Thursday, January 25, 2007

Warner W. Curtis
1869 ~ 1969

Warner W. Curtis was one of the children of James and Lucy Pinn Curtis. His father, James Curtis had 29 children all together. He was born on his father's farm on the site of the Battle of Bull Run in Virginia.

Warner Curtis entered Wayland Seminary in Washington D. C. when he was 22 years old. Without funds and having to work, Warner studied hard he graduated. Following his graduation he married Miss Georgiana Randolph (went by both "Dolly" and "Anna"), became a farmer, a school teacher, NAACP branch president and YMCA night secretary.

A short time before 1910 they purchased a 58 acre farm in Harveysburg, Ohio and raised a variety of crops. He also taught school in the Black School in Harveysburg. By 1920 they had moved to Chillicothe, Ohio where he was an orderly in a hospital operating room and served as president of the NAACP branch.

In 1926, Warner and Anna moved to Cleveland, Ohio. There he worked in the Cedar YMCA. In 1941 he became the elevator operator at Fenn College and served seven years until he became ill. In his old age he became a noted "do-gooder" in his neighborhood, along E. 93rd Street in Cleveland. Neighbors would wake up and find their lawns mowed or their sidewalks cleaned. Sadly, his beloved wife of over fifty years died 1946.

Warner was voted Man of the Year in 1965 by the Karamu Golden Age Club. A religious man, he never smoked and had only one drink in his long lifetime. He was active in Mt. Zion Congregational Church on Magnolia Drive and E. 108th St. He often walked the 2 and a half miles to the church.

In his 79th year he was described as a "handsome gray haired man, who wears glasses, a moustache, and a goatee somewhat similar to that of Dr. W. E. B. DuBois" ("79 Year Old Warner W. Curtis Is Gentle Aristocrat of E. 93rd Street" by Simeon Booker, Jr., Cleveland Call & Post, May 7, 1949).

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Jacob Sellers of Harveysburg, OH obituary 1889 Xenia Daily Gazette and Torchlight
August 7 1889

Description: Jacob Sellers was born in Montgomery County ...

Jacob SELLERS (colored) was born in Montgomery County, North Carolina on the
15th day of March, 1817. When he was about 30 years old, he was joined in
marriage with Laura WILLIAMS. They lived in North Carolina until the
troublesome times of 1860, when he resolved to find a home in the North. They started
on the 6th day of November (The day that Lincoln was elected) they crossed the
line and left his native state forever.

Traveling was slow, with all his earthly possessions in a one horse wagon
that had to be stopped occasionally to have his papers examined before he could
go on, so that it was nearly Spring when he got to his friends in Ohio. In
1874 he became converted to the Christian faith and joined the Baptist church
in Harveysburg and has ever since been a faithful and esteemed member. He
died after a long sickness on the 15th day of July 1889, leaving a wife and four
children to mourn his loss, seven children having gone before.
In politics he was a strong Republican saying that the party that had done
so much for his race should have his support.

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My name is Roger Lee Hatton, rlhatton1@cox.net; Ann H. Hatton and Roger Lee Hatton, PE are 1st cousins 4 times removed. Their common ancestors are Robert Hatton and Ann Maris. Ann Hatton, b. 4 Sep 1820 in Massie Twp., Warren Co., OH, married Moses Kelly, b.25 Sep 1803 in Warren Co., OH, on 1 May 1850 in Gorve MM (Hicksite), Harveysburg, Warren Co., OH. I have been looking for a Quaker marriage document of their marriage. I have found documentation of Moses Kelly's first marriage to Abigail Satterthwaite, 3 Nov 1824 at Miami MM, Warren Co., OH. Can anyone help me?

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