28 September 2006
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Nathan "Nat" Arthur Curtis [Jr.]
MUCH MORE WORK NEEDED HERE INCLUDING DETAILS OF CHILDREN AND CENSUS DATA
1823 December 23 born Bainbridge, Chenango County, New York
[What proof? ] 1855 census says born Otsego County.
1845 16 November married Clarinda Hood of Masonville, Chenango County, age about 22
1848 Had been in Delaware County since about this year re census
1850 In Tompkins, Delaware County, age 28 re census
1855 In Delaware County, age 30, Town of Tompkins re census
1860 In Sandford, Broome County, New York as a farmer, age 37 re census
1862 25 December died. Buried Bennettsville Cemetery, Delaware County, age 46
Bainbridge, Chenango County, New York copied from an 1865 Map of Chenango County found in the Museum at Bainbridge. It is perplexing that Nathan Curtis, Junior may have been born at Bainbridge and was buried at the Bennettsville Cemetery but as yet there is no have no documentary evidence of him in Chenango County.
Nathan "Nat" Arthur Curtis (Nathan, Luther, Elisha. Joseph, William, Thomas, John) was born on 22 December 1822. (Luther Curtis Bible) He married Clarinda Hood on 16 November 1845 in New York. Nathan died on 25 December 1862. He was buried in the Bennettsville Cemetery, Chenango County, New York.
Nathan Curtis, Junior (Hahn Collection)
Photo by George Johnson, Jr. was provided by Floyd Dewitt
Nathan Curtis Grave Marker in the Bennettsville Cemetery, Chenango County, New York ca2002 (Tom Hahn Photo)
3. Clarinda Hood was born on 18 September 1826 at Masonville, Delaware County, New York.
Apparently she needed employment, as she
was found in the 1880 Census for Caroline, Tompkins County, New York as a
servant with Thomas Brink and his children:
1880 Census for
Caroline, Tompkins County, New York,
p.C, Supervisor's District 9, Enumeration District 111, W.
H. Phillips, Enumerator. Enumerated 19 June 1880. Dwelling 113, Family 119:
Line 27. Thomas W. [?] Brink, age 41, Farmer, widower
Line 28. Arthur Brink, 16 at School
Line 29. Mary Brink, 9
Line 30. John Brink, 4
Line 31. Clarinda Curtis, age 53, widow, servant, born New York, parents born New York.
Possible Photograph of Clarinda (Hood) Curtis Floyd Dewitt provided this photograph sent to him by Bob Winans. Floyd said, "Second from left standing in back of Mary Watrous (Carrie Curtis's daughter) is Winifred Curtis holding my Uncle Curtis. The old lady looking between them might be Clarinda. When they took those pictures they tried to put family members together. I don't know why they would put her there instead of on the left with all the other people that were not in the first picture [not included here].
Clarinda died on 21 October 1906 in Broome County, New York. Clarinda was buried in October 1906 in the McClure Cemetery, McClure, Broome County, New York. (See her ancestry in the Hood Family .)
Clarinda Hood Grave Marker in the McClure Cemetery (Tom Hahn Photo)
Thomas Hahn sighted the grave marker of Clarinda Curtis in the McClure Cemetery on 8 August 2001. It was a granite marker, about 12 by 18 inches, lying flat on the ground. It says: CLARINDA CURTIS 1826-1906 CORINTHIANS ____________. The marker was about 80 yards up from the gate in the fence at the back of the McClure United Methodist Church. The marker is straight back up the hilly cemetery from a point about in the middle of the back of the church, in the vicinity of two large pine trees. The marker had previously been adjacent to the marker of Joshua Smith and Mary Bullock several years ago, adjacent to a large pine tree. There is a Joshua Smith age 61 and a Mary B. [Bullock] Smith age 56 with a son 14 in the 1880 Census for Deposit, Delaware Co. It appears that a large tree may have fallen and some markers may have been moved, as Clarinda's marker is now 15-20 feet away from the Smith-Bullock marker, near the marker of a Wilma Lobdell and a Barnes. It appears that Clarinda's grave marker was simply removed to a nearby convenient spot, and that the present nearby grave markers have no relationship to hers. The McClure United Methodist Church in front of the cemetery is in the settlement of McClure, Broome Co., NY. The settlement is in the Town of Sanford (Deposit) NY. The church and cemetery are just above the intersection of NY Route 41--on which the church faces--with NY Route 17. Route 28 is just another 50 feet or so beyond to the south. Mary Cable of Deposit, New York stated that the church records were destroyed in a fire many years ago, but it may be worthwhile to contact the last known minister, Deborah Rose, to see if there is a listing of individuals in the cemetery.
