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Curtis line VA, SC, TN, MO, KY, OK, TX and CA (John and Fielding)

Journal by bonniecurtis

I am researching a very problematic Curtis line. There were fires in almost every county and state that this line lived in. This line starts in Halifax, VA. and my first contact is Fielding Curtis, 1757. He is the brother of John Curtis 1773, Union County, SC. and dies 1838, in Monroe (formally Barren County), KY. He is the G-G-G-G-Granfather. He was married to Hannah Harlan (Harland) Howard Curtis. I have documented the Harlan and Howard line but there is so little information about Hannah after she marries John Curtis. Her first husband was Jesse Howard. One of their children was Jesse W. Curtis, the G-G-G-Grandfather. He was born in 1818/1819 in Barren County, KY. He died in 1856 in Pulaski County, MO. He was married to Annis Strong in Abt. 1843. One of their Children was Samuel Franklin Curtis born in 1849 in Pulaski County, MO. He is the G-G-Granfather. He moved to CA. and was brought back and is buried in MO. He was married to Rachel Russell and Catherine Haverstick. One of their children was Zachariah Bouden Curtis he is the Great Grandfather. He is born in 1876 in Pulaski County, MO. He dies in CA. in 1935. He is married to Mary Jane Green. One of their children is Franklin Lamar Curtis. He is the Granfather. He is born in 1899 in OK. and dies in CA. in 1953 in Modesto, CA. He is married to Lola Almeta Brock. One of their children is Frank Leroy Curtis. He is born in CA. in 1928. He dies in 1996 in Tacoma, WA. He is the father and was married to Matha Anne Burrell. She is born in 1931 in CA. and she dies in Gig Harbor, WA. in 1996. Robert Bentley Curtis is their son. Any information on this line would be appreciated. I am looking for any pictures or a family bible said to belong to Charity Curtis who was married to Fielding Curtis, 1757.

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by SeanThompson on 2010-05-17 16:49:49

You will love this scandel, unfortunately I cannot prove it yet. Samuel Franklin Curtis was born two farms down from my great, great, grandfather Joseph Thompson they had a daughter Rebecca born in 1849 she had a child born out of wedlock in 1869, and she named him Samuel Franklin Thompson. My grandmother said that the father was a young man named Daniel Curtis and he was a neighbor boy.She was 89 at this point, bless her heart. I cannot find a Daniel Custis anywhere on any records in Pulaski County. But what I did find was the Curtis Family living very close and they had a son named Samuel Franklin Curtis. And does anyone know why none of the men in these families were on the 1860 census, civil war maybe?

by begg1956 on 2010-05-18 03:16:43

Dear Sean,
It was great to hear from you. This family never ceases to amaze me. It is also the most difficult line of Curtis's to document. There are virtually seven rogue southern Curtis families that do not go any further back as of yet than to Fielding and John Curtis. There were other brother's such as Hillery (Hilery, Hillary), James W. and Moses. We did the DNA testing and that is how we know that John Curtis, about 1773, Union County, SC. is the G-G-G-G Grandfather. We have had several people DNA test through the Curtis/Curtiss Society and yet no family can go back and further.

These seven Curtis families do not seem to be related to any of the Eastern coast Curtis families. It is like they came out of nowhere. I know that the G-G-G- Grandfather Jesse W. Curtis died in 1856 in Missouri. Samuel Franklin was very young and we were able to find Jesse's will but never knew where they went after he died. We assumed that they sold the farm. Samuel Franklin ends up in California and dies in Missouri. We don't know why he left his wife in California and returned to Missouri but he did. His son Zachariah Bouden Curtis was in California as was Zachariah's son Franklin Lamar, Franklin Lamar's son Frank Leroy and finally Robert was born there. I know that Zachariah had lived in Oklahoma and Texas before coming to California.

I have to review some things but I do know that a historian had tried to have the census changed from Custis to Curtis but apparently you cannot change history and the Census remains as it is. I do not know if Daniel could be a cousin of Samuel Franklin's as he is not by all accounts his brother. The time is right though because Samuel Franklin was born in 1849. If you know anything else please feel free to Email at [email protected] Any shred of anything is better than a lot of nothing with this family.

I'm gathering that the Curtis boy's didn't acknowledge the child? I have Jesse's will and if you knew where in Missouri this was it would really help. We are trying to connect the dots. John had other children whose names we do not know so I'm wondering if this could be Sam's cousin. Anything you might remember may be invaluable. I am most appreciative of this information. I'll ask my friend about that Census because I know that he knew a lot about it. Thanks so much and feel free to Email me any time. Let me find out who Daniel Curtis was and how he fits in and we'll exchange notes. Bonnie Curtis

by gregcurtis63 on 2010-05-25 04:36:03

Bonnie, my name is Greg Curtis and I am the GGG grandson of Jessie Curtis. I have found someone who I think is the father of Fielding Curtis from the South Carolina Census: *

Fielding Russell Curtis
B: 1725 in Halifax, Halifax County, Virginia, USA
D. 1802 in Union County, South Carolina, USA

I am also looking for any info on Jessie: picture, stories, will etc. Can you send me anything? [email protected]

Thank you!


by BrookCurtis on 2012-02-10 20:35:20

I am related to Samuel Curtis of 1849. I just started my search, but have already dated back to Jesse W Curtis.

Is there any proof to Fielding Curtis being Jesse's Father?

by BrookCurtis on 2012-02-10 20:40:21

Another note- Samuel Franklin Curtis married Rachael Josephine Russel in 1870. They had (as far as my research goes) 5 kids. Samuel F Jr, Zachariah Bouden, Green Berry, Jessie Benjamin, and James Lilburn.

Rachel died in 1881, and in 1884 Samuel married Martha Catherine Haverstick. They had 4 children. Cora Cleaveland, Zora Elizabeth, Westly T, and William Trower.

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