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Below are stories and messages sent via contact us.  Send us yours or respond to one of these.  We may be able to help.  If you can help the person submitting the story or question, please send your reply via contact us.  Messages, where appropriate,  are forwarded to Margaret, the Clan genealogist.

John Curtain sent the following message: on April 28, 2017

My name is John Curtain, I live on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, and was born on 9 August 1937 although my birth certificate lists a different date.
My great grandfather was David Thomas Curtin, born Nov 1831 in Brosna, County Kerry, Ireland. He emigrated to Melbourne, Australia, and arrived on 18 Nov 1857 per the "Princess of the Seas". He had been in the Irish Constabulary for some years and joined the Victoria Police Force as Constable Number 256.
He married Mary Anne Ryan on 31 Oct 1861 and they had five children, one of them being my grandfather John Thomas Curtain.
Though being born David Thomas Curtin and his Police Records of which I have a copy listing the same spelling, the surname subsequently changed to Curtain as did that of his brother Bartholomew.
My late aunt Marion did mention once of an incident that happened in Ballarat where he was stationed that caused the name change but being young I never followed it up.
So here we have a name and birth date difference which would not be unfamiliar to most readers. On with the story.
A couple of years ago I was in Melbourne and visited the Old Coburg Cemetery where my grandparents John Thomas and Catherine Curtain are buried. I wanted to view the grave as quite often helpful information can be gleaned from these sites. Alas, the imposing granite headstone simply carried the name "Curtain". As I was about to leave I spied a hutch with what seemed like a map of the cemetery behind an outbuilding and being a "Curtain" I just had to have a look. It was certainly a map with historical sites marked together with names. I nearly fell over when I read John Thomas and Catherine Curtin, same christian names but different surname. Then I noticed that the grave was marked in a different section of the cemetery. I just had to have a look. Sure enough the grave was clearly identified and easy to find and contained the parents of Australia's wartime Prime Minister, John Curtin.
Had not my great grandfather changed the spelling of his surname this would have been a super coincidence. All my life I have been asked if I were related to John Curtin and explained the different spelling which in reality should have been the same.

Are we related? Probably, but I will never know.


T. Yazmine Tingle on 4/25/2017 sent the following message:

Great Evening,

I am Yazmine Tingle. I am the Great great grand daughter of Thomas Fitzsimmons, wife named Catherine. He was Born August 23 1741. He also had a twin sister, Ann Fitzsimmons (I want to see a pic of her <3 My Aunty). I am the grand daughter of Claude Fitzsimmons his grandson. Claude, my grandfather was the son of Catherine and her husband Robert. Claude married my grandmother Estelle stokes and my mother, born to them was Claudette Fitzsimmons and my two uncles Raynard and Charles Fitzsimmons
I am learning so much about my family and would like to have a copy of Book 4. Please tell me how I can get it!

Thank you SO much!
Yazmine Tingle

Additional info from Yazmine

Ann Fitzsimmons my great great aunt married a Curtin in the 1800's, Around 1856... She is the twin sister of Thomas Fitzsimmons,  my Grandfather One of the signers of our great constitution of the US.


Gaye sent the following message on 4/17/2017

 Hi

I am trying to trace my deceased mother's family. Her name was Anne Marie Curtin. She was born Dec 1926 and left Ireland to work as a nurse in England where she married and settled. She was from Ennistymon. Her father's name we believe was Michael and we are not sure of her mother- could be Elizabeth/ Marie but really just getting. Would love to know anything about her family as she was a very private lady and did not reveal anything. Before she arrived in England around the age of 18- again a guess she used to work I believe in a hat shop. Sorry to be so vague.

Fingers crossed someone can help.


Pat O'Looney sent the following message on 4/13/2017:

Any Curtains from Ennistymon county Clare Ireland?


Ronald Carmody sent the following message 3/6/2017

I strongly believe my 2nd great grandmother was Johanna Marie Curtin B. 1834 Abbeyfeale, Limerick. She married Daniel Harnett (or Hartnett). Her parents John Curtin & Mary Relehan. John's parents John Laurence Curtin from Barna Hill, Templeglantine, Limerick (not that sure of location) and Johanna Brosnan.

Daniel & Johanna had I believe 9 children. Laurence Curtin Harnett Sr immigrated to the US (Chicago) 1883-1885. I have details on Laurence Sr's family after that.

John Kennedy fowarded the Curtin Clad information as we believe we share the Curtin genes. My father and I have had DNA test; My father both FamilyTree YDNA Ancestry.com (which I have). I have these DNA records.

I would be VERY interested in addtional information and connections to the Curtin Clan!

Thanks. Ron

Lynn Bouchier sent the following message on 2/24/2017

Hi,

I am looking to find Anna Catherine Curtin Brooklyn New york. I believe she was married to Garrett Curtin who was Irish and came to America in 1948. 


Oliver Curtin  sent the following message on 1/8/2017:

 Hi, I wondered if anyone here can help me. My name is Oliver Curtin, and I am trying to trace my grandfather, Patrick Joseph Anthony Curtin. He was born in 1932 to a Patrick Joseph Curtin and Ellen Curtin (maiden name Garvey), in Ballinvoher.

