Land Dispute

Have you ever requested land papers from the National Archives? Although I have quite a few potential requests that I could make, I’ve only requested a couple of them. One request was for the papers associated with the claim of Hiram M. Curry in Peoria County, Illinois.

While Hiram M. Curry filed for and paid for 35.36 acres in the south west quarter of section five of township number 10 north of the base line in range number nine East of the 4th principal meridian, the claim was contested by Isaac Underhill.

While several of the affidavits claim bribery of witnesses by Isaac Underhill, Hiram Curry’s claim #8250 was eventually cancelled. These land entry papers are an interesting read and well worth whatever I spent to obtain the copy.

National Archives
Land Entry File

Curry, Hiram M.
Certificate #8250
Land Office: Quincy, Illinois

page 1

I do solemnly swear that I was in actual occupancy
of and raised a crop on the South west fractional
qr of Sec 5 town 10 North of Range 9 East of the
4th principal Meridian in the year 1833 and
that I was in actual possession and occupancy
of the same at the passage of the law on the 19th
of June 1834 and am still in possession and I
hereby apply to enter the same by preemption
agreeably to the Act of Congress n that care
made and provided
Hiram M Currey

Sworn to and subscribed before me n this
19th day of March 1836
Linus Scovill JP

We do solemnly swear that Hiram M Currey was
in actual occupancy of and raised a crop n the south
west fractional qr of Sec 5 in Town 10 North of Range
9 East of the 4th principal Meridian n the year
1833 and that he was in actual occupancy of the same
on the 19th of June 1834 and still is in possession
and that we are not interested or directly or indirectly
in his obtaining a preemption
Silas Allen
James Cannon
Harris (his mark) Whitaker

page 2
shall be entitled to receive a patent for the lot above described
Pre Act 1834
Saml Alexander Register

Charles [Ballance] of Peoria of lawful age agrees
and says in addition to his foregoing that he
has been acquainted with Hiram M Curry
since early in 1832 that in the latter part
said year this deponent and said Curry were
two of the commissioners appointed by the County
of Peoria to locate a road towards Knoxville to
pass on the North line of the above described
tract that his deponent was then in the house
of said Curry and has frequently been on
the premises same and states of his own knowl-
edge that said Curry has ever since resided on
said land with his family Neither has
he ever heard of his having had any other home
during said time nor has he heard of any
other person having a claim to said land
until the last week
C Ballance
Subscribed & Sworn to
before me on this 30th
day of May 1836
J. H. [Raentor] J. P.

page 3
Sworn to and subscribed before me on this 19th day
of March 1836
Linus Scovill JP

We do swear that the subscribing witnesses to the
within preemption proof are persons of
respectability and their oath entitled to credit
William Fletcher Thompson
Linus Scovill [Jun]
Sworn to and subscribed before me on this
26th day of March 1836
Linus Scoville J. P

I do hereby certify that the above named witnesses
are persons of respectability and their oath entitled
to credit
Linus Scovill JP

State of Illinois
Peoria County
To Wit – I William Mitchell clerk of the County
Commissioners Court for said County do certify that Linus
Scovill Esqr whose names appears to the foregoing certificates
was on the day of the date thereof an acting Justice of the Peace
in and for said County, duly commissioned and qualified
[seal] to [?] record in my office; and that as such
— [rest missing]

page 4
It is hereby certified, that in pursuance to law
Hiram M. Curry
of the County of Peoria and state of Illinois
on this day purchased of the Register of this Office, the lot or
South West fractional quarter
of section Five in Township No Ten North
of the base line Range nine West of the 4th principal meridian
containing 35 35/100
acres at the rate of one dollars and twenty five cents per acre amounting
to forty four dollars and
twenty cents for which the said
Hiram M Curry
has made payment in full as required by law,
No therefore e it known, that on presentation of this certificate the Commissioner of the
[?] [Hiram M Curry]
shall be entitled to receive a patent for the lot above described
Pre Act 1834
Saml Alexander Register
NOTE: CANCELLED written over top of document

Charles Ballance statement below above document

page 5 — same as page 4

page 6
State of Illinois
Peoria County
Clerks Office County Commission [?]
William Mitchell clerk of said court
do hereby certify that Linus Scovill Esqr whose
name appears to the within certificate was at
this time the same was made an acting Justice
of the Peace in and for said County duly
commissioned and qualified as appears of
record in my office and that as such full
faith and credit an act of right ought
to be given to be his official acts given
under my hand and seal
of said Court at Peoria this
25th day of May AD 1836
William Mitchell
Clk Co Comm PC

page 7
We James Cannon and Harris Wittaker
do solemnly swear that Hiram M Curry
is not entitled to a preemption to the South
west fractional qr of sec no 5 10N 9 East
for which he has our evidence to his
preemption papers bearing date 19th March
aD 1836 We were altogether unacquainted
with the boundarys of said fractional qr
until a recent survey of the same
and hereby swear that said Curry
never cultivated any part thereof to
our knowledge as set fort in said
preemption papers
James Cannon
Harris (his mark) Wittaker

Sworn to and subscribed before me
this 24th day of May 1836
Linus Scovill
Justice of the Peace

page 8
I William M C Bogardus hereby make
oath that Hiram M Curry is not entitled
to a preemption to the SW factional qr
of Sec No 5 10 North 9 East for which
he has my affidavit concerning I do
not want the Register to receive said
affidavit as there is a mistake in the
same and further that I swear
that the section lines do not
come within three or four rods of the
fence whee he states that he cultivated
the same, and further one of the witnesses
is Curry’s own son; and the other is
under age
W M C Bogardus

State of Illinois
Peoria County
I Lewis Bigelow, an acting
Justice of the peace within and for
the county of Peoria, hereby certify that on the 23 day
of May AD 1836 the above named William M C Bogar
dus personally appeared before me and made oath to
the truth of the foregoing affidavit by him sub
scribed
Lewis Bigelow, J. Peace

Page 9
State of Illinois
Peoria County
Clerks Office County Commissioners Court
William Mitchell clerk of said court
do hereby certify that Lewis Bigelow Esqr whose
name appears to the foregoing certificate was at
the time the same was made an acting Justice
of the Peace in and for said county regularly
commissioned and qualified as appears of
record in my office and as such [full]
[faith] and credit are and [of rights] ought to
be given to all his official acts In tes-
timony whereof I have hereunto
[subcribed] my hand and seal of said
Court at Peoria this twenty fifth
day of may AD 1836
William Mitchell
Clk

page 10
I Alexander Fo[r]sh being of lawful age and first duly
sworn testify that sometime in the summer of the
year 1836 in the town of Peoria I heard a conver-
sation between Isaac Underhill and another indi-
vidual respecting his [operations] at Rome on the
Illinois River in which said Underhill boasted of
having defeated the pre-emption of a settler in that
neighborhood by procuring his witnesses to swear that
their affidavits by which they established the pre-emp
tion were not true. In that part of the conversation
which was in my hearing he stated distinctly that he had
paid one of said witnesses to wit William M. C. Bogar-
dus the sum of two hundred dollars or four hundred
dollars (I am not certain which) to procure him to go
before a justice of the peace and recant upon oath
his former affidavit My impression is that he
did not give the name of the person whose pre-emp
tion he had endeavored to destroy but he described it
as being a fraction and otherwise so spoke of it as
to leave no doubt that it was the pre-emption of
Hiram M Curry to which he alluded and further this
affiant saith not
Alex H Fa[sh]
State of Illinois
Peoria County
I William Martin a justice of the peace
in and for said county do hereby certify that
on the ninth day of November AD 183[7] person
ally appeared before me Alexander H Fa[sh] and
was by me sworn to the truth of the foregoing
affidavit given under my hand the date
aforesaid
Wm Martin JP

State of Illinois
Peoria County
I, William Mitchell, Clerk of the County
Commissioners’ Court for said county, do hereby certify that William
Martin Esquire, whose name appears to the foregoing certificate, was on
the day of the date thereof, an acting Justice of the Peace, in and for the county
aforesaid, duly commissioned and qualified, as it appears to me of record in my
office; and that, as such, full faith and credit are due to all his official acts.
In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my
hand, and affixed the seal of said court, at Peoria,
this Seventh day of December 1839
William Mitchell Clerk

page 11
I Charles Ballance do solemnly swear that shortly
after Isaac Underhill had filed the affidavits of
William M C Bogardus, and others in the land office
to defeat H. M. Curry’s right of pre-emption to a tract of
land adjoining Peoria in the county of Peoria Ill that
said Curry stated tome that said Bogardus had ackn
owledged to him that said Underhill had bulied him
for the sum of four hundred dollars to swear to an affi
davit contradicting his former affidavit which he
had made to establish said Curry’s pre-emption
that supposing if said statement was
true it was not [susceptible] of proof [Issued] to the
attention to it Until about two months ago said Curry in-
formed me he could prove said [?] by Alexander H
Fash [first] not having an opportunity to take his
affidavit then and his residence being several
miles from here I had not a convenient opportunity
to take it until November 9th last past and it was not
then forwarded to the general land office because I
wanted to procure further testimony especially
the testimony of Luther Sears who was an associate
of said Underhill and who I understood from Fash
knew all about it On this day I called on said Search who stated
that he heard said Bogardus and Underhill bargain
ing about said affidavit. Underhill offered a price
to Bogardus if he would upon oath recant his former affidavit
Bogardus refused to do it for the price offered but agreed
to do it for a large price After or [number] offers were
made and refused a sum was agreed upon and

page 12
the affidavit was made out and sworn to by said Bogardus,
and the price paid by said Underhill, as he understood from
them both, but what was the amount paid said Sears
could not recollect. After said matter was arranged said
Sears stated that said Underhill explained the transaction
to him and told him that it was Hiram M Curry’s pre-
emption claim near Rome that said affidavit was
taken to defeat. Said Underhill explained his having to give
so high a price for this affidavit to be that in addition
to the reluctance of the witness to contradict himself, he was
interested in Curry’s claim, and it was necessary to give
him more then his interest [amounted] to to get him
to swear against Curry Said Sears who seemed to know all about
the said transaction stated that he had “no doubt there was
perjury n the business.” I then asked him I he would
give and affidavit stating these fact, to which he answer
ed that being a friend of Mr. Underhills he would not
give any statement on oath as the subject unless required
in a court of justice and in this case he would swear
to the facts as detailed to me and related above and further this affi
ant saith not
Charles Ballance
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 7th day
of December AD 1839. In Testimony whereof
I have hereunto set my hand and
seal of the county Commissioners Court
of Peoria County, State of Illinois this
day last above said
William Mitchell Clk

