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Peter Curl

Peter Curl

Male 1838 - 1936  (98 years)

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  • Name Peter Curl 
    Born 1 Jan 1838  Harrison, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Jun 1936  Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Pleasant Tick Ridge Cemetery, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2204  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 22 Apr 2014 

    Father Richard B. Curl,   b. 2 Mar 1804, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1874, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Mariah Stepro,   b. 5 Sep 1818, Washington, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1909, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 23 Jul 1835  Harrison, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F294  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Denbo,   b. 7 Apr 1848, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1937, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 25 Mar 1868  English, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Ida Curl,   b. 25 Feb 1869, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1947, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     2. Anna Curl,   b. Abt 1871
     3. Catherine Curl,   b. 14 Sep 1870, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1885, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 14 years)
     4. Monsella Curl,   b. Abt 1874, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. John C. Curl,   b. 17 Nov 1878, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Dec 1954  (Age 76 years)
     6. Lula Curl,   b. 7 Sep 1880, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Charles E. Curl,   b. 6 Jul 1882, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1946, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     8. Kennie Osker Curl,   b. 14 May 1884, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1925, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
     9. Etta May Curl,   b. 9 Jan 1887, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Myrtle Minnie Curl,   b. 18 Feb 1889, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Clifford Cleofus Curl,   b. 24 Aug 1892, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1974, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     12. Ivan Edgar Curl,   b. 26 Jul 1894, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1959  (Age 64 years)
    Last Modified 7 Jul 2022 
    Family ID F1301  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • 1850 United States Federal Census about Peter Curl Name: Peter Curl Age: 4 Birth Year: abt 1846 Birthplace: Indiana Home in 1850: District 45, Harrison, Indiana Race: White Gender: Male Family Number: 859 Household Members: Name Age Richard Curl 42 Mariah Curl 34 Frances Curl 15 Catharine Curl 14 Elisabeth Curl 11 John Curl 9 Dennis Curl 7 Harriet Curl 6 Peter Curl 4 Henry Curl 2 Martin Curl 0 Henry Steepro 23

      1860 United States Federal Census about Peter Currel Name: Peter Currel [Peter Curl] Age in 1860: 12 Birth Year: abt 1848 Birthplace: Indiana Home in 1860: Union, Crawford, Indiana Gender: Male Post Office: Grantsburg Value of real estate: View image Household Members: Name Age Richd Currel 54 Maria Currel 44 Catharine Currel 22 John Currel 17 Richd Currel 14 Harriet Currel 13 Peter Currel 12 Henry Currel 10 Martin Currel 9 Clark Currel 7 Palmzra Currel 2

      U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles about Peter Curl Name: Peter Curl Residence: Mifflin, Indiana Enlistment Date: 17 Feb 1864 Rank at enlistment: Private State Served: Indiana Survived the War?: Yes Service Record: Enlisted in Company K, Indiana 38th Infantry Regiment on 17 Feb 1864. Mustered out on 15 Jul 1865 at Louisville, KY. Sources: Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana

      Indiana, Marriage Collection, 1800-1941 about Elizabeth Denbo Name: Elizabeth Denbo Spouse Name: Peter Curl Marriage Date: 25 Mar 1868 Marriage County: Crawford

      1880 United States Federal Census about Peter Curl Name: Peter Curl Age: 39 Birth Year: abt 1841 Birthplace: Indiana Home in 1880: Union, Crawford, Indiana Race: White Gender: Male Relation to Head of House: Self (Head) Marital Status: Married Spouse's Name: Elizebeth Curl Father's Birthplace: Virginia Mother's Birthplace: Kentucky Neighbors: View others on page Occupation: Farmer Cannot read/write: Blind: Deaf and Dumb: Otherwise disabled: Idiotic or insane: View image Household Members: Name Age Peter Curl 39 Elizebeth Curl 28 Mary Curl 11 Elizebeth Curl 9 Nancy Curl 7 John Curl 4 Leula Curl 10m

