Samuel and Jane Currey
I hereby certify that
the bearer thereof, Samuel Currey and his wife Jane have been members of the Third
Congregation in Belfast from its erection, to the date of November, 1727, and
have behaved themselves soberly and Christianly, free from all public scandal
known to us, and were admitted to all church privileges as occasion offered, so
that we have great freedom to recommend them to the good acceptance of any
Christian Society where Divine Providence may order their lot. Subscribed, in
the absence of our minister, at
2. He is listed as a yeoman, which meant in all likelihood that he was a free landowner.
3. He purchased land in
4. There is a death listed as April 21,
5. He and Jane are listed as having, in one document, three sons, Samuel, Ezekiel, and John. In another document they have six sons, adding Moses, Robert, and James. These are also the names of his grandsons from his son John. This may account for the confusion.
6. Jane is listed only as Jane in some sources and as
Elizabeth (Eliza) Jane in another. Since it was a practice in this family to
carry given names and matriarchal names through the generations, we find one of
John’s daughters is named “Jane” and one of Robert Brownlee’s daughters is
named “Jane Elizabeth.” John’s son John II had daughters named “Jane” and
“Elizabeth.” Based on the frequency of the names, more than likely, Jane was a
first name and
Ezekiel was at Alamance: He was listed as Ezekiel Cure on
the regulator list. His brother John was listed as John Curey on the list.
Others on the list include most of the
Ezekiel fought at the battle of
Moved again to Middle Tennessee along with other members of his family
Died and was buried at Nolensville in
Regulator movement, designation for
two groups, one in South Carolina, the other in North Carolina, that tried to
effect governmental changes in the 1760s. In
The battle began on May 16 after the Regulators rejected Tryon's suggestion that they disperse peacefully. Lacking leadership, organization, and adequate arms and ammunition, the Regulators were no match for Tryon's militia. Many Regulators fled, leaving their bolder comrades to fight on.
The rebellion of the Regulators was crushed. Nine members of the king's
militia were killed and 61 wounded. The Regulator losses were much greater,
though exact numbers are unknown. Tryon took 15 prisoners; seven were hung
later. Many Regulators moved on to other frontier areas beyond
The War of the Regulation illustrates how dissatisfied much of the
population was during the days before the American Revolution. The boldness
displayed by reformers opposed to royal authority provided a lesson in the use
of armed resistance, which patriots employed a few short years later in the
American War for
ROBERT BROWNLEE CURREY
The Perkins Letter by Robert Brownlee Currey
This is a transcript
of a letter written by Robert Brownlee Currey to his son Richard Owen Currey on
These volumes of
Perkins’ works have descended in the family through generations unknown, The
first volume appears to have been written in 1592 and printed in
is a piece of antiquity rare in family libraries, some history of its preservation
and also of its present stained condition, connected with past events may be
satisfactory, especially to posterity. Its first appearance within my
recollection was in one volume strongly bound in buff leather with two brass
clasps to secure it in front. It was highly esteemed by my father as an
orthodox work. I have been informed that the whole 954 pages now embraced in
this first volume was likewise originally bound in one volume; and that what is
now included in the second volume came to hand in numbers as they issued from
the London Press in 1606—My father in 1767 had the whole bound in one volume as
appears by a memorandum of that date to the binder on a blank leaf.—As an
apology for its present stained condition, I can speak from memory, though as
the reminiscence of days of early childhood,--corroborated by what I have since
heard from the elder branches of the family, During the revolutionary war my
father lived in a part of North Carolina (Randolph County) that turned out many
more Tories than Whigs and the country was often over run by Brittons, Hessians
and Tories, who plundered and destroyed the property of all who bore the name
of Whig wherever they went, and as a precaution against those depredations, the
Whigs found it necessary to conceal their most valuable property. Our presses
were not as prolific in those days in furnishing the reading world with books
as at present. Patent presses, steam presses and stereotypes were unknown;
indeed it was a rare thing to see a book printed on this side of the
Having partly from memory and partly from tradition given a brief sketch of those troublesome times, which may show that civil war is one of greatest evils that can befall a country—neighbor arrayed against neighbor- depredations, retaliations and cruel revenge follow till little or no quarter is given and a deadly enemy is dreaded from behind every bush, I now return to the book and to say something of ancestry.
