Welcome to my genealogy blog which is dedicated to the Curbow-Montoya family and their collective ancestors! 

Why genealogy?  I once read that the average person does not know the names of their great-grandparents.  While reading this – I felt profoundly sad.  How could one live and die and be so easily and quickly forgotten?  I have to confess that until I myself embarked on my genealogy journey into the past – I didn’t know the names of my great-grandparents either.  Thankfully, now – not only do I know their names but I know much about their lives and how they lived them as well.

I simply love to walk where my ancestors walked – whether it’s standing in front of the farm house where my great-grandparents toiled in Wittenberg, Germany – or whether I am gazing over the ruins of the Montoya adobe in the beautiful and fertile Espanola Valley of northern New Mexico – or whether we’re quietly standing at Bonnie’s grave in Brownwood, Texas – I feel a sense of connection and peace.  If you will listen and learn from your ancestors they will teach you many lessons, including survival – perseverance – strength – family bonds – wisdom – and yes, forgiveness.

I want to be able to give my son – and his children – and all those that will come after them – a glimpse of this rich history.  My wish is that they will know and love who they are and where they came from.  I want to inspire their interest so that they in turn will pass this family story on to future generations.

For me this genealogy journey has personalized history and has made it real by providing a closer connection to the historical events I learned about in school.  The more information I uncover about our ancestors – the more real these people have become to me – and the more fascinating.  I love learning about the times our ancestors lived in – including their social, religious, and political backgrounds.  Although our ancestors have moved on – their personalities remain – in me – and in you.

Maybe most importantly genealogy has given me the opportunity to ponder my own life and has helped me to put things into perspective.  As I learn about the hardships and tragedies of my ancestors, it makes me realize how relatively easy I have it and how fortunate and blessed I really am.  It gives me a very deep sense of debt and gratitude to those that went before me.

God has told us in his Word ~ our time on this earth is nothing more than a vapor and today is fleeting ~ I hope that you will capture every moment.


20 responses to “Welcome

  1. Tiffany

    July 13, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Hi, your site is wonderful! My maiden name is Geier and I was trying to make some connection on here but just don’t know where to start. Any help would be greatly appreciated 🙂 I was going to email you but can’t figure out how lol thanks, Tiffany Glenn

    • Judy Curbow

      July 13, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      Hi Tiffany…it’s good to hear from you! I did get your email. Geier is kind of an unusual name – so who knows! My mom is German – first generation American. Her family seems to be from the Wittenberg area – about an hour north of Berlin. Germany genealogy has been hard for me so far. Please feel free to contact me directly – and we can talk more. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Seth Curbow

    November 2, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    hey it’s me seth, Sean’s son i finally found a web-site about our family

    • Judy Curbow

      November 5, 2011 at 7:26 am

      Hello Seth! It is good to hear from you! I am glad to know that you are interested in your family history.
      So first it’s you – then your Dad – then your grandfather –
      after that it’s Roy Oliver Curbow (your great grandfather who was a wonderful, hardworking man)
      after that it’s Charles Franklin Curbow (your gg-grandfather)
      then it’s Oliver Perry Curbow (your ggg-grandfather who was born in Georgia and came to Texas right around the Civil War)
      and after that it’s Tilman P. Curbow (your gggg-grandfather) who was born around 1820 in Georgia and was a Civil War solider. He is the one that brought the Curbows to Texas.
      and after that I think it’s Henry B. Curbow (your ggggg-grandfather) who was born 1790 and died 1850.
      The story is that the Curbows came to America around 1737 from the Netherlands – and that they were French.
      Pretty neat, right?
      If you want to learn more – click on the family tree tab at the top – that will take you to the other website.
      We hope we get to see you again soon.
      Love Judy

  3. Jack Bowen

    November 18, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Speaking of elusive people, do you know anything about Joseph Harris Kierbow. He was my gGrandfather, from Georgia. In the limited research I have done, I have come across stories about the evolution of the spelling of the Corbo name, a move to Limestone County, Texas after the Civil War, etc.
    According to the family story, from my Mother, He would ‘travel around’ and one time just never returned. I have wondered about him as he is the most mysterious of my ancestors. I realize, of course, that there are many possible explanations.
    I know he served in the Civil War and there is also a marriage record from GA, But as for actually nailing him down as a person I have no real information…I was just wondering if you had run across any info regarding the Kierbow spelling in your research.

