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JOEL CURRY FAMILY by Carol Freeman

History of Coleman County and Its People, A
Edited by Judia and Ralph Terry, and Vena Bob Gate 1985
[Source 132]

[editorial comment]
[In this family story, Mable (CURRY) SARTOR is reported to be the daughter of Isham CURRY and Dimmie CREAMIER CURRY; this has not been confirmed with documents. In fact, current research indicates Mable (CURRY) SARTOR was the daughter of William A. CURRY and Sallie UNKNOWN CURRY.]
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by Carol Freeman

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Northeast of Coleman there is a small cemetery now fenced in and heavily grown up with oak brambles and weeds. At one time, there was a narrow road that ran along the north side of it. This was called the Walker Cemetery, as a Walker owned the land originally. Most of those buried there are members of the Curry family. My great-grandfather, Joel M. Curry, moved to Coleman County in late 1898, a veteran of the Civil War (Union) and lived most of his life in Green County, Kentucky. The Currys of Scotch-Irish descent had migrated from Ireland to America about 1740, settling in Virginia and then in 1790 to Kentucky. These Irishmen were fun-loving, gregarious, family-oriented Baptists. Joel came to Texas with his wife Mary Ellen (Judd) Creamier Curry and their two young daughters Mattie and Nettie. Both Joel and Mary had large families by their first marriages, with some of these coming with their parents. Among these was John Thomas Curry whose wife was named Nannie. They had ten children, several of whose descendants still live in Coleman County; Loys Curry (see Jesse N. Sewell) and the Bassett family (see Robert Crow Bassett). Another daughter named Maggie married W. T. Andis (see Andis) and another, Idell, married a Hubbard. Mary brought some of her children from her first marriage. One of these daughters was Dimmie Creamier who married Isham Curry, a nephew of Joel’s. Some of their descendants: Virgil Curry, now deceased, was one of their sons; his widow Nettie Curry lives in Santa Anna (see John Elkins); Mable (Curry) Sartor lives in Lubbock. Joel Curry only lived two years after he moved to Texas. He died in March of 1901, buried at the Walker place, because there had been a great deal of rain that spring and they could not get across the creeks to bury him in Coleman. Of the dozen or so graves located at the Walker Cemetery, I recall one of a child, father L. H. Curry (a Curry name I am not familiar with). There is also a Hice Creamier (see Rae-Minor), I think a relative of Isham Curry.

After Joel's death, Mary Curry moved in with her grown son, George Creamier (see Rae-Minor), along with her daughters Mattie, 13, and Nettie, 11, (my grand- mother). Nettie Curry (not to be confused with the wife of Virgil of Santa Anna) married Oscar Buck in 1909. Nettie lived most of her life in Coleman County.

Oscar Buck moved to Coleman County from Clark County, Arkansas, in 1905, son of Newton B. and Nannie (Gibbs) Buck. Oscar and Nettie operated a store and station at Echo during the early years of their marriage. Later, they farmed a place known as the Dibrell Place where my mother (Theda Christine (Buck) Rambo) was born in 1921. In 1922, the Buck family moved to a farm on the Burkett Highway, three miles out of Coleman, where Oscar farmed until 1988. After leaving the farm, the Bucks moved first to Pecos Street in Coleman and later on Trinity just. south of the railroad tracks. How we grandkids loved watching the trains go by! There would be a mad stampede through the house to find a window where we could see out.

The streets then (in the 40's and 50’s) were mostly graveled. We preferred those to the paved ones (plenty of rocks to chunck [sic] in case a dog got overly friendly). What a treat it was to step inside Old Man Trapp's Grocery Store (that’s what we called him!). He always came out with a popscicle [sic], or an R. C. Cola, maybe even a NuGrape. However, nothing could compare to the taste sensation of a sticky, sweet popscicle [sic] on a hot, Central Texas day. We used to spend lots of time “talking” to Mrs. Strother who lived across and down the street. As I think of it now, we probably made a royal nuisance of ourselves (me, my brother Ronnie and my cousin Brenda). The Snow Family lived next door to our grandparents. Their daughter Pat (Snow) Tomme is a resident of Bangs. One of our favorite topics of conversation was about how Mrs. Snow had a dream and predicted her own death. I've often wished my children could have experienced one day in Coleman as we lived it then. We didn't have ten-speed bikes, or Donkey Kong or even a T. V., but what we did have was real -- a green peach right off the tree (and it never did make us sick like Mother said it would), a big fig leaf for a pretend umbrella and nights sleeping under the stars. My grandparents seemed always so very old and just got older (I know that sixty-something is not so old after all!). They did what grandparents should do and this is just let us enjoy being kids.

During those years, Oscar Buck, worked at the Cotton Gin and several other places as bookkeeper, and later was the Farmers Insurance Agent. He was an intelligent man and always was very interested in world events. He was a [page 549] life-long member of the Democratic Party and probably wouldn’t be too happy to know that some of his descendants have actually voted Republican! Oscar died in 1970. None of his immediate family live in Coleman now. I am Carol (Rambo) Freeman. My husband, Eddie, is pastor of the First Baptist Church in Bangs, where we have lived for three years.

Oscar Buck had a younger brother, Thelbert, who lived most of his life in California after leaving Texas; an older sister, Bassie (Buck) Bohannon, still living in the Cross Country Rest Home in Brownwood (she is ninty-nine years of age) and younger sister, Atha (Buck) McElrath also a long-time resident of Coleman County, now living at the Holiday Hill Nursing Home.

Linked toCURRY SARTOR Mabel Marie (Marbel, Mable)

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