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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Review Volume of Biographical Sketches of The Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts published by Biographical Review Publishing Company in 1896.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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A. B. CURTIS, a general farmer and stock-raiser of Worthington, was born in that town, November 4, 1820, son of Elijah W. and Polly (Benjamin) Curtis. Mr. Curtis’s grandfather, Beriah Curtis, was an early settler in Worthington, and purchased a part of the farm where his grandson now resides. He cleared and improved the property, and followed agriculture successfully until his death, which was caused by the explosion of his gun while engaged in hunting. Beriah Curtis was the father of two children; namely, Dillasy and Elijah.

Elijah Curtis, father of Mr. Curtis, commenced to learn the trade of a carpenter at the age of fourteen; and when twenty-one years old he erected the house in which his son resides. He carried on the farm prosperously, and died September 13, 1847. He was a Republican in politics, and served as a Selectman for several years. Elijah Curtis was twice married. His first wife, now deceased, was a daughter of Samuel Morse, a resident of Worthington. His second wife, whose maiden name was Polly Benjamin, became the mother of six children, as follows: Mary, who died young; another child, who died in infancy; A. B. Curtis, the subject of this sketch; Harmony D., who married Milton Nash; Betsey, who resides with Mr. Curtis; and Mary, who married John H. Tinker, a farmer of Chester, and has since died. Her death occurred March 13, 1860.

A. B. Curtis was educated in the district schools and Mountain Academy, and reared to agricultural life. He taught school in Middlefield, Peru, and Worthington for several terms, but has always resided upon the farm which he inherited after his father’s death. He has conducted general farming with good results, and is a successful stock-raiser. In politics he is a Republican, and has always supported the principles of that party with zeal. He has been a Selectman for several years, and has rendered good service to the town in other positions of trust.

On September 13, 1846, Mr. Curtis was united in marriage to his first wife, whose maiden name was Fidelia H. Harrington. She was born in Rowe, Mass., in 1827, daughter of Thomas Harrington. Mr. Curtis’ s first wife died March 3, 1863. On February 10, 1864, he wedded for his second wife Mary Emily Noble, a native of Washington, Mass., where she was born October 9, 1836. Mr. and Mrs. Curtis have three children, namely: Mary F., born February 3, 1868; Alden Noble, born February 16, 1876; and Elmer Noble, born July 21, 1879. Mr. and Mrs. Curtis and children are members of the Congregational church.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Biographical Review Volume of Biographical Sketches of The Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts published in 1896. 

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