Descendants of Dr. Archibald Curry
Generation No. 1
1. DR. ARCHIBALD1 CURRY was born January 21, 1727/28 in Scotland, and died December 26, 1816 in Scott Co. KY. He married Sara MCDONALD September 22, 1757 in Scotland, daughter of James MCDONALD and MARY. She was born August 29, 1738 in Scotland, and died 1816 in Scott Co. KY.
Notes for DR. ARCHIBALD CURRY:
Sara McDonald’s parents came first to America when her father, James, was banished from Scotland for his part in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745. The Clan MacDonald/McDonald, the largest of the Highland clans, is said to be descended from the great warrior -chief, Somerland, and was distributed throughout the Western Isles and Western Highlands. The MacDonalds evidently were in support of Prince Charles Edward Stewart’s claim to the throne of Great Britain which ended with the momentous battle of Culloden in 1746. Many MacDonalds were “cleared” in the wake of Culloden, but James and Mary apparently left before the battle.
Their daughter Sara remained behind until after her 1757 marriage to Archibald Curry, The couple came in 1759 and joined James and Sara McDonald in Kent Co. DE. Apparently Archibald was from Edinburgh.
Archibald Curry was a private in Captain Wetz’s Military Unit in PA and served under George Washington. ( His father-in-law James McDonald served in the Rev. War from PA.)
He moved with his family from Kent Co. DE to Kentucky in the fall of 1788. (GenForum entry of Linda Gillete Hudson, descendant of Archibald Curry, 4 January 2001.)
He is listed on 1800 Tax List of Scott Co. KY.
His biography names him Dr. Archibald Curry and states that he (or a close relative) was the author of a book on the poet, Robert Burns. Dr. James Currie was the first biographer of Robert Bums, but he was the only son of a Rev. James Currie. This puzzle has yet to be solved.
SOURCES: PROVENANCE, by Mildred Downing at www.lincolnminiature.com, and CULLODEN TO THE COLONIES: the collected reminiscences of a McDonald fami1y whose ancestor fought at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, by Antonio J. Jones.
Children of DR. CURRY and SARA MCDONALD are:
2. i. JOHN DELAWARE2 CURRY, b. 1779, Kent Co. DE; d. May 10, 1849, Cynthiana, Harrison Co. KY.
3. ii. JAMES CURRY, b. 1758, Delaware; d. September 30, 1790, Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
4. iii. JANE CURRY, b. 1764.
iv. MARGARET CURRY, b. 1766.
v. DANIEL CURRY, b. 1768.
5. vi. ALEXANDER CURRY, b. October 14, 1770, Baltimore MD; d. 1842, Mt. Sterling, Brown Co. IL.
6. vii. NANCY CURRY, b. 1776, Delaware.
viii. SARA CURRY, b. 1776, A twin of her sister Nancy..
Generation No. 2
2. JOHN DELAWARE2 CURRY (DR. ARCHIBALD1) was born 1779 in Kent Co. DE, and died May 10, 1849 in Cynthiana, Harrison Co. KY. He married NANCY CLARK HENDERSON 1801 in Washington Co. VA. She was born in Pennsylvania.
Notes for JOHN DELAWARE CURRY:
The will of John Curry “being of advanced age”, written (not dated); Probated 9 July 1849, Book F, p. 171, Harrison Co. KY:
Source: VOL.1, KENTUCKY COURT RECORDS-ABSTRACTS-PROBATE ABSTRACTS, HARRISON CO. KY, WILL BOOK D, 1836-1842, compiled by Janet K. Pease.
Margaret Curry was the second wife of John Curry. Her parents, James and Margaret McClure and her first husband, James Moore, as well as John Curry, are all buried at Old Stonermouth Cemetery in Ruddles Mills, Bourbon Co. KY. James Moore was born 25 Dec 1780 and died 4 Oct. 1822. He married Margaret McClure Feb. 25, 1808.
Nancy Clark Henderson was the mother of all of John Curry’s children. This is stated in HISTORY OF PIKE CO. MO.
Census Records indicate that John Delaware Curry was born in DE, and Nancy Clark Henderson was born in PA.
