Mary (Polly) Crowder1,2

F, b. May 1792, d. between 1861 and 1870
FatherRobert Crowder3 b. 1760, d. bt Jan 1820 - Apr 1820
Last Edited22 Jun 2008
Birth*Mary (Polly) Crowder was born in May 1792 at Virginia; Robert Crowder named daughter Mary Curtis in his will; date of birth per Carolyn Curtis; census reports are inconsistent.1,2 
Married Name As of circa 1810,her married name was Curtis.1,2 
Marriage*She married William Curtis, son of Joshua Curtis and Mary Curtis, circa 1810 at Burke, North Carolina; no marriage record; will of Robert Crowder designates daughters of daughter Polly Curtis.2,1,4 
CensusMary (Polly) Crowder and William Curtis appeared on the census of 1810 at Burke, North Carolina, name not found in 1810 census, not present in Robert Crowder household.5 
CensusMary (Polly) Crowder and William Curtis appeared on the census of 1820 at Burke, North Carolina, page 17, 2 males and 3 females under 5, 1 male 10-15, 1 male and 1 female 26-44.6 
CensusMary (Polly) Crowder and William Curtis appeared on the census of 1830 at Burke, North Carolina, page 188, 1 male under 5, 2 males and 2 females 5-9, 1 males and 1 female 10-14, 1 male and 1 female 15-19, 1 male and 1 female 40-49.7 
CensusMary (Polly) Crowder and William Curtis appeared on the census of 1840 at Catawba River, North Fork, Burke, North Carolina, page 329, 1 male under 5, 2 females 5-9, 3 males 10-14, 1 male and 2 females 15-19, 1 male 50-59, 1 female 40-49.8 
CensusMary (Polly) Crowder and William Curtis appeared on the census of 4 September 1850 at McDowell, North Carolina, page 292, occupation farmer, real estate valued at $600, 4 children at home, too young to be Mary's children.2 
Census*Mary (Polly) Crowder appeared on the census of 5 June 1860 at McDowell, North Carolina, page 158b, occupation none, widowed, real estate valued at $400, 2 children and Nelly Hensen, age 60, at home.9 
Death*She died between 1861 and 1870 at Burke, North Carolina; no death record; not present in 1870 census.10,11 

Family

William Curtis b. c 1787, d. 14 Dec 1852
Children

Citations

  1. [S1148] Helen Nuffer, "Ancestral File of Helen Nuffer", Ancestral File.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  3. [S1192] Caroline Heath Davis, Rutherford County Wills, page 74.
  4. [S1192] Caroline Heath Davis, Rutherford County Wills, page 74, original book entry at C: 139.
  5. [S1] Census of Population 1810.
  6. [S1] Census of Population 1820.
  7. [S1] Census of Population 1830.
  8. [S1] Census of Population 1840.
  9. [S1] Census of Population 1860.
  10. [S1] Census of Population 1870.
  11. [S1149] Edward Peele Williams, "Ancestral File - McCurry and Curtis Families", Ancestral File.
  12. [S1153] Probate File of William Curtis unknown file number.
  13. [S1154] Fay Hempstead, Historical Review of Arkansas, pages 1452-1453.
  14. [S1] Census of Population 1880.
  15. [S1155] Kenneth Jackson, "Jackson-Ashcraft Families", Ancestral File.
  16. [S1150] Probate Records of Joshua Curtis unknown file number (McDowell County).

Mister Herring1

M, b. circa 1800
Last Edited18 Jun 2006
Birth*Mister Herring was born circa 1800; J.C. Herring witnessed several McDowell County Curtis marriages; there also was a William Herring in the 1830 Burke census; no further records. 
Marriage*He married Eleanor (Ellender, Nelly) Curtis, daughter of Joshua Curtis and Mary Curtis, between 1815 and 1820 at North Carolina; no marriage record; last name from Joshua's estate file.2,3,1 

Family

Eleanor (Ellender, Nelly) Curtis b. 1798, d. bt 1851 - 1860
Child

Citations

  1. [S830] North Carolina Works Progress Administration, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1830.
  3. [S1150] Probate Records of Joshua Curtis unknown file number (McDowell County).
  4. [S1157] Cox, Randolph & Silvers Aldridge, McDowell County Cemeteries, Herring-Haren Cemetery.

Thomas Curtis Esq.1,2

M, b. 15 October 1791, d. 28 March 1875
FatherJoshua Curtis1,2 b. c 1766, d. Nov 1847
MotherMary Curtis1,2 b. c 1770, d. c Oct 1848
Last Edited19 Oct 2008
Birth*Thomas Curtis Esq. was born on 15 October 1791 at Randolph, North Carolina.1 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 1800 Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Joshua Curtis; page 732, 2 males and 2 females under 10 (Thomas, Joshua, Eleanor, Sarah), 1 male 10-15, (William), 1 male and 1 female 26-44.3 
Marriage*Thomas Curtis Esq. married Lucinda Bird, daughter of Richard R. Bird and Elizabeth Westlake, on 18 December 1815 at Burke, North Carolina; bondsman Benjamin Curtis, witness Jno Burgin.4,5,6,1 
CensusThomas Curtis Esq. and Lucinda Bird appeared on the census of 1820 at Burke, North Carolina, page 63, 3 females under 10, 1 male 26-44, 1 female 16-25, 1 female over 45.7 
Census*Thomas Curtis Esq. and Lucinda Bird appeared on the census of 1830 at Burke, North Carolina, page 178, 2 males and 2 females under 5, 1 male and 1 female 5-9, 1 male and 1 female 20-29.8 
NoteB* Thomas Curtis, J.P. was listed as a purchaser at the estate sale of William England in January 1835 (Burke County Estate Records, 1832-1838, page 41.)9 
CensusThomas Curtis Esq. and Lucinda Bird appeared on the census of 1840 at South of Catawba & West of North Fork, Burke, North Carolina, page 335, 1 male under 5, 1 male and 1 female 5-9, 2 males and 1 female 10-15, 3 females 15-19, 1 male and 1 female 40-40; based on the list of his heirs in 1879, it is likely that not all of these were children.10 
Tax List*Thomas Curtis Esq. appeared on the personal property tax list of 1842 at Pleasant Garden, McDowell, North Carolina; no acreage, 1 poll; check.11 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1847 at Crooked Creek District, McDowell, North Carolina; 50 acres, no value given, no polls.11 
Census*He and Lucinda Bird appeared on the census of 5 September 1850 at McDowell, North Carolina, page 291b, occupation farmer, real estate valued at $12, 7 children at home.6 
CensusThomas Curtis Esq. and Lucinda Bird appeared on the census of 23 July 1860 at Hot House P.O., Georgia Militia District 1029, Fannin, Georgia, page 1061, occupation farmer, renting, 3 children at home.12 
CensusThomas Curtis Esq. and Lucinda Bird appeared on the census of 18 July 1870 at Morganton P.O., Georgia Militia District 980, Fannin, Georgia, page 378b, occupation retired farmer, living with Richard.13 
Death*Thomas Curtis Esq. died on 28 March 1875 at Fannin, Georgia, at age 83; buried at the Hot House Baptist Church Cemetery.1,5 

Family

Lucinda Bird b. 16 Feb 1800, d. 24 Apr 1888
Children

Citations

  1. [S1148] Helen Nuffer, "Ancestral File of Helen Nuffer", Ancestral File.
  2. [S1150] Probate Records of Joshua Curtis unknown file number (McDowell County).
  3. [S1] Census of Population 1800.
  4. [S1155] Kenneth Jackson, "Jackson-Ashcraft Families", Ancestral File.
  5. [S1156] Dale Dyer, Fannin County Cemeteries, Hot House Baptist Cemetery.
  6. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  7. [S1] Census of Population 1820.
  8. [S1] Census of Population 1830.
  9. [S1183] Jackie Browning Hedstrom, Burke County Estate Sales, page 41.
  10. [S1] Census of Population 1840.
  11. [S1698] McDowell County Superior Court, McDowell County, North Carolina Tax Lists.
  12. [S1] Census of Population 1860.
  13. [S1] Census of Population 1870.

Joshua Curtis Jr.1,2,3

M, b. 1799, d. 15 March 1874
FatherJoshua Curtis2,1,4 b. c 1766, d. Nov 1847
MotherMary Curtis2,1,4 b. c 1770, d. c Oct 1848
Last Edited19 Oct 2008
Birth*Joshua Curtis Jr. was born in 1799 at Burke, North Carolina.1,2 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 1800 Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Joshua Curtis; page 732, 2 males and 2 females under 10 (Thomas, Joshua, Eleanor, Sarah), 1 male 10-15, (William), 1 male and 1 female 26-44.5 
(Witness) CensusJoshua Curtis Jr. appeared on the census of 1810 Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Joshua Curtis; 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".6 
Marriage*Joshua Curtis Jr. married Mary Elizabeth (Polly) Stroud, daughter of Peter Stroud Jr. and Margaret Curtis, on 4 December 1823 at Burke, North Carolina; Nelson Bird, bondsman; Jno Burgin, witness.2,1,7 
CensusJoshua Curtis Jr. and Mary Elizabeth (Polly) Stroud appeared on the census of 1830 at Burke, North Carolina, page 191, 2 males and 1 female under 5, 1 female 5-9, 1 male 30-39, 1 female 20-29.8 
CensusJoshua Curtis Jr. and Mary Elizabeth (Polly) Stroud appeared on the census of 1840 at Burke, North Carolina, page 330, 1 male and 1 female under 5, 3 males and 1 female 5-9, 1 female 10-14, 1 female 15-19, 1 male 40-49 and 1 female 30-39, 1 female 70-79; based on the known descendants, it appears they had other children besides their own living with them.9 
Tax List*Joshua Curtis Jr. appeared on the personal property tax list of 1842 at Pleasant Garden District, McDowell, North Carolina; 189 acres valued at $343, 1 poll.3 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1847 at Marion District, McDowell, Arkansas; 200 acres valued at $100, no polls, may be part of Joshua Sr.'s holding.3 
Land Entry*He entered land on 18 September 1847 at McDowell, North Carolina, 50 acres on the waters of Gardin Creek joining his own land on the southwest side and runs for complement. Entry No. 505. Could also be Joshua Curtis, son of William.10 
Census*He and Mary Elizabeth (Polly) Stroud appeared on the census of 13 August 1850 at McDowell, North Carolina, page 270b, occupation farmer, real estate valued at $600, 5 children and Margaret Stroud at home.2 
Land Sale* On 2 August 1852 Joshua Curtis Jr. sold land at McDowell, North Carolina, to Joseph C. Grayson for $110, described as "a one tenth undivided share of four tracts or parcels of land lying and being in the County of McDowell on the waters of Muddy Creek and joining formerly belonging to Peter Stroud, dec'd and falling to said Curtis & wife by her being one of the legal heirs. . . ."11 
CensusHe and Mary Elizabeth (Polly) Stroud appeared on the census of 30 June 1860 at Marion P.O., McDowell, North Carolina, page 199, occupation farmer, real estate valued at $500, 3 children at home.12 
CensusJoshua Curtis Jr. and Mary Elizabeth (Polly) Stroud appeared on the census of 11 July 1870 at Sugar Hill P.O., Sugar Hill Twp., McDowell, North Carolina, page 675, occupation farmer, real estate valued at $330, 1 son and Martha, age 26, and Orlander age 6/12, at home.13 
Death*Joshua Curtis Jr. died on 15 March 1874 at McDowell, North Carolina; buried at the Dobson Family Cemetery, Marion, North Carolina.2,1,14 
Probate*His estate was probated on 14 May 1879 at McDowell, North Carolina; Administrator E.H. Grant named the heirs as Alfred, Martin and Nancy Curtis, Elizabeth Lackey and Rebecca Stroud.15 

