John Robbins1

M, b. circa 1741, d. 8 May 1834
Last Edited27 Nov 2015
Birth*John Robbins was born circa 1741 at Wales.1 
Marriage*He married Elizabeth (Sarah) Curtis, daughter of Samuel Curtis, circa 1762 at Rowan, North Carolina; no marriage record; Rowan County is the most likely.1,2 
Death*John Robbins died on 8 May 1834 at the home of his son Moses, Wayne, Indiana.3 
(Witness) BioJohn and Elizabeth (Curtis) Robbins, were also natives of North Carolina, of Welsh descent. The former was a Baptist clergyman, and at the battle of Guilford Court-House was taken prisoner by the Tories, and his ill treatment while a captive affected his mind and he never fully recovered although he lived to be 100 years old. [History of Clinton County, Indiana (Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co., 1886), pp. 863-864, George W. Robbins] 

Family

Elizabeth (Sarah) Curtis b. c 1744, d. b 1816
Children

Citations

  1. [S866] Alyce H. Kenady, Robbins History (Kenady), page 3.
  2. [S928] Inter-State Publishing Co., History of Clinton County, Indiana, pages 863-864.
  3. [S866] Alyce H. Kenady, Robbins History (Kenady), page 2.
  4. [S866] Alyce H. Kenady, Robbins History (Kenady).
  5. [S874] Marvin Robbins, "Ancestral File of Marvin Robbins", Ancestral File.

Eleanor Bryant1

F, b. circa 1746, d. between 1821 and 1830
FatherJohn Bryant2 b. c 1740, d. c Dec 1791
Last Edited21 Dec 2006
Birth*Eleanor Bryant was born circa 1746; based on estimate of husband's dob.1 
Married Name As of circa 1763,her married name was Curtis.1 
Marriage*She married Thomas Curtis Sr., son of Samuel Curtis, circa 1763 at Rowan, North Carolina.1 
(Witness) CensusEleanor Bryant appeared on the census of 1790 Randolph, North Carolina, in the household of Thomas Curtis Sr; page 313, 3 males under 16, 2 males over 16, 1 female.3 
(Witness) CensusEleanor Bryant appeared on the census of 1800 Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Thomas Curtis Sr; 1 male 10-15, 1 male and 1 female 16-25, 1 male and 1 female over 45; Benj., Amos and an unknown female; Moses' whereabouts are unknown, but may have been off studying.4 
(Witness) CensusEleanor Bryant appeared on the census of 1810 Morgantown, Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Benjamin Curtis; page 335, 1 male and 1 female 16-25, 1 male and 1 female over 45, assumed to be Thomas & Eleanor.5 
Death*Eleanor Bryant died between 1821 and 1830 at Burke, North Carolina; Frances Bogy speculates that Eleanor was the female over 45 in the 1820 household of her son Benjamin.6 

Family

Thomas Curtis Sr. b. c 1746, d. bt 1811 - 1820
Children

Citations

  1. [S872] Jo White Linn, Rowan County, North Carolina Tax Lists.
  2. [S1574] Randolph County Probate Court, Randolph County, North Carolina Wills.
  3. [S1] Census of Population 1790.
  4. [S1] Census of Population 1800.
  5. [S1] Census of Population 1810.
  6. [S1] Census of Population 1820.
  7. [S1] Census of Population 1830.
  8. [S875] Frances Curtis Bogy, Curtis Genealogy, pages 229-230.
  9. [S875] Frances Curtis Bogy, Curtis Genealogy, pages 5-7.
  10. [S875] Frances Curtis Bogy, Curtis Genealogy, page 284.

Samuel Curtis Esq.1

M, b. 9 April 1791, d. 24 January 1859
FatherJohn Curtis2,3 b. c 1769, d. 4 Jul 1816
MotherMartha Allred b. c 1770, d. bt 1805 - 1810
Last Edited13 Mar 2008
Birth*Samuel Curtis Esq. was born on 9 April 1791 at Randolph, North Carolina.1,4 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 1800 Hillsboro District, Randolph, North Carolina, in the household of John Curtis; page 308, 3 males and 2 females under 10, 1 female 10-15, 1 male and 1 female 26-44; one of the two females in the 1790 census is unaccounted for, but that does not mean she necessarily died.5 
NoteB On 7 June 1813, John Curtice sold unto "Samuel Curtice my son a certain Negro boy named Ben" for $500, witnessed by John Brewer, John Brower and Judey Curtis; proven in court November 1814.6 
Marriage*Samuel Curtis Esq. married Nelley Coble circa 1815 at North Carolina.3 
Tax List*Samuel Curtis Esq. appeared on the personal property tax list of 1815 at Capt. Kivett's District, Randolph, North Carolina; 25 acres, 1 white poll and 1 black poll, lived next to John.7 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1817 at Sandy Creek, Randolph, North Carolina; 125 acres on Sandy Creek, 0 polls.8 
NoteB* The male 10-16 in Sam & Nelley's household is unknown and unimportant. The male over 45 is a puzzle because both Sam and Nelley's fathers were dead, opening the possibility that it was Grandpa Samuel.9 
CensusHe and Nelley Coble appeared on the census of 1820 at Orange, North Carolina, page 162, 2 males under 10, 1 male 10-16 (not a son), 1 female 16-26, 1 male 18-26, 1 male over 45.9 
NoteB Signed as a witness to the will of Daniel May; (Orange County Wills, Book E, page 36.) 
CensusSamuel Curtis Esq. and Nelley Coble appeared on the census of 1830 at Northern District, Orange, North Carolina, page 339, 2 males under 5, 2 males 5-9, 2 males 10-14, 1 female 5-9, 1 male and 1 female 30-39 (all match known children.)10 
Census*Samuel Curtis Esq. and Nelley Coble appeared on the census of 1840 at Northern Division, Orange, North Carolina, page 178, 1 female under 5, 1 male 5-10, w males 10-15, 2 males and 1 female 15-20, 1 male 20-30, 1 male and 1 female 40-50.11 
CensusSamuel Curtis Esq. and Nelley Coble appeared on the census of 1 September 1850 at North District, Alamance, North Carolina, page 84, occupation hatter, real estate valued at $800, 5 children at home.12 
Death*Samuel Curtis Esq. died on 24 January 1859 at North Carolina at age 67; buried at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Alamance County; Rev. Welker's comment "Correct man. Excellent neighbor, but only indulged a hope since last Aug. Sermon Matt. 4:16. St. Paul."1,4 

Family

Nelley Coble b. 12 Jan 1796, d. 6 Sep 1871
Children

Citations

  1. [S877] Guilford County Genealogical Society, North Carolina BDM Records of George Welker, Fall 1982, page 9.
  2. [S878] Rev. Isaac Offman, Curtis Family Records.
  3. [S894] Elaine Connell Marshall Curtis and his daughter, "Ancestral File of Marshall Curtis and Elaine Connell", Ancestral File.
  4. [S1304] Mrs. J.S. Welborn, North Carolina Tombstone Records, St. Paul's.
  5. [S1] Census of Population 1800.
  6. [S895] Randolph County North Carolina Deed Records: Book 12, page 268, Register of Deeds.
  7. [S1007] Randolph County Genealogical Society, Randolph County Tax Lists.
  8. [S1007] Randolph County Genealogical Society, Randolph County Tax Lists, 1817.
  9. [S1] Census of Population 1820.
  10. [S1] Census of Population 1830.
  11. [S1] Census of Population 1840.
  12. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  13. [S875] Frances Curtis Bogy, Curtis Genealogy.
  14. [S877] Guilford County Genealogical Society, North Carolina BDM Records of George Welker, Fall 1982.

Nelley Coble1

F, b. 12 January 1796, d. 6 September 1871
Last Edited3 Dec 2006
Birth*Nelley Coble was born on 12 January 1796 at Guilford, North Carolina.1,2 
Married Name As of circa 1815,her married name was Curtis.1 
Marriage*She married Samuel Curtis Esq., son of John Curtis and Martha Allred, circa 1815 at North Carolina.1 
CensusNelley Coble and Samuel Curtis Esq. appeared on the census of 1820 at Orange, North Carolina, page 162, 2 males under 10, 1 male 10-16 (not a son), 1 female 16-26, 1 male 18-26, 1 male over 45.3 
CensusNelley Coble and Samuel Curtis Esq. appeared on the census of 1830 at Northern District, Orange, North Carolina, page 339, 2 males under 5, 2 males 5-9, 2 males 10-14, 1 female 5-9, 1 male and 1 female 30-39 (all match known children.)4 
CensusNelley Coble and Samuel Curtis Esq. appeared on the census of 1840 at Northern Division, Orange, North Carolina, page 178, 1 female under 5, 1 male 5-10, w males 10-15, 2 males and 1 female 15-20, 1 male 20-30, 1 male and 1 female 40-50.5 
Census*Nelley Coble and Samuel Curtis Esq. appeared on the census of 1 September 1850 at North District, Alamance, North Carolina, page 84, occupation hatter, real estate valued at $800, 5 children at home.6 
Nickname As of 1 September 1850, Nelley Coble also went by the name of Ellen Curtis.6 
Census*She appeared on the census of 11 June 1860 at Graham P.O., Alamance, North Carolina, page 13, occupation farmer, 3 children at home.7 
Death*She died on 6 September 1871 at Alamance, North Carolina, at age 75; buried at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery in Alamance County.1,2 

Family

Samuel Curtis Esq. b. 9 Apr 1791, d. 24 Jan 1859
Children

Citations

  1. [S894] Elaine Connell Marshall Curtis and his daughter, "Ancestral File of Marshall Curtis and Elaine Connell", Ancestral File.
  2. [S1304] Mrs. J.S. Welborn, North Carolina Tombstone Records, St. Paul's.
  3. [S1] Census of Population 1820.
  4. [S1] Census of Population 1830.
  5. [S1] Census of Population 1840.
  6. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  7. [S1] Census of Population 1860.
  8. [S875] Frances Curtis Bogy, Curtis Genealogy.
  9. [S877] Guilford County Genealogical Society, North Carolina BDM Records of George Welker, Fall 1982.

Mary Polly Curtis1

F, b. 18 February 1823, d. 27 March 1848
FatherSamuel Curtis Esq.1 b. 9 Apr 1791, d. 24 Jan 1859
MotherNelley Coble1 b. 12 Jan 1796, d. 6 Sep 1871
Last Edited7 Nov 2006
Birth*Mary Polly Curtis was born on 18 February 1823 at Orange, North Carolina.1,2 
(Witness) CensusShe appeared on the census of 1830 Northern District, Orange, North Carolina, in the household of Samuel Curtis Esq. and Nelley Coble; page 339, 2 males under 5, 2 males 5-9, 2 males 10-14, 1 female 5-9, 1 male and 1 female 30-39 (all match known children.)3 
(Witness) CensusMary Polly Curtis appeared on the census of 1840 Northern Division, Orange, North Carolina, in the household of Samuel Curtis Esq. and Nelley Coble; page 178, 1 female under 5, 1 male 5-10, w males 10-15, 2 males and 1 female 15-20, 1 male 20-30, 1 male and 1 female 40-50.4 
Married Name As of circa 1846,her married name was Ingle.1,2 
Marriage*Mary Polly Curtis married George (Mebane) Ingle circa 1846 at Alamance, North Carolina.1,2 
Death*Mary Polly Curtis died on 27 March 1848 at Alamance, North Carolina, at age 25; buried at St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery, Alamance County.1,2 

Family

George (Mebane) Ingle b. 26 Dec 1826
Child

Citations

  1. [S877] Guilford County Genealogical Society, North Carolina BDM Records of George Welker, Fall 1982.
  2. [S894] Elaine Connell Marshall Curtis and his daughter, "Ancestral File of Marshall Curtis and Elaine Connell", Ancestral File.
  3. [S1] Census of Population 1830.
  4. [S1] Census of Population 1840.
  5. [S1] Census of Population 1850.