Apparently their son, John H. Curry, who witnessed marriage record of his sister, Sara Jane Curry, had died before his will was written, as his share was left to his daughter, Malvina.
About JOHN DELAWARE CURRY:
Notes for NANCY CLARK HENDERSON:
On 1810 Census taken on” West Side of Licking River” in Harrison Co. KY, Thomas Whitledge and John Curry were listed next to each other. There were 11 people at the Curry home, two of them, a male and a female, between 50 and 60. Two were between 20 and thirty, also a male and female. Seven were children, 5 boys and 2 girls.
Nancy Clark Henderson Curry’s parents must have been the older couple living with John Curry in 1810, because his father, Dr. Archibald Curry, and his mother, Sara McDonald Curry lived, died, and were buried in Lexington, Scott Co. Also, John Delaware Curry was their youngest son.
Thomas Whitledge had a male and a female between forty and fifty, and a female under 5 in his household.
Marriage Notes for JOHN CURRY and NANCY HENDERSON:
John Curry married Margaret McClure 24 December 1840. He was 61 and she was 51. Information about here family is on record at Stonermouth Church, Ruddles Mills, Bourbon Co. KY.
Children of JOHN CURRY and NANCY HENDERSON are:
7. i. SARA JANE3 CURRY, b. 1809, Harrison Co. KY; d. 1850, Peno Twp., Pike Co. MO.
ii. MILTON CURRY, b. 1802.
iii. MANDEVILLE D. CURRY, b. 1804; d. October 1860, Jackson Co. MO.
Notes for MANDEVILLE D. CURRY:
1850 Census of Harrison Co. KY: Mandeville Curry age 33 was a wheelwright.
Living with him were his stepmother, Margaret, age 61; sister America, age 26; and Malvina, niece, daughter of his brother, John H. Curry, as mentioned in John Curry will. It states that he was born in KY.
FEDERAL CENSUS MORTALITY SCHEDULES INDEX RECORD:
iv. JOHN H. CURRY, b. 1806.
v. JAMES ALEXANDER CURRY, b. 1810.
8. vi. PERRY ALLEN CURRY, b. September 29, 1819, KY; d. February 20, 1902, Curryville, Pike Co. MO.
9. vii. AMERICA CURRY, b. 1824, Harrison Co. KY.
3. JAMES2 CURRY (DR. ARCHIBALD’) was born 1758 in Delaware, and died September 30, 1790 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He married Miss MANLOVE. She was born in Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.
Notes for JAMES CURRY:
James Curry, born 1759, had as his only son, James Rolland Curry who was 60 on July 6, 1850, on the 1850 Census of District No.1 in Harrison Co. KY., wife Martha (Bracken) Curry, 50, and their children: Eliza, 24; James 21, a lawyer; Martha age 22, and Ann, ag
James Curry was born in Kent Co. Delaware and married a Miss Manlove from Edinburgh, Scotland. They moved from Delaware to Scott Co. KY where their son James R. Curry was saved from Indians when a babe by being concealed by a slave Hannah, in a sack, along with her son Dover, and smuggled into Flourney’s Station. His father had died and he was staying with his grandparents who had gone to Lexington and left him in the care of Hannah.
He died 30 September 1790 at Harmer’s Defeat at Fort Wayne, Indiana, when his only son was less than a year old. Thus James R. Curry inherited, as the oldest son, $10,000 in money, slaves, and land. He became a surveyor and owned land in Kentucky, Southern Illinois, and Mississippi. Before his death James Curry, in partnership with the industrialist, land speculator, and slave merchant, David Ross, surveyed and bought tens of thousands of acres of land in what became KY. In KY land records he is listed as James Currie.
(There was another James Curry in Cynthiana Records, unrelated to James, the oldest son of Archibald.)
John Delaware Curry taught his brother’s son, James R. Curry, to read, because his stepfather was illiterate. He named James R. Curry the executor of his estate, but he lived out of town, next to Thomas Whitledge, had slaves, and land in Covington. Was this Covington KY, near where he married Nancy Clark Henderson, or Covington KY, where he might have speculated in lands, or inherited them from his brother, John H. Curly, who left his orphaned daughter, Malvina, to be raised by John Delaware Curry? Many handwritten poems of Robert Burns were destroyed, possibly in the home of Dr. James R. Curry, which burned to the ground.
