Enos Curtis, 1783

Screen shot 2013-12-22 at 9.45.30 PMBIRTH: 9 October 1783, Kinderhook, Columbia, New York, United States

Father: Edmond Curtis

Mother: Polly Mary Avery

Married: Ruth Franklin, (Tamma Durfee after Ruth’s Death)

DEATH: 1 June 1856
Springville, Utah, Utah, United States

Children:

Lydia Curtis
Maria Curtis
Martha Curtis
Edmond Curtis
Jeremiah Curtis
Seth Curtis
Simmons Philander Curtis
David Avery Curtis
John White Curtis
Ezra Houghton Curtis
Ruth Curtis
Ursula Curtis
Sabrina Curtis
Celestia Curtis

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Mention of Enos Curtis in the History of the Church

The following is found in the official History of the Church:

“Enos Curtis made the following affidavit:

“MORE HOUSE-BURNING `State of Illinois Hancock County ss. On the 25th day of October, A. D. 1845, personally appeared before me E. A. Bedell one of the justices of the peace in and for said county, Enos Curtis, who after being duly sworn according to law deposeth and saith:—that on or about the eighteenth day of October A. D. 1845, in the Morley Settlement in said county he saw two houses and three stables burning and also saw two mobbers armed with guns going away from the same. And the deponent further saith that on Monday the twenty-first inst. he saw another house burning, said to belong to the widow Boss containing her potatoes and other vegetables. And further the deponent saith not.

“[Signed] ENOS CURTIS.”

– History of the Church, volume 7

See Enos Curtis Blessings page for his patriarchal blessings.

Most of the photos and information on this page is found on Familysearch.org, including the following:

Residence
Apr 1851
Springville, Utah, Utah, United States
Occupation
Carpenter; Wheelwright
Springville, Utah, Utah, United States
Custom Event
Other
census
1830
Rutland, Tioga, Pennsylvania, United States
census
1850
Utah, Utah, United States
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1856
Springville, Utah, Utah, United States
Physical Description
AFN:B69S-T9

Enos Curtis was one of the missionaries to teach Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball:

Life of HCK

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION:

SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LIFE OF ENOS CURTIS 1783 – 1856

Enos Curtis, born 9 Oct 1783, died 1 Jun 1856, son of Edmond Curtis and Polly Avery. He was born in Kinderhook, Clmb., New York. Hattie Esplin Durfee notes that Enos Curtis, the eldest son of Edmond Curtis and Polly Avery Curtis, spent his boyhood days in the little town of Kinderhook, a few miles east of the Hudson River, in Columbia County, New York. A few miles farther east is the large town of Latham. Not much is known of his early life. The story is told by one of his descendants in Utah that Enos, at the age of 14, was apprenticed to learn a trade. His master was so cruel and unkind that he begged his father to let him return home. His father refused saying that the agreement was made, papers signed and that he must finish the contract. Young Enos had courage and an adventurous spirit. He planned to escape from this man and did make his escape by stowing away on a ship sailing down the Hudson River to New York City. He was discovered en route but the crew learned to like him and asked him to stay with them.

Arriving in New York City, Enos met Ruth Franklin. They were married in that city on the 15th of December, 1805. Ruth was born on 14th November 1870 in Sterling, Windham, Connecticut.

After their marriage they went to Pennsylvania to seek a new home and settled in Tioga County. The northern boundary of the county is the state line between the Pennsylvania and New York state. It was a new county. The county having been formed in 1804. The Curtis’ lived in Susquehanna County, Sullivan County, Rutland and Tiago, where their fourteen children were born and raised. Five died small while nine grew to marry and have families of their own.

In 1831, at the age of 48 Enos was baptized into the LDS Church [on a trip to Kirtland, Ohio] by Lyman Wight. According to Louise Durfee Rooney, shortly before the birth of their last child, Celestia Curtis Durfee, the family became converted to the restored church — the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Both Enos and his wife were endowed in Nauvoo Temple in 1846. They were devout in their religious convictions and went through the hardships of the early church pioneers. He was a farmer and carpenter by trade. (Historical References) Millennial Star, Vol. 25 p. 428 & Brigham Young, The Man & His Works, by Preston Nibley, pp 5 & 11.
Brigham Young says in the fall of 1831 Alpheus Gifford, Elial Strong and others came to Mendon to preach Mormonism, which I heard and believed. (pp 5 & 6 quote: “Five Mormon Elders, from an
isolated branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in Columbia Co., Penns. were making a tour through the state of New York. They visited the town of Mendon where Brigham Young met them. He had a copy of the Book of Mormon in his possession over a year. The actual contact with these Elders, their testimonies and personalities so impressed him, he began an extensive study of Mormonism.”
From autobiography of Heber C. Kimball, p 6 “Heber C. Kimball says, about three weeks after I joined the Baptist Church in the fall of 1831, five Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints came from Pa. to the house of Phineas H. Young in Victor, N.Y. Their names were Eleazer Miller, Elial Strong/\, Enos Curtis, Alpheus Gifford and Daniel Bowen. Hearing of these men, curiosity prompted me to go and hear them, when for the first time I heard the fulness of the Everlasting Gospel.” These five Elders must have been very devout spiritual minded men. They so thoroughly impressed Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball with the truth oftheir teaching, they decided to pay them a visit which they did in Jan 1832 at the branch in Columbia, Pa. They remained there one week. (See Millenial Star, Vol. 25, p 424). After they returned to their homes in Mendon and a family council was held. The father John Young and sons Joseph and Phineas planned a trip to the branch. This was the beginning of the family joining the Church.
/\Note: Elial Strong was a son-in-law of Enos Curtis
Journal History Notes

29 Jan 1839. Because of persecution the Saints removed from Jackson to Clay Co., then Caldwell. 1836-1838. Here Enos filed a claim against the state of Missouri for 1856. 1 Sep 1844 at a Conference held in Quincy, Ill. at the homeof Joseph Pine, it was voted that the Presidencey of the Branch remain as it had for the last three months, that is Enos Curtis as President with Moses Jones and John Riley as Counselors.

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25 Oct 1845, Enos Curtis appeared before the Justice of the Peace in Hancock Co. He swore that on or about 18 Oct 1845, in the settlement of Morley in said county, he saw two houses and three stables burning, and that he saw two mobbers armed with guns, running away from the fires. He also swore that he saw the house belonging to the Widow Boss, burning on Monday 21 Oct in same areaas the former fire.
6 Feb 1846 Enos Curtis had his Endowments in Nauvoo.
26 Apr 1848 emmigration records say Brigham Young left Winter Quarters and assembled a group on the west side of Elkhorn River and organized a company in three divisions for emmigration across plains and mountains from Missouri River to Salt Lake City. Enos Curtis, Theodore Curtis and Joseph Curtis were numbered in one of these groups. They left the Elkhorn River 1 Jun 1848 and arrived in Salt Lake City, Sep 1848.
Enos Curtis had his share of troubles and grief. He lost six of his fourteen children before he lost his wife Ruth. She was probably burried in Iowaville on the plains in 1848. He came on to Utah with the rest of his family and their children.
In 1850 Enos Curtis met and married Tamma Durfee Miner. They moved on a farm owned by Lorenzo Snow in Willard, Utah. Tamma had a large family, having burried her husband Albert Miner 3 Jan 1848 on the trip across the plains. The two families lived together and got along very well. Moroni Miner (now 100 yrs. old in 1935) a step-son of Enos, speaks very highly of him. He said Enos always treated us as a kind, loveable and patient father.
John White Curtis, David Avery Curtis, Ozias Strong, Albert Starr with others were sent out by Brigham Young as surveyors for new settlements. They reported the conditions in and around Springville. Moroni Miner, when telling this incident, was greatly moved by memories of this period. His mind was clear and keen. He said he well recalled how hard the two families struggled to build
a home, they were so anxious for a home of their own, they were willing to go through any hardships. They built two large rooms with a shop and patio between them.
Enos was an excellent carpenter and an expert chair maker, also made all kinds of furniture. Moroni said he and his brother Mormon became very efficient and helpful in carpentery and building
business. They all said Enos was like their own father. He was ready to help anyone, regardless of weather conditions, went anyhour of night to administer to and help the sick.
Enos Curtis was ordained a Patriarch in 1852 by Heber C. Kimball, Parley P. Pratt, George A. Smith and John Taylor. He died 1 Jun 1856 and was burried in Springville beside his wife Tamma,
who died 30 Jan 1885.
Notes from Lue Payne Merrill and Notes from Ruth Curtis Payne daughter of Ezra Houghthen Curtis, as she remembered them from her father who is a son of Enos Curtis.

This story was told by Ezra H. Curtis:
After the meeting where Brigham Young heard the five missionaries including Enos, bear testimony of the Gospel, he hurried home to his wife who was sick in bed. He went to his room
and in praying to the Lord, he asked: “If this religion is true, to send the missionaries to his home, that they might pray for his sick wife and also explain the Gospel to her.” The next night as the Elders were passing his home, they were impressed with the tidiness of his yards and said any man that has that much pride in his home must be worth visiting, so they went in. Brigham was watching from the window to see if his prayer would be answered. He hurriedly opened the door and welcomed them in. They administered to his wife and she seemed more at ease. Brigham then told them he had prayed for them to come and that he had faith she could be healed through their administration.

A Nauvoo Incident At The Time Of The Presecution And Martyrdom:
The sons of Enos were out on the prairies putting up wild hay and things were bad, Enos being worried about his sons, rode out in the night to get them. They were asleep, but were awakened by the noise of a horseman coming toward their camp. They were much afraid as they knew the anxiety and nervousness to all the Saints who constantly feared the mob. Enos had a peculiar cough and as he rode toward them he coughed, they gave a sigh of relief and said ‘do not fear, it is father’. They had a real race with the nearby mob, who were in ambush and chased them all the way home.

A Story From Chloe Spencer,
Daughter Of Celestia Curtis Durfee and Grand Daughter Of Enos Curtis:

When the mobs were in some of the vicious raids two or three families would gather together in one home for protection. On one such occasion the mob came to the home of Enos Curtis, the men were away. The mob ordered the occupants out of the house. The family told them that Grandmother Ruth Franklin Curtis was ill and could not leave the house. The mob left, but came back the second and third time and finally set fire to the house. The women carried Grandmother away out on a sheet. As the men folks heard about the raid, they rushed back and carried Grandmother away in a wagon as she could not walk. The mob even chased the wagon, but they finally got away.

Enos Curtis, family and a family by the name of Stowell were on the ferry crossing the river from Montrose, Iowa to Nauvoo. A terrific wind came up and as some people had previously gone down the rapids below the ferry crossing there was much anxiety and excitement. People on shore shouting and screaming for help. It was so strong it looked as if it would break the cable that controlled the ferry when Enos Curtis raised his arm to the square and commanded the wind to take them to shore. It ceased its velocity and changed so the ferry drifted to shore and both families were saved. As soon as they were on shore, the gale began as fierce as before.
The following is found in the official History of the Church:

“Enos Curtis made the following affidavit:

“MORE HOUSE-BURNING `State of Illinois Hancock County ss. On the 25th day of October, A. D. 1845, personally appeared before me E. A. Bedell one of the justices of the peace in and for said county, Enos Curtis, who after being duly sworn according to law deposeth and saith:—that on or about the eighteenth day of October A. D. 1845, in the Morley Settlement in said county he saw two houses and three stables burning and also saw two mobbers armed with guns going away from the same. And the deponent further saith that on Monday the twenty-first inst. he saw another house burning, said to belong to the widow Boss containing her potatoes and other vegetables. And further the deponent saith not.

“[Signed] ENOS CURTIS.”

– History of the Church, volume 7
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THE FAMILY OF ENOS CURTIS AND RUTH FRANKLIN

Enos Curtis, b. 9 Oct 1783 in Kinderhook, Clmb., New York, son of Edmund and Martha or Polly Avery, he md. 1st Ruth Franklin 15 Dec 1805, she was b. 14 Nov 1790 in Starling, Windham, Conn., dau. of (Col.) John Franklin & Abigail Fuller, she died 6 May 1848 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

To this union the following children were born:

1- Lydia, b. 5 Feb 1808 in Southerland, Penn., d. 5 Jul 1809.
2- Maria, b. 22 Mar 1810 in Southerland, Penn., she md. 1st Abram Brown 13 Sep 1844 [?]; md. 2nd Milo Everett, she died 5 May 1841.
3- Martha, b. 12 Aug 1812 in Southerland, Penn., she md. 1st Elial Strong; she died 22 Dec 1834.
4- Edmund, b. 5 Nov 1814 in Southerland, Penn., d. 6 Jun 1815.
5- Jeremiah, b. 12 Nov 1815 in Southerland, Penn., he died 22 Feb 1816.
6- Seth, b. 8 Mar 1817 in Southerland, Penn., d. 8 Mar 1817.
7- Simmons Philander, b. 28 Mar 1818 in Rutland, Penn., md.1st Emaline Buchanan 4 Jul 1840; 2nd Asenath Lawrence, he died 10 Apr 1880.
8- David Avery (twin), b. 10 Aug 1820 in Rutland, Penn., md.1st Amanda Starr 10 Oct 1841; md. 2nd Lettia Shearer 28 Aug 1852; md. 3rd Sarah Harriet Howard 2 Oct 1857; md. 4th Harriet Howard 2 Mar 1869, he died 5 Oct 1885.
9- John White (twin), b. 10 Aug 1820 in Rutland, Penn., md.1st Almira Starr 13 May 1841; he md. 2nd Matilda Miner 21 Oct 1855; md. 3rd Tamma Durfee 3 Apr 1857, he died 7 Aug 1902.
10- Ezra Houghton, b. 19 Feb 1823 in Rutland, Penn., he md. 1st Lucinda McKenney Carter 18 Dec 1846; md. 2nd Juliaette Everett in 1855, sld. 21 May 1856 EH, he d. 28 Aug 1915.
11- Ruth, b. 4 Jan 1825 in Rutland, Penn., she d. 4 Oct 1825.
12- Ursula Curtis (x), b. 14 Dec 1826-7 in Rutland, Penn., md.1st Abraham Durfee in 1846; she md. 2nd Samuel Kendall Gifford, she died 20 Jan 1902.
13- Sabrina, b. 3 Apr 1829 in Rutland, Penn., she md. 1st David Abram King; md. 2nd Thomas Harwood 6 Apr 1851, she died 27 Jun 1890.
14- Celestia, b. 21 Apr 1832 in Rutland, Penn., she md. Jabez Durfee 25 Dec 1850, she died 17 Jun 1883.

THE FAMILY OF ENOS CURTIS AND TAMMA DURFEE

Enos Curtis, md. 2nd Tamma Durfee 20 Oct 1850, she was born 6 Mar 1813 in Lennox, Mdsn, New York, dau. of Edmund and Delaney or Magdalena Pickle, she md. 1st Albert Miner Aug 1831; md. 2nd Enos Curtis 20 Oct 1850; she md. 3rd John White Curtis 3 Apr 1857, she d. 30 Jan 1885 in Springville, Utah.

To this union the following children were born:

1- Clarissa, b. 13 Oct 1851, she md. Chauncey Harvey Cook.
2- Belinda, b. 23 Feb 1853, she died 15 Nov 1873.
3- Adelia (twin), b. 12 Jun 1855, she died 2 Feb 1856.
4- Amelia (twin), b. 12 Jun 1855, md. Samuel James Bartlett.

Enos Curtis, died 1 Jun 1856 in Springville, Utah, Utah, he was burried in Provo, Utah, Utah.

Tamma Durfee’s 1st husband, Albert Miner died in Iowaville in 1848 while crossing the plains. She was left with seven small children. She saw her own father shot down by the mob. She suffered severe hardships, but came on to Utah with her small family in Captain Snow’s company in 1850. Shortly after arriving in Utah, she married Enos Curtis. [Enos had lived at Morley’s settlement south of Nauvoo, where Tamma’s parents, the Durfees lived. Tamma likely knew Enos very well before arriving in Utah.]

LIFE STORY OF ENOS CURTIS, By Lucinda Payne Merrell, Mesa, Arizona

NOTE: The following account are direct quotations from a history written by Lucinda Payne Merrell of Mesa, Arizona. The original is found in the Special Collections Department at the Brigham Young University and filed under the name of Enos Curtis, Words in parenthesis were added by the proofreader in order to make the history read more clearly.
Ella Curtis Record has been gathering genealogical data and history on the descendants of Enos Curtis. They had expected to have it published by now…it hasn’t come out. I decided to write
what I could of the life of this noble ancestor for my own book and for my descendants. I haven’t had an opportunity to do much research on his life. Ella’s story will probably be more
complete…I want my children to know something of Enos Curtis so (the following) is what I have collected.
From family and church records, we find that Enos was born 9 Oct 1783 in Kinderhook, Columbia Co., New York. From the record of the ancestors, it seems the family for several generations had lived in Connecticut. Much of the land there had been taken up and many of the young men were reaching out to new frontiers and no doubt that is what brought Enos’s father to New York.
Enos Curtis had a patriarchal blessing 29 Sep 1841 by Patriarch Hyrum Smith in Nauvoo. It gives his parents as Edmund and Polly Curtis.
We know nothing of his (Enos’s) childhood or young manhood. Some genealogist in California said he was married to Ruth Franklin 15 Dec 1805. He (the genealogist) didn’t give the place of marriage or source of information, but that is the first record we have of him except his birth record.
We do find a little record of his father and grandfather in Columbia Co., New York land records. Book A, p. 369 says 21 Mar 1800 Edmund Curtis buys land of Jeremiah Curtis and wife Lydia.
Deeds say that the parties concerned are of Cheery Valley, Atsego, New York. Another Deed Book A, p. 376 says Edmund Curtis and wife Martha soled this land to Samuel Niles.
It appears from genealogical records that Edmond Curtis (the father) was not true to his first wife (Polly). We find he had children by another woman while still having children by Polly, mother of Enos. His first wife bore him six children; then she drops out of the picture and he had eight children by Martha Willson.
Now these land deals were probably by his 2nd wife as her name is Martha, and it was 1800. The last child born by the first wife was 1793. Genealogists have never found a death date or any record more of this wife. They probably separated, so we don’t know where or under what conditions Enos grew up. Jeremiah Curtis, grandfather of Enos, died in the town of Russia, Herkimer Co., New York in 1807. Two years after the marriage of Enos, county records state that Jeremiah had no real estate but his personal property he willed to his grandson, Enos, son of Edmund. So he (Enos) probably grew up, or at least at this time, must have been living near his grandfather, or was that just an act of providence to give to descendants of Enos–a connection into the Curtis family for
genealogical and Temple work. Jeremiah must have had lots of other grand sons.
Where he spent the next few years we don’t know. In the family record there is no place of birth for his first three children. He may have been in New York, but in 1814, he had a son born in
Southerland, Tioga Co., Pennsylvania. He must have had some respect for his father for (he named his first son) Edmond for his father; the next son was named Jeremiah for his grandfather.
So now we have him located in Tioga County, Pennsylvania and there we find him on the tax roll for several years and he had children born in the county for the next eighteen years or until 1832 and there he was when that part of the country was being stirred up by the story of Joseph Smith.
Tioga is right on the line between Pennsylvania and New York. It is about fifty miles from Harmony, Pennsylvania where Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon and is probably less then a hundred miles from where the Church was organized so he had a good chance, no doubt, to hear Joseph Smith.
Family tradition says he had remarked that some day the true church would be restored to the earth so he was in a receptive mood. Tradition says that he (Enos) accepted Joseph Smith before
the Church was organized and that there were not more than forty persons baptised into the Church before Enos Curtis. He was baptised into the Church by Lyman W(r)ight in 1831.
In the fall of 1831, five missionaries went from the little branch of the Church in Columbia, Pennsylvania to New York on a short missionary trip and they stopped at Mendon, New York. Here they met Heber C. Kimball, he says: “About three weeks after I joined the Baptist Church (fall of 1831) five Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ came from Pennsylvania to the house of Victor Young in Victor. Their names were: Eleazer Miller, Elial Strong, Alpheus Gifford, Enos Curtis and Daniel Bowen. Hearing of these men, curiosity prompted me to go and see them, when for the first time, I heard the fullness of the Everlasting Gospel.
I also heard the gifts of the spirit manifested among the Elders for they spoke in tongues and interpreted which tended to strengthen my faith. Brigham Young and myself were constrained by
the Spirit to bear testimony of the truth, and when we did thus, the power of God rested upon us.”
Preston Nibley in his book “Brigham Young, the Man and His Works”, says that while Brigham Young had had access to the Book of Mormon for more than a year prior to his coming in contact with the Elders, he had not been led to make any thorough or extensive investigation of “Mormonism”, but it seemed what profundly influenced Brigham more than reading the book was his actual contact with the Missionaries. Brigham said, “When I saw a man without eloquence or talents for public speaking who could only say, I know by the power of the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is true, that Joseph Smith is a Prophet of the Lord, the Holy Ghost proceeded from that individual illuminating my understanding and light, glory and immorality were before me. I was encircled by them, filled with them, and I knew for myself that the testimony was true.” (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 1, page 90)
Family tradition has the story that Brigham’s wife was sick and while he was at a meeting of the Missionaries he had to hurry home to her and could not stay and talk to the Elders. He was very
impressed and he prayed to the Lord and asked that if it was the truth to send the Missionaries to him, that he might learn more of the Gospel. The next morning, Enos and one of the other
Missionaries were passing his (Brigham Young’s) home and the yards and the premises were so neat and orderly and well kept that it impressed the Elders, who said, “Well, anybody with that much pride to keep his home so well, must be a fine person and one worth contacting,” so they went in and met Brigham and discussed the Gospel with him. He saw them coming and was watching to see if this prayer was going to be answered.
In January 1832, Brigham Young, his brother Phineas and Heber C. Kimball paid a visit to Columbia, Pennsylvania and spent about a week with the Saints at this Branch. Quoting from the book, “Brigham Young the Man and His Works”, we read, “The five Elders from Pennsylvania must have been most excellent and spiritual minded men. It was in their little Branch at Columbia that the gift of tongues was for the first time exercised in the Church.” So we see that Enos Curtis was very early a member of the Church and working for the building of the Kingdom.
From “The Journal History of the Church” in the Church Historians office, I have found that Enos and family went with (the) Church in various moves, suffering all the persecutions and trials of the Saints.
We locate him in Caldwell, Clay County, Missouri, 29 November 1839 through a petition to Congress signed by the Saints presenting claims against the State of Missouri. Their names were
alphabetically arranged. Enos Curtis’ claim was for $1,856. See 22 Nov., page 9 in Journal History.
Enos Curtis presided over a conference at Quincy, Illinois, on 1 September 1844 (See page 5 of 1 September 1844.)
Minutes of Quincy Branch of (the) L.D.S. Church held in Quincy, Illinois, 9 March 1845 at the home of Joseph Pine: “Item 1- -Resolved that the Presidency of the Branch stand as it did for the
last three months–that is, with Enos Curtis, president, and Moses Jones 1st and John Riley 2nd Councillors. The same to hold office for the next three months.”
On 25 October 1845 Enos Curtis made and signed an affadavit stating that a mob had wilfully destroyed the home of widow Boss by fire in Quincy.
Enos probably had accumulated land and property in Pennsylvania which he, no doubt, disposed of when he began to follow the Church. And in Missouri he lost nearly two thousand dollars and that was quite a bit of money for those days.
One little story my mother remembered her father telling that happened about this time while they were in Illinois, was that the grown sons of Enos were out on the prairie putting up wild hay. The
mobs were very active about that time and they had gotten the report that (the mob) were going to attack the Mormons the next day. Enos was afraid his sons would be sighted and attacked out there alone on the prairie. So, he rode out in the night to bring them home. In the night the boys heard a horse coming across the prairie toward their camp and (they) were a little excited wondering who it was and why coming in the night and made ready to defend themselves when the rider of the horse gave a little cough, then the boys said, “We know that cough, that is father.” After (Enos) and his horse had rested a while, they started for home. After day light, they could see they were being followed by a mob. The father, Enos, said, “Don’t get panicky. Speed up your horses– just a little and we will watch the mob.” They could soon see that the mob were traveling faster than they were and gaining on them. Enos said, “We will go a little faster, but not run yet and our horses will hold out better.” They watched the mob carefully and found they had to go a little faster and a little faster. As they neared town and were on the last stretch, Enos told his sons that they would now have to run their horses as hard as they could. The mob was now not too far behind, but (Enos and his sons) beat (the mob) into town.
Another story from Chloe Durfee Spencer, granddaughter of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin Curtis: “When the mob were in some of the various raids, two or more families would sleep together in one home of Enos Curtis. The men were all away from home. The mob ordered all out of the house. The (Mormon women) told the mob (that) Grandmother, Ruth Franklin, was very ill and could not be moved. The mob left, but came back a second and a third time and each time were more vicious and finally set fire to the house. The women carried Ruth out on a blanket. The shouts of the mob were soon heard and some Mormon men rushed over and carried Grandmother away in a wagon. The mob even chased the wagon, but more help came and the mob turned back. (Grandmother) died 6 May, 1848, after they started the trip across the plains.”
I don’t know whether Enos and his family were at Nauvoo or still at Quincy, Illinois during the last days before the exodus, but they were near enough that in January and February of 1846. Enos, his wife Ruth Franklin Curtis and the older boys, even though the boys were not married, all received their endowments in the Nauvoo Temple. Soon after this they began their trek across the plains with the rest of the Saints. It seems that the mother, Ruth, was having poor health and traveling as they did and in the cold and unfavorable living conditions she grew worse and passed away 6 May 1848 at Council Bluffs, at the age of fifty-eight.
We have searched long and hard for the ancestry of Ruth Franklin without results, but she must have been a faithful wife and mother as she was right at her husband’s side through his experiences and persecutions of the Church. We might well say she gave her life for the gospel. She was mother of fourteen children. At least two teen age girls were left to continue the journey across the plains with their father.
We have another faith promoting story by Chloe Spencer, a granddaughter of Enos Curtis. She said that her mother told this story often, saying she remembered it well as it happened on her 15th birthday. (If this is the case, it must have been before they got to the Bluffs as they were not traveling on her birthday after they left Council Bluffs.) They came to a large river and had to be ferried across. They put two families on the ferry and the Stowell family and Enos Curtis family were crossing when the cable broke letting them downstream. There were some dangerous rapids not far
below and of course there was fear and excitement among the families of the other travelers on the shore. Enos Curtis raised his right hand to the square and by the power of the priesthood in
the name of the Lord commanded the ferry to drift to the shore– which it did. The ferry and the families and outfits were saved. Sister Spencer said one time old Brother Stowell was at her house
and she talked to him about the incident and he said he had heard his father tell the story.
From the Journal of History of the Church we learn something of the company of the Saints in which Enos traveled. (See Supplement to Journal of History of the Church, Church Historian’s
Office 31 December 1848, 1st division emigration. Emigration across the plains and mountains from Missouri River to Salt Lake City.)
This company was divided into three divisions. Brigham Young was in charge of the first division. Enos Curtis, Theodore Curtis and Joseph Curtis were in this group.
This division left the Elkhorn River 1 June 1848 and arrived in Salt Lake City, Sept. of 1848.
In this first division there were 1229 souls, 387 wagons, 74 horses, 19 mules, 1297 oxen, 699 cows, 184 loose cattle and sheep, some pigs, dogs, cats, doves, geese and two hives of bees. (See
Journal History 16 Jun 1848.)
In 1850, Enos Curtis met and married widow Tammie Durfee Miner. She had a family, having buried her husband on the plains. They moved on a farm owned by Lorenzo Snow, in Willard, Box Elder County, Utah. About that time John White and David Avery Curtis, sons of Enos, along with Ozias Strong and Albert Starr were sent out by Brigham Young as surveyors for new homes. They reported the conditions in and around Springville and a settlement was started there in 1850. Later Enos moved to Springville and spent the remainder of his days there.
Enos was ordained a patriarch in 1852 by Heber C. Kimball, Parley P. Pratt, George A. Smith and John Taylor. (See Journal History, 9 April 1852, page 9) (Enos had previously converted Heber C. Kimball). Brigham Young made very few trips south of Salt Lake for colonization purposes without sending a forerunner or a messenger to Enos announcing his plans and inviting him to join the company (as Company Patriarch.) A company organized 10 May 1854 by Brigham Young consisted of 82 men, 14 women and 5 children who traveled in 34 wagons. They left Salt Lake City and traveled south. They took 95 animals consisting of horses, oxen and cows. The company was well organized. They had a captain, chaplain, historians, interpreters, doctors and bishops and Enos Curtis was the Patriarch of the company. He (Enos) was faithfully anxious to go and was very active–although 71 years of age. He traveled with his son, David Avery Curtis, and Aaron Johnson in wagon number 29. David was the teamster and as he liked animals, I suppose his team of oxen was kindly treated. His love of animals grew as he grew older. He was often cited for his kindness. (The company) traveled as far as Nephi the second night. Little is recorded of the trip except to say it was successful. Their aim was to clear new land and plan new settlements. (See Journal History 10 May 1854)
In 1935, John Curtis visited Moroni Miner, step-son of Enos, to learn what he could about our ancestor. Moroni was then 100 years old, but had an excellent memory and his mind was clear. He
told how the two families lived together and got along very well. He spoke very highly of Enos and said he always treated them as a very kind, loving and patient father and told how much Enos was
like his own father. He appeared very touched in relating these experiences. (Moroni) said after being driven and wandering for so many years, they wanted so much to settle down and have a home of their own, so in Springville they were all willing to work hard and endure any sacrifices and hardships to build a home. By this time Enos was sixty-seven years old. His wife must have been quite a bit younger for she had three little girls by Enos; (and more children by another husband after Enos’ death).
The home they built had two large rooms with a carpenter shop in between. Enos was an excellent carpenter and an expert chair maker. All furniture in Utah at that date was home manufactured and Enos made chairs for a living. Moroni said he and his brother became very efficient in making the chair bottoms of reed, leather or rawhide while Enos did the rest of the chair.
He said, Enos was always ready to help the sick in the neighborhood. Enos Curtis’s journey in life ended in his 73rd year. It came as a great shock. During the day, although feeling a little faint, he went about his daily tasks. In the evening, the family had gathered together in a reunion. He joined in various activities, then sat up to the table and ate with the family. Then he sat back in his chair as if resting, but became so still and rigid (the family) cautiously tried to make him more comfortable,
but discovered his rest was more then the little nap he so often enjoyed in his chair. He died so easily–no struggle nor pain, but such a peaceful death was well earned by our beloved progenitor who brought the gospel to his vast band of descendants.
We, his descendants, all owe so much to this grandfather, whom we know so little of. He was one of the stalwart of the Church, perhaps not out in the front so much, but faithfully sustaining and
supporting the authorities and the cause of truth. He embraced the gospel in it’s fullness and suffered great trials, persections and hardships, giving us the privilege of being born heirs to it’s glories. We are greatful for his strength of character to accept the gospel and his desire to follow the Church even though it meant hardships and struggle. (We are also) grateful for his accepting and honoring the priesthood and teaching his family and setting them a noble example. He has a large posterity in the Church and we have always been proud of the name and heritage he left us–proud to say we were descendants of Enos Curtis.
It is said he kept a diary, but after his death, his step-sons used it for smoking paper. Paper was so very scarce in those days in Utah. Little did they realize what it would have meant to us to have had those “day-to-day” experiences as he recorded them.
May we carry on emulating his strength of character and faithfulness and bring honor to his name and give thanks and honor and glory to our Father in Heaven who gave us the privilege of coming to the earth through such a choice lineage.

