listed as "boarding" at 665 Sycamore Street. Probably merely a coincidence but, perhaps, worth mentioning.
Here is a link to a 1916 article from Photoplay magazine asserting that Valeska got $5,000 (a week, I believe) from Jerry Lasky for one motion picture, an sizable amount for the time and put her in the top echelon of the early silent film stars. That film had to be "The Immigrant," since it is the only movie she made for Lasky.
You may already have this item in your files but I think it makes a significant point: Valeska was one of the hottest items in the performing arts.
Valeska did not like Hollywood. I am trying to document this but it is my research implies that she left Lasky for Fox because Fox agreed to make her motion pictures on the east coast. In n related matter, John M. Jahries died in Los Angeles on Sept. 21, 1953. Though I am presuming for the time being this is the same man who married Leah, the obit asserts that he leaves a widow, Zita Caughlin also formerly of Terre Haute. Zita Caughlin Jahries died on October 1961 but I have not yet examined her obituary.
Thanks Mike,
I have made corrections/additions at:
At URL: Ralph M. SURATT Profile!
At URL: Valeska SURATT Profile!
 
Submitter:
Judy Jahries
Subj: RE: Surratt/ Jahries Family Tree
1st E-Mail: Date: 06 Feb 2003 at: 10:04:52 AM Pacific Standard Time
Hi Paul- My name is Judy B. Jahries. I am mrd. to John Robert "Bob" Jahries. We are in the real world now, having gotten a computer for Christmas, which has led me to do some geneology research. It is getting very interesting , now that I have found all of your info and others through google.
We were both born in NJ and lived in Summit all our lives. In 1951, when Bob retired from NJ Bell, we moved to Martha's Vineyard, where we have visited in summer for nearly 50 years. It is a great place even in the winter.
Anyhow, Bob was b. 08 May 1930 to Margaret Ellis & John Robert Jahries in Summit, NJ. - He has a sister Joan (Hinchliffe) Jahries Maguire b. 4/29/29 . She & husband John R. Maguire have one son. They live in Falls Church, Va.
We have four "kids" , 6 grandchildren. Would like to know more about Bob's father , John R. Sr. All Bob knows is that he left his wife , Margaret in about 1932 and never came back to NJ.
In the Ellis family history it says "Margaret & Jack were divorced in 1942."
He does not remember his father at all. When he came back from Korea in 1953 he stopped in Cal. , tried to find his father, but was told he died. So maybe you can fill in the missing links.
I have a very long article about Valeska , possibly from NY Times. Will make copy and send to you if you would like it. Look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks! Judy & Bob Jahries, [email protected]
Thanks for the E-Mail, Judy
We are a little bit confused on your JARHRIES connection to the John M. JAHRIES,
d. 21 Sep 1953, Los Angeles, CA. that married 15 Jun 1904, in Terre Haute, Vigo Co., IN. to
Miss Leah SURATT, (2nd d/o Ralph M. & Mrs. Anna (Matthews) STRICKLAND, SURATT)
See: Leah (SURRATT) JAHRIES, HINCHCLIFFE
We would like to exchange information on this family!
We would like to see the article about Valeska Suratt (The Actress)

2nd E-Mail: Date: 07 Feb 2003 at: 11:27:58 AM Pacific Standard Time
HI PAUL- Thanks for the quick reply. I am sure you can help solve this puzzle.
I am sorry you are confused - so am I. Maybe this will help clarify.
Margaret(Bob's mother) mrd. Jack Jahries in NY,N.Y. in July 1926 .
Yes, Leah (Surratt) JAHRIES was his grandmother. He does not ever remember meeting her as a child., but she did fly (1st time) to NJ for our wedding Apr. 28, 1962.
She was a little tiny lady - 4' 10". I have a picture of her. Also have some very old professional photos of Valeska/Leah?
Do you know when Jack was born & died? and where?
Was John M Leah's Husband before Mr. Hinchcliffe?
We thought Jack's full name was John Robert!
We are very interested to hear what you figure out.
Will mail the newspaper clipping tomorrow. Thanks. Judy Jahries
3rd E-Mail: Date: 13 Feb 2003 at: 2:00:03 PM Pacific Standard Time
HI PAUL -- WOW -- You really did some research for us!
I never thought to look up the census records. And I have been a census enumerator two times - 1980 in Summit, NJ and 2000 here in W. Tisbury, Ma. - a job I thoroughly enjoyed! We will read all your latest info over carefully -- any additions, we will let you know. Keep in touch and thank you very much for your time.
Judy and Bob Jahries
Judy,
Thanks for the Newspaper clipping on Valeska SURRATT
We also would like .JPG's of your Leah & Valeska Photos!
We have tried to compose the profile on Leah SURRATT
See:  Leah (SURRATT) JAHRIES, HINCHCLIFFE , SFAŠ Profile!
We welcome any correction/addition to this family, we want to get the record straight!.
Regarding Mike McCormick, [email protected]
He is the Vigo County, Indiana, Historian and, for several years, and has pursued biographical information about Valeska Suratt, the vaudeville star and silent screen vamp, and her family.
 
