Descendants of Francis Curtis
 Generation 1

 

1.      FRANCIS1 CURTIS was born about 1650 in England. He died on 24 Apr 1717 in Plymouth, MA (Burial Old Cem, Plympton Centere, Plymouth, MA). He married Hannah Smith, daughter of Richard Smith and Ruth Bonum on 28 Dec 1671 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co, MA. She was born on 23 Apr 1647 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co, MA. She died on 17 Jan 1724 in Plymouth, MA.  Francis is my 9th Great Grandfather.

 

Notes for Francis Curtis:

 

Francis first appeared in Plymouth about 1671. In December of that year he married Hannah Smith. A year later, on 4 Mch 1672/3, was fined fifty shillings "for committing fornication

with his now wife before marriage." This does not appear to be an uncommon subject for penalty in Plymouth Colony and the fine is not extreme. The same day, Abisha Marchant and Mary Tayler were each fined five pounds [100 shillings] for fornication. It appears that Francis never paid the full fine. While nine and one-half shillings were paid by June 1674, forty shillings were still outstanding in June 1676.

 

At the town meeting of 16 May 1673, the town granted Francis Curtice "eight acres of land . . . lying att the second place of Goeing over the Jones River by the Indian bridge by the herring weire." By the survey of this land recorded in the town records on 18 Dec 1678, it appears that the land lay on "the eastward syde of the said River ware and bridge," apparently adjacent to the highway that led to the bridge. Perhaps Francis sold this

 

or some other land soon after, because at the town meeting of 4 Aug 1679, there is a reference to a tract granted to Nathaniel Waren, deceased, that "Joyneth on the Northerly syde to the land of Benjamine hammon which hee bought of ffrancis Curtice." I am not certain of the exact location of this land, which must have been the place where Francis lived from 1673 until he moved to Monponsett pond in the 1690s. The following information is found, however, in vol. 2 of the published Plymouth Town Records (p. 15, n.1):

 

In the early days of the Plymouth Colony there were three ways across Jones River, viz: the "wading place," near the present almshouse; the "stepping stones," not far from the present wharf below the outlet of Stony Brook; and the ferry, near the mouth of the river. In 1639 a bridge was built at the "wading place" in the line of the "Massachusetts Path." At a later date a bridge was built at the "stepping stones." In 1708 a bridge was ordered to be built where the present bridge stands, and the highway was laid out to cross it. At the same time the old bridge at the "wading place" was ordered to be taken down. The old bridge, however, was repaired, and the new bridge was not built to take its place until about 1715. About that time

 

the bridge at the "stepping stones" was burned, and it was never rebuilt.

 

There are a few other references to Francis Curtis in the

 

town records. On 20 Oct 1675, he is mentioned as a member of a coroner's jury. On 17 May 1686, he is listed among those that took the oath of fidelity at the town meeting held at Plymouth.

 

On 13 Apr 1691, William Harlow, Senior and others, agents for the town of Plymouth chosen to sell certain tracts of common lands in defense of Plymouth's right to a Clarke's Island, sold for 34 shillings to John Bradford of Plymouth, 17 acres of land in the township of Plymouth, 7 acres of which "lyeth on the North side of Jones river bounded north with the Land formerly laid out to Francis Curtice, west by land formerly layd out to Francis Curtis."  Plymouth Co. Deed Records 1:197 (MD 37 [1987]: 117).

 

Isaac King of Plymouth, on 29 Jun 1691, sold for 3 pounds to Benjamin Eaton Junr (for the use and order of John Bradford of Plymouth) "Eight acres of Land which I lately purchased of francis Curtice of Plimouth the sd land being granted to him sd Curtice by the Town of Plymouth at a Town meeting there on ye 16th day of May 1673 . up the Jones river by the Indian Bridge." Witnesses were Thomas Faunce and Ephraim Morton, Jr. Plymouth Deed Records 1:198 (MD 37 [1987]: 118).

 

According to the Bosworth Genealogy, "Francis Curtice Sen. of Plymouth" sold 30 acres of land "on Monponsett pond" to David Bosworth on 7 Aug 1701 and, on 9 Sep 1708, sold 92 acres in Plymouth to their son Ebenezer with the agreement that they were to have the "use and improvement" of it for the remainder of

their lives.

 

The deaths of Francis and Hannah are recorded at Plympton, originally part of Plymouth, but set off as a separate town in 1707. Francis is described as "Francis Curtice, sen, Deceast aprill ye 24th 1717" in his 67th year and buried in the Plympton Burying place. Hannah, his widow, died 17 Jan 1723/4 in her 75th year in Plympton.

 

Various ancestries have been postulated for Francis and Hannah. As to Francis, the most popular theory is that he is a

 

son of Zaccheus Curtis, who came on the "James" in 1635, is found first at Salem, and eventually settled at Topsfield. Little

 

evidence seems to support this conjecture other than the facts that one of Francis' several grandsons was named Zacheus and that descendants of both Francis and the elder Zacheus settled in the Dudley/Oxford area of Worcester County, Massachusetts in the 1730s and, 200 years later, were of the opinion that they were "cousins." Francis Curtis's initial difficulty with the Plymouth authorities might also be considered some evidence of kinship with Zacheus, as the first couple generations of Zacheus's family seem to have exhibited a tendency to run afoul of the local magistrates, often for the same reason as did Francis.

 

Against such speculative connections, however, must be weighed the view of Walter Goodwin Davis, a widely-respected genealogist, who provides the definitive genealogy of Zacheus's family in The Ancestry of Lieut. Amos Towne (1927) at pp. 53-68, and who mentions no evidence that Francis was a son of Zacheus. In fact, two of Zacheus's sons, John and Zachariah, were apparently born about 1649 and 1651, respectively, and, given Francis's approximate birthdate of 1650, it would be unusual for three children of the same parents to have been born in three years. Until further evidence as to the pre-1671 whereabouts of Francis Curtis is discovered, I think his ancestry must be considered unknown.

 

Hannah Smith has been said to have been a daughter of John Smith, and sometimes of the John Smith who married Deborah Howland of the Mayflower Howland family.  I have not yet researched this question, but note that the Hannah who is listed in the Plymouth records as a daughter of John Smith was born in 1641, which is inconsistent with the age of Hannah Curtis as recorded on her tombstone. Moreover, the John Smith of Plymouth who made his will in 1691 mentions his daughters Deborah and Hannah as unmarried.

 

The more promising proposal seems to me to be the Hannah Smith whose birth, with her twin Thomas, is recorded in the Plymouth records on 23 Apr 1647/8 (?). They were children of Richard Smith. Thomas apparently died in 1648/9. Richard Smith is said to have married Ruth Bonum on 27 Mch 1646/7 [sic] and to be a son of John of Hampton and Nantucket.

 

Francis Curtis and Hannah Smith had the following children:

 

2.               i. JOHN2 CURTIS was born on 26 Jul 1673 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co, MA. He died after 1711 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co, MA. He married (1) CHARITY MAY, daughter of Edward May and Hannah King before 1696. She died in Plymouth, Plymouth Co, MA. He married (2) MERCY BONNEY, daughter of Thomas Bonney and Dorcas Sampson before 1735.

 

3.               ii.     ELISHA CURTIS.  He married REBECCA UNKNOWN.

 

4.               iii.     BENJAMIN CURTIS was born on 11 Aug 1675. He married MARY BESSE.

 

Generation 2

 

2.      JOHN2 CURTIS (Francis1) was born on 26 Jul 1673 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co, MA. He died after 1711 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co, MA. He married (1) CHARITY MAY, daughter of Edward May and Hannah King before 1696. She died in Plymouth, Plymouth Co, MA. He married (2) MERCY BONNEY, daughter of Thomas Bonney and Dorcas Sampson before 1735.

 

Notes for John Curtis:

 

The births of the first four children of John Curtice, born 1696 to 1704, are recorded in the Plymouth records, but no wife is mentioned. (MD 4:110 [orig I:52]) The last two children, Ruth and Sarah, born 1710 and 1711, are recorded in the Plympton vital records as the children of John and Charity Curtice.

 

Two other children, Edward, b. 1706, and Charity, b. 1708 and married a Mr. Perkins, have been proposed. I am not aware of the basis for such children or their suggested birthdates and marriage, but have accepted Edward as a possible child of John based upon his close association with the family in the Ox-ford/Dudley area.

 

Some have speculated that Charity may have been an Edmunds [or married one as second husband ?], based on payments made by her daughter-in-law, Bethia Cortis, while administering the estate of Bethia's husband, Francis, in 1753 of one pound (old tenor) to Graney Edmunds and 2 shillings, 8 pence to Bathsheba Edmunds. Joan Guilford has supplied what I consider persuasive reasons to think that "Granny Edmunds" was not Bethia's mother-- in-law:

 

[T]he first task was to examine Edmunds families who might have been of Dudley or environs at the correct time. There were two: Ebenezer3 (John2, William1) and his cousin, Joseph3 (Joseph2, William1), both descendants of William Edmunds of Lynn, Mass. Joseph3 was born in 1673 or 1676, making him a

contemporary of JOHN3 CURTIS whom he must have know well. As a second wife, Joseph married Bathshua (easily distorted

as Bathsheba) (Sanford), Holmes, daughter of Thomas3 and Christian (---) Sanford of Boston and widow of David Holmes of Woodstock, Connecticut. This marriage took place on 6 August 1746. She was still alive when the will of Joseph Edmunds was proved on 14 January 1767. Information regarding William1 Edmunds and his descendants appears in The Colonial Genealogist, VI:4:546-7.

 

Let us now lay to rest the idea of any blood relationship between CHARITY and Bathsheba. Nowhere in the Edmunds, Sanford or Holmes families is there a Charity. Furthermore, the money left to Bathsheba is easily explained by reference to the Holmes genealogy (Gray, 1908, p. 350) wherein Bathsheba/Bathshua, also known as "Grandmother Edmunds" is described: "a remarkable woman, and of recognized authority in all matters of housewifery. She had a wide reputation as a doctress and midwife, and it is recorded of her that on one occasion in the time of the great snow of 1717, she travelled on snow shoes, getting out of the upper window of her house in Woodstock, to Dudley, Mass., to attend a sick woman." Quite obviously, the legacy was in payment for services rendered by this "remarkable woman."

 

In the Plymouth town records, there is mention of a highway, laid out 9 June 1703, to "ye Meeting house in ye new society," which leads from the Bridgewater path to David Bosworth's house (this may be the same David Bosworth who bought land of the elder Francis), then to John Curtisses house, then to Joseph King's, then "as the path now goeth to ye bridge," then to David Bosworth's meadow, then "to John Curtises meadowish Ground" and then to Elizabeth Standish's land. I have not yet located an adequate map of the Plymouth area at this time, but I assume that the "new society" was the church founded by the "breatheren of the vper sosiaty," under the leadership of Isaac Cushman, after their dismissal from the Plymouth Church on 27 Oct 1698. (Ply Ch recs at 185) Isaac Cushman was, thereafter, the pastor at Plympton as shown, for example, by his marriage of Elknah Smith and Elesabath Curtic on 18 Feb 1708. (MD 3:165)

 

John Corttes of Plympton signed, on 7 Nov 1727, the inven-tory of the estate of Benjamin Curtis of Pembroke and Plympton.

 

In the vital records of Kingston, Massachusetts is found the 29 Apr 1731 marriage of John Curtice and Mercy Delano. It is not certain whether this was a marriage of John2 Curtis. If John3 was the one whose intention to marry Sarah Robinson was recorded at Dudley in 1734, then it could not have been him, as Mercy survived that date.

 

Mercy was the daughter of Thomas2 (Thomas1) Bonney and Dorcas2 (Henry1 of the Mayflower) Sampson. She married, first, on 14 Oct 1714 at Duxbury, Nathaniel Delano, son of Jonathan Delano and Hannah Doten. Mercy's children by Nathaniel are mentioned in the will of her father Thomas Bonney, dated 29 July 1735:

 

Item--I give & Bequeath to my grand Children, viz--ye children of my Daughter Mercy (now ye wife of John Curtes) which she had by her late Husband Nathaniel Delanoe late of sd Duxborough Deceased, ye other half of ye whole of my above sd Farm with one half of all ye Housing Fencing & orchards thereon & thereunto belonging to them my said grandchildren their Heirs & Assigns forever viz, one third part to my grandson Nathaniel Delanoe & the other two thirds thereof to be equally divided among his four sisters, viz-- Mercy, Lydia, Zerviah & Mary-

 

Item--My will is that if my said Daughter Mercy shall

 

survive after ye death of her present husband John Curtes my above mentioned grandchildren shall pay to her ye sum of Twenty Pounds out of what is above given them each one their proportion according to what is given them as abovesd-

 

Item--I give my Gun to my Grandson Nathaniel Delanoe-Item--I give to my Grand Daughter Mercy Delanoe if she shall be married within Twelve months after my Decease one

feather Bed with ye furniture of it-

. . . .

 

Item--All ye Residue of my Estate in whatsoever specie it is or may be found I give & Bequeath to my abovesd two Daughters viz- Elizabeth Norcut & Mercy Curtes to be equally Divived between them-

 

The will was proved on 19 Aug 1735. Thomas Bonney's farm and related property was appraised at œ600. Thomas's will makes no provision for any children of John and Mercy, whether because they had none and Mercy was past the age for childbearing or because he expected John Curtis to be able to make adequate provision for them or for some other reason does not appear. Thomas also made no testamentary provision for his son Thomas, who was then alive according to the Bonney genealogy (p. 71).

 

Mercy Curtis may have been the Marcy who had a daughter Content baptized at Plympton on 2 Dec 1739 and, possibly, the Mary who had a daughter Charity baptized at Plympton on 15 Jun 1740, although that seems inconsistent with the later baptism of two of her Delano children at the First Parish Church of Duxbury. Mary and Nathaniel Delano, the "widow Delano alias Curtice,s Children," were baptized there on 12 Apr 1741. Mercy Curtis and her sister and brother-in-law, Ephraim and Elizabeth Norcut, were apparently entitled as of 10 May 1748 to exercise the voting rights of Ebenezer Bonney, presumably the sisters' deceased brother of that name, as a proprietor of Duxbury. Mercy survived at least until 8 Mch 1754, when the settlement of the estate of Nathaniel Delano, Jr. mentions his mother Mercy Curtis.