Family

Mary Elizabeth (Polly) Stroud b. 1803
Children

Citations

  1. [S1148] Helen Nuffer, "Ancestral File of Helen Nuffer", Ancestral File.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  3. [S1698] McDowell County Superior Court, McDowell County, North Carolina Tax Lists.
  4. [S1150] Probate Records of Joshua Curtis unknown file number (McDowell County).
  5. [S1] Census of Population 1800.
  6. [S1] Census of Population 1810.
  7. [S830] North Carolina Works Progress Administration, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868, Bond 000005376.
  8. [S1] Census of Population 1830.
  9. [S1] Census of Population 1840.
  10. [S1197] Mr. & Mrs. Judson O. Crow, McDowell County Land Entries.
  11. [S1232] McDowell County Deeds: Book 3, pages 37-38, Register of Deeds.
  12. [S1] Census of Population 1860.
  13. [S1] Census of Population 1870.
  14. [S1157] Cox, Randolph & Silvers Aldridge, McDowell County Cemeteries, Dobson-Pool Cemetery.
  15. [S1272] Probate File of Joshua Curtis unknown file number.
  16. [S1605] Bureau of Vital Statistics and North Carolina State Archives North Carolina State Board of Health, North Carolina Death Certificates.

Baxter D. Curtis1,2,3

M, b. 1802, d. between 1871 and 1880
FatherJoshua Curtis1,2,3 b. c 1766, d. Nov 1847
MotherMary Curtis1,2,3 b. c 1770, d. c Oct 1848
Last Edited24 Jul 2008
Birth*Baxter D. Curtis was born in 1802 at Burke, North Carolina.1,2,3 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 1810 Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Joshua Curtis; 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".4 
Marriage*Baxter D. Curtis married Sarah (Sallie) Rhodes circa 1823 at Burke, North Carolina.3,1 
CensusBaxter D. Curtis appeared on the census of 1830 at Burke, North Carolina, page 188, 1 female under 5, 1 male and 1 female 20-29, 1 female 60-70.5 
NoteB* On 21 June 1833, Baxter and Joshua Curtis were listed as purchasers at the estate sale of Elijah Patton; also listed were Burgin, Sanders and Stroud (pages 60-64 of Burke County Estate Records).6 
CensusHe and Sarah (Sallie) Rhodes appeared on the census of 1840 at Wake, North Carolina, page 289, 2 males and 1 female under 5, 1 male 5-9, 1 female 10-15, 1 male and 1 female 30-39.7 
CensusBaxter D. Curtis appeared on the census of 30 July 1850 at McDowell, North Carolina, page 262, occupation farmer, real estate valued at $300, 5 children at home.3 
Census*He appeared on the census of 14 June 1860 at Turkey Cove P.O., McDowell, North Carolina, page 171b, occupation farmer, real estate valued at $800, 3 children at home.8 
Land Entry*He entered land on 2 August 1861 at McDowell, North Carolina, 50 acres on Tom's Creek joining the Curtis land. Entry No. 1793.9 
CensusHe appeared on the census of 15 June 1870 at Marion P.O., Marion Twp., McDowell, North Carolina, page 621b, occupation farmer, real estate valued at $600, 1 daughter and 1 granddaughter at home.10 
DeathAp*He appears to have died or disappeared between 1871 and 1880 at McDowell, North Carolina, not found in 1880 census.11 

Family

Sarah (Sallie) Rhodes b. 1807
Children

Citations

  1. [S1148] Helen Nuffer, "Ancestral File of Helen Nuffer", Ancestral File.
  2. [S1150] Probate Records of Joshua Curtis unknown file number (McDowell County).
  3. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  4. [S1] Census of Population 1810.
  5. [S1] Census of Population 1830.
  6. [S1183] Jackie Browning Hedstrom, Burke County Estate Sales, page 15.
  7. [S1] Census of Population 1840.
  8. [S1] Census of Population 1860.
  9. [S1197] Mr. & Mrs. Judson O. Crow, McDowell County Land Entries.
  10. [S1] Census of Population 1870.
  11. [S1] Census of Population 1880.
  12. [S1155] Kenneth Jackson, "Jackson-Ashcraft Families", Ancestral File.
  13. [S1] Census of Population 1850, 1860.

Nancy E. Curtis1,2,3

F, b. 9 September 1800, d. 12 November 1885
FatherJoshua Curtis1,2,3 b. c 1766, d. Nov 1847
MotherMary Curtis1,2,3 b. c 1770, d. c Oct 1848
Last Edited23 Jun 2008
Birth*Nancy E. Curtis was born on 9 September 1800 at Burke, North Carolina.1,2,3,4 
(Witness) CensusShe appeared on the census of 1810 Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Joshua Curtis; 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".5 
Married Name As of October 1820,her married name was McCurry.6,1,2 
Marriage*Nancy E. Curtis married William McCurry in October 1820 at Burke, North Carolina.6,1,2 
(Witness) CensusNancy E. Curtis appeared on the census of 13 June 1870 Marion P.O., Marion Twp., McDowell, North Carolina, in the household of Rebecca McCurry; page 621b, occupation keeping house, real estate valued at $300, mother Nancy, sister Penelope and Mack Curtis.7 
Census*Nancy E. Curtis appeared on the census of 7 June 1880 at Old Fort Twp., McDowell, North Carolina, page 447C, no occupation, Rebecca and Nelly, both single were living with her, as was "Mack" (McDaniel) Curtis, described as a "boarder."7 
Death*She died on 12 November 1885 at McDowell, North Carolina, at age 85; buried at Oak Grove Cemetery.1,2,3,4 

Family

William McCurry b. 28 Apr 1791, d. 8 Mar 1869
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  2. [S1148] Helen Nuffer, "Ancestral File of Helen Nuffer", Ancestral File.
  3. [S1150] Probate Records of Joshua Curtis unknown file number (McDowell County), including McDowell court minutes.
  4. [S1157] Cox, Randolph & Silvers Aldridge, McDowell County Cemeteries, Oak Grove Cemetery.
  5. [S1] Census of Population 1810.
  6. [S1149] Edward Peele Williams, "Ancestral File - McCurry and Curtis Families", Ancestral File.
  7. [S1] Census of Population 1880.

Mary Pauline (Polly) Curtis1,2,3

F, b. 26 March 1804, d. 14 October 1863
FatherJoshua Curtis1,2,3 b. c 1766, d. Nov 1847
MotherMary Curtis1,2,3 b. c 1770, d. c Oct 1848
Last Edited10 Jul 2006
Birth*Mary Pauline (Polly) Curtis was born on 26 March 1804 at Burke, North Carolina.1,2,3,4 
(Witness) CensusShe appeared on the census of 1810 Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Joshua Curtis; 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".5 
Married Name As of 7 December 1820,her married name was Bird.4 
Marriage*Mary Pauline (Polly) Curtis married Clark S. Bird, son of Jonathan Bird and Angelica Banning, on 7 December 1820 at Burke, North Carolina.4 
(Witness) CensusMary Pauline (Polly) Curtis appeared on the census of 8 August 1850 Tennessee Valley, Macon, North Carolina, in the household of Clark S. Bird; page 331, occupation farmer, real estate valued at $350, 10 children at home.1 
(Witness) CensusMary Pauline (Polly) Curtis appeared on the census of 8 August 1850 Tennessee Valley, Macon, North Carolina, in the household of Clark S. Bird; page 331, occupation farmer, real estate valued at $350, 10 children at home.4 
Death*Mary Pauline (Polly) Curtis died on 14 October 1863 at Macon, North Carolina, at age 59.1,2,3,6 

Family

Clark S. Bird b. 18 Dec 1800, d. 18 Jul 1885
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  2. [S1148] Helen Nuffer, "Ancestral File of Helen Nuffer", Ancestral File.
  3. [S1150] Probate Records of Joshua Curtis unknown file number (McDowell County), and McDowell County Court minutes.
  4. [S1168] Old Buncombe County North Carolina Genealogical Society, , Bird Bible, page 104, August 1999.
  5. [S1] Census of Population 1810.
  6. [S1203] Annette Goodwin, "Our Family Tree (Goodwin)", Ancestral File.
  7. [S1011] North Carolina State Archives, North Carolina Death Records.

Sarah Curtis1,2

F, b. circa 1793, d. before 1815
FatherJoshua Curtis1,2 b. c 1766, d. Nov 1847
MotherMary Curtis1,2 b. c 1770, d. c Oct 1848
Last Edited10 Jul 2006
Birth*Sarah Curtis was born circa 1793 at Burke, North Carolina; no date of birth; born between 1790 and 1800 per census, but marriage in February 1810.1,2,3 
(Witness) CensusShe appeared on the census of 1800 Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Joshua Curtis; page 732, 2 males and 2 females under 10 (Thomas, Joshua, Eleanor, Sarah), 1 male 10-15, (William), 1 male and 1 female 26-44.4 
(Witness) CensusSarah Curtis appeared on the census of 1810 Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Joshua Curtis; 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".5 
Married Name As of 6 February 1810,her married name was Raburn.6,7 
Marriage*Sarah Curtis married Thomas Raburn, son of Hodge Raburn and Amanda Watkins, on 6 February 1810 at Burke, North Carolina.6,7 
Death*Sarah Curtis died before 1815 at Burke, North Carolina; date unknown; Constance was the only child from Thomas and Sarah's marriage.8 

Family

Thomas Raburn b. 1790
Child

Citations

  1. [S1148] Helen Nuffer, "Ancestral File of Helen Nuffer", Ancestral File.
  2. [S1150] Probate Records of Joshua Curtis unknown file number (McDowell County), and McDowell County Court Minutes.
  3. [S1] Census of Population 1800, 1810.
  4. [S1] Census of Population 1800.
  5. [S1] Census of Population 1810.
  6. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  7. [S830] North Carolina Works Progress Administration, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868.
  8. [S1198] Ruby Haley Moore, History of the Slate and Rabun Families.

Unknown Daughter Curtis1,2

F, b. between 1811 and 1815, d. after 1848
FatherJoshua Curtis1,2 b. c 1766, d. Nov 1847
MotherMary Curtis1,2 b. c 1770, d. c Oct 1848
Last Edited6 Jul 2006
Birth*Unknown Daughter Curtis was born between 1811 and 1815 at Burke, North Carolina; Mary said she had 10 children, 5 males and 5 females in 1848 estate record; fifth female not found in court records like the other four.1,2 
Death*She died after 1848.1,2 

Citations

  1. [S1148] Helen Nuffer, "Ancestral File of Helen Nuffer", Ancestral File.
  2. [S1150] Probate Records of Joshua Curtis unknown file number (McDowell County).

