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Tilman P. Curbow

Tilman P. Curbow

Male 1821 - 1900  (79 years)

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  • Name Tilman P. Curbow  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
    • Regarding Tilman's middle name - the vast majority of the documentation that I have reviewed indicates a middle initial of "P" while a few other records indicate a middle initial of "B." Tilman named his first son "Oliver Perry Curbow" - so if I had to guess his middle name might be "Perry." Of course, I don't know this for certain, and this is just wild speculation on my part.
    Born 1821  Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Date is an ESTIMATE. Tilman P. Curbow is our Curbow "brick wall" ancestor. I say brick wall because Tilman is the end of the line of Curbow ancestors that I can source with birth, Marriage and/or death records. While I do know a fair amount about Tilman and his children - I cannot tell you with any specificity the details regarding his dates of birth or death; I can't say exactly where he was born, died or is buried; and I cannot at this point in time definitively tell you who his parents were. In every census period, Tilman always stated that he was born in Georgia. The birth years that he supplied to the enumerator varied ranging from as early as 1820 to as late as 1825. His Civil War Muster Rolls and Discharge Report indicate that he was 42 years old, pinpointing his year of birth as 1821.
    • PLEASE NOTE: Regarding the parentage of Tilman P. Curbow - Based on various records (census) and the close proximity of the families: I logically THINK that the father of Tilman P. Curbow is Henry B. Curbow (of Georgia 1770-1850). I further believe that Henry could be one of the sons of John Corbo who married Ann Phillips in Maryland and who later settled in Anson County, North Carolina. Please see the separate story "Who were the parents of Tilman Curbow" and "Curbow Family - American Journey." HOWEVER, I have nothing definitive to tie them all together at this point. PLEASE DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH AND COME TO YOUR OWN CONCLUSION.
    Tilman P. Curbow
    Tilman P. Curbow
    Who Were the Parents and Siblings of Tilman P. Curbow?
    Gender Male 
    Census 12 Nov 1850  Itawamba County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Tilman Curbow and his family are living in District 7, Itawamba County, Mississippi - family #657. District 7 was located near the village of Tremont and east southeast of the town of Fulton, Mississippi which is the county seat.

    Tilman and family are misindexed as "Kurgan." Tilman states that he is 26 years old born about 1824 in Georgia. He lists his occupation as farmer and states that he owns real estate worth $175. His wife is indexed as Elizabeth, age 28, born about 1822 in Georgia. The children in the home are daughter Lucinda, born 1843 in Georgia; son Oliver, born 1845 in Alabama (all other records and Death Certificate say he was born in Georgia); and daughter Elizabeth born 1848 in Mississippi. (This is probably Virginia "Jennie" Elizabeth although there appears to be a conflict between the date of birth provided on her Texas Death Certificate and this census record.)

    Also present in Itawamba County during the 1850 census are:
    Martha Ann Box (Elizabeth's younger full-sister) with her husband Alexander Hill (indexed as family #160):
    Alexander, 25, born 1825 in Tennessee; farmer; owns land worth $50
    Martha, age 20, born Georgia
    William T., age 5 months born in Mississippi

    William Bolton Box (Elizabeth's father) with his family (indexed as family #175):
    William B., age 51, born 1799 in Georgia; owns land worth $300
    Tobitha, 33 (William's second wife and Elizabeth's step-mother)
    William T., age 18 (Elizabeth's full-brother).
    The rest of the children are Elizabeth's half-siblings:
    Tobitha, age 12; Mary, age 10; William, age 7; and Harriet, age 2.  
    Census 1853  Itawamba County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mississippi State and Territorial Census - still present in Itawamba County. No township is listed on the census record so I do not know where in the county they lived but presume they are still living near Fulton. Tilman is indexed as T. P. Curbo. While the members of his household are not listed, the census indicates that the household contains 3 males and 4 females (Tilman, Oliver, William and Elizabeth, Lucinda, Jennie and Harriet). Still present in the county is Elizabeth's father, William Bolton Box and family.
     