Lucinda Payne Merrell – Great Granddaughter of Enos Curtis

Reference Information: The above presentation of Enos Curtis was taken from a book, “Our Family Chain –Elial “Radmall” Coleman– Ancestry and Youth” by Larry K. Coleman, 1982.
This book mentioned in the above ref. is in poss. of Ted & Maxine Moody, Rt 2, box 765, Safford, Arizona 85546. (phone #) 1-602-428-1564.

State of Missouri Dr

to Moveing from Pennsylvania Tioga County Rutland
Township to Missouri time and expence $300.00
To being Driven from Clay County to Coldwell having my
Crop to move the loss of time and Expence 150.00
to the Loss of propperty having my house plundered of
Clothing and furnature 200.00
to the loss of Corn potatoes and other Loss 100.00
to the loss of Cattle and hogs 50.00
to the Loss of Land 408.00
to the loss of four Musketts 40.00
to the loss of time of four hands by the mob 100.00
to two bee Stands 8.00
to the Loss of time and Expence of Moveing being Driven
out of Missouri 500.00

I Do Certify the a bove a count to Be Just and true a cording to the Best of my Knowledg
Enos Curtis

[Sworn to before C.M. Woods, C.C.C., Adams Co., Il, 8 May 1839.]

Original spelling and capitalization have been maintained.
C.C.C. abbreviation – Clerk Circuit Court

Sacred Places of New York and Pennsylvania, Bradford and Tioga Counties [Pennsylvania], by Larry C. Porter, p. 277:

It was in the spring of 1831 that Alpheus Gifford of Rutland Township heard the doctrines of the gospel as taught by the Prophet Joseph Smith. He was baptized and ordained a priest. He brought home five copies of the Book of Mormon and placed them with friends and family members. Soon after, Alpheus went to see the Prophet in Kirtland and took with him friends from Tioga and Bradford Counties. These included his brother, Levi Gifford, Elial Strong, Eleazer Miller, Enos Curtis, and Abraham Brown. Alpheus was ordained an elder while there. We also know that Enos Curtis and Elial Strong were baptized in Kirtland. Lyman Wight performed the ordinance for Enos Curtis. Eleazer Miller wasn’t baptized until December 1831 in Pennsylvania. On their return to Pennsylvania these brethren conducted extensive missionary work in Tioga and Bradford Counties. Among those baptized under their ministrations were Daniel Bowen in Columbia Township and Ezra Landon in Troy Township.
During the fall of 1831, Elial Strong, Brother Potter (possibly Richard Potter of Columbia Township) and Brother Bowen (presumably Daniel Bowen), undertook a short-term mission to Shaftsbury, VT, where “a few received the work.”
In the winter of 1831 Alpheus Gifford, Enos Curtis, and Elial Strong from Rutland Township, and Eleazer Miller and Daniel Bowen from Columbia Township undertook a mission to Mendon, NY. Samuel H. Smith, brother of the Prophet Joseph, had previously paved the way for their labors by placing at least two copies of the Book of Mormon with the Phineas H. Young and John P. Greene families in that area. These copies were circulated widely among other family members. The elders first visited Phineas in the town of Victor and then spread to the larger Young and Kimball families in the area before going on to Warsaw, NY, and other locations.
Prompted by a desire to learn more of Mormonism, Brigham and Miriam Young, Phineas and Clarissa Young, and Heber C. Kimball made and exchange visit with the Pennsylvania elders, They left Mendon about Jan, 20, 1832, and traveled by horse and sleigh to Bradford County where they met with the people of the Columbia Branch. Brigham Young reported:
“We travelled through snow and ice, crossing rivers until we were almost discouraged; still our faith was to learn more of the principles of Mormonism.
“We arrived at the place where there was a small Branch of the Church; we conversed with them, attended their meetings and heard them preach, and after staying about one week we returned home, being still more convinced of the truth of the work, and anxious to learn its principles and to learn more of Joseph Smith’s mission. The members of the Branch in Pennsylvania were the first in the Church who received the gift of tongues.”
In the spring of 1832, Phineas H. Young, Joseph Young, and their father, John Young again journeyed to the Columbia Branch. On April 5 Phineas and John were baptized by Ezra Landon and Daniel Bowen, respectively. And on the following day, April 6, Joseph Young was baptized by Daniel Bowen. Returning to Mendon with the visitors or shortly thereafter, Alpheus Gifford and Eleazer Miller again began to proselyte. Brigham Young was baptized by Eleazer Miller on April 15, 1832. Heber C. Kimball was baptized by Alpheus Gifford on wither April 15 or 16, 1832. More than thirty persons were baptized in the Mendon/Victor area in the next few weeks.
The intensity of missionary work from such small branches of the Church as those in Bradford and Tioga Counties is hard to imagine. During the summer of 1832, Eleazer Miller, Enos Curtis, Elial Strong, and an unnamed missionary from Rutland joined with Elders Phineas and Joseph Young from Mendon and journeyed to Ernestown, Midland District, Upper Canada (now Ontario Province). They labored for about six weeks and were successful in baptizing many and raising up a branch of the Church.
In summating his and his friend Eleazer Miller’s missionary success during this period, Elial Strong recorded, “Brother Miller, an elder that has traveled with me in the last two routes, has baptized about twenty. I have baptized, in all thirty-five; nine in Rutland and Sullivan [township adjacent to Rutland]; four in Columbia; seven in Troy and three in Canton [Bradford County], five in Shaftsbury, Vermont; one in Chenago, NY, and one in Mendon, NY, and five in Ernst Town, Upper Canada.
Concerning his early missionary labors, Elial Strong specified: “We have labored under some disadvantage, not having instructions till within a few months past, respecting this great work, other that the Articles [D&C 20 and 22], Book of Mormon, and the Comforter.”
Among those recruited for Zion’s Camp in 1834 were Elial Strong and Levi Gifford from Tioga County and Eleazer Miller from Bradford County. Unfortunately, Elial Strong was one of the members of Zion’s Camp who died of cholera in Clay County, Missouri at the conclusion of the march.

TIMES AND SEASONS. Vol. V. No. 22.] CITY OF NAUVOO, ILL. Dec. 1, 1844. [Whole No. 106
HISTORY OF JOSEPH SMITH.

Quincy, Sept. 1, 1844.

At a conference at which Enos Curtis was president, and Henry Pinney clerk, it was resolved that Moses Jones, Silas Maynard and W. B. Corbitt be recommended to the High Priests’ Quorum to be ordained as high priests.

Six were received into the church by recommendations from other places.

Brother Thompson was directed to be sent to hire a room to hold meetings in for the next three months.

Elder Corbitt addressed the conference from Romans 2d chapter, and made some remarks on the late epistle of the Twelve. Elder McKenzie also addressed the conference.

Bros. Hollinghead and Corey were ordained priests.

The Lord’s supper was administered; the minutes directed to be published in the Times and Seasons, and the conference adjourned three months.

ENOS CURTIS, President.

HENRY PINNEY, Clerk.

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Enos’ father, was born in Sharon, Litchfield, Connecticut. He had two brothers — Samuel Wadsworth and Henry — and a sister, Clarissa. Edmond was killed in the War of 1812, at Fort Erie.

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Sources of information; Curtis Fam rec in poss of Eunice C. Record, 2152 S. 8 E. Salt La k e Springville & Aruora Ward Rec & Springville & Aurora Cem rec……. 24380 F Ut S 14C, S t .G eorge bapt & slg rec 9 Nov 1881 P 239. Journal Hist. Historian’s Off. L.D.S. Herkmer Co. N.Y. Court Rec Bk A p 269 "Will of Jeremiah Curtis 21 Mar 1800 to grand son Enos. Record submitted by Jeannett C. Harward 890 W. 1s t S t. Provo Utah. Shows marriage date to Ruth Franklin as 5 Dec 1805 Brigham Young "The Man & His Works" p 5, 6, 428. EH #6490 p 1, GS ser #6297 SL tmpl. All previous blessings reconfirmed and ratified for Enos Curtis on 3 Oct 1967. Sealed date wife to husband 6 Feb 1846 is after Nauvoo Temple closed. Enos Curtis bapt 1831 by Lyman Wright, Patr. Blsng 29 Sep 1841 by Hyrum Smith P. Blsngs v. 4 p 43 E 1 K37 39 38,335 F 979.2 W. 2 M P, ordained a High Priest 12 Aug 1849 by Noah Packard, crossed plains 1st Div of Brigham Young Co. J.H. 31 Dec 1848, Supplement p 4 Rebapt 27 Apr 1851 Springville Ward rec A 3445 p 63 ordained Patriarch 9 Apr 1 852 by Heber C. Kimball, Sealed to Ruth Franklin EH 2 Aug 1852 Book A slg p 217 #733 Index C . 2078. Family group sheet for Edmond Curtis and  Polly Avery shows bapt. 3 Jan 1882 endowed 4 Jan 1882 and sealed to husband 6 Jan 1882 SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LIFE OF ENOS CURTIS 1783 – 1856 Enos Curtis, born 9 Oct 1783, died 1 Jun 1856, son of Edmond Curtis and Polly Avery. He was born in Kinderhook, Clmb., New York. He md. 1 Dec 1805-6 to Ruth Franklin, b. 14 No v 17 90 at Sterling, Windham, Conn. She died 6 May 1848 in Iowaville on the plains. Most of their children were born in Ruthland and Sullivan townships in Tioga Co., Penns. Enos was baptized in the LDS Church in 1831 by Lyman Wight. Both Enos and his wife were endowed in Nauvoo Temple in 1846. They were devout in their religious convictions and went through the hards hips of the early church pioneers. He was a farmer and carpenter by trade. (Historical References) Millennial Star, Vol. 25 p. 428 & Brigham Young, The Man & His Works , by Preston Nibley, pp 5 & 11. Brigham Young says in the fall of 1831 Alpheus Gifford, Elial Strong and others came to Mendon to preach Mormonism, which I heard and believed. (pp 5 & 6 quote: "Five Mormon Elders, from an isolated branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in Columbia Co ., Penns. were making a tour through the state of New York. They visited the town of Mendon where Brigham Young met them. He had a copy of the Book of Mormon in his possession over a year. The actual contact with these Elders, their testimonies and personalities so impressed him, he began an extensive study of Mormonism." From autobiography of Heber C. Kimball, p 6 – quote: "Heber C. Kimball says, about three weeks after I joined the Baptist Church in the fall of 1831, five Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints came from Pa. to the house of Phineas H. Young in Victor , N.Y. Their names were Eleazer Miller, Elial Strong, Enos Curtis, Alpheus Gifford and Daniel Bowen. Hearing of these men, curiosity prompted me to go and hear them, when for the first time I heard the fullness of the Everlasting Gospel." These five Elders must have been very devout spiritual minded men. They so thoroughly impressed Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball wit h the truth of their teaching, they decided to pay them a visit which they did in Jan 1832 at the branch in Columbia, Pa. They remained there one week. See Millennial Star, Vol . 25, p 42 4. After they returned to their homes in Mendon and a family council was held. The father John Young and sons Joseph and Phineas planned a trip to the branch. This was the beginning of the family joining the Church. Elial Strong was a son-in-law of Enos Curtis! Journal History Notes…29 Jan 1839. Because of persecution the Saints removed from Jack son to Clay Co., then Caldwell. 1836-1838. Here Enos filed a claim against the state of Missouri for 1856. 1 Sep 1844 at a Conference held in Quincy, Ill. at the home of Joseph Pine, it was voted that the Presidency of the Branch remain as it had for the last three months, that is Enos Curtis as President with Moses Jones and John Riley as Counselors. 25 Oct 1845, Enos Curtis appeared before the Justice of the Peace in Hancock Co. He swore that on or about 18 Oct 1845, in the settlement of Morley in said county, he saw two houses and three stables burning, and that he saw two mobbers armed with guns, running away from the fires. He also swore that he saw the house belonging to the Widow Boss, burning on Monday 21 Oct in same area as the former fire. 6 Feb 1846 Enos Curtis had his Endowments in Nauvoo. 26 Apr 1848 emigration records say Brigham Young left Winter Quarters and assembled a group on the west side of Elkhorn River and organized a company in three divisions for emigration across plains and mountains from Missouri River to Salt Lake City. Enos Curtis, Theodore Curtis and Joseph Curtis were numbered in one of these groups. They left the Elkhorn River 1 Jun 1848 and arrived in Salt Lake City, Sep 1848. Enos Curtis had his share of troubles and grief. He lost six of his fourteen children before he lost his wife Ruth. She was probably burried in Iowaville on the plains in 1848. He came on to Utah with the rest of his family and their children. In 1850 Enos Curtis met and married Tamma Durfee Miner. They moved on a farm owned by Lorenzo Snow in Willard, Utah. Tamma had a large family, having buried her husband Albert Miner 3 Jan 1848 on the trip across the plains. The two families lived together and got along very well. Moroni Miner (now 100 yrs. old in 1935) a step-son of Enos, speaks very highly of him . He said Enos always treated us as a kind, loveable and patient father. John White Curtis, David Avery Curtis, Ozias Strong, Albert Starr with others were sent out by Brigham Young as surveyors for new settlements. They reported the conditions in a n d around Springville. Moroni Miner, when telling this incident, was greatly moved by memories of this period. His mind was clear and keen. He said he well recalled how hard the two families struggled to build a home, they were so anxious for a home of their own, they were willing to go through any hardships. They built two large rooms with a shop and patio between them . Enos was an excellent carpenter and an expert chair maker, also made all kinds of furniture. Moroni said he and his brother Mormon became very efficient and helpful in carpentry and building business. They all said Enos was like their own father. He was ready to help any one, regardless of weather conditions, went any hour of night to administer to and help the sick. Enos Curtis was ordained a Patriarch in 1852 by Heber C. Kimball, Parley P. Pratt, George A. Smith and John Taylor. He died 1 Jun 1856 and was buried in Springville beside his wife Tamma, who died 30 Jan 1885. Notes from Lue Payne Merrill and Notes from Ruth Curtis Payne daughter of Ezra Houghthen Curtis, as she remembered them from her father who is a son of Enos Curtis. This story was told by Ezra H. Curtis: After the meeting where Brigham Young heard the five missionaries including Enos, bear testimony of the Gospel, he hurried home to his wife who was sick in bed. He went to hi s roo m and in praying to the Lord, he asked: "If this religion is true, to send the missionaries to his home, that they might pray for his sick wife and also explain the Gospel to her. " The n ext night as the Elders were passing his home, they were impressed with the tidiness of his yards and said any man that has that much pride in his home must be worth visiting , so they we nt in. Brigham was watching from the window to see if his prayer would be answer ed. He hurriedly opened the door and welcomed them in. They administered to his wife and sh e seemed more at ease. Brigham then told them he had prayed for them to come and that he ha d faith she could be healed through their administration. A Nauvoo Incident At The Time Of The Persecution And Martyrdom: The sons of Enos were out on the prairies putting up wild hay and things were bad, En o s being worried about his sons, rode out in the night to get them. They were asleep, but we r e awakened by the noise of a horseman coming toward their camp. They were much afraid as they knew the anxiety and nervousness to all the Saints who constantly feared the mob. Enos had a peculiar cough and as he rode toward them he coughed, they gave a sigh of relief and said do not fear, it is father. They had a real race with the nearby mob, who were in ambush a n d chased them all the way home. A Story From Chloe Spencer, Daughter Of Celestia Curtis Durfee And Grand Daughter Of Enos Curtis: When the mobs were in some of the vicious raids two or three families would gather together in one home for protection. On one such occasion the mob came to the home of Enos Curtis , the men were away. The mob ordered the occupants out of the house. The family told them that Grandmother Ruth Franklin Curtis was ill and could not leave the house. The mob left, but came back the second and third time and finally set fire to the house. The women carried Grandmother away out on a sheet. As the men folks heard about the raid, they rushed back an d carried Grandmother away in a wagon as she could not walk. The mob even chased the wagon, but they finally got away. Enos Curtis and family and a family by the name of Stowell were on the ferry crossing the river from Montrose, Iowa to Nauvoo. A terrific wind came up and as some people had previously gone down the rapids below the ferry crossing there was much anxiety and excitement. People on shore shouting and screaming for help. It was so strong it looked as if it would br ea k the cable that controlled the ferry when Enos Curtis raised his arm to the square and commanded the wind to take them to shore. It ceased its velocity and changed so the ferry drifted to shore and both families were saved. As soon as they were on shore, the gale began as fierce as before. THE FAMILY OF ENOS CURTIS AND RUTH FRANKLIN Enos Curtis, b. 9 Oct 1783 in Kinderhook, Clmb., New York, son of Edmund and Martha or Polly Avery, he md. 1st Ruth Franklin 15 Dec 1805, she was b. 14 Nov 1790 in Starling, Windham , Conn., dau. of (Col.) John Franklin & Abigail Fuller, she died 6 May 1848 in Council Bluff s, Iowa. To this union the following children were born: 1. Lydia, b. 5 Feb 1808 in Southerland, Penn., d. 5 Jul 1809. 2. Maria, b. 22 Mar 1810 in Southerland, Penn., she md. 1st Abram Brown 13 Sep 1844; md. 2 n d Milo Everett, she died 5 May 1841. 3. Martha, b. 12 Aug 1812 in Southerland, Penn., she md. 1st Elial or Ozias Strong; 2nd n.g . , she died 22 Dec 1834. 4. Edmund, b. 5 Nov 1814 in Southerland, Penn., d. 6 Jun 1815. 5. Jeremiah, b. 12 Nov 1815 in Southerland, Penn., he died 22 Feb 1816. 6. Seth, b. 8 Mar 1817 in Southerland, Penn., d. 8 Mar 1817. 7. Simmons Philander, b. 28 Mar 1818 in Rutland, Penn., md. 1st Emaline Buchanan 4 Jul 184 0; 2nd Asenath Lawrence, he died 10 Apr 1880. 8. David Avery (twin), b. 10 Aug 1820 in Rutland, Penn., md. 1st Amanda Starr 10 Oct 1841; m d . 2nd Lettia Shearer 28 Aug 1852; md. 3rd Sarah Harriet Howard 2 Oct 1857; md. 4th Harrie t Ho ward 2 Mar 1869, he died 5 Oct 1885. 9. John White (twin), b. 10 Aug 1820 in Rutland, Penn., md. 1st Almira Starr 13 May 1841; he md. 2nd Matilda Miner 21 Oct 1855; md. 3rd Tamma Durfee 3 Apr 1857, he died 7 Aug 1902. 10. Ezra Houghton, b. 19 Feb 1823 in Rutland, Penn., he md. 1st Lucinda McKenney Carter 18 Dec 1846; md. 2nd Juliaette Everett in 1855, sld. 21 May 1856 EH, he d. 28 Aug 1915. 11. Ruth, b. 4 Jan 1825 in Rutland, Penn., she d. 4 Oct 1825. 12- URSULA CURTIS (x), b. 14 Dec 1826-7 in Rutland, Penn., md. 1st Abaham Durfee in 1846; she md. 2nd Samuel Kendall Gifford, she died 20 Jan 1902. 1. Sabrina, b. 3 Apr 1829 in Rutland, Penn., she md. 1st David Abram King; md. 2nd Thomas Harwood 6 Apr 1851, she died 27 Jun 1890. 2. Celestia, b. 21 Apr 1832 in Ruthland, Penn., she md. Jabez Durfee 25 Dec 1850, she died 1 7 Jun 1883. THE FAMILY OF ENOS CURTIS AND TAMMA DURFEE Enos Curtis, md. 2nd Tamma Durfee 20 Oct 1850, she was born 6 Mar 1813 in Lennox, Mdsn, New York, dau. of Edmund and Delaney or Maydalena Pickle, she md. 1st Albert Miner Aug 1831 ; md . 2nd Enos Curtis 20 Oct 1850; she md. 3rd John White Curtis 3 Apr 1857, she d. 30 Jan 1 885 p rob. In Springville, Utah. To this union the following children were born: 1- Clarissa, b. 13 Oct 1851, she md. Chauncey Harvey Cook. 2- Belinda, b. 23 Feb 1853, she died 15 Nov 1873. 3- Adelia (twin), b. 12 Jun 1855, she died 2 Feb 1856. 4- Amelia (twin), b. 12 Jun 1855, md. Samuel James Bartlett. Enos Curtis, died 1 Jun 1856 in Springville, Utah, Utah, he was buried in Provo, Utah, Utah. Tamma Durfee’s 1st husband, Albert Miner died in Iowaville in 1848 while crossing the plains. She was left with seven small children. She saw her own father shot down by the mob. She suffered severe hardships, but came on to Utah with her small family in Captain Snow’s company in 1850. Shortly after arriving in Utah, she married Enos Curtis. LIFE STORY OF ENOS CURTIS  By Lucinda Payne Merrell, Mesa, Arizona NOTE: The following account are direct quotations from a history written by Lucinda Payne Merrell of Mesa, Arizona. The original is found in the Special Collections Department at the Brigham Young University and filed under the name of Enos Curtis, Words in parenthesis were added by the proofreader in order to make the history read more clearly. Ella Curtis Record has been gathering genealogical data and history on the descendants of Enos Curtis. They had expected to have it published by now…it hasn’t come out. I decided to write what I could of the life of this noble ancestor for my own book and for my descendants. I haven’t had an opportunity to do much research on his life. Ella’s story will probably be more complete…I want my children to know something of Enos Curtis so (the following) is what I have collected.  From family and church records, we find that Enos was born 9 Oct 1783 in Kinderhook, Columbia Co., New York. From the record of the ancestors, it seems the family for several generations had lived in Connecticut. Much of the land there had been taken up and many of the young men were reaching out to new frontiers and no doubt that is what brought Enos’s father to New York. Enos Curtis had a patriarchal blessing 29 Sep 1841 by Patriarch Hyrum Smith in Nauvoo. It gives his parents as Edmund and Polly Curtis. We know nothing of his (Enos’s) childhood or young manhood. Some genealogist in California said he was married to Ruth Franklin 15 Dec 1805. He (the genealogist) didn’t give the place of marriage or source of information, but that is the first record we have of him except his birth record. We do find a little record of his father and grandfather in Columbia Co., New York land records. Book A, p. 369 says 21 Mar 1800 Edmund Curtis buys land of Jeremiah Curtis and wife Lydia. Deeds say that the parties concerned are of Cheery Valley, Atsego, New York. Another Deed Book A, p. 376 says Edmund Curtis and wife Martha soled this land to Samuel Niles. It appears from genealogical records that Edmond Curtis (the father) was not true to his first wife (Polly). We find he had children by another woman while still having children by Polly, mother of Enos. His first wife bore him six children; then she drops out of the picture and he had eight children by Martha Willson. Now these land deals were probably by his 2nd wife as her name is Martha, and it was 1800. The last child born by the first wife was 1793. Genealogists have never found a death date or any record more of this wife. They probably separated, so we don’t know where or under what conditions Enos grew up. Jeremiah Curtis, grandfather of Enos, died in the town of Russia , Herkimer Co., New York in 1807. Two years after the marriage of Enos, county records state that Jeremiah had no real estate but his personal property he willed to his grandson , Enos , son of Edmund. So he (Enos) probably grew up, or at least at this time, must have be en living near his grandfather, or was that just an act of providence to give to descendant s of Enos –a connection into the Curtis family for genealogical and Temple work. Jeremiah must have had lots of other grandsons. Where he spent the next few years we don’t know. In the family record there is no place of birth for his first three Children. He may have been in New York, but in 1814, he had a son born in Southerland, Tioga Co., Pennsylvania. He must have had some respect for his fatherfor (he named his first son) Edmond for his father; the next son was named Jeremiah for his grandfather. So now we have him located in Tioga County, Pennsylvania and there we find him on the tax roll for several years and he had children born in the county for the next eighteen years or until 1832 and there he was when that part of the country was being stirred up by the story of Joseph Smith. Tioga is right on the line between Pennsylvania and New York. It is about fifty miles from Harmony, Pennsylvania where Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon and is probably less then a hundred miles from where the Church was organized so he had a good chance, no doubt, to hear Joseph Smith. Family tradition says he had remarked that some day the true church would be restored to the earth so he was in a receptive mood. Tradition says that he (Enos) accepted Joseph Smith before the Church was organized and that there were not more than forty persons baptized in to the Church before Enos Curtis. He was baptized into the Church by Lyman Wright in 1831. In the fall of 1831, five missionaries went from the little branch of the Church in Columbia, Pennsylvania to New York on a short Missionary trip and they stopped at Mendon, New York. Here they met Heber C. Kimball, he says: "About three weeks after I joined the Baptist Church (fall of 1831) five Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ came from Pennsylvania to the house of Victor Young in Victor. Their names were: Eleazer Miller, Elial Strong, Alphe us Gifford, Enos Curtis and Daniel Bowen. Hearing of these men, curiosity prompted me to go and see them, when for the first time, I heard the fullness of the Everlasting Gospel.  I also heard the gifts of the spirit manifested among the Elders for they spoke in tongues and interpreted which tended to strengthen my faith. Brigham Young and myself were constrained by the Spirit to bear testimony of the truth, and when we did thus, the power of God rested upon us." Preston Nibley in his book "Brigham Young, the Man and His Works", says that while Brigham Young had had access to the Book of Mormon for more than a year prior to his coming in contact with the Elders, he had not been led to make any thorough or extensive investigation of "Mormonism", but it seemed what profoundly influenced Brigham more than reading the book was his actual contact with the Missionaries. Brigham said, "When I saw a man without eloquence or talents for public speaking who could only say, I know by the power of the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is true, that Joseph Smith is a Prophet of the Lord, the Holy Ghost proceeded from that individual illuminating my understanding and light, glory and immorality were before me. I was encircled by them, filled with them, and I knew for myself that the testimony was true." (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 1, page 90) Family tradition has the story that Brigham’s wife was sick and while he was at a meeting of the Missionaries he had to hurry home to her and could not stay and talk to the Elders. He was very impressed and he prayed to the Lord and asked that if it was the truth to send the Missionaries to him, that he might learn more of the Gospel. The next morning, Enos and one of the other Missionaries were passing his (Brigham Young’s) home and the yards and the premises were so neat and orderly and well kept that it impressed the Elders, who said , "Well, anybody with that much pride to keep his home so well, must be a fine person and on e worth contacting," so they went in and met Brigham and discussed the Gospel with him. He saw them coming and was watching to see if this prayer was going to be answered. In January 1832, Brigham Young, his brother Phineas and Heber C. Kimball paid a visit to Columbia, Pennsylvania and spent about a week with the Saints at this Branch. Quoting from the book, "Brigham Young the Man and His Works", we read, "The five Elders from Pennsylvania must have been most excellent and spiritual minded men. It was in their little Branch at Columbia that the gift of tongues was for the first time exercised in the Church." So we see that Enos Curtis was very early a member of the Church and working for the building of the Kingdom. From "The Journal History of the Church" in the Church Historians office, I have found that Enos and family went with (the) Church in various moves, suffering all the persecutions and trials of the Saints. We locate him in Caldwell, Clay County, Missouri, 29 November 1839 through a petition to Congress signed by the Saints presenting claims against the State of Missouri. Their names were alphabetically arranged. Enos Curtis’ claim was for $1,856. See 22 Nov., page 9 in Journal History. Enos Curtis presided over a conference at Quincy, Illinois, on 1 September 1844 (See page 5 of 1 September 1844.) Minutes of Quincy Branch of (the) L.D.S. Church held in Quincy, Illinois, 9 March 184 5 at the home of Joseph Pine: "Item 1—Resolved that the Presidency of the Branch stand as it did for the last three months–that is, with Enos Curtis, president, and Moses Jones 1st and John Riley 2nd Councilor’s. The same to hold office for the next three months." On 25 October 1845 Enos Curtis made and signed an affidavit stating that a mob had will fully destroyed the home of widow Boss by fire in Quincy. Enos probably had accumulated land and property in Pennsylvania which he, no doubt, disposed of when he began to follow the Church. And in Missouri he lost nearly two thousand dollars and that was quite a bit of money for those days. I don’t suppose he ever owned that much again as for years he was on the move with the Church, but he, no doubt, earned a home in the Celestial Kingdom of our Father in Heaven—which is worth much more than earthly property. One little story my mother remembered her father telling that happened about this time while they were in Illinois, was that the grown sons of Enos were out on the prairie putting up wild hay. The mobs were very active about that time and they had gotten the report that (the mob) were going to attack the Mormons the next day. Enos was afraid his sons would be sighted and attacked out there alone on the prairie. So, he rode out in the night to bring them ho me. In the night the boys heard a horse coming across the prairie toward their camp and (they ) were a little excited wondering who it was and why coming in the night and made ready to defend themselves when the rider of the horse gave a little cough, then the boy s said, "We know that cough, that is father." After (Enos) and his horse had rested a while , they started for home. After daylight, they could see they were being followed by a mob. The father, Enos , said, "Don’t get panicky. Speed up your horses—just a little and we will watch the mob." They could soon see that the mob were traveling faster than they were an d gaining on them. Enos said, "We will go a little faster, but not run yet and our horses will hold out better." They watched the mob carefully and found they had to go a little faster and a little faster. A s they neared town and were on the last stretch, Enos told his sons that they would now have to run their horses as hard as they could. The mob was now not to o far behind, but (Enos and his sons) beat (the mob) into town. Another story from Chloe Durfee Spencer, granddaughter of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin Curtis: "When the mob were in some of the various raids, two or more families would sleep together in one home of Enos Curtis. The men were all away from home. The mob ordered all out of the house. The (Mormon women) told the mob (that) Grandmother, Ruth Franklin, was v ery i ll and could not be moved. The mob left, but came back a second and a third time and each time were more vicious and finally set fire to the house. The women carried Ruth out on a blanket. The shouts of the mob were soon heard and some Mormon men rushed over and carried Grandmother away in a wagon. The mob even chased the wagon, but more help came and the mob turned back. (Grandmother) died 6 May, 1848, after they started the trip across the plains." I don’t know whether Enos and his family were at Nauvoo or still at Quincy, Illinois during the last days before the exodus, but they were near enough that in January and February of 1846. Enos, his wife Ruth Franklin Curtis and the older boys, even though the boys were not married, all received their endowments in the Nauvoo Temple. Soon after this they began their trek across the plains with the rest of the Saints. It seems that the mother, Ruth , was having poor health and traveling as they did and in the cold and unfavorable living conditions she grew worse and passed away 6 May 1848 at Council Bluffs, at the age of fifty-eight. We have searched long and hard for the ancestry of Ruth Franklin without results, but she must have been a faithful wife and mother as she was right at her husband’s side through his experiences and persecutions of the Church. We might well say she gave her life for the gospel. She was mother of fourteen children. At least two teen age girls were left to continue the journey across the plains with their father. We have another faith promoting story by Chloe Spencer, a granddaughter of Enos Curtis . She said that her mother told this story often, saying she remembered it well as it happened on her 15th birthday. (If this is the case, it must have been before they got to the Bluffs as they were not traveling on her birthday after they left Council Bluffs.) They came to a large river and had to be ferried across. They put two families on the ferry and the Stowell family and Enos Curtis family were crossing when the cable broke letting them down stream. There were some dangerous rapids not far below and of course there was fear and excitement among the families of the other travelers on the shore. Enos Curtis raised his right hand to the square and by the power of the priesthood in the name of the Lord commanded the ferry to drift to the shore–which it did. The ferry and the families and outfits were saved. Sister Spencer said one time old Brother Stowell was at her house and she talked to him about the incident and he said he had heard his father tell the story. From the Journal of History of the Church we learn something of the company of the Saints in which Enos traveled. (See Supplement to Journal of History of the Church, Church Historian’s Office 31 December 1848, 1st division emigration. Emigration across the plains and mountains from Missouri River to Salt Lake City.) This company was divided into three divisions. Brigham Young was in charge of the first division. Enos Curtis, Theodore Curtis and Joseph Curtis were in this group. This division left the Elkhorn River 1 June 1848 and arrived in Salt Lake City, Sept. of 1848. In this first division there were 1229 souls, 387 wagons, 74 horses, 19 mules, 1297 oxen , 699 cows, 184 loose cattle and sheep, some pigs, dogs, cats, doves, geese and two hives of bees. (See Journal History 16 Jun 1848.) In 1850, Enos Curtis met and married widow Tammie Durfee Miner. She had a family, having buried her husband on the plains. They moved on a farm owned by Lorenzo Snow, in Willard , Box Elder County, Utah. About that time John White and David Avery Curtis, sons of Enos, a long with Ozias Strong and Albert Starr were sent out by Brigham Young as surveyors for new homes. They reported the conditions in and around Springville and a settlement was started there in 1850. Later Enos moved to Springville and spent the remainder of his days there. Enos was ordained a patriarch  in 1852 by Heber C. Kimball, Parley P. Pratt, George A . S mith and John Taylor. (See Journal History, 9 April 1852, page 9) (Enos had previously converted Heber C. Kimball). Brigham Young made very few trips south of Salt Lake for colonization purposes without sending a forerunner or a messenger to Enos announcing his plans and inviting him to join the company (as Company Patriarch.) A company organized 10 May 1854 by B NOTE: 1. Pedigree Resource File CD 1,; ; (Salt Lake City, UT: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., 1999).; ; ; ABBR 1. Pedigree Resource File CD 1,

Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice:

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Enos Curtis b. 9 Oct 1783 Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York son of Edmond Curtis and Mary Avery m. 15 Dec 1805 Ruth Franklin b. 14 Nov 1790 Sterling, Windham County, Connecticut daughter of David Franklin and Hannah Simmons who settled in Jackson Township, Tioga County. Enos appears on a special assessment of Tioga and Delmar Townships, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, dated 7 Oct 1814 when it was submitted to the commissioners of Tioga County. This was a special tax enumeration of the two townships that existed in the entire County at that date. Enos Curtis is listed as age 30, farmer. Enos appears on the first assessment list in 1816 of Jackson Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. On the 1820 assessment list unable to pay for schooling of Mariah and Martha. Enumerated in Jackson Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania in 1820 with three males under age ten (b. 1811-20), one male of age twenty six and under age forty five (b. 1776-94), two females under age ten (b. 1811-20), and one female of age twenty six and under age forty five (b. 1776-94). They resided in that portion of Jackson Township that became Rutland Township. Unable to pay for schooling of children Maria and Martha on the 1822 assessment list of Jackson. Enumerated in Rutland, Tioga County, Pennsylvania in 1830 with one male of age five and under age ten (b. 1821-25), three males of age ten and under age fifteen (b. 1816-20), one male of age forty and under age fifty (b. 1781-90), two females under age five (b. 1826-30), and one female of age thirty and under age forty (b. 1791-1800).

In an address given by Ross G. Watkins at the Old Rutland Hill Church on August 16, 1942 he stated – “One item which has seemingly escaped attention was the coming of two Mormon Elders and their flock to the scene. They strewed the countryside with their propaganda and soon the excitement was intense. Then more of them came until quite a colony was formed. After a bit, some opposition arose and they, with some of the settlers who embraced their faith, moved to near Liberty, Pa, where they founded the village of Nauvoo. (Meaning the beautiful.) There, more persecution arising, they moved to Illinois and founded a city also called Nauvoo in the year 1839. During a riot in 1844, Joseph Smith, the leader and his brother were killed and the building of their temple was stopped. Then Brigham Young led them on to Utah. During their stay here it seems they occupied this farm as I remember it, they left four of their number, two adults and two children to mingle with the dust on that knoll up there. As long as George Tanner owned this farm, he kept some field stones in place to mark their final resting place and inplaying around the old orchard as children, my cousin and I came upon them and were told by the old folks why they were there. What their names were or where they came from is all conjecture now but perhaps some older and abler
historian might be able to find out and if so, I would like to hear from them (History of the Old Rutland Church, Rutland Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, Ross G. Watkins, 1942).

The Curtis family was one of several Rutland families that embraced Mormonism and removed west. Enumerated in Fulton County, Illinois in 1840. Ruth’s own endowment record in the Nauvoo Temple dated 1 Jan 1846 gave her birth as 14 Nov 1790 Sterling, Connecticut. Ruth d. 6 May 1848 Council Bluffs, Pottawatamie County, Iowa. Enos m. 20 Oct 1850 Tamma Durfee b. 6 Mar 1813 Lenox, Madison County, New York daughter of Edmond Durfee and Magdalena Pickle and widow of Albert Miner b. 31 Mar 1809 Jefferson County, New York. Albert and Tamma m. 9 Aug 1831, were early converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They assisted in the construction of both the Kirtland and Nauvoo Temples and endured many hardships in their struggles. After being driven from Nauvoo, Illinois, Albert d. 3 Jan 1848 on the plains of Iowa at Iowaville and was buried there. After Albert’s death Tamma and seven of nine children living continued on to arrive in Utah in June 1850. Tamma and Enos settled in Springville, Utah in April 1851. Enos d. 1 June 1856 Springville. Tamma m. 7 Apr 1857 John White Curtis b. 11 Aug 1820 son of Enos and Ruth. Tamma d. 30 Jan 1885 Provo, Utah.

1. Lydia Curtis b. 5 Feb 1808 Chatham, New York d. 5 July 1809.
2. Maria Curtis b. 22 Mar 1810 Rutland m. 13 Sept 1834 Abraham Brown and the 1833 assessment list of Sullivan Township, Tioga County notes – “Became Mormon – Sold and going to New Zion” (2)Milo Everett.
3. Martha Curtis b. 12 Aug 1812 Rutland m. Elial Strong and she d. 22 Dec 1834.
4. Edmund Curtis b. 5 Nov 1814 Rutland d. 6 Jan 1815 Sullivan.
5. Jeremiah Curtis b. 12 Nov 1815 Rutland d. 22 Feb 1816 Rutland.
6. Seth Curtis b. 8 Mar 1817 Rutland d. 8 Mar 1817 Sullivan.
7. Simmons Philander Curtis b. 26 Mar 1818 Rutland m. 4 July 1840 Emeline Buchanan and 7 Mar 1870 (2)Asenath Annette Lawrence.
8. John White Curtis (twin) b. 11 Aug 1820 Rutland m. 13 May 1840 Almira Starr and 21 Oct 1855 (2)Matilda Miner and 7 Apr 1857 (3)Tamma Durfee widow of his father.
9. David Avery Curtis (twin) b. 11 Aug 1820 Rutland m. 20 Oct 1841 Amanda Ann Starr and 28 Aug 1852 (2)Lutitia Shearer and 28 Aug 1852 (3)Harriet Sarah Howard and 25 Mar 1855 Sarah Harward.
10. Ezra Houghton Curtis b. 19 Feb 1823 Rutland m. 18 Dec 1846 Lucinda McKenney Carter and (2)Juliaette Everett.
11. Ruth Curtis b. 4 Jan 1825 Rutland d. 4 Oct 1825 Rutland.
12. Ursula Curtis b. 14 Dec 1826 Sullivan m. Abraham Durfee and 1 Jan 1879 (2)Samuel Kendall Gifford.
13. Sabrina Curtis b. 3 Apr 1829 Rutland m. 6 Apr 1850 Thomas Harward.
14. Celestia Curtis b. 21 Apr 1832 Rutland m. 25 Dec 1850 Jabez Durfee.

Children of Enos and Tamma:
1. Clarissa Curtis b. 13 Oct 1851 Springville, Utah.
2. Belinda Curtis b. 23 Feb 1853 Springville, Utah d. 17 Nov 1873.
3. Amelia Curtis (twin) b. 12 June 1855 Springville, Utah.
4. Adelia Curtis (twin) b. 12 June 1855 Springville, Utah d. 2 Feb 1856.

Child of Tamma and John White Curtis:
1. Maritta Curtis b. 16 Jan 1858 Springville, Utah.

 

First Converts in My Ancestry

Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Enos and Ruth Franklin Curtis
The Life of a Noble Pioneer, Enos Curtis, by Jaydene Buhler, July 10, 1998 (edited by Scott Hepworth)

Enos Curtis was born on 9 Oct 1783 at Kinderhook, Columbia, New York, the oldest child of Edmond and Polly (Avery) Curtis. The family Enos came from were evidently farmers and settlers. His ancestors on both sides were of English and Welch descent, most having left their homelands to come to the New World in the early 1630’s. They were either looking for religious freedom or wanted a new life and the ability to possess their own land. They most likely had strong religious feelings for they chose to settle in New England, an area known for its fervent religious interest. On the Curtis side of the family, Enos was the seventh generation to live in the United States. Most of his American ancestors lived in the area of New Haven County, Connecticut, a state known for it’s independent thinking people who gave freely of their creative energy and skills to build up the nation.

Enos’ father, Edmond Curtis (1763-1814), had been raised in Sharon, Litchfield, Connecticut. He was one of seven children. Apparently after the death of Enos’ grandmother, Lydia (Grannis) Curtis (1730-before 1806), his grandfather, Jeremiah Curtis (1728-1807), relocated in upstate New York, in Herkimer County, an area which was beginning to be settled. It is from a will left by this grandfather in 1807 that Enos’ parentage was established.

Enos’ mother, who was called Polly (1763-about 1789), was likely christened Mary, as Polly was often a popular nickname for Mary at that time. She was apparently the only child of Solomon (1719-1791) and Hannah (Petteneill) Avery, of Preston, New Haven, Connecticut. Enos’ parents were married on 2 Jan 1779, and lived on the eastern edge of New York at Kinderhook when Enos was born four years later. It is possible that there were other children born prior to his birth who did not survive, but such records are unavailable. There is also some confusion about whether Polly had other children besides Enos and his sister Clarissa, who was born in 1788. It is thought that their mother died not long after this little daughter was born. [My PAF shows other children, and no date for the death of Polly.]

The childhood of Enos Curtis remains a bit of a mystery. After the death of Enos’ mother, his father, twenty-five year old Edmond, apparently left his children, or at least his son, Enos, in the care of others and traveled west, to settle in Cherry Valley, Otsego, New York, where he met and married Martha Wilson (born 9 Oct 1768) in 1790. They eventually had eight children there. These half brothers and sister of Enos may not have been aware of his existence though they seemed to know of Clarissa as she is mentioned in her half brother Cordillo Curtis’s Bible. Enos would have been about five years old at the time of his mother’s death, making his and Clarissa’s care a challenge for their widowed father. Placing children of this age with relatives or willing neighbors was not an uncommon practice in frontier times. Whether or not Enos or his sister ever knew much about their father’s life cannot be determined at this time.

It appears, that despite his mother’s early death, someone in Enos’ past may have had a positive influence on him. He was especially known for his kindness. Somehow, he was blessed to receive a little education, probably typical of frontier times, in that he was able to read and sign his name.

In 1812, the United States was involved in another war with England. Much of that ware was fought in New York where the Curtis family lived. Many able bodied men of that state enlisted, coming to the aid of their threatened country. Edmond Curtis was no exception. Joining a cause he believed in, he fought valiantly for his country and gave his life during the decisive battle at Fort Erie, on 17 Sep 1814. He was fifty-one years old then, leaving Martha a widow at age forty-six.

By the time of his father’s death, Enos was thirty-one, married, and living in Pennsylvania. When Enos was twenty-two, he married fifteen-year old Ruth Frankin, daughter of John (1749-1831) and Abigail Fuller (1753-1834) Franklin of Sterling, Windham, Connecticut. It is not know how they happened to meet but they were married in New York City, on 15 Dec 1905 (just a week before the Prophet Joseph Smith was born). There is a question of whether they were living in that city at the time or if they had traveled there especially to be married.

Three years later, they were living in Pennsylvania, apparently at various time in Rutland and Sullivan townships, or their land was between the two townships in Tioga County, which is situated on the mid-northern edge of Pennsylvania, bordering Steuben County, New York. Here their first child, a daughter named Lydia, was born on 5 Feb 1809. She lived only 18 months, dying 9 July 1809, but was the first of fourteen children. She was followed by Maria (1810-1841), Martha (1812-1834), Edmond (1814-1815), Jeremiah (1815-1816), Seth (1817-1817), Simmons Philander (1818-1880), twins, John White (1820-1902) and David Avery (1820-1885), Ezra Houghton (1822-1915), Ruth (1825-1825), Ursula (1826-1902), Sabrina (1829-1890), and Celestia, born after Enos and Ruth joined the Church (1832-1891). Four of these children, two sons and two daughters, died young, and the other nine, six daughters and three sons, lived to grow up and marry.

I am descended from Ursula who married Araham Durfee and had Mahala Ruth Durfee who married Samuel Parker, Jr., the grandson of Alpheus and Anna Nash Gifford. This is the young couple whose grandparents had been close friends and neighbors, one (Alpheus Gifford) instrumental in the conversion of the other (Enos Curtis).

Sometime in the mid to late 1820’s, Enos and Ruth’s third daughter, Martha, became acquainted with Elial Strong from Vermont. They were married in early 1827 when he was eighteen, and she, following in the footsteps of her mother, was only fifteen. The Strongs apparently had a farm in the eastern neighboring county of Bradford at Columbia. Enos and Ruth became grandparents on 14 January 1828, when Martha gave birth to a son they named Ozias Strong. It is possible that Elial Strong was possibly from the same area of Vermont as Daniel Bowen (1801-1880) who was an acquaintance of the Strong’s, who was either visiting or lived in Columbia. Daniel was from Shaftsberry, Bennington, Vermont.

Evidently, some of the near neighbors of Enos and Ruth, in Sullivan, were Levi (1798-1860) and Deborah Wing (1794-1877) Gifford. Apparently, Levi’s older brother, Alpheus Gifford (1793-1841), who was an independent preacher, had at one time lived in Sullivan, then in Hector, Schuyler County, New York, then had come back to live in Rutland, Tioga County. It was possible that while in New York, he had been blessed to hear the gospel of the restoration preached. It is wondered if he somehow met with Samuel Smith, the first missionary and brother of the Prophet Joseph, for Alpheus was baptized in 1830. He took to heart the revelation given to the Prophet Joseph, in December 1830 (D&C 36:5-7) that those who had embraced the gospel and been ordained Elders should be sent forth as missionaries to preach the gospel and call people to repentance. It must have been early in 1831 when he was ordained an Elder at Kirtland, Geauga, Ohio.

It is believed that Elder Alpheus Gifford first taught the gospel to his brother Levi who then shared it with his neighbor Enos Curtis. Then Enos and Levi, and some accounts say, Alpheus, traveled to Bradford County, to tell Enos’ son-in-law Elial Strong and daughter Martha the good news. Elial was baptized in June of 1831. they must have then shared it with the Strong’s neighbor, Eleazer Miller (1795-1876) who was baptized six months later in December 1831 by Levi Gifford. They then taught others in the area who had an interest, such as Abraham Brown (1806-1838) and Daniel Bowen.

There are differing accounts about who was involved and exactly what happened after this. Though some members of this group had not yet been baptized, they were apparently very interested in the things Elder Gifford was teaching. They decided to travel north with Elder Alpheus Gifford to visit with the Prophet Joseph in Kirtland so they could learn more. It may have been on their return trip that they passed through the area of Mendon, Monroe County, and Victor, Ontario County, New York. Some accounts say it was mid-summary; others in the fall or nearly winter of 1831.

Earlier, in the prior year, 1830, shortly after the formal organization of the Church, in mid to late April, Samuel Smith came to the area of Mendon where the Young and Kimball families lived. Much of the following is drawn from Brigham and Heber by Stanley B. Kimball, Larson, Clinton F., et al, Brigham Young University Studies, Volume 33, pp. 397-399, Provo, UT, BYU Press, 1959-1996. “He (Samuel) happened to visit Tomlinson’s Inn in Lima, eight miles southwest of Mendon, and proceeded to interrupt the lunch of the first person he saw who, providentially was Phineas Young (1799-1879), an itinerant preacher for the Methodist Episcopal Reformed Church and Brigham Young’s (1801-1877) brother. Samuel talked Phineas into buying a copy of the Book of Mormon – perhaps the single most important copy ever sold. Phineas read the book and in quick succession so did his father, John Young (1763-1839), his widowed sister Fanny Young Carr (1787-1859), his brother Brigham, and ‘many others,’ most of whom accepted it. It is believed that Heber C. Kimball (1801-1868) also read the same copy.”

Shortly after this group had read the Book of Mormon, there came some missionaries, lead by Alpheus Gifford, from Rutland, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. He was traveling with his brother Levi and four friends – Elial Strong, Eleazer Miller, Enos Curtis, and Abraham Brown (some accounts say Daniel Bowen). Some of these men were apparently still investigating the new faith. Alpheus was possibly the only one ordained an Elder, though other records say Enos was also an Elder by this time. If this is so, he may have felt less experienced at preaching, as most accounts indicate that Alpheus was the leader. The group was sharing the gospel along the way as they traveled and in the course of this ‘mission,’ they came to the house of Phineas Young in Victor, New York. Some have thought that Elder Gifford knew that Phineas had a copy of the Book of Mormon and the visit was a follow-up, or perhaps because Phineas had read the book, he invited Elder Gifford and his companions into his home to preach to his relatives and neighbors.

Learning of this, five miles away, in Mendon, and prompted by curiosity, Heber and Brigham came to the meeting at Phineas’ while clapboard home to hear the Mormon Elders. That evening, they heard the simple, and direct message of early Mormon missionaries. They found that Elder Gifford’s statements and those shared by the others to be earnest, simple convictions of the new prophet, and the new faith. Elder Gifford related “that a holy angel had been commissioned from the heavens, who had committed the Everlasting Gospel and restored the Holy Priesthood unto men as at the beginning.”

How much Alpheus Gifford knew or told of Joseph Smith’s 1820 vision and Joseph’s calling to be the new prophet is now known, but the missionaries surely related how Joseph received and translated the Book of Mormon and organized the Church of Jesus Christ in New York in 1830. In Heber C. Kimball’s writings, he noted that Elder Gifford called upon all men everywhere to repent and be baptized for the remission of sins, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost; and these things should follow those that believe, viz., they should cast out devils in the name of Jesus, they would speak in tongues, etc., and that the Lord had restored these things was because the people had transgressed the laws, changed the ordinances, and broken the Everlasting Covenant. The accent was on new revelation from God and the reopening of the heavens.

One sermon was enough for both Brigham and Heber. Even though some of the preachers were not yet members, they still gave their witness and the Spirit penetrated Heber’s heart for he later wrote of that occasion, “As soon as I heard from them, I was convinced that they taught the truth, and I was constrained to believe their testimony. I saw that I had only received a part of the ordinances under the Baptist Church. I also saw and heard the gifts of the spirit manifested in them, for I heard them speak and interpret and also sing in tongues which tended to strengthen my faith more and more. Brigham Young and myself were constrained, by the Spirit, to bear testimony of the truth, and when we did this, the power of God rested on us.”

Years later, Enos’ son Ezra H. Curtis, told a little more about what happened at the time the missionaries came to New York where Brigham Young was living. After the meeting at Phineas,’ Brigham hurried home to his wife, Miriam, who was very sick in bed with tuberculosis. He went to his room and prayed to the Lord, asking that, “If this religion is true He would send the missionaries to his home, that they might pray for his sick wife and also explain the gospel to her.” The next night, as the missionaries were passing his home, they were impressed with the tidiness of his yards and said something like, “Any man who takes that much pride in his home is worth visiting,” so they called at Brigham’s home. Brigham was watching from the window to see if his prayer would be answered. He hurriedly opened the door and welcomed them in. They administered to his wife and she seemed more at ease. Brigham told them he had prayed for them to come and that he had faith that his wife could be healed.

Based on the time frame, it seems likely that before teaching the Kimballs and Youngs, the group of friends had already been in Kirtland. It is not known if while there they had met or visited with the Prophet Joseph Smith, but whether or not they did, apparently, by this time, Enos Curtis was thoroughly converted for records state that he was baptized in 1831 by Lyman Wight (1796-1858) who was in Kirtland during the early summer of 1831. How Enos Curtis met Elder Wight has not been recorded, but history says that Elder Wight was in Missouri by August 1831, so the baptism had to have taken place before this time. It is not known at this time exactly when Ruth Curtis accepted the gospel.

After the impressive visit of missionaries from Rutland, Tioga County and Columbia, Bradford, Pennsylvania, Heber C. Kimball and Brigham Young talked about the things they had learned and experienced. As they were doing this, they had a spiritual experience together concerning the future of the Church. Of this they later said that the “glory of God shone upon us, and we saw the gathering of the Saints to Zion, and the glory that would rest upon them; and many more things connected with that great event, such as the sufferings and persecutions….” This encouraged them to plan a trip to the nearest Church branch 130 miles south of Mendon.

A group went in January 1832. Heber took his horse and sleigh and, accompanied by Brigham and Phineas and their wives, Miriam and Clarissa, traveled to the nearest branch of the Church to learn more about the gospel. This was at Columbia (now called Columbia Crossroads), Bradford County, Pennsylvania. This was the branch where Enos Curtis’ daughter Martha and her husband, Elial Strong, lived. Also nearby were their new friends and Elder Alpheus Gifford. Vilate Kimball stayed in Mendon to care for the children.