Mrs. Levi Curtis1

F, b. between 1795 and 1800
Last Edited7 Nov 2007
Birth*Mrs. Levi Curtis was born between 1795 and 1800.1 
Marriage*She married Levi Curtis, son of Caleb Curtis and Mrs. Caleb Curtis, circa 1814 at North Carolina; no marriage record.1 
(Witness) CensusMrs. Levi Curtis appeared on the census of 1820 Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Levi Curtis; page 15, 1 males and 2 females under 10, 1 male 26-44 and 1 female 16-25.2 
(Witness) CensusMrs. Levi Curtis appeared on the census of 1830 Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Levi Curtis; page 193, 1 male and 1 female under 5, 1 male and 1 female 5-9, 1 male and 2 females 10-15, 1 male and 1 female 30-39.3 
(Witness) CensusMrs. Levi Curtis appeared on the census of 1840 West of North Fork, Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Levi Curtis; page 332, 2 males 5-9, 1 male and 1 female 10-14, 1 female 15-19, 1 female 20-29, 1 male 40-49, 1 female 30-39, 1 female 70-79, could be Mrs. Caleb?4 

Family

Levi Curtis b. c 1788, d. 1848
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1820-1840.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1820.
  3. [S1] Census of Population 1830.
  4. [S1] Census of Population 1840.

Thomas G. Curtis1

M, b. 1816
FatherLevi Curtis2 b. c 1788, d. 1848
MotherMrs. Levi Curtis2 b. bt 1795 - 1800
Last Edited7 Sep 2008
Birth*Thomas G. Curtis was born in 1816 at Burke, North Carolina; no document linking Thomas to Levi; census birth dates range from 1815 to 1819.1,3 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 1820 Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Levi Curtis; page 15, 1 males and 2 females under 10, 1 male 26-44 and 1 female 16-25.2 
(Witness) CensusThomas G. Curtis appeared on the census of 1830 Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Levi Curtis; page 193, 1 male and 1 female under 5, 1 male and 1 female 5-9, 1 male and 2 females 10-15, 1 male and 1 female 30-39.4 
Marriage*Thomas G. Curtis married Sarah Ann Henderson circa 1838 at North Carolina; no marriage record.5 
(Witness) Land SaleThomas G. Curtis witnessed the sale of land by James Taylor Curtis on 28 December 1838 at Crawford, Georgia; to Drury Finney for $250, described as the one fourth part of Number 26, District 1, containing 55 1/2 acres. Witnessed by Thomas G. Curtis and John Curtis, J.P.6 
Census*Thomas G. Curtis appeared on the census of 1840 at North Carolina not found in 1840 NC census, where they lived, based on children's places of birth.7 
Census*He and Sarah Ann Henderson appeared on the census of 2 November 1850 at Sugar Creek Twp., Benton, Arkansas, page 85b, occupation farmer, renting, 5 children at home.5 
Land Entry*Thomas G. Curtis entered land on 1 July 1859 at Benton, Arkansas, 3 parcels of 40 acres each, located in Township 21-N, Sections 13 and 24.8 
CensusHe and Sarah Ann Henderson appeared on the census of 18 August 1860 at Roller Ridge Twp., Benton, Arkansas, page 401b, occupation farmer, real estate valued at $800, 6 children at home.9 
CensusThomas G. Curtis and Sarah Ann Henderson appeared on the census of 12 July 1870 at Mirabile P.O., Kingston Twp., Caldwell, Missouri, page 161, occupation farmer, real estate valued at $2,400, 2 children at home.10 
CensusThomas G. Curtis and Sarah Ann Henderson appeared on the census of 10 June 1880 at Kingston Twp., Caldwell, Missouri, page 360A, occupation farmer, no children at home.11 

Family

Sarah Ann Henderson b. Mar 1820
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1820-1880.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1820.
  3. [S577] Missouri State Archives, Missouri Birth and Death Records Before 1910, death certificate of John J. Curtis give parents' places of birth.
  4. [S1] Census of Population 1830.
  5. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  6. [S2114] Clerk of Crawford County, Crawford County, Georgia Deed Records, Book B, pages 400-401.
  7. [S1] Census of Population 1840.
  8. [S1653] U.S. Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records.
  9. [S1] Census of Population 1860.
  10. [S1] Census of Population 1870.
  11. [S1] Census of Population 1880.

First Daughter Curtis1

F, b. between 1815 and 1820
FatherLevi Curtis1 b. c 1788, d. 1848
MotherMrs. Levi Curtis1 b. bt 1795 - 1800
Last Edited14 Jun 2006
Birth*First Daughter Curtis was born between 1815 and 1820 at Burke, North Carolina.2 
(Witness) CensusShe appeared on the census of 1820 Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Levi Curtis; page 15, 1 males and 2 females under 10, 1 male 26-44 and 1 female 16-25.1 
(Witness) CensusFirst Daughter Curtis appeared on the census of 1830 Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Levi Curtis; page 193, 1 male and 1 female under 5, 1 male and 1 female 5-9, 1 male and 2 females 10-15, 1 male and 1 female 30-39.3 

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1820.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1820, 1830.
  3. [S1] Census of Population 1830.

Second Daughter Curtis1

F, b. between 1815 and 1820
FatherLevi Curtis1 b. c 1788, d. 1848
MotherMrs. Levi Curtis1 b. bt 1795 - 1800
Last Edited14 Jun 2006
Birth*Second Daughter Curtis was born between 1815 and 1820 at Burke, North Carolina.2 
(Witness) CensusShe appeared on the census of 1820 Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Levi Curtis; page 15, 1 males and 2 females under 10, 1 male 26-44 and 1 female 16-25.1 
(Witness) CensusSecond Daughter Curtis appeared on the census of 1830 Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Levi Curtis; page 193, 1 male and 1 female under 5, 1 male and 1 female 5-9, 1 male and 2 females 10-15, 1 male and 1 female 30-39.3 
(Witness) CensusSecond Daughter Curtis appeared on the census of 1840 West of North Fork, Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Levi Curtis; page 332, 2 males 5-9, 1 male and 1 female 10-14, 1 female 15-19, 1 female 20-29, 1 male 40-49, 1 female 30-39, 1 female 70-79, could be Mrs. Caleb?4 

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1820.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1820, 1830.
  3. [S1] Census of Population 1830.
  4. [S1] Census of Population 1840.

Second Son Curtis1

M, b. between 1820 and 1825
FatherLevi Curtis1 b. c 1788, d. 1848
MotherMrs. Levi Curtis1 b. bt 1795 - 1800
Last Edited14 Jun 2006
Birth*Second Son Curtis was born between 1820 and 1825 at Burke, North Carolina.1 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 1830 Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Levi Curtis; page 193, 1 male and 1 female under 5, 1 male and 1 female 5-9, 1 male and 2 females 10-15, 1 male and 1 female 30-39.1 

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1830.

David Curtis1

M, b. circa 1825
FatherLevi Curtis1 b. c 1788, d. 1848
MotherMrs. Levi Curtis1 b. bt 1795 - 1800
Last Edited28 Jul 2007
Birth*David Curtis was born circa 1825 at Burke, North Carolina; no proof he was Levi's son; lots of variation in his reporting of his age.1 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 1830 Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Levi Curtis; page 193, 1 male and 1 female under 5, 1 male and 1 female 5-9, 1 male and 2 females 10-15, 1 male and 1 female 30-39.1 
(Witness) CensusDavid Curtis appeared on the census of 1840 West of North Fork, Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Levi Curtis; page 332, 2 males 5-9, 1 male and 1 female 10-14, 1 female 15-19, 1 female 20-29, 1 male 40-49, 1 female 30-39, 1 female 70-79, could be Mrs. Caleb?2 
Marriage*David Curtis married Mary (?) circa 1845 at North Carolina; no marriage record; second marriage for her.3 
Census*David Curtis appeared on the census of 2 October 1850 at District 85, Union, Georgia, page 227b, occupation farmer, renting, 3 children at home; lived about 1 census page from the family of Thomas Curtis & Mary Moffat.3 
Census*He and Mary (?) appeared on the census of 8 July 1860 at Benton P.O., District 8, Polk, Tennessee, page 429b, occupation miner, 4 children at home; children's names don't match 1850 census.4 
CensusDavid Curtis and Mary (?) appeared on the census of 3 August 1870 at Hiwassee P.O., District 8, Polk, Tennessee, page 82d, occupation wood chopper, renting, 2 children at home; lack of continuity in children's data.5 
Marriage*David Curtis married Malinda Patterson between 1871 and 1879 at Tennessee; no marriage record.6 
Census*David Curtis and Malinda Patterson appeared on the census of 3 June 1880 at Ducktown District, Polk, Tennessee, page 51C, occupation laborer, second marriage, no children.6 

Family 1

Mary (?) b. c 1820
Children

Family 2

Malinda Patterson b. 1855

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1830.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1840.
  3. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  4. [S1] Census of Population 1860.
  5. [S1] Census of Population 1870.
  6. [S1] Census of Population 1880.

Eliza Curtis1

F, b. 1822
FatherLevi Curtis2 b. c 1788, d. 1848
MotherMrs. Levi Curtis2 b. bt 1795 - 1800
Last Edited17 Oct 2006
Birth*Eliza Curtis was born in 1822 at Burke, North Carolina; no proof she was Levi's daughter; lived alone with Gadson ion the 1850 census near other Curtis families.1 
(Witness) CensusShe appeared on the census of 1830 Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Levi Curtis; page 193, 1 male and 1 female under 5, 1 male and 1 female 5-9, 1 male and 2 females 10-15, 1 male and 1 female 30-39.2 
(Witness) CensusEliza Curtis appeared on the census of 1840 West of North Fork, Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Levi Curtis; page 332, 2 males 5-9, 1 male and 1 female 10-14, 1 female 15-19, 1 female 20-29, 1 male 40-49, 1 female 30-39, 1 female 70-79, could be Mrs. Caleb?3 
CensusEliza Curtis appeared on the census of 13 August 1850 at McDowell, North Carolina.4 
Census*She appeared on the census of 30 June 1860 at Marion P.O., Marion Twp., McDowell, North Carolina, page 205, occupation not given, she and William were living with Martha McBee (apparently not McFee), and four apparently unrelated children; the entire household was listed as paupers.5 

Family

Child

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1830, 1850, 1860.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1830.
  3. [S1] Census of Population 1840.
  4. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  5. [S1] Census of Population 1860.

Fourth Daughter Curtis1

F, b. between 1825 and 1830
FatherLevi Curtis1 b. c 1788, d. 1848
MotherMrs. Levi Curtis1 b. bt 1795 - 1800
Last Edited14 Jun 2006
Birth*Fourth Daughter Curtis was born between 1825 and 1830 at Burke, North Carolina.1 
(Witness) CensusShe appeared on the census of 1830 Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Levi Curtis; page 193, 1 male and 1 female under 5, 1 male and 1 female 5-9, 1 male and 2 females 10-15, 1 male and 1 female 30-39.1 
(Witness) CensusFourth Daughter Curtis appeared on the census of 1840 West of North Fork, Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Levi Curtis; page 332, 2 males 5-9, 1 male and 1 female 10-14, 1 female 15-19, 1 female 20-29, 1 male 40-49, 1 female 30-39, 1 female 70-79, could be Mrs. Caleb?2 

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1830.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1840.

