from 'National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Volumes 1-85, 1600s-1900s"
Volume 61, John Curtis (1635-1696) of Derbyshire and New Jersey, Page 93:
Joseph Curtis, elder son of Joseph and Anne (Watson) Curtis of Ogston, Mansfield Township, Burlington County, was born in 1749. He died at Paris, Edgar County, Illinois, in 1837 and was buried there. The Minutes of Chesterfield Monthly Meeting noted 4 June 1775 that a certificate for Joseph Curtis, addressed to Kingwood Monthly Meeting, Hunterdon County, was then signed. But the Minutes of 5 September 1776 reported that he had failed to present it there and "has gone out in marriage with a person not belonging to Friends, and has engaged in promoting military measures." The Minutes of 2 July 1778 reported that he still neglects to deliver his certificate to Kingwood. The Kingwood Minutes of 10 September 1778 reported that testification against Joseph Curtis, for those reasons, was read and signed, and a copy to be given to him; Minutes of 12 November 1778 noted that he asked no appeal.
The list of rateables in Bethlehem Township, Hunterdon County, for 1778 includes the names of Joseph Curtis (2 acres) and Benjamin Opdyke (146 acres). The will of Benjamin Opdyke of Bethlehem Township, dated 22 October 1806 and proved 23 September 1807, ordered his moveable estate to be sold and devised one tenth of the proceeds thereof "to my daughter Jane Curtis." Joseph Curtis and his wife Jane Opdyke removed from Bethlehem Township to the vicinity of Manchester, Adams County, Ohio, where his wife Jane died about 1833. He then moved westward to reside with his son Joseph near Paris, Edgar County, Illinois, where he died in 1837.
By deed dated 12 April 1830, Joseph Curtis, Sr., and wife Jane, of Adams County, Ohio, conveyed to Benjamin C. Pownall, of the same place, a tract of ten acres and 32 perches fronting on the Ohio River, part of Entry No. 1033.
Children of Joseph and Jane (Opdyke) Curtis:
1. Joseph Curtis, b. Trenton, NJ, 29 May 1786; d. 1852; buried Paris, Ill. (gravestone inscription); m. Pickaway Co., Ohio, 13 Nov. 1815, Hannah Shelby (b. Monongahela, Washinton Co, PA, 1789, dau. of David Shelby; d. Stratton Twp., Edgar Co, Ill., 1884). Issue: (1) Joseph d. aged 1 year; (2) David Shelby, res. Hunter Twp, Edgar Co, Ill; (3) Harvey W., res. Topeka, Kansas, 1889; (4) Benjamin Opdyke, b. Stratton Twp, 19 March 1824; horticulturalist in Paris Twp; m Stratton Twp, 3 Sept. 1856, Jane Williamson Stout (b. there 5 Feb 1828, dau. of Ariel and Eliza (Means) Stout, d. 8 Dec 1911); (5) Isaac H., res. Edgar Twp; (6) George, d. before 1889.
2. Ann Curtis, b. NJ 27 July 1790; d. Highland Co, Ohio, 12 Dec 1861; m. Adams Co, Ohio, 24 Jan 1811, Robert Fitzpatrick of Highland Co, by the Rev. Robert Dobbins.
3. Sarah Curtis, m. Adams Co, Ohio, 17 Oct 1815, Nathan Rounsavell, by the Rev. Robert Dobbins.
4. Diadama Curtis, m. John Rogers. By deed dated 12 Apr 1831, Diadamia Rogers, widow of John Rogers, George Rogers and wife Rebecah, Joseph Curtis Rogers and wife Sarah, John G. Parker and wife Mary late Rogers, Elijah Hill and wife Jane late Rogers, and Sarah Ann Rogers, heirs of said John Rogers, all of Adams Co., Ohio, except George Rogers and wife of Missouri, conveyed to Benjamin Curtis Pownall a 50-acre tract on the Ohio River in Adams Co. which John Rogers sold to Joseph Curtis, Sr., and Curtis sold to said Pownall.
5. Lydia Curtis, m. Jonathan Pownall.
6. Elizabeth Curtis, b. 1799; d. 1844, m. Adams Co, Ohio, 17 Jan 1817, Samuel Pell; res. Hancock Co., KY.
7. Rebecca Curtis, m. Adams Co., Ohio, 19 Sept 1816, Mathew Kincaid, by Thomas McClelland, J.P.
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