History of Chester County, Pennsylvania, 1881
Currie, Rev. William Biography
Currie, Rev. William. - The following account of Mr. Currie was taken down from the lips of a lady who was well acquainted with him, and whose statement may be relied upon as being entirely correct: "William Currie was born and educated in Glasgow, Scotland, and under the following circumstances emigrated to America. A Mr. Carter, of Virginia, having an only son, placed him at college in Glasgow to receive all the advantages of a liberal education; but being an only child, and consequently a great favorite with his parents, they were soon led to regret the step they had thus taken in separating themselves from their son. They at once determined to send for him, requesting the faculty to send one with him who would be competent to perform the duties of a tutor, and under whose instructions he would be able to complete his education.
Mr. Currie, being then much esteemed in the college as a man of learning and sound judgment, was at once recommended, and consented to take charge of his young pupil, and shortly after sailed for America. With this family he continued a number of years, after which he came to New Castle, in Delaware, where he became intimately acquainted with the Rev. Mr. Ross, a clergyman of the Episcopal Church, and under whose influence he was led to examine the doctrines and discipline of the Church of Scotland, and was accordingly recommended by the Rev. Mr. Ross to the Royal Society of England, whither he proceeded for ordination. After his return he became rector of Perkiomen, Radnor, and St. Peter's Churches.
He was married to the eldest daughter of Mr. Ross, by which marriage he had five sons and one daughter, - John, James, William, Richard, Alexander Ross, and Elizabeth. His daughter Elizabeth was married to Dr. Demon, of Reading. John was educated to the legal profession, and married a wealthy lady named Crookshank; they lived and died near Bethlehem, Pa. James, William, and Alexander were physicians. Alexander went to one of the West India Islands, married and died there. William married and died in Philadelphia. Richard joined the First Militia, and went to Amboy; afterwards returned and died, leaving a widow and three children to the care of his father.
"Mr. Currie continued to be the rector of the above churches until independence was declared. Feeling that he could not violate his ordination vows by refusing to pray for the king of England, he resolved to give up the charge of the churches. He accordingly left the churches, but occasionally preached by request, and performed other duties appertaining to his office.
His second wife was Lucy Ann Jones, formerly a Miss Godfrey, at this time the widow of David Jones. He resided for a few years after this marriage on his farm in Tredyffrin, situated a short distance from Washington's encampment at Valley Forge. He here lost his second wife, after which he gave his farm into other hands and resided with his tenants.
His granddaughter married, and Mr. Currie spent the remainder of his days with her, and died at the advanced age of 105 years. He was interred at Radnor church, together with his two wives and his son Richard; he died some time during the autumn of 1803."
Source: History of Chester County, J. Smith Futhey and Gilbert Cope; Philadelphia: Louis H. Everts & Co.; 1881.
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