    Census 4 Jul 1860  Carouse, Ouachita County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Tilman and his family have left their Mississippi home and are residing in Carouse Township in Ouachita County, Arkansas. The nearest post office is at Lone Oak. Carouse was located due west of the town of Camden, Arkansas. It's hard to believe that Tilman and family lived 125+ miles to the nearest post office. Tilman is indexed as T. B. Curbow, born 1820 in Georgia, age 40; wife Elizabeth, age 40, born in Georgia; Lucinda, age 15; Oliver, age 13, Sarah J., age 10; Harriet, age 8; William, age 6; Isabella, age 4; and Henry H., age 2. (According to the census, Tilman's youngest son, Henry, was born in 1858 in Mississippi. Based on this information, we know that Tilman and family had been living in Arkansas for less than two years. There are no original land patents on file for Curbow or any name even close to that spelling in Ouachita County. Additionally, in this census, Tilman does not list a value on any real estate owned, and in fact, I do not believe that he owned land in Arkansas. Tilman states that the value of his personal property is $25. It appears that the Curbow family only resided in Arkansas for a short period of time. When checking the map, I noted that Ouachita County is not that far from Bowie County, Texas (where Wiseman Curbow was living with his family).
    I have found only one other Curbow family in the entire State of Arkansas during the 1860 census that being the family of George W. Curbow, who is located in northern Arkansas. George was a son of Solomon Kirbow, and if my previously mentioned theories are correct, George would have been a cousin to Tilman. There are numerous Box families living nearby in Ouachita County and neighboring Clark County, including the families of R. F. Box, E.M. Box and Joshua Box. While I believe there could be some connection to Tilman's wife, Elizabeth Box Curbow, I have no information to tie the families together at this time.
    We really know nothing more about Tilman's time in Arkansas. In fact, I feel that perhaps this was just a quick stop over in the family's efforts to escape the impending Civil War before moving on to Texas.
     
    Military 19 Jul 1861  Arkadelphia, Clark County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Enlistment into the Civil War - Indexed: CURBOW, T. P., Pvt - Enlisted 19 July 1861 at Arkadelphia, Arkansas; Discharged 6 July 1862 at Tupelo, Mississippi; Age 42, farmer, ht. 5'10 1/2", eyes gray, hair light, complexion light. Re-enlistment into the Civil War; Texas-Nelson's Co., 2 Battalion Cavalry, Texas State Troops; Six month Enlistment was on 3 Feb 1864 in Clarksville, Bowie County, Texas. See story below to read more about Tilman's civil war service.  
    Tilman P. Curbow
    Tilman P. Curbow
    Civil War Service
    Tilman P. Curbow
    Tilman P. Curbow
    Civil War Muster Card - Arkansas - Page 1
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    Tilman P. Curbow
    Civil War Muster Roll - Arkansas - Page 2
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    Tilman P. Curbow
    Civil War Muster Card - Arkansas - Page 3
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    Tilman P. Curbow
    Civil War Muster Card - Arkansas - Page 4
    Tilman P. Curbow
    Tilman P. Curbow
    Civil War Discharge Report - Arkansas - Page 5
    Tax Roll 1864  Bowie County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Indexed as T. P. Curbow; he is taxed on 3 horses valued at $300 and 11 head of cattle valued at $110 for a total of $410 
    Tilman P. Curbow and Wiseman Curbow
    Tilman P. Curbow and Wiseman Curbow
    1864 Bowie County Tax Roll
    Residence 15 Feb 1864  Bowie County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Curbow family appears on the "Confederate Indigent Families Lists of Texas 1863-1865" [1] as follows:

    Mrs. Tillman Curben - Bowie County, Texas - with 7 children. (This is Tilman Curbow's wife, Elizabeth Box. The children with her most likely were - Lucinda, Oliver Perry, Virginia Elizabeth, Harriet, William, Martha Isabel and Henry Harrison).

    Also appearing on the list was:

    Mrs. Wyse Curben - Bowie County, Texas - with 8 children. (This is Wiseman Curbow?s wife, Emeline Parker - The children with her most likely were: Tillman David, Sarah, William, Rebecca, James, John, Angelina McCarty and Rhoda McCarty (Emeline's two daughters from a previous marriage).

