Seventh Generation


69. Emma AVERY was born in June 1842 in Illinois.14 She died in 1915 at the age of 73 in Yuba County, California.

Listed as age 20 in 1860 Census, or born 1840; she was listed as age 7 in 1850, born 1843.

1860 Census, Woodstock, Schuyler Co IL, Hh 786
Willis Lewis, 21, b. IL
Emma, 20 b, IL
Elias, age 1, b. IL

I believe Emma married a second time.
Birth Records, Schuyler Co, IL
male child, b. 17 Dec 1883, Buena Vista Twp to Emma (Avery) Curry and William Curry

Looking at the Illinois State Archives online, I found that Mrs. Emma Watson, married William J. Curry, on 30 May 1866, Schuyler Co IL. That would seem to suggest she may have married three times. And indeed, there is a marriage for Emma Lewis to Frank Watson, 16 Mar 1865, Schuyler Co.

William J. Curry was a son of Matthew and is in the following census records:

1850 - Schuyler Co IL, Woodstock Twp, Hh 57
Matthew Curry 31, Nancy 33 -b. KY
Henry C. 16, James 14, William 11 - b. KY
John 8, Serena A. 6, Sallie 5, Taylor, 2 - b. Illinois

1860 - Brown, IL, Cooperstown, Hh 525
Nancy Curry, 45, b. KY
W. J. 21, b. KY. Jno W. 18, b. IL. Serena A. 16, b. IL. Sarah, 14, b. KY. Taylor 10, b. KY. M. J., age 9, female, b. IL

1870 - Schuyler, IL, Buena Vista Twp, Hh 175
William Curry, 31, b. KY
Emma, 28, b. IL
Eva L. 3. William S. 1.
Elias, age 12, b. IL - should have been listed with Lewis surname - see 1860 census
Rosetta, age 15, b. IL - Emma's youngest sister - Rosetta Avery - or should this be Rosa, age 5! And if Rosa was age 5, then 15 in 1880 - was she William Curry's child since Emma & William did not marry until 1866. Was she Frank Watson's child?

1880 Census. Prairieville, Pike, MO, Hh 171
William Curry, 41, b. KY, Farmer
Emma, wife, 37, b. IL as were all the children
Rosa, 15, dau. William 11, son. Julious 9, son. Cretie, 5. dau. Stella, 3, dau.
Elias Lewis, 21, StepSon
Hh 172, but same residence
Taylor Curry, 28. Alice, 26, wife.

There is a mystery about Rosa/Rosetta and Eva. If they were two different daughters, one was missed in 1870, one missed in 1880. Also Emma claims 7 living children on two occasions which would indicate this is the same daughter unless another child died. Without the 1890 census, it becomes difficult. There is a marriage record in Schuyler Co for Eva L. Curry to Jordan Miller, 29 Aug 1886 and a marriage record for Rosa H. Curry to George R. Givens, 23 May 1886.

1900 - Schuyler, IL, Buena Vista Twp, Hh 260
Alla Morrell, b. Apr 1875, age 25, married 4 years
Rosetta, wife, b. Jan 1872, 28, 1 child (said to be living but not listed), b. IL
Although this Rosetta appears to be the approximate age of Rosa Curry - a marriage record in Schuyler Co for Allie Morrell to Etta Clayton, 27 Feb 1896, would indicate this lady was nee Clayton.
Hh 261
William Curry, b. Jan 1839, 61, married 40 years, b. KY
Emma, wife, b. Jun 1842, age 57, 10 children - 7 are living, b. IL
Alexander, son, b. Dec 1883, age 16, b. IL
W. J. Miller, grandson, b. Apr 1887, age 13, b. IL
Millard Curry, grandson, b. Jul 1897, age 2, b. IL

1900 - Jackson Twp, Miami County, IN, Hh 307
Jordan Miller, b. Dec 1861, 38, married 13 years, b. IN
Eva, wife, b. Mar 1870, age 30, 3 children, b. IL, parents b. IL [Eva curry was already age 3 in 1870]
Jordan, son, b. Apr 1887, 13. Myrtle, dau, b. Apr 1890, 10. Clyde, son, b. Jan 1894, 6.
Sarah, mother, b. Mar 1835, 69, widow - six living children