Submitter:
Carlos Miranda
Valeska Suratt
Date: 07 Jul 2004 12:19:49 PM Pacific Daylight Time
dear paul
i loved the articles and history of Valeska Suratt im a fan of hers and it is a shame that none of her movies survived they were destroyed in a studio storage cabin along with theda bara's films who im also a big fan of i do have one film of theda bara and i saw 2 films of her at a museum. anyway i have about 7 original photos of Valeska Suratt do you know where i can find more? i have her stuff framed and would like to find more. let me know if you have time. thank you ,
carlos miranda, E-Mail:
[email protected]
      Thanks for the E-Mail, Carlos,
Keep checking our web site, and down-load any you don't have.
If you would like to share your photos, scan them and send to me in .JPG format and I will place them on our site. ...prsjr
See:  Valesca SURATT, SFAŠ Profile!
We would like to exchange info. on this Family!..prs
 
Submitter:
Geoff Williams
Journalist interested in Valeska Surrat
Date: 1st E-Mail: 05 Jan 2005 8:05:25 AM Pacific Standard Time
Hi, Paul,
Hi. My name is Geoff Williams. I'm a freelance journalist based in Cincinnati, Ohio, and I'm working on my first book (or at least my first book pubilshed by a mainstream, large publishing house), and I'm trying to track down information on Valeska Suratt. Your web site and knowledge of Valeska Suratt is extremely impressive, and so I'm hoping you might have ideas as to how I can learn more about her.
But obviously you're wondering why I'm interested in her, and so I'll cut to the chase. Valeska Suratt will be a minor character, but an interesting one, is a nonfiction book that I'm researching and writing, and which will be published by Rodale (www.rodale.com) and in bookstores across the country in May 2007. The book is THE BUNION DERBY: The Remarkable Story of C.C. Pyle's 1928 International Trans-Continental Foot Race, from Los Angeles to New York.
If you're not familiar with the race, I can give you more details about it later, but basically, in 1928, sports promoter C.C. Pyle organized a foot race across the country, where 199 men competed for a $25,000 prize. Fifty-five runners actually ended up reaching the finish line, which is remarkable when you consider that sneakers had hardly been invented, and there were no freeways--even paved roads were something of a rarity. It's an incredible story, and throughout the race, C.C. Pyle was constantly being sued (by his bank, people he owed money to, etc).
Valeska Suratt was one of those people. In 1928, during the race, she sued him for $2,000.
What I don't know is how C.C. Pyle and Valeska Suratt knew each other (Pyle did have a lot of connections to Hollywood, and so it isn't surprising that they knew each other), and I don't know how the lawsuit turned out (so far, I haven't found any newspaper articles about how it turned out, just that she sued him).
A lot of these questions, I'm sure I'll answer as I'm researching the book over the next 15 months or so (the book deal was just made last month), but judging from your web site, I'm assuming you're some distant relative of Valeska, and so I'm thinking you might have clues that you can send my way. Maybe you know of a niece or nephew of Valeska's who I could interview (and relative who knew her would be great to interview), or maybe there are certain things you've been planning on investigating that you don't have time to do, and wouldn't mind sharing the details, and I'll then do some research on my own (and share whatever I learn, of course).
Regardless of what I turn up on her, Valeska Suratt is only a very small part of this story, but having a silent era sex symbol suing Pyle is interesting, and so if I can learn more about their relationship, maybe I'll be able to turn a little tiny detail into a several-page anecdote. And, for what it's worth, any information I find directly from your web site will be obviously credited in the end notes, and if you're able to provide any additional information, certainly I'll mention you in the acknowledgements page.
Well, I guess I've rambled on long enough. Thanks for any help you can give me.
Sincerely, Geoff Williams, 1277 Putters Lane, Loveland, OH 45140 Phone: 513.583.9994 E-Mail:
[email protected] See: www.geoffwilliamswriter.com
(very new, still unpolished, not completely updated web site)
[C.C. Pyle's Amazing Foot Race: The True Story of the 1928 Coast-to-Coast Run Across America (Hardcover) ~ Geoff Williams (Author), List Price: $25.95 (Hardcover - Jul 10, 2007)
     Thanks for the E-Mail & kind words, Geoff,
We are a Genealogy & Family History site. The info we have on the web site is all the info. we have. We will let you know if we get any more inf. Please share any Genealogy history on Valeska you may find. See:  See: Valeska SURATT, SFAŠ Profile!
We would like to exchange info. on this Family!..prs
 
