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James Langdon CURTIS
Clarissa RACEY
Husband:  James Langdon CURTISS / CURTIS
Birth:  19 Feb 1808, Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT
Death:  10 Nov 1903, Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT
Occupation:  merchant, founder of New Jersey Zinc Works, lawyer
Military Service:  Col., 9th Rgmt., New York State Militia [put down Flour Riot of 1837]
Historical Event:  ran for U.S. President in 1888 as candidate for the American Party of NY
Father:  Daniel CURTIS / CURTISS (1775-1849)
Mother:  Maria FAIRWEATHER / FAYERWEATHER (1788->1813)
Marriage:  ca. 1830-32
Residence in 1840:  East Chester, Westchester Co., NY
Residence in 1850 and 1860:  New York City, New York Co., NY
Residence in 1875:  Yonkers, Westchester Co., NY
Residence in 1900:  Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT
Wife:  Clarissa RACEY
Birth:  1814, NY
Death:  3 Nov 1886
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Charles RACEY
Mother:  Elizabeth HISCOX
Children — born in NY, possibly in East Chester, Westchester Co., NY:
1.  Clara J. CURTIS, b. 1832/3
2.  Adelaide CURTIS, b. 1834/5
3.  Laura CURTIS, b. 1835/6
4.  Julia CURTIS, b. 1837/8
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Connecticut, New York


1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1830 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found, at least not with any certainty, but he is probably not yet married.

3.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #15 of 16; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤•
1840 NY Westchester Co. Town[ship] of East Chester Roll 352 pp. 139B-140A Ln. 8 J L Curtis 000 003 001 - 220 003 100 0200000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
3 males 30-39 1800-1810 = James (b. 1808)
= ?
= ?
1 male 60-69 1770-1780 = Daniel? (b. 1775)
2 females 4 or under 1835-1840 = Julia (b. 1837/8)
= Laura (b. 1835/6)
2 females 5-9 1830-1835 = Adelaide (b. 1834/5)
= Clara (b. 1832/3
3 females 30-39 1800-1810 = Clarissa
= ?
= ?
1 female 40-49 1790-1800 = Maria? (b. 1788)
2 persons employed in agriculture
It looks like either his parents or hers are living with them.  It's hard to say who the other adults are, could be kin or hired help.

4.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #732 of 1046):  New York City (Ward 17), New York Co., NY, Roll M432_556, p. 367A, 949/3090, enumerated 14 Sep 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤•
James L Curtis 40 M   Merchant     Connct
Mrs Clarissa " 35 F         NYork
Clara        " 17 F         Do
Adelaide     " 15 F         Do
Laura        " 14 F         Do
Julia        " 12 F         Do
Ann Holt 40 F         Ireland
Margaret Bandy 21 F         Do
Clarissa may be fibbing about her age.

5.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #156 of 222):  New York P.O., New York City (Ward 16, District 4), New York Co., NY, Roll M653_806, p. 156, PN 156, 467/1197, enumerated 6 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤•
James Munson 25 M   Reporter     New York
Francis Hodges 42 F         "  do
Cecelia do 44 F         "  do
James L Curtis 50 M   Merchant 100000 10000 Conn
Teresa    do 40 F      75000 10000 New York
Isabell   do 26 F         "  do
Adelade   do 24 F         "  do
Julia     do 19 F         "  do
Bridget Daily 20 F   Domestic     Ireland
Mary Hinman 11 F   do     New York
Is Theresa her middle name or just a phonetic mistake for Clarissa?  This time she is definitely fibbing about her age.

6.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find.

7.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find.

8.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

9.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #17 of 35):  Stratford Town[ship], Fairfield Co., CT, Roll T623_135, p. 15A, SN 9, SD 26, ED 109, enumerated 7 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):-
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 19 20 22 23 24 25 26 27
7 7 Hastings Edith Head W F Mch 1850 50 S     NY NY NY         Y Y Y O F H
    Munson Julia C Aunt W F Jun 1842 57 Wd 0 0 CT CT NY         Y Y Y      
    Curtis James L G.Father W M Oct 1807 92 Wd     CT CT CT     Lawyer 0 Y Y Y      
    LaMothe Bernard Boarder W M Mch 1864 36 S     NY Fra VA     Clerk 0 Y Y Y      
    Ford Lizzie servant W F Jan 1870 30 S     Ire Ire Ire 1885 15 servant 0 Y Y Y      

10.  John B. Carney.  1991.  "In Search of Fayerweather: The Fayerweather Family of Boston."  New England Historical and Genealogical Register 145(Apr):141-158.
p. 146 vii. MARIA [FAYERWEATHER], b. 10 Sept. 1788; d. after 1 Feb. 1813 (Whitney Genealogy, 1:133); m. in 1807 DANIEL CURTISS, b. at Stratford, Conn., 10 March 1775, d. there 25 Feb. 1849, buried there in Union Cemetery, son of Daniel and Abigail (Osborn) Curtiss (Harlow Dunham Curtis, Comp., A Genealogy of the Curtiss-Curtis Family of Stratford, Connecticut — A Supplement to the 1903 Edition [Stratford, 1953] [hereinafter Curtiss Supplement], 85; Whitney Genealogy, 1:133)...

Children (ibid., 1:368); surname Curtiss:

1.  James Langdon, b. 19 Feb. 1808; d. at Stratford 10 Nov. 1903 in 96th yr; m. Clarissa Racey.  James was a merchant and founder of New Jersey Zinc Works, living in Yonkers, N.Y., with an office at 68 Wall St., New York City, in 1875.  For more information about their four daughters, Clara J., Adelaide, Laura, and Julia, see Curtiss Supplement.

The "double-ss" appears to be a later affectation because they are CURTIS in all early records (see above) and even in our subject's run for President (see below).  Ditto FAYERWEATHER for FAIRWEATHER. 

11.  Virtual American Biographies (online at www.famousamericans.net; quoted under the concept of "fair use," i.e., the quote is a miniscule portion of their site and a miniscule portion of mine):
James Langdon Curtis

CURTIS, James Langdon, presidential candidate, born in Stratford, Connecticut, 19 February, 1816.  He was educated in his native town, and engaged in business in New York city, where, as colonel of the 9th regiment, he did good service in putting down the flour riots in 1835.  He was nominated by the Labor party for governor of Connecticut in 1884, and in 1888 became the candidate of the National American party for president.

Edited Appletons Encyclopedia, Copyright © 2001 VirtualologyTM

Apparently not edited for errors…  James was born in 1808, and the New York City Flour Riots were in 1837 — by all means, crush the starving when they riot.

12.  President Elect: 1888 (online at presidentelect.org):  James Langdon CURTIS, American Party candidate of NY, garnered the least votes of any candidate (viz., just 1612 of over 11 million votes cast).

13.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

14.  Message posted to the RACEY Surname Board (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

15.  Email from Sandra Smith (20 Aug 2014).

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