 

John Curtis and Charity May had the following children:

 

5.               i. FRANCIS3 CURTIS was born on 20 May 1696 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co, MA. He died on 18 May 1753 in Dudley, Worcester Co, MA. He married (1) SARAH RANSOM, daughter of Joshua

                            Ransom and Sarah Garner on 12 May 1720 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts. She was born about 1700 in Plympton, Plymouth  Co., Massachusetts. She died before 1732. He married (2) BETHIA R OBINSON, daughter of George Robinson and Mary Learned on 01 May 1732 in Oxford, Worcester Co, MA. She was born about 1715. She died on 18 May 1753 in Dudley, Worcester Co, MA.

 

ii.       HANNAH CURTIS was born on 20 Apr 1698 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co, MA. She died on 08 Mar 1772 in West Parish, Pembroke, MA.

 

iii.      JOHN CURTIS was born on 31 Mar 1702 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co, MA. He married Sarah Robinson on 21 Dec 1734 in Dudley, Worcester Co, MA. She was born in of Oxford.

 

iv.      ELIZABETH CURTIS was born on 20 May 1704 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co, MA. She married Jacob Amidown on 27 Dec 1744 in Dudley, Worcester Co, MA.

 

v.       EDWARD CURTIS.  He died in 1735 in Dudley, Worcester Co, MA.

 

vi.      RUTH CURTIS was born on 20 May 1710 in Plympton, Plymouth Co, MA. She married (1) ITHAMAR AMIDOWN on 29 Mar 1736 in Oxford, Worcester Co, MA. She married (2) DANIEL CHILD on 01 Jan 1747 in prob Woodstock, CT.

 

vii.     SARAH CURTIS was born on 10 May 1711 in Plympton, Plymouth Co, MA. She died on 27 Jun 1781 in West Parish, Pembroke, MA. She married Samuel Wade on 30 Aug 1737 in Kingston, MA.

 

3.      ELISHA2 CURTIS (Francis1).  He married REBECCA UNKNOWN.

 

Elisha Curtis and Rebecca Unknown had the following child:

 

i.        BERIAH3 CURTIS was born on 14 Jul 1710 in Plynpton, MA. He died on 21 Mar 1797. He married UNKNOWN. He married SARAH BROWNE.

 

4.      BENJAMIN2 CURTIS (Francis1) was born on 11 Aug 1675. He married MARY BESSE.

 

Benjamin Curtis and Mary Besse had the following children:

 

6.               i.      JOSHUA3 CURTIS.

 

7.               ii.     DAVID CURTIS was born about 1710. He married HANNAH WADE.

 

Generation 3

 

5.      FRANCIS3 CURTIS (John2, Francis1) was born on 20 May 1696 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co, MA. He died on 18 May 1753 in Dudley, Worcester Co, MA. He married (1) SARAH RANSOM, daughter of Joshua Ransom and Sarah Garner on 12 May 1720 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts. She was born about 1700 in Plympton, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts. She died before 1732. He married (2) BETHIA ROBINSON, daughter of George Robinson and Mary Learned on 01 May 1732 in Oxford, Worcester Co, MA. She was born about 1715. She died on 18 May 1753 in Dudley, Worcester Co, MA.

 

Notes for Francis Curtis:

 

Francis was a mariner, who named his brig "Sarah" after his wife (Vol. 3, pg 91 of the Mayflower Society. Also record dated 1736 in "Boston Record Commissioners Report Vol 15, pg 18.)

 

Francis Corttis of Plympton signed the administrator's bond

 

for the estate of Benjamin Curtis of Pembroke and Plympton on 22 Sep 1727. This presumably was Francis3, the son of John2, since he resided in Plympton and Francis2 appears to have resided only in Plymouth during that period.

 

By the 1730s, Francis removed to that portion of Dudley, Massachusetts that became Thompson, Connecticut upon the strai-ghtening of the state line.

 

On 15 Jan 1735, Francis Corttis gave his bond as the administrator of Edward Corttis, late of Dudley, Husbandman. With Francis on the bond were Simon Chamberlain and Jonathan Wakefield (witnesses: Ebenezer Chapman, Nathaniel Perin, and James Horsmer).

 

The town records of Dudley contain only a few references to Francis Curtis. On 4 May 1744, the clerk of the Baptist Church in Dudley reported the names of the members of that church, Joseph Wakefield, Benjamin Putney, Paul Robinson, Silas Robinson and Jonathan Putney, and the names of those that attend the Baptist meeting, Francis Curtis, John Curtis and William Wakfield, in order to see that the members not be subjected to taxes in support of the town's minister.

 

There is a John Curtis who apparently moved to Dudley about 1733 and was very active in Dudley's town affairs beginning in 1743. He lived in the west part of town. He appears to have been a member of the family of Zacheus Curtis of Salem (John4, Thomas3, John2, Zacheus1), and was born 1710 in Andover, Massa-chusetts and died 1800 in Dudley. I don't think that he was the John Curtis mentioned as a member of the Baptist Church. Lieutenant John Curtis (later Captain Curtis) was appointed, 25 Sep 1754, to a committee to get the pulpit fixed, which does not strike me as the sort of task likely to be assigned to a member of a dissenting congregation. Moreover, Francis and John Curtis appear to have resided in the eastern part of Dudley. I assume that the John Curtis who was a member of the Baptist Church (and a husband to Sarah Robinson?) was either Francis' father or, more likely, his brother.

 

On 13 Dec 1748, Consider Soons (or Soonos), alias Consider Corttis, aged about 14 years, son of Abiel Soons, late of Plympton, labourer, chose Francis Corttis of Dudley, Yeoman, as his guardian (witnesses: John Howard and Marth Totood-?). Francis executed a guardian bond the same day with Daniel Paine as comaker (Paul Kingston and J. Chandler as witnesses--John Chandler was the probate judge). Consider Soons was paid one pound, 2 1/2 pence out of Francis' estate in 1753.

 

On 17 Aug 1750, a highway was laid out that was accepted at the Dudley town meeting of 4 Mch 1751. Proceeding north from the Connecticut line, it passed between the lands of Paul Robinson and John Brackit, then through Frances Curtises lane east of his house, then between the land of Jacob Bradbery and Stephen Chapmun, then to the east side of John Curtises field, terminating near a little bridge about 50 rods east of the great bridge over the French River, near where the path that preceded the highway met the road coming from the meeting house to George Robinsons.

 

On 21 June 1753, Benjamin Pudney, John Bracket and Samuel Robinson presented their inventory of the estate of Francis Curtis:

 

 

 

Francis Curtis:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

brase & iron

1

14

8

 

 

 

Bed and beden

2

2

8

 

 

Dishes Spoons & milk vesels

 

 

_

12

8

fives chares and looking glase

0

4

 

0

wheels Real and flax

 

1

 

2

8

 

 

Books table chest & Box iron

 

0

12

 

8

churn bedsteds & bed cords

 

 

0

8

 

0

Bridle sadle & 4 calve Skins

 

0

18

 

0

Plow & horse sakling

 

1

 

4

0

 

 

fiths and glase Botles

 

0

10

4

 

 

working tools

1

14

0

 

 

 

gun and powder

0

17

4

 

 

shears cloath & triming

2

 

14

8

 

wareing cloaths

1

6

8

 

 

 

mare and colt

8

2

 

8

 

 

 

3 cows one calf & two bels

 

8

0

0

house and Lands

100

 

0

0

 

 

Sum total

œ 132

5

0

 

 

 

 

Several of Francis' children were minors at his death and, soon thereafter, chose guardians for the remainder of their minority. Edward, age 17, chose Jacob Bradbury (John Bracket and Paul Robinson joined in the guardian's bond, which was witnessed by Benjamin Pudney and John Cortis) in June 1753, witnessed by John Bracket and Ruth Cortis. Sarah Corttis, on 8 July 1756, chose her mother Berthia Cortis as guardian (Silas Robinson joined in the bond, which was witnessed by Timo Paine and John Chandler. Japheth did not choose a formal guardian until 1769, when he became 17, choosing Samuel Robinson (Edward Corttis joined in the bond, which was witnessed by Charles and Clark Chandler).

 

That the Francis who married Sarah Ransom is identical to the one who later married Bethiah Robinson and resided in Dudley, is proven by the division of Francis' real estate on 19 Oct 1773, after all his children had reached their majority, by a committee consisting of Jedidiah Marcy, William Larned and Edward Davis. The property, after the setting off of the widow's dower and the payment of the decedent's debts, was appraised at 38 pounds, 10 shillings and divided among Edward Curtis, Japheth Curtis, Ruth Burrill, Susannah Williams, Sarah Thompson, Rhoda Truesdell and Mary Curtis, each receiving land worth 5 pounds, 10 shillings. "William Curtis the Eldest son of the said Deceased having had in his Fathers life time 75:__:0 old tenor in the year 1744 as appears by a Receipt signed by him Dated February ye 11th 1744 so we Did not set him off any land."

 

I am not sure whether this division squares with the deed of 11 May 1772 (witnessed by Peltias Vinton and Jemima Cortoise) mentioned by Harlow Curtis as among the Worcester records by

 

which "Richard Williams of Thompson and Susanna his wife, David Burrill of Gloucester. R.I. and Ruth his wife, John Thompson and Sarah his wife, Thomas Truesdell of Monson, Mass. and Rhoda his wife and Mary Curtis of Monson, Mass. all deed to Edward Curtis their share of Francis's estate."

 

Bethia survived Francis by many years.  Her gravestone still survives in the Cortiss cemetery, along Route 131, four-tenths of a mile to the west of Route 12, north of North Grosvenordale in the town of Thompson, Connecticut. The stone is a small one of gray-green slate, still in excellent condition (20 Jun 1989). There is not enough room on either side of it for Francis to have been buried next to her. The inscription reads:

 

In memory of the widow Bethiah Corttis

 

                                           who died Janry 22nd 1810

 

                                                Aged 94 Years

 

No administration was apparently had of Bethiah's estate until 30 Jan 1819, when Japheth Corttis, her son and principal creditor, petitioned the court for Jepthah Bacon, Esqr of Dudley to be appointed administrator. Thomas Larned, Parker Palmer and Joseph Bracket took the inventory, which consisted of two lots, about eight acres of woodland and pasture in the easterly part of Dudley, appraised at $60, and an undivided one-third interest in a twelve acre lot of "Mowing Tillage and Woodland" also owned by Japheth Curtis and the heirs of William Curtis, appraised at $68. Both lots were located on a good road near the house of Joseph Bracket where the land was sold to pay the debts of the estate, which consisted of $416 owed to Japheth Corttis.

 

Francis Curtis and Sarah Ransom had the following children:

 

    8.               i. WILLIAM4 CURTIS was born on 09 Jul 1721 in Plympton, Plymouth Co, MA. He died before Apr 1775 in Connecticut. He married Mehitable Amidon, daughter of Henry Amidon and Melitiah Cheney on 12 Dec 1742 in Dudley, Worcester Co, MA. She was born on 15 Jan 1723 in Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts. She died in 1775 in Connecticut.

 

ii.       SUSANNAH CURTIS was born on 05 Jun 1723 in Plympton, Plymouth Co, MA. She married (1) SAMUEL UTTER JR on 07 Mar 1748 in Thompson, Windham Co, CT. She married (2) RICHARD WILLIAMS before 11 May 1772 in Thompson, Windham Co, CT. He was born in of Thompson, Windham Co, CT.

 

Francis Curtis and Bethia Robinson had the following children:

 

iii.      RUTH CURTIS was born on 05 Apr 1734 in Dudley, Worcester Co, MA. She married David Burrill before 11 May 1772. He was born in of Gloucester, RI.

 

iv.      EDWARD CURTIS was born on 04 May 1736 in Dudley, Worcester Co, MA. He died before 07 May 1816 in Dudley, Worcester Co, MA. He married (1) LUCY CHAMBERLAIN on 04 Oct 1770 in Dudley, Worcester Co, MA. He married (2) THANKFUL UNKNOWN before Dec 1777. He married (3) ESTHER UNKNOWN on 02 Dec 1779.

 

v.       SARAH CURTIS was born on 09 Jul 1742 in Dudley, Worcester Co, MA. She married John Thompson on 24 Feb 1770 in Dudley, Worcester Co, MA.

 

vi.      RHODA CURTIS was born on 09 Aug 1745 in Dudley, Worcester Co, MA. She died on 15 Mar 1788 in Monson, Hampden Co, MA. She married Thomas Truesdell on 13 Apr 1769 in Woodstock, Windham Co, CT.

 

vii.     MARY CURTIS was born on 18 Jul 1749 in Dudley, Worcester Co, MA.

 

viii.    JAPHETH CURTIS was born on 11 Jun 1752 in Dudley, Worcester Co, MA. He died on 16 Jun 1821 in Thompson. CT. He married Mary Upham on 08 Jun 1774 in Dudley, Worcester Co, MA. She was born in of Killingly.

 

6.      JOSHUA3 CURTIS (Benjamin2, Francis1).

 

Joshua Curtis had the following child:

 

9.               i.      BENJAMIN4 CURTIS.

 

7.      DAVID3 CURTIS (Benjamin2, Francis1) was born about 1710. He married HANNAH WADE.

 

David Curtis and Hannah Wade had the following child:

 

10.            i.      SYLVANUS4 CURTIS was born about 1748. He married MARY PHILLIPS.

 

Generation 4

 

8.      WILLIAM4 CURTIS (Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born on 09 Jul 1721 in Plympton, Plymouth Co, MA. He died before Apr 1775 in Connecticut. He married Mehitable Amidon, daughter of Henry Amidon and Melitiah Cheney on 12 Dec 1742 in Dudley, Worcester Co, MA. She was born on 15 Jan 1723 in Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts. She died in 1775 in Connecticut.

 

Notes for William Curtis:

 

William and Mehitable (Amidown) Curtis removed from Oxford, Massachusetts to Ashford in Windham County, Connecticut early in their married life. The birth of their son Francis is recorded in the Ashford records on 15 Jul 1743, eight months after their marriage. On 20 Apr 1744, William bought 45 acres in Ashford from Henry Amidown, Mehitable's father, at which time William was called "Late of Oxford Now of Ashford" (Ashford LR D:57). This land was taken from the south portion of Henry Amidown's home farm.

 

Between 1743 and 17 Aug 1750, William and Mehitable had four children whose births were recorded at Ashford: Francis, Ransom, Susanna and Henry. Mehetable Curtis, the wife of Mr. Curtis, was admitted to the Ashford Church on 3 Dec 1749. Francis, Ransom and Susanna, the children of William Curtis, were then baptized on 19 Dec 1749 (Ashford ch recs at 43). Henry, son of Mr. Curtis, was baptized on 26 Aug 1750 (Ashford ch recs at 44) and Mehitable, daughter of _______ Curtis was baptized on 18 Aug 1760 (Ashford ch recs at 53).