page 13
State of Illinois
Peoria County
I Linus Scovill of lawful age being
fist duly sworn depose and say that I am the
Justice of the peace of said county before whom
the witness so were sworn who established Hiram
M. Curry’s right of Pre-emption to the South West
fractional quarter o Section No 5 in township
10 North of the base line and range No 9 East of the
4th principal meridian and when James Cannon and Har
ris Whitaker were afterwards bought before me by
Isaac Underhill to recant upon oath the statements
they had formerly made I at first refused to
swear them to said last mentioned affidavits on ac
count of its apparently involving them in perjury
and I enquired of them their motive for so great in
consistency. They informed me that Isaac Underhill
and Jefferson Taliaferro (who had floated on said
Curry’s claim) informed them that they (said Under-
hill & Taliaferro) had had said land surveyed and
had ascertained that no part of the field which said
Curry had cultivated in 1833 was on said tract
of land and therefore as said Curry had during said
year cultivated nowhere else they were quilty of perjury
in swearing he had cultivated a part of said
tract during said year and that said Underhill
and Taliaferro had threatened to present them for
perjury unless they would recant upon oath
the statements aforesaid respecting said Curry’s
pre-emption. I further state that I am well
acquainted with all the parties and the premises in
dispute that said Curry is a poor man who to
my certain knowledge has lived upon the land
in dispute ever since some time in the year
1832 until a few months past his family has

page 14
been absent (as is said) upon a visit to distant
relatives That I called to see said Curry some
time the fall of of 1833 and found him sowing
a crop of what and had at the time a crop of corn
and pumpkins grown The field he was cultivating
was always understood to be the fraction of section
5 township 10 north of range 9 east partly on the
NW qr and partly on the SW qr but having nev
er surveyed it have not say possibly where our east
& west line would run but have no doubt that
the house and part of the field are on the SW frac
tional quarter Said witnesses are very young
and could I presume be easily frightened or per
suaded to make such recantation without any criminal
intention I was at the time said Curry settled on
said land living said neighborhood and have
ever since lived there Given from under my
hand this 28th day of January 1837
Linus Scovill (seal)
State of Illinois
Peoria County
This day personally appeared
before me William Mitchell
a notary public of said county Linus Scovill
personally known to me to be the identical
person who subscribed and sworn to the foregoing
instrument of writing and deposed that the
statements therein made are just and true
according tot he best of his knowledge & beliefs
I also certify that the said Linus Scovill is
a man of integrity & credibility and that his
statements on oath may be relied on Given
under my hand and seal notarial
at Peoria this 28th January AD 1837
William Mitchell
Not Pub PC

page 15
State of Illinois
Peoria County
I William Mitchell Clerk of the County Commissioners
Court with & for said county do hereby certify that
Thomas Phillips Esqr is the County Surveyor within and for the county
of Peoria aforesaid (duly commissioned & qualified) that his commission
was dated on the 12th day of August A.D. 1835 and will expire in
August 1839 as it appears to me of record in my office and
that his signature to the foregoing certificate is genuine
In testimony whereof I have herein set
my hand and seal of said Court at
Peoria this 15 day of May AD 1838
William Mitchell Clerk

I Charles Ballance upon oath do state that the above certificate of
Thomas Phillips as signed by him in my presence
C Ballance
Subscribed & sworn to before me
this 15 day of May AD 1838
William Mitchell
Clk County Commissioners
Court Peoria County
Ill

page 16
Surveyor’s Office
Peoria County
State of Illinois
I Thomas Phillips sur-
veyor of said county do
hereby certify that I have
surveyed section No five in township ten
North of the base line and range nine East of the
fourth principal meridian according to
the original field notes or copy of which I
have procured from the surveyor General
office at St. Louis and find by accurate
measurement that the East and West line run
ning through the middle of said section
runs through the field said to have been
cultivated by Hiram M. Curry in the year
1833 dividing it in such a manner as to throw
a part of said cultivation on the South
West fractional quarter and the residue which
is much the larger portion on the North
West fraction quarter of said section Given
from under my hand at my office this 26
day of November 1836
Thomas Phillips [SC]

page 17
survey map

State of Illinois
Peoria County
I Thomas Phillips County Surveyor within & for the aforesaid county; do
hereby state on oath that I surveyed in the year 1837 fractional section
5 10 North, Range 9 East of the 4 principal meridian; and that no part of
the south west fractional quarter, of the fractional section aforesaid [bore no]
appearance of ever having been enclosed or cultivated. The cultivation by which
it appears Hiram M Curry proved a right of preemption to the said fractional
quarter was on the adjoining [contested] quarter. The nearest part of the said cultivation
doe not come within fourteen chains of the fractional quarter claimed by Curry..
Deponent further states that a certificate signed by himself and forwarded to the
Commissioners of the general land office, certifying that Curry’s improvements
were on said fraction aforesaid; was an [imposition] practised on said deponent
by one Charles Ballance of Peoria, Ills; and that said deponent signed the same
without fully understanding the contents of said certificate; said deponent
further states from the best of his knowledge & belief the above plat of said
fractional qr claimed by Curry is a correct one: Given under my
hand this twenty fourth day of May in the year

page 18
One Thousand Eight Hundred & thirty Eight
[SL} Phillips CJPC
Subscribed and sworn t before me William Mitchell
clerk of the county Commissioners Court within and
for the County of Peoria and State of Illinois this
26 day of May AD 1838 Given under my hand
and seal of said Court at Peoria
this 26th day of May AD 1838
William Mitchell
Clerk

Sideways text
Survey& affidavit of
Thos Phililps County Surveyor
Peoria Cy Ill relative to
SW qr 5 10th 9E

In relation to Hiram M
Curry’s Claim to Sd qr section
G.S.O.
Filed by King & Wilson 9th
June 1838
C.S. P.
recd 9 Jun 1838

page 19
State Bank of Illinois 4 [? 4,20]
Receiver’s Office, Quincy, Illinois
No. 8250
May 30, 1836
Received from Hiram M Curry
Peoria County, Illinois the sum of
Forty four
dollars and twenty cents, being in full payment for the
South wet fractional
quarter of section No. five
Township No. Ten north of the base line of Range NO. nine
East of the 4th principal meridian, containing thirty five
acres, and 36/100 of an acre, at the rate of one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre
$44.20
Thos Carlin Receiver
Pre act 1834
Con[flictng] with entry 7392

page 20
Canceled
Certificate
8250
and proof belonging thereto
Certificate Canceled
[Ss] letter to R&R 3d Oct
1838 also letter
from the Hon John T Stuart
dated 30 Dec 1839 X Comm &
reply of 2d Jany 1840 & letter
of same date to R & R

page 21
No. 8250
30 day of May 183[4]
I Hiram M Curry
of Peoria
County of Illinois do hereby apply for the purchase of the South
West fractional qr of section numbered five
in township numbered ten north of range numbered
nine east of the fourth principal meridian,
containing thirty five 36/100 acres,
according to the returns of the Surveyor General, for which I have agreed with the Register to
give at the rate of one dollar and twenty five cents per acre.

I, Samuel Alexander, Register of teh land Office at quincy, Illinois, do hereby
certify that the quarter section above descried contains 35 36
acres, as mentioned; and that the price agreed upon is $1 25 per acre
Pre Act 1834
Conflicting 7392
Saml Alexander Register

Commissioner

When you come across a database that is actually an index to other records, do you try and locate those original records? As I’m creating research notes for Hiram M. Currey of Peoria County, Illinois, I’m finding a need to do just that.

At some time in the past, I used the record, “Index to Early Illinois Records. The only other information I wrote down about the source was “Z125-0054”, which I think may have been the microfilm number used by the now defunct American Genealogical Lending Library. If so, then this source may source, “Name Index to Early Illinois Record” on FamilySearch.

One set of notes that I recorded from this source indicated that Hiram M. Curry was a commissioner on the conduct of the Pottawatomie. This information was found in the 1832-1833 Senate Journal. Thus, I started trying to find this Senate Journal. Once I figured out that this was the Eighth General Assembly for the State of Illinois, I was able to find the journal on Google Books,

In that journal there is a Commissioner’s Report that begins on page 89, concludes on page 92 and is signed by the four commissioners, including Hiram M. Curry. Thus, I was able to locate the original document referenced in the index!

Journal of the Senate
of the Eighth General Assembly of the
State of Illinois
at their first session, begun and held in the town
of Vandalia
December 3, 1832
Vandalia: Printed by Greiner & Sherman, 1833

Available on Google Books

page 89-92

COMMISSIONER’s REPORT.
VANDALIA DEC, 13TH, 1832.

page 89
To the Governor of the State of Illinois

Sm-The undersigned appointed by your Excellency, and by Brigadier General Atkinson of the United States Army,- and instructed to repair to the frontier of the state, to enquire into the alleged depredations of the Pottawata­mie Indians, upon the persons and· property, of the citizens of that section, and to take certain measures in the event, that sufficient cause should appear, for the alarm of the in• habitants-
Beg leave to report the following statement of their proceedings, under their appointment.
Pursuant to the instructions of your Excellency. and of Brigadier General Atkinson, the undersigned repaired to the settlements on and in the vicinity of Bureau Creek, in Putnam county, the theatre, as was reported, of the Indian outrages. They immediately instituted inquiries among the inhabitants, the results of which, verified by certificates, letters and affidavits of respectable· persons, were, that the Pottawatamies had come down from their own lands upon the ceded lands in the possession of the whites, with the alleged purpose of hunting for the winter support of themselves and families. A large body, composed of about two hundred and fifty, including men, women and children, formed this party, They were in expectation of an additional force of one hundred, or thereabouts, of warriors and hunters.
This purpose of hunting, the undersigned are compelled to state, if originally entertained as the sole object of the expedition, seems to have yielded to more unfriendly and mischievous notions.
The Indians have taken two horses from the white inhabitants; have shot another; they have killed the hogs of

