Percy Township Pioneers

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THOMAS CURTIS (abt 1760-1809) was recorded as having been in Percy Twp, Northumberland County from as early as 1804. Thomas first married Valonia (possibly Nelson) and had 4 children of that marriage:

1. Submit b. Nov 13, 1785 in Onondaga Co, NY; m. Jeremiah Scripture
2. Anna b. 1787 in Onondaga Co. ; never married
3. Stephen b. 1788 in Onondaga Co ; m. Mary _____
4. Thankful b. 1792 in Onondaga Co

Thomas married Lucy Cheney after the death of Valonia probably between 1793 and 1796. Lucy was the mother of the five youngest Curtis children:

5. Comfort b. 1797 in Onondaga Co. NY; never married
6. Phoebe b. 1800 in Onondaga Co ; never married
7. John C. b 1801 in Upper Canada ; m. Lucretia _____
8. Thomas b. 1805 in Upper Canada ; m. 1) Mary Stickles
2) Mary Olcott
9. Hiram b. 1807 in Upper Canada; never married

Lucy also had three children from her first marriage to a Mr. Cummin/gs:

Mary "Polly" b. 1788,
David b. 1789
Benjamin b. 1791.

Lucy and two of her children are buried in the Curtis plot in Warkworth, Ontario along with many other Curtis family members.

JOHN C. CURTIS, listed as a prominent community member of Percy Twp. About 1822 John married Lucretia b. c1807.It is thought that Lucretia may have belonged to either the Leonard or Townsend family.

Children (all born in Percy Twp) of John Curtis and Lucretia are:

1.Sarah "Sally" b. 1824 - d. Bet. 1891 - 1901; never married
2.Simeon J. b. Jun 1826 - d. Dec 29, 1907; m. Jane Marion
3.Lucy b. Jul 1829; m. Charles Townsend
4.(male) b. 1830 - d. 1851
5.Comfort b. Apr 15, 1832 - d. Oct 13, 1911;
m.1) Caroline Raymond
m2) Eliza Spencer
6.Ransom b. 1834 - d. Apr 18, 1892;
m. Elizabeth A. Townsend.
7.Prudence J. b. Mar 22, 1841 - d. Nov 20, 1887;
m. Edward H. Purdy
8.Anna Thankful b. Oct 12, 1842 - d. Nov 12, 1906;
m. George A. Purdy
9.Mary Sophronia b. 1845; m. James MacPherson.
10.Thomas b. 1853 - d.
11.Emma Gerow adopted

There are now 8 generations with over 200 family members in the Curtis family tree.

Other names associated with this family include: Scripture,Porter, Bates, Purdy, Richardson, Dudley, Simmons, Collingwood, Walker, Wessels, Spencer, Langford, McLeary, Hurlbut, Lewis, Townsend, Peck, Raymond, Spratley, Bassett, Darling, Hatch, Watson, Shreeve, Blair, VanBlaricom, Richards, Glover, Buchanan, Dunk, Bolton, Simpson, Tanner, Bellamy, Griffis, MacPherson, Stickle, and Olcott,

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