    It can only be assumed that the wives and children of these Curbow brothers lived together in Bowie County while their husbands served the Confederacy.

    These indigent family lists were created as a result of an "Act to Support the Families and Dependents of Texas Soldiers" passed by the Texas Legislature on 15 Dec 1863. Due to the absence of the men, inflation and market conditions many Texas families had difficulty supporting themselves. This Act designated $1,000,000 for annual distribution to the families, widows and dependents of soldiers who were serving in the State or Confederate forces or had been killed or disabled in service. In addition, in November of 1864, 600,000 yards of cloth and excess thread manufactured by the state penitentiary was designated for distribution among these families.

    During this time period, Bowie County, Texas was overwhelmingly rural and agricultural. At the time of the Civil War, Boston, the county's largest town, had a population of only about 300 people. Bowie County was largely settled by Southerners, and as in most other areas in the cotton South, slavery was a vitally important economic and social institution. Throughout the antebellum years, slaves outnumbered whites. Bowie County's white population had overwhelmingly supported the secession movement during the winter of 1860-61, and they also wholeheartedly supported the war effort of the Confederacy. Bowie County was never invaded, and it thus escaped the physical destruction that devastated other parts of the South. Nonetheless, the war years were trying times for the county's citizens. In addition to their concern for loved ones on the battlefield, citizens were forced to deal with disruptions to the local economy caused by the unstable Confederate currency and the lack of a market for their cotton.[2]

    [1] Linda Mearse, San Marcos, Texas, 1995.
    [2] Bowie County History and Information at mytexasgenealogy.com 
    Military 18 Mar 1864  Davis County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Enlistment: T. P. Curbow, age 43 born abt 1821; enlisted 18 Mar 1864; Camp Cusseta, Davis County; Civil War Index- Abstracts of Muster Rolls 
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    Tilman P. Curbow
    Civil War - Texas Muster Card - Page 1
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    Tilman P. Curbow
    Civil War Muster Card - Texas - Page 2
    Tilman P. Curbow
    Tilman P. Curbow
    Civil War Index - Abstracts of Muster Rolls
    Legal Jul 1865  Dalby Springs, Bowie County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Served as juror on murder case. See story below to read more about the Dalby Springs murder trial.  
    Tilman P. Curbow
    Tilman P. Curbow
    Juror on the Dalby Springs Murder Trial
    Arrival 1867  Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The date is an ESTIMATE. The exact date of arrival in Texas (and McLennan County, Texas) is unknown. Tilman first appears in the tax rolls of McLennan County in 1871. His oldest daughter, Lucinda Curbow Lytle, filed a Widow's Application for a Pension based on her husband's Civil War service. In it she claims that she has lived in Texas "since 1867." We know that the family is in Bowie County by 1865, so perhaps 1867 is when the family came to the Waco area.
     
    Residence 27 Jul 1867 - 1869  McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Texas, Voter Registration Lists, 1867 - 1869; Indexed incorrectly as T. P. Carbow; Line 1007; The year is not indicated on the microfilm; Waco Precinct; one year in state; 30 days in county/precinct 
    Census 22 Jul 1870  McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The family seems to have overcome the trials and tribulations of war, and has settled east of Waco in McLennan County, Texas. The family was incorrectly indexed as the "Keehan" family. They are found living "east of the Brazos River" with the nearest post office being at Waco, Texas. I have not been able to locate Tilman and family in any Waco City Directory of that time period, and thus, I am working under the assumption that they may have lived outside the Waco city limits, perhaps in one of the small communities east of Waco (i.e, Bellmead, Willow Springs (now known as Mart), Axtell, etc.). Tilman states to the census taker that he is 49 years old, born in Georgia and that he is a stock raiser. He has valued his personal estate as being worth $500. His birth year is estimated at 1821. He is living with his wife Elizabeth, age 50. The children living in the household are: Lucinda, age 23, Harriet, age 18; William, age 17, Isabella, age 13; and Harrison, age 11. Tilman's oldest son, Oliver Perry Curbow, is not living with the family in 1870, and I have not been able to locate him in any 1870 census record. He married in Grayson County, Texas in 1871 so it is possible that he is living and farming there. Additionally, Tilman's daughter, Virginia Elizabeth Curbow married in 1869 and is not living with the family. She is living a few doors down with her husband Robert Alexander Story and first born son Levy.