 

Prior to 1750, William acquired two small tracts from the town of Ashford and another small lot from William Smith, all three of which parcels were in the area of Ashford known as Corbins Claim (LR A:451 & 452). On 20 Jan 1757, William Cortiss, Job Tyler and David Millard dedicated a road through their land, connecting the road from Philip Eastman's to the lead mines and the road from Samuel Knox's to Ebenzer Abbe's. Cortiss's land was in the middle between Tyler and Millard (LR K:207).

 

It is not clear just when William and Mehitable Curtis died. William never acknowledged the road deed he made in 1757, although the other two grantors did so in Dec 1760 and May 1761. Mehetable Curtis bought land from Joseph Amidown in her own name on 21 Apr 1760 (LR K:211), which she sold with full warranties but without the participation of a husband on 3 Jul 1764 (L:119).

 

Certainly William must have been dead by April 1775, when his son Henry became the guardian of what appear to be William's two youngest children. The transactions between 1760 and 1764 might suggest that William was dead by then, but a William Curtiss witnessed a 15 Sep 1772 deed by Francis, Ransom and Henry Curtiss of about 40 acres in the north part of Ashford (LR 11:87). It is difficult to explain who this William was if he was not the father of the grantors.

 

The Mehitable Curtis baptized in 1760 is considered a part of this family on the basis of her mother's membership in this church, the fact that she appears to have been named for her mother, and a guardianship record, dated 4 Apr 1775, in which Henry Curtis of Ashford "Now Elected Chosen and Appointed Guardian to Mehitable Curtice A Minor of the Town Ashford" gives his bond as guardian (wtns: Ebenr Grosvenor & Stephen Brown Jr; Pomfret Probate Dist., File # 1347). An Asa Curtis of Ashford was also the subject of a bond proceeding in 1775. (Pomfret Probate Dist., File # 1344)

 

Whether she is the same Mehitable who married Joseph Flower on 19 Nov 1783 in Wethersfield is less certain. My information

 

to this effect was received from Jean McNutt. She indicates that Harlow D. Curtis felt that the Mehitable of Wethersfield was a daughter of "Henry and Mehitable Amidon Curtis of Ashford," presumably an erroneous reference to William and Mehitable. Mrs. McNutt and others tentatively accepted this conclusion as there are no other Mehitable Curtises in the Barbour Index of about the right age to be the wife of Joseph Flower, b. 1763. Mrs. McNutt has the children of Joseph and Mehitable Flower as Hannah, Harriet, Mehitable, Emily, Martha, Armenia, Lorenzo Dow and, perhaps, James. None of these appear to be Curtis family names. Ashford and Wethersfield are about 25 miles apart and there was a sizable Curtis family (descended from a Thomas, b. 1598) that settled in Wethersfield as early as 1639. As the births noted in the Barbour Index are far from a complete listing of those that occurred in Connecticut (setting aside the possibility that Mehitable originated outside that state) and there is no known connection between other members of the Ashford Curtis family and Wethersfield, I feel that the identification of the Ashford Mehitable as the wife of Joseph Flower needs further verification before it can be accepted.

 

Asa Curtis is included as a child in this family solely on the basis of Henry Curtis having also given bond as his guardian on 4 Apr 1775 (with the same witnesses as witnessed the bond of Henry as guardian of Mehitable). The probate file contains a certification of Nathaniel Child, Justice of the Peace, that Asa Curtice of Ashford, a minor, has appeared before him and made choice of Henry as his guardian. (Pomfret District probate packet no. 1344)

 

William Curtis and Mehitable Amidon had the following children:

 

             1                i. RANSOM5 CURTIS was born on 23 Oct 1745 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut. He died on 17 Dec 1829 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co.,

                            Connecticut. He married (1) ALICE WHITON, daughter of Joseph Whiton and Rebecca Wilson on 08 Dec 1768 in Ashford, Windham Co, CT. She

                            was born on 17 Dec 1742. She died before 1833. He married (2) S ARAH UNKNOWN on 12 Feb 1821. He married (3) ELIZABETH UNKNOWN on

                            01 Jan 1839 in Chardon, Ohio. He married MARY VENN. She died in 1836 in Painesville, Lake Co., Ohio.

 

ii.       MELETIAH CURTIS was born in 1755 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut. She married Jacob Child on 23 Sep 1779 in Woodstock, Windham Co., Connecticut.

 

iii.      WILLIAM CURTIS was born in 1755 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut.

 

Notes for William Curtis:

 

The family consisted of one male of 16 years and upwards, one male under 16, and four females.

In 1800 the family is still listed in Bethel and consisted of:

 

   12.            iv.    ASA CURTIS was born after Apr 1754 in Ashford, Windham Co, CT. He died in 1860 in Rock Island Co, IL. He married EMMA STILSON. She died on 22 Feb 1828

                       in Warren Co, PA. He married ABIGAIL UNKNOWN.

 

    13.            v.     FRANCIS CURTIS was born on 15 Jul 1743 in Ashford, Windham Co, CT. He died on 27  Aug 1826 in Middlebury, Genesee Co, New York (Wyoming

                      Village Cemetery, Middlebury, Wyoming Co, NY). He married Elizabeth "Betty" Robbins, daughter of David Robbins and Catherine Tyler on

                      17 Nov 1768 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut. She was born on 20 Sep 1749 in Attleboro, Bristol Co, MA. She died after 1826 in Middlebury,

                      Genesee Co, New York (Wyoming Village Cemetery, Middlebury, Wyoming Co, NY).

 

   14.            vi.    HENRY CURTIS was born on 17 Aug 1750 in Ashford, Windham Co, CT. He died on 23  Mar 1837 in Ashford, Windham Co, CT. He married

                    (1) ELIZABETH DAVISON on 6 Sep 1773 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut. He married (2) LYDIA HAYWARD in 1790. He married

                    EUNICE AMIDOWN. He married RUTH STODDARD.

 

vii.     MEHITABLE CURTIS was born before 18 Aug 1760. She married Joseph Flower on 19 Nov 1783 in Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut.

 

Notes for Mehitable Curtis: Member of Church of Christ

 

viii.    SUSANNA CURTIS was born on 01 Mar 1748 in Ashford, Windham Co, CT. She died on 27 Apr 1832 in Barnard, Windsor Co, CT. She married Timothy Eastman Jr in Feb 1767 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut.

 

9.      BENJAMIN4 CURTIS (Joshua3, Benjamin2, Francis1).

 

Benjamin Curtis had the following child:

 

15.            i.      JEREMIAH5 CURTIS.

 

10.      SYLVANUS4 CURTIS (David3, Benjamin2, Francis1) was born about 1748. He married MARY PHILLIPS.

 

Sylvanus Curtis and Mary Phillips had the following child:

 

i.        DANIEL5 CURTIS was born on 17 May 1783 in Sturbridge, MA. He died in Mar 1843. He married JULIA BACON. She was born about 22 Dec 1842.

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11.      RANSOM5 CURTIS (William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born on 23 Oct 1745 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut. He died on 17 Dec 1829 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. He married (1) ALICE WHITON, daughter of Joseph Whiton and Rebecca Wilson on 08 Dec 1768 in Ashford, Windham Co, CT. She was born on 17 Dec 1742. She died before 1833. He married (2) SARAH UNKNOWN on 12 Feb 1821. He married (3) ELIZABETH UNKNOWN on 01 Jan 1839 in Chardon, Ohio. He married MARY VENN. She died in 1836 in Painesville, Lake Co., Ohio.

 

Notes for Ransom Curtis:

 

His will was presented for probate in Tolland County Dec. 17, 1829. In it he mentions his late wife, also his present wife, Sarah, and all of the children listed below except for Alice who presumably was deceased. Each received $1 except for William who was to receive the house and land after "paying to my beloved wife Sarah Curtis the full amount of a "Jointer" which my said wife and I made before our marriage." His son, William Curtis, was named executor of the will which was made Feb. 12, 1821, and witnessed by Joseph Parker, Oliver Holt and Jonathan Weston.

The family consisted of two males of 16 years and upwards, four males under 16, and the females.

 

Born in Ashford, but moved to Wellington, Connecticut later. He was married in Willington, Tolland Co., Conn on Dec 8, 1768. Resided in Ashford and in Willington. in 1790 census he lived in Willington, and his will was probated in Tolland Co., Dec 17, 1829. His son Asa was baptized at the Second Congregational Church of Ashford Conn. on July 17, 1785. Ransom and wife joined church at Westford, Connecticut in 1779. They were dismissed and recommended to the Church of Christ at Wellington, Connecticut on April 21, l805.

 

The National Archives has a file on Ransom Curtis who served in Ely's 3rd Conn Regt in the Revolution, the card saying "Minute Roll" of Capt Pain Convers' Co. in Colonel John Ely's Regiment from the State of Connectucut. Archives index # 1411. (Does this indicate he was a Minuteman?) I really believe this must be "our" Ransom because he must have been named for his grandmother's maiden name. She had only one son, William, who must have named Ransom for his (William's) deceased mother's maiden name. I believe there were no other Ransom Curtises the right age for the Rev. service.

 

Ransom Curtis and Alice Whiton had the following children:

 

    16.            i.   JOSEPH6 CURTIS was born on 07 Dec 1771 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut. He died on 03 Dec 1852 in Painesville, Lake Co., Ohio. He married JOANNA UNKNOWN. She died on 14 Jun 1862 in Painesville, Lake Co., Ohio.

 

   17.            ii.   WILLIAM CURTIS was born in 1774 in Connecticut. He died on 03 Nov 1860 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. He married Mary (Polly) Holt, daughter of Isaac Holt and Sarah Orcutt on 27 Nov 1799. She was born on 01 May 1773. She died on 06 Jun 1861 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut.

 

  18.            iii.   JASON CURTIS was born on 12 Jul 1776 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. He died on 12 Apr 1855 in Marcellus, Onondaga County, New York. She was born about 1791. She died on 01 Oct 1857 in Marcellus, Onondaga County, New York.

 

   19.            iv.   JAMES CURTIS was born on 19 Mar 1779 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut. He died in 1863 in Machias, Cattaraugus Co., New York. He married MARY MARCY. She died in 1878 in Machias, Cattaraugus Co., New York.

 

v.       ALICE CURTIS was born on 12 Nov 1782 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut.

 

   20.            vi.   ASA CURTIS was born on 26 Apr 1785 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut. He died in 1859 in Rock Island, Rock Island Co., Illinois. He married (1) LOUIS HOLT, daughter of Nathan Holt and Lois Goodale before 1807 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. She was born on 09 May 1784 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. She died on 20 Feb 1821 in Penfield, Monroe Co., New York. He married (2) ALMENA STILSON in 1819 in Brokenstraw, Warren, Pennsylvania. She was born in 1800. She died in Sep 1827 in Stilson Hill, Pennsylvania. He married (3) ABIGAIL WALLACE on 18 Sep 1828 in Warren, Warren Co., Pennsylvania. She was born in 1796. She died on 30 Nov 1884 in Anderson Co., Kansas.

 

vii.     ANN ELIZA MARY CURTIS was born on 17 Sep 1825.

 

viii.    MARCUS RANSOM CURTIS was born on 03 Jul 1827. He died on 09 Apr 1850.

 

ix.      MARTHA GURLEY CURTIS was born on 28 Jan 1830.

 

    21.            x.   JOSEPH HORACE CURTIS was born on 29 Apr 1832.

 

Ransom Curtis and Elizabeth Unknown had the following children:

 

xi.      NELSON AIKIN CURTIS was born on 22 Dec 1839.

 

xii.     EDWIN RUTHVEN CURTIS was born on 22 Jul 1842. He died on 09 Jun 1845.

 

Notes for Mary Venn:

 

He served in the War of 1812 and from data on file at the National Archives, Washington, D.C. we find that he married, first, Mary Venn, who died in 1836 at Painesville, Lake County, Ohio.

 

As his second wife he married on January 1, 1839 at Chardon, LaGrange County, Ohio, Elizabeth, widow of Henry Winter.

 

According to the index to the 1840 census for Ohio he was living in Madison township, Lake County at that time.

 

Sometime before 1850 the family moved to Portage township, St. Joseph County, Indiana, and in the census of that year was enumerated as Ransom, age 55, farming, b. Conn.; Elizabeth, b. N.J., age 49; Andrews I., b. N.Y., age 16, occupation teaming; and Nelson.

 

Ransom Curtis and Mary Venn had the following children:

 

xiii.    ANDREW JACKSON CURTIS was born on 12 Jul 1834.

 

xiv.    ABAGAIL VEN CURTIS was born on 11 Oct 1836. She died on 28 Oct 1911 in Likely, CA. She married JOHN JAMES BLAIR. He was born on 30 Sep 1834 in Ripely Co, IN. He died on 11 Oct 1909 in N. Porterville, CA.

 

12.      ASA5 CURTIS (William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born after Apr 1754 in Ashford, Windham Co, CT. He died in 1860 in Rock Island Co, IL. He married EMMA STILSON. She died on 22 Feb 1828 in Warren Co, PA. He married ABIGAIL UNKNOWN.

 

Notes for Asa Curtis:

 

Asa Curtis is included as a child in this family solely on

the basis of Henry Curtis having also given bond as his guardian on 4 Apr 1775 (with the same witnesses as witnessed the bond of Henry as guardian of Mehitable). The probate file contains a certification of Nathaniel Child, Justice of the Peace, that Asa Curtice of Ashford, a minor, has appeared before him and made choice of Henry as his guardian. (Pomfret District probate packet no. 1344)

 

To my knowledge, nothing else was found about Asa.

 

Asa Curtis had the following children:

 

22.         i.      MINOR6 CURTIS.  He married MAIME UNKNOWN.

 

   80.            ii.    NELSON PARKER CURTIS was born on 28 Aug 1839 in Warren Co, PA. He died in Jul 1923. He married Thirza Louise Thompson, daughter of Daniel Thompson and Annis Knapp on 14 Sep 1859 in Farmington, Warren, Pennsylvania. She was born on 05 May 1842 in Farmington Twp, Warren, PA. She died on 08 Nov 1921 in Warren, Warren Co., Pennsylvania.

