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Genealogical and Personal History of Centre and Clinton County, Pennsylvania, 1912

Roland Curtin, Sr. Biography

Roland Curtin, Sr. was born in Ireland, and educated in Paris, where he narrowly escaped the guillotine during the Reign of Terror.

He came first to Philipsburg, then started a store at Milesburg as early as March, 1797, and was a resident of Bellefonte, keeping store in 1800, when he married, November 25th, Margery Gregg, daughter of John Gregg, of Cumberland County.

In 1803 he was coroner of the county, and elected sheriff in October, 1806. In 1810, in connection with Moses Boggs, he erected the forge at Eagle Works, became sole owner in 1815, and in 1818 erected Eagle Furnace.

In April, 1825, he purchased the grist- and saw-mills of Philip Antes at Curtin Station, and in 1830 built the rolling-mill, for which Thomas C. Lewis was the contractor and architect. He was prominently identified with all the public improvements (turnpike, Bald Eagle Canal, etc.) made within the county, in which he always took an active interest.

Mrs. Margery Gregg Curtin died Jan. 15, 1813, and Mr. Curtin then married Jane Gregg, a daughter of Hon. Andrew Gregg, Bellefonte.

Shortly before his death Mr. Curtin removed from the works to Bellefonte, where he died Nov. 8, 1850, aged eighty-six years.

His first wife's children were Roland Curtin, Jr., Austin, James, and John Curtin. The Hon. A. G. Curtin, Mrs. Dr. William Irvin (deceased), Mrs. Thomas R. Reynolds, Mrs. Dr. William H. Allen of Girard College (deceased), and Constans Curtin, of Eagle Works were children of his second wife, Mrs. Jane Curtin, who died Feb 20, 1854. She was born in Penn's valley, Feb 17, 1791.

Source: History of Centre and Clinton Counties, Pennsylvania; John Blair Linn; Philadelphia; Louis H. Everts; 1883

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