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James Curtis born PA Kirkland, WA: Pioneers - PA<IL<SD<WA

Updated June 11, 2005

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Surnames: Curtis,Eisenbeis(s),King,Miescke,Och,Northup,Denger Jennings,Beyer, Grief, Henson, Distler, Diestler, Schmitt,Morgan, Holmes, Sanderson, Howland, Miles and others.

Places: Joliet,IL;Will Co.(1850-186X post Civil War) Brule, Union CO.DAK. Territory (SD) 1870-1879ish)(see Subdivision 2, Clay Co.),(See Elk Point, Union Co.) to Houghton, Pleasant Bay, Squak, Issaquah in King County,Washington

The story begins in James waas born in PA., married Sophia D. Curtis in Bridgewater, PA and they moved to Joliet, IL circa 1845:
James and Sophia Delight Williams Curtis (both born in PA)had 4 children: James Franklin, Florell(a)(Florence Eleanor)Oren and William G. Census records show James' father and mother are both from NY. Sophia's parents are both born in CT on census records.

Florell married Benson Leonidas Northup, settled in Kirkland.
William married the widow Nancy Rudd (dau Hattie and Saretia (Etta). James married Mary Matilda (Molly) King (Father Morris King (Appolos King and Fidelia Jaynes), Mother (Sarah A Merritt)b in NY). James F. Aka Capt. or J.F. Curtis and Molly were married in Cook Co. IL 1872. Their sons are Henry Alvin (aka Alvin Henry) and Walter K. By 1880 Federal Census, they have all come to Washington Territory.

Henry Alvin (Al) married Louise(a)M. Eisenbies(s) dau of Frederick Eisenbeis (Lewis Co. pioneer, who was a brother of Charles Eisenbeis (Port Townsend, WA. Charles was a founder of Port townsend and built a house, which was later called Eisenbeis hotel and now is called Manresa Castle. The Eisenbeis(s) family emigrated from Neunkirchen, Saarland, Germany.Louise's mother was Rosina Denger, dau of Louis Denger and Catherin Baugh.

Louise and Henry (aka Alvin) had two sons- Lloyd Denger and Maurice Curtis. Maurice married Katherine Unknown. and they lived in Springfield, Mo.

Lloyd married Elsie Miescke of WI.They had one son: Lloyd D. Curtis, Jr (aka Denny). He married Living Och. They had four living Curtis children. There are living Curtis grandchildren of Lloyd D. Curtis. Elsie (Elsea) had a brother Elmer, who married Erma Laflin. There are living children and grandchildren.

The Curtis Boys: Will(aka Wm G and James F.(aka Frank, aka JF) built ferries on Lake Washington in their family shipyard located where Carrillon Point is today in Kirkland. The shipyard was sold in the early 1920's and is known locally as Washington Shipyard. James's sons Walter and Alvin (aka Henry Alvin) captained passenger steam ferries between Kirkland and Seattle on Lake Washington. The family boats included the Avril, The Elfin and The Peerless.

Walter was a Captain of the ferry Lincoln and J. F. also captained the Squak.

If you have information or want more information, please send an email to the contact listed and put Re Surname- .--Living (Beyer) Curtis.

 
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  • Benson & Florell, Sophia, Mary Curtis, James & Wm (40 KB)
    This photo was sent to me by David Northup and is a photo of the first Benson Leonidas Northup home in Kirkland/Juanita area of Washington near Houghton (incorp into Kirkland). Date is unknown, but must be prior to 1898 (Sophia died 1898).
 
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