George (Mebane) Ingle1,2

M, b. 26 December 1826
Last Edited8 Nov 2006
Birth*George (Mebane) Ingle was born on 26 December 1826 at Guilford, North Carolina.1,2 
Marriage*He married Mary Polly Curtis, daughter of Samuel Curtis Esq. and Nelley Coble, circa 1846 at Alamance, North Carolina.1,2 
Marriage*George (Mebane) Ingle married Elizabeth Huffines on 25 September 1848 at Guilford, North Carolina; Reuban Ingle, bondsman; Abraham Clap, witness.3 
Census*George (Mebane) Ingle and Elizabeth Huffines appeared on the census of 26 August 1850 at Southern Division, Guilford, North Carolina, page 304, occupation farmer, renting, 2 children at home.4 
CensusGeorge (Mebane) Ingle and Elizabeth Huffines appeared on the census of 21 June 1860 at Southern Division, Guilford, North Carolina, page 232, occupation farmer, real estate valued at $200, 4 children at home.5 

Family 1

Mary Polly Curtis b. 18 Feb 1823, d. 27 Mar 1848
Child

Family 2

Elizabeth Huffines b. 1829

Citations

  1. [S877] Guilford County Genealogical Society, North Carolina BDM Records of George Welker, Fall 1982.
  2. [S894] Elaine Connell Marshall Curtis and his daughter, "Ancestral File of Marshall Curtis and Elaine Connell", Ancestral File.
  3. [S830] North Carolina Works Progress Administration, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868.
  4. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  5. [S1] Census of Population 1860.

John Curtis1,2

M, b. circa 1769, d. 4 July 1816
FatherSamuel Curtis Jr.3 b. c 1751, d. c 1814
MotherMrs. Samuel Curtis b. bt 1750 - 1755, d. bt 1801 - 1810
Last Edited6 Feb 2007
Birth*John Curtis was born circa 1769 at Rowan, North Carolina; The proof that John was Samuel's son is circumstantial; John carried chains for Samuel's 1783 survey on Sandy Creek, and always lived next or near to him. Date of birth ranges from 1766 to 1774 based on 1800 and 1810 censuses; 1769 is the most consistent with his father's age as well as his household in 1790.2,1,4 
NoteB* John carried chains for Samuel Curtis' 100-acre survey on Sandy Creek, entered 10 December 1783.5 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1785 at Randolph, North Carolina; John is presumably the second white poll in Samuel's Curtis' household on the 1785 tax list.6 
Marriage*He married Martha Allred circa 1787 at Randolph, North Carolina; no marriage record; Martha Allred (Aldred) is a guess, based on the 1797 court record; John's estate record names "Judy, relic of John," so he may have had two wives, but the Judy in the estate records is definitely a different woman than Samuel's daughter Judy, Elaine.7 
NoteB Rev. Offman named e.g., James, Polly, and Samuel as sons of John.1 
Census*John Curtis appeared on the census of 1790 at Sandy Creek Area, Randolph, North Carolina, page 285, 1 male over 16, 3 females, 1 other free person; listed next to Samuel.8 
NoteB* The belief that John's first wife was Martha Allred comes solely from the following court record: Jane Allred, wife of James Allred, Meriam Allred, daughter of John Allred, and Martha Curtis, wife of John Curtis, were charged with assaulting Mary Crabtree, wife of James Crabtree, on 17 September 1797. Mary Crabtree was sitting in a pew in the Sandy Creek Meetinghouse and the others were sitting behind. They kicked her and then would talk and laugh at her. The husbands and father posted bond for their respective appearances in court. I have surmised that the three girls were related. The case probably was dropped; I have found no information regarding the ruling of the court.7 
Tax List*He appeared on the personal property tax list of 1799 at James Bain's List, Randolph, North Carolina; 1 white poll, 1 black poll, 75 acres, lived next to Samuel Curtis.6 
CensusHe appeared on the census of 1800 at Hillsboro District, Randolph, North Carolina, page 308, 3 males and 2 females under 10, 1 female 10-15, 1 male and 1 female 26-44; one of the two females in the 1790 census is unaccounted for, but that does not mean she necessarily died.9 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1803 at Capt. York's District, taken by James Bain, Randolph, North Carolina; 1 white poll, 1 black poll, 75 acres, next to Samuel.6 
NoteB John Curtis posted security for Caleb Ridge, shoemaker, accused of assaulting Frederick Brown at Brown's house on 28 February 1805; this also could be Joseph's son John.10 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1809 at Randolph, North Carolina; no acreage, 1 white poll and 1 black poll; Samuel and John were on the same page, but not next to each other.11 
CensusHe appeared on the census of 1810 at Sandy Creek Area, Randolph, North Carolina, page 160, 1 male and 2 females under 10, 1 male 10-15, 2 females 16-25, 1 male and 1 female 26-44, 1 female over 45.12 
Marriage*He married Judy (?) after 1810 at Randolph, North Carolina; no marriage record; there is a single reference in John's estate file to Judy, relict of John.13 
NoteB* On 7 June 1813, John Curtice sold unto "Samuel Curtice my son a certain Negro boy named Ben" for $500, witnessed by John Brewer, John Brower and Judey Curtis; proven in court November 1814.14 
Tax ListJohn Curtis appeared on the personal property tax list of 1815 at Capt. Kivett's District, Randolph, North Carolina; no polls, no acreage, lived next to his son Samuel.6 
Death*He died on 4 July 1816 at Ward Creek, Randolph, North Carolina.15 

Family 1

Martha Allred b. c 1770, d. bt 1805 - 1810
Children

Family 2

Judy (?) b. bt 1770 - 1780, d. c 1818

Citations

  1. [S878] Rev. Isaac Offman, Curtis Family Records.
  2. [S894] Elaine Connell Marshall Curtis and his daughter, "Ancestral File of Marshall Curtis and Elaine Connell", Ancestral File.
  3. [S1] Census of Population 1790, 1800, 1810.
  4. [S1] Census of Population 1800, 1810.
  5. [S918] Hager & Pruitt Grigg, Randolph County North Carolina Land Entries, Entry Book 66, page 143, file 438, grant 478, entry 34.
  6. [S1007] Randolph County Genealogical Society, Randolph County Tax Lists.
  7. [S891] "Randolph County G. S. Journal", Fall 2000, page 46, Criminal Actions (C.R. 081.326.4 & 5, NC Archives).
  8. [S1] Census of Population 1790.
  9. [S1] Census of Population 1800.
  10. [S891] "Randolph County G. S. Journal", Summer 2001, page 29, Criminal Actions (C.R. 081.326.6, 1805-B, NC Archives).
  11. [S1007] Randolph County Genealogical Society, Randolph County Tax Lists, partial list for 1809 found at the North Carolina Archives.
  12. [S1] Census of Population 1810.
  13. [S908] Randolph County, North Carolina Probate Records.
  14. [S895] Randolph County North Carolina Deed Records: Book 12, page 268, Register of Deeds.
  15. [S905] Randolph County Clerk, Randolph County Court of Common Pleas, Coroner's Inquests, 1808-1829, published in Randolph County Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. VXI, No 2, Spring 1987.
  16. [S1] Census of Population 1820.

Samuel T. Underwood1,2

M, b. 1855
Last Edited23 Feb 2005
Birth*Samuel T. Underwood was born in 1855 at Virginia; son of Joseph Underwood.1,2 
Marriage*He married Annie E. Gant, daughter of John J. Gant and Eliza Matthews Wagener, on 14 March 1876 at Loudoun, Virginia.1,2 
Census*Samuel T. Underwood appeared on the census of 20 June 1880 at Leesburg, Loudoun, Virginia, page 327D, occupation farm hand, 2 children at home.1 

Family

Annie E. Gant b. 8 Oct 1854
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1880.
  2. [S882] Patricia Duncan and Elizabeth Frain, Loudoun County Marriages.

Bertie Underwood1

F, b. 1876
FatherSamuel T. Underwood1 b. 1855
MotherAnnie E. Gant1 b. 8 Oct 1854
Last Edited22 Nov 2006
Birth*Bertie Underwood was born in 1876 at Loudoun, Virginia.1 
(Witness) CensusShe appeared on the census of 20 June 1880 Leesburg, Loudoun, Virginia, in the household of Samuel T. Underwood; page 327D, occupation farm hand, 2 children at home.1 

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1880.

Herman Underwood1

M, b. 1879
FatherSamuel T. Underwood1 b. 1855
MotherAnnie E. Gant1 b. 8 Oct 1854
Last Edited22 Nov 2006
Birth*Herman Underwood was born in 1879 at Loudoun, Virginia.1 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 20 June 1880 Leesburg, Loudoun, Virginia, in the household of Samuel T. Underwood; page 327D, occupation farm hand, 2 children at home.1 

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1880.

Delilah Adaline McPherson1,2

F, b. 12 June 1824, d. 11 January 1893
Last Edited27 Sep 2008
Birth*Delilah Adaline McPherson was born on 12 June 1824 at Alabama.1,3 
Married Name As of circa 1844,her married name was Nichols.4 
Marriage*She married Daniel Nichols circa 1844.4 
Married Name As of 23 June 1867,her married name was Curtis.5,1,6 
Marriage*Delilah Adaline McPherson married Thomas Staggs Curtis, son of William Riley Curtis and Nancy Staggs, on 23 June 1867 at Newton, Arkansas; by Riley Cowan, J.P.1,5,2 
Census*Delilah Adaline McPherson and Thomas Staggs Curtis appeared on the census of 20 April 1870 at Jasper P.O., Jefferson Twp., Newton, Arkansas, page 164, occupation farmer, renting, 2 children and 4 stepchildren at home.7 
CensusDelilah Adaline McPherson and Thomas Staggs Curtis appeared on the census of 1 June 1880 at Jefferson Twp., Newton, Arkansas, page 635A, occupation farmer, Martha Tennessee and her family lived with them.8 
Death*Delilah Adaline McPherson died on 11 January 1893 at Newton, Arkansas, at age 68; buried at the Curtis Cemetery.3 

Family 1

Daniel Nichols b. c 1820, d. b 1867
Children

Family 2

Thomas Staggs Curtis b. 1817

Citations

  1. [S884] Wayne County Historical Society, Wayne County Heritage, Volume I, page 181.
  2. [S1650] Newton County Court, Newton County, Arkansas Marriage Records, Book A, page 32.
  3. [S899] Newton County Genealogical Volunteers, Newton County, Arkansas Cemetery Records, Curtis.
  4. [S1652] Fred Denker, "Descendants of William Riley Curtis", Ancestral File.
  5. [S1] Census of Population 1860, 1870.
  6. [S899] Newton County Genealogical Volunteers, Newton County, Arkansas Cemetery Records, Book A, page 32.
  7. [S1] Census of Population 1870.
  8. [S1] Census of Population 1880.

John Curtis Jr.

