John Pearce Curtis1,2

M, b. 10 August 1896, d. 9 August 1941
FatherJohn Wesley Curtis1 b. 9 Mar 1837, d. 31 Jan 1902
MotherNarsisie Jane (Nurse) Damesworth1 b. Jun 1859
Last Edited20 Jun 2018
Birth*John Pearce Curtis was born on 10 August 1896 at Humphreys, Tennessee.1,2 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 2 June 1900 District 11, Humphreys, Tennessee, in the household of John Wesley Curtis and Narsisie Jane (Nurse) Damesworth; occupation farmer, owned farm, second marriage 12 years, 6 children, 5 living.1 
DraftWW1* On 5 June 1918 John Pearce Curtis registered for the draft at RFD 3, McEwen, Tennessee; at the time, he was employed by by his mother, single.3 
Marriage*He married Eva Ruth Seats on 16 June 1929 at Williamson, Tennessee.4 
Census*John Pearce Curtis and Eva Ruth Seats appeared on the census of 8 April 1930 at Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, ED 72, sheet 10B, occupation barber, renting, no children.5 
Death*John Pearce Curtis died on 9 August 1941 at RFD 2, Humphreys, Tennessee, at age 44; from general paralysis of the insane after a 2 month stay at Central State Hospital in Nashville; widowed; buried at Curtis Chapel Cemetery.6,2 

Family

Eva Ruth Seats b. 1902

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1900.
  2. [S1368] Find A Grave, Find A Grave, Curtis Chapel, Humphreys, Tennessee.
  3. [S758] Ancestry.com, World War I Draft Registration Cards.
  4. [S869] The Generations Network, Tennessee State Marriages 1780-2002.
  5. [S1] Census of Population 1930.
  6. [S1402] Tennessee State Archives, Tennessee Death Certificates 1914-1955, death certificate.

Miranda Belle Curtis1,2

F, b. 27 October 1891, d. 8 November 1974
FatherJohn Wesley Curtis1 b. 9 Mar 1837, d. 31 Jan 1902
MotherNarsisie Jane (Nurse) Damesworth1 b. Jun 1859
Last Edited20 Jun 2018
Birth*Miranda Belle Curtis was born on 27 October 1891 at Humphreys, Tennessee.1,2 
(Witness) CensusShe appeared on the census of 2 June 1900 District 11, Humphreys, Tennessee, in the household of John Wesley Curtis and Narsisie Jane (Nurse) Damesworth; occupation farmer, owned farm, second marriage 12 years, 6 children, 5 living.1 
Married Name As of circa 1918,her married name was Brown.2 
Marriage*Miranda Belle Curtis married Robert Perry Brown circa 1918 at Tennessee; marriage record not found.2 
Death*Miranda Belle Curtis died on 8 November 1974 at Humphreys, Tennessee, at age 83; buried at Curtis Chapel Cemetery.2 

Family

Robert Perry Brown b. 9 Jan 1888, d. 22 Oct 1970

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1900.
  2. [S1368] Find A Grave, Find A Grave, Curtis Chapel, Humphreys, Tennessee.

Henry W. Curtis1

M, b. 2 February 1893, d. 16 March 1917
FatherJohn Wesley Curtis1 b. 9 Mar 1837, d. 31 Jan 1902
MotherNarsisie Jane (Nurse) Damesworth1 b. Jun 1859
Last Edited20 Jun 2018
Birth*Henry W. Curtis was born on 2 February 1893 at Humphreys, Tennessee.1,2 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 2 June 1900 District 11, Humphreys, Tennessee, in the household of John Wesley Curtis and Narsisie Jane (Nurse) Damesworth; occupation farmer, owned farm, second marriage 12 years, 6 children, 5 living.1 
Death*Henry W. Curtis died on 16 March 1917 at McEwen, Humphreys, Tennessee, at age 24; from auto toxemia due to typhoid fever, buried at Curtis Chapel Cemetery.2,3 

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1900.
  2. [S1368] Find A Grave, Find A Grave, Curtis Chapel, Humphreys, Tennessee.
  3. [S1402] Tennessee State Archives, Tennessee Death Certificates 1914-1955.

Martha C. Patrick1

F, b. October 1845
Last Edited20 Jun 2018
Birth*Martha C. Patrick was born in October 1845 at Georgia.2 
Married Name As of 3 August 1884,her married name was Curtis.1 
Marriage*She married Joshua Frank Curtis, son of John Wesley Curtis and Amanda Catherine Hatcher, on 3 August 1884 at Humphreys, Tennessee.1 
Census*Martha C. Patrick and Joshua Frank Curtis appeared on the census of 2 June 1900 at District 11, Humphreys, Tennessee, ED 18, sheet 1B, occupation farmer, owned farm, married 19 years, Martha reported 5 children, 3 living, probably all but one by prior marriage.2 

Family

Joshua Frank Curtis b. 1857
Child

Citations

  1. [S869] The Generations Network, Tennessee State Marriages 1780-2002.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1900.