     
    Legal May 1876  Waco, McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Apparently some of Waco's wildness rubbed off on Tilman Curbow. The following article was published on December 15, 1881 in The Waco Daily Examiner:

    The case of Tillman Curbow, which has been on the docket since the May term of 1876, was finally disposed of by the jury returning a verdict of aggravated assault and assessing a fine of $25. Defendant had cut one John Blum in a bar-room difficulty. The parties were all Swedes. The case was the oldest on the docket.

    First, I do not see any indication that Tilman Curbow was a Swede, so I believe this article is in error in that regard. Secondly, in checking the 1880 census for McLennan County, I did find a John Blum from Sweden living in Waco - he was a bartender. It looks like our Tilman Curbow stabbed the bartender!
     
    Census 1 Jun 1880  McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Tilman is indexed as "Tighlman Curbow." He is 55 years old and is living in Enumeration District No. 107 in McLennan County, Texas. If Tilman was in fact only 55 years old then that puts his birth year at 1825 (which is five years off of the other information we have on him). Tilman tells the enumerator that he is a farm laborer. Sadly he also states that he is a widower. Accordingly, based on this census information, we know that Elizabeth Box Curbow must have died sometime between 1870 and 1880, presumably in McLennan County, Texas.

    We see from the 1880 census that Tilman is living with his daughter Harriet, who has married Elijah Spencer Miller. Those present in the household are: Elijah S., age 31, farmer, born in Mississippi; Harriet, age 26, born in Mississippi; Thomas, age 7; Frank, age 6; Jessie, age 4; Minnie, age 1 all the children born in Texas.

     
    Tilman P. Curbow
    Tilman P. Curbow
    McLennan County, Texas Tax Rolls
    Legal Dec 1881  Waco, McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Jury returns a verdict and $25 fine in "bar-room difficulty" case. It should be noted that this could be the nephew of our Tillman Curbow. Wiseman Curbow named his firstborn son Tillman.  
    <i>The Waco Daily Examiner</i> published 15 Dec 1881
    The Waco Daily Examiner published 15 Dec 1881
    Real Estate 1884 - 1885  McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Leasing land from Sarah Elizabeth Bedwell on Tehuacana Creek (east of Waco), McLennan County, Texas. Leased this land until death of Mrs. Bedwell, when "he was unable to work it anymore," and then he sold his interest in the lease.
    When the final probate accounting was filed in McLennan County, Texas on the Estate of Sarah Johnson Bedwell (Martha Isabell Curbow's mother-in-law) in May of 1884, we learn that Tilman Curbow was leasing a portion of her land:

    At the time of the appointment of this administrator, the land mentioned in said inventory, was rented at the sum of Six Hundred dollars, for the year 1884 to one T. P. Curbow, and afterwards rented to the said Curbow for the year 1885, to-wit: on or about the ___ day of _____, 1885, the said Curbow being unable to run said place, with the consent of the administrator sold his entire interest in said rented place to one Bill Williams who assumed the payment of all advances made to the said Curbow.

    On January 10, 1885, Tilman's youngest son, Henry Harrison Curbow, died at the age of 26 in McLennan County, Texas. This fact, coupled with the fact that Tilman had to give up the land because he could ?no longer run the place, leads me to wonder if Tilman and son Henry were working and/or living on the Bedwell property together. (See story below to read more about the Bedwell family connection.)