M, b. circa 1791, d. between September 1828 and December 1828
FatherJohn Curtis b. c 1756, d. c Jun 1830
MotherElizabeth Andrews b. c 1761, d. bt 1831 - 1840
Last Edited14 Dec 2006
Birth*John Curtis Jr. was born circa 1791 at Randolph, North Carolina; there were only two males under 16 in John Sr.'s household in the 1790 census, but John Jr. had 4 children by 1820; latest date of birth from 1820 census is 1794.1 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 1800 Lincoln, North Carolina, in the household of John Curtis; page 888, 1 male under 10, 1 male and 2 females 10-15, 1 male and 1 female 26-44.2 
Marriage*John Curtis Jr. married Rachel (?) circa 1812 at Buncombe, North Carolina; no marriage record; John and Rachel had 7 children, according to 1820 and 1830 census information, but only 4 names are known.3 
Census*John Curtis Jr. and Rachel (?) appeared on the census of 1820 at Warren, Tennessee, page 320, 1 male and 3 females under 10, 1 male and 1 female 26-44.4 
Land Sale* On 7 April 1821 John Curtis Jr. to John Curtis sold land at Warren, Tennessee, "for the goodwill and affection that I have to my son John Curtis," 100 acres, described as on the waters of the barren fork of Collins River, being part of a tract granted to Moses Davis' heirs.5 
Land Entry*John Curtis Jr. entered land on 2 January 1826 at Barron Fork of Collins River, Warren, Tennessee, described as 50 acres on southwest corner of tract where Jesse Harris lives.6 
Death*He died between September 1828 and December 1828 at Warren, Tennessee
Will*He left a will on 1 September 1828 at Warren, Tennessee; I, John Curtis, Jr. of Warren County do hereby make my last will and testament in the manner and form following: 1st., immediately after my death my wagon, one horse, four head of beef cattle be sold, also my executors to sell off my real estate, all that tract of land whereon I formerly lived containing 136 acres, the monies arising to satisfy all my debts. 2nd, after the payment of my debts, the balance of the money, if any, to be used for my family or schooling my children. 3rd, I give my wife Rachel Curtis during her widowhood, all the rest of my perishable property and real estate including 270 acres whereon I am living, and at her death this is to be sold and equally divided among my children. I appoint William Young and Rachel Curtis executors of this my will. Witnessed John Lemmons and John Graham.7 
Probate*His estate was probated between January 1829 and April 1829 at Warren, Tennessee; Inventory of the estate of John Curtis, dec'd filed with court (undated), William Young and Rachel Curtis, executors.8 

Family

Rachel (?) b. bt 1790 - 1794, d. c 1850
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1790-1820.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1800.
  3. [S1] Census of Population 1830.
  4. [S1] Census of Population 1820.
  5. [S1337] McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Register of Deeds, Warren County Deed Register, Book D, pages 193-194.
  6. [S1044] Nona Williams, Warren County Land Grants, page 84, Warren Land Grant Book (2 or3), page 61, No. 1003.
  7. [S1043] Betty Moore Majors, Warren County Will Books, page 6, Warren County Will Book 1, pp. 31-34.
  8. [S1043] Betty Moore Majors, Warren County Will Books, page 8, Warren County Will Book 1, page 43.
  9. [S1137] Don Martini, John Curtis Family of Warren County, Tennessee.
  10. [S1] Census of Population 1850.

Nancy Curtis

F, b. circa 1784
FatherJohn Curtis b. c 1756, d. c Jun 1830
MotherElizabeth Andrews b. c 1761, d. bt 1831 - 1840
Last Edited16 Jul 2006
Birth*Nancy Curtis was born circa 1784 at Randolph, North Carolina.1 
(Witness) CensusShe appeared on the census of 1790 Randolph, North Carolina, in the household of John Curtis; page 303, 2 males under 16, 1 male over 16, 5 females.2 
(Witness) CensusNancy Curtis appeared on the census of 1800 Lincoln, North Carolina, in the household of John Curtis; page 888, 1 male under 10, 1 male and 2 females 10-15, 1 male and 1 female 26-44.3 

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1790, 1800.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1790.
  3. [S1] Census of Population 1800.

Tolbert Rockwell1

M, b. 5 August 1790, d. 7 April 1875
Last Edited2 Mar 2005
Birth*Tolbert Rockwell was born on 5 August 1790 at Maryland.1,2 
Marriage*He married Sarah Wicks circa 1815.3,1 
Census*Tolbert Rockwell appeared on the census of 6 September 1850 at District 42, Morgan, Virginia, page 103, occupation farmer, real estate valued at $600, 5 children at home.1 
Death*He died on 7 April 1875 at Morgan, West Virginia, at age 84; buried at Friendship United Brethren Cemetery.4 
(Witness) BioBerkeley Springs has no more progressive business man than William Albert Rockwell, one of the pioneers of the fruit packing industry, and closely and prominently identified for a number of years with the leading interests, both financial and social, of his home town.
I) Tolbert Rockwell, was born near Berkeley Springs, Virginia, and spent his life as a farmer in his native county. He served as a soldier in the war of 1812, and in politics was a Democrat, but never held public office. He married Sarah Wicks, and the following children were born to them: 1. William, married Jane Adamanther; two children, John William and Sarah Betrock. 2. John, married Susan Mendenhall; sixteen children. 3. Elias, mentioned below. 4. Edward J., married Maggie Hoover; four children. 5. Charles, died at the age of seventeen. 6. Rhoda, married Samuel Michael; twelve or fourteen children. 7. Lotta, married John Grace; twelve children. 8. Elizabeth, married George Michael; ten children. 9. Phoebe, became the wife of Edward Rider; seven children. 10. Tillie, married John Kerns; three children. The three daughters last-named are all living in the neighborhood of Berkeley Springs. The mother of the family, who was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, died in Berkeley Springs, and the father passed away in Morgan county, at the venerable age of ninety-two.

(II) Elias, third child and third son of Tolbert and Sarah (Wicks) Rockwell, was born December 2, 18--, near Berkeley Springs, Virginia. He received his education in the district schools of his native county. Like his father, he followed agricultural pursuits, and adhered to the Democratic party, but never held political office. He served as a soldier in the civil war for a term of three years, enlisting in 1861 and in 1864 receiving an honorable discharge. He married Maggie Kiefer, born near Frederick City, Maryland, daughter of George and Anna Maria (Gruby) Kiefer, the latter a native of Germany. George Kiefer was a farmer in Maryland and West Virginia and died in Morgan county, aged eighty-two or eighty-three. Mr. and Mrs. Rockwell were the parents of the following children: 1. Flora, married William Widmyer, of Morgan county, West Virginia; six children: Isa, wife of Charles Webber, has three children, Helen, Edna and Virginia; Maggie, married (first) Irwin Weber, by whom she had one child, (second) John Ament, no children; Eugene, married May Zimmerman; Carrie, married John Furnow, children, Clyde and Baby; Estella, married Manas Weber, no children; William, single. 2. George Talbot, died young and unmarried. 3. Charles H., died in infancy. 4. Edward Lee, of California; married (first) Ella Roberts; four children; married (second) ---. 5. William Albert, mentioned below. 6. Lila M., married David L. Harrison, of Baltimore; three children, all unmarried: Ethel, Lesley, James. 7 Bertha, married Joseph P. Hovermale, of Berkeley Springs; children: Nellie, Maggie, Marion, Jennie, Silas, Joseph, John, Anna. 8. Charles H., married Edith Widmyer; one child, Harry. Elias Rockwell died in Morgan county, West Virginia, March 17, 1903. He was sixty-seven years old and survived his wife. Both were members of the Methodist Episcopal church, Mr. Rockwell serving as steward.

(III) William Albert, fifth child and fourth son of Elias and Maggie (Kiefer) Rockwell, was born May 13, 1865, near Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. He attended the public schools of the neighborhood. He began his active life by assisting his father on the farm, afterward going to Baltimore where he was employed in the shops of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Later he had charge of steam heating and filled the position of gateman at the Union Station. After returning from Baltimore to his native place Mr. Rockwell turned his attention to fruit packing, discerning in that industry a field hitherto uncultivated in that part of the country, and in 1899, with characteristic enterprise and foresight, he engaged in that line of business. The undertaking prospered, his trade increased and he now ships his product to the middle and western states. He is a director of the Berkeley Springs Mutual Telephone Company and the Bank of Morgan County, being also a stockholder in both corporations. In politics he is a Democrat, but the only office which he has ever accepted is that of town councilman, which he held for two years. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which he has passed all chairs. He and his wife attend the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Rockwell is a fine type of the energetic, enterprising business man, a man useful wherever found, furnishing an example of the spirit of progress combined with unquestioned integrity, and greatly needed in every community.
Mr. Rockwell married, September 15, 1887, Elizabeth Widmyer, and the following children have been born to them: 1. Lillie May, a student at Goucher College, Baltimore. 2. Harry Penington, died in infancy. 3. Charles Berman, attended the City College, Baltimore, graduated in 1913; 4. and 5. Albert Leroy and William Roscoe, twins. 6. Elias Smith. Alford Berman Widmyer, father of Mrs. Elizabeth (Widmyer) Rockwell, was born near Berkeley Springs, where he is still living, engaged in agricultural pursuits. He married Sarah Ann Michael, who was also born in the neighborhood of Berkeley Springs, and they became the parents of the following children: 1. Elizabeth, wife of William A. Rockwell. 2. George Samuel, died in infancy. 3. Ella, married William Keyes; children: Odra, married Frank Johns and has one child; Lola; Mamie; Elmer R; Dorothy; Norman. 4. Carrie, died in infancy. 5. John, died in infancy. 6. Edith, married Charles H. Rockwell; one child, Harry. 7. Pearl, died in infancy. [Source: West Virginia History, Vol. 2]3 

Family

Sarah Wicks b. 15 Jan 1800, d. 21 Dec 1891
Child

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  2. [S412] Morgan County Historical and Genealogical Society, Graveyard History of Morgan County, West Virginia, Friendship United Brethren Church.
  3. [S886] Thomas Condit Miller and Hu Maxwell, West Virginia History, Vol. 2.
  4. [S412] Morgan County Historical and Genealogical Society, Graveyard History of Morgan County, West Virginia, Friendshi United Brethren Cemetery.

Sarah Wicks1,2

F, b. 15 January 1800, d. 21 December 1891
Last Edited2 Mar 2005
Birth*Sarah Wicks was born on 15 January 1800 at Virginia.2,1,3 
Married Name As of circa 1815,her married name was Rockwell.1,2 
Marriage*She married Tolbert Rockwell circa 1815.1,2 
(Witness) CensusSarah Wicks appeared on the census of 6 September 1850 District 42, Morgan, Virginia, in the household of Tolbert Rockwell; page 103, occupation farmer, real estate valued at $600, 5 children at home.2 
Death*Sarah Wicks died on 21 December 1891 at Berkeley Springs, Morgan, West Virginia, at age 91; buried at Friendship United Brethren Cemetery.1,3 

Family

Tolbert Rockwell b. 5 Aug 1790, d. 7 Apr 1875
Child

Citations

  1. [S886] Thomas Condit Miller and Hu Maxwell, West Virginia History, Vol. 2.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  3. [S412] Morgan County Historical and Genealogical Society, Graveyard History of Morgan County, West Virginia, Friendship United Brethren Cemetery.