Page 90
the inhabitants; have wantonly destroyed the hay, house and other property of the· people, by firing the prairies, regardless of consequences, and in contempt of the frequent solicitations of the owners of property, necessarily exposed, to desist.
A highly valuable bridge, across the inlet of the Winnebago Swamp, has been burnt, under circumstances tending strongly to implicate the Indians in a deliberate and incendiary act of mischief and destruction. Menacing attitudes, and threat repeatedly assumed and made by the Indians, have excited the fears of the citizens, and the undersigned deem, upon an acquaintance with, and close observation of the Indian character, these fears well grounded.
It is the opinion of reflecting men whom we consulted, and in whose opinion we entirely concur, that unless suitable measures be taken to drive the Indians to their own country, or to awe them into peaceable behavior, some seriously hostile steps. towards the whites, in the course of the present winter, may be foreboded. Already, indeed, they, the Indians, have attempted to surround, in a body, to the number of thirty or forty, some travelers, and actually, it is feared, fired with too much an intention to kill, two guns upon them.
Although not literally instructed to hold any intercourse with the Indians themselves, for any other purpose than to notify them of the necessity of their prompt withdrawal to their own country, the undersigned deem it within the scope of their duties, to demand an explanation from the chiefs, of the offensive conduct of their people. They accordingly caused an assemblage of some of the principal chiefs and warriors of the Pottawatamies for the double purpose of hearing their excuses or justification, and warning them of the evil consequences of their longer remaining in the country of the whites. In the “talk” which was had upon that occasion, the Indians denied the committal of the aggressions laid to their charge, and justified their inroad into the country by a permit, they said they had received from their agent at Chicago. The charges made against them, the undersigned deemed sufficiently proven, to justify the entire belief in their truth, this denial not ­withstanding; and we accordingly advised them to fall back upon their own country, answering them that no offi-

page 91

cer had authority to grant them any .such permission as they justified under. That they really had any written permit the undersigned had the assurance of the Indians, corroborated by the statements of some of the whites, who alleged they had seen the written permit of the agent. — ­The documents themselves were not produced to us.
On the part of the general government, the undersigned H. M. Curry, acting under the direction of General Atkinson, gave the Indians to understand that they must evacuate the country in eight days, or incur the displeasure of the United States. In this notification the remainder of the undersigned concurred: and all. now unite in the wish that it may have the effect to prevent the effusion of blood. Such was the state of alarm along the frontier, and in so daring a height had the insolence of the Indians arisen; that the undersigned believed, resort would have, ere this, been had to arms, had not the measures taken by yourself and Gen. Atkinson been adopted. The militia of the different parts of the country was in a state of readiness, and only awaited the orders of their respective · commanders to proceed against the Indians.
lt had become unsafe in the opinion of some of the inhabitants, for females to be without the protection of their· husbands, fathers or brothers; and loaded guns were considered essential to the security of sleeping families.
ln the course of the talk held with the Indians they expressed unequivocally their willingness to exchange “their territory and move across the river Mississippi; and if it be not entirely unappropriate in this Report, the undersigned would express their sincere wish that the government of the ­United States should as speedily as circumstances would permit, conclude this exchange, and effect the removal of these troublesome neighbors of our frontier citizens.
Nothing short of their removal will secure the tranquility and forward the improvement of that part of the state.
The undersigned were desired officially to communicate to you the grateful feelings entertained by the citizens o Putnam county, for the prompt interposition of your authority, from which, in conjunction with the similar exercise of his power on the part of General Atkinson, they anticipate some future peace and security.

page 92
The undersigned found it necessary to procure the services of John C. Owings, who understood the Pottawatomie language, as interpreter.. They have given him a certificate of his services, which occupied ten days.
Accompanying this Report, are submitted numerous
letters, certificates and affidavits, together with a report of
the talk held by us with the Indians to which we refer your Excellency for the details of our operations, and for the evidence we have been able to collect, touching the facts adverted to in this Report.

(Signed)
SAMUEL WHITESIDES,
HIRAM M. CURRY,
WM. MOORE,
THOS: REYNOLDS,
Commissioners

Journal of the Senate of teh Eighth General Assembly of the State of Illinois: at their first session, begun and held in the town of Vandalia December 3, 1832 (Vandalia, Illinois: Greiner & Sherman, 1833), p. 89-92; digital image, Google Books, google.com/books viewed online 13 September 2022.

Not only did I locate the transcription, but I found the images!

Dec 1832 Letter from Gen. Atkinson to Maj Hiram Curry; Chicago Agency, 1824-1847 Chicago Agency 1824-1834 (NARA microfilm publications M234, roll 132); Letters received, 1824-1881; registers of letters received, 1824-1880; Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. consulted as FHL microfilm 1660862 DGS 8275279; available on FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org, image 243.
Dec 1832 Letter from Gen. Atkinson to Maj Hiram Curry; Chicago Agency, 1824-1847 Chicago Agency 1824-1834 (NARA microfilm publications M234, roll 132); Letters received, 1824-1881; registers of letters received, 1824-1880; Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. consulted as FHL microfilm 1660862 DGS 8275279; available on FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org, image 244.
Dec 1832 Letter from Gen. Atkinson to Maj Hiram Curry; Chicago Agency, 1824-1847 Chicago Agency 1824-1834 (NARA microfilm publications M234, roll 132); Letters received, 1824-1881; registers of letters received, 1824-1880; Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. consulted as FHL microfilm 1660862 DGS 8275279; available on FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org, image 245.

Friday Finds

Do you have any documents in your files that you do not remember how you learned of their existence? That’s the case with today’s Friday Find.

This document is photocopies of pages from the Illinois Executive Record. According to my handwritten notations on the copies, this was from Volume 1 for the years 1818-1832. I have not been able to locate this source online.

Buried in the photocopies from the 1827 and 1829 pages are two little pieces of information about Hiram M Curry of Peoria County, Illinois

page 149
Vandalia January 5, 1827
Peoria
Issued Commissions to Hiram M Curry & Isaac
Waters as justices of the Peace for Peoria County

page 211
Vandalia September 2 1829
10
Issued commission to Hiram M Curry Justice of the peace for
the County of Peoria

Below are images from that document.

Executive Record Illinois, 1818-1832, Volume 1: page 149, 211, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, Illinois.
Executive Record Illinois, 1818-1832, Volume 1: page 149, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, Illinois.
Executive Record Illinois, 1818-1832, Volume 1: page 211, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, Illinois.

Census Confusion

Have you ever encountered a census record where the family had an extra child that you were unaware of? Professional researchers will caution us to not make assumptions from those listed in a household when the relationship is not stated. However, it is very easy to look at that census record and think the household is one family.

My first encounter with a household on the 1850 census record not being a family unit was with the record for Jane Barnes Currey and her children. Jane’s husband, Thomas M. Currey, died in 1848. In 1850, Jane is shown still living in Carroll County, Indiana with the following in her household:

  • James Currey age 26 and born in Indiana
  • Elizabeth Currey age 21 and born in Indiana
  • Amanda Currey age 19 and born in Indiana
  • Helen Currey age 17 and born in Indiana
  • Caroline Currey age 8 and born in Indiana
  • Hiram Currey age 15 and born in Indiana
  • Catharin Barnes age 15 and born in Indiana

Both James and Hiram have ‘Farm’ listed as their occupation. Based on this one record, it would be easy to assume that Hiram is a member of this family. However, a search of Carroll County Indiana Probate Records uncovers documents that identify the heirs of Thomas M. Currey.

Probate Order Book
Carroll County, Indiana
Book 2 page 520

May Term 1848 — 3rd Day May 10

Austin C Sheets Administrator
of the estate of Thomas M. Curry deceased
vs
Sarah C Sheets
James B Curry
Mary I Curry
Elizabeth J Curry
Easter A Curry
Helen M Curry
Caroline T Curry

Application to sell land

And now at this time comes
the said Administrator by M
Allen his atty and files his
petition in the words & figures
following (insert) praying for a sale of certain real estate
therein named and there upon he files in open court an
inventory and appraisement of the real estate in the words
& figures following (insert) and thereupon the said petitioner
files in open court the written consent of the said defendants
Sarah C Sheets James B Curry Mary I Currey who are of
lawful age
[manning] the service of process herein arise
consenting that a decree shall be [entered]at the present
term of this for the sale of the lands described in said
petition and thereupon comes into open court James B
Curry who is the guardian of the persons and property of
said defendents Elizabeth J Currey Easter A Curry
Helen M Curry & Caroline T Curry
who are minors under
the age of twenty one years and [bears the using] and service
of process herein and enters his appearance for the said
defendants & minors and consents that proceedings in this
cause may be had and the case heard at the present
term of this court and thereupon said Administrator
now files in open court his additional bond with John
Barr his security which is in the words & figures following
(insert) which is by the court approved and the court
after being fully advised in the [promises use after]
having heard the proof, and allegations of the parties
It is therefore ordered adjudged by the court now here
that the said Thomas M Curry deceased at the time of his
was seized in fee simple of the following lands situate in
said county of Carroll, State of Indiana to wit The west
half of the south west quarter of Section No (26) twenty six
Township No (24) twenty four Range No (1) one east Also
the East half of the south east quarter of section no (27)
twenty seven same township and range and that said
decedent at the time of his death held a title bond from
Martin Shinn for the south west quarter as the South
East quarter of section No (27) twenty seven same
Township and Range on which said last mentioned
land full payment had been mad by said decendant

page 521
in his lifetime that it is further ordered adjudged and decreed
by the court that said Administrator proceed to sell said
land at public sale at the court house door in Delphi on the
first Monday in June 1848 after having [adm?t?d] the time
and place of sale in Carroll express a newspaper of general
circulation printed and published in said county and by putting up
written notices in the Township where the land is situate
according to law that it is further ordered adjudged &
Decreed by the court that said Administrator sell the said
land on the following terms to wit eight hundred dollars
cash in hand and the balance in two equal payments
twelve and eighteen months from the day of sale the purchaser
giving good free hold security for the payment of said purchase
money and it is further ordered that said real estate shall
not be sold for less than two thirds of its appraised value after
subtracting all loyal incumbrances on the same and it is
further ordered ajudged decreed by the court that if said
Administrator shall fail to sell said land at public sale
as above directed that then he shall proceed to sell the
same at private sale to the highest bidder so that the amount
shall not be less than two thirds the appraised value
thereof after directing incumbrances as aforesaid [and
said Administrator as part his proceedings to the next
term of this court & this cause is continued.

Indiana, Carroll County. Probate Records, 1829-1913; indexes, 1844-1891. Film #2200813 DGS 7708858. Petition to sell Thomas Currey’s land, 10 May 1848 Vol. 2: page 520-521; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed before 2016.

Hiram Currey is missing from the probate document. That combined with the fact that he is listed after the other Currey children would suggest that he is NOT a child in this family. Without the probate record, I would likely have assumed that 15 year old Hiram was a child of Jane Currey.

Thus, I’m thankful that other researchers taught me to look beyond a single record and to collect as much information as I can on each member of a family.

My Surnames

Generation 3

4. Leon Russel Crawford-9785: born 6 February 1894 in Newton, Harvey, Kansas, United States; married 24 December 1919 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; died 3 October 1976 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

5. Winnie Letha Currey-9786: born 30 June 1903 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States; died 11 February 1992 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

6. Edward Osmond Briles-9795: born 21 June 1891 in Burlington, Coffey, Kansas, United States; married 29 October 1915 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 28 May 1956 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

7. Pauline Edith Mentzer-9796: born 28 March 1896 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 16 July 1984 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

Generation 4

8. Judson Foster Crawford-177: born 15 April 1866 in Warren, Indiana, United States; married 24 December 1890 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; died 19 February 1949 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

9. Josie Winifred Hammond-178: born 9 February 1874 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States; died 27 September 1954 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

10. Hiram Miles Currey-502: born 23 October 1866 in Missouri, United States; married 13 May 1891 in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States; died 15 September 1943 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

11. Winifred Mae “Winnie” Hutchinson-503: born 6 May 1871 in Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States; died 23 September 1913 in Olathe, Johnson, Kansas, United States.