 

Asa Curtis and Emma Stilson had the following children:

 

iii.      ALMENA CURTIS.

 

  52.            iv.  WELLINGTON WILSON CURTIS was born on 21 Oct 1823 in Sugar Grove, Warren Co., Pennsylvania. He died on 08 Mar 1889 in Rock Island, Rock Island Co., Illinois. He married ELIZA BOWES. She was born on 27 Nov 1833 in Crocknaboghill, Co. Fermanagh, N. I.. She died in 1915 in Bowling Twp., Rock Island Co., Illinois.

 

13.      FRANCIS5 CURTIS (William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born on 15 Jul 1743 in Ashford, Windham Co, CT. He died on 27 Aug 1826 in Middlebury, Genesee Co, New York (Wyoming Village Cemetery, Middlebury, Wyoming Co, NY). He married Elizabeth "Betty" Robbins, daughter of David Robbins and Catherine Tyler on 17 Nov 1768 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut. She was born on 20 Sep 1749 in Attleboro, Bristol Co, MA. She died after 1826 in Middlebury, Genesee Co, New York (Wyoming Village Cemetery, Middlebury, Wyoming Co, NY).

 

Notes for Francis Curtis:

 

The births of the first four children of Francis and

Elizabeth are recorded in Ashford, the last of which was born in 1778. It was presumably soon thereafter that they removed to Partridgefield, now Peru, in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Francis appears in the 1790 census for "Partridgetown" with a household of 3 males 16 years and more, 2 males less than 16 and

4  females. (publ. version, p. 31)  He is in the 1798 Massachu-

setts and Maine Direct Tax Census as having a log house and 200 acres. (vol. 20: Dist. 6, 9th Div., No. 3)

 

Francis served 10 days of military service in the Revolu-tionary War (from 28 Oct 1781) on an alarm to the northward, by order of General Fellows, as a private in Captain James Pierce's Co, Colonel Asa Barns' (Berkshire Co) Regiment.

 

Notes in the handwriting of Mrs. Lottie B. Morris (probably from about 1907) state that Francis and Elizabeth removed from Berkshire Hills, Berkshire County to Middlebury, New York about 1802 or 1803. She indicates that all the children (she lists a Delilah, but no Deliverance) came from Massachusetts about the same time except Sally, who married in Massachusetts and lived and died there.

 

Mrs. Martha Beardsley (1827-1912) stated, in a letter dated 7 June 1907 that:

 

Amasa & Calvin owned consecutive farms on east side of Oatka [Creek.] Comfort owned 2nd farm south of Amasa. Oliver with his father took a farm on west side of Oatka [Creek], which has later years been owned by Hezakiah Miller & heirs. Francis died there, do not remember to have seen him, but remember Grandmother.

 

Francis must have been a religious man, judging by the considerable language in his will concerning his hopes for heavenly reward. Francis, Oliver, Betsey, Polly and Hannah Curtis were all members of the First Baptist Church of Middlebury in 1810. Francis's will was made on 14 Aug 1826 and bequeaths one cow and all Francis' household furniture, beds, bedding and clothing to his wife Betsey. The remainder of his estate is

 

given to his osn Oliver Curtis on the condition that Oliver maintain and provide for Betsey during her natural life. Oliver Curtis to be Executor. Witnesses were Joseph Bisbey, Thomas White and Zenas Owen. The will was proved on 4 Dec 1828.

 

During the revolutionary War he served for 10 days as a private in Capt. Joseph Pierce's Co., Colonel Asa Barns' (Berkshire Co.) regiment, enlisting Oct. 28, 1781 and marching by order of Gen. Fellows on an alarm at the Northward.

 

Sometime after 1800 he had removed from Massachusetts to Genesee County in western New York State in the part set off as Wyoming County in 1841.

 

Marilyn M M Sobotka's email indicates Francis died in Middlebury township, Wyoming, NY, this is in contrast to .

 

He served for 10 days as a private in Captain Joseph Pierce's company; Col. Asa Barns' (Berkshire Co.) regiment, enlisting October 28, 1781 and marching by order of General Fellows on an alarm at the Northward.  Partridgefield was changed to Peru, Conn in 1806

Family consisted of three males of 16 years or older, two males under 16 years of age, and four females.

 

Notes for Elizabeth "Betty" Robbins:

 

The births of the first four children of Francis and Elizabeth are recorded in Ashford, the last of which was born in 1778. It was presumabley soon thereafter that they removed to Peru in Berkshire Co., MA, although the first mention of the family on the vital records of that town was in 1793.

 

Notes in the handwriting of Mrs. Lottie B. Morris (probably from about 1907) state that Francis and Elizabeth removed from Berkshire Hills, Bershire Co. to Middlebury, NY about 1802 or 3. She indicates that all the children (she lists a Delilah, but no Deliverance) came from Massachusetts about the same time except Sally, who married in MA and lived and died there.

 

Mrs.  Martha Beardsley (1827-1912)  stated, in a letter dated 7 June 1907 that:

 

Amasa and Calvin owned consecutive farms on east side of Oatka (Creek.) Comfort owned 2nd farm south of Amasa. Oliver with his father took a farm on west side of Oatka (Creek), which has later years been owned by Hezakiah Miller and heirs. Francis died there, do not remember to have seen him, but remember Grandmother.

 

Francis was a Congregationalist church member and apparently active as his will contains considerable prcatory language concerning his hopes for heavenly reward. The will was made on 14 Aug 1826and bequeaths one cow and all Francis' household furniture, beds, bedding and clothing to his wife Betsey. The remainder of his estate is given to his son Oliver Curtis on the condition that Oliver maintain and provide for Betsey during her natural life. Oliver Curtis to be Executor. Witnesses were Joseph Bisbey, Thomas White and Zenas Owen. The will was proved on 4 Dec. 1828.

Francis Curtis and Elizabeth "Betty" Robbins had the following children:

   25.            i.      AMASA6 CURTIS was born on 24 Jun 1771 in Ashford, Windham Co, CT. He died on

5    Nov 1834 in Wyoming Co, NY. He married Eunice Richmond on 16 Sep 1794 in Peru, Berkshire Co, MA. She died in Wyoming Co, NY.

 

   26.            ii.   COMFORT CURTIS SR was born on 18 Nov 1773 in Ashford, Windham Co, CT. He died on 04 Jun 1831 in Middlebury, Genesee Co, New York (Warsaw Village Cemetery, Wyoming Co, NY). He married Priscilla A. Whitney, daughter of Jabez Whitney and Experience Fairbanks on 02 Apr 1793 in Peru, Berkshire Co, MA. She was born on 04 Feb 1774 in Wrentham, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts. She died on 08 Oct 1845 in Middlebury, Genesee Co, New York (Warsaw Village Cemetery, Wyoming Co, NY).

 

iii.      DELIVERANCE CURTIS was born on 26 Feb 1776 in Ashford, Windham Co, CT.

 

   27.            iv.    CALVIN CURTIS was born on 25 Jul 1778 in Ashford, Windham Co, CT. He died on

 

22  Jul 1848 in Wyoming Co, NY (Warsaw Village Cemetery, Wyoming Co, NY). He married (1) JEMIMA THOMPSON on 09 Nov 1802 in Peru, Berkshire Co, MA. She died before 1806 in Peru, Berkshire Co, MA. He married (2) POLLY CLAPP on 11 May 1806 in Peru, Berkshire Co, MA. He married (3) NANCY HIBBARD STORRS on 07 Nov 1823 in New York. She was born in 1789. She died on 27 Dec 1865 in Wyoming Co, NY (Warsaw Village Cemetery, Wyoming Co, NY).

 

           DELILAH "DILLY" CURTIS was born about 1779. She married Elisha Watkins on 28 Dec 1795 in Peru, Berkshire Co, MA.

 

           SALLY CURTIS was born in 1780 in Peru, Berkshire Co, MA. She married Rufus Watkins on 18 Jun 1799 in Peru, Berkshire Co, MA.

 

  28.            vii. OLIVER CURTIS was born about 1783. He married BETSEY UNKNOWN. She was born in 1787. She died on 27 Jun 1834 in Genesee Co, NY (Wyoming Village Cemetery, Middlebury, Wyoming Co, NY).

 

viii.    HANNAH CURTIS.  She died in 1828. She married REV. JONATHAN EDWARD DAVISON.

 

   29.            ix. ORPHA CURTIS was born about 1786 in Hinsdale, Berkshire Co, MA. She died on 12 Apr 1854 in Orangeville, Wyoming Co., New York. She married James Atherton Webster, son of Constant Webster and Lois Kinne on 10 Jul 1804 in Peru, Berkshire Co, MA. He was born on 03 Apr 1783 in Worthington, MA. He died on 14 Apr 1864 in Orangeville, Wyoming Co, NY.

 

14.      HENRY5 CURTIS (William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born on 17 Aug 1750 in Ashford, Windham Co, CT. He died on 23 Mar 1837 in Ashford, Windham Co, CT. He married (1) ELIZABETH DAVISON on 06 Sep 1773 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut. He married (2) LYDIA HAYWARD in 1790. He married EUNICE AMIDOWN. He married

         RUTH STODDARD.

 

Notes for Henry Curtis:

 

The family consisted of one male of 16 years and upwards, one male under 16, ad two females.

 

Notes for Elizabeth Davison:

 

Elizabeth died shortly after the marriage.

 

Henry Curtis and Lydia Hayward had the following children:

 

i.        MOLLY6 CURTIS was born on 15 Feb 1774 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut.

ii.       HENRY CURTIS was born on 07 Aug 1792 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut.

 

iii.      SAMUEL CURTIS was born on 22 Jul 1794 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut.

 

Notes for Samuel Curtis:

 

At the 1860 census, Ashford, Conn, the family consisted of Samule,. b. Conn., age 66, farmer; Mary, age 65, b. Conn.; Samuel N., farm laborer,

   age 43; and Stephen D., farm laborer, age 22.

 

Samuel is also listed in the 1850 census at age 56.

 

iv.      LYDIA CURTIS was born on 01 Jul 1796 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut.

 

v.       CHLOE CURTIS was born on 29 Dec 1798 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut.

 

15.      JEREMIAH5 CURTIS (Benjamin4, Joshua3, Benjamin2, Francis1).

 

Jeremiah Curtis had the following child:

 

30.            i.      STEPHEN6 CURTIS.

 

Generation 6

 

16.      JOSEPH6 CURTIS (Ransom5, William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born on 07 Dec 1771 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut. He died on 03 Dec 1852 in Painesville, Lake Co., Ohio. He married JOANNA UNKNOWN. She died on 14 Jun 1862 in Painesville, Lake Co., Ohio.

 

Notes for Rhoda Rider:

 

He married Rhoda Rider of Willington, Conn., Nov. 14, 1793 and he is said to have married, secondly, a Dutch girl, Joanna Unknown.

 

In 1803 Rhoda Curtis was dismissed from the church at Willington to the Church of Christ at Cambridge, Washington Co., N.Y., but the family does not appear to be living there at the 1810 census.

 

According to Reference Joseph went to Canada, then to Lee, Oneida.County, N.Y., and finally to Painesville, Lake Co., Ohio where he died on Dec. 3, 1852. His wife, Joanna, died June 14, 1862. However. only one Joseph Curtis is listed in Lake County, Ohio in the index to the 1850 census index and this person is his son of the same name.

 

The births of the first three children are recorded in Willington,, Conn.

 

Joseph Curtis and Rhoda Rider had the following children:

 

   31.            i. RANSOM7 CURTIS was born on 08 Sep 1794 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. He died on 03 Feb 1879 in South Bend, St. Joseph Co., Indiana. She died in 1836 in Painesville, Lake Co., Ohio. He married (2) ELIZABETH UNKNOWN on 01 Jan 1839 in Chardon, Geauga Co., Ohio. She was born about 1801 in New Jersey.

 

   32.            ii. JOSEPH CURTIS was born on 05 Feb 1796 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. He married LOUISA RYDER. She was born in 1799 in Tolland, Tolland Co., Connecticut.

 

   33.            iii. HORACE CURTIS was born on 07 Nov 1797 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. He died on 01 Nov 1839 in Mentor, Lake Co., Ohio. He married Harriet Turner on 13 Oct 1823 in Albany, Albany Co., New York. She was born on 09 Mar 1802. She died in 1886.

 

iv.      LAURA CURTIS was born on 12 Nov 1799 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. She died on 20 Sep 1820.

 

v.       MARY CURTIS was born on 16 Apr 1802 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut.

 

   34.            vi. ZERA CURTIS was born on 20 Dec 1805 in Cambridge, Washington Co., New York. He married ACHSA UNKNOWN. She was born about 1812 in Vermont.

 

Joseph Curtis and Joanna Unknown had the following children:

 

vii.     MARCIA CURTIS was born on 31 Aug 1810.

 

  35.            viii. ORLANDO CURTIS was born on 20 Jul 1812 in Lee, Oneida Co, New York. He married MARTHA UNKNOWN. She was born about 1823 in New York.

 

ix.      DIANTHA CURTIS was born on 22 Aug 1815.

 

x.       EMILY CURTIS was born on 24 Nov 1817. She died on 07 Mar 1849.

 

xi.      EMELINE CURTIS was born on 24 Nov 1817. She died on 03 Jun 1840.

 

xii.     ALICE CURTIS was born on 10 Feb 1820.

 

  36.            xiii. IRA CURTIS was born on 06 Jul 1822. He died on 01 Jan 1903. She was born in Jan 1824. She died on 08 Feb 1860.

 

  37.            xiv. ERASTUS CURTIS was born on 12 Dec 1828. He died on 07 Apr 1907 in Loda, Iroquois Co, Illinois. She was born in May 1827 in New York.

 

17.      WILLIAM6 CURTIS (Ransom5, William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born in 1774 in Connecticut. He died on 03 Nov 1860 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. He married Mary (Polly) Holt, daughter of Isaac Holt and Sarah Orcutt on 27 Nov 1799. She was born on 01 May 1773. She died on 06 Jun 1861 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut.

 

Notes for William Curtis:

 

Lived Willington, Tolland Co., Conn. Their children were Sanford, b. Nov 7, 1800, died 1807 age 6 yrs, William b. May 20, 1802, Horace b. Feb 9 1804, Sarah Holt Curtis b. Oct 1805 died unmarried Sept 29, 1874, Alfred b. 1809, Oliver b. 1811, Wilson Whiting Curtis b. March 25, 1813, Seldon born 1815, and Harvey born June 1, 1818.