McDaniel (Mack) Curtis1

M, b. between 1837 and 1840
FatherLevi Curtis2 b. c 1788, d. 1848
MotherMrs. Levi Curtis2 b. bt 1795 - 1800
Last Edited25 Dec 2006
Birth*McDaniel (Mack) Curtis was born between 1837 and 1840 at Burke, North Carolina.3 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 1840 West of North Fork, Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Levi Curtis; page 332, 2 males 5-9, 1 male and 1 female 10-14, 1 female 15-19, 1 female 20-29, 1 male 40-49, 1 female 30-39, 1 female 70-79, could be Mrs. Caleb?2 
Note* On 11 November 1848, the McDowell County Court ordered that "McDaniel Curtis an orphan boy of Levi Curtis, dec'd be bound unto James L. Gilliland until he attain the age of twenty one years, and the said Gilland doth agree to learn said boy to read write and cipher to the rule of three.4 
(Witness) CensusMcDaniel (Mack) Curtis appeared on the census of 14 August 1860 Yancey, North Carolina, in the household of Curtis Ledford; page 452b, occupation farmer, real estate valued at $500, 6 children and McDaniel Curtis, age 23, a farm laborer.5 
(Witness) CensusMcDaniel (Mack) Curtis appeared on the census of 13 June 1870 Marion P.O., Marion Twp., McDowell, North Carolina, in the household of Rebecca McCurry; page 621b, occupation keeping house, real estate valued at $300, mother Nancy, sister Penelope and Mack Curtis.6 
(Witness) CensusMcDaniel (Mack) Curtis appeared on the census of 7 June 1880 Old Fort Twp., McDowell, North Carolina, in the household of Nancy E. Curtis; page 447C, no occupation, Rebecca and Nelly, both single were living with her, as was "Mack" (McDaniel) Curtis, described as a "boarder."6 
Census*McDaniel (Mack) Curtis appeared on the census of 7 June 1880 at Old Fort Township, McDowell, North Carolina, page 447C, occupation at home, boarding, apparently single.6 

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1840, 1870.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1840.
  3. [S1] Census of Population 1840, 1850, 1870.
  4. [S1321] McDowell County Clerk, McDowell County Court Records, Fall Term 1848.
  5. [S1] Census of Population 1860.
  6. [S1] Census of Population 1880.

Gadson Curtis1

M, b. 1831
FatherLevi Curtis1 b. c 1788, d. 1848
MotherMrs. Levi Curtis1 b. bt 1795 - 1800
Last Edited12 Oct 2006
Birth*Gadson Curtis was born in 1831 at Burke, North Carolina; no proof Gadson with the son of Levi; he and Eliza were in the 1850 census living near the other Curtis families.1 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 1840 West of North Fork, Burke, North Carolina, in the household of Levi Curtis; page 332, 2 males 5-9, 1 male and 1 female 10-14, 1 female 15-19, 1 female 20-29, 1 male 40-49, 1 female 30-39, 1 female 70-79, could be Mrs. Caleb?1 
(Witness) CensusGadson Curtis appeared on the census of 13 August 1850 McDowell, North Carolina, in the household of Eliza Curtis.2 

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1840.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1850.

Baxter Curtis1,2,3

M, b. 28 February 1832, d. 12 June 1896
FatherWilliam Curtis2,1,3 b. c 1787, d. 14 Dec 1852
MotherMary (Polly) Crowder3,2,1 b. May 1792, d. bt 1861 - 1870
Last Edited9 Mar 2009
Birth*Baxter Curtis was born on 28 February 1832 at Burke, North Carolina.2,4 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 4 September 1850 McDowell, North Carolina, in the household of William Curtis and Mary (Polly) Crowder; page 292, occupation farmer, real estate valued at $600, 4 children at home, too young to be Mary's children.2 
Marriage*Baxter Curtis married Louisa Jackson, daughter of James Jackson and Rebecca Williams, circa 1854 at Arkansas.5 
Land Entry*Baxter Curtis entered land on 1 July 1859 at Section 23, Twp. 20N, Range 31 West, Benton, Arkansas, 40 acres.6 
Census*He and Louisa Jackson appeared on the census of 18 June 1860 at Bentonville P.O., Osage Twp., Benton, Arkansas, page 38, occupation farmer, real estate valued at $1,200, 3 children at home.7 
Milit-Beg*Baxter Curtis began military service on 15 August 1862 at Bentonville, Benton, Arkansas, as a private, Company H, Gordon's Regiment, 1st Cavalry Regiment Arkansas (also known as 2nd regiment.)8 
Milit-End*He ended military service on 20 September 1863; listed as absent; no further record.8 
CensusHe and Louisa Jackson appeared on the census of 16 August 1870 at Spavinaw P.O., Round Prairie Twp., Benton, Arkansas, page 323b, occupation farmer, real estate valued at $1,500, 6 children at home.9 
CensusBaxter Curtis and Louisa Jackson appeared on the census of 7 June 1880 at 4th Precinct, Lampasas, Texas, page 322C, occupation farmer, 6 children at home.10 
Death*Baxter Curtis died on 12 June 1896 at Goldthwaite, Mills, Texas, at age 64; buried at Big Valley Cemetery in Mills County.4,11 

Family

Louisa Jackson b. Jan 1836, d. 24 Jun 1913
Children

Citations

  1. [S1153] Probate File of William Curtis unknown file number.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  3. [S1149] Edward Peele Williams, "Ancestral File - McCurry and Curtis Families", Ancestral File.
  4. [S1644] Mills County Historical Commission, Mills County, Texas Cemeteries, Big Valley.
  5. [S1] Census of Population 1860, 1870.
  6. [S1176] Bureau of Land Management, Federal Land Patents.
  7. [S1] Census of Population 1860.
  8. [S1737] Footnote.com, Footnote.com, CSA Service Records.
  9. [S1] Census of Population 1870.
  10. [S1] Census of Population 1880.
  11. [S1158] Barbara P. Easley, Benton County Obituaries, Rebecca Williams Jackson, 1897.

Lively Curtis1,2,3

F, b. 1834
FatherWilliam Curtis1,2,3 b. c 1787, d. 14 Dec 1852
MotherMary (Polly) Crowder1,2,3 b. May 1792, d. bt 1861 - 1870
Last Edited10 Aug 2007
Birth*Lively Curtis was born in 1834 at Burke, North Carolina.1,2,3 
(Witness) CensusShe appeared on the census of 4 September 1850 McDowell, North Carolina, in the household of William Curtis and Mary (Polly) Crowder; page 292, occupation farmer, real estate valued at $600, 4 children at home, too young to be Mary's children.1 
(Witness) CensusLively Curtis appeared on the census of 5 June 1860 McDowell, North Carolina, in the household of Mary (Polly) Crowder; page 158b, occupation none, widowed, real estate valued at $400, 2 children and Nelly Hensen, age 60, at home.4 
Married Name As of 25 February 1862,her married name was Morgan.5 
Marriage*Lively Curtis married Samuel Bruce Morgan on 25 February 1862 at McDowell, North Carolina; J. C. McCurry, bondsman; A.M. Finley, Clerk, witness.6 
Census*Lively Curtis appeared on the census of 13 June 1870 at Marion P.O., Marion Twp., McDowell, North Carolina, page 621b, occupation housekeeper, renting, 2 children, no explanation where Samuel Bruce Morgan was or why she and the children gave the name Curtis.7 
CensusShe appeared on the census of 8 June 1880 at Marion Twp., McDowell, North Carolina, page 368D. occupation keeping house, widowed, 2 children at home.8 

Family

Samuel Bruce Morgan b. 9 Jun 1835
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  2. [S1153] Probate File of William Curtis unknown file number.
  3. [S1149] Edward Peele Williams, "Ancestral File - McCurry and Curtis Families", Ancestral File.
  4. [S1] Census of Population 1860.
  5. [S830] North Carolina Works Progress Administration, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868.
  6. [S830] North Carolina Works Progress Administration, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868, bond no. 79696.
  7. [S1] Census of Population 1870.
  8. [S1] Census of Population 1880.

Elmira (Almira, Mira, Mirey) Curtis1,2

F, b. 12 November 1833, d. 28 February 1918
MotherMatilda Curtis1,2,3 b. 1813, d. bt 1871 - 1878
Last Edited24 Jul 2008
Birth*Elmira (Almira, Mira, Mirey) Curtis was born on 12 November 1833 at Burke, North Carolina; Her death certificate confirms what Ed Williams speculated she and possibly George W. were Matilda's children, prior to her marriage to Haney.1,2,4,3,5 
Census*She and Thomas J. Curtis appeared on the census of 1840 at Wake, North Carolina, page 289, 1 male 20-30, no females present; lived next to Baxter.6 
(Witness) CensusElmira (Almira, Mira, Mirey) Curtis appeared on the census of 4 September 1850 McDowell, North Carolina, in the household of William Curtis and Mary (Polly) Crowder; page 292, occupation farmer, real estate valued at $600, 4 children at home, too young to be Mary's children.7 
Marriage*Elmira (Almira, Mira, Mirey) Curtis married Thomas J. Curtis, son of Baxter D. Curtis and Sarah (Sallie) Rhodes, on 5 August 1852 at McDowell, North Carolina; A.M. Hensley, bondsman; A.M. Finley, witness.8 
CensusElmira (Almira, Mira, Mirey) Curtis and Thomas J. Curtis appeared on the census of 7 June 1860 at Marion P.O., McDowell, North Carolina, page 161b, occupation laboring, renting, 5 children at home.9 
CensusElmira (Almira, Mira, Mirey) Curtis appeared on the census of 14 June 1870 at Marion P.O., Marion Twp., McDowell, North Carolina, page 621, occupation keeping house, renting, Thomas not present, 6 children at home.10 
Census*She appeared on the census of 17 June 1880 at Marion Twp., McDowell, North Carolina, page 377b, occupation keeping house, widowed, 5 children at home.11 
CensusShe appeared on the census of 9 June 1900 at Marion Twp., McDowell, North Carolina, ED 119, sheet 5A, widowed, 7 children, 7 living, living with her daughter Hannah Henry.12 
(Witness) CensusShe appeared on the census of 9 June 1900 Marion, McDowell, North Carolina, in the household of Henry W. Gibson and Hannah Jane Curtis; occupation farmer, owned farm, ED 119, sheet 5A, married 19 years, 6 children, 4 living, Elmira lived with them.12 
Death*Elmira (Almira, Mira, Mirey) Curtis died on 28 February 1918 at Marion Twp., McDowell, North Carolina, at age 84; buried at Carson Chapel Cemetery.3 

Family

Thomas J. Curtis b. 11 Apr 1830, d. 4 Jun 1862
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1840, 1850.
  2. [S1153] Probate File of William Curtis unknown file number.
  3. [S1605] Bureau of Vital Statistics and North Carolina State Archives North Carolina State Board of Health, North Carolina Death Certificates.
  4. [S1149] Edward Peele Williams, "Ancestral File - McCurry and Curtis Families", Ancestral File.
  5. [S1605] Bureau of Vital Statistics and North Carolina State Archives North Carolina State Board of Health, North Carolina Death Certificates, Elmira Curtis.
  6. [S1] Census of Population 1840.
  7. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  8. [S830] North Carolina Works Progress Administration, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868, Bond 79274.
  9. [S1] Census of Population 1860.
  10. [S1] Census of Population 1870.
  11. [S1] Census of Population 1880.
  12. [S1] Census of Population 1900.