     
    Tilman P. Curbow
    Tilman P. Curbow
    Bedwell Lawsuit
    Trial Transcript:  J. M. Bedwell, et al v. R. H. Bedwell, et al.'
    Trial Transcript: J. M. Bedwell, et al v. R. H. Bedwell, et al."
    Transcript of trial between the heirs of W. D. Bedwell and Sarah Elizabeth Johnson Bedwell (children of John Monroe Bedwell and Albert Bedwell)
    Died March June of 1900 
    • Even though Tilman was living with daughter Harriet in the 1880 census period, I do not believe he stayed with her until the end of his life nor do I believe that he moved with her to Oklahoma. (Harriet and husband Elijah Miller moved their family to Pickens County, Indian Territory, present day Carter County, Oklahoma - some time between 1892 and 1904.)

      (See "Bedwell Lawsuit" story below for more information.) At the trial of this case, on March 19, 1902, the Plaintiffs "suggested death" of T. B. Curbow. Now, this is not to say that this is the exact date of Tilman's death - rather the date that the 'Suggestion" was filed with the Court. However, based on the fact that I cannot find him anywhere in the 1900 census, I believe that he died sometime between March, 1900 (when the lawsuit was initially filed) and June of 1900 (when Martha Isabell Curbow Bedwell Pressley and family can be found in the census living in Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas). It is logical to me that Tilman was living with Isabell and family when he died. I do not know when Martha and family moved to Cleburne, Johnson County or why. Logically, Tilman may have died in McLennan, Hill, Tarrant or Johnson County, Texas. To date, I have been unable to locate a death record, obituary or a gravesite for Tilman in any of these areas.

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    Person ID P2329  Curbow Montoya Family | Curbow Family Branch
    Last Modified 12 Jul 2015 

    Father Henry B. Curbow,   b. Abt 1770, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1850, Cass County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    Family ID F464  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Box,   b. 1820-1822, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Before 1880, McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 1842  Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Date is an ESTIMATE. I have been unsuccessful in pinpointing the date and location of Tilman and Elizabeth's marriage - as they do not appear in any early marriage database.

      The pertinent census records conflict with information on the oldest son?s death certificate. In census records it is indicated that daughter Lucinda was born first in Georgia in 1843 and that son Oliver was born second in Georgia in about 1845. Oliver's death certificate however contradicts this as it lists a birth date of 18 October, 1840 in Georgia. Lucinda?s death certificate confirms her 1843 birth date.

      Of note, in 1840 there is a William Box living in Paulding County, Georgia; Ezekiel Curbow, another possible brother of Tilman, is also in Paulding County; and Henry Curbow is one county south in Carroll County.

      The U.S. and International Marriage Index on ancestry.com lists a marriage entry for "Tillmon Kerbow," born 1821 who married "Elizabeth," born 1820 in Georgia. After contacting the owner of the database, I was informed that this marriage record was simply taken from a census record.

