Curtis Family Papers

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Curtis Family papers
Creator: Curtis (Family : Curtis, Silas, 1776-1845)
Call Number: A.C97
Dates: 1837-1887
Physical Description: .5 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Curtis Family papers
Creator: Curtis (Family : Curtis, Silas, 1776-1845)
Call Number: A.C97
Dates: 1837-1887
Physical Description: .5 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
In 1802 Silas Curtis(s) (1776-1845) married Avis (sometimes spelled "Avice") Newton Shelton (1779-1858). The papers in this collection relate to their six daughters (one son died at age 23).

Helen Martha (b. 1804) m. Ambrose Shelton

Jane Mehitabel (b. 1805) m. George Wells

Hannah Susan (b. 1810) m. Edwin Shelton

Nancy Maria (b. 1815) m. James Scribner

Abigail Avis (b. 1816) m. Silas H. Marks

Elizabeth Sophia (b. 1818) m. Nathan Birdseye Booth(e)

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Lockport
Flour mills
Correspondence
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Genealogy
Curtis (Family : Curtis, Silas, 1776-1845)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Presented by Mrs. Avis Tarrant Burke of Bloomington, Indiana, June 23, 1952.Access
The Curtis Family papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
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Content List
Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence, 1837-1841
The first letter (Aug. 20, 1837) is addressed to Nancy and Abigail Curtis in Stratford, CT from Silas H. Marks, a storekeeper in Lockport, NY. He wants the girls to see the "many charms of Lockport" and to visit Niagara Falls. The other ten letters are all from Abigail Curtis, who married Silas Marks in April 1840, to her family in Connecticut. Silas Marks adds a note to four of these letters.

Box 1, Folder 2Correspondence, 1842-1846
Fifteen more letters from Abigail and Silas Marks to the Curtis family in Connecticut. Two children mentioned: Charles (b. 1841?) and Emma (b. 1844). By 1844 the Marks family has moved from Niagara St. to Church St. in Lockport. 1845 marks the death of Silas Curtis.

Box 1, Folder 3Correspondence, 1872-1887
Letter from Silas Marks, Lockport to his niece Avis S. (Booth) Tarrant, August 21, 1872
Letter from Silas Marks, Lockport to his niece Avis S. (Booth) Tarrant, November 15, 1873
Letter from Abigail Marks to niece Avis, February 25, 1874
Mentions illness of husband Silas, and gives description of daughter Abigail's marriage to William Bulkley, including detailed descriptions of the wedding gifts.

Letter from Emma (Marks) Nicholls to "my dear cousin", December 9, 1877
Giving details of death of Emma's mother.

Letter from Maria (Curtis) Scribner, Lockport to "my dear niece" (Avis S. Booth Tarrant), March 18, (1876? 1879?)
Letter from Maria (Curits) Scribner, Lockport to "my dear niece", December 16, 1887
Thanking niece for sympathy on death of husband James Scribner.

Box 1, Folder 4Jane Mehitabel (Curtis) Wells - family photographs
Jane M.C. Wells (Mrs. George)
George Wells
Abigail Wells (Mrs. Samuel Rogers), August 23, 1862
Samuel Rogers, July 13, 1866
Curtis Wells - "buried at sea"
A brief handwritten family genealogy indicates that Jane Curtis married George Wells Dec. 25, 1826 - Their three children were 1) Abigail (m. S. Rogers in 1871 - 4 children) 2) Georgia, and 3) Curtis.

Box 1, Folder 5Hannah Susan (Curtis) Shelton - family photographs
Susan Curtis Shelton (Mrs. Edwin)
Edwin Shelton, April 27, 1863
Brief genealogy - Hannah m. Edwin Shelton in 1830 - Three children 1) Cornelia, 2) Josephine, and 3) Ezra. There is a brief newspaper obituary of Ezra, who died in 1893 at the age of 62.

Box 1, Folder 6Nancy Maria (Curtis) Scribner - photographs
Nancy Scribner (Mrs. James)
James Scribner
Eugene Scribner
Nancy married James Scribner (died 1887) in 1848; one son, Eugene.

Box 1, Folder 7Abigail Avis Curtis Marks - family photographs and obituaries
Fourteen photographs of Abigail and Silas Marks; their children Charles, Emma Nichols (sometimes Nicholls), Abbie Bulkley; Mark Nichols, baby Charlie Nichols, Eli Nichols (in Civil War uniform), Burr Nichols
Newspaper obituary of: Silas Marks, died 1874
Newspaper obituary of: Abigail A. Marks, died 1877
Newspaper obituary of: Eli S. Nichols, died 1879
Box 1, Folder 8Elizabeth Sophia Curtis Booth - family photographs
Elizabeth Sophia married her first cousin Nathan of Stratford, CT Oct. 27, 1841. Children: 1) Avis Sophia (b. 1843), m. Henry Tarrant of England; 2) Charles Frederic (two sons, one daughter died in infancy)

Elizabeth Sophia
Avis Sophia
Nathan Birdseye Booth
Box 1, Folder 9Photographs of Lockport residents
Fourteen photographs, some identified; Ensign Benjamin H. Porter, Henry Babcock, Carrie Pratt, Charlie Pickering, Will Bright
Box 1Floral Album of Avis Sophia Booth, later Mrs. Henry Tarrant
A note, written by her daughter Avis Tarrant Burke, describes the entries in the album as expressing sentiments in the manner of the day (late 1850s) by Lockport people.

Box 1Niagara Mills Journal, 1838-1843
A letter to Avis Tarram Burke from the Niagara County Historian gives a history of Niagara Mills, a flour mill in operation from about 1838 to 1878. The Journal came into the possession of Avis Sophia Booth Tarrant, who turned roughly a third of it into a scrapbook. Most of the dated, pasted-in newspaper clippings are from the Civil War period, and include poems, death notices, battle accounts, stories, etc.

Box 1Pamphlet - The Birmingham National Bank of Derby, CT, 1848-1948
Edward N. Shelton was its first president and served from 1848-1894.

Box 1Shelton Memorial - Also contains a genealogy of the Shelton family
Genealogy starting with Daniel, who emigrated from Yorkshire, England, c. 1687. In June, 1877 Edward N. Shelton (b. 1812) invited family members to the inauguration of a monument, erected by him, to the memory of Daniel Shelton, at Birmingham, CT.



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