Descendant Floyd DeWitt told Tom Hahn on 5 July 2006 regarding Clarinda Curtis being buried in the McClure Cemetery:
Two of her Granddaughters live in McClure. Mary Watrous [daughter of Carrie Curtis] married Art Gregory. (I knew both of them when I was a small child.) Also my grandmother Winifred Curtis, Winifred was married to Clinton DeWitt. Clinton DeWitt and [Janes Arthur] Art Gregory were half brothers. My Great Grandfather owned the Farm at the cemetery and also the cemetery. There was a picture taken at the farm in McClure, my Grandparents Clinton and Winifred, his brother Elton Floyd DeWitt, Winifred's brother Nathan Curtis, and Charles Gregory, were all heading to homestead in Montana. They stayed at Tom's [Tom Hahn] Great Grandmothers house [Addaline (Curtis) Owen] on the way out. My Grandparents and many uncles and aunts are buried in McClure. Art Gregory's brother George is buried very close to Clarinda Curtis. As an addition, here herewith a news item from the Deposit (New York) Courier of 3 February 1915: "Mrs. Mary Watrous is visitng her cousin Mrs. C. O. Hupman,"
The children of Nathan Curtis, Jr. and Clarinda Hood:
1. Caroline "Carrie" Curtis was born on 18 November 184, died on 7 April 1915 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Arthur Gregory, of Sanford. The funeral was at the daughter's home. Carrie was buried on 11 April 1915 in the Pine Grove Cemetery at Sanford. According to an local; newspaper obituary [unnamed], she "was survived by M. H. of Rochester, George of Elmira, Mrs. C. Sowles of Rockroyal, Mrs. Charles Winnie of Sydney, Mrs James S. Arthur Gregory of Sandford, Mrs. Ernest Rosencrantz and R. C. Watrous of this village [Sanford?]"
In 1895, Carrie married Sherman R.. Watrous. According to Mary Cable of Deposit, New York, "Sherman Watrous (1838-1914), residence Hale Eddy, farmer, entered military service 22 August 1862, rank private, in Company F. 137th Regiment, New York Volunteers, discharged 3 March 1863, length of service six months, discharged for general disability, died on 1 August 1914. He was born in Hale Eddy, New York and died in New York on 1 August 1914." He was also are buried in the Pine Grove Cemetery at Sanford. In the 1850 Census for Tompkins, Broome County, New York she enumerated as "Celinda," was age 2, born in New York; in the 1855 census for Tompkins, 1st Election District, she was age 7, born in Delaware County and had been there seven years; in the 1860 Census for North Sanford, Broome County, she was age 12 and called "Carrie."
Caroline "Carrie" (Curtis) Watrous
Sherman Watrous, Husband of Carrie Curtis
i. Mary J. Watrous married
on 28 July 1866 James Arthur "Art" Gregory. He was born 20 October
1874 and resided at Deposit, New York. Their children were Hayes
Arthur Gregory, Grace E. Gregory, Winifred S. Gregory, and Nellie M.
