Theodore was the first Curtiss to leave Warren Ct and move to Waverly Ill. (with Elisha and Deacon Tanner) More family followed in in the two years to come. According to one letter he married Laura Sackett on March 9, 1837. In another letter they traveled to Ohio to visit her family. It was in an Ohio antique shop that these photos were discovered in 1999 and posted on the web by Ford & Nagle. I found them there in Sept 2006.
Theodore writes: -- Feb. 4th,1836
There is something very animating to see a country that is in infancy grow, when it is so perceptible and should it continue in the same ratio for ten years to come as the past, it will no longer need to be called an infant, as in that time it will acquire the strength of a giant. ------I have engaged to take a piece of land of which there is one hundred twenty acres, and have written to Father that I should like to have him assist me to $200.00.
The girls say you (his sister Miranda) must lay out your school money in land. As soon as you have a hundred dollars it will secure you eighty acres.
Sabbath returns the same as at home, yet there is not as much to distinguish it from other days. As there is no preaching within twenty miles, we usually hold a meeting at the Deacon's and have one of Mr. Finney's sermons read and in the evening hold a prayer meeting. Twice we have had preaching near by. I hope the time will soon come when there will be regular preaching.
HISTORY OF MORGAN COUNTY, ILLINOIS Its Past and present Chicago: Donnelley, Loyd & Co., Publishers, 1878.
CURTISS, T.E. farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 12, P.O. Waverly. The above named gentleman was the second child of Homer and Charry Curtiss. Homer Curtiss, who is now in his 93d year, and who is an honored citizen of this county, was born in Litchfield County, Connecticut, and there married Miss Charry Everitt. The subject of this sketch was born in Litchfield County, Connecticut, May, 1813; there he received his education and followed farming; in 1835, Mr. C. make a visit to Morgan County, Illinois, and well pleased at the flattering prospects on the broad prairies of the West, he there determined to locate; returning to the East, he was united in marriage to Miss Laura Sackett, a daughter of Justus and Polly Sackett; in 1837 Mr. Curtiss again wended his way to Illinois, locating in Morgan County, where he entered forty acres of land, and purchased one hundred and twenty; his possessions, at that time, were limited, but he gained slowly, year by year, and by judicious investments and rare judgment, he is today one of our most substantial farmers; and has arrived at his present prosperous condition through indomitable will; owing some four hundred acres in the vicinity of Waverly. Mr. Curtiss now lives to enjoy the fruits of his early labor; the first wife of Mr. C. died in 1867, the following year he was united in marriage to Miss Augusta L. Tupper, a daughter of Martyn Tupper, a native of Connecticut. For a period of four years Mr. Curtiss conducted a successful business at Waverly, firm name, Rose, Curtiss & Co.; this honorable firm were well known to the citizens of this county; although now retired from active labor, and living on his farm property, the energy that marked his youth, is still a distinguishing trait of his character. Mr. Curtiss is president of the Bank of Waverly.