      Based on this information, I believe there is a strong possibility that Tilman and Elizabeth met and married in Paulding County, Georgia sometime between 1839 and 1843 - most probably 1842 or 1843.
    Children 
    +1. Lucinda Curbow,   b. 18 Dec 1843, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 July 1923, Waco, McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    +2. Oliver Perry Curbow,   b. 18 Oct 1845, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1921, Denison, Grayson County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    +3. Virginia Elizabeth Curbow,   b. Abt 1848, Itawamba County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1924, Axtell, McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years)
    +4. Harriet Curbow,   b. 1852, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Btwn 1892-1904, Texas or Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     5. William F. Curbow,   b. 1853 , Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +6. Martha Isabell Curbow,   b. 22 Jul 1857, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1941, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     7. Henry Harrison Curbow,   b. 1858, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1885, McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
    Last Modified 25 Feb 2014 12:39:20 
    Family ID F456  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1821 - Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1842 - Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Tilman Curbow and his family are living in District 7, Itawamba County, Mississippi - family #657. District 7 was located near the village of Tremont and east southeast of the town of Fulton, Mississippi which is the county seat. Tilman and family are misindexed as "Kurgan." Tilman states that he is 26 years old born about 1824 in Georgia. He lists his occupation as farmer and states that he owns real estate worth $175. His wife is indexed as Elizabeth, age 28, born about 1822 in Georgia. The children in the home are daughter Lucinda, born 1843 in Georgia; son Oliver, born 1845 in Alabama (all other records and Death Certificate say he was born in Georgia); and daughter Elizabeth born 1848 in Mississippi. (This is probably Virginia "Jennie" Elizabeth although there appears to be a conflict between the date of birth provided on her Texas Death Certificate and this census record.) Also present in Itawamba County during the 1850 census are: Martha Ann Box (Elizabeth's younger full-sister) with her husband Alexander Hill (indexed as family #160): Alexander, 25, born 1825 in Tennessee; farmer; owns land worth $50 Martha, age 20, born Georgia William T., age 5 months born in Mississippi William Bolton Box (Elizabeth's father) with his family (indexed as family #175): William B., age 51, born 1799 in Georgia; owns land worth $300 Tobitha, 33 (William's second wife and Elizabeth's step-mother) William T., age 18 (Elizabeth's full-brother). The rest of the children are Elizabeth's half-siblings: Tobitha, age 12; Mary, age 10; William, age 7; and Harriet, age 2. - 12 Nov 1850 - Itawamba County, Mississippi Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Mississippi State and Territorial Census - still present in Itawamba County. No township is listed on the census record so I do not know where in the county they lived but presume they are still living near Fulton. Tilman is indexed as T. P. Curbo. While the members of his household are not listed, the census indicates that the household contains 3 males and 4 females (Tilman, Oliver, William and Elizabeth, Lucinda, Jennie and Harriet). Still present in the county is Elizabeth's father, William Bolton Box and family. - 1853 - Itawamba County, Mississippi Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Tilman and his family have left their Mississippi home and are residing in Carouse Township in Ouachita County, Arkansas. The nearest post office is at Lone Oak. Carouse was located due west of the town of Camden, Arkansas. It's hard to believe that Tilman and family lived 125+ miles to the nearest post office. Tilman is indexed as T. B. Curbow, born 1820 in Georgia, age 40; wife Elizabeth, age 40, born in Georgia; Lucinda, age 15; Oliver, age 13, Sarah J., age 10; Harriet, age 8; William, age 6; Isabella, age 4; and Henry H., age 2. (According to the census, Tilman's youngest son, Henry, was born in 1858 in Mississippi. Based on this information, we know that Tilman and family had been living in Arkansas for less than two years. There are no original land patents on file for Curbow or any name even close to that spelling in Ouachita County. Additionally, in this census, Tilman does not list a value on any real estate owned, and in fact, I do not believe that he owned land in Arkansas. Tilman states that the value of his personal property is $25. It appears that the Curbow family only resided in Arkansas for a short period of time. When checking the map, I noted that Ouachita County is not that far from Bowie County, Texas (where Wiseman Curbow was living with his family). I have found only one other Curbow family in the entire State of Arkansas during the 1860 census that being the family of George