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About Curtis Howton

Curtis Howton was born May 20, 1796 Virginia, USA and died May 31, 1868 Alabama, USA He is buried in the Old section of the Mud Creek Cemetery, Jefferson county, Alabama. He was the son of Jonathan Howton, and he married to Dorcas (Franklin) Howton.

At the close of the Civil War, he set free 37 slaves as required by law.

One of Owen Franklin's sisters, Dorcas by name, married Curtis Howton, the progenitor of a prolific and useful family in South Jefferson. Mr. Howton was a very peculiar man and therefore interesting. Many laughable stories are told of him. His good wife once prepared enough provision to supply him on a trip to market, provisions for about one week. On the rough roads his box of provision kept falling off his wagon. Provoked by this, he stopped and ate the entire week's supply. The spring in the hollow where he stopped is known until this day as Hog Hock Hollow.
Another view of his eating capacity is seen in the survival even to this day of the name of Howton Sop- meaning brown ham gravy of which he never tired, and the quantity was never too great. (3)
Old Curt Howton came from Kentucky on a ground slide, perhaps the first Howton in Jefferson County, was the father of John, Lew, Carroll, and Wilk. (3)


  1. Descendants of Curtis Howton, Hueytown Historic Society
  2. Mud Creek Missionary Baptist Church A Short History”. Compiled by W. F. Kitchens (1911-1996) (date written unknown; abt 1982)<PDF> Among those settlers were some who brought slaves when they came or acquired them afterwards. William Wood and Curtis Howton were two slave holders who figured in the history of Mud Creek Church in different ways. Church records indicate that at least two other families held one or more slaves. Three women “of color” were received into the Church, two by experience and one by letter. … The first burial in the Negro cemetery is said to have been a man slave of Billy Wood. His grave, in the northwest quarter corner of the cemetery, was marked by a cedar cross that stood there for many years. The cemetery is still used by descendants of the Wood and Howton Negroes and others who keep it up and manage it.
  3. Year: 1830; Census Place: Jefferson, Alabama; Series: M19; Roll: 1; Page: 161; Family History Library Film: 0002328 <AncestryImage>
  4. Year: 1840; Census Place: Jefferson, Alabama; Roll: 6; Page: 208; Family History Library Film: 0002333 <AncestryImage>
  5. Year: 1850; Census Place: Mud Creek, Jefferson, Alabama; Roll: 7; Page: 159b <AncestryImage>
  6. 1850 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004. <AncestryImage>
  7. "United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1850 ", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 23 February 2021), Curtis Howton in entry for MM9.1.1/MV8H-PTG:, 1850.
  8. 1850 Census: Mud Creek page numbers 153-162 number of households 157 number of individuals 827 <link>
  9. Year: 1860; Census Place: Freelands, Jefferson, Alabama; Roll: M653_12; Page: 724; Family History Library Film: 803012 <AncestryImage>
  10. 1860 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010. <AncestryImage>
  11. "United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 16 October 2019), Curtis Howton, 1860.
  12. Census Year: 1860; Census Place: Freelands, Jefferson, Alabama; Archive Collection Number: M279; Roll: 27; Page: 23; Line: 24; Schedule Type: Agriculture <AncestryImage>
  13. Index to Probate Estate Files 1868-1936; Probate Estate Files, 1852-1936 (Jefferson County, Alabama); Author: Alabama. Probate Court (Jefferson County); Probate Place: Jefferson, Alabama <AncestryImage>. Name: Curtis Howton Probate Date: 10 Apr 1872 Probate Place: Jefferson, Alabama, USA Inferred Death Year: 1872 Inferred Death [SIC: 1868] Place: Alabama, USA
  14. by Dr. J. A. Hendricks, Howard College. The Franklin Family in Jefferson County. Salmagundi, a century and a half by Hewitt Johnston, 1957 - first settlers of Jefferson County
  15. Find A Grave Memorial# 21586238
  16. Owen III, William Henry. "Some of the Descendants of John Michael Dubendorf 1695 - 1778", privately published in 1940. Pages 44 - 45. Archive.Org
  17. <“Mud Creek Baptist Church Online”>
  18. Alabama, U.S., Voter Registration, 1867 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015. <AncestryImage>
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Curtis Howton's Timeline

May 20, 1796
Dickenson County, Virginia, United States
May 6, 1818
Hopkins County , Kentucky, United States
May 9, 1820
Hopkins, Kentucky, or, Alabama, United States
March 7, 1822
Alabama, United States
July 30, 1824
Jefferson County, AL, United States
June 27, 1826
Alabama, United States
October 25, 1828
Mud Creek, AL, United States
March 9, 1831
Jefferson County, Alabama, United States of America
June 17, 1833