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Robert Emmet CURLETT

Robert Emmet CURLETT

Male Abt 1775 - 1812  (~ 37 years)

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  • Name Robert Emmet CURLETT  [1
    Born Abt 1775  Downpatrick, , Down, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Military
    • The War of 1812 service records on Ancestry.com list a Robert Curlett as having served in the "51 REG'T (AMEY'S), MARYLAND MILITIA" Company his rank at introduction and discharge listed as "PRIVATE"
    Immigration Abt 1799  New York, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • From Ireland
    Immigration Abt 1800  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    _UID 290F237E5A8E4B8F91AA90FC85CFF5E08BCD 
    Died Feb 1812  Queenston, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • At The Battle Of Queenston Heights
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    The Battle of Queenston Heights Dennis, James B (attributed) (1778-1855).jpg
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    Person ID I11260  Ryeland Family Tree
    Last Modified 24 Jun 2016 

    Family Christina (Tina) TROMPOUR, Ue,   b. 7 Apr 1785, West Camp, Ulster, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1813 and 1879  (Age 27 years) 
    Married Abt 1806  Sophiasburgh Township, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. Edward Hamilton CURLETTE,   b. Aug 1806, Green Point, Sophiasburgh Township, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1880, Adolphustown Township, Lennox & Addington County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years)
    +2. John Trompour CURLETTE,   b. 1808, Green Point, Sophiasburgh Township, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1889, Sophiasburgh Township, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +3. William B. CURLETTE,   b. Sep 1809, Green Point, Sophiasburgh Township, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 1899, Wellington, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 89 years)
    +4. Dr. James Ford CURLETTE,   b. 28 May 1812, Green Point, Sophiasburgh Township, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1898, Belleville, Hastings County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    Last Modified 27 Nov 2014 
    Family ID F555  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1775 - Downpatrick, , Down, Northern Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - Abt 1799 - New York, New York, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - Abt 1800 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1806 - Sophiasburgh Township, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Feb 1812 - Queenston, , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • «u»THE "CURLETTE" FAMILY«/u»
      By
      Mrs. Louis Hyman - nee - MARTHA GRACE CURLETTE
      Written July 10 1932

      Information in square brackets [] added by Timothy Ryeland

      My Grandfather, Robert Emmett Curlette, had the Genealogical Chart that traced the Curlette family back to the reign of Henry IV of France [Dec 13, 1553 - May 14, 1610]. The Curlettes were French Huguenots and lived at Rochelle [La Rochelle], France, stronghold of the Huguenots. Many of them held important civic offices under the French government. King Henry IV was a Huguenot at heart, but for the peace of his kingdom, practiced the Catholic religion. He showed many favors to the Huguenots, and for his kindness to them, was assassinated by Reveille, a Jesuit [François Ravaillac, May 14, 1610 in Paris].

      After the revocation of the Edict of Nantes by Louis XIV [in 1685], many of our ancestors were inhumanly murdered, their estates confiscated and they had to flee the county. Our direct ancestors fled to Scotland from there all Huguenots were banished to Ireland by Mary Queen of Scots. In Ireland they intermarried with the Irish and became Irish. My grandfather, Robert Emmett Curlette, was born at Downpatrick in the County of Down, the city where St. Patrick is buried. My grandfather took part in the Emmett Rebellion in 1798, and had he been caught by the British Government, his fate would have been the same as that of Robert Emmett (who was his cousin) who was executed for his participation in this Rebellion.

      Robert Emmet Curlette was obliged to hide in caves in Ireland waiting for a ship to take him to America - there were several others hiding in this cave with him, one of whom accompanied my grandfather to Canada. This man was a Mr. Wilson the maternal grandfather of W. K. Michael, K.C. of Belleville, Ont., and at one time Mayor of that city. When my grandfather succeeded in getting a ship to take him to America, he landed in New York whence he came to Green Point, Prince Edward County, Ont., where he bought land and also build a distillery - the remains of this distillery can be seen to-day on the property of the late Thorp Carman, farmer.

      In the war of 1812, R.E. Curlette joined the American army and was killed in the Battle of Queenston Heights. Having fought against the British Government his property at Green Point was confiscated and bought for a song by the Trumpour family, who daughter he married. R.E. Curlette's wife, Christine Trumpour, was the daughter of a United Empire Loyalist, who in the American Revolution, fought for the King - he was a Colonel in the British Army, and after the revolutionists won the day, he had to get out of new York where he owned considerable land along the Hudson, which property was confiscated by the Revolutionists. King George gave land to all U.E. Loyalists in Canada, furnished ships for them to get there, also farming implements, produce, food, etc.

      My great grandfather, Paul Trumpour, settled in Green Point, Ont. And took up land there, and that is where Robert Emmett Curlette met his wife, Christine Trumpour. Her father, Paul Trumpour, was horrified that the daughter of a U.E. Loyalist would marry a rebel, one who had fought against the King, and consequently cast her off, and when her husband Robert Emmett Curlette was killed at the Battle of Queenston Heights, refused to help her or her children in any way, although the Trumpour family were in possession of the confiscated property of her husband, R.E. Curlette.