    Thanks, Jack Bowen

    • Judy Curbow

      November 19, 2011 at 7:27 am

      Hi Jack: Thanks for stopping by. I do not have a Joseph Harris Kierbow in my database. I have seen it spelled Kierbow, but usually as a transcription or enumerator error. I have seen it spelled any number of wrong ways! I think a lot of the family was unable to read/write so they were at the mercy of others. The closest I have is Joseph Harrison Curbow who ended up in Missouri. Send me some more information as to what area of Georgia…and if you have his parents or siblings names and I will see what I have or can find on him. Our Curbows ended up in McLennan County, Texas after the Civil War, which borders Limestone County…so this is interesting and there might be some kind of connection. Best of luck in your search! Judy

  4. Debbie Dacus Stewart

    November 20, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Hello Judy,

    I sent you an email regarding the TNG program and your thoughts on how user/admin friendly it is.

    Also, I founded the Jim Ned Valley Heritage Preservation in 2009 to preserve the heritage of the South half of Taylor Co., the North portion of Runnels Co., and the Northwestern corner of Coleman Co., Texas and would like to incorporate your research and collection into our repository with regard to those family members who have footprints in the Jim Ned Valley area. I have an advisory board of community members who still live in the area.

    I live in Dripping Springs but my family has had a farm in the Jim Ned/Rogers Community area since 1976 and we recently buried my father in the Rogers Cemetery. I have been researching my Dacus-Stewart families for over 25 years and have a large database. I began research on the Rogers Cemetery community in 2005 and put together a database just for those in the Jim Ned/Rogers Community.

    In 2008, I started the Jim Ned Alumni site and we have over 700 members so far and hope to have many more involved as we work toward having a community reunion at some point. Still lots to add to the site.

    Over the past few years I have visited with families in the Jim Ned area and scanned some of their collections, interviewed over 100 families and began research into over 20 cemeteries. I published a 2-Vol. set of Restful Peace Cemetery Collection and Traveling Tales and Whispering Walls Family Reflections Collection. I am in the process of developing the 2nd Edition of the Restful Peace Cemetery Collection which will be 3-Vol. and cross referenced by name/plot location.

    I would like very much to visit with you at any time that you might be available.

    Debbie Dacus Stewart
    (512) 633-9642

    • Judy Curbow

      November 20, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      Hi Debbie: Thank you for stopping by and your nice email. I will contact you on your private email. In short – I love the TNG software! My husband has many family lines from that area – the most researched are the Atwoods, the Granthams and the Rogers. Thanks again for your note – and I will contact you privately regarding the details.
      Best regards, Judy Curbow

  5. Steven Schlah

    January 5, 2012 at 1:38 am

    My cousins last name is Kerbow (Greg and Dock) and they may have been changed at Ellis Island, as was mine, Schlah.

    • Judy Curbow

      January 5, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      Hi Steven: Thanks for stopping by the blog. Are your cousins Texas or Oklahoma Kerbos? The name Dock makes me think they descend from Doc Singleton Kerbo. If so, this family line has been in America since before the American Revolution. Probably didn’t come through Ellis Island. They came mid-1700s and landed in the Port of Philadelphia. Then on to Maryland – North Carolina – South Carolina – Georgia – and then on into Texas shortly after the Civil War.
      Best regards, Judy Curbow

  6. Maxwell Robert

    June 24, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Oh wow, I can’t believe I found all this history on my great grandfather. (My grandpa being T.R jr.) Thank you for posting this blog without it i wouldn’t know much about my great grandfather. Got yall another subscriber!
    Maxwell Robert Havins.

