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Wiseman Curbow

Male Abt 1817 - 1887  (~ 70 years)

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  • Name Wiseman Curbow  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Nickname Wise or Wyse 
    Born Abt 1817  Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • PLEASE NOTE: Regarding the parentage of Wiseman Curbow - Based on various records (census) and the close proximity of the families: I logically THINK that the father of Wiseman Curbow is Henry B. Curbow (of Georgia 1770-1850). I further believe that Henry could be one of the sons of Jean/John Corbo - the immigrating ancestor. HOWEVER, I have nothing definitive to tie them all together at this point. PLEASE DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH AND COME TO YOUR OWN CONCLUSION.
    • Year of birth is from publication prepared by The New Boston Genealogical Society. - and is not otherwise sourced by me. Excerpt: "The information in this book was compiled from the grave markers, funeral home records, newspapers, family histories and family members. Many graves are not marked but information may be included."
      In every census period, Wiseman always stated that he was born in Georgia. The birth years that he supplied to the enumerator varied as follows:
      1850 census - 1824
      1860 census - 1823
      1864 Civil War enrollment - muster card states he was 44 which would put his birth year at 1820
      1870 census - 1819
      1880 census - 1817
    Wiseman Curbow
    Wiseman Curbow
    Birth Record Excerpt from publication of The New Boston Genealogical Society
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  Bowie County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Indexed incorrectly as Wese Kerbro, age 26 born abt 1824 in Georgia; Living in District 8; farmer; male; cannot read or write; Family 232; with him is his son, Tillman D. Curbow, who has been incorrectly indexed as Tellam D. Hesbro, age 5
    It should be noted that Henry Curbow is living in Cass County (one county to the south of Bowie County) as early as 1846 - and he died there in 1850. I believe Henry to be the father of Wiseman Curbow and Tillman Curbow. Tillman Curbow is still in Itawamba County, Mississippi in 1850.  
    Census 9 Jun 1860  Bowie County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Indexed as Wiseman Curbow, age 37 born abt 1823 in Georgia; farmer; owns real estate worth $500; owns personal property worth $680; Living in Beat 2; male; nearest post office is Boston; Family No. 10; Wife Emeline, 33 is a storekeeper; Children: Tilmon, 15, farm laborer, had attended school during the past year; Angeline McCarty, 14 and Rhoda McCarty, 11 (children from Emeline's previous marriage); Elizabeth, 8; William, 5; Rebecca, 4; and James B., 2 
    Real Estate 16 Dec 1862  Bowie County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Texas Land Title Abstracts
    Grantee: Wiseman Curbow
    Certificate: 2
    Patentee: Wiseman Curbow
    160 acres
    File 726
    Patent #496
    Patent Volume: 36
    Class: Bowie 3rd 
    Tax Roll 1864  Bowie County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Bowie County Tax Roll - 1864
    Indexed as Wyse Curbow; his land is indexed as "pecan plain"; he is taxed 160 acres valued at $500; 2 horses valued at $200; 25 head of cattle valued at $250 
    Tilman P. Curbow and Wiseman Curbow
    Tilman P. Curbow and Wiseman Curbow
    1864 Bowie County Tax Roll
    Military 4 Feb 1864  Boston, Bowie County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Civil War Veteran. Served the Confederacy and the State of Texas; Enlisted as a Private; Enlisted in Company Hubbard's, 2nd State Troops Cavalry; served with his brother Tilman P. Curbow; Was indexed as Wiseman "Carlow." Was 44 years old at time of enlistment; was a resident of Bowie County; Enrolled and sworn in by Lt. Alex McCulloch "for three years or during war."  
    Wiseman Curbow
    Wiseman Curbow
    Muster Card - Page 1
    Wiseman Curbow
    Wiseman Curbow
    Muster Roll Card - Page 2
    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. 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).

    Also appearing on the list was:

    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.

    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.

