George Parnell Rowland Peregrine Curtois

Baptised 11 September 1827 at Carrington, Lincs, seemingly the second son of John Thomas Curtois. Registered as a farmer of 200 acres in Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts in 1860 and 1870, and as a gardener in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1880. In the 1871 Brookline directory: 'Curtis George P., farmer, house Dudley, near Brookline, N.Cen.' In the 1890 Great Register living in the 5th precinct in Sacramento, and in 1900 he was living with his wife in Sutter Township, Sacramento County, California. In 1910 they were in Santa Barbara. He appears to have died there on 3 September 1910 aged 82 [CA death index].

Married, 2 April 1854 at West Roxbury, Massachusetts, Hannah Hall Greene, who was born ca. 1836 in Massachusetts, apparently the daughter of George B and Mary L. Greene (though I have an idea her mother might have ben called Grace), and who was still alive in 1910. According to the 1900 census they had 6 children:

  1. Ella Georgiana Curtis, born 17 December 1854 in Newton, Massachusetts, and died Sacramento 4 February 1916 [CA death index]. She married David Harry Singer (who was born in Maine), and who died prior to 1900. In 1900, she was living in Sacramento (Ward 3) with her only surviving child (of 3), Bertha (born February 1882 in Massachusetts), and in 1910 (as Georgina E Singer) was the landlady of a boarding house.

    Sacramento Bee, Saturday 5 February 1916, page 5 - "SINGER--In this city, February 4, 1916, Ella G. Singer, wife of the late David H. Singer, mother of Mrs. William C. Stout, sister of Edward A. and Roland B. Curtis, Mrs. Addie Lancaster and the late W.A. Curtis; a native of Massachusetts, aged 60 years. Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral to-morrow (Sunday) at 2 p.m. from her late home, 2226 Third Avenue, West Curtis Oaks." {Thanks to Nancy Phillips for this.}
  2. A business card from the Wood-Curtis companyWilliam Albert Curtis, born 28 September 1856 in Oakhill, Massachusetts, and died aged 58 at Sacramento 27 December 1914 (a biography and his obituary). Buried at the East Lawn Memorial Park, Sacramento, with his wife and son.

    Occupation variously described as a clerk (1880) or merchant (1900, 1910), but ended up as a wealthy agricultural merchant, joint proprieter of the Wood-Curtis Company.

    In 1880 he was living in Sacramento with Mrs. Mary Case (the widow of Gardner W. Case) and her family. One of her daughters was married to W. H. Wood (see the advert on the right), and there was also a second daughter.....

    Married Mary Helen (Nellie) Case, a schoolmistress, who was born in California 1 August 1857, who was baptised at St. Paul's Episcopal Church 8 April 1903, and who died in Sacramento 31 March 1923 (her death notice). They had three surviving children:

    1. Helen Neva Curtis, born in Sacramento 14 October 1889. Single in 1913, and divorced from somebody named Moore by 1920.

    2. Isabel E. Curtis, born in Sacramento 11 September 1893, baptised at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Sacramento, 8 April 1903, and died Sacramento 31 January 1935 [CA death index].

      Married 29 June 1912 Walter Ivan Hechtman; a report of their engagement. He was born in California 12 December 1888, and died in Sacramento 30 September 1973. They were living in Sacramento in 1930, with 2 children and Albert Hechtman, his father.

      San Francisco Call, 23 June 1912, p32 Saturday will see Miss Isabel Curtis become the bride of Walter Ivan Hechtman, one of the rising young business men of this city. The wedding will be held in Sacramento at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Albert Curtis. The bride will be given in marriage by her father. She will wear a robe of white satin and lace enveloped in a flowing tulle veil. Her shower bouquet will be of lilies of the valley. Miss Helen Neva Curtis will attend her sister as maid of honor, and the bridesmaids will be Miss Winona Smith, Miss Lesley Jones, Miss Bisset Mills and Miss Belle Hechtman, the latter a sister of the bridegroom. All of the bride maidens will wear pink chiffon over satin and crowns of pink roses intertwined with tulle. Their shower bouquets will be of bridesmaid roses and maiden hair. Philip Mills will be the best man. The ceremony will be followed by a reception to the two families and a few of the couple's closest friends. After a wedding tour Hechtman will bring his bride to this city, where he has provided a pretty home. Hechtman is the son of A. J. Hechtman of this city, one of the best known and most poplar business men of the coast. He is a graduate of the University of California, having completed his course with the class of 1910, and is a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. His business interests are in this city, where he is in the San Francisco branch of the commission business of Curtis & Co.

