Dr. James Douglas Cureton

Dr. James Douglas Cureton, 1830-1904: image provided by Sarah Grace Cureton

Dr. James Douglas Cureton

6 August 1830 - 11 November 1904


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Ancestors of James Douglas Cureton

During Civil War, J. D. Cureton commanded Company G, Sixth South Carolina Volunteer Infantry after serving in Company D, Sixth South Carolina Infantry.

(Source: Roster of Confederate Soldiers 1861-65. Vol. IV, p. 311. Broadfoot Pub. Comp. 1996, Wilmington, N.C.)


"Death of Dr. J. D. Cureton"

(partial text of obituary)

                ---Dr. Cureton was born near Sandy Springs, Greenville county, August 6, 1827. His father, Abner H. Cureton, was from Wales, and settled first in Virginia, and then removed to Sandy Springs, where he reared a family of fourteen children. At the age of 18 Dr. Cureton left the farm of his father and entered the office of Dr. Edwards in Greenville for the purpose of studying dentistry, remaining with him for some time. He then went to Baltimore and took a complete course in dentistry, graduating at the age of twenty-one.

                Dr. Cureton has been twice married, his first wife having been Miss Bowers of Newberry, a daughter of Samuel Bowers, a prominent planter, and one of the justices of the district court. Shortly after marrying, Dr. Cureton moved to Winnsboro, where he practiced his profession until the breaking out of the Civil War. He was among the first to volunteer and was First Lieut. of Co. G of 6th S. C. V's, and was in service at Charleston during the bombardment of Ft. Sumter. He afterwards was ordered to Virginia with his regiment and arrived there in time to witness the close of the first battle of Bull Run.

                He was promoted to Captain at the battle of Seven Pines. He remained in service with the army of Northern Virginia until December, '63, when, on account of ill health, he was assigned to duty in the military court, where he remained until the surrender.

                After the war, Dr. Cureton returned to Winnsboro and resumed the practice of his profession. In 1865 his wife died. In 1866 he was married the second time to Miss C. L. Ladd, daughter of A. W. Ladd [sic], an artist of reputation, who lived at Winnsboro.

                In 1881 Dr. Cureton purchased a farm near Old Pickensville, Pickens county. Here he managed his farm and continued to practice his profession until 1889, when he sold his farm and removed to the county seat.

                Dr. Cureton was the father of sixteen children, thirteen of whom are living. Of his first marriage three are living: J. S. Cureton, of Greenville; J. P. Cureton, of Chattannooga; and Mrs. George Latimer, of Chester.

                By his last wife, who survives him, are: Mrs. J. D. Ratterree, and Mrs. Richard Wilkes, Chester; Mrs. James Wilkes, Fairfield; Mrs. R. E. Yongue, Pickens; and Dr. George Cureton, Greers.---


Summary of Military Service Record

    "The records show that James D. Cureton, not found as James Douglas Cureton, Cpl., 1st Co. D, 6 S.C. Inf., C.S.A., enl. Apl. 11, 1861 at Winnsboro. Ag 30 years. He was promoted 2nd Lt. June 22, 1861. promoted 1st Lt. of the 2nd Co. G, March 29, 1862 and Capt. May 31, 1862.

    P. of W. records show that he was sent from Baltimore, Md., to Fortress Monroe Oct. 11, 1862 where he was received Oct. 13, 1862 for exchange, but the date and place of his capture is not shown. He was paroled at Frederick, Md., Oct. 4, 1862.

    He was retired to the Invalid Corps May 13, 1864, assigned to Court Marshal Duty June 10, 1864, re-examined Nov. 13, 1864 and found totally disqualified.

    No later record found."

(Source: National Archives Compiled Military Service Record, Washington, DC)

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