Lucinda Curbow Lytle (my husband’s great-great grand aunt) was the first child born to Tilman P. Curbow and Elizabeth Box (18 Dec, 1843 in Georgia). Lucinda was known to her family and friends as “Lucy.” Lucy spent a good part of her childhood living in Itawamba County, Mississippi before coming to Texas with her family during the Civil War period.
On August 20, 1878 Lucinda married William Henry Lytle, a Confederate Civil War veteran, in McLennan County, Texas. Given the time period – she married late in life – at the age of 34 (her groom was 37 years old). When I reflect upon the life of Lucinda Curbow, I very often envision her as the family caretaker. Given that she was the oldest daughter, I think that it is entirely possible that Lucinda may have set aside her own desires for a family – and that she married later in life, because she knew that she was needed by her father to assist in running the household and taking care of her younger siblings after the death of their mother, Elizabeth. In fact, her youngest brother, Henry Harrison Curbow, is still living with Lucy and her new husband in the 1880 census.
It is fairly clear, based on census records, McLennan County Tax Rolls and Waco City Directories that Lucinda and her husband spent their entire married lives living together in Waco, Texas. They had four children, but it appears that only two of them survived to adulthood, Belle Sarah and William Henry Lytle, Jr. The family home was located east of downtown Waco on Clay Avenue. According to a local historian that my husband and I met at the McLennan County courthouse, this location used to be a very charming Victorian section of town. Sadly it has fallen into neglect and disrepair.
Lucinda’s husband, William Henry Lytle, died many years before she did – in 1905. After his death, Lucinda can be found always living with her children, Belle and Edward, Jr. In 1915, Lucy filed a Widow’s Pension Application based on her husband’s Civil War Service where the Judge describes her as, “an old lady whose mind is very feeble.”
Lucy died 16 July, 1923 in Waco, McLennan County, Texas. She was 80 years, 5 months and 2 days old when she died of kidney failure.
Lucinda is laid to rest in the Lytle family plot in Greenwood Cemetery, Waco, McLennan County, Texas.