Judy Curtis1,2

F, b. circa 1787, d. circa 27 April 1849
FatherSamuel Curtis Jr. b. c 1751, d. c 1814
MotherMrs. Samuel Curtis b. bt 1750 - 1755, d. bt 1801 - 1810
Last Edited13 Mar 2008
Birth*Judy Curtis was born circa 1787 at Randolph, North Carolina; date of birth range is 1781-1789 based on 1830 census; this date of birth makes her 19 when David Anderson was born.3 
NoteB Judy had four or five children, at least three by Jesse Y. Welborn, who moved to Posey County, Indiana and was a successful businessman there, one of the founders of the town of Mt. Vernon in Posey County, where many Randolph County residents moved. In February 1810, she had two children, and in 1812 filed a statement that Jesse Y. Welborn was the father of a male child, "Amisoah." In 1817, she filed another statement naming Jesse, but the child was not named. Blanchard's History of Morgan County (1884) states that David Anderson Curtis was the oldest of three children (two boys and a girl) of Jesse W. and Judy Curtis; the girls would seem to be Anna, who moved to Morgan County and later Iowa. David Anderson Curtis had children named Emaziah, Judy and Mariah. Mariah's date of birth might be earlier or later than 1811, and Anna's date of birth is 1810-1812, based on census reports.4,5 
NoteB* On 8 February 1810, the Randolph County grand jury cited 15 women for having children, or being pregnant with children, who might become chargeable to the county, including Judy, Fanny, Peggy and Betsey Curtice.4 
NoteB On 15 June 1810, Judy Curtis and John Barton posted bond in the amount of one hundred pounds, rather than disclose the names of the father(s) of her two children.4 
NoteB On 4 July 1812, the court directed the constable to apprehend Jesse Y. Welborn, based on Judy's statement that he had fathered a male child named Amisoah.4 
NoteB* The Wardens of the Poor Minutes for 4 May 1813 reflect the receipt from Sheriff Lane of two bastard fines of $5 from Judah Curtis.6 
NoteB On 1 March 1817, the court ordered that Jesse Y. Welborn be brought before it to answer the charge that he had fathered a child by Judy Curtis. Jesse lived in Posey County, Indiana and had married in 1815.4 
Census*She appeared on the census of 1830 at Regiment 2, Randolph, North Carolina, page 6, 1 male 15-19, 1 female 20-29, 1 female 40-49.7 
Tax List*She appeared on the personal property tax list of 1838 at Sandy Creek, Randolph, North Carolina; 25 acres valued at $50, 0 polls.8 
CensusShe appeared on the census of 1840 at Northern Division, Randolph, North Carolina, page 94, 1 female under 5, 1 female 20-29, 1 female 50-59.9 
Death*She died circa 27 April 1849 at Randolph, North Carolina; date of expenses for shroud for Judy Curtis, dec'd., itemized in Emaziah's estate file.10 

Family

Jesse York Welborn b. 27 Dec 1779, d. 7 Sep 1835
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1790.
  2. [S890] Editor Charles Blanchard, Morgan Monroe Brown County Histories 1884.
  3. [S1] Census of Population 1790, 1830.
  4. [S1250] North Carolina State Archives, Randolph County Bonds.
  5. [S890] Editor Charles Blanchard, Morgan Monroe Brown County Histories 1884, page 266.
  6. [S891] "Randolph County G. S. Journal", Spring 2003, page 39, Wardens of the Poor Minutes (May Term 1813, NC Archives).
  7. [S1] Census of Population 1830.
  8. [S1007] Randolph County Genealogical Society, Randolph County Tax Lists, 1838.
  9. [S1] Census of Population 1840.
  10. [S908] Randolph County, North Carolina Probate Records, Amaziah Curtis file.
  11. [S1] Census of Population 1860.
  12. [S1343] Mary Vry, "Anna M. Curtis Family Group Sheet", Ancestral File.

Jesse York Welborn1,2,3

M, b. 27 December 1779, d. 7 September 1835
FatherJohn Welborn4 b. 7 Nov 1754, d. 5 Oct 1805
MotherSarah York4 b. 31 Dec 1755, d. 2 May 1816
Last Edited10 Jan 2013
Birth*Jesse York Welborn was born on 27 December 1779 at Randolph, North Carolina.1,4 
Marriage*He married Elizabeth Warren on 28 August 1814 at Christian, Kentucky.5 
Census*Jesse York Welborn appeared on the census of 1820 at Mount Vernon, Posey, Indiana, page 305A, 2 males and 1 female under 10, 1 male and 1 female 10-15, 2 males 18-25, 1 female 16-25, 3 males 26-44, 1 female 26-44, 2 persons engaged n commerce.6 
Death*He died on 7 September 1835 at Mount Vernon, Posey, Indiana, at age 55.4 
(Witness) BioJAMES YORK WELBORN, physician and surgeon, head of the Walker Hospital and Clinic at Evansville, has through his professional attainments and the influence of his personal character added another name to the record of one of the oldest and most prominent families of Southern Indiana. Not only were the Welborns among the first to come across the Ohio River into Southern Indiana, but they were also first in the Colonial establishment of old Virginia. Doctor Welborn’s ancestor, John Welborn, settled at Jamestown, Virginia, May 24, 1609 . Doctor Welborn is a representative of the tenth generation of the American family. The names of the heads of these generations down to Doctor Welborn are John, Jonathan, Captain Thomas, Samuel, John, Jesse York, William Wallace, Dr. George Walker and James York.
The founder of the Indiana branch of the family was Jesse York Welborn, who was born in North Carolina, and, passing through Kentucky, arrived in Indiana Territory prior to 1810. He became a resident of Mount Vernon, Posey County. For a time he was postmaster, and it is said that he followed the same custom as Abraham Lincoln, carrying the letters in his tall hat and delivering them as he met the addressees.
Dr. James York Welborn represents the third consecutive generation of the family in the medical profession of Southern Indiana. His grandfather, Dr. William W. Welborn, graduated from the Evansville Medical College, and practiced at Stewartsville in Posey County until his death at the age of fifty-six. Dr. William W. Welborn married Hannah Walker. Her brother, Dr. George B. Walker, was at one time dean of the old Evansville Medical College, and thus two families of prominence in the medical history of Evansville were united by marriage. Mrs. W. W. Welborn died at the age of seventy-eight. Dr. George Walker Welborn was born at Mount Vernon in 1843, was educated in Asbury College, now DePauw University, at Greencastle, and during the Civil war served in the Hospital Corps of the Union army. For a time he was a merchant at Evansville, in 1877 was graduated from the Evansville Medical College, and then returned to Stewartsville, where he practiced his profession until his death on March 23, 1905. Dr. George W. Welborn married Martha Stinnette who was born in Kentucky, daughter of Whiting and Nettie (Britton) Stinnette. She is now eighty-five years of age. Her grandfather served with General Lafayette and was of French ancestry. Doctor and Mrs. George W. Welborn were married October 27, 1867, and had a family of four children: William W., born March 5, 1869; Anna A., born June 17, 1871; James York, and Helen A., born March 14, 1875. William married Rose Viers, lives at Cynthiana, Indiana, and has six children. Anna is on the business staff of her brother’s hospital at Evansville. Helen is the wife of James Steadman, a manufacturer at Braintree, Massachusetts, and has one daughter, Gratia.
James York Welborn was born at Stewartsville, Posey County, Indiana, January 28, 1873. He attended local schools, DePauw University at Greencastle, and was graduated in 1899 from the Marion Simms Medical School of Saint Louis. Since graduating he has practiced at Evansville for thirty-two years. He became associated with his cousin, Dr. Edwin Walker, in the Walker Hospital, and he is now the owner of this splendid hospital and clinic, and for many years has been its chief surgeon. During the World war he offered the facilities of the hospital to the Government and also served as consulting surgeon to the Marine Hospital. He has been commissioned a surgeon in the United States Public Health Service, with the rank of major. Doctor Welborn is a member of the Vanderburg County, Indiana State and Ohio Valley Medical Associations. He was elected a member of the Evansville City Council in 1921, is a Democrat, a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Methodist Episcopal Church. He also belongs to Evansville Lodge No. 64, A. F. and A. M., Evansville Consistory of the Scottish Rite and Hadi Temple of the Mystic Shrine. Doctor Welborn married in 1902 Miss Mamie Begley, daughter of Dr. Baxter Begley. Doctor Welborn has three children, Susanna, Mary A. and James Y., Jr. The son, who married Ruth Sadler, lives at Evansville where he is engaged in the real estate and insurance business. Susanna is the wife of R. R. Osborn, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and has a son, David R. The daughter Mary is a graduate of St. Margaret's School at Waterbury Connecticut, and now a student in Sarah Lawrence College at Bronxville, New York. 

Family 1

Judy Curtis b. c 1787, d. c 27 Apr 1849
Children

Family 2

Elizabeth Warren b. c 1790

Citations

  1. [S890] Editor Charles Blanchard, Morgan Monroe Brown County Histories 1884, page 299.
  2. [S1574] Randolph County Probate Court, Randolph County, North Carolina Wills.
  3. [S1575] Rebecca Clark Welborn, "Family Group Sheet of John Welborn of Randolph County, NC."
  4. [S1251] Jesse Y. Welborn Bible.
  5. [S1342] Rebecca Clark Welborn, "Welborn Family Records", Ancestral File.
  6. [S1] Census of Population 1820.
  7. [S1] Census of Population 1860.
  8. [S1343] Mary Vry, "Anna M. Curtis Family Group Sheet", Ancestral File.
  9. [S1250] North Carolina State Archives, Randolph County Bonds.

