Waterloo Region Generations
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Rev. Burton S. Curtis

Male 1815 - 1886  (71 years)


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  • Name Burton S. Curtis 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 20 May 1815  , Orange Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Military American Civil War - chaplin 
    Occupation 1840  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    potter 
    Occupation 1851  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Farmer 
    Residence 1857  Olive Township, Elkhart Co., Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-73877 
    Died 20 Oct 1886  Reed City, Osceola, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I73877  Generations
    Last Modified 23 Jul 2020 

    Father Gad Curtis,   b. Mar 1791, , New York State, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1869, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years) 
    Mother Mary Hitchcock,   b. Abt 1790, Of, New York State Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married , New York State, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F22554  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elisabeth Koplin,   b. Abt 1818, of, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1885  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Married 29 Jul 1841  Greenbush (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Children 
     1. Clara Curtis
     2. Susan Curtis
     3. Elizabeth Curtis
     4. Berton Curtis
     5. Julia Curtis
     6. Leah Curtis,   b. 28 May 1844, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1900, , Elkhart Co., Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     7. Claudius K. Curtis,   b. 27 Jul 1850, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 24 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F19449  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • B. S. Curtis, father of subject, was married in Canada, and there made his home until 1857. He was a potter by trade. While a resident of Canada he was quite prominent in politics, was justice of the peace for about twelve years, and held other local positions. In 1857 he emigrated to Olive township, Elkhart Co., Ind., and settled on a farm of 100 acres which was partly improved. Previous to this, in 1845, while residing in Canada, he became a minister of the Gospel, and was active in this noble work for twenty years. In the year 1864 he enlisted as chaplain of the One Hundred and Forty-second Indiana, and remained with that regiment until the close of the war. He was in a number of prominent engagements, and served his country faithfully. Returning from the war, he turned his attention to the improvement of his farm. He also carried on his ministerial duties for a number of years. After residing in Elkhart county, Ind. , for twenty-two years, he passed to his final reward on October 20, 1886. In politics he was a "black Abolitionist," bitter against slavery, and a firm believer in the rights of the negro to have freedom.

      After coming to this country he held no public offices, but was ever a public-spirited man, interested in educational as well as religious affairs. Socially he was a Master Mason. In 1880 he left Elkhart county, went to La Grange county, this State, and later to Reed City, Mich., where he died. He was a man of some property and was generous and free hearted, giving freely of his means to support all good enterprises. His wife was a native of Canada, and the eldest of four children born to Mr. Kupland, the other children being Elizabeth, Susan and Levi. Her death occurred in 1885. Mr. and Mrs. Curtis were the parents of seven children, two dying when small; Clara, now Mrs. Frank; Freedman; Susan died when small; Leah, married Joseph Musser, and they make their home in Harrison township, this county; Elizabeth, married and resides in Van Buren county, Mich., on a farm (she has a family); Berton, died when a small boy; Clanden (subject), and Julia. The latter resides in Branch county, Mich., and married Adam Heltzel, a farmer.


      Pictorial and Biographical Memoirs of Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties Indiana, together with biographies of many prominent men of northern Indiana and of the whole state, both living and dead (1893), pg 378

  • Sources 
    1. [S1131] Book - Pictorial and Biographical Memoirs of Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties, Indiana, Biography of Clanden K. Curtis: 378.

    2. [S1581] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1851 Agricutural, Div. 2, Pg. 31.

    3. [S13] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - Wellington District Marriage Register Part 1 1840-1852.
      Marriages By Rev'd F. W. Bindemann, Minister Of The German Evangelical Protestant Church
      Burton Curtis, Potter, Of Waterloo, To Elisabeth Koplin, Of Woolwich. Wit. Samuel Eby, Yeom Of Woolwich, And Samuel Burkholder, Mason, Of Waterloo.

    4. [S17] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Der Morgenstern (1839-1841), 5 Aug 1841.
      Jully 29, 1841 Burton Curtis of Berlin & Elisabeth Koplin of Woolwich, were married by Rev. Bindemann

    5. [S244] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Deutsche Canadier (1841-1865) - Index to Births, Deaths and Marriages Announced in the Deutsche Canadier, Berlin, Canada West. originally indexed by Simone Nieuwolt and Sylvie Kuppek..organised by Rosemary Ambrose, 6 Aug 1841 pg 32.
      29 Jul 1841 Pastor F W Bindemann m. Burton CURTIS, formerly of Berlin, to Elisabeth K0PLIN, from Woolwich.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 20 May 1815 - , Orange Co., New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - potter - 1840 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Jul 1841 - Greenbush (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1851 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1857 - Olive Township, Elkhart Co., Indiana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Oct 1886 - Reed City, Osceola, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
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