Laura E. Curtis1

F, b. December 1885
FatherJoshua Frank Curtis1 b. 1857
MotherMartha C. Patrick1 b. Oct 1845
Last Edited20 Jun 2018
Birth*Laura E. Curtis was born in December 1885 at Humphreys, Tennessee.1 
(Witness) CensusShe appeared on the census of 2 June 1900 District 11, Humphreys, Tennessee, in the household of Joshua Frank Curtis and Martha C. Patrick; ED 18, sheet 1B, occupation farmer, owned farm, married 19 years, Martha reported 5 children, 3 living, probably all but one by prior marriage.1 

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1900.

Laymon E. Riley1

M, b. circa 1890
Last Edited20 Jun 2018
Birth*Laymon E. Riley was born circa 1890.1 
Marriage*He married Bessie C. Curtis, daughter of John Wesley Curtis and Narsisie Jane (Nurse) Damesworth, on 28 February 1920 at Humphreys, Tennessee.1 

Family

Bessie C. Curtis b. Dec 1894, d. 20 Mar 1923

Citations

  1. [S869] The Generations Network, Tennessee State Marriages 1780-2002.

Robert Perry Brown1

M, b. 9 January 1888, d. 22 October 1970
Last Edited20 Jun 2018
Birth*Robert Perry Brown was born on 9 January 1888 at Tennessee.1 
Marriage*He married Miranda Belle Curtis, daughter of John Wesley Curtis and Narsisie Jane (Nurse) Damesworth, circa 1918 at Tennessee; marriage record not found.1 
Death*Robert Perry Brown died on 22 October 1970 at age 82; buried at Curtis Chapel Cemetery.1 

Family

Miranda Belle Curtis b. 27 Oct 1891, d. 8 Nov 1974

Citations

  1. [S1368] Find A Grave, Find A Grave, Curtis Chapel, Humphreys, Tennessee.

Eva Ruth Seats1

F, b. 1902
Last Edited20 Jun 2018
Birth*Eva Ruth Seats was born in 1902 at Tennessee.1 
Married Name As of 16 June 1929,her married name was Curtis.1 
Marriage*She married John Pearce Curtis, son of John Wesley Curtis and Narsisie Jane (Nurse) Damesworth, on 16 June 1929 at Williamson, Tennessee.1 
Census*Eva Ruth Seats and John Pearce Curtis appeared on the census of 8 April 1930 at Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, ED 72, sheet 10B, occupation barber, renting, no children.2 

Family

John Pearce Curtis b. 10 Aug 1896, d. 9 Aug 1941

Citations

  1. [S869] The Generations Network, Tennessee State Marriages 1780-2002.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1930.

Sylvester Haygood1

M, b. circa 1885
Last Edited20 Jun 2018
Birth*Sylvester Haygood was born circa 1885.1 
Marriage*He married Effie Curtis, daughter of John Wesley Curtis and Narsisie Jane (Nurse) Damesworth, on 22 December 1912 at Humphreys, Tennessee.1 
Census*Sylvester Haygood and Effie Curtis appeared on the census of 9 January 1920 at District 1, Humphreys, Tennessee, ED 71, sheet 13B, occupation farmer, tenure not given, 2 children.2 

Family

Effie Curtis b. 19 Aug 1890, d. Jul 1975

Citations

  1. [S869] The Generations Network, Tennessee State Marriages 1780-2002.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1920.

David H. Hooper1

M, b. September 1849
Last Edited20 Jun 2018
Birth*David H. Hooper was born in September 1849 at Tennessee.1 
Marriage*He married Margaret Catherine Finley on 26 March 1896 at Humphreys, Tennessee.1 
Census*David H. Hooper and Margaret Catherine Finley appeared on the census of 6 July 1900 at District 5, Humphreys, Tennessee, ED 18, sheet 16, occupation farmer, owned farm, second marriage 4 years, Margaret reported 5 childen, 5 living, 9 children in household.2 

Family

Margaret Catherine Finley b. c 1865

Citations

  1. [S869] The Generations Network, Tennessee State Marriages 1780-2002.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1900.

