NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
Lebbeus Curtis, believed to be a descendant of the Connecticut family of this surname, settled at Johnsburg, Warren county, N.Y. He married Jerusha Morehouse.
(II) John, son of Lebbeus Curtis, was born, it is thought at Johnsburg, and married Maria Morehouse, of Hebron, N.Y. He was a farmer.
1. Philinda, married Horace Morehouse of Hebron, N.Y.
2. Eliza A., married Reuben Hopkins of Johnsburg, N.Y.
3. William Lebbeus, mentioned below.
4. Norman W., married Eliza Millington of Johnsburg.
5. Electa, married Norris Hopkins of Johnsburg.
6. John, removed to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where he married and died.
7. Jane, deceased.
(III) William Lebbeus, son of John Curtis, was born April 25, 1832, at Johnsburg, Warren county, N.Y. When a young man he was employed as a laborer in various lines of work in his own town and vicinity and in the state of Pennsylvania. Upon his return he and his brother Norman purchased a tract of land located about four miles north of the village of Oregon and one mile west of the east branch of the Sacandaga river in Warren county. Norman took the eastern section as his share and through his land flowed a tributary to the river; built a house and saw mill on the stream. William L. built his house a fourth of a mile west, just as the northern base of a prominent hill, cleared a goodly farm from which he used to cut thirty to fifty tons of hay. He was also engaged in the lumbering business. He was an industrious man and was held in high esteem by all who knew him.
He died at his home, Aug. 13, 1883.
In religion he was Protestant. In politics, Democrat.
He married Sarah Jane Lackey, born Dec. 19, 1849, died Jan. 1, 1900.
1. Edmund Lebbeus, June 17, 1870; bookkeeper, Plantville, Conn.
2. Josephine Mansfield, Aug. 11, 1872, lives in Chicago.
3. Joseph, born and died Aug. 11, 1872.
4. Charles William, mentioned below.
(IV) Charles William, son of William Lebbeus Curtis, was born in Johnsburg, Warren county, N.Y. at the Curtis homestead, about four miles north of the village of Oregon, May 12, 1878. He was educated in the public schools of Glens Falls, N.Y., and is a mechanical engineer by profession. He worked in the mills of Glens Falls in his younger days, and for a time was superintendent of the Adirondack Graphite Mills at Whitehall, N.Y.
He came to Ticonderoga, N.Y. in 1905, as gas engineer and machinist for the machine works of the Ticonderoga Pulp and Paper Company and was soon afterward appointed to his present posistion as general foreman of the plant.
He is a Republican in politics, Methodist in religion.
He is a member of Mount Defiance Lodge, No. 794, Free and Accepted Masons, of Ticonderoga, and of the Modern Woodmen of America.
He married, December, 1903, Helen, born Oct. 3, 1883, daughter of Frederick Lavery of Olmstedville, Essex county, N.Y.
1. Florence May, born at Whitehall, N.Y. Sept. 28, 1904.
2. Walter F., born at Ticonderoga, N.Y. Sept. 2, 1905.
3. Arthur E., born April 17, 1908.
[Transcriber's note: Obviously, any children this couple may have had after this did not make the list, as this material was published in 1910].
The first Curtis of whom we have record is Captain Chester Curtis, a New England sea captain. He left the sea and settled in Jefferson county, N.Y. He married and had issue.
(II) Silas, son of Captain Chester Curtis, was born in Chemount, Jefferson county, N.Y. He was a farmer, belonged to the Methodist church, and acted with the Republican party. He married Caroline Smith.
Vernelia, Chester, and Adelbert A.
(III) Adelbert A., son of Silas and Caroline (Smith) Curtis, was born in Limerick, Jefferson county, N.Y. July 12, 1854. He was a farmer.
He is an ardent Republican, and served as highway commissioner for four years.
He married, Dec. 25, 1874, Frances Wright, born Jan. 9, 1853, daughter of David and Julia Wright.
1. Vernelia, born July 14, 1877; married, Sept, 1896, George Coleman; children: Vida, Thelma, Bernard and Mildred Coleman.
2. Ernest W., born Dec. 7, 1879.
3. Edwin R., May 30, 1886.
4. Floyd, May 30, 1892.
(IV) Ernest W., son of Adelbert A. and Frances (Wright) Curtis, was born in East Rodman, Jefferson county, N.Y. Dec. 7, 1879. He was educated in the common schools of the town, and was reared on the farm. He followed farming as a business until 1906, when he removed to Lyons Falls, Lewis county, N.Y., where he opened a furniture store and an undertaker's establishment in the Gafney Block. He remained in that location until 1909, when he purchased the Rasmussen Block and removed both branches of his business there. He is a popular and successful merchant, and his prosperity has been well earned and deserved. He prepared for the undertaking busines at the Renonard School of Embalming, graduated, has a diploma, and is a licensed embalmer. The business in Lyons Falls is in association with his father, under the name of A. A. Curtis & Sons.
Ernest W. Curtis is a Republican in politics, a member of Rodman Lodge, No. 506, Free and Accepted Masons, and of the Forest Presbyterian church.
He married, at Orwell, Oswego county, N.Y., Sept. 1, 1906, Bertha, daughter of Henry and Julia (Stowell) Van Auken.
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