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Charlotte Iris Curtis (Alvord)

Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: Lockport, Niagara County, New York, United States
Death: September 9, 1879 (63)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory, United States
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thaddeus Alvord; Thaddeus Alvord; Sarah "Sally" Alvord and Sarah Sally Wellington
Wife of Lyman Curtis and Peter Mack Elliott
Mother of Julia Curtis; Ammon Curtis; Thaddues Curtis; Adeline Clarinda Curtis; Henry Curtis and 7 others
Half sister of Joseph Bonaparte Alvord; Martha Bromley Strong; Benjamin Bromley Alvord; Simeon Riley Alvord; Sylvia Alvord and 9 others

Managed by: Scott David Hibbard
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About Charlotte Iris Curtis

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Birth: Sep. 22, 1815 Lockport Niagara County New York, USA

Death: Sep. 9, 1879 Salt Lake City Salt Lake County Utah, USA

Charlotte's Biography

Charlotte Alvord was born 25 September 1815 at Lockport, Niagara County, New York; daughter of Thaddeus Alvord & Sally Wellington. She had 6 older half sisters. Her mother died when she was 9 years old and for the next 10 years Charlotte was raised by her father.

Charlotte was baptized a member of the LDS Church 14 March 1833 at Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan, the same day as her future husband, Lyman Curtis. She was among those called to be a member of Zion's Camp, a relief expedition sent to Missouri to help the saints there. They traveled about a thousand miles to reach Missouri and were released on 3 July 1834.

Charlotte married Lyman Curtis on 26 July 1834 in Clay County, Missouri, probably at Liberty. After they were married they chose to stay with the saints in Clay County, Missouri but in 1836 they were forced to move to Caldwell County, near where Far West was founded.

On 22 April 1839 Joseph Smith arrived in Quincy and directed the saints to settle Dr. Halland's land near Commerce, Illinois. It became the central gathering place for the Saints and was renamed Nauvoo. Charlotte & Lyman took their family up the Mississippi River to La Crosse, Wisconsin where they worked to get timber for the Nauvoo temple.

By 1846 the Saints were forced to begin leaving Nauvoo and they traveled with the Saints to Winters Quarters. The night after they left Nauvoo, Charlotte gave birth to a son, who died due to exposure.

Lyman was called to travel with the first group of Saints to Utah in 1847. While he was gone, Charlotte and the children stayed with Lyman's brother Moses and his family. Lyman returned to his family in Ohio in the fall of 1847. They spent the next couple of years preparing for the journey west, which they began in the Spring of 1850. They arrived in SLC in October 1850.

Lyman built an adobe home for the family. When they arrived in the valley, they still had 2 sacks of buffalo jerky. They raised wheat, corn, and acquired five pigs along with the fish caught in the canyon streams; they felt like they had a fine living.

In 1853, Lyman was called on a mission to help settle southern Utah and to teach the Native Indians. His family moved to American Fork during his absence. While Lyman was away on his mission, he did not correspond with the family. Why he did not is unknown. There appears to have been frequent visitors between Salt Lake and southern Utah, but he did not send word to his family. After not hearing from him for several years, he was presumed dead-after 5 years.

The presiding brethren of the church initiated a policy to care for the widows in the territory, which was when a young man marry and the girl's mother was a widow, he would marry the mother as well so that she might receive protection & sustenance. At that time Charlotte's daughter Adaline had chosen to marry Peter Mack Elliot and so Adaline and Charlotte were both married on the same day, 28 September 1856 by President Brigham Young to Peter Mack Elliot. Charlotte had two children by this marriage.

When Lyman's mission ended in 1859, he returned to his family in Utah. What their reactions were upon his arrival is not told but Lyman and Charlotte didn't live together after this time. Lyman settled in Salem, Utah, but where Charlotte lived, we do not know. Charlotte though, on 26 September 1861, had the marriage to Peter Mack Elliott annulled. Charlotte died 9 September 1879 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. She was granted a divorce from Peter Mack Elliott 24 February 1931 by President Heber J. Grant, through the request of her children.

She had 12 children in all. One son not listed below: -Thomas Curtis (1846-1846)

Family links:

  • Thaddeus Alvord (1781 - 1874)
  • Sarah Wellington Alvord (1785 - 1815)
  • Peter Mack Elliott (1835 - 1885)
  • Lyman Curtis (1812 - 1898)*
  • Julia Curtis Raleigh (1835 - 1891)*
  • Ammon Curtis (1837 - 1839)*
  • Thaddeus Curtis (1838 - 1839)*
  • Adeline Clarinda Curtis Elliott (1840 - 1899)*
  • Henry Curtis (1842 - 1842)*
  • Samuel B. Curtis (1844 - 1937)*
  • Joseph Nahum Curtis (1848 - 1925)*
  • William Frederick Curtis (1850 - 1928)*
  • Charles Grandison Curtis (1852 - 1946)*
  • Edson W. Elliott (1858 - 1908)*
  • Harriett Louisa Elliot Curtis Morris (1860 - 1902)*
  • Harriette Louisa Elliott Kunzler (1860 - 1902)*

Inscription: Mother

Burial: Salt Lake City Cemetery Salt Lake City Salt Lake County Utah, USA Plot: C-10-13-1E

Maintained by: JJ Originally Created by: Shauna Sargent Record added: Oct 05, 2008 Find A Grave Memorial# 30341225

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Charlotte Iris Curtis's Timeline

September 25, 1815
Lockport, Niagara County, New York, United States
July 12, 1835
Age 19
Liberty, Clay, MO
July 12, 1837
Age 21
Quincy, Adams, IL
March 28, 1839
Age 23
Quincy, Adams, IL
May 16, 1840
Age 24
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, USA
February 29, 1842
Age 26
Nauvoo, Hancock, IL
December 9, 1844
Age 29
La Crosse, La Crosse County, Wisconsin, United States
Age 30
Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States
August 9, 1847
Age 31
Keg Creek, Pttwtt, IA