DIARY BY
DENNIS PRIEST CURTIS

BORN OCTOBER 17, 1847 IN MASSACHUSETTS AND DIED DECEMBER 30, 1887
IN CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE

STARTED ON JANUARY 1, 1870 IN ST. JOSEPH, MICHIGAN AND KEPT DAILY
THROUGH MARCH 23, 1870 ENDING IN GRUNDY COUNTY, TENNESSEE

AS TRANSCRIBED 2006 BY JACKIE LAYNE PARTIN, TRACY CITY, TENNESSEE

(Scribblings on front of diary:) July 2, Jasper; September 13 th, 1870, Viola, Veroilly; D. P. Priest; St. Joseph, Mich. 4-5-2; Dec. 8 th, 1869; D. P. Curtis, Altamont, Grundy Co., Tenn.; March 8, 18??; Tracy City; 1853-3-19 and 1847-10-17 (subtracted gives:) 5-5-2; Music Dealers, Salter & Martin, 220 Greene near 4 St., N. Y.

Note From Jackie Partin. This diary was carried to Florida by someone in the J. W. Lockhart line. It was found in paper’s, which were to be discarded, and sent to the Arthur Curtis family in Coalmont, TN. In essence, it made its way back home.

I have been transcribing a daily diary which was started on 01 Jan 1870 in St. Joseph or Lincoln Township.  The young author's name was Dennis Priest Curtis.  His family was preparing to make a move by wagon to Tennessee. Surnames mentioned in the diary are, Cadwells, Watsons, VanDeusen, Curtis, Abbott, Williams, Eldridge, Batchelor, ect.

The Curtis family moved to St. Joseph from Stockbridge, Mass., via Freemont, Ind. He continued his diary up into the fall of the year here in Grundy County, TN. There is a note that there is a Vol. 2, but the Curtis family doesn't have it.

Transcription's and Notes, Microsoft Word Format
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