Do you have any ancestor in your tree for whom you have lots of information but over a limited time period? That’s my situation with Hiram M. Currey of Peoria County, Illinois. However, there are many unanswered questions regarding Hiram M. Currey.
- Do I have proof he is my ancestor? Not Really! I have a Bible record indicating my ancestor, Hiram M. Currey of Leavenworth County, Kansas was born in 1835 in Peoria. However, the handwriting in this Bible suggests that this birth information was written sometime after his birth and possibly by his wife after their marriage. I do NOT have any land record or probate record connecting the two Hirams.
- Am I sure all of the facts I have gathered are for this Hiram M. Currey? Not Really! The given name, Hiram, is fairly common but I have not placed another Hiram Currey (or Curry) in Illinois at the same time as the Peoria Hiram. However, there is some inconsistency with the other information gathered for Hiram M. Currey of Peoria. In some records, Hiram M. Curry is serving as a private or a sergeant during the Indian Campaigns, while in December 1832, there is a report from the Commissioners on the conduct of the Pottawatomi to the Illinois senate that is signed by Hiram M. Curry.
- Am I sure that the father of Hiram M. Currey of Peoria is the Hiram M. Currey that served as treasurer of Ohio? Not really! Again I have no documents connecting Hiram M. Currey of Peoria to his parents.
- Do I know where Hiram M. Currey of Peoria died? NO! I have copies of some correspondence that suggests Hiram M. Currey “went to the gold fields”. There was a group from Peoria, Illinois that did go to California seeking gold. However, I have yet to find any evidence that Hiram M. Currey was part of that group or any other group heading west.
Hiram M. Currey of Peoria, Illinois
Hiram M. Currey was born about 1787.
He resigned as prosecuting attorney in Apr 1823 in Rush, Indiana, United States.1
Hiram lived in Medina Township, Peoria, Illinois, United States about 1825.13
He purchased lot 9 in Block No. 2 at $51.00 during the first public sale of lands on 10 Jul 1826 in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States.17
Hiram ran for county commissioner in Aug 1826 in Peoria, Illinois, United States.18
Hiram’s confirmation by the Senate for his nomination by the Illinois House of Representatives for justice of peace representing Peoria County was announced on 27 Dec 1826.22
He was a lawyer in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States.25
Hiram was a candidate for county commissioner on 14 Aug 1828 in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States.26
He was a candidate for justice of peace on 18 Oct 1828 in La Salle District, Peoria County, Illinois.27
On 9 Nov 1829 he was a Justice of Peace in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States.34
In 1830, he was to have performed a marriage ceremony in the home of John Hammett but did not arrive until late in Mossville, Peoria, Illinois, United States.35
Hiram was listed with 1 male age 10-15, 2 males age 30-40, 1 female under 5, 1 female age 20-30 on the 1830 census in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States36
Between 16 Jun 1831 and 26 Jun 1831, he served in Capt. Pike’s Company of the Rock River Rangers as a private in the IL Volunteer Militia in the Sac & Fox War. Hiram M. Currey enrolled at Fort Armstrong.39–40
He was appointed along with Charles Ballance as commissioners to a road towards Knoxville that passes on north line of in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States in 1832.43
Hiram was listed on the muster roll of Captain Abner Eads Company of Mounted Ranging Volunteers enrolled on an Order from Commander in Chief of the Militia of the State of Illinois to Brigadier General Isaiah Stillman for the service of the United States and served as Orderly Sergt. from May 17th to the 21st of May 1832 in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States.45,47–48
On 6 Nov 1832 from Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States, he sent a letter and petition to General Atkinson regarding burning of land and bridge by Winnebago Indians. The letter is signed Hiram M. Curry, major Peoria Add Battn of Ill Militia.49
He applied to enter land (SW 1/4 S5 T10N R9E of 4th Principle Meridian) by preemption agreeably to Act of Congress of 19 June 1834 in 1834 in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States.43
Hiram purchased the SW1/4 Section 9 Township 9N Range 8E of the 4th Principal Meridian from Lewis Hallock and Sophia his wife of Peoria Co., IL on 17 Oct 1834 in Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois.55
He sold the SW1/4 Section 9 Township 9N Range 8E in the Military Bounty Tract of Illinois to Blewford Stringer for $200.00 on 18 Oct 1834.56
He was mentioned in tax list in 1835 in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States.57
Hiram was involved in a land dispute with Isaac Underhill regarding whether Hiram M. Curry was actually residing on the land he had claimed by preemption being the SW fractional quarter Section 5 Township 10 North Range 9 East of the 4th principal meridian between 1836 and 1840 in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States.58
He filed land entry papers on 19 Mar 1836 in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States claiming he occupied and raised a crop on the SW fraction quarter of Section 5 Township 19 N Range 9 East of 4th principal Meridian in year 1833.43
Hiram filed land entry papers paying $44.20 for the SW fractional quarter of Section 5 Township 10 N Range 9 E of the 4th principal meridian containing 35 acres on 30 May 1836 in Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois.43,60
He sold 78 and 99/100 acres in the E 1/2 NW 1/4 S30T11NR9E of 4th principal meridian for $800.00 to Thomas M. Currey on 9 Jul 1836 in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States.61
He purchased the E 1/2 of the NW 1/4 Section 30 Township 11N Range 9E of the 4th Principal Meridian being 78 and 99/100 acres for $150 from Linus Scoville and his wife Elizabeth Scoville on 9 Jul 1836 in Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois.62
His certificate #8250 for SW1/4 S5T10NR9E was cancelled on 3 Oct 1838 in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States.43
Hiram was listed on the 1840 census with 1 male under 5, 1 male 30-40, 1 female under 5, 1 female 30-40 at La Salle Precinct in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States.63
He was a candidate for representative in 1840 in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States.64
He purchased land being the E1/2 of the NW1/4 Section 30 Township 11N Range 9E of 4th principle meridian on 23 Nov 1840 in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States.65
Hiram sold land by quit claim to Isaac Underhill the S 1/2 of Section 5 Township 10N Range 9E of 4th principal meridian acquired by virtue of preemption for the sum of $150.00 on 28 Mar 1842 in Illinois, United States.66
He was member of school trustees on 27 Nov 1844 in Woodford, Woodford, Illinois, United States.69
Hiram M. Currey married Rachel Harris on 28 Sep 1824 in Edgar, Edgar, Illinois, United States. The couple was married by John W. McReynolds, a licensed minister of the gospel of the Methodist Episcopal Church.72–77
Rachel Harris, daughter of Peter Harris and Rachel Simonse VanArsdale, likely died before 28 March 1842 when a deed for sale of land by Hiram M. Curry does not mention a wife..66
1. Rush County Indiana: From the earliest time to the present, with biographical sketches, notes, etc., together with a short history of the northwest, the Indiana Territory and the State of Indiana (Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1888), pages 397-399, 408; digital images, Archive.org, https://archive.org/details/historyofrushcou00chic viewed online 27 December 2020.
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12. Northern Illinois 1825 Tax List, Hiram Curry, 1825; transcription, Genealogy Trails (http://genealogytrails.com : viewed online 5 July 2021). Original Source: Originally published in an Illinois State Genealogical Society publication from Chicago Historical Society’s manuscript collection.
25. Andreas A. T., Atlas Map of Peoria County, Illinois: Compiled Drawn & Published from Personal Examinations and Surveys (Chicago: A. T. Andreas, 1873), page 22; FamilySearch, http://www.familysearch.org viewed online 22 September 2022.
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29. The Woodford County History (Bloomington, Illinois: Woodford County Board of Supervisors, 1968), page 169. digital image, Archive.org, http://www.archive.org viewed online 12 September 2022.
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33. The History of Peoria County, Illinois (Chicago: Johnson & Company, 1880), page 606; digital image, Archive.org, http://www.archive.org viewed online 12 September 2022.
36. 1830 U.S. Census, Peoria, Putnam Counties, Illinois, population schedule, Peoria, Putnam Counties, Illinois, page 592 (299) Image 1 of 10, Hiram M Currey; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017)
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44. Hiram M. Curry, Military Record of Hiram M. Curry for service in the Black Hawk War (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government), company muster-out roll Hiram M. Curry. Hereinafter cited as Military Record.
45. Ellen M. Whitney, Compiler, The Black Hawk War 1831-1832, volume 1 (Springfield, IL: Illinois State Historical Library, 1970), page 197; digital image, Archive.org, http://www.archive.org viewed online 18 September 2022.
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48. The History of Peoria County, Illinois (Chicago: Johnson & Company, 1880), page 352; digital image, Archive.org, http://www.archive.org viewed online 16 September 2022.
49. Letter from Gen Atkinson to Adjutant General attaching Curry letter and Peoria memorial; Letters 1832 A (NARA microfilm publications Microcopy No. 567, roll 66); Register of letters received, 1812-1889; Letters received by the Office of the Adjutant General, main series, 1805-1821, 1822-1860, 1861-1870, 1870-1880; Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. consulted as FHL microfilm 1182066 DGS 8921496; available on FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org, images 777-781.
51. 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, images 243-245.
52. Jane Douma Pearson NARA volunteer, (Herndon, VA) to Marcia Philbrick, letter, 16 February 1995; Crawford Family Papers, privately held by . , Seneca, Kansas, 2022. includes images from NARA microfilm.
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63. 1840 U.S. Census, Peoria County, Illinois, population schedule, LaSalle Precinct, Peoria County, Illinois Image 5 of 8, Hiram Currey; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication M704
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