William Thomas Curtis1

M, b. 6 September 1893
FatherJames Thomas Curtis1 b. 1864
MotherMargaret Catherine Finley1 b. c 1865
Last Edited20 Jun 2018
Birth*William Thomas Curtis was born on 6 September 1893 at Humphreys, Tennessee.1,2 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 6 July 1900 District 5, Humphreys, Tennessee, in the household of David H. Hooper and Margaret Catherine Finley; ED 18, sheet 16, occupation farmer, owned farm, second marriage 4 years, Margaret reported 5 childen, 5 living, 9 children in household.1 
Marriage*William Thomas Curtis married Sylvia Alice Lyons on 4 March 1913 at Missouri.3 
DraftWW1* On 5 June 1917 William Thomas Curtis registered for the draft at Clay, Arkansas; at the time, he was employed by himself as a farmer, married, 1 child.2 
Census*He and Sylvia Alice Lyons appeared on the census of 14 January 1920 at Kilgore Twp., Clay, Arkansas, ED 15, sheet 8B, occupation farmer, rentng, 1 daughter.4 
CensusWilliam Thomas Curtis and Sylvia Alice Lyons appeared on the census of 18 April 1930 at Nelson Twp., Clay, Arkansas, ED 24, sheet 7A, occupaton farmer, renting, 2 children.5 

Family

Sylvia Alice Lyons b. 28 Jun 1895, d. 12 Oct 1961
Child

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1900.
  2. [S758] Ancestry.com, World War I Draft Registration Cards.
  3. [S1213] Ancestry.com, "Ancestry.com", Ancestral File, Curtis Family Tree by jennifer_24ar.
  4. [S1] Census of Population 1920.
  5. [S1] Census of Population 1930.

Sylvia Alice Lyons1

F, b. 28 June 1895, d. 12 October 1961
Last Edited20 Jun 2018
Birth*Sylvia Alice Lyons was born on 28 June 1895 at Clay, Illinois.1 
Married Name As of 4 March 1913,her married name was Curtis.1 
Marriage*She married William Thomas Curtis, son of James Thomas Curtis and Margaret Catherine Finley, on 4 March 1913 at Missouri.1 
Census*Sylvia Alice Lyons and William Thomas Curtis appeared on the census of 14 January 1920 at Kilgore Twp., Clay, Arkansas, ED 15, sheet 8B, occupation farmer, rentng, 1 daughter.2 
CensusSylvia Alice Lyons and William Thomas Curtis appeared on the census of 18 April 1930 at Nelson Twp., Clay, Arkansas, ED 24, sheet 7A, occupaton farmer, renting, 2 children.3 
Death*Sylvia Alice Lyons died on 12 October 1961 at Paragould, Greene, Arkansas, at age 66.1 

Family

William Thomas Curtis b. 6 Sep 1893
Child

Citations

  1. [S1213] Ancestry.com, "Ancestry.com", Ancestral File, Curtis Family Tree by jennifer_24ar.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1920.
  3. [S1] Census of Population 1930.

Jewell Curtis1

F, b. 1915
FatherWilliam Thomas Curtis1 b. 6 Sep 1893
MotherSylvia Alice Lyons1 b. 28 Jun 1895, d. 12 Oct 1961
Last Edited20 Jun 2018
Birth*Jewell Curtis was born in 1915 at Arkansas.1 
(Witness) CensusShe appeared on the census of 14 January 1920 Kilgore Twp., Clay, Arkansas, in the household of William Thomas Curtis and Sylvia Alice Lyons; ED 15, sheet 8B, occupation farmer, rentng, 1 daughter.1 
(Witness) CensusJewell Curtis appeared on the census of 18 April 1930 Nelson Twp., Clay, Arkansas, in the household of William Thomas Curtis and Sylvia Alice Lyons; ED 24, sheet 7A, occupaton farmer, renting, 2 children.2 

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1920.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1930.

Robert Lewis Curtis1

M, b. 3 April 1861, d. 26 April 1913
Last Edited21 Jun 2018
Birth*Robert Lewis Curtis was born on 3 April 1861 at Monroe, Georgia.1 
Death*He died on 26 April 1913 at Humphreys, Tennessee, at age 52; buried at Curtis Chapel Cemetery.1 

Family

Child

Citations

  1. [S1368] Find A Grave, Find A Grave, Curtis Chapel, Humphreys, Tennessee.

Mary Wilhemena (?)1

F, b. 1898
Last Edited23 Jul 2018
Birth*Mary Wilhemena (?) was born in 1898.2 
Married Name As of circa 1920,her married name was Curtis.2 
Marriage*She married Shirley Easley Curtis, son of Samuel Goodman Curtis and Rosa Belle St. Clair, circa 1920.2 
Census*Mary Wilhemena (?) and Shirley Easley Curtis appeared on the census of 11 April 1930 at Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey, ED 26, sheet 17B, occupation driver-beef co., renting, 3 children.2 
CensusMary Wilhemena (?) and Shirley Easley Curtis appeared on the census of 19 April 1940 at Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey, ED 24-178, sheet 63A, occupation butcher-own store, renting, 3 children and 3 lodgers.3 

Family

Shirley Easley Curtis b. 17 May 1896, d. 5 Jan 1962
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1930, 1940.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1930.
  3. [S1] Census of Population 1940.