 All I know of him is that he married my grandmother in Grays, Thurrock (London) in 1955. I believe they divorced a few years later and no one ever heard from him again.

 I'd be very keen to trace his whereabouts! Thank you in advance,

Oliver


Mary Lynn Gallagher sent the following message on 9/25/2016:

My grandmother was Maggie Curtin from Manhattan, New York. My great grandparents were Patrick and Lizzie Halpin Curtin from Ireland. I am trying to find some connection to my family. My grandmother had siblings, Regina, Mamie, Nellie, Josephine a twin Johanna that died at birth, Daniel, George and Joseph. Maggie lived in Buffalo, NY but her siblings I believe stayed in the New York City area. If anyone out would have any information I would really appreciate it. Thank you for any consideration regarding this matter.


Mary Curtin Cook sent the following message on 9/24/2016:

I am looking for information on my father's family. My father was Durwood Curtin, born Jan. 13, 1911 in Junction City, KS. He had a brother, Donald, and a sister, Eileen. They grew up in Denver, Colorado. I believe my dad's mother was Mary Snyder born in Chapman, KS. I believe she was married to Thomas Curtin, but I know nothing about him. Any info would be appreciated.


Bella Walker sent the following message on 8/18/2016:

Hello my name is Bella Walker. My father's name was Michael Curtin. I do not have much information about my father , only that he lived in New Lynn Auckland New Zealand and died in 1982. He worked on the railways all his life. My dad went out with my mum who was part Maori and her name was Kathleen Walker. She passed away of Cancer when she was 38 years old and I was 10 years old , so I never asked after my dad. I was brought up with my grandparents and when I was 22 years old I went to search for my dad.I found him and met with him twice , in the January of 1982 and he passed away in the March or April of the same year. I think he had a heart attack.
We looked very much alike. Both having dimples when we smiled. The likeness was very uncanny. I am 55 years old now and I do not know if I have any brothers or sisters. It was lovely to meet him , and I would just like to know if there is anyone who might know my dad?

Daryll O'Dwyer wrote the following message on 7/30/2016

Hello, I have been trying to find anything on my great great grandmother. Her name was Mary Curtin who was married to John O'Dwyer/Dwyer Miltown Malbay co. Clare. She was born 1812 ish and died Oct 20, 1862. At 50 yrs old. She is laid to rest in a family vault erected by John O'Dwyer of M.Malbay for his beloved wife Mary in Kildimo Cemetery Kilmurry Ibricken Annagh/Mullagh near M. Malbay, Clare. They must have been married some time before 1840.They had several children, John, Biddy, Thomas, James, David C. (my great grandfather who came to the U.S. in 1868), Ellen, William, Mary Jane, Edward, Margaret. I have looked online line at just about every website and asked a number of people if they have any info that would be a possible link to Mary. Still no luck. I just happened to find your webpage, so I thought I would send you this email. I have her listed in a 1839/40 M. Malbay parish census with John Dwyer and then again in the NLI baptisms of children starting 1840 birth of Thomas. Miltown Malbay. I have no baptisms of first born's, John and Biddy. Also no birth of Edward, however I have his death record. I also have death records of James, William and John Sr. John Sr. had property along with property rented from Moroney's in M.Malbay. Any response to this email would be appreciated. My Mary Curtin had to have had a relative somewhere. Thank You, Regards, D.O'Dwyer

Judith Levine sent the following message: 6/29/2016

Did any Curtin emigrants who arrived in America change their name to Curtis? I can't find anything re: our emigrant, John Curtis b. about 1822 in either Clare or Cork. He was married to a McMahon and his first Irish born son was Patrick and his next son was American born, James Francis Curtis, who married an O'Brien. I have no idea of the county of origin of any of the three. So frustrating. This is the line we are so much like. Thank you for anything you can contribute to our quandry. Jude Curtis Levine

Sam Johnson sent the following message on 6/10/2016 :

I am trying to find connection between Curtin and Foley families. Abbeyfeale, Limerick.

Mary-Claire Uselding sent the following message on June 3, 2016:

Hello! My 2x great-grandfather was Patrick Curtin from Co. Clare. His wife was Mary Ann Talty, most likely also from Clare b/c that surname is very common in Clare but nowhere else. Patrick emigrated in about 1857. From at least 1861 on (if not earlier) he was a resident of Washington DC. He was a tailor, a Civil War Veteran and active in Irish-American affairs. Some research suggests he MAY have been born in Lavarreen Townland, not far from Ennistymon, and that his parents MAY have been John Curtin and Margaret (maiden name not known with certainty). His and Mary Ann's surviving children were, in order, Mary, Margaret H., Elizabeth A. (my great-grandmother), Teresa, Clara, John M. and Francis R.E. 

I would love to learn more about Patrick's parents, grandparents, etc., even tho I know that's not likely to happen in Irish genealogy (sigh). And, of course, connect with other descendants of Patrick.

Tim Lyme sent the following message on May 2, 2016

Good afternoon Curtin Clan.