2. Dwight (Dewit) M. Royal Curtis was born about 1850, died on 2 January 1893 on South Street, Walton, Delaware County, New York and was buried on 5 January in the Walton Town Cemetery. He married Zeliatte Houck (Hawks), daughter of Rufus Houck and Phebe Lewis, on 30 September1874 in Hancock, Delaware County, New York. They were married by the Reverend Walsworth. (Delaware County Biographical Review) Zeliatte was born in 1856 on Walton. Delaware County, New York. She died on 16 Jun 1894 in Walton, Delaware County, New York. They had the following children:
i. Winifred "Winnie" M. Curtis was born in 1875 in Walton, Hancock County, New York and died in 1937. Winifred married Clinton William Dewitt, son of Marcus W. Dewitt and Elizabeth E. Reichard, on 5 August 1895 in Walton. Clinton was born in December 1872 in McClure, Delaware County, New York and he died in California. They had the following children:
a. Curtis Levant Dewitt was born on 11 August 1903 and died in 1993.
b. Floyd Arron Dewitt was born on 30 May 1909 and died in January 1978.
c. Benson Mead Dewitt was born on 24 September 1911 and died on 1 September 1993.
From a news item in the Deposit Courier of 16 May 2906, "McClure News." : Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Dewitt and son, Curtis, start on their western journey Wednesday. They expect to stop in Kansas, where they will visit Mrs. Dewitt's brother. Nathan Curtis, formerly of this place. After a short visit they will join Mr. Dewitt'd brothers, Charles Gregory and Elton Dewitt, in Fromberg, Montana."
ii. Nathan Ross Curtis was born on 6 December 1878 in Walton, Delaware County, New York He married Effie Jane Bradley on 6 December 1904 in Petersburgh, Illinois. Effie was born on 16 January 1878 in Petersburgh, Illinois. Three of their children were born in Illinois, two of them died young, Dwight R. surviving. Nathan and Effie moved to Kansas, but they moved to Montana where they lived next door to Clinton and Winifred DeWitt according to the 1910Census. Dwight and a daughter, Dorothy, were also living there. Dorothy married and had three girls. But, by 1920, Nathan and Effie were back in Kansas where a daughter Bertha was born about 1925. Later Nathan moved to California where he died on 4 July 1947 in San Diego. Dwight R. also lived in California. Effie died on 3 November 1957 in San Diego, California. They had the following children: [Needs editing]
Curtis, bro. of Winifred, lived in Kansas (i think close to your GGrandmother) 3
of his children were born in ill. his wife (Effie Bradley) was from there. 2
children died young, 1 Dwight R. lived. Nathan ended up in Montana, they lived
next door to Clinton and Winifred DeWitt on the 1910 census. Dwight and a dau.
Dorothy were also living there, by 1920 he was back in Kansas, a dau. Bertha was
born about 1925. He then moved to Calif. where he died, also Dwight R. died
there. Dorothy married and had 3 girls. I could never trace Bertha.
a. Harold Bradley Curtis was born on 8 August 1908 in Menard, Illinois and died on 23 December 1908 in Menard, Illinois.
b. Dorothy Malinda Curtis was born on 1 March 1910. Dorothy married Robert Howard Sagar on 6 August 1929 in San Diego, California. Robert was born on 20 April 1905 in Frewsburg, New York and died on 31 May 1972 in National City, San Diego, California.
c. Raymond Leroy Curtis was born on 13 April 1913 in Kingman, Kansas and died on 13 September 1913 in Kingman, Kansas.
d. Bertha W. Curtis was born 1920 in Kansas.
iii. Bertha Curtis was born in 1879. She died in 1899 in Walton, Delaware County, New York and was buried in 1899 in the Walton Town Cemetery, Walton, Delaware County, New York. Bertha died in 1911.
3. Addaline "Addie" T. Curtis was born on 22 Apr 1851 and died on 3 March 1944.
4. Munroe "Munzo" Curtis was born in 1853 in Delaware County, New York and was christened on 16 March 1856 in the Baptist Church, Deposit, Delaware County, New York.