12. Edward Grant Briles-2065: born 18 July 1869 in Coffey, Kansas, United States; married 19 February 1890 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 23 July 1951 in St. Mary’s Hospital, Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

13. Frances Artlissa “Artie” Ricketts-2707: born 7 April 1868 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 28 April 1947 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

14. Charles Oliver Mentzer-1709: born 1 July 1869 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States; married 18 October 1893 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 15 August 1955 in Newman Hospital, Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

15. Nettie Adell Wells-1710: born 5 February 1873 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 9 February 1939 in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

Generation 5

16. Washington Marion Crawford-190: born 21 April 1838 in Warren, Indiana, United States; married 4 March 1860 in West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States; died 23 August 1889 in Fort Dodge, Ford, Kansas, United States.

17. Mary Foster-191: born 28 August 1842 in West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States; died 21 January 1929 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

18. Richmond Fisk Hammond-221: born 20 November 1840 in Licking, Ohio, United States; married 1 January 1867 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States; died 8 April 1928 in Soldier’s Home, Sawtelle, Los Angeles, California, United States.

19. Sarah Ellen Ralston-222: born 11 May 1849 in Armstrong, Pennsylvania, United States; died 18 October 1892 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

20. Hiram M. Currey-515: born 13 August 1835 in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States; married 3 August 1856 in Weston, Platte, Missouri, United States; died 2 March 1901 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

21. Angelina Jane Burke-516: born 30 October 1836 in Kentucky, United States; died 26 March 1901 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

22. Albert Hutchinson-520: born about 1838 in Northhampton, Fulton County, New York; married 14 September 1859 in Black Hawk, Iowa, United States; died 22 July 1896 in Doniphan, Doniphan, Kansas, United States.

23. Julia Harding-521: born 1840 in New Brunswick, Canada; died 4 January 1892 in Doniphan, Doniphan, Kansas, United States.

24. Noah Washington Briles-2055: born 1840 in Randolph, North Carolina, United States; married 9 August 1866 in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States; died 14 July 1879 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.

25. Sarah Jane Thompson-2056: born 7 August 1843 in Warrick, Indiana, United States; died 17 August 1930 in Neosho Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States.

26. James Marshall Ricketts-2733: born 28 November 1847 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; married 12 July 1866 in Frankfort, Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 28 November 1920 in Liberty Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

27. Rachel Elmeda Christy-2734: born 28 April 1845 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 27 January 1927 in Iola, Allen, Kansas, United States.

28. George Mentzer-1694: born 12 June 1838 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; married 1 January 1868 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States; died 19 January 1912 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

29. Emeline Minnick-1695: born 26 August 1848 in Pittsburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania; died 13 September 1927 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

30. Thurston Kennedy Wells-1701: born 26 February 1821 in Sullivan, Madison, New York, United States; married 20 March 1861 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States; died 3 June 1893 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

31. Salome Adell Crandall-1702: born 24 June 1836 in Ohio, Kentucky, United States; died 30 August 1893 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

Generation 6

32. Nelson G. Crawford-199: born 17 October 1808 in Preble, Ohio, United States; married 3 September 1833 in Warren, Indiana, United States; died 21 March 1864 in Warren, Indiana, United States.

33. Martha Smith-200: born 3 August 1815 in Indiana, United States; died 1 August 1871 in Warren, Indiana, United States.

34. Zebulon Foster-214: born 19 August 1808 in Pike, Ohio, United States; married 14 February 1833 in Pike, Ohio, United States; died 5 September 1889 in Warren, Indiana, United States.

35. Caroline Ostrander-215: born 23 March 1814 in Ross, Ohio, United States; died 3 June 1871 in Warren, Indiana, United States.

36. Horatio Hammond-223: born 24 October 1798 in Connecticut, United States; married 14 April 1825 in Medina, Medina, Ohio, United States; died 7 November 1879 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States.

37. Louisa Fisk-224: born 5 August 1806 in Watertown, Jefferson, New York, United States; died 17 August 1874 in Ontario, Knox, Illinois, United States.

38. James Barr Ralston-1232: born 20 December 1811 in Pennsylvania, United States; married about 1836 in Armstrong, Pennsylvania, United States; died 4 July 1904 in Grundy, Iowa, United States.

39. Nancy Jane McCormick-1233: born 15 October 1818 in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States; died 3 November 1907 in Grundy, Iowa, United States.

40. Hiram M. Currey-517: born about 1787; married 28 September 1824 in Edgar, Edgar, Illinois, United States.

41. Rachel Harris-1278: died before 28 March 1842.

42. Henry F. Burke-518: born 30 April 1811; married 22 October 1835 in Monroe, Kentucky, United States; died 30 October 1845 in Weston, Platte, Missouri, United States.

43. Elizabeth Ann Bland-519: born 25 December 1813; died before 5 May 1876 in Platte City, Platte, Missouri, United States.

44. Aaron Hutchinson-10394: born 1803 in Smyrna, Chenango County New York; died 28 March 1837 in New York, New York, United States.

45. Sarah Merry-10395: born 1813; died 6 March 1845 in New York, New York, United States.

46. William Gillies Harding-560: born about 1803 in New Brunswick, Canada; married 16 September 1830 in Westfield Parish, Kings, New Brunswick; died 15 August 1865 in Mount Vernon Township, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States.

47. Elizabeth Fowler-10029: born 1804 in Westfield Parish, Kings, New Brunswick; died 29 January 1846 in Westfield Parish, Kings, New Brunswick.

48. Alexander Briles-2059: born 14 March 1817 in North Carolina, United States; married 2 August 1836 in Randolph, North Carolina, United States; died 14 January 1900 in Neosho Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States.

49. Sarah Rush-2060: born 1816 in North Carolina, United States; died 2 September 1872 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.

50. William Taylor Thompson-2064: born 29 December 1820 in Ohio, Kentucky, United States; married 30 October 1842 in Warrick, Indiana, United States; died 12 September 1898.

51. Polly Ann Evans-4511: born 25 July 1821 in Indiana, United States; died 14 April 1896 in Wapello, Louisa, Iowa, United States.

52. John Lewis Ricketts-2735: born 22 November 1812 in Fleming, Kentucky, United States; married 3 December 1846 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 23 December 1888 in Clinton, Indiana, United States.

53. Orilda Matilda Reed-2736: born 20 January 1828 in Jennings, Indiana, United States; died 28 June 1900 in Clinton, Indiana, United States.

54. Samuel Christy-7734: born 11 September 1819 in Indiana, United States; married 3 March 1842 in Fayette, Ohio, United States; died 24 March 1904 in Clinton, Indiana, United States.

55. Lyda Gallimore-7735: born 25 March 1824 in Ohio, Kentucky, United States; died 1 February 1864 in Clinton, Indiana, United States.

56. Phillip Andrew Mentzer-1697: born about March 1793; married 23 May 1816; died 19 December 1845 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

57. Orinda Miles-1698: born 14 January 1798 in Gardner, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States; died 18 October 1861 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

58. John Minnick-1696: born 22 June 1822 in Pennsylvania, United States; married before 1850; died 21 April 1903 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.

59. Elizabeth Mary Jones-1806: born about 1816 in Pennsylvania, United States; died 20 July 1869 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.

60. Ozias Wells-1833: born 15 May 1796 in Northampton, Fulton County, New York; married 18 March 1818 in Sullivan, Madison, New York, United States; died 5 August 1832 in Princeton, Mercer, New Jersey, United States.

61. Mary Kennedy-1834: born 21 February 1799 in Halfmoon, Saratoga, New York, United States; died 23 March 1885 in Kalamo, Eaton, Michigan, United States.

62. Lewis Crandall-1796: born 19 August 1807 in prob Genesee County, New York; married; died March 1852 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States.

63. Almira Nafus-4939: died before 1846.

Generation 7

64. James Crawford-219: born 17 April 1772 in Virginia, British Colonial America; married 12 September 1799 in Garrard, Kentucky, United States; died 5 July 1854 in Preble, Ohio, United States.

65. Sarah “Sally” Smith-1441: born 25 February 1770 in Virginia, United States; died 2 May 1856 in Preble, Ohio, United States.

66. _____ Smith-5399: married.

67. Hannah _____-5398: born 24 September 1790; died 10 May 1847 in Warren, Indiana, United States.

68. Richard Foster-216: born 1 July 1779 in Maryland, United States; married 26 February 1801 in Frederick, Maryland, United States; died 7 June 1831 in Pike, Ohio, United States.

69. Rachel Browning-217: born 17 June 1780 in Maryland, United States; died 23 March 1858 in Pike, Ohio, United States.

70. Dr. Edward Ostrander-5427: born 22 November 1769 in Troy, Rensselaer, New York, United States; married 1796 in New York, New York, United States; died after 3 May 1835 in Kingston, Ross, Ohio, United States.

71. Margaret Forbes-5428: born 30 May 1772 in Rensselaer, Rensselaer, New York, United States; died 8 August 1824 in Green Township, Ohio.

72. Jason Hammond-226: born 1 February 1762 in Bolton, Tolland, Connecticut, United States; married 24 April 1788 in Glastonbury, Hartford, Connecticut, United States; died 21 September 1830 in Bath, Summit, Ohio, United States.

73. Rachel Hale-227: born 11 December 1758 in Glastonbury, Hartford, Connecticut, United States; died 11 November 1842 in Bath, Summit, Ohio, United States.

74. Jonathan Fisk-225: born 3 September 1780; married; died 9 April 1857 in New York, United States.

75. Mary Arnold-7772: born 1778; died 24 October 1862 in Ontario Township, Knox, Illinois, United States.

76. David Franklin Ralston-9086: born 28 October 1785 in Ireland; married 1810 in Worthing, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania; died 28 March 1862 in Armstrong, Pennsylvania, United States.

77. Hannah Barr-9087: born 21 July 1779; died 1 August 1861.

78. James B McCormick-9772: born 1785; married 1812; died 14 October 1839.

79. Sarah Hall-10438: born 1790; died 1844.

80. Hiram Mirick Currey-1363: born in England, United Kingdom; married.

81. Sarah Reagan-1511: died 2 December 1820 in Worthington, Franklin, Ohio, United States.

82. Peter Harris-10846: married 23 April 1801 in Henry, Kentucky, United States.

83. Rachel Simonse VanArsdale-16331.

84. John Burke-10238: born 1783 in James River, Tidewater County, Virginia; married in Virginia, United States; died 1842 in Jackson, Tennessee, United States.

85. Elizabeth Graves-10304: born 1786 in Halifax, Halifax, Virginia, United States; died 1831 in War Trace Creek, Jackson County, Tennessee.

86. Eli Bland-581: married; died 1826 in New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

87. Sarah Susan Anderson-582.

88. Aaron Hutchinson-10396: born 1767 in New London, New London, Connecticut, United States; died 22 May 1833 in Caledonia, Livingston, New York, United States.