George W. Curtis1,2,3

M, b. 1838
MotherMatilda Curtis1,2,4 b. 1813, d. bt 1871 - 1878
Last Edited3 Nov 2008
Birth*George W. Curtis was born in 1838 at Burke, North Carolina; apparently a grandson, as he was not named in William's estate file, yet he appears to have been present in 1840 as well as 1840 census. Elmira was the daughter of Matilda and an unknown man; George probably was also.5,2,4 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 4 September 1850 McDowell, North Carolina, in the household of William Curtis and Mary (Polly) Crowder; page 292, occupation farmer, real estate valued at $600, 4 children at home, too young to be Mary's children.6 
(Witness) CensusGeorge W. Curtis appeared on the census of 5 June 1860 McDowell, North Carolina, in the household of Mary (Polly) Crowder; page 158b, occupation none, widowed, real estate valued at $400, 2 children and Nelly Hensen, age 60, at home.7 
Marriage*George W. Curtis married Sarah E. (?) circa 1861 at North Carolina; no marriage record.8 
Milit-Beg*George W. Curtis began military service on 24 July 1861 at McDowell, North Carolina, as a Private, Company K, 22nd Infantry Regiment North Carolina, for 12 months, age 23.9 
Description*He was described as 5' 8" tall, dark brown hair, blue eyes, fair complexion, age 23 on 14 June 1862 at Headquarters, Provost Marshal, Fort Monroe, Virginia.9 
Milit-End*He ended military service on 19 June 1865 at Hart's Harbor, New York; captured at the battle of Fair Oaks 1 June 1862; sent to Fort Delaware, Delaware, exchanged at Aikens Landing, Virginia 5 August 1862; captured again on 2 April 1865 and imprisoned at Harts Island, New York Harbor, released 19 June 1865.3 
Census*He and Sarah E. (?) appeared on the census of 1 June 1870 at Franklin P.O., Franklin Twp., Macon, North Carolina, page 309b, occupation farmer, real estate valued at $125, 1 child at home.8 
NoteB Also see George W Curtis, wife Susan (Wagoner?) in Gallatin, Clay County, Missouri. 

Family

Sarah E. (?) b. 1841
Child

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1840, 1850.
  2. [S1153] Probate File of William Curtis unknown file number.
  3. [S1171] Historical Data Systems, American Civil War Soldiers Records.
  4. [S1605] Bureau of Vital Statistics and North Carolina State Archives North Carolina State Board of Health, North Carolina Death Certificates, Elmira Curtis.
  5. [S1] Census of Population 1840, 1850, 1860.
  6. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  7. [S1] Census of Population 1860.
  8. [S1] Census of Population 1870.
  9. [S1555] "Military Service Record of George W. Curtis, CSA (McDowell)."

John Nelson Curtis Sr.1,2,3

M, b. 1811, d. 1 July 1878
FatherWilliam Curtis1,2,3 b. c 1787, d. 14 Dec 1852
MotherMary (Polly) Crowder1,2,3,4 b. May 1792, d. bt 1861 - 1870
Last Edited27 Jan 2013
Birth*John Nelson Curtis Sr. was born in 1811 at Burke, North Carolina; the" Sr." is to differentiate him from his nephew John Nelson Curtis.1,2 
Marriage*He married Naomi (Naomey) Gillespie on 5 January 1832.1,5,4 
NoteB* Nelson Curtis was listed as a buyer at the estate sale of Merritt Burgin on 16-19 August 1837, along with many Burgins, William McCurry and several Strouds.6 
Tax List*John Nelson Curtis Sr. appeared on the personal property tax list of 1842 at Pleasant Garden District, McDowell, North Carolina; 200 acres valued at $55, 1 poll.7 
Land Entry*He entered land on 26 April 1845 at McDowell, North Carolina, 50 acres on the eastside of Little Buck Creek adjoining the lands that David Ballew formerly owned. Entry No. 249.8 
Land EntryHe entered land on 2 June 1845 at Little Buck Creek, McDowell, North Carolina, for $2.50, described as 50 acres lying on Little Buck Creek including the mouth of Bee Branch and a mill above said branch, registered on 29 September 1845.9 
Land EntryHe entered land on 10 December 1846 at McDowell, North Carolina, 50 acres adjoining Joshua Curtis owned by J.N. Curtis on the side that G.M. Carson purchased from the Lackeys. Entry No. 431.8 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1847 at Marion District, McDowell, North Carolina; 722 acres valued at $2,000, 1 white poll, 1 black poll,2-1/2 town lots.7 
Land EntryHe entered land on 6 September 1847 at McDowell, North Carolina, 100 acres along with Wm. M. Carson on Buck Creek joining lands of said Carson and Curtis. Entry No. 502.8 
Census*He and Naomi (Naomey) Gillespie appeared on the census of 13 August 1850 at McDowell, North Carolina, page 271, occupation farmer, real estate valued at $2,000, 2 children and his brother William at home.1 
NoteB* On 20 October 1852, Robert and John Nelson Curtis signed a note whereby Robert guaranteed payment of John's note due William McDaniel for $100 on 22 November 1851, and a note due William Curtis for $50.10 
Marriage*John Nelson Curtis Sr. married Caroline Catherine Phillips circa 1856 at Arkansas; no marriage record; they were married not later than April 1856, when Caroline's name appears in a deed. Naomi was born in September 1855, and is assumed to be the daughter of Naomi, rather than Caroline.11 
CensusJohn Nelson Curtis Sr. and Caroline Catherine Phillips appeared on the census of 5 June 1860 at Bentonville P.O., Osage Twp., Benton, Arkansas, page 233b, occupation grocery keeper; real estate valued at $3,000, personal at $2,000, 3 children and a James Curtis, age 19, born NC.12 
Marriage*John Nelson Curtis Sr. married Aurrelia Bradford circa 1866 at Arkansas; no marriage record; a deed dated 27 July 1866 refers to J.N. Curtis and his wife Aurelia.13,14 
Census*John Nelson Curtis Sr. and Aurrelia Bradford appeared on the census of 13 June 1870 at Bentonville P.O., Osage Twp., Benton, Arkansas, page 248, occupation assessor, real estate valued at $2,000, personal at $1,000; 3 children at home.13 
Death*John Nelson Curtis Sr. died on 1 July 1878 at Benton, Arkansas.2 
NoteB Final settlement of the estate of John N. Curtis by administrator I.L. Bair. Amount received on Curtis claim: $1,376; amount received on Curtis & Austin claim: $310. Heirs: Bertha Blake, Vetonville, Oma Lindsey, Oklahoma, P.P. Curtis, Bentonville, and Lillie Cotsworth, Kansas. 
(Witness) BioBiography of Thomas Austin, John Nelson Curtis' business partner in Bentonville.
In March 1862, the decisive Battle of Pea Ridge (or Battle of Elkhorn Tavern in the South) was fought in Benton County. When Union Gen. Sigel led his weary troops north to Leavenworth, Bentonville citizens invited Thomas Austin to leave with the Army. After nearly thirty years in Arkansas, the Austins packed what possessions and supplies they could into two wagons and became refugees. Thomas drove one wagon, and Sarah Jane's husband Keith, drove the other. Mary Melissa, not yet fifteen, remembered riding a horse most of the way. By present day standards, the distance from Bentonville to Leavenworth (a little more than two hundred miles) is not great, and modern cars on modern roads can traverse it in a few hours. Horse drawn wagons following unpaved trails in the wake of an army would take days for such a journey. When they reached Leavenworth, on the Missouri River, they faced making a new life, again dependent on the tailor's tools and skills.
Thomas Austin tried to salvage the Arkansas property. After the end of hostilities, he went back to Bentonville, according to family tradition, but found himself unwelcome. His former neighbors advised him to leave again, and believing them capable of violence he returned empty handed. His real property (Census value $900.00) was sold for taxes.
Congress set up a commission to adjudicate claims for war damage to non-combatants. `these claims came in by the hundreds. Thomas Austin and his partner, John Curtis, filed a claim for losses when their Bentonville store was looted by Union soldiers. The partners presented an inventory which is interesting as showing the merchandise to be found in a country store of the period: horse collars, ladies shoes, hammers, lard, 2,000 cigars, whisky by the barrel, one buffalo robe ($7.00), gin and brandy by the gallon, sugar, salt, cloth by the bolt, wagon whips, etc. etc. Their itemized valuation totaled $4,630.00, but the claim was disallowed by the commission with the following remarks:
"The claimants were partners in a country store at Bentonville, Arkansas in the Winter and Spring of 1862. General Sigal with a considerable force was in the vicinity, and on the 19th of February, 1862, had a severe battle with the rebel General Price at Sugar Creek, defeated him and drove him away. Immediately after the fight and on the same day a body of Union Cavalry dashed into Bentonville, took the men of the town prisoners, shut them up in the court house, and then proceeded to pillage the stores. The claimants were so arrested and shut up, and when the troops left the town they took the claimants with them a distance on the road and then let them go free. On their return home they found their store pillaged and stripped of almost everything. They say that the articles charged were then taken. Without going into any consideration of other questions, it is plain that the transaction was lawless pillage, done by soldiers, as it were, in the heat and excitement of battle, when it was almost impossible to restrain them and when the taking of the property was not for the use of the Army, but for individual pleasure and gain.
Such lawless pillage does not come within the terms of "stores or supplies taken for the use of the Army". However meritorious the claimant may be (of which we express no opinion) and however hard it may be to bear these losses, we are not authorized to allow compensation for them." Claim #5776 [The Arkansas Family Historian, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 1986, pp. 24-27; submitted by Maude L. Ashe, 2601 Century Dr., Bakersfield, CA 9306]. 