Joshua Curtis

M, b. circa 1766, d. November 1847
FatherThomas Curtis Sr. b. c 1746, d. bt 1811 - 1820
MotherEleanor Bryant b. c 1746, d. bt 1821 - 1830
Last Edited19 Oct 2008
Birth*Joshua Curtis was born circa 1766 at North Carolina; There is no direct record that establishes Thomas & Eleanor as his parents, but the circumstantial evidence is convincing. Date of birth should be in the range of 1766-1769, based on available records.1 
Marriage*He married Mary Curtis, daughter of Jonathan Curtis and Mrs. Jonathan Curtis, circa 1787 at Randolph, North Carolina; no marriage record.2 
NoteB* In 1788 he signed a petition urging the General Assembly to establish a new court house building at the Cross Roads.3 
Census*Joshua Curtis appeared on the census of 1790 at Randolph, North Carolina, page 303, 1 male under 16, 1 male and 1 female 16 and over.4 
NoteB Thomas and Joshua Curtis were called as witnesses to the charges that William York, planter, did committ on 7 March 1790 and assault upon one Francis Arnold.5 
NoteB On 30 March 1792, Joshua swore out a complaint that Benjamin Fuller, son of Brittain Fuller, stole a fox skin from his house.6 
NoteB On 6 November 1794 the Randolph County Court met and a jury heard the case of Joshua Curtice v. William Hicks, for debt, and awarded damages to Curtice. This suggests that Joshua may have moved to Burke County after his parents sold their land on Caraway Creek.7 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1799 at Burke, North Carolina; no acreage or poll information.8 
NoteB In the January 1799 Burke County Court session, Joshua Curtice and other inhabitants of North Cove brought a petition for the Great Road from the Cove to be improved and laid out on better ground from Joshua Young's to the double ford above James Ainsworth's mills.9 
NoteB In the January 1799 session of the Burke County Court, Joshua served on a jury in a dispute and to view and alter the road leading down the North Cove from Joshua Youns to the Double Ford above James Ainsworth's mill.10 
NoteB In the January 1807 Court Session, Joshua proved a deed between James Reddick to Peter Ledford for 150 acres, dated 8 January 1799. He also served on a jury during the October 1799 session.11 
Land Purch* On 8 January 1799 Joshua Curtis purchased land at Burke, North Carolina, 250 acres from Thomas McEntire, acknowledged in open court in the January 1799 session.12 
CensusHe appeared on the census of 1800 at Burke, North Carolina, page 732, 2 males and 2 females under 10 (Thomas, Joshua, Eleanor, Sarah), 1 male 10-15, (William), 1 male and 1 female 26-44.13 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1800 at Capt. Joseph Dobson's Company, Burke, North Carolina; 388 acres, no polls, which is curious because he was born not earlier than 1766. The authors of the document label this as a pre-1800 census, but it might be later.14 
NoteB In the October 1801 session of Burke County Court, Joshua Curtis came into open court and proved two wolf scalps agreeable to law. Ordered therefore that he be allowed two pounds under act of assembly.15 
Land Entry*He entered land on 23 January 1802 at Burke, North Carolina, 50 acres on west side of Toms Creek, issued 8 December 1802 (from NC Archives records, Burke County, Warrant No. 4321, Grant No. 3155, Book 110, page 60.) 
NoteB In the July 1802 session of Burke County Court, Joshua Curtis was ordered to oversee the road from the Pigeon House in the Turkey Cove to the forks of the Catauba River in room of Peter Ledford with the same hands.16 
Tax List*He appeared on the personal property tax list of 1805 at Joseph Dobson's Company, Burke, North Carolina; 300 acres, 1 poll.17 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1808 at Captain Dobson's Company, Burke, North Carolina; 300 acres, 1 poll, in same district were Peter, Peter and Ely Ledford, and Jessey Sanders.18 
CensusHe appeared on the census of 1810 at Burke, North Carolina, page 328, 1 male and 2 females under 10 (Baxter, Mary, Nancy), 1 male and 2 females 10-15 (Joshua, Eleanor, but Sarah married Feb 1810), 1 male 16-25 and 1 female 26-44; either Thomas was present and Joshua was omitted, or Thomas was absent and Joshua was misclassified; Joshua's age has to be 26-44, rather than 16-25, as listed; name is spelled "Curter".19 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1815 at Captain Dobson's District, Burke, North Carolina; 1 poll, 4 tracts lying on or near Toms Creek totaling 388 acres, valued at 515 dollars; Edward and Ely Ledford lived nearby.20 
CensusHe appeared on the census of 1820 at Burke, North Carolina, page 15, 1 male and 1 female under 10 (John L., unknown daughter), 2 females 10-15, 1 male 18-25 (Baxter), 1 male and 1 female over 45; based on the 1810 census and the ages of Nancy and Mary, the two females should be in the 16-25 bracket, not 10-15.21 
NoteB The July 1820 Burke County court minutes note that Joshua Curtis was appointed judge for the Back Creek District.22 
CensusHe appeared on the census of 1830 at Burke, North Carolina, page 188, 1 male 5-9, 2 males 10-14, 1 female 30-39, 1 male 60-69, 1 female 50-59; the younger members of the household do not correspond to the named children; possibly Eleanor was widowed and had moved in with her children.23 
NoteB On 27 November 1834, Jacob, Josh and Joshua Curtis were listed as purchasers at the estate sale of Peter Stroud, along with William McCurry and many Strouds (pages 116-120 of Burke County Estate Records, 1832-1838). Not clear who Jacob Curtis was.24 
Land EntryHe entered land on 23 October 1838 at Garden Creek, Burke, North Carolina, for about $2, described as 39 acres in the County of Burk on the waters of the Catawba river, head of Garden Creek, on the corner of said Curtis' home tract of 100 acres, registered in Raleigh 24 November 1840.25 
CensusHe appeared on the census of 1840 at North Fork, Catawba River, Burke, North Carolina, page 329, 1 male 10-14, 1 female 20-29, 1 male 70-79, 1 female 60-69; younger members do not correspond to known children.26 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1842 at Pleasant Garden District, McDowell, North Carolina; 488 acres valued at $963, no polls.27 
NoteB William McCurry, husband of Nancy Curtis, and John L. Curtis were jointly granted 100 acres of land in Burke County (now McDowell) by land grant number 6061 on 6 December 1842. The land was on the waters of Turkey Cove, a mountainous area in northern McDowell County. Edward Williams concluded that the 100 acres awarded to William and Nancy McCurry from Joshua's estate was located just a few miles south of this grant. William McCurry and Allen McCurry, son of John and Rebecca Curtis McCurry, are buried in a family plot on what appeared to be the land they received from Joshua's estate. He noted there were about 25 other graves in the plot, marked only with sandstone rocks. The grave inscriptions mentioned above were legible at the time he viewed them.28 
Land EntryHe entered land on 2 August 1843 at Garden Creek, McDowell, North Carolina, for $5, described as 100 acres lying on the waters of Garden Creek of the Catawba River adjacent to the corner of a survey granted to Joshua Curtis, registered 21 November 1844.29 
NoteB On 20 October 1843, John Autry entered 100 acres of land described as "On the head of Little Buck Creek and the head of some of the branches of (blank) fork of Turkey Cove Creek, including Curtises' Old Bar Pen place on top of the mountain in between." Entry No. 92.30 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1847 at Marion District, McDowell, North Carolina; 488 acres valued at $1,000, no polls.27 
Death*He died in November 1847 at McDowell, North Carolina; probate file opened.31 
Probate*His estate was probated in 1848 at McDowell, North Carolina; Mary Curtis testified that she had 10 living children. Five Curtis males signed the document, including William, Thomas Esq., John L., Joshua and Baxter. The names of 4 daughters, Eleanor Herring, Connie (Coney) Slate, Nancy E. McCurry, and Polly Bird are found in the McDowell County, NC court minutes. Helen Nuffer was unable to find the name of the fifth daughter.

John S. Erwin, Nathaniel Johnson, John W. Craig and Charles W. Godfrey were appointed Commissioners to lay off the one-year allowance for Mary Curtis on 8 February 1848. Among other things allotted, she received the family bible and hymn book. On 1 November 1848, Thomas Curtis, John L. Curtis, William Curtis and Jason Curtis posted bond related to the estate.

A witness deed was prepared 14 March 1859 (Deed book 2, pp. 251-252) to William and Nancy Curtis McCurry, from the heirs of Joshua Curtis, dec'd for Nancy's share of the estate land, consisting of 100 acres in the vicinity of Thom's Creek and Betsy's branch in McDowell County. Heirs who signed the 1849 deed included B.D. Curtis, J.A. Curtis, Elendor Hering, William Curtis and Thomas Curtis. Another heir, Coney Slate, signed the deed on 11 April 1850, and Joshua Curtis acknowledged her signature, proven in the spring 1851 term of Burke County court.22,31,28 
NoteB Levi Curtis: I have listed Levi as a son of Caleb; however, Helen Nuffer concluded he was a son of Joshua based on the following information. Levi preceded his father in death, about the same time, and a provision was made for his minor child McDaniel Curtis in the McDowell court minutes. Two other orphan children, Elmira and George, lived with William Curtis in the 1850 census who are not named in William's probate settlement, so they may belong to Levi. [However, I note it appears they may have been in Joshua's household in the 1840 census.] In 1880 "Mack" Curtis was living with Nancy McCurry, Joshua's daughter. The birthdate of George Curtis is in the bible of Mary Pauline Curtis, another daughter of Joshua, and states that George is her nephew. [ Helen concluded there is no basis for assuming Levi was a son of Thomas Curtis, Sr.]22 
NoteB A letter reviewed by Helen Nuffer, written by Richard Bird Moffit in 1878, states that Thomas Curtis, son of Moses, and Thomas Curtis, son of Joshua, were cousins. Assuming he meant first cousins, then Moses and Joshua were brothers, both sons of Thomas Sr. and Eleanor (Bryant) Curtis.22 

Family

Mary Curtis b. c 1770, d. c Oct 1848
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1800, 1810, 1840.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1790-1820.
  3. [S919] Jr. Lowell McKay Whatley, "Courthouse Petition", page 37.
  4. [S1] Census of Population 1790.
  5. [S891] "Randolph County G. S. Journal", Fall 1999, page 25, Criminal Actions (C.R. 81.326.3-1789, NC Archives).
  6. [S891] "Randolph County G. S. Journal", Spring 2000, page 11, Criminal Actions (C.R.081.326.3-Folder B, NC Archives).
  7. [S905] Randolph County Clerk, Randolph County Court of Common Pleas.
  8. [S1128] Edith Warren Huggins, Burke County Land& Misc. Records, Volume IV, page 9.
  9. [S1128] Edith Warren Huggins, Burke County Land& Misc. Records, source book Volume III, page 37.
  10. [S1182] Daniel D. Swink, Burke County Court Records, pages 1 & 2.
  11. [S1127] Katherine G. Sullivan, Burke County Deeds 1804-1813, source book page 63.
  12. [S1182] Daniel D. Swink, Burke County Court Records, page 10.
  13. [S1] Census of Population 1800.
  14. [S1128] Edith Warren Huggins, Burke County Land& Misc. Records, Volume IV, page 127.
  15. [S1182] Daniel D. Swink, Burke County Court Records, page 92.
  16. [S1182] Daniel D. Swink, Burke County Court Records, page 122.
  17. [S1129] "Burke County Tax List 1805", page 234.
  18. [S1126] "Unknown short article title", Volume XXII, No. 3, August 2003, page 73.
  19. [S1] Census of Population 1810.
  20. [S1131] Betsey Dodd Pittman, Burke County 1815 Tax List.
  21. [S1] Census of Population 1820.
  22. [S1148] Helen Nuffer, "Ancestral File of Helen Nuffer", Ancestral File.
  23. [S1] Census of Population 1830.
  24. [S1183] Jackie Browning Hedstrom, Burke County Estate Sales, page 25.
  25. [S1232] McDowell County Deeds: Book 1, page 288, Register of Deeds.
  26. [S1] Census of Population 1840.
  27. [S1698] McDowell County Superior Court, McDowell County, North Carolina Tax Lists.
  28. [S1149] Edward Peele Williams, "Ancestral File - McCurry and Curtis Families", Ancestral File.
  29. [S1232] McDowell County Deeds: Book 1, page 155, Register of Deeds.
  30. [S1197] Mr. & Mrs. Judson O. Crow, McDowell County Land Entries.
  31. [S1150] Probate Records of Joshua Curtis unknown file number (McDowell County).
  32. [S1] Census of Population 1790, 1800.
  33. [S1150] Probate Records of Joshua Curtis unknown file number (McDowell County), and McDowell County Court Minutes.
  34. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  35. [S1150] Probate Records of Joshua Curtis unknown file number (McDowell County), including McDowell court minutes.

Mary (Polly) Curtis1,2

F, b. 1788, d. 25 July 1845
FatherJohn Curtis1,2 b. c 1769, d. 4 Jul 1816
MotherMartha Allred b. c 1770, d. bt 1805 - 1810
Last Edited24 Dec 2006
Birth*Mary (Polly) Curtis was born in 1788 at Randolph, North Carolina.3,2,4 
(Witness) CensusShe appeared on the census of 1790 Sandy Creek Area, Randolph, North Carolina, in the household of John Curtis; page 285, 1 male over 16, 3 females, 1 other free person; listed next to Samuel.5 
(Witness) CensusMary (Polly) Curtis appeared on the census of 1800 Hillsboro District, Randolph, North Carolina, in the household of John Curtis; page 308, 3 males and 2 females under 10, 1 female 10-15, 1 male and 1 female 26-44; one of the two females in the 1790 census is unaccounted for, but that does not mean she necessarily died.6 
NoteB* On 15 Jun 1810, Mary Curtis, a single woman, swore out a complaint that she had delivered a male child and that the father was John Black. I believe this was their first son, David, based on his date of birth and their marriage on 20 November 1811.7 
NoteB* On 9 August 1810, John Black, Nicholas Brown and Samuel Royer posted bond in the amount of five hundred pounds current money of the state.7 
Married Name As of 20 November 1811,her married name was Black.2,1,8 
Marriage*Mary (Polly) Curtis married John Black, son of George Black, on 20 November 1811 at Guilford, North Carolina; Jacob Jones bondsman, Samuel Lindsay witness.2,1,8 
(Witness) CensusMary (Polly) Curtis appeared on the census of 1820 Guilford, North Carolina, in the household of John Black; page 33, 2 males and 3? females under 10, 1 male and 1 female, 26-45.1 
(Witness) CensusMary (Polly) Curtis appeared on the census of 1830 Guilford, North Carolina, in the household of John Black; page 130, 1 male under 5, 3 females 5-9, 1 male and 1 female 10-14, 2 females 15-19, 1 male 20-29, 1 male and 1 female 40-49.9 
(Witness) CensusMary (Polly) Curtis appeared on the census of 1840 Guilford, North Carolina, in the household of John Black; page 361, 1 male 5-10, 1 male and 2 females 10-15, 1 female 15-20, 2 females 20-30, 1 male and 1 female 50-60.10 
Death*Mary (Polly) Curtis died on 25 July 1845 at Randolph, North Carolina; buried at the Richland Lutheran Church Cemetery.4 

Family

John Black b. 1786, d. 28 Jan 1850
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1820.
  2. [S878] Rev. Isaac Offman, Curtis Family Records.
  3. [S1] Census of Population 1820, 1830.
  4. [S1095] Jocelyn Brabham Barrett (ed), Randolph County Cemetery Records, Richland Lutheran Church.
  5. [S1] Census of Population 1790.
  6. [S1] Census of Population 1800.
  7. [S1250] North Carolina State Archives, Randolph County Bonds.
  8. [S830] North Carolina Works Progress Administration, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868, Record number 01 033.
  9. [S1] Census of Population 1830.
  10. [S1] Census of Population 1840.
  11. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  12. [S1] Census of Population 1860.
  13. [S830] North Carolina Works Progress Administration, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868.

