THE FAMILY OF JAMES WILLIAM CURETON
An exhaustive investigation by the compiler of the Cureton Lineage shows that the families of Kuerdam, Curton, Kerden, Kirton, Jrton, Kerton and Cureton are all the same; the variations being attributable to the different languages in which the writing was done, that is French, Anglo-Saxon, Welsh, Old-English and Modern English.
Records of the Curetons in North American History have been found in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and North Carolina in the 17th and 18th Centuries.
James William Cureton born in North Carolina December 26, 1824, came to Dade County via the Tennessee River to Lookout Creek, Rising Fawn, Georgia in 1849. Enroute through East Tennessee he met and married Nancy E. Boy (Boyd) who was born in December 1829 near Bluff City, Tennessee. Also in the party of Mr. Cureton were his widowed mother, his sister, Nancy, and hr husband, Alexander Smith, and a black couple.
The party entered Lookout Creek at its junction with the Tennessee River and followed the Creek into Georgia, searching for a suitable location for a water power dam. The search ended at a point about three miles North at Rising Fawn. There a dam was construction. On the site they constructed a saw mill, grist mill and wool carding equipment. Furniture, made of indigenous woods was also manufactured. “Dademont” was the family home was one of the few homes not destroyed by General Sherman’s raiders, through the intercession of a neighbor, Mr. O’Neal.
James W. Cureton fierst served as Sgt. In the 104th regiment, Georgia State Troops until the unit was deactivated in the fall of 1861. Later, with the rank of Major, he commanded Company “D” 29th Georgia Voluntary Infantry, Army of Tennessee, C.S.A. “Dade County Invincibles.” His service ended when he was permanently disabled by a leg wound in the “Battle of Atlanta.”
In the post war years he continued milling operations, carried on extensive farming endeavors and served considerable time in the State Legislature, both in the House of Representatives and in Senate. Considerable acreage acquired by him was left his children.
James William Cureton, B. Dec 25, 1824, D. Sept 8, 1886.
Nancy E. Boy Cureton, B. Dec 1829, D./ Sept 29, 1920.
ISSUE OF JAMES W. CURETON AND
NANCY ELIZABETH BOY CURETON were:
John A. Cureton, Born Dec 25, 1849.
George W. Cureton, Born Feb. 20, 1852, Died Oct 6, 1939.
William Clay Cureton, Born Nov 9, 1856, Dioed Jan 22, 1938. Mary Elizabeth Cureton (Cissie) born Nov 10, 1858, Died Aug 3, 1937.
Andrew Cureton, Born April 1, 1861. Died Childhood.
Sara Frances Cureton, Born April 29, 1864.
JOHN A. CURETON
John A. ureton married Nannie Allison.
Fannie Cureton married John P. Fowler.
Myrtle Cureton married James Pace.
Children: Granville, Geraldine, Wilma, Mary Jo, Doris Lynn, and Loranne Pace.
William B. Cureton married Carrie Williams.
Children: William Dudley, Kenneth and Betty Jean.
Annie Cureton married Washington P. Fowler.
MAY IRENE CURETON
“WOMAN OF THE YEAR, 1944’
(Copied from page 26, The Progressive Farmer, January 1945)
“Inheriting a pioneer spirit of improvement and a love of beautiful, lasting things has enabled Miss May I. Cureton, one of Alabama’s four district home demonstration agents to make an outstanding contribution to home economics in her twenty-nine years of continuous unselfish service.
Born at Dademont, the home of her grandfather at Rising Fawn, Georgia, she is the daughter of the man who laid pipe lines from a spring two thirds of the way up Fox Mountain early in the 1880’s, bringing to the thriving little town of Rising Fawn a complete water system, which was quite an innovation at that time. In fact, the Cureton home itself, with its fully equipped bathroom, was one of the wonders of its day. Later, but still before World War I, he even installed a private system of electricity by using this same water power, and this was used until the Georgia Power Company lines were extended into Dade County in 1930. Miss Cureton’s grandfather, her father and her only borther, Walter, have all served the State of Georgia, both as Senators and as Representatives in the Legislature.
It was only natural that she should be so enthusiastic about carrying a message of modern equipment to North Alabama farm folk in the twenty counties of which she has charge. Since her own farm home was well equipped from an early date. As a matter of fact, it was she who first introduced modern food preservation methods to that area; and her steam pressure cooker, tipping iron and capping steel attracted and interested groups wherever she “Set up.” Included in her “stage settings” on those early days was a home made fireless cooker, made of a candy bucket, excelsior, sawdust and the like, at a cost of less than one dollar. Many times and in many places she demonstrated that in this cooker the farm wife could place cereals, beans and other long-cooking foods to cook at night, and that they required little attention until the next day at lunch. She also emphasized up-to-date methods of canning, using the pressure cooker to prepare native North Alabama products. Her own pressure cooker was the first one many people ever saw.
“It was in 1849 that Miss Cureton’s grandparents moved to Dade County, Georgia, from North Carolina, bringing their furniture down from Bristol, Virginia to the old ferry at Chattanooga and then to Rising Fawn. There they established a family that has distinguished itself in many phases of Public service. “Miss May,” herself attended local schools when she was old enough, then a boarding school in Chattanooga, Martha Washington College in Abingdon, Virginia, and George Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee. When she began her work as county demonstration agent in Florence, Alabama in 1916, home economics as a profession was relatively new and “Tomato Clubs” for girls were spreading like wildfire across the country. Miss Cureton helped those clubs in canning. From Florence, she went to Jacksonville, thence to her parents location, in which she has employed and supervised 151 home demonstration agents. She has helped to organize the Alabama Home Economics Association in 1920 and is an enthusiastic Charter Member.