1910 - Schuyler, IL, Buena Vista Twp, Hh 159
William J. Curry, 71, married 44 years, b. KY
Emma, wife, 67, 9 children - 7 are living, b. IL
Millard, grandson, 12, b. IL

William Curry was born Jan 1839, KY; died Sep 1920; buried 21 Sep 1920, Rushville Cemetery,
Children said to be Rosanna, b. 1865; Eva, b. 1868; William, b. 1869; Alexander, b. 1883

Emma AVERY and Willis A. LEWIS were married on 23 May 1858 in Schuyler County, Illinois.39 Willis A. LEWIS was born in 1839 in Illinois.11 He died before 1865 at the age of 26 in Civil War.

Apparently died in the Civil as there is a Pension Card for the widow and a minor child of Willis A. Lewis who served in C Company, 119th Illinois Infantry.
The widow filed 20 Feb 1865 as Emma Lewis
John C. Bagley, guardian, filed for a minor child on 8 Mar 1866 - presumably this would have been Elias.

Emma AVERY and Willis A. LEWIS had the following children:

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Elias LEWIS was born in 1859 in Schuyler County, Illinois.11

Emma AVERY and Frank WATSON were married on 16 March 1865 in Schuyler County, Illinois. Frank WATSON was born (date unknown).

Emma AVERY and William Jackson CURRY were married on 30 May 1866 in Schuyler County, Illinois. William Jackson CURRY was born in January 1839 in Kentucky. He died on 19 September 1920 at the age of 81 in Schuyler County, Illinois.

Parents were Matthew and Nancy Curry.

There is a Civil War pension index card for William J. Curry, application 217144, Certificate 145851, file on 10 Apr 1876. He served in Company E, 16th Illinois Infantry, and Company G, 60th Illinois Infantry.
Civil War records include a William J. Curry who enlisted 24 May 1861 in Company E. Was mustered out on 1 Jan 1864 and transferred.

Has Military grave marker. Sgt. Co E, 16th Ill. Inf. Rushville City Cemetery, Rushville, Schuyler Co, IL

Illinois Death Records:
Wm J. Curry born about 1837 in Kentucky, died 19 Sep 1920 in Peoria, IL and was buried in Rushville, Schuyler Co, IL on Sep 21st. He was 83. His father's surname was Curry; his mother May Sager. Spouse, Emma Curry.

Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Schuyler County, edited by Howard F. Dyson, 1908.
Chapt 33, p. 805
CURRY, William Jackson
...residing in Section31, Buena Vista Township. ...born in Mercer County, Ky, January 1, 1839. He is a son of Matthew and Nancy (Simpson) curry, natives of Kentucky and a grandson of James and Honora (Booth) Curry, of whom the former was born in Ireland.
p.806
... On May 31, 1866, Mr. curry was united in marriage with Emma Avery, daughter to William and Margaret Avery, who came to Illinois from Ohio.
Eight children resulted from this union: Rosa, Eva, William, Julius (deceased), Nida E., estella, Myrtle, and Alec. Rosa is the wife of Robert Walker; Eva married Jordan Miller; William is a resident of Camden Twp; Nich became the wife of Thuren Noval; Estelle was married to Henry Agans. There are twenty grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Emma AVERY and William Jackson CURRY had the following children:

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Rosa CURRY was born on 16 August 1863 in Schuyler County, Illinois. She died on 1 August 1939 at the age of 75 in Camden, Schuyler County, Illinois.

Rosa, or Rosanna married Robert Walker, 23 May 1886, Rushville, Schuyler Co, IL.