 

Ransom's son, William Curtis, was named executor ofthe will which was made Feb. 12, 1821, and was witnessed by Joseph Parker, Oliver Holt, and Jonathan Weston.

 

William is listed in the 1850 census at age 76.

 

Notes for Mary (Polly) Holt:

 

Calculated from the death year and age given in Mary is listed in the 1850 census at age 77.

 

William Curtis and Mary (Polly) Holt had the following children:

 

i.        SANFORD7 CURTIS was born on 07 Nov 1800 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. He died on 09 May 1807 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut.

 

   39.            ii.     WILLIAM CURTIS was born on 20 May 1802 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. He died on 17 Mar 1879 in Adams, Gage Co., Nebraska.

                     She  was born on 04 Nov 1803 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. She died on 02 Sep 1885 in Adams, Gage Co., Nebraska.

 

            39.            iii.   HORACE CURTIS was born on 09 Feb 1804 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut.

 

         iv.      SARAH HOLT CURTIS was born on 24 Oct 1805 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. She died on 29 Sep 1874.

 

Notes for Sarah Holt Curtis:

 

Her will was probated Oct. 12, 1874; to brother Seldon $25, to niece Chiara Ann Plimpton, wife of Geo. Plimpton, the dau. of my brother Oliver H. Curtis, my string of Gold Beads to be her own.

 

To brother Seldon $25, to niece Chiara Ann Plimpton, wife of Geo. Plimpton, the dau. of my brother Oliver H. Curtis, my string of Gold Beads to be her own.

 

             40.            v.  ALFRED CURTIS was born on 07 Jun 1809 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut.

 

             41.            vi. OLIVER HOLT CURTIS was born on 30 Mar 1811 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. He died on 27 Feb 1889 in Amherst, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts.

                            She was born about 1811 in Ellington, Tolland Co, Connecticut. She died on 27 Mar 1888 in Amherst, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts.

 

          vii.     WILSON WHITNEY CURTIS was born on 25 Mar 1813 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. He died on 10 Aug 1890 in Willington Hill, Tolland

              Co., Connecticut. She was born about 1813. She died on 13 Feb 1887 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut.

 

Notes for Wilson Whitney Curtis:

 

At the 1850 census, Willington, he was listed as age 37, in the family of his parents. Also in the family was a Sarah H. Curtis, age 44, presumably his sister, and Mary, age 8. The relationship of the latter to the others is unknown to the Compiler [02]. Could she be a daughter of Wilson's by an early marriage?

 

There is a record of marriage [FC117, Willington, D:55] of Wilson H. Curtis to Sally Eldridge, both of Willington, on Feb. 12, 1852, the Rev. D. Bancroft officiating.

 

Listed in the 1870 census for Willington, Conn. are William [sic], age 57, farmer, and Sallie, age 57. "William" is probably a census- taker's error for "Wilson". The latter name does not appear in Willington in the census of that year.

 

Gravestone inscriptions in the Willington Hill Old Cemetery [FC056, LXVII:65] read: "Wilson W. Curtis died Aug. 10, 1890, age 77, Sally, his wife, died Feb. 13, 1887, aged 74".

 

             42.            viii. SELDON CURTIS was born on 01 Dec 1815 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. He died on 18 Feb 1902 in Tolland County, Connecticut. She was

                              born about 1820. She died on 21 Oct 1852 in Tolland County, Connecticut. She was born on 14 Mar 1822. She died on 21 Sep 1892 in Tolland County, 

                              Connecticut.

 

43.            ix. HARVEY CURTIS was born on 01 Jun 1818 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. He died on 03 Aug 1846 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. He married Abigail Hoar on 28 Oct 1839 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut.

18.      JASON6 CURTIS (Ransom5, William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born on 12 Jul 1776 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. He died on 12 Apr 1855 in Marcellus, Onondaga County, New York. She was born about 1791. She died on 01 Oct 1857 in Marcellus, Onondaga County, New York.

 

Notes for Polly Taylor:

 

He bought Lot No. 41 of Daniel Kellogg on April 26, 1814 in Marcellus and resided there the rest of his life.

 

Jason Curtis and Polly Taylor had the following children:

 

   44.            i.   AARON TAYLOR7 CURTIS was born on 20 Nov 1818. He died in Sep 1890. He married HARRIET MOSHER. She was born in 1830. She died in 1894.

 

ii.    CATHERINE CURTIS was born in 1822 in Marcellus, Onondaga County, New York. She married SAMUEL KENYON.

 

   45.            iii. JAMES LEVI CURTIS was born in Nov 1825 in Marcellus, Onondaga County, New York. He died on 08 Aug 1903. He married Esther J. Webber, daughter of William Webber and Eliza Unknown before 1860. She was born in Mar 1831. She died in 1908.

 

19.      JAMES6 CURTIS (Ransom5, William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born on 19 Mar 1779 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut. He died in 1863 in Machias, Cattaraugus Co., New York. He married MARY MARCY. She died in 1878 in Machias, Cattaraugus Co., New York.

 

Notes for James Curtis:

 

His name appears in the 1820 census as living in Marcellus, and is not in any subsequent census index through 1850.

 

James Curtis and Mary Marcy had the following children:

 

i.        ZEBEDIAH7 CURTIS.  She died in 1840. She married LOVICE HALL.

 

ii.       NANCY MAUD CURTIS.  She married ERASTUS MAYO.

 

  46.            iii. WILLIAM T. CURTIS. He died on 20 Aug 1882 in East Aurora, Erie Co., New York. He married CHARLOTTE WILLIAMS. He married ANGELINE WILLIAMS. She was born about 1810.

 

  47.            iv. ORIGEN D. CURTIS was born on 27 Jun 1818. He married LUCY MAYO. She was born about 1815 in Massachusetts.

 

20.      ASA6 CURTIS (Ransom5, William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born on 26 Apr 1785 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut. He died in 1859 in Rock Island, Rock Island Co., Illinois. He married (1)  LOUIS HOLT, daughter of Nathan Holt and Lois Goodale before 1807 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. She was born on 09 May 1784 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. She died on 20 Feb 1821 in Penfield, Monroe Co., New York. He married (2) ALMENA STILSON in 1819 in Brokenstraw, Warren, Pennsylvania. She was born in 1800. She died in Sep 1827 in Stilson Hill, Pennsylvania. He married (3) ABIGAIL WALLACE on 18 Sep 1828 in Warren, Warren Co., Pennsylvania. She was born in 1796. She died on 30 Nov 1884 in Anderson Co., Kansas.

 

Notes for Asa Curtis:

 

Baptized at the Second Congregational Church of Ashford

 

Notes for Louis Holt:

 

              The LDS entry indicated Louis Holt died 20 Feb 1821.

 

              Asa Curtis and Louis Holt had the following children:

 

       i. LOUIS HOLT7 CURTIS was born on 01 Oct 1807 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut.

 

          48.            ii. MINER CURTIS was born on 05 May 1810 in Redfield, Oswego Co., New York. He died on 22 Nov 1884 in Fair Point, Chautauqua Co, New York. She was born

                        on 02 Feb 1816. She died on 27 Mar 1904.

 

          49.            iii. MARILDA CURTIS was born on 23 Mar 1812 in Redfield, Oswego Co., New York. She married Nelson Kidder in 1833.

 

          50.            iv. WILLIAM CURTIS was born on 01 Dec 1815 in Penfield, Monroe Co., New York. He died in 1850 in Rock Island, Rock Island Co., Illinois. He married

                        MARGARET PATTERSON. She was born in 1822.

 

          51.            v. MARCIA CURTIS was born on 24 Jan 1818 in Penfield, Monroe Co., New York. She died in 1843 in Rock Island, Rock Island Co., Illinois. She married

                        James S. Spencer in 1837. He was born in 1815.

 

                         Notes for Almena Stilson:

 

                         Burried in Stilso Hill, Pennsylvania

 

           Asa Curtis and Almena Stilson had the following children:

 

       vi.      ALMENA CURTIS was born on 01 Jan 1822 in Brokenstraw, Warren, Pennsylvania. She died on 25 Apr 1847 in Stilson Hill, Pennsylvania.

 

Notes for Almena Curtis:

 

The date shown is one day off the reverse calculation from the death date given in [02: page 111.126]. However, Miner Curtis's memoirs indicates it was 1820, two years earlier.

 

         52.            vii. WELLINGTON WILSON CURTIS was born on 21 Oct 1823 in Sugar Grove, Warren Co., Pennsylvania. He died on 08 Mar 1889 in Rock Island, Rock Island Co.,

                       Illinois. He married ELIZA BOWES. She was born on 27 Nov 1833 in Crocknaboghill, Co. Fermanagh, N. I.. She died in 1915 in Bowling Twp., Rock Island Co., Illinois.

 

      viii.    WARREN CURTIS was born in 1825 in Warren, Warren Co., Pennsylvania. He died in Sep 1837 in Warren, Warren Co., Pennsylvania.

 

      ix.      MARY E. CURTIS was born on 01 Jan 1827 in Warren, Warren Co., Pennsylvania. She died on 09 Apr 1833 in Stilson Hill, Pennsylvania.

 

Notes for Abigail Wallace:

 

I do not know Abigail's maiden name, She was Mrs. Wallace when she married Asa Curtis in Warren, Pa. She had a daughter, Eliza.It is believed that Abigail was the widow of Caleb Wallace, who was the first murder victim in Warren Co., Pa. Abigail was born in New York about 1796.

 

Abigail Was a member of First United Methodist Church in Rock Island, Illinois in 1836. Her husband, Asa Curtis, was not a member with her, but Morgan Ferguson was. "Anderson Co. Kansas Family Stories & History" by Anderson Co. Historical Soc. states that Eliza Vester Furguson's mother was Abigail Curtis, wife of Asa Curtis.  Abigail and Asa lived in the Morgan Furguson home in Rock Island in l850. In the l860 census, Abigail and Asa Curtis , the latter listing himself as a "wagonmaker"lived in Camden Mills (later Milan), Illinois. Abigail moved from Milan, Illinois to Kansas about l870 where Morgan and Eliza Furguson had moved about 1869.

 

21.      JOSEPH HORACE6 CURTIS (Ransom5, William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born on 29 Apr 1832.

 

Joseph Horace Curtis had the following child:

 

i.        ABAGAIL VEN6 CURTIS was born on 11 Oct 1836. She died on 28 Oct 1911 in Likely, CA. She married JOHN JAMES BLAIR. He was born on 30 Sep 1834 in Ripely Co, IN. He died on 11 Oct 1909 in N. Porterville, CA.

 

22.      MINOR6 CURTIS (Asa5, William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1).  He married MAIME UNKNOWN.

 

Minor Curtis and Maime Unknown had the following child:

 

  139.          i. LULA MAE CURTIS was born on 27 Jan 1877 in Warren County., Pennsylvania. She died on 01 Sep 1957 in Marshall, Harrison Co., Texas. She married (1) UNKNOWN HUBERLING in Washington State. He died in 1896 in Fulton County, Arkansas. She married (2) GEORGE D ROBINS, son of Alfted A. Robins and Indiana Pritchett on 15 Oct 1899 in Salem, Fulton Co., Arkansas. He died in 1915. She married (3) BEN THOMASON about 1916 in Harrison Co, AR.

 

23.      NELSON PARKER6 CURTIS (Asa5, William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born on 28 Aug 1839 in Warren Co, PA. He died in Jul 1923. He married Thirza Louise Thompson, daughter of Daniel Thompson and Annis Knapp on 14 Sep 1859 in Farmington, Warren, Pennsylvania. She was born on 05 May 1842 in Farmington Twp, Warren, PA. She died on 08 Nov 1921 in Warren, Warren Co., Pennsylvania.

 

Notes for Nelson Parker Curtis:

 

Enlisted May 7, 1861, in Co. H. 10th Reg., Pa., for three years and served in the Army of the Patomac.

 

First enlisted Apr. 17, 1861, for 3 months, Co. H, 39th Reg. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, Feb. 13, 1862.

 

(Ref; Schenck's History of Warren Co., page 177)

 

The service dates are also identified in several documents submitted by Nelson to claim a disability pension. I don't believe he ever received approval for his disability. The following is the "Basis of Claim" statement in one of the documents:

 

"Alleges in declaration filed January 21, 1880, that at camp near Alexandria, Va., about March 1, 1862, he was taken with jaundice and sent to hospital at Alexandria, was taken with fever and ague about 1st May 1862, and was admitted til Aug 20, 1862; there went to regemaint, but not being able for duty was detailed by regement Surgon and sent to convalesent camp near Alexandria, Va., about 1 Nov. 1862, Disability, blout in the Stomach, pains in side and back and general disability."

 

Identified his birth date as Aug, 1839

 

Notes for Thirza Louise Thompson:

 

Obituary from Warren newspaper, (picture of newspaper clipping supplied by Donna Duncan 03-MAR-2000)

 

MRS. T. L. CURTIS BURIED

 

Many People From Away Attend the

 

Funeral Services in North Warren

 

NORTH WARREN, Nov. 13 - The funeral of Mrs. Tirzah L. Curtis was held last Friday from her late home here. Rev. Benjamin Swain, pastor of the North warren Presbyterian Church, officiating. Music was by Isabell Buck and the bearers were: Frank N. curtis, Clyde T. Curtis, Harry A. Curtis, W. F. grerr, W. W. Thompson and A. A. Van Vleck. Interment was in the Oakland Cemetary at Warren.

 

Among those present from away were: Mrs. Grace Harmon of Bradford, Dr. H. A. Curtis, Master George Curtis, and Miss Coletta Bennett of Corry, Mrs. Edith De Van and Tom Warren of Hankinson, North Dakota: Will W. Thompson of Ridgway: Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Gregg, Miss Ethel Gregg and Burr Turner of Kane: Elmer Thompson, Emory Thompson, Mrs. Sidney Thompson, Mrs. Luella Jenkins, Mr. and Mrs. Lavern Saddler and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Jones of Russell: Mr. and Mrs. Frank N. Curtis and daughter Marie of Fluvanna: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde T. Curtis and daughters Audrey and Cora and son Nelson M. B. curtis and A. A. Van Vleck of Jamestown: Frank Knapp, Mr. and Mrs. William Creal, Mrs. Eva Kyler and Mrs. Jennie Burke of Warren.

 

While Nelson's wife's name may be misspelled her age and birth state match known demographics.

