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 James Foreman Curtis

James Foreman Curtis

Death 23 Jul 1890 (aged 78)
Scott County, Illinois, USA
Burial Alsey, Scott County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 7232458 · View Source
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James Foreman Curtis was the son of Salathiel & Mary Foreman Curtis. His first wife was Sarah Snedeker, 2nd wife Nancy Ann Trusdall.
Children By Sarah were: Mary Jane Curtis Arendell and Margaretta Curtis Day.
Children By Nancy were:
Sarah Curtis, Eliza Billings, Maria Akers, Sophia Whitney, Cleonis S Curtis, Adeline McMahan, Charles Curtis, Anna Leighton Blevins, Nancy Freeman, Frank Curtis, Emily Brown, Stephen A Douglas Curtis, Reuben Curtis.

Roodhouse Evening Eye, July 24, 1890 P3 C1 James Curtis, one of the oldest settlers about Manchester, died very suddenly yesterday. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock today and burial occurred at the Bowers graveyard. Deceased was over 80 years of age.

OBITUARY (Unknown paper)
Mr. James F. Curtis died at his home 2-1/2 miles west of Manchester on July 23, 1890. Deceased was born in West Liberty, West Virginia, July 13, 1812. He was first married Oct. 23, 1833 to Miss Sarah Snedacher, who died May 7, 1839, leaving two little girls.

He was married the second time Aug. 22, 1839, to Miss Nancy Trusdale, and they journeyed together for nearly 51 years, dividing their joys and bearing the burdens of life. To them were born 13 children, making 15 in all, of whom five preceded him to the spirit world; and by these children he had 76 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

The deceased confessed in Christ in his twenty-first year, and was baptized by that great and good man, Alexander Campbell. He erected the family altar, read the scriptures, and prayed in his family, and acknowledged Christ before his fellowmen. He took a deep interest and an active part in all the interest of the church till age and infirmities came upon him. He was noted for his charity, always ready to lend a helping hand to those in distress, and always among the first in the neighborhood to visit the sick and afflicted. He also took an active part in all the political questions of the day, and in 1857 he was elected an associate justice, resigning April 12, 1858, because of the issuance of the railroad bonds by a majority of the court. But the confidence which in the fall of 1864, by electing him to represent them in the State Legislature, a position he filled to the satisfaction of all.

He was a life-long democrat, but was not so shallow in his views as to think that everything he did not approve of was a fraud, therefore commanded the respect of all opposing parties.

In the spring of 1839 he left his native state, with its rocks and hills, and sought a home on the plains of this prairie state. He purchased the place he was living on at the time of his death, then covered with dense thickets and tall prairie grass, and here for over half a century he has lived and toiled and raised his family, known and respected by all. He lived to see all of his children married and living close to him, with the exception of one or two. He was always a kind-hearted father, and was never in a more pleasant mood then when surrounded by his children and their families, a fact noted by all the community.

His funeral was preached on the 24th at the family residence, by Rev. Vandervort of White Hall, after which his remains were interred in the Bower Cemetery, followed by a large concourse of mourning relatives and friends. To the aged widow and family the community extend their heartfelt sympathy in their bereavement.
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James Foreman Curtis (13 Jul 1812–23 Jul 1890), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7232458, citing Bowers Cemetery, Alsey, Scott County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Cheryl Behrend (contributor 39733792) .