5. Sarah Curtis was born in 1854/1855.
6. Theresa "Thurza" Curtis was born about 1858 and died after 1930.
Thurza Curtis Jones (left) and Carrie (Curtis) Watrous (right) [Looking for better image. Editor.]
Theresa "Thirza" Curtis with Her Cats and an Unknown Child (Provided by Darrel Haley)
1850 Census for
Tompkins, Delaware County, New York.
1. Nathan Curtis age 28
2. Celinda age 25
3. Infant Curtis 1 month
Census for Sidney?, Delaware County, New York (County Court House, Record
Office at Delhi. [I AM TRYING TO DETERMINE WHETHER THIS IS THE CENSUS ENTRY
FOR NATHAN, SENIOR OR NATHAN, JUNIOR. Editor]
CENSUS for North Sandford, Broome County, New York #724, p. 826 (Ancestry.com
Floyd DeWitt commented that Nathan and Clarinda may have moved to this general
area so as to be near Clarinda's parent--John Warren Hood and Jerusha Lewis--who
were found at Cannonsville in the 1880 Census.
This all helps me to understand why Addie Curtis was from Cannonsville when she
married Orson Owen in 1867. 1880 CENSUS for Caroline, Tompkins County,
New York: (FHL Film 1254938, National Archives Film T9-0938, p 6C:
Line 41. Nathan Curtis. 26 improved acres, 7 unimproved acres. Value of land $600, of stock $200, of tools $25. 3 acres plowed previous year, 11 acres in pasture previous year, 12 acres in meadow, produced 10 tons of hay. 1 1/2 acres of buckwheat planted, 13 bushels harvested. 2 acres of corn planted, 75 bushels harvested. 2 acres of potatoes planted, 125 bushels harvested. 1/2 acres of pease planted, 6 bushels harvested. 250 [pounds?] of maple sugar made, 3 gallons of maple molasses made. 9 neat cattle under 1 years old, 5 neat cattle over 1 year. 4 cows. 2 cattle killed for beef. 4 cows produced 500 pounds of butter. 2 horses. 2 swine over 6 months. 4 sheep.
Curtis, Nathan, age 37 , a farmer, land value of $2000. 665. [? What]
Curtis, Clarinda, age 34 
Curtis, Caroline, age 12 
Curtis, Dwight, age 11 
Curtis, Addaline, age 10 
Menzo [or Munzo], [Monroe?] age 7 
Thursza [Teresa], age 2 
Sarah 9/12 
Clarinda Curtis , other, occupation servant, age 53, born, New York, father born New York, mother born New York enumerated with Thomas B. Brink, farmer, age 41 with a son and two daughters.
CENSUS for North Sandford, Broome County, New York #724, p. 826 (Ancestry.com
Floyd DeWitt commented that Nathan and Clarinda may have moved to this general area so as to be near Clarinda's parent--John Warren Hood and Jerusha Lewis--who were found at Cannonsville in the 1880 Census. This all helps me to understand why Addie Curtis was from Cannonsville when she married Orson Owen in 1867.
1880 CENSUS for Caroline, Tompkins County,
New York: (FHL Film 1254938, National Archives Film T9-0938, p 6C:
 [This entry may be for Nathan, Sr. and Zoe Curtis.] Delaware County Deed Records. Deeds 1797-1851. Grantee. Nathan Curtis, Jr. 1850 Book 35, p. 113. 1852 date also. [This deed needs to be found and copied.]
 [This entry may be for Nathan, Sr. and Zoe Curtis.] Delaware County Deed Records. Nathan Curtis & wife to John Barlow. 1852, p. 166. 50.-132 [acres?]. 1958 [Don't know what this date is.]