My name is Tim Lyne and my grandmother was Ellen Maher, nee Curtin, from Kilsheelan, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. I live in Dublin, Ireland.

I was recently in contact with Maurice (Morrie) Curtin who gave me an email address for Margaret Curtin.

I have recently emailed Margaret with details of my Curtin family.

The reason I am now emailing is to advise that my son, Conor, had a DNA test with the following result - R-L21 which we understand is the male line of the Lyne
family.  So, as I am a descendant, as indeed my son is, of Ellen Curtin I am not sure if the dna process applies.

Perhaps you could advise. Thank you,

Harold T Ward on 4/27/2016 sent the following message:

(from a message to John Buckley concerning my family tree)
In my family I have Catherine Mary Curtin (1830-1885) married to John Ward (1830-?).
In your tree you have Mary Catherine Curtin (1830-1885) married to William John Leahy (1820-1905). In each case Catherine Mary or Mary Catherine is the daughter of David Curtin (1800-1848) and Elizabeth Emperor. They lived in Cayuga County, NY. I believe Mary Catherine and Catherine Mary is the same person. Maybe she married twice. I believe that John Ward, husband of Catherine Mary, was the brother of my great grandfather, Patrick Ward, who settled in the town of Niles, Cayuga Co., NY after immigrating from Mt. Collins, Ireland in the 1850's. I have heard that John Ward moved to California and my family lost track of him. I believe he had no children. Do you have any information about this?
My home town is Moravia, NY in Cayuga Co. There were a a lot of Buckley's in that area.


Pamela Spencer sent the following message on 4/29/2016:

Hello everyone, My maiden name was Curtayne which I believe is a derivative of Curtin. I am trying to trace my Irish roots. My great grandfather was Patrick and was born around 1840 in Ireland and married a lady from Londonderry in Northern Ireland (Honora) of Scots origin (the Plantations) Have you any advice or information that could be useful in my quest, I would be very grateful to you all.

Note: suggested Family Finder test at FamilyTreeDNA (www.ftdna.com) and joining the Curtin Project there.

Dan


Lee Stroschine sent the following message on 4/19/2016

I am looking for information on Timothy Curtin married to Ellen Ring and daughter Catherine Curtin. Catherine Curtin was born 1807 in Ireland and died in Iowa 1893. She was married to John Collins.


Gordon Gipson sent the following message on Saturday, March 19, 2016

I am trying to find the marriage of John Curtin born 5 June 1809 in county Cork, Ireland and Catherine O'Connell born in 1817.  The US 1850 census has an 8 yr. old boy Garrett  and a 7 year old girl Mary living with them in Great Barrington, Berkshire, Massachusetts.  The children have the last name of Bany or Bally.  Was Catherine married previously to John? Any information on John and Catherine's marriage would be appreciated.  John's parents are my Timothy and Ellen are my 4th great grandparents.


Sharon Hansen sent the following message on 3/2/2016:

I am looking for Curtin from Castle Island Ireland. My husbands great grand mother was Julia Curtin born 1862. I can not find any information on her other than she came to the US in 1876 and married Bryan Mahony from Castle Island Ireland. Thanks, Sharon

Peggy Boyd sent the following message on 1/31/2016:

I would like to join the group and purchase book number 11. Can you tell me how to order it.
My 3rd great grandfather was John Curtain, born 1806 in Patrick Wells, County Limerick. Married a
Johanna ? Moved to Canada after 1822. Daughter Mary moved to Washington Co. Kansas in 1870.
I cannot print the membership form as my printer isn't working.

Note: 

Margaret's books can be obtained by emailing her - click on Curtin Books tab.

As an alternate to printing the membership form, download it. It's a Word document.  Fill it in and email it to us.

Dan


Mary Beth Sammons  sent the following message on 1/29/2016:

Dear Margaret:
First, thank you for putting together your site. It is beautiful and very helpful.

I got your name and site link from Christine Mulder, who I have met through Ancestry.com. in the search for my grandfather, Austin McMahon.

Evidently, I am the great-great granddaughter of Julia Curtin 1848-1913, who married Timothy Edmond O'Connell. Their daughter, one of 13 children, Ellen "Nellie" O'Connell was my grandmother and the mother of my grandfather Austin McMahon.

My mother, Isabel McMahon was Austin's daughter, Nellie's granddaughter and Julia Curtin's great-granddaughter.

I am writing to you to see if you might possibly have some clues or be able to point me to resources that might.

My mother, Isabel McMahon, died last year. She NEVER would talk about her father Austin, because he left her, my grandmother and her sister when my mom was two in the late 1920,s. Four month before my mom died, she asked me to try to track down whatever happened to him.

I have found his parents, and Julia Curtin, but it appears his siblings all died before they were 30 or younger and I can only find a record that has him dying in 1945 in the British Navy.

Anyway, since Julia had 13 children, I am wondering if any of Austin's 12 aunts and uncles - or now the great, great nieces or nephews might hold some clues.

