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Curtin Families from County Cork, Ireland to Burke, Franklin County NY and Minnesota

      The following set of Ellis biographies was collected by John E Young (born in 1943), starting about 1968, and was based largely on the oral family history told by Mary Elizabeth Ellis (born 1883).

In the biographies below, the letters-numbers in [Brackets] right after a person's name are ID Numbers. And at the end of each biography, the letters-numbers in (parenthesis) are the source codes for the information on that person. Go to the Source Code file to see those sources.

 

Descendants, Usually Listed
in Alphabetical Order

        Michael Curtin [C1] was born in Ireland and married Honora O'Donnell. She died at the age of 107 in Ireland (she burned to death). They had perhaps nine children; Many of these children shown here are just assumed to be siblings because of their close aproximity to the others, where many of them were buried, and names used two generations later. The parents, Michael and Honora, are known to have children Dennis, John, Pat, and Michael from family lore handed down from Dennis’ daughters Elizabeth and Margaret, and before coming to MN, they lived at Burke, Franklin Co NY; the other children are assumed from where they lived, were buried, and their birth years and places-

a.   Ellen Curtin, b 1 Sep 1813, perhaps married John Barry, and died 19 September 1883. She was buried in Saint Marys Cemetery at Newry (Lot 53). 65 year old Ellen Barry and her 68 year old husband John lived at Belle Creek, Goodhue Co MN in 1880. This is two counties to the northeast of Freeborn Co. Their children were born in WI-

      1.   Michael J Barry, b 1853. He married Lillian J _____ and lived with her at Milaca, Mille Co WI in 1905. Michael claimed his father was born in Ireland and mother in NY. In 1910 he said his father was from Ireland and his mother from WI. Lillian was born in NY in 1865. (123s)

      2.   Johannah Barry, b 1856 (123s)

      3.   Ellen Barry, b 1858 (123s) (123s,49c)

b.   Timothy Curtin [C1b], b 10 Feb 1815

c.   Dennis Curtin [C1c], b 1816

d.   Mary Curtin [C1d], b 12 May 1817

e.   John Curtin, was sentenced to work in the Welch coal mines by the English authorities, refused, and was then sentenced to Tasmania or Australia with his brothers Pat and Mike. It is likely that John, Pat and Mike spent the remainder of their lives in Australia. (ME)

f.    Pat Curtin, see John.

g.   Michael Curtin, see John.

h.   Johanna Curtin [C1h], b 1826

i.    Coleman Curtin [C1f], b 1827 (ME,MNqrs,49rsuc)

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        Coleman Curtin [C1f], probably a brother of Dennis and son of Michael Curtin and Honora O'Donnell, was born at Watergrass Hill, Cork County Ireland about 1827 (age 28 in 1857, 31 in 1860, 46 in 1870, 50 in 1875, 54 in 1885). He married Bridget Gardner(?) about 1857. They were in Freeborn Co in the MN Territorial census of 1857, already married. Bridget was born in Ireland in January 1833 (age 23 in 1857, 26 in 1850, 40 in 1875, 50 in 1885, 65 in 1900). 5 year old William McIneen from NY lived with them in 1857; they were household #268. In 1860 they lived at Newry, Freeborn Co MN. In 1870 he was living in Freeborn Co Minnesota, and had lived in Minnesota for years since all of his children were born there. Perhaps Dennis Curtin and his wife chose to move to Freeborn County from New York because Coleman had already settled there.

      Coleman died 12 June 1893 and Bridget was a widow in 1900 in Freeborn Co. She died 17 August 1909. They were buried in Lot 60 in Saint Marys Cemetery at Newry. Coleman’s gravestone says “BORN IN COUNTY CORK IRELAND 1827 DIED JUNE 12, 1893.” They had nine children, with six still alive in 1900-

1.   Ellen Curtin, b 31 Jul 1859, died 2 July 1862 and was buried in Saint Marys Cemetery at Newry (Lot 60). Her gravestone says “ELLEN DAU. OF C&CB CURTIN BORN JULY 31, 1859. DIED JULY 2, 1862.” (49qc,MNq)

2.   Mary Curtin, b 1861. (MNqr, 49rs)

3.   Timothy Curtin, b Feb 1863. He was not shown in the 1865 state census, but was still alive in 1870 and 1900. (MNrs,49rsu,20w)