89. Hannah Nettleton-10397: born 1764; died 21 February 1846 in Caledonia, Livingston, New York, United States.

90. Whiting Merry-16337: born 4 June 1781 in Kinderhook, Columbia, New York; married; died 26 May 1841 in Mumford, Monroe, New York, United States.

91. Elizabeth Peabody-16340: born 5 March 1783 in Maugerville, Sunbury, New Brunswick, Canada; died 12 March 1816.

92. William Harding-10036: born 16 June 1772; married 8 August 1793; died 1847 in Long Beach, New Brunswick.

93. Elizabeth Flewelling-10037: born 1772.

94. Thomas Fowler-16345: born 1785; died 1877.

96. John Briles-2057: born 27 October 1775; married 1795; died before November 1855 in Randolph, North Carolina, United States.

97. Nancy Ann Beckerdite-2058: died before 1840 in Randolph, North Carolina, United States.

98. Noah Rush-2393: born 9 January 1778 in Randolph, North Carolina, United States; married; died 6 May 1870 in Randolph, North Carolina, United States.

99. Sarah Clark-2402: born 1790.

100. John Thompson-4601: born 4 March 1797 in Kentucky, United States; married 1 February 1820 in Ohio, Kentucky, United States; died 14 August 1857 in Adams, Iowa, United States.

101. Sarah Iglehart-4600: born 24 March 1800 in Maryland, United States; died 5 February 1877 in Adams, Iowa, United States.

102. James Evans-8272: born 1793 in Kentucky, United States; married 18 August 1818 in Warrick, Indiana, United States; died.

103. Sarah (Sally) Garret-8273: born 1801; died 2 October 1871.

104. Edward Ricketts-2746: born about 1787 in Pennsylvania, United States; married 1 November 1810 in Fleming, Kentucky, United States; died 8 September 1838 in Rush, Indiana, United States.

105. Sarah Story-2747: born 28 December 1789 in Bryant, Franklin, Kentucky, United States; died 3 August 1854 in Rush, Indiana, United States.

106. John C. Reed-5748: born about 1800 in New York, New York, United States; married 9 December 1822 in Jennings, Indiana, United States; died 18 August 1864 in Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, United States.

107. Mary Buckles-5749: born 6 December 1792 in Shepardstown, Berkely County, Virginia (now West Virginia); died 14 February 1867 in Berlin, Clinton County, Indiana.

108. Ebenezer Christy-13075: born 1784 in Virginia, United States; died 1837 in Fayette, Ohio, United States.

109. Rachel Elizabeth Dawson-13076: born 1803; died 1881.

110. Isom Gallimore-8849: born 1799 in North Carolina, United States; married; died 3 March 1859.

111. Judith Bentley-8850.

112. Phillip Andre Mentzer-6243: married 8 July 1792 in Hollis Street Church, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States; died 1801 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

113. Isabella Motes-6244.

114. Oliver Miles-1699: born 27 September 1772 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; married 27 January 1796 in Leominster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States; died 12 December 1855.

115. Sarah Joslin-1700.

116. Adam Minick-6634.

117. Esther Elisabetha Schiedel-16364: born 1801; died 1888.

118. Henry Jones-16365: born 1785; died 1826.

119. Catherine Bovey-16366: born 1786; died 1842.

120. Green Wells-4795: born 24 September 1764 in Rhode Island, United States; married 11 February 1789 in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States; died 13 December 1845 in Barre, Orleans County, New York.

121. Abigail White-4813: born 24 September 1770 in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States; died 30 July 1852 in Barre, Orleans County, New York.

122. John Kennedy-4796: born 1 February 1767 in Volentown; married; died 28 August 1831 in Sullivan, Madison, New York, United States.

123. Anna Barnes-4842: born 28 April 1775 in Williamstown; died 17 February 1820 in Sullivan, Madison, New York, United States.

124. Hampton Lillibridge Crandall-4934: born 1778 in RI or CT; married about 1805 in prob Genesee County, New York; died 1 January 1863 in Bentonsport, Van Buren, Iowa, United States.

125. Freelove Butler-4935: born about 1780 in prob CT; died after 1840 in Bentonsport, Van Buren, Iowa, United States.

126. William S. Nafus-16367: born 1774; died 1850.

127. Salome Carpenter-16368: born 1775; died 1837.

Following a Lead

Do you ever find yourself going off on a tangent with your genealogy research? I know Thomas MacEntee has referred to this as following the lure of a ‘bright and shiny object.’

The recent Facebook post by the 8th Virginia Regiment group about James Curry has proven to be one of those ‘bright and shiny objects.’ Thus, I’ve been on a detour with my research.

As I was updating my sourcing for James Curry (1752-1834), I found a source that leads to another source. The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Obituary Index database on Ancestry is that source leading to another source.

Name: James Curry
Death Age: 82
Birth Date: abt 1752
Death Date: 5 Jul 1834
Death Place: Jerome Twp, Union, Ohio, USA
Spouse: Maria
Newspaper Information: Newspaper: Marysville Tribune, Newspaper Date: 12 Sep 1883, Newspaper Page: 5 Column: 3; Repository: Marysville Public Library; Years Available: 1853-1892 | Newspaper: Marysville Tribune, Newspaper Date: 19 Sep 1883, Newspaper Page: 5 Column: 4; Repository: Marysville Public Library; Years Available: 1853-1892

“Ohio, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Obituary Index, 1810s-2016,”Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : Hayes Presidential Center Obituary Indexers and Volunteers. “Ohio Obituary Index.”, Jerome Twp., Union County, Ohio, viewed online (31 October 2021), James Curry.

This index provided enough information for me to find the articles about James Curry on Newspapers.com in Ohio newspapers.

The Weekly Marysville Tribune (Marysville, OH)
12 Sep 1883
Page 5

Honor to a Soldier Pioneer
The Curry Reunion and What It Proposes to Do


Last Saturday the Curry descendants had a reunion on the farm of John Curry in Jerome township, a large number of the relatives being in attendance.

Those present were mostly the lineal descendants of the grandfather, Col. Jas. Curry, who was an officer in the Revolutionary army. He was a native of Belfast, Ireland, and emigrated with his father to America in 1782, when ten years old, and located in Augusta county, Va. When he arrived to manhood he entered the Revolutionary army where he made an honorable record. After the close of the war and when 35 years of age he moved to Ross county, and subsequently, in 1811, moved with is family to the wilds of Madison county, that portion afterwards being incorporated into Union county. He helped to organize the county and put it into running shape. He was a member of the legislature for Madison county (Union not being formed) in 1812-3, when the state capital was at Chillicothe. He was re elected to the same office in 1813. In 1814 he was elected from the Delaware and Madison district, and was returned to the same office in 1815. In 1816 he was chosen to represent Madison county, it being entitled to a separate representation. In 1819 Mr. Curry was returned as Madison’s representative, and this term closed his official career in the legislature. It was during this his last term that the act organizing Union county was passed, the bill completing its passage Dec. 24, 1819. He was one of the electors in 1816 and cast the vote of the State at Chillicothe for James Monroe who was one of the Presidential candidates. He was also Associate Judge of Union county from 1822 til 1828, the court being held part of the time at Milford. His official career closing with the expiration of the Judgship, being then 76 years old, he retired to his farm and awaited the summons from on high, which cam to him through an attack of apoplexy in 1834, at the age of 82 years. He was buried in the family graveyard situated on the farm, by the side of his wife, who had preceded him about eight years.

We have been thus explicit in narrating the history of Col. James Curry for the reason that it was proposed and planned at the family reunion, last Saturday to remove his remains and those of his wife, to Oakdale cemetery. This will take place Saturday afternoon of this week, and in view of the fact that he was an honored Revolutionary officer, having followed the fortunes of Washington’s army through the war, and having been so prominently connected with the organization of the county and shaping its destinies, the citizens owe it to the memory of this once patriot soldier and civilian to attend the funeral obsequies in a body.
We can never fully estimate from our present standpoint the services of the Revolutionary soldier or his arduous labors in opening this western wilderness and shaping it to the requirements of social elite. We should honor them, though they be but dust now, for the glorious work they have done in laying the foundation stones of the grandest civilization the world has ever know.

We hope our country friends, as many of them as can, will be present next Saturday afternoon, if not to participate in the funeral exercises, to stand at least with uncovered head s the dust of these respected pioneers is conveyed to the final rest.
We regret very much that the time is so short to give the public due notice of this event. If timely notice could be given very many would attend who will not know anything of it till it is over. Let as many attend as can.

The following week an article appeared detailing to reburial of Col. James Curry and the honors paid to him and his wife.

The Weekly Marysville Tribune (Marysville, Ohio)
19 Sep 1883
Page 5

Honors to an Early Pioneer

Exhumation and Reinterment of the Remains of Colonel James Curry and Wife after a Slumber of Fifty Years, and the Honors Paid Them

Saturday last was the day set apart by the Curry descendents to take up the remains of Col. James Curry and his wife, in Jerome township, and have them removed to Oakdale cemetery, one mile west of Marysville.
The Editor of the Tribune upon the invitation of Col. W. L. Curry, shared with him his buggy to the old farm so long occupied by the venerable grandsire. It is situated about one mile to the southwest of New California, on the road leading from the latter place to Plain City. We arrived there about 11 o’clock and found about twenty persons present, mostly those who belong to or are connected with the lineage of the family.

The graves had already been opened and it was bu the work of a few moments to lift the skeletons from their long resting place and put them in a new casket, specially prepared for them. The main bones of the frame-work in both graves were in good condition for removal, and they were as artistically placed in their new receptacles as though done by a professed anatomist.
The caskets were then closed up and removed to the hearses which were in waiting, and in a few moments after the cortege was on its way to Oakdale cemetery.

The graveyard is located on the farm where Mr. Curry resided (now owned by the Nonemaker heirs) about two or three hundred yards west of north of the point where the original pioneer cabin stood, no traces of which for many years have been left. The burial limits are about three rods square, surrounded by a board fence gong to decay. Within the enclosure stand two walnut trees and about half a dozen honey locusts, which suggest to the passing traveler that this must be a family burial place. There are some half dozen other graves in the lot, in all of which are remains of the Curry connection.
Two old-fashioned, plain sandstone slabs marked the graves which were opened. That of the venerable sire had the simple inscription: “James Curry, died July 5th 1834, aged 82 years, 5 months and 7 days.”
The inscription on the wife’s headstone reads: “Mary M. Curry, died January 10,, 1826, aged 57 years.” Then follow the lines written after he death by her poet son, Otway:
“The spirit hath returned to him
Who gave its heavenly spark.
To live and reign with Seraphim,
When suns and stars are dark.”

The same son subsequently wrote a beautiful poem, entitled “To My Mother,” which will be found in the second department of the County History, page 93. It is a gem that has won for itself immortality.

