FIRST: When my ggg-grandfather was orphaned
in 1849 in St. Louis, he
The following are some interesting
facts I have uncovered. It may be a lesson on delving too deeply into your
research, as everthing seems to lead in a circle. The farther you go, the
spookier it gets!
was taken in and raised for ten years by William F. EDSON & Martha
Edson. They both resided in Randolph Center, Orange County, VT and married
there in 1844
before moving to Missouri. Well, also residing in Orange County both before
and after the tragic year of 1849 were Asa CURTIS (1781), also living in
the town of Randolph, and his brother, Ransom CURTIS (1792), residing in
the nearby town of Orange. Both are of the Francis Curtis line and sons
of William & Abigail Bugbee CURTIS (William 5, William 4, Francis 3,
John 2, Francis 1).
SECOND: The above Asa CURTIS (1781) married Lucy FISK in 1805, again in
Randolph Center, Orange County, VT. Well, Martha STORY Edson's mother was
a Fanny FISK, w/o Asa STORY, of
course, also all of Randolph, Orange County, VT. I haven't determined
the relationship between Lucy
and Fannie, but I'd bet there is a close one.
THIRD: William Henry CURTIS was sent
by his step father in the summer on 1849 to
live with a C. E. BLOOD across the river in Collinsville, IL. C. E.
Blood's first cousin happens
to be Phoebe BLOOD, who in 1834 married Harvey CURTIS of Chariton, Worchester
also of the Francis Curtis line (Harvey 6, Japheth 5, Japheth 4, Francis
3, John 2, Francis 1).
FOURTH: William F. EDSON is a sixth cousin once removed to the Willis
Bigalow EDSON who in 1843 married Cordelia Curtis of Chautauqua County, NY,
d/o Ransom Curtis, also of the Francis Curtis line (Ransom 7, Comfort 6,
Francis 5, William 4, Francis 3, John 2, Francis 1).
As I said, it can really get spooky!