Pioneers of Ellis County
Jesse H. Curlin
Compiled by Jean Caddel
Jesse H. Curlin and his family arrived in the Alma township, precinct No. 3, May 16, 1870. He was born ca 1829 in Henry County, Tennessee, the eldest son of Hugh and Phoebe (Jackson) Curlin, natives of North Carolina and Virginia. The parents were married in Tennessee, and had eight children, only two of whom survived in 1892: Jesse and Mexico America, (widow of Wilson T. Curlin, deceased).
In 1861, Hopkins Co. Tex., Jesse H. Curlin married Sarah E. McGill (b. Apr. 4, 1839 in Mississippi). In 1862 in Harrison Co. Tex., he enlisted in Love's regiment and assisted in guarding the prison at Marshall. He was a Democrat and member of the Farmer's Alliance.
He and Sarah had eleven children: Lelia (Lena), (b. Oct. 20, 1862, Marshall, Texas, married Martin Robert Whitfill); Thomas Hugh, (b. Mar. 3, 1864); Joanna Lane, (b. Dec. 17, 1865, married Thomas Berry); Phebe Jessie, (b. Feb. 17, 1867, married Lucas Mason); Wilson Samuel, (b. Mar. 21, 1869, married Nancy Cave); Jenny Juritha Jane Ford, b. Sep. 7, 1870, married Alonzo Rosson); Mexico Ellis,(b. Apr. 7, 1873, married Harry Page); Lilly Elizabeth, (b. Dec. 5, 1875, married George Champlin); Rosie McClain, (b. May 10, 1877, married Henry Jenks of Rice); James Madison, (b. May 12, 1879; d. March 28, 1903; bur. Alma Cemetery); Jay Gould, (b. Feb. 5, 1882). The last five children were born at Alma.
J. H. Curlin died at Alma April 11, 1898, and his wife, Sarah, died Jan. 12, 1904. Both are buried near the front of Alma Cemetery.
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