 

Nelson Parker Curtis and Thirza Louise Thompson had the following children:

 

i.        CORA MAY7 CURTIS was born on 16 Jun 1860 in Correwango, Warren, Pennsylvania. She died on 26 Jan 1910 in North Warren, Warren Co., Pennsylvania.

 

  140.          ii.   ANNA ELIZA CURTIS was born on 05 Mar 1864 in Farmington, Warren, Pennsylvania. She died on 10 Feb 1939 in North Warren, Warren Co., Pennsylvania. She married Ira C. Miller on 27 Nov 1884 in Correwango, Warren, Pennsylvania. He died on 08 Sep 1926.

 

iii.      AMANDA FITZALASS CURTIS was born on 26 Feb 1867 in Glade, Warren, Pennsylvania. She died on 05 Apr 1913 in St. Cloud, Florida. She married (1) OSCAR F. SPENCER on 27 Jan 1886. He died on 14 Feb 1904 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. She married (2) ERNEST ONIEOLS on 08 Jun 1905 in Warren, Warren Co., Pennsylvania.

 

   141.          iv.  FRANK NELSON CURTIS was born on 29 Oct 1869 in Correwango, Warren, Pennsylvania. He died on 07 May 1931 in Jamestown, New York. He married Ella M. Loucks on 19 Jul 1892 in Jamestown, New York. She was born in Feb 1873 in Jamestown, New York.

 

   142.          v. CLYDE THOMPSON CURTIS was born on 20 Dec 1875 in Correwango, Warren, Pennsylvania. He died on 26 Jun 1948. He married Evaline Leona Brownell on 08 Apr 1897 in Frewsburg, NY. She was born on 29 Sep 1878. She died on 23 Oct 1972.

 

   143.          vi. HARRISON ALLEN CURTIS was born on 25 Oct 1882 in Correwango, Warren, Pennsylvania. He died on 07 Oct 1972 in Corry, Erie Co., Pennsylvania. He married Grace Evelyn Bennett, daughter of George Washington Bennett and Ellen Brownell on 01 Jun 1904 in North Warren, Warren Co., Pennsylvania. She was born on 06 Sep 1885 in North Warren, Warren Co., Pennsylvania. She died on 29 Nov 1955 in Corry, Erie Co., Pennsylvania.

 

   144.          vii. MABEL ALENA CURTIS was born on 18 Dec 1884 in Correwango, Warren, Pennsylvania. She died on 19 Apr 1912 in Jamestown, New York. She married George Everett Bennett, son of George Washington Bennett and Ellen Brownell on 10 May 1905 in North Warren, Warren Co., Pennsylvania. He was born on 14 Jul 1883 in Fentonville, NY. He died in Oct 1971.

24.      WELLINGTON WILSON7 CURTIS (Asa5, William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born on 21 Oct 1823 in Sugar Grove, Warren Co., Pennsylvania. He died on 08 Mar 1889 in Rock Island, Rock Island Co., Illinois. He married ELIZA BOWES. She was born on 27 Nov 1833 in Crocknaboghill, Co. Fermanagh, N. I.. She died in 1915 in Bowling Twp., Rock Island Co., Illinois.

 

Notes for Wellington Wilson Curtis:

 

Wellington W. Curtis came to Illinois on June 2, l836. Commenced running as a teamster on the Mississippi River about 1839. Continued this about seven years. Was in Mexico at the time of the Mexican War. Spent 2 years in Minnesota as a lumberman at some time in the l840's. (Reference: l877 History of Rock Island Co.)

 

After marriage in Rock Island County in 1851, Wellington farmed a farm in Bowling Township, Rock Island Co., Ill. which he purchased from his step-sister's husband, Morgan Furguson. His family of nine children were born on raised on this farm, where Wellington died of Parkinson's Disease in 1889.

 

Wellington Wilson Curtis and Eliza Bowes had the following children:

 

83.            i. WILLIAM8 CURTIS was born on 08 May 1852 in Bowling Twp., Rock Island Co., Illinois. He died in Harlan, Iowa. He married Alice Unknown in Iowa. She was born about 1856 in Iowa.

 

84.            ii. ROBERT JAMES CURTIS was born on 18 Mar 1858 in Bowling Twp., Rock Island Co., Illinois. He died on 11 Nov 1932 in Iowa. He married Ida May Smith on 08 Oct 1884 in Iowa. She was born on 25 Jul 1862 in Dallas Co., Iowa. She died on 12 Nov 1923.

 

85.            iii. EMMA CURTIS was born on 11 Jan 1860 in Bowling Twp., Rock Island Co., Illinois. She died on 05 Feb 1927 in Colorado. She married Seth W. Slater on 23 Feb 1881. He was born on 14 Apr 1859 in Perryton Twp., Mercer Co., Illinois. He died on 24 May 1929.

 

86.            iv. FRANCIS NELSON CURTIS was born on 28 Mar 1862 in Bowling Twp., Rock Island Co., Illinois. He died in 1943 in East Moline, Ill.. He married Effa Eudora "Dora" Smith in Jan 1885. She was born on 16 Sep 1866 in Mercer County, Illinois. She died in Jan 1960.

 

87.            v. MINOR WARREN CURTIS was born on 26 Jan 1864 in Bowling Twp., Rock Island Co., Illinois. He died on 22 May 1925 in Bowling Twp., Rock Island Co., Illinois. He married Clara E. Tindall on 10 Mar 1887 in Rock Island, Rock Island Co., Illinois. She died on 04 Jul 1917 in Milan, Rock Island Co., Illinois.

 

88.            vi. THOMAS ASA CURTIS was born on 12 Feb 1867 in Bowling Twp., Rock Island Co., Illinois. He died on 19 Oct 1945 in Reynolds, Illinois. He married Rebecca Moffitt on 22 Mar 1893 in Reynolds, Illinois. She was born on 11 Jul 1863 in Bowling Twp., Rock Island Co., Illinois. She died on 04 Mar 1946 in Rock Island, Rock Island Co., Illinois.

 

89.            vii. LYDIA MAY CURTIS was born on 06 Jul 1875 in Bowling Twp., Rock Island Co., Illinois. She died on 26 Nov 1938 in Bowling Twp., Rock Island Co., Illinois. She married David W. Rathbun on 23 Dec 1896 in M.E. Parsonage, Preemption, Illinois. He was born in Feb 1873 in Preemption, Illinois. He died in Aug 1954 in New Windsor, Mercer Co., Illinois.

 

                    viii.    NELLIE GRACE CURTIS was born on 07 Oct 1878 in Bowling Twp., Rock Island Co., Illinois. She died on 18 Apr 1957 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She married

                              John S. Blayney on 17 Sep 1902 in Presby. Manse, Rock Island, Illinois. He died in Aug 1951 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

 

Notes for Nellie Grace Curtis:

 

Nellie Grace Curtis married John Blayney September 17, 1902 at the

Presbyterian parsonage in Rock Island, Ill.

 

She was superintendent of a girl's home in Fort Wayne for several years.

 

Her husband John Blayney died August 1951.  Both he and Nellie died at Fort Wayne, Indiana, where they had lived several years.

Listed in census at age 1.

 

90.            ix. MARY JANE CURTIS was born on 19 Aug 1853 in Bowling Twp., Rock Island Co., Illinois. She died on 24 Mar 1897 in Taylor Ridge, Illinois. She married (1) JAMES MOFFITT on 08 Jan 1880 in Bowling Twp., Rock Island Co., Illinois. He was born on 11 Dec 1851 in Bowling Twp., Rock Island Co., Illinois. He died on 09 Aug 1936 in Bowling Twp., Rock Island Co., Illinois. She married an unknown spouse on 08 Jan 1880 in Bowling Twp., Rock Island Co., Illinois.

 

25.      AMASA6 CURTIS (Francis5, William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born on 24 Jun 1771 in Ashford, Windham Co, CT. He died on 05 Nov 1834 in Wyoming Co, NY. He married Eunice Richmond on

16  Sep 1794 in Peru, Berkshire Co, MA. She died in Wyoming Co, NY.

 

Notes for Amasa Curtis:

 

Amasa Curtis of Middlebury executed a will on Nov. 5, 1834, filed Surrogate's Office, Genesee Co., N.Y. [FC026]. The following heirs were named:

 

Eunice

widow

Linus

eldest son

Edmund

 

second son

Francis Waterman

youngest son

Betsey, wife of _______ Webster, oldest dau.

Eunice, wife of Isaac  Andrus

Lydia, wife of Nathaniel Frank

Laura, youngest daughter

 

Francis W. Curtis was named executor and Calvin and Levi Curtis were witnesses.

 

Amasa Curtis and Eunice Richmond had the following children:

 

i.        LINUS7 CURTIS was born on 01 Nov 1795 in Peru, Berkshire Co, MA.

 

ii.       BETSEY CURTIS was born on 13 Sep 1797 in Peru, Berkshire Co, MA.

 

iii.      EDMOND CURTIS was born on 04 Mar 1800 in Peru, Berkshire Co, MA.

 

iv.      EUNICE CURTIS was born on 19 Oct 1802 in Peru, Berkshire Co, MA.

 

v.       FRANCIS WATERMAN CURTIS was born on 07 May 1805 in Peru, Berkshire Co, MA.

 

26.      COMFORT6 CURTIS SR (Francis5, William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born on 18 Nov 1773 in Ashford, Windham Co, CT. He died on 04 Jun 1831 in Middlebury, Genesee Co, New York (Warsaw Village Cemetery, Wyoming Co, NY). He married Priscilla A. Whitney, daughter of Jabez Whitney and Experience Fairbanks on 02 Apr 1793 in Peru, Berkshire Co, MA. She was born on 04 Feb 1774 in Wrentham, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts. She died on 08 Oct 1845 in Middlebury, Genesee Co, New York (Warsaw Village Cemetery, Wyoming Co, NY).

 

Notes for Comfort Curtis Sr:

 

From "History of Wyoming Co"

 

"Among the early settlers in 1803 were Jonathan Curtis, at Wright's Corners, and Edmund Curtis on the Warsaw Road."

 

"There were three of the Curtis brothers- Edmund, Calvin and Comfort."

 

Taken from records of the Holland Land Company:

 

Jotham Curtiss 1803 lots 3,4,7,4,6, and 8, section 15

Edmund Curtis 1801, lots 4 and 6, section 14

Edmund Curtis 1805, lots 2,4, and 6, section 13

Jonathan Curtis 1806, part of lots 3,5,7,4,6, and 8, section 15

Edmund Curtis 1806, part of lots 4 and 6, section 14

Edmund Curtis 1806, lots 10 and 12, section 9

Edmund Curtis 1806, lots 7 and 9, section 13

 

Comfort was born in Ashford, CT and moved with his parents to Peru, MA, where he married Priscilla.

 

The following was compiled by Mrs. Bertha A. Knowlton;

 

"From the indices to the various census records it appears that Comfort Curtis was living in Berkshire Co, Mass in 1800, then moved to Middlebury, Genesee Co, NY (in the area that was set off as Wyoming Co in 1841), where he is listed in the 1810, 1820, and 1830 census schedules."

 

Comfort is listed in the 1798 Massachusetts and Maine Direct Tax Census with a log house and 100 acres in Partridgefield (now Peru), Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Mrs. Martha Beardsley (1907) indicates that Comfort removed to Middlebury, Wyoming County, New York, where he settled on a farm on the east side of Oatka Creek. In 1810, he is listed in the census for Warsaw, Genesee (now Wyoming) County, New York.

 

By will of 17 May 1831, Cumfort bequeaths several tracts of land and part of his home farm to his wife Priscilla and his youngest son Spencer L. Curtis, Spencer to have the whole after the death of Priscilla. Three tracts were involved (two were of 6 and 32 acres and the last including part of his home farm), all in Middlebury on the east side of Allens Creek bounded by the lands of Lyman Howard, Oliver Curtis and Levi Curtis. The remainder of Cumfort's land he wished divided among his three eldest sons and three daughters. Priscilla Curtis and Cumfort's brother Oliver were named Executors. Witnesses were John Higgins, Hosea Fisk and Truman Fisk.

 

By codicil of 4 June 1831, however, Cumfort indicated that Spencer and Cumfort's eldest son Cumfort should divide all his lands after the death of Priscilla and that Cumfort's other heirs should not share in his estate. Witnesses were John Higgins, Ezra Smith and Truman Fisk, all of Middlebury. The will was proved on 29 August 1831.

 

Oliver Curtiss swore on 29 Aug 1831 that Priscilla Curtis was the widow of Cumfort Curtis and that his children were Ransom Curtis and Sally Goodrich of Chautauqua County and Cumfort Curtis, Levi Curtis and Caroline Cronkite, all of full age and residing in Genesee County, and Polly Curtis and Spencer L. Curtis, who were minors residing in Genesee County.

 

Comfort Curtis of Middlebury executed a will dated June 17, 1831 with a codicil of June 4. 1831. This was filed in the Surrogate's Office, Genesee Co., N.Y. and proved Aug. 29, 1831. The will named as heirs his widow Priscilla, his eldest son Comfort Jr., and sons Levi and Spencer L., a minor. Also named were a daughter, Sally, wife of Peter Goodrich of Chautauqua Co., N.Y., Caroline wife of Tunis Cronkhite of Genesee Co., N.Y., and Polly Curtis, a minor, together with his brother Oliver Curtis.

 

On Comfort's headstone:

 

Death the conqueror of mankind

 

Has hurled his dart at me

My body in the grave confined

As all mankind must lie.

 

Comfort Curtis Sr and Priscilla A. Whitney had the following children:

 

   67.            i. COMFORT7 CURTIS JR was born on 16 Apr 1797 in Peru, Berkshire Co, MA. He died in Buste, Chautauqua Co, NY. He married BETHIA KNAPP.

 

   68.            ii. SARAH "SALLY" CURTIS was born on 02 Apr 1799 in Peru, Berkshire Co, MA. She died in 1848 in Aurora Kane Co, Illinois. She married Peter M Goodrich, son of Unknown Goodrich and Unknown about 1821 in Middlebury, Genesee Co, NY. He was born on 17 Aug 1795 in Middlebury, Addison Co, Vermont. He died on 14 Nov 1888 in Myron, Allamakee Co, IA.

 

   69.            iii. RANSOM B. CURTIS was born on 20 Aug 1803 in Middlebury, Genesee Co, New York. He died on 16 Apr 1876 in Sugar Grove, Warren Co, PA. He married BETSEY WELLS. She died about 1840 in Buste, Chautauqua Co, NY. He married MARY PRATT. She was born about 1816 in New York. She died before 1880 in Sugar Grove, Warren Co, PA.

