William Curtis, Farmer, P.O. Troy; Mr. Curtis is a man to whom we gladly give space in our biographical department. He is a self- made man, having started in life with very limited capital; he is now reckoned as one of the wealthy men of the township; and his farm is perhaps equal of any for beauty and fertility. He was born in 1824 in this county. His parents names were Hiram and Jane Curtis. Hiram was born in North Carolina and came to Ohio when 7 years of age. Jane Sheets, the mother of William, was a native of Pennsylvania. During the War of 1812, Hiram helped supply the army with provisions. This lovely land was then the home of the Indian, wild deer, and wolf. Today it is the model of civilization and prosperity; the heavy woodland has given way to the ax of the pioneer, and, in its stead, a heavy harvest is being gathered. William was married to Miss Sally Freese, June 24, 1849; her parents were natives of North Carolina and were of German descent. William and Sally have had thirteen children, of whom twelve are now living- Sarah A. was born in 1850; Mary J. in 1851; Francis Z., July 25, 1853; William D., April 17, 1854; Martin A., April 5 1856; Elwood J., Jan 3 1859; Peter H., Oct 3 1860; Calvin D., June 11, 1862; Lydia B., Nov 5 1863; Nannie E. Sept. 3, 1865; Minnie M. May 13, 1867; Burnette, Feb. 9, 1869 and Charles H., July 10, 1871. Calvin is the only member of the family that is not living. Sarah A. is the wife of David Stahl, and resides in Darke Co. All the other children live in this county and have married well, Mr. Curtis has always been noted for his integrity, and has for several years been connected with the public schools in an official capcaity. Both Mr. ands Mrs. Curtis are members of the Christian Church, and live in accordance with its teachings. They have an elagant residence and live well, as Mr. Curtis is a generous provider. He never voted other than the Republican ticket, but takes very little part in politics."
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