([About 1853? The date, month, and years were not noted.] The sale by Nathan Curtis, Jr. and Clarinda of 113.02 acres of land in Sidney. If the year is correct he would have been about 30 years old. Where and when and under what circumstances did he obtain this property? Court House Record Office at Delhi, Delaware County] Probably Liber (Book) 45 [as noted in pen on my copy] , pp. 112-114:
Nathan Curtis Jr. and Clarinda Curtis his wife of the town of Sidney, county Delaware of the first part in consideration of Four Hundred dollars money to them duly paid and Bargained and sold and by these presents do Bargain give grant and convey to the Said party of the Second part and to his heirs and assigns all that certain piece or parcel of land lying and being in the town of Sidney in the County of Delaware and described as follows to wit being a part of Lot 88 in Wallace Patent beginning at a Stake and Stones of the Southerly bank of the Susquehannah River thence south twenty one degrees east thirteen chains and Sixty links to a Stone and Stones Standing on the northerly Side of the highway thence along Said highway south eighty Six degrees eight minutes west eight chains and twenty nine links to a Small, hard maple Standing on he northerly Side of the thence along said highway north Seventy four degrees & ten minutes west Six chains & forty links to a Stake and Stones on the northerly Side of the highway thence north ten degrees & fourteen minutes west ten chains & thirty nine links to a Stake & Stones on the bank of the River thence up the River eleven chains and ninety eight links o the place of beginning containing fifteen acres & a half of land be the same more or less also one other piece or parcel of land being part of the Williams farm so called in Sidney in Delaware County in Wallace Patent & bounced as follows beginning at a Stake & Stones on the height of ground from the Susquehannah river and running thence No20W18. chains along this line between lands of the widow Williams (now o[r] lately) and the ands of Henry Williams to a Stake and Stones thence due west along a line of marked trees 22. chains72 links to the place of beginning containing by estimation 97 acres & 52 hundredth of an acre more or less being the Same premises which were by deed Dated the 2nd of August 1843 conveyed by the administrators and executors of the last will of John Williams to Charles C. Noble with all the appurtenances and all the estate right [?] title interess [interest?] and property of Said arties of the first part therein unto. And the Said Nathan Curtis Jr doth hereby for himself heirs executors & administrators covenant and agree to and wish the Said party of the Second part his heirs and assigns that he will warrant and defend the above granted premises in the quiet and peaceable possession of the Said party of the Second part his heirs & assigns forever against and every person or persons lawfully claiming or to claim the Same or any past thing from through [?] or under the Said parties of the first part. In witness whereof the Said parties of the first part have hereunto set their hands & seals. [The name John Curtis is written on our copy, but I don't know why. Editor.]
[June 1855] [This entry may be for Nathan, Sr. and Zoe Curtis.] I have put the transaction in both family pages until we can sort it out. Editor.] Book 47, Page 16B:
This indenture. Made this twenty Eighth day of June, one thousand Eight hundred and fifty five between David B. Cook and Betsy Cook his wife of Masonville Delaware County, of the first part and Nathan Curtis of the same place of the second part. Witnesseth that the said party of the first part for and in consideration of five hundred and fifty, five Dollars, to them in hand paid. do grant bargain sell and confirm into the said party of the second part, and top his heirs and assigns forever, that certain piece or parcel of land situate in the Town of Tompkins [,] County, of Delaware and the State of New York in Great lot 27 [?] Evans patent, as hundred as follows, on the East by Stephen Van Schughks [?] land, on the North and West by Stephen R. Cook's lands, and on the South by Isaac D. Smith's land, Seventeen acres of the Land here conveyed, being land conveyed to Francis O. Cook by Stephen R. Cook, by Deed bearing date the Eleventh day of November 1846, and the balance of said lot having been here to fore conveyed by the said David B. Smith, to the said Isaac O. Smith, reference being, had to the said Deeds from Stephen R. Cook for a more particular description. containing thirty acres of land by the same more or less, and I the said David B. Cook, do covenant with the said Nathan Curtis, as follows. first. that I am lawfully seized of the said premises: 2d that I have a good right to convey the same: 3rd that the same are free from encumbrances: 4th that I will warrant and defend the title to the same against all lawful claims. In witness whereof the said parties of the first part, have hereunto set their hands and seals, the day and year first above written. Sealed and delivered in person of S. D. Hulce [Justice of the Peace] D. B. Cook L. S. Betsy Cook L. S. . . . Recorded January 14th 1856 T. P. M. [?] Benj. Cormer Clerk
[June 1855] [Same as above. This entry may be for Nathan, Sr. and Zoe Curtis. I don't know why there are different deed book and page references. Editor] Delaware County New York, Probate Court, Indentures [Delhi], Book 46, pp. 168-170:
Made this twenty Eighth day of June, one thousand Eight hundred and fifty five , between David B. Cook and Betsy Cook [his wife] of Masonville, Delaware County of the first past and Nathan Curtis, of the same place and of the second part .... [for] $five hundred and fifty five dollars .... that certain piece or parcel of land situate in the Town of Tompkins, County of Delaware, State of New York in Great lot 27 Evans patent ... .