Malvina was living with Mandeville Curry and her stepmother, Margaret, in 1860 Harrison Co. Census.
Child of JAMES CURRY and Miss MANLOVE is:
10. i. MAJOR JAMES ROLLAND3 CURRY, b. 1789, Bryant’s Station, Fayette Co. KY; d. Cynthiana, Harrison Co. KY.
4. JANE2 CURRY (DR. ARCHIBALD1) was born 1764. She married MOSES ARCHIBALD YELL in Talbot Co. MD, son of Pierce YELL and Anna HOAG. He was born January 18, 1746/47 in Essex Co. MA, and died September 1817 in Watrace, Bedford Co.TN.
Notes for MOSES ARCHIBALD YELL:
Moses was a farmer. He moved to Talbot Co. MD and then to Rockingham Co. NC. He next moved to Jefferson
Co. TN and then to Middle TN where he bought 750 acres of land near Shelbyville, Bedford Co. TN.
He had 5 slaves.
He and Jane Curry Yell had a son, A.H. Yell, the first governor of Arizona.
Child of JANE CURRY and MOSES YELL is:
i. GOV. ARCHIBALD3 YELL.
5. ALEXANDER2 CURRY (DR. ARCHIBALD1) was born October 14, 1770 in Baltimore MD, and died 1842 in Mt. Sterling, Brown Co. IL. He married ELIZABETH NUTTER 1799, daughter of Robert NUTTER and Sara BAGWELL. She was born August 26, 1776 in Dover, DE, and died August 28, 1846 in Mt. Sterling, Brown Co. IL.
Notes for ALEXANDER CURRY:
Alexander Curry was a founder of the town of Mt. Sterling IL. He first purchased a tract of land on the Lexington Pike. He lived there until 1830, when he moved to IL, accompanied by his wife and children. He made a settlement in Brown Co, which was then a part of Schuyler Co. As soon as the land came into market he entered 2,000 acres, including the present site of Mt. Sterling, where he erected a double log house on the lot now occupied by the Christian Church.
This log house was used as a dwelling, a justice’s room, and a meeting house.
Alexander did not keep a hotel, but he did entertain travelers free of charge. He was the first Justice of the Peace and the first postmaster.
SOURCE: BIOGRAPHICAL REVIEW OF CASS, SCHULER AND BROWN COUNTIES, ILLINOIS- 1892. Chicago: Bio. Review Pub. Co.
Children of ALEXANDER CURRY and ELIZABETH NUTTER are:
i. DANIEL3 CURRY.
ii. ROBERT N CURRY.
iii. JOHN R. CURRY, b. October 19. 1803, Scott Co. KY.
iv. OLIVIA CURRY.
v. SARA CURRY.
vi. NANCY CURRY.
vii. LEAH CURRY.
viii. MARY CURRY.
ix. HARRIETT CURRY.
6. NANCY2 CURRY (DR. ARCHIBALD1) was born 1776 in Delaware. She married WILLIAM McHATTON January 07, 1796 in Harrison Co. KY, son of John McHATTON and Martha LYTLE.
Children of NANCY CURRY and WILLIAM McHATTON are:
i. MILTON3 McHATTON, b. 1797.
ii. HARVEY McHATTON, b. 1801.
iii. MARTHA McHATTON, b. 1803.
iv. REV. JAMES ARCHIBALD McHATTON, b. May 07, 1804; d. June 30, 1887, Greenton Valley, Lafayette Co. MO; m. SUSAN H. CHINN, November 04, 1827, Rev. G. Gates of Middleton, KY; b. July 20, 1806; d. October 18, 1867, Greenton Valley, Lafayette Co.MO.
Notes for REV.JAMES ARCHIBALD MCHATTON:
Rev. James Archibald McHatton was a minister in the Baptist Christian Church. He helped in the founding of the Green Valley Church, among others. SOURCE: THE EMISON FAMILIES, REVISED by James Wade Emison, 1954. Also from McHatton Family Bible Records held by Carl Gearhart.