    3. William Albert Case Curtis, born Sacramento 24 September 1900, and living with his mother in Sacramento in 1920. Appears on the censuses as "William A. Curtis", but baptised as "William Case Curtis". A timekeeper in San Joaquin in 1930, and died in San Francisco 25 August 1944 [CA death index].

  3. George Peregrine Curtis Jr., born January 1860 [1900 census] in Massachusetts [9 in the 1870 census (as Perry), 19 in the 1880 census (as George)]. Living at 8271/2 N Street in Sacramento in the 1890 Great Register, and with his father in law Philip Herzog in 1900 in Sacramento. Died in Los Angeles 15 October 1906.

    Los Angeles Times, October 17, 1906 - "CURTIS. At 2101 W. Eighth street, October 15, 1906, George Perry Curtis, a native of Massachusetts, aged 45 years. Funeral services will be held at chapel of Bruges [?] Bros. 855 South Figueroa street at 1:30 today. Friends invited. Sacramento (Cal.) papers please copy."

    Married 8 June 1881 [CA marriage register] Ida Elizabeth Herzog, daughter of Philip Herzog; his biography (here) mentions a daughter Ida, "wife of George P. Curtis". A marriage licence was issued in Sacramento on 23 July 1881 for Perry Curtis and Ida Herzog. In the 1880 census the Herzog family are living next door to the Case family, with whom W. A. Curtis (no. 2) was lodging, so there's a connection between the familes there. She was born in December 1861 [1900 census], baptised at St. Pauls Episcopal Church in Sacramento 16 February 1862, and died 12 July 1939 in San Francisco. Living in San Francisco in 1910 with her widowed mother and daughter Florence, and in Los Angeles in 1920 with her daughters. In 1930 she was living in Palo Alto with a grandson R. Curtis Seagrave, aged 5. He was probably Russell Curtis Seagrave, born 20 May 1924.

    San Francisco Chronicle, 15 July 1939, page 9. - "CURTIS-- In this city, July 12, 1939, Ida E., beloved mother of Laura Bray and the late Florence Seagrave, sister of Florence Little and the late Charles Herzog, grandmother of Curtis Seagrave and the late Betty Lee Seagrave. Friends may call at Martin & Brown's, 1515 Scott st., between Geary and Post sts., until Friday morning. Graveside services in Sacramento Saturday." (Thanks to Nancy Phillips).

    Issue at least two daughters and two other children who didn't survive (from the censuses):

    1. Laura Stokes Curtis, born Sacramento 20 April 1885 (although strangely the 1900 census very clearly gives her birth date as September 1886) and baptised at St. Paul's Episcopal Church 1 April 1897. At 3307 South Main Street, LA, in 1910, with her husband; recorded as Wallace L. and Laura Hogan (his pseudonym); at 2805 Francis Avenue, LA, in 1920, with her mother and sister.

      Married at Sacramento 28 June 1903, Wallace Louis Bray [CA marriage index] (see her Mother's funeral notice above). He was a renowned baseball player known as 'Happy Hogan', who died at Los Angeles aged 38, 17 May 1915 [CA death index]; here's a newspaper article about him.

    2. Florence Emma Curtis, born Sacramento March 29 1900, and died in San Francisco 19 December 1928 [CA death index]. Buried at the Woodlawn Cemetery, 22 December 1928.

      Married (ca. 1920, but after the census) Sgt. Russell F. Seagrave, who was born in California April 1897 (1900 census), who was a widower in 1930, and who died 1 August 1938 and is buried in the San Francisco National Cemetery.

  4. Edward (Edwin) Allen Curtis, born 28 February 1863 in Brookline, Massachusetts [register; 7 in 1870, 17 in the 1880 census]. In Sacramento for the 1900 census (an agent for a fruit co.), and in Los Angeles in the 1900 (812 Westlake Ave.), 1910, 1920 and 1930 censuses (433 South Arden Boulevard), and died in California 18 February 1936.

    Los Angeles Times, February 21, 1936 - "EDWIN ALLEN CURTIS Edwin Allen Curtis, pioneer citrus grower, who died Tuesday at his home, 433 South Arden Boulevard, was buried yesterday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, following services in the Little Church of the Flowers. Mr. Curtis, 72 years of age and a native of Brookline, Mass., had been a resident of Los Angeles and vicinity since 1881. He leaves his widow and one daughter."

    Married at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Sacramento, on 31 January 1885 to Clara Augusta Snell. She was born at Elk Grove, California, on 23 February 1866, the daughter of Chauncy and Ann Snell, and she died in Los Angeles 13 May 1945. (Seems to be recorded in the 1930 census as 'Edwina').

    Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 52, Number 136, 2 February 1885 - "Miss Clara A. Snell and Edwin A. Curtis were united in marriage Saturday evening, at the residence of the bride's parents, Fourth and O streets, by Rev. Carroll M.Davis. After the ceremony a large number of the friends of the couple joined in a wellwishing reunion."

    Issue one daughter:

    1. Aida Viola Curtis, born 28 April 1886 in Sacramento, and died in Los Angeles 27 November 1975. [CA death index]

      Married [a report], at St. Pauls Protestant Cathedral, Los Angeles, 4 June 1908, Clair Leverell Peck, who was born in Indiana 5 May 1881, and who died in Los Angeles 23 April 1971. [CA death index]. Issue at least two sons: Curtis I. (or L.) Peck [1920 census] and Clair L. Peck, Jr., and a daughter, Sally.

      Los Angeles Times, November 29, 1975 - "PECK, Viola Curtis, beloved mother of Clair L. Peck, Jr., Edwin Curtis Peck and Mrs. Sally Peck Carson; also survived by 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Graveside service 2 p.m. Tuesday in Forest Lawn-Glendale Forest Lawn Mortuary." {Thanks to Helene D'Auria for these LA Times obits.}
  5. Addison (Addie) Curtis (registered as Adeline Hook Curtis) (a daughter), born November 6 1865 [register] in Massachusetts, and seems to have died 19 August 1920 in Santa Barbara [CA death index]. In 1900 she was living in Sacramento with her husband and brother, right next door to Georgia (no. i), and they were recorded there again in 1910 and in Santa Barbara in 1920. No issue before 1910.

    Married at Sacramento, 29 April 1900 [CA marriage register] Schulyer C. Lancaster, a merchant who was born in California in May 1861. He appears to have remarried after her death, since he is recorded in 1930 with a German wife named Rose. I also have an idea that Addie wasn't his first wife. He died Santa Barbara 5 June 1935 [CA death index].

  6. Benjamin Roland Curtis, born 30 May 1869 in Newton, Massachusetts [register]. Pops up in the 1890 Great Register at 1226 O Street, Sacramento, and as a merchant in the 1900 census, living in Sacramento with his married sister Addie and her husband. Living in Santa Barbara in 1910 (though named as 'William'), and seems to have died at Gila Bend, Arizona, 4 March 1925.

    Sacramento Daily Union, 22 June 1895 TROUBLE ON A RANCH. An Employee Accuses Ben Curtis of Trying to Kill Him. W. S. Davis, a man who was employed on the ranch of Curtis & Herzog, has caused the arrest of Ben Curtis on a charge of assault with intent to commit murder, and the latter's examination has been set for Tuesday evening in Justice Gandy's court at Oak Park. Perry Curtis, a brother of the defendant, says Davis neglected his work a few days ago and that Ben Curtis looked after it. While changing horses for pumping water, Davis showed up and interfered. He started for Curtis, and the latter drew an old pistol and stood him off. Curtis also states that Davis came to their market on X street and offered to settle the matter for $50, but that his offer was spurned.

    Married at the 1st English Lutheran Church, Sacramento, on 1 January 1903, Edna Alice Travers, who was born in California 25 February 1886, and died 14 Feb 1979, and who is buried in Sacramento. She and Curtis divorced, and she married again to Ed Bush, and lastly Bob Belden.

    Issue at least one son (with Curtis):

    1. Roland George Walter Curtis, born 29 July 1904 in California, and died in Alaska, 1 May 1985. Living in Alaska in 1940, working as a butcher, with a wife Laura Louise Curtis and foster-daughter Ginger A. Curtis (Virginia Adeline Ganow).

      Married firstly in 1925 to Zona Mae Wyly. She was born 5 April 1910, Stephens, Texas, and subsequently remarried at least twice (firstly to William L Arnold, lastly to Larry Morgan on 8 Nov 1969 in San Diego), and died 26 Oct 1995 in San Diego. She was living with her two daughters in the 1930 and 1940 censuses.

      Issue two daughters:

      1. Frances Yvone Curtis, born 21 Jan 1927, Stanislaus County, California, and died in 2009.

      2. Barbara Jeanne Curtis, born 24 June 1929, San Diego, and died in 2004.

      Married secondly Laura Louise Ganow (nee Flint). She was born in California born 22 Aug 1903, and died in Alaska 1 July 1971, and was first married to Jake Elmer Ganow.

      Married thirdly on Mar 8 1972 in Virginia City, Nevada, to Mary Elizabeth Coley (nee Murray).

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