4.   Honora Curtin, born in 1865. She married W M Burns in Freeborn Co on 19 November 1891. (MNrs,49rsm)

5.   Richard Curtin, born Jan 1868. He married Agnes M O’Leary in 1899 and they lived at Newry in 1900. She was born in March 1878 in MN. In 1910 they were at Russell, Lyon Co, west of Freeborn Co, and Richerd worked in a livery stable. They had four children-

      1.   child Curtin, died as an infant by 1900 and was buried in Saint Marys Cemetery at Newry (Lot 15). His / her gravestone has the inscription “Infant of R & A.” (49uc, 27v)

      2.   Agnes Curtin, b 1901 (27v)

      2.   Florence Curtin, b 1904 (27v)

      3.   Luzetta Curtin, b 1907 (27v) (MNrs,49rsuc,27v)

6.   Bridget Curtin, born in 1869. (MNr,49rs)

7.   Cornelius W Curtin, born 27 Jan 1871. He married Alice Coggins at Blooming Prairie, Steele Co MN on 27 January 1897 and died 21 October 1929 in Mower Co. Alice was born 15 December 1874 in Steele Co, daughter of Edward Coggins (1835-1920) and Bridget Toher (1834-1921), and died 17 March 1911 at Newry. They were buried in Saint Marys Cemetery at Newry (Lot 134). They had at least five children-

      a.   Elizabeth Curtin, b Feb 1899 (49u)

      b.   Charles E Curtin, b 17 Feb 1901 at Newry. (C)

      c.   Florence Curtin, b 28 Aug 1904 at Newry, Freeborn Co. (C)

      d.   George Owen Curtin, b 11 Jun 1906 at Newry, Freeborn Co. (C)

      e.   Edward Curtin, b 1908 (W)

Living next door in 1900 weres widows Johanna (Curtin) Morrison and Bridget and (C,MNr,20m,49sc)

8.   Elizabeth L Curtin, born 19 Jan 1874 at Newry. (C,MNrs,49s) (MNrs,49qrsuc)

 

        Dennis Curtin [C1a], son of Michael Curtin and Honora O'Donnell, was born about 1816 at Watergrass Hill, Cork County Ireland. He probably married Elizabeth Flynn [F1c2] in the mid-1840s in Ireland. She was born about 1813, also at Watergrass Hill, daughter of John Flynn and Mary Kotter. Dennis and Elizabeth came to Malone, New York in 1847 via Valleyfield, Canada (a few miles southwest of Montréal) where their eldest son was born. They spent the latter part of the 1840s and early 1850s in Franklin County Massachusetts, then moved to Franklin County New York by the summer of 1852. They remained there into the 1860s, then by 1870 had moved to Freeborn County Minnesota. In 1865 Dennis and Elizabeth sold their land in New York to a Mr Hill, so probably moved to Freeborn County soon afterwards. Dennis was a farmer. He died in the Fall of 1898 at Minneapolis, and Elizabeth died in September 1896 at Duluth, Minnesota. She was buried in the St Francis Church grave yard in Superior, Wisconsin. They had six children-

1.   Honora Curtin, born and died by 1847.

2.   Patrick Curtin [C1a2], b in 1847

3.   Johanna Curtin, born in 1848 at Greenfield, Massachusetts, and died in June 1863. (ME)

4.   John Curtin, born in 1850 at Greenfield, Massachusetts, married Mary Hanley. He drowned in the Mississippi River near Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. (ME,49r)

5.   Elizabeth Curtin [C1a5], b 1 Jul 1852

6.   Margaret Catherine Curtin [C1a6], b Nov 1856

Living 11 doors away in 1870 was Coleman Curtin, born 1824 in Ireland, and his wife Bridget, born 1837 in Ireland. (ME,PE, BE,CO,49r,22s)

 