John Black1,2,3

M, b. 1786, d. 28 January 1850
FatherGeorge Black4 b. 1 May 1750, d. 26 Mar 1817
Last Edited4 Feb 2007
Birth*John Black was born in 1786 at Randolph, North Carolina.5,3,1,6 
NoteB* ON 15 June 1810, Mary Curtis, single woman, appeared before two justices and acknowledged she was delivered of a male child and that John Black was the father; a summons was issued for Black.7 
NoteB On 9 August 1810, John Black, Nicholas Brown and Samuel Royer posted bond in the amount of five hundred pounds current money of the state.7 
Marriage*He married Mary (Polly) Curtis, daughter of John Curtis and Martha Allred, on 20 November 1811 at Guilford, North Carolina; Jacob Jones bondsman, Samuel Lindsay witness.1,2,3 
(Witness) WillJohn Black witnessed the will of George Black on 29 August 1815 at Randolph, North Carolina; names sons Peter, John and George, daughters Christinia, Margaret, Mary, Caty, Barbary, Molly and Betsy, witnessed by Eli Brower and David Kaisers; proven May 1817 by Eli Brower.8 
Census*John Black appeared on the census of 1820 at Guilford, North Carolina, page 33, 2 males and 3? females under 10, 1 male and 1 female, 26-45.2 
CensusHe appeared on the census of 1830 at Guilford, North Carolina, page 130, 1 male under 5, 3 females 5-9, 1 male and 1 female 10-14, 2 females 15-19, 1 male 20-29, 1 male and 1 female 40-49.9 
CensusHe appeared on the census of 1840 at Guilford, North Carolina, page 361, 1 male 5-10, 1 male and 2 females 10-15, 1 female 15-20, 2 females 20-30, 1 male and 1 female 50-60.10 
Death*He died on 28 January 1850 at Randolph, North Carolina; buried at the Richland Lutheran Church Cemetery.6 

Family

Mary (Polly) Curtis b. 1788, d. 25 Jul 1845
Children

Citations

  1. [S878] Rev. Isaac Offman, Curtis Family Records.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1820.
  3. [S830] North Carolina Works Progress Administration, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868, Record number 01 033.
  4. [S1095] Jocelyn Brabham Barrett (ed), Randolph County Cemetery Records, Richland Lutheran.
  5. [S1] Census of Population 1820, 1830.
  6. [S1095] Jocelyn Brabham Barrett (ed), Randolph County Cemetery Records, Richland Lutheran Church.
  7. [S1250] North Carolina State Archives, Randolph County Bonds.
  8. [S908] Randolph County, North Carolina Probate Records, Will Book 4, page 412.
  9. [S1] Census of Population 1830.
  10. [S1] Census of Population 1840.
  11. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  12. [S1] Census of Population 1860.
  13. [S830] North Carolina Works Progress Administration, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868.

Benjamin Curtis Sr.

M, b. circa 1759, d. between December 1827 and April 1828
FatherSamuel Curtis1 b. c 1720, d. bt 1775 - 1779
Last Edited22 Jan 2016
Birth*Benjamin Curtis Sr. was born circa 1759 at Rowan, North Carolina; became exempt from poll tax in 1810, indicating he was over 50 years of age.2,3 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1779 at William Millikan's List, Randolph, North Carolina; lived next to Joseph Curtis.4 
NoteB Benjamin signed a petition presented to the North Carolina legislature on 26 January 1779, asking that Guilford County be divided into two compat counties.5 
NoteB In the December 1781 session of the Randolph County Court, Thomas Curtis, Samuel Curtis, Benjamin Curtis and John Curtis "charged with having joined the British Arme, to this Court appeared and discharged for want of Testimoney and took the Oath of Allegiance to the State of North Carolina." On 25 December 1781, Governor Alexander Martin's offered full pardons to Tory sympathizers provided they were not guilty of "murder, robbery, and house breaking," and that they surrender and enlist in the Continental battalions for one year. None of these men are known to have enlisted.6 
Marriage*He married Rachel Robbins, daughter of Joseph Robbins Sr. and Alice A. (Alse, Else) Robbins, circa 1783 at Randolph, North Carolina; marriage is proven through Joseph Robbins' will.7 
Tax ListBenjamin Curtis Sr. appeared on the personal property tax list of 1785 at Wilkes, North Carolina; 1 poll, 100 acres.8 
NoteB The Randolph County execution docket for June 1785 shows that Benjamin Curtice was assessed fees of about 3 pounds, with the notation "nothing found."9 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1786 at Wilkes, North Carolina; 1 poll, no acreage; no further appearance on Wilkes County lists.10 
NoteB In 1788 he signed a petition urging the General Assembly to establish a new court house building at the Cross Roads.11 
NoteB On 9 Feb 1788, John and Benjamin posted bond for the appearance in court of Caleb Curtis, charged with assault and battery.12 
NoteB On 9 June 1788, "Ellener Robbins single woman of the County of Randolph made oath before us Aaron Hile and Thomas Dougan, two of the Justices of the peace for said county that she has been sometimes past delivered of a bastard child and has charged Ben Curtis of being the father of the said child." "These are therefore to command you [the sheriff] in the name of the state of North Carolina to command you to apprehend the said Ben Curtis and him bring before us or any two justices for the said county to answer the said charges."13 
NoteB On that same day, Joseph and John Robins posted bond that Benjamin would appear to answer the charge that he begat a child on the body of Ealoner Robins.14 
NoteB On 11 June 1788, Benjamin was appointed to serve as juror in Randolph County Court.15 
NoteB In Sep-Oct 1788 he signed a petition urging the General Assembly to ratify the Constitution.16 
NoteB Benjamin lived on or near the bend of Big Caraway, below Denkins Old Field, adj, to the 40 acre tract sold by John Ledford, Sr. to Peter Ledford for one shilling. A later deed, dated 3 July 1802 by Elizabeth Fouts to Samuel Sawyer was described as 40 acres on Caraway Creek below Dennis' old field adj. John Ledford, Benjamin Curtis, a Caraway Creek branch, & the old Caraway house.17 
Court* On 1 October 1789 at District Superior Court, Hillsborough, Orange, North Carolina, Benjamin Curtis Sr. was along with John Robbins, was summoned to testify before the judges on behalf of Philip Roddy.18 
Census*He and Rachel Robbins appeared on the census of 1790 at Randolph, North Carolina, page 303, 1 male under 16, 1 male over 16, 4 females.19 
NoteB* Thomas Curtis Senr and Benjamin Curtis were summoned for jury duty for the March 1791 Court session.15 
NoteB Benjamin was called to testify at the June 1791 court sessions as a witness in regard to William Dickey's alleged theft of between four and five pounds cash from the property of James Heflin.20 
NoteB The June 1792 term grand jury charged James Graves with selling a half pint of whisky contrary to an Act of Assembly, i.e., without a license. It further charged Joseph Robins, John Robins (son of Joseph), Thomas Curtis, Benjamin Curtis, David Smith, John Curtis and Whitlock Arnold with conducting a raid on the house of James Graves, entering the house violently "and did then and there throw stones and clubs on said Hous to the great terror of said Graves and his family and did then assault and beat Ann wife of said James and did then and there many other enormities."21 
NoteB* In September 1792, Benjamin and John Robbins were named as witnesses to the charges against Isaiah Hicks, yeoman, on a charge that he did, on 10 July 1792 and "on divers other days. . .publicly and openly did lie, extent and place himself upon a warm cow dung and then and there did wantonly lecherously and indecently----himself to the common nusance of all the good people of the state. . . ." Not a true bill.22 
NoteB Called as witness in December 1792 Court session in matter of Jesse Harris accused of assaulting Jeremiah Arnold on 10 October 1792.23 
(Witness) NoteB The December 1792 grand jury charged John Robbins, laborer, of making an assault upon Caleb Curtis; Benj. Curtis, Jerem Arnold named as witnesses.22 
Tax ListBenjamin Curtis Sr. appeared on the personal property tax list of 1795 at Captain John Hawkins Company, Burke, North Carolina; no acreage, 2 polls; can't be proven this is the same Benjamin Curtis, but the other Benjamin, son of Thomas & Eleanor, was too young to appear as a poll; none of his sons were old enough to be taxable, so this could be a nephew, conceivably Thomas Curtis, Jr.24 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1797 at Joseph Dobson's Co., Burke, North Carolina.25 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1798 at Captain Joseph Dobson's Company, Burke, North Carolina; undated, thought by the authors to be pre-1800; no acreage one poll; no way of telling whether this was Thomas Jr. or Thomas Sr. and a son; Levi Curtice, Joshua Curtice, Peter and levy Ledford also present; Benjamin not present, which leads me to believe it was after the 1799 tax list.26 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1799 at Joseph Dobson's Company, Burke, North Carolina; no acreage, 2 polls.27 
Tax List*He appeared on the personal property tax list of 1802 at Williamson, Tennessee; 1 white and 1 black poll.3 
NoteB On 3 July 1802, Elizabeth Fouts sold a 40 acre tract on Caraway Creek to Samuel Sawyer, described as "below Dennis' old field adj. John Ledford, Benjamin Curtis, a Caraway Creek branch and the old Caraway house. A second deed mentions the tobacco house on the line between John Ledford and Francis Arnold.28 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1803 at Williamson, Tennessee; 1 white and 1 black poll.3 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1804 at Williamson, Tennessee; 1 white and 1 black poll.3 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1805 at Williamson, Tennessee; 1 white and 1 black poll.3 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1807 at Williamson, Tennessee; 1 white and 1 black poll.3 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1808 at Murfrees Fork, Williamson, Tennessee; 115 acres, 2 white and 1 black polls.3 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1809 at Williamson, Tennessee; 1 white and 1 black poll.3 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1810 at Williamson, Tennessee; no white polls and 1 black poll; Benj. was exempt due to age.3 
Land Purch* On 18 January 1810 Benjamin Curtis Sr. purchased land at Williamson, Tennessee, from Charles Polk for $300, described as 200 acres on Rutherford's Creek, beginning near Enon Creek; witnessed by A. Potter and Joshua Curtis.29 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1811 at Murphy's Fork, Williamson, Tennessee; no white polls, 1 black poll.3 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1812 at Williamson, Tennessee; did not appear on tax list, probably lived with Joshua.3 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1813 at Williamson, Tennessee; 100 acres, no white polls, 2 black polls.3 
Land Sale* In 1815 Benjamin Curtis Sr. sold land at Williamson, Tennessee, as a gift to Joshua Curtis, described as 100 acres on the bank of Enon Creek; witnessed by Roderick Temple and Moses Curtis.30 
NoteB* In 1817, the name William Curtis appears on the tax list, 1 poll, no other details, 12.5 cents tax; no further appearances of that name.31 
Land Purch On 27 August 1817 Benjamin Curtis Sr. purchased land at Williamson, Tennessee, for $500 from Samuel Lee, described as a 250 acre tract bounded by Benj. Curtis property on Enon Creek and the old military line; witnessed by Freederick Walcot and John G. Mitchell.32 
Census*He appeared on the census of 1820 at Williamson, Tennessee, page 114, 1 male 10-15, 3 males 18-25, 1 male over 45, no females, 3 engaged in agriculture, 4 slaves; male age 10-15 is unknown; absence of a female suggests he was a widower.2 
Marriage*He married Sally (?) circa 1821 at Williamson, Tennessee; no marriage record; name from Benjamin's will.33,2 
Land Sale On 13 June 1823 Benjamin Curtis Sr. sold land at Williamson, Tennessee, as a gift to Moses Curtis, described as 103 acres of land, part of the Samuel Lee tract.34 
Land Sale On 1 October 1823 Benjamin Curtis Sr. sold land at Williamson, Tennessee, as a gift to Aaron Curtis, described as 99 1/2 acres on the waters of Evan Creek in two tracts between Benjamin Curtis and Joshua Curtis. "Aaron Curtis is to keep full and peaceful possession of the dwelling house and other houses and one half of the land where the aid Curtis now lives, during his lifetime and if the said Curtis chooses to remove and give up the place, the above obligation is to be void."35 
Land Sale On 6 May 1824 Benjamin Curtis Sr. sold land at Williamson, Tennessee, as a gift to Benjamin Curtis, Jr., described as 93 acres, part of the Samuel Lee Tract; date deed recorded; grant was earlier.36 
NoteB On 7 August 1824, the following notice in the Nasville Republican: "Notice. My wife Sally Curtis has left my bed and board without any just cause or provocation. This is therefore to forewarn all persons against crediting here, as I will pay no debts of her contractiong after this date. Signed: Benjamin Curtis, Sr. Williamson county, July 15, 1824.37 
Land Sale* On 5 November 1827 Benjamin Curtis Sr. and Nancy Curtis sold land at Williamson, Tennessee, Deed of gift from Benjamin Curtis to "my beloved daughter Nancy Wadkins" dated 5 November 1827, the same month he filed his will, in which he gave her a negro aged 12-13 years, perhaps a second negro aged 4 years (hard to read), a bridle and saddle, and something else I can't read. Nancy Wadkins is not named in his will. Deed was registered 18 August 1828.
An Adam Wadkins appears in the 1830 census, and there is an 18 Dec 1806 Williamson County marriage record for Nancy Davis and Adam Wadkins. I did not find the couple in the 1850 census. Owen Wadkins and the eldest female were both born between 1780 and 1790, according to the 1830 census.38 
Will*Benjamin Curtis Sr. left a will on 30 November 1827 at Williamson, Tennessee; Named wife Sally, daughters Rachel Stephenson, Mary Wilburn, Rebecca McCord, Amy Curtis heirs; sons Moses, Benjamin and Joshua; executors James McCord, Joshua Curtis; witnesses Warren Nenley, James W. Stephensen.33 
Death*He died between December 1827 and April 1828 at Williamson, Tennessee; will was proven in court, 14 April 1828.33 