    [1] Linda Mearse, San Marcos, Texas, 1995.
    [2] Bowie County History and Information at mytexasgenealogy.com  
    Residence 19 Jul 1869  Bowie County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Texas, Voter Registration Lists, 1867-1869: Indexed incorrectly as Wiseman "Peerbo." Native of Georgia. Residence of Bowie County, Texas; living in Precinct 2 - has been in the state/county/precinct for 20 years (puts his arrival time in Texas at 1849). 
    Census 1870  Bowie County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Indexed as Wiseman Curbow, age 51, b. 1819 in Georgia; Living in Precinct 5; Dwelling No. 27, Family No. 28; white male; nearest post office is Powell Grove; farmer, cannot write, property worth $400;Living with wife Emeline, 43 b. 1827, keeping house; Children: Elizabeth C, 17, at school; William, 15, farm laborer; Rebecca 13; James B., 11; Sarah T., 7; John H., 1; Harriet A McCarty, 20 (is this Rhoda McCarty)? 
    Census 1880  Bowie County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Indexed incorrectly as Wise Curba, age 63 born abt 1817 in Georgia; Living in Precinct 4; Dwelling/Family No. 258, white male; farmer; cannot write; Married to Emiline, age 52 b. 1828 and son John H. born 1870, age 10; Son James B. Curbow and wife Melissa are living next door 
    Census 6 Jul 1880  Bowie County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Selected U.S. Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880: Indexed as Wise Curbo; Precinct 4; Bowie County, Texas; Agricultural Census: Owner; 55 acres of tilled land; 105 acres of other improved land; the value of his land is estimated to be $500; his farm implements are worth $10; his livestock is valued at $240; the estimated value of his farm production is $862;  
    Died 1887  Bowie County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Year of death is from publication prepared by The New Boston Genealogical Society. - and is not otherwise sourced by me. Excerpt: "The information in this book was compiled from the grave markers, funeral home records, newspapers, family histories and family members. Many graves are not marked but information may be included."
    Buried 1887  Simms, Bowie County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Sand Hill Cemetery - the grave appears to be unmarked
    Wiseman Curbow
    Wiseman Curbow
    Headstone - No photo available
    Notes 
    • Notes from Steve Ford: "My Grandmother (Zola Elizabeth Curbow daughter of William S. Curbow) told me her Grandfather - Wiseman Curbow - and his family lived across the river from Edgefield County, South Carolina. They lived in the country at different farms between Washington, Georgia and Jackson County, Georgia from 1800 to about 1830. She did not have any written record, but believed he was born in Jackson County, Georgia. They later went to Arkansas and Texas. My Grandmother was born in Arkansas City, Arkansas in 1900."
    • Notes from Vonita Curbow: "Wise was an overseer in Georgia. Wiseman started to walk to California during the gold rush - but stopped in Bowie County, Texas (1850 census); Wiseman had a brother named Tillman.
      (I have no way to substantiate this family story; however, I find it hard to believe he would be walking to California with a five year old child in tow.)
    • Judy Curbow - research notes: According to his Civil War muster rolls, Wiseman Curbow was born some time around 1820 in Georgia, probably north Georgia area. His parentage is unproven, but it is possible that he is the son of Henry Curbow who died in Cass County in May of 1850. Wise married in Georgia and this first wife is not identified. He had one son with her, Tilman David Curbow, born in 1845 (probably named after his uncle Tilman P. Curbow born about 1821). By 1850, Wiseman is thought to have been a widower; his son is 5 years old; and they can be found together in Bowie County, Texas census records. Sometime in 1850 or 1851 (estimate), Wiseman married Emeline Parker (1828-1898). The couple had the following children: Sarah Elizabeth born 1852; William S. born 1855; Rebecca Ann born 1856; James Benton born 1895; and John Henry born 1869. Wiseman Curbow served along side his brother Tilman P. Curbow in the Civil War. He served with Hubbard's Company, 2nd Battalion Calvary, Texas State Troops.
    Person ID P2369  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 1 Unknown Wife No. 1 
    Children 
    +1. Tilman David Curbow,   b. 1845, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 2 May 2012 20:57:36 
    Family ID F854  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Emeline Parker,   b. 1828, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1898, Bowie County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married Abt 1851  Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Date is an ESTIMATE based on the birth year of first child together
    Children 
