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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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OLIVER H. CURTIS, an old resident and a well-to-do farmer of Amherst, was born in Willington, Tolland County, Conn., March 30, 1811, son of William and Mary (Holt) Curtis. Mr. Curtis’s father was a native of Connecticut, who followed the trades of tanner and shoemaker the greater part of his life. He owned a farm of one hundred acres in Willington, which his sons conducted. He died in Willington, aged eighty-six years. He was a member of the Congregational church. His wife, who was a native of Willington, became the mother of nine children, as follows: Sanford, William, Horace, Sarah H., Alford, Wilson W., and Harvey, all of whom are now dead; Oliver H., the subject of this sketch; and Selden Curtis, who resides in New London, Conn. The mother died at the age of eighty-eight.

Oliver H. Curtis grew to manhood in Willington, Conn., and was educated in the schools of that town. He followed agriculture and other occupations until 1839, when he moved to Amherst, and bought the farm where he now resides. His property consists of one hundred and thirty-seven acres, which he conducted with satisfactory results until his retirement from active labor. He is a Republican in politics.

On November 14, 1837, Mr. Curtis was united in marriage to Emily Hills. She was born in Ellington, daughter of Leonard and Mary (Ladd) Hills. Four of her children are now living, namely: Chiara Ann, who resides in Florence; Emily A., who resides at home; Frank O., who is a resident of Amherst; and Samuel H., who resides at Hartford, Conn. Mrs. Curtis died March 27, 1888.

Mr. Curtis has been an energetic and successful farmer. He is highly esteemed by the community, and is the oldest resident in his neighborhood.

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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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