Throughout Miss Cureton’s careet farm girls and women have attended her meetings faithfully and she and her agents have made many long and painfully slow treks to farm homes. (Good roads were practically non-existent in the early days). Sometimes they even spend the night where darkness overtook them.
This hard worker has such a warm manner and such genuine interest in people and in farming as a way of life rather than a mere vocation that everyone loves her. When she attends a meeting, the joyous murmur “Miss May is Here” spreads over the group quickly. She does not know the number of people she has contacted in her work but it “goes into the thousands” she says.
As for her home, Dademont – her birthplace — is still the real home of her heart. When I visited it I could not blame her at all, for it is a charming place set back in the tree covered lawn. Most of the furniture is family heirlooms, with one four-poster bd that still has its trundle bed. Not only that, her family is still using some very interesting plates that were brought over from Scotland before the revolution as well as some of the china with which Miss Cureton’s grandfather began housekeeping.
It is here at Dademont that the entire Cureton Clan gathers for the Christmas Holidays and during summer vacations. Then, as always, Southern Hospitality is not just an empty phrase: it is a tradition carried out to the fullest extent. For the hearty Christmas breakfast, they prepare grapefruit, scrambled eggs, hot biscuits and sausage. At dinner, for which there are usually 20 to 30 people, there is always a huge turkey with all the “trimmings.”
WALTER W. CURETON
Walter W. Cureton of Rising Fawn, was a member of a pioneer family of Dade County, and was a son of George W. Cureton and a grandson of James W. Cureton who located in the Cureton Mill District in 1848. “He was educated at Caulkins School in Chattanooga, Dahlonega Military School, and was a graduate of the University of Georgia class of 1906. He was a Mason, and an Odd Fellow. He was a licensed member of Dade County Roads and Revenues, three times a member of the Georgia Legislature. He enlisted in the Rirst Federal Reserve Officers Training Camp at Fort Oglethorpe immediately after the declaration of war, April 6, 1917.
H was employed by the State Highway Department when the Chattanooga-Birmingham highway was built through Dade County.”
WILLIAM CLAY CURETON
William Clay Cureton, third son of James W. Cureton, married Mary Esther Killian, third daughter and fourth child of Noah Killian, who was a son of the second white settler in the area of Georgia which is now Dade County. William C. Cureton established “Crawfish Stock Farm” on a half section of property inherited from his father on Crawfish Creek in the Byrd’s Chapel Community. He served as County School superintendent, was a member of the Road Commission which built the first paved road through the County from the Alabama to the Tennessee line. He was, for many years, on the Board of the Powder Springs School for the Deaf. He was an early graduate of the Trenton Academy. Before their marriage, Mrs. Cureton was a teacher in the Elementary School System. They, with Mr. And Mrs. Mark Castleberry, donated the property upon which the Byrd’s Chapel Church, School and Cemetery were constructed. This couple celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on December 13, 1932. Uncle Mark and Aunt Faithy Castleberry, sharing the honors.
William C. Cureton married Mary Esther Killian.
Etta Lea Cureton died in childhood.
James Gustavus Cureton married Helen Ethel Bristow; Children: Ruth and Robert Dale.
Ennis Mardia Cureton died in childhood.
Bertha Clay Cureton married William Isaac Price; Children: Mary Elizabeth, Blanche, William I. Jr., James Clay, Anne Bertha, and Clara Sue.
Charles Harold Cureton married Patricia Godbey; Children: Jo Ellen and charles Harold, Jr.
Clara Meade Cureton married Ernest Stewart; Children: Richard Killian, M.D., and Michael Miles.
Mary Elizabeth Cureton (Cissie).
Unmarried remained at Dademont until the death of her mother in 1920. Then removed to a home on Byrd’s Chapel road.
Sarah Frances Cureton married Benjamin T. Brock to this union was born: Bennie Brock, Mary Nita and Guy – Bennie Brock married Edwin Wells, their children were: Mary Frances, who married William H. Pullen – Edwin R., Jr., who died in 1948 – Mary Nita who married Robert Whidden – and Guy Brock who married Olive Reed.
GEORGE W. CURETON
George W. Cureton succeed his father in the operation of the “Cureton Mill” complex. Later he built and operated the “Fox Mountain Distillery” at Rising Fawn and a bonded wholesale warehouse in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The latter operation was liquidated upon passage of the Prohibition Amendment in 1919. ) Proclaimed Jan 19, 1919). The mill complex continued in operation until the mid 1930’s. He also served several terms in both the House of Representatives and the senate of the Georgia Legislature.
George W. Cureton married (1) Mattie Christian (1853-1880) 5-6-74.
Winifred Lillian Cureton Single.
Walter William Cureton married Katherine F. Quigley; Children: Julia and Marian.
May Irene Cureton single (See. “Woman of the Year Citation”).
Mattie Winifred Cureton married Matthew Harris; Children: M. Lowell and F. Lanier (Twins), Lean May, Eleanor Cureton, Matthew Christian and Wendell Harris.
George W. Cureton married (2) Judith Christian no children.
George W. Cureton married (3) Bonnie Stedman.
Lillia cureton married Chafin Stroud – no children.
Elizabeth Frances Cureton (Bess) Single.
Edna Christian Cureton married William Dunlap Jacoway; Children: Bonnie, Edna, Wescott, Mary.
Grace Darling Cureton married Bedford A. Lampkin; children: Bedford A. 11 and Elizabeth. (Used by permission HISTORY OF DADE COUNTY GEORGIA by Retired Senior Volunteer Program, 1981)