        Elizabeth Curtin [C1a5], daughter of Dennis Curtin and Elizabeth Flynn, was born 1 July 1852 at Burke, Franklin County New York. She and her family moved from New York to Freeborn County Minnesota by 1870, and sometime in the 1870s she moved to Steele County where she married Joseph Allen Ellis on 9 November 1879 at Owatonna, in a Catholic church; witnesses to the marriage were Elizabeth’s brother Patrick Curtin, and her sister Margaret. Joseph, son of Charles W Ellis and Mary Elizabeth Ellis, was born 15 June 1854 at Adams, MA, where North Adams is now (North Adams was part of Adams until 1878; the original towns in the area of Adams, North Adams and Williamstown, were called East and West Hoosick). His parents moved westward slowly: in 1850 they were living in Berkshire Co MA; in 1860 and 1870 they were in Lake Co IL; on 10 March 1871 they arrived in Steele Co MN, where they remained until 1883 when they moved north to Superior, WI. Elizabeth and her parents were Irish Catholics, and as the years passed, Joseph became a Catholic himself, when he was in his 60s. His prior religion, and presumably that of his parents, was a Baptist. Joseph was a carpenter. Elizabeth died on 5 February 1927 at Superior and was buried there three days later in Calvary Cemetery. Joseph died in the early hours of 26 December 1935 at Superior and was also buried in Calvary Cemetery. They had five children-

1.   John Henry Ellis [E1b7k2c1], b 8 Sep 1880

2.   James Edward Ellis, b 28 Apr 1882 at Blooming Prairie, MN, never married. He was a drifter and spent much of his life in Iowa. He probably died at Ames or Newton, IA in the 1930s. (BE,ME,PE,B,WIu)

3.   Mary Elizabeth “Mayme” Ellis, b 29 Sep 1883 at Superior, WI, never married, and was a manager in a department store. During most of her life, Mayme (picture) lived with her parents, or with her brother George at Lyman Lake. Mary died in Superior in 17 May 1972 and was buried in Calvary Cemetery in Superior next to her parents. She was the source of much of the older Ellis and Curtin info in this family history. (ME,BE, PE,WIu,G, 25wf)

4.   Joseph William Ellis [E1b7k2c4], b 28 Jul 1888

5.   George Vincent Ellis, b 16 Sep 1892 at Superior, WI, never married. He was a grocery clerk in Superior, and in his retirement years lived at Lyman Lake with his sister Mary, 25 miles south of Superior. George (picture) died at Lyman Lake, Douglas Co on 9 June 1966. He was buried in Calvary Cemetery in Superior next to his parents. (BE,PE, WIu,G,25uwf) (ME,BE,PE,P,WIu,B, 49r,20ms,22s,25uwfc)

Descendants of Elizabeth and Joseph are continued in the Ellis web site; search for ID# starting [E1b7k2c ... Source codes for this Curtin file are also in the Ellis web site:

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~eazier1/Ellis/index.htm

 

        Johanna Curtin [C1h], probably a daughter of Michael Curtin and Honora O'Donnell, was born at Watergrass Hill, Cork County Ireland in 1826 (age 28 in 1860, 50 in 1880). She married James Morrison about 1855; they were found in the Minnesota Territorial Census of 1857 living in Freeborn Co. James was born in Ireland in 1832 (per death record and census record), and died at Newry, Freeborn Co on 24 December 1872. His gravestone in Saint Marys Cemetery at Newry (Lot 59) has an 1827 birth year. Johanna continued living at Newry. She died 28 January 1904 and was buried in Saint Marys Cemetery (Lot 59). She had four children-

1.   John J Morrison, b 1855, died in 1932 (MNnqr,49qs)

2.   Johanna Morrison, b 1859, died 20 October 1863 and was buried in Saint Marys Cemetery at Newry (Lot 59). (49qc)

3.   James C Morrison, b 1863 (MNqr,49s)

4.   Timothy J Morrison, b 1862, died 8 March 1937 at Blooming Prairie, Steele Co, “age 75.” He lived at Newry in 1900, but was at Blooming Prairie in 1905 (age 42). Timothy was not married when he died, and was buried in Saint Marys Cemetery at Newry, Freeborn Co (Lot 59). His old gravestone appears to have an 1862 birth year, yet census records say 1864. (MNnqru,49s,20s) (MNqr,49sdc)

 