Family 1

Elenor Robbins b. 1762, d. 22 Oct 1852
Child

Family 2

Rachel Robbins b. c 1760, d. bt 1815 - 1820
Children

Family 3

Sally (?) b. bt 1760 - 1780, d. a 1830

Citations

  1. [S872] Jo White Linn, Rowan County, North Carolina Tax Lists.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1820.
  3. [S1023] Louise Gillespie Lynch, Williamson County, Tennessee Tax Book I.
  4. [S913] William Perry Johnson, "1779 Tax List of Randolph County."
  5. [S2301] Larry W. Cates, "Legilslative Petitions, 1779 Sessions, Part II."
  6. [S905] Randolph County Clerk, Randolph County Court of Common Pleas, December 1781 session.
  7. [S1065] Will of Joseph Robbins Randolph County Will Book 1, page 62.
  8. [S933] Wilkes County Genealogical Society, Wilkes County Tax Lists, 1785.
  9. [S1356] Randolph County Court, Randolph County Execution Docket.
  10. [S933] Wilkes County Genealogical Society, Wilkes County Tax Lists, 1786.
  11. [S919] Jr. Lowell McKay Whatley, "Courthouse Petition", page 36.
  12. [S891] "Randolph County G. S. Journal", Fall 1999, page 21, Criminal Actions (C.R. 081.316.3, 1788, NC Archives).
  13. [S1250] North Carolina State Archives, Randolph County Bonds.
  14. [S891] "Randolph County G. S. Journal", Fall 1999, page 20, Criminal Actions.
  15. [S905] Randolph County Clerk, Randolph County Court of Common Pleas.
  16. [S920] Unknown author, "Petition to Ratify the Constitution", page 4.
  17. [S891] "Randolph County G. S. Journal", Summer 2001, page 13, Deed book 6, page 59; also Winter 2004, page 31, Deed book 8 page 353.
  18. [S891] "Randolph County G. S. Journal", Summer 2005, page 49.
  19. [S1] Census of Population 1790.
  20. [S891] "Randolph County G. S. Journal", Fall 1999, page 29, Criminal Actions (C.R. 081.326.3, 1791, NC Archives).
  21. [S891] "Randolph County G. S. Journal", Spring 2000, pages 9-10, Criminal Actions (C.R.081.326.3-Folder B, NC Archives).
  22. [S891] "Randolph County G. S. Journal", Spring 2000, page 8, Criminal Actions (C.R.081.326.3-Folder A, NC Archives).
  23. [S891] "Randolph County G. S. Journal", Spring 2000, page 7, Criminal Actions (C.R. 081.326.3-1792 Folder A, NC Archives).
  24. [S1128] Edith Warren Huggins, Burke County Land& Misc. Records, Volume IV, page 113.
  25. [S1128] Edith Warren Huggins, Burke County Land& Misc. Records.
  26. [S1128] Edith Warren Huggins, Burke County Land& Misc. Records, Volume IV, page 127.
  27. [S1128] Edith Warren Huggins, Burke County Land& Misc. Records, Volume IV, page 121.
  28. [S891] "Randolph County G. S. Journal", Winter 2004, page 31, Randolph Deed Book Eight, pages 353-354.
  29. [S1036] Joyce Martin Murray, Williams County Tennessee Deed Books.
  30. [S1037] Louise Gillespie Lynch, Williamson County Deed Books 1811-1820, page 106, Deed Book E, page 47.
  31. [S1063] 1320 West Main Street, Franklin, Tennessee November 2005 Williamson County Tax Records, 1817.
  32. [S1037] Louise Gillespie Lynch, Williamson County Deed Books 1811-1820, page 133.
  33. [S1025] Will of Benjamin Curtis, Sr. Will Book Number 4, page 299.
  34. [S1038] Williamson County Deed Records: Book G, page 435, Registrar of Deeds.
  35. [S1038] Williamson County Deed Records: Book G, page 371 and Book H, page 124, Registrar of Deeds.
  36. [S1038] Williamson County Deed Records: Book G, page 449, Registrar of Deeds.
  37. [S1861] Selected United States Newspapers.
  38. [S1038] Williamson County Deed Records: Book J, page 218, Registrar of Deeds.
  39. [S1310] Nancy Curtis Eurich, "Descendants of Naaman Curtis", Ancestral File.
  40. [S1] Census of Population 1830.
  41. [S896] Probate Record of Aaron Curtis unknown file number.
  42. [S897] Probate File of Benjamin Curtis unknown file number.

Sally (?)1,2

F, b. circa 1760
Last Edited9 Dec 2006
Birth*Sally (?) was born circa 1760.1 
Married Name As of between 1775 and 1780,her married name was Curtis.1 
(Witness) WillShe witnessed the will of Benjamin Curtis Sr. on 30 November 1827 at Williamson, Tennessee; Named wife Sally, daughters Rachel Stephenson, Mary Wilburn, Rebecca McCord, Amy Curtis heirs; sons Moses, Benjamin and Joshua; executors James McCord, Joshua Curtis; witnesses Warren Nenley, James W. Stephensen.2 

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1820.
  2. [S1025] Will of Benjamin Curtis, Sr. Will Book Number 4, page 299.

Joshua Curtis1,2

M, b. circa 1785, d. circa October 1841
FatherBenjamin Curtis Sr.1,2 b. c 1759, d. bt Dec 1827 - Apr 1828
MotherRachel Robbins1,2 b. c 1760, d. bt 1815 - 1820
Last Edited7 Jan 2010
Birth*Joshua Curtis was born circa 1785 at North Carolina; 1820 census produces a range of 1775-1794, and appearance on 1807 tax list proves he was age 21 at that time.1,2,3 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 1790 Randolph, North Carolina, in the household of Benjamin Curtis Sr. and Rachel Robbins; page 303, 1 male under 16, 1 male over 16, 4 females.4 
Tax List*Joshua Curtis appeared on the personal property tax list of 1807 at Williamson, Tennessee; first appearance on tax list.5 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1808 at Williamson, Tennessee; he was the second white poll in the household of Benjamin Sr.5 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1809 at Williamson, Tennessee; 1 white poll.5 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1810 at Williamson, Tennessee; 1 white poll.5 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1811 at Murphy's Fork, Williamson, Tennessee; no acreage, 1 white poll.5 
NoteB* May have been children born after 1830.6 
Marriage*He married Rebecca Grimes Lockridge circa 1812 at Williamson, Tennessee; no marriage record; Williamson is most likely.7,1 
Tax ListJoshua Curtis appeared on the personal property tax list of 1812 at Williamson, Tennessee; 200 acres, 1 white poll, 2 black polls.5 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1813 at Williamson, Tennessee; 100 acres, 1 white poll.5 
Census*He appeared on the census of 1820 at Franklin, Williamson, Tennessee, page 141, 2 males and 2 females under 10, 1 male and 1 female 26-44, 2 male slaves, aged 14-25.1 
Land Purch* Between 1828 and 1829 Joshua Curtis purchased land at Maury, Tennessee, Joshua Curtis of Williamson County paid $1,200 to Brown for a tract described as 640 acres lying on the waters of Rutherfords Crick in Maury County adjoining the lands of James Lockridge.8 
CensusHe appeared on the census of 1830 at Maury, Tennessee, page 395, 2 males under 5, 2 males and 2 females 5-9, 2 males and 2 females 10-14, 1 female 15-19, 1 male and 1 female 40-49.6 
Land Sale* On 11 March 1833 Joshua Curtis sold land at Maury, Tennessee, sold for $203 to Nathaniel Chains, described as 81 acres lying on Rutherford Creek.9 
Death*He died circa October 1841 at Maury, Tennessee; probate sale completed 28 October 1841.10,11 
Probate*His estate was probated on 28 October 1841 at Maury, Tennessee; Robert J. Williams, administrator.11 

Family

Rebecca Grimes Lockridge b. 27 Apr 1791
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1820.
  2. [S896] Probate Record of Aaron Curtis unknown file number.
  3. [S1023] Louise Gillespie Lynch, Williamson County, Tennessee Tax Book I, 1807.
  4. [S1] Census of Population 1790.
  5. [S1023] Louise Gillespie Lynch, Williamson County, Tennessee Tax Book I.
  6. [S1] Census of Population 1830.
  7. [S1029] Robert B. Walters, Descendants of James and William Lockridge.
  8. [S1059] Maury County Deed Records Court Records: Book M, page 219, Register of Deeds.
  9. [S1059] Maury County Deed Records Court Records: Book Q, page 333, Register of Deeds.
  10. [S1026] Chapman vs. Stephenson unknown file number (Williamson County, Tennessee).
  11. [S1034] Probate File of Joshua Curtis Will Book Z, page 49.
  12. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  13. [S1035] Will of Martha Curtis Will Book A2, page 444.