remote ancestors were of
My grandfather sailed from
Currey and his
wife Jane, now in my possession. He purchased land in
[White Clay] the oldest in the colony.) My father succeeded him in business,
was unsuccessful, failed and removed to
Near the close of the war he moved to Haw River as already stated and some years after at a good old age. This book suffered in those removing and journeying and
after my father’s death by passing through several hands, it came to me almost destitute of care and confusedly misplaced. I was truly sorry to see an old friend and
preceptor of my father in such plight; and desiring its presentation as a memento, of ancestry as well as an account of its great antiquity, I carefully and patiently arranged
the detached parts and loose leaves and sent it, with instructions to the binder in 1836 where they were bound in two volumes under the direction of the Rev. James Smith.
. This brief history was written at the request of my son Richard Owen Currey M.D.
Rob. B. Currey
The volumes are now in the possession of George H. Currey, Sr.
RICHARD OWEN CURREY 1816 – 1865 Son of Robert Brownlee Currey and Jane Grey Owen Currey
Richard O. Currey, the
first person with an earned doctorate to teach science at what is now the
Four years later,
Currey became Professor of Chemistry, Experimental Philosophy, and Natural
In 1851 Currey
published two issues of the Southern Agriculturist as well as a second
almanac, which advertised his new business, an apothecary shop called Chemical
Hall. In 1852 Currey join the State Medical Association, chairing a committee
on the adulteration of drugs and another on medical botany. He also helped plan
the Southern Journal of the Medical and Physical Sciences. I began
publication in January 1853, with four coeditors, but became Currey's journal.
Over five years, Currey offered fifty seven major articles on regional
geology, medical practice, and other topics. He also wrote brief reports,
editorials, and book reviews. He authored a laudable book on the geology of
By May 1853 Currey was
involved in the construction of a hospital in
In 1857 Currey's son
died, the Southern Journal folded, and his medical school disbanded.
Article in East
Tennessee Society Publication Titled: “Richard Owen Currey, a little known
intellectual figure of antebellum
Volume 18, 1858
Currey, George W.
Algernon S. Currey
Algernon S. Currey was born in
until 1827. He was also mayor of the city for some time, and held that office during La Fayette's visit to the city. In 1827 he retired to his farm, and there remained until his death, in 1848. His wife died in 1867. Algernon S. was reared in the city of
George Washington Currey
Author: Will T Hale.
George Washington Currey, M.D. Among the skilful and able physicians and surgeons that have honored the medical profession of Nashville, special mention should be made in this volume of the late dr. George Washington Currey, whose many years of varied practice in hospitals, on the field of battle, and in city and country, made his medical experience and proficiency much above the average. A native of Nashville, he was born on meridian hill, where his father, Robert Brownlee Currey, lived for many years.
Brought up and educated in the city of his birth, George Washington Currey was graduated from both the literary and the medical departments of the University of Nashville, and immediately began the practice of his profession in Nashville. In 1860 he removed to Memphis, this state, and at the breaking out of the War Between the States was made surgeon of the Southern Mothers hospital, and filled the position ably until the capture of Memphis by the enemy. Dr. Currey then went with the army to Georgia, and for a time was stationed at Ringgold, in charge of hospitals, all of which were later ordered to Newman, where he remained until the close of the conflict. Returning then to Nashville, the doctor was here successfully engaged in his professional labors until his death, at the age of sixty‑three years, on January 25, 1885.