The Young/Kimball group stayed in Pennsylvania about six days, so that they could attend the Mormon meetings there. They heard the members speak in tongues, interpret, and prophesy. Heber C. Kimball’s account reveals that he was fully converted. For some reason, however, none of them were baptized at that time. Later, at the end of March, Brigham’s father John and his brothers Phineas and Joseph Young returned again to the Pennsylvania branch to seek baptism. Both John and Phineas were baptized 5 Apr 1832, Phineas by Elder Ezra Landon. It is not recorded who baptized John Young. Joseph Young was baptized 6 Apr 1832 by Enos’ son-in-law Elial Strong.

It appears that the Columbia missionaries, including Enos Curtis, with the new baptized Youngs, then traveled north again, back to Mendon, where on 14 Apr 1832 Brigham Young was baptized by Elder Eleazer Miller, and Heber C. Kimball was baptized the next day by Elder Alpheus Gifford. Elder Eleazer Miller has been baptized by Elder Levi Gifford, Alpheus Gifford’s younger brother and Enos Curtis’ friend. At this time, Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball were 31, Eleazer Miller was 37, Alpheus was 38, Levi was 33, Enos was 48, and Elial Strong was 24-30 (records of his DOB vary).

Many others who had heard the preaching came into the Church at this time. The missionaries helped them establish a strong branch in Mendon which included the following who had been taught by Alpheus, Enos, and their group of missionaries: John Young and Hannah B. Young, Brigham Young and Miriam Works Young, Phineas H. Young and Clarissa Young, Joseph Young, Lorenzo D. Young and Persis Young, John P. Greene and Rhoda Young Greene and children, Joel Sanford and Louisa Young Sanford, Fanny Young Carr (widow then, later married Vilate Kimball’s brother Roswell Murray), Isaac Flummerfelt and wife and children, Ira Bond and Charlotte, Heber C. Kimball and Vilate Murray Kimball, Rufus Parks, John Morton and Betsy, Nathan Tomlinson (in whose house Phineas had met Samuel H. Smith), Israel Barlow and mother, brother, and sisters.

Two months later, early in June, Elder Enos Curtis and his son-in-law, Elial Strong, and their friend Eleazer Miller, accompanied Phineas and Joseph Young as they set out on a mission to Canada. Phineas later wrote: “We labored in Canada about six weeks with great success, raised the first branch in British America, and returned home rejoicing.” (Elden Jay Watson, comp., Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844 [Salt Lake City: Elder J. Watson, 1968], pp. xxiv-xxv). Information from the book Heroes of the Restoration, Heber C. Kimball, Common Man, Uncommon Servant, by Jeffrey R. Holland, footnote 19, Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, 1997.)

Apparently, after this mission, the Curtis family thought it best to stay in Rutland for they did not go to live in Kirtland as many others did. That fall, on 13 Sept 1832, their second daughter, Maria, married the afore mentioned Abraham Brown and settled in Guyandot, Lawrence, Ohio. There they had two children, Elizabeth (1833-1914) and Isaac.

By 1834, many Latter-day Saints had gathered and settled on Missouri land, first in Jackson, then in Caldwell and Clay Counties. But local feeling was rapidly growing hostile against the Mormon settlers. In a revelation, Joseph Smith was commanded by the Lord to take a group of Elders to Missouri to see if they could stop the trouble. So was formed the famous Zion’s Camp march. Elial Strong was asked to join the group. Sadly, he was one of those who died of cholera on the journey. This was followed by another sad event late that year, 22 Dec 1834, when Elial’s widowed wife, Enos and Ruth’s daughter, Martha Strong, died, leaving her six-year old son Ozias Strong an orphan. It is very likely that he was taken into the home of his grandparents and raised by them, for he grew up true and faithful to the Church and his life intertwined often with theirs in later years.

It is not known when the Curtis family decided to join with the saints in Missouri. But their friend, Alpheus, and his wife Anna Nash (1800-1879) Gifford, paid honor to Enos when their ninth child was born on 14 Feb 1837 at Log Creek, Caldwell County, Missouri, and they named him Enos Curtis Gifford. By then, the Curtis’ and their children and grandson were likely living in Clay County.

During the late 1830’s, the atmosphere in Missouri became difficult in the saints. Many families lost nearly everything as mobs combined and angrily destroyed homes and farms. The Enos Curtis family was no exception. In 1839, Lyman Wight was given the assignment to gather statements of the losses of the saints. In a Redress Petition, Enos Curtis made statements concerning his personal losses. From their move from Rutland to Missouri, he lost $300. Because of being driven from Clay County to Caldwell County, he lost $150. He says that their home was plundered of clothing and furniture at a loss of $200. They lost their crops, including corn and potatoes totaling $100, cattle and hogs came to $50, two destroyed bee stands came to $8, and four muskets $40. He tallied the loss of their land at $409. Being driven from Missouri came to $500. The total of their losses was $1648. Enos signed the same saying, “I Do Certify the above account to Be Just and true according to the Best of my Knowledge, Enos Curtis” (Clark V. Johnson Dr., ed. Mormon Redress Petitions. Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, 1992, State of Missouri, p. 175.)

His twenty-one year old son, Simons P. Curtis, gave an affidavit which follows:

“I, Simons P. Curtis, a resident of Quincy, Adams County, Illinois, certify that in the year 1838, I was a citizen of Caldwell County, Missouri, residing in the city of Far West. Also that I went in search of a lost steer, and passing by Captain Bogart’s camp, while he was guarding the city, I saw the hide and feet of said steer, which I knew to be mine; the flesh of which I suppose they applied to their own use.

I also certify that Wiley E. Williams, one of the Governor’s aids, who was gunkeeper, caused me to pay thirty-seven and a half cents to him. I also paid twenty-five cents to a justice of the peace to qualify me to testify that the gun was mine. The said Wiley El Williams is said to be the one that carried the story to Governor Boggs, which story was the cause of the exterminating order being issued, as stated by the Governor in said order. Simons P. Curtis (this was sworn to before C.M. Woods, Clerk Circuit Court, Adams County, Illinois, on May 9, 1839. (DHC, edited by BH Roberts, pp. 67-68)

Currently, in the year 2002, the guides who take visitors on a wagon ride around the north part of old Nauvoo make reference to the Redress Petitions filed by the Saints at the request of the Prophet. They indicate that they largest estimate of loss was turned in by a Brother Nelson who reported a loss of $5,000 for property and $500,000 for “loss of liberty.” In contrast, the smallest amount reported was 63 cents, by Simons Curtis. Apparently, the front site of his rifle had been damaged in a scuffle.

The dates here indicate that by 1839, the Curtis’ had removed to Illinois to be with the main body of the Church. After Maria’s husband, Abraham Brown, died on 12 May 1838, she must have come from Ohio to be with her parents, for within the year, Maria married Milo Everett (1814-after 1861), who had joined the Church in 1832, in Westfield, Chautauqua County, New York.

After all the years of struggle, their children had grown up and several were thinking of starting families of their own. In 1840, two of Enos and Ruth’s sons, Simmons and John, were married in Nauvoo. John married Almira Starr, of Connecticut on 13 May 1840, and Simmons married Emmeline Buchanan of Lexington, Kentucky on 4 July 1840.

Sadly, Enos and Ruth’s daughter Maria Brown died on 5 May 1841, in Nauvoo, leaving two granddaughters for Enos and Ruth to raise. Maria’s husband, Milo Everett, was ordained an Elder in 1842 by Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball, but he must have become confused during the upheaval of the Nauvoo persecutions and leadership changes, for he is listed as a member of the reorganized church in 1861.

In October 1841, son David married Amanda Ann Starr, younger sister to Almira. This marriage left four of the ten children unmarried, not counting grandchildren. Their youngest, Celestia, born after they joined the Church, was nine years old.

After a period of recovery and intensive building, things began to get tense again for the saints early in 1844. Lies were spread by several apostate groups who felt tremendous hatred toward the Church and the Prophet. Despite heartaches and hardships, Enos and Ruth Curtis remained faithful to the gospel and continued to serve wherever they could. Like the other saints living in or near Nauvoo, they especially suffered just before and after the death of the Prophet Joseph.

A touching incident occurred during the time of persecutions and martyrdom in which Enos’ sons were out on the prairies putting up wild hay. Becoming worried about his sons, Enos rode out in the night to get them. They had been asleep, but were awakened by the noise of a horseman coming toward their camp. They were very quite frightened as they lived with the anxiety and nervousness of a people who constantly feared the mob. Enos had a peculiar cough and as he rode toward them, he happened to cough, which caused them to sigh in great relief and say to the others who were with them, “Do not fear. It is father.” But the group had a real race with a nearby mob, who laid in ambush and chased them all the way home.

Violence continued to increase against the Saints. Ruth and her children used to hide in the woods to avoid the mobs. When it rained, they used a blanket as a tent.

Another story shows what effect their hardships had on Enos’ wife Ruth, who was only forty-five in 1844. This was preserved by a granddaughter, Chloe Spencer Durfee (1864-1964), who was born in Utah to Enos and Ruth’s youngest daughter, Celestia Curtis Durfee and her husband, Jabez (1828-1883). Chloe’s mother told her that while the mobs were doing their vicious raids, two or three families would gather together in one home for protection. On one such occasion, the mob came to the home of Enos Curtis, but the men were away.

The mob ordered the occupants out of the house. The family told them that Grandmother Ruth Franklin Curtis was ill and could not leave the house. The mob left but came back a second and third time and finally set fire to the house. The women carried Grandmother out on a sheet. As the men folks heard about the raid, they rushed back and carried Grandmother away in a wagon as she could not walk. The mob even chased the wagon, but they finally got away.

Some notes have been preserved which show Enos’s position and activity in the Church at that time, taken at Quincy, Illinois, on 1 Sept 1844, by Henry Pinney, Clerk.

At a stake conference at which Enos Curtis was president, it was resolved that Moses Jones, Silas Maynard and W.B. Corbitt be recommended to the High Priests’ Quorum to be ordained as high priests. Six were received into the Church by recommendations from other places. Brother Thompson was directed to be sent to hire a room to hold meetings in for the next three months. Elder Corbitt addressed the conference from Romans 2 and made some remarks on the late epistle of the Twelve. Elder McKensie also addressed the conference. Bros. Hollinghead and Corey were ordained priests. The Lord’s supper was administered; the minutes directed to be published in the Times and Seasons, and the conference adjourned three months. Enos Curtis, President. (Times and Seasons, Edited by Ebenezer Robinson, et al., 6 vols., p. 725, Commerce, Illinois, and Nauvoo, Illinois, 1839-1846, Carmack, John K.)

So, between the mobbing times, they still tried to keep things as normal as possible and serve Heavenly Father by worshipping and carrying on the business of the Church.

Another affidavit was made by Enos Curtis concerning mob action in Illinois. This took place at Hancock County, State of Illinois.

“On the 25th day of October, A.D. 1845, personally appeared before me, E.A. Bedell, one of the justices of the peace in and for said county, Enos Curtis, who after being duly sworn according to law deposeth and saith—that on or about the eighteenth day of October A.D. 1845, in the Morley Settlement in said county he saw two houses and three stables burning and also saw two mobbets armed with guns going away from the same. And the deponent further saith that on Monday the twenty-first inst. he saw another house burning, said to belong to the widow Boss containing her potatoes and other vegetables. And further the deponent saith not. Signed, Enos Curtis. Subscribed and sworn to before me this 25th day of October, A.D. 1845. Signed, E.A. Bedell, J.P. (DHC, edited by BH Roberts, p. 488-489.)

Being with their friends and leaders of the Church was very important to the Curtis family. Even though there were tremendous threatenings, the Curtis family remained in the Nauvoo area for nearly two years after the martyrdom.

An incident around this time further indicates that Enos was a main of faith. The Curtis family was traveling across the Mississippi River on a ferryboat with another family named Stowell going from Montrose, Iowa to Nauvoo. While on the river, a terrific wind came up. Because some other people had previously gone down the rapids below the ferry crossing, there was much anxiety and excitement. The people on shore began shouting and screaming for help. The wind became even stronger so much that it appeared that it would break the cable that controlled the ferry. When this happened, Enos Curtis raised his arm to the square and commanded the wind to take them to shore. It ceased its velocity and changed so the ferry drifted to shore and both families were saved. However, as soon as they were safely on shore, the gale began as fiercely as before.

After all the hard labor, it must have been wonderful joy to the Curtis family when the Nauvoo temple was finally completed. A day of rejoicing happened for Enos and Ruth on 1 Jan 1846, when they were able to attend the temple and receive their own endowments. Five days later they were sealed for time and eternity. Such comforting blessings were a great strength to the saints as they recognized they must again abandon their homes and face the unknown wilderness. Their twin sons, John and David, age twenty-six, and Ezra H., age twenty-four, also received their endowments early that year.

Not much later, on 4 Feb 1846, the main body of saints was driven across the Mississippi. Then the Curtis family was again without a home just as they’d been a few short years before in Missouri. Ruth was very ill when they crossed the Mississippi River and journeyed on to Council Bluffs. Finally, after a long cold tiring journey, the family stopped to gather with the saints again at Winter Quarters, Iowa. While in Iowa, Ezra Houghton, the Curtis’ youngest son, married Lucinda McKenny Carter (1831-1904) and Ursula Curtis, their fifth daughter, was married to Abraham Durfee (1826-1862), my great-great-great grandparents.

Enos and Ruth’s family as well as several of their married children’s families lived near each other in Iowa, working together making preparations to head west when the proper time came. On 26 April 1848, emigration records say that Brigham Young left Winter Quarters and organized a company in three divisions for emigration across the plains and mountains from the Missouri River to Salt Lake City. Enos Curtis, and two other unrelated men, Theodore and Joseph with the last name of Curtis, were numbered in one of these groups.

But before they were able to leave, Ruth came to the end of her suffering, when she passed away near Council Bluffs on 6 May 1848. When this occurred, Enos recognized that he’d have to face the journey west without his loving companion of forty-five years. This must have been a great disappointment to him, their children, and their grandchildren, as they sensed the challenges which lie ahead and how much they would miss her. Ruth Franklin Curtis, age fifty-eight years, was lovingly buried in that area. Brigham Young said of her, “She shall wear a martyr’s crown.” Then, a little less than a month later, the group left the Elkhorn on 1 June 1848, and began the long journey westward which lasted until 24 September 1848 when they finally arrived in Great Salt Lake, ready to start a new life.

Once in the Valley, sixty-seven year old Enos Curtis was likely feeling lonely and overwhelmed with the needs of his still large group of dependents. Yet he was ever willing to be a blessing to others who had more challenges than himself. He became aware of the situation of a thirty-seven year old widow, Tamma Durfee Miner (1813-1885). Sister Miner was an older sister of Enos’ daughter Ursula’s husband, Abraham, by thirteen years.

Tamma and her seven children, Polly, Orson, Moroni, Mormon, Matilda, Alma Lindsey, and Don Carlos, had come across the plains in 1850. Two of the Miner’s daughters, Sylvia and Melissa, had died previously. Despite their age difference of twenty-six years,
Tamma and Enos had quite a lot in common. Besides having both experienced the drivings and persecutions of the saints, they each carried a strong testimony of the truth in their hearts along with a strong desire to help build up the Kingdom of God on the earth. Also, each had lost cherished spouses in Iowa. Tamma’s husband, Albert Miner, had died of exhaustion and exposure on 3 Jan 1848, at Garden Grove. At that time, their youngest child was not yet two years old and the oldest, not quite 16. This put tremendous responsibility on Tamma’s older children to help the family survive and to accomplish their goal to come west.

After her husband’s death, in order to save for the trek, Tamma put her able children our to work for their board and keep. She also worked very hard for two years to earn money for wagons and supplies they needed for the journey to Utah. Coming across the plains with Captain William Snow’s company had taken tremendous effort and nearly all of her strength. In her own history, she said they had landed in the valley and were taken in for two weeks time by a family named Wilcox. They were without a home or anyone to hunt one for them. She felt so very grateful when with kindness, Enos Curtis came to her and said he would furnish her and her children a home. Winter was coming and that is what they needed. So Enos and Tamma were married 20 October 1850. The combined families all lived in a house built by Enos and his sons that first winter near the Jordon River.

Winter presented them with more challenges. Tamma said that she and her children all came down with erysipelas in the throat. This illness is a streptococcus infection of intense inflammation. It greatly weakened Tamma’s oldest son, Orson, so that he passed away on 5 March 1851, at the age of 17. This was a very sad day for the Miner/Curtis family. Orson was such a loving, kind, good-natured person. It was partly his determination and strength that had made it possible for the Miner family to make it to the Valley as he was the driver for one of their wagons on the trek. Apparently, Enos and his children managed to stay well despite close exposure to the disease.

Thankfully, the spring of 1851 brought the rest of the family health and new hope. Brigham Young sent several groups of men out to survey the area for new settlements. Among these were the twins, John White Curtis, David Avery Curtis, Enos’ 23-year old grandson, Ozias Strong, and 21-year old Albert Starr (1830-1901), brother of John and David’s wives. They returned to report on the conditions in and around the area of Springville. This looked to be an excellent place to settle.

In April, 1851, Enos and Tamma’s group, along with John and David and their families, and Ozias Strong, moved to Springville, where they got a farm and a place to build. Moroni Miner, a stepson of Enos’ recalled, when he was 100 years old, how hard the two families struggled there to build a home. They were so anxious to have one of their own, that they were willing to go through any hardships. They built two large rooms with a shop and a patio between them.

In Tamma’s history, she said they all got along first rate. This wonderful expression of a second wife says a lot. Enos was surely a very exemplary man, showing others how to follow the Savior. He treated his step-children well. Moroni said that Enos always treated them as a kind, loveable and patient father. Tamma said that he and his sons and her boys all worked together to grow wheat and grain and stock so they could pay their tithing. Through this marriage, Enos and Tamma were blessed with four more children. On 18 Oct 1851, a baby named Clarissa was born. Fourteen days earlier, Tamma’s oldest daughter, 19-year old Polly, was sealed in marriage to Dominicus Carter (1806-1884). Polly was his fifth wife. Brother Carter was from Provo. Eventually, they were blessed with eight children.

Enos had several skills that were a great blessing to his family and others. He was an excellent carpenter and could make chairs and other kinds of furniture. He was an excellent teacher took, for his stepsons, Moroni and Mormon, also became very good carpenters and builders as well. Enos also knew the skills of a wheelright. Such abilities were very important for those times. All of the Miner children said that Enos was like their own father to them.

But his concern went beyond his home and family. Enos was ready to help anyone. Regardless of weather conditions, he went any hour of the day or night to administer to and help the sick.

In 1852, Enos was ordained a Patriarch by Heber C. Kimball, Parley P. Pratt, George A. Smith, and John Taylor. He was always closely associated with President Brigham Young. Their friendship was life long. Because of this connection, Moroni Minor, Enos’ stepson, recalls walking with his mother to President Young’s office when she went to him to seek advice. Another occasion of note happened in June of that year when Enos’ grandson, 34-year old Ozias Strong, married Mary Elizabeth Mendenhall. Eventually, they were blessed with a family of ten children.

On 23 February 1853, another child was born to Enos and Tamma. They named her Belinda. The Curtis family were always delighted to receive more children into their home. They knew the value of life and understood the purpose of it. Faithfully living the gospel was extremely important to them.

During the summer of 1853, the Indians had become a real problem. Back in November of 1851, some settlers had learned that certain Mexican’s carrying licenses signed by the James C. Calhoon, Governor and superintendent of Indian affairs of New Mexico, sometimes came into Ute territory to trade horses for firearms or Ute children and squaws. These unfortunates then became slaves to the Mexicans. The firearms were sold to the Navajos who were at war with the United States. This practice was considered kidnapping and a treasonous act by laws of the territory. When it was learned that such a group of men were in the Sanpete Valley on a trading trip, a warning was sent to tell them they were breaking the law. But they ignored the warning, saying they didn’t care and could do whatever they wanted. As a result, they were arrested and taken to court before a Justice of the Peace in Manti. The traders lost the case and were ordered to release their slaves and leave the territory.

But before these men left the area, they decided to avenge themselves. They spent considerable effort stirring up native Indians and sold them guns and ammunition, contrary to the laws of the territory and the United States. The result was that things became more and more tense for the saints in several communities. This was not too surprising as some native Ute Indians had begun to feel somewhat threatened by the Mormon disdain for slavery and the continual flow of new emigrants. And even more so, as pioneer settlements began to spread southward into traditional Ute lands, due to the invitation of Chief Walker or Wakara. However, other smaller groups of that tribe didn’t see things the same way he did and sometimes they simply changed their minds about what they’d previously said.

These feelings of hatred spread around various groups and the Indians became much less friendly. They began to steal grain from the fields and run off the livestock of the settlers. They especially liked stealing horses. Brigham Young’s policy that “it is cheaper to feed the Indians than fight them” had been helpful and previously had kept the Utes from causing them much concern. But by the spring of 1853, Indians even began shooting arrows at or near the settlers to frighten them.

On July 18, at Fort Payson, Indians came to get food and were given it as usual. Then some of them turned and shot Alexander Keel, who was standing guard. They later said they killed him because another settler, somewhere else, had interfered with an Indian who was severely beating his squaw. So began what was called the “Walker War.” The settlers were sure that more trouble was ahead and left their homes to gather for safety inside local forts. Then began a series of ambush attacks by the Indians on many settlers over the next few months. Eventually, scores of white people were killed as well as Indians including a Captain Gunnison who was in the area surveying for the government. This of course was very upsetting to the saints.

Right at the beginning of the trouble, President Young had sent a message to “Captain Walker” telling him he was “a fool for fighting his best friends.” With the note he had included gifts with the promise of beef cattle and flour if Chief Walker would encourage his people to make a peace agreement. Brigham Young tried several times during the next frustrating months to convince them to stop their aggression.

On 4 May 1854, Brigham Young and several apostles began a journey to central Utah to seek a peace treaty with the Indians. They took with them several other community leaders. The company consisted of 82 men, 14 women, and 5 children. They traveled in 34 carriages with 95 animals. Enos Curtis was one of those asked to accompany Church leaders on this important mission. The group arrived at Refreshment Springs by May 10, where they were organized to prepare for their meeting. They then traveled to Chicken Creek, near Levan, where they met with the Indians on May 12 hoping to effect a treaty. President Young was gracious as well as very generous with the Indians. After a long talk the Indians finally, realized that it was a mistake to continue the war. The peace pipe was passed around and a treaty entered into. Peace was finally established again.

President Young’s group then continued to travel southward visiting and speaking at the settlements along the way near Fillmore. As they went they saw that much work had done and that grain had been planted for the Indians which was an important part of the treaty agreement.

The group returned north to the Springville area again by late May. Tamma was grateful to have her husband back. Enos was happy to be home again and to share the good news. The settlers were very appreciative that things had been worked out with Indians. As a result, life in settlement became much less stressful and the people could concentrate on other important matters.

A little over a year later on 12 June 1855, Enos and Tamma received another gift from heaven. This time two bundles of joy came to their family. Tamma named her babies. Adelia and Amelia. However, the Curtis’s were only able to enjoy little Adelia for a few short months as she became ill before she was a eight months old and passed away.

In October of that year, Tamma’s 15-year old daughter Matilda was married to Enos’ son John White Curtis. She was John’s second wife. John’s first wife, Almira, was nearly an invalid; so Matilda raised her two children as well as bearing 14 of her own, four of these died young.

In the spring of 1856, Tamma notice that Enos did not have his usual vigor and he complained of not feeling well. He kept on working for awhile until at last he felt so miserable he couldn’t work. He tried taking something to help him and thought he felt better for awhile, but then he got worse again. Tamma said when he passed away on 1 June 1856 it was just like he was going to sleep. He was 76 years of age. The scriptures say that death is sweet to the righteous (D&C 42:46).

So ended the earthly journey of Enos Curtis, ever diligent and faithful to the last. Those who had known him always thought of him with great love and respect for he had always tried his best to be a good person. Family, neighbors and distant friends mourned his passing. Enos was surely welcomed by many previously departed loved ones as he passed through the veil to the other side.

Tamma was left a widow again after only five and a half of marriage. With Enos’ help, she had been able to raise her children in a much better way than would have been the case otherwise. Still living at home were her four unmarried her sons by Albert, Moroni soon to be 21, Mormon, age 18, Alma Lindsey, 14 years, and Don Carlos, age 12. Also, her three living daughters by Enos, Clarissa, age five, Belinda, 3 years, and Amelia, nearly a year old. She said that they continued to live in Springville City where they farmed and raised wheat and stock and paid their tithing.

The following year, 1857, John White Curtis, 5th son of Enos and Ruth, asked Tamma to be his wife. Possibly, he and his wife, Matilda, had discussed her mother’s situation and decided that by his marrying Tamma he’d they’d both be in a better position to help her. John, observing the example of his father, Enos, was also a person who cared for others who were in need. He and Tamma were married at April Conference in Salt Lake City. Tamma was seven years older than John. This made a rather unusual situation, for him to be married to both a mother and her daughter. But these two families had always worked well together to accomplish their goals. They really cared about each other. A happy event came to both Tamma and Matilda when each had little daughters in January of 1858. Matilda had Ellen on January 4, and Tamma gave birth to Marriette on the 16th, at the age of 45.

Tamma lived another 27 years, married to John White Curtis, longer than either of her previous marriages. She continued ever faithful in her labor of love to raise her children. She was blessed to be able to watch most of them grow up and accomplish good things and have families of their own. She died at Provo, on 30 January 1885, lacking just a couple of months of being 72 years old.

Before her death, she recorded the memories of her life. In those she said, “I do feel highly honored to be numbered with the Latter-day Saints.” The diligent and purposeful life of Enos Curtis expresses without words that he felt very much the same.

SOURCE: First Converts in my Ancestry blog, Scott Hepworth, http://firstconvertsinmyancestry.blogspot.com/2010/08/enos-and-ruth-franklin-curtis.html

“Moroni Miner – 100 Years:

…Albert Miner (Moroni’s father) became ill from exposure and exhaustion and died January 4, 1848, on the Iowa plains. His wife (Tamma Durfee) was left with seven children, four boys and three girls. One baby, Melissa, two years of age, had died during their persecution. Tamma put her older children out to work for their board and keep, and she worked to earn money to buy a wagon and teams for the journey to Utah. The family lived in Garden Grove until June of 1850 when they started to Utah. Mrs. Minor had two yoke of oxen and two yoke of cows. Her eldest son, Orson, drove one team and she drove the other. Moroni and Mormon walked all the way and drove their cattle.
The Miners arrived in Utah in September, 1850, and settled on land near the Jordan River. Here Mrs. Miner suffered another tragedy when her son, Orson, age seventeen, died of fever. moroni, now fifteen years of age, took over the many duties his brother had carried. A short time later Mrs. Miner married Enos Curtis who had lost his wife in death and had been left with a large family. Enos Curtis was a patriarch and was closely associated with President Brigham Young. Moroni remembered walking with his mother to President young’s office to seek advice. the family moved to Springville in February, 1851. Mr. Curtis died in 1856 and his children continued to live with their step-mother and her family.”
Kate B. Carter, Our Pioneer Heritage, DUP, pg. 416-17

John White Curtis (Son of Enos Curtis, brother of Ezra Houghton Curtis):

Birth: Aug. 11, 1820Death: Oct. 7, 1902
John White Curtis joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints shortly after it was organized and was baptized 25th June 1832. He was endowed in Nauvoo Temple 27th January 1846. He married Almira Starr 13th May 1841. They crossed the plains in one of the first companies with his father, Enos Curtis and the rest of their families after burying their beloved mother, Ruth Franklin Curtis, in May 1848.

They left all their possessions and suffered all the hardships of pioneer life. They were taught the gospel by their own parents and by missionaries and were anxious to travel and be with the church leaders. They settled in Springville in May 1851.

Enos had married Tamma Durfee and shortly after arriving in Utah. She also had a family. Her husband, Albert Miner, died while crossing the Plains. The two families lived together in both Springville and Aurora, working together and sharing as one family.

John White lived near his father in Springville and Aurora. Both were good carpenters as they worked most of the time together, building, surveying and farming. John married Matilda Miner in 1855. His first wife was an invalid most of her life; so, Matilda raised her two children, Elial and Almira, besides fourteen of her own.

