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Harriet Curbow

Female 1852 - 1904  (52 years)

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  • Name Harriet Curbow  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Nickname Hattie 
    Born 1852  Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Harriet was the third daughter born to Tilman Curbow and Elizabeth Box - born sometime in 1852 in Mississippi, probably Itawamba County. She was often referred to as "Hattie." Hattie may have been named after her mother's sister, Harriet Jane Box. Harriet can be found in the 1860 and 1870 census with her parents.
    Gender Female 
    Census 1853  Itawamba County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age 1; 1853 MISSISSIPPI CENSUS: Living with parents and siblings in Itawamba County 
    Census 1860  Carouse, Ouachita County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Indexed as Harriet, 8 years old; Living with parents and siblings Lucinda, Oliver, Jennie, William Isabelle and Henry 
    Census 1864  Bowie County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family appears on Confederate Indigent Families List; Living with the family of Wiseman Curbow 
    Arrival 1867  Waco, McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Based on her sister Lucinda's pension application, the family arrives in Texas in 1867. However, I believe this to be the date they actually moved from Bowie County to McLennan County, Texas. 
    Census 1870  McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Living "east of the Brazos River." MIsindexed as Henrietta Keehan; 18 years old, living with parents and siblings Lucinda, William, Isabelle and Henry 
    Census 1880  McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Indexed as Harriet, 26 years old, living with husband Elijah MIller, children Thomas, Frank, Jesse and Minnie; father Tilman is living with the family - listed as widower 
    Tax Roll 1884  McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Tax Roll: 1 city/town lot worth $75 
    Tax Roll 1885  McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Tax Rolls - 5 hogs worth $10 
    Moved Btwn 1891 - 1892  Itasca, Hill County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Harriet and Elijah lived in or near Waco through at least 1885 because Elijah can be found there in various McLennan County tax roll records. At some point after 1885, Harriet and Elijah apparently moved their family to Hill County, Texas where their youngest daughter is born in Itasca in June of 1892. It should be noted that William Bolton Box (Harriet's grandfather) was living in Covington, Hill County, Texas, which is not far from Itasca. He died there in 1887.
     
    Residence 1896  Carter County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    This area is rich in Native American history. In that regard - the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes was appointed by President Grover Cleveland in 1893 to negotiate land with the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole tribes. It is commonly called the Dawes Commission, after its chairman, Henry L. Dawes. Tribe members were entitled to an allotment of land, in return for abolishing their tribal governments and recognizing Federal laws. In order to receive the land, individual tribal members first had to apply and be deemed eligible by the Commission. The first application process for enrollment began in 1896, but was declared invalid. In this 1896 application process appear the applications of:

    Elijah E. Miller - Cherokee - Application #2131
    Hattie J. Miller - Cherokee - Application #4074

    Because of this invalidation, the Dawes Commission started all over again in 1898. People had to re-apply in order to be considered, even if they had already applied in 1896. The resulting lists of those who were accepted as eligible became known as the Dawes Rolls. Their formal name is the "Final Rolls of the Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory". The Commission accepted applications from 1898 until 1907. Neither Elijah nor Hattie appear on the Final Rolls. After speaking with a genealogist at the Oklahoma History Center, she wonders if this could be our Elijah and Harriet. If they had applied as Cherokees - why would they be living in Chickasaw Nation rather than the Cherokee Nation? Good point. I am somewhat inclined to believe that this is not our couple. Harriet and Elijah cannot be found in an U.S. or territorial census for the year 1900.
     
