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A Good-bye of Sorts

Okay – Tilman P. Curbow – enough is enough!   You know that I’ve spent the better part of the last three years getting to know you and your family.  But now it’s time we parted ways for a time.  The other ancestors are clamoring for my attention.  Your life has been dissected and your story has been written.   The reports have been generated and  the notebooks have been compiled and mailed to your descendants.   I’m closing my binder and putting you on the shelf for just a little while. 

Over the last three years, you’ve given up many of your secrets – we know about your wife and all your children and their spouses and their children.  We know you lived in turbulent times and that you fought for what you believed in during the Civil War – right or wrong cause – you did what you thought you had to do.  We know that you struggled and faced hardships.  But we also found out that you were a survivor.  To be sure, you  didn’t give up all of your secrets.  I still wonder –  Where did you come from?  Who were your people?  We don’t know.  When and where did you marry Elizabeth?  We don’t know.  When did Elizabeth die and where is she laid to rest?  We don’t know.  When did you die?  Where are you laid to rest?  We don’t know that either.

Don’t be concerned though – at some point in the future, I will once again pull that binder off the shelf and take a look at your life story with fresh eyes.  I’ll begin by tracing you in Mississippi through the deed records of Itawamba County.  (You never should have told that census taker way back when that you owned land!)  Maybe those deed records will be the key to exposing some of these secrets.  In the meantime, rest well dear Tilman… has been an adventure and a pleasure!


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Posted by on March 6, 2011 in Curbow


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William F. Curbow – Son of Tilman Curbow

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!   

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Posted by on February 27, 2011 in Brick Walls, Curbow


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