About REV.JAMES ARCHIBALD MCHATTON:
v. SARA MCHATTON, b. 1805.
Generation No. 3
7. SARA JANE3 CURRY (JOHN DELAWARE2, DR. ARCHIBALD1) was born 1809 in Harrison Co. KY, and died 1850 in Peno Twp., Pike Co. MO. She married THOMAS WHITLEDGE February 1828 in Cynthiana, Harrison Co. KY, son of John WHITLEDGE and Alcey FRITTER. He was born 1788 in Paris, Bourbon Co. KY, and died 1850.
Notes for THOMAS WHITLEDGE:
Bond of Sara Jane Whitledge and John Curry. Copy obtained by Ralph E.
Coppage, Cynthiana Co. Clerk,
Cynthiana KY. It
is dated January 9,1828. The bond agreement is hard to read, but is
signed by John H. Curry and Thomas Whitledge. Permission Certificate
Child of SARA CURRY and THOMAS WHITLEDGE is:
11. i. AMERICA SUSAN4 WHITLEDGE, b. September 07, 1830, Cynthiana, Harrison Co. KY; d. October 22, 1873, Bowling Green, Pike Co. MO.
8. PERRY ALLEN3 CURRY (JOHN DELAWARE2, DR. ARCHIBALD1) was born September 29, 1819 in KY, and died February 20, 1902 in Curryville, Pike Co. MO. He married SUSAN J. BIGGS November 05, 1846 in Pike Co. MO, daughter of William BIGGS and Elizabeth McCUNE. She was born 1822 in MO.
Notes for SUSAN J. BIGGs:
Susan J. Biggs was the widow of James C. Duval. They married April 1839 in Pike Co. MO
Children of PERRY CURRY and SUSAN BIGGS are:
i. MARY MALVINA4 CURRY, b. September 1847.
ii. JOHN CURRY, b. 1849.
iii. EMILY CURRY, b. 1853.
iv. SARA M. CURRY, b. 1855.
v. ANNIE CURRY, b. 1858.
vi. MILTON CURRY, b. 1859.
vii. FRANCES CURRY. b. 1860.
9. AMERICA3 CURRY (JOHN DELAWARE2, DR. ARCHIBALD1) was born 1824 in Harrison Co. KY. She married THOMAS DAVIS SCROGGINS 1851, son of George SCROGGIN and Mary MILLS. He was born July 05, 1823 in Bourbon Co. KY, and died November 13, 1863 in Pike Co. MO.
Marriage Notes for AMERICA CURRY and THOMAS SCROGGINS:
SOURCE: Ancestry.Com, ONE WORLD TREE, names children and pedigrees of Thomas Davis Scroggins.
Children of AMERICA CURRY and THOMAS SCROGGINS are:
i. PERRY ALLEN4 SCROGGINS.
ii. LILLIE SCROGGINS.
iii. JOSEPH CURRY SCROGGINS.
iv. GEORGE EVERETT SCROGGINS.
10. MAJOR JAMES ROLLAND3 CURRY (JAMES2, DR. ARCHIBALD1) was born 1789 in Bryant’s Station, Fayette Co. KY, and died in Cynthiana, Harrison Co. KY. He married MARTHA BRACKEN 1816 in Cynthiana, Harrison Co. KY, daughter of Thomas BRACKEN and Mary FLETCHER. She was born 1800 in Pittsburg PA.
Notes for MAJOR JAMES ROLLAND CURRY:
James R. Curry was 91 and listed as a lawyer on 1880 Cenus, Cynthiana , Harrison Co.KY. It states that his mother and father were both born in Delaware.
According to PROVENANCE, by Mildred Downing, he was born at Bryant’s Station, Fayette Co.KY. His father moved from VA to KY, first settling in Lexington. He was saved from Indians when he was a baby by being concealed in clothing and smuggled into the fort.
He was a wealthy man in his day. His lands were in Kentucky, Southern Illinois, and in Mississippi. He was a surveyor and later studied law in order to make himself familiar with the care and conveyance of his own property.
He was described as having been very tall and slender (135 pounds) of fair complexion, with blue eyes “…not “brilliant”, but a thoroughly good man.