Virginia Curtis1

F, b. 1923
FatherShirley Easley Curtis1 b. 17 May 1896, d. 5 Jan 1962
MotherMary Wilhemena (?)1 b. 1898
Last Edited23 Jul 2018
Birth*Virginia Curtis was born in 1923 at New Jersey.1 
(Witness) CensusShe appeared on the census of 11 April 1930 Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey, in the household of Shirley Easley Curtis and Mary Wilhemena (?); ED 26, sheet 17B, occupation driver-beef co., renting, 3 children.1 
(Witness) CensusVirginia Curtis appeared on the census of 19 April 1940 Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey, in the household of Shirley Easley Curtis and Mary Wilhemena (?); ED 24-178, sheet 63A, occupation butcher-own store, renting, 3 children and 3 lodgers.2 

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1930.
  2. [S1] Census of Population 1940.

Warren Henry Curtis1,2,3

M, b. 25 June 1928, d. 1 January 2010
FatherShirley Easley Curtis1 b. 17 May 1896, d. 5 Jan 1962
MotherMary Wilhemena (?)1 b. 1898
Last Edited23 Jul 2018
Birth*Warren Henry Curtis was born on 25 June 1928 at New Jersey; 1926 in census.1,2 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 11 April 1930 Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey, in the household of Shirley Easley Curtis and Mary Wilhemena (?); ED 26, sheet 17B, occupation driver-beef co., renting, 3 children.1 
(Witness) CensusWarren Henry Curtis appeared on the census of 19 April 1940 Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey, in the household of Shirley Easley Curtis and Mary Wilhemena (?); ED 24-178, sheet 63A, occupation butcher-own store, renting, 3 children and 3 lodgers.4 
Milit-Beg*Warren Henry Curtis began military service on 2 November 1945 at Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey, single, 3 years of high school, private, infantry, enlistment for Hawaiian Dept.5 
Marriage*He married Catherine Mary Riordan circa 1950.6 
Death*Warren Henry Curtis died on 1 January 2010 at Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey, at age 81.2 
(Witness) ObitHe witnessed the Obit of Catherine Mary Riordan on 27 February 2016 at Jersey City Journal, Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey,
CATHERINE MARY CURTIS Catherine Mary Curtis (nee Riordan), a proud mother of 8 and grandmother of 13 died on February 25, 2016. She was 82 years old. Beautiful and charming, Catherine had enchanted her late husband Warren Curtis into a lifelong marriage of love and partnership. His untimely loss in 2010 had shaken her, but it could not dim her Irish sense of humor or her strong sense of spirituality. She remained strong after his death and continued to inspire her children and grandchildren as the matriarch of the family. Catherine was truly selfless. As a young mother she did not eat until she had fed all her children. She did not sleep until she was sure her children had all been safely put to bed. She was uniquely able to nurture each of her 8 children individually, so as to make each of them feel loved and admired. Throughout her life she quietly and without complaint went without, to ensure all her children always had plenty. Her generous spirit placed her husband and her family above all and they in turn loved and admired her. She was the "glue" that kept the family together in good times and bad. The many visitors to her home witnessed first-hand Catherine's pride in the family she had raised, as evidenced by the numerous photographs of her loving children, her grandchildren and her extended family that she used to surround her on the walls of her home. These photographs, however, were not mere decorations; instead they were a testament to a life that had been well lived and always full of love.

She is survived by her children Wilhelmina (Robert), Warren Kevin (Shelia), Mark (Diana), Charles (Julia), Christine (Sal), Carol (Eric) Sisterhen, Thomas (Rahat) and Lynn (Michael) Vinegra and by her grandchildren; Zachary, Catherine, Zoe, Abby, Devin, Emily, Jacob, William, Sarah, Aedan, Hannah, Grace and Alicia and by her brothers, Edward (Barbara) Riordan and James (Joan) Riordan. Catherine took great pride in her children and grandchildren and in their many accomplishments. The final year of Catherine's life gave those who loved her, the honor of caring for her. Despite her declining health Catherine continued to lead by example. She did not complain. She remained grateful for every kindness she received. She welcomed family and friends with her unforgettable smile. She let her loved ones know they remained loved. She remained steadfast in her profound belief in God. Her family will always celebrate these final acts of a wonderful mother and grandmother. The wake will be at McLaughlin Funeral Home, 625 Pavonia Ave, Jersey City, on Sunday and Monday from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM. Relatives and friends are invited to assemble at the funeral home on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 9am prior to the funeral mass at St. Aedan's Church at 10:00am. Interment will follow at Laurel Grove Cemetery in Totowa.7 

Family

Catherine Mary Riordan b. 13 Mar 1933, d. 25 Feb 2016

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1930.
  2. [S44] Social Security Death Index.
  3. [S1213] Ancestry.com, "Ancestry.com", Ancestral File, Family Tree of R. Johnson by stikbak1.
  4. [S1] Census of Population 1940.
  5. [S1213] Ancestry.com, "Ancestry.com", Ancestral File, WWII Enlistment Records.
  6. [S1213] Ancestry.com, "Ancestry.com", Ancestral File, Riordan-Reno Family Tree by Tara Riordan.
  7. [S1861] Selected United States Newspapers.

