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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Edward E. Curtis, one of the representative and progressive citizens of Washington County, was born in St. Louis, Mo., February 4, 1828. His parents were Cyrus and Amanda (Benoist) Curtis, natives, respectively, of Virginia and St. Louis, the former of whom was an early settler in Missouri. In a family of five children Edward E. was the eldest, and in infancy he was taken by his parents to Clay County, Mo., where he lived until 1844, when he returned to St. Louis. He was reared to mercantile pursuits, which vocation he followed until 1870, when he removed to Washington County and purchased his present homestead, which is one of the most attractive locations in the county, and contains about 600 acres of land. In 1853 he married Miss Rebecca Wilson, a native of New Jersey and a most estimable lady, whose life has been devoted to making her home happy. In their family are ten children, whose names are Jeannette, (now the wife of William Wilder, of Bay City, Mich.,) Kate, Cyrus, Louis, Amanda, Edward, Paul, Marie, Joseph and Margaretta. In 1880 Mr. Curtis was elected one of the judges of the county court of Washington County, and he discharged the duties of the office in a fearless manner, proving himself a competent and efficient public servant. He takes great interest in educational matters and advocates any enterprise calculated to benefit the county.

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This family biography is one of 138 biographies included in The History of Washington County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Washington County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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