Dr. Currey married Emily Donelson Martin, who was born in Tennessee, a daughter of James Glasgow Martin, who was of early Virginia ancestry, and a pioneer settler of Nashville. Mr. Martin owned and operated a farm which was situated but one and one‑half miles from the hermitage, in a once famous neighborhood. He carried on general farming with slave labor, residing on the old homestead until his death, at the age of sixty-five years.Mrs. Emily Donelson Currey’s mother was Catherine Donelson, a daughter of john Donelson who married Mary Purnell, of snow hill, Maryland, and who were bride and groom on the flat boat "adventure" when the father of John Donelson, the elder lieut. Col. John Donelson made the famous voyage from the Watauga settlement down the Tennessee river up the Ohio and Cumberland, .bringing the settlers to the French salt lick, now the city of Nashville, in 1780.
Mrs. Currey's grandfather was a brother of Mrs. Gen. Andrew Jackson, her mother, Mrs. Jackson's niece. Mrs. Currey was reared within a mile of the 'hermitage' and was often a visitor there. Mrs. Currey survived her husband but a few years, passing away at the age of sixty‑eight years. She reared a large family of children, viz.: dr. Martin c., Mrs. Mary C. Dorris, Robert B. Currey, Andrew Donelson Currey, and George Ringgold Currey, now of Birmingham, Alabama. A daughter, Miss Jennie Currey, a talented singer, died at the age of nineteen years, and two children who died in infancy.
A History of Tennessee and Tennesseans : the leaders and representative men in commerce, industry and modern activities by Will T. Hale Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1913
John Henry Currey
Bio from RootsWeb World Connect Project
He graduated from the
Obituary of John H. Currey,
John H. Currey, one of the best known and most highly esteemed citizens of Davidson County, passed away at his home in the Fifth District, six miles from the city, at 3:15 o’clock yesterday afternoon. At an early hour he was attacked by apoplexy, which was followed by a stroke of paralysis. Medical aid was quickly summoned, and everything possible was done, but without avail, and, surrounded by his wife and family, Dr. Currey passed quietly away.
Dr. Currey was a native of this county, and had attained the age of 71 years. He was the son of Robert B. Currey, who was a leading man in the community, and his mother was formerly Miss Jane Gray Owen. Dr. Currey's father was at one time post-master of
Dr. Currey entered the service of the Confederate Army as Surgeon of the Ninth Georgia Battalion of Artillery, and was stationed at Lee and Walker Hospitals, in Columbus, GA., when the ended. He was a member of Cheatham Bivouac of
Deceased leaves a wife and eight children, Messrs. Eastman G. Currey, L.R. Currey, M. Duncan Currey, and John H. Currey, Jr., Mrs. Lytton Taylor, Mrs. John A. Hitchcock, and Miss Lucy Currey. Dr. Currey possessed a genial disposition and made friends of all with whom he came in contact. His business ability was of a high order, and in all relations of life, he maintained a high standard. He was a devoted husband, and affectionate father, a true friend and neighbor and an exemplary citizen. His presence will be greatly missed, and the bereaved family has the deep sympathy of a host of friends in the loss they have sustained.
The funeral will take place tomorrow morning, the interment being in
Elbridge Gerry Eastman
Elbridge Gerry Eastman was born in
Elbridge married GenealogyLucy Ann
Carr daughter of Spencer Carr and Zylphia Goodrich on 11 Oct
Militia Roster for Captain Williamson’s Company for 1812
Lists James Turbeville, Willis Turbeville, Benjamin
Turbeville, and Isaac Currey. (I believe this Isaac Currey was the son of John
Currey, brother of Ezekiel Currey. In documents in
“The Ulster-Scots chose the colony of
Turbeville Died 1848
In Memory of W C Turbeville/ He died February 3rd/1848/Aged 53 Years and 3 Months/ Remember me as you pass by, as you are now so once was I, as I am now you must be, prepare for death and follow me.
Turbeville Born 1796 Died 1885
Mary B., wife of W.C. Turbeville, born Mar 4 1796, died July 8, 1885, age 89 years 4 months, 4 days, She was the crown of a blameless life.
A Description of the Currey House on Currey Hill
Historic Ground and Glimpse of Some Notable Old Houses by Emma Lock Scott
"Though they beauty be gone, thy leaf in the sear,
The wreath of the past still clings to thy brow."