Thanks so much,  Mary Beth


John Curtin sent the following message on 1/22/2016

I am from Lisdoonvarna, Clare, Ireland. My grandfather John and his two brothers Timothy and Michael went to Brookfield, Mass in late 1800's. Only my grandfather returned. Is there any way to trace what might have become of Timothy And Michael.
Also, Roland Curtin, (the father of Andrew Gregg Curtin Governor of Penn. who was prominent in the civil war), left Clare in the late 1700's is there any record of Roland's family background in County a Clare and who his relatives might now be in a Clare.
Many Thanks.
John Curtin.


Diane Colonnello-Curtin sent the following message on 1/1/2016

I am just starting to look for my Curtin roots- Edward Augusta Curtin is my grandfather and his father is Richard J Curtin and Ed lived in Lowell, Mass but I have nearly nothing on their ancestors. Need to find any help with this. Thanks


Jeffrey S. Curtin sent the following message on12/19/2015

I am from Loudonville, NY. I reside in Albany, NY. Son of Clayton T. Curtin Sr. and Elizabeth M. Curtin (Hodak). I am now employed as a Night Auditor @ The Fort Orange Club of Albany NY.


Maryellen Vander Sluis sent the following message 12/11/2015

Hello - My great grandfather was Michael Curtin. As I understand it from a cousin who is of the generation prior to mine, his father was Martin and he came from Lissycasey, County Clare. He came to the USA with his wife Catherine O'Connor Curtin and one son in the mid-1850s. The couple had 3 more sons and a daughter before she died in Houston Texas @ 1873. He then married my great grandmother in Houston in 1876.

I did the DNA test on Ancestry.com and uploaded it on FamilytreeDNA recently. Is there a way in which I can use this test to participate in the Curtin Clan research? I saw on the welcome page that there was a connection between testing and clan membership. Maryellen



Janet Curtin sent the following message on September 18:

Hello, We are related to the PA. Curtins, William and Tommy. Would like to come to a gathering some day.

Note – Next gathering will be in 2017 in Ireland.


Ann Marie Gilchrist sent the following message on July 30, 2015

Message for Sam Johnson with regard to his message sent 2013 with regard to Curtin Quirke connection.
If you are still looking for information I might be able to help if you would like to
contact me - I am a descendant of that connection.  

Note - original message was 3/2/2013.

A copy of this email was sent to Sam Johnson


Dee O'Donnell Levine sent the following message on July 25, 2015:

I graduated St. Margaret Mary grammar school on the northside of Chicago in 1965 (yes 50 years ago)..Our kindergarten teacher was "Miss Margaret" Her last name was Curtin or Curtain. We are trying to locate her to see how she is..we all loved her..I have our Kindergarten picture 1957 with her in it..she would be at least 84 years old. Can you help?
Thank you..Dee


Kathleen Curtin sent the following message on 6/13/2015:

Kathleen Curtin has just had her debut novel published. It is called, MADAME LUNE, a psychological thriller set in Paris. The publisher is Open Books Publisher. The early reviews are very positive. It's available online on all Amazon, ibooks, Barnes and Noble etc, paper back, all digital formats, and in select books stores. Kathleen Curtin grew up in west Limerick Ireland and having graduated with a doctorate in geography from UCC, Cork Ireland, moved to Paris. She studied at La Sorbonne funded by a scholarship from the National University of Ireland. Today she words as an English Language teacher and consultant in Paris, and writes. Just check Kathleen Curtin Madame Lune and you will get all the info. Thanks if you mention this. 


JILL DRESCHER  sent the following message on 5/21/2015

I am contacting you for some help.
I am trying to track down information on Jeffrey O'Connell or Ann Ryan.
Their son Michael married married Ellen Bourke. You have added me to the tree quite a while ago but I am heading to Ireland soon and am trying to find my roots so I can visit.
Thanks Jill

Ann Marie Gilchrist sent the following message on April 17, 2015:

I have been told verbally that my paternal great grandmother was Ellen Curtin from Brosna who married William Quirke from Mt Collins - she died in 1945 aged 87 hence a birthdate of of 1858 approx. I am looking for further information about her parents and siblings but unsuccessful so far.
Again verbally I was told that my maternal grand aunt (lenihan) married Curtin from
Tournafulla circa 1900 again any information would be welcome.
Many thanks



Andy Latty sent the following message on April 8, 2015:

Hello

My Grandmother was Janet Watkinson Curtin (1907-1990) who married Alfred Holgate Latty (1900-1980) in 1927. I understand she mentioned a famous relative in Australia, who I assume was the PM John Joseph Curtin?

I wonder if you have any evidence of a link or details of my possible Australian relatives.

Best wishes

Andy

Jeanne Tharp Taylor sent the following message on 3/30/2015: 

My mom was a Curtin from Hartford, Connecticut her father was Paul Aloysius Curtin.  She was the only child, but I would love to see his family tree if he is part of this clan. He was married to a Jane Carroll. My mom's name was Ann Carroll Curtin.