Robert William Curtis1

M, b. 8 January 1930, d. 8 March 2018
FatherShirley Easley Curtis1 b. 17 May 1896, d. 5 Jan 1962
MotherMary Wilhemena (?)1 b. 1898
Last Edited27 Jul 2018
Birth*Robert William Curtis was born on 8 January 1930 at Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey.1,2 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 11 April 1930 Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey, in the household of Shirley Easley Curtis and Mary Wilhemena (?); ED 26, sheet 17B, occupation driver-beef co., renting, 3 children.1 
(Witness) CensusRobert William Curtis appeared on the census of 19 April 1940 Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey, in the household of Shirley Easley Curtis and Mary Wilhemena (?); ED 24-178, sheet 63A, occupation butcher-own store, renting, 3 children and 3 lodgers.3 
Death*Robert William Curtis died on 8 March 2018 at Carson City, Carson City, Nevada, at age 88.2 
ObitRobert William's obituary was published in the Nevada Appeal on 25 March 2018:

“Dr.” Robert W. Curtis, age 88, passed away peacefully at his home in Carson City on March 8, 2018. He is survived by his four children. He and his wife Donna moved to Carson City in 2002.

Robert was best known locally for wearing his Veterans hat which had on it, “World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War.” His 25-year military history began when he quit high school during his freshman year. Growing up on the Depression years, Robert essentially was left to his own devices which meant he wasn’t interested in school, so he was frequently truant. This might have been because he suffered from ADD-type problems which weren’t treated in those days. He was also not on his good behavior and eventually was caught for working under age. So, Robert, at age 14, decided to join the Army. Soon, he found himself stationed in England and flying over Germany in a B-17 Bomber as a heavy machine gunner. He flew 15 missions before WWII ended.

After being discharged at age 17, Robert found himself again at loose ends after getting bored with being a bodyguard to his wealthy sister and going to fancy nightclubs in New York. So, he decided to join the Air Force and maybe become a jet mechanic. He had to take an aptitude test. But because he was essentially illiterate, he just marked the answer sheet in such a way that he had so many correct answers the Air Force believed he was a college graduate and offered him a position at the Pentagon clerking for four-star generals. Thus, began Robert’s 24 -year Air Force career where he achieved the highest enlisted rank of Chief Master Sargent and served in many Leadership capacities all over the world, including being asked by name to join an air photo squad in Vietnam.

In 1971, the USAF informed Robert they had another overseas assignment, possibly again in Vietnam. Robert retired. But soon he rejoined the government and thus began his second 25-year career with the Federal Civil Service.

Robert worked mostly in the human relations field or as a management consultant including oversight on very large military construction programs in Europe. After 15 years in Germany, he was required to return back in the US, and was stationed at the Presidio Base in San Francisco working for the General of the Sixth Army. This was at the time of the beginning of base closures which began with the Presidio. Roberts job was to write the plan for this base closure and that of the Sixth Army. The plan became the basis of other base closures, including another which Robert wrote in 1997 for the Coast Guard Base at Governors Island just outside Manhattan, New York City. By this time, Robert had obtained his BA [and] two Masters Degrees, one in business and another in political science.

But one of Robert’s most proud achievements is the awarding of his Doctorate of Business Management in 2010. This DBA degree is based on his published book, “History, Disposition and Impact, Presidio Base Closure and Other Base Closures.”

Robert was always pleased to set himself as an example of someone, who after quitting school and living a questionable life ended up with four college degrees and an illustrious 50-year career in the Federal Government and with over 40 letters of commendation for his ideas and work. All of this was capped with a position as Human Resource Officer for the US Mission to the United

Nations in 2001. In this capacity he worked under US Ambassador Negroponte in the State Department. After retiring and as he put it, “being blackmailed by his wife Donna to move to Carson City,” the very next week, August 2002, his office was visited by President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Robert spent the remainder of his life traveling with his wife and looking after his home and his beloved cats. He loved telling stories about his life and people would respond that he should write a book. Alas, he didn’t do that, but he left many people with fond memories of his remarkable achievements.