In the old days, before the grim brand of war
effectually effaced the old order of things, there were few more picturesque
spots to be found in the city of
"Currey Hill", them called Meridian
Hill, because of early observations taken there, rose in graceful even slope,
to a height of
On the same hill, and at a few hundred yards distant, stood also the low, rambling home‑like residence of Dr. James Overton, who carried to his death the sobriquet of "Old Chattanooga", because of his warm advocacy in the forties of title "bold idea" of a railroad to connect Nashville to Chattanooga and the seaboard movement which like another of equal import, was compelled to run the gauntlet of ridicule, antagonism and apparent defeat before culminating into glorious realization.
Near the foot of the slope and to the right was
Sharply outlined against the south sky loomed the grey towers of the "lunatic hospital", so called in the state. Its two entrances fronted east and west. From the latter a deep‑toned bell rung out the summons for admittance, through a gate‑way set within great walls, reaching to a height of ten feet, and enclosing the grounds, after the matter of a prison of the time.
To the east, and opposite Meridian Hill through a long perspective of verdant boughs nature was prodigal of her gifts in this section‑‑was seen the elegant home of Alex Fall, whose identification, and,‑: of Alex `all, whose identification, and that of his sons, with the hardware interest of the city is too well known to need repetition here. The Fall residence belonged to a more recent style of architecture than the home previously mentioned having been erected at a later period.
Adjoining this on the north side and now marked as the site of the Bible school was the Read homestead, erected by Judge Franklin T. Read. This is the only one of the group of interesting, old houses standing. For a term of years it was occupied by the family of Gen. Felix Zollicoffer, and it was here that the youngest daughter was born to the distinguished couple, whose birth occasioned the remark from the General, "Tis well enough; Zollicoffer is too ugly a name to be perpetuated."
Robert Currey was of Scotch extraction, but a
north Carolinian by birth. He became a resident of
As mayor of the city, on that never‑to‑be‑forgotten
day of Gen. LaFayette’s visit to
Description of the Currey House
house was built of brick, with wings extending from the central building, on
each side, which gave it s most imposing appearance from the city. The main
building contained some fifteen rooms or more, the carriage house, meat house,
and numerous negro cabins standing In the rear. Massive stone steps led up to a
front porch, upheld by Corinthian pillars, arched double doors opened into a
middle hall, which extended the entire length of the building. In the spacious
rooms, great; fireplaces, flanked by glittering brass fire dogs, sent out their
glowing cheer of blazing logs and emphasized the generous hospitality of ante‑belle‑
days. The approach to the mansion was by a long curving driveway, overarched.
with limbs of giant cedars. Bypaths intersected here and there and brought us
to the flower pits, gay with bloom and heavy with fragrance, the just pride of
the mistress of the house. Out of those beginnings, inaugurated for the home
enjoyment and for very love of the beautiful creations, came the pioneer floral
. At Robert Currey's death in 1846, the old homestead passed into the hands of his youngest living child and only living daughter, Jane, wife of Dr. Wm. P. Jones, whose residence there for several years will be recalled by many who are still living In Nashville.
The Insane hospital alluded to was meanwhile abandoned .for a new one erected on the Murfreesboro Turnpike, and :with the appointment in 1862 of Dr. Jones, whose useful and honored life left its marked impression upon both State and community, As superintendent of the institution, the family removed thereto.
With the entrance into the city of the Federals, shortly afterwards, the stately old mansion met its untimely fate of destruction. Standing in the way of military operations, it was razed to the ground, and huge fortifications thrown up in anticipation of the approach from the South of Gen. Hood.
The adjoining comely residence of Dr. Overton
suffered a like sacrifice and beautiful Meridian Hill became transformed, as if
by magic, into a forbidding, grim,
Beautiful Home Despoiled
to its size and its situation between
With its seizure by the Federals, loop holes were made through the brick walls, breastworks were thrown up about the house, and the grand old elm hewn down. Ruin and despoliation reigned.
Upon the return of the family at the close of the war, the damage to the place was repaired to the greatest extent possible; but the scars of the ravisher’s ax upon the lawn were beyond liberation. The grand old trees were gone.
