The July 31 obituary for Paul “Tippy” Curtis of Guilford in the BDN was, appropriately, full of achievements and community service. Some years ago, my sister Maureen summed up his historical credits in one sentence: “He has some of Ga’s paintings.”
As well he should. Tippy shared a good number of genes with my great-great-grandmother, Greenville landscape artist Mary (Cummings) Bennett Lord, 1859-1954.
Tippy was the son of Henry and Stella (Pinette) Curtis, and the grandson of Adelbert and Marcia (Walden) Curtis. Marcia, Stanley and Harold Walden were the children of Edwin O. and Abbie (Varney) Walden of Greenville.
Edwin was the son of Orrin and Marcy H. (Cummings) Walden, Marcy being a sister to Mary Lord’s father, Silas Harris Cummings.
Orrin was one of three children of Deborah (Haskell) Walden Young, who was widowed when she came to what became Haskell Plantation, then Greenville, with its first settler, her dad Nathaniel Haskell.
Silas and Marcy Cummings were two of the children of William and Deborah (Harris) Cummings. Deborah’s parents were Silas and Mercy (Haskell) Harris, this Mercy being a sister to Nathaniel Haskell who settled Greenville.
Mercy and Nathaniel were the children of Revolutionary War soldier Nathaniel Haskell of Westbrook. The older Nathaniel was married to Deborah Bailey, a great-great-granddaughter of John Bayley, a weaver from Chippenham, Wiltshire, England, who was aboard the Angel Gabriel in 1635 when it was “cast away at Pemaquid in the great storm of 15 August.”
Telling about the Angel Gabriel is certainly going off on a tangent, but it’s a fascinating story. Did you notice that John Bayley was a weaver? Tippy Curtis at one time was night supervisor of the weave room at Guilford Industries, where my sister has worked in the office for many years. (It’s now True Textiles.)
With the “arrival” of John Bayley in 1635, Tippy Curtis’ ancestry goes back at least 377 years in Maine. He was my cousin several times, and had many more Greenville roots than I do. No wonder he enjoyed ice fishing on Moosehead Lake.
Tippy was a fourth cousin to my dad, Gayland “Dinty” Moore Jr. Tippy’s children, Marc, Eric and Sarah, would be fifth cousins to me, Maureen and brother Mike.
If you add in all our Haskell connections and the various Cummings connections, our roots are intertwined, indeed. (I’ll send Tippy’s children a chart.)
The 145th Kalloch Family Reunion will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, at West Rockport Baptist Church, 545 Park St., West Rockport. The scheduled is: coffee and gathering, 9:30 a.m.; business meeting, 10 a.m.; genealogy, 11 a.m.; lunch and group photo, noon; program, 1:30 p.m.
Reunion admission is a donation of $5 per adult; lunch, $8. Make checks to Kalloch Family Reunion Association and mail to Margaret Keller Carleton, 205 Mistic Ave., Rockport, ME 04856; telephone 236-3583.
Evelyn Kalloch sent out a lovely newsletter with an article, “Kalloch Sea Captains and Crew,” by Capt. Jim Kalloch. Julia Hunter also did a nice piece on “The Dispersion and Continuance of the West Rockport Kellers.”
This is a great reunion, with wonderful displays and helpful people to guide you in finding out about relatives.
For information on researching family history in Maine, see Genealogy Resources under Family Ties at bangordailynews.com/browse/family-ties. Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.