12 October 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Major Henry Z. Curtis

Buried in Oakland Cemetery, Keokuk, Iowa:

To The Memory of
Maj. Henry Z. Curtis
Ass't. Adj't. Gen'l of Vol.
Born At Mansfield, O.
October 11, 1836
Killed At Baxter's Springs
In The Indian Territory
October 6, 1863

Henry Curtis, his wife*, Julia, and infant son were found in a genealogy of his mother's Buckingham family. His infant son, Henry Z. Curtis, Jr., died 2 days after his birth on February 1, 1863, in Keokuk, Iowa. His widow, Julia Dudley (Courtis/Courtes**) Curtis, sister of Lt. Frank Courtis, married 2nd Andrew Baird in 1870, as was living in California. *Maiden name given as Dudley on the marriage record; **In Julia's affidavit to restore her widow's pension, she gave her maiden name as "Courtes" but stated that her parents died when she was very young and was raised by Col. Ambrose & Clara Dudley in Cincinnati, Ohio, therefore was married under her adopted name of Dudley. Cara Curtis, Henry Z.'s sister, lived with his widow Julia in California.

Henry Zarah Curtis was mentioned in the "Illustrated history of Nebraska:...". Ft. Zarah was named in his honor. He was living in Omaha, Douglas Co., Nebraska, in 1860.

Henry was living with his parents, Samuel & Belinda Curtis, in Keokuk, Lee Co., Iowa, in 1850.

A description of the funeral for Henry Z. Curtis can be found here in "Keokuk's Daily Gate City Online."

Note: Many of the links are from Footnote.com; I do not know if they work without a paid subscription to that company.


gnat.elaine said...

I know this is an old post, but Julia is my 2nd Great Grandmother and I have been searching for her parents names. Do you remember if any of the documentation that you found listed first names? Thank you.

PalmsRV said...

Didn't know Julia's parents' names. Thought I'd do a follow-up and see if her brother, Frank, had anything that listed them. At the end of the post, there's a guardian lead for Julia, not Frank. I would recommend going to Fold3.com where I found most of the info from this post and comb through the extensive file (I didn't go back to it). Anyway, here's the new post:http://detourthroughhistory.blogspot.com/2013/09/what-were-julias-parents-names.html Good luck.