The coffins were both made after the proverbial old sextagon style with a distention across the breast and the sides sloping towards the ends. The wood was the customary black walnut. The lid of the coffin and the covering over it were decayed and the earth had fallen in. The sides were standing in position, but considerably decayed. It that of Mr. Curry the wood was well preserved and so tough that it could hardly be whittled with a penknife. The bottom boards of both coffins were sound.
As before intimated the remains were taken out in good shape. They has been entombed — those of the husband fifty years, lacking ten months and those of the wife fifty-eight years.

Of those who were present at Mr. Curry’s funeral, four were present to witness the exhumation, namely, John Curry, Zachariah Noteman, George Rickard and Llewellyn Curry, the latter being then but four years old.

A procession of seven or eight carriages followed the hearses to town. At the east end the pall bearers in carriages were in waiting to join the procession. These gentlemen were George Snodgrass, sr., Andrew Keys, William M. Robinson, John F. Sabin, Levi Longbrake, John B. Coats, David O. Winget, Taber Randall and James A. Henderson.

As the procession moved west through Fifth street, it was met in front of the M.E. church by the members of the Grand Army of the Republic who filed their lines on each side of the road for the head of the cortege to pass through. As the hearse bearing the remains of the old Revolutionary veteran, draped int he flag he one so nobly defended, came up, the members of the Grand Army marched on either side of the hearse till reaching Court street, where they entered carriages and preceded the hearses to the cemetery grounds.

Arriving there the caskets were ranged in the shade of teh overhanging oaks. Rev. Thrail read some appropriate scripture lessons and offered prayer. After stating the nature of the obsequies, he introduced Hon. J. W. Robinson, who read a brief history of the early pioneer, the services he rendered the country and the responsible public trusts he subsequently filled, and referred tot he appropriateness of the honors that were being paid on this occasion to one who had acted so conspicuous a part in the development of this part of the country.

Judge Cole followed in some appropriate off-hand remarks. He had known Mr. Curry in his day, and knew him to be a true, honest man in every respect and worthy of the high honors paid to his memory by the living of to-day. The remarks of both gentlemen were listened to with profound attention.

William M. Robinson, after Curry’s casket had been lowered into the grave remarked: “I assisted burying these remains in the family graveyard nearly fifty years ago.” It is one of the strange events, that fifty years later he should be called to assist in the reburial of the same person.

Under two oaks, whose outreaching branches shade the chosen spot; will henceforth rest the dust of these early pioneers. Here the family descendants will make their periodical pilgrimages to pay their devotions to an honored ancestry; and here too the patriot and civilian may drink in the Revolutionary inspiration of love of country and home. And las of all, the imperishable marble will mark the spot honored to hold the dust of a true friend of his country and of mankind.

I doubt that I would have looked for information about James Curry in 1883 papers if I hadn’t seen the information in the obituary index. Thus, paying attention to those potential leads and following them can be beneficial.

Pension Application

James Curry of Ohio

Ohio Roll
James Curry
Col. Bowman Captain
VA
In the Army of the United States during the Revolutionay War
Inscribed on the Roll of Ohio
at the rate of Twenty Dollars per month, to commence
the 1st of May 1818
Certificate of Pension issued the 25th of Jan 1819
and sent to Burns Parish
Columbus, Ohio

image 305
James Curry Capt
fourth VA regt
1777-1780
May 1818
certificate
warrtny

Image 306
James Curry was a Resident of Madison, Ohio
deposeth and sayeth that on the 24th day of June 1777
he entered into the service of the United States in the Virginia
line on continental establishment in the revolutionary war
as a first Lieutenant, his commission stated as above
was then in Capt. Robert Higgin’s Company in the 8th
Virginia Regimental commando by Col. Abraham [Boiseman]
that on the Regiments being replaced by various cuasin
on being in action [discharged from] the 8th to 4th
joined or consolidated and denominated the 4th Reg
and was then commanded by Col John Nevill
a number of [supunumerary] officer now then sent
home; your deponent was still retaind in [?]
and on September the 23rd 1779 received a Captain
Commission that he was with the troops of the Virginia
line in the neighborhood of Morristown, where
the Hutts were nearly com[pleted] for wintering in
when orders were received for the line to March
for Charleston So Carolna that your deponent
[trasfer] of the Virginia line left him
encamped near Morristown on the 10th Dec
1779 and reach Charlestown early in april
and after about a month seige we cap[autated]
on the 12 of May 1780 your deponent with
the other officers were paraled to Harddrolls point
where we were detained until June 1781

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when a [cartel] was settled for exchanging
the prisoners in the Southern departments as
far as officers of similar rank would apply
and the remainder to be paroled to their homes
liable to be called in by the British authorities
on certain specificants [except by mentioned]
of those paroled to their homes and [that I have number]
was your deponent and became liberated by
the end of the war. Your deponent states with
regrets that he has after the strictest search been
unable to find his commissions; also two counterparts
of paroles; and certificate of an oath of fidelity to
the United States [since] to be taken before the
Journals of Division that of your deponent taken
before the Marquis de la Fayette and to which was
his signature; some in Camp near Valley Fort
in the spring of 1778 shortly before the army quitting
there plans, and but a little proceeding the battles
of Monmouoth, in which action your deponent
was ; [We] should have mentioned above that those officers
and who remaind of the soldiers wee brought to
James tavern in Virginia (after the [carel] was
agreed on) in District frankforts. our deponent
further state that he has no pension allowed
him by the laws of the United Staes
nor is his name on your pension list

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and then from his [?] circumstances
he needs the tender aid of his
country, by the act of Congress of
March 18th 1818
James Curry

U.S. Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application files, 1800-1900, James Curry, 5 January 1819; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 31 October 2021). Original Source: NARA microfilm pubication M804.

Facebook Find

Are you a Facebook user? Do you use it to connect with family or do you use it for genealogy or both?

I am an avid user of Facebook. I love being able to stay connected with family members via Facebook. However, on a day to day basis, I would have to say that my use of Facebook for genealogy outweighs my family activities.

I have joined or liked lots of genealogy or history related groups/pages. One of those groups I’ve joined is the 8th Virginia Regiment. This group shares information about the activities of the 8th Virginia Regiment during the revolutionary war. I joined this group in hopes of learning more about my CRAWFORD families and their associated FAN CLUB that settled in Garrard County, Kentucky.

As I was reading Facebook posts this morning, the 8th Virginia Regiment had a post that does connect with my research. Instead of helping me with my Crawford research, it was a post about James Curry, whom I’ve researched because of his possible connection with my ancestor Hiram M. Currey of Ohio.

Hoping to get more information about this quote, I posted a comment on the post asking if they could point me to a source for the quote. And they replied! Southern Campaigns American Revolution Pension Statements and Rosters – James Curry

There is a lot of information on this link that I need to analyze! I am thankful that they not only posted the quote but also replied with this source.

Even though I haven’t been able to find a family tie between James Curry and Hiram Currey, I will continue to research both families in hopes of someday finding a connection. Below is the information that I already have in my file about James Curry.

Col. James Curry1 was born on 29 Jan 1752 in Belfast, Antrim, Ireland.26

He served in the military in 1774 in Staunton, Augusta, Virginia, United States.1 as a private

He served in the military as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 8th Virginia militia in Dec 1776 in Virginia.7

James served in the military as lieutenant in Eighth Virginia from 24 Jun 1777 to 23 Sep 1779.1,78

He  was commissioned First Lieutenant in Captain Robert Higgins’ Company, Colonel Abraham Bowman’s Eighth Virginia Regiment on 24 Jun 1777 .9

He served in the military as captain in Fourth Virginia from 1779 to 1785.1,3,5,7

James  was commissioned Captain i Colonel John Neville’s Fourth Virginia Regiment on 23 Sep 1779 .89 James Curry fought in the battles of Point Pleasant, Brandywine, Germantown Monmoth,Charlestown, and Yorktown. Wintered at Valley Forge.

He  was captured  on 12 May 1780 .710

He  was exchanged  in Jun 1781 .710

James lived in Staunton, Augusta, Virginia, United States between 1783 and 1784.1

Between 1785 and 1794 he was a brigade inspector of Seventh Brigade in Rockingham, Virginia, United States.1

He lived in Rockingham, Virginia, United States in 1785.1

James received a land patent for 1000 acres surveyed March 27 1794 on 20 Feb 1796 in Ohio, Kentucky, United States.11

He  left VA bound for in Ohio, Kentucky, United States on 5 Oct 1797.12

He lived at High Bank Prairie in Ross, Ohio, United States on 1 Apr 1798.1

James lived in Greenfield, Highland, Ohio, United States between 1800 and 1811.1,13

Early in the spring of in 1800 he along with John Coffey, Lewis Lutteral, Samuel Schooley, Jospeh Parmer, James Milligan and William Bell in Greenfield, Highland, Ohio, United States and commenced building houses.14

He was listed on the tax rolls in 1801 in Ohio.15

James held the office of Brigade Inspector about 1806 in Greenfield, Highland, Ohio, United States.1

In 1811 he moved to at banks of Dorby Creek in Union, Ohio, United States.13,16

He lived at Jerome Twp. in Madison, Ohio, United States in 1811.1

James was member of Ohio State Legislature representing Madison, Ohio, United States between 1813 and 1817.1

He received pension  on 1 May 1818 in Madison, Ohio, United States.810

He was member of Ohio State Legislature representing in Madison, Ohio, United States between 1819 and 1820.1

James lived in Darby Township, Union, Ohio, United States in 1820.17

He held the office of Associate Judge between 1822 and 1828 in Madison, Ohio, United States.1

He lived in Union, Ohio, United States in 1828.89

James died on 5 Jul 1834 at the age of 82 at Jerome Twp. in Union, Ohio, United States.1,38,16,18

He was buried at Oakdale Cemetery in Marysville, Union, Ohio, United States.3,19

ENDNOTES:

1. Union County, Ohio containing a History of the County, Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools etc.: General and Local Statistice; Military Records; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Miscellaneous Matters, etc., etc. (Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1883)

2. Ibid.

3. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 31 October 2021), memorial for James Curry (1752-1834), Find a Grave Memorial no. #43012515, created by C/R Mitton, citing Oakdale Cemetery, Marysville, Union County, Ohio; accompanying photograph by AAvink, James Curry.

4. , Robin Ann Bolick, #761531, dated August 31, 1994; NSDAR Daughters of teh American Revolution, , dar.org/national-society/genealogy.

5. North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000, DAR Lineage Book – Mrs. Cora Gill Holland #142922 RE: James Curry, 1918–1919; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 31 October 2021).

6. United States, Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970, Jack Curry Redman, Sr descendant of James Curry, 27 March 1961; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 31 October 2021). Original Source: Membership appcliations for National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

7. Gwathmey John H., Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution: Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, 1775-1783 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1979), page 201.