    • Judy Curbow

      June 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Hi Maxwell – thanks for stopping by the blog and taking the time to leave your comment. My husband’s great grandmother was Frances Hattie Havens. She married William Riley Atwood. I believe she was a sister to your great grandfather Thomas Robert Havins. Would love to hear more about your family line. Also looking for stories, documents and pictures if you’d care to share. Thanks again for stopping by! Judy

  7. Donna

    June 1, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Hi, Just wanted to let you know that I had found your site while searching for an ancestor of mine who had been married to Francis Marion Kerbow down in Texas back in the 1800’s… love what you have done here! If you have anything else on Francis or his wife in Texas, Catherine, I would love to hear about it!

    • Judy Curbow

      June 14, 2015 at 11:08 am

      Hi Donna: First, thanks for taking time to comment on this blog. I have done a lot of Curbow research over the years – and I believe they are all related – no matter the spelling. I am not really sure how our Curbows and your Kerbows are related. We will keep plugging along to see what we can come up with. Best regards and good luck ! Judy

  8. Nicole

    April 17, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Hello! I wonder how we are related? I am the granddaughter of a granddaughter of Eliza Ann Kerbo who (if I recall correctly) was the daughter of Nancy Dunn and Jeremiah Middleton Marr Kerbo. I just got here, but will be devoring your content. Have a great day!

    • Judy Curbow

      July 23, 2018 at 1:28 pm

      Hi Nicole, thanks for stopping by the blog! I personally think that all name variations are related: Curbow; Curbo; Kerbow; Kerbo; Kirbow; Kirbo. Jeremiah Middleton Marr Kerbo and Nancy Dunn are in my database, although – I do not know at this point in time how they link up to our line of Curbows. Accordingly to the stories – he was quite the character! There’s very little, if any documentation on who his parents were – although it’s probable (likely??) Robert Curbow and Judy Taylor. Grandparents, again, no documentation but maybe James Curbow and Sarah Reed. Then it’s possible that James was the oldest son of Henry B. Curbow who ended up in Cass County, Texas. My husband’s ggg-grandfather was Tillman Curbow (who had a brother named Wiseman) and they also ended up in Cass County and then later Bowie County. There has to be a family connection, I just don’t know what it is at this point in time. They were either Henry Curbow’s sons or his grandsons…..or perhaps an uncle. The Curbows/Kerbos are a tangled web!

  9. Jerry Story Jr.

    July 20, 2018 at 11:36 am


    My name is Jerry Story Jr. I have been working on the ancestry of they Story family. William Story who married Sarah Jane Knight is great grandfather 5x removed. I have noticed on cross referencing I come acrosss Curbow and Montoya families. one of the sons Joseph A Story has appeared. Would love to talk more.

    • Judy Curbow

      July 23, 2018 at 1:16 pm

      Hello Jerry, Thank you for stopping by the blog and for taking the time to leave a comment. I am not familiar with William Story. All of my research focuses on Robert Alexander Story who married into our Curbow family. He was the son of Joseph James Story and Tenny Humphries born in Cathage, Panola County, Texas in 1844. He died near Waco in 1931. He married Jennie Curbow. Is this family line related to yours? I have a family history website at: Thanks again. Judy

  10. Charlene Hays

    June 12, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Hi Judy! My name is Charlene (Edwards) Hays. My dads name is Charles David Edwards. His mothers name ( my gma) is Maxine Laverne (Courtney) Edwards Quast. My dad was adopted when he was a baby, I didn’t even know until I was in high school. His biological dads name was David Charles Curbow, I think my dad was actually born David Charles Curbow jr. I recently started to research our ancestry, the only research I have for my dads side is through the Edwards side. I wanted to be able to know more about our biological side of the Curbow family and was wondering if: you are indeed a relative and if it’s possible that you could help me discover more about the Curbow family.
    Charlene Hays.
    ( I found you on the findagrave website)

    • Judy Curbow

      June 16, 2019 at 5:29 pm

      Hi Charlene, thank you for stopping by the blog and taking the time to leave a message. I think I have worked with your dad and one of your sisters in the past. I will send you a private message. Thank you again.


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