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The Genealogy of the Curbow-Montoya Family
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Harriet Emeline McGuire Curbow
Civil War Widow's Pension Application
Harriet Emeline McGuire Curbow filed a residency affidavit on June 17, 1931. It was signed before a Notary Public in Bryan County, Oklahoma. Her witnesses were R. (F. or J.) McGuire and H. F. Rudisall, both of Caddo, Oklahoma. (Harriet had a brother named Robert J. McGuire. He was born in 1863. In the 1930 census he is living in Caddo, Bryan County, Oklahoma with his wife Bulah and son-in-law Hardee Rudisall. Based on this I am fairly certain these are the two witnesses on the affidavit.) Apparently Harriet was illiterate as she signed with an "x" in front of the witnesses.
On 7/6/1931 Harriet receives a letter from an unknown person (Clerk) regarding residency requirements for her Widow's Pension Application. She is living in Caddo, Oklahoma. She is required to have lived in Oklahoma for five years in order to file - and the letter states that she has only lived in Oklahoma for 4 years.....making her arrival 1927. I think it is possible that when her husband Oliver Perry Curbow died, she moved from Texas to Oklahoma to be near her youngest daughter, Taudia.
The file contains the following letter on Harriet's behalf in connection with this application. It is dated August 6, 1931 and is directed to A. P. Watson - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: "Dear Sir: I knew Oliver Perry Curbow. He visited my home when I was 9 years old and I've had a neighbor that served in the Civil War and these two old men would sit on our porch and talk about the war for hours at a time. I was too small to think of ever needing to remember their different companies and all that stuff and our neighbor, Mr. Sam Taylor, has been dead for several years. And Mrs. Curbow is so feable in mind and body you can't get much information from her. I hope you will do all you can for her, if any one ever needed a pension, Mrs. Curbow does. Thanking you in advance for a favor kindness. Yours respectuflly, K. F. Rudisill, Box 256, Caddo, Oklahoma."
Application No. 7391; State of Oklahoma; Confederate Pension Department, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma filed 9/3/1931.
Harriet states that her husband Oliver Perry Curbow enlisted into the Confederate Army in 1861 - Bowie County, Texas and was discharged in 1866. She states that he was a member of the Texas Calvary Company. Note - Oliver's father Tilman was present in Bowie County during this time period.....as was his uncle Wiseman Curbow. (Both families appear on Indigent Civil War Families Index in Bowie County).
Harriet states that she is living in Caddo, Bryan County, Oklahoma. She states that she has lived there for six years. Harriet states that she is 78 years old. She states that she was born in Cass County, Texas. She is not able to work, and she owns no property. She states that she and Oliver Perry Curbow married in Dennison, Texas on 9 Feb 1871. She states that Oliver Perry Curbow died in 1920 in Dennison, Texas. (He actually died in 1921.) She states that Oliver's commanding Officer was Capt. Lockies or Locries. She says that Oliver was honorably discharged at the end of the Civil War.
Major General C. H. Bridges by correspondence dated 9/10/1931 states that Oliver Perry Curbow was not found on the muster rolls for the Confederate States Army during this time period.
A letter from the Pension Commissioner dated September 29, 1931 denies the application based on the inability to prove that Oliver served in the Civil War. This letter is written to Mr. E. F. Rudisill of Caddo, Oklahoma on Harriet's behalf.