Submitter:
Peter Cornforth
Valeska Suratt
Date: 27 Feb 2006 at: 8:58:38 AM Pacific Standard Time
I don't know if 'Suratt' falls within your field of interest, but I'm working on a book which centres round Camille Clifford, the Gibson Girl in the London production of The Belle of Mayfair, and touches on her New York equivalent, Valeska Suratt.
In the course of my research, I've obtained details of the New York Times mentions of her, and I'd be happy to forward it to you if you're interested.
Regards, Peter Cornforth, E-Mail:
[email protected]
      Thanks, Peter
I have been using the New York Times, database on line at:
See:  http://www.nytimes.com/
See:  Ralph M. SURRATT, SFAŠ Profile!
We would like to exchange info. on this Family!..prs
 
Submitter:
Will Johnson
Valeska Surratt
1st E-Mail: Date: 09 Apr 2006 at: 11:59:37 AM Pacific Daylight Time
Hello, I enjoyed your article on Valeska at:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~prsjr/families/in/vigo/VALESKA1.HTM
Recently in the ongoing wars over the Baha'i Faith, her name has come up. You may not know that she was a Baha'i, but she is mentioned in the autobiography of Mirza Ahmad Sohrab and is the reason why he moved from Los Angeles to New York City.
She is the person who introduced Sohrab to Lewis Stuyvesant Chanler (a descendent of John Jacob Astor) and his wife Julia Lynch Olin.
At any rate, that's more than you care to know :) I'm going to begin a page for her at
www.wikipedia.org and I will cite your pages as reference material so you'll be famous! Ok not really, but at least more people will be browsing over to see what you have to say. :)
Just thought you might want a little more snippet of data on her. Have a good day!
Will Johnson, Professional Genealogist, a rabid wikipedia editor ;) [email protected]
Thanks, for the E-Mail Will,
Even though Valeska, father spelled his name SURRATT, she liked to spell her last name with only one "R" SURATT!
Thanks for putting our page as a "hot" Link on your Valeska wikipedia site!
     See:  Valeska SURATT, SFAŠ Profile!
We would like to exchange info. on this Family!..prs
2nd E-Mail: Date: 11 Apr 2006 at: 7:58:28 AM Pacific Daylight Time
In a message dated 4/11/2006 12:16:06 AM Pacific Standard Time, PRSJR writes:
I will also make a "Hot Link" to your site www.wikipedia.org Oh it's not *my* site :)
It's a community site edited by a few million people, But here is a direct link just to her page
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valeska_Surratt
Will Johnson
3rd E-Mail: Date: 11 Apr 2006 at: 9:02:32 AM Pacific Daylight Time
I've just taken more time to read through more of your page. What's odd is that they mention almost nothing of her life between 1918 and when she died !
To me, that's strange. But then maybe these pages were mostly written by people who wanted to remember her film and stage work.
I'm going to do a bit of work later on today perhaps, to document what she did afterwards. For example, it doesn't mention exactly *why* she sued Cecil DeMille. Sohrab documents exactly why in his book, so I'll try to extract that and post it up on her wiki page.
Are you familiar with how the wikipedia works? Anyone can edit and add whatever they like, just go to her page and click on the edit tab.
Will Johnson, Professional Genealogist (a wikipedia editor, but not the owner, in fact... there is no owner.)
 
Submitter:
David L. Smith
Valeska Suratt
Date: Sent: Tue, 7 Apr 2009 at: 7:56 am
There are many errors in your web site of Valeska Suratt...a few are...
It's "The Belle of Mayfair" (NOT Mayfield)
It's Edward Edleston (NOT Edelston)
It's Jesse Lasky (NOT Jerry Lasky)
I have wrote a biography of Suratt for my book, "Hoosiers in Hollywood" published by The Indiana Historical Society Press.
I have since finished a much more extensive biography which will appear in "Traces," the quarterly magazine of The Indiana Historical Society.
David L. Smith, Professor Emeritus, Ball State University,
[email protected]
See:  See: Hoosiers in Hollywood,
  Thanks for the E-Mail David,
I have corrected the 3 errors above
If you see any more, Please E-Mail me for corrections. ...prsjr
See:  Ralph M. SURRATT, SFAŠ Profile!
We would like to exchange info. on this Family!..prs
At the above web site Mr. Smith list:
 " Probably the strangest personality in my research was Valeska Suratt. This Terre Haute native became a rival to Theda Bara during the "Vamp" craze but ended her life destitute and delusional."
I don't know how he came up his conclusion that her life was "Destitute and Delusional" Has he found her her financial records that nobody else has seen? Has he seen her medical records that nobody else has seen? I doubt it, this is his opinion based on her wacky way of life. She was way ahead of her time in the early 1900's thats why we love her so...Paul R. Sarrett, Jr.
 

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