    Moved Btwn Jun 1892 - 1904  Carter County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Sometime after the birth of their last daughter, Lou Ida Belle Miller, in Itasca, Hill County, Texas, the Miller family moved to Indian Territory - Chickasaw Nation - present day Carter County, Oklahoma.  
    Elijah Spencer Miller
    Elijah Spencer Miller
    A Short History of Pickens County, Indian Territory - Present day Carter County, Oklahoma
    Died Btwn 1892-1904  Texas or Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Sometime between June of 1892 and December of 1904, Harriet Curbow Miller died. At this point, I do not know if Harriet died in Texas or in Oklahoma. Miller descendants (Brenda Johnson and Tom Hedges) claim that Harriet died in Oklahoma and is buried somewhere "around the Carter County, Oklahoma area." The news article below from The Daily Ardmoreite which was published on May 7, 1902 has piqued my interest. The general location seems to fit and the timeframe is correct - but of course, I have no way of knowing if this is our Harriet Curbow:

      Nine Lives Swept into Eternity at Foss, Oklahoma; Twenty Houses Washed Away; Inhabitants Left Homeless and Destitute; Searching for Dead; Property Destroyed. Among the dead were Mrs. Miller and daughter.
    Buried Bef 1904  Carter County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Per Tom Hedges and Brenda Johnson - Harriet is buried "somewhere in the Carter County area in Oklahoma" - exact location unknown at this time
    Headstones Submit Headstone Photo Submit Headstone Photo 
    Person ID P2337  Curbow Montoya Family | Curbow Family Branch
    Last Modified 30 Oct 2011 

    Father Tilman P. Curbow,   b. 1821, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. March June of 1900  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Box,   b. 1820-1822, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Before 1880, McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Family ID F456  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elijah Spencer Miller,   b. 1849, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1924, Carter County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 9 Feb 1872  McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • by R. A. Dwyer, Justice of the Peace; Book A, Page 7 McLennan County Marriage Records
    Elijah Spencer Miller x Harriet Curbow
    Elijah Spencer Miller x Harriet Curbow
    Marriage Record
    McLennan County, Texas
    Children 
     1. Thomas Miller,   b. 1873, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +2. William Franklin Miller,   b. 17 Sept 1874, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1948, Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    +3. Jessie Eugene Miller,   b. 22 Oct 1876, Waco, McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1939, George West, Live Oak County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     4. Minnie Miller,   b. 1879, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1880  (Age 2 years)
     5. John Miller,   b. 1889, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1916  (Age 28 years)
    +6. Willie Mae Miller,   b. 16 Apr 1890, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1971, Stanislaus County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +7. Lou Ida Belle Miller,   b. 3 Jun 1892, Itasca, Hill County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1969, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    Photos
    Elijah Spencer Miller and Harriet Curbow
    Elijah Spencer Miller and Harriet Curbow
    From the collection of James Dudley
    Perhaps a wedding photograph? The man is identified as Elijah Spencer Miller. It seems to show him as a younger man - and the woman in the photograph is assumed to be his first wife Harriet Curbow
    Elijah Spencer Miller
    Elijah Spencer Miller
    with first wife Harriet Curbow Miller
    From the collection of James Dudley
    Elijah Spencer Miller is identified; the woman is thought to be Harriet based on the time frame.
    Miller Children
    Miller Children
    The two boys pictured are unidentified but are thought to be the two oldest sons of Elijah Spencer Miller and Harriet Curbow - Thomas Miller and Frank Miller; alternatively, one of the boys could be the third son Jessie Eugene Miller
    Last Modified 15 Feb 2014 09:17:01 
    Family ID F495  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1852 - Mississippi Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Age 1; 1853 MISSISSIPPI CENSUS: Living with parents and siblings in Itawamba County - 1853 - Itawamba County, Mississippi Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Indexed as Harriet, 8 years old; Living with parents and siblings Lucinda, Oliver, Jennie, William Isabelle and Henry - 1860 - Carouse, Ouachita County, Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Family appears on Confederate Indigent Families List; Living with the family of Wiseman Curbow - 1864 - Bowie County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsArrival - Based on her sister Lucinda's pension application, the family arrives in Texas in 1867. However, I believe this to be the date they actually moved from Bowie County to McLennan County, Texas. - 1867 - Waco, McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Living "east of the Brazos River." MIsindexed as Henrietta Keehan; 18 years old, living with parents and siblings Lucinda, William, Isabelle and Henry - 1870 - McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 9 Feb 1872 - McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Indexed as Harriet, 26 years old, living with husband Elijah MIller, children Thomas, Frank, Jesse and Minnie; father Tilman is living with the family - listed as widower - 1880 - McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTax Roll - Tax Roll: 1 city/town lot worth $75 - 1884 - McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTax Roll - Tax Rolls - 5 hogs worth $10 - 1885 - McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMoved - Harriet and Elijah lived in or near Waco through at least 1885 because Elijah can be found there in various McLennan County tax roll records. At some point after 1885, Harriet and Elijah apparently moved their family to Hill County, Texas where their youngest daughter is born in Itasca in June of 1892. It should be noted that William Bolton Box (Harriet's grandfather) was living in Covington, Hill County, Texas, which is not far from Itasca. He died there in 1887. - Btwn 1891 - 1892 - Itasca, Hill County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - This area is rich in Native American history. In that regard - the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes was appointed by President Grover Cleveland in 1893 to negotiate land with the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole tribes. It is commonly called the Dawes Commission, after its chairman, Henry L. Dawes. Tribe members were entitled to an allotment of land, in return for abolishing their tribal governments and recognizing Federal laws. In order to receive the land, individual tribal members first had to apply and be deemed eligible by the Commission. The first application process for enrollment began in 1896, but was declared invalid. In this 1896 application process appear the applications of: Elijah E. Miller - Cherokee - Application #2131 Hattie J. Miller - Cherokee - Application #4074 Because of this invalidation, the Dawes Commission started all over again in 1898. People had to re-apply in order to be considered, even if they had already applied in 1896. The resulting lists of those who were accepted as eligible became known as the Dawes Rolls. Their formal name is the "Final Rolls of the Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory". The Commission accepted applications from 1898 until 1907. Neither Elijah nor Hattie appear on the Final Rolls. After speaking with a genealogist at the Oklahoma History Center, she wonders if this could be our Elijah and Harriet. If they had applied as Cherokees - why would they be living in Chickasaw Nation rather than the Cherokee Nation? Good point. I am somewhat inclined to believe that this is not our couple. Harriet and Elijah cannot be found in an U.S. or territorial census for the year 1900. - 1896 - Carter County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMoved - Sometime after the birth of their last daughter, Lou Ida Belle Miller, in Itasca, Hill County, Texas, the Miller family moved to Indian Territory - Chickasaw Nation - present day Carter County, Oklahoma. - Btwn Jun 1892 - 1904 - Carter County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Bef 1904 - Carter County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Harriet Curbow Miller
    Harriet Curbow Miller
    From the collection of Tom Hedges, Harriet's great-grandson
    Harriet Curbow
    Harriet Curbow
    From the collection of James Dudley
    Identification is not certain - but based on the younger picture of Harriet, this is believed to be her at an older age.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2625378497] 1860 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860. M653, 1), Year: 1860; Census Place: Carouse, Ouachita, Arkansas; Roll: M653_47; Page: 40; Image: 43.
      Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Carouse, Ouachita, Arkansas; Roll: M653_47; Page: 40; Image: 42; Family History Library Film: 803047.

    2. [S2624683368] 1870 United States Federal Census, (1870. United States. Ninth Census of the United States, 1870. Washington, D.C. National Archives and Records Administration. M593, RG29, 1,761 rolls. Minnesota. Minnes), Year: 1870; Census Place: , , ; Roll: M593.
      Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: East of The Brazos River, McLennan, Texas; Roll: M593_1598; Page: 78B; Image: 156; Family History Library Film: 553097.

    3. [S2624675888] 1880, (1880 U.S. Census Index ), Year: 1880; Census Place: , McLennan, Texas; Roll: T9_1318; Family History Film: 1255318; Page: 105.1000; Enumeration District: 107; Image: .
      Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: East of The Brazos River, McLennan, Texas; Roll: M593_1598; Page: 78B; Image: 156; Family History Library Film: 553097.

    4. [S3753046807] Mississippi State and Territorial Census Collection, 1792-1866, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007.Original data - Mississippi State and Territorial Censuses, 1792-1866. Microfilm V229. 3 rolls. Heritage Quest.Original data: Mississippi State and Territorial Censuses, 1792-1866. Mi).
      T.P. Curbo; 1853; Itawamba; Line 31; Roll v229_2