Family 1

Naomi (Naomey) Gillespie b. 1815, d. c 1855
Children

Family 2

Caroline Catherine Phillips b. 1830, d. c 1865
Children

Family 3

Aurrelia Bradford b. 14 Dec 1829, d. 26 Jun 1910
Child

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  2. [S1148] Helen Nuffer, "Ancestral File of Helen Nuffer", Ancestral File.
  3. [S1153] Probate File of William Curtis unknown file number.
  4. [S1149] Edward Peele Williams, "Ancestral File - McCurry and Curtis Families", Ancestral File.
  5. [S830] North Carolina Works Progress Administration, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868, Bond 000005375.
  6. [S1183] Jackie Browning Hedstrom, Burke County Estate Sales, page 69.
  7. [S1698] McDowell County Superior Court, McDowell County, North Carolina Tax Lists.
  8. [S1197] Mr. & Mrs. Judson O. Crow, McDowell County Land Entries.
  9. [S1232] McDowell County Deeds: Book 1, page 282, Register of Deeds.
  10. [S1667] Benton County Recorder, Benton County, Arkansas Deed Records, Book B, page 369-370.
  11. [S1667] Benton County Recorder, Benton County, Arkansas Deed Records, Book E, page 191.
  12. [S1] Census of Population 1860.
  13. [S1] Census of Population 1870.
  14. [S1667] Benton County Recorder, Benton County, Arkansas Deed Records, Book F, pages 613-614.
  15. [S1175] In Curtis Family File at Morganton, NC Library Unknown, "John Nelson Curtis Family Group Sheet."
  16. [S1158] Barbara P. Easley, Benton County Obituaries, Volume IX, page 239.

Matilda Curtis1,2

F, b. 1813, d. between 1871 and 1878
FatherWilliam Curtis1,2 b. c 1787, d. 14 Dec 1852
MotherMary (Polly) Crowder1,2 b. May 1792, d. bt 1861 - 1870
Last Edited22 Jun 2008
Birth*Matilda Curtis was born in 1813 at Burke, North Carolina; census reports are unreliable--age 40 in 1850, age 45 in 1860, age 40 in 1870.3,2 
Married Name As of circa 1842,her married name was Haney.4,5,2 
Marriage*She married James Haney circa 1842 at North Carolina; James appears to have had a prior marriage, as may be the case for Matilda.4,5,2 
CensusMatilda Curtis and James Haney appeared on the census of 28 July 1850 at Yancey, North Carolina, page 390, occupation farmer, renting, 4 children at home, plus James Haney, age 18. The gap between his age (18) and William's (6) suggests there may have been a prior marriage.1 
CensusMatilda Curtis and James Haney appeared on the census of 28 August 1860 at Burnsville P.O., Yancey, North Carolina, page 471, occupation farmer, renting, 6 children at home.6 
CensusMatilda Curtis and James Haney appeared on the census of 16 July 1870 at South Toe Twp., Yancey, North Carolina, page 831, occupation farmer, renting, 3 children at home.7 
Death*Matilda Curtis died between 1871 and 1878 at Yancey, North Carolina; she was not named in the land sale by her siblings in 1878.5 

Family 1

Children

Family 2

James Haney b. c 1810, d. bt 1871 - 1880
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  2. [S1149] Edward Peele Williams, "Ancestral File - McCurry and Curtis Families", Ancestral File.
  3. [S1] Census of Population 1850-1870.
  4. [S1] Census of Population 1850-1880.
  5. [S1153] Probate File of William Curtis unknown file number.
  6. [S1] Census of Population 1860.
  7. [S1] Census of Population 1870.
  8. [S1] Census of Population 1840, 1850.
  9. [S1605] Bureau of Vital Statistics and North Carolina State Archives North Carolina State Board of Health, North Carolina Death Certificates.
  10. [S1605] Bureau of Vital Statistics and North Carolina State Archives North Carolina State Board of Health, North Carolina Death Certificates, Elmira Curtis.
  11. [S1] Census of Population 1850, 1860.

Robert Curtis1,2,3

M, b. 3 September 1815, d. 6 May 1891
FatherWilliam Curtis1,2,3 b. c 1787, d. 14 Dec 1852
MotherMary (Polly) Crowder1,2,3 b. May 1792, d. bt 1861 - 1870
Last Edited19 Oct 2008
Birth*Robert Curtis was born on 3 September 1815 at Burke, North Carolina; cemetery index says 1816-1891.1,2,3,4 
Marriage*He married Emily (Emalee) Curtis, daughter of Moses Curtis and Mary Allison, circa 1836 at Burke, North Carolina.1,2,3 
Tax List*Robert Curtis appeared on the personal property tax list of 1842 at Old Fort District, McDowell, North Carolina; no acreage, 1 poll.5 
Land EntryHe entered land on 29 January 1845 at McDowell, North Carolina, 50 acres on the waters of Clear Creek adjoining James Greenlee's own land. . . a corner of the McIntyre Mill tract. . . . Issued 29 January 1845. Entry No. 216.6 
Tax ListHe appeared on the personal property tax list of 1847 at Marion District, McDowell, North Carolina; no acreage, 1 poll; 50 acres jointly owned with (illegible.)5 
Census*He and Emily (Emalee) Curtis appeared on the census of 14 August 1850 at McDowell, North Carolina, page 272, occupation farmer, renting, 5 children at home.1 
Land Purch* On 18 August 1852 Robert Curtis purchased land at Lot Number 80, Bentonville, Benton, Arkansas, from Burnell Featherston of Washington County for $100.7 
NoteB* On 20 October 1852, Robert and John Nelson Curtis signed a note whereby Robert guaranteed payment of John's note due William McDaniel for $100 on 22 November 1851, and a note due William Curtis for $50.8 
Land Entry*He entered land on 1 August 1857 at Section 28, Twp. 19 North, Range 31 West, Benton, Arkansas, 40 acres.9 
Land EntryHe entered land on 1 July 1859 at Benton, Arkansas, three parcels of 80, 40 and 40 acres each, located in Township 19-N.10 
CensusHe and Emily (Emalee) Curtis appeared on the census of 21 August 1860 at Osage Mills P.O., Anderson Twp., Benton, Arkansas, page 427, occupation blacksmith, real estate valued at $3,000, personal $2,000, 6 children at home.11 
CensusRobert Curtis appeared on the census of 1870 family not located in 1870 census.12 
CensusHe appeared on the census of 5 June 1880 at Osage Twp., Benton, Arkansas, page 459D, occupation blacksmith, widowed, living alone next to his daughter Mary Greenwood & family.13 
Marriage*He married Mrs. Sarah Brewster on 15 June 1880 at Benton, Arkansas; license on 13 June.14,15 
Death*Robert Curtis died on 6 May 1891 at Bentonville, Benton, Arkansas, at age 75; buried at the Bentonville Cemetery.3,4,16 
ObitRobert's obituary was published in the Benton County Democrat on 7 May 1891:
Uncle Bob Curtis passed this life at 7:10 o'clock last night. He was born in MacDonald [sic] county, N.C. Sept. 3, 1815. He was one of the oldest residents of this county and a member of Bentonville Lodge No. 56, A.F. and A.M. [Benton County Democrat 5/7/91]

Grandpa Curtis, so well and favorably known here, died at his late residence in this city Wednesday evening, 7:10. The deceased was 76 years old, having been born in McDonald [sic] county, North Carolina Sep. 3d, 1815. In 1850 he came to Arkansas where he has resided since. He was twice married and leaves a wife and six living children. In early manhood he espoused the cause of Christ and to the day of his death he was a faithful worker of the M.E. Church, South. He was a true and loyal member of the Masonic fraternity and was buried with Masonic honors, Rev. Johnsey officiating. [Bentonville Sun 5/9/91]4 
(Witness) BioRobert Curtis, born in Burke County, North Carolina, in 1810, was there bred and educated. In early manhood he moved to. Arkansas, locating in Bentonville, Where he was an ante-bellum merchant, carrying on a substantial business. Although he performed no military service during the war, he furnished sons for the Confederate Army, cheerfully sending them forth to duty. After the close of the Conflict, he moved with his family to old Hico, where be and his son .William H., were in business for a number of years. He died in Bentonville, Arkansas, in 1882, having passed the allotted three score and ten years of life. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and belonged to the Methodist Church, South. Robert Curtis married,-in North Carolina, his second cousin, Emily Curtis, a daughter of. Rev. Moses Curtis, a. Methodist preacher. She died in Bentonville; Arkansas in 1878, leaving seven children, namely Joshua, who .died in Dallas, Texas; William H., the special subject. of this sketch; Moses, whose death occurred in Moffattown, Texas; John, who died 'in Bentonville; Arkansas, Mollie, wife of George Greenwood, of Nashville, Tennessee, Sallie, wife of W. W. Reynolds, of Fort Smith; and George, who died in Bell County, Texas.17 

Family 1

Emily (Emalee) Curtis b. 31 Jan 1817, d. 21 Jan 1878
Children

Family 2

Mrs. Sarah Brewster b. 1834

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  2. [S1149] Edward Peele Williams, "Ancestral File - McCurry and Curtis Families", Ancestral File.
  3. [S1154] Fay Hempstead, Historical Review of Arkansas, pages 1452-1453.
  4. [S1158] Barbara P. Easley, Benton County Obituaries, Volume I, page 47.
  5. [S1698] McDowell County Superior Court, McDowell County, North Carolina Tax Lists.
  6. [S1197] Mr. & Mrs. Judson O. Crow, McDowell County Land Entries.
  7. [S1091] Benton County Deed Records: Book B, page 367, Clerk of County Court.
  8. [S1667] Benton County Recorder, Benton County, Arkansas Deed Records, Book B, page 369-370.
  9. [S1176] Bureau of Land Management, Federal Land Patents.
  10. [S1653] U.S. Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records.
  11. [S1] Census of Population 1860.
  12. [S1] Census of Population 1870.
  13. [S1] Census of Population 1880.
  14. [S1283] Arkansas Society DAR, Benton County Marriages, Book B, page 132.
  15. [S1666] Benton County Clerk, Benton County, Arkansas Marriage Records.
  16. [S1285] Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society, Benton County Cemeteries, Bentonville Cemetery.
  17. [S1154] Fay Hempstead, Historical Review of Arkansas, page 1452.

Emily (Emalee) Curtis1,2,3

F, b. 31 January 1817, d. 21 January 1878
FatherMoses Curtis4 b. 3 Oct 1777, d. 4 Sep 1853
MotherMary Allison4 b. 11 Dec 1782, d. c Jan 1864
Last Edited10 Aug 2007
Birth*Emily (Emalee) Curtis was born on 31 January 1817 at Burke, North Carolina; cemetery index says 1812; assumed to be a transcription error--"2" for "7."1,2,3,5 
Marriage*She married Robert Curtis, son of William Curtis and Mary (Polly) Crowder, circa 1836 at Burke, North Carolina.1,2,3 
CensusEmily (Emalee) Curtis and Robert Curtis appeared on the census of 14 August 1850 at McDowell, North Carolina, page 272, occupation farmer, renting, 5 children at home.1 
CensusEmily (Emalee) Curtis and Robert Curtis appeared on the census of 21 August 1860 at Osage Mills P.O., Anderson Twp., Benton, Arkansas, page 427, occupation blacksmith, real estate valued at $3,000, personal $2,000, 6 children at home.6 
Death*Emily (Emalee) Curtis died on 21 January 1878 at Bentonville, Benton, Arkansas, at age 60; buried at the Bentonville Cemetery; marker is 1879, a year later than other sources.1,2,3,5 

Family

Robert Curtis b. 3 Sep 1815, d. 6 May 1891
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  2. [S1149] Edward Peele Williams, "Ancestral File - McCurry and Curtis Families", Ancestral File.
  3. [S1154] Fay Hempstead, Historical Review of Arkansas, pages 1452-1453.
  4. [S875] Frances Curtis Bogy, Curtis Genealogy, page 267.
  5. [S1285] Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society, Benton County Cemeteries, Bentonville Cemetery.
  6. [S1] Census of Population 1860.