Lisa Miller sent the following message on 3/1/2015:

I am trying to find information regarding my maternal great grandmother's family. I saw Kate Quinn and Dale Harrington mention something related to me. My great grandmother is Helen Theresa Cassidy. She died in Pennsylvania on March 27, 1989. Her mother is Margaret Jane Curtin and Margaret was married to Thomas Joseph Cassidy. I have her father as Patrick Curtin married to Mary Bell, but that's all I have there. My grandfather Edward Augustus Erwin says his grandmother Margaret Jane Curtin is the niece of Andrew Gregg Curtin. I'm thinking maybe great-niece. Does anyone know of a Patrick Curtin and if he is related in any way?


Vickie Jean Gaines (Pierce) sent the following message: on 1/2/2015

My father's name is John Richard Pierce-birth name is Curtin, but he was adopted by stepfather after his mother divorced John "Jack" Curtin-son the Abbott and Abbey Curtin of Vancouver, Washington (Clark County) I never got to meet any of them because of the divorce situation. Anyway, just checking for a connection. Thank you. ps-my father is 81 and I am 58. :)


Kevin O'Keefe sent the following message on 11/16/2014
Hello,

Based on research that I have done I believe Mary Curtin (born in 1813) married to Michael Ahern is my great great great grandmother. Their daughter Elizabeth (also known as Bess) married Jeremiah Nolan and had three children - Mary, Michael & Hannah. Jeremiah Nolan passed away shortly after Hannah Nolan was born. Can you provide any information on Jeremiah Nolan? Hannah Nolan is my great grandmother. My grandmother is Elizabeth Keane.

Thank you for anything you can share.



Donn Smith sent the following message on 10/30/2014

Good afternoon...I am trying to trace my wife's paternal grandmother. Her maiden
name was Julia Curtin. She came from Ireland after 1900. She married Cornelius
Quirk. They lived in Hartford CT. Both are buried at St. Benedict's in Hartford.
Her gravestone lists her years as 1885-1941. His were 1887-1918. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you

Susan Margaret Mary Curtin  sent the following message on 10/18/2014:

My great grandfather, David Curtin was born in Canada. His father came from Ireland with the Peter Robinson Immigrants to what became Peterborough. They arrived in 1824. David Curtin wrote a few poems-one about he death of his son, William Curtin in October of 1918 while serving in the army during the First World War. I cannot find this poem. If anyone has any information about the poetry I would very much appreciate hearing from you.

With thanks
Susan (Curtin) Sanders
 


Claire Anderson sent the following message on 10/13/2014

I am researching my family tree and looking for details on my grandmother - Julia Curtin. She was born in 1916 in Limerick. Daughter of Daniel Curtin and Ellen Curtin (nee Brosnan) from what looks like Killacullen (but could be Killavullen from my google research).

I am really in the early days of my research and came across your website and wondered if you would be able to point me in the direction of good sources of information or anyone who might be able to provide some insights.

Anne Connelly sent the following message on 8/24/2014

Hello, My great grandmother, Ellen Curtin from Abbey Feale, Limerick was born in 1860 and emigrated in 1880 to Chicago where I have cousins. This makes me 1/8 "Curtin". I am a child neurologist in Saint Louis and would love to receive the Curtin Clan newsletter. Many thanks.

Note: The Newsletter is sent quarterly to Clan members.  The "To Join" tab contains instructions.

Beth McGinnis Schroeder sent the following message on 7/23/2014:

My Curtin connection is a paternal greatgrandmother Catherine (Kate) Curtin, born about 1853 in Mobile, AL, US. Her parents were Thomas Curtin (about 1826-1871) and Margaret Howe (about 1828-1889). They were both born in Ireland, but we don’t know what county or town. Their children were John, Kate, Thomas, James and George. The immigrant Thomas,Sr had a younger brother Michael also in Mobile who married Ann Joice. Thomas took in Michael’s children, John and another Kate when their parents had both died. A court record exists regarding guardianship. Thomas and Michael both served in the Civil War and survived. Military records exist. There are also census, naturalization, marriage and baptism records. None identify parents or origin other than Ireland. Can anyone help us find this information?



Mike Donnelly sent the following message on 5/24/2014:

Hello,

While I don't believe I'm a Curtin, I am curious to know if anyone in your group might be able to help or guide me to a person who can. Through my genealogical research, I recently met a woman who is John Fitzgerald's (a tailor, born approx. 1845) great granddaughter. John's daughter married a Curtin and the woman I met said she has some Curtin cousins in the area who might be able to help provide me information.

My great grandmother's name was Mary Barry. She was born on Oct. 4, 1882 in Knockaclarig to parents John Barry and Mary Coughlin. John Barry died in 1888, and Mary remarried in 1890 to John Fitzgerald, the man mentioned above. They had one daughter together, Eileen Fitzgerald. Mary Coughlin Barry Fitzgerald died in 1892.

I'm curious to know if anyone in your group might know of any Barry or Coughlins from Knockaclarig or if any of John Fitzgerald's descendants are still alive and would know if any of my Barry/Coughlin relatives are still in the area.

For more information, here is my website with my great grandmother's information. If anyone you know might know more about these people such as where they're buried, if they had any siblings, or if anyone related to them is still alive, please let me know. I would be very very appreciative. Thank you!!!

