Do you have an ancestral line where it is easy to find information connecting some of the children to the father but very difficult to connect your ancestor to his/her parent? That’s my case with my CURREY research.
I have a Bible record indicating my 2nd great grandfather, Hiram M. Currey, was born in Peoria, Illinois in 1835. Assuming that the family did not move, the 1840 census only shows one possible parent, Hiram M. Currey. While I have accumulated quite a few details for about 30 years of this Hiram Currey’s life, I am lacking sources connecting him to my 2nd great grandfather OR connecting him to his presumed father, Hiram M. Currey of Champaign and Franklin counties, Ohio.
I do have sources that tie some of Ohio’s Hiram M. Currey to his children. Until recently, I had nothing tying Ohio’s Hiram M. Currey to a son named Hiram M. Currey. When I located a Franklin county, Ohio mortgage deed involving Hiram M. Curry of Franklin county Ohio, I discovered that Hiram M. Curry Junr witnessed the deed. While this deed does not prove a father/son relationship, it does lend support to such a relationship.
Franklin County Ohio
Film 285068 DGS 7894604
Vol. 1 page 66-67
image 42 of 595
Hiram M. Curry to G. Swan
Know all men by these presents
That I Hiram M. Curry of Franklin county in the State of Ohio for and in consideration of the full sum of Fifteen hundred dollars to me in hand paid the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge have given granted bargained sold and conveyed and do by these presents give grant bargain sell convey and confirm unto Gustavus Swan and his heirs and assigns forever Inlot number one hundred and ninety one on Broad Street in the town of Columbus. To have and to hold said inlot with the appurtenances unto him the said Gustavus Swan and unto his heirs and assigns forever. Provided and it is the express understanding of the parties to these presents that if the said Hiram M shall and do well and truly pay or cause to be paid unto the said Gustavus Swan the sum of Fifteen hundred dollars in manner following to wit:
Seven hundred & fifty dollars in one year from the 23d day of May last and other seven hundred and fifty dollars in two year from said 23 day of May agreeable to the
condition of two several notes under seal of the date of the 23d day of May 1817. Then this obligation and all parts of it to be wholly void otherwise to be and remain in full force and virtue.
Witness my hand and seal this 7th day of August AD 1817
Hiram M Currey (seal)
Eli C King
Hiram M. Curry Junr
The State of Ohio Franklin County SS
Personally before me came Hiram M Curry signer and sealer of the within deed and acknowledged the same to be his free and voluntary act. Witness my hand and seal this 7th day of August AD 1817
Eli C King Jus Peace (seal)
Filed August 9th 1817
Recorders Office Franklin County Ohio This Mortgage deed was recorded the 11th day of August 1817 In book NO. 1 folio 31 Exmd
A J McDowell Recd
Original Record was destroyed by fire January 31st 1879Ohio, Franklin County. Deed records, 1804-1877. Film #285068 DGS 7894604. Hiram M Currey, 23 May 1817; Vol. 1: page 66-67; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.com : viewed online 6 September 2023.
Re Recorded November 18 1887
M A [Silley] Recorder