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 William Curtis

William Curtis

Albany County, New York, USA
Death 1 Mar 1873 (aged 72)
North Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, USA
Burial North Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 17863347 · View Source
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North Topeka Weekly Times March 6, 1873
Death of Wm Curtis

Last Monday morning at 8 half o'clock, after a severe illness or several weeks, at his residence in North Topeka, the subject of this obituary, quietly departed this life at the advanced age of 72 years, 2 months and 9 days.
Wm Curtis was born Dec. 22d, 1800 near Albany, New York. In 1821 he moved to Ohio, and in 1826 he went to Vermillion county Indiana, where in 1828 he was married to Miss Permelia Hubbard, who now survives him.
Again in 1863, Mr Curtis took up his line of march Westward and settled at Mount Florence, Jefferson county, Kansas, from whence he moved to North Topeka where he continued to reside, with his family, up to the date of his death.
Mr Curtis was the father of fourteen children, seven sons and seven daughters, all of who, with a single exception, Ira Curtis, who died only a few weeks ago, are still living.
Essentially, a frontiers man by education and tastes; liberal in his views, honorable in his transactions, generous, hospitable and kind, he was universally respected by all classes of society..
When he first came here, North Topeka was a wilderness. Possessed by ample means, for a western man, in a western country, faith in the ultimate prosperity of this locality, more than ordinary business ability and energy to prosecute his measures, probably no other one man has contributed more, in a general way, to build up this part of the city than he has. His liberality and kindness to those whom he saw honestly struggling to obtain a foothold above the waters of adversity and poverty were proverbial characteristics, and more than one person whom he has assisted to stem the current lives to bless and cherish his memory.
The funeral services were performed Tuesday at the M.E. Church; Rev's C.J. Lovejoy and J. Jones, officiating.
The sermon by the former was preached from XIV Job, 5 and 6 verses,
"Seeing his days are determined,
the number of his mouths with thee;
thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot past.
Turn from him, that he may rest,
till he may accomplish, as a hireling, his day"
The services were very impressive; the church was crowded with the friends of the deceased, a large proportion of whom followed the remains to its last resting place - the family burial place, two miles North of the city.
The body was enclosed in a magnificent Metallic Casket, furnished by Mr I.N. Dougherty, which was pronounced to be the most beautiful, as well as the costliest ever furnished in this city.
Previous to his death, Mr Curtis is said to have undergone a change of heart and professed a readiness to enter upon the enjoyments of a future existence.
We understand he selected Mr A.H. Case to act as attorney, and his son, Wm Curtis, to act as Administrator in the settlement of his estate.

He is the grandfather of Charles Curtis,
31st Vice-President of the United States 1929-1933.


Wm Curtis
Born December 22, 1800
Died March 1, 1873

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