John White Curtis was a Civil War veteran. In 1872, he was made Captain of the guards in a militia organized for protection from the Indians, Sevier County. He was a Black Hawk Indian War Veteran. He was a faithful church worker and an honest tithe payer.

His first Aurora home was built of logs, later he built a more spacious rock house. He made some of his own furniture such as beds, tables, benches, stools and chairs. He had erysipelas of the bone, which crippled him a little and he used a cane to walk.

Story of Celestia Curtis (Enos’ Daughter):

Stories

Pioneer’s Information

Type of Pioneer: Early Pioneer

Pioneer’s Name: Durfee, Celestia Curtis

Birth Place: Ruthland, Tiago County, Pennsylvania
Date of Birth: Sat, 21 Apr, 1832
Date of Death: Wed, 17 Jun, 1891

Father: Enos Curtis
Mother: Ruth Franklin Curtis
Spouse: Jabez Durfee
Other Spouses:

Arrived in Utah: Mon, 17 Nov, 1856

Education:
Profession: House wife and Mother
Honors:
Civic Activities: Nurse
Church:

Authentic Mormon Pioneer: Yes

Excerpt from Pioneer Story:

The people were screaming for they thought there was no help for them. Celestia’s father (Enos Curtis) raised his hand and commanded the wind to cease and for the boat to stand still in the name of the Lord. The wind did cease and the boat stood still until the men on the bank could get ropes to them to pull them to safety.

Full Pioneer Story

HARDSHIPS HAVE THEIR REWARD
Submitted By: David T. Hinton (more stories by this author)

Born 21 April 1832 at Ruthland, Tiago County, Pennsylvania. A daughter of Enos and Ruth Franklin Curtis. This was two years after the Church was organized. Her father was away on a mission at the time of her birth. Her father was a Patriarch in the Church. He had preached the first sermon Brigham Young had ever heard, and helped in baptizing him. She was the youngest of 14 children.

The family was driven from place to place during the mobbing of the Saints. Celestia’s mother became very ill. The mob would come and order them out of their house. They would carry the mother outside on a sheet, when the mob would leave, they would carry her back in the house. This happened several times, then the mob came and set fire to their place and burned all they possessed, This time her mother had to lay out in the rain on a bed of peppermint leaves until the dark of night, when the men would be able to come and get her because they could not come and get her during the day for fear of the mob.

Ruth Franklin Curtis died the 6 May 1845 at Council bluffs, Pottawattamie Co., Iowa, from worry, excitement and exposure. Celestia was only 13 years of age at that time. She came to Utah with her father and others in the “Bill Miller’s”Company. (This Captain Bill Miller was not the one that dressed in disguise of Pres. Brigham Young.)

When they were crossing the Missouri River on a Ferry boat with all of their belongings a wind storm came up. It was taking them down in a whirlpool where all would have been lost; The people were screaming for they thought there was no help for them. Celestia’s father (Enos Curtis) raised his hand and commanded the wind to cease and for the boat to stand still in the name of the Lord. The wind did cease and the boat stood still until the men on the bank could get ropes to them to pull them to safety. Then the wind blew all night. They could hardly keep the wagons from blowing over. This happened on Celestia’s 18th birthday.

They reached Salt Lake City on the 17 Nov. 1856. They came with three oxen and one cow. They had bought a wagon from Jabez Durfee, he had made it all out of wood.

Celestia had nursed and taken care of Jabez’s mother, Magdelena, called Laney Pickle Durfee, when she was very ill. She asked Celestia if she would marry her son Jabez. His father, Edmond Durfee, had been killed by the mob.

She said she hated to die and leave Jabez alone. Celestia said, “I don’t even know whether he wants me for a wife or not.” At last she said if Celestia would promise to marry Jabez she could die easy. Celestia promised her she would marry Jabez. Laney Pickle died 17 May 1850 at Council Bluffs, Pottawatomie County, Iowa.

Celestia married Jabez Durfee 25 Dec. 1850 by a bishop and was later sealed in the Endowment House 21 Mar. 1857. They lived in Big Cottonwood, then later moved to Springville, where their first child, Maria, was born. Then Pres. Brigham Young called them to go to Cedar City, Iron County, Utah to help build it up. They lived there about 9 years where their sons Erastus and Elial and a daughter Deseret were born. Elial died when he was about 18 months old. He was buried there in Cedar City.

They planted the first orchard there and raised the first fruit. Jabez made the first molasses mill. One time when Pres. Brigham Young came there for Conference Celestia made some pies out of dried peeled peaches, sweetened with molasses they had made themselves. They thought that would be a fine treat for Pres. Young. It was a treat to them.

The Lord blessed them and they became more prosperous. When they were released from Cedar City they came back to Springville. After they began to get settled again a storm came up and they lost nearly all they had. Jabez made a wooden molasses mill to try to get a start again. Later he got some iron rollers. They fared better. They made their own candles out of tallow with a string in the middle of it to light it. Sometimes they would put grease in a dish with a rag in it to light. Jabez gave Celestia a present of a lamp the first she ever had that was when her daughter Chloe was a baby that was in 1864. At that time coal oil was $11 a gallon. Then in 1867 when John was a baby she got her first cook stove for Christmas. The first meal cooked on it was Christmas dinner. Celestia made her own soap by putting water on wood ashes then putting grease in it and boiling it until it was thick. She also made soap out of…… ? or alkali and boiling it with water and grease.

Jabez made a loom for Celestia she would weave cloth for clothes and carpets and rugs to help make a little money. They built a larger – 2 story brick home on main street in the south part of town. Upstairs they had a large room where the towns people danced and put on shows, a large orchard was planted on the land by the house. The children, Edmond, Chloe, John, LeGrand and Vilate were born after they moved back to Springville making 9 children in all.

Celestia had another great sadness come into her life when her daughter Deseret married George Holdaway and on Sept. 30,1878 gave birth to a little daughter. Deseret passed away leaving the little daughter for Celestia to raise. Celestia loved the baby with all her heart and raised her as one of her own.

They lived through the grasshopper war also the Indian uprising. Jabez did all the finishing work on the first meeting house in Springville. He was a carpenter by trade. Then in 1877 Jabez went to Willow Bend, later called Aurora to take up a homestead. He became a successful farmer. Celestia stayed in Springville, with the younger children, raising a garden taking care of the orchard, drying fruit. Then in the fall of 1879 she moved to Aurora. A ward was organized on a Sunday, Feb. 27, 1881. Jabez was made a Bishop and was a bishop until he died the 27 Dec. 1883.

Celestia carried on the work, also nursing the sick, caring for the dead. She was loved by all who knew her. Celestia Curtis Durfee died on 17 June 1891 in Aurora, Utah at the age of 59 years.

Chloe was born Aug 7, 1864. (She is the child who wrote this history?)

The year Jabez died had been a bountiful year. He raised 5,600 bushels of grain, besides a good deal of hay and other crops.

Sources:
Chloe Durfee wrote this story about her mother. Leora Tolman Hinton Celestia’s great grand daughter, my mother, retyped the story and it is in my possession at this time

Virtues: Courage, Hardship, Difficulty, Trials, Sacrifice
SOURCE: http://www.suplibrary.org/stories/detail.asp?id=342 (official Sons of Utah Pioneers website)

Enos Curtis, from Familysearch.org, Contributed By RVW:

CURTIS, ENOS NOTES
Pioneer 1st company with Brigham Young,
Taught Brigham Young gospel, Patriarch, Tamed Mississippi River
Stories of Mobs, Indians and a Settler

Received his Pat. Blessing 29 Sept. 1841 by Hiram Smith. P. Bling’s v. 4 p. 43.
Crossed the plains in 1st Division of Brigham Young Co. J.H. 31 Dec. 1848.

ENOS CURTIS
Compiled by Ella Curtis

Great Grandfather Enos Curtis had a patriarchal blessing given 29 September 1841 by Patriarch Hyrum Smith in Nauvoo, Illinois, It gives the name of his parents as Edmond and Polly Curtis.

Enos Curtis was born 9 October 1783 in Kinderhook, Columbia Country, New York. He married Ruth Franklin when he was about twenty-five years old or about 1806. He had a family of fourteen children, all born in Rutland and Sullivan Townships, Tiago County, Pennsylvania. Six of these children died before 1848.

Ref. ABrigham Young, >The Man and His Works@ by Preston Nibly, pages 5, 6, and 428.

Brigham Young says in the fall of 1831, five Mormon Elders (Alpheus Gifford and Elial Strong and others) from an isolated branch of the L.D.S. Church in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, came to Mendon to preach Mormonism, which he heard and believed.

These Elders were making a missionary tour of the state of New York. They met Brigham Young in Mendon, who had already had a copy of the Book of Mormon in his possession. The actual contact with these elders, their testimonies and personalities, so impressed him that he began an extensive study of Mormonism.

Page 6 from AAutobiography of Heber C. Kimball@, Heber C. Kimball says. AAbout three weeks after I joined the Baptist Church in the fall of 1831, five elders, from the Church of Jesus Christ came from Pennsylvania to the home of Phineas Young in Victor. Their names were Eleazer Miller, Elial Strong, Alpheus Gifford, Enos Curtis and Daniel Bowen. Hearing of these men prompted curiosity in me to and see them, when for the first time I heard the fullness of the Everlasting Gospel.

Note: Elial Strong is a son-in-law of Enos Curtis. He married Martha Curtis, born 1812, died 1834.

These five elders must have been very outstanding missionaries and spiritually minded men when they so thoroughly impressed both Brigham Young, and Heber C. Kimball with the truth of their testimonies. Both these men decided to pay them a visit which they did in January 1832 at the branch in Columbia County, Pennsylvania. This was the beginning of many joining the L.D.S. Church.

From the AJournal History@ (in Church Historian=s Office), we find Enos Curtis and family went with the Church in their various moves, suffering all the persecutions of the Saints and burying his wife on the journey in Missouri in 1848. We find him in Caldwell, Clay County, Missouri on 29 November 1839 through a petition to Congress signed by Saints presenting claims against the State of Missouri. Their names were arranged alphabetically. Enos Curtis= claim was for $1,856. (See 29 November 1839, page 9).

Enos Curtis presided over a conference at Quincy, Illinois on 1 September 1844. (See p.5 of church history Sept. 1848.) At the home of Joseph Pine, it was voted that the Presidency of the Branch remain as it had for the last three months, that is Enos Curtis as President with Moses Jones and John Riley as counselors
On 25 October 1845 Enos Curtis made and signed an affidavit stating that on or about 18 Oct. 1845, in the settlement of Morley in said county, he saw two houses and three stables burning, and that he saw two mobbers armed with guns, running away from the fires, and that he saw the house of the Widow Boss, had been willfully destroyed by fire on 21 Oct., in the same area as the former fires, in Quincy, Illinois.

Both he and his wife Ruth Franklin did their endowments in the Nauvoo Temple in 1846,

After burying the most beloved of their group, their mother, this bereaved family come on to Utah in 1848. They gave up all, endured all the hardships-cold, hunger, disease, famine, and torture from angry war-like mobs for the call of their religion.
CURTIS, ENOS
Emigration Record

See Supplement to Journal History, Church Historians Office, 31 December 1848, 1st DivisionBEmigration.

The company emigrated across the plains and mountains from Missouri River to Salt Lake City. This company was divided into three divisions. The first division was in charge of Brigham Young, Enos Curtis, Theodore Curtis, and Joseph Curtis was numbered in this group. They left the Elkhorn River 1 June 1848 and arrived in Salt Lake City, Sept. 1848.

The first division had 1229 souls, 397 wagons, 74 horses, 19 mules, 1297 oxen, 699 cows, 184 loose cattle and sheep, some pigs, chickens, dogs, cats, doves, geese, and two hives of bees. See Journal History, 16 June 1848.

In 1850 Enos Curtis met and married Tamma Durfee Miner. They moved on a farm owned by Lorenzo Snow in Willard, Box Elder County, Utah. Tamma Durfee Miner had a large family, having buried her husband on the trip across the plains. The two families lived together and got along very well. Moroni Miner (now 100 years old), a step-son of Enos Curtis, speaks very highly of him. He said, AEnos always treated us as a kind, loveable and patient father.@ John White Curtis, David Avery Curtis, Osias Strong and Albert Starr were sent out by Brigham Young as surveyors for new homes. They reported the conditions in and around Springville, and a settlement was started there in 1850. Moroni Miner, when telling this incident, was greatly moved by the memories of this early period. His mind was clear and keen. He said he could recall how hard the two families struggled to build a home, but as they were anxious for a home of their own, they were willing to endure all the hardships they went through. They built two large rooms, with a carpenter shop between them. Enos was an excellent carpenter and expert chair maker. Moroni said he and his brother Mormon became very efficient in making the chair bottoms of reed and leather, while Enos did the rest of the other work. Moroni Miner was 100 years old in 1935, but had a splendid memory and told us how much Enos was like his own father. He said Enos was always ready to help. And regardless of weather conditions, went any hour of night to administer to and help the sick.

Enos Curtis had his share of troubles and grief. He lost six of his fourteen children before he lost his wife Ruth. She was possibly buried in Iowaville on plains in 1848. He came on to Utah with the rest of his family and their children.

Enos Curtis was ordained a Patriarch in 1852 by Heber C. Kimball, Parley P. Pratt, George A. Smith and John Taylor. (See journal History 9 April 1845, page 1.)

Brigham Young made very few trips south of Salt Lake for colonization purposes without sending a forerunner or a messenger to Enos announcing his plans and inviting him to join the company.

A company organized on 10 May 1854 by Brigham Young consisted of 82 men, 14 women and 5 children who traveled in 34 wagons. They left Salt Lake City and traveled south. They took 95 animals-oxen, horses and cows. The company was very well organized. They had chaplains, captains, historians, interpreters, doctors and bishops. Enos Curtis was the Patriarch of this company. He was faithfully anxious to go and was very active, although 71 years of age. Enos Curtis traveled with his son David Avery Curtis and Aaron Johnson in wagon number 29. David was teamster, and as he liked animals, I suppose this team of oxen was kindly treated. His love of animals grew as he grew older. He was often cited for his kindness. They traveled as far as Nephi the second night. Little is recorded of the trip, except to say that it was very successful. Their aim was to clear new land and plan new settlement. (See Journal History 10, May 1854.)

Notes from Lucinda Payne Merrill (daughter of Ruth Curtis Payne, daughter of Ezra Houghton Curtis, son of Enos Curtis.)
Just before the Church was organized, Enos Curtis made the statement that some day the true church would be upon the earth, so when in 1830 after the Church was organized, Enos readily accepted it and was among the first souls baptized. This story was told by Ezra Houghton Curtis, after the meeting where Brigham Young first heard the testimonies of the gospel of the five missionaries, he hurried home to his wife, who was sick in bed. He went to his room, and in praying to the Lord, he asked if this religion is true, to send the missionaries to his home, that they might pray for his sick wife and to give her some ideas of the gospel. The next day as the elders were passing his house, they were impressed with the tidiness of his yard and said, AAny man who has so much pride in his yard is worth visiting,@ so they entered the yard. Brigham was watching from a window to see if his prayer would be answered. He hurriedly opened the door and welcomed them in. They administered to his wife, and Brigham told them he had prayed for them to come.

A Nauvoo incident at the time of the persecution and martyrdom.
The sons of Enos were out on the prairie putting up wild hay, and mobs were so bad, Enos, being worried about his sons, rode out in the night to get them. They were awakened by the noise of a horseman coming toward their camp. They were anxious and afraid, as they knew how vicious the mobs were, everybody living in tenseness and fear. Enos had a peculiar cough, and as he rode toward them he coughed. They gave a sigh of relief and said ADo not fear, it is Father.@ They had a real race with a nearby mob who were in ambush, chasing them all the way home.

Story from Chloe Durfee Spencer, daughter of Celestia Curtis Durfee, granddaughter of Enos Curtis.
When the mobs were in some of the vicious raids, two or more families would bunk together in one home for protection. On one such occasion, the mob came to the home of Enos Curtis. The men were all away from home. The mob ordered all out of the house. They told the mob that Grandmother (Ruth Franklin) was very ill and could not be moved. The mob left, but came back a second and third time, each time more vicious and finally set fire to the house. The women carried Grandmother out on a blanket. The shouts of the mob were soon heard, and the men rushed back and we carried Grandmother away in a wagon. The mob even chased the wagon, but more help came and they finally gave up. Ruth Franklin died 6 May 1848.

Enos Curtis and family and a family by the name of Stowell were on the ferry crossing the river from Montrose, Iowa to Nauvoo. A terrific wind came up and as some people had previously gone down into the rapids below the ferry crossing there was much anxiety and excitement. People on shore were shouting and screaming for help. It was so strong it looked as if it would break the cable that controlled the ferry when Enos Curtis raised his arm to the square and commanded the wind to take them to shore and both families were saved. As soon as they were on shore, the gale began as fierce as before.

As a tribute to our beloved great-grandfather, Enos Curtis, whom we so little knew and yet to whom we feel so near and owe so much, I, as one of his humble great granddaughters, am most thankful to our Heavenly Father for the life on this noble man. He received the gospel and embraced it in its fullness, giving us the privilege of being born of heirs to its glories. We are grateful for his strength of character to accept this glorious principle, for his desire to come to Zion, for his willingness to suffer with the Saints, for accepting and honoring the Priesthood. So his journey through this life had a real goal. May we as his descendants, travel on this great journey doing acts of kindness, in building beautiful paths, building character for a place near him when our earth-life journey ends.

Enos Curtis=s journey in life ended in his 73rd year. It came as a great shock. During the day, although feeling a little faint, he went about his daily tasks. In the evening the family had assembled together in a reunion. He joined in the various activities then sat up to the table, ate with the family, then sat back in his chair as if resting, but became so still and rigid that they cautiously tried to make him more comfortable, but discovered his rest was more than a little nap he so often enjoyed in his chair. He died so easily, no struggle or pain, but such a peaceful death was well earned by our beloved progenitor who brought the gospel to his band of descendants.

Members of one of Brigham Young=s Company, showing how organized. 10 May 1854
Daniel H. Wells Commander
Robert T. Burton Captain
Wilford Woodruff Historian
Thomas Bullock Historian
Parley P. Pratt Chaplain
John Taylor Chaplain
Thomas Bullock Clerk
Dimick B. Hunington Interpreter
George Bean Interpreter
Edward Hunter Bishop
Aaron Johnson Bishop
Lorenzo D. Young Bishop
Silas Richards Bishop
Henson Walker Bishop
Enos Curtis Patriarch
Samuel L. Sprague Doctor
The aim of this company was to find favorable settlement locations, then people were called by Brigham Young to go to appointed locations. They did not go to Sevier until 1875, when Ezra Houghton Curtis, George and Alma Holdaway were the first to clear land and settle. Enos died in Springville in 1856. John White and family went to Sevier in 1877 or 1878.
CURTIS, ENOS
THIS STORY WAS TOLD BY EZRA H. CURTIS.

After the meeting where Brigham Young heard the five missionaries including Enos, bear testimony of the gospel he hurried home to his wife who was sick in bed. He went to his room and in praying to the Lord, he asked: AIf this religion is true, to send the missionaries to his home, that they might pray for his sick wife and also explain the gospel to her.@The next night as they elders were passing his home, they were impressed with the tidiness of his yards and said any man that has that much pride in his home must be worth visiting, so they went in. Brigham was watching from the window to see if his prayers would be answered. He hurriedly opened the door and welcomed them in. They administered to his wife and she seemed more at ease. Brigham then told them he had prayed for them to come and that he had faith she would be healed through administration.

Clarissa Curtis Cook, from Familysearch.org, contributed By Terrellcook:

Clarissa Curtis Cook
Daughter of Enos Curtis and Tamma Dufee
Wife to Chauncey Harvey Cook
Mother to
Joseph Alma Cook
Emma Cook
Chauncey Harvey Cook Jr.
Amelia Cook
Ray Curtis Cook
Leroy Austin Cook
Marion Enos Cook
Betha Cook
Dora Cook
Laura D Cook
Jenius F Cook

From the blog Our Book of Rememberence:

ENOS CURTIS
by Gloria Galloway and Duella Steven Jakeman

A PORTION OF THE HISTORY OF ENOS CURTIS AND HIS WIFE RUTH FRANKLIN (WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY COMPILED BY GLORIA GALLOWAY AND HER MOTHER DUELLA STEVEN JAKEMAN, A GREAT GRANDAUGHTER OF ENOS CURTIS AND RUTH FRANKlIN)

“ENOS CURTIS, SON OF EDMOND AND POLLY AVERY CURTIS SPENT HIS CHILDHOOD DAYS IN THE LITTLE TOWN OF KINDERHOOK, A FEW MILES EAST OF THE HUSDON RIVER IN NEW YORK. A FEW MILES FARTHER EAST IS THE LARGER TOWN OF CHATHAM. ON HIS CURCH RECORDS ENOS LISTS HIS BIRTHDATE AS OCTOBER 9, 1783 AT KINDERHOOK, AND SOMETIMES HE LIST CHATHAM, COLUMBIA COUNTY, NEW YORK.

ENOS CURTIS MARRIED RUTH FRANKLIN ON DECEMBER 15, 1805. RUTH WAS BORN TO JOHN FRANKLIN AND ABIGAIL FULLER NOVEMBER 14, 1790, AT STERLING, WINDHAM COUNTY, CONNECTICUT. WE HAVE NO RECORD OF HER CHILDHOOD OR THEIR COURTSHIP.

SOON AFTER THEY MARRIED RUTH AND ENOS MOVED TO PENNSYLVANIA AND SETTLED IN TIOGA COUNTY-ITS NORTHERN BOUNDARY BEING THE STATE LINE BETWEEN THAT STATE AND NEW YORK. THE FAMILY IS LISTED IN THE 1830 CENSUS OF RUTLAND, TIOGA COUNTY, STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA PAGE 23.

FOURTEEN CHILDREN WERE BORN TO ENOS AND RUTH CURTIS (5 DIED IN INFANCY.)

1. LYDIA BORN 5 FEBRUARY 1808 AND DIED 5 JULY 1809.

2. MARIA BORN 22 MAR. 1810 (MD ABRAHAM BROWN 13 SEPT 1834)

3. MARTHA BORN 12 AUG 1812 (MD ELiAL STRONG ABOUT 1827).

4. EDMOND BORN 5 NOVEMBER 1914 AND DIED 6 JUNE 1815.

5. JEREMIAH BORN 12 NOVEMBER 1815 AND DIED 22 FEBRUARY 1816.

6. SETH BORN 8 MARCH 1817 DIED THE SAME DAY.

7. SIMMONS P. BORN 26 MAR. 1818 (MD EMILINE BUCHANAN 4 JULY 1840).

8. DAVID AVERY BORN 10 AUGUST 1820 (MD AMANDA STARR 20 OCT. 1841.)

9. JOHN WHITE B. 11 AUG 1820 (MD ALMIRA STARR 13 MAY 1841).

10. EZRA H. B. 19 FEB. 1822 (MD LUCINDA MCKINNEY CARTER 18 DEC. 1846.)

11. RUTH BORN 4 JANUARY 1825 AND DIED 4 OCTOBER 1825).

12. URSULA B 14 DEC. 1826 (MD ABRAHAM DURFEE, DATE UNKNOWN).

13. SABRINA B 3 APR. 1829 (MD GEORGE KING DATE UNKNOWN.)

14. CELESTIA B 21 APR. 1832 (MD JABEZ DURFEE 25 DEC. 1850.).

 

IT IS SAID THAT ENOS BEING A RELIGIOUS MAN AND NOT FINDING A HURCH THAT SUITED HIM, MADE THE STATEMENT “SOMEDAY THE TRUE CHURCH WOULD BE UPON THE EARTH.” SO WHEN HE HEARD ABOUT JOSEPH SMITH BEING VISITED BY HEAVENLY MESSENGERS HE WANTED TO KNOW MORE. MANY RUMORS WERE CIRCULATING ABOUT THE GOLD BIBLE, SINCE JOSEPH TRANSLATED MOSTS OF THE BOOK OF MORMON WHILE LIVING IN PENNSYLVANIA.

THE FOLLOWING IS RECORDED IN HISTORY OF THE CHURCH BY B. H.

ROBERTS VOL. 4 P 110 “IN THE SPRING OF 1831, HEARING THE DOCTRINES TAUGHT BY JOSEPH SMITH, ALPHEUS GIFFORD MADE DILIGENT INQUIRY, AND FOUND THEY WERE SCRIPTURAL, AND WAS BAPTIZED AND ORDAINED A PRIEST. HE BROUGHT HOME FIVE BOOKS OF MORMON WHICH HE DISTRIBUTED AMONG HIS FRIENDS (ENOS CURTIS BEING ONE.) HE WAS THEN LIVING IN TIOGA COUNTY, PENN. SOON AFTER, HE WENT TO KIRTLAND, OHIO, TO SEE THE PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH AND THE BRETHREN. WHEN HE WAS ORDAINED AN ELDER, HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY HIS BROTHER LEVI, ENOS CURTIS AND ELIAL STRONG, ELEAZER MILLER AND ABRAHAM BROWN, WHO WERE BAPTIZED.” ENOS STATED THAT HE WAS BAPTIZED IN 1831 BY LYMAN WIGHT. SINCE EARLY RECORDS OF THE CHURCH WERE DESTROYED, THE DAY AND MONTH IS NOT KNOWN.

FROM JOURNAL OF HISTORY 31 DEC. 1831, WE READ, “TWO BRANCHES OF THE CHURCH WERE RAISED UP IN PENNSYLVANIA DURING THE YEAR 1831, NAMELY, ONE IN RUTLAND, TIOGA COUNTY, AND ANOTHER IN COLOMBIEA, BRADFORD COUNTY. AMONG THE FIRST CONVERTS IN THE FORMER BRANCH WERE ENOS CURTIS, ELIAL STRONG (HIS SON IN LAW) ALPHEUS GIFFORD, ELEAZER MILLER, AND DANIEL BOWEN, WHO ALL BECAME ELDERS IN THE CHURCH AND, WHO DURING THE FALL OF THE SAME YEAR TOOK A MISSIONARY JOURNEY INTO THE STATE OF NEW YORK, AND AMONG OTHER PLACES PREACHED IN MENDON, MONROE CO.”

ON THEIR MISSIONARY TOUR OF NEW YORK, ENOS CURTIS AND HIS FOUR MISSIONARY COMPANIONS BORE TESTIMONY OF THE GOSPEL WHICH STIRRED THE HEARTS OF MEN AND INSPIRED THEM TO SEEK FURTHER THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRISTS. AMONG THOSE WO HEARD THE TESTIMONIES AND TEACHINGS OF THESE ELDERS WERE BRINGHAM YOUNG AND HEBER C. KIMBALL.

“FROM THE NEXT RECORD WE HAVE, WE LOCATE ENOS AND HIS FAMILY IN CALDWELL, CLAY COUNTY, MISSOURI, (A PETITION TO CONGRESS DATED NOVEMBER 29, 1839 SIGNED BY THE SAINTS PRESENTING CLAIMS AGAINST THE STATE OF MISSOURI. ENOS CURTIS CLAIM WAS FOR $1856.”

 

IT IS NOT KNOWN WHEN ENOS AND HIS FAMILY MOVED TO MISSOURI, OR WHEN THEY LEFT AND MOVED TO THE STATE OF ILLINOIS. OF THIS TIME PERIOD, FAMILY HISTORIES SIMPLY STATE, ‘THEY WERE DEVOUT IN THEIR RELIGIOUS CONVICTIONS AND WENT THROUGHT THE HARDSHIPS AND PERSECUTIIONS OF THE EARLY CHURCH PIONEERS.”

ON SEPTEMBER 29 1841, ENOS CURTIS RECEIVED A PATRIARCHAL BLESSING FROM HYRUM SMITH.

THE NEXT RECORD DATED SEPTEMBER 1, 1844 IS OF A CONFERENCE HELD AT QUINCY, ILLINOIS WHERE ENOS CURTIS WAS PRESIDING.

ENOS AND RUTH WERE THE FIRST OF THE CURTIS FAMILY TO ATTEND THE COMPLETED NAUVOO TEMPLE AND RECEIVE THEIR TEMPLE ENDOWMENTS ON 1 JANUARY 1848. THEY WERE SEALED THE NEXT DAY BY HEBER C. KIMBALL.