Robert was buried in his family’s plot in New Jersey on March 16th. There will be a Celebration of Life at the Carson City Elks Lodge #2577, 515 N. Nevada Street on Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 2:00-4:00 pm. Anyone knowing Robert or Donna is invited. An RSVP is appreciated by sending an email to donnajcurtis@sbcglobal.net. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Carson City Elks Lodge or to a favorite cat shelter in the Carson City Area.4 

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1930.
  2. [S1861] Selected United States Newspapers.
  3. [S1] Census of Population 1940.
  4. [S1859] Legacy.com, Legacy.com.

Catherine Mary Riordan1

F, b. 13 March 1933, d. 25 February 2016
Last Edited28 Jul 2018
Birth*Catherine Mary Riordan was born on 13 March 1933 at Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey.1 
Married Name As of circa 1950,her married name was Curtis.1 
Marriage*She married Warren Henry Curtis, son of Shirley Easley Curtis and Mary Wilhemena (?), circa 1950.1 
Death*Catherine Mary Riordan died on 25 February 2016 at Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey, at age 82.1,2 
ObitCatherine Mary's obituary was published in the Jersey City Journal on 27 February 2016:

CATHERINE MARY CURTIS Catherine Mary Curtis (nee Riordan), a proud mother of 8 and grandmother of 13 died on February 25, 2016. She was 82 years old. Beautiful and charming, Catherine had enchanted her late husband Warren Curtis into a lifelong marriage of love and partnership. His untimely loss in 2010 had shaken her, but it could not dim her Irish sense of humor or her strong sense of spirituality. She remained strong after his death and continued to inspire her children and grandchildren as the matriarch of the family. Catherine was truly selfless. As a young mother she did not eat until she had fed all her children. She did not sleep until she was sure her children had all been safely put to bed. She was uniquely able to nurture each of her 8 children individually, so as to make each of them feel loved and admired. Throughout her life she quietly and without complaint went without, to ensure all her children always had plenty. Her generous spirit placed her husband and her family above all and they in turn loved and admired her. She was the "glue" that kept the family together in good times and bad. The many visitors to her home witnessed first-hand Catherine's pride in the family she had raised, as evidenced by the numerous photographs of her loving children, her grandchildren and her extended family that she used to surround her on the walls of her home. These photographs, however, were not mere decorations; instead they were a testament to a life that had been well lived and always full of love.

She is survived by her children Wilhelmina (Robert), Warren Kevin (Shelia), Mark (Diana), Charles (Julia), Christine (Sal), Carol (Eric) Sisterhen, Thomas (Rahat) and Lynn (Michael) Vinegra and by her grandchildren; Zachary, Catherine, Zoe, Abby, Devin, Emily, Jacob, William, Sarah, Aedan, Hannah, Grace and Alicia and by her brothers, Edward (Barbara) Riordan and James (Joan) Riordan. Catherine took great pride in her children and grandchildren and in their many accomplishments. The final year of Catherine's life gave those who loved her, the honor of caring for her. Despite her declining health Catherine continued to lead by example. She did not complain. She remained grateful for every kindness she received. She welcomed family and friends with her unforgettable smile. She let her loved ones know they remained loved. She remained steadfast in her profound belief in God. Her family will always celebrate these final acts of a wonderful mother and grandmother. The wake will be at McLaughlin Funeral Home, 625 Pavonia Ave, Jersey City, on Sunday and Monday from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM. Relatives and friends are invited to assemble at the funeral home on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 9am prior to the funeral mass at St. Aedan's Church at 10:00am. Interment will follow at Laurel Grove Cemetery in Totowa.2 

Family

Warren Henry Curtis b. 25 Jun 1928, d. 1 Jan 2010

Citations

  1. [S1213] Ancestry.com, "Ancestry.com", Ancestral File, Riordan-Reno Family Tree by Tara Riordan.
  2. [S1861] Selected United States Newspapers.

Hattie Louise Stallings1

F, b. 22 September 1908, d. 30 June 1989
Last Edited30 Jul 2018
Birth*Hattie Louise Stallings was born on 22 September 1908 at Elizabeth City, Pasquotank, North Carolina.1 
Married Name As of 1 February 1925,her married name was Curtis.1,2,3 
Marriage*She married Ernest Christopher Curtis, son of Caddie Christopher Curtis and Mary Elizabeth Bowles, on 1 February 1925 at Norfolk, Virginia.1,2,3 
Census*Hattie Louise Stallings and Ernest Christopher Curtis appeared on the census of 5 April 1940 at Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia, ED 114-15, sheet 4A, occupation longshoreman-stevedoring company, renting, 3 children.4 
Divorce Filing*Hattie Louise Stallings filed for divorce from Ernest Christopher Curtis on 8 September 1947 at Northampton, Virginia; separated 22 July 1943, three minor children.3 
Death*Hattie Louise Stallings died on 30 June 1989 at Norfolk City, Norfolk, Virginia, at age 80; vuried at Forest Lawn Cemetery.1 

Family

Ernest Christopher Curtis b. 22 Sep 1905, d. 23 Jul 1980
Children

Citations

  1. [S1368] Find A Grave, Find A Grave, Charity, Norfolk, Virginia.
  2. [S1213] Ancestry.com, "Ancestry.com", Ancestral File, Mixon Family Tree by Tina Mixon.
  3. [S2346] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Divorce Records.
  4. [S1] Census of Population 1940.
  5. [S1368] Find A Grave, Find A Grave, Riverside, Norfolk, Virginia.
  6. [S2308] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Marriage Records, 1936-2014.