-Mike Donnelly (New Jersey, USA)

Sam Johnson  sent the following message on Friday, May 09, 2014

Do you have Cornelius J Curtin, President of the Farnhams Lime Co (Farhnams MA) He died in the late 1930s in East Orange NJ?


Lloyd Browne sent the following message on 5/5/2014:


I have just discovered that my maternal grandmother Margaret Browne (nee Lahey) was the daughter of William Leahy and Mary Catherine Curtin. Margaret Lahey was born on 13 January 1853 in Rockhill, Newmarket Parish Rockchapel County Cork.

I would be interested to know if she and/or her mother appear(s) in the genealogies of the Curtin family.



Barry Curtin sent the following messages on April 24, 2014:

I would like to be a member of the organisation , and curtins have been in this area since the 12th century !
I am a retired teacher with a fascination for history and I have been part of a lead team who created a heritage /centre in our village of Watergrasshill , if the Curtin clan ever want to have a gathering in cork we could facilitate it here in the centre and develop a historical pageant to suit  


Both my Father and Mothers ancestors are from the Watergrasshill district !
The families on both sides at my 2 great grandfathers time were evicted during the land wars of the 19th century and my grandfather on my mothers side ended up at the southwest part of co.Cork in a town called Bantry, then my mother came to Watergrasshill to visit her aunt and met my father. So here we are again !!


Nicky Jenkins  sent the following message on March 21, 2014
 
To Sheila Morrison. 
 I believe you are my cousin Sheila from Gloucester, Massachusetts. I am also working on the Looney/Curtin line. Let's get together. I have information on Sheila Nickerson, your mother's sister. 

Note: message forwarded to Sheila on 3/21/2014


Dale Lawrence sent the following message on March 10, 2014:

In response to Rosemary Nicholls sent the following message on February 3, 2014 I'm actually trying to figure out the exact same question. We are distantly related, Townsend Ignatius Curtin is my great great uncle (my great grandfather being Michael John Townsend Curtin who is Townsend's brother). I believe my uncle has a book produced by Margaret Curtin (the Curtin genealogist from QLD), if I work out we are, I'll let you know. At the moment I have traced both our decendants back to Ireland and also PM John Curtin's. Hopefully this book will shed some light on this question, I'll keep you posted. 

Note: message forwarded to Rosemary on 3/10/2014


Judith Robertson  sent the following message on 3/1/2014:

My Great Grandmother Mary Curtin was born in Ballingarry Co Limerick in 1845 her parents were John Curtin and Ellen Morton she emigrated to Australia in approx 1858 at the age of 19years. She may have had a sister Catherine Ellen Curtin. I have recently taken the family DNA test and would sincerly like to find some information about my Great Grandmother's family in Ireland.  

Response from Margaret, Clan genealogist  
    Mary Curtin was born in England of Irish parents.  I will send Judith what I have.


Suzanne Rowley  sent the following message on Feb. 18., 2014

I am the Business Manager at John Curtin College of the Arts. I have had a request from a Bob Morrison who lives in the USA. His grandparents travelled to Australia several times and have two watercolours painted by Abraham Needham, John Curtins father-in-law. He would like to contact a living relative. Can you please help me? Kind regards Suzanne


Rosemary Nicholls  sent the following message on February 3, 2014

Hello there. I am a Curtin (though married now) and my father is Keith John Curtin born in Australia circa 84 years ago. His father was Townsend Curtin also born in Australia and lived in Jerilderie, Victoria Australia. I can find out more information regarding birth dates and other ancestors but I believe that we originated from County Cork Ireland. If I find out more are you able to help me trace the line and to ascertain if we are related to the PM John Curtin? Thanks very much . Rosie Nicholls (nee Curtin)

Colleen A. Curtin Termini sent the following message on January 29, 2014

My Grandfather, Daniel Joseph Curtin was born in a corner of a room in Kildare ( might be mistaken) in 1905 or 03. Sorry not much help. He married my Grandmother, Margaret Kelly from Carrigholt. My Grandfather fought and escaped from jail and came to America by way of a cattle barge through Canada because he had escaped from jail in Ireland. I just googled the name and you came up. I am in Florida on vacation so I don't have any information to fill in blanks. His family was quite large, one of his brothers was Patrick, I think he had only, but not sure, was Mary who settled in England. I am not sure but I am thinking that I will ask my Mom for more information. Anyhow, Th


Anne Fitzsimmons sent the following message on  January 10, 2014 10:27 PM


Subject: Immigrated to Newcastle N.S.W. Australia.

Unable to find any record of our grandfather arriving on the ship from Ireland they say the ship was called Deniliquin in 1889?

He then married Charlotte Tiernan 2nd.November,1897 at St. Marys by the Sea Roman Catholic  Church in Newcastle. NSW. If you should

Have any information I would greatly  appreciate it.

 

Our family around 7 Adults will be visting  Limerick and Cork during 2014 will keep in touch with you if that's O.K.  Thank you so much

For your help in this matter.