      My great grandfather, Paul Trumpour, belonged to one of the old Knickerbocker (Dutch) families. His ancestors came to New York when it was called Manhattan, and was owned by the Dutch, and had a Dutch governor. My great grandmother's maiden name (Trumpour) was Janet Barr. My father, James Ford Curlette, was a posthumous child, born three months after his father had been killed at Queenston Heights. He was born in Green Point, Ont. On May 28«sup»th«/sup», 1812. He was the youngest of four sons, whose names were Edward, John, William, - and James my father.

      My father, Dr. J. F. Curlette, was an active practitioner of medicine in Belleville, Ont. From 1869 until a few years before his death, which occurred at the family residence on Grove Street, in the summer of 1898. He shoed in his early days a preference for the study of the "healing art" and as there were no recognized medical schools in Canada, he was sent to Fairfield, afterwards to Geneva, N.Y., and in 1842 he graduated from the School of Medicine in that place. A medical College was instituted in Toronto shortly after, and to that school he was sent for one year, to enable him to practice in Canada. After obtaining his license, he settled in Demorestville, Ont., and remained there until 1869 when he went to Belleville and was considered to be one of the ablest medical men there until illness compelled him to retire from active work. My father Dr. Curlette, was known as one of the most reliable authorities on the early history of Canada, and in matters referring to the land of his fathers, he was always most enthusiastic, on of his proudest boasts being that he was a cousin of the famous Irish Patriot, Robert Emmett.


      N.B. I, Martha Grace Curlette (Hyman) am the daughter of Doctor James Ford Curlette, and his wife, Martha Ann Thompson, and was born at Demorestville. Ont., on April 28«sup»th«/sup», 1853.
    • (Research):Paid research undertaken by Joan Phillipson in Ireland May 2011. Email dated May 6th 2011 below. My thoughts: The likelyhood that he was from Downpatrick is small at this point, there seems to be little in the way of Curlett activity in Downpatrick. He could well be from Castlewhelan as the church records for that parish don't exist. The possibility still exists that Robert Emmet CURLETT was not his real name but one taken by him at a later date.

      The email from Joan:

      Dear Tim \endash since last writing I have searched the church registers in the hope of finding something relevant on you Curlett ancestors.

      Your information \endash Robert Emmet Curlett born around 1775 Downpatrick or Castlewhelan \endash he had two brothers.

      Castlewhelan is in the Parish of Kilmegan \endash no church registers for this parish for the period you are interested in.

      Records searched are held in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.

      T684/1 \endash Downpatrick Church of Ireland.

      Baptisms searched from 1773 to 1778 \endash no reference to the surname Curlett

      Marriages exist from 1752 searched to 1780 \endash no reference to the surname \endash noted the following \endash closest to it \endash

      15 January 1759 William Edwards soldier to Prudence Coslit of Down

      T684/9 \endash Marriages Down town and neighbourhood \endash 1727 to 1780 \endash no reference to the surname.

      T684/2 \endash Downpatrick Church of Ireland burials \endash recorded alphabetical order \endash searched under C \endash noted the following but parts illegible \endash 1693 to 1835 \endash

      22 February 1826 James Cu………t of Scotch Street occupation …….? Aged 66

      Searched personal names index and noted the surname and looked at the records \endash

      Microfilm 565/2 \endash reference D607/1A/262 \endash Downshire Papers

      1 February 1766 \endash agreement \endash Rbt, James, Christopher and John Curlet \endash to John Hatch £130.10s year and every year for 3 years townland of Lower Mulough \endash to leave sufficient rabbits on said land at expiration of 3 years

      I have taken a photocopy of this and can send it if you wish \endash I need your address

      Microfilm 565/2 \endash reference D607/1A/60 \endash Downshire Papers

      Petition William Curlett and ptns around 1747 \endash Mulough \endash also mentions rabbits and flax \endash difficult to read but I have a copy if you want me to send it to you.

      I found reference to the name Curlet/t in the Parishes of Kilcoo and Clonallen \endash Thomas and Daniel respectively \endash these parishes do not adjoin Down/Downpatrick

      I have searched the Administration Bonds Down pre 1848 and the Prerogative Wills Down 1536 to 1856 \endash the name is not recorded.

      There was reference to James, William and John Curlett in the Parish of Kilkeel \endash 1803 Agricultural Census \endash but again this parish does not adjoin Down/Downpatrick.

      Genealogical Records, Irish Source Records 1500s to 1800s \endash no reference to the name.

      As you can see nothing relevant found. If you come across any further information which might help with a further search please do not hesitate to contact me again.

      Let me know if you want me to send the copies I have.

      I hope all is well with you.

      Take care. Regards Joan

  • Sources 
    1. [S76] The Descendants of Robert Emmet Curlett(e) and Christina (Tina) Trompour First Edition, Colin Hodgson.


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