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WILLIAM MCCURLEY was born in Morgan County, April 17, 1838. He attended a subscription school in his youth, which resulted in a fair education. His father, Ezekiel McCurley, came to Morgan County in 1827, and in the same fall returned to Alabama, his native State, and the following spring, in company with his father and mother, returned to Morgan County, settling on a tract of Government land amounting to eighty acres, which at one time he increased to 900 acres. He died April 13, 1885, while his wife preceded him to the better land Oct. 15, 1883. They were the parents of eleven children, seven of whom are living: Samuel, Julia, Emeline, Margaret, Susan, Mary E. and William. Samuel was married twice, his first wife being Elizabeth Seymour, who died soon after their marriage. Mary A. Mooreland was the maiden name of his second wife, and by whom he had nine children: Nancy J., Lavina, Julia A., Caroline, William E., and Agnes. Mary, George W. and Emma are deceased.

William McCurley married Telitha Davidson, daughter of Joshua and Elizabeth Davidson. She was born May 27, 1836. Her parents came to Morgan County in 1830, from Alabama. Her father died in 1844, while the mother survived him until July 6, 1873. They were of German descent, and had the following children: David, William F., James, Thomas J., Albert, Mary, Martha and Telitha. David married Rebecca Gibson, now deceased. They had one child, Mary Ellen. David is now farming in Macoupin County, and is the father of four children by his last marriage - Francis B., Emma, Harvey and Clara. William F. married Mary Seymour, a school teacher of this county, and to whom was born four children - Hattie L., Alice, Marion W., Marston M. James married Louisa Norville; they are now living in Jasper County, Mo. Thomas J. married Mary Phillip, of this county, and is now residing in Florida; they have three children - Amy, Annie and James. Albert married Frances D. O'Ryan (deceased.) His second wife was Frances Brown. Albert is now living in Morgan County, and is a dealer in real estate. Mary married the Rev. J. M. Gibson, of this county; they are the parents of nine children - John M., Elizabeth, George C., Hannah, James W., Albert D., Mary E., Richard Y. and Julia. Martha married Gideon Jennings, a native of Tennessee, who is now a rancher in the Indian Territory; they have six children - Henry, Granville, Susan, Annie, Martha and Marinda.

The subject of this sketch, has seven children - Amanda J., Alice, Louella, John H., Ezekiel H., Mary E. and Zeruah. Amanda married Albert Boyer, a farmer of Van Buren County, Iowa, and they have four children - Lulu, Reuben W., Dora B., and Ivan H. Alice married Newton Henry; her husband is dead, and she is residing with her father. Louella married George Moore, and is residing in Macoupin County; they have one child, Maud M. The rest of the children are with their parents.

William McCurley at the time of his marriage was the owner of his present farm, and has since improved it with comfortable buildings, and has brought his land into a high state of cultivation. He is considered by his neighbors as a model farmer. The family are all members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. McCurley is a Republican in politics, and has been Postmaster for several years.

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