W. Curbow, who is located in northern Arkansas. George was a son of Solomon Kirbow, and if my previously mentioned theories are correct, George would have been a cousin to Tilman. There are numerous Box families living nearby in Ouachita County and neighboring Clark County, including the families of R. F. Box, E.M. Box and Joshua Box. While I believe there could be some connection to Tilman's wife, Elizabeth Box Curbow, I have no information to tie the families together at this time. We really know nothing more about Tilman's time in Arkansas. In fact, I feel that perhaps this was just a quick stop over in the family's efforts to escape the impending Civil War before moving on to Texas. - 4 Jul 1860 - Carouse, Ouachita County, Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - Enlistment into the Civil War - Indexed: CURBOW, T. P., Pvt - Enlisted 19 July 1861 at Arkadelphia, Arkansas; Discharged 6 July 1862 at Tupelo, Mississippi; Age 42, farmer, ht. 5'10 1/2", eyes gray, hair light, complexion light. Re-enlistment into the Civil War; Texas-Nelson's Co., 2 Battalion Cavalry, Texas State Troops; Six month Enlistment was on 3 Feb 1864 in Clarksville, Bowie County, Texas. See story below to read more about Tilman's civil war service. - 19 Jul 1861 - Arkadelphia, Clark County, Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTax Roll - Indexed as T. P. Curbow; he is taxed on 3 horses valued at $300 and 11 head of cattle valued at $110 for a total of $410 - 1864 - Bowie County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - The Curbow family appears on the "Confederate Indigent Families Lists of Texas 1863-1865" [1] as follows: Mrs. Tillman Curben - Bowie County, Texas - with 7 children. (This is Tilman Curbow's wife, Elizabeth Box. The children with her most likely were - Lucinda, Oliver Perry, Virginia Elizabeth, Harriet, William, Martha Isabel and Henry Harrison). Also appearing on the list was: Mrs. Wyse Curben - Bowie County, Texas - with 8 children. (This is Wiseman Curbow?s wife, Emeline Parker - The children with her most likely were: Tillman David, Sarah, William, Rebecca, James, John, Angelina McCarty and Rhoda McCarty (Emeline's two daughters from a previous marriage). It can only be assumed that the wives and children of these Curbow brothers lived together in Bowie County while their husbands served the Confederacy. These indigent family lists were created as a result of an "Act to Support the Families and Dependents of Texas Soldiers" passed by the Texas Legislature on 15 Dec 1863. Due to the absence of the men, inflation and market conditions many Texas families had difficulty supporting themselves. This Act designated $1,000,000 for annual distribution to the families, widows and dependents of soldiers who were serving in the State or Confederate forces or had been killed or disabled in service. In addition, in November of 1864, 600,000 yards of cloth and excess thread manufactured by the state penitentiary was designated for distribution among these families. During this time period, Bowie County, Texas was overwhelmingly rural and agricultural. At the time of the Civil War, Boston, the county's largest town, had a population of only about 300 people. Bowie County was largely settled by Southerners, and as in most other areas in the cotton South, slavery was a vitally important economic and social institution. Throughout the antebellum years, slaves outnumbered whites. Bowie County's white population had overwhelmingly supported the secession movement during the winter of 1860-61, and they also wholeheartedly supported the war effort of the Confederacy. Bowie County was never invaded, and it thus escaped the physical destruction that devastated other parts of the South. Nonetheless, the war years were trying times for the county's citizens. In addition to their concern for loved ones on the battlefield, citizens were forced to deal with disruptions to the local economy caused by the unstable Confederate currency and the lack of a market for their cotton.[2] [1] Linda Mearse, San Marcos, Texas, 1995. [2] Bowie County History and Information at mytexasgenealogy.com - 15 Feb 1864 - Bowie County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - Enlistment: T. P. Curbow, age 43 born abt 1821; enlisted 18 Mar 1864; Camp Cusseta, Davis County; Civil War Index- Abstracts of Muster Rolls - 18 Mar 1864 - Davis County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLegal - Served as juror on murder case. See story below to read more about the Dalby Springs murder trial. - Jul 1865 - Dalby Springs, Bowie County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsArrival - The date is an ESTIMATE. The exact date of arrival in Texas (and McLennan County, Texas) is unknown. Tilman first appears in the tax rolls of McLennan County in 1871. His oldest daughter, Lucinda Curbow Lytle, filed a Widow's Application for a Pension based on her husband's Civil War service. In it she claims that she has lived in Texas "since 1867." We know that the family is in Bowie County by 1865, so perhaps 1867 is when the family came to the Waco area. - 1867 - Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Texas, Voter Registration Lists, 1867 - 1869; Indexed incorrectly as