      U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 about Peter Curl Name: Peter Curl State Filed: Indiana Roll Number: T288_107

      1900 United States Federal Census about Peter Curl Name: Peter Curl Age: 53 Birth Date: May 1847 Birthplace: Indiana Home in 1900: Union, Crawford, Indiana Race: White Gender: Male Relation to Head of House: Head Marital Status: Married Spouse's Name: Elizabeth Curl Marriage Year: 1866 Years Married: 34 Father's Birthplace: Indiana Mother's Birthplace: Indiana Occupation: View on Image Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age Peter Curl 53 Elizabeth Curl 50 Charly Curl 16 Kennie Curl 16 Etta Curl 13 Myrtle Curl 9 Clifford Curl 8 Ivan Curl 7

      1910 United States Federal Census about Peter Curl Name: Peter Curl Age in 1910: 73 Birth Year: abt 1837 Birthplace: Indiana Home in 1910: Union, Crawford, Indiana Race: White Gender: Male Relation to Head of House: Head Marital Status: Married Spouse's Name: Elizabeth Curl Father's Birthplace: Virginia Mother's Birthplace: Virginia Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age Peter Curl 73 Elizabeth Curl 60 Charlie Curl 27 Clifford Curl 18 Ivern Curl 16

      1920 United States Federal Census about Peter Curl Name: Peter Curl Age: 81 Birth Year: abt 1839 Birthplace: Indiana Home in 1920: Union, Crawford, Indiana Race: White Gender: Male Relation to Head of House: Head Marital Status: Married Spouse's Name: Elizabeth Curl Father's Birthplace: Virginia Mother's Birthplace: Kentucky Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age Peter Curl 81 Elizabeth Curl 68 Oran Curl 25 Stella Curl 28 Charley Curl 37

      1930 United States Federal Census about Peter Curl Name: Peter Curl Gender: Male Birth Year: abt 1839 Birthplace: Indiana Race: White Home in 1930: Jefferson, Dubois, Indiana Map of Home: View Map Marital Status: Married Relation to Head of House: Head Spouse's Name: Elizabeth Curl Father's Birthplace: Virginia Mother's Birthplace: Indiana Occupation: Education: Military service: Rent/home value: Age at first marriage: Parents' birthplace: View image Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age Peter Curl 91 Elizabeth Curl 79 Charles E Curl 51

      U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963 about Peter Curl Name: Peter Curl Death Date: 12 Jun 1936 Cemetery: Pleasant Ridge Cemetery Location: Birdseye, Indiana

      Birdseye Couple Wed 67 years

      Civil War Veteran Was a Friend of Lincoln

      Special Correspondence May 16, 1935

      Uncle Pete Curl was stretched comfortably out in an old rattan bottom chair, which was tilted precariously on two legs against the faded weather boarded front wall of his small frame house. He eyed his feet, clad in bright blue stockings, but shoeless, twiddled his toes twice, gingerly stroked his whiskers and remarked:

      "We went thru Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. And we were fighting all the way." Uncle Pete is a Civil War veteran. But he is more than that. Mr. Curl celebrated his ninety-seventh birthday on January 1st and his sixty-seventh wedding anniversary this March! He is the oldest resident in the community and the only Civil War Veteran.

      Mrs. Curl, short and a bit plump, is just as spry as her soldier husband. She is still in her eighties-a few yeas younger than Uncle Pete. In the presence of Peter Curl, especially when he gets started on his favorite, Civil War days, she has very little to say, merely prompting him now and then when his stories of the famous battles strikes a [----].

      "I went down South when I was 14 said Mr. Curl. I worked there for several years before the war. Then when I went home one summer, mother said I better stay on because there was a presidential election coming in the fall and they would need me to vote. I stayed and when the war came along, hired out to the government."

      Uncle Pete, who is retired now, says he was with General Sherman in his march to the sea.