Mildred Marie Curtis1

F, b. 14 October 1929, d. 27 December 1929
FatherErnest Christopher Curtis1 b. 22 Sep 1905, d. 23 Jul 1980
MotherHattie Louise Stallings1 b. 22 Sep 1908, d. 30 Jun 1989
Last Edited23 Jul 2018
Birth*Mildred Marie Curtis was born on 14 October 1929 at Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia.1 
Death*She died on 27 December 1929 at Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia; vuried at Riverside Memorial Park.1 

Citations

  1. [S1368] Find A Grave, Find A Grave, Riverside, Norfolk, Virginia.

Larry Lee Curtis1

M, b. 17 June 1937, d. 6 March 1938
FatherErnest Christopher Curtis1 b. 22 Sep 1905, d. 23 Jul 1980
MotherHattie Louise Stallings1 b. 22 Sep 1908, d. 30 Jun 1989
Last Edited23 Jul 2018
Birth*Larry Lee Curtis was born on 17 June 1937 at Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia.1 
Death*He died on 6 March 1938 at Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia; buried at Riverside Memorial Park.1 
ObitLarry Lee's obituary was published in the Norfolk Virginia Pilot on 7 March 1938:

Larry Lee Curtis, eight-months old son of Ernest C. and Hattie Stallings Curtis, died at the family residence, 1820 East Olney road, yesterday morning at 9:15 o'clock. Besides his parents he is survived by a sister, Virginia Louise Curtis; two brothers, David C. and Herbert L. Curtis; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Mary E. Johnson, and his maternal grandfather, William A. Stallings, all of Norfolk. The body will be taken from the Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home in Riverside Memorial Park for funeral services at the grave tomorrow morning at 10:30 o'clock.1 

Citations

  1. [S1368] Find A Grave, Find A Grave, Riverside, Norfolk, Virginia.

Virginia Louise Curtis1

F, b. 25 March 1926, d. 14 August 1998
FatherErnest Christopher Curtis1 b. 22 Sep 1905, d. 23 Jul 1980
MotherHattie Louise Stallings1 b. 22 Sep 1908, d. 30 Jun 1989
Last Edited27 Jul 2018
Birth*Virginia Louise Curtis was born on 25 March 1926 at Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia.1,2 
(Witness) CensusShe appeared on the census of 5 April 1940 Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia, in the household of Ernest Christopher Curtis and Hattie Louise Stallings; ED 114-15, sheet 4A, occupation longshoreman-stevedoring company, renting, 3 children.1 
Married Name As of 7 April 1945,her married name was Fentress.3 
Marriage*Virginia Louise Curtis married Bernard Lawrence Fentress on 7 April 1945 at Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia.3 
Divorce Filing*Virginia Louise Curtis filed for divorce from Bernard Lawrence Fentress on 10 May 1948 at Norhampton, Virginia; separated 15 June 1945, two months after marriage.4 
Married Name As of 5 November 1948,her married name was Wilson.3 
Marriage*Virginia Louise Curtis married Garnett William Wilson on 5 November 1948 at Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia.3 
Divorce Filing*Garnett William Wilson filed for divorce from Virginia Louise Curtis on 14 January 1965 at Northampton, Virginia; separated 25 May 1961, 3 children under 18 affected by decree, names unknown.4 
Death*She died on 14 August 1998 at Cape Charles, Northampton, Virginia, at age 72.5 

Family 1

Bernard Lawrence Fentress b. 26 Oct 1919, d. 22 Oct 1983

Family 2

Garnett William Wilson b. 24 Jun 1925, d. Dec 1976

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1940.
  2. [S1213] Ancestry.com, "Ancestry.com", Ancestral File, Mixon Family Tree by Tina Mixon.
  3. [S2308] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Marriage Records, 1936-2014.
  4. [S2346] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Divorce Records.
  5. [S44] Social Security Death Index.