VIOLENCE CONTINUED TO INCREASE AGAINST THE SAINTS. WHEN THE MOBS WERE MAKING SOME OF ITS VICIOUS RAIDS, TWO OR MORE FAMILIES OF THE SAINTS WOULD BUNK TOGETHER FOR PROTECTION. ON ONE SUCH OCCASION, THE MOB CAME TO THE HOUSE OF ENOS CURTIS WHILE THE MEN WERE ALL AWAY FROM THE HOME. THE MOB ORDERED ALL THE OCCUPANTS OUT OF THE HOUSE. THE FAMILIES TOLD THE MOB THAT RUTH FRANKLIN WAS VERY ILL AND COULD NOT BE MOVED. THE MOB LEFT BUT CAME BACK A SECOND AND THIRD TIME..EACH TIME MORE VICIOUS, AND FINALLY SET FIRE TO THE HOUSE. THE WOMEN ROLLED RUTH UP IN A BLANKET AND CARRIED HER OUT OF THE BURNING HOUSE. THE SHOUTS OF THE MOB WERE SOON HEARD BY THE ABSENT MEN, WHO RUSHED BACK AND CARRIED RUTH AWAY IN A WAGON, AS SHE COULDN’T WALK. THE MOB EVEN CHASED THE WAGON, BUT WHEN MORE HELP CAME, THEY STOPPED THEIR PURSUIT.

THE SAINTS CROSSED MISSISSIPI RIVER AND MADE A TEMPORARY SETTLEMENT CALLED COUNCIL BLUFFS. RUTH FRANKLIN DIED MAY 6, 1848 OF EXPOSURE AND EXHAUSTION. SHE HAD BEEN ILL FOR SOME TIME. THE BEREAVED FAMILY PROBABLY BURIED HER AT COUNCIL BLUFFS.

ENOS CURTIS TRAVELED TO UTAH WITH BRIGHAM YOUNG’S WAGON TRAIN OF 1848. SOME OF HIS FAMILY WERE THE EARLIEST SETTLERS OF SPRINGVILLE.

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Enos Curtis conversion
Family tradition says Enos had remarked that some day the true church would be restored to the earth so he was in a receptive mood. Tradition says that he (Enos) accepted Joseph Smith before the Church was organized and that there were not more than forty persons baptised into the Church before Enos Curtis. He was baptised into the Church by Lyman W(r)ight in 1831.

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History of Clarissa Curtis
By G. son- Berl B. Cook
6 July 1960
Re-typed by Kierston Smith Scott
Clarissa Curtis, the daughter of Enos Curtis and Tamma Durfee, was born in Springville, Utah County, Utah on the 13 October 1851. She was one of four children born to her parents, all four girls names Clarissa, Blinda, Amelia, and Adelia who were twins.

Clarissa was introduced into the pioneer way of life during the early settlement of Utah and her parents were amoung the first settlers o Springville, Utah. They probably lived in a dugout first then built a log home at a later date, because it was a very popular and very necessary custom to have a dugout in those early pioneer days. Many of the early pioneers lived in dugouts in England and they brought the custom with them to this country. It was a means of getting a home when most needed in a short notice.

Her father, Enos Curtis, was first married to Ruth Franklin and they both did their temple work in Nauvoo. Ruth Franklin died about 1848 on the plains near Iowaville City, leaving Enos Curtis with a large family to look after. They had fourteen children. Enos Curtis was a very ambitious and faithful person. He was amoung the first six persons to preach the gospel to Brigham Young. He came west with his family to Utah in 1850.

Her mother, Tamma Durfee, was first married to Albert Miner and they did their temple work in the Nauvoo temple. Albert Miner died on 3 January 1848 at Iowaville., Iowa, leaving Tamma Durfee with a family of six children. They came west to Utah and arrived in the valley on the 1 September 1850.

Clarissa’s mother was in Salt Lake staying at the Wilcox home with her children, when Enos Curtis came and offered her a home. That was what she need because winter was coming on and she had no one to take care of her or her children. Tamma Durfee and Enos Curtis was married on the 20 October 1850. They lived on the Jordan River west of Union Fort on a farm owned by Lorenzo Snow and they lived there the first winter.

During the winter of 1850, they made chairs fora living. Moroni Miner, a step-son of Enos Curtis, speaks very highly of his step-father, telling of the great struggle to make a home, how very congenial the two families were together, and how his step-sons, Mormon and Moroni, very efficiently made the chair bottoms of reed or leather.

The next April 1851 the family moved to Springville, Utah and got a farm and a place to build. Tamma Durfee said they got along first tare, that they had gone into the wilderness trying to build up the Kingdom. Here it was that their first child was born on the 13 October 1851 and they named her Clarissa.

Clarissa grew to be a girl of quite refinement, with a sweet loving nature. She got her schooling in Springville, Utah and was well enough educated for that time to qualify as a school teacher and she became one of Utah’s first school teachers and taught for two years before she married, then for the first five years after she was married.

She met her husband Chauncey Harvey Cook, through her half-brother, Moroni Miner, who was freighting with Chauncey much of the time in their earlier lives. She went in a freight wagon pulled by either horses or mules and was accompanied by her mother, Tamma Durfee and her mother-in-law, Olive Amanda Smith with her sweethearts, Chauncey, driving the team. When they pulled up in frunt of the old Tithing office in Salt Lake, a man came out and asked Chauncey what he was loaded with. Being a man that was full of fun, Chauncey yelled and was that he was loaded with women. They were married in the Endowment House on the 15 February 1869.

They made their home in Springville, Utah, where their first child was born on the 23 August 1871. His name was Joseph Alma and he died the same day he was born. The second child born in Springville was named Emma, born on the 16 August 1872. The records in the Springville ward doesn’t show much of the Cook family only that Emma was blessed in the Springville Ward by Joseph Wheeler on the 1 December 1872 with her parents listed as Chauncey Harvey Cook and Clarissa Curtis. Chauncey H. Cook must have freighted for a few years after he was married and his family was in Springville, Utah, because he freighted in such places as Ophir, Utah, White PIne, and Pioche, Nevada and his life (after they moved to Gunnison in or before 1880) was taken up in farming. Their next child was born in Provo, Utah on the 5 December 1874 and they named him after his father. Then a daughter named Amalia was born in Springville on the 11 May 1877 and she died the same day she was born. Next was a son named Ray Curtis born in Springville, Utah on the 27 August 1878 then they moved the family to Gunnison.

While they were living in Gunnison, Sanpete County, Utah, their daughter Emma took down sick with Dyptheria and died on the 14 May 1880. She was just three months short of being eight years of age at her death, but she was said to be a most brillant and unusal girl. Their son Ray Curtis said that his mother told him that his sister Emma thought a lot of him and at her death she said,”take care of little Ray.” Ray Curtis, her son, said that his mother always acted like everything was OK as long as he was around.

Just two weeks after teh death of their daughter Emma, Chauncey and Clarissa Curtis Cook were both rebaptized in the Gunnison Ward on the 1 June 1880. He was baptized by Jans Hansen and reconfirmed the same day by Jans Hansen. She was baptzied by Jans Hansen and reconfirmed the same day by Jno E. Metealf. They also had their sons, Chauncey Harvey Jr., Ray Curtis and Leroy Austin given a childs blessing in the Gunnison Ward. Chauncey Harvey, Jr. was blessed by Jno E. Metealf. Ray Curtis by C.A.Madsen on the 1 July 1880 and Leroy Austin by Fhos Wasdew on the 15 March 1885.
Clarissa must have told her son Ray Curtis about being rebaptized because he recalls about them being baptized and that he was told that that was a custom they practiced in those days.

According to the Gunnison Ward records they moved to Aurora, Utah just south of Saldna a few miles and they move was made on teh 15 March 1883. When they left Gunnison, their son Ray CUrtis recalls looking back at their home and that it was made of logs with a dirt roof. A son name Leroy Austin was born in Aurora, Utah on the 24 August 1881.

The family was told what a wonderful country Cainsville, Utah, was and the man who painted them such a minds eye picture advised Chauncey and his wife Clarissa to go there. Their son Ray Curtis said that his mother said she was never so heart sick in all her life as the day when she first seen Cainsville, Utah. Cainsville was a community of about ten families in Wayne County near the “Capitol Reef National Park” and is a desolate country.

While the family was living in Cainsville they went up the Dirty Devil River to visit family by the name of Bahanna. While they were in the river bottom a storm came up and before they could get up the river and across the other side a flood of water came down the river and tipped the wagon over. Chauncey got all of his family out but Leroy and the flood carried Chauncey and his son down river a ways before they could get to the bank where their son Ray Curtis helped them out. It was a close call for Clarissa and her family because some of them could have drowned. (Dirty Devil called Fremont).

While living in Cainsville her husband Chauncey helped build the canal for irrigation and they raised sugar cane and made sargum. There in Cainsville a son Marion Enos was born on the 14 March 1884. Then a daughter Bertha on 9 March 1886, then another daughter named Dora on the 26 March 1888.

During these years that the Cook children were growing up and should have been in school, they were living in places where they were unable to got to school so their mother Clarissa, being a school teacher at the time of her marriage, had to teach her children. She also taught her husband how to read and write. She used to sing to her children untill her husband made fun of her dinging then she quit singing. Her son Ray Curtis figured that was the reason that he couldn’t sing because his mother quit singing and didn’t teach her children how to sing. She was such a sober woman and never told jokes, but her husband was a great one for jokes and himself quite a singer.

While they were living in Cainsville her husband would go to Rabbit Valley and there in the mountains he worked very winter logging. He always took Molasses about one or two barrels with him and gave it all away to those he called his friends. Clarissa kicked about him giving it away and said that these people weren’t real friends. One saturday he finished up his job logging and was going to go back to Cainsville. The boss asked him to move his logs closer to the saw mill and when he spoke to the Oxen they wouldn’t pull. The men who was working there was watching and they said Chauncey did that on perpose. THe boss became angry at him but Chauncey told him that he didn’t do what happened and it wasn’t his fault.

In Cainsville they had a large log house with a leen-to in the back. The kitchen was in the leen-to, and an entrance, to an under ground cellar, was located in the leen-to. One day a man got drunk and drove his team of white mules and his buggy over the spot where the cellar, was located and their son Ray Curtis said it was a wonder that the celler didn’t cave in. In the summer time they sued water from the canal near by, which her husband help build, and they used it for the house. In the winter time they hauled water from the river. They held Sunday School in the large frunt room of their log house.

They fed their cattle the tops of the sugar cain ad the part that was left (after they run it through the cain press) that they called Pummy.

One night in Cainsville, their son Chauncey Harvey, Jr. was left to get his younger brothers and sisters to bed. Their son Ray Curtis heard what he thought was hammering and he asked his brother C. Harvey what it was. C. Harvey said it was some one building their house. Later Ray Curtis found out that his brother C. Harvey told him a lie, that the sound he heard was a dance going on in Cainsville, and that c. Harvey had told him that so he would go to sleep so C. Harvey could go to the dance where their parents were.

Their son Ray Curtis tells of one trip his parents took them on when they went to Grass Valley to visit relatives by the name of Durfee who had some Holstein cows and a bull. It was quite a sight to him to see cows with black and white markings. He also told of the time he got into some mischief in their celler in Cainsville and how a half a barrel of Molassas run to waste on the celler floor and how he waited for ten days for his mother to whip him as she said she would, and how the waiting for the whipping was worse than the whippings, which he finally got.

Her husband was hired by a man named Cass Hyde, to take his (Chauncey’s) horses and take Mr. Hyde was selling. They had four of the horses pulling a wagon load of supplies and the other horse was teamed up with one of Mr. Hydes to pull a bugy with the buyers in it. When they returned from Colorado and stopped at Cass Hyde’s farm in Hanksville, Cass Hyde’s brother deceided he was going to try Chauncey H. Cook out to see if he was the stronger. Chauncey told Hyde to stay away but he didn’t heed the warning so, Chauncey, being a strong man, took Hyde over his knee and threw him so hard it hert Hyde. They carried Hyde into the house and his brother, Cass came out to look and see what it was that hert his brother. Chauncey then told him that he (Chauncey) had hert his broter and that he had ment to hert him. Cass Hyde beat Chauncey out of most of the money they were to receive for taking Cass Hyde to Colorado.

In the fall of 1888 the Cook family moved from Cainsville to San Rafell, Utah. When they arrived in Son Rafell they moved into a cabin that had been deserted by sheep men when they were driven out by the Cattle Queen. The cattle queen was a woman that owned a large Cattle Ranch in San Rafell. SHe came to the camp and talked very nicely to Chauncey. Being a stern and big man, no one ever walked over Chauncey. He always talked to people in a stern way and he told the Cattle Queen that he was going to winter there and that he would have six or seven cows running loose with a herder to look after them. Their son Ray Curtis herded them on a little Indain poney and he helped his brother C. Harvey to milk them. That winter they cut down cottonwood trees to feed the cattle. When the grass froze so the cattle wouldn’t eat it. When the cows heard them chopping it they always came on the run and the cows ate the small limbs and the buds while the horses stripped the bark from off the trees. San Rafell was close to where the famous Old Outlaw hideout was located known as “Robbers Roost.” In the spring of 1889 the family moved over past to the town of Blake, Utah (Now called Green River) that was located on the green river.

Blake was a thriving railroad town at that time with a round house and all that was necessary for a railroad junction. It had a hotel and store there . They went up the river about five miles from the city and took up a 80 acre farm. There a daughter Lara “D” was born in a log cabin on the 11 December 1889. The ground was very flat for a good farm.

In the spring of 1890 they sold the farm or their equidy in it for potatoes, flour, bacon and other food amounting to the value of about $50.00. With about ten cows, five horses and two wagons they moved to Wellington, Utah on the Price River. They had to ford the Price River and got stuck. They stayed in WEllington for about a month then moved out on Coal Creek and stayed there untill the fall of 1890 cutting Railroad ties.

That fall of 1890 they moved to Spring Glen, Utah where their last child was born on the 18 July 1893 and they named him Junis F.

Ray Curtis said his mother was a good cook and made good salt rising bread and mince pies. He said that she made very good gravey that he enjoyed very much. In Spring Glen, Utah she was on the school board and served as school trustee, secratary and treasurer. She held no knows church positions and was considered quite beautiful and she was a quite spoken woman. She never raised her voice to her children in correcting them.

One time when they went in the wagon she always told her husband how it hurt her to climb in and out of the wagon. SHe had wore a truse for about 20 years to hold her utris in place and always blamed the getting in and out of the wagon for her trouble. Beside that she had a goirter in her neck but was never opperated on for that.

They finally moved to Pleasant Grove, Utah when all oft heir children were married. While there she didn’t feel well so the doctor Oscar Ernest Grua had her to go to Provo, Utah hospital and opperated on her femal organs to straighten her Utris. They found that she was full of Cancer and she was so bad that they didn’t even sew her up. One night she lie in the hospital bed, after they had given her epsom salts, and tried to get help to go to the bath room. No one came so she got out of bed by her self and fell on the floor. SHe lay there long enough to become exposed to cold before they found her. She took down with pneumonia and the doctor told her family that she had pneumonia and would only live a short time. The family got permission to take her home and doctor Grua took her in his old Ford car while her son Ray Curtis rode in the back seat and held his mother. She was only home about a week when she passed away from this life.

More info about Enos Curtis available on Tamma Durfee’s page.

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Notes (especially information disputes) from familysearch.org:

Relationship to child: Amelia Curtis Note: This is a duplicate to Enos Curtis the other one has the children listed correctly. John White Curtis must be added 2 years agobydonnageliReport Abuse Relationship to spouse: Tamma Durfee Note: Gamma Dirfy was born in 1783 and could not be The Daughter of Edmond Durfee and Magdalena Pickle. 2 years agobydonnageliReport Abuse Relationship to spouse: Rachel Allen Note: She is not one of the children of Ruth Franklin and Enos Curtis. Her purported mother was only 9 years old in 1797 when she was s…More 2 years agobyPalmerHarrietRuth1Report Abuse Relationship to child: Amelia Curtis Note: Tamma Durfree had three husbands Albert Miner, Enos Curtis and John White Curtis. 2 years agobydonnageliReport Abuse Death: Note: Unknown name should be Albert Miner and Alma Miner name is Alma Lindsay Miner born 7 Sep 1841 and Died 13 Feb 1912, He was the son of Albewrt Miner and Tamma Durfee. 2 years agobydonnageliReport Abuse Relationship to spouse: Tamma Durfee Note: Unknown name should be Albert Miner and Alma Miner name is Alma Lindsay Miner born 7 Sep 1841 and Died 13 Feb 1912, He was the son…More 2 years agobydonnageliReport Abuse Person note: Unknown name should be Albert Miner and Alma Miner name is Alma Lindsay Miner born 7 Sep 1841 and Died 13 Feb 1912, He was the son of Albewrt Miner and Tamma Durfee. 2 years agobydonnageliReport Abuse Gender: Male Note: Unknown name should be Albert Miner and Alma Miner name is Alma Lindsay Miner born 7 Sep 1841 and Died 13 Feb 1912, He was the son of Albewrt Miner and Tamma Durfee. 2 years agobydonnageli

Name: Albert Miner Note: Albert Miner is not John White Curtis’ father. Enos Curtis is father. (Contributor: Janet Gates) 2 years agobyJanet GatesReport Abuse Name: John White Curtis Note: John White Curtis is the twin brother David Avery Curtis my great great grandfather. His father is Enos Curtis. Source:Family Records 2 years agobyRennertWendyJo1Report Abuse Person note: For some reason John White Curtis has been added many times as the spouse of Tamma Curtis and one is the who third husband but they only had one child and that…More 2 years agobydonnageliReport Abuse Person note: Albert Miner does not not belong to this family 2 years agobymarlene b harrisReport Abuse Relationship to child: Frances Eva Curtis Note: Albert Miner does not not belong to this family 2 years agobymarlene b harrisReport Abuse Birth: 1783 Springfield,,, Utah Note: Enos Curtis was not born in Springfield Utah, he was born in Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York (Contributor: Cort Rogers) 2 years agobyCort Roge

Relationship to child: Amelia Curtis Note: This is a duplicate to Enos Curtis the other one has the children listed correctly. John White Curtis must be added 2 years agobydonnageliReport Abuse Relationship to spouse: Tamma Durfee Note: Gamma Dirfy was born in 1783 and could not be The Daughter of Edmond Durfee and Magdalena Pickle. 2 years agobydonnageliReport Abuse Relationship to spouse: Rachel Allen Note: She is not one of the children of Ruth Franklin and Enos Curtis. Her purported mother was only 9 years old in 1797 when she was s…More 2 years agobyPalmerHarrietRuth1Report Abuse Relationship to child: Amelia Curtis Note: Tamma Durfree had three husbands Albert Miner, Enos Curtis and John White Curtis. 2 years agobydonnageliReport Abuse Gender: Male Note: Unknown name should be Albert Miner and Alma Miner name is Alma Lindsay Miner born 7 Sep 1841 and Died 13 Feb 1912, He was the son of Albewrt Miner and Tamma Durfee. 2 years agobydonnageliReport Abuse Death: Note: Unknown name should be Albert Miner and Alma Miner name is Alma Lindsay Miner born 7 Sep 1841 and Died 13 Feb 1912, He was the son of Albewrt Miner and Tamma Durfee. 2 years agobydonnageliReport Abuse Person note: Unknown name should be Albert Miner and Alma Miner name is Alma Lindsay Miner born 7 Sep 1841 and Died 13 Feb 1912, He was the son of Albewrt Miner and Tamma Durfee. 2 years agobydonnageliReport Abuse Relationship to spouse: Tamma Durfee Note: Unknown name should be Albert Miner and Alma Miner name is Alma Lindsay Miner born 7 Sep 1841 and Died 13 Feb 1912, He was the son of Albewrt Miner and Tamma Durfee.

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Timeline of Enos Curtis

Contributed by Janeen Christesen on Familysearch.org

Enos Curtis
(9 October 1783 – 1 June 1856)

INTRODUCTORY NOTE: Enos Curtis was the father of sixteen children. He was one of the first members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, helping to bring into the LDS Church, with his missionary work, two men who later figured prominently in the LDS Church – Brigham Young (who became the Prophet after Joseph Smith) and Heber C. Kimball (who became an Apostle). Enos assisted with missionary work in Canada, suffered with the Latter-day Saints in Clay County, Missouri, received his endowments and was sealed to his first wife, Ruth Franklin, in the first Historic Nauvoo Temple, and then became a refugee in Council Bluffs, where he buried his first wife in a lonesome grave, and then crossed the Plains as a pioneer. Enos helped to settle Springville, Utah, as one of its’ first citizens, and also served as an LDS Patriarch in his later years. This is his story. (Records last compiled on 13 April 2010).

(Note of explanation: The italicized dates and information are taken from LDS Church History, and, since Enos Curtis was very involved in the early days of the LDS Church, and one of its’ first members, they are included in this biography for their historical interest. This timeline is compiled from sources found listed at the end.)

TIMELINE OF THE LIFE OF ENOS CURTIS

BORN: On 9 Oct 1783, Enos Curtis, the oldest son of Edmond Curtis and Polly Avery, was born in the little town of Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York, USA, a few miles east of the Hudson River, in New York. A few miles farther east is the larger town of Chatham. From the record of the ancestors, it seems the family for several generations had lived in Connecticut. Much of the land there had been taken up and many of the young men were reaching out to new frontiers and no doubt that is what brought Enos’s father to New York. The family Enos came from were evidently farmers and settlers. His ancestors on both sides were of English and Welch descent, most having left their homelands to come to the New World in the early 1630’s.

Enos was born two years after the Revolutionary War was over and peace was won. In New York City, then the capitol of the new nation, George Washington became the first President of the United States of America. Enos Curtis would have been six years old when George Washington took the oath of office April 30, 1789, at the Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City, New York state. *1- for more information about Kinderhook, New York, see notes following biography.

1797, AT AGE 14, Enos was apprenticed to learn a trade. His master was so cruel and unkind that he begged his father to let him return home. His father refused, saying that the agreement was made and papers signed and that he must stay. He finally decided that he could stand it no longer. He found passage on a steamer that took him to New York City (he probably traveled on the Hudson River). He found work that satisfied him, and forgot his troubles.

14 November 1805, AT AGE 22, ENOS CURTIS MARRIED RUTH FRANKLIN, the daughter of David Franklin and Hannah Simmons, at Sterling, Windham County, Connecticut. Soon after Enos and Ruth married, they moved to Pennsylvania.*2- See notes on Ruth Franklin family at end of Biography- Ruth’s parents were incorrectly listed as John Franklin and Abigail Fuller, in one record.

MOVED, Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin moved to Tioga County, Pennsylvania. The county had been recently formed in 1804. Pennsylvania is called the Keystone State, because it is the center of the Thirteen original colonies. The state was named after William Penn, and although he was a devout Quaker, his policy of religious freedom encouraged many to settle there. The state is rich in natural resources, forested areas, and many kinds of wild life and game. This country was inviting to Enos and Ruth and this is where they decided to live and raise a family. Enos was a farmer and carpenter by trade. *3- See notes on Tioga County, at end of biography

1807, Enos Curtis’s grandfather, Died. Jeremiah Curtis, grandfather of Enos, died in the town of Russia, Herkimer Co., New York in 1807. Two years after the marriage of Enos, county records state that Jeremiah had no real estate but his personal property he willed to his grandson, Enos, son of Edmund.

5 FEBRUARY, 1808, DAUGHTER BORN, Lydia Curtis, the first child and first daughter of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, probably in Rutland, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

5 JULY 1809, DAUGHTER DIED, Lydia Curtis, a toddler of 15 months, the first child and first daughter of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, probably in Rutland, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

22 MARCH 1810, DAUGHTER BORN, Maria Curtis, the second child, second daughter of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, probably in Rutland, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

12 AUGUST 1812, DAUGHTER BORN, Martha Curtis, the third child, third daughter of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, probably in Rutland, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

5 NOVEMBER 1814, SON BORN, Edmond Curtis, the fourth child, first son of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, probably in Rutland, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Edmond was named after his grandfather, the father of Enos Curtis.

1814 – Enos Curtis appeared on the Tioga County Census. The town was listed as Jackson at that time.

6 JUNE 1815, SON DIED, Edmond Curtis, the little, eight month old first son of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, probably in Sullivan, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

12 NOVEMBER 1815, SON BORN, Jeremiah Curtis, the fifth child, second son, of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, probably in Rutland, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Jeremiah was named after the grandfather of Enos, who had left Enos some personal property in his will.

22 FEBRUARY 1816, SON DIED, Jeremiah Curtis, the little four month old baby, the fifth child, second son, of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, was the second son and third child to die in this little family.

1816: Crops failed throughout New England in this “year without a summer.” Joseph Smith Sr. left Vermont and settled his family in Palmyra, New York.

8 MARCH 1817, SON BORN, THEN DIED THE SAME DAY, Seth Curtis, the sixth child, third son, of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, probably in Rutland, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. He was the third son and fourth child to die in this little family.

26 MARCH 1818, SON BORN, Simmons Philander Curtis, the seventh child, fourth son, of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, probably in Rutland, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Simmons became the first son of this family to live to adulthood and marry.

1820- Enos Curtis appeared on the census of Tioga County in 1820. His town was listed as Jackson, which later became known as Rutland.

Early spring 1820: Joseph Smith received First Vision, in which he prayed and saw God the Father, and His Son Jesus Christ, in a grove of trees near his home, which was located at the Palmyra/Manchester border.

10 AUGUST 1820, TWIN SON BORN, one of a set of twins, David Avery Curtis, the eighth child, fifth son, of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, probably in Rutland, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. A day later, his twin brother, John White Curtis, was born.

11 AUGUST 1820, TWIN SON BORN, John White Curtis, the ninth child, sixth son, of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, probably in Rutland, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. His brother, David Avery Curtis, was born the day before.

19 FEBRUARY 1822, SON BORN, Ezra Houghton Curtis, the tenth child, seventh son, of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, probably in Rutland, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

21–22 Sept. 1823: Joseph Smith visited by angel Moroni and told of the Book of Mormon record. Joseph viewed gold plates hidden in a stone box in the Hill Cumorah. Annual visits to the site for instruction by Moroni followed.

4 JANUARY 1825, DAUGHTER BORN, Ruth Curtis, the eleventh child, fourth daughter, of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, probably in Rutland, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

4 OCTOBER 1825, DAUGHTER DIED, Ruth Curtis, only nine months old, the eleventh child, fourth daughter, of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, probably in Rutland, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Ruth Curtis was the fifth child in this family to die as a baby or toddler.

14 DECEMBER 1826, DAUGHTER BORN, Ursula Curtis, the twelfth child, fifth daughter, of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, probably in Rutland, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

18 Jan. 1827: Joseph Smith married Emma Hale in South Bainbridge, New York.
22 Sept. 1827: Joseph Smith obtained gold plates from Moroni at the Hill Cumorah.
Dec. 1827: Joseph and Emma Smith moved to Harmony, Pennsylvania, where the gold plates could be translated safely.

About 1827, DAUGHTER MARRIED, Martha Curtis, the third child, second daughter, of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, married Elial Strong.

June–July 1828: The first 116 manuscript pages of the translated Book of Mormon were lost.

3 APRIL 1829, DAUGHTER BORN, Sabrina Curtis, the thirteenth child, sixth daughter, of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, probably in Rutland, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

7 Apr. 1829: Joseph Smith resumed translation of the gold plates with Oliver Cowdery as scribe.
15 May 1829: John the Baptist conferred Aaronic Priesthood on Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery near Harmony, Pennsylvania.
Sometime in late May 1829: Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery received Melchizedek Priesthood from Peter, James, and John, near the Susquehanna River between Harmony, Pennsylvania, and Colesville, New York.
June 1829: Translation of Book of Mormon completed and copyright applied for (June 11). The Three Witnesses shown the plates and other Nephite artifacts by Moroni in Fayette, New York. The Eight Witnesses shown the gold plates by Joseph Smith in Manchester, New York.

1830, Enos Curtis appeared on the Federal Census of the United States:
1830 Census of Rutland, Tioga County, State of Pennsylvania (page 23)
Enos Curtis – Males in family: 1 of 5 years & less than 10; 3 of 10 & less than 15; 1 of 40
& less than 50; Females in family: 2 under 5 years of age; 1 of 30 and under 40.

