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Robert Curry

Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania, by John W. Jordan, LL.D., Lewis Historical Pub Co, NY, 1915, Vol II, pp.1238-1240



Ohio was the destination of the band of travelers with whom Robert, John, Moses and Joseph Curry, crossed the Allegheny Mountains in 1804, New Jersey their birthplace, but the death of one of the brothers, John, and a combination of circumstances caused them to settle in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania. The four brothers were sons of the American ancestor of the line, who came to this country from Scotland, and is buried in the graveyard of the Mifflin Church, in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania. The possessions of each brother amounted to about seven hundred dollars in value, and this they invested in timberland, building houses after clearing a sufficient space and then undertaking its cultivation.

(1) Robert Curry was the grandfather of Hiram G. and Samuel P. Curry, of this record, and was an expert artisan, being master of the traded of cabinetmaker, gunsmith and blacksmith, at which he worked when not engaged at his farming. He married Nancy Barnes, a native of Delaware, and had issue, one of his sons, Robert G., of whom further.

(II) Robert G. Curry, son of Robert and Nancy (Barnes) Curry, was born in New Jersey, in 1802, died in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, in February, 1865. He was a child of two years when his parents came to Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, and in the schools of that locality obtained his education. In manhood he became the operator of a grist mill, and was also for a time a distiller, abandoning the latter calling in later life. His death occurred in Mifflin township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, and he is buried in the graveyard of the Mifflin Church. He married Elizabeth W. Moore, born in Mifflin township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, daughter of William and Nancy (Wallace) Moore, her parents native. of Ireland, her mother having come to the United States with her family when three years of age. William Moore left his native land because of political and religious disturbances, and made his American home in Baldwin township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania. Among his sons were James, Samuel and William. Children of Robert G. and Elizabeth W. (Moore) Curry: Hiram G., of whom further; Nancy Jane, Robert Bruce, Martha Bell, Anna E., James W., Samuel P., of whom further; John.

(III) Hiram G. Curry, son of Robert G. and Elizabeth W. (Moore) Curry, was born in Mifflin township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, January 25, 1844. As a youth of seventeen years he left the schoolroom to join the Union army, enlisting first in Company C, One Hundred and Second Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, receiving an honorable discharge, July 1, 1863, and then re-enlisting in the same company, serving until the close of the war, his regiment known as "Rowley's Regiment." In the battle of Chancellorsville he was severely wounded in the leg, his knee-cap being split, and he was disabled for some time, being next wounded in the "Seven Days' Fight" around Richmond. On this occasion a bursting shell was the agent of his misfortune, Mr. Curry being hurled high into the air when it broke.

Returning to his home upon the restoration of peace, Mr. Curry was employed at farming, mining, and boat-building, and after spending some time in Westmoreland county, returned to Allegheny county, becoming a farmer and miner in North Versailles township, where he resided for fifteen years. In 1894 he assumed the duties of postmaster at East McKeesport, Pennsylvania, although not under his own appointment, and fulfilled the responsibilities of that position until 1898, when he was appointed postmaster at East McKeesport by President McKinley. Since that date he has remained in office, an efficient public servant, managing the business of the East McKeesport Post Office in an ably competent manner. For eight years he was proprietor of a grocery store in this place, retiring from business upon his wife's death in 1902. Mr. Curry is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and a communicant of the United Presbyterian church. On one occasion he was a member of the East McKeesport council, filling that position faithfully and well. He is well known and liked in the vicinity of his residence, and as a merchant and public servant has filled an honorable position in the East McKeesport community for many years.

He married (first) in the fall of 1865, Amanda Beam, daughter of Jacob and Margaret (Livingston) Beam. Mrs. Curry died March 22, 1902. Children: Margaret E., John M., Minnie B., Harry W., served for three years in the Philippine Islands as a member of Company I, Seventeenth Regiment United States Infantry, having enlisted at the beginning of the Spanish-American War, returned to the United States on the transport "Mead," the trip from Manila to San Francisco consuming thirty-five days, and was subsequently killed in a railroad accident; William G., Robert B., died in infancy, H. Edward, George D. Mr. Curry married (second) May 26, 1910, Mary A. Walthour, widow of J. F. Walthour, by whom he had three children, who lived to maturity: Burton B., Camilla C. and Eva E. Walthour.

(III) Samuel P. Curry, son of Robert G. and Elizabeth W. (Moore) Curry, was born in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, April 15, 1857. He attended the public schools of his native place and in Irwin, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, to which latter place his parents moved when he was a boy, and in Irwin he began to learn the painter's trade when a lad of sixteen years. Completing his apprenticeship he began independent operations as a painter in Irwin, and was so engaged until May 13, 1890 on which date he moved to Wilkinsburg, Allegheny county. To his line Mr. Curry has added paper-hanging, and in his joint business has acquired a wide patronage, which he has steadily increased by virtue of excellent service rendered: To these he has added real estate dealing, and has erected numerous houses in Wilkinsburg, all of which have proved excellent investments. He is known as one of the solid business men of Wilkinsburg, and bears an unassailable reputation for straightforwardness and honor in all transactions. He is a citizen of public spirit, a staunch supporter of all projects and movements of desirable end, and has been identified with the Republican party throughout his entire life. In affairs of local importance he is independent in political action, and while a resident of Irwin, Pennsylvania, served for two terms on the council. Mr. Curry is a member of Oriental Lodge, No. 590, Free and Accepted Masons and with his wife belongs to the South Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church.

Mr. Curry married, March 27, 1883, Sarah Margaret Cunningham, of Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, and has children: 1. Lydia R., married Torrence Stiffler, of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. 2. Olive C., married John H. Lybarger, of Uniontown, Pennsylvania. 3. John D,, lives at home. 4. Samuel Howard, lives at home. 5. Albert, a student in Allegheny College. 6. Margaret R. 7. Robert P. 8 Ellen.

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