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 Enos Curtis

Enos Curtis

Birth
Death 1 Jun 1856 (aged 72)
Burial Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot Blk. 27 Lot 3
Memorial ID 85680 · View Source
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Enos Curtis, born 9 Oct 1783, died 1 Jun 1856, son of Edmond Curtis and Polly Avery. He was born in Kinderhook, Columbia, New York. He married 1 Dec 1805 or 1806 to Ruth Franklin, b. 14 Nov 1790 at Sterling, Windham, Conn. She died 6 May 1848 in Iowaville on the plains.

Most of their children were born in Rutland and Sullivan townships in Tiago Co., Pennsylvania. Enos was baptized in The Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1831 by Lyman Wight. Both Enos and his wife were endowed in Nauvoo Temple in 1846. They were devout in their religious convictions and went through the hardships of the early church pioneers. He was a farmer and carpenter by trade.

Hattie Esplin Durfee notes that Enos Curtis, the eldest son of Edmond Curtis and Polly Avery Curtis, spent his boyhood days in the little town of Kinderhook, a few miles east of the Hudson River, in Columbia County, New York. A few miles farther east is the large town of Latham.

Enos' father, was born in Sharon, Litchfield, Connecticut. He had two brothers — Samuel Wadsworth and Henry — and a sister, Clarissa. Edmond was killed in the War of 1812, at Fort Erie.

Not much is known of his early life. The story is told by one of his descendants in Utah that Enos, at the age of 14, was apprenticed to learn a trade. His master was so cruel and unkind that he begged his father to let him return home. His father refused saying that the agreement was made, papers signed and that he must finish the contract. Young Enos had courage and an adventurous spirit. He planned to escape from this man and did make his escape by stowing away on a ship sailing down the Hudson River to New York City. He was discovered enroute but the crew learned to like him and asked him to stay with them.

Arriving in New York City, Enos met Ruth Franklin. They were married in that city on the 15th of December, 1805. Ruth was born on 14th November 1790 in Sterling, Windham, Connecticut.

After their marriage they went to Pennsylvania to seek a new home and settled in Tioga County. The northern boundary of the county is the state line between the Pennsylvania and New York state. It was a new county. The county having been formed in 1804. The Curtis' lived in Susquehanna County, Sullivan County, Rutland and Tiago, where their fourteen children were born and raised. Five died small while nine grew to marry and have families of their own.

According to Louise Durfee Rooney, shortly before the birth of their last child, Celestia Curtis Durfee, the family became converted to the restored church — the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Enos was baptized in the LDS Church in 1831 by Lyman Wight and at age 48 became an ardent missionary for the Church.

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  • Maintained by: Bryan Hatch
  • Originally Created by: John Warnke
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 85680
  • Ryan D. Curtis
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Enos Curtis (9 Oct 1783–1 Jun 1856), Find A Grave Memorial no. 85680, citing Historic Springville Cemetery, Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Bryan Hatch (contributor 47321554) .