8. Marriage, 8 Nov 1938, , . , Letter to Mrs. W. M. Gardner from administrator of Pensions – RE: James Curry.

9. Pension File of James Curry (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government), Revolutionary War Pension & Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900, letter fromA. D. Hiller, Executive Assistant to the Administrator dated 8 Nov. 1938 (Doc. #: Curry.PA.005).

10. U.S. Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application files, 1800-1900, James Curry, 5 January 1819; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 31 October 2021). Original Source: NARA microfilm pubication M804.

11. “Land Records – Ohio,”Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : Ohio land office, viewed online (14 November 1998), James Curry.

12. Union County, Ohio containing a History of the County, Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools etc.: General and Local Statistice; Military Records; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Miscellaneous Matters, etc., etc. (Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1883), p. 294-306 (Doc. #: Curry.OH.065)

13. History of Ross and Highland Counties, Ohio with Illustrtions and Biographical Sketches (Cleveland, Ohio: Williams Bros., 1880)

14. Early Settlers of Highland County Ohio (: , 1858)

15. “Virginia Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1607-1890,”Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : Jackson, Ron V. Accelerated Indexing system, Virginia Census, 1607-1890, VA Military District, viewed online (31 October 2021), James Curry.

16. Early Settlers of Highland County Ohio (: , 1858), p. 52

17. 1820 U.S. Census, Union County, Ohio, population schedule, Darby Township, Union County, Ohio Image 3 of 4, line 4, James Curry; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 31 October 2021); NARA micofilm publication M33

18. “OHio, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Obituary Index, 1810s-2016,”Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : Hayes Presidential Center Obituary Indexers and Volunteers. “Ohio Obituary Index.”, Jerome Twp., Union County, Ohio, viewed online (31 October 2021), James Curry.

19. “Ohio Soldier Grave Registrations, 1804-1958,”Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : Graves Registration Cards Collection, Ohio History Connection, Union County, Ohio, viewed online (31 October 2021), James Curry.

Descendants of Hiram Currey of Peoria

1-Hiram M. Currey
b: abt 1787
+Rachel Harris
m: 28 Sep 1824, Edgar, Edgar, Illinois, United States
d: bef 28 Mar 1842
. . . . . 2-Julia E. Currey
          b: abt 1832, Illinois, United States
. . . . . +James E. Smith
          m: 19 Oct 1853, Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States
. . . . . 2-Mary Ellen Currey
          b: abt 1833
          d: aft 1860
. . . . . +Jeremiah B. Kellogg
          b: abt 1827, Ohio, Kentucky, United States
          m: 3 Feb 1853, Tazewell, Tazewell, Illinois, United States
          d: Aug 1869, Tazewell, Tazewell, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Eugene Kellogg
                    b: abt 1854, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Ida Kellogg
                    b: abt 1857, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Julia Kellogg
                    b: abt 1858, Illinois, United States
. . . . . 2-Hiram M. Currey
          b: 13 Aug 1835, Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States
          d: 2 Mar 1901, Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . +Angelina Jane Burke
          b: 30 Oct 1836, Kentucky, United States
          m: 3 Aug 1856, Weston, Platte, Missouri, United States
          d: 26 Mar 1901, Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Sarah Evelina Currey
                    b: 31 Jan 1859
                    d: 4 Dec 1884
. . . . . . . . . . +Santford D. Morris
                    m: 25 Sep 1879, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Elizabeth Bessie Viola Morris
                              b: 17 Dec 1882, Kansas, United States
                              d: 31 Jul 1974, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-John Henry Currey
                    b: 11 Mar 1861
                    d: 14 Apr 1898, Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Mary “Mollie” O’Rourke
                    b: 22 Jan 1872, Weston, Platte, Missouri, United States
                    m: 1 Dec 1890, Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                    d: 26 Jan 1959, Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Helen Marie Currey
                              b: 26 Nov 1892, Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                              d: 29 Jan 1968, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Marie Currey
                              b: 8 Jun 1894, Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                              d: 6 Aug 1989, Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-John Russell Currey
                              b: 18 Jun 1896, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                              d: 7 Oct 1977, Alexandria, Virginia, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Mary Caroline Currey
                    b: 8 May 1864
                    d: 16 May 1945, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +John Henry Spears
                    b: 15 Apr 1855, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States
                    m: 12 Feb 1886, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                    d: 22 Sep 1939, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Hiram Miles Currey
                    b: 23 Oct 1866, Missouri, United States
                    d: 15 Sep 1943, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Winnie Mae Hutchinson
                    b: 6 May 1871, Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States
                    m: 13 May 1891, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States
                    d: 23 Sep 1913, Olathe, Johnson, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Infant Currey
                              b: 18 Apr 1892
                              d: 10 May 1892
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Henry Currey
                              b: 25 May 1893, Liberty, Clay, Missouri, United States
                              d: 20 May 1906, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Herbert Miles Currey
                              b: 3 Apr 1895, Liberty, Clay, Missouri, United States
                              d: 20 Apr 1971, Ontario, Malheur, Oregon, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Hiram Currey
                              b: 11 Aug 1897
                              d: 24 Jan 1898
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Myrtle Irene Currey
                              b: 11 Jan 1899, Pomeroy, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States
                              d: 23 Jul 1970, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Mary Lela Currey
                              b: 17 Aug 1901, Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                              d: 8 Dec 1977, Zion, Lake, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Winnie Letha Currey
                              b: 30 Jun 1903, Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                              d: 11 Feb 1992, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Earnest Oran Currey
                              b: 5 Apr 1906, Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                              d: 25 May 1979, Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Alma Jean Currey
                              b: 5 Apr 1912, Plainville, Rooks, Kansas, United States
                              d: 7 Sep 1989, Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-William Quincy Currey
                    b: 11 Dec 1868, Kansas, United States
                    d: 3 Mar 1952, Downey, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Frances B Lorede
                    b: 1874
                    m: 29 Aug 1923, Jackson, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Jessie A. Myers
                    b: 30 Oct 1872, Kansas, United States
                    m: 20 Oct 1891, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                    d: 27 Aug 1913, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Edna May Curry
                              b: 6 Feb 1893, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                              d: 27 Dec 1940, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Grace L. Curry
                              b: 8 Jul 1895, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                              d: 30 Oct 1981, Jefferson, Texas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Frank William Curry
                              b: 6 Jan 1897, Kansas, United States
                              d: 9 May 1961, Bogata, Distrito Capital, Columbia
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Florence Curry
                              b: 9 Jul 1899, Kansas, United States
                              d: 23 Oct 1960, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Esther H. Curry
                              b: abt 1904, Kansas, United States
                              d: 12 May 1963, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Opal Currey
                              b: abt 1911, Kansas, United States
                              d: 26 Jul 1921, Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-James Gilbert Currey
                    b: 10 Oct 1871, Kansas, United States
                    d: Norton, Norton, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Mary (Mamie/Mannie) Ridge
                    b: Apr 1873, Kansas, United States
                    m: 29 Nov 1895, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                    d: 24 Oct 1951
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Elizabeth Jane Currey
                    b: 22 May 1874, Kansas, United States
                    d: 5 Jun 1945, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Robert Rigby
                    b: 11 Nov 1858, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
                    m: 8 Feb 1894, Jackson, Missouri, United States
                    d: 13 Feb 1932, Jackson, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Glenn Rigby
                              b: 6 Jun 1896, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, United States
                              d: 21 Sep 1920, Jackson, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Dorothy Louise Rigby
                              b: 19 Oct 1898, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, United States
                              d: 9 Dec 1918, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Dora Ann Currey
                    b: 14 Oct 1876, Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                    d: 29 Apr 1968, Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Charles Lee Marts
                    b: 5 Mar 1875, White Cloud, Doniphan, Kansas, United States
                    m: 25 Apr 1901
                    d: 22 Feb 1941, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Glen Elmer Marts
                              b: 19 Feb 1902, Wymore, Gage, Nebraska, United States
                              d: 9 Feb 1966, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Samuel Albert Marts
                              b: 14 May 1905, Iowa Point, Doniphan County, Kansas
                              d: 21 Sep 1913
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Marion Franklin Currey
                    b: 12 Apr 1881, Kansas, United States
                    d: 7 Jul 1903, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Frank Currey
                    b: 2 Nov 1884, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                    d: 14 Feb 1885, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . 2-Caroline Currey
          b: 9 Mar 1836
          d: 12 Dec 1880, Arcola, Douglas, Illinois, United States
. . . . . +William Kelso
          b: 26 Jan 1831, Switzerland, Indiana, United States
          m: 9 Aug 1854, Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States
          d: 18 Oct 1915, Allerton, Wayne, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Lillian Frances Kelso
                    b: 4 Oct 1855, Washington, Illinois, United States
                    d: 18 Nov 1939, Franklin Township, Putnam, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Orlando Kelso
                    b: abt 1857, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Telva May Kelso
                    b: 8 Jan 1859, Arcola, Douglas, Illinois, United States
                    d: 25 Jun 1926, Gays, Moultrie, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Alfred Madison Blythe
                    b: 21 Nov 1859, Shelby, Illinois, United States
                    m: 4 May 1881, Arcola, Douglas, Illinois, United States
                    d: 25 Jun 1926, Gays, Moultrie, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Arley Lawrence Blythe
                              b: 8 Aug 1882, Ash Grove Township, Shelby, Illinois, United States
                              d: 15 Nov 1930, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Bessie Bernice Blythe
                              b: 13 Sep 1885, Shelby, Illinois, United States
                              d: 7 May 1985, San Diego, San Diego, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Allie Maude Blythe
                              b: 26 Dec 1887, Shelby, Illinois, United States
                              d: 10 Mar 1888, Shelby, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Hazel Caroline Blythe
                              b: 1 Jul 1889, Shelby, Illinois, United States
                              d: 5 Mar 1981, Monterey, Monterey, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Telva Ruth Blythe
                              b: 6 Aug 1898, Gays, Moultrie, Illinois, United States
                              d: 3 Jul 1982, Escondido, San Diego, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Hannah Kelso
                    b: abt Mar 1860, Washington, Tazewell, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Caroline Kelso
                    b: 10 Apr 1860
                    d: 13 Jul 1931, Rupert, Minidoka, Idaho, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Jacob Peter Woolford
                    b: 18 Feb 1855
                    m: 24 Dec 1879, Douglas, Illinois, United States
                    d: 2 Aug 1918, Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Ross M Woolford
                              b: 8 Nov 1880, Cole, Illinois
                              d: 18 Sep 1947, Rupert, Minidoka, Idaho, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Alfred Jacob Woolford
                              b: 27 Jul 1894, Galton, Douglas, Illinois, United States
                              d: Nov 1945, Sarasota, Sarasota, Florida, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Samuel Ward Woolford
                              b: 2 Apr 1897
                              d: 6 Apr 1980, Kendall, Texas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Charles D Kelso
                    b: 1861, Illinois, United States
                    d: 1879, Arcola, Douglas, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Dell Kelso
                    b: 1865, Washington, Illinois, United States
                    d: 29 Oct 1932, Cleveland, Bolivar, Mississippi, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Rudolph Mohlenhoff
                    b: 1870
                    m: 1892
                    d: 1952
. . . . . . . . . . 3-William Hiram Kelso
                    b: 7 Feb 1868, Windsor, Shelby, Illinois, United States
                    d: 30 Jul 1903, Douglas, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Harriet (Hattie) Raney
                    b: 1872
                    m: 12 Dec 1892, Douglas, Illinois, United States
                    d: 1 Aug 1949, Douglas, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Telva Ann Kelso
                              b: 4 Mar 1894, Douglas, Illinois, United States
                              d: 13 Jun 1971, Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Joseph Wilson Kelso
                    b: 7 Mar 1871, Windsor, Shelby, Illinois, United States
                    d: 15 Feb 1941, Huntington Park, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Lyda Davis
                    b: 27 Jan 1874, Illinois, United States
                    m: 11 Dec 1898, Perry, Illinois, United States
                    d: 27 Aug 1947, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Harley Laverne Kelso
                              b: 19 Oct 1899, Illinois, United States
                              d: 30 Jan 1973, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Vernon Davis Kelso
                              b: 21 Jul 1901, Illinois, United States
                              d: 4 Jul 1960, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Audrey E Kelso
                              b: 31 Dec 1903
                              d: 17 Aug 1986, Petaluma, Sonoma, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Mary Maude Kelso
                    b: 22 Jul 1872, Windsor, Shelby, Illinois, United States
                    d: 1942
. . . . . . . . . . +Charles Klein
                    b: 16 May 1870
                    m: 30 Mar 1892, Douglas, Illinois, United States
                    d: 19 Nov 1947, Putnam, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Imogene Dell Klein
                              b: 23 Dec 1892, Galton, Douglas, Illinois, United States
                              d: 14 Jan 1953, Noblesville, Hamilton, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Florence Klein
                              b: 19 Jun 1894, Illinois, United States
                              d: 29 Aug 1987, Zionsville, Boone, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Alice Maurine Klein
                              b: 1896
                              d: 20 Sep 1908, Franklin Township, Putnam, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Lloyd Klein
                              b: Dec 1899
                              d: 18 Feb 1901
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Robert Lester Klein
                              b: 14 Aug 1907, Indiana, United States
                              d: 27 Oct 1966, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Charles Jacob Klein
                              b: 10 Oct 1902, Illinois, United States
                              d: 7 Jan 1974, Russellville, Putnam, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Mildred Muade Klein
                              b: 20 Jul 1904
                              d: 23 Jan 1922
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-William Howard Klein
                              b: 21 Nov 1912, Franklin Township, Putnam, Indiana, United States
                              d: 22 Jun 1984, Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-John Currey Kelso
                    b: 1875, Arcola, Douglas, Illinois, United States
                    d: 1926
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Dr. Robert Daniel Kelso
                    b: 1878, Arcola, Douglas, Illinois, United States
                    d: 15 Sep 1926, Hawthorne, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Lulu May Goss
                    b: 22 Dec 1882
                    m: 3 Oct 1899, Pekin, Tazewell, Illinois, United States
                    d: 5 Jan 1972, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Carroll Collins Kelso
                              b: 29 May 1901, Seror, Woodford, Illinois, United States
                              d: 4 May 1976, Orange, Orange, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Madeline Kelso
                              b: 27 Apr 1904, Salesburg, Ill
                              d: 11 Mar 1998, Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Virginia Kelso
                              b: 1908, Illinois, United States
                              d:
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Helen May Kelso
                              b: Sep 1909, St. Louis, Missouri, United States
                              d:
. . . . . 2-Max Currey

