The Curry surname has a rich heritage in Green Turtle Cay (GTC). In the 1930’s William Curry Harllee devoted an entire section in his Kinfolks masterpiece to this family line, tracing back to loyalists during the Revolutionary War. This family tree is massive and branches often are tangled with each other as one would expect in such a small community. My grandfather Howard Lowe descends from the Curry line (one of the GTC’s matriarch’s Binky Curry Lowe), and my grandmother Bessie Caroline Curry Lowe descends from another branch of the Curry line.
Grandma Bessie Curry Lowe was the youngest of five children born to Thomas Wesley Curry aka Pa Wes (b. 1865) and his wife Lila/Lilla Carleton (b. 1866), the daughter of Romelda Jane Lowe from GTC and a Mr. Carleton from the USA. We suspect Pa Wes married around 1883/1884 and over the following 20 years, five children would be born to this union: Eudora Isabel (Aunt Dora) born in 1884 married William Bramwell Roberts; Thomas Herman (Uncle Herman) born in 1890 married Marion Mayfield Gates; Mary Edith (Aunt Edie) born 1894 married Gilbert Robinson Saunders; Emma Louise (Aunt Emmie) born in 1900 married Thomas Hutchins Pinder and Bessie Caroline (Grandma Bessie) born 1903 married Howard Lowe.
Over a hundred years later (and with the assistance of technology), the descendants of these five Curry siblings living throughout the Bahamas and the United States are now able to reconnect and share family stories of their ancestors. Future posts will attempt to highlight each one of these siblings. Stay tuned.
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Note: photo of ‘Robbie’ Gilbert Robinson Saunders & Edie Curry. Mary Saunders McCluskey is their grand-daughter, daughter of their son Donald R. Saunders and Natalie Belle Lowe Saunders.