        Margaret Catherine Curtin [C1a6], daughter of Dennis Curtin and Elizabeth Flynn, was born in November 1856 at Burke, Franklin County New York (age 41 in 1900, 51 in 1910, 75 in 1930). She married Michael J Colter at Owatonna, Minnesota on 15 February 1882. He was born 1 September 1858 in Ireland, and came to the USAin 1864. Michael died 12 April 1920 and was buried in Calvary Cemetery at Superior. He was a streetcar motorman in Superior, WI. Margaret’s brother Patrick then moved in with her; he was a widower also. Margaret ran a confectionary shop after Michael died. Margaret had three sons, all born at Superior, WI-

a.   John Dennis Colter, b 24 Dec 1882. He was an aprentice plumber in 1900, and a steam fitter in 1910. In 1917 he lived at St Paul, MN. When he registered for the WWI draft, he named “Michael Colter” of Bennett, Douglas Co WI as his nearest relative. John died 2 December 1918 and was buried in Calvary Cemetery at Superior. (BE, 25uv)

b.   William M Colter, b Apr 1884. He married Caroline E _____ about 1907, and they lived at Superior. He was a plumber. Caroline was born in WI in 1883, and died in 1961. Will died in 1959. They were buried in Calvary Cemetery at Superior. They had two sons at Superior-

      1.   William Colter Jr, b 1907 in WI. (25vwf)

      2.   James R Colter, b 1908 (25vw) (BE,25uvwfc)

c.   Francis E Colter, b Nov 1890 (BE,25uv) (ME,22s,20m,25uvfc)

 

        Mary Curtin [C1d], daughter of of Dennis Curtin and Elizabeth Flynn, was born 12 May 1817 in Ireland (age 57 in 1880, 75 in 1900). She married Daniel O Haley in 1848 and they lived with their son John at Newry, Freeborn Co MN in 1900. Mary died 6 April 1905 was buried in Saint Marys Cemetery at Newry (Lot 375). Daniel was born in March 1826 in Ireland. In 1905, after Mary died, he lived with sons Timothy and John at Newry. Dan died 26 October 1908 and was also buried in Saint Marys Cemetery (Lot 375). Living next door in 1900 was Cornelius Curtin [C1f7], Johanna (Curtin [C1h]) Morrison, and Coleman Curtin [C1f]’s widow Bridget Gardner. Mary and Daniel had four children, all still living in 1900-

1.   Timothy Haley, b Mar 1851 at Burke, Franklin Co NY. He was single and lived with his brother John at Newry, Freeborn Co MN in 1900. Timothy died 1 February 1934 and was buried in Saint Marys Cemetery at Newry. His age on his death record was 82. He was cited in the local newspaper on 2 August 1877 for being delinquent on paying $8.35 for taxes on his land at Newry, due on 1 June 1877. (N,122q,MNou, 49suvdc)

2.   Catherine M Haley, b Jun 1853 at Burke, Franklin Co NY. She married Timothy Enright in 1876 and in 1880 they lived in WI. He was born in Ireland on 10 May 1840, son of Timothy Enright and Mary _____. In 1900 they were at Troy, Walworth Co WI. He died there on 4 March 1907 and Catherine then lived with her son Clarence at Troy. In 1920 she and her unmarried children lived at Troy. They had eight children in Walworth Co WI by 1900, with seven still alive; six were alive in 1910-

      a.   Nellie Mary Enright, b Feb 1877, died in 1934 and was buried in Saint John Cemetery, at Fenton, Michigan. She married Patrick O’Connor in Walworth Co WI on 14 January 1903. He was born at Troy, Walworth Co WI in 1871, son of Moses O’Connor and Maria Uluban (both from Ireland). Pat and Nellie lived at Troy and had a son-

             1.   Robert O’Connor, b Jun 1916 (13w) (13sumw)

      b.   Frances C Enright, b Mar 1880. She was a school teacher at Troy and was not married as of 1920. (13uw,WIu)

      c.   Clarence Ray Enright, b 17 Aug 1882. He lived in Cass Co ND in 1918. (M,13uv, WIu)

      d.   Agnes E Enright, b Feb 1886. She was a school teacher at Troy in 1905,and lived with her brother Charles in 1930 at Troy; neither had married. Agnes died at Racine on 8 March 1964, and was buried in Saint John Cemetery at Fenton, Michigan. (WId, 13uf,WIu)

      e.   Charles M Enright, b 6 Feb 1888 at Troy. He was single in 1930 and was a dairy farmer at Troy. (M,13uwf,WIu)

      f.    Marjorie C Enright, b Apr 1893. She was a schoolteacher at Troy in 1920. (13uvw, WIu)

