BiographyNahum Curtis was born 7 July 1784 in New Salem, Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States to Moses Curtis (1747-1815) and Mary Meacham (1746-1820) and died 9 March 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States of unspecified causes. He married Millicent Waite (1787-1838) 29 October 1809 in New Salem, Franklin County, Massachusetts. He married Delia Deliverance Byam (1789-1871) 29 October 1839 in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois.
The Curtis family came to Massachusetts from England in the 1600s, beginning with their ancestors John Howland (1592-1672) and Elizabeth Tilley (1607-1687) who came on the Mayflower. Along with many Puritan ancestors, they also had a few Quaker ancestors, who were persecuted by the Puritan majority. Nahum's father, Moses, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He fought in the Battle of Bunker Hill.
Nahum Curtis was born third son of Moses Curtis on July 7th, 1784 in New Salem, Franklin County, Massachusetts. After marriage to Millicent Waitt in 1809, he moved with his wife and family of 10 children to Pennsylvania around 1815 and settled in Erie County. About 1823 they moved again, settling this time in Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan. He received a copy of the Book of Mormon while he lived in Michigan during 1832. While he and his family discussed the book, a light appeared in the room and a voice told them it was true. Nahum and his wife, Millicent Waite, joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1832.
In 1836, he moved from Michigan to Caldwell County Missouri with his family, as well as two brothers, Jacob and Jeremiah Curtis, and their families. where he took up farming. His wife died there September 3rd, 1838 of “quick consumption.” After only a year, a mob seized his property and drove him from the state. He moved to Nauvoo, where he helped polish stones for the temple. When Joseph and Hyrum were killed, Nahum stood guard over their bodies. Nahum passed away on March 11th, 1846 in Nauvoo.
Marriage and Family
- Sophronia Curtis (1810-1850) - participated in Zion's Camp (1834)
- Lyman Curtis (1812-1898) - participated in Zion's Camp (1834)
- Phineus Curtis (1814-1815)
- Moses Curtis (1816-1907)
- Joseph Curtis (1818-1883)
- Mary Curtis (1821-1888)
- George Curtis (1823-1911)
- Foster Curtis (1826-1880)
- Loren Curtis (1828-1828)
- Hyrum Curtis (1829-1898)