The following information was sent to this site by Rebel Star Buchanan Hobson. It is a letter sent by Algernon Sidney Currey to his wife while he was serving in the Confederate Army in 1862.
Columbus Ky., Jany 18th 1862
My Dear wife,
Your letter of the 11th (written Saturday night and received Tuesday morning after I had just finished one to send by Isaac Parker) was read with a great deal of pleasure by me. I read and reread it and every time could not restrain a laugh at the manner you ridiculed my culinary skill. You want me to send you a bite of my molasses custards so that you can enjoy a hearty guffaw at my expense and even hint by way of irony that you women, after the war, will surrender your prerogative in the kitchen to us men. In other words that you will secede and have us duly installed as "chief cooks and bottle washers," while you sit back in your easy chairs and with your native dignity and grace, pronounce our dainty meals to your company, as not fit to eat, when you know it is better than they are used to at home. This you will do to extort their encomiums, and then you will glide into the kitchen to tell us how this lady and that one praised our custards and how Mrs. ______, whom all the men admire, said, "They were the nicest she ever ate." With this kind of finesse, (soft solder), you expect to secure our continued services as your cooks, for you well know that if a woman's smile will make us fools, her compliments will make us slaves forever. But, my Dear, there is one serious obstacle in our being cooks after the war. We know how expert you ladies' are with the broom-handle and will dread its power upon our craniums. Have I again slandered your sex? If so, assemble a jury of the prettiest you can find, to try my case. I shall object to any sour, vinegar-faced Old Maid, who has lived just long enough in disappointment to despise the men. Read your charges of slander to such a fair Jury as this, and read, if you wish, this very intelligible letter to them, (for my admiration of one of their number has caused me to take much pains in its preparation,) and whatever their verdict may be, I will cheerfully submit to it. Perhaps, you would not be willing to risk me in the hands of such a Jury, but would prefer trying me yourself. In that event, I know that your partialities and affection will favor me, and that I will come off fully acquitted. Thus assured, I feel impatient to hear the sentence that you as my pretty little Judge, will pronounce against me. Let me hear it.
(Friday) Just here, I have had two interruptions to my letter writing, the last of which has changed my facetiousness into something more serious that I fear I cannot get into the strain again. I was busy preparing the above yesterday, intending it to contain my defense against your charge of slander, when "Company came in." This was the case last night, (Thursday night) as my visitors stayed all night. An old gentleman by the name of Chrisman was my bedfellow, and a very restless one at that. He was taken sick in the night, and rolled and turned about so much on my narrow bed, that he allowed me but very little room for sleeping. In addition to this, (I will say more of Chrisman after awhile.), I was aroused at 4 o'clock with orders to have the company ready at 8 in the morning with one day's (24 hours) rations for a march, which order was for the whole regiment. Of course it occasioned much surmise in the whole Reg't as to what route we would take and the general opinion prevailed that we were to be sent after a body of yankeys who were reported to be in our vicinity and that we would certainly have a brush with them today. No time to sit down then, to write a hurried note and inform you of what was going on or even to bid you any advice, but commending you and my precious family to God's protecting care, preparations were busily made for our mysterious and sudden march. I am truly glad now that the time was not afforded me to finish my letter, as it would have caused you very much uneasiness and anxiety about me, and besides I have just returned from our long and weary tramp through the snow, mud and slush, and in the same letter give you all the particulars of what we saw and did, and also that I am neither killed, wounded nor missing, but sitting safe and sound, by my cozy little fire, engaged in writing to my sweet wife and children, the pleasantness of the task more than counter-balancing the fatigue I have endured and now feel from a 12 mile walk. Captain White was sick and the command of the company devolved on me, and C,,A, being on picket duty, ours being not in order had to lead off at the head of our column. Our departure attracted much attention and gave rise to the prediction that the yanks would cut out (vamose) when the 4th Reg't is sent after them and there would be no fighting. This has usually been the case and was fully verified at Belmont and again today.
