This site is for the descendants of Stephen Curtis and/or Carl Monroe Binkley who are pictured above along with Eliza Curtis.  She was a remarkable woman with an amazing heart and she was the daughter of Stephen Curtis and the first of his children to be born out of slavery. She married Carl Monroe Binkley and here we all are!

If you do not recognize any of these individuals or their names or not sure how you are connected to them, we are here to help with that.

This will be a living site, growing everyday as we share information we have and are learning. Check back often and if you have a question, click here.

New Blog Post Today: New Curtises Found

Our knowledge of the Curtis family story begins with Stephen Curtis. We know he had at least two families. The research team is part of Family #2. Stephen’s wife was named Adaline. HIs first wife’s name is unknown but it may have been Charlotte. There were at least 8 children in that first family and 6 in the second family.

Stephen was born in Virginia. The exact location is unknown. He was born a slave and taken, we believe, around the 1820s to Cahaba, Alabama. Years later he, Adaline, their family members and others were taken to Texas, specifically Brazos County. A 1861 will by the slave owner specifically mentioned Stephen, Adaline, and 6 others by name. At least one of the six was his daughter, Dollie.

My mother created a family tree in the late 1970s of the second Curtis family to which we belong. There is a bit of information on the chart about the first family which was all that she knew at the time. Read more about Family #1

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Our knowledge of the Binkley family story begins with Carl Monroe Binkley and Mary Elizabeth (Curtis) Binkley. They had 8 children together. Carl, however, had been married before and from that union, 8 other children were born. The first wife’s same was Sarah Martin.

Grandpa and his first family were enslaved in Nashville, Tennessee and later went to Kansas, specifically Baxter Springs, as part of the mass exodus organized by Benjamin “Pap” Singleton.

My mother created a family tree in the late 1970s of the second Binkley family to which we belong. It shows what information she had available to her at the time. We hope to provide an updated version soon. There is a bit of first family information on this chart as well.

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Mom and Granny

This mother and daughter team was the original research team. They got started in 1972. Most of this early research was done without the benefit of the internet and, therefore, without, DNA, etc. Fortunately we lived in Maryland and close to the National Archives. My mother made countless trips there, being the first one in and the first last one out most times. Together we made trips to many of the places where our ancestors lived.
(This image was likely made in the early 40s.)

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On the Curtis Side

The research team has turned its focus on tracing our ancestors steps from Virginia to Alabama to Texas. We always knew all of our ancestors who were enslaved on the Curtis Plantation in Cahaba, Alabama were not taken to Grimes County, Texas. Thank you again Matildy Curtis for leading us down this path!

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Matilda, or “Matildy” as she was called, may lead us to learning more about the people who enslaved which in turn can possibly get us closer to knowing how we got here from Africa and from where in Africa. More in a  blog post is coming soon. Stay tuned.

Information from the Find-A-Grave website

Matilda married Emmet Curtis Sept. 24, 1884 at Mount Calvary Church in Dallas County, Alabama. Marriage Certificate listed Emmet Curtis as 23 years and Matilda Curtis as 20 years old. Oley Curtis gave his consent for marriage. Oley also said that Emmet Curtis has been divorced from his former wife Alberta by City Court of Selma. Emmet married Alberta Crocheron May 13, 1880 Dallas County, Alabama.

Death Certificate listed Matilda as married, housewife, and cause of death was Pellagra (18 months) Informant Emmett Curtis of Navasota, Texas. (City Cem.)

There is so much we know and so much we don’t know. We have a lot of facts and a lot of theories. We’ll post some here often and archive them so you can find them later.
The research team is always on the lookout to learn and share more.