William F. Curbow was the fifth child born to Tilman P. Curbow and Elizabeth Box. It is likely that he was named after Elizabeth’s father, William Bolton Box. His middle name is unknown; however, Franklin seems to be a family name – and a possibility for William’s middle name. His older brother, Oliver, named one of his sons Charles “Franklin” and his younger sister Isabell named one of her sons William “Franklin.” Perhaps these siblings were honoring their brother who died young?
William Curbow’s year of birth is only an estimate based on the census records – he was born sometime around 1853 in Mississippi – most likely in Itawamba County. He was with his family in the 1860 census when they were present in Ouachita County, Arkansas (where he was 7 years old). During the Civil War, in 1864, he was present with his mother and siblings in Bowie County, Texas (where he was 11 years old). After the war, when the family had settled in McLennan County, he is again present in the 1870 census (where he is 17 years old). He was present in McLennan County, Texas in 1874 and 1875 because he can be found there in the tax rolls. He was indexed as W. F. Curbough both times. He was taxed for the value of one horse.
I cannot locate William F. Curbow in any record after the 1875 McLennan County Tax Roll where he was about 22 years old. Unless another record surfaces, I am working under the assumption that William may have died early in life. I do not know where William Curbow is laid to rest.
Any McLennan County researchers out there that want to take a second look for me? Any help appreciated!
- Martha Isabell Curbow Hodges Bedwell Pressley (curbowfamily.wordpress.com)