 

   70.            iv. LEVI CURTIS was born on 19 Aug 1804 in Peru, Berkshire Co, MA. He died on 23 May 1867 in Middlebury, Wyoming Co, New York (Warsaw Village Cemetery, Wyoming Co, NY). He married Climena Priscilla Roberts on 16 Mar 1826 in Middlebury, Genesee Co, New York. She was born about 1807. She died between 1860-1870 in Middlebury, Wyoming Co, NY.

 

v.       ELIZABETH "BETSEY" CURTIS was born in Middlebury, Genesee Co, New York. She died in Jul 1810 in Middlebury, Genesee Co, New York.

 

vi.      LYMAN CURTIS was born in Middlebury, Genesee Co, New York. He died before 1831 in Middlebury, Genesee Co, New York.

 

   71.            vii. CAROLINE CURTIS was born in 1810 in Middlebury, Genesee Co, New York. She died in Ionia Co, MI. She married TUNIS CRONKHITE. He was born on 14 Aug 1808 in Montgomery Co, NY. He died after 1870 in Berlin, Ionia Co, MI.

 

viii.    MARY "POLLY" CURTIS was born about 1815 in Middlebury, Genesee Co, New York. She died after 1845 in Illinois. He died in Illinois.

 

Notes for Mary "Polly" Curtis:

 

Mary was single and listed as a minor in 1831 in her father's will. Her father calls her "Polly" in the will.

 

   72.            ix. SPENCER LYMAN CURTIS was born on 28 Nov 1819 in Middlebury, Genesee Co, New York. He died on 12 Mar 1872 in Middlebury, Wyoming Co., New York (Warsaw Village Cemetery, Wyoming Co, NY). He married Augusta A. Maklem, daughter of Sanford Maklem and Clarissa Unknown before 1844 in Middlebury, Wyoming Co, New York. She was born on 18 Oct 1821 in Perry, Wyoming Co, NY. She died on 30 Aug 1886 in Middlebury, Wyoming Co., New York (Warsaw Village Cemetery, Wyoming Co, NY).

 

27.      CALVIN6 CURTIS (Francis5, William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born on 25 Jul 1778 in Ashford, Windham Co, CT. He died on 22 Jul 1848 in Wyoming Co, NY (Warsaw Village Cemetery, Wyoming Co, NY). He married (1) JEMIMA THOMPSON on 09 Nov 1802 in Peru, Berkshire Co, MA. She died before 1806 in Peru, Berkshire Co, MA. He married (2) POLLY CLAPP on 11 May 1806 in Peru, Berkshire Co, MA. He married (3) NANCY HIBBARD STORRS on 07 Nov 1823 in New York. She was born in 1789. She died on 27 Dec 1865 in Wyoming Co, NY (Warsaw Village Cemetery, Wyoming Co, NY).

 

Calvin Curtis and Polly Clapp had the following children:

 

i.        EMERA7 CURTIS was born in 1808 in Genesee Co, NY. He died on 08 Aug 1811 in Genesee Co, NY (Wyoming Village Cemetery, Middlebury, Wyoming Co, NY).

 

ii.       HARRIET CURTIS was born in 1810 in Genesee Co, NY. She died on 21 Aug 1811 in Genesee Co, NY (Wyoming Village Cemetery, Middlebury, Wyoming Co, NY).

 

Notes for Harriet Curtis: On Harriet's headstone:

 

Slumber precious heaps of dust Free from earthly care and pain

 

Till He whose voice the tombs shall burst And call you back to life again.

 

iii.      ALMERSON CURTIS was born in 1812 in Genesee Co, NY. He died on 20 Sep 1814 in Genesee Co, NY (Wyoming Village Cemetery, Middlebury, Wyoming Co, NY).

 

Calvin Curtis and Nancy Hibbard Storrs had the following children:

 

iv.      SEMANTHA CURTIS was born in 1825 in Genesee Co, NY. She died on 06 Jan 1839 in Genesee Co, NY (Warsaw Village Cemetery, Wyoming Co, NY).

 

   73.            v.    D. STORRS CURTIS was born in 1829 in Genesee Co, NY. He died in 1905 in Wyoming Co, NY (Warsaw Village Cemetery, Wyoming Co, NY). He married

                        AMANDA H UNKNOWN. She was born in 1828. She died in 1919 in Wyoming Co, NY (Warsaw Village Cemetery, Wyoming Co, NY).

 

28.      OLIVER6 CURTIS (Francis5, William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born about 1783. He married BETSEY UNKNOWN. She was born in 1787. She died on 27 Jun 1834 in Genesee Co, NY (Wyoming Village Cemetery, Middlebury, Wyoming Co, NY).

 

Notes for Betsey Unknown: On Betsey's headstone:

 

Sleep sweet consort unmolested Till all earthly things shall ceas Then may thou in glory vested Rise to meet thy God in peace.

 

Oliver Curtis and Betsey Unknown had the following children:

 

i.        SYLVESTER7 CURTIS was born in 1817 in Genesee Co, NY. He died on 01 Jul 1826 in Genesee Co, NY (Wyoming Village Cemetery, Middlebury, Wyoming Co, NY).

 

ii.       SALOME C CURTIS was born in 1810 in Genesee Co, NY. She died in Aug 1817 in Genesee Co, NY (Wyoming Village Cemetery, Middlebury, Wyoming Co, NY).

 

29.      ORPHA6 CURTIS (Francis5, William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born about 1786 in Hinsdale, Berkshire Co, MA. She died on 12 Apr 1854 in Orangeville, Wyoming Co., New York. She married James Atherton Webster, son of Constant Webster and Lois Kinne on 10 Jul 1804 in Peru, Berkshire Co, MA. He was born on 03 Apr 1783 in Worthington, MA. He died on 14 Apr 1864 in Orangeville, Wyoming Co, NY.

 

James Atherton Webster and Orpha Curtis had the following children:

 

   74.            i. JAMES CONSTANT7 WEBSTER was born on 20 May 1823 in Warsaw, Wyoming Co, NY. He died on 02 Apr 1852 in St Francisberg, Clark Co, MO. He married ELLEN PHILLIPS. She was born about 1825.

 

ii.       POLLY WEBSTER was born about 1805 in New York.

 

iii.      CHLOE WEBSTER was born about 1806 in New York.

 

iv.      BETSEY SMITH WEBSTER was born about 1808 in Orangeville, Wyoming Co, NY. She married PHILO MERRILL. He was born about 1806.

 

   75.            v. SARAH WEBSTER was born on 22 Feb 1811 in Orangeville, Wyoming Co, NY. She died on 13 May 1885 in Salem, Marion Co, IL. She married Martial Bristol Crossett, son of Jacob Crossett Jr and Sarah Dunning on 23 Dec 1832 in Orangeville, Wyoming Co, NY. He was born on 14 Dec 1806 in Castletown, Rutland Co, VT. He died on 12 Oct 1877 in Orangeville, Wyoming Co, NY.

 

vi.      CHARLES WEBSTER was born on 14 May 1813 in Orangeville, Wyoming Co, NY. He married THANKFUL MERRILL.

 

vii.     LYDIA WEBSTER was born on 22 Jul 1815 in Warsaw, Wyoming Co, NY. She married ALBERT CROSSETT.

 

viii.    MARY ANN WEBSTER was born on 11 Feb 1818 in Orangeville, Wyoming Co, NY. She married GILES EASTON COWDIN.

 

ix.      ORPAH WEBSTER was born on 30 Oct 1820 in Orangeville, Wyoming Co, NY. She married SAMUEL GIBSON.

 

x.       FRANCIS CURTIS WEBSTER was born on 09 Mar 1829 in Warsaw, Wyoming Co, NY. He married MARY PANE SHIPMAN.

 

xi.      GEORGE WASHINGTON WEBSTER was born on 08 Jul 1833 in Wethersfield, NY. He married MINERVA BOOTH.

 

   76.            xii. ELIZA ANNA WEBSTER was born on 08 May 1826 in New York. She died on 02 Mar 1880 in Chicago, Cook Co, IL. She married Sheldon B Crossett, son of Jacob Crossett Jr and Sarah Dunning on 27 Jan 1848. He was born on 26 May 1820 in Orangeville, Wyoming Co, NY. He died on 21 Apr 1900 in Montpelier, Stutzman Co, ND.

 

30.      STEPHEN6 CURTIS (Jeremiah5, Benjamin4, Joshua3, Benjamin2, Francis1).

 

Stephen Curtis had the following child:

 

   77.            i.   GEORGE W.7 CURTIS.

 

Generation 7

 

31.      RANSOM7 CURTIS (Joseph6, Ransom5, William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born on 08 Sep 1794 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. He died on 03 Feb 1879 in South Bend, St. Joseph Co., Indiana. She died in 1836 in Painesville, Lake Co., Ohio. He married (2) E LIZABETH UNKNOWN on 01 Jan 1839 in Chardon, Geauga Co., Ohio. She was born about 1801 in New Jersey.

 

Notes for Ransom Curtis:

 

Service identified from data on file at the National Archives

Listed in the census at age 55 and born in Connecticut.  His occupation was recorded as farming.

 

He served in the War of 1812 and from data on file at the National Archives, Washington, D.C. we find that he married, first, Mary Venn, who died in 1836 at Painesville, Lake County, Ohio.

 

As his second wife he married on January 1, 1839 at Chardon, LaGrange County, Ohio, Elizabeth, widow of Henry Winter.

 

According to the index to the 1840 census for Ohio he was living in Madison township, Lake County at that time.

 

Sometime before 1850 the family moved to Portage township, St. Joseph County, Indiana, and in the census of that year was enum-erated as Ransom, age 55, farming, b. Conn.; Elizabeth, b. N.J., age 49; Andrews I., b. N.Y., age 16, occupation teaming; and Nelson A., b. Ohio, age 10.

 

Ransom Curtis died on February 3, 1879 at So. Bend, Ind. His widow, Elizabeth, was living in May of that year, and was of age 76.

 

Notes for Mary Venn:

 

He served in the War of 1812 and from data on file at the National Archives, Washington, D.C. we find that he married, first, Mary Venn, who died in 1836 at Painesville, Lake County, Ohio.

 

As his second wife he married on January 1, 1839 at Chardon, LaGrange County, Ohio, Elizabeth, widow of Henry Winter.

 

According to the index to the 1840 census for Ohio he was living in Madison township, Lake County at that time.

 

Sometime before 1850 the family moved to Portage township, St. Joseph County, Indiana, and in the census of that year was enumerated as Ransom, age 55, farming, b. Conn.; Elizabeth, b. N.J., age 49; Andrews I., b. N.Y., age 16, occupation teaming; and Nelson.

 

Ransom Curtis and Mary Venn had the following child:

 

i.        ANDREW I.8 CURTIS was born about 1834.

 

Notes for Andrew I. Curtis:

 

His birth year was estimated from the 1850 census recorded age. Also his birth state is identified in the same census record.

His age recorded in the census was 16, and hew was identified as born in New York.

 

Ransom Curtis and Elizabeth Unknown had the following child:

 

ii.       NELSON A. CURTIS was born about 1840 in Ohio.

 

Notes for Nelson A. Curtis:

 

His birth year is estimated from the recorded age in the 1850 census. The census also listed his birth state as Ohio.

He was listed in the census at age 10 and born in Ohio.

 

32.      JOSEPH7 CURTIS (Joseph6, Ransom5, William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born on 05 Feb 1796 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. He married LOUISA RYDER. She was born in 1799 in Tolland, Tolland Co., Connecticut.

 

Notes for Joseph Curtis:

 

Listed in the 1850 census at age 52 and the 1860 census at age 65. The 1850 census also identified his occupation as farmer.

 

Joseph Curtis and Louisa Ryder had the following children:

 

i.        EMILY8 CURTIS was born about 1833 in Ohio.

 

Notes for Emily Curtis:

 

The birth year was estimated from the recorded age in the 1860 census.

Listed in the 1850 census at age 18 and the 1860 census at age 27. In the 1850 census she was identified as the twin sister of Emeline.

 

ii.       EMELINE CURTIS was born about 1833 in Concord, Lake Co., Ohio.

 

Notes for Emeline Curtis:

 

Her age was estimated from the 1860 census recorded age.

Listed in the 1850 census at age 18 and the 1860 census at age 27. In the 1850 census she was identified as the twin sister of Emily.

 

iii.      JOSEPH CURTIS was born about 1835 in Ohio.

 

Notes for Joseph Curtis:

 

His birth year was estimated from the 1860 census recorded age. Listed in the 1850 census at age 15 and the 1860 census at age 25.

 

iv.      LAURA A. CURTIS was born about 1839 in Ohio.

 

Notes for Laura A. Curtis:

 

Her birth year was estimated from the recorded age in the 1850 census. Listed in the 1850 census at age 11.

 

v.       MARY CURTIS was born about 1841 in Ohio.

 

Notes for Mary Curtis:

 

Her birth year was estimated from the recorded age in the 1860 census. Listed in the 1860 census at age 19.

 

33.      HORACE7 CURTIS (Joseph6, Ransom5, William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born on 07 Nov 1797 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. He died on 01 Nov 1839 in Mentor, Lake Co., Ohio. He married Harriet Turner on 13 Oct 1823 in Albany, Albany Co., New York. She was born on 09 Mar 1802. She died in 1886.

 

Notes for Horace Curtis:

 

The name listed n the census was "Horrice Curtiss"

 

Notes for Harriet Turner:

 

Horace's 1812 war record gives her birth date as March 9, 1802.

 

According to Horace's 1812 war record his widow, Harriet, died in 1886.

 

Census identified head of household was widow Harriet Curtis. Her age was listed at 47 and her birth state was New York.

 

At the 1870 census, Painesville, Harriet Curtis, age 68, was living in the househld of her daughter, Angeline Grover, age 42, b. N.Y., husband Alonzo Grover, age 43, b. Ohio, and their three children. Harriet is also included in the family of her son, Zerah, at the same census.

 

The marriage certificate was signed by his brothers, Joseph and Zerah H. Curtis.

 

Horace Curtis and Harriet Turner had the following children:

 

i.        ZERAH HIRAM8 CURTIS was born on 28 Sep 1824.

 

ii.       HARRIET ELIZABETH CURTIS was born on 22 May 1826.

 

Notes for Harriet Elizabeth Curtis: Birth state came from the 1850 census.