26 Mar. 1830: First copies of Book of Mormon available in Palmyra, New York.
6 Apr. 1830: The “Church of Christ” organized, by Joseph Smith, in Fayette, New York, first elders ordained, and “Articles and Covenants of the Church” revealed (D&C 20, 22).
June 1830: “Visions of Moses” received as part of Bible translation (now chapter 1 of the book of Moses, Pearl of Great Price).
9 June 1830: First conference of the LDS Church, Fayette, New York.
Dec. 1830: Sidney Rigdon called to assist Joseph Smith as scribe in Bible translation (D&C 35:20). First revelation on gathering given; command for Church to move to Ohio (D&C 37).
1 Feb. 1831: Joseph Smith arrived in Kirtland, Ohio, and commenced ministry there.
4 Feb. 1831: Edward Partridge ordained as first bishop of Church.
9 Feb. 1831: Revelation on Church government and law of consecration (D&C 42).

IN 1831, ENOS CURTIS LEARNS OF JOSEPH SMITH, AND HIS “GOLD BIBLE” Enos Curtis was a religious man and, not finding a church that suited him, made the statement, “Someday the true church would be upon the earth.” So, when Enos Curtis heard about Joseph Smith being visited by Heavenly messengers, Enos wanted to know more. Many rumors were circulating in Pennsylvania, about the “gold bible,” since Joseph Smith translated most of the Book of Mormon while living in Pennsylvania. A friend of Enos Curtis, named Alpheus Gifford, heard the doctrines taught by Joseph Smith, and was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (then called, “Church of Christ”). Alpheus Gifford brought home five Books of Mormon, which he distributed among his friends, including one to Enos Curtis.

3–6 June 1831: First high priests ordained at general conference of Church, Kirtland, Ohio, township.
3 Aug. 1831: Temple site dedicated, Independence, Missouri.

1831, AFTER RECEIVING A BOOK OF MORMON, at his home, in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, Enos Curtis accompanied his friends: Alpheus Gifford, Alpheus’s brother, Levi Gifford, and (Enos’ son-in-law) Elial Strong, Eleazar Miller, and Abraham Brown, to Kirtland, Ohio, to visit the Prophet Joseph Smith and the brethren. Enos Curtis and the other men from Pennsylvania who accompanied him, were baptized members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, exact date unknown. Enos Curtis was baptized by Lyman Wight. *4 – See notes on Lyman Wight at end of biography

31 DECEMBER 1831, TWO BRANCHES [small congregations] OF THE CHURCH WERE RAISED UP IN PENNSYLVANIA, one in Rutland, Tioga County, and another in Columbia, Bradford County. Enos Curtis was one of the first converts in the Rutland, Tioga County, Pennsylvania Branch. Elial Strong (Enos Curtis’s son-in-law married to his third daughter, Martha Curtis), Enos Curtis, Alpheus Gifford, Eleazer Miller, and Daniel Bowen, all became Elders this same year (1831), and took a missionary journey to the state of New York, and among other places, preached in Mendon, Monroe County, New York.

16 Feb. 1832: Revelation on degrees of glory (D&C 76) received.

FALL 1832, ENOS CURTIS, and his missionary companions from Pennsylvania, taught in Mendon, Monroe County, New York, where they taught and bore testimony to many, including Brigham Young, and Heber C. Kimball, both of whom later joined the LDS Church.*5 – See notes on Brigham Young at end of biography.

April 1832, by APRIL 1832, HEBER C. KIMBALL WAS BAPTIZED a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, by Alpheus Gifford, in Mendon, New York. Heber C. Kimball later became a member of the Quorum of the Twelve in 1835, a member of Brigham Young’s First Presidency, and Lieutenant Governor in the territorial legislature of the provisional State of Deseret.

27 Dec. 1832: “The Olive Leaf” (D&C 88) received calling for construction of temple in Kirtland and establishment of School of the Prophets.

JANUARY 1832, BRIGHAM YOUNG AND HEBER C. KIMBALL VISITED PENNSYLVANIA, at the Rutland, Tioga County Branch, to see the Elders who had taught them the Gospel, and stayed with them for one week.

21 APRIL 1832, DAUGHTER BORN, Celestia Curtis, the fourteenth child, seventh daughter, of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, probably in Rutland, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. She was the last child born to this couple.

JUNE 1832, PHINEAS YOUNG, JOSEPH YOUNG, (Brigham Young’s brothers), ENOS CURTIS, ELIAL STRONG, AND ELEAZER MILLER WENT ON A MISSION TO CANADA. During the summer of 1832, these men journeyed to Ernestown, Midland District, Upper Canada (now Ontario Province). They labored for about six weeks and were successful in baptizing many and raising up a branch of the Church.
In summating his and his friend Eleazer Miller’s missionary success during this period, Elial Strong recorded, “Brother Miller, an elder that has traveled with me in the last two routes, has baptized about twenty. I have baptized, in all thirty-five; nine in Rutland and Sullivan [township adjacent to Rutland]; four in Columbia; seven in Troy and three in Canton [Bradford County], five in Shaftsbury, Vermont; one in Chenago, NY, and one in Mendon, NY, and five in Ernest Town, Upper Canada.” * 6 – See notes on Missionary trip to Canada, after biography

JUNE 25, 1832, WHILE ENOS CURTIS WAS ON HIS MISSION TO CANADA, his twin sons, John White Curtis and David Avery Curtis, were baptized members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at age 12.

27 Feb. 1833: The Word of Wisdom (D&C 89) received.
2 July 1833: Joseph Smith concluded first draft of Bible translation (JST).
20 July 1833: Mob at Independence Missouri demanded removal of Latter-day Saints from Jackson County, Missouri. Printing office destroyed, halting printing of Book of Commandments, (the early edition of the Doctrine and Covenants).
23 July 1833: Latter-day Saints at Independence made treaty with mob to leave Jackson County. Kirtland, Ohio Temple cornerstones laid.
7 Nov. 1833: Latter-day Saints fled from Jackson County mobs across Missouri River into Clay County, Missouri.
18 Dec. 1833: Joseph Smith Sr., Joseph Smith’s father, ordained as first Church Patriarch.
17 Feb. 1834: First high council of Church organized, Kirtland, Ohio.
5 May 1834: Joseph Smith left Kirtland for Missouri as leader of Zion’s Camp to bring relief to Saints expelled from Jackson County.

13 SEPTEMBER 1834, DAUGHTER MARRIED, Maria Curtis, the second child, (first surviving) of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, married Abraham Brown.

14 Feb. 1835: Quorum of the Twelve Apostles organized, Kirtland, Ohio.
28 Feb. 1835: First Quorum of the Seventy organized, Kirtland, Ohio.
28 Mar. 1835: Revelation on priesthood (D&C 107) given.

15 APRIL 1835, BRIGHAM YOUNG WAS BAPTIZED a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, by Eleazer Miller, in Mendon, New York. Brigham Young later became the second President of the LDS Church, in 1847, and later became the first Governor of Utah Territory, in 1850.

July 1835: Egyptian mummies and papyrus exhibited in Kirtland, Ohio; mummies and papyrus purchased. Joseph Smith began receiving revelation that is known as the book of Abraham.
17 Aug. 1835: Doctrine and Covenants adopted as official canon of Church; issued from press in Kirtland in September.
14 Sept. 1835: Emma Smith appointed to select hymns according to previous revelation (D&C 25).
21 Jan. 1836: Vision of celestial kingdom and revelation concerning salvation of the dead (D&C 137).
27 Mar. 1836: Kirtland Temple dedicated. First temple built in the last days.
3 Apr. 1836: Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, Kirtland Temple; Moses, Elias, and Elijah appeared conveying priesthood keys (D&C 110).
19 July 1837: Heber C. Kimball and others arrived in Liverpool, England, on first overseas mission.
14 Mar. 1838: Headquarters of Church established in Far West, Missouri.
26 Apr. 1838: Revelation specifies name of the Church—The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (D&C 115).
4 July 1838: Temple cornerstones laid in Far West, Missouri.
8 July 1838: Revelation on tithing received (D&C 119).
25 Oct. 1838: Battle of Crooked River. Mormons expelled from Kirtland, Ohio. Missouri Governor Lilburn W. Boggs issued Extermination Order against Saints two days later. (Rescinded 25 June 1976.)
30 Oct. 1838: Haun’s Mill Massacre, Caldwell County, Missouri.
1 Dec. 1838: Joseph Smith and others imprisoned, Liberty Jail, Liberty, Missouri.
20–25 Mar. 1839: While still imprisoned in Liberty Jail, Joseph Smith wrote epistle to Saints containing revelations that would become D&C 121, 122, 123.
April 1839: Joseph Smith and others escape from unjust imprisonment in Missouri and take their journey to Illinois, where the Prophet goes first to Quincy, then to the Saints’ new place of settlement in Commerce, later renamed Nauvoo.
Nov. 1839: First issue of Times and Seasons published, Commerce, Illinois.

SOMETIME PRIOR TO 1839, ENOS CURTIS AND RUTH FRANKLIN, MOVED TO CLAY COUNTY, MISSOURI. The family was driven to seek refuge in Caldwell County.
*7 – See notes on Clay County Missouri, at the end of the biography.

NOVEMBER 1839, ENOS CURTIS signed a petition, with other Latter-day Saints, to Congress, presenting claims against the State of Missouri. Enos Curtis’s claim was for $1,856, in loss of land, home, and worldly goods.

1840, Enos Curtis is listed on the census of Fulton County, Illinois.

May 1840: First issue of Millennial Star published, Manchester, England.
JULY 1840, THE SITE FOR NAUVOO WAS SELECTED.
1840, THE NAUVOO CHARTER WAS SIGNED INTO LAW. This charter provided for the organization of the city of Nauvoo, the formation of the Nauvoo Legion, and the establishment of the University of Nauvoo.

4 JULY 1840, SON MARRIED, Simmons P. Curtis, the seventh child of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, married Emiline Buchanan.

FALL, 1840, JOSEPH SMITH’S FATHER, JOSEPH SMITH, SEN., DIED.
15 Aug. 1840: Baptism for the dead announced by Joseph Smith.
OCTOBER 1840, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held a Conference, during which, the Church voted to begin work on a new temple, in Nauvoo. Joseph Smith taught the Saints about the priesthood, and the doctrine of baptizing for the dead.
19 January 1841, Hyrum Smith was released as a member of the First Presidency, and called to be Church Patriarch.
19 Jan. 1841: Saints commanded to build Nauvoo Temple, Nauvoo House (D&C 124).
February 1841, elections were held in Nauvoo. John C. Bennett was elected Mayor, and Joseph and Hyrum Smith and Sidney Rigdon were elected to positions on the city council.
1841, The doctrine of plural marriage was taught by Joseph Smith. Some leaders were asked to obey it. (See Doctrine and Covenants 132, on Celestial Marriage.)
March 1841, construction began on the Nauvoo Temple.

13 MAY 1841, SON MARRIED, John White Curtis, the ninth child of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, married Almira Starr, the sister of John’s twin brother’s wife.

16 August 1841, a special conference was held in Nauvoo, during which, the Prophet Joseph Smith announced that it was time for the Twelve to stand in their place next to the First Presidency.

29 SEPTEMBER 1841, ENOS CURTIS RECEIVED HIS PATRIARCHAL BLESSING from Patriarch Hyrum Smith, brother to Prophet Joseph Smith.

At the October 1841 Conference of the Church, Joseph Smith announced that baptism for the dead would now be performed only in the temple, not in the river as had been previously allowed.

20 OCTOBER 1841, SON MARRIED, David Avery Curtis, the eighth child of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, married Amanda Starr, the sister of David’s twin brother’s wife.

24 Oct. 1841: Palestine dedicated by Elder Orson Hyde for return of children of Abraham.
8 November 1841, the baptismal font in the Nauvoo Temple was completed and dedicated.
1 Mar. 1842: Publication of book of Abraham commenced in Times and Seasons, Church newspaper, Nauvoo, Illinois. This Book of Abraham is now contained in the Pearl of Great Price.
1 Mar. 1842: Wentworth Letter, containing the Articles of Faith, published in Times and Seasons.
The Wentworth letter, a letter to the editor of the Chicago Democrat newspaper, was printed. This letter was the first published account of Joseph Smith’s early spiritual experiences and concluded with what we know as “The Articles of Faith.”
17 Mar. 1842: Female Relief Society organized, Nauvoo, Illinois; Emma Hale Smith as first Relief Society president.
4 May 1842: First endowment ordinances given, Red Brick Store, Nauvoo.
6 Aug. 1842: Joseph Smith prophesied Saints would be driven to Rocky Mountains.
February 1843, the City of Nauvoo held elections, and Joseph Smith was elected Mayor of Nauvoo.
12 July 1843: Revelation on celestial marriage recorded (D&C 132).
MARCH 1844, IN A MEETING WITH THE TWELVE APOSTLES, JOSEPH SMITH CONFERRED UPON THE TWELVE ALL THE ORDINANCES, AUTHORITY AND PRIESTHOOD KEYS, TO GOVERN THE CHURCH, IF HE SHOULD DIE. ( p. 66, “Our Heritage”)
6 April 1844: Approximately 30 percent of LDS Church membership was found in British Isles. British members contributed to continuous inflow of immigrants to Nauvoo.
May 1844, Joseph Smith was nominated to run for President of the United States, with Sidney Rigdon as his vice-presidential running mate.
7–10 June 1844: Nauvoo Expositor, anti-Mormon newspaper, published. Immediately declared a public nuisance and destroyed.
27 JUNE 1844: JOSEPH SMITH, JR., AND HIS BROTHER, HYRUM SMITH, WERE SHOT BY AN ARMED MOB IN THE CARTHAGE JAIL. Their bodies were brought back to Nauvoo in a wagon, and buried in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois. (pp. 62-66, “Our Heritage”)

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 1844: APOSTLE BRIGHAM YOUNG SPOKE IN A MEETING IN NAUVOO. AS HE SPOKE, BRIGHAM YOUNG SOUNDED AND LOOKED AS THOUGH HE WERE THE PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH. (See p. 66 “Our Heritage”)

1 SEPTEMBER 1844, ENOS CURTIS PRESIDED OVER A CONFERENCE AT QUINCY, ILLINOIS. Enos was President of a Branch. He was ordained as a High Priest, prior to this, in Lima, Illinois. Lima was about 25 miles south of Nauvoo, Illinois. At this time, Enos Curtis lived in Morley’s Settlement (also known as Yelrome) * 8 –See notes on Quincy, Illinois at the end of the biography. Also see notes on 9- Lima, Illinois. Also see notes on 10 — Morley’s Settlement.

5 OCTOBER 1845: LDS GENERAL CONFERENCE WAS HELD IN THE ASSEMBLY ROOM OF THE NAUVOO TEMPLE.

25 OCTOBER 1845, ENOS CURTIS APPEARED BEFORE THE JUSTICE OF THE PEACE IN HANCOCK COUNTY, and made an affidavit, which stated that, on or about Oct. 18, 1845, in Morley Settlement, (two and a half miles from Lima), Enos saw two houses and three stables burning, and saw two mobbers armed with guns running away from the fires. He also saw the house belonging to the Widow Boss, burning on Monday, October 21, in the same area as the former fires. Mobbers became increasingly more frequent in the Illinois area, around the Latter-day Saint settlements. About this time, one day when Enos Curtis was away from home, some mobbers came to his house. The families gathered there told the mob that their Mother, Ruth Franklin, was very ill and could not be moved. The mob left, but came back a second and third time . . . each time more vicious . . . and finally set fire to the house. The women rolled Ruth up in a blanket, and carried her out of the burning house. The shouts . . . of the mob were soon heard by the absent men, who rushed back and carried Ruth Franklin away in a wagon, as she couldn’t walk. The mob even chased the wagon, but when more help came, they stopped their pursuit.

10 DECEMBER 1845: ENDOWMENT WORK BEGAN, IN THE ATTIC OF THE NAUVOO TEMPLE, and continued until 7 February 1846. Over 5,500 Saints received their endowments, and many baptisms for the dead were performed, as well as sealings. (from the Church History Chronology, Maps, and Photographs, in the Doctrine and Covenants index)

1 JANUARY 1846, ENOS CURTIS AND RUTH FRANKLIN RECEIVED THEIR ENDOWMENTS, in the Nauvoo Temple, Hancock County, Illinois.

6 JANUARY 1846, DAUGHTER, URSULA CURTIS RECEIVED HER ENDOWMENTS, (Enos and Ruth’s daughter) in the Nauvoo Temple, Hancock County, Illinois.

22 JANUARY 1846, SON, SIMMONS P. CURTIS RECEIVED HIS ENDOWMENTS, (Enos and Ruth’s son) with his wife, Emmeline Buchanan, at the Nauvoo Temple, Hancock County, Illinois.

27 JANUARY 1846, SON, JOHN WHITE CURTIS RECEIVED HIS ENDOWMENTS, (Enos and Ruth’s son) with his wife, Almira Starr, at the Nauvoo Temple, Hancock County, Illinois.

3 FEBRUARY 1846, ALBERT MINER CURTIS RECIEVED HIS ENDOWMENTS, (Enos and Ruth’s son) with his wife, Tamma Durfee, and then were sealed for eternity by Heber C. Kimball, at the Nauvoo Temple, Hancock County, Illinois.

18 DECEMBER 1846, SON MARRIED, Ezra H. Curtis, the tenth child of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, married Lucinda McKinney Carter, at Mt. Pisgah, Pottawattamie County, Iowa.

4 Feb. 1846: Nauvoo Saints commenced crossing the frozen Mississippi River to move to the Great Basin. THE EVACUATION OF THE SAINTS: had been planned for March through April, but because of mob persecutions, Brigham Young and the Council of the Twelve began sending groups out of Nauvoo on February 4, 1846, and nearly 12,000 Saints departed Nauvoo between February to September 1846.
4 Feb. 1846: Ship Brooklyn sailed from New York for California with 238 Church members, with Samuel Brannan as leader.

6 FEBRUARY 1846, SON, DAVID AVERY CURTIS RECEIVED HIS ENDOWMENTS, (Enos and Ruth’s son) with his wife, at the Nauvoo Temple. Also that day, Heber C. Kimball sealed Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin Curtis for eternity at 11:25 a.m., and then David Avery Curtis and his wife, Amanda Starr. John White Curtis and his wife Almira Starr were sealed for eternity by Brigham Young.

7 FEBRUARY 1846, SON, EZRA H. CURTIS RECEIVED HIS ENDOWMENTS, (Enos and Ruth’s son) with his wife, at the Nauvoo Temple, Hancock County, Illinois.

1846, ENOS CURTIS AND HIS FAMILY CROSSED THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER at the Montrose crossing, with another family named Stowell, on a ferry. A terrific wind came up, which had previously taken others down the river into the rapids. The families were very anxious about crossing. While they were on the ferry, the wind blew so hard that it looked like the cable controlling the ferry would break. “Enos Curtis raised his arm to the square and commanded the wind to take them to shore. It ceased its velocity and changed direction so the ferry drifted to the shore and both families were saved. As soon as they were on shore, the gale began as fierce as before.”

9 OCTOBER 1846, After the last of the Saints had been driven out of Nauvoo, many were sick and some had died. Their provisions were meager. On the river bottoms near Montrose, Iowa, many quail miraculously flew into camp. The quail were cooked and fed to some 640 destitute people (see Stanley B. Kimball, “Nauvoo West: The Mormons of the Iowa Shore,” BYU Studies, winter 1978, 142).
30 April 1846: Completed Nauvoo Temple dedicated. Second temple completed in the last days.

JUNE 1846, Enos Curtis and his family joined the rest of the Saints at Council Bluffs, on the west side of the Mississippi River. People lived in log houses or dugouts, or other crude shelters.
* 11 –see notes on Council Bluffs, at the end of the biography

JULY 16 1846: Mormon Battalion mustered into U.S. Service in Iowa.

31 July 1846: Ship Brooklyn arrived in California at San Francisco.
10–17 Sept. 1846: Battle of Nauvoo fought between remaining members and Illinois mob.

SEPTEMBER 1846 THE NAUVOO TEMPLE WAS ABANDONED.

1846, DAUGHTER MARRIED, Ursula Curtis, the twelfth child of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, married Abraham Durfee.

1846, DAUGHTER MARRIED, Sabrina Curtis, the thirteenth child of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, married George King.

By the end of 1846, nearly four thousand Saints had gathered at Winter Quarters, and were organized into 22 wards.
14 Jan. 1847: President Young received revelation concerning organization of Saints for move west (see D&C 136).
5 Apr. 1847: First group of President Young’s pioneer company left Winter Quarters on the journey west.
21 July 1847: Orson Pratt and Erastus Snow made first LDS reconnaissance of Salt Lake Valley.
24 July 1847: President Young entered Salt Lake Valley.
28 July 1847: Salt Lake Temple site selected by President Young.
31 Oct. 1847: President Young and other members of the advance company arrived back at Winter Quarters.
5 Dec. 1847: President Young sustained as second President of the Church by Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Kanesville, Pottawattamie County, Iowa.
27 Dec. 1847: Conference of Church at Kanesville sustained Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Willard Richards as First Presidency.

6 MAY 1848, RUTH FRANKLIN DIED, wife of Enos Curtis, of exposure and exhaustion. She had been ill for some time. The family buried her at Council Bluffs in a grave they may never have had the opportunity to visit again. Ruth had 6 children who preceded her in death: Lydia Curtis (b. 1806-d. 1809); Maria Curtis (b.1810- d.1841); Edmund Curtis (b.1814-d.1815); Jeremiah Curtis (b.1815-d.1816); Seth Curtis (b.1817-d.1817); Ruth Curtis (b.1825-d.1825). Ruth was survived by her husband, Enos Curtis, and nine children: Maria Curtis (Brown); Martha Curtis (Strong); Simmons P. Curtis; David Avery Curtis; John White Curtis; Ezra Houghton Curtis; Ursula Curtis (Durfee); Sabrina Curtis (Harward); and Celestia Curtis.

SPRING 1848, ENOS CURTIS TRAVELED WITH BRIGHAM YOUNG’S FIRST DIVISION, as part of the second wagon train to Salt Lake Valley. This first division of three was captained by Brigham Young, and was composed of 1,229 people, 397 wagons, 74 horses, 19 mules, 1,275 oxen, 699 cows, 184 loose cattle, 411 sheep, 141 pigs, 605 chickens, 37 cats, 82 dogs, 3 goats, 10 geese, 2 hives of bees, 8 doves, and one crow. The three divisions totaled 2,408 Saints, who called themselves the camp of Israel. The record of this journey is contained in a Camp Journal.

MAY-JUNE 1848- “Miracle of the Gulls” In Salt Lake Valley, crickets destroying crops were eaten by seagulls. Five thousand acres had been planted that year, and nine hundred acres of wheat. Five thousand Saints immigrated to the valley that year.

21 SEPTEMBER 1848, ENOS CURTIS ENTERED THE SALT LAKE VALLEY, a widower, with his two youngest daughters; Ursula Curtis (divorced), and Celestia Curtis (youngest). Enos’s other children and their families would arrive later.

1848, SALT LAKE VALLEY, The new city of Great Salt Lake (as it was called) consisted of a fort, enclosing a block of ten acres. The walls around this were made of adobe and logs. As additional companies came into the Valley, they added the south divisions (forts) which were connected by gates to the old fort. Tents and wagon boxes were brought into the fort, and served as living quarters, until better accommodations were provided. *12 – See notes on Fort in Salt Lake Valley, at the end of the biography.

OCTOBER 1848: THE NAUVOO TEMPLE WAS VANDALIZED AND DESTROYED BY FIRE.
1849, A convention was held in Salt Lake City, where a constitution for the new State of Deseret was drafted. The constitution was similar to that of the United States, except that everyone – man, woman, Indian, black, or white– was allowed to vote. Brigham Young was elected governor, and a year later, the United States admitted part of the State of Deseret into the Union as a territory. It was then called, Utah Territory.
Fall 1849: Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company established. This was a fund to help Saints who did not have the necessary money, to emigrate to the Salt Lake Valley.
9 Dec. 1849: Sunday School organized by Richard Ballantyne.
SEPTEMBER 1850, TAMMA MINER, a widow, arrived in Salt Lake with her seven children: Orson Miner, Polly Miner, Mormon Miner, Moroni Miner, Don C. Miner, Matilda Miner and Alma Lindsay Miner. Her husband, Albert Miner, had become ill and died in Iowa; Tamma had seen her father, Edmond Durfee, shot down in Illinois by a mob. They were without a home or anyone to hunt one for them, and they were very lonesome. They stayed with a Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox for two weeks, when Enos Curtis came along, and offered Tamma and the children a home.

c. 1850, SABRINA CURTIS KING, daughter of Enos and Ruth, traveling in an unidentified, independent wagon train, arrived in the Salt Lake Valley. At this time, she was divorced from her first husband, George Elisha King, and had her one living child (the other two having died), David Abraham King, 3, with her. (George Elisha King moved to Puget Sound, Washington, rather than Utah. He remarried, and was killed in the White River Massacre in King County, Washington, in 1855.)

6 APRIL 1850, DAUGHTER REMARRIED: Sabrina Curtis (King), daughter of Enos and Ruth, married English immigrant Thomas Harward. Thomas had emigrated from England a year before, and crossed the plains in the George A. Smith/Dan Jones Company in 1849. Sabrina and Thomas were married in Salt Lake City, Utah. They moved to Springville, Utah.

20 OCTOBER 1850, ENOS CURTIS AND TAMMA MINER WERE MARRIED. They lived in a log cabin on the Jordan River the first winter together. While here, Tamma and all her children had “erysipelas” (probably a severe throat infection, such as strep) of the throat, and her oldest son, Orson Miner, 18, died, because of it.

15 June 1850: Deseret News newspaper began publication in Salt Lake City.
20 Sept. 1850: President Young appointed governor of Utah Territory. Salt Lake City’s population now numbered 5,000 people.

1 OCTOBER 1850, JOHN WHITE CURTIS, son of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, arrived with his wife, Almira Starr, and son, Elial Strong Curtis, 8, (1842-1924, named for his uncle) (their other son, Orson H. Curtis, (1844-1845) died before crossing the Plains) in the Salt Lake Valley, with Stephen Markham’s wagon train. John and Almira settled at first in Springville, Utah, where they lived for several years, then in 1876, moved to Aurora, Sevier, Utah.

In 1850, a census of Utah Territory was taken. The Curtis family was listed as follows, and Enos’s son David Avery Curtis and daughter, Sabrina Curtis King Harward also appeared on the census, although they are not listed here:

Enos Curtis, age 67, male, occupation, chairmaker, born New York
Tamma, age 38, female, laborer, born Ohio
Moroni, age 16, male, born Illinois
Mormon, age 14, male, born Illinois
Matilda, age 11, female, born Illinois
Alma, age 10, male, born Illinois
Carlos, age 8, male, born Illinois

John [White] Curtis, age 30, male, laborer, Pennsylvania
Almira, age 36, female, Connecticut
Elial, age 9, male, Illinois

25 DECEMBER 1850, DAUGHTER MARRIED, Celestia Curtis, the fourteenth child of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, married Jabez Durfee, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

1851, EZRA HOUGHTON CURTIS, son of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, ARRIVED IN SALT LAKE VALLEY, with his wife, Lucinda McKenney Carter, in the Joseph Horne Company. Ezra and Lucinda settled in 1875 in Aurora, Sevier Valley, Utah.

APRIL 1851, ENOS CURTIS AND TAMMA DURFEE MOVED TO SPRINGVILLE, UTAH, with their unmarried children. They began a house and farm here. Enos’s son, John White Curtis, also moved to Springville. Enos and John each built a spacious one-room log home with a carpenter shop in between, which they both shared. They helped build homes, and built furniture in the shop. Enos and John were both good carpenters, and they also worked together a lot, building, surveying, and farming. Their crops were planted and were first to be harvested that first year. They paid their tithing. Tamma’s sons, Mormon Miner and Moroni Miner, helped Enos and John in the carpenter shop.

13 OCTOBER, 1851, DAUGHTER BORN, Clarissa Curtis, the first child, first daughter of Enos Curtis and Tamma Durfee, in Springville, Utah County, Utah.