    +1. Sarah Elizabeth Carolyn Curbow,   b. 28 July 1852, Simms, Bowie County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1914, Bowie County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    +2. William S. Curbow,   b. July 1855, Bowie County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1923  (Age ~ 67 years)
    +3. Rebecca Ann Curbow,   b. 1856, Bowie County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1889, Bowie County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
    +4. James Benton Curbow,   b. 6 Mar 1859, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 1899  (Age 40 years)
    +5. John Henry Curbow,   b. 29 Jul 1869, Bowie County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1942, Linden, Cass County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    Last Modified 3 May 2012 21:07:10 
    Family ID F855  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1817 - Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Indexed incorrectly as Wese Kerbro, age 26 born abt 1824 in Georgia; Living in District 8; farmer; male; cannot read or write; Family 232; with him is his son, Tillman D. Curbow, who has been incorrectly indexed as Tellam D. Hesbro, age 5 It should be noted that Henry Curbow is living in Cass County (one county to the south of Bowie County) as early as 1846 - and he died there in 1850. I believe Henry to be the father of Wiseman Curbow and Tillman Curbow. Tillman Curbow is still in Itawamba County, Mississippi in 1850. - 1850 - Bowie County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1851 - Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Indexed as Wiseman Curbow, age 37 born abt 1823 in Georgia; farmer; owns real estate worth $500; owns personal property worth $680; Living in Beat 2; male; nearest post office is Boston; Family No. 10; Wife Emeline, 33 is a storekeeper; Children: Tilmon, 15, farm laborer, had attended school during the past year; Angeline McCarty, 14 and Rhoda McCarty, 11 (children from Emeline's previous marriage); Elizabeth, 8; William, 5; Rebecca, 4; and James B., 2 - 9 Jun 1860 - Bowie County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReal Estate - Texas Land Title Abstracts Grantee: Wiseman Curbow Certificate: 2 Patentee: Wiseman Curbow 160 acres File 726 Patent #496 Patent Volume: 36 Class: Bowie 3rd - 16 Dec 1862 - Bowie County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTax Roll - Bowie County Tax Roll - 1864 Indexed as Wyse Curbow; his land is indexed as "pecan plain"; he is taxed 160 acres valued at $500; 2 horses valued at $200; 25 head of cattle valued at $250 - 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. 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). Also appearing on the list was: 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. 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. [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 MapsResidence - Texas, Voter Registration Lists, 1867-1869: Indexed incorrectly as Wiseman "Peerbo." Native of Georgia. Residence of Bowie County, Texas; living in Precinct 2 - has been in the state/county/precinct for 20 years (puts his arrival time in Texas at 1849). - 19 Jul 1869 - Bowie County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Indexed as Wiseman Curbow, age 51, b. 1819 in Georgia; Living in Precinct 5; Dwelling No. 27, Family No. 28; white male; nearest post office is Powell Grove; farmer, cannot write, property worth $400;Living with wife Emeline, 43 b. 1827, keeping house; Children: Elizabeth C, 17, at school; William, 15, farm laborer; Rebecca 13; James B., 11; Sarah T., 7; John H., 1; Harriet A McCarty, 20 (is this Rhoda McCarty)? - 1870 - Bowie County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Indexed incorrectly as Wise Curba, age 63 born abt 1817 in Georgia; Living in Precinct 4; Dwelling/Family No. 258, white male; farmer; cannot write; Married to Emiline, age 52 b. 1828 and son John H. born 1870, age 10; Son James B. Curbow and wife Melissa are living next door - 1880 - Bowie County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Selected U.S. Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880: Indexed as Wise Curbo; Precinct 4; Bowie County, Texas; Agricultural Census: Owner; 55 acres of tilled land; 105 acres of other improved land; the value of his land is estimated to be $500; his farm implements are worth $10; his livestock is valued at $240; the estimated value of his farm production is $862; - 6 Jul 1880 - Bowie County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1887 - Bowie County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1887 - Simms, Bowie County, Texas Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

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  • Sources 
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      Grantee: Wiseman Curbow; Certificate 2; Patentee: Wiseman Curbow; Patent Date: 16 Dec 1862; 160 acres; Bowie County, Texas; File 726; Patent #496; Patent Volume: 36; Class: Bowie 3rd

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      1867 Voter Registration Lists. Microfilm, 12 rolls. Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Austin, Texas; Line 170; Archive Reel Number 2