 

Regards Anne Fitzsimmons


Kathleen Schrock sent the following message on 1/11/2014

Regarding, Michael Collins sent this on June 11, 2012  Looking for relatives of Catherine Curtin, born in Cork County 1807 who married John Collins and immigrated to Iowa, USA in 1844. I, too am a descendant of Catherine Curtin and John Collins. I have a pretty extensive family tree that I could share with Michael, if he would like to contact me.

Note – email forwarded to Michael on 1/13/2014


Ellen Curtin Andrieu sent the following message on 12/26/2013:

My great Grandfather James Curtin moved to Rochester prior to 1921 when my father was born. He was a blacksmith and had 8 children that died of the flu with one survivor James Curtin of Rochester NY. my Father Francis J Curtin had a Aunt that was a nun named Frances.


Sheila R Morrison sent the following message on Monday, December 23, 2013 11:31 AM

Hello Curtins

I came across the Curtin Clan web site and I was very excited to learn about you all.  I am the granddaughter of Julia Curtin, the sister of Tomas MacCurtain. I have my grandmother's birth certificate and copies of her marriage and citizenship papers. My grandmother married a Looney and came to Boston in 1914 with my mother and siblings.

In October I was in Cork for Rebel Days and attended the opening of the "Cork's Rebel Lord Mayors Exhibit"  at the Archives in Blackpool. There I met a Cousin, Finnoula MacCurtain. And I visited with the current Lord Mayor, Catherine Clancy. It was a wonderful celebration.

I live in Seattle WA but I grew up in MA and lived there for many years. Are there any Curtins in WA?, CA? Boston?--places I travel. I would love to meet some of you.

I will go to my computer and join the Clan so I can learn more about all of you.


Dale Harrington sent the following message on 12/18/2013

In response to Kate Quinn's inquiry. My five great grandmother Mary Curtin was Andrew Gregg Curtin's aunt. Roland Curtin was Andrew's father. Roland operated the Curtin Ironworks near Bellefonte PA


Kate Quinn sent the following message on 12/14/2013: 


Hi, My name is Kate and I am a sophmore in High School. I really do not know too much about my Curtin lineage which I have been trying to figure out. I came across this site when I was looking up my great great great great etc. grandfather Andrew Gregg Curtin. I am related to him on my father's side whose mother, Katharine, is from the Curtin line. My grandmother (Katharine Curtin) married William Quinn, my grandfather. That's really all I know right now, but I should be able to find more information. Bye for now :)


Dorothy Marie Curtin sent the following message on 12/8/2013.

Daughter of Walter Francis Curtin. Grandaughter to Joseph Andrew Curtin. My father Walter was born Sept 1919 and died Nov 23 1984.


Elizabeth Curtin sent the following message on 11/26/2013:

Just started this search. My father was Edward Joseph Curtin, Esq. His father was deputy chief, NYC Fire Dept.


Ellen Curtin Andrieu  sent the following message on 10/19/2013:

I will be taking a trip to Ireland in March and I would very much like to visit the area where my ancestors came from.my great Grandfather is James Curtin in Rochester NY. Any information about my family history would be greatly appreciated.

Patricia Morgan responded to Ellen Christina Murphy's message:

Hi, are you Tom and Hannah's daughter from Charleville?


Ellen Christina Murphy sent the following message on June 23, 2013

Hello


My name is Eileen Murphy.  My father was Thomas Murphy from Ahane Cross,

Brosna, Co Kerry.   My paternal grandfather was known as John Murphy but he was born to Mary Murphy from Ashford, Co Limerick.   Mary gave birth 1894 to John in the Gortboy Workhouse, Newcastlewest, Co Limerick and did not leave the workhouse until she married in 1904.  John's baptismal certificate names the father as John Curtin.


Mary married a John Murphy from Scart, Knocknagashel, Co Kerry in 1904.  Mary's parents were Catherine Reidy and Patrick Murphy who lived in Ashford, Co Limerick but I have no information, at present, regarding any siblings to Mary.   As you can see Murphys marrying another branch of the Murphys.


I have recently had my brother's DNA tested by National Genographic.  The result was that we belonged to Halogroup J, F761.    F761 appears to be a new strand of the J DNA and indications are that this strand belongs to Curtins.


It is quite unbelievable to be able to trace the lineage of my grandfather's father, even though grandad was illegitimate.


Bye for now


Elspeth McPherson sent the following message on June 1, 2013:

Looking for any information on John Curtin (appears in England later as 'Corten' then 'Kirton' variously) from Cork, birth likely c. 1811. Son, John, born 1830s, married Catherine Reynolds, in England. John senior is listed as a soldier. If anyone is familiar with the changing guise of the Curtin name, probably in this case hearing an Irish pronunciation, please do let me know. 

 

Jeffrey S. Curtin sent this message on 3/5/2013

Born 1-2-1964, Father; Clayton Thomas Curtin, Watervliet NY

 

 

Andrew John Curtin sent this message March 2, 2013

 

I am Andrew John Curtin, 62 years old.  Please send me your online survey!  I would be interested in joining the Curtin clan website.  My family (great grandfather) went to Scotland from Ireland (Cork) in the mid-19th century.

 

Sam Johnson sent this on March 2, 2013 

I am looking for a Curtin/ Quirk connection in County Limerick as a guess 1830-1850.

