CURTIS FAMILY

  From:
       "Joseph Burton" <ssburton@mediaone.net>
 
Also, as far as Curtis, from http://www.isd.net/pcurtis/, the website of
Thomas "the settler" Curtis?

Joseph5 Curtis (Thomas4, James3, Isaac2, Thomas1), son of Thomas Curtis and
Bridget Crandall, was born 16 February 1769 at Westerly, Washington County,
Rhode Island. He married ca. 1789 Elsa Diadema Brockway, daughter of Justus
Brockway and Alsa Gardner, at Stephentown, Rensselaer County, New York. She
was born 30 June 1773 at Stephentown. Both Joseph Curtis and Elsa Brockway
died ca. 1848. They are buried at Montrose, Lee County, Iowa.

It should be noted that assembling this family is still a work in process.
(This revision October 1997.) Mary Jane Curtis, a Utah descendant of
Benjamin Gardner Curtis, had LDS records listing seven children for Joseph,
Sr -- Loruhima, Mary Ann (Polly), Diadema, Benjamin Gardner, Uriah, Louisa,
and Elsa Ann. Thomas Curtis, an Illinois descendant of Joseph Curtis, Jr.,
had family records for Joseph, Jr. The real breakthrough on this family came
in the fall of 1997, when it was "discovered" that there was another record
of the children of Joseph Curtis, Sr., in possession of descendants of
Simeon Brockway Curtis, who had settled in Iowa in 1851. This list contained
12 names: Joseph, Jr., Rachel, Erastus, Simeon Brockway, Uriah, Phoebe,
Elsie, Garner (sic), Barbara, Polly, Lauramer (sic), and Sarah.

Joseph Curtis, Jr., born 1790-91, was likely the eldest of the sons; and it
was always understood by the Iowa people that Simeon Brockway, born 1811,
was the youngest of the family.

Joseph Curtis, Sr. would have been about about seven years old in 1776;
there is no record of service at the time of the Revolution. Joseph married
at Stephentown, New York and (apparently) all of his children were born
there.

It is not quite clear when Joseph moved to the Ohio country. "About 1818" is
an estimate. According to census records, Nelson7, son of Joseph, Jr., was
born in New York State in 1816. Complicating matters, though, is another
item of record; namely that the names of Joseph Curtis, Sr., and Joseph
Curtis, Jr., are found together in poll books for Sprigg Township, Adams
County, Ohio for the years 1810 and 1812. Adams County is just east of Brown
County. So perhaps the move was made earlier; or perhaps it was made in
steps.

"About 1818," then, Joseph, Sr. moved to Brown County, Ohio. In the 1830's
he moved again to Cain Township, Fountain County, Indiana. In 1836 he
homesteaded land in section 18 of that township, near the settlement of
Hillsboro. Joseph, Jr. homesteaded land nearby in section 20. Joseph, Sr.
resided there until about 1840, when he moved to Nauvoo, Hancock County,
Illinois.

He was baptised a Mormon and lived in Nauvoo when it was a Mormon city. He
is shown in tax lists as living in Kimball's Addition in 1842 and 1844. He
received a Patriarchal Blessing at the hands of William Smith, Patriarch to
the Church, in August, 1845.

According to LDS records he died in 1848, and is buried at Montrose, Lee
County, Iowa. Elsa Diadema Brockway died the same year and is buried at the
same place.

References

Mary Jane Curtis of Salt Lake City, Ut. - a descendant of Benjamin Gardner
Curtis. (1975)
Land records - Fountain County, In.
L.D.S. family group sheets submitted by Wayne Morris of El Centro, Ca. -- a
descendant of Erastus Curtis. (1984)
Jo (Curtis) Myers, Bret Kivell, and Roberta Turner; family records of George
Vance Curtis, in possession of Roberta Turner. (1997)
Tax records - Nauvoo Restoration Inc., Salt Lake City, Ut

Curtis Census:

Rensselaer Co., NY -- 1800 Census of Stephentown
Curtis, Joseph                  1 1 0 1 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 0

1807 CURTIS JOSEPH Adams County OH 006
No Township Listed Tax list OH
Early Census Index OHS1b888441

1807 CURTIS JOSEPH Adams County OH 006
No Township Listed Tax list OH
Early Census Index OHS1b888493

1808 CURTIS JOSEPH Adams County OH 006
Sprigg Tax List
OH Early Census Index OHS1b888401

1808 CURTIS JOSEPH Adams County OH 006
Sprigg Tax List
OH Early Census Index OHS1b888492

1810 CURTIS JOSEPH Adams County OH 011
Mixed Townships Tax List
OH 1810 Washington Co. Census Index OHS1b888440

1810 CURTIS JOSEPH Adams County OH 011
Mixed Townships Tax List
OH 1810 Washington Co. Census Index OHS1b888494

Name: Curtiss, Joseph
Census: p.18 1820 Census for Adams Co., OH (Sprigg Twp. district)
Enumeration: 000001-00001

1820 CURTIS JOSEPH Brown County OH 359
Eagle Township Federal Population Schedule
OH 1820 Federal Census Index OH320311467

1820 CURTIS JOSEPH JR. Brown County OH 387
Clark Township Federal Population Schedule
OH 1820 Federal Census Index OH320311485

1830 CURTIS JOSEPH Adams County OH 076
Sprigg Township Federal Population Schedule
OH 1830 Federal Census Index OH558453849

1830 CURTIS JOSEPH Brown County OH 476
Franklin Township Federal Population Schedule
OH 1830 Federal Census Index OH558453850

1840 CURTIS JOSEPH Brown County OH 245
Clark Township Federal Population Schedule
OH 1840 Federal Census Index OHS4a652242

1830 CURTIS JOSEPH Fountain County IN 137
No Township Listed Federal Population Schedule
IN 1830 Federal Census Index IN558453808

1840 CURTIS JOSEPH Fountain County IN 206
Cain Township Federal Population Schedule
IN 1840 Federal Census Index INS4a652257

1850 CURTIS JOSEPH Fountain County IN 127
Cain Township Federal Population Schedule
IN 1850 Federal Census Index INS7a1256659

1860 CURTIS JOSEPH Fountain County IN 834
Cain Township. Federal Population Schedule
IN 1860 Federal Census Index IN23270271

Land Purchases Fountain County, IN
CURTIS, JOSEPH  IN  05/15/1837  29190  IN3200__.301
CURTIS, JOSEPH  IN  09/10/1838  29191  IN3210__.070
CURTIS, JOSEPH  IN  05/15/1837  29267  IN3200__.372

Also, for Peter Sellers:

Peter Sellers married Mary Curtis February 18, 1820.  Peter died 8 Feb 1841
Pleasant, Brown Co. Ohio

Children were by Peter Sellers:

William Sellers b. abt 1821 Brown Co. Ohio

Alfred Sellers b. 5 Feb 1823 Brown Co. Ohio m.(1)Elizabeth Ann Kinnett 15
May 1841--m.(2) Matilda Peckenpaugh May 20, 1867 in Warren County, IL.
Alfred d. 2 Feb 1895, buried Cox Cemetery, Union Township,Harrison County,
Iowa