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Elizabeth "Bettie" Blackshear Curtis
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Birth: unknown
Tennessee, USA
Death: unknown
Tishomingo County
Mississippi, USA

My gg-grandmother Elizabeth "Bettie" Blackshire/Blackshear was born about 1822 in Tennessee and died after the 1880 US Federal census was taken in Lauderdale County, Alabama on which she appeared with her husband Moses and three of their children. By the time the 1900 US Federal census was taken in Tishomingo County, Missisippi, on the 25th of June, 1900, her husband Moses Curtis is enumerated as widowed and living in the household of their son Jefferson Davis "Jeff" Curtis.

Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002, Nashville, TN, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Microfilm: October 8, 1842, Elizabeth Blacksher married Moses Curtis in Lincoln County, Tennessee.

Name: Elizabeth Blacksher
Gender: Female
Marriage Date: 8 Oct 1842
Marriage Place: Lincoln, Tennessee, USA
Spouse: Moses Curtis

Elizabeth was the mother of 10 children: John, Robert, Elisha L. W., Thomas, Louisa, Joseph Hillary, Emily, Jefferson Davis "Jeff", Linda "Linnie" and Samuel.

Elizabeth Blackshear Curtis was the daughter of Elisha Blackshear, b. 24 Jan 1794 in Jones Co, North Carolina; he died in Marshall Co, Tennessee after the 1840 US Federal Census was taken in that county. Her mother was Mary Grimes (b. 1794-d. aft 1850 Marshall County, Tenn.)

Elizabeth Blackshear Curtis was the granddaughter of Jesse Blackshear, born 1757 Craven Co, North Carolina, died July 26, 1803 in Williamson County, Tennessee; and, Hannah Huggins, born 20 May 1771, died 04 Jun 1829 in Wayne County, Tennessee. After Jesse Blackshear's death in 1803, Hannah married Isaac Mairs/Marrs on May 3, 1806 in Williamson Co, Tennessee. Hannah and Isaac Marrs had two children: Matheldy Marrs (1808-1849) m. Lorenzo Dow McMahon; and William Marrs (1810-1856) m. Sarah Elizabeth Roberts. Hannah Huggins Marrs is buried at Brown Cemetery, Wayne County, Tennessee - Find A Grave Memorial #19144464.

Elizabeth Blackshear Curtis was the gr-granddaughter of Elisha Stout Blackshear, born about 1736 Kent Co, Delaware; died 1810 Jones County, North Carolina; and Susannah Ward, born 1738, died 1830 Jones County, North Carolina. [Elizabeth Blackshear Curtis' father Jesse Blackshear died in 1803 and is not mentioned in his father Elisha Stout Blackshear's Will .]

Will of Elishia Stout Blacksher, dated 11 Dec 1808, proven Nov 1810:

I, Elisha S.Blacksher of the County and State aforesaid being rather infirm in body, but in perfect memory of mind, do make and ordain this to be my last will & testament in manner and form following:

1st. Imprimis, I lend to my wife Susanna Blacksher (during her life or widowhood) my black Horse called Jack and all my household & kitchen furniture (except two beds & furniture) also one third of all my corn, meat and other provisions.

2nd. I will & bequeath to my sons Moses Blacksher & Jacob Blacksher all my wearing clothes only, they having had their proportionable part of my Estate.

3rd. My three daughters, Rebecca, Susanna & Agnes have received their proportionable of my Estate also.

4th. I give & bequeath to my daughter Nancy my negro man named Toney and my young horse called Ball, to her & her heirs and assigns for ever.

5th. I will & bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth all my sheep.

6th. I will & bequeath to my grand daughter Susanna Huggins my black horse called Pal, and one bed & furniture.

7th. I will to my grand daughter Nancy Koonce one bed and furniture.

8th. I give to my three sons in law, James Huggins, Samuel Westbrook & Elijah Koonce all my carpenter & plantation tools.

9th. I give & bequeath to my daughter Temperance all my stock of cattle and hogs and the other two thirds of my crop and provision with all other articles of my property not otherwise mentioned also all that I lent my wife at her decease, to her & her heirs and assigns for ever.

10th. I will & bequeath to my three daughters, Elizabeth, Nancy & Temperance to be equally divided between them after paying all my debts and necessary expenses all my money in hand and all thats due me on notes or accounts.

And Last of all, I constitute make and ordain Benjamin Fordham Sen. & Samuel Westbrook my soul Executors to this my last Will and Testament, and uteraly disallow and revoke all and every other will in any will before named. Ratifying and confirming this to be my last Will and Testament, in Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 11th of December 1808.


Signed & pronounced by the said Elisha S. Blacksher in presence of us who in his presence and in presence of each other hereunto set and subscribe our names.
Isaac Brown (SEAL)
Samuel Westbrook (SEAL)
Elijah Koonce (SEAL)

Then was the aforegoing last will & Testament of Elisha S. Blacksher, dec., duly proven in open court by the oath of Isaac Brown & Elijah Koonce two of the subscribing witnesses and ordered to be recorded at same time the executors therein named qualifying as such agreeable to law. Ordered that Letters Testamentary issue accordingly a true copy from the original filed in the Clerks office of Jones County.

Year: 1860; Census Place: Tishomingo, Mississippi; Roll: M653_593; Page: 435; Image: 443; Family History Library Film: 803593

Name: Moses Curtis
Age in 1860: 42
Birth Year: abt 1818
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1860: Tishomingo, Mississippi
Gender: Male
Post Office: Iuka
Household Members: Name Age
Moses Curtis 42
Elizabeth Curtis 38
Robert Curtis 13
Elisha Curtis 9
Thomas J Curtis 8
Eliza E Curtis 7
Joseph Curtis 5
Emily C Curtis 2
James Curtis 17 [born Kentucky abt 1843]

Year: 1880; Census Place: Lauderdale, Alabama; Roll: 17; Family History Film: 1254017; Page: 2D; Enumeration District: 140

Name: Lizzie Curtis
Age: 50
Birth Year: abt 1830
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1880: Lauderdale, Alabama
Race: White Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Moses Curtis
Father's Birthplace: Tennessee
Mother's Birthplace: Tennessee
Occupation: Keeping House
Household Members: Name Age
Moses Curtis 59
Lizzie Curtis 50
Luizer Curtis 24
David Curtis 18
Ginie Curtis 13
Family links: 
  Moses Curtis (1818 - 1900)*
  John Curtis (1844 - ____)*
  Robert Curtis (1847 - 1923)*
  Elisha L. W. Curtis (1849 - 1911)*
  Joseph Hillary Curtis (1856 - 1932)*
  Jefferson Davis Curtis (1861 - 1926)*
  Tennie Eveline Curtis Curtis (1869 - 1929)*
*Calculated relationship
New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery
Tishomingo County
Mississippi, USA
Created by: BonnieGober12
Record added: Feb 25, 2011
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Elizabeth Bettie <i>Blackshear</i> Curtis
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In memory of my gg-grandmother Elizabeth Blackshear Curtis.
- BonnieGober12
 Added: Dec. 2, 2012

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