Edwin Perry Curbow was the youngest known son of Oliver and Harriet McGuire Curbow, the grandson of Tilman and Elizabeth Box Curbow, and my husband’s 1st great grand-uncle. Edwin was born 1 July 1884 in probably Clay County, Texas. As with many records of this Curbow generation, there is a conflict in his date of birth. His Texas Death Certificate states that he was born in 1885 and his burial record states that he was born in 1886. The 1884 date is taken from his World War I Draft Registration Card, which he filled out in his own hand. For our purposes here, I will use the 1 July 1884 date.
- Edwin Perry Curbow
Edwin married Betty Francis Howard on 22 March 1904 in Denton County, Texas. Betty was born 11 Dec 1886 in Lebanon, Collin County, Texas. Betty was the daughter of William Green Howard and Sarah “Sallie” Mae Seago. Betty was the younger sister of Ida Bell Howard (my husband’s great-grandmother). Ida Belle married Charles Franklin Curbow.
- Edwin and Betty Howard
Prior to 1920, Edwin Perry Curbow moved his family to Frederick, Tillman County, Oklahoma. They lived there for 21 years before returning to Texas. Edwin and Betty settled in El Paso where they lived out the remainder of their lives. According to the census records, Edwin farmed the land throughout his life; however his death certificate indicates that he was also a “watchman” for the American Furniture Company. His great granddaughter, Pat Blair Chatman, tells us that the family traveled all over Texas in a covered wagon, moving from farm-to-farm picking crops.
Edwin Perry Curbow died on Jun 1961 in El Paso, Texas. He is laid to rest with his wife in Restlawn Memorial Park in El Paso, Texas.
Published 13 June 1961 in The El Paso Herald Post – Mr. Edward (sic) P. Curbow, 75, 158 Coronado Road died in a local hospital. Survivors, wife, Mrs. Betty F. Curbow, El Paso; daughters, Mrs. Lee Blair, Huntington Park, California and Mrs. F. H. Sinpe (sic – should be Slape), El Paso; Sons, Joe Curbow, Chickasha, Oklahoma and David Curbow, El Paso. Arrangements with Hardin and Orr, Mountains Ave.
Final Resting Place - there are no headstones
Betty Francis Howard Curbow died on 26 Oct 1962 in El Paso, Texas
Published 28 October 1962 in The El Paso Times: Mrs. Betty F. Curbow, 76 of 3120 Fillmore, died Friday at a local hospital. Resident of El Paso 20 years. Member of First Christian Church. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Hays Slape, El Paso, Mrs. Cora Blair, Huntington Park, California, Son, Joe Curbow, Chickasha, Okla; Two sisters, three brothers, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday in Hardin Orr & McDaniel Montana Ave. Chapel Rev. Thomas Gowan officiating. Burial will be in Restlawn. Arrangements by Harding-Orr & McDaniel Montana Ave.
Edwin and Betty Curbow had five children:
Joe P. (probably Perry) Curbow was born 26 Aug 1905 in Denton County, Texas. He married Nannie Pearl Nelson. The couple had no children that I am aware of.
Joe P. Curbow, 63, 515 Florida Avenue, died at 1:15 p.m. Friday at his home following a sudden heart attack. He had been a heart patient for 17 years. He was born Aug 26, 1905 in Denton, Texas. He had been a resident of Chickasha since 1935. He was formerly employed with the Pearl Laundrey. He joined the Chickasha Police Department Aug. 1, 1944. He retired March 15, 1967 after 23 years of service with the department. Mr. Curbow was married Aug. 5, 1946 to Mrs. Pearl Nelson in Chickasha. He was a veteran of World War II having served with the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Pearl of the home; one step-daughter, Mrs. Geneva Mae Gonzales of Chickasha; two grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Katie Slape of El Paso, Texas and Mrs. Cora Mae Blair of Huntington Park, California. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Chapel of the Sevier Funeral Home with Dr. Charles Sullivan, pastor of the First Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery.
Cora Mae Curbow
was born 17 Feb 1907, probably in Aubrey, Denton County, Texas. She married Jessie Lee Blair
on 2 Oct 1927 in Wichita Falls, Texas. They had two children, Joe Lee Blair (1928-1984) and Wanda June Blair (1930-2006). Cora died on 18 Oct. 1984 and Lee died 28 Nov 1974, both in California. They are laid to rest together in Rose Hill Cemetery in Los Angeles County.
Cora and Lee Blair
Charles “Charley” Franklin Curbow was born 9 Jun 1909, probably in Aubrey, Denton County, Texas. He was named after his uncle, Charles Franklin Curbow. Sadly, Charley lived only 8 years. He died of “congestive chill,” an old medical term for malaria. He is laid to rest in Belew Cemetery in Aubrey, Denton County, Texas.
Jessie Daisy Curbow was known as “Katie” to her family. She was born 21 Oct 1911, probably in Aubrey, Denton County, Texas. On 1 May 1934 she married Finley Hays Slape in Dewey County, Oklahoma. Katie died 26 Feb 2000 and Hays died 1 Jan 1998, both in El Paso, Texas. They are laid to rest together in Restlawn Cemetery.
- Katie Curbow Slape (on the right) w/sister Cora
David Charles Curbow was the youngest son of Edwin and Betty Curbow, born 4 Nov 1915 in Aubrey, Denton County, Texas. Some time around 1936 David married Maxine Lavern Courtney. The couple had one son, David Charles Curbow, Jr. born in Oklahoma in 1936. The marriage did not last, and the couple divorced when the baby was just three months old. David Charles Curbow served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army during World War II, enlisting on 18 Aug 1943. Some time after his return from the war, David married Hope Hoyle. The couple had one son, David Hoyle Curbow. David Charles Curbow died at the young age of 45 on 30 Jul 1961 of pneumonia in El Paso, Texas. He is laid to rest at the Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso.