17 September 2013

What Were Julia's Parents' Names?

A commenter asked about the identity of Julia's parents after reading the blog post about Major Henry Z. Curtis.

Major Henry Z. Curtis's widow, Julia Dudley (Courtis/Courtes**), 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... .

Most of the information about Julia was extracted from her extensive widow's application for a Civil War pension from the Federal Government (online at Fold3.com).  Perhaps her parents' names could be found by following her brother's (Frank Courtis) paper trail instead.

The first item about Frank came from Passport Applications online:


The passport application of Frank Courtis did not identify his parents, but did give other identifying information:

9 June 1903
Frank Courtis, U.S. Navy, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on 18 June 1844.  It appears that the application stated that his father "was not" [a] citizen of the United States....

United States Census, 1900
Name: Frank M Courtis
ED 213 Newport city Ward 2, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Birth Date:  Feb 1843 [Note: Different DOB]
Birthplace:  Ohio
Relationship to Head of Household: Boarder
Father's Birthplace: Ohio [Note: Father was A Citizen?]
Mother's Birthplace: Ohio
Marital Status: Married
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head James Russell M 60 Massachusetts
Wife Mary L Russell F 66 Massachusetts
Boarder John A Norris M 41 Pennsylvania
Boarder Norris F 38 New York
Boarder Arthur B Hayes M 54 New York
Boarder Frank M Courtis M 57 Ohio [Occupation: Command U.S. Navy]
Boarder Maude E Courtis F 39 California
Et al....

District of Columbia Marriages, 1811-1950
17 Apr 1883
District of Columbia, United States
Spouse's Name:  Maude Clinton Carleton

United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933
Name: Frank Courtis
Beneficiary's Name: Maude C Courtis
Event Type: Pension
Event Date: 1907-1933
Event Place: United States
Form Type: Navy Widow
Affiliate Publication Title: Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933

District of Columbia Deaths and Burials, 1840-1964
Name: Frank Courtis
Burial Date: 22 Jan 1908
Burial Place: Arlington, Va.
Death Date: 20 Jan 1908
Death Place: District Of Columbia
Birth Date: 1844
Occupation: Rear Admiral (Ret'D) Us Na
Marital Status: Married

Admiral Courtis's obituary in the New York Times.

Checked Hamilton County, Ohio, Probate Records, 1789-1996, Hamilton Probate minutes index 1790-1852 and found an entry for Julia.

It did not appear as though the volume needed to find the original record was online at FamilySearch.org yet.

Julia was living with Ambrose and Clara Dudley in Ohio in 1850.

Found more information about Julia and her brother, but not the given names of their parents.

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