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Source: H. W. Beckwith HIstory, Montgomery County, Indiana (Chicago: HH Hill, 1881) p 515
Levi Curtis, one of the wealthy and permanent farmers of Coal Creek township, was born in Butler County, Ohio, in 1817. His parents, Daniel and Charlotte (Pocock) Curtis, were natives of Maryland. They emigrated to Ohio, where they died, he in 1853, aged sixty- one years, and she in 1852, at the age of fifty-eight. They were Methodists, and he was a lifelong democrat. Levi was married in 1840 to Elizabeth Dick, daughter of Adam and Temperance Dick. She was born in Maryland in 1821, and moved with her parents to Ohio. Her people emigrated to Montgomery County, Indiana, in 1840, where he died in 1864, and she in 1874. They left 160 acres of land, being the S.W. ¼ Sec. 34, R. 6, Coal Creek Township. They were members of the United Brethren Church. Mr. and Mrs. Curtis, in 1845, moved westward and purchased ninety- two and a half acres of land in Sec. 22, R. 6 W., Coal Creek township, Montgomery County, Indiana. This land they improved and added to till they now have in their home farm 334 acres of rich, well improved land. In 1855 they built a dwelling 18 x 40, two stories high, at a cost of $1,600. Their place is neatly fenced, and wears the air of thrift. They also own the 160 acres formerly the Dick farm. They have long been connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he has been an officer for many years. He is also a member of the Pleasant Hill Masonic lodge. He has been both township trustee and magistrate, and has been a juror many times. Their success is due largely to perseverance. They have had three children: Lucinda, married to John Biddle, and died April 20, 1880, aged thirty-seven years, one month and twelve days: Catharine, now Mrs. Bever ; and Daniel, married.
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