Mary W. Curtis

1 January 1845–4 June 1900 (Age 55)
Harrington, Washington, Maine, United States

The Life of Mary W.

When Mary W. Curtis was born on 1 January 1845, in Harrington, Washington, Maine, United States, her father, Calvin B. Curtis, was 30 and her mother, Rhoda H. Smith, was 23. She married Alexander Preble Strout on 5 September 1860, in Harrington, Washington, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters. She died on 4 June 1900, in Harrington, Washington, Maine, United States, at the age of 55.

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Alexander Preble Strout
Mary W. Curtis
Marriage: 5 September 1860
Fred Herbert Strout
Rena Strout
Cyrena Henrietta Strout
Ada Strout
Ada Dinsmore Strout

Spouse and Children

5 September 1860
Harrington, Washington, Maine, United States


    Fred Herbert Strout


    Rena Strout


    Cyrena Henrietta Strout


    Ada Dinsmore Strout


    Ada Strout


Parents and Siblings



+1 More Child

World Events (8)


Age 1

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

Age 6

"In 1851, Maine outlawed the sale of alcohol, allowing exceptions only for ""medicinal, mechanical, and manufacturing purposes"". This made Maine the first state to experiment with prohibition. Neal Dow, mayor of Portland, believed that alcohol was linked to slavery and was also convinced by the Christian temperance movement. Dow ran into problems later for his anti-immigration rhetoric against the Irish, and also for breaking his own prohibition laws; although not a designated ""purchaser"", Dow personally purchased alcohol to distribute to local doctors, violating a technicality. As the citizens turned against him, Dow eventually ordered soldiers to fire on protesters. This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856. Aspects of the law would remain in tact, however, and ultimately paved the way for the 18th Amendment, which prohibited alcohol on the national level."

Age 18

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

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)

  • Mary W Strout in household of Benj Strout, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Mary W Strout in household of Alexander Strout, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Mary Curtis in household of Calvin B Curtis, "United States Census, 1860"

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