|Birth: ||May 24, 1799|
|Death: ||Mar. 7, 1888|
Erie Saturday Evening Gazette – March 17, 1888
Death of an Old Pioneer
Alfred Curtis, who died at his home in Branchville last week at the advanced age of 89 years, was one of the oldest pioneers of Northwestern Pennsylvania. He was born in Stratford, Conn., in May, 1799. When a mere lad, he moved to Whitehall, N.Y. In 1818 he was married to Charlotte Hatch, a sister of the Crawford and Erie County of that name. She was one of those noble women of olden time who was not afraid to brave the perils and privations of frontier life, and proved indeed a helpmate to her husband. In 1822 Mr. Curtis and his family moved from Whitehall and located on the farm now owned and occupied by his son A.N. Curtis. He was a radical abolitionist and for many years he conducted a train and kept a station on the Underground Railroad. While tolerant towards others Mr. Curtis was fearless in his advocacy of the cause of the oppressed. No worthy person ever appealed to his sympathies in vain. In after years he delighted to talk about the trilling scene, incident s and adventures of those perilous times in which he was an important actor. He was an eloquent stump speaker, and on a certain occasion an anti-slavery meeting was announced in a neighborhood where party spirits ran very high. There had been a logging bee in the neighborhood and in the evening many of the half drunken men came to the meeting bent on breaking up the assembly and having a little fun at the expense of the speaker. Mr. Curtis, who was personally unknown to the audience, took his position on the platform and opened the meeting with prayer. Such a proceeding at a political gathering was unheard of and had a strangely subduing effect on the turbulent settlers, who listened to his thrilling speech with breathless interest. Although he never dreamed that slavery would be abolished in his lifetime, Mr. Curtis lived to see the "sum of all villainies" swept away, and a generation rise and nearly pass from stage of action before he was summoned from "labor to reward". He was an earnest and effective worker in the temperance field, and a consistent member of the Baptist Church for many years. He was an exemplary Christian, a loyal citizen, a kind neighbor, s true friend, a loving husband and an indulgent father. He died as he lived, in the belief of a resurrection and a future life beyond the grave.
Frank Henry, an abolitionist and local historian who lived in Wesleyville, PA.
Charlotte Hatch Curtiss (1798 - 1836)*
Mary Melrose Curtis (1825 - ____)*
Mary Melrose Bayle (1825 - 1904)*
L. Rebekah Curtiss Steadman (1819 - 1897)*
Alfred Hatch Curtiss (1820 - 1875)*
Adrian Nodine Curtiss (1835 - 1906)*
Charlotte Amelia Curtiss Delamater (1837 - 1919)*
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