CURRY BRANCH (maternal great-grandfather David William Curry)
Curry (our great-great-grandfather) was born in England. As a young man he
went to America. He had distant relatives in Mineral Point, Wisconsin and
planed to live with them. This was the William Brown family; William
Brown, his wife ________, Robert Curry, and five children; Elizabeth
Brown, Salina Brown (SR - possibly Celina?), Dave Brown, and one more son and daughter.
George Curry married
Elizabeth Brown - even though her mother did not approve - and had four
Ann Curry, David William Curry, George Robson Curry, and Avis (SR
- Aves) Curry.
They lived in the country near Mineral Point and Elizabeth died young. Sometime
after Elizabeth's death George Curry returned to England, leaving his four
children with their grandparents – the Browns. In England, George remarried to Mary
Ann ______. They had one daughter, Kittie, who lives in England today.
Ann Curry married a Williams.
(SR - Wis. census lists spelling "Aves" but historical
obituary for her husband stated Avis S. Curry) lost her sweetheart through some heartbreaking
jilting and married Will Richards, an older man and obvious second
choice. Soon, they left for the West and to Montana (SR - late in life,
ending in California). They were involved in the
Ranchers and Cattler war and were forced to flee to Canada. They settled in
Rimbly, Alberta (notation: possibly “Rimbey”, Alberta – Steve Reed). They had three children
– two sons and a daughter. George Richards, a son, is still living in Canada.
David William Curry (called Will or D.W.)
married Catherine (Katie) Griffiths.
George Robson “Robbie”
was still living with his
grandparents when his grandmother died. His grandfather remarried his
housekeeper, a Perry. He (William Brown) asked D.W. to stand up for the wedding
but D.W., like most everyone, disapproved of the marriage and refused. This
created a permanent rift between Will Brown and D.W. Curry. Robbie no longer felt comfortable in his grandfather’s home in Mineral
Point and left to live with Avis, his sister, in Alberta. There he married Jean
________, who was directly from England. They had two children – one son, and a
daughter Jean (now Jean Jackson). She’s living in Canada now and has 1st
cousins in England.
and Katie Curry lived, at first, in Mineral Point where Will worked for
the city Gas Company. Here they had a daughter Mary Elizabeth Curry.
When Elizabeth (as she is called) was about nine the family bought and
moved to a farm near Aberdeen, South Dakota. It proved to be financially
unsound. The land was poor and the horses died. They sold that farm and bought
one in Barron County, Wisconsin.
a few years there
Elizabeth met and married Louis Edward Knutson.
GRIFFITHS (Maternal Great-Grandmother)
Ann Francis was born in Bristol England. Her parents owned a grocery store
and her father was also a traveling Methodist preacher.
David Griffiths – from “north O’Wales”. He was an arch
stonemason and very Welsh. They had three children – Jim Griffiths
(SR - The
1880 Census indicates "James") , Aggie
Griffiths, and Catherine
(Katie) Griffiths (SR- The 1880 Census indicates that Katie was born in
Wisconsin, not in the UK). David Griffiths sailed for America, leaving his family,
soon after 1873 (Katie’s birthdate). He traveled by sailing vessel and later
told stories about the trip, losing the wind for three weeks at a time. He
settled in Mineral Point, with other Welsh men. His wife and children then
followed – crossing in a steamer. In Mineral Point they had a large farm – Dave
Griffiths also continued his masonry. They had nine more children
(12 total); Edith, John, Minnie, Rosie, Lily, Maude, Tom, Clarence &
May (1880 Census lists: James, 11 / Agnes, 8/ Katie, 6/ Edith, 4/ John 2/
Minnie 10 months).
Jim married Annie
___ (SR - possibly Mary Jones: see
James Giffiths /Son in Law / 1900 Census / Mineral Point - but I'm not sure the
dates line up for his age) . His parents disapproved. She eventually lost her mind, as
predicted, and died. He then married her sister Sarah. Jim
and Sarah Griffiths had three children;
Martha and Elizabeth and all were prosperous. (SR - it
seems from the same 1900 census record that William, Martha, and Elizabeth
were children of Mary Jones Griffiths)
Tom Powell and had one child –
Ida. Aggie died from diphtheria and Tom remarried her sister Lily who
had lived with them nursing Aggie. The marriage was not approved by the Griffiths family. They had two children –
Curtis and Bertha. Lily finally
divorced him. She ran a hotel in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. She gave Tom a room in
it long after the divorce.
Will Curry in about 1895.
Edith married Robbie Williams. They farmed (pigs)
Minnie married Henry Terrill. They lived with
Henry’s uncle on the farm and received a sizable inheritance. They were good
farmers. They had two children; Murel and Blanche.
Murel and wife Thelma took over Henry and Rose’s farm. Now Murel, Thelma and their mother
Minnie live in Mineral Point.
Maude married Byron
Stevens and divorced
him. Then she married Will Procter – who was much older and well
liked besides being prosperous. After his death she married _________ Holmes.
married John Davis – a very Welsh man – and had a farm in Rewey
Wisconsin, and two sons – ______ (SR- Philip, Census 1920) &
Chester. After John Davis died Rosie cooked at Lily’s hotel.
There she met a widower living at the hotel – Sid Murrish – a wealthy
retired farmer, and married him. They moved to one of his farms and then to
and Clarence married sisters, the family
disapproving of both. Tom married Jane – who eventually lost her mind.
Tom hospitalized her and lived with Rosie in Mineral Point. Clarence
married Rose. They farmed and retired to Dodgeville. She also became so
mentally ill he hospitalized her. Much later he divorced her to marry an old
sweetheart _________ Pokenhorn ________. (Note: Polkenhorn? – Steve
May was the youngest. She married
Hugh Jones. They
farmed the Griffiths homestead. They had five children, Berdeda, Wendell,
Marianne, Wesley, and Ruth (Ruthie). May and Hugh were not good
farmers and let the homestead go downhill. May now lives in Platteville.