Minerva Curtis

24 November 1824–15 November 1908 (Age 84)
Connecticut, United States

The Life of Minerva

When Minerva Curtis was born on 24 November 1824, in Connecticut, United States, her father, Jacob Curtis, was 30 and her mother, Mary Ann Hitchcock, was 23. She married Mager about 1850, in Wisconsin, United States. She lived in Hampton, Rock Island, Illinois, United States in 1880 and Henry, Illinois, United States in 1900. She died on 15 November 1908, in Moline, Rock Island, Illinois, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Bowlesburg Cemetery, Hampton Township, Rock Island, Illinois, United States.

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Minerva Curtis
Marriage: about 1850

Spouse and Children

about 1850
Wisconsin, United States

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    Delia Curtis


World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 1

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1829 · Farmington Canal Opened

Age 5

Farmington Canal spans 2,476 acres, starting from New Haven, Connecticut, and on to Northampton, Massachusetts. The groundbreaking for the canal was in 1825 and opened in 1829.

Age 22

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname for a refined person, sometimes no doubt given ironically, from Old French, Middle English curteis, co(u)rtois ‘refined’, ‘accomplished’ (a derivative of Old French court, see Court 1).2 English: from Middle English curt ‘short’ + hose ‘leggings’, hence a nickname for a short person or one who wore short stockings. This nickname was borne by William the Conqueror's son Robert, but it is not clear whether it has given rise to any surnames.3 Altered form of French Courtois .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Minerva Woodberry in household of John Woodberry, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Minerva Woodbury in household of Peter Gulley, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Minerva Woodberry in household of Daniel Woodberry, "United States Census, 1870"

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