Catharine Rebecca Leonard Selby

b. July 25, 1847 [FB]
d. 1920 at age 73

Richard Henry Curtin

b. March 1841
d. 1908 at age 67



Harriet R. Curtin, b. 1867
George B. Curtin, b. 1869
Carry V. Curtin, b. 1870
Ann E. Curtin, b. May 1872
Wallace E. Curtin, b. Jan. 1874
Ada J. Curtin, b. 1876
Lily C. Curtin, b. July 1879
Lottie A. Curtin, b. Dec. 1883
Maud Curtin
Otho Curtin
Dora Curtin


Catharine Selby Curtain
Catharine and Richard are buried at St. Thomas Church Cemetery along with three children, Maud, Otho and Dora Curtin.

* The family probably did not move from district to district, but rather their farm was near a voting district boundry line that that kept shifting.

  • Richard Curtin served in Company B, First Regement of the D.C. Cavalry during the Civil War. []
  • Catharine (18) and Richard (25) were married March 15, 1866 in PG. Both Catharine's parents were deceased.
  • 1868: "Received the eighteenth day of December eighteen hundred and sixty eight of Richard B. Selby and J. Henry Selby administrators of Joseph H. Selby late of Prince George's County lately deceased the sum of three hundred and two dollars and twenty four cents being my distributive share in full of the estate of my deceased Father and I hereby release and forever discharge the said administrators from all further charges or obligations whatever on account of said administration on said personal estate. In testimony whereof I herewith set my hand and affix my seal on the year and date above written. Catharine R. Curtin, Richard H. Curtain; Test. Jno. H. Thomas J.P. and Zadok Tayman" [Original in MSA Estate Papers File 0648]
  • The 1870 census listed Richard (27) as farming and Catharine (25) as keeping house with children Harriet (3) and George (2) at home.They were residing in the Nottingham District with the Brandywine Post Office*. They probably resided on about 55 acres of land that had belonged to Catharine's parents in what is now Cheltenham, Maryland.
  • The 1880 Federal Census for 9th Election District (Surrats)* listed Richard (37) as a farmer and Catharine (32) as keeping house with seven children at home, plus Richard's half-sister Elizabeth F. Hall (24). The children listed were: Harriet R. (15), George B. (11), Carry V. (10), Ann E. (8), Wallace E. (6), Ada J. (4), and Lily C. (1).
  • The 1900 Federal Census for District #9 (Surrats)* showed Richard (57) was still farming, while Catharine (53) was keeping house. Four children were at home: Ann E. (28), Wallace E. (26), Lillie C (23), Lottia A. (16). Ada's name was missing and Lillie C. Curtin's birthday was now listed as July 1876. A niece, born in April 1886 and named Rebecca J. Curtin (14), lives with the family, as does a grandson, John H. Shultz (2), born September 1897. Eight of eleven children born to Catharine survived.
  • The 1910 census for Brandywine in District #11* showed Catharine Curtain (62), daughter Annia E. (38), and grandson Jim (12) live together. Also part of the household is Eley Robertson (18, white), a house servant.
  • The 1920 census for the Brandywine District #11*, indicated Catharine Curtain (72, widow) was living with her son George B. (51, single) and daughter Annie (46, single), near Catharine's widowed sister-in-law, Fannie Selby.
  • Catharine and Richard are buried at St. Thomas Episcopal Church Cemetery along with three children, Maud, Otho and Dora Curtin. Presumably these children died as infants, since they are not mentioned in any of the census records for the family.