Joshua Herring Curtis1,2,3

M, b. December 1838, d. 18 November 1901
FatherRobert Curtis4 b. 3 Sep 1815, d. 6 May 1891
MotherEmily (Emalee) Curtis4 b. 31 Jan 1817, d. 21 Jan 1878
Last Edited23 Jun 2013
Birth*Joshua Herring Curtis was born in December 1838 at Burke, North Carolina.4 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 14 August 1850 McDowell, North Carolina, in the household of Robert Curtis and Emily (Emalee) Curtis; page 272, occupation farmer, renting, 5 children at home.4 
Residence*Joshua Herring Curtis lived in 1858 at Colorado; Joshua Herrin Curtis lived in Bentonville, Arkansas until1858, and at that date he decided to try his fortune in the West. He made a trip to Pike's Peak, and remained in the mountains about twelve months, after which he returned to Bentonville, and later to Texas, and was here at the opening ofthe Civil War. He enlisted in the Confederate service in the spring of 1861, in Company A, Twenty-fifth Texas Cavalry, (should be Company B, 26th Texas Cavalry) and served in the Trans-Mississippi Department, from the Rio Grande to the Louisiana State line. He entered as a private, and was mustered out a Lieutenant (should be Corporal), and also served a part of the time as Captain of the couriers. After the close of the war, Mr. Curtis returned to Dallas county, Texas.5 
Milit-Beg*He began military service on 28 August 1861 at Lockhart, Caldwell, Texas, as a Private, Capt. John J. Myers; Company, Caldwell County Rangers, Company C., 26th Texas Cavalry. His horse was valued at $170; equipment at $18.00. Joshua served as a courier and escort for Col. Debray during 1863; date of discharge not in file.6 
Marriage*He married Parmelia Cockrell on 24 August 1865 at Dallas, Texas.7,8 
CensusJoshua Herring Curtis and Parmelia Cockrell appeared on the census of 8 August 1870 at Justice Precinct Three, Dallas, Texas, page 367b, occupation farmer, real estate valued at $500, personal $796, 2 children and a 10 year old boy named Horrace Wilson at home.9 
CensusJoshua Herring Curtis and Parmelia Cockrell appeared on the census of 25 June 1880 at Graham, Young, Texas, page 378A, occupation butcher, 4 children at home. 
Census*Joshua Herring Curtis and Parmelia Cockrell appeared on the census of 12 June 1900 at Dallas, Dallas, Texas, ED 146, sheet 12A, occupation teamster, renting, married 35 years, 7 children, 5 living.7 
Death*Joshua Herring Curtis died on 18 November 1901 at Irving, Dallas, Texas, at age 62.2 

Family

Parmelia Cockrell b. 30 Sep 1843, d. 26 Apr 1923
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1850, 1900.
  2. [S2171] Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Texas Confederate Pension Alpplications.
  3. [S2170] Luanne Hale, "Podpechan Hale Family", Ancestral File, middle name from Parmelia's pension application.
  4. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  5. [S2170] Luanne Hale, "Podpechan Hale Family", Ancestral File.
  6. [S1659] Military Service, Confederate Soldier Service Records, online.
  7. [S1] Census of Population 1900.
  8. [S1612] Ed Curtis Jr. and Etta Hammer, "Descendants of John Curtis and Rufina Leatherwood", Ancestral File, from Dallas County marriage book.
  9. [S1] Census of Population 1870.
  10. [S1] Census of Population 1880.

William Haynes Curtis1,2,3

M, b. 5 April 1841, d. 21 August 1916
FatherRobert Curtis1,2 b. 3 Sep 1815, d. 6 May 1891
MotherEmily (Emalee) Curtis1,2 b. 31 Jan 1817, d. 21 Jan 1878
Last Edited28 Jan 2013
Birth*William Haynes Curtis was born on 5 April 1841 at Burke, North Carolina; Arkansas History says 5 April 1846; death certificate 1844, tombstone 1841.1,2,4 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 14 August 1850 McDowell, North Carolina, in the household of Robert Curtis and Emily (Emalee) Curtis; page 272, occupation farmer, renting, 5 children at home.1 
(Witness) CensusWilliam Haynes Curtis appeared on the census of 21 August 1860 Osage Mills P.O., Anderson Twp., Benton, Arkansas, in the household of Robert Curtis and Emily (Emalee) Curtis; page 427, occupation blacksmith, real estate valued at $3,000, personal $2,000, 6 children at home.5 
Marriage*William Haynes Curtis married Lula Hazeltine Gunter on 7 October 1877 at Benton, Arkansas; license dated 3 October.6 
(Witness) BioWilliam H. Curtis. As president of the Fountain City Lumber Company, William H. Curtis is closely identified with one of the foremost industries of Siloam Springs. . . A native of North Carolina, he was born April 5, 1846, in Burke county, which was likewise the birthplace of his father, Robert Curtis. His paternal grandfather, William Curtis, a life-long resident of Burke county, North Carolina, was a planter by occupation, as the calling was voiced in former days, and on his large estate reared fours sons, as follows: William, who died in California; J. Nelson, who spent his last years in Bentonville, Arkansas; Jason, who became a resident of California and there spent his remaining years; and Robert.
Robert Curtis, born in Burke county, North Carolina, in 1810, was there bred and educated. In early manhood, he moved to Arkansas, locating in Bentonville, where he was an ante-bellum merchant, carrying on a substantial business. Although he performed no military service during the war, he furnished sons for the Confederate army, cheerfully sending them forth to duty. After the close of the conflict he moved with his family to old Hico, where he and his son, William H., were in business for a number of years. He died in Bentonville, Arkansas in 1882, having passed the allotted three score and ten years of life. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and belonged to the Methodist Church, South. Robert Curtis married, in North Carolina, his second cousin, Emily Curtis, a daughter of Rev. Moses Curtis, a Methodist preacher. She died in Bentonville, Arkansas, in 1878, leaving seven children, namely: Joshua, who died in Dallas, Texas; William H., the special subject of this sketch; Moses, whose death occurred in Moffattown, Texas; John, who died in Bentonville, Arkansas; Mollie, wife of George Greenwood, of Nashville, Tennessee; Sallie, wife of W.W. Reynolds, of Fort Smith; and George, who died in Bell county, Texas.
Coming to Benton county, Arkansas, with his parents when but eight years of age, William H. Curtis may well be classed with the pioneers of this part of the state. Gleaning his early education in the schools of Bentonville, he enlisted when but a boy in the Confederate army, putting on the uniform of the gray and serving under Captain Jefferson in Colonel Ferguson's regiment, which was raised in Benton county. He fought his first battle almost within hailing distance of his home, at Elkhorn, and escaped wounds in that engagement and likewise in the battles at Poison Springs and at Prairie Grove, but in the engagement at Fayetteville he was less fortunate, having been hit in the thigh by a musket ball. Recovering soon from his wound, the brave boy was again with his command in the battle of Mansfield and during the other fights of the Louisiana campaign. As a member of Marmaduke's division, General Cabell's brigade, he was at Dardanelle, Arkansas, when the news of General Lee's surrender put an end too further military service, and the command was there disbanded.
At the age of nineteen years, with an army experience of three years in behalf of the Confederacy, William H. Curtis returned to the parental home and soon after learned the blacksmith's trade with his father, who owned a smithy for a time after settling in Bentonville. After six years at the anvil he began selling goods in Bentonville and was subsequently engaged in the mercantile business at Hico for several years, being in partnership with his father, as previously mentioned. Moving from there to the Indian Territory, Mr. Curtis sold goods at Carey's Ferry for three years, after which he embarked in the stock business in Delaware county, Oklahoma. Going then to the Snake District of the territory, he remained there for a time. Selling out in 1891, Mr. Curtis located in Afton, becoming the pioneer lumberman of that section of the state. At the end of seventeen years, having been successful in his undertakings, he came to Siloam Springs, where he has since been prosperously engaged in the lumber business as chief partner in the Fountain city Lumber Company. Mr. Curtis is also a stockholder and a direction of the Farmers' National Bank of Siloam Springs. Politically he is a Democrat and fraternally he is a master Mason.
At Hico, September 7, 1877, Mr. Curtis married Lula Gunter, a daughter of Caldeen C. Gunter, a pioneer settler of the place, born March 30, 1818, in eastern Tennessee.7 
Census*William Haynes Curtis and Lula Hazeltine Gunter appeared on the census of 5 June 1900 at Afton Town, Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma Indian Territory, ED 7, sheet 22B, occupation lumber dealer, married 22 years, no children.8 
CensusWilliam Haynes Curtis and Lula Hazeltine Gunter appeared on the census of 19 April 1910 at Siloam Springs, Benton, Arkansas, ED 26, sheet 4A, occupation lumber dealer, owned home, married 31 years, no children.9 
Death*William Haynes Curtis died on 21 August 1916 at Benton, Arkansas, at age 75; buried at the Siloam Springs Cemetery; Final settlement of estate of W.H. Curtis, Lula Curtis executrix on 3 January 1919.10,4 
(Witness) BioWilliam H. Curtis. As president of the Fountain City Lumber Company, William H. Curtis is closely identified with one of the foremost industries of Siloam Springs. A man of good business qualifications, keen and alert to take advantage of opportunities, he is an important factor in advancing the lumber interests of Benton County and has here built up an extensive and remunerative trade. A native of North Carolina, he was born April 5, 1846, in Burke County, which was likewise the birthplace of his father, Robert Curtis. [text moved.]
Coming to Benton County, Arkansas, with his parents when but eight years, of age, William H. Curtis may well be classed with the pioneers of this part of the state. Gleaning his early education in the schools of Bentonville, he enlisted when but a boy in the Confederate Army, putting on the uniform of the Gray and serving under Captain Jefferson in Colonel Ferguson’s regiment, which was raised in Benton County. He fought his first battle almost within hailing distance of his home, at Elkhorn, and escaped wounds in that engagement and likewise in the battles at Poison Springs and at Prairie Grove, but in the engagement at Fayetteville, he was less fortunate, having been hit in the thigh by a musket ball. Recovering soon from his wound, the brave boy was again with his command in the battle of Mansfield and during the other fights of the Louisiana campaign. As a member of Marmaduke’s division, General Cabell’s brigade, he was at Dardanelle, Arkansas, when the news of General Lee’s surrender put an end to further military service, and the command was there disbanded.
At the age of 19 years, with an army experience of three years in behalf of the Confederacy, William H. Curtis returned to the parental home and soon after learned the blacksmith’s trade with his father, who owned a smithy for a time after settling in Bentonville. After six years at the anvil, he began selling goods in Bentonville and was subsequently engaged in the mercantile business at Hico for several years, being in partnership with his father, as previously mentioned.
Moving from there to the Indian Territory, Mr. Curtis sold goods at Carey’s Ferry for three years, after which he embarked in the stock business in Delaware County, Oklahoma. Going then to the Snake District of the territory, he remained there for a time. Selling out in 1891, Mr. Curtis located in Afton, becoming the pioneer lumberman of that section of the state. At the end of seventeen years, having been successful in his undertakings, he came to Siloam Springs, where he has since been prosperously engaged in the lumber business as chief partner in the Fountain City Lumber Company. Mr. Curtis is also a stockholder and a director of the Farmers’ National Bank of Siloam Springs. Politically, he is a Democrat and fraternally he is a master Mason.
At Hico, September 7, 1877, Mr. Curtis married Lula Gunter, a daughter of Caldeen C. Gunter, a pioneer settler of that place. Born March 30, 1818, in eastern Tennessee, Caldeen C. Gunter was reared on the Alabama line of that commonwealth. About 1842, he came to Arkansas and as a farmer and stock raiser was very successful in accumulating property. In the conflict between the states, he lost all of his wealth with the exception of his land, but his energetic activity stimulated him to a second effort, and he met with such success that at his death, which occurred at Siloam Springs March 27, 1898, he left a modest fortune. The Gunter family to which he belonged produced men which impressed their individuality upon Arkansas as citizens and men of affairs, one of his brothers, Colonel Thomas M. Gunter, having been a member of Congress from the Fayetteville District for six years and in other respects was a man of prominence and influence.
Caldeen C. Gunter married Nancy Ward, a daughter of James Ward, a one-sixteenth Cherokee Indiana, who in the early forties, moved with his tribe from Georgia to the Cherokee Nation, Indiana Territory. Nine children were born of their union, namely: Ann Eliza, wife of B.G. Chandler, of Vinita, Oklahoma; Levina, wife of L.L. Duckworth, of Delaware County, Oklahoma; Jennie, wife of Dr. B.F. Fortner, of Springfield, Missouri; John T., of Vinita, Oklahoma; Olivia, wife of D.M. Mars, also of Vinita; Lula, now Mrs. Curtis; Emma, who married Samuel Frazier, of Mayes County, Oklahoma; Nannie A., wife of J.S. Alfrey, of Siloam Springs; and Caldeen D., a well-known young business man of Siloam Springs. Mr. and Mrs. Curtis have no children.11 