He received the rank of Major during the War of 1812; was in Richard Johnson’s Regiment an in the division commanded by Gen. Joseph Desha.
He was a judge when the Civil War broke out, and was arrested as a southern sympathizer and taken first to Newport Barracks, KY and then to Camp Chase MD. Although he was an old man, he was forced to march long distances, but he was quickly released, possibly by direct intercession with President Lincoln.
He was also Harrison Co. Sr. Commissioner and an elder in the Presbyterian Church.
When he was short of help at Cairo, IL, while on a trip down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers by boat, he hired a young man there who turned out to be Abraham Lincoln, according to family tradition.
Children of MAJOR CURRY and MARTHA BRACKEN are:
i. MARY BRACKEN4 CURRY, b. June 06, 1816, Cynthiana, Harrison Co. KY; d. March 23, 1838, Versailles, KY; m. DR. JOHN RANDOLPH DESHA b. June 26, 1804, Washington, Mason Co. KY; 4. July 27, 1877, Donarail, Fayette Co. KY.
About MARY BRACKEN CURRY:
Notes for DR. JOHN RANDOLPH DESHA:
Dr. John Randolph Desha received his medical degree from Transylvania College, Lexington, KY about 1828. He practiced for a time in Tennessee, Little Rock, Arkansas, and Georgetown Kentucky. When his father died he left the homestead at Georgetown KY to the doctor on condition that he would return to it and care for his mother during the remainder of her life.
ii. ELIZA CURRY, b. 1821, Cynthiana, Harrison Co. KY; m. WALLACE MCINTOSH; b. Johnstown, PA; d. Cynthiana, Harrison Co. KY.
Notes for WALLACE MCINTOSH:
Wallace McIntosh was a merchant in Cynthiana. He and his wife, Eliza, had no children.
iii. DR. JAMES ROLLAND CURRY, b. Cynthiana, Harrison Co. KY; d. 1862. Richmond VA: m. MALVINA BRUCE; d. Eaton, OH.
Notes for DR. JAMES ROLLAND CURRY:
Dr. James Rolland Curry was in the Southern Army and stationed at Richmond VA. He was killed by a spy. Before the War he had lived in Washington D.C. After his death, Malvina lived in Eaton OH, but spent much of her time with her daughter, Martha.
iv. MARTHA CURRY, b. December 09, 1826, Cynthiana, Harrison Co. KY; m. WILLIAM MCCHESNEY, March 06, 1851; b. 1826, Louisville KY.
Notes for WILLIAM MCCHESNEY:
William McChesney was a grain merchant in Louisville KY, then he became postmaster at Lexington KY for ten years. He was appointed postmaster by President Grover Cleveland.
v. ANNE CURRY, m. GEORGE ROGERS CLARK TODD.
Notes for GEORGE ROGERS CLARK TODD:
George Rogers Clark Todd was the brother of Mary Todd Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln said of him: “a more rabid secessionist was no where to be found. He was not a good husband to Anne and they lived with her parents until her father, John Rolland Curry, ordered him to leave Cynthiana. Dr. Desha then went to Cynthiana and outfitted Dr. Todd with a horse and funds, and drove with him all of the first night to aid him in making his escape.
He went South and during the Civil War he was an officer and a contract surgeon. He never returned to Cynthiana.
Source: PROVENANCE at www.lincolnminiature.com.
Generation No. 4
11. AMERICA SUSAN4 WHITLEDGE (SARA JANE3 CURRY, JOHN DELAWARE2, DR. ARCHIBALD1) was born September 07, 1830 in Cynthiana, Harrison Co. KY, and died October 22, 1873 in Bowling Green, Pike Co. MO. She married SAMUEL ALEXANDER TOMBS March 22, 1855 in Peno Twp. Pike Co. MO. He was born December 28, 1828 in Bowling Green, Pike Co. MO, and died August 12, 1904 in Bowling Green, Pike Co. MO.
Child of AMERICA WHITLEDGE and SAMUEL TOMBS is:
i. JAMES WILLIAM5 TOMBS, b. October 06, 1870.
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