Nancy Curtis

20 March 1868–11 May 1919 (Age 51)
Kanawha, West Virginia, United States

The Life of Nancy

When Nancy Curtis was born on 20 March 1868, in Kanawha, West Virginia, United States, her father, Joseph Rensselaer Curtis, was 30 and her mother, Elvira Brogan, was 32. She married Henry Zerbe on 19 February 1889, in Linn, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Jefferson, Kanawha, West Virginia, United States in 1880 and Jackson Township, Linn, Iowa, United States in 1900. She died on 11 May 1919, in Sturgis, Meade, South Dakota, United States, at the age of 51, and was buried in Vale Cemetery, Vale, Butte, South Dakota, United States.

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Henry Zerbe
Nancy Curtis
Marriage: 19 February 1889
Eugene Ralph Zerba
Clara Marie Zerba
Dessie Olive Zerba
Jessie L. Zerba
Dewey Donald Zerba

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19 February 1889
Linn, Iowa, United States


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World Events (8)

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 2

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.
1870 · Giving all the right to vote

Age 2

The Act was an extension of the Fifteenth Amendment, that prohibited discrimination by state offices in voter registration. It also helped empower the President with the authority to enforce the first section of the Fifteenth Amendment throughout the United States. Being the first of three Enforcement Acts passed by the Congress, it helped combat attacks on the suffrage rights of African Americans.
1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

Age 14

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.

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)

  • Mancy Curtis in household of Joseph Curtis, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Nancy Gerbe in household of Henry Gerbe, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Nancy Curtis in household of Joseph Curtis, "United States Census, 1880"

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