HISTORY OF HOLMES COUNTY -- The First Settlers of Holmes County --- Curry Family

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 By Anna Paget Wells (used with permission of publisher Sue Cronkite) from the book "Heart and History of Holmes County". This book is chock full of pictures and what has been used within this web site is only a small amount of the book.  It can still be ordered from Sue Cronkite or from the Holmes County Advertiser, 112 E Virginia Avenue, Bonifay FL 32425; phone 850-547-2270; fax 850-547-9200

The country of origin of the Curry family is the British Isles, Scotland. The period of migration to America was before 1750. William Curry on May 30, 1689, witnessed a will in North Carolina. The 1790 Census listed Currys in Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Many Currys fought in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Others reportedly were Loyalists. Currys not only settled along the eastern seaboard but throughout the United States.

Direct descendants of the Holmes County Currys go back to James Curry and Nancy Lassiter who were born in North Carolina. They migrated through South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and on to Florida. The period of migration to Georgia began before 1820. Whitmill Curry was born in Georgia in 1826. He moved to Alabama about 1856. Marcus Curry was born in Georgia in 185?. Titus Curry was born in Alabama in 1856.

Whitmill Curry, an early settler of Holmes County, settled in Florida in Isagora. Its population in 1885 was 42. The place was first settled in 1872. Mail was sent semi-weekly by stagecoach. Whitmill Curry was listed under County officers as county surveyor, and Superintendent of Schools, holding both positions for many years, being the first County School Superintendent after the office was separated from the Judge’s office.

He was a minister, postmaster, and Mason. Her served as an officer in a Florida Unit of the Confederate Army serving in Virginia. He was a man of many talents and set a good example for us to follow.



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