Biography of Abraham E. Curlee
Howard County, IN Biographies





ABRAHAM E. CURLEE was born in Jefferson County, Ky., October 21, 1841, and was the third of eight children born to Samuel M. and Susan S. (Little) Curlee, of French and German descent. S. M. Curlee was reared in South Carolina, and when grown came to Kentucky, where he was married and lived until 1849, when he removed to Indiana, locating on a rented farm in Johnson County. In the fall of 1857, they removed to Jasper County, where they lived two years and a half, after which they located in this county, again renting land. October 18, 1863, Mr. Curlee died, a member of the Whig party and of the Christian Church. His wife is now living with her son, Abraham Curlee, and is sixty three years of age. The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm, receiving a limited education. In August, 1862, he enlisted in Company K, Sixty third Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, as a private. His first duty was guarding a railroad in Kentucky, and later he was under Gen. Sherman's command. His first engagement was at Resaca, after which he marched on with Sherman to Atlanta, participating in many hard fought battles; later engaged in the battle at Columbia and the siege of Nashville. They followed Hood to the Tennessee River, at which place they took boat for Cincinnati, thence by rail to Alexandria, Ala., thence by sea to the mouth of Cape Fear River. Later they assisted in taking Anderson and Fort Wilmington, N. C., after which they were marched south, and at Goldsboro, N. C., Gen. Thomas and Gen. Sherman met, and moved on to Raleigh, where Johnston surrendered. He was also in the battles of Kenesaw Mountain, Jonesboro, Cassville, Lost Mountain, Town Creek, Chattahoochie, Buzzard Roost and Wilmington. Mr. Curlee, with his regiment, was sent to Indianapolis, and honorably discharged July 3, 1865. He farmed after the war, in Howard County, on rented land, until 1875, when he purchased his present farm of fifty six acres, which includes the mill property known as the Dorman Mill. He has had charge of the mill ever since, and his property is valued at $6,000. He was married, October 1, 1873, to Miss Margaret Rich, born in Rush County, Ind., April 5, 1850. She is the daughter of Davis and Margaret Rich. Three children have blessed this union, Eliza (deceased), Edna and Emmor R. Mr. and Mrs. Curlee are members of the Christian Church, and Mr. Curlee is a member of the I. O. O. F.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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