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Nahum was born 7 July 1784 in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts and married first 29 October 1809 in New Salem, Franklin, Massachusetts, Millicent WAITE, the daughter of Phineas WAITE and Millicent STRATTON. She was born 30 January 1787 in New Salem, Franklin, Massachusetts and died 3 September 1838 in Shoal Creek, Caldwell, Missouri. She was buried 6 September 1838, in Far West, Caldwell, Missouri.He married second 29 October 1839, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, Deliverence (Delia) BYAM/RYAN the daughter of Elias STRATTON and Milicent FROST. She was born 20 May 1755, in Sherborn, Middlesex, Massachusetts and died.
He married third 12 August 1759, in Barre, Worcester, Massachusetts, Eunis SMITH.
Joseph died 22 October 1765, in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
Name: Lyman Curtis Gender: male Birth Date: 21 Jan 1812 Birth Place: New Salem Mass Parent1: Nahum Curtis Parent2: Millicent Waite Spouse: Charlotte Alvord; & Sarah Wells Hartley Marriage Date: 1834; & 26 Jul 1862 Marriage Place: ??; & Salt Lake City Utah Departure Date: 14 Apr 1847 Departure Place: Winter Quarters Neb Travel Company: Brigham Young and the first pioneers to come into Utah Valley. Levi Jackman and Lyman Curtis Traveled together. Party: Brigham Young Company Arrival Date: 22 Jul 1847 (one of the nine horsemen) Arrival Place: Salt Lake City Utah Religion: LDS Place Settled: Salt Lake City - Sants Clara Occupation: Road & Canal builder Death Date: 05 Aug 1898 Burial Date: 07 Aug 1898 Burial Place: Salem Sources: Utah County Register of Death number 156 Pioneer & Prominent Men of Utah Comments: Built Salem, Canal also Price Canal Founder of Salem, Utah One of seven presidents seventies Missonary to Indians Planted 1st Cotton in Utah's Dixie with brother George Curtis, he and Lyman Stood guard over the bodies of Prophet Joseph Smith & Hyrum Smith Submiter Name: Burtine Pace Carter
CURTIS, George (son of Nahum Curtis and Millicent Waite, of Oakland county, Mich.). Born Oct. 27, 1823, Silver Lake, Oakland county, Mich. Came to Utah Oct. 7, 1848
CURTIS, Joseph (son of Nahum Curtis and Millicent Waite). Born Dec. 24, 1818, Erie county, Pa. Came to Utah Oct. 12, 1848.
CURTIS, Lyman (son of Nahum Curtis and Millicent Waite of Salem, Mass.). Born Jan. 21, 1812, at Salem. Came to Utah July 22, 1847, Brigham Young company.
CURTIS, Moses (son of Nahum Curtis and Millicent Waite of Connaught. Erie county, Pa.). Born May, 1816, Connaught, Pa. Came to Utah Oct. 1, 1850, Stephen Markham company.
CURTIS, Lyman (son of Nahum Curtis and Millicent Waite of Salem, Mass.). Born Jan. 21, 1812, at Salem. Came to Utah July 22, 1847, Brigham Young company. Married Charlotte Alvert, Who came to Utah in 1847. Their children: Julia, m. A. H. Rawleigh; Samuel B., m. Lucinda Stewart, m. Susan Gardner, m. Ellen Gardner; Adeline, m. Peter Elliott; Joseph Nahum, m. Sarah D. Gardner, m. Marilla Gardner; William F., m. Alice A. Higgins; Charles G., m. Virginia Killian.
Lyman Curtis's grandfather, Moses Curtis, was born in Boxford, Massachusetts. He afterward settled in New Salem, Franklin County, Massachusetts, where he married Molly Meacham, by whom he raised a large family.
Lyman Curtis's father, Nahum Curtis, third son of Moses Curtis and Molly Meacham, was born July 7, 1784, in New Salem, Franklin County, Massachusetts. In 1809, he married Millicent Waitt, daughter of Phineas Waitt and Methitable Foster, born January 30, 1878, in Athall, Franklin County, Massachusetts. They had a family of ten children, of whom Lyman, born January 21, 1812, in New Salem, Massachusetts, was the second child. About the year 1823 they moved to Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan.
During the years 1832-33, his father's family joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Lyman joined on March 14, 1833. In 1834 he and eighteen others were called upon by Hyrum Smith and Lyman Wright to join Zion's Camp and go with that company to the Missouri and help redeem Zion. After traveling about one thousand miles under the guidance of Hyrum Smith and Lyman Wight, they joined the main camp June 8, 1834. When Zion's Camp was disbanded, each member was given a blessing by Patriarch Joseph Smith, Sr., and some of the promises made to Lyman Curtis will be referred to later in this history.In 1836, his father, with the rest of the family and two of his brothers, Jacob and Jeremiah Curtis and their families, settled in Caldwell County, Missouri.
In February of 1836, Lyman was married to Charlotte Alvord, daughter of Thadeus Alvord and Sally Wellington, born in the state of New York in 1815. His mother, Millicent Curtis, died September 3, 1838, in Caldwell County, Missouri, and about that same time they buried their oldest son, Ammon Curtis.
Lyman purchased land from the government, built houses, and began to gather around them the comforts of life, but during the fall of 1838, they were surrounded by a mob militia, part of whom were painted black. They were subjected to all the horrors of mob violence and at last were compelled to give up their arms and leave their homes to the mob to defray the expenses of mobbing them. This was under the exterminating orders of Lilburn W. Boggs, governor of Missouri, and was carried out by his ever ready tool, General Lucas. They left the state suffering from the inclemency of the weather added to mob violence. Many of the Saints were compelled to travel in open wagons, exposed to all the changes of the weather, many of them not having enough clothes to keep them comfortable.
They next settled in Nauvoo where they obtained land, built houses and again began to gather around them the comforts of life. Lyman helped in building both the Kirtland Temple and the Nauvoo Temple. He traveled farther up the Mississippi River where, for nearly two years he and his brother Moses worked getting timber for the Nauvoo Temple and floating it down the river. When the timber and logs were on the river, they were bound together with wooden pins and hickory withes, then the workmen would pile their belongings on the joined logs and float down to the landing. Once, when they were bringing a raft of timber down the river, it was necessary to stop at one place for provisions. They drew near the bank and Lyman took the rope, sprang to the land and wrapped the rope around a young tree that grew near the water's edge. The force of the current on the raft drew the tree down under the water taking Lyman with it, as he did not let it loose. If he had loosened his hold, he would have been carried under the raft. When he went out of sight, some of the bystanders said, "Well, there's one Mormon gone to ? (the hot place they would have consigned all Mormons to), but the supple elasticity of the tree drew the raft back and out of the water, giving Lyman a chance to continue his journey little the worse for the wetting.
Lyman's son, Samuel B. Curtis, was born in LaCrosse while they were getting the timber. There is a small town or school district near LaCrosse that still bears the name Mormon Coulee from their having camped there.
Lyman also aided his father and brothers in polishing stones used in building the Nauvoo Temple. It sometimes took days to polish a single stone. Sand was poured on a cut stone then another large flat one was laid on top and ground back and forth until the under stone was polished.
Here also they shared in the persecutions of the Saints. He was present and viewed the dead martyrs, Joseph and Hyrum Smith. At the time of the martyrdom, enemies offered a reward for the head of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Lyman, his father, and brother George, with others, were guards over the bodies.
Lyman's father died March 11, 1846, in Nauvoo, Illinois. In the spring of 1846, Lyman shared with his family the lot of the Saints in their wholesale expulsion from their homes. When they were leaving, he sold enough corn at fifteen cents a bushel to buy a home. The remainder of the crop was left in the bin. They again took up the line of march for a new home, this time traveling westward to Council Bluffs, where they spent the winter in making preparations for the onward journey the next season.
1790 Census New Salem, Franklin, Massachusetts. page 406 Phin. WAIT Males: of 16 years and Up 1 Males: under 16 years 1 Females: total 3 1800 Census New Salem, Franklin, Massachusetts Page 662 Phinehas WAITE Under 10; 10 to 16; 16 to 26; 26 to 45; 45 & Up Males: 1 1 -------- -------- 1 Females: 2 1 -------- -------- 1 1830 Census , Oakland, Michigan. Nahum Curtis Under 5; 5 to 10; 10 to 15; 15 to 20; 20 to 30; 40 to 50 Males: 2 1 2 1 -------- 1 Females: ------- 1 -------- -------- 1 1
Patent DescriptionNames Survey Patentee: Nahum CURTIS State: Michigan Acres: 80 Metes/Bounds: No Title Transfer Document Numbers Issue Date: 05/02/1831 Document Nr.: 3897 Land Office: Detroit Accession/Serial Nr.: MI0080__.433 Cancelled: No BLM Serial Nr.: MI NO S/N U.S. Reservations: No Mineral Reservations: No Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
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---------------------------------------------------------------- Patent DescriptionNames Survey Patentee: Nahum CURTIS State: Michigan Acres: 80 Metes/Bounds: No Title Transfer Document Numbers Issue Date: 09/10/1834 Document Nr.: 7491 Land Office: Detroit Accession/Serial Nr.: MI0160__.036 Cancelled: No BLM Serial Nr.: MI NO S/N U.S. Reservations: No Mineral Reservations: No Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
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---------------------------------------------------------------- Patent DescriptionNames Survey Patentee: Nahum CURTIS State: Michigan Acres: 41.54 Metes/Bounds: No Title Transfer Document Numbers Issue Date: 08/02/1837 Document Nr.: 20698 Land Office: Detroit Accession/Serial Nr.: MI0720__.150 Cancelled: No BLM Serial Nr.: MI NO S/N U.S. Reservations: No Mineral Reservations: No Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
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5th child, second son of Moses and Molly Meecham Curtis. Early on moved out on the shore of Lake Michigan, their children being, and forming the ancestors of, the Interesting characters that follow. They did considerable fishing on the lake. Even in winter they would chop a hole in the ice, and at night build a fire by the side of the hole, to attract the fish, and caught a great many. Here the sons, Joseph and Moses, almost pestered the life out of their father, for leave to go hunting, At last he allowed them to go, and take an old flint-lock musket without any flint, for an out. Moses took the gun, and Joseph carried a lighted torch. at last, they saw a deer and sneaked up behind a fallen tree and Moses carefully sighted then said, "there, there, Joseph, touch it off." He finally did it and the deer fell. The boys were so excited, they dropped the gun and went home on a run. When the folks finally got up faith enough to go back with them, the deer was found where they saw it fall.they heard great "fish" stories of corn growing in the corn belt down below, and Lyman being the oldest, was sent down to see how much was true. On his return, he was afraid to tell that some fields would average eighty bushels to the acre, while some acres would yield a hundred bushels ( From S.B. Curtis).
In 1833, while residing in Michigan, Nahum and family heard a missionary Elder preach the Gospel. That night after retiring, the parents were conversing upon the principles they had just listened to for the first time, when they noticed the room begin to grow light. It grew lighter and lighter until it was as bright as nooday. Then they heard a voice say, "Nahum, the book of Mormon is a true record of the people that lived on this continent." They were converted, and soon every member of the family joined the church. (Record of Emma S. Curtis Simons).
About two years after the Saints were driven from Jackson County, in 1833, an effort was made to purchase the land from which they had been driven, that the Saints might return and make permanent homes. Money was needed for it. Nahum had sold his homestead in Michigan for $800.00 which represented the entire wealth of the family, but of this sum he gave $325.00 to aid in the purchase, a sacrifice the family feel has been richly returned. After three years in Missouri, they were driven in to Warsaw by the mob. when they moved to Nauvoo, he and his sons helped to polish the stones used in building the Nauvoo temple. It some times took days to polish a single one. Sand was poured on a cut stone, then another large flat one was laid on and ground back and forth until the under stone was polished. From the land they farmed there, Lyman told Samuel B. Curtis, that when they were leaving, enough corn was sold at .15 cents a bushel, to buy a horse. The remainder of the crop was left in the bin. Nahum's wife, Milliscent, died there, Sep 3, 1838,leaving him with seven children. Oct 29, 1839, he married 2nd, Delta Byam Reed, a widow who also had seven children. His daughter Mary, wrote that they all appreciated their new mother, and lived peacefully together.
Levi Jackman (who became the third husband of Nahum's second wife, Delia Byam, was a member of the Mormon pioneer band. Dating from the year 1835 to 1848, his journal is said to be one of the most valuable yet found concerning the trek to Utah, as he recorded everything that came under his observation. The following is taken from his writing:
"[In 1837] I had to give back my farm on account of the mob operations, and spent the winter in one part of Nahum Curtis's house. It was a kind family. In March Brother Curtis and myself and our families started to find a new home in Illinois. Some part of the time the weather was very stormy and the roads extremely bad. We all had been forced to leave the county under the extermination orders of Governor Boggs. We finally arrived at Quincy, Illinois, in the forepart of April.
According to the "History of the Church," Period I, Vol. III at pages 3-6, a general assembly of the whole church at Far West, Missouri gathered at Nahum Curtis' "settlement" on February 8, 1838 and "deposed" the presidency of the church in Missouri--a local presidency-- David Whitmer, president, and John Whitmer and W. W. Phelps, counselors in accordance with the revelation that "no person is to be ordained to any office in this church. where there is a regularly organized branch of the same, without the vote of that church."
Millicent Waite died Sept. 3, 1838, in Caldwell County, Missouri. During this time land had been purchased from the Government, houses were built and the comforts of life were beginning to be enjoyed, when in the fall of 1838 a mob drove them from their homes. Nahum Curits died March 11, 1846, in Nauvoo. (LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 4, p. 689.)
Nahum Curtis was one of approximately 100 men who signed the following covenant at Far West , Missouri on January 29, 1839:
We, whose names are hereunder written, do for ourselves individually hereby covenan t to stand by and assist one another, to the utmost of our abilities, in removing from this state in compliance with the authority of the state; and we do hereby acknowledge ourselves firmly bound to the extent of all our available property, to be disposed of by a committee who shall be appointed for the purpose of providing means for the removing from this state of the poor and destitute who shall be considered worthy, till there shall not be one left who desires remove from the state' with this proviso, that no individual shall be deprived of the right of the disposal of his own property for the above purpose, or of having the control of it, or so much of it as shall be necessary for the removing of his own family, and to be entitled to the over-plus, after the work is effected; and furthermore, said committeeshall give receipts for all property, and an account of the expenditure of the same.
A recipe for "Rusk" is found in an article "From a Nauvoo Pantry" in the December 1973 issue of the "New Era" at page 42.
"Make cornmeal bread according to your favorite recipe. After it has cooled, allow to dry for several days then bake slowly in a warmed oven until it is thoroughly dry and slightly browned. Grate it on a coarse grater or crumble it with a rolling pin. It can be eaten with cream and sugar, or with hot milk and honey poured over it. This makes a tasty,quick mush.
(Recipe used by the Nahum Curtis family at Nauvoo.)"
Parley Street was the site of the principal ferry from which the Saints left Nauvoo; and so, in later years, Parley Street would come to be known as the Beginning of the "Trail of Hope." On this frozen February 24 th , it was only one of the points of embarkation on the Trail of Hope. No ferry was needed, and wherever a team of oxen could step onto the ice, it became a starting point for families and wagons moving west; but throughout the exodus from Nauvoo, it was Parley Street where the center of activity and traffic occurred.
Near the ferry at the end of the street the Saints passed the homes of Nahum Curtis and his son, Lyman, who left Nauvoo with some of the first groups going west. Lyman's wife, Charlotte Alvord Curtis, gave birth to a baby boy the night after they left, but he died from exposure. Nahum fell ill as they started across Iowa, and returned to Nauvoo, where he died on March 9, 1846.
CHILDREN of Nahum CURTIS and Milicent WAITE:
1. SOPHRONIA b: 10 Feb 1710; New Salem, Franklin, Massachusetts. md: 1841; , Hancock, Illinois. Patrick NORRIS d: 27 Jun 1850; , , Nebraska. + 2. LYMON b: 21 Jan 1812; New Salem, Franklin, Massachusetts. md: 1 Feb 1834; Liberty, Clay, Missouri. Charlotte ALVORD/ALFORD md: 26 Jul 1862; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Sarah Wells HARTLEY md: 19 Jun 1872; , , Utah. Adeline ANDREWS d: 5 Aug 1809; Salem, Utah, Utah. 3. PHINEUS b: 10 Jan 1814; New Salem, Franklin, Massachusetts. d: 26 Mar 1815; New Salem, Franklin, Massachusetts. 4. MOSES b: 8 May 1816; Conneaut, Erie, Pennsylvania. md: 28 May 1839; Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois. Aurelia Peckman JACKMAH md: 11 Jan 1870; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Elizabeth HANKS d: 5 May 1907; Eden, Graham, Arizonia. 5. JOSEPH b: 24 Dec 1818; Comeatea, Erie, Pennsylvania. md: 1 Jan 1846; Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois. Sarah Ann (Sally) REED d: 1 Aug 1883; Payson, Utah, Utah. 6. MARY b: 15 May 1821; Conneaut, Erie, Pennsylvania. md: 11 Jul 1841; Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois. Calvin REED d: 3 May 1888; Logan, Cache, Utah. 7. GEORGE b: 27 Oct 1823; Silver Lake, Oakland, Michigan. md: 30 Oct 1850; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Emma WHALEY md: 22 Nov 1857; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Mary OPENSHAE d: 5 Feb 1911; Payson, Utah, Utah. 8. FOSTER b: 8 May 1826; Pontiac, Oakland Michigan. md: 12 Apr 1857; San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California. Clarissa Ann BEMIS d: 9 Apr 1880; Newton, Cache, Utah. 9. LOREN b: 9 May 1828; Pontiac, Oakland, Michigan. d: 29 Oct 1828; Pontiac, Oakland, Michigan. 10. HYRUM b: 9 Sep 1829; Pontiac, Oakland, Michigan. md: 4 Oct 1859; Provo, Utah, Utah. Mary Eliza HAWES md: 18 Feb 1885; Logan, Cache, Utah. Lydia Catherine HAWES d: 8 Feb 1898; Newton, Cache, Utah.Back to Moses CURTIS' Family Page
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