Benjamin Curtis Jr.1,2

M, b. between 1795 and 1802, d. 1826
FatherBenjamin Curtis Sr.1,2 b. c 1759, d. bt Dec 1827 - Apr 1828
MotherRachel Robbins1,2 b. c 1760, d. bt 1815 - 1820
Last Edited9 Dec 2006
Birth*Benjamin Curtis Jr. was born between 1795 and 1802 at Tennessee; possibly North Carolina, depending on age.1 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 1820 Williamson, Tennessee, in the household of Benjamin Curtis Sr.; page 114, 1 male 10-15, 3 males 18-25, 1 male over 45, no females, 3 engaged in agriculture, 4 slaves; male age 10-15 is unknown; absence of a female suggests he was a widower.3 
(Witness) Land SaleBenjamin Curtis Jr. witnessed the sale of land by Benjamin Curtis Sr. on 6 May 1824 at Williamson, Tennessee; as a gift to Benjamin Curtis, Jr., described as 93 acres, part of the Samuel Lee Tract; date deed recorded; grant was earlier.4 
Marriage*Benjamin Curtis Jr. married Elizabeth (Betsy) Dudley on 9 March 1825 at Williamson, Tennessee.5,3 
Death*Benjamin Curtis Jr. died in 1826 at Williamson, Tennessee.1 

Family

Elizabeth (Betsy) Dudley b. bt 1800 - 1804
Child

Citations

  1. [S897] Probate File of Benjamin Curtis unknown file number.
  2. [S896] Probate Record of Aaron Curtis unknown file number.
  3. [S1] Census of Population 1820.
  4. [S1038] Williamson County Deed Records: Book G, page 449, Registrar of Deeds.
  5. [S869] The Generations Network, Tennessee State Marriages 1780-2002.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Dudley1

F, b. between 1800 and 1804
Last Edited2 Oct 2005
Birth*Elizabeth (Betsy) Dudley was born between 1800 and 1804; daughter of Ransom Dudley; assumed to be the eldest daughter in 1820 and 1830 censuses in her father's household.1,2,3 
Married Name As of 9 March 1825,her married name was Curtis.1,4 
Marriage*She married Benjamin Curtis Jr., son of Benjamin Curtis Sr. and Rachel Robbins, on 9 March 1825 at Williamson, Tennessee.1,4 

Family

Benjamin Curtis Jr. b. bt 1795 - 1802, d. 1826
Child

Citations

  1. [S869] The Generations Network, Tennessee State Marriages 1780-2002.
  2. [S897] Probate File of Benjamin Curtis unknown file number.
  3. [S1] Census of Population 1820, 1830.
  4. [S1] Census of Population 1820.

Benjamin Curtis1

M, b. circa 1826
FatherBenjamin Curtis Jr.1 b. bt 1795 - 1802, d. 1826
MotherElizabeth (Betsy) Dudley1 b. bt 1800 - 1804
Last Edited8 Dec 2006
Birth*Benjamin Curtis was born circa 1826 at Williamson, Tennessee; born following his father's death in 1826; only lineal descendant of Benjamin Curtis, Jr.1 
Census*He appeared on the census of 29 July 1870 at White Bluff P.O., District 8, Dickson, Tennessee, page 343, occupation works in furnace, renting, 3 children, apparently widowed, listed as B.F. Curtis, research further.2 

Citations

  1. [S897] Probate File of Benjamin Curtis unknown file number.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1870.

Aaron Curtis1,2

M, b. between 1795 and 1802, d. 13 July 1824
FatherBenjamin Curtis Sr.1,2 b. c 1759, d. bt Dec 1827 - Apr 1828
MotherRachel Robbins1,2 b. c 1760, d. bt 1815 - 1820
Last Edited9 Dec 2006
Birth*Aaron Curtis was born between 1795 and 1802 at Tennessee; possibly North Carolina, depending on age; assumed to one of the males 18-25 in the household of Benjamin Sr. in the 1820 census.1,2 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 1820 Williamson, Tennessee, in the household of Benjamin Curtis Sr.; page 114, 1 male 10-15, 3 males 18-25, 1 male over 45, no females, 3 engaged in agriculture, 4 slaves; male age 10-15 is unknown; absence of a female suggests he was a widower.1 
(Witness) Land SaleAaron Curtis witnessed the sale of land by Benjamin Curtis Sr. on 1 October 1823 at Williamson, Tennessee; as a gift to Aaron Curtis, described as 99 1/2 acres on the waters of Evan Creek in two tracts between Benjamin Curtis and Joshua Curtis. "Aaron Curtis is to keep full and peaceful possession of the dwelling house and other houses and one half of the land where the aid Curtis now lives, during his lifetime and if the said Curtis chooses to remove and give up the place, the above obligation is to be void."3 
Death*Aaron Curtis died on 13 July 1824 at Williamson, Tennessee; stabbed by Joel Watkins on 11 July 1824; not married, estate went to his siblings.1,2,4 

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1820.
  2. [S896] Probate Record of Aaron Curtis unknown file number.
  3. [S1038] Williamson County Deed Records: Book G, page 371 and Book H, page 124, Registrar of Deeds.
  4. [S1024] Louise Gillespie Lynch, Williamson County Miscellaneous Records, Volume 2, page 47.

Moses Curtis1,2

M, b. between 1795 and 1802
FatherBenjamin Curtis Sr.1,2 b. c 1759, d. bt Dec 1827 - Apr 1828
MotherRachel Robbins1,2 b. c 1760, d. bt 1815 - 1820
Last Edited9 Dec 2006
Birth*Moses Curtis was born between 1795 and 1802 at Tennessee; or North Carolina, depending on age; assumed to be one of the males 18-25 in the household of Benjamin Sr. in the 1820 census.1 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 1820 Williamson, Tennessee, in the household of Benjamin Curtis Sr.; page 114, 1 male 10-15, 3 males 18-25, 1 male over 45, no females, 3 engaged in agriculture, 4 slaves; male age 10-15 is unknown; absence of a female suggests he was a widower.1 
Marriage*Moses Curtis married Patsey Staggs on 12 October 1821 at Williamson, Tennessee.3 
(Witness) Land SaleMoses Curtis witnessed the sale of land by Benjamin Curtis Sr. on 13 June 1823 at Williamson, Tennessee; as a gift to Moses Curtis, described as 103 acres of land, part of the Samuel Lee tract.4 
NoteB* On 13 June 1823, his father granted him a 103 acre tract of land.5 
Land Sale* On 9 June 1827 Moses Curtis sold land at Williamson, Tennessee, for $550 to Thomas Staggs, described as 103 acres being part of the tract granted by Samuel Lee to his father.5 
Land Sale On 27 February 1830 Moses Curtis sold land at Williamson, Tennessee, for $10 to Robert S. Hightower, the same 103 acre tract of land he sold to Thomas Staggs; Moses then was resident in Gallatin County, Illinois.5 
Census*He appeared on the census of 1840 at Lower Loutre Twp., Montgomery, Missouri, page 208, 1 male and 4 females under 5, 1 male 10-14, 1 male and 1 female 15-19, 1 male and 1 female 30-39.6 

Family

Patsey Staggs b. bt 1795 - 1805

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1820.
  2. [S896] Probate Record of Aaron Curtis unknown file number.
  3. [S869] The Generations Network, Tennessee State Marriages 1780-2002.
  4. [S1038] Williamson County Deed Records: Book G, page 435, Registrar of Deeds.
  5. [S1024] Louise Gillespie Lynch, Williamson County Miscellaneous Records, page 96.
  6. [S1] Census of Population 1840.

Rachel Curtis1,2

F, b. 1804, d. between 1851 and 1860
FatherBenjamin Curtis Sr.1,2 b. c 1759, d. bt Dec 1827 - Apr 1828
MotherRachel Robbins1,2 b. c 1760, d. bt 1815 - 1820
Last Edited9 Dec 2006
NoteB* List of children is incomplete. 
Birth*Rachel Curtis was born in 1804 at Williamson, Tennessee.3 
Married Name As of 31 January 1818,her married name was Stevenson.4,2 
Marriage*She married James Giles Stevenson on 31 January 1818 at Williamson, Tennessee.4,2 
(Witness) CensusRachel Curtis appeared on the census of 1830 Williamson, Tennessee, in the household of James Giles Stevenson; page 217, 2 males under 5, 1 male and 1 female 5-10, 1 male 10-15, 1 male and 1 female 20-30; James' age is 10 years off, but this probably is the right family, as children's age distribution is consistent with date of marriage.5 
(Witness) CensusRachel Curtis appeared on the census of 1840 Williamson, Tennessee, in the household of James Giles Stevenson; page 178, 1 male and 2 females under 5, 1 male 5-10, 5? males 10-15 (shouldn't be more than 2 of theirs), 2 female 15-20, 1 male 40-50, 1 female 30-40.6 
(Witness) CensusRachel Curtis appeared on the census of 28 August 1850 District 23, Williamson, Tennessee, in the household of James Giles Stevenson; page 254, occupation farmer, real estate valued at $850, 7 children at home.7 
Death*Rachel Curtis died between 1851 and 1860 at Tennessee; no record after 1850.8 

Family

James Giles Stevenson b. 1792, d. bt 1851 - 1860
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1820.
  2. [S896] Probate Record of Aaron Curtis unknown file number.
  3. [S1] Census of Population 1820, 1850.
  4. [S869] The Generations Network, Tennessee State Marriages 1780-2002.
  5. [S1] Census of Population 1830.
  6. [S1] Census of Population 1840.
  7. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  8. [S1] Census of Population 1860.

James Giles Stevenson1,2

M, b. 1792, d. between 1851 and 1860
Last Edited8 Dec 2006
Birth*James Giles Stevenson was born in 1792 at South Carolina.1,2,3 
Marriage*He married Rachel Curtis, daughter of Benjamin Curtis Sr. and Rachel Robbins, on 31 January 1818 at Williamson, Tennessee.1,2 
Census*James Giles Stevenson appeared on the census of 1830 at Williamson, Tennessee, page 217, 2 males under 5, 1 male and 1 female 5-10, 1 male 10-15, 1 male and 1 female 20-30; James' age is 10 years off, but this probably is the right family, as children's age distribution is consistent with date of marriage.4 
Name Variation As of 1830, James Giles Stevenson was also known as James Stephenson.4 
CensusHe appeared on the census of 1840 at Williamson, Tennessee, page 178, 1 male and 2 females under 5, 1 male 5-10, 5? males 10-15 (shouldn't be more than 2 of theirs), 2 female 15-20, 1 male 40-50, 1 female 30-40.5 
CensusHe appeared on the census of 28 August 1850 at District 23, Williamson, Tennessee, page 254, occupation farmer, real estate valued at $850, 7 children at home.3 
Death*He died between 1851 and 1860 at Williamson, Tennessee; no death record and no no record after 1850.6 

Family

Rachel Curtis b. 1804, d. bt 1851 - 1860
Children

Citations

  1. [S869] The Generations Network, Tennessee State Marriages 1780-2002.
  2. [S896] Probate Record of Aaron Curtis unknown file number.
  3. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  4. [S1] Census of Population 1830.
  5. [S1] Census of Population 1840.
  6. [S1] Census of Population 1860.