Frank Sutley, born in 1895 in IL of parents from England and Wisconsin, was 8 an year old nephew in 1905, but in the 1910 census he used the Enright name and was a 15 year old brother to Clarence. (122q,MNu,13uvw)

3.   John O Haley, b Jun 1856 in MA. He had not married by 1900 and lived at Newry, MN then. His parents and brother Timothy lived with him in 1900. John died 14 September 1937 and was buried in Saint Marys Cemetery at Newry (Lot 375). (122q,MNou,49suvc)

4.   Ellen Haley, b 1860 at Burke, Franklin Co NY. She lived at Newry, Freeborn Co MN in 1880. (122q, 49s)

James Haley, born 1862 in WI, was not shown as a child of Daniel and Mary in census records, but in 1920 he was listed as a “brother” to Catherine (Haley) Enright at Troy, Walworth Co WI. James never married. He was likely a cousin. (122q, 49uc,13w)

 

        Patrick Curtin [C1a2], son of of Dennis Curtin and Elizabeth Flynn, was born in 1847 at Valleyfield, Québec Province (age 23 in 1870, 36 in 1885, 63 in 1910, 73 in 1920, 83 in 1930). He married Cecelia Tiffany in 1882, and died in 1937; she died in 1922. In 1885, 1910, and 1920 they lived at Minneapolis, MN. Patrick was a machinist for the railroad. Cecelia was born in North Ireland in 1855 and came to the USA in 1864. It appears that Patrick may have been living in Monroe County Wisconsin in 1880. Check ED 41, Pg 27 for 1880. In 1930 he lived with his widowed sister Margaret at Superior, WI. Both were widows then. Cecelia had two chldren who died young, before 1910. (ME,MNs,49r,24vw,35f)

 

        Timothy Curtin [C1b], probably a son of Michael Curtin and Honora O'Donnell, was born at Watergrass Hill, Cork County Ireland on 10 February 1815 (age 35 in 1857). He was probably a brother of Dennis Curtin, and died at Geneva, Freeborn Co MN on 15 September 1873. His gravestone says “AGE 58Y 7M 5D.” He was a widower when he died. His wife was Bridget Burns / Byrnes, born in 1820 in Ireland (age 26 in 1857). They were in the MN Territorial census on 1857 in Freeborn Co, recently married. Living with them in 1857 was 10 year old Ellen Burns from Ireland (Bridget’s sister?); this was household #39. In 1860 they lived at Newry, Freeborn Co. Bridget died 30 August 1862 and was buried in Saint Marys Cemetery at Newry. Her gravestone (Lot 58) says “Mrs Tim 42Y.” In the meanwhile, land they owned at Geneva had delinquent taxes on 1 June 1877; they owed $5.49. They had two children, both in MN-

1.   Ellen Curtin, b Jan 1860, was a twin of Mary. She died at Minneapolis on 10 April 1949, “age 89.” Her death certificate named her parents as “Timothy Curtin” and “Bridget Byrnes.” (49q,24d)

2.   Mary Curtin, b Jan 1860, was a twin of Ellen (just born in 1860, 40 in 1900, 45 in 1905). Mary married Orvin Owen Vaughn at Owatonna, Steele Co on 9 January 1882. He was born in NY in July 1841 (age 59 in 1900, 59 in 1905). He worked for a brewery in 1900 at Minneapolis. They had six children by 1900-

      a.   Lillian Vaughn, b May 1884 in SD. She was a store clerk in 1900 at Minneapolis, MN. (24u, MNu)

      b.   Nellie Vaughn, b May 1885 in SD. She was a store cashier in 1900 at Minneapolis, MN. (24u, MNu)

      c.   George Vaughn, b Jul 1886 in SD. (24u, MNu)

      d.   Agnes Vaughn, b Sep 1888 in SD. She was still single in 1920, living with her mother and brother ar Minneapolis. (24uw, MNu)

      e.   Grace Vaughn, b Sep 1891 in MN. (24u, MNu)

      f.    Orvin Henry Vaughn, b Jan 1898 in MN. (24u, MNu)

Ella Curtin, called Owen’s sister in the 1900 census, was born in Jan 1860 and lived with them in 1900. This is an error; she must have been Mary’s unmarried twin sister Ellen. In the 1905 state census she was still with Mary and Orvin, but was 45 year old Nellie Curtin. (N,MNqru, 49qrsdc,20m,24u)

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