 

Her age was listed at 24 and her birth state was recorded as New York.

 

iii.      MARY ANGELINE CURTIS was born on 31 Dec 1827. She married ALONZO GROVER. He was born about 1827 in Ohio.

 

Notes for Mary Angeline Curtis:

 

Her birth state came from the 1850 census.

Her age was listed at 22 and her birth state was recorded as New York. Listed in the census at age 43 living with her husband, Alonzo Grover.

 

iv.      JOSEPH HORACE CURTIS was born on 09 Apr 1830.

 

v.       ELI SAMUEL CURTIS was born on 23 Nov 1833 in Ohio. He died on 25 Jul 1854.

 

Notes for Eli Samuel Curtis:

 

His age was listed at 16, and the birth state was recorded as Ohio.

 

vi.      AMANDA MALVINA CURTIS was born on 13 Aug 1837 in Ohio. She married Charles Cady on 18 Aug 1857.

 

Notes for Amanda Malvina Curtis:

 

Her biirth state came from the 1850 census.

Her age was listed at 13 and her birth state was recorded as Ohio.

 

vii.     MARCIA CURTIS was born about 1839 in Ohio.

 

Notes for Marcia Curtis:

 

The birth year was estimated from the recorded age in the 1850 census. Her birth state also came from the census.

Her age recorded in the census was 11.  Her birth state was recorded as Ohio.

 

34.      ZERA7 CURTIS (Joseph6, Ransom5, William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born on 20 Dec 1805 in Cambridge, Washington Co., New York. He married ACHSA UNKNOWN. She was born about 1812 in Vermont.

Notes for Zera Curtis:

 

In the 1850 census he was listed at age 44, occupation farmer.

Listed in the census at age 65, occupation farmer.

 

Notes for Achsa Unknown:

 

The birth year and state were derived from the 1850 census. Listed in the census at age 38 and born in Vermont.

She is listed as 'Aclsah' and her age was 54 and her birth sate was New York. These are significant discrepancies from the 1850 census.

 

Zera Curtis and Achsa Unknown had the following children:

 

i.        RHODA8 CURTIS was born about 1830.

 

Notes for Rhoda Curtis:

 

Her birth year and state were derived from the 1850 census. Listed in the census at age 20 and born in New York.

 

ii.       CLARISSA CURTIS was born about 1833.

 

Notes for Clarissa Curtis:

 

The birth year and state were derived from the 1850 census. Listed in the census at age 17 and born in New York.

 

iii.      MARCUS CURTIS was born about 1835.

 

Notes for Marcus Curtis:

 

The birth year and state were derived from the 1850 census. Listed in the census at age 15 and born in New York.

 

iv.      MARTHA CURTIS was born about 1841 in Michigan.

 

Notes for Martha Curtis:

 

The birth year and state were derived from the 1850 census. Listed in the census at age 9 and born in Michigan.

 

v.       HORACE Z. CURTIS was born in Sep 1845 in Ohio.

 

Notes for Horace Z. Curtis:

 

The birth year was derived from the 1900 census. The birth state was derived from the 1850 census.

Listed in the census at age 4 and born in Ohio.

Listed in the census at age 24, born in New York, occupation carpenter.

 

35.      ORLANDO7 CURTIS (Joseph6, Ransom5, William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born on 20 Jul 1812 in Lee, Oneida Co, New York. He married MARTHA UNKNOWN. She was born about 1823 in New York.

 

Notes for Orlando Curtis:

 

Orlando migrated with his parents to Ohio and at the 1850 census was living in Painesville, Lake County in that state. The family con-sisted of Orlando Curtiss [sic], blacksmith, age 37, be N.Y.; Martha, b. N.Y., age 27; Emeline, age 5, b. Ohio; Louisa E., b. Ohio, Age 2; and Rebecca Dayton,'age 52, b. Canada.

The family has not been identified in Painesville, Ohio in either the 1860 or 1870 census schedules.

 

The Compiler  has no further record of him.

 

The list of children is probably incomplete.

 

Notes for Martha Unknown:

 

Her birth year and state was derived from the 1850 census.

Listed in the census at age 27 and born in New York.

 

Orlando Curtis and Martha Unknown had the following children:

 

i.        EMELINE8 CURTIS was born about 1845 in Ohio.

 

Notes for Emeline Curtis:

 

The birth year and state were derived from the 1850 census. Listed in the census at age 5, born in Ohio.

 

ii.       LOUISA E. CURTIS was born about 1848 in Ohio.

 

Notes for Louisa E. Curtis:

 

The birth year and state were derived from the 1850 census. Listed in the census at age 2 and born in Ohio.

 

36.      IRA7 CURTIS (Joseph6, Ransom5, William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born on 06 Jul 1822. He died on 01 Jan 1903. She was born in Jan 1824. She died on 08 Feb 1860.

 

Notes for Ira Curtis:

 

Benjamin was listed in census at age 28, occupation sawyer, and in the household of Benjamin Poster (age 32 and unmarried).

He is listed in the census at age 48 and occupation farmer.

He is listed in the census living in the family of his son, Addison G. Curtis.

 

Notes for Lavina Goodell:

 

According to Reference [FC026] he married Lavina Goodell, who was born Jan. 1824, daughter of Nathan Phillips and Hannah Mead (Griswold) Goodell.

 

He removed with his parents to Ohio and at the 1850 census was listed as Ira Curtis., age 28, sawyers in the household of Benjamin Poster, age 32, unmarried in Mentor District 171, Lake County. Ohio. He remained there at least through 1857 when his second child was born.

 

Sometime before 1870 he removed to Loda, Iroquois County, Ill. where he is listed in the census of that year. The family consisted of Ira, age 48, farmer, b. N.Y.; Harriet, age 35, b. Michigan; Florence, age 16, b. Ohio; and Addison, age 13, b. Ohio.

 

At the 1900 census Ira Curtis, b. July 1822, New York, was living in Loda, Iroquois County, Ill., in the family of his son. Addison G. Curtis, q.v.

 

Ira Curtis died there in Jan. 1, 1903.  His wife died many years earlier on Feb. 8. 1860.

 

Ira Curtis and Lavina Goodell had the following children:

 

i.        FLORENCE8 CURTIS was born about 1854 in Mentor, Lake Co., Ohio.

Notes for Florence Curtis:

 

Her birth year was estimated from the recorded age in the 1870 census. The census also identified her birth state as Ohio.

 

She is listed in the census at age 16.

 

ii.       ADDISON GOODELL CURTIS was born in Feb 1857 in Mentor, Lake Co., Ohio.

 

Notes for Addison Goodell Curtis:

 

The 1900 census identified the birth month and year.

He is listed in the census at age 13 and his birth state was Ohio.

 

37.      ERASTUS7 CURTIS (Joseph6, Ransom5, William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born on 12 Dec 1828. He died on 07 Apr 1907 in Loda, Iroquois Co, Illinois. She was born in May 1827 in New York.

 

Notes for Erastus Curtis:

 

His name is not listed in the index to the 1850 census for New York so probably was not married, or was not living there at that time.

 

He removed to Illinois sometime before 1857 and at the 1900 census was listed In Loda Township, Iroquois County. The family consisted of himself, Erastus Curtis, b. N.Y. Dec. 1827, and his wife, Roxina, b. N.Y. May 1827.

 

According to Reference [?] he died there on April 7, 1907.

 

Erastus Curtis and Roxina Unknown had the following children:

 

i.        BYRON8 CURTIS was born in May 1857 in Loda, Iroquois Co., Illinois.

 

Notes for Byron Curtis:

 

Listed in the censu born in Illionois on May, 1857.

 

ii.       ALVIN CURTIS was born in May 1869 in Loda, Iroquois Co., Illinois.

 

Notes for Alvin Curtis:

 

Listed in the censu born in Illionois on May, 1869.

 

38.      WILLIAM7 CURTIS (William6, Ransom5, William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born on 20 May 1802 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. He died on 17 Mar 1879 in Adams, Gage Co., Nebraska. She was born on 04 Nov 1803 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. She died on

2    Sep 1885 in Adams, Gage Co., Nebraska.

 

Notes for William Curtis:

 

He married March 30, 1830 in Pleasantville, Venango Co., Penna. Laura Merrick, who was born Nov. 4, 1803, also in Willington. After marriage they removed to Chautauqua Co., N.Y. where he was a teacher in the city schools of Buffalo.

 

About 1843 the family removed to Indianna and later, for his health, he went to California in 1851, returning sixteen months later. Reference [FC142] also states that William joined the Pike's gold rush In the summer of 1860, when he was 58.

 

Then in 1861 he removed to Nebraska where he died in Adams, Gage Co. on Mar. 17, 1879, and his wife on Sept. 2, 1885. Both are buried in Highland Cemetery, Adams.

Notes for Laura Merrick:

 

William Curtis and Laura Merrick had the following children:

 

i. MARY IRENE8 C URTIS was born on 22 Oct 1831 in Barcelona, Chautauqua Co., New York. She died on 05 Apr 1911 in Adams, Gage Co., Nebraska. She married Horace C. Barmore on 06 Oct 1859 in Howard Twp., Cass Co., Michigan.

 

ii.       JULIA ANN CURTIS was born on 17 May 1833 in Portland, Chautauqua Co., New York. She died on 10 Oct 1839 in Chautauqua County, New York.

 

iii.      EDWIN L. CURTIS was born on 06 Oct 1835 in Chautauqua, Chautauqua Co., New York. He died on 11 Feb 1838 in Chautauqua County, New York.

 

iv.      WILLIAM AUSTIN CURTIS was born on 23 Aug 1838 in Westfield, Chautauqua Co., New York. He married ANN YOUNG PERKINS.

 

v.       SARAH ELLEN CURTIS was born on 22 Mar 1841 in Westfield, Chautauqua Co., New York. She died on 01 May 1852.

 

39.      HORACE7 CURTIS (William6, Ransom5, William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born on 09 Feb 1804 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut.

 

Notes for Sarah M. Unknown:

 

They were admitted to the Willington Congregational Church on April 4, 1830. On February 11, 1838 she was dismissed from the church and recommended to the church at Carrol, Chautauqua Co., New York.

 

Horace Curtis and Sarah M. Unknown had the following children:

 

i.        GEORGE8 CURTIS was born in 1833 in Pennsylvania.

 

ii.       HORACE CURTIS was born in 1838 in Pennsylvania.

 

iii.      ALFRED CURTIS was born in 1841 in Pennsylvania.

 

iv.      LEANDER CURTIS was born in 1843 in Pennsylvania.

 

v.       HARRIET CURTIS was born in 1845 in Indiana.

 

vi.      ANN MARIA CURTIS was born in 1848 in Indiana.

 

vii.     CALVIN CURTIS was born in 1853 in Indiana.

 

viii.    EMELINE CURTIS was born in 1857 in Indiana.

 

40.      ALFRED7 CURTIS (William6, Ransom5, William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born on 07 Jun 1809 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut.

 

Notes for Eunice Rider:

 

There is a record of marriage of Alfred Curtis and Eunice Rider, both of Willington, Conn. on Dec. 15, 1831 [FC117, Willington, D:l4].

 

The only information the Compiler [02] has on the family is the follow-ing inscription in the Willington Hill Old Cemetery [FC056, LXVII:65], "Henry, son of Alfred & Emma Curtis, died June 11, 1835, aged 8 weeks & 1 day." Note the discrepancy in the given name of the wife in the two instances.

 

The family is not listed in Tolland County in the 1850 census, nor are there gravestones for any of them, except Henry, in the Willington Hill Old Cemetery as published in [FC056, LXVII]. Did they move out of the area?

 

The children list is probably incomplete.

 

Alfred Curtis and Eunice Rider had the following child:

 

i.        HENRY8 CURTIS was born about 10 Apr 1835 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. He died on 11 Jun 1835 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut.

 

41.      OLIVER HOLT7 CURTIS (William6, Ransom5, William4, Francis3, John2, Francis1) was born on 30 Mar 1811 in Willington Hill, Tolland Co., Connecticut. He died on 27 Feb 1889 in Amherst, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts. She was born about 1811 in Ellington, Tolland Co, Connecticut. She died on

27  Mar 1888 in Amherst, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts.

 

Notes for Oliver Holt Curtis:

 

Listed in the census at age 39.

 

Oliver Holt Curtis of Willington married Emily Hills of Tolland. Conn. on Nov. 14, 1837, Abram Marsh officiating [FC117, Tolland, III: 36]. She was the daughter of Leonard and Mary (Ladd) Hills, born Ellington, Conn.

 

They removed to Amherst, Hampshire Co., Mass. where at the 1850 census the family was living with relatives of Oliver's wife. It consisted of Samuel Hills, age 52; Mary Hills, age 75; Oliver Curtis, age 39; Emily, age 39; Chiara, female, age 9; Emily A., age 4, and Frank, age 1. The adults were born in Connecticut; the children in Massachsuetts.

 

At the 1870 census, Amherst, it consisted of Oliver H., age 59, farmer; Emily, age 59; Charry, age 29, teacher; Emily, age 25, no occupation; Frank, age 21, works on farm; and Samuel Hills, age 72, farmer.

 

Emily H. Curtis died at Amherst on March 27, 1888. The remainder of the record is lost, a part of the first few pages of the volume being destroyed.

 

Oliver H. Curtis [sic] died at Amherst on Feb. 27, 1889, age 77, of apoplexy and carcinoma. He was a widower; b Willington. Conn.; father William Curtis, birthplace unknown; mother Mary Holt, b. Wallingford, Conn. He was buried in Amherst, Mass.

 

Notes for Emily Hills:

 

Her birth year is estimated from the recorded age in the 1850 census. The 1850 census also identifies her birth state as Connecticut.

 

Her age was listed in the census at 39 years. She along with all the adults were identified as being born in Connecticut.

 

Oliver Holt Curtis and Emily Hills had the following children:

 

i.        CHIARA8 CURTIS was born on 27 May 1841 in Amherst, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts. She married GEORGE PLIMPTON.

 

Notes for Chiara Curtis:

 

She is listed at 9 years old in the census.

She is listed at 29 years old in the census.  Her name is misspelled "Charry".

ii.       WILLIAM LEONARD CURTIS was born on 14 Mar 1843 in Amherst, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts.

 

iii.      EMILY AMELIA CURTIS was born on 17 Apr 1846 in Amherst, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts.

 

iv.      FRANK OLIVER CURTIS was born on 09 Sep 1848 in Amherst, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts.