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SUMMARY of the HISTORY
of the CURRY FAMILY

The Beginning

The Curry name has generally been spelled "Curry - Currey - Currie". Curry is a Celtic word meaning a marsh or an herb.

The Seventh Generation

Researchers differ greatly on the genealogy of our Curry family starting with the seventh generation. Some researchers indicated that the parents of the sixth generation John Curry came from Germany while others indicated that they came from Scotland. This provided the following choices for the parents of John Curry (1765 - 1825)
    I. John H. Curry (born about 1738 in Lanarkshire, Scotland) and Margaret Wallace
      Son of James Henry and Elizabeth Curry
      Genealogy for this family goes back five generations.
    II. George Casper Kohr (born November 17, 1724 in Ehrstadt, Pfalz, Germany) and Anna Barbara Ohrendorff
      Son of Michael Kohr and Anna Maria Fitler
      Genealogy of this family has also been traced back five generations
In both cases they were listed as being the parents of:
    John Curry - Born March 17, 1765, in Bethel, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
      - married Eleanor "Nellie" Welsh - they were the parents of ten children - (direct ancestor)
      see Sixth Generation below
Until such time that research proves one to be correct, neither are being added to the Morlan family tree.

The Sixth Generation   -   The John Curry Family          BACK to the MORLAN FAMILY

John Curry was born March 17, 1765, in Bethel, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He married Eleanor "Nellie" Welsh. She also was born about 1765.

On October 18, 1802, John bought 50 acres of land at Lost Run, Harrison County, West Virginia. Harrison County initially was located in Virginia but is now in West Virginia. It is located in the north central part of the state near Clarksburg, West Virginia.

John fought in the War of 1812.

John and Eleanor were the parents of ten children:

  • James Curry - born September 19, 1782
  • Sarah Curry - born October 27, 1785
  • Jonathan Curry - born January 17, 1789
  • Rebecca Curry - born April 21, 1791 - married William Primm on November 24, 1817, in Virginia
  • Israel Curry - born about 1793
  • John B. Curry - (direct ancestor)
      Born: about 1796
      Married: Elizabeth Greathouse on July 13, 1817, in Harrison County, Virginia - Elizabeth was born
          about 1799 in Harrison County, Virginia, the daughter of Michael and Rachel (Hunstead) Greathouse
      Died: (date, place unknown)
      Children: 11
  • Margaret Curry - born about 1797
  • Nancy Curry - born January 14, 1801
  • Catherine Curry - born about 1803 - died June 30, 1871 - married ______ Goodwin
  • Ann H. Curry - born November 20, 1808
John Curry died about 1825 in Harrison County, Virginia, around 60 years old. His wife, Eleanor (Welsh) Curry, died about 1845 around 80 years old.

The Fifth Generation   -   The John B. Curry Family          BACK to the MORLAN FAMILY

John B. Curry was born about 1796 in Farmington, Marion County, Virginia, the son of John and Eleanor (Welsh) Curry. John married Elizabeth Greathouse July 13, 1817, in Harrison County, Virginia. (Harrison County is now in West Virginia.) Elizabeth was born about 1799 in Harrison County, Virginia, the daughter of Michael and Rachel (Hustead) Greathouse.

John and Elizabeth (Greathouse) Curry were the parents of eleven children:
         (Note: their complete birth order is not known at this time)

  • Sarah "Sally" Curry
      Born: July 14, 1818
      Married: John Sinsel - he was born July 25, 1809, the son of Elijah Sinsel
      Died: (date/place unknown)
      Children: 14 children, probably all born in West Virginia:
      • James A. Sinsel - born April 13, 1837
      • Arthur Sinsel - born August 13, 1838
      • Ann Eglantine Sinsel - born April 14, 1840
      • William F. Sinsel - born December 13, 1841
      • Elizabeth Sinsel - born May 12, 1843
      • Susan B. Sinsel - born March 25, 1845
      • Adeline Sinsel - born January 5, 1847
      • John C. Sincel - born December 30, 1847
      • Columbus Sinsel - born September 29, 1849
      • Montimore Sinsel - born June 10, 1851
      • Rebecca Sinsel - born October 14, 1852
      • Philander Sinsel - born January 25, 1854
      • Mary C. Sinsel - born July 11, 1856
      • Cleon Keys Sinsel
          Born: June 14, 1858, at Webster, West Virginia
          Married: Jessie Maude Frazer on January 7, 1891, in Archer, Nebraska -
              she was born December 13, 1871, in Connelsville, Pennsylvania
          Died: December 22, 1928, at the age of 70 -
              his wife, Jessie, died February 24, 1955, at the age of 83
          Children: 14
  • Jonathan Curry
      Born: about 1825 in Barbour County, West Virginia
      Married: Malinda Pride about 1855 in Virginia
      Died: (date/place unknown)
      Children: at least one son
      • Henry Leslie Curry - Born September 19, 1858, in Taylor County, West Virginia
  • Michael Curry -
  • James Curry - born about 1830
  • Minerva Ann Curry
      Born: January 8, 1831, in Barbour County, West Virginia
      Married: John Albert Sturm on March 21, 1847, in Barbour County, West Virginia -
           he was born October 6, 1824, in Pleasant, Randolph County, Virginia, the son of Bryan and
           Margaret (England) Sturm - per the 1860 census, the family was living in Mahaska County, Iowa
      Died: October 2, 1892, in Somerford, Nebraska, at age 61 -
           her husband, John, died December 6, 1914, in Nebraska at age 90
      Children: 9
      • Silas H. Sturm - born February 27, 1847, in Union County, Ohio
      • James Clinton Sturm - born August 24, 1852
      • Stingely Ebenezer Sturm - born December 12, 1853, in Peoria, Mahaska County, Iowa
      • Elizabeth Sturm - born June 5, 1856, in Monroe County, Ohio
      • Margaret Sturm - born March 31, 1858
      • Bryan Sturm - born September 20, 1861
      • Otis Bradford Sturm - born January 8, 1863, in Okaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa
      • Jesse Clarence Sturm - born February 9, 1866, in Wapello County, Iowa
      • John Albert Sturm - born September 17, 1871, in Barton County, Missouri
  • Robert W. B. Curry - (direct ancestor - great-great grandfather)
      Born: September 30, 1833, probably in West Virginia
      Married: Amanda Kelley - she was born June 1, 1835, in West Virginia, the daughter of
          John and Sarah (Yoke) Kelley
      Died: April 15, 1879, in Barton County, Missouri, at the age of 45 -
          his wife, Amanda, died March 25, 1910, at the age of 74
      Children: 11
  • Amanda M. Curry
      Born: about 1835 in West Virginia
      Married: Ebenezer S. Kelley about 1852 - he was born November 1830 in Barbour County, West Virginia
      Died: (date/place unknown)
      Children: 9
      • Lloyd Kelley - born about 1854 in West Virginia
      • Arthur Kelley - born about 1857 in West Virginia
      • John Kelley - born about 1862 in Mahaska County, Iowa
      • Joseph Kelley - born about 1865 in Mahaska County, Iowa
      • George L. Kelley - born November 20, 1865 in Mahaska County, Iowa
      • Mary Kelley - born about 1866 in Mahaska County, Iowa
      • Ina Kelley - born about 1869 in Mahaska County, Iowa
      • Cleo Kelley - born about 1874 in Mahaska County, Iowa
      • Daisy Kelley - born about 1874 in Mahaska County, Iowa
  • John Curry - born about 1841
  • Joseph Curry - born about 1842 - the 1860 census for Iowa indicated he was living with his brother,
        Robert W. Curry, in Mahaska County, Iowa
  • Rebecca Curry - married William Richardson
  • Melvina Curry - married Stingley E. Kelley - Stingley was born November 30, 1830, the son of
        John L. and Mary (Yoak) Kelley
             Note: Mary (Yoak) Kelley was the daughter of John and Margaret (Carpenter) Yoak and
                      John L. Kelley was the son of Ebenezer and Rachel (Johnson) Kelley
                      (see Family IDs M609 and M606 of the Morlan Family)
The John Curry family appeared in the 1850 census for Barbour County, Virginia (West Virginia):
         John Curry - 54 years old (1796) - farmer with real estate valued at $2,000
         Elizabeth Curry - 51 years old (1799)
         James Curry - 20 years old (1830)
         Robert W. Curry - 16 years old (1834)
         Amanda M. Curry - 14 years old (1836)
         John Curry - 9 years old (1841)
         Joseph Curry - 8 years old (1842)

John Curry does not appear in the 1860 census. Census records indicate that at least four of their children traveled west and lived in Mahaska County, Iowa. Mahaska County is located in the southeast central part of the state with Oskaloosa the principal city.
         Minerva (Curry) Sturm (also went to Barton County, Missouri)
         Robert W. Curry (also went to Barton County, Missouri)
         Joseph Curry
         Amanda (Curry) Kelley

Elizabeth (Greathouse) Curry must have died before 1854 as John Curry married Mary Knight in 1854. He was about 58 years old at the time. Mary (born in 1819) was around 35 years old. John died in 1861 about 65 years old. His second wife, Mary (Knight) Curry, died in 1890 around 71 years old.

The Fourth Generation   -   The Robert W. B. Curry Family          BACK to the MORLAN FAMILY

Robert W. B. Curry was born September 30, 1833, in Virginia, the son of John B. and Elizabeth (Greathouse) Curry. He married Amanda Kelley. Amanda was born June 1, 1835, in Virginia, the daughter of Johnson and Sarah (Yoak) Kelley. They were the parents of eleven children.

Robert Curry died April 15, 1879, in Barton County, Missouri, of wounds suffered in the Civil War. He was 45 years old at the time. Amanda (Kelley) Curry died March 25, 1910, at the age of 74. Both are buried in the Forrest Grove Cemetery south of Lamar, Barton County, Missouri.

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