It is thought that this 1820 North Shrewsbury Rd home was built by Thaddeus Curtis (1772-1835) and his wife Ellen Parker (1778 - 1864). Their son Wolcott Hubbell Curtis (ca. 1812 - 1854) remained on the homestead with his mother and sisters Ellen (1806 - 1870), Sally (1817 - 1856), and Laura (1819 - 1872). Wolcott married Mary (maiden name unknown) and had 6 children while living there with his mother and sisters. The youngest child Francis, only 19 months old, died 10-2-1853 in Clarendon.
Wolcott died of consumption less than 4 months later in El Dorado County, CA 1-27-1854. When Wolcott journeyed to the California gold fields and whether he was a miner himself or served in some other capacity is not known. Mary and the 5 surviving children also made the journey but whether immediately after the baby Francis died or after Wolcott passed is not known. Given the difficulties and danger associated with such a journey, it is not too much of a stretch to surmise that Wolcott had some manner of financial interest that warranted Mary heading to California with 5 children, the oldest being 10 or 11. We do know that she married a widower there, John Killingsworth, 7-30-1854. The family is subsequently found living in Missouri and the children eventually spreading out to Illinois, Indiana, and California.