After marching 6 miles, nearly to Elliott's Mills, we were informed by those living on the road that the yanks had left a few hours before, apparently very much frightened, and stealing their horses and mules to ride; and taking some of the citizens back with them as prisoners. Our cavalry (4 companies) were sent 4 miles further on and ascertained that the enemy had made it in double quick to Blandville, 20 miles from here, where they had several thousand men and 12 cannon. Our force comprised only one Reg't and Col. Mark's (LA) Battalion-14 companies- together with the four cavalry Cos and no artillery. In all, scarcely 1200 men, and besides we only had rations for today and positive orders from Polk to return in 24 hours, whereas it would have taken at least another day to have gone to Blandville, whipped them out, and return to Columbus. I say confidently, whipped them out, because they were so much alarmed, that, not knowing our real strength, could easily have been stampeded. But under all these circumstances we took up the line of march back to camp, where I now have the pleasure of being comfortably quartered instead of spending the night in the rain upon the wet ground, as we expected to do. Many of the men gave out and stopped on the wayside to rest, but my indomitable perseverance and will bore me up without flagging in the least, though tonight I have been troubled with an acute pain on my left shoulder, caused by loss of sleep last night, and standing on the snow and the mud today waiting for the cavalry to reconsider. This was the most disagreeable part of our trip, for we were much heated by the walk, packing our arms, overcoats, blankets, provisions and etc. And, with wet feet, we soon became chilled when we stopped. But since I have been writing, the pain of which I complained has entirely left me. The warm fire has dried my feet, and but for the loss of sleep last night and fatigue today I would finish my letter tonight. But it is now late, all asleep but myself, and I must beg your kind indulgence until tomorrow (Saturday) when I may think of something fresh today. My letter will bear date tomorrow but you must understand that it was commenced Thursday and my tramp was on Friday, which I fear you may hear something about before getting this. Hence my anxiety to be ready for next mail. But good night it is now past 10 o'clock.
Rained hard all night and pouring down this morning. Kitchen leaked badly, the stove pipe and stove full of water. Like most housekeepers wake up in a fret (no slander intended) at the poor prospect for breakfast. Did not scold, because I could not do the subject justice. John Nelson coughed, groaned, hawked and spit all night disturbing my slumber. No provisions to cook - all out - no fire to cook - the stove wet - and to add insult to injury the rain spattering on my paper while sitting by the window trying to write this particular sort of letter, which I wished to make plain enough for all to read, besides that Jury of fair ladies who are to try my case for slander before you as Judge.
Mr. Chrisman was an old acquaintance of Pa's and knew all his relations - his brothers and nephews and etc. Did you get the letter I sent by Mrs. Elder- If so, did you give Allen's passport to him and what has become of him. If you have not sent by Bradshaw yet for sugar and molasses, do not do so, as I will write to Wash to buy them for you. Bradshaw will want commission for his trouble or will charge some profit. Let me hear immediately so I can write to Wash or you write yourself inclosing $25 to him and ask him to send you bill. I received a letter from him and will and must answer it soon. Collect the notes on Love, Richardson, and Simmons and keep the money for further instructions. The Paymaster is to pay us Monday next, when I will send you four hundred dollars more to keep for me. I want to pay off some debts with this money but will not do so at present for a special reason. It may be necessary at sometime to remove you all to some place of greater security, should the enemy ever succeed in passing us, and I wish to be provided against every contingency. I am in that such a contingency may never arise - will sacrifice my life to prevent it - and if it never does, the money will be subject to my debts. But my family's safety is my first consideration, and all that I make - all that I do shall be sacredly devoted to that object. Remember your own safety and that of our children may someday depend upon it. You may all be fugitives for God only knows when and how the war may end, and the greater the means you have the less difficulty in your fight. No Yankee hireling must invade the sanctity of my home and my family subject to their mercy - for mercy they have none and neither do they respect age nor sex.
Adieu my dear wife, may God's blessing ever attend you and my beloved children. You have at all times my warmest affection and prayers.
Your Affectionate Husband,