1852, SIMMONS P. CURTIS, son of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, ARRIVED IN SALT LAKE VALLEY, with his wife, Emmeline Buchanan, and their children, Martha Jane Curtis, 11; Enos Leroy Curtis, 9; John Bache Curtis, 7; Simmons Franklin Curtis, 4; and Mary Ann Curtis, 1; in the Thomas C.D. Howell Company. The same year, daughter of Enos Curtis and Ruth Franklin, Maria Curtis Brown, arrived in Salt Lake Valley, with the Isaac Bullock company.

23 FEBRUARY 1853, DAUGHTER BORN, Belinda Curtis, the second child, second daughter of Enos Curtis and Tamma Durfee, in Springville, Utah County, Utah.

8 OCTOBER 1853, ENOS CURTIS, 70, WAS SUSTAINED AS A PATRIARCH. He was set apart by Heber C. Kimball, Parley P. Pratt, George A. Smith, and John Taylor at the 9 April 1854, General Conference.

10 May 1854: President Brigham Young decided to have a meeting with Chief Walker, the War Chief of the Ute Nation, and his band. Pres. Young organized a party of men to search out Chief Walker. Among others, Enos Curtis was selected as the Patriarch of the company. They traveled south to Chicken Creek, where Chief Walker and his band were camped. Pres. Young, Heber C. Kimball, several of the Twelve, Patriarch Enos Curtis, and others, visited with Chief Walker in his wickiup. They visited for hours, and concluded with a peace treaty. Pres. Young and the company then went on to visit Saints in the Iron County Mission, and other areas before returning home. Enos Curtis had four children that were part of the Iron County Mission: Simmons Curtis, Ezra Curtis, Sabrina Curtis, and Celestia Curtis. Now 71 years old, this was a wonderful opportunity for Enos Curtis to visit their families and his grandchildren living there.

12 JUNE 1855, TWIN DAUGHTERS BORN, Adelia Curtis, and Amelia Curtis, the third and fourth children of Enos Curtis and Tamma Durfee, in Springville, Utah County, Utah. These were the last children of Enos.

SUMMER 1855, THE GRASSHOPPER WAR. The pests had come in autumn 1854, and laid eggs. That summer, they hatched, eating everything. One fourth of the crops were saved, after much struggle.

SPRING, 1856, FOOD WAS SCARCE, as most of the previous year’s crops were destroyed by grasshoppers, and a recent Measles outbreak had left one of Enos’s daughters, Adelia Curtis, 8 months old, dead. ENOS’S SON, DAVID AVERY CURTIS, WAS SERVING A MISSION IN ENGLAND.

APRIL 1856, ENOS’S GRANDSON, Ursula Curtis Durfee’s little two year old boy, John Franklin Durfee, died.

AROUND 1856, ENOS CURTIS ’S SONS JOHN WHITE CURTIS, DAVID AVERY CURTIS, SIMMONS P. CURTIS AND EZRA H. CURTIS WERE ALL LISTED AS MEMBERS OF THE 20th QUORUM OF THE SEVENTIES.

1 JUNE 1856, ENOS CURTIS DIED, after attending a family dinner and putting in a full day’s work, falling asleep in his chair, in Springville, Utah County, Utah. He was buried, 6 June 1856, in Springville, Utah County, Utah. Enos Curtis’s then current wife, Tamma, was left with the four older boys from her previous marriage, to care for the farm, (Moroni Miner, 21; Mormon Miner, 19; Alma Lindsey Miner, 15; Don Carlos Smith Miner, 13) and three little girls (Clarissa Curtis, 5; Belinda Curtis, 3; and Amelia Curtis, 1;–Adelia Curtis had died as a baby) for Tamma to care for.
Enos was preceded in death by five children- Lydia Curtis (b. 1806-d. 1809); Maria Curtis (b.1810- d.1841); Edmund Curtis (b.1814-d.1815); Jeremiah Curtis (b.1815-d.1816); Seth Curtis (b.1817-d.1817); Ruth Curtis (b.1825-d.1825). Enos was also preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Franklin Curtis (d.6 May 1848). Enos was the father of fourteen children, by his wife Ruth Franklin Curtis, and survived by eight. Enos was the father of four children, by his second wife, Tamma Durfee Miner Curtis, and survived by three. Enos and Tamma’s daughter, Adelia Curtis (b. 1855-d.1856) also preceded Enos in death.
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SOURCES CITED
1- IN HONOR OF OUR NOBLE PIONEER ANCESTORS, compiled in 1982 by Gloria Galloway and her mother, Duella Stevens Jakeman (daughter of Maud McDonald Stevens, daughter of Rozilla Curtis McDonald, daughter of John and Matilda Curtis)

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4- Reference Information: The above presentation of Enos Curtis was taken from a book, “Our Family Chain –Elial “Radmall” Coleman– Ancestry and Youth” by Larry K. Coleman, 1982.
This book mentioned in the above ref. is in poss. of Ted & Maxine Moody, Rt 2, box 765, Safford, Arizona 85546. (phone #) 1-602-428-1564.

5- TIMES AND SEASONS. Vol. V. No. 22.] CITY OF NAUVOO, ILL. Dec. 1, 1844. [Whole No. 106
HISTORY OF JOSEPH SMITH.

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9- Notes about the Ruth Franklin family: (from an email from Maxine Belnap, mdbelnap@juno.com)

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Source: History of Tioga County, Pennsylvania, with Illustrations, Portraits, & Sketches of Prominent Families and Individuals (1883), (New York: W. W. Munsell & Co., Press of George MacNamara), pp. 334-337.

RUTLAND TOWNSHIP AND ROSEVILLE.

By John L. Sexton jr. Retyped for SRGP – JMT by Wilma JOHNS Sakowsky

11- Families of Jackson Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania
By J. Kelsey Jones
2010 Edition

12- Sacred Places of New York and Pennsylvania
Bradford and Tioga Counties [Pennsylvania]
by Larry C. Porter
p. 277

13- Notes on Lyman Wight- In June 1831 D&C 52 was revealed to Joseph Smith the Prophet, regarding the rules of Missionary work- At Conference, new missionaries were called, including (D&C 52:7) Lyman Wight and John Corrill, as mission companions (served mission to Jackson County, Missouri, via Detroit and Pontiac, Michigan Territory, June-Aug. 1831)

14- S. Dilworth Young, “Brigham Young—The Early Years,” Tambuli, Jun 1989, 18

15- Marjorie H. Rice, “Living in a Chapter of History,” Ensign, Oct 2007, 56–61

16- –“The Church in Its Canadian Setting,” Ensign, Sep 1988, 44–45

17 –Richard E. Bennett, “Canada: From Struggling Seed, the Church Has Risen to Branching Maple,” Ensign, Sep 1988, 30

18- “Chapter 29: Living with Others in Peace and Harmony,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, (2007),339–48

19- “Chapter Four: Establishing Zion in Missouri,” Our Heritage: A Brief History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 37

20- Church History in the Fulness of Times Institute Student Manual Chapter Seventeen-Refuge in Illinois)

21- Gracia N. Jones, “My Great-Great-Grandmother, Emma Hale Smith,” Ensign, Aug 1992, 30

22- Donald Q. Cannon, “Spokes on the Wheel: Early Latter-day Saint Settlements in Hancock County, Illinois,” Ensign, Feb 1986, 62

23- “The Way It Looks Today: A Camera Tour of Church History Sites in Illinois,” Ensign, Sep 1979, 34

24- Albert L. Zobell Jr., “The Prophet’s Last Christmas,” New Era, Dec 1976, 13

25- Donald Q. Cannon, “Spokes on the Wheel: Early Latter-day Saint Settlements in Hancock County, Illinois,” Ensign, Feb 1986, 62

26- William G. Hartley, “‘How Shall I Gather?’,” Ensign, Oct 1997, 5–17

27- “Sentinel in the East: A Biography of Thomas L. Kane” by Albert L. Zobell, Jr., M.S., which includes the article:
“The Mormons” A Lecture by Thomas L. Kane, (A Discourse delivered before The Historical Society of Pennsylvania: March 26, 1850.)
(Bolding, italics and subtitles added later)

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Title: A Young Folks’ History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Author: Nephi Anderson
Release Date: August 16, 2005 [EBook #16534]

29- Ronald Esplin, “Utah’s First Thanksgiving,” Ensign, Oct 1982, 49–51

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31-TIMES AND SEASONS. Vol. V. No. 22.] CITY OF NAUVOO, ILL. Dec. 1, 1844. [Whole No. 106
HISTORY OF JOSEPH SMITH.
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Quincy, Sept. 1, 1844.

At a conference at which Enos Curtis was president, and Henry Pinney clerk, it was resolved that Moses Jones, Silas Maynard and W. B. Corbitt be recommended to the High Priests’ Quorum to be ordained as high priests.

Six were received into the church by recommendations from other places.

Brother Thompson was directed to be sent to hire a room to hold meetings in for the next three months.

Elder Corbitt addressed the conference from Romans 2d chapter, and made some remarks on the late epistle of the Twelve. Elder McKenzie also addressed the conference.

Bros. Hollinghead and Corey were ordained priests.

The Lord’s supper was administered; the minutes directed to be published in the Times and Seasons, and the conference adjourned three months.

ENOS CURTIS, President.

HENRY PINNEY, Clerk.
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*1- Notes on Kinderhook, New York– (bold type and underlining added later)
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Henry (Hendrick) Hudson sailed as far north as Kinderhook on his exploration of the Hudson River and named the location “Kinderhoek.” Kinderhook signifies in the Dutch tongue “the children’s corner,” and is supposed to have been applied to this locality, in 1609, on account of the many Indian children who had assembled on one of the bluffs along the river to see his strange vessel (the ‘Half Moon’) sailing up stream. Another version says that a Swede named Scherb, living in the forks of an Indian trail in the present town of Stuyvesant, had such a numerous family of children that the name of Kinderhook was used by the Dutch traders to designate that locality. Hudson had mixed dealing with the local Mohican natives, ranging from peaceful trade to minor skirmishes. As the Dutch attempted to colonize the area, further warfare broke out with the natives.
Kinderhook was settled around 1750. The town of Kinderhook was founded in 1788 from a previously created district (1772), but lost substantial territory to form part of the town of Chatham in 1775. Kinderhook was one of the original towns of Columbia County. More of Kinderhook was lost to form the town of Ghent in 1818 and the town of Stuyvesant in 1823.
Kinderhook is steeped in history. Washington Irving wrote his classic story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” while staying at Lindenwald, the home of Martin Van Buren. The Van Alen House, built in 1737, is just north of Lindenwald on route 9H. The house is now a museum, along with the original Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse adjoining it, quite faithfully described by Irving. A fascinating account of the early history of the Kinderhook area was published by the Village in 1976 for the Bicentennial.
Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) is another notable local person. He was born on December 5th in a house that was located at 36 Hudson Street, where an historical marker now stands. His father, who had fought in the war for Independence, was a tavern keeper and farmer. Martin attended village schools until age 14 when he started to read law with a local attorney, Mr. Sylvester. He then moved to New York City to pursue further legal studies.

Throughout the 1700’s, there was prolonged trouble over the Massachusetts boundary line, with New Englanders claiming the Hudson River as their eastern [probably should read western -ed.] boundary and New Yorkers claiming control over land extending into Connecticut. This antagonism was further inflamed by the cultural disparity between the primarily Dutch New Yorkers and the English New Englanders. Many Kinderhook freeholders claimed title to land in the disputed area and vigorously opposed the incursions from the east. During the 1760’s and early 1770’s Kinderhook inhabitants were also threatened by the claims of powerful landowners in the Livingston and VanRenssalaer families. These controversies slowed this area’s agricultural development and by 1763 the Village had fifteen homes and the Dutch Reformed Church.
In 1772, the English King interceded in the border dispute in favor of the New Englanders by creating the Kinderhook District and the King’s District. However, final settlement of the boundary line did not occur until after the Revolution when the U.S. Congress established the present border in 1789.
The outbreak of the Revolutionary War found the Village, as well as most of the State, with sharply divided sympathies. In 1775, the division was so great that dual elections, one Tory and one Patriot, were held in the Village to elect representatives to the County Committee of Correspondence. Outside agitators further encouraged enmity between these groups and both sides frequently resorted to acts of violence. The protection of Patriot lives and property was entrusted to Committees of Safety. By the spring of 1777 Tory hostility was so great that General Gates ordered Continental troops here. Despite these instances of Loyalist partiality, many sons of Kinderhook rendered honorable service during our nation’s fight for independence.
During the Revolutionary War, the Kinderhook area was the site of several historic events. In the winter of 1775-76 Colonel Henry Knox transported a vital shipment of artillery from the recently captured Fort Ticonderoga to the beleaguered City of Boston. Using ox and horse-drawn sledges, Knox led his hardy band through the frozen countryside, stopping only to rest and replenish their supplies. One of the areas traversed by Knox was the Town of Kinderhook. Our Village was the overnight resting place of Colonel Benedict Arnold in the spring of 1777 while he was convalescing from wounds received during the victory of Bemis Heights. When the redcoat army was captured by the Americans under General Phillips in 1777, the English General Burgoyne was entertained in the Village. Similarly, the American General Montgomery dined here while on his way to the ill-fated attack on Quebec.
After the Revolution was won, the area was slow to adjust to the disruption and dislocation the war had caused. Many prominent estates changed hands, either because the owners had fled to Canada or the land had been confiscated outright. In addition, there was increased settlement in Kinderhook by New Englanders. Most importantly, however, the post-Revolutionary period was one of major civic reorganization.
In 1786 Columbia County was formed in the division of Old Albany County. The County was originally comprised of seven towns whose supervisors established a County government.
Two years later the Town of Kinderhook was organized in the District which had been formed in 1772. The fact that the first town records were kept in Dutch is indicative of the strength of this area’s Dutch heritage. Indeed, Dutch was spoken in Kinderhook well into the 19th century.
It was during this period of transition that turnpikes stretching in all directions were built. In 1785 the first stagecoach company between Albany and New York was chartered to run weekly coaches over the post road passing through Kinderhook. The turn of the century brought steamboat travel and helped set the stage for a period of extensive development in the Village.
Being situated on a plain which was “as a garden and abounded in agricultural wealth”, Kinderhook derived much of its prosperity from the land. Aside from an extensive wagon-making industry, the lack of water power prevented the Village from sustaining large manufacturing industries. Nevertheless, Kinderhook Creek was noted as one of the best in the country for fine mill sites and generated a great deal of industry in neighboring areas. Due to its location on the old post road and the excellent highways which traversed it in all directions, the Village became a major commercial center. Goods and produce from the surrounding area passed through here on their way to the river where they were easily shipped to New York markets via sloops plying the Hudson.
Throughout its history, the Village of Kinderhook has graced the State and the Nation with many prominent people. One of Kinderhook’s leading citizens was Peter VanNess who had commanded a regiment in the defeat of Burgoyne in 1777 and went on to become Kinderhook’s first judge. Judge VanNess constructed the house which he called Kleinrood and which Martin VanBuren later occupied and renamed “Lindenwald”. At this house, the VanNess children were tutored by a young writer whose name was Washington Irving.
During his stay in Kinderhook, Irving wrote Rip VanWinkle and garnered material for the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Although the latter story was set in Tarrytown (possibly because he was writing for a New York City audience), the principle characters were based on local Kinderhook folk. Letters subsequently written by Washington Irving attest to the fact that Ichabod Crane was patterned after Jesse Merwin who taught at the local schoolhouse.
One of Peter VanNess’ sons was William P. VanNess whose main claim to fame is that, as Aaron Burr’s personal friend, he communicated Burr’s challenge to Alexander Hamilton and acted as his second at the fateful duel. According to local legend, VanNess gave Burr refuge in a secret sealed room at Lindenwald after he killed Hamilton.
Although Lindenwald passed to the VanBuren family after the President died, it was lost by his son John while gambling. The winner was a New York City financier named Lawrence Jerome who brought his family, including his daughter Jenny, to live at Lindenwald. Jenny Jerome, of course, was Winston Churchill’s mother.
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Source: History of Tioga County, Pennsylvania, with Illustrations, Portraits, & Sketches of Prominent Families and Individuals (1883), (New York: W. W. Munsell & Co., Press of George MacNamara), pp. 334-337.

RUTLAND TOWNSHIP AND ROSEVILLE.

By John L. Sexton jr. Retyped for SRGP – JMT by Wilma JOHNS Sakowsky

THE township of Rutland was organized from the townships of Sullivan and Jackson, in February 1828. It is bounded on the north by the township of Jackson, on the east by Bradford county, on the south by Sullivan and Richmond, and on the west by Tioga. Its principal stream is Mill Creek, which flows westerly and empties into the Tioga River at Mill Creek station on the Tioga and Elmira State Line Railroad. Elk Run, a considerable creek, flows across its southwestern boundary.

We have alluded to the character of the settlers in the history of Sullivan, and will only say that after the formation of the township of Sullivan, in 1817, the inhabitants of the present township of Rutland began to agitate the formation of a township, whose center should be where the present borough of Roseville is located. It is not necessary to reproduce here the arguments that were advanced pro and con in the controversy. Suffice it to say that even among the early settlers of Sullivan and Rutland the spirit of envy and strife was not unknown. To call it by its mildest term, the spirit of rivalry was extant, and resulted in the formation of the township of Rutland. The heat of that early conflict has died out, but the recollection of it was for many years kept alive.

(The following is probably in 1882)

Rutland township and Roseville now have twelve schools, with 168 male and 154 female scholars, aggregating 322. The first school-house in the township was on the Mill Creek road, and one of the early teachers was Harris Soper.

According to the report of the secretary of internal affairs for the year 1880 the valuation of taxable property in the township and borough was $245.080. This is another of the low estimates. The real amount will approximate $700,000. The number of taxables in the township in 1881 was 353, and in Roseville borough 75, making a total of 428.

There are five churches in the township and borough, and one very flourishing Odd Fellows’ lodge, No. 468, which was established over thirty years ago, and has been the parent of lodges at Seeley Creek, Austinville, Aspinwall, Mainesburg, etc. The lodge owns the building where it meets, the lower portion of which is used for a town hall, election purposes, etc. Myron Rose is the present noble grand.

Like the inhabitants of Sullivan the citizens of the township are in a prosperous and independent condition. The farms are under a good state of cultivation, with good dwellings and convenient barns and sheds, and the farmers are well provided with all the latest and most improved implements of husbandry. Corn, wheat, oats, barley and buckwheat are cultivated with success; tobacco also has been raised, paying well for the labor connected therewith. The orchards are thrifty and well cared for, and the herds of neat cattle and sheep to be seen in the fields show that this is one of the finest dairy and agricultural townships of the county.

A large portion of the lands in Rutland township as well as in Sullivan township originally belonged to the Bingham estate and what are known as the Bishop White lands.
Families of Jackson Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania
By J. Kelsey Jones
2010 Edition

8. Ruth Franklin b. 14 Nov 1790 m. 15 Dec 1805 Enos Curtis b. 9 Oct 1783 Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York son of Edmond Curtis and Mary Avery.

Enos appears on a special assessment of Tioga and Delmar Townships, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, dated 7 Oct 1814 when it was submitted to the commissioners of Tioga County. This was a special tax enumeration of the two townships that existed in the entire County at that date.
Enos Curtis is listed as age 30, farmer. Enos appears on the first assessment list in 1816 (compiled fall of 1815) of Jackson Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

On the 1820 assessment list unable to pay for schooling of Mariah and Martha.
Enumerated in Jackson Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania in 1820 with three males under age ten (b. 1811-20), one male of age twenty six and under age forty five (b. 1776-94), two females under age ten (b. 1811-20), and one female of age twenty six and under age forty five (b. 1776-94). They resided in that portion of Jackson Township that became Rutland Township.
Unable to pay for schooling of children Maria and Martha on the 1822 assessment list of Jackson.

Enumerated in Rutland, Tioga County, Pennsylvania in 1830 with one male of age five and under age ten (b. 1821-25), three males of age ten and under age fifteen (b. 1816-20), one male of age forty and under age fifty (b. 1781-90), two females under age five (b. 1826-30), and one female of age thirty and under age forty (b. 1791-1800). They removed west and embraced the Mormon faith.

Enumerated in Fulton County, Illinois in 1840. Ruth’s own endowment record in the Nauvoo Temple dated 1 Jan 1846 gave her birth as 14 Nov 1790 Sterling, Connecticut. Ruth d. 6 May 1848 Council Bluffs, Pottawatamie County, Iowa.

Enos m. 20 Oct 1850 Tamma Durfee b. 6 Mar 1813 Lenox, Madison County, New York daughter of Edmond Durfee and Magdalena Pickle and widow of Albert Miner b. 31 Mar 1809 Jefferson County, New York. Albert and Tamma m. 9 Aug 1831, were early converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
They assisted in the construction of both the Kirtland and Nauvoo Temples and endured many hardships in their struggles. After being driven from Nauvoo, Illinois, Albert d. 3 Jan 1848 on the plains of Iowa at Iowaville and was buried there. After Albert’s death Tamma and seven of nine children living continued on to arrive in Utah in June 1850.
Tamma and Enos settled in Springville, Utah in April 1851. Enos d. 1 June 1856 Springville. Tamma m. 7 Apr 1857 John White Curtis b. 11 Aug 1820 son of Enos and Ruth. Tamma d. 30 Jan 1885 Provo, Utah.

Lydia Curtis b. 5 Feb 1808 Chatham, New York d. 5 July 1809.
Maria Curtis b. 22 Mar 1810 Rutland m. 13 Sept 1834 Abraham Brown (2)Milo Everett.
Martha Curtis b. 12 Aug 1812 Rutland m. Elial Strong and she d. 22 Dec 1834.
Edmund Curtis b. 5 Nov 1814 Rutland d. 6 Jan 1815 Sullivan.
Jeremiah Curtis b. 12 Nov 1815 Rutland d. 22 Feb 1816 Rutland.
Seth Curtis b. 8 Mar 1817 Rutland d. 8 Mar 1817 Sullivan.
Simmons Philander Curtis b. 26 Mar 1818 Rutland m. 4 July 1840 Emeline Buchanan and 7 Mar 1870 (2)Asenath Annette Lawrence.
John White Curtis (twin) b. 11 Aug 1820 Rutland m. 13 May 1840 Almira Starr and 21 Oct 1855 (2)Matilda Miner and 7 Apr 1857 (3)Tamma Durfee widow of his father.
David Avery Curtis (twin) b. 11 Aug 1820 Rutland m. 20 Oct 1841 Amanda Ann Starr and 28 Aug 1852 (2)Lutitia Shearer and 28 Aug 1852 (3)Harriet Sarah Howard and 25 Mar 1855 Sarah Harward.
Ezra Houghton Curtis b. 19 Feb 1823 Rutland m. 18 Dec 1846 Lucinda McKenney Carter and (2)Juliaette Everett.
Ruth Curtis b. 4 Jan 1825 Rutland d. 4 Oct 1825 Rutland.
Ursula Curtis b. 14 Dec 1826 Sullivan m. Abraham Durfee and 1 Jan 1879 (2)Samuel Kendall Gifford.
Sabrina Curtis b. 3 Apr 1829 Rutland m. 6 Apr 1850 Thomas Harward.
Celestia Curtis b. 21 Apr 1832 Rutland m. 25 Dec 1850 Jabez Durfee.

Children of Enos and Tamma:
Clarissa Curtis b. 13 Oct 1851 Springville, Utah.
Belinda Curtis b. 23 Feb 1853 Springville, Utah d. 17 Nov 1873.
Amelia Curtis (twin) b. 12 June 1855 Springville, Utah.
Adelia Curtis (twin) b. 12 June 1855 Springville, Utah d. 2 Feb 1856.

Child of Tamma and John White Curtis:
Maritta Curtis b. 16 Jan 1858 Springville, Utah.
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Sacred Places of New York and Pennsylvania
Bradford and Tioga Counties [Pennsylvania]
by Larry C. Porter
p. 277

It was in the spring of 1831 that Alpheus Gifford of Rutland Township heard the doctrines of the gospel as taught by the Prophet Joseph Smith. He was baptized and ordained a priest. He brought home five copies of the Book of Mormon and placed them with friends and family members. Soon after, Alpheus went to see the Prophet in Kirtland and took with him friends from Tioga and Bradford Counties. These included his brother, Levi Gifford, Elial Strong, Eleazer Miller, Enos Curtis, and Abraham Brown. Alpheus was ordained an elder while there. We also know that Enos Curtis and Elial Strong were baptized in Kirtland. Lyman Wight performed the ordinance for Enos Curtis. Eleazer Miller wasn’t baptized until December 1831 in Pennsylvania. On their return to Pennsylvania these brethren conducted extensive missionary work in Tioga and Bradford Counties. Among those baptized under their ministrations were Daniel Bowen in Columbia Township and Ezra Landon in Troy Township.
During the fall of 1831, Elial Strong, Brother Potter (possibly Richard Potter of Columbia Township) and Brother Bowen (presumably Daniel Bowen), undertook a short-term mission to Shaftsbury, VT, where “a few received the work.”
In the winter of 1831 Alpheus Gifford, Enos Curtis, and Elial Strong from Rutland Township, and Eleazer Miller and Daniel Bowen from Columbia Township undertook a mission to Mendon, NY. Samuel H. Smith, brother of the Prophet Joseph, had previously paved the way for their labors by placing at least two copies of the Book of Mormon with the Phineas H. Young and John P. Greene families in that area. These copies were circulated widely among other family members. The elders first visited Phineas in the town of Victor and then spread to the larger Young and Kimball families in the area before going on to Warsaw, NY, and other locations.
Prompted by a desire to learn more of Mormonism, Brigham and Miriam Young, Phineas and Clarissa Young, and Heber C. Kimball made an exchange visit with the Pennsylvania elders. They left Mendon about Jan, 20, 1832, and traveled by horse and sleigh to Bradford County where they met with the people of the Columbia Branch. Brigham Young reported:
“We travelled through snow and ice, crossing rivers until we were almost discouraged; still our faith was to learn more of the principles of Mormonism.
“We arrived at the place where there was a small Branch of the Church; we conversed with them, attended their meetings and heard them preach, and after staying about one week we returned home, being still more convinced of the truth of the work, and anxious to learn its principles and to learn more of Joseph Smith’s mission. The members of the Branch in Pennsylvania were the first in the Church who received the gift of tongues.”
In the spring of 1832, Phineas H. Young, Joseph Young, and their father, John Young again journeyed to the Columbia Branch. On April 5 Phineas and John were baptized by Ezra Landon and Daniel Bowen, respectively. And on the following day, April 6, Joseph Young was baptized by Daniel Bowen. Returning to Mendon with the visitors or shortly thereafter, Alpheus Gifford and Eleazer Miller again began to proselyte. Brigham Young was baptized by Eleazer Miller on April 15, 1832. Heber C. Kimball was baptized by Alpheus Gifford on either April 15 or 16, 1832. More than thirty persons were baptized in the Mendon/Victor area in the next few weeks.
The intensity of missionary work from such small branches of the Church as those in Bradford and Tioga Counties is hard to imagine. During the summer of 1832, Eleazer Miller, Enos Curtis, Elial Strong, and an unnamed missionary from Rutland joined with Elders Phineas and Joseph Young from Mendon and journeyed to Ernestown, Midland District, Upper Canada (now Ontario Province). They labored for about six weeks and were successful in baptizing many and raising up a branch of the Church.
In summating his and his friend Eleazer Miller’s missionary success during this period, Elial Strong recorded, “Brother Miller, an elder that has traveled with me in the last two routes, has baptized about twenty. I have baptized, in all thirty-five; nine in Rutland and Sullivan [township adjacent to Rutland]; four in Columbia; seven in Troy and three in Canton [Bradford County], five in Shaftsbury, Vermont; one in Chenago, NY, and one in Mendon, NY, and five in Ernst Town, Upper Canada.
Concerning his early missionary labors, Elial Strong specified: “We have labored under some disadvantage, not having instructions till within a few months past, respecting this great work, other than the Articles [D&C 20 and 22], Book of Mormon, and the Comforter.”
Among those recruited for Zion’s Camp in 1834 were Elial Strong and Levi Gifford from Tioga County and Eleazer Miller from Bradford County. Unfortunately, Elial Strong was one of the members of Zion’s Camp who died of cholera in Clay County, Missouri at the conclusion of the march.
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