Family

Lula Hazeltine Gunter b. 4 Sep 1861, d. 17 Jun 1938

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  2. [S1154] Fay Hempstead, Historical Review of Arkansas, pages 1452-1453.
  3. [S2170] Luanne Hale, "Podpechan Hale Family", Ancestral File.
  4. [S1285] Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society, Benton County Cemeteries, Siloam Springs.
  5. [S1] Census of Population 1860.
  6. [S1666] Benton County Clerk, Benton County, Arkansas Marriage Records.
  7. [S1154] Fay Hempstead, Historical Review of Arkansas.
  8. [S1238] Editor Edna Wiefering, Polk County Death Records, 1900.
  9. [S1] Census of Population 1910.
  10. [S1158] Barbara P. Easley, Benton County Obituaries, Volume VI, page 27.
  11. [S1154] Fay Hempstead, Historical Review of Arkansas, pages 1452-1454.

Moses Manson Curtis1,2,3

M, b. 16 October 1843, d. 9 January 1905
FatherRobert Curtis1 b. 3 Sep 1815, d. 6 May 1891
MotherEmily (Emalee) Curtis1 b. 31 Jan 1817, d. 21 Jan 1878
Last Edited28 Jan 2013
Birth*Moses Manson Curtis was born on 16 October 1843 at McDowell, North Carolina.1,2,4 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 14 August 1850 McDowell, North Carolina, in the household of Robert Curtis and Emily (Emalee) Curtis; page 272, occupation farmer, renting, 5 children at home.1 
(Witness) CensusMoses Manson Curtis appeared on the census of 21 August 1860 Osage Mills P.O., Anderson Twp., Benton, Arkansas, in the household of Robert Curtis and Emily (Emalee) Curtis; page 427, occupation blacksmith, real estate valued at $3,000, personal $2,000, 6 children at home.5 
Milit-Beg*Moses Manson Curtis began military service on 10 August 1862 at Camp Spring, Arkansas, or Camp Yell, as a Sergeant, Company G, Gordon's Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry, CSA.6 
Milit-End*He ended military service between January 1864 and February 1864; 2nd Sergeant, Company G, 2nd Regiment Arkansas Cavalry Gordon's Regiment) detached for Capt Heughey's battery 10 Nov 1863; last record in file.7 
Marriage*He married Susan Catherine McElroy on 5 April 1870 at Bell, Texas; by H.H. Schrock, M.E. Church South.4,8 
Census*Moses Manson Curtis and Susan Catherine McElroy appeared on the census of 24 June 1870 at Beat 2, Bell, Texas, page 22, occupation physician, real estate valued at $50, personal at $500, no children.9 
Census*Moses Manson Curtis and Susan Catherine McElroy appeared on the census of 26 June 1880 at Justice Precinct 6, Bell, Texas, page 425D, 3 children and sister-in-law at home.10 
Will*Moses Manson Curtis left a will on 8 June 1898 at Runnels, Texas; which deeded all of his property and possessions to his wife Mrs. S.C. Curtis.11 
CensusHe and Susan Catherine McElroy appeared on the census of 2 June 1900 at Justice Precinct 6, Bell, Texas, ED 31, sheet 2A, occupation physician, owned home, married 30 years, 3 children, 3 living.12 
Death*Moses Manson Curtis died on 9 January 1905 at his home, Miles, Runnels, Texas, at age 61.11 
NoteB* On 16 January 1905, the heirs of Moses M. Curtis, to wit, R.R. Curtis, A.L. Curtis and Mrs. Pearl Knight, wife of W.A. Knight, deeded all of their interest in the estate of Moses M. Curtis to their mother, Mrs. S.C. Curtis, so as to avoid the expense of probating and administering his will.11 
(Witness) BioDr. Moses M. Curtis, a practicing physician of Moffat, Bell County, was born in North Carolina, October 16, 1843, a son of Robert Curtis, a native of the same state, but who moved to Arkansas in 1855. The latter is a son of William Curtis a native of Scotland, and a soldier in the Revolutionary War. His death occurred in South Carolina. Robert Curtis married Emily Curtis, a fourth cousin, and a daughter of Moses Curtis, a native of England, a Methodist minister by profession. His death also occurred in South Carolina. The parents reared a family of seven children, of whom our subject is a third child, and only one brother besides himself, Joshua Curtis, came to Texas. The latter is now engaged in farming in Dallas County.
Dr. M.M. Curtis received a good education, and in 1865 at the age of seventeen years, he entered Confederate service, joining Major Gordon's regiment, Cabell's brigade and saw hard service. His first engagement was the battle of Mark's Mill. He was never wounded nor captured, and was on detail duty to Texas at the time of the surrender. After the close of the war, Mr. Curtis returned to North Arkansas and began the study of medicine, under the preceptorship of Taliferro & Hill, with whom he remained two years. In 1868 he came to Moffat, Bell County, Texas where he immediately began the practice of medicine, and has continued in this locality twenty years. In 1881 he bought a grant of land near the town, where he now resides and in 1886 he purchased another farm on Cedar Creek which he rents. Mr. Curtis was married in 1870 to Miss Susan C. McElroy, who was born in June 1844, a daughter of William and Eleanor McElroy, who came to Texas in 1845 and both are now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Curtis have three children: Robert born January 17, 1871, Alonzo born December 5, 1872, and Pearl born November 30, 1875. Mr. Curtis has made a success as a physician and has a good comfortable home. He is a Democrat in his political beliefs; socially, is a member of the blue lodge; and religiously both he and his wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church. [A Biographical and Memorial History of McLennan, Falls, Bell and Coryell Counties, Texas. The Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1893]

In 1855 M.M. Curtis moved with his family to Arkansas, from which, in 1865, he enlisted in the service of the Confederacy. He served in Gordon's regiment, Cabell's brigade, and was on detail duty in Texas when the war ended. He returned to Arkansas and studied medicine. In 1868 he moved to Texas, settling at Moffat in Bell County, where he immediately began a medical practice,
In 1870 he married Susan C. McElroy (b. June, 1844). The family had three children: Robert (b. Jan. 17, 1871); Alonzo L. (Lon) (b. Dec. 5, 1872); and Pearl (b. Nov. 30, 1875). Pearl died before reaching adulthood.
Robert R. Curtis, following in his father's footsteps, became a physician and practiced medicine in Temple. He was associated with Scott and White Hospital. His son, Raleigh Curtis, also became a physician and practiced at Scott and White in Temple, before moving to Little Rock, Arkansas.
A.L. (Lon) Curtis graduated from the University of Texas and received a law degree from the University of Michigan. He established his law practice in Temple in 1897, and served as city attorney there. In 1903 he was elected county attorney of Bell County, and moved to Belton. After two terms as county attorney, he returned to private practice and became one of the leading trial lawyers in the state. On April 7, 1898, Lon married Cora A. Lee, daughter of Ben D. Lee. One son was born: A. Lee Curtis (July 17, 1899-May 7, 1979). Lon was a prominent sportsman. He bred and campaigned bird dogs (pointers) from a kennel located behind the family home on North Main Street in Belton. In 1916 one of his dogs, John Proctor, was named Grand National Champion, and even today, is recognized as one of the greatest field trail performers in American history.
A.L. (Lon) Curtis died December 28, 1934. The next week his son, Lee Curtis, returned to Belton from Houston and opened a law office in Belton in partnership with James K. Evetts (later district attorney and district judge) and Wesley Dice (later district attorney, district judge, and judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas).
Lee Curtis served as county attorney of Bell County during World War II, and subsequently was city attorney in Belton for more than 30 years. He married Blanche M. Carpenter (July 27, 1914-May 9, 1979), the daughter of Thomas F. and Bessie E. Palmer Carpenter (and the great-granddaughter of Rev. John Carpenter) on April 17, 1946. They had three sons: Thomas Lon Curtis (b. Jan. 26, 1947); Roy Russell Curtis (b. Apr. 15, 1949); and Ben Lee Curtis (b. Aug. 15, 1952). [Story of Bell County Texas, Eakin Press: 1988, page 442]4,13 

Family

Susan Catherine McElroy b. 21 Jul 1842, d. 13 Apr 1923
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1850.
  2. [S875] Frances Curtis Bogy, Curtis Genealogy, page 268.
  3. [S2170] Luanne Hale, "Podpechan Hale Family", Ancestral File.
  4. [S1284] Lewis Publishing Company, Bell County History.
  5. [S1] Census of Population 1860.
  6. [S1737] Footnote.com, Footnote.com, CSA Service Records.
  7. [S1737] Footnote.com, Footnote.com.
  8. [S68] Texas Vital Statistics , Bell County Marriage Book D, page 363.
  9. [S1] Census of Population 1870.
  10. [S1] Census of Population 1880.
  11. [S1620] Deed Among the Heirs of Moses M. Curtis Bell County Deed Book, Volume 164, pages 175-177, unknown repository.
  12. [S1] Census of Population 1900.
  13. [S1624] Bell County Historical Commission, Story of Bell County, Texas.