Robert Walker and Rosanna Curry were the parents of Emma Adorothy Avery, b. 24 Aug 1890, Mt Sterling, IL. [Social Security records]

Illinois Death Records
Rosanna Walker, born 16 Aug 1863, Schuyler Co, IL, died 1 Aug 1939 in Camden, Schuyler Co and was buried Lynn Cemetery, Camden Twp on Aug 3rd. Her father was William J. Curry, her mother Emma Avery, both born in Schuyler Co. She was a widow - spouse was Robert Walker.

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Eva L. CURRY was born on 31 March 1869 in Rushville, Schuyler County, Illinois. She died on 4 May 1924 at the age of 55 in Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois.

Eva married 29 Aug 1886, Schuyler Co, IL, to Jordan Miller; she married 2nd to Harry Seegan (Seeger?), 11 Jul 1914, Beardstown, Cass, IL.

1900 Census. Jackson, Miami Co, IN, Hh 307
Jordan Miller, b. Dec 1861, 38, married 13 years, b. IN, Railroad laborer
Eva, wife, b. Mar 1870, 30, 3 children, b. IL
Jordan, son, b. Apr 1887, 13, b. IL
Myrtle, dau, b. Apr 1890, 10, b. IL
Clyde, son, b. Jan 1894, 6, b. IL
Sarah, mother, b. Mar 1831, 69, widow, 6 children living, birth place unknown.

1910 Census. Beardstown Ward 2, Cass Co, IL, Hh 53
Eva Miller, 32, widow, b. IL, 3 children
Clyde, son, 16, b. IL, apprentice, cigar factory

Social security application shows William Clyde Miller, b. 4 Jan 1894, Rushville, Illinois to Jordan Miller and Eva Curry.

1920 Census. Peoria Ward 8, Peoria, IL, Hh 135
William Miller, 26, b. IL, Railroad watchman
Eva Seeger, mother 52, widow, b. IL

Illinois Death Records:
Eva Seeger, b. 31 Mar 1869 in Rushville, IL, died 4 May 1924 in Peoria. she was buried in Rushville, 8 May 1924. Her father, Wm Curry; her mother; Anna Avery.

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William CURRY was born in 1870 in Illinois. He died on 22 December 1926 at the age of 56 in Limstone, Peoria County, Illinois.

Married Esther Agans.

Has error regarding his father's name in the Illinois Death Records.
William S. C. Curry, age 57, b. about 1869 in Illinois, died 22 Dec 1926 at Limestone, Peoria Co, IL and was buried on Dec 24th, Rushville, Schuyler Co, IL. He was a Contractor. His father listed as "John" J. Curry; his mother as Emma. Spouse, Esther Curry.

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Julius CURRY was born in 1871 in Illinois. He died before 1908 at the age of 37.

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Pauline CURRY was born on 2 September 1874 in Illinois. She died on 14 February 1930 at the age of 55 in Los Angeles, California.

California Death Certificate #2029
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California
Pauline Nebe died at Los Angeles General Hospital, 14 Feb 1930 of chronic diffuse nephritis & cardiac hypertrophy. She was born 2 Sep 1874 in Illinois and was a widow. Parents were William Curry and Emma Avery, birth places unknown. There was an autopsy. She was buried Wilmington Cemetery, Feb 17th.

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Nida A. Cretie CURRY.

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Stella Edula CURRY.

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Myrtle Louisa CURRY was born on 22 October 1880. She died on 19 August 1927 at the age of 46 in Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois.

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Fred Alexander CURRY was born on 17 December 1883 in Schuyler County, Illinois. He died on 19 October 1950 at the age of 66 in Beech Grove, Marion County, Indiana.

Indiana Death Certificate #31924
Fred A. Curry, died 14 Oct 1950 in St. Francis Hospital, Beech Grove, Marion Co, IN. His residence was 2130 Hoyt Ave, Indianapolis. He was divorced. Born 17 Dec 1883, Schuyler Co, IL, age 67 at death. His occupation was Watchman. His father was William J. Curry; his mother, Emma avery. The informant was Burl Sexson. He died of coronary occlusion and heart disease. He was buried Oct 17th, Washington Park Cemetery, Indianapolis.