 

Teresa Sweetman sent this on January 31, 2013

I just started researching my Curtin ancestors and stumbled on this site. My great great great grandfather was John Curtin who married Johanna Maloney. They had a son, also a John Curtin (my great great grandfather) who was born in approximately 1844. John emigrated approximately 1868 to New York. John (my great great) married Julia Moriarty who emigrated from Kerry. John was a quarryman and lived in Rosendale, Poughkeepsie, and Brooklyn. When they lived in Rosendale from 1869 to 1880, they lived next to Jeremiah Curtin and Thomas Curtin. John Curtin (my great great) died in 1914 in Brooklyn. He and Julia had three children: Josephine (aka Johanna) (1870-1946), Cornelius M(aka Neil)(1873-) and John L. (1876- ) I would appreciate hearing from anyone who can help me trace back further or anyone related.

 

Robert Curtin sent this on January 5, 2013

I do not know much about my dads side other than my grandmom's name was Eima and my father is the yongest of 7 grandpa died just after I was born in 1964 he worked at a sawmill around Crownsville MD. I got my middle name from him Earl.

 

Victoria Curtin sent this on December 30, 2012:

    Corporal J Curtin died 4th Sept 1918 age 33. Left a wife and three small children. My great grandfather. buried in a military graveyard in Yppres and his wife never found him in her lifetime and she outlived my grandfather. A sad story within living memory I think.


Michelle Curtin sent the following message on 11/18/2012:

I was wondering how I could find out more about my family line. my grandmother passed on and I tried ancestory.com but didn’t get to far. My father was Philip J. Curtin the 2nd and died on sept.7 1993

 

C. Pennington sent this on August 15, 2012

    Does dr. Constans Curtin have any living direct descendant. I have a 1817 medical book signed by him. It must have been one of his books.

 

Henry Wellsmore sent the following message on June 24, 2012

    I am wondering if the clan has contacts in Australia and whether your research covers the Australian Curtins. My grandfather, Michael Joseph was born in Tournafulla in 1867 and came to Australia in 1882 (he married Charlotte Tiernan in 1897 ad had 2 boys and 5 girls)and I want to find info about him especially between 1882 and 1897 when he married my grandmother and also about his father (John Curtin, farmer ) and his mother (Ellen O'Sullivan) Can your organisation assist me in these areas? I am prepared to join the clan. Thank you Henry Wellsmore

 

 

Michael Collins sent this on June 11, 2012

Looking for relatives of Catherine Curtin, born in Cork County 1807 who married John Collins and immigrated to Iowa, USA in 1844.

 

 

Lynda Roberts sent this on May 5, 2012

    Hello - I have just been introduced to your site by a Curtin cousin. I have Curtin ancestors including my Great Grandmother Catherine Curtin of Rathea baptised 1 August 1828 at Kerry Rc Parish Church, parents Patrick Curtin b1800 and Catherine Connell, Witnesses Daniel Curtin and Ellen Connor, Page entry 304 Record Identifier KY RC BA 383456. Catherine married my Great Grandfather John Skehan b1823-1915.

 

 

John Curtin sent this on April 25, 2012

 

    I have lost touch over the years with my heritage and family. I want to re establish and connect with my family line history and possibly reconnect with my family members. I know nothing of my mothers family or heritage. I know a little of my fathers heritage and family numbers but have lost contact with them over the years. My parents are both full blooded Irish. My fathers family came from County Cork, My name in Ireland would be Sean Patrick MacCurtin, my fathers name would be Shamas Brendon MacCurtin, (please excuse the spelling). My grand fathers name was Daniel and my grand mothers name was Catherine, the had a sons named Micheal, Daniel and a daughter named Morien. If you could assist me in reconnecting with my family history and possibly reconnecting with my family I would feel really feel blessed not just for me but for my son of 23 years, (Sean Curtin) thanks again and have a blessed day.My mothers name was Catherine Hayes if that is any help. She passed when I was three years old.

 

 

Emily Severtson sent this on April 11, 2012 

 

    Hello, I am writing as I am curious to know more of my family history. I know very little right now. My grandfather on my father's side is of Irish heritage as well as English. To my knowledge it was his mother of grandmother who came to America where the spelling of her Irish last name was changed to Curtain. (This bothered my grandfather). My grandfather was a quiet man in some respects. Very intellectual and often had a hard time in "normal" conversation. He was quite intelligent and musically inclined. At one point several years ago he told me that on his mothers side, to his knowledge, the family of "Curtains" shifted to more of a scholarly mindset and were poets and musicians, and Christian. I don't know if you can do anything with this to try to give me any information or direct me in a path to gain more knowledge. My Grandfather passed away just before last Thanksgiving. He had a difficult childhood and I know he blocked a lot of it, as well as his time in Vietnam, out, so I don't know how much my grandmother knows...
Thank you,
Emily

    If I can find out the name of the woman (or other family members who may have come at that same time especially male) would that help?

Thank you,

Emily


    If I can find out the name of the woman (or other family members who may have come at that same time especially male) would that help?