LEWIS CURTISS Family History

Lewis CURTIS was born in 1806 in New York. He was married to Lydia LESTER born 1806 New York. The father's of Lewis and Lydia are thought to be Elisha CURTIS and Nathan LESTER who both served from Connecticut during the Revolutionary War. Lewis and Lydia purchased an existing farm in Ray Township, Macomb County Michigan in 1838. At that time they had three children, Charles W. born 1834 in New York, Harmon L. born 1835 in Pennsylvania and Mary A. born 1837 in New York. On July 23, 1840 they had a daughter Juslind in Macomb County.

In 1846 Lewis CURTIS died and was buried in Washington Center Cemetery, Washington Township. In August 21, 1848, widow Lydia LESTER CURTIS married Horace C. GARVIN born 1812 in New York. Horace was a widower with children Orpha born 1839, Guy born 1842 and Juliette born 1845. Lydia and Horace had Frank born 1853. Horace C. died August 28, 1882 and Lydia died February 18, 1888. Both are buried with Horace's first wife Alice NYE in Washington Center Cemetery, not far from the burial place of Lewis CURTIS.

Children of Lewis and Lydia CURTIS:
1. Charles W. CURTISS born 1834 NY,
2.Harmon L. CURTIS born 1835 PA,
3. Mary A. CURTIS born 1837 MI
4. Juslind CURTIS born July 23, 1840 MI.

Generation Two
1.Charles W. CURTISS, son of Lewis, was born in 1834 and married Amanda ALDRICH, daughter of Samuel ALDRICH and Deborah BANISTER, on February 16, 1859 in Mt. Clemens, MI. Amanda was born in Macomb County on October 23, 1842. They had one son Albert Lincoln, born April 1, 1860. Charles W. and his brother Harmon served in the Civil War in Company E, 22nd Reg't in Tennessee. Charles suffered chronic diahrrea and was sent to the Invalid Corps in Jeffersonville, Indiana. He was divorced from Amanda, and then married Mary J. Bottorff January 28, 1867 in Charlestown, Clark Co.., Indiana. They had a daughter named Lydia born April 29, 1872 in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Lydia married James Harvey Metcalf.

Amanda ALDRICH CURTIS struggled to survive financially after Charles left, and later married Samuel M. Reed of Ray Township, Macomb Co., and after his death and that of their young child Minor of cholera, she married Joseph W. Wicker of Washington Township, Macomb Co., MI. Amanda died September 13, 1912 in Washington, Macomb Co., MI and is buried in Davis.

2.Harmon L. CURTIS born 1835 was married January 18, 1866 Oakland Co., MI to Phebe A. Schooley, daughter of Isaac Schooley and Ann Yarey of Lapeer County MI. The CURTIS'S resided in Addison Township, Oakland Co., MI and had four children: 1. Allen, 2. William, 3. Louella and 4.Mary. Harmon L. died in 1913 and Phebe died in 1929 and both are buried in Addison Township.

3. Mary A. CURTIS was born in 1837 in New York. Little is known of her.

4. Juslind CURTIS was born July 23, 1840 Washington, Macomb Co., MI and married Franklin Cussick Delano, son of Watson DELANO and Mary Ann Cussick of Hadley, Lapeer Co., MI. Franklin was born October 22, 1832 in Oxford, Oakland Co., MI, the third child of Watson Delano.

Generation Three
1.Albert Lincoln CURTIS ,son of Charles W. CURTISS was born in Ray Center, Macomb County and married about 1882 to Annie Laurie HAYES born October 12, 1862, Rochester MI. She was the daughter of Andrew Jackson HAYES and Anna Eliza LEROY of Rochester. Albert and Laura had three children: 1. May Pearl born August 28, 1883, Armada MI, 2. Alfred LaVerne born March 21, 1886 Armada and 3. Charles Albert born July 30, 1896 Pontiac, MI

Albert was a harnessmaker who died in Jackson MI July 2, 1896, before the birth of Charles. Laura was a widow who worked in Oakland and Macomb Counties for a number of years. She had one other marriage of short duration, to Thomas McDonald of Windsor, Ontario. Laura died June 29, 1963 in Washington Twp., Macomb Co. at the age of 100 years.

Children of Harmon L. Curtis-
Allen Curtis
William Curtis
Louella Curtis born 1880 who married Robert CASCADDEN of Addison Twp.,
Mary Curtis born 1885 who married Noah A. DOTZERT of Addison Twp., Oakland Co., MI.

Generation Four
Mary Pearl, daughter of Albert Lincoln CURTIS married Curtis J. AUSTIN in 1803. Curtis AUSTIN was born March 15, 1882 in MI , son of Richard Austin. May died February 21, 1917 in Detroit, MI. Curtis left the state and died in Florida September 1963.They had no children.

Alfred LaVerne, son of Albert Lincoln, married Lucy Lorraine Shepard born August 22, 1886 in Amy MI. They had three children: Clarence born May 22, 1909 Joliet, Ill., Edward Max born February 5, 1916 and Edith Mae born February 5, 1916 in Detroit MI.

Charles Albert Curtis, son of Albert Lincoln, was born July 30, 1996 and married Isabel FRANCISCO August 8, 1925 in Detroit, MI. Isabel , the daughter of Albert FRANCISCO and Mary Elizabeth LEVEL , was born April 29, 1905 in Norval, Jackson Co., MI. They had two children: Neil Albert living in Washington Twp., Macomb Co. and Jeanne Marie born in Washington Twp., but living in Las Vegas, NV.

I have researched this family for a long time because I feel that there is a connection with Jeremiah Curtis
(view Jeremiah Curtiss tree) and my Lewis CURTIS, who m. Lydia LESTER b. 1810 NY. There was a Lester that lived in Shelby also. Jeanne Curtis Gorlick

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