T. P. Carbow; Line 1007; The year is not indicated on the microfilm; Waco Precinct; one year in state; 30 days in county/precinct - 27 Jul 1867 - 1869 - McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - The family seems to have overcome the trials and tribulations of war, and has settled east of Waco in McLennan County, Texas. The family was incorrectly indexed as the "Keehan" family. They are found living "east of the Brazos River" with the nearest post office being at Waco, Texas. I have not been able to locate Tilman and family in any Waco City Directory of that time period, and thus, I am working under the assumption that they may have lived outside the Waco city limits, perhaps in one of the small communities east of Waco (i.e, Bellmead, Willow Springs (now known as Mart), Axtell, etc.). Tilman states to the census taker that he is 49 years old, born in Georgia and that he is a stock raiser. He has valued his personal estate as being worth $500. His birth year is estimated at 1821. He is living with his wife Elizabeth, age 50. The children living in the household are: Lucinda, age 23, Harriet, age 18; William, age 17, Isabella, age 13; and Harrison, age 11. Tilman's oldest son, Oliver Perry Curbow, is not living with the family in 1870, and I have not been able to locate him in any 1870 census record. He married in Grayson County, Texas in 1871 so it is possible that he is living and farming there. Additionally, Tilman's daughter, Virginia Elizabeth Curbow married in 1869 and is not living with the family. She is living a few doors down with her husband Robert Alexander Story and first born son Levy. - 22 Jul 1870 - McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLegal - Apparently some of Waco's wildness rubbed off on Tilman Curbow. The following article was published on December 15, 1881 in The Waco Daily Examiner: The case of Tillman Curbow, which has been on the docket since the May term of 1876, was finally disposed of by the jury returning a verdict of aggravated assault and assessing a fine of $25. Defendant had cut one John Blum in a bar-room difficulty. The parties were all Swedes. The case was the oldest on the docket. First, I do not see any indication that Tilman Curbow was a Swede, so I believe this article is in error in that regard. Secondly, in checking the 1880 census for McLennan County, I did find a John Blum from Sweden living in Waco - he was a bartender. It looks like our Tilman Curbow stabbed the bartender! - May 1876 - Waco, McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Tilman is indexed as "Tighlman Curbow." He is 55 years old and is living in Enumeration District No. 107 in McLennan County, Texas. If Tilman was in fact only 55 years old then that puts his birth year at 1825 (which is five years off of the other information we have on him). Tilman tells the enumerator that he is a farm laborer. Sadly he also states that he is a widower. Accordingly, based on this census information, we know that Elizabeth Box Curbow must have died sometime between 1870 and 1880, presumably in McLennan County, Texas. We see from the 1880 census that Tilman is living with his daughter Harriet, who has married Elijah Spencer Miller. Those present in the household are: Elijah S., age 31, farmer, born in Mississippi; Harriet, age 26, born in Mississippi; Thomas, age 7; Frank, age 6; Jessie, age 4; Minnie, age 1 all the children born in Texas. - 1 Jun 1880 - McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLegal - Jury returns a verdict and $25 fine in "bar-room difficulty" case. It should be noted that this could be the nephew of our Tillman Curbow. Wiseman Curbow named his firstborn son Tillman. - Dec 1881 - Waco, McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReal Estate - Leasing land from Sarah Elizabeth Bedwell on Tehuacana Creek (east of Waco), McLennan County, Texas. Leased this land until death of Mrs. Bedwell, when "he was unable to work it anymore," and then he sold his interest in the lease. When the final probate accounting was filed in McLennan County, Texas on the Estate of Sarah Johnson Bedwell (Martha Isabell Curbow's mother-in-law) in May of 1884, we learn that Tilman Curbow was leasing a portion of her land: At the time of the appointment of this administrator, the land mentioned in said inventory, was rented at the sum of Six Hundred dollars, for the year 1884 to one T. P. Curbow, and afterwards rented to the said Curbow for the year 1885, to-wit: on or about the ___ day of _____, 1885, the said Curbow being unable to run said place, with the consent of the administrator sold his entire interest in said rented place to one Bill Williams who assumed the payment of all advances made to the said Curbow. On January 10, 1885, Tilman's youngest son, Henry Harrison Curbow, died at the age of 26 in McLennan County, Texas. This fact, coupled with the fact that Tilman had to give up the land because he could ?no longer run the place, leads me to wonder if Tilman and son Henry were working and/or living on the Bedwell property together. (See story below to read more about the Bedwell family connection.) - 1884 - 1885 - McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
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