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Hyrum Curtis

  • Birth 9 Dec 1829 Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan, USA
  • Death 8 Feb 1898 Newton, Cache County, Utah, USA
  • Burial Newton, Cache County, Utah, USA
  • Plot 8-10-1
  • Memorial ID 47491172

On the 8th of September 1829 a tiny little boy, Hyrum Curtis, was born to Nahum Curtis and Millicent Waite at Pontiac, Michigan. He was the 10th child and he grew to be a strong man nearly 6 feet tall, with blue eyes and dark brown hair and about 200 pounds.

Mary Eliza Haws was born 26 December 1837 in Morgan Co. Ill. On 4 October 1859 she became the pretty dark complected bride of Hyrum Curtis. Together they became one of the early settlers of Newton, Cache valley, Utah. Their lives were filled with many thrills and adventures. While they were living at Logan an Indian came to the door and insisted upon coming in one day, he jerked a knife from her hand cutting it badly, however she managed to drive him away with a broom. The family moved to Newton Utah and took up a homestead of 320 acres, and built a house. Hyrum Curtis did many things in his life, although he spent much time carpentering he claimed to a jack-of-all-trades, and a master of none.

When the first wooden mowing machines were invented he bought one. He built a rake, which was pulled by a team of horses. He also invented a header by changing a binder into a header, which he used on the farm. In those days he could cradle six acres of grain in a day binding it by hand.

Often he seined fish in Bear River for the Market. One time while he was camping along the river a reservoir broke causing a flood. The alarm spread that he must have been drowned; Mary Eliza suffered in terrible anxiety until the flood ceases. However he had moved camp farther up the river than the previous day.

Mary Eliza did not have an easy life. She did her own wool carding, spinning, knitting socks, and sewing clothes by hand. She and Hyrum made shoes for their children by hand. She molded candles from beef tallow, which was their main source of light. They also burned a bitch (a primitive lamp), and made all their own soap.

She died in childbirth on July 26, 1875 leaving Hyrum with seven children. She was buried in Newton Utah. After her death Hyrum became both father and mother to his children. He was a kind man with a good disposition. The Indians claimed him as their friend, often leaving their belongings with him while they went on trips. In the days around 1949 he mined gold in California often making $500.00 per day.

Hyrum was a staunch believer in the LDS Church. He and his sister mary did a lot of temple work in the Logan Temple. A book was kept with vast family records and temple work done.

After his family was well grown he married Mrs. Lydia Haws, his first wife's sister on 18 feb 1885.

On 8 Feb 1898 Hyrum died of Cancer on the stomach. The posterity of Hyrum and Mary Eliza may be proud to remember them as most honorable people.
Elizabeth Rosabell Curtis Haskell(1862-1952)
COURTESY OF JJ


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  • Created by: Renae Burgess Linn
  • Added: 2 Feb 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 47491172
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Hyrum Curtis (9 Dec 1829–8 Feb 1898), Find A Grave Memorial no. 47491172, citing Newton Cemetery, Newton, Cache County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Renae Burgess Linn (contributor 47012298) .