      "It took us 100 days to go from Chattanooga to Atlanta and then to Savannah he declared. And us a fightin all the time." I was there alright, I was there at Chattanooga, Atlanta, and Vicksburg, too" and Uncle Pete's eyes brightened with a flood of memories.

      His chair came down on all four legs with a bangs and he gestured as he said, "It was Christmas eve when we trooped into Savannah, GA." On Christmas morning General Sherman hauled the Stars & Stripes up on the county court house and sent Lincoln a wire making him a Christmas present of the city. "My but we were hungry and we couldn't forage either, I kept asking Uncle Bill Sherman when we were going to move out of Savannah."

      "Finally we crossed into South Carolina. What we did to South Carolina was a caution. You know the Carolina was the first state to secede." Jeff Davis sent 30,900 men to stop us in North Carolina but we kept right on coming. At Raleigh I was put to work guarding troop trains, but all […………].

      Birdseye

      July 4th (Special)

      The Fourth of July, to the average person, means the noise of firecrackers, display of the national emblem, and a day's vacation. But to Peter Curl 96, Civil war veteran; of this place. It brings stirring memories of roaring canon and rifle fusillade and a city's surrender.

      A dashing youth in the union army, he took part in the long and perilous siege of Vicksburg into which the Confederate commander, General Pemberton, had withdrawn with his army. It was on July the fourth, in 1863, that the city surrendered.

      On the same day, in Pennsylvania, battle of Gettysburg ended and Southern forces were driven back south never to retrieve their losses, two Fourth of July victories of the eastern and western armies, although unknown to each other, should have ended the war but it dragged on nearly two more years.

      SERVED THROUGHOUT THE WAR

      A member of Company K, 38th Indiana Volunteers, Curl responded to Lincoln's first call for volunteers. At the end of his three month term, he reenlisted and served the entire duration. Few veterans of that war can boast of as long a term of service as he lacked just nine days of serving four years. A soldier's pay in that war was fifty cents a day, he recalled in a recent interview.

      Before going to the army he worked on boats up and down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers and other places in the south. He remembered it was as much as a man's life is worth to express any anti-slavery sentiment in that section. Just turned 21, he was at the home of his parents, in Crawford County, for the election of 1860 and voted for Abraham Lincoln.

      A FAMILY OF SOLDIERS

      The old soldier's family has never been slow in responding to the county's call to arms. His grandfather fought in the Revolutionary war, his father in the Mexican, and his grandsons in the World war. Spry and alert as many men at 70, he is a familiar figure on the streets of Birdseye. He boasts that he never took a dose of medicine until about a year ago. His memory is unusually good and his recital of the battles of the Civil war in which he took part is as accurate as pages memorized from a school history. This, too, in spite of his lament that the schooling he received was very little. Anybody who could sharpen a goose quill, write a little and count to a hundred was good enough for a teacher in those days. Thirty days now and then, and mostly to subscription schools, was all I got to go. Most of my schooling was in the "school of experience", he said.

      Not only does he recall that memory [------------] he took part in detail following that event.

      TELLS OF BATTLES

      "Right after that followed the campaign through the southern states, with the battle of Chickamauga in September and of Chattanooga in November," he said. "Then, there was the 100 days fighting around Atlanta and the march with Sherman to the sea." From Savannah he recalled, the march northward through the Carolinas where they foraged widely killing the pigs and burning the pens, "punishing South Carolina for her second succession" he stated.

      Another battle he recalled was that of the "old deadening" explaining that the masts of the ships looked like deadened trees in a woods clearing-hence the name. He chuckled as a related how one time he was a member of a group that captured a whole barrel of money along with a confederate paymaster. "They had buried the barrel but we poked around and found it. Some of it wasn't cut apart yet and some of it hadn't been signed. It wasn't worth much though. Every day it got worth less and less and the Union money more and more.