David Christopher Curtis1

M, b. 26 February 1932, d. 16 June 2003
FatherErnest Christopher Curtis1 b. 22 Sep 1905, d. 23 Jul 1980
MotherHattie Louise Stallings1 b. 22 Sep 1908, d. 30 Jun 1989
Last Edited27 Jul 2018
Birth*David Christopher Curtis was born on 26 February 1932 at Surry, Virginia.1,2,3 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 5 April 1940 Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia, in the household of Ernest Christopher Curtis and Hattie Louise Stallings; ED 114-15, sheet 4A, occupation longshoreman-stevedoring company, renting, 3 children.1 
Death*David Christopher Curtis died on 16 June 2003 at Animas, Hidalgo, New Mexico, at age 71.2 

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1940.
  2. [S44] Social Security Death Index.
  3. [S2328] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Birth Records.

Herbert Leroy Curtis1

M, b. 29 September 1934, d. 10 April 2005
FatherErnest Christopher Curtis1 b. 22 Sep 1905, d. 23 Jul 1980
MotherHattie Louise Stallings1 b. 22 Sep 1908, d. 30 Jun 1989
Last Edited27 Jul 2018
Birth*Herbert Leroy Curtis was born on 29 September 1934 at Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia.1,2 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 5 April 1940 Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia, in the household of Ernest Christopher Curtis and Hattie Louise Stallings; ED 114-15, sheet 4A, occupation longshoreman-stevedoring company, renting, 3 children.1 
Death*Herbert Leroy Curtis died on 10 April 2005 at Chesapeake, Chesapeake, Virginia, at age 70; buried at Horton Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk City.2,3 

Citations

  1. [S1] Census of Population 1940.
  2. [S44] Social Security Death Index.
  3. [S1368] Find A Grave, Find A Grave, Horton, Suffolk, Virginia.

Garnett William Wilson1

M, b. 24 June 1925, d. December 1976
Last Edited27 Jul 2018
Birth*Garnett William Wilson was born on 24 June 1925 at Franktown, Northampton, Virginia.1,2 
Marriage*He married Virginia Louise Curtis, daughter of Ernest Christopher Curtis and Hattie Louise Stallings, on 5 November 1948 at Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia.1 
Divorce Filing*Garnett William Wilson filed for divorce from Virginia Louise Curtis on 14 January 1965 at Northampton, Virginia; separated 25 May 1961, 3 children under 18 affected by decree, names unknown.3 
Death*Garnett William Wilson died in December 1976 at Bridgeville, Sussex, Delaware, at age 51; location of last benefit paid; buried at Franktown Cemetery.4,5 

Family

Virginia Louise Curtis b. 25 Mar 1926, d. 14 Aug 1998

Citations

  1. [S2308] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Marriage Records, 1936-2014.
  2. [S759] National Archives and Records Administration, World War II Draft Registration Cards.
  3. [S2346] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Divorce Records.
  4. [S1368] Find A Grave, Find A Grave, Franktown, Norhampton, Virginia.
  5. [S44] Social Security Death Index.

Bernard Lawrence Fentress1,2

M, b. 26 October 1919, d. 22 October 1983
Last Edited27 Jul 2018
Birth*Bernard Lawrence Fentress was born on 26 October 1919 at Newport News, Newport News, Virginia.1,3 
Marriage*He married Virginia Louise Curtis, daughter of Ernest Christopher Curtis and Hattie Louise Stallings, on 7 April 1945 at Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia.1 
Divorce Filing*Virginia Louise Curtis filed for divorce from Bernard Lawrence Fentress on 10 May 1948 at Norhampton, Virginia; separated 15 June 1945, two months after marriage.2 
Death*He died on 22 October 1983 at Portsmouth, Portsmouth, Virginia, at age 63.4 

Family

Virginia Louise Curtis b. 25 Mar 1926, d. 14 Aug 1998

Citations

  1. [S2308] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Marriage Records, 1936-2014.
  2. [S2346] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Divorce Records.
  3. [S44] Social Security Death Index.
  4. [S2310] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Death Records, 1912-2014.

Lucille Virginia Mansfield1

F, b. 24 August 1905, d. 16 January 1988
Last Edited27 Jul 2018
Birth*Lucille Virginia Mansfield was born on 24 August 1905 at Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia.1,2 
Married Name As of 10 January 1948,her married name was Curtis.1 
Marriage*She married Ernest Christopher Curtis, son of Caddie Christopher Curtis and Mary Elizabeth Bowles, on 10 January 1948 at Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia; widowed, prior marriage to Beasley.1 
Death*Lucille Virginia Mansfield died on 16 January 1988 at Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia, at age 82; buried at Charity Cemetery in Virginia Beach.2,3 

Family

Ernest Christopher Curtis b. 22 Sep 1905, d. 23 Jul 1980

Citations

  1. [S2308] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Marriage Records, 1936-2014.
  2. [S1368] Find A Grave, Find A Grave, Charity, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  3. [S2310] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Death Records, 1912-2014.