Lt Giles Curtiss 1754-1842Leave a Comment
Biography of Giles Curtiss (aka Curtis) Prepared March 2012 by Bradbury Curtiss Fenn and Martha Jane Fenn
Birth: October 28, 1754, son of Capt. Jotham Curtiss and 2d wife Esther Merriam Hull. (ref: Waterbury, CT VR)
Death: Jan. 19, 1842, in Berlin, CT. (ref: inscription in Berlin, CT Cemetery) pension W637
Marriages: 1. Mary Fuller. several children who dy. Surviving daughter Laura Curtiss m. Rand, d. Sept. 1809, age 22.
Mary Curtiss d. Dec. 8, 1823.
2. Lucy Brandegee. No children. she d. August, 1855
Children: Laura Curtiss m. Daniel Rand, had one daughter, died at 22.
Cincinnati: Original Member. First represented about 1893 in Hartford by great-nephew Linus Tryon Fenn. Now represented by gt gt gt gt nephew Bradbury Curtiss Fenn. The original membership certificate signed by George Washington and Henry Knox is in possession of the Fenn family.
Military: from Heitman: Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army (1914):
Curtis, Giles (Conn) Ensign 6th Connecticut lst January 1777; 2d Lieutenant, 17th October 1777; 1st Lieutenant , 10th May , 1780; transferred to 4th Connecticut , 1st January, 1781; transferred to 4th Connecticut , 1st January, 1781; transferred to 2d Connecticut , 1st January, 1783, and served to 3d June, 1783.
from papers of John Roberts Fenn from Connecticut State Library (he never gave specific references )
Giles Curtiss private in Capt. Isaac Cook’s Co. From Wallingford marched for the relief of Boston in the Lexington Alarm, April 1775. Paid for 8 days service.
Giles Curtiss com. Ensign Jan. 1, 1777. Lieut. May 10, 1780. Also adj., continued in 1781.
Giles Curtiss served from July 1, 1780 to Dec. 3, 1780 (when discharged) as one of the Short Levies
under Col. Heman Swift 7th Regt. Conn. Line. Summer of ’80 with main army on the Hudson. Wintered 1780 at camp “Connecticut Village” near the Robinson House, upper Hudson. Upon the reformation of the Conn. Line in 1781 Giles Curtiss served as adj/of the 4th Regt Conn. Line, Col. Zebulon Butler commanding.
Giles Curtiss as Sgt. served in Capt. Nath. Bunnell (7th Co.) of Wallingford. Col. Wm. Douglass’5th Battalion, Wadsworth’s Brigade . Battalion raised June 1776 to reinforce Washington’s army at N.Y. served in the city and on the Brooklyn front, being at the right of the line of works during the battle of Long Island, Aug. 27. Engaged in the retreat to N.Y. Aug 29-30; stationed with militia brigade under Col. Douglass at Kips Bay 34th St. on East River at time of enemy’s attack on NY Sept. 15 and forced to retreat hurriedly. At battle of White Plains, Oct. 28. Term expired Dec. 25,’76.
Giles Curtiss com. Ensign Jan. 1,’77, served in 6th Regt. Conn. Line “Col. Wm. Douglass”. Promoted Lieut May 10,’80 also Adj, continued in ’81. Regiment raised for “Continental Line” of ’77 to continue through the war. Went into camp at Peekskill in summer of ’77, but frequently detached on expeditions on outpost duty on the lines above Kings Bridge. Served in Aug-Oct on the Hudson in Parsons’ Brigade, under Putnam, and engaged in constructing permanent fortifications, “Meigs’ redoubt” etc. also redoubts on east side. In summer of ’78 encamped with the main army under Washington at White Plains. Wintered 78-79 at Redding. In operations of ’79 served with Conn. Division on east side of Hudson in Heath’s wing; its Light Co. under Capt. Champion. Detached to Meigs’ Light Regt. and engaged in storming of Stony Point, July 15, ’79.
Wintered ’79-’80 at Morristown huts, N.J. and in movements of ’80 served with the Division on both sides of the Hudson. On discovery of Arnold’s treason, Meigs’ Regt with other troops was ordered to repair forthwith to West Point, in anticipation of advance of the enemy. Wintered ’80-’81 at Camp Connecticut village near Robinson House, opposite West Point and there consolidated for formation of ’81-’83.