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William H. Curry
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Birth: Aug. 27, 1841
Allegany County
Maryland, USA
Death: Oct. 1, 1906
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA

William Curry was born in the mountain town of Cumberland, Maryland, the oldest of five children born to Edward Curry of Allegheny County and his wife Rebecca Johnson. The probate file of Edward Curry (1811-1845) suggests that he may have been a blacksmith and may have worked for the railroad. Family tradition holds that Rebecca Johnson, who married Edward Curry (Curray) in Baltimore County on October 23, 1839, was the orphaned daughter of a sea captain, and that she was a ward of the prominent Carroll family.

After the death of Edward Curry, Rebecca took her five children to reside in Annapolis where she worked as a seamstress. Eldest son William found employment as an oysterman. In 1862, at the age of 21, William Curry enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the name of "William Johnson." He joined and served under his mother's maiden name, at the suggestion of his brother-in-law, in order to escape rebel bushwackers who were trying to force Maryland men to serve in the Confederate cause. He served on the U.S.S. Allegheny and the U.S.S. Mount Washington.*

On 23 August 1874, in Lawrence County, Ohio, William Curry married Rebecca Ann "Annie" Clark, widow of William Nelson Dodge.

Together William and Annie were the parents of two children: Elizabeth Maude Curry (1877-1958) and William Oley Curry (1880-1942). After 1880 the family moved to Manhattan, New York, where they are found in the 1900 census residing at 626 Greenwich Street. William Curry applied for his pension in 1904. He died of a heart attack while working as a bricklayer at an unfinished building in Bedford-Stuyvesant. He was 65 years of age.
* Another version of this name change was that the boys were enrolled in the U.S. Army draft, but Rebecca, fearing the worst of that, used the name change to enlist them in the U.S. Navy.

Family links: 
  R. J. Curry (1811 - 1882)
  Rebecca Ann Dodge Clark Curry (1839 - 1915)*
  Maud Eliza Curry Johnston (1877 - 1958)*
  William Oley Curry (1880 - 1942)*
  William H. Curry (1841 - 1906)
  Arthur Norris Curry (1844 - 1908)*
  Eliza S Curry Beavin (1845 - 1939)*
*Calculated relationship
Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery
Middle Village
Queens County
New York, USA
Maintained by: E McPherson
Originally Created by: Amy Suzanne Martin
Record added: Aug 03, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94757332
William H. Curry
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