Shelby County

Cyrus E. McCorkle



Cyrus E. McCorkle

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Cyrus McCorkle was born 2 April 1855 in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, the son of Joseph McCorkle and Mary Rudy. Joseph had worked hard from his beginnings  in an orphanage to later accumulate large land holdings  and did not believe in simply passing down his wealth to his eight children. Expecting no  inheritance, Cyrus, his wife Mary Elizabeth Younker, and his brother William moved to Shelby County in 1877 where they both became farmers. 
        The two brothers are listed  on the 1880 Census with that occupation, while Mary Elizabeth is recorded as “keeps home”. At that time, only Levi, the first of Cyrus’ five children, was alive and included on the census. He was born the year before, and Cyrus and Mary Elizabeth went on to have Ira Daniel in 1882, Elizabeth C. in 1884, Charles in 1886, and Walker Ellsworth in 1889. 
        Lawrence William Kemp, a great-grandson who has researched the family extensively, has discovered that Cyrus became very successful and owned a number of farms in Ohio. The original homestead was later given to Levi and his wife Nannie Frances Wurtz after Cyrus and his wife moved to a house on adjoining property on Route 47. Some of the family still own parts of his holdings today. 
        Kemp also learned that when each of Cyrus’ children finished high school, or whatever the highest level of education that was available to them locally at the time, he gave them each money to further their learning. Levi stayed to live the life of a farmer, while Charles spent many years pursuing several degrees, and Walker became a physician. Ira used his share of the funds for, as his grandson  Kemp recorded, “having a good time”. Elizabeth married John Moyer and had three children. 
        As to religion, other McCorkle family members recall they were Dunkards, a sect of the Church of Brethren. Originating from German Baptist denominations, this faith practiced trine immersion, love feasts, simplicity of life and the avoidance of oaths. Trine baptism is defined as the practice of immersing a candidate for baptism three times in the names in turn of the Trinity. 
        Cyrus contracted typhoid and later was paralyzed by a stroke, leaving him bedridden for about the last ten years of his life. Everyone considered his wife a saint for taking care of him all those years. He died 25 Sept 1926 in Cynthian Township and his death certificate lists bronchitis  as the primary cause of death, with a cerebral hemorrhage  contributing to his passing away. It was signed by Dr. F. J. Ratermann (R or P?) of Ft. Loramie, Ohio. He is buried in the Fair View Cemetery, where several other McCorkle family members are buried.

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