Ramage Family History

Stephen C Curtis

Stephen C Curtis

Male 1832 - 1927  (94 years)

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  • Name Stephen C Curtis  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Born 11 Oct 1832  Bourn, Cambridgeshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 6
    Christened 14 Oct 1832  Bourn, Cambridgeshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Died 3 Feb 1927  Woodburn, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 5 Feb 1927  Belle Passe Cemetery, Woodburn, OR Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I3315  Ramage | Ramage Line
    Last Modified 19 Jan 2012 

    Father Thomas Curtis,   b. 1805, St.Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1899, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Mother Ann Ellis,   b. 1806, Bourne, Cambridgeshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1866, Caxton, Cambridgeshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 13 Apr 1828  Caldecote, Cambridge, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Family ID F1166  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Charlotte Ireland,   b. 1841, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 22 Sep 1891, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Married 31 Dec 1857  Kincardine, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 10
    • Married on 12/31/1857 by Rev A. Edwards - listed in the Ontario Register on January 13, 1858 The Ontario Register, Volume VII, "Christian Guardian". Marriage Notices, 1858, Page 30
    Children 
     1. Mary Jane Curtis,   b. 1859, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. John Harlan Ramage Curtis,   b. 1861, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Jenette Curtis,   b. 1862, Illionois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Harriet Curtis,   b. 1867, Illionois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2011 
    Family ID F492  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Mary Merriman,   b. Abt 1858,   d. 9 Apr 1916, Portland, Multnomah, OR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Married 22 Sep 1891  Lagrange, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2011 
    Family ID F488  Group Sheet

  • Photos
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    BACK: Unknown Woman, Unknown Child, Stephen Curtis(Probably),Mary (Merryman) Curtis(probably), Marion E (Ramage) Pinckney, Unknown, William James Ramage, Unknown, Alice Maude Ramage, John Wallace Ramage, George Harrison Colgan, Jennette (Ramage) Colgan, Harriet Colgan, Lillian Frances Ramage, Laura Belle (Yoder) Ramage, Sarah “Sadie” Ramage, David Allen Ramage, Harriet “Belle” (Ramage) Jones.

    FRONT: Unknown child, unknown Child, unknown child, Harriet (Curtis) Ramage, Ellis Percival Ramage, John H Ramage, Hester Hazel Ramage, Walter Allen Ramage.

    Taken in about 1900, probably in Marion County, Oregon.

  • Notes 
    • 1841 Census of Bourn is listed as 9 years old
      1851 census for Bourn, Cambridgeshire, England has Stephen still at home with family his age is 19

      1870 Census lists Stephen Curtis in York of DuPage County Illinois, age 37. With his wife Charlotte (age 27), Mary (age 11), Genette(age 7), Harriet (age 5) and Thomas Curtis (age 62)

      1900 Oregon Census, Stephen Curtis is not listed

      Source: GIb Ramage's letter - "You asked for family History" Another memory of the Curtis side of the family was great-uncle Steve. I remember attending his 100th birthday party when I was probably 6 or 7 years old. He lived on about first street in the south end of Woodburn. It was his life's ambition to live 100 years, and when he accomplished it gave up and died shortly thereafter. He smoked cigars and smoked them down till they burned his lips. When J.J. Hall was getting ready to take his picture at his birthday party, they made him throw away his cigar butt that was about an inch-and-a-quarter long. After the picture taking session, Herman DeLaugh stuck a toothpick through the butt and gave it back to him with the hope that he might get another puff or two out of it.

      Obituary - From Woodburn Independent: Second week in February 1927 Woodburn Centenarian, S. C. Curtis passes away

      That grand old man, Stephen C. Curtis, after reaching the age of 100 years, 3 months and 23 days passed away at his home on Settlemier Avenue last Thursday, Feb 3, 1927 at 2:30 p.m. not having recovered from a stroke of paralysis suffered by him in January. On October 11th last, his 100th birthday, relatives and friends celebrated at his home and hugely enjoyed the event. A few evenings later he was the guest of honor of the Woodburn Community Club.

      Mr. Curtis was born in Cambridgeshire, England, October 11, 1826, son of Thomas and Ann Curtis, the former dying in Missouri when 94 years of age. Stephen came alone to the Untied States when 16 years old or 1842, located in Rochester, where he lived a year, and moved Arch Corners, N.Y. There he got fever and ague and went to Niagara falls for a week, recovered from his trouble and returned to Arch Corners, from where he moved to London, Canada, and chopped cordwood. From there he moved to Kincarden, Canada, on Lake Huron, and there, when 30 years old married Charlotte Ireland, aged 16. From there they moved to Illinois, where he worked out on farms sheering sheep and other occupations, receiving a wage of $9 a month and meals. This increased to $16. While in Illinois his wife died and he married, on Sept 22, 1891, Mary Merriman, at La Grange, Ill., who passed away in Portland eleven years ago. While in Illinois he made money fixing up buildings in Chicago and selling at a profit on seven ventures of this character. He came to America just before Lincolns first election and voted for Lincoln for President for the first and second time. He has always been a republican.

      The patriarch lived with a sister, Mrs. H. C. Ramage, who will be 84 years of age next May. He had four children by his first marriage, all of whom are residing in Illinois: Mrs. Westfall, John Harlan Ramage Curtis, Mrs. Cowles, Mrs. Cook, also a large number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A devoted step daughter, Mrs. Myrtle MacIntyre of Los Angeles, cared for him for many years. Mrs. Ramage and children are his surviving relatives here.

      In Oregon Mr. Curtis farmed for two years, but ceased that pursuit when he fell and sustained the fracture of an arm and moved to Woodburn.

      He untied with the M. E. Church while a young man. Mr. Curtis was a great lover of nature and of outdoor life. At the age of 80 he climbed Mt. Hood. He was temperate and methodical in his habits and it was his testimony that life had treated him well and that he got all the good out of life that he expected. He beloved by all that new him and a loveable grand old man.

      The funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. at the E. N. Hall Chapel, which was packed with people, some being unable to gain entrance. A very fine sermon was preached by Rev. John T. Meyers of the Church of God. Music was by the Bethel Choir, Miss Mamie Hughes, Mrs. A. Larson, Oscar Larson and Bascom Hughes, Mrs. Larson at the organ. Interment was at Belle Passe Cemetery. The pall bearers were Mayor W. H. Broyles, Fred Hall, W. J. Wilson, J. R. Landon, Warren Haskins, and C. L. Ogle.

  • Sources 
    1. [S162] Gib Ramage.

    2. [S26] Stephen C Curtis Obituary, Woodburn Independent.

    3. [S107] 1851 Census, Cambridgeshire England.

    4. [S108] 1841 Census, Cambridgeshire England.

    5. [S105] Baptismal Records from Bourn Parish, Cambridgeshire, England.

    6. [S115] 1870 Census for York, DuPage, Illinois on July 9, 1870.

    7. [S157] LDS batch # J138001 Dates 1564-1569 Call Number 1040421 Type Film: Printout Call number 6912172 Type: Film.

    8. [S78] Parish Records.

    9. [S55] Parish Records - Church of England. Parish Church of Caldecote (Cambridgeshire).

    10. [S28] The Ontario Register, Volume VII, "Christian Guardian". Marriage Notices, 1858, Page 30.