John Curry

Male Abt 1705 - Aft 1756  (~ 52 years)

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  • Name John Curry 
    Born Abt 1705  Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 699 
    Died Aft 1756  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Some information shows a death date of about 1750, but this does not square with son Ephraim's birth in 1756.
    Person ID I699  tree2
    Last Modified 1 Jun 2018 

     1. Robert Curry,   b. Abt 1731
     2. William Curry,   b. Abt 1732
     3. James Curry,   b. 01 May 1733, Ireland or Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Mar 1797, Lancaster Township, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry United Counties, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     4. Ephraim Curry, Sr.,   b. Between 1755 and 1756, Port Arlington, County Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1806, Edwardsburg Township, Grenville County (now Leeds and Grenville United Counties), Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years)
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2021 
    Family ID F378  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • According to family lore, the Curry family apparently came from Dumfrieshire in Scotland and immigrated to Ireland then to America then to Canada.

      The move to Ireland, more specifically, Ulster, was prompted by religious strife in Scotland. The Curry's were Covenanters, or part of the people in Scotland who signed the National Covenant in 1638 in opposition to the interference by the Stuart kings in the affairs of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland.

      Ulster is composed of nine counties: Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone are part of present day Northern Ireland; while Cavan, Donegal, and Monaghan are part of the Republic of Ireland.

      It is unknown when the Curry's first move occured. Perhaps it was as early as 1606 when migratations to Ulster began or part of King James' planned Ulster Plantation in 1610. However, the immigrations could have taken place around the 1660's or1680's. In an early history of the Presbyterian Church in Scotland, historian Robert Woodrow described the 1680s in Scotland as the ?Killing Times? due to the extreme measures used against the Covenanters. Since Woodrow first coined the phrase it has been used to describe both the 1680s, and a longer period of persecution which began when King Charles II came to the throne in 1660. During the Killing Times many Scots fled to Ulster.

      The source of this information regarding the immigration to Ireland and North America seems to be a letter dated Jan 21, 1925, from Cora C. Curry of the National Genealogical Society to Aurelia Curry McBean who married Ward Campbell Hughson of Albany, New York. Cora Curry describes the Curry's as coming from Dumfrieshire, Scotland and "were of Covenenanter stock." She also states that: "A certain Curry was murdered in Ireland; 4 of his sons came to America; Ephraim and James came together - Both joined the U.E.L.'s - both were in the British service. Both moved to Canada. Descendants of both in Canada and also in the United States - the other two brothers came later; one was named William and the other is thought to have been named Robert. These two were in the American Army and their descendants are in the United States."

      However, according to James Cooros, there is much confusion about the Canadian Curry line. The residence in Port Arlington is undocumented although many Scots settled in the north counties. Many Curry researchers believe that John Curry, who is listed on the 1779 census of Ballstown, New York, is the father of the four sons listed. However, some undocumented information state that John Curry was killed about 1750 during religious strife, yet son Ephraim was born around 1756.

  • Sources 
    1. [S51] Curry.

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