Winnie Mae Hutchinson

#SaturdayNightGenealogyFun

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music):

1)  Pick a great-grandparent of yours – any one of your eight.  Tell us three (or more) things about him or her.

Winnie Mae Hutchinson was born on 6 May 1871 in Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States.17

She was the child of Julia Harding and Albert Hutchinson.8

She lived in Douglas Township, Mitchell, Iowa, United States on 2 Jun 1880.9 Winnie Huchardson was listed on the 1880 census as the daughter of A Huchardson. According to the census, Winnie was 9 years old and born in Iowa.

Winnie lived in Jackson Township, Bremer, Iowa, United States in Jul 1885.10 Winna Hutchinson was listed on the 1885 census in the household of Albert Hutchinson. According to the census, Winna was 14 years old and born in Bremer County, Iowa.

She married Hiram Miles Currey on 13 May 1891 in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States.5,1113

On 3 Apr 1895, Herbert Miles Currey was born in Liberty, Clay, Missouri, United States.

On 11 Aug 1897, Hiram Currey was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

On 11 Jan 1899, Myrtle Irene Currey was born in Pomeroy, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States.

She lived in Delaware Township, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States in Jun 1900.14 Winnie M. Carrey was listed on the 1900 census as the wife of Hiram Carrey. According to the census, Winnie was 31 and born May 1869 in Iowa. Winnie and Hiram had been married 11 years.

On 17 Aug 1901, Mary Lela Currey was born in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

On 30 Jun 1903, Winnie Letha Currey was born in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

She lived in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States in Jul 1905.15 W. M. Curry was listed on the 1905 census in the household of H. M. Curry. According to the census, she was 32 years old and born in Kansas.

On 5 Apr 1906, Earnest Oran Currey was born in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

Winnie lived in Rooks, Kansas, United States in Jul 1910.16 Winnie M. Currey was listed on the 1910 census as the wife of Hiram M. Currey. According to the census, Winnie was 38 years old and born in Iowa. The census indicates that Winnie M. Currey was the mother of 8 children, 5 of whom were living in 1910. Winnie and her husband Hiram had been married 17 years.

On 5 Apr 1912, Alma Jean Currey was born in Plainville, Rooks, Kansas, United States.17

She died on 23 Sep 1913 in Olathe, Johnson, Kansas, United States at the age of 42.23,7,1821 Winnie Mae Currey died of heart disease. An abdominal tumor contributed to her death. Mrs. H. M. Currey, wife of a Kansas City teamster, died at their home, 420 Kansas Avenue, Tuesday, September 23, of heart disease. The funeral will be held at the Baptist church Thursday, September 25, at 10 a.m. conducted by the Rev. J. O. Harvey. She leaves a husband and six children, four girls, one of whom is only a year old and two sons, one who helps his father in the city.

She was buried on 25 Sep 1913 at Olathe City Cemetery in Olathe, Johnson, Kansas, United States.3,7,19,2224

ENDNOTES:

        1. Hiram Currey, Hiram Currey Family Bible (New York: American Bible Society, 1880); Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, KS, Family Record — Births: Children of H.M. and A. J. Curry “Winnie May the wife of Hiram Miles was borned May 6 1871 Osage City Iowa”

        2. Winnie Mae Currey, death certificate #46 412 (23 September 1913), Kansas State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Topeka, Kansas.

        3. Winnie Mae Currey, (1871-1913), Olathe Memorial Cemetery, Olathe, Kansas. (738 N. Chestnut).

        4. 1885 Iowa State Census, Bremer County, Iowa, state census, Jackson Township, Bremer County, Iowa, page 33, household 177, Albert Hutchinson; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016); State Historical Society of Iowa

        5. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 database, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7836/). Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900; Source number: 78.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: MP1.

        6. Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925, database with images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : . Original Source: State Historical Society of Iowa.

        7. Ancestry Database, U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012).

        8. “Albert Hutchinson, Co. D, 1st Iowa Cavalry,'” invalid / minor, Civil War Pension File, digital images obtained by Bruce Frail of American Civil War Ancestor research group, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.

        9. 1880 U.S. Census, Mitchell County, Iowa, population schedule, Douglas Township, Mitchell County, Iowa, ED 302, page 9 and 10 Image 8 and 9 of 15, household 67, Huchardson A; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : veiwed online March 2017); NARA microfilm publication T9

        10. 1885 Iowa State Census, Bremer County, Iowa, state census, Jackson Township, Bremer County, Iowa, page 188, household 177, Hutchinson Albert.

        11. , Missouri, Missouri, Marriage Records, 1805-2002, digital image, Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com : . (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), Viewed online; June 2016; Hiram M. Curry – Winnie M Hutchinson; 13 May 1891.

        12. Jackson County Clerk Kansas City, Missouri, “Jackson County Marriage Records, 1840-1985,” image, Ancestry.com, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017), Hiram Curry – Winnie M Hutchison.

        13. Hiram M Currey – Winnie M Hutchinson, (13 May 1891), Marriage License: Book 14, page 109; Recorder of Deeds, Kansas City, Missouri.

        14. 1900 U.S. Census, Leavenworth County, Kansas, population schedule, Delaware Township, Leavenworth County, Kanas, ED 83, sheet 20B, household 364, Hiram M Carrey; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA T623

        15. 1905 Kansas State Census, Leavenworth County, Kansas, state census, Lansin, Leavenworth County, Kansas, page 2, household 11, H M Curry; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); Kansas State Historical Society

        16. 1910 U.S. Census, Rooks County, Kansas, population schedule, Twin Mound Township, Rooks County, Kansas, ED 168, Sheet 11A, housheold 201, Currey Hiram M; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T6224

        17. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007,” database on-line, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ : viewed online September 2017), Hiram M Currey / Winnie M Hutchinson.

        18. Hiram Currey, Hiram Currey Family Bible (New York: American Bible Society, 1880); Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, KS, Family Record: Deaths “Winnie M. Hutchison wife of H. M. Currey died Sept 15, 1913 (Note the 15 is marked out and a 23 is written above it)”

        19. “Winnie May Curry,” obituary, Olathe Independent (Olathe, Kansas), 1 October 1913, page 8, col. 6.

        20. “Obituary”, Olathe Register, (Olathe, Kansas), 25 September 1913, page 10, last column; Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS.

        21. “Death of Winnie May Currey,” The Olathe Register (Olathe, Kansas), 25 September 1913, page 10; Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).

        22. Certificate for Permanent Care Cemetery Lot Olathe, Kansas (: )

        23. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : Viewed Online June 2016), memorial for Winnie Mae “Winnie” Hutchinson Currey (1871-1913), Find a Grave Memorial no. # 13100755, created by Mike Wren, citing Olathe Memorial Cemetery, Olathe, Johnson, Kansas, United States; accompanying photograph by Shelley / Marcia Philbrick, Winnie Mae “Winnie” Hutchinson Currey.

        24. BillionGraves, digital images of tombstone, BillionGraves (billiongraves.com : viewed online August 2017), memorial for Winnie M. Currey (1871-1913), BillionGraves created by Spencer’s Eagle Project Account, citing Olathe Memorial Cemetery, Olathe, Johnson County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by Vicki, Winnie M. Currey.