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iconnumber posted 11-13-2002 07:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fitzhugh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok, now before y'all start responding with "look in the Tennessee book," let me say that I know J S Curtis was a Memphis, Tn. smith ca. 1850. My question is, does anyone know if he later removed to Georgia prior to the War? I turned up a pair of coin spectacles by Curtis, but they were sold by an optician in Augusta, Ga. Any thoughts??

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iconnumber posted 11-13-2002 08:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have turned up no information that Curtis ever worked in Georgia. There is the great possibility that the spectacles were made by him and purchased by the retailer. Perhaps the retailer was originally from Tennessee.

The manufacture of these early spectacles has facinated me for some time. Is it possible to see an image of them? Are the lenses tightened into the frame with screws? If so are the screws accessed from the top on one lens and from the bottom on the other? The spectacles I own and have seen are made by using a pair of identical lens frames joined with a nose bridge.
Nice to have found eyeglasses of Southern origin.

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iconnumber posted 07-25-2007 04:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In the U. S. Federal Census's in 1850 J S Curtis is a silversmith living with his family in Memphis, TN. In 1860 he is a jeweller and still living with his family in Washington, Yolo County, CA. In 1870 he is farming and living with his own family next door to his parents home in Washington, CA. In 1880 he's still farming the same land. This doesn't prove or disprove time spent in Georgia, but maybe it will help in some way.

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iconnumber posted 08-08-2007 11:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe he bought the frames from Curtis while out of town, or he just bought them secondhand and reused them?

[This message has been edited by bascall (edited 08-09-2007).]

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