 [This entry may be for Nathan Curtis, Sr. and Zoe Curtis.] Deed Records, Delaware County, New York. June 14 1856 Book 47, p.168. With David B. Cook.
 From the Delaware Court, New York Probate Records at Delhi, Liber [Book 50, pp. 132-133. Indenture by Nathan Curtis, Jr. and Clarinda Curtis for 204 acres of land at Tompkins, Delaware County.
Made this twenty third day of May in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred fifty seven Between Nathan Curtis of the Town of Sandford county of Broome and and State of New York and Clarinda his wife of the first part and John Barton of the town of Walton county of Delaware State of New York aforesaid of the second part . Witnesseth that the said party of the first part in consideration of the sum of Five hundred and thirty dollars & fifty six cents to them duly paid have sold and by these presents do grant and convey to the said party of the second part his heirs and consigns. All that certain piece or parcel of land lying and being in the Town of Tompkins in said County of Delaware being Lot No. 191 Rappelmas patent. The boundaries of the whole being as follows. Beginning in the bend of the River Delaware at the South West corner of in No. 186 at a rock marked 186 & 191 and runs thence north 87 degree 30 minutes West to a stake & Stones marked 191 & 194 thence South along 2 degrees 50 minutes East to a stake and stones marked191 and 192 thence South 87 degrees 30 minutes East to the river thence down said river as it winds and turns to the place of beginning being two hundred and four acres & the said half [?]hereby conveyed is the southerly half of said lot excepting and reserving eight acres to be laid out in a in the South east corner thereof ninety four acres and one-half acres of land be the same more or less With the appurtenances and all the Estate title and interest therein of the said party of the first part and the said Nathan & Clarinda here do hereby covenant and give to and with the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns that at the time of the unsealing and delivery f these presents there are the lawful owner and are well seized in fee simple and possessed of the premises lien charge and claim whatever accepting a contract made by the said Nathan Curtis Jr. with James W. Holmes [?] on the first day of May A.D. 1854 which contract is hereby assigned & transferred to the party of the Second part & made one of the be in charge [?] . . . [the remainder of the redundant legal language has not been included but is in the copy of the document.]
[August 1860] Delaware County New York, Probate Court, Indentures [Delhi], Liber 53, pp. 202-203. The indenture should be read to get some additional data besides the meets and bounds. Thomas Hahn has a copy of the deed. Check to make this that this was Nathan, Jr. and Clarinda.]
Sale of 29 15/100 acres in Lot No. 38, Wallace's Patent and 27 52/100 acres of William's Farm. The deed was recorded in August 1860. Nathan Curtis, Junior and his wife, Clarinda Curtis, sold the land, located on the Susquehanna River, for $1670. It says that they were of Sidney.
 [This transaction may be for Nathan, Sr. and Zoe Curtis.] Between Nathan and Joshua Stone, Book 53, p. 201, 1860.
Times New Roman 14 point. Photo check A. Front Page copy and corrections made 2 August 2005. TH