      ONLY "HARD MONEY" ACCEPTED

      Talking of money, the old veteran recalled how in his youth he asked his employer not to pay him in paper, money but in hard money - silver and gold. You just couldn't buy anything with the paper money and lots of folks wouldn't take it at all. Hard money was good anywhere.

      Curl's wife is 86 years old. She too, is remarkably active. The couple has been married 67 years. Of the 12 children born to them, 11 grew to manhood and womanhood. The old solider comes of a long lived family. A brother, Dennis, who lives in Crawford County, has already celebrated his one hundredth birthday. Their mother lived to 104 and died in her sleep. A sister reached the same unusual age. Two aunts and an uncle on his maternal side lived to be over 100. "There are five generations of Curls living around here," be said. "I thought I would give everyone of them a little present. I didn't know there were so many. It [-----------]

      [--] to recount some of his Civil war experiences. "Stand right up and talk," he was told. "Don't he afraid." "Why should I be afraid?" he replied. I stood up in front of a whole rebel army and wasn't scared. Why should I be afraid of a little crowd like this?"

      WOUNDED THREE TIMES

      His body carries the marks of battle, too,-three bullet scars-one through his left forearm, one through his right shoulder, and another beneath his left eye. With reverence the old "soldier" speaks of "Abe" Lincoln, his commander-in-chief. "I heard him make campaign speeches," he said, "and my brother-in-law lived near the Lincolns over in Spencer County. He would tell us about them and how they lived. They didn't have any floor in their house when first they came over- here from Kentucky. When they built a new house they had a floor. The way we built floors in those days was to go out in the woods, pick out a nice poplar tree and chop it down. Then we split it and hewed it into boards, dressing them down. As the boards seasoned on the floor we tightened them up from time to time.

      There's a lot of talk about where the Lincoln's crossed the river. It was at the mouth of Wolf Creek, on a raft. I heard that too many times from a man that helped them across to be mistaken.

      Speaking further of his army experience, he told how during the lulls between battles they often ran up a flag of truce and traded sugar and coffee to the confederate soldiers for tobacco. Sometimes, too, a Confederate newspaper, printed on brow wrapping paper, fell into their hand in this manner.

      It is a source of satisfaction to the old veteran that time has erased the bitterness of the bloody war in which he fought-that for many years on the Fourth of July the sun has shone on a united nation. By war was the nation rent asunder, he explained. By war, it has been united. Men from the South and men from the North fought side by side under Cuba


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      (Source: Unknown Indiana Newspaper, May 15, 1935; transcribed by Ronald E. Yates 8/8/2009; web_genealogist@yatesville.net)

      some have date of birth around 1846

      Uncle Peter Curl lived at Birdseye indiana, I sat on his knee when I was a kid (Im 75)and he used to tell us kids stories about going to the Sea with Gen Sherman. He also knew Lincoln, and My 2nd great Gr father was Lincolns Preacher and teacher. We used to vist them quite often. I have the Faulkenburgs too. Uncle Pete had 12 Kids------I have an artilce from the newpaper on his birthday . Will be glad to send you copies of all this, Contact me at AlmaNadine@aol.com
      Nadine.

      "From R.B. Wrights Family Genealogy:
      "CURL, PETER >> Lamb's Calvary- entered July 25, 1863 in Leavenworth, IN. by Captain Lamb. Mustered August 13, 1863 in Leavenworth, IN. by Captain Miller. Age: 18 Discharged January 31, 1864. Then enlisted in the 38th Regiment."
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      Also from R.B. Wrights Family Genealogy:
      " A Great Grandson of Dennis Curl (Peter's brother), a Clifford Corbett says that their family tradition on Pete was that during the Civil War, he was with Sherman in a battle. The Flag Bearer was hot, and as he started to fall Pete grabbed the Flag, yelling "Let old Glory Fly" and carried it on into battle. He was fiercely loyal to the Country and to Abe Lincoln, who he knew personally and had talked to many times. He worked on barges on the Mississippi with Lincoln at times." R.B. Wright